The journey from tape op to mix engineer is a long one, and most successful mix engineers have spent over a decade learning and refining their craft through the transition between recording studio and mixing environment. Miles Walker, who now has his fourth Grammy under his belt, admits that “five years ago, I just wasn’t ready for mixing; I hadn’t honed my sound enough.”
Online collaboration is gaining more and more traction in all areas, and most noticeably when it comes to music creation. Many musical styles are built on borrowing and manipulating works by other musicians; Hip Hop, Ambient, EDM, Trance, Rap and many others. Originally, DJs would physically manipulate records to isolate and loop the best breaks for rappers to perform over. Later this evolved into sampling snippets of songs and reworking those elements by adding layers of production on top. Wu Tang Clan is now taking that idea one step further, putting the raw session files of a new song online for anyone to deconstruct and reassemble as they see fit.
Australian audio manufacturer RØDE is excited to announce its newest microphone, the NT-USB — a studio-grade microphone with the convenience of a digital USB interface. The NT-USB is fully compatible with MacOS, Windows and iPad.
Genelec is now shipping its 1237A and 1238A Three-way Smart Active Monitors. The 1237A and 1238A are three-way SAM monitors featuring on-board intelligence that allows them to automatically adapt to their environment by tuning the frequency response to compensate for acoustical room influences, as well as achieve perfect alignment of levels and distance compensation at the listening position.
Launchpad App lets you easily make and remix beats and electronic music on your iPad, then record and share your performances online. Now, in the version 1.6 upgrade, you can do it all on your iPhone too.
Two of the larger players in DJ land are Native Instruments and Pioneer. Their DJ software programs Traktor and Rekordbox are widely used by pro’s as well as the amateurs. They have a lot of similar functionalities, although Rekordbox is only used for preparing dj sets and not for playing them. There are a lot of djs (like myself) who use Traktor as well as Rekordbox. For me it is Pioneer CDJ’s on the road and a nice timecode setup at home. Maintaining the same collection within Rekordbox AND Traktor is tedious work, with a lot of duplicate actions and wasting time.The logical question at that moment is: Can’t I just sync those libraries!?
Roland is pleased to announce that the entire AIRA family has been updated with exciting and useful new features requested by users from around the globe.
Roland is pleased to announce the worldwide release of the SH-101 PLUG-OUT Software Synthesizer for the SYSTEM-1. The new software synthesizer is a complete reproduction of the iconic SH-101, right down to the fine details and odd quirks that make it one of the most popular classic synthesizers of all time.
Below are some of the new releases we have encountered this week on the Loops and Samples front. Just like the quality of the audio software we use these days the quality of the content we use (loops and samples) equally matches the high standards of this software. Below is this weeks selection.
The Dutch company Yalp has won the highly esteemed Red Dot design award. An expert jury awarded this international award to the exceptional product design of the Fono outdoor DJ Table.
PreSonus is shipping Notion 5, a major upgrade to its popular notation software. This new version makes it easier than ever to write your ideas quickly and includes a new video window, new effects from PreSonus Studio One, an enhanced chord library, a custom rules editor, and many notation and publishing improvements. Notion is the only notation editor that supports Mac, Windows, and iPad and the only one that can run 64-bit on both Mac and Windows.
studio furniture designer and manufacturer ZAOR is proud to introduce the MAREA media workstation — another addition to its flourishing family of CLASSIC Series media workstations, this time tailored to stylishly and comfortably accommodate a new generation of compact mixing consoles and associated accessories.
Mackie’s DL Series Digital Live Sound Mixers with iPad Control have gained an amazing reputation in the world of live sound. Proven at millions of gigs worldwide, DL Series mixers combine the power of a full-featured digital mixer with the unmatched ease-of-use of an iPad. Now, more people than ever can finally step into the amazing benefits of digital mixing. On July 1, the 8-channel DL806 got a significant price drop (25% less in the U.S. market, check with your local dealer for pricing details) making it the lowest-priced professional digital mixer on the market.
Fiedler Audio released update for the AD 480 family of reverbs with free feature testing mode New Version 1.3 of AD 480 Reverb offers new Audiobus support and unique 1 hour free feature testing mode.
Ploytec, the german makers of ultra small footprint synthesizers „they say the best things come in small packages“ releases a new firmware for the for the Ploytec „πλ² Pi L Squared“ synth. The new “PL02.56 firmware“, comes with a “Vocal Tract” model filter offering formant sounds and speech. It’s a tribute to the General Instruments SP0256-AL2 chip from the early 80s, combined with the ability to play it as an instrument.