INTERVIEWS

Dave Clarke meets the Arturia MiniBrute synth

Dave Clarke meets the Arturia MiniBrute synth

Last year Arturia introduced the MiniBrute, a revolutionary new analog synthesizer. Featuring a pure analog signal path and a host of unique features, it sets a new standard for what a hardware synthesizer should be. Its 100% analog audio signal path features a VCO wave mixer, the classic Steiner-Parker multimode filter, as well as numerous analog innovations. In the video below DJ and producer Dave Clarke speaks about this little synth.

McDSP joins the Propellerhead Rack Extension family

McDSP joins the Propellerhead Rack Extension family

Pro Tools users will surely know the name McDSP. They’ve been producing plugins for Native and HD systems that are some of the most respected and desired out there. And when you hear them it’s easy to see why. McDSP’s attention to fidelity and sonic character is second to none. Now the legendary McDSP sound joins the Reason rack with three new Rack Extensions. We spoke with Colin McDowell, the McD in McDSP, to learn about what brought him over to Reason and what he’s got in the works.

Minilogue combining hardware with Ableton Live – Video

Minilogue combining hardware with Ableton Live – Video

For Minilogue, emotional and mental organization plays an essential role in the compositional process. At their studio, surrounded by serene nature outside of Malmö, Sweden, the duo of Sebastian Mullaert and Markus Henriksson compose their lush, evolving techno suites with a variety of hardware and software – with Ableton Live at the center of each musician’s setup. In the video below, Sebastian gives us an overview of Minilogue’s technology.

Dennis Sands and the Focusrite RedNet 6 MADI-to-Dante Bridge

Dennis Sands and the Focusrite RedNet 6 MADI-to-Dante Bridge

While outfitting the first dedicated film music mix room in the world with Dolby Atmos capability, multi-award-winning film scoring mixer Dennis Sands needed an elegant solution to connect the multi-channel surround processor to his monitor system. When Sands and his design consultants, Ron Lagerlof of Visioneering Design and Andy Potvin from Dolby Laboratories, Inc., learned that Focusrite would shortly begin shipping the RedNet 6 MADI Bridge, they knew they had found that solution, and—sight unseen—ordered and installed one of the first units to be produced.

Rudimental on stage and in the studio with Focusrite/Novation

Rudimental on stage and in the studio with Focusrite/Novation

Rudimental are an electronic act from Hackney, London who continue to go from strength to strength. Their debut album “Home” went straight in at Number 1 on the UK Albums Chart (featuring two Number 1 singles “Feel The Love” and “Waiting All Night”), and the now Platinum album also won a MOBO Award this year, as well as picking up a Mercury nomination. Live-wise, they’ve played more than 40 festivals in 2013 alone including Glastonbury, Bestival, BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend, Benicassim and Made In America, and have a UK tour coming up in February 2014.

Master mixer Andrew Scheps chooses Radial for Punkerpad West

Master mixer Andrew Scheps chooses Radial for Punkerpad West

As 2013 comes to a close many people will find themselves taking stock of what the year held for them, and perhaps making resolutions to accomplish more of their goals. It’s safe to say, in looking back at the last several months, Grammy award winning producer/mixing engineer Andrew Scheps might be looking forward to taking it a little easy, but probably not. His time is in high demand. 

Benny Rietveld and his Radial FireFly light up Vegas Strip

Benny Rietveld and his Radial FireFly light up Vegas Strip

Almost 24 years ago bassist Benny Rietveld ended his tenure with Miles Davis and made the move to join team Carlos Santana. At the time of the move it was unlikely Rietveld knew how Santana would reignite his own career, garner mass appeal on popular radio and clean up at the Grammys with the “Supernatural” project. Netherlands born, Hawaii raised Rietveld took a chance, put in almost a decade of commitment to Santana (prior to “Supernatural”) and now enjoys a career so diverse it satisfies his many and varied interests. He also serves as musical director for Santana.