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One More Day For IK Multimedia

August 13, 2009 Leave a comment

IKteaserIt’s almost the 13th. I’ve about decided to stop guessing what this new thing they’re doing is. That’s exactally what they want us to do. Try and figure out what they’ve got for a week before they actually tell us.

I’m sure it’s going to be great. They’ve never put out crappy stuff as far as I’m concerned.

It is a little aggrevating because I’m not a very patient man.

So what do you think they’re releasing tomorrow? Could it be a DAW or a special kind of plugin or VSTi?

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Native Instruments Kontakt Player

August 12, 2009 Leave a comment

kontakt playerNative Instruments released the new version of Kontakt Player this week. It includes over 600 MB of samples taken from their archives.

You can use it as a stand alone or a plugin. It is also fully compatible with all other Kontakt libraries.

They did leave one thing out of the free version, it doesn’t have the full editing ability as the full version. But it does come with a library if you haven’t tried Kontakt before.

Of course, by giving it away for free, they’re wanting you to get addicted to it so you’ll buy more libraries from them. This is still worth the download. You might find Kontakt to be just what you’re looking for.

And since it’s free, you won’t be out much if you don’t like it. I believe more companies should be doing the same thing.

In The Studio With Michael Jackson

August 11, 2009 Leave a comment

Bruce SwedienIf you haven’t seen the peice on Bruce Swedien in Mix Magazine yet, you should really check it out. In the interview, he shares a couple of stories about Quincy Jones.

He also talks about his upcoming book “In The Studio With Michael Jackson”. Here’s one quote from the interview:

“Though the book was in production for many years we did not anticipate its release coinciding with the events of the last few weeks,” states Aaron Lefkove of Hal Leonard Books. “As engineer, Swedien was, along with producer Quincy Jones, one of the creative partners and architects of Jackson’s sound. The book is part anecdotal memoir, part technical reference, and paints a vivid portrayal of Michael Jackson as an artist.”

What Was The Hardest Thing You Learned To Do?

August 9, 2009 Leave a comment

hd_boardSo, what was the hardest thing you eventually learned to do? Mine, was mixing. Mixing was so hard for me. Some people that I know, came in as a pure novice, and got the “perfect mix” the first time around. And it kept happening for them.

I was a completely different story. I basically mixed stereo-mono. Or at least that’s what I called it at the time. I didn’t pan much. And if I did, I just panned hard left or right.

Yeah, I would ride faders on everything. And a few weeks later, I’d decide the mix was crap and re-mix it, only to re-re-mix it a week later.

I didn’t have that thing that good engineers had.

All my mixes were muddy. Every one of them. If there were instruments that were fighting for frequency, I’d move the fader up on one of them and after a few weeks, move the fader up on the other one.

It was a complete mess.

When I EQ’d, I over EQ’d. Every time. All the time.

With the friends that did actually record with me, I made sure not to charge them anything because I basically sucked.

I couldn’t mix worth shit. So I gave them a ballpark figure of what a good mix might sound like until I could learn to actually mix.

Then I realized, that’s how you learn. You either learn by watching a good engineer do it. Or you learn the hard way. Which is the way I learned and the way most people learn it.

I believe it does take a good engineer to teach someone how to do it in the end. It’s extremely hard to learn how to do it all by yourself. My advice is to get a subscription to Recording Magazine and EQ Magazine. Then start going to the library or to a book store and get you something by an engineer who’s actually IN the field and read it. A few times.

Going on the internet to see how to do it via Youtube is an awesome start, You can learn a lot by typing in what you want to know about in youtube, but a beginner needs a good engineer to point them into the right direction.

One weekend, I’m going to build a page on this blog that has everybody I recommend and why. I hope you look to it as an honest page of what a producer recommends. BECAUSE HE ACTUALLY TRIED EVERYTHING ON THE PAGE!!! I know there are a lot of shyster’s that recommend things on the internet that have personally never tride anything they recommend. Who know’s why, maybe because the pakage “looks good”.

But looking good and actually SOUNDING good is the real question you have to answer to yourself. I know Pro Tools is good because I’ve used that for the last 10 years. I know FL Studio is good, because I’ve been using it to created music for the last 5 to 6 years. I know there are specific microphones that are good. Some, you’ve already heard of, like the SM 57 and 58 and the Audio Technica 4040 or the Audio Technica 4041. Yeah, I think they’re good because, I’VE USED ALL OF THEM. And I like them.

I’ve went on a tangent again. What were we talking about?

IK’s Mysterious Teaser

August 8, 2009 Leave a comment

IKteaserIK Multimedia has a teaser posted on their website. It seems they’re coming out with something they think is going to be special. They make really good stuff, so I’m pretty courious about what it is. Computer Music seems to think it’s a DAW or virtual multitrack.

Of course, they don’t really know. It could be some kind of software synth or plugin that’s completely new. But I’m leaning tward a DAW too, because it’s a bandwagon product. Everybody’s jumping on.

I don’t know if we would need another DAW. So that would have to be revolutionary. I can see some areas they could go with a plugin or softsynth. But we really have too many DAW’s already, and I believe that most of us use the one that we’re going to use for the next 10 years at least.

I could be wrong, but they’re going to have to be original and it’s going to have to be something completely unique for me to even look at it.

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Ibanez Jem and JS Models Are Left Handed Now

August 6, 2009 Leave a comment

viasatlefthandAs a guitar player, I’m glad they finally did this. Not all good guitar players are left handed. I’m right handed, but I have a brother that plays guitar and he’s left-handed.

He ended up learning how to play right handed because the little selection there is out there for left handed players.

This is really nice, and I’m glad they finally are doing this. After what, twenty years?

Here’s the story from SonicState

They’re calling them the JEM7VWH and JS1200CAL

The Jem is going for around 4 grand and the JS is going for 2800 dollars.

These are way expensive for these models. But at least they put SOME selection out there.

From the looks of it, the hardware stays the same, which is a good thing because that would have been the perfect opportunity for them to slouch.

Categories: Personal, Pro Audio News

Propellerhead’s Record For Free

August 1, 2009 Leave a comment

propellerhead-recordAs I’ve said in a few other posts, I really like Propellerhead’s software. It’s some of the best music creation software you can get. Now they’re moving into the recording software arena. It looks intersting from the video (below). But it probably won’t replace my recording software choice. It would have to be damn good for that.

At any rate, I’m planning on downloading this when I get home. Here’s the press release:

Propellerhead Software announce the Record Open Beta experience. Musicians can testdrive Propellerhead’s new Record Software for free until September 9th, 2009. Just visit http://www.recordyou.com and request an invite code or get an invite code from a colleague who has already gotten a Record Open Beta.

About Record
Record is Propellerhead Software’s brand new recording software. Record provides unlimited audio tracks, world-class effects and mixing gear, and a whole new take on music recording. With an intuitive, straightforward interface and a hands-on approach to capturing performances, Record was designed for musicians—not audio engineers. This is recording done right.

For more information, visit their web site at http://www.propellerheads.se/products/record/.

And here’s a video showing you what I can do right now: