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Monthly Archives: January 2017

New Music Gear Monday: Ultimate Ears Sound Tap Personal Monitor DI

Ultimate Ears Sound Tap

It looks like the days of the floor monitor are numbered as the live gig world quickly adapts to in-ear monitoring, something that the concert industry embraced many ears ago. Today IEMs are priced within reach of just about any gigging musician, but what really holds back many players from jumping in is the complicated […]

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Lady Gaga “Paparazzi” Isolated Vocals

Lady Gaga Paparazzi

Lady Gaga’s debut album was a worldwide smash, and the 5th single off the record, “Paparazzi” continued a streak of hit singles that would last for years. The song was written by Gaga and former manager Rob Fusari, who also co-produced the track. The mix was done by Robert Orton and mastered by Gene Grimaldi at Oasis […]

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January 26, 2017

Don’t Look Now, But A.I. Composed Music Is Taking Hold

A.I. Composed Music

It’s tough out there for songwriters and composers of every genre. There’s more competition than ever, thanks to better training and the proliferation of home studios, so the last thing that’s needed is another obstacle to go up against. That’s why the rise in A.I. composed music (meaning by artificial intelligence) is so disconcerting. Most of us […]

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Winter NAMM 2017 Overview – Part 2

Yesterday was a lot of fun looking at some of the major items that caught my eye at NAMM, but today we’ll look at some of the other audio products. Once again, this is in no particular order. Digigrid displayed a couple of audio interfaces called M Cube that allow you to connect to a computer […]

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Winter NAMM 2017 Overview – Part 1

Winter NAMM 2017

Winter NAMM just ended and as usual there’s a lot to talk about. I’ll be covering the various new products and oddities over the next few days, as well as a big picture overview on my podcast.The show was generally filled with enthusiasm and everyone was feeling pretty prosperous. Hope it stays that way in […]

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The Clash “London Calling” Isolated Guitars

The Clash London Calling

There are some songs that get ingrained in rock n’ roll memory and become classics, and The Clash’s “London Calling” certainly fits that bill. It’s always a great treat to hear inside a song as there’s usually much more happening than we’re aware of in the full mix, and this song is no exception. Have a […]

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January 18, 2017

An Inside Look At Tape Delay

Tape Delay

Many delay plugins today are either trying to directly emulate tape delay or have a tape delay setting. Setting up a tape delay used to be one of the first things you learned how to do when you started in the studio back in the day, since there was no other way to accomplish the […]

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January 17, 2017

Neutron Project Manager Matt Hines On The My Latest Inner Circle Podcast

Matt Hines

iZotope’s Neutron is one of the new generation of DAW plugins that analyze the program audio and then make some pretty good suggestions as to the EQ and compression that will work for the track. Many engineers find this somewhat disconcerting, and are maybe a little intimidated by it, while others embrace it as just […]

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The Magic Of Foley

WB Foley Stage

Most people (even many audio engineers) don’t realize that the sound effects that they hear in a movie aren’t real. They’re recreated to sound more dramatic or “more real” than they actually sound. That’s the job of the Foley artist, and there aren’t many of them, even in Hollywood. The process is named after Jack […]

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New Music Gear Monday: Antelope Audio Orion32 HD Interface

Antelope Audio Orion32 HD

One of the problems with audio interfaces is they just don’t have enough I/O sometimes. Most interfaces are either 8 or 16 channels, which is plenty in some cases and not enough in others. While the price for a single 16 channel interface might seem reasonable, when you put two of them together to meet your […]

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