ESP Sonic Guitar 25th Anniversary

Posted: July 14, 2016 by TGASMrDunne in Guitar, studio
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In honour of the 25th anniversary of the release of Sonic the Hedgehog, ESP Japan are releasing these limited edition models! Expect to pay around £1200 for the normal editions, or an eye watering £4664 for the super fancy ones.

ESP SONIC-II PRICE : 665,000yen (without TAX) SPECIFICATION:Bolt-on-neck Construction, Alder Body, Hard Maple 3P Neck, Ebony Fingerboard, 24 JESCAR FW55090-NS frets, Foyd Rose Tremolo & Locknut, 648mm Scale, GOTOH SG360-07 MG Tuner, Seymour Duncan TB-4 JB & SCHECTER MONSTERTONE Pickups COMING WITH:Cerificate, SONIC & SHADOW Pickset, Score, Special Polishing Cloth, Exclusive Hard Case

And then once you have it, learn some tunes!

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Recording tips – Didgeridoo

Posted: July 6, 2016 by TGASMrDunne in Recording, studio
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Let no-one say that Australian microphone manufacturer Rode aren’t thorough! Tucked away in their useful support section is this little gem.

http://en.rode.com/faq/whats-the-best-way-to-record-a-didgeridoo

What’s the best way to record a Didgeridoo?

The most recommended setup is to use a large diaphragm mic (e.g. NT-2000, NTK or K2) placed low and off to one side of the end of the digeridoo. Combine it with a second, smaller mic (e.g. NT3, NT5 or NT55) about a third of the way up from the bottom to capture tapping and vocal tricks.

The department does have a didgeridoo. Y12s, you know what to do….

Poorly programmed or dull drum fills are a sure sign of an inexperienced musician/producer. Read this good tutorial with examples and get your skills up to speed!

http://www.musicradar.com/tuition/tech/learn-how-drum-fills-work-in-5-easy-steps-639154

BOSS Tuner App

Posted: June 20, 2016 by TGASMrDunne in Software
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Grab yourself a free and essential app for any musician/producer from your app store of choice. Modelled on the ubiquitous TU-3 design, the app can be used for tuning any instrument as well as providing reference pitches for singers.

http://www.bossus.com/products/boss_tuner_app/

How to remake a classic vinyl album

Posted: June 16, 2016 by TGASMrDunne in hardware, Recording
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Great bit from the guardian about the process of re-pressing a classic album.

https://www.theguardian.com/music/gallery/2016/jun/15/how-to-remake-a-blue-note-jazz-album-in-pictures-vinyl-music-matters

A box containing the original master tapes of various artists on Blue Note Records at Cohearent.

2nd Gen Focusrite Scarlett Interfaces

Posted: June 13, 2016 by TGASMrDunne in hardware, Recording, studio
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Focusrite have announced the release of their second generation interfaces, the most popular brand in the world. Many past and present students have used these interfaces, and have rated them highly. The new generation also features some of the lowest latency ever measured at 2.74ms, promising a responsive recording experience.

http://www.soundonsound.com/news?NewsID=19557

The discovery of dubstep…

Posted: June 13, 2016 by TGASMrDunne in Synth Design
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Did not know this. Will have to add this to the new spec, eh Edexcel?

KNOWER – Time Traveller

Posted: June 8, 2016 by TGASMrDunne in Songs, Techniques
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Post Dubstep? Dance-Drum n/ Bass? Whatever this is, it’s just quite amazing. Production is fantastic, tons of formant twisting, shimmering synths with Launchpad gymnastics to boot. Hope these guys make it big.

Creative EQ for drums

Posted: June 8, 2016 by TGASMrDunne in Recording, Techniques, theory
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Getting the drums to sound right can be challenging. AS and A2 students will find this article and the accompanying video very useful.

http://www.musicradar.com/tuition/tech/6-ways-eq-can-improve-your-electronic-beats-637806

The Stone Roses Return

Posted: May 18, 2016 by TGASMrDunne in Guitar, Songs
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After many many years, the Stone Roses have released some new material. Can their jangle-indie win new fans in the era on the soft synth, or will this just be a nostalgia trip for middle aged die-hards? Classic Roses production with a heap of reverb on Ian Brown’s wandering vocals, 90s style vocal harmonies and catchy riff driven guitar parts.