Archive for the ‘hardware’ Category

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

With an iconic (and slightly weird!) design, the Expressiv MIDI guitar joins a long list of controllers that promise to revolutionize the way musicians use synths. We’re not sure what’s going on at 1.22, however this is an impressive piece of technology that will win over progressive guitarists.

MIDI controlled percussion – PERC

Posted: April 28, 2016 by TGASMrDunne in hardware, studio
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Attention drummers! Ever wished you had more than two hands to play with? Meet PERC: a MIDI triggered physical drum machine. Velocity sensitive and tempo controlled up to an insane 1200bpm, this could be a very creative addition to any drummers arsenal.

A helpful video from Steinberg and Future Music on the best methods and equipment for recording vocals. Of particular interest is the section on ‘mic technique’, where singers have to change their positioning and performance to achieve the best results. A must watch for AS and A2.

At CSGSMusicTech we’re always looking to add new ways of recording to our midi setup. The Seaboard RISE is one of a new crop of controllers that look to improve the way we record. Why add modulation, filter cutoff or glide after a performance has been recorded, when you could do it all at once? This approach is designed to lead to more organic performances.

Price is a bit steep for our studio at the moment (£949!!) but as the price of this tech comes down, expect to see it in more studios.

Candle powered vibrato!

Posted: February 25, 2016 by TGASMrDunne in Guitar, hardware
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Have you ever yearned for a more authentic sounding vibrato? Then feast your eyes on this fancy bit of engineering, the Z.Vex Candela Vibrophase! Combining a candle, Stirling Engine, solar cells and photocells, the Vibrophase generates its own current and power that drives a very pleasant sounding vibrato.

Such beautiful work doesn’t come cheap, (an estimated $6000!) therefore we might have to stick with cheaper battery powered alternatives for the time being. One can always dream….

Arturia Maxibrute!

Posted: January 25, 2016 by TGASMrDunne in hardware, Synth Design
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The big brother of our little analogue beast has arrived. Showcased at NAMM 2016, this monster polyphonic synth features oscillators and filters galore, along with a potentially game-changing 16×16 modulation matrix/step sequencer. No cost as yet (£££), but it will be fascinating to see whether this synth can break into the market so heavily dominated by Korg and Moog.

**UPDATE** It’s going to cost £1539!

http://www.musicradar.com/news/tech/weve-just-found-out-how-much-the-new-arturia-matrixbrute-synth-is-going-to-cost-634679

Interactive Synth Timeline

Posted: December 9, 2015 by TGASMrDunne in hardware
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Ever wondered how many oscillators there are on a classic Minimoog? What year was the groundbreaking Fairlight CMI released? Where does the Arturia Minibrute fit into the history of analogue synthesisers? All these questions and more can be answered by taking a look at this fantastic resource. A2 students will definitely want to bookmark for research.

http://www.vintagesynth.com/timeline/

A Cardboard Guitar?

Posted: December 4, 2015 by TGASMrDunne in Guitar, hardware
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Electric guitars have been made of wood (and occasionally plastic) since they were invented, due to the stress that the tension of the strings places on the neck. Watch this amazing video to see how Cardboard Chaos manage to solve this problem and create a cardboard guitar!