Archive for the ‘studio’ Category

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….

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

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.

Very useful article and video tutorial for all current AS and A2 students, especially at this crucial stage in the year!

http://www.musicradar.com/tuition/guitars/how-to-record-your-band-part-9-the-final-mix-636489

As if you needed any more convincing that Dave Grohl is one of the most talented guitarists/singers/general human beings out there, here is a helpful article he has penned on how to make the most of your rehearsal space through soundproofing. We tip our hats to you, Mr Grohl.

http://foofighters.com/soundproofing

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.

Free Bitcrushing plugin – Krush

Posted: March 15, 2016 by TGASMrDunne in Software, studio
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Who doesn’t like free stuff? Grab this free bitcrushing plugin for your DAW!

krush

KRUSH

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.

3B recording articles

Posted: February 26, 2016 by CSGSMrCarruthers in Recording, studio
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Y13s, please see the below links for live jazz mixing techniques. I would read them critically – lots of good tips but make your own judgments about the sort of mix you are going for.

Mike Senior Mix Rescue: Jazz Trio

Mike Senior Mix Rescue: Jazz Band On Location