Posts Tagged ‘technology’

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.

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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.

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.

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!

A great article from the StudioSpares Pro Audio blog about why it’s important to position your monitors carefully. I especially like the ‘painting under poor lighting’ analogy!

http://proaudioblog.co.uk/2015/11/home-studio-monitoring-speaker-placement/

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Web Based Synths – Viktor NV-1

Posted: November 11, 2015 by TGASMrDunne in studio, Synth Design
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The future is here, in the form of web browser based synths! Imagine being able to load up any famous synthesiser brand in your browser and then output audio to your DAW of choice. This may not be many years away, and it offers attractive possibilities to consumers and publishers alike. (Subscription based synths, anyone?) Other creative industries have already moved in this direction (see Adobe Creative Cloud) and this type of service can also prevent software piracy, making it an attractive option for the big brands. There are a few big obstacles to overcome, such as latency, processing load and stability, but it might not be too long until the dream of a web based DAW and synths becomes a reality.

http://nicroto.github.io/viktor/

 

The studio is due to see its next round of improvements over the next couple of months, including some new equipment and routing capabilities. We will be seeing the addition of a rack mounted Presonus HP60 to replace our portable headphone amp (which can still be used to further split a headphone signal), wall boxes with XLR and Jack routing to keep everything permanently connected (freeing up the snake for use in M2) and a flashy new Rode NT2-A condenser microphone with selectable pickup patterns (omni, cardioid and figure 8).

http://www.presonus.com/products/hp60

http://www.rode.com/microphones/nt2-a

Neil Brand continues his excellent series about pop music with a episode about emerging music technology. A required watch for all AS and A2 students.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b050rbz8/sound-of-song-3-mix-it-up-and-start-again

 

A great MusicRadar article on 21 of the most influential technological innovations that shape the way we make music. Make sure you read and understand them all!

http://www.musicradar.com/news/tech/the-21-most-important-music-technology-innovations-of-all-time-613606

The return of vinyl?

Posted: January 7, 2015 by TGASMrDunne in hardware, Songs
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A great read from the Guardian about the resurgence of records.

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/jan/07/-sp-vinyls-difficult-comeback