Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Roland TR-909 Drum Machine vs iPad NineOnine Virtual Drum Machine

People From The UK Don’t Need To Go To Berlin Anymore

Andreas Schneider created this video tour of the new UK Testsalon to show why synth freaks from the UK don’t need to go to Berlin anymore:

The Testsalon inside Rough Trade East in London is the showroom installed by Schneidersladen, Berlin with the latest news in electronic hardware devices. The Video gives you an overview on how to get started with analogue synthesizers, modular systems, stepsequencers, drummachines, or filters from independent manufacturers like Doepfer, Sherman, MFB, TomOberheim, Makenoise, Cwejman, SND, Vermona and many others.

ll is connected with each other via Midi or cv gate and you can make some music easily .. if you are around.

Remember – “it’s not a shame to touch it”!

Pioneering Electronic Instrument – Rediscovered In France

A pioneering electronic instrument lost since the 1970s was recently recovered from a barn in Brittany, France. The Oram synthesizer, created by British composer Daphne Oram in 1957, was crucial to the development of electronic music but few people are aware of its significance. Mick Grierson, a lecturer at Goldsmiths University in London, is hoping to change that and spent the past few years tracking it down.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Sound of Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Acting as a foundation with an origin story for a new film series, Director Rupert Wyatt takes the audience on the science fiction summer hit, Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The stunning visual effects produced by Weta Digital for the apes are complimented by the wide range of sounds recorded and edited for the film.

Leading the sound team is supervising sound editor and sound designer Chuck Michael and co-supervisor John Larsen with the talents of first assistant sound editor Smokey Cloud and sound re-recording mixers Doug Hemphill and Ron Bartlett.

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Dynamic Range & The Loudness War

Truly excellent Loudness War analysis in Sound On Sound magazine – STOP PRESS:

“There is no doubt about it: contrary to general belief, there has been no obvious decrease in loudness range due to the loudness war, and brickwall limiters have not reduced the loudness range in music production.”

In fact, the article argues convincingly that “dynamic range” is so poorly defined that’s it’s pretty much useless as a way to discuss this issue.

Does this mean we don’t have to worry about the Loudness War after all, or that it’s NOT making modern music sound worse ? No. Over-use of limiting and compression tends to cause…

“…reduced crest factor, envelope modifications… and in the worst cases, distortion. Common sense suggests that although there is nothing wrong with these characteristics as such, they shouldn’t be on virtually all records“

The fight goes on…

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Mr Soundman VST: Ear Training for Sound Engineers

Enhance your frequency detection skills, get a precise indication of your abilities, and find out once and for all: who's got the golden ears? Prove your talent and you might win special awards and prizes!

- Play a challenging ear training game
- Improve your frequency detection skills
- Get a precise indication of your your abilities
- Compete with colleagues around the globe
- Win valuable prizes and awards

Mr. Soundman is a bit like an arcade game with an intuitive GUI, and rapidly increasing difficulty. You start the game with three lives. Mr. Soundman will play an audio source with a noticeable boost somewhere across the frequency range. Your mission is to identify the boosted frequency. The closer you are to the boosted frequency the more points you gain. Place accurate answers, pass stages, improve your score, and you might win one of Mr. Soundman awards! Watch the instruction video

Prizes, awards & competitions: who’s got the golden ears?
Depending on your score you can win three different awards: the Bronze Ear, the Silver Ear and the Golden Ear award. Beyond the fame and glory that come with them, these awards grant you special prizes. Sounds fun? Well, it is!