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I describe how I made a stop motion animation of a phonograph needle in an LP groove using an electron microscope. I also show electron micrographs of other recording media.
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While official details are still to be announced, the Yamaha Reface appears to be a new keyboard synth line, inspired by Yamaha classics like the CS80, DX7, YC-10 and CP70
Exciting times indeed
http://www.irigmicstudio.com for more information
Make professional studio-quality recordings
on the go
Introducing iRig Mic Studio, IK Multimedia’s ultra-portable large-diaphragm digital condenser microphone for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC and Android. It packs a 1” diameter condenser capsule into an ultra-compact enclosure that can be used to make professional-quality recordings anywhere. Great for musicians, vocalists, home producers, podcasters, broadcasters, voice-over artists and more, it puts the superior power of a large-diaphragm microphone into the palm of your hand.
Superior portable performance
iRig Mic Studio has been created to provide the best sound quality possible in every recording situation. It features a large 1″ diameter back electret condenser capsule, a 24-bit audiophile-grade A/D converter (with 44.1/48 kHz sample rate) and a built-in low-noise high-definition preamp. These, combined with its 133dB SPL rating, allow for optimal audio capture at any sound pressure level – it can record everything from the subtle and nuanced dynamics of the human voice to the full-on bombast of an amplified electric guitar, and everything in between.
And while these features are excellent on their own, what’s truly remarkable about iRig Mic Studio is that it fits its components into a compact enclosure so small that it makes other microphones seem supersized and cumbersome by comparison.
In addition to its high-end components, iRig Mic Studio also sports a comprehensive set of monitoring and level control features. It comes with a gain control knob and a multicolour LED level indicator that allow for on-the-spot adjustment. It also has a headphone output jack with its own level control for monitoring directly from the microphone itself. For better positioning while recording, iRig Mic Studio comes with a sturdy and portable tabletop tripod stand. And for improved portability, it comes with its own protective travel pouch.
It’s all about the connections
iRig Mic Studio is compatible with nearly every popular mobile and desktop platform. It comes with a female micro-USB port and an assortment of cables: Micro-USB to Lightning for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch; micro-USB to micro-USB OTG for Android (requires either an Android 5 or Samsung Professional Audio device); and micro-USB to USB for Mac and PC.
A world of professional microphones
Though iRig Mic Studio sounds great on its own, its tonal character can also be customized thanks to IK’s new Mic Room app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Mic Room is a microphone-modelling app that works seamlessly with iRig Mic Studio to give it the sonic characteristics of some of the most famous microphones in history: tried-and-true dynamics, velvety tube condensers, smooth ribbons and a whole lot more. Now producers, musicians, podcasters and anyone else who wants great sound on the go can have access to an all-in-one microphone that can mimic a full treasure trove of classics.
The Mic Room App is available from the App Store at
Record with the power of apps
For immediate recording, iRig Mic Studio comes with a powerful suite of vocal apps. VocaLive™ is an expandable, powerful effects processor and multi-track recording app that’s perfect for professional singers. EZ Voice™ for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and EZ Voice™ for Android are streamlined and easy-to-use sing-along apps that make it easy for vocalists to practise with any song in their music library.iRig® Recorder for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and iRig® Recorder for Android are straightforward audio capture apps that are great for everyone from journalists who need to make recordings in the field to podcasters who want to broadcast while on the go, and everyone in between.
The VocaLive App is available from the App Store at www.appstore.com/vocalive
The EZ Voice App is available from the App Store at www.appstore.com/ezvoice
The iRig Recorder App is available from the App Store at www.appstore.com/irigrecorder
EZ Voice is available for Android via Google Play and the Samsung GALAXY Apps store. iRig Recorder is available for Android on Google Play.
iRig Mic Studio is also fully compatible with a wide variety of third party apps and software, like Cubasis, ProStudio Vocal FX, MultiTrack DAW and more. It’s also compatible with Apple’s GarageBand and Logic Pro X apps, and iOS Voice Memo.
Pricing and availability
iRig Mic Studio comes in silver or black and is available now from music and electronics retailers worldwide and from the IK online store for only $/€179.99 (excluding taxes).
Plugin Alliance has launched bx_opto, a compressor effect plug-in by Brainworx.
The Brainworx bx_opto compressor combines some of the best colors, character and features from what Brainworx has learned modeling the optical circuits of some of the world’s best-loved compressors. Rather than recreating a hardware product in software, the bx_opto takes the best aspects and anomalies from these legendary light-dependent circuits to create a software compressor you’ll wish you could buy a hardware version of. The result is a beastly little dynamics processor, teeming with character and spitting out sounds no analog optical compressor can.
Most optical compressors are appreciated for their musical, program dependent character introduced by anomalies in the light dependent circuitry of the sidechain; the general speed of compression is cemented by the given behavior of the compressor’s Light Dependent Resistor (LDR). Hardware opto-compressors can only allow users the ability to adjust the effect of this character by introducing a separate resistance circuit that gives some control over the compression envelope.
- Analog, optical compression colors with more control.
- Content-dependent peak reduction / compression with one knob.
- ‘Speed’ knob controls the coefficient of Light Dependent Resistor, creating unique transient response.
- Fully sweepable (20 Hz – 20 kHz) LP/HP/BP (wide)/ BP (narrow) sidechain filter .
- Wet/Dry mix for parallel compression .
- Accurate metering for reading amount of gain reduction.
- NOT a transparent compressor; gently level or completely raze your sound with harmonically pleasant results.
bx_opto for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/AAX/AudioSuite) is available for purchase for $149 USD.
Overview of the features and functions of the Future Retro Mondovox polyphonic MIDI processor. Play up to 16 monophonic synthesizers polyphonically. Or play multitimbral synthesizers in new ways.
Attempting to reimagine electronic music through acoustic means
Klavikon represents an entirely new approach to the piano, drawing on the experimental work of Tudor and Cage to transform the instrument into a factory of haunting, percussive textures. With the use of bolts, screws and assorted electric toys, Klavikon reimagines ‘electronic’ music without the use of conventional processes.
Indebted both to the American experimental tradition and to the postwar European innovations of Stockhausen and Ligeti, the album comprises a suite of brand new, visceral compositions.
Leon Michener studied classical piano and composition at Trinity College and the Royal Academy of Music. His recordings have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and recent performances include Stockholm Museum of Modern Art, The Roundhouse and Kings Place.
Premiered by Hudson Mohawke on his takeover of Benji B’s BBC Radio 1 show, ‘Scud Books’ is the next track revealed from the album ‘Lantern’ – http://s.warp.net/lantern
The track will be available to download with pre-orders from the links below.
iTunes – http://smarturl.it/lantern-itunes
Bleep – http://smarturl.it/lantern-bleep
Amazon – http://smarturl.it/lantern-amazon
HoRNet Plugins has announced the release of HoRNet Chorus60, an emulation of a famous vintage chorus found in an 80’s iconic keyboard.
When this particular keyboard was released it only had one oscillator per voice and to make the sound thicker the manufacturer used this particular kind of chorus that became the signature sound of many hits like “Sweet Dreams”.
We took the original schematic, analyzed, simulated and recreated it in a plugin, and also added control for the internal chorus parameters like the LFO rate, Dry/Wet control and the chorus wideness. The analog characteristics are reproduced, both in saturation and hiss but can be enabled or disabled independently.
HoRNet Chorus60 features
- Smooth fat and wide chorus.
- Mode I, Mode II and Mode I+II available as in the original unit.
- LFO rate adjustable for each of the three modes.
- Chorus stereo wideness control.
- Dry/Wet control
- Analog saturation and hiss with separate controls
- 2x oversample mode for best quality
- Input and output faders with VU meters
- Mac OS X (>=10.5 Intel only) and Windows support.
- 64-bit compatibility both on Mac and Windows.
- Audio Units VST2.4, VST3, RTAS and AAX (mac only) format.
HoRNet Chorus60 is available for purchase for 10.99 EUR.
Factory demo song from the Yamaha SY22 synthesizer recorded direct with no additional effects.
The SY22 is a hybrid vector synthesizer that has both AWM (12-bit sample ROM) and FM sound engines. It has a joystick that lets you morph between elements of a sound in real time, and each sound can contain up to 4 elements.
For more information about this and other synthesizers, visit http://soundprogramming.net/synthesiz…
“Syntorial is the most direct route between hearing a sound in your head and knowing how to bring it to life.” – Electronic Musician Magazine
“The most comprehensive and fun tool for learning synthesizer programming, hands down.” – Keyboard Magazine
“The best training in synth sound-design we’ve come across. A unique and fun way to train your ears in re-creating synth sounds.” – MusicTech Magazine
Syntorial is video game-like training software, that will teach you how to program synth patches by ear. By combining video demonstrations with interactive challenges, you’ll get hands on experience programming patches on a built-in soft synth, and learn everything you need to know to start making your own sounds with ease.
* Electronic Musician Editor’s Choice 2014 *
- Interactive Learning: Syntorial doesn’t just show you how synth programming works. It engages you in Interactive Challenges in which you program patches on a built-in synth. You aren’t just learning how to design sound, you are becoming a sound designer.
- For Musicians, Not Physicists: Instead of talking about the science and physics behind synthesizers, Syntorial will show you how each control effects sound, as well as when, why and how you would use them when designing sounds. This is information that you can immediately apply to real-life situations.
- It’s All About The Ear: One step at a time, Syntorial trains your ear to recognize how each control shapes and manipulates sound. By the end of the program you’ll be able to take the sounds you hear and re-create them, completely by ear.
- Challenges: Learn by doing! Complete challenges by programming patches with Syntorial’s built-in synth.
- Videos: Everything is taught through video demonstrations using the same synth that you’ll use in the challenges.
- Patches: Program, program, program. After all, that’s what it’s all about, right? By the end you will have programmed tons of patches, from simple to complex, familiar to strange.
- Quizzes: Multiple choice questions to help you retain and remember everything you learn.
- On Your Own: Syntorial will give you periodic tasks to be carried out on your own with whatever synth(s) you use.
- Subtractive synthesis
- Three Oscillators (Two with Waveform, Pitch, Pulse Width, and Mix controls, and a Sub oscillator with Waveform and Volume controls)
- Saw, Pulse, Triangle and Sine waveforms
- FM knob
- Noise Oscillator
- Oscillator Sync
- Filter (Low, Band and High Pass) with Resonance and Key Tracking
- ADSR Filter Envelope
- ADSR Amp Envelope
- AD Modulation Envelope
- LFO with four waveforms, seven destinations, rate, amount, trigger, and mono/poly modes
- Mono and Poly Voice Modes
- Unison with Voice, Detune and Spread controls
- Ring Modulation
- Distortion, Chorus, Phaser, Delay, and Reverb effects
- Mod Wheel, Pitch Wheel and Velocity controls
- Audiobus, Inter App Audio, and Virtual Midi enabled.
FREE VS UPGRADE
The free app comes with the first 22 lessons, as well as Syntorial’s fully featured synth (see above). Upgrade to get:
- All 199 Lessons, including 129 Challenges, 147 Videos, and 706 Patches covering the most common synthesis parameters.
- Additional Lesson Packs covering Cakewalk Z3TA+ 2 and Minimoog Voyager, each containing 30+ videos. More Lesson Packs planned for the future.
- Pay once and get access to all of the above on iPad, Mac and PC. Sync your progress across all 3 platforms. Train where you want, when you want, and how you want.
- Plugin version of Syntorial’s synth, Primer. Program, record and play Primer in your favorite desktop recording software. VST (Mac/PC) and AU (Mac).
Personally I think that £100 is too much for the IAP so I’ll be passing this one up, but if you do go for it I’d be interested to know what you think of it in terms of value for money.
JMJ released the music video for Glory, a collaboration with fellow FrenchmanAnthony Gonzalez (M83). The video explores how we often glorify the absurd.
Here’s what director Lisa Paclet has to say about the video:
“When I listened to ‘Glory,’ I was struck by the lyrics ‘We could never have it all.’ That to me crystallized a very contemporary feeling of impotence. Jean-Michel Jarre told me he wanted the video to be ‘dark and sunny,’ so I opted for a slightly sardonic take on the concept of glory.
I wanted to glorify useless action though a series of absurd sports, preformed by athletes that run after unreachable, constantly shifting goals.
As the clip progresses the athletes subtly rebel against their pointless task, either though deliberate action of failure, breaking the repetitive cycle to which they are constrained. Their failures reveal a breach of humanity, which ricochets within the public; who in turn reacts in a progressively entropic fashion.”
Music video by Jean-Michel Jarre, M83 performing Glory. (C) 2015 Music Affair Entertainment Ltd. under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH