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Stam Audio Comes to Awave

Stam Audio at Awave

Stam Audio Comes to Awave

Stam Audio creates zero compromise recording gear that is light on the wallet. Recreating the finest gear from the 60’s and 70’s, we go to every length to ensure that each piece contains every last ounce of musicality and tone from the originals. The reason we’re able to achieve the sound you’d expect from a very expensive piece of boutique gear is through a combination of years of research, development and critical listening. Only the best components are used, and each component goes through a rigorous testing process with one thing in mind: getting the best sound possible. If you’re experienced in using classic gear such as the LA2A, 1073MP or U87 – you can expect to swap in Stam gear seamlessly, with no change in sound or functionality.

View the entire Stam Audio product range here

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AEA Sessions: Mitski | AEA TRP2 Preamp Now Shipping

AEA Sessions

AEA Sessions: Mitski | AEA TRP2 Preamp Now Shipping

This installment of our AEA Sessions video series features highly acclaimed singer-songwriter, Mitski. Alone with her guitar and washed in a warm, orange glow, Mitski delivers dynamic performances that explore a range of texture and tone captured with a combination of the near-field N22 and stereo R88.

AEA Preamp

The AEA TRP2 is now shipping! The AEA TRP2 preamp provides two channels of high-output, high-impedance, and low-noise gain in a half-rack package with a rich and natural sound that brings out the full potential of your microphones.

Watch the video here.

Order yours today!

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York St John University upgrade to Audient ASP8024-HE

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York St John University upgrade to Audient ASP8024-HE

York St John University has upgraded to an Audient ASP8024 Heritage Edition, adding analogue back into the mix after years of teaching on digital desks. “It was important for us to continue to have similar integration within the Audient Heritage, which is working well, as it supports more of the flavours of DAW that we support,” says Russ Hepworth-Sawyer, Mastering Engineer and part-time Senior Lecturer.


“For us it’s about clean, robust mic preamps which now give us a slightly different character to our other pres” says Russ, explaining the benefits of the console. “The EQ is really important to the students, who use the multiple returns from the DAW as group busses much of the time on larger mix projects. The integration of the Heritage has allowed students to explore many different workflows with great results.

Hali Santamas (Technician), Andrew Farthing (Head Technician) and Russ Hepworth-Sawyer (Senior Lecturer) welcome the new addition with glee

“The rationale for us to get the Heritage was the integration with the DAWs, and also to permit a large number of mixes for headphones alongside that extremely solid sound.” A sound he had already had some experience of, it turns out. “I was fortunate enough to use one of the first ASP8024s in one of my early part-time teaching jobs some 20 years ago. The desk was a dream to teach on: clear and solid for teaching as well as a professional sound.”


Students at York St John University get to work with the new Audient ASP8024 Heritage Edition

With the addition of the analogue aspect to the studio with the Audient ASP8024 Heritage Edition, York St John University can ensure students have experience of the analogue workflow as well as being proficient in the digital domain. Russ is keen for York St John to build on its “growing reputation for teaching music production in a different and more ‘real life’ way.” He clarifies, “Students work with industry partners on live projects with real outcomes, work with real, live artists they find and write with, and work on their portfolio careers from an early point in the course.,

Lecturer Chris Johnson gives the first workshop

“Our courses have been running for a little over a decade now and Programme Director Ben Burrows has created a fresh approach to Music Production in higher education,” continues Russ. A comprehensive suite of Bachelors and Masters courses at the University make use of the console, including combined courses such as BA Music Production & Creative Business and BA Independent Music Production. Together with a high staff-to-student ratio, York St John University gets results. “Our students are resilient, focussed and business savvy. Many go into the wider area of music and media and are often self-starters.”

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MOTU – And the Oscar goes to… Alexandre Desplat

Motu Oscar

MOTU – And the Oscar goes to… Alexandre Desplat

And the Oscar goes to…Alexandre Desplat

At the 90th Academy Awards, film composer and Digital Performer user Alexandre Desplat took home a second Oscar for Best Music (Original Score) for The Shape of Water, a film that garnered a total of four Oscars for Production Design, Original Score, Director (Guillermo del Toro), and the all-important Best Picture. Earlier in January, Desplat’s warm and melodic music for the film also won him a 2018 Golden Globe award for best Best Original Score.

“Thank you for letting the music be the voice of your characters,” Desplat said to del Toro from the stage of the Dolby Theater in Hollywood as he accepted the award.

Since 2007, Desplat has garnered nine Oscar nominations and two wins for The Grand Budapest Hotel (2015) and The Shape of Water (2018). Earlier nominations include The Imitation Game (2015), Argo (2013), The King’s Speech(2011), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2009) and The Queen (2007).

As of 2018, Desplat has seven BAFTA nominations (with three wins), seven Golden Globe Award nominations (with two wins), and six Grammy nominations (with two wins).

Alexandre was born in Paris in 1961 and was playing piano by age five, adding trumpet and flute as his interest in music grew. After further studies in both France and the US, Desplat set his sights on film scoring early in his career, scoring his first film Le souffleur in 1986. He then worked prolifically on many films through the eighties and nineties, achieving his first big break in 2003 for the film Girl with a Pearl Earring. All told, he has successfully written for French cinema, Hollywood, and incidental music with over 100 films to his credit.

Alexandre Desplat Digital Performer system

According to Desplat had worked on several earlier film projects with director Guillermo del Toro, including Rise of the Guardians and the series Trollhunters. How did Desplat end up working with de Toro again for The Shape of Water? “Two years ago, we had sushi together and he said I want to talk with you about fish,” Desplat said.

The Shape of Water (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) was released on December 1, 2017 by Decca Records. It is now available on Spotify, Amazon and iTunes.

The Shape of Water
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Source Audio – Is It Fender or Is It Ventris

Ryan Holding Source Audio Ventris

Source Audio – Is It Fender or Is It Ventris

60 Cycle Hum Asks: “Is It Fender or Is It Ventris?”

This past January at the NAMM Show we had the great pleasure of meeting Mr. Ryan Burke from 60 Cycle Hum: The Guitar Podcast. Ryan quickly filled us in on his eternal quest for a reverb pedal that captures the elusive “drip” of a real Fender 6G15 outboard spring reverb tank. “I’m forever chasing that drippy dragon!”

A drippy spring reverb tone is THE sound for surf rock guitarists worldwide. Ryan, a true connoisseur of surf rock tones, is exactly the type of musician we aimed to convince with the Ventris Dual Reverb’s new Outboard Spring engine. He only had to play one note through the Outboard Spring to concluded, “They’ve freakin’ done it. It drips!!!” Click the video link below to hear 60 Cycle Hum’s side-by-side comparison of the Ventris and an actual Fender outboard spring tank. Can you tell which is which?

Fender Spring Reverb and the Ventris: A Side-by-Side Comparison

Make sure to keep an eye on the 60 Cycle Hum Youtube channel for the big reveal in this blind comparison. Also, if you want to hear the Outboard Spring engine in your own rig, it is available now with the Neuro Desktop Editor. It is a free download for Mac and Windows PCs. Check out our Neuro/Ventris blog for instructions on downloading the Outboard Spring to your Ventris.

The Ambience Maker

Chords Of Orion

After all this vintage spring reverb talk, how about we turn our attention to some ambient guitar? We were blown away by the new videos from our pal Bill Vencil (a.k.a. “Chords of Orion”). Bill’s Fripp/Eno inspired compositions are some of our favorite ambient recordings in the guitar world. If you are an explorer of sonic space, we urge you to check out the Chords of Orion demo of the Ventris Dual Reverb. Bill’s baritone guitar plugged into the Ventris with the TIME control turned way, way up is truly an inspiration. Enjoy…

Chords of Orion Demos the Ventris Dual Reverb

Bill is also one of the first guys to dive deep into the ambient possibilities of the Ventris Dual Reverb/Nemesis Delay combo. Make sure and check out his song, Anno Requiem – An Ambient Guitar Meditation. It features the Ventris, the Nemesis, a fuzz, a volume pedal, and a looper. It is a big, BIG sound.

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Barefoot – Manny Marroquin Masters of the Craft

Barefoot – Manny Marroquin Masters of the Craft

Multi-GRAMMY Winning Mix Engineer, Manny Marroquin has had his hands and ears on nearly 250 million records, 40 #1 hits and 100 Top 10 albums with artists that include; Eminem, John Mayer, Miley Cyrus, Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, SIA and The Rolling Stones to name a few. His vision and technical savvy combined with immense creative ability have made Manny a true master of his craft.

In Manny Marroquin’s Own Words

To become a master of your craft, you’ve got to be passionate about what you do. I think there’s a lot of people that get in this business for the wrong reason.

You’re work ethic has to be there to keep perfecting that craft.  You gotta make sure that, when you face adversity, you’re able to adapt to it.

I used to say, I can mix anything from Leon Rhymes to Busta Rhymes. I try to be a chameleon to whatever they are giving me. I’m just a fan of music, really.

I think it’s the best time to be a producer right now, and you can do everything in your basement, in your bedroom. You can have quality equipment that will get you from a) to b) and I think the tools today are better than ever.

In the art form of mixing, I feel it’s not only what comes out of the speakers at the end of the day, as the journey and how to get there, and we’re always looking for inspiration.

I think the key is, the studio monitor. Does that monitor inspire you? Whatever I drive in to it, i gotta be able to get influenced with what comes out.

And you have to be able to push it a certain way that, you know it’s limits, and you know what you can do with it.

Barefoot Sound. The very first time I heard about it, it was at a trade show, and I saw these monitors that looked different from everything else, and then I was at a studio in San Francisco, and this guy had them, and he was raving about them, and he played me a mix through ’em, and I just immediately fell in love with them because they were just powerful. They were punchy. They were musical. They were not too pretty, but yet not too raw. All the things that I look for in a monitor.

I can really, really turn them up, or, I can turn them way down when I’m writing vocals, when I’m doing intricate rides, I can really turn ’em down and hear everything, and that’s pretty special. There’s not a lot of monitors that you can do that with. – Manny Marroquin, Multi-GRAMMY Winning Mix Engineer

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Roland Announces the NEW TR-8S Rhythm Performer

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Roland Announces the NEW TR-8S Rhythm Performer

Design custom kits with authentic TR Drums, stereo samples, and powerful effects.
Create evolving performances with 128 patterns, variations, fills and motion recording.
Perfect your sound in the studio, and then drop it live onstage.

Introducing the TR-8S: Roland’s TR drum machines, evolved.