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Undertone Audio In Stock at Awave

Undertone Audio_Awave

Undertone Audio In Stock at Awave

There are a few limitations of the original Fairchild that we set out to address. First, we have made careful adjustments to the circuitry that greatly improve the lifespan and reliability of the tubes. Additionally, we’ve added a whole host of exciting new features that have never before been available on a Fairchild. The UnFairchild sports 6 original preset Time Constants and 4 variable Time Constants (attack and release), MS function, side chain processing, a true bypass, fine adjustment of left/right balance, user adjustable “DC Threshold”, and “Feed-Back” vs. “Feed-Forward” functionality. With the UnFairchild, we’ve made this extraordinary circuit flexible enough to handle pretty much every compression task on any style of music.

Checkout the Unfarichild 670M II and more below.

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: BAE Audio

In The Spotlight BAE Audio

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: BAE Audio

Based in Southern California, BAE build hand-wired transformer-balanced outboard recording gear faithful to classic English and American designs.
We stock all BAE Audio’s extensive product range here at Awave which you can view here:

https://awave.com.au/brand/bae-audio

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Manikin Electronic ‘The Most Authentic Melltotron Sound Library. The Choice of Tangerine Dream’

Manikin Electronic ‘The Most Authentic Melltotron Sound Library. The Choice of Tangerine Dream’

The dream of a digital Mellotron has existed since the birth of digital sampling, and the promise of Mellotron chips for the 360 Systems Digital Keyboard had me on tenterhooks for years in the mid‑1980s. Since then, there have been myriad PCM‑based emulations and sample collections, including my own MkII library. I was therefore intrigued when the Memotron was announced, and have watched its progress since its first appearance at the NAMM show in January 2006.

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TK Audio Releases BC1Ltd, 10 Year Anniversary Bus Compressor

TK Audio BC1Ltd 10 Year Anniversary

TK Audio Releases BC1Ltd, 10 Year Anniversary Bus Compressor

To celebrate TK Audio’s 10 year anniversary we are releasing the BC1Ltd in a limited edition of 100 units. We added some user-requested features like the THD function and HPF frequency options from the BC501. But we didn’t stop there, we also added the new Grab setting. This adds a more obvious

compression character in addition to the usual transparent mode that BC1 is famous for, perfect for the drum-bus. The panel of the BC1Ltd is a sleek brushed anodized panel which gives an exclusive feeling and the units are individually numbered on the frontpanel.

Key Features:

  • Three HPF frequencies, 80Hz, 150Hz and 220Hz
  • Selectable Grab function, selects a harder threshold knee
  • Selectable THD function for more even harmonics
  • Additional attack
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Lizzy McAvoy On Songwriting With UK Country Stars, The Shires

Lizzy McAvoy On Songwriting With UK Country Stars, The Shires

Hey Audient Fans! Lizzy McAvoy here!

I’m so excited to be back writing to you again. If we haven’t met yet through the world wide web, I am the proud owner of an Audient ASP4816. I have a fun video series that you can find on the Audient website.

I live in Nashville, Tennessee! I remember my first trips to Music City. My parents and I would be sitting in small clubs and cafes immersed in the incredible songwriting and starstruck by the talent. One of my favorite things was hearing the songwriters tell their stories. Not only through their prolific songs, but the stories behind the songs. The moments that happened to create that body of work; the failures, the triumphs and the sheer dumb luck that made their song rise to the top.

Like all things in the music business, it’s all about the journey and this was just the beginning of mine.

I remember thinking as a young girl how much I wanted to be like them. Playing songs that other artists deemed cool enough to be on their record and then to tell the story behind it. Well folks, that dream came true and here’s my story behind the song 🙂

This story begins in March of 2014.

I was playing a writers round at a local pub called Belcourt Taps in Nashville. A very sweet guy named Ben Earle approached me after the show and complimented me on a song I played that night called Cut Me Loose. He said he and his band mate were a new duo from the UK called The Shires. They would be cutting their debut record soon and releasing it back in the UK. He felt my song would be a good fit for the record. He asked if I would have any interest in pitching them my song. I said absolutely and I emailed them the next day.

Ben sang a line and we both looked at each other. We achieved the goosebump moment.

A few weeks went by and they passed on Cut Me Loose. They loved the song, but it just didn’t work for this project. Like all things in the music business, it’s all about the journey and this was just the beginning of mine. The Shires released their first record entitled ‘Brave’ in February 2015.

Ben and I stayed in touch

…and in 2016, I received an email from him saying he and Crissie were headed to Nashville to write for their second record and would I have any interest in writing with him. I said absolutely! So Ben and I got together and wrote two songs that day. Both of those songs had potential for the record, but again, didn’t make the final cut. The Shires second record is entitled ‘My Universe’.

 

Fast forward a year to 2017 …

…and I receive yet another email from Ben. The Shires were headed back across the pond for another writing trip, this time for their third record. Ben joked and said, “Third time’s a charm!”

We wrote together at my studio. At first, we were a little stumped; but some songs need a little coaxing to spread their wings. Ben, being the incredible piano player that he is, began playing a beautiful progression on the 1909 upright piano I have in my studio. Our song found her wings and began to take form. It felt special, but …was it special enough? That’s what Ben and I kept asking each other.

Lizzy’s beloved 1909 upright piano

 

We were going back and forth; trying to find that perfect combination. We both knew this song was worth fighting for. There was more to this song than just some quick words thrown onto the page. All of a sudden, Ben sang a line and we both looked at each other. We achieved the goosebump moment. The line was perfect! And the line just so happened to be our hook and our title.

Ben and I sat there playing the song down a few times and thinking,

“Wow! Did we really just land on something special?”

In my opinion, that first work tape you get the day you write the song is usually magic. It’s raw, it’s emotional and it’s fresh on your mind. So Ben and I knew we needed to get something laid down that Ben could take back to the UK with him.

I mic’d up the upright piano with my Earthworks PM40 Piano Mic and ran the pair through 2 channels on the Audient ASP4816. We grabbed a piano track in one pass. Ben added his vocal singing through my Mojave 200. (If you haven’t heard his voice yet, prepare yourself! It’s AWESOME!)

…that first work tape you get the day you write the song is usually magic. It’s raw, it’s emotional and it’s fresh on your mind.

Over my 10 or so years in music, I have found that I have better success with songs when I’ve done a ‘glorified worktape’. Just taking that extra 20-30 minutes to grab a better quality recording usually pays off in the end. This time was definitely one of those cases.

So to conclude my story… 🙂

Ben was right. Third time was a charm. The Shires cut our song Speechless which you can hear on their upcoming record, Accidentally On Purpose – out 20th April 2018.

To anyone who took the time to read my story: thank you. And please, never give up. This song was four years and three records in the making. So believe in your craft, your voice and keep making great music.
Until next time….

xo Lizzy

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Dave Smith Instruments Introduces the Prophet X

Dave Smith Instruments Prophet X

Dave Smith Instruments Introduces the Prophet X

Samples Plus Synthesis!

Dave Smith Instruments today announced the Sequential Prophet X, a new, bi-timbral, 8-voice-stereo (16-voice mono) synthesizer that combines samples and synthesis. At the heart of its sound is a newly developed engine that powers two simultaneous 16-bit, 48kHz sample-based instruments plus two high-resolution digital oscillators with waveshape modulation — all processed through analog filters.

Dave Smith commented: “The Prophet X is a powerful evolution of the Prophet series. Musicians have been asking for samples through real analog flters for a long time. We’ve given them not only that, but also all of the synthesis capabilites and awesome sound you’d expect from a Prophet.”

For sample content, Dave Smith turned to acclaimed sound developers 8Dio, known for pioneering “deep sampling,” a detailed approach to sampling that aims to capture all of the nuances and idiosyncracies of a particular sound or instrument. 8Dio co-founder Troels Folmann put it this way: “We’re known for going anywhere and everywhere with sounds. We embrace all sounds as music and feel that if you can capture the musical soul of a sound, you can make it into an instrument. The Prophet X gives musicians a very immediate and responsive way to access this expressiveness.”

The 150 GB sample library in the Prophet X includes numerous acoustic and electronic instruments as well as an extensive collection of ambient and cinematic effects. Users can shape the samples through loop manipulation, sample stretching, and the synthesizer’s many sound-sculpting functions which include 4 envelope generators, 4 LFOs, a deep modulation matrix, and other tools. The Prophet X also provides 50 gigabytes of internal storage for importing additional samples. Several sample libraries will be available from 8Dio at launch. Support for user-created sample content is planned for December, 2018.

A dual-effects engine provides multiple reverbs, two delays (standard and BBD), a chorus, flanger, phase shifter, rotating speaker, high-pass filter, and distortion. In stacked or split voice mode, you can apply two different effects to each layer. Effects parameters can be modulated through the mod matrix as can the samples themselves. A polyphonic step sequencer allows up to 64 steps and up to 6 notes per step, per layer. The Prophet X features a premium-quality, five-octave, semi-weighted keyboard with velocity and channel aftertouch, an integrated power supply, USB support, and three OLED displays.

Dave Smith summed up the new instrument: “Composers will love the Prophet X for soundtracks and synth geeks will love it for its sound mangling potential. But it’s really for everyone because it covers such a wide range of sounds. The new analog filter design we’re using is not only fantastic for synth sounds, but also does something special for the samples.” Added 8Dio co-founder Tawnia Knox: “The Prophet X has almost infinite posibilites. But more importantly, it has a soul. It’s alive. You can touch your sounds in a different way than you ever could.”

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Ear Trumpet Labs

Ear Trumpet Labs

Ear Trumpet Labs

Ear Trumpet Labs is the unholy offspring of a former software engineer with a habit of building audio gear. Having learned the arcane secrets of microphone construction from his betters, he set about finding the coolest looking, most unlikely components with which to make bodies for his babies.

Emerging from the dark, he held before him the talismanic sound-art pieces that would light the path forward for a new workshop. In constant flux and experimentation, the microphones of Ear Trumpet Labs are all glimmering spots of distinctive light in a world of boring same-old.

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Family Guy Composer Walter Murphy Shares His Process

Family Guy Composer Walter Murphy Shares His Process

In this Youtube feature from Sound On Sound magazine, composer Walter Murphy shares the process he goes through to score an episode of Family Guy, the hit Fox series Walter has been scoring since the show’s very first episode in 1999. Walter also details how he collaborated with the show’s creator, Seth MacFarlane, to conceive, write and record the show’s opening music theme before they even had a budget for the show. Walter’s original recording of that theme is still used to this day. Walter uses Digital Performer extensively in his daily workflow, both in the studio and on the sound stage.

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Masters of the Craft Featuring the Cold War Kids

Masters of the Craft Featuring the Cold War Kids

Cold War Kids’ Nathan Willett has an instantaneously recognizable sound to millions of indie rock fans all around the world. From his dynamic vocals to his gospel-inspired piano riffs, Nathan’s tone is distinct and mesmerizing.  Having toured for decades and releasing 7 studio albums, he knows the tools he needs to achieve the artistry and production level he demands.  This dedication makes Nathan Willett a master of his craft.

In Nathan Willett’s Own Words

Being a master of your craft just means you know what it is you’re going for and you just go there full steam.

You’re constantly chasing that perfect song, that perfect sound.

Music, as a career, was such a thing I didn’t even know anything that had made a career in music growing up. For me, it came late. I was 25 when we started playing and started touring and realizing that it actually could be a career.

We were lucky from the first record to have a specific kind of sound that was a very Cold War Kids sound. I don’t wanna stray too far from it, so I wanna write the best song that I can within the parameters of that piano and that bass and the voice and how it all works together in forming that certain kind of energy that Cold War Kids has. I wanna write the song that has all those elements that we had from the start.

I think, in a lot of ways, the production is so much more accessible, therefore it’s a lot easier to crank stuff out, but it is important to still have a perspective, to have taste and a voice. For me as a writer and a musician, I’m glad that I have all these tools but I also know what it is that I like and what I wanna do with it.

Because of the way that we make records now, having a great studio monitor where I can be at home and listen to mixes and just to know that what I’m hearing is, in some ways, gonna be the best case scenario that anybody’s gonna hear. You wanna leave it open to knowing that it’s gonna be a different color in a club or in the car on the radio. You just want that clarity. In a a lot of ways, knowing this is the clearest version that anyone’s gonna hear this music through, yeah, it’s important that you have that clarity.

I first learned about Barefoot speakers through our producer, Lars Stalfers. He uses Barefoot. I have those Barefoot MicroMain45s. It’s just so great. As an artist, I’m not gonna be doing the meticulous side of mixing, but it just helps me to know that everything is there and this is the best case scenario of how this music is gonna sound so I can feel confident that what I’m hearing is the full picture.

– Nathan Willett, American Songwriter & Musician

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Black Lion Audio Auteur Quad Mic Preamp – In Stock at Awave

Black Lion Audio Auteur Quad

Black Lion Audio Auteur Quad Mic Preamp – In Stock at Awave

The Black Lion Audio Auteur Quad is the four channel version rack mount of our ever popular Auteur MK2 preamp. The Auteur preamp has become a studio staple over the last decade and is know for its fast, transparent IC based front end while also providing a fat, colorful back end via edcor transformers. This mixture of vintage and modern design approaches has led the Auteur to be known as the Swiss army knife of preamps that sounds great on everything. It especially shines on sources that require detail but also benefit from some thickness such as drums or vocals. Some of the major additions to the Quad over the 2 channel half rack unit would be the all new meters on all four channels as well as borrowing the loved DI circuit from our 500 series Auteur on the first 2 channels. This feature set as well as channel count gives you one of the most affordable preamps in the world at an unbelievable price.

To purchase and to view more information here:

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In the Spotlight with Manley

Manley Pro Audio

In the Spotlight with Manley

Manley Laboratories, Inc. is an American manufacturer of professional studio and hifi vacuum tubeaudio equipment. Based in Chino, California, the company is owned and operated by EveAnna Manley.