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Dangerous Music Bundles!

Dangerous Music Bundles!

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Mammoth Audio Launches Density Virtual Instrument

Mammoth Audio Launches Density Virtual Instrument

A groundbreaking experimental virtual instrument loaded with over 1500 organic One-Shot samples and 3 fully Playable Instruments, DENSITY simplifies the composing and sound design process into one intuitive GUI.

Featuring:

  • Over 1500 One-Shots

  • 3 Playable Instruments

  • Customisable Macro System

  • Loop Section

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Introducing the Upton 251 Tube Condenser Microphone

Introducing the Upton 251 Tube Condenser Microphone

The Upton 251 microphone is a condenser microphone based on the classic Telefunken Ela M 251 which was produced by AKG from around 1960 to 1965.  The original 251 is widely regarded to be one of the finest microphones ever made and is great for many recording applications. Our 251 utilizes our CK12 capsule, our T14 transformer as well as the original circuit design. Please contact us for more information.

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Introducing the Polyend Tracker

Introducing the Polyend Tracker

Break the pattern

A retro form factor updated with forward looking functionality and designed as an easy to use compact standalone workstation. Made for the creatives who break patterns on a daily basis. Designed to help artists forge unique avenues of sonic construction.

Introducing the first hardware tracker in the music world.

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Audient AP8024-HE Console Makes Teaching Signal Flow “A Dream”

Audient AP8024-HE Console Makes Teaching Signal Flow “A Dream”

At West Valley College, Director of Commercial Music, Jeff Forehan is discovering how easy it is to teach signal flow to his music/recording students with the new ASP8024 Heritage Edition mixing console, which he refers to as “a serious upgrade.” Since the arrival of the desk, things are falling into place much more quickly for the students.

 

They love it. Although they are intimidated at first, with proper instruction they get it easily.” According to Jeff, that’s down to the console itself. “Teaching signal flow is a dream; it’s very logically laid out.”

 

“Teaching signal flow is a dream; it’s very logically laid out”

 

Comprising 48 channels as well as Dual Layer Control (DLC) for easy integration with DAW, the British desk measures close to 3 metres (just under 10ft) so it’s no wonder it might be imposing at first glance.

 

Yet despite its size, it was actually the cost that was one of the driving factors in choosing Audient. “We were able to get so much more bang for our buck, not only in terms of extra features on the desk, but also to purchase the outboard gear, monitors etc. It is also way less complicated than the other high-end professional desk we were considering.”

 

“The creative master section and built-in bus compressor are nice touches”

 

The Audient is at the heart of the school’s surprisingly large studio space, which is blessed with high ceilings and adjustable acoustics. “It’s large enough to record a full rhythm section, small choir or jazz band – which we have done. That room is shared with the video/film program so we have a green screen, great lighting as well as a collection of state of the art cameras.” Jeff adds, “The control room needs a facelift, but it is large enough for 25-30 students to hang out in comfortably as I instruct.”

Students huddle around the 3 metre wide ASP8024-HE with Jeff Forehan

 

Once the ASP8024-HE was installed, Jeff’s decision to choose Audient was substantiated: it was indeed a serious upgrade. “The sound, for one, is an incredible improvement over what we had,” he confirms. “The creative master section and built-in bus compressor are nice touches as well.”

 

All of this aligns with West Valley College’s ongoing commitment to providing the highest quality educational experience. “We continually refine our course offerings in terms of content/projects as well as our comprehensive 24-unit Commercial Music Production certificate of achievement program, which includes my commercial music/recording programs,” he explains.

 

Director of Commercial Music, Jeff Forehan gets hands-on

Classes incorporating use of the Audient console are Recording Arts I, II, III, Sound Design (for Foley and VO) and Music Production from which some 60-75 students will get their hands on it over the course of the year.

 

All in all, the future of West Valley College is bright. A new music building which will include a state-of-the-art recording studio is on the horizon, with construction due to start in a couple of years.

 

In the meantime, Audient wishes Jeff and his students every success with their new desk.

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Manley XXX Anniversary Dual Mono Mic Pre Wins 2020 SOS Readers’ Choice Award!

Manley XXX Anniversary Dual Mono Mic Pre Wins 2020 SOS Readers’ Choice Award

WOW! HUGE THANKS to Sound On Sound readers for honoring our XXX Anniversary Edition Dual Mono Mic Pre with an SOS Readers’ Choice Award!

We are so excited that you appreciate this very special unit – we sure did enjoy building them for you.

The SOS Awards launched in 2010 with a mission to honour and celebrate the finest products in our industry.

The ‘Gear Of The Year’ Awards, Chosen By The Readers Of Sound On Sound

Voting opened on September 19th for the 10th annual SOS Awards and continues throughout October and November 2019. The results will, as usual, be compiled and announced in time for presentation of the awards at the Winter NAMM show in January 2020.

Each category consists of a shortlist of nominations, chosen by the SOS editorial team, and we’d like you to help us identify the outstanding product in each group. You are not required to vote in every category — if you don’t have any strong opinions on some of the product groups, then there’s no need to vote for anything in those categories.

We took the decision back in 2017 to focus the nominations on products that came on sale, or were tested and reviewed by us, in the 12 months prior to the voting cutoff date, thereby placing a greater emphasis on innovation and contemporary design.*

We were delighted to see that the change resulted in even more of our loyal readership letting us have their considered opinions on the year’s new products. The changes we made to the nomination categories at the same time also seem to have been appreciated, helping to keep the nominations appropriately focused and relevant. Markets move and change over time, and it is important that we should be able to move and change with them. Having been well received by nominees and voters alike, we’ll be sticking with the new format for the foreseeable future.

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Have You Tried the World’s Most Popular Modern Tube Vocal Mic?

Have You Tried the World’s Most Popular Modern Tube Vocal Mic?

Manley Reference Cardioid

This is the world’s most popular modern tube vocal mic – heard on countless hits, voiceovers, and movie trailers for the last 30 years.

Have YOU used the Manley Reference Cardioid?

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API Consoles and the Revival of Macon Georgia’s Capricorn Studios

API Consoles and the Revival of Macon Georgia’s Capricorn Studios

The visionaries of Mercer University, under the direction of President William Underwood and with the hands on diligence of Larry Brumley, Mercer’s Vice President tackled an enormous undertaking to save and revitalize one of pop music’s most iconic recording studios.

Among many important decisions that had to be made was a replacement console to the original API console that lived in the studio since the 70’s, and recorded so many legendary records, including most of the Allman Brothers catalog, Marshall Tucker Band, Charlie Daniels band and so many others at the leading edge of the Southern Rock music scene.

The decision was made to acquire a new API 2448 Recording Console to replace the 70’s era API console that lived at Capricorn.

With the choice of 3 different frame sizes, 24, 32 and 40 channels, Capricorn selected the largest 2448 frame built to date, a fully featured 40 channel version. With 40 Mic Pres and 40 API equalizers, each channel features two inputs, both with faders. Combining the Main Fader, the 2nd Fader and the 4 Stereo Returns gives the system an impressive 88 channels feeding the mix buses.

Rounding out the system is API’s ‘Final Touch’ motorized fader automation system, which is now compatible with Vision, Legacy AXS and 1608-II consoles, allowing projects to move seamlessly between facilities equipped with those API consoles.

Steve Ivey, a Mercer graduate and Grammy award winning producer engineer based out of Nashville was a key figure in the planning and revitalization of the studio.

“For 50 years API consoles and Capricorn Studios together have made a worldwide, profound impact in music and recording,” said Ivey. “As a Mercer University music graduate who learned to record on an API console, under the direction of Capricorn producer Paul Hornsby, I am thrilled to be a part of the team taking Capricorn Studios and API into the next era of recording great music.”

Daily management and chief engineer roles are carried by Rob Evans, another Mercer graduate. “Evans says that in 2016, when Gregg Allman was receiving an honorary degree, he told president Underwood, ‘The room is perfect. Don’t change a thing.’ He also said, ‘Get an analog console,’ so we’ve honored Gregg’s request.”

“We were honored to be a part of the Grand Opening festivities in December. It is gratifying to see the original API console from the 70’s being replaced by a new API console, keeping the heritage and legend of this studio alive,” said Larry Droppa, President of API. “We’re excited to have the opportunity to hear the new music that is going to come out of the facility. A huge thank you from the music community to Mercer University for having the vision to move forward and keep this dream alive.”