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Auto-Tune: Why Pop Music Sounds Perfect

February 11, 2009

If you haven’t been listening to pop radio in the past few months, you’ve missed the rise of two seemingly opposing trends. In a medium in which mediocre singing has never been a bar to entry, a lot of pop vocals suddenly sound great.

Autotuner brigade

Better than great: note- and pitch-perfect, as if there’s been an unspoken tightening of standards at record labels or an evolutionary leap in the development of vocal cords. At the other extreme are a few hip-hop singers who also hit their notes but with a precision so exaggerated that on first listen, their songs sound comically artificial, like a chorus of ’50s robots singing Motown.

The force behind both trends is an ingenious plug-in called Auto-Tune, a downloadable studio trick that can take a vocal and instantly nudge it onto the proper note or move it to the correct pitch. It’s like Photoshop for the human voice. Auto-Tune doesn’t make it possible for just anyone to sing like a pro, but used as its creator intended, it can transform a wavering performance into something technically flawless. “Right now, if you listen to pop, everything is in perfect pitch, perfect time and perfect tune,” says producer Rick Rubin. “That’s how ubiquitous Auto-Tune is.” (Download TIME’s Auto-Tune Podcast from iTunes)

Auto-Tune’s inventor is a man named Andy Hildebrand, who worked for years interpreting seismic data for the oil industry. Using a mathematical formula called autocorrelation, Hildebrand would send sound waves into the ground and record their reflections, providing an accurate map of potential drill sites. It’s a technique that saves oil companies lots of money and allowed Hildebrand to retire at 40. He was debating the next chapter of his life at a dinner party when a guest challenged him to invent a box that would allow her to sing in tune. After he tinkered with autocorrelation for a few months, Auto-Tune was born in late 1996.

Almost immediately, studio engineers adopted it as a trade secret to fix flubbed notes, saving them the expense and hassle of having to redo sessions. The first time common ears heard Auto-Tune was on the immensely irritating 1998 Cher hit “Believe.” In the first verse, when Cher sings “I can’t break through” as though she’s standing behind an electric fan, that’s Auto-Tune–but it’s not the way Hildebrand meant it to be used.

The program’s retune speed, which adjusts the singer’s voice, can be set from zero to 400. “If you set it to 10, that means that the output pitch will get halfway to the target pitch in 10 milliseconds,” says Hildebrand. “But if you let that parameter go to zero, it finds the nearest note and changes the output pitch instantaneously”–eliminating the natural transition between notes and making the singer sound jumpy and automated. “I never figured anyone in their right mind would want to do that,” he says.

Like other trends spawned by Cher, the creative abuse of Auto-Tune quickly went out of fashion, although it continued to be an indispensable, if inaudible, part of the engineer’s toolbox. But in 2003, T-Pain (Faheem Najm), a little-known rapper and singer, accidentally stumbled onto the Cher effect while Auto-Tuning some of his vocals. “It just worked for my voice,” says T-Pain in his natural Tallahassee drawl. “And there wasn’t anyone else doing it.”

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Online Music Production

February 3, 2009

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Ever wanted to just open a window on your PC and compose a ‘phat’beat or two. Well with these sites there is plenty to get you going making music right now.

Samples and sound modules designed specifically for online music composition.

http://www.hobnox.com/index.1056.en.html

On the BBC website youcan make your own music also . They have got two bits of kit that can have you making tracks and playing with sounds in minutes. Over 1,000 samples for you to download and use in your own music.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/onemusic/studio/

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http://www.jamstudio.com/Studio/index.htm

Have fun and get in touch with any cool music sites you may encounter

Get in touch on our forums and visit our artist pages

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Zoom R16 – Coming Soon!

January 26, 2009

The new Zoom R16 Multitrack Recorder Embraces Computer Recording Revolution. It’s one incredibly versatile device…

The new Zoom R16

While some multitrack recorder die hards simply refuse to connect any instrument they own to any of these newfangled “computers” that everyone talks about, the Zoom R16 looks to remedy this.

This new multitrack can handle up to eight simultaneous tracks, and it’s loaded with features that take computer connectivity to a new extreme.
For one, if you don’t want to record to SD, as is possible with this unit, just hook it up and use it as an interface. It also acts as a control surface once you’ve got your tracks tracked and transferred.

Multitrack Recorder Features:

  • The world’s first digital recorder with 16-track playback and 8-track simultaneous recording that utilizes Secure Digital (SD) memory.
  • High-definition 24-bit/48kHz linear PCM recording in WAV format
  • Built-in stereo condenser microphones
  • Includes 1GB SD Card and supports cards up to 32GB SDHC card which allows 108 hours 12minutes recording with 16bit/ 44.1kHz linear PCM format
  • Allows simultaneous recording on up to 8 tracks to capture a live band or complete drum-kit
  • Battery operation for remote recording
  • USB power for studio operation

Surface Controller Features:

  • Control each function of your favorite DAW software from the R16 via USB for easy mixing.
  • Mackie control emulation for popular DAW software including Cubase, Live, Logic, Digital Performer & More.

USB Audio Interface Features:

  • 8 Mic inputs/ 2 Outputs (8 x 2)
  • 8 balanced combination XLR 1/4″ inputs
  • High-definition 24-bit/ 96kHz recording capability using digital audio software
  • Built-in effects on R16 can be used as outboard effects as well.
  • 1 Hi-Z input for  direct connection of guitar or bass
  • 48V phantom power on 2 channels.

Other highlights:

  • Over 100 built-in effects coming from advanced DSP
  • Amazing guitar amp and effect models of the most guitar and bass amplifiers
  • Professional quality mastering effects, multi-band compressor, normalizer and more
  • USB host function allows to use USB storage device for quick data transfer
  • Connect 2x R16s via USB for synchronized operation and 16 tracks of simultaneous recording capability.
  • Undo/ redo functions
  • Supports Windows XP/ Vista, Macintosh operating systems
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HANK SHOCKLEE NOMINATED FOR GRAMMY AWARD

January 13, 2009

TL Audio Ebony A2 and Fat Track user Hank Shocklee has been nominated for a Grammy® in the category of Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or other Visual Media for his work on the American Gangster original motion picture soundtrack.

The Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment film teams Oscar® winners Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe to tell the true story of criminal mastermind Frank Lucas, who came up from the streets of New York in the ’70s. It was produced by Academy Award®-winning producer Brian Grazer and directed and produced by Ridley Scott.

Hank Shocklee, who was extensively involved with the project, wrote and produced new songs for the film and soundtrack including the title song by Grammy-nominated platinum artist Anthony Hamilton “Do You Feel Me” which was composed by megaplatinum Grammy-winning and Oscar®-nominated songwriter Diane Warren.

“Do You Feel Me” along with other original compositions you hear in the film are featured on the American Gangster original motion picture soundtrack album via Island Def Jam. Shocklee says, “Ridley Scott wanted someone to bring an authentic sound to the film and create music with a retro late 1960’s to mid 1970’s feel to it. I loved working on this project because it allowed me to go in the studio and imagine a period in time that was the very beginnings of hip hop, where blues, soul, funk, latin and afro-beat all started to mesh together and inspired the sounds of the hip hop generation on the streets of New York”.

Hank Shocklee, who is best known for his innovative & unique production style and for founding the group Public Enemy is behind some of the most significant music and film projects of the last two decades. Also a veteran industry executive, the former Universal Records Senior Vice President now serves as President for Shocklee Entertainment. Currently he is preparing for his new project Bomb Squad alongside his brother Keith Shocklee which will be released in 2009.

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Digidesign Ships Pro Tools 8 Software

December 18, 2008

Pro Tools 8 Software provides everything needed to create, compose, score, record, mix, produce and broadcast in single application.

 Pro Tools 8 Software Shipping now!

DALY CITY, Calif., (December 17, 2008) — Digidesign®, a part of Avid Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: AVID), today announced the immediate availability of Pro Tools 8 software, the company’s highly-anticipated, next-generation music creation and audio production software.

Available now through authorized Digidesign dealers as well as at http://www.digidesign.com, Pro Tools 8 is the latest version of the industry-leading digital audio workstation. A dramatically enhanced feature set is highlighted by a completely updated user interface, more than 70 bundled plug-ins and virtual instruments, fully-integrated MIDI and score editors and an expanded array of editing features for both music and post production applications.

“Customer excitement for this release of Pro Tools is at an all-time high,” stated Tex Schenkkan, Vice President and General Manager, Audio at Avid. “We believe that this is not only in response to the substantial changes and additions we’ve made to the product, but also because so much of what’s new came directly from customer feedback. We are grateful for their contributions, and are looking forward to hearing what they produce using all the powerful new capabilities included in Pro Tools 8.”

For composers and musicians, Pro Tools 8 provides powerful functionality for streamlining the creative process, and delivers the most versatile sonic palette ever available out-of-the-box for Pro Tools. New music creation features include:

• Fully integrated MIDI and Score Editor windows for greatly enhanced MIDI editing functionality and professional score editing and printing
• A sizable collection of music creation and sound-processing plug-ins, including: 20 all-new effects and five new virtual instruments—Mini Grand piano, Boom drum machine, DB-33 tonewheel organ, Vacuum tube-modelled synthesizer, and Xpand!2™ sample player
• High-quality amplifiers simulation via Digidesign’s acclaimed new guitar amp emulator Eleven™ Free as well as Tech21 SansAmp® amplifier emulator
• An 8 GB bundle of high-quality loops
For music and post production professionals, Pro Tools 8 offers:
• Revolutionary Elastic Pitch, which makes it easy to transpose music in real time right in the Edit window
• 10 inserts per channel
• Enhanced controller integration with Digidesign and M-Audio® control surfaces
• ICON integration enhancements that dramatically increase speed and efficiency
• HD QuickTime support on Mac OS X for increased versatility

CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO AND MORE INFO

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All I want for Christmas is a ….VOCAL BOOTH!

December 9, 2008

How do you turn a small home or project studio into a full  of professional pro audio space?

How do you get the professional results YOU want in the corner of virtually any  room?

How do I set my studio apart  from other local competitors and offer a low cost professional solution?

That’s why the answer is …..  All I want for christmas is a VocalBooth!

We at Dolphin offer four different series to meet most any project or application.

VocalBooth.com modular booths are used in home, project and professional applications world wide. Each completely enclosed system includes lighting, cable ports, active quiet ventilation, optional windows and unlimited customizations.

Modular by design, a VocalBooth™ can operate as an external standalone sound isolation solution or as an additional booth for a broadcast studio. Used by professionals worldwide, applications include broadcast, voice over, recording, studio control, audio post production, as well as rehearsal and meeting rooms.

Each completely enclosed system includes lighting, cable ports, active ventilation, optional windows and unlimited customizations. Available in a single or double-wall shaped design called the Diamond Series™ which are available in four sizes.

Silver Series

Our most economical VocalBooth™, a single wall design for extra isolation or sound reduction.

Gold Series

For use in just about any professional situation, the VB Gold Series™ is our most popular VocalBooth™.

Platinum Series

Our double-wall designed VB Platinum Series™ is our premium sound reduction VocalBooth™.

Diamond Series

Designed to utilize the corner of your room—we created a pentagonal shaped VocalBooth™.

Visit our full site HERE and take a look at our sound  solutions

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Tenori-On: Lowest UK Prices Promo!

December 4, 2008

GREAT NEWS! Dolphin Music might not Santa, but are giving him a run for his money! For a limited-time only, Dolphin is offering the Tenori-On for a lower price than any other UK retailer…and even better: you’ll get a free Tenori-On t-shirt as well! But hurry up: Offer starts today (Thursday 4th Dec) and ends Sunday 7th December.

Does it need any introduction? If you’re reading this you probably know what the Tenori-On is all about. Since its release over a year ago, the Tenori-On has proved to be one of the most innovative and exciting musical instruments that have ever been invented.

The Tenori-On is a revolutionary new concept, and is not only a very useful and versatile tool for professional musicians and producers, but also a fantastic instrument for those who never thought they could play anything, due to it’s “visible music” interface.

The Tenori-On…causing waves in the world of music.

In the past 15 months or so, many famous artists have adopted the Tenori-On, from legends such as Bjork to celebrated up-and-coming acts such as Little Boots, who recently used one on her debut appearance on the Jools Holland show on BBC2.

A new band even called themselves after the instrument: the three girls who are The Tenori-Ons have been spreading the word, and even appeared on the Paul O’Grady Show!

Now…It’s time for you to join the revolution!

Dolphin Music is offering an exclusive Tenori-On promo! Buy the Tenori-On for just £599, cheaper than at any other retailer in the UK, and get a free Tenori-On t-shirt (size X-large).

But you must hurry up! This deal runs from tomorrow (Thursday 4th December) to Sunday 7th December…so you’ll only have four days to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity!

Get your Tenori-On this Christmas…NOW is the perfect time to join this musical revolution!

Yamaha Tenori-On + Free Tenori-On T-Shirt!

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