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E-MU PIPEline Wi-Fi System for Musicians

May 13, 2009

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E-MU® Systems has announced the release of the new PIPEline wireless stereo audio transmitter/receiver system. The PIPEline has been designed to free musicians from their audio cables without sacrificing audio quality. PIPEline can be used as a wireless transceiver for a guitar or keyboard, or as the basis of a wireless In-Ear monitoring system for a band.

Because latency is so critical in music performance, PIPEline has a minimal delay of only 6.6 ms, so it won’t interfere with the feel of the music. A PIPEline’d musician can move anywhere within a 15 meter range from the receiver. PIPEline also has three independent stereo channels, which means that three instruments can be completely independent with zero crosstalk.

PIPEline is also a great solution for low-cost In-Ear monitoring, supporting up to three separate stereo monitor mixes, or one transmitter can send a group mix to multiple receivers.

PIPEline will ship in the Spring of 2009. Price to be announced.

PIPEline Features

  • Mobile wireless, transmit or receive – Each PIPEline can be configured as a transmitter or receiver for ultimate flexibility and works with any audio gear.
  • Better than CD Quality Digital Audio – Audiophile quality sound with 48 kHz sample rate and 96dB signal-to-noise ratio of uncompressed audio
  • Low Latency Unlike other wireless transceivers with long latency of 20 ms, PIPEline offers low latency so essential for live music applications. (6.6 ms in dedicated pairing mode /10ms in broadcast mode)
  • 15 Meter (49 feet) Range – PIPEline has Extended Audio Range Reception (EARR) to give you even more freedom
  • Long Battery Life (up to 10 hrs receive) – The rechargeable battery lasts up to 10 hours in receive mode and 5 hours in transmit mode.
  • Analog/Digital inputs or outputs – The audio Flex-Jacks can be configured as inputs or outputs and they can also be setup to send or receive analog or digital S/PDIF – whatever type of connections you need.
  • Broadcast mode allows one transmitter and multiple receivers – In this mode, one transmitter can broadcast to multiple receivers.
  • PIPEline can be used as an “In-Ear” monitor system for your band, or broadcast to a class of students using headphones.
  • Power adapter/charger, cables and skin included
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Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee opens Recording Studio

May 12, 2009
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Tommy Lee, studio mogul – California facility is “vibey”

The best-known ‘recordings’ of Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee might well be the ‘home videos’ he made with ex-wife Pamela Anderson.

But the drummer has now opened his own recording studio – for music, dummies!

The Atrium is located on the entire lower floor of Lee’s Calabasas, California residence. Lee says: “the studio was created specifically to provide an environment that inspires creativity and offer a vibey alternative to traditional, commercial recording studios.”

The Atrium’s equipment list is impressively extensive and, as you can see below, it’s none too shabby an environment.

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So what does the guy who has had eveything put in his studio……? Lets take a look shall we!

EQUIPMENT LIST

Control Room: 22′x 22′x9′
Live Room 1: 29′x 19′x 10′
Live Room 2: 18′x 12′x 10′
Iso-Room: 8′x 5′x 8′

CONSOLE:
Solid State Logic SL4056G+ w/Ultimation

MONITORING:
Genelec 1038B w/sub
Genelec 8050A w/sub

RECORDERS:
Apple G5 w/SNS Fibrechannel Hard drive system
Digidesign HD5 Pro Tools (64in/72out)
Alesis Masterlink w/Lavry Blue AD/DA converters

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MIC PREAMPS:
Manley Vox Box (x2)
Drawmer 1960
Chandler TG Channel (x2)
Helios 1r Type 69
Aphex 230 (x2)
Vintech X81 (x2)
Vintech X73 (x2)
Vintech 473 (x2)
Focusrite ISA 828
Universal Audio 2-610 (x4)

EQ’s:
Mercury EQ-P (x2)
Mercury EQ-H (x2)
GML 8200
Manley Massive Passive
Api 550b (x4)

Dynamics:
Manley Vari-Mu
Empirical Labs Distressor (x2)
Empirical Labs Fatso Jr.
SPL Transient Designer 4 (x2)
Urei 1176 Silver Face (x2)
Universal Audio 1176LN (x4)
Aphex 622 (x2)

EFFECTS:
Lexicon 960L
Eventide H3000SE
Lexicon PCM 90
Yamaha SPX90 (x2)
Lexicon Prime Time (x2)
Yamaha REV5

MICROPHONES:
AKG C414 (x2)
Audio Technica AE3000 (x5)
Audio Technica AT4047 (x4)
Audio Technica AT4051 (x2)
B&K 4011 (x2)
Earthworks SR25 (x3)
Electro Voice RE20 (x1)
Heil PR20 (x1)
Heil PR30 (x4)
Heil PR40 (x1)
Peluso 2247 (x1)
Rode K2 (x2)
Sennheiser MD421 (x10)
Shure SM57 (x8)
Coles 4038 (x1)

GUITAR AMPS:
Diezel VH-4
Naylor Super-Drive Sixty
Marshall 2250
Mesa Boogie Triple Rectifier
Aguilar DB359
Vox AC30
Matchless DC30
Supro Thunderbolt
Various 4×12 Cabinets
Ampeg 8×10 Cabinets

MISC:
Radial Guitar Splitters and Direct Boxes
Furman Cue-Headphone Mixer System
Sony Studio Headphones
Various modern & vintage keyboards
Open Labs Meko

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Bob Dylan went unrecognised during a trip to John Lennon’s home.

May 12, 2009

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We hear that Bob Dylan toured Mendips, John Lennon’s childhood home, while in Liverpool last week. According to the story that guides told visitors, he showed up at the house late in the day. He supposedly commented that some things, like the unheated bedroom, reminded him of his house in Minnesota.

The music legend wasn’t spotted by fellow visitors as he joined a £16 excursion to the late Beatles star’s childhood house.

The ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ singer was in Liverpool as part of his current world tour and a spokesperson for National Trust – who own and maintain the modest semi-detached property – admitted the organisation was stunned to be asked to accommodate him.

The representative said: “We couldn’t believe it when his agent rang us and asked if we could get Bob on one of our tours to see John’s house.

“He spent ages going through photo albums and all the memorabilia. He’s definitely the biggest celebrity we’ve ever had on our tours.

“But incredibly no one else recognised him.”

According to sources, Dylan said the 1940s home Lennon shared with his aunt Mimi and uncle George was similar to his own “modest” upbringing.

He was said to be particularly “enthralled” by the musician’s bedroom, where he wrote many early Beatles hits.

Dylan – who was a member of supergroup the Travelling Wilburys along with late Beatle George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Electric Light Orchestra star Jeff Lynne in the 1980s – recently revealed he wants to duet with John’s former songwriting partner Sir Paul McCartney.

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The 68-year-old musician said: “That would be exciting to do something with Paul. But you know your paths have to cross for something like that to make sense.”

Friends say 66-year-old Paul – who has previously worked with Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Elvis Costello and recently declared the folk star his favourite living songwriter – would love to take up the offer.

A source said: “This would obviously be a major moment in musical history if Bob and Paul got together and it’s quite likely that Paul will be interested.”

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Beatles: Rock Band guitars announced. Replica Rickenbacker 325 and Gretsch Duo Jet guitars will be made available as standalone music peripheral controllers!

May 12, 2009

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Rickenbacker 325 and Gretsch Duo Jet to be made available as standalone controllers

Harmonix, MTV Games and Electronic Arts have announced that replica Rickenbacker 325 and Gretsch Duo Jet guitars will be made available as standalone music peripheral controllers for The Beatles: Rock Band.

The Beatles: Rock Band will allow fans to pick up a guitar, bass, mic or drums and experience The Beatles’ extraordinary catalogue of music through gameplay that takes players on a journey through the legacy and evolution of the band’s legendary career. It will be available simultaneously worldwide in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and other territories on September 9th 2009.

The Rickenbacker 325 and Gretsch Duo Jet guitars are hailed as two of the signature, most celebrated instruments played by John Lennon and George Harrison throughout their careers, respectively.They will be made available at a retail price of £89.99 in the UK.

These wireless instrument controllers join the previously announced Höfner bass controller, a large-scale replica of the bass famously used by Sir Paul McCartney, and the Ringo Starr inspired and Ludwig-branded Rock Band 2 drums, with a classic pearl finish and vintage replica Beatles kick drum head. All controllers will be available for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Playstation 3, Wii and will be compatible with all Rock Band titles.

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Music Creation Software Popularity Index according to search engine activity

May 12, 2009

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The ten most popular music creation software products on the Internet, based on recent search engine activity, are:
1. DigiDesign Pro Tools (11.4)
2. FL Studio (10.1)
3. Steinberg Cubase (7.3)
4. Cakewalk Sonar (6.0)
5. Apple Logic (3.5)
6. Adobe Audition (3.5)
7. Apple GarageBand (3.1)
8. Sony Sound Forge (2.3)
9. Ableton Live (2.0)
10. MOTU Digital Performer (1.9)

This index is based on quarterly Internet search activity on Google, Yahoo, AOL and MSN.

Collectively these 4 search engines represent more than 95 percent of the searches on the Internet. Over 100 search terms are used to construct this index, and 15 music software products are tracked. An annual average of the past four quarters is also included for comparison.

Which software do you use and why?

Additional details on the results of the Music Software Popularity Index are available at the Digital Music Doctor website here.

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Propellerheads New Record Software was designed for musicians – not audio engineers.

May 12, 2009

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Propellerhead have a very good standing reputation, and it safe to say their flagship program Reason opened up a lot of doors, for a lot of musicians. Its huge sound bank was, and is something every good musician need in their toolbox. Its layout reasonably (ahem) simple.

It just didn’t record audio! One minor flaw, but quite a big one if your looking for that all-in-one piece of software to ‘record’ you band for instance.

That’s where record steps in. Propellerhead Software’s brand new recording software. Record gives you unlimited audio tracks, world class effects and mixing gear, and a whole new take on music recording. With an intuitive, straightforward interface and a hands-on approach to capturing performances, Record was designed for musicians – not audio engineers. This is recording done right.

Record now – not later.

Recording music is all about seizing the moment. Capturing a perfect performance – or even nailing that idea before it goes away – requires tools that are ready when you are. Record is always ready. Created with musicians in mind, Record lets you create record ready channels in an instant, minimizing the steps between idea and actual recording. The result equals more music – and less dialog boxes. Simply plug in, breathe out and you’re ready to go.

Line 6 in the mix

For guitar and bass players, Record comes installed with separate guitar and bass POD® units from amp and cab simulation experts Line 6 Inc. With bass and guitar amplifiers available for every single track in your Record project, you are never short of interesting tones and timbres. As the Line 6 amplifiers are insert effects and don’t affect the original instrument signal, you are free to change your amplifier and cabinet settings at any point in time – even after laying down your track.

The Record rack

All the instruments, processors and effect units used in a song are housed inside Record’s customizable rack. Any device created is automatically and logically patched into the rack, but if you’re feeling adventurous or need to do some routing of your own, just flip your entire Record rack over and all the cables are all yours!

The Record Effects

Your Record rack can be stacked with an infinite number of reverbs, distortion units, delays, dynamic processors, mastering EQs – everything you need to shape and color your sounds. Click and drag effects straight to the rack, or load any of the expertly crafted patches.

EQ Section

The mixing console features a warm sounding EQ section with high and low pass filters, high and low shelving filters as well as parametric midrange filters. This is where you can add some extra polish to your recordings, and the sound is just fabulous.

Channel Dynamics

Every channel has its own fully featured dynamics section with compressor, gate and expander functions.

Effect Sends

The console has eight dedicated effect sends and each channel’s sends can be set to work pre or post fader. Adding a send effect to the mixer is a two mouseclick affair. Simply right-click in the mixer’s master section and select what effect you want to use. Simple!

Insert effects

Record’s mixer features a clever way to handle insert effects. As explained on the Record page, each track in Record is made up of three components: a sequencer track, an rack device (audio track or mix device) and a mixer channel. In the rack device, you can put all the insert effects you want on your sound, and you can also map controls on the insert effects to the insert section in the mixer. These setups can then be saved as patches for instant recall. Record ships with a large library of ready-made insert patches for a wide array of applications. Reason users will recognize this method from Reason’s combinator, so in essence this is like having a dedicated combinator per mixer channel.

Fader Section

Here’s the control you will find yourself using more than anything else in the mixer. As the name and the picture implies, this is where the faders are and this is also where you set the pan, handle solo and mute. Stereo channels also have a stereo width control.

Master Compressor

The Master compressor is what gives your music that final touch. The legendary dynamics processor it was modeled after is in use in studios all over the world.

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Glade 2009 Festival Details!

May 8, 2009

Glade 2009!

HEADLINERS:
UNDERWORLD (UK FESTIVAL EXCLUSIVE)
BOOKA SHADE
SQUAREPUSHER
JUAN ATKINS (UK FESTIVAL EXCLUSIVE)
MUTANT CLAN AKA TIMO MAAS & SANTOS DAVE CLARKE
FREELAND (ADAM FREELAND LIVE)

PLUMP DJS / KRAFTY KUTS / VENETIAN SNARES / RUSKO LIVE / JAPANESE POPSTARS / THE QEMISTS / FEMI KUTI & THE POSITIVE FORCE / NITIN SAWHNEY FINLEY QUAYE / DIGITAL MYSTIKZ / KID 606 / ATOMIC DROP / ANTIX / RENNIE PILGREM & MC CHICKABOO / THE BAYS FEAT. BEARDYMAN / TRISTAN / PERFECT STRANGER / PAUL TAYLOR / KASEY TAYLOR / LUCAS / LURK / EARTHLING / CHROMATONE SENSIENT / DICK TREVOR / DIMITRI / / ISHQ / WATERJUICE / KUBA LIVE / DJ ZINC / DEEKLINE & WIZARD / JAY CUNNING / VENT / STEREO: TYPE / THE EGG / LOS ALBERTOS / ORCHESTRA DEL SOL / TRAGIC ROUNDABOUT / GADJO / THE CORRESPONDENCE / JIM MASTERS / DURAN DURAN DURAN / FAR TOO LOUD HEXIDECIMAL / TODDLA T / TAYO / NAPT
+ more to be confirmed!

After months of nail biting anticipation, Glade Festival 2009 are proud to announce a cracking line-up with lots more news to follow. The electronic festival – which takes place at a new site near Winchester from Thursday 16th – Sunday 19th July 2009 – will feature an exclusive UK festival performance from dance dons Underworld, world music by the likes of Femi Kuti, a live set from dubstep’s brightest star Rusko, a debut set from techno God Juan Atkins and The Qemists to name a few….

Thanks to its new home near Winchester (the secret location will be revealed to ticket holders nearer the time), Louder, Later and Longer is what you’ll get at this year’s Glade Festival, which moved from its previous home at Wasing Estate due to crippling noise restrictions.

In addition to the belting line-up, Glade Festival will also be unveiling two new areas at this year’s event. First up is the Carmaggedon area – a post apocalypse space which will house multiple venues hosted by Breaksday, Overkill, NSB.co.uk (formerly Nu Skool Breaks) and Cool & Deadly (hosted by Fabric dubsteppers Dublime and Kiss’ Jay Cunning). The area will also feature mind bending art from Nevada’s Burning Man Festival, the scrap yard regeneration creations of the Mutoid Waste Company and the twisted cabaret of the Interstella Circus.

Avalon is another new creation this year and is conceived as a festival within a festival – dedicated to a Psytrance way of life and attitude to living, as much as partying. Psytrance was born from the international alternative and psychedelic scene in the late 60s – which is now alive and well in places as far apart as Brazil, Japan, California and India. And in Avalon it has its UK home at Glade Festival 2009. You’ll find an area where music, art and all forms of expression, thrive and connect at what is undoubtedly the UK’s highpoint of the Psytrance movement.

And if that wasn’t enough, our friends from BLOC (from BLOC Weekend) host the Vapor Stage – the late night techno stage. The Glade Stage makes a welcome return in all its glory and will feature an amazing variety of live acts including world music for the first time on Sunday.

Visually Glade Festival 2009 will have a look and feel of Mad Max meets Alice in Wonderland. They’re cranking up the wow factor with surreal 3D installations to create 3D otherworldly spaces.

Watch this space for information on two other new areas – in addition to more exciting features.

Glade Festival 2009 will soon be launching their new flash website, which will have a stage by stage breakdown of all the areas, including information on all the acts and promoters we’re working with.

In a move to help the recession blues tickets are on sale now for a very reasonable £125 (the same price as last year). Glade Festival is also running a Student Initiative for a limited period only where students can buy tickets for a mere £99 from now until 31st March 2009. All tickets include free on-site camping. Camper & caravan tickets cost an additional £45. Details of the VIP Tepee camping area will be announced soon.

Glade Festival won Best Dance Festival at this year’s UK Festival Awards and is a 10,000 capacity event, visited by dance music and free spirited aficionados from around the world. Glade Festival is known as one of Europe’s best underground electronic festivals and will celebrate its sixth birthday in 2009 after starting life as part of Glastonbury festival (of which it is still a part of).

Glade Festival will have more artist details up on their new website

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