Tuesday, 30 June 2009
They have just launched (with a rather classy launch party last week at The Lexington, Islington) so there is not a lot on the website, but we reckon this is probably the best time to approach them, when they have lots of ideas and time to dedicate to you.
So if you are wondering what to do with this amazing demo you have just produced, why don't you give them a call and see what they have to suggest? That, or you can get a free myspace layout on the web and hope to impress people with how much you don't care, which is as good an idea as not speaking to anyone at parties thinking that girls will take an interest in your mysterious aloofness (and no, it doesn't work).
"Professional Design for Your Band" > read the full post
Monday, 29 June 2009
Just look at this beauty.
If you had already bought a Nano Pad and Nano Controller, and weren't so sure about the Nano Keyboard, you will have to complete your collection now that this is out: a super gorgeous Korg-branded bag for the three of them. And it comes with a free Korg usb-hub.
"Making your portable Midi Controller even more portable" > read the full post
How stupid is to have a new charger with every phone you buy, and all of them perfectly incompatible with each other (even within the same brand) ?
Apple has so far been consistent in using the its own proprietary dock connector across the entire iPod and iPhone line, but apparently this is going to change – at least in Europe.
Macrumors reports of an agreement between ten mobile phone manufacturers (and Apple being one of them) to start using micro-usb connectors on the phone.
That doesn't mean that you need ot have amicro-usb on your laptop, in fact it doesn't matter what is on the charger-side, but the phon itself will have a micro-usb socket just like that of a PSP or the Korg Nano controllers.
This will pave the way for a green revolution where phone and charger are sold separately so that you can use an old charger when you get a new phone, less packaging will be used and of course manufacturers will make a bit more money by selling chargers separately.
"iPhone will work with micro-usb charger?" > read the full post
Sunday, 28 June 2009
I know someone who will be drooling at the thought of this, but German artist Moritz Wolpert has built a follow up to his Heckeshorn Steampunk sequencer: a rather amazing looking brass etched modular synth (google translation from the original German).
"Steampunk Synth" > read the full post
You've probably heard the Jay-Z D.O.A. track (Death Of Autotune),but did you hear the Wallpaper remix, 99 Problems, But My Pitch Ain't One?
"Inventor of Autotune interviewed" > read the full post
"LMMS - Linux Multi Media Studio" > read the full post
Saturday, 27 June 2009
Featuring ex members of Fireapple Red, Shels, Adequate Seven and Devil Sold His Soul, they have label and distribution in place, and are currently recording their debut album.
"March of The Raptors seek new bass player" > read the full post
Friday, 26 June 2009
"Korg DS-10 Plus" > read the full post
Thursday, 25 June 2009
Actually the insurance company that covered the promoters for his forthcoming tour will care, but that's a story which will unfold later.
Whatever you might think of Michael Jackson he was one of the greatest entertainers of the last century, and influenced our world more than many would imagine.
We don't particular care for the weird things, the plastic surgeries, the court cases, the NeverLand Ranch and best friend Bubbles the chimp, marring a daugther of Elvis Presley, the babies dangling from balconies (all named Prince Michael), the list is long and it goes on and on.
What matters to us is that he sold a quarter of a Billion albums (!!!), made history in so many ways, not least one monster of a recording contract with Sony and a very public fight with Sony's CEO Tommy Mottola, or beating Paul Mc Cartney on the bidding for the Beatles's whole catalogue.
And it would have been historic (one way or another) the series of shows planned in London in the next few months, but sadly that was not meant to be.
"Michael Jackson dies of heart attack (?)" > read the full post
"Best new band in the UK?" > read the full post
As a special lure for the sharp-eyed reader I have become a rogue agent and decided to offer a place on the next Ableton 101 course at HALF PRICE!
This is scheduled for the 4-5th July 2009 and is yours for £190 - normal price £379. To secure this one off price simply email firstname.lastname@example.org and quote the word:
"Discounted Ableton course? Shhhh don't tell the boss..." > read the full post
Wednesday, 24 June 2009
Annette Peacock: I'm The One
I had been looking for some of this woman's work for ages after a few interesting reviews. I finaly picked a track up on "The Soul Of Science 2" a mix cd from Ian O'Brien of various oddities. It is like she is trying to present the past, present and future of jazz in one song, it starts with about a minute of free jazz chaos and just when you are losing interest it kicks into a woozy blues lament, like one of Tom Wait's barfly monologues but sung by a sassy woman. Just as you are getting comfortable the track is ripped apart by atonal blasts of white noise moog riffing sounding like a killer robot destroying Tokyo with its death ray, then back to soul wrenching jazz balladry which gradualy unraveles as Ms Peacock feeds her vocals through a moog to a shrieking climax. It is hard to tell if this song is meant to be a pisstake or not but I suspect it is one of those rare tracks that simulaneously celebrates and dismantals a genre, like Frank Zappa she is a great player, but also apprechiates that there is nothing more sterile and no greater dead end than treating music with reverence.
Frank Zappa: Son of Mr Green Genes
Talking of Zappa, I dug up this track that combines the feel of a fairground ride to hell with elegant jazz guitar doodling.A lot of people loath Zappa because he was an odd mix of extreme attention to detail and merry disregard for pomposity and established forms. The fact he could play the pants off virtualy anyone else in "rock" history has always riled people whether other rockers who can't solo over more than two chords and drone on about "soul" or freeze dried classical critics who did not see the fun in chamber pieces called "G Spot Tornado". Not for everybody but its hard to think of anyone with such a body of work and such range either back in his time or today.
Stevie Wonder: Have a Talk With God
I recently rediscovered "Songs In The Key Of Life" and I have found a lot of the tracks I used to skip are in fact the best ones. This tracks has superficialy spiritual lyrics but is undone by the mesmerising backing track. Take the vocals off and it could pass for both a RZA production and Aphex Twin, all squelching atonal droning and odd bells shimmering in the back ground.
Cluster: In Ewigkeit
Much like Stevie these are one of those miles ahead of their times artists. This is my favourite track from an album I literaly looked for for five years. I ended up buying it for a ridiculous sum after having gone as far as to ask the band themselves where to get it, it was then reissued for half the price...thems the joys of record hunting. It is ambient but ambient in the same way a tomb can be ambient as much as a bird singing. Made up of a single piano motif that is gradulay joined by writhing synth squiggles that sound like moss growing or the tendrills of a deep sea fish. It makes any room feel green in one of those odd moments of synaesthesia that certain tracks create. I was lying in a park in the sun a while back under some trees and the light filtering through the green canopy immediately made me think of this track.
Pete Rock and C.L.Smooth: They Reminisce Over You
Classic 90's Hip Hop. Pete Rock while having a very traditional approach in terms of jazz and soul samples like A Tribe Called Quest or Jungle Brothers sets himself apart with his eery dubbed out approach. Imagine Lee Perry producing Charlie Parker, georgeous horn riffs surrounded with disembodied voices and echo effects make this oddly womblike. Thats the music, the rap is a terrific, moving tales of growing up and parental responsiblity which eshews hip hops usal braggadachio for a more focused adult story, if that sounds boring it is rescued by the backing music which is full of doubt.
Ella Fitzgerald: Night and Day
A girlfriend of mine introduced me to this, before I had thought jazz vocal was all scooby-di-dooby-di and a bit irritating, but I was emailed an MP3 of this at four in the morning once and listerned to it about eight times in a row. I soppose I was at a particular time of the night when I wanted something a bit world weary and elegant and this did the trick. Interesting historicaly as well due the fact you have a by all account quite homely black woman singing these sophisticated uptown lyrics and finding a depth and humanity beneath the urbanity and puns, remember this was in 1950's America.
"Music I am enjoying..." > read the full post
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
Here it is in action:
"Ever wish real life was more like the movies?" > read the full post
The Mutator is an Extreme Voice Designer. Not for everyone though - (you can hear some demos here), but at that price, you can't complain!
(You'll also need an iLok for authorization)
"Huge Antares Mutator discount" > read the full post
Monday, 22 June 2009
the basic version, which includes AmpliTube Live, Ampeg SVX UNO, AmpliTube X-GEAR, RiffWorks T4 and Sonic Reality Jam Loop,
and the deluxe version, which AmpliTube 2 Full Version, Ampeg SVX Full Version, AmpliTube X-GEAR, RiffWorks T4 and Sonic Reality Jam Loops.
As you can see, you can expand the pedal with additional controllers.
Don't forget, that there's also an educational discount available to London School of Sound students on all IK Multimedia products.
"Stealth Pedal" > read the full post
"So you're worried that your music sucks?" > read the full post
But if you've ever fancied having a go at this for real, it's worth starting here if you've got any background in electronics - if you haven't then Sparkle Labs do some cool starter kits, including a Theremin.
For those of you who can't tell their filter from their oscillator, then why not look at our Electronic Music Production and Sound Design and Synthesis courses?
"Build your own Moog!" > read the full post
Sunday, 21 June 2009
"Timecapsule" > read the full post
Saturday, 20 June 2009
Friday, 19 June 2009
Let's face it, buying the most expensive rack-mounted pc (or mac), adding 3x audio interfaces, a digital mixer and putting it all in a massive rack on wheel is not cheap, it's not very portable, and it's a recipe for disaster. I have helped in the past setting up something like that, and I cannot even begin to describe the nightmare it was working with MLAN protocol (if you don't know what it is, no surprise. It was multichannel audio and midi via a single Firewire400 cable, using Yamaha's proprietary system - one of those ideas that look great on paper but which never really worked, like imagine the complexity of setting up a local network and add digital clocks losing sync every two minutes).
So when I first read about the BlackBox recorder I was intrigued, but it was only last week when I had the chance to see one in detail (in an otherwise incredibly boring LIMS 2009).
The BlackBox is beautiful because it is so simple: a small rack-mountable (1 unit) device which accepts 24 analogue inputs and records them as discrete tracks on to a connected hard drive.
Now if you are like me, and have already started thinking of the possible drawbacks.... let me give you the answers I found:
1) the converters are top quality 24 bit 96 KHz - the developer of the BlackBox is the man that originally designed the SADiE system (and if you don't know what SADiE is, keep in mind that most of your favourite records have probably been mastered on it).
2) the files are saved in time-stamped Broadcast Wav, so you can take the hard drive and connect it to anything using whichever software you like (Pro Tools, Logic, Nuendo) and they will open immediately and appear in the right order. There is no need to have a BlackBox to open the files, no need to 'export' in one format or another. Any computer that can read FAT32-formatted drives (and currently that's all of them) will have no problems at all.
3) the BlackBox doesn't run on some sort of windows, osX or Linux which could crash during the recording. It's as stable and solid as any other hardware recorder you've ever used (but the firmware can still be updated to add new features in the future, if required).
4) there is a wide range of adapter cables to choose from, so you can go in as TRS jack, XLR, and it's possible to have an optional choice of digital inputs (ADAT, AES/EBU).
5) only 24 tracks? no. You can stack multiple units to get all the channels you need.
6) What about naming the tracks you are going to record? After all you don't want to get back to the studio having to sort out a few hundred of tracks all called 'audio_01_1.wav'... There is a computer keyboard input at the back so you can name things right (and th efront panel has a lovely colour LCD which is easy to read in the dark and has all the information you need).
7) there is a dedicated headphone output so you can check any file at any time without having to connect the hard drive to a computer (genius).
8) in fact it's hard to stress too much how easy is to set up and use this thing: you might know nothing at all of mixers, computers, nothing, and still plug a common hard drive in to the unit and simply press record.
I would strongly recommend the BlackBox to anyone working in live music, broadcasting, or anywhere else there is the need to capture a performance with fool-proof reliability.
Some people might feel that a rack of Digidesign converters and a laptop is the way to go, and I personally think they are crazy, but even if you insist on having a Pro Tools rig as your main recorder, you'd be crazy not to have a BlackBox as a backup.
To read more about it check http://www.joeco.co.uk/main/BBR1_Summary.php
"Perfect Solution for MultiTrack Live Recordings" > read the full post
Description from the website:
This professional audio plug-in implements a classic technique of transforming a monophonic track into spacious stereophonic track by means of mid/side coding technique. This plug-in is most effective on monophonic sounds without overly sharp transients: it works great for both acoustic and electric/overdriven guitars, synthetic pad sounds and even vocals.
While you are there, check out everything else on that website: the quality of Voxengo's effects is superior or equivalent to some of the best plugins on the market but the price tag is always reasonable, and some are truly unique; sadly most of the effects are still windows-only, but we hope to see more mac compatibility soon.
Get it from http://www.voxengo.com/product/stereotouch/
"Free Plugin adds stereo width to mono sources" > read the full post
"Timbaland in trouble" > read the full post
The Red Hot Chili Peppers:
This fratboy rabble of Homer Simpson lookalikes really get on my goat. About as lithe and slinky as John Candy and John Belushi mud wrestling never has a such a supposedly danceable band cut the rug with such ineptitude. The only answer must have been that they played all their Parliament records at the wrong speed to get that cement mixer groove they have going on. Flea in particular looks like one of those night creatures you were convinced lived under your bed when you were a kid. Despite harping on about Gang of Four and Bootsy his playing sounds not a million miles away from Level 42.
The Alternative - The Meters
Where the Chili's swiped most of their ideas, four funky muthas from the Crescent City they backed everyone from Dr John to Labelle (that's them on Lady Marmalade and Right Time Wrong Place). The drumming in particular sounds like its played by God's pet octopus. Simultaneously laid back and funky these guys work for both doing the Shing-a-ling and post coital cabbaging.
Even less easy on the eye than the above if that were possible, this Oxford collective of David Mitchell lookalikes approach all the joy and excitment of making music with the studied enthusiasm of Jeremy Paxman doing The Times crossword. Lacking the soul or humour to make simple appealing music they dove head first into brain searing complexity which has proved bewilderingly popular. There must be more skinny white teens who can't get laid and bald Germans with beards in the record buying public than we first assumed. Enevitably the only "progressive" or "experimental" CD in most people's collections, Radiohead provide a sort of "avant lite" for anyone without the balls to investigate Charles Mingus or Bitches Brew. To be fair Radiohead do make a point of digging up cool stuff and talking about it but its all so humourless, when you listern to one of their CDs you feel like you are in a cold dark library with a particulaly strict librarian shouting at you with a high keening voice.
The Alternative - Can and Roxy:
I was stuck for a moment so I have plumbed for two. Firstly Can, admitedly beardy and flare wearing but these guys were the real deal, studying under Stockhausen and also digging the VU and Zappa. After some noisy patience testing LPs they mellowed out and recording the georgeously sensual swirls of "Future Days" and "Ege Bamyasi". As they are actually great players they don't have to show off, they just settle back into a narcotic groove propelled by the world greatest drummer:Jaki Liebezeit. Vocalist Damo Suzuki chants strange melodic verses as keys and guitar shimmer into oceanic bliss, bassist and producer Holger Czukay generaly only play about two notes per songs but when he goes "boingggg" you feel it in your guts.
Second option is early Roxy Music, again basically prog but done with a demented humour and aggression that meant they were Steve Jones of The Sex Pistols favourite band and popular with both beard strokers and teeny boppers. Just imagine Radiohead dressed in leopard skin, covered in glitter while covering a top ten hit in randomly generated clouds of moog...actually rather not. The divide between what is considered "serious" music and what is considered "pop" is now a mile wide when back in Roxy's time you did not need to play down for your audience to get popular, you just needed to have the guts to coat avant ideas in make up and have a quiff.
Aka Beck Hansen who to my mind should have been in Hanson for all the good he brought to music. Beck specialises in doing lots of things to hide the fact he does none of them well. His albums are littered with unfunky hip hop, souless country, unrocking rock and lyrics that make acid crazed Syd Barrett's solo ramblings sound like a Shakespeare sonnet. He finaly came a cropper with his "ironic" "tribute" to Prince, Midnite Vultures. The problem was people actually liked Prince and did not need a dwarfish Amish orphan parodying the purple poet when Prince already did such a good job himself. He was promptly dumped by Winona, who probaly lost her virginity to Purple Rain and fled into a career dive of tedious "Winona come back to me" folk.
The Alternative - Harry Nilsson:
Harry Nilsson, best know for "ironic" but mega selling MOR standard "Without You", hard drinking Harry was actually a pop polymath who wrote hard rock ("Jump Into The Fire", covered by LCD Sound System), charming children's songs (the brilliant kids cartoon sound track "The Point" complete with Harry reading a story between tracks) , demented career suicide meltdowns (Son of Schmilsson, featuring the odd "I'd Rather Be Dead" sung with 50 pensioners) and actually amusing novelty hits ("Coconut" as featured in Reservoir Dogs). A genuine talent with a huge voice he was The Beatles favourite artist, their publicist writing the sleeve notes to the great "Ariel Ballet".
Nine Inch Nails:
I can never take these guys seriously after Courtney Love's quote about how they should be renamed "Three Inch Nails" after her brief fling with Trent Reznor...come back Courtney all is forgiven for having Kurt wacked! This is just a personal thing as I remember a guy I was friends with who was obsessed with these noiseniks and never had a girlfriend despite being a lovely guy, I always thought if he had dumped the industrial and cut his hair his life would have been so much more fun...
The Alternative - The Stooges and The Velvets:
The Stooges or The Velvets of "White Light, White Heat". These guys made a fucking terrible racket but it was somehow slinky and sexy and all about getting laid. To these miscreants the sounds they were terrorising audiences with was pop music but pop music from another planet. So it all had a nice groove despite the noise and lyrics about getting wasted at the best party you don't remember. These guys were not moaning about imagined slights they just wanted to have a party, a really fucking noisy degenerate party but at least they made you want to go out and shake it about rather than sit in your bedsit getting pale and popping zits.
I am glad "Some Kind Of Monster" showed this collection of manhamsters and "Deliverence" extras up as the pussies they really are. Not content with producing numbingly dull post prog wankathons they then decided to sue the very wey faced morons who had made their unappealing racket big in the first place. The humunculetic drummer now "keeps it real" by playing tennis and collecting art...how very yawn making..and to think they were once promisingly called "Alchoholica".
The Alternative - Motorhead:
Easy really, Motorhead! Its all in the umlaut with the emphasis on LOUT. Once again no self pity or moaning just gruff celebrations of speed, groupies (did Motorhead have groupies?) and more speed (metal). A bunch of hard headed London lads who would top every historical metal chart if it came to bar brawling and consumption of narcotics, Lemmy being thrown out of Hawkwind for fucks sake for doing too much speed. You knew that everything they sung about they did and there was a grainy reality to their sound that went beyond metal and influenced hard core punk and even some more extreme techno.
I hope this has helped you despite the poor grammar, I expect Music and Video exchange to receive a deluge of Beck and Radiohead CDs in the next few days as people clammer to exchange them for the maningrey's choices...
"maningrey saves your record collection from boredom" > read the full post
Thursday, 18 June 2009
If you can get past the carrot topped harridan on the sleeve striking some weird body building pose you will discover a sea of treats. Before they discovered "soul" Annie and the idiot who did the music created unnervingly brittle electro which was given its tension by the contrast of Lennox's white gurl whine and the relentless machines clanking around her. Every track features off kilter electronics and spacey synths, as well as the occasional burst of slap bass begging to be dub stepped to oblivion. Speed up "Aqua", "Paint A Rumour" or "Regrets" and you'll be laughing.
Japan: Tin Drum
These pale Bowie clones were all from Tooting or some such no go area and basically invented the formula for New Romantics through the simple expedient of changing their boring names like Brown and Smith to Sylvian and Barbieri and applying the slap (bass). After laboring for years as a sub glam band a fairy god mother came down and for one album they became world music/funk/avant titans. Mick Karns wobbling fretless bass lines are like Jaco Pastorious gone Benga, every track features drums seemingly played with giant wooden hands and synths made to sound like some pygmy initiation ceremony. Sample "Sons of Pioneers" or "Visions of China".
The Waitresses: Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful
Know for the teeth splintering horror of xmas hit "Christmas Wrapping" these new wave also rans made a surprisingly grate (as in grating) debut. The things to head for are the shifting time signatures of "Pussy Strut" and the bitchy vocals of "No Guilt" and "I Know What Boys Like", imagine if Madonna rather than finding black Jesus molesting pop nirvana stayed in the punk funk swamp which bore her. Every track is a bored woman slagging off some idiot be it ex boyfriends, bad drivers or corporate bosses, without even trying to sing while a seven member gaggle of ex prog rockers and sessionistas pretend to be nu wave but keep going into 7/8.
Lou Reed: Sally Can't Dance
Guilt ridden by the fact he had become a pop star Mr Neu Yuk decided to make increasingly horrible records in an attempt to lose his pop fans and become once again free to make records nobody bought but millions pretended to like. Alas poor Lou the worse the records the more his mandrax addled fans consumed them sending this mess into the top ten in the US. This album is Lou trying to be funky, the man who had birthed rock's most white and sterile anthem "Sister Ray", a record that presumed Hitler had won the war and we were all forced to walk round with dyed blond hair and center partings while waltzing now decided to become Al Green or the Bee Gees. He actually has blond hair on the cover so a little bit of old Lou remained but that was brutally jack booted out of the actual contents of the vinyl by the mustachioed, floral shirt wearing John Holmesalikes in the band. But this means you actually have some killer grooves in "Sally Can't Dance" "NY Stars" and the outro of "Ride Sally Ride". Also terrific vocal samples, the album features such sound bites as "I'm just waiting for you to hurry up and die", "take your pants off don't you know this is a party" and "my sister has a husband who rides the train, he's big and he's fat and he doesn't have a brain", all sung like its suuuuuchhhh annnn efffortttttt maaannnnn.
"Terrible records to sample..." > read the full post
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
Guitarist Eddie Hazel had the biggest "fro this side of The Chi-Lites
Band Leader George Clinton fed Eddie loads of acid before hand and then when he was a gibbering mess asked him to play "like his mother had just died"
It features wah, delay, reverb, all the pick ups on a Strat and twang bar.
You can feel really smug when you play it to idiot fans of Beck, Clapton, Page and they realise they have backed the wrong horse.
You now know you do not need to spend ages painstakingly practicing scales to produce screaming axe odysseys, you just need to neck some acid after a family tragedy.
"Worlds Greatest Guitar Solo" > read the full post
"Guitar Villain" > read the full post
"Breakbeat Breakfast, 'MPC-style'" > read the full post
Tuesday, 16 June 2009
Great to see a developer going the extra mile, considering that the remote control for Pro Tools comes at about £80! And that makes you wonder about Logic Pro, which is made by Apple, and whether it wouldn't it be a great idea to have a remote for the iPhone, which is made by Apple, that controls Logic Pro, did I mention it's made by Apple? and maybe also Final Cut Pro, Garange Band, which I believe are also made by Apple.
We can only hope, and in the meantime it's worth reminding that Logic can be in fact controlled remotely by the remote control included with every iMac and Mac laptop - simple but very effective, and also completely free.
Application possibilities of Cubase iC
Cubase iC is of great assistance to musicians recording in a rehearsal room or home studio. With it, basic functions for recording different takes and parts are controlled via your iPhone or iPod Touch without using your computer each time.
Producers can access the essential transport functions from all over the studio. This comes in handy when recording and mixing and during listening sessions with musicians and clients.
Cubase iC controls the Arranger Track, making it also an ultra-cool live tool. Now you can start and stop the different sections of the song while playing live.
Cubase iC supports the following Cubase functions:
- Dual Position Displays
- Jog Band and Project Time Position Slider
- Go to zero
- Go to previous marker
- Go to next marker
- Record (Punch In/Out)
- Arranger On/Off
- Metronome Click On/Off
- Precount On/Off
- Cycle On/Off
- Arranger On/Off
Cubase iC is available for download from the Apple iTunes Store for FREE.
Steinberg SKI Remote
This remote control extension for Cubase 5 and Cubase Studio 5 is needed to run Cubase iC, the Cubase Wireless Remote Control for Apple iPhone and iPod touch. The SKI Remote extension needs to be installed before using Cubase iC!
"Free iPhone Remote Control for Cubase 5" > read the full post
Monday, 15 June 2009
This guy has connected his Theremin to his PC, and is using it to control Mario himself. Wave your right hand to control left and right, and your left hand lets you jump.
Some people have too much time on their hands....
"Playing Mario with a Theremin" > read the full post
Sunday, 14 June 2009
Much in the same vein as Guitar Hero and Rock Band (but without the controller, and on your browser) is Jam Legend. Challenge a friend, or play against the computer, but expect hand cramps! Artists include All American Rejects, and loads of people I've never heard of.
"Promote your music through gaming" > read the full post
Saturday, 13 June 2009
"Korg Nanopad Master" > read the full post
Thursday, 11 June 2009
Introducing The Swipe, another one of those incredibly simple ideas that make you want to say "why didn't I think of it?"
It's simply a semi-rigid piece of plastic or something like that covered with microfibre, and shaped to clean under the strings of a guitar or bass without damaging the instrument in any way. It doesn't contain chemicals, it's nothing different from the microfibre wipes you get with a new pair of glasses, and the properties of the microfibre mean that it removes grease effortlessly.
Couldn't you use your glasses wipe then? Yes and no. These normally come as super thin bits of fabric, and it would be impossible to do a good cleaning between strings and neck without removing the strings. Consider now that you can buy The Swipe for a mere £4.99 with free delivery and tell me if this is not the best £5 you have ever spent on your guitar.
While allowing your strings to play better for longer, the manufacturer states that The Swype will last six months, but we reckon it could be much more, depending on use. There is nothing like the satisfaction of seeing the dirt that was on the strings transfer on the microfibre, and when its there all it takes to clean The Swipe is a scratch with your finger (thus returning all the greasy disgusting stuff to its rightful owner).
Finally the days of boiling strings (or for those of you with money, having a second roadie to put a new set every two songs) are over.
And if you are wondering why are we so enthusiastic about this little gadget, well, when you think that LSS owns about 80 guitars, anything that make our strings last a little longer deserves all the praise it can get.
Find out all about the Swipe and place an order direct from www.the-swipe.com
"Never buy a new set of strings again, with The Swipe!" > read the full post
Wednesday, 10 June 2009
Those of you heading to LIMS this week, keep an eye out for these rather funky London School of Sound tube pass holders being given away at the tube station. They're being handed out by some of our students, so why not find out what we're like from the people who know best?
"Free Tube Pass Holder" > read the full post
Tuesday, 9 June 2009
"5 Experience Sequencer in a Browser" > read the full post
Very cool, but it does look like it might leave a few nasty cuts!
"Soundwave Jewelry" > read the full post
Monday, 8 June 2009
As with all the Stillwell plugins, you can download a free evaluation copy, and the purchase price is moare than reasonable at $50 - or only $30 to those Reaper users among you.
Speaking of which, if you've not tried Reaper yet, the new Reaper 3.02 is looking very nice. A fully featured audio and MIDI sequencer for $60 ($225 for the full comercial licence), with a free 30 day trial evaluation.
"Schwa Stereo Microshifter" > read the full post
Sunday, 7 June 2009
Congratulations to Martyn Green for winning a place on the next 'one day APC40 masterclass'.
For those that attended the Akai APC40 demo at Digital Village and didn't win, or for anyone interested in learning more about using Ableton Live in studio and on stage, the link is http://www.londonschoolofsound.co.uk/akai_apc40_ableton_masterclass.php
The first Masterclass is scheduled for Saturday 11th of July 2009 at the South Campus of the London School of Sound.
For info and bookings about this and other Summer courses call 02073547337 or email email@example.com.
"Akai APC40 Ableton Masterclass winner - and course date" > read the full post
Saturday, 6 June 2009
"Musician's Dice" > read the full post
Thursday, 4 June 2009
How does a 43" curved monitor suit you? Not sure where to put the speakers, but it would look great with my home studio....
Mind you, at $8000, a little difficult to justify, but for those of you with money to burn, check out the NEC CRV43.
"I want one of these...." > read the full post
And for those who liked the look of the Beatles Rock Band trailer, check out the introduction sequence....
"DJ hero in action" > read the full post
Interesting new way to sell music - ASDA are bringing out a selection of T-shirts with song lyrics on. To start with, songs from the Cure, Thin Lizzy and Stepenwolf will be available, with more to follow.
The unusual side of this is that buying the t-shirt will also entitle you to download the mp3 from the George (ASDA/Walmart's clothing side) website.
Interesting move from the company that recently banned Green Day's latest album for lyrical content....
"ASDA" > read the full post
The Blofeld was on a few of our Christmas wish lists last year (still hoping!), and now they've announced the first Waldorf soft synth, the Largo, combining elements of both the Blofeld and Q hardware models. It's on it's way as AU and VST formats.
No demo version yet, but watch this space!
"Waldorf Largo" > read the full post
"Ableton Controllers" > read the full post
Wednesday, 3 June 2009
"Oldies but Goodies" > read the full post
"Free Impulse Responses" > read the full post