Native Instruments horn section now more powerful-- Like Session Strings before them, Session Horns have had the 'Pro' treatment. According to NI, Session Horns Pro,...

Avid invite you to join them for an in-depth Q&A session, explaining all the details of the hotly-anticipated Avid Everywhere.

The best mixers around for under 60. Cheap and cheerful - ideal for home studios.

Thinking about investing in some new headphones this summer to take away on your holidays? Shure€s range of SE In-Ear headphones represent a good choice if you're looking for the best audio quality, sleek design and affordability.

We have known it for a long time. Here's the top 3 reasons why drum machines are better than drummers.

Don't know what festival to go to this year? We're here to help you decide...

Within the Vocal world  there are all different styles of singing and beatboxing is one of the more complex and percussive styles that the human voice can produce. Typically there is a single frequency range that vocalists stay within but beatboxers span the entire frequency range to achieve the sounds that come from their mouth. [...]

They promised and they're about to deliver!

Korg and Vox have introduced two special limited edition products, available in gold for 2014.

One of the toughest things about working with a lead vocal track is getting it to pop out, while allowing it to still sit in the track nicely in context with its surroundings [other tracks].  Every mixing engineer has her/his bag of tricks, but here are a few ideas to utilize a “vocal-double” which may [...]

This weekend only, the RF Pro is just 149! Take a look at exactly what the Reflexion Filter Pro is made from, and why it's the choice of hundreds of thousands of professional and project studios.

The Zildjian Kerope Series of cymbals are dark and complex, both in sound and look. They resemble the sound of cymbals from the 50s and 60s.

New Thunderbolt-compatible 18-in, 18-out interface-- Focusrite’s Saffire Pro 26 is a new addition to the company’s Firewire interface range — though, as...

The latest addition to the Saffire series, the PRO 26 is a fully-comprehensive, studio-quality 18 in/8 out, 24-bit/96kHz, Firewire/Thunderbolt audio interface.

A quick comparison between Firewire, Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 audio interfaces.

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl will host and produce a TV series exploring the histories of some of America's most famous recording studios.

The Line 6 AMPLIFi FX100 is a multi-effects pedal for the AMPLIFi amps, an iOS enabled, cloud-enhanced piece of kit that let's you tap into your creative tone... and it's now in stock at Gear4music!

If you liked this Quicktip be sure to get the full 2-hour video tutorial! Introductory offer! Save $10 off new SONAR X3 and Melodyne video The new Advanced Audio Editing: SONAR X3 and Melodyne video is the definitive guide to using SONAR X3 and Melodyne. Created by Melodyne expert Carlo Libertini, these tutorials will walk [...]

New Kontakt instrument samples unusual objects -- Nottingham-based Paper Stone Instruments, in collaboration with...

If you liked this Quicktip be sure to get the full 2-hour video tutorial! Introductory offer! Save $10 off new SONAR X3 and Melodyne video The new Advanced Audio Editing: SONAR X3 and Melodyne video is the definitive guide to using SONAR X3 and Melodyne. Created by Melodyne expert Carlo Libertini, these tutorials will walk [...]

If you liked this Quicktip be sure to get the full 2-hour video tutorial! Introductory offer! Save $10 off new SONAR X3 and Melodyne video The new Advanced Audio Editing: SONAR X3 and Melodyne video is the definitive guide to using SONAR X3 and Melodyne. Created by Melodyne expert Carlo Libertini, these tutorials will walk [...]

We've chosen a selection of the best selling Waves bundles and compared them for mastering and mixing applications.

Building your home studio can be a tricky task – especially when you feel that the quality of the space that you record in barely contends with what the pro’s would use. Fear not, there are solutions for making your home studio (or to some: bedroom) a comfortable place to produce high-quality recordings. Here are [...]

Open trade show, gear expo, demos and big savings in Fort Wayne, IN-- Online musical instrument and audio equipment retailer Sweetwater will present GearFest ‘14, a celebration of musicians...

SOS synth expert Gordon Reid rounds up the highlights-- When Moogfest was launched in 2004 in New York, it was a relatively small affair that attracted a few hundred people to a...

A definitive gear guide for the legendary David Gilmore of Pink Floyd, using modern day equivalents for guitarists who are on a budget.

TC Electronic have announced the launch of four new mini pedals.

The Play Acoustic is the first ever combined vocal and electro-acoustic guitar processer.

To celebrate the opening of our new showroom on Clifton Moor, York, we're giving away a Gibson Les Paul Studio with Min-ETune.

Our definitive guide will help you pick the best digital pianos that have been released this year from Korg, Yamaha and Roland.

Mackie is a proud sponsor of HOW-TO Church Sound Workshops. In the month of May there are two workshops in Southern California featuring hands-on training for your sound, media & praise band members. Registration for the workshops is available here.

Saturday, May 17th the workshop is in San Diego

HOW-TO San Diego

Saturday, May 24th the workshop is in Hacienda Heights

HOW-TO Hacienda Heights

Ozzy Osbourne has been given the order that he must protect bats by Chiltern District Council.

Trade in your old digital mixer with us and save up to 800 on a new PreSonus StudioLive AI model.

The best way to mic up your snare drum - tips for professional & home studio engineers with some recommended snare microphones from Dolphin Music.

Apple is allegedly set to buy Beats Electronics for 1.9 billion, according to a leaked video by Dr Dre and friends.

Can’t quite hit the high or low notes? Melodyne usually can. by Craig Anderton If you don’t have a wide vocal range, you have to choose a vocal’s key very carefully—the low parts can’t go below your range, and if you’re going to hit the harmony notes, you have to pay attention to where the [...]

The new UAD software version 7.7 features a fully-endorsed, authentic Neve 1073 circuit recreation plug-in and Unison mic preamplifier modeling technology.

Our Fender Stratocaster buying guide looks at the differences between models and helps you find the guitar that's right for you.

Avid have outlined their vision for Avid Everywhere at NAB 2014.

TC Electronic are offering huge price drops on selected bass amps.

Steinberg has announced the immediate availability of the free iPad app, dspMixFx, through the App Store. The iOS app offers monitor mixing while harnessing the DSP-powered REV-X reverb, the Sweet Spot Morphing Channel Strip with compressor and 3-band parametric EQ as well as the four Guitar Amp Classics amp emulations at zero latency.

Steinberg today also updated its firmware/software for the UR824, UR28M and UR44 audio interfaces. Version 2.1 provides compatibility of the DSP-powered UR interfaces with the dspMixFx app alongside automatic detection of iPad or PC/Mac computers when in class compliant mode.

Download the firmware and Tools software
Read more on the dspMixFx app

There’s a great ADT program lurking within Melodyne Essential by Craig Anderton So is Celemony’s ADT (Automatic Double Tracking) program any good? If you have Melodyne Essential, you can find out for yourself—because it’s the same program. Yes, hidden within SONAR X3‘s Melodyne Essential is a very cool ADT effect that’s extremely effective with vocals. [...]

We've moved to bigger and better premises. Walk in the door at our new Clifton Moor showroom and you'll be greeted by our enthusiastic staff and a huge showroom you'll want to explore straight away.

Z3TA+ iOS V1.1 Now Available – Full MIDI Support for iPad Z3TA+ iOS puts the full power of Z3TA+ on your iPad. Packed with hundreds of presets, real-time oscillator modulation, dual mode filtering, and flexible effects, Z3TA+ iOS is the perfect creative toolkit for making music anywhere, anytime. The version 1.1 update is free for [...]

Gobbler Spring Sale: Save up to 75% through May 4th Spring is here and Gobbler has some sunshine for your creative world.  From now until Sunday, May 4th, they’re offering deals on all plans, with savings of up to 75% off regular prices.  If you’ve been thinking about starting a new collaboration or getting your [...]

1.0.1 Maintenance Update

  • New AAX Editions (experimental, Win32 AAX is not functional).
  • Performance optimizations (+30% in some cases).
  • Value-displays now accept “,” as decimal separator (in addition to “.”)
  • Fixed rare denormal issues
  • User presets slots increased to 10
  • On a Mac, short-cut labels show “Cmd” instead of “Ctrl”
  • Preset code now uses the Plugin-name as root tag (the old format is still supported)
  • Show parameter units in GUI-less mode
  • Fix in mac install script bug which prevented the creation of user presets

The TDR VOS SlickEQ version 1.0.1 is now available from the official labs page: http://www.tokyodawn.net/tdr-vos-slickeq/

Best regards, Fabien / Vlad and Herbert




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Home Studios

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Dolphin Music - News Feed

on 2014-5-02 2:15pm GMT
Take a look at some of the most elaborate home studios around!

At this year's Moogfest last week, Moog encouraged those with a VIP engineer ticket to attend workshops to build their new Werkstatt synth.

All the important dates you need to know to plan your visit.

Introduction SONAR X3’s modular ProChannel allows users to take advantage of all the different aspects of a real mixing console. One great way of improving your vocal production is by using De-Essers to reduce the sibilant frequencies between 5-7kHz. The human mouth acts like a filter for words and sometimes certain words for certain singers [...]

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~Mail in Rebate valid in the U.S. (Instant Savings in Canada)~

From May 1 through June 30, 2014 get $100.00 back on the purchase of a DL806 or DL1608 Digital Live Sound Mixer with iPad Control. Just visit a participating Authorized Mackie dealer in the U.S. for this amazing deal. Canadian customers may receive instant savings at participating dealers - click here for more info. To register, and fill out your rebate, please visit https://mackie.4myrebate.com/ and read the instructions and terms below.

Redefine your live mixing experience with the the Mackie DL1608 and DL806 Digital Live Sound Mixers. The DL Series combes the proven power of a full-featured digital mixer with the unmatched ease and mobility of an iPad. Now featuring boutique-quality Onyx™ mic preamps and the performance of 24-bit Cirrus Logic® AD/DA converters, you have unparalleled sound quality right at your fingertips. Mobile freedom is yours with seamless wired to wireless mixing, and powerful plug-ins, that allow you to control your mix from anywhere in the room. DL Series mixers even support up to 10 wireless devices including the iPhone and iPod touch.

To Qualify For and Redeem Your Rebate (U.S. Only):

  1. Purchase an DL806 and/or DL1608 from an Authorized Mackie Dealer in the U.S. between May 1, 2014 and June 30, 2014. (NOTE: B-Stock products do not qualify)
  2. Go to https://mackie.4myrebate.com/ and search for OFFER CODE: MCK-1002. Click here for a direct link to the offer.
  3. Enter all of the information requested, then print and sign the rebate form
  4. Customers must mail in the following within 30 days of purchase:
    • A legible copy of your original dated invoice or purchase receipt (keep the original for your records – NOTE – If you bought a floor demo, you must send a copy of the store-printed receipt that indicates “no box.”
    • The original UPC code(s)
    • Completed mail-in-rebate form
  5. Offer valid for U.S. customers only
  6. Qualified customers will receive an American Express® Prepaid Reward Card
  7. Click for full Terms and Conditions

Instant Savings in Canada

If you are a resident of Canada you may receive instant savings on Mackie DL806 and DL1608 Digital Live Sound Mixers With iPad Control at participating authorized Mackie dealers in Canada. From May 1 – June 30, 2014 get $100 back on your purchase of a DL Series Mixer. Just visit a participating authorized Mackie dealer in Canada to take advantage of this awesome deal.

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~Mail in Rebate valid in the U.S. Instant Savings in Canada)~

From May 1 through May 31, 2014 get up to $75.00 back on the purchase of PROFX16 or PROFX22 Professional Effects Mixers with USB. Just visit a participating Authorized U.S. Mackie Dealer. for this amazing deal. Canadian customers may receive instant savings at participating dealers - click here for more info. To register, and fill out your rebate, please visit https://mackie.4myrebate.com/ and read the instructions and terms below.

Professional gig-ready effects, USB I/O and 7-band graphic EQ all in one package. Mackie’s ProFX16 and ProFX22 Compact Effects Mixers will have you ready for the show. Ten low-noise, high-headroom mic preamps, 3-band active EQ and inline compression on critical channels ensure the professional results you expect from your live mixer.

To Qualify For and Redeem Your Rebate (U.S. Only):

  1. Purchase an PROFX16 and/or PROFX22 from an Authorized Mackie Dealer in the U.S. between May 1, 2014 and May 31, 2014. (NOTE: B-Stock products do not qualify)
  2. Go to https://mackie.4myrebate.com/ and search for the following offer code: MCK-1001. Click here for a direct link to the offer.
  3. Enter all of the information requested, then print and sign the rebate form
  4. Customers must mail in the following within 30 days of purchase:
  • A legible copy of your original dated invoice or purchase receipt (keep the original for your records – NOTE – If you bought a floor demo, you must send a copy of the store-printed receipt that indicates “no box.”
  • The original UPC code(s)
  • Completed mail-in-rebate form
  1. Offer valid for U.S. customers only
  2. Qualified customers will receive an American Express® Prepaid Reward Card
  3. Click for full Terms and Conditions

Instant Savings in Canada

If you are a resident of Canada you may receive instant savings on Mackie PROFX16 and PROFX22 Professional Effects Mixers with USB at participating authorized Mackie dealers in Canada. From May 1 – May 31, 2014 get up to $75.00 back on your purchase of a PROFX16 or PROFX22 Mixer. Just visit a participating authorized Mackie dealer in Canada to take advantage of this awesome deal.

 

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-Offer Valid in the U.S. and Canada Only-

Save $100 on the purchase of Mackie SRM350v2 and SRM450v2 Powered Loudspeakers through the end of June!  From May 1 – June 30, 2014 you’ll receive $100 in Instant Savings for each speaker purchased. Just visit a participating Authorized Mackie Dealer in the United States or Canada to take advantage of this awesome deal.

Click here for more information on Mackie SRM Series Powered Loudspeakers.

Leading the way in the world of synths is Nord's latest creation: the Lead A1.

Until 30th June, the Arturia SparkLE Drum Machine, bundled with Spark 2 software, is available for just 169.

From 1st May, you'll receive a free TC Electronic Level Pilot when you purchase a pair of Tannoy Reveal Studio Monitors.

Roland has launched two new entry level digital pianos - the RP401R and the F-130R.

Now is the time to get involved in the monstrous world of Maschine with some massive saving across this beat and groove production range. Don't miss out on this limited offer!

Cakewalk presents “Mix it Right” month We have been busy this month creating new resources to help you craft better mixes. Check out all the tips, tricks, and video from experts like Craig Anderton, Dan Gonzalez, and Jimmy Landry who have all worked professionally in studios and bring decades of mixing knowledge to the table [...]

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-Offer Valid in the U.S. and Canada Only-

The affordable TH Loudspeaker – just got more affordable. For a limited time get up to $100 in instant savings on the purchase of a pair of Mackie TH Series Powered Loudspeakers. Just visit a participating Authorized Mackie Dealer in the United States or Canada to take advantage of this awesome deal. Offer runs through May 31, 2014.

Save $50, $100 or more

  • TH-15A get $50 instant savings per speaker
  • TH-12A get $30 instant savings per speaker

For more information on the Mackie TH Series Powered Loudspeakers please visit Mackie.com.

75 years ago, the Shure Unidyne microphone was born. Even if you don't recognise the name, you'll certainly recognise the look of this iconic mic.

Recently I was asked to create a song for a new short film that will be making the rounds on this year’s film festival circuit.  I got the creative brief [I had to write for a specific subject in the film] and got to work writing and recording everything myself in SONAR X3. Thankfully, SONAR [...]

The Philharmonia Orchestra, based in London, has commissioned research to find out where the musicians of tomorrow may come from.

Yamaha has released their fourth generation of acoustic guitars and it's their best yet.

BOSS' flagship COSM Amp Effects Processor gets new features in v2.0 upgrade.

You can now order the new Yamaha Absolute Hybrid Maple kit in Jade Green Sparkle exclusively at Gear4music.

Sometimes EQ is more about “sonic sculpture” than anything else by Craig Anderton One of the most important aspects of mixing is using EQ to “carve out” a specific frequency range for instruments so they don’t conflict with each other. If instruments have their own sonic space, it’s easier to hear each instrument’s unique contribution, [...]

Since 1999, Rick Smith has been using Pro Tools in his studio to create some of the most recognisable electronic music in decades.

Finally housing the rock guitar virtuoso's most comprehensive anthology ever.

Win a Reflection Filter Pro and get better recordings with sE Electronics and Dolphin.

When you need to get really detailed, object-oriented mixing is a convenient solution by Craig Anderton Many times when mixing, you’ll want to apply an effect or volume change to a small, specific section. Clip Automation makes it easy to handle Gain or Pan changes, but you can also work with effects by isolating specific [...]

Orbital talks Novation Bass Station and how you can win big with some top brands.

We gave you the chance to win an Avid audio interface every day for one week! Read on to find out if you're a winner.

From recording underwater to breaking new ground with their headphones. For over 65 years AKG have been a part of musical history.

Introduction Mix engineers that have had their time behind a board can pick out the misuse of Reverb when they hear it. Just like with anything, applying the proper Reverb requires more time than just scrolling through the presets of the basic Hall, Room, and Plate algorithms. Overview Music tends to have a significant three-dimensional [...]

Figure 1.6 released

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Propellerhead News

on 2014-4-17 2:53pm GMT
Figure 1.6 is out. The new version of Propellerhead’s fun and inspiring music making app lets you share your music directly to Facebook and Twitter. Figure is available in Apple’s App Store.

The Cubase BackPack is a portable recording system which includes the UR22 audio interface and Cubase Artist 7 music production software, plus a free upgrade to Artist 7.5 software!

Save big on Reason!

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Propellerhead News

on 2014-4-17 1:50pm GMT
Buy Reason 7 today and get an amazing package deal! Until June 30th, the brand new Synchronous Rack Extension, the acclaimed Reason Drum Kits and Reason Electric Bass ReFills are all included with the purchase!

...or perhaps never knew existed. All the bits and pieces you need for gigs, practice and studio.

Our comprehensive guide will help you along the way to stardom!

Show your love for your local independent music store this Saturday!

Focusrite is offering purchasers of new Focusrite, Novation or KRK products the chance to win one of 50 Studio Gear Vouchers in daily prize draws throughout spring.

Mixing with Compression is an essential part to shaping and creating a great sounding track. In this video series I take you through a track-by-track video that shows you how to use compression on various types of instruments in SONAR X3 with the CA-2A T-Type Leveling Amplifier. You can use compression to control levels, enhance [...]

New for 2014, Gibson's collaboration with rock-blues musician Joe Bonamassa produces so much more than a signature guitar.

Ah so – the ancient wisdom of a burnt out guitar teacher.

Well now – these tips are primarily for the beginner – if you are such a person these are guidlines that may well help – some are probably very obvious to those l ready in the know but I’m going to make these points regardless.

 

1. Tune your guitar – That’s right, forget what device you have, software, effects – forget all of it – tune your guitar first.

Now I’ll be the first to admit I have failed to do this on occasion – get all giddy with an idea – sit down and record in a flurry of activity only to go back later and find pitching issues – but it’s a good habit to form, an essential habit – tune it all – before each take – obsessive about it – get your intonation set. TUNE YOUR INSTRUMENT – no questions.

Yes you can fix mst things with auto tune but not chords and it sounds wrong – fundermentally  though it’s lazy.

2. Practice – Practice your composition and practice your recording skills.

Forget about creating a masterpeice to start with – get used to recording.

Coming from a backgroung of 4-Track recording has taught me a few fundimentals when it comes to recording and they will fly in the face of a lot of advice.

Recording teaches you a lot about your playing – listen and learn. You’ll hear the good and bad and hopefully you should learn from both – sometimes a mistake/slip of the finger can produce something unexpected and useful. It also gives you insight into your playing abilties.

Forget about sound – that’s right I said it – forgo sound  for quality of material – it’s pointless polishing a turd – really it is – get your chops down musically then worry about the effects.

Drums? Use loops to start with – something simple to keep your timing together.

Bass – unless you have one and are comfortable forget it.

First things first – get your compositions written then record.

Now for a contradiction – no ideas? Record anyway – Something simple – four notes palm muted to create a faux bass line or four chords to create a base for a melody line – keep it simple and build.

Recording and writing go hand in hand for me at times – I sometimes sit down with nothing and build from there – sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t but I always learn something.

The creative process(including recording) is a muscle that needs exercise to build strength – the more your do the fitter you become.

3. Forget the magpie effect or GAS

You need very little to record – Instrument, Input and Output

Or in these terms – Guitar – interface – DAW – Headphones/Speakers

Go cheap or find things that are lying about – your laptop/pc will have a built in soundcard – this will do – it might not be great but it will do to start.

Ideally the best way to go would be an interface – get the one for the job in hand – a simple guitar interface will do.

If your are recording acoustic guitar a cheap usb microphone will do.

Buy something that suits your needs now not future needs.

Forget expensive plugins and software for the moment, these will not make any difference to your recordings.

Too many effects = too many things to learn – limit yourself to what you need to learn.

It really is pointless having every device and effect known to man and having no idea how to use them or anything to use them with.

Go free: There are plenty of free plugins out there – get three if you must and learn those – an eq, a compressor and a reverb –  play with them and use your ears.

4. Programming drums/bass lines

Drums: Remember a drummer has four limbs – hitting a snare, hi-hat and tom at once is not physically possible. Unless the drummer decides to kick one of them.

Bass: The best bassists are not heard, they influence – bass and drums are the most important factor in all bands and with a few exceptions the best drummers and bassists tend to sit back and keep everything solid so that the poseur guitarist and singer can do their posing.

Keep things simple, don’t overcomplicate something that doesn’t need it – don’t distract from the melody – don’t make it too busy – that includes your guitar and vocals.

5. Listen to what you have recorded and learn from it.

Your ears are the most important part of you musically – you need to use those  above all else, be honest but don’t be damning of yourself.

Record what suits you not anybody else – if you are attempting to write a hit song – stop it.

Write and record what you want to hear – forget success from others – if you like it and enjoy it job done.

 

A look at some of the best selling Ibanez acoustic instruments including guitar, bass and ukulele.

Toontrack EZX expansion packs available at 50% off, don't miss out on this great opportunity to upgrade your drum library!

Get yourself $750 of UAD powered plug-ins when you purchase a UAD-2 Octo card. Don't miss out on this limited offer!

Arturia are offering one of their fantastic virtual synth recreations with the Keylab 25 or 49 for a limited period of time, don't miss out on this great offer.

Signal Flow is an important concept to understand, and it may be easier to think about when presented with a diagram of how audio is passes through SONAR. Inputs and Outputs – Easier than you think! The first concept to understand is the relationship between Inputs and Outputs. There isn’t anything complex about the subject [...]

Some of the world's best bass amps & heads are made here in the UK. We look at the secrets of Ashdown's success.

We recently got a chance to sit down with Joerg Kohring who is an LA-based singer/songwriter/producer working out of Los Angeles.  Originally from Germany, Joerg found his current musical path originally playing guitar in the award winning band Lifehouse.  Since then, he has found success with his own LA-based band Orbit Monkey as well as [...]

Grab the latest update to Reason for access to a new generation of Rack Extensions, better performance and a host of improvements. The update is free for all registered users of Reason 7 and Reason Essentials 2.1.

Indie Rock band Foals give us the low-down on their favourite synth of all time...

Steinberg is pleased to announce the availability of the Cubase 7.5.20/Cubase Artist 7.5.20 maintenance update.

The update adds several improvements and resolves more than 60 issues in different areas of the applications.

The update is now available for download from the Steinberg website. For detailed information please view the corresponding version history on the download page.

Download Cubase 7.5.20 now

Download Cubase Artist 7.5.20 now

Save 30% off mixing tools from Blue Cat Audio We have teamed up with Blue Cat Audio to offer exclusive savings for Mixing Month.  These plugins are a great addition to SONAR and will help you visualize, analyze, automate, process, and sculpt the perfect mix. Specials end April 30th! Shop today: Blue Cat’s DP Meter [...]

The Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2 and S4 are now £379 and £569 respectively during April 2014.

Mixing with the Console Emulator Snake oil, or useful processor? Read on, and find out by Craig Anderton Console Emulator plug-ins are controversial. First, a lot of people are convinced they don’t really make a difference. Second, there’s the philosophical question of whether emulating a console is a good thing—after all, you’re emulating imperfections. And [...]

This spring it's your chance to win a 200 voucher for studio gear from Focusrite, Novation & KRK.

sE Electonics have set a little challenge to prove how versatile there new version of the x1 microphone is, make a suggestion and you could win a trip away.