With less than two weeks until December, Native Instruments are beginning to churn out the deals
! Their latest promotions include ways to save money on Komplete Audio and Traktor Audio Interfaces, plus a way to get free Maschine expansions! For specific information on each deal, read on:
This post was posted in Computer Music, DJ Gear, Offers, Product News and was tagged with audio, expansion, instruments, interface, maschine, mikro, native, Traktor
Posted on November 3, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak
When I bought my first ever audio interface, I forked out £99 for a 2-in, 2-out device with minimal features, average sounding preamps, USB 1.1 connectivity and a copy of Cubase LE. At the time, this seemed like a bargain to me, but things have changed since then. In fact, it wasn’t until I became introduced to the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 that I realised just how much things had changed! For only £20 more (at the time of writing), Focusrite are offering a device with similar features, but that makes use of high-speed USB connectivity, includes two of Focusrite’s renowned preamps and comes bundled with four top-quality plug-ins and Ableton Live Lite! To me, this seems like an absolute bargain and with prices like this, it definitely pushes the older USB 1.1 protocol closer towards extinction.
This post was posted in Blog entries, Computer Music, In-Depth Reviews, Recording and was tagged with 2i2, audio, focusrite, interface, scarlett
Posted on September 19, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak
Thanks to the physics of sound, the space you record in is as crucial as the gear you use, as Andy Munro explains…
MEET THE WRITER
Principle owner of Munro Acoustics, Andy co-founded Dynaudio Acoustics in 1990 and still designs custom Dynaudio monitor systems. He is currently designing many of the studios for the new BBC Broadcasting House and he is working with sE Electronics to develop a range of monitors.
This post was posted in Blog entries, Magazine, Recording and was tagged with andy munro, audio, treatment
Posted on September 4, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak
Purchasing an audio interface can often be a minefield, especially for the amateur. There are so many products out there that knowing which one is right for you is a near-impossible task without sufficient advice (click here to read my in-depth guide). However, if you are after an interface that offers the most amount of inputs for the least amount of money, you should definitely at least consider the Tascam US-1800…
This post was posted in Blog entries, Computer Music, In-Depth Reviews, Recording and was tagged with audio, interface, tascam, usb 2.0
Posted on July 8, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak
The Babyface… I’ve often wondered exactly what these products are! I mean, I’ve seen them sat on the shelves in our warehouse, but their soothing blue packaging displaying a large picture of a wide-eyed baby in a nappy always made me think that this was a product for the absolute beginner… either that or it was a box of Pampers! How wrong I was!
This post was posted in Blog entries, Computer Music, In-Depth Reviews, Recording and was tagged with audio, babyface, interface, midi, RME
Posted on July 7, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak
Have you ever used or heard any UA plug-ins before? If not then you are really missing out! Universal Audio make some of the most accurate sounding hardware-modeled virtual plug-ins
on the market... some of them are so good that it is almost impossible to tell the difference between the hardware and the software effect!
Why do the plug-ins sound so good? Well, for starters, the designers had access to design diagrams from the original units and so were able to program the software to emulate exactly how the original units functioned! That's not the end of the story though, as UA plug-ins are also designed to work hand-in-hand with a dedicated piece of hardware, which handles all the intense processing of the plug-ins, leaving your computer's CPU free to handle everything else. The fact that UA plug-ins work in this way allows them to be more complex and powerful than your standard plug-ins.
This post was posted in Computer Music, Offers, Product News and was tagged with audio
Posted on May 19, 2011 by Dave Gale
MOTU TRAVELER MK3 REVIEW
As a Media Composer, most of the work I undertake is produced in my own studio, but every now and then I have to go out and record remotely. This was something which I had to do recently, and I required an 8 input interface, preferably with a few microphone inputs onboard, so that I didn’t have to take out too much in the way of outboard gear.
This post was posted in Blog entries, Computer Music, In-Depth Reviews, Recording and was tagged with audio, interface, mk3, motu
Posted on April 14, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak
Remember those little black liquorice flavoured chewy sweets that used to be available for a penny from your local corner shop? They were the ones you used to buy as a kid as a last resort if all the Fruit Salads and Apple flavoured ones had run out, and they turned your tongue, teeth and gums a dark black/purple colour so your mum could always tell that you had blown your pocket money on junk yet again! They were called Blackjacks as well, and as far as I’m aware they still make them… although of course their price has now risen, and they don’t feature that little sweetie-man cartoon on the paper! Well, yeah, not too sure where I was going with that… just went into reminisce mode and started writing… never a good idea! But I guess you’re more interested in learning about the Mackie Onyx Blackjack rather than retro sweets? So that’s what I’ll fill you in on… although if anyone else wants to join my nostalgic look back at sugary treats from the past, feel free to post your suggestions as a comment at the bottom of this blog (anyone for Nerds, Runts or Opal Fruits? Or this advert....)
This post was posted in Blog entries, Computer Music, In-Depth Reviews, Recording and was tagged with audio, interface, mackie, onyx
Posted on March 23, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak
If you don’t know what UAD-2 is, then I will give you a little warning. You need to think long and hard… if you take the blue pill (and you don’t read this review), then you will wake up in your bed tomorrow and will be able to go naively and happily about your day in your usual way. If you take the red pill (and read on), then you WILL want this product, and it will tear you up inside day in, day out until you get your hands on one! So choose wisely… as they say, ignorance is bliss…
This post was posted in Blog entries, Computer Music, In-Depth Reviews and was tagged with audio, duo, omni, quad, satellite, uad-2, universal