LA seems to be breathing with electric excitement nowadays, forming it's own unique culture, without a second thought or single regret. How could it not? LA houses close to 10 million people, hosting an incredibly broad range of cultures and backgrounds which makes the prospect of artistic crossover and experimentation inevitable.
A couple summers ago I met a pair of Irish people who were drunkenly ranting, in bitter tone, about the bubble that LA is, how it is cutoff from real life, the real world, real people... and I had trouble disagreeing, (nothing to do with the number of beers and tequila I had drank,) but because they were right! LA has always had some sort of mythical presence; the land of fame and entertainment, the final destination of aspiring artists, the pinnacle of creative devotion, how could it be connected to the "real world", and more importantly, why would it want to be?
Sonuus Loopa – The Worlds First Looper Microphone Sonuus is a UK based brand created by team of guitar-playing engineers with experience in creating professional hardware and software musical products. They recently took on the endeavor to create the world’s first looper microphone. It works just like a normal microphone, but lets you record what you sing, replay it in a loop and sing over it. Layer and loop your voice with 12 minutes recording time, unlimited overdubbing and multi-level undo/redo. With the Loopa you can build up layers of sound, controlling the looping and overdubbing using the controls on the microphone. This means that you are free to move around while you sing or perform and the control is intuitive because it is in your hands, where you are already holding the microphone. The Loopa was developed by, not only “looper” visionaries, but audio specialist. The result is a powerful, crystal clear …Read More
Sterling – Crystal Clear MX Monitors Daddy Kev, (founder of Low End Theory,) explained at a Beat Lab workshop, that monitor speakers are the greatest and most important tool in mixing and mastering. Sterling recently released a new line of monitor speakers that can greatly enhance your mixes, coming in three different versions, the MX8, MX5, or the MX3, representing the inches of the speakers. Each are equipped with cutting edge technology providing you with crisp and clear sound, offered at very affordable prices. Sterlings advanced dual-axis WaveGuidanceVH™ technology creates an incredibly wide “sweet spot,” giving you a clear, articulate and centered sound even when listening off-axis — horizontally and vertically. A proprietary low-frequency cone design offers superior damping, which minimize sonic artifacts and unnatural resonance, while the 1” silk dome tweeter with neodymium magnet provides a smooth and natural high-frequency response. And MX’s custom, 4-layer voice coil delivers greater motor force for …Read More
Blocs Wave – Novations New iOS App Novation just released a brand new IOS App under their sub-company called Blocs Wave. An app designed to create quick musical ideas by combining a collection of sound, in an improvised, on-the-go, in-the-moment-manner. Includes a sleek and intuitive layout that displays waveforms and allows you to adjust, tweak, and time stretch the sound in real time. Blocs Wave includes a wide range of sounds form a number of different genres including chip tune, club classics, trap elements, stellar songwriting, starlight soundtrack, slow jams, rock radio, retro trap, retro techno, retro EDM, house of EDM, house heads, hip hop hustle, and garage grunge. On top of the presets you can import your own sounds to warp and recreate, or you can record directly into your IOS device. (A look at the time stretching view) Blocs Waves foundation is within the time stretching ability and its visual …Read More
Waves BSS DPR-402 – All In One Plugin Have you ever been finishing up a track, adding its final touches, and find yourself with a complex of plugins for limiting, compressing and de-essing? Waves just released the BSS DPR-402 which combines all three of those functions in one plugin. Long favored by studio, live and broadcast engineers, the BSS® DPR-402 dynamics processor is known for its punch, versatility, and the explosive sound it delivered on countless rock, dance and hip-hop hits since the 80s. BSS DPR-402 can be used as a straightforward compressor, limiter or de-esser. But it really shows its colors when these processes are combined, and when it is used to selectively process individual parts of the audio band, leaving the rest of the spectrum untouched. The endless possibilities range from low-frequency expansion and narrow-band compression to general dynamic equalization to create surprising enhancement effects. Waves has also added …Read More
Novation’s Finish Something – Get Your Tracks Done Novation, the company that brought you the LaunchPad, recently released a video featuring several new, and experienced artists, providing advice and insights on how to finish tracks. In the world of production, finishing a track is the most important part of the entire process and can be the biggest challenge to any artist. Check out the video below to hear some serious wisdom, from setting strict deadlines, to sitting on a track for ten years until you feel you’re ready to release it, anything to get you to finish a track and get it out to the public.Read More
Mode Audio – Drum Rack Made of 100% Vinyl Samples (Free Download) Mode Audio is a website that continually releases premium sound packs, from loops to synth presets and much much more. Recently the company released a free sound pack that is made entirely of vinyl samples. Providing 32 samples made of vinyl spins, needle drops, crackling, turntable spins and any other sound you can organically achieve through playing a vinyl. The sound pack is pretty unique, and because of its foundation in vinyl all your sounds; kicks, snares, hi hats etc. have a warm quality to them. We are suckers for sound packs that have an interesting developing story behind them. To check out another unique sample pack, checkout our review on ESTEC samples from space! Below you will find mod audio’s description of their sample pack along with an example of the sounds it is capable of producing. …Read More
Softube – Revamped Vintage Compressor Softube is a versatile company that develops music hardware and software and has worked for companies like Fender, Native Instruments, Universal Audio and even developed the Ableton Amp. They recently recreated and released a rendition of the 1973 Drawmer Compressor and tediously worked to replicate it to a tee. Developed alongside the actual Drawmer research team and sealed with the stamp of approval by the compressors father, Ivor Drawmer, himself. A three band compressor allows you to pull out specific sounds and instruments and either brighten the highs, or tighten lows, and can be equally applied to single sound sources. Softube stayed true to the look and feel of the original Drawmer, while updating it with a few key features like mid-side processing and a side chain feature, making the compressor expansive and versatile. The Drawmer is also equipped with a load of some quick use presets …Read More