Vote in Sound On Sound’s Awards for Outstanding Audio Products – $16,000 Audio Gear Giveaway! Expires Nov 31, 2014

Vote in Sound On Sound’s Awards for Outstanding Audio Products – $16,000 Audio Gear Giveaway! Expires Nov 31, 2014

Vote for your favorite audio gear, influence manufacturers, and get your name in the hat to win a $16,000 Audio Gear Package! WOOT! That doesn’t suck! You can thank us later… It’s that time of year again! It’s hard to believe it’s been 12 months since the last SOS Awards for outstanding audio products, and all of us at Sound On Sound would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the fantastic support you gave us with your online voting last year. This year, we once again have a fantastic prize on offer to one lucky voter. To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is cast your vote for your favorite products in each category. Once again you, the readers, will decide who will get the coveted top slot in each of the major categories. Voting is now open! Cast your vote before the end of November and you could win this prize bundle worth £10,000/$16,000. Prize Includes: Focusrite RedNet system of your choosing, worth up to £7000 Novation UltraNova + UltraNova Gig Bag Novation MiniNova + MiniNova Gig Bag Novation Bass Station II + Bass Station II Gig Bag Novation Launch Control XL and Launchpad S Novation Impulse 61 A pair of KRK VXT 6 monitors KRK 12sHO Sub Ableton Live 9 Suite Click Here To Vote...
Studio Tour – Ulrich Schnauss

Studio Tour – Ulrich Schnauss

Ulrich Schnauss is an electronic musician and producer from Germany working across many different genres from drum/bass and minimal techno to house and shoegaze. His music career started at the age of 18 in 1995, when he started to release tracks under the pseudonyms of View to the Future and Ethereal. Since then he has been ask to work with and remix for many artists, such as Port-Royal, Mojave 3, Airiel, A Shoreline Dream, Asobi Seksu, Televise, Long-view, Engineers and others, and has released over 20 albums and singles on various labels. In this video he gives us a detailed tour of his synth studio, discussing not only the gear and origin stories, but what he likes about the different synthesizers and how he uses them. Thank you, Ulrich! Studio Tour - Ulrich Schnauss Connect with Ulrich on Facebook More info here at Wikipedia And check him out on...
Using MIDI in Ableton Live

Using MIDI in Ableton Live

We’ve collected a few videos from Ableton about using MIDI in Live. From its 1980’s origins as a technical standard allowing electronic instruments to communicate with one another, MIDI has also become a versatile technology for sequencing and manipulating virtual instruments. We’re going to look at some killer tips and tricks for mastering MIDI in Live. MIDI – Established in 1984, the Musical Instrument Digital Interface is a musical device communication standard that describes a protocol, digital interface, and connectors which allow a wide variety of electronic musical instruments, computers and other related devices to connect and communicate with one another. A single MIDI link can carry up to sixteen channels of information, each of which can be routed to a separate device. Devices are connected to each other via a 5-pin DIN MIDI cable or more common now with standard USB cables. Devices can connect to each other using 3 port types: MIDI In, MIDI Out, and MIDI Thru where MIDI In receives note and control data, MIDI Out sends it, and MIDI Thru replicates incoming data to downstream devices. MIDI can send an incredible variety of data from note on/off, velocity, and volume to patch changes and note data from keyboards and other MIDI devices to DAW’s such as Ableton Live. Note data, once captured, can be edited even so far as changing the original sounds (patches) to other sounds from other MIDI devices and computers. Although MIDI is an incredibly complex technical topic, in its simplest form one can plug a cable from MIDI Out to MIDI In and fire notes from both the played and...
Vintage Synth Overload! Adrian Utley of Portishead Studio Tour

Vintage Synth Overload! Adrian Utley of Portishead Studio Tour

  Here’s a great video tour of Portishead’s Adrian Utley’s Synth Studio. SourceDistributionTV visited his home studio to get his reactions to the Arturia MiniBrute analog synth. While they were there Adrian gave them a tour of his analog synth collection (the stuff that was there, that is!). Stay tuned at the end of the video for more on the Arturia MiniBrute. And catch up with Adrian and the band at www.Portishead.co.uk Massive thanks go to Adrian Utley for kindly letting us visit, and for sharing his thoughts.  ~  Source Vintage Synth...
MOTU Releases New High End Thunderbolt AVB Audio Interfaces

MOTU Releases New High End Thunderbolt AVB Audio Interfaces

MOTU has announced three new Thunderbolt audio interfaces with complementary I/O configurations, A/D/A conversion with very high dynamic range, 48-channel mixing, DSP effects and AVB Ethernet audio networking for system expansion. Introducing the 1248, 8M and 16A – MOTU is pleased to announce three new high-end Thunderbolt audio interfaces: the 1248, 8M and 16A. The culmination of years of R&D, each interface delivers a wide range of analog and digital I/O, superb A/D/A conversion with exceptionally high dynamic range, 48-channel mixing and DSP effects processing, universal connectivity to your computer, and audio networking for system expansion. The 1248, 8M and 16A give you everything you need to turn your computer into a world-class recording studio. The culmination of years of R&D, these exciting new products from MOTU usher in a new era in audio interface technology. The new 1248, 8M and 16A audio interfaces offer a BREAKthrough combination of superb audio quality, large-scale mixing, powerful DSP and system expansion through the IEEE’s new AVB Ethernet audio networking standard. New Technology Platform Based on a new, shared technology platform, the 1248, 8M and 16A differ only in their analog I/O configurations. As the most versatile of the three, the flagship 1248 offers 8 x 12 balanced TRS analog I/O, four mic inputs with digitally-controlled individual preamps, two front-panel hi-Z guitar inputs, two independent phone outs and stereo RCA S/PDIF digital I/O. The 8M provides eight balanced TRS analog outputs, plus eight mic/line/instrument “combo” style inputs individually equipped with digitally controlled preamps, 48V phantom power, pad and MOTU’s hardware-based V-Limit™ overload protection. The 16A is packed with 32 balanced TRS analog...
Novation Launch Control XL: Performance Oriented Goodness

Novation Launch Control XL: Performance Oriented Goodness

Novation is introducing a new member to its phenomenal MIDI Controller line-up. It’s called the LaunchPad Control XL and it’s designed to keep Ableton Live performers focusing more on their music than their support gear and screens. The new Launch Control XL has 24 knobs in a typical 3 X 8 layout, the same as Ableton’s mixer interface. The knobs have 3 color LED indicators for displaying current function without having to refer back to the laptop monitor. Along with 16 multicolored buttons and eight faders that  integrate fully with Ableton’s mixer, the new Launch Control has everything you need to operate Live. Of course all knobs and buttons are software assignable for maximum customization. Check out the video below to see the Launch Control XL in “Live” action (pun intended) along with the Novation LaunchPad S. It looks like a pretty cool setup and we sure can’t wait to get our demo unit here! Novation Launch Control XL Brings New Meaning To 'Live' Performance Ultimate Control Over Ableton – Launch Control XL is the ultimate controller for Ableton Live. It helps you focus more on your music and less on your laptop, by providing 16 buttons, 24 knobs and eight faders, all of which integrate seamlessly with Live to give you total hands-on control. When combined with Launchpad S’s intuitive 64-button grid, this provides extraordinary simultaneous control over Ableton Live’s session view, mixer, effects and instruments. Crafting the perfect mix has never been easier! Get immediate hands-on control over Ableton Live Tweak your sound using 24 knobs with multicoloured indicators Enhance your live performance by combining with Launchpad...
Novation Launchpad App for iPhone & iPad [FREE]

Novation Launchpad App for iPhone & iPad [FREE]

Novation Launchpad App is a free app that lets you make, record and share music instantly on your iPad, simply by triggering and mixing sounds on a grid. Want to make and remix music on the go? Easily make and remix electronic music on the go using your iPad or iPhone, then record and share your performances online. Make & Remix Music On The Go Create and remix electronic music by combining loops and sounds Huge catalogue of free, world-class Loopmasters content Perform a unique set with powerful, dynamic DJ effects Create, record and share original music on your iPad Import your own sounds or download cutting-edge soundpacks Connect the app to your Novation Launchpad hardware for ultimate tactile control The all new grid and effects section is ergonomically adapted for the iPhone user. Launch up to eight loops at a time from an 8×6 grid Easily mix with eight volume sliders and eight filter sliders Apply powerful live performance effects Access a free professional sound library Control using any Novation Launch product Output to Audiobus-compatible apps, including GarageBand and Cubasis Control Launchpad App with any other Novation Launch product Get Creative – To start creating original music on your iPad, simply trigger sounds using a beautiful 8×6 grid. Everything you launch will stay synchronised and locked in time, whilst you use sliders to mix and apply a range of powerful filters and effects. Making music has never been so much fun! Launchpad App Comes Loaded with a whole Library of Loops & Sounds Designed to complement our Launch Family of products, Launchpad App comes loaded with a whole...
Music Producer Matthew Jonson On Synthesizer Music Production

Music Producer Matthew Jonson On Synthesizer Music Production

Here’s a great pair of music production videos by producer Matthew Jonson from his synthesizer lair in Berlin, Germany. He’s got an amazing collection of vintage analog synths as well as some digital outboard effects. It’s interesting to see how he composes and puts tracks together with gear ranging from from Ableton Live on his Macbook Pro to Jupiter synths, a Prophet 5, and old-school drum machines and rack effects. Whether solo, with Cobblestone Jazz, Modern Deep Left Quartet or his label Wagon Repair, quality is always priority number one for Mathew Jonson. The restless Canadian producer is constantly striving to develop both his composition and studio chops. His sound has earned him deep respect internationally, among his production peers as well as the DJ community. So, we thought it was high time we paid Mathew a visit in his well-equipped Berlin studio for a Slices Tech Talk on Electronic Beats TV. In this next video hear Mathew talk in intricate detail about how he uses outboard gear in creating a bass line with ambient effects. Thanks and a shout out to Electronic Beats TV for the interviews! Check them out for more awesome music production content like...
OSX Operating System Power Tools from Titanium Software [FREE]

OSX Operating System Power Tools from Titanium Software [FREE]

Here’s a trio of free OSX power tools from Titanium Software to help you keep your Mac or Macbook/Macbook Pro trouble-free and up and running. OnyX is a multifunction utility for OS X which allows you to verify the startup disk and the structure of its system files, to run miscellaneous tasks of system maintenance, to configure some hidden parameters of the Finder, Dock, QuickTime, Safari, Mail, iTunes, login window, Spotlight, and many of Apple’s applications, to delete caches, to remove a certain number of files and folders that may become cumbersome, and more. Maintenance is a system maintenance and cleaning utility for OS X which allows you to run miscellaneous tasks of system maintenance: repair permissions, run periodic scripts, reset Spotlight’s Index, rebuild the LaunchServices database, delete Application, Font and System cache, check the status of the hard disk, and more. Deeper is a personalization utility for OS X which allows you to enable and disable the hidden functions of the Finder, Dock, QuickTime, Safari, iTunes, login window, Spotlight, and many of Apple’s applications, and...
Choosing The Right Studio Monitors

Choosing The Right Studio Monitors

Electronic Musician has a great article on properly choosing the correct studio monitors. This is one of the most critical elements to getting outstanding and proper mixes from your control room  whether you run a small or large studio or a bedroom/basement production facility. They open with this question, which nails it: WHAT is the only component in your studio through which every recorded and mixed sound will pass? Your monitors. The quality and performance of your studio monitors are crucial to your productions, yet it’s amazing how many people will postpone purchasing good monitors while they go ahead and spend money on plug-ins, microphones, or outboard gear. The cold, hard truth is that if you really want to hear what’s going on in your recordings and mixes, you need to choose the right monitors. The first step in picking the right loudspeakers is identifying the application and environment in which you’ll be using them. Bedroom studios don’t call for huge, “mains”-type monitors, and such speakers may actually be counterproductive in small rooms by (a) taking up too much space, (b) overpowering the room and exciting room resonances, and (c) pissing off your neighbors or spouse. A singer-songwriter who is recording acoustic music can prioritize sonic accuracy over high SPL and butt-thumping bottom. On the other hand, if you’re working with clients who like to listen loud and who produce music with a lot of bass, small monitors won’t cut it. Laws of physics still apply: The only way to move a lot of air is with a large driver. Understanding the Specs – When researching monitors, you’ll encounter...