Archive | February, 2013

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Arturia iMini

Posted on 28 February 2013 by diode

I fired up the app store today on my ipad, typed in “moog” and surprisingly found a new offering: the iMini from Arturia. Famous for their line of plug-in and standalone soft synths for Mac and PC, Arturia have carved a nice place for themselves in the sythesizer market. The iMini doesn’t dissapoint. It’s UI is rendered beautifully, it sounds great, features nice additions like delay and chorus …and it’s $9.99. A minimoog for 10 bucks (well not a real one but what do you expect!)
Young musicians are spoiled these days to have access to such high quality, low priced tools. As a teenager, I remember drooling over an 8-track cassete portastudio that was $1200. Way out of my price range at that age. Anyhow, it’s a great little synth! Check it out… a portion of each sale goes to the Bob Moog Foundation

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Focusrite iTrack Solo for iPad

Posted on 26 February 2013 by MasterDelight

For those of you interested in recorded directly into the iPad, Focusrite’s iTrack Solo could be your solution. The magic to connecting the device comes from its “Device Link” port which plugs directly from the iTrack Solo into your iPad (it also has a USB port to plug directly into a laptop or desktop). It does require a power supply as well. Simple and easy way to get a clean signal into your iPad for less than $200.

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MGD Wishlist: 88RLB Mono Mic Preamp by AMS Neve

Posted on 22 February 2013 by MasterDelight

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Neve is the Nike of audio gear. Revered throughout the industry as some of the best studio preamps that money can buy. Around 1985 Neve was aquired by AMS (Advanced Music Systems). AMS Neve continued the tradition that was set up by it’s founder Rupert Neve.

Most recently AMS Neve has created the 88RLB Mono Mic Pre. This preamp will cost you about a grand a piece, but it’s well-built quality will give your studio the preamps that will have bands and artists drooling over the sound they get from your studio.

Below is Robin Porter of Neve talking about the new 88RLB Mic Pre at the Vintage King booth during AES, 2012.

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And Now…Guitar Players, Vol II

Posted on 21 February 2013 by MasterDelight

Kevin Shields – My Bloody Valentine

Bert Jansch

Fred “Sonic” Smith and Wayne Kramer – MC5

Robby Krieger – The Doors

Glen Buxton – Alice Cooper

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TR-808 vs MFB-522

Posted on 20 February 2013 by MasterDelight

Making beats is paramount to making music. The TR-808 is a cornerstone to so many hip-hop (and more) musical compositions that it’s hard to think that another machine nearly half its size could ever compete. However, the MFB-522 has been making steady strides as a competitor to the 808. Purists would poo poo the argument that anything can touch the 808 but we think those open minded could see the value in the 522.

Here is a great video by lesingemonotone that helps compare the two machines.

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Live Studio Session – Depeche Mode – Heaven

Posted on 19 February 2013 by MasterDelight

At Music Gear Daily, we love watching artists and bands in their studio environment. A great way to learn about studio recording is to study videos like these for some essential techniques like mic placement, what microphones are being used, how the band is set up and playing together, what environment they are in. This is all useful stuff if you are planning your own studio recording and need some inspiration.

Remember, studio recording is an art. Every situation, every band is different and can sometimes require some out-of-the-box thinking to get the right recording.

Today we bring to you a brand new song by Depeche Mode called Heaven. It looks like they are recording in a high-rise building, super sleek look. Enjoy!

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Dave Smith’s Mopho

Posted on 18 February 2013 by MasterDelight

You like that big bass? You like that fun, easy sequencing? You like that quality sound? You will love the Mopho by Dave Smith. Check out the video demo below to check out just how fun this little synth can be.

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MGD Wishlist: the UPIC by Xenakis

Posted on 16 February 2013 by MasterDelight

Here at Music Gear Daily we know there are a lot of magical people behind each and every piece of gear we use on stage, in the studio and in the jam room. The MGD Wishlist highlights some of those extra-ordinary pieces of gear that would be a dream to own.

The Xenakis is one of those pieces of gear. It’s like a giant Chaos Pad for digital synths. The video below may be in French but Aphex Twin says it all: “UPIC by Xenakis puts almost everything else to shame. It’s under 1mb and it shits on everyone.” – Aphex Twin

We’re not exactly sure what Mr. James is referring to when he says “it’s under 1mb”, it may be either HighC or MetaSynth, regardless the piece of gear in the video below looks like the shit for sure.

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Tutorial – Propellerhead Reason – Subtractor Basics

Posted on 15 February 2013 by MasterDelight

I’m a huge fan of Reason, ever since I got my hands on it about 7 or 8 years ago I knew this was a music software playground. Fast forward to present day and I am still figuring out all the knobs and cabling that lead to more awesome sounds and better songs. So, when this came in my email box yesterday I couldn’t wait to share it on MGD. Enjoy!

“Product Specialist Mattias Häggström Gerdt is back with another tutorial for you. This time, he returns to synthesizer square one with a look at the most basic but very powerful Subtractor synthesizer. Become a subtractive synthesis sound design powerhouse with this new tutorial from Mattias.”

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And Now…Guitar Players

Posted on 14 February 2013 by MasterDelight

Kim Thayil – Soundgarden

Greg Ginn – Black Flag

Leigh Stephens – Blue Cheer

Robert Randolph

Angus Young – AC/DC

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