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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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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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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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Synth Orchestras

Posted on 12 February 2013 by MasterDelight

I’ve always been curious about movie soundtracks and how they are made. Obviously for big-budget movies an orchestra is used and that is as it should be. However, I am growing more and more impressed with some of the classical instrument synths out there. In particular, I have used the East West sound library to do some scores for Robot Love Productions and have been very pleased with the result.

I have found that more time spent getting the velocity of the notes right can really make the difference in the realism of the instruments. Feel free to post scores you have done and with which synths or products, perhaps we can get a pretty good list going that musicians can refer to

Below is a score that I did for the short Chad. I did use a V-Drum set to trigger some percussion, it helped with the inflections.

Chad from Robot Love on Vimeo.

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Moog in white & new Sub Phatty

Posted on 26 January 2013 by diode

Moogs in white. Beauty, what’s not to like?

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They also introduced a new lower cost Phatty. The sub phatty. With it’s new distortion circuit, it sounds downright nasty.

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NAMM 2013 – Dave Smith Prophet 12

Posted on 25 January 2013 by diode

Holy smokes this thing looks awesome! 12 voices and an amazing architecture. I talked with their head embedded engineer and he said it used six SHARCS. Yes, I said SIX.

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NAMM 2013 – MIDI turns 30

Posted on 25 January 2013 by diode

MIDI (musical instrument digital interface) has turned 30 this year. Originally conceived by Dave Smith of Sequential circuits as a way to control one synth with another, MIDI has been one of the most useful and enduring standards in the music intsrument manufacturing world. Happy Birthday MIDI! I don’t know of many other standards that have had such staying power.

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a couple of the first MIDI capable synths

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the 20th anniversary sign with Bob Moog’s signature

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What the Future Sounded Like

Posted on 14 January 2013 by diode

“What the Future Sounded Like” is a documentary from 2006 highlighting the rise of electronic music in the UK. It’s an interesting peice because it shines a light on EMS, who often only get attention for the VCS3 and SYNTHI instruments but not for their role in pioneering the sequencer and computer controlled music.

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BBC article on how MIDI changed the world

Posted on 30 November 2012 by diode

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From the article:
“What MIDI did is it allowed the first home studios to be born,” “The computers were fast enough to be able to sequence notes, control the number of keyboards and drum machines at the same timeā€¦ it kind of opened up a whole new industry.” -Dave Smith

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