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Studio Focus: House Fox Studios
Just 35 minutes north of Sydney’s CBD on The Northern Beaches sits an incredibly well balanced recording and rehearsal facility, Housefox Studios. Owned and operated by Ryan Miller, lead singer of heavy act Black Rheno. a guy that’s well known for hi
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ANTELOPE AUDIO DISCRETE 8 SYNERGY CORE Thunderbolt/USB Interface
I remember the day my Antelope Audio Zen Tour desktop interface arrived in a parcel and I rushed home to set it up in my small studio setup. Hearing audio for the first time through the Zen Tour’s pristine conversion was a revelatory moment, for me —
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Remixing Abbey Road: 50th Anniversary Edition
The heritage rock industry is dominated by ‘boxed set’ re-releases of iconic rock albums from the ‘60s and ‘70s, with all manner of enticing add-ons thrown in: session outtakes, previously unreleased live tracks, original tracks remastered, sometimes
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MODAL SKULPT Virtual Analogue Synthesizer
Modal Electronics is renowned for its range of high-end boutique synthesizers, with the Modal 008 providing the most complete embodiment of features one could want in a modern polyphonic analogue synth. Skulpt is Modal’s polyphonic follow-up to their
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MIXING ‘HERE COMES THE SUN’ pt1
According to Okell, ‘Here Comes The Sun’ used the 13th take from the original tapes and consisted of a bass track , a drum/percussion track, two acoustic guitar tracks, a combined electric guitar/drum overdub track, a lead vocal track, and two backin
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Editor/librarian App
It was with much relief that I discovered Modal’s standalone MODALapp Editor/ Librarian as a free download for iOS, MacOS, Windows and Android. There is also the MODALplugin, providing VST3/AU plugins for use within your preferred DAW (for MacOS and
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MIXING ‘HERE COMES THE SUN’ pt2
“There are two original acoustic guitar tracks; they had been bounced together on the second-generation tape the song was mixed from, but because we could go back to the first-generation tape we were able to get them as separate tracks again. They bo
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ELECTRO-VOICE RE3 Wireless Microphone System
Electro-Voice has a long and illustrious history, but may not be the first name that comes to mind when thinking about wireless systems – most likely it will be one of the other big brands that dominate the professional end of the business. EV is one
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Mixing ‘Come Together’
As with ‘Here Comes The Sun’, the mix session for ‘Come Together’ has reference tracks at the top, starting with the 2009 CD remaster, a copy of the original CD, and two transfers of the original stereo mix, one using CCIR, the other MRL tape alignin
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Last Word
This issue contains a feature about remixing and remastering The Beatles’ classic album Abbey Road. The engineer who worked on the project, Sam Okell, talks about re-mixing it all in-the-box while trying to recreate effects that were originally made
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Bringing It On!
Theatrical productions are tough audio. Mixing bands has its own challenges, but at least the vocalists sing into the mics. I had cause to reflect on this while visiting Sydney’s State Theatre to see the non-stop whirl of songs, dance and gymnastics
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Sennheiser’s 6000 Series
The 6000 series as used in Bring It On consisted of three components: the SK6212 digital bodypack transmitters, the EM6000 digital receivers, and the LM6000 charging module. Matchbox-sized at 63 x 47 x 20mm, the SK6212 bodypack is about half the size
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SUCK ON LIGHT: RECORDING BOY & BEAR
After a long hiatus from the studio due to lead singer Dave Hosking’s struggle with chronic illness, Boy & Bear had plenty of time to consider their next long player. Taking up the production reins themselves and bunkering down with uber-engineer Col
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Small Island Big Song Huge Story
While recording traditional music in Vanuatu, producer/engineer Tim Cole learnt of a heritage shared by island communities throughout Asia, the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean. Most of those communities were established by ancient seafarers; the i
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Life After Death
Situated in the outskirts of a remote town about an hour’s drive from Stockholm, Sunlight Studios is synonymous with the sound of Swedish Death Metal. It was here that the sound of the genre was formed, with Entombed’s groundbreaking debut album ‘Lef
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Såmpa The • Great Live
It’s strange to call it a ‘homecoming’ but for Sampa The Great, her Melbourne show at the Forum was just that — a hometown celebration. The Zambian-born rapper was raised in Botswana and jetted to California to study music for film, before moving to
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Ed Space
If you’re a mad Beatles fan then your record collection is likely to resemble a Greenland ice core — with formats dating back through the mists of time to original releases in the ’60s. In the ’60s the original and primary LP releases were in mono. A
Audio Technology10 min read
Beyond Music
In over 20 years of working as a location recordist and sound designer, I have recorded and produced audio for interactive media, sound libraries, movie trailers, film, virtual reality and augmented reality. Yes, that is as fun as it sounds! In doing
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What’s On
Crystal Mastering has been busy mastering releases for Pist idiots, Reveal Music (mixed by Tim Carr), Stonefield, The Pretty Littles, Paul McManus, The Omega Point, Sarah Nelson and Auntie Leo & The Backstabbers. International acts mastered for inclu
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PC Audio
Many PC effect plug-ins now arrive with serious audio performance that would have been unheard of a few years ago and, when modelled from hardware gear, can sound uncannily close to their original inspiration. Nevertheless, where hardware and softwar
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General News
The announcement of the new 8351B and 8361A coaxial three-way monitors alongside the complementary W371A Adaptive Woofer System has expanded The Ones family from Genelec encompassing ultra-nearfield through to mastering-calibre and main monitor appli
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AUSTRIAN AUDIO OC818 Dual Diaphragm Condenser Microphone
When AKG decided to take the path-most-trodden and move production to Asia, a core group of engineers, designers and management decided to stay put in Austria and keep the dream of superior Teutonic microphone manufacturing alive. With several filing
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Live News
Allen & Heath has launched a new 96k digital mixer, Avantis, the third to be based on the company’s XCVI FPGA engine. Avantis is a 64-channel/42 configurable bus console, with two 15.6” touchscreens – unlocking a new, flexible workflow across physica
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SONICWARE ELZ-1 Portable Synthesizer
Sonicware offers some tasty new sound treats with their ELZ-1 ‘synthesizer reinvention laboratory’. It sits in the sub-$1k area of the market also occupied by Korg’s constantly growing Volca series and Teenage Engineering’s OP-Z and Pocket Operator p
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Software News
With the new Launchkey Mini, Novation has made its popular 25-mini-key portable MIDI keyboard controller for Ableton Live more versatile, adaptable and playable. Now you can make tracks anywhere using Launchkey Mini’s new arpeggiator, Fixed Chord mod
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Krk Rokit V Presonus Eris
Many years ago I had a grand to blow on a pair of nearfield monitors. I’d come to the realisation that my mixes weren’t translating well; I simply couldn’t nail it. The out-the-back-of-a-white-van home stereo speakers I’d repurposed were utter garbag
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Experimental Control
“How many pieces of information does someone have to give you in order to determine the nature of a car?” Storyk asked. “0-60mlph time? Braking distance? Number of doors? Horsepower of the engine?” It turns out you need quite a few. It’s the same wit
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COME IN & CHECK OUT OUR NEW SHOWROOM
We’ve been busy. After months of planning and construction, the first part of Turramurra Music’s new shop front is now open. Our new showroom connects our Musical Instrument and Studio Equipment stores, expanding our display space and allowing us to
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PC Audio
It always makes sense to keep plenty of free disk space on your drives, to provide working space and buffers. However, now that so many of us are relying on much smaller solid state drives to host Windows, it’s much easier to fill them up without rea
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General News
Professional, studio, portable, lifestyle and mobile? AKG reckons it’s ticked all boxes with its new K361 and K371 headphones. Both combine a ‘studio quality’ reference sound with a compact, foldable design for content creators who need to produce pr
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