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PreSonus adds new control options to StudioLive Mixers

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PreSonus QMix for iPhone

PreSonus has announced new updates to its industry-leading StudioLive series digital mixers, including a number of features not found on any other digital mixer from any manufacturer, at any price.

New StudioLive features

  • QMix
    Up to 10 musicians can simultaneously control their PreSonus StudioLive monitor (aux) mixes using an iPhone or iPod touch and PreSonus’ QMix app, a free download from the Apple App Store. QMix/VSL is the only solution that allows multiple users to each control their own aux from separate iPhones.
  • Smaart™ Engine Technology
    PreSonus has begun incorporating Rational Acoustics’ highly regarded Smaart Measurement Technology™ for sound-system analysis and optimization directly into PreSonus Virtual StudioLive remote-control/editor/librarian software. With Smaart technology and VSL, you’ll be able to precisely identify nasty feedback frequencies and get your loudspeakers to play nicer with the room-all without having a degree in acoustical engineering. The first version of VSL to incorporate Smaart technology will be part of PreSonus Universal Control 1.6, which is expected to be available later this spring.
  • Universal Control 1.5.3 and StudioLive Remote 1.2
    Universal Control 1.5.3 features an improved version of Virtual StudioLive that supports the new QMix iPhone app, including QMix permissions (so that each user controls only one specified aux mix) and the ability to name aux buses. Universal Control 1.5.3 also adds VSL features that work with PreSonus StudioLive Remote 1.2 for iPad to enable SL Remote permissions so that iPad users can only control front-of-house mixer features or a specified aux. Tap tempo has been added to both VSL and StudioLive Remote. Finally, VSL adds the ability to copy and load channels, copy main mix to aux mix (and aux to aux), link channel faders so that they can move together, and make your StudioLive mixer default to Fader Locate Mode once a fader has been adjusted in VSL or in StudioLive Remote for iPad.

More information: PreSonus

Rik Simpson installs SSL Matrix mixing console in Coldplay’s Beehive Studio

Solid State Logic has announced that Rik Simpson has installed a Matrix mixing console with inbuilt signal router and multi-layer digital workstation control in Coldplay’s Beehive studio in North London.

Rik Simpson at Beehive Studio

Rik Simpson, Coldplay’s producer, invites us to the band’s North London studio to talk about how he records them, and about his long history with SSL, from working with the G Series as a fifteen-year-old to using the Matrix today.

Coldplay set up the Beehive in 2010, and Chris Martin asked Rik to be involved in the design and build of the new studio. The band recorded the majority of the Viva la Vida at the Beehive with Rik as engineer. Viva la Vida went on to win three Grammys and Rik went on to co-produce (as well as engineer) Coldplay’s fifth studio album, Mylo Xyloto, at the Beehive last year. He tried out the Matrix in the process – and kept it.

The six-minute video of Rik talking about how he records and mixes the ‘Best British Group’ (BRIT Awards 2012) is available here: www.solidstatelogic.com/music/matrix/video.asp

More information: Solid State Logic

Tascam introduces DP-24 Digital Portastudio

Tascam has announced the DP-24, a 24-track Digital Portastudio with solid-state recording, a color LCD and channel strip controls to make recording simple so you stay creative.

Tascam DP-24

Up to eight tracks can be recorded at a time through its combination XLR and ¼” combo jacks. Input processing like compression and limiting are available during recording, as well as guitar amp simulation and multi-effects for use with the instrument-level input.

Once recorded, tracks can be viewed and mixed on the large color LCD and dedicated mixing controls like nineteen linear faders and a dozen channel strip encoders. Two Mixdown effects including reverb and chorus are also available, as well as a mastering effect. Once finished, songs can be transferred to computer over USB or written to CD with the built-in CD-RW drive.

With its great sound, powerful features and easy operation, the DP-24 is TASCAM’s best Portastudio yet.

DP-24 Digital Portastudio features

  • 24-track digital Portastudio.
  • Color LCD display and 12-encoder channel strip for simple operation.
  • Eight microphone inputs on combo XLR-1/4” jacks with phantom power.
  • Up to eight-track simultaneous recording at 48kHz/24-bit audio resolution.
  • Solid-state recording to SD Card media for better shock resistance than hard drive recording.
  • Instrument-level input for direct recording of guitar or bass.
  • Dedicated controls for EQ, pan and effect sends.
  • Multiple effects processors for input processing, guitar amp simulation and mastering.
  • Virtual tracks for alternate takes and undo.
  • CD-RW drive for mixdown and backup.
  • Built-in chromatic tuner and metronome.
  • MIDI input and output for clocking and control.
  • ¼” monitor outputs, effect send outs and headphone output.

More information: Tascam / DP-24

Backbeat Books publishes The Home Recording Handbook

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Backbeat Books has released The Home Recording Handbook, a real-world guide to recording at home by Dave Hunter.

The Home Recording Handbook

Gone are the days when home recording was limited to four tracks of tape hiss on a cassette porta-studio. Now, limitless digital multitrack recording and a vast array of outboard effects and processors are available to anyone with a computer. Add a few other essentials such as a microphone, some headphones and monitors, and anyone can have a home studio capable of making professional recordings worthy of airplay and release. What one might not have is the know-how to harness all that vast potential, which is where The Home Recording Handbook comes in.

In this latest entry in Backbeat’s best-selling handbook series, author Dave Hunter shows readers how to make pro-sounding recordings without pro budgets and expensive studios, and get great results with the gear they have. He takes readers through tracking, mixing, and mastering, showing how to make each effective with minimal gear. He includes tips for drums, bass, guitar, keyboard, vocals and more.

Packed with tips and techniques, The Home Recording Handbook is designed to open flat for use as an easy reference guide and is supported by specially recorded audio tracks on the accompanying CD. This is an essential volume for the working musician.

The Home Recording Handbook is available to purchase for $29.99 USD.

More information: The Home Recording Handbook

Point Blank launches 1 Year Music Production and Business Diploma Course

Point Blank London Music Production and Business Diploma Course

Point Blank Online has announced a new intensive 1 Year Music Production and Business Diploma course.

You: Love music – you eat, breathe and sleep it. You go out clubbing to it every weekend, you play in a band, you manage acts, you DJ, you want to produce music – whichever role fits you best, it’s a massive part of your life and you are determined to make your mark – to make music your career.

Point Blank Music College: Is the undisputed champion of music production schools, with courses that set you up with the practical skills to gain a foothold in the Music Industry that no other ‘institution’ can match.

Intensive Music Production and Business Diploma: Is full-on with a whopping 3 full practical lecture days per week; it consists of nine 12 week modules running concurrently over three terms and comes with as much practice time as you can handle in Point Blank’s award-winning studios in London. Class sizes are strictly limited and each student has their own state-of-the-art Apple workstation in class. Your tutors are professional music producers and artist management who have worked with successful recording artists ranging from Sugababes and Jamelia, to Florence and the Machine and La Roux, to Massive Attack, Calvin Harris, NERO, deadmau5, Kelis – even Bob Marley!

Exclusive Online Resources: As well as access to the Point Blank studio facilities 7 days a week, students on the Intensive Music Production and Business Diploma course gain access to an innovative range of online resources from Point Blank’s forward-thinking online school: Logic Beginners, Logic Advanced, Sound Design, Art of Mixing, Mastering and 2 genres specialities of your choice. These courses retail at £4,235.

The 1 Year Diploma is enrolling now for January 2012. Please call for details or to check out Point Blank’s facilities on the studio tour which takes place every Wednesday at 3pm. Call first to book a place on 0207 729 4884.

More information: Point Blank London

Win studio time at Vibrate Studios (Meat Katie / Dylan Rhymes)

Vibrate Studios

Vibrate Studios has launched a contest in which you can win 2 days studio time at the recording studio of Lot 49 label bosses, Mark (Meat Katie) and Marvin (Dylan Rhymes).

It’s been in the pipeline for quite some time but Vibrate studios are now fully refurbished and the doors are now officially open.

Our studios have always been used by other bands, writers and producers for our Lot 49 label but by demand we are now offering these services to the masses.

To get the word out we are offering 2 days studio time plus mastering to one lucky writer/producer. All entrants, need only email us at studio@lot49.co.uk and tell us why they deserve this free studio time and mastering.

We will be looking for answers that are humorous, boisterous or downright ridiculous. We will be posting our favourites on the Vibrate Studios and Lot 49 Facebook pages and twitter. The closing date will be the 11.11.11 upon which we will announce the winner.

Marv, Mark & Dave

More information: Vibrate Studios

Sample Magic releases The Producer’s Manual by Paul White

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Sample Magic The Producer's Manual

Sample Magic has announced the release of The Producer’s Manual, the definitive guide to recording and mixing in the project studio by Sound On Sound editor Paul White.

Featuring 350+ full-colour pages packed with pro techniques, practical photos, detailed illustrations and hands-on walkthroughs, The Producer’s Manual brings together everything you need to take a mix from initial recording to final master

The Producer’s Manual features

  • All you need to get great recordings: from vocals and drums to guitars, bands and acoustic instruments. Choose the right mic, review classic recording techniques, learn how to tame spill and get the most from performers.
  • In-depth 101-style guides to dynamics and compression, reverb, pitch correction, studio acoustics, monitoring and more.
  • Taking your mix to the next level: explore the techniques and the pitfalls. Essential jargon-free theory backed by practical insights on everything from EQ through mixdown approaches to classic hardware.
  • How to master your own material when the budget doesn’t stretch to professional mastering.

The Producer’s Manual is supplemented by tricks and insights gleaned from over 20 years in the industry and interviews with some of the industry’s biggest producers, including Tony Visconti, Alan Parsons and many more.

The Producer’s Manual is available to purchase from Sample Magic for £29.95 GBP.

More information: Sample Magic / The Producer’s Manual

Producer Sessions Live 2011, UK event with tutorial sessions & hands-on recording gear

After a sold-out launch event in 2010, Producer Sessions Live 2011 features more producers, more gear and more opportunity for today’s music makers to get on the fast track to success.

Producer Sessions Live

Taking place at the state-of-the-art SAE London studios on Sept 3rd and 4th, Producer Sessions Live 2011 features intimate tutorial sessions from some of the biggest names in music production, alongside the chance to get hands-on with the latest hi-tech gear.

As the creators of countless chart and club hits, Artful Dodger, Dave Spoon, Nu:Tone, Danny Byrd, D.Ramirez, Stonebridge, Starsmith and many more will be giving you the chance to learn the tips and tricks that make hits for megastars such as Lady Gaga, Jay Z, Kylie, Kayne West, Robyn, and Tinnie Tempah in a series of workshop master classes.

Run by Future Publishing’s MusicRadar.com, Future Music and Computer Music magazines, Producer Sessions Live also features gear rooms filled with everything from mixing desks to synths and software, with experts on hand to demo the kit and answer your questions.

And get involved with Producer Sessions Live 2011 right now via our amazing remix competition. Head to www.soundcloud.com/producersessionslive and download the parts to Joey Negro’s No Sugar. Remix it, upload your mix to the PSL SoundCloud drop box and you’re in with a chance of winning a gear bundle worth over £3,000! The best remix will be chosen by Joey Negro himself and a panel of producers on the final day of Producer Sessions Live.

Day tickets for the Producer Sessions Live 2011 are available at £10 GPB including free entry to The Ministry of Sound’s huge Saturday night party where Producer Sessions Live will be hosting the Baby Box with exclusive sets from Steve Mac and Mat Playford.

More information: Producer Sessions Live

Confirmed Producer Sessions so far: Stonebridge, Danny Byrd, Adam White, Florian Meindl, Richard Dinsdale, Solo, D.Ramirez, Sharooz, Starsmith, Steve Mac, Kid Massive, Artful Dodger, Nu:Tone, Dave Spoon, James Reynolds, James Hockley, Tommy D and Dom Kane with more on the way!