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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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Retronyms releases Tabletop modular audio environment for iPad

Retronyms Tabletop

Retronyms has released Tabletop, a modular audio studio app for iPad.

The heart of Tabletop is a modular environment where you can mix and match different devices. Select from more than a dozen devices including samplers, mixers, effects, sequencers and more. Buy only the gear you need from an expanding catalog.

Tabletop is the first musical environment designed from the ground up exclusively for the iPad. Each device has its own uses, characteristics, personality—ranging from classics like drum pad samplers to touchscreen effects.

Tabletop features

  • 15 unique Devices at launch.
  • 300 sounds (multisample instruments, loops, phrases).
  • Record sequences, arrange into songs.
  • Adjustable quantization (pre- and post-record).
  • Recordable parameter automation.
  • Overdub and replace record modes.
  • Trigger sequences and patterns live.
  • Multitouch instruments and devices.
  • Sampling (internal mic, line in).
  • Adjustable tempo.
  • Import your own sound library, save presets.
  • Support for imported .mid phrases.
  • Insert and send/return (master) effects.
  • Undo history.
  • 44Khz, studio-quality audio.
  • Sync 2 iPads running Tabletop or other apps with WIST.
  • Import sounds from dozens of apps with AudioPaste.
  • … and much more! See the full feature list.

Tabletop for iPad is available in a launch bundle for just $4.99 USD for a limited time. This special price includes 9 of the 15 modular devices, normally available via in-app purchase.

More information: Retronyms Tabletop

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Shure and Guitar Center Studios Give Musicians Room(s) to Rock

Funding for school music programs is disappearing nationwide, but there’s no shortage of people with a burning desire to sing or play an instrument. Recognizing a need for education, rehearsal, and recording facilities, microphone manufacturer Shure Incorporated is providing microphones and headphones to the growing list of Guitar Center Studios, as the music retailer expands its music education facilities in the U.S.

Guitar Center Studios

“Music education programs are disappearing from public schools, and individual lesson providers are challenged to deliver a broad offering of learning opportunities and tools,” says Tom Hemphill, Director of Guitar Center Studios. To counter this trend, Guitar Center Studios has taken the fundamental elements of music education—learning to play, connecting with peers, rehearsing together, and recording—and made them the cornerstones of a progressive learning pedagogy.

“Guitar Center Studios not only provides best-in-class music education, but a wide range of opportunities to apply that education,” Hemphill continues. “We serve as a community where musicians can learn, meet, rehearse, and record using professional equipment.” The facilities use a subscription model under which students can take advantage of any or all of these resources for one price.

In addition to providing music lessons and training in Pro Tools and Logic software, the program encourages musicians to get together, rehearse, and record themselves. Having access to professional-caliber equipment is a key component of this part of the program, and Shure has outfitted every Guitar Center Studios facility with SM58® handheld microphones, MX395 low-profile microphones and SRH240 professional headphones. “Shure has been a tireless supporter of what we’re doing, and we’re grateful,” says Hemphill. The microphones and headphones enable performances to be recorded easily, allowing musicians to review their performances and identify areas for improvement. “You can walk in, rehearse, and walk out with a CD that you can learn from,” says Hemphill.

“The Guitar Center brand is known and respected by musicians at every level, from beginners to working professionals,” says Abby Kaplan, Sales Director, Western U.S., at Shure Incorporated. “We’re proud to partner with Guitar Center Studios to help develop the next generation of performers.”

More information: Shure / Guitar Center Studios

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