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Review: Warm Audio WA-67 Tube Condenser Microphone

The famed German ’67 is considered by many to be one of the holy grails in the audio world: without a doubt, it’s a desert island tube condenser mic. Used by the likes of The Beatles, Nirvana and Frank Sinatra, it has truly etched its place into the recording industry...

Behringer MIC300 Tube Ultragain: A portable EUR 49 tube preamp

Behringer MIC300 Tube Ultragain: A portable EUR 49 tube preamp

Behringer debuts its third-generation of portable, inexpensive tube preamps, with less features than the MIC200 but a price that can't be beat. The post Behringer MIC300 Tube Ultragain: A portable EUR 49 tube preamp appeared first on gearnews.com.

Gear Rundown: Prince’s Purple Rain

Gear Rundown: Prince’s Purple Rain

No one will ever match the legacy of Prince. Upon news of the artist’s untimely death in 2016, legions of fans re-sparked an interest in the plethora of music left behind by the virtuosic musician, with significant attention being directed towards his 1984 magnum opus...

Engineering Prince: A dive into the archives with Peggy McCreary

“Hollywood Sound called us and said, ‘Do you have an engineer and a studio available for the weekend?” recalls Peggy ‘Mac’ McCreary of the moment in 1981 that led to her becoming one of, if not the main, recording engineers to work with Prince during his imperial ‘80s...

Gear Rundown: Dr. Dre

Gear Rundown: Dr. Dre

To call Dr. Dre a pioneer of hip-hop would be a gross understatement. Since 1986, the producer, turntablist and MC has been at the absolute forefront of the rap game, with his distinctive, synth-heavy boom-bap production technique setting a standard for beats that...

Sisters With Transistors Documentary

Sisters With Transistors Documentary

Polyend team up with Pete Cannon The film documents the remarkable female composers who embraced machines and their liberating technologies to utterly transform how we produce and listen to music...

Sound Objects: Intriguing synth line from Russia and Modular Moon

Sound Objects: Intriguing synth line from Russia and Modular Moon

Sound Objects has collaborated with Modular Moon to create a Eurorack version of Sound Object #5 to add to their growing range of Sound Object synths. The post Sound Objects: Intriguing synth line from Russia and Modular Moon appeared first on gearnews.com.

From Blues To Hip Hop: The Pursuit Of Freedom Through Music

Willie Dixon once described the blues as being “the roots” of all American music. With a history that dates back centuries, it’s certainly a statement with merit. Even so, it can sometimes be difficult to identify influences of the blues in modern music, particularly...

Polyend Medusa V4.0: Introduces 6-voice 3-operator FM synth mode

Polyend Medusa V4.0: Introduces 6-voice 3-operator FM synth mode

Polyend releases a big update for its Medusa hybrid synth with a bag of enhancements and an FM synth engine. An awesome update, given that it's free. The post Polyend Medusa V4.0: Introduces 6-voice 3-operator FM synth mode appeared first on gearnews.com.

Raffle: Win a Harley Benton G212A-FR cabinet worth €298!

Raffle: Win a Harley Benton G212A-FR cabinet worth €298!

Win a G212A-FR active guitar cabinet by Harley Benton worth €298! This 200W monster has oodles of clean power on tap, raffle ends Monday 12 April. The post Raffle: Win a Harley Benton G212A-FR cabinet worth €298! appeared first on gearnews.com.

Gear Rundown: Albert Hammond Jr. and Nick Valensi of The Strokes

Gear Rundown: Albert Hammond Jr. and Nick Valensi of The Strokes

It’s probably fair to say that there’s never been a rock band that’s had more of an impact on music, fashion, and pop culture in the 21st century than that of The Strokes. Driven by the dual guitar powerhouse of Albert Hammond Jr. and Nick Valensi, the New York...

Reviewed: Solid State Logic SSL 2 and 2+ Audio Interfaces

The entry level audio interface market is currently a densely populated place. Just when you thought there couldn’t be any more choice, along comes SSL with the 2/2+, a USB powered, 24bit/192khz device at a competitive price. But how does it stack up against the rest?...

CrewCare announce local performers for 2021 Roady4Roadies gigs

With less than a week until it kicks off around the country, CrewCare have announced a swathe of performers to play at Roady4Roadies, a special event celebrating the contributions of the unsung heroes of the live music industry: the humble stage crew. Summary...

The Eternal Dilemma: Mixer or Audio Interface?

Something I see come up amongst beginners a lot is confusion over whether they need a mixer or audio interface. It’s an understandable point of confusion, particularly with lots of modern mixers now featuring USB connectivity, in turn providing similar functionality...

Ernie Ball Music Man reveal new St. Vincent Goldie signature guitar

Ernie Ball Music Man have officially unveiled an updated version of St. Vincent’s signature guitar in the lead-up to the release of her new album Daddy’s Home next month. Never miss an update – sign up to our newsletter for all the latest news, reviews, features...

Edisyn: Synth Patch Editor covers over 60 synthesizers for free

Edisyn: Synth Patch Editor covers over 60 synthesizers for free

Edisyn is Open Source and free to download and offers software MIDI control over a large range of synths with dozens of templates and room to build your own. The post Edisyn: Synth Patch Editor covers over 60 synthesizers for free appeared first on gearnews.com.

Best free plug-ins this week: PajSoil EiS, Bjorn and Galactic

Best free plug-ins this week: PajSoil EiS, Bjorn and Galactic

This Sunday, join us for an easter egg hunt for new free plug-ins! We've got an awesome "limitless" compressor, a performance filter and a reverb from outer space. The post Best free plug-ins this week: PajSoil EiS, Bjorn and Galactic appeared first on gearnews.com.

Deal: 40% off D16 Group plug-ins and virtual instruments

Deal: 40% off D16 Group plug-ins and virtual instruments

D16 Group's spring sale is a great opportunity to save on the company's awesome effect plug-ins and software instruments. Get 40% off D16 Group plug-ins! The post Deal: 40% off D16 Group plug-ins and virtual instruments appeared first on gearnews.com.

Polyeight: Behringer teases an enhanced Korg Polysix clone

Polyeight: Behringer teases an enhanced Korg Polysix clone

A little bit too close to April Fools day Behringer has revealed a prototype of the Polyeight based on the Korg Polysix with a couple of extra voices. The post Polyeight: Behringer teases an enhanced Korg Polysix clone appeared first on gearnews.com.

1010music release new Blackbox firmware

1010music release new Blackbox firmware

Build your own Focusrite Forte! Update for 1010's popular Blackbox sampler lets you play iD Software's 1993 shooter, Doom.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/1010music-release-new-blackbox-firmware

‘Acoustic socks’ from ADAM Audio

‘Acoustic socks’ from ADAM Audio

Build your own Focusrite Forte! The new socks are hand-made in Berlin, and are said to provide effective absorption down to 80Hz.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/acoustic-socks-adam-audio

Build your own Focusrite Forte!

Build your own Focusrite Forte!

Build your own Focusrite Forte! Brand-new monthly magazine SOS Workshop is aimed at DIY enthusiasts, and launches today with a project for making your own mixing console.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/build-your-own-focusrite-forte

Moog, Gibson + more: our top five gear releases of the week

Moog, Gibson + more: our top five gear releases of the week

With so many brands to keep up to date with, it can be easy to lose track of all the latest equipment launched into the gear-sphere each week. Today, we’re taking a look at some of the best releases that might’ve flown under the radar recently, with this week’s...

Nord launch the powerful Piano 5 stage keyboard

Three years after the release of the previous generation of keyboards, Nord have reclaimed their spot on top of the electric keyboard pile with the launch of the Nord Piano 5: a sophisticated stage piano designed to dominate in live settings. Discover all the latest...

Nord Piano 5: two sizes, two layers, twice the memory

Nord Piano 5: two sizes, two layers, twice the memory

The new Nord Piano 5 comes with twice the memory size for the piano and synth sections. They've also doubled up the sections for enhanced splits and layers. What else is new? The post Nord Piano 5: two sizes, two layers, twice the memory appeared first on gearnews.com.

Vintage Electric Musical Instrument Auction

Vintage Electric Musical Instrument Auction

Build your own Focusrite Forte! Sphere Music host the 52nd VEMIA auction from Saturday April 3 to Saturday April 10 selling synths, keyboards, modular, effects and more.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/vintage-electric-musical-instrument-auction

Moog Sound Studio kit unveiled

Moog Sound Studio kit unveiled

Build your own Focusrite Forte! New synth bundle includes everything you need to start exploring electronic sounds.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/moog-sound-studio-kit-unveiled

Pond return in blistering form with new single ‘Pink Lunettes’

It’s been a hot minute since we’ve heard from Pond, but today, the Perth psych-rockers have returned in full force with their latest single ‘Pink Lunettes’, ushering in an exciting new era for the prolific group. A ballistic fusion of no-wave and mid-’90s rave, ‘Pink...

Bluesfest 2021 has been cancelled

For the second year in a row, Bluesfest Byron Bay has been forced to cancel its upcoming event due to COVID-19. The news of the cancellation comes after a case of COVID-19 was recorded in Byron Bay overnight stemming from recent outbreaks in Brisbane, with NSW Health...

Mixing Pop Music

Mixing Pop Music

Build your own Focusrite Forte! Mixing Pop Music features 24 videos providing 5 hours of learning material including exercises and practical guides for a wide range of recording artists, engineers,producers...

Ampeg introduce new combo amps with the Rocket Bass Series

Legendary bass amplification manufacturers Ampeg have given players a first glimpse at their new Rocket Bass Series, offering five versatile combo amps to suit the live needs of all kinds of bassists. Never miss an update – check out all the latest Product News over...

Pioneer DJ introduces the VM series active monitor speakers

Pioneer DJ introduces the VM series active monitor speakers

Pioneer DJ has introduced the VM series active monitors. And they're not just for your home DJ setup: Pioneer DJ says that the VM-50, VM-70 and VM-80 are neutral enough for music production, as well. The post Pioneer DJ introduces the VM series active monitor speakers...

Moog Sound Studio: magical all-in-one synth package

Moog Sound Studio: magical all-in-one synth package

Choose from a Mother-32 and DFAM or Subharmonicon and DFAM as a cool synth studio package with a 2-tier stand, cables, artwork and a little mixer. The post Moog Sound Studio: magical all-in-one synth package appeared first on gearnews.com.

Clavia announce Nord Piano 5

Clavia announce Nord Piano 5

Mixing Pop Music Latest instrument in the Nord Piano range features a second piano sound engine, and double the user memory.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/clavia-announce-nord-piano-5

Pocket Beatbox: Coolest portable multisampler on the planet

Pocket Beatbox: Coolest portable multisampler on the planet

Here's a fabulous device, a box of beats, a slab of rhythms and samples that you tap and play and enjoy and take with you that's both simple and complex designed by Koka. The post Pocket Beatbox: Coolest portable multisampler on the planet appeared first on...

Get help from the pros with MuSOS

Get help from the pros with MuSOS

Get help from the pros with MuSOS New tech troubleshooting service offers access to leading industry professionals.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/get-help-pros-musos

Eight bizarre recording stories behind your favourite sounds in film

Sound effects and music can often make or break the quality of a movie, thanks to the innovation and originality of Foley artists and sound designers. They put together some wacky stuff to create some of the most memorable noises from our favourite movies. From Star...

Plug-in Collective Members Get Analogue Channel Strip Free

Built on Acustica Audio’s Acqua Engine convolution technology, Cream2 recreates a collection of iconic British analogue hardware manufactured between the late ‘50s and early ’70s, across three separate ‘module’ plug-ins and a complete channel strip. Cream Pre offers a...

Ampeg introduces new Rocket Bass Series combos

Ampeg introduces new Rocket Bass Series combos

The new Ampeg Rocket Bass Series comprises of five new combo amps ranging from 30W to 500W, with something for everyone. The post Ampeg introduces new Rocket Bass Series combos appeared first on gearnews.com.

ODDSound MTS-ESP Suite: Set your tuning free at last

ODDSound MTS-ESP Suite: Set your tuning free at last

ODDSound MTS-ESP is a new system that lets you create and sync alternative tunings across your plug-ins and MIDI devices. A breakthrough in microtonal composition? The post ODDSound MTS-ESP Suite: Set your tuning free at last appeared first on gearnews.com.

Reverend Greg Koch Gristlemaster 90 with Bigsby

Reverend Greg Koch Gristlemaster 90 with Bigsby

Reverend's Greg Koch Gristlemaster 90 is based around a set of P90s and a Bigsby B50 vibrato, resulting in an enticing new take on the T-style guitar. The post Reverend Greg Koch Gristlemaster 90 with Bigsby appeared first on gearnews.com.

Tone Empire Reelight Pro aims to reinvent the reel

Tone Empire Reelight Pro aims to reinvent the reel

Tone Empire has released Reelight Pro. The plug-in brings emulations of six analog tape machines to your DAW. Have they reinvented the reel? The post Tone Empire Reelight Pro aims to reinvent the reel appeared first on gearnews.com.

Full Tilt Festival expands to Sydney for 2021 live event

Finally, the news we’ve been waiting for: Australia’s newest alternative festival Full Tilt has announced that it’s locked in a Sydney show this July. Head here for more touring news. The inaugural festival is set to hit Sydney’s Bella Vista Farm on Saturday July 31...

Best free plug-ins this week: SpikeQ, Puppy Snuggles and MTB

Best free plug-ins this week: SpikeQ, Puppy Snuggles and MTB

In this week's collection of free plug-ins, Low Wave Studios is back with a transient shaper, Owl O'Lantern releases a cuddly tremolo and Matthieu Brucher adapts the Metal Zone for bass. The post Best free plug-ins this week: SpikeQ, Puppy Snuggles and MTB appeared...

Soma Labs Cosmos Drifting Memory Station Looper

Soma Labs Cosmos Drifting Memory Station Looper

Cosmos Drifting Memory Station is a new looper from Soma Labs and you can hear it action here, and as part of the Keys & Frequencies event. The post Soma Labs Cosmos Drifting Memory Station Looper appeared first on gearnews.com.

Dreadbox brings its new stompbox effects into focus

Dreadbox brings its new stompbox effects into focus

These fabulously colourful stompboxes are revealed as the intriguingly named Kinematic, Lethargy, Darkness and RainDrops. The post Dreadbox brings its new stompbox effects into focus appeared first on gearnews.com.

How to Sound Like: Robert Smith of The Cure

How to Sound Like: Robert Smith of The Cure

Today we take a look at the guitars and gear you need to sound like Robert Smith, the iconic frontman and guitarist of gloomy goth-pop icons The Cure. The post How to Sound Like: Robert Smith of The Cure appeared first on gearnews.com.

Learn to mix with Mike Senior

Learn to mix with Mike Senior

Learn to mix with Mike Senior Mixing legend Mike Senior has just announced a new online course, which combines video tutorials, audio examples, DAW projects and online coaching sessions.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/learn-mix-mike-senior

Spectrasonics release Moog Tribute Library 2

Spectrasonics release Moog Tribute Library 2

Learn to mix with Mike Senior Major update adds over 500 sounds created by legendary sound designer Eric Persing.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/spectrasonics-release-moog-tribute-library-2

Spitfire Originals: Mrs Mills Piano

Spitfire Originals: Mrs Mills Piano

Spectrasonics release Moog Tribute Library 2 You can now play Abbey Road's 1905 Steinway, as used by the Beatles, in your DAW — for just £29.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/spitfire-originals-mrs-mills-piano

UJAM Finisher Retro: Vintage sound at the twist of a knob

UJAM Finisher Retro: Vintage sound at the twist of a knob

UJAM Finisher RETRO is packed with vintage effects chains, all controlled by just a handful of knobs. Get the classic sounds of the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s in the blink of an eye. The post UJAM Finisher Retro: Vintage sound at the twist of a knob appeared first on...

Konturi samples released

Konturi samples released

Spitfire Originals: Mrs Mills Piano New soundpack brand launches with five analogue-inspired sample collections.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/konturi-samples-released

Weston Precision Audio gives us a Kick, Bass and DR-110

Weston Precision Audio gives us a Kick, Bass and DR-110

Two new modules from Weston Precision Audio; the B2 Kick Drum/Bass synthesizer and the AD110 analog drum module inspired by a certain Dr Rhythm. The post Weston Precision Audio gives us a Kick, Bass and DR-110 appeared first on gearnews.com.

Vega: Stochastic Sequencing from outer space

Vega: Stochastic Sequencing from outer space

Pantala Labs Vega is a probabilistic Eurorack Stochastic Sequencer spinning in a circle of illuminated possibilities. The post Vega: Stochastic Sequencing from outer space appeared first on gearnews.com.

Gleetchlab 2021: Digital Audio Glitch Station

Gleetchlab 2021: Digital Audio Glitch Station

Gleetchlab 2021 is like something out of a fever dream. Design for glitch-based live performance by Giorgio Sancristoforo this is a DAW of madness. The post Gleetchlab 2021: Digital Audio Glitch Station appeared first on gearnews.com.

Techwest Naming Rights Sponsorship With Cmi

TechWest is WA’s peak network of performing arts and theatre technicians that culminates in a 2-day annual conference. CMI Music & Audio is one of the markets leading value-added distribution and marketing company of music technology, professional audio and musical...

The 10 best DAWs for total beginners

In today’s musical landscape, there’s no tool quite as vital to your livelihood as a musician than that of a DAW. On a fundamental level, a DAW, or digital audio workstation, is a program that lets you record, arrange and edit audio tracks, as well as capture MIDI...

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