Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Every now and then, someone does a cover of a song that so surpasses the original in some manner, that the cover ends up being considered the definitive version. A good example would be Johnny Cash's cover of NIN's "Hurt". It was always a beautiful song, but there is such a poignancy and genuine-ness to Cash's version, it's hard to appreciate the original as much after you hear it.
What we have here is a children's choir doing a stunning a cappella rendition of Crystal Castles' "Untrust Us". The results are so beautiful, I broke out in goosebumps when the lyrics came in. As far as I am concerned, this song now belongs to the Capital Children's Choir. Crystal Castles wrote it, but these kids made it their own.
(The original song, for your reference:)
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Avante garde composer John Cage is perhaps best known for his piece 4'33", which consists of 4 minutes and 33 seconds of silence. In this case, the sounds of the audience's clothes rustling, or the groaning of the building settling essentially became the piece itself. So when John Cage has something to say about silence, it's a good idea to listen.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Maps (aka British musician James Chapman), so I was quite happy to hear he has a new album on the way. To promote the album, Maps has made a track called "A.M.A." available for free to download on Soundcloud.
Ignite Amps have released yet another free plug-in, the TPA-1, a modeled tube power amplifier. Although it is intended to compliment with a guitar amp (or guitar amp plug-in), it can sound great on all manner of material. TPA-1 is runs on both Mac (VST/AU) and Windows (VST) and is 32/64 bit compatible.
Release Magazine has an interesting interview with Christoffer Berg, the synth programmer hired by Depeche Mode to work on their latest album, "Delta Machine".
Posted by Tom at 12:10 AM
Monday, July 22, 2013
MacProAudio has posted a tutorial on how to run 32-bit plug-ins in Logic X using AULab. It's not the most elegant solution, but at least it's an option. In the meantime, Apple doesn't get my money until they either provide a bridge, or a third party developer comes up with a no-fuss solution.
Friday, July 19, 2013
GO GET THEM!
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
HoRNet has released a new plug-in called Trackshaper for OS X and Window. Trackshaper is described as a "mix on autopilot" tool that uses algorithms designed for different types of audio tracks (ie bass, kick drum, synthesizer, etc.) to quickly and automatically applies source-appropriate compression and EQ settings with a single, user-set "effect amount" knob to dynamically adjust how much compression and EQ is applied. Trackshaper sells for €14.99, is 64-bit compatible, and comes in both VST and AU flavors.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
a number of free tutorial/overview videos on the new features in Logic Pro X. If you can get beyond the narrator's bizarre manner of speaking, there's some useful info here.
Among the new features is Drummer, a virtual session drummer who can accompany your arrangements in one of 15 styles. While your virtual drummer is playing, you can construct your own custom kit from individual deeply-sampled kit pieces using Drumkit Designer.
Bassist and guitarists will appreciate the new Bass Amp Designer and the several virtual stompboxes added to Pedalboard.
For keyboard and synth enthusiasts, there's the new Vintage Keyboards instrument which features modeled B3, electric piano, and clav sounds. If synths are more your thing, the new Retro Synth recreates the vintage synth sounds of the 80's not only with classic subtractive synthesis, but with FM and Wavetable modes as well. A new Arpeggiator and various MIDI plug-ins allow you to work with your softsynths in new ways as well.
The new Flexpitch feature allows you to edit the pitch of audio as if it was MIDI in a piano-roll editor. A brand new sound library and the ability to control Logic X with your iPad are some of the other interesting additions. Logic X is available in the Apple App Store for $199.
It's been awhile since there's been a new contender on the plug-in sampler front. Now Vengeance has thrown their hat into the ring with their new sampler for Mac and Windows called Phalanx. Here's a look at the features:
Monday, July 15, 2013
GO GET THEM!
Freek, a stereo frequency shifter and barberpole phaser. Here's a look at the features:
- Stereo frequency shifting with independent or phase-locked shift.
- Stereo barberpole phasing with up to 32 stages.
- Advanced, dual 96-waveform LFOs. Waveforms include 8 different random modulations, 32 sequencer patterns, an envelope follower and many others.
- Tempo syncronisation at 24 rates from 1 cycle in 64 bars to 128 cycles in 1 bar.
- Two shift ranges for precise control.
- “Intelligent” randomize feature.
- MIDI learn.
- Minimal CPU power and memory bandwidth.
Freek sells for $39 and is available for Windows (VST) and Mac (VST & AU).