Friday, April 28, 2017

High Strangeness by Cheap Dinosaurs

ill.Gates x Stephan Jacobs Announce Open Call for Epic ‘Flying’ Remix Contest

April 17, 2017 - Following the widely-successful release of his full-length studio album Terminally iLL earlier this spring, San Francisco-based producer ill.Gates has partnered with fellow pioneer of the West Coast Bass Movement Stephan Jacobs, and production services website ProducerDJ to invite rising producers to enter the most epic contest of 2017 offering up more than $16,000 in prizes! From now until June 12, 2017, aspiring remix maestros from across the globe can submit their take on ill.Gates’ and Stephan Jacobs’ massive track ‘Flying’ featuring Jackie Rain with winners announced June 23.

Described as a beautifully contrasting dark yet uplifting tune, the original ‘Flying’ blends future bass and glitch hop into a catch, sub-flexing bass-heavy summer anthem offering up an intricate melody for ill.Gates Remix Contest participants to reimagine. Amateur DJs and producers from all genres and styles are encouraged to flex their remix skills and submit their version of ‘Flying’ to SKIO Music where the top three tracks will be selected by ill.Gates alongside special guest judges, and released via brand new label Producer DoJo. Additional prizes include professional audio plugins, hardware controllers, music production tools + courses, and exclusive opportunities to collaborate with ill.Gates and his vast network of musical geniuses, courtesy of sponsors ProducerDJ, Plugin Alliance, SUBPAC, Sesh, Sugar Bytes, Dave Smith Instruments, Ableton, KJ Sawka, Nunich, Mr.Bill, Warp Academy, Tom Cosm, Keith McMillen Instruments (KMI), Maschine Tutorials, iZotope, and LANDR. See grand prize details below!

Looking to learn from the best before entering the contest? DJs and producers of all skill levels can learn the iLL Methodology behind remixing from ill.Gates’ free video course available now via ProducerDJ. The course reveals five simple yet extraordinary ways to unblock your creativity and to help producers finish songs as quickly and effectively as possible. Deemed “life-changing” and “incredible” by users, iLL Methodology is an essential learning tool for mastering beats.
ill.Gates’ first, full-length studio album since 2011, Terminally iLL is part of a series of airport themed albums by ill.Gates. Set to release later this summer, second in the series is album Departures, which will feature left field, experimental, and out of character tracks inspired by festivals like Shambhala and Burning Man. On the horizon for ill.Gates is a whirlwind year, with marquee performances scheduled at Bassnectar’s Atlantic City Event, California’s Lightning in a Bottle festival plus stops throughout many U.S. cities -- check out his upcoming tour schedule below.
To enter the ill.Gates Remix Contest and to listen to the tracks submitted so far, go to the Skio Music website and be sure to follow the contest terms -- Good luck!!!

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Remix Contest - Grand Prize
Official Release on Terminally ill Remix Album (Producer DoJo) * Producer DJ - 1 YR Membership ($2,400) * Plugin Alliance 100% AAX DSP V1.5 Bundle ($8,663 MSRP) * Warp Academy's Pro Producer Bundle ($999) * iZotope Neutron, Ozone 7, Iris 2 and Trash 2 Plugins ($746) * KMI K-Mix ($579) * Subpac M2 ($299) * LANDR - 1 YR Pro Account ($299) * MaschineTutorials.com - 1 YR Membership ($180) * MrBillsTunes.com - 1 YR Membership and T-Shirt ($140) * Producer Social - 1 YR Membership ($100) * Tom Cosm - 1 YR Membership ($99) * ill.Gates Merch Pack & 1 hr call * Call with SKIO Music A&R’s

Upcoming Tour Dates
April 28 - Atlantic City, NJ - Secret Location ** support for Bassnectar
May 11 - Portland, ME - Empire
May 27 - Bradley, CA - Lightning In A Bottle
August 11-14 - Salmo, BC - Shambhala Music Festival

About ill.Gates - More Than Just A Pretty Bass
Toronto-born turned San Francisco transplant, producer, performer and educator ill.Gates boasts a long and lavish career in music. DJing since his earliest teenaged years, Gates has established a global fan base and enjoys an increasing reputation as dynamic, definitive and decisive EDM artist. ill.Gates is rising steadily up the ranks through his many collaborate releases with such industry heavyweights as Datsik, Bassnectar, Ana Sia, Opiuo, T.O.B., Vibesquad, Mimosa and more.
Touring regularly across the globe, monumental ill.Gates sets at signal festivals like Burning Man, Shambhala and WEMF are memorable experiences and favourite events among fans and DJs alike. Crushing charts and detonating dancefloors with such colossal collaborative tracks as the Bassnectar Timestretch and Divergent Spectrum releases, ill.Gates receives extensive amounts of appreciation and praise from some of the leading artists in the electronic music setting. These commanding accomplishments and capital achievements make ill.Gates’ both a sought-after producer as well as a celebrated mentor to some of the baddest names in the bass music scene.
Previously working under the stage-setting Phat Conductor moniker, ill.Gates achieved further acclaim from the DJ and Producer community through his emblematic ill.Methodology workshops and exclusive Abelton sponsorships. His famous DJ and Studio templates are used and enjoyed by such successful performers as Beats Antique, Pretty Lights, Bassnectar and DJ Vadim during their live stage shows.

ill.Gates appears on labels including Muti Music, Amorphous Music, Child’s Play/Om Records, Addictech, Noodles, Innerflight, Low Motion, Made in Glitch, Tube10, and Chi Recordings.

The Moog Synthesizer IIIc Returns to Production

Throughout the 1960s, Dr. Robert Moog collaborated with over 100 composers of electroacoustic music to create the synthesizer concept, born of thousands of design decisions and countless conversations. At the time, the available method of producing electronic music was the “classical studio,” a makeshift production environment cobbled together from individual electronic sound-generators such as surplus telecommunications devices, radio equipment, and early tape machines. Moog and the musicians he worked with streamlined this classical studio technique into a system of standardized sound modules.

In 1965, Bob Moog began taking orders for individual modules and customized modular systems. By 1967, he and a team of ten skilled technicians were hand-building production models in an unassuming brick storefront in Trumansburg, NY.  The cutting-edge musical instruments that they called “synthesizers” signaled electronic music’s maturation from an awkward and shy intruder in the realm of music to a dynamic and significant medium of musical expression.

The first models were aptly named Synthesizer I, II, and III. With the introduction of the Moog Synthesizer IIIc -- the “c” referring to the walnut “console” cabinet -- musicians could purchase a complete instrument pre-configured for logical access to a range of facilities usually associated with the largest classical studios.

Each synthesizer took weeks of patient, steady crafting to complete, but the payoff would be rich -- a tool that would change the landscape of music.

The world got turned on to the idea of the synthesizer -- and electronic music -- through the visionary works of experimental musicians like Wendy Carlos and Isao Tomita. Sonic masterpieces like Switched On Bach and Snowflakes Are Dancing were made possible by the early modular Moog Synthesizers. These original modular systems designed by Bob Moog are inimitable in sonic character and remain highly coveted for their limitless reconfigurability and vibrantly organic musicality.

Fifty years later, we are proud to announce the return of the Moog Synthesizer IIIc to production for a very limited time.

“Through archival designs, so-called obsolete electronics, and outmoded production processes, we are rediscovering the magic of our past. It’s a privilege to build instruments in this way; it lets us reimagine what future tools can be. There is so much potential in this history.” - Anna Montoya, Moog Production Engineer

Every Synthesizer IIIc will be built using all-original documentation, art, and circuit board files. Each instrument features thirty-six hand-stuffed, hand-soldered modules, including ten 901-Series audio oscillators, the 984 Matrix Mixer, and the 905 Spring Reverb. All modules are securely mounted into two hand-finished, solid walnut console cabinets at the Moog factory in Asheville, NC.
Moog Synthesizer IIIc production is highly limited. Only 25 units will be produced and sold worldwide.

Isotonik Studios: Modular Series LE - Try before you Buy!

A New Device Every Week!

PRICE: £10.00 but only if you want to pay!
For quite a while we've been building a collection of simple MaxforLive devices that do just one thing but they do it really well, some of them we've given away others have been bonus devices in packs.
Now we've decided to let you have them on a weekly basis, simply sign up and each week a new device will land in your inbox ready to be installed and enjoyed.
We'll not charge you anything to get them, but if you like them when the flow of devices ends leave your subscription running and we'll charge just £10.00 for them, that's less than a pound per device!
If you don't want to pay the end amount on conclusion of receiving all of the devices, simply cancel your subscription with no questions asked. We can't say fairer than that!
Included on a week by week basis are:
  • Clip Gain
  • Set Tempo
  • Set Time Signature
  • Sound File Recorder
  • Clip Nudge
  • Track Routing
  • Clip Pitch
  • Roller
  • Clip Warp
  • Arrange Looper
  • Return
  • Clip to Scene Re-Namer
ps. the more people who pay for the devices the more we'll add to them ;-)

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Sennheiser’s AMBEO SMART HEADSET brings binaural sound recording to the consumer market

Wedemark, Germany, April 24, 2017 – Sennheiser has created the world’s first intuitive, compact and mobile binaural recording headset. First showcased at the CES 2017, the AMBEO SMART HEADSET is a ground-breaking headset that captures immersive 3D audio with mobile device simplicity. The binaural audio recordings created with the AMBEO SMART HEADSET deliver a stunning 3D experience – placing the listener inside the soundscape and playing back the direction of sounds and natural spatial characteristics of a location.

Sennheiser has once again partnered with the award-winning manufacturer of professional audio devices Apogee, an industry leader at the forefront of digital audio recording, for the creation of this breakthrough product. The AMBEO SMART HEADSET’s incredibly detailed and realistic recording is achieved via two omni-directional microphones integrated in the ear pieces that work alongside a premium A/D converter, mic preamp and SoftLimit from Apogee. The two microphones capture the subtle differences in timing, volume and timbre that occur as sounds from different directions reach each ear. When played back on headphones, the result is a truly stunning lifelike audio experience in picture-perfect fidelity. It places the listener in the exact, original sound field, so whether you capture a rainforest or a buzzing city, listening to the binaural recording will make you feel like you are there.

“With this new headset you can use your iOS device’s camera to record, experience and relive the same balance of three dimensional sound and 180° visual perspective that we as human beings are accustomed to in our perception of the world,” explains Dr. Andreas Sennheiser, co-CEO Sennheiser. “Sound is crucial to how we understand the space around us, and the AMBEO SMART HEADSET lets you record this sense of depth, detail and realism.” Daniel Sennheiser, co-CEO Sennheiser, adds: “Together the AMBEO SMART HEADSET and your mobile device can become powerful creative tools for capturing your world in an entirely new way.”

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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Mastodon Producer Shares His Guitar Tips

Atlanta, GA (April 25, 2017) - Matt Washburn has run LedBelly Sound studios in Atlanta for so long and clocked up so many clients, that it takes ages to scroll down the full list on his website. His clients are an eclectic mix of all genres, and for the last 15 years all of them have been recorded with his Audient ASP8024 analogue console - without which, he says he'd be lost.
The LedBelly Sound studio website says, "Anyone can own ProTools, but it takes years of experience to develop how and what you hear. Since 1983, hearing back for the first time what I had just recorded, I've been obsessed with capturing sound as purely, accurately and creatively as possible," - a great quote, we thought. So we asked Matt for some insider tips.
You've worked with metal heavy weights such as Norma Jean and Mastodon, both pretty technical bands. Do you find this makes the production process more tricky?
Not especially. My clients are all over the spectrum: heavy metal, jazz, punk, gospel, country, R&B, hip-hop, bluegrass, etc. I believe that if you know your rooms and your equipment, you can record anything. As long as the clients can play well, I can capture the sound and make it sound bigger and better.
What is your approach to guitar sounds? Do you double track?
It really depends on the band. I have several classic Marshall, Mesa, Orange, etc. amps and cabs available for use...plus a Kemper Profiling Amp (which is badass by the way). I usually use 2 Sennheiser MD421s on one speaker. One on-axis, one off. Run those to the Audient, and then compress with a couple of EL-8 Distressors. Double tracking is typically done on heavy rock and metal projects.
How do you tend to pan your guitars?
If I'm working with a heavy band, I'll usually track 2-3 pairs of rhythm tracks (different guitar rigs), pan those hard left and right. All melodies, leads, and solos closer to, or in the center.
Your testimonials are brilliant. One of the best is the fact that you have "...a big fat analog board [...] which makes things sound better and work faster".  Would you agree with this?
Absolutely! I learned the trade 34 years ago, on 2" tape and an old Harrison desk. It's what I know...and love. Tracking a band live through the Audient's amazing pres and EQs feels like home, and so easy to navigate.
What is the best thing about your work?
I'm one of the lucky ones...I have a job that I love, so it never feels like 'work'. Having the ability to hand select the tools I use is just one of the perks.
What is your proudest moment?
Like I said...I work with a lot of younger, unsigned groups who are used to recording their own demos at home. When they come to LedBelly Sound for the first time, and they hear the playback....to watch their faces light up, and hear their comments..."I never thought we could sound this good!" that makes me proud every time.
What piece of gear can't you live without?
My Audient ASP8024! [Nobody told him to say that ~ Audient] It's the heart of my studio. Everything runs to, or through it. It's been with me for 16 loyal years. I'd be lost without it.
Who inspires you?
I'm an old school engineer....that just happens to be a whiz at Pro Tools. I get my inspiration from old-school engineers like: Glyn Johns, George Martin, Andy Wallace, etc.
What's coming up next at LedBelly Sound?
I just finished building the fifth location of the studio, so I'm very proud about that. The schedule is booked up 3 months in advance, and I make sure my clients leave happy with the end product. So I guess more of the same.
You've had your Audient desk for 15 years now, do you remember the reasons why you chose it originally? Would you choose it again now, with the benefit of hindsight?  
A very good engineer friend of mine (James Majors) had just purchased one. I was very impressed with it. I had had enough of my Mackie 32/8, and was trying to figure out the next step. The sound was/is amazing, the work flow is perfect, and the price point was right where I needed it to be. Yes, I would choose Audient again in a heartbeat.

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