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Monday, January 14, 2019

Audient Introduces Sono: The World's First Amp Modelling Interface


Anaheim, California (January 11, 2019) British audio company Audient has teamed up with leading cab simulation pioneers, twonotes audio engineering to present Sono, the ultimate audio interface for guitarists. 

Combining Audient's award-winning analogue and digital conversion recording technology with the world's best speaker-cab simulation from twonotes, Sono is home to the ultimate valve guitar preamp. Featuring an on board 12AX7 analogue valve and 3-band Tone control alongside twonotes Torpedo power amp modelling and cab simulation, Sono provides countless tonal options for guitarists, whether they're recording, practising or gigging.
 
"With twonotes, the creative possibilities are endless and you can really start dialling in the tones your hear in your head," says marketing manager, Andy Allen. "Choose from a wide range of guitar and bass cab models based on classics such as the Marshall 4x12, Fender 2x12 or Ampeg Fridge, with more tones downloadable from Torpedo Remote if needed. You can even customise everything from the room type, microphone model and placement too, and once you're happy with your sound, you can store your favourite presets on board Sono and play them in standalone mode at any time - without the need for a computer."

With near zero latency, Sono doesn't get in the way of creativity. Monitor mix allows blending between the guitar input signal and DAW playback, ensuring delay-free recording, playback and monitoring, enabling the artist to stay in the creative zone with none of the latency problems you get when tracking with software.


In addition, Audient encourages Sono users to integrate their existing pedalboard. Andy explains, "Plug in your favourite distortion, reverb and delay pedals directly into Sono's D.I, dial up a tone and instantly start recording or jamming without the need to mic up and play through a noisy amp (or annoy your neighbours).

"However, if you do want to record in the more traditional sense, Sono will always record a clean D.I signal, so you can capture your performances as creativity strikes and reamp through your favourite hardware amps later without the need to buy a dedicated re-amp box," says Andy. 

Guillaume Pille, twonotes owner, has been a fan of Audient for some time. "Audient interfaces have long been in our list of benchmark products used to try out our plugins and hardware units," he says. "Today, the whole twonotes team is very excited to present what we think is the perfect interface, not only for the guitarist and bassist, but also for any musician who wants to bring colour into his recordings."

Alongside the more guitar-centric features, Sono is a powerful interface in its own right, with two Audient console mic pres for studio quality recordings, expandability up to 10 inputs via ADAT for recording drums, class leading converters as well as the unique 'to valve' feature. "Try routing vocal microphones or synths through the classic valve preamp, analogue EQ and twonotes processing and start creating crazy new sounds or simply add that classic analogue warmth to your recordings," adds Andy.
 
"Sono is all about developing creativity and providing an easy-to-use gateway into the world of professional audio recording. It really is a fun tool for guitarists and engineers alike. With Sono anything is possible."

Sono is expected to ship in the first quarter of 2019 and will retail at USA MAP $449.

John Lennon Educational Tour Bus Kicks Off 22nd Year At The 2019 Namm Show


NEW YORK—(January 10, 2019)—The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus (The Lennon Bus), the premier non-profit 501(c)(3) state-of-the-art mobile production facility that provides hands-on experiences for students of all ages, makes its return to the 2019 NAMM Show at the Anaheim Convention Center with special guests Elle King, a two-time Grammy nominee and multi-platinum recording artist, and Derek Smalls, the bassist formerly of the band formerly known as Spinal Tap. Kicking off at NAMM and chock full of new gear and equipment, the Lennon Bus will stop in cities across America throughout the year.

“Per Lennon Bus tradition, the 2019 national tour starts with the music loving crowd at NAMM, who motivates us to begin the year-long journey to inspire young people across the U.S.,” said Co-Founder and Executive Director Brian Rothschild. “Elle King and Derek Smalls will certainly bring a new electricity to the Imagine Party and having their support helps keep the focus on students.”

Throughout the 2019 NAMM Show, the Lennon Bus will be parked on the central Grand Plaza in front of the Anaheim Convention Center. The Lennon Bus will offer trade show attendees interactive tours and will showcase the updated display of state-of-the-art equipment and gear, advanced recording technology and innovative capabilities.

Highlights include:
      Saturday, January 26 from 6:00 -7:30 p.m., Elle King headlines the annual John Lennon Educational Tour Bus Imagine Party with host Derek Smalls, formerly of the band formerly known as SPINAL TAP.

      Saturday January 26 at 11:30 a.m., Derek Smalls, will host the Lennon Bus Bass Off. Open to anyone (amateurs and professionals), Smalls will judge contestants’ bass skills based on their playing, style, showmanship and unique qualities. The top five finalists will take home Lennon Bus gear and move on to the finals, which will take place live on stage, opening for Elle King at the Imagine Party. The winner, picked by Smalls, will win a Lennon Bus package of over $8,000 worth of gear.

      Thursday, January 24 – Sunday, January 27, Attendees will be able to win from over $40,000 worth of Lennon Bus gear, courtesy of Audio-Technica, Copperpeace, Focusrite, Genelec, Neutrik, K&M, Mackie, OWC, Propellerhead and Yamaha.

This year, the 2019 Lennon Bus tour is powered by the latest generation of Apple computers, including the iMac Pro and high performance MacBook Pro laptops and iOS devices, including the newest iPad Pro and iPhone XS models.

Founding sponsor, Yamaha Corporation of America, is updating the Lennon Bus’ arsenal of keyboards, guitars and drums, and visitors to the Lennon Bus tents will have the opportunity to play Yamaha’s DTX402K electronic drums. The interactive tents also feature Audio-Technica’s Creator Station where visitors participate in an interactive experience using Audio-Technica’s iOS-compatible AT2020USBi microphone and ATH-M50x headphones. During select events throughout the year, visitors can participate in a project entitled “What does peace mean to you?” by recording their unique answer in the Creator Station. The audio, photos and b-roll captured for this activation from students of all ages across the country will lay the foundation for an original short film.

OWC is upgrading the central Lennon Bus storage with their new ThunderBay 6 RAID 72TB enterprise HDD featuring SoftRAID XT. OWC has also provided high-performance Envoy Pro EX SSDs for laptop production, Mercury Extreme Pro SSDs which are mounted in the iMac Pro’s Sonnet Echo Express III-R chassis, a variety of Mercury Elite Pro portable media drives and their latest Thunderbolt 3 Dock for every Lennon Bus creative station.

The Lennon Bus’s IT infrastructure has been upgraded by Securematics and now offers multi-gigabit speed Ethernet using a Juniper EX4300 10-gigabit switch and Ruckus Wireless R720 and R610 wireless access points. The new Apple Mac Mini with its built-in 10-gigabit Ethernet port will utilize this new network infrastructure to serve files from high-bandwidth Thunderbolt 3 OWC storage solutions.

LENNON BUS AT NAMM SCHEDULE

Lennon Bus Interactive Tours
Wednesday, January 23 – 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Thursday, January 24 – 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Friday, January 25 – 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Saturday, January 26 – 10:00AM – 3:00PM
Sunday, January 27 - 10:00AM – 5:00PM

Thursday, January 24
12:00PM – The John Lennon Songwriting Contest presents EMERGENCY TIARA - performance on main stage in Grand Plaza
2:00PM –  Giveaways at Lennon Bus (must be present to win)

Friday, January 25
2:00PM   Giveaways at Lennon Bus (must be present to win)

Saturday, January 26
11:30AM – Lennon Bus BASS OFF w/ Derek Smalls, formerly of the band formerly known as Spinal Tap at the Lennon Bus tents
11:00AM – The John Lennon Songwriting Contest presents Joe Brooks - performance on main stage in Grand Plaza
2:00PM –  Giveaways at Lennon Bus (must be present to win)
5:00PM –  Press/VIP Badge Pickup at Lennon Tent
6:00PM - 8:00PM – The Imagine Party featuring Elle King
Bass Off finals - Winner takes home Lennon Bus package
           
Sunday, January 27
12:00PM – The John Lennon Songwriting Contest presents STONE & SNOW – performance on main stage in Grand Plaza
2:00PM –  Giveaways at Lennon Bus (must be present to win)

LA Recording Studio Dave’s Room Reopens for Business, Now Accepting Bookings

 
(Los Angeles, CA / January 11, 2019) -- Dave’s Room, the private, high-end recording studio that’s been a part of Los Angeles’ musical landscape for nearly 50 years, is now booking sessions at its North Hollywood location.
 
The state-of-the-art studio is back in business after the untimely passing of its prolific owner, Grammy-award winning producer David Bianco, who in 2007 revitalized the space and created a private recording oasis for the industry’s most discerning music professionals.
 
Now producer/engineers Paul Fig and David Spreng have partnered to re-launch the studio as a tribute to Bianco’s towering legacy. The studio offers a comfortable, casual and quiet environment where artists, producers and engineers can congregate to complete the entire process of making an album – recording, overdubbing and mixing - all under one roof at a reasonable price, and feel at home while doing it.
 
Dave’s Room, which opened in 1970 under the name Mama Jo’s, served as a top studio for the biggest names in rock, pop, jazz and R&B. “Dave was committed to preserving the original studio’s aesthetic features and acoustics while providing his clients with the latest top-of-the-line recording gear,” says Fig. “It’s very important to us to preserve his years of hard work and continue his vision in the future.”
 
Fig added that the studio’s clients appreciate the warm, analogue quality of the sound captured digitally in the rooms, designed specifically with the right amount of absorptive to reflective surfaces to achieve the precise aural balance they’re looking for. “All booths have a line of site with each other to make tracking live seamless; the control room is perfection, designed for critical listening and for making bussing, equalization and mixing decisions with accuracy… it’s one of my favorite control rooms for tracking and mixing.”
 
“Not only is Dave Bianco’s studio great for tracking, we have added some great gear and instruments to Bianco’s already impressive collection,” says Spreng. “New to the arsenal are Vintage Gretsch and Ludwig Drum kits, tons of snare drums and Fig’s personal collection of newer and vintage guitars, amps and pedals.”
 
To find out more about Dave’s Room and book a session, visit Davesroom.net.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Producer Azlan Discusses "The Best" Music Making Software


Behind the DAW: Episode 40 with Henry Fong

Wyatt Troy explores the emotional, philosophical and artistic mind of Henry Fong in this fortieth episode of, "Behind The DAW" :

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Special thanks to Chris Mernda for the tip!
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Vujaday Music Festival In Barbados Announces Sasha, Bob Moses, Lee Burridge, Jeremy Olander, Moodymann, DJ Tennis, Octave One And More For 2019 Edition

Photo credit: The Confluence

Following their successful debut earlier this year in Barbados, Vujaday Music Festival has returned to announce a stacked phase one lineup in preparation for their second year. The 2019 edition will take place from April 3-7 and will once again take place in different venues all across the stunning Caribbean island. This will give festival-goers the chance to take in a new experience and venue each day.

The phase one lineup for Vujaday 2019 features legendary Welsh DJ and producer Sasha, a DJ set from iconic Canadian electronic duo Bob Moses, Detroit house and techno staple Moodymann, All Day I Dream founder Lee Burridge, a live performance from the Detroit based sibling duo Octave One, Vivrant label founder and renowned Swedish musician Jeremy Olander, Brooklyn house duo Bedouin, Life and Death founder DJ Tennis, Berlin house aficionado YokoO, members of the fan-favorite Desert Hearts collective Mikey Lion and Lee Reynolds, American production duo and Crew Love members Soul Clap, Women on Wax founder DJ Minx, Sheik 'N' Beik founder Rechulski, respected Toronto resident Nitin, and fellow Toronto native and current Barcelona resident Jade.
photo by The Confluence

Many more names will be added to the lineup in the near future. Vujaday will also be announcing what venues they will be taking over shortly, and have also announced they will be hosting a new daytime party series for the first time this year. Details regarding this exciting new addition to the already jam-packed Vujaday experience will be announced as the festival nears closer.

Venue highlights from last year included Bellevue Plantation, a 100-acre property built in 1735 that included a pool, polo fields, and lush gardens surrounding the property. Another favorite was Cornwall House, which allowed those in attendance to witness a breathtaking sunrise while overlooking the gorgeous Eastern Coast of Barbados. Other venues were located directly on the beach and gave those in attendance the chance to sink their feet in the sand throughout the event.
With its dedication to providing attendees with an experience they’ve never seen or felt before, Vujaday pulls all the stops to create an unforgettable journey for attendees. The event spans over the course of five days, allowing festival-goers to be fully immersed into the culture of Barbados while traveling throughout the island to experience the unique venues that Vujaday takes place at.
Early bird tickets for 2019 are currently on sale and can be purchased here. Super early bird tickets have already sold out. More info about travel and additional details can be found on the Vujaday website, and you can watch their 2018 aftermovie to get a better taste of what the festival has to offer.
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Black Violin, The Yamaha All-Star Concert on the Grand and Elle King Set to Perform at The 2019 NAMM Show

-The Earth Harp, the world’s longest stringed instrument, to perform Sat and Sun at global event-

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CARLSBAD, Calif. – December 19, 2018 - With just over a month to go until the start of The 2019 NAMM Show, The NAMM Campus is set to come alive with a variety of Bands@NAMM performers, a Guinness World Record™-breaking instrument, and household names who will share their own unique mixes of hip-hop and classical, to blues and rock.
On Thursday, The NAMM Foundation Celebration for Music Education will celebrate the advocacy and dedication of NAMM members with a performance from the duo, Black Violin. Composed of classically trained violist and violinist Wil B and Kev Marcus, the pair combine their classical training and hip-hop influences with their DJ to create a distinctive multi-genre sound that is often described as “classical boom.” Black Violin has shared stages with top names including Kanye West, Aerosmith and Tom Petty, and has creatively collaborated with the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, Wyclef Jean, and Alicia Keys. The duo composed music for the television series Pitch which debuted on FOX in 2016, in addition to appearances on HBO’s Ballers, The Tonight Show, The Wendy Williams Show, The Kate TV, and The Ellen Show. The group’s most recent record, Stereotypes, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Classical Crossover Chart and #4 on the Billboard R&B Chart.
On Friday, an all-star line-up from Yamaha promises an unforgettable multi-artist extravaganza with the “Yamaha All-Star Concert on the Grand 2019” set to crank up the volume to 11. While the artist lineup for this year’s concert remains a secret, Yamaha has built an unmatched reputation for developing and producing the largest and most energetic concert events at past NAMM Shows. Last year’s concert featured star turns by celebrated artists Melissa Etheridge, Sam Moore, Michael McDonald, Butch Walker, Lindsey Stirling, Marc Broussard, and ShelĂ©a. Past concerts have included such artist luminaries as Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Tony Bennett, John Legend, Earth, Wind & Fire, U2 founder and drummer Larry Mullen, Jr., and many others.

 

On Saturday evening at the annual “Imagine Party,” The NAMM Foundation and The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus presented by Other World Computing will welcome singer and songwriter, Elle King. King blends pop, blues, and rock ‘n’ roll into a sound that’s all her own.  After hearing the all-girl pop-punk band The Donnas when she was nine years old in Ohio, she decided she wanted to be a singer and musician.  By 13, she was playing guitar, and later learned to play the banjo.  After signing to RCA Records, she released The Elle King EP which featured the “Mob Wives Chicago” theme song “Playing For Keeps.” 

In 2015, King released her debut album Love Stuff, featuring the hit single “Ex’s & Oh’s” which reached the top of Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart. She made chart history becoming the second female artist in 18 years to reach #1 at Alternative Radio, and “Ex’s & Oh’s” earned Elle two GRAMMY nominations. She was also featured on Dierks Bentley’s GRAMMY-nominated No. 1 Country Airplay hit “Different For Girls” (she performed it with Bentley at the CMA Awards and took home an award for “Musical Event of the Year”).  Her just-released follow-up album Shake The Spirit features the lead single “Shame,” which became her fourth radio #1 single and led Elle to become the only act in history to have scored number 1 singles on the Adult Pop Songs, Adult Alternative Songs, Alternative Songs, and Country Airplay charts.

On Saturday and Sunday, the Arena Plaza will feature the Earth Harp, the world’s longest playable stringed instrument, that will reach from the balcony of the ACC North building to the Plaza. The harp will be played live by its creator William Close, the LA-based inventor who holds the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest stringed instrument in the world.

Close regularly tours the globe with his instrument, which has been performed at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, a cathedral in Portugal, at Festivals in Portugal, France, Mexico, Canada and more. Close will be on hand to offer educational facts about the cello-like instrument including the science behind it, how it was constructed and how it’s played. Live performances are set throughout the day for the instrument that includes strings extending 1,000 feet in length.

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