Craig’s Production Tips #4: Try starting your mix in mono!

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Who mixes in mono any more? Well, virtually no one, and in most cases you don’t want to end up with a mono final mix. But if you start mixing with all channels panned to center, it’s easier to hear which tracks conflict with each other; you might not notice these problems if the tracks […]

Virtualise your vocals with Vocaloid 5 from Yamaha

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There’s never a vocalist around when you need one. Always late into the studio after the party the night before, if they materialise at all. Well, Yamaha has a solution because their vocalists, Amy, Chris, Kaori and Ken, have never had a late night in their lives. Let me introduce you to Vocaloid 5. Vocaloid […]

Mode Machines SEQ12: Huge 12 track matrix based hardware MIDI sequencer

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This thing is enormous. You tend to automatically assume a hardware sequencer is going to follow something close to the Eurorack format. The SEQ12 from Mode Machines bucks that trend by unapologetically being in a 19″ rack mountable, console-sized format. The integrated rack ears probably make it seem larger than it needs to be, but […]

Riffstation: Learn your favourite songs on guitar for free!

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Riffstation, a software designed to help you learn your favourite songs, is now available for free on both Mac and PC. And it actually works. Riffstation So what does it do? Load any MP3 file into Riffstation and it will automatically detect the chords and then sync the chord diagrams along with the music, enabling […]

Crazy8 Beats is now available for rhythm and sequencing fun times

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We caught a whiff of this bonkers box back in November but now it’s ready to unleash its craziness upon the world of modular percussion and MIDI synthesis. Crazy8 Beats is available now for a tempting €303. Crazy8 Beats It draws a lot of similarities to their regularly bonkers “Crazy8” sequencer but this time the […]