How music education is using tech to carry on during coronavirus lockdown

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Life right now has inflicted the strangest of feelings; we’re all still battling the daily changes that the COVID-19 virus has brought into our world. These changes are, however, making us think differently, and one of the greatest weapons we have is the ability to adapt. I teach Logic and Ableton Live at diploma and […]

Superbooth 2020 Home Edition highlights

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It’s certainly been a different kind of Superbooth this year, but audio manufacturers still managed to make their products shine through a gloomy moment in time. The community as a whole has rallied together with promise, and content creators like Hainbach, SonicState and Synth Anatomy did a grand job of helping brands showcase their designs. […]

“I saw work just disappear”: Australia’s live-sound technicians on the impact of coronavirus

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Harrison Maher, a systems technician for JPJ Audio, was building sound systems for Dropfest when the Australian Federal Government announced its ban on events of more than 500 people on Monday of last week. He had four months of shows lined up, including Download, Bluesfest, and Splendour In The Grass, all of which fell like […]

Tech Dissect: discussing equality in the music production world

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On 9 November 2019, Spitfire Audio hosted London’s first-ever Tech Dissect, an event specially created by Bristol organisation Saffron, with the express intention of supporting womxn in music and music technology and challenge the current climate of the industry where only 7% of UK engineers and producers are currently female. Over the course of the […]

How the computer became the ultimate synth

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It is said that Atari’s decision to include MIDI I/O in the ST computer was something of a last-minute whim of its management and that the company’s engineers weren’t convinced it would bring any benefits. Whether or not that’s true, what’s without doubt is that it was a decision that was to revolutionise music-making. Before […]

Amazon’s new music service trumps Apple and Spotify’s streaming quality with ‘Ultra HD’ tracks

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Joining the likes of Tidal and Deezer, Amazon has stepped up its audio quality to offer high-fidelity streaming. This makes the tech behemoth the first of its major competitors, Apple and Google, to catalogue a large selection of its library in lossless audio format. Amazon promises “unlimited access to fifty million songs in HD”, which […]

Recording and mixing audio for virtual reality

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Technically speaking, VR audio is binaural, in other words a different audio signal is fed to each ear in order to create the perception of a three-dimensional sound field. In many senses, the stereophonic sound is binaural, but the words aren’t synonymous: stereo audio can’t recreate a complete and natural three-dimensional sound field, whereas that’s […]

The history of virtual reality

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The father of VR The know-how to create stereoscopic –  ie, three-dimensional – imagery has been around since the advent of photography, as even then, it had long been known that our visual perception of depth and distance is derived from differences in what each eye sees due to their separation – an effect known […]

Virtual reality: How will it change the way you make music?

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Making music in the modern age generally requires a lot of intense screentime, but we’re all prone to distractions as we find our music-making workflows getting stale. However, what if you could just ditch the keyboard and mouse completely and dive right inside your DAW with nothing to remind you of the mundanity of the […]

How hologram technology is changing the future of the music industry

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“Imagine a world where you can experience iconic events like Woodstock, The Beatles’ debut at the Cavern Club or the last performance of David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust at the Hammersmith Apollo,” says the British Phonographic Industry (BPI)’s Gennaro Castaldo. Inside the realm of music entertainment in 2019, anything seems possible. From mind-warping visual effects to […]