Book Review Posted – Sylvia Massy “Recording Unhinged”

Recording engineer, producer, musician, author, artist, lecturer, and lover of vintage gear and coffee has written a book. It’s not a “how to” book. There are no secret settings or techniques here, but it’s a deep view into the working life of an experienced producer emphasizing what she does to make her productions unique. About half the book is her own writing and illustrating, the rest being short articles contributed by other engineers and producers who she knows and has worked with over the years.

It’s a really fun read, a great coffee table book, and you can get a copy just in time for Christmas.  $29.95 in hardback. And before you ask, I don’t see it available as an e-Book, at least not yet.

Find it on the Book Reviews page or click here to download the PDF directly.

or order it direct from your favorite on-line book store or Hal Leonard Books

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Black Friday Deals on Useful Audio Stuff

My e-mailbox this morning was full of announcements for Black Friday deals, so here’s one of my rare “specials” announcements. Check the web sites for prices and availability. There are some pretty deep discounts from these popular vendors. Click to link to the respective web sites:

Waves – Discounts on several plug-ins plus a free license for their Supertap Delay

Sound Toys – Half off  or better on many plug-ins plus a free license to their Tremolator

Metric Halo – No freebies, but several for $29 (84% off). Metric Halo is no longer Mac-only. This sale is for their plug-ins that include VST versions, so they’ll work with just about any DAW.

Boz Digital Labs – Half off on all plug-ins until November 30

On the hardware side, PreSonus is offering discounts on a few of their monitor speakers through November 28, 2016. These aren’t on-line specials, you’ll get these prices at your local dealer.

Eris MTM (dual woofer) and R-series (AMT [“ribbon”] tweeter) monitors – Buy one, get one free

Eris 4.5 Monitors – $149 each

 

 

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Webinar – Wireless Guitar Tips from Shure

Monday, November 14, at 10 AM or 2 PM CST, Shure will present a free 60-minute webinar with  engineer and guitar player Jon Halverson. He’ll talk about guitar wireless system technology, the analog-vs-digital question, and how to tweak your wireless system for the best sound with a guitar. The session will be presented twice, so register for the time that’s most convenient for you.

Monday, November 14, 2016; 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM CDT
Register

Monday, November 14, 2016; 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CDT
Register

If you miss the live session, check the Shure Webinars web page after a few days and it will be archived along with a bunch of other useful webinars that you can watch at your convenience.

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2016 AES Show Report Posted

My annual AES show report is now posted. Visit the Trade Show Reports page for this one and reports from other shows, or jump straight to it here.

 

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Knobcon V – September 9-11 2016, Chicago IL

Sorry for the late notice, but I just got the word. A long list of manufacturers of synthesizers and other electronic music production tools are presenting Knobcon, a weekend geek-out for synthesizer afficianodos. Hands-on demos of modern and vintage instruments, boutique trade show with designers demonstrating and selling their gear, performances, and  build-it-yourself workshops where you can learn workbench skills including soldering, and actually build something useful.

Admission for the full weekend is $35, with separate kit fees for the build-it-yourself workshops.

If you’re into electronic-based or experimental music and the tools used to create it, particularly if you’re in the Chicago area, this is the place for you this weekend.

Location:The  Hyatt Regency Schaumburg

Schedule: Party with performances Friday, exhibits and workshops 10-6 on Saturday and 10-5 on Sunday

Full details at the Knobcon web site

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Roland Presents a 24-Hour On-Line Streaming Music Festival – September 9, 2016

On September 9, 2016 (#909day, a hash tag for those who lust after Roland’s classic TR-909 Rhythm Composer), Roland will be hosting a 24-hour streaming online musical instruments festival which they’re calling “The Future. Redefined.” More than 30 new products will debut during streaming video broadcasts from VIP events in eight major cities around the world. Artists performing during the festival will be autographing and contributing a variety of Roland gear to MusiCares®, the non-profit organization established by The Recording Academy® to help music people in times of hardship.

For information on what it’s about and what new products will be shown  (honestly, most of it is behind a curtain as of Sept 1 other than hints by product category) click here.

To go directly to the schedule of presentations, click here. Remember to convert the Pacific Daylight Times into your local time zone.

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A Mixing Contest – or maybe – Some Tracks For Mixing Practice

Boz Digital Labs along with Toontrack and Groove3 are having a contest in which you download tracks (there are a lot of them), mix them to your taste, and submit your mix. The first three prizes are for what’s judged to be the best mixes (by their admittedly biased judges). Fourth prize is a random drawing among the losers, so you could win prizes even if your mix sucks. And if you decide not to enter, you can have fun mixing some well tracks including MIDI tracks for the drums should you want to edit the drum parts or substitute your own sounds for theirs. It’s a metal-punkish song, not my bag at all, so don’t worry about competing with me for the big prizes.

Prizes include Toontrack’s Superior Drummer (1st prize) or EZ Drummer (other prizes), Groove3 on-line classes (a year for 1st prize, a month for other prizes), and a Boz Digital plug-in of your choice. Contest closes at midnight Pacific time September 4.

Details, downloads, and entry information here.

Have fun!

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