I had a short visit to CES (formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show) last week. I didn’t see a lot of audio stuff, but here’s a short report of some things I found interesting. You can read or download it by clicking here, or get it from the Trade Show Reports page.
I recently got an inquiry from a HDR user about how to get around the Error 50 message he was seeing when importing a file into a project. That prompted me to check out the old remedy, verify that it still worked, write it up, and post it here so I don’t have to explain it again.
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.
or order it direct from your favorite on-line book store or Hal Leonard Books
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
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
Monday, November 14, 2016; 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CDT
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.
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