RØDE enters new territory with the AI-1 audio interface

RØDE enters new territory with the AI-1 audio interface

RØDE Microphones has released the AI-1, marking its first venture into the world of USB audio interfaces.

The interface is available on its own or as part of a new bundle, The Complete Studio Kit.

Aimed at home recording, the AI-1 sports a Neutrik combo jack input and discrete Class-A preamp, allowing users to connect a microphone, guitar or line-level instrument, like a synthesiser.

The AI-1 offers zero-latency playback by enabling a direct monitoring feature and playback via headphones/speakers. It features 48V Phantom Power and is class compliant, eliminating the need to install drivers.

Available as part of The Complete Studio Kit, the AI-1 comes with RØDE’s NT1 large diaphragm condenser microphone, SMR shock mount with popshield, 20 foot XLR and USB C/A cables. Also, for a limited time, every sale of the AI-1 comes with a free version of Ableton Live Lite.

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Darrell Thorp on recording the Foo Fighters’ Concrete and Gold

Darrell Thorp on recording the Foo Fighters' Concrete and Gold

Seven-time Grammy award-winning Darrell Thorp (OutKast, Radiohead, Paul McCartney, Beck) is an American record producer, mixer, and engineer with over 18 years experience and many multi-platinum records to his name. Here, Colby Ramsey speaks to the man who helped record the Foo Fighters’ ninth studio album Concrete and Gold, which hit No. 1 in the US and UK.

How did you first get into the industry?

I always wanted to pursue a career in the recording industry, and started by looking around at four-year universitys and trade schools. Finally I came to the decision to attend the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences, which is based in Tempe in Phoenix. I am from Tucson AZ so it was an easy choice to move to Phoenix and attend school there.

After the course I moved to LA, and the first job I was offered was an internship at Track Record. I ran and interned for a month and then they hired me full time. I was fortunate to only run for six months total before becoming a full-time assistant. From there I was hired at Conway and I worked there for a year, then finally to Ocean Way Recording. Ocean Way to me is my home, and the studio where I really learned engineering.

What advice would you offer to someone looking to get into the industry?

I was lucky to have a good career path working at different studios, and learned so much from working at all of them. If you are smart it’s a good thing to pick up tips and tricks from your clients, and it’s not a bad thing to ask the engineer after the session why he or she likes to work a certain way, or put a particular mic inside the kick drum. It’s also a good thing to study hard, learn your craft, and be ready for when the opportunity comes your way.

How did you get involved with the Foo Fighters and was there anything you did specifically with your recording setup on their album?

I was asked by the producer Greg Kurstin to come help record the Foo’s album. Greg and I had worked together on previous projects and I was really excited to get the call. For the Foo’s the idea was to have several drum stations going on. I had to think of a way to set up five drum kits, with two bass stations, about 20 guitar amps, keyboard station, vocal station, etc. And to fit all this on an 80-input Neve while running 24 track tape for basic recording then dumping into Pro Tools and comp.

Ultimately I came up with the idea to have two drum recording chains and patch all the kits across to the particular chain we wanted to use. Then a bass chain, and then a guitar chain for each player, a couple of vocal chains, one for lead and one for backing vocals. Then, using the busses for tape input, then to Pro Tools, worked out really well.

What is your favourite piece of gear in the studio?

The console. A good console goes a long way in a recording session. Give me a Neve 8028 or 8056. I really love to use the same mic pre-amps and EQ’s for every instrument to record. I find that using a Neve on this, an API on that, and Telefunken on this makes everything feel not quite as powerful.

The Foo Fighters is by far the most fun I have had in the studio”

My thought is that by using different pre-amps that have different electronics causes parts to react faster than others. The overall band or drums doesn’t feel like its working together. I might change a bit of EQ with an API 550a on drums, but I’m a big fan of compressing as I record. I usually hit things hard with the compression, -10 to -15db on the bass amp and -10 or more on the lead vocal. If it sounds good, why not!

What has been your greatest personal achievement?

Working in the business for 20 years with all the downs we have encountered is a personal achievement. I don’t know how but the phone keeps ringing and the emails keep pinging with more work. When someone wants to make a record with me, I’m honoured, and it’s amazing to say that I do this for a living and have been very successful at it.

I still feel like there is more out there for me to accomplish and I keep learning things – that is the best part of my job, I am always learning the craft. Mostly I am learning while getting paid to mix a song or track a song. It’s great when I do something I have never thought of before, or something that I have been struggling with as an engineer.

Do you have a favourite studio or artist you’ve worked with?

I have had the pleasure and the honour of working at some amazing studios. I would say my favourite rooms are Studio 2 at East West and Studio B at United (then Ocean Way). Both rooms have great consoles and the rooms themselves are effortless to record in. Put up a good mic from the locker, turn up the pre-amp a bit, push the fader up and check your level to tape or Pro Tools; sounds amazing.

In terms of artists, there’s too many great ones to name. Bands like Lake Street Dive are insane musicians and great to hang out with. The Foo Fighters is by far the most fun I have had in the studio, plus all the guys are just bad-ass musicians. Sir Paul McCartney is the kindest man on planet earth, and probably one of the most talented all around musicians, while Beck is my favourite songwriter/lyricist. Switchfoot are great people to be with all day, and are also amazing performers and musicians.

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Harman Pro opens multi-functional Experience Centre in Los Angeles

Harman Pro opens multi-functional Experience Centre in Los Angeles

Harman Professional Solutions has expanded its worldwide network of Experience Centres with the opening of a new facility in Los Angeles.

The Experience Centres, like the ones in Singapore, China and soon in London, are designed to demonstrate how Harman solutions address customer needs across multiple vertical markets.

The new 15,000-square-foot, multi-functional facility showcases Harman product solutions in a variety of entertainment and enterprise market applications. The Experience Centre demonstrates the integration of brands including JBL Professional, AKG Acoustics, AMX, BSS Audio, Crown International, dbx Professional, DigiTech, Lexicon Pro, Martin, Soundcraft and Studer.

The Experience Centre is comprised of several dedicated spaces, including a product showroom filled with Harman solutions including Harman’s Connected Retail Experience, Connected Huddle Space, Voice Enabled Cognitive Hotel Room, Home Recording, Networked AVoIP, and more.

The 6,000-square-foot Soundstage delivers Live Entertainment audio, video and lighting demonstrations for house of worship, nightclub, performing arts, and touring. The café, boardroom and training centre are not only practical-use spaces, but also areas that demonstrate Harman solutions in restaurant, corporate and education settings.

“With the Experience Centre, we can now take conversations with our customers off tradeshow floors and into our facility to give customers and influencers a deeper and more meaningful experience all day, any day of the year,” said Erik Tarkiainen, vice president of global marketing at Harman Professional. “This opening is an important milestone, and it marks a new and exciting beginning for Harman Professional Solutions. We are excited for our customers to join us as we continue to move the industry forward together.”

The Experience Centre is open by appointment only to Harman and Samsung customers, employees, distributors, sales representatives, dealers, artists and other industry professionals for meetings, performances, productions, hospitality events and more.

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Global music production software market to grow 9.01% between 2017-2021 – report

Global music production software market to grow 9.01% between 2017-2021 - report

An increasing number of people wanting to be DJs and a decline in people wanting to learn music is driving growth in the music production software market.

That's according to a new report, called the "Global Music Production Software Market 2017-2021"

The market is set to grow at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 9.01% between the years of 2017-2021.

One of the key drivers of this growth is the increased use of software by DJs for song mixing.

"These software are compatible with the hardware of a number of DJ consoles belonging to different brands," stated the report. "These allow easy plug and play options by importing songs from a local device. Therefore, with the growing number of DJs across the globe, the adoption of music production software is likely to grow during the forecast period."

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DirectOut integrates Waves SoundGrid in its SG.MADI converter

DirectOut integrates Waves SoundGrid in its SG.MADI converter

Waves Audio has joined forces with German-based networking, routing and conversion specialist DirectOut Technologies to include Waves SoundGrid technology in DirectOut’s SG.MADI converter.

DirectOut’s SG.MADI is an audio format converter that links MADI signals with Waves SoundGrid Audio-over-Ethernet. SoundGrid is a Layer 2-based network protocol offered by Waves, for Audio-over-Ethernet networking and real-time processing solutions for live, broadcast and music production facilities, to deliver uncompressed, multi-channel, low-latency digital audio over Ethernet networks.

By using SG.MADI’s integrated network switch, integration of outboard equipment and redundant DAWs to a SoundGrid environment is made simpler. Working in large multi-stage venues, SG.MADI connects MADI to a SoundGrid network and to SoundGrid software or hardware, and works as a monitoring tool for all SoundGrid and MADI signals.

Housed in a 1U 19-inch casing, SG.MADI includes a headphone jack and volume control for easy monitoring. There are two GPIs on the rear panel, in order to integrate control signals via the network or MADI link, and the two GPOs can be individually configured for triggering system events or activating on-air or recording lights etc. It is also equipped with dual redundant power supplies, and both the MADI and network ports may be employed as dual redundant pairs with auto fail-over.

Stephan Flock (CTO, DirectOut) commented, “Waves software algorithms have become an essential tool in music production, live sound and broadcast environments. The SoundGrid network audio standard offers the perfect format for integration of a plug-in server and also serves as interconnect between DAWs and other digital audio hardware setups, either based on MADI or other network audio standards. We are very glad about our cooperation with Waves and the possibility to offer a SoundGrid interface in our product line.”

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Trevor Horn’s Sarm West Coast LA burns down in LA wildfires

Trevor Horn's Sarm West Coast LA burns down in LA wildfires

Major wildfires in Southern California have reportedly destroyed Sarm West Coast LA, the luxurious residential studio owned by Trevor Horn.

Over 200,000 people have now fled their homes as a result of the fires according to the BBC.

By Thursday evening the fire had consumed 115,000 acres of land, destroyed over 400 structures in Ventura and damaged at least 85 more, according to authorities, who say the the fight could last another couple of weeks.

The award-winning music producer tweeted the following statement on 7 December:

"Sarm West Coast caught fire yesterday not musically as it has done in the past 20 years, but physically. We haven’t been able to get there yet but by all accounts it’s completely burnt down. Thank you all for your kind messages. Please G-D we will build a new one.”

Nestled in the hills of Bel Air, the six bedroom house and state of the art recording studio with expansive views over canyons, mountains and the ocean has recently seen the likes of Lana Del Rey, Dua Lipa, Travis Scott, One Direction, Kanye West, Charli XCX and Slash record there.

The announcement was met with a number of supportive responses, including the below from Anya Goddard, head of A&R at Syco Music and Scottish music producer and songwriter Stuart Crichton, also based in LA.

 

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Trevor Horn’s Sarm West Coast LA burns down in LA wildfires – report

Trevor Horn's Sarm West Coast LA burns down in LA wildfires - report

Major wildfires in Southern California have reportedly destroyed Sarm West Coast LA, the luxurious residential studio owned by Trevor Horn.

Over 200,000 people have now fled their homes as a result of the fires according to the BBC.

By Thursday evening the fire had consumed 115,000 acres of land, destroyed over 400 structures in Ventura and damaged at least 85 more, according to authorities, who say the the fight could last another couple of weeks.

The award-winning music producer tweeted the following statement on 7 December:

"Sarm West Coast caught fire yesterday not musically as it has done in the past 20 years, but physically. We haven’t been able to get there yet but by all accounts it’s completely burnt down. Thank you all for your kind messages. Please G-D we will build a new one.”

Nestled in the hills of Bel Air, the six bedroom house and state of the art recording studio with expansive views over canyons, mountains and the ocean has recently seen the likes of Lana Del Rey, Dua Lipa, Travis Scott, One Direction, Kanye West, Charli XCX and Slash record there.

The announcement was met with a number of supportive responses, including the below from Anya Goddard, head of A&R at Syco Music and Scottish music producer and songwriter Stuart Crichton, also based in LA.

 

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Watch 2017 Redbull Thre3style US Winner DJ Ease’s Routine

DJ Ease US Thre3tyle winning set

Instead of winding down during the holidays, the Redbull Thre3style DJ competition starts to really heat up in the winter months. The US Finals just took place on November 29th in Washington D.C. at U Street Music hall. The winner, DJ Ease, brought a varied approach to his routine - which is exactly what you need to win the 3Style competition.

The post Watch 2017 Redbull Thre3style US Winner DJ Ease’s Routine appeared first on DJ TechTools.

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VIDEO: “Why sound matters with the Women’s Audio Mission”

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According to the Women's Audio Mission, only 5% of the people creating audio entertainment are women, but the organisation is trying to change that.

Watch the video below (made by THX) on how they're #changingthefaceofsound:

 

Why Sound Matters Featuring the Women's Audio Mission from THX Ltd. on Vimeo.

 

Women's Audio Mission (WAM) executive Director Terri Winston has said that "less talk and more action" is needed to tackle a lack of diversity in the pro audio industry. Read the story on Audio Media International now.

 

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