Listen to Holly Herndon’s ‘Platform’ and the Emotional Content of the Laptop

I’m remiss in not posting this last week when it debuted, and I suspect many CDM readers have heard already, but if not – drop everything, and have a listen (in full) to ‘Platform,’ the new LP from composer/producer Holly Herndon. The full LP is now on Spotify, etc., or NPR First Listen. There’s a … Continue →

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Alchemea plans Studio Sale following closure

Alchemea plans Studio Sale following closure

A raft of audio equipment and furniture from the recently-closed Alchemea College in London is being put on sale.

The nine-page list compiled by the school includes an array of recording gear from the facility's three control rooms, as well as Alchemea's Cinema Dubbing Theatre, Programming Room, Pro Tools HDX Room and Classrooms.

A wide variety of post and location recording kit is listed too, along with a plethora of microphones and other hardware.

All items with a letter next to them are not for sale.

Located on Windsor Street in Islington, Alchemea had been providing Music Production, Sound Engineering and Game Audio courses to students from all over the world since 1992, but announced it had ceased trading with immediate effect earlier this month.

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Wise Buddah founder to assume Group CEO role

Wise Buddah founder to assume Group CEO role

Wise Buddah founder Mark Goodier has announced he is to assume the role of Group CEO, following the departure of Wise Buddah creative MD Dave Holt this summer.

Holt had been at the post-production specialist for over a decade – the last four as MD – and is leaving to take up an opportunity to lead a tech startup in Bangkok.

He commented: “I’d like to thank Mark and everyone at Wise Buddah for a fantastic 10 and a half years, I will miss it massively, but its time for a change and I’m hugely excited to take up the challenge launching the first of hopefully a number of businesses in the software and media sector in Asia.”

Goodier added: “Dave has done a terrific job setting the company up for the future, we have fantastic teams in the group who innovate and deliver to a very high standard”

The changes mean the company will recruit an operations manager to work across the group as well as create opportunities for key people at the company including Natalie Holiday who is promoted to the position of manager, Wise Buddah voices and senior dubbing mixer Jon Last who steps up to the role of director of audio with immediate effect.

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AVnu Alliance elects new officers to Board of Directors

AVnu Alliance elects new officers to Board of Directors

AVnu Alliance, the industry consortium driving open standards-based deterministic networking through certification, has appointed new officers for its Board of Directors, with Gary Stuebing elected president, and Kevin Stanton named chairman.

The announcement was made at the recent inaugural conference on Time Sensitive Networking and Applications (TSNA) in Santa Clara, California – a multi-day series of technical sessions aimed at educating and generating awareness for emerging TSN standards.

Stuebing, manager of engineering, IoT standards/architecture at Cisco, comes to AVnu Alliance with extensive leadership experience from other alliances and standards groups such as IEEE, Wi-Sun and HomePlug, while Stanton (main picture), senior principal engineer at Intel, has been active on the Board and served as technical workgroup chair of the Alliance for the past five years. AVnu Alliance has also added a seat on the Board, which was filled by Todd Walter, senior group manager at National Instruments.

“As a founding member, Cisco is committed to supporting AVnu Alliance and guiding the evolution of the standards. Broad market expansion of AVB/TSN with wide deployment will benefit all members and markets and will assure long-term support for the capabilities in standard components,” said Stuebing. “I am proud to join the Alliance Board of Directors with the goal to continue accelerating the momentum of AVnu Alliance and the growing interoperable ecosystem of AVB/TSN.”

“2015 will be a milestone year for the Alliance,” added Stanton, “In this, our fifth year, we see a rich and growing ecosystem of certified pro-audio products, announced plans to launch the industry’s first AVB Ethernet certification for the automotive market, and have expanded our scope to include the Industrial segment. These are aligned with the huge strides taken within the IEEE to advance the AVB/TSN standards, which continue moving Ethernet forward.

"AVnu Alliance has evolved along with the standards, and the combined knowledge and experience of our Board of Directors will continue to drive the Alliance toward the vision of an open ecosystem of standards-based, certified-interoperable products that revolutionise networking for all time-sensitive applications.”

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Adlib showcases brand partner offering in Glasgow

Adlib showcases brand partner offering in Glasgow

Following the January launch of Adlib’s Scottish office, the rental company recently staged two open days at the Glasgow O2 Academy, showcasing some of the latest innovations from the likes of L-Acoustics, Soundcraft, DPA and SSL.

A wide selection of industry professionals from across the installation, live and rental sectors, as well as engineers and production managers, were in attendance.

The objective was to focus on installation and sales potential, and how offering turnkey solutions with these brands can have a huge impact on assisting venues in being more competitive and attracting new business.

It also featured the first Scottish Soundcraft Vi3000 console and Realtime Rack demo, as well as an exclusive UK preview of the next generation Vi7000 console. Three comprehensive presentations were given each day by Harman’s Ed Jackson.

L-Acoustics capitalised on the occasion as the first public UK K2 system demo, also staging three demos per day. Other L-Acoustics products on show included the LA8 amplifiers, 115XT HiQ, 12XT, ARCS II and KARA speakers, plus SB28 subs.

DPA Microphones showcased their range of products via distributor Sound Network, while SSL (Solid State Logic) seized the opportunity to highlight its XL Studio console.

“Apart from a great chance to hear and see all this technology in action in a calm and relevant working scenario,” Adlib director John Hughes said. “We know the importance of face-to-face meeting and being able to discuss people’s requirements – current and potential – in a real ‘live’ environment that is ideal for demonstrating all these products first-hand."

A selection of educational establishments were invited to the open days, including Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester universities.

Jim Brady, lecturer from Kelvin College Glasgow commented that the demos were “excellent, and the chance for students to see equipment that we don’t come close to in college was not to be missed. The description of ‘real world experience’ was enlightening to staff and students alike and something we could then revisit in class to clarify the points which arose."

A particular bonus in this case was the ability to see and hear the benefit of the different sized systems and technologies, and how this relates to the throw patterns and venue/room sizes/layouts.

“We can talk about things in class, point students at literature, websites and online information, but to have the ability to switch – in situ - directly from one to another showed simply and clearly the relationships between academic requirements of modules … and the reality of industry technologies,” confirmed Brady.

Adlib’s MD Andy Dockerty concluded: “To support the Scottish office, we decided to offer these demo days as a statement of our intent to represent certain brands and better serve an increasing client base in Scotland. We feel privileged to be able to undertake such a show and look forward to actively representing these brands and products throughout Scotland.”

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MacBook Pro Running Slow? You Need A Solid State Drive

For Digital DJs laptop performance and speed is critical. After a few years of using the same computer you may notice that day one speed just isn't there. How can you get back that brand new computer feeling back where everything runs super fast? Install a solid state drive. Rather than spend $1899 - $2499 for a brand new MacBook Pro, why not get more from your original investment with a small performance upgrade. Today we’ll show the easiest and fastest way to upgrade your MacBook/MacBook Pro to a super fast solid state drive and be up and running in no time.

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Dubspot + Apogee Giveaway: Win a FREE Apogee One Audio Interface for iPad & Mac

Dubspot has teamed up with Apogee Electronics, an award-winning manufacturer of digital audio interfaces and audio converter for recording music, to offer a chance to win the all new Apogee ONE audio interface for iPad & Mac.

Apogee One

Dubspot has teamed up with Apogee Electronics, an award-winning manufacturer of digital audio interfaces and audio converter for recording music, to offer a chance to win the all new Apogee ONE audio interface.

Enter for a chance to win the world’s first studio quality USB audio interface and DAC with built-in condenser microphone for recording on iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and Mac.


Meet the Apogee ONE

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The all new Apogee ONE is the first studio quality microphone and USB audio interface for iPad and Mac. ONE is designed for easily creating professional and amazing sounding recordings on your iPod touch, iPhone, iPad or Mac. Using Apogee’s premium AD/DA conversion, ONE produces pristine music, podcast, and voice-over recordings while also delivering audiophile quality sound to your headphones.

Legendary Apogee sound quality

Get the world-renowned quality of Apogee’s mic preamps, AD/DA converters, and clocking in a portable, affordable form factor. ONE is built with carefully selected components and a highly efficient circuit design to deliver a level of audio quality you really can hear.

ONE is a microphone

A built-in omnidirectional studio-quality condenser microphone lets you quickly capture song ideas, vocals, podcasts, and interviews. There’s also a mic clip for placing ONE in just the right position on your microphone stand to capture any sound.

Apogee One

ONE is an audio interface

The breakout cable lets you connect a microphone to the XLR input and an electric guitar, bass, or acoustic guitar with pickup to the 1/4-inc instrument input. With up to two simultaneous channels of recording (instrument + built-in or external mic) and Apogee’s premium A/D conversion and mic preamp technology, you can make professional recordings anywhere with ONE.

Apogee One

A new listening experience

ONE’s stereo output delivers audiophile quality sound from iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, or Mac to your headphones or speakers. Premium D/A conversion ensures that you’ll hear every subtle detail of your music, so you can create better mixes and enjoy your iTunes library even more.

Apogee One

DC power charges iPad

Adequate power is essential for excellent sound quality. Thanks to a direct digital connection and an external power source, ONE can charge your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch while you record so you can work without interruption.

Apogee One

Feature Highlights

  • Two-channel interface featuring built-in microphone, balanced XLR microphone input, or unbalanced instrument input
  • Connect guitar, bass, or any kind of mic
  • Studio-quality built-in omnidirectional condenser microphone
  • Line-level, 1/8-inch stereo output for headphones or unbalanced powered monitors
  • Record up to two inputs at a time (instrument + built-in microphone or external microphone)
  • Selectable 48V phantom power
  • Low latency monitoring, complete input-output control with Apogee’s Maestro software (iOS and Mac)
  • DC power supplies charge to iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad
  • Optional battery operation for remote recording on iPad (Two AA batteries not included)
  • USB 2.0 audio with 24-bit/96kHz A/D and D/A conversion
  • Die-cast aluminum body
  • Works with any Core Audio compatible app on iOS or Mac, including GarageBand, Logic, Final Cut, Ableton Live, and Pro Tools
  • Designed in California—Made in the USA


Apogee ONE for iPad & Mac
List price/value: $349

The Apogee Story

Apogee initially made its name with special anti-aliasing filters that solved many of the early problems associated with digital audio. Later, Apogee’s complete conversion systems pushed the envelope of digital audio quality and established Apogee as a key innovator in the field of professional digital audio. Today, Apogee converters and audio interfaces are regarded as the reference standard in the audio industry.

Products such as Symphony I/O, Big Ben, Ensemble and Duet all have set the benchmark by which digital audio recording hardware is judged.

Now with its latest products JAM and MiC, designed especially for Apple’s iPad, iPhone and GarageBand software, Apogee continues to be at the forefront of recording technology. Apogee’s mission is to build products that offer ultimate sound quality, innovative design and unparalleled value to all music creators from the aspiring artist to the discerning audio professional.


Open House in NYC: Sundays 11am | Guided Tour of LA

Ask questions. Watch demos. Test drive workstations.

Visit our New York and Los Angeles locations! Ask our Admissions Counselors in-depth questions about our programs, curriculum and philosophy. Watch live music production and DJ demos, and test drive our student workstations. If you are still trying to decide what you are looking for, stop by one of our Open Houses in NYC or schedule a tour in LA to find out more about the learning process at Dubspot. We can also help with scheduling details and payment options.

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Hack Arturia’s MiniBrute, MicroBrute for More Synth Goodness

Arturia’s quirky, compact, unmistakable-sounding MiniBrute – and the patchable MiniBrute – are among some of the nicer desktop instruments to hit recently. But you can make them do more with hacking. And that’s especially relevant as the original MiniBrute goes on sale. The MiniBrute is already a nice synth. Sure, it’s not as compact as … Continue →

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