Korvpressor review – Klevgränd Produktion add a compressor/limiter to their iOS music app line-up

I’ve reviewed Vandelay, Squashit, Svep, Roverb and Enkl from Klevgränd Produktion previously on the blog and, in each case, was hugely impressed with the creative possibilities that these apps provide. They are also very very competitively priced and any of these would be worth including within your iOS audio app collection. Klevgränd Produktion have launched a new iOS […]

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Ableton Temporarily Slashes Push Prices

Ableton continues to rule the domain when it comes to a completely integrated hardware instrument for their software DAW, with the Push. We've seen it used any number of ways since it was first released in 2013 - sequencing drums, samples, and FX alongside DJ setups or for crafting songs from scratch. Starting yesterday, Ableton has put on a flash sale of their Push controller - something that we've never seen from the company before. Perhaps the upcoming Launchpad Pro release (expected at the end of July) and the new Launchpad MK2 annoucement last week has the company concerned about their place in the hardware world.

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Dubspot Instructor Spotlight: Esteban Adame (ICAN, Underground Resistance) Ableton Live Course Starts 6/16 in LA

In this latest Dubspot Ableton Instructor Spotlight, we highlight Esteban Adame, one of LA’s esteemed underground electronic music producers and DJ’s. Join Esteban to discover music production and performance by learning how to create, record, produce, and even perform music with the industry’s leading software, Ableton Live. Our all-new Ableton Live program has been completely updated for Live 9! Enroll soon, courses start June 16th at Dubspot Los Angeles. Enrollment Details.

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Learn Ableton Live at Dubspot LA This Summer!

Join Esteban Adame for our upcoming Music Production course with Ableton Live starting Tuesday June 16th. Esteban will be taking the helm as one of our resident Ableton Live instructors at Dubspot LA. Classes start soon, Enroll Today!

Course Starts June 16th
Tuesdays and Thursdays – 6:15pm to 9pm

“Dubspot’s Ableton live course is the most comprehensive and complete course I have seen. Everything from producing, mixing, sound design and even DJing in the software is covered in the course. This course is ideal for beginners as well as for seasoned production veterans. It’s honor to be apart of such a talented teaching staff.” ~ Esteban Adame

Instructor Spotlight: Esteban Adame

Esteban began DJ’ing at local house parties in and around Los Angeles at the age of 15. Like most bedroom DJs, Esteban built his home studio and tried his hand at producing. Wanting to refine his skills as a musician, he took a hiatus from DJ’ing and producing to study piano formally.

In 2004, Esteban was invited by Mad Mike of Detroit’s Underground Resistance to participate as a keyboardist in a new project that Banks was forming (Galaxy 2 Galaxy/ Los Hermanos). After a brief apprenticeship with Banks, Esteban returned to production after a 4 year break. Through this venture with UR, Esteban began working with hometown colleague and G2G band mate Santiago Salazar. It was through this collaboration that ICAN Productions, their own label, was born.

ICAN, which is short for MexICAN, is a creative outlet for Santiago, Esteban and ICAN’s newest edition DJ Dex (of UR fame). Since it’s inception, ICAN has had 2 releases on Carl Craig’s Planet E and 8 on ICAN Productions.

Esteban continues to DJ, produce, and play keyboards. He has also collaborated with various artists and has several remixes to his credit. He has appeared as a guest performer/DJ all over the globe. Such venues include The Edge in Sao Paulo, Fabric in London, The Cabaret Savage in Paris, and The Loft in Barcelona, and Tape in Berlin.

Connect with Esteban!

Website | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | SoundCloud

 

Ableton Live Producer Certificate Program

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At Dubspot our world-class instructors provide the most complete and cutting-edge Ableton Live learning experience. The Ableton Live Producer Certificate Program is the flagship of our music training. After completing this program, you will leave with a portfolio of original tracks, a remix entered in an active contest, a scored commercial to widen your scope, and the Dubspot Producer’s Certificate in Ableton Live.

This program is about learning Ableton Live by going through the entire process of being an artist, by developing your own sound through a series of sketches and experimentation. You will also learn the ins and outs of this powerful software through a series of exercises designed to help you master the steps involved in producing your own music. After a level of getting familiar with the tools that Ableton has to offer, you will then develop your sonic ideas into full-length tracks. You will be exposed to a variety of approaches to arrangement and composition, storytelling techniques, ways of creating tension and drama in your music. At the end of the day, it is the sum total of your choices as an artist that define your sound, and levels 2 – 6 will give you the experience of actually completing tracks to add to your portfolio.

What’s Included

  • Dubspot’s complete Ableton course load: six levels/48 class sessions
  • 132 hours of hands-on instruction
  • Additional lab hours to work on assignments in Dubspot’s onsite facilities
  • 24/7 access to Dubspot Online’s Ableton Live course videos
  • Access to the course videos for one year after course completion

Visit the Ableton Live course page for for detailed information on this program here.

If you have questions, please call 877.DUBSPOT or send us a message.

Course Preview Videos

In this installment of UnFiltered, we take a deeper look into the world of sampling via granular synthesis in Ableton Live with instructor Chris Petti.

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What is Dubspot?

Dubspot has become the leader in electronic music education with training centers in New York City, Online, and now Los Angeles! Dubspot has come a long way since its inception in 2006, starting with a single classroom in New York City. Today, Dubspot NYC features seven state-of-the-art classrooms outfitted with the latest music production and DJ technology, where students from around the world come to learn to create music and get inspired. In 2011, Dubspot Online was introduced, revolutionizing the electronic music learning process with the same comprehensive curriculum combined with instructor feedback and student communication in an interactive environment, making learning even easier and more accessible to the world.

The Evolution of Music Education at Dubspot NYC and LA ​is here – Introducing ​the Dubspot​ Blended Learning Experience

Dubspot is proud to offer our extensive online curriculum to music production students attending the NYC or LA schools, combining the benefits of an interactive physical classroom with convenient access to educational videos, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – This is Blended Learning! Blended Learning provides students the opportunity for more workshop activities with instructors and collaboration with peers in the classroom, while empowering them to reference complex material in the comfort of their own studios. We are proud to be pioneering this comprehensive approach to music education.


Ableton Live Producer Certificate Program

The flagship of our music training, with every Ableton Live course offered at the school. After completing this program, you will leave with a portfolio of original tracks, a remix entered in an active contest, a scored commercial to widen your scope, and the Dubspot Producer’s Certificate in Ableton Live.

What’s Included:

  • Ableton Live Level 1: Beats, Sketches, and Ideas
  • Ableton Live Level 2: Analyze, Deconstruct, Recompose, and Assemble
  • Ableton Live Level 3: Synthesis and Original Sound Creation
  • Ableton Live Level 4: Advanced Sound Creation
  • Ableton Live Level 5: Advanced Effect Processing
  • Ableton Live Level 6: Going Global with your Music

This program is about learning Ableton Live by going through the entire process of being an artist, by developing your own sound through a series of sketches and experimentation. You will also learn the ins and outs of this powerful software through a series of exercises designed to help you master the steps involved in producing your own music. After a level of getting familiar with the tools that Ableton has to offer, you will then develop your sonic ideas into full-length tracks. You will be exposed to a variety of approaches to arrangement and composition, storytelling techniques, ways of creating tension and drama in your music. At the end of the day, it is the sum total of your choices as an artist that define your sound, and levels 2 – 6 will give you the experience of actually completing tracks to add to your portfolio.

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Roland U.S. Hosts Two VIP Showcase Events

Exclusive Hands-On Product Events in New York and Burbank Roland U.S. recently hosted two VIP Showcase events to promote its leading lineup of pro music gear, with a special spotlight on products newly unveiled at the 2015 Musikmesse in Frankfurt, Germany. Held at SIR in New York City and CenterStaging in Burbank, California, the invitation-only events were enjoyed by […]

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Duet for Singer and Jet Plane: A Soviet Airliner as Instrument

Watch as a Yakovlev Yak-42 jetliner* was transformed last month into a giant percussion instrument, allowing a unique duet between vocalist (our friend Jekka) and machines. As part of last month’s Polytech Festival in Moscow, the performance is one of a number of international collaborations taking place around the museum’s art programs. A small army … Continue →

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DPA steals the show at 2015 Tony Awards

DPA steals the show at 2015 Tony Awards

Firehouse Productions once again relied on DPA Microphones for the 2015 Tony Awards, held at Radio City Music Hall in New York and broadcast live on CBS in the USA.

The audio team used a variety of DPA d:screet 4061 omnidirectional and d:fine 4088 directional headset microphones to capture the vocals of the production’s performers, including co-hosts Kristen Chenoweth (pictured, left) and Alan Cumming (right). A number of the 4061s were also used in the orchestra pit. In addition, singer Josh Groban’s audio team selected DPA’s d:dicate 4011ES cardioid microphones for his performance, which featured a piano.

For the last several years, Firehouse has used DPA microphones for their sound quality and ability to keep up with the demanding, rigorous rehearsals and live performances, while blending in with costumes. As part of the production process, each show that performed rehearsed in their respective theatres prior to the ceremony.

“The show’s engineers prefer the sound and durability of the DPA mics, which need to survive being sent to the various theatres during rehearsals,” said Vinny Siniscal, RF coordinator at Firehouse Productions, who, along with Sisse Jonassen, was also in charge of teching all of the mics on-site.

“Once the mics arrived for rehearsals, they were rigged into the costumes. The crew and I were confident that the mics would return for show day in pristine shape, a critical point for the success of the production – at least on the audio end. Since we were moving such large ensemble casts on and off the stage at a quick rate, there was almost no rigging or miking done on-site – it’s all in the costume. When the actors got into costume on show day, the mics were already there and all that needed to be done was to connect transmitters and test communications.”

With there being so much at stake, Siniscal highlighted the reliability demonstrated by the DPA mics, especially in a wireless environment that is up against so much movement. “There were a lot of problems with other devices in the past in terms of broken connectors as a result of too much activity, traffic and handling,” he explained. “For a production like this, which is broadcast live to millions of people, it is crucial that the mics survive being rigged, plugged and unplugged, yet still maintain the required level of sound consistency.”

Siniscal also recalled first looking for new mics to use during the Tony Awards and how he and his crew liked how DPA’s cardioid 4088s were used in corporate applications, especially in front of a PA for a large group. “The d:screet 4061s have a very similar functionality and sound quality, with an added benefit that they can also be hidden easily in a stage costume,” he continued. “We were looking at a lot of different mics, but overall – in terms of color, durability and sound quality. When we took over the Tony Awards, we knew that both mics were the right tools for this application.”

DPA d:dicate 4011s were also placed inside Groban’s piano on request of Chris “Cookie” Hoff, his monitor engineer. “DPA microphones have been a mainstay in Josh’s piano for years,” he stated. “When I came into the camp, our FOH engineer, Mickey Beck, had insisted on keeping with the choice of mic and I soon realised why – the d:dicate 4011, like the 4021 before it, fits under the closed piano lid, but also delivers the natural sound we are looking for, with limited EQ. DPA also does a great job of helping engineers place the microphones where we need them with several mounting options.”

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Glasgow nightclub The Arches enters administration

Glasgow nightclub The Arches enters administration

Glasgow nightlife hotspot The Arches has gone into administration after 25 years in business.

The move follows last month's decision by the Glasgow Licensing Board to curtail the licensed hours of the multi-arts venue due to a number of police complaints about drug and alcohol incidents, effectively preventing the organisation from continuing its successful and popular programme of club nights.

Having taken legal advice, The Arches Board of Directors began the process of appointing administrators for both Arches Theatre and Arches Retail Company Limited yesterday (10 June 2015).

Without the income generated by its club nights, which generated over 50% of the companies’ annual turnover, The Arches’ business model has become untenable, a statement read. The venue previously held a 3am licence, and was faced with the prospect of having to shut its doors at midnight.

An online petition opposing the action was signed by almost 40,000 people, but was unable to prevent the process from going ahead.

“This decision has been taken with deep regret as it will have a major impact on our staff, business partners, customers, and on Glasgow’s reputation for night time economy," said Gordon Kennedy, Chairman of The Arches Board of Directors. “Our hope is that the administrators, working with partners and stakeholders, can salvage some of the activities for which The Arches is renowned.

“The Board sincerely thanks our staff, customers, supporters, performers and partners for their support over the years. This is a very sad day for The Arches and for the city of Glasgow.”

“We were disappointed and surprised at the outcome of the Licensing Board. The Arches has a zero tolerance approach to drugs and has cooperated with the police over many years.

“We are very grateful to the almost 40,000 people who have signed and shared the petition to re-instate our licence and to everyone who has joined the #savethearches social media campaign. We are humbled by the hundreds of artists and industry professionals from all disciplines who have lent their signature and their voice to the cause.

“The Arches has its roots in the 1990 City of Culture and has since been recognised as one of the UK and Europe’s leading music venues, an internationally renowned arts and creative learning hub, and a venue for major corporate events such as last year’s MTV European Music Awards after party. It is one of Glasgow’s iconic venues."

Lucy Mason, Artistic Director for The Arches said: “The atmosphere and architecture of The Arches have helped to shape and define a generation of enquiring and vital artists. It’s shocking that this building which has inspired such creativity, devotion and ambition, should cease to exist as an Arts venue.

“The Arches has developed an international reputation as a producer and programmer of distinctive performance, providing opportunities for artists at all stages of their career to experiment and hone their practice. Without The Arches, the radical energy at the heart of Scotland’s theatre-making community will be greatly diminished, and the future for many individual artists suddenly feels very uncertain.”

All planned future events scheduled at The Arches have been cancelled.

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Additional source: BBC

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AKG C314, D112 MkII microphones now available

AKG C314, D112 MkII microphones now available

UK distributor Sound Technology has announced the immediate availability of AKG's new C314 dual-diaphragm condenser microphone and D112 MkII kick drum mic.

The C314 (UK RRP £579, £1,319 for a Stereo Pair) promises best in class self-noise and dynamic range, with a flat, high linear frequency response and neutral sound, suitable for recording in a variety of environments.

The microphone features a dual-diaphragm capsule with four selectable polar patterns. Each of the diaphragms is designed for the highest polar pattern accuracy, with the same C414 XLS gold-plated membrane for high linearity and neutral sound. An Overload LED Detection Display indicates overly high sound pressure levels, allowing the user to make adjustments to the microphone setup rather than in the recorded track.

Integrated capsule suspension aims to reduce mechanical noise and resonances, while a double-mesh, all-metal grille protects the capsule and promises high RF immunity without affecting the microphone’s acoustical performance. A 20dB attenuation pad and bass-cut filter is included for close-up recording and reduction of the proximity effect.

“The C214 holds the distinction of being the top-selling recording microphone in the US, and the C314 is the latest model in this family of microphones,” commented Erich Gaertner, product line manager at AKG. “We expect the C314 to achieve even greater success thanks to its affordability, versatility and world-class audio quality.”

The D112 MKII (UK RRP £159) builds upon its predecessor with a new integrated flexible mount, while the cardioid dynamic mic can handle more than 160 dB SPL without distortion. Its large diaphragm is designed for very low resonance frequency to deliver a solid response below 100Hz. A narrow-band presence boost at 4kHz is also featured, alongside an integrated hum-compensation coil, which aims to keep noise to an absolute minimum.

“The D112 has earned a well-deserved reputation as one of the best kick drum microphones ever made, for its high SPL capability, punchy EQ and bulletproof construction,” Gaertner continued. “However, its rigid mount sometimes made it a little tricky to place in the optimum position. With the debut of the D112 MKII, we have accommodated the requests of tour sound pros who asked for a more flexible, pivoting and rotating mounting system, which now enables the D112 MKII to be set up perfectly in any application.”

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