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Big thanks and a firm handshake to Live2PlayNetwork for this vid. Ken Rengering grabs us by the ear and takes us through his StudioLive 24.4.2′s workaday rigamaroll. This vid offers a worm’s eye real-deal look at applications for the StudioLive in a live setting. Ken shows us his tricks of choice, using the 24.4.2′s effects functions and routing both creatively and functionally.

All this hands-on know-how is set against the cozy, familiar backdrop of setup racket and roadie-yammer that any live engineer can relate to. Thanks guys!

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Posted by Ryan Roullard



The return of Plex

November 28,2011

PLEX-2 Grab it at http://plex.hermannseib.comThose of you who love classic synths as much as I do probably know the name of Wolfgang Palm, the genius behind the revolutionary PPG synths, and later Waldorf. However very few people seem to know of the unique software instrument he designed a few years ago called Plex. It’s been one of my favourite virtual instruments for years, allowing the creation of wonderfully organic yet unique sounds via a drag & drop palette.

Unfortunately the commercial version was discontinued some time ago, but I just found out that he’s now brought it back as a free download! Unfortunately for MacOS users it’s Windows only, but if you are a Windows user it’s definitely worth getting. Grab it at http://plex.hermannseib.com/

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Posted by rodney



Andy Gill

November 25,2011

Gillmusic.com ScreenshotY’know, even after 25 years in the professional music business, and many tours and records with great musicians etc. I still got a huge thrill when Andy Gill called me on the phone this morning.

Andy Gill…! Andy Gill!
Probably my favourite guitarist of all time. Funny thing was, I even playing Gang of Four’s I Party All the Time when he called.

www.gillmusic.comgillmusic.com | The production and studio site of Andy Gill Gang of Four.

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Posted by rodney



Made with Studio One

November 25,2011

How did I miss the Made with Studio One group on Soundcloud until now? Standout tracks so far are Drachmae’s Handiworks and Luis Toniolo’s Second Thoughts. Nice work guys.

I’m currently listening through an Audiobox 44 VSL and a pair of Event Opal monitors that I’ve borrowed courtesy of the lovely people at Hyperactive in Germany. I am very hard to please when it comes to monitors, but I have to say, I really, really love these speakers. I don’t think I’ve ever heard monitors that are so clear and so powerful right across the frequency range. Quite remarkable. They aren’t cheap, and I already have some very nice monitors, but…

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Posted by rodney



Guitar cab IRs!

November 25,2011

Yes, it’s Impulse Response day here at Orpheus HQ, and now some for you guitarists out there. One of the very cool things about the new Ampire XT plugin (which has rapidly become my favourite guitar sound plugin bar none) is that not only do you get a choice of several very nice cabinet models with Studio One, you can even load your own custom cabinets! And you can have up to three different IRs with varying mic positions on every preset.

So here are some nice cabinet IRs you can download for free – to use them open Ampire XT in Studio One 2.0 and in the cab drop down menu on the top right select User Cabinet. Then just drag and drop the Impulse Responses on to one of the three IR slots. Most of the IRs listed here have been recorded with several different mic positions, so I recommend loading three different IRs of the cabinet you want, then you can use the Edit Mic function in Ampire to mix and match between them to get the exact sound you need.

I haven’t tested all of these yet, but the ones I’ve tried so far have been great:

  • Guitar Hacks (Powertube/Fredman)
  • God’s Cab (Mesa – lots of different mics used, be sure to read the great manual that comes with it)
  • Redwirez (Marshall 1960A • Celestion G12M25s)
  • Recabinet Demo (1960/Blackface/Tangerine/Top Boost)

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Posted by rodney



More reverb impulses…

November 25,2011

And if the list on Echochamber still isn’t enough, here are some of my other favourite free reverb IRs. Just drag and drop on to OpenAir to use them:


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Posted by rodney



Echochamber

November 25,2011

If the hundreds (thousands?) of reverb unit presets shipped with Studio One 2.0 still aren’t enough, check out this list of reverb Impulse Responses for download. I haven’t tested them all out myself yet, but I assume that they should work fine with OpenAir. As a lover of big-sounding 80s music I will be downloading some today to listen to for sure.

Yes, the listing is in German, but I think you can figure out the links even if you don’t speak the language. Or use Google Translate :-)

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Posted by rodney



We have Wallpapers!

November 25,2011

The remarkably talented Florian just posted some Studio One wallpapers. Download and enjoy!

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Posted by rodney



Presence & SoundFonts

November 22,2011

I’ve just been given a sneak preview of a new Presence sound bank that a third-party developer has been making and it sounds really nice… Not sure when it will be on the market, it’s a work in progress, but I personally can’t wait to have it. People keep asking me about new sounds for Presence – I guess a lot of people don’t realise that Presence is basically a sophisticated SoundFont player, so any sounds in that format should work great with it. So there are already a huge amount of sounds available if you know where to look.

My personal favorite place is Digital Sound Factory. These guys are ex-Emu developers, and they have pretty much the entire Emu sampler and Proteus module library available as SoundFonts, which can be dragged and dropped directly from the Studio One browser into Presence. I have a ton of these sounds and they are killer, highly recommended. The Proteus Pack especially is ridiculous value for money: 3,500 Proteus instruments for $99! That’s a no-brainer if you want to increase your library fast.

Or if you are really on a budget, a quick Google search will turn up some nice freebies, such as:

Anyone know of any other good resources like this?

 

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Posted by rodney



iGoodness

November 20,2011

Astonishingly I actually have a (more or less) free weekend, so am currently on a train from Munich to Stuttgart with my PreSonus headphones plugged into my iPad, writing new songs on the rather wonderful Korg iMS20 and iElectribe apps. I am sure I have mentioned these before, but just to reiterate: I freakin’ love these programs. They are bringing me back to my youth when all I had was a couple of analog synths and basic sequencers to write on. And as much as I have criticised the iPad in the past for various reasons, I have to confess that with the installation of these apps it really does become a magnificent mobile compositional tool.

The really cool part that as soon as I get to an Internet connection I can upload to Soundcloud the .wav files of the rhythm tracks I just made and when I turn my computer on they will be waiting for me inside Studio One’s Browser, ready to have vocals and guitars added to them, thanks to the Soundcloud integration added in Studio One 2.0.

Technology. It’s a wonderful thing when it’s done right.

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Posted by rodney