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Taylor

Taylor
December 14, 2010

Akai Synthstation 25 Review

Have you ever wanted to take your keyboard anywhere but hated lugging around a bulky and cumbersome synth? Akai has made it easy with the Akai Synthstation 25. This 25 key synth controller allows you to hook up your iPhone or iPod directly to the keyboard to act as your brain for the Synthstation 25 controller. The keyboard itself allows you to control all of the functions within the application on your Apple device while also incorporating a pitch and mod wheel for all of your synth creation needs.

The synth buttons allow you to easily select between your different sounds and the convenience of the octave buttons make switching keys a breeze. The application is what makes this keyboard stand out among other 25 key keyboards. You can manipulate all of your sounds in the Synth Edit section, create your own beats in the Grid Edit section, or even record your …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
December 4, 2010

Presonus StudioLive 24.4.2 Review

We are happy to present to you our overview of the Presonus StudioLive 24.4.2 and it’s bundled software.  There’s a reason why the Presonus Studio Live 24.4.2 Digital and Live Sound Mixer touts one of the longest product descriptions on our website.  And there’s also a reason why it continues to win awards at trade shows time and time again.   This is not only a digital console that you can use live, but it is also a computer interface that you can use in the studio to record and get your tracks perfect.  Then you take those presets and move them to a performance in a jiffy.  All you need to do a gig is this console, a computer, and some nice microphones and you are set.

In a word, this thing is “everything” you need.  Or should I say two words “Studio” and “Live”?  Hmmm…

Just read how …

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The Unique Geek

The Unique Geek
December 3, 2010

Songwriters Block Can Make For a Clean Studio

Let’s say you’ve got 4 good hours of time set aside tonight to work on music. You’ve been daydreaming all day with visions of automated faders dancing in your head. The pizza is ordered and the beer (or bottled water) is cold. You’re all set.

The first thing you do is grab an acoustic while you wait for your computer to wake up. Then, you smell that weird metallic funk on your fingers and realize it’s time to change the strings, but you still don’t bother to. Finally, that blasted computer is up and ready. You launch the software and you see the splash screen for your favorite DAW telling you that soon you will be immersed in a sea of plug-ins, instruments and waveforms.



Fast-forward one hour ahead. Nothing. Nada. The big goose egg. The bagel. You’re getting nowhere. Everything you do with a virtual instrument is uninspiring. Soon, …

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Methuzulah

Methuzulah
December 1, 2010

Atlanta’s Indie Scene: 10 Women in Hip-Hop You Should Look Out for in 2011 & Beyond (Part 1of2)

I was doing some research on emceeing, rapping… you know the art of rhyming, and stumbled across a surprising fact: Females in Hip-Hop are truly hardly ever mentioned. As I noticed this, I began to wonder “Why?”. I mean, talents like  Dj Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, Frosty Freeze and Lee Quinones did have counterparts like Sha Rock, Lisa Lee, Lady Pink, Dj Spinderella and so on. So, I decided to take the time out to introduce you all to 10 of Atlanta’s most influential Women in Hip-Hop. This particular post will be broken down into 2 parts, consisting of 5 very versatile and diverse women per post. Enjoy!!!

1. StaHHr (Emcee/Crochet Designer)

StaHHr is a true powerhouse MC who was born in Memphis and raised in Atlanta. She has shared stages, ciphers, and/or studio time with the likes of Del, MF Doom, KRSONE, John Robinson, Lewis Parker, Luciano, Amiri Baraka, …