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February 19, 2013

Focusrite Scarlett Studio Review

It’s very rare for digital recording bundles to come packaged with three pieces of gear that are of a good quality and reasonably priced. Typically the included microphone or headphones are sub par at best while the interface is around the quality you expect given it’s price. The Focusrite Scarlett Studio package looks to break that mold by offering three quality pieces of gear into a recording bundle that is priced well below the normal studio package. While the Scarlett Studio package may not be the be all end all solution to your recording needs, it does have everything you need to get a solid recording without breaking the bank.

Here are some details and specifications on each piece of equipment that comes in the Focusrite Scarlett Studio package.

Scarlett 2i2 Interface

In light of the recent Dave Grohl directed Sound City documentary, its worth mentioning that Focusrite was founded in 1985 …

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January 11, 2013

Arturia MiniBrute Overview

If you read much about the Arturia MiniBrute in synth forums, you’ll be hard pressed to find anyone outside of the most absurdly elitist of synth snobs saying anything bad about it. While it is their first foray into proper analog hardware, Arturia have brought into the world a tough little synth with features not often aligned with the price point of the MiniBrute. They have been hard to get ahold of, but I finally picked up one during the brief second we had them in stock.

One of the nicer features that I don’t really touch on during this brief overview video is the aftertouch. While I mention it in passing, I don’t go on and on about just how rad aftertouch on an affordable analog synth is. So let me do it here: OMG YOU GUYS!!!! AFTERTOUCH!!!!

That said, it really is quite a nice option to have …

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December 12, 2012

Akai MAX 49 Keyboard Controller Overview

inMusic, the parent company that owns Numark, Alesis, and Akai, has been pretty busy this year. All three of their leading companies have been releasing much of the gear featured at Winter NAMM 2012 and teased through YouTube videos and company press releases. Gear like the Numark 4TRAK, the Alesis QX line of MIDI keyboard controllers, and the very popular Akai Synthstation 49 and MPC Renaissance. In addition to releasing tons of new gear this year they also acquired formerly AVID owned M-Audio to round out their line of professional audio equipment. We will likely see more from inMusic this year at Winter NAMM 2013 in January and we will have plenty to report from the show room floor.

We first saw the Akai MAX 49 almost a year ago at Winter NAMM 2012 and our first impression was that the MAX 49 was a collection of improvements …

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December 7, 2012

Moog Moogerfooger Pedals: Using Control Voltage

In our last piece of exclusive content on the Moog Minitaur and Moog Moogerfooger pedals, Amos showed off how to integrate multiple analog synthesizers into your performance or production. This time Amos shows off the control voltage functionality on the Moogerfooger pedals. For those of you already familiar with control voltage and its applicable uses, you can watch the video to see how Amos uses CV with the Moogerfooger pedals. For those of you unfamiliar with control voltage, here is a brief explanation:

Control Voltage Explained

Voltage is the measurement of how much power is passing through a circuit. Control voltage is typically used to control the pitch or the parameters of an analog synthesizer. This varies in application based on the type of electronic device you are using. For example when voltage is increased on an amplifier it increases the volume. Control voltage for analog synthesizers is used to control the …

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December 5, 2012

In the Studio with Miles Walker: Advice for Producers

In the third and final installment of our interview with Miles Walker, we wanted Miles to give us his perspective and potential advice for the budding producer or mix engineer. There are certain pitfalls that a producer can fall into when making a track and often times the help of a mix engineer, or someone working outside of the inception to almost complete process, is advantageous. We similarly asked Le Castle Vania about what advice he would give to artists and producers who are trying to make a career out of making music. Check out both blogs and videos to get an idea of the similarities and differences of advice coming from a producer who does a lot of performing, and a producer who works predominately in the studio.

Miles also talks about the Presonus FaderPort and how useful it can be when working in the studio. The Presonus FaderPort is a a transport controller with …