November 13, 2012
Coming off its predecessor the Zoom Q3HD, Samson Technologies (the company that owns Zoom) has released another portable audio/video recorder with the Zoom Q2HD. Zoom has kept much of the same functionality from the Q3HD intact but has also added some new and useful features that a lot of Q3HD users felt were missing. For an overview of the features on the Q3HD that are also available on the Q2HD, check our our review of the Zoom Q3HD. So what’s new on the Q3HD?
Zoom introduced the mid side recording feature on their portable digital audio recorder the Zoom H2n. Be sure to check out our review of the Zoom H2n if you want to know more. For those of you not familiar with mid side recording this is a recording technique that is especially useful for film and broadcast media where recording ambient noise …
October 11, 2012
With all the hype about Native Instruments‘ first true 2-channel stand alone mixer, the Z2, it isn’t fair to make assumptions without actually testing things about and seeing why it’s so special. The one thing that catches my eye is that the Z2 was designed to be a much of a scratcher’s mixer as it is a controller. The price point puts it well below the cost of a Rane 62, with many of the same features – like on board midi control buttons.
The Z2 uses Audio Innovate’s Innofader crossfaders, which can go toe to toe with Rane’s magnetic capacitance faders – something that has been missing on virtually every jog wheel controller out there. The Z2 also features post-fader effects which is a small blessing for those who have been using DVS pre-fader effects with limited success.…
October 10, 2012
Humanizing presets are something we’ve seen in later editions of popular DAWs like Ableton and Reason. The purpose is actually quite simple, although it might seem counterproductive. Computers are great at making exact calculations, tones, and rhythms – where as people are not; but humans like to listen to music that is subject to human error. It lets them believe that the music is real.
This was the idea behind Samplemodeling’s SWAM engine based Soprano & Bass Clarinets. Using advanced processing, clarinets can be micro-tuned (or detuned) allowing it sound as imperfect as the real deal, especially when using techniques like crescendo and trills.…
October 8, 2012
Big Boi, one half of the Outkast duo, has been busy developing his own following – just as his old partner Andre 3000 has. Unfortunately, his creative collaborations haven’t been going exactly as planned, specifically the business end of things. His newest album “Mama told Me” has one of his songs switched before its final release because an agreement couldn’t be reached before the end of the contract.
Little Dragon, who performed the song live with Big Boi was cut out of the final draft because business terms could not be reached. The final version of the song now includes vocals by Kelly Rowland instead.…
October 8, 2012
The Raspberry Pi has been in our newsfeed on multiple occasions, and this says a lot about its practicality. Hackers have used this small but powerful computer before to create miniature musical devices with tiny screen, but this doesn’t mean it can’t be ported to use with larger more feasible devices.
Shawn Greenlee of Pure Data has been toying around with his Pi and program known as Pure Data. Along with some cheap USB peripherals, he’s also used his Novation Remote ZeroSL has his midi device to trigger and effects noises – turning this tiny computer into a working instrument. …