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We interview the author of “The Great British Recording… - The Golden Age of British Recording
In the early 1960s, at the beginning of the British Invasion, the studio scene in England was thriving, but the British studios used different gear and got a very different sound than their U.S. counterparts. In recent times, most of the major British recording studios have closed, and for a time, it looked like much of their history was in danger…
We interview the author of "Beatles Gear: The Ultimate … - Fab Four Gear!
Did you know that John Lennon’s first guitar was a Gallotone Champion acoustic that he ordered from a catalog, or that George Harrison played a Framus Hootenanny 12-string on “Help," or that Ringo started playing a Ludwig Downbeat drum kit in 1963? You would if you read Andy Babiuk’s book, “Beatles Gear, The Ultimate Edition,” which chronicles the…
Composing soundtracks? Let us recommend some soundware - 5 Top Sample Libraries You Might Have Missed
Sampled audio collections have undergone significant change since polyphonic digital sampling first emerged in 1979. In the early days, the emphasis was on reproducing audio snapshots and then on entire instruments. A few years later, sampling short segments off records was all the rage, and it wasn’t long before entire musical vocabularies became…
A review of the Splice Sounds sample subscription servi… - Half a Million Sounds
Do you use a lot of samples in your music production? Do you pay for individual samples or sample packs on a regular basis? If so, you might want to check out Splice Sounds, a recently launched service from Splice, the online collaboration and cloud-backup site for recording musicians and producers.
EastWest Steven Wilson's Ghostwriter Review - The Ghost of Wilson
EastWest's latest production, Ghostwriter, is a virtual instrument that's the result of a collaboration with Steven Wilson, a key figure in the prog and ambient music scenes in recent years. Is Wilson's name there mainly for marketing purposes, or is this joint effort a true masterpiece?
A Review of Toontrack's Classic Amps EZmix Pack - Classic Amps the EZ Way
Toontrack recently released a new collection of amp models with effects called the Classic Amps EZmix Pack, which can be opened as presets in the company's EZmix 2 software. How do these emulations stand up in the competitive amp-modeling category?
A Selection Of Books About Film Music - 7 Books For Understanding Film Music And Its History
Film music is an art that has secured itself a prominent place in the collective imagination. Here's a first selection of books that allow us to understand where it comes from, how it has evolved and what it means.
Our Favorite Music Documentaries - The Best Music Documentaries
Do you have some free time on the weekend?? Here are some music documentaries that we wholeheartedly recommend.
The Top MIDI Grooves - The Best MIDI Files for Virtual Drums
So, you bought some virtual drums but none of the grooves really fit in your new song? Here you have a list of the best MIDI publishers- in no particular order of course.
How to Get the Most Out of Them - Multitrack Drum Libraries
More drum libraries are showing up in multitrack format from companies like Discrete Drums, Wizoo, East-West, Reel Drums, etc. Although these are sold on the basis of being useable out of the box for drum parts (with the additional advantage of being mixable), I see them more as a gold mine of raw materials for creating custom drum loops. Being ab…