from The Light Sound Journal
Waves Audio introduces Waves Center, an innovative new processor that separates phantom Center audio from side (L/R panned) content. Ideal for final mixes and mastering, Center lets users zero in on the phantom Center and bring out or bring down the vocals without affecting everything else. Perfect for post-production engineers and DJs as well, Center allows users to reposition, isolate and even eliminate elements of a mix.
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This is an older article from Sound on Sound magazine that talks about the new trend of mastering at home. Even though it's from 1999 it contains some great tips. I especially love this one:
"The old adage 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it' applies perfectly to mastering."
This is so true. Enjoy the article.
Now that so many musicians are completing the entire album-making process in their own studios, mastering is becoming an increasingly important skill. Paul White offers a few pointers to becoming a Master of mastering.
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From Fast Company magazine...
The music of Bjork, Daft Punk, and Ryuichi Sakamoto don't have much in common, on the surface. But they all run their live shows through Lemur, a multi-touch interface for creating real-time light shows and music mixes. The latest version was just released, and it features simpler graphics, and an improved ability to create custom touchscreens
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The Monthlies are a band that I have been working with since late Feb '08. They are an extremely hard working outfit that plays out and promotes themselves more than any other unsigned act I've ever worked with. They are amazingly talented and have a very unique sound that leans toward an Indie style, but with a fresh Pop twist. It seems I wasn't the only one to appreciate this band because they are the winners of the Airwalk Unsigned Hero contest. The Grand Prize is cash, gear and a spot playing on the SPIN stage at SXSW 2009! The track they submitted, Hip Girl, is also the featured track on Airwalk website - it's the very first track that plays.
If you want to read more about the band read their bio following this post. If you want to hear the winning single click on the link below. You won't be disappointed.
THE MONTHLIES BIO
Formed in January of 2007, The Monthlies are a Los Angeles based Indie Rock outfit. Sometimes dark and loud, other times quite poppy and breezy, The Monthlies are always deeply melodic and memorable. Playing in and around LA just about every week, the band has quickly earned a reputation for energetic live performances - partly because their singer likes to make up lyrics on the spot and partly because their drummer sweats a lot. Unique to their genre (and most other genres as well), The Monthlies have a female lead guitarist who gracefully works her pedal board in four-inch heels.Often drawing comparisons to Death Cab for Cutie, Muse, Pixies and The Plimsouls, early Monthlies recordings have already been featured on MTV2 News, and the Documentary, YOUNG WIDOW: Naked in the Memorial Playground. You’ll even hear The Monthlies warming up (yes, warming up) in the upcoming Rock Band Video Game commercial!The Monthlies are thrilled to have just recorded their first album. They are currently deep in the mixing process and hope to release their album by late summer. Despite their name, The Monthlies are actually 3 guys and a gal: Wes O’Lee on vocals and rhythm guitar, Jana Bonderman noodling lead guitar, Nick Miller pounding the skins and Chris Hall playing bass and singing back-up vocals. Feel free to contact The Monthlies at www.myspace.com/monthliesmusic.
I know, I know, but soft rock hits from the 70's have such a warm sound. Even the CD's sound like vinyl. This is a great collection. I recommend it to anyone who is not only into music, but also into audio. If you make records you need to give this a listen.
If you like your electronic music with and equal blend of jazz then you will love Koop's 2006 release, Koop Island. It's a fantastic combination of the two genres layered with amazing airy vocals by several different artists. To get the scoop on Koop check out their Myspace page as well as Wikipedia.
Koop Island Blues