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    Using Unison Technology with you Apollo

    Posted by NZ Rockshop on 6 July 2016

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    Everything you wanted to know about UA's groundbreaking preamp modelling technology but were afraid to ask. Learn how to set upunison technology withyour apollo interface Unison™ technology is an audio processing breakthrough that starts right at the source — the input stage — allowing Apollo’s mic preamps to sound and behave like the world’s most sought-after tube and solid-state mic preamps and guitar amps. By capturing the all-important impedance, gain stage “sweet spots,” and component-leve...

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    Studio Monitor Placement – Finding the “Sweet Spot”

    Posted by NZ Rockshop on 6 July 2016

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    Of all the components that make up your studio environment, the two most important for producing high-quality mixes have to be, 1) your ears and 2) your near-field monitors. More specifically, the proper placement of these key components within your room will make all the difference in achieving accurate mixes that will sound good on the widest range of systems. This article will provide an overview of common practices and considerations when setting up your project studio for monitor placement...

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    Setting Up a Headphone Mix for Your Recording Session

    Posted by NZ Rockshop on 6 July 2016

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    One of the things that separate a good engineer from a great one is the quality of the headphone mix that he or she provides for their musicians. Do a session with one of the A-listers, and you’ll be surprised at just how much time is spent on the headphones, even if the musicians have the capability of setting their own mix up for themselves. Why? A happy musician or singer means a better performance. So, here are a number of things to consider when creating your next headphone mix, especially...

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    Moog Mother-32

    Posted by NZ Rockshop on 17 May 2016

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    Moog mother-32  by Seamus Maguire Moog, in my opinion, has always been the king of the synthesizer world. They have been a household name since the 70s. The creamy 24 db/octave filter found in the original Minimoog Model D sparked many controversial copies and subsequent infringements from competing companies. In the last five years they have shown no signs of slowing down: with reissues of their outrageous and huge modular synths, a new range of guitar pedals, their Sub 37 Paraphonic synthesi...

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    Affordable Studio Monitors Review

    Posted by NZ Rockshop on 22 March 2016

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    Affordable Studio Monitors Review  Purchasing a pair of studio monitors can be a daunting task with a wide range of models to choose from, many with hefty price tags attached. Here, we look at offerings from Alesis, KRK and M-Audio which check out for well below the $1000 mark. In the scheme of things, this is a small amount to pay for your system’s main sound source, but will the low price tag option end up proving costly in other ways? Being approached to review a selection of ‘affordable’ st...

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    VS PREAMPS TRULY CAPTURE YOUR PERFORMANCE

    Posted by on 24 March 2015

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    VS PREAMPS Truly Capture Your Performance Preamps are the Ears of Your DAWBy Roland US When choosing an audio interface, preamps are often overlooked despite the significant role they play in determining what a recording actually sounds like. A well-spec’d audio interface with bad preamps will result in a bad recording. Why? Because preamps are the ears of your DAW. How well a preamp performs determines the sound quality of your recording. Ever since digital multitrack recording became accessi...

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    THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO THE AIRA TR-8 RHYTHM PERFORMER

    Posted by on 24 March 2015

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    The Ultimate Guide to the AIRA TR-8 Rhythm Performer by Christian Moraga The AIRA TR-8 is the next step in the evolution of Roland TR- drum machines. This ultimate guide has everything you need to know about the TR-8! Unleashed upon an unsuspecting world in the 1980s, the TR-808 and TR-909 produce arguably the most influential drum sounds in modern music. Not only have they appeared on thousands of dance tracks over the course of three decades, they’ve helped define the sound of entire music...

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    Andrew Spraggon from Sola Rosa

    Posted by on 17 September 2013

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    Andrew Spraggon from Sola Rosa With six albums under his belt, a raft of accolades and well over a decade of producing genre-splitting music andrew Spraggon’s work as Sola Rosa has cemented him as one of the world’s most exciting and versatile producers. What gear are you using in the studio? As far as the latest album goes I wrote everything in Pro Tools, then once I got the stems back from the mix engineer we’d put them into Ableton Live. Now I’m starting to write in Ableton Live but I’d imag...

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    Godfrey De Grut

    Posted by on 17 September 2013

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    Godfrey De Grut Godfrey explains his live set-up. I got a call from Anika Moa that a new top-secret all-star group was being developed with her, Boh Runga and Hollie Smith, and would I be able to play keys in it? I said yes of course. I first worked with Hollie in 1999 when she was 16, and have since played for Boh and Anika on tours and recordings since around 2006, so it was a no brainer. My live set up has been Nord Stage and Logic Mainstage running on MacBook Pro since about 2007, sometimes...

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    Equipment Review - Universal Audio Apollo Quad

    Posted by Zed Brookes on 10 September 2012

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    : UNIVERSAL AUDIO APOLLO DUO REVIEW : In this Blog Zed Brookes reviews the new Universal Audio Apollo Duo High-Resilution Interface with Realtime UAD Processing.Zed Brookes is a Producer, engineer and songwriter. "Creativity vs technology in the crazy world of writing and recording music." It's no secret I've been a fan of UAD since I purchased the little UAD-2 Solo/Laptop card. Since the Solo has only one of the SHARC plug-in processing chips in it, my plug-in demands quickly overloaded it. Thi...

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