We are very pleased to have the first review of the first re-engineering MunroSonic Egg 150 monitoring system. You may remember these innovatively shaped monitor speakers first came out a couple of years agao when acoustics guru Andy Munro and Sonic Distribution’s James Young & Phil Smith first collaborated on the Egg system under the sE Munro brand.
Recently when they were looking at ways to improve and refine what was already a monitoring system that had received critical acclaim, with a search around the world to find the best manufacturing base that brought them back to the UK where the story began as well as a decision to rebrand as Munro Sonic.
What Has Changed?
Although the system has the same base form factor and function - the Egg 150 has an active speaker system with two passive speakers each housed in unique egg-shaped chassis combined a custom designed amplifier with a new amplifier circuit board design, improved chassis metal-work with a much thicker front panel and recessed higher quality knobs. There is a redefined mid EQ section in which they have broadened out the eq curve following development input from producers and engineers already using the original system. The systems are now truly “Made in the UK”, being designed, manufactured, marketed and distributed in the UK, a fact that the MunroSonic team is very proud of.
Our friends at PureMix have launched a mixing competition where you can download the stems, import them into Pro Tools (other DAWs are available) mix the track and upload it to the PureMix cloud before December 1st 2014.
Win an Eiosis AirEQ
Fab will then choose the best mixes and the 5 lucky winners will each win a copy of the new Fabrice Gabriel AirEQ.
About Banda Magda
She was ranked 2nd on iTunes in the world music category last month. Fab Dupont told us…
I met Magda after Michael League from Snarky Puppy recommended me for mixing her record. I later learned that she had already had the record mixed completely once and was not happy with the results. We hit it off and we have been working together ever since.
It turns out Magda is a musical genius and is very, very prolific. Every session had 120+ tracks, full orchestras, choirs, horn sections, accordions, full on Brazilian percussion sections that come in for 8 bars only, etc, etc… Starting the mix from scratch was daunting task, taxing the computer resources and pushing my system to its limits, as well as forcing me to invent new ways to make everything fit as Magda was not too keen on muting much of her work. In the end, the record came out fabulously well. It got selected one of the Top 10 World Music Records of 2013 by NPR, charted on the Billboard World music ranking, and is getting wonderful praise by reviewers and listeners alike.
Russ takes the new Slate Virtual Mix Rack plug-in for a spin. Find out what he thinks of it and see it in action.
Slate say: The VIRTUAL MIX RACK continues the Slate Digital tradition of providing the absolute most authentically modeled analog sound in a digital audio plugin.The ‘VMR’ includes four world class mix modules, including two classic equalizers and two versatile mix compressors, with more modules to be developed.
The ‘VMR’ operates as a Virtual 500 series rack with hot-swappable modules, putting your whole processing chain in ONE WINDOW. This allows you customize your own channel strip, with signal flow following the modules, in any order you choose. Mix and match filters from different EQs. Chain an EQ before or after your compressor. Moving modules around is easy, fast, and creates no break in audio playback. Audition signal chains faster, easier, and in real time with the Slate ‘VMR’
So is it buy, try or walk on by? Watch this review of the Slate VMR Virtual Mix Rack to find out.
The requests keep coming in to run further power tests on Macs with a copy of Pro Tools native.
So far we’ve taken the latest Macbook Pro Retina 15” for a spin to see how it handles Pro Tools 11, you can see our Macbook Pro 15” Retina Pro Tools 11 test here. and also a Mac Mini i5 Late 2012.
We’ve been asked to run the same test on a new Mac Pro (Trash Can), so we’ve run this test on a Mac Pro 6-Core Intel Xeon E5 3.5 GHz.
This is the basic test, just the Mac Pro, internal soundcard and internal drive, it’s just you, your Mac, an iLok, headphones and a USB micro keyboard.
Is the new Mac Pro the powerhouse Apple claim?
Russ, Mike, and James bring you another show with talking points, tips, tricks and questions answered.
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- Mulomba Luabeya Luabeya is not very happy with Avid, what about taking legal action.
- Chris Schmid discovered a shortcut for changing the grid value to triplets and dotted notes.
- Colin Mansfield had some advice to help not loose your iLok when out on the road.
- Cory Rizos gave us an update on his issues with Avid’s inflexibility on the Advanced Support plan and he is not impressed with Avid’s response.
- Frank Vitale would like us to be nominated in the People’s Choice Award.
- Joe Belliston wanted to commend Waves for there customer service.
- Kevin de Wit told us about Gobbler’s transition from Gobbler 1 to Gobbler 2 and his concerns and praise for their change of policy.
- Marty Dickerson shared his views on the Avid upgrade plans and how we are covering these issues.
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Find Of The Week
- Mike - Sonic Salute Sound Effect Libraries
- Neil - SSL Duende AAX
- James - Synth called THE TWIN from Fab Filter
- Russ - Console 1 SSL 9000 software
Here’s some Intel information on the CPU codes I was describing during the Podcast - Neil
Slate Digital have just announced the release of the long awaited Virtual Mix Rack Plugin.
Not only that, there is a suprise module “The Revival Sonic Enhancer” which amazingly is a free download for everyone - Just download the VMR Demo and you’ll get a time limited trial of all the VMR modules but the Revival Sonic Enhancer is yours to keep - Free !
Here are the details of the Virtual Mix Rack:
Modules included in the Virtual Mix Rack are:
FG-N ‘BRIT-N’ EQ
The FG-N is a digital recreation of one of the most classic discrete Class A British equalizers from the 70’s.
All aspects of the circuit are modeled, including the rich harmonics and saturations that naturally occur when the equalizer is in use. The original model only contained one mid band, so we thought it would be nice to double it so that it has two mid bands. This equalizer is lush, fat, and bold. It sounds great on everything from drums to vocals, and can even add the perfect saturation to synth and electronic tracks.
FG-s ‘BRIT 4K’ EQ
The FG-S is a digital recreation of one of the most famous British console equalizers from the 80’s.
This equalizer also has rich harmonics and interactive mid bands with a fat musical tone. This is the ultimate workhorse mix eq that can be used on any track. It is great for surgical cutting strokes, or wide bell and shelf strokes for making drums and guitars punch out of the speakers.
FG-116 ‘FET COMPRESSOR’
The FG-116 is the most precise digital replication of the classic American FET limiter. No expense was pared to capture every nuance of this classic sounding compressor/limiter. From its trademark timing characteristics to the extremely musical sound of its transformer, the FG-116 will give engineers the musical and fat tone that has made the hardware so famous. The FG-116 sounds great on everything like lead vocals, drums, and bass guitars.
FG-401 ‘VCA COMPRESSOR’
The FG-401 started as a recreation of the classic british console channel compressor, but morphed into quite a lot more. First, we gave it variable attack and release with increased range which added more tonal options. But then, we added an optimal transformer inout, and not just any transformer, the famous transformer from the British Class A Console! This adds a beautiful warmth and sheen to the compressor. Last, we added an entirely unique second circuit path that provides and additional smooth and rich tone. The FG-401 is perhaps the most versatile mix compressor in the world that can sound good on any source you feed into it!
And of course the Free ‘REVIVAL SONIC ENHANCER’ of which you can see Steven Slates demo video here:
Dual Core Intel Processor, 8 GB RAM Recommended
Mac OS® X 10.7 or later
Intel Mac 32bit: RTAS
Intel Mac 32bit and 64bit: AAX, VST2, VST3, and AU
Dual Core Intel or AMD Processor, 8 GB RAM Recommended
Windows 7® (32/64 Bit) or later
Windows 32bit: RTAS
Windows 32bit and 64bit: AAX, VST2, and VST3
Note: AAX 64-bit, Pro Tools 11 compatible
Virtual Mix Rack Is Available Now at a very special introductory price of just $149 and includes a free ilok2
The guys at Amazing Machines have released the Amazing PEQ 1 FREE - Parametric EQ and Preset Warmer Plug-in, for use in Native Instruments Reaktor 5.8 or newer.
The Amazing PEQ-1 FREE is a straightforward Overall Tone Shaping tool, capable of drastically change an audio source with its 1 Band Mid-Range Equalizer and its Preset Warmer. We’ve given it a quick spin and it is a very nice little plug-in for a quick, simple and straightforward way of tone shaping a track, we tried it on a piano and a drum track, both benefitted from it.
Amazing PEQ 1 FREE Features:
- 1 Reaktor Ensemble
- 1 Band Parametric Equalizer
- Preset Warmer
Amazing PEQ 1 FREE Compatibility:
Some of our readers are hoping to get a job in audio production, either in music or post. Wer an this story a couple of years ago and we know that a lot of college tutors and parents found it helpful.
Here is an updated version of the top five things I tell my kids on how to get a great job, stay hired and get promoted.
Be Better Than The Rest
I’ve sifted through hundreds of resumes, letters of application and interviews and I want to let you into a secret about what happens when I advertise for a job. Recently I advertised on an online site for someone to look after my bookkeeping, it was for one day a month and self employed. I placed the ad at 9:00am and by 10:00am I had 172 applications. I managed to sift that down to 4 in less than 30 minutes… and here is how. The job asked for someone local, qualified, experienced and flexible. Over 100 of the applications were not local, this was not a highly paid post and only one day a month, so they went. Secondly, I looked to see of the 100 or so left, how many of them had the qualifications, less than half, so that now had me to about 40. Then I looked at experience, about 10 were now left. Then I read through them to look for the stars, what I mean by stars is candidates who stand out, that left me with 4 people. I phoned all of them for a chat, of course they waxed lyrically about how brilliant they were - they should do, but one told me that she ran a small company helping creatives to do the things they hated doing. In that moment she described me and she got the job! There’s a lot of people looking for a job, especially in a studio or a post house, so you had better look good on paper and better be good when they call.
As a footnote to the bookkeeper hiring story; I hired Cath in 2012 when I first wrote this article, she has been with me ever since and has been an absolute star.
You Can Have Experience Having Never Worked Before
One myth I hear a lot from those looking for their first job is that they need a job to get the experience. Rubbish!
A few days ago we took the latest Macbook Pro Retina 15” for a spin to see how it handles Pro Tools 11, you can see our Macbook Pro 15” Retina Pro Tools 11 test here.
We’ve been asked to run the same test on a Mac Mini, so we’ve run this test on a Late 2012 i5 which is more or less the same kind of spec as the new mid range model in the latest round of Mac Minis.
This is the basic’ test, just the Mac Mini, internal soundcard and internal drive, it’s just you, your Mac, an iLok, headphones and a USB micro keyboard.
Is it just fit for a few demo tracks or can you get some real work done… find out below.
Waves Add More Specials For The Rest Of November 2014
For the rest of November Waves have added some more deals to their Specials page. The deals will expire on November 30th 2014.
This is designed for mastering with 5 user-definable bands with linear phase crossovers for phase distortion-free Multiband Compression using technologies like Adaptive Thresholds, Automatic Makeup Gain, and Finite Response Filters
This is a great little bundle containing all the Renaissance plug-in including compressors, EQ, reverbs, bass enhancement as well as the IR-L convolution reverb and Tune LT. This is a great way to get a load of Waves plug-ins at a very good price.
Waves have a growing range of Signature Series plug-ins and this is a bundle of 9 plug-ins that are aimed at bass and drums that have been created in collaboration with Chris Lord-Alge, Eddie Kramer, Jack Joseph Puig and Tony Maserati.
This bundle is aimed at video editors who need a broader toolbox to handle audio that in days gone by would have been handed off to an audio specialist. Because of that it is a great bundle for audio specialists starting off in the audio post world. Using the same plug-ins as movie and game audio professionals, you can reduce noise, clean up and enhance dialog, smooth out and maximize volume as well as re-create room acoustics and more.
This is a great little bundle for musicans or composers who want a little more that the factory plug-ins included in your DAW. The bundle is made up of 6 plug-ins that cover EQ, compression, double-tracking, delay, level maximization and more.
It generates a realtime visual representation of your audio’s stereo positioning, frequency spread, and peak/RMS levels, real-time vector display with zoom, optional resolution in 10Hz steps for precise analysis below 250Hz, 52 or 68 band analysis and you can save results as text file.
Waves Weekend Deals
This weekend Waves are offering these plug-ins but remmber these deals expire on this evening.
- Waves Trans-X native plug-in $49 - normally $100
- Waves JJP Drums native plug-in $49 till Sunday - normally $100
- Waves Maserati GRP native plug-in $49 till Sunday - normally $100
Grab them while you can. Check out the Specials page too for more great deals