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Sugar Percussion Solid Stave Alaskan Yellow Cedar Snare Drum Review

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 05:43

Nick D’Virgilio presents a premium, solid stave snare drum from Sugar Percussion. Alaskan yellow cedar is a soft tonewood used in acoustic guitar tops. Its natural softness – 2/11 on the density scale – lends this exquisite Sugar Percussion snare a pillowy warmth and doughy attack that excel for the studio. From towel-dampened classic rock to the deepest doom metal, the Sugar Percussion Alaskan Yellow Cedar is never harsh no matter how hard you hit it. Its shell is handbuilt from a single tree for consistent tone and grain quality throughout.

Sugar Percussion Alaskan Yellow Cedar snare – http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/SP614-AYC

Drum Kit – Gretsch USA custom from Sweetwater’s Studios
DW 9000 series hardware

Cymbals:
Meinl 22″ Byzance Extra Dry Medium Ride – http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/B22EDMR
Meinl 19″ Byzance Extra Dry Thin Crash – http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/B19EDTC
Meinl 18″ Byzance Extra Dry thin crash – http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/B18EDTC
Meinl 14″ Byzance Extra Dry hi-hats – http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/B14EDMH

Mics:
Kick in – Shure BETA 91 – http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Beta91A
Kick out – Telefunken M 82 – http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/M82
Snare – Audio-Technica AE2300 – http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/AE2300
Rack tom – Audio-Technica ATM350 – http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/ATM350cW
Floor tom – Audio-Technica ATM350 – http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/ATM350cW
OverHeads – Audio-Technica 5045 – http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/AT5045
Room – Neumann FET 47 – http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/U47FET

Gear Nick used to create the music tracks –

Play-in music:
AIR Hybrid3 plug-in – 07 Sequenced, 015 Highly Strung patch – http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Hybrid3
Stylus RMX – core library, RMX Grooves, 68-Small Blocks, Small Blocks Beat – http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/StylusRMXxp
Loom plug-in – 06 Moving Pads, Echo Field-RD – http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Loom
Modular V2 plugin – C.Engel, Basses, CE-Taurus1 – http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Modular

Midplay music:
Toontrack EZkeys plug-in – Electric MK I – http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/EZkeysBunSN3
(Piano riff from the MIDI pack “Classic Soul”, Swing 4/4 – Soul Blues)
Fender Precision Bass – http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/PBass63R3TSB
TwoNotes “Le Bass” pedal – http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/LeBass

Playout music:
AIR Velvet plug-in – 1 Mark 1, 03 MK1 Tremolo – http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Velvet2v
Xpand2 – fretless bass
Gibson J45 acoustic guitar – http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/RS4SVSNP
recorded with a Neat Microphones Beecaster USB mic – http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/BeeCaster
Spectrasonics Omnisphere – Pads+Strings – “Afterglow” patch – http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Omnisphere2
PRS SC250 electric guitar
TwoNotes “Le Lead” pedal – http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/LeLead
iZotope DDLY delay plugin – http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/DDLY
AIR Hybrid3 plug-in – 19 soft leads – 26 Theremin vox – http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Hybrid3

Antelope Orion Studio recording interface – http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/OrionStudio

Pro Tools 12 – http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/PTSof

Synchro Arts Updates VocALign with ARA Integration in Studio One

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 05:04

Synchro Arts VocALign is now available with ARA integration in Studio One Professional. ARA (Audio Random Access) is an extension co-developed by Celemony and PreSonus for audio plug-ins. ARA technology enhances the communication between plug-in and DAW, and gives the plug-in and host instant access to the audio data without requiring audio to be exported to the plug-in and then re-imported into the DAW. Synchro Arts and PreSonus have worked together to integrate VocALign tightly into Studio One with a simple, streamlined workflow to provide automatic, instantaneous time alignment of the selected audio signals.

VocALign with ARA integration is a free update for all registered users.

Tremolo System

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 05:04

An alternate term for “vibrato system,” encompasses all of the parts of an electric guitar vibrato assembly. The specific pieces depend on the type of vibrato system. For example, a double-locking system will have a locking nut, floating bridge, fine tuners, vibrato arm, and vibrato springs. A Bigsby vibrato system will only have a tailpiece, vibrato arm , and vibrato springs.

ATC Announces SCM12 Pro Passive Monitor and P1 Pro Amplifier

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 05:02

ATC has unveiled the SCM12 Pro, a compact passive 2-way studio monitor. Coming in at an affordable price, the SCM12 Pro features a smaller footprint design, a proprietary 6-inch woofer, and a high-power 1-inch soft-dome tweeter featuring ATC’s unique dual-suspension technology.

The all-new P1 Pro amplifier is the ideal companion for the SCM12 Pro, with 150-watts per channel in a rackmount format. The dual-mono, two-channel amp utilizes the same technologies as the acclaimed amp packs built into the ATC Active Monitor line. The P1 Pro’s stellar specifications include less than 0.002% total harmonic distortion (at -95dB), greater than 100dB crosstalk isolation, greater than 110dB (DIN) signal-to-noise, and a frequency response that runs from near DC to 400kHz (-3dB). Special bundle pricing is available when purchasing the SCM12 Pros with the P1 Pro.

Joe Wolfe Interview

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 02:45

Mitch Gallagher is joined by producer/writer/programmer Joe Wolfe at Roland’s 909 Day at Six01 Studios in Burbank, CA. After the videos, see more videos of Sweetwater at 909 Day here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLlczpwSXEOyZ0YomwpXzlWc-hDPU38YVw

The Sweetwater Minute, Vol. 370

BluGuitar AMP1 Nanotube Amplifier and Add-ons Demo

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 19:42

World-famous guitarist and founder of BluGuitar Thomas Blug presents his Amp1 Nanotube amplifier. This compact amp packs a Nanotube-driven output section that delivers the punch and sonic intensity of a tube power amp. Use it to drive your favorite speaker cabinet, or plug directly into the sound system with the cabinet-emulated output.

The optional Remote1 adds a ton of functionality, including user presets for all amp settings. The optional Looper Kit adds four switchable, relay-based effects loops to your rig.

Get the Amp1 amplifier here: http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Amp1

Get the Remote1 foot controller here: http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Remote1

Get the Looper Kit here: http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/LooperKit

Breaking News: Apogee & macOS 10.12 Sierra and iOS 10

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 16:02

Apogee has posted a comprehensive list of which of their hardware devices support macOS 10.12 Sierra, iOS 10, or both.

For those devices compatible with macOS 10.12 Sierra and/or iOS 10, no software updates are required if you are running the latest drivers.

Tremolo Springs

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 16:01

Another word-ological victim of guitarists’ tendency to refer to their guitar’s vibrato system as a “tremolo” system. Tremolo springs (vibrato springs) are used to counter-balance the pull of the strings. The springs balance the bridge or tailpiece of the system so that the guitar can be played normally, and provide tension so that the bridge or tailpiece returns to its balanced resting position after the vibrato system is used to raise or lower the pitch of the strings.

With a surface-mount tailpiece system, such as a Bigsby, the spring is inserted between the vibrato bar and the tailpiece. In an internally mounted system, such as the standard Stratocaster tremolo or a locking tremolo system, such as a Floyd Rose, the spring is located inside a body cavity in the back of the guitar. It is attached to a moving block that is integral to the bridge on one end and a “claw” screwed into the guitar’s back on the other.

Keith McMillan adds Windows Support to K-MIX

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 16:00

Keith McMillan Instruments has released Windows support for the K-MIX 8-in/10-out audio interface programmable mixer. Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 (64-bit only) are now supported by the K-Mix Editor software and the custom K-MIX USB Audio Driver 1.1.0.

Breaking News: Plugin Alliance & macOS 10.12 Sierra

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 15:03

Plugin Alliance has issued the following statement:

“…in our qualification of Apple’s new Sierra OS (v10.12) we have discovered serious problems with many Plugin Alliance products that primarily affect customers who use the Audio Units format. Our developers are working hard on a solution, but at this time we are recommending that all Mac-based Plugin Alliance customers do not upgrade to Sierra. We will continue our qualification efforts and expect to announce full support in the near future.”

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