Nov 30

AOK its’ that time of year again where the Mac Audio Guy looks at the ten best Mac audio over the last year.
Let’s Kick it!
#1
Without a doubt the the coolest Mac related audio toy has to be the iPad. Sure it cost $500 and that’s a lot of guitar strings, but I’ve happily spent twice as much on a Mic. (MMMM AKG 414) But this is the shizzle that dreams are made of. Okay, it only does 44.1KHz 16 bit audio but so does that lame butt CD player. The iPad is the master blaster in disguise and I’ll tell you why as we talk about the Apps later on. Yeah, there are lots of Apps for that. http://www.apple.com/ipad/

#2
Did I mention that there is an App for that? Color it SHRED! The Amplitube iRig turns that iPhone (sing Ball & Chain) or that iPad into a Marshall stack or better yet; Stomp boxes that don’t require stomping, Let your fingers do the Christopher Walkin’, and your Strat do the rockin’. Word! 40 Ducats! http://www.ikmultimedia.com/irig
#3
Last year I sung the praises of the Zoom H4N. Long live the King! But there is a new prince on the block and he ain’t purple (tho’ I suppose he could be, purple and the purple one one are indeed cool… but I digress) The new kid is the Zoom H1, Two tracks of audio recording goodness packed in to a couch remote sized package for under a Benjamin. You can’t touch that. http://www.samsontech.com/products/productpage.cfm?prodID=2053
#4
Propellerhead kicked ass in 1997 with the Rebirth TB-303 Bass and TR-808 and TR-909 Drum simulator package, It disappeared from the Mac with OSX but now it’s back in black on the iPad. Tweak away, Garth! Heavy Techno goodness. 1500 pennies at the App store. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/rebirth/id368199125?mt=8
#5
Ten years ago 24 tracks would cost you at least $5K. Your bonus for surviving the Bush years is a great 8 channel audio interface, 24 track audio work station and DAW controller wrapped up like Victoria’s Secret and looking almost as sexy. The Zoom R24 will give your desktop studio street cred. $500 buys you a lot more than one 21” wheel for your Escalade. Just sayin’ http://www.samsontech.com/products/productpage.cfm?prodID=2054&brandID=4
#6
Need a Mic to feed your Mac’s Autotune addiction? Though M-audio has indeed been assimilated by the Borg Continuum called Avid, there is still one last vestige of freedom and individualism and it is hiding under the pseudonym “Avid Vocal Studio” You get an excellent M-Audio Producer condenser USB Microphone and some Poor Tools SE software for under a hundred. Just don’t drink the Kool-aid.
http://www.turntablelab.com/box-scores/615/2138/87817.html
#7
How much should 8 Tracks of portable CD audio quality recording cost? How about ten bucks on top of your iPad investment? DAW Multitrack brings you simply great multitrack recording for your iPad. And yeah it works with the Apple camera connection kit to give you access to those external USB audio Mics and interfaces. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/multitrack-daw/id329322101?mt=8
#8
So you or your Primary gift recipient is already rocking with Logic studio? If the only you or they had a Multi-touch interface to mix down those masterpieces that are going to win the Grammy or the AMA award and send you to Disneyland. Never fear uber-dog is here disguised as that Ac-7 Core controller interface for your iPad. This App rules german sequencer software as only German controller software can. And it’s worth $5 just to confuse the audio engineer by stopping and starting Logic on the Mac from your iPad. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ac-7-core/id403915394?mt=8
#9
If you are a House DJ, this is already on your iPad. Korg Electribe is rockin’ the house! Alien sound sweetness emanating from your iPad for only 20 simolians, Now you just need 5 more iPads. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/korg-ielectribe/id363714043?mt=8

#10
I don’t promote drug use, but this is the crack of music listening, Devil Doll radio is feeding my Candye Kane addiction. Ahmad Jamal is tickling the keys during tea time, no worries. It’s free, if you can tolerate the occasional Disney ad, Did I mention it’s like crack? http://www.pandora.com/

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Dec 27

It’s that time of year again, so without further ado here’s the Mac Audio Guy Top Ten Mac Audio Products For 2009:

  1. Logic Studio 9 $499 http://www.apple.com/logicstudio/

    A truly awesome Pro Digital Audio Software suite for just under 500 smackers. (half the price of the previous version!!!)
    Makes Pro Tools look like Poor Tools. This software is the single best software for audio and music production on the Mac (or any other platform)… period.

  2. Zoom H4N $299 http://www.zoom.co.jp/english/products/h4n/

    The H4 was great, the H4N is mind blowing! The H4 was plastic and toylike which just didn’t look like a professional audio recorder, all that has changed. The new H4N is a rugged pro piece of gear. the perfect location recorder for digital cinematography or any other form of field recording. 4 Tracks, built in high quality mics, XLR, 1/4″ and Mini inputs, SDHC cards, and it’s an audio interface!

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Nov 15

panasonic-lumix-gh1micIf you’re reading this article you probably are aware that shooting HD video with DSLRs is all the rage among digital filmmakers. There are far more reasons to shoot this way than not, but one of the problems with DSLRs are their sound recording capabilities. THe Canon 5D Mk2, the Canon 7D and the Panasonic GH1 have external microphone inputs but unfortunately these use auto gain control and have no manual control over input levels. Also these cameras don’t have headphone monitoring. Continue reading »

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Jul 24

Logic Studio

Logic Studio

Apple has released a new version of Logic Studio. Among the new features are “Flex Time” time and pitch shifting and correction. It also includes an expansive collection of vintage and modern amps, cabinets, and stompboxes for guitar players, And new live performance plug-ins let you record loops and trigger backing tracks when you’re on stage. FGind out more at: http://www.apple.com/logicstudio/

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Jul 24

logo-record-bottomFinally the makers of Reason and other “R” word music software are releasing a audio recording package. Get an invite to the public beta and check it out at : http://recordyou.com/

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Apr 15

In this episode of Monitor, I explain how to start your own legal radio station. I point listeners to an excellent article on Webcasting Legality by Jamie Zawinski at: http://www.dnalounge.com/backstage/webcasting.html. I show how you can take care of music licensing through LoudCity.com and explain why you will need the Nicecast broadcasting software and why you need to rent a Shoutcast server. For more information on Webcasting also see my article on Broadcasting into Second Life.

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Mar 29

Tune-In to the Groove

Tune-In to the Groove


After many months of effort to set up a legal internet radio station, I’ve finally succeeded! Thanks to finding a way to legally licensing the music I play through LoudCity.com.
I’m proud to announce RadioGroove.org is on the air!

Radio Groove is broadcasting 24/7 completely commercial free. Radio Groove is even available for your land or club in Second Life.

Radio Groove features eclectic Jazz and electronic groove music, including Latin Jazz, Dub, Brazilian, Ambient and Down-tempo, Blues, R ‘n B and even Contemporary Lounge. Hopefully you’ll find some music to love or love by on Radio Groove.

Radio Groove is almost completely listener supported and I depend on your support to meet my monthly expenses. So please give Radio Groove a listen and donate, every cent helps.

Thanks!

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Jan 25

Melodyne Editor

Melodyne Editor

In this episode of Monitor, I discuss the good, bad and the ugly sides of using auto-tune. Auto-Tune® is a product from Antares that corrects pitch in music performances. I also discuss GarageBand’s built-in enhance tuning feature. And I take a quick look at the new Melodyne Studio plug-in, which can correct individual notes within a chord.

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Nov 30

Shotgun Mic on a Boom

Shotgun Mic on a Boom

In this episode of Monitor, I discuss recording great audio for video or location sound.
I talk about the different sound elements of dialog, narration,ambience,room tone and effects. I also talk about location recording equipment including the differences between shotgun, lavaliere, stereo condenser and hand held microphones and balanced vs. unbalanced systems. Finally I discuss wired, wireless and second-system sound and time code and how you can use these in your productions.

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Nov 02

Yamaha Audigram Interface

Yamaha Audiogram Interface

In this episode of Monitor, I explain the basics of audio interfaces for the Mac and help you choose which interface is right for you.

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