Waves MPX Master Tape

Waves Release MPX Master Tape Plugin

‘Magic glue’ is what everyone’s searching for when it comes to finishing a mix. Sometimes it doesn’t matter what you do, there’s an almost imperceptible ingredient missing; something that ties everything together.

‘Magic glue’ is what everyone’s searching for when it comes to finishing a mix

It’s a quality that’s hard to find in the digital realm, but perhaps a little easier over in analogue land, where mixers, final stages, and recording mediums let the musical electrons dance about and get to know each other in unique ways. It’s no surprise, then, that analogue modelling plugins are so popular; Waves’s just released MPX Master Tape looks like it could be another popular solution.

To quote the Waves team, “Developed in association with Eddie Kramer, the MPX Master Tape plugin is modeled on a rare machine consisting of an Ampex 350 transport and 351 electronics [...] with adjustable tape speed, bias, flux, wow & flutter, and noise parameters [and] a flexible slap & feedback delay”. It’s available across Mac and Windows and all popular plugin formats, including ProTools TDM. Sounds good to us… look out for a review soon, and check out the MPX page over at Waves.

Rob Papen Punch

Rob Papen Releases Punch Drum Synth

There are two schools when it comes to drums in electronic music: sampling and synthesis. Each have advantages and disadvantages; perhaps chief amongst the pros for sampled drum libraries is the replication of real acoustic percussion, and for synthesised sounds its the purity and smoothness of modulation available.

Punch relies on synthesis to get its breadth of sound

Rob Papen’s Punch relies on synthesis to get its breadth of sound, and each percussive element has different generator models to choose from to create sounds. However there are also some sampled hits from classic drum machines, as well as unique samples from Papen’s own library, to round off the offering. Emphasis appears to be placed on speed of workflow in Punch, evidenced both by the quick control section for sounds that gives access to common sound design tools and the sequencer section, which is designed to enable very quick building of patterns and breaks.

Punch is out now from Rob Papen’s site; keep an eye out for our review soon and take a look at the extended introduction to its features below…

 

samplebasedlife

Samplebasedlife

We love this concept; sampling is as much about ritual as it is the original material.

Samplebasedlife is a project that puts 20 minutes or so of material in your hands

The comparatively soulless experience of sampling mp3s compared to digging in old crates for hidden gems is largely down to the reductive mundanity of pressing play and clicking your way through track after track, and there’s something about the lack of limitation that cripples creativity. Samplebasedlife is a project that puts 20 minutes or so of material in your hands, and that limitation in itself is a refreshing and inspiring creative spark. Volume 2 has just been released, with the full vaults available on SoundCloud, and downloads are limited – take a look while you can…

 
Sample Based Life Vol. 2 Vault 1 by samplebasedlife

Forum

Oh Drat Forums Now Open!

It’s here! the Oh Drat Forum is up and running – it’s in its early stages, but we’re there ready to talk to you! Go and have a look, sign up, and start posting – about music, production, or anything else that takes your fancy.

we’re trying to build a community, and without you, dear reader, that’s not possible

The important thing is that we’re trying to build a community, and without you, dear reader, that’s not possible. From humble acorns grow proud oaks, and all that, so we need you to tell us what you like, what you don’t like, and how to make this experience as fun, inspiring, and useful for you as possible!

What are you waiting for – go and get posting!

Apogee ONE

Video: Apogee ONE Review

We’re experimenting with video in the Oh Drat studio, as we’re really close to bringing you the introduction to the Oh Drat Music Production Tutorial Series (the title’s still on the drawing board).

this video should quench your thirst for knowledge

If the full review and photography on the Apogee ONE wasn’t good enough for you, or if you want to get some more up close and personal with the unit, then this video should quench your thirst for knowledge… Enjoy, and please let us know what you’d like to see more of from our videos…

FL Studio 10

Review: FL Studio 10

FL Studio has a long heritage on the PC; from humble beginnings as a drum sequencer it’s evolved into a fully featured DAW. It’s unique in many ways, though – is it for you?

Version Reviewed: 10.0.0.2

Platforms: Windows 7, Vista, XP & 2000 (32 & 64 Bit)

Minimum Specs: 2Ghz AMD or Intel Pentium 3 compatible CPU with full SSE1 support, 1GB RAM. (much) More highly recommended

Price: €212 for Signature Edition (reviewed), €141 for Producer Edition. Feature cut versions: €70 for Fruity, €34 for Express

The line between straight up DAWs and All In The Box softwares has gotten blurred over the years, what with the big DAWs including all manner of instruments and effects – in many cases simultaneously reducing the asking price, too.

The line between straight up DAWs and All In The Box softwares has gotten blurred over the years

Thus, whereas Fruity Loops was once a rite of passage for home musicians and producers FL Studio is now very much an alternative solution to the ‘big guys’.

Looks wise, FL Studio is perhaps the least homogenous of all the modern DAWs and soft studios. The software’s origins as a drum machine are apparent in the way that sounds, be they samples or instruments, are still loaded into a bank and afforded a step sequencer. There is of course a piano roll available, and the step sequencer is replaced by a standard MIDI note track when used.

Some aspects of FL Studio feel a little gimmicky, such as the visual flourishes when dragging that sometimes gets in the way of precision or the visualisation plugins (although the dancing mascot is undeniably cute). At the same time, one of our favourite things about any production equipment is its ability to creatively engage a user and eschew the idea that it should be simply utilitarian in design.

Some aspects of FL Studio feel a little gimmicky

There have been some important system level updates to version 10 of FL Studio, including a true 64 bit mode, which enables efficient memory management and utilisation of all the RAM in >4GB systems, automatic plugin delay compensation – a must for any serious DAW, ensuring true accurate timing of multiple channels with and without a variety of different plugins, new more direct audio engine options which may help to reduce your latency, and a project restore menu which tracks revisions to project files, including autosaves.

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Celemony Capstan

Celemony Announce Capstan Wow & Flutter Remover

More of a point of interest than something you might be able to use personally, this one.

Capstan promises to remove wow and flutter from mechanical recordings totally, automatically, and artefact free

Celemony, the organisation behind can-barely-believe-it’s-real sound editor, pitch corrector, note and chord extractor extraordinaire Melodyne, have come up with a new tool based on their patented audio engine; Capstan promises to remove wow and flutter from mechanical recordings totally, automatically, and artefact free. It could be incredibly useful for those of you with records you always wanted to sample, but either through warps of spinning plate proportions or just plain bad recording, never could, or with those cassettes you made of your tracks in the 90s with that dodgy recorder you had… as long as you’ve got €3790. Something tells us that Capstan wasn’t developed with the home musician in mind!

Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6

Review: Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6

Native Instruments, in their quest to streamline their product lineups into easily understandable categories, recently released the Komplete Audio 6 and booted their Audio Kontrol 1 into retirement. Rather than a simple rebadge however, they’ve designed a whole new product; we take a look to see what’s changed…

Product: Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6

Compatibility: Mac/PC

Connectivity: 4x 1/4″ TRS outputs and stereo S/PDIF out, 2x 1/4″ TRS inputs, 2x combi inputs with +48v and stereo S/PDIF in. MIDI in, MIDI out, headphones.

Price: £249GBP / $299USD

The Komplete Audio 6 doesn’t stray too far from the design blueprint NI laid out for their audio interfaces a while ago; a thick steel coat wraps around three and a half of the box’s surfaces, with the sides tough matt plastic and the fascia a glossy black with lights to indicate levels and inputs.

The Komplete Audio 6 doesn’t stray too far from the design blueprint NI laid out for their audio interfaces a while ago

NI have given the displays a refresh, and the new look (shared with the Traktor Audio 6 and 10) makes it easier to take in information at a glance… and we think it looks nicer too.

Input and output wise, every analogue connection is balanced, with a stereo S/PDIF input and output, four ¼” TRS outputs and two inputs round the back, and two combi jack inputs on the front which can provide phantom power. There’s also MIDI in and out on the back, as well as a clever USB port that locks the cable in and makes it really difficult to pull out by mistake – perhaps a feature developed more for NI’s Traktor Audio range than what will in most cases be a somewhat sedentary piece of equipment, but cool nonetheless.

The Komplete Audio 6 supercedes the Audio Kontrol 1, and the hardware is much more streamlined.

Komplete Audio 6 supercedes the Audio Kontrol 1, and the hardware is much more streamlined

The top panel now simply features an analogue 5o’clock – 7o’clock dial which attenuates the level of output one and two, with gains for the inputs and direct monitoring channel on the front of the unit. Output three and four adjustment no longer have analogue gain attenuation, permanently set to 0dB.

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Tek Nalo G - The Prototype

Tek Nalo G – The Prototype

Amsterdam based producer and video artist Tek Nalo G demonstrates how two talents can combine to create something even greater than the sum of the two parts.

The underwater aesthetic echoes the submerged sound to the keys

The mesmerising video does wonders for the track; The Prototype is a great example of an abstract video that complements the music, rather than just being an excuse to avoid a black screen. The underwater aesthetic echoes the submerged sound to the keys and sticky, hot bass, and even at YouTube’s ugly 1080p the crispness of the stems shooting across the screen is captivating.

 

Mo Kolours - Drum Talking

Mo Kolours – Drum Talking

Reminiscent in ways, to my ear at least, of Madlib and ?uestlove’s more afrobeat focused production styles, Drum Talking is the debut EP from Mo Kolours. An involving soundscape, comprised largely of interesting percussion and voices as instruments, simple mantras, and a melting pot of production styles that hint at afrobeat, dub, funk, house, and flickers of more besides, there’s a an at once crisp and tender sound to the EP.

production styles that hint at afrobeat, dub, funk, house, and flickers of more besides

Mo Kolours’s vocals are both soothing and mysterious, and the limited vinyl run is is hopefully an idea that he will turn into an ongoing feature of his work.

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