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Inside Spectra 1964
Many times when mastering I’ve needed sporadic limiting to protect against the ‘overs’ caused by intersample peaking, as shown when using a true peak meter. These overs can cause distortion when codecs are applied for streaming or MP3s, but many of t
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Last Word
In Issue 17 of AudioTechnology I wrote an article called ‘Engineer, Promote Thyself!’, discussing strategies for promoting your audio skills and services. For perspective, Issue 17 hit the streets in late 2000; that’s about two years after Google was
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NEUMANN NDH 20 Closed-Back Monitoring Headphones
Let’s get straight down to business: the Neumann NDH20 is a closed back headphone with 38mm drivers, 150Ω impedance and a stated frequency response of 5Hz–30kHz. Orange accents are splashed around the futuristic design, on the foam inside the ear cup
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Skills To Pay The Bills
With sole traders making up a whopping 61 percent of Australian businesses, it’s little wonder that resources, information and assistance for small enterprises are abundant. Plug ‘small business podcast’ into a search engine and you’ll be overwhelmed
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Treat My Room THE RESULT
Last year AudioTechnology ran an Instagram competition with SoundAcoustics called Treat My Room. We asked you to submit your studio in need of a little acoustic love. It didn’t matter whether it was a bedroom, garage, broom closet; we wanted to help.
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Ed Space
It’s fascinating what a name imbues. I’ve not been tempted to join a motoring club (I’m not mechanically minded and I’m a terrible driver) yet I’ve sometimes wondered how MG drivers’ clubs face the future. For those who didn’t realise, the MG marque
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What’s On
This month Joe Carra mastered a new live release for Mexican band Wet Rockets. Toronto band, Possum, were also mastering a full length album for CD and vinyl release. Canadian songstress, Gillian Moranz, was also mastering a new release along with Mo
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MAKING ‘FREE’ PAY Marcel Gnauk: Free To Use Sounds
It was less than two years ago when the name ‘Marcel Gnauk’ started popping up on numerous audio-related groups on social media, offering free sounds for people to download and use. Coming out of nowhere, he quickly became a regular; posting daily up
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General News
$720 | www.audient.com Audient’s Nero is a desktop monitor controller offering a comprehensive range of I/O, console-style monitor control, an assignable sub output, ‘Digital Attenuation Volume Matching’ and more. Four stereo analogue inputs, includi
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PC Audio
People quite rightly say that you should mix with your ears and not your eyes, yet I’m still a firm believer that understanding some of the processes and limitations involved can help you extract the best from them. I’ve installed and reviewed hundre
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Jbl Vtx Changes Minds
Earlier this year, CMI (Australian distributor for JBL Professional) invited a bunch of live sound pros to hear the brand new JBL VTX A8 line array in action. It’s an impressive PA. At the very least it changed quite a lot of people’s preconceptions.
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SHURE MV88+ Video Kit
Shure’s original Motiv MV88 was a reasonably svelte iOS stereo condenser mic. Sure, its chunky base plate gave it similar dimensions to an early Rode iXY, but it packed in the features to compensate. By opting for a Mid-Side stereo mic configuration,
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Software News
novationmusic.com Circuit’s latest v1.8 firmware update adds four new features to Novation’s all-in-one groovebox. Non-quantised recording: Now you can capture synth and drum tracks directly to microsteps, representing even your most rhythmically com
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NATIVE INSTRUMENTS KOMPLETE AUDIO 2 USB2 Audio Interface
Native Instruments’ Komplete Audio 1 and 2 interfaces help to get those new to the game a super-quick foothold into the world of music production. In some ways, this page should be a review of all the software that comes with the interfaces — they’re
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Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol M32
Native Instruments’ Komplete Kontrol S Series keyboards leave little to be desired for even the most discerning producer with their hi-res colour screens and the handy Light Guide system. Following that, the relatively new A Series brings a wealth of
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TASCAM MODEL 24 vs ZOOM LIVETRAK L-20
I began my foray in audio on a Boss BR-900CD recorder. It had nine faders, two inputs, a bright orange screen and a scroll wheel. Many a memorable tune was produced on that little box, despite its limitations in comparison to what I’m now used to wit
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RODE PODMIC Large Diaphragm Podcasting Microphone
When Rode released the Rodecaster, it felt like someone in the audio biz was finally taking podcasts seriously. Up until that point, most podcast products had been USB mics – something simple a dreamer could buy to try out their big idea without brea
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Apple Notes
I’ll confess to being a bit of a snob when it comes to the iMac. I suppose that derives from witnessing the very first iMacs inveigl their way into the marketplace. The fruitily coloured iMac G3s were a huge departure from the stale beige designs pre
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Big Desert Vision
Technical Audio Group’s philanthropic arm, TAG Cares, has undertaken its most ambitious project to date, taking three vehicles with musical instruments, audio and lighting equipment to the remote Indigenous Community of Amata in the South Australian
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ASTON STEALTH Large Diaphragm Dynamic Microphone
You know you’re pushing the envelope of mic design when you have to include a separate one-page manual explaining how to adjust a switch. For a long time, mic switches have had opposing outcomes. On the one hand, you want the switch to make it obviou
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Band Fade Solution
Matt Corby’s next record may well be a completely self-produced affair. “I’ve always been heading that way,” he said. “It started pre-Telluric. I did this album in LA with my band and a couple of epic producers. A few too many people got involved, an
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KORG VOLCA MODULAR Semi-Modular Analogue Synth
When I first caught wind of the Volca Modular, I couldn’t help but wonder how Korg could squeeze over 50 patch points into the tiny Volca form factor. The answer is in the miniaturised DuPont pin-point headers — the left hand side for inputs (thin ou
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PMC TWOTWO.6 Nearfield Monitors
Blimey! Another pair of PMC monitors decorate my monitor bridge for the second time in 12 months. As I mentioned in my review of the Result6 monitors, I don’t see new PMC nearfield models that often, they’re simply not that prolific. The company’s sw
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TAKING THE PLUNGE Immersive Mix Techniques
Stereo has been with us for a long time. Over the decades, audio engineers have come to master a whole range of techniques in order to make all the elements of a composition fit within the limited sonic space afforded by stereo systems. We are now at
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KORG KROME EX Music Workstation
Krome is a spectacularly big seller — it’s priced right, combining a great array of sounds, with just enough control and features. The seven-inch touchscreen is an excellent focus of any programming — logical and legible. Otherwise, Krome is housed i
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My Analogue ‘DAW’
Let’s back up a bit… Why bother going down the ‘all analogue’ road at all? For years I’ve been hearing comments from veteran engineers and producers saying that a major problem with the digital recording process is the inexhaustible choice it offers
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