Audio Tools from Studio Six Digital

Studio Six Digital makes iPhone and iPad sound measurement Apps and hardware. Some of the tools include a SPL Meter, FFT Analysis, Impulse Response Recorder, THD+n Measurement and a Speaker Polarity/Distortion tests. There’s also an Impedance Meter and an Impedance Sweep test.

“The Impulse Response module for AudioTools provides an easy way to capture an IR audio file on the iPhone / Touch, and also calculates the most-needed metrics from the data. Impulse Response is an iPhone port of a powerful mathematical model developed on desktop computers by Daniel Valente, Ph.D Architectural Acoustics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In seconds, a complete set of measurements is made that describe the acoustic character of a room.” – studiosixdigital.com

There is some competition in this space. Also check out: Faber Acoustical

For more info: studiosixdigital.com

6 Cool Things on Etsy

Devo Mesh Hat Energy Dome – This a vintage inspired mesh Devo trucker hat.. Great for parties or for your everyday beer drinking looser prog rock synth boyfriend… Nothing says i love you more than this. $8.00 USD – Link

Korg Audio Synthesizer Routing Diagram Vintage Screen-Printed T-shirt – This t-shirt design has an 80’s diagram of music path routing representation featuring line art drawings of a Korg Drum, Casio Mixer, Roland synthesizers, a sequencer and various effects machines. – $16.00 USD Link

Retro Electronic Music Synthesizer T-shirt – Lineart drawing of one of the most revolutionary devices in music history. $14.00 USD Link

Beep-it Deluxe – Beep-it Deluxe is a handmade optical theremin, housed in a handsome laser-cut bamboo case and featuring a big chrome button and 2nd oscillator for enhanced modulation. $65.00 USD Link

Synthesizer, SILK silkscreen electronic music nerd necktie – Synth nerds unite! Built in 1975, the EMS Synthi-E was one of the first traveling synthesizers, strangely foreshadowing the laptop music of today. It was a low cost version of the Synthi-A designed for schools and colleges, the unit was easily transportable as it is housed in a small briefcase and is battery operated. Perfect gift for the music or electronics-obsessed. $40.00 Link

Piano Earrings – Earrings handmade of Hama beads. Nickel free and allergy friendly. $7.50 USD Link

I think the Devo hat is the coolest thing here. What’s your favorite?

Adam S3X

People often ask me about monitor speakers. For years I used Yamaha NS10Ms and a very powerful Crown Amp. I also had a pair of large Alesis Monitor Two’s. My own opinion is you need a really powerful Amp to drive any speaker. That’s what you pay for and that’s what makes a speaker sound good. I’ve been slowly saving a bundle of cash to build a all new studio here in NYC and it’s definitely time to make the NS10Ms secondary helpers. So money no object what would I get? Adam S3X’s! I’ve heard them a few places and in each room they were majorly tight, bassy, bright and beautiful. They have a pair hooked up at Guitar Center on 14th St. Would I spend almost $7,000 on speakers? I purchased my NS10Ms in 1995 from Sam Ash Pro. That’s 15 years of use and they are still going. 15 Years divided by 7k = $39 a month. Who need a new car anyway? In the end I don’t know if I will bite but it’s always nice to have a Lamborghini to dream about.

“With 800-plus watts of onboard amplification, the system is capable of SPLs exceeding 126 dB, offering plenty of headroom, which adds to the SX3-H’s superb transient response. Despite all that punch, any amp noise was almost undetectable and the SX3-Hs provided long sessions without listening fatigue. And besides simply sounding right, mixes made on the SX3-Hs translated effortlessly to other systems.” – Mix

Here’s a few links to dream on: S3X at Mercenary, Gearslutz thread, and a Mix review.

Label Label

Here’s a quick beginner tip that may save you from loosing a sound. If your using hardware and you want to remember what patch you are using label your Ableton clip with the same patch number! Some hardware will respond to a MIDI Program change. In Ableton double click a MIDI clip to enter Clip View and in the Notes section you will see Bank, Sub-Bank and Program. That’s where you can pick and save the corresponding hardware’s patch number.

When I used DR. T’s KCS and a Roland Juno-106 I would create a sound then slightly change it, save it over 16 patch locations and then have DR. T’s cycle through each patch using Program Change messages. With different filter settings saved in each Patch the Juno sounded like a more expensive synth. Imagine old school Depeche Mode arpeggio patterns with filters opening and closing. It was a pain to set up but worth it in the end.

Happy music making.

NYC Propellerheads Meetups at EMF


My friend James Bernard from Propellerheads asked me to post some info regarding some small get togethers that will be happening in NYC over the next few months. Here’s the info:

EMF (Electronic Music Foundation) Studios (link), 307 7th Ave. Ste 1402 NY NY 10001 ( between 27th and 28th, a couple buildings down from 28th. There’s a 1 – 9 subway stop right at 28th and 7th. It’s just a few blocks down from Penn Station.)

Dates: April 26th (With James Bernard), May 31st (With Gerry Basserman), June 28th, July 26th, and August 30th

Time: 6PM – 10PM (light refreshments will be on hand).

The venue will only hold approx. 20-30 people at a time so please RSVP with a timeslot that you would like to attend (6-7PM, 7-8PM, 8-9PM, 9-10PM).

RSVP:
4/26 – james.bernard@propellerheads-us.com
5/31 – gerry.bassermann@propellerheads-us.com
6/28 – TBD
7/26 – TBD
8/30 – TBD

I’ll be at some of these… see you there!

Welcome Wave Alchemy

Today I would like to welcome a new sponsor at Wire to the Ear: Wave Alchemy. You can see there advert running on the top right sidebar of this blog. I’ve turned down a lot of advertising requests from companies that were totally unrelated to pro-audio. Why diamond and shoe companies think this is a good place to advertise I don’t know! Wave Alchemy are based out of Nottingham in the UK. They sell sample libraries that are 100% royalty free and every sample is 100% original (not ripped from vinyl or anywhere else). Even if your not ready to buy anything it’s worth a visit to their site because each pack has a free sample set. There’s also a few totally free sample packs such “Club Kicks” and “Odyssey FX”. Robert Babicz (Rob Acid), Chris Lake and Martin Eyerer are a few of the artists using Wave Alchemy’s stuff.

I hope you welcome them as it does help Wire to the Ear stay on your computer screen.

For more info: http://wavealchemy.co.uk

midipad for iPad

midiPad in action from kai on Vimeo.

What musician didn’t want a Jazzmutant Lemur? What musician could actually afford one? Luckily technology marches forward and brings goodness to the masses and the midipad for iPad is a good example. There will be different views to start you off such as studioView, djView, launchView, fxView and keysView. The concept is futuristic fun but will I really want to use it in my studio? I like to move as fast as possible between brain and sound. How about live then? I can manage to use my iPhone while on my elliptical trainer so sweaty fingers won’t be a problem. I do know I’m definitely going to try it out!

“The striking feature of midipad is its ability to directly communicate via network-MIDI-protocol. So there is no need to install any communication-peer-software on the Mac! Simply plug-and-play via Apple Bonjour – wireless. This multitouch-capable midi-controller-application communicates with your Apple Mac your Windows-based PC and even standalone hardware-synths via Wifi.” – midipad.de

For more info: midipad.de and on Twitter: twitter.com/midipad