Musikmesse ’10 – hot or not?

After two days of Musikmesse in Frankfurt and tons of press releases – whats the cool (or not so cool) stuff to you?

Elektron-Octatrack

Elektron Octatrack

To me the Elektron Octatrack catched my interest immediately and this might be some piece of hardware I will finally buy after quite some time. Though it states Q4 2010 which smells like a year or so. [Read more…]

favourite plug-in chain (currently) …

… simply is:

Sugar Bytes Thesys - step sequenzer

1. Sugar Bytes Thesys - step sequenzer

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is vintage all we have?

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Looking back to a recent music gear trade show this was exactly my question after reading some tons of disappointing press releases and reports. Replica here, emulation there. Innovation where? [Read more…]

Tape: the final frontier?

The concept of magnetic recording to a moving tape was invented by the German-Austrian engineer Fritz Pfleumer and received a patent back in 1928. The basic idea was to translate the voltage from the audio signal straight into magnetic energy, which then induces magnetic particles on a tape (moving along the inductor at constant speed). These particles manage to store the audio information. The whole process goes the other way around for recall.

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on the road: the mobile setup

mobile setup 2

the mobile setup

As shown in the pics, this was my mobile setup I’ve used recently during my Barcelona trip: [Read more…]

Density mkII released today!

Density mk II

Density mk II

compressor gain control principles

A short compendium on digital audio compression techniques.

Basic compressor configurations

Compression vs. limiting

Technically speaking the same principles are used in audio signal limiting and compression processors but just the transfer curves and envelope follower settings are different. Ultra fast attack rates and high ratio amounts are used for limiting purposes which causes just very few peaks to pass on a certain threshold.

In digital implementations limiting processors can be more strict due to look-ahead and clever gain prediction functions which guarantees that no peak information passes the threshold. That is called brickwall limiting then.

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Ableton Live – the ultimate creative production tool?

Some time ago I’ve become part of a music project which is heading more towards the dancefloor compatible side of electronica. We are currently testing Ableton Live and thinking about switching over to use it as the main production tool. I’m undecided yet. What do you think about Live – is this really the ultimate solution for electronic based music production? What are the known drawbacks?

released: TesslaPRO – a transient aware signal saturator

TesslaPRO

TesslaPRO, a transient aware signal saturator, is released by now as a VST audio plug-in for PC/Win compatible systems. [Read more…]

the magic is where the transient happens

Transients and so on

This article could have been an esoteric one but then it would probably be titled as “the magic is where the change happens” or something like that. Don’t worry, this is just about some findings and myth on audio transient processing and it’s, errm, reincarnation in the upcoming TesslaPRO VST audio plug-in. [Read more…]