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Samplicity is a website which hosts a range of outstanding impulse responses, which you can download for use with a simple reverb plugin. The samples give you an accurate model, and precise control over the sound of some of the best reverb units available, all within the immediate convenience of a single plugin.

The hardware units which have been sampled are the T600C and the L96, and the Bricasti M7 which is free. The quality of the samples is pristine, very convincing compared to the original hardware and with no noticeable noise at all.

The sample libraries have been carefully structured to make them compatible with as many convolution reverb plugins as possible. We recommend Altiverb for both Mac and PC users, because it is of similarly high quality to samplicity’s samples, and it comes with a huge library of responses.

Otherwise we suggest IR-1 if you are a Waves user, or TL Space if you use Pro Tools exclusively.

[image via Keenan Pepper]

Seeing as we are right in the middle of looking at recording drums, choosing mics and getting a great tone (so far covered: recording kick drums and snare drums), I think it’s time for some inspiration.

So here is Vadrum in one of his most popular videos, William Tell. Keep an ear out for some amazing triplets and cross rhythms!

Pretty impressive stuff huh? Also worth checking out is his version of the Super Marios Bros theme tune .

dark side

The Dark Side Of The Moon is probably one of the most well known albums ever made and now there’s a new version about to hit the shops on September 26th, the Immersion Edition.

For £89 (or $110 in the US), you can get a 6 disc set of various surround sound mixes, video and a pile of other memorabilia.

It starts off as you might expect, with a digitally remastered version of the album on the first disc, done by James Guthrie in 2011.

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As most musicians will already know, if you write a piece of music then you own the copyright to it. In short it means nobody can copy it without permission, until 70 years after the composer’s death. BUT did you know that this isn’t the same for recordings?

Actually a recording is only copyright protected for 50 years after being made, which is nothing like as long as the composer’s copyright.

That is, until now…

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Big orchestral string backing tracks are becoming more and more common in pop music, in particular when a producer is going for that huge, ‘anthemic’ kind of sound. If you’ve got the budget to hire Abbey Road studio 1 and the London Philharmonic Orchestra to play the notes on the page for you, then go for ‘cos it’ll be hard to beat! But what about the rest of us poor impoverished musicians, producers and engineers? How can you recreate that sound without having to shell out all that cash?

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ultimate ears

A while ago we had a look at monitoring and whether it’s better to use speakers or headphones to mix on. In the world of live sound and on-stage monitoring, the same question comes up. Fortunately for professional musicians, it’s not a hard choice as you can simply have both!

In ear monitors give you isolation and clarity, and you can always pop one out to hear the monitors to get a bit more atmosphere etc. When it comes to in ear monitors, the choice of many are Ultimate Ears.

In the video below, we get a guided tour around their factory and a close up look at how each pair of monitors is hand made for a perfect fit.

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surround sound

Here’s an article I wrote for Churchmag a while ago, asking is it worth installing 5.1 surround instead of stereo?

What do you think? For a fixed budget, should you go all out and get a 5.1 cinema system or are you better off going for a pair of really nice full-range speakers and sticking with two channel stereo?

[image via Jens Lumm]

list book

When you first start working with other engineers, there is a lot of terminology that commonly used to describe a particular sound, effect or problem which can be of a problem if you haven’t heard any of it before.

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dark side2

While I was at university, a question went around the studios; “If you could have been credited as the recording engineer for any album in history, what would that album be?”. Some people said Thriller by Michael Jackson, a few said Kind Of Blue by Miles Davis, but there was one answer that kept coming up again and again; The Dark Side Of The Moon, by Pink Floyd. No doubt, because it was so unlike everything else that was happening in the music industry at the time.

In my head, the making of the album was just hours of playing around with echoes, reverb, tape machines and delay units. As it turns out, that’s pretty much exactly how it was…

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Have you ever been into an audio hi-fi shop and been utterly bewildered by the claims they make about gold plated speaker cables and the like? When buying a new amp a while ago, it happened to come with £40 worth of free cable. The assistant recommended their highest-grade audio cable at the staggering price of… yes, £40 per meter! So I could get one measly meter of cable free? I’m not sure who was more insulted, whether it was me by his offer, or him by my insistence on 20 meters of £2 per meter cable instead.

So, it’s time to find out just how many of these claims you should pay attention to, and which are just hype and nonsense they can charge a fortune for.

Bring on the Audioholics with a comprehensive guide to consumer audio myth-busting for cables, amplifiers and speakers. My personal favourite is on cable “break-in” which is an obvious ploy to get consumers to keep cables beyond their return date, and to buy expensive “break-in” source material to be played through your brand new cables.

In short, if it sounds ridiculous and stupid, then it probably is.

[image via terman]