Here’s an 8-bit take on Lana Del Rey’s Video Games, by Amanda Palmer and Alex Yabsley (aka Dot-AY), live at the Blip Festival (February 18th, 2012).
Synth Magic has introduced Sounds Of The Quadra – a virtual ARP Quadra synthesizer and analogue style sequencer for Native Instruments Kontakt 4.
Sounds of the Quadra is a virtual instrument for MAC and PC and is designed to let users recreate the sounds of the legendary 1978 synthesiser. Continue reading
Airwindows’ Pop is a universal binary Audio Unit compressor plugin designed to create “extraordinary pop vocals.”
According to Airwindows:
Inspired by radio-friendly Genesis, Pop puts every detail in your lap- the reason it exists is, I was listening to ‘Mama’ and other songs off the eponymous Genesis album, and couldn’t believe how overwhelming Hugh Padgham had Phil Collins’ vocal sounding. It reached out and grabbed and defined every detail so aggressively- I needed to make a special compressor that could deliver a sound like that, because nothing I had was designed for such aggressive behavior.
Pop retails for $59.99. A non-expiring demo version is available.
Rick Wakeman’s Jane Seymour
Not a lot of keyboardists got away with wearing capes, even in the 70’s, but no one seemed to question it when Rick Wakeman cut loose. Continue reading
In this BBC Rock School footage from 1986, Tony Banks discusses improvising melodies in Genesis songs.
Includes footage of the 1980 Duke Tour Lyceum concert with an example of one of his finest keyboard solos in Genesis in the song “Slipperman”.
Our contact at Focusrite sends word about a massive project to remaster Genesis’ back catalog for surround sound. Nick Davis, right, spent nearly three years remastering the entire Genesis back catalogue in 5.1.
Davis started his career as a tape op back in 1983, recording early demos with Tears For Fears for Polygram. He moved to Air Studios and then Westside where he became chief engineer. After going freelance he engineered Mike And The Mechanics’ The Living Years LP, which was the start of a long relationship with Genesis.
“I’ve just kind of stayed within the family,” he says. “Once they find people they like to work with they stick with them. I’ve done some of their live albums and produced a couple of their later albums. They decided to remix the catalogue in 5.1 and it’s been a fantastic project, albeit one that’s been almost three years in the making!” Continue reading