Home Recording Handbook

Writer-musician Dave Hunter has published a new book, The Home Recording Handbook, ($29.99), through publisher Backbeat Press and distributed through Hal Leonard Books.

With a microphone, some headphones and monitors, says Hunter, “anyone can have a home studio capable of making professional recordings worthy of airplay and release.” Hunter’s book aims to help the reader “harness all that vast potential” for putting the prosumer recording gear to good use.

Hunter details how to make “pro-sounding recordings without pro budgets” or off-site studios, stepping readers through tracking, mixing, and mastering processes, and showing how to do it with minimal gear. He includes tips for drums, bass, guitar, keyboard, vocals and more.

See the Hal Leonard site for details.

 

The Mackie DL1608 iPad Mixer Promo Video Will Blow Your Mind

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Mackie’s got a new mixer out – the Mackie DL1608 16-Channel Digital Live Sound Mixer with iPad Control. That’s pretty awesome – but their acid trip promo video may be even better.

Here’s what they have to say about the video:

See what happens when the sound guy for the Portland band Vanimal is introduced to the new Mackie DL1608. It’s a trip!

There were a lot of questionable iPad music introductions at this year’s NAMM Show, but it looks like the Mackie iPad mixer design does a great job of taking advantage of the capabilities you get with the iPad and pairing it with complementary hardware. Instead of paying for a bajillion faders and switches, you control the mixer with the iPad’s touchscreen. But this also means that you can control the mixer from anywhere in the iPad’s wireless range, making it easy to mix from the audience’s perspective.

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iRig Mic + VocaLive At Winter NAMM 2011

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IK Multimedia introduced iRig Mic, a condenser hand-held microphone designed for iOS devices and VocaLive, a vocal effects app, at the 2011 NAMM Show.

C.J. Pierce of Drowning Pool and IK Multimedia’s Starr Ackerman show you what you can do with IK’s 2 new releases iRig and VocaLive and then proceed to simulate a bad drug tip with VocaLive’s voice effects.

VocaLive will have a suite of 5 dedicated real-time vocal effects (pitch correction, choir harmonizer, voice doubler, vocal morpher and de-esser) plus 7 effects tailored to vocal processing (reverb, EQ, compressor, delay, envelope filter, chorus, phazer) that can be combined on a 3-processor vocal rig chain.

AmpliTube 2 For iPod touch, iPhone, iPad

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IK Multimedia has released AmpliTube 2 (App Store link) for iPod touch, iPhone and iPad:

Turn your iPhone/iPod touch into the ultimate mobile guitar and bass multi-effect processor and mobile recording studio! Use the AmpliTube iRig interface adapter to connect your guitar to your iPhone/iPod touch/iPad and you are ready to rock!

Play, practice and record anytime, anywhere with world-class guitar and bass tones right in the palm of your hand. AmpliTube for iPhone gives you incredible ultra-realistic tones and effects, plus full multitrack recording capabilities in a convenient mobile app, all from the leader in analog gear modeling software for professional recording studios.

Features:

  • 5 new stomp effects available as in-app purchase
  • Improved sound with DSP parts derived from AmpliTube and T-RackS for Mac/PC Apps (www.amplitube.com, www.t-racks.com)
  • Built-in recorder with re-amping
  • Multitrack recorder with 4 tracks and master FX section with 3 effects available as in app purchase
  • Export your recordings and mixes as high quality audio files or send them by email as MP3s
  • Import songs as backing tracks directly from your iPod library on your device or your computer using file sharing or Wi-Fi
  • Speedtrainer for slow down/speed up imported songs without affecting the pitch
  • Up to 50 songs can now be imported
  • New preset naming feature

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Using An iPhone As A Synth Effects Processor

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Synthesist Erik Norlander, of Sonic Reality, demonstrates using AmpliTube iRig as an effects processor for his Yamaha Motif synthesizer, in this this official IK Multimedia demo video.

Amplitube iRig is a $39.99 audio adapter designed to let you connect guitars and audio gear to iOS devices. Paired with Amplitube for the iPhone/iPad, which are available in free and commercial versions, the software/hardware combo makes a pretty cheap multi-effects processor.

via ikmultimedia