This is an Excerpt from a review by SOUND on SOUND of the dbx 160S Compressor/Limiter

http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/jan98/articles/dbx.htm

Is the dbx 160S pure technology, a work of art, or a little of both? PAUL WHITE puts it to the test.

You can always tell when a valuable product comes in for review — it turns up in a flight case, not a cardboard box! The 160S is dbx’s top-of-the-range analogue compressor/limiter, and it’s pretty clear that the heavy, sculpted front panel and chunky metal knobs have been influenced by Focusrite’s high-end ‘Red’ styling, but the design aim seems to have been to capture the sonic signature of existing dbx classic products, rather than to go all out for sonic neutrality or attempt to create a new compressor characteristic.

INTRODUCTION

Housed in a 2U rack-mounting case, the 160S is a 2-channel compressor/limiter with the addition of dbx’s proprietary PeakStopPlus limiter on the output. Metering is via moving-coil meters rather than the more usual LED ladders, and full side-chain access is available. The heavy aluminium front panel is blue anodized, and all the controls, buttons included, have a heavy, smooth feel that inspires confidence.

Before going further, it’s probably helpful if I explain the presence of the PeakStopPlus limiter in a product that can already function as a limiter in its own right. The most obvious reason for including a separate limiter after a compressor is so that the user can apply gentle compression to the signal using the compressor section, but still have the limiter keeping watch for peaks that might otherwise exceed the safe limit for the next piece of equipment in line. This is particularly important with digital equipment, which doesn’t tolerate any overload. However, even if you were to configure the main compressor as a limiter, by using a high ratio and a very fast attack time, you’d find this setting less than ideal for low-frequency sounds, which are treated more kindly if the compressor attack time is set a little longer. Of course, setting anything other than the fastest attack time allows brief peaks to slip through the system unchecked, which is why a separate, very fast output limiter is so useful.

PeakStopPlus is actually a two-stage limiter designed to arrest excessive peaks with the minimum of side-effects, and it does this by first employing what dbx describe as their Instantaneous Transient Clamp, which controls the level using a soft logarithmic function to avoid harsh-sounding clipping effects. This effectively prevents overshoots of more than around 2dB above the set threshold, but then stage two comes into action, introducing another new dbx term — Intelligent Predictive Limiting. I interpret this as a type of look-ahead system that monitors the input level, providing a very short but still useful warning that a peak is about to hit the limiter. Apparently the top couple of dBs of the limiting process provide soft clipping rather than simple truncation which, again, helps produce a more natural sound. PeakStopPlus is provided as a kind of peak level safety net, so under normal circumstances the compressor output level would be set so that the limiter rarely operates (if ever). If desired, however, the limiter can be provoked into more frequent action, allowing its use as a creative effect.

dbx® 160 Plugin Overview with Eddie Kramer

Watch renowned producer/engineer Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones) present the Waves dbx® 160 Compressor/Limiter, an authentic-sounding plugin version of the vintage dbx® 160 compressor heard on countless hit recordings from the 1970s, 1980s and beyond.

For more on this great product check out this link and learn more!

http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/jan98/articles/dbx.htm

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Antelope Audio Introduces MP32:

32 Channels of Transparent, World Class Microphone Preamplifiers in a Compact 2U Rack Design

MP32 is the Ultimate Front-End Recording Device for both Live and Studio Applications and the Perfect Companion to Antelope’s Orion32 Interface

Antelope Audio As part of its most recent product unveiling at the 137th International AES Convention, leading professional audio gear manufacturer Antelope Audio announces the MP32, a 32-channel, console-grade microphone preamplifier with integrated software control. Housed in a 2U rack space, MP32 is specifically designed to complement Orion32‘s precise conversion and ensure even greater transparency while recording.

Antelope Audio MP32

Antelope Audio MP32

The combination of the Orion32 and MP32 — totaling just 3U in rack space — make it a perfectly suited solution for studios and live recording where rack space can be a precious commodity. The new MP32 expands on the analog preamplifier circuit design of the recently launched Zen Studio, which includes 12 studio quality mic preamps.

“With the MP32, the key idea was to incorporate an holistic approach,” says Antelope’s founder and CEO, Igor Levin. “Instead of considering a mic pre to be a disparate element, it should be viewed within the framework of the overall structure which comprises the A/D converter, its drivers and the pre itself. The result is that the entire system works in harmony, ensuring sonic integrity throughout the entire recording chain: from recording, to conversion, and playback.”

Quality and Versatility On the Road, in the Home or in the Studio
Each of the class-A preamps on the MP32 feature phantom power and four of them can operate as Hi-Z instrument inputs. By using the MP32′s control panel (compatible with both Mac and PC), users can manipulate each of the unit’s input types and mic gain levels remotely. Even more, audio engineers are able to save and easily recall their own presets for various situations, making workflow more efficient. The individual V/U style metering provides instant signal confirmation at the glance of a computer monitor.

Rear View MP32

Each preamplifier on the MP32 was designed to be open and transparent, introducing an increased level of sonic realism in recorded material. The unit offers excellent headroom and up to 65 dB of gain in 1 dB steps: more than enough power for even the most demanding ribbon mics. Since the MP32 is so compact — yet uncompromising in its quality and feature set — it offers an economical solution for modern engineers and producers to increase both quality and channel count at the input stage, whether they are operating a DAW-based project studio, a state of the art commercial studio, a laptop-based live rig or a multi-channel remote recording truck.

The MP32 is scheduled to ship later in the forth quarter of 2014 and will be priced at $2995, with a special discount available for Orion32 owners.

32-Channel Mic Pres Perfectly Matching Orion32 Audio Intreface

MP32 is a 32-channel console-grade microphone preamp with integrated software remote control and Antelope Audio’s exciting new approach to analog circuit design.

The rave reviews shared by several top audio engineers regarding the quality of the 12 mic preamps in our portable audio interface Zen Studio urged us to expand further and create a 32-channel mic preamp housed in only two rack spaces. We designed MP32 to be a perfect match for our top-selling audio interface Orion32, this way ensuring a full transparency of the sound and complete integrity of the signal via the whole chain, from the mic pres through the conversion, recording and playback, all of them characterized by the signature Antelope sound. The combination of the Orion32 and MP32 — totaling just 3U in rack space — make it a perfectly suited solution for studios and live recording where rack space can be a precious commodity.

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Balancing Act

Balancing Act

This is a video exploring another side of the music of Mark Allan Wolfe. Noted for Rock, Indie, and New Age music, here is a cinematic piece. The song opens with soft piano, that is haunting and is joined by guitar and cello and culminates in a balancing act of a variety of musical instruments. The swelling of cymbals, orchestral elements, and traditional island percussion. For more music and licensing information please visit markallanwolfe.com
If you are interested in licensing music immediately you can start by visiting the online music licensing store located at
http://markallanwolfe.com/License Music.html

Mixing Video Series: How to use Compression with the CA2A in SONAR X3

I use this software a lot and I found Cakewalk Sonar X3 to be one of the best recording software out there. You may like something different but this is a great tool for recording your music at home and in the studio

Mixing with Compression is an essential part to shaping and creating a great sounding track. In this video series I take you through a track-by-track video that shows you how to use compression on various types of instruments in SONAR X3 with the CA-2A T-Type Leveling Amplifier. You can use compression to control levels, enhance dynamics, and much more. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel and check out this series today.

 

Part 1 of 7 – Introducing the CA2A and all of it’s parameters in SONAR X3.

The CA2A is available separately on the Cakewalk Store

Check out SONAR X3: http://www.cakewalk.com/Products/SONAR/

Check out the CA2A Leveling Amplifier: http://www.cakewalk.com/products/CA-2A/

Sound Design behind “The Hobbit”

In this exclusive SoundWorks Collection sound profile we visit Park Road Post Studios in Wellington, New Zealand to talk with the sound team of Director Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Featured interviews include Re-recording and sound design. I have found this to be very helpful and you may too.

As composers, artist and musicians we are to always challenge ourselves creativly, as well as technically. Although a lot of you may not creat score music or sound design I am sure you will gain some insight into your craft by watching and listening to this little video clip.

Mark Allan Wolfe and Wolfies Music radio interview

Be sure to tune in this evening at 9 pm est for a very informative and fun time!!

Life has ups and downs, highs and lows yet it is the music we follow within our heart that will ultimately define who we are and what we become. Tonight, we present to you, the gifted composer, Mark Allan Wolfe.

Mark Allan Wolfe is a composer and an artist in the truest sense. His film and TV compositions run from thought-provoking, high energy, laced with adrenaline and  atq times sincerity. Combining heart-pounding Rock ‘n Roll with tributaries of Electronics, World, Hip-Hop, Pop and Americana, Mark’s songs draw on his 25 years of striving for professionalism and musical merger of sound and genre.

His fans span the world and the 1500+ compositions verify that diversity on TV, internet, film and commercials. You may have hummed one of Mark’s tunes not even realizing the tunesmith behind the music. Web site: MarkAllanWolfe

Grace Peterson is an author, garden columnist and blogger. Depending on the weather, she can be found either pecking on her laptop or puttering in her garden. She is a member of the National Association of Memoir Writers and the Association For Writing Excellence and her work has been published in several anthologies.

Tonight we will speaking of her first book, Reaching. Is it Demon possession or mental illness. A personal descent into cult extremism and the aftermath,.

Grace lives in western Oregon, sharing a home with her husband and four furry felines while their four grown children come and go. REACHING is her first book. Her gardening memoir is slated for publication later this year. Web-site: Gracepete.com

Tips on getting music placed and listened to

A lot of people email me and ask questions about how to get their music heard, do I have some time to listen and perhaps can I give them some advice? So I decided to put this together as a little posting to try to pass along some VERY IMPORTANT info. I hope it helps it is very basic but sometimes that is all that is needed to do. .

Do your research, find out what shows fit your music. Check the credits. Some of us may respond to Linkedin, Facebook, etc. If I have heavy metal or hard rock songs and cues I am not going to send them along to a show that primarily uses Hip Hop? or Reggae?

You may think this is silly that I say this but I cannot begin to tell you how many times I might post a listing or song search and I get back the totally opposite results. I will post something like I need Hip Hop, or Urban rap tune and someone will eventually send me a singer songwriter or jazz, even once I got a classical score piece. I am not mocking you or making fun of them for I have done that even in the past a long time ago but you need to do your research and find out what shows use what or what have they licensed before. Nothing will get the Music Supervisor to NOT listen to something more than when someone says, “I know your not looking for this at the moment but I feel this will be the best fit for your show…”  Not tripping but if the director wanted something other than what is listed we would have asked for it.

When sending someone an email asking them to listen to your music be sure you make the process as simple as possible. Links to stream with a link to download next to it. Keep it clean and accessible. Something like SoundCloud or Drop Box You Send it, Reverbnation EPK something easy.

Try to think of it like a million folks are trying to get the Music Supervisor or A&R agent to listen to their music. If the one listening needs to fill out forms or go searching on some website then that is NOT going to happen.

“What is the best way for me to get your attention to their music or take a moment to listen?” Be honest about presentation. Be professional yet humble. Try not to tell me you’re the NEXT so and so..Let your music and image do the talking. You maybe working out of a garage or a one room apartment or you may have a great band rocking out every night. THe thing is that if you have great music and great attitude you WILL be heard, your music WILL get you to where you need to be. Might take a while but it will. LOL

Finally BE ENCOURAGED!! and Keep on keeping on. No ONE believes more in your music than YOU! No one will promote it as hard, talk it up as much or try to sell it more.If you send a package out give it some time say 4-6 weeks. I cannot tell you how many times I might have sent something out and not heard nothing back then WHAM when you’re not thinking about it like sometimes months later you get the call, “We LOVE YOUR MUSIC!!” So just because someone does not call you or email you with in a month or so does not mean you’re not being heard.

We live in an age of FAST..somethings take time and for the RIGHT time. If you hold steady and do not quit and believe, make great music SOMEONE WILL notice.

With that I say CHEERS and have a safe summer, stay in touch.

Wolfie’s Music Publishing

The music players on here are from Wolfies Music Publishing and Mark Allan Wolfe

More Licensing Terms

Now I know I have posted a whole page on Music Licensing Terms I thought I would make a quick one for those of you who have NO clue as to what is going on. I am trying to help everyone get a better understanding as to the craft you are trying to get into.

For all of you out there who have the whole understanding maybe you can today or sometime do the right thing and try to share that knowledge with someone who has no clue. Pay it Forward so to say. Enjoy!

All Broadcast Rights

Includes Non-Broadcast, TV and Radio, Basic Cable, Internet, Premium Cable, Common Carrier, In Context and DBS

All Media Rights

(excluding Theatrical) Includes All Broadcast Rights as well as Pay-Per-View and DVD/Home-Video – unlimited copies and “all devices now known or hereafter devised”

Audio/Visual Production

Any production such as corporate, educational, government, etc. which is not for broadcast, sale or public showing where a fee is charged.

Infomercial

A commercial no longer than one minute Internet Production
Any production released on a networked telecommunications system (i.e. On-line) such as the World Wide Web through services such as Compuserve, MSN, AOL, Netscape, etc.

Local Commercial

A commercial spot aired in less than three markets, none of which are New York, Los Angeles or Chicago

Network Commercial

A commercial spot aired nationwide

Pay-Per-View

A individual production released on Cable which is paid for by the viewer separate from the normal cable fees

Productions For Sale

Any production sold via catalog, special order, Internet, educational or government auspices as well as mass marketing to the general public

Music Production and Mastering Tips

As we gear up for this new year and start considering all the things we are getting involved in we wanted to share a few things with all of you that might help you all in your production and music creation.

Mastering is often considered to be something of a dark art, being thought of as almost unattainable. Although it is a complicated process it is not something that is not  unattainable and it is not an unlearn-able skill. A few places where you can find help would be ; Computer Music Has a bunch of tools available as well as a beginners’ guide to mastering. You can also visit http://www.recordingmag.com/ For a LOT of helpful tips and video links and articles to get you going.

Now, lets look at the things that we have found to be very helpful…..

Notch the kick

Try not to use shelving EQ to boost your kick. For you do this, and you are going to be boosting all the harmonics in there as well. Start by notching the EQ with in the freq of the Bass Drum, so you can just control the thud of the kick. I have found that if I just tweak the lower end of the EQ I can get that DEEP thud effect that hits you in the chest but sits right in the mix.

Ramp up the vocals

If the vocal track seems dry or is not cutting through, I will use EQ. I go to the center and add some mids in a bell shape all the while being mindful not to change the dynamic of the track. I boost around the 2, 2.7, 3kHz range , depending on the vocal tone. I will also use a mid/side processor to make the center channel louder or send it through a plug in that makes it spread out a bit I know I am weird but one thing is just because your plug in may have preset that says it is made or designed for this or that instrument does not always mean it is the best. Explore your sound and try to find those dynamics that make your track jump out and grab you by the throat and say “HEY LISTEN!” You understand do not limit yourself by what others put on you.

STAY BALANCED!

Now just because you may have these great tools and plug ins does not mean that you have to use them on everything. If the track or instrument is well-balanced, maybe you do not need a compressor. It is all about the gain structure and tone. You may want to turn your track up but you don’t want to ruin the vibe, so use wisdom. I always say STAY BALANCED Do not let your A.D.D get the best of you stay on track but at the same time explore your options. For some of the best tracks have been found totally by accident by exploring but you should always back up EVERYTHING and always save the original un the event you make a mistake.

Compression can affect the width

A narrow mix can be widened using mid/side processing, as compression and gain on the outer frequencies will accentuate them. Just be careful not to hid or cover up the important parts in the center, like bass and vocals. If your mix is too wide you may be able to bring it in by compressing the center signal, then raising its level back up. Always try to find a perfect place for every instrument, this is another beast all in itself though right?

Lower the output

When you are ready to make a mp3 from your mix you will get a better result by converting a WAV that has been mastered to a slightly lower output level than 0dB. Some engineers will recommends starting with a WAV that is about -0.5dB or -1.5db Try it out and see for yourself the difference is unbelievable.
If your mix is still some what not where you want it despite your best EQ efforts, you might want to try an exciter or enhancer. Where EQs can accentuate noise, and only amplify what’s already there. Exciters raise the harmonics of the fundamental tones found in the recording, brightening dull mixes. As with everything in mastering, though, don’t overdo it remember STAY BALANCED!
Do not forget to visit the websites and dign up for email list. Big news coming in a bit so if your looking to maybe find placements for your music be sure to stay connected. Things have been so busy it has been hard to stay up to date with everything. Please be patient.

Unreleased 1968 Jimi Hendrix Track, “Somewhere,”

This is an article from GuitarWorld.com I think jimi was absolutely one of the BEST guitar players of ROCK and Electric Blues ever but that is my opinion thought you might like to listen to this if your a fan as well. In a video posted last November, a clip of a “new” Hendrix track called “Somewhere” could be heard as engineer Eddie Kramer discussed the making of People, Hell & Angels, a collection of 12 previously unreleased studio recordings from the guitar legend.

Now the entire song — which features Buddy Miles and Stephen Stills — can be heard in full online. Stream it below via the video player.

Culled from the guitarist’s final recordings, the post-Experience material promises to veer in unexpected directions, even for diehard Hendrix fans. The collection, with a title coined by Hendrix, features a host of new collaborators for the guitar legend.

“We’re thrilled to be able to release People, Hell & Angels during the celebration of the 70th anniversary of my brother’s birth,” Janie Hendrix says. “The brilliance of the album serves to underscore what we’ve known all along: that there has never been and never will be a musical force equal to his and that we cherish and take inspiration of what he left us both now and for many generations to come … simply eternity.”

People, Hell & Angels is out March 5. I will also invite you to sample some of my music over at markallanwolfe.com you may like some of the tracks that are there which I was inspired by the man himself