Nov 21

Its that time again for a bit of music. I like this track ‘Rather Be’ by Clean Bandit for many reasons. Its a simple but very effective track with a good vocal sound, nice production, great tight string sound, good rhythm and very catchy. The strings at the start seem almost robotic which to some extent is very different as this is not how strings are normally played. The bass drum comes in with a quality warmth which is just right for the song – all the ingredients of a hit song. It may not be a song you like but if you write or record songs – I think it is probably worth a listen. You could possibly use it as reference material when you are mixing or mastering. For me I like the idea of what is not in the verse that makes it special. Instead of just increasing your track count adding and layering sounds, why not take them down bare minimums and see how good the vocals sound.

Talking of bare minimums:-

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Nov 6

What a sound engineer really does – Stanton Warriors

You can’t help thinking that regardless of how funny this is, it has elements of truth. From the extreme of a poor singer expecting the engineer to turn him or her into a polished artist, to the sole singer songwriter in his or own studio using technology to make the performance sound so much better than it really is. Whilst you can not polish a turd, you can create something very pleasing with pitch correction software, good EQ, compression and reverb.

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Nov 5

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Controller keyboards continue to improve with more and more functionality and Korg are a company that do not stand still in this respect and who have just discontinued their Kontrol range of Midi keyboard controllers to provide the new
Korg Triton Taktile keyboard controller.

The Triton Taktile has even more real-time controls and functions but has an added bonus with the inclusion of 512 sounds from the well known and loved Triton range of synthesizers.

At only £319 for the Triton Taktile 49 and £239 or the Triton Taktile 25, it has a great spec and fairly good build quality for the price. It has sufficient lights for stage use or badly lit studios. All of its buttons and pads are made of rubber which are translucent. It has a nice playing feel but sadly like many keyboards today it has no aftertouch.

The pitch-bend and modulation wheel which is assignable are not in my favourite position and are positioned in the upper left-hand corner above the keys. It has eight sliders and the buttons below the sliders allow you to assign a Midi Control of your choice. Above the sliders are eight knobs and when the Korg Triton Taktile is in sound mode, these knobs become controls for Filter, Envelope and effects. Unfortunately there is no way that edited sounds can be saved.

Furthermore in the centre there is a mini Kaoss Pad which can be assigned either to trigger notes, chords from a particular scale or software parameters and a ribbon controller which also gives you a range of assignable options. On the right-hand side of the control panel are 16 pads that are assignable, velocity-sensitive and backlit – great for your drum sounds whic is also very useful for the on-board arppegiator which has six modes.

The Korg Triton Taktile is everything you could want from a Midi controller keyboard and at this price anf fuctionality, it is going to be hard to beat and The taktile series is now compatible with iPad.

Dimensions 750 x 290 x 83 mm, Number of Keys 49, Weight 3.8kg.
Dimensions 531 x 290 x 72 mm, Number of Keys 25, Weight 2.5kg.