Sep 19

I don’t know if you have ever seen this before or like me if you believed it was possible for one person to sing two notes at the same time. Well the very talented Anna-Maria Hefele shows us in this live video that polyphonic overtone singing is possible and that every human being is capable of doing this.

Apparently, you can sing the overtone scale on one fundamental. Another fundamental has its own overtone scale, so in order to have more overtones to sing nice melodies, you can use different fundamentals and change them while singing.

You can do this with different movements of your tongue, lips and jaw and by changing the shape of the resonant cavities of the mouth, larynx and pharynx to produce the harmonics (fundamental and overtones) of a sound wave.

Wiki states “Overtone singing—also known as overtone chanting, harmonic singing or throat singing—is a type of singing in which the singer manipulates the resonances (or formants) created as air travels from the lungs, past the vocal folds, and out of the lips to produce a melody”.

If that all sounds too complicated, Anna-Maria Hefele shows you how at her site :- http://www.openculture.com/2015/10/anna-maria-hefele-presents-a-6-part-lesson-on-how-to-sing-two-notes.html

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Apr 7

Here is another interesting new product for Musikmesse 2016 – The Boss VE-8 Acoustic Singer multi-effects pedal

The is mainly aimed at the acoustic guitar singer providing studio-quality vocal and guitar processing, including real-time harmonies and looping. You can get a professional vocal sound very quickly

You can get a professional vocal sound very quickly as it gives you a basic reverb plus a choice of four harmonies (with automatic key detection and doubling effect), electronic and distorted sounds, pitch correct, doubling, 3 band eq, low cut, radio and an Enhance setting, to add clarity and control to your sound.

For your guitar sound, there is a bit magic with something called Acoustic Resonance you can use it to remove piezo ‘quack’ and fine-tune your guitar tone with the Notch control. The main effects available are reverb, chorus, octave, mod delay, tremelo, phaser, octave, slow gear, 3 band eq, low cut, notch filter. There’s a handy built-in tuner, too.

There is also a footswitch which controls a built-in 80 second looper, which can loop your guitar, vocal or both, while patches can be stored in any of 50 memory locations.

Around the bach you get a whole range of connections:- MIC IN connector: XLR type, balanced, phantom power (DC 48 V, 10 mA Max)
GUITAR IN jack: 1/4-inch phone type, AUX IN jack: Stereo miniature phone type, XLR OUT L, R connectors: XLR type, LINE OUT L/MONO, R jacks: 1/4-inch phone type, PHONES jack: Stereo miniature phone type, MEMORY INC/DEC jack: 1/4-inch TRS phone type, USB COMPUTER port: USB type B and a DC IN jack.

Size is as follows:- 217 mm x 161 mm x 65 mm and weight of only 1.3 kg with batteries.

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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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Oct 25

Alesis MicLink Wireless Digital Wireless Microphone Adapter

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Welcome to great new product from Alesis – the new Alesis MicLink Wireless Digital Wireless Microphone Adapter This is total Wireless Freedom for all you great singers and what’s more you don’t have to buy a wireless mic.

Alessis have done a great job of making this easy, hassle – free just look at their simplification ideas here:-

1. Plug the MicLink Wireless universal XLR transmitter into your dynamic mic of choice.
2. Turn on the receiver.
3. Press and hold the pair button on the receiver and transmitter for 3 seconds.
4. Start performing – for up to 60 feet, for over 6 hours, and with up to 5 wireless systems working simultaneously.

How about that you don’t have any of that awkward channel searching, obviously no  wires to spoil your performance and no loss  in quality – just an easy wireless solution for whatever dynamic mic you are using at the moment – I am impressed have a look at the spec:-
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Jan 28

FROU FROU – MUST BE DREAMING

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It has been a while since we had some music on the site and I forgot about this great track from Frou Frou called Must be dreaming. Great track and great album, performed by the incredibly talented and very beautiful Imogen Heap and she looks stunning in this clip.

The trouble is I don’t know what I love most – Imogen Heap or the sound of the Synth at the end of this song – such a difficult choice.

Jan 2

Well its that all important month for new products and here is one for the start of the month – the new Voicelive 3 from TC Helicon explained excellently by Tom Lang.

Vocals are the main ingrediant here and VoiceLive 3 has an arsenal of powerful vocal effects with 11 independent effects blocks and over 180 different styles. Preset, yes we love presets and the VoiceLive 3 provides you with over 250 and over 1000+ more can be downloaded for free.

It is packed with improvements and additions from its previous model the VoiceLive 2 with new Harmony modes – Pedal, Fixed, and Mixed-Mode – for expanded voicing and musical possibilities. There is also a new Authentic Vocoder with voice-controlled polyphonic synth and robot modes which allow you to play your voice like an instrument.

TC Helicon have also made improvements to its vocal effects with harmonies and doubling tones that sound better than before with use of new delay filters and hardTune styles.

Designed for vocal / guitarist it is also packed with guitar effects and amp simulations that will compete with the best guitar pedal boards out there.

Add to this an awesome looper with 45 minutes of loop time, you can get so creative with this. Have a look at the clip and try the VoiceLive 3 out at your nearest stockist.

Lets hope the rest of January brings more great new products. Bookmark me for further updates.
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Oct 24

New Kaotica Eyeball Microphone isolator at AES 2013

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Wow – this will get your eyeballs rolling. This to me looks a very clever, neat and compact design for a microphone isolator. It doesn’t look clumsy, looks as if it certainly keeps the outside world out and hopefully allow for some perfect vocal recordings. Read on a watch the You Tube Clips and see what your imporessions are:-

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Oct 17

You are probably like me and really want a magic fix for your vocal tracks. I have tried so many different products and I am about to try izotope Nectar Elements but looking at the You Tube clip above I am tempted to try out the new iZotope Nectar2 Vocal Production Suite to breathe some life into my vocal tracks. iZotope say this will treat my vocal to some sweet results, well that sounds about what I need.

So what do you get with New iZotope Nectar2?

With over 150 great presets, the Nectar 2 Production Suite includes the Nectar 2 plug-in with 11 powerful vocal modules which are Harmony, EMT 140-modeled Plate Reverb, FX, Pitch, Delay, De-Esser, Saturation, Compressors, Gate, EQ and Limiter plus two additional plug-ins Breath Control and the Pitch Editor.

This is a very impressive package and I hope there will be some great upgrade packages to upgrade from Elements.

Oct 14

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Well I think this is worth a look. You can currently get 70% off of Izotope Nectar Elements Vocal Package.

If you need some help with your vocal sound this great little plug-in could be exactly what you are looking for. It has been designed for you to get some great results quickly. This is achieved by loading one of Nectar’s professional Style presets. They come in different genres like Rock, Pop, Folk, Soul, and Voice Over & Dialogue. If you want you can then customize your sound with its controls such as Presence, Drive, and Grit. You may also want to fix a few annoying problems like removing that horrible “Ess” sound.

Izotope have for a short time reduced their Izotope Nectar Elements Vocal Package by 70 %, this is because they are about to release version 2 of Nectar. Version 1 of Elements is such a great price at only £29.00 you need to rush out and get yours now – I have

Apr 10

It is a great privilege to be attending Musikmesse in Frankfurt this weekend. Already there has been a surprising announcement of new products – Korg Kross Synth, Novation Bass Station II, Roland RC-505 Looper, Native Instruments Komplete 9 software package, Avid Pro Tools 11 DAW, Arturia KeyLab range of professional-grade MIDI keyboard controllers with all-new accompanying Analog Lab synthesizer software, Genelec M Series Monitors, Cakewalk Z3TA+ 2 software synth, Softube Console 1 hardware/software music mixing solution, TC Helicon Harmony Singer, Novation Launchpad S, Universal Audio Apollo 16 Audio Interface, Nord Drum 2 and Nord Pad, Nord Lead 4, Korg Volca analogue groove boxes, Nord Piano 2 HP, RME MADiface XT – the world’s first USB 3.0 audio interface, SPL Crimson USB Audio Interface & Controller, and at long last the Waldorf Pulse 2 Synth.

I am sure there are many others that will capture my heart and interest and possibly my wallet. I hope to bring back some great pictures and useful information to share with you

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