Ever felt the scorn of luddites hurling about loose terms like warmth, depth, width and punch? Dax Liniere took a bit of scientific umbrage to the bullying and dissected what the terms mean for the modern-day digital engineer, in his first part of a series about how to get analogue results from digital workstations called Thinking Outside The Box.
Nick Launay took us inside the luxurious halls of La Fabrique studios in France where Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds recorded their latest album Push The Sky Away. The French countryside, wine, and rooms lined with books and records all had the creative juices flowing.
Baz Luhrmann films are always an audio extravaganza as well as a visual spectacle, we talked to the crew behind the scenes about what it takes to keep up with Baz. Electronic act PVT take us back to the countryside manor where they recorded Homosapien, and The Drones turn a demountable classroom into a studio for I See Seaweed.
We went back to Live aficionado Tim Shiel (who featured in Issue 94 of AudioTechnology for his work bringing Gotye’s show to life) to roadtest the latest version of Ableton Live, version 9. Other reviews include Avid’s Pro Series plug-ins, Izotope Ozone 5 Advanced, the Korg MS-20 Mini, Charter Oak SCL-1 compressor, Rode iXY, and Arturia’s SparkLE rhythm controller.
And for our first Mix Masterclass, Phil Tan breaks down Rihanna’s vocal chain in her smash hit Diamonds to reveal some interesting techniques you can apply to pop vocals. Plus synth designer and preset guru, Rob Papen, joins us for Last Word.