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Are Virtual Microphones the future?

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Today’s conversation piece revolves around the announcements of new systems such as the Slate Digital Virtual Recording system and Virtual Microphone System, as well as Townsend Labs’ Sphere microphone, and going back 10 years or more with preamps trying to sound like others – not to mention Anatares’ own efforts at trying to get one […]

Mac Vs PC – is USB for audio dead?

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In today’s update to the Mac vs PC debate, we talk about whether USB audio is good for anyone, and where it’s headed. It seems to be the only way with iOS, so there it shall stay, but we talk about FireWire (originally an Apple only thing) and Thunderbolt, PCIe etc and ways we’ll have […]

Audient iD4 Unboxing

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It’s been a mad few weeks, and Audient have sent us an iD4 to use in the iPad Audio Production series, and to review in depth. It’s a chunky little piece of gear, and seems to be looking like it’ll do its job very nicely. Audient – https://audient.com/

Slate Virtual Recording system has been announced! World-changing 8-channel Thunderbolt interface

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Slate Digital have announced what looks to be a complete game-changing interface, with 0.7ms latency at 96kHz, 8 channels of their Virtual Mic System, top-of-the-range flagship converters and both Thunderbolt for Mac and PCIe for PC (and vice versa in the coming months) – all for less than the competition in this top bracket, and […]

Thermionik – Two Notes Wall of Sound vs. Real Zilla 2×12 cab + tube EL34 power amp

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This is a followup to the previous video where we looked at using Thermionik plugins instead of a tube preamp, but running through a Peavey Windsor 120W EL34 power amp (using the FX return to bypass the preamp), and a Zilla Fatboy 2×12 with an SM57 and a 421 on Vintage 30s. Here, we’ve turned […]

Using Virtual Preamps with a Real Tube Amp and Cab??? – Using Thermionik Plugins

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In today’s video, we’re looking at a kind of hybrid system – what would happen if we took all the benefits of digital guitar amps (switching between different types, being able to have models that would be hugely expensive) and combined them with all the benefits of a real tube power amp and cabinet (HUGE […]

7 String Bass??!? 4, 5, 6 and 7 string – why? And how would I use them?

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In today’s video, we ask the old question – why do some bass players have more than 4 strings? Is it necessary? Is it just to look “cool”? Or is there more to it? We look at a roughly comparable 4 string bass, 5 string (with an extra low B string), 6 string (with a […]

iPad Pro in serious Audio Production Part 13 – Cubasis as a songwriting tool

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Today we’re looking at using Steinberg’s Cubasis 2.0 for iPad. We’ve already looked at Garageband and Auria Pro, so now it’s time to look at the third part of the iPad “holy trinity”. It’s got a lot of features, including inbuilt FX, MIDI in and out, multitrack recording and a lot more. The track used […]

Audio Recording

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Studio recording is our bread and butter here at Hop Pole Studios. It’s what we take pride in and get up in the morning to do. Our live room is large enough for a band to record simultaneously, and our isolated vocal booth is completely soundproofed. Using a combination of modern computer equipment and vintage […]

Guitar Re Amping

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We know more and more young and upcoming bands are going with the DIY approach, but one thing that most of these bands are missing are real guitar tones, this is where we step in. We’re not going to throw you through another digital amp box and call it reamping, We use our vast array […]