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Mac Vs PC 2016 Update: THE MACBOOK PRO IS OUT OF DATE

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In today’s update to the Mac Vs PC, we talk about how Apple haven’t updated their Macbook Pro in forever, and it’s high time they got on the case. They didn’t even mention a new mac at the latest conference – less than 10% of their sales is now from macs, are they on the […]

THE MACBOOK PRO IN 2016 IS OVERPRICED

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This video is pre-new 2016 macbook lineup, and i’m comparing a Lenovo Ideapad 700 (just picked it out of a list of modern laptops, never had a Lenovo machine before) for £849 against a Macbook Pro for £1999 and seeing what you get for your money. The Macbook:- http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple… The Lenovo: http://shop.lenovo.com/gb/en/laptops/… I’m Adam Steel, […]

Drum Production Tips & Tricks: Toms and Cymbals

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Today we look at tuning toms, what mics to use and where, choices of cymbals and where to place the relevant mics…

Adam visits Real World Studios

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This quick video shows off the Big Room at Real World Studios in Box, Corsham, Wiltshire. Owned by Peter Gabriel, the facility hosts a huge SSL 9000K series desk, not to mention tons of rare keyboards and outboard gear.

Drum Production Tips & Tricks: Snare Drum

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Today we look at the snare – what mics to use and where, and dampening (to an extent). Remember these are just the raw drum sounds with no processing of any kind! I’m Adam Steel, and I run Hop Pole Studios in Ashton Under Lyne, Manchester, England. Check out http://www.hoppolestudio.co.uk for info on Mixing, Mastering, […]

RockTalk Ep 03 – Liam Wright from Banter Media

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Today we’re talking to my long time friend, boss and business partner Liam (known on IMDB as Liam Andrew Wright). Liam is the owner/MD of Banter Media – http://www.bantermedia.com We talk about how the studio came to exist, both chronologically and in terms of the actual building, also what it takes to make a studio […]

Drum Production Tips & Tricks – Kick Drum

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Today we’re talking about how to tune and dampen a Kick Drum, and what microphones you should be using and where to put them to get a great mixable all-round tone. I’m Adam Steel, and I run Hop Pole Studios in Ashton Under Lyne, Manchester, England. Check out http://www.hoppolestudio.co.uk for info on Mixing, Mastering, Recording […]

Is the iPhone 7 Worse for Audio Production?

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Today, we talk about the new iPhone 7, and what it means for audio producers and film-makers. Is the lack of an audio jack really as bad as it seems? Also, what’s the deal with the two cameras on the Plus? I’m Adam Steel, and I run Hop Pole Studios in Ashton Under Lyne, Manchester, […]

Is milk bad for singers?

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I recently stopped drinking milk, and i’ve found that my singing voice has really improved. Is it a placebo effect, or is there something to it?

Drum Production Part 1: Introduction and Tuning

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The first part of a new series, we talk about tuning a snare head, and lay out what we’re going to cover over the rest of the series, namely the kick, snare, toms, cymbals, mics involved at each stage and dampening the drums to fit in a mix.