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This month we interview four very different production pros: Andy Barlow (one half of electronic duo Lamb), pop-maestro Richard X, legendary bassist and producer Larry Klein and 3x BAFTA-winner Howard Bargroff. Three are accomplished musicians, whilst Bargroff has a degree in electronics and started in maintenance at SARM studios. All four have deep understanding of recording technology – tuning their equipment and workflow choices to get the best results in their chosen genres. We meet the Cranborne Audio team – a new manufacturer aiming to deliver something special in a 500 rack. Reviews include the long-awaited Neumann U67 re-issue, Focusrite’s Red 16Line, QSC’s versatile TouchMix 30, elysia’s new skulpter 500 mic pre/compressor, the McDSP AE600 EQ, Presonus Studio One 4 Pro, the Acustica Pink2 plus our Monitoring Special 🔗


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There's a huge archive of equipment reviews accessible from the "Reviews" menu button on our website home page, like this evaluation of the RME ADI-2 DAC from Synthax Audio UK read the full review here:
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Theres a huge archive of equipment reviews accessible from the Reviews menu button on our website home page, like this evaluation of the RME ADI-2 DAC from Synthax Audio UK  read the full review here:
https://www.resolutionmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/RME-ADI-2-DAC-Resolution-V17.D.pdf
Resolution Magazine s essential briefing on the latest monitoring equipment – featuring Genelec, PSI Audio, KRK Systems / Focusrite, Neumann, JBL , PMC Speakers , Focal Professional , Dynaudio Professional , Amphion Loudspeakers ltd. , EVE Audio , Unity Audio Ltd , ADAM Audio , Yamaha Pro Audio Europe , Quested Monitoring Systems , HEDD Audio GmbH  – read it here: https://www.resolutionmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Monitor-Special-2018-V17.4.pdf

Audionamix Trax Pro 3 SP reviewed in Resolution Magazine : un-mixing is possible! Vocals and speech can be separated from music or background ambience. The $999 program can work wonders, but we find it requires a greater time-investment than popular cleaning tools like iZotope RX to isolate a professional quality vocal. > What it can do – really quickly – is re-balance vocal or speech about +/-3dB against a backing. Audionamix have recently introduced the $249 dedicated ADX Speech Volume Control (SVC) plug-in which allows independent volume level control over both speech and background elements on a mono or stereo track. Read our full Trax Pro 3 SP review here: www.resolutionmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Audionamix-Trax-Pro-SP-Resolution-V17.4_1.pdf ... See MoreSee Less

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Audionamix  Trax Pro 3 SP reviewed in Resolution Magazine : un-mixing is possible! Vocals and speech can be separated from  music or background ambience. The $999 program can work wonders, but we find it requires a greater time-investment than popular cleaning tools like iZotope RX to isolate a professional quality vocal. > What it can do – really quickly – is re-balance vocal or speech about +/-3dB against a backing. Audionamix have recently introduced the $249 dedicated ADX Speech Volume Control (SVC) plug-in which allows independent volume level control over both speech and background elements on a mono or stereo track. Read our full Trax Pro 3 SP review here: https://www.resolutionmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Audionamix-Trax-Pro-SP-Resolution-V17.4_1.pdf

We asked hit-meister Richard X: what type of songs pop artists are looking for today?
"Over the last couple of years a massive demand for 'homeless acapellas' has developed. Songs that were maybe written for one artist or project – which never got used – but which might fit into one of the various dance genres: from tropical or downtempo, to 120bpm piano-house. Several hits have actually started out as toplines for completely different songs. There's a whole world out there of young artists who don't write songs, and a world of people with dance instrumentals who are looking for toplines. This is why there seem to be so many "random featurings" currently. Even something like the MK tune '17' – which I love – started life as a songwriting demo. What you send out, somebody else will think is finished. I've got an Italian dance hit based on some of my writing: all they did was stick a few handclaps over the stems!" www.blackmelody.com #richardxbm
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We asked hit-meister Richard X: what type of songs pop artists are looking for today?
Over the last couple of years a massive demand for homeless acapellas has developed. Songs that were maybe written for one artist or project – which never got used – but which might fit into one of the various dance genres: from tropical or downtempo, to 120bpm piano-house. Several hits have actually started out as toplines for completely different songs. Theres a whole world out there of young artists who dont write songs, and a world of people with dance instrumentals who are looking for toplines. This is why there seem to be so many random featurings currently. Even something like the MK tune 17 – which I love – started life as a songwriting demo. What you send out, somebody else will think is finished. Ive got an Italian dance hit based on some of my writing: all they did was stick a few handclaps over the stems!   www.blackmelody.com #richardxbm

McDSP AE600 active EQ, reviewed in Resolution Magazine by Russell Cottier: "When used judiciously and carefully, AE600 can give some very pleasing results; keeping attack and release times relevant to the elements that you wish to enhance or reduce is critical. For individual tracks the fixed EQ can be used as a good base to shape a sound and then add the finishing touches with active EQ. For pre-mixed content or audio enhancement the active EQ can really sculpt sounds that are non-continuous throughout the audio." ... See MoreSee Less

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McDSP AE600 active EQ, reviewed in Resolution Magazine by Russell Cottier: When used judiciously and carefully, AE600 can give some very pleasing results; keeping attack and release times relevant to the elements that you wish to enhance or reduce is critical. For individual tracks the fixed EQ can be used as a good base to shape a sound and then add the finishing touches with active EQ. For pre-mixed content or audio enhancement the active EQ can really sculpt sounds that are non-continuous throughout the audio.

Andy Barlow of Lamb, interviewed in Resolution Magazine .
Recording:"I tend to record into Ableton Live, which raised a few eyebrows on the U2 album as most of the other producers were using Pro Tools or Logic. But I find Ableton fun and intuitive; it’s great to be able to fly around the arrangements and change tempos and keys so easily."
Monitoring: "The Genelec 1238s are absolutely amazing and I couldn’t imagine a better sounding monitor in this context. I have also invested in a set of 8331 coaxial 3-way monitors from Genelec’s The Ones range, which are part of my mobile mixing system that was employed during the U2 album. I’ve also used them out at my studio in Goa."
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Andy Barlow of Lamb, interviewed in Resolution Magazine . 
Recording:I tend to record into Ableton Live, which raised a few eyebrows on the U2 album as most of the other producers were using Pro Tools or Logic. But I find Ableton fun and intuitive; it’s great to be able to fly around the arrangements and change tempos and keys so easily.
Monitoring: The Genelec  1238s are absolutely amazing and I couldn’t imagine a better sounding monitor in this context. I have also invested in a set of 8331 coaxial 3-way monitors from Genelec’s The Ones range, which are part of my mobile mixing system that was employed during the U2 album. I’ve also used them out at my studio in Goa.
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