Music Technology Posts from January, 2009

Make An Album In A Month – RPM 2009

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

It’s that time of year again, when a musician’s thoughts turn to creating an entire album in 28 days. Well, that’s what musicians involved in the RPM challenge are going to be thinking about this February…

Away In A Hack-intosh

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Apple reported record sales for 2008, mainly due to the iPod & iPhone, but Apple computers are slowly growing market share also. The Mac is extremely popular amongst musicians, but if the recession is cramping your wallet, you might not have the cash to splash on the Apple hardware. In this case, there may be a way to get Apple OS to run on your PC…

String Theory – Get More Life From Your Guitar

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

The guitar is still the most popular live performance instrument for bands, and it’s likely that most modern musicians (even those working in electronica) started out by strumming an axe. However, if you want to get the best sound out of your guitar, you’ll need to take care of your strings…

Phone Music On The Move

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

More and more people are using their mobile phones as music players, and the record industry is taking notice. As people listen to music on the move, they are also beginning to purchase music from their phones – a fact that major labels and independent artists alike can take advantage of…

Ableton Live 8 Gets The Groove

Friday, January 16th, 2009

Hot on the heels of Digidesign, who recently released Pro Tools version 8, Ableton have now announced Live 8 (and Suite 8). The official release isn’t due until Q2, but what can we expect from this latest iteration of the gig-friendly DAW?

Album Covers Go Wild

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

Last week I took a quick look at how to find missing album art for an iPod, but it seems there is still an active interest in physical album covers. A number of people have been experimenting with ways of being creative with their old LP sleeves…

Mastering Audio With Ozone

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

Mastering is generally regarded as a sort of ‘dark art’ in audio production; it’s a specialised area that requires specific tools and an experienced set of ears. Although nothing can compare to the results obtained by a seasoned mastering engineer working in a dedicated studio, there are a few tools available that bring DIY mastering to your DAW. Among these is Izotope’s Ozone…

iPod Classic Album Art

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

One of the great things about vinyl is the enormous album artwork; buying an LP is not just about the music, it’s a collectible package. Some music fans bemoan the digital era‘s paucity of album artwork, but perhaps new trends – such as the iPod’s Cover Flow – indicate that the tide is turning towards the visual once more…

Top 5 Lists Of 2008

Friday, January 2nd, 2009

Another year gone, and it’s time to take stock of our personal universes once more. As the blogosphere is now busy listing what was best and worst in 2008, I somehow feel compelled to join in (and it’s an easy way to cobble together a post without too much effort). So, without further ado, here is a list of five lists from Podcomplex’s latest orbit of Sol…