Music Technology Posts from September, 2009

Releasing Music As Soup Or Chocolate

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Music first went commercially digital in 1982 with the pressing of “The Visitors” CD by ABBA, but it still came in a tangible physical package. With the advent of the mp3, music has become disconnected from physical formats, but many bands seeking to differentiate themselves are now coming up with novel ways of packaging their tunes…

Free Guitar Amp Plugin – POD Farm

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Not getting that cutting sound from your axe? Then perhaps a new guitar effects rack is what you need. For a limited time only – until the end of September – Line 6 are offering a free version of their POD Farm plugin, which you can run within any DAW of your choice (AU/RTAS/VST). Anyone who has an iLok can grab a copy of this useful amp simulation and effects software by visiting the Line 6 store here

Digital Music Jargon Explained – Dithering

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

As part of a series which aims to explore some of the terminology behind music technology (particularly in relation to computer-based workstations), this week’s glossary contribution confronts the bitty details of dithering…

Electric Picnic Pictures 2009

Friday, September 11th, 2009

The Electric Picnic music and arts festival took place last weekend in Stradbally, Co. Laois. It was an action-packed event filled with rock, electronica, burlesque, burgers, debate, dancing and mud…

Plagiarism Kicks Into Gear

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Everyone who cares about music has probably debated the artistic validity of sampling at some point; indeed there is much to discuss when considering where the boundaries between creativity and plagiarism lie. But it’s not just musicians who are open to accusations of excessive imitation; companies who manufacture their gear are too…

Plasma Arc Speakers And Flaming Synths

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Audio buffs tend to be quite technologically oriented, and many enjoy experimenting with new ways of doing things. Building alternative instruments and audio reproduction gear can sometimes be very entertaining…