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AudioTechnology Issue 129

If you’re serious about audio then AudioTechnology is your magazine: whether it be the inside story behind the world’s great albums or the best-sounding concert productions, videogame sound, software tips, reviews of the latest gear, opinion and news – AudioTechnology has you covered.

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ed space

We go through cycles of technology, and it’s easy to be critical of something before it hits its stride — to sit back, popcorn in hand, and label the newest trend a fad; to lampoon manufacturers who’ve bet the organisation’s entire R&D budget and direction on the next big thing. It’s easy to criticise when you don’t have any skin in the game; when you only have to move if you’re forced too. In the visual world it happens all the time. 3D was the laughing stock of the consumer world, but that stereoscopic technology underpins the pursuit of virtual reality. Likewise, many would argue recording video in high-resolution 4K is pointless when YouTube is dominated by ‘standard’ HD content consumption. So why are the top YouTubers buying $100,000 cinema cameras…

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what’s on

DAMIEN GERARD’S 1 The crew at Damien Gerard’s recently ripped the roof out of the studio’s main live room. They’d always used the stairwell for ambience — using the door to change the ‘size’ of the space — but dreamed of ripping out the false ceiling and opening up the live space. When the new fire regulations meant they had to expose the sprinklers up in the ‘real’ ceiling… it didn’t take long to break out the tools. It was an old ’70s false ceiling with a network of panels, insulation batts, fabric, plastic wrap and a stud grid. They ripped out all the panels to increase the height of the space, but kept the industrial bits and pieces, and saved the grid to mount the baffles and string up some LED…

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general news

ATH-M60X HEADPHONES $299 | www.audio-technica.com Audio-Technica has added to its acclaimed M-Series headphones range with the ATH-M60x on-ear professional monitor headphones. Designed for studio, broadcast and mobile applications, the M60x utilises the same 45mm large-aperture drivers in the M50x, with rare earth magnets and copper-clad aluminium wire voice coils for clarity throughout an extended frequency range and accurate bass response. The M60x’s low-profile, closed-back, on-ear design provides great sound isolation and a fit that’s enhanced by the comfort and durability of the memory foam earpads and headband. The headphones come with three interchangeable cables (1.2m-3m coiled, 3m straight, and 1.2m straight) – each with a 3.5mm mini-plug, a 6.3mm screw-on adapter, and a protective carrying pouch. Technical Audio Group: (02) 9519 0900 or info@tag.com.au MOTU GOES MOBILE www.motu.com MOTU is now shipping Touch Console, a new…

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rode videomic me-l iphone microphone

My first impression of the Rode VideoMic Me-L for iOS was, ‘Geez, that’s a bit quieter.’ Of course, I simply hadn’t adjusted for the fact that reducing the background noise to that degree would feel so drastically different. All that rowdy sonic junk that had been clouding the sound of what I was actually trying to capture had largely disappeared. The noise reduction was courtesy of the VideoMic Me-L’s mini-shotgun microphone, which does a good job of focusing on the sounds in front of it, rather than around it like the iPhone’s onboard omni-directional mics. It’s not the longest shotgun mic, but has more than enough ‘reach’ when holding a phone in selfie-mode at arm’s length. This little phone mic appendage isn’t completely new. The VideoMic Me has been around for a…

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live news

AUDIO-TECHNICA 3000 SERIES www.audio-technica.com The fourth generation of Audio-Technica’s 3000 series true diversity UHF wireless microphone systems has a 60MHz tuning range — more than twice that offered by the previous versions — and is available in two frequency bands; DE2 (470-530MHZ) and EE1 (530-590MHz), with a 100m operating range. Frequencies can easily be scanned and selected on the receiver and then synced with the transmitter via IR sync functionality. The 3000 series lets you set a backup frequency that can be quickly swapped by pressing the transmitter’s malfunction button. A receiver audio squelch feature automatically adjusts the squelch setting to maximise operating range while minimising potential interference. System configurations feature an ATW-R3210 receiver along with an ATW-T3201 bodypack or ATW-T3202 handheld transmitter. The ATW-T3201 is equipped with Audio-Technica’s new rugged cH-style…

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software news

NI KICK & BASS www.native-instruments.com Native Instruments has released a new kick and bass instrument for Reaktor called TRK-01. The instrument is a combination of mixing techniques and sound design features that address common issues encountered when mixing kicks and bass while adding synthesis, modulation and sequencing capabilities. TRK-01 is broken down into two modules; the Kick module which combines synth and sample-based layers, and the Bass module which provides the choice of five synth engines from wave-shaping, FM, analogue synth models and more. Both modules feature insert, send, master effects and modulation, with ‘smart’ and ‘simple’ routing. While two independent step-sequencers house features such as eight hot-swappable pattern slots per sequencer and triggerable sound settings, allowing instant switching between up to eight completely different Kick and Bass module settings. TRK-01 comes…