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  • 08/16/2013

This Week in Music Tech: In the Studio with Blondes, Understanding Low-Mid Range Frequencies, Pioneer DDJ-SX Demo, and More

This week saw the release of several informative videos for anyone interested in the world of music technology: Resident Advisor's Jono Buchanan explained how to get the most out of low-mid range frequencies, Ian Shepherd broke down the differences between digital and analog clipping, we checked out Blondes' Brooklyn studio, German producer PHON.O discussed his utilization of Ableton's Push controller, and our very own Nick Hook demoed the new Pioneer DDJ-SX controller. It's all available in today's This Week in Music Tech digest, after the jump.

We went into the studio with hardware-centric duo Blondes, who recently released its second full-length via RVNG. The Brooklyn duo detailed its collection of hardware synths, drum machines, and effect pedals, as well as shared its process of recording live jams into Logic and letting the system dictate the results. Our in-depth interview with the band can be read here.

A detailed interview with German producer and one-time Apparat collaborator PHON.O was featured by AskAudio magazine, in which the artist discusses his early usage of hardware, producing with Ableton Live and the recently-released Push controller, and how his live setup has mutated over the years. The full article can be read here.

Last week, legendary CDJ and mixer company Pioneer unveiled its new DJ-centric reference monitors, and this week, XLR8R affiliate Nick Hook met up with the Serato crew to demonstrate the Pioneer DDJ-SX and Serato Remote in combination.

This week also saw Resident Advisor's Jono Buchanan explain the intricacies of how important the low-mid frequencies are to any mix. Highlighting the importance of individual and master EQ, Buchanan takes a detailed look into that all-too-often muddy frequency range, illuminating how any producer can get their songs sounding bigger and better without overwhelming a mix. The full feature can be read here.

And finally, Ian Shepherd of Production Advice explained the differences between various forms of audio clipping in a particularly informative video. Comparing hard digital clipping sounds to soft “analogue” style clipping and how they work in a limiting context, this tutorial is an excellent introduction for any producer who finds themselves shooting in the dark when bouncing down their tracks.

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