This Week

I’m not going to make a normal post this week, but I’d like to let readers know what’s happening.

It’s not exciting, just life things.

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Things I don't hate about Digital Performer: 10 edition

Quantize and Move
Quantize and Move

A while ago I wrote a bit of an article about what I hated in Digital Performer. (I have updated that post as well!)

Well, Digital Performer 10 is out!.

I had a bunch of prepared content for DP10, but it appears that other press, including MOTU, managed to cover the same topics I was going to. I hate duplicating content and I avoid it if possible. I sorted those posts away. THIS IS NOT A THOROUGH REVIEW. It’s just the things I like about the update.

Let me walk you through what I like about DP 10, and why I’m back to using DP10 as my main driver. (I switched to Cubase in Aug 28, 2018 while waiting for DP10 if you don’t remember.)

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DAW v DAW - Part 2: Automation

Which is it
This is a simple automation fade of a test signal in a DAW... which is it?

Last time I set out to show that DAWs are different in common use, and folks were curious about the automation part.

So let’s dive deeper and let me show you how to replicate (or refute!) my tests.

Other posts in this series:

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Digital Performer 10 - VCAs

Complex, but easy
Complex, but easy.

Digital Performer 10 is out! and one of the big features is VCA faders. Other DAWs have had them for a while, but I love DP and it’s now time to talk about VCA Faders in more detail.

What are VCA faders and why do they matter? Allow me a few minutes to explain.

NOTE: DAW Chart has been updated for DP10! Look at those points soar!

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Question and Answer with Fabien Schivre from Tokyo Dawn, Again!

Q&A
Discord q&a with Fabien

Recently on the EDM Production discord that I help administrate, I held a Q&A with Fabien Schivre from Tokyo Dawn. We had a free for all this time!

Click through for the whole Q&A as I’ve transcribed it.

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DAW v. Daw - Part 1: Automation and Fades

The same content... different renders?
The same content... different renders?

You hear it again and again. ALL DAWS SOUND THE SAME. Set them up properly and you can null them, no difference.

That’s true. It is true. No doubt. Scientific fact that you can verify yourself.

If you control for all variables that may invalidate your result, then the static output of nearly every major DAW is bit-for-bit identical.

BUT

Other posts in this series:

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New Schedule and DP10

Digital Performer 10 is out! That’s awesome, and normally I’d be blasting you with content RIGHT NOW.

But I’m not. Yet.

It’s coming soon…

Forcing myself to publish weekly has really cramped me hard. I end up with spare time sitting on drafts I don’t care about, or I end up spending 18 hours on Friday and 18 hours on Saturday to torture myself.

I really miss doing short “tips” type things that I can’t fit in with the weekly style, because I need to focuse on my deadline. I want to do more of those again. I also want the freedom to indulge in random curiosities I dive into on a whim, and write as I do so.

So the next article is coming when it’s ready. Every article after that will come when it’s ready. The total content should increase and it will likely still be ~4 posts a month. The time between articles will be variable though.

(Also 15th wedding anniversary coming up… So ya’ll get to wait while I enjoy that this week.)

Kali LP8 Review

Kali Audio LP8
Kali Audio LP8

First thing my wife said was “Wow, these look legit.”

I’m reviewing the Kali Audio LP-8 Studio Monitors today.

I didn’t think they looked legit personally. I thought they were just your standard cheap studio monitors. They don’t have that intimidating heft when you take them out of the box, or the firmness on the baffle.

My disclaimer about paying for the product is at the end of the review this time.

Let’s see how they stand up!

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Harrison AVA Multiband Compressor Review: Part 2

This surely isn't clickbait.
It seems there was an accident Mrs. Smith, I'm sorry but your husband...

Uh oh. AVA Multiband Compressor was serendipitously broken. I reviewed it broken, and I liked it broken. Harrison Consoles has issued an update that fixes this, but what’s happened? Why? How? What’s new? What happened to the old behaviour?

And more importantly, should you be mad?

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Harrison AVA Multiband Compressor review

Comparison to Market Leaders
Comparison to Market Leaders

Harrison AVA Multiband Compressor is out, and I spent some time looking over it and using it in some projects.

What follows are the results of my investigation and general thoughts.

I DID NOT PAY FOR THIS PRODUCT I am both a beta tester and received an NFR review copy. If you feel that this has possibly coloured my review, please let me know.

IMPORTANT! IMPORTANT! After reading this article, please read the followup article.

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Studio life in detail

DrumStick
Drum Stick

Often people say that they enjoy my website because of the detail that I go into. I recently acquired a Panasonic G9 and some lenses, so I thought that I would take some time to do some photography in the studio.

What follows is some macro photos, along with a wider angle shot, of various things around the studio.

These images were stacked for me in Zerene Stacker. The necessity of this is something that may be covered in another post. Getting these photos took me about 12 hours, and even then I’m not fully happy with them.

ALL OF THESE IMAGES ARE CLICKABLE FOR LARGER VERSIONS!

This is also my second article in a row without an accompanying video. I have nothing to really talk about on video, so I’m not making a useless video of me just jabbering. They’ll come as they come… especially after NAMM.

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