Tag Archives: Drums

Focusrite Academy : Drum Recording

Starting out on the engineering road can be quite daunting, especially for instrumentalists, often more used to gigging than studio sessions.

Well, fret no more as Focusrite have opened their Academy, a free online video tutorial site designed to teach Producers and Engineers the essential basics of the art of recording acoustic and electric instruments on their computer.

Drum recording is the first course on offer and covers mic placement, recording, processing and showing you all the interfaces, mics and outboard equipment you need to get started.

Through a whopping 25 Videos, session drummers Craig Blundell and Alessandro Lombardo, with producer Tim Harbour, talk about skinning, try various variations of mic placement using between one and 12 microphones, show you how to correct phase problems to get the best results and then how to process and edit the recorded tracks.

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Drumbeat 2014!!!

 

SORRY, BUT WE JUST HEARD THAT THIS EVENT HAS HAD TO BE CANCELLED UNTIL NEXT YEAR….

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve mentioned before that Scan does a lot of good work for charity, supporting different peoples endeavours and especially where it comes to musical efforts, so it’s great to be able to tell you that we are working with Drumbeat UK to try and achieve a phenomenal world record.
It’s happening at Event city on Friday the 21st of November, and we are going to be webcasting the whole event LIVE!!!!!!REGISTRATION Poster_FINAL_SMALL

Drummers!!! Come on down and be part of something very cool and worthwhile!!!

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Korg Volca – Analogue Beats, Bass & Keys

The Korg Volca analogue synths are a progression from thier Monotron and Monotribe synths, but this time they’ve listened to the public and added Midi support, whilst retaining the pure analogue control. There’s still no definate ETA on them, but they are priced at only £120 each! With the midi sync option, this really makes a fantastic way to integrate the unique sound of analogue synthesis into your productions. Personally, I find programming small patterns into the built-in sequencers and sync’ing them to midi clock gives a fantastic result, stick your sequencer audio on record and go crazy on the knobs, then go back and cut up the best bits.

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SYNC jack and MIDI IN connector allow synchronized performance with multiple units or with your DAW
By using the sync jack you can enjoy synchronized playback with multiple volcas or with a monotribe. You can also use the “SyncKontrol” iPhone app to wirelessly control tap tempo, swing settings, and synchronized playback with iOS music apps via WIST. The MIDI IN connector lets you synchronize with other devices, as well as play the volca from any MIDI keyboard. You can also send note messages from your DAW and use the volca as an analog sound module.

Volca Keys – Analogue Loop Synth 

The ideal introductory synthesizer, with a simple – yet powerful – polyphonic analog sound engine and loop sequencer
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  • Three note true analogue synthesis
  • Voicing function lets anyone create sounds easily
  • Delay effect for even more sonic possibilities
  • Simple loop sequencer
  • Loop sequencer lets you record phases just as you play them
  • Motion Sequencer records knob edits in real time
  • Active Step function and Flux function to add dynamic change to your sequences
  • Convenient functions for tremendous ease of use
  • Self-tuning function for constant, stable pitch
  • Sync In and Out allows clock sync of multiple instruments from the volca Series as well as Korg’s Monotribe
  • Compact size, battery-powered operation, and built-in speaker for enjoyment anywhere

Volca Bass – Analogue Bass Machine

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  • Powerful analog bass sound
  • Three analogue oscillators for thick, huge bass line
  • Newly designed analog filter for crisp, bright response
  • Simple structure with single VCF, VCA, LFO, and EG
  • Loop sequencer distilled from the Electribe series
  • Electribe-style 16-step sequencer with eight memory patches
  • Slide function that’s indispensable for acid and other types of electronic music
  • Active Step function generates new bass lines by removing or inserting steps

Volca Beats – Analogue Rhythm Machine

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  • Real analog sounds created with reference to classic rhythm machines
  • Six editable analogue parts with one knob per function for easy editing
  • Maximum effect from minimal parameters – a unique advantage of analog
  • PCM sound engine expands possibilities when used with analog sounds

Loop sequencer distilled from the Electribe series

  • Electribe-style 16-step sequencer with eight memory patches
  • Stutter function generates repeated triggers that dramatically change the sequence
  • Active Step function generates new bass lines by removing or inserting steps.
  • Step Jump function instantly plays only the step you’re pressing

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Native Instruments Komplete 8 + 3 Virtual Instruments Offer

Native Instruments are offering free downloads of the wobbletastic “Razor”, the heavenly “Session Strings” and Tim Exile’s frankly barking vocoder-esque creation “The Mouth”, worth almost £200.

They are free to download for anyone who registers Komplete 8 with NI from today until the 30th September.

If you were in any doubt about the package, and certainly £385 is a certainly a considered investment for most of us, i can only tell you this….. All of the Scan Pro Audio Team use part of Komplete in almost every production they do (I’ve never done a track without Kontakt for at least 10 years!), with excellent tools such as industry leading sampler, Kontakt and the endless possibilities of build-your-own instrument program Reaktor these tools really will equip you with some of the best software available to musicians.  Komplete also includes an enormous library of sounds,  in fact just the Kontakt factory sound bank a fantastic starting point for a whole heap of instruments.

Komplete includes
Komplete 8 Summer Offer @ Scan
Flagship products:

KONTAKT 5
REAKTOR 5.6
GUITAR RIG 5 PRO

Synthesizers:

ABSYNTH 5
FM8
MASSIVE
REAKTOR PRISM
REAKTOR SPARK
RETRO MACHINES MK2

 

Drums & Percussion:

ABBEY ROAD 60s DRUMS
BATTERY 3
STUDIO DRUMMER
WEST AFRICA

 

Creative & Studio Effects: 

REFLEKTOR
THE FINGER
TRAKTOR’S 12
TRANSIENT MASTER

 

Guitar & Bass:

RAMMFIRE
SCARBEE MM-BASS

 

Piano & Keys:

BERLIN CONCERT GRAND
NEW YORK CONCERT GRAND
SCARBEE CLAVINET/PIANET
SCARBEE MARK I
SCARBEE A-200
UPRIGHT PIANO
VIENNA CONCERT GRAND
VINTAGE ORGANS

Plus Razor, Session Strings, The Mouth

 

Native Instruments Komplete 8 Product Page at Scan