Podcast: Sonic TALK145 -Korg's Clean Sweep

Behringer's Webswipe, MusicBox and MP3s again      10/09/09

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68:8 mins

We've got (almost) everyone together this week with PJ Tracy - Emmy winning musician returning after a spell of intense work, Dave Spiers from GForce Software is back too after  a couple of weeks out to get on with making some of the finest software instruments. Rich Hilton takes some time out from his busy work schedule as a top notch engineer for Nile Rodgers  to join us from Connecticut, finally Mark Tinley made it back from a hair raising ride on his new self built motorcycle too.

We have a whole bunch of new stuff all from Korg to talk about this week, including the microSampler, Wavedrum WD-X and Vintage Stage Piano SV-1. We then take a brief detour to take a look at the new Behringer website which bears more than a passing resemblance to the Apple one, the excellent MIT student project on music visulization MusicBox. We close on the everygreen subject of MP3 quality and what it does to our listening habits.

Incedentally, I have tweaked the post process to try an de-maximize the overall level of the podcast, how'd I do?

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12 Comments...  Post a comment    original story
Marc JX8P    Said...

Fantastic! Err - do we get a link to the podcast mp3? :-)

10-Sep-09 06:17 AM

Nick B    Said...

Is it not there? or were you really quick off the mark?

10-Sep-09 06:33 AM

Marc JX8P    Said...

I think I was too quick. It's there now, thx!

10-Sep-09 07:21 AM

L56    Said...

I thought the sound quality was great. Mayor improvement over last week if I have a say in it! ;)

You sliced it sweet!

10-Sep-09 03:22 PM

Nick B    Said...

Thanks, if anyone is interested, I now work in Logic 8. I've figured that if you switch into drag mode=Shuffle L any cuts you make shit it all to the edit point. I also use, plug on my channel: gain, EQ, compression and limit, bussed to a mono bus with a master limit. But I just backed off all the compression thresholds

10-Sep-09 03:31 PM

Nick B    Said...

Obviously that should read shiFt to the edit point. (blush)

10-Sep-09 03:32 PM

GOD    Said...

Macs give me the shits too :P

10-Sep-09 11:59 PM

Marc JX8P    Said...

Great show again!

12-Sep-09 08:12 PM

DPtronics    Said...

Hi Nick, Did you say that you are using the R0DE Podcaster USB Microphone? It sounds really good and a great show.

16-Sep-09 06:49 AM

Nick B    Said...

DP, not the USB Podcaster ,the ProCaster, dynamic mic. I tried the USB one, but it didnt sound so good to me.

16-Sep-09 09:16 AM

Benedict Johnson    Said...

I'd like to put forward an alternative opinion about musical categorization..

I was quite shocked to hear some of the dismissive comments regarding mp3 descriptive tagging. Contrary to the "The Man created genres as a system for arrange records on the shelf" view, I suspect descriptive tags will become vital as the digitizationalized availability of music grows beyond The Man's or anyone else's ability to keep track of it all.

I see no difference between the preset selection/search menu used on Native Instrument synths (which is brilliantly useful) and descriptive tags in music.

On the online music-streaming site Pandora.com, users were encouraged to add their own tags. Allowing users to do anything opens up possibilities that could make or break the system.

Are tags useful? Perhaps the user's ability to interpret pools of description will be the key to it's success? Perhaps you could tag tracks with images?

I find this area fascinating.

19-Sep-09 03:52 AM

hiltonius    Said...

tags were created for marketing records in stores. there was a time when there were no tags.. you don't have to like it, but that's how it is. perhaps today they've taken on greater relevance for some as much less product is sold at retail. if they work for you, i'm happy for you.

24-Sep-09 06:50 AM

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