Wednesday, March 16, 2011

For Tomorrow

I'll give you posts on compression for kicks and snares and what gear to use
Please make a comment to ask any question and it will be answered

SPL Vitalizer SX-2 - For deep bass !!!

The SPL Vitalizer is a German made psychoacoustic processor featuring complex equalization, stereo enhancement and subsonic shaping which can be used to greatly enhance the tonal spectrum of your mixes in terms of depth, punch, transparency and stereo imaging. It is used by many cutting edge hip hop and electronic music producers and post production sound designers. 

The controls included are sub bass, are mid-high tuning, harmonics, processing depth, and stereo width. Some of the sounds you can achieve with this unit are for fine tuning the sub bass from deep and subsonic to punchy and tight, adding presence and crispness to hi hats and other midrange material and adding a high end brilliance to any mix. The stereo width surround enhancement control works in conjunction with the other controls in an esoteric way different from any other hardware or plugin (meaning whatever audio you have, this device makes it sound much wider with more breadth than conventional devices and is so noticeable).

Klark Teknik DN-780 - Great reverb for snares !!!

Urei LA-4 (pair) $1,700 - great compressor for guitars !!!

De La Soul - Stakes Is High

Considered to be one of the group's top works, 1996's Stakes Is High was the first album not produced by Prince Paul, with overall production credits given solely to the trio. Although it was met with poor sales, it has been critically lauded for its music, lyricism, and its overall message concerning the artistic decline rap music began to face in the mid-90s. The title track and first single, produced by Jay Dee and mixed by Ken DURO Ifill at Platinum Island Studios

Equipment - SSL 4064 E/G
                    Studer A-800 (2)
                    Ampex ATR-102, Panasonic SV-3700
                    Urei 813C, Genelec 1031A, Yamaha NS-10M
                    Lexicon 224XL, Lexicon PCM-80, Lexicon PCM-70 V4, Lexicon PCM-42
                    dbx 160X, dbx 902, SPL Vitalizer, API 550A, API 560

Roland CR-78 CompuRhythm

Roland CR-78 Image
The CR-78 is a really great little box from Roland. It's a classic analog Rhythm Machine, not a drum machine, and was the first to use a microprocessor. It has 34 built in preset rhythm patterns which can be varied at the push of a button. These patterns include Rock, Disco, Waltz, Shuffle, Slow Rock, Swing, Fox Trot, Tango, etc... Some are cool, but the ability to vary them gives you some creative control.
As for the drum sounds, the CR-78 offers 14 very electronic yet analog drum tones. Sounds include Kick, Snare, Rim, Cow Bell, HiHats, Cymbals, Congas, Bongos, Tambourine and Guiros. With 11 variation effects and the ability to adjust Tempo, accents, and fade in/outs the CR-78 is still capable of producing nice rhythms for use in ambient, HipHop, dub, and other electronic forms of music.
The CR-78 could also be programmed using the standard TS-1 Memory Write Switch or the rather hard-to-find WS-1 programming switch. They allow for pattern programming via a step-programming method similar to that on the TR-808. You program 2 bar patterns one voice at a time and up to 4 voices can be simultaneously played. Each of the four voices can be independently muted from the front-panel allowing for building up and breaking down your rhythm patterns. Patterns can also be set to fade-in/out. User patterns are stored to battery-backed memory.
The CR-78 also has external trigger using 24ppq V-Trig clock pulse. It has a very unique and familiar sound that has been used in all forms of HipHop, R&B and electronica, whether sampled and processed or straight out of the box itself. It's used by Underworld, Fatboy Slim, BT, Gary Numan, 808 State, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, Ultravox, Jimmy Edgar, Genesis and √úberzone, Blondie, Brian Ferry, Men Without Hats, John Foxx, OMD, and many others.

  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 4 voices
  • Sounds - 14 tones: Kick, Snare, Rim, Cow Bell, HiHats, Cymbals, Congas, Bongos, Tambourine, Guiros
  • Controls - Tempo, accent, fade in/out
  • Patterns - 34 preset rhythms
  • Memory - 30 programmable presets
  • Arpeg/Seq - Sequencer : Rock, Disco, Latin
  • Keyboard - None
  • Control - Trigger out, 24ppq (0-5V) V-Trig clock pulse
  • Date Produced - 1978-81
  • Est. Value - $150 - $400

Neve 33609JD Stereo Compressor

One of the World's Finest Audio Compressors, Bar None.

Hand-built to its original 1970’s specifications, the Neve 33609JD Stereo Compressor offers comprehensive limiting and compression facilities for music recording, mastering, post production and broadcast applications. The combination of hand-wired transformers and gain reduction circuitry produces a sound quality which is often duplicated, yet seldom achieved by any other compressor / limiter. Coupled with the unit’s unparalleled ease of use, this inimitable sound quality has made the 33609 a worldwide studio standard for three decades.
The hallmark 33609 compression sound is very smooth, and extreme settings may be used with the compression or limiting remaining relatively transparent. After several versions of this classic Neve compressor over the years, today's 33609JD provides the best of both worlds: original Neve 33609 sound, with enhanced internal and external I/O switching compared to the original model. The 33609JD also utilises a discrete output stage like the original model, for a slightly warmer sound that is preferred by many professionals over previous iterations. Multiple units can be easily linked for multi-channel operation.
The 33609JD features independent sidechains for the compressor and limiter sections, with similarly independent threshold, recovery and attack controls. The compressor features a selection of ratios from 1.5:1 to 6:1 and a gain make-up control that comes before the limiter. Overall gain reduction is indicated on a moving coil meter.
Much like our classic 1073 and 1081 microphone preamplifiers, the 33609JD Stereo Compressor is often cited as a "desert island" compressor - one which a healthy sampling of the world’s top engineers and producers would choose above all others.


  • Classic Stereo Compressor / Limiter designed to exacting 1970’s specifications
  • Hand-made using hand-wired Neve transformers in Burnley, England
  • Classic 2254 feedback compression circuitry
  • Brick Wall Limiting
  • Transparent level control
  • Perfect for mixing, broadcast, and mastering applications
  • Hard Limit feature for digital recording
  • Limit in/out Compress in/out
  • Discrete output stage for slightly warmer sound 

Price : $5,300

Really Nice Compressor - RNC 1773

The RNC is a high-fidelity, stereo compressor intended to provide dynamic range control with minimal side effects. The RNC achieves such high performance at a low cost by using evolutionary advances in digital technology, coupled with the best analog has to offer. Using digital controls and an all-analog signal path, the RNC offers accurate, precise controls and a clean tonal character.
The RNC provides two modes of operation: normal and SuperNice TM. Normal mode allows the RNC to be used for everyday compression tasks, like punchy snare drums or bass guitars, and is great for everything from gentle compression to serious squashing. SuperNice mode provides near-invisible signal compression for sensitive material where compression artifacts are less desirable (like vocals, acoustic guitar or the program bus).

In a word: transparent. The RNC yields clean, airy compression with few artifacts and little high end loss, even at massive gain reduction. This amazing performance is why many professionals are calling the RNC one of the best sounding compressors for under $2000 (and with a MSRP of $199 US , it's way under two grand).

Stock Prices Go Hand-In-Hand With Brand’s Social Media Popularity

Social Media and Business
It’s probably time businesses took their popularity on Social Networks seriously. A recent study conducted by Arthur J. O’Connor (a researcher at Pace University) revealed that social media popularity may be a prominent indicator of stock performance.
The study focused on social media analytics (provided by FameCount) of three of the most popular brands on social networks – - Starbucks, Coca Cola and Nike, against their daily stock price movements, over a period of 10 months.
With all the math done (ANOVA,  linear regression etc), the researcher was able to conclude that the daily social media (FacebookTwitter and YouTube only considered here) popularity of a consumer brand is (positively correlated and) directly proportional to with the common stock price of the brand company.
If this proves to be true, and worthy of a risk, then Walmart,  Viacom and Sony – - each of which have seen their social media profiles explode recently – - are the next potential stocks to watch. There are many limitations though.
Correlation between Social Media Popularity and Stock Prices

Dr. Dre - The Next Episode ft. Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, Nate Dogg

Creative Director - Swan Staffing

Swan Staffing
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Great agency with a wonderful culture in a spectacular city. The CD is a key role on the agency's Leadership team.
First and most importantly is the work. Keeping the standards of idea and execution high are one of the main responsibilities. Given the vision of the agency your role will also be to ensure that we are thinking beyond advertising. You need to push the creative teams and everyone around you to use creativity in their every day and to provide the best solutions possible. Ask yourself, will this work get talked about? Is it innovative enough? Have we looked at other disciplines as a form of executing the idea? Have we seen it before?

I would include any means you see fit as part of our process as a way to ensure we are living our vision and executing great ideas. For example, peer evaluation is one way that has been used in the past. This could be continue to be considered moving forward however, this will be left up to you.

Overseeing the briefs, the process and the execution is part of your role. The idea is to grow our teams and allow them to push themselves. Until we see this happening on an ongoing basis, part of your role will be to apply quality control to your measurement of the everyday. The requirement here goes beyond the creative people although they will be key in your focus.
 If you're looking for a challenging opportunity with people that define the word "fun"  - please drop me a note. Please also make sure to include a link to your portfolio.
Thanks Glenn
Glenn Swan
Swan Staffing - Fresh Ideas for Growing your Career |

SPL & Brainworx are currently beta testing plugins for Universal Audio's UAD-2 platform

SPL & Brainworx to Produce Plug-Ins for 
Universal Audio's UAD-2 Powered Plug-Ins Platform

Agreement marks the opening of the popular UAD DSP platform to select 3rd party developers via software development kit (SDK)

SCOTTS VALLEY, CA — March 2, 2011 — Universal Audio (UA), a leading manufacturer of high-quality audio recording hardware and software, today announced an agreement wherein two German-based companies, SPL (Sound Performance Lab) and Brainworx, will become 3rd party audio plug-in developers for the award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform.
SPL and Brainworx, two of the audio industry’s most respected brands, are also working with Universal Audio to finalize a software development kit (SDK) that will allow other select developers of professional audio plug-ins to create software for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform, and to sell these plug-ins via UA’s online store — located
“We’re extremely happy to have two of the most innovative, and forward-looking brands in professional audio now developing software directly for the UAD platform,” commented Matt Ward, president of Universal Audio. “Having SPL and Brainworx onboard will give our users a whole new range of high-quality plug-ins in the very near future.”
“We’re thrilled that UA asked us to help develop the new UAD-2 platform SDK and release our most desirable plug-ins for the UAD-2 system,“ says Dirk Ulrich, CEO of Brainworx and Head of SPL Software. “Re-entering the platform with our own series of Analog Code plug-ins — after a very successful cooperation with UA on the Transient Designer plug-in several years ago — was the logical next step for SPL. We believe that UAD-2 users will love our latest creations.”
Learn more about the award-winning UAD-2 Powered Plug-Ins platform here:
About Universal Audio Inc.Founded in 1999 by Bill Putnam Jr. and based in Scotts Valley, California, Universal Audio is best known for its vintage analog reproductions and advanced Digital Signal Processing technology, including the award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins Platform for Mac and PC. The company is focused on merging the best of classic analog and modern digital technology. UA is devoted to this endeavor, following its rich recording heritage and motto, “Analog Ears. Digital Minds.” 
About SPLSince 1984, German manufacturer SPL offers analog and digital audio signal processors for the professional sound and music production. Milestones of our R&D history are the patented VITALIZER® sound optimization processor, the invention of the mother of all transient design tools, the TRANSIENT DESIGNER, the launch of the world‘s first discrete 5.1 surround miking system ATMOS® 5.1 in 1998, and the development of the SPL SUPRA op-amps with an unprecedented operating voltage of 120 Volt. The SUPRA op-amps are the integral components of our 120 V Mastering Series product line, which is setting new benchmarks in audio signal processing to outperform any existing analog or digital audio format. With the Analog Code® plug-ins we have finally accomplished a much-desired goal: to transfer to the digital domain the high quality we have striven to achieve with our analog processors throughout several decades. The first time we ever heard software that fulfilled our expectations, one of our hardware developers said to the programmers: “You have cracked the Analog Code” — thus was coined the name of our digital products. 
About Brainworx
Brainworx was founded 1999 in Germany, initially as a music production company. CEO Dirk Ulrich has worked with many national and international top stars, mainly in the rock domain, before coming up with the idea for the original bx1 / bx_digital M/S EQ concept in 2007. This Mid/Side Mastering EQ plug-in found its way into countless top studios worldwide. DIGIDESIGN / AVID released the bx_digital V1 in their Massive Pack 7 in 2008, which gave Brainworx a massive boost in recognition and sales. Brainworx currently runs several partnerships with other pro audio companies, the main partner being SPL, with Dirk leading the SPL software team. Since 2008 Brainworx has released outstanding and critically acclaimed mastering and mixing plug-ins, the best-known being bx_digital V2, bx_XL and bx_control, plus excellent models of analog hi-end audio tools.

Facebook Removes "Comment" Button, Just Hit "ENTER"

Facebook Comments
As I see it now, and by many others too… lately, Facebook has officially removed the blue "Comment" button for all. All you can see right now, is some blank space to enter you text.
So, how do you comment? Just enter the text in the comment box, and hit "ENTER" on your keyboard. That’s it!
But then, how to "edit" or "delete" a comment? Simple. Clicking on the "X" to the right of your comment, now brings up the edit box rather than deleting the comment itself. Clear all the text, and your comment gets deleted.
Quite tricky that one. But can you no longer comment in multiple lines? Of course, you can. Hold SHIFT + ENTER, and you have an all-new line to start writing.
Mind you, this is not some tutorial I just made up, Facebook actually provides hints as you write your comment (see images below).
New Facebook Comments

Honesty, Integrity And Communication: are the foundations of trust

To be honest is to be real, genuine, authentic, and bona fide. To be dishonest is to be partly feigned, forged, fake, or fictitious. Honesty expresses both self-respect and respect for others. Dishonesty fully respects neither oneself nor others. Honesty imbues lives with openness, reliability, and candor; it expresses a disposition to live in the light. Dishonesty seeks shade, cover, or concealment. It is a disposition to live partly in the dark. In other words, honesty and integrity are key ingredients in developing trust. Trust is a key element in establishing credibility. The credibility is at the center of the ability to influence others and provide strong leadership. In leadership development work one often ask participants to list the qualities of the most effective leaders they have experienced in their family, school, community, social, or organizational lives. Words like sincere, truthful, trustworthy, reliable, principled, and genuine are usually on the list. These characteristics are the hallmarks of strong leaders.

The Social Network Shot On Red

  • DIRECTOR: David Fincher
  • WRITERS: Aaron Sorkin, Ben Mezrich
  • STARRING: Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake, Rooney Mara, Bryan Barter, Dustin Fitzsimons
  • DP: Jeff Cronenweth
  • RELEASE DATE: October 1, 2010
  • GENRE: Drama, History
  • TRAILER: View Now

Is Your Favorite Twitter Client Safe?

Facebook and Twitter will happily let barnacle-like startups cling to their hulls ... for a while. These startups, flush with VC cash, busy themselves figuring out clever hacks and complementary services that satisfy unmet consumer demand. Facebook and Twitter watch and learn, and then, if it serves their purposes, they stoically move to scrape the barnacles off while absorbing their ideas and business models, while cheerfully saying, "Hey, barnacles, we're still friends, right?!"
Is your favorite client on Twitter's good side?
Is your favorite client on Twitter's good side?
Really, it's just smart business. As for the barnacles, let's face it: They're nothing without a hull to cling to, and they had to see this coming.
Lately, Twitter's been most aggressive about clarifying its barnacle-tolerance policies. Last month it briefly blocked UberMedia's popular Twitter clients UberTwitter and Twidroyd for various "compliance issue" reasons, including the fact that Twitter didn't like how those apps were monetizing tweets -- not to mention its annoyance at the very name UberTwitter (which UberMedia quickly changed to UberSocial).
And then last Friday, Twitter platform lead Ryan Sarver really laid down the lawin a post titled "Consistency and Ecosystem Opportunities." As Sarver wrote, "If you are an existing developer of client apps, you can continue to serve your user base, but we will be holding you to high standards to ensure you do not violate users' privacy, that you provide consistency in the user experience, and that you rigorously adhere to all areas of our Terms of Service."
In other words: Behave, little barnacles! Also, as cranky as the barnacle community may be, at least Twitter offered good news for existing big third-party Twitter clients: They're safe (for now, at least).
Which brings me to this week's charticle data -- produced, as always, with our editorial partner Trendrr, the social-media monitoring service. Given that the interactive portion of the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) conference in Austin just wrapped up yesterday, we were curious about what Twitter clients SXSW obsessives use. (Remember, Twitter first really blew up big at SXSW 2007.)
Trendrr analyzed the stream of tweets that name-checked SXSW (including the hashtag #SXSW) over the past five days and determined which Twitter clients they came from. Excluding tweets sent directly from Twitter's website, here's the Top 10 (tweet volume appears in parentheses):
  1. Twitter for iPhone (59,792)
  2. TweetDeck (49,062)
  3. Twitterfeed (39,078)
  4. Foursquare (38,939)
  5. HootSuite (23,986)
  6. Echofon (17,918)
  7. Twitter for Blackberry (13,606)
  8. Twitter for Android (11,596)
  9. Twitter for iPad (11,218)
  10. UberSocial (11,086)
Even among the SXSW-loving crowd -- which has historically helped third-party apps gain traction -- official Twitter apps, across various platforms, are cumulatively huge. Taken together with tweets sent directly from its site, Twitter and its official client apps dominate.
But, hey, if you're, say, a HootSuite user, go ahead and keep using it -- and just hope that its makers stay on Twitter's good side.
Dumenco's Trendrr Chart of the Week is produced in collaboration with Wiredset, the New York digital agency behind Trendrr.