A77X by Adam Audio – Perfect Near/Midfield Monitors For Project Studios?

A77X by Adam Audio - Perfect Near/Midfield Monitors For Project Studios?

Until recently, I was a satisfied user of KRK studio monitors for almost eight years. Those speakers are super fun to listen especially when you produce urban or electronic music, but definitively lack in detail and transparency to be an appropriate toolkit for audio professionals. Additionally, I was looking for a set of speakers with significantly more power. After testing out different studio monitors in the same or even upper price range from brands like Focal (Shape Twin and Twin 6), Dynaudio (LYD-48), KS Digital (C88-Reference) and Neumann (KH 310A), I ended up buying the A77X by Adam Audio. Read in the following, what these monitors make special and why I have chosen them at the end.

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Vinyl Selection Of The Quarter (Q1/20)

Vinyl Selection of the Quarter (Q1/20)

The new year 2020 with its first quarter just began. Therefore I am pleased to present you further records of my vinyl collection. In the following, you will get to know three old records and a more recent one. If you have missed the last vinyl selection post of 2019, you can find it here. Enjoy the following presentation of the next four records of my collection that are randomly picked out of the vinyl shelf.

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Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life

Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life

In the context of the “Leadership Check Basic” by TTI Success Insights that I did in summer 2016 (read the full story and learn what it is in detail here), I came in contact with interesting literature as recommended readings during the coaching sessions that resulted from the above-mentioned test. One of the books was “Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life” written by American psychologist and mediator Dr Marshall B. Rosenberg, which I have read several times in total and just recently. In the following article, I want to familiarise you with Rosenberg’s book and the concept of nonviolent communication.

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New Year, New Objectives – What I've planned for 2020

New Year, New Objectives - What I've Planned for 2020

I am sure that you had tremendous and restful Christmas holidays where you could enjoy the time with your family and friends. Only two days left until we all will prepare ourselves to start in the new year 2020. In the following, I will quickly look back to what happened with AlbrechtProductions in the past year and what is planned for the upcoming year 2020.

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"Soul/R&B Track" Horn Section Recording

Soul/R&B Track Horn Section Recording

After we successfully recorded the electric piano, organ and Moog parts of “Soul/R&B Track” with the German jazz pianist Andreas Theobald, we let rest the production for a few weeks. Playing it back after the break that was used to concentrate on other tasks related to the producer concept EP, we had the feeling that a particular element was missing to complete the song as we envisioned it originally. After a moment’s consideration, we decided that the song needs a real horn section to take the song to the next level and to finalise it. We are more than happy to tell you that we were able to work with a professional horn section called Triple H Horns from the United Kingdom that did a stunning job! In the following, learn more about the guys behind Triple H Horns and how we recorded saxophone, trumpet and trombone for “Soul/R&B Track”.

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"Soul/R&B Track" Keys Recording

Soul/R&B Track Keys Recording

One week ago, we talked about the guitar recording for the “Soul/R&B Track” song that is planned to be the second track of the EP project. The keys have a central role within the song’s arrangement because they are used to broaden the stereo width and to act as a tapestry of sound. By accident, we got German jazz pianist Andreas Theobald (Jugendjazzorchester NRW besides other band projects) involved in the project who then arranged a few layers of different key instruments and sounds to take the project to the next level. Find out how we recorded the different key instruments for “Soul/R&B Track” in the following paragraphs.

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"Soul/R&B Track" Guitar Recording

Soul R&B Track Guitar Recording

After we already had the drums and bass recorded on tape, we worked on the guitar parts for the new “Soul/R&B Track” song that is produced in the context of our current EP project. We ended up recording single notes for the verses along with rhythm tracks for the rest of the arrangement that give the song a decent funky “flavour”. For some of our followers, the recorded guitar material will be a nostalgic flashback to the late 70s/early 80s. As known for our production documentaries, we will briefly go through the signal flow and used equipment to achieve the sound you will finally hear on the record.

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"Soul/R&B Track" Bass Recording

Soul/R&B Track Bass Recording

When we finished the songwriting for the first song “Come Back” of our EP project, it was time to think about the next track, its genre and all other production- and songwriting-related topics. We decided to work on a soul/R&B song that should be performed with real instruments and stand out because of its “organic”, vibrant arrangement in contrast to the current, contemporary R&B music on the radio that features virtual instruments and is quite Autotune-heavy. We started tracking the drums, as we did for the rock track “Come Back” after I drafted a rhythm concept beforehand out of nowhere. Having a solid drum track as the basis for the songwriting, I was now searching for the best-fitting bass player to write a funky bass line on it collaboratively.

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