Hackintosh v2 – GPU, SSD & Monitor Upgrade 2020

Hackintosh v2 - GPU, SSD & Monitor Upgrade 2020

It was time for a few changes regarding my Hackintosh (v2) used for the professional music studio work. Since today, my build is a very reliable and extremely stable machine, and it definitively meets all my requirements relating to processing power. However, the old GPU already used in my first Hackintosh (v1) is not supported by OS versions higher than High Sierra (10.13.6) and was outdated for a while. Consequently, I planned a significant GPU upgrade, add another SSD to my system and get a long-awaited ultra-wide, dual QHD 49″ curved monitor. Now my system is ready for current Mac OS updates, and I have a fantastic overview of a large number of channels in Pro Tool’s mix window without scrolling.

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Stam Audio SA4000 – The SSL-Style Stereo Bus Compressor

Stam Audio SA4000 - SSL-Style Stereo Bus Compressor

While plugins are incredibly useful, there is a reason why top audio engineers still have analogue gear in their racks. In today’s hybrid studios, one of the most significant benefits, while you are mostly mixing “in the box”, is to use quality hardware on your master bus. Hence we have a look at my SA4000, an SSL G-Bus style stereo bus compressor manufactured by Stam Audio in Chile. I received the SA4000 in 2017 when this unit was my very first Stam Audio gear. Since then, some other Stam Audio products like the SA-76ADG became part of my studio gear collection.

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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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Mix:analog – Real Analogue Gear From The Cloud

Mix:analog - Real Analogue Gear From The Cloud

Mix:analog is the world-first fully manual, real-time controllable online analog processing service for audio engineers and creatives. It’s a web application with a graphical user interface that allows you to control a broad selection of analogue gear over the internet via your internet browser in real-time. Thanks to the platform, you have access to expensive analogue studio equipment that can add character and the needed saturation in the digital age to your production to take it to the next level. Let us take a closer look at the mix:analog service.

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Stam Audio SA-76ADG – The 3-in-1 1176 Compressor

Stam Audio SA-76ADG - The 3-in-1 1176 Compressor

Bit by bit, I try to collect analogue outboard gear for my project studio that might evolve into a bigger studio over time. I love to work in-the-box with plugins and appreciate the flexibility and comfort that come with it. Nevertheless, I love analogue gear and its unbeatable character and the often slightly different behaviour, especially with extreme settings. I like to combine both worlds, the digital and the analogue one, and set up a hybrid studio environment. This time, we have a look at my brand-new SA-76ADG, an 1176 compressor manufactured by Stam Audio in Chile, that combines the revisions A, D and G in one single unit. A great concept and a real game changer!

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Vezt – Intellectual Property Monetization For Artists & Songwriters

Intellectual Property Monetization For Artists & Songwriters

Recording music in the Internet age is not a lucrative business anymore. The nature of today’s popular streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music and TIDAL cause that most artists and songwriters beyond the world’s top 10 artists make very little money directly from their music.

Vezt is the first blockchain-based mobile app where music fans can acquire rights in their favourite songs. It claims to be a new reasonable income stream for creatives. Let us take a closer look at the app’s concept and find out what is it all about.

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5 Apps That Take Your Instagram To The Next Level

5 Apps That Take Your Instagram To The Next Level

Like in the music business, people are commonly familiar with polished, radio-ready tracks. No one wants to listen to an unmixed draft version of your song on Spotify. In the same way, the social media community expects high-quality images that are edited to look beautiful and professional – especially if you represent a music brand or label. In today’s world, an image without a “cinematic” filter is quite unusual and is probably not so valued by the Instagram community. We show you our top five apps to take your content and therefore, your Instagram profile to the next level!

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ForTunes – The Smart Data Hub For Musicians & Producers

ForTunes - The smart data hub for musicians & producers

ForTunes, a data analytics service that is developed to help all kinds of music creatives, (independent) label managers and producers engage with their online data. After the account setup, the app collects all data from the common social media platforms and music streaming services. ForTunes was developed by a team of eight music and tech enthusiasts based in Vienna, Austria. The team has a great mission to put comprehensive Data Analytics at the fingertips of millions of music creators. Let us have a closer look at its functionalities.

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