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GPU already used in my first Hackintosh (v1) is not supported by OS versions higher than High Sierra (10.13.6) and was outdated for a while.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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Outstanding Music Studios (Vol. 5)

Outstanding Music Studios (Vol. 5)

Volume 5 of the blog article series “Outstanding Music Studios” highlights another four music studios which are located in the United States, United Kingdom and Norway. If you missed the series’ previous article, you could find it here. Enjoy exploring the following exceptional music studios.

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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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“Unique” Bass Recording

Unique 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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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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Outstanding Music Studios (Vol. 3)

Outstanding Music Studios (Vol. 3)

Volume 3 of the article series “Outstanding Music Studios” is presenting you another four music studios located in the United States, Spain, Italy and Germany. We will give you a brief overview of how they are equipped and links to their websites so you can explore them more in detail. Enjoy!

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Youtube Channel Recommendations for Music Producers & Audio Engineers

Youtube Channel Recommendations for Music Producers & Audio Engineers

Youtube with its infinite pool of videos can help you to stay up-to-date regarding recently released audio hardware or software, can act as an educational platform in the fields of audio production with its tutorial videos as well as insights and tips provided by known industry professionals. The platform’s content masses can be overwhelming, mainly because Youtube does not centralise the content creation, but different content creators are providing you with often great content. In the following, I want to share some youtube channels that are probably interesting and useful for music producers and audio engineers.

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