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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Subscription-Based Software – The Nuisance Of Many Professionals

Subscription-Based Software

There were times when you bought software or hardware, and you could work with that for a very long time without any issues occurring, for example, regarding incompatibility or licensing. Moreover, you owned the full product. In the last few years, things have been changed when companies drastically try to grow their customer base, tie those to them and increase the overall revenue. The go-to solution to achieve exactly that seems to be the subscription-based software licensing that finally takes place almost everywhere in the audio software landscape. Let us talk about that situation from the viewpoint of an audio professional.

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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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“Come Back” Shouter Vocal Recording

"Come Back" Shouter Vocal Recording

Almost three months ago, we reported about the bass recording for the modern rock track called “Come Back”. During that period, we wrote the song’s lyrics and finally could start tracking the vocals for the production, starting with the vocal shouts. The song consists of two vocalists, one shouter and one clean, melodic vocalist. Combining those two different styles and voices allows us to target a broader audience and achieve a more pop-ish result. Thus, people that usually do not listen to rock music that includes shouts may connect easier with the song. Let me tell you briefly how we recorded the shouts for “Come Back”.

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Outstanding Music Studios (Vol. 2)

Outstanding Music Studios (Vol. 2)

Again, we will have a closer look at outstanding music studios from around the globe. Volume 2 of the blog article series “Outstanding Music Studios” highlights another four music studios – this time – located in the United States, Australia, Belgium and Italy. If you missed the series’ first article, you could find it here. Enjoy exploring the following stunning music studios.

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Useful Tools For Doing International Business

Doing international business by having customers or business partners from all over the world is always exciting, but also can be tricky sometimes. Different time zones, currencies, languages and connectivity can complicate the daily work. By using the right professional tools, you can control those constraints, and you can handle your international business without further headaches. In the music industry and the associated creative industries, we usually do not know borders and frequently collaborate with people from everywhere on the globe. Let me show you five handy tools that facilitate your international business!

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Guitar Cabinet Impulse Responses – The Best Stores & Freebies

Guitar Cabinet Impulse Responses - The Best Stores & Freebies

After we talked about virtual amp simulators in the past, the next logical step is to have a look at guitar cabinet impulse responses (in short: IR). Those so-called impulse responses are sound measurements that contain information about the guitar cabinet speaker, the room where everything is recorded as well as about the used microphone and microphone preamp in the particular situation. That set of information is stored in one single .wav file with that you can recreate the recording situation by loading it into a convolution plug-in – or in an easier term – IR loader. Once you have an IR created, it always recreates the same sound you initially captured, and you do not need to set up a bunch of equipment anymore every time you want to get this unique sound. Important to keep in mind is that an impulse response can recreate the signal chain elements coming AFTER the guitar amp head, but does not include sound characteristics of a guitar amp. Therefore, the combination with a virtual amp simulator or a real guitar amp head and a load box is required to get the guitar sound you want (explained more in detail by Pete Thorn here in one of his great Youtube videos). Impulse responses can also be used to recreate room sounds to be used later as reverb in your mix. However, we will focus on the guitar cabinet IRs in the following and where to get those if you do not want to create your own.

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“Come Back” Bass Recording

"Come Back" Bass Recording

In the near past, I started documenting the progress of AP’s new modern rock project “Come Back” began with explaining how the idea for the song arose and how we started the songwriting and recording process by tracking the drums, guitars and keys. After the editing of the guitar recording was done, a demo mix was sent to Torsten Kolb, who I got to know as the bassist of the alternative rock band Blizzard back in 2014/2015. It only took a couple of days after I received a bass concept for the song that just needed a few small adjustments later during the final recording in late January to be exactly what I was initially looking for.

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