Music Production

Music Industry Round-Up : August 2017

Music Industry Round-Up : August 2017 IK Multimedia have released a brilliant all-in-one audio interface & MIDI controller. The iRig Keys I/O comes in 25 or 49 key variations and provides everything you need to get up & running, including balanced stereo and headphone outputs, combo input jack for line, instrument and mic input with 48v phantom power, gain control for the combo port and sustain pedal port too. It can also work off USB or 4 AA batteries for all the the people out there who are on the move! LANDR is the new software that makes it easier

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STC Graduates – Class of 2017

Here at Sound Training College we do our utmost to keep up-to-date with what our graduates are up to. We feel it is very important to see how their careers are developing and this year is no different. Recently, we got to talk to a number of our Studio Engineering & Music Production and Live Sound, Lighting & Stage Production graduates to see what they thought of the course, what their experience was like and what they are doing with themselves now! Both our Studio Engineering & Music Production and Live Sound, Lighting & Stage Production courses prepare our students for work

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A Brief Guide To Compression

Compression Many people say that it is possible to have too much of a good thing. Compression is a perfect example of this. One of the most used and most loved dynamic effects and fundamental tools we have at our disposal whilst mixing, recording and mastering music. When starting out producing, usually with electronic music, people will want their music to “pump” or “sound thick” and many will try beef up their elements by using a compressor (probably after a quick Google) without actually knowing how to achieve it or what device to use. This article is going to hopefully try

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Graduate Interview Series – Jamie McEvoy

  Jamie McEvoy is currently working as the resident in-house Assistant Engineer at The Pool Recording Studio in London, the studio is jointly owned by Miloco and producer Ben Hillier. He has worked with countless big names including Noel Gallagher, Placebo, Years & Years, Emeli Sandé, The Wombats, Skepta, Mumford & Sons as well as Stephen Street, Catherine Marks and James Ford. Jamie graduated from the Sound Training College in 2012 and has worked in a number of different studios across Ireland and the UK. We recently got a chance to chat to Jamie about his experience in STC and

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Music Industry Round-Up : April 2017

Sound Training – Industry Round-Up April 2017 Musical things are finally looking up for those of you who have purchased Apple’s new Macbook Pro. With the creation of a new app, the touch bar at the top of the keyboard can now be transformed into a MIDI controller! By downloading an app called MIDI Touchbar, you can use the touch bar as a MIDI controller in your favourite DAW and it also customisable! Get it here! Novation have announced two new products set for release in May and June, Peak synth and Circuit Mono Station Groovebox. Peak is an eight-voice

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Music Industry Round-Up : March 2017

Sound Training Industry Round-Up March 2017 So as March draws to a close let’s have a look at some of the main talking points that happened throughout the month, there was some interesting developments with the hardware side of things as a very popular drum machine manufacturer said they would not be updating there flagship product, whereas on the other hand a reliable well-known cheaper alternative brand were discussing the release of their first hardware synth based on the MiniMoog! Dave Smith Instruments have decided to end their development of it’s Tempest Drum Machine after 6 years on the market.

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Recording Guitar Amps : A Basic Guide

The faithful guitar, whether it is an electric or an acoustic, the guitar makes an appearance on almost every song ever recorded. Even for electronic productions, many of the melodies, hooks and riffs will be fleshed out first on the guitar then transferred over. Along with the developments in recording equipment, recording guitar has become as easy as turning on a light switch. All you need is a guitar, an audio interface and a computer. The easiest way to get a simple guitar part recorded would be to go straight from the guitar into the interface, which then goes to

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Top 5 Freeware Synth Plugins

Everybody loves free stuff, there’s no questioning that and with the amount of money that we spend on our music equipment it’s nice to be able to indulge ourselves with something free. This article is going to go through a quick run-through of some of the best known and highest quality free software synths there is on the market today. This is just a few of the 100’s of free synths there is so be sure to check out some of the others if none of these tickle your fancy, that being said, we are sure that you can find

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Plugin Presets

So you’ve just bought a brand new shiny plugin and you can’t wait to start using it in your tracks, so where is the best place to start? Loading up a preset and seeing what the plugin can do of course! This is all well and good but from experience I know that people can get very comfortable with using presets, I know this because I myself am guilty of it! Many will find it the simplest solution to getting a sound that they desire instead of doing what we all really should be doing as creative artists and dissecting

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A Guide To Buying A Computer For Music Production

Be sure to check out a full list of Sound Engineering & Music Production courses we offer both online and in a classic classroom environment at Sound Training Online & Sound Training College! At the heart and soul of every recording studio is of course the computer. Some people may argue that we rely too much on computers these days but the way technology has developed and is constantly developing it is hard to shy away from the need to keep on top of computer changes and upgrades, it is in the best interest for you as a music producer. The brainchild

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Stereo Recording Techniques

Stereo microphone recording techniques are commonly used in the recording process and can offer great flexibility and advantages to recording specific elements. Imagine you have landed a session in a church recording a 15-piece choir for example, you are hardly going to set up 15 individual microphones and lug along a desk or interface with enough channels for the session, it’s unrealistic, unnecessary and a huge amount of work. Employing one of the many different stereo recording techniques can be much simpler, faster and you can achieve high quality recordings with minimum mics. Below we are going to go through some

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Guitar Amp Emulation – Software & Hardware

Guitar amp simulators, loved by many, loathed by many. You can not be a guitarist in society today without hearing names such as Kemper, AmpliTube, Guitar Rig, the list goes on. As many of us have delved into recording at home with our own reasonably/not so reasonably sized bedroom/garage home studios, the idea of having a room dedicated solely to building up a collection of high quality tube and solid state guitar amps and heads, loads of effects and rack mounted gear has for the most part, been dashed. Many of us, can find solace with the number of hardware

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Expect Delays – A Brief Insight Into Delay

Delay In today’s ever growing realm of technological advancements, Delay has maintained its crown as one of the most effective and versatile audio effects there is. Delay, at its simplest, is a delayed or repeated audio signal that is fed back into itself. The sound is recorded, stored and then is played back after a certain length of time, which is determined by the setting on the Delay unit. Delay units possess many parameters that can help alter and manipulate the sound. Delay is commonly used on multiple elements including, but not limited to, Vocals, Guitars, and even Drums! Delay

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Understanding Reverb

Reverb is an essential tool in the arsenal of both the Sound Engineer and the Producer alike. It wasn’t until the late 1930’s that the first artificial reverb was created, which finally enabled the Sound Engineer to control and shape the sound of reverb. Skip forward to 1976, where the next big milestone in the history of Reverb belongs to EMT, as they created the world’s first digital reverb unit, the “EMT 250″. As the years went by, more and more companies began to develop and release their own styles of reverb units, each one with its own unique sounds

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The Best Music Production Software

Music Production Software, known as Digital Audio Workstations (or DAWs for short), come in many shapes and sizes, and at a variety of different prices. When starting out a Music Producer, selecting a DAW can be quite a daunting and intimidating experience. After all, this is potentially your future livelihood we’re talking about here! Selecting one as your creative outlet is a big decision. Therefore, one of the most frequently asked questions within the music tech industry is : “What is the best DAW on the market?”. The question has led to many a debate, and sometimes even arguments (seriously,

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Student Experience Update – April 2016

Updates on the latest goings on around Sound Training College including Searchlight 2016, moving home, launching of the Music Academy and guest lecture masterclasses.

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Graduate Interview Series – Michael Heffernan

This post is the first in a series of interviews that will be conducted with alumni of Sound Training College over the coming months. The interviews are a great way to catch up with former students and see what they are doing now. There really is an interesting diversity of paths that have been followed, which we intend to showcase with this interview series. So if you’re wondering about where Sound Training College can bring you, make sure you check out each edition of this series. Michael Heffernan is a Sound Engineer / Producer from Dublin, who has been working

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Second Term STC Student Experience Update

Live Sound, Lighting & Stage Production It’s a busy time for the live class students as the pre-production rehearsals for Searchlight 2015 get under way in The Button Factory. They have been mapping out the venue for the main and acoustic stage set-ups. Over the next few weeks leading up to the Searchlight Show on March 25th, each band will come in and spend 2 days with the students working out their stage show, both audio and visual. One of the bands Luna Luna are pictured here making use of the BRAND NEW SOUND TRAINING DRUM SKIN! (Which we’re very excited

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