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New Music Monday : 24th July 2017

Foster The People – Sacred Hearts Club Back with their third album, Foster The People will forever be known as the ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ band which is certainly not a bad thing! This album differs since they’re only a 3-piece now and this album features more ambitious pop.    Albin Lee Meldau – Bloodshot A single that appeared on his first EP release Lovers, Bloodshot continues in the same vein brooding melancholic pop accompanied with great emotion vocally makes an all around impressive 5-track EP.   Maya Jane Coles – Weak/Werk Some new tunes from one of the leading ladies

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Music Industry Round-Up : June 2017

Music Industry Round-Up : June 2017 The people over at Output have branched into the studio furniture business! They are known for some of the most interesting plugins, Movement, Substance, Signal, Exhale among others! They had teased us earlier in the month via social media with posts such as “Built By Musicians, For Musicians”, “It Doesn’t Make A Single Sound”, and “It’s Not A Plugin”. Speculation was rife but they finally put everyone out of their misery and finally released Platform. They say we love making music so we should love WHERE we make music too! With enough room for you MIDI

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New Music Monday – 26th June 2017

Kodaline – Brother The Irish 4-piece are back with a new single and album on the way. Lead single “Brother” is classic Kodaline, emotional lyrics and a well constructed chorus, “Brother” ticks all the boxes. Grizzly Bear – Four Cypresses The third release off their up-and-coming album “Painted Ruins”. As Grizzly Bear’s Daniel Rossan says it was “Written from the perspective of a homeless man sleeping in a driveway of a place he was staying at in L.A., but broadened it to encompass his thoughts about a refugee experience and life through wartime.” Make of that what you will, but it’s a

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New Music Monday – 19th June 2017

Some new tunes to beat those Monday blues! The Horrors – Machine Disjointed start to this new track from The Horrors, but soon enough reverts back to what we love about the 5-piece band, Shoegazey garage rock! Coldplay – All I Can Think About Is You Reverb drenched lead vocal on this one from Chris Martin and Co. Off their upcoming new album Kaleidoscope, dreamy vibes that builds to a classic Coldplay climatic end. Dizzee Rascal – Space After nearly 4 years since his last album, Dizzee Rascal is back! “Space” is the lead single off new album “Raskit” and

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Dublin Gig Guide : 12th – 18th June 2017

As we are well into June now, the Summer gigs are coming thick and fast! With Forbidden Fruit and Vantastival last weekend we have the Malahide Castle gigs and the Trinity Summer gigs only around the corner! But there’s loads of other great stuff happening over the week in Dublin so let’s crack on with it! Kicking us off on Monday night we have American singer-songwriter Jackson Browne playing Vicar Street for a number of sold out shows! Browne has sold over 18 million albums worldwide and this time around himself his band will be performing all the hits from

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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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Dublin Gig Guide : 5th – 11th June 2017

Dublin Gig Guide : 5th – 11th June 2017 We’re back with this weeks Dublin Gig Guide! As the festival season is well and truly upon us, with Life festival last weekend in Mullingar and Vantastival and Forbidden Fruit this weekend. We’ve still got Body & Soul, Castlepalooza, Indiependance, Electric Picnic and more over the coming months! A lot to get through! But for now, we’ll stick to whats coming up this week. Kicking us off on Bank Holiday Monday is the final day of Forbidden Fruit! Taking place at the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham. After Aphex Twin, Moderat, Orbital

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Graduate Series Interview – 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 working

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Music Industry Round-Up : May 2017

Music Industry Round-Up : May 2017 The people over at Propellerhead have finally added VST support to Reason! Reason hit our shelves 17 years ago and was released as a self-contained studio with synths, samplers and drum machines. In 2009 they released Record, which added the ability to record, mix and arrange audio which was another thing missing from the original Reason. They have it all now! Upgrades to Reason 9.5 are free for all version 9 holders. Learn more here.    Roland have released the SPD::ONE electronic percussion pads. There are four to choose from Electro, Kick, Percussion and WAV.

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New Music Monday – 29th May 2017

James Vincent McMorrow – True Care JVM is back with his new album, and it does not disappoint. His fourth album to date, you can see how he has developed and grown as a musician but still keeps all the essentials to release a chart-topping album. Check Out : Constellations, Glad It’s Raining & True Care.   Dave – 100M’s London based grime artist Dave isn’t messing about with this track. Following on the footsteps on Skepta & Stormzy, 100M’s contains more raw & minimal production which makes for a brilliant comeback track after previously working with Drake & J-Hus.

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Synthesis : A Basic Understanding

Synthesis Many of us will know what a synthesizer looks and sounds like through our experiences with both the software and hardware versions, whether it was bashing away at your brothers keyboard or fiddling around with your first synth VST! They have been around the music industry since the first early concepts began to take shape in the late 50’s early 60’s by a German engineer, Harald Bode. Bode was a pioneer in the development of electronic music instruments, and ended up developing a modular synthesizer and sound processor and in 1961. After this development, he wrote a paper on

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Dublin Gig Guide : 22nd – 28th May 2017

Dublin Gig Guide : 22nd – 28th May 2017 It’s Friday! So, that can only mean one thing here at Sound Training, it’s time for our weekly instalment of our Dublin Gig Guide! This weeks guide comes to you with a heavy heart as this past Wednesday we lost Chris Cornell, lead singer of Soundgarden, Audioslave and more recently Temple of The Dog. Cornell was a powerhouse vocalist and is widely recognised as the voice of a generation. Rising out of the grunge scene in Seattle in the late 1980’s, Soundgarden quickly established themselves as one of the dominating forces,

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New Music Monday – 15th May 2017

Paramore – After Laughter New album from the pop-punk rockers, and this release shows them drift to a more pop oriented album. Swapping their distorted guitars for disco type beats. Check out : Fake Happy & Hard Times   The National – The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness After announcing a world tour and new album “Sleep Well Beast” for September, The National dropped their newest single off the upcoming album. The single just goes to show no matter how many albums they put out The National have still got IT and IT doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.  

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Dublin Gig Guide : 15th – 21st May 2017

With some massive gig news recently as of one of the best alternative rock bands there has ever been announcing two headline shows later this year, The National will play Vicar Street in September as part of a worldwide tour and new album, ‘Sleep Well Beast’ which is also set for release in September! We can’t hide our excitement! Anyway, moving on to this weeks gigs! Two heavyweights kick off the week as we have Take That and Natalie Imbruglia! Take That were one of the most popular boy bands of their generation and probably all time. Performing as a

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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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New Music Monday – 3rd April 2017

alt-j – In Cold Blood A sneak peak of their upcoming album release that’s due in June, “In Cold Blood” is a classic alt-j track, jangling guitar parts, binary code, horn sections, drum rolls and plenty of la la la la la la’s. Kendrick Lamar – Humble Piano driven hip-hop from one of the best in the game at the minute. Kendrick teased us a few weeks ago when he released a debut single “The Heart Part 4” from his new album. “Humble” is the follow up single to and has an accompanying video. April 7th has been rumoured to be

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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

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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

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Dublin Gig Guide : 20th – 26th March

Dublin Gig Guide 20th – 26th March 2017 Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you all from everyone here at Sound Training! Get your green on and make the most of it whether you are heading into the parade in town or just taking it easy with a few friends, be sure to stay safe and enjoy it most of it! This week we will continue to bring you the what’s what around the city with out weekly Dublin Gig Guide! Unwind this week after the Paddy’s Day madness with our help. Starting off the week we have American pop-punkers All-Time-Low

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Dublin Gig Guide : 13th – 19th March

  Dublin Gig Guide 13th – 19th March Paddy’s Day as we all know is the 17th March which is Friday week, as always there will be an abundance of live music and events throughout the city around the 16th and continuing for that weekend, but we are here to provide you with all the headline acts from around the city for the days leading up to St. Patrick’s Day so lets get into it! Starting us off this week is The Gloaming and as mentioned last week they will be playing to another sold-out crowd on Monday the 13th

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Dublin Gig Guide : 6th – 12th March 2017

Dublin Gig Guide – 6th – 12th March 2017 We’re back with our weekly Dublin Gig Guide providing you with all the information you’ll need to plan this weeks gigs around Dublin City! So let’s get started, kicking off the week on Monday evening we have a double header of Irish performances, of very different nature albeit. In the National Concert Hall we have contemporary Irish supergroup The Gloaming are performing the first of a seven gig stint, all of which are sold out! Formed in 2011 the supergroup has expanded the roots of traditional Irish music and developed it

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Music Tech Industry Round-Up : February 2017

  Sound Training Industry Roundup – February 2017 A new blog post for you! We will be starting a new entry every month here at Sound Training where we will be summarising events of that previous month with a short round-up of whats gone on. From new synths, to software updates and new equipment, software and plugins! Your one stop shop to keep with with all things music tech! Spitfire Audio have recent released a brand new string library! Many of you will be familiar with Spitfire Audio’s previous stuff, Albino, Hans Zimmer Piano, Dustbundle etc. This new release is in

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Dublin Gig Guide : 27th February – 5th March 2017

Dublin Gig Guide 27th February – 5th March 2017 It’s the Dublin Gig Guide back once again on this fine Friday afternoon! We’re here to give you all the info you need for this weeks upcoming gigs to help ease you into the weekend! Good variety of gigs around the city this week. Starting off the week with their second successive sold out show at the Olympia is Elbow, playing another sold out show on Monday night, if you didn’t catch a ticket you can still catch them in Cork during the week as tickets are still available for that!

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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

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A Guide To Buying A Computer For Music Production

  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 of everything in the studio, your computer is one if not, the most important pieces of equipment you will purchase for recording. With that in mind we have decided to

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Dublin Gig Guide : 6th February – 12th February

Dublin Gig Guide 6th February – 12th February It’s that time of the week once more! We here at Sound Training are back with our weekly Gig Guide for all the info you need for all the best shows around the city for the up and coming week! First up on Monday evening at the Olympia Theatre, we have Icelandic folk-rockers Kaleo playing at 8PM, Kaleo have gathered a massive fan base over the last 2 or 3 years proving that there is more great Icelandic music out there other than Sigúr Rós! Again showing that they ain’t going anywhere

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Dublin Gig Guide : 29th January – 5th February

Dublin Gig Guide 29th January – 5th February    We’re back with this weeks Dublin Gig Guide! Everything you need to plan the weeks gigs!   Kicking off this week we have a fantastic show in Vicar Street with Fun Lovin’ Criminals! The Scooby snackers will be playing all the hits and it’s not one to miss! Doors at 7PM, tickets are still available at €35! Next up on Thursday night we have Exmagician from Belfast. Things are looking good for the Belfast rockers, with a number of shows booked in Ireland and the UK throughout February Exmagician are ones to

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Dublin Gig Guide : 23rd January – 29th January 2017

  Dublin Gig Guide : 23rd January – 29th January 2017   I’m not sure about you, but I have got that Friday Feeling! That means it’s time again for our weekly Dublin Gig Guide! We’re here to give you all the information you’ll need to plan the weeks gigs accordingly! So let’s get started! Kicking off the week on Monday evening, we have four-time Grammy award winner Olivia Newton-John performing with special guests in the National Concert Hall, doors for this one are at 8PM so make sure to get down early! Tuesday night the Sugar Club hosts a

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Dublin Gig Guide : 16th – 22nd January 2017

Dublin Gig Guide 16th – 22nd January    We’re back with our weekly instalment of the Dublin Gig Guide brought to you by Sound Training Online! Fairly busy week for gigs around the city, and we have all the info you’ll need to plan the week accordingly! First off we have Kentucky rockers Cage The Elephant performing in The Academy on Monday night, followed by singer-songwriter Martha Wainwright playing Vicar Street the following night. Two different styles of music but both should draw big crowds and both gigs will be great! Wednesday night is one for fans of the heavier

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Dublin Gig Guide : 7th – 15th January 2017

Dublin Gig Guide 7th January -15th January   First off let me wish everyone a happy new year! Hopefully 2017 will be one to remember as 2016 was one to forget music wise 🙁 Anyway not to dwell on the past lets crack on, as the case can be with this time of the year there is a number of gigs on over the next week but the quality is not what is to be desired, but there are some good things happening so let’s get into it! Kicking off the weekend we have a big double header for the

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Dublin Gig Guide : 19th – 31st December 2016

Dublin Gig Guide 19th December 2016 – 31st December 2016 We are back with our final chapter of the Dublin Gig Guide for 2016, brought to you by Sound Training Online! Over the month there has been so much going on around the city it’s been tough to decide what to pick. Plenty of music, comedy, theatre shows and musicals over the Christmas period for all the family and we are sure that there will be something on for everyone of all ages! Kicking us off for the Christmas period we have the always fantastic Christy Moore playing in the

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Dublin Gig Guide : 12th – 18th December

Dublin Gig Guide 12th – 18th December It’s that time of the week again! The time where we create happiness and cheers amongst you all with our weekly instalment of our Dublin Gig Guide!  Your weekly supply of all the best gigs happening in Dublin for the next week! Quiet enough this week early on, but as the weekend draws closer there is a huge amount of stuff going on around the city! Again, this week showcases quite a number of home-grown Irish acts proving that Dublin is continuous with its support of Irish music! Monday kicks off with a

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Dublin Gig Guide : 5th – 11th December

Dublin Gig Guide 5th – 11th December We’re back this week with our Dublin Gig Guide! This week sees a large number of homegrown talent as well as international starts gracing our shores! Starting off the week we have punk-rockers Pierce the Veil performing the first of two shows in Dublin this week before the head back to the States for a number of shows before Christmas. Also on Monday night english rock outfit Ocean Colour Scene play the first of their two shows as well this week, and both gigs are on in the Olympia which is the perfect

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Dublin Gig Guide : 28th November – 4th December 2016

As December creeps into our midst, we can still delay the entire Christmas shenanigans for another week or two at least! Thankfully you can distract yourself from the big fella’ in the red suit with our next instalment of our weekly Dublin Gig Guide! Easing us into the week on Monday night we have a sold out performance by Glen Hansard and his full band in none other than Vicar Street. The performance will include strings and brass so you can expect it to be a different gig in comparison to his solo shows! Always giving everything in any performance the

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Dublin Gig Guide : 20th – 27th November 2016

  This week the Sound Training Online Dublin gig guide brings you an eclectic mix of all things live! First off, on Monday night Paul Simon will follow hot on the heels of Rod Stewart, and will be performing at the 3Arena in promotion of his newest release “Stranger to Stranger” which has been available on shelves since June. Tuesday night sees the 3Arena play host again but this time to Jess Glynne as she brings her familiar style of indie pop to Ireland for her biggest headline show on the island to date, be sure to check out both gigs if you can! On Wednesday night,

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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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