The Best EQ Plug-in Just Got Better
Out of nowhere, yesterday, FabFilter posted Pro-Q 2 overview tutorial delivered by Dan Worrall (as expected).
Just when I thought Pro-Q couldn’t get any better. New features include:
- Natural Phase Processing mode
- Automatic makeup gain
- Slope control
- Spectrum graph
- Full screen mode
- Tilt shelf curve
- Gain-Q interaction
- Snap band to exact musical notes
- Improved DSPs
FabFilter Pro-Q 2 will be available this Thursday.
‘I don’t work for free’
When Showtime invited Dan Cassaro to join a design “contest” he felt amounted to milking professionals for free work, he let the network—and the world—know how he felt about it. The offer, made to a number of designers, involved promoting the Floyd Mayweather-Marcos Maidana boxing match on Sept. 13. Those who submitted designs for Showtime’s use “could be eligible for a chance to win a trip to Las Vegas and have your artwork displayed in the MGM Grand during fight week!,” the network told Cassaro in an email. After sending an email response slathered in sarcasm (“I know that boxing matches in Las Vegas are extremely low-budget affairs”), Cassaro then posted the exchange to Twitter.
This is so great. It reminds me of remix competitions run by electronic dance music labels, which became very popular a few years ago. They promised winners a release on the label and a few pieces of cheap studio gear. I have yet to hear of an artist who became big after participating in such competition. These little contests are ultimately designed to promote the original artist, no one cares about the remixers.
Shazam for Mac is Cool and Creepy at the Same Time
A few days ago, I saw in my newsfeed that Shazam released an app for Mac. The app is designed to run in the background, monitoring all sounds via the Mac’s built-in microphone. Once it detects a track you are playing it pops up a notification showing the track title and the artist name.
Out of curiosity I installed Shazam on my MacBook Pro just to see what it does exactly, while thinking that I’d remove it within a day or two. But now, I’m considering keeping it running in the background.
It’s amazing how well this works. All tracks that I played from Spotify were detected correctly. After I played Asphalt 8 on my iPad, I checked Shazam log, all background tracks of the game were listed there. Later on, when I was watching A Long Way Down, again it detected all the tracks played in the movie.
All this is cool, but it’s creepy at the same time. Shazam is monitoring all the conversations in the room where your mac is. And all the recorded audio is sent back to their servers. So, it comes down to whether you trust Shazam that they won’t breach your privacy.
One last thought, all Macs have a green LED indicator letting the user know when the built-in camera active. It would be cool to have a similar LED that could act as a reminder that an app running on your mac is using the built-in mic. It doesn’t even have to be a separate indicator. The same camera LED can simply turn blue indicating that the microphone is active (though, this could be confusing for some users thinking that their camera is active).
Fortune Interview with Spotify CEO Daniel Ek
It is no secret that I love Spotify. I don’t think any other music streaming service comes close to the great user experience it offers. So I found this interview with Daniel Ek interesting. The CEO of Evernote, Phil Libin said, “The easiest way to get 1 million people paying is to get 1 billion people using.” From that point of view, Spotify is doing wildly well. Out of 40 million users 25% of them are paid subscribers.
Nikolozi - Pull
Here’s my latest work: mangled metallic sounds, wah-wah effects and cowbell. Enjoy…
PreSonus AudioBox iSeries Audio Interfaces: iOne and iTwo
Excellent choices for mobile musicians, sound designers, and podcasters, the USB 2.0 bus-powered AudioBox iOne and iTwo provide high-quality audio I/O for Mac®, PC, and Apple iPad®. These compact, ruggedly built interfaces offer high-performance Class A mic preamplifiers, record 24-bit audio at up to 96 kHz, and include powerful, easy-to-use Studio One® Artist DAW for Mac and Windows and Capture™ Duo recording software for iPad.
These interfaces look great. I’ve been holding out for iConnectAudio4+. It has all the features I want in an audio interface. It can digitally stream MIDI and audio between an iOS device and a Mac using the audio passThru technology. This means I can easily integrate iPad music apps into my production. But, I’m not sure how much longer we’ll have to wait before it’s finally released. So, I might have to grab iTwo (I’m not a big fan of the name by the way) instead. It looks great, has a big volume knob, supports iPad and will be shipping soon.
‘Apple is Still Going Pro, from Hardware to Pro App Updates’
Another great post by Peter Kirn, but what got my attention was the following paragraph:
I think it’s time to spend this energy elsewhere. The computer as we know it is for the most part better than ever. If anything, we need to stop worrying about backwards motion and start thinking forward. Desktop creative software is still stuck in 90s-era metaphors. Most of it doesn’t deal with touch input or gestures – even trackpad gestures in many cases. It doesn’t deal with Internet connectivity in any meaningful way. It doesn’t scale properly to higher-resolution displays. It doesn’t deal with the widespread use of mobile devices in most cases – most desktop software lacks dedicated mobile control or round-trip mobile workflow options.
We are indeed stuck in 90s-era metaphors.