The Woodpecker ($1,299) is the latest active ribbon mic to emerge from Blue Microphones. Sporting a wood finish, the mic features Class A discrete electronics and a handmade aluminum ribbon pressure-gradient transducer. In addition to a figure-8 pattern, the Woodpecker offers a frequency response of 20 Hz to 20 kHz, a max SPL of 136 dB, and a dynamic range of 114 dB. The mic requires +48V phantom power.
EastWest's new Fab Four Virtual Instruments (now $395) seeks to deliver that legendary Beatles sound with samples of instruments like those used by the band, though not the actual instruments. EastWest tracked down vintage replicas of everything from amps, guitars, and drums to mics, consoles, and keyboards. To maximize authenticity, EastWest consulted Beatles engineer Ken Scott and recorded everything to a Studer J-37 4-track tube tape machine.
Six hours of video instruction on Ableton Live 6 is now available from MacProVideo.com. Ableton Live 6 101 (Mac/Win; $49.50) includes more than 150 separate videos with tips on mixing and automation, recording, warping, and more. And if you purchase by January 31, 2007, you'll receive a 15 percent discount with the following coupon code: LiveNews15.
Christmas is over, but SoundHack is still in the giving mood thanks to FreeSound (Mac/Win), a bundle of five free signal-processing plug-ins now available for VST, Audio Units, and RTAS. Developed by SoundHack's Tom Erbe for class demos at UC San Diego, FreeSound includes +phasescope, a gonioscope; +compand, a compressor/expander; +matrix, an MS matrix; and +chebyshev and +decimate for harmonic and inharmonic distortion, respectively.
True Systems introduces the P-Solo Ribbon ($745), a single-channel preamp designed for use with ribbon and dynamic mics. Employing the same balanced, transformerless circuitry of other True products, the P-Solo Ribbon has a frequency response of 1.5 Hz to 500 kHz, highpass filtering, dual analog outputs, a high-impedance instrument input, and four-level metering.
Required Reading—New in Mixbooks
Modern Recording and Mixing, formerly titled the Basics of Modern Recording and Mixing, is now available. This two-DVD set will show you how the best in the music industry set up a studio to make world-class records. Regardless of what gear you are using, the information you'll find here will allow you to take advantage of decades of expert knowledge. MORE.
The January 2007 issue of EM's monthly podcast offers a feature interview with New York-based producer/engineer Bob Power (Erykah Badu, D'Angelo, Me'shell N'degeOcello, the Roots), as well as product news, a look at the February 2007 issue of EM, and much more.
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