Today we have a plethora of live mixers, digital and analogue, from the affordable to the super expensive. You can get them from under $100 or if you wish you can spend over $100,000. The Behringer X32 was a game changer and has sold thousands upon thousands of units since its launch in 2012. The 18 channel digital mixer, the Behringer XR18 costs only $448.00 USD, plus the cost of an iPad or tablet to control it. In light of this we are fascinated by Make Your Own Sound’s series on building your own digital console system, using your own hardware (Computer, Audio Interface & controller) and software (they recommend RML Labs SAC). Martin gives us a set of detailed and clear tutorials and we recommend this as a must watch series. Learn how to mix and match your favourite hardware, optimise your PC and get to grips with the SAC software. For more information go to: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MakeYourOwnS… Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/makeyourown… Twitter: https://twitter.com/MakeYourOwnSou1 e-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard Hawley’s song Darlin is one of those songs that instantly grabs your attention. Partially because of his warm soothing dulcet tones and also the beautiful guitar and bass lines that transports you from the hustle and bustle of modern life and into a world where nothing really matters for 3 mins. It appears on the album Lowedges released in 2003.
Kehinde A is back with a brand new single “Infectious” which is an 80s inspired synthwave track with silky smooth vocals and a very catchy tune. The record will be available on Spotify and all other leading digital stores with plans for a 7 inch vinyl version and a CD single. Click below to follow Kehinde A on Spotify.
Iggy Azalea is back with an explosive new single Savior and a controversial video full of religious symbols and imagery. The song is pretty decent and borrows from Lisa Stansfield’s hit “All Around The World”.
Counting Stars is a beautiful sounding Retrowave song by NINA.
NINA is a German Synthpop/Synthwave singer-songwriter now based in London. A classically trained singer, NINA has been described as Lana Del Rey meets Robyn.
For those of you who don’t know, Retrowave is a modern revival of 80s synth pop wonderfulness in all its glory including, bizarrely, some of its fashion. What I would say is that when you get a decent song in this genre, it sounds incredible.
Counting Stars is taken from the album Sleepwalking which you can pre-order from the link below
Check out our friends Nightflite!
Hop aboard Melbourne band Nightflite and be taken back to the future where 1985 meets the 21st Century. A time where modern soft synths recreate sounds from their hardware cousins, but also add the quality and panache of 21st Century digital technology.
Nightflite is a band that discards hipster pretentiousness but deliver pure power pop vocals reminiscent of Bon Jovi and Foreigner. Their musicianship is stunning with glorious guitars, sexy synths and vivacious vocals. We’ve known about them for a while and feel 2015 will be their year. You can find them at:
It is not very often we come across a singer that just blows us away but Dan Woodhouse is one such singer. His song 21,000 is poignant, emotional and excellent.
This is an original song written by Dan to highlight the plight of worldwide hunger. You have to watch and share this song, it is simply brilliant.
They’ve been described as an electronic trio who use elements of r&b and 90s house music. “King” is their first number one single and was released in March. We love its bouncy groove, strong vocals and synth pads.
The single was also top ten in many countries including Australia, Austria and Germany.
“King” is out now on the Polydor label.
The Hip-Hop community is buzzing with female rappers taking centre stage and crossing over into the pop charts. Nicki Minaj and Iggy Azalea are probably the most famous female rappers at the moment. However, we think their dominant status is being challenged by a relatively new artist Dej Loaf (very interesting name indeed).
Dej comes from Detroit, released her first mixtape 3 years ago and is currently signed to Columbia Records. We’ve listened to all her tracks and the best of the lot is “We Be On It” taken from her album Sell Sole. The song is incredibly melodic, mixed with a serious beat and sports the line “She a little thug, she be rapping like she 2Pac”. I wonder to whom she is referring? I think we’ll be hearing a lot more from this girl!
Graham Cochrane returns with the second part of the $300 studio challenge, which we are sharing here to encourage artists to delve into the world of recording thanks to truly affordable gear.
In this episode Graham tackles the recording of guitars and bass and is a fascinating video. Get on it!