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24-01-2011


If you club, perform music live or DJ regularly then your ears will be copping to some pretty harsh treatment, so there is nothing wussy about protecting your valuable hearing. If you have experienced ringing in your ears after a gig, then that is a sign you have pushed your ears too far. So what are the options?

 

THIS IS A GUIDE ONLY.

 

Typically you have between 2 minutes and 1 hour safe exposure time in a club!

 

1. General purpose Noise Reduction: These will reduce the sound level by 22 - 33 dB and can be had for around 15 cents a pair, when purchased in bulk, and can be reused a couple of times. Throw some in your gig-bag, car or helicopter. The down-side is that if you need to make critical mix decisions then these will significantly skew the frequency response of the music to the low end. If you are mixing then you should look at the next two options.

 

Earplugs and FL Studio boxes


Low cost: You can buy boxes of 200 quality foam earplugs on eBay for $30 USD

 

 

2. Special 'flat response' earplugs: These are designed to reduce the noise levels but do so with a relatively flat response. Rather than losing the highs as the foam style do. These cost between $10-20 USD for a few pairs and should last 6-12 months with heavy use (and regular cleaning). We especially like the skin tones and low profile of the EarPeace models as it encourages compliance & so wider use. NOTE: 'Musician' style earplugs may not block noise as effectively as standard NR earplugs, so take care and definitely don't use these for industrial NR purposes.

 

Hi-Fi / Musician's Earplugs

 

Two respected 'musician' products from Etymotic and EarPeace

 

3. Custom moulded earplugs: These are popular with music professionals and include a soft silicone shell with a flat frequency response filter positioned in the best place for your ear. These cost around $100-200 not including the audiologist's fees for making an ear moulding. Your local audiologist will be able to recommend some brands to you. If you want to see an example Etymotic make these. They should last years with good care.

 

Custom molded hearing protection

 

Custom moulded earplugs are the next step up

 

 

4. In-ear monitors: These are becoming very popular for stage performers as they block out the direct house sound and deliver a custom mix in your 'ear-bud' style headphones. A good set of these will set you back between $199 - $1500 USD. Respected brands include - Futuresonics, Ultimate Ears, Sennheiser & Shure. Like the NR style earplugs there is a hierarchy of standard fit to custom ear-moulded designs, explaining the rather large price range.

 

In ear monitors (photo courtesy of Ultimate Ears)

In Ear Monitors block the live sound and replace it with your own private mix

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Protection is only useful if it's used correctly in accordance with manufacturers instructions. All exposure times are indicative, please consult the recognized health authority in your location for the official safe sound level exposure charts. Use your brain and look after your most valuable asset, don't lose the beat!

 

Want to discuss this topic see the 'Am I going deaf???' thread in Looptalk.

 

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• Hearing Protection • In-Ear monitors • ear plugs • etymotic • earpeace • DJ • performance • deckadance • noise reduction 


22-01-2011


In this tutorial the Guru shows you how to set up FL Studio to use the Playlist time Markers as Jump-to-points. Jump Markers also can be set to Loop, Pause & Skip for additional flexibility. The video starts out with a small demonstration...

 

 

Credits: Thanks to Mehran Abbasi for uploading the project to the Image-Line Epic Sound Recreation Forum

 

You can download the project used in this tutorial here. The project is based on is The Swedish House Mafia release "One".

 

Enjoy!

 


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• Guru • Jump Markers • Live Mode • Swedish House Mafia 


17-01-2011


30 years ago Peter Vogel and company started what has become the computer-based music production industry with the Fairlight CMI. Today celebrating that anniversary Peter is bringing back the Fairlight CMI-30A.

 

 

Fairlight Original vs New

 

 

Peter Vogel demos the Fairlight CMI-30A @ NAMM 2011

 

 

Interview with Peter Vogel re Fairlight CMI-30A @ NAMM 2011

 

 

Bob Moog demos the Fairlight CMI 1983

 

The Fairlight dominated the hit songs of the 1980's through 1990's and cost about the same as the average house. It's amazing to think that the same money as the Fairlight cost in 1982 converted to 2011 dollars would buy you FL Studio + ultra-fast PC (1000's of times more powerful) AND enough money left over to build a real recording studio to put it all in :)

 

Hats off to Peter & Fairlight for bringing the CMI back.

 

...and finally, the Fairlight iPad app!

 

 

Cool! Must HAVE!

 

Image-Line.

 

 

 

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• FL Studio • Fairlight • Peter Vogal • History • CMI-30A 


10-01-2011


In this tutorial the Guru shows you how to make lush pads from just about any monophonic melody using Edison and Newtone (or just Edison if you don't have Newtone) ...

 

 

Download the project created above here

 

The steps are:

 

1. Load a monophonic melody (vocal/instrumental whatever you have, tonal/timbre variation is good) into Newtone. If you don't have Newtone you can get it here. You can also skip this step and use Edison edit out a string of notes of the same pitch.

 

2. Use Newtone to flatten the pitch to a single note (close to the average of the melody).

 

3. Load the flattened melody into Edison and remove any gaps between notes and other non-melodic noises. 'S,T,C,CH & F' sounds can become unwanted noise 'hiss' after blurring.

 

4. Add at least 4 seconds silence before and after the flattened melody.

 

5. NOTE: If your sample is mono, convert it to stereo before blurring it.

 

6. Apply the Blur tool function with ~4000 ms 'Amount' setting

 

7. Load the Blurred sample into your favourite sampler. Don't forget to set the root-note to the correct pitch of the sound.

 

Enjoy!

 

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• pad • newtone • edison • guru • fl studio 



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