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PSNeurope

Abbey Road EMI RS124 Review

Articles
Russ Hepworth-Sawyer

This article was included in Pro Sound News Europe, July 2010 issue.

PSNeurope

AEA KU4 Ribbon Mic Review

Articles
Russ Hepworth-Sawyer

This article was included in Pro Sound News Europe, January 2012 issue.

PSNeurope

AMS Neve 2264ALB Review

Articles
Russ Hepworth-Sawyer

This article was included in Pro Sound News Europe, November 2011 issue.

PSNeurope

Audio Technica AT4080 Review

Articles
Russ Hepworth-Sawyer

This article was included in Pro Sound News Europe, March 2011 issue.

PSNeurope

CEDAR Review

Articles
Russ Hepworth-Sawyer

This article was included in Pro Sound News Europe, March 2012 issue.

MusicTechMag

DIY Studio Acoustics

Articles
Russ Hepworth-Sawyer

Abstract

We’ve witnessed significant advances in music technology over the past 15 years or so which, combined with ever lowering costs, now mean that many more of us can – and indeed choose to – record at home.

However, there are changes that you will need to make to your home environment in order to get the best sonic results. Fortunately it’s not as difficult – nor as costly – as you might think. Over the course of the following tutorial we’re going to detail some of the problems you might encounter and, of course, the solutions for a perfect mixing and monitoring environment.

The full article is available at MusicTech.net

PSNeurope

Drawmer HQ PreAmp and Convertor

Articles

This article was included in Pro Sound News Europe, September 2010 issue.

MusicTechMag

DSP Monitoring

Articles
Russ Hepworth-Sawyer

Abstract

We have all struggled at one time or another with the troubling issues of room acoustics, monitor placement and the subsequent treatment. Modern DSP monitoring appears to be gaining quite a lot of traction in both small and large environments, especially within the post- production market where listeners require an even experience whatever the circumstances. But what sonically can DSP monitors really overcome, and what can we get out of this new technology?

The full article is available at MusicTech.net

PSNeurope

Focusrite Midnight Review

Articles
Russ Hepworth-Sawyer

This article was included in Pro Sound News Europe, March 2011 issue.

MusicTechMag

History of Synthesis Part 1

Articles
Russ Hepworth-Sawyer

This article was included in Music Tech Magazine’s December 2011 issue.

MusicTechMag

Home Studio Ergonomics

Articles
Russ Hepworth-Sawyer

Abstract

There is an all too depressing trend of pro studios closing their doors. As such, many of us are now working from adapted rooms at home. The difference between the professional and home studio is likely to be the bespoke design, both acoustically and ergonomically. Acoustically, professionally designed rooms support the delivery of accurate and detailed sound. Nowadays, there is a range of options you can install at home that will help to tame and control the acoustic issues you face. Ergonomically, however, we might need to reconsider our options as it is a topic much less discussed, but still very important.

Full article available at MusicTech.net

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Innovation in Music 2013 (KES Transactions on Innovation in Music)

Books
R Hepworth-Sawyer, Jay Hodgson, Rob Toulson, Justin Paterson

Abstract

The music industry is a fast moving field with new technology and methodological advances combining to catalyse innovations all the time. ‘Innovation in Music 2013′ was an international conference exploring this topic, held in December 2013 in York, UK. The event covered specific and cross-disciplinary aspects of the music industry including music creation, technology, production and business, sound engineering, mastering, post production and sound design, games music and cross-disciplinary themes. This volume contains a technical keynote speech delivered by former Metropolis Studios Mastering Engineer and now Technical Manager at Guilde Productions, Crispin Murray, accompanied by 20 articles developed from presentations delivered at the conference and peer reviewed. Read this book to get an excellent overview of the latest leading-edge developments occurring in the music industry.

MusicTechMag

Introduction to Data Compression

Articles
Russ Hepworth-Sawyer

Abstract

While the debate over whether digital audio can ever equal or surpass the quality of analogue rages on, the portable audio file reigns supreme. The prevalence of mp3 and AAC due to delivery portals such as iTunes – plus the accompanying attractive players, of course – ensure that data-compressed audio is more the norm these days than the exception.

The full article can be found at MusicTech.net

PSNeurope

Izotope Ozone 5 Review

Articles
Russ Hepworth-Sawyer

This article was included in Pro Sound News Europe, December 2011 issue.

PSNeurope

KRK KNS-8400 Headphone Review

Articles
Russ Hepworth-Sawyer

Abstract

THE RECENT resurgence of interest in the world of headphones has not passed us by at PSNEurope, oh no. This is our second review in one year! Personally, I have been listening to a range of cans over the past few months, while observing the market with almost as much interest as I do for monitors. Monitor manufacturer KRK has set about bringing its own ‘USP’ to designing cans: to build them so they perform as closely to monitor speakers as possible. The idea is that professionals can take their monitoring environment with them wherever they work or play.

The full article can be found at PSNeurope.com

SOSmagazine

Logic: Getting Started With Surround Sound

Articles
Russ Hepworth-Sawyer

Abstract

Whether it is producing music for film or television, or simply creating an SACD mix of your latest stereo creation, we will all at some point consider trying surround sound. Provided that you have at least four audio outputs on your interface, and as many speakers, Logic Pro is great at handling most surround-sound work straight out of the box.

MusicTechMag

Mastering Equalisation

Articles
Russ Hepworth-Sawyer

This article was included in Music Tech Magazine’s December 2012 issue and can be found at Music Tech Magazine.

PSNeurope

NEVE 4081 Review

Articles
Russ Hepworth-Sawyer

This article was included in Pro Sound News Europe, February 2011 issue.

PSNeurope

PreSonus Studio One Pro DAW Review

Articles
Russ Hepworth-Sawyer

This article was written to be included in Pro Sound News Europe for the October 2010 issue.

PSNeurope

Pro Sound News Europe

Articles
Russ Hepworth-Sawyer
PSNeurope

PSI A21M review

Articles
Russ Hepworth-Sawyer

This article was included in Pro Sound News Europe, July 2010 issue.

PSNeurope

IRCAM Flux review

Articles
Russ Hepworth-Sawyer

This article was included in Pro Sound News Europe, January 2011 issue.

PSNeurope

RTW TM3 Audio Monitor Review

Articles
Russ Hepworth-Sawyer

Abstract

THE ‘LOUDNESS wars’ continue to provide fodder for technological debate and development, be they related to over-zealous compression in the mastering of music, or changes in perceived levels between broadcast programme material. Certainly, it’s received plenty of coverage in PSNEurope and online at www.prosoundnewseurope.com. The pro-audio industry is tackling the issue with a number of proposed systems and standards; the most widely publicised and recognised being the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) BS.1770-2 for measuring loudness and True Peak levels, and the European Broadcast Union (EBU) R128 standard of Loudness Normalisation with a unit called Loudness Range (LRA), measuring loudness over time rather than a peak.

The full article can be found at: AspenMedia.com

PSNeurope

SE Electronics RNR1 Review

Articles
Russ Hepworth-Sawyer

This article was included in Pro Sound News Europe, September 2010 issue.

PSNeurope

Sonnox Pro-Codec Review

Articles
Russ Hepworth-Sawyer

This article was included in Pro Sound News Europe, July 2011 issue.

PSNeurope

Sontronics Saturn Review

Articles
Russ Hepworth-Sawyer

This article was included in Pro Sound News Europe, December 2010 issue.

PSNeurope

Sony MDR-7520 Headphone Review

Articles
Russ Hepworth-Sawyer

This article was included in Pro Sound News Europe, September 2011 issue.

MusicTechMag

SoundField Microphones

Articles
Russ Hepworth-Sawyer

Abstract

Achieving a fantastic stereo recording of an acoustic performance can test your understanding and knowledge of microphone technique to the max. Opting for spaced-pair techniques will certainly provide a wide and exciting soundstage, but you may unwittingly introduce phase-correlation issues.

However, by employing coincident techniques such as X/Y, mid-side and the Blumlein pair we can mitigate against this eventuality as the microphones’ diaphragms are in close proximity and ‘coincident’: any sound reaching the left-hand microphone will reach the right-hand mic at exactly the same time. In this instance, what separates a sound in the stereo field is determined by its relative intensity at the microphones.

The full article can be found at MusicTech.net

PSNeurope

Soundfield ST450 Review

Articles
Russ Hepworth-Sawyer

This article was included in Pro Sound News Europe, May 2012 issue.

MusicTechMag

Studio Connectivity

Articles
Russ Hepworth-Sawyer

Abstract

Despite the dominance of digital audio these days, there will be times when we still need to move analogue audio about using some form of cable or another – a mic signal in need of preamplification, for example, or a mix signal having a buss compressor applied to it. Firming up your knowledge of connectivity will be invaluable as you set up, alter or simply improve signal flow, and there will always be sessions that require some ‘higher thinking’ as you connect legacy real instruments to your setup.

The full article is available at MusicTech.net

MusicTechMag

The History of Synthesis part 2

Articles
Russ Hepworth-Sawyer

This article was included in Music Tech Magazine’s January 2012 issue.

PSNeurope

Unity Audio Boulder Monitors Review

Articles
Russ Hepworth-Saeyer

Abstract

SOME OBSERVERS might question why a distributor would design its own studio monitors. What’s the point when there are so many models to choose from already? And, frankly, what credibility, legitimacy and legacy might that distributor bring to such an endeavour? Unity Audio’s operational history has included the distribution of notable monitor manufacturers Dynaudio and ADAM. Through this, Unity has clearly learnt a thing or two and subsequently cast aside any doubt with its highly acclaimed monitor The Rock.

The full article can be found at UnityAudioProducts.com

SOSmagazine

Using Waveburner: Mastering Your CD

Articles
Russ Hepworth-Sawyer

Abstract

Part II of the Using Waveburner series. This article explores techniques and processes when Mastering your CD.

Full article available at Sound On Sound

SOSmagazine

Using Waveburner: The Basics

Articles
Russ Hepworth-Sawyer

Abstract

Before Apple bought Emagic, Waveburner was a product that could be purchased as a separate, self-contained entity. Since the acquisition, it has been bundled withLogic Pro, but often resides in the applications folder, waiting to be discovered.

Full article available at Sound On Sound

PSNeurope

Wavearts Dialog PlugIn Review

Articles
Russ Hepworth-Sawyer

This article was included in Pro Sound News Europe, October 2011 issue.

PSNeurope

Waves Aphex Aural Exciter Review

Articles
Russ Hepworth-Sawyer

This article was included in Pro Sound News Europe, April 2011 issue.

RepresentingSound

Representing Sound: Notes on the Ontology of Recorded Musical Communications

Books
Jay Hodgson, Steve MacLeod

Abstract

Representing Sound elucidates the base technical ontology, the machine essence, of every recorded musical communication. In so doing, it suggests the broad contours of an unprecedented theoretical basis for considering recording practice that posits no fundamental relationship between it and live performance. Representing Sound thus complicates common conceptions of sound to include different ontological states. This seemingly simple notion–that the acoustic phenomena we encounter in concert are, by nature, different from those we encounter when we listen to records–should have profound consequences for the way everyone, from musicologists to rock stars, considers recording practice.

In the tradition of books like Marshall McLuhan’s and Quentin Fiore’s The Medium Is The Massage (1968), Representing Sound sets its text within more than one hundred original visual artworks, each designed to reinforce the essay’s broader creative resonances. This allows readers to approach the larger ontological argument either atomistically (i.e. on a frame-by-frame basis) or holistically, depending on their creative or analytic needs. In this way, Representing Sound provides a possible model for creative scholarly work in the impending post-book era.

A promo video for this book can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cChdIWJ6xsw

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What is Music Production?: A Producers Guide: The Role, the People, the Process

Books
Russ Hepworth-Sawyer, Craig Golding

Abstract

To complete an album, a producer needs to know what goes into capturing great music and teasing out inspirational performances from artists. As a producer, you are guiding not only the music, but also the business and the technical aspects of an album. What Is Music Production? is a “guide to this guidance.”

Formed from a blend of solid information extracted from detailed interviews, the book focuses on the process of music production, providing insight into how the producer guides this process and molds the final product.

Whether you are a student or just starting your professional career, What is Music Production? explains what you need to know-from working with artists, songs, pre-production, mixing, and mastering to the finance and budgeting-to glean a professional result. Combining the “how to” with online assets and interviews, this book arms you with vital insight into the business of being a music producer.

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Rock: A Canadian Perspective

Books
Jay Hodgson, Larry Starr, Christopher Waterman

Abstract

Rock: A Canadian Perspective is the first and only rock music text to survey the crucial contributions that Canadian musicians have made. It is also unique in its description of the myriad ways that rock ‘n’ roll has shaped, and then reshaped, Canada’s culture since World War II. Specifically, the text covers the development of rock from its roots in the mid-1940s to its current incarnation in the twenty-first century incorporating a Canadian perspective. Some topics discussed include the use of urban folk music for marketing the ‘mosaic’ concept of Canadian culture; the place of rock ‘n’ roll music and culture in narratives of ‘Americanization'; and the global success of Canadian ‘indie’ rock bands in the mid-2000s. In a highly accessible writing style, Rock: A Canadian Perspective engages students with a balance of musical analysis and social context. Students will learn not only how and why rock has changed, but also what rock music sounds like through time. The book is enhanced by rich pedagogy: boxed inserts on significant individuals, recordings, and intriguing topics; well-organized listening charts; and over 70 black and white and colour photographs. This is an ideal text for introductory courses in the history of rock ‘n’ roll that will encourage Canadian readers to become more critically aware listeners of rock music.

Reviews:

Beyond major…. It is phenomenal. Frankly, I was moved.” – Norman Standield, UBC

This is a truly comprehensive survey of popular music with much to offer the Canadian student in popular music. The (book’s) strengths are its breadth, its attention to detail, and its concise language. Specifically though, the Canadian content and Canadian context make this an unusual and refreshing book.” – Kirsten Yri, WLU

DemoToDelivery

From Demo To Delivery

Books
Russ Hepworth-Sawyer

Abstract

From Demo to Delivery: The Process of Production discusses each stage of the typical music production process from start to finish. Beginning with the creation and development of the composition and song production, the book then traces the process from the recording, mixing and mastering stages through to marketing and distribution. This book is a must read for anyone who wants to learn the pro techniques involved in creating music from start to finish. Packed with essential information, including signposts to other sources of information at the end of each chapter, From Demo to Delivery provides a map for musicians, semi-pro and aspiring producers, engineers and music professionals interested in learning how music makes it from the an idea to the page to the studio to a demo and into the hands of the market and beyond.

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Logic Pro X: Audio and Music Production

Books
Russ Hepworth-Sawyer, Mark Cousins

Abstract

From initial demos to mixing and mastering, seasoned authors Mark Cousins and Russ Hepworth-Sawyer show you how to get the most from Logic Pro X. By exploring the essential workflow and the creative possibilities offered by Logic’s virtual instruments and effects, Logic Pro X: Audio and Music Production leads you through the music creation and production process, giving you all the tips and tricks used by the pros to create release-quality recordings.

Using full color screenshots throughout, alongside related boxouts that expand on the key concepts, Logic Pro X: Audio and Music Production is an informative and easy-to-read guide to using Logic Pro X.

Key features include:

Production FAQs – Instructional Walkthroughs and Knowledgebases present information clearly and answer common production–specific problems.

Methods – Professional techniques for recording and editing in Logic Pro X – whether you’re dealing with real musicians or cutting-edge virtual instruments.

Workflow – Use Logic Pro X’s tools and functions in an optimal way.

Website – Access audio examples, samples (Apple Loops), Logic projects, sampler instruments, and instrument patches at www.focalpress.com/cw/cousins

Logic Pro X: Audio and Music Production covers more than just the software; it will help you make the most out of every recording session and will illuminate and inspire your creative and sonic endeavors!

Practical_Mastering

Practical Mastering: A Guide to Mastering in the Modern Studio

Books
Russ Hepworth-Sawyer, Mark Cousins

Abstract

Guiding you through the history and emergence of modern mastering techniques, then providing practical hints and tips on how to use them in your set up, Practical Mastering is the book for anyone interested in tackling this elusive art form. Providing you with sold mastering theory underpinned by years of professional experience and hands-on advice for getting the most out of your set up while honing your ears to efficiently and effectively listen to your mixes in order to create perfectly polished master tracks.

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Understanding Records: A Field Guide To Recording Practice

Books
Jay Hodgson

Abstract

Recording Practice is musical practice, a technical but artistic affair. Understanding Records explains the musical language of Recording Practice in a way that any interested reader can understand. Drawing on readily available hit records produced since 1945, each section of this book explains a handful of core production and engineering techniques in chronological record-making sequence, elucidating how those techniques work, what they sound like, how they function musically, where listeners can hear those techniques at work in the broader Top 40 soundscape, and where they fit in the broader record-making process at large.

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Logic Pro 9: Audio and Music Production

Books
Russ Hepworth-Sawyer, Mark Cousins

From initial track laying through to mixing, sound design, and mastering Mark Cousins and Russ Hepworth- Sawyer bring you Logic Pro 9. By Highlighting the relevant parts of each application they take you through every step of the music creation and production process giving you all the tips, tutorials and tricks that pros use to create perfect recordings.

The book has full color screen shots illustrating the tools, functions and the new look of Logic Pro 9, and the companion website has audio samples and loops.

Logic Pro 9 covers more than just the software it will help you make the most out of every recording session, and will Illuminate and inspire you creative and sonic endeavors!