Focus on Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 and 2i4

The Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio interface, and its bigger brother the  Focusrite Scarlett 2i4, are a great way into Focusrite-quality sound recording at an affordable price.

These little boxes are truly portable USB audio interfaces. They take their power from the USB cable so in theory you could take one and your laptop on battery power and record anywhere. In practice you’ll probably  want to plug your laptop to the mains so that you don’t lose power mid-take but at least it’s one less plug in your setup to worry about.
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2
Both models come with Focusrite microphone preamps, +48v switches to power condenser microphones and a direct monitor function. What that means is you’ll capture a great sound through the preamp as you record, you’ll be able to use a decent condenser microphone without having to carry another power supply for it, and when you are recording you’ll hear the sound you’re making directly in your headphones without that annoying time lag that can happen when recording to computer. Continue reading

The cans that can, and the cans that cannot

If it’s time to replace your headphones; those faithful friends have given up their last dying whimpers and have gone to meet their maker; then what should you replace them with?

It can be a bit of a jungle out there with a massive range in price and all sorts of claims over what each model can do.

The older among you will remember there used to be one headphone for monitoring: the Beyer Dynamic DT-100. Close your eyes, think of any classic photo of a recording session and there they are in all their teutonic beige ugliness.

What they’re recommending over on the ableton forum

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The somewhat overdue Rubadub NAMM roundup…


OK. We’ve been busy since we got back from sunny LA, ok? We know that this should have been posted as soon as we got back but at least this way you’ve all already had time to digest the news bombardment being shot at you from every music-technology media source available and you actually want to hear some opinions. So, with that in mind, here goes….

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Serato DJ 1.6 unifying the nation

First there was Serato Scratch.  Then there was Serato itch.  Then there was Serato Intro.  Then there was………………..

…….Serato DJ.  Itch worked with some controllers that were specifically made for it but worked differently depending on what controller it was you had bought (Allen & Heath version was specific to their controller, Novation Twitch version was specific to Twitch etc) and then they scrapped Itch and announced Serato DJ…which originally only worked on a limited range of controllers and didn’t work with any of the existing Serato DJ hardware.  Confused?  So were the majority of Seratos’ users and the DJ Community at large. Continue reading