There is a bit about nails in the forum. I am not super picky about nails. I tend to play with my nails pretty long compared to most players. I make them rounded to mimic the shape of the fingertip. I use a combination of 5 second Nail Glue and Acrylic Nail Powder to make my own acrylic nails. My natural nails were very weak to begin with so there was no real loss there. Acrylic nails are bad if you want to ever use natural nails. I have tried many other products, but have always gone back to the 5 second stuff for convenience and reliability. The other important thing to consider about nail shape is keeping them smooth underneath where the string actually makes contact. I use a normal 4 in 1 file and move from coarse to fine when shaping.
The sE Electronics GM 10 came today and I just tested it with the DeVoe and it sounds great. It really was brand new in the box unopened. I picked it up for 130.00 on eBay. I’ve been looking at these for about a year and a hafe. They go new for 450.00-500.00. Very happy with the mic and will use it with the Bose system.
The GM10 incorporates the world’s smallest gold sputtered mylar capsule at 17.1mm, along with a proprietary shock mount assembly built into the capsule head. A universal clamping system enables the user to fix the mic in place (on any flat backed acoustic guitar) so the condenser capsule is perfectly placed top record take after take from exactly the same position.
The clamping mechanism and shock mount ensure that there is zero mechanical noise transferred through the guitar body. This allows the user to capture a perfect recording every time, while still being able to move around freely, which encourages the performer to give their best on a take.
The Guitar Mic really does transform recorded performances of acoustic guitar, and the way you work in the studio.
Premier Guitar “We nicknamed this mic “the voice of God.” Omnipresent is not an overstatement. It’s a huge sound, bold, rich and deep with fantastic representation of detail and a shimmering yet substantial high end. It gets mounted to the guitar with a clever arm and shock mount, which incorporates the XLR connector. It takes a little time to get it on at first, and then it takes some getting used to as it restricts movement just a bit. But this mic is always in the sweet spot when you’re on stage or recording, and it sounds phenomenal either way.
Audio Media “The sound of this small fixed cardiod mic is fantastic, in comparison with a conventional large diaphragm mic; it was quickly noticeable how well it captured the high frequencies and its off-axis response really gives a very natural sound with plenty of harmonics from the guitar. I really have to take my hat off to SE Electronics for the approach it seems to have with its hand-built mics. The GM10′s ergonomic design and clever thinking will certainly will make life much easier for recording high quality acoustic guitars with a minimum of fuss.
Brian Eno, the father of ambient music and one of the greatest musical minds of our time, has just teamed up with musician/programmer Peter Chilvers to create one of the coolest, most unique iPhone apps to hit the App Store yet. Called Bloom, it’s “part instrument, part composition and part artwork.” It’s also a must-get.
Unlike most music-creation apps, it doesn’t take an existing musical instrument and cram it awkwardly into the iPhone’s interface. Instead, it creates a completely new “instrument” designed specifically for the iPhone. Essentially, you’re provided with a colored screen and a quiet drone. As you tap the screen in various places, different tones play depending on where you tapped. They then loop, creating a unique piece of music on the fly, one that changes gradually on its own once you stop tapping.
You can also just let it create music on its own, coming up with a new, unique piece every time you run it. It’s also beautiful, with the tones appearing as colored spots that slowly fade. It’s as satisfying to actively play with as it is to let do its own thing.
Bloom is available on the App Store now for $3.99, and if you’re a fan of ambient music or music in general, you’ll be wanting to get it right now. [Bloom (iTunes link) via The Apple Blog; Thanks, Purns!]
OMNISPHERE® – Power Synth
SYNTHESIS – COMPOSITION – PRODUCTION – LIVE PERFORMANCE
After many years of development, Spectrasonics is proud to release the brand new flagship virtual instrument Omnisphere. This epic ‘Power Synth’ breaks completely new sonic ground by combining a wide variety of hybrid realtime synthesis techniques, an epic library of remarkable ‘Psychoacoustic’ sounds, and many innovative features that have never been seen before in any hardware or software synthesizer. The new instrument is the first to be based on Spectrasonics newly developed STEAM Engine.
“This is truly an Epic project,” said Eric Persing, Founder and Creative Director of Spectrasonics. “We have been working for many, many years; sampling unique sounds, experimenting, specifying the synthesis features and building the STEAM Engine to run it all. It’s been a very exciting process involving our team of software engineers, sound designers, musicians, and graphic artists from all over the world. We’ve been very deliberate in making it easy to use, and yet extremely powerful. Omnisphere is our new flagship synthesizer, and points the way to all our future virtual instruments. We are thrilled to offer a new product that will have a host of expansion capabilities in the future.”
Although this new synth is extremely powerful, Omnisphere is designed with a unique user interface containing progressive layers of ‘zooming’ to accommodate the complete range of users – from musicians who just want to be inspired by the sounds and customize them in an easy way, to expert synthesists and the most advanced sound designers. Users can go deeper and deeper into the software and progress in their synthesis knowledge by simply exploring additional levels of sound manipulation options. To make sure that all users get the most out of the new capabilities, Omnisphere includes an extensive set of video tutorials and synthesis lessons taught by the renown Spectrasonics sound design team.
Omnisphere offers a host of hybrid synthesis and new control capabilities including Variable Waveshaping DSP synthesis, Granular synthesis, Timbre Shifting, FM, polyphonic Ring Modulation, high-resolution streaming Sample Playback, Harmonia™, Dual Multimode Filter structure, Chaos Envelopes™, an advanced Unison mode, and the innovative Flex-Mod™ modulation routing system – to name a few.
The huge core library of Omnisphere is filled with years of creative sampling experiments and thousands of inspiring patches. Spectrasonics has pioneered several brand-new types of sampling for the core library of this instrument, including unique “Psychoacoustic” sounds and soundsources created with a new Composite Morphing Technique (CMT) – which morphs the harmonic characteristics of one instrument to another. As a bonus, a section of the core library is also devoted to representing the best of Spectrasonics award-winning sample libraries. When all of these organic core library soundsources are combined with the synthesis power of the STEAM engine, the sounds become “alive” in a truly dynamic and expressive way.
Among the many unique features this new multitimbral synth offers are its flexible arpeggiators with the innovative Groove Lock™ integration with Stylus RMX – allowing the arpeggiator’s pattern to instantly groove with the feel of the RMX drum loop; Live Mode for transitionless patch switching and layering, Stack Mode for powerful performance mapping; and integrated modulatable FX Racks.
Omnisphere is also the successor to Spectrasonics’ popular Atmosphere® instrument, and contains enhanced versions of all the classic Atmosphere sounds. However, the brand new core library in Omnisphere is 10-times the size of Atmosphere and features thousands of completely new and different sounds.
There is an upgrade for all Atmosphere customers, available from Spectrasonics Techshop.
The culmination of many years of development, Omnisphere is an instrument of extraordinary power and versatility. Omnisphere brings many different types of synthesis together into one amazing-sounding instrument that will inspire a lifetime of exploration.
Omnisphere is now shipping, and has an MSRP of $499 US and €379 Euro.
Omnisphere is cross-platform compatible with Apple Macintosh OS X 10.4 and higher as a native Universal Binary and also with Microsoft Windows XP/Vista. Audio Units, VST, and RTAS plug-in formats are supported for compatibility with all major host software.
• Powerfully simple interface design makes key features accessible to every user
• Advanced users can “zoom” into deeper and deeper synthesis capabilities
• Sophisticated Browser with searching, sound attributes, descriptions and images
• 8 independent Arpeggiators
• World’s first Arpeggiator with Groove Lock™ – which allows the Arpeggiators to match the feel of Stylus RMX and MIDI Files.
• Special performance-oriented Live Mode interface allows for seamless, interactive creative patch switching and layering on the fly
• Stack Mode interface alows for complex patch layering, splits, and crossfades (velocity/positional/controller)
• 8-part multitimbral with built-in Mixer, Aux FX and Mastering FX racks
• Advanced MIDI Learn and Automation parameter handling
• Comprehensive integrated Reference Guide
• Hours of free Tutorial Videos available online to registered users
• Oscillators can be sample-based or synth-based
• Up to 10 oscillators per patch with new Harmonia™ feature
• Flex-Mod™ modulation system allows powerful modular-style routing
• Dual Layer architecture
• High-definition streaming engine
• Variable DSP Oscillator Waveshapes
• Sophisticated Unison Detuning
• Variable Analog Feel
• Modulatable Hard Sync
• Granular Synthesis
• Innovative Chaos Envelopes
• Polyphonic Timbre Shifting
• Polyphonic Timbre Crushing
• Polyphonic Waveshaper
• Polyphonic Ring Modulation
• Polyphonic Glide
• FM Oscillators
• Dual Filter architecture per Layer
• Create filter combinations in series or parallel
• Arrange and blend more than 17 Filter algorithms
• Fully modulatable FX racks
• Alternate tuning scales supported
• 6 full-featured LFOs per patch
• 8 Advanced Multi-breakpoint looping Envelopes per patch
• Unique Dual Envelope interface – Simple ADSR-style or Advanced Graphic-style
• Sampled soundsources can be processed with synthesis features!
• Vast Core Library – over 40GB with thousands of sounds
• Cutting-edge sounds from the renowned Spectrasonics sound design team
• Innovative “Psychoacoustic” soundsources for organic synthesis!
• Unique multisampled “Composite Morphing™ soundsources
• Integrates the award-winning, original Atmosphere® core library
• Integrates best of Spectrasonics highly-acclaimed sample libraries
• Massive variety of inspiring sounds for all types of music production
• Searchable by sound attributes (Timbre, Genre, Mood, Tonality, Source, etc)
• Expandable sound architecture
• Integrated, full-featured FX Racks
• Up to 12 simultaneous FX per patch
• Layer FX modulatable from any mod source
• Hundreds of FX presets included
• Over 32 original FX Processors covering the full spectrum of signal processing
The V-Compact Series TD-3SW is the fastest and most affordable way to get into a real V-Drums set. This expandable kit includes Roland’s TD-3 Percussion Sound Module with high-quality sounds and unbelievable expressiveness, new dual-trigger pads and cymbals, plus an upright kick trigger, totally realistic snare pad, onboard rhythm training exercises and more-giving you natural playing feel at a great price. Bass drum pedal not included.Features:
- Roland’s most affordable V-Drums set based on TD-3 Percussion Sound Module, plus new pads, cymbals, kick trigger and hi-hat controller
- TD-3 includes 114 high-quality sounds, 32 drum kits and onboard Ambience and compression effects
- Enhanced Rhythm Coach function with helpful rhythm training exercises
- Phrase Preview function makes auditioning and selecting drum kits easy
- 2 x CY-8 dual-trigger Cymbal Pads with “swinging” motion including cymbal “chokes”
- 1 x KD-8 Kick Trigger with vertical design for natural feel and reduced tremble; double bass pedal compatible
- PDX-8: Roland’s newest mesh V-Pad (PDX-8) offers an expanded 10-inch rim for more comfortable and quiet rim-shots, as well as separate head and rim triggering for authentic performance.
- CY-5: The newly designed cymbal pad (CY-5) features a 12-inch playing zone and swing movement for more drummer-friendly triggering. The pad also provides separate bow and edge triggering. The CY-5 can be also used as an additional cymbal pad, such as a splash, on V-Drum kits.
A High-Quality Drum Module with Rhythm Training Exercises
The TD-3 Percussion Sound Module boasts 114 new, high-quality drum and percussion sounds arranged into 32 kits, plus an easy-to-use interface so you can start playing right away. Finding the right drum kit is simple: just use the Phrase Preview function to hear a short demo for each kit. Each kit’s sounds can be enhanced using 15 types of built-in Ambience effects and compression. And with Roland’s enhanced Rhythm Coach onboard, drummers can improve their timing, speed and endurance using several rhythm-training exercises. The back of the module features nine trigger inputs, making it possible to add more pads. A stereo Mix input lets you play along with external audio sources, while MIDI In and Out let you connect with sequencers and more.
Thanks to Roland’s latest pads and triggers, the V-Compact Series TD-3S delivers ultra-realistic feel and expressiveness at a great price. The new KD-8 Kick Trigger, for example, uses a vertical design to give drummers a more natural feel with minimal tremble and the ability to use double bass pedals. The new CY-8 Cymbal Pads support both edge and bow sounds with “swinging” motion and choke capabilities, while the FD-8 Hi-Hat Controller delivers smooth hi-hat sounds from open to closed.
hear is a link to there web sight http://www.folabs.com/ there are some differences, however the light version will support the vol/ automation and stop, play, record. for 39.00
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The Gemini dual valve microphone is SE Electronics ultimate design. A no holds barred piece of microphone history. It really doesn’t get any better than this.
The dual valve design means pure valve warmth from the 12AX7 input valve coupled with a 12AU7 valve on the output stage in place of the traditional transformer.
The result is an incredibly large detailed and intimate sound reminiscent of the classic valve microphones from decades ago, but with all the top end you’d normally associate with the best solid state mics on the market.
If you are after something that extra bit special you really must hear this microphone.
mic-test-a-b1click mic tests a – b to hear for yourself. Its the text next to the pic. Let me know what you think?
Looks like everyone is liking the sE Gemini II Tube mic. Will post later which mic is A and B.
As of 8.5.08 8:30pm hands down the sE Electronics Gemini II won in our soud test. Taz voted A as well as everyone else.
Update: I have been using it for the last day and it is much more stable then some of the other apps for the iPhone. It has not crashed or froze up. This is really a very nice solid app.
IR-909 is a drum machine for the iPhone inspired by the Roland TR-909. IR-909 features a 16-step sequencer, 4 patterns and 8 different drum sounds. IR-909 includes individual pitch, attack and length controls for each sample. By default IR-909 comes with 6 different sample packs, these include the original TR-909 pack, TR-808, TR-707 and TR-606 packs, plus two additional ones called “Tech House” and “Kärv”. Check out IR-909 on YouTube!
IR-909 is now available through App Store for $4.99. Get it! (iTunes)