Social Media tips for musicians: 5 ways to use social media better in 2022

With 2022 now upon us, those looking to release music look to define themselves in an incredibly saturated landscape. As an artist, producer, or musician, social media gives you direct access to your audience while allowing you to increase your reach through the various platforms you use. To do this effectively requires a concise understanding of your music’s identity as you learn more about your fanbase and how they consume music and interact with your online presence. Luckily, accessing this data is easier than ever, providing a powerful tool for targeting your online content more precisely. To help with creating and publishing content, let’s look at some steps you can implement in your strategy, or at least give you some food for thought. 1. What NOT to post As obvious as this may sound, it’s important to remember that you are running an artist profile rather than a personal profile. Posting the same content as every other person online can prevent growth or even do permanent damage to the profile you are trying to build for yourself as an artist or band. Instead of being seen as a commercial entity with a product or service on offer, you are seen as simply another online user. As amazing as your recent pics of your cat or your favorite breakfast bagel are, perhaps save them for another outlet where they won’t dilute your brand. 2. Create a schedule together with a defined strategy Every successful online media outlet has a strategy. Ensure each post forms part of a bigger picture with a purpose. Inform and engage your fanbase timeously with content linked to your music releases, videos, shoots, tour dates, merch drops,…

PreSonus launches Studio One 5.5 with new mastering tools and more

PreSonus has released Studio One 5.5. The latest update brings new mastering tools to the popular DAW software, along with many other user requested features designed to enhance your production workflow. Studio One 5.5 is a free update for all registered users of Studio One 5. PreSonus Studio One 5.5 PreSonus says that Studio One 5.5 includes “the number one user features request for the Project Page”. The update introduces full track volume, master volume and insert effect plug-in automation to the Project Page. You can write automation in real time or draw it using the Paint tool. The Project Page now also features Clip Gain Envelopes for precise control over gain issues while mastering without the need for any dynamic plug-ins. There’s also a new Listen Bus on the Project Page, which lets you monitor through room correction plug-ins or headphone monitoring tools without affecting the master output. PreSonus has also enhanced the DAW’s digital publishing features. You can now export multiple formats at once, so you can create different versions for high-res releases and streaming services in a single step. To make this even easier, Studio One 5.5 offers new Target Loudness options for popular streaming services, along with a new dithering algorithm that minimizes conversion artifacts. The new version of the DAW also comes with many enhancements to the production and performance workflows. You can now drag any MIDI file directly to the Chord Track to extract its chords, and create custom strum patterns by dragging note events in a selected chord. And PreSonus says that the Ampire XT guitar amp/pedalboard plug-in now offers faster preset switching optimized for the Show Page, so you can switch presets…

512 Audio: new Script & Tempest USB mics, audio interface for streamers

During CES 2022, Warm Audio spin-off 512 Audio unveiled a pair of new USB microphones and an audio interface meant to streamline audio production for content creators. The microphones in question are called Script and Tempest, and the sleek little box is the 512 Audio Interface. With Warm Audio resources and expertise to readily tap into, I figure these will be solid products for the money. 512 Audio Script USB microphone 512 Audio Script USB microphone Script is a dual-capsule USB microphone with onboard gain and mute controls. Its sound profile is modelled after the Warm Audio WA-14, in itself a clone of the venerable AKG C414. The microphone features both cardioid and omni pickup patterns as well as a dedicated headphone jack. It’s supposedly optimised for voice and speech, which makes sense considering the C414’s vocal mic heritage. The Script will be available in Spring 2022 at GBP 130. More information here. 512 Audio Tempest USB microphone 512 Audio Tempest USB microphone Tempest is a large-diaphragm condenser that replicates the design and character of the Warm Audio WA-47Jr, a popular choice for a Neumann U47 clone. It supports a recording resolution of 24-bit / 48kHz which is quite adequate. Connecting over USB-C, the microphone features gain controls, a mute control and a headphone jack with dedicated volume knob. Modeled after the old U47 which sounds right on almost anything, the Tempest is capable of handling voice (for podcasts and livestreams), acoustic instruments, and vocals alike. The Tempest will be available in March 2022 at GBP 155. More information here. 512 Audio Interface 512 Audio interface The 512 audio interface is an uncomplicated means of digital recording. It features a…

Improve your production skills: 5 great tutorial sites and channels

Aiming to improve your production skills? There are a great many resources out there, especially since the creator explosion of the last 2-5 years. So, if you’re trying to increase your audio knowledge or simply become a better producer, it’s hard to know where to begin. With the holiday season upon us, some might be gifted with a little more time on our hands than usual, so we’ve shortlisted our Top 5 online production resources for musicians. There are far too many to mention, so we’ve selected a few with strengths in different areas. Please let us know about your go-to audio resources in the comments! Dan Worrall Over the years, Dan Worrall has built a reputation for creating uncompromisingly thorough and highly informative videos. The response from his content production for clients like FabFilter, UVI, Camel Audio, Tone2 Audio Software, and Sound on Sound magazine, as well as his own personal YouTube channel, have made Dan a cult figure in the audio tutorials game. Even veteran engineers with 20-30 years behind them in the industry have mentioned learning a thing or two from these well-researched explanatory videos. Pros A diverse range of topics with a high level of detail Content created by an experienced engineer Cons The steep technical learning curve Lack of practical music production tutorials for noobs Underdog Electronic Music School Launched pre-pandemic out of Brussels, Belgium by techno artist Oscar Verlinden aka Torc, Underdog Electronic Music School provides engaging content for those seeking to learn about the more electronic side of music production. Aside from the free content on Youtube, there are 2 paid long-form video courses of over 40 lessons each, as well as a…

Gearnews December Raffle #5: Four IK Multimedia X-Gear Digital Effects Pedals!

It’s Raffle #5 of the Gearnews December Giveaway, and we’re closing out this year’s competition with an amazing prize: Four premium digital effects pedals by IK Multimedia worth €1400! IK Multimedia X-Gear Digital Effects Pedals IK Multimedia’s X-Gear pedals are digital modelling effects that bring AmpliTube’s sounds directly to the stage and rehearsal room. Four Amplitube X-Gear models have been released so far: X-Space (Reverb), X-Time (Delay), X-Vibe (modulation) and X-Drive (Overdrive/Distortion). Now you’ve got a chance to win a set of four of these great pedals! Each is housed in a suitable colour and the correspondingly adapted labelling and knob functions. Many of the functions can be adjusted directly on the pedal, without having to dive into the editor. Each pedal features 16 effects with popular AmpliTube models, plus new reverb and delay algorithms. The first effect pedals from IK Multimedia – Amplitube X-GEAR In addition to input and stereo-out (true or soft bypass), inputs for an expression pedal, MIDI and USB are also available. All the X-Gear pedals can also be synchronized via MIDI. The conversion is accomplishes with 24 bits at 192 kHz with a noise ratio of 123 dB, and utilizing a freqeuncy range of 5 Hz to 24000 Hz. Each pedal offers a matching ‘virtual version’ for Mac/PC. If you’re not yet an AmpliTube 5 user, an SE version is included to let you use your virtual pedal. A Preset Manager then allows you to move presets between X-Gear pedals and AmpliTube, and organise them on the hardware pedal. With up to 300 presets per pedal, you have plenty of space. By the way, the pedals are built in Italy and not in China, so the pricing…

Gearnews December Raffle #4: Malevolent Analogue Synthesizer Worth €579

One of the gear highlights of 2021 was without doubt PWM’s new Malevolent analogue synthesizer. When it burst onto the scene at Superbooth 2021, we were suitably impressed by its character, features and affordability. Now we’re excited to give away one in our Gearnews December Raffle! Malevolent Analogue Synthesizer by PWM Malvolent is one of those synths that, when you hear about it for the first time, it just pulls you in. It’s an intriguing mix of analogue and digital, desktop and performance, modular and non-modular. 2 VCOs are on offer with saw, triangle and pulse outputs as well as a mix output, shape control, 2 FM inputs and individual mixing. A 2-pole multimode VCF with modulation inputs is on hand, too, as well as two envelopes and an LFO. Now add in a total of 19 inputs and 19 outputs and you have a extremely adaptable synthesizer. PWM Malevolent The 32 velocity-sensitive mini-keys are independent of the analogue circuit. The arp has 6 types, latch and up to 6 octaves. The joystick gives you some pitch bend, portamento and vibrato for spontaneous play. And it’s designed to be portable, being bus powered, although solid with enough physical heft to give the feel of a well-made synth. Sonically, Malevolent has lots of personality. There’s plenty of bite and attitude here, and you can prod it to gurgle, spit and hiss. But this analogue monophonic synth can also do smooth, subtle textures. Robin was so impressed by the Malevolent that he included it in his end-of-year Best Synths 2021 list. Gearnews December Raffle: Win a PWM Malevolent Synthesizer How do you win one of these? Just drop us a comment below this…

Arturia Pigments 3.5: CrossMod, Distortion and a lot of new sounds

Arturia has released a new update to Pigments that introduces cross-modulation between sound engines, a new Distortion effect and many more improvements including Apple M1 compatibility. Pigments 3.5 Arturia continues to build on the impressive Pigments Polychrome Software Synthesizer. I enjoyed the new harmonic oscillator and Jupiter filter that came with version 3 and now we have some new ways to shape and destroy sound in version 3.5. The big new thing is the ability to cross modulate between the sound engines. Pigments uses two sound engines which can be wavetables, samples, harmonic or analogue oscillators. You can layer the two together and add in noise or a sub-oscillator from the Utility Engine which came with version 3. Previously there’s been a Modulator section of the sound engine where you can feed waveforms into various bits of the oscillator(s) for a bit of FM action. You can now switch this section from Modulator to the other Sound Engine feeding in whatever waveforms you’re generating in one space into the FM inputs on the other. This creates the opportunity for some pretty crazy stuff-into-stuff modulating modulation, which is great for getting deeper into sound design. Drive The Distortion Module combines 16 modes of distortion covering things like germanium fuzz to jagged wave folding as well as soft saturation and warmth. The options give you a good range of sounds to play with and that Drive knob really drives it home. It also has built-in filtering which is a useful thing to help focus the sound or take the edge off a little bit. It has an intriguing “Dark” mode button which adds nicely to the carnage. Arturia Pigments 3.5 Distortion module…

Harmony H605 Review: A great-sounding boutique tube amp with caveats

Announced in August 2021, the H605 is part of Harmony’s Series 6. Three amps are offered in the range, the H650, H620 and H605 – each has the number of Watts you’d expect from the name. With retro vibe and boutique styling, this series looks amazing – but what about useability and sound? Brandon Stoner takes the 5W version through its paces. The first thing I noticed when handling the Harmony H605 is the build quality. This amp is solid all around and feels like it could stand up to the rigors of the road and the studio. And aesthetically, wow! It somehow marries the vintage look that has come back full force with a modern vibe that complements any backline. Unlike some other tube amps, it doesn’t seem fragile or brittle. It’s also very portable and ergonomic making transport easy. At 19.9”x16.2”x10.6” it is also the perfect sized club amp. This Harmony H605 review will dive in to features and tones across this great little 1×10″ tube combo. Features There’s plenty of useful stuff here. For starters, the preamp runs on two 12AX7 tubes while the output section runs on a 6L6. There is an attenuator that generally lives at 5W, but can also do 1W. It goes down to .1W, or turns off the speaker altogether. This makes it perfect for bedroom playing, or people who live in an apartment or with neighbors close by. It has a secondary speaker output to power an external cabinet, so if you are not a fan of closed-back cabs you can swap it out for an open-back. Just as well, you can select between 16 Ohm or 8 Ohm impedance. The 605…

Top 5 Black Friday Tech Deals on Amazon for musicians and producers

It’s a great time to upgrade your music production setup, so we’ve selected the best Black Friday Tech Deals on Amazon.com including Windows laptops, desktops, and peripherals. Razer Blade Stealth 13 Ultrabook Laptop The Razer Blade Stealth 13 Ultrabook is an extremely powerful mobile solution for music creators and offers great features in every department. From the physical build quality to the performance, and now even the price, it becomes a highly competitive choice for Windows DAW users. Although Razer is primarily aimed at gaming, their products have certainly done time in the pro studio environment. Starting at $1499.99(save 25%) this 13-inch Ultrabook is equipped with an OLED Touch Display supporting up to 4K (3840 x 2160) with a GeForce GTX 1650Ti 4GB GPU and offers amazing potential with a Quad-Core 11th Gen Intel i7 processor and 16 GB LPDDR4X 3733MHz RAM. LG 15Z90P Laptop If you’re looking for a 15-inch laptop, the 15Z90P LG gram is a great offer, combining a host of features that favor high performance. With an 11th Generation Intel Core i7 processor and 16GB of DDR4 RAM on board, it should be able to competently deal with most professional DAW operations. While Windows 11 is still relatively new on the market, it’s now been tested by software developers enough to offer buyers more confidence than it did initially. The 15Z90P is priced at just $1,196.99(save 25%), making it a very interesting offer compared to what you will generally pay for 15.6″ laptops with this level of performance spec. MSI Creator Z16 Laptop Now could be the time to upgrade your mobile workstation to cope with even the most demanding projects. The MSI Creator Z16 is…

Beyerdynamic Black Friday and Cyber Monday: Save up to 50% and get free earbuds!

Beyerdynamic is celebrating Black Friday and Cyber Monday with a true fireworks display of deals. Until December 5, you can save up to 50% on many of the company’s microphones, headphones, and earphones. And as if that wasn’t sweet enough, they’re throwing in a free pair of earbuds with every order from €199 upwards. Beyerdynamic Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals Are you looking for a new pair of headphones for your studio, or a new gaming headset? Then you’re surely going to love these Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals from beyerdynamic. Many of the company’s iconic headphones and headsets are on sale with discounts of up to 50%. Sale items include the DT series headphones, including the flagship DT 1990 Pro, as well as a great selection of gaming headsets and in-ears. Many popular beyerdynamic microphones are also on sale, including the Fox USB mic for streaming and podcasting. The company also offers several bundles that include the Fox mic and various headphones. Check out the deals for yourself on their website – you’re bound to find some great new gear for your application! And that’s not all! To sweeten the deal even more, beyerdynamic is throwing in a free pair of Beat BYRD Black Edition earbuds with every order from €199 upwards. You also get free shipping on all orders of €15 and up. Beyerdynamic Beat BYRD Black Edition More information about the Beyerdynamic deals Beyerdynamic has split the deals into a Black Friday event, which is currently ongoing and runs through November 28, and a Cyber Monday event, which will begin on November 29 and run through December 5, 2021. Be sure to check their website…