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Awave Mix It with FOCAL SM9 Trade In Deal

Awave Mix It with FOCAL SM9 Trade In Deal

Get a pair of amazing Focal SM9 Studio Monitors for $5999.00, when you trade ANY eligible model from brands including  ADAM, DYN-AUDIO, KRK, EVENT, GENELEC, EVE, BAREFOOT, QUESTED, FOCAL, MACKIE, PMC, UNITY AUDIO, YAMAHA.*

These professional studio monitors normally retail for $12,398 A PAIR!

Call Awave on 03 9813 1833 or email sales@awave.com.au to organise you trade in deal today, before stock runs out.

*All monitors traded must be in pairs. Subject to full working & cosmetic condition – offer is limited while stocks last

 

 

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DJ Fred Everything and Dave Smith Instruments Prophet 6

DJ Fred Everything and Dave Smith Instruments Prophet 6

In this spotlight interview, Dave Smith Instruments interviews Canadian House Producer DJ Fred Everything and discusses his use of the Prophet 6.

French Canadian Producer/DJ Fred Everything has been a staple in the House Music world for over 2 decades. With over 200 releases to his discography, he’s released on some of the best labels around, including: Defected, 20:20 Vision, Freerange, Drumpoet Community, Om Records, and his own Lazy Days Recordings, which he has been running for over 10 years. Based in Montreal, Fred recently spent 8 years living in San Francisco, and is constantly touring the world as an in-demand DJ. On top of his original work, he was also asked to remix artists such as Curtis Mayfield, Corrine Bailey Rae, Atjazz, Miguel Migs, Dennis Ferrer, and many more.He was recently awarded Best Deep House Artist of 2016 by Traxsource and is currently working on new original material for 2017.

Read the full interview here.

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Body in the Thames and Dave Smith Instruments OB-6

Body in the Thames and Dave Smith Instruments OB-6

In this Spotlight interview, Dave Smith Instruments interviews Body in the Thames and highlights his use of the Dave Smith Instruments OB-6.

Born in Manchester, lived 8 years in London, 2 years in Paris and now 13 years in Stockholm, Body in the Thames is quite the journeyman. From composing jingles for Microsoft CD-ROMs, to soundtracking Haute-Couture catwalk shows to playing in stoner rock garage bands with (then) future stars, to being a multi-instrumentalist on tour with well-established international stars, he is an artist who has been around the block enough times that he doesn’t need to namedrop any more.

Now a little older and more of a studiohead, he has spent the last few years in an actual former cold-war nuclear bunker under the Stockholm streets, crafting and releasing electronic explorations that cover a fairly broad range of genres and sub-genres which are mainly instrumental and “aimed at the dancefloor between your ears.”

In May of this year, he acquired an OB-6. We chatted with him about how he’s using it.

Read the full interview here.

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Motu Introduces Two New Audio Interfaces

Motu Introduces Two New Audio Interfaces

Introducing two new audio interfaces: the 624 and 8A

MOTU is now shipping the 624 and 8A, two portable audio interfaces with Thunderbolt and USB3 connectivity for Mac and Windows. As their names imply, the 624 and 8A are half-rack counterparts to MOTU’s award-winning, flagship 1248 and 16A interfaces. But make no mistake, these two compact versions pack serious punch when it comes to superb analog audio quality and advanced features.

In fact, both interfaces share the same analog design, ultra-low latency performance, advanced DSP-driven mixing and extensive AVB/TSN audio networking features as MOTU’s top-of-the-line 1248 and 16A interfaces.

Thunderbolt and USB3 connectivity for Mac and Windows

With 32 and 34 channels of audio I/O, respectively, the 624 and 8A connect to any computer with Thunderbolt™ or super-speed USB3, which is, of course, backward compatible with USB2.

New optimized MOTU drivers deliver industry-leading, ultra-low round-trip latency (RTL) performance as low as 1.6 ms at 96kHz over Thunderbolt with high-performance DAW hosts (with a 32-sample host buffer). Over USB3 (or USB2), RTL performance is an astonishing 1.9 ms. Generally speaking, the main advantage of USB3 is the increased bus bandwidth, with latency performance for both USB2 and USB3 within a few hundredths of a millisecond of Thunderbolt. Both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt support up to 128 channels of input and output to and from the computer (at 44.1 or 48 kHz). That’s 256 simultaneous audio channels!

USB audio class-compliant firmware in the 624 and 8A supports connection to any iOS device with a standard camera connection kit (adapter). USB class-compliant operation also means you can connect to any Mac over USB without doing a driver install.

Superb analog audio quality

Like the award-winning 1248 and 16A, both new interfaces are equipped with renowned ESS Sabre32™ DAC technology, which delivers 123 dB dynamic range on their balanced, DC-coupled analog outputs.

Powerful mixing, routing and Wi-Fi control

Powerful DSP delivers large console style mixing with 48 channels, 12 stereo busses, and 32-bit floating point effects processing, including modeled analog EQ, vintage compression and classic reverb. Extensive routing patches ins to outs, or splits inputs to multiple destinations. The 624 and 8A can be used as a stand-alone mixer with wireless control from a tablet, smartphone and laptop — even multiple smart devices simultaneously — over shared Wi-Fi.

System expansion and extras

Using the unit’s standard Ethernet port, you can connect another MOTU AVB interface for more I/O — or connect to an expanded AVB/TSN network with multiple interfaces and computers.

The 624 and 8A include a suite of audio analysis tools, including a full-screen real-time FFT display, spectrogram “waterfall” display, full-featured oscilloscope, X-Y plot and phase analyzer.

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Room 8 and Dave Smith Instruments Prophet 6

Room 8 and Dave Smith Instruments Prophet 6

In this interview, Dave Smith Instruments interviews Ezra Reich and Nic Johns of Room 8.

They are based out of LA and also now work quite a bit in Stockholm. ROOM8 debuted in 2014 with two collaborations with Drive Soundtrack heroes, Electric Youth, the first being their debut single “Visions of You” on WIN Music and also the song “Without You” on EY’s debut album for Secretly Canadian, “Innerworld.” Since then, they have released features with Little Boots, King Deco, Polina and have remixed Kimbra and Elliphant, the latter topping Hype Machine. Their next single “All About Us” features Swedish singer Erik Hassle and will be out January 27th, 2017.

Read the full interview here.

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Proud of my Alphas Photo Contest

Proud of my Alphas Photo Contest

Focal and pureMix are proud to offer you the opportunity to win a training session with sound engineer Fab Dupont in New York and or a selection of Focal products, by sharing the best picture of your Alpha monitors!

HOW TO ENTER?

Share an original picture of your Alpha monitoring speakers on the Focal Facebook page (Focal & Focal Professional), Twitter and Instagram pages with the #ProudOfMyAlphas tag from 24th November to 31st December 2016. Only one entry is allowed per person, all social networks included.

WIN

  • A training session with grammy award producer and engineer Fab Dupont in New York City
  • 4 pairs of Solo6 Be monitoring speakers
  • 4 Spirit Professional headphones

A Focal jury will decide on the most original and creative picture, a random draw will then determine the Focal products winners.

Download terms and conditions from Focal’s website.

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Baseck and Dave Smith Instruments Tempest

Baseck and Dave Smith Instruments Tempest

Dave Smith Instruments interviews experimental electronic musician Baseck.

His roots run deep in L.A.’s underground rave scene since the early 90s. Baseck’s fascination with sound brought him to turntablism at an early age. His attraction to hands-on hardware, learned from scratching records, led to audio manipulation with small battery powered toys, drum machines, then modular synthesizers. His unique style and mastery of a wide range of music hardware segued into his involvement with music technology. Since 2013, Baseck has been working with synthesizer companies to design concepts to enhance user playability. Variatic Basicus, a Eurorack module created by Noise Engineering, was built for his live performance needs. DSI’s Tempest analog drum machine includes presets designed by Baseck. His style builds on past musical experiments, combining the 80’s drum machine sounds of Breakdance and Industrial, with a future approach to Drum & Bass and Braindance using both analog and digital hardware.

Read the full interview here.

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DJ Puzzle and Dave Smith Instruments Tempest

DJ Puzzle and Dave Smith Instruments Tempest

In this interview, Dave Smith Instruments talks with DJ Puzzle about his use of the DSI Tempest.

Jason Donnelly (Dj Puzzle) is a Los Angeles based composer for TV, video games, and film. He got his start producing loop packs for Sonic Foundry (now Magix) back in 2001, which led to his ongoing success and long list of credits including Anthony Bourdain:Parts Unknown, Damaged Core (Oculus VR). Tom Clancy’s The Division, Saints RowThe Third, Saints Row IV, Growing Up Hip Hop, Wicked Tuna, Despicable Me 2 DVD featurette, Kroll Show, Portlandia, Lost Girl, The Royals, Nightwatch, Wahlburgers, MLB.TV, MMA, E! News Weekly and more. When he isn’t busy writing for TV, he’s cranking out sample packs for his side project, Soundtrack Loops.

Read the full interview here.

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Bear’s Den and Dave Smith Instruments Tempest

Bear’s Den and Dave Smith Instruments Tempest

In this spotlight interview, Dave Smith Instruments talks with Bear’s Den and their use of the Dave Smith Instruments Tempest.

Inspired by, among other things, the paintings of Edward Hopper, the short stories of Raymond Carver, and film director Robert Altman’s Short Cuts, Bear’s Den is both erudite and intensely personal, defying trends and easy labelling. Musically, it also sees a startling progression. Following the amicable departure of guitarist Joey Haynes they are now a six-piece touring unit built around a nucleus of Andrew Davie and multi-instrumentalist Kev Jones. While the band’s folk roots are still evident, they now come cloaked in the lush alchemy of ‘70’s and ‘80’s FM rock: Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, and in particular, the nocturnal ambience of Bruce Springsteen’s Darkness On The Edge Of Town, alongside more contemporary artists such as The National, and Sufjan Stevens.

Read the full interview here.

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Now Avaliable | Lavry Engineering

Now Avaliable | Lavry Engineering

Now Available | Lavry Engineering

We are pleased to announce that we now stock Lavry Engineering pro audio products at our store.

Based in Kingston Washington, Lavry Engineering was founded in 1993 by David Lavry under the name dB Technologies. Changing their name to Lavry Engineering in 2002 the company aims to meet the current demand for hi-res digital audio performance products. Lavry Engineering follows the design philosophy that electronics should not introduce any colour or distortion to an audio signal unless it is an artistic decision (i.e EQ, Saturation) . The company has excelled in crafting some of the most transparent and cleanest sounding pieces of equipment on the market.

Click here to read more about Lavry Engineering and David Lavry.

Check out our selection of Lavry Engineering products below, with more to come soon.

 

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Burl Audio B32 Vancouver Mix Bus Video and Review

Burl Audio B32 Vancouver Mix Bus Video

Burl Audio B32 Vancouver Mix Bus Video

Burl Audio introduces its latest hot bed of creativity, the B32 VANCOUVER, a 32 channel mix bus. Based on Burl Audio’s renowned discrete analog and class-A circuitry, the B32 Mix Bus employs both the transparency of the B26 Orca, plus the switchable tonality of the new Burl Audio BX5 output transformer.

In addition to the BX5, the B32 VANCOUVER introduces a new concept to the summing amplifier, GAIN BOOST. Adding gain boost with the BX5 will give your mixes that GLUE that you have been seeking ever since retiring your 2-track analog recorder. With 32 input channels and switchable tonality, the B32 VANCOUVER will allow your mixes to thrive in depth, warmth and clarity. Use the B32 VANCOUVER in conjunction with the B1 Mic Pres, the B80 Mothership and the B26 Orca and you will achieve THE COMPLETE SOLUTION.

Check out this video from Burl Audio for a comprehensive overview of this great 32 channel mix bus.

Also, take a look at this interview of the Burl Audio B32 by Geoff Stanfield at TapeOp.

Burl Audio B32 Review.

View below for more information and to purchase the Burl Audio B32.