Archive for January, 2014

How to read Audio Meters?

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MGMT

MGMT is an American rock band founded by Benjamin Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden. After the release of their first album, the members of their live band, Matthew Asti, James Richardson and Will Berman, joined the core band in the studio. Formed at Wesleyan University and originally with Cantora Records, they signed with Columbia Records and Red Ink in 2006.

On October 5, 2007, Spin.com named MGMT “Artist of the Day.” On November 14, 2007, Rolling Stone pegged MGMT as a top ten “Artist to Watch” in 2008. The band was named ninth in the BBC’s Sound of 2008 Top Ten Poll. They were also named as Last.fm’s most played new artist of 2008 in their Best of 2008 list.

MGMT’s first album, Oracular Spectacular, debuted at No. 12 on the UK album chart, No. 13 after 34 weeks in the New Zealand RIANZ charts, number six on the Australian ARIA Charts, and hit number one on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart. It has also been named the 18th best album of the decade by Rolling Stone magazine. It was named the best album of 2008 by NME. MGMT also appeared prominently in Australia’s Triple J Hottest 100 2008, coming in 2nd with “Electric Feel”, 5th with “Kids” and 18th with “Time to Pretend”. MGMT was nominated for the 2010 Grammy Award for Best New Artist, and their track “Kids” was nominated for Best Pop Performance By a Duo or Group with Vocals. These are the first Grammy nominations for the band. At the 2009 Grammy Awards, the Justice remix of “Electric Feel” won the Grammy Award for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical. Their second album, Congratulations, was released on April 13, 2010. In January 2011 they began work on their third album, MGMT. It was released on September 17, 2013, and was released as an early exclusive on the Rdio music service on September 9, 2013.
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"Remember Me"'s soundtrack by Olivier Derivière

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Remember Me is an action-adventure video game developed by Dontnod Entertainment and published by Capcom. It was released in June 2013 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The game’s plot focuses on Nilin, a memory hunter working for an underground resistance called the Errorists. When the game starts, she has been stripped of nearly all her memories by mega-corporation Memorize. With the help of a mysterious man named Edge, she goes on a quest to bring down Memorize and recover her lost memories.

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Do You Have The Pipes to Become a Voice Over Star?

Posted Jul 16th 2010 @ 6:22AM

voiceoverIf you’ve been told you have a great voice and would like to explore how you could make thousands of dollars working a just few hours, a couple of days a week, in your pajamas — join the club. Millions of people would like to be self-employed in the voice over industry doing just that, especially now that employment is hard to come by. Continue reading →

London Grammar

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London Grammar on 27 September 2013, at Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco, California, USA.

London Grammar are a British Indie trio formed by Hannah Reid, Dan Rothman and Dot Major. Their début EP Metal & Dust was released in February 2013 by Metal & Dust Recordings Ltd. Their début album If You Wait was released on 9 September 2013.
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Didgeridoo and Guitar played in an interesting way

Didgeridoo and Clapstick players performing at Nightcliff, Northern Territory

The didgeridoo (/ˌdɪdʒərɪˈduː/) (also known as a didjeridu) is a wind instrument developed by Indigenous Australians of northern Australia around 1,500 years ago and still in widespread use today both in Australia and around the world. It is sometimes described as a natural wooden trumpet or “drone pipe”. Musicologists classify it as a brass aerophone. Continue reading →

Tara Strong, voice of Harley Quinn

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Strong in 2012

Tara Lyn (Charendoff) Strong (born February 12, 1973) is a Canadian actress and singer who has done voice work in numerous animated films and television series. Her voice roles include Harley Quinn from Batman: Arkham, Dil Pickles from Rugrats and All Grown Up!, Bubbles from The Powerpuff Girls, Timmy Turner and Poof from The Fairly OddParents, Raven from Teen Titans and Teen Titans Go!, Ben Tennyson from Ben 10, Princess Clara and Toot Braunstein from Drawn Together, Twilight Sparkle from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Deandre Avant in “The Adventures in School” & “The Middle School Adventures”, Wendy Radical in “Awesome Squad” & “Radical Dudes” and Ginger in Talking Tom and Friends.
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Making of Michael, Michael Jackson's posthumous album

Michael is a posthumous compilation album of previously unreleased tracks by American recording artist Michael Jackson. It was released on December 10, 2010 by Epic Records and Sony Music Entertainment. Michael was the first release of all new Michael Jackson material in nine years since Invincible in 2001. Production of the album was handled by several producers such as Michael Jackson, Teddy Riley, Theron “Neff-U” Feemster, C. “Tricky” Stewart, Eddie Cascio, among others and features guest performances by Akon, 50 Cent and Lenny Kravitz. Michael is the seventh Jackson album to be released by Sony and Motown/Universal since Michael Jackson’s death in June 2009. Continue reading →

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Different Types of Microphones and their uses

 

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Every studio needs at least one mic, but which type and which model is best? PAUL WHITE provides some guidance.

All microphones convert sound energy into electrical energy, but there are many different ways of doing the job, using electrostatics, electromagnetism, piezo-electric effects or even the change in resistance of carbon granules. Fortunately for SOS readers pondering over which mics to buy, the field of choice is narrowed considerably when it comes to mics used in music recording or live performance. The vast majority of mics used in these applications are either capacitor (electrostatic) or dynamic (electromagnetic) models. Both types employ a moving diaphragm to capture the sound, but make use of a different electrical principle for converting the mechanical energy into an electrical signal. The efficiency of this conversion is very important, because the amounts of acoustic energy produced by voices and musical instruments are so small. Continue reading →