Wednesday, July 20, 2011

OS X Lion is now on the Mac App Store

OSX Lion is now listed on the mac App Store for $29.99. Download only. No install DVDs.
Please note: If you use Protools do not install OSX Lion. PT 9 is not yet compatible.

From Apples website:
"OS X Lion is the next major release of OS X, the world’s most advanced desktop operating system. It includes over 250 new features that will transform how you interact with your Mac....."

Multi-Touch gestures
• Fluid and realistic animations make gestures feel natural and direct.
• Tap or pinch to zoom in on text and images.
• Swipe left or right to move from one page to another in an app or switch from one full-screen app to another.
• Swipe up to enter Mission Control.
• Pinch to access Launchpad.

Full-screen apps
• A new full-screen button takes an app window full screen.
• Run multiple full-screen apps at the same time.
• Switch between full-screen apps and your desktop with a gesture.
• Apps stay full screen when you switch to another app.
• OS X Lion includes full-screen Mail, Safari, Preview, iCal, FaceTime, Dashboard, Screen Sharing, and Photo Booth.

Mission Control
• Brings together Exposé, full-screen apps, Dashboard, and desktop spaces.
• Gives you a bird’s-eye view of everything running on your Mac, allowing you to navigate anywhere with a click.
• Exposé view shows all open windows on your desktop grouped by application.
• Create and organize desktop spaces in Mission Control.

• A new home for all the apps on your Mac.
• Apps downloaded from the Mac App Store automatically appear in Launchpad.
• Launchpad automatically adds pages to accommodate all your apps.
• Apps can be organized on multiple pages and grouped in folders.

• The widescreen layout displays the message list and selected email side by side in full-height columns.
• The favorites bar gives you one-click access to your favorite mail folders.
• Search suggestions dynamically present the best matches for your search.
• Search tokens help refine search results based on people, subjects, mailboxes, dates, and attachments.
• Conversations automatically groups related messages, displaying them in chronological order and hiding repetitive quoted text.

Other great Lion features
• Auto Save automatically saves your changes as you go, so you never have to worry about losing your work.
• Versions keeps a history of your document as you work and presents it in a timeline you can browse.
• Resume reopens an app exactly as you left it.
• AirDrop is the simplest way to send files to anyone around you, wirelessly — no setup or special settings required.
• Reading List in Safari lets you easily save web pages to read or browse later.

Some features require an Apple ID and/or compatible Internet access; additional fees and terms apply.

Some features require apps developed to work with Lion.

Gestures require a Multi-Touch trackpad or Magic Mouse (some gestures are not available on Magic Mouse).

Get more info  here.


This would make a great gift for the family member or friend that's a musician or producer.

"CIRCLE OF FIFTHS WATCH The face of the watch shows how many sharps or flats go with each of the 12 major and minor keys. Guide to harmonic progressions and other patterns. This reference tool on your wrist makes it easy to master the circle of fifths and understanding music's grammar. The watch is available in a silver-tone finish or 18K Gold electroplate. 1.25: dial. Shipped from the manufacturer as a special order. Allow 2 weeks for delivery . No express delivery. No returns."

There's also a Circle Of Fifths clock for $29.95
This would look great in the studio.

Danfield Audio's MX30-t Desktop Recording Channel

The Danfield Audio MX30-t would make a great choice for a small or portable studio setup. 
It's the perfect channelstrip to use with a laptop and your favorite interface to record while on the go. The built in compressor with variable attack/release and sidechain HP filter, and the variable input impedance along with switchable HP filter are features that are hardly seen in a unit this compact.

"The MX30-t is an innovative new recording channel for the studio desktop. It is designed for the contemporary recording facility where tabletop rack space is a premium, and there is a necessity for a high degree of control whilst tracking. It is especially suited to applications such as voice recording, ADR post sync recording and voice dubbing. Furthermore, a handy optional mic stand attachment allows the unit to be located within a recording studio - so that it can be located right next to the musician or the sound source."

Input Stage: discrete solid state
Input Impedance: default 1500 Ohms, variable 600-100K Ohms
Output type: Solid state servo floating
Input symmetry: better than 100dB
Output symmetry: better than 100dB
Frequency range: 2Hz to 210KHz
Noise: -124dB
CMMR: 100 dB
Linearity: 0.006%
Distortion (1KHz): <0.0002%
Maximum system level: +27dB
Min gain: +9dB
Max gain: +73dB
Output  Impedance: less than 30 Ohm
High pass filter type: 12 dB /Oct
27-630 Hz

Power requirement:
< 25W supplied by Danfield Audio U500
size: 16*18*7cm
weight: 1.8 Kg 

Cost: 1,709.00 EUR/2,419.98 USD

Get more info at

UAD Neve 1073 plugin

UAD Neve 1073

This is the EQ setting I used for Amy Winehouse lead vocal on the song "Unholy War" produced by Salaam Remi, recorded by Frank Socorro from the "Back To Black" album. The 1073 ($249) is one of UAD's many Neve emulations. The GUI is an exact replica of the hardware and the sound is very close to the original. 
The 1073 consists of a gain knob and 3 bands of EQ. A high shelf at 12Khz with ±18dB of gain. A mid band with a choice of 6 frequencies also with ±18dB gain and a low shelf with 4 selectable frequencies and ±15dB gain. There is also a low cut knob with a 18db per octave slope at frequencies of 300,160,80 and 50hz (see pic). 
Notice the knobs on the mid and low bands are bi-functional. The outer ring selects the frequency and the inner knob adjusts the gain. As with the hardware there is also a phase switch which comes in handy when using this EQ on live drums where you might run into phase issues because of the use of multiple microphones. The bypass switch (EQL) allows for quick A/B comparisons of the sound before and after processing. The 1073 has a thick, full bodied sound but with tons of sheen if needed. 
For more info and to purchase the 1073 plugin visit UAD's website at​e/equalizers/neve-1073.htm​l