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SOUNDFIRM: PICTURE PERFECT

June 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Welcome to the new Dolby Atmos mix theatre in Soundfirm’s Melbourne studios. Story: Christopher Holder When Roger Savage was preparing to move into bigger and better digs in South Melbourne he knew something was brewing...

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Line 6 POD

June 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Released: 1998 Price: $999 The Line 6 POD guitar amp modeller changed the way musicians and engineers looked at pulling guitar sounds. The idea of being able to re-create the sounds of all the classic...

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Aviom A-16 Personal Mixer

June 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Released: 2002 Price: $1295 Providing individual monitor mixes for performers, especially in the recording studio, had long been a problem looking for an elegant solution. In the old analogue world it could only be achieved...

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Modern Classics: Empirical Labs Distressor

June 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

It’s a miracle that one small box could house so much vintage colour. Dave Derr explains exactly how he developed so much character. Story: Mark Davie Dave Derr knows he’s one lucky son of a...

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Apple iPod

June 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Released: 2001 Price: $895 The Apple iPod was a game-changer that disrupted several industries at once. As a portable media player it replaced the much larger, Walkman-style analogue devices with its modern 5GB Toshiba hard-drive,...

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Modern Classic: Digidesign Digi 001

June 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Released: 1999 Price: $1995 (Original) Digidesign (now Avid) released its 24-bit, host-based Digi 001 system at just the right time. The DAW market was about to go ballistic, host computers were becoming capable of handling...

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In 1998, building your business around ribbon mics was definitely a left-of-centre choice. But 15 years on, Royer Labs’ off-centre ribbon is a modern classic. Story: Mark Davie Mic Images: Corey Sleap It’s an audience...

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May 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Empirical Labs Distressor A photo gallery of Dave Derr’s masterpiece.       Dave Derr: “Chaz was our first employee, building some of the first Distressors in my rented house. This is also where my...

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Sometimes you’ve just gotta get outta town to realise a dream… For post-production mix wiz, Michael Gissing, a distant voice was calling him South. Text: Michael Gissing After a holiday in Tasmania over the Christmas...

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ABC Classics in-house tonmeister of all trades, Virginia Read, is this year’s ARIA Engineer of the Year. It’s high time we got to know the first female in ARIA history to take out the award....

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