While sifting through the numerous releases of 2013 and trying to pick out a few of my favorites, I rediscovered Telepathic Love by Heaven. The band was formed in late 2010 by Matt Sumrow (Dean and Britta, The Comas, Ambulance LTD) and Mikey Jones (The Big Sleep, Swervedriver, Snowden). After composing and recording some original songs, the duo filled out the lineup with Ryan Lee Dunlap (Fan-Tan) on keyboards. I’ve been following the progression of the band since they formed and got to see them at South by Southwest earlier this year.
Colors in the Whites of Your Eyes is the first track from Heaven’s “Telepathic Love” which was released July 30th, 2013 on Goodnight Records. You can stream the track below:
I’m mainly a guitarist and don’t feel that I cover drums enough on the Noise Room. Today I stumbled upon this video from Audix Microphones and thought I’d share it. In this video Chris Denogean, the Drum Channel Chief Engineer at Audix who details a simple yet effective four-mic technique to cover a basic four or five piece drum kit using the Audix DP Quad 4-piece drum mic package.
For more information on Audix Microphones and the DP Quad package, visit www.audixusa.com
2013 was an exciting year for musicians and producers. We saw the release of Logic Pro X and Pro Tools 11 which now has a 64-bit architecture. While there were some issues with plug-in manufactures releasing updates of their products to meet the new requirements, most have caught up. One company that I felt did a tremendous job during this transition was iZotope. They were quick to update a number of their products including Insight, Ozone 5, and Trash 2. Now iZotope has released Nectar 2, a major update of their award-winning vocal plug-in Nectar.
iZotope says that “Nectar 2 will bring the best of digital innovation and analog character into a complete set of tools specifically for voice.” The updated plug-in has eleven modules including Harmony, Plate Reverb, FX, Pitch, Delay, De-Esser, Saturation, Compressors, Gate, EQ, and Limiter. Each module can be combined to work with others or used by themselves. As with most products from iZotope, there is a large number of presets that come with the plug-in to help you quickly and easily start to dial in your preferred sound.
After previewing Black Books new self-titled release and watching some of their videos, I wanted to see if someone from the band could do an interview via email. Much to my surprise the whole band responded to my questions. Black Books are Kevin Butler – guitar, recording engineer, producer, Clark Curtis – keys, artist, Meg Gilfillan – keys , vocals, Ross Gilfillan – drums, lead vocals, and Mike Parker – bass. Below, the Austin, TX based band talks about writing and recording the new album, making music videos, and opening for the Flaming Lips.
Paradise is a track from Black Books’ self-titled full-length which is out now on Believe Recordings. You can stream or download the track below:
Plug-in manufacturers have been updating their products to the 64 bit AAX format since the release of Pro Tools 11 earlier this year. While some of the plug-ins are pretty much the same as they were in previous versions, others have been completely revamped and expanded. iZotope just announced Nectar 2 Production Suite which updates Nectar and adds a lot more functions. For me, this is one of the last plug-ins that I was waiting for in order for Pro Tools 11 to become fully functional. I look forward to experimenting with the new features and hope to provide a review of the plug-in.