This is my "treat" AND trick for Halloween. In the night where all fears and phantoms are celebrated, you need a proper soundtrack. You could choose among the thousands and thousands of Halloween playlists on Spotify or other streaming services, but, in pure Clever Gear fashion, it's WAY cooler to create your own. How can … Continue reading Deserted Soundscapes Generator for Creepy Halloween Sounds
Virtual Instruments are pieces of software that allow you to play an instrument without relying or owning any physical hardware. They have internal sound engines (which can be modelling, synthesis or sample based) and are able to generate sounds and music. Most of them are usually controlled though some kind of MIDI (wired or wireless) input. Let's … Continue reading 7 FREE Virtual Instruments I Recommend
Blue's new Spark SL Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic is the entry level model of the world famous, award winning "bottle" design microphone whose higher end versions are vastly used in professional studios worldwide. Blue Mics are renowned for they warm full, yet detailed sound. Their flagship iconic blue valve mic lists for around €4k. The … Continue reading Blue Spark SL Condenser Microphone Quick Test with Acoustic Guitars
Music production and recording nowadays largely relies on the use of Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) and plug-ins. Plug ins can be roughly split into two categories: Virtual Instruments Effects Virtual instruments can either be used to mimic real instruments by employing software (modelling or sampling based) or can be new types of instruments altogether, and … Continue reading 9 FREE Plug-ins I Recommend: Effects
Personally, i am absolutely in love with Electro Harmonix 9 series Pedals. You know, the Mel9, Synth9, C9... those guys. These are probably the coolest, hippest, most innovative thing happened in guitar FX since the Kemper Profiler and Fractal Axe FX. They pack a lot of retro vibe together with ultra fast tracking, great unguitar … Continue reading MIDI Control for the Electro Harmonix 9 series Pedals
Today, Electro Harmonix introduces the real evolution of the ubiquitous Digitech Whammy Pedal. The real innovation about this pedal is that it is perfectly able to do polyphonic pitch shifting in real time. They are calling it the Slammi+. What does it mean? It means you can instantly turn for example, your standard guitar into … Continue reading Electro Harmonix Slammi+ Polyphonic Pitch Shifter Pedal
If you're anything like me, you've always wanted a real Mellotron but could never afford it. The fetish magic of real analogue tape synthesiser is beyond time. Mellotron is all over the place on all the records I love, from King Crimson to Radiohead, and its distinctive allure is still spellbinding thousands of musicians. Mellotron … Continue reading Onde Magnétique OM-1 Cassette Synth – A Pocket Mellotron!
Looks like something is finally getting goin within the small world of music apps for Android. I don't mean apps that were ported from iOS to Android, but that were actually designed with being Android native from scratch. HumOn is a very nice sample of a super easy to use, convenient songwriting tool that was … Continue reading HumOn – Hum in your Android, create fully arranged songs (Review)
This is one of the records I was most excited for in 2017. ibeyi is the band name of two Cuban / American sisters whose mix of unique voices, deep electro beats and impeccable songwriting produced, in 2015, one of the most surprisingly stunning albums I've heard in a long time. If it is true … Continue reading Streaming of the Week – Ash by ibeyi
Just like Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality (VR) isn't a new thing. It has reached "hype" many times, in different moments, during the past 15 years. Linden's Second Life was probably the most successful experiment in the field - it was all over the place 10 years ago, generating interest and gathering money from investors, only … Continue reading Virtual Reality, The Next Big Music Thing?