Thursday, 26 March 2009

Home studio upgrade

Finally got it working!! 6 Channels of Audio!!
All hooked up ready to go!
The Sub woofer!
Blue Sky Media desk 5.1 system

Part of the fellowship will be composing new music specifically for multichannel formats Quadraphonic, 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound either for DTS and/or Dolby Digital. I decided to upgrade my home studio with a 5.1 monitoring set up and add this to my current stereo monitoring system. I was very exited to get this and actually listen to alot of music in true 5.1 and not Dolby Pro Logic 2 which just converts a stereo signal and hasn't really been mixed for the 5.1 environment. My main inspiration for wanting to work in 5,1 was the album 'This Binary Universe' by Brian Transeau or BT as he is known. When i finally got it all set up and working i was blown away by hearing this album!! Check it out, its really incredible music!

Digital City Labs

This is one of the Digital City Labs where i will do some of my work on the fellowship. Full of high spec Apple Mac G5 and Mac Pro's set up with all the latest software. I will work with Logic Pro, Ableton Live, Reason, Pro-Tools HD and Final Cut Pro. Also in the building is a £100,000 studio running Pro-Tools HD3 with the ICON D-Control desk and monitoring in 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound. 

Digital City and the Institute of Digital Innovation

I was recently granted the Digital City Fellowship at the Institute of Digital Innovation in Teesside. I will spend 6 months researching, developing and creating new works for music teaching online and music production in 5.1 surround sound. Alot of exiting things will be happening over the 6 months and i will post them here so keep checking back often. 

Northern School of Sound- NSOS

Recording Sitar at Ginger Music Studio's for a great feature on the NSOS Website. Keep your eyes and ears on the lookout for this. 

Dee Dowling and Logic pro

Several months back i met Dee Dowling from Ginger Music Company in Gateshead. He was in the process of starting a new company called Northern School of Sound which i had alot of interest in working with. Turns out we hit off well and i was asked to teach there. Now Northern School of Sound is a full Apple Authorised Training Centre (AATC) for the Pro Apps- Logic Pro, Soundtrack Pro and Final Cut Pro. The scheduled launch date is the 17th of April. Im currently working on authoring 2-3 courses on the fantastic program 'Ableton Live' and will attend the next certification event at Ableton HQ in Berlin to become one of the country's first Ableton Certified Trainers!!!   

Its been a while

Well its been around 8 months since i last updated the Blog. It was originally intended to document and be a sort of 'tour diary' from the May/June 2008 Ravi Shankar Farewell to Europe and Anoushka Shankar Project Tour. I had decided to keep the Blog live and add to it with my other activities once i got home from the tour. 

Ive been quite busy since i got back in July 2008 and from now on ill be regularly updating the Blog so please check back often and feel free to leave any comments or email me with any questions.