Newmarket Studios

Studio Feature

Tell us a bit about the history of your studio.

Newmarket was established back in 1986. There have been several changes over the years, but the control room and main tracking room with the grand piano are basically in the same configuration as back then. The Harrison console was purchased from Neil Young and is now the centrepiece of the control room.

 

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Adding More Flavour

Guitar Advice

Last month we took some fairly standard Dorian shapes and added intervallic jumps and ideas to create more interesting phrases. Let’s now develop this a little further with some different groupings and intervals you might not normally play.

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The Beatles Announce Massive White Album Reissue With Unreleased Material

Featuring the Infamous Esher Acoustic Demos

You would think that every note that The Beatles ever committed to tape has been heard by now, their brief but fruitful union having changed the sound of pop music forever and made them the biggest band of their era and one of the most important of all time. It seems however that the band have still more treasures to unveil, with the announcement of the 50th anniversary reissue of one of their most celebrated and debated albums, 1968's self-titled double LP, which immediately became known as 'The White Album'. Available in multiple configurations and formats, the new version will feature previously unheard acoustic demos, alternate takes and new mixes from Giles Martin, the son of the band's longtime producer and mentor, Sir George Martin.

With four discs of outtakes, the one bound to be of prime interest to hardcore fans is the first official release of the acoustic Esher demos. These were created at George Harrison's house prior to the studio sessions shortly after the band had returned from their 1968 Indian sojourn.

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Inside 'Roadies - the Secret History of Australian Rock’n’Roll'

Author Stuart Coupe Gives Us The Lowdown on His New Book

I’ve been around roadies for decades. During my years managing bands such as the Hoodoo Gurus and Paul Kelly & the Messengers/Coloured Girls, I hired a lot of them. I shared hotel rooms and vans with them. I’ve been yelled at by them, been looked after by them, and sadly had to fire or not rehire some of them.

Like every artist and manager, I’ve been guilty of taking them for granted. I’ve assumed they were bulletproof and capable of doing things that were clearly impossible. Even if the truck loaded with the crew and equipment drove at 300 kilometres an hour, they were not going to get from Gig A to Gig B in ten hours.

 

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Foreigner

A couple of years ago, Foreigner celebrated its 40th anniversary as a band. It's a remarkable achievement and a huge accomplishment for a band of any ilk, but it seemed particularly special for Foreigner on the basis that the band has survived every major trend that rock music has thrown its way over the years. There was a time, however, when founding member Mick Jones was unsure if the band with which he made his name was in a position to soldier on. Following the departure of original vocalist Lou Gramm, Jones found himself at a crossroads.

“He didn't know if he wanted to keep doing music as Foreigner or turn it into a solo project,” explains Jeff Pilson, who has served as Foreigner's bass player for almost 15 years. “He was working with Jason Bonham, who I had met when we were both part of the fictional band in the movie Rock Star. Jason had convinced Mick to revamp Foreigner, and they gave me a call to come down and jam with them. The chemistry was immediate. I was hooked from there.”

 

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Reason 10.2 Update Set to Arrive Soon

A Free Update Is Out September 26

The latest update to Reason has entered beta testing and will arrive as free update on Wednesday September 26 with plenty of new workflow features.

Gun producers can now view and edit MIDI across multiple lanes, snap notes to an adaptive grid based on zoom level, use their controller with Easy MIDI Inputs, jump directly to rack devices from sequencer lanes, and quickly add tracks to the sequencer in the rack. Anyone keen to participate in the public beta can sign up via Propellerhead’s website.

 

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Reviewed: Focusrite Clarett 4Pre USB

Innovative Music | innovativemusic.com.au |Expect to Pay: $1049

The Focusrite Clarett range focuses on tour audio interfaces designed to offer the kind of quality and features found in units costing twice the price. The series ranges from the desktop Clarett 2Pre (10-in, 4-out) and Clarett 4Pre reviewed here (18-in, 8-out) to the single-rackmount Clarett 8Pre (18-in, 20-out) up to the Thunderbolt-only Clarett 8PreX, with a very respectable 26-in, 28-out. Aside from the consistent visual presentation, the line is also held together by its reliance on Focusrite’s decades of analogue design experience, along with Air-enabled preamps that reproduce the input impedance, clarity, and frequency response curve of the company’s original ISA mic preamp.

Available in Thunderbolt and USB versions, the Clarett 4Pre has four high performance, low-noise (-128dB EIN) mic preamps with a low distortion, ultra-linear design that guarantees a clean, open and transparent sound, giving accurate representation of the original performance. There are 18 inputs, including the four mic/line inputs (two of which are also high-impedance instrument inputs), four fixed line inputs, and an ADAT input which supports an additional eight channels when combined with multi-channel mic preamps like Clarett OctoPre.

Hits and Misses

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Input gain LEDs handily integrated around the gain controls

Flexible routing options

Great-sounding Air mode on all four mic channels

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A few USB ports for connecting other devices would be nice

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Gear Rundown: Kenny Wayne Shepherd

As far as the prowess of the modern bluesman, it’s pretty hard to top the virtuosic ability of Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Entering the scene as a teenage prodigy with a knack for channelling the ferocity and emotion heard in the playing of his heroes Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix, Shepherd has been a mainstay in the world of blues rock for close to 25 years now, with his live shows acting as an absolute masterclass for budding guitar buffs looking to finesse their way around the fretboard. Ahead of a hotly anticipated East Coast tour kicking off in Brisbane in October, we dive into the formidable arsenal of vintage and modified gear favoured by the one and only Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

GUITARS

 

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Reviewed: Mackie XR824 Studio Monitors

Amber Technology | ambertech.com.au | Expect To Pay: $999

The team at Mackie are no strangers to delivering quality audio at all volumes. Over the years they have proven themselves with both powered PA speakers and studio monitors alike, so it makes sense that the XR Series of powered studio monitors continues to go from strength to strength with modern-day improvements that make these a very real contender when you are looking for your next monitoring option. The XR824 monitors found their way into my listening space this month and showed just how Mackie is set to deliver quality audio reproduction for home and professional studio use.

Certainly there was no mistaking these monitors when they came out of the box. The design is reminiscent of Mackie studio monitors of years gone past, but with a smooth, slick look. The front panel is finished in a classy satin coating, with black wood laminate on the top and sides. There is very little going on on the front panel. Aside from the Mackie logo and LED to indicate operation, the design team at Mackie has kept these very minimal, so the one-inch tweeter and eight inch Kevlar woofer stand boldly in the forefront.

Hits and Misses

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ECO On/Off Feature for power saving

Elliptical rear porting for maximum SPL without noise

Exceptional clarity at all levels

Foam isolation pads included

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PROGFEST ANNOUNCES 2019 HEADLINERS

The Ocean, Monuments & Skyharbor Lead The First Announcement

Progfest has revealed three international acts as the first announcement for its 10th anniversary event, which will take place nationally in January. German post-metal heroes The Ocean will be hot on the heels of their eight album release, Phanerozoic I: Palaezoic, in November, while UK quintet Monuments will bring the virtuosic riffage and powerful melodies of their latest release, Phronesis, which is out next month.

Joining them will be progressive metal powerhouse Skyharbor (India/USA). This is just the first announcement with the one day festival promising further additions, including some Australian acts, very soon.

 

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