Reviewed: Aston Microphones SwiftShield & Shield GN

Link Audio | | Expect To Pay: Shield GN - $69, SwiftShield - $129

British microphone manufacturers Aston have developed a name for themselves in recent years by delivering microphones that are unique in both design and sound. It’s not just their microphones that are changing the classic design principles in the studio, as seen with accessories like their Halo reflection filter and now, the new line of pop filters, the Aston Shields. There are three combinations available in the range, and I got to test out a couple of them that cover all the options on offer.

Shield GN

Hits and Misses


Sturdy build quality

Holds position when set in place at any angle

Easy application with spring loaded clips in both designs




Positive Grid announces BIAS 2 mobile app for iOS

Boasting The Same Features As Desktop Plugin

Highly-regarded and innovative amplifier-modeling veterans Positive Grid have announced they'll be releasing their popular BIAS 2 desktop plugin as an iOS app.

The new BIAS 2 Mobile app packs all the features of Positive Grid's highly successful desktop plugin, but can now be taken with you anywhere you go using your iPad or even your iPhone to give you the same studio-quality tone crafting at your fingertips. Positive Grid has updated the user interface for the mobile devices to make it super easy to tweak the amp and speaker configurations to your heart's content - switching out the different tubes, transformers, tone stacks and multi-mic placement on the speaker cabinets with absolute ease - and it looks superb to boot.



Cort introduces jumbo acoustic-electric CJ Retro guitar

Big Sound From A Big Guitar

Affordable, yet all class and quality, South Korean guitar makers Cort have announced the new jumbo-body acoustic-electric CJ Retro.

Featuring a matte Vintage Sunburst spruce top, mahogany neck, back and sides, and a Merbau bridge and fretboard, the new Cort CJ Retro packs a lot of guitar into a very attainable package. Not to mention the aesthetically pleasing dual rectangular fretboard inlays.  With its sleek vintage looks, and large and full sound acoustically, this guitar is further complemented by a tastefully selected electronics suite.



Ernie Ball Music Man unveils updated St. Vincent signature guitar

The Popular Model Gets Some Useful Tweaks

St. Vincent's signature guitar from Ernie Ball Music Man has been given a host of updated specifications to improve even further on what was already a very solid instrument.

The new iterations of the St. Vincent models now feature two different pickup configurations, one being the new EBMM custom-designed dual humbucking pickups and the other a set of triple DiMarzio mini-humbuckers. Both setups come with a five-way selector switch for a variety of different routing options. Another new feature is that all models now come standard with a premium roasted maple neck, with options for rosewood, ebony or maple fretboards with St. Vincent's custom fret inlays.



Panic! At The Disco announce 2018 Australian tour

Sound The Alarm

Prepare for a heavy dose of nostalgia because Panic! At The Disco has just announced they’ll be returning to Australia for a run of shows later this year.

Touring in support of upcoming sixth album Pray For The Wicked, Panic! will visit Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne for an all-ages arena tour. The new album is the first to be released since 2016’s Death of a Bachelor.




Mixdown's top 4 jobs in the music industry (this week)

June 13 - 19

Whether you're fresh out of uni, looking for a major career break or simply wanting extra money in between gigs, the music industry is a competitive place. To make things a little easier, here's our list of some of the best jobs going around the country.


Nova Entertainment is one of the biggest names in the Australian music industry, and this could be your chance to join their team. They’re looking for an experienced publicist to join their Sydney publicity team for a 12-month maternity leave position.


Skills Required:


Trophy Eyes announce biggest Australian headline tour to date

In Support Of New LP 'The American Dream'

Homegrown punk rock outfit Trophy Eyes is preparing to hit the road later this year on what will be the band’s biggest national headline tour to date.

Taking off around the country in support of latest album The American Dream, Trophy Eyes will stop in Brisbane, Sydney and Adelaide before finishing up the milestone tour in Melbourne.


The American Dream is the third full-length record from the band, and is set for release on Friday August 3. The band previewed their new music recently with the release of the album’s first single, ‘You Can Count On Me.’



Victoria Bitter confirms VB Hard Yards is returning for 2018

Hot Riffs And Cool Brews Reunite

Victoria Bitter is reviving its VB Hard Yards event for the new year, granting aspiring musos the chance to claim a support slot at four huge gigs around the nation.

VB Hard Yards invites bands based in Victoria, NSW, Queensland and the ACT to tell VB why they deserve a place on the tour, plus $5,000 cash and pre-paid rehearsal room hire. Last year, Byron Bay’s Mini Skirt took home the prize, which also sees them set to release a 7” with Cosmic Psychos in the near future.


Hear Cosmic Psychos’ Ross Knight explain the ins and outs of the event in the video below:



Moby is selling his entire record collection for charity

Including Rare Test Pressings And Signed Reissues

Moby, acclaimed musician and constant source of quotable statements, has announced his plans to sell his entire record collection for charity.

In an interview with Consequence of Sound, Moby said that he’ll sell every record he’s ever bought or made throughout his career, with all profits going towards the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. The organisation is certainly a worthy cause, dedicating its work to promoting healthy ways doctors can treat chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.



Classic Smashing Pumpkins lineup gives first live reunion performance

OG Pumpkins

The reunion of Smashing Pumpkins’ classic lineup has just taken its next step, with Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin and James Iha joining forces for their first live performance together in almost two decades.

The OG Pumpkins – minus bassist D’Arcy Wretzky – appeared on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon to treat audiences to live takes of their classic track ‘Zero’ and recent release ‘Solara’.