Basement

Ahead of the release of their fourth album, Beside Myself, UK post-grunge exports Basement find themselves at a curious crossroads. For context, the band was originally together for four years, releasing two studio albums in that time. In 2018, the band has entered its fourth year back in action and – wouldn't you know it – are on the verge of releasing their second album since officially reuniting in 2014.

It's a matter of months before the reincarnated Basement will have lasted longer than they did in their original run, which is a point of discussion the band admittedly hasn't gone over until now. “I never really thought of it that way – that's quite interesting,” says Andrew Fisher, the band's lead vocalist.

 

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Reviewed: Sterling by Music Man John Petrucci JP60

CMC Music Australia | cmcmusic.com.au | Expect to Pay: $1795

There is no doubt that John Petrucci is a hugely influential guitarist, musician and composer. Dream Theater have released 13 studio albums garnering numerous accolades and recognition from fans and the music industry alike, and Petrucci’s playing and writing continue to play a huge part in this success. Enjoying a long-standing relationship with Music Man, the band has collaborated on many iterations and variations of Petrucci signature models in a range of specifications. Making the Petrucci models even more accessible, Music Man has enjoyed success with the extension of these guitars in its Sterling line of instruments.

Based on the Signature Series JP6, the Sterling JP60 is eye-catching straight out of the box. The guitar features the classic Music Man headstock shape and 4/2 tuner layout, with a sleek double cut body with forearm contour and Petrucci shield inlays. The body is basswood with a maple neck and rosewood fingerboard. In the hardware department, you’ll find two humbuckers, Music Man’s Modern Tremolo and three-way pickup switch. Last but definitely not least, the guitar is finished in Mystic Dream, something Music Man describes as its chameleon finish.

Hits and Misses

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Quick neck

Mystic Dream finish looks great

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Some players may find the pickup switch position awkward

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Reviewed: Audio-Technica AT-BP40 Dynamic Microphone

Audio-Technica | audio-technica.com.au | Expect To Pay: $499

Audio-Technica's AT-BP40 is a large diaphragm dynamic microphone that has the natural characteristics of a dynamic microphone mixed with the clarity of a condenser microphone. This is a really clever design and one that is sure to make its way into more and more recordings in the future as engineers and artists alike discover what it has to offer sonically.

This microphone instantly conjures up the idea of a broadcast situation, where an overhanging mount allows it to be moved around a radio studio for vocal work. And yes, that is an ideal use for the AT-BP40, as it is perfectly suited to broadcast operation for both radio and television work. The hypercardioid capsule offers excellent side rejection and a very direct pickup pattern to isolate one individual voice from others in the room.

Hits and Misses

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Big sound from the large capsule

Very direct pickup pattern

Great noise rejection

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Bulky housing reduces placement options in some applications

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Anthrax's Scott Ian's spoken word tour kicks off next week

Thrash Metal's Inside Story

Anthrax Rhythm Guitarist Scott Ian's spoken word tour 'One Man Riot' next week is your chance to gain insights into the seminal thrash metal band's career and legacy ahead of the bands return to Australia for Download Festival in 2019.

'One Man Riot' follows Ian's critically acclaimed and hilariously self-deprecating 2014 autobiography Iʼm The Man: The Story of That Guy

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Reviewed: Eve Audio SC305 Studio Monitor

Electric Factory | elfa.com.au | Expect To Pay: $2699 (pair)

Eve Audio’s range of professional studio monitors has set a new standard in clarity built around their ribbon tweeter design that has become a signature feature of Eve monitors. If you’re looking for something rather unique in both styling and sonic delivery, the SC305 from Eve Audio is certainly worth considering.

The SC305 studio monitors from Eve represent a new era in studio monitoring and offer a wider range and clarity in a small nearfield monitor. They are perfect for the home or project studio where space is an issue, but where quality is essential. Sitting in a landscape design with a pair of five-inch drivers and a ribbon tweeter, the SC305s are able to deliver incredible low end accuracy for their size, whilst still maintaining a crystal clear top end.

Hits and Misses

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Huge stereo spread across four woofers

Super-fast transient attack

Unbelievably articulate clarity in sound

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They take up more bench space than traditional monitors

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A Producer’s Guide to Tokyo

Electronic Music Production Advice

Having been a synthesiser enthusiast for roughly ten years now, I’ve always been enamoured by the drool-worthy posts on internet gear forums with photos of an astounding array of vintage synths for very reasonable prices in Tokyo. I knew I’d have to get there at some point.

If you’re at all interested in second-hand electronic instruments and studio gear, Japan is a pretty great place to visit with an empty suitcase. There are a few factors that come into play that make Tokyo an amazing place to grab vintage gear. Firstly, Japan is the home of legendary companies like Korg, Roland, Akai and Yamaha – brands that brought us the original affordable synthesisers and home studio equipment.

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Nice Biscuit

Like Daft Punk or Mogwai, Nice Biscuit’s name started out as a joke. During the band’s first jam session, drummer Kurt Melvin brought along a packet of Arnott’s Nice Biscuits and, when the band started a private Facebook group to plan future meetups, someone set the group’s cover image to a picture of the coconut-flavoured snacks.

“What started out as a dumb in-joke became the band name when we couldn’t think of a name before our first gig,” bassist Nick Cavendish says. “They’re not even the best biscuits that Arnott’s makes.”

 

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Reviewed: Yamaha EAD10 Electronic Acoustic Drum Module

Yamaha Music Australia | au.yamaha.com | Expect to pay: $699.99

Creating a hybrid acoustic/electronic drum kit can sometimes be a complicated process. For working drummers who want to minimise their set ups from gig to gig, setting up a bunch of pads or units and then mixing the electronic sounds with the natural volume coming from the acoustic drums can also be a headache. Yamaha Drums has listened and released the EAD10 - Electronic Acoustic Drums.

The EAD10 is an electronic acoustic drum product that allows you to blend and combine your acoustic drums instantly with electronic sounds. There are two central components – the main unit is a combination trigger module with 757 onboard voices and triggered samples, as well as 50 preset scenes and 200 user scenes. These are used to customise your drum sound and allow you to connect triggers and drum pads to augment your set up. There’s also an audio mixer with stereo outputs, USB interface, and an effects processor with 21 effects and 11 reverbs.

Hits and Misses

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Great solution for live sound and practise solutions at a good price

Ability to share video/audio easily

Uncanny ability to mic up the whole kit with one step

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No separate headphone volume on the module, although most drummers will use a mixer anyway

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Slayer, Anthrax & Ozzy Osbourne Announced For Download Festival

Alice In Chains, Ghost and Rise Against Also Part of Huge First Lineup Reveal

Download Festival has revealed its first lineup announcement for the 2019 event. Ozzy Osbourne, Slayer, Judas Priest, Anthrax, Rise Against, Ghost, The Amity Affliction join homegrown favourites High Tension, Frenzal Rhomb and Luca Brasi when the single day event return for its second year.

See the complete first announcement below and get psyched.

 

OZZY OSBOURNE

SLAYER

JUDAS PRIEST

ALICE IN CHAINS

GHOST

RISE AGAINST

THE AMITY AFFLICTION

ANTHRAX

HALESTORM

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Ninety Years of Neumann

When discussing classic microphones, one of the first brands to spring to mind is Neumann. Founded in Berlin in 1928 during the city’s period of advancement known as the ‘Goldene Zwanziger’, or ‘Golden Twenties’, which came to an end when the 1929 stock market crash ushered in The Great Depression, 2018 finds the company celebrating its 90th anniversary. To mark the occasion, Neumann is running a ‘90 Years in 90 Days’ special, which not only offers substantial savings on some of their best loved products, but also includes the chance to win two days worth of recording at Adelaide’s Chapel Lane Studio, as well as flights and accommodation for two people. We’ve gathered together some of the products that would be at the top of our wish list, including some background information on each.

The U 67 is one of Neumann’s most famous designs, with its classic tube circuitry providing a sound that dominated studio recording following its release in 1960. Billed as the successor to the company’s highly regarded U 47, the U 67 was the first model to contain Neumann’s now-famous K 67 capsule, which continues to be used in the industry standard U 87 A.

 

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