Reviewed: PreSonus Studio 24

Link Audio | linkaudio.com.au | Expect to Pay: $199

Over the years I have had the opportunity to use and abuse a number of interfaces from PreSonus. While they vary in size and specification greatly, in order to offer the right tools for the right job, they all share a common trait. No matter what your budget is, or your I/O requirements, any PreSonus audio interface is going to be built like the proverbial. Designed for use by audio professionals and home users alike, every device released by PreSonus is always ready for the task at hand and is tough enough to handle any job you want to throw at it. As such, it came as no surprise when I unboxed the new Studio 24 interface this month that I found the unit to be built like a brick.

There comes a point where you realise you don’t need all the bells and whistles to complete a certain task. Often, you just need a simple rig that works. For those of you looking for a smaller, more portable audio interface as a backup or secondary device to your bigger rig, and for anyone looking for a first interface that will go the distance, this is certainly worth a look. It’s a fairly compact box, but is still housed in a solid metal chassis with very little protruding from the box, making it ideal for travel.

 

Hits and Misses

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Tough, sturdy and compact housing

Included MIDI I/O

Great quality for budget price

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Pot labelling a little unclear

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Luke Gelsumini on winning the chance to launch his professional DJ career

Not too long ago, Melbourne-based metal-obsessed muso Luke Gelsumini was enjoying a typical weekday evening, watching YouTube and flicking through Facebook. Little did he know his life was about to change when he stumbled upon a post from Universal School of Music promoting their second annual Sonic Presence DJ Competition.

“I saw the ad pop up and I thought to myself, ‘Why not? I haven't done a competition in a while, let's see what happens,'” explains Gelsumini.  “The worst thing that could happen is I get some feedback, but I’ll have had some fun on stage.”

 

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Show & Tell: Jamie Marinos from Wither

Show & Tell is where we get artists to tell us about a piece of gear that they cherish and use as a part of their live or studio setup. This month we chat to Jamie Marinos, guitarist for Wither.

What piece of equipment do you have to show us today?

It might be a little over talked about and recently outdated, but I’m going to talk about my Fractal Audio Axe-FX II.

 

How did you come across this particular item?

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Billy Corgan suggests the paint colour of a guitar can affect its tone

Try This Theory on for Size

Every guitarist has a theory of what factors affect tone, but Billy Corgan’s claim that the colour of your instrument’s paint can make an impact on its sound is possibly the boldest statement yet.

The Smashing Pumpkins guitarist stopped by Guitar Center to chat about the sound of his recently reunited band as they prepare to embark on a US tour. Corgan showcases his touring rig, featuring his signature Reverend and Yamaha models, and a mid- to late-‘70s Fender Stratocaster he favours for the E flat tuning heard on Mellon Collie.

 

But the biggest takeaway from this short clip is his suggestion that a guitar’s paint colour can alter its tone.

 

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Reviewed: Gretsch G6228 Players Edition Jet

Fender Music Australia | fender.com.au | RRP: $3399

Gretsch may be fabled for their hollow body guitars, but their solid body offerings are certainly not to be overlooked. The ‘Jet’ has long embodied the Gretsch aesthetic, offering different tones to its bigger bodied family members. From the Players Edition line of guitars, the G6228 combines Gretsch handiwork in a solid body guitar that can handle more than a few styles of playing.

The G6228 sits higher up the Gretsch pricing tree than other models, with a selection of premium features. A mahogany chambered body is coupled with a maple top, and mahogany is again used for the neck with a rosewood fingerboard. Hardware-wise, you’ll find Gotoh locking tuners, a stoptail and adjusto-matic bridge, and Broad’Tron pickups. You’d be hard pressed to fault the finish and looks of the G6228 – this model came in a Dark Cherry Metallic that looks classy and restrained, with a hint of sparkle to add some flair.

Hits and Misses

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Great player/setup/finish

Gretsch flavours in a solid body

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Glades are revolutionising the love song

Two years on from dropping jaws with their debut EP This Is What It’s Like, the iridescent indie-poppers in Glades have delivered another searing blow to our eardrums. To Love You started life as a sister release to their 2016 breakthrough, but while its title still fills in the topical blank left by This Is What It’s Like, the finished product is a full-length album with a concept and character all of its own. In a landscape where more electro-focused artists are shifting to the one-EP-per-year model than ever, what enticed Glades to make the ambitious leap to an 11-track opus?

“After we released [This Is What It’s Like], we started touring with a lot of bands that we look up to,” says multi-instrumentalist Cam Robertson. “They were all plugging their big, career-defining albums. Seeing the fan response to those shows and watching their crowds sing literally every word back to them… That was a big part of why we chose to do a proper album instead of just another EP.”

 

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Watch: Guitarist shreds a cover of the Bunnings theme

Lowest Tunings are Just the Beginning

Melbourne-based guitarist Liam Hennessy of Behind Crimson Eyes' shredded cover of the Bunnings theme song has gone viral on Facebook.

If there's anything that the past few weeks has shown us about our nation, it is that we take sausage sizzles very, very seriously. Particularly the sausage sizzles of hardware giant Bunnings Warehouse. Many children have suffered through parents' DIY hubris during Sunday morning trips to the store, knowing that in the end, an onion-draped sausage sanga will be there to make it all worth it.

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Sony's new Hi Res microphones capture premiere performance of world's first 108-key piano

Baby Get Bach

The world's first nine octave, 108-key piano was used to play Bach's Gigue Sonata in A minor, a piece never before performed in public on a piano, last week in the historic Beleura House.

The event also marked two other world firsts – the premiere of Sony’s new Hi Res Series Studio Microphones, and their use to record the premiere of Australian composer Alan Griffiths’  album Rare View.

 

The extraordinary piano is called The Beluera, after its debut venue, and was built by Stuart & Sons in Tumut, NSW. The Beluera is a mammoth, yet achingly beautiful instrument that weighs in at 644kg and hosts 218 strings spanning the 108 notes. 

 

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Alesis packs over 8000 samples and loops into new Strike MultiPad

An All-In-One Percussion Station

Alesis has launched the feature-packed Strike MultiPad, the first percussion pad to bear the elite Strike name.

The Strike MultiPad allows users to sample, edit, loop and perform with more ease than ever before, offering new levels of creativity and sonic potential.

 

The sampler function features more than 8000 samples and loops, with 32GB of storage over 6GB of content. Creation is enabled through the ability to load samples via USB or directly from the internet, the use of a built-in audio looper, and the inclusion of Pro Tools First and Ableton Live.

 

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Iggy Pop, Lenny Kravitz and more to feature on Rugrats soundtrack vinyl release

Start Reminiscing

In news you probably weren’t expecting to hear today, your favourite Nickelodeon movie is getting a vinyl release.

The Rugrats Movie soundtrack is set for a special re-release thanks to the folks at Urban Legends, with the new vinyl edition arriving to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the classic film. Adding to the theme song usually associated with the animated group, the Rugrats soundtrack features a surprising variety and calibre of artists.

 

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