24 December 2014

Epic Fail

HAPPY XMAS everyone. Have a great time, make great music.

Super Saturation from Softube

Softube has released a free plug-in Saturation Knob which was previously available only for PreSonus Studio One and Pro Tool users.

The Saturation Knob is a modeled output distortion that can be used anywhere you need some grit - basslines, adding harmonics and shimmer to vocals, or simply to destroy your  drum loop.
You can choose from high, neutral and low saturation/distortion types.

It;s available as a VST, AAX and AU plugin (32/64bit), and also as a Reason Rack Extension. 

Find out more and download Saturation Knob via the Softube website.

23 December 2014

Free Hand Clap machine

99Sounds has released Clap Machine, a freeware virtual instrument in VST and AU plug-in formats for Windows and Mac OS X, based on a collection of natural hand clap samples.

The purpose of Clap Machine is to provide a quick and easy way to add natural sounding claps to your music.

It sounds really very good and gives you a quick holding point during the creative process until you can good back and refine the sound you want. You can also do 'gang claps' on it by playing multiple notes at the same time.

Get Operating at high speed with these free Operator Racks

Abletunes has released 45 free Operator-based instrument racks for Ableton Live.

Included in the pack you will find 45 instrument racks: 18 Bass racks, 18 Synth racks, 3 FX racks, 6 Drum Hits racks - See more here.

21 December 2014

Ableton gives us a free Pack

Break Selection is a collection of Vintage Drum Breaks including 175 drum loops produced by Sample Magic.

It contains drum kit and hi-hat loops recorded in the very best high-end studios with rare mics, pre-amps and vintage outboard equipment.

The grooves have been meticulously laid down by some of the industry's top players for an authentic feel and vibe across the board. Modern and retro combinations of equipment, mic placements and mixing techniques have been utilized to re-create the very best drum sounds from the decades. This pack is free; you must own Live 9 to use it.

19 December 2014

Native Instruments makes a Santa special delivery

Native Instruments is giving away a bunch of cool FREE stuff - including a really useful delay - until Dec 31.

REPLIKA packs two professional quality delays and a powerful diffusion algorithm into a sleek, streamlined interface. Simple to use with a resonant filter and classic phaser built in.

REPLIKA is a versatile delay for anything from subtle slapback to warped sheets of noise. Available for PC or Mac.

14 December 2014

12 December 2014

What is going on?

How do you explain this? Less headroom, lots of nice crackles and scratches. Rumble, wow and flutter. Really?
One good thing is that there was always plenty of room for liner notes and photos.
What do you prefer - and more importantly why? Is it pure nostalgia?

Analog is analog. What you record is what you get. Digital uses sampling to approximate the wave curve:

Sampling Rate

CD Audio = 44.1 kHz (samples per second) which at 16bit means 65,536 possible values.

We could do better ...

DVD Audio = 192 kHz (samples per second). Nice except that DVD audio discs are very rare.
The next point is that an analog output can be fed directly to your amplifier without any Digital to Analog Conversion (DAC).

Anyway, whatever the medium, it all comes down to mp3 format played on an iPhone through cheap ear buds so why care?

9 December 2014

8 December 2014

Boogie Woogie

Boogex from Voxengo is a FREE guitar amplifier plug-in with a variety of sound shaping features for professional music production applications such as:

Real-time guitar processing
Speaker cabinet simulation
Mono convolution processing
Compatible with AudioUnit or VST and RTAS using FXpansion VST-RTAS adapter.

With Boogex it is possible to get a heavy distorted sound as well as slight “jazzy” saturation sound.

Boogex is also able to apply any speaker cabinet impulse response (selection of built-in impulses is available from Gregor Hennig).

Voxengo build quality stuff so although I haven't yet tested this one I'm pretty optimistic.

26 November 2014

Natural Born Grooves - Candy on the Dancefloor ft. Rebecca Lander (Drip Event remake)

My remake of this classic dance floor filler from Natural Born Grooves featuring the wonderful vocals of Rebecca Lander.

24 November 2014

Slate Digital - Virtual Mix Rack

Slate Digital have come out with a Virtual Mix Rack which operates as a virtual 500 series rack with hot-swappable modules. It includes four mix modules, including two classic eq's and two mix compressors. More modules will follow.

As a nice temptation SD are offering a FREE module called Revival. Revival borrows aspects of tubes, tape, transformers, and world class analog filters to create two processes.

There is a nice VU-Meter (lit when unit is active) that displays the output signal level. Unfortunately there is no input signal level setting.
The Shimmer control plays with the high-end of the signal and can be used to add air, brightness and clarity. The Thickness control works on the low-end to fatten just about anything up.

See a demo of Revival here.

You will need an iLok key to store the licence data for Revival (and Revival's license will never expire), but if you choose to buy the whole Virtual Mix Rack for $149, you get an iLok key included in the price.

I have used Revival on individual tracks and it is quite magical on drums, but it can also be used on your mastering to bring out some details.

12 November 2014

3 November 2014

Transient - Envelope Shaper

Envelope shapers and transient processors can increase the attack of a snare, highlight picking on an acoustic guitar or smash a drum room. They are able to give you a clean and precise way to manipulate the dynamic interrelationships contained within an entire drum mix.

This free Envelope Shaper from Audio Assault lets you get into the effect in a simple and cost effective way (i.e. free) Using some of the extreme settings you can add initial snap to your drum hits whilst removing the body and reverb within the loop. Moving the settings to the opposite extreme pulls down the transient detail to isolate the loop's air.

Audio Assault released Transient, as a free Envelope Shaper plug-in for VST/RTAS/AAX on Windows and VST/AU/RTAS/AAX on Mac OS X.

Use the x2 switch to double the intensity of the effect.

Head over to audio-assault.com to download.

30 October 2014

Using Ableton Live in theatre situations

Ableton Live is immensely useful for theatre performance. I do a lot of the electronic sound effects in Ableton Live where I'm using an Akai APC40 and keyboards to trigger things in Ableton. The sounds have plug-ins applied and are bounced down in advance to avoid CPU load during the live performance. Ableton is also used to trigger video cues and projector shows plus triggering steam jets and smoke machines.

One advantage that handling sound design for a theatre offers is that it is at a fixed location, unlike touring with a band, where venues can differ significantly one from another. However, mixing a live band is one thing but a theatrical performance - especially one so dependent on special effects, with infinite potential for timing changes and pratfalls (both literal and metaphorical) - calls for extreme adaptability and great watchfulness. There's no way the show can be put on a memory stick and left more or less on autopilot. Timing the show and all the special effects to the performers' actual movements needs to be done quite literally footstep by footstep.

Oh Yeah ...

28 September 2014

Studio maintenance

It's that time again - clean off the collected grime, service the bad parts, refresh the plugs and inserts.

Allen & Heath System 8 - I like the brown scheme. It reminds me of those early EMI consoles from Abbey Road. It is a warm colour, in tune with the warm sound this console has.

20 September 2014

17 September 2014


We are French, we are 4, we love
graphic design, music and multimedia,
so we made Incredibox!

This is super cool

You create your own music by simply dropping the appropriate outfit onto the avatars. Add Beats, add Effects, add Melodies, add voices, enjoy.

Here is a little doodle I put together in about 20 seconds. Cool.

12 September 2014

Tone2 updates FireBird to V2.1 and sets it free

FireBird 2 is now being offered for free by Tone2 the German company based in Munich. FireBird is not just a subtractive synthesizer but also uses Harmonic Content Morphing synthesis (HCM) which lets you load waveforms from a library and transpose it to bring out different harmonics. The release also contains 70 additional sounds.


  • Very easy to program and easy to use 
  • A unique sounding synthesis: Harmonic content morphing (HCM) 
  • High sound quality: Warm, transparent 
  • 437 hand picked presets included, over 1000 sounds available 
  • 84 oscillator types containing 18,000 morphable waveforms 
  • 38 different filter types 
  • True stereo mode, 4x unison mode, and up to 8 oscillators per voice 
  • Can sound like other synthesis methods - additive, subtractive, AM, FM, phase distortion, supersaw, vocoder, sync 
  • Can sound like natural instruments like piano, brass, organs... 
  • 23 spectral manipulations or “modifiers” can be applied to the oscillators 
  • 21 arpeggiator types 
  • 13 effect typesSkinable user interface 
You can download from Tone2 here:

2 September 2014


Sturiophonia is a stereo image widener and sound placement tool born from an idea of Turi Curello.

This free plugin splits a mono signal into two parts and creates a pseudo stereo image by use of internal filtering and panning. It is possible to adjust the dry/wet levels to allow the original signal to pass through and be mixed with the processed sound.

The best way to use this plugin is with mono tracks but you can switch the input to stereo if you want to use it on your main mix (but I'm not sure why you would be doing that really).

The results depend very much on the source material and some experimentation is generally advised. You can pick it up from MaxSynths web site.

30 August 2014

The Song That Never Was

I started developing this piece as an education exercise for Deep House. After a while it mutated and became much heavier and would now probably be termed as Progressive House.

The piece is in A minor at BPM 120, produced and Mastered in Ableton Live and uses some samples of Imogen Heap of the same name. Main instrumentation was Loegria Strings and U-He Zebra HZ. I was especially happy with the use of Corpus on the low strings - using the Plate tuned to 440Hz and modulating the ratio with a Max 4 Live LFO.

Hope you enjoy it.

8 August 2014

Using Ableton Templates to speed your workflow

I’m sure that like me, you want to spend your time creatively, rather than drowning in the technical aspects of your chosen DAW, then anything that helps speed up your workflow is important.

In Ableton Live, using templates is one of the biggest time savers when you are starting a new piece of music.
Ableton comes ready loaded with a set of templates which you can use. Look under the Live 8 Library and you will find the Ableton Master Template folder. Double-click any of these templates to load them.
However, that’s only the start as you can add your own Audio and Midi tracks with your preferred devices and effects and save this as your own template.
Use ‘File/Save Live Set as‘ and place it in Ableton’s Template folder in the Ableton Library. As an example, you may choose to add an EQ 8 and Compressor to each Audio track and a Simpler to each Midi track.
Note : the default template used when you create a new set, resides in Live’s Preferences folder rather than in the Library, so If you want your template to be the default one each time you open Ableton use ‘Options/Preferences/File Folder‘ and click the ‘Save Current Set as Default‘ option.

27 July 2014

Camelot Harmonic mixing wheel

Harmonic Mixing is an advanced technique used by top DJs all over the world. By mixing tracks that are in the same or related keys you can eliminate key clashes. Many professional DJs move around the Camelot wheel with every mix. If you are not sure how to find the key of a song you could try using Mixed In Key software.

To select a compatible song, choose a keycode within one ‘hour’ of your current keycode. If the song you are playing is in 8A (A minor), you can play 7A, 8A or 9A next.  If you are in 12A, you can play 11A, 12A or 1A.  This mix will be smooth every time.

You can also mix between inner and outer wheels if you stay in the same ‘hour’. For example, try mixing from 8A (A minor) to 8B (C Major – the relative Major) and notice the change in melody as you go from Minor to Major.
Harmonic mixing is a simple technique, but it opens up a world of creativity.

14 July 2014

A trip on a NASA solid rocket booster engine

An amazing film by NASA showing footage from various cameras attached to both solid rocket boosters. I believe that the camera was mounted inside the booster itself and this gives the most amazing sound of the tortured metal groaning and creaking.
These sounds inspired me to add my music and effects. A wild ride.

30 June 2014

A Report of an Emergency

Inspired by an emergency report on the television. This has been the product of many days work as I wanted to get the sound quality as good as I could, paying very careful attention to the sound balance. The sub base has been doubled to play back on a Juno 106 to make sure it is audible on smaller mobile players.

Strings come from Spitfire Loegria library, drums from my SoWeird Ableton Instrument Rack, sub bass from Sylenth and other sounds from U-He Zebra HZ

An amusing aside – just for a few minutes I was ahead of Imogen Heap who had a new piece up for 15 minutes without a ‘Like’ – I got one from Cline Roussel after 3 minutes.

Thank-you Cline Roussel – whoever you are.

Goldfrapp perform Strict Machine at Glastonbury 2014

There is a great video of Golfrapp performing Strict Machine at Glastonbury 2014

You can join Golfrapp on Facebook here

As I long time fan of Golfrapp I was really pleased to see such a fantastic performance beautifully produced and engineered. Two years ago I did a piece called ‘Tribute to Golfrapp’

26 June 2014


Turn on British television at the moment and you pretty much have two choices – football or tennis. That is, for people who have been living under a rock, the World Cup from Brazil, or Wimbledon from, well, Wimbledon.

To kick off (sorry) Wimbledon, here is a little throwaway piece I did. Hope you enjoy the atmosphere, and a particular moment in tennis history.

25 June 2014

Meet Twin Sister

This is Twin Sister, an American band from Long Island. The band formed in 2008 when the five members of Twin Sister came together to work on Vampires With Dreaming Kids. They relocated to Brooklyn where they built a small following. Their EP ‘Color Your Life’ was released on Domino Records in the UK and Infinite Best in the USA. You can find more about the band on their website here.

A bit of trivia – the lead singer, Andrea Estella replaced Leighton Meester as Carrie Bishop in the Kickstarter funded Veronica Mars Movie (2014)

I’m really excited to tell you that I have just started work on a remix of their April 2011 work ‘Meet the Frownies’. I’ll let you know how that works out sometime soon.

23 June 2014

17 June 2014

Stage work in progress – Cinderella

Once upon a time a group of British ex-pats got together and decided that it was a pity that their children were missing out on one of the great British traditions of the festive season – PANTOMIME. Out of this discussion came the decision to put on a performance and so the Secret Panto Society was born. The name was decided upon, not with any intention to keep people out or become some sort of creed but with a genuine desire to surprise and delight that first audience. This first performance took place in 1984 with a production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

At the moment I am in the early stages of working on musical ideas for the 2015 production of Cinderella. Our version will be based in Italy and much as I would love to go into all the details – that would really be giving away the plot. You’ll just have to come and see.


At this early stage my first consideration is to look at the emotional flow of the pantomime. It is important that the audience is taken on an emotional journey during the performance, where they feel uplifted, sad, happy, excited, anxious, etc. These emotions must be carefully controlled not only through the script of the pantomime but also by the use of music and and background ‘atmospherics’. Atmospherics (my name) are the background sounds ranging from low bass drones, to birdsong, to machine hums. Some of these may be subliminal but all of them will add to the production.

Emotion curve

To begin this work I read through the script and draw an emotion curve to show the emotional flow over time.

My favourite emotion curve is based on classical geometry and the Golden Ratio. You find this relationship all around in nature and in classical Greek architecture. Johann Sebastian Bach frequently employed the Golden Ratio and the Fibonacci series in his compositions. In very simplistic terms, it means that the major climaxes of his music often mark the 61.8% of the length of a composition and that unique events (such as modulations, cadences, extended harmonies, new voice entrances, or register changes) fall on the divisions of the Fibonacci (who was appropriately Italian) series.

The songs, dances and atmospherics are then chosen to fit this curve, whilst also remaining appropriate for the audience and performers. In the case of this production, as it is based in Italy, all musical choices will attempt to have Italian elements – think Gondolas, canals, carnivals, masks and all things sparkly, glitzy and twinkly.

16 June 2014

Composition templates

Working alone in your studio, unaware of what is happening in the outside world, and then being shocked when you suddenly notice it is three-o-clock in the morning. These events will be very familiar to many of you and like me you will have tried many methods to streamline your workflow. There are many articles which ask about your motivation, inspiration, drive to succeed. Do you practice your art in the right way, using the appropriate tools, during the most optimal hours of the day?

Heck, no, I don’t. My work methods leave much to be desired. So I always try to take steps to improve the situation.

OK, you probably created a template in your DAW so that when you begin a new song you are up-and-ready to go straight away – like entering a studio with all your favourite instruments around you, switched on, and ready to go. However, that may not be enough.

What I realised is that every new piece I worked on proceeded in a hap-hazard, disorganised way – I wanted to do better and at the same time try to learn from my experiences (both good and bad). To do this I created a music composition template where I could record all aspects of the song I was currently working on and keep notes of which parts gave me trouble and which parts delighted me (it could happen).

I searched around for an appropriate and simple way to control and use this template. I tried MS Word, One-Note and a host of other software tools found on-line. Finally I have settled on a method which seems quite simple. In my Evernote account I created a note with a tag called ‘song check-list template’ and every time I start a new piece I copy this template to a new note and add a tag called ‘song checklist’. This way I have a check-list for every piece I work on which can be sent by email or printed or just sits there. The beauty is that it can be found easily because the notes are saved in a separate Notebook called ‘Song project information’. Of course the notes can be searched using Evernote’s powerful search function.

Here is my template. I hope it helps you and would welcome feedback on any method you use.

I am not a true artist. I am sorry.

18 May 2014

A Well Timed Premonition

This piece approaches the ambience that I have been trying to achieve for a long time. The piece is centred on D Major at 130 Bpm. I began the piece trying to imitate some of the works of Burial especially when using short, pitch shifted vocal extracts. Somewhere, the piece drifted and developed its own feeling. The climax of the piece uses radical rhythmic patterns which contrast strongly with the peaceful underworld of the chords.

It includes some real-world ‘found sounds’ and combines them with some real ‘in-the-box’ sounds and effects.

Approaching the ambient sound-scape I was reaching for. Not there yet but stepping forward

17 May 2014


Here’s an exciting new free plugin… (well, as exciting as a “utility plugin” can be)…and it’s a big improvement over the previous Panipulator incarnation.

It’s a crazy name but this plugin just does exactly what it looks like it does; and the best part of all? It’s free!!

What will your mix sound like summed to mono? Flip a switch to find out. What if someone wires their system so that they can only hear the left channel? Flip a switch to hear what that sounds like. What if they reverse the wiring on one of their speakers? Flip a switch to find out to see how that will affect your song.

These are all common scenarios, and the last thing you want to do is find out is that your mum’s voice, that you thought was buried in the mix, pops out when played over the loudspeakers at Nordstrom.

You can download this great little plugin here, and as it is super CPU friendly place it as a default VST on your master channel.

Slick EQ

Here is another wonderful free (hard to believe because this one is so smooth) filtering/saturation plugin. It comes from Tokyo Dawn Records.

Three (and a half) filter-bands arranged in a classic Low/Mid/High semi-parametric layout offer fast and intuitive access to four distinct EQ modes, each representing a set of distinct EQ curves and behaviours. An elaborate auto gain option automatically compensates for changes of perceived loudness during EQ operation. Optionally, SlickEQ allows to exclusively process either the stereo sum or stereo difference (i.e. “stereo width”) without additional sum/difference encoding.

In order to warm up the material with additional harmonic content, SlickEQ offers a switchable EQ non-linearity and an output stage with 3 different saturation models. These options are meant to offer subtle and interesting textures, rather than obvious distortion. The effect is made to add the typical “mojo” often associated with classy audio gear.

You get to choose from four different EQ models – American, British, German or Soviet EQ. In use SlickEQ is very smooth and gives a real warmness to your sound. Absolutely recommended.

Download for free from Tokyo Dawn Records here

16 May 2014

Kepler for Carl

Inspired by the success of the Kepler project and as a nod to Carl Sagan – the man who knew everything.

The piece represents the growth of galaxies and the Kepler observation, one by one, of each star as it searches for passing shadows.

12 May 2014

Studio Views

Roland System-100M. Modular studio system back in operation. Needs a good dose of switch cleaner on all the cable connectors but is working fine

What can you identify here?

Akai MPK49 – new kid on the block.
Roland TR-808 – nothing quite matches the kick in the stomach you get from that kick drum.
Allen & Heath, Brenell Ltd. System 8 – Model 168. It has 16 inputs (Mic/Line), 8 outputs plus stereo mix and 8 track monitoring. It weighs in at a hefty 47kg. I don’t use this currently and it needs a bit of TLC (some meters stuck, back light bulbs failed and of course faders need a clean), but I may fix it up one day.

11 May 2014

More from the Studio

Today I spent some time getting some of my old equipment back into operation. Some of these have not seen the light of day for many years.

Here is the Roland JV-1080 with orchestral expansion board and below it is the wonderful Korg Wavestation SR … and wow are they sounding good.

Below them those educated ones amongst you may spot a Roland Dimension D SDD-320 which adds a very special sparkle to your sounds.

Back on line also is the Roland JX-3P – I have re-discovered all my sounds which were still carefully stored in the user banks. I will certainly be using some of these sounds very soon as they put some of the modern bass sounds very much in the shadow.

Above the JX-3P is a Roland SH-2 monophonic synth which needs a good clean but is still working well and giving some very rich sounds.

9 May 2014

Sound cards – a dilemma

The Focusrite Pro 14 is what I currently use

The Native Instruments Audio 6 is what I am considering using.
  • USB 2.0 vs. Firewire – not a problem
  • Mic pre-amps seem to be equally good
  • Both good sturdy construction
  • NI can’t easily power two powered microphones (as it’s not mains powered), but that is not a concern for me personally.
Bottom line is that the NI machine is just more sexy !
Caution – Unlike the Focusrite, the Komplete Audio 6 (and most other cards) doesn’t have a loop back feature to allow you to record sound directly from inside your computer e.g. record the sound you hear whilst playing something on YouTube. I used the Headphone output of the Komplete Audio 6 fed back to input 1/2 of the Focusrite to allow the loop-back recording.

7 May 2014


Now Iona didn’t turn out at all as I imagined – most of it came into my head during the night – and of course it never sounds quite as good the next morning.
I think it may be a bit too busy in the middle but I was quite pleased with the drums. Why the heck does it come out sounding like bagpipes though – I didn’t put any drones in there !!!!

Loving the bass – yes

4 May 2014

Bb Minor Emotion

Bb Minor Emotion has just been uploaded to Souncloud. There was some debate at the start as to whether the piece was in Eb minor or Bb minor – in the end I settled on Bb minor as the C was generally not flattened. I could (easily) be wrong about that though ! 24bit, 48kHz, 95bpm, Key of Bb minor all audio – so much went into making this piece …. I can’t begin to tell you.

I hope you enjoy the piece as much as I enjoyed writing and recording it. Below I have added a screen shot from the project which may be of interest to some readers – feel free to ask any questions.

Here is the Ableton view

Oh yeah – Its also available on Blend.io – 24bit, 48kHz, 95bpm, Key of Bb minor all audio – take it apart, use it, abuse it, have fun. The tracks are flattened so you don’t need the plug-ins.

2 May 2014

Zoom H4N

The Zoom H4n Handy Recorder is exactly that. Easy to use, superb sound quality and ready to record whatever, wherever, whenever.

It has built in microphones (variable degree directivity 90/120 degree) which sit on the top of the device, as well as two combi (XLR/Jack) inputs with phantom power (24v/48v).

Recording can be selected from four different modes: Stereo, 4CH (4 channels fed from jack inputs, or on board microphones), MTR (4 separate channels which can be overdubbed) or Stamina (power saving mode which limits quality to 44.1kHz/16bit and MP3).

Storage is on SD card but you can do a single take recording of 30 seconds without any SD card inserted.

Recording quality with Stereo WAV files is 44.1/48/96kHz 16/24bit and in MP3 from 48 to 320kbps or VBR44.1kHz

The list of possibilities is huge with one-board FX, Tuner, metronome, speed adjustment, punch in/out, bounce, etc. A fantastic addition to field recording options for pros and amateurs alike.

8 April 2014

Angel Pavement

Angel Pavement is my largest work to date with 35 individual tracks and a mass of processing effects.

It is probably termed as a glitch, sparse, minimalist piece. Please be kind … :)
Artwork is Weiyun Sydney courtesy of Jane Southan Darmanth̩ Рthanks Jane

1 April 2014

31 March 2014

Blue Horizon


Blue Horizon breaks rather a long production gap where I just don’t seem to have had much time to get stuck into any new pieces. It isn’t really a finished piece, but more of a test piece intended to get the brain cells moving again. I enjoyed the sound of the Cimbalon and decided to construct this piece around the very individual sound of that instrument.

14 March 2014

Roland Studio System 100M

The very beautiful Roland Studio System-100M

The Roland oscillators still have a crispness that gives modern synths a run for their money.
  • 112 – Dual VCO
  • 121 – Dual VCF
  • 130 – Dual VCA
  • 110 – VCO; VCF; VCA
  • 131 – Output mixer
  • 140 – Dual Envelope Generators; LFO
  • 150 – Ring Modulator; Noise Generator; S & H; LFO
  • 132 – Dual mixers; Voltage source
  • 172 – Phase Shifter; Audio Delay; Gate Delay
  • 182 – Analog Sequencer

8 March 2014

Ohm Studio

Ohm Studio is the first real-time collaborative digital audio workstation. Start a project, invite musicians and make music together.

It’s as simple as that.With Ohm Studio, you can record audio at high quality. Set up your audio interface, check the I/Os, arm your track(s), prepare your instrument and let’s go! Once recorded, your tracks are directly available on the cloud for every member of the project. A rock band can have their raw tracks recorded in no time, every member from their own place, in their own time!