Thursday, 10 December 2009

Ampthetex's Juke Box Track Listing

Here is a list of Ampthetex's Juke Box Track Listings in no particular order;

  • Soil - Pride
  • Kosheen - Hide You
  • Slacker - Your Face (In The Mirror)
  • Freakpower - Turn On, Tune In, Cop Out
  • FSOL - Far Out Son of Lung
  • Roni Size and Reprazent - Brown Paper Bag
  • Thin Lizzy - Boys Are Back In Town
  • Cinder - Soul Creation
  • Orb - Little Pink Fluffy Clouds
  • Orbital - Satan Live
  • Chemical Brothers - Setting Sun
  • Stroke 9 - Little Black Back Pack
  • Goo Goo Dolls - Iris
  • Ozzy Osbourne - Crazy Babies
  • Iron Maiden - Can I Play with Madness
  • Oasis - Do You Know What I Mean
  • The Prodigy - Firestarter
  • Bentley Rhythm Ace - Bentley's Gonna Sort You Out
  • Incubus - Stellar
  • Ian Brown - Stellify
  • Manic Street Preachers - Suicide Is Painless
  • Breaking Benjamin - Evil Angel
  • Papa Roach - Getting Away With Murder
  • Feeder - Just A Day
  • ACDC - Back In Black
  • Disturbed - Land Of Confusion
  • Anthrax - Antisocial
  • Metallica - I Disappear
  • Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
  • Primal Scream - Movin On Up
  • The Jam - Eton Rifles

For more audio production information and advice visit; http://www.ampthetex.co.uk/

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Ampthetex's Top Techno Tracks Selection

Here is a list in no particular order of Ampthetex's top Techno Tracks selection;

  • X-101 - Sonic Destroyer (Original Mix)
  • Jeff Mills - The Bells
  • DJ Rolando - Jaguar
  • Dave Clarke - Wisdom To The Wise
  • Underground Resistance - The Seawolf
  • Joey Beltram - Game Form
  • Jeff Mills - Ride The Rhythm
  • Joey Beltram - Floaters
  • Underground Resistance - Elimination
  • Jeff Mills - Outsiders
  • Hardfloor - Acperience
  • Chemical Brothers - Loops of Fury
  • Jeff Mills - Automatic

For more audio production information and advice visit; http://www.ampthetex.co.uk/

Monday, 7 December 2009

The Audio Production Suite - ampthetex.co.uk - Credits

The Audio Production Suite - ampthetex.co.uk, would like to say a big thank you to the following companies for all the help and donations which has made http://www.ampthetex.co.uk/, the great website that it is today.

AudioSpares.com, AIPL, Blue Microphones, Sugar-Bytes, Rob Papen, 4Front Technologies, 9 Soundware, Primeloops, Abletoncourses.com, Sample Magic, SoundstoSample, FatLoud, X-mini, XLN Audio, Zenhiser, MusicLab, SFX Machine Pro, NUSofting, Trevor Magnusson, StockMusic.com, QuietPC.com, Noctua, D-16 Group, Sound-Ideas.com, Black Rhodium, HiFi-Tuning.com, MixMeister, GoldBaby Productions, Fractal-Design and Vinyl Paradise.

If you or your company can help out in anyway via small cash donations to help with domain registration, hosting, etc., to equipment donation please contact me at; ampthetex@yahoo.co.uk.

All help is much appreciated no matter how small you think it maybe.

Kindest Regards

Steven Price - ampthetex.co.uk

Friday, 27 November 2009

Cheetah MD16 /16R Drum Machine

Cheetah Marketing Company
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheetah_Marketing

Reviews
http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/1997_articles/apr97/cheetahmd16.html

EXS24/EXSP24 Sampler Instrument
http://www.logic-cafe.com/article_view.asp?id=33

Manual
http://www.cykong.com/Synths/Cheetah%20MD16RP/Cheetah-MD16R-Manual.zip

Sounds and Samples
http://www.alchemystudio.it/FreeSamples/CheetahMD16.zip

Tips and Tricks (Battery Leakage)
http://www.circuitbenders.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,377.0.html

There is a seller on eBay (http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/casey331972/), sells the Schematics, and all of the following parts, etc., In a little Spares/Repairs Kit;

1 x 834200A IC
1 x DAC312 IC
5 x 1/4"Jack Socket
1 x 62256 -10 RAM IC
2 x LM324
1 x M50734SP-10
1 x D4016C
2 x 4051 IC
1 x 74HCT139 IC
1 x 74HCT373 IC
1 x 74HCT374 IC
1 x 74HCT151 IC
3 x 74HCT74 IC
2 x 74HCT4520 IC
1 x 74HCT75 IC
1 x 74HCT00 IC
1 x 74HCT08 IC
2 x 74HCT138 IC
2 x 74HCT273 IC
1 x 74HCT238 IC
1 x 74HCT04 IC
1 x 74HCT283 IC
1 x 74HCT32 IC
1 x 74HCT157 IC

All of these items and the schematics for £13.99 Buy It Now!, and £2.50 Postage and Packaging, 100% Feedback.

This seller on eBay (http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/aaamusements/), sells Varta 3.6v Ni-Mh batteries to replace the onboard battery which is prone to leak, before you think about purchasing a machine if possible try to see the inside of the unit as the battery tends to leak and the battery acid eats into the circuit board, tracks, resistors, etc.

Once you change the battery you will need to do a Factory Reset, as the unit will be saying Cold Start everytime it is turned on.

To do a Factory Reset you must PRESS - SHIFT and YES, when it says COLDSTART. It will reset the whole unit and all the sounds, etc., and the Cold Start will then go away and you can setup all your sounds and pads again.

For more audio production information and advice visit; http://www.ampthetex.co.uk/

Thursday, 26 November 2009

The Audio Production Suite - ampthetex.co.uk, Press Release

November 25th, 2009 - The Audio Production Suite - ampthetex.co.uk, started life way back in the year 2000, where it was only a few web pages in size, and was hosted on some free webspace.

Not too long after, it was gaining lots of web exposure the website had to be moved to paid web hosting as the bandwidth on the free host was exceeded, and kept using up the monthly bandwidth allowance.

The website has since gone from strength to strength, growing in size, and quality, nearly 10 years on and the website is still going strong, with new idea's and content being added all the time.

The website has recently undergone a overhaul adding new features, such as the ability to translate the website into more than one language, from German, Chinese, Russian, etc.

A new clean layout with a dynamic menu driving navigation, making it easier to get around the website and find exactly what you want quickly and easily, without any fuss.

The website covers topics such as Microphones, Mixing Desks, DAW's, Effects, Signal Processors, and more. Featuring new additions of walkthrough video's, and audio samples.

So now you can read about a certain topic, E.g. Setting Unity Gain, Watch a walkthrough video showing exactly how you would go about doing it, and then listen to an audio sample after achieving unity gain, etc.

This in return makes it easier for the website visitor to understand each process, by being able to read, see, and actually hear what is happening.

All this great information, and resources contained on one easy to use website, which costs nothing, has no annoying pop-ups, adverts, etc.

The website is not run for money and never has been. All the webhosting and domain costs come from my own pocket. If you can make a donation to help towards the cost of the webhosting and domain charges, etc., that would be much appreciated. Thus making the future of The Audio Production Suite - ampthetex.co.uk, alot brighter and ensuring that it stays up to date with content that is relevant.

Donations can be made here; https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=9705436

Or you can contact me at; ampthetex@yahoo.co.uk


The Audio Production Suite - ampthetex.co.uk, would like to thank the following companies for their support and software donations;

AudioSpares.com, AIPL, Blue Microphones, Black Rhodium, D16 Group, Noctua, Fractal-Design, HiFi-Tuning.com, Sugar-Bytes, Rob Papen, 4Front Technologies, 9 Soundware, Primeloops, Abletoncourses.com, Sample Magic, SoundstoSample, FatLoud, X-mini, XLN Audio, Zenhiser, MusicLab, SFX Machine Pro, NUSofting, Vinyl Paradise and Trevor Magnusson, QuietPC.com.

Website Links

http://www.ampthetex.co.uk/
http://www.audiospares.com/
http://www.aipl.com/
http://www.bluemic.com/
http://www.sugar-bytes.de/
http://www.robpapen.com/
http://www.truepianos.com/
http://www.cloneensemble.com/
http://www.9soundware.com/
http://www.primeloops.com/
http://www.abletoncourses.com/
http://www.loopmasters.com/
http://www.samplemagic.com/
http://www.soundstosample.com/
http://www.fatloud.com/
http://www.zenhiser.com/
http://www.musiclab.com/
http://www.x-mini.com/
http://www.sfxmachine.com/
http://www.nusofting.liqihsynth.com/
http://www.vinylparadise.co.uk/
http://www.blackrhodium.co.uk/
http://www.hifi-tuning.com/
http://www.coolutils.com/TotalAudioConverter
http://www.fractal-design.com/
http://www.quietpc.com/
http://www.noctua.at/
http://www.sound-ideas.com/
http://www.d16.pl/
http://www.xlnaudio.com/
http://www.quparts.com/

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Signal Processors

There are 2 categories that signal processors come under.


They are as follows;

1) Complimentary Effects
These are effects such as reverb, pitch-shift, phase, delay, modulation etc.
Which complements the signal and you can actually hear it working.

2) Non-Complimentary Effects (Dynamic Signal Processor's)
These are effects such as compressor's, noise gates, filtering, expanding & ducking etc.
You cannot hear these effects working,

Though if you can hear these effects working then there is something wrong and you should sort it out immediately,

Unless you are using it as an experimental effect.

Compressor's
Compressor's are used to control the dynamic range (Quietest & Loudest Points) of a signal or volume.
It reduce's gain once a signal has exceeded the threshold level.
Anything with a ratio of up to 10:1 is compression.
Anything with a ratio of up to 20:1 is limiting.
Anything with a ratio of up to 50:1 is peak limiting.

Compressor Controls

Threshold is the start of when the compressor starts to work, It basically is the level at which the compressor comes in at.

Ratio Is the amount of compression that you want to apply to the signal.

Attack is how quick you want the compressor to respond to the signal after its past the threshold level that you selected.

Release is how quick you want the compressor to return back to its normal state after its fallen below the threshold level that has been selected.

Gain is the output control of the signal leaving the compressor,

To basically make up for any of the volume that may of been lost through compression.
Peak Limit control deals with very high transients which are fast and sharp, This is often used on drums etc.

LED Meters tell you how much compression is taking place,

When in VU Mode at the output it tells you how much level you are losing through compression.

Link allows you have a stereo image on the compression,

You need to have 2 compressors it will then basically allow the one compressor to control the other one.

Bypass button allows you to listen to the signal without compression.

Listen button allows you to listen to the signal with compression otherwise known as Normal Mode.

S/C (Side Chain) is an extra input which allows you to connect a secondary device such as a graphic equaliser.

This basically allows you to compress certain frequencies which evade the compressor.

Compressing 4K and above will reduce sibilance.

By using the side-chain and an equaliser it turns the compressor into a De-esser (Frequency Conscious Compressor).
De-esser's
A De-esser is a frequency conscious compressor,

It reduces sibilants which are caused by S words and similar words to S which has tails like SHHHH etc.

De-essing is achieved by inserting a graphic equalizer into the sidechain, Which is a secondary input on the compressor.

This allows you to boost the frequencies that are causing you the problem by being under the threshold.

These are the ones that the compressor cannot deal with.

By boosting the frequencies this allows the compressor to compress the awkward frequencies.

This technique of de-essing is used on vocals but it can be used on any other sound source's that are causing frequency problems.

Noise-Gates
A noise-gate is a device that allows a signal to pass through after a signal has exceeded the threshold.

It can be used as a complementary effect but mostly used for reducing spill and reducing noise.

Some noise-gates have a variety of different functions.

Not only is it a noise gate but it can also be an expander and ducker.

Expander
When expanding it has variable attenuation when the gate is closed

(You can choose the level you can hear coming through when the gate is closed).

This can be used as an effect to emphasize a sound, It is similar to gating but it has variable attenuation.

Ducking
When ducking it is basically the reverse of a noise-gate but it lets all the signal through and when the signal drops below the threshold it starts to attenuate (Lets all the signal pass through unaffected after it falls below the threshold).

Ducking is used on the radio e.g.. DJ talks the music drops to the background and when he stops the music rises back up again.

This Does Not Work Like A Compressor.

Noise-Gate/Expander/Ducker Controls

The threshold is the level at which the gate opens.

The attack is how quickly the gate opens after the signal has exceeded the threshold.(0.5ms-2.5sec).

The hold controls how long the gate stays open before shutting.

The decay/release is how quickly the gate closes after it has fallen below the threshold.

The attenuation/range lets you set the amount of signal that passes through the gate when it is closed.

Norm lets you listen to the affected signal.

Filter knobs let you filter away problem frequencies (LF = HPF, HF = LPF).


LED Meters

Red = Gate closed attenuation taking place.

Green = How long the gate is staying open.

Yellow = How quickly the gate is opening and closing.
The Key input (External/Internal) lets you trigger the gate with an external sound source.

(Otherwise known as Keying).

Key Listen lets you listen to the key filters.

For more audio production information and advice visit; http://www.ampthetex.co.uk/

Analogue

The Advantages Of Analogue

The disadvantages of digital are the advantages of analogue and vice versa.

1) All the tapes are compatible unlike DAT.
The Disadvantages Of Analogue
1) Tape hiss and noise.
2) Suffers from crosstalk, which is miss-alignment of the tape heads.
3) Suffers from printhrough, where the magnetism is transferred.
4) Suffers from wow and flutter.
5) Drop-ins are audible.
6) Cannot bounce to adjacent tracks.
7) Sound degrades with play, the high frequencies start to suffer first.
8) Low dynamic range.
9) Self erasure.
10) Better frequency range than digital if machine is in excellent condition.
11) Needs routine maintenance.
12) Suffers from uneven/head wear.
13) -80dB erasure, not total erasure like digital.
14) Lower total harmonic distortion, means that it is easier to distort.


How Analogue Sound Is Converted & Stored Upon Analogue Tape
The different stages of an analogue sound being recorded and stored upon analogue tape;

1) Acoustic Energy (Sound Source). E.g.. Singing and clapping.
2) Microphone (Transducer - Turns the acoustic data into an electrical current). E.g.. Microphone.
3) Processing (This lets you alter the signal so it is fit to work with). E.g.. Mixer.
4) Storage (Tape Machine) 0dB line level = 250 Nanowebbers Magnetism. E.g.. Cassette recorder.
5) Electromagnet (Record/Playback head). E.g.. Cassette recorder head.
6) Storage Medium (Analogue Tape). E.g.. Chrome cassette tape.

For more audio production information and advice visit; http://www.ampthetex.co.uk/