Mar 22

Well I Neve R

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It’s not every day you get to meet a recording industry legend, but on Monday, Rupert Neve, got to meet me!

R is Legendary in recording industry circles, where his name is synonymous with the absolute best in analogue mixing console design. Chances are at least some of your music collection will have been recorded and mixed through one of his bespoke consoles. So obviously it was a great honour for R to finally come face to face with The Rebbe, at the opening of Sonic Distribution‘s new demo facilities at Canalot studios in London. Continue reading »

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Jan 02

Ableton Live 6

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MC Rebbe The Rapping Rabbi reviews Ableton Live 6 in The TechnofileEveryone’s favourite audio application is back with a brand new version and having spent some time putting it through its paces, I have to say, it rocks!

Often, when manufacturers release a new version of their software, it’s with a brand new interface, which is necessary because the old one sucked…not that the new interface is generally any better, it’s just different…and by the time you’ve finished learning how to use it…and all of its new and overly complicated functionality…the manufacturer has released a new version of the software…with a brand new interface…because the old one sucked… Continue reading »

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Dec 18
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Cakewalk Sonar 6 Producer Edition reviewed in the Technofile by MC Rebbe The Rapping RabbiIf you want to run an old school DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) package on your PC, you have a choice of three applications, Cubase, Pro Tools and Sonar. Of these, Sonar is, relatively rapping, the new kid on the blog, but don’t underestimate it…though it doesn’t have quite the same pedigree as its two main rivals, it costs half the price, offers a very similar feature set and has some unique tricks up its sleeve, that make it worthy of serious consideration. Continue reading »

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Nov 26

Audio-Visual Art + DJ Culture Edited by Michael Faulkner/D-Fuse

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MC Rebbe The Rapping Rabbi reviews D-Fuse book Audio-Visual Art + VJ Culture in The TechnofileIf you want to find your way into the VJing scene, you can either head for the next AV Social, or you can buy yourself a copy of  ‘Audio-Visual Art + DJ Culture’, edited by Michael Faulkner/D-Fuse…the world’s #12 VJs according to DJ Magazine.

Not so much a book as an visual experience, its lavishly illustrated 191 full colour pages are, quite simply, art, each one providing a unique visual window into the world of VJing. Continue reading »

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Nov 08

Zero G DJ Stakka Presents Firestorm

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MC Rebbe The Rapping Rabbi reviews Zero G's DJ Stakka Presents Firestorm in The Technofile

Whilst Koncept ‘N’ Funktion is up to the minute, Firestorm is a little more retro in its outlook.

The work of veteran rave/D ‘n’ B DJ/producer, Stakka, it consists of 950 24 bit samples, that cover Everything from D ‘n’ B, through Jungle, to the pregenitor of both, rave. Continue reading »

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Nov 08

Zero G ‘Koncept and Funktion’

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MC Rebbe the Rapping Rabbi reviews Zero G Koncept and Funktion in The Technofile

Back in the day, when Zero G were just starting out, I used to review their products regularly in my column in Mixmag…which obviously explains how they got to be so successful…well, that and the fact that they have consistently delivered the goods, at the right price…and the fact that I used to review their products regularly in Mixmag…

Since those halcyon (and Houseian) days, they have become the world’s most prolific producers and distributors of beats, break, scratches and pretty much every other sound imaginable. They have also branched out into virtual instruments, which is what ‘Koncept and Funktion’ is…sort of… Continue reading »

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Oct 08
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Cakewalk Rapture reviewed in the Technofile by MC Rebbe The Rapping RabbiRapture is the third in Cakewalk’s trilogy of soft synths (as opposed to their soft synth, trilogy) and builds on its forerunners Zeta and Dimension Pro, by combining the superior sounds of the former, with the superior programmability of the latter. Intended primarily for electronic musicians, it ships with over 500 presets aimed squarely at the dance floor…the ambient…and everything in between.

Unfortunately the copy I was sent was missing its manual. Fortunately though it has a well designed, easy to use  interface that’s very similar to the big Z and DP, so I felt immediately at home. Continue reading »

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Sep 24

ASK Video SX ED Cubase Tutorial DVDs

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Ask Video SX ED Cubase Tutorial DVDs reviewed in The Technofile by MC Rebbe The Rapping RabbiWhen I reviewed Cubase SX3, just over a year ago, I mentioned ASK Video’s SX ED tutorial series, which comprises level 1, 2 & 3 DVDs, available individually, or as a set. At the time I had been sent just the level 2 disc, which I though was “excellent” (and that’s a quote),  but was unable to comment on the rest of the series. Recently though,  I was sent the full set and so was able to set about reviewing all three discs…a task completed just in time to hear the announcement of Cubase SX4…that’s the pace of modern technology for you…or possibly irony…not that it matters as whichever version of Cubase you’re using, these DVDs are essential viewing…and that’s another quote! Continue reading »

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