Sounds Expo 2004

February 15, 2004 at 4:51 pm

I visited Sounds Expo 2004 this week. It’s an excellent event for musicians, producers and engineers at the Wembley Exhibition Center, with stands and seminars by all the big players – Yamaha, Korg, Roland, Emagic, and many others.

Highlight for me was an appearance by LTJ Bukem in the 5.1 seminars room – He sharing his experiences of producing Drum ‘n’ Bass in 5.1 surround sound, and played the results, which were amazing – I’ve never heard dance music mixed specifically for surround before, and it was very eye (ear?) opening – A much richer, fuller sound, with many new possiblilites for creative mixing. I spoke with him afterwards (he had phoned me ages ago about my music, and played out a dubplate of mine for a while too) and passed on the latest Bluze/Morph & Bluze CD; Let’s hope he likes it…

I was also really pleased to be able to witness first-hand the new vocaloid virtual instruments – Launched in the UK at the exhibition; These plugins, for those of you who haven’t heard of them, are the world’s first realistic voice synthesisers – You enter the notes, words, and expressions, and the synth sings back at you, just like your own session-singer-in-a-box. I was very surprised at what I heard; the vocals were much more realistic than expected – I can easily imagine using them in my tracks; there’s quite a lot of control on emphasis, tremelo, pitch, tone etc, so lots of creative potential there – I wonder how long it’ll be before we get the first club hit with a virtual vocal from one of these; I reckon it won’t be long.

Also fun was the Future music bar; I’ve been an avid reader of the mag for years, so it was great to meet the team; gave them a demo too, and just hung out for a bit; They had a great auction for charity; a few people got some rediculous bargains on software like Live, Reaktor and Cubase SX. I held back though – I’m after a top pair of headphones for monitoring, so that I can work on my tracks during the day without bothering the others in the offices…

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