Apogee Quartet Audio Interface Review

This amazing audio interface will work with everything from Logic, Pro Tools, Cubase, and more.

It is built well with a die cast aluminum and steel construction. It is made to work with Macs.

It has 4 inputs and 8 outputs, 4 mic pre-amps, and Midi controls.

Two LED displays make it easy to control everything.

Another cool thing is you can connect up to 3 sets of monitors.

You can then select which set you want to listen to. It connects with USB.

I was able to use this for a session at a friends studio. I was really impressed with it. It looks very sleek too. Worth a look for sure.

It sells for around $1300 at Guitar Center, last I checked.

Here are the facts:

Build quality
Die-cast aluminum and steel construction
Scratch resistant display panel
System requirements
Computer: Intel Mac 1.5GHz or faster
Memory: 2 GB RAM minimum, 4 GB recommended
OS: 10.6.8, 10.7.4 or greater
Connection: Any available USB port on a Mac
Power: DC Power supply included
In the box
Quartet
2 meter USB Cable
Universal power supply for US, UK and EU
QuickStart Guide
Compatible Software
Quartet works with any Core Audio compatible application including Logic, GarageBand, MainStage, Final Cut, Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Digital Performer, Studio One, Cubase, Nuendo


How To Write A Music Bio (Free Template)

When sending music to deejays, program directors, labels and the press, you will need to include a short bio about yourself and/or your band.

The best advice I can give is to keep it short and to the point. One page should be more than enough.

Use standard font and avoid using slang words.

Basically, talk about who you are, what you have done and what you want to accomplish.

As you release new music you will need to revise the bio to include prior releases and anything else that may have changed.

Here is a basic outline:

(Top of page)
Name of artist or group.

(Body)
/First Paragraph/
Briefly talk about who you are and where you grew up and what inspired you to do music. (If this is a band introduce the band member sand what they do).

/Second Paragraph/
Here you will talk about what you have accomplished and any prior releases.

/Third paragraph/
Here you will talk about your latest release and what your plans are for this release.

/Bottom of page/
Here you will put your name and contact number, email and website

It is as simple as that!  Feel free to copy this on to your computer and use it as a template. 

Let me know how it goes, or if you think something is missing here, in the comments below!

Rode NT2-A Studio Microphone Review

What really makes this microphone a steal is that it comes with a shock mount, cable, dust cover and a tutorial DVD.

Besides the extras, this gem is a wonderful condenser studio microphone. It has a variable pick-up pattern, variable high-pass filter and a pad adjustment.

There are also switches on the body of the microphone where you can switch from figure 8, Omni or Cardioid pick up pattern.

It is built with a TYPE HF1 dual diaphragm capsule.

The sound is very modern yet silky smooth like old school microphones.

It retails at around $400. For more info visit Rode Microphones here.

Here are the specs:

The Australian designed and manufactured HF1 1″ edge terminated, gold sputtered, dual 5 um diaphragm capsule.
3-position variable polar pattern: Omni, Cardioid & Figure 8; all controlled on the mic.
3-position variable high-pass filter: Flat, 80 Hz or 40 Hz.
3-position variable pad: 0 dB, -5 dB or -10 dB.
Ultra low noise, transformerless SMT circuitry.
Wide dynamic range.
High strength heat-treated steel mesh head.
Durable satin nickel finish.
Internal capsule shock mounting.
Supplied complete with soft pouch and clip.
Designed and manufactured in Sydney, Australia.
SM6 Shockmount
XLR Cable
Microphone Dust Cover
Exclusive NT2-A Recording Techniques DVD w/John Merchant


Check out this great video review of this microphone:

Roland TD-15KV/TD Electronic Drum Set Review

The Roland TD-15KV is a recent announcement by Roland from the famed VDrum range.

The range itself needs no introduction and has become a firm favourite amongst digital drummers worldwide thanks to their amazing replication of acoustic playing experience but with the added features that come with digital kits.

Out of the two TD-15 models, I’ll be focusing on the more expensive and feature rich TD-15KV which aims to further improve on the already superb range with a whole list of new and exciting features.

This is then arguably the most versatile kit in the range with the ability to tackle more experience drumming styles but with the acclaimed coaching feature for beginners.

Even the most stubborn of acoustic drummers will have to sit up and appreciate just how special the TD-15KV really is.

Both TD-15 models have been subject to a serious upgrade with the introduction of the infamous SuperNATURAL sound.

This was originally designed for the upper-range Roland pianos but has been manipulated and introduced to the V-Drum range.

One of the main advantages of this is the authentic and natural correlation between the sounds when the dynamics are changed.

Partnering this technology is “Behaviour Modelling”, which gives a faster and more accurate response to the drummer’s actions.

All this results in a more authentic playing experience, something that was previously only found in the higher-range and more expensive TD-30.

You’ll be glad to hear that the Roland TD-15KV is loaded with a vast library of songs to drum along to, with the option of transferring tracks from a USB device.

This isn’t exactly groundbreaking stuff but now you can change the volume and tempo for more convenient practicing, and suit your ability and mood.

On top of this you can now loop and repeat sections for that awkward bit you can’t quite get right and with the onboard coaching feature that surpasses any I’ve ever used will help you fine-tune you’re technique and all-round drumming ability.

A new and surprising feature is the ability to connect the unit to your iPhone through Air Recorder and V-Drums Friend Jam apps through a wireless via a wireless adapter.

It was only a matter of time until we saw this and now it’s arrived, yet another bonus for iPhone owners.

So what’s the difference between the TD-15KV and the cheaper TD-15K I hear you ask? Well the answer is not that much really.

The 15K has the PDX-8 And PDX-6 pad configurations whereas the 15KV has new and updated pads.

They both share the same cymbals but the TD-15KV has an upgraded hi-hat and toms.

There is a fairly significant difference, in feel rather than tone but if you want ultimate authenticity my advice is buy an acoustic kit, simple enough.

It’s great to see that Roland have produced yet another benchmark digital kit but now at a more affordable price.

Watch this video for a great example of the authenticity of the SuperNATURAL technology.

I think it’s the perfect kit for practicing and fine-tuning at home, but I wouldn’t recommend anything more.

It is of course a great kit and I can see a lot of beginners and intermediates purchasing this as a practice kit.