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Sunday
Jul202014

Digibeta Masters and Copies for Rage

Are you a band that is submitting a track for Rage on the ABC? 

Here's some helpful information on our DigiBeta copy service.

Fuji Digital Betacam tape

 

Sunday
Jul202014

Record Sleeves now available for 45s & 33s (Singles and Lps)

Bands and DJs have been in to record production in increasing numbers over the last year or so. So we've been hunting for great pricing on good quality record printed sleeves to complete the packages. It's taken a while but we're now happy with the quality of work that's being done for us. 

12 inch LP SleeveTo celebrate this new line we've obained some great pricing on 7 inch and 12 inch record sleeves.

Give Lyndsey a call on 08 9375 3902 to discuss your proejct or email lyndsey@procopy.com.au

 

Wednesday
Jul092014

2015 West Australian Country Music Awards - Press Release

2015 WEST AUSTRALIAN COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS 
ENTRIES ARE NOW OPEN 

Calling ALL WA Country Music Artists – please hop onto the Country Music Club of Boyup Brook’s web site www.countrymusicwa.com.au  and enter the prestigious 2015 WA Country Music Awards. Categories are Best Group, Best Male Artist, Best Female Artist, Best Independent Single, Best Independent Album, Best Video Clip, Best Songwriter, Best Emerging Artist and Best Junior Vocalist so there is something for everyone.
Entries close at 5pm on 30th September 2014, and the Finalists announced for all categories by the end of December 2014. The Winners will be revealed on the evening of Friday 13th February at the 2015 Boyup Brook Country Music Festival where the Finalists of the Best Junior Vocalist and Best Emerging New Talent will be invited to showcase their talents on the main stage, followed by performances of the Winners of the Best Group, Best Male and Best Female artists.
 
The WA Country Music Awards, which began in 1986 will be celebrating 30 years in 2015, a very significant milestone, and once again present everyone involved with the opportunity to pay recognition to these artists and celebrate their many achievements. 
For those considering entering it is worth reminding you that by doing so you have the unique opportunity to showcase your music and talents to our professional judges who herald from many states in the nation, and who are very experienced in the country music industry.
 
Please find attached an entry form. Please remember, the closing date for all entries is 30th September 2014, so start preparing your entry materials now.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind Regards,

Hannah Chambers
Administration
Boyup Brook Country Music Club
72 Abel Street, Boyup Brook WA 6244
P:
 +61 (0) 8 9765 1657
F:
 +61 (0) 8 9765 1011
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www.countrymusicwa.com.au

Tuesday
Jul082014

2014 International Songwriting Competition Judges announced

14 Record Label Presidents and CEOs Join Recording Artists To Judge The 2014 International Songwriting Competition (ISC) Sarah McLachlan, Tom Waits, American Authors, Pat Metheny, Sara Evans, Bastille, Avicii, Wayne Shorter, Casting Crowns, John Hiatt, and Many More To Select ISC Winners.

July 2, 2014 — The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) today announced its judging panel for the 2014 competition which is now accepting entries. This year, ISC has expanded on the participation of music industry executives, offering the opportunity for artists to have their music heard by the highest level of decision-makers in the music business. Judges include Presidents and CEOs from Republic, Atlantic, Warner Bros. Elektra, Columbia, Virgin, Sony Music Latin, Mercury, Wind-Up, Tommy Boy, Alligator, S-Curve, Blind Pig, and Concord Music Group.

 

Coupled with additional high-profile industry executives and a notable group of recording artists - many of whom are currently dominating the charts ISC offers the opportunity for artists to have their music heard by the most impressive and elite panel of judges yet.

 

"This year we decided to invite more record company executives in order to open up more opportunities to songwriters & artists," states Candace Avery, Founder and Director. 
"It is so difficult for up-and-coming artists to reach these elusive music executives, so this is an incredible chance for artists to have their music heard by the people who actually make career-changing decisions. We are very excited and honored that so many high-level industry professionals want to participate 
- this is truly unprecedented in any competition."ISC gives away more than $150,000 in cash and prizes 
(shared among the 68 winners) including an overall Grand Prize consisting of $25,000 (US) cash and much more in merchandise and services. 

 

Open to both amateur and professional songwriters, ISC offers 22 categories to enter, representing all genres of popular music. Past winners have included Grammy winners, chart-topping artists,
 amateur songwriters, and everyone in between, including Bastille; Gotye; Lindsey Stirling; Kimbra; The Band Perry; Andrew Bird; Passenger; Gin Wigmore; Missy Higgins; King Charles; and many more.

 

Sunday
Jul062014

Studio Monitors - are these Presonus E8s underpriced?

Like the Cd & DVD Burning software we discussed last month at ProCopy we often get asked about recommendations for studio monitors for an indie studio or by people that realise the reference speakers they have been using are just not good enough for the recording they are doing.

It's a very subjective matter so generally the answer is - find something you like, fits your budget and suits the type of recording you need to do. However recently I'd heard about some new speakers launched by Presonus called the Eris series. There's a 4.5 in, 5 inch and 8 inch version available along with an additional sub woofer. Having used an expensive pair of Genelec speakers for a number of years I was keen to see how they would perform up against my reference speakers.

Courtesy of Kerry at Kosmic in Osborne Park I was able to pick up a pair of the E8s for the weekend, quite honestly 8 inch near field monitors are about as small as I would want to go, unless space is at an absolute premium I really can't see the point of 5 or 6 inch monitors, With digital recording these days I don't think you can make the right judgements in the audio with the smaller styles, but of course it all comes down to personal choice.

Presonus Eris Speaker Range

I was in the middle of a couple of tricky restoration jobs and a mix down of some music tracks so I had a good cross section of work to assess the speakers.

I sat the Presonus E8s next to the Genelecs and was able to switch sources to either or both sets of speakers via the Monitor Station. The Genelecs & E8s are roughly the same physical size and sit easily on regular speaker stands. They're a 2 way configuration with separate Class AB amps for the speaker and tweeter. They have a soft turn on feature so you don't get that annoying or potentially damaging pop through the speakers when they are powered up. 

What was immediately obvious after some level adjustment was that they two sets of speakers were remarkably similar. - That certainly was a good start.  Connecting them to a system is easy with separate Balanced XLR, Tip Ring Sleeve or RCA connectors,

There's a variety of controls - Gain, Mid & High adjusments, Low frequency cut off for when a Sub is added to the system and the "Acoustic Space" adjustment which helps adjust for the postioning of the speakers in a room (Close to a wall for example).

Observations

Upon more detailed listening I'd say the clarity in the low mids of the Eris speakers was more defined than the Genelecs, particularly around the vocals where it was easy to hear what was going on with slight eq adjustments.  The top end was smooth, not brittle sounding or over emphasised like some smaller monitors and the low bass was clean without being "lumpy". 

When pushed fairly hard the E8s handled the bass and top end remarkably well, and still maintained a great balance in the mix. 

Overall I believe these speakers would make a stunning addition to any studio whether Pro, Demo or home based - Why? The price stuns me... Presonus have made these powered speakers with great attention to details and their usual musical knowledge and in Australia they retail for about $530.00 a pair! Quite frankly I think these speakers should be selling for a minimum of $2,000 a pair - The Genelecs I was comparing them to are considerably more than that. 

So my recommendation this month is the Presonus E8s (Click here to learn more technical infoI'd suggest sending Kerry at Kosmic Sound an email to arrange a demo at KerryP@kosmic.com.au

I'm sure you'll be as happy as I was to hear these remarkable speakers and their excellent value for money.