Britannia Row : Studio History now online
We have been meaning to write something about this studio for a long time, but collecting the information has proven much harder than we would have imagined.
So it's very much a work in progress, and right now you will find only the years 1975-1983 covered. the studio discography has been updated too, now including another essential recording made in Britannia Row: the legendary Blue Monday, by New Order.
BritRow: studio history.
Made in Britannia Row: a selected discography with links to Amazon.
If you know anything else about this Studio and the people who worked here please contact us.
Townhouse Studio Auction
Another historic, amazing studio has closed, and all its equipment is going for sale in an online auction on May 7,8, and 9.
To watch some videos about the studio and see what we'll be missing, visit
If you are interested in the auction, go to
http://www.mjq.co.uk/ to take part and spend some silly money on vintage gear.
We managed to resist the urge to buy an iPhone for a while, but there is only so much reason and sense can do against a completely unnecessary black shiny new toy. The last straw was this video:
Yep. Apparently someone managed to write an application that allow you to use the mixer and transport controls of Pro Tools from the iPhone. Imagine being in your vocal booth, not even in the same room where Pro Tools is, and being able to adjust the mix in your headphones and start the recording! (and now ask yourself how many more recording engineers are not required anymore?).
And by the way, this is not an application supported by Apple, which means that to use it you need to hack your iPhone and void the warranty. Doubts? Just watch the video again and try to resist.
What if you don't have Pro Tools? Or need an excuse to buy some other toy?
Here are a few youtube links we have collected:
Nintendo WII controllers on Ableton Live with great results ( Drum and Bass )
For a tutorial on how to get MIDI out of a WIImote
Driving licence controls filter on Ableton Live ( yes... a driving licence )
The iPhone again, this time with Ableton Live
PSP to control Ableton Live: no videos here, but if you are interested visit
www.e-mu.org where Rob King is developing a new version of his Play Live software. nothing ready yet, but it's worth a bookmark.
Nintendo DS to use as a Kaoss Pad
Not requiring any computer, a real Korg synth in a Nintendo DS: it will be released interantionally in July, expected to cost around $50, the KORG DS10. Watch the videoand if you can't wait, learn to read japanese buy it from amazon.co.jp
And to conclude, someone controls the pitch of a Moog synth with a WIImote, to play (very badly) the theme of the original Star Trek. It doesn'g get any geekier than this.