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Alchemea graduates amongst 2015 MPG awards short lists

November 7th, 2014 | by Peter Barter

After the initial public vote and subsequent ‘whittling down’ of the potential candidates by full MPG members we’re pleased to say that the short lists for the 2015 Music Producers Guild awards have now been announced. View the full list here on the MPG website.


Understanding Mono and Stereo Audio

November 6th, 2014 | by Christian Huant

Following on from our recent blog on human hearing, mono and stereo are two fundamental concepts that are often mentioned matter-of-factly, yet many beginners struggle to grasp the difference. Let’s have a closer look at what it all means. Mono, short for monophonic (Greek meaning


From Russia with love: the making of iamthemorning’s Belighted

October 31st, 2014 | by Erica Basnicki

Every album has a story, but only a few are worth telling. Once upon a time… The making of iamthemorning’s second album, Belighted, is a special story. It starts in Saint Petersburg, Russia, where pianist Gleb Kolyadin and vocalist Marjana Semkina recorded parts of the


Alchemea Sessions 08 – Hattie Whitehead – 23

October 22nd, 2014 | by Peter Barter

Hattie Whitehead – 23 (Live) – Alchemea Sessions Hattie and her band are back with their second Alchemea sessions track ’23′ – hope you enjoy! if you missed the first one – check it out here Hattie Whitehead – Vocals & Acoustic Guitar Peter Hill


Information Dissemination

September 29th, 2014 | by Jon Olliffe

In the early days of commercially recorded music, studio techniques were passed on to the tape op either explicitly, via conversation, or implicitly by observation. This was necessary so that the tape op could, after some years, progress into the role of engineer. Methods of


Latency and Buffer Sizes

September 23rd, 2014 | by Christian Huant

How to tackle latency? You’ve probably all heard of latency, and have probably experienced it too, but many people are still confused about what it is. Latency can affect any recording into a DAW, be it audio or MIDI using virtual instrument plug-ins. It manifests itself


Alchemea Sessions 07 – Hattie Whitehead – Worse Than Me

September 8th, 2014 | by Peter Barter

Hattie Whitehead – Worse Than Me (Live) – Alchemea Sessions Hattie Whitehead was born and raised in South West London constantly surrounded by music and words. She has been singing since she can remember, taping her first album at the tender age of 3, with


The Joy Of SYSEX

August 31st, 2014 | by Christian Huant

SYSEX is one of the 8 types of MIDI messages (see my previous blog on MIDI for a bit of background), and is short for System Exclusive. This means that, instead of focusing on musical performance-related information, SYSEX transmits system messages, used for configuration purposes, for


Student Success – Rob Brinkmann

August 29th, 2014 | by Peter Barter

At Alchemea, our goal is to prepare students for a career in the professional audio industry. We don’t sugar coat how tough it is or how much work is required to succeed meaning our students will generally leave the college with the right attitude. Take


Alchemea among the sponsors of 2015 MPG Awards

August 26th, 2014 | by Peter Barter

Alchemea are pleased to announce we will be sponsoring the “Breakthrough Engineer” category at the 2015 Music Producers Guild Awards. Alchemea are committed to supporting the industry and particularly the efforts of producers, engineers and studio staff who work tirelessly behind the scenes to create


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