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Sample Magic 2015 Course Dates Announced

December 15th, 2014 | by Peter Barter

After another successful year of summer courses in association with Sample Magic, we’re proud to announce a fresh run of dates for 2015. In addition to our annual Summer School and the return of the hugely popular Production Academy, there is now also a week

Special Offer – 25% Discount on Alchemea Weekend Music Production Courses

December 4th, 2014 | by Peter Barter

Ever dreamed about learning to record, mix or master your audio with award winning engineers? Not sure what to get that special someone in your life for Christmas? Why not take advantage of this great time limited offer for Alchemea’s weekend music production courses? 25%

Is the current music industry model sustainable?

December 2nd, 2014 | by Christian Huant

As we know, since the turn of the millennium, things have dramatically changed in the music business. The internet, piracy and more generally the zero-value attributed to easily clone-able digital media, has led to a decrease in record sales. Even though digital downloads and streaming

Assistant Engineers ‘Utility Belt’ – Top 5 Items

December 1st, 2014 | by Jon Olliffe

After graduating from Alchemea around the turn of the millennia our current Head of Studio Sound, Jon Olliffe, spent 10 years refining his craft working in top studios around London before returning. Today he shares his top 5 accessories every assistant audio engineer should have…

Basic Acoustics

November 25th, 2014 | by Christian Huant

We’ve already seen what sound is, and how we perceive it. The final point to consider is how the environment affects the sound between it being generated at source and us perceiving it at its destination. Out or In? Fundamentally we have 2 situations: we

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

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