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Marcel Down Under – Part 1 – Piano

January 20th, 2015 | by Peter Barter

At the end of 2014 Alchemea lecturer Marcel Van Limbeek escaped the bleak British winter and joined long time collaborator Tori Amos as her monitoring engineer on the Australian leg of her ‘Unrepentant Geraldines’ tour.  During this trip down under he decided to document a few [&hellip


Alchemea gets Softube Plug-ins

January 7th, 2015 | by Peter Barter

We begin 2015 with the wonderful announcement that Alchemea now has the entire suite of amazing Softube plugins installed throughout the college. Founded in 2003, Softube develops both hardware and software for the audio industry. Their plug-ins are the products of partnerships with great hardware [&hellip


2014 Albums of the year – Alchemea Staff Pick

December 30th, 2014 | by Peter Barter

Just for fun we decided to compile a list of our favourite albums of 2014 – let us know if you agree or not in the comments section below! Tony Garston The War On Drugs – Lost in the Dream. This is sublimely crafted. Listening [&hellip


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 [&hellip


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% [&hellip


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 [&hellip


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… [&hellip


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 [&hellip


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. [&hellip


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 [&hellip


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