Sonos in the workplace

Sonos in the workplace

Sonos is the perfect solution for providing music in the workplace, whether you want to liven up your office or are looking to create ambience in a customer-facing environment. As the most advanced multi-room music system in the world, you have the flexibility to play the same music to all of your speakers, or different tracks to groups or individual speakers, each with their own volume controls.

Sonos is ideal for creating a quiet ambience in a restaurant area, or a louder soundtrack in a bar for example. With Sonos, you could distribute sound around a showroom, but play something entirely different in a client reception area. You could also add impact to meeting room presentations with the Playbar and Sub, all of which can be managed from a simple-to-use interface from your Mac or iOS device. Here’s a rundown of why Sonos is awesome in the workplace:

Access to every song available

Controlled from a central app, Sonos has access to more music than any other system available. You can stream from all the major services such as Apple Music, Spotify, Tune In, Google Play Music, Soundcloud, Deezer, Amazon Music, Napster and Tidal as well as locally stored music from an iTunes library or shared storage.

The Sonos app lets you create playlists that combine tracks from any of these sources to give you complete flexibility. Because you can add your own locally stored files to the playlists, you can easily add your own custom announcements into the mix. The Sonos Connect even lets you add external sources such as CD players into the mix, or even a public address microphone for announcements. Multiple users can access the app to control their own area, whether that’s via computer, smartphone or tablet, and its password protected so that your students can’t take over.

Simple to set up

Audio is streamed between the app and the speakers over your existing WiFi network meaning that installation and setup is very simple. It’s easily scalable too – you can start with just one Play series speaker and add more as your needs grow. Since every speaker is self-contained with its built in amplifier, there is no need for a separate amp rack or excessive cabling. If you have existing installed ceiling speakers, or want to use external weatherproof speaker to bring sound to an outdoor area, you can add the Sonos Connect Amp to drive these too.

Perfect sound – even in non-ideal conditions

Although the Sonos range is visually attractive, there will be plenty of situations where you’ll want to place your speakers more discreetly. Often, this would result in compromised acoustics but not with Sonos – the free Trueplay app analyses the acoustics of your room and speaker placement and adjusts the speaker response to produce a perfect response even in the most non-ideal conditions. That means you’re free to desk-mount your speakers, or place them on one of the dedicated Flexson floor stands, wall-mounts or ceiling mounts and site them wherever is least obtrusive.

If you want to experience the power of Sonos for yourself, you’re welcome to come to our Golden Square demonstration suite and immerse yourself in top-quality sound.

If you’d like to find out more about Sonos, drop us an email at sales@Jigsaw24.com or call 03332 400 888. For everything else, including the latest news, events and offers, follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24 or ‘like’ us on Facebook.

Sonos in the home

Sonos in the home

Bring your home to life with music – Sonos allows you to play what you want, where you want. As the most advanced multi-room music system in the world, Sonos gives you the flexibility to play the same music on all of your speakers, or different tracks on groups or individual speakers, each with their own volume controls.

Play one track in the kitchen while the kids listen to something totally different in their rooms (and limit their volumes to avoid annoying the neighbours!) or play the same song throughout the house. Create a full cinema experience in the lounge by combining a Playbar and Sub with a pair of Play 1s or 3s working as a 5.1 setup, and then separate them to put them back in different rooms when you have finished. The possibilities are endless, but why is Sonos so good in the home?

Access to every song available

Controlled from a central app, Sonos has access to more music than any other system available. You can stream from all the major services such as Apple Music, Spotify, Tune In, Google Play Music, Soundcloud, Deezer, Amazon Music, Napster and Tidal as well as locally stored music from an iTunes library or shared storage.

The Sonos app lets you create playlists that combine tracks from any of these sources to give you complete flexibility. Because you can add your own locally stored files to the playlists, you can easily add your own custom announcements into the mix. The Sonos Connect even lets you add external sources such as CD players into the mix, or even a public address microphone for announcements. Multiple users can access the app to control their own area, whether that’s via computer, smartphone or tablet, and its password protected so that your students can’t take over.

Simple to set up

Audio is streamed between the app and the speakers over your existing WiFi network meaning that installation and setup is very simple. It’s easily scalable too – you can start with just one Play series speaker and add more as your needs grow. Since every speaker is self-contained with its built in amplifier, there is no need for a separate amp rack or excessive cabling. If you have existing installed ceiling speakers, or want to use external weatherproof speaker to bring sound to an outdoor area, you can add the Sonos Connect Amp to drive these too.

Perfect sound – even in non-ideal conditions

Although the Sonos range is visually attractive, there will be plenty of situations where you’ll want to place your speakers more discreetly. Often, this would result in compromised acoustics but not with Sonos – the free Trueplay app analyses the acoustics of your room and speaker placement and adjusts the speaker response to produce a perfect response even in the most non-ideal conditions. That means you’re free to desk-mount your speakers, or place them on one of the dedicated Flexson floor stands, wall-mounts or ceiling mounts and site them wherever is least obtrusive.

If you want to experience the power of Sonos for yourself, you’re welcome to come to our Golden Square demonstration suite and immerse yourself in top-quality sound.

If you’d like to find out more about Sonos, drop us an email at sales@Jigsaw24.com or call 03332 400 888. For everything else, including the latest news, events and offers, follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24 or ‘like’ us on Facebook.

Sonos in production

Sonos in production

The flexibility, ease of use and straight-up sound quality of Sonos wireless media systems has made Sonos one of the most recognisable brands for audio playback. It’s now installed in millions of homes and businesses around the world, and has become so prevalent that it has almost become a standard.

Sonos is rapidly becoming the reference speaker for content producers – after all, if you wan to check what your content sounds like, it makes sense to be referencing it on the same system that your audience will be using. So, what is it that makes Sonos so good?

Exception sound quality

Sonos speakers aren’t your average speakers – they have a studio heritage. Giles Martin of Abbey Road Studios has been involved in the development of their current range of speakers after being impressed with a pair of Play:1’s. Sonos asked for his feedback, and, based on his advice, were able to further enhance the sound quality of their speakers. As a result, they are now used as a reference point in one of the most famous studios in the world.

Click here to read more about Giles Martin’s involvement with Sonos.

The ideal speaker for non ideal acoustics

Acoustically treating a room to ensure optimal sound for playback can be a very expensive process. Sonos have developed Trueplay – an app which analyses the acoustics of your room and speaker placement and adjusts the speaker response accordingly. Free to use, all you need is an iOS device and in under 10 minutes you can calibrate your speakers to produce a near-perfect response, even in the most non-ideal conditions.

Complete flexibility

Audio is streamed between the app and the speakers over your existing WiFi network, meaning that installation and setup is very simple. It’s easily scalable too – you can start with just one Play series speaker and add more as your needs grow. Use a single speaker, or add a second to make a stereo pair, then add another speaker or two to a dedicated listening room and send your finished mixes there. Why not build a 5.1 setup with more speakers and a sub, and even preview a video project on a client speaker by adding the Playbar.

Every Sonos speaker on your network becomes available as part of a scalable listening system, where all speakers can be controlled individually or grouped as you like.

Sound from any source

With Sonos, you can stream music from all the major services such as Apple Music, Spotify, Tune In, Google Play Music, Soundcloud, Deezer, Amazon Music, Napster and Tidal among others. You can also stream locally stored music from an iTunes library on your device or from shared storage.

If you have external sources you want to connect, the Sonos Connect even lets you add CD players, DVDs, tape decks or vinyl into the mix. No matter what you want to reference your sound against, Sonos puts it right under your fingertips.

Aesthetics

Lets be honest – good looks are important if you’re dealing with clients, and Sonos speakers are certainly no ugly ducklings. They integrate easily into any environment with the dedicated range of Flexion desk-mounts, floor stands, wall-mounts or ceiling mounts.

If you want to experience the power of Sonos for yourself, you’re welcome to come to our Golden Square demonstration suite and immerse yourself in top-quality sound.

If you’d like to find out more about Sonos, drop us an email at sales@Jigsaw24.com or call 03332 400 888. For everything else, including the latest news, events and offers, follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24 or ‘like’ us on Facebook.

Sonos in education

Sonos in education

Providing an AV system that can work throughout a school can be both costly and difficult to implement (even more so if you’re hoping to control volume levels independently, and play different audio in different areas). There’s lots of cabling involved, including zoning amps to control volume levels and distribution, as well as expensive touch panels and media servers.

A Sonos system streamlines AV implementation and provides you with a cost effective, easy to use and scalable system that can stream any audio to any speaker or group of speakers on the network. Obviously, we’re not encouraging you to start playing background music in classrooms (although your students might like it) but there’s always a strong demand for music in concourses, cafeterias, reception areas, galleries, sports halls, performance areas. Sonos gives you full control over sound throughout your school.

Access to every song available

Controlled from a central app, Sonos has access to more music than any other system available. You can stream from all the major services such as Apple Music, Spotify, Tune In, Google Play Music, Soundcloud, Deezer, Amazon Music, Napster and Tidal as well as locally stored music from an iTunes library or shared storage.

The Sonos app lets you create playlists that combine tracks from any of these sources to give you complete flexibility. Because you can add your own locally stored files to the playlists, you can easily add your own custom announcements into the mix. The Sonos Connect even lets you add external sources such as CD players into the mix, or even a public address microphone for announcements. Multiple users can access the app to control their own area, whether that’s via computer, smartphone or tablet, and its password protected so that your students can’t take over.

Simple to set up

Audio is streamed between the app and the speakers over your existing WiFi network meaning that installation and setup is very simple. It’s easily scalable too – you can start with just one Play series speaker and add more as your needs grow. Since every speaker is self-contained with its built in amplifier, there is no need for a separate amp rack or excessive cabling. If you have existing installed ceiling speakers, or want to use external weatherproof speaker to bring sound to an outdoor area, you can add the Sonos Connect Amp to drive these too.

Perfect sound – even in non-ideal conditions

Although the Sonos range is visually attractive, there will be plenty of situations where you’ll want to place your speakers more discreetly. Often, this would result in compromised acoustics but not with Sonos – the free Trueplay app analyses the acoustics of your room and speaker placement and adjusts the speaker response to produce a perfect response even in the most non-ideal conditions. That means you’re free to desk-mount your speakers, or place them on one of the dedicated Flexson floor stands, wall-mounts or ceiling mounts and site them wherever is least obtrusive.

If you want to experience the power of Sonos for yourself, you’re welcome to come to our Golden Square demonstration suite and immerse yourself in top-quality sound.

If you’d like to find out more about Sonos, drop us an email at sales@Jigsaw24.com or call 03332 400 888. For everything else, including the latest news, events and offers, follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24 or ‘like’ us on Facebook.

Pro audio tip: How to record decent audio for a DSLR

Pro audio tip: How to record decent audio for a DSLR

If you’re looking to record video on a DSLR or a camera like the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, you’re very quickly going to notice that, although you’re extremely well catered for in the lens and recording media departments, the majority of DSLR cameras don’t have anything like the audio connectivity that a traditional video camera offers.

There are some great on-camera mics such as the RODE VideoMic Pro but if you need multiple sources, you need to think about the workflow.

The old field mixer way

A traditional way of approaching this is with one of the many field mixers out there, which allow you to connect multiple sources and then submit this down to your camera’s audio input – usually a stereo minijack. However, this approach has a couple of pitfalls. Firstly, many of these are passive devices and don’t offer phantom power for higher quality shotgun mics. Secondly, you are limited to the audio recording capability of your camera, which is typically a compressed audio format and may have poor noise performance.

Most critically, you have no way of monitoring levels accurately – you may have adequate levels if you plug headphones into the mixer, but you can’t monitor the audio that’s actually being recorded onto the camera itself, which may be too quiet or, worse, too loud and distorting.

The better audio recorder way

A better approach is to use a separate audio recorder. A recorder such as the Tascam DR-60D (or its bigger brother, the Tascam DR-70D) attaches to the bottom of the camera via the tripod mount (and in turn provides its own mount fixtures on the base) and offers dedicated XLR inputs with phantom power, high quality converters, 24bit/96kHz uncompressed recording of up to four tracks at once, and the ability to monitor the actual audio which is being recorded.

Tascam DR-70D on Jigsaw24

As well as meaning you’ll never come back from a shoot to find you have no usable sound, these units also simultaneously pass a mixdown back to the camera, so you have a backup and a guide for easy sound alignment in post. And the best thing is, with all these additional features, they work out better value than most of the rather more inferior camera mixers available.

Sounds like a no-brainer to me…

Want to know more about Tascam’s DR-60D and DR-70D audio recorders? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email audio@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Audio on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Guide to Avid Pro Tools 2016: Pro Tools, HDX and HD Native

Guide to Avid Pro Tools 2016: Pro Tools, HDX and HD Native

Avid’s Pro Tools audio recording and editing software, now in its 26th year, is pretty much omnipresent wherever sound production is taking place, whether that’s in a band’s project studio, a commercial recording facility or post-production.

And for good reason – engineers like the intuitive interface, powerful processing and solid stability that can take on the most demanding projects. And the sheer number of users on board means that using it makes you compatible with more other studios than any other software package available, regardless of whether you’re working in a Mac or PC environment.

While opting to use Pro Tools may be a straightforward choice, deciding which system to go for can be anything but. Avid currently offer a software only version of Pro Tools and two different hardware platforms – Pro Tools HDX and Pro Tools HD Native. Which one is best for you depends entirely on what your requirements are, so we’ve tried to break it down a bit below…

Pro Tools (software only)

Go for this if… you need a flexible entry-point DAW and are only working in stereo.

Pro Tools software on Jigsaw24

The software only version of Pro Tools offers up to 96 audio tracks (@48kHz, 24 tracks at 192kHz). 32 simultaneous inputs are supported, with 128 instrument tracks, unlimited busses and 128 auxes, plus support for a single video track.

All software mixing and plugins (AAX format) are handled by the computer and you can use pretty much any audio interface you like, whether that’s a budget 2-in, 2-out or a pro level interface such as an Apogee Ensemble, RME, MOTU or the excellent DSP-laden Universal Audio Apollo range. The software-only licence of Pro Tools is stereo-only, so if you need to work in surround, you’ll want to investigate the HD systems.

Options: Available as a perpetual licence for £599 ex VAT (with a yearly support plan required after the first year to stay up to date), or a 12 month subscription licence for £199 ex VAT per year.

Pro Tools software on Jigsaw24

Pro Tools HD Native

Go for this if… you’re working with big sessions or in post-production.

Guide To Pro Tools HD Native

Pro Tools HD Native is the mid-tier platform and is fast becoming one of the more popular choices. It’s an integrated hardware and software solution that consists of an Avid HD audio interface, a core card which connects it to the host computer (either PCI or Thunderbolt) and Pro Tools HD software.

HD Native can support 64 channels of input and output, and the Pro Tools HD software can handle bigger sessions than the software-only version: up to 256 audio tracks, 512 aux tracks and 64 video tracks. Importantly for post customers, Pro Tools HD software also supports full surround mixing. All processing is still handled by the computer though, so if you are running a heavy session you’ll need a powerful computer.

Options: Various combinations of Avid HD audio interfaces and core cards are available, and we offer a wide range of systems ready bundled – click on the banner to see your options.

Pro Tools HD Native on Jigsaw24

 

Pro Tools HDX

Go for this if… you need the very best for a professional post-production customer or commercial studio.

Guide To Pro Tools HDX

Pro Tools HDX is the top tier. Like HD Native, it’s a hardware-based system, but the big difference is that the core card is loaded with hugely powerful DSP chips and these are used to run the mixer and effects plug-ins, meaning a huge session doesn’t slow your computer to a crawl. Its also scaleable – you can use multiple HDX cards in a system to increase I/O count and processing horsepower (up to 192 inputs and 768 tracks).

Because of the extra power, an HDX system can handle massive surround mixes with lots of spatial effects. It’s also the best choice if you’re recording bands where people want individual monitor mixes with realtime effects, because you don’t have to deal with the processing delays you get when the computer is handling all the number-crunching.

Options: As with HD Native, Pro Tools HDX is scaleable and we offer various systems depending on your needs, including full studio solutions with control surfaces included. See the full range by clicking the banner below.

Pro Tools HDX on Jigsaw24

Want to know more? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email audio@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Audio on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

 

 

 

Save on Genelec when you trade in your old speakers!

Save on Genelec when you trade in your old speakers!

Got some old speakers knocking about that you’d rather see the back of? Until 30th September, we’re offering a trade-in promotion whereby you can exchange your old speakers for a flashy new pair from Genelec.

The deal could see you save up to £465 on the price of new Genelec speakers, including the 8010, 8020, 8030, 8040 and 8050 models. And as long as your old speakers are in decent working nick, it doesn’t matter what brand they are, or whether they’re passive or active.

Check out the offers below for more details:

Save £117 on Genelec 8010 active studio monitor speakers (pair). Trade-in promo price: £149 ex VAT (each).

Save £100 on Genelec 8020C CPM compact 2-way active monitors (pair). Trade-in promo price: £215 ex VAT (each).

Save £165 on Genelec 8030 BPM compact 2-way active monitors (pair). Trade-in promo price: £307.50 ex VAT (each).

Save £282 on Genelec 8040 BPM active studio monitors (pair). Trade-in promo price: £499 ex VAT (each).

– Save £465 on Genelec 8050 active studio monitors (pair). Trade-in promo price: £807.50 ex VAT (each).

Want to find out more? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email audio@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow us on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

Introducing the Avid S6

Introducing the Avid S6



One of the headliners in Amsterdam was undoubtedly Avid’s new S6 control surface, the replacement for the Euphonics System 5 and the recently decommissioned ICON range. Able to control up to eight different EUCON-based DAWs at once and completely modular in design, the S6 allows you to build a powerful control surface that’s completely tailored to your workflow.

Which DAWs are supported?

Basically, anything that is EUCON-based and can be connected to the S6 via Ethernet. A fairly comprehensive list includes:

 

Where do I start?

The S6 is modular in design, so you can tailor it to fit your needs. You start out with one of two “Master Modules” – these are basically the main processors which drive the whole thing and provide the touch screen for control. You can then attach “Channel Modules” to these to add extra functionality. The larger Master Module is the S6 M40, which can support up to 41 modules and is good for 64 faders, while the smaller S6 M10 is good for up to 24 faders and a total of nine modules. The S6 M40 con control up to eight DAWs, while the S6 M10 can control up to two.

Adding custom modules to your S6

Additional modules available for the Avid S6 M40 and S6 M10

Additional modules available for the Avid S6 M40 and S6 M10

There are four Channel Modules, each of which houses controls for eight channels – a Fader Module (contains eight faders),  a Knob Module (32 rotary encoders, all with four multicoloured LEDs per channel for channel identification, and 11 function switches), a Process Module (eight rotary encoders – one per channel, 22 function select  switches per channel and an OLED display for track name/function for each channel), and finally the Display Module (M40 only) which handles things like audio metering, waveform display (though this is only available in Pro Tools), routing and more.

In terms of a normal desk, the Fader Module is your faders, the Process Module houses your controls for panning, activating sends, automation modes and inserts, the Knob Module gives you hands-on control of EQ, plug-ins and similar, and the Display Module stands in for your meter bridge. The additional Automation Module includes transport control, focus fader, shortcut (function) switches and a numeric keypad. This equates to the master section on previous consoles.

The S6 system also uses the XMON monitor controller from the previous ICON range, which lets you control speaker volumes, switch between speaker sets and audio sources and provide talkback functions.

Want to know more about customising the S6 for your studio? Call us on 03332 409 306 or email audio@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and reviews, follow us on Twitter or ‘Like’ our Facebook page.

Our guide to audio monitoring solutions

Our guide to audio monitoring solutions

Making sure you’re compliant with loudness standards has now become just as important as the quality of your output. Whatever medium you work in – from audio for post-production to broadcast TV – it’s essential you have an audio monitoring and metering solution in place. Bearing that in mind, we’ve put together this guide to monitoring hardware, software and speakers, picking out a range of products from top manufacturers like TC Electronic, Waves, DK, Yamaha and Genelec that will suit all workflows and budgets.

If you’re new to the noisy subject of acceptable loudness standards for broadcast audio, it’s now a must for broadcasters to maintain consistent volume. Essentially, watchdogs have clamped down on jumps between levels, especially on TV, which has led to the introduction of loudness level metadata (dialnorm) and an international standard for loudness measurement (ITU-R BS.1770).

Most studios will now have a solution in place to monitor loudness levels, and these can range from low-cost software plug-ins that complement your DAW to high-end external hardware. Either way, you also need to couple these with decent quality reference monitors to hear your content back. Here are the top solutions we recommend to fit in with your workflow, from outside broadcast to small studios.

Loudness monitoring hardware

TC Electronic DB6 Broadcast Loudness Monitor

TC Electronic DB6 Broadcast Loudness Processor. A TV and OB Broadcast processor that allows you to handle every aspect of loudness management, from monitoring to processing, to ensure complete compliance. Up- or down-convert to output both stereo or 5.1 streams simultaneously and deliver to any platform and any codec, be it HDTV, Mobile TV, Digital Radio or Podcast using AAC, Dolby, Ogg Vorbis, Lossless or Linear. £5995 ex VAT. Learn more.

TC Electronic TM7 Loudness Meter

TC Electronic TM7 TouchMonitor. Our most popular solution, this is a fully configurable standalone monitor, compatible with all major broadcast standards  including ITU-R BS.1770, EBU R128 and ATSC A/85. Optional Loudness Radar software lets you see how loudness varies over time, which is vital for long programme material. The TM7 is suitable for both surround and stereo material. £2735 ex VAT. Learn more.

RTW TM3 TouchMonitor Loudness Meter

RTW TM3 TouchMonitorA 4.3″ touchscreen stereo loudness audio meter which is ideal for smaller edit suites, offering loudness metering to the following standards:  EBU R128, ITU BS.1770-2/1771, ATSC A/85, and ARIB, with bar graphs and numerical readouts. A 6 channel version is also available and all models feature analogue and digital inputs. £1155 ex VAT. Learn more.

DK Technologies DK1 Master Stereo Loudness Meter

DK Technologies DK1 Master Stereo loudness meter. Simple, compact and expandable, the DK1 is about the size of a smartphone and is easily positioned to show you a realtime loudness readout, via Horizontal/Vertical Bargraph, FFT, Vectorscope, Phase correlation, StarFish, JellyFish and Horizontal/Vertical Moving Coil Emulation. The DK1 is compliant with all major loudness standards (BS1770-2. A/85, R128, ARIB and more). £929 ex VAT. Learn more.

Loudness monitoring software

Dolby Media MeterFeaturing Dialogue Intelligence technology and conforming to ITU-R BS.1770-1, the Dolby Media Meter is an ideal tool for monitoring loudness in dialogue-heavy transmissions. £599 ex VAT. Learn more.

TC Electronic LM6 Loudness Meter. The LM6 plug-in brings TC’s cutting edge Loudness Radar Meter technology to any DAW or NLE edit station, making it perfect for anyone creating output in Avid Pro Tools or Media Composer. £429 ex VAT. Learn more.

Waves WLM Loudness Meter. The WLM Loudness Meter from plug-in makers Waves provides ITU, EBU, and ATSC compliant loudness measurement and metering for broadcast, movie trailers, games and packaged media. £279 ex VAT. Learn more.

Nugen Audio LM-Correct Loudness Correction. This plug-in shows true-peak, Integrated Program Loudness and Short Term Loudness and support EBU R128, ITU B.S 1770-2 and more. £229 ex VAT. Learn more.

Monitor speakers

We offer a huge range of studio monitors from the likes of Focal, Genelec and Yamaha, so get in touch if you’re looking for something specific, but by far our best selling speaker bundles for loudness monitoring are the following. All of them are available in either stereo or surround setups.

Focal Full Surround Monitoring Bundle – £3699 ex VAT

Genelec 8030B Surround Bundle with 5.1 controller – £3139 ex VAT

Genelec 8030 Pair and Presonus Monitor Station – £899 ex VAT

Yamaha HS5 5.1 Monitoring Bundle – £1145 ex VAT

Yamaha HS5 Stereo Monitoring Bundle – £299 ex VAT

Why Jigsaw24?

We provide a whole range of solutions to give your production professional sound, from recording right through to the final edit. As an Avid HD Dealer, we can offer their full ‘One Avid’ production line-up, so you can seamlessly integrate your audio (Pro Tools) with video (Media Composer and Symphony). We also provide a range of shotgun mics, radio mics, wireless field recorders, full voiceover kits, and metering and loudness monitoring solutions – as well as consultancy, installations and preflights.

Want to know more about loudness monitoring and metering solutions? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email audio@Jigsaw24.com. You can also follow @Jigsaw24Audio on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

Apple release Logic Pro X

Apple release Logic Pro X

For the first time since Logic Pro 9 four years ago, Apple have released a major update to their professional music recording and production software for Mac, with Logic Pro X. The numeral-savvy among you may have noticed that Apple have gone with an X rather than ’10’, mirroring video-editing app Final Cut Pro’s name change to FCPX.

As with Final Cut Pro X, it looks like this time round Apple have revamped the user interface of Logic Pro X, making it a bit more intuitive and user-friendly (think a more advanced version of GarageBand). It’s not just a cosmetic change though – new tools and a broader collection of virtual instruments and effects make Logic Pro X the most advanced and feature-packed version of Apple’s DAW to date. Here are a few of the standout features we’ll be most looking forward to…

Drummer. Logic Pro X now comes with its own virtual session drum player that will play along with you in a range of styles and techniques. Apple say, of the 15 drummers from the rock, alternative, songwriter and R&B genres, “each drummer has a custom kit, delivers his or her own signature sound, and can perform over a million unique groove and fill combinations”. There’s also Drum Kit Designer for creating your own deeply sampled, realistic-sounding drum kits.

MIDI Plug-ins. Logic Pro X features a number of MIDI plug-ins that can be applied to software instrument tracks, including a chord trigger, arpeggiator, transposer, randomiser and modulator. The MIDI plug-in engine is also scriptable which opens up a whole wealth of possibilities for the ardent programmer.

Track Stacks. Helping you manage complex sessions, Track Stacks allow you to consolidate tracks together either as a simple folder or summed to an Aux bus for sub mixing

Arrangement Track. Now you can use markers in the Arrangement Track to define sections such as verse, bridge and chorus, and then easily move or delete sections from your arrangement.

Flex Pitch. The Flex Pitch plug-in means you can now fine-tune pitch when you’re tuning instruments or vocals, and manipulate melodic content in pitch and time domains. Roll over each note so the parameters show up, then you can adjust the gain of individual notes without excessive compression or time-consuming automation editing.

Logic Remote. Now you can control your Logic Pro workflow wirelessly from anywhere using iPad, and even play instruments directly on iPad using the multitouch interface.

One of the caveats of Logic Pro X is that it is now exclusively 64-bit, and compatibility with third party plug-ins is limited to those which have 64-bit versions. While Logic Pro X is backwardly compatible with sessions made using 32-bit versions, and plug-ins that are 32-bit only won’t run, tread carefully if you have a lot of older plug-ins. This might be a short term bugbear, but hopefully it will prompt developers to update their plug-ins to 64-bit sooner rather than later.

We’re going to be taking a more in-depth look at how Apple’s Logic Pro X really performs soon, but in the meantime don’t hesitate to post any comments or questions in the box below, or get in touch with one of the team…

Want to know more? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email audio@Jigsaw24.com. You can also follow @Jigsaw24Audio on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook