Appetite For Production

Tim Cant, James Russell

Music production news, views and lolz from two industry insiders. Hot takes on the latest software and hardware, VST plugins and Kontakt libraries dissected, and all our #producerproblems laid bare.

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We're taking a break for a while, but here's a tiny episode to say goodbye for the moment. We're planning to be back, so please stay subscribed, and please follow us on some kind of social media for good measure, just in case the ties get cut.

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Oct 17

21 min 35 sec

Are music shops worth saving? Are subscription deals letting people down? Why are there no new synths to talk about? All these questions are half-answered in this slow-news episode. SHOW NOTES AND LINKS https://www.a4ppodcast.com SUPPORT US VIA PLUGIN BOUTIQUE AFFILIATE LINK https://pluginboutique.com/?a_aid=5f2b108fc97a7 BUY OUR T SHIRTS, HOODIES AND PHONE CASES Links at https://www.a4ppodcast.com SUPPORT US ON PATREON https://www.patreon.com/a4ppodcast

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Aug 1

41 min 34 sec

Music over 120bpm is getting banned, a chip emulation leads to divergent takes, Bitwig 4 comes out with some lucky new features, and we take a look at the KVR Developer Challenge 2021 entries. SHOW NOTES AND LINKS https://www.a4ppodcast.com SUPPORT US VIA PLUGIN BOUTIQUE AFFILIATE LINK https://pluginboutique.com/?a_aid=5f2b108fc97a7 BUY OUR T SHIRTS, HOODIES AND PHONE CASES Links at https://www.a4ppodcast.com SUPPORT US ON PATREON https://www.patreon.com/a4ppodcast

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Jul 20

1 hr 18 min

Loads of new instruments have arrived, and we're putting a few through their paces in this episode. Algonaut Atlas 2 is the drum skymapper that got there first; Abyss is a colourful new synth from Tracktion and Dawesome, Capsule is a new subscription instrument library; and we finallytry out Plasmonic after following its progress through development. Also featuring: a MIDI scarf! SHOW NOTES AND LINKS https://www.a4ppodcast.com SUPPORT US VIA PLUGIN BOUTIQUE AFFILIATE LINK https://pluginboutique.com/?a_aid=5f2b108fc97a7 BUY OUR T SHIRTS, HOODIES AND PHONE CASES Links at https://www.a4ppodcast.com SUPPORT US ON PATREON https://www.patreon.com/a4ppodcast

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Jul 4

55 min 3 sec

Splice just started releasing plugins and there's three of them; We report back on Lunacy Audio's CUUUBE; Tracktion have come up with a comprehensive FM synth, but what's it called? THIS EPISODE IS SPONSORED BY iZOTOPE Get 10% off at www.izotope.com/appetite SHOW NOTES AND LINKS https://www.a4ppodcast.com SUPPORT US VIA PLUGIN BOUTIQUE AFFILIATE LINK https://pluginboutique.com/?a_aid=5f2b108fc97a7 BUY OUR T SHIRTS, HOODIES AND PHONE CASES Links at https://www.a4ppodcast.com SUPPORT US ON PATREON https://www.patreon.com/a4ppodcast

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Jun 13

42 min 29 sec

A synth based on a cube, a synth based on thermodynamics, and an iLok based on the world's most annoying type of USB. Elsewhere, Tim has bought something new and James has to guess what it is; we take an intimate tour of FabFilter Timeless 3's privatest parts; and we (don't) discuss regional words for bread rolls.

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May 30

44 min 3 sec

We investigate an acid banger that won't stop rolling, the new version of FabFilter Timeless, and the little-known technology that could… transform the world of plugins forever. Oh, and Tim is a YouTuber now. SHOW NOTES AND LINKS https://www.a4ppodcast.com TIM'S YOUTUBE CHANNEL IS https://www.youtube.com/c/timcant SUPPORT US VIA PLUGIN BOUTIQUE AFFILIATE LINK https://pluginboutique.com/?a_aid=5f2b108fc97a7 BUY OUR T SHIRTS, HOODIES AND PHONE CASES Links at https://www.a4ppodcast.com SUPPORT US ON PATREON https://www.patreon.com/a4ppodcast"

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May 16

1 hr 7 min

It's a software haul as we check out two new synths, two new effects plugins, and Random Kontakt Instrument Corner makes a return. Elsewhere, we're chatting about our super-mature industry, and taking a couple of online quizzes. Tim is also a gay model now. SHOW NOTES AND LINKS https://www.a4ppodcast.com SUPPORT US VIA PLUGIN BOUTIQUE AFFILIATE LINK https://pluginboutique.com/?a_aid=5f2b108fc97a7 BUY OUR T SHIRTS, HOODIES AND PHONE CASES Links at https://www.a4ppodcast.com SUPPORT US ON PATREON https://www.patreon.com/a4ppodcast

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May 2

1 hr

My life is crumbling to pieces and so is my audio input. Some of this episode is OK, some of it is completely not OK. I can't apologize enough, please seek retribution. James. SHOW NOTES AND LINKS https://www.a4ppodcast.com

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Apr 18

44 min 12 sec

We chat about the tremendously featureful new version of Audacity, zplane's two-dimensional plugin that might help someone somewhere somehow, new news from Spectrasonics, and a wee bit more.

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Apr 4

34 min 30 sec

iZotope and Native Instruments get caught in bed together, Tim started exercising, and everyone's making web apps. We check out Google's AR Synth setup, Beatport's in-browser DJing setup, and plenty more in this episode. SHOW NOTES AND LINKS https://www.a4ppodcast.com SUPPORT US VIA PLUGIN BOUTIQUE AFFILIATE LINK https://pluginboutique.com/?a_aid=5f2b108fc97a7 BUY OUR T SHIRTS, HOODIES AND PHONE CASES Links at https://www.a4ppodcast.com SUPPORT US ON PATREON https://www.patreon.com/a4ppodcast"

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Mar 21

46 min 31 sec

We get tired of Valentine's Day sales, check out Soundcloud's new system of royalty payments, and have a look at some vibey new instruments. Elsewhere in this episode, Tim talks about his Roland Cloud saga, and we make reference to having sex with animals two separate times. The first person to find them both wins a pencil. SHOW NOTES AND LINKS www.a4ppodcast.com SUPPORT US VIA PLUGIN BOUTIQUE AFFILIATE LINK pluginboutique.com/?a_aid=5f2b108fc97a7 BUY OUR T SHIRTS, HOODIES AND PHONE CASES Links at www.a4ppodcast.com SUPPORT US ON PATREON www.patreon.com/a4ppodcast

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Mar 7

46 min 53 sec

Ableton Live 11 is wife material; LANDR's new video conferencing service for musicians actually looks kind of like an OK idea; and we begin the quest for the ultimate utility plugin. SHOW NOTES, LINKS, PATREON AND T SHIRTs at… https://www.a4ppodcast.com

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Feb 21

43 min 35 sec

Our blood is boiling thanks to subscriptions, MIDI biodata sensors and hippies as we look at Reason+, the MIDI Biodata Sonication Device, and a new Greenpeace sample pack. We also check out a new distortion plugin, discuss PRS's backtracked tariff hike, and get down to talking teeth.

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Feb 7

46 min 31 sec

Musical burnouts, musical buyouts, and musical dropouts. We're back after a few weeks off, but has it been productive? Has it balls.

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Jan 24

51 min 13 sec

Episode 79 is a Patron-only episode for adoring clam supporters only! You can donate via Patreon at www.patreon.com/a4ppodcast or via PayPal at www.a4ppodcast.com to get access to this episode. You can donate as much or as little as you like per month, starting at one single little US Dollarclam. IN THIS EPISODE – Spotify offers lower royalties in exchange for playlist exposure – Angie C plays TONTO with her miiiind – Amazon releases guitar pedals within the AmazonBasics range – Mac vs PC: the ever-spiralling argument – Brain – the 'intelligent synth' plugin by Thenatan – SM57 appreciation – ​KVR Reader's Choice Awards 2020

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Dec 2020

1 min 34 sec

Episode 78 is a Patron-only episode for adoring clam supporters only! You can donate via Patreon at www.patreon.com/a4ppodcast or via PayPal at www.a4ppodcast.com to get access to this episode. You can donate as much or as little as you like per month, starting at one single little US Dollarclam. IN THIS EPISODE – James's Slate VSX Headphones arrive – We check out the Musiversal platform for hiring session musicians for $99 a month – The Create/OS Record Deal Simulator lets you work out how much artists actually get from a record deal – How much do the seven top streaming sites actually pay per stream? – Scope Labs' Periscope is a microphone, a compressor, and a Cluedo murder weapon. – Apple's M1 Chips: a few verdicts from around the internet

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Dec 2020

1 min 8 sec

Three new instruments – Matt Tytel's Vital, AAS Chromaphone 3 and Oblivion Sound Lab Hex Drum – are under discussion this episode, as well as the chilling (and final) end to the mouse saga. THIS EPISODE IS SPONSORED BY iZOTOPE www.izotope.com/appetite Vinyl Video: https://youtu.be/xnPnZfR17KM SHOW NOTES AND LINKS www.a4ppodcast.com SUPPORT US VIA PLUGIN BOUTIQUE AFFILIATE LINK pluginboutique.com/?a_aid=5f2b108fc97a7 BUY OUR T SHIRTS, HOODIES AND PHONE CASES Links at www.a4ppodcast.com SUPPORT US ON PATREON www.patreon.com/a4ppodcast

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Nov 2020

53 min 51 sec

DAW updates turned up to 11, new Macs on the horizon, and we get visual with a sound quiz. THIS EPISODE IS SPONSORED BY iZOTOPE www.izotope.com/appetite SHOW NOTES AND LINKS www.a4ppodcast.com SUPPORT US VIA PLUGIN BOUTIQUE AFFILIATE LINK pluginboutique.com/?a_aid=5f2b108fc97a7 BUY OUR T SHIRTS, HOODIES AND PHONE CASES Links at www.a4ppodcast.com SUPPORT US ON PATREON www.patreon.com/a4ppodcast

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Nov 2020

58 min 38 sec

One free compressor, five free filters, and a wind sound generator are on-test this episode. Elsewhere, we're talking about 45 million clams, a felted piano, and Tim's battle with a horde of mice. THIS EPISODE IS SPONSORED BY DISTROKID For 30% off your first year of DistroKid membership, head to www.distrokid.com/vip/a4p SHOW NOTES AND LINKS www.a4ppodcast.com SUPPORT US VIA PLUGIN BOUTIQUE AFFILIATE LINK pluginboutique.com/?a_aid=5f2b108fc97a7 SUPPORT US ON PATREON www.patreon.com/a4ppodcast

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Nov 2020

58 min 56 sec

Episode 74 is a Patron-only episode for adoring clam supporters only! You can donate via Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/a4ppodcast or via PayPal at http://www.a4ppodcast.com to get access to this episode. You can donate as much or as little as you like per month, starting at one single little US Dollarclam. IN THIS EPISODE General update on the podcast James's 'Sort Out Your Plugins Folder' article for MusicTech ​Tim's new phone, new OS, new glasses and new nostril hair trimmer AutoTune is now available on subscription EncoreMusicians' Study: The Majority of Musicians are Considering Quitting EncoreMusicians.com, featuring harpists and more Herman Miller’s Gaming Chair (not wanking chair) and Herman Miller’s £1000 Desk ​Tim's new turntable and his quest for the ultimate Amen

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Oct 2020

55 sec

A new platform for downloading free plugins, the first Minimoog emulation ever, and a sub-only synth with more under the surface. Elsewhere in this episode, we're checking out a MIDI controller made out of joysticks, and wondering with car Steven Slate drives. Oh, and we sell T shirts now. THIS EPISODE IS SPONSORED BY iZOTOPE http://www.izotope.com/appetite BUY OUR NEW T SHIRTS Links and https://www.a4ppodcast.com SHOW NOTES AND LINKS https://www.a4ppodcast.com SUPPORT US ON PATREON https://www.patreon.com/a4ppodcast SUPPORT US VIA PLUGIN BOUTIQUE AFFILIATE LINK https://pluginboutique.com/?a_aid=5f2b108fc97a7

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Oct 2020

1 hr 1 min

Kylie Minogue's learning Logic, Tim's learning music theory, and Behringer are learning how to squeeze guitar pedals into a Eurorack format. Elsewhere, we're chatting about a new compressor with over 50 styles, UVI's creative EQ, and the possibility of a mini Prophet-5 synth. THIS EPISODE IS SPONSORED BY DISTROKID For 30% off your first year of DistroKid membership, head to www.distrokid.com/vip/a4p SHOW NOTES AND LINKS www.a4ppodcast.com SUPPORT US VIA PLUGIN BOUTIQUE AFFILIATE LINK pluginboutique.com/?a_aid=5f2b108fc97a7 SUPPORT US ON PATREON www.patreon.com/a4ppodcast

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Oct 2020

40 min 28 sec

Two new synths from Newfangled Audio, James is nonplussed about the new Maschine, iZotope RX 8 scrubs up well, and which 90s hits will be remembered for millenia to come? [Please not Chumbawumba] SHOW NOTES AND LINKS www.a4ppodcast.com SUPPORT US VIA PLUGIN BOUTIQUE AFFILIATE LINK pluginboutique.com/?a_aid=5f2b108fc97a7 SUPPORT US ON PATREON www.patreon.com/a4ppodcast

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Sep 2020

56 min 46 sec

Free plugins are streaming from every orifice this episode, but we've still got time to catch up with the biggest music software news around: Native Instruments' Komplete 13 will bring Guitar Rig 6 with it, iZotope RX 8 aims for squeaky-clean new heights, Softube have released another synth, and there's a plucky little rubber sleeve waiting for denunciation. THIS EPISODE IS SPONSORED BY DISTROKID For 30% off your first year of DistroKid membership, head to www.distrokid.com/vip/a4p SHOW NOTES AND LINKS www.a4ppodcast.com SUPPORT US VIA PLUGIN BOUTIQUE AFFILIATE LINK pluginboutique.com/?a_aid=5f2b108fc97a7 SUPPORT US ON PATREON www.patreon.com/a4ppodcast

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Sep 2020

53 min 38 sec

Episode 69 Jubilee Special! Tim and James discuss the cancelling of NAMM 2021, Vangelis and E-mu's sonic sources, a reverb plugin with balls, and new platforms for making music together. SHOW NOTES AND LINKS https://www.a4ppodcast.com SUPPORT US VIA PLUGIN BOUTIQUE AFFILIATE LINK https://pluginboutique.com/?a_aid=5f2b108fc97a7 SUPPORT US ON PATREON https://www.patreon.com/a4ppodcast

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Aug 2020

45 min 26 sec

Yet another AI unmixing program steps forward, Soundcloud offer paid auto-mastering on uploads, and meanwhile, Tim and James sit down to do a music crossword and discuss the secret to musical happiness, pre 9/11. THIS EPISODE IS SPONSORED BY DISTROKID For 30% off your first year of DistroKid membership, head to https://www.distrokid.com/vip/a4p SHOW NOTES AND LINKS https://www.a4ppodcast.com OUTRO MUSIC: Meridian, World Line https://soundcloud.com/meridiantheband/world-line-demo

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Aug 2020

1 hr 3 min

4000 genres, one free DAW, and millions of clams paid in fines. All that and more are under discussion from your two favourite cynical talking heads. SHOW NOTES AND LINKS AT https://www.a4ppodcast.com SUPPORT US ON PATREON https://www.patreon.com/a4ppodcast

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Jul 2020

54 min 50 sec

A cinematic scoring competition proves a little too low-resolution, Native Instruments' Stradivari Violin plugin proves the company isn't stuck in the past, and Studio One 5 proves that you should never put a number in a product name. What more proof could you possibly want? SHOW NOTES AND LINKS AT https://www.a4ppodcast.com PATREON BE LIKE https://www.patreon.com/a4ppodcast

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Jul 2020

1 hr 2 min

Episode 65 is a Patron-only episode for adoring clam supporters only! You can donate via Patreon at www.patreon.com/a4ppodcast or via PayPal at www.a4ppodcast.com to get access to this episode. You can donate as much or as little as you like per month, starting at one single little US Dollarclam. IN THIS EPISODE Elsa - ​Papa Please Don't Go Harry Belafonte - Banana Boat Song Tim's Computer Backup Disasters Jean-Michel Jarre plays a gig in VR Sega Game Gear Micro Tim plays Minecraft now Deleting Tracks James's week of free music work?

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Jul 2020

1 min 8 sec

Silicon-based computers threaten to slightly change the way we something; Stutter Edit is back… again; an electric piano/nylon guitar hybrid plugin; and a stereo-conscious, EQ, compressor and Saturator. OUTRO MUSIC: Michal – Stretch https://soundcloud.com/michalaudio/stretch?in=michalaudio/sets/pastiche-ep

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Jun 2020

45 min 15 sec

Melodyne 5 arrives alive, the ultimate stereo plugins, a new FM synth that you build yourself in your DAW, Softube's entry into the world of big amp sim packages, and ten minutes on ear wax. SHOW NOTES AND LINKS https://www.a4ppodcast.com SUPPORT US ON PATREON OR PAYPAL https://www.patreon.com/a4ppodcast OUTRO BY ARPZ https://4thecorerecordings.bandcamp.com

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Jun 2020

52 min 23 sec

Facebook want your basslines, Roland Cloud invent the pay-once subscription plan, and we stuff our blowholes with Spitfire Audio's whalesong plugin. Elsewhere, we chat about ambient music, and discover new effects from FabFilter and ValhallaDSP. **SHOW NOTES AND LINKS** https://www.a4ppodcast.com **PATREON** https://www.patreon.com/a4ppodcast

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May 2020

1 hr

The best vintage synth plugins, the best free synth plugins, a new piece of hardware to control them all, new stuff from Behringer, and the 50 Cent book. Wait what? OUR WEBSITE https://www.a4ppodcast.com OUR PATREON https://www.patreon.com/a4ppodcast

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May 2020

1 hr

Tim talks about "possibly the most innovative plugin I've ever seen", James is very excited to talk about peas, there's a plugin effect featuring a worm now, those clowns in congress are legislating for crate digging, the Apollo missions are slightly delayed, and Scatman is the in-joke that won't go away. SHOW NOTES AND LINKS https://www.a4ppodcast.com SUPPORT US ON PATREON? https://www.patreon.com/a4ppodcast

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May 2020

52 min 52 sec

Our intrepid zeroes discuss DOS games, a free sequenced filter plugin, online learning, PSP's InfiniStrip, and the iPhone SE. And did someone say "cliche early-noughties soundboard"??

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Apr 2020

48 min 56 sec

We're talking trackers, Ableton themes, and some shifty moves by Spotify and Soundcloud. Plugin round-ups in this episode include COVID freebies, free drum kit plugins and drum n bass plugins.

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Apr 2020

49 min 55 sec

Another new DAW cometh while we're deep underwater, we read James's spam emails, catch up with some modern synths, sniff some musical intervals, and get glamorous with some more copyright cases.

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Mar 2020

1 hr 9 min

Episode 56 is a Patron-only episode for elite clam donors only! You can donate via Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/a4ppodcast or via PayPal at https://www.a4ppodcast.com to get access to this episode. You can donate as much or as little as you like per month, starting at one single little US Dollarclam! And we'll love you forever.

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Mar 2020

1 min 8 sec

Are all melodies now free to use? Acid Pro now comes with Serum. Behringer gets personal with the Cork Sniffer concept synth. Not another MIDI wearable. SHOW NOTES AND LINKS https://www.a4ppodcast.com PATREON https://www.patreon.com/a4ppodcast PAYPAL https://www.a4ppodcast.com

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Mar 2020

41 min 58 sec

Crazy lyric generators, mouth-based orchestral ROMpling, driving while producing, and tackling the haters – Behringer-style. Elsewhere in this episode, it's EXTREME FOLLOW-UP, as we correct some mistakes and take some letters. SHOW NOTES AND LINKS http://www.a4ppodcast.com PATREON http://www.patreon.com/a4ppodcast OUTRO: Thermal, Recall https://soundcloud.com/djthermal/recall This episode was edited by Philip Sidlo. Please try not to produce while driving.

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Feb 2020

1 hr 6 min

Episode 53 is a Patron-only episode for elite clam donors only! You can donate via Patreon at www.patreon.com/a4ppodcast or via PayPal at www.a4ppodcast.com to get access to this episode. You can donate as much or as little as you like per month, starting at a single US clam-dollar. www.patreon.com/a4ppodcast

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Feb 2020

1 min 21 sec

Two new synths, two unusual effects, and one very, very, very grumpy old man guide us through this episode, which also sees us checking out Behringer's new gear marketplace and the Wonder Woman trailer. SHOW NOTES AND LINKS http://www.a4ppodcast.com PATREON: http://www.patreon.com/a4ppodcast PAYPAL: http://www.a4ppodcast.com

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Feb 2020

58 min 9 sec

A new DAW comes to town, MIDI you make with your mouth, and the horrific story of generative music made by tortured plants. In this episose, we scrape the last crusty remnants of NAMM 2020 off our flip flops the only way we know how – by taking the piss.

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Jan 2020

1 hr 6 min

Pianos that listen to you in the toilet, Audio Damage's new, healthy grain-based synth, PluginGuru's plugin-hosting plugin, and the long-awaited (by Tim) arrival of the Korg Triton plugin. See you in Ashby-de-la-Zouch. WEBSITE (and PAYPAL SUBSCRIPTION) http://www.a4ppodcast.com PATREON http://www.patreon.com/a4ppodcast

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Jan 2020

45 min 44 sec

Soundcloud makes a dingus of itself, LANDR gets inspired by a colour, Boss releases some unfortunately named headphones, and 2020's production horoscopes are revealed from the synthesis ether. Warning: this episode gets a little blue SHOW NOTES AND LINKS http://www.a4ppodcast.com PATREON IS HERE… http://www.patreon.com/a4ppodcast

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Dec 2019

49 min 11 sec

James and Tim discuss Nexus 3's sky-high price plans, debate MusicRadar's 25 best synths, munch on some clam-flavoured canes, and crap all over Amazon's misguided auto-composition technology. Elsewhere, Timmy's Workstation Corner threatens to destroy everything you hold dear about classic Korg and Roland units.

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Dec 2019

57 min 38 sec

Episode 47 is a Patreon-only episode for elite clam donors only! You can donate at http://www.patreon.com/a4ppodcast to get access to this episode. You can donate as much or as little as you like per month, starting at a single US clam-dollar. Just go to Patreon online to donate and listen, or get the app on your phone to stream and download this episode and more. http://www.patreon.com/a4ppodcast

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Dec 2019

49 sec

Tim and James discuss MIDI 2.0, start the Uli Behringer Didn't Kill Himself conspiracy, reluctantly catch up with Black Friday 2019, get juiced for another dodgy MIDI controller, and explain the art of psychoacoustic multiband neonatal white noise. SHOW NOTES AND LINKS https://www.a4ppodcast.com PATREON (new exclusive video out alongside this episode) https://www.patreon.com/a4ppodcast

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Dec 2019

51 min 42 sec

James made a plugin trailer, Deezer made a free stems isolator, and Sampleson made an emulation of something that never even existed. In this episode, we're splitting stems, creating custom vocal tracks, and adding new gods to the pantheon of Jump remixes.

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Nov 2019

50 min 46 sec