Another RouteNote Testimonial

At RouteNote we are always keen to hear feedback from our clients and users. We are very proud to publish the the most recent RouteNote User Review.

It has been taken from the website of guitarist and producer Chris Bestwick who has recently uploaded and realeased his album ‘Mix A’.

Check him out, check his user review out.


Thanks again for your feedback Chris!

The Tony Maserati Collection – Waves Audio Signature Series Software plug-ins

Waves continue their domination of digital music production releasing the first product for their ‘Signature Series’, The Tony Maserati Collection.  

For the amateur producers / engineers that haven’t heard the name, Maserati is the ‘genius’ behind hundreds of hip/hop, RnB, pop chart toppers that include Britney Spears, Beyonce, MJB, David Bowie and Jay-Z. Crap tracks? Maybe. But even the most of ‘anti commerce in music’ must appreaciate the level of quality in mix and production of modern pop music. Maserati is hailed as being the principal archetect of the modern New York pop sound and widely respected as one of the worlds most clinical mixing engineers.

Maserati has worked closely with the guys at Waves Audio to front this collection of plug-ins in an attempt replicate his personal engineering, mixing and production styles.

Maserati says “I’ve been using Waves from the beginning. From dynamics and EQs to special effects, most of the tracks I’ve mixed have Waves on them. Waves did an amazing job turning my personal processing chains into custom plug-ins.” 

The Collection includes:

Maserati VX1 Vocal Enhancer 
Maserati B72 Bass Phattener 
Maserati ACG Acoustic Guitar Designer 
Maserati GTi Guitar Toner 
Maserati DRM Drum Slammer 
Maserati HMX Harmonics Generator 

Each advertised with high status names, check the waves website for specifics.

Definately worth a look for all kinds of RnB, Hip/hop producers out there and any body else who wants to create a clean, powerful sound.

The Tony Maserati Collection RRPs at around $800 US, but im sure, just like anything else you can torrent the software for free… ooops, did I say that?

The Bloody Tentacles – The Bloody Tentacles

Huge, gritty basslines, new wave and electro guitars and songwriting join up with buzzing guitar hooks in a grungey Nirvana style to back up a weird, caterwauling vocal. An album both spiky and approachable, this has got more depth to it than is at first obvious, especially in terms of production. Look forward to a second album, hopefully before too long. I bet whoever played guitar and keyboard is a wonderful person, and is an asset to his company, wherever he works, and deserves a raise.

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Mellifluous – Thoughts and Memories

Live sounding, grungy garage rock: vocal overtones that sound a bit like Kurt Cobain in his more vulnerable moments, with a wobbly Elliot Smith guitar doing the bulk of the work. Picture yourself in a rock nightclub in Seattle in the Pearl Jam/Nirvana era, and you’ll have a pretty good picture of what to expect. Put on your check shirt and ripped jeans, drink some beer and feel bad about everything before going to YouTube and watching some Beavis and Butthead. Yeah… Huhuh… Cool…

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Justin and Tomek – I Need To EP

This is pretty glorious, melodic pop. A nice heavy piano and loads of vocal harmonies back up a soaring lead vocal, tickled at by cheeky little basslines that pull the songs along, just pausing every now and then for a little Stevie Wonder minor change before bounding off again to let the guitarist romp through a few flowerbeds and chase some other guitarists round the park. There are echoes of Ryan Jones (from one of RouteNote’s other bands, The Hitchcock Rules) in the front man’s voice, or Ben Folds, to make a more widely comprehensible comparison. Buy it if you like Ben Folds Five, the Beautiful South, Phoenix, or puppies. Great production for an indie band, too.

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Triaxis – Lord of the Eastern Sky

Ah Metal: the world would be a worse place without it. Lots of people with long hair and tight black clothing with loads of studs and lace all over the place, shaking their fists and ebon locks in worship of the dark. Triaxis seem to me to be of the more operatic kind of metal, although they’ll probably balk at the comparison, the front-woman’s voice is big and clear on the sustained notes she sings in songs about thrones and flames and stuff, maintaining an easy superiority over the chunking guitars and solidly, rapidly thumping kick, and I do dearly love a song that youn can go Hunhrgh! in the middle of. Angry Welsh Metal: Brilliant.

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[Post-foetus] – The Fabric

Jangly, jarring tunes over uncomfortable electronic backgrounds somehow come together as a coherent and listenable whole, and then give way to slow, gentle guitars and violins and spoken samples. Something like Modest Mouse making an album with Boards Of Canada when they were feeling nice and relaxed one weekend round at Lemon Jelly’s house. Despite the awkward bits in this album, I somehow get the feeling that someone nearby was making a blackberry and apple crumble they were all going to enjoy once the recording session was over. Especially on this track:

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Weeksy – The Don’t Knows

A long, personal album from this folk-tinged singer song writer. Layered guitars and Bon Iver like vocal harmonies blend amongst each other in tracks like ‘Flesh and Bone’, lamenting fifths in ‘Matuit’ bring the Kinks and the Beatles to mind, in a feeling that is somewhat continued in simple, humour filled, more upbeat numbers like My Head Is A Balloon’. Gentle, interesting, and intimate.

<– Buy it on iTunes