Rack Mount Mixers: ART MX225 & MX622

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Two new rack mount mixers ranging from between £159 – £189. The MX225 and the slightly more complicated MX622. Designed for relatively small venues like a church hall or a conference speech hall environment. Both are designed to be permanent in the wings members of what would be your backstage equipment.

The MX225 makes it possible for the user to mix two line-level stereo inputs into five stereo output zones (so the microphone can be heard in the speakers of into your effects pedal or wherever). Also, its front panel can allow for control over each level of each output individually, As well as 5-step LEDS for each output along with a mono switch. Its slightly bigger cousin, the MX622 has inputs for three stereo line-level signals, of mics with the capabilities to combine them (for extra £30 which seems reasonable). The mics are on balanced XLR’s (which is handy for everyone) with phantom power that can be changed over nice and simply with A DIP switch. The Phantom power supply has specifications of 15v which does mean you may have to hunt around and make sure you have a microphone that is safe to use with it.

The mixers outputs are normal jack cables and its stereo-line input are RCA phonos. The front panel displays, on both models, have level knobs in the relevant places accompanied by their clip LED’s for all mics, the three line inputs and the master out, as well as any effects you might want.

The ART mixers are a pair of nice straight forward no-nonsense and user friendly mixers that do their simple job. Some will argue thought that the decision to make them rack mounted will put some people off though. They do one job, making things loader over the mic. Although they do this superbly, should you decide you need a more versatile mixer, an its quite likely you will because it only does one job, it will take a lot of work to take it out and replace it, it just seems too much like hard work. Or maybe that’s just me.

MOG Secures More Funding For Their Music Portal and Blog Network

mogMOG, the very popular music portal and blog network, has closed a new $5 million funding round. In total MOG has now raised over $12.5 million in funding since being founded in 2005.

MOG has been having an amazing year in which included a relaunch of their homepage in April which then included music news, reviews and more. The MOG network now sees over 8 million unique visitors a month, with over 700 blogs that generate over 6,000 posts a week.

MOG is a great network of sites which getting on their homepage would mean a nice jump in actual sales. MOG is doing really well at the moment with their new strategy, but they have an unlaunched music streaming product which was previewed back in January by Techcrunch which would be an amazing addition. The music streaming product never launched because only two of the four major labels were on board. If MOG was able to get these other major labels on board then Im sure their service will grow a lot faster and be a prime target for even more investors.

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Edirol UA4FX With COSM Clearance Deal

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The Eridol USB Audio/Midi interface. Reasonably priced at £89.99, the UA4FX it come with 24 bit as standard and a 96KHZ record/playback. Built in effects a versatile amount of inputs and outputs and offers the maximum in portability. Usually priced at around the £200 mark, £88.99 is a more than reasonable price for start up solo artist interested in demo-level production and some bands at a push. The reason for the price cull is simply a clearance and we have our fingers crossed that they don’t announce an end of line sale anytime soon. Some place will offer it for around £140 if you need a delivery to the UK and parts of Europe.

As a best seller for years the Eridol UA series of interfaces has provided cheap, easy and versatile solutions in home recording for amateur musicians and aspiring enthusiasts. The Eridol UA4FX is a portable Audio interface that offers ultra fast, low latency (delay) and performance, complete with MIDI options. The Eridol comes with a limited amount of built in pedal effects which can contribute to editing your tracks and songs thanks to its USB’s and a built in tube microphone pre-amp simulator. With other accessories including the EMU xmidi USB and the larger Edirol UM-2EX adapter that includes 1 in and 2 female out MIDI posts there is some room to expand.

Other DSP features include multi-band compressor/limiter for mastering, amp-simulator and distortion/chorus/delay for guitar, center cancel, reverb, noise suppressor, and more.

Maximo Park Cancel US Tour

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Maximo Park have  announced that they are canceling their September US tour.

The news was released through the form of a scanned note written by the band. (supposedly in the US). The  bands publicist has coined the cancellations as simply ‘illness’, whilst the band have promised “We wholeheartedly apologise to everyone who was looking forward to seeing us perform, we will do everything we can to reschedule the shows. We’ve always enjoyed visiting North America in the past and are bitterly disappointed to be missing out this time. When we return, it’ll be with as much energy and passion as ever. The band are however apperaing in the UK  again mid October

The cancelled tour dates are listed below. Refunds for your tickets are available from point of purchase on the condition they are returned within two weeks.

6th September, Seattle, Bumbershoot Festival.

7th September, Vancouver, Richards on Richards.

8th September, Portland, Berbati’s Pan.

10th September, San Francisco, Grand Ballroom.

11th September, Los Angeles, Avalon.

12th September, San Diago, House Of Blues.

14th Septeber, Denver, Bluebird Theater.

16th September, Minneapolis, Fine Line Music Cafe.

17th September, Chicago, Metro.

18th September, Toronto, Lee’s Place.

20th September, Boston, Paradise Rock Club.

21st September, New York, Webster Hall.

24th September, Philadelphia, World Cafe Live.

25th September, Washington, Black Cat.

Massive Attack Split The Atom

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Massive Attack have confirmed that they will release their new EP on October 5th named ‘split the atom’.

The group have told the world that the EP will feature friends of theirs including Guy Garvey from Elbow and TV On The Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe. Massive attack will release their 5th album in February, which is intended to be a follow up to 2003’s 100th Window. Damon Albarn is also confirmed to be making a guest appearance on the new album.

Massive Attack are stringing along some dates in London toward the end of summer with, among others, three back to back dates at London’s Brixton Academy 17th,18th,19th of September.

Them Crooked Vultures Open For Arctic Monkeys?

Brixton Academy this evening (26th) will be host to The Arctic Monkeys,  Who’s support slot for the gig is  being bill boarded with a ‘very special guests’ only. Its been very strongly suggested that Them Crooked Vultures will be making their UK Debut supporting the Arctic Monkeys on their one-off launch show to help promote new album ‘Humbug’.

This is only a strongly suggested rumor though, but it does add to the already strong speculation that Them Crooked Vultures are appearing at the Reading and Leeds festival as this years secret act, with Brit-Pop veterans Echobelly as the secret support. It would make sense after all, in betting that the outfit would get the best reception in the UK , given that all three members do have enormous followings with past/current exploits in the country, and that they are doing the rounds at the moment. They have already visited Hollands Lowlands and Belgium’s Pukkelpop festivals in the past week so they are getting closer.

Whether they are or not aside, my bet is on the bands first single/album coming out this side of Christmas. ‘Nobody like me and neither do i’ is the front runner in the Crooked Vultures first single game. Check it out below. (you’ll have to be patient until around 2mins 30) However, T-shirts are already available.

Cranberries Comback Tour 2010

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The Cranberries have announced that all four original members will get together for the bands comeback tour which will start in the US later this year.

The original lineup Deloris O’Riordan, Noel Hogan, Mike Hogan and Fegal Lawler plan to kick off the tour in the North America in November and end with dates in Europe in early 2010. The band have promised to play some of their original hits mixed up with some of the leading lady’s new original solo album material. The solo album, No Baggage, was released for sale in the US yesterday (25th August). Keep eyes peeled for exact dates with ents24.com along with usefull cranberries community sites.

V-Festival 2010 Tickets Go On Sale This Week Only

For one week only tickets for the next v-festival are going on sale.

Available on sale from 9am this morning (August 25th), they will be released for the same price as this years tickets. £132.50 for a weekend pass and £152.50 for a weekend camping pass. The tickets, that are limited to four per person, will be on sale for the week or until the limited amount simply runs out.

Simon Moran, the festival director, has commented on the events “early-bird” tickets: “We really want to give the fans a chance to buy tickets for next years festival at this years prices, the customer will be first in line for next years festival and save a few quid in the process”.

RouteNote.com wants to make sure that all tickets efestival dooferbuyers go through some festival image logofestival image logosimple motions to make sure that all tickets bought are legitimate. Buying a to-good-to-be-true ticket for something so far in advance can easily go wrong. eFestival.co.uk only direct customers to the festivals own box-office or other main stream ticket agents. If your not sure that the agents your buying your tickets from are reputable then DO NOT BUY ONE, eFestival.co.uk enjoy a good reputation and are somebody decent to be involved with, if the tickets touts are not advertising a partnership with them (especially this early on) then something could be up. If your  suspicious then just wait until that years release to be on the safe side or phone the NME ticketline on08712301094 to check if their direct partners.

Collaborations On The New Album From Basement Jaxx

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Basement Jaxx are set to release their new album ‘scars’ in the UK this September 21st.

The album, which is the dance outfits fifths album will display some powerful pulling power in the form of some illustrious guests such as Yoko Ono, Yo Majesty and Lightspeed Champions Dev Hynes. The 13 track album will be released in the US on October the 6th.

In support of the new album Basement Jaxx have Released that they will be blessing fans with a quick five date whistle-stop tour of the US at venues including; San Francisco, Los Angeles, Toronto, Chicago and New York.

Tickets went on sale Saturday 22nd and tickets for all events are available form the bands website at www.basementjaxx.net