The faux leather on my Audio-Technica M50x headphones started cracking a few months ago and eventually small pieces of it started peeling off. I’d end up walking around with some black crap on my ears and that was more annoying than the aesthetics of the headphones themselves.

A week ago, I finally pulled the plug and ordered some replacement pads. I decided to film the process of replacing the pads in case anyone wants to see how it’s done by a fellow unskilled person ;) Here it is. Enjoy:

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Studio One 6 was released a couple of days ago. I’ve made an “expectations” Bingo card a few days before the announcement and now that I played with version 6, I can conclude that a few things from my card have materialized but most of them didn’t. At the same time there were several unexpected yet useful additions.

Here’s my video review of Studio One 6 consisting of 6 improvements I really like and also my top 6 missed opportunities in this release:

And here’s a TL;DW list:

  1. Track presets
  2. UI customization and scrollbars in inspector
  3. Instrument sidechain and overall sidechaining improvements
  4. Track/channel icons
  5. Popup faders on sends/pan
  6. Sends on FX Channels
  1. No VSTs as NoteFX
  2. No ATOM SQ/ATOM integration improvements
  3. No Impact XT improvements
  4. No smarter arranger track
  5. No scale highlighting in piano roll
  6. No public scripting API

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Studio One 5.5 added a feature that lets you convert “straight” chords into strums easily. Just select your chord and start dragging a note in it and then (and it’s important to start dragging first which is awkward, but you get used to it) press ctrl+alt (Windows) or cmd+option (Mac).

And that’s a great workflow improvement. But apparently, it doesn’t take how real guitarist strum into account. This short tip shows you how to take this feature to its natural conclusion:

TL;DW: just move the strums to end on the beat, not start.

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About a month ago I bought both ATOM SQ and the “classic” ATOM with the intent of keeping just one. I gave myself a month to get acquainted and here’s my review. I also decided to give my ATOM (the non-SQ one) away to one of you. Watch the review for details.

  • if you use Impact XT and patterns — buy it
  • if you don’t have any controllers and don’t play piano — maybe
  • if you have a decent controller with endless encoders, etc. — skip it

And if you decide to buy one, you can use one of the links below and I will get a little “kickback” while you pay nothing extra:

Thomann:

Amazon:

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Alan Mendelevich

Alan Mendelevich

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I run AdDuplex - a cross-promotion network for Windows apps. Blog at https://blog.ailon.org. Author of "Conferences for Introverts"