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Novation’s Blog Party

Published: Mon February 11, 2008  News Feed

Novation kick off a series of high profile blogs with Bloc Party’s Gordon Moakes describing how he – and you – can get the most out of your hi-tech music making set-up…

Gordon gets to grips with nio. Easy!

“I’m anything but a sound geek – in fact I’m a sound engineer’s worst nightmare: a musician!” jokes Bloc Party’s Gordon Moakes in his new Novation blog. His experiences, however, are common to all of us and as he gets to grips with some of the latest technology to help him make music we can all learn a thing or two from him. And that’s really the point of Novation’s new blogs: to help us all make more music and to see how the high profile musicians we aspire to make their music and share their gear experiences. Gordon’s is the first of many blogs planned by Novation with others in the pipeline set to cover all sorts of production subjects like recording, synthesis, mixing and mastering – watch and learn the ropes from the stars in action!

Gordon is the bass player in Bloc Party who are very much the kings of indie rock, having scored the NME Album Of The Year with their debut album Silent Alarm and a UK number 2 and US top 20 with the follow up, 2007’s A Weekend In The City. As they begin work on their third album Moakes is keen to get to grips with some new recording technology and share his thoughts with the world, hence the new Novation blog. Moakes continues with another classic line that we can all relate to… “I’m not interested in waiting two hours while somebody connects a bundle of cables into some complicated looking units. I just want to plug in and start playing.” And he does just that with Novation’s nio 2/4.

As well as sharing some humorous thoughts on technology, Moakes then offers some practical advice for guitar players to get the most from their set-ups.

There’s plenty more on the way from Gordon and several other high profile Novation users, as Giles Orford, Focusrite and Novation’s Marketing Director comments: “We thought it would be fun and informative for our website visitors to see how our gear is used by high profile users and interact with them through our celebrity blogs – or ‘clogs’ if you like – to offer an insight into the world of some very successful musicians.”

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