eCompany AudioGroup: BloWe Studio





BloWeStudios History
BloWeStudios Today
BloWeStudios Technical

BloWe Studio History.

BloWeStudios was born back in the 70's as a very simple, two-track tape recorder based mini-studio, used by the owners to get their musical inspirations taped at low budget rates. Not earning a lot of money but exploring the edges of music and sound was the main goal of the studio, located in a 3 x 2 square meters room. BloWe's used at that time analoque synthesizers like the KORG 700S, which had two tone generators and could produce inspiring sounds. In fact: this good old 700S is still used today for special effects!

In fact this little studio was the "Blo"-part, owned by Peter. There was also a "We" part at another location, run by Frans. The name "BloWe" was a glue-together of the first few characters of the family names of Peter and Frans.

Over the years many projects were run in this studio: they even ran a 16 millimeter and early portable video combined film, telling a surrealistic story about an abandonded old railway station in the northern parts of France, called Flavigny-le-Grand. This railway station is now an art galery, by the way. A band was formed with 8 musicians, using an electrical amplified violin: something very unique at that time. The band did three performances (largest crowd about 1.000 students in a smokey large basement, leaving the Dutch Swing College Band in front of an empty concerthall nextdoor) and concluded that the world was not ready for it's experiments yet.

The experiments with sound composing and registration evoluated from the two track tape-machine to a specialisation on midi-sequencing and composing by the early 80's. BloWeStudios started using Atari-based midi-sequencing at both sites, like almost everybody else did at the time, using one of the very first midi-sequencers programmed by a local musicshop. In 1984 they switched to the Macintosh and stayed on this platform ever since.

BloWeStudios worked it's way through the secrets of midi by producing many MegaBytes of absolute unique midi material, catalogued and stored in a well workin' information retrieval system. After having used several simple sequencers, in 1991 BloWeStudios switched to MOTU's Performer, the state of the midi-art at that time. In 1996, the studio switched to Steinbergs CuBase (midi only), thus being able today to tell newcoming users how to handle the secrets of this wonderfull composing tool called midi.

In 1998, BloWe switched over to Cubase VST. This software brings an unique combinbation of midi and digital audio in one environment. VST is used for the recording and composing part. Post production is done with Prosoniq's sonicWORX Studio.

BloWeStudios has one golden rule: Never Do What Every Body Else Already Did. So: the music is unique and so are the many soundbanks, that were composed over the years. At BloWe's, we have several MegaBytes of unique patches for Roland and Korg synthesizers, the brands BloWe's likes the most. And a lot more MegaBytes of unique midi compositions. BloWeStudios created an unique concept of composing and named it SoundPainting.

Though knowing it can make life much easier, BloWeStudios never jumped into the public swimming pool of General Midi standards as far as it concerns it's unique materials. By making this choice, Blowe's limited itself but also voted for setting it's own artistic standards. You will never find out soundbanks on the WWW: they remain here and do not go anywhere. Audio productions, sold by us, therefor always have unique sound.

BloWe Studio Today.

Today, BloWeStudios is a small but very well equiped midi-sequencing and digital harddisk-recording studio, still runnin' under the main goal that was set back in the 70's: exploring the edges of sound. In 1997, BloWeStudios added multimedia to it's research efforts. Over the last three years they have build a huge pile of knowledge on how to use multimedia building blocks such as design, text writing, audio production and video editing at the most effective ways.

They all did this with another important main goal in mind: everybody with artistic inspirations should be able to reproduce their thoughts on screen and audio, using relatively low-cost equipment. But: with an open mind for high artistic standards. With this goal in mind, BloWeStudios found the best solutions for artristical production on low budgets, getting professional results. It can be done, if only you know how!

To pass this information on to the rest of you, BloWeStudios started this site in february 1996. It was first called theMMAP (the Macintosh Midi and Audio Pages). Later in 1998, the site was renamed the daMac Pages (da stands for digital audio). In 2000, we renamed again to AudioMac.net, the present name. The site builders found it time to share the hugh pile of specialised knowledge with the rest of the world and exploring new edges overthere. Thanks to Simon Cavendish, the owner of Euronet*Internet, eCompany got the chance to experiment on Internet, thus opening an important chanel to the outside world. Simon understood what eCompany is up to: providing high standard information on interesting experiments with the new tools, multimedia has given the world.

In this respect, eCompany AudioGroup plays an important role as a knowledgebank of Macintosh, midi, digital audio and interactive media and as a combiner of talents as well.

BloWe Studios Technical.

BloWeStudios is equiped with the best yet affordable machinery needed for the exploitation of midi, harddisk recording and the edges of audio-artistics. Here is what they can offer you:

Synthesizers:

  • Roland D50
  • Roland D110
  • Roland U110
  • Roland JV880
  • KORG M3R

Sequencing hardware and software:

  • Performer 5 on Mac Quadra 660/AV
  • Cubase VST 3.52 and 4.0/24 VST on PowerMac 9500/200.

Harddisk-recording hardware and software:

  • Deck II v2.5.2 and 2.6.1 recording software on Macintosh Quadra 660AV and PowerMac 9500/200.
  • Cubase VST 3.52 and 4.0/24 VST and VST plugins on 9500/200 PowerMac.
  • Prosoniq soniqWORX Studio 1.0 and 1.5.1 postproduction software on PowerMac G4/500 and 9500/200.

Mixing and effects:

  • Roland BOSS BX-16 mixer
  • Alesis Microverb stereo Reverb-unit
  • Digital sound processing through realtime DSP-processing with Prosoniq soniqWORX Studio software on Macintosh G4/500 and PowerPC 9500/200
  • Audio effects processing through various software processing units from Waves and Prosoniq, runnin' as plug-ins under Deck II, soniqWORX Studio and Cubase VST 3.52 + 4.0/24.
  • Audio effects processing through various software processing units from Waves and Prosoniq, runnin' as plug-ins under Deck II, soniqWORX Studio and Cubase VST 3.52 + 4.0/24.

Distribution media:

  • Cassette
  • DAT-tape
  • Audio CD-R (RedBook), recorded with Traxdata CDR4120 Pro, using Astarte software.

Analogue demo-tape recorders:

  • TEAC V-343 cassettedeck
  • TANDBERG 10X 2-track taperecorder

Is that all there is? Yes: that's all you need to produce your own Audio-CD. Except for the final mastering and the CD-production in large amounts of course, for which you will allways need a professional studio and Audio-CD production plant. Buying that kind of equipment needs high-level investment. Unless you only want to produced a low total of CD-ROM's: this can be done on several relatevely lowcost CD-recording machines. Used with care and understanding, this relatively low-budget equipment will do the trick up to the finishing touch in a "real" studio and gives you all the tools you need to explore your imagination.

As you can see we stick mainly to Apple Macintosh. But specially in the year 2000 and 2001 we have seen a huge development of audio software on the PC platform. Though we as bom Mac users still do not trust Windows at all, some outstandig applications are too good to be ingnored. That is why in may 2000 we added a Windows corner to out website. From time to time, we invite PC audiosoftware producers to send in stuff for an online review. Only the serious stuff comes in at AudioMac.net, as readers-over-the-years will know by now. That goes for Mac but for Windows software as well. Windows wtuff only comes in when we ca say: wow, this software should run on the Mac platform as well...

Our motto remains: we want to explore with our machines, not just our machines.

You can reach BloWeStudios by email and by phone: (0)31-(0)316-265051.

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19.01.2002