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CHARLIE & DENISE: BATTLE OVER THEIR DAUGHTER! Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards’ 17-year-old daughter Sami has made shock abuse allegations against her actress mum. In a TikTok video uploaded earlier this month, the teen complained about being “trapped” at her mum’s Los Angeles home, which she labelled a “hell house”. Sami also said Denise and her husband Aaron Phypers’ household was “abusive” and left her hating herself, going days without eating or sleeping and “insanely depressed”. Now, the star’s eldest daughter has dropped out of high school and moved in with her former Two And A Half Men star dad. Sources say Denise, 50, is “devastated” by her daughter’s claims and Sami was simply rebelling against the former Bond girl, who “set normal rules that any parent would be setting”. But last year, The Real…

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Lorrae Desmond – 1929 2021 ‘There wasn’t anyone who didn’t love her’

Lorrae Desmond – 1929 2021 ‘There wasn’t anyone who didn’t love her’

Despite being frail and mostly bedridden, beloved showbiz legend Lorrae Desmond was a trouper until the end, smiling and making friends laugh as she faced her final bow at the grand age of 91. “She was a shining star right up until she took her last breath. When she slipped away on Sunday, May 23, it was with a beautiful smile on her face,” says longtime friend, actress Gael Ballantyne. “Lorrae had a tight circle of performers who she trained at Sydney’s Ensemble Theatre in the ’70s – we were like her ‘showbiz kids’. There was me, Lynne Emanuel, Gail Lee, Carolyn Richards and Marc Laurenson. All up, over 40 years of fabulous friendship. “In the last few months as Lorrae grew weaker, our Gold Coast apartment was busy with friends, former…

Royals WE’LL DO IT FOR MUM’

Royals WE’LL DO IT FOR MUM’

Much has changed since Prince William and Prince Harry supported each other while walking through the streets of London behind their mother’s coffin, following her tragic death in 1997. Once the best of friends, the brothers are barely on speaking terms following a dramatic 18 months of scandal, which has included tell-all interviews and accusations of racism and bullying. But on July 1, William, 39, and Harry, 36, will put their differences aside as they come together to honour Princess Diana on what would have been her 60th birthday. The siblings will unveil a statue dedicated to her memory on the grounds of Kensington Palace. Though the princes have started to communicate more, their reunion is expected to be extremely tense as their relationship continues to be “very strained”. The brothers aren’t…

RHONDA BURCHMORE 40 YEARS OF SHOWBIZ SECRETS!

RHONDA BURCHMORE 40 YEARS OF SHOWBIZ SECRETS!

Famous for her never-ending pins, showbiz sensation Rhonda Burchmore feels genuinely blessed to have notched up over 40 years as one of Australia’s most celebrated entertainers. “Showbiz was my destiny,” Rhonda, 61, tells New Idea when we catch up at her stunning Melbourne home. “I can remember taking my first little tap dance at 2.” In 1980, Rhonda, who shares daughter Lexie with husband of 36 years, Nikolai Jeuniewic, launched herself as a theatre star and hasn’t looked back. During her fabulous career she’s worked with the best of the best, and made lifelong friends out of TV icons, singers, Hollywood superstars and even US Presidents. Here, Rhonda opens up about the famous faces who left a mark on her colourful life. PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON “Bill was on his Australian speaking tour in 2001 and I…

EMMYS Glamour IS BACK!

EMMYS Glamour IS BACK!

Lovers of the red carpet have been on a high in recent weeks, with in-person events returning with a bang. And the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards certainly didn’t disappoint, providing all the glitz and glamour in Los Angeles on September 20. Just like when colour TV was first introduced in 1954, our screens were lit up with all the hues of the rainbow as stars made their way onto the red carpet – with bold and bright seemingly the theme of the night. Despite missing out on a Best Actress Award for her lead role in The Queen’s Gambit, Anya Taylor-Joy took home best-dressed in our eyes with a stunning Dior Haute Couture gown and cape, which the actress helped design herself. “I am beyond proud to see a design of…

New effect plug-ins

New effect plug-ins

Apogee ECS Channel Strip Do you really need a channel strip plug-in when every DAW comes with its own equalizers, dynamics processors and saturation effects? Of course, you can achieve similar results with a selection of high-quality effects plug-ins, but the big advantage of a channel strip is that it combines all the necessary signal processors in one interface and they have been carefully matched to each other. Apogee‘s ECS Channel Strip features an equalizer section and a compressor tuned by legendary engineer and producer Bob Clearmountain. The three-band equalizer is based on a classic hardware equalizer from the seventies. The high-pass filter can also be used as a sidechain filter for the compressor to avoid pumping effects. With the compressor, you can condense the input signal or compress it effectively in just…

How to Keep Your HEART YOUNG

How to Keep Your HEART YOUNG

Given our current health crisis, it’s easy to forget that COVID-19 is not the leading cause of death. That distinction belongs to heart disease, which takes an estimated 17.9 million lives globally each year. Research shows that COVID-19 may harm the heart by hindering the flow of oxygen or initiating a potentially damaging immune response. Clearly, it is more important than ever to take control of your cardiovascular health regardless of your age: as many as ten per cent of all heart attacks strike people younger than 45. These following 22 facts are a perfect place to start your heart-health education. 1 Get screened early Roughly one in five people with high blood pressure don’t know it. “Your blood pressure can be high without showing any symptoms – that’s why it’s known as…

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FRIENDS WARN RENEE: SLOW DOWN! Renee Zellweger is in love and doesn’t care who knows about it! The 53-year-old Bridget Jones star was spotted enjoying a lazy Friday morning on the balcony of TV presenter Ant Anstead’s home in Laguna Beach last week, confirming her friends’ worst fears. “She’s been coy about ‘some guy’ she’s been dating for a few weeks now and now we know why,” says a friend. “Ant has a reputation in Hollywood for being something of a ladies’ man so everyone’s hoping she doesn’t get too serious with him.” It may already be too late as the actress was spotted holding Ant’s toddler son Hudson’s hand recently. The British Wheeler Dealers host, 42, has three children – Amelie and Archie from his first wife Louise, and 20-month-old Hudson with…

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BLACK MAGIC

BLACK MAGIC

Beyond the imposing facade of this home in an exclusive Melbourne suburb lies a moody monolith of epic proportions. Dramatic from the moment of entry with a full-width 2.85-metre pivoting front door that reaches nearly 3.5 metres high, it’s a house rich with deep, dark accents: black Japan-stained American oak, charred timber, honed granite and Nero Marquina slabs. The monochrome palette is a trademark for architects ADDARC, which designed the home for Jack Merlo, who runs a landscape architecture business, his husband Ricardo and their young twins. The couple approached ADDARC directors Tamara Dunkley and Rohan Appel with somewhat of a strategic brief: to design a property suited to their current lifestyle but also one planned with foresight for the possibility of on-selling later. “The brief placed emphasis on a strong…

AT HER SUN-SOAKED HOME IN THE BAHAMAS INDIA HICKS THE DESIGNER AND WRITER ON THE FINE ART OF ENTERTAINING — AND HOW NEW RULES NOW APPLY

AT HER SUN-SOAKED HOME IN THE BAHAMAS INDIA HICKS THE DESIGNER AND WRITER ON THE FINE ART OF ENTERTAINING — AND HOW NEW RULES NOW APPLY

‘Every one of us is reacting differently to the new world order’ Few families in Britain are as well connected as India Hicks’s, as viewers saw recently during the ITV documentary My Years with the Queen, in which she chatted with her mother Lady Pamela, the Queen’s cousin, about her long and close friendship with Her Majesty. India, who has lived in the Bahamas for the past 25 years, also celebrated her own royal moment in the spotlight when she was a bridesmaid at the wedding of the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer in 1981 – the same role her mother performed 34 years earlier, when the then Princess Elizabeth married Prince Philip. These days the interior designer, writer and former model is also renowned for her social gatherings on Harbour…

Training and advanced training online

Sinee The six-month online courses electronic music production from Sinee are designed with a strong focus on the DAW Ableton Live and electronic club music, especially techno. The courses are all in German and can be canceled on a monthly basis. Experienced club music and scene experts accompany the participants through the courses as lecturers. The content includes the tricks of beat production, sound design and synthesizers. Building on this, audio technology, mastering and remixing are dealt with. Another course includes composition. The time allocation and learning speed of the course participants can be determined individually. In addition to the self-control of the exercises, personal video feedback can be booked. Finally, after completing a thesis, there is a Sinee certificate. Big discounts on selected software are also offered. For as little…

Training and advanced training online
Review: MOTU UltraLite mk5

Review: MOTU UltraLite mk5

The UltraLite series has a good 15 years under its belt; a long time for an audio interface, considering the rapid advancement of technology, especially in the computer sector. Now Motu presents the fifth generation of the all-in-one solution, which can also be used autonomously without a computer, thanks to DSP, and is equipped for almost all application scenarios with two high-quality microphone preamps and a variety of analog and digital inputs and outputs. Overview Externally, the only tweaks have been to the details. The technology of the Ultra-Lite is still in a robust metal case, but the corners have been replaced by rounded rings. With dimensions of 22 x 17.5 4.5 cm and a weight of a solid 1.3 kg, the interface is primarily designed for desktop installation. Rack brackets are…

holiday feeling

The ideal holiday house is the perfect confluence of several factors. It’s in a beautiful location, it’s fairly easy to maintain, and it has space for family and friends when they stay over. Most importantly though, it has a feeling of retreat that invites rest and relaxation. For homeowners Hannah and Chris Crook and their three sons, that’s exactly what this striking property in the bucolic coastal village of Flinders has become. A 90-minute drive from Melbourne, the new build began life as what was intended to be a holiday home. “It was our initial plan to use this place as our weekender,” explains Hannah. “Increasingly, especially given the current climate, we spend the bulk of our time here.” The home’s story, however, begins with the building company, Montique Construction, which set…

holiday feeling

THE END OF ELLEN

Her funny persona and “Be kind” philosophy has attracted hundreds of A-list celebrities to join her on stage. But after a scandalfilled year, where she faced allegations of being out of touch and overseeing a toxic workplace culture, Ellen DeGeneres has decided to pull the plug on her oncepopular daytime talk show. The comedian, 63, announced on May 12 the 19th season of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which will run into early 2022, will be its last. Despite the problems that have plagued the star for the past 14 months, DeGeneres insisted they weren’t the reason she was stepping down. “When you’re a creative person, you constantly need to be challenged — and as great as this show is, and as fun as it is, it’s just not a challenge anymore,” DeGeneres…

THE END OF ELLEN

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INSPIRED CHOICES My Country Style always arrives on a day I need it most – it reminds me to sit in peace, drink a hot cup of tea and devour all the delights the magazine has to offer. As an avid op-shopper, I’m always prowling the pages for cost-effective ways to use odd bits to make our house into a home. As I close the last page, I feel content. My creative cup is full and I can return to the chaos of life, knowing that next month’s issue will bring me the same joy. Thank you. Brianna Jones, Port Franklin, Vic COUNTRY IN THE CITY We recently bought a bespoke home with country charm in metropolitan Melbourne, and with it came the gift of a Country Style subscription from my daughter. While our home may…

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GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY

Brisbane architect Harry Poulos and his wife Georgia adore the beach. Queensland born and raised, they both grew up holidaying by the ocean and share a love of salty air, sand between the toes and horizons of blue-on-blue. They’ve always enjoyed family getaways on the Gold Coast and had often fantasised about owning a holiday home on that famous stretch of golden sand. A couple of years ago they began casually casting around for a place where they could create an escape for themselves, their daughters Lauren, 21, and Demi, 18, and the family pooch Winston (Winnie), a tan-coloured groodle. Property sales are rare along the waterfront strip, so when a 1950s cottage came on the market last year, they snapped it up. “Everyone else who saw it, wanted to knock it…

GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY

WILLIAM & HARRY REUNITED AT LAST!

As Prince Harry last week raced against the clock to get home from California to his mourning family – all while making sure his pregnant wife would be OK without him – he largely left the logistics at the other end of his flight to organisers back in Britain. But the impending reunion with his estranged brother Prince William, after more than a year, was no doubt at the front of his mind. SURPRISE VISIT And as his British Airways flight touched down at Heathrow on Sunday, April 11 – just making the deadline to be able to quarantine for five days before the Duke of Edinburgh’s April 17 funeral – a waiting blacked-out Land Rover was there ready to whisk Harry on to the 15-minute drive to Frogmore Cottage, in the grounds…

WILLIAM & HARRY REUNITED AT LAST!

ONE IN A MILLION ‘MY DAUGHTER’S HEART IS INSIDE OUT!’

At first glance, 11-year-old Virsaviya Borun-Goncharova looks just like any other energetic pre-teen. She loves to sing and play with her little brother, Ervin. But behind her love of life and vibrant smile, Virsaviya is living with a rare condition that affects just one in a million. Diagnosed at birth with an extremely rare disorder called Pentalogy of Cantrell, Virsaviya’s rib cage and abdominal muscles did not form properly when she was in the womb, which led to her heart developing at the surface of the skin outside of her chest. Virsaviya was also found to suffer from a hole in her heart, which means she struggles when her oxygen levels drop and she gets light-headed and dizzy. She has to be incredibly careful to avoid any type of contact with her…

ONE IN A MILLION ‘MY DAUGHTER’S HEART IS INSIDE OUT!’

CHARACTER BUILDING

Bringing an older property into the modern era takes masses of patience and a steadfast vision. For heritage-home lover Fleur, the intricacies of the renovation process are always worth the character-filled outcome. The home she shares with her husband Phil and their three children, Grace, 11, and six-year-old twins Max and Maddie, is her fourth renovation project. The five-bedroom Victorian home in Sydney’s Mosman has been given a fresh start, with a polished original exterior and a historically minded modern interior. “I used to call it ‘The Cream Shack’ because everything inside and outside was cream,” says Fleur. When the couple first viewed the property in 2013, the potential shimmered through those beige layers and decades of unceremonious updates. “Phil liked the size and tall ceilings, and I liked the style…

CHARACTER BUILDING
SOFTWARE HIGHLIGHTS

SOFTWARE HIGHLIGHTS

16-track DAW with 23 synths & FX Avid Pro Tools | First In recent versions, Avid‘s DAW has transformed from an exclusive tool for professional studios to a DAW that is as powerful as it is beginner-friendly. In addition to its 23 compressors & EQs, 16 tracks and the unprecedented range of creative sampling and time-stretching tools, Pro Tools | First even offers two amazing extras: the Xpand!2 workstation from AIR Music and UVI‘s PlugSound Library. By the way, syncing with other DAWs is no problem using ReWire. Download: www.bit.ly/BeatDL187 | License: www.bit.ly/BeatPTFirst win | mac Rocks! Fully modular amp modeling giant Overloud TH-U Beat With TH-U Beat, Overloud has created an exclusive version of the modular studio for guitar and bass sounds for Beat readers. The plug-in comes up with excellent sounding amps and matching cabinets,…

Ben & J.Lo MOVING FAST

Barely a month has gone by since Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck found their way back to each other, 17 years after they broke off their engagement. They’re not letting love get away from them this time around either! According to insiders, the reunited couple are going full speed ahead after reconnecting in the wake of Lopez’s split with Alex Rodriguez in mid-April. “As soon as Ben and Jen started talking, it became obvious their connection was as strong as ever,” a source told Us Weekly. “When they eventually met up, all bets were off.” Having already enjoyed a romantic vacation in Montana in early May and a mini-break together in South Florida two weeks later – where they were spotted kissing during a gym date – Affleck, 48, and Lopez, 51,…

Ben & J.Lo MOVING FAST

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@chefmattmoran IT HAD JUST SNOWED at Matt Moran’s farm in regional New South Wales when delicious. chatted to the chef. “It’s the earliest it’s snowed for who knows how long,” he said. “And as soon as we have that first proper cold snap, I go into soup mode.” Comforting, hearty, healthy – “soup mode” is essential once winter hits. “Plus, the great thing about soups is you can use up vegetables that are a little old,” says Moran. “Throw in tomatoes that are a bit overripe, or if you go to a farmers’ market and find a guy who sells lots of onions, or capsicums, or great celeriac, grab them! You can make a whole meal out of an ingredient that’s plentiful and at its peak.” And it’s not just veg that gets…

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KALEY & PETE’S REBOUND ROMANCE! Kaley Cuoco announced her divorce from Karl Cook last week – but it seems a new romance with Pete Davidson could already be in the works. According to sources, the pair grew close while filming their movie, Meet Cute. “They didn’t act on their attraction, but this was a meeting of the minds that pretty much put the nail in the coffin on her marriage,” says a pal. Kaley’s divorce comes just three years after she and Karl tied the knot in an intimate ceremony in 2018. This is the second divorce for Kaley, who was previously married to tennis star, Ryan Sweeting, from 2013 to 2016. MERYL’S WEDDING JOY Meryl Streep’s lookalike daughter, Grace Gummer, secretly tied the knot with musician, Mark Ronson. Announcing the news on…

STARWATCH
Rachel Griffiths ‘I OFTEN WONDER, WHAT WOULD RHONDA SAY?’

Rachel Griffiths ‘I OFTEN WONDER, WHAT WOULD RHONDA SAY?’

For actress and director Rachel Griffiths, coming home to Australia after 10 years in the US meant a chance to regroup, to try new things and also soak up some good old Aussie home life. “I didn’t want to be under a TV contract for five years,” she tells Woman’s Day of her decision to settle in Melbourne. “I’d been under contract consistently for 10 years on two shows. As well as that, I realised I’ve suffered terrible homesickness in all the periods I’ve been out of this country.” Now 52 – “I look so old, my phone doesn't recognise my face. It’s decided I’m no longer Rachel Griffiths!” – Rachel, her artist husband Andrew Taylor and their children Banjo, 17, Adelaide, 15, and Clementine, 11, don’t regret a thing after making…

Insider tricks: How do I find sounds that go together?

Insider tricks: How do I find sounds that go together?

Level 1: Sample packs Here we can already anticipate with the answer: Clearly “yes and no”. There are certainly solutions and approaches that we divide into three levels here. If you want to be on the safe side, you can always use countless sample packs and their drum and bass loops. The samples are usually mixed, well matched and work in the club, both in terms of sound and groove. Beginners in particular can thus circumvent the problem of having good ideas, while the foundation on a PA just doesn‘t want to rock. The downside is the renunciation of individuality, because especially with good packs it can be assumed that other artists will also use them. And the more ready-made material is used, the more difficult it becomes to put one‘s own…

MAKEOVER MILLIONS

A lot has changed for the Kardashian-Jenner clan since they first burst onto the scene with the premiere episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians in October 2007. In addition to the ups and downs provided by their soap opera-worthy storylines, the changing faces of one of the world’s most-watched families have provided a source of endless speculation as we head into the family’s 20th – and final – season of the hit show. The family have been open about their style secrets and beauty tips, and have cashed in along the way with their booming beauty empires. Still, they have mostly kept coy about the seemingly unnatural evolution of their fuller lips, thinner noses and physics-defying curves. On top of having an on-call glam squad of hair and makeup artists,…

MAKEOVER MILLIONS

GOLDEN age

WHO HAVE BEEN SOME OF YOUR ENDURING CREATIVE INFLUENCES? Edwina Forest, Aje co-founder and designer: Adrian (Norris) and I have been creative partners for more than 13 years and always found ourselves to be moved and grounded by art, especially in the textural realm. We have been fortunate to have collaborations with two favourite Australian artists, Brett Whiteley and Minnie Pwerle, and have most recently taken inspiration from influential French architect Charlotte Perriand, celebrating her egalitarian mindset and iconic mid-century designs. WHAT WAS YOUR BRIEF TO THOSE ARCHITECTS? EF: To reflect the Aje brand ethos of an all-embracing, immersive space that is reflective of our 20 retail locations. We made a concerted effort to maintain a beautiful flow from the entry, through the open and light-filled showroom which possesses such a…

GOLDEN age

AISLE BE RIGHT BACK, DEAR…

“THAT WOULD BE ABOUT AS likely as seeing stilettos at Bunnings,” said the local footwear fashion observer and bobcat operator. A droll throwaway line, but he made a point. When you live remotely, shopping habits are a bit of a social indicator. When the corner store is 30 kilometres away and big shops are about an hour down the highway, shopping is an event. And shops become part of the local banter; the family folklore. Out here, shops become landmarks in personal development – and from the earliest age. In a discussion about the first words we uttered as babes, a friend of ours admitted that after a year of being wheeled around shops in his pram, his first words were: “Attention, Target shoppers!” A nearby primary school teacher was savvy enough…

AISLE BE RIGHT BACK, DEAR…

SUPER SUPER T TWINS WINS ...CONCEIVED THREE WEEKS APART!

One mum has become a medical marvel after she conceived twins – three weeks apart! Rebecca Roberts, 39, fell pregnant with her daughter, Rosalie, when she was already carrying her son, Noah. Known as a ‘superfetation’, there have only been a few recorded cases of this phenomenon across the world. It’s a rare event in which another egg is released in ovulation and another successful pregnancy occurs while the woman is already pregnant. On September 17, 2020, Rebecca, a children’s clothing maker from the UK, gave birth to Noah, weighing 2.09kg, and Rosalie, just 900g. Her husband Rhys, 43, was by her side. Rosalie was transported to a specialist hospital for 95 days. Noah remained in hospital for three weeks and three days before going home to meet his 14-year-old sister, Summer. “We feel really…

SUPER SUPER T TWINS WINS ...CONCEIVED THREE WEEKS APART!
HARRY’S $27 MILLION BIOGRAPHY LEAKED!

HARRY’S $27 MILLION BIOGRAPHY LEAKED!

With a tell-all interview, a documentary, a podcast appearance and a so-called unauthorised biography about their bid for freedom, the royal family could be forgiven for assuming the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have nothing left in their arsenal of accusations against them. Instead, the palace has been blindsided by news that Prince Harry has spent the past year secretly writing a no-holds-barred memoir “as not the prince I was born, but the man I’ve become” – and has earned a $27 million advance from Penguin Random House for his efforts, according to the New York Post. HOLDING OUT Palace staff were last week scrambling to get their heads around the news, though they’ll have plenty of time to speculate just how damaging Harry’s story will be, given it won’t hit shelves until…

SHOCK NEW TWIST:  THE DISAPPEARANCE OF JUANITA NIELSEN

The disappearance and presumed murder of Sydney heiress Juanita Nielsen might be one of Australia’s most baffling mysteries, but now the quest to finally solve the 46-year-old case has gained new momentum. Last month, the NSW Police announced a $1 million reward for information surrounding the events of July 4, 1975, when newspaper publisher and anti-real estate development advocate Juanita stepped into a Kings Cross club, never to be seen again. “Juanita Nielsen disappeared at the prime of her life,” Police Minister David Elliott said. “Despite the passage of time, police and this government remain committed to obtaining information about her disappearance.” The reward announcement comes in the wake of months of new exploration into the case. It marked the first time an Australian journalist was killed because she was attempting to reveal…

SHOCK NEW TWIST:  THE DISAPPEARANCE OF JUANITA NIELSEN
New synths & software

New synths & software

Roland JD-800 Model Exp. The original JD-800 was released in 1991 and combined the currently fashionable digital synthesis with a sprawling user interface with lots of faders for the most important parameters. Despite its impressive appearance, the synthesizer sold only moderately at first, which was also due to the sound that took some getting used to because the JD-800 sits somewhere on the fence. It can‘t really sound warm and round like an analog; in particular, the filter sounds very digital and distorts unpleasantly at higher resonance. And for the emulation of natural instruments, there were better alternatives even back then. It took some time to get to the strengths of the instrument in the area of independent pads and atmospheric sounds. This special 90s charm has now been reissued by Roland in…

Interview:

Beat / Can you briefly explain the concept of Action Strings 2? Steffen / The idea behind Action Strings is to capture not only the sound but also the musical performance of a string orchestra. Traditional sample libraries usually record single notes in different variations, from which you can then form your own melodies; however, many of the nuances that emerge when the notes are played together in context are lost in the process. So for Action Strings 1, we recorded two-bar phrases in different volumes and pitches that allowed you to bring that real live sound into your own compositions. For Action Strings 2, we went one step further and recorded somewhat smaller building blocks, the live modules, and prepared them so that they could be freely combined. Together with…

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Maria Thattil ROLE MODEL!

There is an old adage that you can’t be what you can’t see. It’s a concept that this year’s reigning Miss Universe Australia, Maria Thattil, is very familiar with. The second generation Australian, whose parents are Indian immigrants, has just returned home after competing in the 69th Miss Universe competition in Florida, US, on May 16. Strutting her stuff on stage in a red bikini and a sparkly silver gown alongside 73 of the world’s most beautiful women, Thattil looked like she was born for the spotlight but admits she suffered from “imposter syndrome” in the lead-up to the big day. “I ended up becoming what I needed to see”—THATTIL “In the seven decades of the competition I found out that I am only the third person of colour to represent Australia,” the…

Maria Thattil ROLE MODEL!

MATTHEW’S BIG MOVE

Matthew McConaughey has been coy about his political ambitions since he revealed in March he was “seriously considering” running in the 2022 election to be the governor of Texas. But it looks like the actor, 51, is finally getting ready to make a big announcement. McConaughey held a BBQ at his lakeside mansion home near Austin, Texas, on September 4, where no less than six political consultants mingled among the Magic Mike stars family and friends, reported The Times. Also in attendance were two key advisers who were pivotal in the success of fellow A-lister Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 2003 bid to become the governor of California. “Matthew is very appealing personally, very ‘old boy’ Texas,” a source told the newspaper. “But he must put in the work. That is why the informal chat…

MATTHEW’S BIG MOVE

DISCOVER YOUR DOSHA

Ayurveda is the traditional medicine of India that evolved over thousands of years from experiences and observations of human health, explains Ayurvedic doctor Rafeena Kidavintavida of Parramatta’s Liv Ayurveda. It’s based on the belief that health is dependent on a delicate balance of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing, and any deviation from this is considered a disease. Dr Kidavintavida says that in Ayurvedic medicine, everything from the tiniest atom to the tallest mountain is made up of a combination of five elements: space (provides shape for the material), air (causes movement and gives shape), fire (gives potential energy), water (the binding force) and earth (gives mass to the material). In humans, these five elements are grouped into three life forces known as doshas: Vata (space and air), Pitta (fire and water)…

DISCOVER YOUR DOSHA

TV legend Val Lehman ‘I’M READY TO MEET A MILLIONAIRE!’

She was TV’s tough top dog Bea Smith, the reigning queen of Wentworth’s infamous steam press, but away from her villainous alter ego, actress Val Lehman is relishing her rural lifestyle. “I’ve found my happy place, and am loving life in Toowoomba. It’s vibrant and wonderful,” smiles the three-time Logie winning star. In September 2019, Val upped stumps, moving from Queensland’s Macleay Island where she’d lived for 11 years and settling in Toowoomba with her two beloved dogs Bogart and Blaze. “I began to feel isolated on the island... plus I was pining for an old-fashioned garden with fragrant roses, peonies and irises,” says the proud grandmother-of-seven. “I’m not living like some grand duchess... I’ve bought a modest cottage and love the simple life. I have a beautiful garden with an enormous…

TV legend Val Lehman ‘I’M READY TO MEET A MILLIONAIRE!’

Vanilla Ice CHART TOPPER TO CRIME SOLVER

His smash-hit song ‘Ice Ice Baby’ catapulted Robert Van Winkle, better known as Vanilla Ice, to stardom in 1990. While the track quickly became touted as a joke, Ice has never let it define him. Throughout his 40-year career, the musician, 53, has experienced success and failure – but he always picked himself back up, coming back stronger than ever. During that time, the talented star has tried his hand at everything, from music and professional sport to reality TV and even an investigative true crime podcast series. Here, WHO looks at the extraordinary life of the rapper, who has become an expert at reinventing himself. RISE TO THE TOP Ice wrote ‘Ice Ice Baby’ when he was just 16, using the bass line from Queen and David Bowie’s single, ‘Under Pressure’. The catchy…

Vanilla Ice CHART TOPPER TO CRIME SOLVER

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LOVESICK BRAD WANTS IRINA BACK! Irina Shayk’s romance with Kanye West is heating up, with the model and the rapper taking a romantic trip to France last week to celebrate his 44th birthday. And now that she’s moved on so publicly, insiders say Irina’s ex, Bradley Cooper, is regretting breaking up with the Victoria’s Secret model! Indeed, the actor only had eyes for Irina recently, as the exes took their four-year-old daughter Lea for a park play date in New York. The 35-year-old model, who split from Bradley in 2019 after four years and a child together, has been casually dating Kanye, 44, in the wake of his split from wife Kim Kardashian in February. And it seems the new romance has made Bradley, who has remained single since their split, question whether she…

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Review: SKULPTsynth SE

Review: SKULPTsynth SE

SKULPTsynth SE is the new edition of the extremely compact and yet very powerful virtual-analog synthesizer from Modal. Even if the technology inside has remained almost unchanged and SKULPTsynth SE thus also remains patch-compatible with the well-known SKULPTsynth, a second look is worthwhile because, in the course of time, there were some interesting extensions in the context of free updates. Moreover, the SKULPTsynth SE with a street price of less than 200 Euro is once again a good deal below the regular price of its predecessor. Perfect for on the road Externally, the differences in design and color scheme are unmistakable. The compact dimensions and the low weight have remained, but the casing seems to have a higher-quality finish. However, you should not expect miracles at this price; the SKULPTsynth SE also…

Sophie & Edward A right royal LOVE STORY

A dultery, scandal and divorce have been common among the marriages of Queen Elizabeth’s children, but the monarch’s youngest son, Prince Edward, has managed to buck the trend. On June 19, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, will celebrate 22 years of wedded bliss and, surprisingly, they’ve managed to rarely put a foot wrong. While the pair started as reluctant royals – Sophie, 56, and Edward, 57, tried to run their own companies for several years – they have now embraced their duties and have become some of the Queen’s biggest supporters during her darkest days. Here, WHO looks back on the couple’s magical love story and how they’ve become a much-needed stable influence for the Windsors. LOVE MATCH Sparks ignited for the prince when he met then-28-year-old commoner Sophie Rhys-Jones in 1993.…

Sophie & Edward A right royal LOVE STORY
‘Philip was my rock’

‘Philip was my rock’

Theirs was an 82-year love affair with humour at its heart. Like so many long and successful marriages, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip built their relationship on firm foundations of friendship and laughter, as well as romance. Philip was her “rock”, the man who made her giggle at formal events and helped her to relax when off-duty. At a London lunch in 1997 to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, the Queen paid a public tribute to her husband, saying: “[Philip] is someone who doesn’t take easily to compliments. But he has quite simply been my strength and stay all these years, and I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim or that we shall ever know.” Both great-great-grandchildren of Queen Victoria…

BATTLE OF THE CO-STARS!

BATTLE OF THE CO-STARS!

Dave Hughes & Ed Kavalee Radio’s notoriously difficult breakfast slot is at risk once again, with two of its biggest stars apparently at loggerheads. According to a source, 2Day FM’s The Morning Crew’s Dave Hughes and Ed Kavalee are struggling to work together, with their previous tensions amplified since being made to relocate to Sydney and work under the same roof. “Dave and Ed were forced together when Kate [Langbroek] went to Italy with her family,” a well-placed source tells Woman’s Day. “Hughsey was hoping Kate would return to his side when she came back, but she decided to move on to other projects, leaving him stuck with Ed.” The source adds that Hughsey, 50, has never really gelled with Ed, 41 – adding that sometimes it could feel as if they can’t stand…

Reaching for the Stars

Beat / You used to be an athlete. How does that still manifest itself in your life? Julia Matuss / Having been a professional athlete definitely helps to stick to schedules and becoming a robot, if needed. [laughs] I also have a very physical relationship with clubbing. In my country, Ukraine, we start going out early, usually. There was no age restriction, so at the tender age of 12 you could find me in a club 7 days a week, pretty much. It was my paradise. [laughs] I dissolved in music and was very much into dancing. It was a way to express emotions, triggered by music through the body. Sometimes it feels like your chest is getting ripped open and your soul comes out. [laughs] Beat / How are you dealing…

Reaching for the Stars
Review: Vermona DRM1 mkIV

Review: Vermona DRM1 mkIV

The DRM1 analog drum synthesizer can quite rightly be called a classic, because the expander has now been on the market for 25 years. Although the external design and name have changed, the DRM1 was also offered by the German company Music and More (MAM) and Touched by Sound (TBS) and add to that Syncussion (not to be confused with the SY-1 Syncussion from Pearl). But not much has changed in the concept and structure of the sound generation; and Version 4, tested here, is also limited to detail improvements compared to its predecessors. Why not, after all, the concept has proven itself over the decades. And analog drum synthesizers are still very popular with their lively sound and direct access to all parameters, but as ready-made complete solutions, mostly…

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ALFA ROMEO – BENTLEY YOUR COMPLETE NEW CAR BUYER’S GUIDE WHAT IT ALL MEANS PRICE Recommended retail figure at time of publication (asterisk indicates driveaway price) ENGINE TYPE L, in-line; V, vee; F, flat. Number of cylinders. T, turbo; S, supercharged; D, diesel; H, hybrid; E, electric SIZE Litres or kWh POWER kW TORQUE Nm TRANSMISSION M, manual; A, auto; D, dual-clutch; C, CVT WEIGHT Kerb, kg 0-100 km/h, acceleration in seconds (Wheels as-tested figures in italics) FUEL CONS Consumption in litres, or kWh, per 100km RON Octane of fuel required, as numbered, or D for diesel RESALE percent, 3-year resale in Glass’s ISSUE TESTED month/year DRIVE A, all-wheel; F, front; R, rear. Any figure in bold is our own estimate. BMW – FORD YOUR COMPLETE NEW CAR BUYER’S GUIDE WHAT IT ALL MEANS PRICE Recommended retail…

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Perfect BLEND

Merging the lives of two families into the one household is always a delicate business. It’s something that was at the front of interior designer Anna McMillan’s mind when she set about redecorating the home she shares with her partner James, their children Liz, 19, Connor, 19, and Gabi, 17, plus two dogs and three cats. “Blending the two families has been an adjustment for all of us,” she says. “Decorating this house was about being respectful to each person’s emotional connection to their home and creating a space we could all enjoy and call our own.” Located on Sydney’s Lower North Shore, ‘Camelot’ is a two-storey sandstone house built in 1905 with breathtaking views of Chinamans Beach. “Prior to James buying the property, it had been in the same family…

Perfect BLEND

MY BUB COULD SKATE before she could walk!

Molly Heath, 30, Mornington Peninsula, Vic As I skated around our campsite, my five-month-old, Coco, watched me. ‘Come and have a go,’ I grinned at my baby girl, who was sitting with my parents, Lucy and Rob. Standing Coco up on the skateboard, I held both her chubby little hands and carefully rolled the board along the path. Squealing with delight, she loved it! So, every day, I began rolling Coco around. Two months on, I took her to an empty skatepark. Arming my bub with elbow and knee pads and a helmet, I gripped her hand and rolled her up a ramp. While she was skating, her gummy grin stretched from ear to ear! I’d skated and surfed – safely, of course – during my pregnancy. Maybe Coco caught the board bug in my tummy? I thought. By nine months,…

MY BUB COULD SKATE before she could walk!
Praising Dads

Praising Dads

The entertainer A whole host of goodies to cater for your favourite epicurean. The sporty type You’re sure to hit the mark with one of these fitness bits. The jetsetter There’ll be holiday vibes all round – even if it’s a staycation this year. The outdoorsman Elements to enhance enjoyment of alfresco areas. The style aficionado For the man who likes the finer things in life. The virtuoso Elegant accoutrements for work, rest and play. The gadget guy Even the sleekest geek will be impressed by this smart selection. Styling by Kate Nixon. Photograph by Kristina Soljo (main image).…

LIVING THE DREAM

FOUR YEARS AGO, Brendon Murray asked his wife, Victoria, to consider a move from Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast when an opportunity arose to continue his role as senior partner in an accountancy firm at their coastal office. “Life was very good in Brisbane – we had renovated a lovely Queenslander and were surrounded by family and friends,” Victoria says. She suggested the whole family take a vote and their children – Claire, 21, Pip, 18, and 16-year-old Hugh – all unanimously agreed. Following many trips to friends in rural Queensland and Brendon’s family in the Hunter Valley, they were excited at the prospect of having green grass, farm animals and space. At the time, the move meant Victoria would have to leave her work at an interior design firm, and with the…

LIVING THE DREAM
VAC ATTACK!

VAC ATTACK!

Vacuuming your hard and soft floors and skirting boards, even your car, are probably on all of your cleaning lists. But there are other parts of the home that we seem to be skipping – and they’ve got a whole heap of nasty bacteria and microscopic life that can affect our health. Here are some of those less-obvious spots... YOUR MATTRESS Did you know we spend roughly a third of our lives in bed? And while letting our head hit the pillow after a long day seems relaxing, knowing what germs lie below in our mattress is anything but. “According to the results of Dyson’s first ever global dust study, four in five Aussies don’t clean their mattress regularly – that’s alarming given there can be millions of dust mites in a single mattress,”…

DAD’S HEARTBREAK ‘WHERE’S THE JUSTICE FOR MY GIRL?’

Last month, John Herron should have been celebrating his precious daughter Courtney’s 27th birthday with her. Instead, the father-of-three watched helplessly as the man who confessed to brutally bludgeoning his eldest child to death was cleared of murder. Henry Hammond, 28, was homeless when he killed aspiring social worker Courtney with a tree branch, before hiding her body in Melbourne’s Royal Park very early on May 25, 2019. Courtney’s injuries were so severe, the mortician struggled to put her broken body back together before she was buried – leaving her family unable to see her to say their final farewells. But last month, Hammond was found not guilty of murder because of mental impairment, with the court ruling he was in the grips of a schizophrenic relapse. He was ordered to spend 25 years…

DAD’S HEARTBREAK ‘WHERE’S THE JUSTICE FOR MY GIRL?’
The Winner takes it all …

The Winner takes it all …

Success should actually come on its own. According to current data, there are two billion users on Facebook and one billion on Instagram, who are supposedly all waiting to click on the next single or album project. In the end, according to Medium.com, the only thing left to do is to tap into this huge target group and „promote your own songs like crazy.“ [1] As more and more musicians are now discovering, this seemingly simple calculation does not work out. Although they dutifully do several posts every day, their accounts look more like graveyards. When the British electronics duo Swayzak wondered on Facebook a few years ago that they had 10,000 fans but were selling practically nothing, They were treated with malice in return for this honest disappointment. Since…

MARTHA ON A MISSION

YOUR GUIDE TO THE BIGGEST ENTERTAINMENT RELEASES EACH WEEK STARS DELIVER “There is nothing fake about this show,” says Kalifatidis. “We all worked 16-hour days, six days a week, during filming. It was gruelling.” She first found fame on Married at First Sight in 2019 and is now one of Australia’s most influential social media stars. But now, thanks to her appearance on Celebrity Apprentice Australia, Martha Kalifatidis, 30, is going to prove she’s business savvy – and a star in her own right, too. She’s joined a host of other celebrities, including Anthony Callea, Camilla Franks and Shaynna Blaze, in the rebooted version of the show, which last aired in Oz in 2015. This time, British business magnate Lord Alan Sugar (see box below) will set the challenges and determine which celebrities…

MARTHA ON A MISSION

Asher Keddie THE STRANGER YOU KNOW!

She’s won seven Logie Awards, including five for Most Popular Actress for her starring roles in hit TV dramas including Offspring, Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo and Party Tricks, so there is no doubt that Asher Keddie has some serious acting chops. But playing grieving mum Heather, who heads to health and wellness resort Tranquillum House to get over the death of her son in Nine Perfect Strangers, took everything the star had. “It was a rigorous role for sure,” the 47-year-old actress tells WHO. Keddie is a parent herself. She shares her 6-year-old son, Valentino, with husband Vincent Fantauzzo, and is also stepmum to the artist’s older son Luca, 11. “For me, playing the role as authentically as I possibly could meant trying to imagine the unimaginable,” Keddie explains. “The…

Asher Keddie THE STRANGER YOU KNOW!

There’s always a silver lining

Picture the scene. We’re in the tiny country town of Kilkivan in Queensland’s Gympie region and at the end of a dusty driveway “that seemed to stretch forever”, a precocious seven-year-old clicks ‘record’ on her dad’s dictaphone as she rushes around the house interviewing members of the family. Our intrepid cub reporter would hum the ABC news musical fanfare and proclaim in as deeper voice as her developing vocal cords could muster: “Here we are, it’s the seven o’clock news and Mr Whipam, what have you got to say?” as she held the recording device under the nose of her younger sister, Trudi. “I couldn’t even pronounce Whitlam, that’s how young I am,” explains Lisa. “Then Trudi would start talking in this very deep voice. We only knew that men had those…

There’s always a silver lining
‘I know who killed Juanita Nielsen’

‘I know who killed Juanita Nielsen’

For decades, Juanita Nielsen’s family have been haunted by the thought of what really happened on the fateful day in 1975 when she disappeared. After meeting with an underworld figure in Kings Cross, corruption fighter and publisher Juanita vanished without a trace and is presumed dead. Now, almost half a century later, they finally have some answers after tracking down missing witnesses and uncovering bombshell new evidence – including a jailhouse confession from the wannabe gangster suspected of killing her. “It’s one of Australia’s greatest unsolved crimes,” says Keiran McGee, Juanita’s niece and host of a new ABC podcast and TV documentary about the mystery. “I don’t expect anyone to go to jail for the crime of killing her – I think they are all dead,” she tells Woman’s Day. “But of course,…

Your own steam

Steam mops are a handy appliance to have around the house, but they’re not a cure-all for your cleaning and hygiene woes. Over the years we’ve tested plenty of steam mops, and, as their name suggests, they all have one common function – using steam to clean. What sets one steam mop apart from another is how easy it is to operate, how much water it leaves behind, and the various accessories it comes with. Like vacuums, steam mops come in two main types: stick and barrel. Steam can do more harm than good on certain surfaces Stick designs These lightweight steam mops can easily swivel around the floor like an upright vacuum. They may come with hose attachments to help you tackle other areas such as soap scum on the shower or grout stains. They…

Your own steam
Electro Rock builder

Electro Rock builder

Plug-in, sounds and MIDI for download at: www.bit.ly/BeatDL187 zamplersounds.com 1 Without any guitars Who says you need guitars for Electro and Industrial Rock? Bands like Nine Inch Nails and Celldweller prove that you can create the aggressive sounds you‘re aiming for even with drastically processed synth sounds. For a mid-tempo track in this style, we‘ll choose a tempo of 106 BPM. First, we want to create a rhythmic foundation. 2 Synth drums For the electronic percussion, we use the Sonic Charge Microtonic drum synth [1]. The preset „PTN Seadroid Wrain (84)“ from the package „Stellar Beats Vol 1“ already offers some sounds that we like. We tune the oscillator and filter frequencies to the C note and adjust some of the sounds for the desired sound character [2]. 3 Drum groove The bass drum plays on the…

PAUL BETTANY ‘Marriage and children changed my life’

PAUL BETTANY ‘Marriage and children changed my life’

“There’s nobody on earth with whom I could be having a better time”-ON CONNELLY AND THEIR KIDS Like many working actors, Paul Bettany found himself in limbo while sheltering at home in Brooklyn last year during the pandemic. The actor, 49, had just begun shooting the highly anticipated Disney Plus Avengers spin-off series WandaVision, in which he resurrects his role as the android hero Vision, when production was halted and he returned home to his family, including wife Jennifer Connelly, 50, sons Kai, 23, and Stellan, 17, and daughter Agnes, 9. “I kept thinking I was going back, and so I had to kind of stay in shape,” he says of maintaining Vision’s superhero physique. “So while the rest of the world seemed to be eating banana bread and making their own…

Kate Hudson MY BEST BODY EVER!

Arriving by boat to a remote beach on the Greek island of Skiathos on June 13, Kate Hudson and her family caused a stir among the locals when they walked along the sand before settling in at a rustic seaside eatery for a lunch of freshly caught squid, sardines and Greek salad. “There were only four other people in the restaurant, and we recognised Kate’s party straight away,” an onlooker told the Daily Mail. “It was quite a surprise to see these famous people in a very down-to-earth place on a quiet beach.” Famous actress or not, Hudson would have surely turned heads once she stripped down to her swimmers. The mum-of-three, who has never been shy about sharing her fitness journey with fans, appears to be in the best shape…

Kate Hudson MY BEST BODY EVER!

THE RISE AND FALL OF A CON ARTIST

Not so long ago, the name Elizabeth Holmes would have been used with a certain amount of admiration and awe. As the CEO of her own company at 19, Holmes was rubbing shoulders with some of the richest and most influential people in the world. Her picture was splashed on the front of magazines and her position as the youngest female, self-made billionaire was well reported. With her black turtlenecks, startling blue eyes and deep, husky voice, the new golden girl of Silicon Valley was pinned as the Steve Jobs of the healthcare world. Holmes’ blood-testing company, Theranos, was going to change everything and high-profile investors, like Rupert Murdoch, scrambled to write million-dollar cheques to be part of it. The only problem was that her world-changing product didn’t actually work. Whether it was all…

THE RISE AND FALL OF A CON ARTIST
Port Arthur massacre 25 YEARS ON ‘I STILL HEAR GUNSHOTS’

Port Arthur massacre 25 YEARS ON ‘I STILL HEAR GUNSHOTS’

It was an icy cold autumn morning on April 28, 1996 when Tasmanian-born teenager Anita Bingham asked her dad Steve to drop her off at the Port Arthur Historic Site. The 17-year-old had recently begun working as a waitress at one of the two cafes at the former convict settlement. It was a day that would define the rest of her life – Anita could not have imagined the horror about to unfold. “I was in the [Frances Langford] Tearooms, and sometime after 1.30pm I heard a loud bang, and then another,” Anita, now 41, tells Woman’s Day. “I raced outside to see people running from The Broad Arrow Cafe. Initially I thought it was a convict re-enactment show, but I knew something wasn’t right. “People were ducking behind walls. Instinctively I ran back…

THE TERRIFYING TRUE STORY OF ‘DR DEATH’

It sounds like the plot of a twisted horror movie – a patient has routine back surgery and wakes up paralysed – or not at all. Charismatic and charming, Dr Christopher Daniel Duntsch was considered a rising star in the Dallas, Texas, medical community, until his patients began leaving routine spinal surgeries permanently maimed. Inspired by the Wondery podcast of the same name, Stan’s new TV drama Dr Death follows the shocking real-life events that eventually led to the imprisonment of the former neurosurgeon Duntsch in 2017. The medico, 50, played in the TV show by Joshua Jackson, earned his macabre nickname after his surgeries resulted in at least two deaths and left 30 people paralysed. Known among colleagues for big-noting his abilities, Duntsch won over patients by telling them he was the best…

THE TERRIFYING TRUE STORY OF ‘DR DEATH’

LAUREN NEWTON: ‘HOW I JUGGLE 6 KIDS’

With six children under the age of 14, you can only begin to imagine the juggling act that is Lauren Newton’s day to day. After welcoming her sixth child, son Alby, with husband, Olympic swimmer Matt Welsh, 44, last August, 40-year-old Lauren’s world became more beautifully busy than ever before. Now, the mum to sons Sam, 13, Monty, 5, and Alby, 11 months, and daughters Eva, 12, Lola, 9, and Perla, 2, is sharing her triumphs, challenges and learnings as New Idea’s new parenting columnist... THE MORE THE MERRIER “As a proud mum of six, life is very busy. I am so lucky to share this journey with a wonderful husband and very helpful parents, but it’s definitely a full-time job. When I had my first child, Sam, 13 years ago, I never realised just…

LAUREN NEWTON: ‘HOW I JUGGLE 6 KIDS’

The hit producers‘favorite hardware synths

Stephan Bodzin‘s secret melodic techno weapon The Moog Sub 37 plays a central role in Stephan Bodzin‘s releases in recent years. Many of the pieces on the last album of the melodic techno pioneer were created as one-takes with minimal post-processing, in which he did not automate his beloved Sub 37, but edit it live for seven minutes without the need to turn the knobs again afterwards and „correct“ the magic of the moment. This principle was even applied to such an epic piece as the 10-minute “Wir”, which not only concludes the album, but also almost every of his current live performances. On stage, too, Bodzin elicits his typical warm basses, pulsating sequences and room filling leads from the Moog. The multidrive section and feedback play a crucial role in…

The hit producers‘favorite hardware synths

Review: Mackie EM-Chromium

USB microphones are a practical thing in the often cramped desktop or bedroom studio. You don‘t need additional hardware in the form of a microphone preamplifier and audio interface and the associated cable clutter, and you get a complete package at a comparatively low price. On the other hand, these microphones are usually not very flexible in terms of sound and range of applications. You are usually stuck with a cardioid pickup pattern, have to live with a mediocre built-in preamplifier and the connection options for additional equipment are missing. Mackie‘s flagship from the Element series wants to remedy this situation and, in addition to various polar patterns and a good microphone preamplifier, also offers a built-in multi-channel audio interface. Sturdy and chic Mackie usually uses the advertising slogan „Built like a…

Review: Mackie EM-Chromium

SHANNA SLAMS TRAVIS

As his sizzling romance with girlfriend Kourtney Kardashian heats up, Travis Barker’s relationship with his ex-wife Shanna Moakler is getting messier by the minute. After months of publicly throwing subtle shade on social media, the model and former pageant queen claimed in a May 18 interview with Us Weekly that she divorced Barker in 2008 because he was having an affair with Kourtney’s younger sister, Kim Kardashian. “I divorced my ex because, I saw them – I caught them having an affair,” she said. “Someone sent me all their [text] conversations, and I’m also close friends with people who were there while things were happening … It’s something I was well aware of.” “I caught them having an affair”- MOAKLER A source close to Kim denied the claims to Page Six. “Travis…

SHANNA SLAMS TRAVIS

Five minutes with … BRYAN BROWN

He’s been gracing our screens since the ’70s and now Bryan Brown can add published author to his résumé. The actor – who has starred in local and international hits such as Two Hands and Cocktail – has written his first novel, a collection of short crime stories called Sweet Jimmy. It’s a project that’s been years in the making. “I didn’t set out to write a book,” the 74-year-old tells WHO. “I wrote the first story 35 years ago as a pitch for a film, which went nowhere, and just placed it in the back of the cupboard,” he explains. Then, two years ago, the writing bug bit again and Brown found he couldn’t stop himself from telling a few good yarns. What inspired your stories? As an actor, I like to examine…

Five minutes with … BRYAN BROWN
‘WILL SOMEONE GIVE ME A DAMN JOB!’

‘WILL SOMEONE GIVE ME A DAMN JOB!’

Once upon a time, Rowena Wallace was the undisputed queen of Australian TV. She dominated the box and became a beloved household name, starring in treasured shows such as Number 96, Cop Shop and, of course, Sons and Daughters, where she played the formidable Patricia Hamilton. But it’s been nine long years since the showbiz icon last graced the small screen – and her new life of obscurity is proving to be a hard pill to swallow. These days, Rowena is out of work, cash-strapped and mourning the life she led before she decided to relocate to the sleepy coastal town of Wonthaggi in Victoria – which she says, in hindsight, took her out of the spotlight. “I miss working incredibly!” Rowena, now 73, tells New Idea in her signature raspy tone. “I…

WHO KILLED GABBY PETITO?

WHO KILLED GABBY PETITO?

Described as a free spirit and an old soul, fresh-faced adventurer Gabrielle “Gabby’’ Petito was living out her dream: crossing the American heartland with her fiancé in a converted van, while documenting her journey on social media to begin a career as a blogger and influencer. Now those Instagram, TikTok posts and an eight-minute video titled “Van Life: Beginning Our Van Life Journey’’ on YouTube have become a tragic tribute to her last weeks alive. Eight days after she was reported missing by her family, the 22-year-old’s body was found in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. A cause of death has not yet been established. “We don’t have any information about where he’s at”- POLICE As police hunt for clues in the area where her body was found, another search is underway on…

Review: Tone2 Nemesis

Review: Tone2 Nemesis

The main focus of this free update was on improving the operation and general handling, which is already evident when loading the plug-in. Loading is now noticeably faster than with its predecessor, and the optimizations are also apparent when switching presets. The user interface has been adapted to modern hardware with higher resolution; four sizes are available and the plug-in automatically detects the perfect resolution for your monitor. The increased contrast is easy on the eyes and makes navigating in the browser easier. In addition, there are numerous improvements to the standalone version, which now offers an audio recorder, among other things. Variety of digital synthesis Nemesis is digital from the ground up and doesn‘t even try to compensate for this with virtual-analog borrowings. Over twenty synthesis types that can be combined…

Apprenticeships and courses with a future

Apprenticeships and courses with a future

Abbey Road Institute Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering is the name of the full-time course for interested music producers and sound engineers who want to study at the Abbey Road Institute. It is divided into the three main areas of music production, sound engineering and business. Students can graduate in one year at the only classroom location in Germany, Frankfurt/Main. The German-language curriculum covers acoustics, analog equipment, analog and electronic music production, DAW, arrangement techniques, mastering, microphones, mixing, musical craft, music theory, and publishing and marketing. Theoretical knowledge transfer is implemented in a practical way on large consoles, among other things. Practical handson lectures deepen the knowledge. The lecturers and guest lecturers have many years of experience, have already worked with very well-known artists and some of them…

Paddy O’Connor ‘MEN NEED TO SPEAK UP!’

When thousands of Australians took to the streets earlier this year to demand gender equality and greater action against sexual assault as part of the March4Justice rallies, Home and Away star Patrick O’Connor was listening. “We were on an away shoot with work [not long after] and we were discussing the current treatment of women in our society,” the actor, 28, tells WHO. “I felt that there was a connection between the type of man that seemed to be committing this behaviour and my experience with toxic masculinity growing up.” Instead of just batting away the issue, O’Connor decided it was time to speak up and shared an emotionally charged post detailing his own experience with toxic masculinity. “I think as men we have the real potential to change for the better,”…

Paddy O’Connor ‘MEN NEED TO SPEAK UP!’

THE NEXT FRONTIER

“I love bringing in historical design moments, which to me ground my inclination towards contemporary concepts. I like to take a historical element and push it though a lens that makes it relatable today”TAMSIN JOHNSON It’s a journey Tamsin Johnson has taken many a client through: sell the apartment, find a family home with rambling gardens and an open fireplace, and furnish it with an eclectic sprinkling of art, top-of-the-line appliances and family heirlooms to the point where the four walls of every room begin to sing. But when the Sydney-based designer — whose work has graced the pages of this magazine on multiple occasions — along with her husband Patrick, of P. Johnson tailors, chose to embark on the journey themselves, the world was an unruly place. “We sold our Tamarama…

THE NEXT FRONTIER
Perfect Match host Greg Evans WHY WE LOVE BEING GREY NOMADS!

Perfect Match host Greg Evans WHY WE LOVE BEING GREY NOMADS!

He became our most famous matchmaker in the 1980s when he and co-host Debbie Newsome – together with beloved robot Dexter – helped Aussies find love on kitsch dating show Perfect Match, bringing joy to millions of viewers. Greg, 68, went on to have a hugely successful TV and radio career before reinventing himself as a dedicated marriage celebrant, officiating at hundreds of weddings, including helping some Perfect Match superfans tie the knot. But these days you can find the much-loved presenter and his real-life perfect match, wife Sue, happily taking in the view from a humble caravan park or pulled up by the side of a river as they join hordes of grey nomads driving around Australia. “I love driving and I never get tired of it,” reveals Greg, who last month…

3 courses for trailer composers

3 courses for trailer composers

Alex Pfeffer Trailer Music Course Alex Pfeffer is one of the most famous German trailer composers. In his trailer music course he shares his knowledge in videos in the usual competent and informative way. The course covers the entire process of composing and producing contemporary trailer tracks: from the first idea and inspiration, preparation and structure to instrumentation, harmony, melody, arrangement and tension build-up to mixing and mastering and delivery of the finished track. A video is also dedicated to the creation of templates that speed up the workflow. But not only the musical aspect is covered in detail, but also business basics and valuable tips on the subject of mental health. Exclusive tracks and Cubase and MIDI files as well as a selection of Alex’ sample libraries provide informative insights and…

Highend sampling & recording

Highend sampling & recording

Pro Tools | First lets you create up to 16 audio and MIDI tracks. It shares the same engine with the larger versions of the DAW and offers powerful audio and MIDI recording and editing, excellent sound processors, and full mix automation. Features like offline bounce, track freeze, and automation of parameters like volume, pan, sends, and plug-in parameters ensure an intuitive workflow. Gone are the days when you needed a physical iLok dongle to use Pro Tools: Now all you need is an iLok account to authorize the software. Pro Tools | First includes 23 must-have plug-ins, including AIR Xpand!2 and UVI Workstation sound workstations, plus great-sounding equalizer, compressor, limiter, de-esser, and expander/gate plug-ins. Pro Tools | First ships with 3.1 GB of sounds, including Plugsound Avid Edition, an extensive sample…

SHELTERED LIFE

SHELTERED LIFE

THE off-roader’s awning is a popular accessory for the four-wheeling community, and for good reason. Not only do they provide valuable shelter from Australia’s unforgiving elements – heavy rain, strong wind and relentless sun – by adding walls and/or annexes, they create additional enclosed areas for punters to store equipment or to spend their time cooking and relaxing without being punished by flies, mosquitoes and the elements. Plus, they can be erected in the same amount of time it takes to pop open the fridge and crack the cap off your first coldy. Not only does an awning provide timely shelter for a roadside cuppa or a quick snooze at camp, they can also prove invaluable if a vehicle breakdown occurs. “There’s a reason why travellers are advised to stay with their…

Make a British CLASSIC

PEA AND HAM SOUP The soup should be thick, but if you prefer it less so, thin it with more stock. Note, you need to start this recipe a day in advance. PER SERVING (2) 537 cals, 9g fat, 2g sat fat, 79g carbs SERVES 2-3 ✣110g (4oz) dried split peas✣600ml (1pt) chicken stock For the vegetable puree:✣1tbsp sunflower oil✣1 medium onion, finely chopped✣450g (1lb) potatoes, peeled and chopped✣600ml (1pt) vegetable stock For the garnish:✣50g (2oz) smoked ham, diced✣ Chopped parsley 1 Soak the dried peas in water overnight. 2 The next day, make the vegetable puree. Add the oil to a large pan, then add the onion. Sauté the onion gently, until it is soft but not coloured. Add the potatoes and the vegetable stock. Bring the mixture to the boil, reduce the heat and…

Make a British CLASSIC

IMPORTED GOODS

AFTER 160 YEARS OF HONEST WORK storing grain and housing hogs in Indiana, USA, this old timber barn was destined for the scrap heap. But it scored a second chance at life when Australian builder Terry Harris picked it for a long-held passion project. The 63-year-old fell in love with the clean architecture of traditional American barns on regular holidays to the US. “It was a dream of his to bring one back to Australia and turn it into a home on the family’s land up at Merrijig,” explains his daughter-in-law, Katherine Harris. After spying the barn in Cass County, Indiana in 2016, Terry decided it was the one – the following year, the barn was meticulously dismantled and shipped to Victoria, the first stage in a lengthy relocation and restoration process.…

IMPORTED GOODS

How to have a healthy gut

Hippocrates gave us the heads up around 320BC when he said all disease begins in the gut. If only we’d taken his word for it. The good news is that science has caught up, and we now know that our gut microbiome – a term that describes the trillions of bacteria and microbes that live there – plays a crucial role in our health and sense of well-being. “The depth of the microbiota is hard to fathom,” says Will Bulsiewicz MD, a gastroenterologist and author of an excellent new book called Fiber Fueled. “The numbers are so astronomical … and it’s a wondrous magical community with amazing healing powers.” Even better, it’s possible to change the health of your gut with your next mouthful. In the dark Given the power the gut…

How to have a healthy gut

Top Goss!

HAS SARAH HARRIS CALLED OFF HER DIVORCE?! Studio 10’s Sarah Harris has sparked speculation she may be slowly beginning to reconcile with her estranged husband Tom Ward. The 40-year-old presenter was spotted leaving her home alongside Tom last week, before going for a walk around the streets in her Sydney suburb. Despite wearing a mask, Sarah could be seen speaking animatedly to her former husband of seven years. This isn’t the first time the pair have been spotted together since their split, with Sarah visiting IT specialist Tom the day after her 40th birthday in July to drop off the kids – and it appears he gave her a bouquet of flowers. Sarah confirmed they had separated in March this year, saying they remained “good friends” and were “deeply committed to co-parenting our two beautiful…

Top Goss!
TEEN’S TORMENT: ‘MY BOYFRIEND SET ME ON FIRE’

TEEN’S TORMENT: ‘MY BOYFRIEND SET ME ON FIRE’

Five years ago, Kyesha Finemore was set alight by her boyfriend following an argument over her mobile phone. The violent thug, Brae Taylor Lewis, was jailed for 11 years after the horror incident. Kyesha, who was left scarred for life, thought she’d be able to move on with her life after the sentencing. But her attacker has now had his sentence reduced, meaning he could be paroled and on the streets in six months. Now 22, Kyesha is bravely speaking out over the horror incident – and about why Lewis should remain in jail. “Women need to know who he is and what he’s capable of, because I fear he will kill next time,” she tells New Idea. Kyesha and Lewis were both 16 when they started dating. “He was fun and caring,” she…

THE WORLD PAYS TRIBUTE

THE WORLD PAYS TRIBUTE

‘Without him, life will be completely different’ The Princess Royal Tributes to the Duke of Edinburgh have poured in from around the world. As flags flew at half-mast over Buckingham Palace and crowds gathered there and at Windsor Castle to pay their respects, many recalled his incomparable service to the nation. As Her Majesty and her family grieved his loss, Prince Philip was remembered by his youngest son the Earl of Wessex and his daughter the Princess Royal, both of whom enjoyed a very close relationship with their father. Prince Edward told ITV: “I’ll remember my father in a number of ways. For what he has done in his public life, for all the organisations he has supported and influenced, and obviously as my father, and husband to my mother, and all the…

Modern music therapy

» I‘m trying to remove more and more digital elements from the music. «(Johann Pätzold) Beat / In these difficult times, a very appropriate question: How are you? Johann / I‘m doing quite well, at least in terms of health. Basically, I think the lockdown is right, so that we can support older and weak people. However, I feel cheated by the state, because the emergency aid is tied to strange conditions, often comes months later, and you don‘t know whether you‘ll have to pay it back. This, in conjunction with the fact that the order books are not getting fuller right now, creates financial bottlenecks for me. I also notice how I am becoming more and more socially stunted as I rarely see friends. So I am often alone with thoughts…

Modern music therapy

Kardashians’ MOST ICONIC MOMENTS

After Kim Kardashian announced the cameras will go down on reality TV juggernaut Keeping Up With the Kardashians after Season 20, the family were feeling nostalgic. “It’s been a hard decision, I’m not going to lie,” family matriarch Kris Jenner, 65, said shortly after the news broke last September. “It’s been very emotional.” The iconic show debuted on E! in 2007 and would eventually spawn 12 spin-off series. “We didn’t really expect it to go on this long,” Kim, 40, told Vogue in March. “We were just having fun. I think we’re all so happy we made it to 20 seasons and genuinely so excited. To have all of those memories and home videos for almost 15 years … That’s amazing.” For viewers, some of those memories, more so than…

Kardashians’ MOST ICONIC MOMENTS
Hands-on: Make top ten sounds yourself

Hands-on: Make top ten sounds yourself

JONAS BLUE FEAT. JP COOPER – PERFECT STRANGERS: TROPICAL FLUTE A LA NI MASSIVE 1 Noise & feedback A good layer basis for tropical flutes, as in the tracks by Jonas Blue, is provided by Massive with its filter capabilities. After calling up “new sound”, the only signal supplier is the noise oscillator with color turned to the right and the amp at 9 o‘clock. OSC1 - 3 remain deactivated. Additionally we activate Feedback with Amp at 1 o‘clock, so that the noise gets tonal character. 2 Filter, part 1 Next we select comb as the operating modes for filter 1 & 2 and bring the small output fader to the right of it to the center position for filter 1 and 2, but lower it a little further for filter 1 so that…

Matt’s A-Z of taste not waste

food waste, food insecurity and sustainability are three of the big challenges facing Australia today. The good news is, huge advances have been made in the 10 years since I started writing about minimising food waste at home, and working with charity SecondBite to solve these problems. Last year, for example, SecondBite collected more than 22 million kilograms of fresh, nutritious food from supermarkets, producers and farms and redistributed this free to more than 1200 charities and NGOs working to combat food insecurity in Australia. Much of this would otherwise have gone to landfill. This A-Z won’t save you quite as much at home, but with up to one in every three of the bags of shopping we buy ending up in the bin, a few canny tricks can dramatically reduce this…

Matt’s A-Z of taste not waste

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE BABY FACED KILLER?

Soon after his sister and parents’ deaths in 2001, Sef Gonzales fronted a police press conference appealing for his family’s murderers to come forward. Appearing every bit the shocked and grief-stricken son, Gonzales spoke clearly to cameras about how his father Teodoro or “Teddy”, 46, was his “hero” and “role model”, his mother Mary Loiva, 43, was the “heart of the family” and his younger sister Clodine, 18, was the “life in the family”. He said he wanted justice and offered a $100,000 reward for information. Then at their funerals, in a suit and solemn-faced, Gonzales stood in front of relatives and friends and sang a tribute to his family. ‘People don’t suspect me... I can hide myself’ As he performed an a cappella version of the Mariah Carey-Boyz II Men song, One Sweet Day,…

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE BABY FACED KILLER?
YOUR SAY

YOUR SAY

Modern mattress misses We bought a new Sealy mattress about two years ago. Being in our seventies, we have bought a number of king size mattresses over a period of nearly 50 years. When doing our research, we found all modern mattresses to be very high and very heavy. We were told by a salesperson that modern mattresses last longer than previous ones. We have not found that to be the case, despite our mattress being at the top end price-wise. Our mattress is two years old and has already sunk in places from our body weights. Neither of us are particularly heavy and I imagine the mattress would be worse with heavy users. In the past, most queen and king mattresses had handles on the side and it was recommended that the…

Wild Wild Nest

Wild Wild Nest

Julia Sherman and her creative director husband, Adam Katz, never planned to leave California for so long. “It was supposed to be a brief sojourn back to New York—then we ended up staying for 10 years,” says the founder of the addictive food site Salad for President. After establishing her brand; renovating a Brooklyn brownstone; and having their now 2-year-old daughter, Red, however, the family was craving the great outdoors. Direct access to green space is what drew them to their Pasadena fixer-upper in the first place. When the couple started looking for a potential West Coast nest, Sherman was hoping for something lush. “As an East Coaster, the desert landscape feels mortally threatening to me,” she says. “I’m much more of a deciduous-tree-canopy, dappled-light kind of person. So when I…

WHAT WENT WRONG?

Adozen years after their first encounter at a 2005 baseball game, former New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez asked superstar Jennifer Lopez to dinner in 2017. “I didn’t know if it was a date,” Rodriguez revealed in a joint Vanity Fair interview with Lopez seven months later. When Lopez mentioned over dinner she was indeed single, Rodriguez made his move. “I went to the bathroom and got enough courage to send her a text,” he told the publication. The text read, “You look sexy AF,” spilled Lopez, adding the night went downhill from there. “The fire alarm went off, and we had to evacuate,” she shared. Four years later, alarm bells are ringing once again for Lopez, 51, and her fiancé. help. “Alex has had a problem texting girls for years,” one…

WHAT WENT WRONG?
Scott’s JEALOUS RAGE!

Scott’s JEALOUS RAGE!

Having conquered his fear of flying with girlfriend Kourtney Kardashian by his side, rocker Travis Barker, who survived a fatal plane crash in 2008, is making up for the lost time. After a romantic getaway in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, the loved-up pair jetted to Europe. In Italy they openly made out in restaurants, cosied up on a gondola ride and lovingly held hands at the star-studded Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Show in Venice. “Kourtney’s always been conscious of being private in past relationships,” a source tells Entertainment Tonight. “But she’s done caring what others think and is enjoying love with Travis.” One particular moment of the couple’s public passion apparently caught the eye of Kardashian’s ex Scott Disick, with whom she shares Mason, 11, Penelope, 9, and Reign, 6.…

OLIVIA TURNS 73! ‘EACH BIRTHDAY IS A GIFT!’

OLIVIA TURNS 73! ‘EACH BIRTHDAY IS A GIFT!’

Olivia Newton-John is a true triple threat. A legend of the stage, charts and screen with four Grammy awards to her name, the Grease icon is one of the most successful recording artists in history. These days, however, Olivia gets the most satisfaction from life’s simple pleasures. This week, the beloved legend turns 73. And while many women of a similar age might bemoan the passing of time, given her brush with mortality – and her ongoing battle with an aggressive stage-four cancer – Olivia sees each birthday as a gift. “Age is a number,” a beaming Olivia tells New Idea from her ranch in Santa Barbara, California. “It’s how you feel inside, and I feel like I’m 33 – just much wiser! I guess when I was younger, I used to be…

‘I’m going to be the best nanna!’

Perfect Match co-host Debbie Newsome still has her beautiful long blonde hair and super-fit bikini body, but she’s got a new name – “Nanna” – and she couldn’t be happier as she celebrates her 60th birthday. “I will sing to him all the time,” smiles Deb, who was over the moon when her reality star daughter Tara Pavlovic gave birth to a bouncing boy named Paddy just four days after her milestone birthday. “Tara will be the best mum ever, and I’m going to be a good nanna!” The arrival of little Paddy brought much joy to Deb, who had to miss The Bachelor and Bachelor In Paradise star Tara’s Queensland wedding to Nick Shepherdson last September due to border closures. “I didn’t make it to Tara’s wedding because of COVID,” she says. “We…

‘I’m going to be the best nanna!’

Britney vs Jamie Lynn SISTERS AT WAR!

Britney Spears and her sibling Jamie Lynn were once glued to each other’s side, with Britney insisting she was “overprotective” of her baby sister and Jamie declaring the singer her idol in the showbiz world. But in recent weeks, their solid sisterly bond has been yet another casualty in Britney’s relentless fight to end her “abusive” conservatorship and angrily call out the people she feels let her down – including Jamie Lynn. “Britney’s always been a sweetheart who wears her heart on her sleeve, but what her family’s done is unforgivable and she’s especially hurt by those who stood by and let it happen, like her sister,” an insider tells Woman’s Day. “She’s vowed to cut them all out of her will when she’s inevitably granted control of her life again.” CONTROLLING FAMILY Indeed,…

Britney vs Jamie Lynn SISTERS AT WAR!
WORLD’S FIRST NON-ELECTRIC HEATED SLEEPING BAG

WORLD’S FIRST NON-ELECTRIC HEATED SLEEPING BAG

In preparation for the cooler months to come, Oztent Group have released the Redgum Hotspot Heated Sleeping Bag, the world’s first non-electric heat adjustable sleeping bag. The sleeping bag has been designed around six trademarked Hotspot pouches positioned around core active heating locations on the body. This means you can adjust the bag to get the amount of heat you need. Oztent say that, unlike an electrical mechanism, these pouches achieve ‘heat normality’. This means that it releases the most warmth when activated, as the camper goes to bed, then evenly and gradually releases heat into the bag throughout the night to synchronise with the camper as their temperature normalises. These pouches can be heated up to 53 degrees Celsius, in seconds, and have been tested for up to 500 uses. The…

Pro know-how for producers

Pro know-how for producers

Beat / Paul, you‘ve been running your successful YouTube channel for many years. How did you come up with the idea of setting up a training platform like MeinHomestudio.de? Paul / Since 2015, a new video about music production has been released on my channel “Paul Marx Media” almost every week. In the comments there was already a lively exchange about questions dealing with Cubase and various production topics. Over time, I‘ve noticed that some questions keep popping up and at certain points often remained unanswered for beginners and advanced users. That gave me the impulse to produce my own courses that take up these questions and answer them comprehensively but in a practical way. In autumn 2016 I programmed the MeinHomestudio. de website and, in addition to the first video courses,…

Summer hit with a 90s vibe

Summer hit with a 90s vibe

1 Finally friday! Too many cooks spoil the hit song? This does not apply to the big hit „Friday“. Riton and the songwriting and producer team The Invisible Man have turned samples from the “MK Dub Edit” of the 1992 hit “Push The Feeling On” in a contemporary house sound. In the process, the hypnotic synth hookline from the Nightcrawlers song was adopted. 2 Hit sounds imitation Spiced up with crisp club beats, an outrageously grooving bassline and catchy vocals, the result sounds remarkably fresh and modern. We have recreated some of the most distinctive synth sounds from “Friday” so that you can use them to enhance your tracks. For this we use the semi-modular synthesizer kiloHearts Phase Plant [1]. 3 Bass First, we recreate the bass sound of the 123 BPM fast track. We…