M-Audio Keystation 88 Mk3 Test

M-Audio Keystation 88 Mk3 Test

A couple of months ago I was sent the M-Audio Keystation Mk3 to review and was so impressed that I ended up buying one for gigs!

In the video above is a quick comparison of the Keystation alongside the Yamaha P115 so that you can hear the difference (or similarities) in velocity.

You can read my full review at Sound On Sound – https://www.soundonsound.com/reviews/m-audio-keystation-88-mk3 – yes that’s right folks, my first Sound On Sound article is now published! ๐Ÿ™‚

Get the full spec at:
Gear4Music – https://fave.co/390haZ2
Thomann – https://fave.co/3p2xAG5
Amazon – https://fave.co/3qCZrNh
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CME XKey Touch Sensitiviy Test

CME XKey Touch Sensitiviy Test

Been wanting to get a few more kit videos on my YouTube channel so here we go, starting 2021 off as I mean to go on! I was fascinated by the CME Xkey when I first saw it and it’s been a really fun part of my setup since getting one. Great for taking out on the road, it’s touch sensitive, transmits aftertouch and lets you add sustain and expression pedals – not bad for such a tiny piece of kit! It takes some getting used to but has been really valuable for quickly getting ideas down when I’m not in the studio. The video above is a quick test on the level of the expressiveness using one of my favourite piano sounds and I think it performed pretty well.

Living Your Best Life

Living Your Best Life

Ain't Nobody Playin'

(with Gary Barnacle & Gaz Rackham)

Atheen - Living Your Best Life

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Back in the days when we used to go and watch Level 42 in concert, I was in awe of the whole band and never dreamed that one day Saxophonist Gary Barnacle would be playing on one of my tracks.

Well here we are and Gary has done an absolutely awesome Alto Sax lead break for my new single, Living Your Best Life. It’s been a joy working with him – despite his awesome discography he is so down to earth and really is one of the good guys from the industry!

I was trying to capture an old school jazz-funk vibe with this one, complete with retro synth lead break.

As always Gaz Rackham has done an awesome job on the bassline, with some classic ‘Gazzy moments’ thrown in there to delight your ears.

This has been so much fun to work on and I really hope you enjoy strutting your funky stuff to it! x

Out on 23rd October 2020.

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Track Credits

Written and Produced by Atheen. Special thanks to East West, Yamaha and Dom Morley.
Alto Saxophone arranged, played and recorded by Gary Barnacle @ 241 Studios, London. Gary Barnacle uses Rico Royal saxophone reeds.
Bass by Gaz Rackham. Gaz uses Rotosound strings – https://www.rotosound.com/gary-rackham/
Mastered at Abbey Road Studios.
Video background by http://www.videezy.com

 

Forget Me Nots Cover

Forget Me Nots Cover

Worked on a little project in the studio just for fun, one of my favourite tracks by an all-time favourite performer, Miss Patrice Rushen. Again this features the most awesome Gaz Rackham on bass.

God Bless The Child

God Bless The Child

Here’s a throwback gallery video, a fun little home recorded collaboration with Martin, a guitarist friend. We were looking to play some laid back Jazz gigs and this is one of the demos that we put together, one of my favourite songs by the lovely Billie Holiday. Will definitely do a proper recording of this track in the very near future.

CME Xkey Controller Keyboard

CME Xkey Controller Keyboard

Is this the world’s most portable keyboard? I first saw the Xkey online a few months ago and was dying to try one out. Since first spotting it, I’ve launched a keyboard website and have now had the pleasure of trying and reviewing it. Absolutely love the portability of this keyboard and am really excited about checking out the new bluetooth version hooked up to my iphone apps! Here’s a little of what it does, more videos to follow ๐Ÿ™‚

You can read my review and see more info on it at Keyboardist.co.uk

Canned Heat Cover

Canned Heat Cover

OK, so you know how much I love ‘The Funk’ and vowed to cover some favourite tracks for the sheer fun of it. Here’s one from a little while back that was programmed up using Logic Pro X and with an awesome contribution from epic bassist friend Gaz Rackham. Video on iPad as I didn’t have hi-res back then! ๐Ÿ™‚ x

YouTube Updates

YouTube Updates

Finally taken charge of my YouTube channel and came across some lovely comments that I didnโ€™t even know were there, thank-you guys!!!

New video content coming from next week. In the meantime hereโ€™s a cover I did of a favourite track by Sarah Bareilles ๐Ÿ™‚ x x x

https://www.youtube.com/user/AtheenTV