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In an interview with David Frost which is due to be Aired next month Sir Paul McCartney tries to dispell the theory, commonly held amongst Beatles fans, that Yoko Ono was to blame for the breakup of the Fab-Four.

 

Avid Beatles fans have been blaming Yoko Ono for the break-up of the Beatles for over 40 years. In a surprise gesture, Paul McCartney has come to her defense, stating that she did not cause the break-up, during an interview with Sir David Frost that will air later this year on Al Jazeera English Television. 

 

"She certainly didn't break the group up," the 70-year-old rock-star will be seen telling Sir David Frost in an interview to be broadcast next month.

 

"I don't think you can blame her for anything," he says, claiming John Lennon was "definitely going to leave".

 

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Nordoff Robbins have today announced that the incredibly successful and internationally acclaimed band, Coldplay, are to receive the Royal Albert Hall Best British Act Award at this year's Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards.


The star-studded event, in aid of music charity Nordoff Robbins, a favourite charity of the music industry, will take place on Friday 28 June 2013 at the London Hilton on Park Lane. 


Chris Martin of Coldplay said 'It means a huge amount to us to be named Best British Act by Nordoff Robbins at the 2013 O2 Silver Clef Awards. Nordoff Robbins is an organisation that lies very close to our hearts. They provide life-changing music therapy for thousands of people each year and we're humbled to collect this award in their honour.'

The event is a highlight in the music industry calendar, recognised for its A-list attendees as well as the impressive auction prizes up for grabs at the lunch. 

The Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards 2013 event is hoping to raise £500,000 to fund 20,000 life-transforming music therapy sessions for children and adults across the UK.

 

Alex 'Cores' Hayes is a producer/engineer/writer based in London. He works closely with Professor Green and was executive producer of his two albums "Alive Till I'm Dead" and "At Your Inconvenience", which both went double gold in the UK. He also MD's Green's band. His involvement with Green has seen him work with the likes of Lily Allen, Example, Labrinth and Emeli Sandé. We recently visited his London studio to discuss one of his favourite pieces of kit; the Focusrite ISA 828 mic preamp.

 

 

"First and foremost," says Cores, "I love the sound. Whenever I'm choosing a preamp or a mic for somebody, I don't just go for the thing that's supposed to be good, or that's supposed to be used. I'll make decisions based upon what I hear, and the context. The ISA is very clean, so I don't have to worry about it being overbearing on anything. It's clear and detailed, which is perfect for modern production."

 

When setting up his studio, Cores was very conscious of what gear he needed and what was unnecessary. One of his main decisions was to not have an analogue mixer. "I don't need one any more, as most of what I do is in the box. But I still need an analogue front end as I track a lot of live instruments and also need to accommodate anything my clients may bring with them. Everything has to be ready to go, so if, for example, I'm in a writing session, the focus can remain on making music. So to have eight channels of ISA preamp is perfect. I might have two mics up for an acoustic guitar, one for a vocal, an electric guitar going through the DI, someone's audio interface patched in... all up at the same time. It's great having that amount of flexibility in one box with no compromise. And the AD converter is great too; I connect the ISA 828 directly to a digital audio interface via ADAT. It's as good as any of the converters I've used anywhere else."

 

 

Many of Professor Green's songs were recorded using Focusrite ISA preamps. The 828 is currently being used extensively for guitar and drum tracking on the forthcoming third album, and on the road Green uses an ISA One for his monitor mix.

 

Green's vocals are usually cut with a Neumann U87, U67, or sometimes a Shure SM7B, so Cores needs his mic pres to work on a variety of different mics. "You're talking about mics with a huge variation in the amount of gain you need to give them. The U87 is a sensitive mic, so I don't need to give it a whole lot, but if I were for example to put an SM7B through something that was more coloured than the ISA series, I'd have to give it a lot of gain and that would mean a lot of noise and a little bit too much harmonic distortion for some of the songs. So, having the option of a really clean preamp for a dynamic mic like an SM7B is great; I can give it as much gain as I want and I know I'm still going to be able to use it in the mix."