Monday, September 11, 2017

Bestival Bali Adds Pendulum, Bag Raiders, Kilter, And Colour Castle To 2017 Lineup Featuring Rudimental, alt-J, Purity Ring, De La Soul, And More

Bestival, the award-winning UK festival that will hit Indonesian shores for the first time on September 30th - October 1st with Bestival Bali, has revealed its next wave of artists.
Joining an already jam-packed lineup, Bestival Bali has added the multi-platinum selling Pendulum, who will be playing an exclusive DJ set in their iconic, electronic rock style. Also, hailing from Australia, new artists to hit the bill include electro-duo, Bag Raiders, multi-instrumentalist, Kilter, and the tech-house powerhouse, Colour Castle.

The new announced acts follow Bestival Bali’s first artist announcement, featuring old friends and new including Rudimental, alt-J, Purity Ring, De La Soul, George Clinton Parliament Funkadelic and more. Promising to make the inaugural edition one to remember, Bestival will bring its trademark unique, creative vision from the UK to the paradise island of Bali, Indonesia.
Rob da Bank, Bestival curator says “So here we are upping the ante with our first foray into Indonesia’s festival scene. We’ve got some old-school legends, hip hop wizardry and indie beauties, so we’re adding some serious antipodean vibes with the like of Pendulum, Bag Raiders and Kilter who are all smashing it down under. We’re only a (long) stone’s throw from Australia so you’ve no excuse. Book ya flight!”

First up, the mighty Pendulum! Taking to the hallowed Bestival decks, the festival is honoured to welcome the founding member of one of the most exciting musical forces of the last decade - Paul ‘El Hornet’ Harding of drum & bass and metal behemoths Pendulum. Landing in Bali as part of a busy summer, that includes a residency at legendary Ibiza super club Amnesia, expect some insane drum & bass action from one of the finest DJs in the game.

Australian duo Jack Glass and Chris Stacey are Bag Raiders, purveyors of spectacular electronic madness that has been setting the world alight since their debut EP was unleashed over a decade ago. Chances are, if you’ve stumbled into a club, wobbled at a party, looked into the light at a festival or dawdled along the radio dial then you’ve been exposed to the majesty of Bag Raiders, who now bring their incredible live show to Bestival Bali.

One of Australia’s top 20 most streamed electronic artists, Kilter has quickly made the leap from burgeoning multi-instrumentalist to household name. Adored by listeners from all corners of the internet and festivalgoers alike for his euphoric, energised sound, Kilter is the moniker for 24-year-old Sydney rising star Ned East. Having amassed 40 million streams online, multiple visits to the top of Hype Machine charts and triumphed in the Triple J Like A Version studio, he has extensively toured Australia and played every major festival in the country. 2016 saw Kilter depart on his debut UK/EU tour and 2017 saw him touring across America.

Renowned for his melodic poolside grooves and slamming late night stompers, Colour Castle has been a driving force on the Aussie tech house scene for years now, gaining favour with the likes of Carl Cox, Doorly and Hannah Wants with one powerhouse release after another.

Bestival Bali will take place at the incredible Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK Cultural Park). With breath-taking vistas across the tropical landscape of Bali, and with over 240 acres of parkland centred around 80 foot high limestone-carved cliffs. Bestival will entertain the audience with eclectic music from around the globe as well as offering immersive experiences, delicious food and unforgettable shenanigans – in a way that only Bestival can.

In addition to the Main stage artists, Bestival Bali has also announced a Reggae Roots Stage and an Island Sound Stage. Those interested in attending can purchase tickets here, which includes pre-sale and various VIP options for guests.

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Isotonik Studios: Delorean Dream - Yves Big City Presents our Biggest Novation Circuit Pack Yet


The 80's for those of us that remember them were the golden age for Synth Pop!
And whilst some of you won't be old enough to reminisce the sounds of that era dominate the charts and influence deeply todays modern music.

Taking the decade as inspiration Yves Big City has pulled together the largest pack we've released yet for the Novation Circuit. Consisting of 64 Synth Patches, Sessions and Samples this one pack alone is enough to fill an entire Circuit and provide weeks of inspiration!

If you're familiar with Roland Juno fat brass, warm bass & crystaline bells, get ready for some 80's Cocktail sounds.

With a Synth fusion of Drive Style, John Carpenter and Depeche Mode this pack will turn your Novation Circuit into a portable 80s box. Plus you can’t get lost with the macros of the Delorean Dream Pack as they follow a standard template:

Macro 1 : Cutoff
Macro 2 : Release
Macro 3/4/5/6 : Magic Movement
Macro 7 : Portamento
Macro 8 : Chorus


FestForums® Presents the Ultimate Festival Gathering and Welcomes Seattle Film Festival, Tribeca, San Francisco Film Festival + many more

Converging cutting-edge tech alongside key players who drive the future of the entertainment industry, the bi-annual edition of FestForums® will descend on Santa Barbara later this fall, November 16-18 -- Registration for the third annual gathering is now open via the FestForums® website. Just ahead of the bi-annual event, held in NYC and Santa Barbara each year, the creators behind the esteemed forum are rolling out their first announcement and unveiling a comprehensive program for those interested in learning how to maximize their success in producing festivals.
An all-encompassing conference for music, food, beverage, and film festival industry leaders, FestForums® engages attendees on a multi-faceted level, providing enlightening talks, panels, and open networking opportunities to educate professionals, ensuring the festival market continues to thrive. Curating industry-specific activations, FestForums® Santa Barbara showcases unique opportunities as the role of film continues to expand in the festival space.

Honing in on fresh ways to evolve the longstanding independent cinema industry, the co-producers behind the three-day conference have coalesced experts from some of the most well known film festivals in the world, including Seattle Film Festival, Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival, Lexus Film Festival (curated by The Weinstein Company), California Film Institute, Tribeca, plus 100’s more in attendance. Over the past three years, FestForums®’ intensive schedule has incorporated powerful panels with industry leaders such as Quentin Tarantino, Fisher Stevens, Matthew Modine, Weinstein’s Richard Glasser, John Sloss, Geoffrey Gilmore, Bruce Dern, and Sundance Productions co-partner Laura Michalchyshyn that center on film’s growing importance to festival culture as well as played host to film premieres.

“Our commitment to empowering festivals with networking and educational opportunities is at the core of what FestForums® does best.” - Laurie Kirby, Co-Founder and Co-President, FestForums®

This year’s film-specific panels will discuss thought-provoking topics such as Solving Special Challenges Of Smaller/Niche Film Festivals and Lights! Camera! Releases! Filming Your Festival 2.0. Leading these conversations are seasoned, successful vets in the film and cinema realm: Founder and CEO of Revolution Media – C R Capers (aka Cha-Boogie), Gary Meyer, Eat Drink FIlms, entertainment lawyer William Hochberg of Greenberg, Glusker and the head of Rhino Films, and Stephen Nemeth to name a few.

In addition to invigorating panels, FestForums® will also be hosting exclusive screenings using state of the art cinematic technology provided by Cinetransformer. Attendees will relax and enjoy this one of a kind cinematic experience with complimentary movie theater snacks in an ultramodern “cinema on wheels”. Cinetransformer was recently recognized by the Golden Trade Leaders in Paris with a Golden Trophy in Technology and has partnered with leaders in the film industry such as Warner Brothers, Paramount, Universal, and Disney XD.

FestForums® is also excited to announce the screening of one film in the Emmy Nominated film series: American Epic with a Q&A featuring producer and writer Allison McGourty and director Bernard MacMahon. Executive produced by Jack White, T. Bone Burnett, and Robert Redford and directed by Bernard MacMahon; American Epic seeks to resurrect America's lost musical history as it traces the evolution of blues, country, and more while reconnecting contemporary musicians from Nas to Willie Nelson recording techniques that have been long forgotten in today’s technology-driven world; giving the audience musical performances of a lifetime. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Burnett said of the film: "All of us have a common foe, and that's forgetfulness – where you forget where you came from and who you are. We all appreciate that link to our history. We need that."
Register today for FestForums® taking place this November 16-18th in Santa Barbara, California and be on the lookout for upcoming announcements regarding the Music, Food & Beverage, and more Festival educational tracks!

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Native Instruments announces new MASCHINE & KOMPLETE KONTROL hardware

MASCHINE Mk3 and KOMPLETE KONTROL Mk2 S49 / S61 now available to pre-order

September 7, 2017 – Native Instruments today announces the next generation of MASCHINE and KOMPLETE KONTROL hardware. Unified by an all-new industrial design, both units have been re-engineered to inspire and enable nonstop creativity, boasting more intuitive workflows, optimized layouts, vivid visual feedback, and deeper studio integration.

MASCHINE Mk3 delivers the best ever workflow for quickly sketching and capturing ideas. It adds two high-resolution color screens for easier sound browsing, editing, sample-slicing, and more. The new hardware also features more dedicated function buttons and larger, more responsive pads that retain the same ergonomic layout users know and love. For enhanced convenience and portability, MASCHINE now features a built-in 96kHz / 24-bit audio interface.

KOMPLETE KONTROL Mk2 extends the original keyboard’s workflow with 17 additional function buttons and two high-resolution color screens for browsing, previewing sounds, and more. And now – thanks to enhanced DAW and MASCHINE integration – it’s possible to mix, navigate, and edit projects directly from the hardware. The professional-grade Fatar keybeds and unique Light Guide are joined by new pitch and mod wheels, plus a horizontal touch strip for additional expression.

“We’ve learned from artists and our users that the biggest challenge in creative work isn’t one of getting started, but of keeping going,” explains MASCHINE Product Owner Chris La Pietra.  “We developed these new products in tandem to address this problem: Beyond sparking inspiration, they fuel the whole creative process – they help users get in the zone and stay there. They feel great, they integrate with existing setups, and they make music production as fun, intuitive, and hands-on as possible.”

“We set the benchmark for integrated music production software and hardware some years ago, and these latest products signify a major new milestone in our journey,” explains Mate Galic, CTO and President of Native Instruments.

“Holistic, tactile experiences and optimized layouts showcase the most powerful features in a completely intuitive way and support a sustained creative workflow. Sophisticated integration, with an ever-expanding software ecosystem of KOMPLETE, MASCHINE, and NKS plug-ins, make these the most advanced music production hardware units available today.”
Pricing and availability

The new MASCHINE, KOMPLETE KONTROL S49, and KOMPLETE KONTROL S61 will be available at the NI Online Shop and retailers from October 5, 2017. All three units will be available to pre-order from September 7 at the NI Online Shop. Pricing remains the same as the previous versions in all markets.

MASCHINE EUR 599, USD 599, JPY 72800, GBP 479, AUD 899
KOMPLETE KONTROL S49 EUR 599, USD 599, JPY 69800, GBP 479, AUD 899
KOMPLETE KONTROL S61 EUR 699, USD 699, JPY 79800, GBP 559, AUD 1049

The next generation of MASCHINE hardware lets you effortlessly produce beats, melodies, and harmonies with powerful drum synths, premium sounds, an integrated sampler, and more – cutting-edge software meets intuitive hardware for an ultra-smooth workflow.

Key features
        •       Integrated hardware/software system includes sampler,   arranger, mixer, FX, and more

        •       8 GB MASCHINE library with samples, one-shots, sliced loops, sampled instruments, presets, patterns, drum kits, and songs

        •       Includes 25 GB KOMPLETE 11 SELECT library

        •       25 pro-quality studio and creative FX including filter, EQ, delay, reverb, and compressor

        •       2 high-resolution RGB color displays for precision sample slicing, sound tweaking, note editing, mixing, browsing, and more

        •       16 large, ultra-sensitive pads make two-handed drumming easy

        •       Pro-grade, 96kHz / 24-bit audio interface with 2 x ¼” TRS line outputs, 2 x ¼”  TRS line inputs, ¼” dynamic mic input, stereo headphone output, 1 x MIDI In, 1 x MIDI out, and 1 x Footswitch

        •       Touch sensitive knobs for parameter tweaking

        •       Smart Strip for strumming notes, pitch bending sounds, performing with FX, and more

        •       Four-directional push encoder for browsing, navigating, and adjusting levels and balance

        •       Powered via USB 2.0 or with the included power supply unit

        •       Seamless integration with KOMPLETE
        •       Classic groovebox features including 16 velocity levels, swing, pad link, note repeat, step sequencer, and vintage MPC 60/SP-1200 sampling emulation

        •       Compatible with all major DAWs (including Ableton Live, Logic Pro, and FL Studio) as a

VST or Audio Units plug-in, with full multi-core support

More information about MASCHINE is available here.


With the latest generation of KOMPLETE KONTROL hardware, music-making becomes a more intuitive, hands-on experience. Perform expressively, browse and preview sounds, tweak parameters, sketch your ideas, and navigate and mix your project – all from one fully integrated centerpiece for studio and stage.

Key features
        •       Smart keyboard controller for all your virtual instruments

        •       Pro-grade Fatar keybeds with aftertouch – 49 or 61 semi-weighted keys

        •       Ergonomic pitch and mod wheels, plus touch strip for expression control

        •       Pre-mapped control of KOMPLETE instruments and hundreds of Native Kontrol Standard (NKS) instruments from leading manufacturers

        •       Full VSTi support

        •       Tag-based preset browsing: Find sounds quickly and hear instant previews

        •       Two high-res color screens for browsing, tweaking, mixing, and more

        •       Light Guide: RGB lights above each key highlight drum cells, key switches, chords, scales, and more

        •       Smart Play: See scales and modes on the Light Guide, play chord progressions and arpeggios with single keys, or map any scale to white keys only

        •       Deep integration with MASCHINE software / hardware

        •       Intuitive control over Logic Pro X, Ableton Live, and GarageBand. Cubase and Nuendo integration coming soon after initial release

        •       4-directional push encoder for one-handed sound browsing and project navigation

        •       Two assignable pedal inputs

        •       MIDI in / out

        •       USB 2.0 bus powered

        •       Includes KOMPLETE 11 SELECT

More information about KOMPLETE KONTROL S49 and S61 is available here.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

PERCUSSA Completes Succesful Super Signal Processor Eurorack Kickstarter, Launches Limited-Time Slacker Backer Offer

Los Angeles, California - PERCUSSA completed its succesful month-long kickstarter campaign last Sunday, September 3rd, at 8AM PDT, reaching a total of $62,849 (314% funded, based on its original goal of $20,000), unlocking multiple stretch goals with additional features such as USB MIDI MPE support, and 10 additional DSP modules, including a powerful granular sound synthesis processor.
The kickstarter campaign it completed is for its new Super Signal Processor (SSP) Eurorack Module, for which development will begin immediately, and for which the first units are planned to ship in April 2018.

The SSP will be based on its PERCUSSA Engine and PERCUSSA Remote products, which were first presented last Winter NAMM 2017 in Anaheim, CA. Engine is a sound synthesis platform based on a powerful quad-core ARM Cortex A17 processor, delivering over 20,000 DMIPS, paired with high end AKM ADCs and DACs capable of 192khz sample rate and 32 bit resolution, and a full colour 1600x480 LVDS display. Remote is a professional USB control surface with high quality switches and encoders. Both Engine and Remote feature aluminium machined (CNC) housings and knobs.

The SSP will bring the same powerful sound synthesis capabilities to the eurorack format, and will feature 16 input channels and 8 output channels, USB host and device ports, and a micro SD card slot. It will also feature 4 high quality encoders and 18 durable switches, and the same 1600x480 full colours IPS LVDS display. The input and output channels will be provided using 3.5mm connectors, DC coupled, to support both audio and control voltage signals. The same high end AKM ADCs and DACs will be used for the inputs and outputs.

The kickstarter campaign is now over, but PERCUSSA has opened a limited-time only “slacker backer” period, starting today, September 5th, and ending Friday September 15th, at 8PM PDT. Artists who wanted to back the campaign but did not have a chance to do so in time, can still pre-order an SSP module at the slacker backer price of $1650 + shipping. To do so they should contact PERCUSSA through the website at https://www.percussa.com/contact

After September 15th, this “slacker backer” offer will no longer be available, and the SSP will be offered for pre-order through PERCUSSA’s online store, and through select dealers, at a higher price point, to be announced in the next weeks.

For more information about the PERCUSSA Super Signal Processor (SSP) Eurorack Module, please see https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/percussa/percussa-super-signal-processor-eurorack-module

RockStar by DreamWave Audio is now released

The multi instrument Amplifier/PA System/Bluetooth Sound system, "RockStar" is now available. Go to Dreamwave for more information.

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