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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Syntronik™ - the legendary synth powerhouse is now available for both iPhone and iPad

December 12, 2017 - IK Multimedia is pleased to announce the version 1.1 update of Syntronik™, the legendary synth powerhouse, is now available for both iPhone® and iPad® from the App Store®.



Syntronik now also supports Audio Units plug-in compatibility for host applications like GarageBand®, Cubasis®, Auria™, AUM™ Mixer and others, allowing users to easily record multitrack projects on the go using their favorite synths from the collection.

Syntronik offers the largest and best-sounding collection of classic synthesizers in a virtual instrument for iOS devices. This is achieved via a new hybrid sample and modeling synthesis engine, an arsenal of high-quality modeled effects and innovative instrument features that offer unparalleled flexibility and sound quality. Syntronik includes 17 amazing Synths covering a wide selection from 38 of the most iconic to ultra-rare classic synthesizers and string machines of all time:

99 - Based on the Yamaha SY99; Blau - Classic sounds of the PPG Wave 2.3; Bully - Iconic bass sounds of the Moog Taurus I, II and 3; DCO-X - Based on the Roland JX-3P, JX-8P and JX-10 classic synths; Galaxy - Iconic sounds of the Alesis Andromeda; Harpy 260 - Classic sounds of the ARP 2600; J-8 - Iconic sounds of the Roland Jupiter 4, 6 and 8; J-60 - Based on the Juno 60, including analog modeled chorus; Minimod - Based on the Minimoog, Modular and Voyager synths; Noir - Based on the Moog Prodigy, Micromoog and Multimoog; OXa - Classic sounds of the Oberheim OB-X and OB-Xa; Polymorph - Based on the Polymoog, Opus 3, Rogue, and Concertmate MG-1; Pro-V - Classic sounds of the Prophet-5 and Prophet-10; SAM - Iconic sounds of the Oberheim SEM synthesizer; String Box - Based on ARP, Elka, Hohner, and Roland string machines; T-03 - Iconic bass sounds of the Roland TB-303 and the V-80 - Classic sounds of the Yamaha CS-80, GX-1 and CS-01.

Each of the 38 synthesizers in Syntronik for iPhone and iPad was painstakingly multi-sampled using the most advanced techniques available to capture the "DNA" of the hardware and accurately reproduce the real sound of the classic synthesizers. Adding even greater realism, IK's proprietary DRIFT™ technology varies the phase, color and pitch of the sampled oscillators in a subtle fashion to keep them moving just like real analog oscillators.
The unique hybrid synthesis engine provides ultimate sonic authenticity thanks to its modeled filter section built by IK, the company that pioneered virtual circuit modeling. Syntronik offers 7 filter types including 4 of the best sounding analog filters of all time: the Moog transistor ladder, Roland's IR3109 chip, the famous Curtis CEM3320 chip and the Oberheim SEM state variable filter. Also included is a Classic low-pass filter and powerful digital filters like Formant and Phase. Plus, all 7 filters can be selected within each Synth, enabling users to mix and match them - like using an Oberheim filter with Moog oscillators for new and totally unique combinations.

Syntronik lets users shape sounds in a myriad of ways with 37 professional effects ranging from dynamic processors to amps, filters, EQ's, modulation effects, reverbs and more. 5 effects can be simultaneously inserted on every instrument via an attractive "lunchbox-style" interface that allows for immediate visualization and editing of every parameter from a single screen.

The 17 powerful Synths in Syntronik for iPhone and iPad are easily recognizable by their elegant interfaces with consistent controls for ease of use. Sounds can be loaded into 4-part layered "Multis" with each part containing its own instrument, key splits, arpeggiator and dedicated 5-slot effect section for ultimate sound design flexibility. With 1200 stellar sounding instrument presets, 200 carefully programmed Multis, (available in the full version or with all 17 synths), and 129 compelling arpeggios, Syntronik provides ultimate inspiration covering any genre or style of music.

Pricing and availability
Syntronik version 1.1 is now available for free on the App Store and includes 25 instrument sounds from 17 synths. Please download it on the App Store.

Syntronik Full offers a more comprehensive experience for only $79.99 MSRP, available as an in-app purchase.

Individual synths are also available via in-app purchase for just $9.99 MSRP each.

For more information, please visit:
www.ikmultimedia.com/syntronikios

Isotonik Studios Chiptune Dreams - Novation Circuit Pack from Yves BigCity & Erin Ramona Martinez


RELEASE: OUT NOW
PRICE: £12.99 / €16.00 / $19.00
LINK - CLICK HERE 

Chiptune Dreams is a Novation Circuit Pack & collaboration between Erin Ramona Martinez and Yves Big City featuring patches, samples, and sessions inspired by the chiptune scene. If you were ever a fan of the music found in many classic 8-bit games then this pack is for you!

32 patches from Erin painstakingly recreate the sound of the NES and Gameboy. Her macros are designed to give you an extreme amount of control over the patches and welcome newcomers to synthesizers. Her layout is Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release, Filter, Portamento, Speed, and Intensity.

32 Patches from Yves were designed to quickly inspire you and represent the modern electronic music scene. His set of macros give you an astonishing amount of tone shaping options and are as follows. Filter, Release, Magic Movement(3-6), Portamento, and distortion.

Together the patches show off an amazing amount of sounds that will work in a wide variety of genres and offer the kind of flexibility that musicians crave when performing live.

64 Samples were lovingly crafted from classic hardware such NES, Gameboy, Commodore 64, PO-20, and many classic drum machines! All samples have been processed to cut through any mix and will save you valuable time in post production.

MORE DETAILS - CLICK HERE 

Friday, December 8, 2017

Isotonik Studios Double Free Friday - Art Frequencies - MicroChaosDelay


RELEASE: OUT NOW
PRICE: FREE
LINK - CLICK HERE 

First up for this double Free Stuff Friday is a fun new MaxforLive Audio Device from Art Frequencies.

You'll have already no doubt seen their excellent DekobokoFXLite & DekobokoFXPro devices, MicroChaosDelay builds on this pedigree which in their own words is "Tiny, Funny and Forever Free"

You can watch the walkthrough video on the page and jump right in manipulating audio with the X/Y pad control within the device!

MORE DETAILS - CLICK HERE 

 

Jim Drones - Ill Circuitry

RELEASE: OUT NOW - PRICE: FREE - LINK -  CLICK HERE

The ill Circuitry Samplepack from Jim Drones is a compact collection of 74 free WAV sample files for use within Novation Circuit, or any other sample playback capable instrument or DAW.

This assortment of audio production tools feature a selection of signature sounds contained within his Origins Beyond, Stratospheric and Cataclysmic Impact patchbanks for Circuit, along with sonic creations from a variety of analogue synthesizers and custom-modded Texas Instruments Speak and Spell, Speak and Read, and Speak and Math glitched out Incantors.

MORE DETAILS - CLICK HERE

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Moogfest 2018’s First Talent Announcement includes Chelsea Manning leading Female and Transgender Lineup


Durham, NC, [December 6, 2017] –  Today, Moogfest unveils a festival lineup led by female, non-binary, and transgender artists, including a keynote conversation with privacy rights and political transparency activist Chelsea Manning on The Future of Creativity. The announcement is celebrated by ‘Always On’, a 50-hour livestream presented in partnership with Tom Tom Magazine from Today at 12:00 pm ET to 2:00pm ET on December 8, 2017.

Chelsea Manning’s keynote conversation will explore how technology enables radical disruption in the personal and political spheres, framing the technological future as a new creative landscape. Since its introduction in 2014, the Moogfest keynote has unearthed new perspectives on the future of creativity – tackling questions about how creativity will evolve and what tools will shape creative expression in the future. Like the festival’s namesake, Dr. Bob Moog, these world-renowned thinkers and futurists bring to life the tools and ideas that deepen our existence. Manning follows in the footsteps of other groundbreaking thinkers; past Moogfest keynote speakers include: transhumanist Dr. Martine Rothblatt, VR pioneer Jaron Lanier, Dr. Kate Shaw from the CERN Large Hadron Collider, Harvard’s Dr. Joe Davis, and philosopher Nick Bostrum.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

HyVibe Audio Introduces Smart Acoustic Guitar



Record, perform, compose and playback - all on the world's first 
connected smart acoustic guitar
Paris, France (November 29,2017) - HyVibe Audio, a sound technology company that uses vibration technology to create the purest possible sound from any object, announces the world's first smart acoustic guitar. The HyVibe Guitar uses this proprietary vibration technology and a wireless Bluetooth connection to become its own connected speaker, multi-effect processor, recorder, and amplifier, without all the cables, amps, or pedals.

"Acoustic guitar players have high standards for natural sound, but also want the features and flexibility of digital," said Dr. Adrien Mamou-Mani. "We address these needs by using the natural vibration of the guitar to create the best possible sounds and add digital control and connectivity to give the player effects, recording, and playback - all within the guitar itself."



What is a Smart Acoustic Guitar?
The HyVibe Guitar begins with a solid AA spruce top for the best natural vibrations and custom-built specs for the ultimate in playability. HyVibe then introduces their proprietary algorithms and multiple actuators to transform the natural vibrations of the guitar from the top plate, by the bridge where the instrument performs best to add high quality effects. Digital recording and looping features are included for convenient songwriting, performing, and practice. Finally, wireless Bluetooth technology is embedded as well as an Android and iOS App, connecting the guitar, and it's player to the world.

Musicians have been songwriting, recording and performing with prototype HyVibe Guitars since 2011, providing valuable feedback from real-world use. Watch videos here.
"Based on years of research, our technology fuses the world of acoustics and digital in a way that has never been done before. Since we excite our guitar by the bridge, the origin of the digital sound is practically the same as the natural excitation by the strings. When the live sound, the effects, and the backing tracks are all coming from the guitar itself, it's a unique experience that the player can really feel," added Dr. Mamou-Mani.
Features:
  • A responsive and dynamic acoustic guitar built with a solid AA spruce top and excellent craftsmanship, natural feel and a rich range of tones.
  • Multi-effects from the body of the guitar: chorus, reverb, delay, distortion, phaser, tremolo, boost and more.
  • Mobile App Control for Android and iOS: change the effects on the guitar, share effect setting, and recording with friends & the world
  • Record, loop and share instantly
  • Bluetooth connectivity: use the body of the guitar as a speaker for backing tracks or song playback
  • Output and input jacks to connect to an external amplifier or connect pedals
  • Built-in tuner, metronome, and EQ
Price and Availability:
The HyVibe Guitar is available for pre-order on Indiegogo:

Monday, December 4, 2017

A2IM Looks Forward to an Indie-Packed 60th Grammy Awards

As the 60th Grammy Awards approaches, this year's list of nominees features a wide range of well-known and up-and-coming artists. Many of these artists have broken free from the mainstream music machine to present their work via independent labels.
 
Independent artists make up 55% of nominations in all non-producer and non-spoken word categories, with 43 of the 81 categories being a majority of independent nominees. In the Jazz field, independents comprise a whopping 92% of artists nominated, and take home 80% of the nominations in both the American Roots and Composing/Arranging categories. Special congrats to A2IM members Concord Music Group (12 nominations), Mack Avenue (8 nominations), Naxos (7 nominations), Beggars Group (5 nominations), Ninja Tune/Counter Records (4 nominations), and to Big Machine, Compass Records, Eleven Seven Music, Numero Group, and Sub Pop, who are all bringing home 3 nominations this year. You can find the full list of independent nominations here, including even more from A2IM members.
 
A2IM, the advocacy group for independent labels and their artists, is excited to see such a large number of independent artists being recognized by the Recording Academy.
 
"Independent music is doing better than ever with a record global market share of 37.32% according to Billboard. Last year more than two-thirds of Grammy nominations were independent releases. Independent music's authenticity, vitality, and genre diversity ensure its keystone role in the recording industry and American culture. A2IM thanks the Recording Academy and its members for its inclusiveness." says A2IM CEO Richard James Burgess.
 
For years, A2IM's mission has been to take independent music "beyond the gatekeepers," allowing independent artists the same opportunities, media attention, and airplay as the biggest players in the music industry. Through its advocacy efforts, the organization has fought to ensure that independent artists are paid the money they deserve. A2IM has also taken independent music international, promoting artists in places such as Latin America and Asia. In addition to this, A2IM's annual Indie Week gives artists and labels a forum to gain insight into best practices while providing a space to network with those who have experience in traversing the music scene.
 
A2IM currently boasts 511 label members - the highest since its inception - and with its rapidly growing numbers, the organization continues to impact the music scene at the Grammy Awards and beyond.
 
If you're a member of the Recording Academy, A2IM encourages you to vote independent. You can check out the A2IM Independent Voter Guide for final round voting here. Final-Round Voting begins on December 7 at 9:00 AM Pacific Time, and closes on December 21 at 6:00 PM Pacific Time.

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