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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Wonderfruit Announces Exhilarating Phase 2 Lineup With Lianne La Havas, Shura, and Stephan Bodzin + New Stages, Food Program, And Eco Talks

Pattaya,Thailand - Thailand’s globally conscious, boutique camping festival Wonderfruit has announced the phase 2 lineup for their return to The Fields at Siam Country Club, which includes musicians from around the globe, new stages and an art car crowdfunding campaign, engaging workshops, chefs from their adored Wonder Feasts program, and more. Touching down in Pattaya, Thailand from December 15th-18th, the festival promises to be carbon neutral and rich with sustainability efforts while providing an unforgettable experience for attendees of all ages. Thanks to festival organizers Scratch First, a portion of profits from ticket sales will be donated to the Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve in Indonesia.

For phase 2, Wonderfruit first explores deeper into the world of electronic music with global DJs including German techno aficionado and Herzblut Recordings founder Stephan Bodzin, All Day I Dream favorite YokoO, and fellow dance-inducing producers like Eric Volta, Uone, Marc Antona, Noxro, and Coran. For lovers of indie music, Wonderfruit has tapped into the poignant vocals and synth-driven production of Shura, the highly addicting lyrics of UK singer Lianne La Havas, the acoustic stylings of Blitzen Trapper, and the eclectic sound of Brooklyn duo Buke and Gase. This adds to a lineup that already includes Rudimental, Young Fathers, JUNUN featuring Shye Ben Tzur & The Rajasthan Express, Mad Professor, Nastia, Matador, Kate Simko & London Electronic Orchestra, and more.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Isotonik Studios - Novation LaunchControl X


We here have a fascination with small form MIDI controllers, they maybe diminuitive in size but with a little Sigabort magic they can pack a ton of functionality within them. The next in our series of Control Surface Scripts for Ableton Live is for Novations LaunchControl, an 8 button 16 Encoder mini beast...
USER 6 MODE - 16 PARAMETER CONTROL
Given the number of Factory and User Pages of settings we decided to add our trademark AutoMapping Upgrade. Switch to User 6 Mode and whatever is being controlled by the BlueHand Automapping feature of Live will now give over 16 parameters of control to the encoders for each bank!

PrEDITOR COMPATIBLE
Of course working in banks of 16 is a different concept to the standard 8's, as such you may find that you want to tweak how Devices, Instruments, VST's, AU's and MaxforLive devices are AutoMapped. Good job we've made this budget script PrEditor compatible then as you can build up the maps in the assigned 16's and even map parameters previously hidden to all bu the Ableton Push & Push TWO!

LAUNCHSYNC COMPATIBLE
And not only that, with our LaunchSync Series you can additionally sync the on screen Ring Focus Box to other supported controllers, adding two rows of encoders to a Novation LaunchPad or AKAI APC40 amongst others... 
 
CONFIGURATION OPTIONS
In line with our other Control Surface Scripts you can define a set of options to personalise your controller even further.
  • Choose between different modes for displaying return tracks
  • Set a maximum number of return tracks to display
  • Set how many tracks are moved left and right when moving around the set
  • Choose whether the master track is displayed, allowing master volume to be controlled
MORE DETAILS - Novation LaunchControl X - CLICK HERE 
WALKTHROUGH VIDEO - CLICK HERE
ps. We've got the Native Instruments JAM, Allen & Heath K1 & K2 in the lab....

Sennheiser and Neumann Put Focus on Recording Microphones and Immersive Audio at the 141st AES Convention

Los Angeles, September 22, 2016 – At the 141st AES Convention, which will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center from September 29th to October 1st, Sennheiser and Neumann [Booth 411 / Demo Room 503] will highlight a wide range of new and legacy microphones for various recording applications. Recently introduced models will include the Collectors Edition U 47 fet and versatile TLM 107 from Neumann, as well as the new MK4 digital and the upcoming AMBEO VR Mic from Sennheiser.

A full complement of classic recording microphones will also be on display: From Neumann, this will be the U87 Ai, TLM 67, KM 184 and several other recording staples. Recording microphones from Sennheiser will include the recently introduced MK 8 multi-pattern microphone, as well as classic models from the MKH range, which can be turned into digital microphones using the MZD 8000 digital module.

During the exhibition, the Sennheiser/Neumann Demo Room will also feature a 9.1 monitoring set-up, consisting of Neumann KH 310 and KH 120 nearfields as well as KH 810 subwoofers. Meantime, the exhibition booth will have stereo configurations of the Neumann KH 120 and KH 310 monitors, along with the entire line of Neumann studio monitors as part of the display.

AMBEO and AVAR Conference
Visitors to the Sennheiser and Neumann booth will have the opportunity to experience the promise of fully immersive audio as recorded by Sennheiser using its AMBEO VR Mic in an AMBEO demonstration complete with 3D glasses – further closing the gap between audio playback and reality. The AMBEO VR Mic, which is scheduled to become commercially available in November 2016, is an ideal tool for VR production, presented in a compact form factor.

As part of the Audio for Virtual and Augmented Reality Conference (AVAR), which the AES will hold in parallel to this year’s Convention, Sennheiser will participate in a panel on “Immersive Sound Capture for Cinematic Virtual Reality”, which takes place on October 1st from 11:30 to 12:30 in Theater Room 441. The panel will take a look at the technical and physical requirements that VR puts on location sound engineers and discuss the benefits and constraints of spatial ambience and point sources, finishing with an in-depth look at audio monitoring for VR productions. Sofia Brazzola of Sennheiser Strategic Innovation commented: “Within the framework of our AMBEO 3D audio program, we have been active in the VR production field for quite some time, developing the optimum solution for immersive audio capture. We are therefore extremely happy to be chairing this exciting panel on Cinematic VR.”

Visit Sennheiser and Neumann at AES, Booth 411 and Demo Room 503

Photo captions:
Image 1 (U 47 fet): Recording microphones on show at the joint AES booth of Sennheiser and Neumann include the Collectors Edition U 47 fet from Neumann

Image 2 (AMBEO VR Mic): The Sennheiser AMBEO VR Mic has been designed for VR content creators and will become commercially available in November 2016

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Todd Sharp Amplifiers Announce New Model JOAT 45RT to be Unveiled at LA Amp Show

 

 Increased Output Power and Driver Stage Offer Signature Exceptional Tone

NASHVILLE, TN Todd Sharp Amplifiers announce the highly anticipated addition of the JOAT 45RT to their already stellar product line, expanding upon the award-winning JOAT 20RT and most recent model, the JOAT 30RT. The JOAT 45RT will be unveiled at the LA Amp Show located in Van Nuys, CA Oct. 1-2, with Sharp exhibiting in rooms #1018 and #1020. In less than a year from their official launch in Feb. 2016 Todd Sharp Amplifiers has received the Guitar Player Editors’ Pick Award, the highest honor from the publication, generated A-list clientele such as John Oates, Vince Gill, Keith Urban, Steve Wariner, and Mick Fleetwood and continues to experience growing sales. 
The JOAT 45RT offers a major kick in drive and output power compared to its lower powered 20 and 30 watt brethren. The 45RT mirrors the front end preamp and tonal shaping of the 20 and 30RT models with a few minor tweaks to accommodate an additional driver stage and substantial increase in output power. The JOAT 45RT may be configured with a pair of EL34s (stock) or 6L6/KT66 type power tubes with a simple bias adjustment. That along with the EL34/KT66/6L6 type output stage offers not just more power but a bolder character - for those who just need more beef on the bone than a 20 or 30 watt amp can provide.  
It is a cleaner, higher headroom sound until you get the volume past halfway. Then, as any great amp should - the 45 gets into that magical rich harmonic compression as the volume control advances. Sharp notes, “My signature benchmark for all of my designs is a quick response feel under your fingertips coupled with that glorious squash we all love. A design goal with the 45 in particular was to tip my hat strongly toward a great vintage Marshall 50, but with the JOAT signature front end gain and tone shaping, reverb and tremolo. It is still a very straight ahead amp without overdrive or lead channel options.”
The high-end, hand-wired vacuum tube amps are the first of their kind from Sharp, who has 40+ years performing in studios and stages around the world. He has played with numerous artists, including Hall & Oates, Rod Stewart, Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie, Mick Fleetwood and Bob Welch, Delbert McClinton, Carlene Carter and many more. In addition to being such an established performer Sharp has run his own amplifier repair business, Nashville Amplifier Service, for over 20 years. Through all his years of experience Sharp had yet to find the perfect amp, so he decided to build one.
Sharp will be present both days at the LA Amp Show showcasing the JOAT 45RT to the public for the first time along with his signature 20 and 30RT models offering exclusive specials to attendees. In addition, he will demonstrate the JOAT Amplifier live with his critically acclaimed trio at The Baked Potato in Studio City, Saturday evening, October 1.

To learn more about Todd Sharp Amps please visit www.toddsharpamps.com

Ondalinda in Mexico drops stacked lineup (Mayan Warrior, HVOB, Sabo, Blond:Ish)

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Xperience the Power: Powersoft to Demonstrate its M-Force System Low Frequency Solution at Special Listening Sessions in Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA, September 20, 2016 Powersoft, a world-leading manufacturer of professional power amplifiers, continues its Xperience the Power roadshow series with two Los Angeles-based events demonstrating its M-Force linear motor technology, along with several of its other industry-leading power amplification technologies. The events, which coincide with the 141st AES Convention taking place at the end of this month, are open to industry professionals on a first-come, first-served basis (registration details follow).

The sessions will be held on September 28 and 29 at the Mayan Theater, just a short walk from Los Angeles Convention center. They will provide industry professionals with an opportunity to experience Powersoft's M-Force System — the most powerful single amplifier module ever made, while providing an overview of the company's M Series, K Series, X Series, Ottocanali and Duecanali.

A presentation on Powersoft’s cutting edge M-Force moving magnet linear motor will be given by Powersoft co-founder Claudio Lastrucci, the visionary behind this landmark innovation in loudspeaker technology. M-Force product manager Massimo Minardi will also be on hand to present and answer questions pertaining to this remarkable amplification system.

M-Force technology was recently implemented as the driving force behind the largest subwoofer system in the world—Avalon Hollywood—and delivers output, efficiency, and low-end reproduction never before possible. In addition to M-Force technology, presenters will discuss the efficiency and reliability attributes of the Class D amplification used across the Powersoft product line.

Industry professionals can register online to attend the event, which is part of Powersoft's continuing efforts to increase awareness and deepen understanding among industry professional of its innovative technologies and their applications.
 
  • Who:
    Amplifier manufacturer Powersoft presents Xperience the Power: a demonstration and knowledge session for integrators, sound engineers, manufacturers and industry consultants.
     
  • What:
    Technology presentation and product demonstration of M-Force System and other groundbreaking Powersoft amplifier solutions with Powersoft co-founder Claudio Lastrucci and product manager Massimo Minardi plus special guests.
     
  • When:
    Wednesday, September 28: from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    (guest presentations at 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 5pm)

    Thursday, September 29: from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    (guest presentations at 11am, 1pm and 3pm)
     
  • Where: The Mayan Theater, 1038 Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Space is limited and is available by advance registration only. For more information or to inquire about attending, please visit http://roadshow.powersoft.it/ or contact Francesco Fanicchi by email at: francesco.fanicchi@powersoft.it

Monday, September 19, 2016

Native Instruments introduces HEXAGON HIGHWAY MASCHINE Expansion

 
 
New MASCHINE Expansion provides the powerful, rhythmically sophisticated
sound of experimental electronic music.

Berlin, September 19, 2016 – Native Instruments today introduced HEXAGON
HIGHWAY – a new MASCHINE Expansion combining up-front, expressive drums
and percussion with advanced multi-effect kits. The expansion is aimed
at producers creating music that lives between the lines of established
genres, with a strong focus on beat making. The expansion was created in
collaboration with Twisted Tools, the team behind NI’s randomizing drum
sampler POLYPLEX. HEXAGON HIGHWAY runs in the latest MASCHINE software
on MASCHINE STUDIO, MASCHINE, or MASCHINE MIKRO and is available
exclusively at the NI Online Shop. A compact version for iMASCHINE is
also available via the iMASCHINE in-app store.

HEXAGON HIGHWAY was designed for producers who have a passion for
musical experimentation. A collection of expertly designed drum and
percussion sounds provide a foundation necessary for adventurous,
contemporary electronic music. The expansion also features custom
Multi-Effect kits that make advanced sound manipulation intuitive and
easy. Once a Multi-Effect kit is loaded, producers can cycle through a
host of detailed parameter automations in real time, providing instant
rhythmic and sonic variation during live performances and fresh
inspiration in the studio. A new set of presets for NI’s acclaimed
MASSIVE and MONARK synths deliver a dose of heavy bass accompaniment
that perfectly complements the high-impact drums included in the expansion.

A compact version of HEXAGON HIGHWAY is also available as an iMASCHINE
Expansion, for creating beats on the go. Tracks can be exported to
MASCHINE STUDIO, MASCHINE, and MASCHINE MIKRO for completion.
Pricing and availability

HEXAGON HIGHWAY is available now at the NI Online Shop for $49 / 49 € /
£44 / ¥ 6,280 / AU$ 79 and runs in the MASCHINE 2 software.

The iMASCHINE expansion is available at the iMASCHINE in-app store for
$0.99 / 0,99 € / £0.79 / ¥ 120 / AU$ 1.29.
Further product information and press material

Additional information
on HEXAGON HIGHWAY is available at:
www.native-instruments.com/hexagonhighway

Saturday, September 17, 2016

FXpansion Releases BFD Metal Snares


Snares with impact & character
 
LONDON, UK (September 16, 2016) - Audio software developer FXpansion, now part of the leading music technology company  ROLI, are pleased to announce the availability of BFD Metal Snaresa collection of premium metal-shell snare drums for BFD3.
 
"The snare drum is the center of the beat and it can make or break a song," said FXpansion sound designers Drew Vernon and Mike Bugh. "The drums we chose are made by manufacturers like Sonor and Pearl that are renowned for metal snares that really stand out in a mix."

Each snare drum was recorded with 2 top mics, 1 bottom mic and 1 side mic, along with mono room, ribbon room, and far room ambience channels. Two additional stereo reverb channels were added to achieve a massive sound. The five hand-selected snare drums were recorded with wires on and off and are included in both natural and processed versions.
 
"We wanted to capture an array of excellent snares made from various metals like brass, bronze, steel, and aluminum that are full of character and offer huge sound. The end result is a collection of snares that punch and crack with clarity, cut through a mix, and are instantly usable."
 
BFD3 is the third generation of FXpansion's flagship software acoustic drum studio, delivering new levels of detail and realism with stunning new kits, mix-ready presets and modeling technology for tom resonance and cymbal swells. The revamped interface has a new mixer and sound browser for the easiest BFD experience yet.
 
BFD Metal Snares is available to purchase and download directly from FXpansion for USD $70.00 here: https://www.fxpansion.com/bfdmetalsnares
 
BFD Metal Snares requires a registered copy of BFD3 which is available to purchase as a download or boxed USB version from FXpansion for USD $349.00 here: https://www.fxpansion.com/products/bfd3/

Friday, September 16, 2016

Burning Man EXCLUSIVE - Andrew Jorgensen for The Confluence

Andrew Jorgensen for The Confluence
Observe, “Ready to print” Burning Man 2016 images through the eyes of talented photographer, Andrew Jorgensen, courtesy of The Confluence:

ANDREW JORGENSEN BIO

For the last ten years, internationally renowned professional freelance photographer Andrew Jorgensen has transformed the way live music and festivals have been viewed across the globe.  Pairing a camera with his aesthetic of highly-saturated, dramatic imagery and a captivating eye, Jorgensen has proven himself to be one of the premiere live event photographers in the world.

Based in San Diego, CA, Jorgensen has traversed festivals far and wide through a compelling lense to capture stolen moments, breathtaking installations, sprawling panoramas and priceless memories. Averaging 12-13 festivals annually, his specialization lies in finessing the emotive environment of the festival landscape and, conveying to the outside world the awe-inspiring energy contained within.

The portfolio of Andrew Jorgensen is an impressive standalone testament to the unrivaled caliber of photography and dedication to his craft, as he holds in-house media team positions for several top music festivals in the United States including Coachella Music and Arts Festival, Bonnaroo, Outside Lands in addition to shooting premier transformational festivals in North America - Lightning in a Bottle, Symbiosis and Envision Festival - Costa Rica.

A well-rounded artist, Andrew Jorgensen also shoots commercial advertising photography for a roster of clients that included Campbell’s Soup, Hilton Hotels plus several other top hospitality groups based in San Diego.

Andrew Jorgensen for The Confluence

For a glimpse through the unique vision of Andrew Jorgensen, visit his portfolio here, which contains an expansive collection of exhilarating digital works of art. 

- All Images credited to Andrew Jorgensen for The Confluence -

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Step into the New “Crown Jewel” of San Francisco Nightlife - The Great Northern Opens Sept 16


The Great Northern - San Francisco, CA - San Francisco’s celebrated Design District springs to life as the imaginative visionaries behind famed cocktail bar/nightclub, Monarch SF and Monarch Beverage Catering, unveil their latest exhilarating foray into the nightlife industry: The Great Northern. Opening its doors for the first time this Friday September 16, SF’s most exciting new venue kicks off its inaugural weekend of musical mayhem and whimsical escapades with its premiere celebration, Smoke n’ Mirrors, which will bring together legends of the underground deep house and techno scene, Thugfucker, Galen, Shiny Objects, DJ M3 + more artists TBA.

Residing in the space once held by SF’s iconic club, Mighty, at 119 Utah Street, the venue has been completely re-imagined to encompass an experience beyond your average dance club. Redesigned as a multi-faceted music venue and event space, The Great Northern is a delicate balance of creativity, functionality and cutting-edge design. The aesthetic is described as “Future Deco,”fusing modern technology with quintessential art deco themes reminiscent of the roaring 20s, The Great Northern features two tantalizing bars to whet the palette, a massive dance floor, and towering 30-foot high ceilings to dazzle seasoned bar vets and nightclub newbies alike. Installations and features were designed by the illustrious One Hat, One Hand team of creative wizards, giving The Great Northern an overall vibe of sleek elegance with specialty touches including a stunning center chandelier, dramatic molded archways, beautiful stained glass and mosaics, and meticulous inspiration ranging from French Deco to Goth Deco. Every intricate design element perfectly encapsulates the creative team’s vision in achieving a composition of both classic modern style and Art Nouveau.

Elevating the standards for nightlife in San Francisco and beyond, The Great Northern will also feature a new state-of-the-art custom 80,000 watt Void Acoustics sound system with next level LED lighting and custom projection mapping - designed to fully immerse the body and awaken the senses deep into the early hours of dawn within the walls of what is sure to be the most hi-fidelity nightclub in existence.

Step behind the scenes of San Francisco's ultimate nightlife destination with this video, which highlights The Great Northern’s story of vision to realization - an in-depth look at the design process and insight from the founding fathers, soon-to-be credited with reviving the underground SF music scene. 

Featuring new takes on classic craft cocktails and a very unique and limited table service program, The Great Northern combines an understated elegance with attention to detail and excellence in customer service that is often overlooked in today’s larger format nightlife venues. In the coming month, the front bar will host Happy Hour for guests to enjoy a vast selection of specialty drink concoctions before large floor to ceiling curtains part to unveil and open up the entirety of the venue.

The Great Northern looks ahead to deliver top weekly programming to include both music and live-performance acts. As Om Record Label Owner and Co-founder Chris Smith describes, “We’re looking forward to creating a nightlife experience that is something different and interesting, which we’d be excited to attend. The Great Northern is a complete creative vision both physically and sonically. The design concept is threaded through the entire venue which is not a typical night club. It’s set up as a  performance venue which can house DJ and electronic music artists, but can also showcase live music bands, indie rock, jazz, as well as, private events and everything in between. The space is totally modular and can be used for so many different things. San Francisco is so diverse musically and we’re excited to be able to work with all of those scenes.”

The grand opening Smoke n’ Mirrors event on September 16 will set the standard and guide revelers into what’s to come into the future. A sampling of other upcoming Great Northern events include a monthly residence performance by Beats Antique, The Do-Over Block Party on September 18, the Outer Limits block party with the world’s best underground DJs including Dixon, Danny Daze, KiNK + more on October 8 and 9, and a performance from house legend John Digweed on December 9.

RSVP via Facebook and purchase tickets for the Inaugural Smoke n’ Mirrors event here. The Great Northern will be open weekends, Thursdays through Sundays from 9pm to 4am. To stay up to date with the latest programming, be sure to like The Great Northern’s Facebook page and visit the website. For bottle service inquiries please contact: bottleservice@thegreatnorthernsf.com. 

Stay Connected: The Great Northern

IK Multimedia announces iRig HD 2 - the iPhone 7 ready, pro-quality digital guitar interface for iPhone, iPad, Mac & PC

iRig HD 2 provides plug & play simplicity with 96kHz sound, integrated headphone output, a 1/4" amp out with dual mode switch, plus full AmpliTube versions and more

September 15, 2016IK Multimedia, the pioneer and leader of the mobile music revolution, is pleased to announce iRig HD 2 — the sequel to the best-selling, wildly popular iRig HD digital guitar interface for iPhone, iPad, Mac & PC. The iRig HD 2 raises the bar for guitarists and bassists to play, perform and record with their device at a higher level either while on the go or in their studio.



24-bit/96kHz pristine noiseless sound
First and foremost, iRig HD 2 gives players superior sound quality in a compact, mobile interface.  It features 24-bit analog-to-digital conversion and a best-in-class 96kHz sample rate that delivers an ultra clean, pure noiseless guitar signal to devices and computers. It features an input gain control for dialing in just the right amount of signal for playing and recording and a multicolor LED indicator for precise signal monitoring.

Integrated headphone output, iPhone 7 ready
iRig HD 2 includes a Lightning cable to connect directly to your iPhone and features an integrated headphone output jack with a preamp and level control. For newer devices like the iPhone 7 without a dedicated headphone output, this lets players use their existing headphones to monitor their playing and recording, or for just listening to music.  The output features a high-quality headphone preamp with a volume control that delivers the full, rich complete audio content.

Amp Out with dual mode switch 
iRig HD 2 also sports a new Amp Out jack that lets players use their iPhone, iPad, Mac or PC live on stage with a traditional guitar amplifier without the need for special adapters — a standard ¼” instrument cable is all that is needed to make the connection. This output is controlled by a new FX/Thru switch that lets users choose what type of signal is sent — FX sends the processed signal coming from the device, while Thru sends an unprocessed direct signal for using a tuner or in-line recording of the dry signal. iRig HD 2 also comes with a mic stand mounting bracket and Velcro® strip for convenient attachment to a mic stand on stage for live performance.

Full AmpliTube included
iRig HD 2 owners also receive free downloads of the full versions of the ultimate guitar and bass tone and recording studio - AmpliTube 4 for Mac/PC (a $/€149.99 value) and AmpliTube for iPhone and iPad (a $/€19.99 value for each).  With AmpliTube, guitar and bass players will have access to a whole new universe of gear: stompboxes, amps, cabinets, microphones, speakers, rack effects and more, all on their computer or mobile device. All versions of AmpliTube are expandable with gear from some of the top manufacturers in the industry like Fender®, Orange®, MESA/Boogie®, Ampeg®, T-Rex®, Fulltone®, Seymour Duncan® and more.

Pricing and availability
iRig HD 2 is available now for pre-order from IK Retailers worldwide or from the online IK store for only $/€99.99*. iRig HD 2 will be available and shipping late September, 2016.

Once players register their iRig HD 2, they can download the full version of AmpliTube 4 for Mac/PC from their user area on the IK web site.  Users should install the Free versions of AmpliTube for iPhone and iPad from the App Store, and once the iRig HD 2 is registered and plugged in, they can “restore purchases” and the full version features of both will be available.

For long playing sessions, iRig HD 2 is compatible with iRig PowerBridge ($/€ 69.99) which keeps the iOS device charged while playing, as well as other IK accessories to complete a live guitar set up like the iRig BlueBoard wireless pedal board ($/€99.99), and the iKlip range of mic stand holders for iPhone and iPad (starting at $/€ 39.99).

Ear Trumpet Labs Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary

2016 Includes 100% Sales Growth, Placements with Top Artists and a New Product Launch

PORTLAND, ORIt is rare in the pro audio world for a company, of any size, to be able to boast a 100% sales growth, yet that is exactly what boutique microphone company, Ear Trumpet Labs (ETL) continues to achieve. ETL will celebrate their 5-year anniversary this fall touting that exciting news along with many other accomplishments that paint the picture of a thriving company with an enthusiastic and growing customer base. For the past three years ETL has doubled in sales every year, and 2016 is no exception.
Founded by Philip Graham, ETL’s workshop is based in Portland, OR, where a small team meticulously handcrafts each microphone. Their impressive sound and signature style has landed them on stages and in studios across the world with a growing list of artist enthusiasts including Andra Day, Elvis Costello, Violent Femmes, Brandi Carlisle, Jason Mraz, The Milk Carton Kids, and Old Crow Medicine Show. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill chose ETL’s Edwina and Chantelle models when they performed a memorable duet at the 2014 ACM Awards and in 2016 the Infamous Stringdusters selected Edwina and Myrtle for their performance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. 
The story of Ear Trumpet is personified through their fearless leader, Philip Graham, who, like so many innovators, made the jump from a steady career to pursuing his passion. "It was an improbable leap five years ago to quit my job and try to make a full-time business out of the basement tinkering that had kept me sane as a software engineer,” he recalls. “I look around now with surprise and an abiding sense of good fortune at our beautiful workshop space and the craftspeople building dozens of mics each week.”  

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

EASTWEST PLAY 5: The Fastest, Most Powerful Version To Date

 

Hollywood, CA (September 13, 2016) - EastWest proudly announces the 5th version of PLAY, boasting a major performance upgrade. PLAY 5 is the fastest version to date with dramatically improved load times thanks to an optimized engine.
"This is a massive upgrade to the PLAY engine," says Doug Rogers, founder and producer of EastWest. "Power users in particular will appreciate the special optimization settings for SSDs and PCIe-based flash storage. We're really proud of the improvements we were able to make."


PLAY 5 also includes an impressive array of professional audio processing tools: The SSL/EW FX Global Suite, a $99 value, is now included for free to all PLAY 5 users. This collection of authentic SSL tools includes a filter, EQ, compressor, gate/expander, transient shaper and stereo bus compressor. EastWest has also included 726 new reverb impulses for the EastWest Convolution Reverb.
Additionally, an Amp Simulator and the Ohmicide multi-band distortion ($99 value) are included free for the EastWest Goliath collection which contains hundreds of instruments of all types from the EastWest product range, and many more unique to Goliath. For film/TV/games composers or musicians looking for a more edgy sound, this powerful combination opens up a new world of possibilities using real instruments as the source instead of oscillators. For the next week, EastWest is going to be offering Goliath for 50% off for anyone that doesn't have this incredible collection.

With the release of PLAY 5, EastWest is pleased to announce that all ComposerCloud subscriptions are now supported by PayPal. Subscribers no longer need a credit card to access the entire EW collection of over 10,000 award-winning virtual instruments.

To download PLAY 5 and the Goliath instrument update, go to the EastWest Support Center

Native Instruments Announces MASCHINE JAM Production and Performance System



Berlin, September 8, 2016 – Native Instruments today announced MASCHINE JAM – the modern production and performance system created for fluid, intuitive track sketching and the latest member of the MASCHINE family. MASCHINE JAM offers versatile workflow designed to swiftly capture and develop creative ideas using tactile step sequencing and touch-sensitive performance controls for the latest MASCHINE 2 software. Advancing the same seamless hardware-software integration found throughout the world of MASCHINE, MASCHINE JAM not only enhances music production with existing MASCHINE hardware, but also with DAWs, NKS-ready plug-ins, and the KOMPLETE range of software and hardware. MASCHINE JAM will be available at the NI Online Shop and at retailers worldwide starting September 29, 2016.


“Inspiration has always been the most energizing, yet transient moment in the creative process,” says Mate Galic, CTO of Native Instruments. “MASCHINE JAM narrows the gap between idea and execution and introduces an innovative piece of hardware that draws from the power of software in a deeply integrated way. It will stimulate more creative experimentation, drive quick results and deliver the flow of a truly tactile digital instrument for advanced track building and performance”.

MASCHINE JAM offers a unique set of hardware features that reinforces the creative process. Its workflow centers on an 8x8 multicolor click-pad matrix where producers and performers can experiment with arrangement possibilities using patterns and scenes. In Step Mode, the matrix becomes a powerful multi-track step-sequencer for one, four, or eight sounds simultaneously. In Pad Mode, sounds are entered in real time, while Piano Roll Mode makes step-sequencing melodies in a wide variety of available scales possible. When the Variation Engine is enabled, inspirational beats and melodies are randomly generated based on customizable values and then modified on the matrix. A built-in humanizer adds natural rhythmic fluctuations to programmed sequences.

Friday, September 9, 2016

undocument Releases "The Quiet Crusade"

"undocument" has released his 3rd album today, "The Quiet Crusade"

Get it here: 

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