Thursday, June 22, 2017

Native Instruments introduces KINETIC TOYS

Berlin, June 21, 2017 – Native Instruments today released KINETIC TOYS, a new instrument for creating evocative leads, ethereal sound beds, rhythmic musical parts, evolving loops, and unconventional sound effects. KINETIC TOYS is the full-sized version of Native Instruments’ winter gift, KINETIC TREATS.

KINETIC TOYS features over 200 individual sound sources – including a wide variety of well-known and unusual children’s toys, games, and even snacks. These are combined with custom synthesized tones, to create musically tuned, playable hybrid patches. In total KINETIC TOYS features 3.5 GB of all original content, including 670 sounds split across 35 themed NKIs.

KINETIC TOYS is made for creative sound designers and producers seeking soundscapes and unusual lead sounds that naturally stand out in a busy mix.

Two custom X-Y matrices are used to control the sound mixer and the onboard FX. One takes the form of a dancing toy ballerina, and controls up to sixteen sounds sources simultaneously – eight sampled and eight synthetic. The second is shown as a toy robot, and controls up to eight user-selectable effects.

Both X-Y controls can be controlled manually, or with three different forms of automatic motion. Speed can be freely assigned, synced to project tempo, and even set independently for the X and Y axis. These motion controllers can themselves be modulated by an LFO or envelope.

KINETIC TOYS was created in collaboration with sound designer Jeremiah Savage. For over a year, Jeremiah scoured shops and markets (and his own attic… ) for the sounds and toys of his childhood, discovering a few new ones along the way. Jeremiah has worked with NI in the past on the well-received and highly-acclaimed KINETIC METAL, KINETIC TREATS, and more.

KINETIC TOYS runs in KONTAKT 5 and the free KONTAKT 5 PLAYER, and is available at the NI Online Shop for €149 / $149 / £129 / ¥ 18 800 / AU$ 229

Additional information about KINETIC TOYS is available at:

Monday, June 19, 2017

'If These Walls Could Speak' - Wallace Detroit Guitars' New Limited Edition Brewster Wheeler Series Makes Detroit's Legendary Past Come to Life

Limited edition electric guitars feature aged maple wood harvested from historic local rec center frequented by music and boxing legends

Detroit, June 19, 2017— Wallace Detroit Guitars, a Detroit-based guitar manufacturer that creates unique and timeless instruments out of reclaimed wood from local landmarks, announced its limited edition Brewster Wheeler Series is now in production. The new line of exclusive instruments are constructed of wood harvested from the historic Brewster Wheeler Recreation, which was frequented by many Detroit legends including music artists Diana Ross and the Supremes, boxing Joe Louis and many others.

“It’s really a premier series for us, since the story of Brewster Wheeler is such an amazing one and because the wood that we have discovered is truly unique,” said Mark Wallace, owner of Wallace Detroit Guitars. “The maple from the benches is beautiful, completely flawless and covered with black and dark blue paint. We are going to try to leave some of the original paint from the benches to show how far the wood has come from where it was originally.”

Keeping History Alive
Opening in 1929, the Brewster Wheeler Recreation Center was a hub for community activity and possibly best known as the gym where professional boxer Joe Louis trained. Many local musical legends, including Diana Ross and the Supremes and The Funk Brothers, lived in the nearby Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects and frequented the center.

The Brewster Wheeler Recreation Center officially closed in 2006 due to a lack of funding and a $50 million project is currently in the works to redevelop the space that has been vacant ever since.
“For a long while, The Brewster Wheeler building was a symbol of urban decay, but that environment bred some of Detroit’s brightest musical stars like Diana Ross who used to hang out at the center,” Wallace said. “I was very excited to be able to pull wood that was thought to be a lost cause and turn it into heirloom quality musical instruments.”

Featuring solid maple bodies and rosewood fretboards, Wallace Detroit Guitars will produce 15 exclusive single-cutaway guitars, each featuring hand scatter-wound pickups for a classic vintage sound. The guitars will be engraved with a specially assigned serial number beginning with the numbers 313 in homage to Detroit’s area code, and a separate prefix number specific to this series.

Breathing New Life into Detroit's Past
Last month, Wallace Detroit Guitars released its Firehouse Series of guitars crafted out of reclaimed wood from the historic Detroit Fire Department Headquarters building, which stood on a site that had been used by Detroit fire departments continuously since the 1840s. The existing structure was built in 1929, but the Fire Department Headquarters were moved in 2013 to make way for the boutique Detroit Foundation Hotel.

The Firehouse Series instruments — which are available now — are constructed of salvaged pine and maple from the storied building’s floorboards.

Each instrument that Wallace Detroit Guitars makes features a certificate of authenticity and ships with a one-of-a-kind handmade guitar strap fashioned out of reclaimed car upholstery and a hard-shell leather case.

For more information or to order please visit wallacedetroitguitars.com

Ned Rush - FX Pack from Isotonik Studios

PRICE: £25.99

The first release on our website was the Ned Rush Audio Collection, so it seems rather fitting that to coincide with us transferring our webstore over to a new ecommerce platform that we mark the occasion with the final update to the second part of the Audio Collection, Ned's FX Pack!
Consisting of five MaxforLive Audio Devices, we think the line up is pretty solid!

Autotune is autotune on the cheap! If you really want the now timeless gimmick of robot tuning over your RnB hit, or if you simply want to experiment with tuning textures into drones to resample into epic pads and homemade synth tones, and can’t afford the real deal, then this MaxforLive device could be for you. You can tune to scales, or single notes, and the results are stunning. Tip! Stack them up in effects rack on separate chains to create rich soundscapes.

Relive the 60s or go swimming in this glitchy acid wave of pitch shifting delays and smudgey reverbs as your sound flies away into a big sea of grainy clouds and psychedelic swoosh.

It’s Dirty, it’s an Echo, there’s not much to say on this one, it’s best to hear it in action!

Wobble is still cool right? Sure it is, but this does more. Its not only a step sequencing multi filter which sequences not only the filter type, but also the modulation curve, its also a sampler.

Growl is a autotuning, pitch tracking comb filter and sound generator with quantized note scaling.


Molly Tuttle's Rise Debuts at #2 on Billboard's Bluegrass Albums Chart

Nashville, TN -- June 15, 2017 -- Award-winning songwriter and virtuoso instrumentalist Molly Tuttle turns a new corner with Rise, her debut as a solo artist, which hit #2 on Billboard's Bluegrass Albums chart this week. Produced by Kai Welch, the seven-song EP was independently released on June 2nd, and celebrated with a sold-out release show at Nashville's Station Inn on June 3rd. 

Already a familiar face in bluegrass circles and folk festivals, where she's been performing since the age of eleven, Tuttle widens her reach with Rise. "I wanted to push outside the box," she says of the EP, whose songs mix the fiery fretwork of her acoustic guitar with banjo, fiddle, drums, pump organ, electric guitar, and other flourishes. "It was a good step to finding my own sound, and not staying tied to the traditional bluegrass sound. I grew up playing bluegrass and I still love it, but I'm influenced by other styles of music, too. I really wanted to create something original."

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

StompLight® is Ready to Rock

Business Fulfills Kickstarter Promises, 
Adds Dealers and Sales Reps
El Granada, Calif. — Great ideas show up on Kickstarter all the time but few of them ever go anywhere (as many a frustrated contributor can attest). One notable exception is StompLight®, the world first fully self-contained sound-responsive stage lighting effect pedal now with the addition of DMX512 protocol. The company has fulfilled its Kickstarter promises, added Dealers and is now selling directly to consumers online, much to the delight of its supporters — and the irritation of its competitors.
For any soloist, band, or mobile DJ that’s ever wished they had their own lighting director, StompLight’s simple solution has appeared like a dream come true. The patented device creates an array of lighting effects in the familiar, easy-to-use form factor of an effect pedal. Excitement around the device has been building up online and at trade shows over the last two-and-a-half years as the inventor, musician Michael John Ahern, has crisscrossed America demonstrating the prototype.
“From the very beginning, the response to StompLight has been passionate,” says Ahern. “People were so excited to have one; they were willing to place orders more than a year in advance. It feels great to fulfill orders and to now have StompLight in the hands of performers around the world. We recently added a testimonial page to our website and the feedback has been phenomenal.”
StompLight will be demonstrating its products next month at Summer NAMM booth 1700. The company recently signed a distribution agreement in the U.K. and is looking at additional distribution opportunities in North America and abroad.
“Over the past two years we have had consistent interest from distributors and major online retailers but we were not ready. That’s changed,” says Ahern. “It’s really going to be fun to see where it goes from here.”
About StompLight®   Stage Lighting Made Simple
StompLight is the ultimate stage lighting hack. The StompLight Power Bank enables performers to rehearse or perform anywhere with or without AC power. The StompLight® DMX Pro effect pedal is simple to use and its companion products, the StompLight Li Ion Power Bank and StompLight Pal slave allow an artist to create stage lighting anywhere in seconds. Portable and built to last, StompLight is the world's first effect pedal that is DMX512 compatible. Designed to work as either a stand-alone lighting solution or in concert quickly connecting with the StompLight® Pal or any existing DMX512 lighting products. Learn more at: www.StompLight.com.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Native Instruments releases free REAKTOR Blocks 1.3 update

June 8, 2017, Berlin – Native Instruments today released REAKTOR Blocks 1.3, a substantial update to this acclaimed virtual modular system, provided with REAKTOR 6.

Free for existing users, Blocks 1.3 introduces a new Blocks family: Kodiak. These five modules are not modelled on specific hardware. Instead, Kodiak modules combine analog character with digital power.

Duality OSC is a dual oscillator that adds innovative wave-shaping to Blocks. It offers phase-, frequency-, amplitude-, and timbre-modulation, and is ideal for growling basses, vibrant leads, and rich percussion.

Shift Sequencer is an unconventional step sequencer. It has independent sequence-length and direction controls for pitch, octave, velocity, hold, and gate, making polyrhythmic sequencing easy.

Curve Sequencer takes a modern classic – MASSIVE’s stepped modulation sequencer – and places it in the Blocks rack. It enables complex stepped modulation, perfect for electronic music.

Morph Filter delivers a triple-resonant filter bank designed to morph between settings for vowel sounds, chords, or percussion.

Flip Gen is a versatile tone generator and experimental noise source. It is perfect for generating bleepy sequences, bell-like FM, morse, pitched noise, crackly textures, and for use as a creatively random modulator.

Blocks 1.3 also includes five new ensembles – each one a powerful new synthesizer in its own right. They showcase the five new modules, with over 195 new presets, covering everything from self-generating polyrhythmic techno grooves to Daft Punk-style vowel-filtered leads.

Blocks 1.3 is part of REAKTOR 6. REAKTOR 6 is available for purchase now at the NI Online Shop for $199 / 199 € / ¥ 24,800 / £169 / AU$279.

Existing REAKTOR 6, KOMPLETE 11, and KOMPLETE 11 ULTIMATE owners can download and install the update using Native Access.

Additional information about Blocks 1.3 is available at:

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

2017 Billboard Music Awards With Command Performance By Drake On New Digital 6000 Wireless System

Las Vegas, Nevada, June 6, 2017The T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas was packed during the 2017 Billboard Music Awards, for a star-studded evening punctuated by riveting performances from the music industry’s top contemporary talent. Drake, Beyoncé, Blake Shelton, Camila Cabello, Miley Cyrus, Céline Dion, Bruno Mars, and Nicki Minaj were among the artists to grace the stage with gripping renditions of their hits, all using Sennheiser wireless systems.    

Nicki Minaj opened the show singing through a Sennheiser SKM 5200 transmitter, coupled with an ME 5005 capsule, for a medley that included her single “No Frauds” and a special guest appearance by Lil Wayne. After that, it was all digital — with former Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello utilizing her Sennheiser Digital 6000 series wireless for the live debut of her solo singles “I Have Questions” and “Crying in the Club.” Miley Cyrus performed her country-tinged comeback single “Malibu” live for the first time as well, utilizing her new Digital 9000 wireless system.

Céline Dion then took to the stage to reprise her groundbreaking hit, “My Heart Will Go On", from the movie Titanic, in honor of its 20th anniversary. She utilized a Digital 6000 wireless system to deliver an inspiring rendition of the classic tune. The digital wireless from Sennheiser continued as Bruno Mars, hot on the heels of a series of show-stopping awards show performances, delivered a passionate performance of his latest single “Versace on the Floor” on his own Digital 9000 wireless system.

Digital 6000 Accompanies Drake for His Big Night
But it may have been Drake who stole the show — not only for winning 13 awards during the evening including "Artist of the Year", but also for delivering a marquee performance of his single “Gyalchester” from a stage in the middle of the fountains at the Bellagio hotel. Relying on his new Sennheiser EM 6000 wireless receiver paired with an SKM 9000 transmitter and MD 9235 capsule, Drake’s performance was as captivating visually as it was sonically, a feat only possible with the power and reliability of Sennheiser digital wireless.

The Ultimate Combination
For Drake’s sound engineer Demetrius Moore, the sound and rejection of the MD 9235 combined with the durability of the SKM 9000 transmitter and the reliability of the EM 6000 receiver were the recipe for success for this unique staging. “The wireless had to be reliable the way this was set up,” Moore said. “The man was out on an island in the middle of that fountain, so there was no way to get to him if something went wrong.”

Conveniently positioned within the receiver rack, the modular L 6000 charging unit recharges up to eight transmitter batteries. The four modules can be chosen according to the required battery type – BA 60 for the handhelds and BA 61 for the bodypacks.

Fortunately, Moore was already familiar with the performance of the EM 6000’s Long Range Transmission mode from his use of the Digital 9000 system, from whence this functionality originates, from touring with Drake over the last two years on that system. “On tour Drake loves to perform in the crowd, 100 feet away or more at times, and we’ve never had an issue,” he said. “In this case he came in all the way from the Bellagio loading dock to get to the stage and as soon as he was out the door we had signal.”

Reliable in Any Environment
Past experience also made Moore confident that the SKM 9000 transmitters could hold up to some moisture amidst the roaring fountain. “We were using the SKM 9000 sticks on the Jungle tour, and in part of the show there would be a downpour of rain,” he said. “We never had a problem because the durability of the SKM 9000 is so good. Some mics will cut out if you drop them hard or something, but with these you just pick it up and keep going.” With a second transmitter and capsule hidden on stage and a second transmitter on hand, Moore had plenty of redundancy even though he was confident he would not need it.

Great Sounding Vocals and Nothing Else
When it came to capsule selection for the event, off-axis rejection was a priority and the MD 9235 delivered. “We did a test with the capsule to see how much sound from the water bursts it would pick up,” Moore explained. “The rejection was great. Nothing overpowered the vocals, not even the pyrotechnics.” Moore also appreciates the mix-ready sound the MD 9235 provides on Drake’s voice. “It picks up the natural quality of his voice,” he said. “I’m not EQing a lot to get it. It’s a clean sound and even flat it sounds good.”

The result was an unforgettable live music moment that capped off an exciting evening and banner year for Drake. “It was definitely a major look, it sounded great, and everything went flawlessly with the wireless gear,” Moore said.


Drake delivered a marquee performance of his single “Gyalchester” on his new Sennheiser EM 6000 wireless receiver paired with an SKM 9000 transmitter and MD 9235 capsule (photo credit: Ethan Miller/Getty images)

2) Conveniently positioned within the receiver rack, the modular L 6000 charging unit recharges up to eight transmitter batteries. The four modules can be chosen according to the required battery type – BA 60 for the handhelds and BA 61 for the bodypacks.

A Destination Festi-Vacation Unlike Any Other - Inaugural Tmrw.Tday is a Celebration of Life

Tmrw.Tday Culture Festival - Negril, Jamaica - Journey down the coast from Montego Bay, a path engulfed by pristine, white beaches and turquoise waters that lead into the coastal town of Negril, where locals and visitors alike sought a better Tmrw.Tday for one inspiring week this past May 17-23. The inaugural global gathering Tmrw.Tday Culture Fest laid its roots along the famed 7-mile beach and picturesque limestone cliffs of Negril, inviting participants to achieve a more conscious lifestyle, placing an emphasis on music, wellness, gastronomy, and environmental activism set against the backdrop of one of the world’s most coveted travel destinations.

Scattered along the beach and in the surrounding resort town, vibrant outdoor venues sprang to life shrouded by palm trees and exotic greens primed to host a wealth of workshops, fitness classes, and, of course, a world-class selection of international musical acts and native talent alike. Crystal clear skies and glimmering waters met the shores of Irie Soul Beach each morning, homebase to Tmrw.Tday and host to the myriad of daily activations offered. Ranging from meditations to beachside bootcamps, the offerings spanned the fitness spectrum. Taking place underneath colorful awnings on the sand, participants engaged the mind, body and spirit alongside unobstructed views of endless ocean waters.

Curated by Irie Soul Program Directors Stacy Chang-Christoforou and Gillian B., the yoga + fitness programming filled each morning with new purpose and opened each evening with pure intentions. Sunset workshops included Acro Yoga led by Toronto-based performance duo, the Acro Buddhas, who doubled as performers along the beach as the sunset gave way to nighttime festivities. Throughout the course of the event, guests were invited to utilize their Tmrw.Tday wristbands to participate in local activities which included Villa Sur Mer Cave Bar & Swimming, featured authentic restaurants and more.

Living, breathing, and fully-embodying its reggae roots, punctuated with nods to legend Bob Marley seen nearly everywhere, the town of Negril wholeheartedly welcomed the global celebration with Tmrw.Tday delivering a selection of incredible music across three unique venues, unlike any other in the world, to the delight of many. Rain or shine, everything was “irie” as afternoon showers cooled off the beaches and gave way into warm, tropical, music-filled nights. Kingston’s Teflon Zinc Fence & Yaadcore kicked off the first night at local-haunt Kenny’s Italian Cafe, a quaint outdoor restaurant overflowing with rhythms and bass. The allure of the sounds resonating from Kenny’s proved to be too strong to resist, bringing out unexpected guest, the legendary Lee Scratch Perry who joined both artists on stage for an impromptu, freestyle performance.

Glowing from the previous day, anticipation built up to Saturday night’s musical showcase where Protoje & The Indiggnation headlined Tmrw.Tday’s Reggae Revival Concert via an incredible stage that appeared on the beach overnight at the Boardwalk Village resort. A master class of modern pioneers in reggae “rebel music”, Protoje was joined by other Indiggnation artists Sevana, Runkus and Yaadcore. Sponsored by Red Stripe, the sunset was well underway as the first acts took to the stage, giving revelers a breathtaking view and sandy dance party. Continuing the high vibes well into Sunday afternoon, Crew Love touched down for an epic Sunday Irie Soul Beach takeover featuring extended sets from Echomatik, David Marston, Nick Monaco, and Wolf + Lamb for a wild afternoon dance session on the beach, blessed with brief afternoon showers, an awe inspiring sunset, and uncontrollable smiles.

Official Reggae Ambassador for Tmrw.Tday, Chris Blackwell played host to an intimate evening with Gabre Selassie at The Sands at Caves Hotel on Monday evening to close out the main musical offerings for the week. Owned by Blackwell, The Sands were transformed into the Dub Cave, an ode to Selassie’s weekly Kingston event and the only spot in Negril to groove deep into the early hours of Tuesday morning to soulful reggae & dub sounds. Those adventurous enough to wander down the winding cliffside staircase to the coral reef caves below found themselves immersed in candlelit caverns, where bartenders served up cocktails while a tribal drum circle and dancers vibrated the floor with pulsating sounds.

Spearheading the environmental activism initiatives was International Wellness Ambassador David Wolfe, co-founder of TheBestDayEver.com and founder and president of the non-profit The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation charity. As part of his contribution to the inaugural global gathering, David Wolfe hosted a Cacao Ceremony and Dance Party in addition to a Farm-to-Table Dinner Series and Rasta River Tour at Zimbale Retreats. Monday evening also played host to a very special screening of internationally-acclaimed, feature-length adventure documentary A Plastic Ocean created by Plastic Oceans Foundation, the official environmental charity at Tmrw.Tday Culture Fest.
Giving a nod to A destination unlike any other, the pioneering festival Tmrw.Tday will return in 2018, inviting wanderers from across the globe to join the movement TDAY for a better TMRW. Stay up to date with the latest Tmrw.Tday news via the event website - 2018 dates + festival information TBA soon!

The creators of Tmrw.Tday would like to extend a special thanks to its 2017 Sponsors for their support - Jamaica Tourist Board, Red Stripe, Jamaica Experiences, Main Event, Couples Swept Away Resort & The Gleaner
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Monday, June 5, 2017

Native Instruments launches ‘Summer of Sound’ sales special

Berlin, June 1, 2017 – Native Instruments today launched their ‘Summer of Sound’ sales special. This special offers the ideal opportunity for new and existing NI customers to equip their studios with the latest KOMPLETE production tools. Until July 2, 2017, customers can access special deals on hardware/software bundles, combining NI’s acclaimed KOMPLETE 11 and KOMPLETE 11 ULTIMATE production suites with KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards or MASCHINE hardware. Existing users can seize the opportunity to step up to the latest KOMPLETE generation, with 50% off updates, upgrades, and crossgrades. For example, owners of KOMPLETE 8-10 can save 50% on the update to KOMPLETE 11, or the upgrade to KOMPLETE 11 ULTIMATE.

This special offer is valid until July 2, 2017, at the NI Online Shop and at participating retailers worldwide while supplies last.

E-vouchers cannot be used in conjunction with special offers.

Additional information about Summer of Sound is available at:

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Dada Life Releases "Endless Smile" Plug-in

Create epic build-ups that put an Endless Smile on your face
Stockholm, Sweden (May 24, 2017) - Swedish music duo Dada Life brings the same high-energy personalities that have propelled them to the top of the EDM scene to the development of Endless Smile, a new plug-in that creates build-ups with the turn of a single knob.
"It's finally here," said Stefan of Dada Life. "We know it took a long time, but creating a plug-in while juggling bananas and double-spraying champagne in front of thousands of people all over the world isn't easy!"
"This plugin is bananas! In a great way," said award-winning DJ/Producers Above and Beyond. "The Dada boys have done it again - spotted yet another niche and dealt with fantastically. There's nothing else out there like it - a fun but at the same time seriously effective plugin that will get heavily used by us!"
Endless Smile follows the wild success of their first plugin, Sausage Fattener, which gives producers a simple way of getting Dada Life's signature "fat" sound. "Sausage Fattener makes the tracks huge, but it's not all about the drop - you need buildups too," said Olof of Dada Life "With Endless Smile it's easier than ever to create music that lifts you to space with a smile that just gets bigger and bigger and bigger!"
Influential artists such as Axwell, Merk and Kremont, Bassjackers, Chris Lake, Blasterjaxx, Tritonal and more are already raving about Endless Smile. DJ/Producer Steve Angello says, "I use it on both buses and the master in some occasions. Saves a lot of time and sounds amazing. Love it!" While Grammy-winning dance music producer Zedd adds, ""LOVE it!!!! Sooo helpful and useful!!"
While the Endless Smile couldn't be simpler to use, there is some serious processing technology under the hood. Carefully selected and programmed filters, delays, reverbs, EQ's, phasers, barber poles, LFO's, different distortions and more create rich and complex musical build-ups - all wrapped up in a silly interface in true Dada Life style.
Great for use on the master channel, the drum buss or single instrument channels, Endless Smile comes with eight presets from "soft" to "extreme" and were personally programmed by Dada Life.
Price & Availability:
Endless Smile is available now for $39 USD or bundled together with Sausage Fattener for $59 USD. To order, visit: http://tailorednoise-downloads.com/DadaLifePurchase.php

Seminal Southern California Punks CH3 Return with New Album; 'Put 'Em Up' Out August 18; New Song Premieres on OC Weekly

Seminal Southern California punk rock band CH3 have announced the August 18th release of 'Put 'Em Up', their first complete album of news songs in over 15 years.
A new song titled "Not That It Matters" is now streaming exclusively on OC Weekly: http://www.ocweekly.com/music/ch-3-whets-our-appetite-for-their-first-full-album-in-decades-with-not-that-it-matters-8137235.
The track is also available now as a free download at https://www.toneden.io/ch3/post/channel-3-not-that-it-matters-official-audio.
The album announcement is timed with the long-running band's appearance at this weekend's Punk Rock Bowling in Las Vegas, NV (Sat. May 27 @ Beauty Bar) where they will play alongside The Mr. T Experience.
CH3 is also one of the dozens of acts scheduled to perform at It's Not Dead 2 on August 26 in San Bernardino, CA.
In between festival dates, the band will play a series of shows in Denver, CO, El Prado, NM and Albuquerque in June.See dates below.
Contemporaries of fellow So Cal punks Social Distortion, Bad Religion, T.S.O.L., Circle Jerks, etc., CH3 has been steadily touring the world since first forming in Cerritos, CA in 1980.
With 'Put 'Em Up', CH3 has delivered a career-defining album. Written and recorded in the wary post-election days of 2017, the collection of 10 songs are connected as a tightly focused novella, a ‘concept album’ by nature of the timeframe and frame of mind that it was recorded in.
A timely and urgent commentary on current events, with lyrics inspired by the clean, visceral, and cinematic writings of Jim Harrison ("Legends Of The Fall"), some of the songs reference back to the band's earlier political works such as "Manzanar", as those concerns seem more relevant than ever.
Other songs deal with the politics of the heart and themes that have become a trademark of the bittersweet CH3 songbook.
The music remains refined punk with traces of classic '77 Brit to 80's hardcore, power pop rock, which combined, make up the CH3 sound.
'Put 'Em Up' was produced by Jay Lansford (Agent Orange) and features artwork by esteemed artist Lucky Nakazawa. The album will be released via all digital retailers and on vinyl through TKO Records.
Album pre-orders will launch soon.
Upcoming shows:
Jun 23 Streets Of London Pub Denver, CO
Jun 24 Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership El Prado, NM
Jun 25 Launchpad Albuquerque, NM
Aug 26 Glen Helen Amphitheater formerly San Manuel Amphitheater San Bernardino, CA (It's Not Dead)

Enchanted Forest 2017 Opens Expanded Cannabis Zone + Onsite Prescription Evals

An ode to their continued efforts to remain at the forefront of an evolving festival circuit, the West Coast’s premier multi-experiential event, Enchanted Forest Gathering (EFG) unveils an innovative partnership with seed-to-shelf NorCal cannabis manufacturer & distributor, CannaCraft and leading online cannabis telehealth platform, PrestoDoctor. Dubbed The Emerald Forest, the trailblazing venture will be one of the many immersive environments found within the enchanting wooded grounds and the only festival location to boast a cannabis-friendly zone, designed specifically with the gathering’s core audience in mind.

Native Instruments releases THRILL

May 30, 2017, Berlin – Native Instruments today released THRILL, a ground-breaking new instrument that enables the introduction of terrifying live scores to movies, games, sound installations, or theater productions.

THRILL is the first instrument to combine the epic power of an orchestra with the chilling depth of expert sound design, house them within a simple performance-driven interface, and place them into the hands of a single player.

Using THRILL, a single person could perform the terrifying string tone clusters from The Shining, as Jack Torrance rampages around Overlook Hotel. An aspiring young filmmaker could single-handedly play all of Arrival’s stomach-churning bass drones in just one take.

The all-original 30 GB sound library is taken from 963 source sounds, including orchestral recordings and hybrid sound-design based on ambiences, custom-built instruments, voices, pitched metal, synthesized drones, and more.

Central to THRILL is an X-Y control for modulating effects and morphing between sounds. This control offers composers and sound designers something completely new – the ability to design and play complex cinematic textures and builds in real time. Simple and intuitive to use, the control blends between sound sources, effects, the number of sonic layers, general intensity, and more, depending on the preset being used. This X-Y modulator lends itself to trackpad, tablet, or even smartphone control (via TouchOSC), allowing an unprecedented level of sound-to-action interaction.

THRILL also comes with the most powerful tone cluster designer ever offered in a virtual instrument. Tone clusters are a special kind of chord, containing at least three adjacent notes, and are one of the staple tools for generating fear and tension in any audience. THRILL offers 250+ diverse and editable cluster sound and voicing presets, using the many types of pitched sounds in the THRILL library, such as strings and horns. Tone clusters can also be built from scratch, with up to eight independently editable and modulatable voices.

THRILL was created in collaboration with sound master Uli Baronowsky of Galaxy Instruments. Already a trusted NI partner, known for the acclaimed RISE & HIT and UNA CORDA, Uli now brings his proven mastery of high-quality sampling, sound reinforcement, and innovative control to THRILL.

THRILL runs in KONTAKT 5 and the free KONTAKT 5 PLAYER, and is available at the NI Online Shop for €299 / $299 / £239 / ¥ 37 800 / AU$ 439

Additional information about THRILL is available at:

Monday, May 22, 2017

July 14: Republican Hair Releases The Prince and The Duke

Nashville, TN -- May 19, 2017 -- Less than a year after their debut with the LP High and Tight, Nashville’s new wave pop band Republican Hair is back to pay homage to two legends. The Prince and The Duke, slated to release July 14, is not only musically inspired by its namesakes, but is lyrically centered around their lives-- and deaths. The album’s ultra-catchy first single, “Miss Prince” is slated for digital and vinyl release (it’s purple, of course) on Prince’s birthday, June 7. The second single, “Constellation” is a melodic reflection on David Bowie’s legacy and the lightning bolt-shaped constellation named for him posthumously. The track will be released on June 16, in celebration of Ziggy’s 25th anniversary.

Republican Hair is the newest side project from songwriter, filmmaker, and renaissance man Luke Dick. Most recently, Dick was nominated for ACM Song of The Year for Eric Church’s “Kill a Word”. In January, he spoke with Rolling Stone about songwriting and filming the documentary Red Dog, a memoir about his unconventional childhood and growing up as the son of an exotic dancer. In 2011, he co-wrote The Rolling Stones and Philosophy: It's Just a Thought Away and has a master’s in philosophy. He has taught at multiple institutions, including Nashville State, CUNY, St. Francis, St. John's, and even a stint in Singapore.

Although Dick is noted for writing multiple country hits, Republican Hair’s High and Tight (released late 2016) established a fresh sound somewhere between 80’s new wave punk and current upbeat indie pop. In April, the band was featured on Spotify’s “Garage Jams” playlist and is a recurring favorite on “Discover Weekly”. In addition to releasing two records within a year, the band started “Haircuts for Humans”, a Nashville charity that teams up with local barber shops to provide haircuts for the homeless and raises money for the Martha O’Bryan Organization.

The band will be touring with Wheeler Walker Jr. on the following dates:

June 2 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In
June 6 - New York, NY - The Bowery Ballroom
June 8 - West Hollywood, CA - Troubadour

For more information, visit http://republicanhair.org/.

Celebrating 50 Years of Polyrhythms

Peter Magadini's Polyrhythms - A Musician's Guide is acclaimed the world over and has been hailed by Modern Drummer  magazine as "by far the best book on the subject" and "a very important contribution" by Gunther Schuller. Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017, Hal Leonard has recently released a second edition of the title featuring online audio examples that include playback tools such as tempo adjustment and looping capabilities.

Written for instrumentalists and vocalists alike, this book contains excellent solos and exercises that feature polyrhythmic concepts. Topics covered include: 6 over 4, 5 over 4, 7 over 4, 3 over 4, 11 over 4, and other rhythmic ratios; combining various polyrhythms; polyrhythmic time signatures; and much more. The audio includes demos of the exercises and is accessed online using the unique code in each book. 

Peter Magadini (January 25, 1942) is an American jazz drummer, percussionist, educator and author of multiple books on drumming and drum technique. Magadini has recorded and performed with Diana Ross, Bobbie Gentry, George Duke, Al Jarreau, Don Menza, John Handy and Mose Allison. Magadini is widely known for his interest and expertise in polyrhythms as applied in western music and drum set. Originally inspired by his studies with tabla player Mahapurush Misra in 1966, he has published two major works on the subject: Polyrhythms for the Drumset and Polyrhythms: The Musicians Guide, (first published in two volumes in 1967) which Modern Drummer magazine ranked 6th in their survey of "The 25 Best Drum Books." In 2012 he published The Official 26 Polyrhythm Rudiments.

Polyrhythms - A Musician's Guide is available from music and bookstores or by visiting www.halleonard.com.

Native Instruments Releases MASCHINE Software Update 2.6.5


Free software update introduces new Ideas View for easy mixing and matching

May 18, 2017, Berlin - Native Instruments today releases the MASCHINE 2.6.5 software update, available free for all MASCHINE 2 customers. The update introduces Ideas View, a new layout that lets users build Scenes by mixing and matching patterns independent of the timeline. MASCHINE users can now experiment with new beats, vamps, and fills, or audition melodies and alternate between elements to find combinations they like. The update also features enhanced plug-in integration to trigger Scenes, making it easier than ever to try out ideas and find cool arrangements directly from the DAW via MIDI.

Additionally, in MASCHINE 2.6.5 users can load new Groups on the fly while audio and MIDI routings remain intact. Since every sound plays on its own previously mapped channel, users are now able to audition sounds for patterns or record alternate takes into a DAW, without losing settings.

MASCHINE 2.6.5 is available free for MASCHINE 2 owners to download via Native Access.

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About Native Instruments
Native Instruments is a leading manufacturer of software and hardware for computer-based music production and DJing. The company’s mission is to develop innovative, fully integrated solutions for all professions, styles and genres. The resulting products regularly push technological boundaries and open up new creative horizons for professionals and amateurs alike.

Native Instruments opened up the fascinating world of real-time sound synthesis on standard computers in 1996, and today offers an extensive product range for musicians, producers and DJs. The company currently employs more than 400 people in its six offices in Berlin, Los Angeles, Tokyo, London, Paris, and Shenzhen and works closely with more than 40 international distribution partners to ensure its future growth and success.

Motion Notion 2017 - Phase II Lineup Drop

Bountiful basslines and tantalizing drops will echo throughout the picturesque Rocky Mountains of Golden, BC as the 18th annual Motion Notion Festival takes over this summer, August 24th-28th, 2017. Having already unveiled an impressive Phase I lineup, the masterminds behind Motion Notion have dreamt up a visionary Phase II, showcasing the elite of rising talent from Western North America to compliment headliners Datsik, Avalon, Dirtyphonics, Koan Sound, The M Machine and Minnesota alongside a diverse mix of international legends and underground acts -- totaling over 100!

For phase 2, Motion Notion is going deep with “Deep House’ favorites like Ben Annand. A resident DJ at Tropical and Moontribe in Los Angeles, Ben Annand can throw down on vinyl, CDJs, or both as he utilizes an incredibly aggressive and energetic mixing style with dreamy, atmospheric and deep beats. Recent years have cemented Freddy J as one of Canada's "must see" dj's and he’s sure to throw down a funky, whompy, groovy, crunky bass set. Having played Motion Notion many times over the years, Freddy J is a MoNo fan favorite. WMNSTUDIES has quickly risen to international recognition with his Nu-Disco, tropical storm of deep grooves and high energy DJ sets, leaving every person on the dance floor wanting more.

Winner of PLAY Motion Notion Alex Mei will make her festival debut, having beat out over 58 other worthy competitors in the recent contest held in conjunction with Do 604. Judge and Label Manager at Westwood Recordings, Jordan Hutchinson expands on his reasoning for choosing Mei as top winner, saying, “Super fresh style and quick transitions kept us grooving to the gritty, bass heavy sounds of Alex Mei from start to finish!” With so many amazing sets submitted, Motion Notion went one step further and made an offer to the 1st runner up: Vancouver legendary house duo Average Gypsy.

Entering its 18th season, under the direction of Motion Notion visionary Kevin Harper, the festival features 3 stunning festival-run stages including an all new beachfront stage, plus welcomes independant festival stage creators Turtle Island, Broken Motion and Flociety, who will be hosting their own interactive stages throughout the weekend. Encouraging attendees to become a part of the growing festival, Motion Notion invites both professional fire dancers, contortionists, hypnotists, magicians, aerialists, yogis and amateur flow artists alike to join the party.

Beyond the stellar musical additions, there are many features of the Motion Notion camping experience that set it apart from any other camping festival around. The Rocky Mountain location gives campers the chance to experience a location that is unparalleled in the world for clarity and depth. Camping alongside the Beaverfoot river offers plenty of late night stargazing and the chance to unplug and unwind. Getting lost amongst the pine trees will invigorate the spirit and the incredible nighttime sky will sooth the soul. Bordering the beautiful Yoho National Park, the mountainous backdrop becomes a work of art in any photo taken on site.

For the ultimate glamping experience attendees can add on a Luxury Tent Package. Amenities include a canvas tent in quiet camping, deluxe queen mattress and bedding for two, lighting and furniture included and set up inside the tent. Also included are: 6 shower passes, 2 Posh Potty passes, and a MoNo Swag pack.

Tickets for Motion Notion 2017 are moving fast - don’t delay on planning the adventure of a lifetime! Purchase your pass here
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Motion Notion 2017 Phase II Release
Alex Mei ⬝ Arlen ⬝ Astrocolor ⬝ Audiowrx ⬝ Average Gypsy ⬝ Bass Panda ⬝ Bass Workshop ⬝ Ben Annand ⬝ Big Worm ⬝ Buck Wilde ⬝ Burchill ⬝ Cain.1 ⬝ Case of the Mondays ⬝ Das Booty ⬝ Deliverance ⬝ Disociate ⬝DJ Arktic ⬝ Donald Bump ⬝ Doprah Spinfree ⬝ Duplex ⬝ Freddy J ⬝ Gnumadayo ⬝ Groovy Cuvy ⬝ Heidrogen ⬝ Jams ⬝ J Feud ⬝ JGirl & Manousos ⬝ Mat B ⬝ Maxx Ammo ⬝ Michelle C ⬝ Mihajic Touch & DJ Three Sixty ⬝ MonkeyTwerk ⬝ Ninjette ⬝ Ohm Girl ⬝ Paperkrayne ⬝ Paradigm Theorem ⬝ Paul Who? ⬝ Phonotactic ⬝ Poeta ⬝ Robbie C ⬝ Rusty Meeks vs Kuana ⬝ Sam Klass ⬝ Schwag Dankus ⬝ Shylow ⬝ Sivz ⬝ Skuzz Sound ⬝Spiral Architects ⬝ SuperGNARLY ⬝ The Genesa Project & Kali Yuga ⬝ The Righteous Rainbows of Togetherness ⬝ Two Timer vs Wadjit ⬝ Wakcutt ⬝ Wakcutt ⬝ Wmnstudies

2017 Motion Notion Phase I Lineup [Previously Announced]
Datsik ⬝ Avalon ⬝ Dirtyphonics ⬝ Koan Sound ⬝ The M Machine ⬝ Minnesota

80Fitz ⬝ Abstrakt Sonance ⬝ Akasha ⬝ Amani ⬝ Au5 ⬝ Avalon ⬝ Birds of Paradise ⬝ Cheshire ⬝ Christian Martin ⬝ CloZee D-Funk ⬝ Defunk ⬝ Desert Dwellers ⬝ Doctor Werewolf ⬝ Drunken Masters ⬝ Flatland Funk ⬝ Flavours ⬝ Fort Knox Five ⬝ Grouch ⬝ Inf1n1te ⬝ IYFFE ⬝ John 00 Fleming ⬝ K+Lab ⬝ Kalya Scintilla & Eve Olution Kaminanda ⬝ Kytami ⬝ Landswitcher ⬝ Longwalkshortdock ⬝ Mark Instinct ⬝ Marten Hørger ⬝ Merkaba ⬝ Neighbor ⬝ Neon Steve ⬝ Peep This ⬝ Perkulat0r ⬝ PhaseOne ⬝ Quanta ⬝ S.P.Y. Shadow FX ⬝ Shlump ⬝ ShockOne ⬝ Slynk ⬝ Smalltown DJs ⬝ Space Jesus ⬝ Staunch ⬝ Stickybuds ⬝ Tha Funk Junkie ⬝ The Funk Hunters ⬝ Tom Collins ⬝ Treavor Moontribe ⬝ Whitebear ⬝ Worthy

About Motion Notion Festival
Now entering its 18th year in existence, Motion Notion Festival returns in 2017 to the historic Beaverfoot Lodge and Festival Grounds located 40km East of Golden BC, Canada. One of North America's most pristine and remote areas, Motion Notion Festival is bordered by Yoho National Park and features untouched forests, immense mountains, a clear glacial river and pond, inviting attendees to a blissful experience. Motion Notion Festival is globally-renowned for its vibrant festival history: consistently booking an eclectic mix of seasoned talent and the elite of the underground in electronic music, constructing prismatic stage design and offering a wealth of activities to explore. Motion Notion Festival returns August 24th - 28th, 2017

7th Annual Guitarfish Music Festival

The 7th Annual Guitarfish Music Festival is soon to approach on July 27-30, 2017 at the Cisco Grove Campground!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Antelope Audio Now Accepting Preorders on Goliath HD, Orion Studio 2017 Interface Now Shipping; Both with Latest FPGA-Based Real-Time FX

Santa Monica, Calif., May 11, 2017Antelope Audio, a leading interface company specializing in realtime FPGA-based vintage FX modeling, announces that its Goliath HD is now available for preorder and that its Orion Studio 2017 is now shipping and avaialble through the company's network of authorized dealers.

Priced at  $6,995, Antelope's flagship Goliath HD is the culmination of years of research and design, and is able to serve as the powerhouse centerpiece of any studio. The unit features 64 channels of high-quality audio I/O and includes powerful upgrades, including the adaptable new Accusonic preamps — along with a full suite of Antelope's groundbreaking FPGA-based FX.

Orion Studio 2017 Now Shipping
Released in April 2017 and priced at $2,595, Orion Studio 2017 features brand new analog to digital converters allowing it to deliver an unparalleled 124 decibels of dynamic range along with Antelope’s groundbreaking suite of real-time FPGA-based FX. Boasting a sleek carbon grey faceplate, the updated interface continues its predecessor’s penchant for extensive connectivity and best in class performance, including 12 high-quality microphone preamps and 16 analog outputs.
A pioneer in the field of analog to digital conversion, Antelope’s Orion Studio 2017 features new A/D conversion chips capable of 124 decibels of dynamic range when converting audio. This allows users to capture every sonic nuance of a performance as faithfully as possible. The combination of these new innovations along with Antelope’s renowned 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC) jitter-management technology makes the Orion Studio 2017 poised to deliver industry-leading fidelity in just about any recording application.

FPGA-based FX and Vast Connectivity Options
Antelope has added several new compressors to its growing library of FPGA-based FX, and Orion Studio 2017 allows for simultaneous use of up to 32 compressors —without sacrificing the 40 EQ instances the hardware offers. Ideal for tracking or mixing, these ultra-realistic realtime FX are handled within the interface itself and do not tax the host DAW system, expanding the sonic palette.
Controllable via a desktop app for Mac or PC, Antelope’s session preset and routing software gives users complete control over signal flow, enabling powerful FX chains, faithful monitor mixes and easy outboard hardware integration. The new Matrix View, available in Orion Studio 2017 and all Antelope Thunderbolt & HDX Audio Interfaces, offers a detailed alternative to Antelope’s classic drag-and-drop routing interface, while the new Session Presets lets users instantaneously recall settings at any time, speeding up sessions and allowing them to be shared across multiple studio rooms or facilities.

Meantime, the 12-built in preamps in Orion Studio 2017 is able to easily accommodate complex multi-microphone setups, while 16 analog outputs offer plenty of signal distribution capabilities for outboard gear integration or summing. Dual-mastering-grade monitor outputs maintain signal integrity all the way to the monitoring stage, while also allowing easy switching between two speaker pairs.

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John Dennis Turns Tragedy Into Hope With Sophomore Album

 Second Wind to be released July 28th

Nashville, TN -- May 9, 2017 -- John Dennis tells his own story of hope, healing, and rebirth with this summer's Second Wind, the second album from the young Americana musician.

Releasing July 28th, the album finds Dennis sharpening his mix of folk, southern soul, and stripped-down country. It's a warm album, punctuated by swells of pedal steel and swirls of B3 organ. At the center of the sound is Dennis himself: a clear-headed singer, songwriter, and storyteller who's coming to terms with the tragedy that sent him spiraling into a period of depression and addiction.
A songwriter since the age of 13, Dennis found a lifelong muse in his high-school sweetheart, Adrienne, who shared his love of the Beatles and Tom Petty. The two were inseparable for years. Tragedy struck during Dennis' first semester as a music student at Nashville's Belmont University, when Adrienne was involved in a fatal car accident. Left without his partner, Dennis threw himself into songwriting, earning a record contract with Dr. Bryan Clark's Rainfeather Records in the process. Meanwhile, he coped with Adrienne's loss by leaning heavily on the numbing effects of alcohol.
Eternity Tree, his first collection of honest, heart-baring songs, arrived in 2014. The album dealt heavily with Adrienne's loss, but it did little to cure Dennis' drinking habit. By the following year, he was a full-blown alcoholic. During the months that followed, he bottomed out, cleaned up, relapsed, and cleaned up once again, this time committing to sobriety for good. He owed it to Adrienne. And he owed it to himself. 

"For five or six months after getting sober, I worked a day job at a craft store, picked up a guitar every few days, and rediscovered music without drinking," he explains. Most of Second Wind's songs were written during that period, while Dennis pieced his life — and his art — back together. "I allowed music to be a healing thing," he adds, "and found my footing both in my artistic life and personal life. I'd gotten to the bottom and realized there was another way of doing things. It's a second wind."

One month before Second Wind's summertime release, Dennis will celebrate two years of sobriety. The timing couldn't be better. Second Wind is an album about hope, reconciling love, and giving love — as well as life — a new shot. Intimate, human, and unflinchingly honest, it's a battle cry from an artist who, after successful fending off his demons, isn't too proud to show off his scars.

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