Monday, October 16, 2017

NKRIOT Amoeba Performance and cassette release

On nov. 9th 2017 NKRIOT will be hosting his official in-store performance & cassette release party at amoeba music in hollywood, ca.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

CRÈME releases Helium

Oh Boy Records to Release Dan Reeder’s Nobody wants to be you. on November 10

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Oh Boy Records announces the upcoming release of Dan Reeder ’s newest project, Nobody wants to be you . on November 10 . The five-song EP will be distributed by Thirty Tigers and was produced by Reeder himself.

Nobody wants to be you. marks Reeder’s fourth release on Oh Boy Records, a relationship formed after Reeder sent a burned CD to John Prine in the early 2000’s. Prine listened, signed Reeder to his label, toured with him four times, and released all three of Reeder’s previous records: Dan Reeder (2004), Sweetheart (2005), and This New Century (2009). The albums garnered glowing reviews; publications like No Depression deemed him “brilliant,” and NPR’s Fresh Air compared Reeder to Prine himself. The New Yorker ’s Ben Greenman coined him as “one of the foremost outsider artists in modern folk” and he was featured on the Emmy award-winning show Weeds (“Work Song”).

While Nobody wants to be you is the precursor to a full-length (set for a 2018 release), the EP isn’t lacking in tenacity and holds true to his distinct style: slightly quirky, painstakingly honest, and undeniably witty. Compared to its predecessors, his latest work delivers a brighter, more energized tone, full of what Reeder calls “easy piano.” This can arguably be heard on the first single, “Kung fu is my fighting style”, a rock-n-roll, piano-driven ballad with a uniquely-distorted electric guitar solo, which also happens to be the only guitar on the entire album. On the other hand, the opening and title track, “Nobody wants to be you” is much more soothing. The bluntness of the lyrics are softened by Reeder’s crooning; yet, even with multi-layered harmonies, his voice maintains its iconic “wisp.” While the album varies from the folk groundwork laid in the past, Reeder’s musical intelligence is as present as ever. When you listen to Nobody wants to be you, you’re hearing more than an album. You’re hearing every piece of a self-made artist and his multi-faceted skill set -- from the soulful, smoky vocal overlay to a singular, meticulous guitar sound, but best of all, you’re hearing the ingenuity that is Dan Reeder.

In addition to his musical background, Reeder designs all of his album art (including the cover of Nobody wants to be you ., featured above) and is a critically-acclaimed visual artist. Since moving from California to Nuremberg, Germany, over 30 years ago, he has won various visual art awards, participated in numerous exhibitions, led art seminars, and took on a visiting professorship at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste (aka, Germany’s Academy of Fine Arts). In 2012, he published an overview of his work titled Art Pussies Fear This Book .

For more information, visit www.danreeder.com .

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Lisa Loeb to be Honored at the 2018 She Rocks Awards

ANAHEIM, Calif. (October 4, 2017) – The Women’s International Music Network (the WiMN) is pleased to announce acclaimed platinum-selling artist Lisa Loeb as the first honoree at the upcoming 2018 She Rocks Awards. Recognizing women who stand out as role models in the music industry, the live awards event will take place on January 26, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. at the new House of Blues in Anaheim, CA. Tickets are now on sale and available for purchase at sherocksawards.com.

Lisa Loeb is a singer-songwriter, producer, touring artist, author and philanthropist who started her career with the platinum-selling Number 1 hit song “Stay (I Missed You)” from the film Reality Bites. A trailblazing independent artist, Lisa was the first pop musician to have a Number 1 single while not signed to a recording contract. Lisa continues to craft irresistible pop songs for the 21st century, while designing Lisa Loeb Eyewear, writing children's books, and supporting non-profit causes. She is releasing a new children’s album on October 6, titled Lullaby Girl. For more information about Lisa Loeb, visit Lisaloeb.com.

Laura B. Whitmore, founder of the WiMN and co-producer of the She Rocks Awards, comments, “We are so thrilled to honor Lisa Loeb, an iconic and pioneering artist. She is truly a role model for female artists of all ages. The She Rocks Awards celebrates women from all walks of the music and audio industries and we are looking forward to a stellar event this January!”

More 2018 She Rocks Awards honorees will be announced soon.

The She Rocks Awards pays tribute to women who display leadership and stand out within the music and audio industry. It brings together industry professionals, music icons, artists, fans and the media.

Past honorees of the She Rocks Awards include multi-platinum artist, Colbie Caillat; legendary percussionist Sheila E.; icons Chaka Khan and Ronnie Spector; Experience Hendrix CEO, Janie Hendrix; rock guitarist and singer/songwriter, Lita Ford; Executive Director of the NAMM Foundation, Mary Luehrsen; Grammy® Award-winning bass player and singer/songwriter, Esperanza Spalding and many more. Past years have included stellar performances by The Bangles, Karmin, Mindi Abair, Orianthi, Nita Strauss, and many others.

The 2018 She Rocks Awards will take place on Friday, January 26, 2018
during the NAMM Show at the new House of Blues Anaheim at 6:30 p.m. This high-energy evening includes live music, awards and speeches, celebrity appearances, a fabulous silent auction, food with cash bar, amazing gift bags and so much more! Tickets are now on sale, available in four tiers that include dinner and more. A NAMM Show badge is not required to attend the She Rocks Awards. Find out more and purchase tickets at sherocksawards.com.

The 2018 She Rocks Awards is sponsored by Gretsch, Seymour Duncan, Martin Guitar, Roland, Reverb.com, Roland, Zildjian, Presonus, Sennheiser, PreSonus, Sabian, Schecter Guitars,
108 Rock Star Guitars, Berklee Online, Bittree, On Stage Stands, M.A.C. Cosmetics, Paul Mitchell, NAMM, Guitar World, Guitar Player, Bass Player, Electronic Musician, and more. For information regarding She Rocks Awards sponsorship opportunities, please contact info@thewimn.com.

Learn more about the She Rocks Awards at sherocksawards.com.

Isotonik Studios gives away GHOSTS for FREE



"We've been absolutely blown away by the reception given to the Arcade Series Returns so we've decided to celebrate!

In creating the series Ableton Certified Trainer, Mark Towers built an original proof of concept of Ghosts, it wasn't linked to a control surface and was controlled merely by the mouse.
It was the screenshot of this that saw us get our biggest media coverage to date and now we've decided to finish off the device and make it available as a taste of the full series for FREE!
Ghosts LE is s MaxforLive Generative sequencer that can be controlled by the mouse, inspired by PacMan it’s Ghosts create MIDI notes in a defined scale each time the touch a power pill.
With a variety of controls over the Ghosts and the ability to change the contents of the map you can set up numerous copies to create your own generative composition.

Whilst Ghosts LE is the free introduction to the Arcade Series Returns it also includes some of the ranges core features such as looping and export to MIDI Clip. Just watch Marks walkthrough video above for more details!"



Joshua Tree Music Festival begins this weekend

Festival Info:

1. Plenty of tickets and camping passes available at the front gate box office.

2. Box office hours, and ticket prices, can be found on the TICKET page of the website.

3. Festivities commence THU eve at 6pm with music by Gene Evaro Jr., Kuinka & Tomas de la Noche. We will be serving up free rice, beans & beer starting at 7pm.

4. Directions to the festival on the GETTING THERE page of the website.

5. If you bought tickets in advance, just bring your ID to will call box office (no tickets are mailed)

6. Every person on the festival property (campground included) will require a wristband.

7. Every vehicle in the campground will require a camping pass ($75 if your vehicle is 17' or shorter, $125 if longer than 17')

8. Day parking lot is FREE if there are 3 or more people in the vehicle. Otherwise Day Park is $20 for the weekend, or $10 for the day.

9. Downloadable PDF of the Music Schedule can be found on the home page of our website.

10. Please do bring smiles, dancing shoes, big hearts, and lots of love.

12th Annual Fall
Joshua Tree
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October 5-8, 2017
16th Annual Spring
Joshua Tree
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May 17-20
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July 26-29

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

12 Yaad Records x Jamaica’s Yaadcore Unveil Official Video for Fari DiFuture’s ‘Farmer Man’

September 12, 2017 - Today, 12 Yaad Records’ Label Founder and Masterful Reggae Selector Yaadcore unveils the latest project from his label, which celebrates Jamaica’s thriving music scene and cultural roots. Releasing a complete re-master of hit track dubbed ‘Farmer Man’, artistic progeny of emerging Reggae icon Fari DiFuture, Yaadcore continues to push the envelope with his latest release and collaboration.

Let Me Tell You About My Island: Deeply rooted in Rastafari beliefs and principles, recording artist and master lyricist Fari Di Future has manifested the philosophy of the H.O.W.K.L.E.A.R Movement, Heights Of Wisdom-Know, Learn, Execute & Rise, to deliver a breathtaking and humble video for “Farmer Man”. A delicate balance evident in the direction of the video highlights socio-cultural and political issues facing Jamaica while celebrating the island’s proudest characteristics - pulsating rhythms, vibrant culture, flavorful cuisine and local fare.

Watch & Listen to ‘Farmer Man’

Poignant shots of the Jamaican countryside punctuate the video as it pans through scenes of Fari DiFuture singing atop a factory shipping pallet or leisurely blowing smoke beneath the shade of a mango tree. The director utilizes sweeping views of the breathtaking island to supplement the visually stunning masterpiece, reinforcing the key themes in the songs lyrics.
Interwoven into the narrative are reels of ginger, coffee and other Jamaican exports juxtaposed against controversial shots of the island’s Prime Minister and angry crowds in protest, while a farmer reaps his harvest (later delivered by Fari DiFuture to a local market). ‘Farmer Boy’ serves as an exposé on real troubles Jamaica is currently confronting - touching on poverty, civil unrest, and agriculture - while paying homage to the natural riches Jamaica possesses, found nowhere else in the world.

Fari DiFuture exhibits both mastery and skill as an artist, expressing fluency and vocal range on a variety of topics, which promote sustainable levity; celebrate the island flavor and cuisine; discuss the reality of impending natural disasters, to the non-appreciation of the lambs breath and the burning of ganja trees, which remains contradictory, as to date, marijuana remains synonymous with tourism and branding.

Looking ahead Fari DiFuture alongside Yaadcore will continue to be the voice of Jamaica through their upcoming projects -- Stay up to date on 12 Yaad Records and its collective of artists!
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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Isotonik Studios - Coffee & Beats Volume two - BoBeats


Bo Nurmi is the enigmatic Swedish Maestro who was the one of the first Sound Designers to release a pack of patches for the synths of the Novation Circuit through our Circuit Patch Store.

It seems fitting in the week that saw Novation push the boundaries once more and launch Firmware Version 1.6 (WOW PANNING & TRIPLETS! WE DIDN'T SEE THAT COMING!) we return for the next instalment of the Coffee & Beats Series.

After the massive success of the 80's inspired Delorean Dream it was down to Bo under his BoBEats moniker to pick up the baton and deliver a pack that was up to our newly elevated standards and boy has he delivered!

As the follow up to Coffee & Beats Volume ONE BoBeats set out with an aim to create a pack where each sound can be tweaked to get the most out of the 64 patch slots.

Patches 1-32 are more unique in their macro layout and the sound types are varied whereas the patches 33-64 have more of a standard feel to them to give you a broad sound palette to work with.
Patches 33-64 can be shaped using macro knob 5 to switch between different oscillator settings which will give the patches different character. Macro knob 8 was used for distortion which in turn was tweaked to add character and variation to the sounds.

  • 64 Circuit patches + BONUS patches!
  • 64 carefully selected drum samples from the Sonic Treats series. All are sampled from the Elektron Analog Rytm drum machine and processed. 
  • 1x FULL pack file for Components with sessions, samples & patches
  • 1x 64 patches Components file
  • 1x 64 drum samples Components file
  • 1x 16 sessions Components file 
  • All patches as individual .syx files.
  • BONUS over 100 drum samples as wave files from Sonic Treats VOL 1&2

Where will you go?

When you watch the Demo Video above to get a glimpse of what comes with the pack and then ponder how you'll make the most of this along with the other packs in our store whilst you'er out on the road with no access to a computer to switch up your patches, sessions or samples....
Ponder no more....

Native Instruments releases MASCHINE Expansion DEEP MATTER

Berlin, September 26, 2017 –  Native Instruments today releases DEEP MATTER, a new MASCHINE Expansion capturing the euphoric darkness of ethereal techno. Pulsing with moody bass, melancholic pads, atmospheric field recordings, and crisp percussion, DEEP MATTER is evocative of Berlin’s deep melodic techno sound.

When the Berlin Wall fell, a stark, cold techno sound emerged from the abandoned buildings and underground bunkers along the former border. It dominated clubs until minimal arrived on the scene with its lean layers and abstracted elements. Over the years, minimal underwent its own transformation, as its sparse percussion melded with polished grooves and pulsing synths to create the atmospheric, ethereal techno of contemporary Berlin. Today this sound is embodied by labels like Steyoyoke, Crossfrontier Audio, and Stil vor Talent.

For DEEP MATTER, Native Instruments collaborated with electronic musician Torsten Fassbender, the co-founder of progressive trance duo Wellenrausch, who previously contributed sounds and demos to FORM and Kinetic Toys. Fassbender channeled his experimental side to create an expansive library of percussive found sounds and atmospheric field recordings from locations around Berlin. The result is a collection of kits encapsulating the authentic vibes of Berlin’s underground sound, ideal for producers and fans of deep house, trance, tech house, and minimal techno.

DEEP MATTER also includes reamped hand drums, tuned drum sounds, and production-ready patterns. Layers of warm melodic chords mix with reverb and delay for creating effervescent grooves and hypnotic, trance-like tracks, while MASSIVE and MONARK sub-bass and drone presets and analog synth pads pack a powerful punch.

DEEP MATTER runs in the latest version of MASCHINE software on the entire MASCHINE hardware family, and is available exclusively at the NI Online Shop.

A compact version of DEEP MATTER is also available as an iMASCHINE 2 Expansion, for sketches on the go. Tracks can be exported to MASCHINE STUDIO, MASCHINE JAM, MASCHINE, and MASCHINE MIKRO for completion.

DEEP MATTER 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 2 expansion is available at the iMASCHINE 2 in-app store for $0.99 / 0,99 € / £0.79 / ¥ 120 / AU$ 1.29

Additional information on DEEP MATTER is available at:

Monday, September 25, 2017

MAGIX releases the latest Music Maker Editions: Now fully customizable!

Beat producers are now free to add the exact sounds, instruments, and features they want in the Music Maker Plus and Premium editions
Berlin, September 25, 2017 - As Music Maker celebrates its 22nd birthday, MAGIX releases fully customizable Music Maker Editions to the market. Fans of loop-based music production can now select their favorite Soundpools, instruments and features from a massive content pool to customize the program to one's own personal music style.

Endless creative possibilities

The latest Music Maker Plus Edition and Music Maker Premium Edition contain all the basic program functions as well as large content packages allowing users to freely choose their content through the in-app Music Maker Store. At the outset, Music Maker Premium Edition provides selection for 3 Soundpools, 1 Soundpool Collection, 8 instruments, 9 feature packs and 3 preset packs worth up to € 699 / $699 / £639. Highlights available in the selection include the Mastering Suite and Orange Vocoder ME. Users who want more can purchase additional content via the in-app Music Maker Store.

"Our new Plus and Premium Editions offer everything users need to bring new musical ideas to life. If you're a fan of hip-hop, you may not be interested in Techno Soundpools, and vice versa. We've provided a huge selection of high-quality content so you can choose exactly what you need", says Torsten Heise, Product Owner for Music Maker at MAGIX.

A lifetime of free updates

Another exciting new development is free updates for a lifetime. From now on, all users will always be able to access the latest software version of Music Maker meaning that they will receive basic functions and bug fixes for free. And that will be the case for as long as MAGIX continues to develop Music Maker. More exclusive updates, software instruments, features and Soundpools for the Music Maker Editions and the in-app Store will be made available separately in future.

Pricing & Availability

The new Music Maker Editions are now available in stores and online.
  • Music Maker Plus Edition - € 59,99 / $59.99 / £49.99
  • Music Maker Premium Edition - € 129,99 / $129.99 / £99.99
  • Music Maker Control Edition - € 169.99 / - / £119.99 (Music Maker Premium Edition + USB-keyboard)
  • Music Maker Performer Edition - € 199,99 / - / £139.99 (Music Maker Premium Edition + novation Launchkey Mini)

'Shape The Future Of Audio' Series In Nyc Provides 'deep Dive' Into Emerging Vr/3d Audio Technologies

 New York, September 25, 2017Audio specialist Sennheiser announced a collaboration with music and tech education series The Digilogue to host a 4-day event: the 'Shape the Future of Audio' series. The event will take place at Interface NYC between October 4 to 7, and will include panels on VR/3D Audio and The Streaming Economy, master classes on various topics including production and engineering, as well as performances from leading contemporary artists. During the event, Sennheiser will also host several activations so attendees can experience the company's AMBEO 3D audio technology first-hand.  

"Our Shape the Future of Audio series being produced in cooperation with The Digilogue is an immersive forum to inspire the next generation of creators," commented Stefanie Reichert, Director Trade Marketing, Retail, Americas at Sennheiser. "During the series, we will host experts and performers, all of whom will demonstrate and share what is in store for those looking to create expressive, next generation content using the latest VR and AMBEO 3D audio technology from Sennheiser."

To register for any of the four days’ events, visit: https://www.thedigilogue.com/

The Future of Audio in NYC The series kicks off on Wednesday, Oct. 4 with the VR/3D Audio Panel — an entire session dedicated to virtual reality and AMBEO 3D. Thought leaders and subject matter experts from a variety of companies in this sector — including Littl Star and Mach1 — will share their insights during a vibrant, interactive discussion. As live music plays a major role in the series’ programming, the panel will also include a performance by Brooklyn-based Hip/Hop act Soul Science Lab.

The second day’s panel on Thursday, Oct. 5 will focus on The Streaming Economy and include a discussion on the implications of streaming and how it affects the current state and future of music. Insight from songwriters, artists and key players in the music industry — including panelists from Spotify and Atlantic Records — will be shared with attendees, with rhythmic beats courtesy of DJ KEVY KEV.

The final panel, to be held on Friday, Oct. 6, will focus on music applications such as Snapchat, Genius and Mixcloud — and explore how these mediums are affecting contemporary music culture and how they will continue to play a role within audio technology in the future. Music on Fab Roc will provide live music during Friday's session.

Hands-on applications from Sennheiser During all four days, Sennheiser invites attendees to experience and explore its products in diverse range of real-life applications. Using Sennheiser HD 25s, HD 280 Pro and other headphones, attendees will be able to produce and engineer their own tracks in the Sennheiser pop-up studio. During a studio activation, attendees will also have the opportunity to experience Sennheiser's new AMBEO SMART HEADSET — designed to capture audio in 3D with stunning realism.

Finally, a special travel / lifestyle activation provides attendees with the opportunity to rent any of Sennheiser's new Bluetooth wireless headphones — such as the PXC 550 and the HD1 Wireless — and enjoy a personalized experience throughout the day.

To learn more about the Shape the Future Audio series in New York or to register, please visit https://www.thedigilogue.com.


1) The Future of Audio series in early October will include segments on virtual reality and streaming, as well as master classes and live music.

2) Day 2 of the Shape the Future of Audio series will focus on 'The Streaming Economy' and how this affects the current and future state of audio technology. The day will include panelists from Spotify and Atlantic Records.

3) During the Shape the Future of Audio series, attendees will get a chance to see learn about the new AMBEO Smart Headset from Sennheiser, which enables users to capture realistic 3D audio from their mobile devices.

Fullerton College Graduate Becomes Youngest Audient Owner

California, USA (September 22, 2017) - "It really is the little brother of the ASP8024 I have grown to know and love," says Fullerton College Recording and Music Production graduate, Timothy Jones, describing the brand new ASP4816 he's had delivered to his home studio in Orange County a few short weeks ago. Possibly the youngest Audient console owner in the world, he leaves Fullerton College this year with top grades -- and the world at his feet.
Timothy proved himself keen to develop his music technology skills both in and out of the classroom by building a small control room in a converted industrial warehouse not far from his home. Using it to work on his own compositions either on his own or with other musicians, as well as a practice room to improve his drumming and piano skills, the conclusion of his studies now allows him to spend more time in the studio, bag himself a few clients and turn it into a profitable enterprise. The arrival of the ASP4816 compact analogue console from Audient certainly helped him raise his game to that end.
"I was absolutely blown away at how good these EQs sound," enthuses Timothy - surprised, despite having "read the manual religiously before I placed the order." He continues, "The channel EQ was used always in a subtractive capacity as opposed to boosting at Fullerton College and having my hands on my own console now, I am amazed at how musical the EQ sounds when it is boosted. I was completely taken aback.
"The buttons have that satisfying *chunk* sound when you engage them; the faders all glide so smoothly," says Timothy. "A fellow engineer who rents the studio one day a week from me (and didn't know I was making this switch) said that when he first laid a hand on the long throw fader, he knew this was a quality piece of gear!
"Another feature that I fell in love with mixing back at Fullerton - and so happy I have again - is the bus compressor. This thing is a beast, and definitely gives a track that 'sounds like a mix feeling'. I absolutely Iove the flexibility of this console and all of the routing capabilities I have at my fingertips. I love that I can parallel process between the short and long faders or using the subgroups, and that I have complete hands-on control of my mix with this console."
The Audient ASP8024 has been part of Fullerton College's audio recording department since 2015, ensuring a good number of students catch the audio technology bug during their time there. Timothy Jones is no exception. "Thank you guys for doing it right and keeping that analogue vibe alive these past 20 years!"

Monday, September 11, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday, September 8, 2017

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Native Instruments announces new MASCHINE & KOMPLETE KONTROL hardware

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

        •       Includes 25 GB KOMPLETE 11 SELECT library

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

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

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

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

        •       Touch sensitive knobs for parameter tweaking

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

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

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

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

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

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

More information about MASCHINE is available here.


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

Key features
        •       Smart keyboard controller for all your virtual instruments

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

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

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

        •       Full VSTi support

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

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

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

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

        •       Deep integration with MASCHINE software / hardware

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

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

        •       Two assignable pedal inputs

        •       MIDI in / out

        •       USB 2.0 bus powered

        •       Includes KOMPLETE 11 SELECT

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

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RockStar by DreamWave Audio is now released

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

Monday, August 28, 2017

ZoukOut In Singapore Announces Flume and Marshmello As First Two Headliners Ahead Of Full Phase One Lineup

Dates for the 17th edition of the highly acclaimed beachfront festival confirmed

ZoukOut, Asia's largest beachfront music festival and only dusk-to-dawn dance festival, has announced that it will be returning again to Siloso Beach in Sentosa, Singapore from December 8-9, 2017. Now in its 17th year, Asia's longest running dance music festival is raved about by top DJs in the global clubbing circuit and is sworn by legions of fans as a must-attend party location.
With ZoukOut’s highly-anticipated phase one lineup on the horizon, the festival has given fans a sneak peak by announcing Australian phenom Flume and the world-renowned masked DJ and producer Marshmello as the first headliners for 2017. More artists to be announced soon.

Sydney based producer Flume continues to achieve worldwide success, recently winning Best Dance/Electronic Album at the 2017 Grammy Awards for Skin and receiving the number #1 spot on the Triple J Top 100 Countdown for 2017 with his hit single “Never Be Like You.” He will be bringing his energetic live show to ZoukOut for the first time this year.

While the mystery behind Marshmello has definitely assisted with his ascension to becoming one of the most talked about names in dance music, there is no denying that his electrifying production on labels like OWSLA and Monstercat and energetic live show is truly what has made him one of the most sought after names at festivals around the world. He will also be making his ZoukOut debut this year.

Those who have attended ZoukOut religiously know it is not only experiencing famed dance music from around the globe, but also about the premium beachfront festival location. From VIP treatment, unique food offerings, roving beach entertainment, and enthralling lights and sounds; patrons will be immersed in a one-of-a-kind entertainment wonderland from the moment they enter.
Organizers will also be providing a more immersive experience at ZoukOut 2017 with plans to update the food village to become a much larger focus, along with VIP decks and activation zones that aim to take the ZoukOut experience to another level this year.

The festival is put on by the popular nightclub Zouk, most known for its Singapore location that was named the the Best Club In Asia and the Fourth Best Club in the world by DJ Mag, and is known for bringing in the biggest artists in dance music to dedicated fans in Southeast Asia. The club is also present in Malaysia and on the luxury cruiseliner Genting Dream.

Tickets are available for purchase on ZoukOut's website from Aug 25 onwards. As the >Official Card for ZoukOut 2017, DBS Live Fresh Cardmembers & all other DBS/POSB Cardmembers are entitled to purchase discounted tickets. This promotion is valid for all DBS/POSB cards issued from Singapore only. They include:

    • A bundle of four Two-Day Festival Passes at SGD 800* (R.P: SGD 912)
    • Single Day, Day-1 tickets at SGD 124.20* (R.P: SGD138)
    • Single Day, Day-2 tickets at SGD 133.20* (R.P: SGD 148)

For more information on full ticket prices, click here. Official hotel packages which are bundled in with ZoukOut tickets are also available here.
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Monday, August 21, 2017

Eiosis - Amazing August Deals

This is a great time to grab great deals on the  e2deesser and AirEQ Premium plugins, as we’ve drastically reduced their price!
The sale begins August 21st and ends on the 31st. Don’t miss out!


When a single screenshot of the work in progress of one of the Arcade Series Returns sequencers got featured on Ask.Audio and spread like wildfire through the internet we thought we might be onto something big.

The only problem was the added exposure meant that the series developer Mark Towers decided he wanted to add more features! Taking inspiration from the arcade games of our youth the Arcade Series Returns consists of four MaxforLive generative sequencers for Ableton Live.
Across the range features include an inbuilt loop recorder that can work on an individual or global level, and the ability to export the output of the device directly into an Ableton Live MIDI clip. Ableton Certifed Trainer Mark explains how each of these work clearly in the walkthrough videos you'll see below.

With integration to a range of MIDI Controllers these sequencers are designed to be played and have fun with! If you don't have one of the controllers listed then don't worry, each can be played with the click of a mouse as well!


Arkanoid is a rotating melodic sequencer where the main 8×7 grid represents a walled space in which up to 4 balls can bounce around in diagonal patterns.
To start a ball moving, first select one of the 4 sequencers using the numbered selected panel or with a control surface’s ‘scene launch buttons’, then trigger one of the bottom row buttons on a control surface or by using the mouse.

Once started, balls will follow a diagonal pattern which will result in them gradually going out of phase until returning to their starting point. To trigger additional sequencers select the next numbered engine and repeat the process.


Frogger is an 8-step gate sequencer inspired by the classic video game and electronic gate sequencers. Via the mouse or control surface you set the pitch/octave for each step. When the sequence lands on the step the note is triggered. All pitch values conform to the globally selected scale with individual octave control per step.


Ghosts is a random looping melodic sequencer inspired by the classic arcade game PacMan (but it hasn't got the hero in it!)

The 8x8 grid represents a maze in which the ghosts will move around. Whenever a ghost reaches a junction, they make a random decision of which way to go. When ghosts land on a yellow step, a note is triggered. When they land on a blue step a speed boost / reduction is triggered for a specified amount of steps. Landing on an orange step triggers and accentuated note.


Space Invaders is a rotating pulse generator designed specifically for triggering drum machines. Independent patterns/rows of ‘Invaders’ are set up in the separate invader engines to the right. These patterns can be static or moving from left to right and have their own parameters which effect note generation.

Lazers are triggered by the ships at the bottom of the grid. Once turned on, each ship will fire a single lazer at a user specified rate (in the settings panel). When a laser hits an invader, a note is triggered. The lazer cycle is repeated until the ship is turned off. Clicking anywhere on the 8x8 grid starts/re-starts a lazer to fire from that location.


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