Tuesday, April 18, 2017

MOOGFEST Announces Additions to copmlete 2017 Festival Lineup

Durham, North Carolina, April 18, 2017 – Today Moogfest announces their last and final additions to the 2017 festival, rounding out an already impressive lineup with DJ Premier, Zola Jesus, King Britt, Jana Hunter, Baltra, IDEO, Modular on the Spot, and Durham music collective The Floor. This announcement builds on Moogfest’s trajectory: balancing Future Sound (performances) and Future Thought (conference) conversations and workshops, with artists and technologists who participate in both sides of the program.

Grammy-award winning producer and half of the legendary hip hop duo Gang Starr, DJ Premier will grace the stage at this year’s festival. Premiere’s prized productions have threaded through the decades, defining the sound of multiple generations of hip-hop. Always evolving yet timeless, celebrated rappers and lyricists from KRS-One to Kanye West, have called on Premier to create the sonic foundation for their voices.

Dark wave electronic artist Zola Jesus is set to perform from her unreleased 5th studio album, TAIGA. Described by the artist herself, “The music on the record is massive, with big brass and beats, crystal clear vocals.” King Britt has prepared a Moogfest exclusive part-live/part-DJ set fusing his mastery in track selection with live hardware electronics, while NYC-based producer Baltra will perform a DJ set showcasing his expertise of gritty underground techno productions.

A&F Drum Co. - The Royals

A&F Drum Co. has made a light-weight drum set with a limited edition 2017 Royal Elite Snare that is custom engraved by John Aldridge.

Only ten are made per year:

Go here for more information

Artist testimonials: 

Mike Johnston  

"(speaking of our 3x13 Rude Boy) First snare drum i have bought in 15 years... Holy crap, it lived up to every ounce of expectation. It is almost as full sounding as any snare drum I have ever played." 

XLIVE 2017 Data & Analytics Summit Brings Out Netflix, Live Nation, FOX Sports + many more Live Event and Sports Industry All-Stars

A bright, airy entrance greeted the attendees of XLIVE’s 2017 Data and Analytics Summit as they entered the doors of The Paley Center in Beverly Hills this past April 4-5 for two engaging and insightful days alongside the live event industry’s biggest leaders. Welcoming companies such as Warner Brothers Records, Netflix, Los Angeles Kings, Ticketmaster, and Jacksonville Jaguars in addition to many others, the XLIVE Data and Analytics Summit convened a wealth of live event producers, sports executives, leading data, and analytics executives to discuss the latest technologies emerging at the forefront of event production.

Granting attendees unprecedented access to mingle with speakers throughout the course of the event, the XLIVE D&A Summit hit attendance capacity and offered up the opportunity for educators and educatees to interact in a casual environment - before, during, and after each panel. The panels, which took place one at a time throughout each day, were carefully designed to explore the growing industry of Data and Analytics and the rapid expansion of digitizing live event experiences, encouraging participants to harness the power of their data to more effectively engage attendees, understand customer behavior, increase revenue, analyze competition, identify talent trends, monetize assets, and enhance sponsorship activation.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

"Paradise Lost" by Alltta (20syl + Mr J. Medeiros) Released on Playground

Herrmutt Lobby has created an interactive version of "Paradise Lost" by Alltta (20syl + Mr J. Medeiros) in the Playground

Remix Alltta on your iPhone with PlayGround
• The Infinite Remix app

Download PlayGround on iPhone and iPad for free.

BRUSSELS April 11, 2017 - Alltta, a French-American duo composed of
20syl and Mr. J. Medeiros, will enter the interactive music catalog of
Playground on Wednesday April 12, 2017 with their song "Paradise Lost"
released recently on the album "The Upper Hand" on On&On Records. To
celebrate this event, Alltta's "Paradise Lost", in its interactive version, will be
available for free on Playground until Wednesday, April 19, 2017!
PlayGround is a mobile music application on iOS (iPhone and iPad) that
allows one to interpret music in real time through a playful multitouch
interactive "graphic interface ». A catalog of interactive songs from electronic
and hip hop artists is available for download and updated regularly.
PlayGround requires no theoretical nor any musical skills and can be played
at any age. Recording is available through the options menu and allows users
to share their favorite interpretations on social networks.
PlayGround was also declined in a monumental version in collaboration with
20syl on the project called "Le U - interactive ramp" which was on tour in
several towns of Pays de la Loire.

PlayGround • Music At Your Fingertips is available for free. The catalog
contains a few free songs and others can be purchased « in-app ».
The app was rewarded with a ‘Best of app 2016’ by Apple because of its
success in Japan and has been downloaded more than 460,000 times since its

Visit getplayground.com to view demo videos of the various tracks available.
PlayGround is developed by Herrmutt Lobby - a group of Belgian
musicians and programmers - they research and develop softwares and
hardware based on a series of innovative concepts grouped under the name
RTSM for Real Time Systemic Music.

Debut album "The Upper Hand" OUT NOW!
CD + Vinyl + Digital + Stream
Lyrics: https://genius.com/artists/Alltta
AllttA = 20Syl + Mr. J. Medeiros

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Native Instruments releases new video Deru: Everyday Inspiration

Berlin, April 4, 2017 – Native Instruments today released a new short film, following a day in the life of Emmy-winning composer and producer Deru, a.k.a. Benjamin Wynn. The three-minute video explores Wynn’s strategies for overcoming creative difficulties, and provides an insight into some of his favorite production techniques.

“Creativity is exploring something deep down inside of you – it’s really trying to go deep and figure out what’s in there,” says Wynn. “There are times when you’re down in the studio and you don’t want to work at all, the ideas aren’t coming, and you’re frustrated. You just have to work through all that, because that’s going to be there.”

Part of the video focuses on Deru’s use of FORM, the transformative, sample-tracking synthesizer from Native Instruments. To celebrate the synth’s recent 1.1 update, Deru has teamed up with NI to host a track challenge. Users can download samples created by Deru, then use FORM (a free demo is available) to transform them into a track. Winners, chosen by Deru and NI, will receive prizes including KOMPLETE 11 ULTIMATE, an S-Series keyboard, and  special Deru giveaways. Visit the competition’s page https://www.native-instruments.com/deruxform for more information.

Deru recently contributed a work-in-progress to season one of Komplete Sketches – a series of 24 works-in-progress created by 24 contemporary electronic producers using only the instruments and effects of KOMPLETE 11. For the track, Deru used FORM to twist acoustic sounds from his personal library into an evolving drone, layered with meandering melodies and a weighty bassline. The track, along with the other artists’ contributions is available here. To see Deru perform the track live, and explain how it was created, see this video from Native Sessions: Creative Interfaces.

Wallace Detroit Guitars Announces Limited Edition 'Firehouse Series', Handcrafted with Reclaimed Wood from Iconic Detroit Firehouse

Aged Maple and Pine Salvaged from Floor of Old Detroit Landmark Inspires Twelve One of a Kind, Timeless Instruments
Detroit, April 5, 2017 Wallace Detroit Guitars, a Detroit-based guitar company that builds unique and timeless instruments using reclaimed wood from local landmarks, announced a limited edition 'Firehouse Series', available now. The instruments are lovingly crafted with original wood from the former Detroit Fire Department Headquarters, located at 250 West Larned Street in Detroit. Salvaged pine and maple from the building’s floorboards will allow Wallace Detroit Guitars to build ten of its flagship single-cutaway guitars and two guitars with a brand new offset body shape. Like all Wallace Detroit Guitars, these instruments will feature expert craftsmanship and premium components for a playing experience and sound that matches their one-of-a kind historical significance.

The new guitars are available now to coincide with the launch of Wallace Detroit Guitars’ new website, located at wallacedetroitguitars.com, and which features detailed photographs and specifications of each guitar. It also provides a deep dive into the remarkable origins and craftsmanship of these unique instruments, as well as availability and ordering information.
“Our goal with these guitars is to preserve the history of the city we love while honoring its tradition of superior craftsmanship,” says Wallace Detroit Guitars owner Mark Wallace. “Detroit is a community of people who know how to make stuff, and our company is cut from that same cloth. The firehouse at 250 West Larned Street served our city with honor for many years, and we are pleased to be able to preserve its history in this truly unique limited edition of instruments.”
For Wallace, these instruments mirror the revitalization of his beloved city, which is welcoming new ideas and creativity while continuing to draw from its rich past. “I’m trying to take something that was once great but has been and cast aside and transforming it into something new and vital,” he says. “It’s an exciting time for the city of Detroit because there are a lot of other businesses and organizations working from that same ideology. There’s really an energy building up.”

Friday, March 31, 2017

Dadamachines automat toolkit kickstarter is live

Dadamachines is enabling live acoustic triggers through MIDI with their automat toolkit that is now live!

see it here

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Native Instruments releases MASCHINE Expansion ELASTIC THUMP

Berlin, March 29, 2016 – Native Instruments today released ELASTIC THUMP, a modern, melodic take on future funk that brews the smoothness of R&B with the feel-good vibes of dance music and the bounce of futuristic, beathead culture.

Featuring sounds lovingly recorded from the Roland Juno 106, Moog Minitaur, and Teenage Engineering Pocket Operators, ELASTIC THUMP oozes with analog butteriness, while the Fender Precision bass guitar, Fender Rhodes 73 keyboard, and a variety of vintage drums add a sheen of dust to the sound. And with 120 MASCHINE Drum Synths crafted by LA-based sound designers MSXII, users can shape and design their own signature beats.

Perfect for producers who want to create tracks that satisfy beat-loving head nodders and shuffling club kids in equal measure, ELASTIC THUMP was inspired by artists artists like Kaytranada, Anderson .PAAK, Mr. Carmack, Lakim, Dâm-Funk, and GoldLink.

ELASTIC THUMP 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 ELASTIC THUMP is also available as an iMASCHINE Expansion, for sketches on the go. Tracks can be exported to MASCHINE STUDIO, MASCHINE JAM, MASCHINE, and MASCHINE MIKRO for completion.

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

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

Additional information on ELASTIC THUMP is available at:

Thursday, March 23, 2017

IK Multimedia introduces Fulltone® guitar & bass effects collection for AmpliTube

A collaboration with the legendary Californian boutique sound manufacturer unveiled

March 16, 2017 - IK Multimedia is proud to present the new Fulltone® Collection for AmpliTube for Mac/PC, which offers guitarists and all musicians an essential palette of sounds that span from classic to contemporary tones.

Boutique sound for the discerning musician
Guitarist and composer Michael Fuller founded Fulltone back in 1991, with the aim of building stompboxes that sounded as good as vintage pedals, but that were more rugged and reliable than the old, often fragile classics. Today, Fulltone is recognized as being one of the most committed and scrupulous manufacturers worldwide.

IK Multimedia's Fulltone® Collection includes 3 powerful processors that are equally at home in music production as well as in creative sound design. Guitarists, keyboard players, composers, producers, sound designers and mixing engineers can now take advantage of all the mojo and feel of the original Fulltone hardware but with all the practicality of AmpliTube's well-known ease of use.

TERC - That 80's Rack Chorus!®
Recreated by Fulltone and based on the original, nearly impossible-to-find Dyno My Piano unit (sold during the 80's as Songbird or Dytronics), the TERC gives you that lush, expansive, huge and elegant chorus sound that made it so famous during the 80's and was regularly used by some of the world's top session guitarists such as Michael Landau, Steve Lukather, Dann Huff and many others. Despite its typically retro character not only is the TERC still very modern, but its timeless sonic signature works wonders on all kinds of material.

SSTE® - Solid State Tape Echo
The Solid State Tape Echo captures the full essence, warmth and vibe of the original Echoplex EP-3, but without its unavoidable drawbacks - the original unit was very noisy, featuring low-quality tape heads and would produce lots of hum. Fulltone's SSTE fixes these issues, greatly enhancing the machine's response and capabilities. IK Multimedia have recreated the SSTE in virtual rack format with added bpm sync function, offering ultimate DAW integration and sonic versatility.

OCD® - Overdrive Pedal
The OCD overdrive pedal is already a classic. It gives the sound more grit, punch and the same kind of touch sensitivity, warmth and complex harmonics that characterize a quality tube amp. The OCD is the "icing on the cake" that makes the Fulltone Collection perfect for all genres and styles of music.

Pricing and availability
The Fulltone Collection is available from the IK Online store and from within AmpliTube Custom Shop at $/€59.99*.

The TERC and SSTE  can be purchased as single processors for just $/€34.99 each.
The OCD is available as a single pedal at $/€24.99.
* All prices excluding taxes

For more information, please visit:

Native Instruments releases FORM 1.1 Update

March 22, 2017, Berlin – Native Instruments today released FORM 1.1, a significant update to this distinctive sample-scanning synthesizer. Free for existing users, FORM 1.1 adds a number of new performance and editing features and expands the content library significantly.

FORM is a powerful synthesizer that uses samples to create entirely new synthetic textures. It combines easy-to-use functionality and highly usable presets with creative performance features.

FORM 1.1 includes over 200 new presets and corresponding samples – taking the total to over 400. The new presets all include multiple Performance slot variations, and the NI Sound Design team has also added variations for most of the existing preset library. Many of the new presets and variations take advantage of the new features in the update. Updated, the library reinforces FORM’s versatility for all contemporary electronic styles, covering Leads, Bass, Keys, Pads, Hybrid Instruments, SFX, Soundscapes, and Sequences.

FORM 1.1 introduces a number of new features, such as ‘Center’ and ‘Width’ controls to modulate scan range, allowing even easier control of sample playback and more consistent results. A new page of motion curve presets helps create distinctive choppy-style sample edits. Manual scan control allows complete hands on control of sample-playback. Volume faders for sound variations in ‘Perform’ section avoid jarring volume jumps when swapping Performance snapshots. The ability to copy / paste parameters from one Performance slot to another makes creating new variations far easier. Compact View places key performance controls in one simple interface, ideal for live play. All parameters can now be automated, making it simple to catch inspired live tweaks. Finally, there are new controller pages for KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards and all versions of MASCHINE, allowing even deeper integration with Native Instruments hardware.

FORM runs in REAKTOR 6 and the free REAKTOR 6 PLAYER and is available for purchase now at the NI Online Shop for $99 / 99 € / ¥ 12,800 / £89 / AU$159.

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

Additional information about FORM 1.1 is available at:

18th Annual Motion Notion Festival Unveils Dynamic, Full-Length 2016 After Movie

Motion Notion Festival - August 24th - 28th, 2017 - For one weekend each year, the spellbinding forest surrounding the historic Beaverfoot Lodge near Golden BC, Canada transforms in celebration of Motion Notion Festival, an intimate music, camping, and arts experience set in the pristine wilderness of North America. Entering its 18th year, Motion Notion Festival is globally-renowned for its vibrant festival history: consistently booking a refreshing mix of seasoned talent and the elite of the underground in electronic music, constructing prismatic stage design and offering a wealth of activities and riverside camping against the majestic Rocky Mountains.

In anticipation of this year’s event, the creators of Motion Notion are thrilled to release the incredible Motion Notion 2016 Full-Length Aftermovie. Created by Rebel Cause Films, the awe-inspiring 10-minute video reveals the power of freedom attendees unharness when entering the grounds, igniting them to live life through motion. The video highlights unforgettable performances from 2016 musical acts including Au5, Bear Grillz, Far Too Loud, Govinda, Inf1n1te, Phutureprimitive, Sander Kleinenberg, and Legendary UK drum and bass DJ TC.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Crazing by Killiniq Released on Tonchinkan Records

Killiniq is Guy Dean and Chris Peters. Crazing was made between 2010 and 2012 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. The album is dedicated to the beautiful women of Kingston. 

NAMM 2017: Stevie Wonder, DJ Kero (Detroit Underground), Herrmutt Lobby Crew, and Lucas Holter (Whiskey & The Wolves)

Photo by Lavine Linarez
Lucas Holter (Whiskey & The Wolves)
Also spotted at Winter NAMM this year was Stevie Wonder, DJ Kero (Detroit Underground), Herrmutt Lobby Crew, and Lucas Holter (Whiskey & The Wolves)!
DJ Kero and Herrmutt Lobby

Global Festival Favorite + Prolific Producer ill.Gates Drops 1st Studio Album Since 2011, Terminally iLL -- Out Now!

March 10, 2017 - Fresh on the heels of back to back standout EPs ‘Bounce’ and ‘More Tea’ last summer, San Francisco-based producer, performer and renowned educator ill.Gates unleashes a monumental statement of production and composition artistry. On his first full-length studio album since 2011, Terminally iLL -- available everywhere Friday, March 10th, ill.Gates coalesces an ensemble of brilliant vocalists and collabs with bass music’s most respected names and offers up an immersive soundtrack in his forthcoming piece, seamlessly blending funky beats with intricate and powerful melodies.

Listen & Support: here

Unsung Heroes & Terminally iLL Album Prizes

ill.GATES, ProducerDJ and Muti Music are holding a contest to win some great prizes, including deluxe merchandise packs, meet-and-greets, and copies of his new upcoming album, Terminally iLL.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

ROLI Releases Beta Version of BLOCKS Dashboard

Enables BLOCKS to control Logic Pro, Ableton Live, and other 
music production software
London (March 7, 2017) - ROLI today releases a beta version of BLOCKS Dashboard, an application that will extend the power of  BLOCKS as a customizable music creation system by enabling control of software programs including Logic Pro, Ableton Live, GarageBand, Omnisphere, and Kontakt.
The BLOCKS Dashboard beta is free and available for all BLOCKS music-makers to download via their My ROLI accounts. ROLI is delighted to work together with the fast-growing BLOCKS community on this open beta release, adding features that improve the workflow of BLOCKS creators. Community feedback will help guide ROLI's ongoing development of this versatile application.

 Controlling Ableton Live with BLOCKS via BLOCKS Dashboard.

With BLOCKS Dashboard the Lightpad Block, Live Block and Loop Block become open-ended MIDI control surfaces. Music-makers can configure different display modes on the surface to control different instruments and parameters within their chosen software programs. The LED-illuminated Lightpad Block, for example, can become a bank of faders controlling a program's effects - or a 2x2 or 4x4 drum pad controlling drums in a software synthesizer.

Epiphone March 2017 FREE Giveaway!


Win an Epiphone Les Paul® PlusTop PRO plus a Ltd. Ed. Epiphone Century amp!

NASHVILLE (March 3, 2017) – Throughout March 2017 Epiphone is offering fans a chance to win a new Epiphone Les Paul® PlusTop PRO with hard case plus an Epiphone Ltd. Edition 75th Anniversary Inspired by “1939” Century Amp all-tube guitar amp! A winner from the U.S., Canada, and the UK/EU will be chosen April 3, 2017.

The Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plustop PRO has a beautiful AAA flame maple veneer top and comes with critically acclaimed ProBucker-2™ and ProBucker-3™ pickups with coil-splitting, Grover™  machine heads, and a hard case. The Ltd. Edition 75th Anniversary Inspired by “1939” Century Amp won an Editors Pick by Guitar Player and is a modern 18-watt all-tube, guitar amplifier with a 12” speaker that revives an Art Deco era masterpiece from Epiphone’s early days in Manhattan. The “1939” Century includes three uniquely voiced inputs and an internal bias adjustment for further tone control.

Visit Epiphone.com today to learn more about the Les Paul Standard Plustop PRO and the critically acclaimed Inspired by “1939” Century Amp plus artist demonstrations, performances, and interviews.  And register to win throughout March 2017 at Epiphone.com!

Epiphone Les Paul
® Standard Plustop PRO:

The Ltd. Edition 75th Anniversary Inspired by “1939” Century Amp: http://www.epiphone.com/Products/Amplifiers/75th-Anniversary-Century-Amplifier.aspx

Friday, March 3, 2017

NAMM 2017: Keith McMillan Instruments

Keith McMillan has some some exciting new controllers!

The K-Board Pro 4 is a MIDI controller that has smart censor fabric that runs behind each key  for a number of unique gestures allowing for additional X, Y, Z access. It uses a MIDI signal named MPE: Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression.

The BopPad is a smart fabric drum pad currently up on kickstarter if you would like to support this amazing instrument! It allows for pressure sensitivity over the entire surface area and you can even divide it into quadrants for multiple sound triggers. Various gestures like hitting or tapping make it respond differently and it's plug-and-play through USB. You can play it with sticks, hands, or any other object and take it anywhere with extreme durability.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

NAMM 2017: Bomebox

The bomebox will soon have Windows 10 bluetooth midi support and currently has OSC support, advanced MIDI routes, and serial port.

NAMM 2017: Daniel Jensen, Tom Stewart (Drum's For Drummers), James Bernard

Daniel Jensen (right)
James Bernard
Many more people were spotted at this year's NAMM Show including Daniel Jensen, Travis Barker's drum tech, Tom Stewart, the founder of Drums for Drummers, and James Bernard, a remarkable music producer, engineer, and sound designer working with Spectrasonics this year.

Drums For Drummers is a non-profit corporation established to place donated drum sets into underfunded schools with music programs.

Tom Stewart

NAMM 2017: ESP Guitars

There were more amazing styling guitars this year for ESP Guitars with limited original and signature series. Here are some of the highlights.

NAMM 2017: Stomplight

The Stomplight, seen last year, is now shipping!

NAMM 2017: Dave Smith Instruments

Dave Smith Instruments has released the REV2, a 16-voice analog plyphonic synth, the Prophet '08 Re-imagined. It includes the Curtis filters used in many of the classic synths with waveshape modulation, and extended mod matrix. Let the fun continue with poly step sequencing and per-knob programmability.

NAMM 2017: IK Multimedia Part 3

Blue Turn, announced previously, allows for easy page switch or anything else you would like to assign it to.

The iRig Acoustic Stage has a DSP right on the belt without the need to plug it into a phone or tablet. You can connect it to a amp or PA and the volume knob pops in and out for less hassle. You can choose Nylon mode or steel and the, "Cancel feedback" button doesn't cancel you, just the feedback.

NAMM 2017: IK Multimedia Part 2

The iRig mic Studio is very similar to the irig mic but it includes XLR inputs.

The iRig Pro I/O includes an XLR and 1/4" connection making it the big uncle to the Duo. Connect a monitor right into the side, MIDI in & out to RTS and you can buy an external charger that charges while you use it!

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