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Saturday, August 12, 2017

NKRIOT Releases New Album "Riot"

NKRIOT underwent a 12 week hiatus​ to write, record and self produce the album under his
independent label based locally in Boyle Heights,CA ‘NKRIOT Productions’. “RIOT” already
gained a fervor and momentum as being a dark dance hymn. A rhythmic (Four on the Floor)
euphoric anthem, led by a trance-inducing dirty sub bass. Followed with a grievous and nurturing
vocal timbre. The lyrics in the Album simply create an impactful poetic cloud beckoning caution
for those who fear change of direction in one’s life. Reminiscent of artists who provided the
late-nite underground soundtracks to crowded dancefloors filled with club kids, ’RIOT”’ will guide
a new generation of these House devotees,before the sun rises.



NKRIOT is an electronic music pioneer and founder of a new genre art concept called Goji. Formed in the summer of 2013 in the neighborhood of Boyle Heights, California, NKRIOT began as a chip-tune, cyber-punk project, that eventually transformed into full scale self designed music project which eventually led to the creation of the Goji movement.

Goji involves a combination of synth, prog, and electronic beats, armed with a chromed out electric guitar. It is under goji that the distinctive sound landscape NKRIOT has carefully developed can be understood. It is also under Goji that any other artists that fall short of the genres decided spectrum are welcomed. Goji was developed during the beginning years of NKRIOT while he was trying to find a way to represent the unique style of music he makes. Having experience with a wide range of musical styles and not wanting to conform to the broad genre of “EDM”, the name Goji called out to him. This unique concept takes the bitter and sweet sounds of all his genres influences and incorporates them into one, bringing his live performance to new heights. NKRIOT live has a unique high energy sound which features a custom setup that includes hardware that is designed and built from scratch. During his performances, the audience gets to experience the prominent brilliance that makes the half man-half robot a distinctive original artist.



Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Distant Dozings II - An Audible Journey From Volterock - released today





Friday, August 4, 2017

Artpark’s Summer 2017 Grand Final: Big Bang

Vujaday Announces Inaugural Dates And Details For Week Long Music Festival In Barbados

From April 4th-8th, 2018, the stunning Caribbean island of Barbados will be graced with a new week long music festival. Going by the name Vujaday, which is defined as “an entirely new experience” and “like nothing you have ever seen or felt before,” the festival will take place in a unique location each of its five days, leaving the first and last day of the week long journey for travel.

This unique format will keep the festival fresh for both tourists and locals alike, giving those new to the island a much wider experience than they would normally get on a typical holiday. These five events will run from Wednesday through Sunday during Vujaday with the largest event on Saturday. Events will take place at Farley Hill, Holetown, South Beach Zone, and the East and West coasts of the island.

Beyond a cultural exploration that will allow guests to visit key regions of Barbados throughout their journey, the debut festival will also curate a lineup focused on different styles of house and techno, roping in internationally renowned DJs and local favorites. An electronic event of this scale has yet to take place in Barbados, and is meant to create an unforgettable experience for locals and travelers.
The team behind Vujaday will be bringing decades of experience in the festival and event space to the beautiful island of Barbados. This includes industry veterans that have been involved in the creation and operation of Toronto based events like Digital Dreams Music Festival, Electric Island, World Electronic Music Festival and All Day I Dream, along with Further Future in the USA and SXM Festival in the Caribbean. The founders have also owned and operated world renowned clubs in Toronto such as Footwork Nightclub, Coda, The Hoxton and The Velvet Underground.

“We couldn’t be more excited to bring a major electronic festival to Barbados,” says Ryan Kruger, Vujaday co-founder and president of The RKET Group. The island is brimming with a vivid culture and amazing sights to take in, and we wanted to make sure that the festival format allowed for guests to experience more than just a single location while enjoying music from around the world.”
Vujaday also boasts a unique industry partnership with creative media agency The Confluence, whose publicity and content services have driven successful campaigns for well-known music festivals, brands and conferences around the globe for nearly a decade.

To ensure the local culture is well-represented throughout Vujaday Music Festival, the team has also brought on Norman Barrow, the managing director of A&B Music Supplies in Barbados. He has been an integral part of the music, entertainment and production business in Barbados and the Caribbean for the past 40 years, and has been involved in some of the region's most significant events.

More information coming soon regarding the lineup for the inaugural Vujaday Music Festival. For now, guests can register for updates, including ticket and travel package announcements, on the Vujaday Music Festival website.
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Friday, July 28, 2017

Angela Puxi on DG King - Nadir Saxwinds


Molly Tuttle Nominated for 3 IBMA Awards: Emerging Artist, Female Vocalist, and Guitar Player of the Year, the first female to ever receive this nomination

Nashville, TN -- July 28, 2017 -- Award-winning songwriter and virtuoso instrumentalist Molly Tuttle turns a new corner with Rise, her first release as a solo artist, which debuted at #2 on Billboard's Bluegrass Albums chart. 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 July 26th, the International Bluegrass Music Association announced the final nominees for their 2017 International Bluegrass Music Awards naming Molly Tuttle in three categories: Emerging Artist, Female Vocalist, and Guitar Player of the Year. The instrumentation nomination is especially weighted as Molly is the first female ever to be nominated in this category. Rolling Stone Country has the full list of nominees here

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."

Written during a period of intense change that found Tuttle moving from California to Boston to Nashville, Rise covers a wide swath of ground, showing the full range of its maker's abilities. She writes every song here, singing them in a voice that's both pure and pointed. On an album that also features appearances by several all-stars of the roots music world - including Kathy Kallick, Darrell Scott, The Milk Carton Kidsand Sarah Jarosz's longtime cellist, Nathaniel Smith - it's the 24 year-old Tuttle who shines the brightest.


With Rise, Molly Tuttle cements her place in the roots-music community. Recorded in engineer Erick Jaskowiack's studio outside of Nashville, the record is a tribute not only to her instrumental, vocal and songwriting chops, but her storytelling ability, too. Tuttle has never defined her ambitions so clearly, and with Rise, she's moving upward. 

"I took the title from a line in Walden from Thoreau, where he compares the human spirit to water," she says of the EP. "He writes, 'The life in us is like the water in the river. It may rise this year higher than man has ever known it.' That feels really relevant to me. It describes how I'm feeling with my music, and where I'm at with creating my own sound, and where we're at in the world right now. I knew it needed to be the title of the record."


For more information, please visit https://www.mollytuttlemusic.com/. For review copies, please reply to this email. 

Molly on the cover of Acoustic Guitar 
Molly x NPR

On tour
Aug. 5 - Sugar Maple Festival - Madison, WI
Aug. 12 - Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival - Alta, WY
Aug. 16 - West Whately Chapel - West Whately, MA
Aug. 17 - Town Crier Cafe - Beacon, NY
Aug. 18 - Rockwood Music Hall - New York, NY
Aug. 19 - Long Island Bluegrass Festival - Copiague, NY
Sept. 7 - Theatre On The Green - Cheraw, SC
Sept. 8 - Motorco Music Hall - Durham, NC
Sept. 9 - Mountain Song Festival - Brevard, NC
Sept. 15 - AmericanaFest - Nashville, TN
Sept. 22 - Watermelon Park Festival - Berryville, VA
Sept. 24 - Amesbury Music Festival - Amesbury, MA
Sept. 29 - IBMA Wide Open Bluegrass Festival - Raleigh, NC
Oct. 7 - 3 Sisters Music Festival - Chattanooga, TN
Oct. 19 - Blue Rock Studios - Wimberley, TX
Oct. 21 - Bloomin Bluegrass Festival - Farmers Branch, TX
Nov. 3 - Stoughton Opera House - Stoughton, WI 
Nov. 16 - Fingerlakes Live - Geneva, NY 
Nov. 17 - Hudson Valley Bluegrass Assoc. - Poughkeepsie, NY
Nov. 18 - Fire In The Kitchen Concert Series - Madison, CT
Jan. 20Calliope: Pittsburgh Folk Music Society - Pittsburgh, PA
Mar. 10 - DC Bluegrass Festival - Tyson's Corner, VA

Native Instruments releases MASCHINE Expansion BYTE RIOT


Berlin, July 24, 2017 – Native Instruments today releases BYTE RIOT, a new MASCHINE Expansion that charges MASCHINE with the lo-fi aesthetic of the chiptune scene. Packed with crunchy circuit-bent drum kits, warm 8-bit leads, and retro video game samples, it hacks into a world of modified music makers.

To some people, video game consoles and computers are useless once they are past their prime. To others, however, these bygone relics can be modified and hacked, transforming the obsolete hardware into instruments. Audio chips are electronically altered to become makeshift synths, emitting monophonic, 8-bit tones. Modified video-game gear gets repurposed, using special software, to turn the sounds often heard in 80s video games into notes that can then be played however the musician likes. While musical works using these techniques are often put into the chiptune genre, the influence of this DIY attitude can be found cross genre, with these lo-fi sounds showing up in pop, breakcore, hip hop, and grime

For BYTE RIOT, its latest release in the MASCHINE Expansion series, Native Instruments collaborated with artists Ivo Ivanov and Alex Retsis, lead sound designers at Glitchmachines to crack open early-gen computer and gaming systems to bring these primitive digital sound to MASCHINE users. Ivanov built custom units and tinkered with old-school oscillators, putting his circuit bending skills to use, while Retsis focused on essentials like 8-bit drum parts and arpeggiated chords. The result is a collection of kits that reproduce and reimagine the classic chiptune sound for any genre.

BYTE RIOT contains sounds meticulously sampled from old-school video game consoles and early-gen computer chips, including complex MIDI patterns based on classic arcade games. Various Game Boys were hacked using LSDJ and Nanoloop tracking software on custom cartridges. Fast arpeggiators were driven through Commodore 64 SID chips to sample chord variations. And Windows instruments were played through the Sega Mega Drive's FM YM2612 chip for primitive authenticity that anyone can use in their musical productions.

BYTE RIOT 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 BYTE RIOT 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.

Pricing and availability
BYTE RIOT 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

Further product information and press material
Additional information on BYTE RIOT is available at:
www.native-instruments.com/byteriot

Monday, July 17, 2017

Radial announces the Di-NET™ DAN-TX and DiNET™ DAN-RX, Dante™ enabled direct boxes, are now shipping

 
 
Vancouver, BC - Radial Engineering is pleased to announce that the DiNET DAN-TX and DAN-RX, stereo Dante audio converters, are now shipping.
 
Developed by Audinate, Dante is a low-latency audio-over-Ethernet protocol utilized in professional and commercial applications. The DAN-TX and DAN-RX provide a simple and robust solution for sending or receiving two channels of analog audio over a digital Dante-enabled network. The DAN-TX includes ¼", RCA, and 3.5mm inputs, with a single Ethernet output that allows you to connect any analog device to your Dante network. This range of connector options makes it easy to interface with a CD/DVD player, smartphone, tablet, instrument, or professional audio source such as a mixer or recording interface. When used with mono instruments such as guitar, the DAN-TX provides a thru connection for a stage amp, and includes a trim control that provides +/-10dB of gain. Balanced signal levels up to +24dB can be accepted without distortion, and a high pass filter and -20dB pad can be engaged when required.      
 
The DAN-RX is a two channel Dante receiver that allows you to output balanced analog audio at any point on a Dante network. Dual XLR outputs provide connection to a mixing console, amplifier or powered speakers to route audio from FOH to the stage, or to remote rooms within a venue with separate PA systems. A 3.5mm headphone output with level control is also provided to test audio or monitor locally. The DAN-RX connects to the network via a single Ethernet cable, and ground lift is provided on the outputs to reduce buzz and hum from ground loops.
 
Both the DAN-RX and DAN-TX are built with rugged 14-gauge steel construction and employ high quality 24bit / 96kHz converters for exceptional audio performance. Power for each device can be supplied with a 15V adaptor (included) or via Power over Ethernet (PoE), and both power sources can be used simultaneously for redundancy. 
 
Street: $399.99 USD each for both DAN-RX and DAN-TX
For more on the DAN-RX and DAN-TX

Ear Trumpet Labs Celebrates the She Rocks Showcase at Summer NAMM

Julia Jordan Kamanda (artist); Jenna Paone (artist); Command Sisters (artist), Jenna Clapp (artist); Laura B. Whitmore (artist and founder of the Women's International Music Network) pictured with Ear Trumpet Labs' Edwina microphone.

Artists Perform with Edwina and Chantelle Models for Packed Crowd at The Listening Room Cafe in Nashville, TN
JULY 17, 2017, NASHVILLE, TN...Boutique microphone company, Ear Trumpet Labs, celebrates the She Rocks Showcase at Summer NAMM held Thursday, July 13 at The Listening Room Cafe in Nashville, TN. A packed crowd enjoyed an intimate night of music from selected performers of the Women's International Music Network (WiMN) including Julia Jordan Kamanda, Jenna Paone and Laura B. Whitmore, Southern Sirens, and Command Sisters. Ear Trumpet Labs sponsored microphones for the event, with vocalists using their most popular model the Edwina (pictured above), and their signature live vocal mic Chantelle
Founded in Portland, Oregon in 2011, Ear Trumpet Labs is a craft builder of unique microphones for adventurous musicians and recording artists. Combining technical expertise, the highest grade hand selected electrical components, and a sculptural aesthetic, the company is committed to a hand-built craft workshop approach to providing the best looking and sounding microphones. Notable users include Andra Day, The Milk Carton Kids, Jason Mraz, Jerry Douglas and more.

Please visit www.EarTrumpetLabs.com to learn more.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Sennheiser Applauds FCC Ruling

Ruling is a Victory for Customers, Manufacturers, Owners, and Operators of Wireless Microphone Equipment


Washington, D.C. – July 13, 2017 - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today ratified an Order on Reconsideration and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking concerning the use of the frequency spectrum that will impact all wireless microphone users. The Order on Reconsideration ensures that wireless audio applications both now and in the future will continue to flourish. Having considered the thorough and relentless input of wireless microphone specialist Sennheiser and many others in the audio community, the FCC ruling modifies initial guidelines that may have negatively impacted manufacturers, owners and operators of wireless microphone equipment in their original form.

Sennheiser filed a Petition of Reconsideration with the FCC in December of 2015 following the initial announcement of new regulations, timed to coincide with the upcoming incentive auction and reallocation of the 600 MHz frequency spectrum. Sennheiser’s filing elucidated practical concerns for manufacturers and users of wireless microphones in day-to-day applications as well as proposing potential solutions. The FCC studied Sennheiser’s proposals and the input of others during the intervening year and a half, and the Order on Reconsideration has made many of the audio specialist's proposals a reality. 

"We sincerely applaud the FCC staff for their work and due consideration on this Order and proposed rulemaking,” says Joe Ciaudelli, Director of U.S. Spectrum Affairs for Sennheiser. “This represents a very positive outcome for our customers and all professional wireless microphone users. Clearly the FCC listened to the needs of the professional production community and worked hard to provide a solution."
 

Friday, July 7, 2017

Dan Blakeslee and The Calabash Club Announce New Album "The Alley Walker"

 
Recorded by a waterfall near the railroad tracks in Rollinsford, NH, The Alley Walker, the newest album by Dan Blakeslee and the Calabash Club, is a bluesy, rock-and-roll twist on the beautifully-composed folk style that has become Blakeslee's signature. Due for release on August 18th, the album is a highly-awaited follow-up to 2014's Owed to the Tanglin'Wind, which was named Album of the Year by Red Line Roots.

Blakeslee and producer Chris Chase wanted the album to "Capture the band how they sound live. Everyone in the room playing at the same time with natural swells, the safety off...and roll tape.Band members Nick Phaneuf (bass), Jim Rudolf (drums), Mike Effenberger (piano and accordion) come together with Blakeslee to masterfully create this raw-yet-euphoric, richly-layered sound.
 
Every track on the album is a true-story glimpse into Blakeslee's life and journey. The rock-country fabric of the album provides the perfect foundation for his beautiful method of storytelling. "Johnny and Junebegins like a twangy slide-guitar country crooner and ends as a full-blown, hand-clapping spiritual revival meeting that will have everyone joining in ("Watch them rise together, watch them rise...").

Betraying The Martyrs Reveal Live Video For ‘The Resilient’

Band on Tour with Born Of Osiris, Volumes Through July 23; 
The Summer Slaughter Tour Begins July 27

 

France’s BETRAYING THE MARTYRS have revealed a live video for latest single ‘THE RESILIENT’. Showcasing their epic performance on the HELLFEST MAIN STAGE as well as some behind the scenes snippets, the video will serve to tide European fans over until their return later in the year.
The band checked in from their US tour with Born of Osiris, Volumes and Widowmaker to say:
"We are extremely proud to present our live music video for the title track of our new album 'The Resilient'. Filmed at the notorious French festival Hellfest, in front of over 30,000 people, this concert represents a huge milestone for us as a French band and we absolutely wanted to share the experience with our fans! _
_ “The Resilient is a product of everything we have worked for since day one, this is who we are and what we love to do, this one is a thank you to all who have stood by us over the years.
“We're stoked to be back at it smashing stages all summer in the United States with Born Of Osiris, followed by the Summer Slaughter tour. Of course we'll be back in Europe before the end of the year to be sure we can play for as many of you as possible!"
We are The Resilient.
BTM x
Betraying The Martyrs will follow the Born of Osiris run with a stint on The Summer Slaughter Tour from July 27-August 26.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Planewalker: "Planes of Consciousness" to be released

 

Planewalker has launched his IndieGogo campaign to raise funds for his new album, "Planes of Conscioussness," and upcoming tour! 







Thursday, June 29, 2017

Seminal Southern California Punks CH3 Drop New Video On The Hard Times; 'Put 'Em Up', First Full Album Of New Music in Over 15 Years Out August 18

 
Seminal Southern California punk rock band CH3 are debuting a new "lyric" video today on The Hard Times.
Check out "The God That You Deserve" here:
In detailing the clip for the band's politically-charged track, video producer Jay Lansford explains, "The idea was to create a promo clip to enhance the lyrics to the song without using written text. Proper signed language uses a combination of hands, arms, and body movements, as well as facial expressions. This is more of a choreographed performance using elements of signing, mime and commonplace hand gestures set to music, as opposed to a word for word translation. One camera, one shot - no cuts."
Lansford adds, "The song begins with the two pairs of hands showing their obvious similarities before their differences become noticeable and struggle ensues. As the story develops, both pairs discover that they have much in common and by the end they undress and copulate. Love your neighbor as yourself."
Last month, in tandem with an appearance at Punk Rock Bowling, the band announced an August 18th release for 'Put 'Em Up', their first complete album of news songs in over 15 years.
CH3 will be playing a series of shows this summer and fall, including a stint at It's Not Dead Festival 2 on August 26, alongside Rancid, Dropkick Murphys, Buzzcocks and many more.
"The God That You Deserve," and a second track ("Not That It Matters") are currently available for purchase on all DSPs, while the full album is now available for pre-order at: https://channelthree.bandcamp.com/album/put-em-up-2
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.
Upcoming shows:
Aug 26 Glen Helen Amphitheater formerly San Manuel Amphitheater San Bernardino, CA (It's Not Dead)
Oct 21 Remember The Punks 2 Festival San Antonio, TX
More dates to be announced.

QSC: Major TouchMix Series Update – Now Available For Download

New Software for TouchMix Series Digital Mixers

Taking small-format mixing to the next level for both professional and novice users alike, QSC is pleased to introduce Version 3.0 for the TouchMix-8 and -16 Series and Version 1.2 for the TouchMix-30 Pro. The new firmware is available as a free download for current users and will be factory-installed in new production units going forward.

Version 3.0 for the TouchMix-8 and 16

Version 3.0 for TouchMix-8 and -16 includes twenty significant enhancements, making these models far and away the most powerful and comprehensive, yet easy-to-use compact mixers available. Many features previously available exclusively on the Series’ flagship TouchMix-30 Pro are now implemented, including:
  • Anti-Feedback Wizard
  • Room-Tuning Wizard
  • Real-Time Analyzer (RTA)
  • Copy-and-Paste,
  • MP3 playback from USB drive
  • Input Delay
  • Output Parametric EQ
  • 15 dB Digital Gain
  • Channel Overview
  • USB Drive Formatting
  • Improved graphics and screen layout
A number of additional, all-new enhancements to the mixer are also provided including:
  • Channel Safe
  • Tap Tempo
  • Tablet Follows Mixer
  • Additional User Buttons (on connected tablet)
  • Ability to configure Aux 7/8 and Aux 9/10 as balanced, mono outputs (TouchMix-16).
  • QSC loudspeaker tunings are also present in Version 3.0, including presets for our new K.2 Series powered loudspeakers.

Version 1.2 for the TouchMIx-30 Pro

Advancing the capabilities of the flagship TouchMix-30 Pro, Version 1.2 provides the all-new features found in the smaller channel-count models along with a number of additional system and operation enhancements.

An update to the TouchMix Control app for iOS and Android devices is also available at those applications’ respective app stores.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Native Instruments releases MASCHINE Expansion STREET SWARM

Berlin, June 27, 2017 – Native Instruments today releases STREET SWARM, a new MASCHINE Expansion packed with the razor-sharp acoustic drums, sliced 70s cinemascapes, vintage funk instrumentation, and raw grooves that typified the sound of 90s New York hip hop. A crate digger’s dream, STREET SWARM was specially designed to follow the approach of pioneers like Wu Tang Clan’s RZA, who often searched for obscure samples from old movie soundtracks.

In early 90s New York, hip hop swarmed from the underground onto Main Street. Raw and unpolished, it crackled with boom-bap drums. Sonic textures from old soundtracks merged with funky bass lines and dusty pianos. Single-note psychedelic hits danced between disjointed vocal stabs.

With that in mind, grammy-nominated sound designer and producer Snipe Young created a plethora of small musical scenes inspired by blaxploitation films of the 70s. These soundtracks –  by renowned composers like Curtis Mayfield, Isaac Hayes, Sun Ra, and Herbie Hancock – contained funk and soul grooves sought after by the hip hop producers in 90s New York. Staying true to the genre, Snipe created intricately orchestrated samples chopped to emulate the SP-1200’s loose editing. From romantic string interludes and triumphant horns, to sinister melodies, dirty bass phrases, and energetic drums, STREET SWARM is full of undiscovered gems, waiting to be sliced and crunched in that classic style.

STREET SWARM also includes bass guitar, electronic keyboard, horn and retro synth stabs and licks organized by key, so hip hop producers and musicians can play their own melodies. Producers who want to add texture and flare to their creations can also utilize the included FX macros to create something sonically different that matches their own style.

STREET SWARM 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 STREET SWARM 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.

STREET SWARM 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 STREET SWARM is available at:
www.native-instruments.com/streetswarm

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:
http://www.native-instruments.com/products/komplete/cinematic/kinetic-toys/

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

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