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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Syntronik™ - the legendary synth powerhouse is now available for both iPhone and iPad

December 12, 2017 - IK Multimedia is pleased to announce the version 1.1 update of Syntronik™, the legendary synth powerhouse, is now available for both iPhone® and iPad® from the App Store®.



Syntronik now also supports Audio Units plug-in compatibility for host applications like GarageBand®, Cubasis®, Auria™, AUM™ Mixer and others, allowing users to easily record multitrack projects on the go using their favorite synths from the collection.

Syntronik offers the largest and best-sounding collection of classic synthesizers in a virtual instrument for iOS devices. This is achieved via a new hybrid sample and modeling synthesis engine, an arsenal of high-quality modeled effects and innovative instrument features that offer unparalleled flexibility and sound quality. Syntronik includes 17 amazing Synths covering a wide selection from 38 of the most iconic to ultra-rare classic synthesizers and string machines of all time:

99 - Based on the Yamaha SY99; Blau - Classic sounds of the PPG Wave 2.3; Bully - Iconic bass sounds of the Moog Taurus I, II and 3; DCO-X - Based on the Roland JX-3P, JX-8P and JX-10 classic synths; Galaxy - Iconic sounds of the Alesis Andromeda; Harpy 260 - Classic sounds of the ARP 2600; J-8 - Iconic sounds of the Roland Jupiter 4, 6 and 8; J-60 - Based on the Juno 60, including analog modeled chorus; Minimod - Based on the Minimoog, Modular and Voyager synths; Noir - Based on the Moog Prodigy, Micromoog and Multimoog; OXa - Classic sounds of the Oberheim OB-X and OB-Xa; Polymorph - Based on the Polymoog, Opus 3, Rogue, and Concertmate MG-1; Pro-V - Classic sounds of the Prophet-5 and Prophet-10; SAM - Iconic sounds of the Oberheim SEM synthesizer; String Box - Based on ARP, Elka, Hohner, and Roland string machines; T-03 - Iconic bass sounds of the Roland TB-303 and the V-80 - Classic sounds of the Yamaha CS-80, GX-1 and CS-01.

Each of the 38 synthesizers in Syntronik for iPhone and iPad was painstakingly multi-sampled using the most advanced techniques available to capture the "DNA" of the hardware and accurately reproduce the real sound of the classic synthesizers. Adding even greater realism, IK's proprietary DRIFT™ technology varies the phase, color and pitch of the sampled oscillators in a subtle fashion to keep them moving just like real analog oscillators.
The unique hybrid synthesis engine provides ultimate sonic authenticity thanks to its modeled filter section built by IK, the company that pioneered virtual circuit modeling. Syntronik offers 7 filter types including 4 of the best sounding analog filters of all time: the Moog transistor ladder, Roland's IR3109 chip, the famous Curtis CEM3320 chip and the Oberheim SEM state variable filter. Also included is a Classic low-pass filter and powerful digital filters like Formant and Phase. Plus, all 7 filters can be selected within each Synth, enabling users to mix and match them - like using an Oberheim filter with Moog oscillators for new and totally unique combinations.

Syntronik lets users shape sounds in a myriad of ways with 37 professional effects ranging from dynamic processors to amps, filters, EQ's, modulation effects, reverbs and more. 5 effects can be simultaneously inserted on every instrument via an attractive "lunchbox-style" interface that allows for immediate visualization and editing of every parameter from a single screen.

The 17 powerful Synths in Syntronik for iPhone and iPad are easily recognizable by their elegant interfaces with consistent controls for ease of use. Sounds can be loaded into 4-part layered "Multis" with each part containing its own instrument, key splits, arpeggiator and dedicated 5-slot effect section for ultimate sound design flexibility. With 1200 stellar sounding instrument presets, 200 carefully programmed Multis, (available in the full version or with all 17 synths), and 129 compelling arpeggios, Syntronik provides ultimate inspiration covering any genre or style of music.

Pricing and availability
Syntronik version 1.1 is now available for free on the App Store and includes 25 instrument sounds from 17 synths. Please download it on the App Store.

Syntronik Full offers a more comprehensive experience for only $79.99 MSRP, available as an in-app purchase.

Individual synths are also available via in-app purchase for just $9.99 MSRP each.

For more information, please visit:
www.ikmultimedia.com/syntronikios

Isotonik Studios Chiptune Dreams - Novation Circuit Pack from Yves BigCity & Erin Ramona Martinez


RELEASE: OUT NOW
PRICE: £12.99 / €16.00 / $19.00
LINK - CLICK HERE 

Chiptune Dreams is a Novation Circuit Pack & collaboration between Erin Ramona Martinez and Yves Big City featuring patches, samples, and sessions inspired by the chiptune scene. If you were ever a fan of the music found in many classic 8-bit games then this pack is for you!

32 patches from Erin painstakingly recreate the sound of the NES and Gameboy. Her macros are designed to give you an extreme amount of control over the patches and welcome newcomers to synthesizers. Her layout is Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release, Filter, Portamento, Speed, and Intensity.

32 Patches from Yves were designed to quickly inspire you and represent the modern electronic music scene. His set of macros give you an astonishing amount of tone shaping options and are as follows. Filter, Release, Magic Movement(3-6), Portamento, and distortion.

Together the patches show off an amazing amount of sounds that will work in a wide variety of genres and offer the kind of flexibility that musicians crave when performing live.

64 Samples were lovingly crafted from classic hardware such NES, Gameboy, Commodore 64, PO-20, and many classic drum machines! All samples have been processed to cut through any mix and will save you valuable time in post production.

MORE DETAILS - CLICK HERE 

Friday, December 8, 2017

Isotonik Studios Double Free Friday - Art Frequencies - MicroChaosDelay


RELEASE: OUT NOW
PRICE: FREE
LINK - CLICK HERE 

First up for this double Free Stuff Friday is a fun new MaxforLive Audio Device from Art Frequencies.

You'll have already no doubt seen their excellent DekobokoFXLite & DekobokoFXPro devices, MicroChaosDelay builds on this pedigree which in their own words is "Tiny, Funny and Forever Free"

You can watch the walkthrough video on the page and jump right in manipulating audio with the X/Y pad control within the device!

MORE DETAILS - CLICK HERE 

 

Jim Drones - Ill Circuitry

RELEASE: OUT NOW - PRICE: FREE - LINK -  CLICK HERE

The ill Circuitry Samplepack from Jim Drones is a compact collection of 74 free WAV sample files for use within Novation Circuit, or any other sample playback capable instrument or DAW.

This assortment of audio production tools feature a selection of signature sounds contained within his Origins Beyond, Stratospheric and Cataclysmic Impact patchbanks for Circuit, along with sonic creations from a variety of analogue synthesizers and custom-modded Texas Instruments Speak and Spell, Speak and Read, and Speak and Math glitched out Incantors.

MORE DETAILS - CLICK HERE

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Moogfest 2018’s First Talent Announcement includes Chelsea Manning leading Female and Transgender Lineup


Durham, NC, [December 6, 2017] –  Today, Moogfest unveils a festival lineup led by female, non-binary, and transgender artists, including a keynote conversation with privacy rights and political transparency activist Chelsea Manning on The Future of Creativity. The announcement is celebrated by ‘Always On’, a 50-hour livestream presented in partnership with Tom Tom Magazine from Today at 12:00 pm ET to 2:00pm ET on December 8, 2017.

Chelsea Manning’s keynote conversation will explore how technology enables radical disruption in the personal and political spheres, framing the technological future as a new creative landscape. Since its introduction in 2014, the Moogfest keynote has unearthed new perspectives on the future of creativity – tackling questions about how creativity will evolve and what tools will shape creative expression in the future. Like the festival’s namesake, Dr. Bob Moog, these world-renowned thinkers and futurists bring to life the tools and ideas that deepen our existence. Manning follows in the footsteps of other groundbreaking thinkers; past Moogfest keynote speakers include: transhumanist Dr. Martine Rothblatt, VR pioneer Jaron Lanier, Dr. Kate Shaw from the CERN Large Hadron Collider, Harvard’s Dr. Joe Davis, and philosopher Nick Bostrum.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

HyVibe Audio Introduces Smart Acoustic Guitar



Record, perform, compose and playback - all on the world's first 
connected smart acoustic guitar
Paris, France (November 29,2017) - HyVibe Audio, a sound technology company that uses vibration technology to create the purest possible sound from any object, announces the world's first smart acoustic guitar. The HyVibe Guitar uses this proprietary vibration technology and a wireless Bluetooth connection to become its own connected speaker, multi-effect processor, recorder, and amplifier, without all the cables, amps, or pedals.

"Acoustic guitar players have high standards for natural sound, but also want the features and flexibility of digital," said Dr. Adrien Mamou-Mani. "We address these needs by using the natural vibration of the guitar to create the best possible sounds and add digital control and connectivity to give the player effects, recording, and playback - all within the guitar itself."



What is a Smart Acoustic Guitar?
The HyVibe Guitar begins with a solid AA spruce top for the best natural vibrations and custom-built specs for the ultimate in playability. HyVibe then introduces their proprietary algorithms and multiple actuators to transform the natural vibrations of the guitar from the top plate, by the bridge where the instrument performs best to add high quality effects. Digital recording and looping features are included for convenient songwriting, performing, and practice. Finally, wireless Bluetooth technology is embedded as well as an Android and iOS App, connecting the guitar, and it's player to the world.

Musicians have been songwriting, recording and performing with prototype HyVibe Guitars since 2011, providing valuable feedback from real-world use. Watch videos here.
"Based on years of research, our technology fuses the world of acoustics and digital in a way that has never been done before. Since we excite our guitar by the bridge, the origin of the digital sound is practically the same as the natural excitation by the strings. When the live sound, the effects, and the backing tracks are all coming from the guitar itself, it's a unique experience that the player can really feel," added Dr. Mamou-Mani.
Features:
  • A responsive and dynamic acoustic guitar built with a solid AA spruce top and excellent craftsmanship, natural feel and a rich range of tones.
  • Multi-effects from the body of the guitar: chorus, reverb, delay, distortion, phaser, tremolo, boost and more.
  • Mobile App Control for Android and iOS: change the effects on the guitar, share effect setting, and recording with friends & the world
  • Record, loop and share instantly
  • Bluetooth connectivity: use the body of the guitar as a speaker for backing tracks or song playback
  • Output and input jacks to connect to an external amplifier or connect pedals
  • Built-in tuner, metronome, and EQ
Price and Availability:
The HyVibe Guitar is available for pre-order on Indiegogo:

Monday, December 4, 2017

A2IM Looks Forward to an Indie-Packed 60th Grammy Awards

As the 60th Grammy Awards approaches, this year's list of nominees features a wide range of well-known and up-and-coming artists. Many of these artists have broken free from the mainstream music machine to present their work via independent labels.
 
Independent artists make up 55% of nominations in all non-producer and non-spoken word categories, with 43 of the 81 categories being a majority of independent nominees. In the Jazz field, independents comprise a whopping 92% of artists nominated, and take home 80% of the nominations in both the American Roots and Composing/Arranging categories. Special congrats to A2IM members Concord Music Group (12 nominations), Mack Avenue (8 nominations), Naxos (7 nominations), Beggars Group (5 nominations), Ninja Tune/Counter Records (4 nominations), and to Big Machine, Compass Records, Eleven Seven Music, Numero Group, and Sub Pop, who are all bringing home 3 nominations this year. You can find the full list of independent nominations here, including even more from A2IM members.
 
A2IM, the advocacy group for independent labels and their artists, is excited to see such a large number of independent artists being recognized by the Recording Academy.
 
"Independent music is doing better than ever with a record global market share of 37.32% according to Billboard. Last year more than two-thirds of Grammy nominations were independent releases. Independent music's authenticity, vitality, and genre diversity ensure its keystone role in the recording industry and American culture. A2IM thanks the Recording Academy and its members for its inclusiveness." says A2IM CEO Richard James Burgess.
 
For years, A2IM's mission has been to take independent music "beyond the gatekeepers," allowing independent artists the same opportunities, media attention, and airplay as the biggest players in the music industry. Through its advocacy efforts, the organization has fought to ensure that independent artists are paid the money they deserve. A2IM has also taken independent music international, promoting artists in places such as Latin America and Asia. In addition to this, A2IM's annual Indie Week gives artists and labels a forum to gain insight into best practices while providing a space to network with those who have experience in traversing the music scene.
 
A2IM currently boasts 511 label members - the highest since its inception - and with its rapidly growing numbers, the organization continues to impact the music scene at the Grammy Awards and beyond.
 
If you're a member of the Recording Academy, A2IM encourages you to vote independent. You can check out the A2IM Independent Voter Guide for final round voting here. Final-Round Voting begins on December 7 at 9:00 AM Pacific Time, and closes on December 21 at 6:00 PM Pacific Time.

Demetri Martin Named as Host of the 33rd Annual NAMM TEC Awards Showcasing the Best In Professional Audio & Sound Production


Former Contributor to “The Daily Show,” Martin to Host Ceremony Held during Global NAMM Show Saturday, January 27
 
Carlsbad, Calif. - December 4, 2017The NAMM Foundation has announced stand-up comedian and entertainer extraordinaire Demetri Martin as the host of the prestigious 33rd Annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards (NAMM TEC Awards), Saturday, January 27, 2018 in Anaheim, CA during The NAMM Show, the global crossroads of the music products, pro audio and sound, and event technology industries

The in-demand and unconventional humorist, who is traversing major cities in America on his Let’s Get Awkward tour, will host the show for the first time. Martin is known for his deadpan delivery style and also as an audiophile and multi-instrumentalist who regularly incorporates music into his comedic repertoire, having played everything from the piano to guitar, harmonica, the ever-popular ukulele, and even the electronic keytar at his shows.

Of the awards, Martin offered a humorous quip: “I am looking forward to hosting the NAMM TEC Awards! As a mediocre, amateur musician who knows very little about professional sound and audio production, I feel uniquely unqualified for the gig - it should be fun.”

As a writer, actor, and director, Martin’s career has included many high-profile appearances and collaborations, including his notable early work as a contributor to “The Daily Show” and his own TV series for Comedy Central. He can now be heard as the voice of Ice Bear in Cartoon Network’s “We Bare Bears” and will release his third book this fall called “If It’s Not Funny It’s Art.”

The NAMM TEC Awards are bestowed annually in honor of the many individuals, companies and technical innovations used in sound recordings, films, broadcast television and video games, with nominees announced earlier this year here. On the evening of the awards, the winners in 31 categories of products and projects in the areas of Technical or Creative Achievement will be announced.

See Demetri Martin and winners of the 33rd NAMM TEC Awards Saturday, January 21. Purchase tickets on site or in advance here for $50 (General Admission) or $175 (VIP). The show begins with a VIP-only reception at 6PM, followed by the awards ceremony at 7PM, held in the Hilton Anaheim Hotel’s Pacific Ballroom.

The TEC Awards are sponsored by Adam Hall GmbH, American Express, Baltic Latvian Universal Electronics, Broadjam Inc., Burl Audio, d&b audiotechnik, D’Angelico Guitars, Earbyte, Eventide, Genelec, Hal Leonard, IMSTA, IsoAcoustics, iZotope, Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP, L-Acoustics, Marshall Electronics, Meadowbrook Insurance Group, Meyer Sound Laboratories, NewBay Media, PreSonus Audio Electronics, Renkus-Heinz, Shure Incorporated, Slick Systems, Softube, Solid State Logic, Synchrony Financial, Taylor Robinson Music Company, Timeless Communications Corp.,Tracktion Software Group, TX Audio Americas, USPS, Warm Audio Wells Fargo Commercial Distribution Finance, among others.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Pink Floyd Announce Rome as the Second City for The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains

The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains, the critically acclaimed major retrospective of Pink Floyd, one of the world’s most pioneering and influential bands, today announced, via a press conference with Pink Floyd founding member Nick Mason, that it will be opening at Rome’s Museo d'Arte Contemporanea di Roma (MACRO) on 19 January 2018. This will be the first exhibition to take place at the museum under its new management, Palaexpo. Following its highly-successful debut at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum earlier this year, which saw over 400,000 people tear down the wall, the exhibition moves to Rome as its first international destination on the global landscape. The exhibition continues the first collaboration in decades of Pink Floyd’s remaining members and is produced and promoted globally by Michael Cohl of Concert Productions International B.V. The Rome exhibition is produced in association with MondoMostre and Live Nation. Tickets are on sale today via Vivaticket.it, all Vivaticket outlet locations and by phone on +39.041.2719035.

Originally conceived by Storm Thorgerson and developed by Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell of Hipgnosis, working closely with Nick Mason (Exhibition Consultant for Pink Floyd), The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains features many previously unseen objects collected over the band’s eclectic history. It is an audio-visual journey through 50 years of one of the world’s most iconic rock groups, and a rare and exclusive glimpse into the world of Pink Floyd.

The exhibition’s phenomenally successful and mammoth run at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, described by national British newspapers as “stunning”, “a real feast for the senses” and “almost as good as seeing the band live”, was the most successful exhibition of its kind. The run at Rome’s MACRO will be a continuation of this vast success. MACRO is located less than 1km from The Piper Club, which played host to Pink Floyd’s first shows in Italy in April 1968. The exhibition celebrates Pink Floyd’s place in history as the world’s cultural landscape changed from the 1960s. The band occupied a distinctive experimental space and were the foremost exponents of a psychedelic movement that changed the understanding of music forever, becoming one of the most important groups in contemporary music.

Pink Floyd have produced some of the most iconic imagery in popular culture: from cows, The Dark Side of the Moon prism, pigs flying over Battersea Power Station, and Marching Hammers to giant inflatable teachers; their vision brought to life by creative individuals such as modern surrealist and long-time collaborator Storm Thorgerson, satirical illustrator Gerald Scarfe and psychedelic lighting pioneer Peter Wynne-Wilson.

The flow of the exhibition, in chronological order, is enhanced throughout by music and the voices of past and present members of Pink Floyd, including Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, Richard Wright, Nick Mason and David Gilmour, talking about their musical experiences through their experiences and musical experimentation via sound specialist Sennheiser’s intuitive GuidePORT system. This culminates in the Performance Zone, where visitors enter an immersive audio-visual space, which includes the recreation of the very last performance of all four members of the band at Live 8 in 2005 with Comfortably Numb, specially mixed using Sennheiser’s ground-breaking AMBEO 3D audio technology, as well as a Rome-exclusive video of One Of These Days, taken from the band’s iconic live performance in Pompeii.

Michael Cohl of Concert Productions International B.V. said: “The fans’ reaction to the exhibition was even better than we expected. It’s two hours of pure Floyd music, spirit and excitement.” 

The Pink Floyd Exhibition is presented by Michael Cohl of Concert Productions International B.V., Mondo Mostre, and Live Nation. The exhibition is led by Pink Floyd’s creative director Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell (of the design partnership Hipgnosis) and Paula Webb Stainton, who worked closely with the Pink Floyd members including Nick Mason (Exhibition Consultant For Pink Floyd), with additional curation provided by the V&A’s Victoria Broackes. The exhibition is a collaboration with designers Stufish, the leading entertainment architects and the band’s long-serving stage collaborators, and interpretive exhibition designers Real Studios.
The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains opens in Rome on 19 January 2018. Tickets are available now.

NKRIOT: Amoeba Holographic Performance Recap

NKRIOT performed on the Ameba Hollywood Stage November 9th utilizing his new holographic visuals. Observe the video recap:

Ilumina Is The Most Recent Art Installation To Take The Burning Man World By Storm


At Burning Man this year, an interactive art installation by the name of Ilumina took on the playa for the first time and provided an unforgettable experience to anyone who participated. Conceived by Mayan Warrior and Sr. Pago founder Pablo Gonzalez Vargas, the 37-foot tall creation illuminated the Nevada desert and attracted visitors who were drawn to its majestic glow.

The true experience of Ilumina though extended well beyond just a visual experience to gaze upon. With Ilumina, guests are invited to take part in an immersive three-minute long meditation and flow exercise that ushers them into a state of coherence and deep harmony with themselves, fellow participants, and the universe through a proprietary merger of modern technology and ancient design wisdom.


To start, biometric sensors are connected to the earlobes of each participant, which measures their unique state of coherence and averages them together. Ilumina’s dazzling lighting design and moving soundscapes respond to this unique algorithm. As the group becomes more coherent, the sculpture glows brighter and the music swells, creating a shared experience for participants.
The design for Ilumina was inspired by an amalgamation of four key concepts. The first is Torus, which can be seen in the flow of electrons within an atom as well as the shape and flow of the greater universe itself. Next is the fibonacci sequence, which is a simple and elegant ratio that binds nearly all design in the living world, from the human body to leaves on a tree.

The third source of inspiration is a cutting-edge tool provided by the HeartMath Institute, which uses biometrics sensors to train oneself on the self regulation of emotional states to achieve coherence. Lastly, there is Metatron’s Cube, which contains all of the geometric shapes in existence and thus embodies the divinity of all potentials. These four concepts come together to create Ilumina.
“Ilumina was inspired by an experience I had using HeartMath Institute’s feedback software where I found myself in a state of flow,” says Ilumina founder Pablo Gonzalez Vargas. “I was inspired to create a piece for Burning Man that took this concept to a larger scale designed around collective coherence while bringing together the elements of flow, mathematics, and the fundamentals of sacred design.”

Artists that worked alongside Pablo to complete Ilumina included HeartMath Expert & Executive Producer Gaby Vargas, lighting design expert Paolo Montiel, who has worked closely on all of James Turrell’s projects in Mexico, highly experienced musician and performer Mendrix, Mexico-City based art studio Cocolab, renowned painter and sculptor Marco Kalach and many more.

This is the second piece the Pablo has brought to Burning Man, with the first being the multi-media arts vehicle Mayan Warrior. Since its debut in 2012, Mayan Warrior has brought musical performances, elaborate lighting designs, and painting by visionary artist Alex Grey. Mayan Warrior continues to be one of the most popular and dazzling experiences on the playa.

Since Burning Man, Ilumina has experienced a spread well beyond those who experienced its inaugural journey with over 500,000 views and counting on videos uploaded to social media. More news to be announced in the near future regarding next steps for Ilumina.
STAY CONNECTED: Ilumina
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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

A3E to Present The Future of Audio at The 2018 NAMM Show




CARLSBAD, Calif. – A3E, the Advanced Audio + Applications Exchange, will present a series of discussions dedicated to the future of advanced audio applications and new music technologies at The 2018 NAMM Show (January 25-28). The organization’s A3E Summit will feature 36 sessions, case studies and expert panel discussions delving into the developments transforming the music and audio industries, and the use of Audio + Applications in production and performance.

"A3E is honored to be once again bringing our education programs to The NAMM Show. NAMM's commitment to provide world-class education to its members and as one of the world’s top tradeshows makes this a very easy decision for A3E to host two of its A3E Summits as part of NAMM's offerings," says Paul Sitar, A3E show director. "A3E will be producing some 36 sessions covering innovation in music, technology, computer science, and manufacturing this year at the Anaheim Hilton as part of the new NAMM U Education Center."

Highlights from A3E’s schedule include:

The Future of Sensor Technology for Musical Instruments”: Sensor technology offers an array of capabilities for all types of musical instruments. From traditional orchestral stringed instruments to DJ tech gadgets, the future of sensor technology opens the door to advancements in performance, education, collaboration and creativity.

The Future of MIDI has Arrived”: MIDI is one of the longest-running and most critical communication protocols for musicians. This year, MIDI unveils a major upgrade, unlocking an array of new capabilities that will open the door to radical leaps in both innovation and product implementation.

Artificial Intelligence: Will Machines Replace Human Musicians?”: A3E dares to ask the question: Who will be leading the band in 2025? There are so many reasons to think that music may be so abstract that only the human mind can master its nuance as a language, but musical machines are emerging on the horizon.

VR and AR for Musicians and Audio Developers”: Today's technology giants and cutting-edge startups are all making huge strides toward bringing virtual reality and augmented reality to the mainstream. A3E explores the most recent advancements in the development of VR and AR for implementation in musical products and mobile applications.

Designing Custom Plug-ins for Your Production Workflow”: Plug-ins and virtual instruments have become part of the primary building blocks of computer-based production. An exciting trend is the emergence of design-your-own personalized plug-ins and soft synths. A3E explores the innovative companies that are providing this new method of sonic creativity for musicians, engineers and producers.

Doug DeAngelis, A3E conference chair, expands on what participants can expect: "A3E understands that a strong future for NAMM members requires a broad vision of the newest technology that is changing how music is made, as well as how products are designed and manufactured. Alongside the most innovative musicians and composers, the 2018 A3E Summit will showcase an array of companies, services, and products in the emerging fields of sensors, touchscreens, cloud, DSP, rapid prototyping, machine learning, wearable technology, and more. Expect a think-tank environment, where R&D executives and audio developers from the NAMM community can explore the next generation of tools and services to enhance their product lines. We anticipate a dynamic exchange of ideas and new business opportunities."

View the complete A3E schedule here: https://www.namm.org/thenammshow/2018/A3E
A3E is one of the programs from the suite of professional education opportunities at The 2018 NAMM Show, which also includes Audinate Dante Training and Certification; Music Education Days, GenNext career development and the Nonprofit Institute from The NAMM Foundation; AES@NAMM: Pro Sound Symposium Live and Studio, curated by the Audio Engineering Society; NAMM U; TEC Tracks; and event technology sessions curated by ESTA (Entertainment Services and Technology Association), The Pro Production Sessions presented by Front of House and Projection Lights & Staging News magazines, as well as Lighting&Sound America/PLASA. These educational sessions will take place in the NAMM U Education Center at the Hilton Anaheim, located next door to the Anaheim Convention Center, and are open to NAMM members.

The 2018 NAMM Show will be held in Anaheim, California January 25-28 and annually welcomes more than 100,000 industry professionals from the crossroads of the music, pro audio and event technology industries. For additional information about The 2018 NAMM Show or to register to attend, please visit NAMM.org.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Isotonik Studios - Cyber Monday Deal

PRICE: 25% OFF

So it's the second and final sale of the year, as with Black Friday this is a 24 hour sale that ends Midnight on Monday (UK Time)

Simply add the code cybertonic in the cart prior to checkout

MORE DETAILS - CLICK HERE

*November releases are excluded from the sale.

Ultrasound Production Studios Upgrades To Heritage

"I love this console so much, I told [my dealer] to get ready for a second order"
 
Hanover, MA (November 27, 2017) - An ASP8024 Heritage Edition console has recently been installed at Ultrasound Production Studios, a commercial venture owned by John Hanna and Joe Clapp.
 
Taking pride of place at the heart of the Massachusetts studio, the current Heritage replaced an ASP8024, which until then they were very happy with. "The Heritage has every upgrade I could ever want. It was like the designers read my mind. It was scary - I thought only my wife did that," laughs John.
 
Citing everything from the auxes to the dimensions: "I feel like I'm on a big board with this console, yet everything is right in front of me and always in reach," the layout, color scheme and split EQ to 24 busses and the mic pre: "It's natural. Pure - I like that." He can't praise the desk enough. "I have found that other than using my CAPI V28s and Dakings for certain tones, I am all ITB, meaning.... In The Board!" He confesses, "For me, the Audient is everything I need."
 
Hanna is in fact an attorney, leaving the day-to-day running of the studio to Clapp. "Joe handles all the sessions and we have a few independent engineers," he explains. An entrepreneur, audio engineer and musician himself, he also records his own material there. "At my age, it's pure self-enjoyment. I love the studio; I still record and get into the gear."
 
He certainly does. His 36-channel Heritage makes sure of that. "It's inspirational. No limitations, no restraints. Just great clarity and honesty in sound, combined with tremendous ease and flexibility that inspires me when I work. That's how I make a great product."
 
He admits that the arrival of the Heritage desk has even sparked new ideas for the studio. "Everyone is looking for that something that makes them better," he enthuses. Most recently he's offered the space to a well-known cable TV company who are struggling with streaming and recording live band performances, with an audience in the soundstage room. "Using the Audient we can do everything from one console. I can have an independent house mix, monitor mix, video mix, radio mix, recording mix and so on. You tell me one other console in the industry that can do that with one person all in arm's reach. It's this console that made it that easy! Flexible, yet complex, yet simple. The possibilities are endless."
 
Hanna is thinking big, and following the best advice he's been given to date: "Try! Don't be afraid to - and don't ever stop." He's certainly not doing that any time soon. "This is only the second console I ever bought brand new. I love this console so much that I have told Paul Savasta at Odyssey Pro Sound [his local dealer who supplied the Audient Heritage] to get ready for a second order, as I plan to install it in my house!"
 
To read the full feature head over to the Audient website.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

New Drum Loop Collection by Dennis Chambers Now Available for DrumCore 4

LOS ALTOS, CA - November 21, 2017 - Master drummer Dennis Chambers' drum loops are now available for Sonoma Wire Works’ DrumCore® 4 AAX/VST3/AU plug-in. One of the world's most sought after drummers, Chambers is known for his technique and speed, and has played with Parliament/Funkadelic, John Scofield, Maceo Parker and many other famous artists.
First in a series of Chambers' GrooveSets for DrumCore, "Rosanna-ish" includes 62 audio loops and fills for $4.99. Chambers' audio loops are 24-bit/48kHz stereo grooves recorded at Secret Sound Studios in Baltimore by renowned engineer John Grant. Dennis played an acrylic Pearl Crystal Beat kit, including his signature Pearl snare.
See Chambers' full drum kit configuration.

Born in 1959, Dennis Chambers began drumming at the age of four, and was gigging in Baltimore-area nightclubs by the age of six. In 1978 (at 18 years old) he joined Parliament/Funkadelic, and stayed with them until 1985, when he joined the John Scofield band. He was recruited by Doug Wimbish in 1981 to be the Sugar Hill label house drummer. Since then, he has played with most of the major figures in jazz fusion music. He’s played with Stanley Clarke, Sly Stone, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Sugar Hill Gang, Santana, Steely Dan, Maceo Parker and many more. Despite a lack of formal training, Chambers has become well known for his technique and speed, especially his fast hands and triplets on the bass drum. Chambers is particularly regarded for his ability to play in the pocket, but can also stretch very far out of the pocket, which is a hallmark of his technique. Chambers exhibits a powerful style that is technically proficient, yet highly musical and groove-oriented. He can play a wide variety of musical genres, but is perhaps most known for his jazz-fusion, funk, and Latin music playing. He plays and endorses Pearl drums, pedals, hardware & racks, Zildjian cymbals, Zildjian drumsticks & general accessories and Evans drumheads.

Dennis Chambers’ multi-velocity sampled Drum Kit for DrumCore 4, and more new content by Chambers and other drummers are coming soon. More about Dennis Chambers and his content that can be purchased in DrumCore 4.3 or later.

The newly released DrumCore 4.3.3 update for Mac OS improves downloading, increases compatibility, and is recommended for all DrumCore users on Mac OS. The latest version for Windows is still 4.3.1. More DrumCore 4.3 improvements and update instructions are listed in the release notes.
DrumCore 4 Editions and Drummers:
 
DrumCore 4 is available in three editions that contain the same plug-in. The differences are how it is delivered to you (download, USB Flash drive, or Solid State drive) and how much content is included by famous drummers who have played with the bands listed below. All editions can be expanded with content by more than 25 drummers in DrumCore 4’s built-in store.
  • DrumCore 4 Lite ($49) offers 4 GB of content, including 24 GrooveSets (1,400 audio loops and 800 MIDI loops) by 13 celebrity drummers, and 11 multi-velocity sampled kits. DrumCore 4 Lite is available as a download.
    Lite includes content by 13 drummers: Alan White (Yes, Lennon), Ben Smith (Heart), Jeff Anthony (Sheryl Crow), John Bishop (Bobby McFerrin), Lonnie Wilson (Brooks & Dunn), Luis Conte (Sergio Mendes), Matt Sorum (Velvet Revolver), Michael Shrieve (Santana), Ned Douglas (Dave Stewart), Sly Dunbar (Bob Marley), Terry Bozzio (Missing Persons), Tony Braunagel (Bonnie Raitt), and Zoro (Lenny Kravitz).
  • DrumCore 4 Prime ($249) offers 20 GB of content, including 160 GrooveSets (10,000 audio loops and 2,000 MIDI loops) by 17 drummers, and 100 multi-velocity sampled kits. Prime Link is available as a download, and Prime Flash is delivered on a high quality 32 GB USB 3.0 flash drive for quick installation and easy portability.
    Prime includes all of the DC4 Lite content (more from many of them), plus 4 more drummers: Gregg Keplinger (Herb Ellis, Carter Jefferson), John Tempesta (The Cult, Testament), Matt Cameron (Sound Garden, Pearl Jam), and Stephen Perkins (Jane's Addiction, Porno for Pyros, Nine Inch Nails).
  • DrumCore 4 Ultra ($639) offers 50 GB of content, including 265 GrooveSets (21,000 audio loops and 3,000 MIDI loops) by 18 drummers, and 139 multi-velocity sampled kits. Ultra's 50 GB content library comes preloaded on a silent and fast 120 GB USB3 Solid State Drive with space to add more content from DrumCore 4's online store. Ultra’s external hard drive provides instant access to your DrumCore 4 library whenever and wherever you need it.
    Ultra includes all of the DC4 Lite and Prime drum content (with much more content by many of them), plus an additional drummer: Terence Higgins (Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Norah Jones, The Black Crowes).
Availability:
DrumCore 4 is available from Sonoma's store and select dealers/distributors worldwide:
http://www.sonomawireworks.com/drumcore/buy
http://www.sonomawireworks.com/dealers

ILIO is the exclusive North American distributor for DrumCore 4.
http://www.ilio.com/products/sonoma-instruments
Save $100 on DrumCore 4 Prime Through Dec. 1, 2017.

Joshua Tree - Initial Line Up Announce, Early Birds



Just announced... Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, Dirtwire, Con Brio, Mike Love, Shook Twins... are some of the acts that will be gracing the stage at JTMF May 2018! Head to joshuatreemusicfestival.com for more music and early bird tickets.
 
The festivals are a celebration of life, lovingly produced by a family of friends and funsters who believe that music is the soul of life.

These intimate, family friendly experiences in the magical Mojave go deep to create positive and meaningful life-changing moments. The music is diverse, positive and potent; featuring artists on the rise. A happy, loving and egalitarian space is created, where the boundary between artist and audience is blurred. We’re all in this together.

JTMF is honored to align with Joshua Tree Living Arts (501c3), a non-profit dedicated to enriching lives, empowering people, and strengthening community via sustainable educational programs. JTLA creates a robust schedule of playshops & classes at Kidsville, the Positive Vibration Station, and the Yoga & Healing stage at the festivals. Art enriches (and saves) lives.

The JTMF family is thrilled to be working with our friends at the 7th Annual Guitarfish Music Festival, July 27-30, co-producing the fest. Our festivals are both intimate family friendly affairs, with phenomenal music, in a magical setting.

Guitarfish is over a mile high, in the forest, by the south Yuba river. Rise up !

Monday, November 20, 2017

Isotonik Studios Black Friday Sale!

RELEASE: FRIDAY  

PRICE: 25% OFF

So it's that time of the year, we've already had a dozen or more emails about Black Friday sales, all seemingly having one thing in common... They're on now!

We'll be observing the actual tradition so our sale for Black Friday will be exactly that, a sale on Friday!

Starting at Midnight on Thursday and running for just 24 hours we'll be taking 25% off the prices in our store*

All a customer has to do is enter the code blacktonic in their cart before checking out!

MORE DETAILS - CLICK HERE
*November releases are excluded from the sale.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Transformative Business Knowledge and Fresh Inspiration Await at The 2018 NAMM Show

-NAMM U and TEC Tracks Sessions join the suite of professional development opportunities that await the crossroads of the industry-
CARLSBAD, Calif. – November 15, 2017 – As the global crossroads of the music products, pro audio and event technology industries prepare to descend on The 2017 NAMM Show a suite of professional development opportunities, transformative business know-how and fresh strategies await professionals. For NAMM members looking to re-energize their business, the Show’s NAMM U program will offer the opportunity to connect with top thought leaders and sessions designed to engage, inform and inspire with best practices in the industry today; and at TEC Tracks, a series of sessions designed for emerging sound, studio and stage professionals will deliver innovative ideas in recording, live sound, event tech and music business.

Before the show officially opens on Wednesday, January 24, retail business owners, managers, sales personnel, marketers and accountants can rev up their retail and financial know-how at Retail Boot Camp (RBC). Now in its sixth year, RBC at The NAMM Show will offer attendees two tracks to enhance their know-how: Sales, Marketing and Websites or Financial Management. Each track is designed to impart practical, easy-to-implement ideas and business strategies designed to impact the bottom line. Presenters include New York Times best-selling author and customer service expert Shep Hyken; digital marketing pioneer Larry Bailin; and financial experts Alan Friedman and Daniel Jobe of Friedman, Kannenberg & Co. Learn more and register here: namm.org/RBC

The 2018 NAMM Show will officially open each day with a NAMM U Breakfast Session, and on Thursday morning with the annual favorite, “Breakfast of Champions”: an up-close look at the people changing the music products industry, their trials and successes, and the importance of risk in business, led by NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond. On Friday, the show welcomes digital marketing visionary Mitch Joel as he espouses “Disrupting Disruption: Future-Proofing the Music Industry,” a look at the shifts in business models and culture. Saturday welcomes Marcus Sheridan, international marketing expert known as “The Sales Lion” as he shares transformative strategies to meet the dramatic shift in the way consumers reach purchasing decisions in “The Digital Consumer: How Buyers Have Changed and What to Do About It.” On Sunday, “Best in Show,” led by Upbeat Daily and Music Inc. publisher Frank Alkyer, features a panel of retail owners and professionals who will present their product picks from the exhibit floor.

Following each Breakfast Session, the future-focused strategies continue at the NAMM Idea Center. Located in the lobby of the Anaheim Convention Center, NAMM U will offer nearly 50 sessions of thought-provoking ideas, tips, and tricks proving successful in retail today, and strategies designed to enhance the future course of retail business. A variety of industry peers and subject experts will cover a range of topics, including next-generation website design; social media optimization; mastering YouTube and building a loyal audience; opportunities and tactics to increase online sales; and driving traffic with in-store events, among others.

For emerging pro audio professionals, TEC Tracks brings more than 70 sessions featuring top names and hot topics each day of The NAMM Show. Kicking off Thursday, TEC welcomes keynote speaker and legendary Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick, as he shares his firsthand account of what made the Beatles’ sound so influential—the techniques and breakthroughs he, George Martin and the band developed that helped to shape the course of rock ’n’ roll history. On Friday, “How to Make a Hit Record” explores the necessary elements of a hit song with top producers, songwriters and industry leaders, including Bob Clearmountain, Tony Brown and Bob Lefsetz. Saturday welcomes record producer Michael Beinhorn, who will analyze his production techniques on Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun,” and Avid CEO Louis Hernandez Jr. keynotes on the “Future of Content Development and Distribution.” Sessions continue on Sunday, with an emphasis on music business topics, including music contracts and licensing, plus a unique experience called the "Silent Jam" where the audience, via wireless headphones, will compare the different monitor mixes for the musicians performing onstage.

NAMM U and TEC Tracks are just two programs from the suite of professional education opportunities at The 2018 NAMM Show, which also includes A3E’s The Future of Audio program; Audinate’s Dante Certification Training; AES@NAMM: Pro Sound Symposium Live and Studio, curated by the Audio Engineering Society; Music Education Days, GenNext career development and the Nonprofit Institute from The NAMM Foundation; and event technology sessions, curated by ESTA (Entertainment Services and Technology Association), The Pro Production Sessions presented by Front of House and Projection Lights & Staging News magazines, and Lighting&SoundAmerica/PLASA. These educational sessions will take place at the NAMM U Education Center at the Hilton Anaheim, located next door to the Anaheim Convention Center, and are open to NAMM members. Additional education schedules will be released shortly.

NAMM U Education schedules are available in Word format for editorial use. Please visit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/usuf6m999d4txvk/AACg4JASsm3KXY4h7IPTHKQ5a?dl=0

For additional information or to register for a badge to attend, please visit NAMM.org

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