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

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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!

NAMM 2017: IK Multimedia Part 1

IK Multimedia exhibited a plethora of new releases this year. The Nano Amp was just released a few months ago which makes a great amp or computer speaker at 3 watts $49.99.

Still in the works is the iRig Keys I/O, a touch sensitive keyboard. Here are some pictures of the prototypes:

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Wonderfruit wraps up its third year with an unforgettable celebration of life, creativity and unity

Pattaya,Thailand - Wonderfruit Festival, Thailand's pioneering globally conscious, cross-cultural celebration of art, music and life came back for its third instalment last week. Over the course of four days, The Fields at Siam Country Club welcomed over 10,000 like minded Wonderers from all around the globe, becoming a melting pot of multiple cultures from East and West who came together not just to have a good time, but also to make positive change.

“What makes Wonderfruit distinct in terms of our organizational structure is that sustainability was our starting point and then the fun and activities were curated around that,” said Pranitan “Pete” Phornprapha, Founder and Creative Director, Wonderfruit. “We firmly believe that real change is driven by actions, not words so this year, on top of existing practice of using biodegradable water bottles and building from recyclable materials, we built a stage out of rice, planted more than 1,000 mangrove trees and managed to become a net positive event by investing in Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve in Borneo, Indonesia.”

Since its inception, Wonderfruit has set itself apart from other festivals, and this year it was truly obvious that there is so much more to it than great music. The team behind Wonderfruit went above and beyond and crafted an intricate experience that pioneered new grounds in arts, music, creativity, cultural diversity and inclusion – all interwoven with innovative sustainability. The Fields were transformed into a magical cross cultural playground where Wonderers could create, share experiences and interact with numerous art pieces scattered around the site.

Committed to its ethos, Wonderfruit joined hands with Johnnie Walker to launch #WEWILLKEEPWALKING campaign that focused on offsetting carbon emissions. Many bars offered “Mangrove Drinks” served in a special cup and priced at a dollar more than the other items on the menu. These were much more than just cocktails as for each and every glass that was purchased, a mangrove tree would be planted in the delta region of Myanmar. The event was also completely cashless as all Wonderers received an RFID wristband, courtesy of Bangkok Bank.
Sunsets and sunrises were a majestic site this year as Wonderers made their way to the Solar Stage to witness flamboyant parades, and groove to the pulsing beats of DJs like Wolf + Lamb, KMLN, Sabo and Eric Volta. The focal point of The Fields was designed by the masterminds Gregg Fleishman and Melissa Barron, but what made the stage really come to live, was the sense of unity and inclusion as Wonderers climbed the structure, mingled with each other and enjoyed the gorgeous scenery. You can hear what Gregg and Melissa had to say about the stage below.

“This structure was designed for exploration through climbing to allow the community to come together and contemplate sacred geometry and the sacredness of existence. - vents like Wonderfruit that bring people together to appreciate their connections and surroundings, are the perfect place for this installation.” - Gregg Fleishman

“The Solar Stage was literally LIT! We built it to hold MANY and it was put to the test! It was packed for the sunrise and sunset performance sets with people dancing, climbing, hanging out, surrounding, and grabbing a nap in it - creating a breathing, 3D, multilevel, immersive, DJ, dancing, performance, play, and gathering space like I've never seen!” - Melissa Barron

The air of debauchery creeped in as the crowd moved to the Living Stage that was set off with an eye-popping arch of dazzling peacock feathers. Over the course of four days, the flamboyant structure saw Wonderers go crazy to heavy hitting beats by Young Fathers and Rudimental, sway to mesmerising tunes by Kate Simko & London Electronic Orchestra, and sing in unison to Lianne La Havas.

The magnificent Farm Stage was another social and artistic statement that celebrated Thailand’s traditional rice farming culture and the ceremonies that surround it. Brought to The Fields by TAT, the stage hosted some renowned music acts like Buke and Gase, Yena, Superglasses Ska Ensemble, and thanks to its unique design that extended right into the Wonderfruit Farm, also lead Wonderers to explore various activities and workshops set in rice paddies and beyond.

Wonderers not ready to call it a night continued their journey through The Fields to The Quarry, Wonderfruit’s iconic after-hours destination brought to The Fields by Absolut. This year, party goers danced non-stop to Simian Mobile Disco, Yaya and Dragon, were slain by dark and deep techno set by Berghain and Boiler Room resident, Headless Horseman, and went absolutely crazy when Nicole Moudaber took over the deck and guided the crowd through a techno journey, leaving the Wonderers pleading for more.

As Wonderers climbed the ladder of Molam Bus by Jim Thompson Art Centre to dance to Thai folk music, chilled at The Ziggurat by Singha and Moon Shack by Sangsom, or got fabulously messy at “Adam and Steve”, Wonderfruit’s first ever gay party, one could feel the power of community coming together to create the magic of Wonderfruit. From The Rainforest Pavilion where Scratch Talks took place, The Sharing Neighbourhood by SC ASSET, and Camp Wonder filled with curious little Wonderers, to A Taste of Wonder and Wonder Salon, and the Theatre of Feasts where mouth-watering dishes were served in “family style”, Wonderers could be seen exploring, sharing and celebrating life together with like minded folk.

“Was experiencing the shadows of depression at the start of this year but through Wonderfruit therapy, I'm feeling like my happy self again! Can't express the gratitude of colourful friends and generous vibes! Thank you for reaching out and allowing me to feel vulnerable in times of need!” - A Wonderfruit attendee
Wonderfruit has wrapped up its third instalment, providing Wonderers with a dazzling experience and memories that will hopefully last a lifetime. We look forward to welcoming you back again to The Fields, so please stay tuned for updates on upcoming Wonderfruit or visit our Website for more information.

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