Thursday, December 29, 2016

StompLight introduces StompLight DMX Pro for MOBILE DJs and Musicians

HALF MOON BAY, CALIFORNIA, December, 2016: StompLight announces the groundbreaking StompLight DMX Pro lighting effect pedal. The StompLight DMX Pro offers professional stage lighting with simple foot control in a single fully integrated lighting device. With a set up taking just seconds the StompLight DMX Pro lighting effect pedal is a great new solution for the Wedding DJ, musicians and lighting professionals seeking professional quality, fast set up and durability.

The StompLight DMX Pro can be powered for hours with an optional external StompLight Lithium Ion battery pack offering extraordinarily easy for set up and positioning anywhere.

The StompLight DMX Pro operates as a fully self-contained stage light or as a light/controller capable of cascading with the innovative StompLight Pal DMX slave light or other DMX lighting products.

The StompLight DMX Pro incorporates an integrated foot control system. No need for separate DMX controller, arcane back-of-fixture programming or easy misplaced Remote Control.

The StompLight DMX Pro is sound active housing an internal microphone and instrument input/output jacks, each channel with adjustable gain. An internal spectrum analyzer creates lighting tied to the ambient sound or audio input. Other lighting effects include a color organ, color wheel, and a strobe.

StompLight incorporates a collapsible CREE LED array with a diffuse light field lending itself to facade or under-table lighting. Traditional PAR lights are often too focused for these applications. The small foot sprint and the StompLight Lithium Ion battery pack make StompLight easy to move about, position and break down.

Michael Ahern, StompLight President offers, “The feedback from two consecutive NAMM shows, extensive product testing and the input from numerous industry professionals led us to where we are today. Ready to ship an improved and truly innovative product! “ 

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

XLIVE 2016 Brings Out Eventbrite, Activision Blizzard, Airbnb, Live Nation, AEG Live, + Billboard among other Live Event Industry Titans

XLIVE - Las Vegas, NV - The twinkling backdrop of Las Vegas dimmed as the premiere installment of festival and live event conference XLIVE drew to a successful close this past December 5-7. Having rounded up a high caliber roster of luminaries from the live event and festival production industries, XLIVE 2016 proved to be worth the wait as attendees commingled throughout the day’s schedule of events and deep into the after-hours at XLIVE sponsored parties. Having amassed an astounding 140+ experts to preside at each carefully curated session, the creators of XLIVE offered up a wealth of panels and workshops highlighting everything from music and food & beverage festivals to eSports for attendees to discuss current topics and explore the bustling future of live event operations.

For a glimpse into the game-changing conference and expo - watch XLIVE’s dynamic 2016 Recap video, which features soundbite interviews with keynote speakers such as Airbnb’s Head of Global Hospitality and Strategy Chip Conley, and Eventbrite’s Co-Founder & CEO Julia Hartz, who remarks on her personal experience at XLIVE, saying “I think XLIVE is an exceptional experience because it is bringing together the best and brightest in the industry to exchange ideas.

Of the many tracks offered over the three day conference, several panels caught the attention of the enthusiastic crowds such as ‘State of the Artists - The Importance of Festivals to Musicians’ spearheaded by special guest speaker, artist & Frye Co-Founder Ja Rule who was joined onstage by CEO of CID Entertainment Dan Berkowitz,Owner of Circle Talent Agency Steve Gordon, plus a handful of other artist relations and entertainment professionals. Here, attendees had the opportunity to listen as the panel shared how festivals have positively impacted the careers of the artists they manage, while explaining how emerging artists can use festivals as a springboard to their own success.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Antelope Audio Delivers More Vintage Tone Shaping with Six New FPGA EQ Models

Antelope Keeps the Hits Coming with New EQ Models Based on BAE Audio’s 1023 and 1084 and Other Classic Hardware

Santa Monica, Calif., December 20, 2016 — Antelope Audio, a leading interface company specializing in FPGA-based vintage FX modeling, announces several new hardware-based FPGA FX models for its interfaces for the second time in as many months. This new update furthers the collaboration between Antelope and high-end preamplifier and EQ manufacturer BAE Audio, with two new EQ models based on their 1023 and 1084 equalizers. Four additional equalizers round out update, which is already available as a free download for users of the Orion Studio, and will be available for Zen Tour, Goliath, and Orion32+ users later this month. Antelope’s interfaces now boast an unprecedented wealth of vintage FPGA-based FX that feature near-zero latency performance and unsurpassed authenticity to the gear that inspired them.

In addition to the BAE 1023 and 1084, the new update will include recreations of early Austrian consoles of the 70s and 80s in the VEQ-STU 089, VEQ-STU 169, and VEQ-STU 900, as well as a beloved classic 4-band equalizer in the VEQ HA32C. These new FPGA-based FX will bring a total of 20 vintage equalizers to the Antelope Audio ecosystem. Other available vintage FPGA FX models include compressors and guitar and bass amplifier and cabinet models.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Kurt Oldman Scores Bryan Cranston's SuperMansion With Audient

Los Angeles, December 2016 - Best known for working on film scores such as Guardians of the Galaxy and with a huge body of music under his belt, Kurt Oldman is a very happy Audient user. So when Audient asked him which of his latest endeavors he was most inspired by recently, his response was an interesting one. "I wrapped Flight 192 a couple weeks ago, and we're chipping away at Marvel's latest blockbuster," he says nonchalantly. "Right now though, I'm doing season two of Bryan Cranston's stop motion show: SuperMansion, which is just a blast for me."
Based around a team of retired, burned-out super-heros with more than a little emotional baggage, the comedy cartoon from Stoopid Buddy Stoodios is streamed on Sony's Crackle and has proved an exciting challenge for Oldman. "I think animation really keeps you on your toes as a composer. You don't have the luxury to do the same thing for an extended period of time. Unlike any other genre it really isn't so much about the overall tone and emotions, as it is about a thousand little moments and gestures you have to hit. To weave all these hit points into a comprehensive cue really is the challenge here. You can't miss a beat."

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Isotonik Studios: Ned RUSH presents - The Retro Collection

Retro Collection - World!

Release Date: 13th December
Price: £25.99
Available From: http://isotonikstudios.com/world-collection/ned-rush-video-collection/

Want to add audio and MIDI reactive visuals to your Ableton Live performance?

We asked that question a year ago now when we launched Ned's first MaxforLive visualiser, a mesmerising little thing of beauty called Brainwash...

The response was fantastic and a year later we've grown our Visual Development team with some of the best AV artists in the Max world...

Each developer has added their own twist to our existing line up with each new pack of World Modules coinciding with an update to the World Viewer (which allows multiple Visualisers to render to the same display window).

We thought it best in the run up to the festive season to bring a little love back to where it all started and so we've remixed the Video Collection into the now titled Retro Collection....

And packaged it up with World Viewer TWO that allows you to mix modules on three separate layers and have different FX running on each! (oh and we've added some new effects like Glur, Toon and Glitch in for good measure!)

Brainwash is still Brainwash, whilst Damage has been upgraded NedScope with GeoSynth LITE now becoming the PRO version with even more controls including the Anchor Variable allowing you to create objects that Orbit around each other...

The video at the top shows each devices output on a separtate layer and was put together in under ten minutes to show what results you can acheive with the minimum of effort!


The NAMM Foundation Announces Eight TECnology Hall of Fame Inductees

-Revolutionary products redefined the audio experience for industry-
CARLSBAD, Calif. – December 14, 2016The NAMM Foundation has announced that eight culturally significant musical inventions ranging from 1954 through 1998 will be inducted to its TECnology Hall of Fame, Saturday, January 21 at The NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. The ceremony will be presented by The NAMM Museum of Making Music and will be hosted by veteran pro-audio journalist George Petersen.

Founded in 2004 to honor and recognize audio products and innovations that have made a significant contribution to the advancement of audio technology, each entry must be at least 10 years or older to be considered for the honor.

From the cries of a wah-wah pedal that can be heard in recordings from artists as diverse as Eric Clapton and Isaac Hayes, to the earliest inductee, whose Decca Tree spaced microphone array technique is still a staple in classical music and film scoring, each of the inductees has demonstrated a staying power that has both influenced and transcended many generations of music-makers.

Friday, December 9, 2016

The Schwerkraftmaschine Is Here: A Compressor Without Equal

Tegeler Audio Manufaktur Releases A Unique Stereo Compressor with Versatile Emulation Modes and Remote-Controlled by Plug-In
Berlin, Germany - After a lot of planning, programming, soldering, and listening, the vision of Tegeler Audio Manufaktur founder Michael Krusch has become a reality: The Schwerkraftmaschine is here! Built on an analog tube signal path and remote-controllable by plug-in, this extraordinary compressor allows both classic and completely new compression combinations.

"At Tegeler Audio Manufaktur, we design our products first and foremost with sound and musicality in mind," says Michael Krusch. "The Schwerkraftmaschine makes the difference between 'well mixed' and 'sounds perfect'."
For the Schwerkraftmaschine, the German manufacturer went with the analog tube signal path of the proven Vari Tube Compressor, but replaced the side-chain with a chip that calculates the compression and enables it to emulate nearly any type of compressor on the market. The Schwerkraftmaschine can be remotely controlled via a plug-in (AU, VST, AAX) allowing all settings to be saved in the DAW. The hardware unit is equipped with servomotors so that the controls match the plug-in settings at all times. Users can recall their favorite settings with presets and can even automate the analog parameters, allowing for different settings within various parts of a track.
A variable side-chain-filter that works both as lowcut and as a tilt-EQ, as well as a mixer that blends compressed and uncompressed signals makes the Schwerkraftmaschine even more flexible.

Pricing, Availability and Try-Before-You-Buy

The Schwerkraftmaschine is hand-manufactured from high-quality components in Germany and is available for EUR 3,499.00 / US$ 3,599.00.

Tegeler Audio Manufaktur offers a 14 days Try-Before-You-Buy Program free of charge.
For more information and to sign up for a free trial, please visit

Native Instruments releases RADIANT HORIZON MASCHINE Expansion

Berlin, December 8, 2016 – Native Instruments today introduced RADIANT HORIZON – a new MASCHINE Expansion featuring percussive and effect-focused kits with sounds tailored to contemporary urban pop productions rooted in trap, moombahton, and bass music. The expansion focuses on diverse and easily interchangeable Caribbean-inspired rhythms as a backbone for bass-driven, forward-thinking pop. RADIANT HORIZON runs in the latest MASCHINE software on the entire MASCHINE hardware family and is available exclusively at the NI Online Shop. A compact version for iMASCHINE is also available via the iMASCHINE in-app store.

Created in collaboration with acclaimed UK sound designers Capsun ProAudio, RADIANT HORIZON provides a distinct fusion of expertly crafted drums, sub-basses, guitars, pitched vocals, and more – all sounds designed with the characteristic warmth of contemporary energized urban pop. The expansion includes a foundation of 50 exclusive Construction and Sound FX kits that make both rhythmic and melodic experimentation intuitive and easy – producers can load any kit and access detailed sound parameters in real time, providing a varied canvas for instant rhythmic and sonic variation. And 50 exclusive presets for the beloved MASSIVE and MONARK synths include powerful bass, lead, and accompaniment sounds that perfectly complements the modern sound signature of the drums and percussion included in the expansion.

Accompanying RADIANT HORIZON, Native Instruments has teamed up with finger drumming tuition app Melodics™ to bring NI customers an exclusive set of free lessons based on samples from the expansion. Users interested in honing their technique on the pads can get access by download Melodics™ and entering the promo code RADIANT-HORIZON during setup.

A compact version of RADIANT HORIZON is also available as an iMASCHINE Expansion, for creating beats on the go. Tracks can be exported to MASCHINE STUDIO, MASCHINE JAM, MASCHINE, and MASCHINE MIKRO for completion.

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

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

Additional information on RADIANT HORIZON is available at:

Additional information on Capsun Pro Audio is available at:

The free Melodics™ fingerdrumming lessons are available at:

Thursday, December 8, 2016

IK Multimedia announces and ships iRig Nano Amp - the versatile micro amp with a built-in iOS interface

iRig Nano Amp is an ultra-portable, battery-powered micro guitar amplifier and interface for iPhone and iPad that gives guitar and bass players access to unlimited tones in a compact, self-contained 3-watt amplifier that can drive up to a 4x12" guitar cab

December 8, 2016 - IK Multimedia once again redefines a product category for guitarists with the newly released iRig Nano Amp - the versatile micro amp with a built-in iOS interface. iRig Nano Amp gives players both a standalone portable guitar amplifier PLUS an interface that lets them plug their guitar into an iPhone or iPad and use AmpliTube for iOS to access an unlimited and inspirational world of guitar tones on the go. iRig Nano Amp is available now from IK Multimedia and music and electronics retailers around the world.

The first micro amp and interface for mobile guitarists
iRig Nano Amp is a super-compact, battery-powered, self-contained micro amp and interface for iOS that players can use by itself, with headphones or even an external speaker cabinet - this power-packed amazing little amp can drive up to a 4x12" guitar cab! But what makes it more versatile than any other micro amp available is that it features the iRig circuitry so that guitarists can plug their iPhone or iPad into it with the included TRRS cable and tap into the limitless world of AmpliTube guitar tone and more.

Dual Mode Operation - AMP/DEVICE 
What makes iRig Nano Amp so unique is that it operates in two different modes: AMP & DEVICE. In AMP mode it's a standalone amp for impromptu practice anywhere. In DEVICE mode it's used as an interface and amp for an iOS device. Plus, in both modes players can use the built-in speaker or hook up an external speaker cabinet - up to a 4x12" cab - for more volume and tonal clarity.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Glitchmachines - FRACTURE XT

Fracture XT is a patchable glitch processor designed to facilitate the creation of mind-bending malfunctions, contorted articulations and evolving digital textures. FXT is based on our free & critically acclaimed Fracture plugin, and builds on its strengths with the addition of a new granular processor as well as improved buffer, delay and multi-mode filter algorithms. FXT features four flexible LFO’s with various waveshapes, the ability sync to your host’s clock, run at very slow rates and feed multiple modulation targets simultaneously. Add to this a patchable modulation matrix and extensive randomization options, and you get a worthy evolution of one of our most popular plugins.

Our new grains processor makes it possible to create anything from moody drones to pointillist electronic patterns and beyond. Randomize the night away or get surgical and craft articulate patches with care. Process anything from drum and percussion sequences to synth lines, sound effects and real-time input from your hardware synths, drum machines and noise boxes. FXT’s intuitive interface and diverse features make it simple to give your projects a unique technical edge. FXT features 105 factory presets from Ivo Ivanov, Alex Retsis and Stephan Bobinger. From mellow dub delays to dense holographic grain clouds, FXT brings a broad range of exciting effects to your sonic toolbox.
FRACTURE XT is available now for $29


IK Multimedia releases iKlip Grip Pro - the pro-quality 4-in-1 tripod and video handle for iPhone

The new iKlip Grip Pro provides users with a compact, secure and stable way to hold any iPhone or compact action video camera to capture photos and videos on the go

December 6, 2016 - IK Multimedia, a leading manufacturer of hardware, accessories, apps and software for iPhone, iPad and Mac, is pleased to announce the availability of the new iKlip Grip Pro - the professional quality 4-in-1 tripod and handle for capturing professional photos and video on the go with any iPhone or compact action video camera. iKlip Grip Pro lets users securely hold their iPhones while using the stand as a compact tabletop tripod, a video handle, a monopod or as a standard tripod adapter. iKlip Grip Pro features an integrated, all-in-one compact design that provides the highest level of convenience for capturing media on the go.
Ultimate Control and stability for the best shots
iKlip Grip Pro is the new large-grip, compact multifunctional iPhone and camera stand with an integrated detachable Bluetooth shutter control that is really 4 accessories in one: super secure tabletop tripod, large-grip video handler, monopod handler and standard tripod adapter. iKlip Grip Pro can securely hold any iPhone with or without a case, and features a standard mounting system for connecting small mobile video cameras like GoPro®, compact digital cameras and stand-mount audio field recorders. iKlip Grip Pro features a large, ergonomic handle that expands into a sturdy tripod, an integrated locking extension pole that extends up to 62 cm (24") for getting those "above the crowd" shots and selfies, plus a detachable Bluetooth shutter control for remote shooting.

Firm Grip - Securely holds any iPhone
The secret to iKlip Grip lies in its ingenious expandable and secure holding bracket that allows users to precisely position their iPhone, with or without a case, at any angle for capturing photos, video and audio. iKlip Grip Pro features an expandable spring-loaded soft-touch rubber bracket that provides secure superior holding power. Repositioning an iPhone is as simple as expanding the brackets to release the iPhone, then re-securing it.

Firm Support - the tabletop tripod

iKlip Grip Pro features a new large ergonomic handle design that is super comfortable for most hand sizes. The new larger grip is perfect for stabilizing video and capturing "blur free" photos, especially in zoom modes. The handle base also can be transformed into a compact tabletop tripod for positioning on any relatively level surface for ultra-steady media capture. The trick lies in its ingeniously designed locking mechanism - when closed and locked, iKlip Grip Pro is a handle suited for most "handler" tasks like selfies or ultra-steady video shooting on the go. But when unlocked, the handle's three legs fold out to form a firm and sturdy tabletop tripod that is ultra-secure and steady. In tripod mode, users can easily shoot steady video and photos from a single location, or use the front-facing camera for hands-free FaceTime™ video chat or live broadcasts like Facebook Live, SnapChat or Periscope productions.

Firm Extension

iKlip Grip Pro also features an integrated ultra-stable, locking 4-segment telescopic extension pole. At any time users can simply unlock the pole and extend it to their desired length, up to a max of 63 cm (24.8"). And since the pole is integrated into the design, no additional assembly is required. The pole extension is perfect for the distant "selfie", but also ideal for getting "above the crowd" for audience-less band shots, closer-than-they-appear shots and anything in between. The extender also works in tripod mode so users can position an iPhone or compact camera at the perfect distance above the tabletop.

Pivoting 360° Positioning
iKlip Grip Pro has a pivoting ball-joint attachment point that provides a full 90° angle adjustment plus 360° rotation capabilities for freely positioning an iPhone in any orientation. This allows users to get just the right angle and position for that perfect shot.

Remote Control
iKlip Grip Pro comes with an integrated yet removable Bluetooth smartphone shutter remote control that lets users wirelessly activate the shutter button in video and photo apps. A holder clip on the handle provides "one handed" thumb-activated shutter control. When using iKlip Grip Pro as a table top tripod, the shutter control easily detaches for capturing shots remotely. The Bluetooth shutter control is universally compatible with iOS 5.0 and above and can be operated up to 10 meters away.

Tripod Adapter
When the spring-loaded iPhone holder is removed from the iKlip Grip Pro, users have two additional uses - a standard UNC ¼" 20 universal tripod and handle for small digital cameras and action video cameras, and a secure grip iPhone holder that can be used on standard tripods. This is convenient for capturing stills and video with an iPhone when a more professional tripod is needed in more challenging situations, and using iKlip Grip Pro with compact action cameras or field recorders.

Pricing and availability
iKlip Grip Pro is available now from Apple Online and Retail Stores worldwide and from the IK online store for only $/€59.99 (excluding taxes).

For more information, please visit:

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Player Demand for Greater Musical Expression Fuels Five-Year Growth of Analog Synthesizers

-Analog synth market sees nearly 20% growth in total retail sales since 2010-

CARLSBAD, Calif. – December 6, 2016 – Following three decades of digital interfaces and sampler dominance, a new generation of musicians desiring a return to warm, pure sounds are fueling a resurgence in analog synthesizer retail sales. In the past five years alone, Moog Inc., Korg USA Inc., WMD and other brands who will present their synths and electronic products at the 2017 global music products NAMM Show, have helped drive the analog synth market to a 19.9% growth in total retail sales.

The data, provided by 2016 NAMM Global Report, underscores a re-emergence of players captivated by the tactile playing experience of analog control surfaces as musicians favor working knobs, faders and other features in lieu of digital displays and computer interfaces.

“Players are realizing that an analog synth is much more of a real, honest-to-goodness musical instrument,” says Dave Smith, founder of San Francisco-based Dave Smith Instruments. Nate Tschetter, Manager of Music Product Marketing at Yamaha adds, "Many are choosing analog because it’s immediate, and while analog is definitely ‘in,’ it’s more about the ability to create unique sound and having it sound good."

Tatsuya Takahashi, Korg Synthesis Chief Engineer and designer of the company’s minilogue synth, understands the importance of unparalleled usability and musicality.Whenever I design a synth I try to break down barriers between man and machine - the musician needs to be inspired physically and emotionally to create their own music. It's evident that this thinking has resonated with current trends that turn away from difficult and complicated systems, often inside of computers, in favour for dedicated hardware that often do less functionally, but are great at what they do in a musical way.”

Friday, December 2, 2016

Beehive Headphone Named As Ces 2017 Innovation Honoree

New York, NY – (November 17th, 2016) – Neat Microphones, a division of Gibson Brands, Inc., announced today that it has been named a CES 2017 Innovation Awards Honoree for its Beehive headphone amplifier/digital audio converter (DAC). Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, independent engineers and members of the trade media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer electronics products across 28 product categories.

Neat Microphones’ Beehive will be displayed at CES 2017, which runs January 5-8, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada. A selection of Honorees will also be displayed at CES Unveiled New York, which features dozens of exhibitors and networking opportunities and runs 3:00-7:30 PM November 10 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York.

IK Multimedia releases MODO BASS - the breakthrough physically modeled electric bass virtual instrument for Mac/PC

MODO BASS is the first physical modeling virtual electric bass instrument that gives players and producers limitless bass sound possibilities and a new world of unmatched realism and playability for their bass tracks

November 30, 2016 - IK Multimedia, the pioneer in analog effects modeling, is pleased to announce the release of MODO BASS®, the new breakthrough physical modeling technology that brings a completely new level of realism and playability to the world of virtual bass instruments. MODO BASS is a customizable physically modeled virtual bass instrument that recreates the sound of the electric bass and how it's played in real time - from all of the physical instrument components, the human technique of how the instrument is played, to the entire sound signal chain with effects and amplifiers.

Unlike traditional sample-based virtual instruments, MODO BASS utilizes modal synthesis technology and an ultra-optimized sound engine to model each string as a nonlinear resonator - the string's acoustic behavior is determined by its physical parameters as well as by the interaction of the string with fretboard, body and pick-ups of the instrument. The action of the player is then modeled as a nonlinear physical interaction with specific areas on the string surface. Then using IK's cutting edge analog modeling expertise, the amp and effects rig of the electric bass is added to the sound chain. This gives MODO BASS the ability to create hyper-realistic sound in real time.

Every electric bass sound imaginable
MODO BASS contains a collection of 12 physically modeled iconic electric basses that span the history of bass sound in recorded music - more bass models than available in most other virtual instruments. Models include "60s P-Bass" based on an Alder body 60s era Fender Precision Bass®, "70's P-Bass" based on an Ash body Fender Precision Bass®, "70's J-Bass" based on an Alder body Fender Jazz Bass®; "Modern J-Bass" based on an Ash body Fender Jazz Bass®, "Devil Bass" based on Gibson® EB-0; "Bass Man 5" based on Music Man® StingRay 5-string; "Rick n' Bass" based on Rickenbacker® 4003; "Studio Bass" based on Yamaha® RB5; "Violin Bass" based on a Hofner® Violin Bass, "Thunder Bass" based on a Gibson® Thunderbird, "Japan Bass" based on an Ibanez® Soundgear, and "Flame Bass" based on Warwick® Streamer.

Every detail of each bass has been meticulously analyzed and modeled to capture their true sonic character; the shape and type, the wood used for the body and neck construction, the hardware components, the original onboard electronics and controls - every aspect and detail has been recreated to provide the highest degree of authenticity of the original instrument. But the sounds available with MODO BASS extend far beyond the 12 modeled basses - with the available customization features, users can craft virtually every electric bass sound imaginable. MODO BASS is able to produce an unmatched and unlimited palette of bass sounds because everything can be customized.

Pluck, Slap or Pick - modeled playing styles
Once the bass has been selected, players can choose from 3 playing styles - pluck, slap or pick - and control parameters of each style and how they influence the sound. Adjustments can be made to the force applied to the strings, the position of the hand, the direction of the stroke, the fingers used to play the instrument and how the strings are approached, the impact of the thumb slap and the finger pull on the string and even the thickness of the pick and style of its attack. Every aspect of playing style has been modeled as a non-linear interaction with the strings to provide a dynamic, ever-changing sound output.

String Customization
IK painstakingly studied and recreated all of the factors that affect string tone and performance. Players can choose the number of strings on the bass, the construction type and material of the strings (round or flat wound), the gauge and age, plus the physical action height of above the fretboard. Each of these options contributes its own character to the output of the bass and introduces realism never before heard in a virtual instrument.

Custom pickup configuration
There are 20 iconic bass pickups from which to choose that can be freely interchanged and added to the instrument - up to 2 pickups per bass. Users can change the type of pickups used, neck or bridge single coil or humbuckers, and their physical location under the strings can be moved freely for unlimited playing and tonal variations - a feature virtually impossible in the physical world. MODO BASS also gives players the ability to mix in the sound of an under-bridge piezo pickup for added resonance and top end. Switching from Passive to Active electronics option also enables a 3-band parametric EQ to fine-tune the pickup output tone.

Customize FX and Amp choices
With MODO BASS, players have full control over the post-instrument signal path as well and get 7 bass stomp boxes and two classic bass amplifiers derived from IK's AmpliTube flagship software. Stomp box effects include an Octaver, Distortion, Chorus, Compressor, Delay, Envelope Filter or Graphic EQ. Each stomp box gives players full control over the effect applied to the signal, parameter adjustment and overall output volume into the next effect. Also available is a classic all-tube amplifier and 1x15 cab, or a solid-state model with a 4x10 cab.

Expressive control in real time
MODO BASS provides MIDI control of critical parameters that can be automated in real time. With the MIDI Control section, players control and adjust the application of vibrato, the playing style, the application of Mute technique and the amount of slide technique applied while playing.  The frequency of the vibrato, the amount of the bend, plus the amount of slide and detach noise while playing can all be controlled in real time on the fly.

Keyswitching in MODO BASS allows players to create amazingly real techniques like slides and percussive ghost notes. Users can switch on the fly between chord mode and note mode, the type of stroke used for playing, the fingers used and the method of playing, which provides the ability to completely customize the sound in real time.

Pricing and availability
MODO BASS is available now from the IK Multimedia online store for a special introductory price of $/€149.99* until December 4, 2016. After that date, MODO BASS will be $/€299.99* and a crossgrade will be available for $/€199.99 ** to qualified users.

*All prices excluding taxes.
**Any previous purchase of an IK Multimedia product with a value of $/€99.99 or more qualifies for crossgrade pricing.

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To see MODO BASS in action, watch the videos:

IK Multimedia and Fender® announce Fender Collection 2 for AmpliTube - Mac/PC

Fender Collection 2 for AmpliTube debuts a completely new ultra-realistic modeling technology and gives players and producers iconic Fender tube amp tone from the ’57 Custom Amp series, ’53 Bassman and ’65 Super Reverb

December 1, 2016 - IK Multimedia is proud to announce Fender Collection 2 for AmpliTube, a new collaboration with the product designers and R&D Team at Fender Musical Instruments Corporation that brings some of the most iconic and genre-defining tones of the golden years of Fender’s amplifiers to AmpliTube for Mac and PC.

Fender Collection 2 for AmpliTube brings seven of Fender’s most-sought after vintage amplifiers and reissues to the leader of the virtual world of digital guitar and bass recording systems, providing spot-on recreations of tone machines from the ‘50s and ‘60s. Included in the Fender Collection 2 for AmpliTube are five amps from the ’57 Custom series; the ’57 Custom Champ, ’57 Custom Deluxe, ’57 Custom Twin, ’57 Custom Pro and the ’57 Custom Bandmaster, plus models of an original ’53 Fender Bassman and the iconic ’65 Fender Super Reverb. 

Fender Collection 2 will be available as an add-on collection inside AmpliTube 3 and AmpliTube 4 from the Custom Shop feature and takes full advantage of all of the advanced tone-crafting features introduced in AmpliTube 4 like the post amp “effects loop”, 3D mic placement, room selection and room mic adjustment, the cabinet room mixer and more.

Native Instruments launches KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 Holiday Sales Special

Berlin, December 1, 2016 – Native Instruments today launched a limited-time holiday offer on KOMPLETE AUDIO 6. From now until January 10, 2016, the bestselling interface is available for $199 / 199 € / ¥ 19 800 / £159 / $AU279 at participating retailers and at the NI Online Shop.

KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 is a premium 6-channel audio interface with four analog ins/outs, digital in/out, MIDI in/out, and zero latency monitoring. High-end microphone pre-amps and 24-bit/96kHz Cirrus Logic converters deliver professional sound for any production setup. The unit is fully bus-powered and housed in a solid metal frame – sturdy enough to withstand the strain of mobile use and touring. KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 also comes with TRAKTOR 2 LE, Cubase LE and the KOMPLETE ELEMENTS software collection. This combination of professional audio interface and software offers a complete production package at an unbeatable price.

KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 is available at participating retailers worldwide and at the NI Online Shop for $ 199 / 199 € / ¥ 19,800 / £159 / $AU279 while stocks last.

The offer runs until January 10, 2017.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Native Instruments presents Komplete Sketches

Berlin, November 21, 2016 – Native Instruments gave 24 contemporary producers a simple challenge: Create a new musical idea using only instruments and effects from Komplete 11. The result is Komplete Sketches – a series of 24 works-in-progress that celebrate the sound of forward-thinking electronic music in 2016. A new microsite showcases each sketch and offers a rare, self-penned look inside the creative process of each artist alongside specially commissioned visuals from multimedia artist Rainer Kohlberger.

Contributions come from Jlin, Chino Amobi, M.E.S.H., Mumdance and Aïsha Devi among others, with labels including Tri Angle, PAN, NON, Planet Mu and STAYCORE represented. Artists were not selected based on their work within any one genre, but rather a shared commitment to unconventional sound design and a blurring of musical boundaries.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Native Instruments launches 50% off Thanksgiving Sales Special

Berlin, November 24, 2016 – Native Instruments today launched their Thanksgiving sales special for 2016. From November 24 until December 5, over 140 Native Instruments products are available at 50% off their original price, including KOMPLETE Instruments and Effects, MASCHINE Expansions, and TRAKTOR PRO 2.

For the first time, the offer includes the SYMPHONY SERIES – a line of highly detailed instruments created for professional scoring. The range includes strings, brass, and woodwinds, and combines best-in-class sound with flexibility and ease-of-use. Both the modular synthesis platform REAKTOR 6 and the sampling platform KONTAKT 5 are also on offer, along with numerous other acclaimed instruments from the KOMPLETE range such as the unique sampled piano UNA CORDA, SESSION GUITARIST – STRUMMED ACOUSTIC, MASSIVE, GUITAR RIG 5 PRO, BATTERY 4, and all KOMPLETE Effects.

During the sale, MASCHINE users save on new sounds with the latest MASCHINE Expansions. The 42 expansions on offer address a wide range of genres and sub-genres, from the eclectic electronica of HEXAGON HIGHWAY and the dark tech house of MOLTEN VEIL to the reggae sound of BLACK ARC and the larger-than-life mainstream hip hop of GOLDEN KINGDOM. MASCHINE Expansions are a range of production-ready sound packs providing samples, one-shots, matched kits, sampled instruments and pre-programmed patterns and songs.

The offer also extends to the flagship TRAKTOR PRO 2 DJ software. TRAKTOR PRO 2 offers up to four virtual decks, support for playing Stems, intuitive looping and cueing functionality, and a wide range of over 40 effects.

  From November 24 until December 5, 2016, selected KOMPLETE Instruments and Effects, MASCHINE Expansions, the MASCHINE 2 SOFTWARE UPDATE, and TRAKTOR PRO 2 are available for 50% off the normal price, at the NI Online Shop exclusively:

This special offer is valid from November 24 to December 5, 2016. The special offer is not valid on KOMPLETE 11 SELECT, KOMPLETE 11 and KOMPLETE 11 ULTIMATE, hardware, updates, upgrades, or accessories. The recent products FORM and STRUMMED ACOUSTIC 2 are also not included. All offers apply to the NI Online Shop only. Savings described here are calculated on the basis of suggested retail prices (MSRP). Note that according to our terms and conditions, e-vouchers cannot be used in conjunction with special offers.

Additional information on this offer is available at:

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Isotonik Studios: Black Friday 20:20!

This year we'll be once again observing the traditions of Black Friday with a 24 hour sale on our website www.isotonikstudios.com

The offer is a simple one, spend more than £20.00 and you'll qualify for a 20% discount...

Buyers just need to add their desired purchase to the cart and then enter FRIDAY as the discount code (not much imagination there!). It'll become live at Midnight on Thursday!


Saturday, November 19, 2016

Keynote Speaker Tim Leiweke, Ja Rule Join Long List of Speakers for XLIVE 2016

XLIVE - Las Vegas, NV - Anticipation mounts as intrepid scholars enter the final weeks before the premiere live event and festival convention XLIVE 2016 descends upon the luminous landscape of Las Vegas this December 5-7, 2016. Just ahead, the masterminds behind the esteemed conference & expo are rolling out even more exciting announcements leading with the addition of Keynote Speaker CEO of Oak View Group Tim Leiweke as well as Artist & Frye Co-Founder Ja Rule and Activision Blizzard Senior Vice President Mike Sepso,who will join the long roster of prominent speakers slated for the event.

Accompanying the already impressive program of keynote speakers as a welcome addition is Tim Leiweke, current CEO of Oak View Group and Former CEO of AEG. The live events venture mogul brings with him one of the most impressive resumes in sports and entertainment to the XLIVE forum. Be sure to catch Tim Leiweke Tuesday December 6th, 10:50-11:20AM.

Speaking on two panels throughout the course of XLIVE, Grammy nominated rap artist Ja Rule will enlighten attendees of the ‘All About the Benjamins’ and ‘State of the Artists’ panels. Here, Ja Rule will join music industry titans to debate how festivals and fans are being impacted by the new financial realities of talent booking and share how festivals have positively impacted the careers of the artists they manage and work with.  Ja Rule will also provide insight into how emerging artists can use festivals as a springboard in their own success. Conference attendees can join Ja Rule for ‘All About the BenjaminsMonday December 5, from 5:45- 6:30PM and/or ‘State of the Artists’ which takes place Tuesday December 6 at 4:00PM.

XLIVE is also excited to announce that Mike Sepso, SVP at Activision Blizzard, as a featured speaker joining the XLIVE eSports track. Sepso will discuss how Activision Blizzard's recently unveiled Overwatch League will bring a professional sports dynamic to the eSports industry complete with teams associated by city and live streamed competitions taking place in arenas around the world watched by millions of fans. Mike is slated to present on Wednesday December 7, 11:00-11:30AM.

As the world’s premiere festival industry conference & expo, XLIVE 2016 will provide invaluable learning and inevitable networking for those looking for an insightful introduction or to evolve within the booming industry.  Engaging emerging innovators for this year’s festivities, XLIVE is welcoming both young entrepreneurs from across the nation and enterprising startups to the platform. Cultivating young talent, XLIVE’s new Young Festival Entrepreneur Program aims to afford inductees of the program opportunities to learn, meet with and network with seasoned industry executives. Selected from a vast pool of youthful aspirants, the eleven young professionals recognized in the 2016 program are:  

  • Lyle Maxson, CEO, The 2Courtiers Inc.
  • Sean Kupchella, Health & Service Team Manager, Insomniac Events
  • Melissa Selinger, Director, DeeplyMoved Productions
  • Topher McDaniel, Executive Director/Partner, Boogaloo Music Festival
  • Evelina Bershadsky, Owner/CEO/Founder, Ninjalina Productions
  • Kenneth Gray, Managing Partner, Draft 2 Craft
  • John Davidson, Installation Artist, Noise Revolt
  • Rebecca Tsui, Junior Marketing Assistant, Vendini
  • Gianna Mascaro, Social Media, Consequence of Sound
  • Cheyenne Havens, Public Relations Manager & Artists Liason, EPIC Productions
  • Addie Olsen, Festival Director, Marketing & Administrative Director, Winter Circle Productions

Be sure to catch these participants receive accolades Monday December 5, directly preceding the evening’s keynote.

XLIVE 2016 will offer a taste of every facet of live event execution imaginable, from throwing a successful festival to debating the impact of social media on culinary culture.  The XLIVE Startup Showcase will host trailblazers of live event production in the 24,000 square foot exhibit hall, where select companies will showcase products and services. Select startups slated to exhibit at XLIVE 2016 include: the world’s premier Lost & Found software and services provider, Crowdfind; Switchboard, a company that connects producers, brands and developers to a worldwide network; tech company Robin which will demonstrate how they give consumers the ability to reserve concert tickets for their favorite artists at the push of a button plus many other incredible demonstrations.  

With over 140 speakers, the insight & learning possibilities featured at XLIVE 2016 are endless! Full event agenda here. To register for XLIVE 2016 visit the XLIVE website and be sure to stay up to date on the latest news via the XLIVE Facebook page.



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