Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Native Instruments introduces MOLTEN VEIL MASCHINE Expansion

Berlin – Native Instruments today introduced MOLTEN VEIL – a new MASCHINE Expansion aimed at producers looking for the bold, dynamic sound of mainroom tech house styles. The expansion was curated by Umek – a 20-year veteran of the international tech house scene. MOLTEN VEIL runs in the latest MASCHINE software on MASCHINE STUDIO, MASCHINE, or MASCHINE MIKRO and is available exclusively at the NI Online Shop. A compact version for iMASCHINE is also available via the iMASCHINE in-app store.

MOLTEN VEIL features the dense basslines, jarring hi-hats, and deep kick drums characteristic of the dynamic, four-to-the-floor mainroom tech house sound. The expansion comes loaded with auto-mapped macros for instant, expressive control over sound shaping and effects. Exclusive MASSIVE and MONARK presets plus a collection of 178 new MASCHINE Drum Synth presets provide immediate access to sounds tailored to the genre while also acting as starting points for sound design.

MOLTEN VEIL features sounds crafted by acclaimed techno icon Umek. Since the early 90s, the Slovenian DJ-producer has risen from the underground techno scene to the stages of EDC in Las Vegas – releasing music on Toolroom, Great Stuff, and his own 1605 imprint. To complement the release of this MASCHINE Expansion, Umek has also compiled an exclusive playlist on Spotify of some of his favorite tracks.

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

MOLTEN VEIL 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.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Enter to Win a Boutique Camping Extravaganza Experience + much more at Enchanted Forest Gathering 2016 (over $2000 worth of prizes)!

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NorCal’s premiere music, movement and conscious living festival, Enchanted Forest Gathering, is offering an awesome opportunity to win an incredible Boutique Camping Package and much more for the 2016 festival installment taking place July 22-24, 2016 in Laytonville, CA.

Now in its 6th year of production, the festival creates close-knit community experiences within a fairytale setting of majestic Oak trees at Black Oak Ranch in Laytonville, CA. The 2016 gathering will showcase over 70 internationally-acclaimed live and electronic musical acts, including headliners Shpongle, The Polish Ambassador, Ayla Nereo, Hamsa Lila, PANTyRAiD, Minnesota, Fana Fi Allah, Autograf, Lila Rose, and Thriftworks performing atop four stunningly-constructed stages.

Plus it has an educational zone with over 40 classes and a movement festival within a festival with over 50 yoga, dance, and flow arts workshops with world-class teachers Suzanne Sterling, Conscious Living School’s Juan Pablo Barahona, and DJ FreQ Nasty joined by Yoga/Meditation leader Claire Thompson who will bring the widely successful Yoga of Bass and much more. Scattered throughout the festival grounds are magical interactive micro-environments such as the Crystal Dome, Nectar Temple, Tea Lounge, Comedy Stage, visionary art gallery, refreshing watering holes, shaded stages, a Kids Village, a nourishment nook and an Artisan Village. All walks of life will find something special from the festival’s vast offerings in this unique “get saucy, not sauced” alcohol free event.

For more information and to purchase tickets or upgrade packages, go to the Enchanted Forest Gathering website.

CLICK HERE to enter to win one of the following exciting Enchanted Forest Gathering 2016 Prize Packages:

Friday, May 20, 2016

Ear Trumpet Labs Expands To Introduce Josephine To Their Premier Line Of Microphones

Ear Trumpet Labs announces Josephine, the newest addition to their premier product line of microphones handcrafted in Portland, OR. A medium-large diaphragm (26mm) condenser microphone, Josephine, is designed for live vocal and ensemble use, with an avant-garde styling evocative of 1930s and 40s classic microphones. Josephine is optimized for use by singers or acoustic ensembles from 6” to 48” away. The design, form-factor, and sound are ideal for period swing or jazz vocalists or single-mic techniques with bluegrass or traditional musicians, with significantly better feedback rejection than the large diaphragm condenser's typically used in these applications.
“The original Josephine was actually the first model that I designed,” Philip Graham, founder of Ear Trumpet Labs, remembers. “It was the first affirmation of the sound quality that was achievable with this capsule and circuit design. We’ve learned a lot over the last two years about improving feedback rejection and usability onstage. I’ve always loved Josephine’s bold geometry and wanted to revisit it with a design that is extremely practical for live stage use. I love that she’s sleek, eye-catching, and incorporates all we’ve learned about building the best mics for live acoustic music.” 
The design is largely comprised from standard hardware elements and features a spherical stainless steel mesh headbasket spring-suspended in a six-inch diameter copper. The headbasket incorporates a very effective silk and foam pop filter as well as Sorbothane shock and vibration damping to minimize handling noise, and internal rubber baffles to shape the sound of the mic. The circuit includes moderate bass roll off to compensate for proximity effect, and high frequency EQ to avoid harshness and help control feedback. The cardioid polar pattern, headbasket design, and tuned electronics all work together to make a very stable live mic with an extremely natural sound and good feedback rejection.

iZotope Announces PAE

Free Online Course for Music Producers:
Learn the Pro Audio Essentials from iZotope 

New game-based educational tool offers interactive audio training
for music producers

iZotope, Inc., makers of award-winning software for audio production, has unveiled Pro Audio Essentials, a free game-based course for music producers to practice and improve their audio skills. This web-based educational experience is the first of its kind in the audio education space, offering a unique combination of audio games, ear training, and instructional videos that help music makers flourish in an interactive learning environment.


Native Instruments introduces REPLIKA XT

Native Instruments introduced REPLIKA XT – a creative multi-mode delay. The five deeply modeled delay modes span crisp digital repeats, analog warmth, and experimental textures. Additionally, seven effects and advanced options allow producer’s to add depth and width to their mixes with refined control. The plug-in is aimed at producer’s who need an easy-to-use, all-in-one studio delay for echoes, special effects, and production tricks. REPLIKA XT is available at the NI Online Shop. Registered owners of the original REPLIKA qualify for special upgrade pricing.

REPLIKA XT was inspired by some of the most revered delays in history. The plug-in features five delay modes, each with its own distinct character. Modern provides clean, precise, controllable repeats. Vintage Digital offers warm, repeats modeled after early samplers and digital delays. Analog replicates the sound of analog bucket-brigade pedals. Tape provides the punchy, smooth sound of classic tape echo units. Finally, Diffusion Mode provides swirling reverberant echoes unlike any physical space.

REPLIKA XT features a clear interface that makes even complex effects fast and easy to create. Pattern controls allow producers to create rhythmic repeats that shift organically with the music. Panning for each delay line as well as the dry signal allows a custom stereo image. The ducking feature keeps percussive hits tight while still adding space to a drum mix. Together, the controls on REPLIKA XT’s intuitive panel provide uncompromising control with a minimum of effect.

REPLIKA XT is available now at the NI Online Shop for $99 / 99 € / £89 / ¥ 12,800 / AU$ 149.

Registered owners of REPLIKA qualify for special upgrade pricing on REPLIKA XT. The upgrade from REPLIKA to REPLIKA XT is available at the NI Online Shop for $49 / 49 € / £44 / ¥ 6,280 / AU$ 79.

IK Multimedia iRig digital products unlock full Cubasis LE features

Now owners of IK’s iRig digital interfaces, microphones and MIDI controllers can unlock features inside of Cubasis LE for iPad simply by plugging in their IK hardware

May 20, 2016IK Multimedia, a global leader in music technology hardware and software, is proud to announce a new strategic partnership with Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH and the newly updated Cubasis LE for iPad. Owners of select IK Multimedia iRig hardware products including iRig Keys, iRig Keys Mini, iRig Keys Pro, iRig Pads, iRig Mic HD, iRig Mic Studio, iRig HD, iRig Pro & iRig Pro DUO can now unlock the Cubasis LE feature set simply by plugging in their IK hardware. Cubasis LE provides musicians with up to 4 audio and 4 MIDI tracks, 2 stereo inputs, 4 effects plugins (Delay, StudioEQ, Chorus, Brickwall Limiter), 25 instrument sounds, 22 MicroSonic instrument presets and 3 Allen Morgan drum instruments.

Cubasis LE is the compact version of Steinberg’s streamlined, multitouch sequencer for the iPad, providing the same look and feel of its bigger brother Cubasis. Specially designed for quick and easy operation, Cubasis LE makes recording, editing and mixing a breeze. Cubasis LE includes MicroSonic, an intuitive and easy-to-use virtual instrument which can be played with IK’s iRig Keys line or iRig Pads MIDI controllers with no additional setup. Song ideas can be captured with up to four audio tracks with IK's iRig interfaces and microphones, and further edited and polished to perfection with the integrated editors, mixer and selected effects. Thanks to the project importer, musicians can even open Cubasis LE projects in Cubase - both on Windows and Mac. With touch-intuitive production tools, Cubasis LE opens up a new world of creative possibilities.

To access the Cubasis LE features, users simply need to download the free Cubasis LE app for iPad, launch it and connect a compatible IK iRig accessory to their iPad. Products that unlock the feature set include the iRig Keys line of MIDI controllers including iRig Keys Mini, iRig Keys and iRig Keys Pro; iRig Pads 4x4 MIDI controller, iRig HD, iRig Pro and iRig Pro DUO interfaces, and the iRig Mic HD and iRig Mic Studio digital microphones.

When users upgrade to the Cubasis full feature set they also get Inter-app audio, which means musicians can use their IK hardware and IK apps like AmpliTube®, AmpliTube MESA/Boogie®, AmpliTube Fender®, AmpliTube Jimi Hendrix™ and AmpliTube Slash, plus SampleTank, iGrand Piano and iLectric Piano inside of Cubasis LE to get the best possible industry-standard tones and sounds.

With IK’s iRig Pro DUO, players can record multiple channels in Cubasis LE simultaneously. They can connect everything from high-end phantom powered condenser microphones to guitars, basses, keyboards and more. Each channel has its own input gain control so players can dial in the perfect amount of input signal for recording. With iRig Pro DUO, players can also hook up their outboard MIDI controllers thanks to the included TRS to MIDI-DIN cables and dedicated MIDI in/out jacks.

Cubasis LE unlocked features
• Up to 4 audio and 4 MIDI tracks
• 2 assignable physical inputs and stereo output
• Audio I/O resolution of 16-bit/44.1 kHz
• iOS 32 and 64-bit support (depending on the device used)
• MicroSonic with 25 virtual instrument sounds
• Mixer with 4 effect processors
• Sample Editor and Key Editor
• Export to Cubase
• Core Audio and Core MIDI compatible hardware supported
• Import audio from iTunes music library
• Audio mixdown and MIDI export

Unlocking the Cubasis LE feature set
Launching Cubasis LE runs the app in demo mode. To unlock the LE feature set of Cubasis LE, a compatible IK Accessory has to be connected to the iPad.

How to unlock the LE feature set of Cubasis LE
1. Launch Cubasis LE on your iPad device.
2. Connect a supported hardware device.
3. Wait for pop-up confirmation that the LE feature set has been unlocked.

Pricing and Availability
IK’s compatible hardware products are available now from the IK Online Store or from Authorized IK retailers worldwide. The iRig Keys line of MIDI controllers includes: iRig Keys Mini for $/€79.99, iRig Keys for $/€129.99, iRig Keys Pro for $/€149.99. iRig Pads, IK’s 4x4 Pads MIDI controller is $/€199.99. iRig Mic HD is $/€129.99, iRig Mic Studio is $/€179.99, iRig HD is $/€79.99, iRig Pro $/€129.99 & iRig Pro DUO is $/€199.99.

Cubasis LE is free to download on the App Store and the features set will be unlocked once compatible hardware is connected.

* All prices excluding taxes

To download Cubasis LE on the App Store, please visit:

For more information about IK mobile accessories for iOS, please visit:

iZotope Launches VocalSynth for 'Outside the Vox' Vocal Experiences

New plug-in keeps producers on trend, providing transformative vocal effects in classic and new styles

Cambridge, MA (May 18, 2016) - Inspired by decades of iconic vocal effects, from Peter Frampton to Beastie Boys to Daft Punk, iZotope, Inc. today announced the release of VocalSynth, a new creative plug-in for music producers and sound designers in search of distinctive vocals.
  VocalSynth is the first ever plug-in to bring together four advanced vocal engines - Vocoder, Polyvoice, Compuvox, and Talkbox - alongside specialized vocal effects and pitch correction. This unique combination of tools opens up fresh potential for vocal transformation: the ability to blend the modules unlocks sounds that were previously impossible, and genre-based presets ensure that classic vocal sounds are just a click away.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

BASSBOSS Loudspeakers and Subwoofers Chosen for SXSW Official Stages The Main I and II

Punchy New VS21 Subwoofers Deliver the Impact of Kick Drums and Intensity of Deep-Bass Synths, while LA88 Line Arrays Fill the Space with Pristine Sound

 Austin, TX – May 10, 2016: Austin-based powered loudspeaker manufacturer BASSBOSS is well represented year round in its hometown, with speakers installed in popular venues such as Kingdom, Barcelona, Empire Control Room & Garage, and Ironwood Hall. When the South by Southwest Music and Media Conference sweeps through town every March, a broader audience is exposed to the power and clarity of BASSBOSS speakers as these venues play host to many official showcases and events. For SXSW 2016, in addition to their permanent installations around town, the company was asked to design and provide complete loudspeaker systems at two official stages, The Main I and The Main II .

Jes Elliott, SXSW Music Programmer, commented: “Time and again, BASSBOSS consistently delivers precision and quality that makes their products a standout feature. Everyone talks about how good it sounds when walking away from the show.”

Heightened State
“The fact that so many incredible artists descend upon Austin each year is always exciting,” says Lian Amber, CEO of BASSBOSS. “Having that kind of talent and intensity in one place creates electricity in the air, and BASSBOSS was proud to feed into that with our speaker installation at The Main I and II.”  BASSBOSS was tasked with providing systems that could convert a now bare space, located at the former home of Emo’s, a popular local live music club that has since relocated, into two separate clubs capable of handling the sound needs of top flight talent including Bun B and Steve Aoki. BASSBOSS president David Lee designed systems that were up to the task by utilizing some of BASSBOSS’s newest products, including the LA88 Line Array and RPX21 subwoofers.

Isotonik PrEditor - Push TWO

Ever since we released our first version of PrEditor, the Mapping Utility that allows you to create your own custom mapping for Ableton Live's Blue Hand Automapping function, we've had calls for a Push TWO version...

We're delighted to announce that we're now ready to release it upon the world with compatibility for the Push TWO for Live 9.6 and higher!

With it you can create your own maps for all of Ableton Live's Instruments and Effects plus it will allow you to build maps for your VST's and MaxforLive devices without having to learn a line of code!

With a simple and intuitive graphical interface you can:
  • Build up your parameters in banks
  • Customise the name of your banks for display on the Push ONE & TWO screen
  • Customise the naming of each parameter for display on the Push ONE & TWO screen, great for VST's that aren't developed with the Push display in mind!
  • Create up to 16 banks for each mapping
  • Have blank spaces
  • Map a parameter multiple times across different banks
  • Access all of the hidden parameters of Live's devices that were previously only available to Push ONE & TWO (awesome when using one of our custom Control Surface Scripts!)
The PrEditor utility is compatible with our scripts for the AKAI MIDIMIX, Behringer BCF2000 & BCR2000 as well as our LaunchControl XXL script, many of which allow up to 24 parameters to be controlled at once with the available encoders!

Within your product download you'll additionally find Control Surface Scripts for the AKAI APC40, APC40 MKII as well as the Ableton PUSH ONE and now Ableton PUSH TWO!!


Thursday, May 5, 2016

Damian Lazarus, Benoit & Sergio, Jon Hopkins and Claptone Top Lineup for Do LaB’s 2nd Annual Woogie Weekend 2016

Woogie Weekend - Fresh off a sublime 12th year producing the famed Do LaB stage at Coachella and with their own world-renowned Lightning in a Bottle (LIB) arts and music festival coming up over Memorial Day Weekend, LA-based event production wizards Do LaB are proud to unveil the exhilarating 2016 lineup for Woogie Weekend festival, LIB’s splashy summer sibling. Returning to Oak Canyon Park in Silverado, CA (1.5 hours south of Los Angeles) for a sophomore season this July 8 - 10, 2016, Woogie Weekend will play host to two strikingly prominent stages - The Hive and the Beat Nest, to showcasebouncy house beats and tantalizing techno amidst the carefree prismatic vibes found within the delightfully wet ‘n’ wild playground.

Materializing at Woogie Weekend this July will be a captivating collective of world-class DJs and live acts, spearheaded by visionaries Benoit & Sergio. Woogie Weekenders can look forward to sultry soundscapes arrayed by powerhouse duo, Barcelona DJs Anstascia and Vivie-Ann better known as BLOND:ISH, an exquisitely complex set from the mystifying golden-masked Claptone, and an otherworldly performance from master storyteller and musical sorcerer Damian Lazarus. Among top performances for the weekend’s festivities include dance party vibes from the regal ladies of London Eli & Fur, catchy melodies and a whirlwind of ethereal vocal samples courtesy of Kidnap Kid, and an unforgettable live set from dance floor commander Mathew Jonson (live), whose craft bends conventional laws of house and techno.

ROLI raises $27 million Series B led by Foundry Group to globally expand its Connected Music ecosystem

The Seaboard RISE 25, ROLI's multi-award-winning MIDI controller launched in September 2015.

New York - ROLI, the East London-based music technology company, has raised $27 million to accelerate growth and bring its revolutionary devices - including the celebrated Seaboard RISE - to music-makers around the world.
ROLI has rapidly established itself as the most innovative company in music technology by creating connected instruments that offer unprecedented expression. The Series B fundraising will help ROLI scale to meet growing demand, expand in new markets, and intensively build out its product, engineering, and marketing teams in North America and Europe.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Eugene Toale Captures the Diverse Sounds of LA’s Burgeoning Latin Alternative Scene with the BAE Audio 1073DMP

Producer Eugene Toale never considered himself a vintage preamp guy. “I’ve been engineering since 1999 and never really reached for vintage pres,” Toale says. “I’m kind of a hi-fi person, so I worry about what transformers are in line and what I’m giving up and how much distortion I’m causing.” But when a friend suggested he try the BAE Audio 1073DMP, he agreed to give the vintage design one last shot. “To my surprise, I completely fell in love,” he says. Now the 1073DMP has become the workhorse of his studio inside the Bedrock LA complex, where he has developed a reputation as the go-to producer for Latin Alternative music. The 1073DMP was featured heavily on Buyepongo’s Todo Mundo, released in late 2015, and was used on all sources for the upcoming record by Las Cafeteras. “Using the 1073DMP has been like a revolution for me,” he says. “I’m using it for everything.”

The Sound of a Burgeoning Scene
Toale, who cut his teeth as an engineer in New York City working with top hip-hop artists including Kanye West and Raekwon, relishes the opportunity to use the 1073DMP in his work with the up-and-coming Latin Alternative music scene in Los Angeles. “I’m now producing 12 of the Latin bands that are coming out of here,” Toale explains. “We’re not talking regional Mexican music. It’s more like the alternative music that the kids in Silver Park and Echo Lake are doing but sung in Spanish and always incorporating traditional influences.” That unique blend of influences has provided Toale with an opportunity to test the mettle of the 1073DMP on a wide range of sound sources, including some traditional instruments less common to American studios. “I’m recording everything from high-tech dance sounds to indigenous Mexican instruments, and the 1073DMP has been amazing at capturing the nuances of all of them,” he says. “It has been an incredible addition to my toolbox to have a preamp that I could lean on in new ways.”

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Introducing The Model 15 Modular App from MOOG

First Synthesizer Utilizing Metal, Apple’s Advanced Graphics Engine

ASHEVILLE, NC – May 3, 2016 – Today, Moog announced the release of the Moog Model 15 app, an iOS version of the iconic 1970’s modular synthesizer. It is the first Moog modular synthesizer and synthesis educational tool created exclusively for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
Designed to evoke the joyous experimentation and sonic bliss of its predecessor’s vintage hardware, the Moog Model 15 app meticulously recreates the look, feel and sound of its highly expressive analog namesake. From the legendary Moog 921-series oscillators and 904A Low Pass Filter, to the coveted 907 Fixed Filter Bank; each module’s character, harmonic complexity and mystique has been ardently preserved.

StrangeLines - Streak FX

Good ideas often generate even greater ones: Streak FX is the audio effect derived from Streakulator, the popular midi-modulated audio effect by StrangeLines. It takes the original inspiration and becomes even easier to work with by shaping any sound or synth you put behind it in a whole new rich and complex one, all in a matter of seconds...!

Streak FX is a combination of a custom chorus/flanger engine combined with a bit crushing/distortion section, animated further by a gater effect (you can make it as large or tight as you want), finally falling into a "warp" effect, it that wasn't already enough.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Isotonik - PrEditor - V1.3.0

"Version 1.3.0 of our PrEditor is a real coming of age release, it will now allow you to use one of our Custom Remote Scripts (you know the ones for the Novation LaunchControl XL, Behringer BCR, BCF, AKAI MIDIMIX etc.) or the provided versions for the Ableton Push and AKAI APC40 MKI & MKII to map to any parameter via the Blue Hand including the Push Exclusive ones!!

If you've got one of the listed controller you really don't want to be missing out on this advanced control!


Confessions of a Record Producer

5th Edition - Revised & Updated

Montclair, NJ (April 26, 2016) - For more than 15 years, Confessions of a Record Producer has exposed the inner workings of the music business and empowered artists to protect their interests. With inside knowledge and hard numbers, Moses Avalon reveals the truth of how the industry functions (or dysfunctions), showing what artists actually make from their "hits" and how producers, labels, managers, and even the artists' own lawyers conspire to rip them off.
This is the only music business trade book that:
  • Intimately analyzes the differences between ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC
  • Compares different types of record deals using real-world math and dollar figures
  • Speaks critically about relationships between big industry entities and how they can hurt artists
  • Gives the reasoning behind major industry trends and decisions, particularly recent deals with Spotify, Apple, etc.

Women’s Audio Mission Presents Star-Studded Female Drummer Workshop

With Kiran Gandhi (drummer for M.I.A.) and Kimberly Thompson (drummer for Beyoncé)

 San Francisco, CA - April 25, 2016 —Women’s Audio Mission (WAM), a San Francisco-based nonprofit dedicated to the advancement of women in music production and the recording arts, presented an intensive drum recording workshop with guest celebrity drummers Kiran Gandhi, music producer and drummer for M.I.A. and Thievery Corporation, and Kimberly Thompson, recording artist and drummer for Beyoncé and Late Night with Seth Meyers at Women’s Audio Mission’s recording studio on April 10, 2016.

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