Friday, March 31, 2017

Dadamachines automat toolkit kickstarter is live

Dadamachines is enabling live acoustic triggers through MIDI with their automat toolkit that is now live!

see it here

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Native Instruments releases MASCHINE Expansion ELASTIC THUMP

Berlin, March 29, 2016 – Native Instruments today released ELASTIC THUMP, a modern, melodic take on future funk that brews the smoothness of R&B with the feel-good vibes of dance music and the bounce of futuristic, beathead culture.

Featuring sounds lovingly recorded from the Roland Juno 106, Moog Minitaur, and Teenage Engineering Pocket Operators, ELASTIC THUMP oozes with analog butteriness, while the Fender Precision bass guitar, Fender Rhodes 73 keyboard, and a variety of vintage drums add a sheen of dust to the sound. And with 120 MASCHINE Drum Synths crafted by LA-based sound designers MSXII, users can shape and design their own signature beats.

Perfect for producers who want to create tracks that satisfy beat-loving head nodders and shuffling club kids in equal measure, ELASTIC THUMP was inspired by artists artists like Kaytranada, Anderson .PAAK, Mr. Carmack, Lakim, Dâm-Funk, and GoldLink.

ELASTIC THUMP runs in the latest version of MASCHINE software on the entire MASCHINE hardware family, and is available exclusively at the NI Online Shop.

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

ELASTIC THUMP 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 ELASTIC THUMP is available at:

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

For more information, please visit:

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:

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