Friday, March 30, 2018

Plugin Boutique announces Scaler 1.2 – a unique scale detection software and intuitive chord progression builder

Scaler by Plugin Boutique is a unique and inspirational MIDI effect that makes finding chords and progressions intuitive and fun! With note detection, scale selection and chord suggestions, Scaler is a comprehensive but easy-to-use toolbox that will help anyone make better music.

A first of its kind, Scaler can determine what key and scale you’re in and suggest chords that match your music, or it can inspire a tune from scratch by providing a set of initial chords in an unexplored key. With the onboard bank of 1,728 scales and modes and over 100 genre and artist presets, there’s more than enough to keep the juices flowing.

1.2 New Feature List:
- Humanise velocities: velocity of each note within chords is randomised to provide a more natural playing style.
- Midi Export Length: select length of MIDI notes for export and drag and drop.
- Progression builder now handles up to 16 chords.
- Chord progressions in the progression builder can be played to the tempo of your DAW.
- New ChordSets: Classical (8) K-Pop / J-Pop (6) Neo Soul (6)
- New Scales (11): Lydian augmented scale / Acoustic scale / Major Locrian scale / Ukrainian Dorian scale / Hungarian gipsy scale / Melodic minor scale (asc) / Half-diminished scale / Phrygian dominant scale / Persian scale / Neapolitan major scale /Neapolitan minor scale

1.1 New Feature List:
- Ability to change bound octave: Choose which octave to bind and trigger chords directly from the bind MIDI button.
- Ability to play the second line when MIDI bind is active (split keyboard)
- You can now play a melody line or bass line along the chords you trigger through Scaler.
- MIDI CC through Scaler now allow MIDI CC message pass through for better control of your external instruments.
- Ability to trigger multiple chords simultaneously: Trigger multiple chords at once and create complex harmony by combining different voicings.
- New ChordSets: EDM (5) Drum & Bass (5)

Pricing and Availability 
Scaler is available now at Plugin Boutique for £39.95 / $49 / €49

Scaler 1.2 is a free update for registered Scaler owners.

AREE Winter 2018: Wireworld

Artist Relations Endorse Expo: Winter 2018 at Hybrid Studios, Santa Ana, California

AREE Winter 2018: CME Xkey Air 37key midi controller

Artist Relations Endorse Expo: Winter 2018 at Hybrid Studios, Santa Ana, California

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Isotonik Studios presents EboStudio - Ebosuite


PRICE: £88.00 


In recent times we've been looking back at our time at Ableton's Loop event in Berlin with much fondness, it may have now been a while ago but many of the meetings and discussions caught on the fly in corridors and social areas are starting to come to fruition. None more so than the time we met up with EboMan himself for a full on demo of the EboStudio software.

We'd seen video working with Ableton Live before so was expecting a similarly complex process of set up, we were very wrong as within five minutes we were jamming awy to our hearts content adding that extra dimension to our Live set, whilst importantly not straining the CPU.

Our question were many and the answers simple and straightforwards, so we thought we'd share some of them with you!

Q. What is EboSuite?
A. EboSuite transforms Ableton Live into an AudioVisual production suite. 
Q. Why would i need it?
A, EboSuite provides an unrivalled way of integrating video into live shows and music productions. It enables musicians to produce/perform their own visual music and video clips without having to learn about complex video editing or VJ software.
Q, What's the Suite part about then?
A, EboSuite consists of a growing set of plug-ins for video sampling, editing, mixing and visual effects. Currently seven plug-ins are included:
- eSampler - video sampler (trigger and pitch videos live and more)
- eClips - adds video playback to Ableton's Session View.
- eCrossfade - mix video tracks using different crossfade effects.
- eTrackTransform - position, scale and rotate video tracks.
- eComper - compile a MIDI clip to a movie file.
- eSyphon - send video output from single tracks or the master to other video applications through Syphon.
- eConvert - convert video files to Hap codec.
Q, I'd need a high powered bank of computers to run it surely?
A, All video processing is done outside of Ableton Live in the dedicated EboSuite application that runs in the background to maximise performance and reliability. The plug-ins are designed to fit seamlessly in the creative workflow of music producers and performers. Everything that needs to be done to create and perform audiovisual compositions can be done straight from Ableton Live.
So there it is, our first release to fully integrate Video into your Ableton Live Performance!





- Bless, Peace, Love - The Isotonik Collective


IK Multimedia's 3D Cab Room Now Free for All AmpliTube Custom Shop Users

Custom Shop users can now access 3D Mic Positioning and other Cab Room features
previously only available for AmpliTube 4 users

March 27, 2018 - IK Multimedia has added 3D mic positioning and other Cab Room features for AmpliTube Custom Shop, the free version of their AmpliTube guitar amp and effects modeling software. Previously only available for AmpliTube 4 users, these premium features are now available at no extra cost to all users.

What's new: AmpliTube delivers a hyper-realistic, full guitar rig experience, and an important part of that experience is found in the Cab Room features. AmpliTube Custom Shop users can now enjoy the unparalleled level of customization, virtualization and flexibility found in the five distinct Cab Room customization sections: Cabinet selection and size adjustment; individual speaker selection; mic selection and placement; room selection; and a mixer section. Each provides mix and match options and fine-tuning controls for a truly immersive reality that goes beyond the physical world.

Users now have the ability to shape their guitar tone in amazing new ways: craft signature cabinet/speaker combinations in an instant, freely move microphones around the speakers in three dimensions, even change the room itself to alter the sound. The sonic possibilities are endless, and never sacrifice the realism and accuracy users have always relied on.

About AmpliTube: AmpliTube is the world's most powerful guitar and bass tone studio for Mac/PC that recreates the entire guitar/bass signal chain from instrument to recording device in a hyper-realistic and intuitive way. It allows players to browse collections of gear models from the world's top manufacturers of gear including Fender®, Ampeg®, Orange®, Soldano®, Seymour Duncan®, Jet City®, Gallien Krueger®, Leslie® and more, plus signature gear from artists like Slash and the late Jimi Hendrix, and works as both stand-alone and as a plug-in for most popular recording software.

AmpliTube Custom Shop is the perfect way to start building a custom virtual gear collection - at no charge - with the ability to purchase additional amp and effects models as needed. Once installed, players can buy individual pieces of gear using Custom Shop gear credits or entire collections with gear credits or currency.

How to obtain: To access the new features in AmpliTube Custom Shop, existing users can download AmpliTube version 4.4 from their IK user area now. New users can create an IK user account on the IK Multimedia web site and download AmpliTube version 4.4 at no cost.

For more information about AmpliTube Custom Shop, please visit:

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We hope you made lots of new sounds over the Winter and we look forward to an exciting rest of the year!

Up next: our new flagship plugin and a new sound effects pack

The Glitchmachines Team

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Shape Pitaki releases "Like An Indian"

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Hawktail to Release Debut Album Unless on May 11

Nashville, TN -- March 20 -- Hawktail (Haas Kowert Tice Leslie) are pleased to announce the release of their debut album, Unless, produced by Chris Eldridge (The Punch Brothers), available everywhere on May 11. Today, Fretboard Journal names Hawktail as one of their “favorite new groups” and premieres the album’s title track “Unless” -- listen here.

This album is a mixture of recordings from a studio (House of Blues in Nashville, TN), a church (Downtown Presbyterian in Nashville, TN), their bassist’s house, and two live shows (recorded in California at Harlow’s in Sacramento and The Old Steeple in Ferndale).

The band’s beginnings were simple: Haas Kowert Tice asked the question, what if? After forging their own brand of roots music—one grounded in timeless tradition, crafted by top-shelf musicianship, and performed with jubilant comradery—the question emerged. What if this trio of America's finest string players became a quartet? 

Brittany Haas, whose 2004 self-titled release instantly became the touchstone for a generation of old-time fiddlers, has since lent her sound to Crooked Still, Live From Here, Michael Daves, and David Rawlings, where she plays alongside Paul Kowert, well known as Punch Brothers’ virtuosic bass player. Jordan Tice is a rare guitar player whose music showcases his unique identity and a particular knack for tune-writing.

Enter Dominick Leslie, the versatile mandolinist whose rhythmic sensibility has made him ubiquitous on the acoustic music scene (Noam Pikelny, The Deadly Gentlemen, Brotet). The trio wanted the rhythmic backbone he offered and another plectrum to balance the dueling bows of bass and fiddle. His addition thickened the sound and tightened the groove, opening new creative doors.

Reborn a foursome, they recorded Unless, Hawktail's debut. “It feels as though this is now a whole band capable of doing anything,” says Haas. “The music of Unless represents hours of creation, founded on our years as close friends. And I think you can hear that,” she continues. Kowert adds, “We strove to write strong tunes that could take us to different places while holding to a simple form, for a natural music that breathes. Melodies and basslines arrived together with a core sound, and arrangements seemed encoded in the tunes.”

With Unless, Hawktail has delivered an album of original instrumental music that showcases their unique talents. The inclusiveness of that extends beyond the speakers: a finger on the string, a rush of energy when you didn’t expect it - this is music made to be enjoyed.

They began touring together as Hawktail in November ‘17 (during which the three live tracks on Unless were recorded). This April, they will tour heavily in support of the new album, with noteworthy stops at Savannah Music Festival, Club Passim, Club Helsinki, and Rams Head On Stage, among other legendary acoustic listening rooms. Onward from there, they will perform at various festivals this summer and beyond.

April 4 - Savannah Music Festival - Savannah, GA
April 5 - Cafe Eleven - St. Augustine, FL
April 6 - Blue Jay Listening Room - Jacksonville, FL
April 8 - Reeves Theater - Elkin, NC
April 16 - Rockwood Music Hall (stage 2) - New York, NY
April 17 - The Parlor Room - Northampton, MA
April 18 - Club Helsinki - Hudson, NY
April 19 - Club Passim - Cambridge, MA
April 20 - The Pump House - South Kingstown, RI
April 21 - Center for the Arts of Homer - Homer, NY
April 22 - Rams Head On Stage - Annapolis, MD
April 23 - Johnny Brenda’s - Philadelphia, PA
April 25 - Space Ballroom - Hamden, CT
June 16 - Clear Creek RapidGrass Bluegrass Festival - Idaho Springs, CO
Aug. 3 - Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival - Madison, WI
Sept. 28/29 - Lotus World Music & Arts Festival - Bloomington, IN

Friday, March 16, 2018

beyerdynamic Releases New Drum Packs

Farmingdale, NY  March 16, 2018: beyerdynamic, inc. has restructured the popular TG Drum Sets. They are particularly suitable for equipping bass drums and cajons. There are four TG Drum Sets available in all with various microphone combinations. The set now also includes the new TG D71 boundary microphone. 

The newly compiled beyerdynamic TG Drum Sets are available in a selection of models: PRO S, PRO M, PRO L and PRO XL. Each are currently available with the TG D71 boundary model. The TG Drum Sets come in durable soft carrying cases with protective molded foam padding and enough space for additional microphones.

These microphone packages meet both the needs of beginners and experienced professional drummers on the stage and in the recording studio. Another feature worthy of mentioning is that even though the sets now include the TG D71 boundary microphone, their retail prices have not increased.

Alan Feckanin, Director Americas, states "The new TG Drum Sets are a perfect combination of microphones for the modern day drummer needing to amplify their sound on stage. Drummers need to have good quality microphones, just like other instrumentalists. We are glad we can serve this niche of the market and look forward to the results."

The recommended retail prices are $699 for the TG Drum Set PRO S, $999 for the TG Drum Set PRO M, $1499.99 for the TG Drum Set PRO L and $2999.00 for the TG Drum Set PRO XL. The new TG Drum Sets are available for purchase from selected retailers and at www.beyerdynamic.com.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Gamechanger Audio Launch PLASMA Pedal Pre-orders and Innovative Online Testing Platform

Audio effects innovators and creators of Plus Pedal, Gamechanger Audio inform that their latest
invention PLASMA Pedal is now available for pre-order.

The pre-order campaign is now live on Indiegogo funded 310% within the first 5 hours and with over 550 backers they've raised over $90,000:

As part of their campaign, Gamechanger Audio is introducing an innovative try-before- you-buy
online testing platform which allows anyone to upload a sound sample, dial in their desired settings
using a set of remote controlled electric motors, and hear and see their track being turned into high
voltage distortion via Youtube Livestream.

Go to www.plasmapedal.com to take PLASMA Pedal for a test-drive.

PLASMA Pedal was first unveiled in January at this year’s Winter NAMM show where it took the
press by storm and received wide critical acclaim from the industry’s leading gear experts and
countless professional musicians.

By creating PLASMA Pedal, Gamechanger Audio are marking a new chapter in the evolution of
overdrive, distortion and fuzz effects.

Instead of using traditional LED circuits, transistors or vacuum tubes to produce overdrive, the
PLASMA Pedal transforms your instrument’s live signal into a series of continuous high-voltage
discharges within a xenon-filled tube. In essence – you are playing a bolt of electricity, and the
electrical discharges produced by your instrument are instantly converted back into an analog audio
signal, producing a quick, responsive, and extremely heavy distortion.

The first PLASMA Pedal batches are scheduled to ship in August 2018. This will be the second
crowdfunding campaign created by Gamechanger Audio, following the success of PLUS Pedal which
went up for pre-orders in January 2017 and was shipped to early backers within 7 months.
Check out www.gamechangeraudio.com for more info and don’t forget to take a live test drive of
the PLASMA on plasmapedal.com.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Shambhala Music Festival Announces The Glitch Mob And REZZ As First Headliners For 21st Annual Edition And Releases Festival Trailer

Photo by Bobby Tamez
After celebrating the historic two decade mark last year, Shambhala Music Festival is excited to return to the immaculate Salmo River Ranch in British Columbia, Canada on August 10-13, 2018 for the 21st annual edition. Taking place on a breathtaking family-run farm, festivalgoers will have the chance to experience the best of what nature has to offer throughout four blissful days while witnessing hundreds of artists across six unique stages that are individually curated and run by their own stage directors.

To kick things off on the music front, the Shambhala family is pleased to announce their first confirmed headliners for the 2018 edition: Canadian DJ and record producer REZZ and pioneering bass music trio The Glitch Mob. This is just a small taste of what’s to come with the full lineup to be announced soon, which will bring performers from around the world in genres like dubstep, drum and bass, glitch-hop, house, hip-hop, trap, future bass and much more to Salmo River Ranch.
REZZ, affectionately known by her fans as “Space Mom,” started DJing at 16 and soon after developed the confidence to begin producing her own originals. It wasn’t long until she caught the attention of Skrillex and soon after released a project on his OWSLA imprint. From there, her rise in the EDM industry was meteoric as she released several projects on deadmau5’s label mau5trap, including her debut album. The Shambhala veteran recently announced that her second album is also in the works.

The Glitch Mob—comprised of ediT, Ooah, and Boreta—have been pushing the limits of electronic music since their inception in 2006. Meeting at an underground Burning Man party in Los Angeles, the three instantly kindled a creative chemistry that has led to an illustrious career with multiple albums and one of the most beloved live shows in dance music. The trio has announced their third album will be dropping on May 4th, and also recently released the first single entitled “How Could This Be Wrong.”

Shambhala began in 1998 as a grassroots gathering of 500 people on founder Jimmy Bundschuh’s family farm in an evergreen forest beneath breathtaking mountains, and has since grown overtime primarily by word-of-mouth thanks to past patrons and artists. Shambhala’s home has continued to evolve over the past two decades with a focus on infrastructure that ensures a healthy and sustainable environment.

The Shambhala team is currently working hard to prepare for the upcoming festival, carefully curating every aspect of the festival to maximize the attendee experience. Paired with their double-headliner announcement, Shambhala has also released is a stunning festival trailer to get attendees hyped. The video can be viewed here and will give viewers a taste of the unique Shambhala experience.

That’s not the only thing to get excited about though, as the festival has also launched “The Ultimate Shambhala Music Festival Experience Contest.” This will include flights, accommodations, tickets, merch, food vouchers, a stay at the Savoy Hotel in Nelson and much more. The contest is now live on their Facebook, and two lucky winners will be chosen to win this exciting contest.
General admission tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased here. High-end camping packages are offered in addition to some other accommodation packages for those traveling from afar. Carpool options and additional travel information is available on the Shambhala website.
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