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Thursday, December 29, 2011

GIG EASY MIC STAND CONCERTINO, GIG EASY MIC STAND

The Gig Easy iPad products are hugely popular. They are well made, easy to use and securely mount your iPad on a mic stand or music stand. However, aside from providing the iPad, you also have to provide the mic stand or music stand.

To remedy that, Gig Easy has released two mic stands that are perfect for use with their iPad mounting kits!

The Gig Easy Mic Stand has "One Hand Adjustment" and the height adjustment ranges from 38" to 64" providing the ideal height for virtually all applications.

The “Concertino” version is ideal for seated musicians and has a height adjustment range from 18" to 30".

The portability of these stands is unbeatable. Instead of using a heavy base, it utilizes a collapsible tripod base for stability. Weighing less than 2.7 lbs., it can be easily transported and stored, and features a standard size 5/8-27 threaded adapter.

The height adjustment can be easily made with just one hand. You can use these as a traditional mic stand, or simply attach the GigEasy Mic Stand Mount Kit or Mic Stand Mount Extension Arm Kit for a quick and easy conversion to an iPad music stand!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

NI Komplete Audio 6

Looking for an affordable audio interface that includes software for recording and DJing?

KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 is a premium-quality 6-channel audio interface that picks up where its predecessor AUDIO KONTROL 1 left off. It provides everything you need to record, play and perform music, with four analog ins/outs, digital in/out, MIDI and low-latency performance — all in a sleek, rugged metal casing. The two mic inputs are armed with high-end pre-amps while Cirrus Logic converters deliver pristine, transparent sound. Upgrade your setup with KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 — because KOMPLETE sounds better. 
The KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 package also includes KOMPLETE ELEMENTS, with over 1000 sounds and effects, plus software for recording, sequencing and DJing. 
KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 lets you experience every facet of your sound, whether you're playing virtual instruments or recording audio. After all, if you're using MASCHINE or KOMPLETE Instruments and Effects, you're armed with an array of sounds in the highest-possible audio fidelity. KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 gives you the hardware to match.

Pristine sound doesn't happen by accident — it's the result of knowledge, experience and close attention to detail. KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 has been designed in-house by NATIVE INSTRUMENTS, and takes the already award-winning sound quality of the AUDIO KONTROL 1 to a new level. From the custom, streamlined circuit design, through the hand-picked components to the analog volume knob on top of the unit — every part of the interface is designed to preserve signal clarity.

So what software is included? 
- KOMPLETE ELEMENTS — over 3 GB of inspiring instruments and effects
- CUBASE LE 5 — sequencer and recording software
- TRAKTOR LE 2 — DJ software

Thursday, December 22, 2011

MidiLink Mini USB MIDI Interface - affordable and easy to use!

Looking for an affordable USB MIDI interface that is easy to use?  The MIDILink Mini is a USB MIDI Interface that makes it easy to connect your MIDI gear to your Mac, PC, or iPad! Just connect the USB cable and start playing - no drivers to download, install or configure! Works with MAC OSX, iOS4, Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7!

Features:
- 1x MIDI In/1x MIDI Out
- 16 MIDI channels
- USB bus powered
- Compatible to all USB 1.1 and 2.0 ports
- 1.80m long (approx 6')

Saturday, December 17, 2011

M-Audio Studiophile BX series updated to BX-D2

The ever popular Studiophile BX series from M-Audio has been updated. The Studiophile BX-5D2 and Studiophile BX-8D2 are now available.

M-Audio leveraged the technology from their high-end monitors to extend the frequency response and provide an even more natural listening experience. Custom Class A/B analog amplifiers deliver superior dynamics and tonal accuracy across the frequency spectrum—while the latest-generation woven Kevlar low-frequency drivers and waveguide-loaded silk dome tweeters provide rich, defined sound. With the BX5 D2, you’ll enjoy the utmost accuracy in an engaging listening experience.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Line 6 Guitar Mobile In - connect your guitar to your iPhone, iPod or iPad!

Looking for a way to use your iOS device for high quality recording from your guitar?  The Mobile In digital input interface features pro-quality audio specs for guitar tones that are exceptionally rich and clear. It supports up to 24-bit/48 kHz digital audio and its guitar input features 110 dB dynamic range. Use Mobile In with your other CoreAudio guitar apps and hear how much better they sound! 
Use Mobile In with GarageBand and other CoreAudio apps.
Mobile In is the perfect guitar interface for GarageBand. Recording guitar tracks with Mobile In means every take is a keeper, not a "scratch track" – you won’t have to record them over again to get better sound. Transfer tracks recorded with Mobile In straight to your DAW and keep the music going.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Buy 1, Get 1 Free from Applied Acoustics!


Buy 1, Get 1 Free from Applied AcousticsPurchase any of their Pro Series virtual instruments between December 5 2011 and January 15th 2012 and AAS will provide you with your choice of any of their other Pro Series instruments free via download!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Tascam IM2 Microphone for iPhone, iPod and iPad!

Looking for an easy way to get high quality recordings into your Apple iOS device?  TASCAM's iM2 turns the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch into a high-quality stereo recorder. A pair of condenser microphones - the same high quality as TASCAM's best-selling DR-series recorders - plugs into the dock connector of your Apple device.

The microphones are adjustable over 180 degrees for the best sound placement. The uni-directional elements are arranged in an AB pattern for detailed stereo imaging while capturing the ambience of your room.

The iM2 contains its own microphone preamp and analog-to-digital converter for low noise and great audio quality. Unlike mics that use the built-in iPhone preamp, the iM2 can handle up to 125dB sound levels to capture the loudest concerts and instruments without distortion.

Also contained in the iM2 is a stereo limiter to tame sudden loud sounds. The microphone level is adjustable with a knob on the side, making it quick to adjust without even looking at the unit. It's powered through the dock connector so no battery is required. A USB input is provided to charge your Apple iOS device for long recordings, either through a computer or TASCAMs PS-P515U power adapter.

The iM2 works great with just about any recording app, including the built-in video camera. Record stereo sound while you capture hi-definition video on your iPhone to capture every moment with clarity and realism.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tascam Mail In Rebates

Mail in rebate from Tascam!  US customers who purchase selected Tascam items between November 15 2011 and December 31 2011 can send in a mail in rebate for cash back from Tascam. See rebate form for details.

Click here for a complete list of products included in this promo!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

iKlip Mini - securely mount your iPhone or iPod Touch to a mic stand

We carry lots of stand adapters for the iPad, including the GigEasy series and the iKlip. However, we are excited to finally have a solution for mounting your iPhone or iPod Touch!

The iKlip MINI is a universal microphone stand adapter for the iPhone and iPod touch to support your iOS device on stage, in the studio, at school or in the office. iKlip MINI securely supports your iPhone/iPod touch on any standard mic stand, pole or tripod (with diameters ranging from 11 - 20 mm /.43” - .79”) placed on the floor or tabletop.

Designed and manufactured in Italy, iKlip MINI firmly holds the device in place in both horizontal and vertical positions, and its multi-angle adjustable design allows optimal viewing and accessibility with all controls, buttons, connection ports and camera kept free from obstruction. It can also be easily rotated from portrait to landscape position by simply loosing or tightening a knob with no need for additional tools. It can be mounted on the vertical pole of a mic stand as well as on its horizontal boom.

An included detachable bracket supports the popular iRig guitar interface adapter together with iKilp MINI in both horizontal and vertical mounting positions so you can have immediate access to your iOS device multi-touch controls during your live performances with the AmpliTube range of apps or any other guitar effects app.
iKlip MINI is also the perfect companion to IK’s iRig Mic, the handheld microphone for iOS devices, that allows vocalists and speakers alike to conveniently hold and operate the device at a close distance on the same mic stand with IK’s VocaLive or any other vocal processing app.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Recording Software Tech Support...

Getting help with recording software when you need it can sometimes be difficult. My favourite solution is to buy a computer from Rain and then purchase their three year warranty and support contract.

You get a great computer that was designed specifically for music production, and you also get one point of contact for support. No more blame game! Instead of the software developer telling you the problem is with your audio interface, your audio interface manufacturer blaming your motherboard and not getting any response at all from your PC maker, you make one call and get the problem solved.
However, if you aren’t able to take advantage of Rain’s legendary support, you might need to rely on your software developer’s software options. How do they compare? Cakewalk recently sent us an interesting comparison that I thought I would share with you:
  • Cakewalk charges $0 for phone support in the U.S.
  • Avid charges $39.95 per incident for Pro Tools.
  • Apple charges $99 per incident or $399 annual subscription for Logic Pro.
  • No U.S. phone support available for Steinberg and Imageline users experiencing technical issues.

EastWest - Buy 1 Get 1 Free Promo

Until December 31st, EastWest is running a Buy 1, Get 1 Free promotion!  When you purchase selected East West products from Kelly's Music, EastWest will send you another product (of equal of lesser value) free!  See rebate form for details...

EastWest Buy 1, Get 1 Free Offer

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Buy Auto-Tune 7 and receive Mic Mod EFX Free!

Get Mic Mod EFX FREE from Antares when you purchase Auto-Tune 7 between November 25 and December 30 2011. After registering Auto-Tune 7 with Antares you will be able to download Mic Mod EFX for free!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Roland R-26 Digital Recorder

Portable digital recorders have been a very popular item at Kelly's Music for a number of years now. So what makes the new Roland R-26 worth mentioning? This innovative recorder is portable yet loaded with first-class, professional features, and is backed by Roland's well known quality.
First off, there are two types of stereo microphones built into the R-26, plus a pair of XLR/TRS combo inputs for external mics, and an input for a stereo plug-in powered mic. Unlike most digital recorders, however, you can choose simultaneous combinations of the built-in mics (directional and omnidirectional), as well as the external inputs. This means you can use the R-26 to capture live performances with simultaneous line and ambient signal paths, record important speeches, lectures, and presentations, or take the R-26 into the inner city or deep forest for pristine field capture.

The Roland R-26 supports up to six channels (three stereo channels) of simultaneous recording so you can record from all three mic sources. It has a large LCD touchscreen display for intuitive navigation - no more scrolling through never ending menus with a jog wheel!.

The first thing I noticed with the R-26 was the extra large input-level knobs for fine adjustment. These make adjusting levels so much easier than tiny buttons, and will be perfect for recording outside in the cold and I want to leave my gloves on!

The R-26 also includes a built-in Hi-Speed USB interface for use as an audio interface or external storage and it has a Loop-Back function which means you can combine this with the built-in or external mics for the optimum live video streaming setup.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Fostex HP-P1 Headphone Amp for iPhone, iPod

Looking for the best possible sound from your iPod or iPhone that money can buy? Check out the Fostex HP-P1. The new Fostex HP-P1 is a portable headphone amplifier with D/A converter which receives it’s audio signal digitally from iPod/iPhone 30-pin dock connector. Featuring an ultra-high quality 32bit DAC and exclusively designed audiophile analogue circuitry, the sonic performance and fidelity of the headphone signal simply has to be experienced to be believed. The tone, the depth and the effective headroom is nothing short of stunning, giving the impression of almost limitless audio power reserves on tap at all times.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

eBox 44

The new Electrix Ebox-44 is the perfect audio interface for mobile applications, budget studios, computer DJ’s, or even home use to convert your vinyl or CD collection to digital audio files. It is fully USB bus powered, which means it can be connected on-the-fly and used anywhere with just a laptop.
The Ebox-44 features four RCA inputs, four RCA outputs, ¼” headphones output with volume control, and ¼” microphone input with gain control. The four inputs support turntables thanks to the built-in phono preamps, ground post, and phono/line switch. The four inputs and outputs have blue LED activity indicators.

The included low latency ASIO and Core Audio drivers means flawless performance on both PC and Mac. The Ebox-44 is great for use with DJ software including Virtual DJ and Traktor, audio recording and production software like Logic, Cubase, & Live, or even everyday applications like iTunes.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Tascam DR-40 Digital Recorder

Looking for an affordable digital recorder with lots of great features? The Tascam DR-40 features adjustable mics, four-track recording and extended battery life, giving you the flexibility you need to record tracks anywhere.
The DR-40 captures up to four tracks from built-in, high-quality condenser microphones, XLR mic or line inputs. The internal mics are adjustable from XY to AB position, helping you to tailor your recording to the sound of the room. A pair of great-sounding TASCAM microphone preamps welcome condenser microphones with phantom power, recording at up to 96kHz/24-bit resolution. It accommodates balanced XLR or 1/4" line inputs using locking Neutrik Combo jacks. The DR-40 accepts SD or SDHC cards up to 32GB, and a 2GB card is included.

Once recorded, play back your takes with EQ and the optional Level Align feature to avoid volume jumps. A stereo reverb effect is also built-in, as well as a speaker and chromatic tuner. Transfer recordings to computer using the USB 2.0 jack. Other features include overdub mode, variable speed playback, limiting and low cut filter, and much more – all with TASCAM’s simple-to-use interface. No other recorder makes home or live recording as simple as the TASCAM DR-40.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

AR-4I IPHONE AUDIO INTERFACE

The iPhone is fabulous and takes great HD quality video. However if there’s one area that lets it down, it’s the sound. The small internal microphone only records in mono with no control and as for the quality.... Well let’s just say it not exactly high-fidelity. Enter the new Fostex AR-4i. Offering excellent quality stereo audio recording, (via Dock connector and in-built AD/DA converter), with LED input level metering, gain control and headphone monitoring, the AR-4i has been designed to dramatically increase the quality of the sound of the videos you take with your iPhone 4.

Perfect for TV & Radio reporting, live video streaming to the web, video blogs / YouTube uploads plus ideal for family and domestic use.

Designed with professional use in mind, the AR-4I features a long operation time with 2 x AAA alkaline batteries for 8 to 10 hours, is supplied with a sturdy hand grip and has two threaded tripod mounts on the bottom and side for use with tripod, camera rigs, etc.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

AUDIOBOX 1818VSL USB 2.0 Audio Interface

The AudioBox 1818VSL takes hardware/software integration to the next level and delivers a combination of features, audio quality, and value that is unprecedented in this product category. Using your computer CPU and PreSonus Virtual StudioLive (VSL) software, AudioBox VSL-series interfaces provide reverb and delay effects and the same Fat Channel compression, limiting, semi-parametric EQ, and high-pass filter, as the PreSonus StudioLive 16.0.2 digital mixer— all with inaudible latency. It's a great choice for project studios, performing bands, school music labs, and a wide variety of corporate installations and other contractor applications.

The AudioBox 1818VSL is a great value as it offers high-end 24-bit, 96 kHz converters; Class A XMAX preamps; ADAT optical I/O; S/PDIF coaxial I/O; word-clock output; and MIDI I/O, housed in a heavy-duty, rack-mount metal chassis.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Save up to 25% off Ableton Live!

Until January 15th, 2012 save up to 25% on Live and Live Suite, along with upgrades.

Ableton Live is about making music; for composition, songwriting, recording, production, remixing and live performance. Live's nonlinear, intuitive flow, alongside powerful real-time editing and flexible performance options, make it a unique studio tool and a favorite with live performers. If you'd rather be "making music" than just "using music software," Ableton Live is for you. Live 8, the latest version, includes a wealth of new techniques and improvements with a new groove engine, revamped warping, live looping, new effects, crossfades in the Arrangement View and a reworked MIDI editor. 

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Free stuff from Native Instruments!

Native Instruments has some fantastic promotions from November 1st to December 30th that you can take advantage of:

Free Maschine Expansion:
Purchase MASCHINE or MASCHINE MIKRObetween November 1 and December 30 and get your choice of MASCHINE Expansions free. Two free with MASCHINE, and one free Expansion with MASCHINE MIKRO — each worth $59. Free Expansions are provided by NI when you register.
Free Traktor Software:
Buy Traktor Audio 6 or Traktor Audio 10 and get Traktor Pro 2 free! If you purchase the Traktor Audio 2 and you will receive Traktor Duo 2 free from Native Instruments. All you have to do is register the Traktor 2 LE that is included with the interface and you will receive an email from NI with a serial for the relevant Traktor product.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Session Strings Pro

Looking for some great sounding contemporary studio strings? The new Session Strings Pro from Native Instrument fills the gap left by huge orchestral libraries. It offers control of an 11-piece ensemble, recorded with the utmost precision in four different settings for maximum flexibility and realism. With its immaculate, intimate quality, unique musical workflow and a vivid, modern edge, SESSION STRINGS PRO is the premium choice for pop, RnB and more.

SESSION STRINGS PRO is far more than just a string library. Creating natural, expressive string tracks in the highest possible quality has never been more immediate, or more rewarding.
The sound of SESSION STRINGS PRO is close, detailed and intimate — an essential alternative to orchestral strings. Meticulously sampled and designed to sit well in the mix, each of the four ensembles consists of five instrument groups: full ensemble, four violins, three violas, two cellos and two basses. Play full ensembles, mapped across the keyboard, or individual instrument groups.

SESSION STRINGS PRO provides detailed control, right down to the amount of bow noise. Choose between classic or pop instrument placements. Experiment with close and wide microphone positions, or combine two ensembles for a full, widescreen sound. Based in Hamburg, Germany, e-instruments specialize in intensely detailed sampled instruments. Thomas Koritke and his team have succeeded in capturing the clarity, warmth, and character of these strings, using the very best equipment for outstanding sound quality. Every note is expertly played by virtuosos from Europe’s top orchestras, and the instruments used were hand-picked Italian antiques, including an exquisite cello from 1685.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

EZ Drummer, Superior Drummer, EZX and SDX all on sale!

Until the end of December, we have special pricing on EZ Drummer ($79.99), Superior Drummer 2 ($199.99) 2031189937, the EZX add-ons for EZ Drummer and the SDX add-ons for Superior Drummer.

If you’ve been looking for a way to get great sounding drums, or if you’ve been thinking about expanding your options with EZ Drummer or Superior Drummer, now is a great time to act!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Traktor Kontrol S2

Looking for an affordable but professional DJ system? While the Traktor Kontrol S4 is the industry leader, Native Instruments is now offering the TRAKTOR KONTROL S2 a two deck, all-in-one DJ controller system built to professional standards throughout, and the perfect introduction to the world of TRAKTOR.

TRAKTOR KONTROL S2 is Native Instrument's most professional 2-deck controller on the market. With pro credentials throughout, the 2.1 design couples the most essential items for any DJ — 2 decks and a mixer — with controls for multi-effect units and a third channel for samples. Set it up in an instant and dive right into the mix.

Rugged and highly portable, TRAKTOR KONTROL S2 is the only controller of its size to come with the full version of TRAKTOR PRO 2 included - the same software that pro DJs of all genres use. With TRAKTOR 2 Technology Inside, the S2 is tuned for maximum intuitiveness and creativity – resulting in an intensely fluid and fun mixing experience.

The included TRAKTOR PRO 2 is the culmination of 10 years of experience as the industry-leading DJ software platform. Its ease-of-use and astounding creative arsenal are built on the concept of TRAKTOR 2 Technology Inside.

Right out of the box you’ll instantly find yourself exploring the deeply inventive yet incredibly simple looping functions. At the push of the loop encoder, grab and set loop lengths that you can even change while its running. Layer up those loops in each of the eight Sample Deck slots. Bring the Sample Deck sounds into the mix via the ingeniously simple Samples knob.

Four ‘Hot Cue’ buttons per deck let you jump to any part of the song without dropping a beat – if the button is lit, a cue point is set – just hit the button and launch the track from that position. Rearrange, re-edit and remix tracks on the fly – blur the boundaries between a DJ set and a live performance.

This compact and portable unit was built by the same team and with the same components that brought you the TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 – the wildly-popular market-leader that revolutionized the all-in-one DJ system. Robust knobs and backlit buttons let you know what’s going on at all times. Two high-quality, pressure-sensitive jog wheels deliver total track control and easy pitch bending and tempo nudging.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Samplitude Pro X

Samplitude has been upgraded to Samplitude Pro X and Samplitude Pro X Suite. With 64 bit support, a new docking concept, and spectral editing on track level the new version has lots of exciting new features. Samplitude Pro X includes the Independence sampling workstation with 12GB of samples in Pro X and 70 GB(!) in the Pro X Suite. It also includes the essentialFX Suite, a tempo track, support for 5.1 mixing and support for Avid’s Artist Series control surfaces.

If you already own Samplitude, this is a "must have" upgrade - contact us with your current version info for upgrade pricing. If you don’t have Samplitude yet, check out the money saving Crossgrades!  We also offer academic pricing on Samplitude Pro X to students and teachers.  You can buy Samplitude Pro X at the discounted student or teacher price for some big savings.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

IXZ AUDIO INTERFACE FOR IPHONE, IPOD, IPAD

If you want to record into your iPad, the AudioFace II or AudioLink II are great ways to connect to your iPad using the Apple Camera connection kit.

However, if you want something super small that can also record on your iPhone or iPod touch, checkout the new pocket-sized iXZ from Tascam. Plug in a microphone, guitar or bass to interact with the latest guitar amp, sampling, recording and DJ apps. The iXZ even supplies phantom power for condenser microphones. An input setting sets the gain and there’s a headphone output to monitor from your iOS device. To turn an iPhone into a portable practice, songwriting or live recording rig, it’s tough to beat the TASCAM iXZ.

The iXZ addresses the problem of providing reliable phantom power by accepting 2 AA batteries which should last for around 15 hours.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Pro Tools 10!

Avid recently announced Pro Tools 10 and we now have all of the details for Pro Tools 10 available on our website
If you don’t have Pro Tools yet, now is a great time to get Pro Tools 10. If you are a student or teacher, you can even get the academic price at a big discount from the regular price!
 
If you already own Pro Tools, you can purchase one of the following upgrades to take advantage of all of the new features.  We have academic and student discounted prices available for the Pro Tools 10 upgrades as well.  In addition, some of the upgrades are available for electronic delivery so you will be able to download the Pro Tools 10 Upgrade.
Before we get into the new features, I should also mention that if you have the student version of Pro Tools 9 or if you purchased Pro Tools 9 after October 1st, you will receive a free upgrade from Avid!  Just wait for an e-mail to come from them in the next few weeks will all of the instructions.

So what's new in Pro Tools 10?  Here are the major new features:
  • Speed up editing and mixing with Clip Gain, and easily adjust and match gain levels, pre-mixer
  • Use multiple audio formats in a session—including interleaved—without file duplication
  • Record higher resolution sound with more headroom in 32-bit floating-point format
  • Get great responsiveness on slower hard drives with the enhanced disk cache
  • Record in low-latency mode, with direct monitoring when using third-party audio interfaces
  • Get the sound of System 5 console EQ and dynamics with the Avid Channel Strip plug-in
  • Get access to over 500 additional Pro Tools commands when using EUCON controllers
  • Work more easily with AudioSuite-rendered clips with reverse processing, handles, and more
  • Create extra long-format projects for sequential versioning with the extended 24-hour timeline
  • Open fade-heavy sessions faster and get better responsiveness with real-time fades
  • Fold down 5.1 surround mixes to stereo with the Down Mixer plug-in
  • Export mixes directly to SoundCloud to share and promote your music to the world

Pro Tools 10 Academic - discounts for Student, Teacher, School mean big savings!

The Academic Versions of Pro Tools 10, Pro Tools 10 Upgrade from LE and the Pro Tools 10 Upgrade from M-Powered are now available for ordering.  The academic and regular version of Pro Tools 10 are identical. If you are a student, teacher or an academic institution, then you get all of the power of Pro Tools 9, but at a significant savings. Plus, Avid has promised that you will receive free upgrades to Pro Tools for 4 years when you purchase the student version!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Maschine Mikro

Maschine is a hugely popular groove box from Native Instruments.  If you’ve been looking for a tactile, hands-on control for beat production, sampling and performance but aren’t ready to invest in Maschine yet, the Maschine Mikro is worth checking out. This latest addition to the family has the same powerful software and 6 GB+ sample library as its big brother, as well as the same responsive pads on a more compact and portable controller. MASCHINE MIKRO makes a perfect addition for any production setup - get hands-on with your rhythms and grooves both in the studio and on the stage.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

M-Audio FastTrack C400 and Fast Track C600

M-Audio has updated their popular Fast Track USB Audio Interface series with two new products – the Fast Track C400 and Fast Track C600. Both include Pro Tools SE so you can get started recording right away. You can also get the full power of Pro Tools by purchasing the Fast Track C400 with Pro Tools MP9 or the Fast Track C600 with Pro Tools MP9.

The next-generation designs combine an audio interface with tactile controls and built-in monitor management system, providing an integrated creative workflow.

The Fast Track C400 is a 4x6 Recording Interface with DSP and the Fast Track C600 is a 6x8 Recording Interface with DSP. Both units have 24-bit/96 kHz audio fidelity, top-panel controls, an assignable multi button, near-zero latency monitor mixer with built-in reverb, delay effects and a built-in monitor management system.

The assignable multi-button is a great idea as you can perform critical tasks without touching a mouse. For example, press the Multi button once to start recording, a second time to stop and return to where you started, and a third time to capture another take. Imagine the possibilities of programming any sequence of up to eight steps—for any software program that supports ASCII key commands—or use the convenient preset workflows with Pro Tools, Cubase, Logic, Live, and Reason.

Another feature that pushes these new Fast Track units into the “pro” category is the addition of a monitor management system. If you've been looking for an easy way to A/B your mixes on multiple sets of speakers, Fast Track C400 is the answer. There's no need to purchase additional hardware—the built-in monitor management system makes it easy to audition your mixes on up to two sets of studio monitors (or one set of monitors and a subwoofer).

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Meet Kelly at the BC, Alberta or Nova Scotia Music Education Conferences this fall...

I'm heading out later this week to present at the BC, Nova Scotia and Alberta music education conferences. We will also have a booth in the trade show areas for each of the conferences. If you are a music teacher and will be attending one of the conferences, be sure to stop by the booth and say hello.

You can check out the conference schedule or send me an e-mail to find out when I'll be presenting.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Balance USB Audio Interface with Reason Essentials

Propellerheads, the developer of the popular Reason software, has branched out into hardware. Their new Balance with Reason Essentials includes a two channel audio interaface and their light version of Reason – Reason Essentials. They are dubbing the package “The music production package that has everything you need to create anything you want!”
The Balance audio interface offers two channels of pristine audio recording, and with inputs for all your gear, your instruments are always connected and you are always ready to record. It includes two microphone preamps with phantom power, high impedance guitar and bass inputs with pads, and four line inputs. Although it only offers two channel record, it does have multiple inputs so your instruments are always connected and you are always ready to record. Use the buttons on the front panel to select the active inputs.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Reason 6 vs Reason 6 Essentials

So how does Reason Essentials compare to the full version of Reason 6?  Check out the following chart:

Feature



Audio recording/tracks
Unlimited
Time stretch
Transpose (audio clips)
Unlimited
Time stretch
Instrument tracks
Unlimited
Blocks mode
Unlimited
Mixer
Fully featured mixer
Gain
Full 4-band EQ
8 Send effects
Inserts
Master compressor with sidechain input
Compressor
Gate
Lo-pass and hi-passfilter
Basic mixer
Gain
Two-band EQ
4 Send effects
Inserts
Master compressor
Mastering tools
MClass Mastering Suite
Compressor
Limiter
EQ
Stereo Imager
MClass Mastering Suite
Compressor
Limiter
EQ
Stereo Imager
Included instruments
ID-8
Subtractor
Redrum
NN-XT
Combinator
Dr. Octo Rex
NN-19
Kong
Thor
Malström
ID-8
Subtractor
Redrum
NN-XT
Combinator
Dr. Octo Rex
Included effects
Line 6 guitar amp
Line 6 bass amp
Chorus/Flanger
Delay
Scream 4 Distortion
RV7000 Reverb
Alligator
Pulveriser
The Echo
Neptune
Vocoder BV512
Phaser
Foldback Distortion
Unison
Two-Band EQ
Compressor/Limiter
Envelope Filter
RV-7 Reverb
Line 6 guitar amp
Line 6 bass amp
Chorus/Flanger
Delay
Scream 4 Distortion
RV7000 Reverb
Other devices
Mixer 14:2
Mixer 6:2
Regroove
Spider Audio & CV
Matrix
RPG-8 Arpeggiator
Mixer 14:2
Mixer 6:2
Regroove
Spider Audio & CV
Matrix
Soundbank
Factory Sound Bank (1.7GB)
Orkester Sound Banks (600MB)
Factory Sound Bank (1GB)
Other features
ReWire
Compatible with all ReFills
ReWire

Reason 6 Essentials - everything you need from Reason, but for less

Reason 6 is hugely popular, especially now that audio recording is integrated into the main program. If you could only own one tool for music production, Reason would be the one to get. However, if you don’t want to spend the money on the full version of Reason 6, Propellerheads has released a very capable, but less expensive version called Reason Essentials.

Reason Essentials packs in all the recording, editing, effects, instruments and mixing tools you need to sound great. With its generous sound bank and familiar creative flow, it’s the software that lets you focus on the music and finish that song. Reason Essentials, just like its bigger brother Reason, puts making music in focus. From concept to completion, it comes with all the essential tools for turning good ideas into great songs.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

GuitarFace II

Need to record from mics or guitars? Want something portable and easy to use? This small, black aluminium USB audio-interface is the perfect solution for guitar and microphone recordings! Tired of delay with latency? Tracks not lining up? Soft synths not responsive? The GuitarFace II can fix that - with it's fast ASIO driver the GUITARFACE II USB is fast enough for speed-metal!
Features:
  • 16 Bit/48 kHz USB stereo interface
  • 2x TRS inputs (HI-Z Guitar/Bass, MIC with 48 V phantom power, LINE)
  • 48 v phantom power for condenser mics
  • Left line output can be used as a headphone output
  • Signal- and peak LED
  • USB buspowered
  • Includes USB-cable, Magix Samplitude Silver 11 and IK Multimedia Amplitube 3 Free
  • “Class Compliant” USB audio interface - ASIO driver for Windows XP 32/64 Bit, Windows Vista 32/64 Bit and Windows 7 32/64 Bit available!
Update!  Video now available:

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Reason 6 Now Available!

The long awaited Reason 6 is now available! The biggest new feature, (the one everyone has requested since Version 1) is the integration of audio recording. With Reason 6, all of the features found in Record are now integrated into Reason.

Combining all the features from Record, version 6 adds audio recording and editing into Reason, along with Propellerhead's acclaimed mixing console with masterfully modeled EQ and dynamics on every channel, multiple parallel racks, all the effects you know and love plus new ones to fall in love with, and much more of what you've always wanted in Reason.

Of course, there are lots of new devices to play with, including the Pulveriser, the Echo, the Alligator (very cool pattern based gate effect), the Neptune for pitch correction (yay!) and time stretch and audio transpose.

Already have Reason? Check out the following upgrades:
You might also want to check our amazing deals on Reason Refills, including the Sonic Refills Collection Silver and Sonic Refills Gold.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

i2 Control 37 USB MIDI Controller Keyboard - great size, great features, great price!

Need a USB MIDI controller keyboard that doesn’t take up a lot of space, but still provides the faders and v-pots you need to control your software?

The i2-Control 37 is the perfect sized controller when you need a keyboard that won't take up too much room, but is still playable and has the controls you need. Unlike 49 or 61 key controller keyboards, you can easily take the i2 Control with you. And unlike a 25 key controller keyboard, the i2 Control 37 is still very playable with three ocatves for two playing with both hands. Short on desk space, but still want to use V-pots and sliders/faders? The i2 Control 37 is the perfect choice!

With additional 37 keys and 9 faders it gives you the functionality you need for working with recording software, software synths, virtual instruments, notation software and more! USB powered and class compliant, the i2-Control 37 works with Windows, Macs and iPads (using Apple's Camera Connection Kit.) Simply connect the USB cable and start playing - no drivers or special software to download, install or configure!

Update: check our our new YouTube video below!


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

GarageKey Mini 37

Need a really small keyboard for travelling or something that won't take up your entire desk? The Garagekey Mini is the perfect solution. With 37 mini keys, the GarageKey Mini offers more keys than other small keyboards so you can enter melodies, drum parts, monster chords or anything else with ease.

Unlike a lot of other “mini” keyboards, the GarageKey Mini is very playable, and looks like a real keyboard! It also has enough extra keys to make it playable with two hands.

Garagekey Mini 37 is class compliant so you just connect the USB cable and it works - with Windows, Mac and the iPad. (iPad requires the Apple Camera Connection Kit.)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

VOCALOID 2 TONIO

TONIO, a professional male classical singer has been added to the popular Vocaloid series.  Once VOCAOID2 TONIO is installed into your PC he will allow you to create synthesized singing of unprecedented quality and remarkable realism.

With a vocal register that covers both baritone and tenor TONIO has a voice that will satisfy the most demanding of compositions.

VOCAOID2 TONIO has a voice that is full of unmistakable character, color and charm. He will hit those high notes every time with perfect accuracy.

Whether it's soaring leads, harmonies or backing vocals, VOCAOID2 TONIO can sing any word from the English language (and other languages too with a little work).

VOCAOID2 TONIO is also very well suited if you want to be adventurous and experimental, since his voice can be easily modified and shaped in many ways.

In addition to singing any words or combination of syllables or phonemes you can imagine, VOCAOID2 TONIO will spread any sustained vowel (or voiced consonant) across as many notes as you like, with perfect legato. You can select from several different natural vibrato types and drag and drop your chosen type to any note or notes, and control the time-position and amount of the vibrato.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Presonus AudioBox 22 VSL Audio Interface with built in effects

The AudioBox 22VSL is a new generation of PreSonus USB 2.0 audio/MIDI interfaces that take hardware/software integration to the logical next step. Using your computer CPU and PreSonus Virtual StudioLive (VSL) software, the AudioBox VSL-series interfaces provide reverb and delay effects and the same Fat Channel compression, limiting, semi-parametric EQ, and high-pass filter, as the PreSonus StudioLive 16.0.2 digital mixer— all with inaudible latency. Now you can monitor and record with or without real-time effects!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

iRig MIDI - connect a MIDI device to your iPhone, iPod or iPad!

Need to connect a MIDI device to your iPhone or iPod Touch? The new iRig MIDI is the answer! If you need to connect a MIDI device to your iPad, you can also use the iRig MIDI, or you can use the Apple Camera Connection Kit and a MidiFace II.
The iRig MIDI is an ultra-compact standard Core MIDI interface for iOS that connects any MIDI compatible device to the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
iRig MIDI connects MIDI keyboards, drum machines, drum pads, pedal boards and more to an iOS device to control not only the included SampleTank FREE but also a world of MIDI-compatible apps such as GarageBand. You can also use iOS apps to control external MIDI equipment such as sound modules, DAWs or lighting systems right from the mobile device.
iRig MIDI is the only compact iOS MIDI interface sporting 3 MIDI ports: IN/OUT/THRU. These connect to any standard MIDI jacks using the included 2 x 1.6m/5.2’ cables. iRig MIDI also has 2 LEDs for displaying the MIDI activity on the IN and OUT ports.
iRig MIDI also exclusively provides a micro USB port – with included cable – that connects to any standard USB power supply source so that the iOS device can stay fully powered during long sessions.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Free plug-ins with Pro Tools 9!

Avid is offering Eleven LE, Strike and Velvet free when you buy a Pro Tools hardware bundle until the end of December 2011.   This collection delivers ultra-realistic guitar amp emulations trusted by world-class guitarists, the ultimate virtual drummer instrument, and stunningly faithful emulations of popular electric pianos
Here are the details:

Pro Tools MP 9
Purchase a Pro Tools MP Bundle and receive a promo code to download three award-winning plug-ins—Eleven® LE, Strike®, and Velvet®—at no additional charge. Pro Tools MP Bundles included in this promo are PRO TOOLS MP 9 MOBILE PRE BUNDLE, PRO TOOLS MP FAST TRACK PRO BUNDLE and the PRO TOOLS MP FAST TRACK ULTRA BUNDLE.   Note: this Pro Tools MP 9 offer includes academic versions.

Pro Tools 9
Purchase an mBox with Pro Tools 9 and receive a promo code to download three award-winning plug-ins—Eleven® LE, Strike®, and Velvet®—at no additional charge. Bundles included in this promo are MBOX 3 WITH PRO TOOLS 9, MBOX PRO 3 WITH PRO TOOLS 9 and MBOX MINI 3 WITH PRO TOOLS 9. Note: this Pro Tools 9 offer does not apply to academic versions.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Native Instruments Studio Drummer

New from Native Instruments, the Studio Drummer is the perfect realization of a drummer in software, with everything you need to create realistic acoustic drum tracks — top-of-the-line drum kits, detailed mixing options, and a ready-to-go groove library, packed with authentic beats of all colors and flavors.

It's much more than state-of-the-art sampled drums. Thanks to more than 3,500 authentic grooves, STUDIO DRUMMER makes it easy for anyone to produce lifelike, dynamic drum tracks. And the on-board mixer and powerful effects deliver enough usability, versatility and tweakability to meet the demands of eclectic modern producers.

STUDIO DRUMMER gives you three premium acoustic kits — a Pearl Masters Premium Maple kit, a Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute kit and a Sonar SQ2 Drum System. The kits are set up with Paiste, Zildjian, Sabian and Masterworks cymbals, and snares by Sonor, Mapex, Ludwig, and Masshoff. To round things off, you also get percussion, with tambourine, sticks, cowbell and handclaps.

All drums were painstakingly recorded using the best mics and outboard gear at Teldex Studios, in Berlin. The result: Over 17 GB of pristine, 24-bit drum samples, capturing the unique sound and responsiveness of the original kits.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Buy Live, get Retro Synths Free!

From September 1 until October 31, 2011, customers purchasing full versions or upgrades for Ableton Live 8 or Ableton Suite 8 will receive the newly updated Live pack by Puremagnetik, Retro Synths, absolutely FREE - a $99 value! This offer also includes educational versions.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Keystation Mini 32 - portable keyboard for your laptop, iPad or desktop computer!

Looking for a really small keyboard that you can use with your laptop or iPad? Need something that won't take up much desk space? Check out the new Keystation 32 Mini from M-Audio!

The Keystation 32 Mini features 32 low-profile, velocity-sensitive mini-keys. Even with the super small size, M-Audio managed to fit 4 assignable controls. It has three buttons and a knob for real-time control of your DAW and virtual instruments.

Another surprising feature is the selectable velocity curves. This isn’t something usual found on a keyboard this price, and they’ve even included a velocity curve for drum programming. Using a keyboard for entering drum parts is a huge time saver compared to clicking with your mouse.

Making the Keystation 32 Mini super easy to use, it is USB bus-powered and class compliant so you can just plug it into your computer or iPad Camera Connection Kit and start playing.

The Keystation 32 Mini also includes Sibelius First notation software. Sibelius First usually costs $99.99, and the Keystation 32 Mini is only $79.99, making it an incredible value. An even more amazing value is the fact that you can upgrade to the full Sibelius 7 with the Sibelius 7 Competitive Crossgrade. In other words, for under $300 you can get Sibelius 7 and a keyboard!

As implied by the name, the Keystation 32 Mini does feature mini keys. If you are a keyboard player, or have fat fingers like me, the mini keys might not be your thing. If that is the case, check out the i2 GarageKey 37, which features full sized keys and is still very portable.


Thursday, September 1, 2011

Roland UA-55 Quad-Capture USB 2.0 Audio Interface

Continuing their “capture” naming system, the Roland Quad Capture (aka UA-55) has replaced the popular UA-25-EX. With a pair of premium VS Preamps onboard, plus 24-bit/192 kHz audio quality, ultra-low latency performance, and convenient USB bus power, the QUAD-CAPTURE is an excellent choice for anyone looking for compact USB audio interface.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Native Instruments Komplete 8

The eagerly awaited Komplete 8 is now available. KOMPLETE 8 now includes 27 fully-fledged products, 11,000 presets and over 100 GB of samples.

Need more? Try the Komplete 8 Ultimate which provides a total of 50 outstanding musical tools! Even if you don’t need more sounds (and who doesn’t), it might be worth getting the Komplete 8 Ultimate just to save some time. It weighs in at 240 GB of premium sound content - which is why it comes on its own dedicated, sturdy USB 2.0 drive. Setup everything in one go, by simply installing KOMPLETE 8 ULTIMATE to your chosen internal or external drive. Without the lengthy DVD installation process, you can have KOMPLETE 8 ULTIMATE up and running easily.

Already have Komplete? You can get the Komplete 8 Update or the Komplete 8 Ultimate Upgrade. Don’t have Komplete, but already own a Native Instruments product such as Maschine, Kontakt, Reaktor, Kore or Guitar Rig? Check out the Komplete 8 Crossgrade which is only available until December 31st.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

ARTURIA V-COLLECTION 2

Love vintage synths, but don’t have the space (or the budget) to start your own collection? Check out the new V Collection 2 virtual instruments software from Arturia! The V Collection brings you the most legendary and sought after synthesizers ever in one very affordable package. This ultimate edition is the complete solution when high quality, authentic and modern synthesizer sounds are demanded. The luxury box contains the highly awarded Minimoog V, Moog Modular V, CS-80V, ARP2600 V, Prophet V, the Prophet VS and the Jupiter 8-V. On top of that the brand new Analog Laboratory has been added to make the package even more complete.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

IZOTOPE T-PAIN EFFECT now available for electronic delivery!

Izotope recently released the very affordable, T-Pain Effect software. The T-Pain Effect is a collection of three fun and easy music-making tools: the Engine, the Effect and the Drum Machine.

The T-Pain Engine allows you to make beats and record vocals. The T-Pain Effect is for vocal processing, the T-Pain way. The included T-Pain i-Drum Edition is T-Pain's virtual drum machine.

Are you new to making music? In a matter of minutes, The T-Pain Engine will have you arranging beats, recording vocals, and posting your tracks online. More experienced? The T-Pain Engine is the perfect musical sketchpad for getting your creative juices flowing.

Features include:
- Make beats: choose from dozens of killer beats, all designed by the pros, or customize your own
- Record vocals: sing, rap, or freestyle, then add the official T-Pain Effect
- Share: post songs for all to hear, straight to the web via SoundCloud

Monday, August 15, 2011

Reason 6 – coming soon!

Reason 6 will be released at the end of September and it has lots of exciting new features. The biggest new feature is that Reason 6 will combine all of the features from Record so you can now record and edit audio in Reason.

If you have been thinking about purchasing Reason or Record Reason Duo now, there's no need to wait until the new Reason is out!

Anyone who purchases Record Reason Duo or Record for Reason Owners between July 1st, 2011–October 31st, 2011 will receive a free download upgrade when Reason version 6 is released. Free of charge.

If you purchase Reason between July 1st, 2011–October 31st, 2011 you qualify for the Reason 6 upgrade at a discount — €99 EUR / $99 USD — through the Propellerhead web shop. Remember, this will give you all of the features of Record as well!

Thinking about getting Record standalone? Purchase Record between July 1st, 2011–October 31st to qualify for Reason at 50% off — €200 EUR / $220 USD — through the Propellerhead web shop.




Thursday, August 11, 2011

i2 GarageKey 37 Video Overview

The ideal keyboard for small spaces or taking places! The GarageKey 37 has 37 full size high quality keys with touch dynamic, and octave up and down buttons, You can easily connect this keyboard to your Mac, PC or iPad using the included USB cable and since it is USB powered, you don't need to worry about finding a free power plug for it!

More usable than a 25 note keyboard, but takes up less room than a 49 note keyboard, the space saving design of the I2 GarageKey 37 is perfect for desktop and portable use. The sleek and simple design makes the I2 GarageKey 37 easy to use and attractive. The included stands give you more desk space, by allowing you to move your computer keyboard under the GarageKey when not in use.

Record directly from the USB MIDI keyboard into your iPad by connecting the GarageKey 37 to your iPad using the Apple Camera Connection Kit.

Here is a video review of the i2 GarageKey 37:

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Using the AudioLink II with an iPad to connect mics, guitars, keyboards, turntables and more!

Looking for a way to connect a mic, guitar, keyboard, turntable, or any other input to your iPad for recording? The AudioLink II is the perfect solution!

Check out this video where we show the AudioLink II working with the Apple Camera Connection Kit on an iPad 2 for recording audio:

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

AudioLink II Overview Video - inexpensive USB Audio Interface

Need to connect mics, guitars or line level devices such as keyboards, mixers or tape decks to your computer or iPad? The AudioLink USB is the perfect choice! With switchable phantom power, you can connect dynamic or condenser microphones to the XLR or 1/4" input. Use the Hi-Z connection for a guitar or bass, and connect line level devices through the RCA in/outs on the back. Both the mic and guitar inputs have gain level dials, making it easy to control your levels without having to use your mouse! The adjustable headphone out is perfect for monitoring your mix. The built in hardware reverb makes it easy to add effects without taxing your CPU.

As a class compliant audio interface, you can connect the AudioLink USB to your iPad, Mac OS X, Windows 7, Vista or Windows XP (32 or 64 bit) machine and start recording right away - no need to install drivers. Low latency ASIO drivers are available. Use the Apple Camera Connection kit to connect the AudioLink II to your iPad so you can record from a mic or guitar directly to your iPad!

Here is an overview video:

Monday, August 8, 2011

Buy Traktor Kontol X1, get Traktor Pro Free!

Get TRAKTOR PRO 2 completely free from Native Instruments when you buy TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 in August or September 2011!  (After receiving your Traktor Kontrol X1, please create an account here to request your free Traktor Pro 2.)

Thursday, August 4, 2011

AudioFace II Video - iPad audio interface for under $50

The AudioFace II USB Audio Interface can be used for both audio playback and audio recording on the iPad by using the Apple Camera Connection Kit. Simply connect the AudioFace II USB soundcard to the iPad using the included USB cable and you can record from any line level device directly into the iPad. Connect any line level device such as a keyboard, tape deck, turntable (record player), CD player, DI box, mic pre-amp, etc. to the RCA inputs on the AudioFace II and record directly to the iPad.

Here is a video of the AudioFace II with the iPad:

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

AudioFace II Video Overview - low latency audio interface for less than $50!

The AudioFace II is an inexpensive, low latency USB audio interface. It is class compliant, which means you plug it in and it works! It also has ASIO drivers for Windows, allowing for low latency playback - no more delay for USB MIDI Keyboards or dealing with notation software like Sibelius or Finale. Also works great for software synths, VST instruments and eliminating latency when using USB MIDI Keyboards.

It works with the iPad using Apple's Camera Connection Kit.

Here is a short overview video:

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Photoscore & Audioscore Ultimate 7

In conjunction with the release of Sibeilus 7, Neuratron has released Photoscore & Audioscore 7.

If you need to scan music into Sibelius, Finale or any other notation program, Photoscore 7 can save you a lot of time! Scan any music (including hand written music), or open any PDF into Photoscore and then you can transpose, edit, arrange, playback or send to Sibelius or Finale. It is available for electronic delivery, and you can download a trial version before purchasing.

If you would prefer to sing, play or transcribe music from a CD or MP3, then AudioScore 7 is what you need. Try the demo version to see if it works for the music you are planning on using. If it does what you need, you can purchase it for electronic delivery as well.

If you already own either program, you will need to contact Neuratron for an upgrade as they do not sell upgrades through dealers.

Number 1 Hits EZX

EZ Drummer users know that you can never have too many drum samples. The new Number 1 Hits EZX Expansion for EZ Drummer doesn’t disappoint. The mission was as simple as it was bold; create a fusion between organic, electronic, high-tech and vintage - a sound library that covers classic sounds but carry them into the new decade, a collection a drums that would sit right away in any contemporary pop, dance, house or hip hop mix.

Toontrack ended up with Number 1 Hits, which is not only an EZX expansion for EZdrummer, it's a bonafide hit-machine in itself. When sound designer Niklas Flyckt played the finished product for Toontrack, they were amazed at how organic, pumping and throbbing it sounded. "All you have to do is take any of the included grooves, burn it on a disk and you'll have a club hit", was Toontrack's Mattias Eklund's first comment.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Important Changes to Sibeilus 7 Academic Qualification Requirements affecting church musicians, private music teachers and more...

We are really excited about all of the great new features in Sibelius 7.  Unfortunately, there were some changes to the academic qualification requirements that make impact negatively on some of our customers.

Sibelius 7 Announced - Upgrades Available!

We are very excited that Avid has released Sibelius 7 today!  With lots of exciting new features, we definitely recommend considering upgrading.

Sibelius 7 Upgrade

Sibelius 7With a new "task oriented" user interface and a huge new sound library, there are lots of great reasons to upgrade to Sibelius 7.  I've listed a number of them later in this message, but if you are ready to order, you can use the links below.  Don't have Sibelius yet?  You can purchase Sibelius 7 or the Sibelius 7 Competitive Upgrade.
Sibelius 7 Tips:
  • Sibelius 7 does not include a printed manual, you can add one to your order here.
  • Sibelius 7 includes 90 days of free tech support. We recommend that you purchase an Annual Support Contract for $99 so that you can get the help you need from Avid after the initial 90 days.
  • Sibelius 7 requires a low latency ASIO or AU compatible audio interface (soundcard) for using the sound library. We recommend the AudioFace II USB, AudioLink II USB or most any of the audio interfaces in our buyer’s guide. Contact us for more information.
  • A USB MIDI keyboard makes entering notes into Sibelius much faster. The i2 GarageKey 37 is an ideal USB MIDI keyboard – just plug it in, and it works. For more options, visit our keyboard buyer’s guide.

Sibelius 7 New Features

Sibelius 7Task-oriented user interface
The brand-new Sibelius 7 user interface provides task-focused tabs that lead you through the process of creating a score from start to finish. Every feature has both an icon and a text description—with full contextual help available when you need it.

Professional sound library—only in Sibelius
You finesse every detail of your score—you want to hear every nuance during playback. Sibelius 7 includes more than 38 GB of professional content, including a specially recorded symphony orchestra, rock and pop instruments, and much more.

Native 64-bit support—only in Sibelius
Sibelius 7 is the world’s first 64-bit notation software, enabling you to unlock the full power of your 64-bit system—and work more quickly, with more virtual instruments and effects, than ever before.

Optimized for single monitor use—only in Sibelius
We understand that many of our customers favor laptops or other single-display systems. That’s why we designed the Sibelius 7 interface to allow you to focus on the music at all times—and easily hide information that you only need to see occasionally.

Switch to Sibelius from Finale
There’s never been a better time to switch from Finale® to Sibelius. Sibelius now features a step-time note input method that is very similar to Finale software’s Speedy Entry method—right down to using many of the same keystrokes. So if you know how to input notes in Finale, you know Sibelius too. And because today’s workflows include a wide variety of software applications, Sibelius 7 now includes full MusicXML export capability, so you can exchange files with hundreds of other applications, including Finale.

Text and typography enhancements
Take advantage of the latest OpenType fonts, including advanced features like ligatures, and employ them in text frames with full Desktop Publishing (DTP) level capabilities. There’s no need to export projects to a separate DTP application—now you can complete many of them within Sibelius 7.

Graphics import and export
Sibelius 7 makes it easy to import graphics in all major formats, then manipulate them to build complex layouts for publishing, creating teaching materials, instructional books, and more. You can export the full score as publication-quality graphics in PDF format, plus individual pages or smaller sections in EPS, PNG, and SVG formats.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Sonar X1 Power

Need some help getting the most from Sonar X1? Check out the new SONAR X1 POWER!: THE COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE. Written for both new users and veteran upgraders alike, SONAR X1 POWER! walks users through all of the features of the software with step-by-step instructions and exercises. New users will start at the beginning and learn everything they need to know to use SONAR for recording, editing, producing, mixing, and bringing their music to the masses. Upgraders will learn about all the new features in SONAR X1 as well as enhancements to existing features that may affect their current production workflow.

Friday, July 22, 2011

40% off popular East West products

Until the end of the month, save 40% off the regular price on a wide range of East West products. Look for the "On Sale" indicator in our list of East West products.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Video: Eliminating Latency with the PianoBox GM Sound Module

The PianoBox General MIDI Sound Module can eliminate the latency or delay that can cause problems with recording into notation software such as Sibelius, Finale, Print Music, Allegro, MusicTime, Encore and other programs.

It is also ideal for use with MIDI Keyboards as it eliminates the delay between when you strike the key and hear the sound.

Here is a video:

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Video: AudioLink II with iPad for recording mics, guitars into your iPad

The AudioLink II USB Audio Interface works with any PC, Mac or your iPad to record from mics, guitars or line level devices. Use the Apple Camera Connection Kit to connect the AudioLink II to your iPad and record from your condenser or dynamic mic, guitar, bass or anything else directly to any app on your iPad.

Check out the video here:

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Eliminating Latency/Delay with Notation Software & Software Synths

If you use a notation program such as Sibelius, Finale, Print Music or MusicTime, you’ve probably experienced the frustration of latency.

Latency is the delay between when you strike a key on a MIDI keyboard and when your computer creates the sound. This can make it impossible to properly record and line notes up and is very frustrating!

Even if you don’t use a notation program, but work with software synths, VSTi’s or virtual instruments such as those from EastWest, Steinberg, IK Multimedia, AAS or any others, you know how big a problem latency can be! If you want to use a software synth live, or even if you want to record and have your tracks line up, you can’t be worrying about latency.

Fortunately, there are two easy solutions, and we now have a video that explains what latency is, why it happens and how to fix it!

Check out the video for the solutions:

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Need a silent foot switch? Check out the Airturn ATFS-2

Airturn's BT-105 bluetooth page turner for PC, Mac and iPad along with their USB wireless AT-104 page turner have been hugely popular both in Canada and the US.  They are designed so you can use them with any pedal, and we even have some bundles that include the BOSS FS-5U foot switch.

However, for live performance, a silent foot switch is the best choice.  Airturn's ATFS-2 is designed to be the quietest consumer foot switch on the market today.  It is a great companion to the BT-105. The ATFS-2 features a proprietary "mechanism free" design, where there are no moving parts aside from the molded hinge.

How did they do this?  The switch is actuated with a rare earth neodymium magnet and a rhodium reed switch, both of which are embedded within the body of the foot switch. Manufactured in Colorado, the ATFS-2 is injection molded with a unique blend of high strength plastics, which makes the foot switch virtually indestructible.

Check out our bundles that include the BT-105 and the ATFS-2 switch.