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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Tascam BB-800: the perfect "all in one box" for music teachers!

If you teach music, Tascam’s BB-800 is the perfect “all in one” teacher device! Every music teacher should have a digital recorder – for some ideas on why, read our article on Portfolio Assessment in Music Education. The BB-800 is unique in that it has speakers built in and is super easy to use. This means you hit the big “record” button and it will immediately start recording using the build in mics to a SD card. Once you are done, hit “play” and it plays back using the built in speakers. No need to set up your computer, hook up to your PA system, find the right cables, etc. Students can hear the recording right away and provide feedback.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tascam US-1800 - affordable multi-channel audio interface

Tascam’s US-1800 provides up to 14 analog inputs for recording on your Mac or PC. A rack mount unit, the UA-1800 includes eight XLR microphone inputs with phantom power along with six balanced line inputs. At $300, the US-1800 is an exceptional value, making it easy to mic a drum kit, a jazz band, or make live recordings. It includes Cubase LE so you can start recording right away, although ASIO and Core Audio drivers are also available should you want to use more professional recording software.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

E-MU 0204 USB

With lots of two channel USB audio interfaces on the market, why would you choose the E-MU 0204 over any of the myriad of other devices? Well, to start with, the E-MU 0204 offers 24 bit, 192kHz A/D and D/A converters – something fairly unusual for an interface in this price range. It includes a combo input that includes a mic pre-amp and allows you to connect via XLR, Hi-Z and line level inputs. A second input allows Hi-Z or line level inputs and also includes a pre-amp. The headphone output has its own DAC path to enable separate playback and cueing for DJ applications. Windows users can take advantage of the included Mixcraft LE CD to start recording right away.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Izotope RX 2 - Complete Audio Repair

Izotope's RX audio repair software has recently been updated to RX 2.  Be sure to click on the "Downloads" tab to request some videos that demonstrate that amazing ability of RX to clean and restore damaged audio recordings.  It is very impressive indeed!

What's new?  There are plenty of new features to make this an important upgrade.  Here are the new features:

Friday, March 25, 2011

UA-11 DuoCapture - inexpensive audio interface

The Roland DuoCapture, or UA-11 as we like to call it is an inexpensive two channel USB audio interface. It provides the ability to connect a mic or guitar to the 1/4" input, and it also sports an 1/8” input, and an 1/8” headphone out. Ideal for schools or anyone who wants to share their music via headphones, the UA-11 includes dual-headphone outputs. The handy dedicated controls for input and output volume makes recording a snap, and Windows users can start recording right away since Sonar X1 LE is included.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Free Shipping on M-Audio Monitors

For a limited time we are offering free shipping on M-Audio Studiophile and GSR series monitors over $200. These monitors can cost us up to $100 to ship, so the free shipping offer can save you a lot! Now is a great time to take advantage of this offer and order some of the great sounding M-Audio monitors.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

SoundSoap 2 - below cost clearance!

SoundSoap 2 strikes the perfect balance between easy to use and powerful. It can quickly and easily remove unwanted hiss, room noise, rumble, electrical hum, and other background noise from almost any digital media file — including digital video (DV), digital audio workstation tracks, analog cassette/tape recordings, vinyl LP recordings, and more.

Normally $99, we are clearing it out for $79.31 while supplies last. Note that SoundSoap 2 is delivered electronically so there is no shipping charge! Once we have processed your order, we will e-mail you the information required to download the software.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

PianoBox General MIDI Sound Module back in stock

The MidiTech PianoBox General MIDI Sound Module is back in stock! We receive a new shipment from Germany and are excited to have it back on our warehouse shelves. The PianoBox General MIDI Sound Module includes 128 realistic sounding instruments, 9 drum sets, a sound effects set and 100 drum patterns. Ideal for use with keyboards, your computer, or as a stand alone drum machine, the PianoBox provides an easy way to get realistic playback with zero latency.

Monday, March 21, 2011

i2 GarageKey 37 on sale!

The i2 GarageKey 37 is our most popular USB MIDI keyboard, and now that it is on sale for less than $100, we expect it to be even more popular! The GarageKey is 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 or PC 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! The included stands give you more desk space, by allowing you to move your computer keyboard under the GarageKey when not in use.

The I2 GarageKey 37 is class compliant, which means you don't have to worry about downloading, installing or configuring drivers. Instead, you just plug it into your Mac or PC and it works! Compatible with Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7, both 32 bit and 64 bit, along with all versions of OS X!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Buy SONAR X1 and get FREE Rapture and Sound Center Packs (until March 31st)

Purchase any version of SONAR X1 through March 31st and receive two free Sound Packs from Cakewalk.

The first sound pack is the Rapture Compilation Pack (Rapture LE is included in Studio and Producer versions only) and includes cutting synth and bass sounds like the Fat Moog Bass, Juno Pulse, Juno Sixty, Fat Lead, FM Funkeys, and much more.

The second expansion pack is the Sound Center Compilation Pack (Sound Center is included in all versions of SONAR X1) and features a variety of high-quality sounds including vintage keyboards like the B3, guitars, bass, orchestral strings, sound effects, and much more.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Classic EZX for EZ Drummer

EZ Drummer is an easy to use, affordable, but great sounding drum sampler. ToonTrack has a number of EZX Expansion Kits for EZ Drummer that provides additional drum samples and MIDI patterns. With the new Classic EZX, Toontrack Music is merging the best of the past and the present to bring your music to the forefront of today.
The Classic EZX is a contemporary sounding drum library, bringing together all that is good about modern recording techniques with the sound of a classic Helios recording console, as known to have shaped the production on albums by bands like The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Who and many others. Be it the slamming 70's rock song or the slim and tight contemporary pop that tops the charts of today, the sounds of The Classic EZX will sit right in any mix.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Izotope – lower prices and academic pricing

We’ve always been big fans of Izotope’s plug-ins. Their RX 2 is an amazing tool for audio restoration, and all of their plug-ins sound great and have a really easy to use interface. To make things even better, we were able to lower our prices on a number of Izotope products, plus we now offer academic pricing on the entire Izotope line!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

March Clearance Specials - while supplies last

We have some great clearance specials this month that are only available while supplies last:
  • AUDIO 2 DJ - the world’s smallest USB audio interface for DJs and boasts two stereo outputs plus the ultra-loud output level and professional sound quality needed to rock the world’s biggest clubs.
  • MASTER PERFECTION SUITE - academic version on sale for below cost!  An incredible collection of plug-ins for recording and mastering.  The suite includes: Repli-Q (spectral matching), PitchCraft (pitch correction/manipulation), Reveal (analysis), Sqweez-3 & -5 (multi-band dynamic processing), SuperFreq (parametric EQ), and GateEx (gate/expander)
  • MUSIC LESSONS I - MAC - Lab Pack 5 is on sale for 1/3 of the cost of a single copy!!  Works with all ages, from grade school through college; its graduated levels of difficulty make it effective with students of widely differing abilities and musical backgrounds. Because the program is open ended, you can assign drills and activities in any order, and you can use it with any textbook or instrumental music series.
  • PEAK LE 6 - below cost!  The perfect tool for audio editing on your Mac for less than $70 - while supplies last
  • PEAK PRO XT 6  - another amazing value being sold below our cost
  • PITCHCRAFT - similar to Auto-Tune, but less than $100 right now! A real time pitch correction/transposition plug-in that fixes out-of-tune vocals or other single voice instruments easily and with minimal artifacts. Humorous, eerie, and even supernatural effects can also be obtained, making PitchCraft a great sound design tool as well.
  • SMART LOOPS PERCUSSION - over 300 percussion loops for less than $50 - sold out
  • SONIC REFILLS COLLECTION SILVER (REASON REFILLS) - a "must have" for any Reason owners!
  • TEACH ME GUITAR - great way to learn to play!  Or go with the Deluxe Version 
  • T-RACKS 24 ACADEMIC - make us an offer!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Roland UA-33 "Tri-Capture" audio interface

Roland calls it the “UA-33 TriCapture”, but I think I’ll stick with UA-33 since “TriCapture” sounds a bit silly to me. It does do an accurate job of describing the features – the UA-33 is a USB audio interface optimized for personal and mobile recording, vocal and guitar recording, and streaming-internet applications. It has mixer-like design and dedicated front-panel controls which makes it easy to mix, control, and monitor a variety of signals.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Stutter Edit - effect or instrument?

So – is it an effect or an instrument? Izotope claims their new Stutter Edit is both. It definitely is an an innovative tool for both studio and stage, as you can press a key and tear up your tracks in real time. Build thrilling fills, complex effects, shimmering sweeps, and staggering stutters. You can play the effects like an instrument, remix in real-time, on stage or in the studio. It includes cutting edge audio slicing and manipulation and to make it easy to get the sound you want, it includes elegant and intuitive MIDI control.

Pro Tools 9.0.2 now available...

If you recently purchased Pro Tools 9, you may want to head over to Avid's site and download the latest 9.0.2 update which addresses bug fixes and increases stability and performance.

This is a free, incremental upgrade available to everyone.  Note that if you purchase Pro Tools 9 Academic, you also receive four years of free upgrades from Avid.  (See our previous blog entry for more details.)

Thursday, March 10, 2011

AudioLink II - easy, affordable audio interface 20% off!

Need to connect mics, guitars or line level devices such as keyboards, mixers or tape decks to your computer? The AudioLink II is the perfect choice, and at 20% off this month, it is an incredible value for only $79.99!

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.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Lower prices on Hercules DJ Consoles

The Hercules DJ Console series has been a popular way for DJs to get started. Affordable and easy to use, these all in one packages include the hardware and software you need to get started. We’ve been able to reduce pricing on the entire line, making it even more affordable. We’ve also added the new DJ Console MK4 to our line-up. At a bit over $200, this 2 deck controller offers a great value.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

IK Multimedia T-RackS Singles - $39.99 in March!

IK Multimedia’s T-RackS “Singles” are a great value since you can choose any of the 10 modules found in the full blown T-RackS at a fraction of the price. For the month of March, they are an even better value at only $39.99 per plug-in module!

Tascam - lower prices in Canada

Good news for Canadians! Tascam Canada recently reduced our cost on all of their products, and we’ve passed the savings on to you! Effective immediately, you will find lower prices on all Tascam products in Canada. In the past it may have been tempting to order from the US, but these price changes bring Canadian pricing in line with the US prices.

Monday, March 7, 2011

EZ Drummer on sale for $79.99 this month, EZX only $39.99

EZ Drummer is on sale this month for $79.99 – almost half price! If you’ve been looking for an easy to use, affordable, but great sounding drum sampler, check out EZ Drummer. With 8000+ MIDI files included you can drop patterns into any DAW software that supports MIDI and achieve realistic sounding drum tracks. By using MIDI instead of loops, you can easily tweak, edit or create your own drum tracks – all with great sounding samples.

EZ Drummer includes over 7000 sound files, but sometimes that might not be enough (really!) So if you already have EZ Drummer, or you are thinking of getting it, take advantage of this month’s ToonTrack Promo on the EZX EZ Drummer Expansion kits for only $39.99 (this month only!)

Waves March Savings

This month Waves is offering discounts on the following popular audio plug-ins:

Friday, March 4, 2011

Making Music with GarageBand and Mixcraft

Both GarageBand and Mixcraft are powerful yet easy to use programs for creating music. Alfred’s new book “Making Music with GarageBand and Mixcraft” is a comprehensive guide to music production using two of the most inexpensive and intuitive recording programs on the market today and was designed specifically for music teachers.

The first chapters introduce the programs and cover how to use them. The book contains 12 specific lessons for GarageBand and 12 specific lessons for Mixcraft, and the lessons work for both Mac or PC. Topics covered include instruction on getting started with existing audio, working with MIDI, recording audio, podcasting, working with film, multitrack recording, mixing, mastering, and much more. The companion DVD includes bonus tutorials as well as audio and video exercises that correspond to the book's chapters.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Music City SDX for Superior Drummer

Superior Drummer 2 is a hugely popular virtual drummer that makes it fast and easy to get great sounding drums for your recordings. Of course, you can never have too many good drum samples, so ToonTrack’s latest SDX expansion for Superior Drummer 2 Music City SDX is a “must have!”.

By Music City, ToonTrack is referring to Nashville. With more labels, publishers, writers, producers, musicians and artists per capita than any other city in North America, Nashville knows a thing or two about great music, and more importantly - great sounding music.

The Music City SDX library is at home in music ranging from rock to reggae, metal to gospel or punk to polka. (Oh yeah... it has some great drums for country & rock too!)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Melodyne Essential - the power of Melodyne for only $69!

If you’ve been checking out some the really cool things you can do with Melodyne, but didn’t want to spend the money on it, Melodyne Essential is what you’ve been waiting for! At $69, Melodyne Essential is the most affordable point of entry into the world of Melodyne. Correct and optimize monophonic or rhythmic audio material in the manner only Melodyne allows. Perfect the intonation and timing via macro or in a more targeted way by hand. Transpose, move or erase notes and copy individual notes or entire passages to different locations.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

M-Audio GSR Series Live Sound Speakers

Have you been looking for PA speakers that sound great, are road-worthy but are still affordable? Check out the new GSR series from M-Audio. Developed by the same engineering team behind their popular studio reference monitors, the M-Audio GSR series offers exceptional, pro-quality sound and reliable, road-worthy performance. Perfect for musicians and DJs in small- to mid-size venues!
The GSR series include a state-of-the-art Class-D, bi-amplified design, carefully matched transducers, and use proprietary wave guide technology to ensures wide dispersion of the mid and high frequencies. Presets make it easy to dial in the right sound for every application—from public address to live performance.