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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!

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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


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.