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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Lounge Lizard EP-3 - only $89 until the end of July

The Lounge Lizard EP-3 from Applied Acoustics is a great recreation of the classic Rhodes™ and Wurlitzer™ electric pianos. From now until the end of July you can get the EP-3 for only $89 - $110 off the regular list price. This is an amazing price and if you are looking for a great sounding electric piano synth, I highly recommend taking advantage of this offer.

Not only does the Lounge Lizard EP-3 come even closer in terms of authenticity but it also preserves the action and feel of the originals. You can listen to some great MP3 samples by clicking on the “Downloads” tab on the EP-3 page.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

StudioLive 16.0.2

The StudioLive series from Presonus changed the digital mixer world, offering amazing performance and ease of use for a great price. Now the same audio quality, performance, seamlessly integrated software (including remote control) is in a smaller, even more affordable package. In a “footprint” of less than 2 square feet (0.19 m2), the compact, 16-channel StudioLive 16.0.2 offers 8 mono input channels and 4 stereo channels and provides 12 XMAX Class A solid-state mic preamps. (Well, okay, it actually has 13 XMAX preamps; the Talkback input has one, too.)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

SPARK DRUM CONTROLLER

Combining the power of analog synthesis, physical modelling and samples, through the intuitive workflow of a hardware drum machine, Spark is a highly creative beat production center.

Spark will save you time when looking for the right drum kit, will get you hooked by its amazing simplicity, and will surprise you by its sonic possibilities.  With a complete library including vintage drum machines, electronic analog kits, acoustic & physical drums, Spark is your weapon of choice to create unique grooves whether you are producing in the studio or performing on stage.

Spark also works as a universal MIDI controller towards any third-party software. Thanks to its very intuitive controller, Spark will introduce you to a unique playing experience. Forget about your computer mouse, get inspired, dive into the creative workflow, and produce stunning beats in no time.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Quantum Spaces

QUANTUM LEAP SPACES from EASTWEST is a 24-bit, true stereo convolution reverb that sets a new standard by utilizing new impulse recording techniques developed over the past seven years.

An arsenal of the best gear that Neumann, Neve, Telefunken, TG, Manley, Sennheiser, Fairchild (to name a few) have produced over the past 60 years was used to create QUANTUM LEAP SPACES, along with the Sony DRE S777 sampling reverb and Meitner A-D converters. ATC monitors were positioned in the room/hall to emulate the real world sound projection properties of various instruments. So an impulse taken for a French horn was created by firing the sweep tones from the middle to left rear of the stage, backwards and slightly towards the floor. 1st violin section impulses were taken by firing a series of speakers at an angle towards the ceiling, just like a real section. A fifth speaker with the high end reduced was fired towards the floor to emulate the body of the violins. This same methodology was used to record reverbs for rock instruments in various LA studios. Because of this, the reverbs in QUANTUM LEAP SPACES have a fantastic balance of early reflections and room sound that really draws a dry instrument into the space, rather than the usual "sound plus reverb" result.

Friday, June 17, 2011

PianoBox General MIDI Sound Module back in stock

The PianoBox General MIDI Sound Module has been a popular product and we are glad to have it back in stock.

We've also added a video of the Piano Box GM Sound Module to towards the bottom of our PianoBox page.  If you have MIDI files you would like to hear on the PianoBox, or if you have questions or would like to know more, please contact us.

The PianoBox is the perfect solution to latency problems.  This is a common problem that causes a delay between when you play a key on a MIDI keyboard and when you hear the sound.  In other words, if you are trying to record into Sibelius or Finale and the music you record doesn't line up with the existing music, it is likely due to latency - not your piano skills! 

The reason this happens is that your computer is using a "software synth" for playback.  In other words, it has to "think" about how to create the sound, then tell your soundcard to actually make the sound.  Then, the soundcard itself may introduce some delay and it all adds up to make for a very frustrating experience!

The PianoBox solves this problem since it plays back MIDI from your keyboard or computer immediately without any delay or latency.  No more frustration with the music not lining up when you record, plus the PianoBox sounds better than the built in sounds in your computer.  You can also use the built in drum patterns for practicing, and it works with any keyboard with MIDI out.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Buy SONAR X1 Essential and get Z3TA+ 1.5 free ($99 value)

From June 1st through July 31st, buy and register SONAR X1 Essential, and receive Z3TA+ 1.5 free ($99 value) as a download from Cakewalk. All you need to do is register the product and then use the same email address entered during registration to create a new account at the Cakewalk Store. Then visit the My Account page to find the download.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

IK Multimedia - Buy 1, Get 1 (or more!) free

Purchase any IK Multimedia product and receive another software title of your choice, free! And the deal gets better from there:
- Starts at Buy 1 Get 1 Free (of equal or lesser value)
- Once 5000 users join, everyone will receive a 2nd free title of their choice.
- Once 10,000 users join, everyone will receive a 3rd free title.
- And so on!

Promotion runs from June 15 to September 15. Free product will be made available to you by IK Multimedia when you register your product and access your User Area on their website.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

EZ Drummer - only $99 all summer long!

Toontrack has reduced the price of EZ Drummer to $99 until the end of September. You might be able to get it for even less if you try our "Name Your Price" feature, although $99 is already a great price for an excellent drum sampler.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Pro Tools MP 9 Academic Now Available...

The successor to Pro Tools M-Powered 8, ProTools MP 9 is now available at a substantial discount for students and teachers. Avid has decided to release Pro Tools 9 MP with academic pricing. This means students and teachers can buy Pro Tools MP 9 for 50% off the regular price!

As with the academic version of the full Pro Tools 9, the regular and academic versions are identical in every way - there is no difference between Pro Tools 9 MP Academic and Pro Tools 9 MP. (Well, the price is different, but that is all!)

Unlike the more expensive Pro Tools 9, Pro Tools MP 9 requires an M-Audio interface in order to work.   Contact us if you need assistance in selecting an audio interface.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

R-05 - big savings on the case and windscreen in Canada

The Roland R-05 has been one of our best selling digital recorders.  It sounds great, is super easy to use and is very affordable.  Now we are pleased to offer a huge discount on the OP-R05C windscreen and case for the R-05 when you order it with the R-05.  It includes a special cover for the R-05 recorder, plus a windscreen that can be used with the cover on. This cover protects the R-05 against dirt, scratches, and minor impacts. During recordings, it reduces handling noise and surface vibration. The windscreen is made of special material that minimizes the undesirable effects of wind noise.

Already bought the R-05 from us?  You can get the special price too!  Just order on-line and you will automatically be given the discount.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

ANALOG LABORATORY & ANALOG EXPERIENCE - THE LABORATORY

Arutria has some exciting new synths available, including a great bundle that includes software and a keyboard.

First, on the software front, the new Analog Laboratory is an extremely powerful software synthesizer solution. It offers 3500 legendary classic synthesizer sounds from Arturia’s vintage analog recreations: Minimoog, Prophet V, CS-80, Jupiter-8, ARP, Prophet VS and Moog Modular. With the addition of 200 scenes organized by genres, including drum loops, advanced arpeggiation melodies and ways to allocate sounds to different parts of your keyboard, Analog Laboratory is likely to become your favorite synth workstation, constantly feeding your creativity with inspiring ideas.

Arturia has also created a bundle that includes a specially designed MIDI keyboard that is perfect for tweaking the sounds in Analog Laboratory. ANALOG EXPERIENCE - THE LABORATORY includes a 49 key controller with 2 encoders with select, 11 standard encoders, 9 sliders, 22 switches, 4 touch-sensitive pads, 1 modulation wheel, 1 pitch bend wheel. In addition to working with Analog Laboratory, it will act as a standard MIDI controller with any software.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Pro Tools 9 & Cubase 6 Video Tutorials Now Available

Need help getting the most out of Pro Tools 9 or Cubase 6? You can now order Ask Video’s comprehensive video tutorials for Pro Tools 9 or Cubase 6 tutorials to help you quickly learn and master these exciting new recording programs.

The Pro Tools 9 video tutorial is available for electronic delivery, so you can download and start using the video right away. You can also pay a bit extra and receive the Pro Tools 9 DVD tutorial in the mail if you prefer.

ASK Video has three volumes available for the Pro Tools 9 training videos, but the best value is to buy all three levels at once. Teachers and students can also take advantage of academic pricing on the Pro Tools 9 video lessons.

The Cubase 6 video tutorial can also be downloaded right away so that you can learn Cubase 6 at your own pace. However, if you prefer, you can request to have the Cubase 6 DVD tutorial shipped to you.

The Cubase 6 tutorials include 4 volumes, and of course you can buy a bundle pack of all 4 volumes if you want to become a Cubase 6 expert. Student and teacher discounts are available on each individual volume of the Cubase 6 video lessons along with the 4 pack.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Edirol/Roland Clearance Sale!

Roland is phasing out some of their more popular USB MIDI and USB Audio Interfaces so we were able to pick some up at extra special prices and are passing the savings on to you.

Here is what is on sale, while supplies last:
  • UA-4FX audio interface - a great way to connect mics or guitars to your Mac or PC.  With built in effects and Sonar LE, this is an amazing value!
  • UM-3G - we will be sad when this is longer available, as it is really hard to find USB MIDI interfaces with more than one MIDI I/O.  If you have more than one keyboard or sound module, this is the perfect solution.
  • UA-25EX - this is a great sounding audio interface with heavy duty aluminum construction and an excellent software package.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

BEAT THANG BEAT MACHINE

Ever wish you had a REAL mobile music production center to spit out hot beats in your lap on the plane? In the park? Live in the club? Ever wished for something that pushed music-making technology where YOU always dreamed it should be? Beat Kangz Electronics heralds the next age in music creation with The Beat Thang Music Production System...