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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Tascam IU2 Audio Interface for PC, Mac, iPad and iPhone

TASCAM’s iU2 is a new premium audio interface for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. It includes all of the features of TASCAM’s best-selling USB audio interfaces, including a pair of great-sounding microphone inputs. The XLR inputs have phantom power for use with high-quality condenser microphones. These feed an onboard microphone preamp and A/D converter for better sound performance than those built into iPhone and iPad – true stereo recording with low noise and less tendency to distort. The inputs also accept line-level signals or you can plug a guitar or bass directly into your device.

In addition to compatibility with iOS devices, the iU2 also works with Mac and Windows computers. A zero-latency monitoring path allows musicians to hear themselves directly through the unit, without any distracting delay. MIDI in and out are provided to interface with synths and drum machines, and a digital output connects to digital mixers or recorders.
When you’re ready to get serious with iPad music recording, step up to the pro-quality interface of TASCAM’s iU2!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Novation Impulse Series MIDI Controllers

The Impulse series is a new range of professional USB/MIDI controllers from Novation. Consisting of three keyboards: the Impulse 25, Impulse 49 and Impulse 61, they each have a precision keyboard and a full control surface powered by a brand new version of Novation's Automap control software. Automap 4 makes getting hands-on with your DAW/plug-ins fast and simple. Impulse also has 8 back-lit drum pads which can warp arpeggios, roll beats and launch Live clips.

Impulse has a precision 'players' keyboard. It is semi-weighted with assignable aftertouch and has been designed to feel like an instrument rather than a computer peripheral. In addition to feeling good, it is incredibly accurate - this means it can translate musical expression (how you play the keyboard) extremely effectively. So your performance is reflected exactly by the synth or software instrument you are triggering.
The Impulse controllers feature full DAW/plug-in control surface with 8 knobs, 9 faders and buttons and a custom LCD screen (1 fader & button on Impulse25).

Impulse has 8 quality-feel drum pads which are velocity-sensitive with aftertouch. These are back-lit with 3-colour LEDs which means they can do things other drum pads can't, like warping arpeggios in real time, rolling beats and launching clips in Ableton Live (Ableton Live Lite 8 comes with Impulse).

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tascam DP-24 PortaStudio

The DP-24 is Tascam's new entry to their popular PortaStudio.  It is a 24-track Digital Portastudio with solid-state recording, a color LCD and channel strip controls to make recording simple so you stay creative.

Up to eight tracks can be recorded at a time through its combination XLR and ¼” combo jacks. Input processing like compression and limiting are available during recording, as well as guitar amp simulation and multi-effects for use with the instrument-level input.

Once recorded, tracks can be viewed and mixed on the large color LCD and dedicated mixing controls like nineteen linear faders and a dozen channel strip encoders. Two Mixdown effects including reverb and chorus are also available, as well as a mastering effect. Once finished, songs can be transferred to computer over USB or written to CD with the built-in CD-RW drive.

With its great sound, powerful features and easy operation, the DP-24 is TASCAM’s best Portastudio yet and at a price you can afford!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Tascam US-125M USB audio interface mixer

The Tascam US-125M is an inexpensive USB audio interface with the functionality of a mixer.  Although it can only record in stereo, you can use it as a mixer to combine the inputs from a mic, instrument and line source with a computer audio signal.  The US-125M feeds the mix to your computer via USB and it can also be used as a stand alone mixer sending your signal to the RCA outputs.

The US-125M provides up to 16 bit/48 KHz audio resolution and is ideal for broadcasting (live streaming) over the internet. It features four inputs with dedicated level controls: a Microphone input (balanced XLR/TRS on rear or unbalanced mini jack on front) with switchable limiter and Signal/Overload indicator, a Guitar input (standard phone jack), a Stereo line input (RCA) and a Stereo audio input from computer via USB.

This USB-powered device is housed in a solid aluminum case, and can also be used as a simple stand-alone mixer.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Big Price Drops on Pro Tools MP9

Avid recently announced substantial price drops on the following Pro Tools MP 9 products.  These are amazing deals, but only while supplies last:
Not only are these incredible values, but you can also upgrade to Pro Tools 10 from MP at a reduced rate.  In fact, in most cases, it is cheaper to buy Pro Tools MP and upgrade to Pro Tools 10 than to buy Pro Tools 10 outright.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Pro Tools 10 101 Book Now Available!

Pro Tools 10 has been incredibly popular, especially since it will work with any audio interface.  The student pricing makes it very affordable for anyone who wants to get into professional recording.

Now you can learn Pro Tools the way the pros do!  Pro Tools 101: An Introduction to Pro Tools 10 is the official training package used in first-level certification courses for Pro Tools operators. Newly updated to cover the latest Pro Tools release, version 10, this new edition of the book is the fastest, most systematic introduction to learning the fundamentals of the world's most popular recording software. It will quickly and effectively brings new users up to speed on the basics, from understanding the Pro Tools file structure and interface to creating a session, recording audio and MIDI, importing media, editing, mixing, and more.

The book includes hands-on projects, with accompanying source files on DVD, that drive home the lessons, laying the perfect foundation for becoming a Pro Tools expert. Whether you're learning on your own or pursuing formal Pro Tools certification through an Avid Authorized Training Partner, this book is the first step on the road to mastery of Pro Tools 10.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Reason 6 - get Sonic Refills Silver Collection free from Kelly's Music!

While supplies last, if you purchase Reason 6 (regular or academic) we will include the Sonic Refills Silver Collection free!  With an MSRP of $199, this is a great value.  You receive Volumes 1-5 of the popular Reason Refills at no extra charge when your order Reason 6 from Kelly's Music & Computers.


Novation TWITCH is a DJ controller with a completely new take on DJing. It has Touchstrips to navigate tracks and you can slice-up your beats and mix them back together – totally on the fly. TWITCH also has a built in audio interface which is absolutely rock-solid with headphone, booth and main outputs.

Take hold of your music: TWITCH has Touchstrips; simply grab your tracks and swipe them backwards and forwards like a touchscreen. The performance modes create totally new ways to manipulate beats and breaks. The control surface - with its 2 x 8 large Triggerpads and Fader FX - opens up awesome possibilities for digital DJs and the new breed of Controllerists.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Acorn Triple D5 Electronic Dum Kit

Have you been looking for an affordable electronic drum kit? Want to use some of the great sounding virtual drum kits but want to play a real drum kit instead of a keyboard? Check out the Acorn Triple D5 drum kit!
Triple-D5 dynamic digital drum kit is a fully featured kit that plays really well, sounds great, is easy to use, is compact and roadworthy, offers incredible value and is ideal for live performance, practicing or computer music composition. Most importantly, Triple-D5 is a great instrument.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Superior Drummer $199 until end of February, SDX add-ons only $99.99

ToonTrack's popular Superior Drummer is on sale until the end of this month for $199.  If you already own Superior Drummer, or are purchasing it and want even more drum kits, the SDX expansion kits are also on sale for $99.99.