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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Roland A-49 and A-88 keyboards

There’s no shortage of portable MIDI keyboard controllers on the market, but portability often equates to subpar keyboard action. With the new Roland A-49, the game has changed- this lightweight, slim-line controller features a premium-grade, full-size keyboard that raises the bar in its class. Available in pearl white and black finishes, the A-49 is a dream for musicians seeking a simple, easy-to-use MIDI keyboard with pro-quality playing feel.

The A-49’s keys have a rounded shape for better reaction to the player’s touch and more comfortable glissandi. Other enhancements have been made to reduce the already low mechanical noise and eliminate vertical shake. All of these features add up to a keyboard that even the most discerning pros will appreciate.
Add color to your sound and excitement to your performance by waving your hands over the invisible D-BEAM. The A-49 can assign all its controllers automatically for fully utilizing an external SuperNATURAL sound module such as the INTEGRA-7. It’s also a great second keyboard for controlling synthesizers that have onboard SuperNATURAL sounds, such as the JUPITER-80 and JUPITER-50.

Recently, many musicians have gravitated toward their Apple iPads to record musical ideas. While there are small MIDI keyboards that can be used with the iPad, the A-49 gives you pro playability as well as mobility. Its clean, clutter-free surface and excellent feel keeps your fingers on the keys and your mind on the music.

Need more keys? With 88 pro-quality weighted keys, the A-88 sets a new standard for streamlined, portable MIDI controllers. Its Ivory Feel-G weighted keyboard — a trusted asset found on high-end Roland workstations and digital pianos — brings a new level of grand piano luxury to the portable MIDI controller market. But even with its premium keyboard, the A-88 remains slim, compact, and easy to transport. For players looking for great weighted-keyboard action in a portable package, the A-88 is the best MIDI controller available.

Featuring Roland’s acclaimed Progressive Hammer Action design with Escapement, the A-88’s Ivory Feel-G keyboard provides the functions, appearance, and texture of keyboards found on Roland's flagship pianos. It’s equipped with advanced sensor technology, and the white keys feature a comfortable, moisture-absorbent surface that feels like real ivory.

Like the A-49, the A-88 includes Roland's popular D-Beam and will also work with an iPad - pretty cool for a 88 note, weighted action keyboard!


Kelly's Music now carries Project Sam's Orchestral Essentials - the essence of film scoring. Orchestral Essentials will boost your film composer career at an unbeatable price.

ProjectSAM has carefully selected the essentials from each of their products, including the highly praised Symphobia series, True Strike series and Orchestral Brass Classic, and bundled them into one effective, incredibly versatile package. Moreover, new instruments not found in any other ProjectSAM products have been included.

Covering full orchestra, string, brass and woodwind ensembles, classical and world percussion, Orchestral Essentials gives you the right ammo to start scoring for film, games or pop with the acclaimed "cinematic SAM sound". For each of the orchestral sections, an essential list of articulations is available, as well as one expressive legato instrument and an inspiring set of clusters, textures and effects. Apart from these orchestral elements, you will also find a concert harp, church organ, ProjectSAM's renowned Dystopia sound design, and, exclusive to Orchestral Essentials, an enchanting grand piano and harpsichord.

All samples have been reprogrammed for the newly designed and intuitive Orchestral Essentials interface. All Multis are completely new and, because of the inclusion of piano, harpsichord and harp, are more inspiring than ever before. This makes Orchestral Essentials a fantastic library for first-time SAM users and existing SAM owners alike.

Orchestral Essentials follows ProjectSAM's ensemble recording philosophy. Strings, brass and woodwinds were sampled as sections, as nothing beats the authentic blend of orchestral instruments in a concert hall. ProjectSAM captures this magic in various orchestrations; for example, imagine the noble sound of horns and trombones performing together naturally.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Samplitude Pro X Suite - 40% off, plus upgrades on sale!

With a 12 GB premium sound library, loads of effects and lots of tools, Samplitude is an amazing value at the regular price.  Now with the Samplitude Pro X Suite on sale, it is even more incredible.

Just getting into recording?  Samplitude has all of the high end features, including surround sound support, without the high end price or difficult learning curve.  Even if you already have a DAW, take a few moments to check out Samplitude because you may just love the workflow and want to make a switch.  (Or at least add another option to your recording process.)

Monday, November 26, 2012

EastWest 50% off sale - until the end of the year

Most of EastWest's popular virtual instruments are on sale until the end of the year for 50% off.  This is an excellent opportunity to add some of their great sounding libraries to your collection.

Although EastWest has "Buy 1, Get 1 Free" offers a few times a year that involve a mail in rebate, it isn't very often we see a straight up "50% off" sale.  Since you don't have to pay full price and then pay shipping on the free one, this 50% off sale is a better deal.

The sale includes their massive "Goliath" which is a great general sound bank with over 180 instruments that you can use on its own or with most other programs that can use VST/AU instruments such as Finale or Sibelius.

The sale also includes the newly released and very popular Hollywood Strings and Hollywood Brass.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Addictive Keys Studio Collection

Addictive Keys is a powerful music production and songwriting software setting a new standard for virtual keyboard instruments with its unique sound creation ability, smart workflow, fast loading times and high quality producer presets.

Addictive Keys is a powerful tool for musicians, producers and songwriters, setting a new standard for virtual keyboard instruments.

With its unique sound creation ability, smart workflow and fast loading times, Addictive Keys is suitable for any production style or music genre. Mix and match different microphone perspectives, add professional effects and advanced envelopes to create truly unique sounds. Two years in the making, Addictive Keys is the ultimate blend of engineering, innovative design and creative expression. The stand alone version is perfect for spontaneous jamming and live performances and the plug-in version support all major DAW hosts.

Addictive Keys brings a new level of creativity by offering an ever-growing collection of instruments packaged in an intuitive and easy to use interface. ExploreMaps offer production presets sorted by instrument and style, the preview function makes it easy to find the right sound for a production - or the inspiration to write a new song! The combination of great sound quality, fast workflow and reliable performance makes Addictive Keys the perfect music companion – at home, in the studio and on the road.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

VT-12 Vocal Pocket Coach

From music school to home, from recording studio to backstage dressing room, the pocket-sized VT-12 is your ultimate traveling vocal coach. With a variety of built-in exercises and warm-ups for improving your vocal skills, the VT-12 provides real-time analysis of your pitch while you sing so you can visualize your progress. The illuminated pitch meter displays your pitch, and can even detect two singers simultaneously for two-part harmony training in equal temperament and just intonation. The VT-12 also has onboard vocal guides and backing tracks based on the bundled book from Berklee Press (the publishing division of Berklee College of Music), plus 50 etudes from the world-standard Concone classical vocal lessons.

As you sing, the VT-12 tracks your pitch and displays it in real time in half-step increments with an easy-to-see illuminated pitch meter that responds quickly and accurately. The meter brightens as you approach the correct pitch and darkens as you move further away. If the guide tone is being played, the note name of the guide tone is displayed. You can play the guide tone (over a range of 24 semitones) with a button to listen to the correct pitch. In addition to personal practice, this is also a great tool for vocal teachers to show their students when they’re singing the correct pitch.

You don’t have to use the VT-12 alone! You can practice with a teacher or a fellow singer, and the VT-12 will detect the two voices simultaneously and display the note names. There are three pitch-detection modes onboard: MONO EQUAL (one voice detected using equal temperament); CHORD EQUAL (two voices detected using equal temperament); and CHORD JUST (two voices detected using just intonation/major). Choir members or a cappella groups can use the VT-12 to visually check if their harmonies are correct.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Buy Sibelius 7, get an mBox Mini Free!

While supplies last, when you buy Sibelius 7, you will receive a free mBox Mini!

The mBox Mini normally sells for around $299 and includes Pro Tools Express, so this is a really good deal, especially if you don't qualify for the academic price on Sibelius.  Even if you do quality for Sibelius 7 Academic, you might want to purchase this bundle as it still is a better deal than purchasing the items separately.

This special offer only applies to the regular version of Sibelius 7, and does not apply to Sibelius Upgrades or Sibelius Academic.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

iRig Keys

iRig KEYS is the first ultra-slim and highly portable universal MIDI controller keyboard for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac/PC. iRig KEYS connects directly to the iOS device 30 pin dock connector or the USB port on your Mac/PC. It features 37 velocity-sensitive mini-keys — 3 full octave range plus one note, taking a minimal space on your desktop and can easily fit in a backpack or a carry-on bag.

iRig KEYS is Core MIDI and USB class compliant for a true plug-and-play experience both with iOS devices or Mac/PC, with no additional app, software or drivers to be installed to have it up and running. For total mobility, iRig KEYS is also an ultra-low power consumption unit.

When hooked up to an iPhone/iPod touch/iPad, it can be powered by the device, and for longer playing sessions it can be powered by the available USB port. When connected to a Mac/PC, the USB port powers it.

iRig KEYS is the ultimate portable keyboard players and producers companion. Use it any time and anywhere inspiration strikes you... simply hook it up to your device or computer and start playing. You can use iRig KEYS for live performance or for songwriting and composition with the included app and software or with a multitude of other MIDI compatible instruments and recorders on any iOS, MacOS or Windows system.

Just need a keyboard that will work with your iPad and not your iPhone? You can save a lot of money by getting the GarageKey Mini 37 instead!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Real Guitar 3

If you are serious about creating truly realistic sounding solo and accompaniment guitar sounds for your songs, the RealGuitar is just what you need. RealGuitar is a sample-based virtual instrument with an innovative approach to guitar sound modeling and guitar part performing on keyboard.

The true power of RealGuitar lies in 3 technologies incorporated in this innovative guitar performance tool:

- Multi-channel layering technology, incorporating a custom library of specially recorded samples taken from every fret of all 6 strings of a real guitar.
- The unique Floating Fret Position technology, which imitates change of fret position of a guitarist's hand on the neck. This gives you the possibility of playing on up to 104 guitar frets using just 43 keys of a standard keyboard!
- Musiclab's original Guitar Touch technology lets you easily imitate basic guitar techniques (strumming, plucking, sliding, bending, muting, etc..), using standard MIDI keyboard and MIDI controllers, such as Pitch Bender, Modulation Wheel, Sustain Pedal, Aftertouch.

RealGuitar allows you to use rhythm patterns from MIDI Pattern Library for easily creating guitar accompaniment tracks. All you have to do is to copy the rhythm pattern to the needed number of measures, start your sequencer and use MIDI keyboard to play chord changes, or alternatively add chords to a MIDI track via sequencer's editor.

Version 3 offers a new "joystick mode" which includes Smart Strum, Smart Strings, and Color Tab modes so you can create guitar accompaniment parts with unbelievable realism and expression using an alternative MIDI controller (standard Guitar Hero game controller by Activision Inc.)

In addition to the update to Real Guitar 3, Real Strat and Real LPC have also been updated with all of the new features.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Lounge Lizard EP-3 on sale - plus, get EP-4 free!

Buy Lounge Lizard EP-3 now at $139 and get Lounge Lizard EP-4 free of charge once it's released (by the end of the year) from AAS!

Lounge Lizard is a software recreation of the classic Rhodes™ and Wurlitzer™ electric pianos. Not only does Lounge Lizard EP-3 come even closer in terms of authenticity but it also preserves the action and feel of the originals. Once you get your hands on Lounge Lizard, that elusive electric piano sound becomes a reality—you'll be propelled into inspirational space.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Sonar X2

Cakewalk has released Sonar X2 with loads of new features and workflow improvements. Not only does it introduce exciting new features, but much time and care went into refining almost every aspect of the program. Cakewalk suggests that with literally hundreds of enhancements and improvements, SONAR X2 delivers the best music production experience on the market today.

For example, with SONAR X2's integrated SoundCloud support, you can distribute your own music and notify your fanbase instantly. In addition, you can export MIDI to your favorite notation software using MusicXML, burn CDs and more.

Another cool feature, exclusively available in SONAR X2 Producer, is R-MIX SONAR. Now you can visualize your mix and use R-MIX SONAR to isolate different parts of your mix for the ultimate creativity. All powered by Roland's powerful V-Remastering technology.

If you already own Sonar, you can find all of the upgrades on our site, or contact us at 1-888-562-8822 or e-mail sales@kellysmusicandcomputers.com and let us know what version you currently own, and what you would like to upgrade to.

If you don't own Sonar, now is a great time to consider purchasing:

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Free iO Bag when you buy an Alesis iO Dock for your iPad!

Free iO Dock Bag! Purchase an iO Dock between October 1st and December 31st, 2012 and receive a free iODock Bag from Alesus via mail in rebate. See rebate form for details.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Customer Service - does anyone care? (We do!)

It seems like too much of my summer was spent investigating and implementing a new phone system for Kelly's Music. It was an interesting experience, as I realized that not every company values customer service like we do!

You see, a real person answers every phone call and every e-mail. I might be biased, since I answer a lot of the e-mail myself, but we believe that we carefully read every message and answer every question with a knowledgeable, accurate response that is easy to understand.

So you can imagine my surprise when I discovered that many businesses really don't want you to contact them and are more interested in selling you something than answering questions! For example, I e-mailed some questions to one company using their contact form. I never received a response to my questions, but they promptly added me to their marketing list. I received lots of e-mails, but no answers!

I contacted another company, explaining our needs, and although they responded right away, what they offered did not even come close to relating to what we actually needed. In fact, I'm not even sure there was a real person at the other end!

Sure, we offer great prices, but I think it is even more important that you are able to get the answers you need. Yes, our Knowledgebase is really useful and we have some helpful articles on our website, but we also are willing to answer your questions by e-mail or phone. So, if you've got questions about music & computers, we've got answers!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Buy Komplete Audio 6 and get Guitar Rig 5 Pro free from NI!

Purchase Komplete Audio 6 between November 1 - December 31 2012 and receive Guitar Rig Pro software free from Native Instruments! Upon registering KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 you will receive a download link and serial numbers for GUITAR RIG 5 PRO software.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

EZ Drummer, EZX & SDX on Sale!

Until the end of December, save big on ToonTrack's popular EZ Drummer software.  Already have EZ Drummer or Superior Drummer?  Get EZX or SDX expansion packs at amazing prices!