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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Izotope Iris

Unearth a world of sounds you've never heard before! iZotope Iris is a groundbreaking sample-based synthesizer that harnesses the power of both your eyes and your ears. Fuel your creativity with Iris's new spin on sound design: a "visual instrument" that's perfect for musical inspiration and sonic experimentation.
Lots of fun! Load audio into Iris and explore spectral details that a regular waveform locks away. Then highlight what intrigues you and extract and isolate the most interesting sonic components with a full suite of visual selection tools.

Combine the unthinkable by layering completely diverse sound sources into totally unique combinations... what do a tattoo needle and a swamp bird and a slot machine sound like together?

Fortunately, you can stay musical by relying on intelligent root note detection to help shape musical material from noise, ambient textures, soundscapes... even mistakes!

You can use Iris to get amazing sounds immediately. Just spark your imagination with over 500 patches by world-class sound designers, or design your own with Iris's 4 GB library of diverse sound samples.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

HOLLYWOOD ORCHESTRAL WOODWINDS GOLD & DIAMOND

From ACADEMY AWARD, C.A.S. (Cinema Audio Society), BAFTA, and EMMY award-winning sound engineer SHAWN MURPHY, who has recorded and mixed the scores for more than 300 feature films, Hollywood Orchestral Woodwinds is the third installment in the Hollywood series, and was designed to be the most detailed collection of orchestral woodwind instruments ever assembled.

Hollywood Orchestral Woodwinds gives you complete control over the players and includes: Alto Flute, Bass Clarinet, Bass Flute, Bassoon, Clarinet, Contra Bass Clarinet, Contra Bassoon, Eb Clarinet, English Horn, Flute, Flute 2, Oboe, Piccolo Flute.

On sale until the end of the month, Hollywood Woodwinds is available in two editions:
  • Gold is only 16 bit and includes one mic position
  • Diamond includes all mic positions and samples

Friday, August 24, 2012

Free Upgrade to Sonar X2!

Thinking about getting Sonar X1 but don't want to have to pay for a Sonar X2 upgrade later this year?

No worries!  Purchase Sonar X1 now and get a free upgrade to Sonar X2 from Cakewalk when it is released later this fall!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Vocal Express

Vocal Express is a bundle of five essential vocal processing plug-ins designed to make it incredibly easy to create polished, great-sounding vocal tracks.

Combining Auto-Tune pitch correction, stereo doubling, smart compression and limiting, analog tube modeling and extreme voice mangling, the Vocal Express plug-ins take advantage of Antares' ground-breaking Evo Voice Processing Technology to provide professional results with a minimum of hassle. Whether you're using GarageBand, Logic, Live, Cubase, Pro Tools, Sonar or other leading digital recording software, Vocal Express adds Antares' world-class vocal processing tools to your production workflow.

Vocal Express includes:
Auto-Tune EFX 2
Real-time Auto-Tune Vocal Effect and Pitch Correction
Correct pitch and create the iconic Auto-Tune Vocal Effect.

PUNCH Evo
Vocal Impact Enhancer
Make your vocal cut through the mix with power and clarity.

DUO Evo
Stereo Vocal Modeling Auto-Doubler
Create a rich vocal sound with automatic stereo doubling.

WARM Evo
Tube Saturation Generator
Give your vocal the warmth of a classic tube preamp.

MUTATOR Evo
Extreme Vocal Designer
Create a virtually unlimited variety of weird, monstrous or downright wacky voices.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Auto-Tune Live

Whether you're performing on stage or tracking vocals in the studio, Auto-Tune Live features genuine Antares Auto-Tune technology optimized for real-time pitch correction or creatively modifying the intonation of a performance. Like all members of the Auto-Tune family, Auto-Tune Live can correct the pitch of vocals and other solo instruments, in real time, without distortion or artifacts, while preserving all of the expressive nuance of the original performance, as well as create the iconic Auto-Tune Vocal Effect.

Thanks to its ultra-low latency, Auto-Tune Live allows virtually instant response in performance or when tracking in the studio. And with its MIDI control capabilities, you can control all of Auto-Tune Live's key performance parameters in MIDI Control real time, from any MIDI controller or pre-recorded MIDI track, for the ultimate in creative real-time pitch processing.

Sibelius 7 Upgrade On Sale!


If you still haven’t upgraded to Sibelius 7, now is the time to act!

You can take advantage of sale pricing on both the regular Sibelius 7 Upgrade and the site license upgrade!

Here are a few Sibelius purchasing tips that might be useful:

We also have some money saving Sibelius bundles to consider:

Thursday, August 16, 2012

GarageKey Groove

Looking for a portable controller keyboard that has drum pads, knobs and sliders but don't want to pay too much? Check out the new GarageKey Groove!

Available in mid-October, we are taking pre-orders as we expect it to be very popular, especially at the introductory price of $89! (You can order now and we don't charge your credit card until it ships.)

It is the ideal small control center for any music software, the Garagekey Groove includes a keyboard, faders, knobs and drum pads! Perfect for travel, the GarageKey Mini is compact and perfectly equipped for every requirement. An excellent value, the GarageKey Groove includes the following software: Finale Notepad, Imageline Poizone, Magix Samplitude Silver, Toontrack EZ Drummer Lite, and K Multimedia Amplitube CS.

With 25 velocity sensitive mini keys, the GarageKey Groove offers an easy way to record, play soft synths or trigger loops. The 8 velocity sensitive trigger pads makes it ideal for loops, DJ software, drum machines, and more! The 4 sliders and 4 knobs can easily be assigned to control any parameter in your software.

The GarageKey Groove will also work with your iPad when you power it through a USB powered hub, making it the perfect companion for music apps on your iPad.

Just connect the GarageKey Groove to your Mac, PC or iPad using the included USB cable and you can start using the keyboard right away - no drivers required!

Features:
- 25 velocity-sensitive mini-keyboard with 3 velocity curves
- 8 velocity-sensitive trigger pads
- 4 freely assignable knobs
- 4 freely assignable faders
- 4 banks of memory locations
- Editor software for Windows and Mac OSX
- Function buttons: octave + / -, transpose + / -, pitch + / -, modulation, program change

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Garritan Instant Orchestra

Garritan Instant Orchestra is about instantly producing orchestral music very quickly and easily. Garritan's goal is to provide an instantly playable orchestral library with many pre-packaged orchestral sounds.

This library was designed to be an effective shortcut to reach your musical goals. Consider it as a Swiss army knife for musicians - a clean, simple, multi-purpose orchestral tool that will allow you to do many things in an instant.

Instant Orchestra is for those who do not want to spend time building orchestrations with one instrument or section at a time. It provides pre- packaged groups of instruments, combined sections, orchestral effects, and mood-based presets. Instant Orchestra is designed for those who know little about orchestration or do not have the time to build them. The idea is to provide a large variety of lush, playable orchestrations with the least time and effort.

Garritan Personal Orchestra’s focus is on individual solo instruments and some sections of instruments in order to build orchestrations. Usually knowledge of orchestration is required.
Instant Orchestra can be a perfect complement to Garritan Personal Orchestra

Monday, August 13, 2012

AKAI products now available from Kelly's Music & Computers

Kelly's Music & Computers now carries Akai!  We are adding Akai to our website and are especially excited about having access to these product lines:
Don't see an AKAI product you are looking for? Michelle is hard at work getting them set up on our website, but in the meantime, just contact us and we can get the details for you!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Alesis Now Available from Kelly's Music & Computers

Alesis products are now available from Kelly's Music & Computers.  We are working on adding their entire catalogue of products to our website.  We started with some of their most popular products, but if you don't see what you are looking for on our website, please contact us and we can add it right away!

Here are a few examples of some of the products we are really excited about:
  • Vortex Keytar: who hasn't always wanted a keytar?  This one includes a free soft synth and is the first keytar to include a MIDI-assignable accelerometer!
  • JamDock iPod dock - a dock for musicians!
  • AmpDock iPad guitar amp - very cool...
  • IMULTIMIX 9R rack mount iPod mixer - a great way to add an iPod to your live sound set-up

Kitara - not a guitar

It's definitely not a guitar.  This is how Misa, the manufacturer, explains the reason they developed the Kitara:

A guitar string is "beautiful" - because the sound generated comes from the very vibration of the string, interfering with a magnetic flux and inducing an electric voltage, which is then amplified. Why would you want to emulate that? It is perfection. It is pure nature. It is in the analog domain. Misa did not intend the Misa digital guitar to replicate a traditional guitar.

Okay, so what is the point of the KitaraElectric guitars are great for electric music. Digital music is a different story.

Traditional guitars by their very nature have limitations in the context of digital music. To create sound you need to hit a string, so that the sound at its most intense point is always the beginning of the pluck. The left hand controls what notes to play, and the right hand controls when to play these notes and the intensity of the notes. Effects can be inserted into the signal chain, but they are usually foot pedals which makes the experience of controlling effects disjointed from what your hands are doing. Plus, you can only really control one pedal at a time. 

Electronic music cannot be played effectively with such constraints. In electronic music, the timbre (or colour) of the sound can be morphed in an infinite number of ways. For a guitar to accommodate this, the right hand needs more control than just plucking strings. You need to be able to control elements of the sound, such as sustain, pitch, filter or any other synthesizer parameter, in a way that has no physical constraints. 

The Misa digital guitar is an experimental new instrument, similar to an electric guitar in shape, but with an interface designed to easily and intuitively control digital audio.

The Kitara not only unites traditional guitar playing technique with digital sound, but allows digital guitarists to use playing techniques that are not possible or comfortable on a digital keyboard.

The Misa Kitara consists of three main components: a full fretboard, a multi-touch screen and an onboard polyphonic synthesizer with sounds and effects.

The Kitara’s neck has 24 frets, but instead of strings each fret contains buttons.

You play notes by touching on the screen. The position and movement of your touch determine how the sound is generated and processed.

You can apply a number of digital effects, including distortion, delay and modulation, and you can control these effects through the touch panel interface.

You can save sounds as presets, and you can swap preset files online.

You can assign one sound to all six strings, or assign different sounds to different strings. The kitara can control compatible MIDI devices too. Everything is configurable. It runs Linux and is open source.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Stutter Edit On Sale!

Until the end of August, get Izotope's Stutter Edit for only $149!

EZ Drummer, EZ Drummer Expansion (EZX) and Superior Drummer Expansions (SDX) on sale!

Toontrack's popular EZ Drummer is on sale again this month.  If you already have EZ Drummer or Superior Drummer, the EZX and SDX expansions are on sale as well.  It has been a while since we've seen an SDX sale, so take advantage of the great savings this month.

If you are interested in purchasing two or more SDX or EZX, contact us for special pricing!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Buy Komplete 8, get 3 titles free from NI

Purchase Komplete 8 between from August 1st to September 30th and automatically receive downloads of The Mouth, Razor, and Session Strings from NI. To redeem this offer, simply register Komplete 8 during the special.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

VRM-BOX - Virtual Reference Monitoring

We’ve all burned CDs of our mixes so that we can listen to our latest creation on as many different systems as we can: the living room HiFi, the television, our friends’ studio monitors and so on. Then the process of improving the mix based on what we’ve heard begins. We might burn another CD to check the updated mix on the same systems in the hope that it sounds better second time around. We may not realise it but we are now ‘reference mixing’. This is why most studios have multiple pairs of speakers; so the engineer can reference the mix on more than one monitor. For most of us this is tough, due to space or budget constraints. That is until now.

The Solution?
Introducing VRM Box. The high-quality USB headphone interface with a difference. VRM stands for Virtual Reference Monitoring. It gives you the option of listening to your mix on multiple sets of speakers, in different rooms, just using headphones. This helps to overcome the problems associated with creating a mix that translates well on many speakers. Burning CDs to listen to your mix in different environments will become a thing of the past.

Mix anywhere, any time
There’s no substitute for mixing on high-quality monitors in a well treated room, however sometimes this ideal scenario is not possible; we might be on a train, in a plane, in a hotel room, on the tour bus or simply at home late at night not wishing to disturb anyone. VRM allows you to make critical decisions on your mix, knowing for certain that it will translate well in many environments. 

Key Features
Three virtual rooms and 15 virtual speakers!
Monitor in a virtual professional studio, living room or bedroom. With 15 different speaker models, you get multiple perspectives on your mix. From the Genelec 1031A, to the KRK VXT8 and the BBC-designed LS3-5a, each of the speakers have been meticulously measured to bring their characteristics to your headphones. There’s even an LCD television to use for reference!