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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Media Composer 7 Interplay Edition Academic

Media Composer is the most widely used NLE for professional film and video editing. With Media Composer 7, you gain accelerated high-res-to-HD workflows, automated media management, and Interplay Sphere for Mac support, extending real-time production everywhere. Experience the fastest file-based media workflows, ACE-certified tools, and the most trusted media management in the industry.  If you are a student or teacher, you can purchase the academic version at a fraction of the regular price! 

For students and teachers, Media Composer 7 Academic is identical to Media Composer 7 Interplay Edition, but at special pricing for education. Jumpstart your editing career using the same tools the pros use, and get up to four years of complimentary upgrades, so you can stay up to date throughout your studies  (Teachers - please be sure to order the Faculty version, or contact us for more information.  The faculty version does not include free version upgrades.)  If you already own a previous version of Media Composer log into your Avid account to download upgrades.

- Acquire high-res media and deliver in HD, with full creative control of reframing, using new FrameFlex tools
- Perform real-time RAW and LogC to Rec. 709 color space conversions with 1D/3D LUTs and CDLs
- Automate media management tasks, such as transcoding, in the background with new Dynamic Media Folders
- Extend real-time production everywhere with support for Interplay, Interplay Sphere, and Interplay Central
- Insert RTAS plug-ins to tweak tones and optimize overall program loudness with the new Master Audio Fader
- Make audio adjustments to any clip directly in the timeline with new Clip Gain control
- Deliver finished sequences to a standardized AS-11 (AMWA) MXF OP1a file
- Get 9-way real-time multicam support for Long GOP (XDCAM) media
- Select multiple clips in the timeline without the filler
- View location sound metadata from Broadcast Wave files with support for iXML
- Work with Alpha channel media using the updated QuickTime AMA plug-in
- Edit easier with new AMA enhancements
- Work on Windows 8 laptops and computers
- Add advanced color, effects, and mastering tools with the Symphony option

Friday, August 23, 2013

Play 4 Now Available!

PLAY 4 is now available for FREE DOWNLOAD from the EastWest Support page.     

This release brings PLAY 4 to ALL EastWest collections! This is exciting news for every single EastWest user as all EastWest collections inherit PLAY 4 with new features including a new mixer window, a new true stereo reverb, the option to use the new Channel FX from SSL and more. 

The PLAY 4 installer is a FULL INSTALLER and is NOT an update. You need not have PLAY 3 installed to install PLAY 4. 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

DP-006 PocketStudio

Looking for a portable recording studio with built in mics for "anytime, anywhere" recording?  Check out Tascam's DP-006 PocketStudio.  Need more than just 6 channels?  

A Necessity for All Song Writers, The DP-006 POCKETSTUDIO is the perfect "Music Sketch Pad" with built-in microphones for multi-track recording anytime, anywhere!

Song ideas can happen anywhere and with the DP-006 you are ready. Jot down all of the key components to your songs using this professional sounding multi-track recorder. Be ready wherever creativity strikes. For elongated battery life this model can connect directly to TASCAM's external battery pack (BP-6AA) via USB.  

The DP-006 is built with two condenser microphones directly in the front of the unit. Record vocals or acoustic guitar anytime without the need for extra equipment or set-up time. TASCAM held many evaluation tests to secure the best sounding microphones and structures. Modeled after the top-selling DR series microphones, you can be assured you are receiving top-quality.  

It even includes a chromatic tuner and metronome!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Storm Drum 3

Stormdrum 3 is the first virtual instrument to include EastWest's new PLAY 4 software. In PLAY 4, EastWest replaced some third party components; added Avid's new AAX format that will allow Pro Tools 11 users to use EastWest's virtual instruments 64-bit, greatly improving performance; added new time-stretch software optimized for loops (with sync to sequencer); added a new mixer page (with sub-channels for mic positions), added background loading, and other new features.  


- Features the best instruments from the private collection of Mickey Hart.
- Features additional instruments from the Remo private collection, hand picked by Remo himself.
- Played by master percussionists Mickey Hart, Greg Ellis and Chalo Eduardo.
- Produced by Nick Phoenix, "Two Steps From Hell" composer and creator of Stormdrum 1 and 2, epic percussion collections.
- Includes tempo synced percussion performances directed and played by Mickey Hart, with Greg Ellis, Chalo Eduardo and Nick Phoenix
- Includes 5 user-controllable mic positions for each instrument.
- Recorded in the world famous EASTWEST Studio 1, the home of major Hollywood soundtracks and television themes.
- Includes new PLAY 4 64-bit/32-bit software on both MAC and PC, more user control and detail than any other collect

Friday, August 16, 2013

10% off PianoTeq, plus free add-on!

Buy PianoTeq Pro or PianoTeq Standard before August 31st and receive a free Add-On for free from Modartt ($59 value!)

Pianoteq 4 represents the future of virtual pianos, providing the best and latest technology available. The sound is reproduced through a physical model that simulates properties and behaviours of real acoustic pianos. This results in a remarkably playable, vivid and adaptable instrument. The size of Pianoteq is just 20 MB (MegaBytes) and installation is quick and easy. You can use Pianoteq on any modern laptop and connect it to your MIDI compatible piano keyboard.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

eMedia Singing Method

Whether you are new to singing, or already sing and want to learn how to sing better, eMedia Singing Method can help. Professional voice teacher, choral conductor, and soloist Ory Brown, M.M., has designed over 230 singing lessons to teach you how to sing and improve vocal technique 

These singing lessons start with basics such as proper posture, breathing, and how to sing in time and in tune. Further voice lessons cover how to enhance vocal tone, project your voice, increase your range, improve diction, and develop skills such as vocal agility, expression, ear-training, and sight-reading.

eMedia’s Interactive Feedback technology actually listens as you sing and shows you whether you are too high, too low, or right in tune! Over 80 great songs are included with recordings for all vocal ranges and include hits from Diana Ross and John Lennon. The singing lessons in this tutorial are an incredible value, as private voice lessons from an instructor of this quality would cost many times more than the cost of eMedia Singing Method.

Features include:
- Over 30 videos and animations teach you about your voice and proper technique, and show how sound is produced by your body.
- Over 230 interactive voice lessons teach you how to sing better by understanding breathing, resonance, how to form vowels and consonants, and much more.
- Interactive ear-training and sight-reading tutorials with quizzes on intervals, matching pitches, and other topics to develop your ear and help you learn how to read music notation.
- eMedia Interactive Feedback technology that displays the notes you are singing on screen in notation as the software listens to your singing via the computer microphone. You’ll see color coded notes that display when you are singing flat, sharp, or on pitch, and arrows to show whether you need to sing higher or lower.
- Performance Evaluation technology that will listen to you sing the whole song, give specific feedback on mistakes, and provide an overall score.
- Progress tracking with personalized reports on your voice lessons, including performance scores.
- Songs cover a wide range of styles including folk, pop, jazz, R&B, opera, classical, and showtunes.
- Hit songs such as “Imagine,” by John Lennon; “Dancing In the Street,” made famous by Martha and the Vandellas and David Bowie/Mick Jagger; “Stop! In the Name of Love,” made famous by Diana Ross and the Supremes.
- Singing lessons and songs with audio and variable-speed MIDI tracks where selections can be looped, slowed, or sped up.
- Professionally-arranged live piano accompaniments are included to help keep singing lessons fun and engaging.
- A digital metronome to help develop your sense of rhythm, and a recorder so you can hear yourself and track your progress as you learn more about how to sing.

Unleash your inner voice and let it soar! Learn how to sing today with eMedia Singing Method!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Dr. DAC Prime & Nano

Dr. DAC Prime & Nano
We've already featured two audio interfaces for recording and DJs, why would we add a third to the same newsletter?  The Dr. DAC Prime goes beyond the "normal" features in audio interface and gives you everything you need to listen to music with pristine audio quality for around $500.

Dr. DAC prime works with up to 24bit/192kHz and is not only equipped with both an optical (via the included miniplug-toslink adapter) and coaxial S/PDIF input but also with a full USB audio interface (up to 24bit/96kHz) for bit-perfect audio transfer. Optionally the incoming signal can be upsampled to 192kHz, using a TI SRC4382 high end sample rate converter.

The actual analog output signal is generated by a TI PCM1796 DAC with 123dB(a) dynamic range, featuring a full differential output with 3 LME49860NA opamps (8 pin) which are conveniently placed on sockets. Thebuilt-in headphone amplifier provides 1/8" and 1/4" connectors. The line output volume can be adjusted or fixed to send out the maximum dynamic range.  

But Dr. DAC prime is much more: it provides line inputs (AKM AK5386 ADC with 110dB) as well as optical and coaxial S/PDIF inputs, allowing you to record your own signals with excellent audio quality.  

So not only is the DR. DAC Prime a digital to analog converter (and analog to digital converter) it is also a USB audio interface and a headphone amplifier - all for around the price of any one of those devices!

Not sure it is worth around $500?  Check out the detailed specs on our website, and I'll think you will agree it is well worth the price for the highest quality audio.

Still don't want to spend that much?  No problem!  The Dr. DAC Nano is only $100 and still offers very high quality playback with 24 bit / 96 kHz precision.  It too is a headphone amp, audio interface and it also handles D/A conversion with very good quality hardware.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Rain Stratus Video Editing Workstation

Rain Stratus Video Editing Workstation
The Stratus is Rain's video editing workstation designed to work seamlessly with your audio, video and graphics editing software. Whether you're running Media Composer, Adobe Premier Pro or 3ds Max, Stratus brings incredible power and mission critical stability to every project. The result is a complete creative computing system engineered for the ultimate in performance without excess heat, noise or the bottlenecks that cause glitches and dropouts.

Unlimited creativity on a budget.  
Stratus is powerful but not expensive. An Intel "Sandy Bridge-E" Xeon processor pushes data through a chain of premium components at light speed. New high performance hard drives stream your media up to 6 gigabits per second and onto your external hard drives through USB 3.0 and eSATA 3.0. An amazing seven PCI and PCI Express 2.0 expansion slots give you the option to add additional graphics technology including HD capture cards that fit easily inside chassis.

Welcome to tech support for creative people.  In addition to the complimentary 1 year RainCare Technical Support and Warranty, your Rain also includes a free Rain Ensemble Plug & Play session. During your session you can ask for help with anything outside of the computer. Rain can install your gear, tune your system for the best performance or help with issues that fall into the "grey area" between your computer, software and hardware.  

Highlights  - Designed and tested for use with Adobe CS6, 3ds Max, Avid Media Composer and more.
- NVIDIA Quadro K2000 workstation-class graphics processor
- Powered by a 3.6GHz Intel "Sandy Bridge-E" Xeon quad-core processor.
- Room for up to 8 terabytes of high performance storage and 64GB of 1600MHz memory.
- One Free Rain Ensemble Plug & Play Session for help with all your gear.
- RainCare Technical Support & Warranty [1 Year]  

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

UDJ6 USB Audio Interface

UDJ6 USB Audio Interface
ESI's new UDJ6 is the perfect audio interface for DJs.  Small, light, and sturdy, the UDJ6 offers 6 independent output channels at 24 bit, 96 Khz.

Two stereo outputs (channels 3 to 6) are provided with RCA connectors on one side of the small and compact bus-powered interface, in its stylish aluminum case. The other side features a stereo headphone output for 1/4" stereo connection (providing channel 1 and 2 signals).

Of course, every output channel can be accessed totally independent from within any modern DJ application for Mac OS X or for Windows. This compatibility is provided by the included ASIO 2.0 drivers for Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 (32-bit and 64-bit) and the full CoreAudio support for Mac OS X.  

All this makes UDJ6 perfect for digital DJs on the road working with notebook computers. Simply use your favorite DJ software and mix your tracks the way you like it! Monitor and pre-listen to your signals via the built-in headphone output. UDJ6 of course also works on your desktop computer and is compatible with all important professional audio software applications as well.  

UDJ6 comes bundled with a license of Deckadance LE from Image Line Software, a powerful DJ software that was written by DJs for DJs - simply start DJing with the separate output channels of UDJ6!  

Friday, August 2, 2013

EZ Drummer and EZX Expansions on Sale

EZ Drummer is on sale until the end of the month $79.99 and the EZX Expansions are only $39.99 each.

EZdrummer® is a multi-microphone drum sampler designed for musicians and producers in need of a compact, affordable, easy to handle plug-in without compromising sound quality or control. The visualized drums in the interface combine auditioning of sounds and drumkit construction. The extensive drag and drop MIDI library (featuring 8000+ MIDI files) enables users to create a great drum track in just a few clicks. For more advanced handling, users can control microphone bleeding and levels between drums using the internal mixer.  

Thursday, August 1, 2013

U24 XL USB Audio Interface

U24 XL USB Audio Interface
U24 XL
Looking for a high quality, but affordable, two channel audio interface?  The new U24 XL from ESI might be the answer!

U24 XL is not only stylish, it can go with you anywhere!  It features 24-bit support on the 2 analog input and 2 analog output channels via TRS connectors.

If you're looking for a really powerful USB audio device that is small and that gives you maximum performance under Mac OS X as well as under any current Windows environment including Windows Vista, 7 & 8, then U24 XL is for you.

- 2 x analog input and 2 analog output channels (1/4" TRS connectors)
- one output connector usable as headphone output
- S/PDIF digital in and out available via optical (Toslink) and coaxial (RCA) connectors
- 24 Bit AD/DA converter
- realtime input monitoring for incoming signals
- drivers for Windows 8/7/Vista/XP with ASIO 2.0 support with low latency
- Core Audio support under Mac OS X 10.4 and higher