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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Playtec PL2 Hardware Synth

Playtec PL2 Hardware Synth
Sibelius 7.5Software synths are great, but sometimes you want the joy that only a hardware synth can offer.  The PL2 is a fun and inexpensive synth!


The PL2 generates an enormous variety of sounds with the help of two square wave (pulse) oscillators which can be interconnected in variable and innovative ways - these are fun to experiment with. Not only the classic waveforms such as saw-, sine- or pulse-waves will be simulated, rather newly and interesting sounds - from warm to destructive - are also generated.

The PL2 receives its data always via MIDI channel 1 and all setting parameters can be edited by MIDI controller commandos.  Up to 32 of your own self-programmed sounds can be stored in the user memory area. In addition, further 32 factory sounds are located within a fixed memory area which provides ideal starting material to experiment with.

Generally the PL2 follows the principle of subtractive synthesis in which the waveform (generated by the oscillators) first runs through a wide range adjustable digital filter stage (low- high- and band-pass) to edit the frequency spectrum and/or amplify the resonance area if desired. After the digital filter an additional analog low-pass filter follows which particularly ensures the necessary warmth especially for destructive- and digital-like sounds.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

RPM800 Studio Monitor

RPM800 Studio Monitor
RPM800 Studio MonitorsEngineered for meticulous reproduction of even the most complex modern music, Akai Professional’s RPM800 studio monitors easily handle layer after layer of sound, providing critical detail and the tools needed to mix with confidence. The fast Kevlar cone provides lucid low-end agility, reproducing intricate bass patterns with ease. It’s authoritative sound for the craft of music production, only from Akai Professional.

Pure Bi-Amplified Power  
RPM800 offers pure and accurate frequency response from 38Hz to 30kHz. The 120-Watt distributed Class A/B provides the woofer and tweeter dedicated amplification 80 Watts to the woofer, 40 Watts to the tweeter meaning you get ultra-efficient power and minimal distortion. The flared rear-firing bass port delivers low-frequency depth and definition.

Meticulous Control  
Dedicated proximity and EQ-tailoring controls give you the ability to fine-tune the speaker in diverse mixing environments. RPM800 also features HF Trim, MF Boost, and LF Cut-off controls, which allow you to find the right balance in any environment. The included monitor isolation pad dramatically decreases structure-borne resonances, and the integrated radio frequency protection preserves signal purity. RPM800 includes XLR, balanced ¼-inch TRS, and RCA inputs.

Solid to the Core  
RPM800’s cabinet is painstakingly reinforced to minimize flex, combating unwanted coloration while blocking anomalies and sound artifacts from polluting your mix. The no-compromise build quality is reflected even in components you’ll never see such as the recess-mounted amp, on/off transient protection, and 14-gauge wiring to transducers. RPM800 also features a built-in output current limiter, over-temperature limiter, and subsonic filter a full array of top-notch components that make all the difference in the purity that you hear.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Musical iPad

Musical iPadThousands of music apps designed to assist you with every aspect of your life as a musician, hobbyist, student, or educator are available for the iPad. The Musical iPad book guides you step by step through the most popular and productive apps for the iPad 2, iPad (3rd or 4th generation), or iPad mini.   
This book provides guidance for using the best iPad music apps and demonstrates how to apply them in your musical life. The authors, experienced in the creation of music technology textbooks, training, and courses, maintain a companion website that includes useful video tutorials and updates. With Musical iPad: Performing, Creating, and Learning Music on Your iPad you'll learn how to:

- Use musicianship apps to help you stay in tune and keep your voice or instrument in shape
- Use cloud storage to share music and data files with other devices
- Turn the iPad into a tuner, metronome, and practice aid
- Emulate a host of acoustic and electronic instruments
- Use your iPad as a virtual sheet music resource for all your performance and practice needs
 - Learn to play an instrument with your iPad
 - Compose and share music on your iPad
 - And much, much more!

Check out our complete list of tools for making music on your iPad, Tablet or SmartPhone!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

SE X1R Ribbon Microphone

X1R Ribbon MicThe sE X1R ribbon microphone is a high performance passive ribbon from sE Electronics. The sE Electronics X1R is suited to a variety of recording applications including guitar cabs, overhead drums, brass, woodwind, strings, commercial broadcast and voice-over.  

This state of the art ribbon element enclosed by top grade Neodymium magnets boasts some of the latest ribbon microphone technologies from sE Electronics. sE Electronics has combined their traditional ribbon technology with some of the mechanical elements of their patented Voodoo microphone HF (High Frequency) extension technology to bring you a classic sounding ribbon mic with a gentle HF lift.

The sEX1R does not offer the full frequency response performance of the Voodoo VR1 / VR2 and the widely acclaimed sE Rupert Neve RNR1, but a hybrid of old and new ribbon technology which gives you all the natural beauty of the ribbon sound, but with more versatility and ease of use than the majority of ribbons on today's market.

The sE X1R also draws on the chassis and design elements of the hugely successful sE X1 Cardioid Condenser Microphone to bring you exceptional performance, and the hand-crafted capsule quality you expect from all sE mics, but at a fraction of the cost of other boutique brands.

The sE X1R really is the perfect ribbon mic for the first time project studio buyer, or a great addition of new character to your microphone collection.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Breaktweaker

Breaktweaker

BreaktweakerMake beats you've never heard before. Built on a futuristic MicroEdit Engine, BreakTweaker turns everything you know about rhythm on its head. 

Designed by BT and developed by iZotope, BreakTweaker is not just a drum machine: it's a drum sculpting and beat sequencing environment that blurs the line between rhythm and melody. Give your beats an ever-evolving depth that gets better the longer they play. Use rhythmic slicing to drive everything from pitched melodic lines to sweeping rhythmic overtures. Top it all off with the best drum sample library in existence, curated by BT, iZotope, and top producers today. Explore a new era of rhythmic possibilities with this forward-thinking and forward-sounding instrument.

KEY FEATURES
- Manipulate audio at a molecular level: Reinvent any beat by controlling pitch, rhythm, and texture at the finest resolution on the market.
- Free yourself from traditional drum grids: Create complex polyrhythmic beats with unique isorhythm and playback speed settings.
- Experiment with stunning content: Explore presets, drum samples, and wavetables designed by today's top musicians and DJs, including BT.
- Craft the perfect drum sound: Blend drum samples with robust synthesis features to generate compelling hybrid sounds.
- Take control of your beats: Easily trigger and sequence complex patterns and samples using any MIDI controller.



Need more sounds?  Check out Breaktweaker Expanded!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Samplitude Freebies!

SamplitudeSamplitude Freebies!
Buy the Samplitude Pro X Crossgrade and get the Analog Modeling Suite for free, or pick-up the Samplitude Pro X Suite Crossgrade and Magix will give you the Cleaning & Restoration Suite at no charge!

DM10 X Drum Kit

DM10 X Drum Kit
DM10 X Drum KitThe DM10 X Kit is a premium six-piece professional electronic drum set.


The DM10 X Kit is a premium six-piece professional electronic drum set with 10" and 12" drum pads, 12", 14", and 16" cymbals, the top-of-the-line DM10 module and the best-in-class chrome-plated XRack. With an advanced sequencer and more than 1,000 sounds featuring Dynamic Articulation multi-sample technology, the DM10 X Kit will bring you professional capability in a kit that sounds as good as it looks.

Designed with an emphasis on performance and adaptability, the DM10 X Kit’s all-new XRack is rugged, chrome-plated and features an ultra-solid four-post design. New Alesis quick-release clamps secure each pad in place and allow you to rearrange your setup in seconds without tools and without having to take the rack apart. A few turns of a T-bolt is all it takes to release a clamp and move a pad. The DM10 X Kit’s snare pad comes with a separate, fully adjustable snare stand that allows you to place the snare pad precisely where you want it.

The DM10 X Kit also features Alesis’ acoustic-feeling RealHead pads in 10 and 12-inch sizes. The dual-zone pads feature real mylar drumheads and real triple-flanged counterhoops for the feel you demand. The snare and tom pads are dual zone, enabling you to perform rimshots, rim clicks or assign other sounds such as cymbals, gongs and cowbells on the tom rims. You can use virtually any single or double kick pedal with the RealHead Kick Pad, or split the DM10's kick input with a Y-cable and connect an optional second kick pad for the pedal feel you prefer.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Free Refills with Reason!

Purchase Reason 7 between March 1 and June 30th and receive Reason Drum Kits and Reason Electric Bass Refills from Propellerheads at no charge when you register.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

SE5 Microphone

SE5 Microphone
SE5The sE5 sets the new standard for small diaphragm microphones at its price, and is perfect for studio and live use.    
The sE5 improves upon the high-quality performance of its predecessor - the popular sE4 - with a smooth, full-range frequency response and excellent transient handling. It is the perfect choice for recording drums, percussion, pianos and any stringed acoustic instrument. Finished in matte black, the sE5 features a cardioid polar pattern, 100Hz bass cut and -10/-20db pad switches. It also includes a custom shock mount so you’re ready to capture high quality recordings straight out of the box.

Cardioid Polar Pattern  
The sE5's cardioid polar pattern delivers a clean and smooth on-axis response, with off-axis rejection that's essential when recording the source instrument in-situ among unwanted noise sources such as other instruments or room ambience.

100Hz Bass Cut  
The sE5's 100Hz bass cut can be applied to decrease the level of proximity effect, which is typical behaviour in cardioid pattern microphones if placed very close to the sound source, or to isolate from low frequency rumble from other sources.

-10dB/-20dB Pad  
The two pad switches can be used if you're recording a very ‘hot’ or loud signal. For miking up loud sound sources such as drums or a guitar cabinet, the -10dB or -20dB settings will reduce the level output from the microphone to the connected microphone preamp, ensuring a high quality signal is delivered.

Matte Black Finish  
The matte black finish minimises the level of attention drawn to the microphone when used on stage or in the studio, allowing it to blend into the background.

Includes Custom sE5 Shock Mount  
Every sE5 includes a custom-designed shock mount in the box, which is essential in use to reduce the unwanted effects of vibration or knocks to the supporting microphone stand.

Need a pair?  Purchase the matched pair and not only do you save money, but you also get a stereo bar and a flight case!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Sibelius 7.5 Now Available

Sibelius 7.5
As further proof that Avid is committed to the continued development of their popular Sibelius notation program, Sibelius 7.5 is now available.

If you own Sibelius 7, you can upgrade from Sibelius 7 to Sibelius 7.5 here at a discount, and if you own any version of Sibelius prior to 7, you can buy the Sibelius 7.5 Legacy Upgrade (for Sibelius 1-6) from here.  If you are still using a version of Sibelius prior to 7, I definitely recommend upgrading, as there are lots of great new features compared to previous versions.

There are lots of exciting new features, such as:

  • Fully redesigned Espressivo 2.0 feature: Sibelius 7.5 gives you complete control over and customization of the rhythmic feel of any individual part to produce more expressive and realistic musical phrasings.
  • New Timeline window: get a quick view of the entire structure of your score—no matter how large or complex—enabling you to navigate to any part fast for editing or playback. Simply click on any bar, in the timecode ruler, or on any landmark—the important objects that make up your score, including rehearsal marks, repeat structures, comments, key signatures, tempo, and more—to jump immediately to that section.
  • All of the score sharing and social media features of Sibelius First are now included in Sibelius 7.5: share scores through email, upload and publish them as sheet music on ScoreExchange.com, and even share your composition as a video or audio file on YouTube, Facebook, and SoundCloud.
  • Export a video of your composition: Sibelius can export in a variety of resolutions in QuickTime format (.mov) on Mac or Windows Media Video (.wmv) on Windows, enabling others to see and hear your work without requiring Sibelius.
  • Full Scorch app integration: Export Sibelius scores directly to Avid Scorch on your iPad for fully interactive playback, practice, performance, and publishing. Sibelius automatically optimizes your score for iPad display, paying special consideration to page orientation, number of staves, margin sizes, and more.

Sibelius 7.5 Tips: 
  • Sibelius 7.5 does not include a printed manual, you can add one to your order here.
  • Sibelius 7.5 includes 90 days of free tech support. We recommend that you purchase an Annual Support Contract for $99 so that you can get the help you need from Avid after the initial 90 days.
  • Sibelius 7.5 requires a low latency ASIO or AU compatible audio interface (soundcard) for using the sound library. We recommend theAudioFace II USBAudioLink II USB or most any of the audio interfaces in our buyer’s guide. Contact us for more information.
  • A USB MIDI keyboard makes entering notes into Sibelius much faster. The i2 GarageKey 37 is an ideal USB MIDI keyboard – just plug it in, and it works. For more options, visit our keyboard buyer’s guide.

Get up to $50 back from Tascam!

Tascam is offering a mail in rebate of up to $50 on a variety of products until the end of April:

The $50 rebates are actually a really great deal as they represent a discount of almost 1/3 off the regular price!