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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Free Melodyne Tutorial Video with Sonar X3 Studio or Producer

Free Melodyne Tutorial Video!  Purchase Sonar X3 Studio or Producer before August 30 and receive a free Melodyne tutorial video from Cakewalk when you register.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

P3 Controller & Samplitude Pro X Bundle

P3 Controller & Samplitude Pro X Bundle
P3
Magix and Icon have teamed up to give you seamless integration for controlling Samplitude Pro X. The P3, is a Professional Production Package that gives you the ability to record, mix, and master all in one place!


P3 includes the Qcon Pro controller and Samplitude Pro X.

Qcon Pro Controller Features:
- 100% sound neutral hybrid audio engine
- Spectral editing on track level
- 5.1 Surround Mixing
- Advanced object editing
- EssentialFX Suite, VariVerb Pro & Vintage Effects Suite
- Virtual instruments
- High-End Mastering Plug-ins
- Independence Sampler Workstation
- AAF/OMF support
- 64-Bit support
- USB MIDI Controller
- 9 touch sensitive 100mm motorized faders
- 8 encoder knobs w/ push reset
- Backlit multifunction LCD display
- Programmable DAW function buttons
- Mackie Control and HUI protocols supported
- User mappable preset for custom control
- Selectable mode jog & scrub wheel
- Front panel overlays for popular DAWs

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

TH-2000 Headphones

TH-2000 Headphones
TH-2000 HeadphonesTASCAM has been supplying and revolutionizing the market with professional grade products for decades. The TH-2000 Headphones are top of the line and provide a value that only TASCAM is able to reach.

No matter what genre you prefer or what application you use them in, you’ll find in the TH-2000 Headphones:

- Powerful Bass response that adds energy to your audio
- Brilliant Mids that round out the mix
- Crystaline Highs for a strong presence & clarity - Comfort for hours of listening & use
- Durability for security & longevity
- TASCAM Quality, Innovation & Versatility

Main Features:
- Foldable Design for Easy Compact Transport
- Circumaural Ear Cuffs with Industrial Strength Flexible Headband
- Closed-Back Isolating Design with Clean Sound - Rich Bass Response & Crisp Highs
- Black Leatherette Bag for Added Protection & Transport When Not In Use
- Screw-On 1/8” (3.5mm) to 1/4” (6.3mm) Adapter

Thursday, July 17, 2014

MPK Performance Keyboard Controllers

MPK Performance Keyboard Controllers 

GarritanEngineered to be an all-in-one controller solution, the Akai Professional MPK249 and MPK261 are  performance pad and keyboard controllers that combine deep software integration, enhanced workflow, and core technologies from the iconic line of MPC workstations. Each member of Akai Pro's MPK series comes fully loaded with a comprehensive interface for manipulating virtual instruments, effect plugins, DAWs, and more.

The MPK261 comes equipped with 61 semi-weighted, full-size keys and a premium piano-style keybed for unprecedented response and natural feel while the MPK249 includes 49 keys.

Classic MPC Swing, MPC Note Repeat, MPC Full Level, and 16 Levels are all onboard for further inspiration. Musicians and composers can incorporate genuine MPC workflow into their productions and create with the tools that producers have relied on for years: MPC Swing lets MPK261 users obtain that tight, organic groove that made Akai Pro’s groundbreaking MPC music-making machines so legendary. MPC Note Repeat and 16 Levels make it easy to build beats and construct short melodic sequences using the MPC-style pads. In addition, an arpeggiator, with adjustable resolution, range, and patterns, enables users to explore complex melodic ideas, effortlessly.


Two high-definition virtual synthesizers bring the best of synthesis technology to MPK users. Hybrid 3, by AIR Music Tech, is a versatile virtual synthesizer that combines the warmth of legendary analog synths with a full range of futuristic, digital manipulation capabilities. SONiVOX Twist, a spectral morphing synthesis virtual instrument, makes it easy to create serious sounds using simple controls. Together, these powerful instruments give MPK249 users professional music-creation tools that can jumpstart any project.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Finale PrintMusic 2014

Finale PrintMusic 2014
Finale Print Music 2014MakeMusic's popular PrintMusic entry level notation software has been updated to include many of the features found in Finale 2014 and is now available for electronic delivery!

Finale PrintMusic is music notation software designed for educators, worship directors, performing musicians, composers and arrangers who don’t require the most advanced features in Finale.

PrintMusic is easy to use and fun to learn. Quickly create orchestrations of up to 24 staves, extract parts, hear your music play back, and print beautiful sheet music.


PrintMusic 2014 includes a new, modern look, the ability to hide or show empty staves, and even an automatic range check to let you know if what you are writing would be difficult to play!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Media Composer 8

Media Composer 8

StudioConnectAlong with a slew of new features in their popular video editing software, Avid has added a number of different licensing options including a perpetual license, a subscription model and floating licenses for schools.  Media Composer 8 now includes a free year of support and upgrades!

The Perpetual License for students, teachers or schools allows you to buy Media Composer 8 for a one time price of around $300.  You receive a full year of free upgrades and support from Avid, and as long as you buy an annual support contract from us before your 12 months of free support expires, you will continue to receive free upgrades and support.  If you don't purchase the support contract you can still use the software, but you won't receive any future upgrades or support.

The Subscription license gives you Media Composer 8 along with free support and updates for an entire year.  It includes some additional software not included in the Perpetual License, including the Symphony Option, NewBlue Titler Pro 2, Sorenson Squeeze Lite, and Boris Continuum Complete Lite.  Subscription licenses are available for both students and teachers and need to be renewed through us at the end of the year if you wish to continue using the software.

Floating Licenses give schools the ability to make Media Composer available on all computers on campus by allowing a specific number of licenses to be "signed out."

If you purchase the Perpetual License but still want to get access to NewBlue Titler Pro 2, Izotope Insight and Sorenson Squeeze, then you can purchase the Media Composer Production Pack Academic. Should you also want the Symphony Option you can order that at our greatly reduced student & teacher price!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Garritan Abbey Road Studios CFX Concert Grand

Garritan Abbey Road Studios CFX Concert Grand
Garritan
Garritan placed the awe-inspiring Yamaha CFX Concert Grand Piano in Abbey Road Studio One, where award-winning engineers used the world’s greatest microphones and equipment to create a stunning new virtual instrument library.

Every facet of this project reflects the perfection that only the most passionate can produce: the instrument, the room, the engineers, and the mics. Experience the passion reflected in every detail!

The Garritan Abbey Road Studios CFX Concert Grand places the user on the bench before the Yamaha CFX, an incredible concert grand piano characterized by a wide palette of tonal colors and the ability to create the most subtle, expressive nuances. This beautiful instrument is matched with the stunning acoustics of Abbey Road Studios’ legendary Studio One and the finest collection of microphones in the world.

All facets of this project, the instrument, the room, the mics, and the recording expertise work together to create the finest sampled piano ever captured.


Apart from using it as a virtual instrument for your own compositions or recording, the Abbey Road Studios CFX Concert Grand is also a great virtual instrument for pianists!  You can now experience the joy of playing a CFX in Abbey Road Studio One by choosing one of the "Player" perspectives.  These samples were created with a pair of mics placed closely and directly over the hammers along with samples created with the Neumann KU100 Dummy Head: The Binaural KU100 Dummy Head was placed directly behind the musicians head. This provides an intimacy to the instrument mixed with the unmistakable sense of playing the instrument in the acoustics of Studio One.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Addictive Drums 2

Addictive Drums 2

Addictive DrumsAddictive Drums 2 is now available, with more drums, a new sound engine, a new sound shaping kit and a new rhythm creation tool.
You can now choose from these value priced bundles to get started with Addictive Drums and start adding real drum tracks to your recordings.
  • Artist Bundle - includes any 2 ADpaks, 2 MIDIpaks, 2 Kitpiece Paks 
  • Production Bundle - pick any 3 ADpaks, 3 MIDIpaks, 3 Kitpiece Paks  
  • XXL Studio Bundle - pick any 6 ADpaks, any 6 MIDIpaks, and any 6 Kitpiece Paks so you're ready to tackle any musical challenge that comes your way. 
Since 2006, Addictive Drums has been one of the world’s best-loved and best-selling virtual instruments. Their advanced technologies and obsession with recording the world’s most interesting instruments has gotten them on to so many hit songs, games, and movies they've lost count. In fact, if you watch TV, play games, or listen to the radio, chances are good that you’ve already heard Addictive Drums.

Addictive Drums 2 has more world-class instruments, more amazing sound shaping features, more tools for rhythm creation and transformation, and total freedom to pick only the kits and add-ons that are right for you. All this while maintaining the fast, clean, musician-centric interface that made Addictive Drums successful in the first place.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Komplete 9 & Komplete 9 Ultimate On Sale until August 31st (or while supplies last)

Komplete 9

Native Instruments has dropped the price on their popular all-in-one bundle of Komplete 9 and Komplete 9 Ultimate.  These usually sell out before the sale ends, so if you are planning on taking advantage of this offer, you may want to do so soon.

New to Kelly's Music - Griffin

New to Kelly's Music - Griffin
StudioConnect
We've always been committed to helping you use technology for music by providing resources such as our Tablet & SmartPhone Buyer's Guide.  We've recently added even more options with the addition of the Griffin line of products to our website.
Popular products from Griffin include: