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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

DJ 2 Go and DJIO2

DJ 2 Go
DJ 2 GoThe DJ 2 Go is the most portable DJ controller in the world, the easiest way to set up and DJ with your laptop computer and DJ software. All the controls you need are onboard, including a crossfader, jog wheels for each deck, pitch faders, music library navigation controls, and more!

Be prepared to perform at a moment’s notice! DJ 2 Go is an essential tool for every DJ’s arsenal, perfect for minimalist setups and small gigs. And there’s nothing worse than not having a backup plan for when your main system fails. DJ 2 Go is the perfect backup. It slips easily into a laptop bag or backpack and includes everything you need to mix your music and DJ like a pro.
Connect to your computer in seconds using the included USB cable. That’s it. DJ 2 Go receives its power and controls your DJ software with one simple cable. Everything you need to mix is right in front of you. Just load your tracks to either Deck A or Deck B using a compatible DJ app, and then start mixing and performing amazing transitions that keep the music moving all night long.

Virtual DJ LE Lite Software Included
Start mixing right away with the included Virtual DJ Le Lite software. With DJ 2 Go’s controls, you'll rarely need to touch your computer’s mouse or track pad. You can easily select and load tracks from your music library using the navigation controls. Plus, DJ 2 Go also works with virtually any DJ software, including Virtual DJ Pro, Traktor, djay, and PCDJ.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

V-Series Keyboards

V-Series Keyboards 

Alesis V-SeriesThe new V-Series and V-Advanced Series keyboards from Alesis are affordable, but powerful keyboards that lets you take command of your music software.

The V-Series features velocity-sensitive backlit pads for beat production and clip launching, 4 assignable knobs and 4 assignable buttons interface with your music software and they even have a visual feedback system with illuminated buttons and knobs.   To make them an even better value, Alesis has included access to Ableton Live Lite and Xpand!2 for free.
The V-Series includes:
The V-Advanced series adds semi-weighted keys with aftertouch, more trigger pads (with illuminted RGB feedback), and more buttons.  The series includes:

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

You Rock Guitar Bundle

You Rock Guitar Bundle

You Rock Guitar BundleThe You Rock Guitar Gen 2 is an exceptional versatile guitar!  You can use it as a stand alone electric guitar, or with your computer for composing, creating TABs and more!  This bundle includes the new Radius Neck and a Gig Bag.

The YRG’s patented fingerboard technology and electronics have revolutionized the way a guitar player, other aspiring musician or DJ can create, record and play music. The YRG connects to a host of mobile devices including the popular iPad to use with GarageBand. It also connects via USB to the MAC and PC. The YRG can be used with most recording and tablature software such as Logic, Reason and Ableton to name a few. Also compatible with Legacy MIDI synthesizer devices via its 5-pin MIDI connector
Bundle includes:

Thursday, September 18, 2014

iRig Voice

iRig Voice
iRig VoiceGot a passion for singing? Got an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Android device? Now with iRig Voice you can turn your smartphone or tablet into the ultimate portable vocal studio and monster karaoke rig!   

iRig Voice is a fun and colorful handheld vocal microphone that's optimized to deliver stunning audio quality. It's the perfect companion for all your favorite karaoke and music creation apps, simply plug it in to your device and start singing.

iRig Voice features an ergonomic design for hours of comfortable handheld performance, and its shape fits easily into most standard microphone stand clips for stage use. iRig Voice is optimized for vocal frequency range reproduction, it utilizes a compact cardioid pattern for close voice pickup which minimizes feedback when used with speaker systems. It has an on/off slide switch for quick muting of unwanted sound and an oversized strain relief cable end for durable, consistent performance even during high-energy performances.

iRig Voice comes in 5 stylish colors: Green, Blue, Yellow, Pink and White adding a bright new level of style to any performance. The casing is formed from a strong and durable, yet lightweight, pigmented thermoplastic that won't fade over time. A lightweight durable aluminum mesh cage completely encloses the mic capsule for protection from drops, and a breathable moisture barrier keeps vapor out of the capsule for flawless performance every time.


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

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

M-Track Eight

M-Track Eight

M-Track Eight
Add a professional edge to your studio with the M-Track Eight from M-Audio. This eight- input USB audio interface enables you to track large music ensembles, record the band, or mic an entire drum set with pro-grade audio components and a myriad of connections.


Eight combo XLR+1/4" inputs accommodate nearly any source, from phantom-powered microphones to your favorite guitar, and eight dedicated outputs offer versatile playback options. The XLR inputs are designed to work with microphones and other Lo-Z sources, and the phantom power switch enables you to use condenser microphones by delivering 48v phantom power to the XLR inputs (Channels 1-4; 5-8). M-Track Eight also has two conveniently located inputs on the front panel that can be switched to allow instrument- level signals, so you can plug your electric guitar or bass directly into M-Track Eight and start recording. Individual gain knobs with meters help ensure the proper input level by providing real-time visual feedback.

Pro-Grade Audio
M-Track Eight features pristine and precise audio recording with up to 24-bit/96 kHz resolution. Each input channel is equipped with a high-headroom input that features M- Audio's sought-after Octane Preamp Technology. The result is a robust signal path for clean, professional sound. In addition, each input comes with dedicated line-input circuitry so you can record and track with your favorite external preamps.

Improved Monitoring for Better Recording Sessions
M-Track Eight offers ultra-low latency monitoring of the input signal through the speakers or via headphones. The USB/Analog Direct Balance knob adjusts the balance between the direct inputs and the playback from your computer software for accurate monitoring during tracking and recording sessions. Flexible output routing lets you send signals to outboard gear or analog mixers for summing or processing. Additionally, two headphone outputs, located on the front panel, have their own level and selectable-source controls for creating custom headphone mixes

Thursday, September 11, 2014

eMedia Back to School Sale

eMedia Back to School Sale

eMedia Guitar Method Deluxe
Almost all of eMedia's piano and guitar software is on sale until the end of the month.  If you've been planning on learning piano, guitar or bass, now is a great time to start! 


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

iZotope Stutter Edit - only $99 this month!

iZotope Stutter Edit - only $99 this month!

iZotope's Stutter Edit is on sale for 50% off the regular price until the end of the month.  Use Stutter Edit to reinvent your performances with a musically intuitive tool that works with you to produce studio-quality flourishes on the fly. Effects that once took hours of complex editing are readily available at your creative command, freeing you to focus on the fun.

Friday, September 5, 2014

East West's Summer Sale Extended!

East West's huge sale on their popular virtual instruments has been extended until the end of summer - officially September 22nd.

In addition to the savings on most of their instruments, you can also get StormDrum 3 free when you buy the new Ghostwriter!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

iRig Keys with Lightning

iRig Keys with Lightning 

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


iRig KEYS with Lightning is MIDI and USB class compliant for a true plug-and-play experience both with iOS devices or Mac/PC. No additional apps, software or drivers are necessary to get it up and running. For total mobility, iRig KEYS with Lightning 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 with Lightning is the ultimate portable companion for keyboard players and producers. 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 with Lightning for live performance, for songwriting and composition with the included apps and software, or with a multitude of other MIDI-compatible instruments and recorders on any iOS, MacOS or Windows system.

iRig KEYS with Lightning includes Lightning, 30-pin, and USB cables, allowing you to start playing right out of the box, on any iOS device, including the latest Lightning-equipped models, as well as legacy models that use the 30-pin format. The USB cable lets you connect to any Mac or PC.  

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

AudioBox Music Creation Suite

AudioBox Music Creation Suite

AudioBox Music Creation SuiteThe PreSonus Music Creation Suite recording kit is a complete solution for classrooms, school labs, churches, and home studios! This special all-PreSonus system combines an AudioBox USB interface with Studio One Artist music-production software, Notion music-notation and composition software, the PS49 USB MIDI keyboard, HD3 monitoring headphones, an M7 large-diaphragm condenser microphone, a free Nimbit account, a powered USB hub, and all necessary cables and mounts.

Includes:

  • AudioBox USB: simple, reliable, portable. Get pro quality in a compact, bus-powered interface.  
  • Studio One Artist 2: makes recording easy
  • Notion: Score big-time with Notion music-notation and composition software
  • PS49: Playing parts is a snap with the PS49 USB MIDI keyboard.
  • M7 Mic: Capture the subtle nuances with an M7 microphone and the included desktop mic stand and cables.
  • H33 Headphones: Hear every detail with HD3 studio monitoring headphones.