Welcome to Kelly's Music & Computers Blog

The latest news, rumours, tips and insights into music technology from Kelly's Music & Computers!

Join one of our monthly newsletters to find out about new products, updates, sales, special promotions and more!

You can also view blog entries prior to 2011.

We've answered over 30,000 questions about music & computers - why not ask us yours?

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Pro Tools 12 & Pro Tools Free

Avid announced Pro Tools 12 and Pro Tools First at NAMM last week.

The great news is anyone who purchases Pro Tools 11 will receive a free upgrade to 12!  In fact, not only will you receive a free upgrade to Pro Tools 12, but also one year of free support and free upgrades.  One the most exciting features in Pro Tools 12 is the new Cloud Collaboration tools.

Pro Tools First is a free version of Pro Tools to get you started and will be available in the coming weeks.  When compared to Pro Tools 12, Pro Tools First only allows the simultaneous recording of four tracks, and you can only use a maximum of 16 tracks at a time.  There is no support for video, which may not be a big deal, but you can also only work with three projects at once, which will be the biggest disadvantage with Pro Tools First compared to Pro Tools 12.

For a free product, Pro Tools First has a surprising amount of content, include Xpand!2 and 20 effects.  However, if you are a student or teacher, it may be worth paying the extra for the full Pro Tools 12 since you can get an awesome price on Pro Tools 12 academic.  If you are just getting started, Avid has a great way for you to try Pro Tools to see if it will meet your needs.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Novation Launch Control XL

Novation Launch Control XL

Launch Control XLLaunch Control XL is the ultimate controller for Ableton Live. It helps you focus more on your music and less on your laptop, by providing 16 buttons, 24 knobs and eight faders, all of which integrate seamlessly with Live to give you total hands-on control.    
When combined with Launchpad S’s intuitive 64-button grid, this provides extraordinary simultaneous control over Ableton Live’s session view, mixer, effects and instruments. Crafting the perfect mix has never been easier!     


Focus on Your Music Production
Spend less time peering at your screen by using hands-on controls that integrate seamlessly with Ableton Live. The 24 knobs are arranged in three rows, which align perfectly with Ableton Live’s mixer. They also have multicoloured LEDs that illuminate to distinguish between sends, EQs or any other device. Eight rugged 60mm faders offer high-precision control over your levels, while 16 multi-colour offer immediate track focus and mixer control.

Create Your Own Control Layouts
Assign your buttons, knobs and faders to any parameters within Ableton to make your own layouts. You can even customise knobs with your own colours, and effortlessly switch between your own mappings and Live's built-in functionality. Crafting the perfect mix has never been easier!

Love the Launch Control XL, but not the price?  Check out the Launch Control!  

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Samplitude Pro X 2

Samplitude Pro X 2
Samplitude Pro X2Samplitude Pro X2 is now available, with lots of exciting new features!  Samplitude Pro X2 provides experienced musicians, sound engineers and producers with a complete environment for creative audio production.   It combines professional tools with highly efficient work flows to achieve maximum quality in the areas of recording, arrangement band mixing, as well as post-production and mastering. Innovative algorithms coupled with high-quality effects plug-ins allow you to bring your ideas to life at the highest level and according to industry standards.    

Samplitude Pro X 2 is powerful, but still easy to use.  With their discounted academic pricing, and the big savings on the Samplitude Pro X 2 Crossgrade or Suite Crossgrade (which includes over 70 GB of sounds), now is a great time to switch to this popular music production package. 

If you already own Samplitude Pro X 2, please contact us for details on how to upgrade!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

iRig Pads

iRig Pads
iRig PadsThe iRig Pads is a full-featured ultra-portable 16-pad MIDI groove controller for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch as well as Mac and PC.  An extremely versatile system, it lets you make beats, launch loops, mix like a DJ and a whole lot more whether you’re on stage, in the studio or anywhere between.  It’s the ultimate travel companion for the mobile electronic music producer on the go.     

iRig Pads is so portable that you can take it with you anywhere. It’s smaller than an iPad and less than 1” thick (23mm). It features a slim, compact and lightweight design that can be slipped into any backpack or laptop bag and carried around with ease. And for even greater portability it’s been designed with ultra low-consumption, which means it’s fully functional as soon as you connect it into its host device. You don’t need a power adaptor. Just plug it in to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch via its included Lightning cable (30-pin connector sold separately) or your Mac or PC via its included USB cable and start groovin’.

Extreme versatility
You’ll enjoy incredible tactile control thanks to iRig Pads’ 4x4 grid of 16 velocity-sensitive, backlit multicolor rubber pads. Each pad lights up in multiple colors - red, green, orange and every shade in between depending on the velocity of your playing and the MIDI information sent by your chosen music app or software.

Better beats
iRig Pads’ familiar 16-pad layout makes it an ideal platform for creating beats while on the go. It comes with SampleTank free for iPhone/iPod touch and iPad, the portable version of IK’s powerful sound workstation.

Full of high quality sampled instruments, drums, loops and MIDI patterns; it puts a world of sound in your pocket. With iRig Pads you can control it to effortlessly make beats and grooves with its drum-machine-style “pads” interface.

Or, if you’re on a Mac or PC, you can take advantage of the included SampleTank 3 SE soon to be available as a download from the IK user area. It lets you get creative with a fully featured version of IK’s next generation sound and groove workstation with 6.5 GB of content, for over 400 instruments and 150 MIDI patterns. Combined with iRig Pads, it creates a complete music production workstation that gives you a full palette of sounds that will help you take your beats to the next level. A natural fit for iRig Pads, SampleTank lets you quickly and easily organize your sounds, patterns and loops over the pads. With them paired together you’ll have a powerful, customizable beat making powerhouse!


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

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Guitar Pro 6 XL Sale

Guitar Pro 6 XL Sale

Guitar Pro 6 XL is on sale until the end of month!  Guitar Pro 6 is a multitrack tablature editor for guitar, bass, banjo, ukulele and other instruments in your band. In addition to writing scores, Guitar Pro 6 is a complete tool for beginning and accomplished guitarists alike to improve their skills, compose or simply accompany themselves.         

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Acon Acoustica On Sale

Acon Acoustica On SaleAcon Acoustica 5
Acon's Acoustica is on sale until the end of the month and the Premium version is also on sale.

Acoustica is a comprehensive solution for professional audio recording, editing and mastering. The intuitive user interface was designed with speed, accuracy and ease-of-use in mind and gives access to a large set of powerful tools to make your recordings sound the best. The consistent workflow simplifies your production work all the way from recording, editing, batch processing, sound design and audio restoration to Red Book compatible CD burning.  

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Canadians - price increases coming soon!

Canadians - price increases coming soon!

The Canadian dollar has lost more than 10% against the US dollar since this time last year.  Up until now, most of our suppliers haven't adjust their prices.  In fact, products from Numark, Alesis, Akai, and M-Audio are 15-20% lower in Canada than the US based on current exchange rates!

However, most of our suppliers have indicated that prices will be going up later this week, and once we sell out of our stock on products at the lower price, we will be forced to raise our prices as well.  This means now is a good time to buy!  Of course, even after the increases, our Canadian customers will find that our overall price is still lower than purchasing in the US and paying the exchange rate, credit card currency exchange fees, shipping, brokerage charges and duty.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

i2 GarageKey 37

i2 GarageKey 37

GarageKey 37
The ideal keyboard for small spaces or taking places! The GarageKey 37 has 37 full size high quality keys with touch dynamic, and octave up and down buttons, You can easily connect this keyboard to your Mac or PC using the included USB cable and since it is USB powered, you don't need to worry about finding a free power plug for it!

This is a great little keyboard for Music Ace Deluxe, or any of our software designed to teach piano and keyboard skills.  It also works great with notation programs for composing and printing your own music.

Check out our video review here!  The i2 GarageKey 37 will work as a USB MIDI keyboard with the iPad using Apple's Camera Connection Kit, so you can use it to enter notes in GarageBand or any other program that accepts MIDI input on your iPad!  

More usable than a 25 note keyboard, but takes up less room than a 49 note keyboard, the space saving design of the I2 GarageKey 37 is perfect for desktop and portable use. The sleek and simple design makes the I2 GarageKey 37 easy to use and attractive. The included stands give you more desk space, by allowing you to move your computer keyboard under the GarageKey when not in use.

Looking for an even smaller solution?  Take a look at the GarageKey Mini instead!

Friday, January 2, 2015

YouRock Guitar with Radius Neck

YouRock Guitar with Radius Neck
This bundle includes the popular YRG-1000 MIDI guitar and the new Radius Neck.  The YRG-1000 MIDI guitar for recording, composing, and creating tablature via MIDI. It can also be used stand-alone with its internal sounds.  You Rock GuitarThe RADIUS neck has a redesigned fingerboard with a comfortable 13" radius. The contour has been slimmed down to a traditional 'C' style measuring 1-11/16" at the nut. The RADIUS neck has 22 frets and uses standard fret spacing. Inspired Instruments has enhanced the fingerboard playability by increasing the sensitivity and improving the shape of the strings and frets.

This YRG marks the next evolution of the ever popular YRG-1000 by Inspired Instruments Inc.  It is yet to be beat as the first fast tracking, no latency, affordable digital MIDI guitar on the market. Its price point is unheard of, its technology is unmatched.

The YRGs 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.

This versatile instrument never needs tuning and is backpack friendly. For beginners, or, if you enjoy games like Rocksmith and RockBand, the YRG is a perfect crossover instrument to real guitar playing. Pick yours up today!

Performance
New pickup system for improved reliability and consistency and firmware improvements to complement the new pickups.

Features
Firmware has been tweaked for a more musical experience. The new Layer and Zone structure allows two sets of sounds to be mapped on the fingerboard per user selection. Other new features: chorus effect, transposition, pan, zones can be stored per layer in the 99 presets.

Sounds
The onboard sounds are all new. Through You Rock's relationship with a professional sample house they have completely reworked the built-in sound library to enhance the stand-alone capability of the YRG.


Just getting started and don't want to invest in the bundle with the Radius Neck?  The standard You Rock Guitar with the regular neck is less expensive but has all of the same great features.