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Thursday, February 26, 2015
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.
Already have Pro Tools and want 12 as soon as it is available? If you don't qualify for a free upgrade, purchase the Annual Upgrade & Support contract, and not only will you get a free upgrade to Pro Tools 12, but you will also receive any other upgrades and free support for a year!
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, February 24, 2015
We are very excited that we now sell the Finale 2014 upgrades! With lots of exciting new features, we definitely recommend considering upgrading.
If you are still using a version of Finale prior to 2014, I definitely recommend upgrading, as there are lots of great new features compared to previous versions. (Contact us if you would like a list of all new features by year.)
If you are upgrading from 2014, here's what is new:
- Workflow improvements to help you complete more in less time, with more breathtaking Garritan® sounds, and notation enhancements designed to produce perfect results without editing.
- New music education worksheets and repertoire
- Scanning improvements.
- More Garritan sounds.
- Many "automatic" improvements to layout, based on your requests, that impact how your notation looks before you edit anything. Better automatic results mean you spend less time fine-tuning.
- Enhanced linked parts.
- Easy keyless scores.
- Better OSX support and a new audio engine.
- And more!
We know you will want to use your new version of Finale right away, so by default, we will send you the download details once we process your order. However, if you prefer to order the boxed version, just put a note in the comments of your order and we will contact you with the details.
Thursday, February 19, 2015
SONAR is more than just a digital audio workstation - it's the most advanced music production experience available today. In a surprise move, Sonar has dropped the "X4" designation and the new products are simply known as "Sonar Artist", "Sonar Professional" and "Sonar Platinum".
If you already own Sonar, we have a complete list of upgrades available along with pricing on our website. You can also contact us and let us know what current version of Sonar you have and we can help identify the upgrade you need.
One of the most exciting new features of Sonar is the new Sonar Membership program. If you buy the upgrade, you get 12 months free! This means you'll receive all the latest features as soon as they're ready. There's no more waiting a year or more for the next paid SONAR upgrade. Members are also entitled to free technical support. Best of all, after 12 months of SONAR membership you get to keep everything you've received - even if you choose not to renew.
Other exciting new features include:
- VocalSync to align and tighten multiple vocal takes
- Mix Recall to save and switch to various mix scenes
- REmatrix Solo - convolution reverb
- Addictive Drums 2 - in Professional and Platinum
- Pattern Tools - MIDI loops and patterns!
- and more!
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
That’s all you need to start making music, and then some!
Reason is the legendary music production software studio. Easy to get started with, yet as deep as you want it to be.
Buy Reason 8 now - get all of this for free:
- Propellerhead PX7 FM Synthesizer ($99) Bring the characteristic sound of FM synths to your Reason tracks. PX7 is a legendary 80s FM synth, now in the Reason Rack.
- Propellerhead Radical Keys ($99) Useful for all styles of music, Radical Keys is a collection of classic electric pianos in a greatsounding package.
- Propellerhead Synchronous ($49) Animate your pad, wobble your bass or glitch up your samples. Synchronous is a creative effects modulator that will bring any sound to life.
- Propellerhead Rotor ($49) Get the sound of a classic rotary speaker design from the 1940’s to the Reason rack with Rotor.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Sony's popular audio and video tools are also on sale this month! They are available for electronic delivery, so you can start using them as soon as we process your order:
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
What makes SampleTank 3 so powerful is its extraordinarily large sound library. SampleTank 3 now comes with over 33 gigabytes of professionally recorded instruments that’s over 4,000 instruments in 21 instrument categories far more than most other music workstations out-of-the-box. Plus, SampleTank 3 includes over 2,500 drum, percussion and full groove construction kit loops and over 2,000 MIDI patterns for its brand new MIDI player section.
These sounds are far from ordinary; SampleTank 3's library has been carefully assembled and recorded by IK's experienced recording engineers with high-quality instruments played by professional musicians in some of the world's finest studios. Each instrument has been chosen and recorded to produce the rich depth and vivid realism of live playing. With SampleTank 3, you'll swear a musician is in the room with you more importantly, though, is that SampleTank 3's powerful editing and effects features let you control every aspect of these sounds allowing for an unparalleled creative sonic experience.
Though SampleTank 3 features a massive quantity of quality content with a variety that far surpasses similar workstations its real forte is the quality of its sounds which accurately replicate all the qualities of your favorite instruments. Its pianos, drums, basses, guitars, synthesizers, brass, strings, vocals and other more exotic sounds shine brightly in any mix with little adjustment. And all this is available in an easy-to-use workstation that has a workflow that lets you get right into doing what you do best: making great sounding music.
That SampleTank 3 is "Made in Italy" ought to give you an idea of the dedicated craftsmanship and style at the heart of the program. It’s an extensive selection of samples that have been hand-crafted, one-by-one, after countless hours of passionate studio work by IK's master sound engineers it's more than just a collection of sounds, it's an all-in-one solution and toolbox that can satisfy the needs of even the most demanding of music producers.
It doesn't matter what style of music you're into: Jazz, Rock, Pop, Funk, EDM, Hip-Hop, Dubstep, House, SampleTank 3 can do it all.
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Hollywood Orchestral Percussion is the most detailed and comprehensive orchestral percussion collection available. It is an utterly unique orchestral percussion library that completes the Hollywood series, featuring one of America's very best orchestral percussionists and his inspiring arsenal of instruments. Orchestral percussion staples like timpani, snare drums, cymbals, bass drums, and metals are sampled with such astounding detail and variety that you will find exactly the right sound for EVERY piece of music.
Available in the "Gold" and "Diamond" editions, HOLLYWOOD ORCHESTRAL PERCUSSION perfects techniques pioneered in Stormdrum 3, using unique repetition sampling techniques and 8 way round robin, that deliver a virtual live performance.
HOLLYWOOD ORCHESTRAL PERCUSSION also focuses on the speed of a performance and has specific samples to handle extreme tempos. Timpani and cymbals truly come to life when sampled as part of a musical performance, and HOLLYWOOD ORCHESTRAL PERCUSSION has the most extensive and fluid timpani ever sampled. For the first time, an extensive array of epic anvils has been sampled. Truly the holy grail.
Orchestral chimes were sampled in a way that mimics the sound of real church bells, as the instrument was originally intended. HOLLYWOOD ORCHESTRAL PERCUSSION has an inspiring array of vintage field drums. Epic Bass Drum Ensemble and Mahler Hammer give this collection some serious punch. For the first time, the celeste has been captured in a multi mic position environment with extremely low noise.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
The EZKeys Vintage Upright sound library features a carefully sampled Östlind & Almquist piano, a classic Swedish brand dating back to the late 1800s and widely known for its quality, craftsmanship and heritage. This instrument was built in the 1930s and captures the essence of the timbre in a well-built upright piano. The frail, silvery treble, the bright, distinct mid range and the focused, round bass, all painstakingly captured in a world-class studio facility.
EZkeys includes a host of revolutionary and creative songwriting features, ensuring that YOU write the songs, not the program. Transpose full MIDI tracks on the fly, add playing styles from other MIDI or use the groundbreaking EZkeys Chord Wheel to customize chord voicing and harmonic color and much, much more.
EZkeys comes with an extensive MIDI library performed by a professional session pianist. Played with increasing complexity in full song sections and covering all major genres, this library is not only a creative boost, it’s an untapped source of inspiration for your yet unwritten songs. Drag, drop and lay down the foundation to a track in no time – right inside EZkeys.