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Thursday, January 28, 2016

PianoBox USB

PianoBox USB
PianoBox USB
Replacing the popular PianoBox II, and joining the PianoBox Mini by adding a USB port, the new PianoBox USB is the ideal solution to zero latency playback. 

Both the PianoBox Mini and PianoBox USB are general MIDI sound modules with 128 realistic sounding instruments, 9 drum sets and a sound effects set.  Both can eliminate latency often found when using MIDI in programs such as Finale or Sibelius, and both also allow you to add sounds to your MIDI keyboard that might not have any built in.

The PianoBox USB also includes 100 drum patterns and a DI for connecting your guitar to jam along with those patterns. 

The PianoBox Mini doesn't include the drum patterns, but does include a built in battery, and can even power your USB MIDI keyboard.  In fact, with the PianoBox Mini, you can connect any USB MIDI keyboard directly to the PianoBox Mini and use it for playback - no MIDI out required! 

If you've been looking for a way to play your USB MIDI keyboard without your computer, the PianoBox Mini is the solution!


If you only need a solution to latency, or want some drum patterns to practice with, the PianoBox USB is the way to go.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

CR-30 Mic

CR-30 Mic
CR-30 


The MXL CR-30 has a small profile body with a sleek black chrome finish. It features a 32mm large diaphragm capsule with a fixed cardioid pattern, and a low noise FET preamp with fully balanced transformerless output. In addition it has a 3 position pad (pre attenuation) switch with settings of 0dB, -10dB and -20dB. The CR30 delivers power and depth to vocals, as well as capturing the clarity and smoothness of instrumental performances. Wired with Mogami cable, the CR30's fidelity and versatility will ensure it is a favorite in your studio.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Mixcraft 7 - 20% Off

Mixcraft 7 and Mixcraft Pro Studio 7 are 20% off until January 29th.  Now is a great time to get this powerful, but easy to use (and affordable!) music production software.

CME XKey 37

CME XKey 37
CME XKey 37
The CME Xkey 37 has 37 full size keys. Shut your eyes and you’ll think you’re playing a regular piano!  Lightweight and tough, the Xkey is the perfect traveling companion.  Now, the new Xcable connector gives you access to MIDI OUT, sustain & expression pedal inputs with just one cable!

The main aluminium body is only 3.9mm high - that’s 36% less than the new iPad Air!  Despite the size, it is velocity sensitive: play loud with one hand, soft with the other. There’s 128 levels of sensitivity.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The McCarthy Music Illuminating Piano

The McCarthy Music Illuminating Piano
Illuminating Piano
The McCarthy Music hardware and software solution has been custom designed with the sole purpose of making you a better piano player. This is without a doubt the most efficient way to learn to play the piano.

The McCarthy Illuminating Piano is a 61-key midi controller, with each key capable of illuminating brilliantly and evenly in any possible color combination. Their custom built software allows you to connect your PC or iOS tablet directly to the piano, using either wireless Bluetooth technology or a standard USB cable.

Reading piano sheet music is hard!  Beginners spend the vast majority of their “practice” time just trying to read sheet music, and match the note on the page with the key on their keyboard. The fully illuminated keys eliminate that frustration.

You’ve got two hands, not one!  When lighting up the keys, each hand is separated into different colors, so that you always know which hand is supposed to be playing which notes.

Once you’ve become slightly more comfortable reading music, or even just playing a single small piece of music, use the Key Light Hints to facilitate your learning to read sheet music. This simple solution gives you a few seconds to try and find the right notes on your own, and if you don’t, the Illuminating Piano will help you along by lighting the correct notes.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Presonus Studio Monitors - R80, R65, E66 and E44

Presonus Studio Monitors - R80, R65, E66 and E44
R80
Presonus has a some exciting new studio monitors this month:

  • The R65 and R80 feature a custom 6.8-inch 2 Air Motion Transformer (AMT) tweeter that responds to the subtlest waveforms and the highest frequencies. This allows you to hear the “air” and the greater sense of space that is characteristic of audiophile recordings. The R series’ transparent and highly accurate sound makes them ideal for use in both commercial and home recording studios as well as broadcast and post-production environments.
  • The Eris E44 and E66 deliver an expanded and highly accurate frequency response and the widest stereo field available in their class. Their nested Midwoofer-Tweeter-Midwoofer (MTM, also known as "D'Appolito") configuration offers improved off-axis response and spatial resolution. The result is a more consistent listening experience, smoother frequency response, and an ultra-wide, detailed stereo soundstage.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

iRig Pro Duo

iRig Pro Duo
iRig Dual
iRig Pro DUO delivers true mobility in grand fashion. It packs a ton of useful recording features into an extremely compact enclosure that you can take with you anywhere.

First, it lets you go off the grid and record great audio anywhere thanks to its comprehensive powering options — for true mobility iRig Pro DUO can be powered with two AA batteries and does not draw any power from a connected iPhone or iPad. When using the included USB or Micro USB to OTG cable connected to a laptop or Android device, iRig Pro DUO can be powered by the attached device or onboard batteries. Back in the studio? iRig Pro DUO can be powered with an additional DC power supply for powering extended recording sessions.


Second, it has great sound and accepts every possible instrument and recording situation. iRig Pro DUO delivers high-quality 24-bit audio on the go or in the studio with plug-and-play simplicity. It features 2 channels with XLR/TRS combo audio jacks and phantom power that can accommodate everything from high-end condenser microphones to guitars, basses, keyboards and more. Its crystal-clear ultra-low noise high-headroom preamps ensure that you get professional grade sound everywhere you go.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Magiscore Maestro

Magiscore Maestro
MagicScore Maestro
MagicScore Maestro 8 is a fast way to compose music and create print-ready music notation. Enter musical notes quickly using optimized tools or by playing your USB-MIDI keyboard or controller. Easily edit your score with powerful music notation tools that let you place individual notes, brackets, bar lines, clefs, articulations, and other symbols precisely where you want them. Transpose entire scores or individual instrument parts with just a few clicks. Insert comments, links, and other elements throughout your score. MagicScore Maestro includes standard music notation symbols plus drum/percussion notation, guitar notation (tablature), and chord diagrams.


Listen to instrument parts and arrangements with MIDI instrument sounds to help you write for everything from solo piano to full orchestra. MagicScore Maestro comes with its own library of SF2 instruments, and you can also import thousands of additional sounds! Export your score as an MP3 or WAV file to share with others. Print engraver-quality music notation pages or output clean, easy-to-read images in popular graphic formats for publishing to the web or other applications. MagicScore Maestro is an incredible value in music notation software, giving you features found in notation software costing 3 to 4 times more!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Vocal Studio Pro II

Vocal Studio Pro II
Vocal Studio Pro II is the all-in-one solution for your computer-recording projects. Lay down vocals on your latest tune. Narrate your next podcast. Add a voice-over to your multimedia production. Vocal Studio Pro II does it all!

The unique combination of high-performance hardware and easy-to-use software makes it possible. Simply plug the microphone into the interface, connect the interface to the computer, put on the headphones, and you're ready.

Completing this powerful package are two complementary software selections: Ableton Live Lite and a collection of Waves plugins. Together, they deliver a comprehensive path for transforming the ideas in your head into musical works and ideas you can share with the world.

Package Contents:

  • M-Audio M-Track Interface
  • M-Audio large-diaphragm condenser microphone
  • M-Audio studio headphones
  • Ableton Live Lite
  • Waves plugin pack
  • Mic clip
  • XLR microphone cable
  • USB cable
  • User Guides
  • Safety & Warranty Manual