Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Christopher Simmons

Christopher Simmons
Christopher Simmons has been a working journalist since his first magazine sale in 1984. He has since written for wide variety of print and online publications covering lifestyle, tech and entertainment. He is an award-winning author, designer, photographer, and musician. He is a member of ASCAP and PRSA. He is the founder and CEO of Neotrope®, based in Torrance, CA, USA.
Vir2 Vital Series Mallets

Vir2 Strikes Again with Mallets Essential Tuned Percussion Instrument

GEAR NEWS: Vir2 Instruments has announced their new high-end sampled instrument line, the VITAL SERIES, and the first release "Vital Series Mallets." Mallets' powerful GUI offers eight instruments on one patch to be edited, played, blended, and recorded together. No sub menus or separate patches. Mallets has all the controls you need at your fingertips.

Applied Acoustics Systems announces Chromaphone 2 now supports Native Instrument’s NKS plug-in format

AAS' creative percussion synthesizer plug-in, Chromaphone 2 now supports Native Instrument’s NKS extended plug-in format. NKS brings intuitive and seamless interaction between Chromaphone 2 and KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards and MASCHINE hardware. Chromaphone 2’s key parameters have been mapped in order to provide optimal tactile control of its physical modeling engine.
Eplex7 DSP announces Particle Collider SX7 VSTi

Eplex7 DSP announces Particle Collider SX7 VSTi Synthesizer with a Futuristic Wavetable Oscillator

MUSIC TECH: Eplex7 DSP has announced their new Particle Collider SX7 VSTi Virtual Synthesizer for Windows OS. According to the company, "Particle Collider SX7 is special FX and Experimental synthesizer for creating modern sci-fi FX sounds, atmospheric pads, robotic sounds, psytrance and psychedelic FXs, sweeps."
STEMS Audio Format

Native Instruments and LANDR Partner to Offer Mastering for Revolutionary Stems Audio Format

MUSIC TECH: LANDR Audio and Native Instruments today announces a partnership to offer instant mastering for the Stems format. As of January 30th, 2017, Stems mastering will be available directly on Files created in Native Instruments’ free Stem Creator application can be dragged and dropped onto for instant sound optimization.
Ether Fields expansion for Falcon

UVI announces Ether Fields expansion for Falcon with presets by sound designer Simon Stockhausen

MUSIC GEAR: UVI has announced "Ether Fields," a new expansion pack for Falcon which "delivers a stunning selection of expertly designed patches" by one of the world’s preeminent sound designers, Simon Stockhausen. The collection includes bells, pads, soundscapes, granular and hybrid sounds, wavetables, sequenced sounds and more; perfect for those looking to expand their library of ready-to-play patches and ideal for those looking for inspirational starting points for their own sound design.

Embertone Makes Your iPhone a Sexy Sax Beast

"Sensual Sax" from Embertone can now be had on your iOS device for playing solo, or with others. A new sampled saxophone virtual instrument. While some of us semi-dinosaur MIDI music dudes and dudettes might eschew the lowly iPhone and iPad for music creation when we have our various mega-rig Mac Pro studios to play with, the fact is that the largest growth base for new musicians is now on mobile devices. So, with this in mind, if that sounds like you, then a really cool new product from Embertone might make you breathless.
ETHNO WORLD 6 Complete

ETHNO WORLD 6 Complete: Virtual Instrument with Ethnic Instruments and Voices from all over the World

New for 2017, Best Service has rolled out ETHNO WORLD 6 Complete, a library that has continuously grown and been improved over a period of 16 years. In this sixth edition, 80 new instruments and voices with a volume of 13 gigabytes have been added to the library. ETHNO WORLD 6 Complete now consists of 320 instruments and voices being summarized in approx. 800 patches.

Break Out the British Blockbuster Symphonics with Spitfire Symphony Orchestra

New for 2017, Spirfire Audio have announced their latest "symphonic masterpiece," with "Symphony Orchestra." The company describes this new collection as "A definitive mega-anthology of tools to create blockbuster symphonic works for TV, film, games and radio in a single and encyclopaedic core-level professional product."
XILS-Lab announces the PolyKB III

XILS-Lab announces PolyKB III the virtual keyboard synth as it should have been 40 years ago

XILS-Lab this past week announced their latest virtual synth instrument, the PolyKB III which they describe as "The Synthesizer as it should have been, when invented 40 years ago." The PolyKB III captures the sound and spirit of the legendary RSF PolyKobol 2 polyphonic synthesizer, including its most revolutionary feature : Morphing analog Oscillators.
ContinuuCon Returns to N.C. for 2017

ContinuuCon Returns to N.C. for 2017 Showcasing Latest Multi-dimensional Music and MIDI Tech

For fans of expressive performance-focused MIDI instruments, the unique ContinuuCon event Returns to Asheville North Carolina for 2017 to showcasing the latest in Multi-dimensional electronic instruments, workshops, and live performances. The ideal event for those wanting to learn more about both the groundbreaking Haken Continuum instrument, as well as other next-gen music gear in a warm, informal setting. ContinuuCon 2017 will take place June 8-10 – UNCA – Asheville, N.C.
Chris Hein Solo Viola

Best Service announces Chris Hein Solo Viola, Solo Cello and Solo Strings Complete

MUSIC GEAR NEWS: Best Service today announced a new series of symphonic performance sample instruments compatible with KOTAKT and ideal for scoring, multimedia and general music. The three new offerings include Chris Hein - SOLO VIOLA, Chris Hein - SOLO CELLO and Chris Hein – SOLO STRINGS COMPLETE. The latter includes Volin, Viola, Cello and ContraBass.

Native Instruments launches RADIANT HORIZON MASCHINE Expansion for Trap, Moombahton, and Bass Music

MUSIC TECH: Native Instruments today introduced RADIANT HORIZON – a new MASCHINE Expansion featuring percussive and effect-focused kits with sounds tailored to contemporary urban pop productions rooted in trap, moombahton, and bass music. The expansion focuses on diverse and easily interchangeable Caribbean-inspired rhythms as a backbone for bass-driven, forward-thinking pop.
Damien Wilson

Damien Wilson Named CEO of RODE Microphones and Freedman Electronics Group

NEWS: RØDE Microphones’ Sales & Marketing Director Damien Wilson has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The Freedman Electronics Group, home to pro audio brands RØDE, Aphex, Event Electronics and SoundField.
Dallas Artist OG Bobby Billions BANDS

Texas Hip Hop Heads for Big Money with Dallas Artist OG Bobby Billions

NEW MUSIC: Dallas artist OG Bobby Billions (OGB) recently released what, according to him, "might be one of the greatest debuts from a new talent, and it’s only the beginning." On Dec. 9, 2016 OGB will be releasing a more in-depth visual to the already buzzing “Bands” single.

Rob Papen rebuilds and expands signature virtual soft synth with Predator2 reboot

MUSIC GEAR: Rob Papen Soundware has announced "Predator2," the successor to Predator, "the natural-born, killer-sounding soft synth" that has inspired so many composers and artists. Predator2’s pliable GUI (Graphical User Interface) has once again been given the trademark Rob Papen treatment, designed so that (almost) all of the main controls are always visible onscreen, making it both inspirational and intuitive in use.
PSP stompFilter plugin

PSPaudioware announce new PSP stompFilter plugin for modulated filter and gain sounds

MUSIC GEAR: The folks at PSP have announced a new "stompbox" filter plugin, appropriately called PSP stompFilter. They describe it as "a creative tool designed to provide an exceptionally wide range of modulated filter and gain sounds." Its effects include a simple LFO modulated low pass filter; auto-wah; low-, band-, or high-pass filter; and compressor.
Jenny Craig Fall 2016 - Ravioli

Diet Foodies: Jenny Craig 2016 Menu Plan Expands with New Food Choices for Fall and Winter

HEALTHY LIVING: For many of us, we seem to be on a perpetual diet plan of some kind. Especially for those of us who have found our 40s and impending middle age a bit tougher to balance time, work, meals, and general lifestyle mis-adventures than it once was. For me, I joined the Jenny Craig meal plan this spring, and am happy to say I've lost about 34 pounds so far, which is about one-third of my overall goal.

Virtual Music Instruments Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2016 Deals Roundup

MUSIC GEAR: Most modern musicians know that sometimes waiting for new gear can be tough when the magazines and videos demo a neato new software app, sample library or piece of hardware. This can lead to so-called "gas" (gear acquisition syndrome). Savvy folk know there are certain times of the year when deals are to be had. Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and often around NAMM and other music shows, or right before a new version is released. (UPDATED)

Spitfire Audio Helps You Score with its New Compendium ‘Symphonic Strings’

MUSIC GEAR: Spitfire Audio has announced availability of SPITFIRE SYMPHONIC STRINGS, a massic "encyclopaedic compendium of symphonic strings sampling," with blockbuster content recorded at Lyndhurst Hall within London’s legendary Air Studios. The Kontakt-powered library comprises the same 60 star string players performing on the same instruments featured on numerous famous film scores.
MUSIC Named World's 8th Largest Pro Audio Company

MUSIC Group Named World’s 8th Largest Pro Audio Co in 2016 Global Music Industry 225 Report

NEWS: MUSIC Group, the parent of world-renowned brands MIDAS, KLARK TEKNIK, LAB GRUPPEN, LAKE, TANNOY, TURBOSOUND, TC ELECTRONIC, TC HELICON, BEHRINGER, BUGERA, DDA and EUROCOM, and one of the world’s leading manufacturers of professional audio products, has recently been ranked as one of the world’s largest and top manufacturers in the 2016 edition of Music Trade’s annual Global Music Industry 225 Report.
The Second Spirit

New Music: Dream Saturated Indie Rock Electronica in ‘Modern Life’ EP

NEW MUSIC: The Second Spirit, an indie rock project, just released its debut EP, “Modern Life,” a five-song album, and its first single, “Rescue Car,” which, according to band leader Matthew Victory Warren "personifies the physicality of love through a retro vibe, rock and roll groove and cool, fuzzy guitar leads."
UVI releases Synth Anthology 2

UVI releases Synth Anthology 2, classic collection of analog and digital synths in one virtual instrument

MAKING MUSIC: UVI announced this week their newest creation, Synth Anthology 2, a classic collection of analog and digital synths in one virtual instrument. This new version and comprehensive update includes over 2,500 presets sampled from 77 hardware synths, new interface and premium UVI effects such as Sparkverb, Thorus and Phasor.

Symphony Essentials, a New Film Scoring Instrument from Native Instruments Announced

MAKING MUSIC: Native Instruments announced this week the Kontakt-powered sound library, "Symphony Essentials," which they describe as five meticulously sampled orchestral instruments, featuring pristine recordings that cover all fundamental playing techniques, each in an elegant, intuitive interface.

IK Multimedia Gets Wicked Physical with MODO Bass Virtual Instrument

MAKING MUSIC: IK Multimedia this week announced their new physically modeled electric bass instrument "MODO BASS." Once you get past the "limitless sound, unmatched realism, total playability" hype, there is a lot to like for keyboard players who want to get their funk on!
Korg Welcomes Soundiron

KORG announces Soundiron vocal libraries for Kronos 2 Keyboards

MAKING MUSIC: KORG has announced a new line of add-on sample sound upgrades for the powerful KORG KRONOS 2 workstation keyboard, from Soundiron, who has been making awesome sample libraries for many years. Korg welcomes Soundiron to our growing family of sound developers, and is pleased to present their first two EXs libraries for Kronos.

MIDI Solutions Specialist KENTON Celebrates its 30th Anniversary

MAKING MUSIC: MIDI solutions specialist Kenton is proud to be celebrating its 30th anniversary in October 2016; around 11,000 days since founder John K. Price began by building a cost-effective and well-specified Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) for his beloved 1979-vintage Oberheim OB-X.

Comedienne Jen Murphy Gets ‘Orally Challenged’ in her new Stand-up Comedy CD

COMEDY NEWS: “Orally Challenged” by Jen Murphy was recorded in front of a live audience at The Comedy Underground in Seattle Washington and showcases Murphy who, according to the packing, "fearlessly goes where few female comics have gone before." Jen Murphy fully embraces her gender’s overall insanity, and finds the funny in her traditionally male dominated, x-rated subject matter.

Comedian Tamer Kattan tackles cultural diversity and brown culture in his new comedy CD: ‘Brown Sheep’

COMEDY NEWS: Released in Sept. 2016 by Uproar Entertainment, “Brown Sheep” by Tamer Kattan was recorded in front of a live audience at The Comedy Underground in Seattle Washington. This CD showcases Kattan, who uses his cultural diversity to inform his unique comic views on life, society and the world today.

Musical ‘The Wild Party’ plays Sept. 9 – Oct. 2, 2016 in the Dorie Theatre Hollywood

THEATRE NEWS: Art-In-Relation announces a move from Long Beach, after two successful seasons, to Hollywood with two hauntingly gorgeous, but lesser known musical theater productions at The Complex Theatres, Hollywood. “The Wild Party,” a lesser known version of the musical based on the poem by Joseph Moncure, and written by Andrew Lippa, plays Sept. 9 - Oct. 2, 2016.

Jackie Fabulous has brains, confidence, personality and wisdom making her a comedic force to be reckoned with

JACKIE FABULOUS, a native New Yorker from The Bronx, is a "gut-busting," headlining comedian who uses comedy to simultaneously entertain and inspire her audiences. Having survived her fair share of loves, tragedies, lessons and embarrassing moments, Jackie channels all of that energy into a performance that makes it difficult not to want more. She comes with a message and a lesson that surpasses the stand-up comedy club stage and sets her apart from her peers.

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