Sunday, June 25, 2017

Industry Headlines

Industry Headlines
Music Industry News Headlines including press releases and announcements from companies, labels, organizations and individuals.
Syntronik from IK Multimedia

Super Iconic: Syntronik from IK Multimedia Captures 38 Classic Synths in One Virtual Instrument

MUSIC TECH NEWS: IK Multimedia has announced a new "super synth" to the virtual instrument world, for both newcomers and those of us who look back with nostalgia on classic synths we've owned and let go, or wish we'd owned. IK's new SYNTRONIK for Mac/PC includes 17 instruments with over 2,000 preset sounds "covering a wide selection from 38 of the most iconic to ultra-rare and painstakingly multi-sampled vintage synthesizers."
XILS Lab Announces PolyM Virtual Synth

XILS Lab Announces PolyM Virtual Synth, Recreating Classic Polymoog Keyboard

MUSIC TECH: XILS Lab today announced the upcoming release of their new virtual synthesizer instrument, the PolyM, inspired by the rare and beautiful sounding Moog Polymoog, perhaps most famously used in the song "Cars" by Gary Numan, but also used by many other musicians of the time. The XILS PolyM offers two divided-down oscillators providing 71 voices; each one with two envelope generators, one filter, one VCA and Pulse Width Modulation.
Wide Blue Sound adding NKS Support for ORBIT

Wide Blue Sound adding NKS Support for ORBIT and ECLIPSE Virtual Synth Instruments

Wide Blue Sound, a creator of cutting-edge instruments for KONTAKT, has announced a partnership with Native Instruments that allows its ORBIT and ECLIPSE virtual synths to be used with NI’s Native Kontrol Standard (NKS) hardware — namely, KOMPLETE KONTROL S- Series keyboards and MASCHINE workstations.

UVI Releases Digital Synsations Vol. 2 with Sounds of Classic Fizmo and K5000S Synths

Just when you thought UVI couldn't come up with more digital sampled instrument tricks, they rolled up their sleeves to come up with a new instrument collection based on some truly unique digital synthesizers from Ensoniq, Kawai and Roland. Digital Synsations Vol. 2, a 3-instrument suite picking up where the first library left off, delivering over 500 new patches.
Revolution RV-808

Wave Alchemy Revolution 1.1 adds seamless integration in Ableton Live via new Revolution Module Instrument

NEWS: Wave Alchemy has announced an update to their virtual drum instrument, inspired by classic analog and digital drum machines. Revolution 1.1 now offers seamless integration with Ableton Live and Push 2 via new Revolution Module Instrument.
Peak Rider 2

Impact Soundworks Debuts Peak Rider 2 with Five Dynamic Processing Modes

MUSIC GEAR NEWS: Impact Soundworks has announced Peak Rider 2, a "super-powerful and flexible FX plugin that lets you shape and control dynamics in a totally new way." Use it to tame wild vocals or drum tracks, create all new rhythmic parts, remove mic bleed, breathe life into flat saturated tracks, and much, much more.

Thumpin Beats on Tap: Native Instruments releases MASCHINE Expansion ‘ELASTIC THUMP’

MUSIC TECH: Native Instruments today announced release of "ELASTIC THUMP," for MASCHINE, which they describe as "a modern, melodic take on future funk that brews the smoothness of R&B with the feel-good vibes of dance music and the bounce of futuristic, beathead culture."
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.
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.

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."
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.
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.

The Blue Danes Release Alt-Rock Album: Invisible and Untouchable

Chicago-based alt-rock band, The Blue Danes have released their debut album “Invisible and Untouchable” on label Loki Valhalla Productions. This haunting lyrical masterpiece includes the highly anticipated release of the popular single “Beautiful and Sad,” which has earned over 26,000 YouTube views.

ASCAP Names Paul Rourke Executive VP and CFO

ASCAP, the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers, today announced the appointment of Paul Rourke as its Executive Vice President and Chief Financial...

Garth Brooks is First Country Artist to Earn SoundExchange Digital Radio Award

SoundExchange this week announced that Garth Brooks, the number one selling solo artist in U.S. history, has added another achievement to his recording career. After the country music artist amassed more than one billion performances on more than 2,500 digital radio services, SoundExchange President and CEO Michael Huppe presented Brooks with the company’s prestigious Digital Radio Award. He is the first country music artist to be honored with this award.

ASCAP names Nicole George-Middleton and Shawn Lemone as Senior VPs, Membership for 2016

ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), the world leader in performing rights and advocacy for music creators, announced that Nicole George-Middleton and Shawn LeMone have both been promoted to Senior Vice President, Membership. They will continue to report directly to ASCAP EVP, Membership, John Titta.

UVI announces FALCON, a virtual instrument with 15 oscillators covering both synthesis and sampling techniques

NEWS: As a likely response to the popular Omnisphere 2, UVI have announced their own hybrid synthesis+samples instrument, Falcon, which they describe as a "fully-featured hybrid instrument with 15 oscillators covering both synthesis and sampling techniques, over 80 effects, extensive modulation control and more."

Native Instruments releases KOMPLETE KONTROL 1.5 with NKS integration and Arturia Promotion

NEWS: Native Instruments today released a number of new advancements to their KOMPLETE KONTROL product family, while also announcing a special offer for folks to purchase competitor Arturia's virtual synth lineup at a special price, marking Arturia's updates for compatibility with the NKS protocol.
MuseWire Magazine

RODE Microphones acquires Aphex, famous maker of Aural Exciter

NEWS: RØDE Microphones acquires Aphex. It was a surprise today to see two of my favorite brands come together. Australian pro-audio company RODE Microphones today announced its acquisition of legendary audio technology manufacturer, U.S.-based Aphex.

Native Instruments launches information portal for ‘Stems’ multi-channel audio format for creative live performance

NEWS: Native Instruments (NI) today announced the public launch of a new information portal on the "Stems" audio format. The website outlines what the heck the new format is for, and NI describes the new multi-channel audio format as being 'for creative DJing and live performance.'

Music Industry Guru Loren Weisman announces launch of new ‘Music Business For Dummies’ book with Florida event

Long-time musician (drummer/producer) and music biz "guru" Loren Weisman has announced a June release party event in Florida for his new book, "Music Business...

Golden Kingdom Expansion for N.I. MASCHINE touts EDM sound styles for ultra-commercial modern hip hop

NEWS: According to an announcement this week from Native Instruments, their latest expansion pack for its MASCHINE, GOLDEN KINGDOM, delivers "a wealth of sound for contemporary mainstream hip hop."

WMC 2015 Miami: Native Instruments presents live stream event with Dubfire, Marc Kinchen, and Uner

NEWS: Native Instruments has announced live streaming event which will include house and techno artists Dubfire, Marc Kinchen, live from Red Bull's Guest House, and will be broadcast from the Winter Music Conference (WMC) in Miami, on March 26, 2015 (Thursday).

Paula Cole announces new album release, ‘7’ – a soft and soulful review of a 7 year life cycle

NEWS: Musical artist, mother, activist, Grammy-winner Paula Cole has announced her new album, "7" is now available. Featuring Cole's original band members and musical soul mates Jay Bellerose and Kevin Barry, with upright bassist Dennis Crouch complementing the bottom-end, "7" is about the songs, says Cole.

MPCstuff announces white-out kits to make your Akai MPC into a Casper-friendly beat box

Venerable Akai MPC supply company MPCstuff have announced some new replacement parts for select MPC models to whiten and brighten your drum machine. The...

Bob Moog Foundation announces charity raffle for rare Moog Liberation Synthesizer Keytar

The non-profit Bob Moog Foundation in North Carolina today announced a new charity fund-raising raffle for a rare white Moog Liberation Synthesizer "keytar." The...

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