BERGEN, Norway (MuseWire) – The third volume in the Octagon series: “Battle Without Dishonour” is an instrumental hip hop album and contains some of Age Rissnes’ all-time favourite tracks in the dance genre – Harlequins Enigma refuses to leave the dance scene as of yet. The album was mastered at Last Drop Mastering, Safeandsound mastering […]
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Risskov, Denmark (MuseWire) – From classic power metal over ultra-tight thrash riffs to a complete riot of unleashed power, this pedal is the ultimate one-stop station for all things heavy! TC Electronic’s Rottweiler Distortion goes the extra mile and delivers an unparalleled sound that will inspire any hard rock and metal guitarist to be shredding […]
GRENOBLE, France (MuseWire) – ARTURIA has announced its fourth and most sophisticated keyboard in the Analog Experience series: Analog Experience THE LABORATORY 61 keys, is now shipping. Analog Experience THE LABORATORY 61 is a 61-note MIDI keyboard with velocity and aftertouch-sensitive keys that is designed to easily integrate into any studio and stage environment. Packaged […]
NEWS (MuseWire) – KV331 Audio announces the release of version 2.5 of their semi-modular synthesizer and effect plug-in SynthMaster – finally out of BETA. With version 2.5, SynthMaster becomes a cross-platform plug-in running on Windows (32/64 bits) and Mac OSX (32 bits) operating systems in VST and AU formats. The latest version comes with 400 […]
MuseWire REVIEW: Mysterious goth band The Catholic Comb created a disturbing smoky concoction in 2005 and then apparently remained underground. Yeah, I hadn’t heard of them, either, but now that I know, I’m a convert. Sometimes a good album goes unnoticed. For a while. This one came to me purely by chance. I say by […]
MuseWire COLUMN: Larry John McNally uses emotion like a paintbrush when creating songs. You may not know his name, but you’ve heard his work performed by Eagles, Bonnie Raitt, Don Henley, Aaron Neville, Joe Cocker, Rod Stewart, Jennifer Warnes, Atlantic Starr, Average White Band and more. When a songwriter emphasizes emotional truth in his songs, […]
DENVER, Colo. (MuseWire) – Singer/author Dee Dee Phelps is now performing in Doo Wop Shows nationally. “Dick and Dee Dee” will appear at the Denver Paramount Theatre as part of the Ultimate Doo Wop Show on October 29, 2011 at 8 p.m. Also on the show are: The Fleetwoods, The Crystals, The Marcels, The Olympics, […]
Berlin, Germany (MuseWire) – Native Instruments today announced DAMAGE, a new instrument that provides hard-hitting cinematic percussion for professional movie scoring and high-impact music production. Created by premier sound design house Heavyocity and powered by the latest KONTAKT 5 engine, this unique sonic resource expertly combines industrial sounds and orchestral percussion to add true wide-screen […]
Steinberg releases CMC series of Cubase controllers: Dedicated modular controller system comprising six slim control units
HAMBURG, Germany (MuseWire) – Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH today released its new CMC controllers. Dedicated to Steinberg’s Cubase advanced music production system, the six USB-powered CMC units offer an integrated control solution that provides a desirable degree of flexibility and configurability. The CMC controllers are equipped with a combination of control elements that provide tactile […]
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (MuseWire) – A raffle to benefit the Bob Moog Foundation begins today. Two lucky winners will each receive the new impOSCar2 Controller from Touch Digital Controllers and an entire suite of five virtual instruments from GForce software—a prize package valued at nearly $2,500. The raffle will continue until all 500 tickets have been […]
MuseWire COLUMN: Until a few days ago, Nektar was nothing more than a puzzling footnote to me. According to everything I had read, this band was a standout progressive rock outfit in Europe during the nineteen seventies. Not making it big in the United States, their fame remained underground to many stateside music lovers, including […]
Music Industry Newswire COLUMN: Buddy Holly. Songwriter. Rock and pop star. Not a one-hit or two-hit wonder, but a 27-hit wonder, all in about 18 months of worldwide fame. Born September 7, 1936, died February 3, 1959, but his songs will live until there is no more music.
Berlin, Germany (MuseWire) – Native Instruments today announced MASCHINE MIKRO, a highly affordable new entry into the world of its popular groove production system. By combining the full-featured MASCHINE software with a streamlined and compact controller, MASCHINE MIKRO makes the acclaimed tactile and intuitive music creation approach of MASCHINE available at a significantly reduced physical […]
Scotts Valley, Calif. (MuseWire) – Universal Audio (UA), a leading manufacturer of high-quality audio recording hardware and software, is proud to announce that the Ampex ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder – considered by many engineers to be the best-sounding tape machine for final mixdown – is now available as a faithful plug-in emulation on the UAD-2 […]
HAIFA, Israel (MuseWire) – V-Plugs introduces Mr. Soundman, a challenging free ear training game for music producers and sound engineers. Mr. Soundman is a powerful tool for assessing and improving frequency detection, a critical skill for mixing, recording and producing music. It also enables users to win excellence awards and prizes, and to compete with […]
Berlin, Germany (MuseWire) – Native Instruments today announced TRAKTOR KONTROL S2, a versatile integrated DJ performance system that was designed to set a new professional standard in the two-deck category. Based on a compact version of the market-leading KONTROL S4 hardware, the KONTROL S2 provides a “2+1” setup with sample decks as well as comprehensive […]
REVIEW: If his name sounds familiar, you are probably already a fan of rockabilly. But even if that genre’s blend of rock and country ain’t your thing, these songs are so much fun that you might become a Burnette-ette by the time you get halfway through the album’s dozen hip-shaking tracks. Perhaps you feel you […]
REVIEW: Before seeing the singer perform live, this album sat around the studio for a few months. After playing it a couple of times at various volume levels, the urge to write about it became too palpable to pass up. While several tracks leave me unmoved, the ones that work are propulsive, powerful and possessed […]
HOUSTON, Texas (MuseWire) – Houston-based teen rapper Baby Jay has been invited for a second time to perform at Fort Hood for their “Teen Back to School Bash & Carnival,” Roland Entertainment announced this week. Baby Jay has been creating a new movement in the hip-hop/rap industry and continues to make a positive impact in […]
While attending the Electric Daisy Convention, DJ Jimmy Stewart Jr. was inspired to create a song that he believed could be an Instant Anthem: ‘I have a Dream’
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (MuseWire) – DJ Jimmy Stewart Jr. just finished his “I have a Dream” record and Sesene Entertainment is promoting it via a free download online. Stewart is a Club 997 resident DJ, a radio station in San Francisco (997 NOW) – home to the Bay Area’s top hits, pop culture news, hot […]
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (MuseWire) – It all started in front of a coffee shop in Daytona Beach, Florida, USA. Pavlina Osta, a 10-year old musician, was playing the steel drums and piqued the interest of a local radio show; this quickly led to a show of her own and to the creation of Pavlina Productions. […]
SONiVOX Unveils TWIST – Spectral Morphing Synthesizer, newest instrument from their NEMESYNTH Audio Research Group
BOSTON, Mass. (MuseWire) – Award-winning music software company SONiVOX recently announced the release of the newest instrument from their NEMESYNTH Audio Research Group, “TWIST – Spectral Morphing Synthesizer.” An entirely new product: TWIST is a new tool that combines a brand new type of synthesis, intelligent performance controls, and an intuitive GUI designed to give […]
NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. (MuseWire) – EVENT — What if you could live forever? Transcendent Man: A Conversation about the Future with Ray Kurzweil, LIVE from Lincoln Center in New York City on Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. ET/ 7:00 p.m. CT/ 6:00 p.m. MT and 8:00 p.m. PT (tape delayed) explores this […]
Burlington, Mass. (MuseWire) – Avid(R) (NASDAQ:AVID) today announced the release of Sibelius 7, the newest version of the company’s flagship musical notation software. Combining a deep, sophisticated feature set with an all new task-oriented user interface — putting all of the software’s features at the user’s fingertips — Sibelius(R) 7 enhances music writing through intuitive […]
Grenoble, France (MuseWire) – XILS-lab, makers of some notable virtual synth recreations such as the PolyKB II, have announced The Synthix, which appears to be inspired by the Elka Synthex, but not a pixel by pixel or identical cloning as the typical Arturia instruments are wont to do. Apparently it was developed out of a […]
Pfinztal, Germany (MuseWire) – VirSyn Software Synthesizer announces the Addictive Synth for iPad. According to the company: “It was never so easy to create beautiful sounds and driving loops. The unique dynamic wavetable synthesis allows you to explore an unprecedented wide range of sonic territory. From acid loops, crystal clear percussions, realistic human choirs to […]
Okehampton, U.K. (MuseWire) – This latest release from Zero-G is from the same producer as last year’s cinematic success – Deep Impact – and features a vast collection of construction kits, atmospheres, drones, evolutive moods, beat loops, whooshes, hits, impacts, explosions, and lots more. Available as a DVD or download exclusively from Time+Space. From cinemascapes […]
BOSTON, Mass. (MuseWire) – Cakewalk, the world’s leading developer of powerful and easy to use products for music creation and recording, today announces Z3TA+ 2 the Second Generation Waveshaping synthesizer featuring improved sound design, real-time expression, and sound quality. Z3TA+ is highly revered as a classic synthesizer with unique character and tonality. Its unmistakable signature […]
Worcestershire, UK (MuseWire) – Camel Audio today announced a new add-on for Alchemy and the free Alchemy Player: Guitar Mutations features a studio full of classic guitars warped into strange new forms. Explore guitars with four necks whose resonating bodies morph into keyboards, fractal arpeggiations, haunting fingerpicking and creamy overdrive. Guitar Mutations takes full advantage […]
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (MuseWire) – Los Angeles based Alkex Instruments has started shipping their new MIDI controller designed to interact with Arturia’s Prophet V virtual instrument (and other plug-ins using set-up application). The unit has been designed to look familiar to any Sequential Circuits owner, or fan, with a similar design to the knobs and […]
Propellerhead Unveils Balance Audio Interface – Integrated with Reason Essentials for the perfect music making solution
Stockholm, Sweden (MuseWire) — Propellerhead Software today unveiled Balance, its first audio interface and foray into hardware. Integrated with Reason Essentials Software, Balance is at the heart of Propellerhead’s complete music making solution.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (MuseWire) — While “mantra-rock” may not yet be a recognized music genre, it springs to life with the delightful onslaught of sound on a new album from Larisa Stow & Shakti Tribe. On “Rock on Sat Nam!” – on the Prema Shakti Music label, the vocals are impassioned and the music soothes one minute and urges you into “aural ecstasy” the next. According to the artist, at the heart of her songs is a spirituality that is part of the very core of her being.
BERLIN, Germany (MuseWire) – Native Instruments today launched a time-limited special offer for its acclaimed TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 DJ system. Throughout the month of July 2011, all owners of a newly registered KONTROL S4 unit are eligible for a free “Scratch Upgrade Kit”, which allows users to mix and scratch with timecode control via directly […]
‘Hometown’ Hero: Joplin native, Kenny Foster, partners with the United Way to raise funds for the efforts to rebuild Joplin, MO
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (MuseWire) — Nashville based singer-songwriter Kenny Foster, a Joplin, Missouri native, has become a hometown hero by writing a song based on the May 22 tornado that ravaged his hometown one month ago, destroyed his childhood home and trapped his family in the crawl space of their home before they were rescued. Called “Hometown,” Foster’s powerful song details the emotional aftermath of the disaster, as affected families try to sort through the emotional wreckage and find a way to move on.
BERLIN, Germany (MuseWire) – Native Instruments has just introduced DISCOVERY SERIES: WEST AFRICA, a new instrument that centers on the infectious polyrhythmic grooves of traditional African music. For use in KONTAKT 4 and in the free KONTAKT PLAYER, the instrument provides the full sonic spectrum of a West-African percussion ensemble, and represents a unique and […]
AUSTIN, Texas (MuseWire) – Music Computing, the makers of the StudioBLADE line of all-in-one music keyboard production stations announced today the Gen2 versions, which represents a huge leap in performance and value. StudioBLADEs (Gen2) are all-in-one music production stations complete with piano keys, drum trigger pads, knobs, sliders, thousands of sound presets and software for […]
AUSTIN, Texas (MuseWire) – With security being brought into the forefront daily, protection for personal data has never been more important. Devices like software dongles, USB flash drives, and sensitive information can easily be damaged, lost or stolen. The term “be safe or be sorry” still holds true today. LokBOX from Music Computing is a […]
MIAMI, Fla. (MuseWire) – Miami-based Top 10 national AC radio charting artist, SJ, will pre-release his freshman commercial LP, “Coffee,” on May 31, 2011, following exclusive fan events at SoHo House (May 11, New York) and Van Dyke Cafe (May 24, Miami). “Coffee” blends folk and rock arrangements with a soulful voice and catchy melodic […]
Music Computing Previews MotionCOMMAND ‘Frame’ System for Music Creators Who Want Multi-Touch from Existing Displays
AUSTIN, Texas (MuseWire) – Music Computing is previewing a new product for musicians to easily add multi-touch capabilities for music creation to any existing monitor. To be formally announced the first week of May, this new product is called MotionCOMMAND Frame. According to the preliminary information on the MusicComputing.com website: “MotionCOMMAND Frame is an innovative […]
MuseWire REVIEW: “Dhana” is a European born blonde diva and lead singer of dance rock group “TaxiDoll.” In this, her first solo release, “Confessions of a Lily Rouge” (Fly Me To The Moon Music), Dhana delivers a potent concoction of electronic pop and emotive balladry, with sonic characteristics reminiscent of Dido, Tori Amos, Natalie Imbruglia […]
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (MuseWire) – With the title track from her new album, “Days Like These,” gathering radio spins, country singer Sandra Piller is happily watching it climb several charts while touching the hearts of listeners at country and Christian country radio. “And now, there’s a video that shows many of the wonderful events and […]
On her new album, award-winning country artist Sandra Piller evokes songs with emotional resonance, often celebrating the simple joys of life
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (MuseWire) – Sandra Piller’s third album, “Days Like These” (Shady Hill Records), was released today, and Sandra met with press, industry and fans in a special performance at The Mint in Hollywood. Making the week even more eventful, Sandra was just named Female Country Music Artist of the Year by New Music […]
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (MuseWire) – Many songs touch your emotions, but songwriter/singer Paula Franceschi (www.paulafranceschi.com) wants her songs to seduce you by creating pictures in your head. On her new EP, “Songs for Singles,” Franceschi is generating aural landscapes. “Each track let’s you act in a movie in your mind,” she states. The five compositions […]
Houston, Texas has always been a hotbed of left-field musical talent, says Pitch Control TV. They have always done things their own way down south, and for that they should be applauded. But what was once the home of alternative country pioneers is now the center of one of the most vibrant and exciting hip hop scenes in the land.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (MuseWire) – Tweens, teens and adults alike have been anxiously awaiting the sophomore season of the wacky politically-incorrect comedy with a heart, also known as Poor Paul, produced by Eye Scream Films. These same fans are also excited for the premiere of the Disney Channel’s Princess Protection Program which happens to star […]
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Golosio Music Publishing (www.golosio.com) is just a few months old but it has discovered a new way to expand its catalog of songs. The rhythm tracks for a new groove song were created in the Los Angeles studio of John Scott G and then sent to Golosio songwriters, Doug Colosio in […]
Communications expert John Scott G (recording artist The G-Man) leads a collective of artists, musicians and videographers known as FookMovie in the creation of wildly colorful music videos. Since opening in April, the company has completed 30 productions.