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)
Category: Synth News
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
MUSIC GEAR: Xils-Lab this week announced the pending release of version 1.0 (now in final BETA), of its latest creation, a new take on the venerable drum machine, combining virtual analog and multi-synthesis to set it apart from the horde of existing fare.
ASCAP, the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers, today announced the appointment of Paul Rourke as its Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO), reporting to ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews. Rourke will be a key member of ASCAP’s 2016 executive management team and will be responsible for all of the organization’s financial matters […]
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 (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.”
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.
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 For Dummies” (ISBN: 978-1119049654), which is geared to those creative types of any age looking to launch or rekindle a music career. The latest in the world-famous “for dummies” book series, […]
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.”
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).
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.
Venerable Akai MPC supply company MPCstuff have announced some new replacement parts for select MPC models to whiten and brighten your drum machine. The “white out” look for music instruments is super popular, and many music instrument companies have often created special editions. The Virus Ti “Polar,” the anniversary edition of the Yamaha Motif, special […]
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 raffle will run from March 16 through April 20, 2015, and tickets are $20 each. According to the foundation’s announcement today, “The Moog Liberation is distinctive in its form and function […]
NEWS: When teenager (now 18) Autumn Sky Wolfe was diagnosed with autism, the last thing on her mind was a singing career. Yet she now has an EP on iTunes, has been nominated by New Music Weekly magazine as “Best New Adult Contemporary Artist,” as well as “Crossover Artist of the Year,” and she’s working with talent agency Starmaker Machinery in Los Angeles.
NEWS: Native Instruments today introduced NEON DRIVE – a new MASCHINE Expansion providing a “collection of tailored 80s-inspired sounds for producers working in contemporary pop, electronic, and R&B styles,” according to the company.
NEWS: Arturia today announced availability of its new KeyLab 88 — its top-of-the-range, professional-grade, 88-note hammer-action hybrid MIDI keyboard controller that comes complete with Arturia’s acclaimed Analog Lab software synthesizer solution and more besides — as of February 24, 2015.
NEWS: Quietly over the last decade, Nova Scotia native Chris Noxx has been building his resume. As a producer, composer and arranger he started making trips to and from his hometown of Halifax, Nova Scotia and Music hub Los Angeles, California.
TIPP CITY, Ohio, — With a shared goal of lifting up the works of today’s musicians and singer-songwriters, Trebius Promotions announces their new membership with the Americana Music Association.
At NAMM 2015, Music Computing updates world’s most powerful keyboard production station, offers touchscreens with MacOS X multi-touch
Music Computing today announced updates for its “world’s most powerful keyboard production station” and now offers touchscreens with MacOS X multi-touch gestures. Expanding on its goal to great super-instruments by incorporating the best products available into its core platform, Music Computing is releasing the following the following new products: STUDIO BLADE: The StudioBLADE 5 is […]
At NAMM 2015 in Anaheim: U.K.-based specialist British loudspeaker drive unit and complete sound reproduction system manufacturer ATC (Acoustic Transducer Company) today announced the launch of its SCM45A Pro — an all-new high-performance, three-way compact active loudspeaker. The SCM45A Pro is a completely new design, yet shares many features with its smaller sibling, the highly-successful […]
NEWS: The Pit Stop Players, a fourteen-member instrumental ensemble composed of veteran Broadway pit musicians, will present ‘Bolling Night,’ an evening of music by the legendary Claude Bolling, plus pieces by other composers who combine jazz and classical idioms. The event will take place Monday, February 9, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York City.
NEWS: iMobie Inc., an innovative Apple related software developer, today announced the updates of its widely-praised products PhoneTrans and PodTrans; the world-first free iPhone content and iPod music management software on Mac and Windows computers, which also break the rule of no way to transfer iPhone, iPod music back to computer.
Korg USA today announced they will be the exclusive U.S. distributor of Dean Markley’s exceptional line of guitar strings, pickups, picks and polishing accessories. Dean Markey joins Korg’s family of elite brands and this partnership is in line with Korg’s strategic plan to provide dealers with a full spectrum of quality products at various price […]
Mamiboys, an International performing indie band on the M-Boyz Recordz label, has recorded a new single, which by all intent is a jab on Taylor Swift’s music career and personal love life. Although the indie band does not explicitly mention Taylor Swift by name, there are insinuations in the Mamiboys’ ‘Not Another Breakup Sh*t’ that cannot be ignored, according to the band.
Valiant Horizon this week announced that KlangKellerZeit is a new artist on the label roster. With a DJ background in addition to his producer role, he brings more excitement to the Valiant Horizon family with a deep house and dark techno sound that helps the label continue pioneering unique trends in the electronica space.
Humpty Dumpty Sat on the Wall, Almost – Digital Underground Releases ‘Berlin Wall’ Footage from New Documentary
HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Nov. 14, 2014 (MuseWire) — Not many music acts have a 25th anniversary that coincides with the fall of the Berlin Wall. Digital Underground has released a snippet from their upcoming documentary ‘D.U. Days: Adventures in Digital Underground the Apprenticeship of Tupac Shakur,’ which details original founder and D.U. member, Chopmaster J’s encounter in Berlin.
At 15th Anniversary Keynote, Arturia President Frédéric Brun announces company will roll out new line of innovative audio interfaces in 2015
According to a news announcement today, Arturia President Frédéric Brun bowled over an audience of invited industry insiders and VIP guests when making the astounding announcement during his captivating keynote speech at the Museum of Grenoble as part of the company’s 15th anniversary celebrations on October 3, 2014. Here he touched upon several problems pertaining […]
Vox, whose AC30 amp was instrumental in the British invasion, introduces the MINI5 Rhythm, a new portable modeling amp with built-in rhythm patterns. Now available in ivory, the MINI5 Rhythm IV is a portable, light-weight, battery powered amp with built-in rhythm functionality. It has been accepted as an industry standard in mini amps. Specifications Amp […]
KORG USA introduces the new KRONOS, the most powerful version of its flagship keyboard Music Workstation to date; it was announced by James Sajeva, Brand Manager for Korg products at KORG USA. “The new Kronos features the unrivaled 9-engine structure from previous versions, with numerous improvements to both sound capability and overall functionality. Truly, this […]
KORG USA Introduces the volca sample, the next entry in the company’s acclaimed series of volca products. “volca sample starts with the fun and easy-to-use workflow and layout of the original true-analog trio of volca products, and shifts to internal and user-importable samples for music creation,” says James Sajeva, Brand Manager for Korg products. “volca […]
KORG’s popular LP-380 digital piano with its refined sound and weighted keys, is now joined by a 73 key model, it was announced today. The new model is even more compact, occupying 22 cm less horizontally than the 88 key model, and has the same 73 key range as classic electric pianos. With the same […]
KORG USA, a leading global manufacturer of electronic musical equipment and accessories and a forerunner in mobile musical apps, announces the Module for iPad, a high quality mobile sound module that offers a new style of performance and production. Ideal for performance and music production and integrating iOS technology, the KORG Module is a high-quality […]
Music software and hardware company Arturia today announced the appointment of former Focusrite-Novation Director, U.S. Sales Ralph Goldheim to the newly-created position of President, U.S. Operations as part of its ongoing expansion strategy as of November 12, 2014. In recent years Arturia has experienced unprecedented growth, rising through the company ranks to become a seriously […]
HOUSTON, Texas, Nov. 5, 2014 (MuseWire) — Pop Artist Mic Tunez (pronounced Mike Tunes) announces the debut of his first acoustic album, released on September 21, 2014. The ‘Simplified’ project was recorded in the world-class Wire Road Studios where other renowned music artists record such as Grammy Award Winner Beyonce’, India Arie and Wiz Khalifa.
LOS ANGELES, Calif., Oct. 29, 2014 (MuseWire) — ‘SuperFly – My Untold Story of Hip-Hop’ (ISBN: 978-0991356010), authored by Gloria Goldwater, pulls back the curtain on how the popular hip-hop magazine, SuperFly, that launched in the early 90s, came to be and why it ultimately folded.
LOS ANGELES, Calif., Aug. 27, 2014 (MuseWire) — Larkin McLean got her start sitting in at jazz clubs, taking piano lessons from Sarah Vaughan’s accompanist George Gaffney, and studying Flamenco dance. You can hear it woven eloquently throughout her new record, ‘Ladybug.’ A follow-up to the well-received ‘If You’re a Wild Girl, Say Aye,’ McLean first hit the scene with her self-titled album.
RALEIGH, N.C., Aug. 12, 2014 (MuseWire) — The National Inclusion Project and Co-founders Clay Aiken and Diane Bubel are proud to announce the Magic of a Smile Champions Gala to be held September 20 in Raleigh, N.C. celebrating Champions of Inclusion and ensuring that no child sits on the sidelines.
Fifth Annual Magdelena Bash Arizona Wine Harvest and Music Festival Scheduled for August 23 at Kief-Joshua Vineyards
TUCSON, Ariz., Aug. 1, 2014 (MuseWire) — In celebration of this year’s harvest, Kief-Joshua Vineyards will host the Magdelena Bash Harvest festival on August 23, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
NEW YORK, N.Y., July 30, 2014 (MuseWire) — Easeusapp, the pioneer provider of mobile app and games announced that the new YouTube music videos browse and play iOS app-PhonTunes for iOS now is available worldwide. PhonTunes for iOS aims to deliver high quality YouTube Music videos streams to music fans, thus can bring new way of enjoying music videos.