Waldorf’s new small footprint string synthesizer, which was previewed at the Musicmesse 2014 in Germany, is now available and shipping to music instrument retailers. According to Waldorf, “the Streichfett String Synthesizer is successfully bringing back to life the extinct string synthesizer sounds of yesteryear with a modern-day musical twist.” From the news announcement: Back in […]
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LOS ANGELES, Calif., July 1, 2014 (MuseWire) — When the John Dellroy Band cranks it up on stage, audiences are treated to a melodic onslaught. ‘We rock, but with folk and electronic influences, and the melodies are designed to let you hum along immediately and even sing with us after you hear the hook just a couple of times,’ states lead vocalist John Dellroy.
ADSP Chapter 24: The blues will never die. Here’s one reason: Audiences have a visceral response to the music, even if it’s done merely adequately. And when it’s done well, the audience reaction can be amazing. Either way, when somebody is playin’ da blooze it means that guys will be drinking and girls will be dancing. In other words, a good time will be had by all.
The 2012 movie “Searching for Sugar Man” belatedly made a minor star out of the musician Sixto Diaz Rodriguez. Its basic premise is that somehow his records became hits in South Africa but everybody thought he was dead, so they went looking for him. In fact, he was alive all along in Detroit, pursuing a modest career as a day laborer. Rodriguez was signed to the independent label Sussex Records.
ADSP Chapter 23: When hired guns go solo, the results can be “meh” or “yowza,” but studio great Carl Verheyen (“ver-HIGH-un”) consistently wows the crowds. Los Angeles is full of guitar aces for hire and one of the best has a name you can’t pronounce. You have heard quite a lot of the work of Carl Verheyen even though you may not be aware of it.
ADSP Chapter 21: Some guitarists play at lightning speed but it’s the tone, the style, and the aura of magic that define the true heroes of the electric guitar. Joe Satriani. You’ve heard his work or you’ve heard his name, and he’s either the greatest thing since sex or he’s simply a technical master who goes through his shtick very well but has no true worth. (I look forward to your letters.)
ADSP Chapter 22: Blues guitar virtuoso Buddy Guy succeeds on every level from soul to sizzle to showmanship. Sitting in his trailer before taking the stage for a festival performance, Buddy Guy is philosophical about his place in the pantheon of blues guitarists.
ADSP Chapter 2 — God of Guitar: A Visceral Reaction to Jeff Beck — There are 6,189 seats in the Gibson Amphitheater and guitar players are in 5,133 of them. Girlfriends of guitar players are in the rest. The occasion is a rare appearance by Jeff Beck, a somewhat reclusive Englishman whose stunning fret-board work has influenced pop, rock, heavy metal, blues, R&B, and jazz-rock fusion.
MuseWire: High-end studio processor manufacturer elysia is proud to announce availability of the xfilter 500, a true stereo EQ in 500 series format. The entire audio path of the xfilter 500 consists of 100% Class-A circuitry, resulting in an exceptionally open ‘boutique’ sound with impeccable transient projection and solid punch. These sensational sonic characteristics combine […]
XILS-lab launches XILS V+ virtual instrument and effects plug-in, recreates Roland VP-330 Vocoder Plus
MuseWire: XILS-lab is proud to announce availability of its XILS V+ virtual instrument and effects plug-in, a faithful emulation of a well-known keyboard vocoder classic, as of May 27, 2013. Following a year of intense instrument modelling deep inside XILS-lab’s ear-opening laboratories, the XILS V+ virtual instrument and effects plug-in has finally emerged, sounding nigh […]
MuseWire: AV Networking World 2013, which will be held in Orlando, Florida on June 11, has been approved by InfoComm International as a CTS accredited training program. Certified Technology Specialists (CTSÒ) who participate in this informative networking training will be eligible to receive 4 RU Credits upon completion of the class. This free all-day training […]
MuseWire: Music software and hardware company Arturia is introducing a timely time- limited pricing promotion for its limited-edition Dr. Bob’s Collector Pack produced in collaboration with — and in aid of — The Bob Moog Foundation as a tribute to synthesizer pioneer Dr. Bob Moog who would have been 79 on May 23, 2013. Arturia’s […]
MuseWire: Focusrite is pleased to announce the introduction of two new members of its Scarlett range of USB 2.0 audio interfaces: the Scarlett 18i8 (18 in, 8 out) and Scarlett 6i6 (6-in, 6-out). Both feature award-winning Focusrite mic pres, designed specifically for Focusrite’s computer music interfaces, and Focusrite’s renowned precision 24bit/96KHz conversion for maximum transparency. […]
UVI releases Demo Version of their Electro Suite collection dedicated to Electro, EDM and Dance music
MuseWire: UVI has released a Demo Version of their Electro Suite collection dedicated to Electro, EDM and Dance music. The 5 instruments of Electro Suite – DrumShaper, DirtyMONO, CarminePoly, SweepMachine and MissionControl – come packed with nearly 4.5 GB of sample material carefully recorded from over 2 decades of choice equipment at 24-bit / 96 […]
MuseWire NEWS: Today, synthesizer developer Waldorf is proud to announce availability of Rocket Control, a free iOS assistant app for iPad that boosts the capabilities of its Rocket hardware synthesizer. Earlier this year, Waldorf went “hell for leather” (according to the company press release) to break the price/performance sound barrier when launching its revolutionary Rocket, […]
Risskov, Denmark (MuseWire) – The spotlight moves on to the next guitarist in the runaway success TonePrint series – and lands on Gary Lucas. Gary is a Grammy(R) -nominated songwriter, composer for film and television, and an international recording artist with over twenty solo albums to date. His TonePrints for Hall Of Fame reverb, Flashback […]
BERLIN (MuseWire) – Native Instruments today launched a new range of iMASCHINE Expansions with the release of KAOZ THEORY – created by the much-lauded DJ and producer Kerri ‘Kaoz’ Chandler. These new iMASCHINE Expansions will be created in collaboration with internationally renowned artists from different genres, and will be available for iMASCHINE only. Users can […]
SAN JOSE, Calif. (MuseWire) — Music and audio technology developer Muse Research & Development is proud to announce availability of RECEPTOR QU4TTRO and RECEPTOR TRIO, the latest additions to its line of dedicated hardware plug-in players.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (MuseWire) — According to a newsletter from Moog Music today, “It is with great honor that we announce that Bob Moog is one of the United States Patent and Trademark Office 2013 National Inventors Hall of Fame inductees.” This is an honor that is bestowed to “individuals who conceived, patented, and advanced so many of the great technological achievements that have changed our world.”
MuseWire NEWS: The busy bees at KV331 Audio continue to hone their formidable virtual synth instrument with yet another periodic update, now at v2.6. There is likely no other bit of music making software out there with this many continuous enhancements made in response to both user input and actual feature additions. This update brings […]
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (MuseWire) — JMWest Entertainment announced today that they will host a release party for signed recording artist JUSTICE and her new single “By My Side.” The event will be held at the Gibson Showroom in Beverly Hills on March 19, 2013.
ECHT, The Netherlands (MuseWire) – Respected virtual instrument and plug-in developer Rob Papen has this week announced availability of two limited-edition synth plug-in bundles, EDM Synth Bundle and Urban Synth Bundle, each comprising three carefully-chosen Rob Papen virtual instruments with combined savings of around 45 percent. The aptly-named EDM Synth Bundle is a highly-flexible, Herculean […]
BERLIN, Germany (MuseWire) – Today, Native Instruments announced “HELIOS RAY” – a new MASCHINE Expansion providing sounds and beats drawing from London’s broken beat scene and LA’s abstract beat producers. Containing three separate styles of drum kits as well as unique Melodic Kits and new MASSIVE presets, HELIOS RAY is out now for MASCHINE and […]
Audinate and Innovative Electronic Designs Announce Licensing Agreement for Dante digital-media networking technology
PORTLAND, Ore. (MuseWire) – Audinate is pleased to announce that Innovative Electronic Designs, LLC has licensed Audinate’s Dante digital-media networking technology and will incorporate Dante into several exciting new products. Audinate’s patented Dante solution is a media networking solution suite designed to transport many channels of high-resolution, uncompressed, low-latency digital media over relatively long distances […]
ADSP Chapter 20: Life can be a bit of a crapshoot. For example, one never knows when a night on the town will bring you face-to-face with magnificent music. SONIA DADA — They played for 115 minutes and the crowd was panting for more. That just goes to show you what can happen when a great group sings terrific tunes. This delightful situation went beyond mere sonic pleasure and became almost cosmic because Sonia Dada has tapped into the primal force of life.
Komplete 9 announced by Native Instruments featuring new Monark analog-modeling synth and Battery 4 Virtual Drum Machine
BERLIN, Germany (MuseWire) – Today, Native Instruments announced the latest generation of its two industry-standard KOMPLETE software bundles. KOMPLETE 9 includes 33 instruments and effects with six new additions, including the brand-new MONARK monosynth, plus the completely redesigned BATTERY 4 drum sampler. KOMPLETE 9 ULTIMATE includes all 65 current KOMPLETE Instruments and Effects at the […]
Philly Teen Country Music Phenom Releases Debut Album – ‘Torri Melhart – The Acoustic Sessions EP’ Hits iTunes, Amazon Worldwide
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (MuseWire) — Meet Torri Melhart, a 14-year-old Country singer and songwriter from the Philadelphia area who is having a great year. More than 50,000 Twitter followers and 3,000 Facebook fans make up her “Melhearts” and are helping her generate tremendous buzz as a young performer trying to prove herself on the national country music scene.
MELVILLE, N.Y. (MuseWire) – Today, Korg announced their virtual instrument Legacy Collection is finally available in 64-bit. The collection is a complete software recreation of five legendary KORG Synthesizers – the MS-20, Polysix, Mono/Poly, M1 and WAVESTATION – complemented by the included MDE-X Effects Suite, which boasts 19 different effects algorithms. Although previously announced as […]
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (MuseWire) — Today, Haken Audio announced a new firmware version for the Continuum Fingerboard, version 5.50. Among the updates, the number of “carefully crafted internal preset sounds” for the EagenMatrix has been increased by 16. Included in these new sounds are designs using the new timbre elements available in the GrainSilo.
Calculate Royalties with QuickBooks Data – DashBook Software Extends Integration with Widely-Used Accounting System
HOUSTON, Texas (MuseWire) — Financial Softworks, LLC announced today the release of the latest enhancements to their popular DashBook Royalty Pro system, which now includes the ability to directly create royalty checks or bill payments within Intuit’s QuickBooks.
Paris, France (MuseWire) — Adding to their recent lineup of classic (“vintage”) synth sound instruments based on ’70s and ’80s synthesizers, UVI has released the “UVX-3P” which is clearly inspired by the Roland JX-3P, one of the first MIDI-enabled analog-digital keyboards.
Youth Musicians ‘Heartbeat’ from Israeli and Palestinian to Perform at US Department of State in Washington, DC
WASHINGTON, D.C. (MuseWire) – Musical group and interfaith non-profit organization HEARTBEAT will perform and participate in a discussion at the U.S. Department of State on Wednesday, March 6, at 3 p.m. in the Dean Acheson Auditorium. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs will host the Jerusalem-based organization that unites Israeli and Palestinian youth musicians […]
PORTLAND, Ore. (MuseWire) – Today, Audinate shared the news that they have updated their Dante Virtual Soundcard software for Windows, with version 3.2.0. According to the company announcement, “The Dante Virtual Soundcard allows your PC or Mac to connect your favorite audio application directly to a Dante audio network. Dante Virtual Soundcard uses the standard […]
MuseWire NEWS: Today, Akai Pro has announced updated MPC Software with a “completely redesigned plugin architecture,” now with support for multi-timbral VST and AU plugins, and access to the same plugin across multiple sequences. Also notable is the SP1200 Ring, offering an all-new “Vintage Mode” with a classic SP1200 trick to give you raw 12-bit […]
PORTLAND, Ore. (MuseWire) – Today, Audinate, the creators of Dante™ media networking solutions, have announced a special promotion for their popular Dante Virtual Soundcard software. The single seat license normally sells for $149.99 is now discounted 80% and can be purchased for $29.99 for a limited time. The Dante Virtual Soundcard allows a PC/Mac to […]
KV331 Audio updates SynthMaster Virtual Instrument to v188.8.131.52, plus new sound bank from Nori Ubukata
Music Industry Newswire NEWS: The folks at KV331 have recently announced their latest update to SynthMaster 2.5. As the virtual instrument continues to evolve, KV331 has done a remarkable job of quashing bugs while at the same time adding and enhancing features such as stereo panning for stereo SFZ oscillators, and multiple user preset folders. As per usual the major update is free of charge to registered owners.
SLOVAKIA (MuseWire) – Relative newcomer to the sound patch and instrument sound scene, Slovakia based “123creative.com” has announced a new sound-set for NI’s “MASSIVE” virtual instrument, called “Dreamscape.” According to the company, “Dreamscape contains 148 presets ranging from lush and smooth pads to dirty screaming basses and otherworldly plucks and atmospheres. The set consists of […]
Paris, France (MuseWire — UVI has announced that the sound wizards at VI Labs’ wonderful keyboard libraries are now “powered by UVI.” Per the UVI press release, “We at UVI are very pleased to welcome aboard VI Labs, whose products integrate cutting-edge technology resulting in highly efficient, realistic and deeply customizable sound tools.” VI Labs’ […]
RISSKOV, Denmark (MuseWire) – TC Electronic is announcing the immediate availability of two brand-new TonePrints made in close collaboration with Guitar World legend Paul Riario. Paul’s two TonePrints are available free of charge via www.tcelectronic.com/paul-riario or through the free TonePrint app for iOS and Android. Paul spent some time at TC HQ towards the end […]
EDINBURGH, U.K. (MuseWire) – This past week, professional audio plug-ins developer Camel Audio announced availability of Alchemy Player v1.55, a major update to its free popular Alchemy Sound Library and SFZ player synthesizer, together with “Taste of Camel,” a tasty Alchemy appetiser for all users (free for owners of the full version of Alchemy). While […]
BERLIN, Germany (MuseWire) – This week, Native Instruments released TRAKTOR DJ – “a unique, hands-on DJ app built from the ground up for iPad aimed at DJs of all levels from novices to touring professionals.” Created by the same team behind the top-selling TRAKTOR brand, TRAKTOR DJ strikes a balance between instant, fun usability and […]
WASHINGTON, D.C. (MuseWire) – The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs is pleased to announce that San Francisco-based hip hop group Audiopharmacy will tour Southeast Asia and the Pacific as part of the American Music Abroad program. With roots in hip hop, Audiopharmacy fuses live instrumentation and global musical styles, making […]
Stewart Audio announces technology licensing agreement with Audinate PTY, LTD for compact Networked Amplifiers
SILICON VALLEY, Calif. (MuseWire) – Stewart Audio, an innovator in small, compact Networked Amplifiers is pleased to announce a technology licensing agreement with Audinate PTY, LTD the inventors of Dante™ the award winning, digital media networking solution. Stewart Audio will be one of the first licensees to offer a Dante Ultimo™ solution in their line […]
Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship 2013-2014: U.S. Dept. of State and mtvU Announce Artists to Help Nominate Candidates
WASHINGTON, D.C. (MuseWire) – The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and mtvU, MTV’s 24-hour college network, announce today musical artists Imagine Dragons, Rita Ora and Steve Aoki will help review and nominate candidates for the 2013-2014 Fulbright-mtvU Fellowships. The Department of State sponsors Fulbright-mtvU Fellowships to promote music as a […]
WASHINGTON, D.C. (MuseWire) – The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that ensembles of the Afghan National Institute of Music (ANIM) will travel to three cities in the United States from February 3-15 for performances and cultural exchange with American youth orchestras. The group will begin its tour with a small ensemble performance […]
PORTLAND, Ore. (MuseWire) – Audinate is proud to announce the newest member of the Dante product family: Ultimo. Ultimo is a complete, fully-featured, ready-to-use Dante interface for networked audio products, integrated into a single 13 x 13mm chip. By providing an integrated, cost-effective networked audio solution over a 100Mbps Ethernet interface, Ultimo extends the benefits […]
ANAHEIM, Calif. (MuseWire) — WINTER NAMM: Korg USA announces the King Korg analog modeling synth. Focused on live performance, it features Korg’s new XMT (Xpanded Modeling Technology) engine, with many types of oscillators and filters that can accurately model sought-after vintage analog synths. With its controls laid out in easily identifiable sections, King Korg delivers the unique characteristics of a dedicated synthesizer, while remaining approachable to players who are new to synthesizers.
Native Instruments announces Reverb Classics, two premium-quality algorithmic reverbs inspired by renowned studio hardware
BERLIN, Germany (MuseWire) — Even though Native Instruments no longer attends NAMM to showcase new products, they can still time their news for the show. Native Instruments this week launched REVERB CLASSICS – two premium-quality algorithmic reverbs inspired by renowned studio hardware. While each effect has its own distinct sound, both provide a rich, harmonic character that adds dimension and depth to any source.
BATON ROUGE, La. (MuseWire) – PreSonus has announced that the company has licensed Audinate’s Dante digital-media networking technology and will incorporate Dante into optional networking cards for several of its new products. Audinate’s patented Dante solution is a combination of software, hardware, and standard TCP/IP protocols designed to transport many channels of high-resolution, uncompressed, low-latency […]