BERLIN, Germany — Native Instruments just announced KORESOUND PACKS, a new line of affordable high-quality sound packs for use in KORE 2, the innovative instrument host system. KORESOUND PACKS are carefully engineered sound collections that allow musicians of various genres to selectively expand the sonic scope of KORE 2.
Category: Synth News
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — BETA Records LLC, in anticipation of their upcoming release of Version 3 of their online music social community, has created a technological innovation that could ultimately allow websites to become more dynamic, creative and sophisticated while enabling companies to cut costs and reduce loads on servers needed in large-scale clusters.
PFINZTAL, Germany — Return to Analog. VTAPE is a set of two plug-ins based on a thorough simulation of the famous sound of analog tape machines. VTAPE Saturator simulates the recording and playback on an analog tape mastering machine.
CHAMPLAIN, N.Y. — CME is now shipping their new M-Key portable MIDI controller in the US. M-Key is a 49-key MIDI keyboard featuring an ultra-thin, full-action semi-weighted keyboard, a joystick control, a mobile phone sound module, trigger pad, knob controller, U-CTRL and speaker.
NEW YORK, N.Y. — Killian Wells, an up-and-coming young pop singer, songwriter and producer, has allegedly become the target of a stalker from British Columbia, Canada, according to his label Inferno Records. Wells claims the overly zealous fan has e-mailed and made multiple phone calls to his Manhattan recording studio posing as a DJ from a phony radio station in an attempt to obtain unreleased tracks and to set up an interview. As a result, Wells has changed his phone number.
D’Accord Music Releases iChords 2.0 – Allows Musicians to Download and Recognize Files from Multiple Media Sources
RECIFE, Brazil — D’Accord Music Software, the Brazilian leader in music software, announces a new version of its award-winning software – iChords – that recognizes and presents chords from any MP3, WMA files or CDs. By using iChords 2.0, the new version, musicians can learn how to play any song on keyboard or guitar. It also exports song videos to iPods(TM) and mobile phones.
Singer and Author Dee Dee Phelps to Receive Best Pop Campaign Award at Book Publicists Awards Dinner
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Former TV anchor, author, and celebrity presenter Kelly Lange will give the Best Pop Campaign Award to Dee Dee Phelps for her 2007 promotion of “Vinyl Highway, Singing as Dick and Dee Dee” (ISBN: 978-1-934321-75-1). The award will be presented at the 13th annual Book Publicists of Southern California Awards Dinner.
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — As an international distributor of electronic musical instruments during the 1990s, Geoff Farr frequently spent long nights in European hotel rooms watching the only television programs that required no translation: short experimental videos backed with electronic music scores. Farr says German television was an especially rich medium for an American insomniac interested in creative new videos.
MEYLAN, France — Based on the much-acclaimed Analog Factory 2.0, a software instrument offering 3500 legendary synthesizer sounds, Analog Factory Experience includes a high quality 32-key, custom-made, MIDI keyboard. Musicians just need to plug in the keyboard via USB and launch the software. From there they can put their mouse away, everything is easily controllable from the keyboard.
MODENA, Italy — IK Multimedia is pleased to announce that SampleMoog(TM), the Moog(TM) Synth Anthology Virtual Instrument, a cooperation between IK Multimedia, Moog Music(R) and Sonic Reality, is now shipping. SampleMoog(TM) includes the sounds of all the most sought-after Moog synthesizers spanning the entire Moog history, in an easy-to-use, sample-based virtual instrument “powered by SampleTank.”
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — International Productions, a Los Angeles based company, today announced that baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky will perform one live concert on the stage of the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on November 11, 2007 at 7:30 p.m. Accompanied by conductor Constantine Orbelian and the Russian Chamber Orchestra.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Georg van Handel (CEO) and Chris Honetschlaeger (President) with BETA Records, LLC, announced today that they will partner with Limelight Networks to allow users to stream and download songs and videos at lightning speeds. Using their reliable network to distribute content globally, music fans will enjoy a high-quality rich media experience.
Improvised Guitar Music on Brian Butler’s ‘Axuality’ Album is Aimed at the Head as well as the Heart
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — With a new genre of music called axuality, guitarist Brian Butler is composing and performing music with a lofty goal: to improve listeners’ mental outlook while enjoying cool, unique guitar playing. Whether performing live or when recording his just-released album, also entitled “Axuality,” Brian Butler improvises layers of sounds in order to emphasize the purity of the creative process.
HAMBURG, Germany — Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH is proud to announce a new version of its award-winning Nuendo audio production environment. Nuendo 4 offers a range of new features and technologies dedicated to mixers, engineers and editors in post production, studio recording and live recording.
BOSTON, Mass. — Take a fresh look at your evolving music creation and production needs, and turn to SONAR 7 Producer Edition, the technology leading digital audio workstation. SONAR offers a remarkable experience that excels at every step of your production – from its inspiring, open and customizable environment, to intuitive music creation and editing tools, to polished mixing, editing and delivery – with the recognized best audio quality in the industry.
NEW YORK, N.Y. — Korg is pleased to announce the release of system version 1.3 for Korg’s flagship OASYS synthesizer, delivering the next level of the sound-creating and performance potential of this acclaimed instrument. In addition to new features and enhancements, version 1.3 includes a new version of KARMA (2.1), and makes available two more optional expansions: the MOD-7 Waveshaping VPM Synthesizer, and the EXs-3 Brass & Woodwinds Expansion sample library.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — The National Association of Record Industry Professionals (NARIP) recently announced their seminar line-up for September and October, 2007, which includes “Art of the Music Deal” (with music biz attorneys Todd Cooper and Dina Lapolt), and “Producing Hit Songs” (with Tena Clark).
GRENOBLE, France — Arturia announced today that they will soon publish a major upgrade to Analog Factory, to be called Analog Factory 2.0, and which will be free to curreny registered users. Most notable is inclusion of Jupiter-8V presets and nearly twice the sound “patches.”
BUENA PARK, Calif. — Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH is pleased to announce that Groove Agent 3 is now shipping to resellers in the US though Yamaha Corporation of America. Groove Agent 3 provides new virtual drummer modules, drum kits and a range of other features to provide a complete and unique virtual drumming solution within one VST instrument.
ST PETERSBURG, Fla. — TrueFire, the leading interactive video software publisher of educational content for musicians, released two new interactive video courses for intermediate and advanced level guitarists. Blues Rock: Secret Sauce and Blues Rock Evolution thoroughly examine contemporary rhythm patterns, soloing concepts and improvisation for modern blues-rock guitar.
NEW YORK, N.Y. — From October 5 to 8, 2007, the AES Convention will return to New York City for what is gearing up to be another record-breaking event. It will be held at the Javits Center in Manhattan where you will have easy access to all of the cultural and business opportunities in the “Big Apple.”
CUPERTINO, Calif. — Apple today unveiled Logic(R) Studio, a comprehensive suite of professional tools that gives musicians everything they need to create, produce and perform in the studio and on the stage for just $499. Logic Studio features Logic Pro 8, a major upgrade that combines an intuitive new interface with Logicâ€™s renowned sound quality.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Native Instruments today announced KONTAKT 3, the latest version of its industry-leading software sampler. With its powerful high-resolution audio engine, comprehensive sound shaping capabilities, unique KSP script programming, and universal sample format compatibility, KONTAKT has established the cutting edge of sampling technology for music production, live performance and sound design.
ST. HELENA, Calif. — Dave Smith Instruments (DSI) announced on Auguest 31st that the newly designed Prophet ’08 is now shipping to authorized dealers, and is available direct from DSI. In addition to the standard Prophet ’08 features, the Special Edition includes red lighted wheels, exotic leopardwood end panels, and a special commemorative overlay signed by Dave.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Audiofile Engineering, a premier developer of audio solutions for the Mac, has recently acquired Rax version 2 software from PLASQ, makers of Comic Life and other software tools. Rax is intuitive virtual rack software for Mac OS X.
MODENA, Italy — The newly released SampleTank 2.5 is a major update for IKâ€™s industry-standard sample workstation. With an exclusive combination of features and sounds, SampleTank stands apart from any other sample-based virtual instrument, making it one of the most powerful and easy to use solutions for making fully produced songs right out of the box.
The Sphinx Laureates at Carnegie Hall Presented by JPMorgan Chase Features the Nation’s Top Young Black and Latino String Players
NEW YORK, N.Y. — Approximately 25% of Americans are Black or Latino. In our nation’s professional orchestras however, Blacks and Latinos combined comprise approximately 4% of the musicians. On September 25, The Sphinx Organization, the non-profit organization dedicated to building diversity in classical music, will present the all Black and Latino Sphinx Chamber Orchestra and Harlem Quartet at Carnegie Hall.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. and LONDON, England — BETA Records, the online record company, officially launched BETA Records UK (www.betarecords.co.uk) on September 1, opening a London office and a portal for music lovers and artists of every style. This follows the success of BETA Records in the USA, Germany and Mexico.