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Contemporary Orchestration: A Practical Guide
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Contemporary Orchestration: A Practical Guide to Instruments, Ensembles, and MusiciansRoutledge has published Contemporary Orchestration: A Practical Guide to Instruments, Ensembles, and Musicians.

Contemporary Orchestration: A Practical Guide to Instruments, Ensembles, and Musicians teaches students how to orchestrate for a wide variety of instruments, ensembles, and genres, while preparing them for various real-world professional settings ranging from the concert hall to the recording studio. Unlike most orchestration texts, it includes coverage of contemporary instruments and ensembles alongside traditional orchestra and chamber ensembles.

Features include:
* Practical considerations: Practical suggestions for choosing a work to orchestrate, and what to avoid when writing for each instrument...

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Voxengo Polysquasher 2.5 Mastering Compressor Plugin
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Voxengo Polysquasher 2.5 mastering compressor plugin releasedVoxengo Polysquasher update version 2.5 is now available for download. Polysquasher is a mastering compressor plugin for professional music and sound production applications, available in AudioUnit, VST and VST3 plugin formats (including native 64-bit support), for Mac OS X (v10.6 and later), and Windows computers.

Changes version 2.5 implements:

* Added VST3 support.
* Implemented color scheme editor with load and save functions.
* Added "Brown" and "White" color schemes.
* Redesigned the infrastructure controls.

Polysquasher was designed with a main goal: to be transparent. Transparent compression action is a cornerstone for any mastering compressor. Transparency of audio signal processing is necessary to preserve all existing elements in the mix, while compression itself is necessary to make the mix sound uniform to other mixes (tracks) and to make it sound more solid and “glued”...

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Toontrack releases new EZkeys MIDI titles
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Toontrack releases new Boogie EZkeys MIDI and the Roots Music EZkeys MIDI 6 PackToontrack has released two new titles for their widely popular line of MIDI for EZkeys; Boogie EZkeys MIDI and the Roots Music EZkeys MIDI 6 Pack. The bundle includes the Boogie EZkeys MIDI release.

About the Roots Music EZkeys MIDI 6 Pack
The bundle provides provides you with professionally played piano parts, all performed in full song structure blocks and in a variety of intensities. It includes six (6) individual EZkeys titles covering fundamental jazz, blues, boogie, latin, funk and gospel inspired music, ready for the user to drag, drop and create their own songs from. This coupled with the powerful framework of EZkeys gives you not only instant song ideas, it lends you a creative canvas, ready for you to add your own expression to...

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Voxengo VariSaturator 1.11 Saturation Plugin
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Voxengo VariSaturator 1.11 Saturation Plugin ReleasedVoxengo VariSaturator version 1.11 update is now available for download. VariSaturator is an audio effect plugin designed to apply saturation and overdrive effects to audio material. VariSaturator is available in AudioUnit, VST and VST3 plugin formats (including native 64-bit support), for Mac OS X (v10.6 and later), and Windows computers.

Version 1.11 includes the following changes:
* Added VST3 support.
* Implemented color scheme editor with load and save functions.
* Added "Brown" and "White" color schemes.
* Redesigned the infrastructure controls.

For your information, VariSaturator is an audio effect plug-in designed to apply saturation effects over audio material. It can be used both to boost the loudness of the audio tracks, and to apply subtle or strong harmonic coloration. VariSaturator features...

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Creative Sequencing Techniques for Music Production, 2nd Edition
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Creative Sequencing Techniques for Music Production, 2nd Edition from Focal PressFocal Press has published Creative Sequencing Techniques for Music Production: A Practical Guide to Pro Tools, Logic, Digital Performer, and Cubase, 2nd Edition.

Creative Sequencing Techniques for Music Production shows readers how to get the most out of four of the leading audio sequencers – Apple’s Logic Pro, Avid’s Pro Tools, MOTU’s Digital Performer, and Steinberg’s Cubase, and is the book for readers looking to build their skills in composition, orchestration, and mixing using software tools. With a focus on essential tools now part of the everyday creative process in a digital production environment, author Andrea Pejrolo also covers the most recent and cutting-edge techniques, including swipe-comping, time-stretching, and pitch correction...

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Precisionsound Lute Harp for NI Kontakt and Logic EXS24
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Precisionsound releases Lute Harp for NI Kontakt and Logic EXS24Precisionsound has released the Lute Harp sample library for Native Instruments KONTAKT and Logic EXS 24. The Lute Harp (Lauthenharfe) is a small 22-stringed harp with a dreamy tone suitable for folk, early music, and cinematic compositions. We sampled all strings in four velocity layers, with four round robins and numerous glissandi effects. Our patch for Kontakt 3+ includes tremolo and arpeggio controls for beautiful picked patterns. The instrument’s range is three octaves.

The Lute Harp features:
• Each string sampled with four velocity layers
• Release noises
• 37 glissandi and strum effects
• 4 round robins
• 473 stereo 24--‐bit WAV samples...

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OSCiLLOT for Ableton Live
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Introducing OSCiLLOT by Max for Cats: A complete modular synthesizer system for Ableton LiveAbleton, in conjunction with Max for Cats, is pleased to present OSCiLLOT – a Max for Live-based polyphonic modular system with more than 100 freely patchable modules and dozens of pre-patched instruments and audio effects. Users of Ableton Live can build their own synthesizers and audio effects generators simply by connecting together OSCiLLOT’s modules with virtual patch cords – no programming knowledge required. Complementing its extensive collection of modules, OSCiLLOT also boasts a number of features that makes it both fun and educational for Live users to explore the near-infinite possibilities of modular synthesis.

Among the included modules are a wide variety of oscillators, filters, mixers, modulators, amplifiers, sequencers, and more. With these, Live users can patch together their own FM, additive, or subtractive synthesizers, as well as filters, convolution reverbs, mixers, frequency shifters, sequencers, drum machines, compressors, and much, much more...

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eMedia Singing For Dummies Level 1 and 2
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eMedia Music Releases Singing For Dummies Level 2 and Upgraded Singing For DummieseMedia Music Corp., publisher of the world’s best-selling series of music tutorial software, announces the release of the new eMedia Singing For Dummies Level 2 and an upgrade to the eMedia Singing For Dummies software. The new Performance Evaluation feature in eMedia Singing For Dummies Level 2 and the upgraded eMedia Singing For Dummies software makes learning to sing even easier by showing where you sang flat, sharp, or in tune, and grades your performance for an entire piece.

The eMedia Singing For Dummies software is the fun way to learn how to sing or improve your singing. Professional singer and voice teacher Ory Brown, M.M., guides you through more than 80 step-by-step voice lessons. eMedia Singing For Dummies also features eMedia’s Interactive Feedback and new Performance Evaluation which makes learning to sing easy as you master over 35 songs including hits from Diana Ross and John Lennon. eMedia Singing For Dummies Level 2 builds on the lessons found in eMedia Singing For Dummies by adding over 90 more singing lessons created by professional voice instructor, Ory Brown, M.M...

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Avid Pro Tools 12
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Avid Announces Flexible Licensing in Pro Tools, Avid Cloud Collaboration, and New Services in the Avid MarketplaceAvid® has announced Pro Tools® 12, the next generation of the industry-standard digital audio software. Featuring new flexible licensing options, Pro Tools 12 delivers on Avid’s commitment to customer choice, a key element of Avid Everywhere™. The company also announced new innovations to support artist collaboration and content distribution with Avid Cloud Collaboration and new services in the Avid Marketplace.

“These new innovations demonstrate our commitment to providing audio customers with the choice, power, and flexibility they need to create the highest quality music and audio,” said Chris Gahagan, senior vice president of Products and Technology at Avid. “With Pro Tools 12, audio professionals can now access the software in more ways than ever. They can find new talent and plugins, and get wide exposure for their work via the Avid Marketplace. And with the upcoming Avid Cloud Collaboration, customers will be able to create, connect, and collaborate in unprecedented new ways...”

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New Mackie FreePlay Personal PA
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New Mackie FreePlay Personal PA Delivers Flexibility, FreedomMackie has announced an exciting portable, battery-powerable PA that delivers powerful, full-range sound anytime, anywhere - FreePlay Personal PA. Featuring Bluetooth® music streaming, a full-featured 4-channel digital mixer and a powerful control app for iPhone® and iPod touch®, FreePlay is the ultimate all-in-one stereo PA solution for a tremendous range of applications. "FreePlay is perfect for everyone from musicians and singer/songwriters on the go, to educators, public speakers and even everyday music lovers," remarked Matt Redmon, Mackie Senior Product Manager. "FreePlay delivers an amazing solution to all in an innovative, easy-to-use package."

An all-in-one, full-range stereo PA, FreePlay features a high-output 8 inch woofer for unmatched bass response. FreePlay allows users to connect microphones, line or instrument level sources and features an easy-to-use 4-channel digital mixer to control levels, EQ and more...

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Audio-Technica ATH-R70x Professional Open-Back Reference Headphones
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Audio-Technica Debuts ATH-R70x Professional Open-Back Reference HeadphonesAudio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, introduces the ATH-R70x Professional Open-Back Reference Headphones. The ATH-R70x is Audio-Technica’s first professional open-back reference headphone, joining the new ATH-M70x in A-T’s flagship professional headphone lineup. Featuring Audio-Technica’s comfortable, self-adjusting 3D Wing Support Headband Design that adapts to automatically fit any wearer with no need for adjustment, the R70x also has breathable fabric ear-pads, providing prolonged comfort for continuous use in professional environments. The proprietary driver unit, specially designed for the R70x, is the culmination of over 40 years of headphone design and manufacturing experience.

The ATH-R70x employs high-efficiency magnets and a pure alloy magnetic circuit design, reducing distortion and ensuring accurate and extended high frequency response. Use of its carbon composite resin improves structural rigidity to provide detailed transient response. The headphones’ acoustically transparent aluminum honeycomb mesh housing provides a natural and spacious open-back sound...

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Audio-Technica ATH-M70x Professional Monitor Headphones
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Audio-Technica Expands Its M-Series Line of Headphones with New Flagship ATH-M70xAudio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, unveils its ATH-M70x Professional Monitor Headphones, the new flagship model in A-T’s acclaimed M-Series line of headphones. Designed specifically to bring out added detail in the mix, the ATH-M70x professional monitor headphones feature proprietary 45 mm large-aperture drivers with rare earth magnets and copper-clad aluminum wire voice coils and are tuned to accurately reproduce extreme low and high frequencies (5 to 40,000 Hz) while maintaining perfect balance. Featuring rugged, metal design, they are ideal for studio mixing and tracking, FOH, DJ use, personal listening, mastering, post production and audio forensics.

Crafted for lasting durability with a collapsible, space-saving design, the headphones are equipped with 90° swiveling earcups for easy, one-ear monitoring. Maximum power input is 2,000 mW, meaning very low distortion at even high volumes. Professional-grade earpads and headband provide excellent durability and comfort, and detach for easy replacement. The headphones’ circumaural design...

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Spitfire Audio DAVID FANSHAWE - EARTH ENCOUNTERS VOL 1
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Latest Spitfire Signature sampling salvo opens window to the world with Fanshawe field recordings - DAVID FANSHAWE - EARTH ENCOUNTERS VOL 1Compositional tools creator Spitfire Audio is delighted to launch DAVID FANSHAWE - EARTH ENCOUNTERS VOL 1 — the latest addition to its SIGNATURE range of sample-based virtual instruments for Native Instruments’ KONTAKT PLAYER platform, this time showcasing the truly trailblazing archive left behind by English composer, ethnomusicologist, and self-styled musical explorer David Fanshawe.

A distinctive pattern, product, or characteristic by which someone or something can be identified. So reads a typical dictionary definition of the word signature. Spitfire Audio’s SIGNATURE range sample library luminaries certainly have a signature sound — hence the apt appellation. As such, it is an absolute privilege for Spitfire Audio to add the notable name of David Fanshawe — best remembered for his legendary choral work African Sanctus and for his lasting legacy to world music, The Fanshawe Music Archive, about which none other than The British Library Sound Archive advances, “His collection of field recordings and the knowledge this imparts are invaluable...”

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Spitfire Audio THE GRANGE Drum Virtual Instrument
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Spitfire samples rock history with three legendary drummers recorded at one legendary location and launches THE GRANGECompositional tools creator Spitfire Audio is delighted to launch THE GRANGE — its latest, eagerly- anticipated sample-based virtual instrument instalment for Native Instruments’ KONTAKT PLAYER platform, capturing three legendary drummers recorded at one legendary location.

In what has to be the most historic set of recordings made for a sample library to date, Spitfire Audio proudly presents three legendary drummers recorded in one legendary location... Headley Grange. Anyone with a modicum of historical rock music knowledge knows that this former Victorian workhouse, a private — some say haunted — residence nestled in the heart of England’s rural Hampshire, has played host to some of the most influential Sixties and Seventies recording artists that this country has produced, with fellow Brits Bad Company, Fleetwood Mac, and Genesis all spending some productive time there. This unassuming family home really made its mark on the rock music map with the timely arrival of the legendary Led Zeppelin, who made some remarkable recordings there when writing parts of their eponymous Led Zeppelin III and Led Zeppelin IV albums, as well as their Houses Of The Holy and Physical Graffiti fifth and sixth album followups, between 1970 and 1975. Indeed, it was here in 1971 that producer Andy Johns and drummer John Bonham conspired to create what has come to be regarded as the definitive rock drum sound for Led Zeppelin IV closer ‘When The Levee Breaks’...

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Nektar Impact LX 88 Controller Keyboard
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Nektar are shipping the Impact LX 88 Controller Keyboard
Nektar, the company behind Panorama and Impact controller keyboards, today announced the immediate release of Impact LX88. The Impact LX88 is the flagship product in the Impact line and the first Nektar keyboard featuring an 88 note semi-weighted keybed. Developed for keyboard and piano players who need a full-range keyboard, the Impact LX88 is designed with performance in mind. Functions such as split, layer and MIDI out are included giving the performer the ability to set split point, program MIDI channels, Octave and transpose settings, send our program changes for each zone on the fly. A fully featured USB controller keyboard, the Impact LX88 delivers 9 faders, 9 control buttons, 8 pots, 6 transport buttons, 8 velocity sensitive pads, foot switch socket, MIDI out and control wheels. 5 user presets are designed for GM setups, "MIDI learn" capable DAWs and other music software.

The Impact LX88 in addition is fully supported by Nektar DAW Integration, giving it the same pre-mapped control power as the Impact LX25, LX49 and LX61 keyboards. Nektar Impact DAW Integration currently supports...

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