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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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Toontrack Basic Jazz MIDI for EZdrummer 2 and Superior Drummer 2
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Toontrack announced the release of Basic Jazz MIDI - drum MIDI for EZdrummer 2 and Superior Drummer 2Toontrack has announced the release of Basic Jazz MIDI, a package of traditional jazz and swing drum MIDI comping variations. This marks the forty-fifth title in the company’s ever-growing assortment of drum MIDI for EZdrummer 2 and Superior Drummer 2. Basic Jazz MIDI comes with eight and 16 bar variations of fundamental swing comping patterns in 3/4 and 4/4 time, all categorized by increasing intensity and complexity. It was performed by Toontrack’s Norman Garschke, a traditionally trained drummer with a masters degree in jazz performance from the Conservatories of Hilversum and Amsterdam.

”To me, jazz drums is about composing in real-time, about staying in the moment and letting yourself go. I think the best term to describe it is ’instant composition’. The idea behind this collection was to capture just that – variations of rhythmical comping ideas and melodies a jazz drummer would play to accompany a band”, he says...

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Blue Cat's PatchWork 1.62 Universal Plug-In Patch Bay
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Blue Cat Audio Releases Blue Cat's PatchWork 1.62 with Brand New UI Theme - Get 10% off!Blue Cat Audio has released an update for Blue Cat's PatchWork, adding a new UI theme and several features to its "universal plug-ins patch bay" plug-in and standalone application.

Blue Cat's PatchWork 1.62 now includes a new "light blue" user interface theme, in addition to its original darker color scheme. Switching between included and third party skins has also been made easier with this new release that also includes several other improvements (full list below). The update is free for existing customers and is available for download from the same page as the initial purchase (link received by email). Demo versions can also be downloaded as a standalone application or in VST, RTAS, AAX, Audio Unit and DirectX plug-ins formats, for both Mac and PC (32 and 64-bit)...

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Sound Forge Pro Mac 2.5 and SpectraLayers Pro 3
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Sony Releases Free Update To Sound Forge Pro Mac And Version Upgrade To SpectraLayers ProSony Creative Software, a leading global provider of professional editing and authoring solutions, released a free 2.5 update to Sound Forge™ Pro Mac, and a Version 3 upgrade to SpectraLayers™ Pro [WIN/MAC]. Sound Forge Pro: Advanced Audio Waveform Editor [WIN/MAC] is the application of choice for a generation of audio editors. The free 2.5 update for OS X features disc-at-once CD burning, the classic Wave Hammer compressor/limiter plug-in, and other improvements. The award-winning SpectraLayers Pro: Advanced Audio Spectrum Editor stands at the forefront of the audio spectrum editing movement. Parallel developments in program design and core engine performance combine to deliver the most highly-evolved and surgically precise spectral editing platform available.

While Sound Forge and SpectraLayers Pro are standalone applications, both are configured to work seamlessly with each other, providing a comprehensive editing environment that combines deep waveform and spectrum editing capabilities...

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Cakewalk SONAR Artist, Professional, and Platinum
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Cakewalk Shakes Up the World of Recording Software with a Brand New SONAR lineupCakewalk, dedicated to powerful and thoughtfully designed software for modern musicians, announces global availability of a brand new SONAR product lineup and a revolutionary new model for buying and owning software.

There are no more SONAR “version numbers”; the software at the time of purchase is always the latest version, thanks to Cakewalk’s innovative Membership model which is included for 12 months upon purchase. Cakewalk thrives on constant improvement with continuous development, so now updates including a mix of new program features, original content, tutorials, new presets, and more roll out approximately once a month to members. Additionally, now members have the option to choose either the traditional upfront payment, or make convenient monthly payments. But unlike “subscription” models (which are in essence just rental programs), after 12 months anything acquired during the Membership is fully authorized and never expires—regardless of whether Membership is renewed or not...

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Acoustica Mixcraft 7 and Mixcraft Pro Studio 7
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Acoustica releases Mixcraft 7 and Mixcraft Pro Studio 7Acoustica is pleased to announce the release of Mixcraft 7 and Mixcraft Pro Studio 7, a major upgrade to their award-winning Mixcraft recording software. This updated version of Acoustica's flagship recording software is packed with new features, including 32-bit and 64-bit versions, a stunning new interface, live loop and sample triggering, audio warping and quantizing, enhanced control surface support, plug-in management, hundreds of new loops and samples, powerful new virtual instruments and effects, and dozens of other improvements.

The flexible new Performance Panel is ideal for composing and performing music both live and in the studio, allowing real-time triggering and automatic synchronization of audio loops, MIDI clips, and samples. The Performance Panel can be manipulated using Novation's Launchpad controller, a MIDI controller, mouse, or computer keyboard. Mixcraft 7 features support for Mackie-compatible control surfaces, as well as Frontier Design Group's Tranzport control surface, and can be easily configured to work with any MIDI controller. Mixcraft 7 can also...

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Sample Logic CYCLONE RETWISTED
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Sample Logic releases CYCLONE RETWISTED Virtual InstrumentCompletely re-engineered and re-imagined, CYCLONE RETWISTED is the next generation of Sample Logic's CYCLONE. Now equipped with Sample Logic's proprietary Step and FX Animator technology along with a new dual-voice additive synthesizer, CYCLONE RETWISTED is truly a one-stop shop for astounding, inspiring electronic sounds, and the ultimate sample synth solution for Kontakt. This powerhouse virtual instrument contains over 475 brand new instruments and multis ranging from multi-layer motion pads and cinematic harmonic instruments to dubstep inspired basses, electronic hybrid leads, and experimental drum kits. CYCLONE RETWISTED also includes the original award-winning CYCLONE 1.0 in its entirety, as well as the Glow Multi expansion pack, providing a grand total of 850+ instruments and multis. So whether you're on a tight deadline, in need of inspirational presets and production tools, or looking to dig deep and create your own twisted instruments, CYCLONE RETWISTED delivers amazing multi presets and instruments that are production ready and can be quickly customized for instant transformation.

How It’s Organized
CYCLONE RETWISTED is intuitively organized and divided into specific useful categories:...

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Auto-Tune 8 with Flex-Tune Pitch Correction
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Antares Audio Technologies announces the launch of Auto-Tune 8 with Flex-Tune Pitch CorrectionAntares Audio Technologies announces the release of Auto-Tune 8, the latest version of the world’s leading recording software plugin for creating perfectly tuned, natural sounding recordings and dramatic vocal effects. The release of Auto-Tune 8 introduces a number of innovative features that build on the product’s legacy as the best-selling audio plugin of all-time.

The most technologically advanced of these new features, Flex-Tune, allows users to control the level of correction applied to notes that are out of tune. This feature allows singers a greater freedom when expressing a song’s emotional moments in vocal recordings. "We are extremely excited about the release of Auto-Tune 8," said Dr. Andy Hildebrand, Antares CEO and Chief Scientist. "While Auto-Tune has always provided the most natural-sounding and pristine correction available, the introduction of Flex-Tune establishes an entirely new benchmark for natural real-time pitch correction. With Flex-Tune, singers can count on seamless Auto-Tune correction where needed, but know that their unique vocal expressivity will remain intact..."
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XILS-lab XILS Vocoder 5000 Plug-In
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XILS-lab launches last word in vocoding with powerful plug-in inspired by EMS flagshipMusic software company XILS-lab is proud to announce availability of XILS Vocoder 5000 — inspired by its expensive EMS Vocoder 5000 hardware (partial) namesake (still held high in analogue awe) as an awe-inspiring, affordable vocoder plug-in for Mac (32- and 64-bit, AU, AAX, RTAS, VST 2.4, and VST 3 for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher) and PC (32- and 64-bit, AAX, RTAS, and VST for Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8) — as of December 23.

By (typical dictionary) definition, a vocoder is an analysis and synthesis system used to reproduce human speech. Speaking historically, Homer Dudley, a research physicist at Bell Laboratories in New Jersey, USA, developed the Voice Operated reCOrDER (VOCODER) way back in 1939 as a research device to test compression schemes for the secure transmission of voice signals over copper telephone lines. Later...

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Spitfire Audio SD01 DUSTBUNDLE and REDCOLA TRAILER GIANT V1
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Spitfire Audio SD01 DUSTBUNDLE and REDCOLA TRAILER GIANT V1Compositional tools creator Spitfire Audio is proud to announce availability of SD01 DUSTBUNDLE and REDCOLA TRAILER GIANT volume #1 — the first releases in its so-called Extended Family range of sample libraries produced by third-party developers — as of January 5.

As a growing company concern, Spitfire Audio began by asking a simple question: why are samples recorded differently to normal recordings? Rising through the ranks to become a leading light in developing distinctive-sounding sample libraries initially involved careful consideration of the recording room, the mics, the engineers, the musicians, and then the instruments. Inevitably it then became about the artists, and this predictably posed new questions: where do the best samples come from? Sample developers or Oscar-, Grammy®-, Ivor Novello-, and BRIT Award-winning artists? Subsequently, Spitfire Audio scoured the world to find the most inspiring people making the most inspiring sounds — people like Hollywood soundtrack supremo Hans Zimmer, with whom the company collaborated on bringing a tantalising take on his truly trailblazing approach to cinematic percussion production to the musical masses as part of its successful Signature range, for instance...

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