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Groove Monkee Blues Classics MIDI Drum Loops
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Groove Monkee Releases Blues Classics MIDI Drum Loops - Get 25% off!Groove Monkee is proud to announce Blues Classics, a huge collection of classic blues grooves. This pack has 18 complete sets with intros, hat and ride grooves, fills and outro fills. The grooves are a full 12-bars long and fills were recorded for both hat and ride sections meaning fast and easy song construction.

Styles Included
18 sessions with 12-8 slow blues, slow blues, uptempo, funky blues, double shuffle, Crossroads, Reed shuffle, flat tire, Crosscut Saw and more.

Authentic Blues
The sets are arranged with hat & ride sections so you can play REAL blues. If you're looking for good, solid 12-bar blues drumming without the drummer "showing off", check this out...

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Cakewalk SONAR 2016.06 Update Now Available
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Cakewalk Announces SONAR 2016.06 Update for SONAR Artist, Professional and ProducerCakewalk, dedicated to powerful and thoughtfully designed software for modern musicians, announces the new SONAR 2016.06 release for SONAR Artist, Professional and Platinum versions. This month’s “Rolling Update” continues Cakewalk's commitment to improving and optimizing SONAR's core functionality, while delivering new world-class technology every month.

Smart Swipe Track Controls let users instantly enable/disable buttons on multiple tracks by clicking a button in one track, then dragging across adjacent tracks without releasing the mouse button. Smart Swipe is also an extremely effective complement to SONAR’S Quick Grouping feature, which creates temporary groups for most mixer and ProChannel parameters.

SONAR’s alternative UI theme, Tungsten, was introduced in last month's update and quickly became the theme of choice for many users...

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Vir2 Aeris: Hybrid Choir Designer
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Vir2's Aeris: Hybrid Choir Designer Now AvailableVir2 Instruments is proud to introduce Aeris: Hybrid Choir Designer. Aeris combines the usefulness and practicality of beautifully recorded male & female choirs and solo singers with the powerful sound design capabilities of the Kontakt engine. Vir2 multi-sampled all singers performing vowels Ah’s, Oh’s, Oo’s, and Hums. Composers will easily be able to create lush vocal performances for their projects with different articulations including non-vibrato, vibrato, and true legato.

In order to give users a fresh take on vocal performances, Vir2 collaborated with industry-leading professional sound designers to create a diverse collection of vocal pads using Aeris’ choir and solo singer sample content.

Aside from playable vocal patches, Aeris also provides the user with a vast amount of sound design tools for endless customization. With up to four LFO’s, users can...

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Applied Acoustics Systems Lounge Lizard EP-4 NKS Update
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Applied Acoustics Systems releases an NKS-ready version of the Lounge Lizard EP-4 Electric PianoApplied Acoustics Systems is excited to announce that its award-winning Lounge Lizard EP-4 electric piano now supports Native Instrument's NKS extended plug-in format.

NKS brings intuitive and seamless interaction between Lounge Lizard EP-4 and KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards and MASCHINE hardware. Lounge Lizard EP-4's key parameters have been mapped in order to provide optimal tactile control of its physical modeling engine. Furthermore, Lounge Lizard EP-4's entire factory preset library now appears in the powerful tag-based browsers of the MASCHINE and KOMPLETE KONTROL software.

“We are currently working to make our different instruments compatible with the NKS format and Lounge Lizard EP-4 is the first one to be ready,” says Eric Thibeault, marketing director at Applied Acoustics Systems...

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Time & Timbre Update for Ableton Live
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Ableton and Skinnerbox release major update for Time & TimbreAbleton and the electronic duo Skinnerbox have released a major update for Time & Timbre, the versatile rhythm engine and drum synthesis instrument for Live. Available to buy now, or free for existing Time & Timbre owners, the revamped Max for Live toolkit lets you use the engine’s unique rhythm and swing capabilities throughout your music-making process.

Time & Timbre has been a popular tool for Live users since its release in 2014; its five versatile drum synth modules and polymetric groove engine can add intricate polyrhythms, swing and subtle variations to drum productions.

Now added to the Pack are a collection of devices that bring a wealth of rhythmic possibilities. Control any MIDI parameter with groove-induced modulations; spark a ton of ideas for leads and basslines, or...

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Free Native Instruments MASCHINE 2.4.5 Software Update
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Native Instruments releases free MASCHINE 2.4.5 Software UpdateNative Instruments has released the latest free update for their acclaimed MASCHINE family of production tools. The MASCHINE 2.4.5 software provides a new set of features for working with samples within the MASCHINE software. Additional improvements include new ways to work within the Scene paradigm in MASCHINE, new options for audio export, default plug-in settings and more. The MASCHINE 2.4.5 software update is free for all owners of the MASCHINE 2 software and is available now via Service Center.

MASCHINE’s latest update includes a new option for working with samples in Manual slicing mode. Users can now insert slice points on MASCHINE’s pads while the sample is playing – a fast and intuitive way to begin the process of turning a sampled piece of audio into an original composition. A new Variable Scene Length feature allows Scene lengths to be set independent of the length of patterns, making polyrhythms easier to create and freeing producers from extending a pattern just to fit the scene it resides in. Internal plug-in settings are now savable as defaults, accelerating workflow by instantly loading with popular settings defined by the user...

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Propellerhead Reason 9 Music Production Software
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Propellerhead Releases Reason 9 Music Production SoftwarePropellerhead Software today announced that Reason 9 software is now available for purchase. Reason 9 builds on the award-winning Reason platform by introducing a host of new devices, sounds and creative tools that inspire music makers to create more and better music from initial concept to a polished song.

“We’ve seen unprecedented interest in Reason 9 since the beta launched last month, with over 70,000 viewers tuning in to watch our Facebook live stream events,” said Mattias Häggström Gerdt, Propellerhead Product Marketing Manager. “Now we’re excited to make this latest version available to everyone. With new Player devices, new sounds, Pitch Edit, numerous workflow enhancements, and the addition of our popular Pulsar dual-channel LFO synth, Reason 9 is the best version yet for taking musical ideas from inspiration to completion...”

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Eventide Precision Time Align Plug-In
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Perform Audio Surgery with Eventide's Precision Time AlignPrecision Time Align is a high precision sub-sample delay that can slide a track forward or backwards in time. It will help you get perfectly synchronized double-tracked recordings completely eliminating timing anomalies and phase issues from your mix, especially on multi-miked drums, vocals and instruments.

Precision Time Align is ideal for critical engineering tasks such as combining multiple tracks of a single instrument, compensating for phasing from different microphones, or aligning audio segments for a tracking-only session.

Problems incurred when recording drums, an electric guitar cabinet or vocals with more than one microphone are quickly eliminated by Precision Time Align...

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Modartt Vintage Tines MKII for Pianoteq
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Modartt releases electro-acoustic piano Vintage Tines MKIIModartt releases the electro-acoustic piano Vintage Tines MKII for Pianoteq. The instrument accompanies the Vintage Tines MKI and Vintage Reeds W1 as part of the Electric Pianos instrument pack.

Vintage Tines MKII
The Vintage Tines MKII virtual instrument for Pianoteq is physically modelled after the famous electro-acoustic piano MKII, and reflects mechanical improvements made by the manufacturer after the MKI release. The original instrument had its own sound character and personality which are instantly recognizable to 70's Music Lovers, and are faithfully reproduced by the Pianoteq
virtual instrument.

Character and history
Like acoustic pianos, the electro-acoustic pianos generate sound using keys and hammers. However, instead of strings, the hammers strike thin metal tines, which are...

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Developing Expression in Brass Performance and Teaching
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Developing Expression in Brass Performance and Teaching from RoutledgeRoutledge has published Developing Expression in Brass Performance and Teaching. This book helps university music teachers, high school band directors, private teachers, and students develop a vibrant and flexible approach to brass teaching and performance that keeps musical expression central to the learning process.

Strategies for teaching both group and applied lessons will help instructors develop more expressive use of articulation, flexibility in sound production, and how to play with better intonation.

The author shares strategies from today’s best brass instrument performers and teachers for developing creativity and making musical expression central to practicing and performing. These concepts presented are...

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Propellerhead A-List Classic and Power Drummer for Reason
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Propellerhead Expands A-List Series with Classic Drummer and Power DrummerPropellerhead has expanded their A-List Drummer Series with the new A-List Power Drummer and A-List Classic Drummer instruments for Reason. Available immediately, these new A-List Drummer Rack Extensions allow musicians to quickly and easily create realistic, inspiring drum tracks at the touch of a button right within Reason.

Each new A-List Drummer instrument combines the living, breathing performance of a top-notch session drummer with the sonic versatility and competence of a professional engineer in a world-class recording studio. Play, combine and tweak a virtually endless array of drum patterns in real time to create unique, realistic and inspiring performances.

“With the newly expanded A-List Drummer Series, musicians can choose from a wider range of musical styles, including pop, rock, punk, funk, soul and more,” stated Mats Karlöf, Propellerhead Product Marketing Manager...

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Handbook for Sound Engineers, 5th Edition
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Handbook for Sound Engineers, 5th Edition from Focal PressFocal Press has published Handbook for Sound Engineers, 5th Edition. This book is the most comprehensive reference available for audio engineers, and is a must read for all who work in audio.

With contributions from many of the top professionals in the field, including Glen Ballou on interpretation systems, intercoms, assistive listening, and fundamentals and units of measurement, David Miles Huber on MIDI, Bill Whitlock on audio transformers and preamplifiers, Steve Dove on consoles, DAWs, and computers, Pat Brown on fundamentals, gain structures, and test and measurement, Ray Rayburn on virtual systems, digital interfacing, and preamplifiers, Ken Pohlmann on compact discs, and Dr. Wolfgang Ahnert on computer-aided sound system design and room-acoustical fundamentals for auditoriums and concert halls, the Handbook for Sound Engineers is a must for serious audio and acoustic engineers...

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Cakewalk SONAR Platinum Lifetime Updates and More
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Cakewalk Announces SONAR Platinum Lifetime Updates, SONAR OS X Alpha Testing, and an Expanded Commitment to High PerformanceCakewalk, dedicated to powerful and thoughtfully designed software for modern musicians, announces a limited time offer of Lifetime Updates for SONAR Platinum, a public OS X alpha test phase for SONAR, and an expanded commitment to creating the most stable software program available.

SONAR OS X Alpha
This Fall, a free Alpha version of SONAR OS X—which comes with a set of Cakewalk plug-ins and ProChannel modules, works with any Core Audio interface, and includes features like the award-winning Skylight User Interface and critically acclaimed ProChannel customizable channel strip—will become available to gauge the interest of doing a full Mac port.

“Ever since SONAR appeared, Apple users have been asking for a Mac version,” states Cakewalk CTO Noel Borthwick. “We’re excited to explore SONAR for OS X, and open up our award-winning Windows software to a brand new audience of music creators.” Along with this free download...

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The Guide to MIDI Orchestration 4e
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The Guide to MIDI Orchestration 4e from Focal PressFocal Press has published The Guide to MIDI Orchestration 4e.

Since its initial release in 1997, Paul Gilreath's The Guide to MIDI Orchestration has been the premiere text on creating realistic emulations of a symphony orchestra using samplers and computer recording techniques.

Now in its fourth edition, The Guide to MIDI Orchestration explains how to merge this ever-expanding technology with the artistry of orchestration to produce the most lifelike recordings possible...

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Audified MixChecker Mixing Assistant Plug-In
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Audified makes mixing for the people plain sailing with MixChecker mixing assistant plug-inHost application and audio effects developer Audified is proud to announce availability of MixChecker — a must-have mixing assistant plug-in that transforms studio monitors into classic reference monitors or one of several consumer devices to instantly improve mixes — as of May 16.

Mixing music or other content for consumer consumption is an art in itself, one that takes time to master. MixChecker saves time when inserting it as the last plug-in in the master output track of any DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) project to transform studio monitors into classic reference monitors or one of several consumer devices at the press of a (virtual) button. But why would anyone need to do that?

Think about it...

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