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Recording Voiceover: The Spoken Word in Media
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Recording Voiceover: The Spoken Word in Media from Focal PressFocal Press has published Recording Voiceover: The Spoken Word in Media. The only book on the market to specifically address its audience, Recording Voiceover is the comprehensive guide for engineers looking to understand the aspects of capturing the spoken word.

Discussing all phases of the recording session, Recording Voiceover addresses everything from microphone recommendations for voice recording to pre-production considerations, including setting up the studio, working with and directing the voice talent, and strategies for reducing or eliminating distracting noise elements found in human speech. Recording Voiceover features in-depth, specific recommendations for recording radio and television commercials, corporate communications, documentaries, tracks for gaming and animation, radio drama, interviews and roundtable discussions. A discussion of the voice in film and television is also included...

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MagicScore Notation Software from eMedia
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eMedia Music to Distribute MagicScore Notation SoftwareeMedia Music Corp., publisher of the world’s best-selling series of music tutorial software and DVDs announced a new partnership with Maestro Music Software to distribute the MagicScore line of music notation software. MagicScore is a leading, easy and powerful music notation software. Compose, print, arrange and convert notation to audio with MagicScore. Use it to write sheet music, guitar tabs and chord charts. MagicScore is the smart choice for musicians, composers, arrangers, teachers, students, choirs, ensembles and songwriters. Included in this new easy-to-use line of notation software are MagicScore Maestro, MagicScore Guitar, MagicScore Notation for MS Word, MagicScore OneTouch Composer and MagicScore School.

MagicScore Maestro allows you to turn your musical ideas into clean, playable, and easy to read music notation files by using one of the most powerful and customizable music scoring programs on the market today. With MagicScore Maestro you can create clean, engraver quality prints of your music with a minimum of effort and time. MagicScore Maestro is music notation software with extended editing capabilities. It features a variety of input methods - virtual keyboard, external MIDI devices, or an extended set of musical symbols...

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AAS Strum Acoustic GS-2 Guitar Plug-In
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AAS releases the Strum GS‑2 Acoustic Guitar Plug-InIt’s with excitement that Applied Acoustics Systems announces the release of Strum GS-2, an all-new version of its award-wining guitar track production plug-in.

Strum GS-2 reproduces the sound of acoustic guitars and also the playing techniques of a guitar player—making the production of guitar tracks in a DAW environment a straightforward endeavour. Strum GS-2 embeds an elaborate chord recognition and voicing module which automatically voices chords played on the keyboard as a guitar player would on the fretboard. Strumming and picking swings into action with an auto-strum function and special strumming keys. Elaborate rhythm figures available from a large collection of MIDI loops are on hand to supplement chord progressions.

Strum GS-2 is a complete redesign of its predecessor. In addition to the synthesis and strumming engines which have been completely reviewed, Strum GS-2 ships with...

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Toontrack Hip-Hop Grooves MIDI Pack
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Toontrack releases new hip-hop drum MIDI pack - Hip-Hop GroovesToday Toontrack announced the release of Hip-Hop Grooves, a collection of MIDI drum grooves for a wide range of hip-hop styles. This marks the forty-sixth title in the company’s ever-growing assortment of drum MIDI for EZdrummer 2 and Superior Drummer 2.

Regardless if the drummer’s before, on or off the beat – it’s never by chance. The art of playing hip-hop drums is all about the feel, touch and vibe, all equally intertwined in making the ultimate foundation for the very heart of any hip-hop track: the groove. This pack takes a plunge into the rich legacy of hip-hop – from the roots of 1970s funk, through the 1980s rap and leading up to today’s many faces of the genre. This pack gives you an unrivaled collection of creative grooves for boom bap, Detroit offbeat, old-school rap, trap and much, much more – all performed with the inimitable feel of a live player. Works with EZdrummer, EZdrummer 2 and Superior Drummer 2 (optimized for 1 kick, 1 snare, 2 toms, 1 floor tom, 2 crash cymbals, 1 ride cymbal)...

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Best Service KLANGHAUS 2 Virtual Instrument
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Best Service presents KLANGHAUS 2 - Unique Instruments - invented and constructed by Ferdinand FoerschBest Service announces the release of KLANGHAUS 2 - Unique Instruments - invented and constructed by Ferdinand Foersch, Now extended version 2. With your KLANGHAUS 2 virtual instrument you have access to a collection of unique instruments, invented and constructed by Ferdinand Foersch.

We recorded these instruments with best care and attention and then spent hundreds of hours to map them according to Ferdinand Foersch´s ideas and visions. The result is a new instrument with lots of surprising sounds, divided in different categories. All rhythmical sequences are midi based and therefore adjust seamlessly to your sequencers speed. Also the midi input for the rhythmical sequences is quantized to "the next beat" for additional timing accuracy. Klanghaus 2 now expands this collection of tonal playable instruments by adding more than 900 grooves, loops and swells all together editable in almost unlimited creative ways...

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Voxengo Spatifier - Spatial Enhancer Plugin
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Voxengo Spatifier - Mono-to-stereo Spatial Enhancer Plugin ReleasedVoxengo is happy to announce the release of Spatifier - a “mono to stereo” spatial enhancer plugin for professional sound and music production applications. This plugin can be effectively used to turn mono tracks into spatially-enhanced stereo tracks: it works great for clean and distorted guitars, synth instruments, piano, organ, back vocals and other sounds. Beside that Spatifier can be used to “densify” the sound of reverb sends, and to add “body” to thin and flat sounds.

Spatifier decorrelates the signal in the left and right channels while retaining the “mono compatibility”. Such decorrelation creates the “as wide as possible” surround effect. This effect can be usually used in place of double-tracking technique. The spatial impression can be adjusted in the range from the “in your face” direct to a distant reverby sound. Spatifier achieves its result by first designing a complex impulse response that is then used by its internal convolution processor. The impulse response is defined by means of graphic equalizer-like controls (which can be adjusted in a freehand mode with the right mouse button). This makes it possible to...

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REVIEW: Vienna Dimension Strings
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REVIEW: Vienna Dimension StringsWhen searching for a virtual string library, today’s musicians are given a multitude of choices. Some libraries provide an entire orchestral string section, some only provide individual section instruments (such as only violins), some focus on solo instruments, and still others focus on specific groups of articulations. To my knowledge, however, there is only one library that provides all four string sections with a wide variety of articulations and a level of sophistication not found elsewhere. Supplementing their already successful Dimension Brass library (which we hope to review for you sometime in the future), Vienna Symphonic Library (VSL) has released Vienna Dimension Strings.

With development beginning in 2008, VSL has created a library consisting of 24 string players (8 violins, 6 violas, 6 cellos, and 4 double basses) with a wide variety of articulations for a size of over 830,000 samples. What makes Dimension Strings truly special, however, is the way in which it was recorded...

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New Book from Ableton - Making Music
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Ableton publishes Making Music - 74 Creative Strategies for Electronic Music ProducersAlthough we live in a golden age of music tools and technology, making music remains as difficult as ever. Why this is so, and what musicians can do to become more productive, are the subjects of the first book to be published by Berlin-based music software and hardware developer Ableton.

Entitled Making Music - 74 Creative Strategies for Electronic Music Producers, the 340-page hard-bound volume was written by Dennis DeSantis, the company’s head of documentation. Making Music, however, is not an Ableton Live manual – in fact, Ableton products are mentioned nowhere in the text. The book's intended purpose is to be a resource for anyone who makes music with computers, using any software or hardware.

Corresponding to the production process itself, the book is divided into three sections – ”Problems of beginning”, “Problems of progressing”, and “Problems of finishing”. Within this structure, each of Making Music’s 74 chapters examines...

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Toontrack Hip-Hop! EZX for EZdrummer 2
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Toontrack releases EZdrummer 2 expansion for hip-hop - the Hip-Hop! EZXToontrack has announced the release of the third EZX sound library expansion since the EZdrummer 2 launch in 2014: the Hip-Hop! EZX. ”This is easily one of the most comprehensive products in the history of the product line, said Mattias Eklund, Toontrack’s head of Sound Design. ”It covers literally hundreds upon hundreds of electronic sounds, essential percussion, timeless acoustic drums and some of the best and most creative kit presets we have ever released. I can’t wait to hear what our users create with it.”

The Hip-Hop! EZX is firmly rooted in authentic, acoustic drums, but mixes, matches and merges them with timeless drum machine sounds, orchestral percussion and other creative elements to form unique hybrid kits. In total, you get 22 mix-ready drum sets and hundreds of percussive pieces – all in an uncompromising fusion of organic and acoustic. Get anything from the clean and polished sound of neo-soul and the mean and electronic Southern trap to the to the dirty, rugged New York boom bap – all in one place. Add to this the powerful framework of EZdrummer 2 and you have the ultimate creative canvas for your next beat...

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Jazz Theory: From Basic to Advanced Study
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Jazz Theory: From Basic to Advanced Study from RoutledgeRoutledge has published Jazz Theory: From Basic to Advanced Study.

Jazz Theory: From Basic to Advanced Study is a comprehensive textbook ideal for Jazz Theory courses or as a self-study guide for amateur and professional musicians. Written with the goal of bridging theory and practice, it provides a strong theoretical foundation beginning with music fundamentals through post-tonal theory, while integrating ear training, keyboard skills, and improvisation. It includes a DVD with 46 Play Along audio tracks and a companion website, which hosts the workbook, ear training exercises, and audio tracks of the musical examples featured in the book.

“It is the most articulate and exhaustive exploration of jazz theory that I’ve witnessed, making it a terrific resource for classroom instructors, private teachers, and students wishing to tackle this broad subject independently." - Fred Sturm, Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, originally posted by Eastman School of Music...

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Theory for Today's Musician, Second Edition
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Theory for Today's Musician, Second Edition from RoutledgeRouteledge has published Theory for Today's Musician, Second Edition. Theory for Today’s Musician, Second Edition, recasts the scope of the traditional music theory course to meet the demands of the professional music world, in a style that speaks directly and engagingly to today’s music student. It uses classical, folk, popular, and jazz repertoires with clear explanations that link music theory to musical applications. The authors help prepare students by not only exploring how music theory works in art music, but how it functions within modern music, and why this knowledge will help them become better composers, music teachers, performers, and recording engineers.

This broadly comprehensive text merges traditional topics such as part-writing and harmony (diatonic, chromatic, neo-tonal and atonal), with less traditional topics such as counterpoint and musical process, and includes...

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An Introduction to Music Technology, 2nd Edition
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An Introduction to Music Technology, 2nd Edition from RoutledgeRoutledge has published An Introduction to Music Technology, 2nd Edition. This book provides a clear overview of the essential elements of music technology for today’s musician. This book focuses on the topics that underlie the hardware and software in use today: Sound, Audio, MIDI, Computer Notation, and Computer- Assisted Instruction. Appendices cover necessary computer hardware and software concepts. Written for both music technology majors and non-majors, this textbook introduces fundamental principles and practices so students can learn to work with a wide range of software programs, adapt to new music technologies, and apply music technology in their performance, composition, teaching, and analysis.

Features:
* Thorough explanations of key topics in music technology
* Content applicable to all software and hardware, not linked to just one piece of software or gear
* In-depth discussion of digital audio topics, such as sampling rates, resolutions, and file formats
* Explanations of standard audio plug-ins including dynamics processors, EQs, and delay based effects
* Coverage of...

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Best Service Voyager Drums Virtual Drum Instrument
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Best Service presents Voyager Drums - Virtual Drum InstrumentBest Service presents Voyager Drums, a virtual drum instrument that brings you two Power Drum Kits, recorded and edited by the maker of "Artist-Drums" and "Artist Grooves". The punchy and powerful sound is perfect for your Pop, Rock, Jazz and Funk productions. 360 MIDI Grooves for instant use are included.

Voyager Drums has been recorded from three different microphone positions with 24 bits and 96 KHz, 5 Round Robins and 16 velocity layers in the Principal Studios near Münster, Germany. Finest equipment from SPL, API, Apogee as well as microphones by Neumann, Sennheiser, AKG, Rhode and Shure were used to achieve the best results possible. You can set individual Attack and Decay times for all three microphone positions. Since the direct signal has been recorded in mono you can set your own panorama...

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Precisionsound Classroom Pumporgan for Kontakt and EXS24
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Precisionsound releases Classroom Pumporgan for NI Kontakt and EXS24Precisionsound has released the Classroom Pumporgan sample library for Native Instruments KONTAKT and Logic EXS 24. The Classroom Pump Organ was made around 1880 and uses air pressure to blow its reeds from the inside out, for an open, clear and direct sound. Precisionsound sampled both the notes and the pump mechanism for a beautifully realistic playing experience. The scripted version for Kontakt 3+ also enables creative chorus and harmony effects.

The Classroom Pump Organ features:
· Individually sampled notes and releases
· Pump mechanism sampled at five speeds in REX and WAV formats
· 2 round robins for all notes
· 152 stereo 24-bit WAV samples
· 1 program for NI Kontakt 3+ with scripted pump controls and GUI
· 3 programs for NI Kontakt 2+
· 3 programs for EXS24...

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Developing Musicianship through Aural Skills, 2nd Edition
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Developing Musicianship through Aural Skills, Second Edition from RoutledgeRoutledge has published Developing Musicianship Through Aural Skills: A Holistic Approach to Sight Singing and Ear Training, 2nd Edition.

Developing Musicianship through Aural Skills, Second Edition, is a comprehensive method for learning to hear, sing, understand, and use the foundations of music as part of an integrated curriculum, incorporating both sight singing and ear training in one volume. Under the umbrella of musicianship, this textbook guides students to "hear what they see, and see what they hear," with a trained, discerning ear on both a musical and an aesthetic level.

Key features of this new edition include:...

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