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Blue Cat MB-7 Mixer 2.5 Multiband Mixer Plug-In
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Blue Cat Audio Releases Blue Cat's MB-7 Mixer 2.5 - Get 10% off!Blue Cat Audio has released Blue Cat's MB-7 Mixer 2.5, a new version of their multiband mixing plug-in and VST/AU host.

Blue Cat's MB-7 Mixer 2.5 now includes an external side chain input that can be used by sub-plug-ins for multiband side chain applications. It is now also possible to select the audio i/o used by each sub-plug-in on each band for more flexible audio routing.

This new version also improves compatibility with third party plug-ins, adding support for plug-ins that do not provide a user interface ("gui-less" plug-ins), and fixing several compatibility problems.

Moreover, several other areas such as presets loading, skin management and performance have been improved (full list below)...

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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...
* Pedagogical features

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Blue Cat Dynamics 4.0 Audio Plug-In
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Blue Cat Audio Releases Blue Cat's Dynamics 4.0 - Get 10% off!Blue Cat Audio has released Blue Cat's Dynamics 4.0, a complete rewrite of its flexible all-in-one dynamics processing plug-in.

Blue Cat's Dynamics is a full featured dynamics processor capable of acting as a compressor, gate, expander, limiter, waveshaper or all at once, thanks to a unique two-thresholds system. Almost 9 years after the initial release, this new version has been rebuilt from scratch, with a brand new user interface and redesigned algorithms with improved controls. With even more visual feedback with its new envelopes view and gain reduction histograms, the new depth and envelope shape parameters, the plug-in offers full control over the dynamics of the sound. An external side chain input has also been added to propose no less than 3 methods for side chaining. The full list of new features and improvements built into Blue Cat's Dynamics 4.0 is available below...

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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...

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Impact Soundworks Shreddage Drums Virtual Instrument
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Impact Soundworks releases Shreddage Drums Virtual InstrumentImpact Soundworks announces the release of their latest virtual instrument: SHREDDAGE DRUMS. Created in collaboration with award-winning composer Frank Klepacki, this Kontakt-powered sample library offers all-in-one drum production tools geared especially toward rock & metal music.

Shreddage Drums is meant for producers, composers, and artists at all levels. For those who want to load-and-play, it has dozens of "radio-ready" drum kit presets and over 700 MIDI grooves & fills courtesy of Groove Monkee. More advanced users can dive into a powerful mixer with full bleed, send, and routing control, along with built-in analog modeled FX. And for hardcore tweakers, kits can be built completely from scratch with totally customizable mapping, drum envelopes, and velocity control.

Key features include:
* 25,000+ samples provided as 16 and 24-bit
* Custom-built for rock & metal music
* Dozens of produced drum kit presets
* Totally flexible mapping and keyboard layout...

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Producing Great Sound for Film and Video, 4th Edition
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Producing Great Sound for Film and Video, 4th Edition from Focal PressFocal Press has published Producing Great Sound for Film and Video Expert Tips from Preproduction to Final Mix, 4th Edition.

In Producing Great Sound for Film and Video, Fourth Edition audio guru Jay Rose revises his popular text for a new generation of filmmakers. You’ll learn practical, time-saving ways to get better recordings, solve problems with existing audio, create compelling tracks, and boost your filmmaking to the next level!

Here you’ll find real-world advice and practical guidelines for every aspect of your soundtrack: planning and budgeting, field and studio recording, editing, sound effects and music, audio repair, processing, and mixing. Rose’s combination of solid technical information and a clear, step-by-step approach has made this the go-to book for producers and film students for over a decade...

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Waldorf NAVE Wavetable Synth and ATTACK Drum Synth
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Waldorf announces availability of NAVE Mac and PC plug-in and ATTACK for iPadHigh-quality synthesizer developer Waldorf is proud to announce availability of both its eagerly-awaited Nave advanced wavetable synthesizer plug-in for Mac — OS X 10.7 or higher (running 32- bit as well as 64-bit host software supporting AAX64-, AU-, VST2.4-, and/or VST3-compatible virtual instruments) — and PC — Windows 7 or higher (running 32-bit as well as 64-bit host software supporting AAX64-, VST2.4-, and/or VST3-compatible virtual instruments) — and Attack advanced drum synthesizer for iPad — iPad 3 (retina), iPad mini (1, 2, 3), and iPad Air (1, 2) running iOS 7 or higher — as of June 12.

Originally announced amid a media feeding frenzy over a flurry of hardy hardware synthesizer launches — looking more to the past than the future for inspiration, it appeared — at The NAMM Show 2015, January 22-25 in Anaheim, California, Waldorf’s wilful software-centric showcase made for a convincing case for wavetable synthesis — it’s back... but better!...

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Toontrack Indie Guitars EZmix Pack for EZmix 2
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Toontrack releases new expansion for EZmix 2 - the Indie Guitars EZmix PackToonrack has announced the release of a new expansion for their widely popular multi-effect mix tool EZmix 2, the Indie Guitars EZmix Pack. This marks the thirty-third title in the ever-growing assortment of content for EZmix 2.

About Indie Guitars EZmix Pack
The Indie Guitars EZmix Pack presents a creative palette of guitar tones inspired by indie pop and rock of the past two decades. It includes 50 unique settings based on amp and cab modulation, all saturated by various chains of effects. In total, it paints a vivid picture of guitar tones ranging all the way from out-of-this-world ambient down to candid, clean, dry and distorted.

This collection is for the guitarist, writer or mix engineer who needs a solid collection of classic, go-to tones for any pop or rock track but wants a creative toolbox that takes the idea of what role a guitar can play in a mix to a completely new level. Challenge your track – paint with sound and put your guitars at stage center...

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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 the Handbook for Sound Engineers, 5th Edition. Handbook for Sound Engineers 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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Best Service Emotional Cello Virtual Instrument
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Best Service and Harmonic Subtones present the Emotional Cello Virtual InstrumentEmotional Cello is a new kind of virtual instrument to be used with Native Instrument's Kontakt 5 Player. Because of its powerful and simultaneously exceptional emotional sound, it opens up previously unknown verbal dimensions for the work with samples.

Emotional Cello is the perfect instrument for film-scoring, pop-production, song-writing, classic and modern avant-garde cello compositions. This unique virtual instrument shines by its impressive number of articulations, its direct uncolored sound quality, unusual play techniques and innovative rebowing.

Emotional Cello has been continuously recorded in a musical context to capture the natural bowing and the individual expressions of real instrumentalists. Thanks to intelligent scripting, 16 play-styles and true legato, this library offers immense versatile possible applications. Emotional Cello offers all typical play-styles and articulations as well as unusual techniques such as...

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Vir2 Instruments Apollo: Cinematic Guitars
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Vir2 Instruments debuts the Apollo: Cinematic Guitars Virtual InstrumentFrom the award-winning creators of Electri6ity, Acou6tics, and MOJO Horns, Vir2 Instruments presents Apollo: Cinematic Guitars, a revolutionary new guitar-based sound design instrument. Created for all genres of music production, Apollo offers five innovative categories packed with features to enhance the creative process, as well as save time and increase productivity. The goal of Apollo is to provide the modern composer with real guitar samples, real strums, and real sounds made straight from the best guitars, the best effects pedals, the best amps, and the best signal flow available. Vir2 worked with some of the industry’s best composers and producers to bring you a comprehensive collection of sounds, giving you exactly what you need for your next composition.

Apollo provides five unprecedented categories which will generate endless opportunities for creativity. These categories are: Swells, Ambient Designer, Pads, Phrase Builder, and Instruments...

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Rob Papen VECTO Reason Rack Extension
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Rob Papen vectors in on serious sound-shaping synthesis victory with latest Reason RE release - VECTOVirtual instrument and effects plug-in developer Rob Papen Soundware is proud to announce availability of VECTO — a serious sound-shaping vector synthesizer that truly testifies to the creative company’s mover and shaker status in the wonderful world of Rack Extensions (RE) for Swedish music software application, interfaces, and technology standards specialist Propellerhead Software’s revolutionary Reason, billed by its creators as being about perfecting the process of music-making — as of June 10...

That Propellerhead’s proprietary platform has proven so popular is beyond reasonable doubt... and when the Swedish music software application, interfaces, and technology standards specialist first introduced its revolutionary Rack Extensions concept — custom-built plug- ins for Reason, Rob Papen himself promptly pronounced it as being “...a brilliant concept.” Continuing, he subsequently summarised its inherent value to the likes of his namesake company as well as added fringe benefits for all concerned: “Clearly, what we face as a developer is having to have a PC version and a Mac version, and if you run them in your regular host, you can crash your host. That’s a real big battle. People, if they use Reason, learn that things are connected. It’s cross-platform; everything works. It’s a major leap forward for Reason, and productions coming out of Reason will sound totally different. Reason remains Reason, but, now, it’s open...”

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Sample Logic CINEMATIC GUITARS INFINITY
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Sample Logic releases CINEMATIC GUITARS INFINITY Virtual Instrument CollectionAfter years of honing the art of cinematic sound creation, Sample Logic now brings you the most powerful Cinematic Virtual Instrument collection ever invented – CINEMATIC GUITARS INFINITY - an all inclusive collection of 4 sample libraries in 1: CG1, CG2, CG3, & INFINITY. Powered by Native Instruments Kontakt Player, this definitive collection advances the legacy of the CINEMATIC GUITARS family by including the complete award-winning versions of Cinematic Guitars 1 and 2, while sporting two completely new and original sample libraries, CINEMATIC GUITARS 3 and INFINITY. CG3 is forged from all new samples recorded by guitar hero Steve Ouimette. INFINITY is an amalgamation of the CG trilogy, incorporating all of the samples from each CG library as its source material making it the cornerstone of CINEMATIC GUITARS INFINITY and the new golden standard for cinematic virtual instruments. If massive, dramatic, cinematic sounds are called for, CINEMATIC GUITARS INFINITY will outperform and exceed all of your needs.

INFINITY: the world’s most powerful Cinematic Virtual Instrument
Inspired by the principles of synthesis and sampling, INFINITY will redefine the way you design, implement, and morph instruments for music and sound design. Expanding on the architecture of Sample Logic's breakthrough atmosphere instrument, XOSPHERE, INFINITY provides revolutionary tools to simultaneously morph up to 8 unique “sound sources” running through 4 “soundcores”. At the heart of this is Sample Logic’s newest invention...

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Toontrack Indiependent SDX for Superior Drummer 2
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Toontrack releases new expansion for Superior Drummer 2 - the Indiependent SDXToontrack has announced the release of the Indiependent SDX – an expansion for the company’s flagship drum sampler Superior Drummer 2 featuring a massive 25 GB sound library of raw, unprocessed sounds recorded at the Avast! Recording Co. in Seattle, WA.

About the Indiependent SDX
The Independent SDX comes from the same sessions as the widely popular Indie Folk EZX but features the raw, unprocessed recordings. In addition, it comes with two extra complete kits, several additional instruments and a total of sixteen mixer channels. All in all, you get five complete kits of impeccable, all-vintage and rare drums showcasing an incredible range and detail. Mint condition kits from the ’40s through the ’60s, all captured in the balanced ambience of the Avast! room using top-tier microphones and carefully selected chains of outboard. Add to that the subtle saturation of one of the thirteen ever made Trident A-Range consoles and you have the key components in the Indiependent SDX. Welcome to possibly the world’s most genuine and unique collection of drums – handpicked for indie music but reaching farther, beyond the divides of a specific genre...

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Mackie ProFX Series Professional Effects Mixers
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Mackie's Redesigned and Expanded ProFX Series Now ShippingMackie announces the immediate availability of ProFXv2 Series Professional Effects Mixers. The redesigned ProFXv2 series features an all-new preamp design and powerful new effects engine, delivering unmatched sonic performance for live sound applications. The series has been expanded with two new models, the 4-channel ProFX4v2 and the 30-channel ProFX30v2, opening up the no-compromise ProFX toolkit to a wider range of applications.

"Musicians and professional engineers have come to rely on Mackie ProFX mixers to deliver the complete feature set and unwavering performance they need for their live sound applications," remarks Matt Redmon, Mackie Sr. Product Manager. "With ProFXv2, we've not only expanded the lineup, we've invested heavily in elevating the sonic performance of the series. ProFXv2 mixers sound amazing and, as always, are available at an extremely attainable price." To achieve the unmatched sonic performance that ProFXv2 offers, Mackie has designed the all-new Vita™ preamp, designed specifically for the highly-dynamic world of live sound. A huge step up from the original ProFX series...

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