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Blue Cat's PatchWork and MB-7 Mixer Updates
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Blue Cat Audio Updates Blue Cat's PatchWork and MB-7 Mixer - Get 10% off!Blue Cat Audio have released an update for Blue Cat's PatchWork and MB-7 Mixer, their audio plug-ins that can host third party VST and AU plug-ins.

This new version adds for both plug-ins a new quick save option for the last loaded preset and fixes latency reporting issues with some VST hosts such as Cubase. It also fixes a feedback problem in some particular cases when the plug-ins are bypassed in Pro Tools (details 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 are also available for download, in VST, RTAS, AAX, Audio Unit and DirectX plug-in formats or as a standalone application (PatchWork only), for both Mac and PC (32 and 64-bit)...

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Musicrow ORGANIC for NI Reaktor
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Musicrow has released ORGANIC for NI Reaktor - Get 10% off!Musicrow has released ORGANIC, a new synthesizer for NI Reaktor that produces synthetic sound with an organic touch and flavor. Synthesized body. Organic soul. ORGANIC strips off the qualities of real life complex sounds, and applies it on pure synthetic audio sources. Its sound has got the ‘organic’ nature, a real-world natural stereo depth, complex behavior and a new fresh sonic flavor.

Play with synthesized rain drops, flow with pads made of wind, and listen to the earthshaking fat basses: ORGANIC will be perfect for any innovative music producer and sound designer who is ready for a new sonic adventure.

10 soundbanks and 400 sounds for instant use are included...

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Impact Soundworks BRAVURA Scoring Brass
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Impact Soundworks releases BRAVURA Scoring Brass: Ensembles, Soloists, and EffectsBravura Scoring Brass is our new flagship instrument for orchestral scoring and music production. Featuring 55,000+ samples of brass ensembles, soloists, and an extensive set of aleatoric FX, this is perhaps the most complete and affordable brass collection ever released.

Every instrument and ensemble was recorded in a tight scoring studio with three mic positions, allowing you to blend Bravura Scoring Brass into any mix and with any other libraries. A stylish and powerful interface lets you tweak every aspect of the patches to taste, and our custom Chordmaker & Orchestrator patches will let you create fantastic brass parts in seconds.

Bravura Scoring Brass - Key Features include:

* 55,000+ samples in 16 and 24-bit
* Horn, trombone, trumpet & low brass ensembles
* Solo trumpet, picc trumpet, trombone
* Solo french horn, tuba, flugelhorn
* True legato for all instruments...

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zplane ELASTIQUE PITCH V2 Real-Time Pitch Shifting Plug-In
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zplane Releases ELASTIQUE PITCH V2 - the Real-Time Pitch Shifting Plug-Inzplane is proud to announce that version 2 of the real time pitch shifting plugin is available.

The plugin has been completely redesigned to allow customers to work with that amount of control that is necessary to perform a special task.

What´s new?
- Update to the latest élastiquePRO V3 pitch shifting engine
- Feedback path with delay for more creative usage
- infiniSTRETCH function
- Three views with different amount of controls for adapting the plugin for each use case

About ELASTIQUE PITCH
ELASTIQUE PITCH is a real time pitch shifting plugin for up to 8 audio channels. It offers:

- Industry standard stretch engine élastiquePRO V3: program independent high quality
- Independent and intuitive control of pitch and timbre (formant shift)
- Phase coherence between channels
- MIDI input for controlling
- Factory presets for typical film pull-ups/pull-downs...

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Spitfire Audio BML210 BONE PHALANX for KONTAKT
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Spitfire Audio makes no bones about boosting BML brass range with Phalanx of sample-based VIsSpitfire Audio, purveyors of the finest virtual instruments from the finest musical samples in the world, is proud to complete its trio of six-piece brass-boosting additions to its groundbreaking BML (British Modular Library) of ultra-detailed, next-generation recordings of the world’s finest musicians at London’s legendary AIR Studios with the release of BML210 BONE PHALANX, producing detailed and dynamic results with another hyper-sampled standalone virtual instrument library module for Native Instruments’ industry-standard KONTAKT platform, this time showcasing the unmistakable (and unmissable) sound of three tenor trombones, two bass trombones, and one contrabass trombone belting it out in unison, as of June 20.

For the benefit of the uninitiated, a phalanx is a group of something similar forming a compact body — in this case, a body of brass or, more simply said, a brass section. So it stands to reason that — following in the fanciful footsteps of its successful, similarly self-explanatory brass brethren, BML211 HORN PHALANX and the recently-released BML209 TRUMPET PHALANX — BML210 BONE PHALANX provides confident composers with everything needed to create bold, broad, and thundering ’bones parts. Perfect for giving more bombastic brass-led cues (or compositions) the widescreen treatment that music-to-picture scoring so richly deserves whenever deemed musically appropriate...

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Mastering Audio: The Art and the Science, 3rd Edition
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Mastering Audio: The Art and the Science, 3rd Edition from Focal PressFocal Press has published Mastering Audio: The Art and the Science, 3rd Edition.

In an easy-to-grasp, holistic manner Mastering Audio: The Art and the Science, Third Edition unravels the technical mysteries that regularly challenge audio engineers. Including practical tips and real world experiences, Bob Katz explains the technical detail of the subject in his informative and humorous style. Completely reorganized to focus on workflow, this third edition details mastering by providing a step-by-step approach to the process. First covering practical techniques and basic theory, this industry classical so addresses advanced theory and practice. The book’s new approach is especially suitable to accompany a one- or two-term course in audio and mastering.

Completely rewritten and organized to address changes that will continue to influence the audio world, this third edition includes...

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Williams Overture 2 and Rhapsody 2 Digital Pianos
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Williams Announces Overture 2 and Rhapsody 2 - Affordable Console Digital PianosWilliams, a leader in versatile, cost-conscious digital pianos, has just introduced two next-generation, 88-key console digital pianos. The Rhapsody 2 and Overture 2 feature exquisite finishes, a new weighted hammer action with incredibly realistic response and feel, high-definition sounds from Williams' all-new custom sound library, and an impressive feature set.

Both instruments offer 64-voice polyphony, so you can create deep, layered orchestrations without running out of voices. Split and Layer functions enable you to combine sounds as desired, and a Modulation/FX control provides realistic rotary and vibrato effects on select instruments. Both Rhapsody 2 and Overture 2 can be used as a MIDI controller and connect to a computer via USB for recording to any standard MIDI software.

For the ultimate in sound, style, and value, step up to the Overture 2, with its classic, luxurious ebony gloss finish; wide sound pallet; and extraordinary feel. The Overture 2 is visually stunning, redefining digital piano elegance, and offers features you normally can't find in this price class...

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Harrison MIXBUS Version 3 DAW Software
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Harrison announces the release of MIXBUS Version 3 - the DAW with True Analog Style MixingHarrison is proud to announce the release of Mixbus 3. There are many new additions in this version, including:

• 3rd-generation "True Analog" mixing engine with new compressor/limiter modes

• MIDI Tracks and Virtual Instrument Support

• Multi-Core engine & 64-bit compatibility for dramatically increased track count

What Makes Mixbus Different?
Harrison has a unique history. In the mid-80’s, we developed fully automated, digitally-controlled analog mixer technology which was adopted by premiere film-mixing facilities around the world. When the digital revolution came, we were asked to convert the analog “processor” into a digital processor, while leaving the control surface unchanged. Film mixers wanted the control surface to -work and sound- exactly like the analog mixer they were using for previous projects. This required us to develop a digital audio engine that operated and sounded exactly like the analog mixer they were using for previous projects. This transition was not undertaken by any other company, and it has provided us with techniques and proprietary technology that we have incorporated into all of our high-end mixers. Mixbus gives us an opportunity to share this technology with a much wider range of users...

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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 the non-traditional topics of popular music songwriting, jazz harmony and the blues...

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New Cakewalk SONAR Foxboro Update
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Cakewalk Announces New SONAR Foxboro UpdateCakewalk, dedicated to powerful and thoughtfully designed software for modern musicians, announces the new June 2015 “Foxboro” update for SONAR Artist, Professional, and Platinum.

With Cakewalk enhancing SONAR via monthly rolling updates, the program continues to evolve and improve on an ongoing basis. “Foxboro” adds a breakthrough new feature, Plug-in Upsampling, which gives users the benefits of using higher sample rate processing even in projects at 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz. And in response to user feedback and suggestions, Cakewalk has added significant new enhancements to the Drum Replacer, which was introduced only a month ago. These include the ability to create, erase, and customize hit markers with individual velocity adjustment, FLAC support with an expanded MIDI range, and the newly implemented Filter OFF Mode for better global detection...

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Free Propellerhead Reason 8.3 Update
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Propellerhead Releases Free Reason 8.3 UpdatePropellerhead Software has announced Reason 8.3, the newest update to the award-winning Reason music production software. This update introduces the new RV7000 mkII, a powerful convolution reverb that sounds amazing, inspires new ideas, and sparks creativity. Explore space with an expertly sampled library of rooms that add inspiring depth and dimension to your music.

With RV7000 mkII, Reason’s cornerstone reverb gets a sophisticated new convolution engine. Select from a broad selection of reverbs to suit the sound of any genre or project. Hear your tracks play back in spaces ranging from crawlspaces and bathrooms, to grand auditoriums, stairwells and more. Load any of the supplied impulse responses or create your own otherworldly reverb effects by sampling or loading your own impulse responses.

The Reason 8.3 update also includes many other highly requested features. Access the browser window from both the sequencer and the rack window. Hit the Z key and quickly zoom to and from your selection. Set MIDI focus in the rack without going to the sequencer. Plus...

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Ableton Live 9: Create, Produce, Perform
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Ableton Live 9: Create, Produce, Perform from Focal PressFocal Press has published Ableton Live 9: Create, Produce, Perform. Learn how to create, produce, and perform your music at the next level by unlocking the power of Ableton Live 9. This book and web combination shows, if you get it right, exactly what Live can deliver.

Engineered to follow Live's non-linear music environment, the book looks and feels like the program. Its unique format utilizes the terms and creative features of Live – tabs, keys, pointers, and labels—to help you learn the littlest things that make the biggest difference.

Packed with professional insight, concepts, definitions, and hundreds of tips, tricks, and hidden features, author Keith Robinson covers the software’s nuts and bolts, while never neglecting creative techniques for creating, producing, performing, – all the tools for making music on the fly...

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Modartt Concert Harp for Pianoteq
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Modartt releases a Concert Harp for PianoteqModartt releases a Concert Harp for Pianoteq, physically modelled after a Salvi concert grand harp. The virtual instrument includes pedals to change the pitch of the strings when playing in diatonic mode. It also allows to play pinch harmonics (flageolets) and glissandos.

Concert Harp goes Pianoteq
The concert harp possesses 47 strings attached to a soundboard, and is played with the fingertips of the first four fingers with both hands. Since there are no damped strings during playing, the harp has a special magical sound which the Pianoteq physical modelling manages to capture with astonishing authenticity. The concert harp for Pianoteq includes the ability to play pinch harmonics (flageolets) and glissandos. Moreover, a diatonic playing mode was designed to offer a completely unique experience, closer to the reality of the instrument where seven pedals allow to change the pitch of the strings and play in all keys...

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Dance Music Manual: Tools, Toys, and Techniques, 3rd Edition
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Dance Music Manual: Tools, Toys, and Techniques, 3rd Edition from Focal PressFocal Press has published Dance Music Manual: Tools, Toys, and Techniques, 3rd Edition.

What are the differences between trance and chill out? How can you create compelling, professional-sounding original or remixed dance tracks? With Dance Music Manual, you’ll get coverage of every aspect of dance music production—from designing sounds to compression, from effects to mixing and mastering—and go even further, with advice on publishing and promoting your tracks. No matter your level of experience, this book is packed with techniques and practical tips to help you achieve professional results, whether you’re an aspiring dance music producer, DJ, remixer, recording engineer, musician, or composer...

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