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Toonrack Metal Machinery SDX for Superior Drummer
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Toonrack Metal Machinery SDX for Superior DrummerToontrack has released a Superior Drummer 2 sound library featuring the original recording that was used as the foundation for arguably the most popular set of metal drum sounds on the market; the Metal Machine EZX. What makes it different from the EZX version is that the SDX sounds are raw and without post-processing, meaning the source material recorded directly at the studio. It comes with fundamentally the same collection of instruments but includes a wider variety of mic selections as well as a custom bank of kit presets.

The sessions were conducted at Studio B of Los Angeles’ Henson Recording Studios. Formerly known as the A&M Studios, these landmark facilities have housed the who’s-who of the recording industry of the past few decades. Heavy acts like Metallica, Soundgarden, Kiss, Pearl Jam and many others have all mixed or recorded groundbreaking works here...

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Toontrack EZmix Pack with Colin Richardson
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Toonrack EZmix Pack with Colin RichardsonToontrack has released Colin Richardson EZmix Pack, the third product for the company’s annual Metal Month. This collection of mix tools for EZmix 2 was designed by Richardson himself and based on the sounds and techniques he’s learned to master over the past few decades producing the likes of Slipknot, Machine and many others. ”I wanted to create a toolbox based on overcoming the usual hurdles in a mix”, he comments.

Get his raw, pummeling rhythm guitar tones. The soaring leads, ambient clean settings and special effects. The thick, in-your-face bass amp simulations and an array of tools for drums, vocals and keyboards. This EZmix Pack covers the ins and outs of metal mixing and has all the tools to take your next metal song from rough demo to finished, mixed track ready to hit the airwaves...

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iZotope Iris 2 Sample-Based Synthesizer
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iZotope Iris 2 Sample-Based SynthesizeriZotope, Inc., a leading audio technology company, has just released the newest version of their sample­-based synthesizer, Iris. Iris 2 is a visual instrument that combines the power of a sampler with the flexibility of a modular synth. New features include a robust modulation system, sample pools that can load both samples and classic oscillator waveforms, a completely redesigned interface with extensive visualizations and metering, enhanced effects and filters, and fresh patches to inspire creativity.

Iris 2 is built so that new sounds can be discovered right out of the box, including soaring leads, growling basses, classic synths, and percussive effects. More than 350 patches with intuitive controls are included, so that users can easily produce and perform music that they have tweaked and customized...

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Sample Logic XOSPHERE Synth for Kontakt
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Sample Logic XOSPHERE Synth for KontaktAfter years of honing the art of atmosphere creation, Sample Logic now brings you the most powerful atmosphere creation tool ever invented – XOSPHERE. Inspired by the principles of synthesis and sampling, XOSPHERE redefines how atmospheres are designed, implemented, and morphed to fit all genres of music and sound design. This product provides advanced tools to simultaneously morph up to 8 unique atmospheres running through 4 morph module oscillators. At the heart of this is Sample Logic’s newest inventions, the Morph Knob and Morph Animator, which allow for seamless morphing between 2 atmospheres. Building upon the great success of the Step Animator and FX Animator from ARPOLOGY and CINEMATIC KEYS, this new user interface is Sample Logic’s most progressive design yet. Combining animation with psychoacoustic sampling and hybrid synthesis, XOSPHERE is the last atmosphere tool you will ever need.

Advanced Tools With Massive Power
Employing Sample Logic’s advanced randomizer function, more than 100,000 combinations of atmospheres can be created per Morph Module Oscillator, with up to 4 oscillators per instrument, and that’s before adding the numerous custom FX modules that come with the interface. In addition...

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Electronics Concepts, Labs, and Projects
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Electronics Concepts, Labs, and ProjectsElectronics Concepts, Labs, and Projects introduces concepts, techniques, and tools needed for productive growth in the fields of audio, video, and multimedia recording. It includes essential theory relating to electronics principles specific to the audio world, as well as practical lessons on soldering, how to use a digital multimeter for testing audio gear and cables, and how to use an oscilloscope and function generator to diagnose circuits. Also included are descriptions of the components found in electronic circuits and how they work.

"Even if you never open up a piece of gear, an understanding of the concepts of electronics will add to your ability as an audio professional," says seasoned instructor Alden Hackmann. "This book will be extremely helpful when troubleshooting gear, such as bad cables, faulty microphones, malfunctioning preamps, consoles with bad power supplies, speakers with intermittent output, and other issues..."

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Voxengo Warmifier 2.1 Harmonic Enhancing Plugin
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Voxengo Warmifier 2.1 Valve Warming/Harmonic Enhancing Plugin
Voxengo is pleased to announce the release of Warmifier version 2.1, a valve warming/harmonic enhancing plugin for professional music and audio production applications, available in AudioUnit, VST and VST3 plugin formats (including native 64-bit support), for Mac OS X (v10.6 and later), and Windows computers.

While the effect of this plugin is definitely subtle, the difference it makes is similar to the difference in sound between different analog mixing consoles. In most cases it boils down to adding a subtle “sparkle”, “presence”, “warming” or “solidifying” effect to a sound track it was applied to.

Warmifier features:...

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Toontrack Metal Guitar Gods 2 EZmix Pack
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Toontrack Metal Guitar Gods 2 EZmix PackToontrack has released Metal Guitar Gods 2 EZmix Pack for the company’s widely acclaimed multi-effect mix tool EZmix 2. This expansion for EZmix 2 comes with guitar and bass settings directly modeled and EQ-matched from the personal tones of four of modern metal’s most interesting players: Chris Broderick (Megadeth), Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders), Jeff Loomis (ex-Nevermore, Conquering Dystopia) and Ryan Knight (The Black Dahlia Murder). It’s a follow-up to the smash hit first pack in the suite, which was released in 2012 and featured Fredrik Thordendal (Meshuggah), Devin Townsend (Devin Townsend Project), Misha Mansoor (Periphery) and Mattias IA Eklundh (Freak Kitchen).

Metal Guitar Gods 2 EZmix Pack includes 50 custom amp and cab simulated tones, all of which were personally designed by the guitarists themselves. Find the soaring, saturated leads, the pummeling rhythm tones and all the tight semi-clean, ambient and effect soaked tones you’ll need for any spur-of- the-moment creativity...

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Acon Digital Equalize - Parametric EQ Plug-In
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Acon Digital Equalize - Parametric EQ Plug-InAcon Digital has released Equalize, a parametric equalizer plug-in that combines unique features with excellent workflow and an intuitive user interface. Unlike existing equalizers, not only the frequency, gain and bandwidth, but also the filter slope can be adjusted freely for each frequency band. The filter slope can be set anywhere from 3 to ultra-sharp 120 dB per octave. Equalize operates as a zero latency plug-in when using the minimum phase mode or can preserve phase relationships in the linear phase mode. A novelty is the additional mixed phase mode that allows latency adjustments in the range 5 to 120 milliseconds while preserving the phase relationships as far as possible. That gives a unique control over potential pre-ringing which is a common problem with linear phase filtering. Latency values around 20 milliseconds ensure inaudible pre-ringing artifacts due to the temporal masking of the human hearing while preserving the time-alignment across the audible frequency range.

Great care has been taken to provide a user interface that is straightforward to use. Band parameters can be adjusted using handles directly in the graphical representation...

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Propellerhead Reason 8 Music Production Software
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Propellerhead Reason 8 Music Production SoftwarePropellerhead Software announced that Reason 8 is now available for purchase. This major new version of the award-winning Reason music production software introduces a completely redesigned user interface and streamlined new workflow that sparks your creativity, moves you faster from idea to music and is more fun than ever.

“Musicians and producers love Reason because it’s both fun and inspiring,” said Leo Nathorst-Böös, Propellerhead Product Marketing Manager. “For Reason 8, we’ve introduced a new creative flow that feels second nature to exploring sounds and developing songs. Whether you have lots of experience or just starting out, Reason is the fastest way to develop musical ideas and capture your inspiration.” Reason 8 introduces a redesigned user interface, fresh new look and even smoother creative flow. Quickly and easily access your sounds, loops and patches whenever you need them using a new...

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TuneCore's Artist Milestone Infographic Q3 2014
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TuneCore's Artist Milestone Infographic Q3 2014In Q3 2014, TuneCore artists earned $32.7 million in revenue. By selling their music worldwide through TuneCore, artists from all over the world are getting their music heard and earning the money that they deserve. Not only does TuneCore help in administering and collecting worldwide royalties, but also in collecting earnings from music in TV, film, and more. Artists from all genres are using TuneCore to live their lifelong dreams of making a living with their music. Find out more by checking out TuneCore's Q3 2014 Infographic.

This post was created in partnership with eAccountable. All opinions are my own.

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Big Fish Audio SMACK: Claps, Snaps and Stomps
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Big Fish Audio SMACK: Claps, Snaps and StompsBig Fish Audio is proud to present SMACK: Claps, Snaps & Stomps! A time-saving resource for the modern composer, this collection of various claps, snaps, stomps, bass drums, shakers, tambourines, and found percussion will easily unlock your creativity. This unique percussion virtual instrument is the perfect tool to add color to music of any genre, or provide the foundation for your next composition.

SMACK was created to save you time and enhance the creative process by deeply sampling various groups of percussion, claps, snaps, and stomps. With single, small group, and large group options, there are limitless songwriting applications! Use the intuitive user interface to easily navigate between up to 10 groups per patch, and strengthen each sample by adding any of the 8 premium FX included.

SMACK includes 7 Patches with individual groups:...

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Spitfire Audio HZ03 Hans Zimmer Percussion London Solos
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Spitfire Audio HZ03 Hans Zimmer Percussion London SolosCompositional tools creator Spitfire Audio is proud to announce availability of HZ03 - HANS ZIMMER PERCUSSION LONDON SOLOS — the third (Mac 10.8 or higher and Windows 7 compatible) virtual instrument installment of Hollywood soundtrack supremo Hans Zimmer’s tantalizing take on his truly trailblazing approach to cinematic percussion production for Native Instruments’ KONTAKT PLAYER platform, perfectly broadening the breadth of solo content found within the original HZ01 - HANS ZIMMER PERCUSSION LONDON library released to widespread critical acclaim earlier this year by bringing additional clarity and tightness to any ambitious arrangement — as of November 4.

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 one of the most successful, influential, and prolific film composers of his generation, it is only fitting, therefore, that Hans Zimmer — himself no stranger to the virtues of successful sampling — should have his own such Signature Range...

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Toontrack Made of Metal EZX for EZdrummer 2
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Toontrack Made of Metal EZX for EZdrummer 2Today Toontrack released Made of Metal EZX, a new EZdrummer 2 sound expansion library by noted metal producer Colin Richardson. Few producers are cited as pioneers, for having helped shape the sound of a genre or generation of bands. With landmark releases by the likes of Slipknot, Machine Head, Carcass and many others, British Colin Richardson is undoubtedly one of them. Add to that world-class drummer Jason Bowld (Axewound, Pitchshifter), arguably one of the most meticulously crafted studio facilities in the world as well as a handpicked collection of top-shelf drums and you have the key components in the Made of Metal EZX.

The Made of Metal EZX was recorded at Belgium’s Galaxy Studios, a recording facility crafted with unparalleled detail. Their wood-lined, hall-like main room, in which four complete kits were captured, bring out the very essence of the instruments. The deep, reverberant presence of the toms, the crisp textures of the cymbals and the piercing attack of the snares and kicks...

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Earn Royalties From Your Music on YouTube
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TuneCore.comWhenever you see a video on YouTube that contains advertisements, that video is earning money. If that video also contains your music, it means part of that money belongs to you. Getting that money out of YouTube, however, can be a difficult process. You have to sign up with YouTube and learn to utilize the YouTube Content Management system, as well as other aspects of the program. Wouldn't you rather be using that time to make music?

By distributing your music through TuneCore, you can utilize their YouTube Money service, which will collect all the YouTube revenue for you and automatically add it to your TuneCore Account. You have full control on how you want to monetize your music on YouTube and TuneCore handles it all for you.

Check it out... Artists Make Money on YouTube with TuneCore.

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Rob Papen QUAD Rack Extension Synthesizer for Reason
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Rob Papen QUAD Rack Extension Synthesizer for ReasonVirtual instrument and effects plug-in developer Rob Papen Soundware is proud to announce availability of QUAD, its first Rack Extension synthesizer built from the ground up for Propellerhead Reason, as of October 28...

When Swedish music software application, interfaces, and technology standards specialist Propellerhead Software first unveiled its revolutionary Rack Extension — an ever-expandable, freely-routable rack of instruments, effects, and sounds — for its well-received Reason music-making and recording studio software solution, namesake company founder and synthesizer developer Rob Papen promptly pronounced it as being “...a brilliant concept.” Continuing, he then summarised its advantages as follows: “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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