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Arturia 15th Anniversary Milestone
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Arturia 15th Anniversary MilestoneGRENOBLE, FRANCE: music software and hardware company Arturia is proud to mark its 15th anniversary milestone with an all-new contemporary company logo and amazing summer savings for all with 50% off 15 software instruments — including its innovative iMini and iSEM iPad apps — between July 31 and September 8, inclusive.

Coming from a country that was historically hooked on guillotining its heads of state, 15 years is a long time in the cutthroat world of musical instruments and software let alone always endeavouring to remain on its cutting edge. So who better, then, to pop the proverbial champagne cork to start the ‘revolutionary’ celebrations than Arturia President Frédéric Brun...

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IK Multimedia SampleTank 3
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IK Multimedia SampleTank 3IK Multimedia is proud to announce that SampleTank® 3, the ultimate sound and groove workstation for Mac and PC, is now shipping. SampleTank 3 sets a new industry standard for studio composition and live performance via its massive 33 GB sound library (containing over 4,000 instruments), 64-bit compatibility, completely redesigned user interface, 55 high-quality effects, new loop and groove management and enhanced sample engine. Powerful, functional and effortless, SampleTank 3 puts a whole new world of sound at your fingertips.

It's all about the sounds
The reason SampleTank has remained the industry standard "rompler" after all these years is due to the superior quality and sheer amount of sounds it offers right out of the box. SampleTank 3 pushes the benchmark even further by giving musicians a wider selection than ever before, with over 4,000 instruments to choose from in 21 categories that stretch across every genre and style imaginable - everything from acoustic to electric, ethnic to electronic and beyond...

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MuTools MuLab 6 Modular Music Production Software
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MuTools MuLab 6 Modular Music Production SoftwareMuTools has released version 6 of MuLab, the modular DAW. MuLab is a top-quality sound and music production system for Mac OSX and Windows, transforming your computer into an inspiring modular studio. MuLab is an easy, effective and rock-solid tool designed to create, record, and finalize Your Music.

MuLab Highlights:
* Create, record, edit and play multi-track audio & music.
* Flexible tracks and sub-tracks support audio, MIDI and automation parts.
* Easy modular architecture.
* Top-quality uncompromised sound engine.
* Super-fat oscillators with 300 selected waveforms + support for user waveforms.
* Multi-core CPU support... and more...

What's New in MuLab 6...

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Voxengo EBusLim - Easy Bus Peak Limiter Plugin
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Voxengo EBusLim - Easy Bus Peak Limiter PluginVoxengo is happy to announce the release of EBusLim, a brickwall peak limiter and loudness maximization plug-in for professional music production applications, available in AudioUnit, VST and VST3 plug-in formats (including native 64-bit support), for Mac OS X (v10.5 and later), and Windows computers.

EBusLim is a brickwall peak limiter and loudness maximization plug-in for professional music production applications. EBusLim implements a single EL-4-based limiter mode originally designed in Elephant mastering limiter plug-in. This mode is suitable for bus, drum bus, master bus and track processing. The design idea behind EBusLim is to produce an extremely easy-to-use yet effective limiter. Since EBusLim only features a single processing mode the processing latency was reduced down to 0.5 milliseconds permitting the use of this limiter as master bus overload protector for both stereo and multi-channel applications...

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PreSonus Notion 5 Music Notation Software
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PreSonus Notion 5 Music Notation SoftwarePreSonus® is shipping Notion™ 5, a major upgrade to its popular notation software. This new version makes it easier than ever to write your ideas quickly and includes a new video window, new effects from PreSonus Studio One®, an enhanced chord library, a custom rules editor, and many notation and publishing improvements. Notion is the only notation editor that supports Mac, Windows, and iPad and the only one that can run 64-bit on both Mac and Windows.

This is the first update since Notion joined the PreSonus family, and it shows. The user interface has been redesigned to more resemble Studio One and other PreSonus software, and Notion 5 comes with PreSonus' Native Effects™ Limiter, Compressor, and Pro EQ plug-ins. The new version adds a variety of enhancements for film, TV, and video composers, including a video window with a new timecode view. Unlike competing notation programs, it can import a variety of modern video formats...

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Free Shreddage 2X Virtual Guitar Instrument Update
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Free Shreddage 2X Virtual Guitar Instrument UpdateImpact Soundworks has released a massive free update to their popular Shreddage 2 library! The "Shreddage 2X" update includes a total overhaul of the instrument's UI and underlying engine, adding new features, refinements, options, and even new recordings like powerchord portamento & staccato samples.

Shreddage 2 covers the entire range of lead AND rhythm playing - every fret, every string, and tons of articulations. Its advanced scripting allows for easy playability as well as deep customization. With the included Kontakt Player and ReValver HPse, you'll have everything you need to SHRED. This virtual guitar for Kontakt is the ultimate weapon for rock & metal music, built from the ground up for realistic playing in any hi-gain style. All samples...

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Spitfire Audio Hans Zimmer Percussion Los Angeles
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Spitfire Audio Hans Zimmer Percussion Los AngelesCompositional tools creator Spitfire Audio is proud to announce availability of HZ02 - HANS ZIMMER PERCUSSION LOS ANGELES — the second (Mac 10.6 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, this time featuring unbeatable pearl performances from rock aristocrat Jason Bonham on his huge-sounding DW Vistalite drum kit, recorded at the equally epic-sounding Newman Scoring Stage at 20th Century Fox Film Studios (Century City, California) and the Sony Pictures Scoring Stage (Culver City, California), the largest motion picture scoring venue in the world, as well as a large concrete space within Zimmer’s remarkable Remote Control Productions lot in Santa Monica, California, known as ‘The Cathedral’ — as of July 15...

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...

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Free Pop/Rock EZX Update for Toontrack EZdrummer 2
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Free Pop/Rock EZX Update for Toontrack EZdrummer 2Toontrack has announced the immediate release of the Pop/Rock EZX expansion. The audio and MIDI content is derived from the original version EZdrummer, but now converted into an expansion for EZdrummer 2. The sound and MIDI groove library from the original EZdrummer has been a staple in the creative toolboxes of top songwriters and heard daily in countless major label productions, TV shows and commercials ever since it was first released in 2006.

The Pop/Rock EZX is based around a classic GMS kit including several options for snares, bass drums and cymbals. The sounds were recorded in New York's legendary Avatar Studios by engineer duo Neil Dorfsman (Bruce Springsteen, Dire Straits) and Pat Thrall (Beyoncé, Katy Perry) together with renowned session drummer Nir Z (Chris Cornell, Genesis). Avatar Studios is known for having one of the world's finest acoustic environments and has won several industry awards. Since its inception in the 1970s, it has hosted bands and artists like Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Journey, Kings of Leon and The Clash...

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Voxengo CurveEQ 3.3 Spline Equalizer Plugin
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Voxengo CurveEQ 3.3 Spline Equalizer PluginVoxengo CurveEQ update version 3.3 is now available for download. Voxengo CurveEQ, available in AudioUnit, VST and VST3 plug-in formats (including native 64-bit support), for Mac OS X (v10.5 and later), and Windows computers, is a spline equalizer plugin for professional music and audio production applications.

Version 3.3 update includes the following changes:
* CPU load decreased by 20%.
* Implemented a fast Shift+Click insertion of control points.
* Implemented a more flexible way to copy envelopes.
* Fixed the "Underlay" selection issues.
* Added VST3 support.

CurveEQ implements spectrum matching technology that allows you to transfer spectrum’s shape of one recording to another. In other words...

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AAS String Studio VS-2 Modelling Synthesizer
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AAS String Studio VS-2 Modelling SynthesizerPhysical modelling plug-in specialist Applied Acoustics Systems (AAS) is proud to announce availability of String Studio VS-2 for Mac OS X (10.6 or later) and Windows (XP, Vista, 7, or 8)—an updated 64-bit (AAX-, AU-, and VST-compatible) version of its original String Studio VS-1 string modelling synthesizer plug-in released to critical acclaim almost a decade ago, dispensing with the traditional synthesizer audio pathway of oscillator, filter, and envelope elements in favour of real-life string instrument components—as of June 17.

String Studio VS-2 is so much more than a routine update of its predecessor, however. Here AAS has successfully streamlined the String Studio concept and brought it kicking and screaming to a whole new level—one that will forever change both listener and player’s perspective on strings...

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1-2-3 Jazz and 1-2-3 Fingerstyle Guitar DVDs from eMedia
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1-2-3 Jazz and 1-2-3 Fingerstyle Guitar DVDs from eMediaeMedia Music Corp., publisher of the world's best-selling series of music tutorial CD-ROMs and DVDs, in partnership with TrueFire, will release two new titles in the Guitar Lab line of guitar instruction DVDs in June 2014. 1-2-3 Jazz with Frank Vignola, and 1-2-3 Fingerstyle Guitar with Muriel Anderson will be in stores June 30, 2014.

1-2-3 Jazz with Frank Vignola presents an intuitive approach for learning how to play jazz guitar without a trace of theory, no tedious exercises and no long drawn out hyperbole about modes, altered chords and similar rocket science. Frank Vignola is an accomplished Jazz guitarist who has recorded and performed with Donald Fagen, David Grisman, Les Paul, Queen Latifah, Mark O Connor, and Wynton Marsalis. Frank has written 18 guitar instruction books for Mel Bay Publications, and has recorded several CD-ROM educational products for Truefire...

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DigiFreq Issue 47 - Cakewalk SONAR X3 Power
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Issue 47 of the FREE DigiFreq Music Technology Newsletter has been published! Here's what you'll find in this issue:

1. SCOTT'S NOTES - Cakewalk SONAR X3 Power
2. DFreqDEALS - Music Software Discounts
3. DFreqFEATURE - Using Melodyne for Audio Pitch and Time Editing in SONAR X3 (or higher)
4. DFreqNEWS - Voxformer, Pianoteq 5, Addictive Drums 2, Chris Hein Winds, EZdrummer 2, and more
5. DFreqDISCUSS - Guitars, Mastering, SampleTank 3, Mogami Cables, and more

This issue is dedicated to Cakewalk SONAR X3 with a feature article about using the integrated Celemony Melodyne feature. Plus, the latest music recording news and discussions are included.

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The SOS Guide to Live Sound
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The SOS Guide to Live Sound: Optimising Your Band's Live-Performance AudioFocal Press has published The SOS Guide to Live Sound: Optimising Your Band's Live-Performance Audio. If you’ve ever handled live sound, you know the recipe for creating quality live sound requires many steps. Your list of ingredients, shall we say, requires an understanding of sound and how it behaves, the know-how to effectively use a sound system), and the knowledge to choose and use your gear well. Add a dash of miking ability, stir in a pinch of thinking on your feet for when your system starts to hum or the vocals start to feed back, and mix.

In practice, there really is no "recipe" for creating a quality performance. Instead, musicians and engineers who effectively use sound systems have a wealth of knowledge that informs their every move before and during a live performance. You can slowly gather that knowledge over years of live performance, or you can speed up the process with The SOS Guide to Live Sound...

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Voxengo PHA-979 2.4 Phase Alignment Plugin
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Voxengo PHA-979 2.4 Phase Alignment PluginVoxengo PHA-979 version 2.4 update is now available for download. Voxengo PHA-979 is a track phase and time alignment audio plugin, available in AudioUnit, VST and VST3 plug-in formats (including native 64-bit support), for Mac OS X (v10.5 and later), and Windows computers.

PHA-979 is useful during mixing sessions, especially when working with the sound material recorded through an array of microphones. In many cases this allows you to solve various phasing problems arising from the microphone placement chosen during the tracking session. In other cases this process may help you to align drums and other instruments to each other bringing punch and time coherence not attainable by the ordinary time-aligning alone...

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Vocalisa: Slavic Women's Choir Virtual Instrument
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Vocalisa: Slavic Women's Choir Virtual InstrumentImpact Soundworks has released Vocalisa: Slavic Women’s Choir, their latest virtual instrument for the Native Instruments Kontakt platform. Vocalisa features the traditional vocal ensemble sound of Bulgaria and other Slavic regions, as popularized in albums such as “Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares” and soundtracks like “Xena: Warrior Princess”. The library is available for special introductory pricing through June 30, 2014.

The choir of Vocalisa is provided in multiple section sizes: full choir, altos, sopranos, mezzos, and soloist, with independent patches and controls for each. The library offers a selection of the most frequently-used syllables, ornaments, and vocal effects in this style of music, along with dynamics ranging from the quietest sotto voce pianissimo to the loud, brassy fortissimo that Slavic choirs are known for...

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