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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 EditionFocal 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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Logic Pro X: Audio and Music Production
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Logic Pro X: Audio and Music ProductionFocal Press has published Logic Pro X: Audio and Music Production. From initial demos to mixing and mastering, seasoned authors Mark Cousins and Russ Hepworth-Sawyer show you how to get the most from Logic Pro X. By exploring the essential workflow and the creative possibilities offered by Logic’s virtual instruments and effects, Logic Pro X: Audio and Music Production leads you through the music creation and production process, giving you all the tips and tricks used by the pros to create release-quality recordings.

Using full color screenshots throughout, alongside related boxouts that expand on the key concepts, Logic Pro X: Audio and Music Production is an informative and easy-to-read guide to using Logic Pro X. Key features include:...

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New MAGIX Samplitude Pro X2 and Pro X2 Suite
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New MAGIX Samplitude Pro X2 and Samplitude Pro X2 SuiteMAGIX has released the latest version of its renowned digital audio workstation, Samplitude Pro X2, celebrating 25 years of success in professional audio production. The decisive factor for the continued success of this product is its outstanding audio engine, featuring complete bit transparency. Combined with optimized recording, editing, MIDI and mastering work flows, Samplitude Pro X2 is the perfect program for ambitious audio productions. The latest version contains a multitude of new features and detail-related enhancements to give professional musicians and producers an even more effective set of tools for working in the studio.

Intuitive mixing and flexible routing
It is now possible to freely arrange the sequence of effects and plug-ins, allowing users to make full use of all effects. The sequence can be organized...

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Pro Tools 11: Music Production, Recording, Editing, and Mixing
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Pro Tools 11: Music Production, Recording, Editing, and MixingFocal Press has published Pro Tools 11: Music Production, Recording, Editing, and Mixing. Hone your Pro Tools music production skills and create better tracks with Pro Tools 11: Music Production, Recording, Editing, and Mixing.

With Pro Tools 11, you’ll get more than descriptions of Pro Tools features and menus—this book grounds its Pro Tools instruction thoroughly in real-world music production. Learn to leverage this powerful DAW and bend it to your will, whether you’re recording and mixing a band or producing a dance track. Get tips that will save you time, even if you’re an old hand at Pro Tools. Extensive full-color screenshots visually guide you through the book, and an informal writing style keeps you engaged. Includes coverage of...

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Designing Software Synthesizer Plug-Ins in C++
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Designing Software Synthesizer Plug-Ins in C++: For RackAFX, VST3, and Audio UnitsFocal Press has published Designing Software Synthesizer Plug-Ins in C++: For RackAFX, VST3, and Audio Units. Bridging the gap from theory to programming, Designing Software Synthesizer Plug-Ins in C++ For RackAFX, VST3 and Audio Units contains complete code for designing and implementing software synthesizers for both Windows and Mac platforms. You will learn synthesizer operation, starting with the underlying theory of each synthesizer component, and moving on to the theory of how these components combine to form fully working musical instruments that function on a variety of target digital audio workstations (DAWs). Containing some of the latest advances in theory and algorithm development, this book contains information that has never been published in textbook form, including several unique algorithms of the author’s own design.

The book is broken into three parts: plug-in programming, theory and design of the central synthesizer components of oscillators, envelope generators, and filters, and the design and implementation of...

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AirTurn goSTAND Portable Mic Stand
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AirTurn goSTAND Portable Mic StandAirTurn, a leading manufacturer of wireless, hands-free controllers for tablets and computers, announced the goSTAND™, a sturdy, portable microphone stand that supports digital tablets and other gear used by musicians, speakers and presenters. Less than 18 inches when folded, the goSTAND fits into most backpacks and carry-on luggage.

The goSTAND uniquely adjusts to uneven surfaces and varying base circumferences. Fully extended, it is 58 inches high. Extended legs create the same footprint as most mic stands. Steel tubing gives the stand its weight of 2.6 pounds to keep attached objects stable and secure. Gear can be mounted on the stand using a standard 5/8-27 mic thread fitting on top with a locking nut. The goSTAND is suitable for...

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Understanding and Crafting the Mix, 3rd Edition
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Understanding and Crafting the Mix, 3rd EditionFocal Press has published Understanding and Crafting the Mix, 3rd Edition. This book provides the framework to identify, evaluate, and shape your recordings with clear and systematic methods. Featuring numerous exercises, this third edition allows you to develop critical listening and analytical skills to gain greater control over the quality of your recordings. Sample production sequences and descriptions of the recording engineer’s role as composer, conductor, and performer provide you with a clear view of the entire recording process.

Dr. William Moylan takes an inside look into a range of iconic popular music, thus offering insights into making meaningful sound judgments during recording. His unique focus on the aesthetic of recording and mixing will allow you to...

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Toontrack EZkeys Vintage Upright
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Toontrack EZkeys Vintage UprightToontrack has announced the release of EZKeys Vintage Upright. This marks the seventh title in the company’s widely acclaimed EZkeys Line.

The Vintage Upright sound library features a carefully sampled Östlind & Almquist piano, a classic Swedish brand dating back to the late 1800s and widely known for its quality, craftsmanship and heritage. This instrument was built in the 1930s and captures the essence of the timbre in a well-built upright piano. The frail, silvery treble, the bright, distinct mid range and the focused, round bass, all painstakingly captured in a world-class studio facility...

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Steinberg Cubase Pro 8 and Cubase Artist 8
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Steinberg Cubase Pro 8 and Cubase Artist 8Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH has announced the immediate availability of Cubase Pro 8 and Cubase Artist 8. For the past quarter of a century Cubase has been the go-to DAW for many professionals around the world. Today, Cubase delivers a considerably higher performance, puts users more firmly in control, and incorporates more serious tools and innovative technologies than ever before. Adding “Pro” to the biggest version of the latest range represents the evolution of Steinberg’s award-winning music production system.

The new line-up of Cubase witnesses a performance boost owing to its entire audio engine rebuild, extending the buffering ASIO-Guard to improve the audio processing performance for multi-timbral and disk-streaming featured instrument tracks. Exclusive features of Cubase Pro 8 are VCA faders and virgin territories. The all-new VCA faders emulate the control of channel gain with DC voltage, moving an entire fader group through a single master fader. Taking it a step further is the Combine VCA fader automation feature, which...

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Modartt Toy Piano for Pianoteq
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Modartt releases a Toy Piano for PianoteqMODARTT releases a Toy Piano for Pianoteq. The virtual copy is based on a Michelsonne toy piano, praised for its beautiful and unique sound. The instrument is included in the Celeste instrument pack for Pianoteq 5.

Toy piano? Not only a toy
Often encountered as a child's toy, toy pianos are usually no more than 50 cm (20 inches) in width, and made out of wood or plastic. The first toy pianos were made in the mid-19th century and were typically uprights, although many toy pianos made today are models of grands. The sound is produced by small hammers striking metal rods. Toy pianos offer a unique timbre that resembles more the celesta than the piano, and is also quite close to other chromatic percussions such as the glockenspiel. This unusual sound has been somewhat of a key appeal to many composers and performers through the centuries, who used the toy piano as a real musical instrument...

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Toontrack Hi-Energy Grooves MIDI
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Toontrack Hi-Energy Grooves MIDIToontrack has released Hi-Energy Grooves, a collection of drum MIDI beats and fills performed by Jason Bowld (Axewound, Pitchshifter). This title, which concludes the company’s annual Metal Month release activities, underlines the fact that metal isn’t all about blast beats and rampant tempos – it’s about the groove as well.

With a history in bands such as Pitchshifter, Bullet For My Valentine and Axewound, Jason has cemented a position as one of metal’s most solid and dynamic drummers. This goes to show in this versatile collection of grooves and fills. It takes you from basic, sturdy 4/4 beats and inventive double-bass patterns to finally combust in intricate 6/8 and 9/8 grooves – all infused by Jason’s highly energetic signature style and feel...

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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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