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BMG Music Search
"BMG Music Publishing has launched BMG MusicSearch, the first global online search engine for both popular and production music designed for the film, television, advertising and multimedia professional. The revolutionary search utility and license request tool is located at BMG MusicSearch."

Also, new product announcements from Sonic Implants, NTONYX, and PG Music in News.
"Windrift Songwriting Competition 2002
Who can enter? Aspiring or proficient songwriters (self-published or unpublished) who are looking for a chance to get their material recorded and/or published. Send a cassette/CD of one (1) song, including typed lyric sheet, along with the completed entry form to Windrift Music."

Also, new announcements from Emagic, SonicEmulations, Code Audio, Spectrasonics, Applied Acoustics, and MusicLab in News.
Hey, I just found a deal that many of you may be interested in... Sonic Foundry's ACID Latin 2.0 for Windows has been discontinued, but Mars Music still has some units in stock. So, they are blowing them out for a mere $0.99. Yes, that 99 cents! If you want to get going with loop composing, this might be a good place to start. I think their supply is limited, although I don't know by how much. In any case, you can find more info on the deal by clicking here.

Also, check out the new announcements from Applied Acoustics Systems and TC Works in News.
I finished sending out issue 13 today. If you didn't receive your copy, the problem could be one of two things:

1) Your e-mail inbox was full, in which case I couldn't send you any messages. But not to worry, you can go to the Issues section of the site, and download the issue manually.

2) You have a musician.net e-mail address. Musician's Friend owns the musician.net e-mail service, and it seems they are not allowing me to send e-mail to anyone on their service. I have no idea why. I have never sent spam to anyone, and I never will. So basically, if you have one of these e-mail addresses, you didn't get your copy of the DigiFreq newsletter. It also means that Musician's Friend is censoring/filtering your e-mail without you knowing it! I would drop them like a hot potato if I were you, and get yourself a different e-mail address.

That's all I have to say about that.
Issue 13 has been published! Here's what you'll find in this issue:

1. Scott's Notes - DigiFreq Discussions
2. DFreqCONTEST - Pluck (guitar sample loops)
3. DFreqDEALS - iZotope Ozone Mastering Software
4. DFreqNEWS - The Grand, Cool Edit Pro 2, Samplitude 6, and more
5. DFreqDISCUSS - Sorting Data in the Event List View?
6. DFreqFEATURE - Get the Most from General MIDI
7. DFreqSHAREWARE - MP3 Workshop and Awave Studio
8. DFreqFREEWARE - Finale NotePad and PSP VintageMeter
9. DFreqBUYWARE - Magix Sound Pool Collection 5
10. DFreqREVIEWS - Ozone, Pluck, REAKTOR 3
11. DFreqTIP - Setting the Sound Blaster SoundFont Cache
12. DFreqFUN - GetMusic Karaoke
13. DFreqNEXT - Optimizing your Audio PC

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"When you listen to a song on the radio, you know it’s been mastered in a professional studio. But because of cost, that is not a viable alternative for most independent musicians. Instead, many musicians try to do their own mastering but with mixed results. That’s where a tool like Ozone from Izotope may be able to help." Read my write-up of Ozone in Reviews.
"Submissions are currently being sought for this years ASCAP Foundation Extended East Coast Songwriters' Workshop. Each applicant must send a tape or CD containing two original songs with typed or neatly written lyric sheets, along with a brief resume or bio along with a statement explaining as to why he or she would like to participate in the Workshop. Send to: ASCAP, Extended Songwriters Workshop, One Lincoln Plaza, New York, NY 10023. Deadline for submissions is March 15, 2002. For further information on the Songwriters Workshop, please call (212) 621-6416."

Also, new announcements from NoteHeads, MAGIX, Steinberg, and Syntrillium in News.
"Nero Puts 'Speed' Back into Burning
Following the quality and success of Nero CD Recording software, the Nero Toolkit promises to continue that tradition with a complete suite of utilities comprising four different applications: Nero CD Speed, Nero DVD Speed, Nero Drive Speed, and the latest addition, the Nero Info Tool. Nero Toolkit is an indispensable utility suite used by everyone from CD/CDR/DVD drive manufactures to the average PC user. It is available free of charge for download from www.cdspeed2000.com."

And more announcements from Iomega, Syntrillium, ProMusic Press, crusherX, and Symbolic Sound in News.
MP3 Insider: Time to fight back
"Many of the newer CDs being sold today feature special protection that prevents them from working with certain software, playing on computers, or sometimes being played at all. But savvy consumers are working together to let each other know which CDs include the annoying technology. Get the scoop in this edition of CNET's MP3 Insider."

And more announcements for you to peruse from Steinberg, Cakewalk, Native Instruments, and Broderbund in News.
In case you haven't already noticed, the new DigiFreq Discussion area is now operational. It looks great. It feels great. It's just plain awesome. At least, that's what people tell me. :-) Since the new area opened, I've added a few new features... 1) the total number of topics is shown at the top of the Topic List (say that 10 times fast, if you can). 2) the total number of messages in each topic is shown beside each topic title (yet another tongue twister). 3) and best of all, there's a new search feature, so instead of having to browse through all the topics in the list, you can narrow things down a bit by typing in a keyboard or phrase. Cool, no? Go to the Discussion area and check it out. I'll see ya there!

Also be sure to read the new announcements from Native Instruments, Sonic Foundry, and Synfactory in News.
Steinberg has released a new version of Cubase (Cubase VST PC 5.1r2PB1). Mainly there are a number of bug fixes, such as the exporting audio problem, the Mastertrack Windows sizing, auto-crossfade clicks, and more. Halion user's will also find that the Edit Audio In Cubase function now works properly. For more info and to download the update, click here.

And there are lots of new announcements from Synchro Arts, Digital Innovations, Amphony, and Stomp in News.
What will they think of next? Check this out... "Fuji Photo Film introduced a luminous addition to its data storage product line – Glow Discs. The new discs are an expansion of Fujifilm’s existing choice of CD-Recordable media products. Offering the same reliability and quality of the original 80-minute 700-MB capacity and the 1X to 32X write speed discs, the Glow Discs offer an eye-catching alternative to storing your favorite MP3s." Just think, if you have a bad burn, you can start a collection of glow-in-the-dark cup coasters. Pretty cool. :-) Click here for more info about the Glow Discs.

And check out the new announcements from Steinberg, Stomp, and Best Software Design in News.
A little fanfare please... the new DigiFreq Dicussion area is here! After the server crash I mentioned a few days ago, the site was back up fairly quickly but unfortunately the old discussion board was damaged beyond repair. So I decided to pull a few all nighters and get the new board up and running. You should have seen my fingers flying across the computer keyboard, spewing out programming code onto the screen like there was no tomorrow. :-) It's funny how necessity can give you a good kick in the pants. And I'm glad "she" did because the new board really turned out well, if I do say so myself. I hope you think so too. For more details, check out my Welcome message. Thanks for all your patience, and I hope you enjoy the new board!
I really have to apologize for the recent web site downtime. Here's what happened... late Sunday night my web host provider had a server crash. The DigiFreq site just so happened to be on that particular server, and they weren't able to get it back up and running again until late Monday afternoon. They're going to give me a credit towards my monthly service payment, but I know that doesn't make up for all the time the site was inaccessible. Believe me, I missed my daily DigiFreq fix too. :-) To make matters worse, the Discussion area is still having problems. You can read messages but you can't post messages, and the search isn't working either. They hope to have things fixed later today. I'm really sorry for the inconvenience. I'm working as fast as I can on the new Discussion area, which won't have these types of posting and searching errors.

In the meantime, I have some more News for you to peruse from Roxio, LinPlug, Voyetra, and MusicLab.
Happy New Year! I've spent the past couple days catching up on e-mail and discussion board posts after taking some time off for the holidays, but now I'm back in action. I foresee 2002 as being a great year for DigiFreq and all the Digifreqers out there. We'll soon have a new discussion area, a links area, more DigiFreq deals, and plenty of more cool and exciting contests. Thank you all for your continued support, and here's to a great new year!

The next issue of DigiFreq will be published shortly (probably sometime next week). In the meantime, for your reading pleasure, I've posted a write-up of a new guitar sample loop CD called Pluck in the Reviews section.

And there are some brand spanking new announcements from PowerFX, Berklee Press, Virsonix, and Native Instruments in News.

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