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I'll be away this week for the holidays, so you probably won't see much of me online. But I'll be back next week with more news, reviews, and the next issue of DigiFreq. I'll also be announcing the winners of the Plasma contest, so if you haven't signed up for your free subscription to DigiFreq yet, click here to do it now! :-)

Happy Holidays!
"Cooch Music has launched it's third Amateur Songwriting Contest! Songwriters are now able to enter a contest that is aimed for amateurs only! Songs are to be judged on originality, lyrics, melody and composition. Quality of performance and production will not be considered. Entries must be postmarked on or before Dec 31st!" Click here for more info on how to enter.

And some new announcements from Sibelius, CenDyne, SpinAudio, and Native Instruments in News.
Personally, I like working with my PC to create and record music. Some people, however, like to work with dedicated digital audio workstation products. If this is your preference, and you're on the lookout for a new DAW, you may want to check out the DAW Buyer's Guide. This site provides information about the whole range of digital audio workstations, including turnkey systems, card and/or software packages, disk-based multitracks and tapeless recorders.

And I've posted some more announcements from Tascam, MusicLab, Sound Quest, MOTU, and Electronisounds in News.
"CNET reviews 7 CD-creation apps. Whether you're an amateur mix master or a self-promoting musician, these seven apps claim to make it easy to burn music, video, or data to your own CDs. But although their prices are similar, their functionality differs widely. Read on to find the answers to your burning questions..." Click here.

And, read the new announcements from D-Link, Sounds Logical, Arboretum, and M-Audio in News.
"What gives? All you want is a spindle of CD-Rs, but as soon as you walk into a store, you're confronted with an aisle full of different types of CD-Rs. There's an endless variety--silver, gold, 8X, 16X, certified, noncertified, cheap, expensive--and the list goes on." Click here to find out what the differences are between them (and why you should care) in CNET's CD-R media feature.

Also, check out the new announcements from Event Electronics, Digigram, Mackie, and Sonic Foundry in News.
"Now in its sixth year, NEMO Music Showcase & Conference attracts thousands of participants from all sectors of the music industry who converge on Boston to network and exchange information about today's new music and the current issues facing the music industry. NEMO hosts two days and three nights of events, including panels, clinics, workshops, mentor sessions, a Trade Show exhibition area, and more than 200 artist showcases." For more information about submitting your music for showcase consideration, click here.

Also, see the new announcements from Echo Audio, Wave Digital, eMedia, Tascam, and Earthworks in News.
"The 2002 USA Songwriting Competition is currently accepting entries. Win great prizes such as Guitars, Mixers, Audio/MIDI software, and microphones. Also, winning songs will be featured on a nationally syndicated radio program serving over 60 cities in the US and Canada, courtesy of Acoustic Café. Click here to obtain an entry form.

And be sure to check out the new announcements from e.Digital, M-Audio, Native Instruments, LinPlug, and TC Works in News.
If you're using Cubase 5 and you recently downloaded the new 5.1 update, you may be wondering where to find the documentation that covers the new features. It wasn't included in the upgrade download, so you have to download it separately from the Steinberg FTP site.

And if you're into software synthesis, then you'll definitely want to check out my write-up of REAKTOR 3 in Reviews.

Finally, be sure to read the new announcements from PG Music, Hudson Music, TC Works, and Symbolic Sound in News.
I won't have a chance to attend this event, but I figured you might want to know about it... "The Audio Engineering Society is proud to present the 111th Convention in New York City. Join us at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, November 30 - December 3, where we will celebrate the spirit that continues to drive our industry ahead into the future! The largest exhibit of professional audio equipment in the world we are especially pleased to present more than 300 manufacturers at this year's convention. Don't miss your chance to see the latest in today's cutting edge audio technology and network with thousands of today's leading audio professionals." Click here for more information.

And I've posted some new announcements from Bantam, Native Instruments, Sonic Reality, SpinAudio, and Pocket Fuel in News.
For those of you that celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you had a nice holiday. Now it's time to get back to making music. :-) Speaking of which...

"Neuroscientists often study how we hear and play music because it is one of the few activities that use many functions of the brain, including memory, learning, motor control, emotion, hearing and creativity, said Dr. Robert Zatorre of the Montreal Neurological Institute. The research offers insight into the inner workings of the brain and shows that musicians' brains are uniquely wired for sound, researchers said at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience." Click here to read the rest of the article.

Also, check out the announcements from Arturia, Hal Leonard Publications, and M-Audio in News.
Happy Thanksgiving! I will be off for the next four days to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday here in the USA. But I won't leave you empty handed...

If you're looking for sound effects for your next audio production, check out the Free Sound Effects Guide. Just be careful about using sounds that may be copyrighted. The site doesn't do a good job of stating whether or not the sounds are free for commercial purposes or only for personal use. Also check out the free sound effects section of the Media-Tracks web site.

If you need to create your own CD labels, CD panel inserts, or CD inlays, check out the graphics section of the DataDisc web site. They provide free templates for download.

And, check out the new announcements from DigiTech, MusicLab, Digidesign, and Sonic Foundry in News.

See ya on Monday the 26th! :-)
Have you ever asked yourself... "How reliable my copied disks are? Will they be readable in the far future? Have I obtained the best possible results by using my existing CD recorder? Which is the best CD-R disk type I can use for obtaining the most reliable copies by using my CD recorder?" If so, then you might want to check out the CDR disc tests over at DigitalDrives.

Those of you using SoundFonts are always interested in hearing about good quality Fonts, right? Especially if they're free. :-) Check out "You'll find quality soundfonts here, but not quantity." Also note: "These soundfonts are offered free for non-commercial use."

And I've got some new announcements for you from Funkyseagull, Bias, Roxio, and Digidesign in News.
Issue 12 has been published! Here's what you'll find in this issue:

1. Scott's Notes - DigiFreq Deals
2. DFreqCONTEST - Plasma
3. DFreqNEWS - Live, NTONYX, SparkME, e.Digital, Encore, and more
4. DFreqDISCUSS - Gate Effect with Trigger Input
5. DFreqFEATURE - Nix the Noise from Your Recordings
6. DFreqSHAREWARE - Pristine Sounds 2000 & AudioMulch
7. DFreqFREEWARE - DXMan & AutoTune
8. DFreqBUYWARE - Sound Forge 5
9. DFreqREVIEWS - Plasma, 3DDelays, LiveSynth, and LX6
10. DFreqTIP - Vary Your Vocals with Sound Forge
11. DFreqFUN - Dictionaraoke
12. DFreqNEXT - Getting More from General MIDI

To read this issue, you need to be a subscriber. If you're not already, just fill in the subscription form at the top of this page. It's free!

Also, check out the announcements from Dissidents and NTONYX in News.
If you're using Steinberg's Cubase, you'll be happy to know that they've recently released the 5.1 update for all three versions: VST, VST Score, and VST/32. There are some new modules and effects, along with a number of bug fixes. You can download the free update here.

And if you're interested in Cakewalk's new Plasma software, check out the write-up I've posted in Reviews.

I've also posted some announcements from NTONYX and Vintage Audio in News.
IK Multimedia recently released version 1.1 of the free version of their SampleTank product. As it says on their site, "SampleTank FREE is a fully working freeware version of SampleTank 1.1 offering all the advantage of the full version (including 16 channels multitimbrality, up to 128 notes polyphony, 4 effects per voice selectable from amongst 20 DSP effects, PIII and G4 optimization and multiprocessor compatibility) and it will able to play a range of free instruments which will be published and updated monthly here." Sounds pretty cool to me. I haven't actually had a chance to try it yet, but I figured you might want to know about it. You can click here to download it. Then be sure to post your thoughts in the DigiFreq Discussion board.

Also, I've posted some announcements from NTONYX and in News.

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