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Scott R. Garrigus' DigiFreq(TM) - NewTechReview Relaunch

ISSN: 1531-6505; Issue 35
Music technology downloads, news, articles, reviews, tips and tutorials for home recording and professional musicians. Over 20,000 readers can't be wrong!

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Scott's Notes - NewTechReview Relaunch

In this issue, you'll find new articles (NI Kontakt Tone Machine, Principles of Sound Design, Reason Song Sections, Music Marketing), new downloads (MIDI Drum Loops, Audio Editor, Reason Tutorial Package, EZPlayer, Overtone GEQ), new announcements (Solid Rock, Composers Collection, Pocketrak, EastWest Pianos), new discussions (MySpace, Vocoder, Music Theory, Hum Eliminator). And you could win a free product from SoundTech!

Our sibling publication, NewTechReview is back and better than ever. Similar to DigiFreq, NewTechReview has a free newsletter and web site where you can find a lot of quality information. The difference is that NewTechReview covers consumer technology, software, hardware, and cool gadgets. We've added new Articles and Downloads sections where you can find informative tips and techniques as well as free software downloads that are useful for most everyone. And you can win free products from brand-name manufacturers. Check out NewTechReview today at:

And if you want to sign up for the latest NewTechReview contest, go to:

In addition to the print content, the Sonar 7 Power book provides additional bonus chapters and appendices that are available for free download.

This bonus content includes the following:
* Chapter 15: Making Sheet Music
* Chapter 16: Studio Control with StudioWare and Sysx
* Chapter 17: CAL 101
* Chapter 18: Advanced CAL Techniques
* Appendix A: Backup Up Your Project Files
* Appendix B: Producing for Multimedia and the Web

To get these bonus chapters, go to the Downloads section of the Sonar 7 Power book page at the Power Books web site. You'll also find an errata page there listing all the known errors in the book since it was published. Go to the Power Books section at:

In previous issues, I gave a special thanks to all those who have posted nice reviews about my books over at Amazon. The great reviews keep coming in, so additional thanks go to: Glen E. Rohrer, Anonymous, Karl E. Sandfort, and Alex S. Fishburn. If you have already purchased my Sonar 6 or Sonar 7 Power books and would like to post a nice review on Amazon, go to:

Sonar 6 Power:

Sonar 7 Power:

Thanks for reading DigiFreq! Enjoy the issue...


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DFreqDEALS - 10% off Groove Monkee, Acon, Precision, Groove 3, DOD

Get 10% off all Groove Monkee products
Featured product: Rock MIDI Grooves for EZDrummer

Get 10% off all Acon Digital products
Featured product: Acoustica Premium Pro Audio Editing and Mastering

Get 10% off Precisionsound
Featured product: Kloo Mandolin Sound Library

Get 10% off all Drums On Demand products
Featured product: Volume 10: Solid Rock

Find these (and more) great deals at:

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DFreqMUSIC - Past Music Listings

There are no new music listings for this issue, but there are plenty of past listings to browse in the DigiFreq Music web site area:

And if you're serious about your music, promote it by submitting it
to DigiFreq today:

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DFreqNEWS - iZotope RX, Solid Rock, Pocketrak, EastWest Pianos

Some of the latest music technology news:

iZotope RX Audio Restoration Plug-Ins

Drums On Demand - Turbocharge Your Tracks With Solid Rock - 10% off!

EastWest Introduces The Complete Composers Collection

Yamaha Launches Pocketrak 2G Pocket Recorder

EastWest Quantum Leap Pianos Now Shipping

EastWest Symphonic Orchestra for PLAY

eMedia Learn To Play Keyboard Pack

eMedia My Guitar Video Tutorial

SoundTech Vocal Trainer

For more of the latest music technology news, go to:

Also, be sure to check out the latest consumer technology news at:

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DFreqREVIEWS - Past Music Technology Reviews

There are no new reviews for this issue, but there are plenty of past reviews to browse in the DigiFreq Reviews web site area:


Also, for some of the latest consumer technology reviews, go to:

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DFreqDISCUSS - MySpace, Vocoder, Music Theory, Hum Eliminator

Some of the latest music technology discussions:

Using MySpace to Promote My Music

How to use Cakewalk Pentagon as a Vocoder

Great Acoustic Guitar Synth Sounds?

Learning Music Theory

Pro Quality Budget Studio Microphone?

Nearfield Audio Monitor Placement

Hum Eliminator

Hand held Digi-recorders anyone?

To read up on other interesting topics, or to post and get answers to your own questions, go to:

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DFreqARTICLES - Reason Sections, Kontakt Tone Machine, Sound Design

Some of the latest music technology articles:

Propellerhead Reason - Working With Song Sections

Taming Native Instruments Kontakt Tone Machine (Part 1)

Taming Native Instruments Kontakt Tone Machine (Part 2)

Principles of Sound Design (Part 1)

Principles of Sound Design (Part 2)

Optimizing your Music & Audio PC (Part 1)

Optimizing your Music & Audio PC (Part 1)

For more of the latest music technology articles, go to:

Also, be sure to check out the latest consumer technology articles:

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DFreqTIPS - Past Music Technology Tips

There are no new tips for this issue, but there are plenty of past tips to browse in the DigiFreq Tips web site area:


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DFreqDOWNLOADS - Groove Monkee, Wavosaur, Ezplayer, Overtone GEQ

Some of the latest music technology downloads:

Groove Monkee - 300 Free MIDI Drum Loops (Mac/Windows - Free)

Wavosaur Digital Audio Editor (Windows - Free)

Teaching Music with Propellerhead Reason Tutorial Package (Mac/Windows - Free)

Toontrack EZplayer Free MIDI File Organizer (Mac/Windows - Free)

Voxengo Overtone GEQ 7-Band Graphic Equalizer (Mac/Windows - Free)

Cakewalk SONAR 7.0.2 Update (Windows - Free)

Boxsounds Replacer - Drum Replacer (Windows - Free)

For more of the latest music technology downloads, go to:

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DFreqCONTEST - SoundTech LightSnake Audio or MIDI to USB

Congratulations to Ann F and Jonathan H for winning the Cakewalk Drumatic Drum Loops contest! (Winners are notified by e-mail).

For those of you that didn't win, you can find some great MIDI drum loops from Groove Monkee or audio drum loops from Drums On Demand. Best of all, we were able to get a special 10% discount just for DigiFreq readers. Check it out on the DigiFreq Deals web page:

For the current contest, DigiFreq is giving away some cool SoundTech products. Three lucky winners will each walk away with a LightSnake Audio or MIDI to USB cable! Details can be found on the DigiFreq Contest page.

Remember, you have to be a subscriber to be eligible for contests, and as long as you remain a subscriber, you are automatically entered into each contest. For more information go to:

PS. It also doesn't hurt to get a free account over at the DigiFreq Forums: http://www.digifreq.com/digifreq/discuss/

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DFreqFINISH - Sign Up For the DigiFreq Forums Now!

Yes, I know... there are a lot of music and home recording forums available on the Internet, but the DigiFreq Forums are special. Not only am I there every day, we also have a dedicated group of people that are ready to answer your questions.

Yes, I know... you probably already have a favorite forum at which to hang out on a regular basis, but the DigiFreq Forums are special. They are open, friendly, and free of junk or troublemakers.

Suffice it to say... if you're reading the DigiFreq newsletter, but not visiting the Forums, then you are missing out on a big part of the services that DigiFreq provides for you. Go to the forums today and register for your free account:
Register at: http://www.digifreq.com/digifreq/discuss/policy.asp

Main Forums page: http://www.digifreq.com/digifreq/discuss/

Come on over to hang out, make new friends, and share your thoughts... and of course, get answers to any questions you may have.

Thanks and I'll see you there!


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