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iDrum: Ministry of Sound Anthems Now Available on Apple App Store

Ministry of Sound and iZotope release first album-themed music creation app for iPhone and iPod touch

London, UK (November 25, 2008) Ministry of Sound and iZotope today announced that, in a groundbreaking collaboration for iPhone and iPod touch, fans can now buy the iDrum: Ministry of Sound Anthems album from the iTunes Store and also purchase a companion application from the Apple App Store that lets them create original music.

“This is a truly unique experience where some of the best known dance music sounds of the last two decades are now available to be recreated on iPhone at the touch of a button.� said Van Uong, licensing account manager at Ministry of Sound.

“With the combination of iDrum’s simple Multi-Touch user interface and Ministry of Sound’s incredible sample content, you can create your own club anthems right in the palm of your hand,” said Nick Dika, content manager at iZotope.

iDrum: Ministry of Sound Anthems lets iPhone and iPod touch owners recreate their favorite club tracks of yesterday and today. This special edition of iDrum is the perfect companion to Ministry of Sound’s newest album representing clubbing history, “Anthems II.� Starting with professionally produced iDrum kits that emulate the greatest anthems in clubbing history, users can customize the included beats any way they like or mix and match over 300 original samples to make their own epic tracks. iDrum’s simple interface lets even novice users build beats layer by layer by tapping the touch screen or create music with simple shapes and color combinations that let anyone visualize the rhythm.

• Includes professionally produced samples and beats from Ministry of Sound – over 300 original classic and old school dance samples and 20 unique kits with dozens of pre-made patterns
• Customize patterns to create your own unique beats
• Take control of the rhythm of every drum sound and sample
• Tap the screen to play and record your own musical patterns

A collaboration between Ministry of Sound and iZotope, this special edition of iDrum is the perfect companion to Ministry of Sound’s newest album representing clubbing history, “Anthems II,� now available on the iTunes Store. The follow up to last year’s over half million selling album, “Anthems II� includes three discs filled with the best club classics of all time.

iDrum: Ministry of Sound Anthems is available for $5.99 USD from Apple’s App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at:
iDrum MOS

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kdlang_hi.jpgRio Rancho, NM – November 2008… In support of her critically acclaimed and most recent album release Watershed, Grammy® Award winning Canadian singer/songwriter and producer k.d. lang has spent the better part of 2008 on the tour circuit. From Nashville tearjerkers to Tin Pan Alley torch songs, from playful cow-punk tunes to sultry, grown-up pop, k.d. lang’s music offers something for everyone and all of this is reflected on the Watershed 2008 tour. In addition to her commanding vocal presence, lang is playing more guitar than ever during her shows, and every time she straps her acoustic on, her performance is being transmitted to the sound reinforcement system via a wireless setup from Lectrosonics. more

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Lexicon® Announces New Pitch Algorithms for the PCM96 in Software Version

Salt Lake City, Utah – Lexicon®, a Harman International Company (NYSE-HAR), today announced its software update version for the PCM96. The new software version underscores Lexicon’s commitment to provide PCM96 users with new functionality and increased DAW support, along with enhancements to improve software performance and make the system more stable and reliable. Featuring a wide array of rich, complex reverb algorithms with related delays and effects, the single rack-space PCM96 integrates seamlessly into the modern studio as a control-only DAW insert or FireWire streaming hardware plug-in.

Included in the software update is a new set of pitch shift algorithms, adding to Lexicon’s already legendary selection of effects and reverbs. They support both practical shifting and shifting for special effects. The new VSO Pitch algorithm can be used to help bring a choir up to pitch or to correct the pitch shift created by common video conversions, all while maintaining a solid stereo image. It offers the user enhanced control through the ability to raise or lower the pitch of a voiceover or dialog track.

New Multivoice Pitch algorithms combine multiple shifters with Lexicon’s powerful delay architecture to create climbing pitch ladders, shifted echoes, voice doublers, along with many other effects. Additionally, the software update provides plug-in compatibility for Steinberg® Cubase and Nuendo.

Commenting on the updated software, Randy Garrett, Director of Marketing for Lexicon stated, “This PCM96 software upgrade represents Lexicon’s continuous commitment to providing our customers with new functionality and the highest quality products and support. The PCM96 is being used in many high-profile studios because of its rich, full sound and we take pride in the fact that this software upgrade is largely representative of the results of quality feedback.�

With two channels XLR analog and two channels XLR AES/EBU digital I/O, as well as MIDI, Wordclock, Ethernet and FireWire connectivity, the PCM96 is equally suited for studio or live use.

The new software is available free of charge in the download section of the Lexicon Pro website ( ).

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60% of Nominees and 74% of Winners Rely on SSL to Create the Hits

LOS ANGELES – Solid State Logic, the manufacturer of industry leading, digital and analogue consoles, is pleased to announce that SSL users were among the majority of nominees and winners at the recent 36th annual “American Music Awards� (AMAs). The star studded event was broadcast live on ABC from the NOKIA Theatre in Los Angeles and featured 43 artists and projects competing in 23 categories, with 60% of the nominees and 74% of the winners using SSL consoles to create their hits. more

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For 25 years, Manchester’s School of Sound Recording (SSR) has delivered technical training and education for the music and A/V industries. It has a comprehensive set of courses on offer, the shortest being only an hour, the longest a three year BSc in Sound Engineering.

The school has a number of the industry’s leading companies playing an active role in its development and this October saw DiGiCo join those ranks by opening the DiGiCo Room, equipped with a DS-00 console.

As well as the official launch of the DiGiCo room, the company also took the opportunity to provide a further look at its latest console, the SD8, at two open days held in conjunction with Wigwam. Four SD8s, hooked up to a multi track package utilising RME’s MADIcard and MADIface, were set up along with D5s running V3 and V4 software and an SD7 previewing its future software release. The DiGiCo team was on hand throughout for demos and questions.

“I’ve been to SSR several times,� says DiGiCo’s managing director, James Gordon. “It’s refreshing to see the energy and enthusiasm that’s there. We wanted to put something back into that, hence the reason we decided to get involved in setting up the DiGiCo Room. There’s a real shortage of young talent in the industry and it’s great to see so many good students coming out of here.�

“SSR is a massive project for Wigwam,� says the company’s managing director, Mick Spratt. “Chris Hill, who is my partner in Wigwam, has pushed this project on behalf of both SSR and Wigwam with various manufacturers, with DiGiCo being the latest addition.�

Wigwam originally got involved two years ago when Charlie Jones, one of its engineers, died. The company wanted to do something of lasting value to remember him by. “Charlie was a great engineer and was just starting to teach young people and pass on his skills to future generations,� recalls Spratt. “The Charlie Jones Scholarship at SSR helps to carry this on. The help of manufacturers is essential for the school.�

“We are very honoured and privileged that DiGiCo agreed to be a creative partner with us,â€? adds Wendy Breakell, director of SSR. “Our links with the industry are very important. It’s through them that we ensure what we do here is what is needed in the real world. This state of the art console means we can ensure the training we provide will take place on industry standard equipment in SSR facilities – and that’s something our students really appreciate.â€?

“With the DS-00, complete with expanders, walking into the DiGiCo room is like walking into a West End facility,� says DiGiCo’s Tim Shaxson. “The team at SSR, especially Tom Aston, has completed the installation very well indeed and we’re proud to be involved.�

“Having a school such as SSR is a massive change for the industry,� says Spratt. “Previously, about one out of ten students that we took on for work experience at Wigwam might turn out to be OK. But we’re finding that eight out of ten of the SSR students can come and help us earn a living and in return, they earn a living themselves.�

“SSR and Wigwam have been working together for a number of years,â€? explains Bill Devon, operational director at SSR. “Chris Hill, Alex Hadjigeorgiou, Les Martin and the team are so involved with us they are like staff – Chris even has a set of his own keys! Chris and Alex designed and installed the PA for the Charlie Jones venue and have put the scholarship together with ourselves. Not only that, they have teamed up with our head of live sound, Jay Beard (ex live engineer for Snow Patrol, Elbow, Cherry Ghost), to create one of the most comprehensive live sound training courses in Europe. We have had two full runs and 34 graduates. Out of those, 28 have gone into paid employment in the live sound industry, which is a current record for SSR at 82% – we should all be very proud of this achievement and I can say that SSR feels privileged to be working with leaders in the industry like Wigwam and DiGiCo.â€?

“Being involved with SSR is a win/win situation,� concludes Spratt. “We have already employed two members of staff from SSR and we have three students in the warehouse at the moment. The calibre of people coming out of the school is excellent and the DiGiCo room is a great addition to the facility.�

Other participants at the open day were Medialease, Bob Kelly, the BBC, who helped with cabling, and RME recording solutions.


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