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Catch BT’s Ear with BreakTweaker™ and Win a Release on Armada Music
Cambridge, MA – iZotope Inc., a leading audio technology company, and Beatport® Play, the leading remix contest platform, have partnered with BT to launch the BT Producer Challenge. Through May 5th, create an original piece of music using BreakTweaker, the future beat machine designed by BT and developed by iZotope, for a chance to release your track with Armada Music.
To enter this Beatport exclusive BT Producer Challenge, sign-in, download a free 10-day trial of iZotope BreakTweaker, and use it to create your own original track. BT will pick one lucky grand-prize winner as well as two runners-up. The grand prize package includes BreakTweaker Expanded, Stutter Edit, and Ozone 5, and an official release on Armada Music.
Ready to make your mark and become the next big name in dance music? Get started here.
iZotope makes innovative products that inspire and enable people to be creative. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, iZotope has spent over a decade developing award-winning products and audio technologies for professionals and hobbyists alike. Used by millions of people in over 50 countries, iZotope products are a core component of GRAMMY-winning music studios, Oscar and Emmy-winning film and TV post production studios, and prominent radio studios, as well as basement and bedroom studios across the globe. Through a robust licensing program, iZotope also powers products made by industry partners such as Adobe, Avid, Microsoft, and Sony. iZotope was recently honored with an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development for its flagship audio repair suite, RX®.
Beatport, an SFX Entertainment company, is the world’s leading online provider of music, tools and resources customized for the unique needs and demands of DJs. Available in more than 230 countries, our flagship digital music service features high-definition dance tracks—from the latest exclusives to deep catalogue cuts—by the world’s top and emerging artists. As a result, our sales charts serve as the industry barometer for what tracks are currently jumping in the clubs before crossing over into the mainstream. The Beatport platform also offers tools to help DJs manage their careers, promote their productions and performances, and connect with the largest community of qualified fans on the planet. Founded in 2004, Beatport is based in Denver, CO, with offices in Los Angeles, Berlin and Tokyo. In March 2013, Beatport became part of the SFX network of companies focused on Electronic Music Culture.
GRAMMY-nominated composer and technologist BT is one of the most cutting-edge artists and producers for a dizzying array of musical styles. Whether composing intricate scores for blockbuster films such as Fast and Furious, and the Oscar-winning Monster; writing and producing for Sting, David Bowie, Peter Gabriel and Madonna to creating cutting edge proprietary software tools from scratch to make it happen – BT is at the heart of it all.
Juxtaposing memorable songwriting with sonic innovation and hand-designed technologies, BT crafts classically influenced electronic overtures, ringing with living textures that are an industry source book of new and highly copied signature techniques and ideas. For more information on BT, please visit www.btmusic.com.
Industry Leader Launches Aggressive Educational Program for Budding Composers and Music Professionals
Hollywood, CA (April 2, 2014) – EASTWEST has been the market leader in virtual instruments and sound libraries for the past 25 years and their products have been used by leading composers for countless scores in blockbuster movies, video games, TV shows, and music production. Hollywood’s elite composers like Danny Elfman, James Newton Howard, David Newmann, JJ Abrams, and more, rely on EASTWEST/Quantum Leap instruments for their realism, depth and accessibility in scoring today’s biggest films, while musicians look for the same quality in their own productions. A high percentage of the music produced for all media today is produced using EASTWEST/Quantum Leap Virtual Instruments.
Musical instrument collections of this caliber come at a price that reflects their quality. They are often unattainable for the next generation but in order to compete with the world’s top composers, today’s young musicians need the same composing tools. For this reason, EASTWEST is launching an educational program with special pricing for active students and educators, starting with the Complete Composers Collection 2. This bundle, already discounted 70%, is now available for students at an additional 50% off. Qualifying students and music educators can choose any 7 or more collections from a total of 20, including:
Hollywood Strings Gold
Hollywood Brass Gold
Hollywood Orchestral Woodwinds Gold
Ministry of Rock 2
The Dark Side
Ministry of Rock
Stormdrum 2 Pro Bundle
Symphonic Choirs Platinum Bundle
Symphonic Choirs Platinum
Symphonic Orchestra Gold
Voices of Passion
If students were to choose the default set with the first 7 collections listed above, they would pay only $399.50 for this selection while the combined retail value of the individual collections is $2,685. The educational price represents an 85% savings! Students may customize their CCC2EDU by choosing any 7 or more of the 20 collections listed. While customization may change the CCC2EDU price, the discount will be at 85% off, regardless of which and how many products are selected.
Pricing & Availability
All of these EASTWEST collections are available for download athttp://www.soundsonline.com/Educational-Program. The price varies depending on the products selected and will be discounted by 85% off MSRP. The CCC2EDU may also be ordered pre-installed on a USB3 Pocket HD for an additional $99.
iLok is required. First time customers may purchase an iLok for 50% off: $20.
This limited time offer is valid for active students and educators enrolled in an accredited educational facility. Educational pricing for EASTWEST products is available exclusively at http://www.soundsonline.com/Educational-Program. EDU discounts of 50% on single collections will be available here as well throughout the year.
EASTWEST (www.soundsonline.com) has been dedicated to perpetual innovation and uncompromising quality of Sample Libraries and Virtual Instruments for 25 years, setting the industry standard as the most critically acclaimed soundware developer. More about EASTWEST at soundsonline.com and soundsonline-europe.com.
Major update to professional audio editor and post-production tool includes integration of Final Cut Pro X technologies
Minneapolis – April 2, 2014 – Audiofile, a leading music technology company, today announced the latest major update to Triumph, their acclaimed audio editor and post-production tool for Mac.
Currently featured as a “Best New App” and “Great App for Final Cut Pro” on the Mac App Store, Triumph 2.3 now supports Final Cut Pro X XML import and export complete with video preview, placing it among the App Store’s most powerful audio editors for sound designers, video editors and filmmakers.
“Triumph 2.3 represents a significant step forward for Final Cut Pro X integration,” according to Matthew Foust, Audiofile Managing Partner and co-founder. “With this release we’ve made it even easier for filmmakers the world over to create sound for their films that is as beautiful and polished as the their visuals.”
In addition to bridging the gap between sound design and Final Cut Pro X, Triumph 2.3 introduces iCloud support, adding to its already rich list integrated Mac technologies. With the inclusion of iCloud support, users are now able to share Triumph projects across all of their personal or studio machines and iOS devices.
“Support for the latest Apple technologies isn’t just a box we check,” says Ev Olcott, Senior Software Architect and co-founder. “Apple technology—from iCloud to Applescript and nearly everything in between—is quite literally at the core of what we do and it has been since the beginning.”
Triumph has been completely rebranded when Creative Director Joseph Kuefler joined the Audiofile team.
Triumph 2.3 is only the latest in a planned roadmap of major updates, all in an effort to further distinguishes it as the flagship Audiofile app for Mac.
For more information about Triumph, visit http://www.audiofile-engineering.com/triumph/
Audiofile is a boutique technology company building apps that power the worlds musicians and audio engineers. Founded by Ev Olcott and Matthew Foust in 2004, Audiofile is among the most innovative and experienced audio software developers for Mac OS X and the iPhone with a long history of industry-firsts to their name.
Learn more about Audiofile’s entire range of music apps for Mac and iOS at www.audiofile-engineering.com, www.facebook.com/audiofileeng and on Twitter, @weareaudiofile.
The Tone Fanatic’s Guide to Integrating Amps and Effects by Scott Kahn
The Tone Fanatic’s Guide to Integrating Amps and Effects by Scott Kahn
Montclair, NJ – March 20, 2014 – Hal Leonard Books, the musician’s best source of books on the music business, audio technology, instrument history, and more, has published Modern Guitar Rigs, 2nd Edition. This full-color, updated edition is the definitive book about building and playing advanced guitar rigs for players who want to move beyond a simple pedal board and combo amp. Modern Guitar Rigs, 2nd Edition, explores time-tested techniques and tools that any serious guitar player can draw upon to build a professional rig of their own.
“A guitar rig by my definition is the complete collection of tools used in delivering your sound. The rig includes your amp(s), speaker cabinets, effects pedals, and rack gear such as effects, tuners, loopers, wireless system, power conditioners, foot controllers and pedalboards, and all the other little stuff that ties it all together. A nice combo amp might be one component in your rig, but if that’s all you’ve got, you have an amp, not a rig,” says Kahn.
Whether you’re playing clubs at the indie band level, getting set for a major tour, heading into the studio to record a new album, or just searching for “ultimate tone,” this revised and updated edition brings you the most current and effective sound-shaping tools and techniques, including:
- Amp setups: integrating pedals and rack gear, wet/dry/wet configurations, modeling amps and profilers, rack-mounted amps, stereo rigs, and multiple-amp setups
- Rack gear: multi-effects processors and dedicated signal processors, audio loopers, amp function switching systems, and MIDI foot controllers
- Guitar options: piezoelectric pickups and splitting guitar signals to multiple amps
- Effects loops: choosing the right loop for your specific needs
- Rig infrastructure: power conditioning, noise suppression, power attenuators, wireless systems, custom cabling, and equipment racks
- Rigs of the stars: a look at the complex rigs used by many leading guitar players, including John Petrucci of Dream Theater, Alex Lifeson of Rush, and Steven Wilson and John Wesley of Porcupine Tree
- Interviews with leading custom rig builders, including the legendary Bob Bradshaw of Custom Audio Electronics
About the author:
SCOTT KAHN is a widely respected guitar and recording technologist and professional musician. As the editor in chief of MusicPlayers.com, the online magazine for serious musicians, he regularly evaluates and writes about the latest products being developed for professional guitar players and complex guitar rigs. Kahn is also known worldwide as the guitar player for the progressive rock band, Beyond Tomorrow, and as co-founder of the prog rock band, Days Before Tomorrow.
Modern Guitar Rigs, 2nd Edition
Inventory #HL 00122321
208 pages, DVD-ROM included
For more information, please visit http://www.halleonardbooks.com – Hal Leonard Books – An Imprint of Hal Leonard Corporation
A major update to the popular high definition music player for OSX
Audiofile, a leading music technology company, today announced an update to Fidelia, the acclaimed premium music player for Mac. Fidelia 1.5 introduces AirPlay, support for Notification Center, Improvements to FHX™, significant improvements to reliability and performance, as well as an updated interface and branding.
“The sophisticated music lover will always be looking for the best listening experience,” says Matthew Foust, Audiofile Managing Partner and co-founder. “Fidelia offers what many digital music players can’t: support for the highest quality formats. But it’s not enough to simply support the best formats. Fidelia also provides users with tools that allow them to control nearly every parameter of the sonic experience.”
Fidelia 1.5 also introduces an updated design for Fidelia Remote for iOS. Fidelia Remote for iOS turns your iPhone or iPod touch into a full-featured remote control for the Fidelia music player. Browse your Fidelia library and playlists, adjust playback volume and navigate between or within tracks from as far away as your wireless network allows.
Fidelia 1.5 is the first in a series planned set of updates.
For more information about Fidelia, visit http://www.audiofile-engineering.com/fidelia/.
Pricing & Availability
Fidelia 1.5 is available on the Mac App Store starting at $19.99 or at audiofile-engineering.com.
Audiofile is a boutique technology company building apps that power the world’s musicians and audio engineers. Founded by Ev Olcott and Matthew Foust in 2004, Audiofile is among the most innovative and experienced audio software developers for Mac OS X and the iPhone with a long history of industry-firsts to their name. Learn more about Audiofile’s entire range of music apps for Mac and iOS at www.audiofile-engineering.com, www.facebook.com/audiofileeng and on Twitter, @weareaudiofile.
Montclair, NJ (March 10, 2014) – Writing music gives musicians a kind of pleasure that simply playing it cannot. Songwriters experience a deep sense of satisfaction and pride when they create original songs. However, many will eventually get to a point of frustration where writing songs has gone from being a love to being an aggravation: songwriter’s block. This phenomenon is a well-known problem among all musicians. Some talk about it, others don’t, but it’s there, and it can be devastating.
Gary Ewer, the author of Beating Songwriter’s Block, has seen top-level musicians suffer from writer’s block, and the utter lack of confidence that it brings to the afflicted. This has led him to explore the subject further, and he has identified several possible causes and levels of severity. He developed a winning strategy outlined in Beating Songwriter’s Block that will lead the songwriter back to writing confidently and successfully once again.
“I have two intentions with this book: to cure the writer’s block you’re experiencing right now, and to make sure it never comes back,” Ewer says.
Research shows that a fear of failure is the ultimate cause of most blocks. Fear sets in when numerous attempts to write music fail. But what causes those failures? The evidence is clear that if songwriters are waiting for inspiration to get back to writing songs, they’re wasting time and possibly missing the cause of their block.
Chapter by chapter, this book addresses likely causes of songwriter’s block and presents solutions to each scenario, both for hobbyists and professional songwriters alike. It helps the reader develop a songwriting schedule, set songwriting targets that make sense, and deal with debilitating fear. And, very importantly, it helps the reader more fully understand the nature of good music by showing what each section of a song is meant to do, from intro to outro. Included are songwriting exercises that will help break the melody and lyric logjam.
About the Author:
Gary Ewer is a composer, arranger, and music educator who has worked with bands, choirs, and orchestras from his base in Nova Scotia, Canada. He has also built up a considerable online following through his acclaimed songwriting blog, garyewer.wordpress.com , and a range of e-books.
Beating Songwriter’s Block
Inventory #HL 00333749
Width: 10.0″, Length: 6.5″, 160 pages
Valuable tips and tricks for the mixing process
Cambridge, MA (March 10, 2014) - iZotope Inc., a leading audio technology company, announced the release of a new 70+ page guide entitled Mixing with iZotope: Principles, Tips, and Techniques. The publication, available free of charge in the iTunes store and through iZotope’s website, provides valuable instruction and step-by-step guidance for anyone wanting to learn more about the process of mixing recorded audio.
Filled with insight that represents ten-plus years of audio research and development by iZotope, this free guide demystifies the art of mixing by exploring key components of the mixing process. With the added practical experience and perspective of mix engineer Sean McLaughlin of 37’ Productions, this guide is a great starting place to explore a number of common mixing scenarios—from setting up a soundcard to delivering final, polished mixes.
“We’re happy to announce the release of a companion guide to our mixing tools Alloy 2, Nectar 2, and Trash 2,” says Product Manager Brett Bunting. “We hope both iZotope and non-iZotope users will be able to walk away feeling confident about their mixing skills and empowered to take that next step with their audio.”
- Get started by setting up your equipment properly and preparing for your mix
- Understand the many elements of mixing, including level, EQ, panning, and time-based effects
- Learn how to get started with a mix and how to work with clients
- Tackle common elements of a mix with specific recommendations for vocals, drums, bass, and more
- Find out the proper way to finish a mix
Download Link: Mixing with iZotope: Principles, Tips, and Techniques, is free of charge, and is accessible through PDF by visiting: www.izotope.com/mixingguide
The eBook can also be downloaded via iTunes for iPhone and iPad here.
About iZotope, Inc.
iZotope makes innovative products that inspire and enable people to be creative. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, iZotope has spent over a decade developing award-winning products and audio technologies for professionals and hobbyists alike. Used by millions of people in over 50 countries, iZotope products are a core component of GRAMMY-winning music studios, Oscar and Emmy-winning film and TV post-production studios, and prominent radio studios, as well as basement and bedroom studios across the globe. Through a robust licensing program, iZotope also powers products made by industry partners such as Adobe, Avid, Microsoft, and Sony. iZotope was recently honored with an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development for its flagship audio repair suite, RX®
For more information on iZotope products, please visitwww.izotope.com.
Tune in to The Living Room with Frank McComb on www.acceleratedradio.net on March 8, 7 – 9 PM PST
Singer, songwriter and accomplished musician Frank McComb will talk to Gerald McCauley and Benjamin Bove in his radio show The Living Room about how the book Down the Rhodes came to be. Having interviewed more than 50 of the greatest musicians of our time, Gerald and Benjamin are experts when it comes to this fascinating instrument and its history. Find out more by tuning in on March 8 at 7 pm PST at www.acceleratedradio.net.
Down the Rhodes: The Fender Rhodes Story is the first and only book documenting how the Rhodes changed the sound of music and was part of the greatest hits and most influential music ever recorded. Through interviews with a remarkable cast of music notables, the book takes an insider’s look into how this electric piano has played an integral role in the creation of a wealth of music, from the 1960s through today. For the book, the authors Gerald McCauley and Benjamin Bove talked to over 50 prominent artists about their music and experiences with the Fender Rhodes: Michael Bearden, Chick Corea, D’Angelo, Eumir Deodato, George Duke, Larry Dunn, Donald Fagen, Robert Glasper, Herbie Hancock, Lalah Hathaway, Bob James, Ray Manzarek, David Paich, Greg Phillinganes, James Poyser, Patrice Rushen, Joe Sample, Vince Wilburn Jr. and many, many others.
Down the Rhodes: The Fender Rhodes Story – available now!
Inventory #HL 00119290
Width: 10.0″ Length: 10.0″ 288 pages
Blu-ray with documentary included!
More information at www.halleonardbooks.com
Up to 70% off – until February 28, 2014!
Hollywood, CA (February 26, 2013) – EASTWEST is offering an additional 10% discount on their award-winning Complete Composers Collection 2. This promotion ends on February 28, 2014.
The Complete Composers Collection 2 is perfect for music, film, TV, and game composers: a choice of 20 award-winning virtual instruments that cover virtually every musical genre, including seven new additions:
- The Hollywood Gold series with Strings, Brass and Woodwinds
- The Dark Side
- Ministry of Rock 2
- Quantum Leap Solo Violin
Each of these virtual instruments is a veritable masterpiece with truly authentic sounds. With Complete Composers Collection 2, any musician has access to the instruments and articulations used by some of the most successful composers in the world. The massive library comes on a 1TB pocket-size “Plug n’ Play” external hard drive. All samples are installed for quick and easy access. Every instrument included is powered by EASTWEST’s PLAY 4 software, and is now fully compatible with ProTools 11 supporting AAX, plus most other popular hosts (see compatibility chart).
For details, rules and conditions, please visit http://www.soundsonline.com/CCC2-PRO (or to http://www.soundsonline-europe.com/CCC2-PR for European customers).
Montclair, NJ (February 18, 2014) - Sound Design, Mixing, and Mastering with Ableton Live 9 deepens, enlivens, inspires, and improves your tracking, audio production, and performance skills with Ableton Live 9. From in-depth discussions of mixing and mastering that you would expect to learn in an audio production school to inspiring recipes for audio magic and mayhem, this book is designed to help you find your way int a much larger musical world. Filled with audio-making and audio-mangling recipes, tips, and mixing and mastering techniques, it takes you far beyond the basics.
Author, mastering engineer, Ableton certified trainer and power user Jake Perrine inspires you to use Live 9 in a new ways and shows you how to improve the way you already use it. Striking a delicate balance of artistry and theory, he expands your creative repertoire for both the studio and the stage and demonstrates creative production techniques that help you get the most out of Ableton Live 9 for improvising with other musicians; sound design for music, film, theater, and games; composition; live looping; DJing; and, of course, mixing and mastering music. Along with audio samples, demo software, and insightful video tutorials, the accompanying DVD-ROM provides actual Ableton Live sessions that you can use to practice the powerful techniques presented int the text.
Sound Design, Mixing & Mastering with Ableton Live 9
Inventory #HL 00122311
176 pages, DVD-ROM included
Also shipping now: Producing Music with Ableton Live 9
The unique, groundbreaking, and incredibly flexible features in Ableton Live 9 set it far apart from all other audio applications. Whether you’re making beats, remixing, live recording, DJing, live looping, producing songs, or creating sound design, electronic music, or hip-hop, Producing Music with Ableton Live 9 provides extremely important tips and techniques designed to help you succeed. Unlike other books about Ableton Live that read like a second manual, this books walks you through the features that you must understand in order to create an actual track from start to finish.
Whether you want to DJ, make mashups and remixes, play with a band, or build epic dance anthems from scratch, Ableton certified trainer Jake Perrine provides the hands-on, expert guidance you’ll need in order to produce powerful music with Ableton Live 9. A substantial appendix section offers discussions of important non-Ableton specific topics, including digital audio basics, components of a producer’s studio, considerations when buying a DAW computer, and more.
About the author
Jake Perrine, an Ableton certified trainer and WarpAcademy.com curriculum director , has been making electronic music for over 25 years. In addition, he has over a decade of experience teaching audio production at the college level. So, not only does he know what he’s talking about, he knows how to make sure you know what he’s talking about.
Producing Music with Ableton Live 9
Inventory #HL 00122310
208 pages, DVD-ROM included
Both books are Hal Leonard Quick Pro Guides. Hal Leonard Books is an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group – please visit www.halleonardbooks.com and www.onstageandbackstage.wordpress.com
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