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Flux releases IRCAM SPAT v3 for AAX/AU/VST

Flux completes migration to v3 with the release of SPAT v3 adding support for AVID AAX and 64 bit systems.

Oceanside, California, USA – Flux Sound and Picture Development of Orleans, France is proud to announce the release of SPAT v3, a positional audio plug-in combining three independently definable surround reverbs in a single plug-in with the ability to position and animate, with full automation, mono and stereo sound sources within these reverberant spaces.

SPAT may also be used to position and animate sources with all reverbs disengaged. This advanced feature set makes SPAT an indispensable tool for post-production professionals for ADR.

SPAT has been embraced by many within the community of orchestral composers as a tool for placing instruments on a virtual performance stage for position-correct and convincing orchestral emulations.

SPAT v3 adds support for AVID’s new AAX Native plug-in format. In addition to AAX, Audio Units and VST remain supported on both Mac and Windows. SPAT v1 remains available for users of RTAS systems.

All Flux v3 audio tools support both 64 and 32 bit systems with sample rates up to 384K. The Flux v3 platform delivers exceptionally rich, informative and responsive metering with near zero CPU cost by distributing UI processing to your systems’ GPU. All Flux audio tools are 8-channel ready for surround applications up to 7.1. The only exception is the distinctly named Stereo Tool freeware.

SPAT v3 is available to current SPAT users for no charge. Download SPAT v3 here: www.fluxhome.com/download

In celebration of both the release of SPAT and the completion of the Flux migration to v3, Flux is offering SPAT, the IRCAM TOOLS bundle containing SPAT and all upgrades to SPAT at a 30% discount, effective immediately.

Locate an authorized dealer for Flux and IRCAM Tools by visiting the exclusive Flux US distributor: www.AudioSage.com.

About Flux
Flux Sound and Picture Development of Orleans, France are developers of advanced software audio tools compatible with all major DAWs. Flux specializes in advanced dynamic control, rich real time analysis and EQ. Flux produces the IRCAM Tools line of psychoacoustic post-production tools in collaboration with the prestigious IRCAM Institute of Paris.

WuTang Embraces Online Collaboration on Blend with New Project

Wu Tang invites music producers worldwide to create new versions of a new Wu Tang Parental Advisory song at Blend.io

New York, NY – Online collaboration is gaining more and more traction in all areas, and most noticeably when it comes to music creation. Many musical styles are built on borrowing and manipulating works by other musicians; Hip Hop, Ambient, EDM, Trance, Rap and many others. Originally, DJs would physically manipulate records to isolate and loop the best breaks for rappers to perform over. Later this evolved into sampling snippets of songs and reworking those elements by adding layers of production on top. Wu Tang Clan is now taking that idea one step further, putting the raw session files of a new song online for anyone to deconstruct and reassemble as they see fit.

This new digital collaboration is part of the new Wu Tang project called Parental Advisory. “Basically we’re looking to find and nurture the next generation of Shaolin,” explains Oliver Grant, who was an executive producer on many of the group’s albums and helped create the branding and commercial empire around the music. “It’s about trying to be in touch with what’s going on in technology and marry that to the traditional methods we know.”

Wu Tang is releasing the first track from Parental Advisory on Blend, the online music collaboration network that supports Ableton Live, Maschine, Pro Tools, Logic, FL Studio, GarageBand and more, allowing music creators to find, share and collaborate on music projects in their native (source) format. Wu Tang uploaded the session files for the new song, entitled “So Many Detailz”, in the three popular formats on Blend: Ableton Live, Pro Tools and Logic. Blend members will have access to original building blocks of the track, so they can take the song in new directions. Grant explains that Wu Tang is looking for inspired remixes of their own material.

The new track features Turnpike Ike, Mc Kash and Chunky, young rappers from the neighborhood where Wu Tang was founded. The hope is that Parental Advisory will help kick start the careers of some new Staten Island born rappers, but it will also rely on platforms like Blend to reach out to a much wider talent pool. “We’re gonna go through them and pick out the best remixes to make an EP,” says Grant. “We’re looking to be shocked, whether it’s EDM, or whatever version it is. It may be Switzerland, a guy who wouldn’t be on the hip hop sites, but he’s going to be on Blend, checking out what’s new.”

Blend has been the platform for the launch of tracks by other well-known musical acts, including Moby, who recently said: “The digital present we live in, you can’t control things, can’t lock them down. The best way to make a living as musician, I find, is to set this stuff free and let the love come back to you.” Wu Tang’s Grant has a similar mindset when it comes to giving away the sessions from Parental Advisory. Rather that fighting technology out of fear, the mindset is to embrace it and tap into the collective global talent that technology helps bring together.

Visit Wu Tang on Blend at https://blend.io/WPA.

iZotope Releases New BreakTweaker Expansion: Modern Grooves by Black Octopus

Cambridge, MA — iZotope Inc., a leading audio technology company, and Black Octopus, creators of high-quality sounds for music production, have released Modern Grooves, a new expansion pack for iZotope’s acclaimed drum sculpting and beat sequencing plug-in, BreakTweaker.

Featuring modern, clean, and crisp sounds with a dash of retro throwback, the expansion includes more than 300 sounds with 40 presets—all designed to have a timeless feel and work well with a wide range of material.

In an interview with iZotope, Black Octopus founder Toby Emerson describes his approach to creating Modern Grooves: “I hope the pack will provide something for artists of all skill levels. Users can start with the presets and then tweak the sounds to create something original… For people wanting to sketch ideas in the studio, I tried to lay out the patterns in a musically logical way—someone could jam out full tracks on the fly just by switching between the patterns using a keyboard or MIDI controller.”

Modern Grooves can be seen and heard on iZotope’s YouTube channel: http://youtu.be/y801efft7HU

Pricing and availability:

• Modern Grooves is available now at iZotope.com for $39.00.
• BreakTweaker is on sale now through July 31, 2014 for $199 (save $50) or BreakTweaker Expanded for $249 (save $50).
• BreakTweaker is available with demo content as a free 10-day trial at iZotope.com/BreakTweaker.

Visit the iZotope blog for more on Modern Grooves, including a full Q&A with Toby Emerson of Black Octopus Sound.

About iZotope
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®.

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Glenn Kotche’s Anomaly Deconstructed for Ableton Live

Blend hosts exclusive Live sessions by Ableton Certified Trainer Josh Hogan

New York, NY – Wilco drummer and composer Glenn Kotche has granted musicians, producers and audacious fans unprecedented access to remix his seven-movement piece Anomaly on Blend (http://blend.io), the premier music collaboration platform. Featured on his latest album Adventureland, out now on Cantaloupe Music, Kotche composed Anomaly and recorded it with the famed Kronos Quartet.

To aid in the remixing of this adventurous multi-dimensional piece, Blend has teamed up with Ableton Certified Trainer Josh Hogan from Noisemaker Academy to deconstruct all seven movements of Anomaly into multi-track sessions that Blend members can download and remix with Live. Hogan has also filmed an informative tutorial video that take the user through his approach to laying out each movement in Live and tips on how they can utilize the software’s features to get creative with their remixes.

“We’ve had access to all of the multi-track stems from the album,” says Hogan, “I’ve broken them down into scenes and beat-matched ‘warped’ clips, which fit to Live’s transport, making it really useful for remixing, blending, and mashing up.”

The combination of the Live sessions and the video tutorial give users a powerful set of tools to work with Anamoly. “Josh has taken Glenn’s incredible compositions and given them a new dimension for Ableton Live users”, adds Alex Kolundzija, CEO of Blend. “By sharing his expert knowledge of Live in the video tutorial, producers, remixers and fans have everything they need to add their own personality Glenn’s astonishing work.”

Anomaly is available for listening, remixing and reimagining on Blend, a music collaboration platform that allows musicians to share and remix, or “blend” each other’s tracks. Hogan’s Live sets for movements I and II of Anomaly are currently published on Blend, with more to follow in the coming weeks.

Blend is currently an invite-only community and new users can use this VIP link to get instant access to the Glenn Kotche project: https://blend.io/vip/cantaloupe.

To view the video tutorial, please visit: http://vimeo.com/98912775

Winning Remixes of TwoDots App Theme Song Published on Blend Label

TwoDots original soundtrack and remixes, as well as ten ringtones are now available on all major streaming networks

NYC (June 24 , 2014) – Blend (http://blend.io), an online network where musicians share and collaborate on tracks, announces its debut as a record label with the release of the original soundtrack to TwoDots, the sequel to the very popular and Webby Award winning Dots game which launched last year to over 20 million downloads.

Joining forces once again with Upright T-Rex, the sound designers from the original Dots game, the TwoDots Original Soundtrack evolves from the classic bleeps and tones to a lush, orchestrated and immersive album. With a diverse range of genres and moods, the twelve-track offering weaves from old school cool cuts like Dusty Dots to the pensive, synth laden meditations of Fire Forrest, creating a narrative just as engaging as the app experience itself.

Included on the album are the two winning remixes created from the recent Blend.io remix competition, where “Blenders” remixed the TwoDots theme song in their own style and direction. Remix winner Proper Villains is a NYC based dubstep and bass producer who’s trap-style take on the the TwoDots theme rivals some of the biggest club tracks out today. The contest’s co-winner, Barcelona based audio/visual remixer Eclectic Method, injects a upbeat Drum N Bass flavor to his rework, adding a dose of high energy rhythms and clever repurposing of the original track’s instrumentation.

Along with the original soundtrack, Blend is also releasing ten ringtones to bring TwoDots’ themes into your calls, texts, alarms and alerts.

TwoDots (Original Soundtrack) Tracklist:
1. Dusty Dots
2. Dusty Dots in-game
3. Undersea Adventures
4. Ice Fortress
5. Fire Forrest
6. Dusty Duo
7. Bossa Bossa
8. Lift Off Parade
9. Lovely Adventure
10. Travel Hearts
11. Dusty Dots (Proper Villains Remix) http://blnd.io/1hRAoRU
12. Dusty Dots (Eclectic Method Remix) http://blnd.io/1q8izk2

The TwoDots Original Soundtrack will be available digitally worldwide on June 24, 2014 through all major online retailers and streaming services, including iTunes http://itunes.apple.com/album/id891304214

About Blend
Blend was created for musicians to connect and share in-progress tracks and collaborate, or “blend” each other’s works. While other networks focus on publishing completed music, Blend provides a platform for musicians to collaborate directly with each other in their native (source) format. Blend supports major DAWs, such as Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Logic, FL Studio, Garageband, and more. More DAWs are continuously added, allowing music creators to find, share and collaborate on music projects in their native (source) format. While other networks publish completed music, Blend’s focus is on creating and collaborating while projects are in progress. For more information and to enter, please visit http://blend.io.

Music Marcom Marks 10th Year

PR & Marketing agency serves over 50 music companies over the past decade, looks to the future

Phoenix, AZ (June 23, 2014) – Music Marcom (www.musicmarcom.com) is celebrating 10 years in business in 2014. During that time, the company has successfully provided marketing communications services to over 50 musical instrument, professional audio, and music technology companies as well as recording facilities and audio industry professionals.

Combining their collective PR and marketing experience from such companies as Guitar Center, Magix Entertainment, SDI Media, Steinberg Media Technologies and Fender Musical Instruments, Brian and Martina McConnon founded Music Marcom in 2004. “We actually met at the NAMM show in Anaheim, California,” points out Brian McConnon. “We have different, but complimentary skills sets that allow us to cover a lot of ground for our clients.”

The vision was to provide small to mid-size companies a menu of expert marketing and communications services as an alternative to an expensive in-house department. By keeping Music Marcom focused and specialized, they are able to provide a tremendous value for their clients. “As we ramped up, we found this formula fit a wide range of situations, from start-ups that need the entire portfolio of marketing services, to mid-size companies that need product launch or tradeshow support, and large corporations that need focused and targeted PR,” says Martina McConnon.

Kim Pfluger, PR and Events Manager for iZotope, Inc. said, “iZotope has had the pleasure of working with Music Marcom since the very beginning. Their focus, attention to detail, and assertiveness continue to build our brand in the Pro Audio, MI, and Post Production industries, as well as new industries and geographic locations. Up for anything, they deliver great results with a positive attitude, fostering close relationships with the media on iZotope’s behalf.”

As the industry has evolved, so too has the way Music Marcom markets their clients’ products and brands. “The shift to digital media has created more opportunities to engage customers, but it has also fragmented the landscape into specific interests and preferences,” adds McConnon. “We help clients plan and implement traditional PR and marketing strategies with modern digital, social, and content marketing strategies for a completely integrated approach.”

“We have been working with Music Marcom for the last five years to help us gain better product recognition of our musician oriented publications in the MI space,” said John Cerullo, Group Publisher, Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group. “They have done an amazing job augmenting our in-house efforts, which is exactly what we needed when we started this relationship. Brian and Martina have been wonderful to work with and are very engaged with both our publications and authors. This makes all the difference in the end results. We look forward to working with them well into the future.”

For more information on Music Marcom’s services, please visit www.musicmarcom.com, email martina@musicmarcom.com, or call 610-577-4982.

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Antares Offers Remix Veela Contest On Blend

Music Producers can make an original track with Antares AVOX Plugins and exclusive vocals from Veela for a chance to win a full license for Auto-Tune Vocal Studio ($899 value) and other Antares plugins.

NYC (June 19, 2014) – Blend (http://blend.io), an online network where musicians share and collaborate on tracks, and Antares, makers of the revolutionary Auto-Tune® software and industry-leading AVOX vocal processing toolkit, invite music producers to create a new track using exclusive vocals from multi-genre singer Veela (Arthur & Medic, Sinatic, Ben Moon, Fort Minor) and any of the plugins featured in AVOX 4 for a shot at winning a full license for Auto-Tune Vocal Studio ($899 value) or other Antares plugins.

To enter, participants will go to https://blend.io/antares and pull the AVOX 4 project featuring Veela’s a capella “Passing Time.” If they don’t have a Blend account, they can sign up with an exclusive pass from Antares, available here.

With the Free Demo of AVOX 4 (requires a free iLok Account), the contestants will make an original track using the AVOX 4 project before the 10 day trial expires, and publish their update to the project on Blend no later than June 30th, 2014.

The submissions will be judged for the most interesting and creative uses of AVOX 4 plugins. Prizes include:
First Place: Auto-Tune Vocal Studio ($899 value)
Second Place: AVOX 4 ($399 value)
Third Place: Choice of your favorite plugin from AVOX 4 (up to $249 value)

Antares will send information for activating the plugins to the winners via email.

About Blend
Blend was created for musicians to connect and share in-progress tracks and collaborate, or “blend” each other’s works. While other networks focus on publishing completed music, Blend provides a platform for musicians to collaborate directly with each other in their native (source) format, such as Ableton Live, Maschine, Pro Tools, Logic, and GarageBand.

For more information and to enter, please visit http://blend.io.

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Backbeat Books Publishes The Bass Handbook

The complete guide to mastering the bass guitar

Montclair, NJ (June 17, 2014) – This updated version of Adrian Ashton’s step-by-step course in playing the bass guitar is the latest addition to Backbeat Book’s popular Handbook Series.

“Adrian’s book tells you everything you could possibly want to know about instruments, amplifiers, effects, players, setups, and history. It’s all here. Not to mention just plain interesting stuff that even an old hand like myself can find fascinating,” says John Paul Jones in the foreword of The Bass Handbook.

The electric bass guitar is central to modern music, playing a key role in melody, harmony, and rhythm. This book will help any bassists – beginners and advanced players – to master the instrument and find their own style. The book includes:

- A course in playing from tuning up to advanced harmony
- Guidance on how to read both tab and standard notation
- Instructions in modern techniques, including slapping and harmonics, and in how to improve your performance on stage and in a band
- Exercises in the style of ten great artists, including Paul McCartney, Flea, Bernard Edwards, Chris Wolstenholme, and James Jamerson
- Coverage of a range of genres, from rock and blues to jazz, funk, and metal
- A history of the electric bass and profiles of the most important instruments
- Biographies of the great players, plus recommended listening
- Advice on amps, speakers, strings, pickups, and cables
- The included CD contains 97 tracks of the book’s key musical exercises and examples.

“Writing with the authority and technical know-how of a player as well as an aficionado, Adrian has a dedication and obvious love of all things low frequency that makes this book no practicing or prospective bass guitarist can be without,” concludes John Paul Jones.

About the Author:
Adrian Ashton has 20 years of experience as a player, teacher, and writer. A graduate of the Bass Institute of Technology in Los Angeles, he was the founding editor of the UK’s Bass Guitar Magazine.

The Bass Handbook
$29.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00119655
ISBN: 9781480361904
Width: 9.25”
Length: 11″
256 pages

For more information, please visit Hal Leonard Performing Arts.

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Blend and TwoDots Launch Remix Contest

Winning remix of TwoDots theme song to be included on official soundtrack album

NYC (June 2, 2014) – Blend (http://blend.io), an online network where musicians share and collaborate on tracks, announces the opportunity to remix the theme song of TwoDots, the sequel to the very popular and Webby Award winning Dots game, which launched last year to over 20 million downloads. TwoDots was released last week and became the #1 app in over 30 countries by the second day. The app is currently featured in over 100 countries.

Inspiring an up beat, the TwoDots theme song is a whimsical tune that “Blenders” can remix with their own style and direction with Ableton Live. The audio player is at https://blend.io/embed/538b802715d29dac5d000013.

The contest starts today and the song is now available on the Blend network. Remixes can be completed and entered into the competition until June 13. Blend and TwoDots will then choose the best remix to be included on the official soundtrack album for TwoDots, published by Blend and for sale on June 24.

To enter the contest, music producers need to login at https://blend.io/vip/dots and start remixing.

Blend supports major DAWs, such as Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Logic, FL Studio, Garageband, and more. More DAWs are continuously added, allowing music creators to find, share and collaborate on music projects in their native (source) format. While other networks publish completed music, Blend’s focus is on creating and collaborating while projects are in progress.

About Dots
Dots builds unique games with thoughtful design. The studio’s first game, also known as Dots, garnered a massive and loyal following since its launch in 2013. Five billion games were played in the first year alone, and millions more enjoy the game every day. Dots is available as a free download for iPhone, iPad and Android on the Apple App Store, Google Play, Amazon Appstore, and the Taobao Mobile marketplace. Two Dots is the newest game from the studio available on the Apple App Store. You can learn more about Dots by following @playdots on Twitter, liking www.facebook.com/playdots on Facebook and visiting the Dots website: www.weplaydots.com.

About Blend
Blend was created for musicians to connect and share in-progress tracks and collaborate, or “blend” each other’s works. While other networks focus on publishing completed music, Blend provides a platform for musicians to collaborate directly with each other in their native (source) format, such as Ableton Live, Maschine, Pro Tools, Logic, GarageBand and FL Studio. For more information and to enter, please visit http://blend.io.

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Create a demo for a chance to win Steven Wilson’s Ghostwriter and 2 VIP Passes to Steven’s concert & meet the band!

Hollywood, CA (May 30, 2014) – EASTWEST and Steven Wilson offer an exciting contest starting now through the end of June. Composers and musicians who create a demo with Ghostwriter (or a trial version) can enter to win the full version, 2 VIP tickets to a Steven Wilson concert and the chance to meet the band. A free 10-day license can be obtained at the contest entry page (iLok required).

The demo can be in any style and needs to be 2 minutes or longer and must be made using only the 800+ instruments and presets in Ghostwriter.

Entries can be submitted at the contest entry page. The top 10 entries will be voted on at the EASTWEST Facebook page before the June 30 deadline. Sharing with friends on Facebook will result in extra votes, and the entry with the most votes from Facebook voters will also receive a free fully licensed copy of Ghostwriter.

Producers Steven Wilson and Doug Rogers will select the top 3 entries by July 15. The winners will receive a fully licensed copy of Ghostwriter, plus 2 tickets each to a Steven Wilson concert if he performs in the winners area in the next year, with the option to meet Steven after the concert (please note: any travel or other expenses are not included and are the responsibility of the winner).

The winning demos will be posted at the Ghostwriter product pages as “official demos”. For full contest rules, visit the contest entry page.

GHOSTWRITER TRIAL | GO TO CONTEST

About Steven Wilson
One of the most eclectic and prolific artists in rock music, Steven Wilson has been writing, recording, and producing music continuously since the early nineties. Album releases and touring as leader of his band Porcupine Tree, and as a solo artist, Wilson is seen as the predominant progressive rock musician in the world today.

About EASTWEST
Founded by Doug Rogers in 1988, EASTWEST (soundsonline.com) is the most awarded and critically acclaimed producer of virtual (software) instruments in the world with clientele that spans the who’s who of the music, film, television, games, multimedia and performing arts. EASTWEST has led the industry for more than 25 years and provides composers with the very best music creation tools available. Based in Hollywood, USA, soundsonline.com is a wholly owned division of EASTWEST, and the leading source for professional sounds and virtual instruments. Based in Amsterdam, soundsonline-europe.com distributes EASTWEST/QUANTUM LEAP products in Europe. EASTWEST also owns and operates a large recording studio complex in Hollywood (eastweststudios.com), and sounds and software development divisions in Hollywood and Berlin, Germany.

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