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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
Bass, Espresso, and the Art of Groove
Montclair, NJ (February 6, 2014) - The Worship Bass Book is a fun, informal, and extremely practical resource for bassists playing in a team setting. The material is presented in a way that is easy to understand, accessible, and powerfully insightful. Acclaimed bassist and music educator Norm Stockton covers a broad range of topics in bite-size chunks, allowing players to emerge with solid and practical understanding of how to best function as an effective bassist in a rhythm section.
“As opposed to a comprehensive methodology for all things bass, this will be more of a collection of the nuggets – many of which were acquired through lessons learned the hard way – that I’ve found valuable for my own development as a bass player,” explains Stockton.
The Worship Bass Book also provides valuable instructions and helpful direction regarding bass techniques, musical concepts, and important relational considerations that will help ANY bass player thrive, inside or outside the worship realm.
“Much of the material is relevant to bass playing in any context, so if you’re not a worship musician, welcome!” says Stockton.
Other topics included are musical phrasing, tools of the trade, fingerboard familiarity, musical styles, slap and tap techniques, bass and drum synergy, solo bass arranging, real-world groove lessons, a passion for the groove, and much more.
About the author
Norm Stockton travels extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Japan. He has been profiled in Bass Player magazine and is recognized by many as one of today’s premier bassists. From 2006 to 2012 he was the touring and recording bassist with chart-topping worship artist – and former Steve Perry guitarist – Lincoln Brewster. Stockton currently performs with Grammy Award-winning singer Bobby Kimball – the original lead vocalist with Toto. As a solo artist, he has released two instrumental jazz projects that have garnered widespread global acclaim.
Stockton’s instructional DVD series, Grooving for Heaven, has been enthusiastically received in the United States and abroad; his instructional website ArtOfGroove.com serves subscribers from around the world. Known internationally as an effective educator and clinician, he has conducted several master classes and is an adjunct faculty member at, among others, Biola University, The Los Angeles Music Academy, Tech Music School London, and Concordia University. He has also been a columnist for Christian Musician magazine since 1999. Follow Norm on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
The Worship Bass Book
Inventory #HL 00333737
234 pages, DVD-ROM included
Montclair, NJ (January 29, 2014) – There are books on how to become a DJ, books that talk about beatmatching, mashups, and how to perform in nightclubs – even one that claims it can teach you everything in two hours. Make Some Noise is a complete, cutting-edge DJ book and is unlike any current book on the subject. It does teach the basics, but it goes beyond the how-to, discussing DJ’ing while playing with a live instrument as well as goal-setting, marketing, and choosing your music genre. The book also features a collection of twenty-five spotlights on some of the biggest DJs in the world, providing you with the opportunity to learn from the best of the best. Some of the DJs included are Infected Mushroom, Judge Jules, Miss Nine, Todd Terry, Chus, Umek, Kissy Sell Out, and Format B.
Make Some Noise blends together practical advice and tools for learning the craft, along with an inspirational message that will help encourage you to pursue your own dreams and aspirations about becoming a DJ.
“DJ’ing consists of these elements: mixing and beatmatching, programming amazing sets, incorporating live instrumentation, and crowd interaction,” says Scott Binder, the author of Make Some Noise. “If you master these elements, you will separate yourself from 99 percent of the DJs out there. Modern DJs are at their best when they are turning their shows into true live performance, and mastering all of the levels illustrated in this book will help you do that.”
About the author
Scott Binder is the co-producer of the popular electro house duo the Banger Bros and is a producer for Warner Music (NL). His song “Beat, Beat, Bang” was featured on MTV’s The Real World, and his other releases consistently reach the music charts, including Billboard, DMC World Magazine, Beatport charts, and the Music Week Top 100. Binder has also worked with house legends Roland Clark and Todd Terry. He is the owner of Golden Needle Records, a lable launched in 2010.
Make Some Noise is a Hal Leonard Music Pro Guide. Hal Leonard Books is an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group – please visit www.halleonardbooks.com and www.onstageandbackstage.wordpress.com
Make Some Noise
Inventory #HL 00120756
A Virtual Instrument in the Masters Series Provides Inspirational Sounds Created by Musicans’ Musician Steven Wilson Ghostwriter
Hollywood, CA (January 17, 2014) – EASTWEST proudly presents another new collection in their Masters Series: Steven Wilson’s Ghostwriter. For the first time ever, this new instrument presents some of Steven’s most innovative sounds, as well as a selection of especially created instruments and replications of some instantly recognizable classic sounds by other legendary producers and engineers. These organic and inspirational sounds can be used as part of the fabric of complex music productions, or as the basis for cinematic soundtrack-based music, providing a ready-made selection of sonic building blocks with years of expertise and sonic innovation already embedded in them. In addition some more straightforward and raw instruments are included, which can be manipulated via the powerful Ghostwriter instrument interface to create your own unique sounds.
Multiple Award-Winning EASTWEST producer Doug Rogers, who co-produced Ghostwriter, is excited about working with Wilson, who is recognized throughout the industry for his songwriting, experimentation, and sonic excellence. “I had long been an admirer of his skills, not only as an incredible and prolific musician and writer, but also his expertise and passion for sound design”, says Rogers. “His enormous body of work always has the right aural ingredients to create the atmosphere for the music he writes, and it was clear to me that a Steven Wilson Virtual Instrument would be a great addition to our new Masters Series and enable Steven to expand his contributions to other composers’ work.”
- Includes over 60 GB of unique instruments.
- Includes Basses, Drums, Guitars, Keyboards, Misc, and Vocals
- Designed for Music, Film, Games, and Television Composers
- Includes many “live” presets that can be adjusted by the user in the software
- Recorded in the legendary EASTWEST studios
- Includes PLAY 4 64-bit/32-bit software for both MAC and PC
- New FX section is included with Ghostwriter with an SSL EQ and Dynamics Channel Strip, Transient Shaper, and SSL’s legendary Stereo Bus Compressor; Echoplex EP-1 Delay, Amp Simulator, plus upgraded “true stereo” reverbs from EASTWEST.
- Instruments played by Steven Wilson, Marco Minnemann, and Laurence Juber
- Produced by Steven Wilson and Doug Rogers
A ghostwriter is a composer who writes music that will be officially credited to another person. The concept of ghostwriting goes back centuries: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a well-known composer paid to ghostwrite music for wealthy patrons. These days the sound design aspect of composing music has become as important as the notes, chords and rhythms, particularly in the creation of film, game, and television soundtracks, so while Ghostwriter won’t write the music for you, it has been designed to be a “ghost” collaborator in the compositional process, an invaluable and inspirational tool for creating your music.
Pricing & Availability
Available for $395 at www.soundsonline.com/Ghostwriter and €295 at www.soundsonline-europe.com/Ghostwriter (for European customers) and EASTWEST authorized resellers.
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 more recently as a solo artist, saw him gain a reputation for his songwriting, experimentation, and sonic excellence, resulting in many invitations to work with other artists. Among many things he has produced several albums for Grammy Award-winning Swedish metal band Opeth and he sung on UK drum and bass band Pendulum’s UK number one album “Immersion”. He started a solo career in 2009, and his most recent solo album “The Raven that Refused to Sing” was recorded at EASTWEST Studios with legendary recording engineer Alan Parsons at the helm. Wilson has become known for his 5.1 surround sound mixes, starting with his own projects, but more recently for remixing the catalogues of King Crimson, Jethro Tull, Roxy Music, XTC, and Yes, among others. His surround sound mixes have been Grammy nominated on four occasions, and he has twice won “Album of the Year” at the Surround Music Awards. Wilson is seen by many as the predominant progressive rock musician in the world today, and in 2012 he won “Guiding Light” at the “Progressive Music Awards” 2012, following this in 2013 with another win for best album for “The Raven that Refused to Sing”.
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. More about EASTWEST at soundsonline.com, on Facebook and Twitter.
30 historic products from the EASTWEST vault, re-engineered and re-programmed for the latest version of PLAY software
strong>Hollywood, CA (January 2, 2013) – EASTWEST celebrates 25 years of innovation with a special Anniversary Collection of virtual instruments. Founded in 1988 by Doug Rogers, EASTWEST paved the way for the sample-based, virtual instruments so many professional music, film, television and video game composers rely on today. With a plethora of awards and accolades and countless credits, EASTWEST continues to lead the virtual instrument world into the next generation.
25th Anniversary Collection PRThe 25th anniversary is an opportunity to relive and enjoy the accomplishments of the past quarter-century. The Anniversary Collection gives musicians access to 30 previously released (and since discontinued) legacy products from the EASTWEST vault, all re-engineered and re-programmed to work in the PLAY software. “This collection is very special. It gave us a chance to reflect on the many great products we have done in the pursuit of creating better music over the past 25 years. In re-engineering the collection, we realized just how much of the content is still relevant and usable for musicians today. We hope you enjoy them as much as we have creating them,” says Doug Rogers.Many of these titles have greatly benefited from technical advances since they were first released. For example, the construction kits (individual loop components) and multi-channel drum kits are now all on different channels in the PLAY mixer, allowing the user to mix and customize everything. These are then tempo controlled by your sequencer. The PLAY software also includes many sound shaping tools previously unavailable in the initial releases.
EASTWEST Bob Clearmountain Drums 1
EASTWEST Bob Clearmountain Drums 2
EASTWEST Bob Clearmountain Percussion & Bass Guitar
EASTWEST Drum ‘n’ Bass
EASTWEST Ill Jointz
EASTWEST Dance Industrial 1
EASTWEST Dance Industrial 2
EASTWEST Funky Ass Loops
EASTWEST Percussive Adventures 1
EASTWEST/Quantum Leap ’56 Strat
EASTWEST Steve Stevens Guitar
EASTWEST BT Breakz from the Nu Skool
EASTWEST Phat and Phunky
EASTWEST BT Twisted Textures
EASTWEST Smoov Grooves
EASTWEST Steinway B
EASTWEST Public Enemy Beats And Loops
EASTWEST Quantum Leap Brass
EASTWEST/Quantum Leap Guitar & Bass
EASTWEST Bosendorfer 290
EASTWEST Ultimate Strings
EASTWEST Symphonic Adventures
EASTWEST Percussive Adventures 2
EASTWEST Scoring Tools
EASTWEST/Quantum Leap Stormdrum 1 Loops
EASTWEST/Quantum Leap Stormdrum 1 Multi-samples
EASTWEST Joey Kramer Multi-track Drum Loops and Samples
These collections have stood the test of time, meticulously recorded in their day. They still stand out as some of the finest sampling products ever produced, crafted by the EASTWEST production team and the top artists and producers they worked with.
Pricing & Availability
Customers can purchase any combination of licenses at a progressive discount of 5% per title to a maximum of 30%. The discount applies to the entire order. All titles are available for immediate download. Customers who order 10 or more title from the collection have the option of receiving their order on a free hard drive. Prices for the titles range between $99 and $199 before discounts. The 25th Anniversary Collection is available for download at http://www.soundsonline.com/25th-Anniversary-Collection , and for European customers at http://www.soundsonline-europe.com/25th-Anniversary-Collection
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-forums.com.
Powerful and reliable subwoofers for the electronic and dance music markets
Austin, TX (January 15, 2014) – BASSMAXX has formally changed their name to BASSBOSS. The BASSBOSS brand will focus on loudspeaker products that specifically address the extreme demands of electronic and dance music reproduction.
BASSBOSS loudspeakers are complete, fully integrated systems including processing, amplification, drivers and cabinets. Every component is developed and chosen not only for its individual performance, but also for its performance in harmony with all other elements of the system.
For the past 14 years lead designer David Lee has been on the forefront of subwoofer development with the BASSMAXX brand. “Bass is my passion and the fundamental driving force of electronic music,” he said. “With the growing popularity of bass-oriented and electronic dance music comes a greatly increased demand for the loudspeakers we build: products that can achieve higher output and lower frequencies, combined with extraordinary durability. The name BASSBOSS was chosen because it better communicates the position of leadership the products represent in the professional subwoofer market.”
“BASSBOSS recognizes the producers, promoters, operators and venue owners who desire to create musical experiences beyond the ordinary,” Lee continued. “Years of focus and dedication to subwoofers and bass reproduction has resulted in BASSBOSS being best able to create the ultimate sensation of electronic dance music.”
BASSBOSS loudspeakers are built using only the finest quality components with unsurpassed sonic performance and proven reliability. The current product line encompasses:
- the ZV28 SubMergence – Uniquely able to deliver extremely high-output at frequencies as low as 21Hz
- the SSP218 DUB-ill’ – The all-around most versatile subs for any genre, dubstep to doo wop
- the SSP215 and SSP115 – Compact solutions for when it has to fit and it has to hit
- the DiaMon DJ112 Monitor – Massive output 1500W monitor, majorly miniaturized
- and Attuned Tops – High Powered Towers topped with Tweeters.
BASSBOSS brings the very best technology to dance music professionals and their appreciative audiences.
Since 1999, BASSBOSS (formerly BASSMAXX) has designed and delivered powerful and efficient sound systems to the live sound and high-end club market. Applying a ruthless practicality to uncompromising standards of quality and reliability has yielded a product line that is both exotic in performance and accessible in price. BASSBOSS is based in Austin, TX. More information at www.bassboss.com
Tune in to IMG Radio on Saturday, 12/28/13 at 3 pm and listen to an in-depth interview with the authors of Down the Rhodes – The Fender Rhodes Story, the first and only book and film documenting how the Rhodes changed the sound of music and was part of the greatest hits and most influential music ever recorded. The show will focus on the history and drive behind the project from the authors’ and producers’ perspective. Between segments you will get a chance to listen to the music from some of the artist featured in the book and the documentary. For more information on the book, please click here
Through interviews with a remarkable cast of music notables (Michael Bearden, George Benson, Stanley Clarke, Chick Corea, D’Angelo, Eumir Deodato, George Duke, Larry Dunn, Donald Fagen, Ronnie Foster, Rodney Franklin, Robert Glasper, Jay Graydon, Dave Grusin, Don Grusin, Onaje Allan Gumbs, Ellis Hall, Herbie Hancock, and many others), 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.
The station can be accessed at www.imgradio.net or via on-line application Tune-in (www.tunein.com) Search for IMG Radio Network.
Updated and expanded version to the popular guitar effects guide by Dave Hunter
MONTCLAIR, N.J. (December 3, 2013) – Guitar Effects Pedals: The Practical Handbook opens up the world of effects pedals, vintage and new alike, for the guitarist. Dave Hunter explores the complexities of the booming pedal market. He starts with the earliest guitar effects – tube amp overdrive, spring reverb, manual vibrato, and tremolo – and takes the reader through to the latest Mastortions, Tremvelopes, Giggities, and Euphorias.
Meeting the great pedal designers, Hunter asks some searching questions. What were Jimi Hendrix’s pedal secrets? Is ‘true bypass’ a good thing or not? Can your choice of battery make a difference to your sound? Are vintage components really better? Why does veteran pedal guru Roger Mayer not think much of the modern ‘boutique’ pedal designs? How did the Big Muff Pi and the Voodoo Lab Proctavia get their intriguing names?
Most electric guitarists consider effects pedals central to their sound, whether they want to enhance the natural qualities of the instrument and amp or create something more wild and colorful. Guitar Effects Pedals: The Practical Handbook gives them everything to understand and enjoy their pedals – old and new, simple and sophisticated. The book explores the history of different effects pedals, what each type of effect does and how it does it, and the best ways in which to use and combine effects. Included are exclusive author interviews with a dozen leading pedal makers and designers, plus a cover-mounted CD with nearly 100 recorded sound samples of effects pedals, both popular and obscure. This updated edition includes the addition of profiles of more than 20 other contemporary makers, 50 percent more manufacturer interviews, and revisions to the original text.
This is the only book on the market that includes all of these important elements in the examination of effects pedals – a comprehensive history of the art; profiles on both vintage and contemporary (including “boutique”) units; and expert advice on all aspects of using these tools. For any serious player interested in honing the perfect tone the right way, this is the go-to reference.
About the author:
Dave Hunt is an American musician and writer who has worked in both Britain and the USA. A former editor of The Guitar Magazine (UK), his books include 365 Guitars, Amps & Effects You Must Play; The Fender Telecaster: The Life & Times Of The Electric Guitar That Changed The World; The Guitar Amp Handbook; The Guitar Pickups Handbook; Guitar Rigs; and Amped: The Illustrated History Of The World’s Greatest Amplifiers. Hunter is a monthly contributor to Guitar Player and Vintage Guitar magazines. He lives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, with his wife and two children.
Inventory #HL 00333748
Backbeat Books is an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group
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