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Blend Host Stems of OK Go’s “I Won’t Let You Down” For Remixing

Music production collaboration network announces support for stem-only projects

NYC (October 15, 2014) - In addition to the existing support for major DAWs, Blend (http://blend.io), the premier platform for collaborating on music projects, now also supports the universal, multi-track stem format to share music sessions.

The first project published in this format is OK Go’s “I Won’t Let You Down” from their newly released studio album Hungry Ghosts. The track was produced by Tony Hoffer (Beck, M83, Depeche Mode) in Los Angeles. OK Go invites music producers to put their spin on the track in their DAW of choice, and the best ones will be featured on OK Go’s social media channels. The track can be heard and pulled for remixing at http://blend.io/okgo

Blend members have long been able to share and store their music projects in their native format such as in Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Garageband, Pro Tools, Reason, FL Studio, and Native Instruments Maschine. As of today, users can also publish (learn how) and pull stem-only projects to collaborate with other producers regardless of what their DAW of choice may be.

Once the user has pulled a stem project he can save his update directly to Blend. When the file is pulled, Blend will automatically detect the correct DAW the collaborator is using. Lastly, this new feature will allow musicians to keep their collaborators informed of publishing updates.

The collaboration with OK Go is another milestone in Blend’s endeavors to connect known artists and Blend members to create new music.

I Won't Let You Down by OK Go

About Blend
Blend (http://blend.io) is a Betaworks backed startup for musicians and producers to connect and share in­-progress tracks and collaborate. On Blend, users share music projects in their native (source) format. Blend supports major music software tools including Ableton Live, Logic Pro, FL Studio, Reason, Pro Tools and Garageband. For more information, please visit http://blend.io.

iZotope Announces New Version of Mastering Software

Ozone 6, a complete mastering platform featuring an elegant and modern interface, will preview to the public at AES 137

Cambridge, MA (October 8, 2014) — iZotope, Inc., a leading audio technology company, has announced an update to its critically acclaimed line of mastering software, Ozone.

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Launching this fall, Ozone 6 is the latest version of iZotope’s complete mastering system. For the first time, the mastering workflow is centered around creativity: Ozone 6’s modern visual paradigm guides and inspires users of all experience levels at every step, so they can freely experiment with ease—or dial in their signature sound in just a few clicks.

Whether they are mastering engineers or home studio producers, Ozone 6 gives users everything they need to effortlessly produce professional-sounding masters in one elegant standalone application.

iZotope at AES 137
iZotope product specialists will preview Ozone 6 to the general public at AES (Booth 1100) in Los Angeles from October 9 – 12. AES attendees can view a demo of Ozone 6, hear from top audio industry figures, and learn the latest research and technology information. iZotope plans to release further information about Ozone 6’s features throughout the coming weeks.

Pricing
Ozone 6 - $199 USD Promotional Price ($249 USD Regular Price)
Ozone 6 Advanced – $599 USD Promotional Price ($999 USD Regular Price)
Upgrade from Ozone 1-5 to Ozone 6 – Always available at a special price of $99 USD
Upgrade from Ozone 1-5 to Ozone 6 Advanced – $399 USD Promotional Price ($750 USD Regular Price)
Upgrade from Ozone 1-5 Adv. to Ozone 6 Adv. – Always available at a special price of $299 USD

For international customers, check with your local dealer for Ozone 6 pricing.

Grace Period Purchases
Customers who purchase Ozone 5 after September 1, 2014, will receive a free upgrade to Ozone 6 upon release.
Customers who purchase Ozone 5 Advanced after September 1, 2014, will receive a free upgrade to Ozone 6 Advanced upon release.

Availability
Be among the first to hear when Ozone 6 and Ozone 6 Advanced become available. Sign up for the iZotope newsletter and learn more at www.izotope.com/ozone6.

Learn more about AES 137 at www.aes.org.

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 visit www.izotope.com.

Westlake Pro Posts Tony Shepperd Mixing Master Class Videos

First installments of video series now available on YouTube

Los Angeles, CA (October 7, 2014) – Westlake Pro, a leading retailer of professional audio, recording, live sound equipment, and technical services has posted the first two videos in a new Mixing Master Class series with veteran mixing engineer Tony Shepperd.

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Shepperd, a prolific engineer who has recorded and mixed such music heavyweights as Take 6, Whitney Houston, Quincy Jones, Diana Ross, Madonna, Kenny Loggins, Boyz II Men and more, deconstructs his mix of Sheléa’s hit single I’ll Never Let You Go as he talks about his workflow and his vocal production technique, which have become his specialty over the past two decades.

“It was an honor for us to host Tony Shepperd,” said Peter Malick, Director of Online Content for Westlake Pro. “The depth of knowledge that he shares with our customers and viewers is a testament to his willingness to further the craft of recording, mixing, and producing.”

Co-sponsored by A-Designs Audio, the master class was filmed at Westlake Pro in Los Angeles in front of an overflow crowd of more than 100 local musicians, producers, and engineers and is divided into 14 videos of easily digestible content and cover a wide variety of mixing topics. Shepperd’s relaxed presentation style demystifies complex mixing concepts and he takes questions from the audience throughout the series as well as during a Q&A at its conclusion.

The Tony Shepperd Mixing Master Class video series can be found on Westlake Pro’s YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWvgCiRlNKN9Ef94nM302FlrBS3Rv-o73

About Westlake Pro
Based in Los Angeles, Westlake Pro specializes in business-to-business and retail sales of professional audio and video equipment, broadcast equipment, video editing software, recording software, computers, musical instruments and live sound application products. The company also provides technical services from complete studio design to live sound system design. Westlake Pro serves the Post Production, Broadcast, Music Production, Educational, House of Worship and Government markets.

For more information, visit http://www.westlakepro.com.

Backbeat Books Publishes The PRS Electric Guitar Book

A Revised and Updated 30th Anniversary History of Paul Reed Smith Electronics

Montclair, NJ (October 2, 2014) – It’s been 30 years since Paul Reed Smith set up the first PRS guitar factory in Annapolis, Maryland, and the electric models that have appeared since – the original Customs, the refined McCartys, the decorative Dragons, the upscale Private Stocks, and the latest S2s – have reflected Smith’s continuing desire to develop and improve the instrument that bears his name.

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The PRS Electric Guitar Book, written by Dave Burrluck and published by Backbeat Books, follows the company’s progression from its origins in a small workshop to a leading player in the global guitar market, one who’s instruments are highly regarded and played by guitarists such as Carlos Santana, Dave Navarro, Al Di Meola, Zach Myers, Neal Schon, Mark Tremonti and countless others.

The PRS Electric Guitar Book is three books in one. First, there is a comprehensive collection of fine photographs that illustrates every corner of the PRS story. Dozens of historic and current guitars are pictured along with players, ads, catalogs, and rare memorabilia. Second is the absorbing tale that takes readers from the “pre-factory” guitars that Smith built for Peter Frampton, Howard Leese and others, up to the wide array of models that fill the current PRS catalog. Third, there’s a useful reference section that provides all the information PRS players and collectors need that includes a detailed model database, serial number interpretation, specifications, and more.

This revised and updated edition of The PRS Electric Guitar Book is a must for all guitar players and fans.

About the Author:
Dave Burrluck is one of the most experienced guitar journalists in the world and is currently Gear Reviews Editor of Guitarist, Total Guitar, and Guitarist Presents Acoustic magazines. He is the author of The Player’s Guide To Guitar Maintenance and a contributor to Electric Guitars: The Illustrated Encyclopedia and Totally Guitar. A working musician, songwriter, and producer, he lives in London England.

The PRS Electric Guitar Book
$29.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00120792
ISBN: 9781480386273
Width: 8.5″
Length: 11.0″
160 pages

Backbeat Books is an imprint of Hal Leonard. Please visit www.halleonardbooks.com for more information.

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A New Kind of Record Label: Blend.io

Blend announces record label and distribution deal, giving musicians and fans more control over their music

NYC – Blend (http://blend.io), the premier music collaboration platform, has partnered with the distribution powerhouse The Orchard to offer its community of producers and musicians a digital distribution outlet via the official Blend.io label (https://blend.io/label)

Blend sees the addition of a record label as a natural progression of the expanding platform by providing everything a music producer needs in one place: inspiration, collaboration, record deals, and distribution. By partnering with The Orchard, a music distributor that amplifies reach and revenue across hundreds of digital, physical and mobile outlets around the world, the Blend label is able to deliver music through a proven infrastructure to every digital music outlet.

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Blend has managed to democratize the music publishing process and puts more control in the hands of its artists. It’s easy to see which songs and remixes gain the most notoriety in the vibrant Blend community as Blend members vote for their favorite pieces and engage with the music of their preferred producers. When a song or remix reaches a certain level of votes, it has a good chance of being included in the label’s line-up. This way, the decision of which pieces makes it to publication is not up to one executive but is made by a vote of peers – a revolutionary new model for music distribution.

“We don’t want to be arbiters of taste,” said Kolundzija in a recent interview with Billboard Magazine. “We want to see what’s happening with the platform and if there’s activity around certain projects we want to give those projects a bigger stage and the label and distribution deal allows us to do that.”

The label (https://blend.io/label) will develop up and coming talent as well established artists who are interested in new and innovative ways to connect, engage and create with their fans. Apart from the instant audience on Blend, the label will support marketing and help the artists to monetize their work through distribution.

“We built the label arm to further inspire and empower our users and artists. We continue to see how our platform encourages personal connection as well as workflow and creativity, and with our new capabilities we’ll be able to further foster these relationships and give even more back to the community,” adds Guy Licata, Blend Label Manager.

About Blend
Blend is a Betaworks backed startup for musicians and producers to connect and share in¬-progress tracks and collaborate. On Blend, users share music projects in their native (source) format. Blend supports major music software tools including Ableton Live, Logic Pro, FL Studio, Reason, Pro Tools and Garageband. For more information, please visit http://blend.io.

About The Orchard
The Orchard, a pioneering independent music and video distribution company operating in more than 25 global markets, provides an innovative and comprehensive sales and marketing platform for content owners. With industry leading technology and operations, The Orchard’s creative, tailored approach streamlines its clients’ business complexity while amplifying reach and revenue across hundreds of digital and mobile outlets around the world, as well as physical retailers in North America and Europe. The Orchard was founded in 1997 to foster independence and creativity in the music industry.

Hollywood Orchestral Percussion Completes EASTWEST’s Flagship Orchestral Series

Detailed and comprehensive orchestral percussion collection features unprecedented control of sound and instruments

Hollywood, CA – EASTWEST, the industry leader in virtual instruments for over 25 years, has released Hollywood Orchestral Percussion, produced by award-winning team comprised of Doug Rogers, Nick Phoenix, Thomas Bergersen, and engineer Shawn Murphy. This release completes the company’s flagship Hollywood Orchestra, which also includes Hollywood Strings, Hollywood Brass, and Hollywood Orchestral Woodwinds.

Hollywood Percussion Screen

Hollywood Orchestral Percussion is an utterly unique orchestral percussion library featuring one of America’s very best orchestral percussionists and his inspiring arsenal of instruments. A must have compositional tool for serious composers, Hollywood Orchestral Percussion includes PLAY 4 software, offering powerful scripting for ease of use and up to 5 microphone positions for unprecedented control over each instrument including main pickup (Decca tree), mid pickup, close pickup, surround pickup, and an alternate vintage circa 1945 RCA ribbon room pickup.

Recorded in the famous EASTWEST Studio 1, the home of major Hollywood soundtracks and television themes, Hollywood Orchestral Percussion perfects techniques pioneered in Stormdrum 3, using unique repetition sampling techniques and 8 way round robin that deliver a virtual live performance. The entire collection uses zero noise reduction resulting in a spectacular sound that will virtually jump out of the speakers.

Key features:

• Orchestral percussion staples include timpani, snare drums, cymbals, bass drums, and metals. Each instrument shines with exemplary detail and variety making it possible to find exactly the right sound for any piece of music.

• Specific instruments to handle extreme tempos.

• Most extensive and fluid timpani ever sampled.

• An unprecedented, extensive array of epic anvil samples

• Orchestral chimes are sampled to mimic the sound of real church bells, as the instrument was originally intended.

• Inspiring array of vintage field drums, such as Epic Bass Drum Ensemble and Mahler Hammer give this collection some serious punch.

• For the first time, the celeste has been captured in a multi mic position environment with extremely low noise.

For more details, please visit www.soundsonline.com/hollywood-orchestral-percussion

System Requirements
75GB free hard disc space, iLok security key (not provided).

Pricing & Availability
To purchase and more information, please visit www.soundsonline.com/hollywood-orchestral-percussion

• Diamond Edition: $599
• Gold Edition: $499
• Silver Edition: $249

The Diamond Edition is available for immediate download or supplied on an optional hard drive for ease of installation. For more details, please visit
www.soundsonline.com/hollywood-orchestral-percussion. The Silver Edition will be available later in October 2014.

About EASTWEST
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, on Facebook and Twitter.

Hal Leonard Publishes Alan Parsons’ Art & Science of Sound Recording

Alan Parsons and Julian Colbeck to present ASSR, The Book based on the award-winning DVD set at the 137th AES in Los Angeles

Montclair, NJ (September 24, 2014) – Alan Parsons’ Art & Science of Sound Recording: The Book, is a complete rewrite and reappraisal of the award-winning video series. Parsons takes his approach to sound recording to the next level as the book provides ample space to present more technical background information, more detailed diagrams, and more in-depth discussion on each of the twenty-four topics, from “A Brief History of Recording “ to the now-classic “Dealing with Disasters.”

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Written with the DVD’s co-producer, musician, and author Julian Colbeck, ASSR: The Book offers readers a classic “big picture” view of modern recording technology in conjunction with an almost encyclopedic list of specific techniques, processes, and equipment. The Book has a logical flow of chapters, looking at how sound is created and how it behaves before moving on to the different processes of manipulating sound recordings such as EQ, reverb, delays, compression; covering how to work and record with live musicians as well as the art and science that go into the mixing process.

“With the videos we strove to keep you visually and aurally entertained. Now, you can be reading this at home, or in a busy Starbucks, or on a plane… you can read one page at a sitting or one chapter, or just dive in here and there using the index or the glossary,” said Parsons.

For all its heft and authority – authored by a man trained at London’s famed Abbey Road Studios in the 1970s – ASSR: The Book is also written in plain English and is packed with priceless anecdotes from Alan Parsons’ own career working with the Beatles, Pink Floyd, and countless others. Not just informative and packed with colorful pictures, but also highly entertaining and inspirational, ASSR: The Book is the perfect platform on which to build expertise in the art and science of sound recording.

Alan Parsons and Julian Colbeck will present ASSR, The Book at AES in Los Angeles with a book signing on October 10, 2014 at 12 pm in the Hal Leonard booth #1141.

About the authors
Alan Parsons’ recording career got off to a great start with the Beatles when he served as their assistant engineer on Let It Be and Abbey Road. With an illustrious engineering career that included The Dark Side of the Moon, Parsons went on to become one of the most sought-after producer/engineers of the seventies and eighties, scoring No. 1 hits with multiple artists. In 1976, he formed the Alan Parsons Project, enjoying multiplatinum success with hits such as “Eye in the Sky”, “Time”, and “Games People Play”. Parsons remains an active recording artist and producer.

Julian Colbeck was a professional keyboardist for over twenty-five years, working with Yes/ABWH, Steve Hackett, John Miles, and his own group, Charlie. He has also authored a dozen books on music and music technology, including the groundbreaking Keyfax series, and he has written and produced numerous instructional DVDs on recording, live sound, and synthesizer technology. CEO of Keyfax NewMedia since 1994, Colbeck has most recently been on active duty with the creative and advocacy platform Musicians Guild.

Hal Leonard Books is an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group – please visit alanparsonsbook.halleonardbooks.com.

Alan Parsons’ Art & Science of Sound Recording – THE BOOK
$49.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00333735
ISBN: 9781458443199
Width: 8.75″, Length: 11.25″, 272 pages
alanparsonsbook.halleonardbooks.com

Win a Pro Tools Rig from Westlake Pro

Final Week of Westlake Pro’s 30 Days of Giveaways

Los Angeles, CA (September 23, 2014) – Westlake Pro, a leading retailer of professional audio, recording gear, live sound equipment, and technical services is heading into the final week of their month-long September Gear Giveaway and will draw the Grand Prize on September 30.

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Entry remains open until 12:00 noon (PST) on September 30 after which the Grand Prize of an AVID Pro Tools HD Native Thunderbolt System with an OMNI Interface, Pro Tools 11 and a premium AVID plug-in valued at $5498 will be drawn. Entrants can also win daily prizes drawn each day of September. Remaining prizes include a MOTU MachFive 3 software sampler, a Sound Radix Radical Bundle, Sennheiser HD600 headphones, a Mojave Audio MA-201fet, a Universal Audio Apollo Twin Solo, a Zynaptiq Zap Bundle and a Waves Gold Soundgrid Bundle.

Throughout September, Westlake Pro is giving away a total of $17,000 worth of gear from the top brands in pro audio. Winners have already claimed gear from Shure, Zoom, A Designs, Hosa, Rob Pappen, Toontrack, Synthology, Exponential Audio, Focusrite, iZotope, Vienna Symphonic, Slate Audio, JBL, Radial, McDSP, Anglebird, Furman, Spectrasonics, and SSL.

Enter Westlake Pro’s September Sweepstakes – 30 Days of Giveaways here.

About Westlake Pro
Based in Los Angeles, Westlake Pro specializes in business-to-business and retail sales of professional audio and video equipment, broadcast equipment, video editing software, recording software, computers, musical instruments and live sound application products. The company also provides technical services from complete studio design to live sound system design. Westlake Pro serves the Post Production, Broadcast, Music Production, Educational, House of Worship and Government markets.

Register for GameSoundCon and win EastWest’s Complete Composers Collection Pro 2!

Only 8 days left to receive $100 off admission to the premier game music and sound design conference GameSoundCon and be automatically entered to win a virtual instrument suite worth up to $5,000.

Click here to get a special coupon to register for GameSoundCon and for the chance to win EastWest Complete Composers Collection Pro 2!

GameSoundCon’s 10th conference will be held October 7-8 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles and features two days of sessions, panel discussions and hands-on workshops from over twenty of the game industry’s leading composers, sound designers and audio directors. This year’s featured keynote speaker will be Marty O’Donnell, creator of perhaps the most iconic game soundtrack of the recent era with his work on HALO and Destiny. The conference tracks will cover
* How to Write and Implement a Video Game Score
* How Creating Music and Sound for Games Differs from Traditional Media
* Essential Game Audio Tech
* Game Music and Sound Design Tools
* Integrating Audio Using Game Engines Such as UDK and Unity
* Navigating the Video Game Music Business
* and many more
EastWest sponsors this year’s GameSoundCon with a Complete Composers Collection 2 Pro – don’t miss out and enter to win now!

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Remix Moby’s “The Last Day” on Blend

Multi-award winning artist endorses collaboration and shares project files from the album Innocents on premier online network

NYC (September 18, 2014) – Project files for Moby’s single “The Last Day”, from his latest album Innocents, are now available exclusively on Blend in Ableton Live and Avid Pro Tools formats for music producers to re-interpret and remix the song on the online collaboration platform at http://blend.io.

Moby headphones

Moby is a phenomenon in electronic music. He has remained innovative and relevant through fads and trends, and today – once again – proves to be one step ahead by fully embracing technology through online collaboration. He appreciates and encourages input from musicians all over the world, which is why he made the stems of “The Last Day” available for Blend members to remix.

“When people try to control content in the digital world, there’s something about that that seems kind of depressing to me,” read a quote by the artist in an article on CDM. “The most interesting results happen when there is no control. I love the democratic anarchy of the online world.”

Moby’s album Innocents, recorded in his apartment and produced by Grammy-winner Mark ‘Spike’ Stent was released last October and features collaborations on 7 of the album’s 12 tracks. He now invites music producers on Blend to download “The Last Day” project files, deconstruct it and make their own versions of it.

The project is available to be remixed in Ableton Live and in Avid Pro Tools:

The Last Day – Ableton Live by Moby

The Last Day – Pro Tools by Moby

New users can sign up now at this exclusive link: https://blend.io/vip/moby

The Last Day video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5Dpz6w_jz4

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, FL Studio and Reason.

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