by Dan Gonzalez SONAR Platinum is the newest, greatest, and most advanced version yet. It contains all the tools and accessories that anyone would need in order to produce, mix, master, and compose their own music. In this mixing tutorial I’ll be using SONAR Platinum exclusively to show you the various ways I went about [...]

Add jazzy beats to the Acoustic Agent of Groove Agent 4 and Groove Agent SE 4 available in Cubase Pro 8 and Cubase Artist 8. Jazz Essentials comes with ten new Styles that deliver the rhythmic pace for each jazz arrangement.

Jazz Essentials is exclusively available through our Steinberg Online Shop.

Features:
  • 10 jazz Styles for the Acoustic Agent drum kits in Groove Agent 4 and Groove Agent SE 4
  • Each preset includes a Style and a mixer preset
  • The grooves cover different tempos and time signatures and range from basic jazz phrasings to complex syncopations
  • Each Style includes main parts, intros, endings and fills
  • An inexhaustible resource for creating backing tracks, inspiring new jazz compositions and improvisation sessions
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Saxophone virtual instrument released-- Cmusic Production has announced the release of the Saxband Medium Bundle library for Kontakt 5. Saxband...

SOS talks to Grammy-winning producer about his new studio-- In his search for the perfect studio, award-winning British producer Paul Epworth (Adele, Florence + The...

Free 1.1 update adds new sequencer mode and more-- Moog's biggest news at the recent NAMM show might have been the mighty Moog Modulars, but ther engineers and...

If you buy a Roland Jupiter-50 or Jupiter-80 synth between now and 31st April, you can claim a FREE Apple iPad Mini! Find out more...

The new iRig 2 audio interface for guitar can be considered a true "swiss army knife" for sound. A small, affordable and very useful audio interface that gives you an amazing tone when you play and record on your mobile device. Check this and other 2015 releases from IK Multimedia!

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Propellerhead Discover is a fantastic feed for musical ideas, ready to be picked up in Reason with a single click. When you open Discover material in Reason, the tempo information is preserved, making it very easy to get going quickly adding your own production and musical ideas.

However, sometimes the greatest song ideas captured in Take might have been recorded by singers without a steady tempo or backing beat, which means the tempo tend to drift quite a lot. That shouldn't stop us from being able to use them in Reason, though. In this tutorial, Ryan shows us the basics of finding inspiration from Discover but also an advanced technique for tempo mapping and fitting freely recorded material to a fixed tempo grid ready for Reason production.

Discover links

Hear more of Faustine's songs

Hear the finished version of Ryan's Production

Add your own production to Faustine's already mapped song

Reason 8.1

To take part in the music making on Propellerhead, you need Reason 8.1. Reason 8 users :  download the update for free!

 

Mackie iP Series LoudspeakersPerformance-driven passive speaker line delivers features contractors need and performance customers expect

Mackie introduces an all-new loudspeaker line specifically designed for installs seeking rich, articulate full-bandwidth response in a sleek compact design – iP Series Install Performance Loudspeakers.

“We are extremely excited to deliver a professional Mackie solution for the install market,” commented John Boudreau, SVP Product Marketing. “iP speakers deliver stunning performance and have a clean look perfect for even the most aesthetically-demanding venues.”

The series includes three full-range models (10″, 12″ and 15″) and a companion 18″ subwoofer. The fullrange iP-10, iP-12 and iP-15 feature 8 x M10 rigging points and a rotatable 90°x50° horn to support both vertical and horizontal rigging. A rotatable center logo allows for clean presentation in all configurations.

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Sonically, premium components include high-output, custom-designed woofers with large voice coils to handle more power for maximum output and premium 1.4″ titanium diaphragm compression drivers for smooth, consistent high-frequency response. Plus, convienent features like a choice of either Neutrik® or terminal connections can simplify an install, saving time and cost. A selection of mounting accessories delivers additional placement flexibility. Available are both a ceiling and wall-mount bracket to meet the needs of nearly any install application. The optional SP260 2×6 Speaker Processor features presets specifically for iP loudspeaker for quick setup and flawless sonic performance.

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“With the demanding needs of install applications, each and every detail is important,” remarked Boudreau. “From horizontal and vertical hangs, to low-profile wall and ceiling mount accessories plus a rotatable logo that presents well in any orientation, iP series is the perfect solution when the client is focused on the perfect aesthetic.”

An affordable install solution, Mackie iP Series loudspeakers meet the needs of a wide range of install applications including Houses-of-Worship, theaters, auditoriums, casinos, clubs and karaoke rooms.

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The new iP Series Install Performance Loudspeakers are available for order now. Available accessories include the Mackie PA-A2 eyebolt kit, iP-CM100 ceiling mount and iP-WM100 wall mount. The SP260 speaker processor is sold separately.

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Battery-powerable, Bluetooth® capable and immensely portable

Mackie announces an exciting portable, battery-powerable PA that delivers powerful, full-range sound anytime, anywhere – FreePlay Personal PA. Featuring Bluetooth music streaming, a full-featured 4-channel digital mixer and a powerful control app for iPhone® and iPod touch®, FreePlay is the ultimate all-in-one stereo PA solution for a tremendous range of applications.

FreePlay is perfect for everyone from musicians and singer/songwriters on the go, to educators, public speakers and even everyday music lovers,” remarked Matt Redmon, Mackie Senior Product Manager. “FreePlay delivers an amazing solution to all in an innovative, easy-to-use package.”

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An all-in-one, full-range stereo PA, FreePlay features a high-output 8″ woofer for unmatched bass response. FreePlay allows users to connect microphones, line or instrument level sources and features an easy-to-use 4-channel digital mixer to control levels, EQ and more. A first in the portable PA category, FreePlay offers music streaming from any smartphone, tablet or other Bluetooth® capable device.

“The ability to incorporate a Bluetooth stream with live instruments sets FreePlay apart. Musicians are going to love being able to easily mix in backing tracks right from their mobile device,” commented Redmon. “And with hands-free music streaming, FreePlay is also an amazingly high-output music playback device perfect for parties, weddings and backyard BBQs.”

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One of FreePlay’s most innovative features is complete wireless control using the FreePlay Connect app for iPhone and iPod touch (available soon). The FreePlay Connect app puts the user in control of everything – from simple level adjustments to control over professional performance features like a built-in feedback eliminator, application-specific speaker voicing modes and 16 vocal/instrument effects. For corporate audio applications like presentations or public address, the FreePlay Connect app provides discrete level control from anywhere. Plus, musicians can simply mount their phone on their mic stand for distraction free mixing during performances.

FreePlay’s immensely portable design is underlined by a choice of AC or battery power, including an optional rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack or standard D Cell batteries. Perfect for street performers or any application where wall power is either not available or difficult to get to, FreePlay sets a new standard for battery-powerable sound solutions. FreePlay also offers several optional accessories to round out its extreme versatility. A unique kickstand /pole mount accessory connects directly to FreePlay and allows it to be mounted on a standard speaker pole for increased coverage. It also allows the user to tilt FreePlay back to a 45-degree angle for better monitoring when FreePlay is on the ground. An optional lithium-ion battery pack delivers up to 10 hours of playback and is rechargeable so users always have the power they need. There’s also a durable carry bag available to protect during transport and storage that includes handy pockets for mics, cables, etc.

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FreePlay is the most versatile PA we’ve ever created. You get a powerful, portable PA with wireless music streaming, amazing professional sound tools and the ability to control it all from your phone,” remarked Redmon. “Plus, with battery power, you can literaly take FreePlay anywhere. We are excited to offer this level of sonic freedom.”

The Mackie FreePlay Personal PA will be available worldwide beginning March, 2015. Available accessories include the FreePlay kickstand/pole mount accessory, FreePlay rechargeable lithium-ion battery and FreePlay carry bag.

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The revolutionary DL32R now easily networks with any Dante-enable audio product

Mackie, legendary maker of professional audio mixers, loudspeakers, studio monitors and recording equipment, and Audinate, developers of the industry-leading Dante™ media networking solution, have joined forces to bring high performance networked audio to the DL32R wirelessly controlled digital live sound mixer with the new DL Dante Expansion Card.

The pioneering DL32R is controlled completely wirelessly, using the Mackie Master Fader™ control app for iPad®, freeing sound engineers to mix from any location in a venue. The DL32R delivers 32-channels of powerful digital mixing with convenient direct-to-drive multi-track recording/playback, new Onyx+™ recallable microphone pre-amps, in an ultra-compact 3U rackmount design.

The new DL Dante Expansion Card provides 32×32 channels of network audio I/O, allowing the DL32R to be connected to any Dante-powered AV network. Dante delivers the easiest-to-use AV networking solution, featuring automatic discovery of devices, simple graphical audio routing, incredibly low latency and flawless interoperation with hundreds of Dante-enabled products. Flexible IO patching in the DL32R lets the user route Dante signals to any channel input, and send any of the mixer’s outputs to the Dante network.

“Dante is the clear choice for AV networking,” says Ben Olswang, Mackie Senior Product Manager. “Dante allows the DL32R to connect to hundreds of Dante-enabled audio devices with the seamless interoperability and ease of use that are hallmarks of Mackie products. Dante software is simple and complete, and takes the mystery out of networking while delivering incredible performance.”

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“The Mackie DL32R has had amazing market response, and we are incredibly pleased to add Mackie to the list of our 190 plus manufacturers using Dante,” adds Lee Ellison, CEO of Audinate. “Their products have long been favorites of musicians and sound engineers. The DL32R with Dante brings Mackie sound and usability to AV networking, allowing users to easily deliver audio where they need it, when they need it, with no compromises.”

The DL Dante Expansion Card ships with a license for Dante Virtual Soundcard software, allowing direct recording/playback of up to 64 channels of audio from any Dante network to a PC or Mac computer.

For more information on the Mackie DL32R 32-Channel Wireless Digital Mixer with iPad Control please visit DL32R.mackie.com.

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Roland Offer: Purchase a Jupiter-50 or Jupiter-80 Synthesizer and receive a FREE iPad Mini!

The new Novation AudioHub 2x4 is an USB audio interface with Focusrite sound quality. It helps you to de-clutter your setup. Join our competition for a chance to win one!

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From February 1, 2015 through March 31, 2015 you can get $100 Instant Savings right at the register on a DL1608 from any participating U.S. or Canada Authorized Mackie dealer.

It’s simple. Just visit a participating dealer during the promotion and get the savings instantly.

Proven at millions of gigs worldwide, the Mackie DL1608 combines the power of a full-featured digital live sound mixer with the unmatched ease-of-use of an iPad. The 16-channel DL1608 features premium hardware like 16 boutique-quality Onyx preamps and Cirrus Logic® converters deliver unparalleled sound quality. Mackie’s class-leading Master Fader control software provides seamless wired-to-wireless control over an amazing amount of professional-grade processing for all inputs and outputs. Plus, you can control it all wirelessly from up to 10 iOS devices. Truly the ideal digital mixer for bands, rental houses and production/installation, you get all the benefits of a next-gen console and more at an incredible price with the Mackie DL1608.

For more information on the Mackie DL1608 visit http://www.mackie.com/products/dlseries/

We've had our eye on the Pocket Operators a while. The PO-12 Rhythm, PO-14 Sub and PO-16 Factory all offer step sequenced synth joy. Get your hands on and start tweaking.

by Dan Gonzalez Convolution Reverb, now in the ProChannel New to SONAR Professional and SONAR Platinum is the increasingly popular and imaginative REmatrix Solo. REmatrix Solo uses convolution to mimic real life halls, rooms, plates, and other reverberant spaces. In order to do this, engineers use something called a sine sweep or starter pistols to excite a [...]

SONAR Platinum user Norman Matthew of Murder FM has been making some serious musical strides on many fronts.  Since touring internationally and becoming a new dad wasn’t enough, he decided to open a “School of Rock” so to speak in what tiny bit of spare time he could squeeze.  ”The Sound Foundation” which houses SONAR [...]

We were the proud winner of the Outstanding Technical Achievement Award for Workstation Technology during the 30th annual NAMM TEC Awards ceremony that we received for our Cubase 7.5 music production system.

PR manager Stefan Trowbridge commented: “We feel truly honored to have won the prestigious TEC award this year. After celebrating its 25th birthday in 2014, it goes to show that Cubase is the DAW that piques the most interest because of its optimum workflow, flexibility and innovative features, and we intend to keep the bar set high.”

We're giving away a Samson USB mic to three winners in our latest competition.

The Octavix pedal is a classic '60s fuzz with added versatility, great for experimentation.

Something for everyone here, a seriously sleek new ribbon microphone for the studio, brand new wireless tech and an update to the supremely popular NTG series.

Newly announced for 2015 the PSM300 systems offer the legendary Shure reliability and sound quality at a price that will suit many small to mid sized venues.

Take a look at the revolutionary new releases from Rode at NAMM 2015.

Fans of Hendrix and vintage-style fuzz will be happy to hear that Electro-Harmonix has resurrected the legendary octave-up fuzz efefct used by Jimi, the Octavia. Find out more about the new Octavix pedal.

Laney unveils the new Ironheart IRT-PULSE Tube preamp with USB interface at NAMM 2015.

Denon have launched a new small, lightweight, two-channel DVS-compatible Serato DJ audio interface for NAMM 2015.

Take a look at the new Denon MC4000 Serato DJ Controller launched at NAMM 2015.

Discovering Reason

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Propellerhead

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Discovering Reason is a series of articles created especially for people who have been using Reason for some time, yet can't help but feel they've only scratched the surface. While many of them were written for much older Reason versions, they're more retro or classic than out of date.

Reason's endless possibilities are not always obvious and there's a myriad of nifty tricks hidden in this open-ended production environment. We are creatures of habit, and it's easy to become lazy and get stuck in routines - routines which are often a heritage from other production environments that emphasise on quantity and diversity rather than flexibility and experimentalism.

The articles will assume that you have a fair amount of experience with Reason, and will not cover all the details of certain basic operations. Consult the Reason Operation Manual if you stumble upon something unfamiliar.

Part 40: Control Voltages and Gates by Gordon Reid
Part 39: Creative Sampling Tricks by Fredrik Hägglund
Part 38: Thor demystified 17: Formant Filters by Gordon Reid
Part 37: Thor demystified 16: Comb Filters by Gordon Reid
Part 36: Thor demystified 15: Resonance by Gordon Reid
Part 35: Thor demystified 14: High pass filters by Gordon Reid
Part 34: Thor demystified 13: Intro to filters by Gordon Reid
Part 33: Control Remote by Fredrik Hägglund
Part 32: Thor demystified 12: The Wavetable oscillator pt 2 by Gordon Reid
Part 31: Thor demystified 11: The Wavetable oscillator pt 1 by Gordon Reid
Part 30: Thor demystified 10: An introduction to FM Synthesis pt 2 by Gordon Reid
Part 29: Thor demystified 9: An introduction to FM Synthesis pt 1 by Gordon Reid
Part 28: Lost & found: Hidden gems in Reason 4 by Fredrik Hägglund
Part 27: Thor demystified 8: More on Phase Modulation by Gordon Reid
Part 26: Getting down & dirty with delay by Fredrik Hägglund and James Bernard
Part 25: Thor demystified 7: The Phase Modulation Oscillator by Gordon Reid
Part 24: Thor demystified 6: Standing on Alien Shorelines by Gordon Reid
Part 23: Thor demystified 5: The Noise Oscillator by Gordon Reid
Part 22: Thor demystified 4: The Multi Oscillator by Gordon Reid
Part 21: Thor demystified 3: Pulse Width Modulation by Gordon Reid
Part 20: Thor demystified 2: Analog AM & Sync by Gordon Reid
Part 19: Thor demystified 1: The Analogue Oscillator by Gordon Reid
Part 18: Making friends with clips by Fredrik Hylvander
Part 17: Let's RPG-8! by Fredrik Hylvander
Part 16: One Hand in the Mix - Combinator Crossfaders by Kurt "Peff" Kurasaki
Part 15: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Combinator - part II by Fredrik Hägglund
Part 14: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Combinator - part I by Fredrik Hägglund
Part 13: Go With the Workflow by Fredrik Hägglund
Part 12: Filter Up by Kurt "Peff" Kurasaki
Part 11: Itsy Bitsy Spiders - part II by Fredrik Hägglund
Part 10: Itsy Bitsy Spiders - part I by Fredrik Hägglund
Part 9: Take it to the NN-XT level by Fredrik Hägglund
Part 8: Six strings attached by Jerry McPherson
Part 7: Space Madness! by Fredrik Hägglund
Part 6: Scream and Scream Again by Fredrik Hägglund
Part 5: Reason Vocoding 101 by Fredrik Hägglund
Part 4: What is the Matrix? by Fredrik Hägglund
Part 3: Mastering Mastering by Fredrik Hägglund
Part 2: Dial R for ReDrum by Fredrik Hägglund
Part 1: Ask Dr. REX! by Fredrik Hägglund

Fender have teamed-up with acclaimed pickup maker Tim Shaw to create the American Deluxe Stratocaster HSS Shawbucker.

Take a look at the three new self-powered speakers from Denon.

Fender unveils the Road Worn 60s Jaguar Electric Guitar at NAMM 2015.

Jim Dunlop have released a new, miniature edition of the most iconic wah pedal on the market.

Hotone reveal a host of new gear at the NAMM Show including the Hotone Xtomp pedal.

BOSS reveal a bunch of pedals ready for the NAMM Show, including a bass driver and a pair of volume pedals.

Roland reveal the JD-Xi interactive crossover synth.

The Fender Standard Stratocaster HSS is a versatile 2015 model that provides a high output and aggressive tonality, perfect for players of various different genres and styles.

Highlights from Winter NAMM 2015 NAMM was our first opportunity to show off the new SONAR line to the public, and the reception was nothing short of spectacular. To handle the crowds, products were demoed at three locations—the Gibson, TASCAM, and Hal Leonard booths. We met artists, press, and of course many, many customers—and we [...]

It can often feel a bit "been there, done that" when it comes to pedals these days. Not so with the Trio, this band in a box can change the way you write songs and practice.

NAMM 2015 ended last Sunday, and as usual, offered us a glimpse of what to expect in 2015. Here's a look at all the gear that'll be HOT in the next 12 months!

TC Electronic have announced their brand new products for 2015 including three bass cabinets, a microphone looper and a vocal microphone.

Can Dunlop make the wah pedal as ubiquitous as distortions and delays in 2015? With a new, affordable mini wah that fits in anyone's pedalboard, they might've hit the jackpot!

As expected, Fender's booth was one of the hottest at NAMM 2015, with several new versions of popular models, and a few surprises!

The Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2 is a completely re-injected version of its extremely popular predecessor 'Omnisphere' but with an unbelievable amount of new features and improvements.

New for NAMM 2015, Roland launch the AIRA MX01 Mix Performer control surface.

Take a look at the new Artist Series releases from Fender, featuring design collaborations with rock legends Geddy Lee (Rush) and Steve Harris (Iron Maiden).

Nord have revealed the 5D keyboard, an all-improved model which will be available with either 61 or 73 semi-weighted keys.

The SUPER-UA is an audio interface that will please even the most discerning of audiophiles.

Jackson revealed several new guitar models for 2015 at last week's NAMM Show in California, including some Misha Mansoor signature models, which look fantastic!

Rhythm, bass and lead synths for $59 each — hear them now-- Teenage Engineering have always had a bit of a leftfield approach to product design, and their latest...

Controller and performance sequencer -- Arturia's original BeatStep sequencer and MIDI/CV controller received a very favourable review in the January 2015...

More analogue goodies from Akai at NAMM 2015. Joining the Rhythm Wolf in their stable of tweaking, tapping and sequencing hardware.

TC Electronic have released two new versatile 3-mode effect pedals.

The Fender Dee Dee Remone Precision Bass has been modelled on the Fender Precision Bass that the iconic Dee Dee Ramone (The Ramones) played, who pioneered a no-frills sound and style that left a permanent mark on rock music.

Orange have released four new Crush amps, solid-state rack mountable heads and a bass guitar speaker cabinet.

Introducing the Novation Launchpad PRO Performance Instrument, with a similar grid-based design to the original Launchpad, but with new enhanced features.

Teenage Engineering has collaborated with fellow Swedish brand Cheap Monday to produce an exclusive range of pocket-synthesizers.

Take a look at the new Fender Active Bass Guitars revealed at NAMM 2015.

Ashdown showcase the new Woodsman range at the NAMM Show 2015.

Fender unveil their new bluegrass instruments including 5 new Concert Tone Banjos and a Roosevelt Resonator Guitar.

Introducing the Kingman ASCE, Vince Ray Outer Space Electro Acoustic and the Tim Armstrong HC, Fenders latest additions to their acoustic guitar range.

Revealed at NAMM 2015 - and shrouded in mystery - the new JD-XA Hybrid Polysynth seems to give people what they've been waiting for: a polyphonic analogue synthesizer from Roland!

Announced today at NAMM 2015, the new Line 6 products that will push the boundaries of your creativity like never before.

Three popular Vox guitar amps have gained a cool red makeover, whereas another gets the "classic" treatment. Find out more!

Today at NAMM 2015, Epiphone has revealed their new guitar models for Spring 2015. A very intersting selection that blends the traditional with the bold...

Korg has launched an incredible range of new gear that will surely be HOT in 2015! Not to mention the eagerly awaited ARP Odyssey... find out more!

The latest in the popular Launchpad has, well, launched. With even greater Ableton integration and more features than you can shake a stick at. We've got the details on this essential performance tool.

One deep shade of red and one stellar collection of audio interfaces. The Clarett range combines decades of pro audio experience with the latest Thunderbolt tech.

The latest in the ID:Core family of guitar amps. Little amps capable of creating seriously big tones. The Beam adds Bluetooth streaming for the ultimate home practice amp.

It wouldn't be NAMM without something new from the Japanese pedal giant. There's bass grit, vocal beauty, volume swells and a beast of a switching system to enjoy.

The latetst member of the Aira family doesn't make any sound of it's own. Rather it's a creative new hub for producers, DJs, musicians and anyone interested in electronic music. Seriously, it's some tasty kit.

A synththesiser in more ways than one. The JD-Xi brings together Roland's tradition of analogue, digital innovation and AIra style creative features.

Morning Tokyo

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Propellerhead

on 2015-1-22 12:11pm GMT

In our latest video a piece of music starts in Tokyo, gets remixed in New York and sung on in San Francisco. But it doesn't end there! Listen to the songs below and simply click one to visit the player page. You can then open it in in Reason, Take or Figure and join the music making. Sample, remix, sing, clap, hum or strum - then share it with the world, or with yourself.

We’re elated to announce the availability of Groove Agent 4.2. This point update comes with many news features and enhancements.

  • Advanced Note Repeat with up to 8 variations and integrated phrase editor
  • Follow Transport for synchronized playback in the host
  • MIDI output to host for convenient recording of patterns and performances
  • Alternate loop mode for creative sound tweaking
  • Individual pattern mode for controlling each of the pattern pads of the four Agents
  • Several workflow improvements requested or suggested by Groove Agent users

Groove Agent 4.2 is freely available to download from the support pages of our website.
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We've got all the latest and greatest products, news and announcements from this year's NAMM show 2015

New from TC Electronic are the Helix Phaser and Viscous Vibe. Vintage inspired phaser and Univibe goodness, from the Danish pedal modelling masters.

The original Ditto looper is a modern classic. Pure guitar simplicity, allowing you to go from inspiration to complete creation with ease. Now vocalists can get involved.

The 5.1 update for our VST sampler and sound creation system, HALion 5, sees the light of days. It features eight brand-new effects and tools for sample editing and includes new looping and playback modes.

HALion 5.1 is freely available to download from the support pages of our website. Read more about HALion 5.1 Download update

by Dan Gonzalez Mix Recall takes your mixing to another level by offering SONAR Artist, Professional, and Platinum users the ability to save different mix scenes of the same mix within a single project. Mix Recall saves track parameters, bus parameters, and even instrument presets. A great way to use this feature is to audition [...]

Ahead of NAMM 2015, Pioneer has just announced a new DJ System that offers a practical and seamless All-in-One solution for the modern DJ.

We are truly living in a new golden era of analogue synthesizers, as these new recreations from Moog show. Find out more!

More stage piano/keyboard perfection from the Scandinavian maetros at Nord. The new Electro models have expanded sonic potential and we've been getting lost gazing into it's bright new OLED display.

From classic Gimme Shelter-style to Vox Repeat Percussion sounds, the new Electro-Harmonix Super Pulsar promises to be the most versatile tremolo pedal you'll see this year!

Steinberg has today released new updates for the iOS apps LoopMash, LoopMash HD and LoopMash Free. The free updates improve compatibility with iOS 8 and support the new Audiobus SDK 2.1.5. Download LoopMash 1.3.6
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Orange has announced the new & improved range of Crush amps, with fully analogue signal path and vintage, warm sound. Find out more!

Here is my go-to mastering preset for Kotelnikov GE. Just change the threshold and you are there.

<TDRKotelnikovGE thresholdParam=”-24.0″ peakCrestParam=”-3.0″ softKneeParam=”6.0″ ratioParam=”3.0″ attackParam=”6.0″ releasePeakParam=”20″ releaseRMSParam=”300″ makeUpParam=”0.0″ dryMixParam=”off” outGainParam=”0.0″ keyHPFrequencyParam=”60″ keyHPSlopeParam=”6.0″ keyStereoDiffParam=”80″ keyStereoBalanceParam=”Center” fdrVisibleParam=”On” fdrActiveParam=”On” fdrTypeParam=”Shelf A” fdrFrequencyParam=”50″ fdrAmountParam=”80″ yingParam=”On” yangParam=”Off” deltaParam=”Off” bypassParam=”Off” equalLoudParam=”Off” qualityParam=”Insane” modeParam=”Stereo” grDispScaleParam=”4″ grDispModeParam=”Gain Reduction”/>




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Today is a big day for Propellerhead. But not only for us. In the future we might look back on this day and say that this was when we saw the first incarnation of the world’s open music sharing network. If you haven’t done so already, check it out and try it for yourself. It’s free and it's super easy to get started.

Ernst 2What we launch today is a beta, meaning it’s far from finished. We have a lot of things planned. What you can see today is a glimpse of the future, an open internet music creation network letting anyone take part in music making, right as it happens. Our new service is a place where you can create from scratch or find building blocks, where you can discover tracks to remix or sample. But most importantly, it’s a place where you can get into music creation only doing the parts you love, whether it’s singing, playing guitar, rapping, creating beats, producing or just messing around with sound.

I think I also have to say something about what this service is not. It’s not a publishing service. It will be where music creation is happening, not where you see the polished result. And it’s not for backup or archiving—it’s for the music you are making, here and now. It’s not a tool for professionals who are looking to fully integrate their DAW production work. But don’t get me wrong, Reason fits beautifully into our new system too, as the music production powerhouse it is.

Let me also tell you that launching the service hasn't changed anything about how you use our apps. You can still be completely private about your music. What we are offering is an extension to what you already do. When you do decide to collaborate, you’re still in control. The stuff you have dropped can be visible to the whole world or only to those you want to share it with.

On a more personal note, this is the most exciting thing that this company has done since I helped found it. I have dedicated my life to help people’s musical dreams come true and as of today we start expanding that idea to people I never dreamed that we could reach.

We want your feedback. We have ideas about what to do next, but we’re building this for you so if you want the service to do something special, be sure to let us know via our survey!

So, go create a piece. Drop it to Propellerhead. Discover what others are doing. But most importantly, forget about technology and have fun!

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An end of an era

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Propellerhead

on 2015-1-15 2:05pm GMT

On January 22nd Propellerhead is closing our forums. When we shipped ReBirth in 1997 we were one of the first companies in the business to start up direct communication with our customers. Mind you, this was before the term “on-line community” even existed.

But that was eighteen years ago, eons in internet time. Since then communication on the internet has changed completely. When we started, the internet was a small, closed place for tech nerds. Now it’s where we live our daily digital lives. New social channels are popping up every day and there are now more ways to communicate with like-minded than any of us have the time to fully explore.

We as a company have changed too. Over the years we have increased our communication dramatically. We’re engaging in a non-stop flow of conversations through all the channels of today and constantly monitoring those of tomorrow. It’s easier to get hold of us and talk to us than it ever was, and we’re talking to more musicians now than we ever did.

2014 was the best year for Propellerhead so far. Reason 8 turned out to be the most successful version of the program that we have ever made, which we’re extremely grateful for. And we’re completely committed to continue creating even better incarnations of our existing products, over years to come. But we’re also growing and expanding our reach through new products and services. While we’re humbled and grateful that so many people have already chosen to use our products in their music making, we also want to invite many more new musicians to the party. People who have other ideas about what music making means than we had when we started this company. And moving forward we will encourage more communication, connection and conversations between musicians, both those who are already our customers and those who will be.

It’s time to take the discussion out of the kitchen and into the streets. Look up and meet the musicians of the world where they are.

Ernst Nathorst-Böös
CEO and Founder

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Variety Of Life:

A must read for EQ aficionados :-)
Thanks Vlad for sharing!

Originally posted on vladg/sound:

Okay, this is my first try to make some kind of classification of digital equalizers. It’s mostly based on some defects or features they have in their responses. These defects or features give digital equalizers their unique sound. Sometimes they sound “digital” in bad meaning of this word (i.e. “harsh”) but the other side of digital sound is clean, pristine and maybe too cold sometimes. I don’t have much time to make this classification really glossy so it’s some kind of a draft.

In my opinion there’re 7 main properties of digital equalizers, which affect their sound:

  1. Frequency response behavior near Nyquist frequency
  2. Phase response behavior near Nyquist frequency
  3. Frequency response ringing
  4. Types of Curves
  5. Time domain response
  6. Saturation
  7. Noise

Now I’m going to try to illustrate possible cases for each property by some images mostly created by VST Plugin Analyzer. All pictures were created at 44.1 kHz sample rate…

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As the legendary synthesizer is set to make a spectacular return at NAMM 2015 courtesy of Korg, so here's a look at the classic instrument that rivalled Moog as the musicians' favourite analog synth in the seventies.