Receive 2 free EZmix packs - Jamtrack Amps EZMix Pack and Classic Amps EZMix Pack when you purchase and register Toontrack's EZ Mix 2 Mix software before 30th April 2016.

The iconic Nirvana frontman's guitar is estimated to sell for anywhere between $40,000 - $100,000 USD at auction!

Toontrack add Seventies Rock to their extensive line of EZ Drummer expansion packs.

Nord has announce updates for the Electro 5 with fixes and a new feature enabling the use of an external expression pedal to control paramters in the split mode.

Novation has revealed Circuit Components - a suite of tools expanding Circuit to help design, create and customise your own unique instruments.

Circuit Components is suite of free tools expanding circuit giving you all you need to design, create and customise your own unique instrument.

Apple has announced that they will no longer support their QuickTime technology while further vulnerabilities have been surfacing around QuickTime. We are well aware of Apple’s deprecation of QuickTime owing to the problems that come with QuickTime’s use when running Windows operating systems.

Please take note that we shall not assume any responsibility for issues that derive from running the QuickTime technology under Windows.

We are currently working on a solution that bypasses the necessity of QuickTime in our software applications and hope to provide this in maintenance updates shortly.

Circuit Components adds new much-requested tools-- Novation’s circuit has just received a significant upgrade with sample import, a synth editor and a session...

D'Addario introduce Humiditrak - a device that lives inside your guitar case and provides real-time condition updates via a smartphone app so that you can keep an eye on your axe.

BBC create fly-on-the-wall documentary about Steve Davis called Snookerstar DJ, following his move into the world of techno music.

Second music summit set for Nov 4-6 at historic broadcast complex-- Loop, the Ableton-organised summit for music makers, returns to Berlin this November. Launched in 2015 as...

SD-20M recorded designed for installation-- Tascam have announced that they will release the SD-20M 4-...

Taking place on April 18-21st in Las Vegas, Nevada, the NAB Show is North America’s largest trade show for Digital Media, Film, Entertainment, Live Events, Online Video and Commercial Audio. Steinberg will be demonstrating the latest software technologies with product demo’s on Nuendo 7 and Wavelab Pro 9. On hand will also be the Yamaha Nuage Advanced Production System, in addition to many other Yamaha Pro Audio products. Find out more

Receive £30 cashback on your ID:Core Beam when purchase between 4th April and 31st May 2016.

Ableton has announced Loop 2016 in Berlin - a three day event comprising of creative music talks, performances studio sessions and more.

Over the years I've seen a lot of confusion out there about levels and clipping during mixing - but only recently I came to realise that the confusion was so deep that people were altering their mixes to avoid clipping that wasn't even really happening! Once and for all, I thought I'd lay out for people in highly technical terms, but hopefully still keeping it fun too, everything they need to know about digital audio and clipping so that they can finally realise how little they really need to know. If your the type of person who has found themselves worriedly watching the meters more than your listening to the sound, this tutorial will put your mind at rest and your concentration back to the fun part: making music.

/Ryan

 

Have the chance to test drive the new Yamaha Montage synth and be in with a chance to win a reface at the Yamaha Montage event at Gear4music on 28.4.16.

Katie Ferrara Travels Near and Far with Mackie FreePlay

Los Angeles, CA - April 2016... Los Angeles native Katie Ferrara is a talented artist, and she's letting the world find out, one gig at a time. The 27-year-old singer/songwriter is a relentless performer, playing cafes, clubs, parties, and busking on street corners throughout Southern California and beyond. She's traveled the world as a performer, released multiple albums and videos, and recently toured New Zealand as a winner of the Toyota "Feeling the Street" contest.

 

Performing in unconventional locations is pretty much a way of life for Ferrara, and she relies on her Mackie FreePlay to help her deliver a great sounding performance anytime, anywhere. "I never know what to expect when I show up to a new gig," she offers. "As a performer, it's all about being flexible. Often there's no stage, sometimes there's not a power outlet nearby. With the FreePlay, it doesn't matter a bit. It's easy to set it up, and it doesn't take up much space."

 

Portability is key, especially when busking, says Ferrara. "I can carry my guitar on my back, bring a mic stand, and I just have the FreePlay in my hand. I can move around easily, stay as long as I need to, and easily move to another spot." For her solo performances, it's more than enough sound. "If it's just you and your guitar, you don't really need a whole PA system," she observes.

 

FreePlay's long-lasting rechargeable battery delivers more than enough juice to get her through a whole day of gigging, but she says being able to use standard battery power is another plus. "A few times, I've been really busy and forgotten to charge it overnight. What's great about the FreePlay is that if the battery runs down, you can just stick some D cells in it and you've got a backup, and you can keep playing for longer."

 

One of Ferrara's favorite FreePlay features is the Mackie Connect™ app, allowing her to control her mix from her iPhone. "As a solo performer, it's hard to do your own sound," she says. "With the FreePlay and Mackie Connect, I can set it up, step back, and adjust my levels on the fly. I can add reverb or effects to my guitar or my vocal, I can choose the type of sound I want, and I don't have to rely on a sound engineer."

 

Playing private parties and other events, Ferrara has made good use of the ability to stream music via Bluetooth from her iPhone through the FreePlay. "If I'm playing a few sets with breaks in between, I can be my own DJ and stream a playlist. I always stick a couple of my own songs in there, and lots of times people ask about it and end up buying my CD," she enthuses.

 

Of course, the bottom line is the sound, and FreePlay delivers. "Being able to take control of my sound is helpful to being a good performer," she explains. "If you don't have good sound, people aren't going to like what you play."

 

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Save 15% on Focusrite Clarett 8 Pre and the 8 Pre X when you buy before 31st May 2016.

Propellerhead offer an £80 saving when purchasing Reason 8.3 (full version) music software before 30th April 2016.

Berlin’s Funkhaus welcomes inaugural Superbooth event-- “I planned this in combination with the reunion of the German Democratic Republic into the GDR, because we...

This year’s Musikmesse trade show in Frankfurt, Germany, was more than just a déjà vu of last year’s events - it was the real thing! We received the Keys Readers’ Choice award for Best Sequencer, and we also won the Musikmesse International Press Award (MIPA) which we received for Cubase Pro 8.5.

PR manager Stefan Trowbridge commented: "A big thank you goes out to our loyal readers of the Keys magazine for voting Cubase ‘Best Sequencer’ as well as to the international media for awarding us and Cubase with the prominent MIPA.”

Sidney Miller III, also known as Speakerbomb, is a record producer and musician from Los Angeles, USA. Sidney has worked with artists like Lupe Fiasco and The Knux and has also released albums and toured with his own band Malbec. Recently Sidney worked with rap artist Freddie Gibbs on his critically acclaimed 2015 album "Shadow of a Doubt". We spoke with Sidney about producing in Reason and he also shares his favorite Reason production tricks!

How do you use Reason in your music making? Do you have any examples of where you've used it?

I use it in a variety of ways but the main way that I use it is for starting musical ideas from scratch and if I’m not going to be recording any vocals on the idea yet, I usually finish the entire beat / idea in Reason.

On the Freddie Gibbs’ “Shadow Of A Doubt” album I used it to produce tracks from scratch, to enhance sounds from other existing tracks, to create sound effects and I also used it to put together some vocal ideas. On “Mexico,” I took the existing 808 track that was in the Pro Tools session and ran it through the Scream in Reason. Specifically on “10 Times,” which features Gucci Mane and E-40, I did everything in Reason except for record the verses. I started off with a Gucci Mane a cappella verse, put it on the grid and then built up a whole beat around it. Then I took a catchy piece of Gucci’s verse and chopped it up so that I could repurpose it as a hook, using delays, pitch shifting and stuttering effects.

 

When you load up a brand new Reason song, what’s the very first thing you do?

I like to be open to all kinds of inspiration, so there isn’t one way that I always start a song, but if I already have an idea in my head, I usually go straight to the ID8 and load up a stock piano or rhodes. I like to write my chords, melody or both with a basic unflattering sound so that I know I have a good foundation start with before reassigning that MIDI to a cooler sound. 

What’s the hardest thing about making music, what do you struggle with the most?

I would say that the hardest thing about making music is the ever-growing decline of people paying for music. There used to be so much more money poured into the music industry, but now although music is more popular than ever and more of a part of our daily lives than ever, people spend less money on it than they ever have before.

The hit song button doesn’t exist in any DAW

What's the best music making tip you ever got?

Don’t spend too much time jumping around trying find some program that’s going to automatically make hit songs for you.  The hit song button doesn’t exist in any DAW.  The best thing you can do is focus on one or two programs and master them inside and out so that you can become an expert.

Do you have any special Reason production trick that you always use?

One of the biggest tricks that I use all the time is reassigning MIDI. Once have a MIDI clip that I feel works, I love reassigning it to different instruments and patches to see what other colors or textures that I can add to the part. You never know what you are gonna get when you go reassigning MIDI and the magic that comes from doing often is what makes a track special.

One of my other favorite trick would be the “body” section of the Scream distortion unit. I was told that it is supposed to be some sort of speaker cabinet emulator, but the important thing is that it makes things go boom! Just turn the body on and start playing with “type” knob.

The most basic production trick that I use all the time is just stacking sounds. Whether it's drums or synths, I stack complimentary textures and sounds to create bigger more complex sounds that catch the listener's attention. I also apply the stacking concept to the mixer. One of my favorite additions to Reason in the past few years is the “create parallel channel” shortcut. Parallel channels allow me to use parallel compression to layer more texture and more importantly punch to my sounds.

Crushing a parallel channel with the built in compressor on the mixer is one of the best tricks that I can suggest for getting great sounding drums.

What do you do when inspiration just isn't there?

When inspiration isn’t there, I like to fall back on my REX file library. I have an amazing resource of a couple hundred GB’s of REX files that I have compiled and chopped up over the past 15 years. I usually just pull up a Dr. Rex player, start thumbing through samples and I usually have song inspiration soon after. The folder is all organized by the artist sampled and so it makes it really convenient to find stuff.

What’s your all-time favorite album?

Tough to say but as an album you can’t really beat Prince’s “Purple Rain”. It's just the perfect album, no lulls and everything transitions into each other so seamlessly like a singular piece of art. It doesn’t hurt that all nine songs on it are hits as well.

The three most used devices in your Reason rack?

One would have to be the Redrum. I have at least 6 running on every single song that I make and sometimes as many as 30 of them running. I like to have one Redrum for every drum sound. It keeps things organized and it also automatically makes sure that I have a fader on the mixer for every drum sound. Unless it's a drum loop out of the Dr. Rex, I do every single drum sound in my songs using the Redrum, and even with with Dr. Rex Drum loops, I always use Redrums to stack more sounds on top of the loops. Sometimes I use a MIDI controller to write the drum parts, but I usually just program everything in the Redrum step sequencer.

The second one would be the Synchronous Effect Modulator. The design of the modulation matrix on it is just genius and so easy to use. I like all the effects on it but honestly the one that I use 99% of the time is the lopass filter. You can modulate it so easily and it really instantly gives you that filtered vibe that is so popular in today’s urban music.

The third one is a new addition to my setup but it's getting a lot of use, the Hydronexius ROM Workstation from DNA Labs.  It's a combination of a ROMpler and a Oscillator based synth. The presets for it are awesome and DNA Labs keeps designing more of them. It's definitely my first go to synth.

Honorable mention has got to go to the RV7000. It's just so versatile and I use it for both extreme, obvious effects and for adding subtle space or depth.

All the algorithms sound great but most of the time I don’t even get past the standard Hall setting. It's the only reverb that I like to use on big snares too.

I use the combinator all the time too, but I feel like including it is cheating because it can contain anything. I do use them all over the place though, as instruments or on channel strips or as a send/return effect on the mixer.

What motivates your creative ideas and creative activity?

I get motivated just hearing any music that was put together well. I definitely get a lot of motivation and inspiration listening to classic records but I also get just as much, if not more, inspiration from listening to new music. Once you’ve really studied every aspect of music creation, there is always some element in a song that can give you ideas. Everything from a lyric, a melody, a chord, a drum sound to just simply an arrangement can inspire me to start a song.

Want to collaborate with Speakerbomb? Check out his music and follow Speakerbomb on Allihoopa!

Just a few short years ago, we learned of a new up-and-coming artist who was using SONAR.  After introducing ourselves and learning more, the one thing that kept resonating were the infectious melodies and counterparts embedded into his tracks.  We were delighted to witness him working in SONAR, but at the same time very intrigued [...]

Dreadbox FX lift the lid on their new versatile drum module.

In celebration of their 20th year anniversary, RME reveals four new products at Musikmesse 2016.

Could Toraiz SP-16 be the ultimate sampler?-- In a surprise move, Pioneer DJ have launched a brand new sampler — Toraiz SP-16 — which is something of a "best of"...

Aalberg Audio introduce the KOR KO-1 Chorus / Flanger pedal to their unique range of guitar pedals.

Casio replicate the grand piano playing experience in the new GP-400 Grand Hybrid Digital Piano.

Check out the latest episode of Cakewalk Talk, where Dan Gonzalez interviews audio engineer Daniel Rowland (Adrian Belew, StudioBelew, Accept) about LANDR and his role at the company.   We’ve posted a shorter cut below as well.   Sign up for LANDR and get 4 FREE WAV FILES. Download it Today

Find out how to Get Started with Avid Cloud Collaboration for Pro Tools

Yamaha unveil two new Portatone Digital Keyboard models.

Sennheiser partner with Apogee to being the MK 4 microphone into the digital age.

Developed in collaboration with legendary producer, engineer and musician Tony Visconti, Eventide have released the Tverb Reverb Plugin.

Introducing the new DTX720K, DTX760K and DTX920K electronic drum kits from Yamaha.

The Beyerdynamic TG D71C Condenser Boundary Microphone is the perfect microphone for recording bass drums, as well as other low frequency instruments.

Check out the new Blackstar Amplification releases at Musikmesse 2016.

Yamaha have announced the launch of 4 new TransAcoustic guitars with built-in reverb and chorus effects.

Music Man have created faithful reproduction of StingRay prototype #26, designed for Sterling Ball.

Supro have entered the pedal market with a trio of boutique-level stompboxes: the SP1303 Boost, SP1304 Fuzz and SP1305 Drive.

The new Nord Drum 3 combines stunning playability with unlimited sound design possibilities from the innovative Nord Drum 2.

AKG by HARMAN debut the C7 reference condencer vocal microphone and K872 reference headphones at Musikmesse 2016.

QU-SB is an ultra-compact digital mixer and interface designed for iPad control, freeing you to mix from anywhere.

Boss has added the RC-202 Loop Station to their extensive line of live looping devices.

Yamaha introduces the all-new Arius YDP143 and YDP163 pianos to their extensive range of pianos.

Now, for a limited time only, Dolphin customers can get 15% ofClarett 8Pre and 8PreX.

You can now get 30 cashback when you buy a Blackstar ID:Core beam guitar amp. Offer valid throughout April and May 2016.

Boss has announced a few very tasty releases ahead of Musikmesse 2016, which starts tomorrow.

Yuri’s Night

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“Do you want to party under a rocket, meet a NASA astronaut, participate in a live Moon experiment or have the chance to win a real spacecraft destined for the Moon?

Celebrating 55 Years of manned spaceflight along with the worlds annual space party known as Yuri’s Night, there’s a UK event where you can experience all of the above and more the National Space Centre on 9th April from 7:00pm – 11:00 pm. See http://www.yurisnight.org.uk for more details and tickets.
Yuri’s Night is a global celebration held annually on, or close to, April 12th. Commemorating both Yuri Gagarin becoming the first human to venture into space on April 12, 1961, and the inaugural launch of the first space shuttle (STS-1) on April 12, 1981.

There have been as many as 350 Yuri’s Night events that have taken place across approximately 57 countries at one time.”

As a fan of our bakers and all the great features coming out of the Rolling Updates, I absolutely love exploring all the new things SONAR brings every month.  As a big fan of Lounge Lizard, I was really excited to learn that we would be incorporating the Ultra Analog Session 2 (UAS2) instrument into [...]

Two new DigiTech FX Pedals have been announced, and sound very cool: the Whammy Ricochet & Dirty Robot Mini Synth.

Updated iPad Compatibility Matrix Now Available

Our iPad Compatibility Matrix has now been updated. The Retina iPad mini is now fully tested and supported for docked operation with the DL1608 and DL806 using the iPad mini tray kit, which is available from any authorized Mackie dealer. The compatibility matrix has all the answers to which combination of DL mixer and iPad will work for you. Do you have an iPad and are not sure what DL Mixer to get? Maybe you have recently purchased a DL Mixer (high-five) and you don t know what iPad you need? Possibly you re looking to upgrade your current iPad, but you re afraid it won t work with your new DL Mixer? No way! Whatever your situation is, we ve got you covered with our iPad Compatibility Matrix. We know technology changes rapidly and we are here to help you keep up with it all. This chart will be updated regularly so as soon as we know something you will too.    

 

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Thanks to Melodyne’s advanced tempo detection and SONAR’s powerful ARA drag-and-drop integration, your projects can now follow a live recording’s tempo. Simply drag a standard audio clip (or Melodyne region effect) to SONAR’s timeline, and SONAR creates a tempo map that follows the clip tempo. Watch the new video for more information.

Save money on the latest Native Instruments STEMS; D2 and S5!

With South by Southwest over and the Northeast starting to thaw out, we checked in with a few of our professional artists to see what they have been up to. Norman Matthew and Murder FM Announce New Tour and Wrestlemania Just when we thought it could not get any more murderous, Norman Matthew of Murder [...]

Buy select Epiphone bass guitars in April, and get a FREE deluxe strap! Read on to find out more...

The Giorgio Moroder revival continues, full steam ahead! After last year's signature synth by Novation, comes a new release by Moog.

Every February, a group of folks who can be described as ambitious, crazy, or some combination of the two undertake a challenge that few of us have ever considered. The challenge itself, at least in description, is simple. In twenty-eight days, or twenty-nine in this case, an album must be written and recorded in its [...]

Due to the ongoing positive market response, we are pleased to announce a further extension of our Pro Tools to Cubase/Nuendo Crossgrade which will end on June 30, 2016. Pro Tools customers running an HD/HDX system version 7 or newer or a Pro Tools Native 9 version or newer are eligible for obtaining a full, unlimited version of Cubase Pro 8.5 or Nuendo 7 at a special crossgrade price. For details on this special offer, please refer to: Steinberg Crossgrades for Pro Tools owners

We are pleased to announce the availability of the 9.0.15 maintenance update for WaveLab Pro 9 and WaveLab Elements 9. This update resolves some issues related to MasterRig, WaveLab Exchange and Mac OS X compatibility.

The update is now available for download from the Steinberg website. For detailed information, please view the corresponding version history on the download page. Download WaveLab Pro 9.0.15
Download WaveLab Elements 9.0.15

An update of the Yamaha Steinberg USB driver for Windows is now available for download. Version 1.9.8 fixes the following problems.
  • Audio loss may occur depending on the USB port of the PC where Steinberg audio interface is connected to.
  • Audio may distort after some period of time depending on the user environment.
We recommend all users of Steinberg audio interfaces with Windows OS environment to proceed to the download page and install the V1.9.8 driver.

Note:
In general, not all USB ports on a PC have the same specification or performance. If you feel that your USB audio interface is not functioning well, we recommend you to try connecting to other USB ports on your PC. Especially with desktop PCs, it is often seen that an USB device functions better when connected to the rear panel port than the front panel port. Download Steinberg USB Driver V1.9.8 for Windows

Southlake, TX-March 2016...Although its building is of recent vintage, Lakeside Presbyterian Church's growth led to a major expansion project that, when completed in July 2016, will essentially increase the size of the sanctuary from 125 to 250 seats. In the meantime, about 1,400 square feet of the sanctuary is off limits behind a temporary wall in front of the regular altar/stage area. Nevertheless, regular worship continues unabated. Making that possible meant rethinking the sanctuary sound system to meet both the temporary needs of the reduced space and the longer-term needs of the expanded final space. For the Dallas/Fort Worth-area congregation, this also presented an opportunity to switch from an older analog mixing system to a state-of-the-art Mackie DL32R rack-mount digital mixer with iPad control.

 

"Switching to the DL32R gave the Lakeside team a sound system they could grow with," begins Jeff McLeod, managing director of systems integrator Church Audio Video, which

designed and installed the new system. "Actually, the DL32R addressed multiple issues. We could put the mixer in a rolling rack, and all the worship team needed was a wireless router and an iPad to control it. Since the rack is highly portable, the mixer could be used during construction. We got the church a short, portable, eight-channel snake on a reel, and they set up a temporary stage where the mixing rack sits. When construction is completed this summer, we'll install the mixer on the permanent stage, and they'll have the same mixing 

experience."

Lakeside Presbyterian has a small praise band, sans drums-mostly keyboards, guitars, piano, and vocals. They also have an electronic organ. But like the sanctuary, the praise band will grow. "The DL32R allows the system to expand as the church grows and adds more contemporary elements to their worship," observes McLeod, a worship leader with more than 25 years of experience on staff at various churches. "In addition, recording has been limited to 2-track, direct-to-CD, but with the DL32R, they are set up to do multi-track recording. It's really easy with the DL32R."

 

The DL32R's iPad control offers important advantages, McLeod explains. "The sanctuary had a little cubbyhole in a corner where the sound person ran front-of-house. That corner was probably the worst spot for mixing. Now the sound person can sit with his family and mix services. He can even move around the space to check the sound while controlling the system."

The all-volunteer worship team had no problem learning to operate the DL32R. "The Master Fader™ control software is extremely intuitive and easy to deal with," notes McLeod. "We went in on a Wednesday and set up the system. The worship team watched a video and downloaded the manual. We went back to the church on Friday, and within an hour they learned how to use the mixer. 

On Sunday, they were up and running, mixing services. Since then, we have not gotten a single call about 'this 

doesn't work' or 'we don't know how to make this happen.' And with the DL32R's scene memory, if they have an event, and one of their regular technicians isn't there, they can just recall a scene and be in great shape."

The Lakeside worship team is rolling now, and with much less stress than they probably anticipated. "They're amazed that it is so easy for them to operate," McLeod relates. "Now they can walk into the sanctuary with an iPad, control the sound system, and hear what they're doing from anywhere. How great is that?"

We’re delighted to sponsor the first Beat M Up beat battle championship for electronic music producers in the Netherlands. The contestants take part in the eight pre-selections throughout Holland; the two finalists of each event are then invited to battle it out at the finals scheduled for late this year. Established in 2009, Beat M Up is a fast-growing platform for young electronic music producers. The contestants are studio engineers, home studio producers and autodidacts from different backgrounds, with varying levels of experience. Beat M Up offers the space where they can come together to exchange ideas and network, and perform in front of a live audience. For details, check out the Beat M Up Facebook page at www.facebook.com/beatmup1 or visit our YouTube channel.

Introducing the new video series from Cakewalk, where you’ll find feature reviews, artist interviews, audio lessons, and lots and lots of musical “nerding out.” The first episode is available on YouTube now.  

Kaiser Chiefs Reinvent Rehearsals with Mackie DL32R

Leeds, UK- March 2016... The notable UK indie rock band Kaiser Chiefs have reinvented their rehearsals, thanks in no small part to their new Mackie DL32R digital mixer. The band, known for a string of UK hits including I Predict a Riot and Ruby, are currently using the compact 32-channel mixer as the heart of a new dedicated rehearsal set-up in the band's hometown of Leeds. "It's definitely helped us with writing our new record," says bassist Simon Rix.

 

The band discovered the DL32R when they decided to set-up a permanent rehearsal facility. Top of the list of requirements was the ability not just to improve the quality of the rehearsals themselves, but to record every moment. "Sometimes we would rehearse in London and sometimes in Leeds," explains Rix. "We decided that if we had a room that was always set up then it would be a lot easier, and the DL32R means we can record when we're writing."

 

As a result, Rix adds, nothing is lost. "Whitey, our guitarist, is prone to doing something brilliant on the spur of the moment," the bassist observes. "As so often happens, the first idea is brilliant but gets forgotten in the heat of the moment. Being able to solo the recording and play it back to him is great."

 

The DL32R also proves useful when singer Ricky Wilson is busy, as Rix puts it, "being a TV superstar." As one of the hosts on the British TV show The Voice, Wilson can't always make it to rehearsals. "Because we had already done some recording we were able to play along to him singing thanks to the DL32R, so he didn't need to always be there," Rix explains. "We couldn't have done that before and it helps to keep things moving along even when we can't all be together."

 

Having now had some time to work with the DL32R, Rix and his band mates are starting to experiment with some of the mixer's features, including its broad array of onboard processing and effects. "Having a compressor on every channel is great,  and Ricky likes a slap-back reverb on the vocal as well."

 

His favorite feature on the DL32R, however, is just how simple it is to use, right out of the box. "We switched the DL32R on and opened the Master Fader app, and it all just ran straight away - it never glitches, it never crashes, it just works perfectly. How easy is that?"

You could call Javier Colon timeless.  After winning the inaugural season of NBC’s The Voice, he has battled even harder than he did during the show’s “Battle Round.” Last year his perseverance and life-long dedication to creating music on his own terms brought him to yet another chapter in his career with a new recording [...]

Taking place on April 7-10 in Frankfurt, Germany, the Musikmesse is Europe's largest trade show for musical instruments, music software and audio hardware. And we’ll be there right in the thick of things. If you want to talk shop, visit us at our booth, and if you want to give our latest releases a spin, head on over to the Yamaha and Comline booths. You may also want stop by the Club Forum stage to see various Steinberg artists provide insights into their productions. We have UK dance producer Matt Nash, German punk rocker Rod González from Die Ärzte and Berlin-based producer team, Beatgees, hosting workshops with Cubase. We’ve also teamed up with the folks at Sound & Recording to bring to you a daily De/constructed workshop with German producer and keyboardist, Henning Verlage. Check schedule and details on our Musikmesse page.

Thump Series Rebate

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Thump Series Rebate

Only the Mackie Thump Powered Loudspeakers deliver the class-leading, chest-thumping low end you deserve. With 1000+ watts of power, you get the high output you need in a package that’s tough, lightweight and portable. Featuring a built-in 3-band EQ and designed by the world’s leader in portable sound, Thump delivers power, performance and proven quality.

And, now, through the end of May, you can get serious cash back on all three Thump models. This offer is valid for U.S and Canadian residents only from participating, authorized Mackie dealers.

 

Up to $100 back by mail on Thump series speakers
April 1, 2016 through May 31, 2016

 

Thump12      $30 mail-in rebate 

Thump15      $50 mail-in rebate

Thump18S    $100 mail-in rebate 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOW TO QUALIFY AND REDEEM YOUR REBATE
 

1. Purchase a qualified product from a U.S./Canada Authorized Mackie Dealer between April 1, 2016 and May 31. 2016. (NOTE: B-Stock products DO NOT qualify.)

2. Go to mackie.4myrebate.com and enter OFFER CODE: MCK-1011 USA for purchases made in the U.S. and OFFER CODE: MCK-1011 CAN for purchases made in Canada. Or search for the offer and pre-register your rebate online.

3. Enter all of the required information, then print and sign the rebate form.

4. Customers must mail in the following within 30 days of purchase:

    • A legible copy of your original dated invoice or purchase receipt (keep the original for your records).

              NOTE: If you bought a floor demo, you must send a copy of a store-printed receipt that indicates  “no box.”

    • The original box code UPC code(s)

    • Completed mail-in rebate form

    • Print and sign the rebate form and mail to PO Box 130018, El Paso, TX 88513-0018  

5. Offer valid for U.S. and Canadian residents only.

6. Qualified customers will receive an Mastercard® Prepaid Rewards Card.

 

This rebate offer is available to qualifying end-user purchasers of a qualifying product. If any terms and conditions are not met the rebate will be denied. Distributors and dealers may not participate in this offer. The purchase date on your sales receipt, packing slip or invoice must be a date within the eligibility period indicated on the individual rebate application that you must print, sign and mail to the specified address obtained after registering online at http://mackie.4myrebate.com. The address on your rebate application must match the billing address on the receipt, packing slip or invoice. Limit Unlimited (Unlimited) rebate per qualifying rebate offer, per person, billing address, company, household and receipt/invoice/packing slip during the eligibility period, except were prohibited by law. Only one (1) rebate application per envelope. Any request postmarked or received after the eligibility period will be denied. If your rebate payment is $4.00 or greater, you will receive a prepaid MasterCard® Reward Card. Prepaid card is issued by MetaBank®, Member FDIC, pursuant to a license by MasterCard International Incorporated (the “Reward Card”). MasterCard Reward Card is accepted at millions of locations worldwide. The Card will expire (4) four months after issuance, as noted by the “Valid Thru” date identified on the front of the Card. Funds expire at 12:00AM (GMT time) on the card expiration date.  Once expired, this card is void and will not be replaced. Subject to applicable law, and except as otherwise provided in the Cardholder Agreement, this Card is not redeemable for cash. This Card cannot be used at ATMs. Read Cardholder Agreement for complete terms and conditions, including a binding individual arbitration clause. The Card is issued for loyalty, award, or promotional purposes and is not a gift card; nor is it intended for gifting purposes. If your rebate is less than $4.00, you will be paid by check. In the event your rebate check is not cashed within ninety (90) days, the rebate offer expires and is void. Timely cashing of the rebate check is a necessary condition to obtain a rebate under this offer. Checks are void if not cashed within ninety (90) days of issuance and cannot be reissued. Neither the sponsor of the rebate (“Rebate Sponsor”) nor the entity providing the rebate reward (the “Reward Vendor”) is responsible for late, lost, misdirected or postage-due mail. Incomplete or illegible applications will be denied. Photocopies of UPCs are not accepted unless indicated on the rebate form. Offer only valid in the US (including Puerto Rico). Rebate Payable in US Dollars for US Residents. Offer subject to change at any time. Void where prohibited by law. Use of fictitious names, multiple addresses and PO Boxes to obtain additional rebates may constitute fraud, violate federal or state laws and may result in prosecution, imprisonment and/or fines, including under the U.S. Mail Fraud Statutes (18 USC, Section 1341 and 1342). Rebate application status updates, approval, denial, and other notices may be sent via e-mail. You may check the status of your rebate by visiting the link provided in your e-mail or visiting http://mackie.4myrebate.com. Please allow 3 weeks after mailing to make any inquiries regarding your rebate. Fulfillment of this rebate is subject to final approval by Loud Technologies. Reward Vendor is not liable for non-fulfillment of offers by Loud Technologies. MasterCard is a registered trademark of MasterCard International Incorporated.

While there have been hundreds of fixes and enhancements added to SONAR since X3, we’ve compiled this list of the ones we think X-Series users will be particularly fond of. Recording Fixed clip & metronome placement during loop record Fixed complex looping scenarios Fixed MIDI issues during audio loop recording Mute Previous Takes no longer [...]

If you're planning to use your free time this Easter to shop for new gear and make some music, here's all you need to know!

SEATTLE, WA, USA – MARCH 2016 – “I refer to myself as an orchestral producer,” observes violinist Andrew Joslyn. Nomenclature aside, the instrumentalist, composer, arranger, and performer is as musically versatile as he is busy. Between tours with hip hop artists Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and folk legend Judy Collins, Joslyn performs and records with the Seattle Rock Orchestra, Mark Lanegan, Duff McKagan, as well as with his own Passenger String Quartet.

Though it’s hard to imagine he has time for anything else, Joslyn also maintains a full schedule of recording dates, both solo and with multiple players. “I assemble a group of players — string players, woodwinds, brass — get them in the studio working with artists, create the arrangements, write all the charts and do the conducting,” he explains.

Not surprisingly, Joslyn applies a particularly critical ear to the sound of the strings, particularly in live performances. “A lot of front of house guys don’t really have that much experience mixing strings, particularly in the context of a band, or in a typical rock oriented venue and PA system,” he offers. That’s where his Mackie DL1608 mixer and Master Fader control app is invaluable.

 

“The DL1608 is an indispensable part of my touring rig. It enables me to take control of our live sound. I can run all the strings into the board, apply a bit of compression and EQ, create a mix, and get it sounding as close to the real thing as possible. I can essentially give the FOH engineer a left and right feed, and all they have to do is turn us up.”

Monitoring is another challenge when playing live, says Joslyn, and another place the DL1608 shines. “I’m always playing that balancing act between getting the best tone, and also being able to hear ourselves. With the DL1608, I can run in-ear monitoring setups via the aux sends, and make sure everyone can hear themselves, we can hear each other, and everyone’s getting exactly the tone and control they need.”

Playing live or in the studio, Andrew Joslyn points to his DL1608 mixer as an essential part of his musical arsenal. “You can just bring it in, set it up, and you’re ready to play, and get great sound. It’s simple, and it’s awesome.”

 

We are pleased to announce the availability of the 9.0.10 maintenance update for WaveLab Pro 9 and WaveLab Elements 9. This update resolves several issues from the initial release versions.

The update is now available for download from the Steinberg website. For detailed information, please view the corresponding version history on the download page. Download WaveLab Pro 9.0.10 Download WaveLab Elements 9.0.10

Novation is giving you the chance to win one of the two last MoroderNova synths available!

Save money on he latest Komplete Kontrol, Komplete 10 and Maschine product bundles!

Nothing can elevate a beat to sound like a catchy real song faster than a good vocal. But on the other hand, nothing can sabotage an otherwise great beat to sound like an amateur mess than a bad vocal. And sometimes, all that stands between one thing and the other is mix technique.

In this video, Ryan shows us how he added vocals to his own song and went about making them sound every bit as polished and perfected as the instruments that make up the beat. You'll see how to make your vocals pop out of the mix, get natural tuning, and find that balanced with effects that are audible without being overpowering.

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Find vocals on Allihoopa to use in your own song here!

We first announced the upcoming version 9 of WaveLab in February. Well, today’s the day! Now available, one of our finest software applications presents itself in a new look, hosts a sheer endless number of quality tools for mastering and editing and comes in two versions: Pro and Elements.

Both WaveLab Pro 9 and WaveLab Elements 9 full retail versions are available from authorized Steinberg resellers and through the Steinberg Online Shop. Updates and upgrades are available as download through the Steinberg Online Shop.

Customers who have activated WaveLab versions 7, 8 and 8.5 or WaveLab Elements versions 7 and 8 since February 2, 2016, are eligible for a free, downloadable Grace Period update to the latest version.

Key features of WaveLab Pro 9:
  • World’s leading audio editing and mastering solution with up to 384 kHz sample rate support
  • Revolutionary new user interface with innovative windows docking system
  • New master section with 12 effect slots plus extended monitoring and processing functions
  • Fully M/S compatible: comprehensive M/S audio editing, processing and monitoring
  • MasterRig high-end mastering plug-in suite including 6 modules, 8 instances and full M/S support
  • Advanced EBU R128-compliant loudness metering, including a loudness graph, loudness meta normalizing and true peak support
  • High-quality SoX-based Resampler, Multiband Expander and Multiband Envelope Shaper
  • WaveLab Project Manager and customizable naming scheme
  • Direct exchange of audio files with Cubase and Nuendo

Key features of WaveLab Elements 9:
  • Audio editing and mastering software, tailored to hobby musicians, podcasters, journalists and home studio owners
  • Revolutionary new user interface and innovative windows docking system
  • New master section with 5 effect slots
  • MasterRig mastering plug-in including 5 plug-in modules: EQ, Compressor, Limiter, Saturator and Imager
  • High-quality SoX-based Resampler, plug-in management and organization for simplified overview of all plug-ins used within the project
  • Enhanced editing workflow with volume clip handles and auto-replay option
  • CD burning engine and metadata support for multiple formats
  • Direct exchange of audio files with Cubase and Nuendo

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UPDATE: Results are in! Here’s the answer key: It was a very tight race, but the clear winner was Track 3 (so there is definitely still plenty of room in this world for professional mastering houses). In 2nd place was Track 5, which was followed extremely narrowly by the LANDR masters, where Track 4 beat Track 2 [...]

The new Electro-Harmonix MEL9 Tape Replay Machine fx pedal faithfully replicates the sounds of this classic instrument.

“Is it World Music?”  “Is it Spanish Music?” “Is this Jazz?” “Is this in the Acoustic Genre?”  Fortunately for guitar virtuoso and now-Pro D.I.Y’er Eric Hansen, the simple answer to these questions he faces regularly about his music is, “YES.”  Eric is another longtime SONAR user who depends on SONAR daily for his livelihood.  He [...]

Novation's new campaign aims to inspire musicians to do what matters, in the end - to actually finish their tracks!

On a new video, Tom Holkenborg gives us a glimpse of his studio and the gear used on the Deadpool soundtrack.

by Craig Parmerlee – SONAR user since SONAR 7 SONAR and other DAWs are used heavily to produce high-quality recordings, while other people use SONAR as part of a compositional process.  I find that most of my SONAR usage is a little different, processing live recordings tracked in a concert or club setting.  This usage [...]

Seattle, WA-March 2016... A native of Spokane, now living in Seattle, Whitney Mongé plays a wide variety of gigs, ranging from local clubs to national tours, radio shows, and TV. 

A versatile singer, guitarist, and songwriter, Mongé also plays her "Seattle alternative soul music" at a range of smaller venues. And having started her journey busking at Seattle's famed Pike Place Market, she still makes a point of performing on the street. The smaller gigs and street performances are a lot easier now, thanks to her Mackie® FreePlay™ personal PA system.

Freeplay is an ultra-portable, battery-powered stereo PA that delivers high-quality sound and offers Bluetooth® music streaming from any device, as well as connections for mics, guitars, and more. "It's a really cool rig," Mongé enthuses. "It's great for playing restaurants and coffee houses where they don't have a PA. Sometimes hotels ask me to play in their lobby, and FreePlay is perfect for that. I've even used FreePlay for corporate gigs, including an event in a fairly large atrium, and it carried the sound really well. In fact, it sounds really great in every setting I've tried-and the effects are awesome!"

In her popular street performances, Mongé uses FreePlay to reinforce her vocals and acoustic guitar, taking advantage of its built-in four-channel mixer. She also streams MP3 break music via Bluetooth.

"I use the Mackie Connect™ app on my phone for sound check, and it's pretty awesome," she 

relates. "I played an outdoor gig at a plant nursery a few months ago-I know it sounds unusual but the people really enjoyed hearing my music while they checked out the fall plants-and FreePlay is great for that sort of gig."

Of course, Mongé also plays larger gigs with a full band, and she has released several albums and EPs. But her solo gigs remain close to her heart, especially busking. In fact, she is featured in the award-winning, 2014 Brian Nunes film Find Your Way: a Busker's Documentary. And while she can't use amplification for every gig ("Amplifiers are not allowed at Pike Place Market," she notes), she uses FreePlay at every opportunity. "I really dig FreePlay," she declares. "It's the coolest small PA system I've used!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

by Panu Pentikäinen (panup at Cakewalk forums) Alex ja Armottomat (Alex) visited my recording studio in February. We had five days total to do a fully mastered CD, make promo photos of the band, and record live video footage in the studio for later editing. I’ll describe here how one of the six songs was [...]

I love it when something comes across my desk that MAKES me want to dig deeper—find out more.  Recently I have been spending more time reading our Cakewalk forum and I am amazed at how passionate and talented our user base is.  I find myself going through posts, clicking links, poking around and being genuinely [...]

ProFXv2 Rebate

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Mackie blogs

on 2016-3-02 8:04pm GMT
Mackie ProFXv2 mixers provide a comprehensive live sound solution with a wide range of models, each delivering unmatched performance. Get the sound upgrade you need with all-new Vita™ preamps and ReadyFX™ effects engine, plus tools like GEQ and USB recording/playback great for live recording, podcasts and more. And with deals like these, now is the time to step up to the performance and reliability of ProFXv2.
 

Up to $50 back by mail on popular ProFXv2 series mixers
March 15, 2016 through May 31, 2016 

 

  • ProFX4v2            $10 mail-in rebate
  • ProFX8v2            $30 mail-in rebate
  • ProFX12v2          $30 mail-in rebate
  • ProFX16v2          $50 mail-in rebate
  • ProFX30V2         $50 mail-in rebate

      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOW TO QUALIFY AND REDEEM YOUR REBATE
 

1. Purchase a qualified product from a U.S./Canada Authorized Mackie Dealer between March 15, 2016 and May 31. 2016. (NOTE: B-Stock products DO NOT qualify.)

2. Go to mackie.4myrebate.com and enter OFFER CODE: MCK-1014 USA for purchases made in the U.S. and OFFER CODE: MCK-1014 CAN for purchases made in Canada. Or search for the offer and pre-register your rebate online.

3. Enter all of the required information, then print and sign the rebate form.

4. Customers must mail in the following within 30 days of purchase:

    • A legible copy of your original dated invoice or purchase receipt (keep the original for your records).

              NOTE: If you bought a floor demo, you must send a copy of a store-printed receipt that indicates  “no box.”

    • The original box code UPC code(s)

    • Completed mail-in rebate form

    • Print and sign the rebate form and mail to PO Box 130018, El Paso, TX 88513-0018  

5. Offer valid for U.S. and Canadian residents only.

6. Qualified customers will receive an Mastercard® Prepaid Rewards Card.

 

This rebate offer is available to qualifying end-user purchasers of a qualifying product. If any terms and conditions are not met the rebate will be denied. Distributors and dealers may not participate in this offer. The purchase date on your sales receipt, packing slip or invoice must be a date within the eligibility period indicated on the individual rebate application that you must print, sign and mail to the specified address obtained after registering online at http://mackie.4myrebate.com. The address on your rebate application must match the billing address on the receipt, packing slip or invoice. Limit Unlimited (Unlimited) rebate per qualifying rebate offer, per person, billing address, company, household and receipt/invoice/packing slip during the eligibility period, except were prohibited by law. Only one (1) rebate application per envelope. Any request postmarked or received after the eligibility period will be denied. If your rebate payment is $4.00 or greater, you will receive a prepaid MasterCard® Reward Card. Prepaid card is issued by MetaBank®, Member FDIC, pursuant to a license by MasterCard International Incorporated (the “Reward Card”). MasterCard Reward Card is accepted at millions of locations worldwide. The Card will expire (4) four months after issuance, as noted by the “Valid Thru” date identified on the front of the Card. Funds expire at 12:00AM (GMT time) on the card expiration date.  Once expired, this card is void and will not be replaced. Subject to applicable law, and except as otherwise provided in the Cardholder Agreement, this Card is not redeemable for cash. This Card cannot be used at ATMs. Read Cardholder Agreement for complete terms and conditions, including a binding individual arbitration clause. The Card is issued for loyalty, award, or promotional purposes and is not a gift card; nor is it intended for gifting purposes. If your rebate is less than $4.00, you will be paid by check. In the event your rebate check is not cashed within ninety (90) days, the rebate offer expires and is void. Timely cashing of the rebate check is a necessary condition to obtain a rebate under this offer. Checks are void if not cashed within ninety (90) days of issuance and cannot be reissued. Neither the sponsor of the rebate (“Rebate Sponsor”) nor the entity providing the rebate reward (the “Reward Vendor”) is responsible for late, lost, misdirected or postage-due mail. Incomplete or illegible applications will be denied. Photocopies of UPCs are not accepted unless indicated on the rebate form. Offer only valid in the US (including Puerto Rico). Rebate Payable in US Dollars for US Residents. Offer subject to change at any time. Void where prohibited by law. Use of fictitious names, multiple addresses and PO Boxes to obtain additional rebates may constitute fraud, violate federal or state laws and may result in prosecution, imprisonment and/or fines, including under the U.S. Mail Fraud Statutes (18 USC, Section 1341 and 1342). Rebate application status updates, approval, denial, and other notices may be sent via e-mail. You may check the status of your rebate by visiting the link provided in your e-mail or visiting http://mackie.4myrebate.com. Please allow 3 weeks after mailing to make any inquiries regarding your rebate. Fulfillment of this rebate is subject to final approval by Loud Technologies. Reward Vendor is not liable for non-fulfillment of offers by Loud Technologies. MasterCard is a registered trademark of MasterCard International Incorporated.

Exciting announcement from Roland with a new addition to the V-Drums, V-Compact Series; the Roland TD-11KVSE!

New Rigs launched today

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Propellerhead

on 2016-2-26 3:20pm GMT

So glad to finally have the new version of the Rigs out the door!

Ever since we first launched the first series of Rigs a year ago we planned to keep these new and fresh, by adding new products every year. We wanted to help customers to find a good selection of Rack Extensions and Refills that would complement each other. We wanted to target them to different users - an acoustic, a synthetic and a "Outboard Rig to rule them all”. The Rigs have been hugely popular and a great success for participating companies. So, it’s with great joy that we now launch the second generation of these Rigs. 50% more products have been added to each Rig. The products in Rig 2 are some of the most well loved REs out there.

The Rigs also gave us an opportunity to crete Refills on a different level than we’ve been able to in the past. For the first time, we could create ReFills that uses more than one RE as we know precisely which REs and ReFills the user own. This creates opportunities for some really nice Combinators. Employing the best sound designers and mix engineers we could find to create tremendous presets - J Chris Griffin and Kevin Schröder have really done an amazing job. This is a great opportunity to glimpse over the shoulder of these professionals.

Outboard might not have been the best name as it wasn’t self-explanatory what it actually contained. So, we renamed it to Mix & Mastering Rig. The focus of the Mix & Mastering Rig as much on the tutorials on how to mix and master a song as on the included Rack Extensions and presets. The included video course combined with the presets makes it possible to drastically improve the sound of your songs.

And speaking of video tutorials, one aspects of the Rigs that we felt didn’t get enough attention were the video tutorials that AskVideo prepared for the each Rig. Each participating product gets one video on how the RE is actually working and one video of how it’s used in a song. The course is laid out so you gradually build up a song, so by the end of the course you’ll hear a finished song. In total, AskVideo produced 137 videos, that’s more than 8 hours of tutorials for the three Rigs!

For more information, check out the video below or go here!

/Mats Karlöf

 

The art of “making music” in this digital age… When you really think about it, how incredible is it that as music-creators we can take something from our minds, and sculpt it into something tangible?  No matter how novice or professional you are, no matter what others think or say about the music YOU create, [...]

Be you. Be heard.

Mackie is excited to announce additional dates for the Be You. Be Heard. Performance Competition at Mackie dealers. This is your chance to can get on stage, plug into a FreePlay and perform like you never have before for a chance to win your very own FreePlay Personal PA System! All contest participants will receive a Mackie T-Shirt!

Singer/songwriter with something to prove? 

Dynamic duo with tight harmonies?

Kazoo wizard hell bent on revenge? 

Show a panel of judges what you’ve got. 


DATES

3/31     Stone Mountain, GA    6-8PM   -   Ken Stanton Music
4/28     Alpharetta, GA             6-8PM   -   Ken Stanton Music



EVENT SIGNUP 

Win a FreePlay personal PA!

Sign up for a one-time, locals-only performance competition.
Spaces are limited, sign up today.
No purchase necessary. Winner will be selected by a panel of unbiased judges. Decision is at the sole discretion of the judges. The Mackie FreePlay will be used as input source. Performers are limited to two inputs (either XLR or 1/4") plus stereo music streaming via Bluetooth®

We’ve teamed up with Allihoopa, Rack Extension maker D16 Group and sample library producers CAPSUN ProAudio who have dropped 10 inspiring loops to Allihoopa for you to work with! Each loop has been treated with D16’s Decimort 2 HIFI Bit-crusher and the Devastor 2 Multiband Distortion Rack Extensions so you’ll hear the cool things you can do with them!

How to enter the remix challenge:

Check out CAPSUN ProAudio's loops on Allihoopa and find one (or more!) that sparks your inspiration. Open it in Reason or Take and make some music with it! When you’re done, drop it back to Allihoopa so we can hear what you came up with!

We will listen to the remixes and pick one winner who will get the Decimort 2 and Devastor 2 Rack Extensions by D16 Group. The winner will be announced next Friday (March 4). Good luck and have fun!

CHECK OUT THE LOOPS HERE!

 

Jay Pulman aka CAPSUN from CAPSUN ProAudio shares his thoughts on creating these loops:

As a fan of D16 Group's products and a long time Reason user I'm really excited to see Decimort 2 and Devastor 2 arrive as Rack Extensions. Coming from a hip-hop production background, a lot of my creative process is spent looking to add analogue style warmth and lo-fi re-sampling to my sounds. I collect old samplers, drum machines and toy synths but Decimort 2 is almost indistinguishable from the real thing when used at the right time in your signal chain and a whole lot quicker to set up! Instruments such as Rhodes keys, FM bells and acoustic instruments love the downgrading and aliasing that these classic sampler emulations can add and instantly give a nostalgic shimmer to digital sounds. Devastor 2 is a whole different beast that's perfect for distorting, enhancing and fattening up drums and bass lines or used more subtly to change the tone and timbre of a sound. My best tip is to try applying either Rack Extension to drum hits and slowly turn up the preamp gain to add weight and saturation - instant fatness.

Try out Decimort 2 and Devastor 2 for free in the Propellerhead shop!

Just in the process of fixing a guitar that was cutting out and narrowed it down to the Volume Pot.

Tried some abrasive wiggling to see if I could fix it this way – hopefully dislodge dust,

Nothing doing – started thinking maybe wd40 – none available plus it is a tad greasy.

What about the spray I have for my Vinyl records? That removes dust.

Couple of sprays later and a few wiggles – voila.

Fixed.

Note: This worked for me – I tae no responsibility for you – a guitar is one thing, an amplifier is another – spraying a conductible liquid into anything electrical is an incredibly stupid idea.

The latest TRAKTOR software update (Version 2.10.1) brings STEMS views to al Traktor users, and offers improvements. Check out the details.

Welcome Allihoopa!

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Propellerhead

on 2016-2-22 9:58am GMT

Today’s the day. It's February 22nd 2016 and our baby is finally ready to stand on its own two feet. Welcome Allihoopa, Music in the Making. For a year now we’ve been working on our vision of what this planet's music making should and will look like, in the future.

At Propellerhead, we’ve always been driven by one dream and one dream only, helping people make more and better music. Tearing down what barriers we can to let people express themselves. And that work continues. At the same time, we realized a couple of years ago that one piece of the music making puzzle was sorely missing.

Technology has meant the world to musicians. There’s really nothing stopping anyone with a little talent and a lot of persistence to make it in music. Even all the way to the top, if that is what the dream is all about.

Still, in the technological revolution, a few core values have been lost, or at least are sorely missing. Music making is inherently social. Start singing a tune in a room full of people and you’ll see what I mean. And musicians are very different, more different than the tools available today. Some people are obsessed with that one instrument, some only want to write the perfect melody on whatever they can get their hands on. Some have the stage as their final goal while others are happy only to experiment with sounds, late at night in the bedroom. And since the advent of computer based music tools, technology has changed too. Today a majority of young people see a future where everything is done on mobile devices.

In that world, Allihoopa will be the world’s musical hub. We don’t aspire to be a music distribution network, there are plenty of those already. No, Allihoopa is the place where music is made. It’s where you can get a peek into other musicians' creative process, hear their ideas before they’re fully formed, learn from others, get inspired and find people to collaborate with. Be a part of the network for the world’s most exciting and rewarding way of expressing yourself. As we say, Music in the Making.

And today it is born.

If you’re already making music on Propellerhead Discover, all your music is now moving to allihoopa.com. And for Reason users – you can expect more Reason focus here at propellerheads.se in the future.

Mackie is excited to announce more dates for the BE YOU. BE HEARD. BE HERE. Open Mic Night with Mackie FreePlay events taking place at Guitar Center stores across the country. Join us for good times and good music! Sign up to show the local community your love of music and fun.

Anyone can register to play their hearts out at this event and enjoy getting together with fellow local artists.

Free to attend and space is limited. Performances will be first come first served. Sign up today!

The Mackie FreePlay will be used as input source. Performers are limited to two inputs (either XLR or 1/4") plus stereo music streaming via Bluetooth® 

 

Dates

Click on desired date to register
4/5     Pasadena, CA        6-8PM
4/7     South Austin, TX    6-8PM
4/12   Highland Park, IL    6-8PM
4/14   Rockville, MD         6-8PM
4/19   Atlanta, GA             6-8PM
4/21   New Orleans, LA    6-8PM      
4/26   Nashville, TN          6-8PM 

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