Like a lot of people, artist and musician Ilan Laks came to Los Angeles with a dream. The owner of Audio Cinema, an art space in Portland, OR, Laks moved to Los Angeles with a goal of establishing a similar space to cater to the thriving Southern California art scene. Honing his focus to a few square blocks along the artistically fertile Pico-Robertson corridor, Laks found the space he’d been dreaming of — a former 1920s cinema house that offers a cozy and welcoming vibe with the versatility to cover a wide range of uses.
“We offer music and movement workshops, art classes for kids and adults, songwriting classes, we hold performance events, parties, and a number of other functions,” Laks explains. The storefront that is home to Robertson Art Space (RAS) has long ago been converted from a cinema to a more multi-purpose use, but the stage itself retains its original character. “The stage just sounds amazing,” Laks enthuses.
Among the regular events at RAS is a monthly showcase called Live at RAS, where local singers, songwriters, and other performers can come in and present a short set in front of a live audience. And thanks to their new Mackie DL32R digital mixer, every performer gets to leave with a full multitrack recording of their set.
“We were originally looking at the DL32R at the NAMM show and thinking it was an ideal fit for RAS,” recalls Matthew Shterenberg, RAS Technical Director and Songwriting teacher. “And the more we looked into it, the more certain we were.”
“We were originally drawn to the DL32R because of the iPad control,” says Laks. “This is not a very large space, and there’s really nowhere to feasibly fit a full size Front of House console. So the concept of having the rack on stage and being able to mix on an iPad from anywhere in the house was very appealing.”
“At NAMM, the Mackie guys were showing us through the DL32R’s feature set, and the more we saw, the more perfect it was for us,” Shterenberg continues. “Usually there are two of us, myself and another engineer, and the idea that one of us could be mixing the mains from somewhere in the house and the other up on stage doing monitors would really make a difference.”
But it was the DL32R’s plug-and-play recording functionality that has become the icing on the proverbial cake. “I can just plug in a drive and get a multitrack recording, or I can plug the DL32R directly into my laptop and capture and edit the show in Logic,” says Shterenberg. “It really streamlines the whole process. We can literally give people a recording before they leave.”
Laks agrees. “For our performers, it’s great for them to know that anytime they play here at RAS, they can come away with a great sounding recording. For an artist, that’s just ideal, and for us, it’s such a wonderful thing to be able to offer our performers and our students.”
Donovan Knight, better known as D.K. the Punisher, is a producer/songwriter/DJ from Baltimore, MD. D.K.’s journey with music began in 2000 at age 8 when he began rapping, and continued 4 years later when he began making beats for himself and other rappers. D.K. has produced records for Dom Kennedy, Mac Miller and many others.
In 2013 D.K. produced Justin Bieber's single All That Matters, along with Andre Harris.
D.K. dropped a few beats to Propellerhead for you to build on, and we also got a chance to ask him how Reason helps in his music making.
When you load up a brand new Reason song, what’s the very first thing you do?
First I do is start browsing through sounds. I have a dope template set up already, so all I have to do is search until something catches my ear.
In what way is Reason helping you in your music making?
Just by completely facilitating my creative process. Reason is sort of responsible for the way I approach music making, even in other DAWs. I like to tweak and create my own sounds a lot to give an advantage over my peers.
The three most used devices in your Reason rack?
NN-XT, Subtractor, Combinator
What’s your all-time favorite album?
Stevie Wonder - Songs in the Key of Life
What advice would you give to other people who are motivated to become more creative in their music making?
Explore as many types of music and experiences as possible. Inspiration is everything, and having many points of reference when it comes to creating is just as crucial.
The Sing to this-feed has been updated with new backing tracks from the Propellerhead community, just waiting for the perfect vocal hook. Add your voice with Take or Reason and join the music making!
Want a chance to have your song featured in the Sing to this-feed? Simply add (Sing to this) to your song title!
There are plenty of talented singers and rappers making music on Propellerhead. We've compiled some of our favorite vocalists in this feed, from breezy bossa vocals to high-energy rap. Check it out!
Last week, we asked you to create some space in your music with reverb. After listening to all the creative entries, we've picked our favorites. Check out our selection of lush, reverberated pieces!
With the release of Reason 8.3 and the new RV7000 MkII, we've been obsessed with reverberation at PropellerHQ. Join the convolution revolution and show off your biggest spaces! Create a reverb-heavy piece or sound, name it #reverb and drop it to Propellerhead. We'll feature our favorites next week!
Hear how the convolution reverb in RV7000 MkII sounds in this feed of sound examples. Or use one of the sound examples as the starting point of your next masterpiece!
Want to learn more about the new RV7000 MkII? Check out this video!
Last week we wanted to hear your solo, and wow did you deliver! Guitar, saxophone, analog synth, singing and even a shamisen; here are our favorite solos.
Founded in 2002, Hip Hop International is one of the world’s pre-eminent organizations dedicated to promoting the culture of street art, including hip hop and breakdance. The force behind numerous live and televised dance competitions, HHI is represented by regional licensees in more than 50 countries on six continents, each sponsoring their own regional events.
Leading up to this year’s International Hip Hop Competition in San Diego, California, Hip Hop Israel recently sponsored the country’s preliminary competitions, taking over the largest sporting venue in the coastal city of Ashkelon. The event welcomed groups from all over Israel, with more than 2,000 participants vying for the grand prize and a chance to participate in the San Diego finals.
Sound for the event was provided by Tel Aviv-based Halilit, bringing in full PA and video systems to pump up the crowd. Despite hundreds of performers and dozens of sets, FOH mix was handled by a single Mackie DL32R rack-mounted digital mixer with iPad® control.
“The DL32R made setup really easy for this event,” remarked Ilan Murad, Halilt Professional Division Manager. “Everything connects right to the rack at the side of the stage – no need to run a multichannel snake into the audience. And our FOH mixer was able to wander all over the hall, to get the best sound across the entire audience.”
With so many competitors and so many different sets, the DL32R‘s snapshot memory also came in handy. “We were able to adjust levels for each act’s tracks with a single touch,” says Morad. “It made changeovers really fast.”
The ability to record each set was an added plus, says Murad. “We were able to create videos of the event, and each set also has a great sounding mix. And every participant in the event received a special registration code for the new Halilt website for special promotions, including Mackie gear.”
Murad reports that the event was a runaway success, and the DL32R was part of the winning team. “With so many performers and so little time, the DL32R really helped to make our work that much easier.”
With Master Fader v3.2, the DL32R now allows a full 32-channels of both recording and playback via USB hard drive giving users the ability to wirelessly control 32-channel recordings and virtual sound checks from anywhere in the venue. With a choice of 32×32 direct-to-drive recording, the ability to connect to Mac/PC and even networked recording via Dante Virtual Soundcard (DL Dante Expansion Card sold separately), DL32R delivers unmatched 32×32 recording flexibility.
Also added is a new mic pre view, allowing access to all input gain controls, phantom power and metering for all 32 mic pres in a single view. In addition to streamlining initial setup, mic pre view makes the DL32R an even more powerful digital snake when paired with the DL Dante Expansion Card.
Master Fader and My Fader v3.2 also deliver VCA enhancements to DL32R, DL1608 and DL806 users. Now, when a channel is assigned to a VCA, a semi-transparent fader cap is also shown so users can see level changes caused by VCAs on the input channel itself. Additionally, if a VCA is muted or soloed, assigned channels will now show that they are being remotely muted or soloed.
With numerous under-the-hood performance improvements and bug fixes, Mackie continues its commitment to making Master Fader the best control app on the market.
For more information on the DL32R visit http://dl32r.mackie.com/.
For more information on DL1608/DL806 visit www.mackie.com/products/dlseries/
Today we’re releasing the third update to Reason since version 8 came out. That’s three releases in just over six months! As a product manager it’s really exciting to see your product come to life and reach users quickly. But I’m even more excited as a music maker—there’s some really exciting stuff in this update.
What? Tell me Leo! What’s in Reason now? Tell me now!
Just like the updates before it, this is free for those who have Reason 8. Just fire up Reason 8.2 and hit the “Download” button to get the upgrade. If you haven’t got Reason 8 yet, there’s no better time than now.
Also don’t forget to grab the free RV7000 MkII ReFill, you’ll find it here.
It's been a blast to work on this release. Before I sign off I just want to say a big thank you to everybody who's been involved in making it happen: developers, designers, sound makers, testers. You know who you are. Now I'm off for vacation, then work begins on Reason 8.4.
Leo Nathorst-Böös, @leo
Apps Product Manager
If you want to get up to speed on the new convolution reverb that's part of Reason 8.3's revamped RV7000 MkII reverb unit, then you've come to the right place. In this tutorial we'll take a look at the history of reverb to understand how convolution fits into the story, how it works, and how you can go about making your own presets with custom spaces.
Lot’s of goodies cut down prices and a voucher?
You know that old truth: nobody wants to hear your solo. But this week is different. This week is SOLO WEEK. Yes, we do want to hear your solo! Guitar, saxophone, bagpipe or Moog doesn’t matter. Well, maybe not bagpipe. Show us what you’ve got! #solo
Here’s a feed with some perfect music beds to make your solo wizardry stand out.
Have your heard this?
Pump up the volume and get ready to dance with a selection of last week’s floor fillers.
Now shipping worldwide, the Mackie FreePlay Personal PA is an exciting portable, battery-powerable PA that delivers powerful, full-range sound anytime, anywhere. Featuring Bluetooth music streaming, a full-featured 4-channel digital mixer and a powerful control app for iOS and Android™ devices, 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.”
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.”
One of FreePlay’s most innovative features is complete wireless control using the FreePlay Connect™ app for iOS and Android devices, available now on the App Store and on Google Play. 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.
“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 is now shipping worldwide. Please inquire with your dealer for specific store availability. FreePlay has a U.S. MSRP of $499.99. Available accessories include the FreePlay kickstand/pole mount accessory ($24.99 U.S. MSRP), FreePlay rechargeable lithium-ion battery ($69.99 U.S. MSRP) and FreePlay carry bag ($69.99 U.S. MSRP).
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This week is all about speed! It’s time to push the tempo up and make some ridiculously fast and energetic tracks. How fast can you go? Drop your creations with #highspeed in the description and we’ll feature our fastest favorites next week!
Looking for some uptempo inspiration? Perhaps a starting point for your own high speed piece?
Last week, we asked for your best EDM creations and that was apparently a popular request. Here’s a selection of some great tracks from the community. Find your own favorite and remix!https://www.propellerheads.se/discover/EDM-drums-added-by-you?embed&displayheader&feed_list_limit=5
This year at InfoComm 2015, Mackie is joining Audinate for Dante AV Networking World on June 16. This is a incredible chance to learn the ins and outs of Dante and how to integrate DL32R+Dante it into any system, directly from the manufacturer.
Applications truly open up with the optional DL Dante Expansion Card, which 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 inter-operation with hundreds of Dante-enabled products. Flexible I/O 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.
The DL32R with Dante offers smart solutions for install and production. It’s an ultra-compact 32×14 digital snake, with tons of I/O plus all the benefits of a full-featured digital mixer. DL32R is also an extremely affordable personal monitoring solution, with support for up to 16 mixes via iPhone™ and the intuitive My Fader™ personal mixing app. With no expensive hardware controllers or cabling to deploy, this solution saves setup time, critical for Houses-of-Worship with multiple programs on any given day. And, it’s an extremely elegant self-contained recording rig, with 32×32 direct-to-disk recording that is controlled wirelessly from anywhere. You also get redundancy, with separate multi-track recording to Mac/PC via Dante Virtual Soundcard.
For more information on Dante AV Networking World visit: http://bit.ly/1MWPUHo
For more information on InfoComm 2015 visit: http://www.infocommshow.org/
Here’s a great loop from Figure user bazooie, but it’s missing drums! Or is it missing something else? Your voice? Guitar? Swiss alphorn? Show us what you can do with it!
Sound of the Community
Here’s a fresh feed of our favorite floor-filling tracks from last week. Take a listen and find something to develop even further–or just move your feet!https://www.propellerheads.se/discover/sound-of-the-community?embed&displayheader&feed_list_limit=5
Looking for some dance friendly drums for your next piece? The new Dance floor drums feed on Discover is your go-to source for all styles of beats.https://www.propellerheads.se/discover/dance-floor-drums?embed&displayheader&feed_list_limit=5
Highlights in Reason 8.3:
Explore creative reverb sounds with RV7000 mkII! The new version of Reason’s cornerstone reverb effect turns RV7000 into a fully featured convolution reverb. Load any of the supplied impulse responses or create your own otherworldly reverb effects by sampling or loading your own impulse responses.
Browse where you are!
Call up Reason’s browser from where you work! The new browser introduced in Reason 8 offers a vastly improved workflow, but was previously only accessible from the main window. After feedback from users who use Reason with the rack in a detached window, you can now access the browser from there as well.
Zoom to Selection
Move quickly from birds-eye view to close-up. Hit the Z key to zoom to your selection and hit Z again to zoom back out. This is a real time-saver when editing and arranging!
MIDI in the Rack
Some Reason users spend most of their creative work in the rack view. Now you can select what device receives your master MIDI controller input directly from the rack, without having to go to the sequencer.
Help us test!
Want to try out these new features today, and help us test Reason 8.3 before it’s released? Download Reason 8.3 beta here!
Mackie is excited to announce that FreePlay Connect™, the powerful, full-featured control app for the FreePlay™ personal PA, is now available for free download on the App Store and Google Play™. Anyone who has pre-ordered or is interested in purchasing a FreePlay can now download FreePlay Connect to get familiar with the intuitive workflow and performance-inspiring feature set.“Performers especially are going to love having wireless control over all aspects of their mix,” commented Mackie Senior Product Manager, Matt Redmon. “They can easily incorporate backing tracks or house music into their set, mute or change effects between songs, and make tweaks to things like vocal levels or EQ – all during their show, and all right from the mic stand.”
With the FreePlay Connect™ control app, users get mobile freedom and increased control over everything from levels, mutes and individual channel 3-band EQ to sound-enhancing tools like a feedback destroyer and FX processor for amazing sound in any situation. Solo performers can now take control of their mix right from the stage, attaching their phone to a mic stand for easy mixing while performing. Similarly, for corporate events or educational applications, the FreePlay Connect app allows for discreet level control right from the podium, or wherever else in the room it’s needed.
An all-in-one, full-range stereo PA, FreePlay features 300-watts of power, dual high-frequency drivers and a high-output 8″ woofer for unmatched bass response, and is loud enough to fill any small or medium-sized venue. Featuring Bluetooth® music streaming and control, a full-featured 4-channel digital mixer and built-in effects, FreePlay allows users to connect microphones, line or instrument level sources, and provides built-in control for levels, EQ and more.
“The technology packed into FreePlay gives users wireless streaming and full control over their entire performance or presentation right from their device,” commented Matt Redmon. “Plus, the additional flexibility added by our Lithium-Ion battery power and Kickstand / Pole Mount accessory make FreePlay the single-most versatile performance or presentation PA on the market.”
FreePlay Connect on the App Store
FreePlay Connect on Google Play
For more information on the Mackie FreePlay Personal PA visit http://freeplay.mackie.com
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Kirnu Cream does not output sound, it is purely a midi plugin – that said if you are having problems it would seem that the AU unit for Mac does not output midi.
Instead use the VSTi version – both 32bit and 64bit work as they should.
Make sure that Kirnu Cream is first in fx chain placing your instrument after it.
What can you do with this massive chord breakdown? Weebl, a Bristol based Reason user/internet celebrity dropped this fat EDM chord loop and now we want to hear what you can do with it! Sing over it? Remix it? Show us your ideas!
We asked the Figure power users over at the Figure Addicted Facebook group to give us some remix-friendly EDM tracks. Here is our favorite: SeYSMIC’s Mr Roboko. Remix it in Figure, sing on it in Take or build on it further in Reason.
Check out the EDM Beats feed on Discover! Find inspiration in this collection of floor filling song starters from Propellerhead.https://www.propellerheads.se/discover/edm-beats?embed&displayheader&feed_list_limit=5