Seattle, WA – May 2015… Many of today’s music producers and DJs create great work in their home or project studios, and rarely get to show off their music live. Seattle’s annual Laptop Battle provides an opportunity to compete with their fellow artists in a single-elimination tournament in front of a loud, appreciative crowd. The battle, which lasts about four hours, features 16 contestants, each of whom gets three minutes to do their magic using a laptop and one MIDI controller, and try to advance to the next level of competition. Originality in musical performance, technical ability and crowd interaction are all factors in judging.
Producer and DJ Andrew Luck produced his first laptop battle event in Salt Lake City in 2005, then moved to Seattle and began participating in laptop battles there. Held at the Fred Wildlife Refuge – a two-story art facility that is a refuge for artists, not animals – the 2015 Laptop Battle was hosted by Seattle dance hall legend and emcee Mista Chatman, with Luck producing. Mackie has long been a major sponsor of these events, providing the PA system and prizes.
The space is outfitted with an all-Mackie system, including a 1604VLZ analog mixer, five SRM450 portable powered loudspeakers, and a pair of SWA2801 subwoofers. “We use it for a variety of events every weekend, and it has been very reliable and treated us well,” says Luck. “We’re fans of Mackie PA gear. So when we needed an additional stage mixer and speakers for the laptop battle, naturally, we turned to Mackie.”
The stage mixer had to be easy to use and offer tactile controls because the artists would use it to mix live, and they would have no time to learn a complicated interface. In addition, since all of the DJ gear had ¼-inch line-level outputs, Luck needed a mixer that could handle that many line-level signals.
“We’ve used a Mackie mixer for the past several laptop battles, and we really love them. The Mackie has been the core of our system,” Luck recalls. “This year, we went with the new ProFX12v2, which was just what we needed. It has the tactile faders and knobs we want and plenty of line-level inputs, and it’s very easy to use. It sounded great with the SRM speakers!”
Gallery 1 of the Fred Wildlife Refuge accommodates up to 199 people, and the Laptop Battle fills the space to capacity. To supplement the room’s regular sound system, Mackie supplied a pair of SRM650 high-definition powered loudspeakers, which feature a 15-inch, high-output, low-frequency driver and a 1.4-inch titanium dome compression tweeter, driven by a 1,600W amplifier.
“The SRM650s were the right choice,” notes Luck. “They blended very well with our Mackie subwoofers. They filled the room beautifully, with power to spare.”
Mackie provided prizes for the battle. “This year, Mackie donated a pair of their CR4 4-inch multimedia monitors, which are very cool,” Luck says. “A lot of the contestants live in the city, and they want quality sound but can’t use bigger speakers. Mackie is known for studio monitors, so the contestants were excited about the chance to win the compact CR4s!”
Going forward, Luck points to the next incarnation of Laptop Battle, laptopbattle.com. “The new online site allows users to download sound packs each month, and test their production and performance skills against other producers by uploading videos of their performances,” he explains. “The site will enable us to help solidify our global community of computer musicians, interact with each other, and discover new artists. Our biggest goal is to continue to improve computer music performance, and provide a space where competitors can learn. Mackie has helped us raise the stakes, both with great gear and by providing awesome prizes. They’ve been truly supportive.”
“The wireless freedom of the DL32R allowed the sound engineer to squeeze in with the audience to get a perfect mix” – FOH engineer Kampo
Using the DL32R for the first time, FOH engineer Kampo was impressed at how much processing power and headroom the DL32R offers. ‘My overall experience with Mackie’s DL32R was positive – it’s reliable and the DSP inside is quite powerful and offers more headroom than I expected. Additionally, it’s capable of running on Dante,’ explained FOH engineer Kampo. ‘The learning curve is also gradual. As most students nowadays are already familiar with the iPad, they should be able to pick one up and learn how to use it almost right away. Although it lacks physical fader controls, the excellent price/performance ratio makes up for it.’
Mackie DL32R 32-Channel Wireless Digital Mixer with iPad Control
‘This event exploded with flavors and the sound was loud, crisp and stereo imaging was impressive even when listening from close to the stage,’ enthused Tom Lee Engineering marketing executive, Alan Suen. ‘The wireless freedom of the DL32R allowed the sound engineer to squeeze in with the audience to get a perfect mix, faithfully reproducing what is played on stage and allowing the performers to convey their true emotions to the audience. It was definitely an eye opening experience.’
When you think of SONAR Platinum, you might not think of Jazz. In the last few years, we have had the pleasure of seeing various SONAR-using Jazz artists enjoy some well-deserved and large-scale success. What is success these days? Well depending on whom you ask, you will certainly get many different answers. Bobbi “Funkee Boy” [...]
Are you up for taking it down a notch? Zone out this weekend with droning pads, low tempo and relaxing sounds in our ambient challenge! Join the music making by dropping a song to Propellerhead and include #ambient in the song title. We will feature our favorite entries next week!
Need some inspiration to get started? Listen to this feed of atmospheric sounds, straight from the Propellerhead community.
Make music with Threv
Threv, an electronica producer from Miami, recently dropped his ambient piece Clear Air on Rylos to Propellerhead. It inspired many of us at PropellerHQ to add something to it. Maybe it’ll inspire you too? Take this track further by adding your own ideas!
Best of last week
Last week, M1KE213 was looking for someone to sing on his beat KCompany. Turns out we have plenty of talented singers on Propellerhead up for the task! Listen to some of our favorite vocal additions in this feed.
The Pocket Operator portable synths may look like toys, but they can unleash the creativity of any synth enthusiast, with endless hack possibilities. Now, Teenage Engineering have launched a great competition for all you creative types out there!
On May 16th, the International Music Software Trade Association and SAE Institute Los Angeles will partner to host IMSTA FESTA, a celebration of music technology. IMSTA FESTA brings a collection of top music technology companies together in an environment where they can interact with music makers face-to-face.
Admission is free with registration - open to anyone interested in the art of music making; DJ’s, professional and semi-professional musicians, songwriters, music producers, audio engineers, students, and educators.
IMSTA FESTA brings music industry professionals together under one roof for one-day event. We are excited to have 4-time GRAMMY Award winner Rodney ‘Darkchild’Jerkins as our Keynote Speaker. Rodney is the man behind such artists as Sam Smith, Beyonce, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Black Eye Peas to name a few, and is responsible for 170 million record sales.
Also, be sure to stop by the Steinberg room to see the latest in our products and sign up for our Master Classes starting at 2 p.m.
Date & Time: Saturday, May 16th, 2015, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Location: SAE Institute Los Angeles, 6700 Santa Monica Blvd.
FREE Breakfast at 10:30 a.m.
Whether you're a world famous pop star or just singing in the shower, here's an inspiring feed of songs just waiting for you to add vocals. Pick one you like & make some music!
How this works:
1. Listen to the feed and find something you like.
2. Click through to the song page to open the backing track in Take or Reason.
3. Sing your heart out and drop it back to Propellerhead.
Join forces with M1KE213 M1KE213 dropped his fantastic song KCompany with a simple request: that you would sing to it. Add your vocal hook to this beat and make Mike's day!
Adding further to the Acoustic Agent drum kits available in Groove Agent 4 and Groove Agent SE 4 already included in Cubase Pro 8 and Cubase Artist 8 comes to you Funk Essentials! Funk Essentials is the latest VST Sound Instrument Set, boasting funk styles ranging from soulful to ferocious.
Key features at a glance:
• 10 Funk Styles for the Acoustic Agent drum kits in Groove Agent 4 and Groove Agent SE 4 • Each preset includes a Style and mixer preset • Grooves cover different tempos and range from basic funk phrasings to complex syncopations • Each Style includes main parts, intros, endings and fills • An inexhaustible resource for creating backing tracks, inspiring new compositions and improvisation sessions Read more
Yes it's 100% true! Focusrite have the very last NEW & SEALED Focusrite Red 3 Dual Compressor / Limiter and are giving it away. To make it even more exclusive They had it signed by Phil Dudderidge (Chairman of Focusrite)
Save BIG in May with amazing savings on the most popular Mackie gear. From the powerful wireless digital mixing power of the DL32R to the the proven performance of SRM loudspeakers to the no-compromise analog VLZ4 mixers, there is something for everyone. Power to the people, people.
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How to Qualify for and Redeem Your Rebate
Purchase a qualified product (listed above) from an Authorized U.S. or Canada Mackie dealer between May 1, 2015 and May 31, 2015 (NOTE: B-Stock products DO NOT qualify)
Go to mackie.4myrebate.com and enter OFFER CODE: MCK-1005 USA for purchases made in the U.S. or OFFER CODE: MCK-1005 CAN for purchases made in Canada.
Enter all of the information requested, then print and sign the rebate form.
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 UPC code(s)
Complete mail-in rebate form
Offer valid for U.S. and Canadian residents only. Void where prohibited by law.
Qualified customers will receive an American Express Prepaid Rewards Card.
Due to the release of Cubase Elements 8, the previous upgrade path from Cubase LE/AI 5 and 4 to the latest Cubase Elements version is no longer available.
For a short time only, Steinberg is now giving all of you running one of these older versions the possibility to upgrade to the brand-new Cubase Elements at a very affordable price.
If you are using Cubase LE 4/5 and Cubase AI 4/5, there’s a 50% discount waiting for you when purchasing Cubase Elements 8, but only until July 31, 2015!
Those of you entitled to this offer will find their personal voucher code tucked away in their MySteinberg account. Use it for a purchase discount on Cubase Elements 8. Find out more about Cubase Elements 8
There is a new breed of DJ’s emerging, and U.K. native iLan Bluestone is leading the pack. This new insurgence is fueled more by raw talent rather than the button-pushing antics for which some DJ’s have been scrutinized. Musicianship, song-structure, production, arrangement and mixing are now all part of the game with these super-DJ’s who [...]
The Nord Stage 2 marries the realistic organ sounds of the Nord Electro, the piano sounds of Nord Pianos and the synth sounds of the Nord Lead... no wonder it's so popular and has become one of the most common sights on stages worldwide!
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.”
“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.”
Master Fader is most updated digital mixing app on the market, with updates that not only fix the occasional bug (sorry) but can offer new features that add value to your mixer over time. Try that with an analog mixer…can we ship you a few extra channel strips?
Today, we announce the release of Master Fader v3.1, which is available for immediate free download from the App Store. This update offers support for the DL Dante Expansion Card, which is now shipping. Click here to learn about all benefits of connecting your DL32R to the flexible, professional Dante network.
Here’s a full list of updates, including bug fixes, included in Master Fader v3.1
Support for DL Dante Expansion Card
Mute Group masters are now actionable from the overview
Access Limit buttons now show red instead of green. Duh.
The current parameter readout now shows information when making changes to the I/O patch view
Removed decimal from current parameter readout for Pan and Balance
All radio buttons now active on release instead of press
And here’s the minor bugs that are now FIXED. Thanks to all of you for helping us to identify these!
An update to Master Fader v3 from v2.1.1 and below could fail
Crash when Access Limits Input DSP and Input Routing are enabled and then change mixes in the Output Routing Channel View
Crash when switching between a DL32R and DL1608 in a very particular way
Master Fader could be forced offline after an out of range iPad returned into range
When access limited, Masters will still highlight in overview when touched
Aux pan not recalled correctly on power cycle
Access Limiting Mutes incorrectly limited Aux Mutes
QAP would not show all FX muted from Mute Group
Navigating between Matrix, Overview and Masters view could show incorrect views
Navigating between Overview, Subgroup channel, and Mixer view could show incorrect views
Navigating between Overview, VCA channel, and Mixer view could show incorrect views
Linking Unlinking channels will sometimes not be shown on multiple connected iPads
Show note edits sometimes not shown on multiple connected iPads
Output alignment delay wasn’t restored upon 2.1.1 to 3.1 update
Toggling Access Limits was very slow
Switching between devices could cause the view and mute group assignment sources to disappear
Faders could disappear from Matrix Mixer View
Long channel names could intermittently not scroll in the Matrix and Masters View
Masters View could show no channel strips
Still able to access the FX Channel View when FX is Access Limited
Channel view meters could stop functioning when switching between view groups
Mute Group assignments that were changed while a Mute Group is enabled wouldn’t always update the Overview
Linked subgroups would incorrectly show L/R selector in channel routing view
Monitor Delay on QAP only had the ability to manually enter Meter parameter
When Access Limited Sub Groups could still be assigned to a VCA
Access Limiting Mutes incorrectly limited Aux Mutes
Stereo linked Matrix channel strip would incorrectly appear twice in the Masters View
Leaving a Show’s Notes field without updating could cause connected iPads to disconnect
With certain Access Limits enabled, selecting a Sub in the Mix Selector would navigate to the wrong view
Salt Lake City, UT – April 2015… More than three decades after joining his first band, keyboardist Lee Sebel has led a wide and varied career. Coming of age during the nascent days of the synthesizer, Sebel cut his teeth working with many of the legends of electronic music, including Bob Moog, Ray Kurzweil, and Ikutaro Kakehashi, founder of Roland and inventor of the drum machine. His own accomplishments include programming the sounds for Roland’s original Juno 60, and presenting the first demonstration of MIDI to the public in 1983.
Despite his years on the tech side, he has never lost his love of performing, and continues to gig regularly with several bands in his home town of Salt Lake City. These days, technology has finally caught up and enabled him to radically pare down his rig.
“I’ve gone from carrying 100 pounds of gear to carrying a single keyboard and a Mackie DLM12 powered loudspeaker,” he reports. “I do a lot of corporate gigs, and for those kinds of gigs, less is definitely more.”
He cites the DLM12 as an indispensable part of his arsenal, enabling him to hold his own in what can sometimes be a crowded mix. “One of the most challenging issues on most gigs is keeping up with guitar players,” he observes. “Particularly in a setting where I’m playing with two or more guitarists, things can get pretty loud onstage. I discovered the DLM12 at a trade show a couple of years ago. When I heard it had 2000 Watts of power, I knew I had to have it.”
As Sebel explains, volume is only part of the challenge. “When you’re talking about working with guitar players, it’s not just a question of volume but also of tone. Since both instruments occupy a common frequency range, things can get pretty muddy and undefined. The DLM12’s EQ gives me an amazing amount of control over my tone, so I can notch out just the right frequencies and overtones to stand out in the mix.”
Sebel says the DLM12 is more than enough for most of the mid-sized venues he encounters. For larger halls, it easily pulls double duty as a personal monitor. “I use the XLR output to send my feed right to the FOH mixer,” he says.
“The DLM12 really gives me everything I need,” Sebel concludes. “With this little 35 pound box, I get to hear what I need and don’t get drowned out by the guitar player anymore. The price-to-performance ratio is simply unmatched.”
The Musikmesse trade show in Frankfurt, Germany, had quite a few exciting moments in stock for us. Not only did we receive the Keys Readers’ Choice award in the category Best Sequencer, we were also this year’s winners of the Musikmesse International Press Award (MIPA) that we received for Cubase Pro 8.
PR manager Stefan Trowbridge commented: "A special thanks goes out to the readers of the Keys magazine for making Cubase their DAW of choice as well as to the many journalists from all over the world who voted for Cubase. The two consecutive MIPA wins is a very clear, positive response to Steinberg’s efforts to make Cubase the most advanced music production system."
The PreSonus Studio 192 audio interface and studio command centre records at up to 192 kHz and combines 8 digitally controlled XMAX Class A solid-state mic preamps and Burr-Brown converters with StudioLive Fat Channel signal processing.
The PreSonus CS18AI control surface takes inspiration from the PreSonus StudioLive console mixer. A compact and intuitive mixing solution, true touch sensitive faders know when you're using the fader so it will never work against you.
For this week's Propellermix, we were completely smitten with Alexis Snyder and her song '"The vultures", he cried!'. While the song is hauntingly beautiful on its own, there was something with the phrasing that just begged for a jazzy bossanova groove... We simply had no choice but to try it out! Take a listen:
Try it yourself! Add something to the original song and see in which direction you'll take it. Simply open it in Take or Reason on the player page and start making music. We'd love to hear what you come up with, so make sure you drop your result to Propellerhead and send us a tweet @PropellerheadSW or share your music on our Facebook page.
Mackie today announces the launch of ProFXv2 Series Professional Effects Mixers. The redesigned ProFXv2 series features an all-new preamp design and powerful new effects engine, delivering unmatched sonic performance for live sound applications. The series has been expanded with two new models, the 4-channel ProFX4v2 and the 30-channel ProFX30v2, opening up the no-compromise ProFX toolkit to a wider range of applications.
NEW! Vita™ Preamps
Designed specifically for live sound, Vita preamps are virtually noiseless, featuring a discrete Class-A front end design, dual feedback stabilization and bias current optimization for unmatched low-noise performance.
NEW! ReadyFX™ Effects Engine
The all-new ReadyFX effects engine employs floating-point DSP, designed specifically for intensive processing of high-quality audio. This results in 16 effects that are rich and always ready to elevate performances and inspire audiences.
Live Mixing Toolkit
Each ProFXv2 model is a well-stocked audio toolkit. From critical tools like multi-band GEQ to smart features like channel inserts and footswitchable FX mutes, ProFXv2 always has the tools you need. The larger ProFX16v2, ProFX22v2 and ProFX30v2 even feature dedicated inline channel compression on key channels.
ProFXv2 mixers (ProFX4v2 excluded) features a built-in USB interface for easily recording your mix or for music playback during the show. We’ve even included easy-to-use Tracktion® recording software so you can get started right away.
Steinberg will be at the Musikmesse in Frankfurt (Germany), Europe's largest trade show for musical instruments, music software and audio hardware. On April 15 – 18, 2015, you have the chance to see Steinberg’s latest audio interfaces and software releases, including Cubase Pro 8 and the UR242 audio interface.
Just ahead of Musikmesse 2015, which starts next week, Novation have announced the new versions of their popular Launchkey MIDI Keyboards (available with 25-, 49- or 61-keys) and Launchpad Mini Grid controller.