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Rocket Network (www.rocketnetwork.com) – the first and only network of Internet Recording Studios that allows audio professionals to meet on-line, collaborate, and produce original audio live from anywhere in the world – and Harmony Central are teaming up to offer Rocket Network Internet Recording Studios on the Harmony Central web site. The Internet Recording Studios offer musicians the unique chance to create music with musicians from around the world in real-time. Gone are the headaches of tearing down your rig, packing it into your car, and setting it up again in order to collaborate with your fellow musicians - just to repeat the process afterwards.

Rocket Network announced the release of version 2.0 of their RocketControl and SDK at the AES convention in New York, with offers a number of improvements to the previous version of the technology. Most notably, musicians can now lay down tracks of digital audio in addition to MIDI, which can then be uploaded automatically to the virtual studio for all participants to hear (various levels of audio compression can be used on audio tracks to speed upload and download times). Tracks can be mixed, and the mix information can be distributed to all musicians in the studio, including plug-in and mixer automation. Access permissions are also built-in to the system so you can invite new people into your personal studios without giving them the ability to destroy your work.

To collaborate on-line, you will need an application with Rocket Power. Steinberg is working on an update to Cubase, and Emagic will add Rocket Network to support to Logic Audio this year. Other applications with "Rocket Power" are expected as well. Users will be able to participate whether they use a Mac or Windows PC.

Harmony Central expects to make Rocket Network Internet Recording Studios available later this year. Some free public studios will likely be offered, as well as private studios available for lease to those that require more bandwidth and storage space. If you would like to be notified when the studio space becomes available, you may enter your email address below. And get ready to change the way you make music!

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