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  1. New 2-channel mic preamp version based on SPL's flagship Crescendo, set to ship April 14, 2020 Montreal, Canada - March 31, 2020 - SPL of Germany has announced the new 'Crescendo duo' mic pre that extends SPL's 120V technology microphone preamplifier portfolio with a two-channel version of the SPL Crescendo. The new product is set to ship worldwide April 14, 2020, and is distributed by Focal-Naim America in the US and Canada, it retails for $2,499 USD. Crescendo duo excels with the same outstanding sonic and technical features as the flagship of the product line - Crescendo, an 8-channel mic pre, released in September 2018. It is nearly impossible to overdrive this preamplifier. It excels with absolute signal fidelity and clarity and lets microphones appear in a whole new light - they have never been amplified like this before. Besides the switchable +48V phantom power for condenser microphones, Crescendo duo offers a high-pass filter to eliminate low-frequency noise, the ability to reverse the polarity of the signal and a PAD to lower the input level. The two large VU meters visualize the output level of the amplified signal. The ability to reduce level, shown on the VU meter, by 10dB makes it easy to display the dynamics of high levels. A highlight of the Crescendo duo is the individual control of Mic Gain and Output Gain. This way, the microphone signal is amplified in the best way possible without wasting a single dB. The output signal can be accessed at the rear via two parallel XLR outputs per channel. For example, two different recording systems can be used (for example for creating a back-up) or two different signal paths can be fed. The Crescendo duo is the perfect start for an engineer entering into the world of the SPL 120V technology microphone preamplifiers. The Crescendo duo is perfectly suited for the most demanding stereo recordings but is also ideal for mono signals such as vocals. It is the ultimate front end for all professional recording studios. "After having brought my vision of a 120V technology microphone preamplifier to life with the Crescendo, I am now pleased that this philosophy is being continued with the two-channel version Crescendo duo. It is the ideal front-end for studios and production spaces that only require a few, but high-quality, microphone preamps to get the most out of their microphones and recordings using SPL 120V high dynamic linear technology," said Wolfgang Neumann, Chief Developer at SPL. The new SPL Crescendo duo is set to be available in stores starting April 14, 2020, with a US retail price of $2499. USD Find further information on the Crescendo duo product page: https://spl.audio/crescendo-duo/?lang=en For more information about Focal Naim America visit their website at https://www.focalnaimamerica.com or call (800) 663-9352. About SPL SPL has been developing and manufacturing analog and digital audio gear for the music, film, multimedia, and broadcasting industries for more than 35 years. SPL products are respected worldwide for their innovative approach and user-friendliness, but most of all for their outstanding performance. Among SPL's most celebrated developments are the patented Vitalizer(r) sound-optimization processing, the first-ever level-independent dynamic processor known as the Transient Designer, the 5.1 microphone system Atmos, as well as compact monitor controllers and channel strips. The development of the SUPRA op-amps by SPL allowed analog signal processing to outperform the best digital processing in terms of quality. These op-amps, which make use of the unsurpassed 120 Volt Technology, were first used on the MMC mastering console. Ever since, the 120V technology has become a quality trademark of SPL products, laying the foundation for all SPL Mastering devices as well as various devices of the SPL Studio line, like the 120V microphone preamplifier Crescendo. Within the SPL Hi-Fi series "Professional Fidelity" this technology gained popularity under the name of VOLTAiR. SPL stormed the USB and MADI audio-Interface market with the introduction of the Crimson, Madicon, and Madison interfaces. Its collaboration with German company Brainworx resulted in the Analog Code(r) plug-Ins, which translate to the digital realm the same quality expected from all SPL products. This relationship has led SPL to become a member of the Plugin Alliance. About Focal Naim America Focal Naim America (formerly Audio Plus Services) is a leading North American importer and distributor of premium consumer and professional electronics brands including Focal Professional, SPL of Germany, Lauten Audio, IsoAcoustics, Zaor Studio Furniture, Vicoustic, and EarSonics. Based in Montreal with U.S. shipping facilities in Champlain, NY, the company has sales personnel located throughout the United States and Canada to professionally service their active roster of more than 350 specialty A/V and Pro Audio dealers. The company specializes in products and services for the professional audio and performing musician markets, as well as the home theater and custom integration (CI) market - both residential and commercial - for North America. For more information about Focal Naim America visit their website at https://www.focalnaimamerica.com or call (800) 663-9352. All trademarks are the property of their respective holders.
  2. San Diego, CA – March 25, 2020 – Positive Grid, creator of the acclaimed BIAS FX 2 desktop software, invites guitar and bass players to create with their BIAS FX Mobile application with a 90-day FREE full download. Users can download the app for the next 14 days, from March 25 to April 8, 2020, and utilize every feature offered in the BIAS FX Guitar Amp & Effects app at no charge. Simply download the app and sign up for a new ToneCloud account to unlock all the features and expansion packs that BIAS FX has to offer. “It can be difficult for many musicians to remain creative and positive right now,” shares Robert McCullar, Senior VP of Sales & Marketing for Positive Grid. “We want to create an opportunity for them to keep playing and stay connected to music.” BIAS FX Mobile is a powerful application that turns an iOS device into an incredible sounding guitar amps and effects processor built on the backbone of Positive Grid’s award-winning pro-level software. Like the desktop version, the BIAS FX app also comes with a library full of realistic-sounding guitar and bass amps, effect pedals, and studio racks for players to create tones using only an iPhone or iPad. BIAS FX Mobile also seamlessly integrates with Positive Grid’s BIAS AMP 2 Mobile and BIAS Pedal Mobile applications to let players dive deeper into limitless tone customization. Cross-platform ToneCloud® access allows users to share and download thousands of custom presets, for easy mobile access to favorite sounds. BIAS FX Mobile supports IAA, allowing guitar and bass players to pair it with other iOS music applications. Plus it supports AudioBus, AUM, GarageBand, Cubasis, and more so that musicians can easily integrate it into their mobile recording rig using any iOS device. BIAS FX Mobile can also be controlled for live use using a simple LiveView controller, so now you can take your full rig anywhere! BIAS FX Mobile is available in the App Store for FREE for use for 90 days if you download from March 25, 2020 to April 8, 2020. Simply download the app here and sign up for a new, complimentary ToneCloud account. Stay safe. Stay strong. Stay positive. BIAS FX for iPad BIAS FX for iPad BIAS FX for iPhone BIAS FX for iPhone About Positive Grid: Based in California, Positive Grid has satellite operations in Germany, Italy, Australia and Taiwan. The company began in 2008 by designing and developing a core technology base, and focuses on delivering superior and highly creative experiences for musicians in both hardware and software. Positive Grid’s current product portfolio features some of the best-selling solutions in the industry for guitar technology, including not only BIAS AMP and BIAS FX software, but also JamUp, X Drummer and their award-winning Spark amp with smart technology. Find out more at positivegrid.com.
  3. EastWest offers 10,000 Free ComposerCloud Subscriptions for Students at Home Due to School Closures The entire world is currently faced with unprecedented difficulties, and never before have so many students had to stay home because of school closures. EastWest would like to help and is offering 10,000 ComposerCloud X EDU subscriptions for free for 90 days to high school and college students across the world. These students will get access to the same 40,000+ award-winning instruments used by the top professionals in the industry. ComposerCloud has been the #1 subscription service for music creators, and is widely popular among music producers and composers. EastWest Producer Doug Rogers says: “Together, we'll get through this, and the world will need the music produced by these 10,000 students more than ever before." Hurry and enroll, EastWest expects these ComposerCloud X EDU subscriptions to go quickly! Students can sign up at http://www.soundsonline.com/stay-at-home-trial About EASTWEST EastWest Sounds has been dedicated to perpetual innovation and uncompromising quality of Virtual Instruments for more than 30 years, setting the industry standard as the most critically acclaimed sound developer. Find more about EastWest Sounds at soundsonline.com.
  4. KRK SYSTEMS ROKIT G4 GRILLE COVERS NOW AVAILABLE ROKIT G4 Customers Can Now Protect Their Investment With Durably Constructed Grilles NASHVILLE, MARCH 30, 2020 – KRK Systems, part of the Gibson family of brands, introduces the ROKIT G4 Studio Monitor Grille Covers, providing a protective shield and sleek aesthetic for the range of powered near-field studio monitors. Made specifically for the 5-, 7- and 8-inch ROKIT G4s, these grille covers are comprised of premium components and built to spec, ensuring a seamless integration into the monitor’s cabinetry system. “We deeply respect the time and effort that our customers put into their music, and KRK ROKIT G4 Studio monitors are an investment into that dedication,” says Jimmy R. Landry, Global Director of Marketing, Pro Audio Division, Gibson Brands, Inc. “With the addition of grille covers to the ROKIT G4 line, users can now protect their investment in style. Whether you’re a producer on the move creating tracks in different places or a touring DJ out on the road, ROKIT G4 Grilles Covers will have your speakers protected.” Constructed with top-grade 22-guage powder-coated perforated steel, these durably crafted grilles are the defense mechanism in place to protect the high-quality drivers. Super high-strength magnets manufactured with alloy metal ensure that the grille covers stay in place—protecting the ROKIT G4s in any environment. The form factor of these monitor accessories has not only been tested for solid protection from environmental factors, but also to ensure that frequencies are not hindered by their use. For more information, please visit: www.krksys.com/Studio-Monitors/Rokit-G4-Grille-Covers About KRK Systems: Over the past three decades, KRK Systems, part of the Gibson Pro Audio division, has become synonymous with quality design and unparalleled performance in the world of studio monitors, subwoofers and headphones. KRK offers products that meet the diverse needs of home studios and professional studios alike no matter the style of music or application. For more information, visit www.krksys.com. About Gibson: Gibson Brands, the world’s most iconic guitar brand, has shaped the sounds of generations of musicians and music lovers across genres for more than 100 years. Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Nashville, TN, Gibson Brands has a legacy of world-class craftsmanship, legendary music partnerships and progressive product evolution that is unrivaled among musical instrument companies. The Gibson Brands portfolio includes Gibson, the number one guitar brand, as well as many of the most beloved and recognizable music brands, including Epiphone, Kramer, Steinberger and Gibson Pro Audio division brands Cerwin Vega, KRK Systems and Stanton. Gibson Brands is dedicated to quality, innovation and sound excellence so that music lovers for generations to come will continue to experience music shaped by Gibson Brands. Learn more at http://www.gibson.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
  5. Catalinbread Release New Pedal For Charity Portland,OR, March 28th –– Here at Catalinbread, we’ve been hard at work coming up with any way we can to help our country’s most vulnerable citizens. Our Blood Donor pedal does just that: we pledge to donate 100 percent of all this pedal’s profits to the American Red Cross, along with a little gentle encouragement to give your own blood to the cause. With that said, our Blood Donor is a revamped and fine-tuned version of our venerable Katzenkonig with a slew of changes that truly unlocks the circuit’s potential. We’ve added a carefully selected transistor set that pushes the boundaries of saturation and gain to their electrical limits, giving the old cat a little more fur and bite. The noise floor has been trimmed while widening the utility of all controls, giving an increased range of input sensitivity that mimics the volume knob on your guitar. Get into it! And give blood! The Blood Donor goes for $179.99 and starts shipping on April 6th. Pre-orders are available now through participating retailers and Catalinbread.com The American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this coronavirus outbreak. Healthy individuals are needed to donate now to help patients counting on lifesaving blood. https://www.redcross.org/
  6. Students and musicians alike can benefit from new type of reed Music & Arts Partners with D’Addario Woodwinds to Launch New VENN Series of Synthetic Musical Instrument Reeds Students and musicians can benefit from longer-lasting, low maintenance accessory National retailer is exclusive online and in-store retail partner for initial launch (March 30, 2020) – Music & Arts is proud to debut D’Addario Woodwinds' newly announced VENN Synthetic musical instrument reeds – available exclusively through Music & Arts online from now until April 30, 2020, and in select locations starting April 2020. Currently available for Bb Clarinet, Alto and Tenor Saxophone, this new species of reeds combines a natural, cane-like feel with the durability and low maintenance of a synthetic reed. Megan Waybright, National Retail Marketing Manager at Music & Arts comments, “VENN reeds are a perfect new complement to fit the needs of students and pros alike. They’re not as prone to chipping and splitting from active use, and they enable young players to ‘find their sound’ more easily than an all-synthetic reed, so it’s like getting the best of both worlds. We invite everyone to be the first to discover VENN at Music & Arts, and we’re excited to see all of the great music that gets made using them.” For more information about each of the VENN reeds on Music & Arts’ online store, visit www.musicarts.com/venn-advanced-synthetic-reeds. To contact a nearby location in April to check availability, please visit stores.musicarts.com. # # # About Music & Arts In 1952, Music & Arts began as a single location in Maryland. Since the 1990s, the company has expanded nationwide through organic growth and a series of acquisitions and mergers with other music dealers. Countless students across the U.S. have benefited from their fun and safe learning environment, and many have gone on to further their musical studies on a higher level or pursue a music-related career. Presently, Music & Arts has more than 500 retail and affiliate locations, 140 educational representatives, and teaches over 2 million lessons per year, making it one of the nation’s largest school music retailers and lesson providers. Visit MusicArts.com for more information. About D'Addario & Company, Inc. D’Addario is the world's largest manufacturer of musical instrument accessories, marketed under several product brands: D’Addario Fretted, D’Addario Orchestral, D’Addario Woodwinds, Promark Drumsticks, Evans Drumheads, and Puresound Snare Wires. A family-owned and operated business with roots dating back to the 17th century, D’Addario now has over 1,200 employees worldwide, and manufactures 95% of its products in the U.S. while utilizing Toyota's Lean manufacturing principles. D'Addario musical accessories are distributed in 130 countries, serve more than 3,300 U.S. retailers, all major e-commerce sites, and are the preferred choice of musicians worldwide such as, Keith Urban, Zac Brown, Brandi Carlile, Dave Matthews, Gary Clark Jr., Chris Thile, Ry Cooder, Joe Satriani, Julia Fischer, Anderson .Paak, Kacey Musgraves and more.
  7. — Plans are underway for a virtualization of the Convention Technical Program — New York, NY, March 30, 2020 — With the health and safety of our attendees, membership, exhibitors, and staff being of utmost concern during the global COVID-19 pandemic, and following weeks of discussions with the host Austria Center Vienna, the Audio Engineering Society has officially canceled the live, in-person components of the AES Vienna 2020 Convention scheduled for May. AES leadership, the Convention organizing committee and headquarters staff members are working diligently to organize the logistics of a virtualization of the Convention technical program into an engaging, compelling, educational and productive online experience. Details on the virtual Convention, which are being developed to include video presentations of Papers, Workshops, Tutorials, Tech Tours and other technical program content along with live- and forum-based dialog with presenters, will be shared as they become available. We appreciate your patience and understanding as the myriad of options and details are finalized. . Audio Engineering Society About the Audio Engineering Society The Audio Engineering Society, celebrating over 70 years of audio excellence, now counts over 12,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. Currently, its members are affiliated with 90 AES professional sections and more than 120 AES student sections around the world. Section activities include guest speakers, technical tours, demonstrations and social functions. Through local AES section events members experience valuable opportunities for professional networking and personal growth. For additional information, visit aes.org. Join the conversation and keep up with the latest AES News and Events: Twitter: #AESorg (AES Official) Facebook: http://facebook.com/AES.org
  8. Synchro Arts Offer Free 90-Day Licenses For Customers Who Can't Use Their Software Due To COVID-19 To ensure customers can continue working remotely with both VocALign and Revoice Pro despite many workplaces being closed due to COVID-19, Synchro Arts are offering all owners of their products free duplicate 90-day licenses until further notice. If you're an individual Synchro Arts customer who needs to request a free duplicate 90-day product license just complete the form on this page. Alternatively, companies or institutions that need to request multiple licenses should contact Synchro Arts directly. About Synchro Arts: Founded in 1994 and based just outside of London, Synchro Arts create tools and technology to help craft great vocal performances. Their products enable music producers, engineers and audio post professionals perform complex manual editing tasks both quickly and intuitively, saving countless hours of studio time. Their first product VocALign was released in 1995 and is now the world’s number one audio alignment plugin. Then in 2012, Synchro Arts launched Revoice Pro, their flagship vocal production software which offers not only timing and pitch adjustment across multiple tracks, but advanced tuning and vocal doubling too.
  9. — AES Nashville Chair Michael Hanson and Committee Member Jill Courtney investigate readily available tools to rapidly redesign learning spaces for online audio instruction — Nashville, TN, March 26, 2020 — As the global pandemic forces social isolation, educators are scrambling to apply available technology to online instruction to bring the classroom to their students. Audio educators face additional challenges as lecture content and interaction with students needs to be accompanied by high-quality audio playback and real-time demonstration of tools and techniques. Jill Courtney (AES Nashville Section executive committee member, doctoral student in Instructional Design Leadership at Franklin University, former college audio instructor and teacher in performance arts) and Michael Hanson (AES Nashville Section Chair, veteran audio engineer and assistant professor of audio production at Middle Tennessee State University) are among the educators challenged to find effective instruction methodology as their schools transition to online education as they enter quarantine. To assist other educators facing similar challenges world-wide, the pair are offering the results of their own investigation of the application of readily available technologies to meet the challenge. In a self-published PDF document titled Redesigning Audio Learning Spaces Quickly for Online Teaching, Hanson and Courtney outline their goals and experimentation and share the solution they are implementing. “This solution can help a lot of people migrate numerous audio classes to an online format with quality audio held sacred to its core mission,” Courtney concludes in the document. The study is available for immediate download at https://jillcourtneymusic.wixsite.com/jillcourtney/articles. www.aesnashville.org . Note: The contents of the study and opinions of the authors are theirs alone. No endorsement of specific recommendations or products by the Audio Engineering Society or the AES Nashville Section should be inferred.
  10. Roland and Skoove Make Piano Lessons Free and Accessible by Computer or Mobile Devices Across the Globe. Los Angeles, CA, March 26, 2020 — Roland, a leading manufacturer of electronic musical instruments and professional video products, announces its partnership with Skoove offering three months of free online piano lessons to users across countries including the U.S., U.K. and Japan, among many others. Owners of qualifying Roland pianos* will receive unlimited access to hundreds of songs and interactive courses they can access anytime on their computers, smartphones or tablets. “At Roland, we’ve always believed in the power of music and the benefits that it brings,” said Roland Americas Vice President of Marketing, Chris Halon. “And in these uncertain times, when we’re advised to reduce contact with others, being able to sit at an instrument and play could help us more than we realize.” “Around the world, people now have a window of opportunity to pursue new hobbies or refine their skills,” said Florian Plenge, CEO of Skoove. “We are pleased to partner with Roland in sharing the joy of piano to newcomers and existing players alike. Together our aligned goal is to make this time at home more enjoyable and serve as a source of inspiration.” Skoove is the software developer behind interactive apps for learning piano, including the popular Skoove: Learn Piano. Users learn how to play piano step by step, receive real-time feedback and can play some of yesterday and today’s most popular songs. The platform is a great way for music teachers to work with students online and keep in contact with pupils from the comfort of their home. Sign up, stay safe and make music! To learn more, visit Roland.com. *Qualifying piano supporting free online lessons from Roland and Skoove include: DP-90, DP-90S, DP603, DP90e, DP90Se, F-130R, F-140R, FP-10, FP-30, FP-50, FP-60, FP-80, FP-90, GO:KEYS GO-61K, GO:PIANO GO-61P, GO:PIANO88 GO-88P, GO:PIANO with Alexa Built-in, GP-7, GP607, GP609, HP504, HP601, HP603, HP603A, HP605, HP702, HP704, HPi-50e, KF-10, LX-17, LX-7, LX705, LX706, LX708, RP102, RP501R --------- About Roland Corporation Roland Corporation is a leading manufacturer and distributor of electronic musical instruments, including keyboards and synthesizers, guitar products, electronic percussion, digital recording equipment, amplifiers, audio processors, and multimedia products. With nearly 50 years of musical instrument development, Roland sets the standard in music technology for the world to follow. For more information, visit http://www.roland.com or see your local Roland dealer. About Skoove At Skoove, we want to unlock the magic of making music for everyone who dreams of playing an instrument. Skoove (Learnfield GmbH) was founded in 2014 in Berlin, Germany. With more than 1 million users today, we make interactive apps to learn piano. We combine music learning science, audio technology, and machine learning to build a unique company in the music tech space. For more information, visit https://www.skoove.com/.
  11. DUAL CHANNEL ALL-TUBE SYNERGY MODULE Limited supply available now SYNERGY Amps to release the second module designed by ENGL Amplifiers: ENGL POWERBALL DUAL CHANNEL ALL-TUBE SYNERGY MODULE ENGL Amplifiers have a long legacy of well-loved, precise-sounding high-gain amplifiers. The legendary Powerball is one of ENGLs most iconic designs and allows metal players to find equally inspiring shades throughout the whole gain range. By partnering with such iconic amplifier brands like ENGL and designers such as Horst Langer, SYNERGY is able to offer these sought-after tones in all-tube designs that are perfect for the direct-recording, lower-stage-volume, and compact-guitar-rig demands of today. Just like the original head, the all tube preamp Module also features the standard 3-band EQ, gain, and volume controls, but two Gain Lo/Hi and Mid Boost switches per channel to put a world of these German-engineered tones at your fingertips. It’s easy to see why the SYNERGY preamp module system is taking the industry by storm. Engl Powerball Preamp Module Features: Built in U.S.A. All-tube preamp module custom designed by Horst Langer and Engl Amplification Two channels offer switching between Overdrive and High Gain Distortion Blue: Channel 3 Powerball - Gain, Volume, 3-Band EQ, Gain & Mid Boost Switches Red: Channel 4 Powerball - Gain, Volume, 3-Band EQ, Gain & Mid Boost Switches 2 x 12AX7 preamp tubes ensure rich harmonic performance Easy to install and remove from Synergy preamp docks Dual/Single switch allows the module to be used with older Egnater and Randall hardware Three-position cathode select switch allows you to configure the input tube bias setting for optimum input gain and bass response Visit www.SynergyAmps.com
  12. Sound Magic introduces Laurel Pipa Version 2.0 featuring Pipa, popular Chinese instruments also known as Chinese Lute. ANAHEIM, CA, USA: cutting-edge audio technologies developer Sound Magic is proud to announce availability of Laurel Pipa — its latest hybrid modelling virtual instrument for Mac (AU 32-/64-bit, VST 32-/64-bit) and Windows (VST 32-/64-bit), featuring Pipa, a popular Chinese instruments also known as Chinese Lute — as of Mar 27th, 2020. Pipa is a four-stringed Chinese musical instrument which has a pear-shaped wooden body with a varying number of frets ranging from 12-26, belonging to the plucked category of instruments. The Pipa is able to express a wide range of emotions. It can be bright and harsh when you need to portray battles or great tension. The Pipa can also melt your heart with it's warm expressive tones on sad songs or love ballads. The Pipa, also known as the Chinese lute, is one of the most popular Chinese instruments and has been played for almost two thousand years. In comparison to western instruments such as violins or guitars, the Pipa has traditionally been dependent on many performance skills to produce it's wide variations in sound. This 3GB library covers nearly all existing performance skills of Pipa, with over 15 categories. Sound Magic completely recording a new sample set for Laurel Pipa Version 2.0 using today’s best recording gears.. This deeply sampled 3GB Library is using the latest hybrid modeling technology, it can also represent Tremolo, bending and harmonic more vivid than other sampled instrument. The playability from modeling technology enables it to change timbre real time during playing, and this gives the sound more varieties and expressive than sampled instrument. What is more, we also include different playing noise inside the library so it can achieve a result you cannot even differentiate from the real ones. Modelling can do the things that sampling technology cannot. Users can start legato or glissando anytime you want, on any technique it has, not limited to the patch that has sampled legato. Also, musicians can change timbre in real times as a modeled instrument. With modeling technology, y an instrument’s sound will keep changing, not the fixed or dead as a sampled instrument. In audio demos, you can clearly hear how the instrument changes through time; give the sound unlimited possibilities and varieties. Sound Magic further expanded its technology to achieve more authentic sounds from sampling without sacrificing creative control. For perspective, this means starting with non-vibrato and then fading in vibrato sustain while changing depth and speed. Or, users can also change Tremolo speed in real time while optimize control or to leverage human behaviors in the vibrato for enhanced realism in the final version. Laurel Pipa has a MSRP as $99, now has introduction offer as $69 for three months. Laurel Pipa is available to purchase online directly via Sound Magic Co., Ltd for $69.00 USD from here: https://neovst.com/product/laurel-pipa/ Sound Magic also have announced the China Impression Special Sale Event offering up to 71% discounts on instrument and effect plugins until April 1st. Many diffferent Chinese Ethnic Instruments join in this special sale evernt. Direct Sale page is here https://neovst.com/sale/
  13. The world’s best, fully featured, completely unlimited free DAW for all music creators SEATTLE, WA (March 27th, 2020) – Tracktion Corporation hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and well in these difficult times. Tracktion’s Waveform Free is perfect for making and sharing music for anyone stuck at home, self-isolating. It has no restrictions, other than imagination and more capabilities than most enthusiastic producers will ever need. Stay safe at home, keep busy, get the creative juices flowing and dive into a genuinely complete, stand-alone, FREE DAW. The new DAW is suitable for all three major desktop operation systems; Windows, OSX and Linux as well as the revolutionary Raspberry Pi. It is fully compatible with the new generation of expressive instruments and also supports MPE. Waveform Free includes many of Tracktion’s recent popular innovations including; the MIDI Pattern Generator to create synchronized melodies, chord progressions, bass lines and more, the powerful 40SC Virtual Synthesizer and Micro Drum Sampler. The deeply capable Waveform Free can tackle a wide range of tasks and produce professional results. With an unlimited track count and a truly adept feature set, users can add as many plugins as they like to start writing straightaway, in fact the only limit is a musicians creativity! Getting started is easy with dozens of tutorial videos as well numerous fantastic templates such as EDM production, band recording and mixing, location recording for churches schools and many others. Whether producing the next smash hit, designing sound for video, recording & editing podcasts or live recording, Waveform Free, without limits or constraints, has it covered. Designed to offer immediate results, Tracktion’s Waveform Free is set to become a future standard. Plus, if musicians fall in love with Tracktion Free and want to take it to the next level, Waveform Pro has the perfect selection of deep dive tools. Take Care, Keep Well and Go Produce! To Download Waveform Free, visit marketplace.tracktion.com/shop/free-daw
  14. Self-isolate and learn an instrument with Encore’s best-selling ‘Play Now’ instrument packages with ‘free’ online tuition. In light of the coronavirus outbreak, social distancing has quickly become the new norm, a dramatic change to our regular busy lives where we barely had 10 minutes to grab breakfast in the morning. Looking after our physical and mental well-being has never been as important as it is now, and learning to play an instrument is good for the mind to keep you sane in this current situation of people having to self-isolate. Playing the guitar is incredibly motivating and inspiring for anyone also looking to start a new hobby now with plenty of time spent at home, and there’s no better way to learn than from an Encore ‘Play Now’ package. These incredibly affordable and hugely popular Encore 'Play Now' packages contain everything you need to start playing the ukulele, nylon strung classical guitar, steel strung acoustic guitar, electric guitar or electric bass guitar. Encore ‘Play Now’ Classic and Acoustic packages are complete with accessories including a strap, carry bag, plectrum, tuition DVD*, pitch pipes and spare strings whilst the Electric guitar and electric Bass packages also include a Kinsman 10watt amplifier, guitar cable, tuner and stand. You’re never too young or too old to start to learn to play an Encore instrument, and there’s no need to be able to read music. The whole family can each choose an instrument, why not start a ‘New-tune-a-day challenge’ ? To help you get started, Encore has teamed up with ‘YourGuitarAcademy’ to provide ‘FREE’ online Encore tuition lessons with hints and tips which you can access with a simple sign up. Link to online lessons: https://www.yourguitaracademy.com/encore The benefits of music therapy are becoming ever more apparent, with schools, charities and health organisations recognising the therapeutic calming effects of playing guitar and at the same time enhancing your memory, dexterity and motor skills. Encore have also taken into consideration the worry of travelling in these current times, so there’s no need to leave the comfort of your home, simply buy online from your music store and have your new Encore ‘Play Now’ package delivered to your doorstep. The introduction of these highly affordable instruments is also paramount in supporting the younger generation to become musicians of the future. We are isolating, we are learning…the Encore way. *1/2 size junior guitar packs do not include tuition DVD. Encore products are distributed worldwide by JHS https://www.jhs.co.uk/brands/encore Encore - Brands www.jhs.co.uk JHS present a range of Encore products including acoustic and electric guitars and strings
  15. Waldorf Music announces availability of feature-packed firmware update for flagship Quantum Synthesizer REMAGEN, GERMANY: having began beta-testing last year, high-quality synthesizer developer Waldorf Music is proud to announce availability of the highly-anticipated version 2.0 firmware for its flagship Quantum Synthesizer — a major, feature-packed update centred around a new Kernel oscillator type alongside an array of other additions and improvements in keeping with the innovative instrument’s apt appellation — as of March 27… Dictionaries define quantum as a discrete quantity of energy proportional in magnitude to the frequency of the radiation it represents — or words to that effect in terms of physics, that is. Or, alternatively, an analogous discrete amount of any other physical quantity, such as momentum or electric charge. Certainly Waldorf Music’s Quantum Synthesizer flagship fits the bill by taking another quantum leap in terms of its already superlative sound synthesis capabilities courtesy of its version 2.0 firmware update, ultimately centred around a new Kernel oscillator type to complement the four (Wavetable, Waveform, Resonator, and Particle) synthesis algorithms already available to each of its three oscillators, opening up additional avenues of serious sonic exploration to those passionate performers or seasoned sound designers determined to tweak or dive deeper still. So what is this newfangled Kernel ‘oscillation’ thing all about? Simply speaking, it is a modular approach in which up to six so-called Kernel Operators can be freely combined into a single oscillator. Effectively, each is an oscillator in its own right, realising a diversity of timbres. These range from using sine and classic waveforms via wavetables through to noise. Needless to say, users could combine, for example, three wavetables with a sine wave and noise within a single Quantum Synthesizer oscillator. On the face of it, anything goes with anything. Access to those clearly creative Kernel Operators comes in two flavours. For intuitive sound design, without the need to dive into FM (Frequency Modulation) intervals, there is an innovative Template Mode featuring 14 factory templates to create classic FM sounds through to forward-looking inharmonic textures and abstract tones. Those templates feature five individual meaningful sound parameters each, and a further five macro parameters are available in the Quantum Synthesizer’s main Modulation Matrix. Moreover, creation and exchange of user templates is perfectly possible. For full scale editing of kernels — where each could conceivably be an individual wavetable, classic waveform, or noise — and all of their parameters, Full Edit Mode means business with the following features: individual audio rate modulations between kernels — classic Phase FM, true FM, wavetable position (allowing for strange structures in audio rate), amplitude modulation, and ring modulation; kernel self-feedback; free patching of kernels into algorithms with up to three modulation inputs for each kernel; classic FM algorithm presets; individual dual decay stage envelope for each kernel; three-segment individual level scaling over key range for each kernel; five macro parameters for each kernel oscillator; six-slot modulation matrix control of macro parameters within each kernel oscillator (with modulation destinations for each kernel including Level, Pan, Pitch, Freq Offset, Feedback, Wavetable — allowing for cross-wavetable modulations, Attack, and Decay); six pitch modes for each kernel (Ratio, Sub-Ratio, Radio + Offset, Semitones, Fixed, and LFO); individual phase control for each kernel; and import of legacy FM format. It is perfectly possible, then, to view the Quantum Synthesizer’s Kernel synthesis abilities as an oscillator construction kit, allowing for traditional approaches like a six-operator FM synth, as well as providing an experimental space for future-facing synthesis techniques. That’s not all, though. The highly-anticipated version 2.0 firmware for Waldorf Music’s flagship Quantum Synthesizer also adds an array of other additions and improvements in keeping with the innovative instrument’s apt appellation. As such, Wavetable synthesis engine enhancement comes courtesy of three new user interface display modes — 3D, Wave, and Spectrum (with the latter two reflecting Phase, Position, Stepped, Limit, Spectrum, and Brilliance parameters). Particle, meanwhile, maximises its grain length to one second. Sampling (in Particle’s non-granular mode and Resonator) features new (Forward and Backward) Direction parameters and also respects Loop modes (including the newly-added PingPong) while there is also crossfade functionality for loops; sample start position can be used as a modulation destination in the Modulation Matrix; a new Edit screen for Particle and Resonator shows all individual settings for each sample entry in the Sample Map; various zooming and selection options are now available; and there is a fine-grained control for sample start and end points as well as loop start and end points. There are also new Output Level and Pan parameters for the analogue filter and digital former. The Routing display now shows effect type names and state. An auto-scaling Envelope curve is now shown. The Destination encoder can now be pushed for flipping through groups of Modulation Matrix destinations. There is a new Parameter-only Sequencer mode with up to eight parameter tracks, and Arp (arpeggiator) and Seq (sequencer) screens are now merged into a common screen. Sync now shows musical values for sync ratios. Enhanced editing is enabled by pushing the Display encoder to toggle between Normal, Fine, and Super modes, and if a parameter from the bottom row is edited and in focus then that parameter can also be changed with the main encoder while in focus. File browsing now reacts to the main encoder for scrolling and when performing open/save routines, while pushing the main encoder also selects options when scrolling through menus. USB storage devices are now supported. Expanded AudioFile Editor functions include zooming, scrolling, selection, and editing (Various Normalize, Trim, Cut, Fade In/Out, Reverse, and Silence); single-level Undo/Redo; Record Trigger (Manual, Note, and Signal Threshold); Input VU, Input Monitor Level, and Physical Recording Level. Patch management improvements include: a new feature filter for use with Arp, Seq, Mono, and Layered sounds, and more; a new bulk delete action Load screen action menu; an ability to export patches with samples — all related samples will be put into a Samples subdirectory within the export directory; samples matching patches in the Samples subdirectory will be imported, and if a sample already exists in the internal flash memory then it will not be copied. A screen saver can be set to run after a selected number of minutes to protect the main display from burn-in if the Quantum Synthesizer is left running for hours on end without anything being touched. When Waldorf Music launched its flagship Quantum Synthesizer to widespread critical acclaim, it sonically signalled an exciting new chapter in its longstanding tradition of designing groundbreaking high-end synthesizers. Introducing its highly-anticipated version 2.0 firmware with so many additions and improvements indicates that this exciting-sounding synthesizer story is far from finished. For now, there are already more than enough fanciful features available to keep both tweakers and deep divers seriously sonically satisfied for some time to come! The Quantum Synthesizer is already available through Waldorf Music’s growing global network of distributors (https://www.waldorfmusic.com/en/international-distributors) at an SRP (Suggested Reseller Price) of €3,550.00 EUR (excluding tax). Owners of the Quantum Synthesizer can download the version 2.0 firmware update for free from their myWaldorf account (https://waldorfmusic.com/en/user-login) where they can also download a sound set with over 250 new Quantum Synthesizer patches for free. For more in-depth information, please visit the dedicated Quantum Synthesizer webpage here: https://www.waldorfmusic.com/en/quantum Watch Waldorf Music’s music-see teaser video for the Quantum Synthesizer’s highly-anticipated version 2.0 firmware update here: https://youtu.be/23BTqj0SSa8 About Waldorf Music (www.waldorfmusic.com) The well-known Waldorf Music marque has been synonymous with high-quality synthesizers for over 30 years; indeed, its innovative position in the electronic musical instruments marketplace dates back to 1989 with the release of the wavetable synthesis-based Microwave.This extraordinary reincarnation of the legendary PPGWave series — arguably amongst the most coveted high-end synthesizers of the early Eighties — was instrumental in bringing the dominance of Japanese and American synthesizers to an end. Waldorf continued this unique technology tradition with successive synthesizer releases ranging from the mighty Wave — perhaps the most impressive, expressive, and user-friendly sound synthesis tool ever built — to raising the bar for VA (Virtual Analogue) synthesizers with the introduction of the popular Q series from 1999 onwards.The new millennium saw the trailblazing company making a timely move into the brave new world of music software with the release of its first VST Instrument, PPG Wave 2.V, a tradition it continues to this day with more recent software releases including its Nave advanced wavetable synthesizer. Subsequent successes in the high-quality hardware arena include the Blofeld synthesizer — forging sound and design into an unbeatable price/performance ratio in both desktop and keyboard versions — and Zarenbourg, a contemporary electric piano par excellence, as well as the cost-conscious Rocket (synthesizer), 2-Pole (analogue filter), and Streichfett (string synthesizer) desktop modules. Meanwhile, Waldorf broadened its appeal further still by introducing Nave to transform any iPad into an advanced wavetable synthesizer. 2020 (and beyond) sees a slew of new high-quality synthesizers set to take the Waldorf name to the hands-on musical masses, whether working with its recently-released Quantum high-class hybrid synthesizer keyboard flagship, FPGA processing-powered Kyra VA Synthesizer desktop or other hardware (including a welcomed move into the popular Eurorack modular synth system format) or software (including iOS). © 2020 Waldorf Music GmbH
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