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    Arturia’s highly anticipated AudioFuse Studio interface is now available at stores worldwide. After a thorough period of testing and refinements, the versatile desktop interface is ready to meet the world.
    Combining cutting edge technology with the highest quality components, futuristic features with workflow-enhancing design, AudioFuse Studio is a desktop interface that will surpass all your expectations.

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    4 premium DiscretePRO© preamps with independent Mic/Line circuits, and dedicated effects inserts 4 additional line inputs, with inputs 5-6 commutable to Phono Highest quality Bluetooth audio receiver supporting aptX© and AAC© 2 pairs of balanced TRS outputs for speakers, with integrated A/B switching 2 independent stereo headphones outputs, with 6.35 and 3.5mm sockets 2 independent analog line outputs with reamp capability Direct monitoring ultra-low latency internal mixers ADAT I/O for up to 8 additional inputs and 8 additional outputs Superb connectivity: MIDI I/O, backward compatible USB-C, S/PDIF I/O, Word clock input, output/thru on Cinch RCA 24-bit latest generation AD/DA converters at up to 192kHz sampling rate Leather-covered self-positioning protection cover Robust metal desktop chassis Powerful AudioFuse Control Center software to route audio and control master settings AudioFuse Creative Suite bundle of high quality software effects Read more here

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    Neu-Anspach – April 2, 2020 – What does the global coronavirus crisis mean for the event technology industry? How are manufacturers, distributors, and service providers being affected by the massive restrictions implemented? What challenges – but also opportunities – lie ahead? The Adam Hall Group’s Industry Talk addressed these crucial questions. In a group video conference broadcasted at 10:00 a.m. on March 31 at www.event.tech, eight participants exchanged views and thoughts for around 90 minutes in front of an online audience of more than 1700 viewers. The international panel of experts concluded that “We will get through this together.”
    The Adam Hall Group reacted to the international developments of the coronavirus (COVID-19) with the industry talk. Hosted by Marcel Courth, the Editor-in-Chief & Publisher Production Partner and Publisher Professional Technology & Live Communication Unit, the Adam Hall CEO Alexander Pietschmann spoke to Nico Ubenauf, CEO satis&fy, Marcus Pohl, Chairman of the Board ISDV & IGVW, and Joe Lamond, Präsident & CEO NAMM, about the most pressing current measures and potential ways out of the crisis, as well as a number of other topics.

    “No other industry has felt the effects of the coronavirus crisis earlier than the event industry.”
    No events, no concerts, no conferences, no trade fairs – the event industry has been globally affected by the effects of the coronavirus crisis on a wide-ranging scale. Event technology service providers, in particular, have had sales losses of 100%. In that respect, Nico Ubenauf then highlighted the great depth of solidarity within the industry: “No industry can survive a shutdown lasting several months. That’s why we quickly teamed up with other companies to do something. We wanted to be proactive and not just complain about the – right and important – measures being taken.”
    Marcus Pohl from the ISDV talked, among other things, about a large-scale survey among event technology service providers and other industry participants. In February and March alone, more than 12,000 events in Germany were canceled, corresponding to a loss of around 30,000 working days for the self-employed service providers involved.
    “The Tables Have Turned.”
    As an event technology manufacturer, CEO of Clay Paky Marcus Graser faces especially large restrictions and problems in Italy: “On the one hand, we hope that we will be able to start up production again at some point and that our supply chain will return to normal to some extent. Just a short while ago, everyone was worrying and watching what was going on in China in this regard. Now, the tables have turned, and Europe is experiencing a growing demand problem.”
    If the normal ways of doing things and working are done away with, even for just a bit, new options need to be explored. Nico Ubenauf, who is a forerunner in the area of livestreaming events with satis&fy, once again drove this point home: “You can also use the time to establish new projects and processes. People will also have a huge desire to attend concerts and events once all the security measures are over. At the same time, however, live streaming will continue to play a greater role and could potentially be an inexpensive ticket alternative for premium events in the future.”
    Joe Lamond, President and CEO of NAMM Show, finished with very specific, overall words of hope and encouragement: “Perhaps this will all end with our governments showing greater appreciation for everyone in the future – for the self-employed, employees, people in general, and last but not least those involved in our industry, who make all these events possible every year.”
    The participants of the Adam Hall Industry Talk at a glance:
    •    Marcel Courth (Moderator): Editor-in-Chief & Publisher Production Partner, Publisher Professional Technology & Live Communication Unit (Ebner Media Group)
    •    Marcus Pohl: Chairman of the Board ISDV & IGVW
    •    Nico Ubenauf: CEO satis&fy
    •    Joe Lamond: President & CEO NAMM
    •    Luca Lastrucci: CEO/co-founder Powersoft
    •    Marcus Graser: CEO Clay Paky
    •    Simon Kropp: Editor-in-Chief EventRookie
    •    Alexander Pietschmann (Host): CEO Adam Hall Group
    Anyone who missed the Adam Hall Industry Talk can watch full coverage of the event at www.event.tech.
    #WeWillGetThroughThisTogether  #ProAudio  #ProLighting  #EventTech  #ExperienceEventTech
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    SANTA MONICA, CA, USA: launched last year to widespread critical acclaim as the world’s first bus-powered modeling microphone, cleverly combining the ease and convenience of a digital mic with the flexibility and sound quality of a recording studio, Antelope Audio is proud to enhance Edge Go’s Synergy Core capability — centred around a single ARM- based DSP (Digital Signal Processor) plus custom-designed FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) chip architecture (following in the trailblazing formative footsteps of its innovative Discrete 4 Synergy Core, Discrete 8 Synergy Core, Orion Studio Synergy Core, and Zen Tour Synergy Core audio interface namesakes) — via various vocal-oriented virtual effects emulations available as paid software expansions, while also adding seven new vintage mic models for free, as of April 2…
    Simply speaking, Synergy Core combines the phenomenal parallel computational capabilities of FPGA processing with industry-standard DSP, as brought into play on Antelope Audio’s game-changing Discrete 4 Synergy Core, Discrete 8 Synergy Core, Orion Studio Synergy Core, and — most recently — Zen Tour Synergy Core audio interfaces. All are capable of latency-free direct monitoring with effects when recording as a direct result, readily allowing users to hear already processed signals in real-time — even before pressing record, and acting as a time-saver and creative workflow enhancer in the process. Another added user benefit comes courtesy of offloading the host CPU (Central Processing Unit) from effects processing when mixing and/or mastering, making it perfectly possible to work with larger DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) sessions without compromising channel count or creativity with effects processing.

    Having ‘hinted’ at Edge Go’s Synergy Core capability late last year when announcing availability of Auto-Tune Synergy as a custom-designed software plug-in that leverages the next-generation hardware acceleration of the Synergy Core platform to deliver the legendary Auto-Tune® pitch correction and vocal effects with ultra- low latency, Antelope Audio has hereby effectively enhanced Edge Go’s Synergy Core capability still further via various vocal-oriented virtual effects emulations.
    Entering the radical realm of the world’s first bus-powered modeling microphone for the first time, Antelope Audio’s Opto-2A carefully captures all the subtleties and nuances of an iconic Sixties-vintage electro-optical compressor that needs no introduction. Its continued use in broadcast and recording studios worldwide over half a century after its inception is testament to its audio engineering excellence. Exceptionally warm sound and a gentle compression character have endeared it to generations of artists and producers, possibly gracing more hit records than any other outboard unit in hardware history. Having said that, key to its unique personality is the T4 optical attenuator, the outcome of time spent developing optical sensors for the US military. Its sonic signature is the two-stage release, greatly contributing to its smooth and musical compression. Clearly, Opto-2A is similarly simple to dial in, with only GAIN and PEAK REDUCTION controls needed to tweak the resultant sound, and now the authentic-sounding Synergy Core effect that is Opto-2A is available to a whole new realm of users as a paid software expansion for owners of Edge Go.
    Meanwhile, MG4+ faithfully recreates the superlative sound of an acclaimed 500 Series EQ module making its presence felt sonically on hundreds of top charting records from the likes of Madonna, Snoop Dogg, and many more well-known faces of popular music. MG4+ also authentically emulates its innovative SKY BAND — but boosted by offering 10 (2.5, 3.5, 5, 7, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, and 40 kHz) settings above and beyond the original hardware’s five — to add the kind of expensive-sounding gloss and sheen typically heard on hit recordings benefitting from high-flying production teams and expensive equipment. Enhancements continue with an additional master GAIN control not present on the original hardware. However, since this six-band EQ is also notable for its highly-linear phase operation — far from easily achievable in the analogue domain, it stands to reason that MG4+ manages that, too, preserving any audio being fed through it without suffering from any phase-shifting artefacts. As such, purity and clarity combine, perfectly powered by Antelope Audio’s latency- and CPU-free Synergy Core effects processing — perfect for enthusiastic Edge Go users seeking latency-free direct monitoring with effects when recording. Helpfully, hearing an already processed voice without any distracting latency makes for faster creative decision-making, which is clearly a winner in itself.
    Antelope Audio’s Adaptive Vibrato’s virtual effect development derived from closely examining some tried-and-tested circuits before incorporating those impressions into a virtual unit delivering a veritable vibrato toy box — complete with LATCH and TRIGGER MODE; RATE and DEPTH controls; five-way WAVE modulation; DELAY and RISE controls; THRESHOLD and ENDFREQ controls; plus control over the DRY/WET MIX. Antelope Audio’s appropriately-named Adaptive Vibrato is another notable new (to Edge Go) Synergy Core effect to be reckoned with!
    With Space Flanger, owners of Edge Go can creatively set the following controls to apply a distinctly modern twist to a popular pioneering effect to the sound of any vocalist or instrumentalist: GAIN — adjust input volume (-12dB to +12dB); WAVE — choose between triangle and sine wave modulation; FEEDBACK — adjust the amount of output signal being fed back into the input (produces resonance); DELAY — adjust the offset between the source and delayed signal (in milliseconds); RATE — adjust the frequency of the modulating wave (perceived as a change in modulation speed); DEPTH — adjust the amplitude of the modulating wave (perceived as volume change); and MIX — blend between the DRY (unaffected) and WET (processed) signal.
    Similarly, Antelope Audio’s Synergy Core-powered Vari-Speed Tremolo really represents a fresh and versatile virtual take on vintage tremolos, courtesy of its five-position WAVE selector and the addition of a VARI-SPEED RATE knob. Needless to say, by adjusting how quickly the frequency of the modulating wave varies, Vari-Speed Tremolo users — including owners of Edge Go, of course — can spice up their tremolo effects with a welcomed touch of unpredictability.
    Ultimately, expecting the unexpected is often the way forward for owners of Antelope Audio’s high-end professional audio equipment. Edge Go comes complete with no fewer than 18 vintage mic emulations — including seven (Berlin K86, Berlin 47 TU, Berlin V563, Berlin/Halske MN25, Berlin M251, Minnesota 20, and Illinois 7B) new ones — embedded as realtime Synergy Core-based, CPU-free software within Edge Go’s onboard processing and also as AAX-, AU-, and VST-compatible plug-ins for post-production, together with 20 real-time effects (including Auto-Tune Synergy), so is no exception to this unwritten rule! Record or stream live with the kind of fidelity only a professional large diaphragm condenser microphone with high-end audio converters can deliver — sample rates start at 44.1kHz and go all the way up to 192kHz, with a wide and open 117dB dynamic range. Results are polished and immediate, thanks to authentic-sounding effects and presets produced by top audio pros. Powered by a macOS 10.12 Sierra- or above-running Mac (2012 or newer with available USB 2.0/USB3.0/3.1 port) or Windows 10-running PC (with available USB 2.0/USB3.0/3.1 port), Edge Go does not require 48V phantom power to function. Forget about preamps, mixers, and power supplies — simply plug it in and start recording... with various vocal-oriented effects now available as paid software expansions for this truly Synergy Core-capable creative wonder! Why not expand Edge Go’s generous capabilities, then? There is no need to break the bank in doing so.
    Edge Go comes complete with all necessary cables, a rugged shock-mount, an adjustable pop filter, and a sleek desktop mount — all packed in a portable, sturdy suitcase, and available for purchase (priced at an RRP of $1,295.00 USD/€1,295.00 EUR) through Antelope Audio’s growing global network of authorised dealers (https://en.antelopeaudio.com/dealers/). Or order online directly from Antelope Audio via the dedicated Edge Go webpage (https://en.antelopeaudio.com/products/edge-go/), which also includes more in-depth information.
    Opto-2A is available for Edge Go (and also Antelope Audio’s acclaimed Discrete 4 Synergy Core, Discrete 8 Synergy Core, Orion Studio Synergy Core, and Zen Tour Synergy Core audio interfaces), priced at $75.00 USD/€75.00 EUR directly from here: https://en.antelopeaudio.com/products/Opto-2A/
    MG4+ is available for Edge Go (and also Antelope Audio’s acclaimed Discrete 4 Synergy Core, Discrete 8 Synergy Core, Orion Studio Synergy Core, and Zen Tour Synergy Core audio interfaces), priced at $125.00 USD/€125.00 EUR directly from here: https://en.antelopeaudio.com/products/mg4plus/
    Adaptive Vibrato is available for Edge Go (and also Antelope Audio’s acclaimed Discrete 4 Synergy Core, Discrete 8 Synergy Core, Orion Studio Synergy Core, and Zen Tour Synergy Core audio interfaces), priced at $55.00 USD/€55.00 EUR directly from here: https://en.antelopeaudio.com/products/adaptive-vibrato/
    Space Flanger is available for Edge Go (and also Antelope Audio’s acclaimed Discrete 4 Synergy Core, Discrete 8 Synergy Core, Orion Studio Synergy Core, and Zen Tour Synergy Core audio interfaces), priced at $55.00 USD/€55.00 EUR directly from here: https://en.antelopeaudio.com/products/space-flanger/
    Vari-Speed Tremolo is available for Edge Go (and also Antelope Audio’s acclaimed Discrete 4 Synergy Core, Discrete 8 Synergy Core, Orion Studio Synergy Core, and Zen Tour Synergy Core audio interfaces), priced at $55.00 USD/€55.00 EUR directly from here: https://en.antelopeaudio.com/products/vari-speed-tremolo/

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    HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (March 31, 2020)—Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) today released the all-new Tom Morello "Soul Power" Stratocaster. Tom Morello collaborated with Fender on his first artist signature Stratocaster which features unique customizations from the original “Soul Power,” like a kill switch that helped shape his radical sound and riffs from the Audioslave era and beyond. Morello takes a creative approach to playing, infusing feedback, unconventional picking and tapping, in addition to heavy guitar effects that all inspired his new signature guitar.  This past year the original “Soul Power” was recently featured at The Metropolitan Museum of Art® and currently resides in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame®. The "Soul Power" Stratocaster is one of the most iconic guitars of the modern rock era and allowed for Tom to create a new sound after his time with Rage Against The Machine. Morello has pushed the boundary of guitar to new limits through his innovative style of playing and heavy metal and punk hybrid riffs.

    “This Fender Soul Power signature guitar is made to my exact specifications and is an authentic replica of the instrument that forged my sound in Audioslave,” said Tom Morello. “That was a period of renewed artistic freedom and limitless expression on the guitar for me and Soul Power was the sonic divining rod leading the way. Just as important as getting the specs right however is the charitable/social justice component of my collaboration with Fender. Together we are giving away hundreds of guitars to underprivileged schools and to the Jail Guitar Doors prison rehabilitation program to help unlock creative doors and create better (and louder) futures.”
    The Tom Morello "Soul Power" Stratocaster features a bound-top alder slab body, originally a limited run Strat®, a "Deep-C" maple neck with a 9.5"-14" compound radius rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium-jumbo frets and matching painted headstock. Tom's unique, powerful sounds - from gentle rhythms to screaming feedback, chaotic stutters and more - inspired every detail of the guitar. From a Kill Switch that creates the “Stutter” effects emulating DJ scratching that he is known for, to a Seymour Duncan® Hot Rails™ bridge humbucker pickup that delivers power and dynamics and a Floyd Rose® Locking Tremolo System that allows for radical Tremolo effects while staying perfectly in tune - this Strat was built to rock.
    “We are extremely honored to have worked with Tom on this project and embark on a long-term partnership throughout 2020,” said Justin Norvell, EVP Fender Products. “Tom’s iconic original “Soul Power” guitar sound created a monumental impact on rock at the time and we’re looking forward to players today being able emulate those unique sounds with the Tom Morello "Soul Power" Stratocaster. Collaborations like these continue to keep Fender’s legacy in rock ‘n’ roll alive and inspire the next future rockers of our generation.”
    The launch of Morello’s guitar marks the start of his and Fender’s 2020 collaboration in association with the Fender Play Foundation designed to equip, educate and inspire the next generation of players, alongside Tom’s other charitable efforts with Jail Guitar Doors.
    Tom Morello "Soul Power" Stratocaster – $1,399.99 is based on the modified Designer Series Strat used during his time in Audioslave and features an alder slab body with binding and a Deep “C"-shape maple neck with 9.5"-14" compound radius rosewood fingerboard and 22 medium-jumbo frets. Other features include: a recessed Floyd Rose® locking tremolo system, Seymour Duncan Hot Rails bridge humbucker, two Fender Noiseless™ pickups in the neck and middle positions, a chrome pickguard, kill-switch toggle, locking tuners, matching painted headcap and iconic "Soul Power" body decal and a black Fender case.
     

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    Iisalmi, Finland, March 2020... Genelec is proud to unveil the 1235A Smart Active Monitor, which fuses the sound and heritage of the iconic 1035 main monitor with high performance 96 kHz processing and the ability to adapt to any space through its tight integration with Genelec’s GLM calibration software. The 1235A is therefore the perfect main monitor for large music, film and post production studios that demand high SPL, and neutral, stable imaging that can be perfectly optimised for the room’s unique acoustic environment.
    Launched in 1989, the original 1035 became an industry standard throughout the world, fulfilling the need for a wall-mountable full-range monitor that could deliver true reference performance at high SPLs and over long listening distances. Legendary studio designer Sam Toyoshima was an early evangelist for the 1035, and as a result it was quickly adopted by many of the world’s finest studios, including Metropolis and Olympic in London and JVC and West Side in Japan.
    The new 1235A shares all the finest characteristics of its forerunner. Outstanding frequency response both on and off-axis, coupled with superb directivity, results in a very wide and stable sweet spot that can be trusted by multiple listeners within a room. With a short term SPL of 130 dB and low frequency extension down to 29 Hz, the 1235A also delivers staggering power, but its transparent uncoloured performance ensures that the listener can still make accurate, reliable mix decisions even after long sessions.

    The 350 litre enclosure of the 1235A matches exactly the dimensions of the 1035, and features dual high performance 15” drivers, dual 5” midrange drivers and a low distortion 1” throat compression driver. The midrange and tweeter drivers work in conjunction with proven DCW waveguide technology to produce the outstanding directivity and smooth, consistent imaging for which the Genelec brand has become renowned. The 1235A’s remote-mountable RAM XL electronics module contains power amplification, crossovers and processing, with Class D amplification delivering 2000 W, 800 W and 250 W for the LF, MF and HF drivers respectively. Input connectivity is provided via both analogue and AES/EBU digital formats – along with an AES/EBU digital output – and the updated design of the 1235 also delivers a flatter on-axis frequency response and improved noise performance than was possible with the original 1035.
    Through its integration with GLM software, the 1235A can be configured, controlled and calibrated for any type of acoustic environment, allowing the user to tailor the frequency response, level, distance delay and more, to provide a truly optimised listening experience – and mixes that translate perfectly to other rooms and systems. GLM allows users of any type of Genelec Smart Active Monitors to easily and swiftly create systems to suit all types of stereo, multiple stereo, multi-channel or 3D immersive audio formats.
    Happily, the technology of the new 1235A is also available as a retrofittable on-site upgrade for existing owners of 1035A and B monitors. The upgrade, which includes installation of the new RAM-XL module, brand new drivers and a complete system calibration, can be completed with no structural changes and little downtime, enabling 1035 users to benefit from improved performance, greater flexibility – and many more years of reliable service from their monitors.
    Genelec Managing Director Siamak Naghian comments:
    “While control room sizes are generally shrinking, there is still a clear demand from the worlds of music, film and post for main monitors that can deliver pristine truthful performance at very high SPLs. Sitting happily between our 1234 and 1236 main monitors, we are sure that the technology of the 1235A will be warmly embraced by those building new rooms, and existing owners of vintage 1035s that now want to take advantage of all the power and flexibility that our Smart Active Monitors offer. The first pair of 1235As is already destined for Metropolis Studios in London, and we’re excited about the potential for this reborn Genelec classic!”
    The 1235A is available now. For more details, please visit www.genelec.com and for more information about 1035 upgrade options please contact your local Genelec distributor.

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    27 Mars 2020 - Kolla in Sennheisers konsert-serie #DontStopTheMusic för att uppleva fantastiska liveuppträdanden! Vi livesänder på IGTV, artisterna Raul Rodriguez, Jay Style, The Talbott Brothers, St. Panther, DJ Fly, Citizen (Mat Kerekes), Bob Sinclar och Third Eye Blind kommer att göra ditt hem till en konsertscen.

    Livesändning av konserter pågår från lördag 28 mars till tisdag 31 mars.
    Observera att vissa länder byter till sommartid i helgen – se till att följa @Sennheiser på Instagram och slå på aviseringar i IGTV för att få notifikationer: Detta är också bra eftersom datum och artister kan komma att ändras med kort varsel.
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    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!
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    Vienna, Austria (March 26, 2020) - Austrian Audio OC818 microphones were recently put to use on British singer-songwriter, Sam Smith’s tour as overheads. Smith’s profile raised significantly in 2014 after debut album release, In the Lonely Hour. 2015 saw Smith awarded with four GRAMMY Awards for Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Vocal Album.
    Smith’s FOH engineer, Jim Ebdon started his career in audio straight out of school whilst working at Surrey Sound Studios, where The Police recorded their first two albums. He later progressed to working as a studio engineer, then as a live sound engineer for high profile artists such as Maroon 5, Annie Lennox, Sting and Aerosmith.
    “I’ve had a very colorful career,” he says. “I started as a tape op assistant in the studio and I quickly learned mic techniques, how to cut tape, and how to operate a mixing console! That put me in good stead to become a live sound engineer a few years later, which is a whole different process and discipline compared to being a studio engineer.”
    Ebdon states that while he has always been a fan of what he calls “the other brand of microphone,” he thinks that Austrian Audio has the upper hand: “This [OC818] is just that one step ahead,” he enthuses.
    Although Ebdon is familiar with Austrian Audio’s free PolarPilot app, which facilitates real-time wireless control over analogue patterns, high-pass, and pad-in real time via Bluetooth, he admits that he has never had to make use of it yet:
    “I’ve got to be honest with you – I haven’t used it because the microphone sounds so good, I don’t need to use it! I don’t want to interfere with something that is great off the bench.”
    Commenting on the Sam Smith tour, Ebdon is full of praise for the OC818:
    “We’ve been using them on the Sam Smith tour as overheads, and we have had great results. It just works; I can knock those overheads out of phase and the fatness that comes into the drum sound is incredible!”
    3 Reasons Why The Austrian Audio OC818 Is One Step Ahead, According To Jim Ebdon
    The OC818 is Austrian Audio’s premier, professional, large diaphragm microphone. Its high sensitivity, low self-noise and ability to handle everything from a whisper to extreme SPLs make it the most advanced microphone for studio, broadcast and live applications. As the unique ceramic capsule design is so consistent, any OC818 can be match-paired with any other OC818, and when in cardioid mode, it can also be match-paired with any OC18, its smaller sibling.
    For more information, please visit https://austrian.audio/

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    Neu-Anspach – March 25, 2020 – Get ready for March 31st: the Adam Hall Group will be hosting an online industry talk via a livestream. With cca. one-hour rounds of moderated discussions between experts, the Adam Hall Group is reacting to the international developments of the Coronavirus (Covid-19), which among other things led to the cancellation of Prolight + Sound 2020. Afterwards, the global event technology provider will present its 2020 product highlights in a Virtual Tradeshow. The livestream of the Adam Hall Industry Talk starts on March 31, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. CET at www.event.tech
    Expert Panel Discussions
    No subject has the event technology industry so worked up at the moment like the effects of the Covid-19 virus. The Adam Hall Group is therefore taking the opportunity to bring some of the leading industry leaders from the areas of services, associations, & Co. to the discussion table: How are companies handling the current situation? What dangers, risks but also opportunities does the near future hold for the event technology industry?
    “We want to use the industry talk to bring leaders in our industry to the table to talk about current and future challenges,” explains Alexander Pietschmann, who will also be participating in the Adam Hall Industry Talk as the CEO of the Adam Hall Group. “We also want to make it possible for our partners, customers, trade press, and any event technology fans to obtain up-to-date information about our latest product solutions during the virtual tradeshow without having to unnecessarily put their health at risk.”
    The participants of the Industry Talk at a glance:
    •    Marcel Courth (moderator): Chief Editor, Production Partner, Publisher of Unit Professional Technolgy & Live Communication
    •    Marcus Pohl: Chairman, ISDV & President, IGVW
    •    Nico Ubenauf: CEO, satis&fy
    •    Joe Lamond: President & CEO, NAMM
    •    Luca Lastrucci: CEO/co-founder, Powersoft
    •    Marcus Graser: CEO, Clay Paky
    •    Simon Kropp: Chief Editor, EventRookie
    •    Alexander Pietschmann (host): CEO, Adam Hall Group
    Product Highlights
    Adam Hall product experts will use the virtual tradeshow, which is available as an on-demand video, to present the latest event technology solutions from the brands LD Systems, Cameo, Gravity, Defender, and Palmer. In addition to new Cameo state-of-the-art spotlights for theater, stage, theater, industrial, architecture, and broadcasting applications, as well as LD Systems audio systems for wider use in events and installations, the Adam Hall Group will also showcase the new modular Defender MIDI 5 2D cable protector series for barrier-free, multidirectional setup.
    Adam Hall Industry Talk: March 31, 2020, 10:00 a.m. CET
    Livestream at www.event.tech
    #WeWillGetThroughThisTogether  #ProAudio  #ProLighting  #EventTech  #ExperienceEventTech
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    Sverige, 25 mars 2020 – SoundCloud, världens största öppna plattform för ljud, lanserar idag premiumabonnemanget SoundCloud Go+ i Sverige. SoundCloud ger redan svenska musikfans möjligheten att lyssna på originalmusik, DJ-sets, remixer och mycket mer från dagens och morgondagens artister. SoundCloud Go+ ger användare tillgång till hela SoundClouds katalog, som innehåller låtar från några av våra största artister och skivbolag såväl som nya stjärnor, reklamfri lyssning, offlinesynk och ljudstreaming i hög kvalitet. Framförallt innebär lanseringen av SoundCloud Go+ att artister nu får betalt för sina streams från Sverige.
     
    “SoundCloud är den primära plattformen för att upptäcka det absolut senaste inom musik och skapa direkta relationer med artister, dj’s, trendsättare och andra lyssnare genom att kommentera och skicka meddelanden. Med SoundCloud Go+ får lyssnaren tillgång till vår fullvärdiga katalog och kan lyssna på sin musik var som helst och när som helst, samtidigt som de stödjer över 25 miljoner artister som bygger och utvecklar sina karriärer på vår plattform”, säger Anthony Gabriele, Senior Vice President, Subscriptions & Marketing, SoundCloud.
    Musikfans i Sverige kan använda SoundCloud på följande sätt:
    •    SoundCloud Go+: Premiumabonnemang som ger lyssnarna en reklamfri upplevelse med tillgång till över 200 miljoner låtar och offlinesynk. Nya prenumeranter kan testa tjänsten gratis i 30 dagar, därefter tillkommer en månadsavgift.
    •    SoundCloud Go+ för studenter: Studenter på universitet och högskola kan ta del av alla fördelarna med SoundCloud Go+ till halva priset. Besök soundcloud.com/student för mer information.
    •    SoundCloud Pro Unlimited-rabatt: Kreatörer som prenumererar på SoundCloud Pro Unlimited, SoundClouds premiumabonnemang för kreatörer, kan lägga till en prenumeration på SoundCloud Go+ för halva priset. Kreatörer kan ta del av alla fördelar med SoundCloud Go+, och får dessutom tillgång till SoundClouds integration med ledande DJ-mjukvarubolag som Serato, Pioneer DJ, Native Instruments, Algoriddim med flera. För att ta del av erbjudandet och för mer information om SoundClouds integrationer, besök soundcloud.com/go.
    •    SoundClouds gratisversion: Den helt avgiftsfria lyssnarupplevelsen finns fortfarande tillgänglig och  stöds nu av reklam.
    SoundClouds premiumabonnemang finns nu tillgängligt via SoundClouds existerande appar hos iOS App Store och Google Play Store, eller på soundcloud.com/go.
    Pris: 99 kr (Web/Android) eller 129 kr (iOS) i månaden
    SoundCloud Go+ och SoundClouds gratisversion som stödjs av reklam, finns nu tillgängliga i 19 länder; USA, Storbritannien, Irland, Frankrike, Australien, Nya Zeeland, Kanada, Tyskland, Nederländerna, Belgien, Italien, Portugal, Spanien, Schweiz, Österrike, Danmark, Finland, Norge och Sverige.
    SoundCloud introducerar reklamytor på plattformen
    Ljud, in-stream native och videoreklam på SoundCloud kommer att tillhandahållas av Concept CPH. Alla reklamlösningar är designade för att sömlöst passa in i SoundCloud-upplevelsen och ger varumärken en mängd olika sätt att nå en engagerad publik av unga och inflytelserika personer. Introduktionen av reklam gör att lyssnare kan fortsätta att använda SoundCloud gratis samtidigt som kreatörer får möjligheten att få betalt för det arbete de delar. SoundCloud Go+-prenumeranter kan välja att avstå från reklam och njuta av en ostörd lyssning.
    Om SoundCloud
    SoundCloud är världens största öppna plattform för ljud som drivs av kreatörer, lyssnare och kuratorer. SoundCloud grundades 2007 och förser världens ljudkreatörer med de bästa verktygen, tjänsterna och resurserna för att bygga och utveckla sina karriärer. 200 miljoner låtar, 25 miljoner kreatörer och lyssnare i över 190 länder – det som kommer härnäst inom musik hittas först på SoundCloud. https://soundcloud.com

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    NASHVILLE, TN (March 24, 2020) At Gibson--the iconic, American-made instrument brand--we’ve been synonymous with shaping, creating, inspiring and contributing to the ‘share of sound’ for 126 years. Although the current crisis is disrupting our everyday lives, it has also reminded us of what is most important. “As world leaders in music, we are stepping in and bringing both legendary and new artists, music brands and industry partners together across the globe to launch ‘Gibson HomeMade’; a worldwide program to unite music lovers everywhere and spread hope through tough times,” says Cesar Gueikian, Chief Merchant Officer of Gibson.
    “The goal of #HomeMadeMusic is to immediately support our musicians and their current projects while they are at home,” says Beth Heidt, Global Head of Entertainment Relations at Gibson. “Artist performances, intimate interviews and conversations from all over the world can be watched and shared from anywhere starting today, via all Gibson and Epiphone digital platforms on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Gibson TV on YouTube. We’re doing our part to bring the music community together to spread hope, inspiration and joy” adds Heidt. The “Gibson HomeMade Sessions” featuring exclusive, full-length performances of original content from Gibson and Epiphone artists, will be available on Gibson TV. Tune in to see appearances, performances and messages of support and love from Gibson, Epiphone and Kramer artists.
    “I first discovered guitar when I was a kid in Stoke on Trent, England. To me, guitar was the most exciting component of rock ‘n’ roll music. Which is the music I was weaned on. My Dad was a big enthusiast. And his brothers, my uncles were very serious rock ‘n’ roll aficionados. And that was my introduction” says Slash. “I find my emotions are best expressed through the guitar.”
     
    “Tune in, sit down and enjoy a heaping course of Gibson Home Made Sounds! …and feel free to join in to add your own flavor of sonic sauce and stay safe" says Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top.
    “When times are tough and uncertain, music provides a comfort and dependability we all need” says Warren Haynes. “Music unites us all, even when we are apart and ‘socially distanced.’”
     
    “No matter where you are in the world music is our universal language. Creating and listening to music keeps us connected and we need it now more than ever,” says Lzzy Hale of Halestorm. “Stay Home, stay safe and we will all get through this together.”
    “In unexpected times like these, we all need to step back and focus on what is truly important in life and strip away from our day to day worries and see the bigger picture,” adds Jared James Nichols. “Spending time with loved ones and playing my guitar are the biggest joys in my life. I’m taking this time to enjoy just that! Nothing but love to my Gibson family for their dedication to unite us all with the gift of music!”
    Together with our artists and industry partners, Gibson is working to shine a light on the important work of MusiCares (The Recording Academy). Gibson TV will be heavily supporting the new MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund. The MusiCares fund offers financial assistance to musicians, production crews and music industry affiliated workers and creators. For more information and to donate to the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund, visit: Here.
    Playing and learning guitar has been proven to positively benefit the mind and the body with effects that endure even after the playing has ended. A neuroscientific study from McGill University in Montreal discovered that playing guitar and listening to the music you are creating alters brain chemistry triggering the release of dopamine--the feel-good chemical. Reducing stress and anxiety, mastering a new skill, increased focus and confidence, and even raising your base IQ level (University of Zurich study) are just a handful of the many benefits that can result from learning to play music.
    Gibson is working in solidarity with our network of retailers and distributors around the world to donate, promote and support all musicians as now is the time for everyone to stay healthy at home.

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    With the coronavirus pandemic wreaking havoc across the world, music festivals are announcing cancelations or postponing dates on a daily basis. This puts economic strain on not only the performing artists, event organizers, and the teams involved, but also on anyone with flights, hotels, and festival tickets already booked and paid for months in advance, now struggling to get info in time to get their bookings refunded. To help everyone stay on top of things, Slovenia-based music data company Viberate has put together a comprehensive list at www.sickfestivals.com, updated daily.
    The service monitors around 5,000 festivals worldwide and lets you know which ones are canceled or postponed, so you can plan accordingly. The data is sourced from Viberate’s massive global database of artists, venues, events, and festivals. Currently, they've identified 141 canceled and 185 postponed festivals.
    The idea for Sick Festivals came when one of the startup’s founders, renowned techno DJ UMEK, started getting an avalanche of show cancellations: “Just a week ago, I played on the Resistance stage at Ultra in Melbourne and Sydney, nothing seemed out of the ordinary. When I landed back home and turned my phone back on, most of my upcoming gigs had already disappeared from my calendar. That was when I realized how serious this outbreak had become in a matter of days. It feels eerily dystopian. Now it’s up to us to do whatever we can to manage the damage. At Viberate, we quickly put together a service that we hope will help people see what’s going on with the festival they had been planning to visit, and shed a light onto the industry professionals’ income loss, which is no laughing matter.”

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    Are you a musician, forced by the circumstances to work from home right now? Or is music part of your life in other ways and you suddenly find yourself locked up at home, with more free time to spend than usual?
    We encourage you to use the time wisely.
    Write new music, record songs that you haven’t had time to finish before or practice on your instrument. Take the time to set up your equipment properly. Or learn and explore how to monetize your music and musical assets online.
    Either way, the right tools are important to make the most of your time and discover opportunities despite the current situation.
    EBS tools that can help and inspire you.
    The EBS MicroBass 3 is a compact analog multi-tool that helps you to shape your sound and feed your recording device with a studio-quality bass tone. It also features a built-in tuner, aux input, and a professional headphone amp to rehearse and practice to recorded music. The EBS Session combos are excellent tools to help you grow as a bass player. The honest and natural sound reveals the things you need to improve and rewards progress as you develop. Features include an aux input, a recording output, and a headphones output that mutes the speaker when you plug in your headphones. Is your pedalboard a mess? Then we suggest you check out EBS world-famous and space-saving pedalboard accessories that will help you clear the clutter and secure a great signal throughout the board.
    Can I still buy equipment, despite the Corona situation?
    First of all, we understand the reality for many of you right now, especially in the music business. Buying musical equipment is not important if your basic income is hanging on a thread, or completely wiped out by the lockdown. It’s the devastating reality for many of you, including a lot of our closest friends.
    If your economic situation allows investing in music equipment though, here’s what you can do:
    Shop online.
    You can order online through most internet shops dealing with musical equipment. The delivery of goods is restricted in only a few local areas around the World. Check with your local authorities and the shop if necessary. 
    Shop at your local store.
    You can shop at your local retail store if there isn’t a lockdown preventing them from keeping open.
    Shop at the EBS webshop.
    You can order selected service parts, merchandise, and selected accessories from the EBS webshop. If you need a service part that is not listed on the webshop, contact us.
    www.ebssweden.com

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    Research has shown that playing an instrument offers both mental and physical health benefits like de-stressing, increased creativity, and boosting the immune system. While concerts and shows are off the table for the time being, music lovers can still play!
    From today, Fender is offering new users a free 3 month subscription to Fender Play, the complete online learning platform for guitar, bass and ukulele. The platform uses instructor-guided videos to assist those embarking on their musical journey and will have new players jamming in minutes.
    Whether it’s dusting off an old guitar, learning a new skill or entertaining tiny hands, Fender hopes offering Fender Play for free will reinforce the positive benefits that music has on the mind.
    Just some of the songs that you (total beginners included!) can learn to play on Fender Play include:
    The Strokes - Last Nite Eve ft. Alicia Keys - Gangsta Lovin' Ed Sheeran - Give Me Love Beatles - Here Comes the Sun Just pick your favourite genre and your instrument of choice and Fender Play will create a personalised, guided learning path just for you.

    Getting Fender Play for Free: New users can visit FenderPlay.com or download Fender Play from the App Store or Google Play,  input their email and then they will receive a code to redeem their membership! Be sure to check your browser settings. You may need to temporarily disable ad blockers to see the code.

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    COVID-19 has deeply affected all of us, and here at Acoustica, we want to help. If schools in your area are closed, and your kids are at home, we'd like you to know about the Mixcraft Teacher's Guide, an incredible educational resource, completely FREE, with clever lessons for grade school, middle school, and high school students.
    The Mixcraft Teacher's Guide includes a variety of smart and useful lessons on audio recording and production. In addition, there are a wide variety of engaging and entertaining lessons that stress creative writing, math, composition, and other fun and educational topics, including lyric-writing, podcast creation, and film scoring.
    The Teacher's Guide is available as a free PDF download. We also offer the “Additional Materials Download,” which includes printable PDF lesson plans, as well as pre-made Mixcraft projects to accompany most lessons.

    Get The Teacher's Guide

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    SANTA CRUZ, CA, USA: Plugin Alliance, supporting all major plugin formats and uniting some of the best- known international audio companies under one virtual roof, is proud to announce founding partner Brainworx Audio’s acquisition of the assets of Wolfgang Palm’s prestigious PPG synthesizer brand. The trailblazing Hamburg-based company founded by Wolfgang Palm first found fame and fortune in its initial incarnation throughout the Eighties and beyond by bringing the distinctive sound of wavetable synthesis to the musical masses and also impacting the MI industry with its innovative PPG Wave hybrid digital/ analogue synthesizer series and associated advances. These included the unique (unreleased) Realizer — quite possibly the world’s first virtual instrument (in 1986), albeit as a proprietary hardware hybrid! Software seriously came calling from 2012 onwards when Wolfgang Palm returned to prominence, producing new PPG products.
    What a legacy. PPG synthesizers have musically made their mark onstage and in the studio with an array of notable artists such as a-Ha, Alphaville, David Bowie, Depeche Mode, Thomas Dolby, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Jean-Michel Jarre, Mike & The Mechanics, Gary Numan, Pet Shop Boys, Rush, Talk Talk, Tangerine Dream, Tears For Fears, Ultravox, Stevie Wonder, and many more. Thanks to Brainworx Audio’s acquisition of the assets of Wolfgang Palm’s prestigious PPG synthesizer brand, that legacy is all set to thrive.

    Plans are already afoot by Brainworx Audio to update Wolfgang Palm’s PPG products in close collaboration with the man himself, universally recognized as the originator of wavetable synthesis! Together they will take the PPG brand and advance its digital products into the future, following Wolfgang Palm’s planned retirement at the end of March 2020 — after 50 years in the creative field of sound synthesis! Signing an agreement with Plugin Alliance and Brainworx Audio owner Dirk Ulrich ultimately lets Wolfgang Palm put his (well- deserved) retirement plan into action, happy in the knowledge that his ‘baby’ will be in good hands.
    Wolfgang Palm puts it this way: “I am very glad to have found Brainworx and Plugin Alliance, who appreciate my work from the past and want to continue my legacy. They have a great team of competent developers, product specialists, marketing, and all that is needed to make a company successful. I support their work to make the transition as smooth as possible, and it will be exciting to see how this evolves. Also, I think that this collaboration will result in a much wider audience than before.”
    Indeed, it is a great honor for Brainworx Audio to be joining forces with Wolfgang Palm — truly a legend in his own right, and continue to break boundaries in the world of virtual instruments. “We are proud that Wolfgang Palm put his brand and product into our hands,” declares Dirk Ulrich, ending on a high note: “We will make sure to carry on his legacy with the respect it deserves and we are looking forward to evolving the brand and products for years to come.”

    For more in-depth information about the trailblazing work of Wolfgang Palm and the prestigious PPG’s past, present, and future, feel free to check out Plugin Alliance’s interview with the man himself here: https://www.plugin-alliance.com/en/blog/blogpost/items/wolfgang-palm-interview.html

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    LONDON, UK: Spitfire Audio is proud to announce availability of ÓLAFUR ARNALDS STRATUS — seeing the sound-specialising British music technology company readily reuniting with BAFTA-winning Icelandic composer and producer Ólafur Arnalds to closely collaborate on its latest fully NKS (NATIVE KONTROL STANDARD®) supporting plug-in instrument for Native Instruments’ industry-standard KONTAKT PLAYER sample playback engine as an instantly playable, easy-to-use versatile, multidimensional tool that bends space and time through an intricate network of polyrhythmic piano performances, presented in a bespoke interface made up of eight multi-layered piano and synthesiser matrixes offering unique sonic experiences and detailed customisation options to create awe-inspiring patterns and atmospheric clouds of harmonic refractions that swell and die away, offering a spectrum of emotion — as of March 19...

    With a lengthening line of bestselling sample-based virtual instrument library namesakes, including 2015’s ÓLAFUR ARNALDS EVOLUTIONS — embracing unique string quartet textures and long evolving phrases; 2016’s intimate-sounding ÓLAFUR ARNALDS COMPOSER TOOLKIT — recorded on a characterful ‘felted’ grand piano; and 2018’s ÓLAFUR ARNALDS CHAMBER EVOLUTIONS — introducing the BAFTA-winning Icelandic composer and producer’s signature ‘Waves’ strings samples that evolve beneath the player’s fingers, ÓLAFUR ARNALDS STRATUS stands out as Spitfire Audio’s fourth such collaboration, this time bringing about a brand-new, multidimensional instrument, based on Ólafur Arnalds’ acclaimed software: sophisticated MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Instrument) algorithms programmed to trigger patterns of notes on two identical self-playing pianos.
    Put it this way: when acute nerve damage suffered following a car accident left him unable to play with his left hand, rather than giving up Ólafur Arnalds was musically motivated to develop intelligent custom software that could trigger self-playing, semi-generative ‘ghost’ pianos, and after spending two years experimenting with programmer Halldór Eldjárn to painstakingly perfect this technology, he incorporated it into his live show — playing an electronic keyboard on stage while his two identical pianos accompanied him to create a cascade of complementary notes and patterns, with each performance unique to each audience. As such, those Stratus pianos also played an integral part in the sound world of his acclaimed 2018 record, re:member. Remember, too, that Spitfire Audio ultimately used this model to create the highly-intuitive and interactive tool that became ÓLAFUR ARNALDS STRATUS, suitably enhanced with unique features, while recording full performances to capture the profoundly emotional, organic nature of the pianos themselves — instantly adding echoes of movement to anything played, pushing players to explore new possibilities.

    Collectively captivated by this fantastic fusion of organic, emotive physicality and electronic innovation ingenuity, Spitfire Audio spent several weeks at Ólafur Arnalds’ awe-inspiring studio space in Reykjavik, Iceland capturing his unique-sounding Yamaha DU1E3 felt-dampened pianos in their natural habitat. However, rather than simply sampling single notes, the visiting sound-specialising British music technology company made full recordings of multitudes of polyrhythmic patterns and textures performed by both pianos, triggered simultaneously by algorithms, and carefully curated in close collaboration with Ólafur Arnalds himself. Having opted to close record them using vintage Neumann KM 83 and Coles microphones, plus pristine Millenia preamps, Spitfire Audio’s carefully captured results retained the beautiful resonances, and full dynamic and tonal range of Ólafur Arnalds’ distinctive-sounding pianos, brought to life by trailblazing technology.
    Watch Ólafur Arnalds himself reveal the story behind ÓLAFUR ARNALDS STRATUS here:
    The resulting ÓLAFUR ARNALDS STRATUS methodology makes it easy to create nuanced piano-based music from the most simplistic of arrangements. As such, simply holding down a note or chord can result in getting gloriously lost in inspiring unique clouds of harmonic refractions and rhythmic performances as they swell, evolve, and die away — and all at anyone’s fingertips. For those trying to create whatever musical mood they might have in mind, it offers a whole spectrum of emotion, derived from user input — from intimate loops, swells, and textures to intricate rhythms falling like rain, and dreamy, expansive soundscapes.
    So how, exactly, does ÓLAFUR ARNALDS STRATUS do what it is that it does so well? Well, simply speaking, it works by taking a single note and repeating it according to a curated rhythm, splitting the rhythm between the two self-playing pianos while at the same time relocating the note up or down the octave based on a curated level of randomness that chooses whether or not the octave should jump.
    Watch Spitfire Audio co-founder and composer Paul Thomson’s ‘traditional’ walkthrough of ÓLAFUR ARNALDS STRATUS here:
    Whereas Spitfire Audio’s acclaimed Evo Grid technology — implemented so successfully in so many of its sample-based virtual instruments libraries — is triggered by note range, ÓLAFUR ARNALDS STRATUS introduces a bespoke interface featuring eight 8x8 instrument matrixes complete with up to five Z-Axis layers — namely, 01A MATRIX - RHYTHMIC WAVES (tempo-synced rhythms with a gradual attack/swell); 01B MATRIX - RHYTHMIC ATTACKS (tempo-synced rhythms with a strong attack); 02 MATRIX - LOOPED RHYTHMS (tempo-synced loops); 03 MATRIX - SWARMS (non tempo-synced swarm-like textures); 04 SYNTH MATRIX - LOOPED RHYTHMS; 05 SYNTH MATRIX - SWARMS; 06 SYNTH MATRIX - LOOPED RHYTHMS: SHORTS 1; and 07 SYNTH MATRIX - LOOPED RHYTHMS: SHORTS 2.
    Although all are specially curated by Ólafur Arnalds himself, the user controls how these combinations of harmonic elements develop — both by what they play, and with extensive built-in customisation options, as well as a comprehensive range of effects, including CONV. (convolution) REVERB, DELAY, FILTER, and TAPE SAT. (saturation). The first four (piano-based) matrixes capture the stunning organic sounds of Ólafur Arnalds’ pianos, panned across the stereo field — Stratus Piano - Centre, Stratus Piano - Left, and Stratus Piano - Right — to give a true representation of the pianos in their space, seamlessly blended into one, while the other four (synthesiser-based) matrixes employ the same technology to create similar patterns, with stunning tempo-locked rhythmic loops made using Olafur Arnalds’ classic Korg PS-3100 — a monstrous 48-note polyphonic, patchable analogue rarity — and dreamy swarm-like textures from his beloved Juno-60 programmable analogue polysynth. The Randomise bar features experimental controls to further randomise ÓLAFUR ARNALDS STRATUS’ behaviour, taking advantage of the library’s generative nature.
    Watch Spitfire Audio co-founder and composer Christian Henson’s composing with ÓLAFUR ARNALDS STRATUS video here:
    For more in-depth information, including some superb-sounding audio demos by Spitfire Audio co-founder and composer Christian Henson and others, please visit the dedicated ÓLAFUR ARNALDS STRATUS webpage here: https://www.spitfireaudio.com/shop/a-z/olafur-arnalds-stratus/
    Needless to say, Spitfire Audio being Spitfire Audio, that’s not all. Augmenting that bespoke Stratus user interface — designed for the selection and playback of samples on a per-voice basis — is the sound-specialising British music technology company’s tried and tested Mercury marvel, another ingenious interface including a range of organic sounds and specially curated warped sounds (WARPS). With that in mind, all controls therein are assignable to external control surfaces, so users can quickly make Spitfire Audio’s already created sounds their own.
    Lose track of time while watching Spitfire Audio’s awe-inspiring trailer video for ÓLAFUR ARNALDS STRATUS sympathetically scored by ‘composer-in-residence’ Homay Schmitz here:
    On the face of it, then, ÓLAFUR ARNALDS STRATUS’ versatility lends itself to solo compositions, as well as adding texture and unpredictable elements to orchestral libraries, and complementing the libraries in Spitfire Audio’s acclaimed ÓLAFUR ARNALDS... series. All are a must-have for musicians and composers looking to create beautiful, progressive, hybrid ensemble music influenced by the Scandi Noir movement. Making room on a hard drive for ÓLAFUR ARNALDS STRATUS is like rooming at Ólafur Arnalds’ awe-inspiring studio space and invading the keen experimenter and innovator’s headspace — albeit without travelling to Reykjavik, inspirational in itself as it undoubtedly is!
    ÓLAFUR ARNALDS STRATUS can be purchased and digitally downloaded for a time-limited introductory promo price of £199.00 GBP (inc. VAT)/$249.00 USD/ €249.00 EUR (inc. VAT) until April 9, 2020 — rising thereafter to an RRP of £249.00 GBP (inc. VAT)/$299.00 USD/€299.00 EUR (inc. VAT) — from here: https://www.spitfireaudio.com/shop/a-z/olafur-arnalds-stratus/ (Note that owners of ÓLAFUR ARNALDS EVOLUTIONS, ÓLAFUR ARNALDS COMPOSER TOOLKIT, and/or ÓLAFUR ARNALDS CHAMBER EVOLUTIONS save an additional 5% off the ÓLAFUR ARNALDS STRATUS introductory promo price per product already owned; ÓLAFUR ARNALDS THE COLLECTION — a bundle featuring all four of Spitfire Audio’s acclaimed ÓLAFUR ARNALDS... series sample-based virtual instrument libraries — is also available at an attractive 35% saving until April 9, 2020 from here: https://www.spitfireaudio.com/shop/a-z/olafur/)
    ÓLAFUR ARNALDS STRATUS needs Native Instruments’ KONTAKT PLAYER (5.6.8 or higher) — a free version of the KONTAKT sample playback engine (included in its purchase) — to run as a fully NKS (NATIVE KONTROL STANDARD®) supporting plug-in instrument for Mac (OS X 10.10 or later) or Windows (7, 8, or 10 — latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit), while Spitfire Audio’s free Download Manager application allows anyone to buy now and download anytime.
    ÓLAFUR ARNALDS STRATUS can be purchased and digitally downloaded for a time-limited introductory promo price of £199.00 GBP (inc. VAT)/$249.00 USD/ €249.00 EUR (inc. VAT) until April 9, 2020 — rising thereafter to an RRP of £249.00 GBP (inc. VAT)/$299.00 USD/€299.00 EUR (inc. VAT) — from here: https://www.spitfireaudio.com/shop/a-z/olafur-arnalds-stratus/ (Note that owners of ÓLAFUR ARNALDS EVOLUTIONS, ÓLAFUR ARNALDS COMPOSER TOOLKIT, and/or ÓLAFUR ARNALDS CHAMBER EVOLUTIONS save an additional 5% off the ÓLAFUR ARNALDS STRATUS introductory promo price per product already owned; ÓLAFUR ARNALDS THE COLLECTION — a bundle featuring all four of Spitfire Audio’s acclaimed ÓLAFUR ARNALDS... series sample-based virtual instrument libraries — is also available at an attractive 35% saving until April 9, 2020 from here: https://www.spitfireaudio.com/shop/a-z/olafur/)
    ÓLAFUR ARNALDS STRATUS needs Native Instruments’ KONTAKT PLAYER (5.6.8 or higher) — a free version of the KONTAKT sample playback engine (included in its purchase) — to run as a fully NKS (NATIVE KONTROL STANDARD®) supporting plug-in instrument for Mac (OS X 10.10 or later) or Windows (7, 8, or 10 — latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit), while Spitfire Audio’s free Download Manager application allows anyone to buy now and download anytime.
    For more in-depth information, including some superb-sounding audio demos by Spitfire Audio co-founder and composer Christian Henson and others, please visit the dedicated ÓLAFUR ARNALDS STRATUS webpage here: https://www.spitfireaudio.com/shop/a-z/olafur-arnalds-stratus/

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    Berlin, Germany, March 19, 2020 – FlexGroove is a brand new Max for Live device for off-the-grid MIDI sequencing. It gives music makers the ability to speed up and slow down the timing of MIDI clips, experiment with unconventional swing patterns and smoothly transition between tempos.
    The device’s effect can be anywhere from a gentle nudge off the grid to controlled chaos. It’s ideal for music makers who are looking to discover new rhythmic possibilities, experiment with elastic timing, or simply create more expressive and humanized MIDI patterns. FlexGroove rhythmic patterns can be exported as MIDI clips, applied to different sounds and woven into productions to create complex polyrhythms.

    Featuring 35 timing presets and 59 pattern presets, there are a total of 2065 combinations of timing, velocity and probability to play with. For tactile control of the key parameters, FlexGroove is fully Push enabled.
    Pricing and Availability
    FlexGroove is available now for $49 /€39 on Ableton.com.
    This device requires Live 10 Suite or Live 10 Standard plus Max for Live

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    OLSZTYN, POLAND: famed for bringing new technologies to creative musicians by building innovative and unique musical instruments, Polyend is proud to announce availability of Tracker — effectively extracting the best bits of yesteryear’s tricky tracker software classics and rebooting them with forward-looking functionality as the world’s first hardware tracker, deftly designed as an easy-to-use compact standalone workstation with immediacy and simplicity at its creative core, and aiding artists with forging unique avenues of sonic construction to boot — as of March 18…

    For the benefit of the uninitiated, a music tracker — tracker, for short — is a type of sequencing software. Speaking historically, the tracker term itself is derived from the first tracker software, Ultimate Soundtracker, starting life as a game sound development tool released for the Commodore Amiga personal computer back in 1987. The first trackers supported four pitch and volume modulated channels of 8-bit PCM (Pulse Code Modulation) samples, a limitation imposed by the Amiga’s audio chipset. Classic trackers represented music as discrete notes positioned in individual channels at discrete positions on a vertical timeline with a number-based user interface. Indeed, notes, parameter changes, effects, and other commands were entered via computer keyboard into a grid of fixed time slots as codes comprising letters, numbers, and hexadecimal digits — the latter being a positional system representing numbers using 16 distinct symbols. Saying that, those in the know appreciated the immediacy and simplicity of classic tracker software, if not necessarily those hexadecimal digits! One thing’s for sure, though: tracker software has exerted its influence on modern electronic music with influential IDM (Intelligent Dance Music) artists like (Aphex Twin alias) AFX, (Polish-American) Bogdan Raczyński, Brothomstates (a.k.a. Lassi Nikk, Finnish composer), Machinedrum (a.k.a. Travis Stewart, American electronic music producer), and Venetian Snares (a.k.a. Aaron Funk, Canadian electronic musician), to namecheck but several so-called ‘demo scene’ movers and shakers skilfully orbiting around those tricky trackers. That said, some might say that trackers need not be so tricky in this day and age. And it is this thinking that led to Polyend’s trailblazing Tracker.
    Watch Polyend’s intriguing introduction to Tracker here:
    The timely arrival of the aptly-named Tracker puts Polyend in pole position for blazing a new trail, tooled to take the tracker concept to a new level of innovative, inspirational, and immediate music-making by effectively extracting the best bits of yesteryear’s tricky tracker software classics and rebooting them with forward-looking functionality as the world’s first hardware tracker. Thankfully, Tracker waves goodbye to hexadecimal hysterics — not only did those entering the brave new world of classic trackers not necessarily know what those values actually represented, they could not see what was affected by them. Thinking inside its beautifully-engineered box, Tracker instead implements a simplified system of readable decimals that also shows the effects parameters when those decimals are entered in a frenzied fast track to creativity.

    Tracker takes the quintessential characteristics of a classic tracker — the vertical timeline, powerful sequencer, and mechanical keyboard — and cleverly combines them with a newly-designed input interface, divided into several sections: a (high resolution, crisp, and bright) big screen and associated screen keys — mechanical controls that always correspond to what is displayed on the screen directly above them; the grid — featuring 48 backlit multifunctional silicon pads for quick note and pattern value entry and visual feedback (while also acting as a highly-customisable keyboard controller with editable scales); function keys — for fast and responsive control over all functions and options; plus navigation keys and associated (metal-manufactured) jog-wheel (with haptic feedback for fast scrolling or precise adjustments) — for facilitating transport control alongside arrow keys for navigation control, as well as dedicated Insert, Copy/Paste, Delete/Backspace, and Shift keys. All are at hand, helping to streamline making and performing music in a new and innovative way — without having to leave the world’s first hardware tracker, deftly designed as an easy-to-use compact standalone workstation with immediacy and simplicity at its creative core, and aiding artists with forging unique avenues of sonic construction to boot.
    Better still, the classic tracker look of that dominating (default) screen — showing (up to) 48 instruments and 256 patterns with a maximum of 128 steps per pattern per project — belies an infinite source of inspiration. Indeed, Tracker comes complete with a wide variety of onboard sound design tools to enhance creativity still further for those wishing to take it to the limit. Let loose with Instrument — a chain of tools (Volume, Tuning, Panning, Filters, Reverb Send, and ADSRs) to make an instrument from any sample; Sampler — choose from different (1-shot, Forward, Backward, and Ping-Pong) play modes; Slicer — slice samples manually, or let Tracker take care of it ‘automagically’ at any time; Wavetable — full-blown wavetable synthesis with variable table length to make it compatible with the most popular (Ableton Wave and Serum) standards; Granular — single grain yet very powerful granular synthesis to create crazy and futuristic sounds from old and boring samples; Sample Editor — built-in precise offline rendering sample editor with multiple effects; and Sample Recorder — records up to two minutes of 16-bit/44.1kHz samples using built-in Radio, Pattern selection, Mic or Line In inputs, all of which can be saved to the included (16GB) MicroSD card for later use or loaded directly into a project. Put it this way: with Tracker, users can quickly and easily use existing sample libraries, record new ones, or use the built-in FM (Frequency Modulation) radio. Record samples, play them, slice them, mash them, or even make a synth out of them!
    Tracker also plays nicely with other instruments. Thanks to its bidirectional MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) implementation, it can be used to sequence and control external gear or be controlled as a sound module by any external MIDI software or hardware devices. Whatever way anyone chooses to use it, armed as it is with an impressive arsenal of sonic weaponry — including automatic filling, randomiser, probability, selection rendering, effects per step, live recording, batch parameter editing, micro-tuning, micro-timing, rolls, and much more besides — it has what it takes to be a surefire hit, harbouring endless creativity. Compatibility with MOD files — a computer file format primarily used to represent music, made up of a set of instruments (in the form of samples), a number of patterns (indicating how and when the samples are to be played), and a list of what patterns to play in what order — allows users to import and finish tracks from way back when or export and finish their Tracker creations in modern-day software trackers.
    The world’s first hardware tracker is slick, light, and portable. It is also energy efficient, so will work with any USB (Universal Serial Bus) power source. Sturdy and compact, the retro form factor of software past with forward-looking functionality makes for a great music creation companion — in the studio, on the run, or on stage. Simply put, Polyend’s Tracker puts everything right on track as a ‘back to the roots’ experience like no other!
    Tracker comes complete with a USB-A power adapter, 2m USB-C cable, 3.5mm to 2x 6.3mm adapter, Minijack to MIDI DIN adapter, 16GB MicroSD card, and MicroSD to USB-A adapter, and is available to purchase through Polyend’s growing global network of authorised dealers (https://polyend.com/where-to-buy/) at an MSRP of €499 EUR/$599 USD. Or order online directly from Polyend itself via the dedicated Tracker webpage (https://polyend.com/tracker/), which also includes more in-depth information.

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