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  1. 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. Läs mer här
  2. 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/
  3. 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 More information: adamhall.com cameolight.com ld-systems.com gravitystands.com palmer-germany.com defender-protects.com
  4. Under rådande tider då många musikstudenter världen över behöver hantera sina studier hemifrån på grund av corona-restriktioner, erbjuder nu den onlinebaserade musikstudion Soundation gratis premiumabonnemang till alla skolor fram till 30 juni. Från och med idag kan lärare och utbildare registrera sig för ett gratis Soundation Premium-konto och sätta upp profiler för alla sina studenter. Lärare kan därefter skapa gruppsidor i Soundations community för att underlätta undervisningen hemifrån. – Vi har fått in många förfrågningar från skolor världen över som vill använda Soundation för musikundervisning på distans på grund av COVID-19. Vi insåg att det finns ett stort behov av onlinebaserade musikverktyg för skolor just nu och bestämde oss för att erbjuda detta gratis för att stötta och uppmuntra unga musikskapare under denna utmanande period, säger Adam Hasslert, VD, Soundation. Soundation Premium ger obegränsad tillgång till Soundations alla funktioner, så som: obegränsade projekt, över 20 000 samples, 10 mjukvaruinstrument, 15 ljudeffekter, automation med mera. Mer info och registrering: https://soundation.com/station/soundation-education
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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.”
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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/
  13. 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.
  14. Linköping, Sweden, March 11th, 2020. A You’re in your studio. You have a phenomenal song on your hands. If you get it right, this could be special. Enter Softube Volume 4 Plug-in Collection, the premium quality bundle that can take your work to the next level. An epic value-proposition, Volume 4 gives you more than 30 incredible-sounding plug-ins for a single discounted price, including products created in partnership with industry-leading brands like Weiss, Summit Audio, Doepfer, Marshall, Drawmer, Trident, OTO, and Fix. And you can get the collection for even less with a personalized upgrade path if you already own a previous version of Volume, or one of the included plug-ins. Fix – Flanger / Doubler With Volume 4, Softube introduces a huge amount of value to the collection – the American Class A channel strip joins the party, as does the TEC Award-nominated synth Monoment Bass. The Marshall Plexi Super Lead 1959 guitar amp is here at last, as are some of our classics: Spring Reverb, Acoustic Feedback, and the Passive-Active Pack. These new additions alone retail for more than the price of the collection. And there’s a lot more. American Class A Monoment Bass The top-quality plug-ins from previous Volume collections remain. Component-modeled analog channel strips, compressors & limiters, equalizers, effects, reverbs & delays, special processors, amp sims, and virtual instruments are all here, with hits like Tape and Weiss MM-1 Mastering Maximizer included. Tape Weiss MM-1 Mastering Maximizer included Volume 4 is a collection that spans your needs in the studio, and ensures your process is taken care of with the best sound quality you can get. You’ll do your best work with these companions. And to get this many premium plug-ins at this price – that’s a sure-fire hit. Read more here
  15. NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA: launched last year to widespread critical acclaim at The 2019 NAMM Show, Synclavier Digital is proud to announce continued advancement of Synclavier Go! — its innovative iPad instrument app directly descended from the codebase of New England Digital’s seminal Synclavier® II Digital Synthesizer, spearheaded by original co-inventor Cameron Warner Jones as a faithful recreation of the high-flying hit-making mega machine — at an even more pocket-friendly price for Version 1.30 (with welcomed AUv3 client capability, Soundfile support, and more), available as of March 12… “Part of my decision to embark on development of an iPad version was to introduce my instrument to a wider audience,” asserts Cameron Warner Jones, justifying faithfully recreating the seriously-priced seminal Synclavier® II Digital Synthesizer secured by a privileged few — forever stamping its influence on music technology throughout a lengthy lifespan, ever evolving from its early Eighties entrance to an enforced exit as the cutting edge eventually became more mainstream — at a much more pocket-friendly price on Apple’s all-conquering tablet computer. Continues Cameron Warner Jones: “In this vein, we have decided to drop the price to $19.99 USD for the time being. We want as many people as possible to be given the opportunity to own a world-class instrument. If we can inspire the next Stevie Wonder or Suzanne Ciani, we have achieved our aim. And if there are price concerns with Synclavier Go! then we hope that this $10.00 USD reduction will mean more young, aspiring musicians will now have access to this professional music-making tool.” That said, Synclavier Go! is ever evolving — just like the trailblazing Synclavier® II Digital Synthesizer from which it directly descends. November 2019 saw Synclavier Digital duly adding multi-track MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) functionality and MPE (MIDI Polyphonic Expression) support to its innovative iPad instrument app. As such, many factory presets simply sound better by making use of the extra expression provided by the likes of ROLI’s multi-award- winning, next-generation Seaboard RISE MIDI controller or Roger Linn Design’s LinnStrument expressive MIDI controller. Come to think of it, the sheer quantity and quality of factory presets available as part of the Synclavier Go! app almost beggars belief, with over 1,000 diverse and emotional Timbres from over four decades of cutting-edge sound design quite literally at anyone’s fingertips! Further advancement of Synclavier Go! comes courtesy of adding AUv3 client capability to Version 1.30 — truly a game-changer! It is now possible to load an iPad-compatible DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) — such as Apple’s own GarageBand, Blip Interactive’s NanoStudio 2, or Steinberg’s Cubasis 3 — and insert multiple instances of Synclavier Go! as AUv3 clients, making it a much more appealing app in itself. Ultimately, users can play and record Synclavier Go!, mix it with other instruments, add inline effects, swap sounds in and out of the mix, and modify compositions with ease... and all from within a single app. All settings are recalled when saving a project in the DAW and loading it up again at a later date. It is an amazing environment to work in — far from being bogged down in the same way that weighty Mac- or PC-based DAWs often are. And, of course, it is more cost effective — so much so that maybe the ‘Twenties’ will be the decade which will witness a hit record realised on little more than an iPad and a MIDI keyboard. “Synclavier Go! was already a very capable app, but by adding the ability to load Soundfiles to Partials it’s hard to imagine that there can be a more capable digital synthesizer on any platform — be it a computer plug-in or hardware device, let alone an iPad.” So says Synclavier Digital Marketing Manager Craig Phillips, proudly introducing another standout Synclavier Go! feature that is new to Version 1.30, before adding: “And with the added portability and price point of an iPad application, it’s simply stunning!” Synclavier Go!’s interface is necessarily deep with a steep learning curve by association. And yet once climbed it is highly rewarding. Readily going against the grain of today’s loop-based soundalikes, skilled operators of Synclavier Go! can creatively manipulate existing Timbre presets to quickly create new ones. On that very note, samples — Soundfiles in original ‘Synclavier-speak’ — can now be mixed into a Timbre to add richness and excitement to any sound. Samples can be loaded by Synclavier Go! users through iCloud with support for many formats, including AAC, ALAC, CAF, FLAC, and MP3 at various bit-depths and sample rates. Ready to go is a carefully curated collection of 116 original New England Digital-era Soundfiles in studio-quality 24-bit/48kHz lossless format, alongside a new Featured Timbre Artists library by sound designers Indie Moon, two Parisian singers specialising in melodic modern synth-pop as huge fans of Eighties electronic music. Meanwhile, many of the same features available to Synclavier Go!’s additive synthesis sounds are available when working with Soundfiles — such as FM modulation, Tremolo, Vibrato, and Chorus — so sound design possibilities are seemingly endless as a result! Enhancing Eighties-era Synclavier® offerings with world-beating Soundfile capabilities could cost owners some serious money, so it is testament to the primitive computing power of the time that the necessarily lean algorithms used to process those samples still sound stellar. Indeed, it is those same algorithms at the heart of Synclavier Go! that lend the innovative iPad instrument app audacious power. Put it this way: the number of voices that can be played simultaneously more than adequately exceeds the amount of fingers that can play (or touch) the keyboard at any given time. This still holds true with Timbres that are fully loaded with Soundfiles and replete with effects! Splitting Soundfiles across keyboard ranges permit poly-sampled instrument usage to achieve more realistic-sounding results, while dynamic envelopes can also be applied, for instance, to set louder samples to greater keyboard pressures — perfect for working with today’s traction-gaining MPE control surfaces. So, while Synclavier Go! was already impressive in its previous incarnation (including InterApp and InterDevice audio support, AudioBus 3 and Ableton Link support, and — most recently — multi-track MIDI functionality and MPE support), thanks to the timely introduction of Version 1.30, seminal Synclavier® II Digital Synthesizer co-inventor Cameron Warner Jones’ ‘Twenties’ instrument’s introduction to a wider audience clearly continues to march to the beat of its own drum... do they need to know that the ominous gongs opening Michael Jackson’s 1983 chart-topping ‘Beat It’ introduced the wider world to a stunning Synclavier® II Digital Synthesizer preset in all its ear-opening glory? Not necessarily. After all, should a hit record end up being realised on little more than an iPad and a MIDI keyboard anytime soon then it is likely to sound very different to those made with a little help from the original high-flying hit-making mega machine — more than likely musically no less impressive if skilled operation of Synclavier Go! is involved, and at a fraction of the purchase price of the seminal Synclavier® II Digital Synthesizer secured by a privileged few back in its hardware-happy heyday! Version 1.30 of Synclavier Go! is available for free to existing owners, otherwise it can be purchased and directly downloaded from the App Store priced at $19.99 USD (Tier 20) from here: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/synclavier-go/id1378108734 For more in-depth information, please visit the dedicated Synclavier Go! webpage here: https://www.synclavier.com/synclaviergo/
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