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Patchbanks presents Bootleg Cuts Vol. 1

Straight from our roster’s archives, Patchbanks presents Bootleg Cuts Vol. 1, an all new series of classic originals for you crate-diggin’ samplehead producers in search of those gems. This collection includes a fresh alchemy of newly composed snippets found in dark Euro grooves, U.S. soul and classic movies that are often used for producing hardcore hip hop beats. Moreover, sounds and instruments ranging from strings, horns, acoustic/guitars, bass, keys and organs for chopping, crushing, tuning, filtering and all that good stuff. Yep. It’s another hot one.

  • Compositions: 25 Samples (Mixed Stereo)
  • File Type: Wav
  • Music Styles: Hip Hop, Classic
  • Price: $24.95

For demos and product info please visit www.patchbanks.com.

Bootleg Cuts Vol. 1

Posted in Audio, Loops, Samples

Mackie Unveils the New Shape of Sound with Ultra-Compact, 2000W DLM Loudspeakers

New Line Delivers Premium Performance at One-third the Size of Traditional Designs.

Mackie today announces a new line of ultra-compact, powered loudspeakers offering a level of innovation never before seen in the world of portable sound reinforcement — DLM Series Powered Loudspeakers. Packed with cutting-edge technology, DLM speakers each feature a staggering 2000 watts of power, proprietary Mackie TruSource™ technology and a full-featured integrated digital mixer/processor. This potent technological combination not only allows for the incredibly small form factor of DLM, but also delivers a level of performance and fidelity that is simply not otherwise available. The extremely powerful DLM system includes two full-range models (DLM8, DLM12) along with a high-output compact subwoofer (DLM12S).

“With DLM you are seeing Mackie’s commitment to delivering groundbreaking technology,” commented John Boudreau, Mackie SVP. “Yes. It’s amazing that DLM speakers are a third smaller than anything in their class. But it’s the unmatched power, processing and fidelity that really sets DLM apart from everything else on the market.”

Each DLM Series Powered Loudspeaker delivers 2000 watts of ultra-efficient Class-D power. Featuring TruSource™ technology, the full-range DLM8 and DLM12 are equipped with Mackie’s TruSource driver that incorporates the high-output woofer and 1.75” compression driver into an incredibly compact common-magnet design. Powerful TruSource DSP delivers seamless clarity, consistent dispersion and unmatched fidelity. Both the DLM8 and DLM12 feature the Mackie DL2 integrated digital mixer, providing a dual-channel mixing solution for a wide array of possible connections with incredible channel features like 3-band EQ and 16 great-sounding effects. Plus, system processing like a multi-band feedback destroyer, six speaker modes and Smart Protect technology provide the tools needed for truly professional applications. The ultra-compact form factor of the DLM8 and DLM12 includes a rugged PC-ABS cabinet, powder-coated grille and integrated kickstand for personal monitor use. The companion DLM12S packs 2000 watts of chest-pounding power  and deep low end into the highest-output compact sub on the market. The integrated DLP Digital Processor provides system processing tools like a variable crossover, speaker modes for optimum voicing and the system protection. The rugged 15mm poplar cabinet is unbelievably compact with a durable, powder-coated grille and integrated pole-cup for mounting a DLM full-range loudspeaker plus additional configuration options that include wall mounting and flying for professional installs.

For more information, please visit www.mackie.com/DLM. There are two videos available including an in-depth feature and technology video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-yC1GziTlo&feature=youtu.be) and a hilarious video that shows the true power of DLM (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeDRLmH9xCQ&feature=youtu.be). There’s also an email signup form to keep up with the latest DLM info (http://eepurl.com/oI9Vv).

Enter for a chance to win a pair of DLM12 12″ Powered Loudspeakers by entering Mackie’s DLM: The New Shape of Sound Sweepstakes hosted on Mackie’s Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/mackie). The contest runs until September 27, 2012.

Mackie DLM Series 2000W Powered Loudspeakers will be available Q4, 2012. The DLM8 will have a UK RRP of £699 Inc. vat. The DLM12 will have a UK RRP of £799 Inc. vat. The DLM12S will have a UK RRP of £999 Inc. vat.

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Mackie Delivers Major Update to Master Fader Control App for Popular DL1608

Significant feature upgrades drive complete live sound solution.

Mackie has updated the Master Fader control app for the Mackie DL1608. Updates include the ability to store and recall presets for all plug-ins. This allows the user to quickly dial in a channel, with factory and user-defined presets available. Other updates include snapshot and show capabilities so users can store and instantly recall all aspects* of any mix. Most importantly, updates include the ability to configure up to ten iPad devices for wireless operation. For full details about the DL1608 and Master Fader control app, visit www.mackie.com/DL1608. Downloading Master Fader for free is the perfect way to try out the functions of the DL1608 mixer before you buy. To actually run audio, DL1608 hardware is required.

“This Master Fader update adds significant features, making the DL1608 a complete live sound solution, but we’re far from done,” commented Ben Olswang, Mackie product manager. “We have been gathering end-user feedback and will be continuously developing additional features and functionality. That’s the beauty of the DL1608. The update possibilities are endless.”

The Master Fader app delivers total control over the Mackie DL1608. With a focus on speed and control, the Master Fader control app was designed from the ground up for touch. Eliminating unnecessary screens and avoiding redundancies, the Master Fader control app offers simple navigation, wired or wirelessly, in conjunction with the Mackie DL1608 hardware.

The Mackie DL1608 redefines live mixing by combining the proven power of a full-featured digital mixer with the unmatched ease and mobility of an iPad. With 16 boutique-quality Onyx mic preamps and the performance of 24-bit Cirrus Logic AD/DA converters, the DL1608 delivers unparalleled sound quality. Seamless wired to wireless iPad control allows a user to mix from anywhere in the venue, providing the mobile freedom to control not only the mix, but also powerful plug-ins like EQ, dynamics, effects and more. The sleek DL1608 even supports up to 10 iPad devices so musicians can control their own monitor mix on stage.

Master Fader version 1.1 is available for free from the App Store on iPad or at www.itunes.com/appstore/.

Learn more about the Mackie DL1608 by visiting http://bit.ly/DL1608Podcast to subscribe to the DL1608 video podcast series.

*Excludes mic preamp gain

iPad is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Wi-Fi router required for wireless operation. Wi-Fi router and iPad not included.

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Mackie DL1608™ Digital Live Sound Mixer Now Shipping Worldwide

Highly-anticipated, innovative compact mixer with complete iPad control available now

Announced earlier this year and easily one of the most anticipated compact live consoles with complete iPad control ever, the Mackie DL1608 16-Channel Digital Live Sound Mixer is now shipping. To meet unprecedented demand, Mackie has increased production capabilities and shipments are now leaving their North American manufacturing facility to eager customers worldwide.

“We are extremely excited to get the DL1608 into the hands of musicians and engineers,” commented Ben Olswang, Mackie product manager. “We’ve been addressing customer interest with a series of video podcasts that go over all the cool features. Plus, the Master Fader™ Control App has been fully updated with great new features that weren’t available in the preview version.”

The Mackie DL1608 redefines live mixing by combining the proven power of a full-featured digital mixer with the unmatched ease and mobility of iPad. With 16 boutique-quality Onyx mic preamps and the performance of 24-bit Cirrus Logic™ AD/DA converters, the DL1608 delivers unparalleled sound quality. Seamless wired to wireless iPad control allows a user to mix from anywhere in the venue, providing the mobile freedom to control not only the mix, but also powerful plug-ins like EQ, dynamics, effects and more. The sleek DL1608 even supports up to 10 iPad devices so musicians can control their own monitor mix on stage.

The Mackie DL1608 16-Channel Digital Live Sound Mixer has a UK list price of £1260 inc vat. Due to the large volume of orders, it may take a few shipments before your local dealer will have it in stock. Contact your local dealer for detailed information regarding availability.

The Mackie Master Fader Control App is available for free from the App Store on iPad or at www.itunes.com/appstore/.
For more information about the DL1608 or to find a dealer, please visit www.mackie.com/DL1608.

To subscribe to the video podcast series via iTunes visit http://bit.ly/KFTk5g. The videos are also hosted on Mackie’s YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDA2596CA90227187. Additional DL1608 info is also available by email. Visit http://eepurl.com/iWslb to sign up.

Wi-Fi router required for wireless operation. Wi-Fi router and iPad not included.

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Mackie Master Fader App Delivers Intuitive Control over Mackie DL1608 Mixer

Mackie today announces the first release of the much anticipated Mackie Master Fader™ control application for the Mackie DL1608™ 16-channel Digital Live Sound Mixer with iPad Control. This preview release of the Master Fader app comes before DL1608 availability, providing the perfect way to try out the functions of the DL1608 mixer before you buy.

“There’s been a tremendous amount of interest in the DL1608… especially surrounding the user interface,” commented Ben Olswang, Mackie product manager. “That’s why we wanted to release the Master Fader control app as soon as possible. Anybody interested in the Mackie DL1608 can get their hands on the intuitive touch control app before the mixer hits the shelves.”

The Master Fader app delivers total control over the Mackie DL1608. With a focus on speed and control, the Master Fader control app was designed from the ground up for touch. Eliminating unnecessary screens and avoiding redundancies, the Master Fader control app offers simple navigation, wired or wirelessly, in conjunction with the Mackie DL1608 hardware. Completely updateable via the iOS app store, future releases will be packed with feature upgrades and additional functionality. Not all features are available on this preview version, but will be complete when the DL1608 hits the shelves.

The Mackie DL1608 redefines live mixing by combining the proven power of a full-featured digital mixer with the unmatched ease and mobility of an iPad. With 16 boutique-quality Onyx mic preamps and the performance of 24-bit Cirrus Logic AD/DA converters, the DL1608 delivers unparalleled sound quality. Seamless wired to wireless iPad control allows a user to mix from anywhere in the venue, providing the mobile freedom to control not only the mix, but also powerful plug-ins like EQ, dynamics, effects and more. The sleek DL1608 even supports up to 10 iPad devices so musicians can control their own monitor mix on stage.

Mackie currently anticipates the first DL1608 shipments to begin arriving at dealers beginning in August. Due to the large volume of orders, it may take a few shipments before your local dealer will have it in stock. Contact your local dealer for detailed information about when units will be reaching your area. For general information about the DL1608, visit mackie.com/DL1608.

Download the preview Mackie Master Fader control app via the iOS App Store by visiting http://bit.ly/MackieMasterFader.Check out episode #3 of the Mackie DL1608 video podcast, covering the powerful output processing of the DL1608. Subscribe today for free to access to the entire series of informative videos. Visit http://bit.ly/DL1608Podcast to subscribe now.

iPad is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Wi-Fi router required for wireless operation. Wi-Fi router and iPad not included.

Mackie DL1608 Master Fade App EQ View Master Fade App Mixer View

Get Inside the Innovative Mackie DL1608 With New Video Podcast Series

Subscribe to join the conversation and learn everything about this exciting new digital live sound mixer

The all-new Mackie DL1608 Digital Live Sound Mixer with iPad Control has garnered some serious attention from audio pros the world over since the unveiling earlier this year. With availability right around the corner, Mackie wants to inform and involve all the eager customers with a new DL1608 video podcast series. Podcast episodes will cover the basics, offer tips and tricks and get into advanced uses. Later episodes will be completely based around customers’ responses to an upcoming poll on Facebook and Twitter.

“We’ve re-defined the concept of live mixing with the introduction of the DL1608, which takes digital, mobile mixing to a whole new level,” remarked Mackie Product Manager, Ben Olswang. “Since then, we’ve received an amazing amount of feedback from musicians, engineers and contractors wanting not only to know more, but to share their ideas. A video podcast series is the perfect platform to engage with these customers.”

Subscribe to the DL1608 video podcast series through iTunes to keep up-to-date. Even better, once the DL1608 is out in the field, interested users can pull this podcast series up right on their iPad. With how-to videos planned for wireless setup, effects use and more, this video series is bound to be an extremely valuable tool for users who want help at the gig during hours when traditional technical support is simply not available.

To subscribe to the video podcast series via iTunes visit http://bit.ly/KFTk5g. The videos will also be hosted on Mackie’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/MackieTV. Additional DL1608 info is also available by email. Visit http://eepurl.com/iWslb to sign up.

The Mackie DL1608 redefines live mixing by combining the proven power of a full-featured digital mixer with the unmatched ease and mobility of an iPad. With 16 boutique-quality Onyx mic preamps and the performance of 24bit Cirrus Logic AD/DA converters, the DL1608 delivers unparalleled sound quality. Seamless wired to wireless iPad control allows a user to mix from anywhere in the venue, providing the mobile freedom to control not only the mix, but also powerful plug-ins like EQ, dynamics, effects and more. The sleek DL1608 even supports up to 10 iPad devices so musicians’ can control their own monitor mix on stage.

The Mackie DL1608 will be available later this summer at dealers worldwide. For general information about the DL1608, visit www.mackie.com.

Rotosound Repackage Instrument Cable

British guitar and bass strings manufacturer, Rotosound has repackaged its extensive range of instrument cables, which now come in a choice of over thirty specifications.

The new packaging enhances an outstanding collection of varied and versatile high quality instrument cables, which have been engineered to Rotosound’s exacting standards. Featuring pure copper cable for superior signal transmission and audio excellence with world-class straight or angled jacks, these cables are precisely manufactured for consistency, strength and sound clarity.

The range includes a choice of lengths up to 45ft, straight or curly cables, which includes XLR, midi, patch, speakon, extension and phono leads. All cables are 100% hand inspected and finished in non-toxic PVC sleeves.

Engineered to high specifications, these cables are made tough for long lasting use both for live and studio applications. The rock solid reliability of Rotosound’s cables combined with long lasting durability make them a highly professional choice.

To find our more about the Rotosound cable range visit www.rotosound.com.

Posted in Accessories, Audio, Bass, Guitar, News

ModernBeats releases ‘Radio MAX’ Music Loops

Packed with over 200 Pop Radio music loops, 600 files in 3 formats (WAV/AIFF/REX2), and 814MB in size, ModernBeats releases the ‘Radio MAX’ loop library. The loopset was designed at the popular Top-40 Radio tempo of 120BPM and provides 10 construction-style multi-track Radio/Pop/R&B/Dance music themes with up to 4 variations per theme: “Hook 1”, “Hook 2”, “Verse 1”, and “Verse 2”.

‘Radio MAX’ features a wide array of chart-topping Pop R&B Dance radio performances in the style of platinum Pop R&B Dance music artists such as Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Katy Perry, Madonna, Ke$ha, Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson, and more. All loops mix-match seamlessly together in a construction-style layout allowing for full mixing control and arrangement.

Radio MAX Music Loops – Multi-Track Instruments Included:

  • Acoustic Guitar, Acoustic Bells, Analog Bass, Arpeggio Synths
  • Brass Section, Breath Sound Effects, Chorus Synths, Choir Pads
  • Electric Guitar, Ensemble Strings, Glide Bass, Guitar Harmonics
  • Horns Section, Marcato Strings, Muted Guitar, Portamento Synths
  • Phaser Pads, Piano, Staccato Strings, Saw Synth Leads
  • Square Synth Leads, Sync Synths, Synth Bells, Synth Pads
  • Synth Sound Effects, Violins, Vocoder FX, & Vocal Sound FX

Radio MAX Loops is offered as a download, priced at just $39.95. For more information plus audio demos, visit: http://www.modernbeats.com/loopsets.php.

Posted in Audio, Loops, Samples

Avid Mbox and Mbox Mini Now Deliver the Pro Tools Experience

New Pro Tools Express and Mbox bundles combine best-in-class hardware with 16-tracks of Pro Tools power for studio-quality results.

Avid® (NASDAQ: AVID) today announced that its ultra-portable, professional-grade Mbox® and Mbox Mini audio interfaces now come with Pro Tools® Express software included at no additional charge, giving customers the award-winning Pro Tools software experience at a great value. These offerings are in addition to the current Pro Tools + Mbox bundles offered for the three Mbox designs.

With Pro Tools Express, customers can record, edit, and mix up to 16 stereo audio tracks-in addition to virtual instrument and MIDI tracks-using the core industry-standard toolset embraced by top producers, engineers, and artists. Paired with Mbox and Mbox Mini interfaces, which offer best-in-class audio quality and performance, Pro Tools Express empowers users to create their best work with more affordable, professional solutions.

Pro Tools Express key features

  • Record and mix up to 16 stereo audio tracks at 96 kHz (Mbox) or 48 kHz (Mbox Mini) resolution
  • Compose music easily with premium AIR virtual instruments, plus the same MIDI editing and Sibelius notation tools as Pro Tools
  • Create pro-quality mixes with Automatic Delay Compensation and a collection of high-quality plug-ins
  • Change tempo, timing, pitch, and create harmonies in real time with Elastic Time and Elastic Pitch
  • Take projects to the next level-and to studios around the world-with session file compatibility across all Pro Tools systems

“Customers and critics have raved about the audio quality of the Mbox and Mbox Mini interfaces,” says Tony Cariddi, Avid pro audio marketing manager. “And while they work brilliantly with Core Audio- and ASIO-compatible systems, they really shine the brightest as part of the Pro Tools experience. We’re excited to now share that professional Pro Tools experience with all Mbox users, whether they opt for a Pro Tools + Mbox bundle or a standalone Mbox with Pro Tools Express. This perfect union of hardware and software tools delivers the performance, sound quality, and stability that let’s them focus on composing, recording, editing, and mixing their very best work.”

Availability and pricing

Mbox (with Pro Tools Express) and Mbox Mini (with Pro Tools Express) are available today worldwide for $499 (£399 inc vat,€489) and $299 (£239 inc vat,€295) USMRSP, respectively. As customers needs and skills grow, they can upgrade from Pro Tools Express to Pro Tools 10 for just $399(£310 inc vat,€385) . For complete feature specifications, see the Pro Tools Software Comparison page.

ModernBeats Releases ‘Supreme Snarez 2’ Drum Samples

Featuring over 320 one-shot snare samples designed for contemporary pop & hip-hop music production, ModernBeats releases its snare drum library sequel “Supreme Snarez 2”. All samples were recorded at 24bit, 44.1khz for optimized audio fidelity and include snare designs modeled after Timbaland, T. Pain, Stargate, Scott Storch, RedOne, Dre, Trak Starz, and others.

“Supreme Snarez 2” contains 10 auto-loading software sampler presets in 6 formats that instantly load all 320 snare samples into your sampler of choice: Reason NN-XT (.SXT), EXS24 (.EXS), Kontakt (.NKI), Battery (.KIT), Halion (.FXP), Soundfont (.SF2), and WAV (.WAV). The snare library is organized into 10 main categories to help easily and quickly load the type of snares needed:

  • Ambient Snarez 1
  • Ambient Snarez 2
  • Klub Snarez 1
  • Klub Snarez 2
  • Organix Snarez 1
  • Organix Snarez 2
  • Percussive Extraz
  • Power Snarez 1
  • Power Snarez 2
  • Supa Sexy Snarez

The “Supreme Snarez” Drum Sample Library (Volume 1 & 2) is ModernBeats’ most indepth snare samples collection yet. “Supreme Snarez 2” is offered as a download, priced at just $39.95. For more information and audio demos, visit: www.modernbeats.com/soundsets.php.