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ModernBeats Unveils New Sounds + Song Submit Service

Featuring over 365 Pop Radio music loops in construction-style layout, 870+ files in 3 formats (WAV/AIFF/REX2), and 1.36GB in size, ModernBeats delivers “Pop Anthemz 2”. Pop Anthemz Music Loops 2 is structured into 2 popular pop top-40 radio tempos: 126BPM and 132BPM. Each 2 tempo groups contains several multi-track loop themes including 3-7 variations per theme: “Intro1”, “Intro2”, “Hook1”, “Hook2”, “Verse1”, “Verse2”, and “Break”. Each multi-track variation is separated in its individual instrument loop file such as bass, piano, synth1, synth2, strings etc.

‘Pop Anthemz’ comes loaded with a wide variety of contemporary and classic music instruments for pop music production providing users with hundreds of hit-worthy contemporary music performances! Loops are modeled in the style of platinum Pop music artists such as Kelly Clarkson, Lady GaGa, will.i.am, Justin Bieber, Jordin Sparks, Britney Spears, Kerli, Madonna, and Katy Perry.

‘Pop Anthemz 2’ list of instruments include:

  • Acoustic Guitars
  • Additive Synths
  • Analog Synths
  • Arpeggio Synths
  • Brass Sections
  • Choir Pads
  • Electric Bass
  • Electric Guitars
  • Electric Keyboards
  • Ensemble Strings
  • Ethnic Strings
  • Flute & Woodwinds
  • Harp & Harpsichords
  • Leslie & Organ Pads
  • Marcato Strings
  • Monophonic Glide Synths
  • Orchestral Stabs
  • Phaser & Filter Synths
  • Piano & Rhodes
  • Saw Synth Bass & Leads
  • Sine Wave Sub Bass
  • Sound FX & Vocal FX
  • Square Synth Pads & Leads
  • Sync Synth Pads & Leads
  • Subtractive Synths
  • Vibes & Mallets

The ‘Pop Anthemz 2’ Loop Library is offered as a download, priced at just $29.95. For more info and audio demos, visit: http://www.modernbeats.com.

Modern Beats Pop Anthemz 2

Posted in Loops, News, Recording, Samples

Avid Releases Latest Version of Sibelius First; The Fastest, Easiest Way to Write and Share Music

New innovative design, incredible included sounds and comprehensive sharing options make Sibelius First the premiere solution for beginning notation and composition

Avid® (NASDAQ: AVID) today announced the release of Sibelius First, the easiest and most intuitive way for aspiring composers, songwriters, arrangers and students to write and share music.

Sibelius First combines the Sibelius Student and Sibelius First notation products into a single easy-to-use, powerful, and fun music composition tool. The new Sibelius First takes advantage of the features introduced by Avid’s Sibelius 7, including a task-oriented UI specifically designed to guide you through the creative process, exceptional playback and sound quality, 64-bit technology and support for the latest operating systems—plus new video export functionality, online publishing, and direct sharing to YouTube, SoundCloud, and Facebook, and more.

Sibelius First’s standout features include:

  • Easy-to-use interface: Using Sibelius First is faster and easier than ever, thanks to a refined, task-oriented user interface that makes it possible to get great results without prior experience
  • Enter notes the way you want: Choose from scanning, transcribing, or MIDI import to quickly get your ideas into Sibelius First—now with full MusicXML interchange for transferring your music into and out of other applications
  • Exclusive Sound Library: Includes a premium sound library so you can hear your compositions played back in amazing detail on high-quality sampled instruments, and produce better quality exports
  • Full 64-bit support: Unlock the full power of your 64-bit computer, and directly address more than 4GB of RAM
  • Smart tools: no engraving or notation expertise required to get great results. Magnetic layout and dynamic parts make it easy to produce and tailor your scores to suit musicians of all kinds
  • Take your scores on the go: Sibelius First scores can be added to the score library on the Avid Scorch app (sold separately)
  • Exciting new social media and video sharing options: Users can easily export compositions as videos and publish their work to social media websites (YouTube, SoundCloud, Facebook) along with traditional print, email, or audio exports

Availability and Pricing

Sibelius First software is available now for £99 GBP / €120 EURO and multi-seat 5 packs are available for £239 / €291. Current Sibelius First and Sibelius Student customers may take advantage of upgrade options for £29.99/€39.To learn more visit Sibelius online. For purchasing inquiries, please visit the Sibelius Store.

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.

Avid Announces Pro Tools + Eleven Rack; Delivering Guitarists Unprecedented Studio Power and Incredible Value

Avid® has announced the release of Pro Tools + Eleven Rack, a new specially designed bundle for guitarists that comes with the world’s most popular professional recording software, a DSP-accelerated audio interface that offers hyper-realistic tones of classic amps and effects, and the Eleven Rack Expansion Pack add-on – delivering a powerful live performance and recording solution for guitarists at an incredible value.

  • Expanded collection of emulations of classic amp tones inspired by Fender®, VOX®, Marshall®, Soldano, Mesa/Boogie®, Bogner®, Ampeg® and Matchless®*, among others, provide an incredible range of tones.
  • Enhance tones and embellish tracks with an even broader assortment of classic stompbox effects inspired by MXR®, Electro-Harmonix®, Ibanez®, Pro Co, Univox®, and more*.
  • Compose, record, edit, reamp and mix using industry-standard Pro Tools software.

“We know our customers also demand tremendous functionality from a guitar recording solution,” said Tanguy Leborgne, Avid Vice President, Products and Solutions, Creative Enthusiast. “We responded with Pro Tools + Eleven Rack, providing guitarists with unprecedented recording power, tonal control and versatility – in the studio and on stage – at an incredible value.”

Pro Tools + Eleven Rack is available for£759.99 GBP / 825 € EUR. To learn more about Pro Tools + Eleven Rack visit avid.com/Guitar.

For purchasing inquiries, please visit the shop.avid.com

* Eleven Rack is not connected with, or approved or endorsed by, the owners of the Ampeg®, Bogner®, Electro-Harmonix®, Fender®, Ibanez®, Marshall®, Matchless®, Mesa/Boogie®, MXR®, Pro Co, Roland®, Soldano, Univox®, or VOX® names. These names are used solely to identify the guitar amplifiers, cabinets, speakers, and effects emulated by Eleven Rack.

Nomad Factory Releases MAGNETIC II – Real to Real Audio Tape Warmer Plug-In.

Nomad Factory,  leader in tube emulation technology, proudly announces the launch of “MAGNETIC II”, a truly realistic “Real to Real” audio tape warming effect plug-in that gives your audio tracks the exclusive vintage tape sound which your ears crave. This effect can inject sterile audio with the warmth and character of classic tube circuitry and analog tape saturation. The plug-in features pure analog reel-to-reel tape speeds, tape/tube saturation and tape color effects, as well as a dedicated vintage style EQ and a built in Boost mastering section. The result is a creamy, warm sound that can only be achieved by MAGNETIC.

MAGNETIC II offers great new features and 9 new tape models that offers the authentic sound of famous vintage tape machines such as Otari MX-80 / MTR-90, Studer A80MkII and many more…

MAGNETIC can be used in many different musical ways. Try using it on individual tracks to add subtle warmth and tape color to your drums or use it to create a filtered cassette AM-radio effect on a vocal. But that’s not all… when used on the master bus, MAGNETIC can warm your entire mix and “boost” it up to broadcast level. It’s just like having a 30+ year old reel-to-reel tape machine at your fingertips, without all the maintenance costs.

From Today through December 31, 2011 the new MAGNETIC II plug-in will be sold at introductory price of $79 (MSRP $149). An upgrade path from MAGNETIC I is also available for only $20. Magnetic II is also available as part of Nomad’s new “Integral Studio Pack III” actually promoted at only $199 (MSRP $599). 

Learn more from the Nomad Factory website: www.nomadfactory.com.

Queen launch remix competition for ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’!

Queen and Talenthouse have hooked up to bring remixers, musicians and producers a once in a lifetime opportunity; the chance to remix one of the biggest songs of all time ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’.

This will be the first time Queen have released isolated parts or ‘stems’, including Freddie Mercury’s original vocals in order to discover a modern remix of the much loved track.

The winner will be featured on Queen’s official site and across their social media channels including their Facebook and YouTube pages. They will also receive $1,000, Avid Pro Tools software and studio time with a top mastering engineer at Metropolis Studios in London* where Queen famously recorded their hit albums ‘Made In Heaven’ and ‘Innuendo’. The runner-ups will receive Avid music software and Queen goodies.

The deadline for submissions is December 13th 2011. All submitted remixes will go up for public voting on Facebook & Twitter between December 14th and December 21st 2011 with the top finalists then reviewed and judged by both Brian May and Roger Taylor, along with special guest judges Justin Shirley-Smith and Kris Fredriksson, Queen’s resident sound engineers and sound producers.

Finalist announcements will be made on January 18th 2012.

For further information and details of how to enter please visit http://www.talenthouse.com/queen-remix-dont-stop-me-now

  • Travel and 2 nights accommodation will be provided

Avid Pro Tools 10 On Tour

Avid take the brand new Pro Tools 10 software on the road.

Following on from a successful launch at the DV Computer Audio Expo last week (Nov 3-4), the Avid music team are attending the The Music Production Show on the 11th and 12th November 2011 at The Emirates Stadium in North London, followed by three dates at selected hi tech outlets across the country:

  • Production Room in Leeds on the 18th November
  • Absolute Music in Poole on the 26th and 27th November
  • Andertons in Guildford on the 1st December

(please check with individual stores for timings)

“Pro Tools 10 is all about the step up in sound quality and speed”, says David Atkinson, Avid Retail Channel Marketing manager EMEA. “Clearly you can’t experience those kinds of benefits on a web page or webinar so attending shows like MPS and in-store days are critical in getting the message across. Come chat with the team at an event and see the improvements with your own eyes and ears”.

To find out more about the Pro Tools 10 visit avid.com/ProTools.

Avid Announces Next Generation M-Audio Fast Track C400 and C600 Recording Interfaces

Burlington, MA, Oct 4, 2011—Avid® (NASDAQ: AVID) today announced the release of the Fast Track® C400 and Fast Track C600 – the next generation of the best-selling M-Audio® Fast Track line of USB interfaces. Extending Avid’s legacy of providing best-in-class solutions for customers of all skill levels – from advanced professionals to students and beginners – the new Fast Track C-series delivers exceptional audio quality plus hands-on controls for a superior user experience. The interfaces are available bundled with studio-standard Pro Tools® MP software or as standalone units.
Sporting a new, desktop-friendly, ergonomic design, the new Fast Track C-series interfaces combine multiple solutions into one by incorporating a studio-quality audio interface, unique hands-on controls, and an integrated monitor management system. The end result is a new generation of music creation solutions that empower musicians to deliver better quality recordings in less time.

  • All-new industrial design maximizes desktop space while providing hands-on access to key controls.
  • An assignable Multi button delivers hands-on software control, enabling musicians to maintain the creative flow (Fast Track C600 also features re-assignable transport controls).
  • Superior converters, redesigned analog signal paths, and 24-bit/96 kHz audio fidelity ensure recordings will sound amazing.
  • Intuitive monitor management system enables musicians to compare their mixes on multiple sets of studio monitors—confirming mixes translate well.
  • Onboard MX Core DSP technology supplies reverb and delay on headphone outputs, inspiring great performances and delivering low-latency monitoring without taxing the host computer.
  • Each interface is available as a bundle with industry-leading Pro Tools MP software, or standalone for use with other popular audio software.

“Our product designers met directly with our customers, looked at how they create their recordings, and constructed a desktop unit that would truly be the centerpiece of a home studio,” said Tanguy Leborgne, Avid vice president, creative enthusiasts product management (check his title). “With the Fast Track C-Series, musicians get an interface, hands-on controls, and a monitor management system – all in one lightweight, portable unit with incredible audio fidelity and performance specs. These exciting releases make it simpler than ever to transform ideas into professional-quality music by putting more control at your fingertips, giving you the freedom to make music at the speed of your creativity.”

Availability and Pricing
Fast Track C400 and C600 are available now for £209/€229 and £339/€369 respectively, and include Pro Tools SE streamlined music creation software. Pro Tools MP + Fast Track C400 is available for £339/€369. Pro Tools MP + Fast Track C600 is available for £459/€499. To learn more about the Fast Track C-series visit www.m-audio.com. For purchasing inquiries, please visit the Avid Store.

Nomad Factory Releases ECHOES – The Ultimate Analog Echo Box

Nomad Factory today proudly announces the release of ECHOES, a new Analog Echo Box plug-in designed to reproduce the warmth and richness of classic vintage delay effects. ECHOES faithfully models the greatest delay units of all time…

Following the philosophy behind Nomad Factory’s hit MAGNETIC plug-in, ECHOES not only sounds amazing, but it is designed to be very easy to use. Unlike many other delay plug-ins that have dozens of unnecessary knobs and confusing parameters, ECHOES has captured the essence of the original effects by keeping it simple. With the turn of a few knobs, the plug-in delivers musical results and instant analog delay satisfaction!

1000 words on the product will not say much more… Simply download and try the full ECHOES demo and feel for your self!

Until May 15, 2011, ECHOES will be sold at introductory price of only $49 (MSRP $129).  ECHOES can also be purchased with MAGNETICS in an exclusive bundle offer called “Magnetic Bundle” which is also promoted at introductory price of only $99 (MSRP $158).

Learn more from the Nomad Factory website :

www.nomadfactory.com

System Requirements

Apple Minimum Requirements :

  • Macintosh® Intel Core Solo® 1.5GHz with 1Gb of RAM. Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard and Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. Compatible Intel Macs, PPC are not supported.
  • Apple Compatibility : AudioUnit – RTAS (Pro Tools) and VST plug-ins. (All plug-in formats are included).
  • 32-bit and 64-bit are supported. You can authorize our software on up to 3 computers with a simple one-click authorization procedure (no dongle key required).

Windows Minimum Requirements :

  • Pentium® iV 2GHz / Athlon™XP 2GHz with 1Gb of RAM. Windows 7 – XP – Vista are supported (32-bit and 64-bit).
  • Windows Compatibility : VST and RTAS (Pro Tools) plug-ins. (All plug-in formats are included).
  • 32-bit and 64-bit are supported. You can authorize this software on up to 3 computers with a simple one-click authorization procedure (no dongle key required).

Frankfurt Musikmesse 2011: Mackie Introduces New Onyx Blackjack and Blackbird Premium Recording Interfaces

Offers industry-leading recording quality, conversion in ergonomic designs.

Mackie brings two new premium recording interfaces, additions to the popular Onyx family — the Onyx Blackjack and Onyx Blackbird to Musikmesse. These powerful new interfaces combine the sonic benefits of Mackie’s proven Onyx mic preamps with high-end Cirrus Logic® AD/DA converters and workflow-friendly features that are perfect for people starting or expanding upon their studio.

“Our new Onyx interfaces offer unmatched recording quality,” remarked Mackie Product Manager, Matt Redmon. “The Onyx preamps alone are far superior to anything in this price range. Combined with the high-end converters and workflow-friendly features and design…the value is undeniable.”

The Onyx Blackjack is an ultra-compact desktop 2×2 USB interface, perfect for the home studio. It features two acclaimed Onyx mic preamp channels, each featuring built-in DIs for connecting guitars, etc. Separate level control for studio monitors and headphones, along with true analog hardware monitoring take the guesswork out of zero-latency recording. It is bus-powered, with a rugged, ergonomic chassis perfect for both portable and home studio applications.

The rackmount Onyx Blackbird delivers studio-grade recording via eight Onyx mic preamps. A 16×16 FireWire interface, Blackbird also features 8×8 ADAT and wordclock I/O, providing ultimate expandability. There are two “Super Channels” on the front panel with dedicated low-cut switches, phantom power and true hardware monitoring options for quick zero-latency tracking. The other channels are equally flexible, utilizing the powerful Blackbird Control DSP Matrix Mixer for quick setup of independent mixes and the ability to route any input to any output. Monitor, main, alt and dual headphone outs with dedicated source selection and level control ensures there are plenty of mix routing options.

The Onyx Blackjack and Onyx Blackbird are Mac/PC compatible, work with most major DAWs and include Tracktion 3 Music Production Software. The Onyx Blackjack and Onyx Blackbird are now available worldwide. The Onyx Blackjack is €169 inc. tax & £149 inc. VAT and the Onyx Blackbird is €499 inc. tax & £415 inc. VAT. Visit Mackie during Musikmesse from April 6-9, 2011 in Frankfurt, Germany in Halle 4.1, Stand E31.  For more detailed product information, please visit www.mackie.com.