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Win a Copy of Notion 4.0 with Rockschool

To get your creativity flowing this New Year, Rockschool have teamed up with Notion Music to give away 3 copies of their newest music editing software, Notion 4.0. Notion 4 is the latest in music editing, creation and playback software and offers teachers and students an unrivalled level of production features to help your playing ability and notation.

Notion 4.0

Compose, review, and edit music with a quality and ease of use that must be experienced. No endless menus to find what you need. Notion is the most efficient notation product, making it simple to write and edit your ideas quickly.

Notion gives you the best playback of any notation product. The orchestral samples are recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios; the guitar samples by Neil Zaza; the bass samples by Victor Wooten and the drum samples by Roy “Futureman” Wooten.

No other product allows you to create a score on your desktop and transfer it to your iPad, where you can continue to edit and review your music. If you have Notion and the Notion iPad app, you can send and open scores from each device and continue to work on your score, anywhere, anytime.  Further information on Notion 4 is available here:

To enter the competition and to find out further details visit rockschool.co.uk. The competition will end on the 14th January.

Rockschool Notion 4.0 Competition

Plug & Mix Launches Version 3.0 with 14 New Plug-ins and AAX Support!

Plug And Mix is proud to announce the launch of its version 3.0 of their V.I.P. series plug-ins that adds full 64-bit support for Mac OS 10,8 (Mountain Lion) and Windows 8, as well as compatibility with Avid’s AAX format for Mac and PC.

Version 3.0 also includes the 14 most requested plug-ins by users to complement the 26 existing plug-ins of the previous V.I.P. Bundle.

The UPGRADE to V3.0 is FREE of charge for ALL owners and that is something pretty “user friendly” that bears mentioning.

The new plug-ins are :

  • Octaplexer – Octaver Divider Plug-in
  • Psycho Ring – An unique Ring Modulator
  • Stereolizer – Stereo width enlargement
  • Ob La Wah – The Virtual WAH-WAH Pedal
  • Electro Q Tone – Extreme EQ when needed
  • Talking Tone – Talk box and Vocoder
  • Deluxe Tilt – Tonic Tilting
  • Ambiosoniq – Improve your Stereo Image
  • Maxbass – Bass enhancement plug-in
  • Screamer – Hardcore Screaming Distortion
  • Liquid Air Q – EQ with presence
  • Vinylizer – Get that Vinyl Sound
  • Granulizer – Granular Processing Plug-in
  • Ls Rotator – Need a great Leslie?

Plug And Mix have been working very closely with their carefully selected developers to create new plug-ins that their customers had requested. Sound quality was the first priority while always keeping in mind the ongoing goal of making the plug-ins as easy to use and efficient as the existing toolset included in the previous V.I.P. Bundle.

Now there are a total of 40 creative audio tools that let professionals and audio enthusiasts take immediate control of their mixes and get superb results without searching through a multitude of parameters.

Until January 31, P&M products will be sold at the promoted price of $39 (MSRP $59) for the individual plug-ins and $299 (MSRP $499) for the full V.I.P. Bundle.

Learn more from the P&M website: www.plugandmix.com.

Plug & Mix Plugins

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.

Orange Amps Launch New Upgrades for the OPC plus a big Price Drop By Selling Direct

Orange Personal Computers have upgraded the Orange OPC and features an unlocked 2nd gen Core Intel i7 CPU with 8 virtual cores, the RAM has been doubled to 8GB DDR3. Greatly increased demand coupled with selling direct from their website www.OrangeOPC.com makes this all-in-one recording studio, complete with inbuilt instrument/mic amplifier and stereo JBL speakers, an excellent and unbeatable value.

The new prices for the variants are as follows:

  • Dual Core  i3 2100 – 4GB RAM £795 VAT included ($1125)
  • Quad Core i5 2400 – 6GB RAM £985 VAT included ($1395)
  • Quad Core i7 2600k (8 threads) – 8GB RAM £1115 VAT included ($1579)

The great advantage with the OPC is it comes complete with premium software (over £500 in value) already installed and configured; it’s easy to use and is very user friendly. It’s ideal for making Demos or Master digital recordings. Just plug- in, play/record, multi-track/mix, and then upload straight onto the Web for the world to access. As a Windows audio workstation, the OPC can be easily expanded with any additional hardware or software as needed.

The OPC is light, portable and can also be used as a powerful computer; it measures only (h) 32cm x (w) 35cm x (d) 24cm. There’s so much more in an OPC. Go to www.OrangeOPC.com.

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.

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 Sibelius 7, the Fastest, Smartest, Easiest Way to Write Music

Avid releases newest version of the world’s best-selling music notation software, with full MusicXML interchange support, exclusive professional-quality sample library and a new task-oriented user interface.

Avid® today announced the release of Sibelius 7, the newest version of the company’s flagship musical notation software. Combining a deep, sophisticated feature set with an all new task-oriented user interface — putting all of the software’s features at the user’s fingertips — Sibelius® 7 enhances music writing through intuitive and flexible workflows and improved tools for increased collaboration. Complete with a newly recorded professional-quality sampled sound library, native 64-bit performance, full MusicXML interchange support, and advanced typography and graphics features, Sibelius 7 is more powerful and versatile than ever before.

“Whether you’re a composer, arranger, copyist, publisher, instrumentalist, teacher or student, Sibelius 7 enables you to write music even more quickly and easily—no matter your level of experience,” said Chris Gahagan, Avid Senior Vice President of Products and Solutions. “Sibelius 7 offers a completely redesigned user interface and technology architecture, providing incredibly fast performance and improved workflows designed to help you create beautiful scores faster and more easily than ever.”

What’s New in Sibelius 7?

  • New and exclusive professional-quality sound library – Unique to Sibelius, the new professional-quality sound library delivers stunning musical realism to scores during playback. It includes the Avid Orchestra, a specially recorded full symphony orchestra, a collection of rock and pop sounds from the Avid virtual instrument team, a 27-stop church organ from leading virtual organ creator Hauptwerk, and a selection of sounds from Sample Logic Rumble and Fanfare featuring 14-time world champion Drum and Bugle Corps, The Blue Devils.
  • Completely redesigned task-oriented user interface – Optimized for single-display systems, the new user interface employs a rich graphical toolbar and dockable panels that don’t obscure the working area, putting all of the software’s features at the user’s fingertips. The redesigned mixer also allows finer control of playback than ever before, delivering more balanced mixes.
  • Full MusicXML interchange – Complete MusicXML import and now export makes sharing files with hundreds of music applications, including Finale®, easier than ever.
  • 64-bit performance – Sibelius 7 is the world’s first native 64-bit notation software, and has been completely rewritten to take advantage of the performance of today’s incredibly fast 64-bit hardware and operating systems.
  • Powerful text, graphic and sharing options – Publisher-quality typography and graphics import/export capability delivers finished scores with professional-quality text and graphics. Publish and export demanding layouts and text-heavy scores with advanced finishing options, including direct PDF and EPS export. Also sync with or import notation from Pro Tools®, or export scores as Scorch® files, then share or publish them on the web or via Avid Scorch for iPad®.

What Customers Are Saying

“Sibelius 7 clearly demonstrates that the design team is not content to rest on their laurels,” declares Bill Holab, engraver and winner of 57 Paul Revere awards for graphic excellence in music. “They have completely revamped the interface, made it easier for novice users, yet retained all of the familiar shortcuts. On top of that, they have redesigned the display system so that we get a far more accurate view of the music onscreen, and added in extensive text features that are essential to some of the complex projects we work on, like opera vocal scores. Sibelius 7 is an intrinsic part of our production workflow and will continue to be the main tool we use to prepare high-end music publications and performance materials.”

“The striking thing about Sibelius 7 is the new user interface – the startling thing about Sibelius 7 is how much faster the new user interface allows you to work,” explains John Murdoch, music director of Lehigh Valley Presbyterian Church in Allentown, PA. “Are you arranging a score for a choral performance? Sibelius 7 makes you faster. Are you creating music for live playback with virtual instruments? Sibelius 7 makes you faster. Are you simplifying a score for Broadway musical auditions? Sibelius 7 makes you faster. And that was just my day yesterday.”

Availability and Pricing

Sibelius 7 is now available for £459 GBP / €549 EUR. Current Sibelius customers may take advantage of upgrade options of £119 GBP / €140 EUR, with multi-seat upgrade pricing from £47 GBP / €60 EUR per seat. Customers looking to crossgrade from another notation product can purchase a crossgrade for £149 GBP / €170 EUR. Avid also offers individual educator and student pricing for £219 GBP / €249 EUR. In addition, students receive four years of complimentary upgrades. This price and four years of complimentary upgrades also apply to Avid’s leading audio and video software, Pro Tools and Media Composer. Educational multi-user pricing is offered at £95 GBP / €95 EUR per seat. To learn more or to watch a video overview of Sibelius 7, visit Sibelius online. For purchasing inquiries, please visit the Sibelius Store.

Avid Announces Eleven Rack Expansion Pack

Eleven Rack Expansion Pack: Expanded Guitar Amp Emulation, Vocal and Bass Workflows and Effect.

The Eleven Rack Expansion Pack, a software add-on option for Avid’s award-winning Eleven Rack guitar amp and effects processor, provides a series of new features and enhancements to the system, including:

  • New guitar and bass amp effects emulations—deliver users an expanded sonic palette with 19 new guitar amp and effects emulations, including an all-new bass amp/cabinet simulation that invokes the sounds of legendary bass tones.
  • Parametric EQ and studio compressor channel strip effects—allow customers to easily capture vocal and instrument performances using new channel strip-style signal processing.
  • Dynamic stereo delay—provides customers more options to enhance their sound, create custom effects and widen their guitar tone with full ducking, panning and filtering control on delay feedback.
  • Speaker break-up emulation—re-creates the natural distortion characteristics heard when turning up an analog amp with speaker breakup emulation added to all amps.

Pricing and availability

The Eleven Rack Expansion Pack will be available worldwide on March 22, 2011 for $99 USD / £76.95 via the Avid Web store only.

www.Shop.Avid.com

Specific link to product: http://shop.avid.com/store/product.do?product=324834580953840

For more information on features and availability, visit: www.avid.com.

New ear training software gets “musical” and goes “infinite”

Reel Space Irish Music School in Valencia, Spain releases Reel Ear, an ear training software that allows musicians 100% control and infinite melodies in an attractive call and response music dictation software.

(Valencia, Spain. May 17th, 2010). Playing music by ear is the most important skill that a musician can develop. Many musicians, however, get frustrated with ear training software because it sounds clunky and “unmusical”, has only a limited amount of melodies, and doesn’t do exactly what the musician wants.

Reel Ear, the new ear training program from the Reel Space Irish Music School in Valencia, Spain, solves those typical design problems. Designer Mattie O’Boyle says that “our concept of ‘infinite melodies based on a discrete set of user defined variables’ means that Reel Ear will generate thousands of possible melodies using just the most basic settings a beginning musician would want; add a few more variables to the mix and the number of possible melodies skyrockets into the billions – and all of it sounds really musical”

Musicians can tweak which notes or musical rests they want to work on, the length and speed of the phrases, and the number of times the phrases repeats before moving on to a new melody. They can also customize the metronome to have the musical dictation take place against almost any possible rhythmic background and activate the
ostinato module to add an harmonic element to their ear training workout.

Reel Ear is currently available for download from the Reel Ear website (www.reelear.com). Reel Ear has a 30 day, fully functional trial period and an individual license to unlock the program forever costs $39.95.

Accredited music schools receive trade discounts based on the volume of their purchase. Currently, Reel Ear is only available for the Windows operating system.

To learn more about how Reel Ear can help you reach all your musical goals, please visit our website at www.reelear.com.

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