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Bob Moog inducted into Inventors Hall of Fame

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Bob Moog National Inventors Hall of Fame

Moog has announced that Bob Moog is one of the United States Patent and Trademark Office 2013 National Inventors Hall of Fame inductees.

This is an honor that is bestowed to “individuals who conceived, patented, and advanced so many of the great technological achievements that have changed our world.”

Bob is being recognized for Patent No. 3475623 more commonly known to Moog fans as the Moog Ladder Filter. Using the new properties provided by transistors, the Ladder Filter was the first voltage controlled filter. By using voltage control such as keyboards and envelopes to steer the harmonic content of music over time, the Ladder Filter allowed new ways of manipulating sound that became part of the basic grammar for a new vocabulary of musical expression.

This humble invention laid the foundation for the electric pulse that beats through all forms of modern music. Bob brought to life basic concepts of dynamic filters used in the mix in every genre of recorded music today. The Ladder Filter allows the organic movement of sound in such a way that people can not only hear its warmth, but also feel its sweep come to life.

Patent No. 3475623 is best known for its use in the Minimoog Synthesizer and its effect can be heard on genre defining albums by artist like Michael Jackson, Kraftwerk, Parliament Funkadelic, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Dr. Dre, Diana Ross, and Brian Eno.

Everyone at Moog Music is grateful to be a small part of continuing Bob’s work and the enduring legacy of Patent No. 3475623. We would like thank the USPTO for recognizing Bob’s great innovation. This year’s induction ceremony will take place May 1st in Alexandria, VA at the USPTO headquarters.

More information: Moog

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Roland releases V-Drums Friend Jam Kids

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Roland has announced the release of V-Drums Friend Jam Kids, a free software application for children to build drumming skills and compare their progress with other V-Drums users around the world.


V-Drums Friend Jam Kids provides a fun way to practice & enjoy playing V-Drums.

As the industry leader in electronic percussion, Roland offers a wide-ranging lineup of V-Drums sets, from the flagship TD-30KV V-Pro Series to the home-friendly HD-3 V-Drums Lite. V-Drums Friend Jam Kids helps children and their families communicate with each other through practicing with any V-Drums set. By accessing a child’s “player page” with their computer or smart phone, family members can easily check practice time, scoring, and more to keep up with playing progress and encourage improvement.

Since its release two years ago, V-Drums Friend Jam has become an extremely popular social networking tool for drummers, with over 30,000 users to date in 175 countries and regions worldwide. The software allows players to share scores and interact with each other via their Twitter accounts while practicing the drums.

V-Drums Friend Jam Kids is a completely self-contained application that does not require Twitter to share scores. Its practice features and functions are similar to V-Drums Friend Jam, but are tailored more to children who are just starting to learn the drums. The software supports 13 different languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, Polish, Russian, Turkish, and more.

V-Drums Friend Jam Kids – Record Screen Available for both Windows and Mac OS X, V-Drums Friend Jam Kids helps young drummers improve their skills with enjoyable songs and fun practice evaluation features. It offers a friendly and inviting user interface, plus a continuously growing library of play-along songs that can be downloaded directly within the application from the web. Included are traditional children’s tunes like “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,” classic pieces such as “Air on the G String,” and a variety of musical grooves in popular styles, all specially arranged for playing along on the V-Drums. Users can also add MP3 files stored on their computer to jam with their favorite songs.

By connecting their V-Drums kit to their computer via USB or MIDI, players can capture and evaluate individual performance elements such as rhythm, technique, and variation, then see how their results compare with other V-Drums Friend Jam Kids users around the world via the Internet.

New Metronome and Beat Guide functions help developing players build their basic drumming skills in an interactive way. In addition, score rankings, achievement awards, and a calendar feature that tracks playing time motivate them to reach practice goals.

The V-Drums Friend Jam Kids software application is available as a free download for Windows and Mac.

More information: Roland / V-Drums Friend Jam Kids

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Rob Papen releases RP-Verb Rack Extension for Reason

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Rob Papen has announced the release of RP-Verb RE, a reverb Rack Extension for Propellerhead Reason.

Rob Papen RP-Verb RE
Rob Papen’s RP-Verb Rack Extension features reverb, early and late reflections, ensemble, distortion & EQ modules.

When it comes to a pristine, authentic reverb, it’s the algorithm that counts. RP-Verb is the fruit of Rob Papen’s decades-long study of reverb.

With countless hours of exploring, testing, and tweaking by Rob himself and Jon Ayres, the result is exactly what you would expect: a stunning, musical reverb that brings unmatched dimension and fullness to your mixes.

RP-Verb is “the Reverb” that you have waited years for to use in your Reason rack!

RP-Verb RE is available for the introductory price of 49 EUR / $59 USD until April 30th, 2013 (regular 65 EUR / $79 USD).

More information: Rob Papen / RP-Verb RE

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Sugar Bytes launches Easter Craze – Up to 50% off

Sugar Bytes has announced an Easter Craze, offering up to 50% off its plugins.

Sugar Bytes Easter Craze

Celebrate the Easter Holidays with some sweets from Sugar Bytes!
Fresh sounds are waiting for you with discounts up to 50%.

The offer ends April 1st, 2013.

More information: Sugar Bytes

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Muse Research ships Recepter Trio & Qu4ttro hardware plugin players

Muse Research & Development has announced the availability of RECEPTOR TRIO and QU4TTRO, the latest additions to its line of dedicated hardware plug-in players.

The first generation RECEPTOR caught on quickly among touring professionals, and since then, thousands of RECEPTORS have played the stages of the finest venues all over the world, covering all styles of music, operating in all kinds of conditions from the frozen tundras of Canada to the sweltering deserts of Dubai. The world’s biggest bands and most famous performers are using RECEPTOR.

The RECEPTOR TRIO and QU4TTRO take RECEPTOR technology to the next level. These are our most powerful Receptors ever; the easiest-to-use Receptors ever, and they also has the most flexible I/O capability of any Receptor ever.

Muse Research Receptor Qu4ttro
The Receptor QU4TTRO offers more power & flexibility.
  • RECEPTOR TRIO & QU4TTRO have Muse R&D’s proprietary Tetra-Core™ technology — With Tetra-Core processing, your plugins are dynamically balanced between the CPU cores with priority given to making music, not graphics or other less-important tasks.
  • All RECEPTORs utilizes Muse R&D’s rack-oriented UI with LIVE MODE — First introduced with RECEPTOR VIP, the new Rack-mode UI and LIVE MODE are far simpler than the older Receptor UI, and are winning acclaim from players and reviewers alike.
  • RECEPTOR TRIO & QU4TTRO feature the most flexible I/O of any Receptor — With 8 analog inputs, 8 analog outputs, ADAT digital output, and SPIDF output, I/O flexibility steps up to the next level for the RECEPTOR line.

The Muse Research RECEPTOR product line is available through select music retailers in the US and Canada, as well as through music equipment distributors worldwide.

The Muse Research dealer network from within the United States offers the products at the minimum advertised prices of $1,699 USD (RECEPTOR VIP), $2,499 USD (RECEPTOR TRIO), and $2,999 USD (RECEPTOR QU4TTRO). International distributors set their own pricing for their respective territories. If there is no stocking retailer in your area, a RECEPTOR can be configured to your specifications and purchased via the Plugorama.com website (www.plugorama.com), which also offers virtual instruments and effects packages for use with RECEPTOR starting at $29.99 USD.

More information: Muse Research

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Elektrostudio updates Virtual Model Mini & Pro synth plugins

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Elektrostudio has released updates for its virtual model Mini and Pro virtual synthesizer instruments for Windows.

Elektrostudio Virtual Model Pro
The Moog Prodigy inspired Virtual Model Pro by Elektrostudio.

Changes in Mini Model v1.03 / Model Pro v1.02

  • Fixed errors in GUI.
  • New ENV modules
  • Eliminated the phase shifts in perfect tune sound.
  • Eliminated drift waves (SAW/OSC1i2 of RAMP/OSC3).
  • New and more aggressive OSC waveforms.
  • Hide the mouse cursor when moving knobs.

The plug-ins are available to download at no cost (Windows VST).

More information: Elektrostudio

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Function Loops launches Spring Sale

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Function Loops Spring Sale

Function Loops has announced the launch of its Spring Sale, offering a free sample pack with any purchase.

We are running our Spring Sale through March 27 – April 27. Buy one sample pack of your choice, no matter the price or the size. After purchase, pick another one for FREE.

All you need to do, is use the “contact” form to send us the name of the pack and we will send you a link to download the pack you picked.

The sale ends April 27th, 2013.

More information: Function Loops

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Black Hand Loops releases Black Hand Production Suite

Black Hand Production Suite

Black Hand Loops has released the Black Hand Production Suite, a sample library containing loops, instrument and drum one-shots.

High-quality, 100% royalty free sounds inspired by the best Hip-Hop, RnB and Pop artists gives you an oportunity to produce compositions ready to use in professional recordings. This library is a must have position for every Urban music producer. From hard beating, classic Hip-Hop, the smooth RnB, to the modern Dirty South bangers.

Black Hand Production Suite features

  • 195 Loops: 56 drum loops, 27 orchestral loops (strings & brasses), 29 pianos & keys loops, 66 synth loops (leads, basses, arps, pads and other), 17 other loops (choirs, voxes, guitars and other).
  • 189 One-Shots: 145 drum one-shots (bass drum, snare, hihat, percussion & fx), 44 instrument one-shots (piano, e-piano, orchestral, synth and other labeled chords).
  • 120 melodic MIDI loops allows you to produce your tracks faster and easier than ever using your favourite software or hardware synth.
  • Formats: ACID (384 files), WAV 16-Bit (384 files), Aif 24-Bit (384 files), MIDI (120 files).

The sample pack is available from r-loops, priced at $39.95 USD.

More information: Black Hand Production Suite

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