Native Instruments releases Prospect Haze for Maschine

Native Instruments has announced the release of Prospect Haze, a new Maschine expansion for laid-back, melodic sounds of 90s East Coast hip-hop grooves.

Native Instruments Prospect Haze

PROSPECT HAZE includes a set of sounds centered on the sampling techniques of classic 90s East Coast hip-hop. Jazzy samples, deep basses, and smooth drum samples provide the foundation for East Coast-inspired groove production. Playable melodic kits featuring Rhodes, flutes, and ambiences sampled with classic techniques allow users to spice up their grooves with tuneful phrases and lines. PROSPECT HAZE also includes authentic patterns, providing additional inspiration with the sound of breakbeats from 1960s- and 1970s-era rock, R&B, and funk sampled directly from the original vinyl recordings. Together these elements deliver the sound of golden era hip-hop – music that has left an indelible mark on music to this day.

A compact version of PROSPECT HAZE is also available as an iMASCHINE Expansion, for creating beats on-the-go. The iMASCHINE Expansion features three projects, four drum kits, and three instruments. Tracks can be exported to MASCHINE STUDIO, MASCHINE, and MASCHINE MIKRO for completion.

Prospect Haze for Maschine 2 is available for purchase for $49 USD/49 EUR/ £44 GBP. The iMachine expansion is available for $0.99 USD/0.89 EUR/£0.69 GBP.

More information: Native Instruments / Prospect Haze

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ATC launches SCM45A Pro loudspeaker

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ATC has announced the launch of the SCM45A Pro, a new high-performance, three-way compact active loudspeaker.

ATC SCM45A Pro

The SCM45A Pro is a completely new design, yet shares many features with its smaller sibling, the highly-successful SCM25A Pro three-way, compact active loudspeaker. As a mid-size, three-way design that can be used in near- or mid-field positions, the SCM45A Pro perfectly fills a gap in ATC’s high-performance, professional active studio monitoring loudspeaker range. It has high output and delivers extended low frequency for its size — and all without compromising the overall balance for which ATC is so well known.

Like the SCM25A Pro, the new SCM45A Pro is an active three-way design with an unprecedented linear response across the critical midrange, as well as across the rest of the audible frequency range. In contrast to the SCM25A Pro, the SCM45A Pro features a second woofer for deeper bass response and increased SPL (Sound Pressure Level) capability, as well as ATC’s new proprietary dual-suspension tweeter — the first to be designed and built by the company, and the result of six years of research and development by ATC Managing Director Billy Woodman and R&D Engineer Richard Newman — for increased resolution in the top end.

SCM45A Pro features

  • Mid-size very high performance active 3-way studio monitor.
  • Ideally suited to:
    • critical near-field listening applications in all control rooms.
    • LCR surround monitoring in medium control rooms.
    • surround channels in medium-to-large contol rooms.
  • ATC hand built 6.5˝/164mm carbon-paper cone bass driver.
  • ATC 25mm/1” Dual Suspension Super Tweeter.
  • Discrete MOSFET class A/B bi-amp pack with 150W/60W/25W continuous power output.

The SCM45A Pro will be shipping from February 16th, 2015, priced at £7,042 GBP (plus VAT) per pair.

More information: ATC / SCM45A Pro

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Synchro Arts releases Revoice Pro 3

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Synchro Arts has announced the immediate availability of Revoice Pro 3, a major upgrade to the application already used worldwide by top audio professionals for the fastest and easiest timing and pitch alignment of vocals, instruments and ADR.

Synchro Arts Revoice Pro 3

Now Revoice Pro 3 offers stunning new sound quality, powerful new tools, and workflow enhancements for users of all popular DAWs including Logic Pro X, Cubase, Nuendo and Pro Tools. New users wishing to purchase Revoice Pro 3 can benefit from a 30% Introductory Discount for a limited period.*

Revoice Pro 3 arrives with a host of improvements and major new features, including the simplest and fastest Warp functions for manually adjusting audio timing and pitch, What’s more, users report that Revoice Pro 3 provides the most natural and transparent-sounding processing available.

At the heart of Revoice Pro is our unique Automatic Performance Transfer (APT) process, which can give one signal the timing, pitch, vibrato and level features of another signal, and the realistic Doubler function. These, along with the added Warp process mean there is now a one-stop, time-saving, high-quality solution for creative and corrective audio manipulation tasks.

In addition, integration with most DAWs is now faster and easier than ever, using the simple Revoice Pro Link plug-ins or fast and familiar drag-and-drop or copy-and-paste operations.

For those new to Revoice Pro there simply is nothing else that offers vocal time and pitch alignment, combining the power, ease of use and best-in-class sound that Revoice Pro offers. Say goodbye to feature poor, hard to use and glitchy vocal plug-ins.
Revoice Pro delivers for both music and post applications… hearing is believing.

Changes in Revoice Pro 3

  • Manual Pitch and Time Warping of audio – intuitive, easy to select and manipulate time and pitch and maintain the highest quality.
  • Pitch correction functions – select modes over any range, with automatic snap to pitch grid options.
  • Time-variable Pitch transfer parameters – graphically vary pitch tightness, offset and transfer strength to control the APT function’s processing.
  • Easily create and change stacked tight vocals – change a Guide signal’s timing or pitch, and all related output tracks follow the changes automatically.
  • Improved Interface – Simpler, cleaner, faster and easier to understand and use.
  • Stunning audio quality– processing can produce totally transparent time and pitch adjustments.
  • AU Monitor plug-in – plays Revoice Pro’s output through AU stereo insert and tracks DAW’s playback in same way as Revoice Pro’s RTAS and VST3 monitor plug-ins.
  • Enhanced Doubler – can modify timing of output and has longer and negative time delay up +/- 200 ms.
  • Now works with even more DAWs – see www.synchroarts.com for details.
  • Hundreds of improvements and fixes – added to simplify and speed up learning and using.

Revoice Pro is available for purchase for RRP $599 USD/449 EUR/£374 GBP. Prices ex VAT where applicable. A 14-day free trial license (iLok-based) for Revoice Pro is avaialble from Synchro Arts.

Existing owners should visit http://www.synchroarts.com/store to check their eligibility for a discounted or free upgrade. Discounts are available on trade-ins for current VocALign owners.

More information: Synchro Arts / Revoice Pro 3

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Musicians Institute & WBH MusicWorks release all-digital curriculum for 2015

Musicians Institute Bookstore

Musicians Institute, in partnership with WBH MusicWorks, has released an all-digital curriculum for 2015.

Consisting of over 60 digital publications, this curriculum will be used by all students in the Certificate, Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Music Degree offerings within the School of Performance Studies. This includes Vocals, Guitar, Keyboard Technology, Bass and Drums at the Hollywood campus of MI, as well as at their international campuses.

According to Donny Gruendler, Vice President of Academic Affairs for Musicians Institute, “This initiative marks the first fully-fledged curricular redesign in the College’s history and we are happy to have partnered with WBH during this process. Their e-book platform enabled us to create a media-rich mobile hybrid learning environment—to help our students learn more efficiently both inside and outside the classroom. Combined with our faculty and state-of-the-art facilities, we are providing our students with the best educational resources currently available.”

MI’s digital book series consists of reading, technique, and performance tracks for all five instruments, plus sight-reading and harmony/theory books to be used by all students. All of the courses have been completely updated and modernized by MI, with each book written by a top educator/artist on each instrument, including many top New York and L.A. recording, touring and theater artists. Students access the books by installing an MI Bookstore app available in the iOS App Store and Google Play store, or via www.musiciansinstitutebookstore.com. Once purchased, the books are downloaded onto the user’s device, and can be reinstalled and updated by the user by simply signing into their account.

These digital books utilize current technology that provides color images and embedded audio and video for a complete educational experience. The digital format will allow the books to be continually updated with new content, which can be downloaded at no extra charge once a book is purchased.

More information: Musicians Institute / Musicians Institute Bookstore

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Synapse Audio releases DUNE 2 Premium EDM Vol. 1

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Synapse Audio has announced the release of Premium EDM Vol. 1, a soundset for the DUNE 2 synthesizer instrument for Windows and Mac.

Synapse Audio DUNE 2 Premium EDM Vol. 1

DUNE 2 Premium EDM Vol. 1 is our first soundset for the DUNE 2 software synthesizer. After several months of hard work, this soundset contains a collection of 64 only highest quality and inspirational patches for electronic dance music, ready for your next hit! Get your hands on the freshest and the most impressive House/Electro soundbank ever!

All patches support the modulation wheel, and most patches respond to aftertouch and Velocity as well, for maximum flexibility.

The soundset is available for purchase for 20 EUR.

More information: Synapse Audio / DUNE 2 Premium EDM Vol. 1

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