Apple updates Logic Pro X to v10.1 & Mainstage 3 to v3.1

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Apple has releases version 10.1 of its Logic Pro X digital audio workstation and version 3.1 of the MainStage music application designed for live performance.

Logic Pro X

Logic Pro X is the most advanced version of Logic ever. Sophisticated tools for professional songwriting, editing and mixing are built around a modern interface that’s designed to get creative results quickly and also deliver more power whenever it’s needed. Logic Pro X includes a massive collection of instruments, effects and loops, providing a complete toolkit to create amazing-sounding music.

Changes in Logic Pro X v10.1

  • 10 new Drummers that produce beats in a variety of electronic and hip hop styles including Techno, House, Trap, Dubstep and more.
  • Drummer provides specialized sound and performance controls for dialing in electronic or hip hop drum grooves.
  • New Drum Machine Designer plug-in offers new sounds and features for customizing electronic drum kits in a variety of styles.
  • Create a sequence of notes with a single mouse gesture using the new Brush Tool in the Piano Roll Editor.
  • New view options in the Piano Roll Editor let you see more notes in less vertical space and help identify drum sounds by name.
  • Easily compress or expand the timing of selected notes with new time handles in the Piano Roll Editor.
  • Note Repeat and Spot Erase modes allow classic drum machine style techniques for creating beats in realtime.
  • Smart Quantize proportionally corrects the timing and length of notes to preserve the musicality of your original performance.
  • Redesigned Compressor plug-in features scalable, Retina-ready interface and 7 models including the new Classic VCA.
  • Retro Synth can now create wavetables from imported audio and is able to stack up to 8 voices.
  • Expanded sound library includes over 200 new synth patches and 10 classic Mellotron instruments.
  • Automation can now be part of a region, not just the track, which makes it easier to use effects creatively.
  • Manage large-scale mixes more easily with the addition of console-style VCA faders.
  • Relative and Trim Automation modes extend the options for fine-tuning existing automation.
  • Mixer now allows remote control of microphone and other input settings for compatible audio interfaces.
  • Realtime rendering of fades allow them to work with Flex Pitch and speeds up project load times.
  • The Plug-in Manager now allows you to customize the organization of your menu.
  • Support for Mail Drop and Air Drop in OS X Yosemite makes it even easier to share your Logic projects.

Changes in MainStage v3.1

  • Redesigned Compressor plug-in features scalable, Retina-ready interface and 7 models including the new Classic VCA.
  • Retro Synth can now create wavetables from imported audio and is able to stack up to 8 voices.
  • Expanded sound library includes over 200 new synth patches and 10 classic Mellotron instruments.
  • The Plug-in Manager now allows you to customize the organization of your menu.
  • Turn your favorite hardware synthesizers into sampled instruments using new Auto Sampler plug-in.
  • Assign and manage custom shortcuts using the new Key Command editor.

More information: Apple / Logic Pro X

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Producer Loops launches Deep & Future House for Sylenth1

Sounds + MIDI Deep & Future House for Sylenth1

Producer Loops has announced the release of Deep & Future House, a new sound pack by Sounds + MIDI, featuring 128 high quality patches for the Sylenth1 synthesizer instrument from Lennar Digital.

This powerful selection of sounds is accompanied by 38 versatile MIDI files ready to drag and drop into your production. These ground-breaking presets will help you capture the sounds of Disclosure, Dusky, and Clean Bandit, and will future-proof your productions.

In detail, you’ll find a variety of cutting-edge presets for the hugely popular Sylenth1, including:

  • 13 Lead Sounds
  • 9 Pluck Sounds
  • 13 Synth Sounds
  • 29 Bass Sounds

38 MIDI files are also included, perfect for dragging and dropping into your production for quick results, or for more precise editing and chopping if you’re looking for more control.

The pack is available for purchase for £24.95 GBP.

More information: Producer Loops / Deep & Future House

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Future Loops releases Future Dark and Ambient Trap

Future Loops has announced the release of Future Dark and Ambient Trap, a collection of over 500 royalty-free samples & loops.

Future Loops Dark and Ambient Trap

“Future Dark & Ambient Trap” merges Trap, Ambient and Chillstep, featuring ready-to-mix samples in WAV & REX formats that include: crispy and pounding beats, sub rolling basslines, intelligent synths & evocative leads, icy pianos, cryptic chords & pads, FX and more.

Over 100 One Shots are also provided and all loops have tempo and key labeling for easy reference and browsing.

Future Dark & Ambient Trap is available for purchase at an introductory 15% discount for a limited time.

More information: Future Loops / Future Dark and Ambient Trap

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Ampeg shows redesigned BA Series bass combos at NAMM

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Ampeg BA Series bass combo

At NAMM 2015, Ampeg shows off the entire redesigned Ampeg BA Series Bass Combo Amp series with five new models – the BA-108, BA-110, BA-112, BA-115 and BA-210.

Delivering true Ampeg tone, the new bass combo series is re-envisioned with new features ideal for practice and smaller gigs. Featuring front-facing controls and a true 60-degree monitoring angle that provides increased clarity, the new cab design has performing in mind. Additionally, the all-new Bass Scrambler™ overdrive circuit effortlessly delivers classic tube-like grind.

“Ampeg designed the world’s first bass amps and we are setting a new standard with the new BA bass combo series,” remarks Ampeg Product Manager Zane Williams. “We are giving bass players classic Ampeg tone and power with modern features like the Bass Scrambler overdrive and a 60-degree monitoring angle that allows for versatility in any playing situation.”

The all-new BA bass combo series features classic Ampeg tone in a sleek modern design. True 60-degree monitoring angle gives players the ability to position the amp to suit their space and stage setup, while the front-facing controls make it quick and easy to adjust settings while performing. Additionally, the Bass Scrambler overdrive circuit provides muscular grit and grind rock bassists demand. Available on the BA-110 and up, the Bass Scrambler, includes separate drive and blend controls, on/off control and is foot-switchable on the BA-112 and up.

Offering a wide range of options, the new series is suitable for a variety of applications. All amps in the new BA Bass Combo series feature 3-band EQ along with independent drive and blend controls, in addition to master volume, 1/8″ stereo auxiliary input, and 1/8″ stereo output. The amps feature phantom black powder-coated all-metal chassis with front-panel backlighting. The smaller BA-108 and BA-110 are ideal for practice just about anywhere. They are lightweight for portability and offer a headphone output for silent practice as well as aux input for playing along with a smartphone or iPad. The BA-112 and BA-115, featuring Ampeg’s famed Ultra Hi and Ultra low circuits, are perfect for musicians who need an amp they can use for practice and small stages. The BA-210 delivers 450-Watts of power for on-stage performances. This performance-driven amp features a -15dB input pad for active basses or additional level control, extension speaker output for connecting additional bass cabs, along with a dedicated XLR balanced line out.

The new BA Bass Combo series are available worldwide. U.S. MSRP pricing: BA-108 $139.99, BA-110 $251.99, BA-112 $419.99, BA-115 $559.99, BA-210 $699.99. Visit Ampeg at the Winter NAMM 2015, upstairs in Demo Room 290A/B.

More information: Ampeg

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Mackie launches FreePlay Personal PA

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Mackie has announced FreePlay Personal PA, an exciting portable, battery-powerable PA that delivers powerful, full-range sound anytime, anywhere.

Mackie FreePlay

Featuring Bluetooth® music streaming, a full-featured 4-channel digital mixer and a powerful control app for iPhone® and iPod touch®, FreePlay is the ultimate all-in-one stereo PA solution for a tremendous range of applications.

“FreePlay is perfect for everyone from musicians and singer/songwriters on the go, to educators, public speakers and even everyday music lovers,” remarked Matt Redmon, Mackie Senior Product Manager. “FreePlay delivers an amazing solution to all in an innovative, easy-to-use package.”

An all-in-one, full-range stereo PA, FreePlay features a high-output 8 inch woofer for unmatched bass response. FreePlay allows users to connect microphones, line or instrument level sources and features an easy-to-use 4-channel digital mixer to control levels, EQ and more. A first in the portable PA category, FreePlay offers music streaming from any smartphone, tablet or other Bluetooth capable device.

“The ability to incorporate a Bluetooth stream with live instruments sets FreePlay apart. Musicians are going to love being able to easily mix in backing tracks right from their mobile device,” commented Redmon. “And with hands-free music streaming, FreePlay is also an amazingly high-output music playback device perfect for parties, weddings and backyard BBQs.”

One of FreePlay’s most innovative features is complete wireless control using the FreePlay Connect™ app for iPhone and iPod touch (available soon). The FreePlay Connect app puts the user in control of everything – from simple level adjustments to control over professional performance features like a built-in feedback eliminator, application-specific speaker voicing modes and 16 vocal/instrument effects. For corporate audio applications like presentations or public address, the FreePlay Connect app provides discrete level control from anywhere. Plus, musicians can simply mount their phone on their mic stand for distraction free mixing during performances.

Mackie FreePlay on tripod

FreePlay’s immensely portable design is underlined by a choice of AC or battery power, including an optional rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack or standard D Cell batteries. Perfect for street performers or any application where wall power is either not available or difficult to get to, FreePlay sets a new standard for battery-powerable sound solutions. FreePlay also offers several optional accessories to round out its extreme versatility. A unique kickstand/ pole mount accessory connects directly to FreePlay and allows it to be mounted on a standard speaker pole for increased coverage. It also allows the user to tilt FreePlay back to a 45-degree angle for better monitoring when FreePlay is on the ground. An optional lithium-ion battery pack delivers up to 10 hours of playback and is rechargeable so users always have the power they need. There’s also a durable carry bag available to protect during transport and storage that includes handy pockets for mics, cables, etc.

“FreePlay is the most versatile PA we’ve ever created. You get a powerful, portable PA with wireless music streaming, amazing professional sound tools and the ability to control it all from your phone,” remarked Redmon. “Plus, with battery power, you can literally take FreePlay anywhere. We are excited to offer this level of sonic freedom.”

The Mackie FreePlay Personal PA will be available beginning March, 2015, priced at a MSRP of $499.99 USD. Available accessories include the FreePlay kickstand/pole mount accessory ($24.99 U.S. MSRP), FreePlay rechargeable lithium-ion battery ($69.99 U.S. MSRP) and FreePlay carry bag ($69.99 U.S. MSRP).

Come experience FreePlay and learn about its wide array of application solutions during 2015 Winter NAMM. Mackie is located upstairs in Demo Room 209A/B.

More information: Mackie

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