Other Munday Press introduces To Serve & Groove – Book explains file–based music for the home

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Other Munday To Serve & Groove

Other Munday Press has announced the publication of To Serve & Groove, the debut book title by author Oliver Masciarotte.

As the throughput of public IP services to the home steadily increases, digital entertainment is rapidly becoming file-based. This trend is most obvious with the proliferation of motion picture and video delivery services, but music is catching up. Now, a wide variety of all genres of music, at higher than Compact Disc resolution, is available for purchase while more is arriving daily. To Serve & Groove walks the reader through this new world of file-based, ultrafidelity music playback in the home.

A guide to digital audio and personal computer-based music servers, To Serve & Groove is aimed at those who love music. One such aficionado and self-described audiophile is John Reekie, co-editor of Hifi Zine. In his review of To Serve & Groove, he states that, “…having read it a couple of times from front to back now, I’m pleased to report that Oliver’s book is one that I would whole-heartedly recommend.” With a light tone, Masciarotte reports on a wealth of actionable guidance. “Detailed information about computer hardware, music players, disk storage, file formats, and DACs…(fill the chapters),” Reekie stated. “There’s a lot in here, and you’ll know where to come back to in future when you are stumped with a question.”

If FLACs, DACs, Macs and ALACs are causing your head to spin, then settle in with a copy of To Serve & Groove. Oliver Masciarotte, Bay Area author and technical consultant, strove for practical information with a DIY slant. “If you’ve already dialed in your overall hi–fi rig and would like to start down the path of computer–based audio in the quest for a very high fidelity digital source, then this book was written with you in mind,” he said. The technical aspects of digital audio are also explained, and recommendations are given for complete systems within several price brackets.

To Serve & Groove is being made available in hard copy as well as electronic editions, priced at $14.95 USD and $4.99 USD respectively.

More information: Other Munday Press

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Audio Market launches marketplace for audio recordings

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Audio Market

Bjorn Alm wrote in to share about Audio Market, an online marketplace for selling and buying audio recordings.

We believe… there are many professional companies out there, like recording studios and voice over agancies etc, that can deliver almost any audio you need. Unfortenately, they all ask a price that constitutes a big investment for private persons, unsigned musicians and small startups.

With millions of talents online with access to recording equipment, we don’t see why this has to be the case. We think that the world needs a marketplace where people with limited budgets can buy and sell inexpensive and custom made audio. Please try it out and help us to spread the word….

More information: Audio Market

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Cycling ’74 releases Max 6 + Gen Add-on

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Cycling '74 Max 6

Cycling ’74 has announced the release of Max 6, the latest version of the media development tools for Windows and Mac.

Enhancements to Max 6 include extensive user interface improvements, higher-quality audio, extended multi-processor support, organization tools for projects, and improved OpenGL animation and rendering tools.

Cycling ’74 also released Gen, a high-performance new patching domain that lets you create powerful audio, video, or Jitter matrix objects without leaving the comfort of Max.

“With Max 6,” explains Cycling ’74 CTO Joshua Kit Clayton, “we’ve made a concerted effort to re-imagine the beginning user’s experience, while at the same time making advanced user workflows more efficient. We’re excited by what’s come out of our development efforts for Max 6, and even more excited about what we have planned as Max continues to evolve.”

Max version 6 is now available to purchase for $399 USD. The Gen add-on is $100 USD. The Max 6 upgrade retail price is $199 USD, and is also available as a discounted bundle with Gen for $249 USD.

Customers who purchased Max on or after July 12, 2011 are eligible for a free upgrade. Academic discounts are available, and there is a new annual subscription plan available to educational institutions.

More information: Cycling ’74 / Max 6

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TC Group joins AVnu Alliance

TC Group has announced it will become part of the AVnu Alliance, adding its companies’ expertise to the industry forum’s efforts to establish AVB as the next-generation open networking standard.

AVnu Alliance Marketing Work Group Chairman, Lee Minich, flanked by TC Group CEO Anders Fauerskov (right) and CTO Morten Lave (left)AVnu Alliance Marketing Work Group Chairman, Lee Minich, flanked by TC Group CEO Anders Fauerskov (right) and CTO Morten Lave (left)

TC Group – parent company of leading audio manufacturing brands TC Electronic, Tannoy, Lab.gruppen, Lake and TC Helicon – announced on Tuesday at the opening of Integrated Systems Europe 2011 that it is to become part of the AVnu Alliance, the industry forum dedicated to the establishment and promotion of the IEEE 802.1 Audio/Video Bridging (AVB) open network standard. As TC Group is a major player in key sectors of the pro audio market, the move adds further momentum and specific market and technological expertise to the efforts in establishing AVB as the preferred Ethernet-based audio and video networking environment for next generation products.

Interoperability has long been a key consideration for the group, as it strives to align its diverse portfolio of audio products, with the objective of offering the customer ease of integration and complete system compatibility. TC Group is fully supportive of the move towards IEEE 802.1, stating that the establishment of AVB as the leading open standard will benefit customers, manufacturers and the industry as a whole by providing a level playing field for future product development while giving end users greater confidence in, and choice of, network-compatible devices.

TC Group sees networked audio as a critical issue in pro audio – in both the install and tour world – and has already utilized digital audio networking across multiple branded components, such as the implementation of established Ethernet-based protocols in Lab.gruppen’s PLM Series and Lake’s LM 26. Development of technologies intended to be in line with proposed AVB standards is already being carried out by the group’s specialist division TC Applied Technologies and this formal announcement by TC Group to join AVnu Alliance goes some way to underlining those advances. It also gives substance to the company’s continual efforts to provide customers with the latest and most flexible interoperable system solutions – through the development of products that support AVB as well as other relevant network standards.

More information: TC Group

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Martin Zuther releases K-Meter v1.21

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Martin Zuther K-Meter

Martin Zuther has released version 1.21 of K-Meter, a freeware effect for metering and monitoring audio levels.

Implementation of a K-System meter according to Bob Katz’ specifications.

Changes in K-Meter v1.21

  • Wave files and instructions for validation of K-Meter.
  • Complete re-validation of K-Meter and corresponding fixes.
  • Moved from premake v4.2 to v4.3.
  • Generation of Visual C++ project files using premake4.

K-Meter is available as a freeware effect released under the GPL license. A VST version for Windows and Linux is available to download, as well as a standalone version for Linux.

More information: Martin Zuther

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