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Arturia offers 50% off Dr. Bob’s Collector Pack

Arturia Dr. Bob's Collector Pack

Arturia has announced a 50% discount on Dr. Bob’s Collector Pack as a tribute to synthesizer pioneer Dr. Bob Moog who would have been 79 on May 23rd,

Arturia is proud to pay tribute to the father of electronic music by introducing a limited edition pack in collaboration with – and to the aid of – the Bob Moog Foundation.

Dr. Bob’s Collector Pack includes two of our award-winning software instruments, the Minimoog-V and the Moog Modular-V at a groundbreaking price.

It also offers a unique glimpse into Bob Moog’s life, by including an exclusive book of private archives from the Moog Foundation and a DVD documentary.

The limited edition box is available to purchase for 129 USD/EUR through May 30th, 2013 (regular $299 USD / 249 EUR.

More information: Arturia / Dr. Bob’s Collector Pack

Hal Leonard publishes Worship Musician Presents The Worship Guitar Book & The Worship Drum Book

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Hal Leonard has announced it has published the The Worship Guitar Book by Doug Doppler and The Worship Drum Book by Carl Albrecht, two Worship Musician series books.

The Worship Guitar Book

With the release of The Worship Guitar Book, acclaimed guitar talent and music industry expert Doug Doppler has written the most comprehensive guide for today’s worship guitarists. Being an accomplished musician and a true worshipper himself, he understands the challenges that worship guitarists face every day, and provides answers and help for those who want to express their love for God through the gift of music.

The Worship Drum Book

The Worship Drum Book: Concepts to Empower Excellence is a powerful guide for drummers playing in both contemporary and traditional churches that are transitioning into using full rhythm sections rather than just organ or piano. This book covers methods of playing and explains concepts for touring with ministry groups and worship artists. But most of all, it will help drummers understand their calling as a minstrel for the Lord in the modern worship world, and have the drums speak from their heart.

Both book/DVD sets are available to purchase for $19.99 USD each.

More information: Hal Leonard Books

Rob Papen extends limited-edition EDM & Urban bundles + The 4 Element Synth available at student pricing

Rob Papen EDM / URban Synth Bundles

Rob Papen has announced that the availability of the limited-edition EDM and Urban synth bundles has been extended to the end of June, 2013.

These two special bundle packs were created with Urban and Electronic Dance Music producers in mind.

The EDM Synth Bundle and the Urban Synth Bundle each include three Rob Papen synths, saving you around 45% off the combined price, but don’t wait around as there are only limited amounts available worldwide.

Limited-edition bundles

  • The EDM Synth Bundle SRP: € 199.00 / $239 / GBP 169.00
    Comprising Rob Papen’s Predator virtual synth, Punch drum machine, and Blade virtual additive synthesizer plug-ins, the EDM Synth Bundle is a highly-flexible electronic monster, offering masses of diverse sounds for electronic dance producers.
  • The Urban Synth Bundle SRP: € 199.00 / $239 / GBP 169.00
    Ideal for producers of Dubstep, Drum ’n’ Bass, Garage, and Grime, the Rob Papen Urban Synth Bundle includes the SubBoomBass ultra deep bass synth, Punch drum machine, and Predator virtual synth plug-ins, and will also seamlessly fit into Hip Hop, Rap and R&B music creation workflows.

Users that already own one or more Rob Papen products can get an upgrade offer at an authorised dealer or directly from robpapen.com.

Note: these bundles also include Predator 1.6.4, the latest version with over 450 new presets.

Rob Papen The 4 Element Synth

Rob Papen has also announced that his The 4 Element Synth book/DVD set is now available at student pricing for everyone.

After all, anyone who wants to know what all those knobs and sliders on their favourite analogue synth actually do is a student of subtractive synthesis!

Remember that when Rob started to play his first synth at the end of the ’70s he had to learn the hard way… reading (and rereading) the Korg MS-20 manual from cover to cover. Had a well-written book about synthesis existed at that time then it would have helped Rob enormously in his quest for new sounds! Of course, the Korg MS-20 had no presets so Rob had to create sounds from scratch each and every time he wanted to play.

Over time that became easier, but you can benefit from all his blood, sweat, and tears. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this well-written book that’s as easy on the eye as it is to understand, together with more than 10 hours of entertaining and educational DVD material.

As well as watching additional online video content to supplement the book, other good news is that readers can download the demonstrative Predator presets used by Rob on the DVDs.

The book/dvd set is now available to purchase for 55 EUR / $69 USD (available in the US through Sweetwater).

More information: Rob Papen

Hal Leonard publishes Pitch Correction Software Now!

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Max Mobley Pitch Correction Software Now!

Hal Leonard has announced it has published Pitch Correction Software Now!, a guide to the most innovative and popular pitch correction titles today and how to apply them to your music.

Since Auto-Tune was released in 1997, pitch correction has become a standard component to modern audio production, both as an effect and as a discrete processing tool. The technology has matured considerably since then, and pitch correction is now available in many different flavors. Pitch Correction Software Now! offers a practical guide full of tips and tricks designed to quickly get you up to speed with the most popular pitch-correction products available today.

From the popular and slick T-Pain Effect by pitch correction powerhouse iZotope to professional polyphonic pitch correction using Celemony’s Melodyne DNA, this focused tutorial makes it easy to choose the best pitch-correction products for your music creation needs and helps you incorporate them into your music production workflow.

Accomplished music industry writer Max Mobley uses his easy-to-understand writing style and industry expertise to deliver a book that provides clear and concise practical advice in setting up and using several different pitch-correction plug-ins, including Antares’ newest version of Auto-Tune, Auto-Tune Live. From live stages to home studios, whether you want a vocal effect or precise, transparent monophonic or polyphonic pitch processing, Pitch Correction Software Now! puts music producers of all levels on the fast track to mastering the many forms of modern pitch correction.

The book is available to purchase for $14.99 USD.

More information: Hal Leonard / Pitch Correction Software Now!

Rob Papen produces extras for The 4 Element Synth book/DVD set

Rob Papen has announced the release of additional online content for The 4 Element Synth subtractive synthesis instructional book/DVD set.

Rob Papen The 4 Element Synth

Appropriately subtitled The secrets of subtractive synthesis, this 200-plus-page enlightening tome was many years in the making, effectively dating back to 2001 when Rob Papen started teaching exclusive masterclasses in synth sound design in his well-stocked studio using the likes of his beloved Roland Jupiter 8 programmable polysynth and seminal Korg MS-20 semi-modular monosynth alongside other vintage analogue classics and more modern counterparts. Here he developed an approach to working with subtractive synthesis that he termed The 4-Element Synth© — hence the book/DVD set’s title. As implied by name, the book basically breaks subtractive synthesis down into four digestible and distinct chapters or elements: Element-1 / Oscillators, Element-2 / Filter, Element-3 / Amplifier, and Element-4 / Modulators — each of which receive their own equally easy-to-follow DVD treatment, thanks in no small part to the talented author and presenter’s easy- going onscreen persona.

No teaching technique needs to be set in stone, however; there is almost always room for improvement — or even additional content, as is the case with The 4 Element Synth. The beauty of online content is that it can, of course, be updated far faster than print or physical media, which is exactly what Rob Papen has done by uploading two additional Element-4 / Modulators chapter-related bonus videos here: http://www.robpapen.com/book-a-dvds-extras.html

Anyone who has already purchased The 4 Element Synth book/DVD set is invited to thereby (re)read the LFO and Element-2 section (p152) and then watch an all-new accompanying video about LFO and resonance modulation. Meanwhile, the Three points to keep in mind using an envelope section (p107) also benefits from additional demonstrative video content; as Rob Papen himself says, “There’s another important point about envelope modulation of the filter. As we’ve said already in the Element-2 chapter, many producers and synth players often use only the cutoff knob; they forget that there is also an envelope amount and the envelope settings that can change the sound — and not just a little bit! Keep these three points in mind when you’re working with the filter section of your synthesizer.”

Speaking of synthesizers, apart from those aforesaid analogue classics and a rather impressive looking (and sounding) ‘Moog-alike’ System-22 modular system from Synthesizers.com — all of which make musical onscreen appearances throughout The 4 Element Synth DVDs, Rob Papen also makes much use of his own company’s Predator — a ‘phat’ sounding killer soft synth that combines inspiring presets and first-class features to create the perfect ‘go-to’ synth for contemporary music production. Predator and Predator RE users can also download the preset banks used on the DVDs from here: http://www.robpapen.com/book-a-dvds-extras.html

Needless to say, anyone wishing to literally uncover the secrets of subtractive synthesis should surely look no further than The 4 Element Synth book/DVD set — now more enlightening than ever, thanks to these latest enhancements!

The 4 Element Synth book/DVD set is available to purchase within the EU for 74 EUR (inc. VAT), or 69 EUR plus shipping (where appropriate) outside the EU. The set is also available from US dealer Sweetwater, as well as via various European dealers.

More information: Rob Papen / The 4 Element Synth

Hal Leonard publishes the 2nd Edition of The Business of Audio Engineering

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Hal Leonard The Business of Audio Engineering

Hal Leonard has announced it has published the 2nd Edition of The Business of Audio Engineering, a Music Pro Guide that helps you navigate the current business climate, make a great living, and create the ultimate audio engineering lifestyle.

Whether you’re an independent studio engineer, a live sound operator, a broadcast technician, a postproduction specialist, or a student diving headfirst into the real world, the second edition of The Business of Audio Engineering is written just for you. The author shares modern-day approaches that will dramatically increase your chances for success in the audio business.

This book teaches you what you need to know about the life of a professional audio engineer with effective business strategies presented by an award-winning and highly-esteemed engineer/business pro. From attracting clients to keeping them; to hiring studios to working on your own, dealing with problem artists, producers, and labels; to handling a crisis (or keeping one from happening); to getting paid what you’re worth and being worth what you’re paid, Dave Hampton has the advice you need to manage your audio engineering career like the successful business it truly can be.

The Business of Audio Engineering teaches you how to

  • know your value and set a rate
  • legally form your own company
  • work in the real world
  • make a great living and create the ultimate audio engineering lifestyle

The book contains valuable strategies how to work with people in general, and with clients and partners in particular. The author’s insight stems from countless experiences as a working engineer, and many examples show you how to deal with challenging business situations and come out ahead.

The book is available to purchase for $24.99 USD.

More information: Hal Leonard / The Business of Audio Engineering

Hal Leonard publishes Mastering Auto-Tune

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Max Mobley Mastering Auto-Tune

Hal Leonard Books has published Mastering Auto-Tune by Max Mobley, the definite guide to the most important music technologies of the past 15 years.

From bedroom studios to the stages at Coachella, Auto-Tune pitch correction has become an integral part of music production and performance. Mastering Auto-Tune provides users of all levels a handy, comprehensive guide to getting the most out of this key music production technology, from the ubiquitous Auto-Tune effect heard on countless hit singles to the discrete pitch correction applied to countless albums and live performances.

Former product and support manager for the music industry (including Antares Audio Technologies, the makers of Auto-Tune) Max Mobley uses a conversational style without cutting corners on key technical terms and concepts.

Mastering Auto-Tune approaches pitch correction with various workflow scenarios and creative objectives in mind, including

  • the fastest way to get professional results using the Auto-Tune vocal effect
  • the secrets behind applying pitch correction to a vocal track in such a transparent way that not even the singer will know it has been applied
  • speedy, real-time pitch correction using Auto-Tune’s Auto Mode
  • surgical offline pitch-correction editing using Auto-Tune’s Graph Mode
  • pitch correction on musical instruments
  • and even how to use Auto-Tune for melody creation.

Also included is detailed information on Antares’ newest software, Auto-Tune Live. In short, this book is the definitive guide to one of the most important music technologies of the past 15 years.

The book is available to purchase for $16.99 USD.

More information: Hal Leonard / Mastering Auto-Tune

Backbeat Books publishes The Keyboard Handbook

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The Keyboard Handbook

Backbeat Books has announced that it has published The Keyboard Handbook, a step-by-step course in keyboard playing for musicians of all levels.

Beginning with the basics of posture and technique, it offers a series of more than 80 specially written exercises and covers a wide variety of classic and contemporary musical styles – from blues to rock, soul to funk, gospel to synth-pop.

The book helps to master even more complex styles, and the authors have built in progressive difficulty through the examples.

The Keyboard Handbook includes

  • a basic guide to reading music
  • more than 80 musical exercises showcasing a wide variety of classic and contemporary musical styles
  • expert tips on music theory, covering rhythm, scales, chords, and more
  • an introduction to MIDI technology and how synthesizers work
  • lay-flat binding for ease of use at the keyboard or with a music stand

The accompanying CD showcases a range of different electric and electronic keyboards, and features audio tracks of all of the examples shown in the book, allowing readers to work their way through each section at their own pace, while the lay-flat binding means the book is easy to use at the keyboard or with a music stand.

The Keyboard Handbook is available to purchase for $29.99 USD.

More information: Backbeat Books / The Keyboard Handbook