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TC Electronic announces development plans for Universal Audio’s UAD Platform

Thomas Valter
TC Electronic’s Thomas Valter

TC Electronic has announced future development of its legendary audio tools for Universal Audio’s acclaimed UAD Powered Plug-Ins Platform.

“Our audio signal processing has been regarded as world-leading for decades whether in the form of hardware or software,” says Thomas Valter, VP of Business Management, Broadcast & Production. “We are very excited to able to offer genuine TC Electronic processing to users of the UAD platform. Our effect processing tools have been in heavy demand for some time in a plug-in format, and we feel that now is time to take this significant next step for our plug-ins portfolio.”

“We’re pleased to add TC Electronic to our growing list of Direct Developers for UAD-2,” says Bill Putnam Jr., CEO and Founder of Universal Audio. “Their decades-long commitment to high quality and innovation with their effects line will give our customers more choices for their music projects.”

The companies have agreed on a partnership, but release dates, prices other product-specific details are to be announced at a later time.

More information: TC Electronic

Zynaptiq acquires The DSP Dimension and Surround SFX

Zynaptiq

Zynaptiq has announced the recent acquisition of The DSP Dimension and Surround SFX, and all of their assets and technologies, effective January 1st, 2014.

About The DSP Dimension

Founded in 2005 by Stephan Bernsee as audio and image technology research and development firm, The DSP Dimension is widely known for its critically acclaimed DIRAC time stretching technology, its feature-based RTmorph sound morphing software, as well as its cutting edge audio, speech, speaker, gesture and face recognition technologies. The DSP Dimension web site has also become a widely popular repository for various tutorials on audio signal processing written to explain digital signal processing techniques from an engineer’s hands-on perspective with a minimum amount of math.
Zynaptiq will continue to offer all available The DSP Dimension technologies for licensing and The DSP Dimension team will continue to provide tech support under the new owner.

About Surround SFX

Founded in 2006 by Denis Goekdag, Surround SFX specialises in the design, production and licensing of audio content and creative effects processing algorithms, as well as sound design for games, film and advertising. Their content has been used in conjunction with products and media by Native Instruments, Terratec, Elysia, BMW Mini, VW, Hyundai and more.

“The acquisition of The DSP Dimension and Surround SFX extends our business scope and product range significantly” said Denis Goekdag, Surround SFX founder and CEO at Zynaptiq.

“Integrating these assets with our existing IP opens up exciting new options in signal acquisition and processing, that our users and clients will benefit from greatly in the near future.” added Stephan Bernsee, founder of The DSP Dimension and CTO at Zynaptiq.

Zynaptiq GmbH, based in Hannover, Germany, creates audio software based on artificial intelligence technology, and is known for their award-winning UNVEIL reverb removal, UNFILTER adaptive equalization and PITCHMAP real-time polyphonic pitch processing plug-ins.

More information: Zynaptiq

Producers Choice launches Music Business Mastery video course by Darrell Branch

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Music Business Mastery

The Producers Choice has launched the Music Business Mastery Program, a video course by producer Darrell “Digga” Branch (Cam’ron, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Ludacris and more).

My new course, “Music Business Mastery” will teach you how to start up and grow your own successful music production company. We’ll cover ALL the things you need to know to about starting a production company – even if you have no idea about business.

This 10 part video course will teach you the EXACT step by step method to starting your own successful music production company from scratch.

Absolutely everything is covered – soup to nuts…

The course is available to purchase for $47 USD.

More information: Producers Choice / Music Business Mastery Program

Line 6 to be acquired by Yamaha Corporation

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Yahama & Line 6

Yamaha and Line 6 have announced a definitive agreement for Yamaha to acquire Line 6, a leading manufacturer of innovative solutions for musicians.

The acquisition expands Yamaha’s portfolio of modeling guitar processing products as well as pro-audio equipment, and offers new and exciting opportunities for accelerated growth for both companies.

Line 6 products have been at the cutting edge of digital audio development for musicians and audio professionals since the company pioneered the digital modeling guitar amplifier in 1996. Line 6 continues to deliver innovation and excellence across its industry-leading portfolio, including POD® multi-effect processors, digital effects, guitar amplifiers, modeling guitars, a range of professional instrument and microphone digital wireless systems, digital live sound mixers, speakers, as well as iOS interfaces.

Under the terms of the agreement, Yamaha will operate Line 6 as a wholly owned subsidiary to fully realize the compelling opportunities for the two brands with Line 6’s operations continuing as before and its management team remaining in place.

“I am very happy that Line 6, which has been creating innovative products and creating new market opportunities consistently over its history, will become a member of the Yamaha group. We look forward to accelerating our growth strategy by pursuing the beneficial effects from both companies and by utilizing Line 6’s core brand power centered on guitarists that is so highly regarded worldwide as well as its unique technology, planning and development capabilities” said Mr. Takuya Nakata, President of Yamaha Corporation.

“For over 30 years of developing products, and even further back to my earliest memories as a developing musician, Yamaha has been the brand for which I have always had the most respect,” said Line 6 co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer Marcus Ryle. “Yamaha has consistently set the standard in our industry for quality and innovation, and I am very proud for Line 6 to now be a part of this incredible legacy.”

“Yamaha’s acquisition of Line 6 will help accelerate the realization of our vision to drive innovation for musicians across the globe,” said Line 6 CEO and President Paul Foeckler. “We’re proud that Yamaha recognizes the innovation and value in our people, IP and processes and we’re excited about the opportunities ahead to expand our reach”

More information: Line 6 / Yamaha

Bobby Owsinski releases Social Media Promotion for Musicians

Social Media Promotion for Musicians

Producer, author, and technology advisor Bobby Owsinski has announced the release of his Social Media Promotion for Musicians book.

After numerous requests from musicians, artists, bands, engineers, producers and songwriters all over the country, best-selling recording and music business author Bobby Owsinski has finally put the social media strategies taught in his famous clinics into a new book called Social Media Promotion for Musicians: The Manual for Marketing Yourself, Your Band and Your Music Online.

Published by BOMG Publishing and topping out at 300 pages packed with insider tips and tricks, Social Media Promotion for Musicians provides the latest techniques used to raise your online profile more effectively and efficiently than you ever thought possible, which can lead to more fans and followers, increased page, post and video views, and greater ticket and merch sales. Best of all, the information is laid out so anyone can do it!

Social Media Promotion For Musicians covers all aspects of a musician’s online presence on the most widely used platforms like YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and various bookmarking sites. Special attention is also given to personal and band websites, blogs, newsletters and branding.

Social Media Promotion for Musicians features

  • How to increase your online exposure to increase your fan base.
  • How to have more time for music by saving at least an hour every day on common social media operations.
  • Exclusive promotional tips that boost your views and followers.
  • How to uncover and develop your brand.
  • The secret behind successful tweets and posts.
  • How to craft an effective newsletter to increase your ticket and merch sales.
  • 10 ways to make sure that fans, music critics and bloggers, bookers and promoters, and agents and managers always have your latest information.
  • Ways to optimize your YouTube channel and videos to maximize your views.

The book is available to purchase for a list price of $29.95 USD (print & Kindle).

More information: Social Media Promotion for Musicians

Gibson Brands announces intention to acquire Cakewalk Inc.

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Gibson Brands to acquire Cakewalk

Gibson Brands has entered into a letter of intent with Roland Corporation and Cakewalk, Inc. for Gibson to acquire Cakewalk pursuant to definitive acquisition agreements to be negotiated by the parties.

According to Gibson Brands Chairman and CEO Henry Juszkiewicz, “If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Cakewalk must be very flattered that so many of their innovations have become industry standards. As an addition to the Gibson Pro Audio Group, Cakewalk will enhance their flagship professional products, pursue provocative R&D initiatives, and continue to serve the needs of musicians and producers world-wide.”

Following the closing of the proposed acquisition, a new brand, TASCAM Professional Software, will be created to support, promote, and publish Cakewalk’s current and future professional products. Cakewalk President Michael Hoover notes “The world’s most iconic guitar, Gibson’s Les Paul, bears the name of the inventor of multitrack recording—and TASCAM launched a musical revolution by bringing multitrack recording to the masses. The combination will make a fitting home for products developed by Cakewalk.” TASCAM President Yuji Hanabusa states “The future of recording is an intelligent, intuitive combination of both hardware and software. Cakewalk and TASCAM will have the power to realize this future.”

The Cakewalk staff and headquarters will remain in Boston as an independent division. Juszkiewicz concludes, “This isn’t just about wanting to acquire Cakewalk’s respected product line. We’re equally excited about what Cakewalk’s R&D labs are developing for current Cakewalk fans—as well as those who are about to become Cakewalk fans.”

More information: Cakewalk

Zynaptiq acquires Prosoniq product line and technologies

Zynaptiq

Zynaptiq has announced the acquisition of Prosoniqʼs complete IP, including their current and past product line, technologies, patent rights, research data and license contracts, effective March 1st, 2014.

Zynaptiq will continue to offer the current line of Prosoniq products.

Founded in 1990, Prosoniq has been crucial in providing key technologies to many companies in the music business, including Quantel, Emagic, Steinberg and Cakewalk.

Prosoniq pioneered in the field of applying Artificial Neural Networks to audio processing, voice removal, structural audio morphing and polyphonic time stretching with formant correction, and has researched and developed many more technologies and tools for applications including image decomposition, phoneme recognition, structural audio information retrieval & rendering, and more.

Today Prosoniq is best known for its:

  • Time Factory time-stretching and pitch-shifting batch processor.
  • sonicWORX Isolate voice extraction/suppression and spectral editing application.
  • Orange Vocoder classic vocoder plug-in.
  • Morph real-time audio morphing plug-in.
  • NAS synthesis engine as used in the Hartmann Synthesizer.

“Weʼre thrilled to add these software gems to our portfolio of cutting-edge technologies and award-winning products” said Zynaptiq CEO Denis Goekdag.

“We are happy to consolidate Prosoniqʼs 20+ years worth of research and development into Zynaptiq, giving these great products and technologies a new home”, adds Stephan Bernsee, CTO at Zynaptiq. “This allows for the creation of even more cutting edge products and extending into new fields, and our users will greatly benefit from this consolidation in the near future.”

More information: Zynaptiq

Native Instruments announces plans for a dedicated UK office

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Native Instruments

Native Instruments has announced plans to open a UK branch in January 2014, to establish dedicated sales, marketing and R&D capacities in one of its most important markets.

To be located in the vibrant London area of Shoreditch, Native Instruments UK will firmly root the company in the birthplace of pop music and hotbed of continuous artistic innovation, and complement its existing offices in the music metropolises of Berlin, Los Angeles and Tokyo.

The NI UK sales team will be formed by the experienced staff of longstanding agent 2Twenty2, led by its owner and Managing Director Stephen Parker who has looked after NI’s UK distribution for over a decade. The London office will also fulfill general marketing, PR and artist relations functions, accommodating the specific audiences and scenes in the UK and Ireland.

Furthermore, Native Instruments UK will comprise a local product design and development team, which will extend the capabilities of the R&D staff in the Berlin and LA offices.

“With Native Instruments, I’ve been fortunate to represent one of the most dynamic MI brands in the UK since 2001″, says Stephen Parker, “and I am very excited to now grow the Komplete, Maschine and Traktor product lines even further from a dedicated NI branch.”

“The UK has always been a crucial sales region for us”, says Daniel Haver, “and the establishment of a full-featured office in London now represents the next step in our commitment to our British customers as
well as our determination to involve local creative talent into our future product design and development process.”

Native Instruments will announce job opportunities for the London office soon via their dedicated online career center.

More information: Native Instruments