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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

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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

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The Music Licensing Directory launches the next evolution in the crowdsourcing of music

Music Licensing Directory

The Music Licensing Directory has officially launched a music crowdsourcing service where Music Supervisors, Advertising Agencies, Production Companies and Individuals who need music for any purpose can launch a contest and find music to license for their needs.

Since launching in December last year, The Music Licensing Directory has rapidly built an extensive global community of artists, bands, labels, publishers, producers and composers. The new crowdsourcing platform allows anyone fast and simple access to this global community and an easy way to find both customized music and existing tracks to easily license for just about any purpose.

Crowdsourcing of music has traditionally been plagued by complexity and a lack of confidentiality. After extensive industry consultation the Music Licensing Directory has created a platform that addresses these critical issues.

“Music Licensing can be a time consuming, expensive, daunting and complex process for anyone who needs to find good music for their specific purpose. By utilizing the reach of our global community of music providers, we have come up with a solution that allows for confidentiality, particularly for clients in advertising, whilst still maintaining a fast, simple and personalized service” said Music Licensing Directory CEO Winston Giles.

The Crowdsourcing process caters to projects big and small with varying budgets and for many different purposes. Using the service is free, with no commitment or obligation – users only pay license fees if they are satisfied with tracks submitted.

“We are offering a new approach for those who need music and don’t have the time to sift through libraries with thousands of tracks or the time to get music from multiple sources. In a matter of hours we are able to deliver music suggestions based upon client requirements, and handle all aspects of the licensing process” said Giles.

More information: Music Licensing Directory

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Nimbit goes global and lowers sales commission

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Nimbit

Nimbit has released a major multifaceted update to its direct-to-fan sales and promotion platform.

While Nimbit now delivers more, it costs less-much less. Commissions on sales transactions have been reduced from 16.5% for all accounts to 10% for Nimbit Free and Plus and a miniscule 5% for Nimbit Premium accounts. And unlike competitors who only offer low commissions on digital goods, these rates also apply to sales on physical goods as well. For example, if you sell a $10 CD with a Plus account, your commission will only be $1; sell it with Nimbit Premium, and your cost is only 50¢!

Direct Pay — Another long awaited new feature to Nimbit is the shift to a Direct Pay model, where subscribers get paid directly, via PayPal, as they make sales. This is the music business version of instant gratification!

Self-Fulfillment — The updated service also adds a much-requested self-fulfillment option for physical goods. Nimbit previously picked, packed, and shipped all orders for physical products like CDs, vinyl, and t-shirts from their U.S. warehouse. Now subscribers to Nimbit Plus and Nimbit Premium have the option to ship products themselves from anywhere in the world. Nimbit will continue to offer complete fulfillment services as an option in Premium accounts.

Localized Currencies and Stores

Nimbit is now international! This update enables musicians around the world to sell in their local currencies. At launch, the following currencies are supported: Australian Dollar, British Pound Sterling, Canadian Dollar, Czech Koruna, Danish Krone, Euro, Hong Kong Dollar, Hungarian Forint, Israeli New Shekel, Japanese Yen, Mexican Peso, New Zealand Dollar, Norwegian Krone, Polish Zloty, Singapore Dollar, Swedish Krona, Swiss Franc, U.S. Dollar.

In addition to support for local currencies, Nimbit subscribers can set their storefronts to display in English, French, German, and Spanish. Support for additional currencies and storefronts in other languages will be introduced as needed to meet customer demand.

“Musicians around the world all need a way to create a supportive relationship with their fans, and that starts with the ability to sell direct,” commented Nimbit co-founder and president Phil Antoniades. “By adding local currencies and native languages to the Nimbit platform, we’re giving more artists around the world a deeper connection to their fans.”

More information: Nimbit

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New Atlantis Audio launches special deal on Loop Life eBook — the Insider’s Guide to the Indie Soundware Business

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New Atlantis Audio has announced a limited time promotion on the Loop Life eBook guide to indie soundware business, loaded with essential insider info, tips, strategies, and insight to give you the inside track.

Loop Life

We are publishing a big update to our book soon. New chapters and material, new formats for mobile devices, and maybe even an interview or two with some great soundware creators. The book includes free updates for life, so now is a great time to grab it at a huge discount — just $9.99, marked down from $29!

If you’re interested in turning your passion for music and sound design into a career you love, this is the only book on the subject. It’s loaded with essential insider insights from industry veterans with a dozen successful years in the business.

More information: Loop Life

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Elektron introduces US Elektron Music Machines Inc.

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Elektron Music Machines Inc

Elektron has announced the opening of Elektron Music Machines Inc., a new Los Angeles based subsidiary.

Elektron Music Machines MAV AB–the Swedish manufacturer of high-quality hardware electronic music instruments–announces the opening of a US subsidiary. The Los Angeles based Elektron Music Machines Inc. will strive to make Elektron instruments more available to musicians in North and South America and provide these markets with first rate customer services.

Elektron Music Machines Inc. will initially handle sales in North and South America for the Elektron line of products. The function of the subsidiary will in the near future involve taking care of logistics for the aforementioned regions.

More information: Elektron

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IMSTA FESTA Los Angeles 2013

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IMSTA FESTA 2013

On May 19th, the International Music Software Trade Association and SAE Institute Los Angeles will partner to host IMSTA FESTA, a celebration of music technology. IMSTA FESTA brings a collection of top music technology companies together in an environment where they can interact with music makers face-to-face.

IMSTA FESTA is known for bringing heavyweight music industry professionals under one roof for this limited engagement. Our panels bring together an array of industry experts to discuss the state of the music business, technology and much more.

IMSTA FESTA is a FREE event open to anyone interested in the art of music making; professional and semi-professional musicians, songwriters, music producers, and audio engineers, as well as music students and educators.

IMSTA FESTA Highlights

  • Network with LA’s “heavy hitters” in the music community.
  • Get hands-on with the latest music production products in the market.
  • Learn tips & tricks from knowledgeable product specialists.
  • Gain unique insight into the music industry by attending highly educational panels.
  • Win prizes from top audio technology companies.
  • Receive a free gift for visiting our exhibiting companies.

Exhibitors and sponsors include Air, Akai, Alesis, Arturia, Blue Microphones, Cakewalk, Celemony Melodyne, d16 Group, Electronic Musician, FableSounds, Gobbler, Grammy P&E, Guitar Center, inMusic, Keyboard Magazine, M-Audio, McDSP, Music Connection, MusicLab, Music Marketing, Native Instruments, Playground Sessions by Quincy Jones, Propellerhead, SONiVOX, SSL, Sonnox, Steinberg, Sugar Bytes, WaveDNA, and Zynaptiq.

Attendance to IMSTA FESTA is free with registration.

More information: IMSTA FESTA

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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

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