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Image-Line & Novation launch contest – Win Launchpad S and FL Studio Producer Edition bundles

Image-Line has announced a contest in collaboration with Novation, giving away 10 bundles of the Launchpad S and FL Studio Producer Edition.

We’re teaming up with our friends at Novation to give away TEN bundles of a Launchpad S and FL Studio Producer Edition (or IL VCash equivalent to be used in the Image-Line shop if you already own FL Studio). Don’t forget FL Studio also includes Lifetime Free Updates.

To enter the contest you need to name one track used in the performance above. The contest ends March 28th, 2014, at 16:00 GMT.

More information: FL Studio / Launchpad S contest

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

Moogfest announces Moogfest Audiotool Competition

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Moogfest Audiotool Competition

Moogfest has announced the Moogfest Audiotool competition, offering participants a chance to play at Moogfest and get released on a compilation.

Starting today, Moogfest is inviting anyone to produce a track – using the free cloud-based audio workstation Audiotool – and submit it to the Moogfest Competition. The winner gets to play a set at Moogfest in Asheville, North Carolina, taking place from the 23rd to the 27th of April 2014. The winner will also, along with 7 runners up, have their tracks included on a limited edition release which will go out to the artists, VIPs and press who will be attending Moogfest.

Participants will have until the 25th of March to submit a track to the competition. A select panel including some of the Moogfest artists will then judge the tracks, with the the winner being announced on 1 April 2014.

Moogfest is the annual festival that celebrates the innovative spirit of founder Dr. Robert Moog, an American pioneer of electronic music and inventor of the Moog synthesizer. Emmy Parker, Brand Director at Moog Music Inc commented: “Moogfest represents the synthesis of technology, music and art. Audiotool’s innovative platform empowers emerging artists to create on their own terms. We are excited to offer Audiotool’s rich community of musicmakers an opportunity to be a part of Moogfest 2014.”

Since the 50s Moog Music has pioneered and developed devices that offer artists endless possibilities when it comes to creating sound. Audiotool, which started in 2008, brings together a range of retro and new school synthesizer emulations running in the browser, allowing collaboration and free access for anyone. The browser-based audio workstation is all about democratising the process of music creation and collaboration in the cloud. This partnership offers a unique opportunity to combine forces and to capitalize on the natural strengths and alignment of the two brands.

Audiotool inventor André Michelle said: “this partnership is huge for us and our users will be super excited about the chance of winning a set at Moogfest, for one just because of the incredible line-up. It’s also a unique opportunity for Audiotool users to have their music critiqued by some of the Moogfest artists.”

The contest submission phase ends March 25th, 2014. The winners will be announced April 1st, 2014.

The grand prize is playing live set at Moogfest (flight, hotel and artist pass included), and 1st – 8th place winners will get their tracks on the Moogfest 2014 compilation.

More information: Moogfest Audiotool competition

Korg announces development of new ARP Odyssey synthesizer

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Korg has announced that a faithful recreation of the legendary 1970s ARP Odyssey analog synthesiser is being developed by Korg for release later in 2014.

The ARP Odyssey was released in 1972 by ARP Instruments, Inc. and quickly became famous for its unique rich sound and innovative performance controls. It was a staple for many recording and performing musicians worldwide and was used on countless hit records over many years. The Odyssey was one of the highlights of the ARP company and became a long selling product. With slight updates and improvements it was sold through to 1981.

Korg is also proud to welcome Mr David Friend as our chief advisor on the Odyssey. David Friend established ARP Instruments, Inc. along with Alan Robert Pearlman and is a past president of ARP Instruments, Inc. He was also the lead designer of the original Odyssey in addition to designing or co-designing many other products.

After ARP, Mr Friend became a successful technology entrepreneur. In 2010, he was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the Emerging Technology category for the New England Region, he has been a lecturer at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and is now Chairman & CEO of Carbonite, Inc. He has been a trustee of the New England Conservatory and Berklee College of Music.

In the last few years, KORG INC. has released several top selling analog synthesizers such as the monotrons series, the monotribe, the volca series and the hugely successful MS-20 mini, a faithful fully analog recreation of the 1978 MS-20. With Korg’s technology capabilities and planning ability for analog synthesizers, and in collaboration with David Friend, we believe the legendary ARP Odyssey will become a “must have” for an all new generation of music makers.

The ARP Odyssey is scheduled for release in September 2014.

More information: Korg

Dubspot intros DS1 MIDI Mixer

Dubspot has announced the DS1, a MIDI mixer developed in collaboration with Livid Instruments.

Dubspot / Livid DS1

The DS1 MIDI Mixer is a portable solution for computer-based mixing, production and performance, constructed with only the highest-quality parts and materials.

This intuitive and versatile controller is the result of a creative collaboration between Livid Instruments and Dubspot, forged from a shared desire to bring classic audio mixer design to the digital world.

DS1 features

  • 9 high-quality, 60mm faders.
  • 44 rotary knobs with single-color backlighting.
  • 1 push encoder.
  • 25 RGB buttons.
  • Class-compliant MIDI USB.
  • Expression Pedal Input (compatible with the Livid Master Fader).
  • Ultra light and heavy-duty aluminum construction.

Availability and pricing TBA.

More information: Dubspot / DS1

Roland announces marketing partnership with QSC

Roland / QSC

Roland Corporation and QSC Audio Products have announced a new marketing partnership promoting the concept of electronic and hybrid percussion as a whole and showcasing the pairing of V-Drums and K Series amplification as a total solution.

Roland V-Drums products are known worldwide as the foremost in electronic percussion, and QSC K Series monitors have become the gold standard in electronic percussion amplification. QSC has a long history of making high quality products, and K Series monitors are a perfect solution for amplifying the excellent dynamic response and sound set of Roland V-Drums.

Drummers have come to trust V-Drums for great playability, tactile dynamic response, silent mesh heads, supreme sound and editing capability, innovation, and industrial design. Creating the sounds of authentic acoustic drums, standard and exotic percussion instruments, as well as current and vintage electronic drums are all possible with V-Drums, giving the instruments a well-founded seat in today’s mainstream percussion domain. But in order for drummers to access the full capabilities of their V-Drums instruments, proper amplification is key. Extremely responsive electronic drums need a very unique kind of stage amplification that is accurate, has wide bandwidth, and is capable of keeping up with guitar amps and other amplified instruments.

“Musicians have recognized that K Series speakers are a great choice for electronic instrument amplification. With that in mind, we’re delighted to be working with Roland to spread the word about how well K Series and V-Drums go together,” said QSC Vice President of Marketing Gerry Tschetter.

QSC products are known for their innovation, value, and performance in the marketplace, and QSC’s K Series family of loudspeakers offers studio-quality reinforcement for V-Drums. V-Drums have a musical dynamic response that standard amplification cannot replicate. The amplification system needs dynamic headroom to accommodate transients, a frequency response to accurately render the high frequencies of a cymbal, and the power to produce a satisfying kick drum, all coming from V-Drums. This is also true when utilizing a hybrid kit consisting of acoustic drums and Roland percussion instruments. K Series amplifier systems are more than capable of playing at volumes that can not only drive the rhythm of the music with authority but also maintain a consistent Roland sound all across the listening area and throughout the full frequency spectrum.

“Roland is very happy to be working closely with QSC to give drummers exactly what they need to offer up their best performances. The combination of a Roland V-Drums percussion system and a QSC K Series instrument amplifier are made for each other and are one of the recommended amplification systems by Roland,” said Roland Corporation U.S. Vice President Paul Youngblood.

More information: Roland / QSC

Steinberg launches VST Connect Pro – Remote multitrack recording

Steinberg VST Connect Pro

Steinberg has announced the release of VST Connect Pro, a fully featured remote recording solution for remote multitrack recording of audio and MIDI in premium sound quality.

“With VST Connect Pro, we’re convinced to be revolutionizing the way producers and musicians work together. In fact, the technology behind VST Connect delivers completely new approaches to producing music, triggering and recording instruments remotely, and cooperating with musicians and clients at a distance,” remarked Frank Simmerlein, marketing director at Steinberg.

VST Connect Pro offers encrypted transfer of real-time recordings through the internet and local area networks. While delivering immediate stereo recordings, up to 16 audio tracks are recorded in the background in uncompressed, high resolution.

Compatible with Cubase 7, VST Connect Pro establishes a peer-to-peer connection with the free client-side application, VST Connect Performer. During remote recording sessions, users of both software applications can adjust the cue mix and talkback levels, as well as communicate via video link.

With the release of VST Connect Pro, Steinberg also introduces Studio Pass, the free iOS app for VST Connect that lets users dial into the recording session with an iPhone or iPad.

VST Connect Pro features

  • Collaborate with other musicians and producers around the world.
  • Peer-to-peer solution with sample accurate sync.
  • MIDI support for sending and receiving MIDI data to your recording counterpart.
  • Encrypted transfer for secure exchange of important audio material.
  • Multi-channel support for remote recording of up to 16 channels.
  • Up to 192 kHz audio support with downstream transfer of large-scale uncompressed audio files.
  • Cue mix section for optimal recording environment.
  • LAN support for connections in your local network.
  • VST 3 support for recording VST instruments via peer-to-peer connection.
  • Free download client-side application with full remote control of session settings by the session administrator.

VST Connect Pro is available to purchase for MSRP 199 EUR, including German VAT. Studio Pass for VST Connect Pro is soon available as free App Store download on iTunes.

More information: Steinberg / VST Connect Pro

Erin Barra launches Beats By Girlz

Erin Barra has launched Beats By Girlz, an Indiegogo campaign dedicated to empowering women in the arts.

She’s empowering, self-aware, and most importantly a talent, who doesn’t let her gender keep her from breaking any glass ceiling that other female musicians and producers only imagined.

Utilizing her position as a multi-faceted woman in audio, Erin has kicked off Beatz By Girlz – an Indiegogo campaign dedicated to empowering women in the arts.

In collaboration with The Lower East Side Girls Club, Erin will be creating a female powered music tech program, creating educational video assets and serving as a role model for daughters, sisters, friends and mothers.

The project aims to $20,000 USD by December 19th, 2013.

More information: Beats By Girlz