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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

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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

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The Loop Loft intros The Legends Contest

The Loop Loft The Legends Contest

The Loop Loft has announced The Legends Contest, a legendary music production contest in collaboration with Blend.io.

We’re thrilled to announce our latest contest, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you, music creators, to collaborate with music legends including Omar Hakim (Sting, David Bowie, Madonna, Daft Punk) and Mino Cinélu (Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock) and showcase your skills.

To participate, simply Pull the Ableton Live project on Blend.io and create an original tune using the samples provided. Whether you’re a singer, producer, guitarist, rapper, or all of the above, we want to hear where this collaboration takes you.

Entries can be in any style and you are free to add your own instrumentation and/or vocals.

Prizes include The Loop Loft’s Platinum Pack ($329 value), a plugin from PSP Audioware, Grado Labs headphones, and more.

The competition ends on Tuesday November 5th, 2013. The winners will be announced and featured on the Blend.io blog.

More information: The Loop Loft / The Legends Contest

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Ohm Force releases Ohm Studio 1.0 digital audio workstation

Ohm Studio

Ohm Force has announced version 1.0 of its Ohm Studio real-time collaborative digital audio workstation software for Windows and Mac.

Ohm Studio is the only pro-grade DAW that allows for online cloud-based collaboration – a technical challenge that explains why it took so long and why Ohm Studio is the only DAW to offer online collaboration to date.

As opposed to other DAWs that culturally promote the idea that one guy can do it all, Ohm Force understands that the music most people listen to is very rarely made by one person alone. In this age of the Internet, having access to a world of talented people to do instrument recording, arranging, producing will be brought back to the core experience of computer music making.

Collaborative features as well as a UI with a gentle learning curve and pro-grade audio performance complete the approach that sums up Ohm Studio.

Ohm Studio is both a software and a service. You can go for free offers for both, or buy both, or any combination of the two.

Ohm Studio pricing

  • Ohm Studio (free) includes a basic production suite, free partner plugins (Hybrit amp sim from Lepou and Voxengo’s Old Skool Verb), exclusive UVI-made Ohm Studio multi-instrument (with 1.5 Gb of sounds), Frohmage filter and all of the Ohm Studio features with two exceptions: recording is limited to 16 bits and export to high quality compressed audio.
  • Ohm Studio Pro (€39 euro zone, ~$42 everywhere else) includes all of this, gets rid of the two limitations and also includes industry standards OhmBoyz delay and Minimonsta synth.
  • Ohm Studio Pro XXL (€99 euro zone, ~$107 everywhere else) includes everything from the pro version plus Ohmicide distortion, Quad Frohmage filterbank, Predatohm distortion, Hematohm frequency shifter, Ohmygod! comb filter, Mobilohm phaser and Oddity synth.
  • On the service side users can choose to pay a monthly fee to take advantage of a comfortable project- and asset storage space, or stay with the 10 free projects. Creating, joining, or being a member of a given project will all use 1 project credit.

More information: Ohm Studio

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Futucraft releases Cotracks collaborative music app for iOS

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Futucraft Cotracks

Futucraft has launched Cotracks, a collaborative music studio for teamwork on a single iPad.

With Cotracks you can create multiple layers of loops and phrases using multiple instruments. Cotracks is designed to maintain your creative flow and is always ready to capture your ideas, regardless whether you are flying solo or collaborating with others.

Collaboration is where Cotracks really stands out. Everyone in your session has the ability to play and record at will without disrupting or being disrupted by the workflow of others. This lets you lay down the foundation of a tune within minutes and makes Cotracks the perfect and inspiring tool for brainstorming new ideas within a group.

The loops you create may be exported as separate audio clips or as a mixdown audio clip which you may then import and use in any audio software supporting the common wave audio format.

Cotracks is available to purchase for the introductory price of $4.99 USD (50% off regular).

More information: Futucraft / Cotracks

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Keith McMillen Instruments announces Community Projects

Keith McMillen Instruments Community Projects

Keith McMillen Instruments has announced a user community site, which acts as a hub for artists to unlock the potential of KMI gear.

Keith McMillen Instruments, developer of the most expressive instruments for making music with computers, today announced a new destination for users to share software templates and hardware presets to further unlock the potential of KMI gear. Got a great project or idea? Share it with the KMI community!

Here are some of the projects the KMI team created and some by our clever users:

  • QuNeo Pad Animator – program pad LED sequences on the QuNeo in any DAW
  • QuNexus Scales Mode – enables easy playing within a user specified scale and key on QuNexus
  • QuNeo Demo Lab – an efficient and fun way to get acquainted with QuNeo’s massive feature set
  • QuNeo Enhanced Note Mode – lets you play in tune in a variety of scales
  • QuNexus Monomachine Control – enables use of polyphonic pressure and tilt to modulate Elektron Monomachine parameters

More information: Keith McMillen Instruments / Community Projects

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Ohm Studio Grand Opening coming October 15th

Ohm Studio

Ohm Force has announced that it will release Ohm Studio, the real-time collaborative digital audio workstation currently in public beta, on October 15th, 2013.

It is always an arbitrary decision when a beta turns into a release. While some decisive updates (like a much asked for offline mode) are on their way to Ohm Studio, Ohm Force has observed that its DAW is undoubtedly able to deliver its promise: collaborative musical joy. With 30K users, 80K projects, and 58 collaborative events made during beta testing, there is no more time to postpone the inevitable: taking the big leap and telling the world “here is Ohm Studio”.

The release will happen on October 15th, along with substantial updates to www.ohmstudio.com and the Ohm Studio app. There will also be a full product presentation including pricing, current and future features as well as special collab events. Expect to see a giant sheep eating a castle too.

Of course, there will be no project or account reset. Preorder buyers will be able to go on as usual. Others (or newcomers) while keeping their accounts with associated projects will become free subscribers. They will have a limit of 10 projects and won’t be able to export lossless audio. If they have more than that at the time of release, all projects will be locked until they subscribe or leave enough projects. Note that leaving a project doesn’t imply cancelling your copyrights on the track, only your access to it. Alternatively they will be able to do local backups when offline mode is implemented.

Finally, note that this is the last chance to purchase a lifetime subscription. The lifetime subscription will end along with beta on October 15th. At 224€ (~$250 outside of eurozone) this offer includes the largest Ohm Studio content pack along with permanent subscription to the Ohm cloud (more details here).

More information: Ohm Studio

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Kong Audio announces Computer Game Music Contest

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Kong Audio has announced a Computer Game Music Contest in collaboration with MIDIFAN.

Kong Audio & MIDIFAN Computer Game Music Contest

Basic rules:

  1. An original music(no longer than 10 min) for one(or mixed together) of the three following scenes:
    • combat/fighting scene.
    • ballad/serene scene.
    • thriller/intense scene.
  2. Must contain at least one recognizable Chinese instrument.

Awards: The top 3 winners get a box version of Chinee Orchestra (retail $690) and a trophy.

The contest ends September 15th, 2013.

More information: Kong Audio / Computer Game Music Contest

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