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Ableton and SAE expand partnership

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Ableton has announced an expanded partnership with SAE institutes in the United States.

Ableton is pleased to announce that, effective immediately, new students enrolled in the Audio Technology Program (ATP) at all SAE Institutes in the USA will automatically receive Ableton Live 8 as part of their accompanying Audio Production Bundle. The bundle contains a collection of industry-standard software and hardware, to which Ableton is excited to add Live 8.

Ableton SAE Fall Tour

In recognition of this new joint commitment, Ableton and SAE will hold a series of workshop events from August to October 2011, at SAE Institutes worldwide.

At each Ableton-SAE Fall Tour event, Ableton specialists will offer insight into production techniques using Ableton Live, suitable for artists and producers of any skill level. Every workshop will be free of charge and open to the public.

More information: Ableton

“Make a record with Alan Parsons” – News update for the Los Angeles event on July 22-23 2011

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Alan Parson's Art & Science of Sound Recording

Alan Parsons’ Art & Science of Sound Recording has posted a news updates for the Los Angeles Master Class Training Session, taking place July 22 and 23, 2011.

Excitement is building daily for the Master Class Training Session at Village Studios in Los Angeles on July 22-23, where a select group of Attendees get to make a record with studio legend Alan Parsons (Dark Side Of The Moon, Alan Parsons Project…)

Confirmed for the Friday morning tracking session include bass great Nathan East–fresh from his European tour with Toto and days before he hits the road again with Fourplay,
Fellow Michael Jackson session player–indeed the man who played ‘that guitar’ on Black And White–is Tim Pierce (arguably the premier session guitarist in Los Angeles right now), and Rami Jaffee, just back from Europe with the Foo Fighters.

Currently there are only a few seats remaining for the Los Angeles Master Class Training Session. There will be a strict limit of 24 Attendees in order to preserve the intimate and interactive nature of this event. Cost: $1950 USD per person; Student pricing (with Student ID): $1750 USD. A 15% discount is available for members of the Recording Academy™ (Members please email info@keyfax for discount coupon code).

More information: Alan Parsons LA Master Class Training Session

Alan Parsons LA Master Class Training Session announced

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Alan Parsons’ Art & Science of Sound Recording has announced the Level 3 Master Class Training Session with Alan Parsons, July 22-23, 2011.

Alan Parsons Master Class Training Session

A select group of attendees will join multi-Platinum engineer, producer and artist Alan Parsons and the crème de la crème of LA’s session musicians at the legendary Village Studios in Los Angeles for the making of a new record.

This intensive two-day workshop expands upon techniques and practices shown in Alan Parsons’ Art & Science Of Sound Recording series, bridging the gap between modern recording facilities and a classic recording experience.

Rami Jaffee (Keys / Foo Fighters) and Tim Pierce (Guitar / Crowded House, Michael Jackson) are now confirmed as two of the session players for the LA MCTS. The full line up of players will be announced shortly.

The Master Class Training Session is $1,950 USD per person, including lunch and refreshments on both days, USB thumb drive of the final mix, goodie bag from sponsors, multi-track Session files (attendees must supply media), and a signed copy of Alan Parsons’ Art & Science Of Sound Recording DVD set. An Education Discount of $200 USD is available with Student ID.

The event is limited to 25 seats; early sign-ups are highly recommended.

More information: Alan Parsons’ Art & Science of Sound Recording

Shure and Guitar Center Studios Give Musicians Room(s) to Rock

Funding for school music programs is disappearing nationwide, but there’s no shortage of people with a burning desire to sing or play an instrument. Recognizing a need for education, rehearsal, and recording facilities, microphone manufacturer Shure Incorporated is providing microphones and headphones to the growing list of Guitar Center Studios, as the music retailer expands its music education facilities in the U.S.

Guitar Center Studios

“Music education programs are disappearing from public schools, and individual lesson providers are challenged to deliver a broad offering of learning opportunities and tools,” says Tom Hemphill, Director of Guitar Center Studios. To counter this trend, Guitar Center Studios has taken the fundamental elements of music education—learning to play, connecting with peers, rehearsing together, and recording—and made them the cornerstones of a progressive learning pedagogy.

“Guitar Center Studios not only provides best-in-class music education, but a wide range of opportunities to apply that education,” Hemphill continues. “We serve as a community where musicians can learn, meet, rehearse, and record using professional equipment.” The facilities use a subscription model under which students can take advantage of any or all of these resources for one price.

In addition to providing music lessons and training in Pro Tools and Logic software, the program encourages musicians to get together, rehearse, and record themselves. Having access to professional-caliber equipment is a key component of this part of the program, and Shure has outfitted every Guitar Center Studios facility with SM58® handheld microphones, MX395 low-profile microphones and SRH240 professional headphones. “Shure has been a tireless supporter of what we’re doing, and we’re grateful,” says Hemphill. The microphones and headphones enable performances to be recorded easily, allowing musicians to review their performances and identify areas for improvement. “You can walk in, rehearse, and walk out with a CD that you can learn from,” says Hemphill.

“The Guitar Center brand is known and respected by musicians at every level, from beginners to working professionals,” says Abby Kaplan, Sales Director, Western U.S., at Shure Incorporated. “We’re proud to partner with Guitar Center Studios to help develop the next generation of performers.”

More information: Shure / Guitar Center Studios

Nightmaker releases Educational Synth (beta)

Nightmaker Studios has released a public beta of Educational Synth, a free virtual synthesizer instrument by Cosmic Boy.

Nightmaker Educational Synth
Nightmaker Educational Synth

Introducing our new free synthesizer, a fun synth with clean sounds featuring descriptions on every component to help learn and understand most basic features and signal flow in a typical synthesizer.

Still in beta but feel free to download, wire it up, test and experiment!!

Educational Synth is available to download as a free VST plugin and standalone application for Windows.

More information: Nightmaker Studios

FaderPRO and Beatport’s Sounds To Sample announce partnership

FaderPRO, the online/DVD mixing and production lessons that have earned acclaim for featuring hit making, Grammy-nominated producer/remixers will now offer for the first time video courses for download at Beatport’s SoundstoSample.com website.

FaderPRO / Sounds/To/Sample

Up-and-coming producer/remixers now have a smart solution to fast track the learning curve related to getting started; Sounds/To/Sample (S2S) sells chart-busting loops and sounds for music production, and FaderPRO’s multi-platinum producers (whose combined credits include Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Mariah Carey, Nelly Furtado, Lee Cabrera, Kevin Rudolf and Lil Wayne, Moloko) teach video courses on how to assemble them into hits.

Sounds/To/Sample Director Jim Stout says, “We are extremely excited to bring FaderPRO to Sounds/To/Sample. Real-world, how-to expertice offered by platinum-selling producers is what sets FaderPRO’s courses apart from the others available today, and we’re very happy to welcome them as one of our content partners.”

FaderPRO’s Vincent di Pasquale comments, “FaderPRO flattens the learning curve; most of what I learned over the years was not by reading some instruction manual, or hearing some teacher point at things on a computer screen, but by sitting in the studio and watching the best producers do what they normally do. That is exactly the experience we bring to anyone willing to learn.”

With this alliance, FaderPRO becomes S2S’ first – and only – partner for educational “How To Make Music” videos and courses, and S2S becomes FaderPRO’s exclusive source for downloadable courses.

Adds FaderPRO’s Steven Lee, “We have specifically designed FaderPRO for the millions of talented and interested artists who are starving to learn how to make music. Our angle was simple: Go into the studios of the best producers in the world and shoot a video course that shows how they make an original song from start to finish. Topping it off is the user’s ability to get hold of every element of content used in the video and learn by doing the work alongside the Pro.”

DVDs and web-streaming courses will still be available directly from FaderPRO.com

Two titles are currently available for immediate download:

  • The Art of the Remix features Vincent di Pasquale and Steven Lee remixing Nadia Ali’s “Crash and Burn.”
  • Are You Able – an Ableton Live-specific production course featuring Ivan Coraliza (a/k/a iLL Factor) as he puts a complete track together from scratch.

All future FaderPRO courses will be available for download at Sounds/To/Sample as well.

More information: FaderPRO / Sounds To Sample

Girl Scouts Rock! Powered by Roland, music initiative for girls

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Girl Scouts Rock!

Roland and Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) have recently joined forces to create Girl Scouts Rock! Powered by Roland, a series of interactive events designed to inspire and empower girls through music.

The new initiative was launched in Los Angeles on March 19, 2011, with over 100 enthusiastic Girl Scouts and their parents in attendance. On hand to lend her support was Charlotte Caffey, lead guitarist and songwriter for the pioneering all-female band the Go-Go’s. Rising Disney star Shelby Spalione also appeared, performing with The Rockin’ Roland Girls Band. Afterward, the band members led a series of interactive sessions where the scouts played and learned about Roland instruments such as the Lucina AX-09 Synthesizer, HD-1 V-Drums® Lite, and many more.

The Girl Scouts Rock! Powered by Roland partnership gives girls from 8-14 years of age a hands-on experience playing popular music with modern musical instruments; an important opportunity that fewer girls are receiving due to music budget cuts in schools all over the nation. The fun, interactive curriculum co-developed by Roland and GSUSA aims to get girls pumped up about making music and music education.

Girl Scouts Rock! Powered by Roland is part of the latest Girl Scout leadership journey, It’s Your Story-Tell It!, which uses creative expression to help girls gain a better understanding of themselves and their potential. During the events, parents and troop leaders have the opportunity to participate in Better Life with Music sessions, where they can learn about the latest research and information regarding the benefits of music education in the lives of their children.

“This year will mark the 30th anniversary of Beauty and the Beat,” said Charlotte Caffey, referring to the Go-Go’s landmark 1981 debut album while speaking at the Los Angeles event. “As a female musician and songwriter and mother of a 16-year-old daughter myself, I love that the Girl Scouts and Roland have partnered to bring girls across the country access to making music.”

A second successful Girl Scouts Rock! Powered by Roland event was held in Miami, Florida, on April 30, 2011. Additional events are scheduled for Chicago, Illinois, on May 14th and New York City, New York, on May 21st.

More information: Girl Scouts Rock! Powered by Roland

Steinberg Sequel LE Campus, education edition with an unlimited multi-user license

Steinberg Sequel LE Campus

Steinberg has announced the release of Sequel LE Campus, a new all-in-one solution for creative audio projects in the educational sector.

Now offering educational institutions and music teachers a comprehensive solution for recording, editing and performing music, Steinberg combines this education edition with an unlimited multi-user license plus high-quality loops, intuitive tools and creative effects. Sequel LE Campus is now available as boxed version in the Steinberg Online Shop and from authorized Steinberg resellers for EUR 199*/GBP 168*.

Based on the entry-level Sequel application, the Sequel LE Campus version provides an array of features which help neophytes and experts alike to create high-quality audio and music productions. The Controller mode allows users to assign external controllers to the most frequently utilized parameters in Sequel LE Campus. With its Controller Learn feature, assigning controller knobs, sliders, keys or buttons to parameters is easy and elegant. The Free Warp mode transforms audio loops in many ways, while Track Freeze frees up CPU power in order for users to work with more tracks and effects. Thanks to the wealth of Sequel Content Sets available at the Steinberg Online Shop, users can expand their sound library with hundreds of additional audio loops in different music styles.

A copy of Sequel LE Campus includes one license that allows for unlimited use at school and at home. For more features and enhancements, users are enabled to upgrade to the Sequel full version for only EUR 49.99*/GBP 42.34*.

More information: Steinberg / Sequel LE Campus

* Manufacturer’s suggested retail price includes VAT.