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Hal Leonard publishes Guitar Masters: Intimate Portraits by Alan di Perna

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Hal Leonard Guitar Masters Intimate Portraits

The guitar, particularly in its electric form, is the most influential instrument of the past 60 years.

Guitar Masters: Intimate Portraits by Alan di Perna spotlights the players who made it that way: the visionary talents and living legends who developed the sound and style of the electric guitar as we know it and love it.

Guitar Masters traces the life stories and assesses the musical legacies of superstar guitarists as well as lesser known, but equally influential sidemen: Buddy Guy, Jeff Beck, Steve Cropper, Dick Dale, Pete Townshend, Billy Gibbons, James Burton, David Gilmour, and Keith Richards. Veteran music journalist di Perna draws on three decades worth of experience as a writer and interviewer to extract the essence of what makes each of these gifted guitarists unique.

As di Perna writes in his preface, “Much has been written – a good deal of it by me – about how the electric guitar changed the sound and essential nature of popular music in the middle years of the twentieth century, launching a counter culture youth revolution as a sideline. And much of this cultural history has focused on the tremendous advances in guitar technology that took place from roughly the 1930s to the 1970s, and the work of pioneers like Leo Fender, Ted McCarty, Paul Bigsby, Jim Marshall, Roger Mayer, and others.”

“All this is undeniably true,” di Perna concedes. “But none of it would mean a damn thing if it had not been for the visionary guitar players who adopted this fledgling technology and, each in his own way, made glorious, game-changing, populist, heart-wrenchingly beautiful art out of the stuff.” The stories di Perna tells are as diverse as they are inspiring, yet what each of these guitar masters shares is an unshakable dedication to his craft and a deeply intuitive connection with their chosen instrument.

Guitar Masters gives fans and players new insights into the lives and music of the guitarists who showed us what a guitar can sound like and how it can move us like no other instrument can.

The book is available to purchase for $29.99 USD.

More information: Hal Leonard / Guitar Masters: Intimate Portraits

Sampletekk launches Winter Sale—50% off sample libraries

SampleTekk Winter Sale

Sampletekk has announced a Winter Sale, offering 50% off its entire sample library catalog.

Time again for our annual Winter Sale where you can grab multisampled instruments for you Halion, Kontakt, EXS24, Gigastudio sampler. Choose between grand pianos, uprights, flutes, organs, brass, harpsichords, choirs and other instruments.

Sampletekk Winter Sale

  • SampleTekk Black – Based on the famous SampleTekk Black Grand, but with refined samples, and the use of SampleTekk’s True Resonance Samples in combination with Native Instruments Kontakt Engine, we built a Grand Piano that we feel is our best piano yet! Regular Price $99 Price now: $49.50.
  • White Grand – SampleTekk proudly presents the White Grand, in our opinion, the best contemporary pop/rock/jazz grand piano in the sampled world today. Regular Price $119 Price now: $59.50.
  • 7CG – Super detailed multisampled Grand Piano No less then 93 unique samples per recorded note. Over 4400 samples! Incredible sound and response Super realistic playing behaviour. Regular Price $199 Price now: $99.50.
  • Rain Piano – A serious Upright piano with character! Used in countless productions both in music and media. Regular Price $49 Price now: $24.50.
  • INIL Choir – Original voices from 10CC’s seminal production “I’m Not In Love”. Released in cooperation with Eric Stewart. Regular Price $49 Price now: $24.50.
  • Renaissance Flutes – A complete set of recorders, Bass, Alto, Tenor, Soprano and Sopranino, beautifully played by one of Sweden’s top flutists. Regular Price $119 Price now: $59.50.
  • Mk seventy-three – The Rhodes challenger! Recorded through a a Fender Twin – The way it was supposed to. Regular Price $140 Price now: $70.
  • BOB – Orchestral Brass – BOB gives you French Horn, Trombone, Trumpet and Tuba. Regular Price $98 Price now: $49.
  • SampleTekk Marimbas – This Marimba has all notes (A1-C6) sampled in stereo. No less then 8 velocities/note makes this Marimba one of the largest sampled marimbas on the market today. Played using hard, medium and soft mallets. Regular Price $49 Price now: $24.50.
  • Pump Organ – A small, simple organ with tons of charm! Nothing you would play the Toccata on, but try some Tom Waits songs! Regular Price $15 Price now: $7.50.
  • TBO, The Big One – Yamaha C7 Grand Piano with 93 unique samples/recorded note! Regular Price $199 Price now: $99.50.
  • Worra’s Prophet – Classic analog synth voices in native Gigasampler Format. Over 600 megabytes of warm, retro keyboard sounds at an incredibly low price. Regular Price $30 Price now: $15.
  • and many, many more……….

The sale ends December 1st, 2012.

More information: SampleTekk

Prime Loops R&B Keyz sample pack

Prime Loops R&B Keyz

Prime Loops has announced R&B Keyz, a collection of acoustic and electric piano loops for RnB music production.

Ebony + Ivory = perfect harmony. It’s as simple as that. Be it blues, jazz or pop, the keys always seal the deal, elevating songs to timeless masterpieces. And where would R&B stand without the magic of proper keyboard sounds?! That’s why we give you: R&B Keyz!

R&B Keyz seriously has it all: Acoustic pianos ranging from small units to the grand pianos, electric piano sounds in great multitude, from toy pianos to that big old Fender Rhodes and Synth keys, from arpeggios to gated echoes, giving your production that space-age wide angle.

R&B Keyz comes in several major and minor keys and different tempos, as well as pre-formatted for most modern music soft- and hardware.So, whether you want to give your tracks a little grandezza or provide the next singing sensation with a beautiful backdrop – R&B Keyz is the one that’s got the perfect harmony!

The sample pack is available to purchase for £14.95 GBP.

More information: Prime Loops / R&B Keyz

XLN Audio releases Addictive Keys – Studio Grand, Modern Upright & Mark One

XLN Audio has announced the release of Addictive Keys, a collection of three virtual keyboard instruments.

Addictive Keys is a powerful tool for musicians, producers and songwriters, setting a new standard for virtual keyboard instruments. With its unique sound creation ability, smart workflow and fast loading times, Addictive Keys is suitable for any production style or music genre.

Mix and match different microphone perspectives, add professional effects and advanced envelopes to create truly unique sounds. Two years in the making, Addictive Keys is the ultimate blend of engineering, innovative design and creative expression. The standalone version is perfect for spontaneous jamming and live performances and the plug-in version support all major DAW hosts.

Addictive Keys features

  • Three instruments:
    • Studio Grand – a Steinway Model D grand piano
    • Modern Upright – Yamaha U3 upright piano
    • Mark One – a Fender Rhodes Mark I electric piano
  • Warm tone and unique sound.
  • Fast loading and workflow.
  • Mix and match microphone perspectives.
  • Production presets.
  • Creative and professional effects.
  • MyCloud – Work from anywhere.

The Addictive Keys Studio Collection (VST/AU/standalone) is available to purchase for 179 EUR. The instruments are also available separately; The Studio Grand is currently 49 EUR (regular 99 EUR), Modern Upright 99 EUR and the Mark One costs 79 EUR. The Addictive Keys engine is included in all offers.

In addition to the Studio Collection, a free version of the Studio Grand – with 3 of the 6 recorded microphone perspectives, 49 of the 88 keys (4 octaves) – offers customers a way to try out the Addictive Keys platform, with the possibility to add one or more instruments as the need arises.

More information: XLN Audio / Addictive Keys

IK Multimedia launches AmpliTube for iPhone & iPad Special Sale

IK Multimedia AmpliTube for iOS Sale

IK Multimedia has announced a special sale for its AmpliTube for iPhone/iPad and In-App purchases, offering a 50% discount until August 30th, 2012.

IK Multimedia is pleased to offer mobile users 50% off AmpliTube for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad for a limited time. If you still do not have the ultimate mobile guitar, bass, keyboard and vocal multi-effect processor and recording studio for your iPhone and iPad now is your chance. From now until August 30th, 2012 you can get AmpliTube for iPhone/ iPad for only $9.99/€7.99 each on the App Store. That’s 50% off the normal price of $19.99/€15.99!

Already own AmpliTube, AmpliTube LE or AmpliTube FREE? You can add more gear to your AmpliTube app at 50% off as well. Add individual gear al-la-carte, or go for it all and purchase the Complete Fender and Complete VocaLive bundles at the special discounted price through in-app purchase.

Now is the time to get the most popular guitar and bass multi-FX app and take your mobile guitar playing to the best level technology has to offer. You get 11 stomps, 5 amps, 5 cabinets, 2 microphones, recorder, SpeedTrainer, Tuner/Metronome and the ability to expand your arsenal with more gear from AmpliTube Fender™ and VocaLive. Use IK’s AmpliTube iRig or iRig Stomp mobile interfaces to connect your guitar, bass or keyboard to your mobile device and you are ready to rock! You can also use the iRig Mic to process and record vocals and acoustic instruments with this powerful mobile suite.

*AmpliTube Slash gear not included in this limited time special.

More information: IK Multimedia

Yuvi Gerstein releases free Jazzy quirky guitars sample pack

Yuvi Gerstein

Yuvi Gerstein has released Jazzy quirky guitars, a free collection of guitar samples.

A new guitar sample pack teaser made by Yuvi Gerstein, released today. The pack includes Jazzy, funky and arpeggio guitar samples in all sorts of sounds and tempos, neatly organized into one pack. There are plenty more to come, so take this is a teaser pack.

All samples were recorded using a Gibson ES-175, a Fender Stratocaster 1978, TC Electronic Nova System Effects processor and Pro Tools 10.

Jazzy quirky guitars features

  • 20 jazzy, funky and arpeggio guitar samples.
  • Files include key and tempo information, categorized in 5 bpm folders.
  • All samples are 88.2Khz, 24Bit, .WAVs.

The sample pack is a free download at Yuvi Gerstein.

More information: Yuvi Gerstein

Ample Sound releases Ample Guitar Series sample libraries

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Ample Sound has released the Ample Guitar Series, a collection of three guitar sound libraries.

Ample Guitar is a sample-based virtual instrument with high quality samples and intelligent technology. In order to get high quality and no FX processing dry samples, Ample Sound chose the traditional and classic way to record the instrument.

Ample Guitar is automated and intelligent. All the things like instrument playing rules, making MIDI humanized, etc., are achieved by software.

Ample Guitar P
Ample Guitar P: virtual PRS Custom 24 guitar instrument.

Ample Guitar features

  • Three guitar models:
    • Ample Guitar P: PRS Artist Custom 24 Guitar
    • Ample Guitar F: Fender Stratocaster Custom 50′s Guitar
    • Ample Guitar G: Gibson Les Paul Custom R8 Guitar
  • Dry samples in 24bit 44.1khz samples, DFD (Direct from disk) streaming.
  • Two Instrument groups to fit different needs for solo and rhythm: Neck, Neck + Bridge.
  • Original Total Start Time which makes the picked instrument sounds more natural.
  • Each Cycle & Rhombic Sampling structure – Separate sample cycle for each note and vel layer to improve sample utilization.
  • Sustain(Standard), Hammer On & Pull Off, Slide up & down, Slide in & out, Palm Mute, Artificial Harmonic(Neck), Natural Harmonic, Short(Neck), Bender, Strumming, 10 techniques, Legato at random length & pitch.
  • Capo Logic – Intelligent play according to guitar rules.
  • Double Guitar – different samples at L & R.
  • CPS (Customized Parameters Setting), any button knob etc can be controlled by MIDI CC or Automation.
  • Manual vibrato wheel designed specifically for guitars.
  • Poly Legato.
  • Double Keyswitch – combine 2 techniques via pressing 2 keyswitches at the same time.
  • Poly Repeater.
  • Easy Strum Play with 2 fingers.
  • 13 Strum notes + 27 playing modes for each chord.
  • Strum Legato – both Slide and HP can be played in strummer.
  • Easy Strum Time Control via the velocity.
  • Body Response & Mute Degree.
  • Strum time total, each, Velocity, Swing, Start Time, 5 humanize settings.
  • Customized Chords.
  • Strum SEQ with customized rhythm.
  • Delicate presets.
  • Reverb, Stereo Delay, Chorus, Phaser, Compression, EQ, Overdrive, Wah-Wah 8 FXs.

The Ample Guitar Series libraries for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS) are available to purchase for $149 USD each, $249 USD for a bundle of two, or $299 USD for all three (33% off individual prices).

More information: Ample Sound

Westone “Made Right Here” Sweepstakes – Win trip to Westone’s HQ, Fender Stratocaster, Elite Series ES5 in-ear monitors and more

Westone has announced the Made Right Here sweepstakes, a chance to win a visit to Westone’s headquarters in Colorado Springs and more.

Westone Made Right Here Sweepstakes

Made Right Here Sweestakes prizes

  • One Super Grand Prize
    • (2) Two round-trip airfare to Denver International Airport.
    • (3) Three nights accommodations in the Colorado Springs area, local transportation, tour of Westone HQ in Colorado Springs.
    • Tickets for (2) two to a concert in Colorado.
    • (1) One pair of Elite Series ES5 in-ear monitors.
    • (1) One Fender American Standard Stratocaster Guitar
    • (1) One Fender EC Vibro-Champ Amplifier
    • (1) One BLUE Microphones Baby Bottle Microphone
    • (1) One one-year subscription (200gb) to Gobbler.
  • Five Grand Prize Packs
    • One Fender American Standard Stratocaster Guitar.
    • One BLUE Microphones Spark.
    • One Year of Gobbler service 25gb.
  • 100 – Westone “11″ T-shirts.
  • 25 – Westone “Profile” Hats.

The promotion runs though July 31th, 2012. Winners will be selected at random August 3rd, 2012.

More information: Westone