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MakeMusic and Abbey Road Studios release Garritan Abbey Road Studios CFX Concert Grand

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Garrian XFX Concert Grand

MakeMusic and Abbey Road Studios have announced the release Garritan Abbey Road Studios CFX Concert Grand, a new virtual piano instrument.

To create this new instrument, Yamaha’s flagship CFX Concert Grand piano was recorded in Abbey Road Studios’ historic Studio One by renowned engineers, blending the latest technology with legendary equipment and acoustics.

“We are very pleased to announce that we have released the CFX Concert Grand,” said Gary Garritan, MakeMusic director of instrumental sciences. “This is the most detailed and advanced project our team has completed. We are honored to have this partnership with Abbey Road Studios, and the support of Yamaha, and are excited about the enthusiastic reaction this virtual piano has received so far. Today we’re proud to make an instrument with this kind of power, richness and clarity available to everyone.”

Garritan Abbey Road Studios CFX Concert Grand provides users three discrete microphone perspectives:

  • Classic – captures the natural tonal character, clarity and nuance of the CFX.
  • Contemporary – produces a bright and brilliant sound with definitive attack from the hammers.
  • Player – delivers the unique experience of playing from the piano bench in Studio One.

The CFX Concert Grand includes the powerful ARIA player, and is designed to be a perfect addition to music notation-based programs, like Finale, as well as to all sequencers and digital audio workstations.

“It’s been an absolute pleasure working with Gary and the MakeMusic team on the CFX project,” said Mirek Stiles, head of audio products at Abbey Road Studios. “The ability to mix both close and ambient signals, as if you are in Studio One, is simply breathtaking. This beautifully sampled instrument is worthy of the Abbey Road Studios name.”

The CFX Concert Grand is available for purchase for $299.95 USD.

More information: Garritan / CFX Concert Grand

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Time+Space launches The Sound of Abbey Road Studios contest

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Time+Space has launched a contest in which you can win tickets to a unique event at the world famous Abbey Road Studios.

The Sound of Abbey Road Studios

To celebrate the upcoming release of Garritan’s Abbey Road CFX Concert Grand virtual piano, UK distributor Time+Space are giving you the chance to win a pair of tickets worth over £175 to “The Sound of Abbey Road Studios” – a series of talks taking place in April and May which mark a new opportunity to visit Abbey Road Studios’ world famous Studio Two.

Hosted by Brian Kehew and Kevin Ryan – the authors of the critically acclaimed book Recording the Beatles, the lectures will explore the evolution of recording techniques and equipment as well as offer demonstrations using both new and vintage equipment.

What’s more, renowned former Abbey Road engineer Ken Scott will also be in attendance to offer his unique insight into life at the world’s first purpose built recording studios.

To enter, complete and submit the entry form on the Time+Space website or Facebook page before the April 12th, 2014. The winner will be randomly selected shortly after this date.

More information: Time+Space / Abbey Road Studios contest

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MakeMusic & Abbey Road Studios intro Garritan Abbey Road CFX Concert Grand

Garrian XFX Concert Grand

MakeMusic and Abbey Road Studios have announced the upcoming release of Garritan Abbey Road CFX Concert Grand, a new virtual instrument featuring the Yamaha CFX Concert Grand piano recorded in Abbey Road Studios’ historic Studio One.

“In creating our new CFX Concert Grand virtual piano, we’ve partnered with the very best,” said Gary Garritan, MakeMusic director of instrumental sciences. “Abbey Road Studios is an undisputed world leader, where brilliant engineers blend the latest technology with legendary equipment and acoustics. This same ‘best of both worlds’ approach also drove the design of the Yamaha CFX Concert Grand Piano. The flagship concert grand of the Yamaha piano line, the CFX is a stunning instrument that has elevated the art of piano making.”

“We’re delighted to have captured the fine details of this remarkable piano in this spectacular studio. The result is an incredible new virtual piano with a power, richness and clarity that is unmatched.”

Garritan Abbey Road CFX Concert Grand provides users three discrete microphone perspectives:

  • Classic – captures the natural tonal character, clarity and nuance of the CFX.
  • Contemporary – produces a bright and brilliant sound with definitive attack from the hammers.
  • Player – delivers the unique experience of playing from the piano bench in Studio One.

The CFX Concert Grand includes the powerful ARIA player, and is designed to be a perfect addition to music notation-based programs, like Finale, as well as to all sequencers and digital audio workstations.

“It’s been an absolute pleasure working with Gary and the MakeMusic team on the CFX project,” said Mirek Stiles, head of audio products at Abbey Road Studios. “The ability to mix both close and ambient signals, as if you are in Studio One, is simply breathtaking. This beautifully sampled instrument is worthy of the Abbey Road Studios name.”

The CFX virtual instrument will be available to purchase for $259.95 USD (download) / $299.95 USD (boxed/USB flash drive).

More information: Garritan

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Time+Space launch Festive Deals from a host of top brands

Time+Space Festive Deals

Time+Space has announced Festive Deals, a collection of limited time promotions from some of its partners.

Time+Space are kick starting the festive spirit with a range of bundles, deals and discounts across many top brands including Spectrasonics, Toontrack, Rob Papen, Synthogy, iZotope, Garritan and more.

Whatever style of music you make, there’s a deal to suit you – from free iLoks and gift vouchers to discounted bundles and books.

Festive Deals at Time+Space

  • Buy Spectrasonics Omnisphere and you’ll get The Unfinished Horizon Bundle and Groove 3 tutorial worth £74.95 for free!
  • Get to grips with synthesis with the Rob Papen Blue and Secrets of Subtractive Synthesis Bundle – only £89!
  • Save 20% off all Garritan Instruments including the Ultimate Collection
  • EZkeys Grand Piano plus MIDI pack of your choice and Groove 3 tutorial all for just £111.00

More information: Time+Space / Festive Deals

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Make Music releases Finale 2014 notation software

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Make Music Finale 2014

Make Music has launched Finale 2014, the 25th Anniversary Edition of the music notation software for Windows and Mac.

To notate music is to look forward – to the performance, and beyond. Whether you’re creating a simple lead sheet, making worksheets for your students, or composing your magnum opus, Finale helps you easily capture your musical ideas, produce beautiful notation, and quickly share the results.

For 25 years, Finale’s unique ability to create anything on the printed page has remained undisputed while other music notation software has come and gone. Finale 2014 is the forward-looking choice with new innovations, making Finale’s trademark freedom and flexibility easy for everyone to use.

New in Finale 2014

  • New file format. Designed to improve compatibility, the new format for documents created in Finale helps you share your music more easily. Older Finale documents are automatically converted when you open them, and you will be prompted to save the file in the new format. You can also export your document to the older format for use in Finale 2012 (use MusicXML for earlier versions of Finale).
  • Keyless scores. Create scores or sections with no key signature. You can also easily hide key signatures and continue to automatically display accidentals using the Hide key signature/Show accidentals option.
  • Beat-attached Smart Shapes. Smart Shapes that previously attached to measures now attach to beats (in the same manner as expressions) with lines showing the attachment point. Beat attachment allows a Smart Shape start or end point to attach to a particular note, beat, or right barline. Affected Smart Shapes include hairpins, trills and trill extensions, 8va/8vb (ottava/ottava bassa), horizontal brackets, and lines.
  • Smart multi-layer accidental and rest handling. Rests of the same duration and accidentals on unison notes in multiple layers now are displayed only once. Accidentals in one layer are also carried through the measure for all other layers (these can optionally be displayed in Staff Attributes or Staff Styles).
  • Improved percussion functionality. There is now greater interaction between the Percussion Layout Designer and Percussion MIDI Maps, and Percussion MIDI Maps can now be removed.
  • Unlinkable Special Tools. Alterations made with any of the Special Tools are now unlinkable between a score and its parts.
  • MP4 support. Finale now supports loading MP4 videos.
  • Improved Scanning/SmartScore Lite Enhancements. Finale now includes SmartScore Lite version X2, offering improved notation recognition.
  • New ARIA Player. Finale includes the latest ARIA Player from Garritan, with more than 400 instruments including the additions of alto flute, bass flute, oboe d’amore, Eb clarinet, contrabass clarinet, piccolo trumpet, tubular bells, string harmonics, percussion “toys”, orchestral brass mutes, flugelhorn, basic African percussion, steel drums, banjo, fife, tablas, Celtic harp, and nine patches from Garritan Instant Orchestra.
  • Improvements to opening files. Finale displays all readable file types in the Open dialog box. Additionally, MusicXML files can now be dragged-and-dropped onto the Finale application.
  • New method for Finale updates. At launch, Finale automatically checks for updates. Instead of requiring you to download and install the updates manually from the Finale website, Finale now downloads and installs the updates automatically.

Finale 2014 is available to purchase for $600 USD.

More information: Make Music

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Time+Space announces August Extras

Time+Space has announced August Extras, offering free products with a purchase of selected plugins and instruments.

Time+Space August Extras

Throughout August, Time+Space are giving customers one or two extras completely free with selected virtual instrument and effects plugin purchases.

From Groove 3 tutorials to free downloadable expansion packs, now’s a great time to expand your virtual studio and buy that longed for instrument or plugin.

Buy Spectrasonics Omnisphere and you’ll automatically receive the Groove 3 Omnisphere tutorial video plus Ilio´s EDM Fire expansion pack for free!

Been meaning to dive into the world of Toontrack EZkeys? Buy Grand Piano, Upright Piano, Classic Electrics, Retro Electrics or Essential Pianos and not only will you get a free download of Groove 3′s EZkeys tutorial video you’ll also receive a code to download an EZkeys MIDI pack of your choice worth £19.95!

Plus, buy any of the following titles and you’ll get the related Groove 3 video tutorial for free…

  • Spectrasonics Trilian
  • Toontrack Superior Drummer
  • Garritan Instant Orchestra
  • Garritan Personal Orchestra 4
  • Rob Papen Predator
  • iZotope Iris
  • iZotope Nectar
  • iZotope Ozone 5
  • iZotope Alloy 2
  • iZotope RX2
  • iZotope Insight
  • iZotope Trash 2
  • iZotope Stutter Edit

And finally, the Time+Space Loyalty scheme means you’ll receive an extra discount off your next purchase when you spend over £100.

The promotion ends August 31st, 2013.

More information: Time+Space / August Extras

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Time+Space announces 30% off Garritan Instruments

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Time+Space has announced a 30% discount on Garritan Instruments for a limited time.

Thanks to Garritan instruments you can finally fit that majestic towering pipe organ in your studio, not to mention a full marching band, a Jazz quartet and a collection of stunning Harps. Until 30th June, Time+Space are giving you the chance to buy them from just £55.27 / EUR64.36!

Garritan instruments are renowned for being effective, easy-to-use and affordable tools for scoring and making music. Whether you’re a composer sketching out an orchestral score or someone who is new to the world of virtual instruments, these ARIA-engine powered titles will easily find a place within your set-up.

Garritan Instruments 30% off

Garritan instruments on sale

  • Personal Orchestra 4 – Create lush symphonic music from over 150 software orchestral instruments.
  • Jazz & Big Band 3 – Trumpets, trombones, saxes, winds, keyboards, basses and rhythm section.
  • Concert & Marching Band 2 – Band instruments including woodwinds, brass, drums and percussion.
  • World Instruments – Over 350 individually sampled instruments from around the world
  • Instant Orchestra – Produce striking orchestral music in no time with instruments, sections, orchestral effects and mood-based presets.
  • Classic Pipe Organ Collection – Six majestic pipe organs each unique and representative of a specific school of organ building.
  • Harps – Avariety of harps and special features includingadvanced glissando emulation and sampled acoustic spaces.

The offer ends June 30th, 2013.

More information: Time+Space

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