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Cakewalk and Launch Music Competition with Intel – Intel Superstars 2011

Cakewalk and, along with new sponsors Orange Amplifier, Gibson Guitars, and Blue Microphones, have come together to launch with Intel Corporation another exciting competition for emerging artists.

Intel Superstars 2011

The “Intel Superstars 2011 Competition” invites musicians and producers to submit original music in six genre-based competitions: Rock, Pop, Country, Singer-Songwriter, Urban, and Latin.

All submissions will be ranked by fans through OurStage’s patented judging technology, with prize packages awarded to the First Place winners from each genre-based competition. One Grand Prize Winner will be selected by a panel of industry experts from amongst the Top 10 overall ranked artists.

More than $35,000 in prize packages will be awarded to the First Place winners, including Intel® Core™ i7™ processor-based Orange Amplification OPC’s, Cakewalk SONAR X1 Production Suite Software, Gibson Guitars, Blue Microphone’s Yeti professional USB mic, as well as promotion to the millions of and Intel fans. In addition, one lucky fan will win a Gibson USA Firebird X Guitar. The Grand Prize Winner will receive $10,000 in cash that can be used to record an album, tour the country, fix up the band van, pay the rent, or anything else a ”Superstar” would need.

More information: Intel Superstars 2011


Backbeat Books introduces Flying V, Explorer, Firebird

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Backbeat Books, publisher of books for performers and fans who are passionate about music, has published Flying V, Explorer, Firebird.

Backbeat Books Flying V, Explorer, Firebird

In this new book, venerable music author Tony Bacon shows how a trio of radical guitar designs triumphed over commercial failure to inspire a new generation of makers and players to become the look of choice for the modern metal guitarist.

Until the launch of the Flying V and Explorer in 1958, electric guitars were supposed to look like…guitars. Suddenly, Gibson turned conventional design upside down, almost literally, by using straight lines and angular body shapes, changing the way electrics could look and, in the process, creating a set of rare future collectables.

Flying V, Explorer, Firebird tells the story of those first peculiar instruments and goes on to describe Gibson’s second attempt at nonstandard designs with the Firebird of the early ’60s. The book shows how most of these were a commercial failure at first and goes on to detail the influence of the designs on guitar-makers such as Hamer, Jackson, Dean, Ibanez, and BC Rich, all of whom embraced Gibson’s original weird-is-good design ethic. In parallel with the story of the makers is an absorbing account of the players who discovered these odd-shaped instruments, including Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society), Edge (U2), and Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick).

Exclusive interviews with players like Billy Gibbons, Michael Schenker, K.K. Downing, Johnny Winter and more illuminate the story of this fascinating assortment of electric guitar innovations, alongside specially commissioned images of every key model and brand and an enviable collection of guitar memorabilia, plus a gallery of leading guitarists photographed in action with their instruments. If it’s weird and has strings, it’s in Flying V, Explorer, Firebird.

Flying V, Explorer, Firebird is available to purchase from Hal Leonard Books, priced at $24.99 USD.

More information: Hal Leonard Books


Reusenoise releases free Gibson Les Paul Power Chords sample pack

Reusenoise Gibson Les Paul Power Chords

Reusenoise has released a sample pack featuring a collection of power chords played on a Gibson Les Paul.

Power chords multisampled played on a 1996 Gibson LP Studio with a Seymor Duncan bridge pickup.

The chord start from E maj to D maj, all chords was recorded through an old Yamaha mixer and completly dry, so you can reamp with you preferred amp sim.

The free sample pack is available in Wav and sfz format (44.1kHz/24bit).

More information: Reusenoise


Lyrical Distortion releases Silverburst – Direct for Kontakt

Lyrical Distortion Silverburst - Direct

Lyrical Distortion has released Silverburst – Direct, an electric guitar sound library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Lyrical Distortion is proud to present Silverburst, a 1979 Gibson Les Paul Custom Silverburst electric guitar, recorded direct via Countryman Type 85 Active Direct Box, Great River ME-1NV, Apogee Rosetta and programmed/scripted for use in Kontakt 3.5 or better to be easily played or sequenced through an amp or amp simulator.

Silverburst represents a unique sounding instrument, sampled with incredible depth and playability.
Silverburst, we sampled four variations of every note for every articulation, utilizing random cycling for authentic swift repetitive lines. In addition, we also recorded the articulations twice, to allow independent control of two guitars for double tracking.

The patches include single note picking, single note up picking, single note hammer-on’s, single note pull offs, performed power-chords (I and V), performed up power-chords (I and V) and more. Also, all patches are available as performed palm-mutes as well as non-muted.

Silverburst is like that of no other sampled guitar library currently available.

Silverburst – Direct is available to the introductory price of $99 USD until May 1st, 2011 (MSRP $149.99 USD).

More information: Lyrical Distortion / Silverburst – Direct


AfroDjMac releases Gibson Ebow Pad instrument for Ableton Live

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AfroDjMac has released the Gibson Ebow Pad, a free instrument rack for Ableton Live.

Also, here is another free synth for Ableton Live. It was created with a 1960′s Gibson acoustic guitar played with an Ebow. Here is a video walkthrough of the features…

More information: AfroDjMac


Ueberschall releases Urbanic Guitars

Ueberschall Urbanic Guitars

Ueberschall has announced the release of Urbanic Guitars, a new Elastik soundbank featuring guitar loops.

Urbanic Guitars is a modern dynamic guitar sample collection made with premium gear, experienced talent and high-end signal path; developed for a multitude of professional applications. Ueberschall provides an abundance of full impact guitar phrases and organizational options to fit with your approach to the implementation of guitar content.

Urbanic Guitars features

  • 125 themes and 780 loops of smashing guitar melodies, hooks, riffs, and licks.
  • Themes are divided into three folders of loop packs:
    • Acoustic
    • E-guitar 1 (Gibson ES style)
    • E-guitar 2 (Fender Strat style)

    Within these three folders, are a wide spectrum of contemporary playing techniques which revolve around the axis of urban.

  • Labeled key signature and tempo information make it as easy as possible to find a groove that will match your tracking needs and goals.
  • The 1.77 GB content ranges in tempo from 60 to 130 BPM.
  • Elastik Player offers a lot of DSP functions to adjust the phrases to further fit your productions / creations.
  • Guitars are a performed by Kai Reuter.

Urbanic Guitars is available as an Elastik Soundbank for PC and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/Standalone), priced at 99 EUR.

More information: Ueberschall / Urbanic Guitars


Prime Loops releases House Guitar Loops 2 and Drum n Bass Foundations

Prime Loops House Guitar Loops 2

Prime Loops has released House Guitar Loops 2 and DnB Foundations.

House Guitar Loops Volume 2 is the long awaited sequel to the smash hit release which saw great exposure in the charts after being used on several hits worldwide.

This time, we’ve taken it a step further with even more inspirational bleached latin rhythms, dusty jazz chord progressions, trashy nu-rave licks, Sunkissed funky grooves, bespoke worldly textures, furious disco leads, radical rock overdrives, sultry acoustic jams, sample-ready motown flavours and distilled electric guitar sessions…and, as if that wasn’t enough, we’ve also added some skilfully processed audio synthesis magic into a selection of the guitar loops that quite simply puts this release a cut above the rest.

House Guitar Loops 2 features

  • 150+ pristine Guitar Loops and Chords played in a wide range of styles and combinations.
  • Recorded in 24-bit audio, only the finest amplifiers and high-end acoustic and electric guitars were used in the creation of this song-writing package for maximum flexibility every time.
  • Perfectly suited to create a vast array of genres including House, Deep House, Funky House, Soulful House, Ambient, Trip Hop, Indie, Lounge, Breaks, Breakbeat, Funk, Latin, Soul, Rock and many more.
  • Equipment List:
    • Gibson Les Paul 1976
    • Gibson Les Paul custom
    • Fender Stratocaster
    • Yamaha APX 4A
    • Fender Hotrod
    • Marshall JCM 2000
    • Laney VH100R

House Guitar Loops 2 is available as a download in various formats for £12.95 GBP.

Prime Loops has also announced the release of “Drum n Bass Foundations”, a combo of Drum n Bass Drum Loops and the critically acclaimed Rasta Vocal Samples at a special discounted price of £22.95 GBP.

More information: Prime Loops