Elektron announces Black Weeks Sale

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Elektron has announced its Black Weeks sale, offering 15% off its products for a limited time.

Elektron Black Weeks

Swedish instrument maker Elektron announces the ”Black Weeks” campaign. During the campaign, all Elektron machines are discounted by 15%. The campaign starts Nov 28 and ends Dec 14.

The sale ends December 14th, 2014.

More information: Elektron

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Eventide ships H9 MAX stompbox

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Eventide has announced it is now shipping the H9 MAX effect pedal.

Eventide H9 MAX

Shipping NOW – H9 MAX, the studio processor in a stompbox, comes chock full of all 45 algorithms from TimeFactor, ModFactor, PitchFactor, and Space, plus the new Looper and all future H9 algorithms…forever.

H9 MAX features

  • Includes all 45 algorithms and over 500 presets from TimeFactor, ModFactor, PitchFactor, and Space PLUS all current AND future H9 exclusive algorithms including the just-released Looper.
  • H9 Control App for Windows/Mac/iOS features wireless control via Bluetooth, facilitating the creation and management of presets and control of multiple H9s.
  • Share H9 MAX algorithms with up to four additional H9s.
  • True Analog Bypass.
  • MIDI Control.
  • Simple One-knob User Interface.
  • Built-in Tuner.

The H9 MAX is now available from Eventide dealers.

More information: Eventide / H9 MAX

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Native Instruments releases MASCHINE 2.2 Software Update

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Native Instruments has released version 2.2 of Maschine, a major update of the acclaimed integrated hardware/software groove production system.

Native Instruments Maschine
New features include Smart Play™, adding new melodic capabilities, unified sound browsing, full KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboard integration, Light Guide™ synchronization, and more to the MASCHINE workflow.

The MASCHINE 2.2 update adds a powerful new melodic dimension to the MASCHINE workflow. The Smart Play™ features include a new scale and chord engine, as well as a fully-functional arpeggiator. Producers can select from a range of popular musical scales and chords, and perform them into their productions directly on MASCHINE’s 16 high-sensitivity pads. The arpeggiator allows precise control of direction, octave span, and subdivision – its output is also recorded directly into MASCHINE’s Pattern Editor, providing easy post-performance editing of the note sequences. The update also unlocks MASCHINE STUDIO’s touch-sensitive knobs for an even faster, touch-and-see workflow.

MASCHINE 2.2 also brings full KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series integration to MASCHINE. Producers can browse instruments and effects in the MASCHINE software directly from an S-Series keyboard. Once an instrument or effect is loaded key parameters automatically map to the display knobs on both pieces of hardware. The luxurious Fatar keybeds add a new level of fluid expression. Light Guide™ also synchronizes perfectly with MASCHINE’s pads, giving producers the same level of feedback on both pieces of hardware when switching from beats to melodic playing.

The update is free for all current Maschine 2 owners. Maschine users who have not yet updated to the Maschine 2 software can purchase the upgrade for $49.50 USD/49.50 EUR/£44.50 GBP until December 12th, 2014.

More information: Native Instruments / Maschine

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SkoogMusic launches Indiegogo crowdfunding for Skoog 2.0 musical instrument

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Scottish based SkoogMusic last week launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, aiming to enable production of its ground-breaking musical instrument ‘Skoog 2.0’.

This uniquely expressive, uber-cool cube is designed for everyone to play, but unlike a traditional instrument, you don’t need to read music or memorise your scales to give this a go. All you need is a love of music.

(If you are into your music tech, Skoog 2.0 will ship with a full API, bonus mogo synth and it will be ready to rock with Ableton)

Doctors of musical-tech innovation, David Skulina and Ben Schogler, and their small team of creative-developers, have spent the last 4 years proving their ‘music for everyone’ concept (in the shape of the “Skoog”) in the world of education. Extensively tested, honed and developed internationally, Skoog 2.0 is the evolved result: a nifty, wireless, thing of beauty that we can all play.

Patent-pending technology and a range of music-making apps & software, make it an ‘out-of-the box’ joy to play, allowing for a huge range of abilities, creative talents, and musical preferences. It’s also wireless, iOS compatible and highly responsive, so ideal for anyone interested in being creative with sound. Plus, it’s an awesome musical accessory for the iPad.

“The genius of the Skoog is that it provides a powerful tool for music creation, whilst also being intuitive and easy to use. It’s genuinely expressive, providing you with the same control over musical sounds as a flautist has of a flute or a violinist has over violin.”

– British composer Nigel Osborne, MBE

The campaign ends December 10th, 2014.

More information: SkoogMusic / Skoog 2.0 at Indiegogo

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Shure announces Winter Rebates for SM Microphones and SE Earphones

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Shure has announced holiday product rebates on select SM microphones and, for the first time, a rebate offer for the SE215 & SE535 Sound Isolating Earphones.

Shure Winter Rebates

Customers who purchase SM57 and SM58® microphones can earn up to $60 back ($10 back on up to six individual microphone purchases). This also includes a special $30 rebate on the DMK57-52 Drum Microphone Kit. For earphone products, customers can save $10 on SE215 models and $50 on SE535 models. The promotion will kick off on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, and run through Jan. 11, 2015.

The SM57 and SM58 have been industry standards for almost 50 years due to their unparalleled mix of audio quality and rugged dependability. The SM57 “workhorse” is highly versatile for clean reproduction of amplified and acoustic instruments. The legendary SM58 is tuned to accentuate the warmth and clarity of lead and back-up vocals.

SE Earphones feature award-winning sound isolating technology and unique sound signatures. The SE215 have a single Dynamic MicroDriver and provide detailed sound with enhanced bass, making them a great option for personal listening or professional monitoring. Featuring Triple High-Definition MicroDrivers, the SE535 uses a dedicated tweeter and dual woofers to deliver spacious sound with rich bass for a true audiophile listening experience.

“With the holiday season right around the corner, our winter SM and SE rebate offers are an opportunity to purchase the microphone you’ve been coveting or give the gift of premium earphones to a fellow music lover. You could also follow a ‘one for you, five for me’ philosophy. We promise not to tell,” said Ellen Mahon, Marketing Communications Manager at Shure. “With a variety of models and pricing options now coupled with our holiday rebates, Shure’s award-winning microphones and earphones are more accessible than ever before.”

Rebates include $10 back on an SM57-LC, SM57-X2U, SM58-LC, SM58-CN, SM58S, or SM58-X2U microphone purchase; $10 back on an SE215 purchase; and $50 back on an SE535 purchase. SE215 earphones are available in clear or translucent black, while the SE535 is available in clear, metallic bronze, or a Special Edition red color at select retailers. The DMK57-52 Drum Microphone Kit, also included in the offer, is eligible for a $30 mail-in-rebate. Rebates will be honored for up to six SE products, six SM products, and two drum kits.

Shure SM Microphone and SE Earphone Holiday Rebates are available through January 11th, 2015.

More information: Shure

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