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The Loop Loft intros The Legends Contest

The Loop Loft The Legends Contest

The Loop Loft has announced The Legends Contest, a legendary music production contest in collaboration with Blend.io.

We’re thrilled to announce our latest contest, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you, music creators, to collaborate with music legends including Omar Hakim (Sting, David Bowie, Madonna, Daft Punk) and Mino Cinélu (Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock) and showcase your skills.

To participate, simply Pull the Ableton Live project on Blend.io and create an original tune using the samples provided. Whether you’re a singer, producer, guitarist, rapper, or all of the above, we want to hear where this collaboration takes you.

Entries can be in any style and you are free to add your own instrumentation and/or vocals.

Prizes include The Loop Loft’s Platinum Pack ($329 value), a plugin from PSP Audioware, Grado Labs headphones, and more.

The competition ends on Tuesday November 5th, 2013. The winners will be announced and featured on the Blend.io blog.

More information: The Loop Loft / The Legends Contest

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Shure launches 10th annual Fantastic Scholastic Recording Competition

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Shure has announced that its 10th annual Fantastic Scholastic Recording Competition is now accepting entries from eligible universities and colleges throughout the U.S. and Canada until October 31, 2013, at 11:59 P.M. CST.

Shre Fantastic Scholastic Recording Competition

The competition is open to teams of students enrolled at a college, university, or institution of higher learning who are pursuing a bachelor’s or associate’s degree program with a focus or concentration in fields related to Audio Engineering (Music Production, Audio Recording or Engineering, Electronic Media, Sound Recording, or a similar program). Using the same high quality gear that professional musicians and recording engineers rely on, these student teams will submit original compositions, which will be judged by a panel of esteemed musicians and industry authorities.

In early November, Shure will randomly select the ten competing schools from the eligible registration pool. Each of the participating student teams will receive a standardized microphone locker from Shure that must be used to complete the recording project. The contents of the locker include two KSM313, two KSM32, two KSM44A, one KSM42, two KSM141, four SM57, two SM27-SC, one BETA® 52A, one Beta 91A, three BETA 98AMP, two BETA 181/S each with an additional Omni capsule, one SM7B, one VP88, and one A27M.

Competing teams must track and mix their original piece of music, which will be judged by a panel of industry professionals on its overall fidelity, clarity, sonic balance, and creativity in microphone selection and placement. Previous judges have included some of the industry’s top audio visionaries such as Ken Caillat, Mike Clink, Steve Churchyard, Frank Filipetti, Elliot Scheiner, and Leslie Ann Jones, among others.

The winning school will be awarded a new set of assorted Shure products, including KSM, SM, and Beta microphones, as well as SRH headphones, a prize package valued at more than $11,000. Runners-up and honorable mention school prizes will include select Shure microphones and headphones valued at $5,395 and $1,872, respectively. In addition, students on the top three recognized teams will receive prizes ranging from a KSM42 microphone, valued at $999, to a SM27-SC microphone, valued at $374, to SRH840 headphones, valued at $250.

“For nearly a decade we have been wowed by the caliber of student submissions we receive each year,” said Stephen Kohler, Senior Director of Marketing, Shure Americas. “During this milestone year, we anticipate recordings will once again impress us on all fronts—creativity, passion, mixing, and microphone techniques.”

The contestants chosen in the random drawing will be posted on Shure’s website on or around November 11, 2013, and dedicated microphone lockers will be sent in the days to follow. The winner of the Fantastic Scholastic Recording Competition, as well as the runner-up and honorable mention distinctions, will be announced on or about April 28, 2014.

More information: Shure / Fantastic Scholastic Recording Competition

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112dB updates Redline Monitor to v1.0.5 (incl. 64-bit)

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112dB Redline Monitor

112dB has updated its Redline Monitor near-field monitor simulation for headphones to support 64-bit hosts (AU & VST).

Redline Monitor is a listening, mixing, and mastering tool that makes your headphones experience more natural: as if the sound came from a pair of external speakers.

It replaces the extreme stereo separation that is characteristic for headphones by the detailed stereo image of near-field monitor speakers without any detrimental effect on the audio.

Redline Monitor features

  • Transparent sound with perfectly flat frequency response.
  • Support for samplerates up to 384kHz.
  • True stereo soundstage with adjustable speaker position.
  • Separately adjustable phantom center level for optimal speaker matching.
  • Distance control to simulate placement of near-field monitors in room.
  • Auxiliary left/right solo and phase invert controls for critical listening.
  • Output switchable to mono for mono-compatibility checking.

In celebration of the new release, Redline Monitor for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/VST) is available to purchase at a 50% discount until September 30, 2013.

More information: 112dB / Redline Monitor

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Sound Magic releases Headphone Mix 3 speaker simulation plugin

Sound Magic Headphone Mix 3

Sound Magic has announced the release of Headphone Mix 3, a speaker simulation effect plug-in for Windows.

Headphone Mix 3 is a special effect unit which suitable for those who make their music on headphone monitor system. Headphone Mix 3 combines environment simulation system, frequency compensate system and HRTF technologies to emulate the speaker feelings on your headphones.

Headphone lacks the blend of two channels (Left and Right), reverb from air and reflections from human ears, which may lead to the lack of imaging and false feelings on sound field. Headphone Mix 3 solves this issue by blending both channels, adding extra reverb to the sound and applying HRTF to emulate reflections.

Headphone Mix 3 features

  • A complete environment simulation system based on Reverb and HRTF.
  • In-built custom HRTF algorithm which can load HRTF data to fit for different head types.
  • The same Hybrid Reverb Technology used in Neo Reverb to ensure accurate environment simulation.
  • Accurate modeling on Signal to Noise Ratio, Stereo Crosstalk and Frequency Respond Curve of common used playback devices. Such as Car Audio, iPhone, iPad, Andriod smart phones and Hi-end HIFI system.
  • Three bands frequency compensate system.
  • A.I.R.C technology which can compensate the loss in high frequency.
  • 3 sliders to control the effect depth.
  • Up to 32Bit/384KHz resolution.

Headphone Mix 3 for Windows (VST/Supreme Pianos add-on) costs 49 EUR.

More information: Sound Magic / Headphone Mix 3

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New Audio Technology releases Spatial Sound Card

Spatial Sound Card

New Audio Technology has announced the release of Spatial Sound Card (SSC), a set of virtual speakers for stereo and surround monitoring for the computer with standard headphones.

The Spatial Sound Card is a virtual sound card that is inserted between software, operating system and audio hardware and enables monitoring of stereo and surround up to 7.1 with a standard headphone on the computer. The room visualizations originate from a constantly growing number of high end studios and dub stages like the ARRI Stage One, MSM Munich and others. The technology used in the SSC was used on major Blu-Ray releases (e.g. The Expendables I and II).

To optimize the virtualization the SSC provides parameters to customize the frequency curve of the used headphones. Presets for well-known headphone models are included.

The Spatial Sound Card works with all applications that support multichannel audio output. These include media players like VLC and FLAC-Player as well as video and audio workstations. The SSC is recommended for media professionals from the audio, video or games area as well as for agencies and companies with workstations that need high quality audio monitoring.

The Spatial Sound Card is available to purchase for the introductory price of 98 EUR until August 15th, 2013 (regular 169 EUR). For now the Spatial Sound Card runs on MacOS 10.6.x and above, a version for Windows will come within Q3, 2013.

More information: New Audio Technology / Spatial Sound Card

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Image-Line launches FL Studio Mobile Demo Competition

Image-Line has announced the FL Studio Mobile Demo Competition, an opportunity to get your project included with FL Studio Mobile.

FL Studio Mobile Demo Competition

We are looking for demo projects to include with FL Studio Mobile (Android & iOS) and are excited to announce that FL Mobile customers have the chance to win a pair of Etymotic’s ER.4 or hf5 AND a copy of FL Studio Producer Edition or Deckadance 2 or Image-Line plugin of choice.

The competition ends Monday, July 22nd, 2013.

More information: Image-Line

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LSTN Headphones launches Troubadours headphones

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LSTN Headphones Troubadours

LSTN Headphones has recently launched the Troubadours series of handcrafted over-ear headphones.

Guitars, pianos and violins are made from wood – why not headphones? Wood has acoustic properties that outperform synthetics.

Each pair is handcrafted from reclaimed wood – no two sets are exactly the same. Eco-friendly meets fashion-friendly.

For every pair sold, we help restore hearing to a child in a deaf school. We strive to make philanthropy the coolest thing, ever.

Troubadours features

  • Reclaimed beechwood/cherry/ebony wood casing.
  • Plush earcups for long term use.
  • Unpluggable, wood enclosed, gold plated plugs.
  • In-line microphone.
  • Durable, nylon wrapped cables.
  • Adjustable metal band.
  • Works with iPhone®, iPod®, Android®, Blackberry®, CD, DVD, spaceships etc.
  • Frequency response: 18Hz – 22KHz.
  • Sensitivity: 101+/-3dB At 1KHz1mW.
  • Impedance: 32 Ohm.
  • R&L balance< < 3dB(50Hz-6KHz 1mW).
  • Rated input power: 30mW.
  • Maximum input power: 50mW.
  • Cable: length 1.2m.
  • Plug: 3.5mm gold plated.

The Troubadours are available to purchase for $150 USD.

More information: LSTN Headphones / Troubadours

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