Sonnox releases Codec Toolbox encoder software

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Sonnox has announced the release of the Codec Toolbox, a solution for encoding your music for the web.

Sonnox Codec Toolbox
Audition codecs in real-time, batch encode multiple files and add metadata such as track name and artwork.

Codec Toolbox is the result of a partnership with Fraunhofer, who originally created the mp3 and AAC formats that the majority of people listen to today online or on their iPod / mp3 player. Over many years Fraunhofer have perfected these codecs and they are presented to you in the Codec Toolbox to ensure your music sounds as good online as it does in the studio.

Codec Toolbox consists of two applications – the Toolbox Plug-In, for auditioning your mix in real-time through various codecs, and the Toolbox Manager for encoding and adding metadata.

Codec Toolbox features

  • Audition codecs in real-time (a huge time saver – no need to encode first then listen!).
  • Multiple high quality codecs, including mp3, AAC and iTunes+.
  • Batch encode multiple files to save time.
  • ‘Clip Safe’ auto-compensates for any overs, keeping your mix clean.
  • Add metadata like track names and artwork.
  • Decode mp3 or AAC files to WAV or AIF.

Codec Toolbox is available to purchase for £35 GBP (excluding sales tax).

More information: Sonnox / Codec Toolbox

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Nimbit extends Direct-To-Fan Sales and Promotion Platform

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Nimbit has announced a major update to its direct-to-fan sales and promotion platform to enable musicians around the world to sell in their local currencies.

The initial rollout, planned for May 2013, will support the following currencies: Australian Dollar, British Pound Sterling, Canadian Dollar, Euro, Hong Kong Dollar, Mexican Peso, New Zealand Dollar, Philippine Peso, Singapore Dollar, U.S. Dollar.

In addition to support for local currencies, Nimbit subscribers will be able to set their storefronts to display in English, French, German, and Spanish.

Support for additional currencies and storefronts in other languages will be introduced as needed to meet customer demand.

“Musicians around the world all need a way to create a supportive relationship with their fans, and that starts with the ability to sell direct,” commented Nimbit co-founder and president Phil Antoniades. “By adding local currencies and native languages to the Nimbit platform, we’re giving them a better way to do that.”

Nimbit provides the easiest way to sell and promote music, merchandise, and tickets to fans on Facebook, Twitter, and your Web site while building a supportive fan base.

  • Sell MP3s, CDs, merchandise, and event tickets through beautiful stores for Facebook and your Web site.
  • Drive sales and grow your fan base with sharable promotions for Facebook, Twitter, and email that feature music and video players, personal messages, free downloads, and discounts.
  • Get additional funding with an in-cart “tip-jar” for purchases and free downloads. One in 20 transactions on Nimbit receive support averaging $7.80.
  • Get discovered by selling music on iTunes and getting placement on Spotify.
  • Understand your fans and build your business thanks to enhanced analytics and sales reporting.

Musicians around the world are encouraged to sign up for Nimbit today. They can begin setting up their products now and will be able to switch to their native currencies and language in May, when these features are available.

At launch, the Nimbit back-end dashboard will still display in English. Plans for localization of Nimbit’s administration tools will be announced at a later date.

More information: Nimbit

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Waldorf releases free Rocket Control app

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Waldorf Rocket Control

Waldorf has announced Rocket Control, a free iOS app for the Rocket synthesizer.

Rocket Control is an assistant App for the Waldorf Rocket hardware synthesizer.

Manage your patches, play Rocket with the keyboard, see your edits onscreen or edit directly on your iPad.

Rocket Control for iOS 5.0 or later is a free download at the iTunes App Store.

More information: Waldorf / Rocket Control

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Image-Line launches Deckadance 2 public beta

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Image-Line has announced a beta version of Deckadance 2, the DJ software for Windows and Mac.

Changes in Deckadance 2

  • Decks – 2 or 4 decks.
  • Smartknobs – Link a knob to multiple FX & Mixer interface targets. User-programmable envelopes.
  • GrossBeat – 8 user defined FX per deck with integrated editor. Program glitch, stutter & scratch FX.
  • Isolator Effects – Up to 3 insert effects per track (from 10) applied independently to High/Mid or Low band.
  • Sampler – 1/32 to 16 step beat-matched easy sampling. One shot, trigger, retrigger and loop modes.
  • Smart Panels – User configurable Loop, Cue, Grid, DVS, Key, Smart Knob and Tempo panels.
  • VST host & client – Hosts VST plugins. Includes Effector VST plugin.
  • Library – iTunes library support. Play lists and automated mixing options.

The public beta is now available to download for Windows and Mac (expires April 20th, 2013).

Deckadance is available to purchase for $99 USD (House Edition) / $199 USD (Club Edition). New Image-Line customers save 10% off their order here.

More information: Image-Line

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Zerodebug launches d(- -)b modular DJ App for iPad

Zerodebug, formerly known as AppBC, makers of the popular touchAble app, has announced d(- -)b, the first Modular DJ App for iPad.

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d(- -)b delivers the full DJ experience on the iPad.

Made by the team behind touchAble, the popular controller app for Ableton Live, d(- -)b provides endless possibilities for DJs with an iPad. Its modular approach lets the app adapt to the user, not the other way around.

DJs can choose from pre-installed templates or create their own interface with up to 6 decks – on one or several pages – making it the perfect tool for any use- case.

The comprehensive in app editor makes it simple to configure your very own DJ setup.
The numerous modules include everything a DJ needs, and allow for an incredible amount of flexibility and customization.

With beautiful color-coded waveforms instead of fake vinyl platters and accurate tools for both worlds of beat-matching: Grid & Sync or Pitch & Nudge – it opens the door to a whole new world of touchable DJing.

With support for Multi-Route Audio, d(- -)b turns the iPad into into a professional DJ setup – powerful, customizable, portable.

“We waited a long time for a professional DJ application for the iPad ..and ended up doing it ourselves. We are very happy to finally share this with the public.”, states Christian Blomert, head of development.

d(- -)b features

  • Custom browser with access to the iTunes library.
  • Ultra low-latency touchable waveform with spectrum color-coding.
  • Comprehensive in-app editor lets you create your own interfaces with up to 6 decks – on one or several pages.
  • Track analysis with automatic tempo and grid detection.
  • Manually grid tracks if the detection is off.
  • Stereo-Pre-Cueing: -> multi-route audio to precue tracks in stereo. Works with any class-compliant audio device via USB and the iPad Camera Connection Kit. -> split output audio to do mono monitoring.
  • 4 cue points per deck.
  • 3 band EQ with kill switches.
  • optional limiter with variable headroom
  • EQ Snap and EQ “Magic Triangle”.
  • Pitch coarse & fine faders for 10% / 1% pitch control.
  • Loops from 1/64th to 8 bars.
  • Loop roll while track keeps playing.
  • Listen to the dry/wet monitor signal on headphones while recording the main stereo mix – without multi-route or split-audio!
  • Wide range of settings make the app less restrictive, more customizable. d(- -)b is just at the beginning of its journey and will be updated regularly.

The already impressive list of planned features spans audiobus support, MIDI mappings, MIDI Clock as well as several Effects.

d(–)b is available at an introductory price of $9.99 USD from the Apple App Store (regular $16.99 USD). d(–)b officially supports the iPad 2 and up, including the iPad mini, running iOS 6 and above.

More information: d(- -)b

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