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AskAudio Mag launches survey contest

AskAudio Magazine has announced the ultimate survey contest for musicians with a huge prize pool of over $10,000 USD worth of music gear.

AskAudio Mag contest

AskAudio Mag has partnered with some of the most popular software and hardware developers in the business: Ableton, Novation, Focusrite, KRK, Blue Microphones and macProVideo, to offer readers the chance to win a great collection of new gear. Every musician’s dream studio is now in reach.

To enter, visit AskAudio Mag and complete the survey. There are 20 quick questions to answer and entries will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. PST on Tuesday 6th May.

According to AskAudioMag.com’s executive editor, Rounik Sethi, “This is a great way for musicians, producers and DJs to win some excellent new studio gear. Prizes include Focusrite’s high-end Saffire Pro 40 audio interface, Ableton’s popular Live 9 audio software, Novation’s incredible Bass Station II, KRK ROKIT RP5 monitors, Blue Microphones and 1 year passes to online audio training at macProVideo.com.”

Each of the nine prize winners will also receive a 1 year subscription to the print edition of AskAudio Magazine. Full terms and conditions and a complete list of the studio gear prizes are available on AskAudioMag.com.

More information: AskAudio Mag

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Point Blank offers free studio setup with every diploma course

Point Blank has announced it is offering a free studio setup with every one of its diploma courses.

Free studio setup at Point Blank

Every student who books a diploma course with Point Blank will receive a free studio setup courtesy of Novation/Focusrite! The brand new gear collection includes KRK Rokit RP5 G3 monitors, Novation LaunchKey 25 keyboard, Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 soundcard and a laptop bag.

Diploma students will also receive Ableton Live Lite 9, Scarlett plugin suite, Focusrite Midnight, Novation Basstation and Novation V-Station plugins, a Loopmasters sample pack and Novation LaunchPad and LaunchKey iOS apps!

Everything you’ll need to start making great music is included so visit Point Blank London now to find out more about their diploma courses.

More information: Point Blank Online

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Producertech announces Live Beginner-Intermediate & Advanced Level Weekends

Producertech Live weekends

Producertech has announced the first of many live teaching events, starting in November with 2 Ableton Live weekends by certified trainer Rob Jones.

These weekends, one for Beginners and one for Advanced level users, include 2 full days of training on Ableton software and music production in general, as well as instruction on Ableton’s control surface Push, free online courses and £100 worth of samples from Loopmasters.

Located in Producertech’s new UK headquarters, the Echoplex Studio complex in Eastbourne, these events allow students the opportunity to interact directly with certified trainer and online course creator Rob Jones, while he teaches the ins and outs of Live in detail to a class of no more than 16 people. Throughout the day, there will be exercises set, which students can carry out on the provided workstations or their own laptops, along with in-depth group and one-to-one mentoring to maximize students’ experiences and learning.

The first weekend, for beginner-intermediate level users will cover all of the basics of producing with Live, right from the very start. Each area will be explained comprehensively and some more complex aspects like envelopes and modulation will be introduced, so both someone starting out and those with a little experience already are suitable attendees. The second weekend then goes deeper into mixing and sound design, looking at more technical aspects of producing and performing, to take a student’s skills to the next level, and is suitable for someone who has been using Live for some time and has a reasonable grasp on this amazing software.

Ableton’s control surface Push will also be shown, so that students can see a first-hand demonstration and have an improved understanding of how it works. There will also be some demonstrations of recent hardware releases from Producertech’s sponsors Focusrite, Novation and KRK.

Every attendee will be given an online course from Producertech – the level 1 (Beginners) course for attendees of the first weekend and the level 2 (Advanced) course for the second weekend. These courses, worth £150, mean that students can continue studying online for as long as they need after the event. Any students who are already signed up to these courses will be allowed access to other Producertech courses, such as Paul Maddox’s Tech House and Techno course, up to the same value, free of charge. Furthermore, Loopmasters are kindly supplying all students with a voucher for £100 worth of sample packs of your choosing, from their enormous library of high quality samples!

Live Beginner-Intermediate & Advanced Level Weekends

  • 2 full days of software/production training with a certified trainer.
  • Instruction on Ableton’s Push control surface.
  • Free access to Live-Courses.com online level 1 or 2 course (worth £150).
  • £100 voucher for Loopmasters samples supplied to every attendee.
  • Evening’s entertainment of Live DJs and Performers.
  • Additional demos of recent Focusrite/Novation hardware releases.

You can sign up by emailing rob@producertech.com, to reserve one of only 16 places.

Producertech is offering rekkerd.org readers a 20% discount on all courses at Live-Courses.com, Logic-Courses.com and Reasoncourses.com. Use coupon code REK20 at checkout to take advantage of this offer.

More information: Producertech

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KRK intros ROKIT G3 studio monitor speakers

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KRK ROKIT Generation 3

KRK Systems has announced the ROKIT Generation 3 studio monitors.

Available in five-inch, six-inch and eight-inch options, this new line of two-way active monitors features multiple innovative upgrades that elevate KRK’s already legendary performance.

“This latest generation is a natural evolution of the company’s design philosophy: deliver natural, balanced spectral response, with low distortion and superior imaging,” says Gus Jursch, Director of Operations for Gibson Pro Audio. “We designed the ROKIT G3 line not just to the highest sonic standards, but to achieve a level of versatility that allows all users take their mixes to the next level, regardless of musical context. High and low frequency amplifier adjustments allow tailoring the monitor to taste, as well as provide a better ‘fit’ to individual room acoustics; the extended, accurate high and low frequency response results in mixes that translate over a wide variety of playback systems. What’s more, the new line maintains the ROKIT reputation as being ideal for a wide range of users, from those starting out in desktop recording to pro-level mixing and mastering engineers.”

As with all KRK monitors, the ROKIT G3 features a lightweight yellow composite woofer that achieves outstanding dynamics. Many monitor manufacturers compromise the midrange frequencies to hype the bass, but the KRK ROKIT G3’s unique tuning process that treats the woofer, cabinet and port as a single, integrated whole provides extreme vocal clarity with extended bass response. Additionally, an ingenious, re-designed radius cabinet baffle minimizes diffraction.

The ROKITs’ reliable, analog, bi-amped, class A/B amplifier has also been enhanced to maximize headroom while retaining minimal distortion. Unlike monitors that distort at higher SPLs, KRK monitors are engineered to deliver clean, accurate sound at any volume level—the high frequencies are crisp, clean and devoid of harshness, which complements the precision midrange and accurate, yet highly satisfying, bass.

Each monitor in the ROKIT G3 line features an upgraded one-inch silk-dome tweeter that provides response up to 35kHz, coupled with KRK’s optimized, proprietary waveguide technology for superior stereo imaging.

Introduced in 2003, KRK’s ROKIT Two-Way Active Studio Monitors have been the professional monitoring choice for mixing and mastering hit records around the globe, selling more than one million systems to date. The third-generation ROKIT 5, ROKIT 6 and ROKIT 8 continue that tradition of quality, innovation, and accuracy.

The ROKIT G3 line is shipping worldwide on September 1st, 2013.

More information: KRK Systems

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Win a pair of KRK Rokit 5 G2 speakers in Point Blank prize draw

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Point Blank KRK contest

Point Blank is offering you a chance to win a pair of Generation 2 Rokit 5 speakers by KRK.

The Point Blank YouTube Channel is the central hub for all our free tutorials. There you’ll find hundreds of videos providing expert advice about music production, sound design and DJing from our team of pro producer tutors and regular guest artists.

The best way to ensure you don’t miss anything is to subscribe to the channel and thanks to our friends at KRK and Focusrite we are giving away a pair of KRK RP 5 G2 Speakers (worth £250) to one lucky subscriber!

To be entered into the prize draw just subscribe to the Point Blank Youtube channel by Tuesday 23rd October 2012… it’s that simple!

The winner will be drawn at random and announced on Wednesday 24th October 2012.

More information: Point Blank / KRK Competition

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KRK Systems introduces Rokit RP10-3

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KRK Systems has introduced the Rokit RP10-3, a mid-field three-way monitor system.

KRK Systems Rokit RP10-3

Designed to deliver full range professional performance in a mid-field monitor package, the ROKIT RP10-3 breaks both performance and price barriers to give commercial and private studios the creative edge for critical listening environments. The integrated low frequency driver and cabinet design deliver true bass response down to 35Hz to yield an enhanced low end experience not found with other mid-field monitors. The ROKIT RP10-3 also offers a unique rotatable tweeter/midrange speaker mount plate that ensures accurate acoustic alignment for vertical and horizontal installation, making it at home in any studio.

Rokit RP10-3 features

  • True 3-Way Design enabling the most important part of the frequency spectrum to be reproduced by a separate midrange driver, resulting in an incredibly neutral midrange response.
  • Axis Control – The monitors can be placed and positioned vertically and horizontally without losing proper axis orientation.
  • Mid-Field – The Rokit RP10-3 is a mid-field monitor, with the optimal operating distance of 1m-4m depending on preference, room size, geometry, orientation, and configuration.
  • Curved Baffle virtually eliminates diffraction distortion
  • Front-firing Port is shape optimized to reduce turbulence and reduce boundary coupling.
  • Tweeter Waveguide design provides amazing detail and imaging by optimizing directivity and phase response.
  • 1″ Neodymium Soft Dome Tweeter This tweeter design utilizes a silk dome for detailed high frequency reproduction.
  • Ferro fluid Damping / Cooling The properties of ferro-fluid are used to control distortion and heat dissipation of the tweeter.
  • Glass Aramid Composite creates very rigid Woofer and Midrange cones for excellent transient response and accurate vocal reproduction.
  • KRK High Efficiency Tri-Amp a triple amplification system provides discrete low-distortion power for each driver. While our active three-way crossover systems provide smooth and accurate frequency response.
  • Thermal and Overload / Clip Protection to prevent damage.
  • Volume Control on rear of unit allows a high resolution gain range from -30 dB to +6 dB.
  • HF Control enables adjustment of high frequency output most commonly affected by room acoustics.
  • LF Control enables adjustment of low frequency output most commonly affected by room acoustics.
  • Total Connectivity – The Rokit RP10-3 is fitted with dedicated balanced XLR, and¼” Line inputs and unbalanced RCA inputs.

More information: KRK Systems / Rokit RP10-3

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KRK announces new firmware and software updates for ERGO roomcorrection / audio recording interface

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KRK Systems has announced the release of firmware and software updates for the class-leading ERGO.

KRK Systems ERGO

Released in 2008, the popular ERGO (Enhanced Room Geometry Optimization) is a stand-alone hardware room correction system that corrects recording studio acoustics and is compatible with all recording and monitoring systems. The state-of-the-art ERGO improves any studio mixing space by correcting for “real world” acoustic problems. In addition to firmware and software updates, KRK ERGO now offers support for Microsoft® Windows® 7 (64 and 32-bit) and Apple® Mac OSX Snow Leopard® operating systems, making it fully compatible with all major operating systems used in recording and production.

“We have been amazed at the response to ERGO, and in particular the RoomPerfect™ algorithm from Lyngdorf Audio. This method of room correction stand head and shoulders against anything else offered in the recording and broadcast sector. The new firmware ensures the compatibility with new and future revisions of operating systems and extends this fantastic solution to all.” says Timothy Dorwart, CEO for The Stanton Group.

As an audio interface ERGO not only provides room correction, but four monitor outputs, a headphones output, a pair of analog line inputs and an S/PDIF input. The new firmware/software updates also allow the recording source to be dynamically switched between the analog and digital inputs. ERGO’s documentation has been updated to highlight the possibilities of ERGO as both an audio interface with built in room correction, or a stand-alone system which can be integrated onto the back end of any existing audio hardware. ERGO is capable of correcting two sets of studio monitors or a full 2.1 system with discrete control of the subwoofer. The room correction can correct both the sweet spot and the entire room, and the user can dynamically switch between the two when others are in the room.”

ERGO utilizes the RoomPerfect algorithm licensed from what is considered to be the authority on room correction, Lyngdorf Audio. Developed in Denmark this state-of-the-art technology uses highly complex test tones, multiple measurements and over one thousand EQ points to control the audio environment. The system can derive data on room modes, power response, directivity and LF roll-off, which other modes of correction do not account for.

More information: KRK Systems / ERGO

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