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Mixxx 1.8.0, free DJ software updated

Mixxx, the free, open source software for performing live DJ mixes, was updated to version 1.8.0.

Developed by a diverse community of DJs, Mixxx is a complete replacement for a conventional “turntables and mixer” DJ setup, and is available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.

Mixxx (Deere skin)
“Deere” skin, new in Mixxx 1.8.0

Changes since Mixxx v1.7.2

  • Looping
    • Loop-in, Loop-out, and Reloop/Exit buttons added to our main skins.
    • Loop point indicators on main waveforms and waveform summary displays.
  • Hot cues
    • Most of our skins gained 4 hot cue buttons, and Mixxx now internally supports up to 32 hot cues per deck.
  • A brand new database-powered library, with:
    • iTunes library and playlists access (Windows and Mac OS X)
    • Rhythmbox library and playlists access (Linux)
    • A brand new, faster library scanner
    • Crates!
    • A simple Auto DJ mode, which crossfades to the next track in the Auto DJ queue.
    • Analyze view, which allows you to run bulk BPM detection on your songs
    • Featured Artists bundle (Windows and Mac OS X)
    • Revamped Song Properties dialog
    • Re-arrangeable, hide-able columns
  • Tons of new artwork:
    • New Deere, Shade, Phoney, and LateNight skins
    • Better descriptions in tooltips and snazzy new look
  • MIDI
    • New PortMidi-based MIDI device backend, supports using multiple devices at once
    • Timers in the MIDI scripting engine
    • New MIDI mappings:
      • Hercules DJ Control e2
      • DJ TechTools MIDI Fighter
      • Reloop Digital Jockey2
    • Updated MIDI mappings:
      • Hercules DJ Control MP3, RMX, MK2
      • Stanton SCS.3d, SCS.3m
      • M-Audio Xponent
      • Behringer BCD3000
      • Vestax VCI-100
      • MixMan DM2
  • Other stuff:
    • A massive rewrite of our internal mixing engine
    • More intelligent disk access to help optimize audio latency
    • Optimized waveform rendering at 30 fps
    • Ramping pitch-bend option, smoothly applies temporary pitch adjustment for nudging
    • Import comment tags from MP3, Ogg Vorbis, and FLAC/WAV metadata.
    • New library and preferences icons
    • Improvements to UTF-8 handling
  • Over 50 bug fixes and more!

More information: Mixxx

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Avid introduces new Pro Tools Mbox Family, Pro Tools SE, M-Audio MobilePre and Oxygen 88

Avid has introduced a number of new products including the new Pro Tools Mbox family, Pro Tools SE bundles, the M-Audio MobilePre, and the M-Audio Oxygen 88 keyboard controller.

Pro Tools Mbox Family: Premium Audio Quality and Third Party DAW Support Provides Customers More Creative Options

Pro Tools Mbox Pro

Designed for musicians and audio engineers looking to turn their Mac or PC into a portable professional recording, mixing and production studio, the third generation of the Pro Tools Mbox family—Pro Tools Mbox Pro, Pro Tools Mbox and Pro Tools Mbox Mini—offers customers premium sound and open workflows with support for the industry’s most popular DAWs.

New Pro Tools Mbox features include:

  • Re-designed hardware with pro features delivering best-in-class audio—Delivers best-in-class audio quality, enabling customers to achieve professional results at home or on the road. Redesigned from the ground up leveraging Avid’s expertise in professional studio gear, the new Pro Tools Mbox family also features several workflow enhancements including: A professional-grade soft clip limiter that improves overall audio quality by letting users capture hotter signals while recording; and a multi-function button allowing Pro Tools Mbox and Pro Tools Mbox Pro users to control software parameters without using the computer mouse or keyboard.
  • Freedom and flexibility to compose using Pro Tools LE or your DAW of choice—Gives customers more options to compose, record, edit and mix with seamless support for the industry’s most popular DAWs, including Pro Tools LE®, Ableton Live, Apple Logic, Fruity Loops, Steinberg Cubase, and more, ensuring sessions are compatible with studios around the world. New drivers include ASIO, Core Audio, WDM, MME and multi-client drivers.

Pro Tools Mbox family pricing begins at $399 USD for the Pro Tools Mbox Mini, $679 USD for Pro Tools Mbox and $899 USD for the Pro Tools Mbox Pro. Pro Tools Mbox and Pro Tools Mbox Mini are available worldwide this month. Pro Tools Mbox Pro will be available worldwide in Q4.

Pro Tools SE Family: Music Creation Made Easy for First Time Pro Tools Users and Emerging Artists

For first-time Pro Tools users and emerging artists with an interest in musical composition, editing and production, the new Avid Recording Studio, Avid KeyStudio™ and Avid Vocal Studio systems provide everything needed to easily create and record music at home, including new Pro Tools SE software and proven M-Audio hardware.

With Pro Tools SE software included, the new Pro Tools SE Family serves as an introduction into the world of Pro Tools software by offering the same user interface found in Avid’s professional Pro Tools product line. Now, Pro Tools SE software offers customers groundbreaking music creation capabilities that leverage technology from professional-level Pro Tools products at a fraction of the price with a very intuitive user interface.

Avid KeyStudio, Recording Studio, and Vocal Studio

Pro Tools SE Family

  • Avid KeyStudio—Makes it easy for keyboard players to turn their inspiration into a professional-quality recording with a 49-note, velocity-sensitive M-Audio KeyStudio keyboard and Pro Tools SE music creation software.
  • Avid Recording Studio—Allows customers to capture guitars, instruments and vocals in better than CD quality at 24-bit/48 kHz with Pro Tools SE music creation software and an M-Audio Fast Track® audio interface.
  • Avid Vocal Studio—Enables customers to record vocals for use in songs, soundtracks, podcasts or voice-overs with Pro Tools SE music creation software and the M-Audio Producer USB microphone.

With Pro Tools SE software, users can:

  • Mix up to 24 tracks (16 audio tracks, 8 virtual instrument tracks) and use the included pro-quality effects—reverb, EQ, and guitar amp/distortion effects—to create richly detailed and polished recordings.
  • Use more than 100 different virtual instruments and more than 3 GB of audio loops to quickly construct songs and ideas.
  • View integrated, intuitive tutorials that make it easy to learn how to compose, record, edit and mix on the Pro Tools SE platform.
  • Record two instruments at once, and take advantage of built-in composing features including MIDI sequencing and score editing, which provide professional-grade creative solutions to users of every ability level.

Pro Tools SE bundles begin at $99.99 USD for Avid Vocal Studio, $119.99 USD for Avid Recording Studio and $129.99 USD for Avid KeyStudio and will be available in the US this month.

M-Audio MobilePre: Complete Solution Now Includes Easy-to-Use Pro Tools SE Software for Professional Music Production

M-Audio MobilePre

The second-generation MobilePre delivers musicians an easy-to-use, full-featured studio-quality recording, mixing and production solution for use with Mac or PC. Customers can easily record anything from guitar, vocals, keyboards and more directly into their computer, and have the option to compose, record, edit and mix with included Pro Tools SE software, or any of the industry’s most popular DAWs, such as Pro Tools M-Powered™, GarageBand, Apple Logic, Ableton Live and more.

MobilePre is currently available worldwide for $179 USD.

Oxygen 88: New Keyboard Controller Offers Expressive Playing Experience plus Extensive MIDI Control

Ideal for use in the studio or on stage, the new M-Audio Oxygen 88 USB MIDI controller keyboard is designed to satisfy players who need the feel of a piano combined with the power of a modern MIDI controller.

M-Audio Oxygen 88

Oxygen 88 features

  • DirectLink technology—Automatically maps keyboard controls to common mixer and virtual instrument parameters, giving users hands-on control over their mix and their music, without any complicated set up or user configuration required. DirectLink works with popular DAWs, including Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Apple Logic Pro and Steinberg Cubase.
  • 88-note hammer-action keybed—Delivers a musically satisfying playing experience with an authentic piano feel—ideal for playing virtual instruments.
  • 32 assignable buttons, knobs and faders—Offers customers complete control over virtual instrument and DAW parameters. Dedicated Track up/down buttons enable customers to focus on the creative flow of recording and mixing music, rather than going back and forth between QWERTY keyboard and MIDI controller.

Oxygen 88 is available worldwide for $749.95 USD beginning this month.

More information: Avid

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Avid introduces M-Audio GSR, active sound reinforcement speaker series

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Avid M-Audio GSR12

Avid has introduced the M-Audio GSR active sound reinforcement speaker series for musicians and DJs who perform in small to mid-sized venues.

Built from the ground up by the same engineering team behind the industry-leading M-Audio studio reference monitor line, the GSR series includes 10” and 12” full-range PA cabinets that deliver exceptional, professional-quality sound and an 18” subwoofer that offers extended bass reproduction for larger venues.

The GSR speakers are ergonomically designed and engineered with lightweight components for maximum portability. The GSR10 250-watt and GSR12 300-watt two-way active PA speakers feature Neodymium magnets in the low-frequency drivers, substantially reducing overall weight to enable easy set-up and transport between venues. The GSR18 500-watt active subwoofer features four locking casters that make it easy for customers to roll the sub into position. All three models are built with lightweight, ultra-efficient Class D amplifiers, which provide sustained high-output levels with minimum distortion and extremely low heat, so customers will experience clear, even sound through extended periods of use.

Additional features include

  • Four EQ presets designed for multiple applications—Allow customers to optimize the GSR10 and GSR12 to meet the needs of any sound setting, including DJ, live performance, music playback and public address. Variable low-frequency crossover functionality in the GSR18 enables customers to easily tune the subwoofer for use with GSR10 and GSR12 full-range speakers, or any other full-range speaker, for flat frequency response.
  • Expansive, professional-quality sound—Provide wide dispersion and excellent off-axis response for balanced sound throughout any venue with exclusive OptImage wave guide technology in the GSR10 and GSR12 models.
  • Flexible set-up options—Deliver broad sound coverage in any venue by allowing customers to position the GSR10 and GSR12 from built-in 1.4” pole mounts, suspend them from M10 integrated fly-points, or stack and lock identical units on top of each other for optimal placement. The GSR18 features an integrated 1.4” speaker stand receptacle for added versatility, allowing customers to save space by conveniently securing a speaker above the subwoofer.

The GSR10 is available in certain regions worldwide beginning September 13 for $499 USMSRP. The GSR12 is available worldwide September 10 for $629 USMSRP, and the GSR18 is available worldwide beginning November 1 for $999 USMSRP.

More information: Avid / M-Audio GSR

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Burn Studios Cassius Remix Competition, win a release on Cassius Records

Cassius Remix Competition

Burn Studios has launched a Cassius Remix Competition, a chance to remix a track by Cassius and win various prizes.

To ignite creativity in music production, Burn Studios has launched the first in a series of stand out remix competitions.

The first track up for transformation is the anthem ‘Sound of Violence’ by Burn Studios’ ambassadors Cassius. This monumental record is due for re-release in September 2010 with a new remix package from Aeroplane, Luciano and Fedde Le Grand, which the winning remix will be released alongside.

Cassius Remix Competition prizes include:

  • A digital release on Cassius Records.
  • An all expenses paid trip to spend a day in Cassius’ Studio in Paris to mix the remix, mentored by none other than Cassius themselves.
  • €2000 worth of M-Audio equipment including Pro Tools M-Powered recording software, M-Audio CX8 speakers and SBX10 sub-woofer and M-Audio Luna II condenser microphone.
  • A Pro Plus SoundCloud account worth €500.

Deadline for submitting your track is September 1, 2010.

More information: Burn Studios / Cassius Remix Competition

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M-Audio Axiom, USB MIDI keyboard controller series updated

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M-Audio Axiom 25

Avidhas introduced new versions of its M-Audio Axiom USB MIDI keyboard controller series designed for live performance and software-based music production: Axiom 25, Axiom 49, and Axiom 61.

“Our new Axiom keyboard controllers were designed to make it easier for musicians and producers to play and work with software instruments within their DAW of choice,” said John Krogh, audio segment marketing manager for Avid. “With out-of-box integration with the industry’s most popular music software, an enhanced keybed, and a modern, ergonomic interface, players and producers can elevate their performance using an affordable, flexible, easy-to-use solution—in the studio and on stage.”

New M-Audio Axiom features include:

  • DirectLink technology: Provides dedicated control surface functionality that automatically maps keyboard controls to common mixer and virtual instrument parameters, giving users hands-on control over their mix and their music, without any complicated set up or user configuration required. DirectLink works with popular DAWs, including Pro Tools®, Ableton Live, Apple Logic Pro and Steinberg Cubase.
  • Enhanced keybed: An updated semi-weighted piano-style keyboard delivers a musically satisfying playing experience—ideal for playing software and hardware instruments.
  • Redesigned user interface: Offers better ergonomics for the studio and stage with an angled top panel that makes controls easier to access and view in any environment. New low-profile mixer-style faders (Axiom 49 and Axiom 61 only) enable a hands-on mix experience, while smooth rotary encoders provide precise control over software and MIDI parameters. All models provide informative feedback via a graphic LCD, which is centrally positioned on the Axiom 49 and Axiom 61 for easy viewing.

The new Axiom series will be available worldwide 18 July, 2010, Priced at a USMSRP of $499.95 USD for the Axiom 61, $439.95 USD for the Axiom 49, and $319.95 USD for the Axiom 25.

More information: Avid / M-Audio Axiom

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Sonic Academy and Toolroom Competition

Sonic Academy / Toolroom Competition

SonicAcademy.com are co-hosting the exclusive invite-only industry event with Toolroom Records alongside M-Audio & Fuga at this years Amsterdam Dance Event which takes place on Thursday 22nd October at the five star Pulitzer Hotel, featuring a full live set from Dirty Vegas and funk fuelled alternative sets from Funkagenda and Martijn Ten Velden.

To celebrate this partnership we’ve teamed up to give one lucky winner an amazing opportunity to win:

  • Two guest-list places to the strictly limited, invite-only Toolroom party @ ADE.
  • Free entry to ADE Next on Saturday 24th October.
  • Ableton Live 8.
  • A years subscription to SonicAcademy.com allowing you full access to all video tutorials onsite including extensive Logic, Reason, Ableton, Cubase and DJ technique modules.
  • Signed Dirty Vegas album.
  • The latest Toolroom albums from Mark Knight, Funkagenda, and Joachim Garraud.

Five lucky runners up will also win an annual subscription to SonicAcademy.com

More information: SonicAcademy.com

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M-Audio announces new Oxygen Series Keyboard Controllers

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M-Audio has introduced the new Oxygen series, the first USB MIDI keyboard controller to feature DirectLink, a hassle-free control mode that instantly maps the Oxygen’s controls to a digital audio workstation (DAW), giving musicians intuitive hands-on control over a session right from the keyboard.

M-Audio Oxygen 49

Redesigned with a fresh look for stage and studio use and available in 25-, 49- and 61-key models, the Oxygen keyboards are ideal for laptop production, live performance and professional studio applications.

The Oxygen series controllers feature full-size velocity-sensitive keys along with a complement of sliders, knobs and buttons for tweaking and performing with software instruments. With DirectLink, these same controls instantly map to a DAW’s mixer, pan, and transport functions, providing real time control with a variety of DAWs including Pro Tools®, Cubase, Reason, Logic and Garageband.

“The new Oxygen controllers take M-Audio’s classic Oxygen line to the next level with DirectLink, making it easier than ever to record, mix and shape a musical performance straight-away without any complicated set up,” says Avid product Manager Tim Chandler. “DirectLink is simple, but effective – automatically linking up with useful controls in your music software. Ultimately, players and producers are able to be more creative and get musical results without the need for complex MIDI mapping or controller programming.”

Oxygen Series features

  • 25/49/61 velocity-sensitive keys.
  • 8 MIDI-assignable knobs.
  • 1/9 MIDI-assignable sliders.
  • 6 dedicated transport controls.
  • Dedicated track up/down buttons.
  • DirectLink mode automatically maps controls to common DAW parameters.
  • Factory presets map controllers to popular music software: Xpand!2, Hybrid, Velvet, Strike, Oddity, ImpOSCar, Minimonsta.
  • Unique Select buttons for on-the-fly step-through of presets, program changes and MIDI channels.
  • 4 velocity curves and 3 fixed velocity settings.
  • Sustain pedal input.
  • Class-compliant with Windows XP, Windows Vista and Mac OS X.
  • USB bus powered.

The Oxygen 25, 49, and 61 are currently shipping and carry a USMSRP of $149.95, $189.95, and $249.95 respectively.

More information: M-Audio / Oxygen

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