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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

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

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

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

Avid introduces M-Audio Fast Track with Pro Tools Essential

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M-Audio Fast Track

Avid has announced M-Audio Fast Track with Pro Tools M-Powered Essential, a combination of hardware and software that delivers all the studio-quality features and tools needed to create professional-sounding recordings right out of the box.

Building on the success of the M-Audio Fast Track USB, the best selling recording interface in its category according to MI Sales Trak, the Fast Track with Pro Tools M-Powered Essential is the easiest way to record audio on a PC or Mac.

M-Audio Fast Track

The Fast Track interface has been completely redesigned to provide improved usability and lend a sleek new look to any desktop. Simply connect the unit to any computer via its USB 2.0 connection and use the upgraded preamps to capture any audio source in better than CD quality sound. Customers can record guitar and vocals at the same time, without any latency, and capture performances without the distraction of hearing delayed playback through headphone monitors. Additionally, they can use the onboard +48v phantom power to connect professional condenser microphones and add studio quality sound to any project. Compatible with most popular music recording applications from studio-standard Pro Tools® M-Powered™ and GarageBand, Fast Track provides professional results in a compact, portable package.

Pro Tools M-Powered Essential

Pro Tools M-Powered Essential is a recording application for PC or Mac computers based on the same Pro Tools software platform used by today’s most prestigious and accomplished musicians. Now, customers can take advantage of the power and stability of Pro Tools at home, recording songs and audio projects on 16 available tracks and polishing their mixes with professional effects like reverb, delay and more. Audio recordings can be enhanced with instruments like drums, piano and more by using the included Structure® Essential virtual instrument which offers a comprehensive library of instrument sounds and 3GB of audio loops.

Fast Track with Pro Tools essentials is available in September 2009 and carries a USMSRP of $149.99 USD.

More information: M-Audio / Fast Track

Avid announces Pro Tools Essential bundles

Avid Pro Tools Vocal Studio

Avid has announced Pro Tools Vocal Studio, Pro Tools Recording Studio and Pro Tools KeyStudio, three affordable bundles that aim at creative hobbyists with an interest in musical composition, editing, and production as well as consumers who are looking to create and share music, podcasts, narrations and other forms of audio with their peers.

Pro Tools M-Powered™ Essential software is based on Pro Tools software, the industry standard used by professionals to create, edit and produce much of the world’s most popular music. Pro Tools M-Powered Essential enables users to progress from casual playing or singing to full-fledged music production – with styles ranging from hip-hop and funk to pop, jazz, rock and blues. The software also includes a library of virtual instrument sounds– the perfect starting point for anyone to begin making their own music, even for someone with little to no musical experience.

Pro Tools M-Powered Essential music software is bundled with top-quality, yet simple-to-use M-Audio® interfaces, in the following three configurations:

  • Pro Tools Vocal Studio turns the computer into a complete vocal recording studio. This bundle includes the Producer USB microphone, a studio-quality mic that lets people capture vocals, as well as record acoustically played instruments. The Producer USB mic lets people record with stunning clarity, whether they’re singing a future hit song or narrating a family biography. And with Pro Tools M-Powered Essential, it’s easy to remix vocals to produce professional-quality soundtracks and podcasts with ease.
  • Pro Tools Recording Studio enables people to craft professional-sounding songs and remixes — no experience needed. With the included Fast Track® USB audio interface plugged right into the computer, music enthusiasts can capture pristine digital sound for any recording project, whether from a guitar or a standard microphone. With Pro Tools M-Powered Essential software, consumers can dub, mix, remix, edit, blend, restore, hone and more to create audio projects that will sound like they came from a pro — even if someone’s never recorded a note before.
  • Pro Tools KeyStudio features the M-Audio KeyStudio USB keyboard, a simple, yet high-quality 49-note velocity-sensitive keyboard that also functions as a MIDI interface. With Pro Tools KeyStudio, users can record a single keyboard track or create a complete orchestral recording using the KeyStudio to input any of the 60+ virtual instruments that come loaded with Pro Tools M-Powered Essential.

Pro Tools Vocal Studio, Pro Tools Recording Studio and Pro Tools KeyStudio bundles (PC and Mac) will be available beginning in mid-September at major e-tailers and retailers. Each Pro Tools Essential bundle is available at an MSRP of £79 GBP / $99 USD.

More information: Avid / Pinnacle

Short links for June 3rd, 2009

Some interesting things I found recently:

Art of Sound Contest

# Art of Sound Contest

From Instructables: Music is absolutely essential for creativity – it inspires new ideas, helps us to create and build, and provides a soundtrack for life.

That's why we've teamed up with Zalytron, Create Digital Music, and Bleep Labs to bring you the Art of Sound Contest. Show us something amazing and music-related, and win an awesome set of hand-built custom speakers or a musical instrument kit!

The contest is open to any project that creates something beautiful with or around sound. Entry Deadline: 26-jul-2009.

# BITWIG, next generation music creation software for composers, producers and DJs around the world.

About Bitwig:

Within the virtual environment of a computer anything is possible, yet on a fundamental level, the way music is created today with computers is still very similar to how hardware studios were used. With an entirely new approach, we want to take the next step in the evolution of the computer music studio and create the music software we always wanted to use ourselves.

Bitwig is based in Berlin and founded by Claes Johanson, Pablo Sara, Nicholas Allen and Volker Schumacher. Our experience in the computer music software industry includes Ableton, where we were all part of the development team behind the successful music software Live, and Vember Audio, creator of the critically acclaimed software synthesizer Surge.

# Mic shootout – 6 condensers from $120 – $1900 – Female vocals

Jon @ AudioGeekZine writes:

As part of the Home Recording 101 class at Revolution Audio, this past Thursday we did a shootout of 6 vocal mics. The mics selected were some of the top sellers at the store and ranged in price from the M-Audio Nova at $119 to the AT4060 at $1905.

M-Audio Sputnik
M-Audio Sputnik, one of the mics featured in this shootout

Sound files of the recordings are available for download from AudioGeekZine.

# Propellerhead – Record – Micro Tutorials

The Record micro tutorials is a series of short and focused tutorial videos that will highlight one aspect of Record in each installment. We will add to this continously during Record's beta test period.

Tutorials currently available

  • Part 1 – Basics
    The first micro tutorial explains the basic layout of Record, how to move between them and how to go about making your first recording.
  • Part 2 – Reason & Record integration
    The second micro tutorial shows how Reason and Record work together as one when installed on the same computer.
Gotharman Deformer

# Gotharman’s Deformer a granular effects processor, a polyphonic filterbank synthesizer, a MIDI note randomizer.

It's an analogue style 2-track MIDI sequencer. It's the first machine in the world (I think), that can do REALTIME TIMESTRETCH ON A LIVE INPUT AUDIO SIGNAL. Add to this a granulator that cut's the input audio signal up in fragments, and lets you move these fragments around with the 16 step pots to rearrange beats and others in realtime. Use the two fully programmable filterbanks to tweak the sound further. Or create complete synth-patches by combining the internal polyphonic oscillator section with one or both of the filterbanks. Create two note and controller sequences and run them thru the note randomizer to create enddless non-mechanical variations. Store your arrangement in one of the 512 program locations for instant recall. That's the Deformer!

# SoundPlayground iComposer, a super powerful music creating tool for iPhone.

It can record what your are humming and transcribe your humming melody into music notes on five line staff. It also provides you with 130+ instruments to playback the music you wrote down.

Drum Kit Kit

# DrumKitKit

The Drum Kit – Kit lets you turn your Arduino into a drum kit. Imagine the fun you could have building a drum kit and then “rocking the house”.

The kit contains the electronic parts required to make a drum kit. This includes the circuit board, resistors, diodes and pins. You supply the Arduino and the material to make the actual drum pads. Below you will find the easy instruction on how to make traditional looking drum pads, but you could also stick the piezos (the part the sense the hits on the drum) to many different surfaces. Imagine, playing your desk, lamp and telephone!

# LITE2SOUND – This is a sensitive lightwave reciever that lets you explore the hidden sounds of modulated light. LITE2SOUND is a simple kit with 24 parts that solder to the board. It has a ¼” line output jack and runs on a coin cell battery.

M-Audio Axiom Pro 25 and 61 now shipping

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M-Audio Axiom Pro 25

M-Audio has announced it is now shipping the Axiom Pro 25 and Axiom Pro 61, two new advanced USB MIDI keyboard controllers.

The new Axiom® Pro 25 and Axiom Pro 61 MIDI controller keyboards feature M-Audio’s proprietary HyperControl™ technology, which automatically maps and continuously syncs the units’ LCD and MIDI-assignable controllers to commonly accessed parameters in digital audio workstations (DAW), including Pro Tools®, Cubase, Logic, Live and Reason, as well as software instruments.

The Axiom Pro keyboards are the first-ever MIDI controllers that can send QWERTY commands, allowing users to access DAW keyboard shortcuts and menu commands directly from their Axiom Pro system. Now users can zoom, open and close windows, navigate between song markers, edit automation and much more—without touching the computer’s keyboard and mouse.

The Axiom Pro is now available in three versions:

  1. Axiom Pro 25, $499.95 USD.
  2. Axiom Pro 49, $599.95 USD.
  3. Axiom Pro 61, $699.95 USD.

Visit M-Audio for more information.