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Alesis DM7 USB Kit, electronic drumset now shipping

Alesis DM7 USB Kit

Alesis has announced it is now shipping the DM7 USB Kit, a five-piece electronic drumset.

Crushing bass drums, cracking snares, melodic toms and shimmering cymbals are all at your fingertips when you sit behind the DM7 USB Kit. Experience the thrill of busting out beats on eight total drum and cymbal pads powered by a sound module with over 400 sounds. Between the stable rack, triple-zone snare pad, choke-able crash and USB connectivity, the DM7 USB Kit gives you flagship electronic drumset features at an ultra-affordable price.

With a built-in metronome, lessons and a performance record feature, the DM7 USB Kit not only accommodates your development but also contributes to it. If you’re looking for a kit to get you drumming fast with advanced features hard to outgrow, look no further than the DM7 USB Kit.

DM7 USB Kit features

  • Five-drum, three-cymbal drum kit with USB-enabled drum module.
  • More than 400 stereo sounds in 80 kits.
  • Large, triple-zone snare pad for triggering head, rimshot and cross-stick sounds.
  • Crash with choke feature to immediately stop the sound.
  • Flexible metronome and learning exercises to help you become a better drummer.
  • Record your performance, listen back, and share with friends.
  • 30 custom drum kits let you mix and match your favorite sounds together.
  • Customize individual drum and cymbal sounds’ volume, pan, tuning, and reverb settings.
  • Eight studio EQ settings create the perfect room, club, or stadium sound.
  • 1/4″ line in mixes your iPod or other music player to play along to.
  • Pre-assembled, four-post rack for quick setup and stable support.
  • Rack clamps feature large wing-bolts allowing fast, secure adjustment.
  • Mini-boom cymbal tilters position your cymbals exactly where you like them.
  • Retractable spurs hold the large kick pad in place when being played .
  • Headphone output to play all night long without disturbing the peace.
  • Line out to connect to an amplifier, PA or recording system .
  • USB connection to play and record to your favorite computer music software.
  • Includes ToonTrack EZ Drummer Lite software.

The DM7 USB Kit is now available to purchase for a U.S. Retail Price of $799 USD and an estimated street price of $599 USD.

More information: Alesis / DM7 USB Kit

IK Multimedia releases AmpliTube 2 for iPhone

IK Multimedia AmpliTube 2 for iPhone

IK Multimedia has released AmpliTube 2 for iPhone, a major update to the leading guitar software for iPhone.

AmpliTube 2 for iPhone offers incredibly realistic tones and effects, full multi-track recording capabilities and an advanced practice tool – all in one convenient mobile app, from the leaders in analog gear modeling software for professional recording studios. Use the AmpliTube iRig interface adapter to connect your guitar to your iPhone/iPod touch/iPad and you are ready to rock!

New in AmpliTube 2 for iPhone

  • New built-in one-track recorder with re-amping feature (free update).
  • New multi-track recorder with 4 tracks and master FX section with 3 effects: Reverb, EQ and Compressor (available as in-app purchase).
  • 5 new stompbox effects: Compressor, Reverb, Parametric EQ, Graphic EQ and Limiter (available as in-app purchase).
  • Improved sound quality of gear and cabinets with DSP parts derived from AmpliTube 3 and T-RackS 3 for Mac/PC (free update).
  • Export recordings and mixes as high quality WAV audio files or send them by email as MP3s (free update).
  • Import songs as backing tracks directly from user iPod library, from iTunes using file sharing or Wi-Fi (free update).
  • New SpeedTrainer allows players to slow down/speed up imported songs without affecting the pitch (free update).
  • Up to 50 songs can now be imported (free update).
  • New preset naming feature (free update).
  • New Setup panel including input and output level controls (free update).
  • New scrollable menu for easier and faster gear selection in the FX and AMP sections (free update).

AmpliTube 2 for iPad is currently in development with even more powerful features and will be announced shortly. Current iPad only users are advised to wait for the dedicated version before going ahead with the in-app purchase of the iPhone version.

More information: IK Multimedia / AmpliTube 2 for iPhone

Tascam TG-7 & TC-8, wide-format tuners

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Tascam TG-7 & TC-8

Tascam has announced the TG-7 and TC-8, two new tuners.

TASCAM’s TG-7 and TC-8 tuners combine fast pitch detection and a 5″ wide backlit LCD display to help musicians dial into perfect pitch. The TG-7, designed for guitar and bass players, has a 1/4″ in and thru and fits perfectly on pedalboards and amplifiers. The TC-8 is tailored for band and orchestra players with alternate tuning scales for period instruments. Both tuners have a built-in microphone and powerful metronome with internal speaker.

The tuner in the TG-7 and TC-8 uses high speed processing to calculate the pitch. Four tuner modes allow up to 1.25-cent steps on the display for maximum accuracy, and the tuner can be calibrated to an installed piano. They have desktop feet with a clip to attach to a music stand, and a tripod mount is also built-in. The metronome on the TG-7 and TC-8 can be set to various beat accents, and tap tempo allows the musician to find the tempo marking for any song.

TG-7 & TC-8 features

  • Chromatic tuner.
  • Metronome with 30-300 BPM range and seven accent values.
  • 5″ Wide backlit LCD display with note value and bargraph displaying pitch deviation.
  • Four display modes: Bargraph, Fine, Strobe Animation and Needle.
  • Oscillator for playing pitch.
  • Built-in speaker for pitch and metronome.
  • Built-in microphone for acoustic instruments.
  • Tuner Calibration mode.
  • Flip-out stand for tabletop use with hooks for music stand mounting.
  • Tripod mount.
  • Tuning modes TG-7: Guitar, Bass, Chromatic, Drop-D, Drop-G, Open-D, Open-G and five user-definable scales.
  • Tuning modes TC-8: Equal Temperament, Pythagorean, Mean tone, Werckmeister III, Kirnberger III, Kellner, Vallotti, Young.
  • 1/4″ in and thru jacks (TG-7) / 1/4″ in jack (TC-8).

The TASCAM TG-7 and TC-8 will be available from select Tascam retailers in December 2010.

More information: Tascam

Planet Waves Guitar Tools, free (limited time) App for guitar players

Planet Waves Guitar Tools App

Planet Waves has released Guitar Tools, a suite of guitar tools developed by Audiofile Engineering.

Guitar Tools is the ultimate hand-held utility kit for guitar players of any style or skill level, brought to you by Planet Waves, one of the D’Addario company’s family of world-renowned musical instrument accessory brands.

Enjoy the full functionality of the Chordmaster and Scale Wizard apps, the core features of ProTune and ProTempo, plus reference tools that make it easy to find the nearest music store or instructor wherever you may roam.

Developed exclusively for iOS by the minds at Audiofile Engineering, Guitar Tools packs a wealth of easy-to-use, professional-grade guitar utilities into one elegant application for your iPhone or iPod touch.

Guitar Tools features

  • CHORDS — Explore a library of more than 7,000 guitar chords by simply tapping and strumming the touch screen. View chords in every position up and down the guitar neck and hear each one played back in pristine audio. There’s even a “lefty” mode for the oft-neglected southpaw.
  • CHORD FINDER — You know how to play it, but what do you call it? Select frets and finger positions to discover the proper name for your chord.
  • SCALES — Improve your technique by choosing from thousands of scales, modes and arpeggios to practice. Try multiple positions and alternate tunings to boost your versatility. Use “big stretches” for unique, challenging fingerings.
  • TUNER — Keep your instrument in tune with a professional-grade digital tuner, powered by Audiofile Engineering’s precise AETune™ pitch detection technology. Choose between strobe or needle interface and access dozens of presets.
  • METRONOME — Keep in time with a hyper-accurate and visually stunning digital metronome. Set tempos numerically or by tapping the touch screen. Choose from multiple sounds and time signatures.
  • TEACHERS NEAR ME — Looking for lessons? Access an international list of music instructors and find the ones nearest you. Powered by The Lesson Room, D’Addario’s online hub for music education, resources and valuable content (www.thelessonroom.com).
  • STORES NEAR ME — Broke your last string? Need some picks? Find a nearby music store in seconds, whether you’re out on tour or close to home.

The Guitar Tools App is available as a free download from the iTunes App Store through 17 July, 2010. It will then be available to purchase for iPhone and iPod touch for $8.99 USD. Android and iPad versions coming soon.

More information: Planet Waves / Guitar Tools App

IK Multimedia AmpliTube iRig, guitar and bass interface adapter for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad now shipping

IK Multimedia AmpliTube iRig

IK Multimedia has announced it is now shipping the AmpliTube iRig, a guitar and bass interface adapter for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

The new iRig interface allows guitar and bass players to plug their instruments directly into the headphone/microphone input jack on their mobile Apple device and access the new world of mobile guitar and bass tone – AmpliTube for iPhone.

AmpliTube iRig features

  • ¼” jack mono instruments input with Hi-Z impedance adapter – suitable for guitars, bass, synthesizers, mixing consoles.
  • 1/8” mini-jack stereo output can be connected to headphones, amplifiers, powered speakers.
  • Compatible with iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4, iPod Touch 2nd and 3rd generation, iPad.
  • Ultra-low latency (down to 128 samples) for real time playing with AmpliTube.
  • Feedback cancellation and noise filter available in AmpliTube.
  • Works also with any other apps like tuners, recorders, etc…

AmpliTube iRig is now available to purchase for an MSRP of $39.99 USD / 29.99 EUR.

More information: IK Multimedia / AmpliTube iRig

IK Multimedia announces AmpliTube iRig

IK Multimedia AmpliTube iRig

IK Multimedia has announced the AmpliTube iRig, the ultimate mobile guitar amp and effects rig system for iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad.

AmpliTube iRig is a combination of an easy-to-use instrument interface adapter for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad mobile devices, and the new AmpliTube for iPhone software for guitar & bass.

With AmpliTube iRig, you can plug your guitar into your iPhone and jam anywhere with world-class guitar and bass tones, from the leader in studio-class guitar and bass software.

Simply plug the iRig interface into your iPhone, plug your instrument into the appropriate input jack, plug in your headphones, amp or powered speakers, download AmpliTube FREE for iPhone and start rocking!

You’ll have at your fingertips the sound and control of 3 simultaneous stompbox effects + amplifier + cabinet + microphone just like a traditional guitar or bass stage rig!

Add amps and effects as you need them — you can expand your rig with up to 10 stomps, 5 amps, 5 cabinets and 2 microphones in the AmpliTube iRig app custom shop.

AmpliTube for iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad features

  • Real-time guitar and bass mobile multi-FX app.
  • Full rig made by 3 simultaneous stompboxes + amp + cabinet + mic.
  • 10 Stomps, 5 Amps, 5 Cabinets, 2 Mics available.
  • Import and play along with songs and backing tracks with real-time effects.
  • 36 presets can be saved/recalled on the fly.
  • Includes tuner/metronome.
  • FREE, LE and Full versions available.
  • FREE and LE versions expandable with a-la-carte downloadable gear.
  • Same low-latency as Mac/PC system.

AmpliTube iRig is available to pre-order, priced at $39.99 USD / €29.99 EUR (excl. VAT).

AmpliTube for iPhone will be available in 3 versions from the iTunes App Store:

  • AmpliTube FREE: Includes 2 stompboxes, 1 amp+cabinet, and 2 microphones.
  • AmpliTube LE: Includes 4 stompboxes, 1 amplifier + cabinet, 2 microphones for $2.99/€2.39. More gear can be added to FREE and LE through in-app purchase of a-la-carte models with stompboxes costing $2.99/€2.39 each and amplifiers + cabinets for $4.99/€3.99 each.
  • AmpliTube FULL: Includes the entire collection of available gear with 10 stompboxes, 5 amps + cabinets and 2 microphones for $19.99/€15.99.

More information: IK Multimedia / AmpliTube iRig

TASCAM announces DR-2d, DR-08 and DR-680 Portable Digital Recorders

TASCAM has announced three new digital recorders at the Winter NAMM show.

New TASCAM Portable Digital Recorders

DR-2d Portable Digital Recorder with Dual Recording

Tascam DR-2d

It offers up to 96kHz/24-bit audio resolution, capturing WAV or MP3 files to SD Card media. The new stereo condenser microphone design has a 74dB signal to noise ratio for dynamic recordings. The Dual Recording feature prevents overload by recording a second track at lower level, ensuring that recordings won’t be ruined by distortion.

Like the rest of TASCAM’s best-selling portable recorders, the DR-2d offers Variable Speed Audition to slow down music without changing the pitch. A metronome and digital effects are also included, as well as an Overdub feature for sound-on-sound recording. The DR-2d is ideal for songwriters, performers, or home studio musicians who want their music to sound its best.

DR-08 Compact Portable Digital Recorder

Tascam DR-08

It captures audiophile-quality 96kHz/24-bit WAV files – or web-friendly MP3 files – to robust MicroSD media. The built-in microphones have a unique mechanism to change the width and angle of the elements, allowing you to tailor the pattern for the perfect recording. There’s even a built-in kickstand for placing the recorder right where you want it. A pair of AAA batteries allows you to record for hours to the included 2GB card, then transfer the recording to your computer using high-speed USB 2.0.

Like the top-selling DR-07, the DR-08 has features like auto level control and a low cut filter for clear recordings. Add your own microphone or line-level source using the 1/8″ stereo input. The DR-08 has loop and variable speed on playback, allowing you to slow down speed without changing the pitch to learn new music. Noise canceling and EQ functions improve playback timbre, and the sleek design makes the DR-08 TASCAM’s most portable recorder yet.

DR-680 8-track Portable Digital Recorder

Tascam DR-680

Up to eight tracks can be recorded to solid-state SD card media at 96kHz/24-bit Broadcast WAV quality. Six mic inputs provide phantom power and 60dB of gain for great-sounding recordings with condenser microphones. Record the six microphones along with a digital S/PDIF source for 8 track recording.

Inputs can be monitored using a built-in mixer with level and pan controls for each input. The stereo mixdown can even be recorded along with the six mics for quick stereo playback of the event. There’s even a built-in speaker to check recordings without headphones.

In addition to WAV recording up to 96kHz, the DR-680 captures stereo audio at 192kHz/24-bit for audiophile-quality masters. The DR-680 records up to four channels of MP3 audio for web-ready recordings. Two of the recorders can be connected with a cascade cable for up to 16-track recording on battery power. Multi-channel portable recording has never been as simple or affordable as the DR-680 from TASCAM.

More information: TASCAM

Short links for September 3rd, 2009

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Tactile Metronome – Wayne and Layne

Wayne and Layne Tactile Metronome

The Tactile Metronome is a tap-controlled metronome and "beat looper." "Syncopation machine." "Metronome with an attitude."

You tap the piezo speaker to set the frequency. The display shows the beats per minute, and the two buttons adjust the speed.

"Ehhh." "Boring," you say. Not so fast!

You can tap patterns into it, currently up to 12 beats long. As long as you tap the pattern in three times, it jumps in and continues beeping in that rhythm. The metronome can beep in three different tones, so you can play with more than one at a time.

Tactile Metronome features

  • Easy to assemble kit makes for a great learning experience. All parts are easy-to-solder through-hole, with no tiny surface mount parts.
  • Fully open-source design means that everything is freely available and ready to be hacked, including the circuit schematic, PCB layout, part list, and microcontroller firmware.
  • Piezoelectric speaker is used as the pattern input, by simply tapping in the tempo or pattern. Once the metronome learns your pattern, it starts beeping with the same piezo element.
  • Seven-segment displays provide feedback in the form of beats-per-minute (BPM) readings.
  • Custom, professionally-made PCB provides a solid base for happy tappers. All circuit connections are routed on two layers without the use of vias, reducing confusion while assembling.
  • A Pre-programmed Microcontroller means you don’t need a specialized microcontroller programmer to get started with the Tactile Metronome. If you want to experiment with modifying the firmware, an in-circuit serial programming (ICSP) header is provided to enable easy re-programming.

# Stereoklang – Reason Refills – We have been collecting free or demo Reason Refills for over 7 years and of course we are happy to share them with the rest of the world.

All Reason Refills you will find on this site are non-pirated this means that they are free to use in your music production, however we of course encourage you to visit the orginal sites for more information where available.

Circuit bending work station

# Circuit bending work station

Matt the modulator built a deluxe substitution box for experimenting with different resistor & capacitor values for circuit bending.

Circuit bending work station

  • Resistance pots (4k7, 100k, 1m).
  • Capacitance – 12 caps selector poly 47-pf, 100-pf, 470-pf, 1-nf, 4n7 nf, 10-nf, 100nf, 1-uf, 1uf elec 1uf, 4.7uf, 10uf, 100uf.
  • LED.
  • Signal tracer simply a 1w amp maplin kit to trace audio signal in a circuit.

# Drum processing with Depeche Mode (YouTube)

Kerry Hopwood is the Live Programmer/Musical Director for Depeche Mode. When it comes to staging a live DM show, theres no cutting corners. Kerry puts it simply: We need to use tools that work. In concert, Kerry and Depeche Mode rely on Ableton Live as an integral component of shaping the bands drum sound. In this movie, shot at a concert in Berlins Olympiastadion, Kerry discusses the advantages that Live offers for on-stage sound processing.

Giant LED board

# Giant LED Board project

A project featuring Evil Mad Scientists’ Peggy 2.0.

We built a giant LED board, about 6.5×6.5 feet, with 900 LEDs using ping-pong balls as diffusers. It can play Conway's Game of Life, Pong, and Sketch mode that allows you to create a starting pattern for Life. We output board state information to a MIDI board that allows us to make music based on what is displayed. This gets interesting with Life, creating minimalist generative music.

See it in action here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zu5ORo3Im1g

# Free Samples: The Icicle Session – Kent Williams has a new free set of samples.
Kent writes:

Last winter I went out and tapped on icicles hanging down from our eaves over the front porch. And apparently I cut it up into a sample set and didn’t do anything with it. These I release into the public domain. Knock yourself out.

# mOne – Open source step sequencer

mOne
  • Hardware Step Sequencer
  • 8 tracks of 8 patterns with 16 steps each
  • Each track can have its own MIDI-Channel (In, Out)
  • Internal resolution of 24 pulses per 1/4 note (PPQN)
  • Recording through external MIDI-equipment
  • External and interal synchronisation (Play, Stop, Resume, Clock)
  • Modify the sequence during playback
  • Open-Source software concept
  • Programmed with Arduino IDE
  • Based on Atmel ATmega1280
  • USB interface for communication with the PC / MAC
  • MIDI interface (MIDI input, MIDI output)
  • 28 silicon buttons, 2 rotary encoders with confirmation and an LCD display

# Röyksopp ‘Tricky tricky’ remix comp

This is yet another shabby attempt at giving something back to our fans – or rather get our fans involved in our shabby doings… Yes, this is an invitation to all of you dedicated souls out there who want to take part in the Röyksopp legacy!

Röyksopp Tricky Tricky Remix

We feel that track “Tricky Tricky” has so much potential, it deserves a life outside the album. Not only is this a chance at beating us at our own game, you also get to mess around with Karin Deijer-Andersson’s extraordinary vocals! Now, how about that?!?

For those about to remix – we salute you!

Señors B + B