Toontrack’s annual Metal Month to kick off tomorrow + EZmix 2 Rock & Metal Guitar Bundle

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Toontrack has announced that the fifth edition of its annual Metal Month will be launched on October 31st.

The month will include seven new metal related product releases, starting today with two new bundle titles for EZmix 2. This year also sees Toontrack as the main presenter of the Devin Townsend Project/Animals as Leaders North American co-headlining tour, culminating in a free live stream of the November 26 Chicago show on Toontrack’s website.

”Metal Month is by far one of the most exciting and successful months of the year for us as a company”, said Peter Knutsson, Toontrack’s CEO. ”It’s a testament of our deep-rooted ties to the metal community and a celebration of the very foundation on which the company was built. We’re beyond excited about what we have in store, and to top it off with a free live stream from bands all relying heavily on our products in their creative processes is the perfect way to crown what we believe will be our biggest year yet”.

None of the seven products slated for release in November have yet been officially announced. Each week of the month, one or more products will be revealed online.

”Every year leading up to November, we work as hard as we possibly can to outdo ourselves and bring our users the most inspiring set of tools and sounds we possibly can come up with”, said Mattias Eklund, Toontrack’s co-founder and head of Sound Design. ”This year we present new titles that span almost all our product lines. We’ll introduce collaborations with new producers, new drummers and new guitarists, all contributing to amazing products for EZdrummer 2, Superior Drummer 2, EZmix 2 and our line of drum MIDI”.

In addition, several metal related Toontrack titles are on generous discounts all through November.

Toontrack has also launched the EZmix 2 Rock & Metal Guitar Bundle, comprising the powerful multi-effect mix tool EZmix 2 with six individual expansion titles, all centered around rock and metal guitar.

EZmix 2 Rock & Metal Bundle

We couldn’t wait – here’s a guitar-soaked prelude to Metal Month: EZmix 2 Rock & Metal Guitar Bundle.

From the twang of the ’60s to the metal chug of today. With nearly 300 unique tones or settings, this is the ultimate resource for rock and metal guitar.

EZmix 2 Rock & Metal Guitar Bundle features

  • Includes EZmix 2 and six (6) individual EZmix Packs.
  • Suited for producing rock and metal oriented music.
  • Close to 300 individually crafted settings for guitar or bass.
  • Tones for rhythm, lead, clean and more.

The bundle is on sale for 149 EUR (regular 249 EUR).

More information: Toontrack

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Ghostwave Audio updates MixRight for Reaktor to v1.5

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Ghostwave Audio has released version 1.5 of MixRight, a track comparison utility for Native Instruments Reaktor 5.

Ghostwave Audio MixRight

MixRight is a Native Instruments Reaktor 5 ensemble designed as the easiest way to compare your current mix with the reference track of your choice. (.wav and .aiff formats only)

In only one click, you can alternate between the two to compare levels, phase correlation and frequency distribution and therefore find out the necessary adjustments for your current mix.

Changes in MixRight v1.5

  • Updated GUI with more contrast for better legibility.
  • Spectrum analyzer extended to 20 kHz (instead of 14 kHz).
  • Manual revised.
  • Spectrum analyzer zoom default setting which prevented the quietest frequencies from being displayed.
  • Scale on the spectrum analyzer and correlation meter.
  • Scale on the update rate knob.

MixRight is available for purchase for $9.95 USD until November 9th, 2014 (regular $12.95 USD).

More information: Ghostwave Audio / MixRight

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ADSR launches Traktor Beginner’s Guide course

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ADSR Sounds has released the Traktor Beginner’s Guide, a video tutorial course on the Traktor DJ software by Native Instruments.

Get Started with Traktor. Everything you need to start mixing today.

Want to learn how to DJ using Traktor? If you dream of dropping beats, filling the dancefloor and having people talk about your mixes long after the lights go down, this is the course for you!

Designed for beginners and those new to Native Instrument’s Traktor software, this course covers everything to get you started from loading music and track preparation, to beat matching, cue points and best of all, how to mix with Traktor giving you a bunch of impressive transition options for mixing your set like a pro!

The course is available for purchase for $29 USD.

More information: ADSR / Traktor Beginner’s Guide

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Blue Cat Audio updates PatchWork to v1.5 and MB-7 Mixer to v2.4

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Blue Cat Audio has released an update for the Blue Cat’s PatchWork and MB-7 Mixer plug-ins, improving compatibility with third party plug-ins and adding new interoperability features.

Blue Cat's MB-7 Mixer

Both plug-ins can now load more VST and Audio Unit plug-ins (fixing compatibility issues with several plug-ins manufacturers). For improved interoperability between systems, plug-ins’ state are now retained even if the plug-ins are missing, and VST plug-ins can be relocated if moved.

The new PatchWork 1.5 plug-in also supports MIDI FX Audio Units and can be loaded as a MIDI FX in Logic Pro X to quickly build complex MIDI effects chains (full change list below).

Changes in PatchWork v1.5 / MB-7 Mixer v2.4

  • New Features for both plug-ins:
    • Missing VST plug-ins can now be relocated if not found.
    • The plug-in now saves missing plug-ins’ state so that they can be restored later.
  • New Features for Blue Cat’s PatchWork 1.5:
    • The Audio Unit can now be loaded as a MIDI FX in Logic Pro X.
    • MIDI FX Audio Units can now be loaded into the plug-in.
  • Fixes and compatibility improvements for both plug-ins:
    • Fixed issue on Mac when loading sessions created on Windows using VST plug-ins in sub-directories.
    • Fixing compatibility issues with several plug-ins that used to crash when unloaded (Image Line, MeldaProduction, Catanya…).
    • VST Plug-in name is now displayed when loaded from a missing VST shell bundle (instead of just the name of the bundle).
    • (Mac) Fixed random crashes when using keyboard shortcuts in the host application to switch between plug-ins or tracks.
  • Fixes and compatibility improvements for Blue Cat’s PatchWork 1.5:
    • (Mac) Fixed parameters not available for mapping when Audio Unit bridged with SoundRadix’s 32Lives.
    • (Mac) Fixed parameters mapped with wrong range for some Audio Units (u-he, AAS…).
    • (Mac) Fixed parameter changes sent from host not visible in the user interface for some Audio Units (u-he…).
  • Fixes and compatibility improvements for Blue Cat’s MB-7 Mixer 2.4:
    • (Mac) Fixed crash introduced in 2.3 when trying to load missing VST plug-ins.
    • (Mac) Fixed crash after closing the editor of an Audio Unit plug-in loaded with SoundRadix’s 32Lives.

Blue Cat’s PatchWork is available for purchase for 59 EUR / $79 USD. Blue Cat’s MB-7 Mixer costs 99 EUR / $129 USD. Prices excl. VAT.
The update is free for existing customers.

More information: Blue Cat Audio

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Mackie intros DL32R digital mixer with wireless control

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Mackie has introduced the DL32R, a powerful new 32-channel digital mixing system completely controlled wirelessly from Mackie’s intuitive Master Fader iPad app.

Mackie DL32R
The DL32R features complete wireless control over everything, including fully-loaded DSP and multi-track recording/playback.

“Early on, Mackie believed that we can bring the user incredible benefits if we just let go of old conventions,” commented Ben Olswang, Mackie Senior Product Manager. “By ensuring that each and every feature can be controlled wirelessly without compromise, we are delivering benefits to users that were simply not possible before now.”

The Mackie DL32R features a mix of flexible, professional I/O in an ultra-compact 3U rackmount design. Each of the 32 inputs (24 XLR, 8 XLR/TRS combo) feature Mackie’s all-new Onyx+™ recallable mic preamps, with remote control over preamp gain and phantom power. The new Onyx+ preamps outperform the industry-proven Onyx design, which has garnered rave reviews for its boutique-quality sound and performance.

The DL32R 32-channel wireless digital mixer with iPad control will be available worldwide in Q4, 2014, priced at a MSRP of $2499.99 USD.

More information: Mackie / DL32R

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