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Hal Leonard Books introduces Welcome to the Jungle by Jim Klein

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Hal Leonard Books has announced it is now shipping Welcome to the Jungle by Jim Klein, a guide for freelancers who want to succeed in the music and audio industries.

Jim Klein Welcome to the Jungle

Thousands of people try to make a living as musicians and audio professionals. Most of them fail, and not because they lack talent or the will to succeed. They fail because no matter how much training they’ve received or how hard they’ve practiced, they don’t know how to face the challenges that await them in the “real world.” No matter how much technical or musical skill aspirants may have acquired, there is always a huge gap in their understanding of how that world works.

Do they understand how to behave in a professional environment? When to talk and when to listen? What about developing a personal work ethic, a support system, and a reasonable set of immediate and future plans to make goals into realities? In his dual role as a successful music and audio freelancer of over 30 years and tenured college professor, Jim Klein has not only the knowledge of what it takes to succeed as a freelancer in the competitive fields of music and audio, but also the understanding of exactly what the new aspirant needs to know to take on that world.

Klein has crafted his advice into a book that is detailed, complete, and easy to understand. Welcome to the Jungle includes chapters on setting goals, networking, building a portfolio, time management, personal and professional finances, and dealing with the ups and downs of the freelance career. The book also includes interviews with successful music and audio freelancers, such as legendary producer Howard Benson (Kelly Clarkson, Santana, Daughtry), producer/engineer Kevin Killen (Peter Gabriel, U2, Elvis Costello), bassist Julie Slick, and others.

The book is available to purchase for $24.99 USD.

More information: Hal Leonard Books / Welcome to the Jungle

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Intua updates BeatMaker app to v2.4

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Intua BeatMaker

Intua has released version 2.4 of the BeatMaker music app for iOS.

Combining music production tools that were behind the success of countless artists, BeatMaker 2 is a powerful, easy-to-use composition interface for amateurs and professionals alike.

Changes in BeatMaker v2.4

  • Stereo bus recording on audio tracks.
  • Four audio sends available per mixer tracks.
  • New 6-band parametric equalizer (LPF, low shelf, band-pass, peak, notch, high shelf, HPF).
  • New side-chain option in compressor effect.
  • Double-tapping track handles in sequencer brings instrument/audio track configuration.
  • iPhone 5 compatibility.
  • UI and engine improvements.
  • Time-stretch and pitch-shift quality/settings have been improved.
  • Ability to zoom vertically in the sequencer.
  • Faster graphic rendering on iPad 3 with iOS 6.x installed.
  • Improve virtual MIDI.
  • Updated Dropbox SDK to 1.3.2.
  • Fix a bug in empty keyboard sampler when LFO settings were changed.
  • Dropbox will now work when background mode is disabled.
  • Fix file transfer lock issue on iOS 6.
  • Fix handling of incoming “packed” MIDI data (Genome MIDI sequencer, etc.)

The app is available to purchase for $19.99 USD.

More information: Intua / BeatMaker

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Hal Leonard publishes Making the Scene: Nashville

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Hal Leonard Books has announced Making the Scene: Nashville, a step-by-step guide by Liam Sullivan, showing you how to live, network, and succeed in Nashville.

Hal Leonard Making the Scene: Nashville

How hot is Nashville? So hot that when ABC was looking for a setting for a musical/drama series to compete with Fox’s Glee and NBC’s Smash, it landed in Music City, U.S.A. Aspiring singer-songwriters, country music fans, and musicians of all stripes inspired by ABC’s Nashville to move to country music’s hometown will find a wealth of invaluable information about what it will take to make their mark in Making the Scene: Nashville – How to Live, Network, and Succeed in Music City by Liam Sullivan.

One could argue that moving to Nashville is the easy part. Getting acclimated and gaining a foothold in the Nashville music scene can be another story. Making the Scene: Nashville addresses those challenges, while serving as a comprehensive guide for musicians and artists looking to move to and establish themselves in the city. Making the Scene: Nashville is filled with interviews with Music Industry professionals, who provide insight into how the music scene in Nashville works and what the best plan of attack is for hitting the big time.

There are also uplifting and heartwarming interviews with singer-songwriters from around the country who have made the move and embrace Nashville as their new musical home. Music venues in Nashville are plentiful and bustling with singers and songwriters every night, and Sullivan lays out a step-by-step approach to figuring out not only how to get gigs, but also understanding how the music business in Nashville works. With the help of interviews with a host of Music Row professionals, Making the Scene: Nashville covers every facet of Nashville’s music scene: from tips to performing “live” to understanding music publishing terms that every musician should know. Sullivan explains the best way to approach an open mic or writer’s night, and maps out the most musician-friendly neighborhoods. He also looks at Nashville’s hundred years of music history, important to know when speaking with music publishers and executives alike.

Van Morrison once said, “Music is spiritual, but the music business is not.” From where to buy gear to where to see live music and where to network and exchange ideas with other musicians, Making the Scene: Nashville provides the tools newcomers will need to meet the challenges of the business and make the move to Nashville.

The book is available to purchase for $19.99 USD.

More information: Hal Leonard Books / Making the Scene: Nashville

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FXpansion launches 7 Skies Contest

FXPansion has announced the launch of a 7 Skies music production contest, offering the chance to win FXpansion products and a Focusrite Forte audio interface.

FXpansion 7 Skies Contest

FXpansion has teamed up with artist and sound designer 7 Skies to bring you a competition for showcasing your production skills!

Create a track at least 60 seconds in length using 3 or more of the 7 stems provided by 7 Skies in order to be in with a chance of winning some great prizes including Geist, Tremor, DCAM: Synth Squad, Maul, DCAM Dynamics and 7 Skies’ brilliant Strobe preset pack! The 1st prize also includes a shiny new Focusrite Forte audio interface.

If you already own any of the FXpansion prizes, shop credit of equivalent value can be provided instead if you win.

The submission phase of the contest ends December 7th, followed by a one week voting phase. The winners will be announced December 17th, 2012.

More information: FXpansion / 7 Skies Contest

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Diego Stocco’s Custom Built Orchestra

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Diego Stocco has presented his Custom Built Orchestra, a project in which he created a an orchestra of handcrafted, unique instruments, and performed each part of a composition written by Diego himself.

I always been fascinated by the raw musical power that an orchestra can express, so, after creating a series of videos where I’m performing a multi-track piece with an instrument I designed, I decided to take the concept a step farther and create my own orchestra made of unusually unique instruments.

The project started by handcrafting a diverse selection of instruments, then I wrote a composition where I could fit them all in and finally performed each part. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I enjoyed doing it!

More information: Diego Stocco / Custom Built Orchestra

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SoundCloud partners with Getty Images—License your sounds to Getty Images Music clients

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Getty Images / SoundCloud

SoundCloud has announced a partnership with Getty Images to allow sound creators to make their sounds available for licensing through Getty Images Music.

Whether you’re a professional or casual creator, if you have sounds up on SoundCloud, you’ll be able to offer them for licensing to media, advertisers, designers and creatives. And you’ll benefit from Getty Images’ global sales and distribution teams: they’ll help you to market your sounds and offer their expertise and experience in digital content rights and clearances. As always, you’ll need to make sure that you own all rights in the sounds that you intend to license.

If you’re ready to get started, head over to http://soundcloud.gettyimages.com to connect your SoundCloud account, sign up, and select which sounds you’d like to make available for licensing. They’ll get a ‘license’ button on the SoundCloud player and widget, and be made available on http://www.gettyimages.com/music if Getty approves your sounds for licensing.

More information: SoundCloud

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AfroDJMac releases Wind Chime Ambience EP—Ableton Live Collection and 4 track EP

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AfroDJMac WindChime Synths

AfroDJMac has announced that the Wind Chime Ambience EP is now available.

I’ve released a new Ableton Live Collection and 4 track “Wind Chime Ambience EP,” all created with samples from beautifully hand-crafted-and-tuned metallic wind chimes.

The Ableton Live Pack includes 5 Instrument Racks, 4 Drum Racks, 4 Effect Racks, plus 10 additional presets. These Ableton Racks are quite diverse and easily manipulated with macro knobs. A couple of the instruments use wind chime samples that were recorded directly to reel to reel tape, adding to the organic feel.

Also included are the Live Projects for each of the 4 tracks on the” Wind Chime Ambiece EP.” This gives full access to how the tracks were created and how the different instruments can be manipulated to create a wide variety of sounds.


These wind chimes were sampled for the Wind Chimes Synths for Ableton Live, as well as the “WindChime Ambience EP” by AfroDJMac.

The Wind Chime Ambience EP is available to purchase for $5.99 USD.

More information: AfroDJMac

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