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Win a Novation Impulse Controller at Pro Tools Expert

Pro Tools Expert has launched a contest in which you have the change to win the Impulse MIDI controller by Novation.

Pro Tools Expert Novation Impulse controller

Our friends at Novation have kindly given us a Novation Impulse Controller with Automap 4 as a prize for one lucky member of the community.

To enter, simply click on the Impulse banner on the right of the page, watch the video of Harry Coade putting the Novation Impulse controller keyboard through it’s paces, then tell us (using the form below) which audio interface is shown several times during the video?

The draw ends on October 15th 2012.

More information: Pro Tools Expert

Novation MiniNova—compact performance synthesizer introduced

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Novation has introduced its new MiniNova synthesizer.

MiniNova is a compact, super-cool studio and live synth with the same sound engine as its big brother; UltraNova. It comes with 256 incredible onboard sounds that you can tweak with five knobs, or totally warp with eight ‘animate’ buttons. It has up to 18 voices with as many as five synth effects on each sound. MiniNova also has an onboard VocalTune™ effect as well as a classic vocoder so you can recreate iconic vocal sounds from hip hop, urban and electronic music.

Novation MiniNova
Novation’s MiniNova is the latest in the ‘nova’ range of synths dating back to the legendary Supernova series. It has the same incredibly powerful sound engine and synth effects as the Novation UltraNova.

MiniNova features

  • Hugely powerful micro synth with UltraNova’s sound engine
    MiniNova has Novation’s signature Nova-series synth-engine onboard, capable of creating and editing massive sounds with up to 18 voices and powerful effects.
  • Brand new VocalTune™ and classic vocoder effects
    The VocalTune function can recreate iconic urban and hip hop vocal sounds, as well as classic house and techno voice effects with the onboard vocoder.
  • Live synth: tweak and warp your sounds in realtime
    8 animate buttons enable you to warp and twist sounds in realtime alongside a dedicated filter knob, 4 further editing knobs and oversized pitch and modulation wheels.
  • 256 awesome onboards sounds – instantly searchable
    Instantly find the sound you need by type or musical genre, from bass to pad, hip hop to house. Save and store another 128 of your own sounds too.
  • Layer up to 5 effects per voice
    MiniNova can add up to 5 effects to each voice including distortion, reverb, chorus/phase, delay, compressor, EQ and Novation’s own gator ‘stutter’ effect.
  • Comes with editing software and a software patch librarian
    A free software editor allows full editing of the synth and effects, the Patch Librarian enables storage of as many of your own sounds – or the free soundpacks – as you want.
  • Run guitars and other instruments though the vocoder, VocalTune and effects
    There is a line input into which you can plug a guitar, bass or any other instrument which can then be routed through the effects engine or the vocal effects.
  • Free soundpacks including vintage synth and bass synth sounds
    Download free soundpacks for MiniNova and UltraNova which have been created by eminent artists and sound designers including Chuckie, Daniel Fisher and more…
  • 37 key controller keyboard with MIDI I/O
    MiniNova is also a great compact desktop keyboard for triggering software instruments. It has physical MIDI i/o ports for triggering other external sound modules – or connecting to a larger keyboard.

The MiniNova is available to pre-order at selected stores, priced £299.99 GBP inc VAT.

More information: Novation / MiniNova

Daniel Stawczyk (Status) announces 40% off Summer Sale


Daniel Stawczyk (aka Status) has launched a Summer Sale, offering 40% off on most soundsets.

Status Summer Sale

  • Caffeine for Discovery Pro by discoDSP $12.
  • PLUS for LittleOne by XhunAudio $11.
  • RAW for Toxic Biohazard by Image Line $11.
  • MOON for Ultra Analog VA-1 by AAS $12.
  • Verge for V-Station by Novation $14.

The sale ends August 31st, 2012.

More information: Daniel Stawczyk

Novation updates Automap to v4.4

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Novation has released version 4.4 of its Automap controller software.

The latest version of Novation’s Automap control software is now available as a free download. It brings a number of important improvements.

Changes in Automap v4.4

  • Improved support for Reason on Impulse keyboards.
  • A fix for black-note glissandos on Impulse keyboards.
  • Built in uninstaller so you can quickly remove Automap for troubleshooting purposes.
  • Full release notes here.

Controlling Reason 6 with the Impulse and Automap 4.4.

Automap 4.4 for PC and Mac is a free download from Novation.

More information: Novation / Automap

AudioThing records Bass Station to Tape: TapeStation for NI Kontakt

AudioThing has announced TapeStation, a sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

What happens when a ’90s analog synth meets an ’80s tape recorder? We sampled a famous Analogue Bass Synth to tape using a new old stock cassette, and boxed it into a Kontakt Instrument. The original synth produced fat basses and sharp leads, but now the raw tape sounds and unstable pitch add perfect elements for “tron” like sounds. Each waveform (Sawtooth, Square, Pulse 5%) was sampled chromatically from C0 to C7 and each sample is more then 6 seconds long. In the custom Performance View a Saturation and Limiter Input Gain are added to the original synth’s parameters.

AudioThing TapeStation
Novation Bass Station + Tape Recorder = AudioThing TapeStation for Kontakt.

TapeStation features

  • 2 Oscillators (Saw, Square, Pulse 5%).
  • 12-24dB/oct filter.
  • 1 LFO (Random, Saw, Triangle) for Pitch and Cutoff.
  • 2 Envelopes.
  • 24 Factory Presets.
  • 24 User Presets (save function within the Kontakt GUI).
  • 255 Samples (44.1Khz / 24Bit).
  • Size: 200 MB installed.
  • Custom performance view.

The TapeStation library is available to purchase for the introductory price of $9 USD until July 26th, 2012 (regular $12 USD). Requires Native Instruments Kontakt 4.2.2 full version.

More information: AudioThing / TapeStation

Ableton updates Live 8 to v8.3.1

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Ableton Live 8

Ableton has updated its Live music production software for Windows and Mac to version 8.3.1.

Ableton Live is about making music; for composition, songwriting, recording, production, remixing and live performance. Live’s nonlinear, intuitive flow, alongside powerful real-time editing and flexible performance options, make it a unique studio tool and a favorite with live performers.

Changes in Live 8.3.1

  • Improvements and feature changes:
    • Added support for Mac OS 10.8 “Mountain Lion”.
    • Improved performance when recording many MIDI CC data into MIDI clips.
    • The default takeover mode for control surfaces has been changed to “none” (this will only affect new installations).
    • Minor changes for usage data reporting.
  • Bug fixes:
    • Fixed a bug which could lead to degraded resolution of automation data when recording automation for VST plugins running in Novation’s Automap shell.
    • Fixed a bug which prevented samples from being opened in an external sample editor.
    • Fixed a crash which could occur when importing two identical audio files into Live.
    • Fixed a bug which could lead to two undo steps when freezing a track.
    • Fixed a bug which could cause the save dialogue to disappear in OS X Lion.
    • Under certain conditions, Live’s splash screen wouldn’t appear on OS X Lion.
    • Opening an alias file of a Live set wouldn’t work on OS X Lion.
    • Fixed login problems in the SoundCloud uploader on Windows.
    • Fixed a rare crash which could occur with automatic updates on certain Windows computers.

The update is available to download for registered Live 8 users.

More information: Ableton

Juno Download launches TEKKEN Tag Tournament 2 Remix Competition

Tekken Tag Tournement 2 Remix Competition

Juno Download has announced the TEKKEN Tag Tournament 2 Remix Competition, a chance to mix tracks of the upcoming game.

To mark the upcoming release of the game TEKKEN Tag Tournament 2, Juno has teamed up with NAMCO BANDAI Games to give budding producers the chance to remix tracks from the game’s original soundtrack.

The remix stems for six different tracks are available to download for free from Juno Download, and remixers can upload their track to the TEKKEN remix competition SoundCloud dropbox for a chance to win these amazing prizes

Tekken Remix Competition prizes

Remix competition prizes

  • First prize winner will receive:
    • €500 cash prize.
    • Avid Fast Track C400 audio interface and Pro Tools MP software.
    • Vestax VCI-380 controller for Serato.
    • Novation Impulse 61 Keyboard Controller.
    • 12 month SoundCloud Pro account.
    • €200 Juno vouchers.
    • Mixed In Key and Platinum Notes.
    • Tekken Tag Tournament 2 ‘We Are Tekken’ collector’s edition.
    • A professionally mastered copy of their remix to be released on the official winning remixes free download EP.
  • Four runners up will each receive:
    • €250 cash prize.
    • 12 month SoundCloud Pro account.
    • €50 Juno vouchers.
    • Mixed In Key and Platinum Notes.
    • Tekken Tag Tournament 2 ‘We Are Tekken’ collector’s edition.
    • A professionally mastered copy of their remix to be released on the official winning remixes free download EP.

The submission phase of the remix competition ends July 16th, 2012. Winners will be selected by the TEKKEN development team, and announceed via the Juno Download Facebook Page and Tekken Facebook Page on July 23rd, 2012.

More information: Juno Download / TEKKEN Tag Tournament 2 Remix Competition

Juno announces Doctor P Remix Competition

Juno has announced the Doctor P Remix Competition, a chance to win various prizes including a release on Circus Records.

Juno Doctor P Remix Competition
Remix Doctor P’s Neon for a chance to get a release on the Circus Records label.

Dubstep heavy weight Doctor P is giving budding producers the chance to remix his smash hit single ‘Neon’ featuring the vocal talents of Jenna G. The winning remixer will win over £600 worth of prizes, including a Novation TWITCH DJ controller & £250 worth of Juno vouchers. On top of all of that they will have the opportunity to release their remix on legendary dubstep label Circus Records.

Contest prizes

  • Your remix released on Circus Records
  • Novation TWITCH DJ Controller (worth £299)
  • SoundCloud Pro account (worth €250)
  • £250 worth of Juno vouchers
  • Mixed In Key
  • Platinum Notes

Closing date for submitting your remix is May 31, 2012.

More information: Juno Download / Doctor P Remix Competition