PowerFX has announced its first ever Soundation Studio social remix contest on Google+ Hangouts with +Daria Musk.
After Spotify and SoundCloud another small Swedish music tech company, PowerFX Systems, is hoping to impact the digital music world with their cloud-based music making app Soundation Studio for Google+ Hangouts. Soundation combined with the multi-person video calling feature in Google+ Hangouts allows you to create or remix music with up to nine users in separate geographical locations and video chat together in real-time.
“Digital music making is usually a solitary affair”, states Bil Bryant of Soundation. “You sit in front of your computer and make your music or your remix, but with the Soundation in Hangout combination, a whole new collaborative experience is available. The video element and the potential of engaging anyone with an internet connection really expands the possibilities.”
To kick off this development, Soundation is teaming up with the exciting, new artist and web sensation, Daria Musk, for the first ever social music making remix contest. Daria Musk is one of the most successful artists on Google+, with over 3 million followers and has provided her song “Ghost” for the contest. Participants can login with their Google+ or Soundation account and launch Soundation Studio for Google+ Hangout and invite friends in the Google+ community. Once a remix is complete it is published to a Soundation group where each remix can be listened to and voted on with likes. Daria and dancer Karen Cheng will select the winner from the top ten most voted submissions and they will receive a Meet and Greet with Daria and Karen to explain the remix which will be broadcast via Hangout On Air to YouTube. Karen will make a video of herself dancing to the winner remix and post it on YouTube and Soundation will supply a Chromebook Pixel.
Deadline for remix submissions is November 10th 2013 6:00 pm EST (24:00 CET). The winning remix will win a Meet and Greet Hangout on Air with +Daria Musk to talk about how the remix was made.
More information: Soundation / Daria Musk remix contest
PowerFX has announced Brostep, a sound library for brostep music production.
Brostep is the white hot production tool for anyone making cutting edge Bass/Dubstep music.
This collection contains 265 files and 373 MB with 119 aggressive bass loops, 67 Bro bangin drum loops, 30 harsh FX loops, 17 Synth ambiences and 32 Percussion grooves to take your music into orbit BroStepSphere.
BroStep is available to purchase for €30 EUR.
More information: PowerFX / Brostep
PowerFX has released Oliver, a sound library for Vocaloid 3, the updated singing synthesis software from Yamaha.
“Oliver” is modeled after a real vocalist, a 12 year old choir boy with a pure and clear voice. “Oliver has the best pronunciation of any Vocaloid to date”, says Bil Bryant of PowerFX. “Improvements in the synthesis software and the addition of being able to record tri-phones have improved the quality and naturalness of the vocal.”
The release of Vocaloid 3 is a departure from the previous two versions of Vocaloid where each title included the editor and the voice bank (the Artist). As of Vocaloid 3, an artist title includes the voice bank and a lite version of the editor. The lite version is only 17 bars long and allows one imported stereo track.
The full version of the Vocaloid 3 editor is sold separately and can be used with many different Vocaloid 3 artists as well as Vocaloid 2 artists. Another difference with Vocaloid 3 is that it is a standalone version only with no VST implementation. “I think the Vocaloid 3 editor is easier to use than previous versions”, states Bryant, “we are really excited to hear what users are going to create with Vocaloid 3″.
Vocaloid3 Editor Lite features
- Piano-roll style note editor, importing functionality from a standard MIDI file (limited for 1 track and 17 bars).
- Inputting lyrics and automatic conversion to phonemes.
- Assigning musical expression templates from an Icon Palette.
- Sending notes, lyrics and musical expression to the Synthesis Engine as set forth below and activating synthesis.
- Saving vocal data as a wave file.
- Changing synthesis parameters.
- Effects (Reverb only).
- Playback .wav files.
Oliver is available to purchase as a download for $129 USD/99 EUR, or on DVD for $149 USD/129 EUR. A bundle with Vocaloid 3 editor is also available.
More information: PowerFX / Oliver
PowerFX has announced the Library Access a new online service offering full access to PowerFX sound libraries.
Next Generation Cloud Based Sound Library Service gives you all the sounds you need!
Now you can have access to the PowerFX individual sound library! With either a Pro Sound Effects Account or Pro Loops & Samples Account, you will have instant access to over 20,000 sounds in a searchable, online database. No worries about storing, saving and organizing sounds, it´s already done! The massive PowerFX sound database is available from wherever and whenever you need it, just login, search, download and get producing. “I think producers and sound users who work in different places or have multiple work station setups will really appreciate this service”, states Bil Bryant CEO of PowerFX. “For sound users today, it´s not about owning, it´s about having access and simple license to use just what you need, when you need it,” continues Bryant.
PowerFX has been a leading producer and distributor of award winning sound libraries for over 10 years and has licensed sounds found in DAW´s Logic, Garageband, Cubase, SONAR and REASON. The Loops & Samples individual sound library includes many sounds from their own unique titles, like Downtown Strings, Drummers of Motown, World Loop Spice Rack, and the sound effects library that includes the historical sound archives from National Swedish Television (SVT).
The Pro Loops & Samples Account is available to purchase for 169 EUR a year, the Pro Sound Effects Account is 125 EUR a year.
More information: PowerFX / Sound Library
PowerFX has announced the release of DJ Samplr, a music app for the iPhone.
Power up your DJ set with DJ Samplr, the iPhone app that includes over 300 sounds in a simple “drum pad style” interface with pad tap and hold pitch bend and panning. You can also record, edit and assign your own samples or import sounds via iTunes.
Great to use in a live DJ setting or playing around at home, just plug you iPhone into your mixer and jam along with DJ Samplr by dropping in some great sounds or mangling them up with the touch of your finger. Futuristic scratching!
PowerFX, sound developers who are responsible for many of the loops and sounds found in Apple’s GarageBand, Logic and the Jam Pack series, have packed this with an incredible array of useful sounds like whooshes, wubs, hall kicks, dub hits, chord pads, noise pads, vocal FX, sound effects, scratches, world vocals, old school rap, zaps and much more!
DJ Samplr for iPhone is available to purchase for $4.99 USD.
More information: PowerFX / DJ Samplr