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Roland Guitar Friend Jam—Guitarists Worldwide Meet, Learn, and Compete

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Roland has announced Guitar Friend Jam version 1.0, its newest social media application that gives guitarists an exclusive chance to improve their skills, to network, and to showcase their talents with like-minded players from all over the world.

Roland Guitar Friend Jam
Download free practice songs from Roland, share your workout records on Twitter, and compete with guitarists all over the world with Guitar Friend Jam.

Musicians using this unique social network can download free practice songs from Roland, share workout records on Twitter, and actually compete with fellow musicians.

Available for both Windows and Mac OS X, Guitar Friend Jam automatically downloads a suite of practice songs after a user installs the application on their computer. The play-along songs cover popular musical styles including rock, pop, jazz, metal, and more, and feature full-band arrangements minus guitars. In addition to these special practice tracks, users can also add MP3 files stored on their computer and jam with their favorite tunes.

Just download the free software from the download page of the Guitar Friend Jam website, follow the instructions that appear on the screen, and connect a compatible GK-pickup equipped guitar to a Roland GR-55, VG-99, or VB-99. Connect via the USB port to a computer, and you’re ready to jam. Internet connectivity and a Twitter account are also required for real time ranking and record sharing via Twitter.

“Guitar Friend Jam is an amazing way to have fun and improve your guitar playing at the same time. The Roland GR-55 guitar synth is a great companion for Guitar Friend Jam,” said Gary Lenaire, Product & Marketing Manager, Roland Guitar Division and BOSS U.S.

More information: Roland / Guitar Friend Jam

Soundation Studio goes social – community services now available

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Online music making application Soundation Studio has just added a community to their service.

Soundation Community

Now users can post songs, form groups, leave comments, like, send personal messages and make contests while managing all aspects of their account. Soundation has also developed a more stylish and informative widget player with the option to embed the song link and/or publish your song to Facebook.

”Our users were demanding a more social element to Soundation and we are excited to now have this in place”, says Bil Bryant, CEO of Soundation. “We just put up the community and literally overnight there were thousands of songs posted”, continues Bryant. Soundation Studio is the DAW that works right in your browser, with over 600 free loops, 11 real time effects, 5 virtual instruments, reads midi files, and records audio. It is free you use and you only pay if you want more sounds and functionality. “It is a great place to start to make digital music”, states Bryant, “no downloads or installations, just type in the URL and go”.

More information: Soundation Studio

Intermorphic updates Mixtikl to v2.5.0.2, Generative Music System

Intermorphic Mixtikl

Intermorphic has released version 2.5.0.2 of Mixtikl, a generative music system for mobile, tweeting, web & desktop.

Mixtikl lets you easily create stunning generative music mixes, performances & new ideas from mixing together up to 12 tracks of generative music, audio & MIDI loops plus many customisable sound FX.

Changes in Mixtikl v2.5.0.2

  • iDevice: Added support for Sonoma AudioCopy and AudioPaste (as alternative to Apple General Pasteboard – both supported).
  • iDevice: Free – 3 AL Collections (15 AL Tiklpaks – previously $2.97) via “Loop Essentials” in-app download.
  • iDevice: Fixed: losing of GenBars / CellRepeat range settings when rotating.
  • iDevice: Fixed: iPad issue using in-app store in Portrait mode.
  • New checkbox filters in New Mix screen make it easier to see/select only the Tiklpaks you want to use.
  • More customisable randomisation settings in the New Mix Settings screen.
  • Improved controls in mix Tempo and Root screen.
  • Clear Everything and Clear All Track Settings now set all track generative bars+range / repeat+range values to zero.
  • Fixed: Import of mixtikls from email.

More information: Intermorphic / Mixtikl

Ohm Force unveils Ohm Studio GUI

Ohm Studio is a real-time collaborative music making application (DAW/sequencer) in addition to an online collaboration platform and a music driven cohmunity.

So far, all the screenies we had disclosed were from the Alpha Version. Now that the beta-test is getting really closer, it’s time for us to start unveiling Ohm Studio’s real GUI. That’s what the Beta Version will look like…

Ohm Studio
Ohm Studio, beta version (click image for more screenshots)

More information: Ohm Studio

Propellerhead Software ReBirth, Techno Micro Composer now for iPad

Propellerhead Software ReBirth for iPad

Propellerhead Software has announced the release of ReBirth for iPad and iPhone.

ReBirth is back! Propellerhead Software’s legendary Techno Micro Composer has been resurrected and customized for the iPad. ReBirth faithfully emulates dance music’s three backbone devices: The Roland TB-303 Bass synth and the Roland TR-808 and 909 drum machines. Combine these with FX units, fully featured pattern sequencers and a gorgeous-looking interface and you’re ready to make killer tracks on your iPad. Share your music with friends on Facebook, Twitter and more using the built in sharing features.

ReBirth features

  • 2 x TB-303 Bassline Synthesizer with pattern sequencer – The original Acid House and Techno bass synth. Unrivaled power, unmistakable sound.
  • TR-808 Drum machine – Roland’s sub-heavy 1980 beat computer. Instant hip-hop.
  • TR-909 Drum machine – The go-to beatbox for everything House and Techno. Press play and you’re dancing.
  • Tempo-synced digital delay – Bouncy and hypnotic, always in time with your music.
  • Compressor with threshold and ratio – A bare-bones compression unit for added beefiness.
  • Distortion unit with amount and shape – Raw and rugged distortion for that extra edge. Works wonders with any 303 bassline.
  • PCF effect – Pattern controlled Low-pass / Band-pass filter – a tweaker’s delight.
  • Mixer – Device specific mixer sections with pan, delay sends and FX switches
  • Mod support – Includes 7 original user mods with alternative sound sets and graphics
  • Sharing features – Share function with easy publication of songs to Facebook, Twitter and other social networks.

ReBirth for iPad is available to purchase for $14.99 USD.

More information: ReBirth App

Intermorphic updates Mixtikl to v2.3, Generative Music System for Mobile, Tweeting, Web & Desktop

Intermorphic Mixtikl

Intermorphic has released version 2.3 of Mixtikl, a generative music system for mobile, tweeting, web & desktop.

Intermorphic Ltd today releases Mixtikl 2.3, the next major update to Mixtikl, featuring a new file format that makes it easier to create and tweet beguiling “mixtikls”, a new look UI and in-app store for a range of add-on content “Tiklpaks”.

The Intermorphic founders built upon the vector audio techniques they pioneered back in 2000 & 2001 (at SSEYO) where they found ways to deliver sounds in one SMS. They have continued this work and the new format lets users include custom customsound FX and mixes that reference content (generative music or audio loops) from any of the range of add-on Tiklpaks. The user’s mix can be exported as a URL for shortening by one of the popular URL shortening services and then included in a tweet. When the tweet link is selected on a iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with Mixtikl installed, Mixtikl will load and the mix play. When the tweet is selected on Windows or Mac PC with Mixtikl installed, the Mixtikl browser plugin will play the mix. Being able to tweet a mix means people can easily create, share and enjoy new mixes.

Mixtikl 2.3.0.31 for iPhone / iPad / iPod touch is already available in the Apple App Store. Mixtikl 2.3.0.36 for Mac & Windows desktop comprises a standalone version, VST and AU plugins for music sequencers, and a plugin for web browsers. The Mixtikl browser plugin allows “mixtikls” to be played in a webpage.

Mixtikl Mobile is available to purchase for $2.99 USD, Mixtikl Desktop for Windows and Mac is $29.99 USD and the Mixtikl Bundle (including soundpacks) is available for $34.99 USD.

More information: Intermorphic / Mixtikl

Ohm Force unveils 6 new Ohm Studio videos

Ohm Force Ohm Studio

Ohm Force has released some new videos of Ohm Studio, the upcoming standalone real-time collaborative music making application (DAW/sequencer) in addition to a web based collaboration platform and a music driven online cohmunity.

Now it’s time for unveiling a number of features and aspects of Ohm Studio’s GUI: Not only did we turn on the respective tab on Ohm Studio’s site, but also put 6 new video teasers online. In each one of them you’ll be able to learn more about Ohm Studio’s refreshingly simple and efficient interface, built from the ground up.

Each video explains a little bit of Ohm Studio’s structure while showing concrete examples, talking about automation, modular routing, piano roll innovations, and much more besides. The GUI overall look/skin is still the Alpha Version’s one (we’re keeping the definitive Ohm Studio skin as a suprise for the Beta version) but the intuitive and highly versatile workflows – and their stunning smooth visual – are already there.

More information: Ohm Studio

Ohm Force unveils Ohm Studio Live Demo

Ohm Force has unveiled its first live demo of Ohm Studio, a real-time collaborative music making application in addition to a web based collaboration platform and a music driven online Cohmunity.

Following the announcement of the Ohm Studio – a real-time collaborative DAW/sequencer – Ohm Force is unveiling today the first Ohm Studio live demo, showing some of Ohm Studio’s collaborative features in action. It’s a standalone application for Mac OS X and Windows (in the video the prototype runs on two MacBooks) that will allow musicians from around the world to produce/edit tracks together in real-time.

This video was made at the Ohm Force headquarters (Paris, France) while the Ohm Server is in USA (they use the AWS solution by Amazon). Both laptops were logged into the same Ohm Studio session. Notice that all actions done on one side were automatically synced to the other side.

As announced at the Ohm Studio’s website, Ohm Studio will be a full fledged DAW/sequencer and we’ll be progressively revealing its features at www.ohmstudio.com. This “amateur” live demo is the first of a series, new video content will be released during next weeks/months. Anyone interested on participating in the beta-test can still apply for it at Ohm Studio’s website.

More information: Ohm Force / Ohm Studio