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Toontrack launches Songwriting Competition

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Toontrack has announced the launch of a songwriting competition with a $10,000 cash grand prize as well as the market’s leading drum sampler EZdrummer 2 and the entire line of related expansion titles.

Toontrack Songwriting Competition

Submission for the competition starts today and will run through the better part of July. The voting phase will commence in late July and the competition will conclude in September.

“There is an incredible amount of unheard talent out there and we hope this competition will help shine some light on not only the craft of songwriting but give voice and inspiration to aspiring, creative people around the world,” said Peter Knutsson, Toontrack’s CEO”

Aside from EZdrummer 2 and the entire line of expansions, there will be a cash prize for not only the winner ($10,000), but also the runner-up ($2,000). “The cash prizes are our way of giving the winner a financial platform equivalent of what a first-time publishing advance would amount to,” said Peter Knutsson.

More information: Toontrack / songwriting competition (Facebook)

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5aint and PreSonus launch #GetYourHooksIn Competition

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PreSonus GetYourHooksIn Contest

PreSonus and A-list producer/songwriter 5aint (clients include Amy Winehouse, Noel Gallagher, Sasha, and Pet Shop Boys) are co-hosting #GetYourHooksIn, a global vocal and songwriting competition to collaborate on the new 5aint single, which has the working title “Give2Get.” The prizes for this competition are quite exceptional.

Starting on March 12, 2014, 5aint and PreSonus will make available for download a stereo instrumental submix of “Give2Get,” embedded in a Studio One® file. The contest is not limited to existing users of Studio One, and a free version of Studio One will be made available to allow access to the track.

Contestants will write and record an original vocal line and melody, including lyrics for the song, and then will submit the resulting piece for judging. The contest closes at 11:59 p.m. U.S. Central Time on May 12, 2014.

A panel of special celebrity judges (including 5aint) will choose the winner and runners up. The panel will look for the submission with the most potential for widespread commercial appeal. The winning singer/songwriter, who can be an individual, group, or a production team, will be the featured on the recording and will receive 50 percent of the writing share.

In addition PreSonus will offer the following prizes:

  • Grand prize (one): a PreSonus ADL 700 channel strip, a pair of Sceptre S8 studio monitor speakers, an AudioBox 1818VSL interface, and a copy of Studio One Professional 2.
  • Second prize (two): a PreSonus Music Creation Suite recording kit.
  • Third prize (five): 1 copy each of PreSonus Studio One Professional 2 DAW software for Mac and Windows.

5aint and Steve Dodds (Jill Jones [Chic, Prince], Martin Page, Alan Moulder), who performed guitar on “Give2Get,” will perform daily in the PreSonus booth at the 2014 Frankfurt Musikmesse trade show (Hall 5.1, Booth B.56), where they will discuss the production techniques used in the creation of “Give2Get.”

More information: PreSonus / #GetYourHooksIn

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Elephant Development Software releases Temptress virtual instrument

Elephant Development Software Temptress

Elephant Development Software has announced availability of its Temptress, a plug-in providing inspiration and modern musical production elements within a powerful virtual instrument.

Temptress is a new concept for songwriting and productions. Unsurprisingly, Elephant Development Software assembled a team of top songwriters and producers to create contemporary musical content while simultaneously expertly engineering an exciting new way to integrate chord progressions and musical phrases into user’s productions in any key and at any tempo they choose (using an innovative industry-leading pitch shift and time-stretch engine) — all in realtime, locked to the host sequencer!

Temptress is both a blast and a breeze to use. The simple yet powerful browser in the Temptress plug-in window provides previews of the diverse musical content in its ever-expanding library — all but a click away. Whether pop, rock, dance, hip-hop, or country floats your musical boat, the huge (over 3GB) TEMPTRESS CORE library’s hundreds of cues have got you covered. Future libraries will provide cues in ever-expanding genres and will even work in conjunction with previous libraries to
expand their creative possibilities. Feel free to utilise the plug-in’s already awesome-sounding audio elements or the actual MIDI data used to create the cues. The choice is yours. Either way, simply drag-and-drop directly from Temptress to tracks in the host DAW to have stunning-sounding musical phrases immediately available at your fingertips. It’s surely simplicity itself.

Temptress features

  • Huge Core Library (over 3GB comprising hundreds of cues) with more expansions coming all the time.
  • Musical cues covering popular music styles, including pop, rock, dance, hip-hop and country.
  • Ability to audition and use cues at any key, tempo or time signature utilizing a fantastic industry-leading pitch shift and time-stretch engine.
  • Musical cues created by renowned producers and programmers using the latest and most popular synths and sound banks.
  • Ability to drag-and-drop audio and midi clips from plug-in window directly to your DAW’s tracks.
  • Cues can be sorted by style, tempo, key or time signature and auditioned in real-time, locked to your sequencer.
  • Compatible with DAWs and sequencers that support VST, AU, or RTAS plugins.
  • Inspiration at your fingertips.

Temptress is available to purchase for $149 USD.

More information: Temptress

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Camel Audio updates Alchemy Mobile to v2.1 + Songwriting Contest

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Camel Audio has launched version 2.1 of its Alchemy Mobile synthesizer app for iOS.

Camel Audio Alchemy Mobile 2.1

Alchemy Mobile v2.1 introduces song sharing – upload your songs directly to SoundCloud, email to collaborate with friends, or export to iTunes. Also new for Alchemy Mobile v2.1 is the Featured Songs page – listen to tracks by other users and download shared project files.

To celebrate the addition of song sharing, we are running an Alchemy Mobile songwriting contest. Submit your song for a chance to win mobile libraries, a T-shirt, or even an iPad Mini!

The rules are simple. Your song must be composed entirely from within Alchemy Mobile – no other apps may be used. Additionally, all synth/drum parts must be made exclusively using Alchemy Mobile presets.

The contest ends September 30th, 2013. You may enter as many songs as you wish.

More information: Camel Audio / Alchemy Mobile

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Toontrack announces Songwriters Month 2013

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Toontrack Songwriters Month

Toontrack Music has announced that this May will see another installment of the company’s popular campaign month Songwriters Month: a month filled to the brim with new sounds, tools and inspiration.

Already now, users can participate by submitting their own songs for a chance to be published on the site.

“Songwriting is at the heart of what our users do. We think a great way of showing the multitude of fantastic music that is created with our tools is to have a customer-generated music player. This is also a chance for our users to expose their music to thousands and thousands of people”, said Mattias Eklund, Toontrack’s co-founder and Head of Sound Design.

Songwriters Month terms for participation

  • Send material to sw2013@toontrack.com
  • Song must be written by you or your band/co-writer(s)
  • Include song title in filename
  • Song must be in MP3 format
  • Include photo or artwork
  • Email can not be larger than 7 MB

Further information/disclaimer will be available with auto-reply upon participation.

More information: Toontrack

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Electronic Creatives announces Ableton Live Master Class + Official Ableton PUSH Party March 9-10, 2013

Electronic Creatives Ableton Live Master Class

Electronic Creatives has announced its first Ableton Live Master Class of the year, in partnership with the Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock on March 9th and 10th, 2013.

If you are a producer looking to greatly improve your sound-design, composition, production and performance skills, this is a MUST SEE event! This two day seminar will feature some extra special guests and local talent.

There will also be a FREE PARTY after the lecture on March 10th, featuring a demonstration of Ableton’s new PUSH controller, as well as performances from our lecturers and MORE!

Ableton Live Master Class

  • Using Live 9 features for Production.
  • Songwriting and Arranging in Ableton.
  • Mastering Techniques in Ableton Live.
  • Sound-Design w/ Ableton Live Instruments.
  • Micro-detailing techniques.

The seminar schedule for March 9th, 2013 includes Laura Escude (Ableton Certified Trainer, Electronic Creatives), Sweatson Klank aka Take: (Dublab, Alpha Pup Records) and Ben Hovey (Bob Moog Foundation), and for March 10th, 2013, Djemba Djemba (Mad Decent, Jeffries, TeamSupreme), FuzZ (Squeak E. Clean, Rabbit Records), and Virtual Boy (Alpha Pup Records).

Tickets are available to purchase for $99 USD (one day) / $198 USD (both days) if registered before February 22nd, 2013. There will be a price increase after this date.

All attendees get student discounts on Ableton Live + upgrades + PUSH, as well as special pricing on partner products.

More information: Electronic Creatives

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Hal Leonard publishes Studio One for Engineers and Producers

Studio One for Engineers and Producers

Hal Leonard Books has announced it is shipping Studio One for Engineers and Producers, a Quick Pro Guide is specifically designed to help engineers and producers who are already comfortable using another DAW software platform make the transition to Studio One.

The author and audio engineer Bill Edstrom says: “I’ve done projects in just about every DAW on the market. To use most of these systems you need to be in a very technical frame of mind. I was looking for something simpler – something to get creative songwriting ideas out. That’s when I discovered Studio One.”

Studio One for Engineers and Producers starts by relating Studio One’s layout and functionality to other common DAWs, to identify the most important similarities and differences. It then follows the creative process through the normal progression of a modern recording/production. This new cross-platform (Mac/PC) DAW is built from the ground up for speed, efficiency, and power; Studio One for Engineers and Producers is the perfect tool to shorten the pathway from installation to inspiration!

The book is accompanied with 12 new video tutorials covering the key concepts. Studio One for Engineers and Producers demonstrates the creative, practical, and technical benefits provided by PreSonus in this modern, well-developed, flexible, and user-friendly application. All instruction is presented in straightforward and simple language that gets right to the point, taking into consideration the need for amateurs, home studio owners, and commercial professionals to get up to speed very quickly. Readers will enjoy the numerous tips and real world examples. Edstrom adds: “I was recording with Studio One as a canvas for creativity. But I realized that I could produce music end to end without really needing to use other tools. In short, Studio One is fun to use!”

The book is available to purchase for $16.99 USD.

More information: Hal Leonard Books / Studio One for Engineers and Producers

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Notion Music releases Progression 2.0

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Notion Music Progression 2.0

Notion Music has introduced Progression 2.0, a composition software for guitar, bass and drums.

Progression, the most intuitive tab, notation, songwriting, and composition software for guitar, bass, and drums is back and more powerful than ever. With a brand new design you can now more easily enter tab or notation and hear your music play back with real instrument samples.

Progression makes it easy to create your own guitar tab, lead sheets, and standard sheet music complete with an audio track of you own.

Seamlessly integrated with real audio samples. Guitars samples by Neil Zaza, bass samples by Victor Wooten and drums by Roy “Futureman” Wooten, all recorded at top studios around the world.

Notion Music Progression
Enter notes into Progression with the interactive fretboard, keyboard, or drum pad.

Progression 2 features

  • Write guitar tab and notation.
  • Real-time updating between tab and notation.
  • Custom tab and alternate tunings.
  • Supports 7-string guitar and 5-string bass.
  • Interactive fretboard, keyboard and drum pad.
  • ReWire 64-bit (host and slave).
  • VST compatibility.
  • Drum patterns included.
  • SequencerStaff and Sequencer Overlay.
  • Native 64-bit support (Mac OS X and Windows).
  • Built-in amp simulator.
  • MIDI overdub.
  • Integrated audio mixer.
  • Export audio, MIDI, MusicXML.
  • Save directly to SoundCloud.
  • Compatibility with Notion 4, Notion and Progression iPad apps.
  • Save as PDF.
  • Import MIDI, MusicXML, and Guitar Pro files (version 3-5).

Progression 2.0 for Windows and Mac is available to purchase for the introductory price of $49 USD.

More information: Notion Music / Progression

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