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AIR introduces Ignite music creation software

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AIR Music Technology has presented the Ignite music creation software, offering an entirely new approach to making music with computers.

AIR Ignite
Ignite works seamlessly with your M-Audio keyboard, giving you the fastest way to capture ideas and make music.

Ignite is a discrete, standalone music ideation and creation software, built from the ground up to spark creative ideas and enable musicians to build songs in an organic fashion. Ignite stands apart from the traditional music recording software model. These original digital audio workstations, or DAW systems, recreated—and expanded on—the machines, technology, and experience of the recording studio session. By comparison, Ignite mirrors the creative process, and provides the individual musician with a more personal and interactive workspace.

At the heart of Ignite is its non-linear Arranger, which replaces the traditional timeline and tracks-and-lanes format with an interface free of studio jargon. Using Ignite, ideas can be captured quickly in a flowing, effortless manner. Ideas are captured as phrases, called clips. Clips can be any length and don’t have to be aligned into a pre-determined structure (tracks and lanes). Individual ideas can be snapped together in pairs or groups to intuitively construct entire songs. Audio and MIDI clips can be freely combined, edited, and rearranged at will. A collection of effects is available to enhance any clip or recording. Arranging and rearranging clips is simple and invites experimentation. Each clip is color-coded, providing a visually intuitive way to see and work with musical ideas.

Ignite provides seamless integration with any current generation M-Audio controller. A graphic image of the keyboard will appear on screen, and the key parameters will be automatically assigned, or mapped, to the front panel controllers. This tight integration provides an out-of-the-box solution that simply works with no setup chores to perform. Ignite’s Smart MIDI technology assists in the creation of chords, phrases, patterns, and complex arrangements to kick-start or embellish the user’s musical creation.

Included with Ignite are over 275 remarkable instrument sounds developed by AIR Music Technology, based on their acclaimed Hybrid, Strike, Transfer, Structure, and Velvet virtual instruments. Instruments include keyboards, drums, percussion, basses, guitars, synths, strings, brass, and woodwinds.

Ignite features

  • Capture ideas quickly—with professional results.
  • Easily combine and arrange individual recordings.
  • Unique non-technical, musician-centric workflow.
  • Intuitive graphic interface speeds production.
  • Smart MIDI chord & phrase creators aid composition.
  • 275 superior instrument sounds created by AIR.
  • Instant, hassle-free M-Audio integration.
  • Collaborate and share songs via SoundCloud.
  • Export MIDI and audio files for use in any DAW.

AIR will be exhibiting at Booth 6700 at the 2013 Winter NAMM show, January 24-27 in Anaheim, California.

More information: AIR Music Technology / Ignite

London Electronic Music Event announces 2013 dates and line-up

London Electronic Music Event

The London Electronic Music Event (LEME) has announced the dates and line-up for its 2013 Event, with sessions from Beatport, Radio Slave, SoundCloud, Andi Durrant, Your Army, Mr Bongo, Sharooz and more.

LEME is a weekend of production workshops, business sessions, keynote panels and networking events bringing together artists, labels, entrepreneurs and like-minded electronic music lovers from around the world. Now in its second year, LEME will take place 13-14 April, 2013 in Rich Mix, London.

LEME gives 200 delegates the chance to custom-build their own timetable from 22 sessions led by expert speakers from all sectors of the electronic music industry.

Highlights of the 2013 programme include: Bigger Beatport Sales; Running a Label; How To Break Through; Business Basics for the Freelance Musician; Making Your Mix Slam; The Perfect Arrangement; Mastering Alchemy: the Gold Standard and What Goes Where? The EQ Masterclass.

Weekend tickets are availabe for the earlybird price of £140 GBP.

More information: London Electronic Music Event

WaveMachine Labs releases Auria LE for iPad

WaveMachine Labs Auria

WaveMachine Labs has released Auria LE, an entry level version of the professional digital audio recording system for iPad.

Auria LE is a 24-track digital recording system designed from the ground up for the iPad. With professional-level features and optional third-party plugin support from names like PSPaudioware, Overloud, Fab Filter and Drumagog (available via In-App purchase), Auria clearly sets a new standard for mobile recording.

Auria LE features

  • 24 tracks of simultaneous playback of stereo or mono files (upgradable to 48 tracks).
  • Up to 8 tracks of simultaneous recording when used with compatible USB audio interfaces (upgradable to 24 tracks of recording) Camera Connection Kit required.
  • 24-bit recording.
  • Supports sample rate of 44.1KHz only (upgradable to support 48K and 96K sample rates).
  • Vintage-inspired ChannelStrip on every channel by PSPAudioware includes Expander, Multiband EQ and Compressor.
  • MasterStrip on all subgroup and master channels featuring PSPAudioware BussPressor, EQ and Mastering Limiter.
  • Third party VST effect plugin support available via in-app purchase (only iOS-version plugins are supported. All plugins must be purchased through the in-app store).
  • ClassicVerb reverb plugin included.
  • StereoDelay and StereoChorus plugins included.
  • 2 Assignable subgroups(upgradable to 8) and 2 aux sends.
  • Powerful waveform editor with features like cut/copy/paste, duplicate, separate, gain, and more.
  • Flexible snapping tools allow snapping to events, cursor, bars, beats and more.
  • DropBox, SoundCloud and Audio Copy/Paste support.
  • Full automation support on all controls with graphical editing.
  • True 100mm faders when used in Portrait Mode.
  • Optional video import feature allows sample accurate sync of video to an Auria project with adjustable offset times and video export capability.
  • Timeline ruler options include minutes:seconds, bars:beats, samples and SMPTE time.
  • Auto-punch mode.
  • Full delay compensation on all tracks and subgroups.
  • Adjustable metering modes, including pre or post fader, RMS and peak.
  • Adjustable pan laws.
  • Sample accurate loop function.
  • Automatic sample rate conversion.
  • Built-in metronome.

Auria LE for iPad costs $24.99 USD.

More information: WaveMachine Labs / Auria LE

Steinberg introduces Cubasis multi-touch sequencer for iOS

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Steinberg Media has announced the release of their latest iOS app, Cubasis, a multitouch sequencer streamlined for the iPad that offers discerning musicians a reliable, portable music production solution in the proven Steinberg quality.

Steinberg Cubasis for iOS

“Cubasis for the iPad is what many of our customers have been waiting for, and all Cubase users will instantly feel at home with it,” commented Carlos Mendoza Rohde, product marketing manager at Steinberg. “And with unlimited audio and MIDI tracks, export to Cubase and lots of loops, sounds and effects, Cubasis is sure to meet the expectations put upon a sophisticated music production and recording software.”

Supporting iPad’s multitouch gestures, Cubasis opens to the familiar arrangement window with its track list and inspector known from Steinberg’s professional Cubase music production system. Cubasis offers export to Dropbox, AudioCopy and SoundCloud plus project compatibility to its desktop equivalent, Cubase, for Windows and OS X operating systems.

Cubasis features unlimited audio and MIDI tracks. Recorded tracks can be mixed with the integrated mixer, processed with more than ten audio effects the likes of compressor, equalizer and delay, and edited within the easy-to-use Sample Editor.

The included 70+ instrument sounds are based on Steinberg’s acclaimed HALion Sonic workstation, ensuring proven quality complemented by over 300 MIDI and audio loops. These can be triggered using the virtual keyboard and drum pads or by hooking up to Core MIDI compliant external keyboard. The Key Editor allows users to add and change MIDI notes efficiently.

Cubasis for iOS features

  • Unlimited audio and MIDI tracks (depending on the device used).
  • Over 70 virtual instrument sounds based on HALion Sonic.
  • Mixer with over 10 effect processors (insert and send effects).
  • Over 300 MIDI and audio loops.
  • Virtual keyboard and virtual drum pads.
  • Sample Editor and Key Editor.
  • Export to Cubase, Dropbox, SoundCloud, AudioCopy and email.
  • Core Audio and Core MIDI compatible hardware supported.
  • Sequence other Core MIDI apps (MIDI recording only) and run Cubasis simultaneously via background audio.
  • Import audio from your iTunes music library or using iTunes file sharing, use AudioPaste or set up a Wi-Fi server in Cubasis .
  • Audio mixdown and MIDI export.

Cubasis is available to purchase for 44.99 EUR including German VAT.

More information: Steinberg / Cubasis

Propellerhead updates ReBirth for iPad to v1.3

Propellerhead ReBirth

Propellerhead Software has updated the ReBirth music app for iPad to version 1.3.

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.

Changes in ReBirth v1.3

  • Duo Mode – flip instruments around and jam with a friend on the same iPad.
  • MIDI sync – sync ReBirth to your DAW, MIDI hardware or other apps.
  • Background mode – keep ReBirth playing in the background when slaved to other apps.
  • SoundCloud Sharing – share your ReBirth music on SoundCloud.
  • iTunes export – export your track to iTunes on your computer.
  • Various bug fixes and performance enhancements.

The app is available at a special price of $9.99 USD for a limited time (regular $14.99 USD).

More information: Propellerhead / ReBirth App

Korg releases iPolysix for iPad

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Korg has announced the iPolysix, a polyphonic synthesizer studio for the iPad mini and iPad.

Korg iPolysix

iPolysix uses Korg’s proprietary “CMT” (Component Modeling Technology) to simulate the actual electronic circuits of the original unit, perfectly reproducing the original Polysix.

iPolysix is an analog polyphonic synthesizer that’s been carefully designed to take full advantage of the 7.9-inch display of the new iPad mini as well as the iPad.

Bringing together a sequencer, drum machine, and even a mixer, it transforms your iPad or iPad mini into the ultimate analog synth studio. Pack an amazing set of early-’80s analog equipment into your iPad, and time-travel back to the dawn of polyphonic synthesizers!

iPolysix features

  • The world-wide best-selling Polysix polyphonic synthesizer, fully replicated on your iPad.
  • Use the newly developed Polyseq polyphonic step sequencer to control the Polysix.
  • A music production environment including two Polysix units, a drum machine, and a mixer.
  • Dual Kaoss Pads with chordal support make it easy for anyone to play analog synth sounds.
  • Polyshare powered by SoundCloud lets you publish, share, and remix songs with iPolysix users.

The iPolysix app is available to purchase for the introductory price of $14.99 USD (50% off regular) until December 31th, 2012.

More information: Korg / iPolysix

Chris Carlson releases Borderlands Granular App for iPad

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Chris Carlson has released Borderlands, a new granular musical instrument for the iPad.

Explore, touch, and transform sound with this new interface for granular synthesis, a technique that involves the superposition of small fragments of sound, or grains, to create complex, evolving timbres and textures.

Borderlands emphasizes gestural interaction over knobs and sliders. Create, drag, and throw pulsing collections of grains over a landscape of audio files, or use the built-in accelerometer to sculpt sound with gravity. Record, save, and share performances via SoundCloud.

Borderlands comes ready to play with default sample content included, but you can load your own sounds too.

The app is available to purchase for $3.99 USD.

More information: Borderlands

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

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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