Point Blank offers free studio setup with every diploma course

Point Blank has announced it is offering a free studio setup with every one of its diploma courses.

Free studio setup at Point Blank

Every student who books a diploma course with Point Blank will receive a free studio setup courtesy of Novation/Focusrite! The brand new gear collection includes KRK Rokit RP5 G3 monitors, Novation LaunchKey 25 keyboard, Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 soundcard and a laptop bag.

Diploma students will also receive Ableton Live Lite 9, Scarlett plugin suite, Focusrite Midnight, Novation Basstation and Novation V-Station plugins, a Loopmasters sample pack and Novation LaunchPad and LaunchKey iOS apps!

Everything you’ll need to start making great music is included so visit Point Blank London now to find out more about their diploma courses.

More information: Point Blank Online

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Shure launches 10th annual Fantastic Scholastic Recording Competition

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Shure has announced that its 10th annual Fantastic Scholastic Recording Competition is now accepting entries from eligible universities and colleges throughout the U.S. and Canada until October 31, 2013, at 11:59 P.M. CST.

Shre Fantastic Scholastic Recording Competition

The competition is open to teams of students enrolled at a college, university, or institution of higher learning who are pursuing a bachelor’s or associate’s degree program with a focus or concentration in fields related to Audio Engineering (Music Production, Audio Recording or Engineering, Electronic Media, Sound Recording, or a similar program). Using the same high quality gear that professional musicians and recording engineers rely on, these student teams will submit original compositions, which will be judged by a panel of esteemed musicians and industry authorities.

In early November, Shure will randomly select the ten competing schools from the eligible registration pool. Each of the participating student teams will receive a standardized microphone locker from Shure that must be used to complete the recording project. The contents of the locker include two KSM313, two KSM32, two KSM44A, one KSM42, two KSM141, four SM57, two SM27-SC, one BETA® 52A, one Beta 91A, three BETA 98AMP, two BETA 181/S each with an additional Omni capsule, one SM7B, one VP88, and one A27M.

Competing teams must track and mix their original piece of music, which will be judged by a panel of industry professionals on its overall fidelity, clarity, sonic balance, and creativity in microphone selection and placement. Previous judges have included some of the industry’s top audio visionaries such as Ken Caillat, Mike Clink, Steve Churchyard, Frank Filipetti, Elliot Scheiner, and Leslie Ann Jones, among others.

The winning school will be awarded a new set of assorted Shure products, including KSM, SM, and Beta microphones, as well as SRH headphones, a prize package valued at more than $11,000. Runners-up and honorable mention school prizes will include select Shure microphones and headphones valued at $5,395 and $1,872, respectively. In addition, students on the top three recognized teams will receive prizes ranging from a KSM42 microphone, valued at $999, to a SM27-SC microphone, valued at $374, to SRH840 headphones, valued at $250.

“For nearly a decade we have been wowed by the caliber of student submissions we receive each year,” said Stephen Kohler, Senior Director of Marketing, Shure Americas. “During this milestone year, we anticipate recordings will once again impress us on all fronts—creativity, passion, mixing, and microphone techniques.”

The contestants chosen in the random drawing will be posted on Shure’s website on or around November 11, 2013, and dedicated microphone lockers will be sent in the days to follow. The winner of the Fantastic Scholastic Recording Competition, as well as the runner-up and honorable mention distinctions, will be announced on or about April 28, 2014.

More information: Shure / Fantastic Scholastic Recording Competition

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Impact Soundworks launches Academic Program

Impact Soundworks

Impact Soundworks has announced a new academic discount program for students, teachers, and institutions at the K12 and collegiate levels, offering discounts starting at 25% for all products.

Impact Soundworks offers a vast catalog of unique, detailed sampled instruments to select from. These samples include electric guitars, world instruments, custom & found sounds, percussive kits and much more. All products qualify for the academic discount, including newly released libraries such as the critically acclaimed Juggernaut: Cinematic Electronic Scoring Tools.

Impact Soundworks was founded in 2007 by composers Andrew Aversa and Will Roget, II with the goal of creating innovative, affordable and unique sample libraries “designed with composers in mind.” The company’s sounds have been used by thousands of composers around the world in film, television, video game and other music productions.

“Looking out for the composers of tomorrow and their teachers is extremely important. Especially in harder economic times, we’re interested in making sure newcomers get access to the latest tools,” said Andrew Aversa, cofounder of Impact Soundworks. “This way, students can work with the same tools thousands of professionals are using and get an edge in this highly competitive industry.”

Students and teachers can qualify for the academic discount by providing a dated photo ID, while virtually any teaching institution qualifies by default for bulk license rates up to 75% off MSRP for multiuser licenses (e.g. computer labs).

The academic program is open now in all countries.

More information: Impact Soundworks / Academic program

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Producertech launches Synth Courses: 3 new online courses—Omnisphere, Massive & Sylenth + Free lessons and 20% off

Synth Courses

Producertech has announced its Synth Courses online synth training portal.

Producertech’s Synth Courses have been designed to teach you the inner workings of the most popular software instruments available today, in order to teach you how to skilfully edit patches as well as create your own from scratch, which is an essential part of music production.

The courses, which are delivered via streamed movies, thoroughly explain the key stages of synthesis and give numerous examples of patch creation throughout, to help put all of techniques taught into perspective. In addition to the instrument presets and written notes that accompany the lessons, there are a host of extra patches or samples provided by Producertech’s sponsor LOOPMASTERS. Furthermore, students have direct access to tutors either via email or on the forum when help is required.

Synth Courses

Producertech is offering a 20% discount on these courses until the end of November, 2012. Use coupon code XVPZU169 at checkout.

More information: Synth Courses

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SoundToys Academic Bundle – Students get Educational Discount on Native Effects bundle + Devil-Loc

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SoundToys Academic Bundle

SoundToys has announced the availability of its Academic Bundle, a special discounted bundle for students.

If you can prove you’re enrolled as a full-time student at a qualifying institution of higher learning (university or an approved audio production program), you can purchase this special package. Just provide all the details on the Academic order form, and someone in our office will verify it. If all is well, you’ll appear to be smarter than everyone else in your school with your hot new SoundToys plug-ins.

All educational purchases are iLok protected and are available for download only. Downloads will be made available in your SoundToys.com account (which will be created for you) upon approval of your request.

The Academic Bundle is available to purchase for $249 USD.

More information: SoundToys / Academic Discount Program

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