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Agile Partners and Peavey Electronics release AmpKit v1.1

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Agile Partners / Peavey AmpKit

Agile Partners and Peavey Electronics have released version 1.1 of AmpKit, the amp and pedal studio with extensive recording and re-amping capabilities.

Now a “universal” app supporting iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, AmpKit 1.1 is available for free to everyone who already purchased AmpKit for iPhone/iPod touch.

In addition, any gear (i.e., amps, pedals, mics) you already purchased can be easily shared across devices using AmpKit’s Restore Purchases functionality. AmpKit 1.1 leverages the iPad’s seamless rotation between landscape and portrait orientations and takes full advantage of the iPad’s larger display. For example, you can view an entire amp and pedal setup while simultaneously modifying gear settings, or view as many as 15 setups or presets at once without scrolling.

AmpKit 1.1 provides users with a delightful interactive experience that includes beautiful amp and pedal artwork designed specifically for iPad.

Changes in AmpKit v1.1

  • Audio Copy and Paste. You can now copy AmpKit recordings and paste them into other apps, and paste audio from other apps into AmpKit as backing tracks or dry guitar audio. AmpKit supports both Sonoma’s AudioCopy/AudioPaste standard and Apple’s General Pasteboard.
  • Amazing New Gear. AmpKit 1.1 offers a new American Acoustic amp with 16 built-in effects, a Tremo-LOL pedal with American and British tremolo modes, and the Wahba Doo all-in-one envelope filter + auto-wah + manual wah with accelerometer tilt support.
  • Awesome New Bundles. You’ll find three new bundles in AmpKit 1.1 featuring discounts ranging from 50% to 70% compared to individual component prices! In fact, you can buy almost every item in the Gear Store via these highly discounted biundles.
  • And Much More! AmpKit 1.1 offers a ton of additional new features and enhancements including the ability to place pedals both before and after the amp; instant access to your iPod music library so you can jam along; setup sharing, favorites and locking; quick jump from one favorite setup or preset to another; and a lot more!

AmpKit is available as a free download from the iTunes App Store. AmpKit+, which includes all the gear in the free version of AmpKit plus 3 amazing amps and 8 essential pedals at less than 1/2 their individual prices, is available for $19.99 USD.

More information: Agile Partners / AmpKit

Roland updates system software V-Studio products

Roland V-Studio 100

Roland has announced the release of new system software for its V-STUDIO 700 and V-STUDIO 100 computer recording products.

This revision adds support for Roland’s newly developed VS Streaming driver technology, and also the ability to use the OCTA-CAPTURE USB 2.0 Audio Interface to expand the units’ I/O capabilities.

VS Streaming represents a breakthrough in driver technology for digital audio workstations, providing ultra-low latency performance and unprecedented stability. With VS Streaming, V-STUDIO 700 and 100 users can enjoy rock-solid operation at latencies as low as one millisecond at 44.1kHz and 48kHz. The cross-platform VS Streaming driver is available for Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP operating systems, as well as Mac OS X.

With the new system software, V-STUDIO 700 and 100 users can now use the new OCTA-CAPTURE USB 2.0 Audio Interface to add an additional 10 inputs and eight outputs to their computer recording setups. When a V-STUDIO and an OCTA-CAPTURE are both connected to a computer via USB, the new VS Streaming driver treats them both as one integrated device, making it seamless for users to access their newly expanded I/O within their DAW software.

Designed to provide superb sound quality that will satisfy even the most demanding audio professionals, OCTA-CAPTURE features 10 inputs and 10 outputs, including eight premium-grade microphone preamps. These VS Preamps the same high-end mic preamps found in Roland’s V-Mixer series of commercial digital mixing consoles, as well as the acclaimed V-STUDIO 700.

To take advantage of these new features, V-STUDIO 700 users should upgrade to System Version 1.3 or higher, while V-STUDIO 100 users should upgrade to System Version 1.5 or higher. In addition, users should install the latest V-Studio driver for their computer operating system.

The system updates and VS Streaming drivers are free downloads for all V-STUDIO 700 and 100 owners.

More information: Roland

Cakewalk announces Buy SONAR 8.5 Get SONAR X1 FREE Promotion

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Cakewalk SONAR X1

Cakewalk has announced the “Buy SONAR 8.5 Get SONAR X1 Free” promotion.

What is SONAR X1?

Imagine the power and maturity of an industry standard DAW combined with the cutting edge creative tools essential for today’s music – all wrapped up in one of the most modern and thoughtfully designed user interfaces available.

Modern design + Intelligent layout + Refined workflow = Focus on your music

Check out the reimagined SONAR here.

SONAR X1 Promotion Details

  • Buy SONAR 8.5 Producer get SONAR X1 Producer FREE
  • Buy SONAR 8.5 Studio get SONAR X1 Studio FREE
  • Buy SONAR Home Studio 7XL get SONAR X1 Essential FREE
  • Buy SONAR Home Studio 7 get SONAR X1 Essential for $49

Detailed information on all available upgrade paths can be found here.

The promotion is effective November 1st running through December 31, 2010.

More information: Cakewalk / SONAR X1

Eric Beam RATuration, Amp Deluxe & Iso Booth, programs for Nebula 3

Eric Beam has released a number of new programs for Nebula 3, the software by Acustica Audio which allows authentic reproduction of hardware devices.

Eric Beam Iso Booth, RATuration & Amp Deluxe Nebula 3 programs
Eric Beam Iso Booth, RATuration & Amp Deluxe Nebula 3 programs.

New programs for Nebula 3

  • RATuration — “Vintage” mode rodent saturation/distortion with hefty low-end boost & bite. Captured @ 24bit/96k.
  • Amp Deluxe — Modified “Deluxe” amp with NOS JAN 6189w tubes, recorded via Hardy M1 preamps, includes:
    • Amp Deluxe Red – RED Type B microphone with R8 Lollipop.
    • Amp Deluxe MD1 – Hand built (Pre buy out) Model 1 tube microphone with NOS JAN tube.
    • Amp Deluxe PZM – Original Wahrenbrock PZM microphones & custom “wedge”. Off center alignment for true stereo imaging.
  • Iso Booth — Captured u87 & Earthworks m30 mics via a Neve console & treated Iso booth. The use of ambiance mics is a commonly used studio practice. It gives dimension without the heavy use of verb. Great for both vocal & instrument processing. Offset VST Plugin included (Windows only).

RATuration is available to purchase for $10 USD, Amp Deluxe is $30 and Iso Booth is $15 USD.

More information: Signaltonoize / Nebula Programs

ASK Video Studio Concepts, Gear & the Physics of Sound, available from Time+Space

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ASK Video Studio Concepts, Gear & the Physics of Sound

Time+Space has announced Studio Concepts, Gear & the Physics of Sound, a new tutorial video series by ASK Video.

These days more and more people are recording at home instead of going to professional studios. The technology involved has become so accessible that almost anyone can start up their own studio. While this means that there´s more music out there than ever before, it also means there´s a lot more poorly produced music floating around. It´s not enough to simply have the required equipment. You need to know how to use it!

In this first instalment of The Studio Edge: Pro Audio Recording Series you will learn the fundamentals of sound engineering that are crucial to your success in the studio. Understanding the physics of sound and how to properly use things like compression will make all the difference in your recordings.

The tutorial´s author, Jim Pavett (owner of Allusion Studios in Tucson, AZ), will give you a detailed overview on every aspect of the recording process, with hands on projects covering how to set up your monitors, how to handle phase issues, and how to properly place microphones. Throughout the tutorial, Jim also gives opportunities for you to get out of your seat and get involved. Whether it´s figuring out which frequency your hearing tops out at, or moving around the room to figure out the best place to put your monitors, there are tons of practical lessons to try out on your own.

If you´re starting to put together a studio and are feeling overwhelmed with everything around you, let ASK Video help you out by teaching you the fundamentals of audio.

Studio Concepts, Gear & the Physics of Sound features

  • 92 Videos.
  • Over 3 hours of professional instruction.
  • Extremely high quality tutorial videos.
  • Easy to use interface.
  • Mac OS X & Windows compatible.

Studio Concepts, Gear & the Physics of Sound is available to purchase from Time+Space for £45.99 GBP / €55.99 EUR.

More information: Time+Space / Studio Concepts, Gear & the Physics of Sound

Short links for February 26th, 2010

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Neurosonics Live (Vimeo)

Chris Cairns of Neurosonics Audiomedical Labs Inc. posted another Neurosonics video, the Holographic Drumkit and Turntables test.


# GroovePacks Free Stuff

GroovePacks has released a new sampler freebie featuring 10 Sampler instruments (Live 8 and Sampler required).

The instruments were made using samples from our Foundation 1 & 2 sample packs, and also some waveforms from the default Ableton library. Open the info view to see additional information on each rack. You get some great sounding sfx, bass, pad and rhythmic sounds. Install instructions are on the zip file. Enjoy!

# OTO machines – Biscuit

Hardware unit with real 8-bit A/D and D/A converters, true analog multimode filter with resonance control, an FX section with Waveshaper, Delay, Pitch Shifter and Step Filter, and more…

OTO Biscuit
OTO Biscuit

Add depth, texture and organic behavior to synths, basslines, drum machines and virtual sounds from computers with BISCUIT !

By using 8-bit converters, digital processing and analog resonant filters, Biscuit opens up a wide range of sounds from harsh distortion, digital and aliasing artifacts to warm and fat 8-bit sounds.

Producers, deejays, musicians and sound lovers can use BISCUIT to extend their sound creation possi- bilities.
BISCUIT will find its place in studios, on stages or even in clubs.

via CDM, where you can also find an interview with creator Denis Cazajeux.

# SNOOKY001 DRUMKIT « timothyJ:

Free drumkit by Timothy Preut:

new drumkit called SNOOKY001. It is a combo of some kinda retro meets grimey meets elctronic. Have fun using these sounds.

Drumaxx & Ableton @ ModulateThis!

# Image Line Drumaxx Tutorial – Routing Pad Output to Separate Audio Tracks in Ableton Live

Mark Mosher posted a tutorial on how to route pad output of Image-Line's Drumaxx percussion synth to separate audio tracks in Ableton Live.

Image Line has just released a new Percussion Modeling Instrument called Drumaxx made by Maxx Claster. Drumaxx includes 130 drumkits, 900 drum patches, 200 drum patterns. If you use Sawer, Sakura, Morphine, Poizone, or Toxic Biohazard instruments, then you are familiar with Maxx’s work.

Image Line is offering Drumaxx as a “name your price” download for limited until March 31st,2010 with a minimum price of $13 USD with $1 going to support Haiti earthquake victims. With a deal like this I thought it was a “no brainer” so I picked it up.

One of the coolest features is that each of the 16 physically modeled drums can be routed to individual tracks within your host so you can add additional effects. Below I’ll show you how to set this up on Ableton Live.

# Studio Wormbone

Trevor Dutton wrote in to let us know that he’s hiring out the services of his electronic music studio.

Studio Wormbone is a compact and efficient state of the art recording and production facility located in a quiet forest setting just outside the Emerald City of Seattle.

Owned and managed by sound designer/producer Trevor Dutton, Wormbone Studio specializes in all aspects of electronic music, sound design, and cutting edge audio production.

Trevor has also released a number of sample packs, now available from Producer Loops.

Native Instruments releases Abbey Road 60s Drums

Native Instruments Abbey Road 60s Drums

Native Instruments has released Abbey Road 60s Drums, the first of Native Instruments’ collaborations with Abbey Road Studios London.

This KONTAKT Instrument delivers expressive acoustic drums that combine detailed realism with flexible and nuanced control. Containing no emulations or acoustic modeling of any kind, this instrument consists entirely of high-quality samples of two vintage kits – beautifully recorded with period equipment in Abbey Road’s legendary Studio Two. The sound of ABBEY ROAD | 60s DRUMS can be easily molded from within the instrument itself, going from vintage to modern and taking in all points between.

Abbey Road 60s Drums features

  • Two highly sought-after vintage drum kits:
    • The Gretsch round badge White Marine Pearl (Jasper Shell) from the early 60s includes a 24” kick drum, one 13” and one 16” tom.
    • The second kit is a Ludwig Hollywood from 1967 with a 22″ kick, and 12″, 13″ and 16″ toms.
  • Snare drums include a Ludwig chrome Supra-phonic 400 (1966), Ludwig wooden jazz Festival (1966), Ludwig Mahogany (1959) and Slingerland Radio King (1964).
  • A selection of vintage Zildjian cymbals were used from the early and late 60’s, including a rivet cymbal dating from 1963.
  • Recorded using only the absolute best period equipment, including the legendary REDD.17 valve mixing desk from 1958, an EMI TG mixing desk introduced in 1967 as well as a valve Studer J37 4 track 1-inch tape machine from 1964.
  • Executively Produced by Peter Cobbin, Abbey Road’s Director of Engineering, recorded by Mirek Stiles and assisted by John Barrett and Kris Burton. Native Instruments sound designers Paul Maurer and Nicki Marinic were on hand to oversee the sessions. Drumming duties were performed by one of London’s top musicians, Ralph Salmins.
  • Over 29,000 24-bit, 44.1 kHz samples.
  • 6.3 GB library size, using the new Kontakt 4 sample compression.
  • Up to 30 velocity layers for a single articulation.
  • Up to 6 variations of drum hits at the same velocity for added realism.
  • Separate vintage and modern mic samples for direct, overhead mono, overhead stereo, and room mics.
  • Two snare options for each kit.
  • Separate Right and Left hand samples for the most common Snare, Tom, and Hihat articulations.
  • Snare Top/Bottom and Kick In/Out samples.
  • Optional snare bleed samples for many drums.

Abbey Road 60s Drums is available to purchase for 99 EUR. DVD Delivery starts on February 1st.

More information: Native Instruments / Abbey Road 60s Drums

Native Instruments announces partnership with Abbey Road

Native Instruments has announced a new cooperation with the legendary recording studio, Abbey Road.

The two companies will work together to produce a range of instruments that unite Abbey Road’s recording expertise with Native Instrument’s groundbreaking technology.

This video gives you a quick tour around the famous Abbey Road Studios, and reveals how its long history of meeting the ambitions of artists and engineers has produced a catalogue of classic recordings.

The instruments created from this collaboration will provide modern producers with access to ‘the Abbey Road sound’ across a range of instruments with the functionality that Native Instruments are renowned for.

A series of instruments are currently in development with the first product scheduled for release in January 2010.

More information: Native Instruments