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Audible Genius debuts Syntorial – Interactive Synthesizer Training Software

Audible Genius has announced the debut of Syntorial, synthesizer training software designed to teach musicians how to program synths and design sound.

Pairing video demonstrations with interactive challenges, Syntorial builds the user’s ability to program patches by ear. The built-in synthesizer includes 64 common synth parameters that are gradually introduced, one-by-one, to create a challenging yet enjoyable learning experience from start to finish.

Available for download on August 27th, Syntorial is the creation of Joe Hanley, a synth-loving musician determined to build a tutorial that would eliminate all of the science-speak and instead teach users the way in which each control affects sound—information they can immediately apply to real-life sound design situations. “In my early efforts to become a better synth programmer, I read a lot of books and articles and watched a lot of videos,” says Hanley. “And while I felt more knowledgeable, I was still unable to translate the sounds I was hearing into actual synth patches. Syntorial is intended to bridge that gap.”

Gone are the days of relying on presets. Syntorial advances the skill set of its users by teaching them to program the sounds they hear and gain a deep and intuitive understanding of the most common synth parameters, all at their own pace.

Syntorial features

  • 129 Interactive Challenges.
  • 147 Videos.
  • 706 Patches.
  • 64 Synth Parameters.
  • 39 Quizzes.
  • 33 “On Your Own” Tasks.

Syntorial for Windows and Mac is available to download for the introductory price of $99.99 USD through September 6th, 2013 (regular $129.99 USD).

More information: Syntorial

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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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Dot Bustelo’s Logic Pro for Recording Engineers & Producers available at Hal Leonard

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Hal Leonard Logic Pro for Recording Engineers & Producers

Hal Leonard Books has announced it has published Logic Pro for Recording Engineers and Producers by Dot Bustelo.

This Quick Pro guide is designed to help engineers and producers who are already proficient in another DAW software platform, make the transition to Logic Pro. Text, illustrations, and examples are geared toward demonstrating the creative, practical, and technical benefits provided by Apple in this well-developed application. Everything in this book is to instruct someone who is already somewhat proficient in the modern recording world on how to use this powerfully exciting and creatively conceived software tool. Whether you’re an active engineer/producer, or someone who just wants to go deeper into Logic Pro, this Quick Pro Guide is written specifically for you!

Dot Bustelo’s signature approach to teaching Logic has been sought out by musicians and recording engineers working in every musical genre. She has helped them – and through this book will help you – learn many of the tips, tricks, and insider techniques that have propelled Logic Pro to its industry-leading status as the best tool for unleashing creativity in recording and producing. In Logic Pro for Recording Engineers and Producers, Dot provides the highly effective methodology for creating in Logic Pro that she has shared with countless high-profile and Grammy Award-winning producers and engineers. Here’s just a sampling of what some of music’s most successful artists say about Dot’s approach to Logic:

Phil Tan, multi-Grammy-winning engineer for Rihanna, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, and many more: “I think the book will be very helpful to guys like me, who see the benefits of being bilingual in Pro Tools and Logic… the right-to-the-point approach makes it easy to read and should get the reader going in Logic quickly and without fuss.”

James Valentine, Maroon 5: “Dot was the first one to introduce me to Logic… She knows this software inside and out, and she breaks everything down in an easy-to-understand way. And she knows the best insider techniques that will make your recording more efficient and creative.”

Nathanial Motte, 3OH!3: “Dot has shown me tricks in Logic that have opened creative doors that I didn’t even know existed.”

The book is available to purchase for $16.99 USD.

More information: Hal Leonard Books / Logic Pro for Recording Engineers & Producers

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Hal Leonard publishes The Power in Logic Pro

Hal Leonard Books has published The Power in Logic Pro by Dot Bustelo. This book is the first choice for any artist seeking quick, fun, easy-to-digest insight into the depth of Logic.


The Power in Logic Pro: Trailer with author, Dot Bustelo.

Dot Bustelo’s signature approach to teaching Logic will get you up and running quickly. She’ll help you move beyond the basics to discover a professional-level Logic workflow, taught through highly musical examples that expose Logic’s essential features and powerful production tools.

You’ll find many of the tips, tricks and insider techniques that powered Logic to its industry-leading status as the bet tool for unleashing creativity in songwriting, composing, making beats, and remixing.

Plus, find out why musicians over the years have sworn Logic “grooves better.” Dot provides the powerful methodology for creating in Logic that she has shared with countless high-profile bands and Grammy Award-winning producers and engineers.

The Power in Logic Pro is available to purchase for $16.99 USD.

More information: Hal Leonard / The Power in Logic Pro

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Dr. Kurt Johnen’s pianist body reaction recording device

Modern Mechanix posted an interesting newspaper snippet from the year 1929: This Instrument Will Register Body Reactions of Student Piano Player.

Pianist body reaction instrument
For some reason these type of devices always look a bit creepy to me…

The article reads:

A NEW device has been patented by Dr. Kurt Johnen, Berlin piano pedagogue, which records the motions and bodily reactions of a piano player to determine if the selection is being properly interpreted. A lady is pictured being examined by the device. A pneumatic belt records the change of the circumference of the chest, pneumatic cuffs about the upper arms control the changes of muscle tension, through a hose is recorded the rhythms of respiration and another hose transfers the strength of touch. Dr. Johnen expects this device will aid him in instructing his pupils in interpretation.

Link via Boing Boing Gadgets

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Short links for February 27th, 2008

Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on February 27th, 2008:

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Gorgeous infograph shows which movies are bringing in the cash
  • Overcoming Bias: My Favorite Liar – recounts of an exceptionally powerful teaching technique employed by an economics professor; teaching fact-checking and skepticism by salting it into the content of his delivery.
  • Fecal Face – Mike Rea – Interview with Mike Rea, who creates amazing wooden sculptures
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