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Gobbler’s Favorite Things: Win Focusrite Forte audio interface

Focusrite Forte

Gobbler is offering you a chance to win one of its “Favorite Things”, the Forte USB audio interface by Focusrite.

Despite the physical size of the prize, we can tell you that this week’s Gobbler’s Favorite Things is going to be a biggie!

We’ve teamed up with Focusrite to offer you the new professional 2 in, 4 out portable USB audio interface, Forte ($749 MSRP).

Forte features two remote-controlled mic preamps which are in fact the same mic pre’s that’s featured in Focusrite’s top-flight RedNet range. This super portable and super awesome interface is built into a solid aluminum case, features a color OLED display with touch controls and a single large control knob.

The ability to record your tracks from anywhere and then back your pristine project up to Gobbler, makes the Forte one of Gobbler’s Favorite Things!

To enter the contest simply use Twitter or Facebook to share the Gobbler/Focusrite post for the particular day of the contest AND enter your info into the Gobbler/Focusrite sign up list on the blog post.

The contest ends September 30th, 2102, 11:59:59PM PDT.

More information: Gobbler


Nimbit updates Promo Tool for Facebook and Twitter

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Nimbit Promo Tool

Nimbit, a PreSonus company, announced a major update to its Promo Tool for Facebook and Twitter.

The Promo Tool will now boost artist sales by providing timed, automatic thank-you messages that include a product discount to fans who redeem free download promotions.

Let’s face it, many artists lack follow-through and this is a big problem that has limited their success. As direct-to-fan sales become ever more important to an artist’s survival, one thing sticks out more than ever: Most artists are not natural marketers. Musicians want to spend their time making music, and after giving away their music, most don’t have the time, discipline, or know-how to follow up and capitalize on their newly captured fans.

To address this problem, Nimbit has unveiled the first of many new features that take a different approach to direct-to-fan tools.

“We know that when artists follow up with an offer after giving away tracks, they create new sales from new fans, but not enough artists do that,” explains Nimbit president and cofounder Phil Antoniades. “We needed to make it easy for them to set up a promotion that will automatically follow up and drive a new fan to a sale. It’s up to us to create tools that drive best practices and create supportive customer relationships, and that’s the new vision that’s guiding the development of the Nimbit platform.”

Nimbit’s new Promo Tool walks the artist through setting up a variety of discounts, offers them an easy way to add a personalized video, and gives them a multitude of channels to push and promote their offer through Facebook, Twitter, email, text codes, and embeddable widgets. It then lets the artist set up an automated followup offer or reward with a personal message to further engage their fans and drive sales.

Some examples of how artists can use the Promo Tool include:

  • Sharing a free download and then automatically following up with a discount on the full album at a specified time
  • Offering a discount on an item, then rewarding fans who purchase with a thank you message and a free bonus

The Nimbit Promo Tool is available in both NimbitFree and NimbitPlus accounts. NimbitFree customers are limited to only one active promotion at a time.

More information: Nimbit


Win Free Music Gear–Plugin Boutique & Music Tech Mag Competition

Plugin Boutique has announced a competition in collaboration with Music Tech Mag, offering a chance to win over £2500 worth of prizes.

Plugin Boutique and Music Tech Magazine Music Gear Giveaway
Plugin Boutique and Music Tech Magazine Music Gear Giveaway.

To be in with your chance to win this huge prize draw from top Plugin Manufacturers, including Applied Acoustics Systems, Audiffex, Audio Spillage, Blue Cat Audio, Resonance Sound, d16 Group, FXpansion, Minimal Systems Instruments, Sinevibes, and Loopmasters, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Leave a comment at the bottom of this page so we can contact you if you win.
  2. Post this tweet with the following hashtag: #winmusicgear
  3. Follow @MusicTechMag and @PluginBoutique on Twitter or Like Music Tech Mag and Plugin Boutique on Facebook.

Winners will be chosen at random.

Entries to the competition will be accepted until October 17th, 2012 at midnight GMT. The winner will be announced on the Plugin Boutique Facebook page on October 18th.

More information: LoopBlog


PreSonus Studio One integrates Nimbit to become a complete musician’s solution


PreSonus has announced it has acquired Nimbit and integrated its technology and services into Studio One Artist, Producer, and Professional to provide a complete solution for music and audio creation, sales, and promotion.

With integrated Nimbit, Studio One users can:

  • Instantly sell and promote their music and audio the moment it is created.
  • Sell MP3s, CDs, merchandise, and event tickets through beautiful stores for their Facebook pages, their Web sites,, and services like Jango, FanBridge, and PledgeMusic.
  • Create sharable, interactive promotions for Facebook, Twitter, and email that feature music and video players, messages to fans, and free downloads to drive sales.
  • Grow their fan base and understand their fans better thanks to detailed analytics and sales reporting.

From Studio One Artist, Producer, and Professional v.2.0.6 and later (with the free Nimbit Extension), you can select an individual song right from the start page, or select File >Export and upload to Nimbit. You then add details, upload a product image, and set a price, and your music will be immediately available for sale.

Studio One Professional users will reap additional benefits. When you export to Nimbit from the Project page, your project metadata pre-populates the Nimbit product setup, allowing you to sell and promote your music almost instantaneously.

Introduction to Nimbit – The Easiest Way To Sell and Promote Music, Merch, Tickets and More on Facebook, Twitter, and Your Website.

A Complete Solution

With the addition of Nimbit technology and services, Studio One users can now go from creating the first track to marketing and selling a finished project, all within Studio One and associated Web sites. Studio One Professional users can record, mix, master, digitally release, burn CDs, upload to the Web via SoundCloud, and market and sell through Nimbit without leaving the DAW.

In short, Studio One has become a complete musician’s solution.

Registered Studio One 2 customers will be able to download the Nimbit Extension free from the PreSonus Exchange. Having installed the Extension, they can sign up for a Nimbit Free or Nimbit Plus account from within Studio One and start selling and promoting their music.

The benefits of Nimbit are not limited to PreSonus Studio One customers. Anyone who would like to sell and promote their music, other audio products, and merchandise can sign up at or can install the free Nimbit store for Facebook.

The integration will be available on August 1, 2012, via a free Nimbit Extension for Studio One 2.0.6 and later.

More information: PreSonus / Nimbit


Vybe: The Postman For Music Information

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Vybe has launched the Vybe app for iPhone, an app which pulls together relevant information from across the web into one profile for each artist and puts it in your pocket.


Only three days after its official release in the iTunes App Store, hip newcomer, Vybe, impressed Apple enough to score a spot in the “New and Noteworthy” section of iTunes. Additionally, the application shot past 11,556 other free music apps to number 23, reaching 10,000 registered users within its first week; and it’s still climbing fast.

The reason for Vybe’s growing popularity is the app’s unique ability to keep users connected with the music they love. Vybe is a user’s one-stop-shop for new albums, singles, videos, and concerts. It creates comprehensive artist profiles by pulling real-time updates from across the internet. Created to be a “better platform for artists to connect with their fans and fans with the music they love,” Vybe provides a mobile space for users to effortlessly keep up.

Vybe features

  • Push notification updates on new music, concerts, videos, & more.
  • Follow your favorite bands and artists.
  • iPod scan finds artists for you to follow!.
  • Preview and buy music from iTunes.
  • Find nearby concerts from your favorite artists.
  • Watch artist videos.
  • Browse artist profiles.
  • Customize what kinds of notifications you want to receive and how far you’ll drive for a concert..
  • Share you favorite Vybes with your friends on Facebook & Twitter.

The Vybe app is available to purchase for iPhone iOS 5.x (US only), free of charge.

More information: Vybe


Cakewalk announces SoundCloud integration for SONAR X1 Production Suite and Music Creator 6

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Cakewalk has announced integration of SoundCloud sharing in Cakewalk recording software.

SoundCloud sharing in Cakewalk applications provides users with a simple way to upload their music to SoundCloud and share their tracks with the world via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and other websites.

Cakewalk SoundCloud intergration

SoundCloud sharing capability is now available via the SONAR X1 Producer Expanded upgrade, as part of the SONAR X1 Production Suite, and Music Creator 6, the easiest and most affordable way to create music on your home PC. Cakewalk will announce the availability of SoundCloud sharing functionality in additional recording products in the coming months.

“Cakewalk is very excited to integrate SoundCloud sharing in Cakewalk products. Novice and professional musicians alike want to share their music with the world and get feedback on their work. SoundCloud offers the perfect tools for sharing music anywhere on the web. We look forward to enhancing our entire range of products with SoundCloud and make it easier for our users to share their sounds with the world,” commented Robin Kelly, Cakewalk’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing.

“SoundCloud is all about making sound creation more social, and for music creators it brings great value to be able to get feedback on their tracks,” stated Alexander Ljung, SoundCloud founder & CEO. “Cakewalk products make it easy for new artists to find their voice, and we’re happy to be the open platform from which they can truly project their work to the world.”

More information: Cakewalk


u-he introduces new website: improved product pages, interactive support tool, newsletter, and more

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Urs Heckmann of u-he has announced its new website, which is scheduled to launch this June.


The old website was nice and all, but it was also very old and hard to maintain. It was mostly hand-coded, which bloats once you’ve got more than two product pages to care for. Product pages were spread across several domains. Slowly there would be a lack of corporate identity. Embracing the new u-he logo was a painful act with the old page, so it never happened.

Now we have a real content management system, we have a consolidated website with all products and services in one single spot. Each product has its own page, with condensed information, better presentation, fresh media content and everything.

Also, we’re taking the interactive path with our customer support tool, newsletter via MailChimp, social network services like Twitter and Facebook – hopefully improved service in general…

I think it’s gonna be good.

More information: u-he