This week we released part two of our iPad and Music Apps article series. One of the conclusions in this second part was that we missed recording capabilities of some of the apps. Also most apps didn’t show any information on which key you were playing. Meaning, it is hard for the user who isn’t musically trained to know what he or she is doing.
It all makes sense to me! Allthough we know who Daft Punk is, their ‘act’ with the disguise with the futuristic helmets does suit the perception of the project as science fiction. So the thought of Daft Punk doing the original soundtrack for the Tron sequel … makes total sense. And not just the visual side of it all. No, Daft Punk’s music does fit the ‘feel/perception’ of the movie as well. At least … I think so.
FXpansion joined the ranks of manufacturers to create a buzz around a new instrument, and started to tease us with ‘obscure’ videos on Youtube. In the first video there wasn’t much to see, but in the second video you can catch some visuals of the new virtual instrument. To me it looks like some kind of groovemachine or a simplified ‘Reason-like’ DAW. However the emphasize would be on sampling, re-sampling, slicing and sequencing! Oh and by the way, … they call it GEIST.
These are the releases we have encountered this week on the Loops and Samples front. Just like the quality of the audio software we use these days the quality of the content we use (loops and samples) equally matches the high standards of this software. Below is this weeks selection.
Denon DJ is now shipping the DN-X600 2-Channel Digital Mixer, featuring MIDI interface and an internal soundcard. This versatile mixing solution is designed for all types of DJs, as it features software compatibility as well as full functionality for non-software DJs. The unit also acts as an interface, making it an ideal mixer for mobile DJs, party DJs, non-performing “bedroom” DJ hobbyists and more.
Celemony is pleased to announce that for Melodyne editor, assistant and essential a free update to Version 1.2 is now available. The update brings 64-bit support and improved transfer handling as well as extending MIDI export to the plug-in implementations of Melodyne editor and assistant. Melodyne essential supports additional plug-in formats and can now also be operated in stand-alone mode.
Keith McMillen Instruments today announced the release of SoftStep, the first universal multi-touch USB/MIDI foot controller. Whether used with an effects racks or popular software programs, SoftStep is the most affordable, versatile and expressive foot controller available.
Rob Papen has just released two updates for the Predator synth and the RP-Verb FX plugin. Predator has been updated to version 1.6., where the RP-Verb plugin was updated to version 1.5. Together with these updates Rob has released the much anticipated RP-Delay FX plugin. The good news is that registered users of the RP-Verb plugin receive RP-Delay for free!
IK Multimedia is pleased to announce AmpliTube 2 for iPhone: a major update to the leading guitar software and now one of the most powerful music creation apps available for the iOS platform.
With ‘The Bridge World Tour‘ Serato and Ableton product specialists and industry-leading DJs and producers will be demonstrating The Bridge in select cities worldwide. Special guests include Rob Swift, DJ Spider, Jeff Milligan, DJ Revolution, Poirier and J-Boogie.These free demos will offer an introduction to Ableton Live and Serato Scratch Live, as well as an in-depth look at The Bridge.
Solid State Logic, the world’s leading manufacturer of professional digital and analogue consoles, is proud to present a radical update to the hugely successful AWS 900 console. Launched in 2004, the AWS reinvented the professional production console by combining classic SSL analogue console technology with DAW control hardware in a single work surface. Over 550 consoles later the AWS has evolved through several significant upgrades. Now, SSL proudly presents the first revolution, rather than evolution, of the AWS.
Native Instruments today introduced GEORGE DUKE SOUL TREASURES, a new software instrument that makes the charismatic keyboard work of soul legend George Duke available for any music production. Based on advanced KONTAKT sampling technology, the instrument provides over 500 exclusive licks that can be easily tweaked and re-arranged to suit any musical context, providing an inspirational resource of royalty-free melodic elements for Hip Hop, R&B, Soul, Funk, Disco, House and similar genres.
Softube is shipping the TSAR-1 Reverb for native (VST/AU/RTAS) platforms. TSAR-1 Reverb is available today at the Softube web shop and at authorized Softube dealers at a price of $329, excl. VAT.
Solid State Logic, the world’s leading manufacturer of professional analogue and digital consoles, is proud to present Nucleus; a unique, high quality DAW Controller and SuperAnalogue™ audio hub for professional project studios. Nucleus is the perfect blend of workstation control and superb audio performance.
Mixed In Key, makers of award-winning Harmonic Mixing software used by world-renowned DJs, has launched their second annual DJ contest. DJs around the world are invited to showcase their favorite music genre in a 10-15 minute mix that will be judged by some of the top talents in the industry. The winner and the runner-up will receive DJ packages worth more than $6,000 in combined retail value.