Aug 31

Here is something new, small and handy for vocalists – it is the Roland VT-12 Vocal Trainer announced in Rolands third quarter of the year announcements of new products. This looks very interesting, it is quite colourful and compact. It has been described as a practice and warm-up tool for vocalists and has a visual pitch display, built-in exercises and backing tracks, two-voice support, and so much more.

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Aug 30

Well it looks like Germany has leaked some information on a new Synth module – the Roland Integra-7 Rack Synth Module. Roland are about to disclose their new products tomorrow the 31 August 2012 but we now have some details on this new rack the Integra-7.

I am of the opinion like many others who believe that we haven’t been provided with the options of Synth racks for the ones we love in recent years. I feel that it would have been nice if Roland had upgraded the Fantom X rack and let us have Fantom G rack. A Korg Kronos rack would have been ideal to many players who really wanted a Kronos but did not want yet another keyboard, especially when the keyboard itself was not that great. Yamaha too have sadly not looked into the possibility of a Motif XF Rack. So it is nice to see that Roland, who have moved on still further since the release of the Fantom G and who are now about to release a Rack for 2012.

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Aug 29

I had my suspicions a few weeks back when Native Instruments lowered the prices (until the end of August) of both their Maschine and their Mikro. I was very tempted to buy a Maschine which is such a great product at such a low price but at the same time was wondering if I would be instantly annoyed if they brought out a much better version 2. Well they have so have a look at Jeremy Ellis on this clip of the NI Maschine MKII and see what you think:-

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Aug 29

Novation are at it again as they are about to add a new baby gem in the Nova family. This time we have the MiniNova Synth which looks like a small decendant of the famous Ultranova. For such a small item this baby looks like it really has a full load of features adding in their recent vocal effect called VocalTune. Before I bore you with some of the specifications, have a look at this talented tweaker on this YouTube clip to get a real idea of its capabilities:-

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Aug 24


TC-Helicon need no introduction and for the world of vocals they have been slowly bringing more and more products onto the market to assist us both live and in the studio with achieving the vocal sound we are seeking. I am always intrigued to find out what they will do next and I did not have to wait long. At the Summer Namm show in Nashville this year they announced the release of the VoiceTone Mic Mechanic (I do love this name – excellent choice) which they tell us is a complete vocal toolbox in a pedal. The initial advertising seems to suggest they will be available in October, but I have got my hands on one and they seem to be available now – which is good. TC-Helicon describes their new pedal as a no-frills, compact effects pedal for vocalists who just want to sound great.
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Aug 22

Those generous guys at TC-Helicon are at it again and have some free presets to give you. You may remember that they have this new featured artist of the Month who have been creating free vocal presets for your VoiceLive 2, VoiceLive Rack, VoiceLive Touch, VoiceLive Play or VoiceLive Play GTX. Serj Tankian is the Featured Vocal Artist for August 2012. He is best known for his work with System of a Down.

He has provided eleven exclusive presets covering massive reverbs to distorted harmonies. Here is a list of the presets for you to download:-

Serj Corn 1 – Cornucopia, Serj Corn 2 – Cornucopia, Serj Figure – Figure It Out,
Serj Ching 1 – Ching Chime, Serj Ching 2 – Ching Chime, Serj Occupied – Occupied Tears,
Serj Deaf – Deafening Silence, Serj Reality – Reality TV, Serj Weave – Weave On,
Serj Democracy – Uneducated Democracy and Serj Tyrant – Tyrant’s Gratitude.

Aug 21

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Aug 21

I have just spotted this very smart looking App from those clever people at Nord. The layout and useable interface is fantastic. It is very user-friendly. They have obviously made it to be used with their Nord Drum but it is a 4-track CoreMIDI Step Sequencer. Unfortunately, a CoreMIDI compatible MIDI interface is required. It is a shame it does not work as a standalone maschine. However, although it has been designed with the Nord Drum in mind, Nord Beat can be used with any MIDI instrument. All you have to do is simply  choose the  MIDI-channel you want to use and Note Numbers in the Nord Beat Settings menu and you’re ready to go.

The Nord Beat lets you create drum beats in the usual 16 step grid and you can have up to 8 patterns. It also gives you awesome control over velocity. When you play back your patterns, you can do this in two ways. You can be in Sequence Mode, where up to 8 patterns can be cued and chained or Pad Mode  that lets you play the Nord Drum (or other MIDI gear) with your fingers and even gives you greater control over the velocity.


Aug 20

If you are looking for some sound patches for your M-Audio Venom Synth with Bite and Aggression, then look no further. Here at Tony Long Music, we have just the sounds you are seeking:-

Introducing SNAKEDANCE a soundset of M-Audio Venom Patches – giving you 50 Aggressive Single Patches and 10 Infectious Multi-Patches for your Venom Synth. It combines the characteristics of classic analog sounds with modern digital processing! This powerful synth offers everything from filthy leads, to vast sweeping filters, right up to Speaker Shaking Bass Sounds.

Genres:- Drum ‘n’ Bass, Trance, Psy-Trance, World Sounds, Electro, Cinematic, Dub Step, Garage, Underground, House, Techno. Put some Bite back into your music today with this simple download – Just click the Snake image:-

Aug 16


DANCE XS – 64 New Dance Sounds for your ROLAND GAIA SH-01 SYNTH. Packed with essential club-shaking sounds, Detuned and Filtered Sounds, Dance FX, Nu-Electro chords, moving Arps and Gritty Analogue Patches with a dash of bite, distortion and squelch.

Just a simple Tony Long Music download – Just click on the image on the left to take to you the GAIA Patches page where you can get all the details you need.

Also have a look at the great offers for the twin pack and the new 3 – Pack which has 192 Gaia Patches.


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