Sep 28

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Well the Big Surprise for me today was the news of a Cakewalk Sonar X3 DAW. Whilst I was pondering over its exciting new additions and wondering about its release date, I got a bigger surprise to find out it had been released today, yes that is right today. Like a large Cat ready to pounce on a tiny mouse, I placed my order for Sonar X3 Producer.

Sonar X3 comes in three sizes but this time at the lower end of the scale it looks like the basic Sonar X3 has a terific amount of content and facilities for the money and they Cakewalk have really pushed the boat out here to have a DAW that is really going to beat the competition at this lower level.

At the upper level – The Producer, I am excited by the prospect that I may soon have a DAW to be proud of. So what do I get for my purchase, I sincerely hope its not going to be full of bugs and issues but instead effortlessly upgrades from my X2 providind me with some great new facilities, but more importantly – I hope it is stable. SONAR X3 is said to include over a hundred finely tuned tweaks, little enhancements and general improvements throughout. A lot of these changes have come about by customer feedback.

The New additions I get in my Producer version are:-

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Sep 25

New from Native Instruments – Kinetic Metal – KOMPLETE instrument

There is just no stopping Native Instruments who just keep churning out new products at the rate of knots. Can you afford to keep up with them? Do you have enough hard disk space. This little gem of fun – Kinetic Metal is 1.55 GB (compressed) has 1751 samples and 211 Instruments and costs 99 Euros which is approximately £83 or $134.

To be fair this may seem expensive but it is quite a sizeable interesting and different product. Just watch the You Tube clip above which is a training video on its use and gives you much more than a rough idea as to what this awesome product is capabale of. KINETIC METAL allows you to forge very unconventional sounds and have a very playable instrument to inspire your creativity. I particularily love the facility that provides Motion. It can create anything from delicate percussive music box qualities to scary ethereal textures.

What I also like is the way this instrument behaves. Basically it will combine four samples with four artificial waveforms and then arrange them for you into four unique new sounds whilst the Forge wheel will cleverly and continuously morph between them – What an awesome sound design concept – love it. I can feel a purchase coming on – not more GBs for my PC.

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Aug 21

Free Focusrite Recording App for the iPad called ‘Tape’

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How good is this for all you musicians out there with iPads (version 2 or later). This a free App from those marvels at Focusrite that can do quick easy two-track recordings to capture your creativity in a flash.

Tape is simple and easy to use and can you believe they have also chucked in instant mastering, one-button push compression, a metronome, input level meteres customisable tape artwork and social media connectivity.That is a very generous freebie, you need to get it now.

You could easily share your ideas with friends on-line, create a simply album recording and then name it and create the album artwork. For me it is a perfect song-writing tool with no messing about.

Jul 18

New Native Instruments Expansion Pack for Maschine – Static Friction

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They are at it again, yet another expansion pack (Static Friction) from those masters of the Maschine – Native Instruments. There is no doubt about it they certainly support Maschine and keep the products coming with more goodies to tempt us with. I love the name and the expansion pack interests me quite a bit but I was not blown away by the audio demo. What does interest me is the amount of patterns you get – 339. I am sure you can find something very useable amongst these. Other goodies include 51 Custom Massive presets, 33 Kits and 7 Full Maschine Projects.

Go on admit it, it is starting to tempt you a little bit. They certainly use some provocative words like “Magnetic Mainfloor Rhythms” and “Energized Drum Kits”. I know it is not cheap at 49 Euros. I personally think 25-30 Euros is about the right price but when you consider that it has been produced with the help from the top producer, DJ and Tech house specialist – Florian Meindl, then you are paying for something a bit special here.

Jul 13

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Don’t forget if you are looking to put a bit of bite into your M-Audio Venom, get Snakedance today at only £7.99 (approx $12 or 9.25 Euros), great price for 50 Aggressive Single Patches and 10 Infectious Multi-Patches.

Combining beefy analog sounds with modern digital processing. You get everything from filthy leads, glossy sweeping filters to Bone-Shaking Bass. Simple Download – Just click on the image.

Jun 23

Prime Loops at Loopmasters – Deadly Dubstep

Get all of your Prime Loops at Loopmasters. With this awesome sample pack you are transported to the dark side at such an insane low cost. Galactic effects, exploding stars, black holes, dubstep impacts, deep laser beats pulling you to the year 3000.

Also with all the best formats like WAV, REX, ACID, Apple Loops, MIDI and Reason Refills.

Simply click on the image above and be transported across the cosmos to see and hear for yourself – I did. Don’t forget all your favourite Prime Loops available at Loopmasters.

Jun 7

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I don’t know about you but I love Sonnox Plug-Ins and for the whole of June 2013 you can get 40% off at those great people at Loopmasters. Just click the Sonnox Enhance image above to take you direct to sale page and the many Sonnox options available such as Sonnox Inflator, Sonnox Limiter, Sonnox EQ, Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec and Sonnox Ultimate Oxford Plugins Collection plus more all with that essential loudness and punch that you have been looking for – excellent stuff and for a great price throughout June.

Jun 4

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There are Plug-Ins and Plug-Ins but personally I like something a bit different. You get to the point where you have many reverbs, filters, gates and all types of shapers but what if you could put them all in a bag and mix them all up to create something new? Well it looks like Audio Damage have achieved it with Native Instruments Monark-looking new plug-in called Mangleverb which will bring together a silky reverb, sexy filters, something to keep your transients in shape, a low pass filter gate as well as a rhythmic gate and a VCA nicely syncing in time. But imagine these all mixed together.

Whether you are Windows user or a MAC it has sensibly been designed as a 64 Bit Plug-in but more importantly it is very easy to use and achieve remarkable results with its mean drive circuit giving you all the grit you will need. At $49 from Audio Damage it looks like a must-have to me. Have a look and listen to this :-

Apr 24

It is out now to download – the new Native Instruments Maschine Expansion – Pulswerk. I got mine today and there are some great evolving sounds, kits and patterns. There are in fact 7 full projects, 30 Drum Kits and 20 Special kits, 60 Massive Presets, 10 Multi-Effects Kits and 215 Patterns all in the 698 MB file. As well as the Drum Sounds you get Chords, Bleeps, Glitches, Drones, Pads, and other Pitched sounds. I love the Drones.

Listen to the Soundcloud Clip in the previous post.

Native Instruments PULSWERK expansion for your Maschine gives you all the sounds you need. Perfect for Minimalistic Techno and House music but with your imagination you could use it in any genre. Have you got yours yet – Buy it today why don’t ya?

Apr 10

It is a great privilege to be attending Musikmesse in Frankfurt this weekend. Already there has been a surprising announcement of new products – Korg Kross Synth, Novation Bass Station II, Roland RC-505 Looper, Native Instruments Komplete 9 software package, Avid Pro Tools 11 DAW, Arturia KeyLab range of professional-grade MIDI keyboard controllers with all-new accompanying Analog Lab synthesizer software, Genelec M Series Monitors, Cakewalk Z3TA+ 2 software synth, Softube Console 1 hardware/software music mixing solution, TC Helicon Harmony Singer, Novation Launchpad S, Universal Audio Apollo 16 Audio Interface, Nord Drum 2 and Nord Pad, Nord Lead 4, Korg Volca analogue groove boxes, Nord Piano 2 HP, RME MADiface XT – the world’s first USB 3.0 audio interface, SPL Crimson USB Audio Interface & Controller, and at long last the Waldorf Pulse 2 Synth.

I am sure there are many others that will capture my heart and interest and possibly my wallet. I hope to bring back some great pictures and useful information to share with you

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