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Lefsetz Weighs In on Electronic Music

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First let me say if you are pursuing music as a recording or performing artist and you don’t already read or subscribe to The Lefsetz Letter it’s time to start :^).  While his posts are about the music industry in general, a recent post specifically discusses electronic music and I wanted to pass it on to you – http://lefsetz.com/wordpress/index.php/archives/2012/04/17/electronic/.

Enjoy,

Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Boulder, CO
Official Web Site: www.MarkMosherMusic.com
Listen/Download Albums: www.MarkMosherMusic.com/music.html
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Links for Winter NAMM 2010 Coverage

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The Winter NAMM show is on! It’s in Anaheim California and runs from January 14-17, 2010. I’m not at the show and will only post a few links related to new products here and there.

For in-depth coverage I recommend you visit:

If your at the show check out Wham Bam Thank You Mam & Ableton expert Laura Escudé will be performing Friday at 10pm in the theater at the Downtown Independent with visualist Scott Pagano.

Mark Mosher
imageElectronic Music Artist
Louisville/Denver/Boulder

http://www.modulatethis.com
http://www.markmoshermusic.com
Download my REBOOT Album: http://www.RebootAlbum.com

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Microsoft Campaign “PC Hookup” Shot At University of Colorado in Boulder With FL Studio and Toxic Bio Hazard Cameos

Even though these days I mostly use Ableton Live, I still keep up with free FL Studio updates and do use it from time to time. Like Ableton, FL’s workflow sometimes yields very interesting results for me.

FL Studio fans might find this YouTube video of interest as there are cameo appearances of FL Studio and Image Line’s virtual Synthesizer Toxic Biohazard. It’s a Microsoft YouTube promotion called PC Hook-up. Watch on YouTube.

I also find the video interesting because it was shot in my back yard on campus at  the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Links:

Mark Mosher
http://www.modulatethis.com
http://www.markmoshermusic.com
http://www.twitter.com/markmosher

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(Modulate This) Ableton Live Industry News

Ableton Proudly Presents – Live 8

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The wait is over – visit http://www.ableton.com/ has been refreshed with info on Ableton Live 8!!!

Excerpt From the Press Release Below:

PRICING AND AVAILABILITY

Ableton Live 8 and Ableton Suite 8 should be available in the second
quarter of 2009, following extensive testing and bugfixing. A public
beta version of these products will be available soon.

Prices for Ableton Suite 8 start at EUR 549/USD 699 (download version). Prices for Ableton Live 8 start at EUR 349/USD 449 (download version).

Upgrades to Live 8/Suite 8 vary in price, depending on the Ableton
products you already own. More details at:
http://www.ableton.com/live-8-upgrades

CAN'T WAIT FOR 8?

Customers who buy Live 7 now get big savings on upgrades to Live 8
and also get two Ableton instruments (Operator and Drum Machines,
worth EUR 198/USD 238 in total) for free.

Customers who buy Ableton Suite now will get a free upgrade to
Ableton Suite 8.

This offer is valid until March 31st 2009. More details at:
http://www.ableton.com/cantwaitfor8

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Winter NAMM 2009 News and Announcement Sources

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Since I’m not at NAMM I’m not going to cover it in real-time. I'll post some articles once the dust settles. Until then enjoy these up-to-the-minute sources for NAMM news including links to fellow bloggers coverage – after all we’re one big happy tribe of electronic music fanatics anyway right :^).

If I missed you and you are covering NAMM comment to this post please.

Mark Mosher
www.markmoshermusic.com
www.modulatethis.com
Follow me on twitter: www.twitter.com/markmosher

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Link for 10% off Image Line’s New Toxic Biohazard VST Synth

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Image Line, the makers of Fl Studio have released Toxic Biohazard, the 4th generation of their Toxic line of software synths. The synth runs on Windows XP/Vista as a VST or on Mac OSX 10.4 (Tiger) or OSX 10.5 (Leopard) as a VST or AU.

For new users, this synth will set you back $99 (use this link to save 10%). Existing users can upgrade for free.

What’s new?

  • Improved sound quality
  • "Physical Envelopes" that allow you to model how sounds in real world decay & resonate etc…
  • Integrated effects such as tube-like distortion, to warm stereo delay, reverb, flanger, and phaser.
  • A hybrid synth engine combining FM and subtractive synthesis
  • A complete rebuilt FM engine adding warmth
  • Alias-free oscillators with low CPU consumptom
  • An integrated simple sequencer (64 steps, which can be divided into two independent, 32 step modules to allow double-polyphonic patterns. Using our own "Smart Sequencer" technology, when a chord is played, the module defines that chord, and tunes the pattern accordingly.)

Visit http://www.image-line.com/documents/toxicbio.html to learn more, download a free demo, and listen to samples songs created with Toxic Biohazard. Image Line has also published a nice set of video tutorials on Toxic Biohazard here.

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Kanye West plays ‘Stronger’ at the Grammys with Surprise Appearance by Daft Punk Playing JazzMutant Lemurs

(Daft Punk’s official post-Grammy press photo from http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2008/02/daft_punk_serio.html)

I just finished watching the 50th Annual Grammy awards. One of the highlights for me was Kanye West’s performance of ‘Stronger’ with special guest appearance by Daft Punk. According to First for Music News, “This was the French duo’s first-ever television appearance in their 14-year history.”

What were those fantastic touch-screen controllers they were using? Well they were JazzMutant Lemur’s and they were being used to trigger samples and synths. If you want to learn more about how Daft Punk uses Ableton Live to maniluplate samples and produce music checkout this interview with Thomas Bangalter.

Learn more about the Lemur at  http://www.jazzmutant.com/, but be prepared for sticker shock as the Lemur goes for about $3,300 US.

Mark Mosher
www.modulatethis.com
www.markmoshermusic.com

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NAMM Show 2008 YouTube Channel + KORG Kaosillator

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The 2008 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim just wrapped up. I was happy to find that NAMM created a YouTube channel for those of us who didn’t get the opportunity to attend.

http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=TheNAMMShowChannel.

Here is a video highlighting some KORG products. They’ve released a cool little product called the Kaosillator.

Use this link if you can’t see the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30EX3s3uZSI

Here is the blurb from the official product page:

"The KAOSSILATOR is a new pocket sized instrument that packs Korg’s world renowned synth sound along with innovative performance features into an ultra-compact unit. Anyone can instantly play musical phrases by simply tapping or sliding their finger across the KAOSSILATOR’s touch pad – no previous skills required! The KAOSSILATOR is a portable, travel friendly device that runs on batteries, so you can have fun creating music anywhere your life takes you, with seemingly endless possibilities. Whether you’re an established “tweaker”, an aspiring electronic artist or somewhere in between, KAOSSILATOR is one musical sketch pad that you should not be without!"

Mark Mosher
Blog: http://www.modulatethis.com
RSS Feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/modulatethis

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Propellerhead Reason 4 Has Shipped

Reason4_001It’s been quite a month for announcements. First Logic 8, then Sonar 7, then Halo 3 (off topic but great none the less), and now Reason 4!

You can buy the full version or upgrade today worldwide from your favorite retailer (here is a list), or from the PropShop on Propellerhead’s site.

Try it yourself by grabbing a demo version from here: http://www.propellerheads.se/go/D94BEDC0.

They are also offering Propellerhead Upgrade Value Packs through their PropShop

  • Small: Reason Drum Kits 2 and Abbey Road Keyboards
  • Medium: Reason Drum Kits 2, Abbey Road Keyboards and ReCycle 2.1
  • Large: Reason Drum Kits 2, Abbey Road Keyboards, ReCycle 2.1 and Reason Pianos

According to blurb on their news site, here is what’s new.

"Believe it or not, this is largest update ever to Reason. Version 4 comes jam-packed with features for quickly creating better sounding music. The new version boasts Thor, a highly sophisticated, superior sounding synthesizer; the ReGroove mixer, a new way to adjust the rhythmic feel of tracks; RPG-8, a versatile arpeggiator; a completely rebuilt sequencer coupled with many other workflow enhancements that give you the control and power to make great sounding music faster and easier than ever."

Visit http://www.propellerheads.se/ and click the Reason link for more info and to see videos of Reason in action.

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(Modulate This) Game Music Industry News

Halo 3 Launches + Video of Composer Marty O’Donnell Talking About Halo 3 Score

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I was just flipping through the channels and saw G4’s Halo 3 Countdown Launch which offered live coverage of the product launch in New York city. Master chief just handed the first copy to someone who’d been standing in line for a very long time – so it looks like Halo 3 has officially launched.

The composer of the music for Halo 3 is Marty O’Donnell. I found some  interesting videos containing interviews where he discusses his work on the project. I’ve embed them below. You can also see them at http://www.gamevideos.com/video/id/11005. Click the "MENU" on the player to see related videos.

I’ll pick up my copy of the game in the morning, so if any readers want to get together, email me and we can swap gametags.

http://www.gamevideos.com:80/swf/gamevideos11.swf?embedded=1&fullscreen=1&autoplay=0&src=http://www.gamevideos.com:80/video/videoListXML%3Fid%3D11005%26ordinal%3D1190694763552%26adPlay%3Dfalse

http://www.gamevideos.com:80/swf/gamevideos11.swf?embedded=1&fullscreen=1&autoplay=0&src=http://www.gamevideos.com:80/video/videoListXML%3Fid%3D4114%26ordinal%3D1190694423106%26adPlay%3Dfalse

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Cakewalk Ships Sonar 7 – Links to use While Their Website is in Flux

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Article update: Looks like Cakewalk now has their site in order. Of course the product info and links in this post still apply.

Cakewalk has released Sonar 7 although their web site seems to be in flux regarding this version and they didn’t even get a press release out before posting the kit (perhaps they are trying to get it out there quickly with the announcement of Logic 8). Therefore, I dug up some links for you Sonar users out there so you can figure out what’s new, as well as purchase. Note, they usual upgrade deals exist.

The front of their website still shows 6 as current, but if you click through to the product page Sonar 7.

According to the product page, here is what’s new.

  • A complete MIDI overhaul with Smart MIDI Tools and dozens of other new features
  • Introduction of the most powerful Step Sequencer found in any DAW
  • True linear phase mastering plug-ins
  • Internal sidechaining
  • Delay compensation for external hardware
  • Pitch to MIDI functionality with Roland V-Vocal 1.5
  • Numerous workflow, mixing, and delivery enhancements throughout the application.

Here is a link to a flash promo – http://www.cakewalk.com/products/sonar/Sonar_7_Features.swf.

The product page doesn’t have an order link, but you can order by clicking purchase, or using this link – http://store.cakewalk.com/b2cus/category.aspx?categoryID=9.

Detail specs are not yet on the product page, but I found a list in the cakewalk forums here – http://forum.cakewalk.com/tm.asp?m=1158394.

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Propellerhead Software Announces Worldwide Producer Conferences

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The makers of Propellerhead Reason have announced a series of Producers Conferences taking place worldwide. These conferences offer a broad set of creative
clinics and interactive classes for computer musicians conducted by "top artists and producers".

The schedule below was posted on http://www.propellerheads.se/procon/ and contains the lineup for the Los Angeles conference. Use this link as the other conferences get closer to check on lineups in your area.

April 21 – Los Angeles, USA

Confirmed lecturers and artists:

  • Chris Petti – Rewire w/ Reason
  • James Bernard – Cool tips and tricks (TBD)
  • DJ Babu – Hip Hop Beat Making
  • Peff – Modular Patching Tutorial
  • Richard Devine [Sound Design / Business]
  • Producer Review QA with Mocean Worker/Arabian Prince

May 2 – Copenhagen, Denmark Details TBA

May 7 – Guilford, UK Details TBA

May 8 – Manchester, UK Details TBA

May 10 – Ireland Site & details TBA

June 6 – Hamburg, Germany Details TBA

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Make Your Own Episode with the Battlestar Galactica Videomaker Toolkit

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Okay this is a little off-topic but but I know that many of you who work with digital music also to digital video.

The producers of Battlestar Galactica have released a free videomaker toolkit at http://www.scifi.com/battlestar/videomaker/.   The toolkit contains video and audio assets from the show. The premise is that you could record your own live-action or animated film,  then use these assets as video and audio effects to sweeten your film. 

Executive producer David Eick will choose one video that will air on sci-fi during an upcoming episode of Battlestar Galactica. Some artists have already uploaded videos at this site – pretty entertaining.

If any of you out there do enter,  make sure you leave a comment to this post so we can check after work.

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Propellerhead Preview – Thor semi-modular synthesizer

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At Winter NAMM 2007, Propellerhead software showed a technology preview of a new synthesizer for Reason called Thor. This synthesizer will be available in an upcoming version of Reason. According to Propellerhead, "Thor is a semi-modular synthesizer built around exchangeable components
such as oscillators and filters, and a very comprehensive modulation
matrix."

Click here to learn more about this technology preview as well as hear some demo sounds.

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M-Audio New Products at Winter NAMM 2007

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M-Audio has created a single web page with information on all the products they announced at Winter NAMM 2007. On this page they announced:
Torq
Xponent
(DJ Control Surface)
Studiophile™
AV 40
and AV
20
powered speakers – Virtual
String Machine
from GForce
KikAxxe ARP Axxe synthesizer VST
KeyRig
49
USB Keyboard
Mobile
Laptop Studio Bag

MicroPack

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Image-Line, the makers of FL Studio and Various Plug-ins are Having a Huge 50% off Sale on Many Items – 24 Hours Only!

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Image-Line, the makers of FL Studio and Various Plug-ins are Having a Huge 50% off Sale on Many Items – 24 Hours Only! Some items are slashed even more. If you are in the market for DirectWave, Sytrus, Toxic III, or Juice Pack this is probably the best deal your going to get.

Looks like this 10% discount link will still work even with the sale items.

Juice Pack by the way is a collection of some of the most popular effects from FL Studio in VSTi (PC only) format. Below is a list of what’s in Juice pack. Note that Fruity Vocoder is in this list and considering that Orange Vocoder is $245 US, this is an unbelievable value if you want to run these effects in a host other than FL. Equo and Edison are simply fantastic as well. You can grab a free demo from here.

  • IL Delay – Creates echoes with echo filtering options
  • IL Delay Bank – Creates impossibly complex echoes and filtering
  • IL WaveShaper – Define your own distortion curves.
  • IL EQUO – Graphic Morphing EQ with spectral learning capability.
  • IL Parametric EQ – Control bandwidth and target frequency of EQ bands.
  • IL Flangus – Phase cancellation effect.
  • IL Vocoder – Sound like a robot or make a synth sound talk.
  • IL Edison – Audio recorder / editor.
  • IL Spectroman – See what your noise looks like with a sonograph or spectrograph display.
  • IL Stereo Enhancer – Simulate or enhance stereo effects.