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HANK SHOCKLEE NOMINATED FOR GRAMMY AWARD

January 13, 2009

TL Audio Ebony A2 and Fat Track user Hank Shocklee has been nominated for a Grammy® in the category of Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or other Visual Media for his work on the American Gangster original motion picture soundtrack.

The Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment film teams Oscar® winners Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe to tell the true story of criminal mastermind Frank Lucas, who came up from the streets of New York in the ’70s. It was produced by Academy Award®-winning producer Brian Grazer and directed and produced by Ridley Scott.

Hank Shocklee, who was extensively involved with the project, wrote and produced new songs for the film and soundtrack including the title song by Grammy-nominated platinum artist Anthony Hamilton “Do You Feel Me” which was composed by megaplatinum Grammy-winning and Oscar®-nominated songwriter Diane Warren.

“Do You Feel Me” along with other original compositions you hear in the film are featured on the American Gangster original motion picture soundtrack album via Island Def Jam. Shocklee says, “Ridley Scott wanted someone to bring an authentic sound to the film and create music with a retro late 1960’s to mid 1970’s feel to it. I loved working on this project because it allowed me to go in the studio and imagine a period in time that was the very beginnings of hip hop, where blues, soul, funk, latin and afro-beat all started to mesh together and inspired the sounds of the hip hop generation on the streets of New York”.

Hank Shocklee, who is best known for his innovative & unique production style and for founding the group Public Enemy is behind some of the most significant music and film projects of the last two decades. Also a veteran industry executive, the former Universal Records Senior Vice President now serves as President for Shocklee Entertainment. Currently he is preparing for his new project Bomb Squad alongside his brother Keith Shocklee which will be released in 2009.

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Digidesign Ships Pro Tools 8 Software

December 18, 2008

Pro Tools 8 Software provides everything needed to create, compose, score, record, mix, produce and broadcast in single application.

 Pro Tools 8 Software Shipping now!

DALY CITY, Calif., (December 17, 2008) — Digidesign®, a part of Avid Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: AVID), today announced the immediate availability of Pro Tools 8 software, the company’s highly-anticipated, next-generation music creation and audio production software.

Available now through authorized Digidesign dealers as well as at http://www.digidesign.com, Pro Tools 8 is the latest version of the industry-leading digital audio workstation. A dramatically enhanced feature set is highlighted by a completely updated user interface, more than 70 bundled plug-ins and virtual instruments, fully-integrated MIDI and score editors and an expanded array of editing features for both music and post production applications.

“Customer excitement for this release of Pro Tools is at an all-time high,” stated Tex Schenkkan, Vice President and General Manager, Audio at Avid. “We believe that this is not only in response to the substantial changes and additions we’ve made to the product, but also because so much of what’s new came directly from customer feedback. We are grateful for their contributions, and are looking forward to hearing what they produce using all the powerful new capabilities included in Pro Tools 8.”

For composers and musicians, Pro Tools 8 provides powerful functionality for streamlining the creative process, and delivers the most versatile sonic palette ever available out-of-the-box for Pro Tools. New music creation features include:

• Fully integrated MIDI and Score Editor windows for greatly enhanced MIDI editing functionality and professional score editing and printing
• A sizable collection of music creation and sound-processing plug-ins, including: 20 all-new effects and five new virtual instruments—Mini Grand piano, Boom drum machine, DB-33 tonewheel organ, Vacuum tube-modelled synthesizer, and Xpand!2™ sample player
• High-quality amplifiers simulation via Digidesign’s acclaimed new guitar amp emulator Eleven™ Free as well as Tech21 SansAmp® amplifier emulator
• An 8 GB bundle of high-quality loops
For music and post production professionals, Pro Tools 8 offers:
• Revolutionary Elastic Pitch, which makes it easy to transpose music in real time right in the Edit window
• 10 inserts per channel
• Enhanced controller integration with Digidesign and M-Audio® control surfaces
• ICON integration enhancements that dramatically increase speed and efficiency
• HD QuickTime support on Mac OS X for increased versatility

CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO AND MORE INFO

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All I want for Christmas is a ….VOCAL BOOTH!

December 9, 2008

How do you turn a small home or project studio into a full  of professional pro audio space?

How do you get the professional results YOU want in the corner of virtually any  room?

How do I set my studio apart  from other local competitors and offer a low cost professional solution?

That’s why the answer is …..  All I want for christmas is a VocalBooth!

We at Dolphin offer four different series to meet most any project or application.

VocalBooth.com modular booths are used in home, project and professional applications world wide. Each completely enclosed system includes lighting, cable ports, active quiet ventilation, optional windows and unlimited customizations.

Modular by design, a VocalBooth™ can operate as an external standalone sound isolation solution or as an additional booth for a broadcast studio. Used by professionals worldwide, applications include broadcast, voice over, recording, studio control, audio post production, as well as rehearsal and meeting rooms.

Each completely enclosed system includes lighting, cable ports, active ventilation, optional windows and unlimited customizations. Available in a single or double-wall shaped design called the Diamond Series™ which are available in four sizes.

Silver Series

Our most economical VocalBooth™, a single wall design for extra isolation or sound reduction.

Gold Series

For use in just about any professional situation, the VB Gold Series™ is our most popular VocalBooth™.

Platinum Series

Our double-wall designed VB Platinum Series™ is our premium sound reduction VocalBooth™.

Diamond Series

Designed to utilize the corner of your room—we created a pentagonal shaped VocalBooth™.

Visit our full site HERE and take a look at our sound  solutions

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Tenori-On: Lowest UK Prices Promo!

December 4, 2008

GREAT NEWS! Dolphin Music might not Santa, but are giving him a run for his money! For a limited-time only, Dolphin is offering the Tenori-On for a lower price than any other UK retailer…and even better: you’ll get a free Tenori-On t-shirt as well! But hurry up: Offer starts today (Thursday 4th Dec) and ends Sunday 7th December.

Does it need any introduction? If you’re reading this you probably know what the Tenori-On is all about. Since its release over a year ago, the Tenori-On has proved to be one of the most innovative and exciting musical instruments that have ever been invented.

The Tenori-On is a revolutionary new concept, and is not only a very useful and versatile tool for professional musicians and producers, but also a fantastic instrument for those who never thought they could play anything, due to it’s “visible music” interface.

The Tenori-On…causing waves in the world of music.

In the past 15 months or so, many famous artists have adopted the Tenori-On, from legends such as Bjork to celebrated up-and-coming acts such as Little Boots, who recently used one on her debut appearance on the Jools Holland show on BBC2.

A new band even called themselves after the instrument: the three girls who are The Tenori-Ons have been spreading the word, and even appeared on the Paul O’Grady Show!

Now…It’s time for you to join the revolution!

Dolphin Music is offering an exclusive Tenori-On promo! Buy the Tenori-On for just £599, cheaper than at any other retailer in the UK, and get a free Tenori-On t-shirt (size X-large).

But you must hurry up! This deal runs from tomorrow (Thursday 4th December) to Sunday 7th December…so you’ll only have four days to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity!

Get your Tenori-On this Christmas…NOW is the perfect time to join this musical revolution!

Yamaha Tenori-On + Free Tenori-On T-Shirt!

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Hot New microKORG XL Arriving Soon!

December 4, 2008

The original microKORG is loved and used daily by musicians around the world – from keyboardists to guitarists – enabling everyone to experience the enjoyment of a great synthesizer. Now the new big brother to this mega selling synth is available; a synthesizer that lets you generate your own personal sound, packing a cutting-edge sound engine and powerful effects into a compact, vintage-like body. Welcome the microKORG XL!

AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 2009! PRICE TBC

The original microKORG is loved and used daily by musicians around the world – from keyboardists to guitarists – enabling everyone to experience the enjoyment of a great synthesizer.

Now an advanced microKORG is available; a synthesizer that lets you generate your own personal sound, packing a cutting-edge sound engine and powerful effects into a compact, vintage-like body. Welcome the microKORG XL.

The Limited-Edition microKorg Reverse Keys was very popular, so it seems people are interested in new microKorgs – which the XL model certainly is, with its many new features!

This will certainly prove to be one of the best and most exciting releases next year. The new microKORG XL may quite easily be even better than the classic microKorg – will it become more popular? Let’s wait and see!

For complete info, click here.

Main features

  • New vintage design is both fresh and nostalgic.
  • Korg’s renowned MMT Multi Modeling Technology, optimized for the microKORG XL.
  • Sixteeen band vocoder for voice controlled effects. A gooseneck microphone is included, so you can begin vocoding right away.
  • 128 powerful sounds are built-in and ready for immediate use.
  • Intuitive sound selection; simply specify the music genre and instrument category.
  • Seventeen powerful KAOSS derived effects.
  • Newly developed natural touch mini keyboard is compact, yet easy to play.
  • Editing software can be downloaded from the Korg website, as well as converted MS2000 and microKORG programs.
  • Battery powered for on-the-go enjoyment.
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Making music improves your health. FACT!

December 3, 2008

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Make music and feel better.

From children to students to OAP’s music is a consistant part of our lifes. Not only does it give us pleasure but it helps keep us happy and healthy. Buckets of research has gone into uncovering direct links between making music and enhancing your well being.

Get Healthy! – Making music improves your health. Evidence from around the globe has proved that playing a musical instrument can:

# Help Asthma sufferers reduce their symptoms

# Relieve stress and increase well-being

# Build muscle strength and aid recovery

# Enhance the function of the immune system


Get Back! – Making music keeps you younger. An increasing amount of research shows that for older people making music can delay the signs of ageing and help with the symptoms of some degenerative diseases. Making music, particularly within a group setting, can:

# Help decrease anxiety, loneliness and depression

# Improve self-esteem

# Help improve memory

# Give a general sense of well-being

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By 2020 over half the population will be over 50 and this ever increasing group will face new challenges in maintaining their health and well-being.

Another study in the volume looks at whether music training can make individuals smarter. Scientists found more grey matter in the auditory cortex of the right hemisphere in musicians compared to non-musicians. They feel these differences are probably not genetic, but instead due to use and practice.

Brain Food

The difference between a catchy tune and a dirge may be which part of the brain the notes activate, says a scientist.

Professor Peter Janata, of Dartmouth College, in the US, played a group of volunteers a series of keys and watched the way the brain responded.

He told the BBC: “One chunk of the brain was responding when the melody was in G major or E minor and another part of the circuit was responding when it was in E major for example.”

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Get Smart! – Making music makes you smarter

Music can play an important role in the development of children – from pre birth to the end of their education. Quality music education can open the door to many important benefits:

Stanford University research has found  that musical training improves how the brain processes the spoken word, a finding that researchers say could lead to improving the reading ability of children who have dyslexia and other reading problems.

The study, was the first to show that musical experience can help the brain improve its ability to distinguish between rapidly changing sounds that are key to understanding and using language.

The research also eventually could provide the “why” behind other studies that have found that playing a musical instrument has cognitive benefits.
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“What this study shows, that’s novel, is that there’s a specific aspect of language … that’s changed in the minds and brains of people with musical training,” said researcher John Gabrieli, a former Stanford psychology professor now at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge.

“Especially for children … who aren’t good at rapid auditory processing and are high-risk for becoming poor readers, they may especially benefit from musical training.”

The researchers then examined how musicians and non-musicians processed similar word syllables, like “da” and “ba.” A person has only a 40,000th of a second to differentiate between the two sounds when the physical signal hits the ear, and the musicians made those rapid auditory distinctions more accurately and quickly than non-musicians did.

When the two sounds were clearly different, like “da” and “wa,” the two groups performed similarly, the differences emerging only in the finer distinctions.

“The musicians are better able to detect small differences than the non-musicians, which is surprising,” said Nadine Gaab, a postdoctoral associate.

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# It can help children manage information, think about and solve problems, be adaptive, learn continuously and work well with others.

# Students who play music tend to achieve higher test scores.

# Playing music enhances creativity and self-expression

# Playing in a group can reinforce self-discipline and teamwork.

A groundbreaking study published in the February 2005 issue of the international research journal Medical Science Monitor shows for the first time that playing a musical instrument can reverse multiple components of the human stress response on the genomic level. The study’s principal investigator, Barry Bittman, M.D. of the Mind-Body Wellness Center in Meadville, PA, says these unique findings not only shed new light on the value of active music participation, but also extend our understanding of individualized human biological stress responses on an unprecedented level.

The research team led by Bittman included researchers from Loma Linda University School of Medicine and Applied Biosystems, the developer of the original technology that led to the successful mapping of the human genome announced in June, 2000.

During the first hour of the novel two-phase study, researchers employed a frustrating puzzle assembly exercise to induce stress in 32 adult volunteers who did not consider themselves “musical.” In the second hour, subjects were randomly divided into three groups. One subset of individuals continued the stressful activity, while another was allowed to de-stress, relax and read newspapers or magazines of their choice. The third group participated in their first group-based recreational music making keyboard program called the Clavinova Connection which focuses on nurturing, support and non-verbal creative expression, as opposed to mastery and performance.

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Yet beyond stress-induction, the research shows that the stress-reduction impact was far greater for individuals participating in their first group keyboard lesson than for subjects who simply relaxed and read newspapers and magazines. No statistically significant reversals of initial stress-induced gene expression were noted in individuals who continued the puzzle exercise during the second hour. In contrast, six genes in the relaxation group reversed during phase two of the study, compared with 19 genes in the music group.

“In simple terms, using a unique combination of the latest genomic technologies, we showed for the very first time that we could turn off the DNA-based switches that literally turn on components of human stress response,” said Muhammad A. Sharaf, Ph.D., Senior Staff Scientist at Applied Biosystems. “The far-reaching potential of inducing and subsequently reversing gene expression in this manner introduces new and exciting possibilities for testing and tailoring specific treatments to an individual, rather than a group.”

The following extract is from a Music Industries Association newsletter:

“Asthma is serious; 5.1 million people in the UK have asthma, every 7 hours someone in the UK dies from asthma. 75% of hospital admissions due to asthma are avoidable (source – Asthma UK). Learning to play a wind instrument teaches the sufferer to breathe properly and can also improve lung function. Therefore, when asthmatics get an attack they are less likely to panic. People who rely on inhalers or even steroid treatment to stave off their breathlessness and panic attacks can minimise the impact asthma has on their lives – naturally. Recent research found significant improvement in the condition of children with asthma who learned to play wind instruments.”

So clearly music making  has a lifelong ability to enhance and better your health and well being. If you dont already play an instument there has never been a better time to start!

For more information on any the above please contact the MIA Head Office on office@mia.org.uk

Source

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2005/11/17/MNGQ9FPODP1.DTL

http://www.mia.org.uk/getalive_findoutmore/

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/19535.php

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Customer Spotlight: Promote Your Talent!

December 2, 2008

Are you a performing musician, or music producer? Want to let the rest of the world know about your work, or promote your band? Get in touch with us and be in our “Customer Spotlight” feature!

Dolphin would like to hear from musicians, recording artists and producers who’ve bought gear from us. Let us know how the gear you’ve bought from us has helped you. Let us and other Dolphin customers know a little bit more about you and your work!

Just email media@dolphinmusic.co.uk  and tell a bit more about your music! Let us know what gear you bought from Dolphin, and how it helped you! You can send you a press-release, bio and website links so other people can hear your music.

Each week we’ll do a Customer Spotlight profile in our News section and the next one could be yours! The feature will also be included in our Weekly News Round-Up which is sent to over 30 thousand people each Friday.

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to promote yourself! Get in touch with Dolphin now!

Read previous entries:

Customer Spotlight: John Burns and Purple Comedy
Customer Spotlight: Janey Summer, D.I.Y. Solo Artist

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MIA makes Dettol come clean

November 20, 2008

TV ad triggers keyboard fears.

Piano manufacturers and dealers were thrown into a state of alarm last week when a television advert for Dettol appeared to suggest owners should spray their keyboards with the antiseptic spray – potentially causing a rush of failures and expensive complaints, it was feared.

The advertisement depicted two children seated at a piano. When one of them sneezed, a concerned mother reached for her can of Dettol and sprayed the keys.

One of the first to hear alarm bells was Yamaha, which immediately contacted the MIA, says the Association’s Paul McManus.

“Obviously, nothing should be sprayed on a piano’s keyboard and the worry was that people seeing this could reach for a can to spray on their electric keyboards too – and that is an even more worrying prospect!”.

The MIA’s first port of call was the Advertising Standards Authority which, McManus says, reacted with impressive speed, as apparently did Dettoll’s owners, Reckitt Benckiser, when contacted directly.

The company explained that the idea its product might do harm simply hadn’t occurred to it and agreed not to screen the offending commercial again, pending tests to find out whether, in fact, Dettol did actually represent a hazard to piano owners.

“Obviously, the concern was that retailers and manufacturers might suddenly find themselves faced with a stream of costly failures – or worse – so it is good news that Reckitt Benckiser reacted so positively and so swiftly,” McManus said.

MI Pro understands that Yamaha is currently conducting product tests with one of its keyboard specialists to determine how safe, or otherwise, the product might be, if used in this way.

[originally from www.mi-pro.co.uk]

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MC Control an official Final Cut Studio solution

November 20, 2008

Apple has featured MC Control on the Final Cut Studio website as a “Film, TV and Video Post” solution.

Film, TV, and Video Post. Whether you’re working on a 100-million-dollar studio feature film, editing reality television, or color grading a national advertising campaign, you can find a rich array of tools in Final Cut Studio 2 to meet the needs of the most demanding productions.

Collaboration with other users, management of large media files, and seamless multipoint delivery are key to the workflow. By using open standards such as XML and QuickTime, partner manufacturers can tap into the power and performance of Final Cut Studio 2 to provide solutions never before seen in the marketplace.

Euphonix is a leading manufacturer of digital audio control surfaces, media controllers and peripherals. MC Control is a media controller that provides a host of powerful features to speed up and enhance video and audio editing. Its hardware integration with Final Cut Pro and Soundtrack Pro gives editors a hands-on approach to their work.

For more info, please visit the MC Control product page

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Euphonix MC MIX Wins TEC Award

November 20, 2008

MC Mix was awarded the prestigious Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Award in the Small Format Console Technology category at the 24th Annual TEC Award ceremonies, held in San Francisco last month.

The Artist Series has won several other prestigious awards in 2008, including the MIPA Award for Best Recording Hardware, as well as the coveted Red Dot Award for Design.

The Euphonix MC Mix control surface puts eight motorized faders and an array of programmable buttons and knobs at your command for maximum control over your DAW in a small footprint. Euphonix put some of the coolest features from its impressive full-sized consoles into the MC Mix, including touch-sensitive, responsive faders and multi-function rotary encoders.

To learn more about this control surface, please visit the product page.

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