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The Alesis DM5 Pro Kit: Practice Quiet Play Loud!

April 9, 2009

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The Alesis DM5 Pro Kit is a complete high quality electronic drum kit.

It delivers professional sound and familiar, comfortable playability thanks to durable, real drum heads. The DM5 Pro’s quick setup and easy portability are complemented by a versatile sound selection. With the DM5 Pro Kit, drummers can practice quietly with headphones, or get as loud as they need on-stage by connecting to an amplifier. The flexibility of the DM5 Pro Kit functions insures that it performs equally well for recording or live gigs.

The DM5 Pro Kit features a self-contained, 5-piece electronic drum set including a dual-zone snare, kick, 3 toms, with ride, crash and HiHat cymbal pads. In addition, the DM5 Pro Kit includes a heavy duty HiHat foot pedal along with an updated, rack-mounted, programmable DM5 sound module with a stunning 540 percussion sounds and 21 pre-programmed drum/percussion sets. Alesis’ proprietary Dynamic Articulation™ feature powers the DM5 Pro Kit’s drum sounds to respond instantly to the force with which a pad is struck, for the most realistic and accurate playback possible.

Step into the world of professional electronic percussion with the Alesis DM5 Pro kit.

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Features

  • Snare, kick, 3 toms, with ride, crash and HiHat cymbal pads.
  • Alesis Professional DM5 module containing:
  • 540 sounds
  • 21 programmable drum sets recorded in 48kHz, true stereo, with ambient effects
  • Single rack space module
  • Dynamic Articulation™ feature allows drum sounds to change volume, tone, and pitch depending on how hard they’re hit – just like real drums
  • Ultra-fast trigger-to-MIDI converter with 12 trigger inputs, 5 programmable parameters for each trigger
  • Natural movement motion cymbals and HiHat controller pedal for realistic open/close control

Specifications

  • Audio Outputs: 4 (2 stereo pairs)
  • Trigger Input Jacks: 12 (each with 5 user adjustable trigger parameters)
  • DAC Bit Resolution: 18
  • Sample Rate: 48kHz
  • Sounds: Over 500; includes stereo samples with reverb, ambience and dynamic articulation
  • Polyphony: 16 voice
  • Panning: 7 position, user programmable
  • Velocity Response: 127 levels of loudness via MIDI or trigger inputs
  • Kits: 21 Memory locations w/defaults permanently stored in ROM
  • MIDI Jacks: In, Out/Thru
  • Headphone Jack: 1/4″ TRS w/variable gain
  • Switchable Footswitch Jack: 1/4″ jack can be assigned to hi-hat or program advance mode
  • Tuning Scheme: Coarse (chromatic) and Fine (cents)
  • Data Input: Data knob, front panel keypad (sound auditioning via velocity sensitive Preview button on front panel)
  • Expanded Dynamic Articulation™: Modulates tone and pitch
  • Power: 9 VAC external transformer, UL and CSA approved
  • Dimensions: (WxHxD) 19″x1.75″x6″
  • Weight: 4.5 lbs.

Includes Stagg DT-25 Drum Throne:

Stagg DT-25 Drum Throne

This single braced drum stool represents great quality and value for money. With an adjustable height of between 600mm-620mm (adjustable in 300mm steps) and between 430mm-550mm when the shaft is reversed (ideal for children), this is a very versatile stool, also ideal for use with pianos.

The padded round seat measures 28cm in diameter and is covered in black vinyl. The 3 sturdy legs feature non slip feet to keep this stool in place

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AKAI release Vintage Beat Machines for MPC

March 17, 2009

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Fat kicks and raw snares.

Vintage Beat Machines is a a sample library for MPCs containing all kinds of classic drums and percussion sounds. You’ll find some of the most common sounds, and some sounds you’ve likely never heard before. These sounds are from drum machines, beat and rhythm generators, and other synthesizers dating from the 1980s all the way back into the 1960s!

These sounds have the less-refined, more raw sound qualities that many producers prefer for their drums. Until now, building a library of these classic sounds has meant locating expensive and rare equipment – a time-consuming and costly process. With the Vintage Beat Machines Sample Pack for MPC, you’ll have everything you need in a single, affordable download.

According to the manufacturer, this sample pack works with all MPC models and contains samples and analog synthesis-based sounds from nearly all well-known units dating back to the 1960s.

This sample pack works with all MPC models and contains samples and analog synthesis-based sounds from more than 55 different beat machines.

  • Sample library for all MPC models
  • Classic drum and percussion sounds from drum machines, beat and rhythm generators, and other synthesizers
  • Less-refined, more raw sound qualities
  • Samples and analog synthesis-based sounds
  • Sound from from more than 55 different beat machines
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Tascam DP-004: 30 years after the first Portastudio

February 24, 2009

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Thirty years ago, Tascam were pioneers of a new market: home recording. With their Portastudio products, they brought simple, accessible recording to the masses, and gave thousands of bands and instrumentalists the tools to capture tracks in their garages and bedrooms.

TASCAM’s DP-004 Digital Pocketstudio is based on 30 years of easy-to-use cassette Portastudios, updated with four tracks of CD-quality digital recording. Like those groundbreaking Portastudios, a row of knobs set levels and pan instead of a list of menus.

The DP-004 can record two sources at once to the included 1GB SD Card. A built-in stereo condenser microphone makes it simple to record anywhere you go, perfect for concerts, rehearsals and songwriting inspirations. A pair of 1/4″ jacks on the rear panel allow you to connect your own microphones or sources. You can even switch the inputs to guitar level for recording.

The DP-004 allows you to build up your arrangement until you’ve filled up all four tracks. The Bounce feature allows you to consolidate tracks and make room for more overdub layers. Also available is an autopunch feature for fixing problems, track editing and an undo function.

Mixing is also built into the Digital Pocketstudio. Once you set levels and pan, record your mix onto a dedicated stereo master track. You’re able to transfer your tracks and mixes to a computer over USB 2 for CD burning and sharing online.

Despite its go-anywhere compact design – smaller than a paperback book – the DP-004 is simple enough for students, songwriters and musicians who want to keep their recording process simple and creative.

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Connections:

  • Two 1/4″ unbalanced mic/line inputs
  • Switchable guitar input
  • Headphone/Line output
  • USB 2.0 connector

Recording:

  • Four-track digital multitrack recording
  • CD-quality 44.1kHz/16-bit WAV recording
  • Records to SD Card media (1GB card included)
  • Autopunch, repeat and record undo
  • Dedicated stereo mixdown track

Physical:

  • Powered through AA Batteries or optional PS-P520 power adapter
  • Battery life: About 8 hours recording, about 8.5 hours playback (alkaline batteries)
  • Dimensions: 6.1″ W x 1.3″ H x 4.2″ D (155mm W x 33.5mm H x 107mm D)
  • Weight: 2.8 oz (360 g, w/o batteries)

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Tune your iPhone into a DJ Mixer

February 4, 2009

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The iPhone is an internet-connected multimedia smartphone designed and marketed by Apple Inc. with a flush multi-touch screen and a minimal hardware interface.

The device does not have a physical keyboard, so a virtual keyboard is rendered on the touch screen instead. The iPhone functions as a camera phone (including text messaging and visual voicemail), a portable media player (equivalent to an iPod), and Internet client (with email, web browsing, and local Wi-Fi connectivity). The first generation phone hardware was quad-band GSM with EDGE; the second generation also adds UMTS with HSDPA.

At WWDC 2007 on June 11, 2007 Apple announced that the iPhone would support third-party “web applications” written in AJAX that share the look and feel of the iPhone interface. This means that now people are getting mor and more involved in developing intersting applications for the iPhone

VirtualDeck turns your iPhone or iPod touch into a turntable, allowing you to mix your digital music just as easily as your vinyl counterparts. In short, it’s a DJ aid.

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Isle Of Man Charging One Pound Per Month For Unlimited Music

February 3, 2009

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Isle Of Man Charging One Pound Per Month For Unlimited Music

Rebuilding copyright for the digital age. It’s a massive task, but perhaps crafting a new and digitally coherent way of protecting content for creators while exploiting the web’s distribution network would be easier than trying to batter a centuries old system into something that will work today.

One conceptually intriguing but practically complex solution would be an internet tax, payable through every web connection to cover all copyrighted material online.

Content owners would have to register their work with some giant central rights database (surely YouTube has made a start with that?) but users could download anything and everything they fancied, in whatever form and through whichever platform they preferred. It would legitimise file sharing amongst others.

But where in the world would this tangled web of online content ever become a reality?

In the Isle of Man, says the New York Times, where a proposal would allow the population of 80,000 to pay £1 per month on top of their broadband charge and have unlimited music downloads.

‘Blanket licensing’ was proposed in France in 2006 but turned down after furious lobbying from copyright owners. They prefer the ‘disconnect them’ approach, which seems rather Canutist in the face of illegal music that accounts for 95% of digital music, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.

Its chief executive John Kennedy dismissed the proposal as “a state-imposed tax that would be unworkable in practice and discriminate against consumers who want Internet access without music services”.

Meanwhile, the Isle of Man’s inward investment department has started talks with record labels.

Given the island’s record in launching 3G phones before the rest of the world and its 70% broadband penetration, this could become a fascinating experiment.

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Music Industry Inside: Ringtones can cost more than the actual song!

January 30, 2009

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Juniper Research released a report in 2005  stating that the ringtone industry could bloat to $9.3 billion (USD) by 2009.

Lets take a look at Britian’s  No1 in the charts right now to get a feel of where things are headed.  Introducing  Lady GaGa

Just Dance (Download)
by Lady GaGa

Price: $0.99
Remix "Just Dance Feat. Colby O'Donis"

Just Dance (Ringtone)
by Lady GaGa

Remix "Just Dance Feat. Colby O'Donis"
Hmmm so it appears the standard pricing is that the ‘actual song’ is nearly three times the cost to purchase than a snippet in ringtone format.

” While the downloads of mobile ringtones and realtones will comprise the bulk of revenues ($4.8 billion), the market for full-track downloads is expected to increase from just $20 million in 2004 to nearly $1.8 billion in 2009, while ring-back tones – already generating substantial revenues in Asia – should be worth $2.7 billion worldwide by the end of the decade”

And depending which source you read a staggering $14 Billion by the end of 2011 (ezinearticles.com)

Still waiting to find the results of that particular forcast however there is no deneying the effect that the music industry is in a strange position right now where the ringtone can cost more than the actual song.

Music sales worldwide fell by about 7 percent last year as another sizable jump in digital sales failed to make up for a deepening decline in the compact disc market, according to John Kennedy, chief executive of the industry’s main international trade group. The IHT reports.

Revenue from music sold over the Internet, via mobile phones and in other digital forms, rose by 25 percent last year, to $3.7 billion, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry said in a report set for publication Friday. Digital sales accounted for 20 percent of the industry’s revenue, up from 15 percent a year earlier.

Meanwhile, growth in downloads from online music stores like Apple’s iTunes has slowed. … That is hastening the music industry’s push to develop new business models for digital music.

Major record labels have joined with Nokia, the maker of cellphones, to provide free, unlimited music downloads in Britain. …

“The industry has shifted to Plan B,” said Mark Mulligan, an analyst at Forrester Research. “The record companies have realized that the only way they can fight free is with free itself.”

“Mobile Music Sales Will Reach $3.2 Billion by 2012 But Analysts Say ‘Tracks Must Be Free’, The music industry has got to be prepared to give music away for free”according to analysts Screen Digest.

But full-track downloads will only make up half of that, with the rest still coming from things like ringtones. The report warns “paying for music is progressively becoming a niche activity as the value of recorded music is already in steep, possibly terminal, decline”.

In 2000, U.S. consumers bought 785.1 million albums; last year, they bought 588.2 million (a figure that includes both CDs and downloaded albums), according to Nielsen SoundScan. In 2000, the ten top-selling albums in the U.S. sold a combined 60 million copies; in 2006, the top ten sold just 25 million. Digital sales are growing — fans bought 582 million digital singles last year, up sixty-five percent from 2005, and purchased $600 million worth of ringtones — but the new revenue sources aren’t making up for the shortfall.

Hense Crazy Frogs mere existence

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Source:

http://ezinearticles.com

http://www.ringernews.com

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M-Audio’s Groundbreaking New Torq 1.5 DJ Software

January 9, 2009

Software upgrade delivers innovative new creative tools and workflow enhancements for digital DJs.

M-Audio is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Torq® 1.5 DJ software for Mac OS X and Windows. Torq 1.5 brings even more creative options to the only digital DJ workstation designed to merge live DJ performance and advanced music production. New features in Torq 1.5 software include Tempo Anchors, Tempo Master, zplane élastique time stretching, send/receive MIDI Clock, a new toolbar and a variety of workflow enhancements.

The full list of New Features in Torq 1.5:

Improved Tempo/Pitch Alteration
Tempo Anchors allow marking tracks with varying tempos—Torq’s effects and samples follow the tempo changes in the song
Tempo Master assigns a playing track to serve as the master tempo source for all tempo-related functions
zPlane Elastique time-stretching/compression technology for sophisticated beat matching and pitch alteration

Advanced MIDI Control
transmit/receive MIDI beat clock for sync with other hardware/software and easy switching between DJs
MIDI soft takeover prevents parameter jumps when using external controllers

New User Interface Features
Hide Mixer option conserves screen space
preview songs in headphones before loading to deck
new databse categories for bit rate, file type, year and label
select multiple files to add to playlists
Musical Style Preferences improve results when analyzing tracks
drag and drop songs into decks while in browser max view
warning message if loading a new song onto a Deck that is playing
warning message when attempting to exit Torq
optimized control locations
intuitive toolbar buttons and MIDI/tempo indicators
Global Tempo metronome can be monitored in headphones
Auto Gain feature matches the gain levels between decks

Enhanced Effects Processing
internal effects can be grouped into effects chains
VST effect tempo synchronizes with tempo of playing deck
effects can be used in a post-fader configuration

Rock-Solid Integration with Traditional DJ Hardware
Skip Protection keeps the music playing even if the Control Vinyl or CD skips
True Key Lock keeps the pitch constant when adjusting external turntable speed

New Looping Functionality
Loop points can be set after a section plays
new QuickLoop option for CDJ-style loop division
Quantize function for start/stop accuracy

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