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Logic, GarageBand users represent at the Grammys

February 13, 2009

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Among the winners that utilized Logic or GarageBand to make their albums were Coldplay (winner for Best Rock Album, Song of the Year and Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals); Jennifer Hudson (Best R&B Album); Daft Punk (Best Dance Recording, Best Electronic/Dance Album); Estelle featuring Kanye West (Best Rap/Sung Collaboration); and Radiohead (Best Alternative Music Album).

Nominees that didn’t walk away with one of the coveted awards, but still used Apple gear included M.I.A., Sara Bareilles, Maroon 5, OneRepublic, Death Cab for Cutie, Rihanna, and Marcus Miller.

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Two of the nominees, Sara Bareilles and OneRepublic, are also featured in GarageBand’s Artists Lessons.

51st GRAMMY performances by Coldplay & Jay-Z, Jennifer Hudson and Katy Perry available for download

Starting today music fans will have the opportunity to purchase and download select performances from the 51st Annual GRAMMY Awards. Three special “GRAMMY Moments” from Music’s Biggest Night are now available exclusively on the iTunes Store (audio and video) and internationally through Nokia Music Stores (audio only). These include performances by seven-time GRAMMY winners Coldplay with seven-time GRAMMY winner Jay-Z (“Lost”/”Viva La Vida”), two-time GRAMMY winner Jennifer Hudson (“You Pulled Me Through”), and GRAMMY nominee Katy Perry (“I Kissed A Girl”).

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“This represents yet another important step in The Recording Academy’s continually evolving digital strategy,” said Evan Greene, Chief Marketing Officer, The Recording Academy. “Ours is some of the most dynamic music content anywhere, and we want fans to be able to experience these GRAMMY Moments during the GRAMMY telecast and throughout the year.”

The exclusive performances can be purchased and downloaded beginning today on iTunes, at 99 cents each for audio and $1.99 each for video. The audio tracks of the performances also are available internationally in 13 countries through Nokia Music Stores.

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Kanye West – This is how he does it.

December 9, 2008

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During the past eight years, the 26-year-old has racked up triumphs with such big-money movers as Jay-Z, Foxy Brown, Nas, Alicia Keys and Eminem. How does he do it? Not with any Digidesign Pro Tools or Emagic Logic rig, that’s for sure. “I don’t use a computer or a lot of equipment in my studio,” West declares.

“What do I need all that stuff for?”

West uses four primary pieces for sampling, sequencing and recording duties: An Ensoniq ASR-10 keyboard, an Akai MPC2000 MIDI Production Center, a Roland VS-1880 24-bit Digital Studio Workstation and a Gemini PT-1000 II turntable.

One of West’s trademarks, besides classic ’70s soul loops, is ample use of speed. Almost every other track on The College Dropout features a sped-up vocal sample, be it Dinah Washington on “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” or Chaka Khan on “Through the Wire.”

Kanye’s use the MPC sampler is inspiring.  For all the musicians who wrestle with PC’s his process is liverating to watch.

“I sample them at regular speed, then speed them up inside the ASR-10,” he explains. “I just put the pitch up on the sampler, and it will go faster. The ASR-10 is like my left hand. I can chop samples into 61 pieces without wasting any memory. A lot of old songs are too slow to rap on. So I got to speed them up to a rappable tempo.”

Crag Bauer had this to say about him. “Well, Kanye takes the word meticulous to a whole a new level. The way he works he just isn’t content until he’s tried recording and mixing a song every conceivable way. I was getting calls from A&Rs in July saying, “We have to stop him. We have to cut him off because he’s going to miss another release date.” And my response was always like, “Well you guys have to tell me what you want me to do.” And that call saying, “OK, you’re done, send it in,” would never come. Nobody from the record company tells Kanye anything. To the point where he was in mastering at Sony in New York and ended up booking studio time to do some more recording during the mastering process. In fact, story has it that during the mastering he was listening to the final version with Jay-Z and LA Reid from beginning to end. After they finished listening to the album, Jay-Z and LA Reid both were talking about how much they loved it and Kanye said, “It’s not even done.” And they both were like, “OK. Do what you’ve go to do.” So he kept on going and my belief is that he would have kept on going forever if it wasn’t for the fact that the timing of the release coincided with the MTV Video Music Awards.

Akai MPC1000

Production power, on the move. Inheriting all the essential features which make the MPC series so iconic, the MPC1000 is not only a perfect complement to its larger MPC siblings, but a powerful Music Production Center in its own right. The MPC1000 combines a 64 Track MIDI Sequencer and a 32 voice Stereo Digital Sampler, with 16 velocity…

Akai XR20

The AKAI XR20 BEAT PRODUCTION center. Superb controller, the power of MPC creativity for your own sequencer. The AKAI XR20 is a portable beat production center loaded with a sound set that is geared towards making hip hop and R&B beats wherever and whenever inspiration strikes. The XR 20 has over 700 pre-loaded sounds and an integrated effects engine.

Akai MPC5000

The Akai MPC5000 is the first MPC ever to include 8-track streaming hard disk recording, a 20-voice, 3-oscillator analog synthesizer with arpeggiator, a new sequencing engine with 960 ppq resolution, pad and track muting and mixing, 64 continuous sample tracks. In addition, the AKAI MPC5000 features a 64-voice drum/phrase sampler with 64MB memory Ð expandable up to 192MB.

Technics SL-1210MK2 (Single)

The Technics SL1210 Mk2 is the established DJ turntable, with solid build, high torque motor and stable tone arm. The legend itself, the SL-1210MK2, which is featured in the Science Museum in London as one of the pieces of technology that have shaped the World we live in. Overwhelmingly favoured by professional DJs the SL-1210MK2’s precision moulded diecast cabinet and…

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