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Posted on January 14, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak
Christmas has been and gone, so I'm sure you've enjoyed being subjected to the usual carol singers, cheesey songs on the radio, songs of praise on the TV, heavy wall shaking dubstep, and your little brothers jingle bells CD.
Wait...rewind a second, what was that? Heavy wall shaking dubstep???
At least, this is what you'll have experienced if Santa brought you that pair of legendary KRK speakers that you've been craving for so long!
Posted on April 3, 2012 by Joe Stachowiak
Whether you like Dubstep or not, you will undoubtably still be able to appreciate the skill and planning behind this video! Using a Novation Launchpad and Ableton Live, DJ Tech Tools creates an amazing live composition that has to be seen to be believed...
Posted on July 4, 2012 by Joe Stachowiak
Tiffany Monique is best known as part of Beyonce's backing vocalist trio, The Mamas, but she has also worked with a host of other big-name artists (Mariah Carey, Mary J Blige, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, etc.) and she is also a solo recording artist and songwriter. In this short video, Tiffany explains why she trusts the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface to capture pro-quality takes in her own home.
Posted on December 7, 2012 by Joe Stachowiak
If live electronic performance and composition is your thing then you simply have to check out this video. In this video, electronic producer M4SONIC uses two Launchpads (one for each hand) to construct an original composition, with one Launchpad creating the melody and the other triggering percussion samples. Even more impressively, none of the samples are quantized, meaning that each sound is triggered in real-time, as and when he hits the pad! Genius!
Posted on January 24, 2013 by Joe Stachowiak
Focusrite have compiled a very handy chart, which allows you to quickly compare the most important features of all of their Scarlett USB 2.0 audio interfaces. With the range comprising of the 2i2, 2i4, 8i6, 18i6 and the 18i20 there's a fair range to choose from, so which one is right for you? Just check out the chart below and get comparing!
Posted on February 6, 2013 by Joe Stachowiak
And when we say 'AMAZING', we really mean it! Grab Ableton Live in some fantastic bundles with interfaces, MIDI keyboards and DJ/studio controllers and make HUGE savings! For example, grab Ableton Live 8 with a FREE upgrade to Ableton Live 9 and a professional audio interface for less money than the full version of Ableton Live 9 costs (RRP is £339)! These offers are only valid while stocks last and they are going to fly out of the door so don't delay! Read on for full information...
Posted on February 11, 2013 by Joe Stachowiak
Chris Calcutt from Focusrite Novation recently joined us in-store to give us the low-down on their sleek new Focusrite Forte interface. This compact interface features a simple one-knob design, a detailed OLED screen plus top-notch preamps and converters. Check it out in the video below!
Posted on February 15, 2013 by Joe Stachowiak
In order to shout about our current amazing Ableton Live deals, whereby you can grab yourself the full version of Ableton Live 8 or Ableton Suite 8 with a FREE upgrade to version 9, plus some professional studio or DJ software for less that Ableton Live 9 is due to cost on its own when released, we've created this short comic strip! We hope you like it!
Posted on February 19, 2013 by Tony Long
You can read more reviews like this, listen to Tony’s productions, purchase synth patches and more at his personal site -> Tony Long Music.
AKAI MPC STUDIO - INTRODUCTION
Well, having just reviewed the Native Instruments Maschine Mk2, I am now lucky enough to get my hands on the recently released Akai MPC Studio with its slim silver looks to tempt anyone who is into the world of grooveboxes, loops and samples. There are many discussions and comparisons between Maschine and the different Akai MPC products and when you are trying to make the right choice it is therefore understandably very difficult. For this reason, whilst the main focus of this article will be on the Akai MPC Studio, I will also throw in the occasional comparison to the Maschine Mk2 to assist you folks sitting on the fence.
Posted on February 20, 2013 by Joe Stachowiak
If you're after a pair of high-quality studio monitors but you don't think you can afford them then think again! We've got some unbelievable savings on Sonodyne monitors, which can save you 100s of pounds! Get a pair of Sonodyne SM50Ak monitors for just £500 (was £779.98), a pair of Sonodyne SM100Ak monitors for just £640 (was £998), or a pair of Sonodyne SM200Ak monitors for just £780 (was £1270)!!! Don't miss this one!
Posted on February 21, 2013 by Joe Stachowiak
Apogee have announced that their professional Quartet interface is now compatible with the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch! This is fantastic news if you work with recording apps such as GarageBand, although of course the Quartet also works flawlessy with Mac computers, allowing you to pick and choose the device you work with. Plus, you can also claim a FREE Apogee 30-pin cable...
Posted on February 21, 2013 by Joe Stachowiak
Yes, you did read the title correctly and we haven't made any spelling mistakes! This is definitely one of the more inventive performance videos that we've come across! Check out the video below to see J.Viewz using various pieces of fruit, veg and mushrooms as triggers to recreate Massive Attack's hit song, Teardrop! He even has a carrot taped to a turntable, which hits a trigger on every rotation to produce an extra percussion hit in time with the music!
Posted on March 5, 2013 by Joe Stachowiak
Yes, that's right, the long awaited Ableton Live 9 and Ableton Live 9 Suite are now available to buy! However, don't forget to check out our range of unmissable deals, which allow you to bag Live 9 plus a piece of professional hardware for, in many cases, significantly less than the cost of Live 9 on its own (click here for more information)!!! Read on to find out more about these deals as well as learn what's new in Live 9!
Posted on March 6, 2013 by Joe Stachowiak
From now until the end of April 2013, you can grab Addictive Keys software for just £80 (usually £119)!!! XLN Addictive Keys is a professional virtual keyboard/piano instrument, which is packed with sounds and effects and features a load of tweakability! Check out some of its features in the short video below:
Posted on March 7, 2013 by Joe Stachowiak
Great news for all those with an iPad - you can now get a variation of the hugely popular Novation Launchpad in a FREE iPad app form! The app comes with loads of loops and samples so you can get creating music right away, and it's really simple to use, so even if you've not got a background in music composition, you'll find this app great fun! Just like the hardware Launchpad (which works with Ableton Live software as opposed to featuring its own built-in loops), the Launchpad app features a multi-coloured pad grid, allowing you trigger sounds and effects. The app also features built-in time-stretching, ensuring that your loops always stay in time.
Posted on March 11, 2013 by Joe Stachowiak
Breaking news! Native Instruments have just announced that they will be releasing an update to their hugely popular Komplete software package - introducing Komplete 9 and Komplete 9 Ultimate! Komplete software comprises of a shed-load of professional instruments and effects, many of which are heavily used throughout the music and audio industry, from Native Instruments' powerful Massive synth, to the amazing guitar effects and amp models in Guitar Rig 5, an immense collection of samples and a load more! However, now Komplete 9 and Komplete 9 Ultimate include more than ever before...
Posted on March 12, 2013 by Joe Stachowiak
After listening to their end-users, Propellerhead have included in this latest release, features that many customers have been hankering for - including automatic slicing of audio and the ability to create REX loops without the need for ReCycle, a physical MIDI output to connect keyboards and synths, plus parallel and group channels in the mixer.
Reason 7 will also include a device called Automatic Retro Transformer (think Instagram for audio), some hefty upgrades to the included sound bank, plus a visual EQ and spectrum analyser.
Posted on March 13, 2013 by Joe Stachowiak
EZdrummer is a professional piece of drum sampling software, which provides a simple yet powerful platform for creating your own realistic drum grooves. It comes packed full of professionally sampled kits, along with a huge library of MIDI loops, which you can use as starting points to create your own patterns. However, you can also expand your library by adding custom kits and loops for your favourite genres (e.g. Metal, Pop, Latin, Jazz, Funk, etc.) with Toontracks impressive range of expansion packs.
Until 30th April 2013, you can bag selected Toontrack EZX expansion packs for half their RRP!
Posted on March 20, 2013 by Joe Stachowiak
Buy any new Focusrite, Novation or KRK product from us from now until 10th May and you will be eligible to enter an AMAZING competition, with a £200 voucher being given away everyday for 50 days! The first draw takes place this Friday (22nd March) and the good news is that you only need to enter once to be entered into all following prize draws! That means that if you purchase a product and enter the competition before Friday, you will be giving yourself 50 chances of winning £200, so be quick!
The cheapest way to enter is by purchasing the Focusrite Plug-in Suite software for just £19.99 (click here), or you may also be interested in our money-saving Focusrite Novation Collection, which provides the Focusrite Plug-in Suite, plus the awesome V-Station as Bass Station virtual synths, all for just £29! Click here for more info!
Posted on March 27, 2013 by Gary Ellis
Berlin Deep House legend Henrik Schwarz (!K7/Ibadan) is world renowned for taking live House and Techno to newer and more exciting levels. Alongside Dixon (Innervisions) & Ame, their live House music shows are second to none; however, Henrik admits that he is not musically trained in any way, and shows us in this video how his self-created Max for Live/Ableton Live 9 plug-in "The Schwarzonator" does all the hard work!
If you, like Henrik, produce and want to expand your musical prowess then watch this video; you won't believe what this FREE plug-in can do! Click here to grab it for yourself from Ableton's website!
Posted on March 22, 2013 by Joe Stachowiak
We were recently joined by Chris Calcutt from Focusrite Novation who talked us through their new Scarlett 18i20 interface! With 8 analogue inputs/mic pres, 10 analogue outputs, plus S/PDIF and ADAT connectivity, this powerful USB 2.0 interface can provide a maximum of 18 inputs and 20 outputs! It even ships with Mix Control software, which allows you to configure all the routings of the interface with ease!
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