On Wednesday of this week, iZotope announced the release of their updated Nectar 2 software. Nectar 2 is a complete professional software package for refining your vocal recordings into professional takes and until the end of October 2013, you can grab it at the special introductory price of just £139 (usually £189).
Unlike other vocal software, Nectar doesn't provide you one or two specific tools... it features everything you need to get your vocals sounding perfect! For example...
If you're after a synthesiser with a deep, warm analogue sound then you can't go wrong with a Dave Smith! With a rich background in analogue synth design and creation, Dave Smith Instruments have built on the foundations that they laid with their classic Prophet synths and now offer a selection of synths for different needs and budgets right up to their flagship new Prophet 12, which combines the best of both the analogue and digital worlds in one mighty 12 voice polyphonic synth.
The Mopho module is Dave Smith Instruments' most affordable synth (also available in a compact keyboard version), essentially providing you with a single Prophet 08 voice, with a 100% analogue signal path, two oscillators and two sub octave generators, making it amazing for deep basses as well as classic analogue leads.
For many years, Akai's MPC range has been what serious producers have looked towards for sampling and groove creation. Whilst the original units had a standalone design with built-in memory, modern MPC models have moved with the times, now employing a hybrid design that takes maximum advantage of your computer's processing power and large screen, to make creating beats and tracks simpler than ever.
The great news for anyone wanting to bag themself a true, modern MPC unit is that if you purchase before the end of October 2013, you can make HUGE savings, and we mean HUGE!
Save £100 on the MPC Studio and claim free sample CDs, all for just £299! Or, if you want the latest flagship MPC controller, grab the MPC Renaissance for just £699 and claim a FREE pair of M-Audio BX8A studio monitors and Oxygen 25 MIDI keyboard, plus a selection of professional sample CDs! Read on to find out more...
For all Nord Lead 4 owners, you can now download up to 6 special preset libraries for your synth for the princely sum of NOTHING! Professional sound designers ASL SoundLab, Federico Solazzo, Åke Danielson, Palle Dahlstedt, Kristofer Ulfves and Ulf "Vinyl" Stenberg were all chosen for their unique styles, in order to create a comprehensive new set of sounds, from analogue-sounding leads and pads, FM pianos, dirty rave basses and loads more!
CLICK HERE to listen to some demos of these new sounds, or CLICK HERE to get them! There are plenty of other free presets libraries on there as well so feel free to check them out too! Please note that presets are transferred using the Nord Sound Manager.
Are you an unsigned band or singer/songwriter with your own, unique tracks? If so then Shure want to hear from you and in return, you could win a shed-load of amazing prizes, including a gig at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2014, the chance to record a 3 track EP with Chris Kimsey (probably most famous for co-producing The Rolling Stones' Undercover and Steel Wheels albums) at Kore Studios in London, plus €3000-worth of Shure gear!
Grand Chapel Studios, built within the walls of a 150 year old Methodist Chapel in central Bedfordshire, opened its doors in April this year. Since opening, it has seen a horde of talented artists come through its doors, including Theo Jackson, Lotte Mullan and Natty.
Whilst at the studio, Natty performed a live version of his track 'Steal Away', which was recorded using a Gemini II dual valve condenser microphone, an sE Rupert Neve RNR1 ribbon mic and sE4 condenser microphone. Check it out in the video below!
Calling all guitarists and bassists (and even keyboard and synth players): if you're after some true analogue effects to spice up your rig or create some crazy, vintage sounds, but you've never been able to afford one, then this announcement is going to blow your socks off!
Moog have miniaturised their awesome Moogerfooger pedal range, so you can now get the same quality of analogue effects in a more compact and affordable design. There are currently 5 Minifoogers in this new range: the MF Drive, MF Delay, MF Ring, MF Boost and MF Trem.
The Novation Ultranova is a powerful analogue-modelling synthesiser that is capable of producing a huge variety of different sounds from huge basses to floaty pads, electronic percussion and loads more. The Ultranova's sound engine is based on Novation's classic Supernova II synth, but it brings it right up to date with features such as wavetable synthesis, a software editor and a built-in 2-in, 4-out USB audio interface. Check it out in the video below!
For a limited time, you can grab a FREE pair of KRK KNS6400 headphones (worth £84) with every Ultranova! KNS6400s are closed back studio headphones that have very similar characteristics to KRKs popular studio monitors, which in my opinion push you to make big, in-your-face mixes; ideal for dance music! CLICK HERE for more information on this deal
Good news for all analogue synth fanatics, because we've just had another delivery of MS-20 Minis! These compact synths feature the exact same electronics (and hence sound) as the original iconic MS-20, but this new version now comes in a slightly smaller and MUCH more affordable package with USB and MIDI connections.
We don't expect our latest delivery to stick around for long, so if you're on the market for one then we suggest getting an order in asap to avoid having to wait for the next UK shipment.
Check it out in the video below with Andrew Innes from Primal Scream...
For those who haven't bought one yet, the wait is finally over and you can now get hands on with the awesome new Dave Smith Instruments Prophet 12 analogue synthesiser in our Bournemouth pro-music superstore (CLICK HERE to find us). The Prophet 12 is a 12 voice analogue/digital hybrid synth with four oscillators per voice and loads of built-in effects. Believe us when we say that it sounds absolutely incredible!
Having demoed the Prophet 12, I have to say that its versatility completely blew me away. It could do everything from classic analogue leads and pads right through to some of the filthiest bass sounds that I'd ever heard! Just add a touch of distortion, crank up the number of voices in Unison mode and start to detune and you'll know exactly what I mean!