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XILS-lab PolyKB III

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

Audio software company XILS-lab is proud to announce availability of PolyKB III, the third software ‘reincarnation’ of the ultra-rare RSF Polykobol II — an analogue (albeit arguably failed) French programmable polysynth par excellence — as the synthesizer they should have invented...

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Me in my studio: Dave Seaman

Friday, December 30th, 2016

Whether DJing, producing or remixing, Dave Seaman has been leaving his mark on the dance music scene for well over two decades now. In that time he’s worked with the likes of Kylie Minogue and Pet Shop Boys, and reworked tracks by David Bowie, New Order, U2 and Michael Jackson (among others).

These...

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Learning a new piece of music

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

The first few weeks, when the piece is still very new, can be an uphill slog as you cope with note-reading and learning, understanding the structure and harmony, and trying to get a handle on the character and expressive elements of the piece. Then one day you go to practise it and suddenly it seems...

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Improve Your Sight-reading Skills

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

As we move into 2017, New Year’s resolutions are possibly lurking somewhere in our sub-conscious, and what better way to seriously improve piano playing than to implement a new sight-reading routine? Few pianists are keen sight-readers, many believing a specific talent is required to read quickly....

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New Predator 2 update

Monday, December 26th, 2016

If you own Predator 2 bundle, you can log-in at robpapen.com to download the latest version of Predator 2.
Please visit ‘My products’ and open the download page below your product registration. You can then download the installer and run it to install the latest version of Predator...

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Merry Christmas From My Keyboard Lessons.

Sunday, December 25th, 2016

Happy Xmas all of you wonderful piano and keyboard players. Here is a special Christmas surprise for all of you piano teachers and students, its funny keyboard photos to put a Christmas smile on your face. Like Santa you’ll be saying “Ho, ho, ho” at these hilarious pianist pictures we have posted...

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Survey finds ‘shocking’ lack of encouragement for children learning to play a musical instrument

Saturday, December 24th, 2016

Despite 85% of adults agreeing that children benefit from playing a musical instrument, a staggering 77% believe that there is a shocking lack of encouragement for children to learn to play. Those figures come from a new survey conducted by Yamaha Music London, who spoke to 1,000 adults across the...

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Sonokinetic Ostinato Strings

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

It slots in right between phrase based products like Maximo and Sotto and the multi sampled orchestral line started with the Orchestral Series: Woodwinds, offering more control than the first and quicker realistic results than the latter. Ostinato – Strings provides the user with a fast and...

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Antelope Audio Vintage Tone Shaping

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

Antelope Audio, a leading interface company specializing in FPGA-based vintage FX modeling, announces several new hardware-based FPGA FX models for its interfaces for the second time in as many months. This new update furthers the collaboration between Antelope and high-end preamplifier and EQ manufacturer...

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The MU calls for better treatment for freelance musicians

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

The Musicians’ Union is backing a new petition calling for a law to force employers to pay on time for freelance work. The petition reads: “Too many times have we all (as freelancers) faced clients that do not pay, or take forever to do so. We have no structure or law to support us in this matter...

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Common Mic’ing Mistakes That Bands Make on DIY Recordings

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

After listening to countless young artists’ demos and tracks from home studios, We’ve noticed a few common (and often, easily fixable) mistakes that seem to keep popping up. Assuming that you have a good song to start with, the biggest problem is that most of today’s bands start the recording...

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Avoid Blowing Your Budget Before Your Album Release

Monday, December 19th, 2016

You’ve got your hands on your freshly mastered album, something you’ve poured countless hours and thousands of pounds into. When release day finally comes, you wait anxiously for the media to pick it up, for the sales to roll in, for the praise and recognition you know you’ve earned to come...

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Music Week Awards 2017

Sunday, December 18th, 2016

The Music Week Awards are the UK’s only music awards that recognise labels, publishing, live, retail, A&R, radio, marketing and PR. Celebrating the very finest achievements, companies and individuals from across all sectors of the biz, the event will take place at London’s Grosvenor House...

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Spitfire Audio, Orchestral woodwinds

Saturday, December 17th, 2016

Spitfire Audio, purveyors of the finest virtual instruments from the finest musical samples in the world, is proud to announce availability of Spitfire SYMPHONIC WOODWINDS  with a decade of woodwind virtual instrument-making experience going into creating this second-to-none conclusive compendium...

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Audified U78 Saturator

Friday, December 16th, 2016

Audified is proud to announce availability of U78 Saturator  saturation effects plug-in par excellence, utilising meticulous models of the amazing-sounding analogue circuitry central to the U73b, the treasured Sixties-vintage German broadcast compressor/limiter that found favour in European mastering...

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