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Elysia, ‘beech boys’

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

High-end studio processor manufacturer elysia is delighted to announce availability of the ‘beech boys‘ introducing a unique new look for its xpressor and xfilter 500 series modules, manufactured as a brand-new limited-edition with handmade wooden front panels. “The origin for this special...

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Black Sabbath Keyboardist Geoff Nicholls Dies

Monday, January 30th, 2017

Geoff Nicholls, who played keyboards with Black Sabbath from 1979-2004, has died. He was 68. According to Tony Iommi’s post on Facebook, the cause was lung cancer. “I’m so saddened to hear the loss of one of my dearest and closest friends Geoff Nicholls,” he wrote. “He’s been suffering...

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New REV2 16-Voice Analog Poly Synth

Sunday, January 29th, 2017

the REV2, a new 16-voice analog synthesizer designed to be a successor to their popular Prophet ’08 poly synth. Like its predecessor, the REV2 features two DCOs per voice, and Curtis filters at the heart of its sound engine, but boasts a number of significant enhancements designed to make it more...

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Is this useful for musicians?

Saturday, January 28th, 2017

For many music-making early adopters of Apple’s latest MacBook Pro, the introduction of Touch Bar support in Logic Pro X 10.3 is a make or break moment – the point at which it becomes clear whether Cupertino’s controversial touchscreen compromise represents a bold new paradigm in...

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Maximising your practice time

Friday, January 27th, 2017

Think of the time and energy athletes have to commit to every day in their training regimes. Like the athletes, we pianists also have to train– playing the piano requires countless hours of dedication. We had better know what we are doing, though! Here are a few tips that will help you get the most...

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Music teachers being made redundant

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Coventry Council has decided to make all of its peripatetic music teachers redundant from April this year. The council will offer them self-employment after April, but the Musicians’ Union has argued that this decision will contribute to a growing class divide when it comes to learning an instrument.

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Applications open for NYCGB fellowship programme

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

Applications for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain’s fellowship programme 2017/18 are now open. Each year, eight talented choral singers aged 22-25 benefit from a 50-day training programme designed to develop their skills in performance, education and leadership. Fellowship holders are...

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The Noiiz Plugin

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

We’re proud to introduce you to the Noiiz Plugin! Noiiz is a brand new platform launching this Tuesday, the 24th of January, 2017. As a member, you’ll be able to download the plugin free of charge. This is just the beginning of an exciting new journey exploring the relationship between...

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A few surprises from Tracktion

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

This week’s NAMM show brings a few surprises from Tracktion Corporation. Continuing a steady stream of innovation, the Seattle-based software developer is demonstrating Waveform™, a new DAW to replace the T-Series workstations that have been the backbone of its product range. In addition, initiatives...

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Electro-funk pioneer William Onyeabor dies aged 70

Saturday, January 21st, 2017

Synth funk musician and pioneer William Onyeabor has died at the age of 70 at his home in Enugu, Nigeria. According to a statement released nu David Byrne’s record label Luaka Bop, the artist died peacefully in his sleep on January 16th at his home following a short illness. The statement describes...

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Softube announces Console 1 Mk II

Friday, January 20th, 2017

High-end plug-in specialist Softube is proud to announce Console 1 Mk II — an upgraded version of its award-winning hardware/software mixing system, representing an enormous leap forward from its predecessor with support for selected UAD Powered Plug-ins from Universal Audio and a substantial, permanent...

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Learn and play

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Tido and sheet music publisher Edition Peters have released a fantastic range of piano repertoire in a groundbreaking new form: the Piano Masterworks collection as featured on the Tido Music iPad app. This amazing digital resource has been designed to complement your printed music library.

The...

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Nick Rhodes on the JD-XA

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Few synth players have made a greater impact on British music than Nick Rhodes. As co-founder of new wave legends and national treasures Duran Duran, his classic lines powered early-’80s mega-hits like Rio, Girls On Film and Hungry Like The Wolf, while his trusty Roland Jupiter-4 and Jupiter-8 rode...

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Musical nation reputation under threat

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Wales will no longer be a musical nation unless it tackles a crisis in funding for school music lessons, a leading conductor has told AMs. Owain Arwel Hughes said music taught children self-discipline, and people had told him it saved them from prison. He called for the setting up of a national...

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Spitfire Audio symphonic scoring with SSO solution

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

Spitfire Audio, purveyors of the finest virtual instruments from the finest musical samples in the world, is proud to announce availability of SPITFIRE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (SSO)  sampling everything needed to create blockbuster symphonic works for film, games, radio, and television via the finest...

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