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Eventide has a Holiday Giveaway



Eventide has a Holiday Giveaway that will last through December of 2020. The prizes will change each week. Those who want to enter the Eventide Holiday Giveaway must fill out a form on their website and like or follow Eventide on at least one of their social media pages (Facebook, Twitter & Instagram).

This holiday season, we will be giving away over $5,000 in prizes throughout the month of December! Every week we’ll have a different prize package, so be sure to stay tuned to find out what we’ll be giving away next!

The current Eventide Holiday Giveaway (Week 3) is the Ultimate Home Studio. Eventide partnered with Arturia and Newfangled Audio to give one lucky winner this Ultimate Home Studio bundle. It is valued at over $3,000. This prize package includes every Eventide plug-in, the entire suite of Newfangled Audio plug-ins, and an Arturia KeyLab 61 MkII.

Eventide has a vast amount of plug-ins, some of which have been put together in bundles. Individual plug-ins focus on effects, reverb, clockwork legacy, or utility.

The Auturia KeLab 61 MkII was released in 2018. It combines the comprehensive control of Auturia’s classic original KeyLab with the streamlined workflow and smart features of KeyLab Essential, while adding exciting new features and a new level of quality, expression, and luxury. KeyLab MkII is the must-have controller for professional music makers.

Newfangled Audio has several plug-ins. Generate is a chaotic polysynth extraordinaire. Pendulate is a free chaotic monosynth. Elevate is a master limiter with a brain. Equivocate has human ear EQ. Punctuate is an intelligent transient shaper. Saturate is a spectral clipper and psychoacoustic overdrive.


Roland Announces Aerophone Pro



Roland announced Aerophone Pro, the new flagship model in the company’s acclaimed Aerophone series of digital wind instruments. Combining numerous design refinements and premium components with enhanced playability and a vast sonic palette from Roland’s SuperNATURAL and ZEN-Core sound engines, Aerophone Pro enables wind players to take their music where it’s never gone before.

Introduced in 2016, the Aerophone series has opened a universe of creative possibilities for wind musicians. While developing Aerophone Pro, Roland reached out to expert players around the globe for suggestions on taking the Aerophone experience to the next level. Their feedback led to many thoughtful improvements that substantially enhance the instrument’s look, feel, sound, and playability. The result is a revolutionary wind instrument that gives musicians a bold and highly expressive new voice.

Aerophone Pro’s thin, ergonomic design looks great on stage and is easier to hold for a more confident playing experience. Controls are easy to reach, and the streamlined body and aluminum accents exude an understated-yet-classy presence. The discrete OLED screen provides quick visual access to various parameters can be viewed at any angle and in any kind of lighting.

The stock fingering on Aerophone Pro is the same as an acoustic sax and includes a high-F# key. Multiple user-customizable fingerings are supported as well, and configurable control for both hands and a MIDI input for footswitches greatly expand performance options. Through extensive research and development, the breath and bite sensors are more responsive and expressive than ever, and the user can save personalized settings for their own style.

Aerophone Pro packs entire brass and woodwind sections into one instrument. Developed with professional players, there are newly enhanced soprano, alto, and tenor saxes, vibrant new trumpet sounds, and authentic world instruments like the stunning new duduk. Roland’s SuperNATURAL technology translates every playing nuance with lifelike dynamics, articulations, and overtones, while new controller options enable idiomatic performance techniques on a range of instruments, from mainstream to exotic.

Aerophone Pro also features Roland’s ZEN-Core Synthesis System, the sound engine that powers flagship synthesizers like FANTOM and JUPITER-X. Presets crafted by the world’s foremost wind synth sound designers provide everything from vintage analog synth tones to modern hybrid sounds, with the refined expression and articulation only a wind instrument can provide.

Aerophone Pro enables powerful and expressive performances in any situation. Its robust design and flexible audio and MIDI connections make it perfect for any live gig, or as the center of a wind controller-based production studio. And with a headphones jack, Bluetooth MIDI, built-in speaker, and battery-powered operation, users can pick up and play whenever and wherever inspiration strikes.

Aerophone Pro offers powerful onboard editing tools for personalizing sounds on the spot. Even deeper customization and sound organization is available through an editor app for iOS and Android mobile devices. And with easily selectable scene memories and favorites, users can quickly navigate the large array of tones and mark them for instant recall while performing.


Yamaha Celebrates Signature Bass Icon Peter Hook With Signature BB Bass



Yamaha introduced the Peter Hook Signature BB Bass, unique instrument honoring the enduring relationship between Yamaha and the celebrated artist.

Peter Hook is best known as the bassist and founding member of Joy Division and New Order, two English rock bands who rank among the pioneers of the post-punk movement. Hook has pursued an innovative, 40-plus year career with these and other bands, blending post-punk with electronic and dance-music influences during his musical evolution.

Throughout his career, Hook has chosen Yamaha BB basses for their assertive sound and durable construction. At the start of his career, Hook latched onto the Yamaha BB600 as an early favorite and finally landed on the BB1200S, which has stayed with him over the decades. He now owns seven BB1200S models, and his very first BB1200S still resides at his home for playing and recording.

The Peter Hook Signature BB Bass combines influences from his longtime companion BB1200S and the BB734A he currently plays on tour with Peter Hook & The Light, paying tribute to an artist whose unique playing style and musicianship changed the course of modern music.

“It’s such a compliment to be recognized for what you’ve done and to have it come full circle and culminate with my own signature bass — made to my specs and to satisfy my playing — is such an honor, and I’m very happy with it,” said Hook. “I’m very proud to have worked with Yamaha to develop the BBPH and I think it’s one of the best guitars in the world if I do say so myself!”

To fit Hook’s style of playing high on the fretboard, the signature model reworks the pickup arrangement of the BB1200S to draw out “that sweeter sound for the treble strings and the tighter sound for the bass strings,” says Pat Campolattano, senior designer and luthier, Yamaha Guitar Group. Working closely with Hook on the development of the BBPH, Campolattano also replaced the straight-through neck of the BB1200S with a bolt-on design that brings out the unique tone Hook has popularized in his music while maintaining the sturdiness of a straight-through neck.

The distinctive “BB1200S Red” finish on the 3-piece body and matching headstock evokes Hook’s classic instrument, as does the single, reversed pickup. The VSP7n split, single-coil is paired with a true active/passive preamp to offer the best of both classic and modern BB tone. Similar to Hook’s BB734A, a 3-band EQ is available in the active mode, and the treble knob acts as a master tone control in the passive mode. Hook’s signature is screened on the back of the headstock, above a nod to “Manchester, England!” Even in these small details, this signature bass celebrates the history of this eminent artist and his indelible influence on modern music.

The Yamaha BBPH Peter Hook Signature Bass (MSRP: $2,000.00) is now shipping. The BBPH is a limited-edition model, and only 14 basses of its kind are available in the United States.


Fender Launches All-New Signature Stratocaster with Tash Sultana



Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) released the all-new Tash Sultana Stratocaster, which is Tash Sultana’s first artist signature model with the iconic guitar brand. Sultana has long played Fender to create their signature sound: layered loops that fuse indie with ambient rock and impressive guitar licks.

In the past five years, Sultana has rocketed to global fame, from open mic nights and busking in Melbourne to sold out shows around the world playing their hit songs Jungle, Notion, and more. Designed in collaboration with Sultana, the Stratocaster reflects their unique, multi-faceted playing style allowing for a wide range of tones and sounds.

“Fender is one of the first guitars I saved up for when I started playing and in fact is the first instrument I learned to play,” said Tash Sultana. “It’s surreal to have my own signature model now after walking through music stores as a kid seeing so many guitars I wish I could have owned. The guitar has truly become my third arm and I hope that my signature guitar with Fender sparks other guitar players to create music that inspires and allows self expression freely.”

Finished in vibrant Transparent Cherry and furnished with all-gold hardware, the Tash Sultana signature Stratocaster has good looks to match its upscale appointments. Featuring a matching painted headstock, custom “skull” neck plate and the clarity and sparkle of Yosemite single-coil Strat pickups combined with the powerful Double Tap humbucking bridge pickup, this guitar delivers a wide range of tonal options at your fingertips – a nod to Tash’s ability to create a diverse range of sounds.

The Deep “C” shape maple neck with 9.5” radius fingerboard and 22 medium jumbo frets provides comfortable modern playability while the vintage-style synchronized tremolo offers classic Strat vibrato action.

“Fender is thrilled to be partnering with Tash Sultana on their signature Stratocaster,” said Justin Norvell, EVP Fender Products. “We collaborated with Tash every step of the way to ensure their signature model has the capability to emulate the unique tones they create on stage. The pickup combination offers a wide tonal variety that lends itself to the vast tonal palette required for building complex loops just like Tash does. Tash’s unique style of playing is an inspiration for young artists everywhere to push their creative boundaries with the guitar and not be afraid to chase their dreams.”

The Tash Sultana Stratocaster is $1,099.99.


Helix 3.0 has Arrived!



Line 6 announced that Helix 3.0 has arrived! With the introduction of Helix 3.0 firmware, all Helix and HX processors now feature live world-class Polymorphic Pitch effects and 15 additional new amps, cabs, and effects, including the Horizon Precision Drive and the 1973 Electro-Harmonix “Ram’s Head” Big Muff Pi.

The new features include True Preset Spillover (Helix processors only), Favorites, and User Model Defaults. Plus, the HX Stomp pedal’s simultaneous block count has been increased from six to eight.

Helix guitar processors have set a new standard for speed and ease of use to craft authentic and responsive guitar tones. Each product in the Helix family provides a familiar approach to tone creation, with a straightforward and intuitive interface that eliminates complex menu diving, and replace it with incredibly easy interaction. Helix products deliver extensive flexibility for a variety of applications, enabling you to take tones from studio to stage – and back again.

Powered by next-generation HX Modeling technology, the Helix family recreates amps, cabs, mics, and effects with accuracy and precision. Vintage and modern tube amp models give an authentic sound and feel, and are designed to interact with your playing like the originals.


HOFA Christmas Mix Contest has Started!



HOFA previously announced that its 12th Annual Xmas Mix Contest would begin on December 1, 2020. You can now download the song “Christmas Blind” and remix it into your entry for the contest.

The annual HOFA XMAS MIX CONTEST has begun on December 1st! For the 12th time now, we are organizing this mixing and remixing contest for all those who want to spend some quality time in their home studio.

Every year, the contest song was written by HOFA CEO Jochen Sache. This year, he brought the platinum awarded hard rock specialist Dennis Ward on board as producer and mixing engineer – for a reason: the song is a pretty heavy rock track!

Those who want to enter the contest can visit the HOFA website and watch a video that features this year’s song. Enter your email address to reveal the link to the download page. After you are done mixing/remixing the song, you can send it to HOFA via the upload portal hofa-contest.com. You can also listen to the submissions of other participants.

The closing date for entries is January 31st, 2021.

Prizes this year are worth more than €15,000! This year, there will be prize money of €1,000 twice – for the best mix and for the best remix of the contest song – and also attractive special prizes from Steinberg, Neumann, Sennheiser, Native Instruments, Shure, ADAM Audio, AKG, Novation, Toontrack, Sommer Cable, Reveal Sound, König & Meyer and HOFA.


Eventide has a Holiday Sale



Eventide has a Holiday Savings Event that will last through January 4, 2021. Save on hundreds on select plug-ins and bundles, including their 23 plug-in Anthology XI bundle and Newfangled Audio’s Elevate Mastering Bundle! There’s never been a better time to stock up on award winning effects.

Products in the Holiday Savings Event include:

Anthology XI (now $499.00): Anthology XI is a suite of 23 plug-ins that span over 45 years of legendary Eventide sounds. From channel strips to reverbs to multi-effects. Anthology XI has all the tools you need to enhance your tracks and to fire your imagination. A true must-have for any size studio.

Elevate Bundle (now $79.99): Elevate is the most advanced mastering plug-in ever created. This unique multi-band limiter, human-ear EQ and powerful audio maximizer will increase the loudness of your mix while maintaining or improving its dynamic perception. It uses intelligent, adaptive, technology that responds in real time to your music; creating not only the loudest, but the best sounding master.

H9 Plug-in Series (now $299.00): The H9 Plug-in Series Bundle is an iconic collection of powerful effects from the H9 Harmonizer. Built for the modern producer, the H9 Plug-in Series Bundle has everything you need to reverberate, modulate, delay, crush, pitch shift and saturate your audio. Valued at over $1100 if purchased separately, this collection has some of the most sought-after Eventide effects. It’s a must-have toolkit for all producers, engineers, sound designers and musicians who want to add expressive effects to their sound.

Ultra Essentials Bundle (now $99.00): Designed as the ultimate toolset for producers, engineers and sound designers, the Ultra Essentials Bundle features three of Eventide’s most powerful plugins: UltraChannel, UltraReverb and UltraTap. Whether you are mixing or tracking a record, live sound or post production, Eventide’s Ultra Essentials will not only make everyday tasks easier but also fire your imagination.


Newfangled Audio Holiday Sale



Newfangled Audio has an Audio Holiday Sale. The sale is described as having new features and the best prices ever. It is unclear when this sale will end.

Here are some of the products that are part of the Holiday Sale:

Elevate Mastering Bundle ($79!): Elevate is the most advanced mastering plug-in ever created. This unique multi-band limiter, human-ear EQ and powerful audio maximizer will increase the loudness of your mix while maintaining or improving its dynamic perception. It uses intelligent, adaptive technology that responds in real time to your music; creating not only the loudest, but the best sounding master.

Generate ($99): Generate is based on a set of chaotic generators. What looks like randomness contains underlying patterns, interconnectedness, constant feedback loops, repetition, self-similarity, fractals, and self-organization.

Each of Generate’s 5 chaotic generators bring out these underlying patterns and create an oscillator that can smoothly fade from a sine wave to total chaos, with an expanse of territory to explore in between. The musical textures created include distortion, harmonics, grunge, static, and noise. All of which can be predictably or unpredictably modulated.

Pendulate (FREE): Bored of the same old synth sounds? Newfangled Audio’s Pendulate is refreshingly different. Pendulate is a chaotic monosynth that uses a brand new double-pendulum-oscillator to create previously unheard sounds – biting basses, searing leads, and gritty textures. It can smoothly fade from a sine wave to total chaos, with an expanse of territory to explore in between.

Saturate ($19): Saturate is the perfect tool for adding some grit to an instrument or mix, either to transparently reduce the dynamic range, or to overdrive it and make it gel. Its unique detail preservation algorithm allows you to overdrive or clip individual sources, or entire mixes, in a way that allows them to continue to sound clear and pleasant – and without the fine detail that you do with other clippers.


Line 6 Holiday Savings Sale



Line 6 is having a Huge Holiday Savings sale, where you can find big savings on Powercab and more. This offer ends on December 31, 2020. Take advantage of these colorful Holiday Savings to brighten your musical world.

The Huge Holiday Savings Sale Includes:

Save up to $250 on Powercab! The Powercab 112, Powercab 112 Plus, and Powercab 212 Plus active speaker systems were specifically designed for use with modelers. Your amplification and speaker system is responsible for at least half of your tone and also determines how your modeling rig feels and responds to your playing – so why play through anything incapable of making your modeler sound as true to your intended tone as possible?

$50 Instant Rebate on Relay G10S: The Relay G10S is a stompbox plug-and-play guitar wireless system that frees guitarists and bassists to move around the stage untethered with an impressive 130′ line-of-site range. The Relay G10S wireless system features a rugged metal stompbox receiver that easily integrates into a pedalboard, as well as as simple plug-and-play operation. Thanks to its intelligent setup features, the unit immediately locates and locks onto the strongest available wireless frequency as soon as the transmitter is docked in the receiver. It also has a manual channel select option.

Get Helix Backpack FREE for a limited time with Purchase of Helix Floor or Helix LT Guitar Processor: The Helix Backpack is a rugged, go-anywhere custom-designed carrying case made especially for Helix Floor and Helix LT guitar processors. The same care and attention to detail that went into those Helix processors are reflected in the backpack. From its luggage-grade construction and closed-cell foam padding to its rugged, molded rubber carrying handles and water-resistant zippers, the Helix Backpack will protect your gear for years to come.

For the ultimate in convenience, the Helix Backpack also provides ample room for additional items such as sheet music, cables, small pedals, power supplies, and other accessories.


Newfangled Audio Capture the Chaos Contest



Newfangled Audio has teamed up with Sensel and SonalSystem to bring you a video contest with opportunities to win a Sensel Morph MPE controller, the entire line of Newfangled Audio products, and Pendulate and Generate Disa-Rayd Preset Packs from SonalSystem.

The Capture the Chaos contest was inspired by the incredibly cool visualizer of Newfangled Audio’s Pendulate and Generate software synthesizers, we wanted to give you a chance to quickly share a sonic moment and even win some amazing prizes. Additionally, you’ll get a great discount on some hardware, software, and presets.

To enter the contest, you must download the contest Pendulate version which includes the excessive SonalSystem preset pack. Design a sound or song using Generate or Pendulate & capture the visualizer. Post to Facebook, YouTube, or Instagram, with hashtag #icapturedthechaos & tag @newfangledaudio @sonalsystem @senselinc.

Rules:

  • Entrants must post a short sound design or composition using Pendulate or Generate only.
  • Capture the screen on Mac or Windows with visualizer on, and record with a screencap or camera.
  • If you use multiple tracks, show all the visualizer.
  • Post to Facebook, YouTube, or Instagram.
  • Multiple Entries allowed!
  • Phone video is allowed, but this is judged on how it looks and sound!
  • Entrants must live in US, Canada, EU or UK.
  • Entries must be posted before December 18, 2020, 11:59 PST.

Grand Prize includes:

  • Sensel Morph + Buchla Thunder & Piano Overlays
  • License for Generate
  • License for Elevate Mastering Bundle (Elevate, Punctuate, Saturate, and Equivocate plug-ins)
  • SonalSystem’s “Disa-Rayd” presets for Generate and Pendulate

2 Runner Ups Prizes include:

  • License for Generate
  • License for Elevate Mastering Bundle (Elevate, Punctuate, Saturate, and Equivocate plug-ins)
  • Sonal System’s “Disa-Rayd” presets for Generate and Pendulate