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Blend and TwoDots Launch Remix Contest

Winning remix of TwoDots theme song to be included on official soundtrack album

NYC (June 2, 2014) – Blend (http://blend.io), an online network where musicians share and collaborate on tracks, announces the opportunity to remix the theme song of TwoDots, the sequel to the very popular and Webby Award winning Dots game, which launched last year to over 20 million downloads. TwoDots was released last week and became the #1 app in over 30 countries by the second day. The app is currently featured in over 100 countries.

Inspiring an up beat, the TwoDots theme song is a whimsical tune that “Blenders” can remix with their own style and direction with Ableton Live. The audio player is at https://blend.io/embed/538b802715d29dac5d000013.

The contest starts today and the song is now available on the Blend network. Remixes can be completed and entered into the competition until June 13. Blend and TwoDots will then choose the best remix to be included on the official soundtrack album for TwoDots, published by Blend and for sale on June 24.

To enter the contest, music producers need to login at https://blend.io/vip/dots and start remixing.

Blend supports major DAWs, such as Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Logic, FL Studio, Garageband, and more. More DAWs are continuously added, allowing music creators to find, share and collaborate on music projects in their native (source) format. While other networks publish completed music, Blend’s focus is on creating and collaborating while projects are in progress.

About Dots
Dots builds unique games with thoughtful design. The studio’s first game, also known as Dots, garnered a massive and loyal following since its launch in 2013. Five billion games were played in the first year alone, and millions more enjoy the game every day. Dots is available as a free download for iPhone, iPad and Android on the Apple App Store, Google Play, Amazon Appstore, and the Taobao Mobile marketplace. Two Dots is the newest game from the studio available on the Apple App Store. You can learn more about Dots by following @playdots on Twitter, liking www.facebook.com/playdots on Facebook and visiting the Dots website: www.weplaydots.com.

About Blend
Blend was created for musicians to connect and share in-progress tracks and collaborate, or “blend” each other’s works. While other networks focus on publishing completed music, Blend provides a platform for musicians to collaborate directly with each other in their native (source) format, such as Ableton Live, Maschine, Pro Tools, Logic, GarageBand and FL Studio. For more information and to enter, please visit http://blend.io.

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Create a demo for a chance to win Steven Wilson’s Ghostwriter and 2 VIP Passes to Steven’s concert & meet the band!

Hollywood, CA (May 30, 2014) – EASTWEST and Steven Wilson offer an exciting contest starting now through the end of June. Composers and musicians who create a demo with Ghostwriter (or a trial version) can enter to win the full version, 2 VIP tickets to a Steven Wilson concert and the chance to meet the band. A free 10-day license can be obtained at the contest entry page (iLok required).

The demo can be in any style and needs to be 2 minutes or longer and must be made using only the 800+ instruments and presets in Ghostwriter.

Entries can be submitted at the contest entry page. The top 10 entries will be voted on at the EASTWEST Facebook page before the June 30 deadline. Sharing with friends on Facebook will result in extra votes, and the entry with the most votes from Facebook voters will also receive a free fully licensed copy of Ghostwriter.

Producers Steven Wilson and Doug Rogers will select the top 3 entries by July 15. The winners will receive a fully licensed copy of Ghostwriter, plus 2 tickets each to a Steven Wilson concert if he performs in the winners area in the next year, with the option to meet Steven after the concert (please note: any travel or other expenses are not included and are the responsibility of the winner).

The winning demos will be posted at the Ghostwriter product pages as “official demos”. For full contest rules, visit the contest entry page.

GHOSTWRITER TRIAL | GO TO CONTEST

About Steven Wilson
One of the most eclectic and prolific artists in rock music, Steven Wilson has been writing, recording, and producing music continuously since the early nineties. Album releases and touring as leader of his band Porcupine Tree, and as a solo artist, Wilson is seen as the predominant progressive rock musician in the world today.

About EASTWEST
Founded by Doug Rogers in 1988, EASTWEST (soundsonline.com) is the most awarded and critically acclaimed producer of virtual (software) instruments in the world with clientele that spans the who’s who of the music, film, television, games, multimedia and performing arts. EASTWEST has led the industry for more than 25 years and provides composers with the very best music creation tools available. Based in Hollywood, USA, soundsonline.com is a wholly owned division of EASTWEST, and the leading source for professional sounds and virtual instruments. Based in Amsterdam, soundsonline-europe.com distributes EASTWEST/QUANTUM LEAP products in Europe. EASTWEST also owns and operates a large recording studio complex in Hollywood (eastweststudios.com), and sounds and software development divisions in Hollywood and Berlin, Germany.

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Hal Leonard Publishes Behind The Boards II

More of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s Greatest Records Revealed

Montclair, NJ – (May 29, 2014) – Hal Leonard Books, the musician’s best source of books on the music business, audio technology, instrument history, and more, has published Behind The Boards II, by Jake Brown. The initial volume of Behind the Boards was the first definitive rock-record producer’s anthology of its kind, taking readers inside the studio to experience the creation of life-changing music by the biggest artists and bands in music history!

Behind the Boards II: The Making of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s Greatest Records Revealed takes fans inside the creation of still more legendary rock gems, including “Hotel California” by the Eagles; “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” by the Clash; “Rocketman” by Elton John; “Ziggy Stardust” by David Bowie; “Start Me Up” by the Rolling Stones; “The Thrill Is Gone” by B.B. King; “Take a Walk on the Wild Side” by Lou Reed; such Beatles classics as “I Am the Walrus,” “Helter Skelter,” and “Give Peace a Chance”; as well as still more hits by Def Leppard, Billy Idol, Stevie Ray Vaughan, George Thorogood, the Police, Jackson Browne, Survivor, Foo Fighters, the Stone Roses, Ozzy Osbourne, Heart, Joe Satriani, Rick Derringer, Peter Frampton, Huey Lewis & the News, Tool, Jon Bon Jovi, Daughtry, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Lenny Kravitz, Tracy Chapman, Steve Miller, Simple Minds, Foreigner, and many more!

A skilled writer and music biographer, Brown brings the reader into the studio by seamlessly oscillating between narration and interview, weaving together the history and context surrounding these classic recordings with the voices of those who were there, behind the boards. Behind The Boards II is a fascinating collection of tales of the technical and human elements behind some of the greatest music of all time.

About the Author

Jake Brown is an award-winning music biographer. His catalog consists of 35 published books including authorized books co-written with living guitar legend Joe Satriani, 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Heart, celebrated rock drummer Kenny Aronoff, heavy metal icon Motorhead, and the late hip-hop pioneer Tupac Shakur. Also to Brown’s credit is the Nashville Songwriter – featuring interviews with Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and others. He has appeared on national television networks, including Fuse TV and Bloomberg TV. Brown lives in Nashville.

Behind The Boards II
$24.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00120810
ISBN: 9781480350601
Width: 6.0″?Length: 9.0″
304 pages

For more information, please visit http://www.halleonardbooks.com – Hal Leonard Books – An Imprint of Hal Leonard.

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Blend Announces Support for FL Studio

Grammy-nominated producer MdL publishes first project in FL Studio file format

NYC (May 20, 2014) – Blend (http://blend.io), an online network where musicians share and collaborate on tracks, announces support for FL Studio project file format. In addition to allowing musicians to publish, pull, and collaborate on tracks made with FL Studio, Blend will automatically detect the version, plug-ins and BPM for each project.

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The first ever project on Blend in FL Studio format has been published by Grammy-nominated producer MdL. Known for his production work with Mike Posner, Justin Bieber, Cody Simpson and many others, MdL went from being a bedroom beat maker to becoming a multi-platinum record producer. His backpack production rig enables him to create from anywhere and everywhere possible, and FL Studio features prominently in his arsenal.

“I started making hip-hop beats with FL Studio about 9 years ago. I have always been a computer nerd/music fan so the two kind of went hand in hand for me”, said MdL. “Over the years, I’ve used many different DAWs but I always find myself back on FL.”

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MdL is among a growing number of producers collaborating on Blend such as Moby, Erin Barra, and Mad Zach as well as thousands more around the world. “Pushing modern production forward is always something I’m excited about, whether it’s about going laptop/backpack only, or watching projects like Blend, especially as the online integration becomes more seamless with production rigs,” adds MdL.

FL Studio is a complete software music production environment or DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) representing more than 14 years of innovative developments. It includes everything musicians need to compose, arrange, record, edit, mix and master professional quality music.

Join the Blend community with an exclusive invitation from Image Line, makers of Fl Studio: https://blend.io/vip/imageline.

 About Blend

Blend was created for musicians to connect and share in-progress tracks and collaborate, or “blend” each other’s works. While other networks focus on publishing completed music, Blend provides a platform for musicians to collaborate directly with each other in their native (source) format, such as Ableton Live, Maschine, Pro Tools, Logic, GarageBand and FL Studio.

For more information and to enter, please visit http://blend.io.

Audiofile Releases Spectre 1.7

Major update to leading audio analysis suites is currently a Featured App and named a “Best New App” on the Mac App Store

Minneapolis – (May 16, 2014) – Audiofile, a leading music technology company, today announced a major update to Spectre, the popular real-time audio analysis suite for OS X. The new version, currently featured on the Mac App Store and named a “Best New App”, is available for 50% off the original price for a limited time.

Spectre 1.7

Spectre 1.7

Ideal for any audio professional working today—from producers to broadcast engineers to video editors—Spectre is packed with 20 different multi-channel and multi-trace meters including Level, VU, Spectrograph, Oscilloscope, Spectrogram, LU and LU History. With version 1.7, Spectre has been rewritten from the ground up to support the latest loudness standards as well as making it even more powerful and beautiful.

“Spectre has always been incredibly accurate,” said Matthew Foust, Audiofile Managing Partner and co-founder. “But the enhanced performance in version 1.7 makes your meters more detailed and responsive, providing an even clearer picture of your audio.”

Beyond its significant performance upgrade, Spectre’s updated meters are now even easier to configure. Additionally, they are now Retina-ready and fully optimized for OS X Mavericks, including improved full-screen and multiple display support.

New additions and enhancements to Spectre include:

• Greatly improved performance and stability

• Fully optimized for Retina displays

• Audio bundles enable the creation of groups of channels for audio input hardware, making configuration even easier

• Comprehensive full-screen support

• Meter configuration is now built into each meter

• Traces have their own spectral analysis settings

Spectre includes all of these improvements for it’s original low price, making it ideal for students and professionals alike. And, to celebrate its release, Audiofile is offering an introductory discount on Spectre for only $49.99, 50% off the original price for a limited time.

For more information about Spectre, visit http://www.audiofile-engineering.com/spectre/. To buy Spectre through the Mac App Store, visit https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/spectre/id436872608?mt=12.

ABOUT AUDIOFILE

Audiofile is a boutique technology company building apps that power the world’s musicians and audio engineers. Founded by Ev Olcott and Matthew Foust in 2006, Audiofile is among the most innovative and experienced audio software developers for Mac OS X and the iPhone with a long history of industry-firsts to their name.

Learn more about Audiofile’s entire range of music apps for Mac and iOS at www.audiofile-engineering.com, www.facebook.com/audiofileeng and on Twitter, @weareaudiofile.

Win a Fab Filter Plug-in with Blend

Make a Blend with FabFilter’s Twin 2 synth for a chance to win a free plug-in of your choice from FabFilter!

NYC (May 14, 2014) – Blend (http://blend.io), an online network where musicians share and collaborate on tracks is announcing a chance to win a free plug-in from Fab Filter.

This is a good opportunity for musicians to try FabFilter’s award-winning Twin 2 virtual analogue synth. All newly created tracks published to Blend will be entered to win a full Twin 2 license, or another FabFilter plug-in for those who already own Twin 2.

To enter the contest, users can download and install the Free 30 Day Trial of Twin 2, make a cool track with it in Ableton Live, Pro Tools or Logic (before the trial expires) and publish their project to Blend tagged with Twin2Blends by June 2nd, 2014. Musicians new to Blend can sign up and create a free account with this VIP link and invite code: https://blend.io/vip/fabfilter.

Submissions will be judged by the most interesting or creative use of Twin 2, and two winners will be selected. FabFilter will send information for activating the plug-in to the two winners via email.

Blend was created for musicians to connect and share in-progress tracks and collaborate, or “blend” each other’s works. While other networks focus on publishing completed music, Blend provides a platform for musicians to collaborate directly with each other in their native (source) format, such as Ableton Live, Maschine, Pro Tools, Logic, and GarageBand.

For more information and to enter, please visit http://blend.io.

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iZotope Releases Iris Resonant

Available now as part of the new Iris+8 bundle

iZotope Inc., Cambridge, MA – iZotope Inc., a leading audio technology company, has released the eighth sound library for Iris, an award-winning software synth built on spectral selection technology.

Resonant

Designed for exclusive use with Iris, Resonant features a fresh palette of playable, acoustically inspired patches built around bell, glockenspiel, kalimba and vibraphone-like samples. Choose from more traditional musical instruments, or experiment with wild and unusual sounds based on cans, tubes and lampshades. Featuring metal, wood, plastic, and other pitched percussion sources, Resonant offers bright and clean sounds ready to fit right into your next session.

Resonant is available on its own or as part of the new Iris+8 bundle, featuring all eight sound libraries for Iris: Wood, Glass, Food, Toys, Voice, Modular, Altered, and now, Resonant.

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In support of Iris Resonant and Iris+8, iZotope has also expanded its Iris Cookbook to include brand new recipes with step-by-step instructions and example presets. Aimed at helping users get the most out of Iris, this guide offers pro tips and tricks to help you get that perfect sound.

Iris Pricing and availability

Iris Resonant is available now through May 29, 2014 for $29 USD (reg. $49).
Iris+8 is available now through May 29, 2014 for $249 USD (reg. $349).

About iZotope, Inc.

iZotope makes innovative products that inspire and enable people to be creative. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, iZotope has spent over a decade developing award-winning products and audio technologies for professionals and hobbyists alike. Used by millions of people in over 50 countries, iZotope products are a core component of GRAMMY-winning music studios, Oscar and Emmy-winning film and TV post production studios, and prominent radio studios, as well as basement and bedroom studios across the globe. Through a robust licensing program, iZotope also powers products made by industry partners such as Adobe, Avid, Microsoft, and Sony. iZotope was recently honored with an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development for its flagship audio repair suite, RX®.

For more information on iZotope products, please visit www.izotope.com.

iZotope Honored with a New England Innovation Award

SBANE recognizes iZotope for innovation in audio

iZotope Inc., Cambridge, MA - iZotope Inc., a leading audio technology company, has been honored with a 2014 New England Innovation Award by the Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE). Selected from 210 organizations that lead development in their fields, iZotope was chosen by SBANE for its technological contributions to and reach throughout the audio industries. iZotope technologies are a key component in many music and television studios around the globe, allowing users to change the way they approach audio production.

SBANE recognizes companies and organizations that have transformed their unique ideas into a product or service that SBANE_Logodemonstrates significant benefit to users and addresses market need. One prominent example is iZotope’s Emmy Award-winning RX®, which has changed the way audio is repaired and enhanced in the television broadcast industry. Former winners come from varying fields such as technology, manufacturing, service (both for profit and not for profit), and retail/distribution. Previous winners have included notable companies such as Staples, PictureTel, Ben & Jerry’s, Brooks Automation, Direct Tire, Genzyme, Nantucket Nectars, Imagitas!, Aurora Imaging Technology, and iRobot.

“SBANE is doing very important work in highlighting the amazing innovation that is happening in New England,” says Mark Ethier, co-founder and CEO of iZotope. “It’s inspiring to see what’s happening here and to be a part of it. We are excited to continue to innovate and continue to change the way people are producing sound. It is an honor to accept this award.”

Winners and Finalists of this prestigious award were honored at the “Evening of Innovation” Gala Dinner on May 7, 2014 at the Westin Hotel, Waltham MA. The keynote speaker for this Gala Dinner was Andy Miller, Chief Innovation Architect of Constant Contact.

A complete list of winners can be found on SBANE’s website.

About iZotope, Inc.
iZotope makes innovative products that inspire and enable people to be creative. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, iZotope has spent over a decade developing award-winning products and audio technologies for professionals and hobbyists alike. Used by millions of people in over 50 countries, iZotope products are a core component of GRAMMY-winning music studios, Oscar and Emmy-winning film and TV post production studios, and prominent radio studios, as well as basement and bedroom studios across the globe. Through a robust licensing program, iZotope also powers products made by industry partners such as Adobe, Avid, Microsoft, and Sony. iZotope was recently honored with an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development for its flagship audio repair suite, RX®.

For more information on iZotope products, please visit www.izotope.com.

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BASSBOSS Creates Custom DJ System for Red Bull and LANAI Rooftop Lounge

New booth as a centerpiece featuring awesome audio power, visual elegance and a very small footprint

Austin, TX (May 13, 2014)
– An elegant venue for dancing, relaxing and socializing, LANAI Rooftop Lounge in the heart of Austin, TX has great views, comfy couches, stylish décor and a diverse crowd that dances the night away to electronic and dance music. Their previous sound system and DJ booth took up far too much space and looked cluttered, without providing quality audio reproduction. LANAI and sponsoring partner Red Bull requested a custom design solution from BASSBOSS designer David Lee, who created a sound system in a DJ booth centerpiece that captures the aesthetic and offers sound that cleanly covers the entire room. The booth requires a very small footprint, leaving more room for customers and decor.

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“The list of technical details that went into making this project sound great and perform ideally for the space is even longer than the extensive list of aesthetic touches that were applied to make it beautiful,” said Lee. The BASSBOSS DJ booth/sound system incorporates a 12,000 W sound system into an elegantly crafted structure that serves as a platform not only for DJ equipment but also as a visual element that focuses attention. The main system components consist of a pair of 21-inch woofers, four 10-inch midrange drivers and two 1.4-inch exit compression drivers on iso-phasic waveguides. Also included is a DJ monitoring system that features dual 8-inch woofers and 1-inch exit compression drivers on tractrix waveguides. On the main system, a 3400 W amplifier module powers each of the 21-inch woofers. The midrange drivers are powered with 750 W each, or 1500 W per side, and the tweeters each have over 500 W available. For the monitors, each side has a 2 channel 700 W amplifier. Four discrete digital signal processors provide crossover, time alignment, equalization and limiter functions.

According to Lesliann Nemeth, LANAI’s Creative Director, the sound is now ideal for the space: “Since it is a custom-built system, we were able to have it set within the parameters of our outdoor music permit, which was a big issue for us before. It is amazing the level of sound we can get being that it is concentrated within the booth.”

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Hal Leonard publishes Music 4.0: A Survival Guide for Making Music in the Internet Age

Everything you knew about the music business has changed again!

Montclair, NJ (May 7, 2014) – Music 4.0: A Survival Guide for Making Music in the Internet Age is a completely updated version of the best-selling Music 3.0, by Bobby Owsinski. With the addition of fresh interviews from several of today’s successful music industry innovators, Owsinski reveals new and proven pathways to success in the modern music world. Music 4.0 is for the musician overwhelmed by the seemingly never-ending options of the fast evolving Internet, and along with some new high- and low-tech tips for inexpensive marketing and promotion, the book answers the following questions, and more:

- How are streaming music royalties determined and why is your payout less than you expected?
- Why is streaming music considered the savior of the music business by many industry insiders?
- How is money being made from YouTube and how you can benefit from its current “Wild West” mentality?
- Who are your customers and fans and how can you reach them?
- What are the most up-to-date ways of marketing your music in this new world?
- Who are the new industry players and why would they want to talk to you?
- What’s your brand and how do you develop it?
- How are Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube best used as marketing tools specifically for your music?
- What are the new technologies being introduced that will influence how you sell and market your work?

Included in this new edition is a chapter about the new economics of streaming music, which includes information that simply can’t be found in one place anywhere else. Music 4.0 is an aggregation of concepts about the new music business in the Internet age and the information is organized and presented in a way everyone can understand.

Also available is Owsinski’s Social Media Promotions for Musicians – The Manual for Marketing Yourself, Your Band, and Your Music Online. This book focuses on promoting your work via social networks and how to communicate with your fans and clients in the right way in various channels. The book reveals insider tips and tricks that will help to gain more fans and followers, increase views, and grow ticket and merchandise sales.

About the author
Producer/engineer BOBBY OWSINSKI is one of the best-selling authors in the music recording industry, with 23 books that are now staples in audio recording, music, and music business programs in colleges around the world, including The Music Producer’s Handbook, The Touring Musician’s Handbook, How to Make Your Band Sound Great, and many others. He is also a contributor to Forbes, writing on the new music business. His popular blogs have nearly 5 million visits, and he’s appeared on CNN and ABC News as a music branding and audio expert. More information at bobbyowsinski.blogspot.com and bobbyowsinski.com. He lives in Los Angeles.

For more information, please visit http://www.halleonardbooks.com – Hal Leonard Books – An Imprint of Hal Leonard

Music 4.0
$24.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00122318
ISBN: 9781480355149 Width: 8.5″, length: 11.0″
296 pages

Social Media Promotion for Musicians
$29.95 (US)
Inventory #HL 00126957
ISBN: 9781480387355
Width: 8.5″, length: 11.0″
304 pages

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