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EM News February 2003

By Gino Robair | February 20, 2003

b>EM News - February 1 - 15, 2003

New products, software updates, and more. . .
Berklee Media, a division of Berklee College of Music, now offers anonline school, job site, and networking destination: Berkleemusic.com. Berkleemusic.com gives musicians,music educators, and music-industry professionals instant access toclasses, jobs, talent, ideas, tools, connections, and opportunities inmusic. With classes such as Promotion 101, Music Theory 101, and ProTools Digital Audio Editing, the online school focuses on musicproduction, writing, business, and theory. For a complete coursecatalog, click here.

Big FishAudio is offering King Cortez (audio/Acidized WAV), a samplecollection featuring the drumming of the legendary Jody Cortez (BozScaggs; Crosby, Stills & Nash; Elton John). The styles on KingCortez include R&B, rock, hip hop, Latin, jazz, Afro-Latin, blues,and reggae, at tempos ranging from 52 to 154 bpm.

FreehandSystem's MusicPad Pro is an electronic sheet-music viewer with aback-lit, low-glare screen that is easy to read. The viewer is not muchbigger than a page of standard sheet music, and it can be mounted on amic or music stand. A footpedal is available for hands-free pageturning, and MusicPad Pro can be powered by AC or from a rechargeablebattery (Plus model only).

Levelground Media announced two MAS plug-ins,Vintasion 1.0 and Fattenizer 1.0, which, according to the company, add"tunable vintage-style coloration" and "fattening," respectively. Theplug-ins offer 64-bit processing and two distinct processing engines,each with settings equivalent to two plug-ins.

Among the new features available for the Mixed Logic M24control surface are a firmware update offering additionalhigh-resolution modes and several fader enhancements; Control SurfacePlug-in version 2.2 for Cakewalk Sonar 2.0; and Control Surface Plug-inversion 1.7 available for MOTU Digital Performer 3.0.

NortonMusic, producer and distributor of Band-in-a-Box aftermarketproducts, has announced a new Fake Disk by David Bailey and a new ChordSubstitution Disk by Jim Wedd. In addition, there are two newPower-User Style Disks and 50 new General MIDI "fancy introductions andendings."

SM ProAudio has released the SM MC03, a large-diaphragm, vacuum-tubecondenser microphone that uses a 12AX7 tube and offers nine polarpatterns (omni, cardioid, figure-8, and six intermediate patterns). Themic has a frequency response of 20 Hz to 20 kHz and can handle amaximum SPL of 130 dB. The SM MC03 comes with an AC power supply andcable, an aluminum flight case, and a shockmount.

Q Up Arts isoffering the Voices of the Aztecs sample library for GigaSampler. Thecollection includes numerous Aztec instruments, as well as loops andvocal samples. It was recorded in Mexico using archeological artifacts,some dating back 800 years. The collection is also available in AkaiS3000, audio, Steinberg HALion, Emagic EXS-24, AIFF, and WAVformats.

Z-Systems hasannounced the z-Qualizer, a 6-band, stereo, digital parametric EQ. The1/2U device is 24-bit, 192 kHz capable and has a dynamic range of>135 dB. It offers M/S (mid-side) encoding and decoding in additionto stereo-linked and dual-mono modes. Rear-panel connections includeAES/EBU I/O and MIDI In and Thru.

Calendar
The annual Southby Southwest Music and Media Conference (SXSW) will take placeMarch 12 through 16, 2003, in Austin, Texas. SXSW consists of a tradeshow, a conference, and a music festival with hundreds of bandsparticipating. This year's keynote speaker at the conference will beproducer Daniel Lanois, and other speakers and panelists will includerecord executives, music journalists, and label owners. Performers willinclude Lucinda Williams, Camper Van Beethoven, Willie Nelson, and manymore. Visit the SXSWsite for more details and registration info.

GoGirlsMusic.com, an online community ofindependent female musical artists, will present Invasion of theGoGirls SXSW 2003, a series of showcases that will take place in Austinduring SXSW. The showcases will feature emerging women artists from allover the United States.

Rock theVote and MTV will hold the 10th Annual Rock the Vote Awards onSaturday, February 22, at New York City's Roseland Ballroom. Performerswill include Robbie Williams, Public Enemy, Vanessa Carlton, and theFlaming Lips. Award recipients will include Peter Gabriel, AlanisMorissette, and Chuck D. The awards are held in memory of PatrickLippert, Rock the Vote's first Executive Director, who died of AIDS inJuly 1993.

The StaxMuseum of American Soul Music is celebrating its grand opening fromApril 29 to May 1, 2003.

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EM News - February 16 - 28, 2003

New products, software updates, and more. . .
BitHeadz hasreleased version 2.0.1 of its loop-based sequencer, Phrazer. The updateis free to all current registered users of Phrazer 2.0.0 and Phrazer LE2.0.0. New features include 24-bit support for sequence rendering andrecord-to-disk, enhanced memory management under Mac OS X 10.2.4,better sequencer support under Mac OS 9.2.2, and improved MP3support.

Emagic nowoffers the Host TDM Enabler, which allows you to insert Emagic's ES1,ES2, EVP88, EVB3, and EVD6 into aux channels of your Digidesign ProTools TDM mixer. The company says that although the softwareinstruments will be calculated on your host computer's CPU, theirsignals can be processed directly with any of your TDM plug-ins.

E-mu has announcedthe Vintage Keys, a 61-note keyboard featuring the same samples asE-mu's Vintage Pro sound module. Among the 30 keyboard samples includedin Vintage Keys are the Hammond B-3 organ, the Wurlitzer electricpiano, the ARP 2600, and the Yamaha CP70.

EventElectronics has announced the Studio Precision 8 monitor series,available in biamplified and passive versions. The company says thelow-frequency response in the Studio Precision line is deeper and moreaccurate than in any of Event's previous monitors. The biamped modeloffers 280W per speaker (200W LF driver and 80W HF driver), and theamplifier circuitry features low-noise semiconductors and audio-gradefilm capacitors, for enhanced dynamic range and lower noise anddistortion.

MOTU has justreleased Mac OS X drivers for its PCI-324 and PCI-424 audiosystems. The installation requires Mac OS X 10.2.

Roland V-Drum users should check out Vdrums.com, an unofficial but useful site devotedto Roland's family of percussion controllers.

SonicNetwork has released Symphonic Strings Mini, a follow-up to itsSymphonic String Collection. The Mini version ships on six CD-ROMs andis available in GigaSampler and SoundFont formats. MP3 demos and moreinformation are available here.

Software Technology announced updates to its VAZline of soft-synth products. VAZ Plus 2 (VSTi/DXi/standalone) offersimprovements in audio quality, a polyphonic sequencer, a new GUI, andeasy patch-auditioning capabilities. VAZ 2010 version 1.11(VSTi/DXi/standalone) adds several new filter types, a decimatoreffect, and an oscilloscope. Also available is a maintenance update toVAZ Modular, which is now up to version 2.53.

Calendar
The annual South by Southwest Music andMedia Conference (SXSW) will take place March 12 through 16, 2003,in Austin, Texas. SXSW consists of a trade show, a conference, and amusic festival with hundreds of bands participating. This year'skeynote speaker at the conference will be producer Daniel Lanois, andother speakers and panelists will include record executives, musicjournalists, and label owners. Performers will include LucindaWilliams, Camper Van Beethoven, Willie Nelson, and many more. Visit theSXSW site for moredetails and registration info.

GoGirlsMusic.com, an online community ofindependent female musical artists, will present Invasion of theGoGirls SXSW 2003, a series of showcases that will take place in Austinduring SXSW. The showcases will feature emerging women artists from allover the United States.

March 19through 21: Remixmagazine is hosting the Remix Hotel during the Winter Music Conference,at the Ritz Plaza South Beach, Miami, FL. Remix Hotel is sponsored byMotorola, Intel, Digidesign, M-Audio, Stanton, and Emagic. The eventincludes three days of free master classes, workshops, and clinics onmusic production and performance for electronic and urban musicproducers, engineers, musicians, and DJs. Digidesign presents specialguests Bad Boy Bill and The Crystal Method in demonstrations revealinghow they use Pro Tools. M-Audio will present BT, The Crystal Method,and Deepsky. Stanton has invited DJ Craze, DJ Faust, DJ Shortee, and DJJesse Saunders to demonstrate the Final Scratch system.There will beproduct demos by Emagic, Native Instruments, Ableton, Propellerheads,Waves, and Cakewalk. Learn more and register early at the Remix Web site,which is updated daily.

TheCenter for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) atStanford University is offering three workshops during the summer of2003. This year's workshops include:
July 14 through 25: Digital Signal Processing for Audio: Spectral andPhysical Models with Perry R. Cook and Xavier Serra
July 28 through August 8: Physical Interaction Design for Music, withBill Verplank, Michael Gurevich, and Scott Wilson
August 11through 22: Perceptual Audio Coding, with Marina Bosi
Application materials and detailed information about the workshops canbe found here.

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