Product News for February 1, 2007

Product News From Electronic Musician for January 30, 2007 features Blue Microphones Ball series price drop, Essential Vibraphone NI Kontakt 2 sample library, MakeMusic Finale Allegro 2007, Precisionsound ARTificial Drums & Percussions, Primera Vista-compatibility and more

Blue Microphones has dropped the price but not the ball on its Ball series of microphones. From now on, the Snowball USB mic, the 8-Ball cardioid condenser, the Kickball low-frequency mic, and the original Ball phantom-power dynamic will each sell for just $99.

Essential Vibraphone ($99.95) is the latest NI Kontakt 2 sample library from EdgeSounds. Showcasing Yamaha YV-3300 vibraphone samples, recorded with Neumann TLM 103 mics, the 4.5 GB collection includes 1,330 24-bit/96 kHz stereo and mono samples, 12 program banks, and six sample layers.

MakeMusic has released Finale Allegro 2007 (Mac/Mac Intel/Win; $199, full; $59.95, upgrade). With the latest version of the music-notation software, users can enter notes with a mouse, keyboard, MIDI controller, or microphone with Allegro's MicNotator application. In addition to Band-in-a-Box autoharmonization, playback software, and MIDI-editing tools, Allegro 2007 includes a new mixer, reverb options, playback and automation improvements, and chord analysis.

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Just released today, Precisionsound's ARTificial Drums & Percussions ($49 download, $60 on CD), features four sound kits for modern R&B, electro, dance, ambient cinematic, and world music genres. The new collection is available in HALion, Kontakt, Battery, DR008, NN-XT, and SoundFont formats.

In the continuing wave of Windows Vista-compatibility announcements, Primera has revealed that its disc-publishing products are now onboard with the new OS. Drivers and updates are available for download from the company's Web site, and Vista-compatible software will begin shipping with Primera products this month.

Required Reading—New in Mixbooks
Modern Recording and Mixing, formerly titled the Basics of Modern Recording and Mixing, is now available. This two-DVD set will show you how the best in the music industry set up a studio to make world-class records. Regardless of what gear you are using, the information you'll find here will allow you to take advantage of decades of expert knowledge. MORE.

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EM Cast!
The January 2007 issue of EM's monthly podcast offers a feature interview with New York-based producer/engineer Bob Power (Erykah Badu, D'Angelo, Me'shell N'degeOcello, the Roots), as well as product news, a preview of the February 2007 issue of EM, and much more.

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