Product News for February 27, 2007

Read the Electronic Musician Product News including Winter NAMM 2007 Show Report, Apogee's FireWire Audio Driver for Ensemble, EastWest new virtual instrument, Korg Triton sound bank and more

Electronic Musician's Winter NAMM 2007 Show Report
Get the tech editors' take on the Show of Shows here. And while you're at it, be sure to visit Electronic Musician, Mix, and Remix's exclusive Winter NAMM 2007 Web site. There, you can listen to podcasts from the show, peruse the daily newsletters, read through the New Products Guide, and watch VIDEOS from the show.

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The official version of Apogee's FireWire Audio Driver for Ensemble is now available, ending the driver's Beta test period. According to the manufacturer, the driver, which supports a single Ensemble used with any G4, G5, or Intel-based Mac (OS X v. 10.4.8 or later), features improved stability on supported Macs and resolves past problems associated with previous versions. Download the FireWire Audio Driver via Apogee's Ensemble Updater software or from Apogee's Web site.

Voices of Passion ($495) from EastWest is a new virtual instrument featuring female vocalists from Wales, Syria, India, Bulgaria, and the United States. Aimed at ethereal and new age compositions, the 8 GB collection packages more than 1,000 ethnic phrases, including Middle Eastern and Indian construction kits, and legato intervals.

Volume 12: Producers Mix ($40) is the final Korg Triton sound bank from Kid Nepro. Compatible with all Triton workstations, the collection features 128 programs and 64 combis for hip-hop, R&B, classic-rock, dance, and soundtrack productions.

Spectrasonics has released the official Universal Binary update to Stylus RMX Realtime Groove Module. Available as a free download, the v. 1.6 update is compatible with all Mac OS X Universal Binary AU, VST, and RTAS hosts, as well as all SAGE Xpanders for Stylus RMX. MORE.

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The Nashville EZX ($119), featuring Harry Stinson and engineer Chuck Ainlay, is the fourth EZdrummer expansion pack from Toontrack Music. MORE.

Spotlight: Bernie Krause
Go wild with this interview with composer and bioacoustician Bernie Krause, where he discusses field recording, his techniques for recording and editing, bioacoustics, phonography, and more.

February EM Cast
The February 2007 edition of EM's monthly podcast offers a feature interview with remixer Joe Bermudez (Kelly Clarkson, Nelly Furtado, Shakira, LL Cool J), as well as product news, a look at the March 2007 issue of EM, and much more!

Come Together—New From MixBooks
Mick Garvey's Come Together: The Official John Lennon Educational Tour Bus Guide to Music and Video recreates the experience of music and video creation aboard the mobile nonprofit recording and multimedia studio. With a foreword by Yoko Ono, Come Together includes songwriting tips; hardware and software production techniques; and interviews with artists such as Will.I.Am, John Legend, Bob Weir, and others. The book features and accompanying DVD-ROM and is available now at

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