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Indents & Logos, Royalty Free Children’s Music and more on Productiontrax.com!

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Royalty Free Children’s Music
Beeps and Hits Sound Effects
Clouds and Fog Stock Photography
Latest DJ Elements
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NAMM 2010: New Field Sound Recorders Perfect for Sound Effects Production

The 2010 NAMM Show featured a slew of brand new products designed to make production easier and more mobile. Among them included several portable sound recorders that are perfect for those of you who produce sound effects and foley work.

Sanyo introduced the “world’s slimmest and lightest” Xacti sound recorder (their ICR series), measuring a mere 9.4mm thick and weighing in at only 46 grams. That’s right, grams. It’s somewhere between the size of an iPod and an iPod nano, but it does a whole lot more. It’s built in stereo mics (of which there are three sets) record sound in CD quality Linear PCM (that would be 16-bit, 44.1k), as well as several MP3 formats as well, up to 320 kbps. It comes equipped with a 4 GB microSD card, and you can get several cards for infinite hours of sound recording. It is a handy, true-to-life tool that can become a true asset in the field, and it’s optional speaker system is pretty sleek. Goes on sale beginning at the end of January, and no price has been announced yet.

http://sanyo.com

Tascam’s new product line includes the DR-08 and DR-2d handheld portable digital recorders, which are a step up from the Sanyos. Both record up to 24-bit, 96kHz resolution, for seriously high-quality audio, in both Linear PCM and MP3 formats. The DR-08 is about half the size of the 2d, featuring and adjustable, built in stereo mic pair that can be spread and rotated to get the perfect sound. With USB capablities, the 08 is perfect for transferring recordings for editing or sharing on the web (or selling on Productiontrax). Runs on AAA batteries.

The 2d is the big brother, and has a really cool new feature: it records a simultaneous second take at a lower level so that if your main recording spikes or clips, you have a backup ready to go. The larger size (about the size of an iPod) affords the 2d a larger widescreen interface, a scrubbing wheel, and SD card slot (comes with 2GB). Another handy feature is the wireless remote control, which lets you get your sounds recorded from across the room (like when you don’t want to be right next to the lion when it roars…).

http://www.tascam.com

Also releasing new portable digital recorders was Sony, who introduced the PCM-M10 Linear PCM Recorder. Similar to the Tascam models, this guy records up to 24-bit, 96kHz, and is ideal for live music, nature, and field recording. Has built in memory of 4GB, expandable with the trusty micro M2 sticks OR microSD cards. It features a 5-second pre-record buffer, WAV and MP3 formats, digital pitch control, and is bundled with a copy of Sound Forge LE for desktop editing. Featuring both a built in mic and speaker, as well as a line in AND mic in, this little machine is extremely versatile. Also available in your choice of red or black, if you really are that vain, and there is a line of add-on products designed to accompany the recorder including a wind screen, tripod, carrying case speaker set, and the supplied remote control (although the remote is NOT wireless like the Tascam model). Weighs 6oz, and runs on AA batteries.

http://www.sony.com

NAMM 2010: New Sounds and Software for your Studio

MOTU Updates Performer, Plugs

MOTU showed off their new plugins on a new version of Digital Performer (that thing is still around???) — some high quality stuff. Directly competing with Apple’s built-in plugins for Logic Pro, MOTU’s line of plugins features the following:

Electric Keys, a low latency 40GB keyboard sound library of electric pianos, organs, clavs, tape samplers, string machines and more classic and vintage instruments. Nearly all are sampled at 24 bit, and the plugin is 256-note polyphonic, and is complete with an effects rack and amp simulator.

BPM, which looks remarkably similar to Apple’s drum sequencer, gives you the ultimate rhythm programming experience. Includes plug-and-play support for hands-on pad controllers like the Akai MPD32, which is good news for many sample pad enthusiasts, but now with unlimited sample layers per pad (or as much as your computer can handle). Awesome tool for electronic music performance and beat sequencing.

Ethno2 delivers stunning ethnic and exotic instrument sounds from Africa, Asia, Australia, India, South America, and more. I may have to buy this just for the penny whistle and Celtic instruments, and the Flamenco Percussion and guitars.

I didn’t get to hear the Symphonic instrument, and I have a hunch that it may fall a little short compared to other libraries (ie Vienna and EastWest). If you’ve heard it, let me know what you think.

http://www.motu.com

BigFishAudio and Vir2 Instruments Ready to Release Electri6ity

Electrici6ity is the most epic electric guitar virtual instrument to hit the market (ok it’s not out yet, but get ready). This awesome instrument contains some of the most advanced, detailed, and versatile collection of guitars ever. The plugin features the Strat, Tele, Les Paul, P90, Rickenbacker, Danelectro, ES335, and L4 and uses 24-bit samples from each, with three pick up options for each. Every, and I mean every fret of every string was sampled for this library. Downstrokes, upstrokes, ghosting, mutes, hammer-ons, slides, pulloffs, and more are included for every guitar. Articulation and Velocity morphing adds depth and seamless transitioning between effects, while the advanced AI adapts to your playing, allowing for fluid lines, 2000 different chords and positions, and more. If you sequence guitars, this one is a must have.

http://www.bigfishaudio.com
http://vir2.com

Piano Sounds from Synthogy

If you’re looking for some fresh Piano samples that hit the spot with realism and features, you have to check out Synthogy’s new Ivory II virtual instrument. Featuring tons of pianos and synths from uprights to grands to synth combos, this piano instrument has half-pedaling, pedal noise, lid position effects, tuning tables, and even sympathetic String Resonance. Check it out at Ilio.

http://ilio.com
http://synthogy.com

NAMM 2010: Take Your Music With You

Cookie Monster is here today, but many big names in the music industry are missing this year from NAMM, (like Apple, and our friends at East West, and I can’t find Protools anywhere!) while many others have really scaled back (TC Helicon rocks a tiny booth, Korg shifts it’s attention to Marshall). With the struggles of 2009 fresh on everyones minds, the focus for new hardware has been turned to small things, and products aimed at the travelling musician.

Roland put on display its line of battery powered electronic instruments and speaker systems with performances by the Battery Band, who rocked guitars, vdrums, axes, and vocal effects all on a couple packs of energizer AAs. Roland also released their new Mobile Studio Canvas to control Cakewalk via USB, complete with a built-in sample set, wheel scrub and transport controls, and built-in effects processing (and it also runs on batteries, USB power, or AC adapter). The Mobile Studio Canvas is the perfect complement to a mobile studio.

New field recorders (perfect for you sound effects producers) lined the shelves at Korg, Tascam, and Sanyo. Take your pick, now is a great time to buy and start expanding your personal live sound libraries. Check out a more comprehensive post tomorrow about these field recorders.

Play and Sing Along

There were several new products released that continued the sing-along/play-along rush geared towards educators and students. Roland/Boss presented its new eBand, a full featured guitar amp and effects simulator with onboard vocal effects. Just plug your guitar in, and a full band plays along with you at any tempo or key — great for learning licks and songs, or performing live. The same company rolled out a vocal effects processor similar to the TC Helicon models that have rolled out over the past few years (yes, TC Helicon has also upgraded their Harmony-G by adding an XT Line of vocal processors), with pedal controls, and real-time harmony, and programmable banks to accommodate full sets.

Fun With Drums

Korg, who normally displays new keyboards and synths, showed off a different side of their product line this year, with tons of new guitars, amps, and drums — notably the wavedrum, which acts as a melodic instrument, with different pitches and sounds triggered by playing a single drum head.

Guitars, Guitars, Guitars

No NAMM show is complete without a dizzying array of new and exotic guitars, and cool guitar toys. That’s where TC Electronic hits the mark this year, releasing the worlds first Poly-chromatic tuner. In English: this guitar tuner can tune your guitar from a STRUM. Simply strum your strings, and the PolyTune shows you on one screen which strings are sharp or flat.

Oh, and Moog launched their new Moog Guitar — kinda cool.

Film Scores, Royalty Free Blues and more on Productiontrax.com!

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Royalty Free Blues Music
Musical Instrument Sound Effects
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Latest DJ Elements
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Background Music, Royalty Free Gospel Music and more on Productiontrax.com

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Computer Sound Effects
Plant & Flower Stock Photography
Latest DJ Elements
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