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The Harper Guitar Strap Bag Strap- Red, Coral & Pink Floral with Custom Leather for Handbagstrap, Luggage strap, Purse strap, Cross body style strap with pink flowers

The Harper Guitar Style Bag Strap By Native Sons Tap into your inner Rock God with A Native Sons Strap! This Stunning strap is made with a glorious Red, Coral, and Pink floral Jacquard with lovely black background. Choose your leather: – Black – Espresso – Cognac Choose your Webbing: – Black Nylon – A Classic Choice- extremely durable, excellent drape, feels Oh so luxurious! – Organic Hemp- for the Eco Conscious, Naturally chemical free, lightweight, strong, renewable, lovely Natural color! Details: – 2 inches wide – Adjustable up to 54″ (can be worn on shoulder or Cross Body) – Made with Hand Stained Leather – Antique Brass hardware – Hand Made in the USA – Ships World Wide! Strap uses: These straps are extraordinarily useful, upgrade your travels and attach to your luggage/ be the coolest person in the coffee shop when you use this strap on your laptop bag/ allows you to be hands free and care free when you use it on your hand bag cross body style/ attach it to your messenger bag just because it makes you happy/ and use it to carry your instrument case to your next gig! At Native Sons we believe that if your going to put forth the energy to bring your music into the world, you simply must Play in Style! And now we extend the spirit of that invitation to all music fans with our oh so cool Bag Straps! Please Note: *This listing is for 1 bag strap. Your order will arrive finely wrapped in a splendid sleeve with an embossed tag and secured at the top with a bow, ready for you to tear into or give as a gift! Follow us on Instagram and Facebook @nativesonsgoods

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Native Instruments MASCHINE MK3 with KOMPLETE 11

MASCHINE MK3 with KOMPLETE 11. The overhauled MASCHINE MK3 production controller features even deeper integration with KOMPLETE instruments and effects, and now they’re both together in a single bundle. The redesigned MACHINE MK3 is loaded with enhanced features that take Native Instruments’ classic groovebox workflow and makes it faster and more intuitive, and the KOMPLETE 11 bundle is one of the world’s leading collections for production, performance and sound design. If you’re buying MACHINE MK3, this is the bundle for you. MASCHINE MK3 The third-generation MASCHINE controller improves on Native Instruments’ most popular groove production system with some major new enhancements. New in the MK3 version has a built-in audio interface, with pro-grade 24-bit/96kHz audio resolution, two 1/4 in. TRS line outputs, two 1/4 in. TRS line inputs, stereo headphone output, MIDI In/Out, stereo headphone output and so many other improvements. The other most notable change is the addition of two high-resolution, full-color displays for precision sample slicing, sound tweaking, note editing, mixing, browsing and more. The button and pad layouts have also received a refresh, with an all-new 4-directional push encoder for browsing, navigating and adjusting levels, and a new smart strip for strumming notes, pitch bending sounds, performing with FX, and more. KOMPLETE 11 Over the years the KOMPLETE software series has grown in strength with the constant addition of groundbreaking software for composing and producing music on a professional level. KOMPLETE 11 is the standard collection with 45 different products, over 13,000 sounds and over 155 GB of instruments and effects for all genres and production tasks. This industry-standard bundle is use by the top music professionals working on major motion pictures, AAA games titles, blockbuster trailers and more. Not to mention the countless number of music producers, engineers and other professionals who have the KOMPLETE library insta…

Product Features

  • Includes: MASCHINE MK3 Production Controller KOMPLETE 11 Software Bundle
  • The overhauled MASCHINE MK3 production controller features even deeper integration with KOMPLETE instruments and effects, and now they’re both together in a single bundle
  • The redesigned MACHINE MK3 is loaded with enhanced features that take Native Instruments’ classic groovebox workflow and makes it faster and more intuitive, and the KOMPLETE 11 bundle is one of the world’s leading collections for production, performance and sound design
  • If you’re buying MACHINE MK3, this is the bundle for you
  • MASCHINE MK3 The third-generation MASCHINE controller improves on Native Instruments’ most popular groove production system with some major new enhancements

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Novation Launchkey 49 USB Keyboard Controller for Ableton Live, 49-Note MK2 Version

Novation Launchkey (MK2) is the quickest and easiest way to produce and perform electronic music using Ableton Live. You just plug in via USB and the keys, faders, knobs, and velocity-sensitive RGB pads give you immediate hands-on control of your session view, instruments, effects and mixer. Launch clips, control FX, play beats and much more using 16 pads laid out in two rows of eight, to match your Ableton Live session view; one row to launch clips, and one row to stop them. Full color RGB LEDs mean they’ll match the color of your clips too, while velocity-sensitivity lets you really put some feeling into your beats. Launchkey is designed to let you shape your sound however you like. Use eight rock solid rotary knobs to tweak your instruments and effects, and nine dedicated faders for hands-on control of your mixer. The 49-note synth-style keyboard is lightweight, fast and very easy to play, but also velocity-sensitive so you can create truly expressive performances. All the controls integrate seamlessly and immediately with Ableton Live, and can be reassigned to anything. Of course, if you do not use Ableton, it will map to other major music software using In Control. Launchkey 49 is tough enough to take and use anywhere. It will work the moment you plug it into your laptop and you won’t need any drivers or power cables, because it’s class compliant and bus-powered via USB. Launchkey comes with absolutely everything you need to start making music: Ableton Live Lite, Novation Bass Station and V-Station virtual instruments, plus a comprehensive 1GB collection of production-ready samples from world-leading sample store Loopmasters.

Product Features

  • MK2 version of Novation’s 49-note USB keyboard controller for Ableton Live
  • 16 velocity-sensitive RGB pads, 8 knobs, and dedicated navigation and control buttons
  • Software for Mac and PC
  • Fully USB bus-powered and class compliant; works without drivers or power cable
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite, Novation Bass Station and V Station virtual instruments and over 1GB of Loopmasters samples

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Native Instruments Machine MK2 Custom Kit, Solid Gold

Native Instruments Maschine MK2 Custom Kit – Solid Gold

The Native Instruments Maschine MK2 Custom Kits help you incorporate your style into one of the most important and most used pieces in your rig. These custom kits are designed for the Maschine MK2 hardware and are made of light but resilient aluminum. Each Native Instruments Custom Kit contains a magnetic faceplate and one set of corresponding, ergonomically-designed colored knobs as well as a cap remover to make changing the knobs easy. Add some color to your performance!

Transform your Maschine in just a few seconds. Remove the knobs with the included cap remover, take off your current black or silver faceplate, and swap in the new colored one. Its magnetized underside ensures the faceplate sits tightly and securely to your Maschine. Then simply add the new matching knobs to the faceplate, and your newly transformed Native Instruments Maschine is ready to rock!

Features:

  • Easy way to add color and style to your set-up
  • One magnetic faceplate, made of brushed aluminum with a high-quality, gig-proof finish
  • Eight aluminum encoder knobs and one master knob
  • Cap remover
  • These kits can only be used with the Maschine MK2 hardware (black or white edition)

Product Features

  • Easy way to add color and style to your set-up
  • These kits can only be used with the Maschine MK2 hardware (black or white edition)
  • Includes: 1 magnetic faceplate, made of brushed aluminum with a high-quality, gig-proof finish, 8 aluminum encoder knobs, 1 master knob, and cap remover

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Native Instruments Maschine Mikro MK2 Groove Production Studio

Native Instruments Maschine Mikro MK2

Maschine Mikro is the perfect entry into the world of Maschine. All the power and flexibility of Maschine’s pattern-based sequencer, high-performance sampler, exemplary drum synths, incredible suite of pro studio instruments and effects, and acclaimed sound library in a compact, budget-friendly package.

Native Instruments Maschine Mikro MK2 Groove Production Studio, White

Maschine Mikro is the compact groove production system, combining software and hardware in perfect harmony. Get hands-on control of all-new Maschine 2.0 software in an ultra-portable package that fits into any setup. Add new dimension to your project with Maschine Mikro’s intuitive, groovebox workflow. And because software can be easily updated, Maschine 2.0 will always keep you on the cutting edge of technology, pushing your creativity further than you ever thought possible.

Advanced Processing

Maschine 2.0 makes you faster. A top-of-the-line audio engine saves resources while delivering the highest audio quality possible. 32-bit float internal summing gives your tracks a shine you’ll instantly notice. Advanced multi-core technology runs multiple processes in parallel, dividing complex tasks between your computer’s cores. Run more plug-ins, mix with ease, load up even more sounds on unlimited groups, and so much more.

Hands-On Workflow

Maschine Mikro provides intuitive, tactile control for composing, sampling, performing, slicing, and more. Renowned multi-color pads provide ultimate feel in the thick of the beat. Mikro’s compact size and bus-powered operation mean you’re in control no matter where you are. And with incredible Maschine 2.0 software, you get full Maschine power that follows you to the furthest reaches of your creativity.

Sounds On Board

Maschine Mikro comes loaded with a vast 8 GB sound library, created by a wide range of internationally renowned sound designers and artists. Use Maschine Mikro’s innovative tag-based browser to easily get to the sound you want. Included are 8,627 samples, made up of 445 full drum kits, 388 multi-sampled instruments, 403 sliced loops, 1,200 patterns, and 38 projects.

What’s New In Maschine

All-new Maschine 2.0 software is bursting with power. Find instruments, effects, kits, sounds, and samples fast with the spectacular tag-based visual browser – optimized for Komplete Instruments and Effects. Get busy creating with unlimited groups and insert effects, and sidechaining. Then finish off your tracks with a sleek, intuitive mixer – all wrapped in a beautiful new user interface and with full multi-core support.

Features:
  • All the power and flexibility of Maschine, with the same fully-integrated software and the same high quality, touch sensitive multi-color pads
  • Create and perform beats, harmonies, and melodies
  • Sample, slice, time-stretch, and edit
  • Access to key software parameters via intuitive hardware shortcuts
  • 8 GB library with samples, one-shots, sliced loops, sampled instruments, presets, patterns, drum kits, and projects
  • 24 pro-quality studio and creative effects including filter, EQ, delay, reverb, and compressor all with expansive routing possibilities

Product Features

  • Easily browse, load, tweak, play, arrange, and automate all sampler, plug-in and effect parameters
  • Control and sequence all of your external hardware instrument
  • Multicolored pads allow you to assign colors to the groups, sounds, patterns, and scenes, and see the pads light up in the same colors
  • Pads feature increased sensitivity for much more precision
  • Maschine 1.8 software includes time stretch and pitch shift capability

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Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S8 DJ Controller

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S8 DJ Controller

The future of DJ-ing is here. Touch-sensitive controls and full color displays keep you focused on the music and the crowd. Create your signature sound with 4+4 Remix Deck controls. Enhance your DJ performance with color-coded pads for live remixing. TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 redefines DJ-ing – don’t change the game, change the rules.

Product Features

  • Full-integrated 4-deck TRAKTOR controller including TRAKTOR SCRATH PRO 2 software
  • 30 touch-sensitive knobs and faders for intuitive control over TRAKTOR software
  • 2 bright, full-color displays reveal pop-ups displays, views, and panels
  • Touch strip provides tactile control over track position, pitch bend and more
  • Quickly access track BPM and Key as well as FX, Filter and Remix Deck parameters

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Full Review Traktor Kontrol S8 DJ TechTools

Traktor Kontrol D2 Officially Announced DJ TechTools Last November DJs got their wish when Native Instruments released their first Traktor controller with fully integrated screens the Traktor Kontrol S8. The controller has been out for a while and our own Ryan Dejaegher has.…

Omnisphere 2 VIP Upgrade Frustration

May 4, 2015 – UPDATE – While the Spectrasonics Tech Shop page still showed the “closed for maintenance” message on Monday 5/5/15 I was fortunate to get an email from my HELP REQUEST EMAIL giving me a secret URL for purchase and download (but asking me not to share).

So I ended up purchasing Omnisphere 2 upgrade and downloading the UPDATE and installing it. All went well and Omnisphere 2 is on my PC and working.

I have to admit I have a bitter taste after that bad experience with their website being overwhelmed. They kind of stole the thunder of an otherwise eagerly anticipated update.

A phone conversation revealed they knew they blew it, but in my opinion not as much as they should have.

Personally I feel there is no excuse for having to SHUT DOWN online orders for 5 days to get their act together.

My original message:

May 1, 2015 – I really don’t feel like a VIP. The Omnisphere VIP Upgrade that was supposed to be available on April 30, 2015 is still not available the next day on May 1, 2015. What a bummer.

And they say to check back NEXT WEEK? That’s really weak.

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They do have a new “VERY SORRY MESSAGE” on the techshop page though saying that due to the high demand they can’t let me buy the upgrade.

Sure high demand is part of it – but it’s more like they were not ready and are dragging their feet to get a better hosting solution. By the way – if they had a decent hosting provider they could have bought more bandwidth immediately. Certainly not a long wait so they would have to DELAY the launch.

To me as an online businessman that is crazy.

First off they should have had better hosting in the first place so they could handle an unlimited number of orders. Second, they could have easily corrected the problem if it was a bandwidth issue and added a seperate account/server for downloading the software.

That way the purchase would be flawless and the downloads would have no impact on collecting money. Oh well. They blew it.

I wonder how long it will take for me to be able to buy my VIP UPGRADE? Geez. They really blew it.

http://www.spectrasonics.net

Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2 Blunder

You’d think that Eric Persing and Spectrasonics would know better than most music and software companies who always seem to release new products only to find their server can’t handle the traffic. Sites are down on the launch day. That’s disgusting.

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Omnisphere 2 is the much anticipated update to Omnisphere and it launched today April 30, 2015.

Unfortunately their site has been mostly down all day and I have tried to buy the upgrade several times only to get thwarted somewhere in the process.

I really want this Omnisphere 2 upgrade and have been waiting but this is ridiculous. After hours trying on and off I go back later in the day and sure enough the tech shop is closed has a message saying the site is down for maintenance.

Nice. They had more than enough time to get ready for this and surely the company makes enough money to afford better servers, but instead they go down in flames on the launch day.

Oh well. Frustrating. It’s their own fault. Maybe some day people in the music software biz will figure out their websites are important and can help them make more money by offering satisfying experiences for customers and prospects.

Oh and the phone number listed on the tech shop is “out of service”. Another nice touch. (see screenshot image)

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Native Instruments Komplete 10

I am a huge fan of the software of Native Instruments. It has captivated me since I first got Reaktor back a few years. They have a huge variety of killer VST Instruments and Effects!

KOMPLETE 10 is the industry-leading instruments and effects collection for production, performance, and sound design. With 39 definitive instruments and effects spanning all genres and production tasks, this is limitless sonic inspiration.

Product Features

  • 39 products, over 12,000 sounds, over 130 GB of instruments and effects
  • Over 12,000 sounds covering a full range of styles from electronic to cinematic to sound design
  • Includes the expressive new ROUNDS synth and the hybrid drum sampler DRUMLAB
  • Wide range of KOMPLETE Instruments, featuring KONTOUR and SESSION HORNS
  • Outstanding collection of KOMPLETE Effects, including SUPERCHARGER and DRIVER

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Excellent value with lots of “go-to” sounds

Reviewed By SRFireside TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 28, 2015

Style Name: Komplete 10

I first became interested in buying Komplete for one reason: importing my Ensoniq and Akai samples to a modern platform. I started looking at Battery 4 as a great way to organize and import my huge drum library. Then I noticed Kontakt can import all the other samples too. Since Battery lists for $199 and Kontakt 5 lists for $399 it was actually cheaper to just get Komplete. Boy did that open up a whole different world. Komplete is a premier instrument and effects suite that gives you so much bang for your buck it’s insane. Two ROMplers (samplers) with 14 additional plugins, four software synths with seven additional plugins for one of them, plus an already packed effects suite with an additional 11 effects plugs.

The amount of content you get is dizzying. You get 13 DVD’s all set as a single install (sorry you can’t just pop one DVD in and install what’s in the one disc) with about 100GB of data. Installation takes a long time. Not only do you have to install all 13 DVDs in sequence there is also about another DVD’s worth of online updates. Two plug ins are not included in the package so you have to download those as well (Native Instruments should really consider updating their disc release to reduce all this updating). Once everything is installed you are ready to party.

When I say there is a lot of stuff I mean it. Get ready for the tour, because there is a lot to cover:

BATTERY 4

The beginning of my journey. The whole reason I started looking at Native Instruments to begin with. Think of it as an all in one drum workstation. Each kit contains 48 cells, which you can assign any drum or instrument sample you wish on each cell. Battery already comes with a massive amount of drum samples set to more than 200 kits.

Sound Magic Dynamic-02 Neo Dynamic Audio Plug In

Neo Dynamic Audio Plug In

Neo Dynamic is a new concept in dynamic processing technology. Different from ordinary compressors/limiters, Neo Dynamic not only offers more sonic variety than traditional units, it is far easier to use. Neo Dynamic is based on Sound Magic Award Winning Modeling Technology. This makes Neo Dynamic more like a sampler than typical compressors and limiters.

Item bodies several algorithms (such as sample sets) that make this plug-in easy to expand and extend with new compressors/limiters models in the future. Neo Dynamic starts with 10 compressors/limiters, modelled after famous brand names such as SSL, ,TubeTech and so on. Each of these has their own famous “flavors” ready to use. Sound Magic Modeling Technology accurately models every nuance of these famous compressors and limiters. It took years to model each knob and every control on the real hardware, but the results are amazing.

When we did phase cancelling tests comparing our models with the originals, we got a result of 43dB decreases in volume indicating a 99.5% similarity with the original hardware. Neo Dynamic is easier to use than traditional compressors because of it’s by Sensor Network Technology. When using compressors/limiters, it’s easy to hear the big problems such as over compressing and distortions.

Neo Dynamic goes beyond this, with Sensor Network monitoring every step in the processing ring. It will tell you when over compression is happening – even when it’s not easily audible. It will even let you know when you set the threshold too high telling you that the compressor isn’t actually doing anything. Neo Dynamic will also calculate the distortion rate based on your settings and tell you whether you will have a transparent, clean sound or a heavy, colored Dynamic is provided as a 32bit Windows VST.

Neo Dynamic Product Features

  • A total of 10 compressors and limiters modelled after such famous hardware
  • Incredibly Accurate Modeling by Sound Magic’s Award Winning Modeling Technology
  • Sensor Network Technology which helps musicians to achieve better dynamic processing
  • Up to 32Bit/384KHz resolution
  • 32Bit VST plugin on PC

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Garritan Personal Orchestra 4

Garritan Personal Orchestra is state-of-the-art software that reproduces sounds of the musical instruments in a symphony orchestra directly from your computer. The award-winning Personal Orchestra has set the standard for orchestral sample libraries.

More than 150 orchestral instruments-lush strings, intimate woodwinds, joyous brass, powerful percussion, a Steinway virtual concert piano, Stradivari violin, a glorious concert organ, heavenly harps, select Program SAM brass, and more. The entire orchestral collection is integrated with the ARIA Instrument Player and works as a virtual instrument.

No need to purchase a separate sampler. Garritan Personal Orchestra provides multiple individual instruments from which you can build your own ensembles and orchestras. Construct solos, duos, trios, quartets, chamber groups, sections, or a full symphony orchestra-the way you want. Garritan Personal Orchestra allows you to express your musical ideas quickly and easily. Just load your instruments and play.

Garritan Personal Orchestra Demo

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Garritan Personal Orchestra

Standardized controls allow you to become familiar with the library quickly and master all the instruments. Garritan Personal Orchestra supports all popular formats, Mac and PC, as a standalone program or as a plugin (VST, RTAS, and OS X Audio Units), works with supported notation programs, and works in 64-bit operating systems.

Product Features

  • A complete orchestra at your fingertips
  • More than 150 orchestral instruments-lush strings, intimate woodwinds, joyous brass, powerful percussion, a Steinway virtual concert piano, Stradivari violin, a glorious concert organ, heavenly harps, select Program SAM brass, and more.
  • ARIA instrument player included
  • VST, RTAS, and OS X Audio Units

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M-Audio Keystation 49 USB Keyboard MIDI Controller

Key station 49 is a simple, powerful MIDI controller designed for sequencing music and playing virtual instruments on your Mac or PC. It features 49 full-size velocity-sensitive keys and a series of controls that expand the range of playable notes, expressive capabilities, and enhance your recording workflow. Use the octave range buttons; pitch-bend and modulation wheels; and transport and directional controls to play, perform, and record with your music software without using a mouse or track pad.

 

Key station 49 also includes a 1/4″ (6.3mm) sustain pedal input that lets you use an external control pedal, such as the SP2 (sold separately), for genuine piano sustain. For an easy-to-use and portable setup, Key station 49 is USB-powered, class-compliant, and supports USB-MIDI connectivity. Plus,

Key station 49 supports iOS connectivity with the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit (sold separately), enabling you to perform and compose with audio apps on your iPad and other iOS devices. Bundled with Key station 49 is a premium virtual instrument from SONiVOX. SONiVOX’ s Eighty-Eight Ensemble is a world-class piano instrument that authentically captures a 9-foot CD327 Steinway piano.

Meticulously recorded and expertly sampled, Eighty-Eight Ensemble provides every producer and performer the opportunity to infuse their compositions, recordings, and performances with the breathtaking realism of a world-class grand piano. Also included with Key station 49 is Ableton Live Lite – one of the most popular performance and production programs available in the world. A powerful music creation tool, Ableton Live Lite enables musicians and producers to spontaneously compose, record, remix, improvise, and edit musical ideas in a fluid audio/MIDI environment. Explore sonic possibilities in real time whether on stage or in the studio. When you are satisfied with your work, Ableton Live Lite lets you save it or mix it down.

Product Features

  • 49 full-size, synth-action velocity-sensitive keys
  • Pitch bend and modulation wheels provide dynamic performance capabilities
  • Transport controls let you control your DAW without reaching for the mouse
  • 6.3mm (1/4-inch) sustain pedal input for expressive performance
  • Includes SONiVOX Eighty-Eight Ensemble, a world-class virtual piano instrument

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Akai Professional LPK25 25-Key Ultra-Portable USB MIDI Keyboard Controller for Laptops

Akai Professional LPK25 25-Key Ultra-Portable USB MIDI Keyboard Controller for Laptops

Melodic performance in the palm of your hand. The LPK25 laptop performance keyboard is a USB-MIDI controller for musicians, producers, DJs and other music creators. It measures less than 13 inches across and weighs less than a pound to easily fit into a laptop case, backpack or messenger bag for extreme portability. Keyboard players who want to work with software on their computer will find that the LPK25 gives their laptop the keys they need to express themselves anywhere.

The LPK25 is a scaled-down relative to the MPK series of keyboard performance controllers. The diminutive keyboard is made up of 25 miniature, velocity-sensitive keyboard keys with synth action. The LPK25 contains an arpeggiator, which steps through chords automatically, assisting musicians with creating quick melodic ideas. Sustain, octave up and down and tap tempo controls round out the LPK25’s easy-to-learn layout. The LPDK25 works plug and play with Mac and PC and requires no software driver installation or wall power for operation. It has four memory banks for programming and recalling settings appropriate to different software programs you use. Create melodic and harmonic riffs in seconds, anywhere, with the LPK25.Create melodic and harmonic riffs in seconds, anywhere, with the Akai Pro LPK25 Laptop Performance Keyboard, a scaled-down relative to the MPK series of keyboard performance controllers. Made up of 25 miniature, velocity-sensitive keyboard keys with synth action, the LPK25 is a great choice for keyboard players who want to work with software on their computer. Measuring less than 13 inches across and weighing less than a pound, it easily fits into a laptop case, backpack or messenger bag for extreme portability.

The LPK25 contains an arpeggiator, which steps through chords automatically, assisting musicians with creating quick melodic ideas. Sustain, octave up and down and tap tempo controls round out the LPK25’s easy-to-learn layout. It offers plug and play capabilities with Mac and PC and requires no software driver installation or wall power for operation. And it has four memory banks for programming and recalling settings appropriate to different software programs you use.

Key Features

  • USB-MIDI controller works with virtually all audio software
  • 25 velocity-sensitive mini-keyboard keys
  • Arpeggiator, sustain button, octave up and down, and tap tempo controls
  • Plug-and-play USB connection for Mac and PC requires no driver installation
  • Small enough to fit in a backpack or laptop bag
  • Four programmable memory banks
  • Comes with editor software for Mac and PC
  • USB bus powered–no additional power cable needed
The Akai LPK25 keyboard controller.

Small enough to fit in a backpack or laptop bag (see larger image).

Product Features

  • 25-key USB MIDI keyboard controller gives you expressive performance with computer-based digital audio workstations, sequencers, and more
  • 25 velocity-sensitive mini-keyboard keys are highly portable; writing sessions, capturing ideas and studio use with nearly all music creation software
  • Built-in arpeggiator provides melodic inspiration and versatile patterns for modern music production
  • Plug-and-play USB connection for Mac and PC; no driver installation required. Perfect for Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Studio One, Reaper, Digital Performer, Ableton, etc
  • USB-powered; no additional power cable needed
  • Sustain button, octave up and down, and tap tempo controls ensure your ideas translate from head to hardware
  • Includes editing software for Mac and PC; easily customize the keyboards’ MIDI commands to fit your workflow

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Behringer FCA610 Firepower Midi Interface

Audiophile 6 In/10 Out, 24-Bit/96 kHz FireWire/USB Audio/MIDI Interface with MIDAS Preamplifiers

Product Features

  • Audiophile FireWire interface connects your instruments, mixer, etc. with your computer for recording and playback
  • High-resolution 24-bit/96 kHz converters for high-end audio quality
  • Ultra-low latency operation under Windows XP, Vista, 7 (32-bit) and Mac OS X
  • Stereo Headphone output with dedicated Level control
  • Dual high-bandwidth FireWire connectors for more flexibility

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Alesis Q25 25-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller

The Q25 is a 25-note, velocity-sensitive, MIDI keyboard controller with USB and traditional MIDI ports that enable you to connect to almost all MIDI equipment including software and sound modules. Thanks to Pitch and Modulation wheels, backlit Octave Up and Down buttons, and a Volume/Data Entry slider, you can add expression, range, and dynamics to your performances quickly and effortlessly.

Product Features

  • 25-key USB MIDI keyboard controller provides the ideal surface for composing and performing music with computer-based digital audio workstations, sequencers, and more
  • 25 velocity-sensitive keys ensure a dynamic performance
  • Pitch and Modulation wheels add musical expression; perfect for emulating the nuances of specialized musicians via DAW software
  • Octave Up and Down buttons extend the note range without taking up critical desktop space
  • Sustain pedal input and MIDI output for pro-level functionality and versatility
  • Single USB cable simplicity delivers both data and power
  • Ableton Live Lite Alesis Edition software is included to get you creating right out of the box

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IK Multimedia Miroslav Philharmonik Orchestra & Choir Workstation

Miroslav Philharmonik is a intense integrated Orchestral Workstation combining the mythical Miroslav Vitous Orchestral and Choir sample collection masterpieces with a dedicated plug-in instrument specifically tailored toward classical sounds and arrangements.

For the first time this complete symphonic collection is available as a virtual instrument plug-in for a fraction of its original price. Now every musician can afford the compositional magic that has become a legend among composers and arrangers worldwide.

Product Features

  • 16-part multitimbral sample-based orchestral workstation20 Classic DSP effects4 insert effects per instrument4 Master effects with separate sendsHi-quality master reverb derived from CSRMultiple synth engines including STRETCH and Pitch-Shift/Time-StretchMix view allows full mix parameter controlClassical music-oriented parameter names make it easy to useZone feature for accurate single sample editingFull MIDI control of performance parametersPart preset and combi preset customization features25

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Korg nanoPAD2 Slim-Line USB MIDI Pads – Black

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Korg NanoPad2

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Korg NanoPad2

NanoPad2 works with the free Korg Kontrol Editor software.

NanoPad2 Slim-Line USB Pad Controller

Each of the NanoSeries2 ultra-compact and low-profile USB-MIDI controllers fit perfectly in front of your laptop computer or desktop keyboard, offering impressive control while conserving valuable set-up space. Simply connect a single USB cable, and you’ve got a music production studio on your desk at home or on the go. For entering drum parts, the NanoPad2 is the top choice. It boasts 16 responsive pads and an X-Y touchpad, just as on the Kaossilator Pro.

Sixteen pads in a compact body

Like all NanoSeries2 controllers, the NanoPad2 had to be compact, lightweight and sized to work well with any laptop or desktop computer. In addition, the NanoPad2 also had to pack in 16 great-feeling and dynamic-sensing pads–as well as leaving room for the X-Y touchpad. The Korg NanoPad2 does all this and more. In fact, there are four banks of pad assignments, providing a total of 64 pad assignments.

Korg NanoPad2

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Dynamic Trigger Pads Capture All Your Performance Nuances

The sixteen velocity-sensitive pads provide excellent response to your fingertips, and also realistically convey the playing feel to your sequencer or DAW software, ensuring that your drum parts will be full of life. By switching between the four scenes, you can experience 64 different pad assignments.

Create Musical Phrases Using the X-Y Touchpad, Touch Scale, and Gate Arp Features

The X-Y pad can be used to control multiple synthesizer parameters. In addition, the new “Touch Scale” function lets you intuitively play phrases on the X-Y touchpad, just as on the Kaossilator. You can choose from sixteen different scales, and specify the root key and note range to ensure that your performance stays within your song. The “Gate Arp” function, borrowed from the Kaossilator Pro, transmits note data based on tempo; Tap tempo and tempo sync are supported. Combined with the Touch Scale, the Gate Arp allows you to play tempo-synchronized phrases and rhythms simply by stroking the X-Y pad or playing the pads.

Korg Kontrol Editor Software

The NanoPad2 works with the “Korg Kontrol Editor” software–available free on the Korg website. Load it into your computer, and use it to make detailed customized settings. For example, the minimum and maximum values for each control change message can be specified.

USB Power for an Uncluttered Setup

Just connect a single USB cable from your computer to the NanoPad2, and you’ve got a quick and portable music production system. Power and USB-MIDI data travels down the same wire for a clean, efficient workspace.

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Sound Synthesis with VST Instrument

VST instruments offer an unprecedented opportunity for the exploration of sound and musical creativity.

The world of hi-tech music and audio has never been so full of possibilities for experimentation and the creation of new sounds.

Sound synthesis instruments which were once prohibitively expensive are now available to everyone in the form of cost-effective software.

Sound Synthesis with VST Instruments helps you realise your own musical creativity by exploring the theory of sound synthesis and linking this to practical examples in the virtual world of VST instruments.

It explains how creating your own original synth patches can inspire a whole new musical composition, how building your own software synthesizer can be the beginning of a new adventure into the world of sound synthesis, and how manipulating and processing samples in revolutionary ways can be the birth of the next cutting-edge dance track.

With practical projects, helpful tips, step-by-step instructions on how to build your own software synthesizer and virtual electric guitar, and in-depth coverage of Reaktor, Tassman, HALion, FM7, B4, Pro-52, LM4-MkII, Attack and many others, Sound Synthesis with VST Instruments will be of interest to musicians, sound synthesists, sound designers, music producers and audio professionals.

Simon Millward is a music software specialist and sound designer. He has a Master of Science degree in Music Technology from the University of York, UK.

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iZotope, Inc. The T-Pain Effect Audio Plug-in

The T-Pain Effect is a collection of three fun and easy music making tools that help everyone to make music. Make beats and record vocals featuring the distinctive sound of T-Pain himself! The T-Pain Effect centers on The T-Pain Engine, a self-contained beat-making and vocal recording application for PC and Mac. Aspiring artists can choose from over 50 beats of different genres, pre-arranged into song patterns to help them get going quickly. With the beat in place, users can then sing, rap, or speak on one or two vocal tracks to record a song with ease. Beats and song patterns can be customized and vocals can be edited, including punch-in recording for retakes. For more vocal flavor, users can add the distinctive T-Pain Effect to the vocal tracks, tweaking the hardness and softness controls to dial in just the right sound. Then, after adjusting the levels of the final mix, the completed song can be exported and shared with friends or published directly to SoundCloud to share with the online world.

In addition to the standalone T-Pain Engine, the product includes a VST, AU, and RTAS plug-in version of The T-Pain Effect for use with popular digital audio workstations (DAWs) such as Pro Tools, GarageBand, Cubase, SONAR, Logic, and many more. The plug-in is a professional-level tool for any music production studio, including real-time monitoring through the host program and extended controls for dialing in hardness/softness and the appropriate scale.The product also includes iDrum: T-Pain Edition, a virtual drum machine that includes over 50 custom T-Pain iDrum kits with all-new samples. Used as a standalone application or a plug-in, users can arrange beats into songs, create new kits and patterns, import their own samples, and edit samples with effects like pitch, filter, and decay. iDrum T-Pain Edition is fully compatible with other content from iZotope’s various iDrum titles.

Product Features

  • Make beats with The T-Pain Engine, record your vocals, and share your music by posting straight to SoundCloud.
  • Explore hundreds of professionally-designed beats inspired by over 50 new T-Pain iDrum kits, each with all-new samples.
  • Use The T-Pain Effect plug-in independently in your favorite host DAW.

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Novation Launchpad Mini USB Midi Controller for Performing and Producing Music with iPad, Mac and PC

Novation LaunchPad Mini

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Launchpad Mini is the compact version of the celebrated Novation Launchpad performance controller. Designed for the iPad generation, Launchpad Mini features 64 three-color launch pads that let you play loops, sounds, effects and more to produce and perform music immediately with your iPad, PC or Mac.

Designed to get you making music right out of the box, Launchpad Mini is entirely bus-powered from your iPad, PC, or Mac. It comes with a suite of software, including Ableton Live Lite, for your Mac or PC, plus the Launchpad App for iPad. Launchpad for iPad includes a pre-loaded professional sound library that you can use instantly to create unique performances, turning Launchpad Mini into an integrated performance instrument. In addition to the built-in sounds, you can import additional sound packs or even your own sounds when you need them. Complete your performance with filters and DJ style effects, and then share your creations with the world.

Novation LaunchPad Mini
The 64-Pad Mini Music Controller

Launchpad Mini’s brightly illuminated grid of 64 three-color pads can trigger loops, samples, and events as well as controlling effects on your iPad or computer. Launchpad Mini integrates perfectly with Ableton Live, just like the Launchpad S. Trigger clips and scenes, control volumes and sends and much more — and Ableton Live Lite is included with your Launchpad Mini. Plus, get hands-on control of FL Studio 11 using Launchpad Mini’s 64-pad grid. Stickers are included to label the keys as you want.

Novation LaunchPad Mini
Launchpad App for iPad

Produce and perform music instantly on your Launchkey Mini with the included Launchpad app for iPad with its built-in samples, loops and effects. Import your own sounds or choose from a constantly updating library of premium packs to launch.

Novation LaunchPad Mini
Create and Perform Anywhere

Launchpad Mini is both compact and sturdy enough to withstand life on the road; it’s easy to transport and instantly ready to perform. It’s lightweight too–smaller and lighter than an iPad. Launchpad Mini is also totally bus-powered; there’s no need for a power socket whether on your iPad or computer.

Novation LaunchPad Mini
Great with Your Computer

Control Ableton Live (Lite version included), FL Studio and a wide range of additional DJ, VJ and music software. And use multiple controllers for even more flexibility.

Novation LaunchPad Mini

Part of the growing range of Novation Launch products.

Launchpad Mini is part of the growing range of Launch products from Novation. Use multiple Launch family products together to unleash awesome performance possibilities: pair Launchpad Mini with its big brother, the Launchpad S, enhance your lead or bassline capability with Launchkey or Launchkey Mini performance keyboards, and add high-quality rotary controls with Launch Control. Use them together with the Launchpad and Launchkey Apps for iPad.

Product Features

  • The 64 mini-pad music controller
  • New #1 Novation Launchpad app for iPad
  • Connects to any iPad via the camera kit (not included) and is powered from an iPad
  • Combine with Launch key, Launch Control or Launchpad S for even deeper integration with your software
  • Use 1, 2, 8, or even 16 Launchpad Minis connected to a PC or Mac for ultimate control over your favorite software

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Spectrasonics Trilian Bass Module Software

With its comprehensive design, Trilian brings many different types of Bass together into one extraordinary-sounding virtual instrument. It is designed from the ground up to be the most versatile bass virtual instrument available today with a new level of expressive, realtime performance for acoustic and electric basses plus cutting-edge synth bass tones with powerful editing and extraordinary sound quality. Trilian is the successor to Spectrasonics’ award-winning Trilogy bass instrument, offering deeper control of musical expression and much greater flexibility of sound shaping. Trilian’s 34GB library is 10 times the size of Trilogy and features all new acoustic, electric, and synth basses. Powered by next-generation STEAM Engine technology, Trilian is the first instrument to feature core library integration with Spectrasonics’ flagship Omnisphere synthallowing Trilian’s sounds to be used within the Omnisphere environment for further sound design and keyboard/bass splits. PerformanceThe new acoustic and electric basses in Trilian are sampled at an extremely high level of detail. The combination of the software’s intuitive, automatic selection

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  • Intuitive, automatic selection of dynamic legato and release articulations allows for highly realistic hammer-ons

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Korg nanoKONTROL2 Slim-Line USB Control Surface, Black

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Korg NanoKontrol2

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Korg NanoKontrol2

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NanoKontrol2 Slim-Line USB Control Surface

Each of the NanoSeries2 ultra-compact and low-profile USB-MIDI controllers fit perfectly in front of your laptop computer or desktop keyboard, offering impressive control while conserving valuable set-up space. Simply connect a single USB cable, and you’ve got a music production studio on your desk at home or on the go. The NanoKontrol2 provides knobs, switches, and faders–perfect for controlling any DAW or numerous types of other music production software.

Convenient, Compact Control Surface

In a body proportioned to fit perfectly in front of your laptop computer, the NanoKontrol2 provides eight channels of the controllers you need to control your music software. The NanoKontrol2 also features a dedicated transport control section. The buttons have been carefully selected to be useful with your software, ensuring simple and intuitive control. Many software titles–including major DAW programs–are supported, dramatically reducing the need to make complicated connection settings.

Korg NanoKontrol2

A knob, fader, and three switches are provided for each of the eight channels. View larger
Complete Control for Your DAW or Software Synthesizer

A knob, fader, and three switches are provided for each of the eight channels, respectively assigned to pan, volume, and solo/mute/record. This arrangement is a real convenience when recording automation for multiple channels. There’s also a marker button, making it easy to assign marks at important points in your song for more efficient recording and song production. When using a software synthesizer, you can assign parameters to the desired controllers for easy control. For example you could use the faders to control the ADSR of an envelope generator, and use the knobs to control the filter’s cutoff frequency and resonance, etc.

Korg Kontrol Editor Software

The NanoKontrol2 works with the “Korg Kontrol Editor” software–available free on the Korg website. Load it into your computer, and use it to make detailed customized settings. For example, the minimum and maximum values for each control change message can be specified.

USB Power for an Uncluttered Setup

Just connect a single USB cable from your computer to the NanoKontrol2, and you’ve got a quick and portable music production system. Power and USB-MIDI data travels down the same wire for a clean, efficient workspace.

Product Features

  • Low-profile, multi-function control surface
  • New track select and marker advance parameters
  • Supports numerous software titles including major DAW programs

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MIDI Power!: The Comprehensive Guide

From how MIDI works, to how to connect devices through it, to how it integrates into a computer environment, “MIDI Power!, Second Edition” is a comprehensive reference guide to MIDI. The book provides an in-depth look at MIDI, its messages, and protocols, and the information necessary to navigate it with ease. Readers learn when to use MIDI, how to edit MIDI, what technology uses MIDI, what software uses MIDI, and how MIDI is integrated into computers and what that implies for musicians, sound designers, and audio enthusiasts. “MIDI Power!, Second Edition” provides complete coverage of MIDI hardware and software, is suitable for both Mac and Windows platforms.

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  • Format: book.
  • Category: Literature.
  • Series: Book.
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation.
  • Latest Technical Development.

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How MIDI works

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