New Beatport Link puts unlimited beats in your DJ software

Stream Beatport’s entire catalogue without limits and send it straight to your DJ programs to mix on the fly with Link.

Beatport Link is a new subscription service that brings unlimited access to their catalogue of electronic music for a monthly cost. Beatport have just partnered their new subscription service with Denon DJ’s Prime Series DJ hardware for full control and unlimited possibilities.

Beatport Link launched in beta earlier this month and offers their 7 million track catalogue for unlimited streaming. Create personalised playlists of your favourite tracks to keep your favourites in order. Beatport Cloud is also built into Link services.

Beatport Link is also compatible Pioneer DJ’s WeDJ for iPhones and various DDJ controllers. As well as their upcoming partnership with Denon DJ, Beatport are planning to bring Link integration to rekordbox by the end of 2019.

Beatport Link is available in beta now and you can sign up to a 30-day free trial as a new user.

SoundCloud are for the DJs, adding their library to DEX 3

SoundCloud don’t want DJs to ever be at a loss with what to play, bringing their massive library to the 3rd program since December.

Last October news spread that saw DJs around the globe rejoice and throw their hands up in simultaneous celebration. No, sampling rights hadn’t been universally cleared. The news came from SoundCloud; the news that SoundCloud are integrating their 125+ million track library into 6 DJ programs over the next year.

Serato DJ came first in December, opening up a whole new world of possibility for DJs that was immediately accessible in their software. Then just last month Virtual DJ joined the roster. Now DEX 3 marks the half way point for SoundCloud’s venture into giving DJs endless options worldwide.

SoundCloud say that their mission is: “To empower creators at every stage with the best tools and resources to grow their careers.” All you need is a SoundCloud Go+ account and you can integrate the millions of original tracks on their platform directly into your software to mix at your heart’s content.

It’s as simple as downloading DEX 3 (some people need the obvious stating, ok?) and logging in. The enable SoundCloud in the app and sign in to your account. Restart the program and you’ll be able to grab tracks straight from your playlists and search, mix, and stream from SoundCloud’s official releases, emerging creator content, and everything in-between.

DJ’s and party lovers still have something to look forward to as SoundCloud are planning on adding their library to Native Instruments, Mixvibes, and DJuced/Hercules later this year.

This app has been dubbed ‘the easiest way to learn piano’

Skoove are getting people learning the piano around the world with their simple app.

Skoove are a Berlin based company that are teaching people how to play the piano all across the globe. Their intuitive and easy to use app has seen it dubbed “the easiest way to learn the piano”.

The company have just raised €3m (roughly $3.4 million) from new investors Caparuca, MGO Digital Ventures, and Ringier Digital Ventures. Existing investors also helped to fund a boost to the company; Egora Holding, IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft, and High-Tech Gründerfonds.

The new round of funding will help the company push their app even further to reach more people and enhance it’s features. Skoove’s CEO, Florian Penge said they will use the funds to “take the next step in product development and growth”.

The app is most popular in North America and Europe where they are planning to expand their team to gain a wider reach. Whilst they haven’t released exact numbers of users they claim that more than one million lessons have been taken on their apps.

The app currently features 13 different courses that uses hundreds of popular music tracks so that user’s can get familiar with playing to something they already recognise.

Find out more from their website.

Mix SoundCloud tracks on Virtual DJ

Bring over 200 million more tracks into your DJ set with SoundCloud now streaming straight to Virtual DJ.

SoundCloud has the largest library of music online from user-uploaded creations to major label tracks. They’re ensuring that DJs are never short for a tune by bringing their massive libraries to DJ apps, starting with Serato DJ in December and now Virtual DJ apps.

With a SoundCloud Go+ subscription you can pick from SoundCloud’s 200+ million track library to start mixing with. Here’s how to do it:

  • Download and log in to Virtual DJ 8.
  • Enable SoundCloud within the app and sign in to your account (you need to be a SoundCloud Go+ subscriber).
  • Restart your Virtual DJ 8 app to pull in tracks from your SoundCloud playlists, and to search, mix and stream from SoundCloud’s catalog of official releases, emerging creator content, and everything in between – directly from the app, in real time.

SoundCloud say to keep your eyes peeled as they roll out integrations with other leading DJ applications later this year.

Get a whole new library of virtual instruments free with LABS

Expand your library with an infinity of virtual instruments to breathe new life into your music and DAW.

The LABS programme comes from British music tech company, Spitfire Audio. Specialists in sound sampling and virtual instruments they have combined their versatile knowledge of music to create an always expanding range of software instruments that you can get totally free.

From a modular piano to synth pads to strings, each instrument is meticulously recorded to sound amazing and versatile. A new one is added every month so you can keep coming back and expanding your library with even more unique and amazing sounds.

They use a dedicated plugin with simplified controls for easy customisation. Sliders control expression and dynamics whilst a big knob will help you customise the instrument to your own personal workflow.

Since re-launching their LABS series last year, Spitfire Audio’s free virtual instruments now work straight from your DAW of choice so you don’t need to mess around with any other software to get playing.

Check out all of the instruments Spitfire Audio are offering for free and download them now here: www.spitfireaudio.com/labs/

Nuendo 10 brings virtual reality to music production

Steinberg are back with what they’re calling ‘The Landmark Release’ version of Nuendo with dozens of new features in it’s tenth edition.

Steinberg’s post-production mega-software is back for number 10. Nuendo is coming sometime in the second quarter of this year according to Steinberg and now we know what to expect including 40 new features and improvements, ranging from major workflow enhancements to sound design tools.

Announced at this years GDC, the new Nuendo promises to be one of the most comprehensive post-production softwares on the market.. With a redesigned user interface, new and improved plug-ins, a reworked channel strip and more than 30 other features and improvements it promises to be their best offering yet.

They have announced workflow enhancements with Field Recorder Audio Import, Video Rendering and Video cut detection. Sound design tools including VoiceDesigner, Doppler effects, DearVR Spatial Connect integration – making it the most comprehensive VR authoring DAW around.

Nuendo 10’s features:

  • Field Recorder Audio Import for searching and matching field recorder audio files to selected events in the project
  • ADM Import support, complete with intact object automation data, for further mixing or editing
  • Video Cut Detection for analyzing video files for edits and inserting markers for each cut
  • Doppler effect for simulating the movement, distance and perception of a sound as its source passes you
  • VoiceDesigner for modifying voices and creating out-of-this-world sound effects in powerful and innovative ways
  • Video rendering for exporting a video file, or a section of a project including audio and video (available in a later maintenance update)
  • Cue Sheet Export for creating a report of all music pieces, or all VO clips of a narrator, used in the project (available in a later maintenance update)
  • dearVR support to create and mix immersive 3D audio content directly in the VR environment
  • Music features including VariAudio 3, Distroyer effect, MixConsole Snapshots, Groove Agent SE 5 and more sound content
  • Enhanced workflow and performance including ARA support (available in a later maintenance update), new features for Direct Offline Processing, new modes for the AmbiDecoder, Audio Alignment panel, high-DPI support, redesigned channel strip, GUI and more

Ever wanted to control a synth with your voice? Meet Dubler Studio Kit

Your voice is an instrument you never have to put down. Wouldn’t it be amazing to control synths and drumkits, even manipulate effects with it?

Dubler Studio Kit is a new software that transforms your voice into MIDI giving you unique control over instruments and effects. Using a custom, low latency USB microphone your musical experience is transformed with Dubler.

You can hum a melody that will be translated through a MIDI instrument into a digital piece of music. You can load up a virtual drumkit and beatbox out some rhythm and then manipulate filters and effects through a series of vocalisations. It offers up a completely new way of playing and creating digital music.

The creators say that they created Dubler Studio Kit to help release the musical ideas that come into our heads but get trapped there. They want Dubler not just to be a unique and fun way of creating but also as a way to release the musical ideas from our heads by simply vocalising them.

Here’s all you need to know:

  • Compatible with any DAW (Ableton/Logic/Reason/FL Studio/ProTools/GarageBand etc). 
  • Learns your voice in less than 60 seconds.
  • Allows you to use your voice as a live MIDI controller.
  •  Live pitch tracking for synth control.
  • Accurately select between, and trigger, up to 8 samples using your voice.
  •  Sustain sounds, samples and notes vocally.
  • Responsive to changes in velocity — takes all the information from exactly how you make a sound.
  •  Simultaneously talks to multiple MIDI channels— enabling sample triggering and synth control at the same time.
  • Control up to 4 CC [MIDI mapping] values based on the way you make a sound. Then easily map to anything from synth selection, effects controls, synth blending, filters and more.
  • Additional control of Pitch Bend and Envelope Following.
  • Works with non-vocal sounds too  — clap a beat or mic up an instrument.
  • Can be used to control effects and filters on other MIDI devices and instruments.
  •  Low latency [10-12ms] enabling real-time, live control.

Dubler Studio Kit is currently raising money via Kickstarter to release it’s software and microphone. For an early bird price of £175 or more you can nab yourself the software, microphone and USB cable for it’s planned launch in October. It’s planned retail price for the future is £300 / $395.

Get a $368 worth of DAWs and beatmaking tools for just $25

Humble Bundle have an amazing deal for all you producers and beatmakers out there this month.

Whether you’re a seasoned producer or an aspiring beatmaker Humble Bundle have an incredible deal that you’d be a fool to miss out on. You have until the 20th March to load up your music-making arsenal with some top quality software and a bunch of tasty samples and sounds to get yourself brewing up beastly beats.

Humble Bundle works with charities, companies and creators to offer up a selection of software, games, books, and more at amazing prices. Every bundle you buy the money goes to help charities as well as to the devs behind what you’re getting – you even get to choose how much you’d like to go to each party.

Humble Bundle want to get you music making with some of the best software out there at an unbeatable price. For just $1 (or more, it’s for charity and you choose your price) you get Music Maker EDM Edition and a Trance Masters Soundpool.

For $12.48 or more you get MP3 Deluxe 19 and a Dream House Soundpool. Then of course for $25 or more you get the whole package with ACID Pro, SOUND FORGE and a premium Soundpool – Discharge.

Don’t be a dingus – all this amazing music software for the price of 2 large takeway pizzas? Yes please.

Head here to take advantage.

Maschine’s integration with Sounds.com brings millions of samples into your workflow

Native Instruments’ Maschine software just became an even better package for producers with loads of samples and sounds available through their new partnership.

Sounds.com is one of the largest royalty-free, curated site of sounds and samples in the world. It’s a vast and varied catalogue featuring over 1 million high quality sounds that can be used, edited, and manipulated to create new dimensions to your music.

With their integration into Native Instruments’ Maschine software you no longer have to add each new sound or sample individually. Simply log into your Sounds.com account, add the sounds you want to a collections and download the collection in your Native Instruments software to have access to them all right there.

With one click sync your Sounds.com account, and your saved collections will automatically populate in your Maschine or Komplete Kontrol library. Every sound is intuitively tagged using the NKS protocol – just like the rest of your library – meaning you can find the right sound fast and throw it straight into your next project.

Log into your account next time you’re using Native Instruments software and get sampling simpler than ever.

Play a classic Cornish organ on your phone

In the ‘most beautiful churchyard in England’, in a small Cornish village there is a classic Cornish pipe organ. That organ is also in the app store.

At RouteNote we love music and we love our home county – Cornwall. So you can imagine our excitement when these things are combined. Without further adieu, let us introduce you to a classic Cornish sound that is just waiting to come out of your iOS devices.

The ‘most beautiful churchyard in England’ in the Cornish village of St. Just in Roseland is home to a quite magnificent pipe organ. The St. Just in Roseland Organ app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch reproduces the instrument in stunning detail, clarity and accuracy, and is the first recreation of an English church organ for iOS.

From the sweet flutes of the Lieblich Gedact and Lieblich Flute, through the shimmering strings of the Salicional, Gamba and Voix Celeste to the foundation-shaking brass fanfares of the Trumpet and Clarion, every detail of the original organ is captured. Our groundbreaking ‘Wavetable Trajectory Synthesis’ – premiered in our Victorian Chapel Organ – ensures that the organ is free of all mechanical and wind noise. The app sounds organic and natural rather than cold and repetitive, and yet is so efficient that the organ runs perfectly on devices as old as iPad 2, iPhone 5 and iPod Touch 5G.

The organ is perfectly suited to both liturgical music and the classical organ repertoire. It is an ideal instrument for organists wishing to practice at home, for pianists learning organ, for churches needing a lower cost replacement for a failing pipe organ, for choirs needing a portable pipe organ for practice and performance, and for iOS musicians and composers looking for a new palette of sounds to add colour to recordings and performances.

​For fans of early and historic music the organ supports a number of temperaments, allowing players to experiment with ‘key colours’. This allows period pieces, in particular the organ works of  J.S Bach and his contemporaries, to be performed and heard the way the writers intended – with sweeter consonances and more dramatic dissonances than the characterless nature of modern Equal Temperament. 

FEATURES​​

  • Entire organ – Swell, Great and Pedals – playable from a single attached USB MIDI keyboard
    • ‘OMNI’ mode for out of the box plug and play with a single keyboard
    • Out of the box / zero configuration support for Novation Launchkey series keyboards
  • Built-in silky smooth reverberation unit
  • ​8 programmable pistons for instant recall of entire console (stops and couplers)
  • Rich and programmable MIDI implementation supports reverb, pistons, swell and crescendo pedals
  • ‘Dynamic Range Compression’ slider equalizes stop volumes for quiet practice sessions
  • Tiny app footprint – under 20MBytes
    • No samples
    • Synthesis is implemented using WAVETABLE technology
    • Highest performance
    • Lowest noise
    • Smallest storage requirement
    • Best attack, release and re-attack dynamics – no ‘machine gunning’ of identical, repeated samples
  • 5 selectable temperaments
    • Equal
    • Silbermann 1/6 comma meantone
    • Werckmeister III
    • Young II 1799
    • Pythagorean
  • ​’Autopedal’ pseudo coupler intelligently selects bass note to play, minimizing ‘bass jumping’ on chord transitions
    • ‘Autopedal’ can be configured to use only the lowest octave of pedal range for ‘deep bass reinforcement’ mode 
  • ‘Virtual MIDI only’ setting for use in a multi-app / DAW environment
  • 44.1 / 48kHz switchable playback rate
  • AudioBus / inter-app audio support
  • FREE version (‘Explorer Edition’) available – limited stops but otherwise complete functionality