Hitsquad News for Musicians

Audacity 2.0 Update

The new and improved Audacity 2.0 is now available for Windows, Mac and GNU/Linux, derived from version 1.3.14.

Unsigned Only Music Competition

Update: The deadline to enter has been extended to the 11th of April, 2012.

Pioneer HDJ-2000-K

Pioneer's flagship DJ headphones get a new stylish makeover with a black chrome version dubbed the HDJ-2000-K.

Electrolyzium 2

Electrolyzium 2 sample pack follows up on the original Electrolyzium, designed by Sunny Lax for Electro House, Progressive and Complextro genres.

Line 6 Mobile Keys

Line 6 Mobile Keys is a USB MIDI keyboard controller that is fully compatible with the Mac, iOS and Windows.

Vocaloid Oliver by PowerFX

Vocaloid Oliver is modeled after the voice of a real 12 year old choir boy, made for the singing synthesis software - Vocaloid 3.

Synth700 from Puremagnetik

Puremagnetik's Synth700 is a digital recreation of Korg's first analog monosynth, the MiniKorg 700.

XLN Audio Price Reduction

XLN Audio has announced a special price reduction offer starting March 1, 2012 for many of their products including Addictive Drums, all MIDI Paks and Kit Piece Paks.

Ableton Live Clip Collection: Low Beats Clipbox from Cluster Sound

If you're unfamiliar with Ableton Live Clips then check the video demonstration below.

Evolve by Native Instruments

Evolve is a Kontakt based instrument that carries a selection of sounds, rhythm and effects designed for film use.

Pioneer DJM-850 : DJ Mixer with Beat Color FX

The DJM-850 performance DJ mixer comes with a range of features including the new Beat Color FX function.

SST-282 Convo : IR Library for Convolution Reverb Plugins

Cluster Sound's SST-282 Convo is a Reverb and Delay IR Library that is based on the sound of the vintage SST-282 Space Station.

Dark Pressure Expansion for Maschine

Dark Pressure is an expansion for Native Instruments Maschine, created with the help of DJ and producer Steve Lawler along with sound design house Loopmasters.

Celemony Wins Grammy Award

This year, the Technical Grammy goes to Celemony, in recognition of their "contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field".

Line 6 StageScape M20d Digital Mixer

Line 6 has recently introduced the StageScape M20d, a touchscreen 12 input digital mixer.

2012 Shure Songwriting Award

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance and Shure have launched the 2012 Shure Songwriting Award which will be judged by Anna Calvi and will be supported by Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI).

Drum Key Version 2 Ultrabeat Presets by 9 Soundware

9 Soundware has released Drum Key version 2, a collection of unique presets for the Ultrabeat drum synthesizer within Apple Logic Pro .

Pro Tools 10 and Pro Tools HDX Free Webinar

Avid will be having a free Pro Tools 10 and HDX webinar, scheduled on the February 9, 2012 2PM EST, dealing with Workflows, Technology and the future of Audio production.

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2 Price Drop

Native Instruments reduced the price of Traktor Kontrol S2 to $449 throughout February and March of 2012.

Musikmesse 2012 - News & Updates on This Year's Show

Musikmesse 2012 is looking set to be the biggest music instrument and gear show of the year!

NAMM 2012: Nektar Panorama P4: A dedicated Controller Keyboard for Propellerhead Reason

UPDATE: The launch and competition went off successfully at NAMM and the price has been decided - the MSRP will be $599.99 with an expected street price of $499.99. It's expected to be in stores around the world in March 2012.

NAMM 2012 News

The biggest trade show gloabally in Musical Instruments: Winter NAMM 2012!

AKAI MPC Fly - iPad 2 Controller, Docking Station, and Software

Another great new iPad offering at NAMM 2012 for computer musicians let's you take your MPC with you and create music on the 'Fly'.

NAMM 2012: Cakewalk Sonar X1d Update

Cakewalk announced at Winter NAMM 2012 that the latest update to Sonar - version X1d - will be released by the middle of February 2012.

NAMM 2012: VoiceLive Play is a new Vocal Multi Effects Pedal for Singers

TC-Helicon launches their latest vocal effects pedal at Winter NAMM 2012.

NAMM 2012: Behringer's New iPad Mixers iX3242USB, iX2442USB and iX1642USB

Behringer has launched 3 small format mixers that interface directly with the iPad via a docking station for Winter NAMM 2012.

Auria: 48 Track iPad Multitrack Recording App Launched at NAMM 2012

Auria is a new iPad Multitrack DAW from WaveMachine Labs - the same company that brought us Drumagog for Mac and Windows

How To Sing Classic Rock

In this video demonstration below I decided to use my own voice for many reasons.

Mixware Presenting New Gear from Electrix, Reloop, UDG, Decksaver, Magma, and EKS at NAMM 2012

US distributor Mixware will be at NAMM 2012 presenting new DJ and Pro Audio gear including the Electrix Tweaker, Reloop Terminal Mix 4, Magma Control Stand, UDG Hardcase Protectors, and more.

Behringer Price Reduction for Truth B1030A and Truth B1031A Monitors

You can now enjoy significant savings of up to 30% when you purchase Behringer Truth B1031A and B1030A studio monitor speakers.