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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Hope by Lo Creed has been released!

Free mp3 download of "Remind" on Bandcamp!

IK Multimedia and Orange® Amps Announce "Tiny Terror" Giveaway thru April 30th, 2014! One Week Remaining!

In celebration of the new AmpliTube Orange Models available for iOS; IK and Orange are giving out $2200 in prizes for musicians!

April 23, 2014 - IK Multimedia, the global leader in digital modeling technology, announced a collaboration with Orange Amplification® to kick off the exciting release of AmpliTube Orange for iPhone/iPad by giving musicians the chance to win over $2200 in hardware and software music creation prizes! Entries will be accepted on the IK Multimedia website through April 30th, 2014!

"We've been creating amp-modeling gear for over 12 years now and you have GOT to hear it to believe us when we say: this is the best one yet - AmpliTube Orange is a real-time mobile Orange amplifier and effects studio featuring digital models of 5 classic and modern Orange guitar amplifiers and one Orange bass amplifier. Each amp and cab model has been meticulously recreated, both visually and in sound to deliver spot-on Orange tone any time, everywhere."

Davide Barbi, CTO IK Multimedia.

Prize package #1, $1400 in value:

  • Tiny Terror amp head: The original Lunchbox amplifier, Value: $599.99
  • AmpliTube Orange for iPhone/iPod touch or AmpliTube Orange for iPad real-time mobile Orange Amps and Effects, Value: $14.99 each
  • AmpliTube Orange: The official Orange amp & cab collection for Mac/PC, Value: $99.99
  • iLoud: The first studio-quality portable speaker designed for musicians and audiophiles, Value: $299.99
  • iLoud Travel Bag: The gig bag for iLoud, Value: $39.99
  • iRig HD: High-quality digital guitar interface for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac, Value: $99.99
  • iRig BlueBoard: Bluetooth MIDI pedalboard for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac, Value: $99.99
  • iRig: Guitar & instrument interface adapter for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, Value: $39.99
  • iLine: Mobile music cable kit, Value: $59.99
  • Book of Orange: A book about the history of Orange Amplification, Value: $49.99

Secondary Prize Package, over $800 in total value:
  • AmpliTube Orange for iPhone/iPod touch or iPad
  • AmpliTube Orange for Mac/PC
  • iLoud
  • iLoud Travel Bag
  • iRig HD
  • iRig BlueBoard
  • iRig
  • iLine
  • Book of Orange

The "Tiny Terror" is an amp for both the studio and the stage; the original "Lunchbox" amp with more than 30,000 units sold. All valve, 15-watt portable guitar head. Featuring a unique two stage preamp which has a massive tonal range using just three controls. When driven, this little amp has almost as much gain as most four stage lead channels! The Tiny Terror puts a lot of high-priced, boutique amps to shame with its clean crunch to full on overdrive sounds. At mid gain settings this valve head has masses of vintage British character; the Tiny Terror has been built to the same rugged specification as the bigger Orange amps and its portability makes it perfect for gigging around town or rehearsing. The Tiny Terror switches from 15 to 7 watts for studio use and recording.

For a chance to win, please visit the IK website entry page. Entries will be accepted no later than April 30, 2014, midnight EST. Winners will randomly be selected on May 2, 2014 and IK Multimedia will notify the winner via email.


For more information about AmpliTube Orange, please visit: www.ikmultimedia.com/orange

For more information about IK's range of interfaces and accessories for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac/PC, please visit www.ikmultimedia.com/interfaces

Friday, April 18, 2014

Rob Clouth - New EP to be released April 28th, 2014!

Rob Clouth (previously known as "Vaetxh") will be releasing his new EP "Clockwork Atom" on April 28th, 2014 on Leisure System which will be available as a double-sided 12″ vinyl and high quality download in all popular physical and digital stores! They are currently teasing us with an upload of "Islands of Glass" : 


Also, a new game has been created by XRA in collaboration with Memory of A Broken Dimension and MethLab Agency which includes music by Rob Clouth, VHS Head, Broken Note, Valence Drakes, and many more!

Play: http://methlab-agency.com/blog/view/54/methlab-xra-interactive-project-launched.blog 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

How To Organize Your Sound Library

VFS Sound Design for Visual Media: Aquarium Recording CC2.0 Image Modified
Organizing your sound library may be a task of excruciating misery especially when you must start from scratch and re-organize from the beginning! This guide is created so you hopefully won't need to ever organize it again and presents a plethora of options available to you. Please comment below if you think we missed something!

First Rule:

The first "rule" seems to be: Whatever method will help you remember where your sounds are is the best method to use. If you're having a difficult time finding something, try a new method or maybe you just need to get to know your library a little better.

  1. How will you back-up everything later?
Will you need to separate some things to make it fit on another drive? Are some samples already on a hard drive or CDs and unnecessary to back-up? You probably don't want to back-up copies of sounds that you already have back-ups of to save space for things you do need back-ups of.

    2. What do you want your DAW to access for music creation and what should be ignored?

Is this sound always okay to use or should it be approached with caution?

Will I get sued if I use this sound? Separate these into two separate folders:
  • Ambiguous Royalty Sounds (sounds with ambiguous copyright rules). In this folder, you may also want these folders:
    • Sound libraries from friends
    • Collaborations: sounds you've made with other people while collaborating (ask your friend first before using)
    • Sounds from the internet with ambiguous permission
    • Sample libraries that require you to get permission first or have specific instructions if used
    • Acappellas or files from other remix projects or boot leg / white label stuff
    • Recorded vinyl samples or movie quotes
  • Free Use (because you purchased them, made them, or the license clearly says you can use them without restriction, they can be used with any project)
If you are creating something that needs to have sounds which are royalty free, you don't want your DAW or some other audio managing program searching within sounds which contain unclear copyright restrictions. Keep the folders separate.

    3. The size of your samples: Will you need more than 1 hard drive?

Figure out how much memory all of your sounds hold. Can they fit on one drive? Will some parts of the library grow over time and need extra space?
  • PC: Win + Enter or right click folder > properties
  • Mac: Apple + I
Usually orchestral sounds need to be on an entirely different drive unto itself because of the many gigs it uses. Also, if you have a sampler streaming the sounds directly off the hard drive, you may want to think about using more than one hard drive and breaking them up onto different drives so the sounds load faster.

Side note:

Personally, I think it is best to eventually extend out of your purchased and downloaded sounds and build your own original set of sounds. I think this should be something to strive for so you can be truly unique in your musical creations. Work on creating "Your Sound." You can maybe start organizing your sound library by having two folders like this:

  • My Sounds
  • Third Party Sounds
    • Ambiguous Royalty Sounds
    • Free Use

Eliot Han - Live Techno Mix with #FOFN

Vote for his mix here.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Radio of the Month (April): Techno Belligerent Radio

Techno Belligerent Radio is the Volterock Radio of the Month!
Based in Southern California, the Techno Belligerent crew was founded in 1995 and has grown into a netlabel and radio show. The Radio show is hosted and streamed by Ryan (Arcid) (LA-general area) and was est. 6/23/10. Some of the genres you will here consist of:
  • Hardcore 
  • Techno 
  • Gabber 
  • Breakcore
  • Terror 
  • Speedcore 
  • Techno 
  • House 
  • Dark/Hard Drum N Bass 
  • Schranz 
  • Hard Techno
The Techno Belligerent show is every Wednesday from 4-8pm PST/8-12am EST. Go here to listen: http://www.livestream.com/technobelligerent
Their next live show is April 18th at 4pm! Check in at the event page here.

T.B. as a netlabel- http://technobelligerent.bandcamp.com/album/techno-belligerent-comp-1

Techno-B (Boston) http://soundcloud.com/techno-b http://www.discogs.com/collection?user=Techno-B

Arcid (Los Angeles, CA) http://soundcloud.com/arcid http://www.mixcloud.com/arcid2 https://www.facebook.com/Arcid667

Novokain (Los Angeles, CA) http://soundcloud.com/djnovokain http://www.mixcloud.com/czar-novokain-gomez

Biingo Baango (Boston) https://soundcloud.com/olde-tyme-hardcore-techno

Follow them here: https://www.facebook.com/TechnoBelligerent

Go here for previous Volterock radio shows and stations of the month. 

The Do LaB Celebrates Their 10th Year in a Row at Coachella With Lucent Dossier!

Don't miss the Do LaB Stage this year at Coachella with Lucent Dossier. View the full line-up:

Award winning photographer/director August Bradley has capture Lucent Dossier in a way that will mesmerize your visual palate:

Daed Releases Debut Album "Programist" On Sofia-based label "Mozyk"

"Daed's first full length album 'Programist' will set the programming world ablaze with his dazingly sliced breaks and glitches of every color. Acid bleeps, textural ambiences and every breakbeat known to man are savantly placed and layered throughout this 46 minute odyssey, including remixes by other 'programists' such as Apparition, HosmOz and CCDM.
The creativity of the album is, from start to finish; a unique approach to the everlasting multi-genre universe of electronic music and is an impeccable addition to the 'Mozyk' catalog." 

Follow Daed: https://soundcloud.com/daed

MOZYK: http://www.mozyk.net/