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GarageBand for PC has long been a pipe dream for the PC music community. It is a testimony to the unique quality of Apple's product that for many years, there was little competition for GarageBand in the PC world. A serious contender for the title "GarageBand for PC" has only recently arrived: Mixcraft 5.
Really, GarageBand for PC?
A trial download of Mixcraft 5 is available so you can judge for yourself whether Mixcraft lives up to that title. Three distinguishing characteristics of GarageBand are ease-of-use, powerful features and the very low price. With the latest version, Mixcraft 5, Acoustica's recording software for PC has met the challenge and come of age as a very appealing, fully featured and affordable Digital Audio Workstation.
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If you can't sing, Voices is for you!
Apple has published the new Vocals JamPack, containing 1700 Apple Loops and 28 vocal instrument sounds featuring professional soloists and choirs in multiple genres and styles
Here is the full contents list :
|Voices Loops (1701)|
|Voices Instruments (28)|
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Sequel encourages a loop-based style of composition that lets you drag and drop audio and MIDI loops into a single window - everything is automatically adjusted for key and time signature. The program includes more than 4,500 loops (plus another 500 when you register the software) and more than 600 instruments covering a variety of musical genres, including dance, metal, electronic, and world music. Sequel's structure resembles GarageBand but lacks much of its interconnectivity. Instead it adds the Arrange Mode. This mode allows you to assign sections of songs to pads that can be triggered in whatever order you wish and played in real time. Live performers and DJs can use this to add a sense of spontaneity that you don't usually get from loops. In fact, DJs will find that it excels at creating the kind of dance music you'd hear in a club.
IK's first Audio Interface Cable for guitar and bass players, the StealthPlug is a compact and affordable 1/4" jack to USB audio interface cable for guitar and bass players. Portable and easy to use, StealthPlug is a good solution for practicing and playing guitar or bass and recording into GarageBand.
Smart Loops releases Phat to Phreaky Smart Loops enlisted some of Hip-Hop's baddest beatmakers to lay down the grooves in Phat to Phreaky. This collection includes authentic beats from hitmakers that work with Jay-Z, Ludacris, Fabolous, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs and many more! This collection is packed with smokin' grooves in a wide array of styles ranging from today's hottest Hip Hop beats to old school grooves. With over 800 loops, Phat to Phreaky is the essential collection of authentic urban grooves. Unlike other Smart Loops titles, which are performed on acoustic instruments, the grooves in Phat to Phreaky come straight from the beatboxes that you hear on today's hottest songs. Here is a brief clip .
Bring your MIDI gear into the wireless age with the MidAir system. Comprised of a portable transmitter and receiver, the MidAir allows you to wirelessly transmit data from any device that outputs MIDI data—keyboards, drum machines, electronic drums and more. Just plug the battery-powered transmitter into the MIDI Out port on your controller of choice and connect the receiver to the MIDI In port on the device you'd like to control, and you're set. As a 2.4 GHz wireless device, the MidAir enables you to interface MIDI hardware at distances up to 30 feet with the same feel and response as a wired unit. The MidAir receiver includes a USB port so you can also wirelessly control GarageBand software instruments.
Macloops offers 200 free AIF format apple loops - drums, bass, synths, guitar and orchestral. You need to sign up to become a member first, after which Macloops will send you regular mailings about commercial loops.
The 2in/4out interface will offer a 192kHz sample rate at 24-bit quality, and comes with freely assignable buttons and Controller knob.
Native Instruments says "AUDIO KONTROL 1's adaptability makes it the perfect audio interface for musicians, producers and DJs. Versatile connection configurations, included controller assignment preset files as well as the full versions of XPRESS KEYBOARDS, GUITAR COMBOS and TRAKTOR 3 LE guarantee its universal appeal"
The AK1 is Mac Core Audio compatible and will be available in October priced at $299 US.
You found a really great chord on the guitar but you don't know what to call it.... You bought iLife with GarageBand, but it's too tedious to enter notes one at a time with the keyboard and mouse.... You'd like to try a song in a different key but you don't know how to transpose all the chords... You'd like to experiment with other tunings but don't know the fingerings.... FretPet can help!
That is how the "Thinkyhead" website describes its clever sequencing and learning tool for guitarists. Check it out on www.thinkyhead.com/fretpet