Hit Factory – New Sounds For Korg M3 Now Available

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Korg M3 Volume #3 – Hit Factory – Our third collection of sounds for the Korg M3 Workstations is now available. An amazing mix of fully KARMA-fied Programs & Combis perfect for Producers and Keyboard Players Creating Hip Hop, R&B, Techno, Rave, Trance, Industrial & Dance Tracks.

64 Programs, 32 Combis, FIVE NEW DRUM KITS and 380 NEW SAMPLES that are guaranteed to get your head noddin with some of the coolest beats found anywhere.

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Woodstock – Back To The Garden 40 Years On

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Hard to believe it’s been 40 years. The original 1969 edition will be all over the air this weekend, both the music and interviews with the artists who created it.

For those who wonder how radio covered Woodstock back when it actually happened, Dennis Elsas of WFUV (90.7 FM) has dug out some archival tapes from WNEW-FM. The tapes feature Scott Muni and Rosko reading commercials for the festival, including the artist lineup, ticket prices and the important news that the concert had been moved to White Lake.

Elsas has mixed the commercials into a montage that also includes WNEW’s coverage of the weekend and Elsas’ interviews with Richie Havens and John Sebastian. He’ll be playing this feature on his Friday afternoon show over WFUV and posting it at www.denniselsas.com.

FUV: Music by Woodstock artists all day tomorrow, with a World Café special, 2-4 p.m., that includes interviews with artists, producers and engineers.

Pete Fornatale of WFUV, who wrote a new Woodstock book, “Back to the Garden,” talks with Darren DeVivo at 7:40 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. tomorrow about the festival.

Fornatale also features Woodstock on his own shows, “Mixed Bag,” Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 7 to 8 a.m.

John Platt has Woodstock music and artists Sunday, 8-11 a.m.

Meanwhile, WFUV’s HD2 channel and Web stream (www.wfuv.org) will play Woodstock all day Saturday and Sunday.

Sirius XM: The Deep Tracks channel, Sirius 16 and XM 40, will become Woodstock Radio from noon tomorrow through midnight Sunday.

The channel will include music from Woodstock and interviews with performers and officials from the festival. Artists will be played in the order they performed at the festival, with the complete performances of Santana, Janis Joplin, Sly & the Family Stone, Johnny Winter and Jefferson Airplane. David Hinckley

Looked around YouTube and found this cool video that has the set lists for each of the 31 bands that played that weekend. If I only had one day to choose from, I’d have to pick day two. What a day that must have been!

Welcome To The Hit Factory – Announcing Sound Library Volume 3 For Korg M3

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380 New Samples

5 New Drum Kits

64 New Programs

32 New Combis

After the great response we received from our “Protorock” and “Soundtrack Mix” sound libraries for the Korg M3, we knew we had to come up with something special for volume number three. After several months of working round the clock we are pleased to announce that “Hit Factory” – Our third collection of sounds for the Korg M3 Workstations is now in the works and sounding very cool.

Hit Factory is an amazing mix of fully KARMA-fied Programs & Combis perfect for Producers and Keyboard Players creating Hip Hop, R&B, Techno, Rave, Industrial and Dance tracks. Five new Drum Kits include 380 NEW SAMPLES that are guaranteed to get your head noddin with some of the hottest beats found anywhere.

Hit Factory includes Classic Drum Samples from the TR808, TR909, CR78, Linn Drum, Simmons Drums and some of the best samples from our SP1200 and MPC Collections. Also included are a wide mix of Funk Guitars, Orchestra and Horn Hits, Noizes, Scratches, Human Beat Boxes and dozens of new Voice Samples. Special Bonus includes new samples from our SVC350 Analog Vocoder.

Five New Smokin Drum Kits Include:

SP1200 Hip Hop Kit

SP1200 Industrial Kit

Classic Beat Boxes

MPC Drum & Bass Kit

MPC Techno/Rave Kit

Hit Factory will be released September 09′. Get on our mailing list and we will contact you as soon as it’s released!

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Paul, Michael And The History Of The Beatles Song Catalog

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Interesting history of one of the greatest collections of songs ever written. I guess whoever winds up with it next is one hell of a lucky person(s)! Just came across this on the cnn web site…..

First the rumor went around that Michael Jackson was leaving the Beatles catalog to Paul McCartney in his will. Then the rumor was that McCartney was upset that Jackson didn’t leave the Beatles catalog to the Beatle in his will. Neither is true, said McCartney in a posting on his Web site.

“Some time ago, the media came up with the idea that Michael Jackson was going to leave his share in the Beatles songs to me in his will which was completely made up and something I didn’t believe for a second,” McCartney said. “Now the report is that I am devastated to find that he didn’t leave the songs to me. This is completely untrue,” he added.

The story of the Beatles song catalog is long and tangled. At the time McCartney and writing partner John Lennon wrote their songs, they retained only a portion of the rights in the publishing company created by the Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein, and London music publisher Dick James. (The company was called Northern Songs, a nod to the Beatles’ Liverpudlian roots.) The company went public in 1965.

According to the myth-busting site Snopes.com, Lennon and McCartney each had 15 percent of the shares, Epstein (and his NEMS Enterprises) had 7.5 percent, James and partner Charles Silver had 37.5 percent and Beatles George Harrison and Ringo Starr had less than 2 percent. The rest was available for public investment.

Over the years (and partly due to the group’s legal battles) the Beatles lost or sold their control, and the catalog of about 250 songs — almost all of Lennon/McCartney’s creations — ended up in the hands of British media mogul Sir Lew Grade and his ATV Music Publishing. ATV added the Beatles’ songs to its holdings, a cache that eventually grew to more than 4,000 songs. (Other songs in the catalog include those recorded by the Kinks, the Moody Blues and Elvis Presley.)

In 1984, the catalog was put up for sale again. McCartney wanted to buy his creations back, but for various reasons wasn’t a front-runner. Jackson — who had taken to investing in music publishing at, ironically, McCartney’s recommendation — came up with the winning bid of $47.5 million. The sale went through in 1985.

In 1995, Sony paid Jackson $95 million to merge the catalog with its Sony Music. Jackson maintained 50 percent control. In 2005, Sony/ATV Music had more than 200,000 songs in its catalog, a CNN.com article reported.

To finance his lifestyle, Jackson borrowed money, using the catalog as collateral. Nevertheless, he never lost the asset. The entire catalog was estimated to be worth between $600 million and $1 billion in 2005, according to a 2005 article in USA Today.

Farrah & Michael R.I.P

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I can’t say that I ever remember two icons passing on the same day before. Certainly Farrah Fawcett did not fall into the same class of icons as Michael Jackson – not many people do, but nevertheless she was as an iconic part of the 70’s as anyone. Yes, I did have that famous poster hanging on my wall – as did millions of other young men back in the 70’s. I’m sure that millions more will admire her for the courage that she showed during her illness. She will be missed.

I guess there is a lot more to be said about Michael – of which I’m sure there will be many books, movies, TV mini series and who knows what else coming down the pipe over the next few years. I’m reminded from a line in the movie “The Birdcage” where one of the news media say’s “we are in enquirer heaven”. This story is likely to go on and on for many years to come.

Although it’s way to early to tell, I did hear one report that Michael left Paul McCartney the rights to his share of The Beatles catalog in his will. For those of you who did not know, Michael Jackson still owned part of the The Beatles catalog which he had purchased back in the 80’s. If indeed that is the case, talk about karma coming back around. We shall see.

Yes, Michael Jackson was well known for his eccentric/crazy behavior over the last thirty years, but I prefer to remember his other side which was capable of writing a song like “We Are The World”. I don’t know why, but that’s the first thing I thought about when I heard the news yesterday. I had not heard the song or watched the video for many years, but the first thing I did when I woke up this morning was to click over to YouTube to check it out. Seeing it again was a reminder of what good us humans are capable of – when we are not so busy killing each other. This is how I prefer to remember Michael.

There are dozens of versions of the song and video on YouTube to choose from, but this version stood out because of the editing and background music that was inserted. Kind of erie in a way. Brought me right back to 1985 – when the world was a much different place.

We Are The World

We Are The Children

We Are The Ones Who Make  A Brighter Day

So Let’s Start Giving


Digitally Remastered Beatles Coming In September

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Looking forward to this release in September. My Beatles CD’s have never sounded as good as the LP’s and I’m hoping that this will bring better sound to some of the best songs ever recorded. I guess the 9/9/09 date is no surprise since John always had a thing for the Number 9. Revolution 9, Number 9 Dream, Born on October 9th, Etc.

The new release includes all 12 Beatles albums in stereo, with track listings and artwork as originally released in the UK. The package will also contain the LP version of “Magical Mystery Tour” (initially released as a double-EP in Britain, though available on CD since 1987) and the collections “Past Masters Vol. I and II” combined as one title. 

The release marks the first time that the first four Beatles albums are being made available in their entirety on compact disc, and it also coincides with the release of “The Beatles: Rock Band” video game. Speaking of which – I think really blows big time. I saw a video of these kids demoing it on youtube the other day and it was pathetic. I mean, learn to play your own instruments kiddies. You will be glad you did.

Robert Levine, executive editor for Billboard, said the timing is genius in terms of marketing. “Most bands, when they do a big project like this they pay for publicity,” Levine said. The Beatles got paid for ‘Rock Band’ and then they are using that for publicity to rerelease a catalogue. It’s pretty amazing.

Piers Hemmingsen, the author of two books on Beatles music, said there has long been a clamor among fans for good, high-quality versions of Beatles songs. “The technology that was available back then was very limited, and with the newer technology they are able to do far more with what they have than they have ever been able to do before,” he said. “For people who are plugged into iPods and the whole digital music scene, it’s going to be a lot better for them.”

In acknowledgment of the more technologically advanced listeners, each CD will contain, for a limited time, an embedded brief documentary film about the album. The documentaries contain archival footage, rare photographs and never-before-released studio chat from the Beatles.

The remastering project was four years in the making. Engineers used de-noising technology and cleaned up glitches like electrical clicks and microphone vocal pops, so long as it didn’t affect the original integrity of the songs. They also slightly boosted the volume levels. Andrew Croft, publisher of Beatlology Magazine, said the announcement of the release of the remastered recordings “is long overdue in the Beatles community and for music fans alike.”

“Bootleg releases over the years used rare and obscure vinyl pressings from countries like Japan and Germany to compile the best of the best recordings of The Beatles songs, presenting to the public a better sound that Apple could not offer prior to the remastering. “While the new remasterings will replace a library full of bootlegs of their commercial releases, there remains a massive market for their more obscure tracks, outtakes and live performances,” Croft said.

The 14 remastered albums, along with a DVD collection of the documentaries, will also be available for purchase together in a stereo boxed set. A second boxed set, “The Beatles in Mono,” includes all of the Beatles recordings that were mixed for a mono release. It will contain 10 of the albums with their original mono mixes, plus two additional discs of mono masters (covering similar ground to the stereo tracks on “Past Masters”).

The mono “Help!” and “Rubber Soul” discs also include the original 1965 stereo mixes, which have not been previously released on CD. These albums will be packaged in mini-vinyl CD replicas of the original sleeves with all of the original inserts and label designs.

Croft said, “The songs have lasted for a long time because they are great songs. It’s just that simple. Those are amazing, amazing albums”.

Text Courtesy of CNN.com

Korg M3 Soundtrack Mix Updated to Version 1.5 – New Video “Ode To NASA”

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Kid Nepro has updated our Korg M3 Soundtrack Mix collection to Version 1.5. The new update adds 16 new combis. Soundtrack Mix now contains 64 Programs, 48 Combis and 60 Megs of new samples. All well crafted and fully KARMA-fied! More info and demos can be found “HERE”

Along with the new sounds, we just finished producing a new video which features several new sounds included in the update. It’s titled “Ode To NASA”. Video footage courtesy of NASA and the Hubble Space Telescope.

Ever since watching the Apollo Space Missions back in the 60’s, I’ve always been a big fan of NASA. They have proven time and time again that what seems impossible can be accomplished once you put your mind to it. The recent mission to fix the Hubble Telescope is a perfect example of that. The tune up that the talented astronauts gave Hubble will continue to provide us with more spectacular images for years to come and help us learn more about the universe that we live in.

Loading Sounds Via Midi On The PC Using Midiox

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It may be a bit confusing if you never loaded in new sounds into your synthesizer via the midi port – so we have put a tutorial together on exactly how it’s done. When you purchase any of our sounds in PC format we usually provide the files in both system exclusive (.syx) and standard midi files (.mid) formats . This gives you a wider option as to what programs you can use to load the sounds. There are many programs that you can use to load the standard midi files including DAW programs such as Logic, Cubase or Digital Performer. We also provide a easy to use program called MIDIOX (http://www.midiox.com) that you can use to load our SYSEX files. This tutorial will show you how to load in SYSEX (.syx) files using MidiOX.

1- Make sure you “Save” your internal sounds before loading in our sounds. Our sounds will replace your internal presets, so it’s best to save them to disk so you can reload them in later if you wish. Many synths have a “re-initilize memory” setting which you can use to restore the original factory settings. Each synthesizer is set up differently – so refer to your owners manuel on how to transmit a “Bulk Dump” or “Sysex Dump” from your synth to your computer.  Be sure you have installed the latest drivers for your MIDI interface (these are available from the maker of the midi interface).

2- First you need to set up your synthesizer to receive the file. The owners manuel will also inform you on how to set up your synth to receive a “System Exclusive” or SYSEX Dump. Some synths require you to turn off the memory protect. Others require you to “Enable” or “Turn on” the System Exclusive. It varies from synth to synth. We recommend that you set your synthesizer to Midi Channel #1. This is the default channel when “Midiox” loads. 

3- Connect a midi cable from your computers midi interface or sound card midi out to your synthesizers midi in. Also connect a cable from your computer midi in to your synthesizers midi out. If your sound card just has one port then connect it to the midi in of your synthesizer

4- Open Midiox and click on “Help/Contents/Getting Started” and read that. 

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Also click on “Making Connections”. That tells you how to connect Midiox to your synthesizer.

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You set this up by going to “Options/Mididevices”. While your in the contents menu also click on “System Exclusive/Sending A File”. Under the “Options” menu, select “MIDI Devices”. Look in the “MIDI Outputs:” box and select the appropriate MIDI OUT device (this tells MidiOx where to direct the MIDI data). If you do not see an entry for your MIDI interface, then you probably need to reinstall or update the appropriate drivers for your MIDI interface.

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5- Then take any one of our sysex files and drag them from your desktop into the “Monitor – Output” box. The Sysex View and Scratchpad window should pop up and you should see the data in the window. Then go to the File Menu and click on “Send Sysex File. The data will automatically begin sending to the synth. Wait for the progress bar to complete.

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If you have everything set correctly the file should now be loaded into your synthesizers internal memory.   

 

Complete info on all our sounds can be found at: www.kidnepro.com. If you have any questions please contact us via phone or e-mail.  

Ray Charles On The Tonight Show

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Had enough of winter? Got the blues? Watch this and feel better.

Ray visits Johnny Carson on the old Tonight Show back in 1990. It’s Ray and the Tonight Show band at their best. You won’t see anything like this on Leno or Letterman.

Enjoy!

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Korg M3 Soundtrack Mix – Schoenberg Orchestra

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One of the great things about using the KARMA section of the Korg M3, is that your easily able to create stuff that would not be possible on your average music workstation. The KARMA generated effects – or better known as GE’s, give you the ability to take your music in many different directions. Some that you’ve never been before. More info on KARMA can be found at Stephen Kay’s Karma Lab website. 

In creating the M3 Soundtrack Mix, I’ve started working with the “Atonal GE’s” for the first time and quickly discovered that you can do a ton of cool stuff with orchestral instruments. The first combi in the collection is titled “Schoenberg Orchestra” – named for the Austrian/American composer Arnold Schoenberg. In case your not familiar with Schoenberg, he is credited for his pioneering innovations in “Atonality”. Atonality is music that lacks a tonal center, or key. Schoenberg developed twelve-tone technique, a widely influential compositional method of manipulating an ordered series of all twelve notes in the chromatic scale. 

I set up a three part combi using a piano, strings and orchestra hits and assigned the same Atonal GE to each of them. Very little actual playing of notes is done. Rather, I trigger the part and then let the GE cycle though it’s atonal pattern. KARMA randomizes the pattern so you don’t hear the same loop over and over again. The key is to know when to play and when to change notes or parts. The fun is it’s never the same twice so make sure you have your sequencer recording al all times! No overdubbing was done on the track. It’s all played live into the sequencer.

I thought I’d have a little fun and create a video when playing the audio through the iTunes “Visualizer”. It seems that the Visualizer and KARMA are a perfect match for creating all kinds of wonderfully random stuff. I simply set up my video camera in front of the computer monitor and hit record, imported the video into Apple’s iMovie, added some effects and here are the results.

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