If you still haven’t tried iZotope’s incredible Stutter Edit plugin, here’s a great chance to take it for a spin, make a new track with it and have a shot at winning the full license for an iZotope plugin of your choice! If you are already a Stutter Edit user, here’s your chance to show your skills and expand your library of top-quality plugins.
- Download and install the Trial version of Stutter Edit, fully functional for 10 days.
- Make a cool track with it in Ableton Live, Pro Tools or Logic, before the trial expires.
- Publish your project to Blend with the tag #StutterBlends by March 24, 2014 at 11:59pm.
And that’s it!
We’ll review the submissions and look for the best songs with the most interesting and creative use of Stutter Edit, then narrow down the finalists to select two winners. iZotope will contact winners directly via email to award plugins.
New to Stutter Edit?
Check out this getting started guide from iZotope.
Don’t have a Blend account?
Here’s an exclusive VIP pass from iZotope!
While we invite all music makers to participate, and look forward to featuring the awesome submissions, we can only offer prizes to U.S. residents 18 and over. Check out the official contest rules.
A treat for Ableton Live users:
Blend now automatically detects VST plugins. When you publish your project, you will see Stutter Edit and any other plugins used automagically added to the plugins field. You can now also explore Blends by plugin, too. Just click the plugin name next in the project module to see all projects which use it.
Lily Virginia spent her early years in California and studied music in Argentina and Brazil. She carefully folded these experiences into her knapsack of songstories and unpacked her bag in Brooklyn, where she now resides. With influences as varied as Florence + the Machine to Bon Iver, Fleetwood Mac to the Pixies, Lily Virginia plays her own brand of alternative folk-pop, bringing together americana, rock and pop to create an experience where each song can exist on its own.
Lily invites you to collaborate with her by creating music for her vocals from “Can’t Help Myself,” the final song off of her debut EP, which will be released this week. She looks forward to hearing both your comments and published updates to her music and will post her favorite version on her site.
Can’t Help Myself - Logic Pro
Can’t Help Myself - Ableton Live
If you are in New York, check out Lily’s CD Release Party this Saturday, March 8th!
From left to right: Mino Cinelu, Doug Wamble and Omar Hakim perform at the Loop Loft All-Stars Event at the Union Square Guitar Center, NYC, photo by Modern Drummer
Last night we had the opportunity to catch The Loop Loft All-Stars, featuring performances by:
- Omar Hakim (Daft Punk, David Bowie) - Drums
- Charlie Hunter (D’Angelo, solo artist) - Guitar/Bass
- Mark Kelley (The Roots) - Bass
- Eric Harland (McCoy Tyner, Joshua Redman) - Drums
- Bob Reynolds (John Mayer) – Sax
- Doug Wamble (Wynton Marsalis, solo artist) - Guitar
- Mino Cinélu (Miles Davis, Sting) - Percussion
It was a one-of-a-kind, intimate live event with some of the very best musicians alive today. Seeing each one of them in their element is a rare opportunity. It still blows my mind that you can get professional quality recordings from these award-winning artists courtesy of The Loop Loft, too.
If you want to get rolling with some free loops from The Loop Loft featuring Omar Hakim and Mino Cinelu, just pull this project. And if you don’t have a Blend account yet, it only takes a minute to sign up. Visit blend.io/register to request an invite code.
Barbadian-born/Brooklyn-raised artist Rayvon, affectionately dubbed the “ambassador of hip-hop reggae”, just posted the vocal for his track “One More Shot” on Blend and is inviting producers and musicians to collaborate with him!
Garnering success by sharing the stage with icons including Michael Jackson and The Rolling Stones, Rayvon is best known for his work with multi-platinum vocalist Shaggy — the two began collaborating on a string of tunes in the 90s and are now hitting the road again on the “Out of Many, One Music Tour” this spring.
Join Blend now to pull Rayvon’s vocals for “One More Shot” in Ableton Live and GarageBand formats and make your own original song to publish to Blend and share with the growing community of producers, musicians and elite fans.
Don’t have a Blend account? Sign up with and share this exclusive VIP link: http://blend.io/vip/rayvon
Catch Rayvon on tour now with Shaggy.
Yesterday we released a major update to Blend which includes vastly improved logic for project workflow management, preview generation and auto-population of DAW version, VST plugins and BPM as well as detection of uncollected media files. This release is just the first in a series of big enhancements to Blend, all of which have been inspired by you - our awesome (and vocal) community.
Publish Screen updates: You can now see the size of your projects and preview them right from this screen - even before publishing the project! (This also means that after you publish the project there’s no waiting for the preview player and waveform - its ready right away!)
We’re also detecting VST plugins used on your Ableton Live projects and pre-filling the field along with the accurate version number of the DAW. This means a few things: for one, browsing by version will be accurate without any effort from you, and you can now also browse projects by third-party VST plugins!
We’re still just warming up. Stay tuned for more exciting updates, and keep telling us how we can make Blend better for you.
— the Blend team
Calling all producers: make an original track using the most popular templates from WeMakeDanceMusic.com and you could win one of three gift certificates as well as an advanced mixing and mastering session from their team of professionals. To enter, all you need to do is pull either the Ableton Live or Logic Pro template and publish your update before midnight on Monday, March 3.
The entries with the most likes and plays combined will be declared the winners. The prizes are:
- 1st Place: $250 Gift Certificate for WMDM store + advanced mixing and mastering session ($115 Value)
- 2nd Place: $200 Gift Certificate for WMDM store + mastering for 2 songs ($45 Value)
- 3rd Place: $150 Gift Certificate for WMDM store + mastering for 1 song ($25 Value)
These templates are only available for a limited time, so make sure to pull them before they’re gone. Increase your chances of winning by sharing your entry on your social networks! Click the share button to post it on Facebook, Twitter and Google+, or copy the embed code to post it on any website or blog.
The level of excitement this year at NAMM 2014 was one for the books. We got a chance to check out some of the latest technology from some of the most innovative companies in the music industry. Below is a quick roundup of a few products we were most impressed with and are particularly excited to try out.
Universal Audio Apollo Twin
The Apollo Twin SOLO and Apollo Twin DUO are the first desktop Thunderbolt audio interfaces utilizing the infamous UAD-2 platform. With the same best-in-class circuitry as the original Apollo interfaces, this compact interface is great for studio, mobile, and live use. If that isn’t enough, included with your purchase is access to the UAD Realtime Analog Classics plug-in bundle.
Universal Audio Apollo Twin Thunderbolt Audio Interface Main Features:
Thunderbolt audio interface with two analog inputs, four analog outputs, and eight channels of ADAT input
Sounds amazing, with the same class-leading analog front end and AD/DA as the rackmount Apollo interface
Use outstanding UAD-2 Powered Plug-ins for tracking and mixdown
Preamps sound pristine, and Unison technology gives you spot-on emulations of classic preamps too
Includes Realtime Analog Classics plug-in bundle with accurate emulations of vintage analog hardware
Thunderbolt gives you ultra-low latency and huge bandwidth for higher sample rates and track counts
Compact design makes it perfect for mobile recording, mixing outside of your studio, and even performing live
Requires Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or 10.9 Mavericks
Free 2M Thunderbolt cable included
iZotope Break Tweaker
Released on the first day of NAMM, iZotope’s new drum sequencer and synthesizer is packed with some of the most cutting-edge technology the music industry has ever seen. Break Tweaker was designed with a focus on EDM by the renowned trance composer, producer, and audio-production pioneer BT. Break Tweaker comes with nearly 2.2GB of hand-crafted content allowing you to jump right in. It is hard to describe exactly what this amazing new device is capable of, so here is a quick product demo that the good people over at Sweetwater posted.
Alesis SamplePad Pro
The Alesis SamplePad Pro is a table-top or module-mounted standalone percussion unit with a total of 8 pads. While it comes with an onboard library packed with top-quality drum kits, there is also an expandable memory slot supporting industry standard SD format (up to 32GB). The SamplePad Pro can serve as a great addition to your current setup as it features MIDI I/O, two extra triggers, and and line in triggers for your kick and/or hi-hat.
Akai EWI 5000
This new wind controller from Akai Professional promises to deliver “authentic wind-instrument performance and response for the digital era.” With automatic calibration and smart features that adapt to your playing style, the EWI 5000 delivers an amazing punch from its small compact design. The EWI 5000 comes with over 3GB of acoustic and progressive samples made by SONiVOX and supports both USB and MIDI, and also comes with a wireless receiver for musicians to move freely on-stage.
Akai Professional EWI 5000 Features:
Wireless electronic wind instrument
Authentic wind instrument feel and performance for the digital era
Over 3GB of acoustic and progressive samples by SONiVOX
Automatically calibrates and adapts to your playing style
Wireless audio for on-stage freedom (includes receiver)
USB port; MIDI out; 1/4″ audio out, 1/8″ headphone out
Includes neck strap, charger, USB Cable, and wireless receiver
Moog Sub 37
Moog has introduced the Sub 37, filling the space of the recently discontinued Little Phatty. The new Sub 37 is designed with the same Sub Phatty synth circuits, but features a larger 37 key keyboard. The most notable feature about the new Sub 37 is its paraphonic synth architecture, which allows for two notes to be played simultaneously through a single filter (but still not truly polyphonic). The Sub 37 is set to retail for $1,579.
At over 20 gigs, the Puremagnetik Catalog is a treasure trove of presets, samples and effects for Ableton Live producers. Navigating this catalog can be daunting, but we’ve sorted our 5 favorite packs that we think deserve a look. Read on to find out why, and click the artwork to check out each pack.
A collection of alien soundscapes, swells and impacts created from modulating analog and digital sources. Ideal for film scoring and futuristic electronic music.
A complete multisampled Korg 700 instrument, with all of the details of the original. Perfect for your next retro composition or italo-disco revival.
3. Eight Bit
Recorded directly from an original Commodore 64 6581 SID chip, this pack is perfect for injecting that old-school digital flavor into your next project.
A collection of instruments featuring female voice samples, including vowels, doo-wop phrases and vocal effects. Finally, it’s those backup vocals you’ve always wanted, without having to hire, well, a backup vocalist!
5. FM Drums
Let’s face it, FM Drums just sound better, and this collection of digital drum boxes and percussion voices crafted from the legendary DX7 synthesizer is a great way to bring the FM sound into your productions.
Not looking to spend any money? Puremagnetik has a collection of free packs available on Blend.io, and you can pull each one with just one click using the widgets below:
What are your favorite Puremagnetik packs? Let us know on Twitter.
Glitch-hop pioneer Prefuse 73 (Warp, Yellow Year Records) is now on Blend and has just published the Ableton Live session for unreleased and never before heard track “Thursday Ringing”.
We invite you to take a listen to this classic Prefuse 73 vibe, and join Blend to post your feedback and Pull the project to put your own spin on it. Use the special invite code to sign up for Blend if don’t already have an account: http://blend.io/vip/prefuse73
We’re also happy to report that Prefuse 73 is just kicked off a North American tour with Nosaj Thing and Falty DL and recently announced his new collaborative label Yellow Year Records which has already featured some awesome releases.
Be sure to catch the shows at a city near you and look for special Blend treats at the shows. See you there!
Blend community’s response to Moby’s The Perfect Life sessions has been overwhelming. We’ve heard lots of awesome reworks and are thrilled to report that Moby has published his next single Almost Home (featuring Damien Jurado) to Blend in even more DAW formats: Ableton Live (version 8 and 9 sessions are in the project folder), GarageBand (fully compatible with Logic X) and Pro Tools!
If you haven’t taken part in this unique feature, we invite you to do so now and re-imagine this, yet another great track from Moby.