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Having pioneered low-latency digital audio interfacing and processing on select Android Samsung Professional Audio devices with iRig HD-A, AmpliTube, iRig MIC HD-A and EZ Voice, IK Multimedia will present a breakthrough universal solution that provides near zero latency and real-time audio processing on a wide assortment of Android devices (running Android 4.0 or higher and compatible with USB host mode/OTG mode) at NAMM 2015.
Despite representing over 80% market share of mobile devices in circulation, Android smartphones and tablets have not established themselves as a reliable music creation platform. This is due to factors like the OS’s performance, which is not suitable for real-time processing, and the fragmentation of the platform across dozens of manufacturers and carriers.
Even with the addition of standard USB Audio I/O in the recent release of Android 5.0, the platform still lacks the ability to perform rock solid real time ultra low latency audio processing.
IK Multimedia has solved this problem with a paradigm shift of a universal solution that delivers astonishing near zero latency performance (down to 2 ms round-trip total latency) on every Android device running Android 4.0 or higher and that supports USB host mode/OTG mode independently from the device manufacturer.
BETTENDORF, Iowa – When Jim Foster opened his piano store 30 years ago, he had 10 competitors selling just pianos.
When he closed Foster Family Music in late December, not one was still selling pianos in the Quad-Cities area of Iowa and Illinois.
"We did try hard to find a buyer," Foster said. There were no takers.
Stores dedicated to selling pianos like Foster's are dwindling across the country as fewer people take up the instrument and those who do often opt for a less expensive electronic keyboard or a used piano. Some blame computers and others note the high cost of new pianos, but what's clear is that a long-term decline in sales has accelerated.
The best year for new piano sales in the U.S. was 1909, when more than 364,500 were sold. But after gently falling over the years, piano sales have plunged more recently to between 30,000 and 40,000 annually.
Larry Fine, a Boston-based piano technician, consultant and author, said it is an indication of a changing society.
Yamaha Music UK and Steinberg join forces to Educate, Motivate and Inspire with Song Writing and Music Production workshops at the Emirates Stadium.
14th-15th November 2014, London
The Music Production Expo - UK’s premier event for hi-tech music takes place at the Emirates Stadium on the 14th and 15th November. Bringing together exhibitors from the biggest names in music production gear, the show also plays host to a busy schedule of workshops and tutorials aimed to open up your mind and get your creative juices flowing with all things music production.
Yamaha Music UK and Steinberg will not only be exhibiting their latest gear at the event together, but their Song Writing and Music Production Workshop, having toured the UK over the past month will conclude with a session on Saturday afternoon.
The workshop, featuring critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Martyna Wren, session/touring drummer Emily Dolan Davies (Tricky, Becky Hill, Bryan Ferry, The Hours) and multi-instrumentalist/producer/Cubase expert, Andy Schrav (Peter Andre, Delta Goodrem, Paper Aeroplanes) will take place in the seminar room at the MPX show on Saturday 15th November at 2.45pm. Martyna, Emily and Andy will build and record one of Martyna’s tracks from scratch and look to challenge each other and the audience as they work through valuable song writing, production and recording techniques.
Taking apart the art of song writing, Martyna will start the proceedings in an open forum discussing how she instinctively approaches the creative process behind song composition and the tools she uses to compose. This section will also focus on artistic direction and collaboration and we’ll hear from Martyna on her personal experience of working with producers and session musicians.
At every stage of the workshop there will be conversations on home/project studio recordings and the equipment required to make the most of your creative space. Andy and Emily will move the session towards a challenging collaborative production environment. Andy will take a demo recording of Martyna’s song and start the production shaping process with Emily providing drum advice/groove DNA and Martyna ensuring her artistic vision is maintained. There will be a strong emphasis placed on progressive mixing and making use of software based tools to help shape the song and the overall sound. Audience participation is invited so come prepared to be involved. On hand will be a tasty collection of recording kit including the latest Yamaha keyboards, drums & monitors, sE microphone & reflection filters, Steinberg software & VST plugin partners.
Yamaha are also pleased to be joined by Dom Sigalas at this years show hosting a Music Production Session on Friday @ 14.45. A prominent and respected composer and in-demand music producer with credits including National Geographic, Dom will be on hand to inspire with demonstrations and answer questions on music production and offer advice on workflow. The Yamaha MOXF synthesiser is Dom’s instrument of choice and he will show how you can quickly build idea’s and introduce new means of sound control using ipad apps.
The workshops feature critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Martyna Wren, session/touring drummer Emily Dolan Davies (Tricky, Becky Hill, Bryan Ferry, The Hours) and multi-instrumentalist/producer/Cubase expert, Andy Schrav (Peter Andre, Delta Goodrem, Paper Aeroplanes). Martyna, Emily and Andy will build and record one of Martyna's tracks from scratch and look to challenge each other and the audience as they work through valuable song writing, production and recording techniques.
Martyna will start the proceedings with a section on songwriting. In an open forum, Martyna will discuss how she instinctively approaches the creative process behind song composition and the tools she uses to compose. This section will also focus on artistic direction and collaboration and we'll hear from Martyna on her personal experience of working with producers and session musicians.
At every stage of the workshop there will be conversations on home/project studio recordings and the equipment required to make the most of your creative space. Andy and Emily will move the session towards a challenging collaborative production environment. Andy will take a demo recording of Martyna's song and start the production shaping process with Emily providing drum advice/groove DNA and Martyna ensuring her artistic vision is maintained. There will be a strong emphasis placed on progressive mixing and making the use of software based tools to help shape the song and the overall sound. Audience participation is invited so come prepared to be involved.
On hand will be a tasty collection of recording kit including the latest Yamaha keyboards, drums & monitors, sE microphone & reflection filters, Steinberg software & VST plugin partners. Sales staff will be on hand to answer any questions and can also provide information on sE's exclusive loan service.
The first London workshop booked out in a matter of hours so contact your local Music Dealer to book your place at the event.
The tour will feature Education workshops for students at South and City Birmingham College, Derby University, Perth University and Edinburgh College. Please check with your college for details on student only events.
The workshops will take place in the following dates and places;
Yamaha Drums UK is honored to announce exclusive performances with drumming legend Dave Weckl this November, extending a European tour that celebrates 30 years with Yamaha Drums.
During the drum clinics, Weckl will perform and also teach many of his approaches to the drum set. He will also, answer questions and sign autographs after each event. These events will provide a rare opportunity to experience a legendary drummer up-close.
Weckl will also be running intimate "One-Day Intensive" master classes, which are limited to just 12 attendees. Open to players of all ages and playing abilities, the "Intensives" offer many benefits of a small-group learning environment, as Weckl will be spending a great deal of individual time with each player. Attendees must register and pay in advance of these classes by visiting: www.daveweckl.com
Dave Weckl has developed and maintained a reputation among fans, peers, and the international music community as one of the greatest living drummers. He has released 12 titles under his own name and the Dave Weckl Band, and is well known for his recordings with jazz legends Chick Corea, Mike Stern, Michel Camilo, George Benson, Simon and Garfunkel, and more. Modern Drummer magazine inducted Weckl into their Hall of Fame and named him "one of the 25 best drummers of all time."
Yamaha Drums UK and Dave Weckl are proud to make these dates possible in cooperation with selected Yamaha Drum dealers. All performances along this tour will be played using Yamaha Absolute Hybrid Maple Drums. The new line of high-end drum shells is the latest generation of Yamaha's prestigious "Yamaha Absolute Series" and has adapted many innovations and features from the Yamaha "PHX" flagship series.
"I am really looking forward to the UK/Ireland leg of this tour," said Weckl. "The response is always amazing, and the drummers are passionate about sharing music and drumming ideas."
Yamaha/Dave Weckl 30th Anniversary Tour Dates November 2014
Yamaha announce nationwide ‘Live Sound Surgery’ dates – Learn how to Operate a Public Address system for free!
The most meticulously planned show, conference or event can be a disaster if the sound is inadequate. However, it’s often an afterthought in the total production process – usually due to a lack of technical skills and confidence.
That's all set to change as Yamaha Music UK announce details of the forthcoming ‘Live Sound Surgery’ tour. Sixteen venues across the UK and the Republic of Ireland are offering free sessions aimed at helping people understand and learn how to operate a full PA system.
The Sound Surgery follows on from the resounding success of Yamaha’s 2012/13 national PA Essentials Tour, which identified a high demand from people who are often asked to operate amodest PA system in local schools, churches, music venues and other public spaces.
The evening sessions will be hosted by Yamaha's Pro Audio Manager Chris Irvine, who is joined by MikeCrofts, a highly successful freelance sound engineer and a contributor to Sound on Sound, the UK's leading music technology magazine.
Yamaha are proud to announce that product specialist Dom Sigalas will be hosting a series of Music Production Sessions at music stores/shows across the UK and R.O.I throughout the next few months.
A prominent and respected composer and in-demand music producer with credits including National Geographic, Dom will be on hand all day to answer your questions and inspire you with demonstrations and guidance on the MOXF, MOTIF & MX synths, CP Stage piano and the latest line-up of studio monitors. As an expert on Steinberg's Cubase, Dom will also be showing how this production software - bundled with many of these products - integrates beautifully with the hardware and is way more than just another freebie!
So if producing music is your passion, get yourself down to one of these stores/events for an unmissable event. Simply come along and soak up the creative atmosphere, or contact your local store to book a One-To-One session with Dom:
Saturday 11th October: A&C Hamilton, Preston - 01772 722468
Saturday 18th October: Red Dog Music, London - 020 7622 7912
Saturday 25th October: PMT Manchester – 0161 877 6262
Saturday 8st November: X-Music Dublin – 00353 1411 1100
Friday 14th / Saturday 15th November: MPX Show, London
Saturday 6th December: Yamaha Music London – 020 7432 4400
Saturday 13th December: Manns Music, Colchester - 01206 572783
Yamaha Music Europe Gmbh UK are pleased to announce the sponsorship of the 2015 Young Drummer of the Year competition organised by Mike Dolbear.com
The inaugural competition kicked off in October 2002 when a story was posted on the mikedolbear.com website inviting young drummers from around the UK to enter the first annual Young Drummer of the Year competition. The competition was put together to give the country’s young drumming talent a national and indeed international platform, which we hope will be the first steps in their musical career.
Since then the competition has seen tremendous growth both in the number of entrants and the standard of the finalists. The finals are held every year at the Royal Spa Theatre in Leamington Spa judged by a selection influential and high profile Artists and Music Industry’s figures.
The first selection process will result in a shortlist of forty entrants. These forty entries are listed on the mikedolbear.com web site and are then reviewed by a number of independent judges who will choose ten finalists between them. Finalists will have to perform a solo piece and two other pieces with a band on the day.
"I was a judge at the very first finals of the Young Drummer of The year event in 2003"Gavin Thomas, Product Manager of Yamaha Drums explains, "And I am thrilled to see how it has established itself as one of the most important events of the calendar" adding “along with showcasing their talents in front of a very influential audience, the competition develops the contestants social and confidence skills at a very important time of their lives. This not a competition where just a single winner will benefit from, it's a competition where everybody wins”
Yamaha Drums are proud to support Young Drummer Of The Year, 2015 and we would like to sincerely thank Mike Dolbear for his dedication in promoting this wonderful event and make Young Dreams become a reality."
For more information on the Young Drummer of the year 2015 competition, including entry forms visit:
Shizuoka, Japan, September 10, 2014 – Yamaha is very pleased to introduce the new additions to its portable powered and passive loudspeaker lineups, the DBR Series and CBR Series.
The DBR Series is the follow-up to the acclaimed DSR and DXR Series and the most portable powered speaker that Yamaha offers. Comprised of three new models, the DBR10, DBR12 and DBR15, the new lineup features the same state-of-the-art DSP technology inherited from its predecessors, ensuring superior performance and versatility, and safe, consistent operation. Yamaha's innovative FIR-X tuning utilizes linear phase FIR filters for the crossover, achieving more accurate and smooth response for outstanding clarity and imaging, while D-CONTOUR dynamic multi-band processing applies optimized settings for either front-of-house or floor monitoring applications. The DBR also employs many of the same protection functions used in our top-class TXn Series professional power amplifiers, assuring reliable operationfor extended durations of usage.
The DBR's Class-D amplifiers deliver up to 1000W of power, achieving an impressive maximum SPL of up to 132 dB with consistent sound quality and performance. The transducers were carefully selected and then thoroughly customized to perfectly match the amplifier's properties in order to deliver high output power with minimal distortion. The new lineup also features Yamaha's extremely accurate wide dispersion constant-directivity horn that evenly projects the DBR's deep bass, clear midrange and accurate high frequencies to the outer-most edges of a very wide coverage area.