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TECH TALK: Top 10 Free ProTools RTAS Plugins for Mac/PC

Sometimes you really have to give it to Twitter.

From the mundane daily updates to breaking news from around the world, where else can you get such a wide variety of information and slices of the internet that surrounds us?

My boy, reggae producer/emcee Splurt tweeted this one up today, so I have to give him credit for putting me onto these plugins that the folks over at AudioGeekZine.com were kind enough to share with us.

Below is their list of 10 (in no particular order) free 3rd party RTAS plugins they think everyone should have on their system. There are many more out there but these are the ones they use on a regular basis, they are useful and are stable:

  1. Flux Bittersweet 2http://www.fluxhome.com/products/Freewares/bittersweet2
  2. Flux Stereo Toolhttp://www.fluxhome.com/products/Freewares/stereotool
  3. Brainworx BX_Solohttp://www.brainworx-music.de/en/plugins/bx_solo
  4. Brainworx BX_Cleansweep V2http://www.brainworx-music.de/en/plugins/bx_cleansweep_v2
  5. TT Dynamic Range Meterhttp://www.brainworx-music.de/en/downloadrequest
  6. Massey Plugins demoshttp://www.masseyplugins.com/ (download the demos) CT4, L2007, Tapehead & TD5 are excellent
  7. Massey Tools (Mac only)http://www.smassey.com/plugin.html
  8. Studio Devil BVC guitar amphttp://www.studiodevil.com/download/downloadBVC.htm
  9. Kontakt 4 playerhttp://www.native-instruments.com/#/en/products/producer/kontakt-player/
  10. KORE 2 playerhttp://www.native-instruments.com/#/en/products/producer/kore-player

All plugins are RTAS compatible with Mac or PC except Massey Tools which is Mac only.

Enjoy!

TECH TALK: Ableton & Serato to release new software

UPDATE: The wait is over!!! According to Ableton.com, the new product is officially named “The Bridge”.

ABLETON TO SERATO: “The Bridge provides Ableton Transport Control (ATC), giving you turntable-style control of your own multitrack productions. Simply drag an Ableton Live Set to a deck in Scratch Live or ITCH and use your turntables, CDJ or ITCH controller to control the transport. With ATC, Scratch Live or ITCH provides your productions with deck control, mixing, nudging and DJ style looping, while you can remix, mute/solo tracks, use virtual instruments, change drum patterns, manipulate audio, tweak effects and launch loops on the fly in Ableton Live.”

SERATO TO ABLETON: “Play your mix rather than cut and paste in a DAW. Forget about having to start a mixtape from scratch because of a mistake at minute fifty-nine. The Bridge is the ultimate mixtape creation tool, letting you export your Scratch Live or ITCH mix as an Ableton Live set. Depending on your Serato hardware setup, fader movements, EQ tweaks and Crossfader cuts on your DJ mixer are recorded as automation and can be edited after the tape stops rolling.”

The Bridge is free for anyone who owns both:

  • A registered version of Serato Scratch Live or ITCH hardware and
  • Ableton Live 8 or Suite 8

Check out the video after the jump to see what the hype is all about:

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TECH TALK: Ableton & Serato to release new software

UPDATE: The wait is over!!! According to Ableton.com, the new product is officially named “The Bridge”.

ABLETON TO SERATO: “The Bridge provides Ableton Transport Control (ATC), giving you turntable-style control of your own multitrack productions. Simply drag an Ableton Live Set to a deck in Scratch Live or ITCH and use your turntables, CDJ or ITCH controller to control the transport. With ATC, Scratch Live or ITCH provides your productions with deck control, mixing, nudging and DJ style looping, while you can remix, mute/solo tracks, use virtual instruments, change drum patterns, manipulate audio, tweak effects and launch loops on the fly in Ableton Live.”

SERATO TO ABLETON: “Play your mix rather than cut and paste in a DAW. Forget about having to start a mixtape from scratch because of a mistake at minute fifty-nine. The Bridge is the ultimate mixtape creation tool, letting you export your Scratch Live or ITCH mix as an Ableton Live set. Depending on your Serato hardware setup, fader movements, EQ tweaks and Crossfader cuts on your DJ mixer are recorded as automation and can be edited after the tape stops rolling.”

The Bridge is free for anyone who owns both:

  • A registered version of Serato Scratch Live or ITCH hardware and
  • Ableton Live 8 or Suite 8

Check out the video after the jump to see what the hype is all about:

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Lady Gaga Named Creative Director for Polaroid?!?!

So we just heard that POLAROID has decided to do a multi-year partnership with Lady Gaga!?!?!

In Lady Gaga’s own words:

“I am so proud to announce my new partnership with Polaroid as the creative director and inventor of specialty projects,” said Lady Gaga. “The Haus of Gaga has been developing prototypes in the vein of fashion/technology/photography innovation–blending the iconic history of Polaroid and instant film with the digital era–and we are excited to collaborate on these ventures with the Polaroid brand. Lifestyle, music, art, fashion: I am so excited to extend myself behind the scenes as a designer, and to as my father puts it–finally, have a real job.”

What will she be doing you ask? (Find out after the jump…)

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CNET's Top 10 music-tech trends that will shape the next decade

CNET Contributor Matt Rosoff asked CNET readers the question:

“Will the original iPod become an object of fetishization in 2020, like vinyl records are today?”

I can’t say that this will be the case as consumer electronics are often long forgotten once the newer, hotter item hits the market & even the die-hard fans of older technologies are the first to admit it’s the novelty factor over everything else.

Plus at least for me, there’s not an emotional connection to the iPod like there is with that 1st piece of vinyl you ever touched, the smell of the inner sleeve of an LP or listening to uncompressed hi-fidelity audio, the way it was meant to be enjoyed- the way the Audio Engineer, Producer, Mastering Engineer & Artist signed off on it, not smashed all to hell so that it can fit on the device du jour. The iPod earbuds combined with the audio fidelity of an MP3 is craptastic at best even at 320 and has forced many artists to say “damn the dynamics, just make it LOUD”

All that being said, Matt’s list of music-tech trends I think is pretty spot-on and any artists that are planning on being around for another 10-20 years, really need to focus on what’s coming up and get ahead of the curve whenever & wherever possible.

Check out the list (after the jump)…

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CNET’s Top 10 music-tech trends that will shape the next decade

CNET Contributor Matt Rosoff asked CNET readers the question:

“Will the original iPod become an object of fetishization in 2020, like vinyl records are today?”

I can’t say that this will be the case as consumer electronics are often long forgotten once the newer, hotter item hits the market & even the die-hard fans of older technologies are the first to admit it’s the novelty factor over everything else.

Plus at least for me, there’s not an emotional connection to the iPod like there is with that 1st piece of vinyl you ever touched, the smell of the inner sleeve of an LP or listening to uncompressed hi-fidelity audio, the way it was meant to be enjoyed- the way the Audio Engineer, Producer, Mastering Engineer & Artist signed off on it, not smashed all to hell so that it can fit on the device du jour. The iPod earbuds combined with the audio fidelity of an MP3 is craptastic at best even at 320 and has forced many artists to say “damn the dynamics, just make it LOUD”

All that being said, Matt’s list of music-tech trends I think is pretty spot-on and any artists that are planning on being around for another 10-20 years, really need to focus on what’s coming up and get ahead of the curve whenever & wherever possible.

Check out the list (after the jump)…

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The Death of Technics- Say it ain't so!?!?!

In the last few weeks, we’ve been seeing messages in forums and on Twitter that seem to indicate that the iconic Technics SL-1200 and SL-1210s may be about to be discontinued. If true, this could spell the end of the vinyl DJing era as we know it, as both models represent iconic turntables and are widely considered the industry standard in nightclubs.

According to Wikipedia:

“The Technics SL-1200 is a series of turntables manufactured since October 1972 by Matsushita under the brand name of Technics. Originally released as a high fidelity consumer record player, it quickly became adopted among radio and club disc jockeys. Since its release in 1978, SL-1200MK2 and its successors have been the most common turntable for DJing and scratching. The MK2 presented several improvements, including to the motor and casing. Since 1972, more than 3 million units have been sold. It is widely regarded as one of the most durable and reliable turntables ever produced. Many of the models manufactured in the 1970′s are still in heavy use. Rappers have referred to the turntable as “1200″, “Tee 12′s”, “Technics”, “Tec 12″, “wheels of steel” and “ones and twos”.

There is a model in the Science Museum in London as one of the pieces of technology that have shaped the world we live in.”

The rumors appear to originate from a New Zealand DJ shop called DMC World, which says on its product page: “Panasonic (the manufacturer of Technics) have announced that production of the world famous Technics SL-1200 and SL-1210 DJ turntables will stop at the end of February 2010″.

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