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Roadrunner Records has announced today that they have added Canadian prog rock power trio Rush to the family. Check out the press release from Roadrunner below for more details.

Press release

Roadrunner Records is pleased to announce a new worldwide partnership with Anthem Records and rock trio Rush. The band will remain on Anthem/Universal Music in Canada only.

“We have tremendous respect for Roadrunner Records, and what Cees Wessels and Jonas Nachsin have built on a worldwide level. After years of Roadrunner pursuing the band, Tom Lipsky presented a deal that worked and the timing was right. We wanted to be at a label focused on the rock genre – and that’s Roadrunner,” said Ray Danniels, manager of Rush. [read]


Waves has added a new plug-in to the Tony Maserati Signature Collection. It’s called GRP and is a group processor, intended for the drum bus, backing vocals and so on. Almost looks a little Softubish.

This is what Tony Maserati himself says about the new plug-in (via Waves):

The Maserati GRP plugin is meant to help that final blend jump out a bit. It’s got a nice bit of equalization involved but no effects, no shredders, none of that kind of thing. In fact, the compression that I’m using in the network there is very, very subtle, because generally I don’t do major compression over my groups. It’s meant to add a nice sheen on a great blend of background vocals or compress a drum kit together, make it really feel like it’s got some nice air to it.

Waves has also taken the time to update the other plug-ins in the bundle so they all include both Insert and Send modes. A bunch of new presets has also been added. [read]

Because the only permanent solution is to actually change the levels and save out a new version of your audio and video, we’ll take a look at that first. This process can involve re-compressing your already compressed audio, which means quality loss is inevitable, so unless you’re working from high quality sources you may want to avoid this option. To do this, you need something that can process audio and boost the levels. Free software like Audacity can easily normalize your levels, but if normalization isn’t cutting it and you need to compress the dynamic range you’ll need something that can apply a compressor or limiter. Audacity has a compressor and, chances are, you have other software that has somewhat more complex options as well. [read]

Reason has been a firm favourite of ours since its original release a decade ago. Not just a virtual studio in concept, it offers a literal representation of a traditional MIDI studio, revolving around a simulated rack to which a huge range of devices can be added.

Effects, synths, samplers, drum machines, mixers – all can be dropped into the rack and connected as you see fit by flipping around to the rear of the units and plugging virtual cables into their I/O ports. Sequencing is pretty much the only part of Reason that’s not tied to the rack.

“Ultimately, Reason’s restricted nature is also its strength.”

Unlike almost all modern music applications, there’s no third-party plug-in support – and there likely never will be, although you can connect Reason to other apps via the ReWire protocol. [read]

It’s a good time to be a tech-savy guitarist. Recently, the App Store has seen the release of packages allowing you to turn your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad into a full-blown guitar amp simulator. Apps like Frontier Design Group’s iShred Live and IK Multimedia’s AmpliTube offer a large assortment of effects pedals, amplifiers, speakers. and even microphones that you can mix and match to come up with custom tones that are all your own. [read]

recently switched from Windows XP to Windows 7 64 bit. The install went surprisingly well considering my usual bad luck with this sort of thing. While there was a lot of reinstalling of software the experience overall was very positive and far less stressful than I feared. Win7 looks and feels and works a lot nicer than XP did with the same hardware so I’m really satisfied. Windows 7 64 bit is strongly recommended. Whether you need more RAM now or not, this is the way forward and will be the standard.

Note – I also updated my MacBook Pro to Snow Leopard, which was even easier but leaves very little to talk about as everything works perfectly as is. If you have questions feel free to ask.

I know some people are hesitant to upgrade, so here are my tips for making the transition. [read]


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Harmonizers and pitch shifters for guitar are relatively common. Take the DigiTech Whammy: a note goes in, it gets bent manually or automatically and played back against the original note.

Shift that basic idea to voices and you get something like this, the Vocalist Live 3. Its predecessor, released in 2007, bore parent company DigiTech’s name. The new one is simply branded ‘Vocalist’, with an updated feature set and a smart new look.

So who fancies a little sing-song? Three-part harmony vocals is what this is about: your voice plus two others, generated by the onboard musIQ technology, a trademark of 3dB Research Ltd. [read]