BITWIG!!!! Very new and Very cool…….

So, this week has seen the launch of the first major new player in the world of Digital Audio Workstations in a long, long time.

To be fair, Bitwig launched their Beta quite a while ago, (and I blogged about the promises it offered in terms of collaboration with other users), but it’s been a rocky road for the guys and we’re pleased to be hosting the Shiny new finished product here at Scan Towers tonight as part of our ongoing Webcast series.

Bitwig are promising a fresh look at the DAW, and their heritage suggests that they have the capability to do this very well (ex- members of the original Ableton team remember).

They claim that every new feature in Bitwig was designed by Muscians and is therefore very useful, as opposed to features included by programmers just because they can…

 

WINDOWS, MAC OS X, LINUX

All for one, one for all.

The next generation of software for sound and music creation is available on all three major platforms: Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. Produce, share, and collaborate from completely different machines. When it comes to which operating system you wish to use with Bitwig Studio, the choice is yours.

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INTEGRATED USER INTERFACE

Customized workflow to match any style.

Today it’s possible to make music with any DAW. What sets each one apart is workflow, how quickly you can realize your ideas, and the freedom to choose how you produce and perform. In Bitwig Studio, use the Clip Launcher alongside your arrangement to draft your song‘s layout on the fly, or use it exclusively as a performance tool. This is one of many features that demonstrates Bitwig Studio’s seamless integration of multiple views into your workflow as needed, the way you want it.

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PLUG-IN SANDBOXING

Damage control.

Never again will a single plugin take down your entire project. The “sandboxing” feature built-in to Bitwig Studio ensures plug-in crashes will not interrupt valuable production time, or better yet, your performance on stage. Choose 32-bit, 64-bit, or choose both. No third-party bridging is necessary to run your favorite plugins side-by-side. Bitwig Studio protects your workflow while efficiently running your VSTs for non-stop creativity. 

 

 

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UNIFIED MODULATION SYSTEM

Modulation redefined.

Modulating one parameter from the next often means losing hands-on control – until now. Bitwig Studio is hard-coded with a Unified Modulation System, allowing you to easily link any device parameter, including nested internal devices and VST plug-ins, without losing hands-on control. Never before has modulating virtually any parameter between devices been so simple. Nothing is locked, so you can manipulate on the fly to find the perfect range of modulation. Make your devices take on a life of their own, create dynamic relationships between sounds, and hear your music begin to breathe.

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OPEN MULTIPLE PROJECTS

Limited to one idea? Think again.

The bassline from your last session could be the missing piece of your current project. The rhythm section in your latest song carries perfectly over to the next. No need to close anything or dig through complex file structures. With Bitwig Studio, open multiple projects at the same time and drag-and-drop between them.

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OPEN CONTROLLER API

Your controller just became a lot smarter.

“Smart controller“ takes on a new meaning in Bitwig Studio. The Open Controller API is accessible not only to you, but also to third party manufacturers for complete integration of your favorite controllers like never before. This feature allows you to freely edit existing control maps direct from the companies that design your controllers, or to easily create your own. Get the most out of your gear with hands-on control of parameters that mean the most to you, and take full advantage of every pad, knob, button, and key at your fingertips.

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DETAIL EDITOR

Everything in its place.

Bitwig Studio is designed to offer unprecedented flexibility by eliminating boundaries at every step of music creation and performance to give you greater control over your workflow than ever before. The Detail Editor revolutionizes audio editing by allowing you to perform non-destructive editing within a clip, allowing you to stretch, split, pitch, pan, copy, reverse, add, move and re-arrange audio as you wish. Edit multiple tracks in the same view, edit notes using audio as a reference, isolate your view to one clip or expand it to see the everything in the entire track. Consider the Detail Editor your very own limitless creative space.

Go wild.

DYNAMIC OBJECT INSPECTOR

Build up your ideas, faster.

Start with a groove or motif, take the idea that inspires you from the start and quickly transform it into a complete composition. Bitwig Studio introduces new ways to keep up with your inspiration. Take the Dynamic Object Inspector, it allows you to select multiple notes or events and edit them together with an interactive histogram, easily adding variations as you go.

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Included Devices

Made in Berlin.

Each device in Bitwig Studio was designed in-house using a modular system integrated in the application. The modular system will be available to anyone using Bitwig Studio in the future. A simple click will allow you to modify any existing device, or create your own. Our selection of current devices demonstrate the power hidden beneath the hood of Bitwig Studio, where limits are defined by the scope of imagination.8

So Given all of this Wonderfulness, how is it going to be received?

Well, its worth taking a look at our webcast tonight, or looking at the archive on You Tube later, and judge for yourself.

Either way, we’re very excited to be in at the start of this and wish our Bitwig Buddies all the very best for the future.

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VELOCITY 2014!!!!!

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What a competition we have for you!!!

Imagine having world class producers like TMS ( X-Factor, Little Mix, Professor Green, Emilie Sande etc,) or Romesh Dodangoda (Motorhead, Funeral for a Friend, Twin Atlantic, Kids in Glass Houses) working on your original music.

Imagine spending the day in their studio working on your mixes….

Imagine winning enough gear to put together your own home studio….

Well there’s no need to imagine any more……

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Velocity 2014 is competition run jointly by Scan and Intel, and it’s free to enter with a wealth of great prizes, not just for Musicians but for all types of creative including Film Makers, Photographers and Motion Graphics types…..

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All you need to do is:

1)      Supply a piece of Original work

2)      Make a short video showing something cool about how you made it, i.e. what Plug-Ins did you use, or how you programmed the drums or tweaked a filter or whatever…..

3)      Send it to us here at Scan.

4)      Wait and See……

Go Here for details………………

SM PRO – uMIX – Wireless mixing just got a lot more affordable!

SM Pro have always been a favourite brand of ours here at Scan, Their new uMIX range continues their expanse of sturdily built, reliable products with modest pricetags.
The only reason that you might not have heard of them is that until last year, they did not have full UK Distribution, but many of the team here have been using their products (especially the monitor controllers) for years.

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The problem with most digital desks has been that additional digital stageboxes have always been quite expensive, compared to the consoles themselves.

What SM-Pro have done with the new uMix range is effectively make the stagebox the mixer, but have it controlled by a web-enabled device, including PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone & Android Devices.

You can customise access levels so anyone in the band can control their own mixes with a compatible device. The 24 channel interface can even be chained together for up to 48 inputs and 16 sends! 

This honestly brings digital, wireless mixing down to fit almost every budget and we really can’t wait.

Try the interface out for yourself here : http://www.smproaudio.com/umixweb/

now, here’s what they say about it.

 The uMiX family includes the uMiX mini (8ch), uMiX 12 (12ch), uMiX 16 (16ch) and uMiX 24 (24ch). Delivering the benefits of digital mixing, uMiX models feature a pristine 56-bit double precision audio signal path with detailed Parametric EQ, Dynamics, and digital FX available on all channels. All uMiX models include an on-board secure Wi-Fi and Ethernet router and remote microphone preamps, providing a truly out-of-the-box remote mixing solution.

Built for both desktop and touch devices, uMiX brings remote access, multi-touch, key commands, and an intuitive GUI with the look and feel of a hardware mixer. All you need is a desktop PC, laptop, tablet or smart phone with a modern web browser (no apps or software downloads). Simply join the uMiX network and take control. uMiX’s extensive mixer functions include Sub Groups, View Groups, Mute Groups, Mute FX, Mute All, Permissions, Channel Safes and more. uMiX stands for “You Mix”. This means everyone in the band can control their own monitor mix. A copy main mix to Aux button makes setting up your personal mix a breeze.

Users can capture every gig with built-in “One Touch” stereo recording to any USB stick/drive (excludes uMiX mini). Simultaneously play back digital media using the integrated digital media player — perfect for remote controlled background music and/or backing tracks. No Docking required.

The uMiX16 and uMiX24 offer additional processing on the master outputs from Waves Audio, leaders in audio processing. Waves MaxxBass and MaxxVolume adds drive, punch and polish to your mix while protecting the PA. Pump up your lows and perform all essential dynamics processing with one convenient tool on your master outputs.

uMiX series features:

  • Built in router (Wi-Fi and ethernet)
  • Remote microphone preamps
  • Wide device support
  • Scalable – Link 2 x uMiX24 units with one Cat 5 cable for a total of 48 inputs
  • Optional multi-track recording expansion card is available for the uMiX 16 and 24
  • One Touch stereo recording. No Dock required
  • Media Player for background music or backing tracks
  • Fully featured software interface
  • HDMI display output

Danny Olesh, SM Pro Audio CEO commented, “uMiX is a really exciting product, not just for SM Pro Audio, but for the industry. uMiX technology breaks new ground in relation to affordability especially considering the on-board remote preamps and built in Wi-Fi router. We are also very proud that the uMiX software works on a range of devices and operating systems maximizing user choice. No downloads, no apps. uMiX is fully remote controllable with all the benefits of digital mixing and delivers a range of large console features at small console prices.”

Projected European street pricing including 19% VAT:
uMiX Mini – €199.99
uMiX 12 – €399.99
uMiX 16 – €699.99
uMiX 24 – €999.99

Expected availability in-store Q3, 2014.

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Just a little word about us……………….!!!!

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Why buy from Us?

Scan is a Family owned British company with over 160 staff and an annual Turnover of nearly £80m.

We pride ourselves on our unbeatable service, and we have the constant daily feedback from happy, satisfied customers to back this up.

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Our delivery system is flexible and easy to use. You choose when you want it delivered and we’ll get it there on time, and with 100% order tracking inc. Alerts via SMS, email & web.

Within the Pro Audio department, we employ specialist people with specialist knowledge. Working professionals who use this equipment on a daily basis, and whose expertise is called upon by some of the biggest names in the Music Industry.

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DJ’s, Sessions Musicians, Producers, and even a teacher go to make up our consulting staff.

Rest assured that when you buy from us you are dealing with experts in their particular field.

So, with the buying power to secure the best deals, Specialist staff, and incredible service…why wouldn’t  you buy from Scan?

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