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Hal Leonard Publishes The Invention of the American Guitar

The Pre-Civil War Innovations of C. F. Martin and His Contemporaries edited by Robert Shaw and Peter Szego

Montclair, NJ (October 17, 2013) - In time for C. F. Martin and Co.’s 180th anniversary this October, Hal Leonard Books is publishing Inventing the American Guitar ($50), the first book to describe the early history of American guitar design in detail. With essays by prominent writers and spectacular color photographs of almost fifty guitars, many of which are newly discovered, this book tells the story of how a European instrument was transformed into one with all of the design and construction features that define the iconic American flat-top guitar – all within a mere twenty years.

The person who dominates this history is C. F. Martin Sr., America’s first major guitar maker and the founder of the Martin Guitar Company, which continues to produce outstanding flat-top guitars today. After emigrating from his native Saxony to New York in 1833, Martin quickly established a guitar-making business, producing instruments modeled after those of his mentor, Johann Stauffer of Vienna. By the time he moved his family and business to rural Pennsylvania in 1839, Martin had absorbed and integrated the influence of Spanish guitars he had seen and heard in New York. In Pennsylvania, he evolved further, inventing a uniquely American guitar that was fully developed before the outbreak of the Civil War.Inventing the American Guitar traces Martin’s evolution as a craftsman and entrepreneur and explores the influences and experiments that led to his creation of the American guitar that is recognized and played around the world today.

The book includes fold-out pages of schematic drawings of two early Martin guitars: the Austro-German Style Martin Guitar and the Spanish Style Martin Guitar. An additional forty-five two-page color profiles of important guitars, including detail photos, measurements, and bracing diagrams, fill this beautiful coffee table hardcover. Contributing essayists include David Gansz, an expert on early American guitar maker James Ashborn; Antiques Roadshow appraiser and Martin expert Richard Johnston; luthier and early Martin and Spanish guitar scholar David LaPlante; Arian Sheets, Curator of Stringed Instruments at the National Music Museum, University of South Dakota; and James Westbrook, a scholar of 19th-century European guitar making.

About the editor
PETER SZEGO is a connoisseur, collector, and player of 19th-century American banjos and guitars who headed the team that created the book. He lives in Princeton, NJ and is available for interview.

About Martin Guitar

C.F. Martin & Co. (www.martinguitar.com) has been creating the finest instruments in the world for 180 years. It continues to innovate, introducing techniques and features that have become industry standards, including X-bracing, the 14-fret guitar and the “Dreadnought” size. One of the world’s leading acoustic instrument makers, Martin guitars are hand-made by skilled craftsmen and women, who use a combination of new design and techniques along with those introduced by the company founder. The company is also known for producing high-quality, popular acoustic guitar strings. These include the Martin SP® LIFESPAN™ line, the fastest-growing treated string in the industry, and the Martin SP line, which uses an industry leading core wire to hold tunings better. Martin guitars and Martin strings are the instruments and strings of choice for musicians around the world, from the icons of rock, country, folk and bluegrass to those just beginning their careers. They can be seen across all segments of pop culture, from television (Glee, Psych, Raising Hope and American Idol) to the movies, on Broadway and in books, online, and gracing the covers of popular magazines on newsstands everywhere. Connect with Martin and Martin Strings on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube and via www.martinguitar.com and www.martinstrings.com.

Inventing the American Guitar
Hardcover
ISBN 9781458405760
308 pages, 10.5″ x 11″, 4-color, heavily illustrated throughout

Hal Leonard Books is an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group
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Hal Leonard Publishes Down the Rhodes – The Fender Rhodes Story

The Fender Rhodes story told in interviews with the greatest musicians of all times

Montclair, NJ (October 14, 2013)Down the Rhodes: The Fender Rhodes Story is the first and only book documenting how the Rhodes changed the sound of music and was part of the greatest hits and most influential music ever recorded. Invented by Harold Rhodes as a rehabilitation tool for soldiers in World War II, the Fender Rhodes piano both revolutionized and empowered musicians to explore a new, electric frontier of music.

Through interviews with a remarkable cast of music notables, the book takes an insider’s look into how this electric piano has played an integral role in the creation of a wealth of music, from the 1960s through today. Down the Rhodes: The Fender Rhodes Story brings together a large collection of prominent artists to talk about their music and experiences with the Fender Rhodes: Michael Bearden, George Benson, Stanley Clarke, Chick Corea, D’Angelo, Eumir Deodato, George Duke, Larry Dunn, Donald Fagen, Ronnie Foster, Rodney Franklin, Robert Glasper, Jay Graydon, Dave Grusin, Don Grusin, Onaje Allan Gumbs, Ellis Hall, Herbie Hancock, Lalah Hathaway, Rami Jaffee, Bob James, Quincy Jones, Ramsey Lewis, Jeff Lorber, Robin Lumley, Ray Manzarek, Les McCann, Marcus Miller, Steve Molitz, John Novello, David Paich, Jerry Peters, Greg Phillinganes, James Poyser, Patrice Rushen, Joe Sample, Lenny White, Maurice White, Vince Wilburn Jr., Allee Willis, the CBS musical instruments staff, and others.

A Blu-ray of the documentary film about the Fender Rhodes Electric Piano, on which Down the Rhodes is based, is included with each book. Readers can enjoy rare moments with some of the greatest artists of all times and learn how the Rhodes inspired their music.

The modern-day revival of the instrument’s popularity, the intimate stories, and the never-before-seen photographs of artists and pianos make this book a must-have for anyone interested in keyboards, piano and music history. A special Limited Edition is presented in a beautiful leather case, Down the Rhodes is a definite collector’s item and a wonderful gift. More information at www.HalLeonardBooks.com – including video samples of the movie.

About the authors
Gerald McCauley is from Los Angeles and has an extensive production career, working with many prominent artists and songwriters in the music industry. He worked as A&R Director for Monster Music, where his projects included 3 Doors Down’s concert DVD The Better Life (Rarities Edition), and served as A&R/Production Consultant for the Grammy Award-winning George Benson/Al Jarreau album Givin’ It Up. His debut release, The McCauley Sessions, and his CD/DVD Gerald McCauley’s West Coast All-Stars Live Sessions have become favorites among music lovers worldwide.

Benjamin Bove lives in Los Angeles and is a pianist and television music composer, and the Fender Rhodes piano is essential to his sound. Exposed to the Rhodes at the age of 14, Bove became a resident expert over the next decade, restoring and custom building Fender Rhodes pianos. As a graduate from the State University of New York at Buffalo, he worked in production for E! Entertainment and drew on his experience to produce Down the Rhodes: The Fender Rhodes Story. Currently working on his debut record, Bove is being lauded as a young force to watch in a new generation of Rhodes pianists.

Down the Rhodes: The Fender Rhodes Story
$44.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00119290
ISBN: 9781480342422
Width: 10.0″ Length: 10.0″ 288 pages, Blu-ray with documentary included!
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Hal Leonard publishes The Power in Cakewalk SONAR

Experience the horsepower in SONAR, the new exciting digital audio workstation from Cakewalk

Montclair, NJ (October 9, 2013) Hal Leonard Books, the musician’s best source of books on the music business, audio technology, instrument history, and more, is now shipping The Power in Cakewalk SONAR, the Quick Pro Guide to all the core features along with powerful new workflows: recording, editing, mixing, and releasing.

Every chapter presents the most up-to-date approach to working in SONAR, helping the user to simplify the appearance of the program so they can focus more on the music and less on the technology. The book will show how to develop practices and techniques that provide a solid foundation for creativity, efficiency, and productivity.

Learn how to navigate SONAR’s enhanced Skylight user interface with Auto and Timeline Zooms and with Smart Grid. Edit audio and MIDI tracks using the enhanced Smart Tool and powerful Piano Roll view and get the most creative potential out of the Matrix view.

William Edstrom, Jr. also teaches how to bring a project from start to finish using virtual MIDI instruments, audio tracks, and loops, followed by the application of ProChannel effects to craft a track into a professional and polished mix. To conclude the production workflow, he demonstrates how to render a multi-track project down to a stereo file suitable for burning to a CD or uploading to the Web. The accompanying DVD-ROM contains valuable video tutorials that will help you see how the techniques described in the text apply to real-life creative scenarios.

About the Author
William Edstrom, Jr. (Milwaukee, WI), an author, audio engineer, and business owner, is best known for his video tutorials on DAW technology, mixing, mastering, and plug-ins for Groove 3. He has a degree in Electrical Engineering, plays guitar and bass, and has decades of experience in all aspects of recording and sound reinforcement. A lifelong student, instructor, and the creator of Lilacwriter.com – an online co-writing tool for songwriters – Edstrom is an alumnus of Berklee College of Music, the Milwaukee School of Engineering and Harvard Business School.

The Power in Cakewalk SONAR
$16.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00333874
ISBN: 9781476806013
Width: 8.5″Length: 11.0″, 222 pages, DVD-ROM included

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Hal Leonard publishes Power Tools for Ableton Live 9

Master Ableton’s Music Production and Live Performance Application

Montclair, NJ (October 7, 2013) – Hal Leonard Books, the musician’s best source of books on the music business, audio technology, instrument history, and more, is now shipping Power Tools for Ableton Live 9 by Jake Perrine, an Ableton certified trainer with years of experience and an unmatched passion for making music with Ableton Live.

The author convincingly explains how Live sets itself apart from other programs, especially when it comes to working on live performance. The book explains why Ableton Live is the premier choice when making beats, remixing, live recording, DJing, live looping, sound design, electronic music, hip-hop, and much more.

Unlike other books about Live that simply explain its features like a second manual, this hands-on book contains a series of exercises that walk the user through all the features needed to produce professional-sounding music. “The goal is to get you making music as quickly as possible using the key features and learning specific techniques that will help you reach your goals,” says Perrine. He guides the reader through the creation of an actual track from start to finish, plus he explains how to use Live 9 in your DJ performances. In addition, there is plenty of practice using Live 9 with the included audio content, video tutorials, excises, audio samples, and third-party plug-in demos contained on the accompanying DVD-ROM.

A substantial appendix section offers discussions of important non-Ableton-specific topics, including digital audio basics, components of a producer’s studio, considerations when buying a DAW computer, and more. Whether you want to DJ, make mash-ups and remixes, play with a band, or build epic dance anthems from scratch, this book will show you all you need to know to achieve your goals with Ableton Live 9.

About the Author
Jake Perrine, an Ableton certified trainer and WarpAcademy.com curriculum director, has been making electronic music for over 25 years. In addition, he has over a decade of experience teaching audio production at the college level. So, not only does he know what he’s talking about, he knows how to make sure you know what he’s talking about.

Power Tools for Ableton Live 9
$39.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00333217
ISBN: 9781458400383
Width: 7.5″Length: 9.0″
300 pages, DVD-ROM included
More information at www.halleonardbooks.com

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It’s a Wrap!

Location Sound’s “Most Awesome 50 Days of Audio Gear Giveaways Ever” proved to be a home run for the pro audio dealer

North Hollywood, CA (October 2, 2013) Location Sound’s Most Awesome 50 Days of Audio Gear Giveaways Ever has made a lot of sound professionals very happy, but all good things must come to an end. The prizes included a large array of high-quality audio gear from renowned manufacturers such as Sound Devices, Lectrosonics, Sanken, Denecke, and many more.

“It was well worth playing, that’s for sure,” says Brent LeStage, the Grand Prize winner. LeStage won a 664 Field Production Mixer by Sound Devices valued at $4600 on the last day of the giveaway. He entered the giveaway faithfully almost every day of the 50 days. “I was really struck by the quality of merchandise they were giving away. That’s what motivated me to enter as frequently as I did. The 664 Field Production Mixer is top of the line.”

LeStage is a professional sound mixer who is working on a variety of film, television, and corporate video projects. Though he lives and works on the East Coast, he started ordering gear from Location Sound over the last year. “They make it so easy and convenient,” he praises. He orders most of his gear on www.locationsound.com or by calling their knowledgeable team. “They ship it to me overnight. They stock everything they sell, so it’s easy to get merchandise from them immediately, in spite of being on the other side of the country.”

Bob Dreebin, another winner, won the Audio-Technica BP-4073 shotgun microphone. “You’ve got to be dedicated! When someone told me there is a 50-day giveaway at Location Sound, it immediately became a daily 5 AM routine for me to go to my computer and do my entries and my tweets. They gave away prizes ranging from $200 to $4,600, including a set Lectrosonics transmitter-receiver wireless unit, so I could tell that Location Sound had done an amazing job working with the various manufacturers to offer such a wide array of gifts. I was happy to win anything; I wasn’t after a particular item. The whole experience was a lot of fun!” The Audio-Technica microphone complements his collection of microphones very well, and he’ll use it for future projects.

Dreebin has worked as a motion picture sound recording engineer for over 30 years. A Hollywood native, he moved to Arizona 35 years ago and has been commuting to Los Angeles for all of his projects. He specializes in television commercials and has done the sound for Dodge, Chevy, Jello, and Visa commercials. “Commercials are great,” he says, “They range anywhere from one day to six or seven days in length, they are always with a different crew, always in a different place. Always different professional challenges.”

Dreebin owns most of his own gear, and he admits it’s an expensive business: “A lot of expense to purchase the gear, to maintain it and repair it, and a lot of expense in turn-over of gear. That’s why winning a piece of gear is so great for sound mixers.” He has used Location Sound as his source for equipment, advice, and rentals during his entire career. He likes the fact that Location Sound is employee-owned because he feels that everyone at LSC is dedicated to the success of their customers. “Location Sound is a great, great business. Everybody there is very friendly, and they really care about what they are doing. It’s unlike any other store.”

Location Sound’s giveaway planning was months in the making. Angelica Dewlow, Location Sound’s Marketing Director said, “Before relaunching our website, I asked our team what we could do to entice customers to visit our new site. ‘How about a raffle?’, suggested Michael Paul, our Technical Director. From that point on, Steve Joachim, our Sales Manager started calling on all the manufacturers he could think of. They came through in an amount of over $29,000! It was such an incredible bounty that I had no other choice but to call the giveaway what it was, the Most Awesome 50 Days of Audio Gear Giveaways Ever!”

From the company’s point of view, the website relaunch and giveaway was a huge success. Location Sound’s average monthly website traffic is up 67%, with online sales already surpassing 2012’s numbers. Angelica Dewlow said, “Since we’ve never done a giveaway before, we didn’t know what to expect. We certainly didn’t expect that many entries! It was also gratifying to see customers sharing their excitement over the giveaway on social media. This was definitely a fun way to let everyone in the industry know about our new website. We’re glad to be our customers’ first choice and meet their professional audio needs.”

About Location Sound Corporation
Location Sound opened its doors in January of 1977 with a mission to be the one-stop facility for production sound mixers for all their sales, rental, and equipment service needs. More than 36 years later, the client roster now also includes production companies, broadcast companies, law enforcement and private security firms, universities, houses of worship, government agencies, and more. Location Sound is known for its excellent customer service and unparalleled depth of inventory: No matter the industry, Location Sound remains committed to providing sound professionals the equipment they need for their critical recording needs, while delivering unmatched support services before and after the sale. More information at www.locationsound.com

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EASTWEST Virtual Instruments, the Perfect Fit for Pro Tools 11

EASTWEST PLAY 4 Software Provides Full AAX and 64-Bit Support

Hollywood, CA (October 1, 2013) – EASTWEST (soundsonline.com), the industry leader in soundware and virtual instrument development for 25 years, announces Pro Tools 11 compatibility for their entire catalog of award-winning instruments. With clientele that spans the who’s who of the music, film, television, games, multimedia and performing arts, EASTWEST provides professionals with the very best music creation tools available, now ready to be used with Pro Tools 11 including AAX and 64-Bit support.

The company released the newest version of its proprietary software PLAY 4 to support all their collections with Avid’s new AAX format. This will allow Pro Tools 11 users to work with EASTWEST’s virtual instruments in 64-bit, greatly improving performance. Doug Rogers, founder of EASTWEST, says: “PLAY 4 and Pro Tools 11 make the perfect combination. Many of the top composers in the world rely on EASTWEST and in the past have had to make compromises to their workflow to achieve their creative goals. At EASTWEST, we strive to help composers create outstanding music with the highest quality Virtual Instruments, without compromise, using innovative engineering and technology. The quality of the instruments we provide put a lot of demands on the DAW software, but Pro Tools 11 is now perfectly suited to meeting those demands and allowing professional media composers to take their creativity to a higher level.”

PLAY 4 also includes new time-stretch software optimized for loops (with sync to sequencer); offers a new mixer page (with sub-channels for mic positions), background loading, SSL/EW FX suite that includes SSL EQ & Dynamics Channel, SSL Transient Shaper, SSL Stereo Compressor, EASTWEST Expanded Convolution Reverb, and many other new features.

Andrew Wild, Avid Marketing Manager, commented: “Play 4 coming to AAX 64-bit for Pro Tools 11 is exciting news for musicians and composers who will experience an exponential boost in power for the creative freedom to use more of EASTWEST’s vast collection of Virtual Instruments than they ever thought possible and press beyond technical limitations to make the best sounding music.”

Over 30 EASTWEST/Quantum Leap award-winning collections are now Pro Tools 11 compatible, including EASTWEST’s famous Hollywood series including Brass, Strings and Woodwinds (all editions), the Symphonic Orchestra and Symphonic Choirs (all editions), Fab Four, Goliath, Gypsy, Ministry of Rock, Ministry of Rock 2, Pianos (all editions), Ra, Silk, Solo Violin, Stormdrum 2 and 3, Voices of Passion, The Dark Side, collections such as Complete Composers Collection 2, Complete Composers Collection 2 Professional (which will include a site license for recording studios), and Spaces. “We are proud to be a leader in the music creation industry and to be able to offer Pro Tools 11 compatibility to our customers,” says Doug Rogers.

About EASTWEST
EASTWEST has been dedicated to perpetual innovation and uncompromising quality of Sample Libraries and Virtual Instruments for 25 years, setting the industry standard as the most critically acclaimed soundware developer. More about EASTWEST at soundsonline.com and soundsonline-forums.com on Facebook and Twitter.

About Avid
Through Avid Everywhere, Avid delivers the industry’s most open, innovative and comprehensive media platform connecting content creation with collaboration, asset protection, distribution and consumption for the most listened to, most watched and most loved media in the world—from the most prestigious and award-winning feature films, music recordings, and television shows, to live concerts and news broadcasts. Industry leading solutions include Pro Tools®, Media Composer®, ISIS®, Interplay®, and Sibelius®. For more information about Avid solutions and services, visit www.avid.com, connect with Avid on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Google+; or subscribe to Avid Blogs.

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Hal Leonard Publishes Digital Performer for Engineers and Producers

Music production, mixing, film scoring & live performance

Montclair, NJ (September 23, 2013) Hal Leonard Books, the musician’s best source of books on the music business, audio technology, instrument history, and more, has released Digital Performer for Engineers and Producers by David E. Roberts. This new Quick Pro Guide is designed to help producers and engineers to get to work quickly and efficiently in Digital Performer, providing tips and tricks both for previous DP users and those who are accustomed to different DAWs.

Specifically focusing on music production, mixing, film scoring, and live performance, this valuable resource gets right down to the essential tasks. It provides insight that help the creative mind link existing knowledge to the most common and important activities implemented by DAW users at every level.

Author and noted DP guru David E. Roberts has been closely involved with the development of this innovative DAW software since 1993; he is also responsible for artist/VIP support at MOTU and has been training new users for the past 20 years. Considering Roberts’ depth of experience, this Quick Pro Guide offers a uniquely succinct path to understanding and eventually mastering Digital Performer.

The accompanying DVD-ROM provides helpful and supportive video tutorials featuring Magic Dave Roberts when he reveals the insider tips and tricks that have kept Digital Performer at the forefront of DAW technology since its inception.

About the Author

David E Roberts has lectured at Berklee School of Music, Middle Tennessee State Universtity, University of Colorado, and Massachusetts College of Art, pus he has been a featured speaker at Macworld Expo. He has also been a presenter at numerous trade shows, including NAMM, NAB, and Musikmesse Frankfurt. He continues to work with local and international artists and is currently running the recording studio for legendary music producer Al Kooper. Since 1993, Roberts has been a product specialist for MOTU’s hardware and software products, including Digital Performer. With an instrumental background (playing bass and guitar since age 12), influence from his mother who is a writer and a teacher, and with his extensive experience building and running studios throughout the ‘80s, Roberts is a uniquely qualified author, especially on the topic of all things Digital Performer.

Digital Performer for Engineers & Producers
Hal Leonard Books $16.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00333220
ISBN: 9781458402240
Width: 8.5″ Length: 11.0″ 200 pages, DVD-ROM included
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Hal Leonard Publishes The Bruce Swedien Recording Method

Learn from the music engineer who recorded and mixed the biggest-selling albums of all time!

Montclair, NJ (September 19, 2013) – Bruce Swedien’s impact on popular music is undeniable. Engineers at all levels use Swedien’s recordings as a definitive sonic standard. The Bruce Swedien Recording Method is a timeless reference for anyone interested in capturing and mixing the best possible music recordings. From recording and mixing Michael Jackson’s albums (Off the Wall, Thriller, Bad, Dangerous, Invincible, and HIStory), to many Quincy Jones hits (The Dude, Back on the Block, Q’s Jook Joint, and many more), to the music of greats from Count Basie, Duke Ellington, the Brothers Johnson, and Natalie Cole, Bruce Swedien has always operated at the highest level of excellence and expertise.

The Bruce Swedien Recording Method explains many of the techniques Swedien has used to capture unforgettable drum, bass, guitar, keyboard, vocal, string, and brass sounds. Learn his rationale for selecting and placing microphones; see the innovative techniques he has used to create a technical workflow that emphasizes the importance of musical considerations; feel the passion invested by this iconic music engineer into doing whatever it takes to find the perfect sound for everything he records, whether tracking or mixing.

The accompanying DVD-ROM contains never-before-seen footage of Bruce Swedien working through a mix, explaining what he thinks about and why he works the way he does during the recording and mixing process. He further reveals what he looks for in a recording and the steps he takes to imprint his characteristic world-class sonic signature on the music he mixes.

“For someone who wants to learn how to record great music, there’s no one better to emulate than Bruce Swedien. Pay attention to how he records music, but just as important, pay attention to why he records music and to the care and love that go into how he works,” writes Quincy Jones in the book’s foreword. The Bruce Swedien Recording Method provides the reader with a unique insight into the approach and the mindset Swedien used to record the best-selling records of all time.

About the Author

Five-time Grammy winner – and thirteen-time Grammy nominee – Bruce Swedien recorded and mixed the best-selling album in the history of recorded music, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, yet he was first publicly recognized in 1962 with a Grammy nomination for Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons’ “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” Swedien has also been awarded ten Grammy certificates and two ASCAP composer awards, and has been nominated for five TEC Awards. His standard of excellence was established early in life as the child of active symphony musicians. Long renowned as the best in the business, Swedien resides in Florida with his high school sweetheart, Bea, and has a world-class studio on his property along with an amazing collection of new and classic microphones. He generously shares his recording techniques and philosophies in his master class, “In the Studio with Bruce Swedien.”

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The Bruce Swedien Recording Method
$39.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00333302
ISBN: 9781458411198
Width: 8.5″ Length: 11.0″ 334 pages
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iZotope Announces Nectar® 2

Treat Your Voice to the Next Iteration of Nectar in October 2013

iZotope Inc., Cambridge, MA (September 18, 2013) – iZotope Inc., a leading audio technology company, has announced the next version of iZotope’s award-winning vocal processing technology, Nectar. Coming in October 2013, Nectar 2 will bring the best of digital innovation and analog character into a complete set of tools specifically for voice.

“We were excited to revisit what made Nectar so ideal as a vocal processing plug-in,” says Brett Bunting, Product Manager for iZotope Inc. “We’ve spent a lot of development time incorporating new ideas designed with our users in mind. Nectar 2 users won’t believe how quickly they’ll be able to recreate classic vocal sounds or invent brand new ones.”

With Nectar 2, add character to tracks with modeled plate reverb, harmonic saturation, and new creative effects. Stay in tune, remove distracting breaths without the need for audio editing, transform a single vocal take into a harmonized ensemble, and much more.

Highlighted Features
- Add harmonies to vocal tracks with the new Harmonizer. Play with intelligent automatic settings or define your own with a MIDI controller.
- Add space and character to vocals with the EMT 140-modeled Plate Reverb module, featuring a unique saturation control to emulate the original plate’s preamp.
- Finesse vocal takes quickly with the new Pitch Editor and Breath Control plug-ins.
- Explore seven new creative effects in the new FX module.
- Dive in with a streamlined Overview panel for simple adjustments and added metering for visual feedback.
- Choose from 150+ new presets in styles that range from classic to modern.

Pricing
Customers who purchased Nectar after August 1, 2013 will receive a free upgrade to Nectar 2 upon release. Special upgrade pricing will be available for all previous Nectar and Nectar Elements customers upon release.

Availability
Sign up to hear when Nectar 2 becomes available: www.izotope.com/nectar2.

Compatibility
Nectar 2 can be used as plug-ins in your favorite host. Supported plug-in formats include 64-bit AAX (Pro Tools 11), RTAS/AudioSuite (Pro Tools 7.4-10), VST, VST 3, and Audio Unit.

About iZotope, Inc.
iZotope makes innovative products that inspire and enable people to be creative. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, iZotope has spent over a decade developing award-winning products and audio technologies for professionals and hobbyists alike. Used by millions of people in over 50 countries, iZotope products are a core component of GRAMMY-winning music studios, Oscar and Emmy-winning film and TV post production studios, and prominent radio studios, as well as basement and bedroom studios across the globe. Through a robust licensing program, iZotope also powers products made by industry partners such as Adobe, Avid, Microsoft, and Sony. For more information on iZotope products, please visit www.izotope.com.

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Backbeat Books Publishes The Jazz Guitar Handbook


A complete course in all styles of Jazz

Montclair, NJ (September 17, 2013) – The Jazz Guitar Handbook is a thorough step-by-step guide to mastering one of the most creative and challenging types of music on the guitar. Starting with simple blues-based riffs over basic chord sequences, the book leads the reader rapidly to advanced harmony and improvisation. Along the way it teaches all the scales, chords, and theory guitar players need to make their way in jazz. The Jazz Guitar Handbook covers a wide range of styles, including jazzy blues, swing, bebop, modal, jazz-funk, Gypsy, and more.

The highlights include:
- An illustrated history of jazz guitars and guitarists
- More than 100 exercises and musical examples in notation and tab
- All the essential scales and chords
- The fundamentals of modern jazz harmony and improvisation
- Advice on choosing a guitar for jazz
- A 96-track CD of exercises, scales, chords, and backing tracks

Easy to use and useful for players at various levels, this volume is a must-have reference for players looking to expand their jazz skill set. “I would recommend this to any jazz guitar teacher looking for a book to use with serious students, it will provide both an excellent road map of sequential subject matter to cover, as well as a lot of the material that you would normally have to write by hand,” says Doug Perkins of the Jazz Guitar Society.

About the author
Rod Fogg is a guitarist and writer, based in London, England, where he performs, teaches, and runs workshops. He is the author of The Electric Guitar Handbook and How To Read Music and the co-author of Django Reinhardt: Know The Man, Play The Music and The Totally Interactive Band Bible.

The Jazz Guitar Handbook
$29.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00333188
ISBN: 9781480341043
Width: 9.25″, Length: 11.0″ ,256 pages, plus CD

Please contact Martina McConnon at Music Marcom for interviews with the author, high-resolution pictures, reprint excerpts, and review copies of the book: Martina@musicmarcom.com or call 610-577-4982

Backbeat Books is an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group www.backbeatbooks.com and onstageandbackstage.wordpress.com

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