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Music & Education Go Hand in Hand

The Telegraph yesterday wrote about the major review of music education in England, which has been launched in attempt to prevent the subject remaining the preserve of children from middle-class families.Under Coalition plans, children will be given the chance to learn an instrument at school.  Although it’s currently compulsory in the National Curriculum to study music up to the age of 14, there is concern that fewer than 1 in 10 pupils study the subject at GSCE level. Should this be a major concern or is it a simple fact of kids not wanting to study music academically and more recreationally?

iLove iRig

Following from last weeks Channel 5 Gadget Show coverage (which you can see here…), yesterday morning the BBC’s World Service included a 10 minute discussion on the AmpliTube iRig in their Technology Feature Digital World. The IK Multimedia AmpliTube iRig Guitar Interface For iPhone, iPod Touch & iPad - The easiest way to get your instrument’s signal into iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad. Simply plug iRig into your mobile device, plug your instrument into the iRig, plug headphones or amplifier to the output and you are ready to rock…

Ashdown at Help for Heroes

Ashdown at Help for Heroes

Ashdown were proud to be on stage behind Robbie and Gary at the Help for Heroes concert last month. Held at London’s Twickenham Stadium, the benefit concert saw Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow perform together for the first time in 15 years infront of a crowd of more than 60,000.

Electro Harmonix Ring Thing Demo

Electro Harmonix Ring Thing Demo

Electro Harmonix Ring Thing presents state of the art modulation control, which allos you to explore a new sonic world that is both familiar and inventive. Complex modulations with interactive parameters create any sound your mind can imagine. From metallic sweeps to subtle colour changes to unique and limitless modulations, Ring Thing will become your sonic dream machine. Articulate pitch shifting, preset tuning, selectable waveforms and external control delivers sound designer mystery, with a Rock and Roll Edge. The sonic master, Bill Rupert himself will dazzle you with the sounds he creates using the Ring Thing Single Sideband Modulator

The Jam 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

The Jam 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

Sound Effects was originally released in November 1980, at a time when The Jam were considered the BIGGEST band in Britain. The band are set to release a 30th Anniversary 2-disc ‘Deluxe’ edition of their classic album, Sound Effects. Digitally re-mastered with 22 bonus tracks, demos, b-sides and never before heard alternative versions of the most notorious Jam tunes. We’re very excited to release the track listings and release date to all you massive Jam fans…

All About The Player

All About The Player

Until now, digital pianos have focused on re-creating the sound of the instrument. Roland SuperNATURAL technology goes beyond that and re-creates the behaviour and characteristics of how the instrument plays. Supernatural makes playing a digital piano feel organic and dynamic. For the first time, the technology is all about the player.

Silence Is Golden

Silence Is Golden

Every musician battles hum in thir signal chain. Electro-Harmonix present you with the Hum DeBugger which turns the hum into a dead silence. How do they do it? It’s top secret EHX magic o’course! It’s definitely not a noise gate or a suppressor - but a real hum extractor. Bill Ruppert takes Electro Harmonix into his studio and shares his secret to stomping out the hum with the Electro-Harmonix Hum DeBugger! We can also let you inside the magical secret of Electro Harmonix by showing you exactly how they make their pedals…

Traktor’s 12 - A DJ’s Favourite.

Traktor’s 12 - A DJ’s Favourite.

As included in Komplete 7, Traktor’s 12 brings the intense buzz of the club to your studio or live stage performances. A dozen tried and tested Traktor effects have been adapted for easy use with your DAW. Traktor’s 12 runs in the free Guitar Rig Player or Guitar Rig 4 Pro/Essential, and features incredible delays, reverbs, and filters. Along with the unique and hugely popular Beatmasher, Transpose Stretch and Mullholland Drive, among others, it’s a powerful studio tool with true club pedigree. Read on to see artist testimonials from Native Instruments, plus videos of them in action!