Tuesday, November 1, 2016

ROLI launches BLOCKS, an affordable LEGO-like music creation system for everyone, at Apple Stores  around the world







ROLI launches BLOCKS, an affordable LEGO-like music creation system for everyone, at Apple Stores 
around the world

London (November 1, 2016) - ROLI, the music technology innovator, today launches BLOCKS, the most accessible and scalable music creation system ever made.
ROLI BLOCKS is a modular music studio that opens up the world of music-making to everyone. Each individual Block offers unique capabilities that let people create music in simple but far-reaching ways. The Blocks connect together to create customizable kits that suit any budget, skill level, and musical style. With a click of magnetic connectors, music-makers can now build their instruments as they go.
 
The Lightpad Block
Renowned artists including Grimes, Steve Aoki, and RZA are already making music on BLOCKS and creating signature soundpacks for BLOCKS musicians. Grimes - a composer, producer, and global superstar whose sound is redefining pop music - said, "ROLI BLOCKS will democratize music production. It's so intuitive and versatile. I'm always on the go, and BLOCKS is the most powerful mobile production tool I've ever used."
Three Blocks launch today. The Lightpad Block features a tactile, glowing surface that lets people shape music through presses, glides, and other natural gestures. The Live Block and Loop Block have controls that make it even easier to perform and produce in real time. BLOCKS is powered by NOISE, a free music app for iPhone and iPad that is now available at the App Store. NOISE connects to BLOCKS wirelessly over Bluetooth, becoming the system's sound engine as well as a standalone app.
Roland Lamb, founder and CEO of ROLI, and inventor of BLOCKS, said, "Many areas of life have been transformed by the digital. Music, though, remains a universal language that everyone understands, but only a few can speak. BLOCKS will change that, and enable people around the world to experience the joy of music-making for the first time."
The Lightpad Block, Live Block, and Loop Block are exclusively available at ROLI.com, Apple.com, and Apple Stores around the world. With a Lightpad Block retailing at $179 (£169.95) and the Live Block and Loop Block at $79 (£69.95), BLOCKS is extraordinarily affordable as well as powerful.
ROLI celebrates today with an event at the Steel Yard in London. Roland Lamb's keynote address and the world's first BLOCKS performance will be live-streamed on ROLI's Facebook page at 1800 GMT on November 1.
The launch caps an important year for ROLI, which has emerged as a leader in music technology innovation. The award-winning Seaboard RISE, a reinvention of the piano that has redefined the expressive capability of electronic instruments, has been adopted by a range of artists from Stevie Wonder to Meghan Trainor. ROLI acquired FXpansion, a London-based maker of audio software and virtual instruments, in September 2016.
Visit ROLI.com and watch BLOCKS films to see and hear how this modular music studio will give everyone a musical voice.
 
Make music anywhere with BLOCKS
The Lightpad Block and NOISE on iPad
Lightpad Blocks connected to the Live Block and Loop Block
The Lightpad Block connected to the Loop Block
About ROLI
ROLI is a leading music technology startup whose mission is to extend the joy of music creation to everyone. Its multi-award-winning Seaboard RISE and Seaboard GRAND - adopted by world-renowned artists including Stevie Wonder, Meghan Trainor, and A.R. Rahman - have redefined the expressive potential of keyboard instruments. NOISE, ROLI's free iOS app, turns iPhones and iPads into powerful and fun music-making devices. ROLI has raised over $50 million from leading investors including Foundry Group, Balderton Capital, and Founders Fund as well as Universal Music Group. "The most important company in music technology right now" (Music Tech magazine) is building a Connected Music ecosystem of hardware and software products that will change the way people create and enjoy music.

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Antelope Audio Launches 'Privilege Club' for Passionate Musicians, Featuring Incentive Discount Coupon for Membership



Antelope Audio Launches 'Privilege Club' for Passionate Musicians, Featuring Incentive Discount Coupon for Membership

Antelope Audio Fans Are Encouraged to Join Club for Exclusive Discounts, Access to Product Premieres and 'Behind the Scenes' Information


Santa Monica, Calif., October 31, 2016 Antelope Audio, a leading interface company specializing in Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA)-based vintage FX modeling, announced that it is offering a 'Privilege Club' for passionate musicians and fans of Antelope Audio. By joining the club at http://antelopeaudio.com/the-privilege-club/, customers can receive exclusive discounts, access to product premieres, and 'behind the scenes' information on Antelope Audio products.


To join the new Privilege Club, customers are simply required to fill out a short survey describing how they work and the kinds of products they use on a routine basis. In exchange for their time and membership, Antelope is offering a 10 percent discount coupon to customers who register between now and November 15th, 2016. The coupon can be used for direct purchases from Antelope, or for purchases completed through an Antelope Audio authorized dealer (not to be combined with any other sales or offers).

"We initiated the Privilege Club as a way to thank our loyal customers," commented Marcel James, director of sales, U.S. for Antelope Audio. "Not only will we feature sale items and discounts, but there will also be special curated content and behind the scenes material from our expanding community of artists, producers and engineers."

The Privilege Club site is active now, and discount coupons will be sent to registrants between now and November 15th, immediately following completion of the user survey.  For more information, please visit http://antelopeaudio.com/the-privilege-club/, or to learn more about Antelope Audio, please visit http://www antelopeaudio.com.





About Antelope Audio
Antelope Audio is a leading manufacturer of high-end professional audio equipment and the pioneer in the adoption of Atomic clock generators, utilizing Igor Levin's over 20 years'experience in digital audio.  Antelope is the first to design a 1U 32-channel audio interface and a multi-channel portable interface with 12 mic pres. The company's customers include many Grammy award-winning sound engineers and some of the most renowned recording, mastering and post-production facilities around the globe.

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Monday, October 31, 2016

SHE ROCKS, VOL.1 GUITAR COMPILATION FEATURING SOME OF THE BEST FEMALE GUITARISTS TODAY

SHE ROCKS, VOL.1
GUITAR COMPILATION FEATURING SOME OF THE BEST FEMALE GUITARISTS TODAY
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Releasing January 20, 2017 via Steve Vai’s Favored Nations Label

Lita Ford, Orianthi, Nita Strauss, Jennifer Batten and Many More Contribute Tracks

(Los Angeles – October 28, 2016) Who says the ladies can’t rock? Today Favored Nations Entertainment announces the upcoming release of the all-female compilation, She Rocks, Vol.1. This collection of kick-ass guitar goddesses is produced by author and former Guitar World editor, Brad Tolinski with iconic guitarist Steve Vai as executive producer, and showcases eleven female guitarists, each a virtuoso in her own right. From the legendary Lita Ford to Sarah Longfield’s jazzy riffin’, to Orianthi’s melodic stylings and the all-out shredding of Nita Strauss, these players each contribute their own voice to this carefully curated collection.

She Rocks, Vol.1 compilation will be released on January 20, 2017 via Vai’s own Favored Nations Label, and in cooperation with the Women’s International Music Network (theWiMN.com), hosts of the famed “She Rocks Awards.”  The compilation will be celebrated at the 2017 “She Rocks Awards,” taking place that evening in Anaheim, CA during the annual NAMM Convention.

These shredding songstresses cover the stage when it comes to style and personality; Ford is the quintessential guitar rock goddess with decades of top shelf performances, Jennifer Batten made her name playing for Michael Jackson, Strauss has toured with Alice Cooper for the past year, and the list goes on!

“Through the years women have become more and more interested in ripping it up on the guitar. It’s amazing to watch. Favored Nations is very excited to be working with producer Brad Tolinski in creating a compilation of many of the women who are evolving the instrument in powerful ways. They are wildly raising the bar."  - Steve Vai

"People always ask me about the future of the guitar, and in many ways, the artists on this album are the answer. They represent a new vision and a fresh sensibility."  - Album producer, former Guitar World editor and author of Play It Loud: A History of the Electric Guitar (Doubleday), Brad Tolinski

The She Rocks, Vol.1 compilation showcases the amazing talents of Orianthi, Yasi Hofer, Kat Dyson, Sarah Longfield, Lita Ford, Jennifer Batten, Nita Strauss, Steph Paynes, Nili Brosh, Gretchen Menn, and Yvette Young and will be released on January 20, 2017.  Find out more at w http://www.favorednations.com/artists/sherocksvol1/

She Rocks, Vol. 1 Track List:
1.            Orianthi – “Transmogrify”
2.            Yasi Hofer – “Cosmic Stars”
3.            Kat Dyson – “U Know What I Like”
4.            Sarah Longfield – “The Taxi Time Travel Task Force”
5.            Lita Ford w/Lez Zeppelin – “The Lemon Song”
6.            Jennifer Batten – “In the Aftermath”
7.            Nita Strauss – “Pandemonium”
8.            Steph Paynes – “The Sun at Her Eastern Gate”
9.            Nili Brosh – “A Matter of Perception”
10.          Gretchen Menn – “Scrap Metal”
11.          Yvette Young – “Hydra”


About Favored Nations
Favored Nations Entertainment was founded in 1999 by guitarist Steve Vai as a label focusing on guitar-based music. The first studio album it released was Coming to Your Senses by guitarist Frank Gambale in 2000. Soon afterwards, a variety of artists such as Eric Johnson, Dweezil Zappa, Larry Carlton, and Steve Lukather, Neal Schon, Johnny Hiland, Stanley Jordan and Novecento, Allan Holdsworth, John Petrucci, Marty Friedman, The Yardbirds, Dave Weiner, Tommy Emmanuel and Peppino D'Agostino had also signed to Favored Nations. The label continues to curate guitar-based releases. Find out more at favorednations.com

About The Women’s International Music Network (The WiMN)
Founded in 2012, the Women’s International Music Network unites women who work within all facets of the music and audio industries. With theWiMN.com as its hub, the WiMN provides a community for women within the industry while enriching their careers and musical experiences through networking, education and sharing. The Women’s International Music Network produces events such as the Women's Music Summit, the WiMN She Rocks Showcases, and the She Rocks Awards. The organization hosts panels, workshops and education sessions and is founded by music industry veteran Laura B. Whitmore. For more information, visit www.thewimn.com



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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Announcing the 2017 She Rocks Awards Recipients

Announcing the 2017 She Rocks Awards Recipients


Pictured left to right: Lita Ford, Esperanza Spalding, Shirley Manson, Monique Boyer, Dani Markman, Beverly Fowler, Karrie Keyes, Rebecca Eaddy, Lisa Foxx, Charyn Harris, Leanne Summers and Tracy Leenman

ANAHIEM, Calif., Oct. 27, 2017The Women’s International Music Network (the WiMN), is thrilled to announce the 2017 She Rocks Awards honorees. Paying tribute to women in the music industry, the fifth annual She Rocks Awards at the NAMM show will take place on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel in Anaheim, Calif. Tickets are available for purchase at sherocksawards.com.

The 2017 She Rocks Awards recipients include:

•    Monique Boyer, director, global artist relations/PRO membership at M.A.C. Cosmetics
•    Rebecca Eaddy, marketing communications manager for Roland Corporation U.S.
•    Lita Ford, legendary rock guitarist, vocalist and songwriter
•    Beverly Fowler, director of artist relations and events at PRS Guitars
•    Lisa Foxx, radio personality at MYfm on the iHeartRadio network
•    Charyn Harris, conductor of music programs at A Place Called Home
•    Karrie Keyes, founder of Soundgirls and sound engineer for Pearl Jam
•    Tracy Leenman, owner of Musical Innovations music retailer
•    Dani Markman, director, A&R, Disney Music Group
•    Shirley Manson, lead singer from multi-award winning band, Garbage
•    Esperanza Spalding, Grammy® Award-winning bass player, singer/songwriter
•    Leanne Summers, president/CEO of LAWIM (Los Angeles Women in Music)

“We are excited to recognize our 2017 honorees, who come from diverse areas of our industry. Each has made her contributions in her own, unique way, inspiring and energizing others. We look forward to honoring them all and sharing this celebration of women in music,” said the WiMN founder, Laura B. Whitmore.

In addition, the She Rocks Awards will host the album release of She Rocks Vol 1, A Collection of Kick-Ass Guitar Goddesses, a compilation of eleven virtuoso female guitarists produced by Brad Tolinksi and released on Steve Vai’s Favored Nations label. Performances from the artists on the CD will be included in the program.

The She Rocks Awards will open with a performance by Brandy Robinson, winner of the #SaveAGuitar opening act contest. The house band for the show, Rock Sugah, is led by bassist Divinity Roxx and features Kat Dyson on guitar, Benita Lewis on drums and Lynette Williams on keys.

Gearing up for its fifth consecutive year, the She Rocks Awards pays tribute to women who display leadership and stand out within the music industry, and has become a standard at the NAMM Show. Previous award recipients include female industry leaders such as Chaka Khan, Jennifer Batten, Karmin, Colbie Caillat, Sheila E, The Bangles, Orianthi, Dinah Gretsch, Craigie Zildjian, Janie L. Hendrix, Amani Duncan, Mary Peavey, and more.

With featured performances, food and beverages, giveaways, networking opportunities and more, the She Rocks Awards brings together industry professionals, music icons, artists, fans, and media to celebrate women in music.

This event has sold out for the past four years and does not require a NAMM badge to attend. The She Rocks Awards will take place on Friday, January 20, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel. Men are welcome, too!

Tickets are on sale now at sherocksawards.com.
The 2017 She Rocks Awards is sponsored by Neumann, Gretsch, Seymour Duncan, Avid, PRS Guitars, Roland, #SaveAGuitar, Breedlove, Zildjian, Guitar Center, Casio, 108 Rock Star Guitars, Sabian, Linear Integrated Systems, Schecter Guitars, Gator Cases, Berklee College of Music, The Music People, LAWIM, Music Inc., Music & Sound Retailer, Music-News.comPremier Guitar, Guitar World, Guitar Player, Keyboard, Bass Player, Electronic Musician, and more.


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About The Women’s International Music Network (The WiMN)
Founded in 2012, the Women’s International Music Network unites women who work within all facets of the music and audio industries. With theWiMN.com as its hub, the WiMN provides a community for women within the industry while enriching their careers and musical experiences through networking and sharing. The Women’s International Music Network produces events such as the annual Women's Music Summit, the WiMN She Rocks Showcases, and the She Rocks Awards, and is founded by music industry veteran Laura B. Whitmore. For more information, visit www.thewimn.com.