Chainsaw death-metal guitar tone, refuelled
Bargain hunters will be familiar with audioMIDI.com's "no-brainer" deals, and here's another that's too good to pass up: XILS 3LE from Xils Lab is just $20! It's a cutdown version of XILS 3 (9/10, CM143), which is an emulation of the classic EMS VCS3 synth. The full thing is $199, so this looks like a good deal – if you get it, let us know what you think! Click here to check out the offer.
Would your tracks sound better with a real drummer playing on them? Then Voxengo's new drum recording service will be of great interest to you. Simply send them your song, and they'll have an experienced drummer record a drum track in their recording studio – they'll then send you the multitrack recording. It's all recorded at 96kHz/24-bit and you get separate WAVs for overhead, side, room, snare drum, bass drum and toms.
Computer Music 146, December issue, gives readers the chance to win a bundle comprised of a Cakewalk V-Studio 100 and a copy of Sonar 8.5 Producer Edition, worth £1064 in total. The Sonar software provides everything you need to record, compose and produce on your PC, while the V-Studio 100 works as an audio interface, DAW controller, mobile flash recorder and even a mobile mixer.
Ultravox legend Midge Ure is to launch a website, Tunited, aimed at promoting up-and-coming artists. Midge says of the site, "With Tunited, we’re not just opening doors for new artists – we’re blowing the doors right off, Italian Job-style! Tunited will be the new music industry." Bold words indeed!
Computer Music 145, November issue, gives readers the chance to win one of five copies of FL Studio 9 Signature Bundle. This is the biggest, baddest FL Studio bundle available, containing FL Studio 9 and goodies such as the Vocodex vocoder, SynthMaker graphical programming environment, and some premium plug-ins that you'd normally have to pay extra for, eg, the DirectWave sampler, Maximus multiband dynamics tool, and Sytrus FM synth.
FabFilter make some of the sweetest instruments and effects that money can buy, and with CM144's prize giveaway, we're giving your the chance to win a massive Total Bundle worth £380. This includes all of FabFilter's effects: Pro-C, Timeless 2, Volcano 2, Twin 2, FabFilter One and Simplon. We have three Total Bundles to give away!
CM142's prize giveaway is one you won't want to miss, thanks to the generosity of the chaps at Novation, Ableton and KRK. One lucky winner can look forward to receiving Ableton Suite 8, a Novation Zero SL MkII, a KRK ERGO, KRK RP6 G2 monitors, a Novation nio 2|4 interface and a snazzy Novation laptop bag! Altogether, this massive stash of gear is worth £2050.