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LA Ballet Opens Inaugural Season with Combo of Live & Virtual Players

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I just got a newsletter from Cakewalk  with a link to an interesting story from Broadcast Room.com about the use of a virtual orchestra in Los Angeles Ballet's latest production.

"The Los Angeles Ballet launched its inaugural season at the Beverly Hills Wilshire Theatre with an original production of 'The Nutcracker.'  In a landmark first, 22 live musicians were augmented by 33 virtual players to round out the 55 musicians called for by the Tchaikovsky score."

Ends up they only had room in the orchestra pit for 22 players yet wanted to play the full score - so they augmented real players with virtual players using Garritan Personal Orchestra (Learn more | Buy ).The software instrument was hosted out of Sonar 6 Producers Edition  (Learn More | Buy ). Gary Garritan even helped with the production.

The story also indicates that the "Musician’s Union Approves Landmark Use of Garritan Personal Orchestra" :^).

Read the full story here...


New book - Cakewalk Syntheizers: From Presets to Power User

Those of you looking to learn about and/or dig deeper into Cakewalk virtual instruments will want to check out this new book Cakewalk Synthesizers: From Presets to Power User.

The book is written by   Simon Cann, a musician and writer based in London.

According to the press release - "Cakewalk Synthesizers: From Presets to Power User will show you how to operate and get the best results from Cakewalk™s complete range of synths, from those that are bundled with Cakewalk's main products (including SONAR, Project5, and Kinetic), to the rgc:audio synthesizers (such as Z3TA+), to Cakewalk's newest synthesizers, including Dimension Pro and Rapture."


Garritan Personal Orchestra instrument library will be available for Propellerhead Reason

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Garritan
has announced that a special light version of the Garritan Personal Orchestra instrument library will be available for the Propellerhead Reason.

According to Garritan  "The library is a Reason Refill sample based instrument library for all versions of Propellerhead's Reason, and includes over 180 instrument patches for the Garritan Personal Orchestra instrument library."

More details here...


Ableton Live 6 Tip: How to quickly select a device in a chain or rack

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Prior to Ableton Live 6, to select a device in a chain you had to use your mouse to scroll through the list of devices. This made finding and selecting devices rather tedious when a large number of devices were involved. This problem was compounded with the introduction of Racks.

There is a new feature in Live 6 that allows you to pop-up a hierarchical list of all devices in the chain and/or rack then select the device you are interested in.

To use this list:

  • Pop-up the list. In Windows, right-click in the Track View Selector. For Mac Users, hold down your Ctrl key then click on Track View Selector.
  • Select a device in the list. Click on a name in this list. This will bring this device into focus.

This feature is especially handy when dealing with Racks or Sampler patches containing a large number of devices. The image above (click to see larger view) illustrates this pop-up with a Rack Preset called "Depth of Field". As you can see, this Rack contains multiple chains with multiple instruments and effects.  


Free Expansion Packs for Dimension Pro and Rapture Virtual Instruments

Cakewalk has released a second series of free expansion packs for their virtual instruments Dimension Pro and Rapture for registered users. Below you'll find links to all free expansion packs, free updates, demos, and links to these items on Musician''s friend who is selling these instruments at a discount.

Cakewalk Dimension Pro Virtual Synthesizer

Links to Free Expansion Packs | Free 1.2 UpdateBuy Dimension Pro at Musican's Friend and save $109

Cakewalk Rapture Virtual Synthesizer   

Links to Free Expansion Packs | Download Demo | Buy Rapture at Musician's Friend and save $89.