Konesoiton kovat paketit 2017

Marraskuu on loppumassa, ja pian alkavat olla viimeiset hetket laittaa tilausta menemään, jos haluaa itseään tai lähimmäistään lahjoa musiikillisilla laitteilla.

Konesoitto on muutamana aikaisempana vuonna kerännyt muutamia sopivia paketteja eri tasoisille kotistudiota ja äänityshommia suunnitteleville, erityisesti aivan aloittelijoille. Viime vuosi jäi väliin, mutta nyt tuli taas semmoinen tunne, että voisi antaa suosituksia.

Äänittämisen alkuun pääsee itse asiassa yllättävän pienellä alkusijoituksella. Hinnaltaan edulliset, mutta silti laadukkaat mikrofonit ja muut äänilaitteet riittävät kotistudiokäyttöön pitkäksi aikaa, ja äänitysten laadusta ei tarvitse tinkiä. Laitteistoa voi aina täydennellä myöhemmin, jos tuntuu siltä, mutta hyvien äänitysten tekemisessä materiaali ja mikrofonin sijoitus ratkaisevat enemmän kuin kalliit laitteet.

Olen kerännyt tähän muutamia kokonaisuuksia paketeiksi, jotka on helppo hankkia joko itselle tai lahjaksi toiselle. (Ensimmäinen paketti on valmis, muita täydennetään pian ajan salliessa.)

Erittäin halpa äänittämisen aloituspaketti

Keräsin äänittämisen aloittamista varten mahdollisimman halvan, mutta laadusta tinkimättömän paketin.

Tietokoneen äänilaite: Steinberg UR12 – 89 €

Kondensaattorimikrofoni: AKG P120 – 79 €

Mikrofonikaapeli: Cordial CCM 2,5 FM – 8,40 €

Poppisuoja (* valinnainen): K&M 23956 Popkiller – 20,90 €

Mikrofoniteline: Millenium MS-2005 – 9,90 €

Studiokuulokkeet: Audio-Technica ATH-30X – 69 €

Yhteensä: 255,30 € (* 276,20 €)

Linkit vievät Musikhaus Thomannin verkkokauppaan, jossa on ilmainen postitus yli 199 € tilauksille. Hinnat on tarkistettu 30.11.2017, ja ne saattavat muuttua. Konesoitto saa pienen välityspalkkion ostoksista, mutta suositukset ovat silti itsenäisiä, ja perustuvat omiin käyttökokemuksiin samoista tai vastaavista laitteista.

Kysymyksiä ja vastauksia

K: Miksi äänilaite ja mikrofoni erillisinä, eikä USB-mikrofonia, joka kytkeytyisi suoraan tietokoneeseen?

V: Koska äänilaitteeseen saa kiinni useamman laitteen. Esimerkiksi UR12:ssa on liitäntä sekä mikrofonille että sähkökitaralle tai -bassolle. Lisäksi äänilaitteeseen voi kytkeä äänitarkkailua varten kuulokkeet tai erilliset studiomonitorit. Monissa äänilaitteissa on myös perinteiset MIDI-liitännät ulkoisia syntesoijia varten. Mikäli nämä ominaisuudet ovat tarpeen, äänilaitteella saa paremmin vastinetta rahalle. Lisäksi mikrofonin voi vaihtaa parempaan vaihtamatta äänilaitetta.

K: Millä ohjelmalla äänitän?

V: Yleensä äänilaitteen mukana saa jonkin DAW-ohjelman (Digital Audio Workstation). Esimerkiksi Steinberg UR12 -pakettiin kuuluu lisenssi Steinbergin omalle Cubase AI -ohjelmistolle, joka riittää mainiosti äänittämiseen, ja jota voi myös laajentaa virtuaali-instrumenttien myötä. Cubasesta on sekä PC- että Mac-versio. Macin käyttäjät voivat myös käyttää Applen omaa ilmaista GarageBand-ohjelmaa, jonka käyttöön opastaa myös suomenkielinen e-kirja Konesoiton GarageBand-opas.

 

 

Black Friday 2017 deals

Here are some Black Friday deals for iOS and Mac musicians (OK, a lot of Windows, too).

Audio Damage

Audio Damage have ported many of their desktop effect plug-ins to iOS and into the AUv3 format. They have a Black Friday sale on them going on, ridiculously cheap:

  • Dubstation 2 for US $2.99 (dub delay)
  • Replicant 2 for US $2.99 (buffer effect)
  • Eos 2 for US $3.99 (four reverb algorithms)
  • Pumphouse for US $1.99 (sidechaining pumping effect)
  • Grind for US $2.99 (distortion)
  • QuatroMod for US $2.99 (multi-effect with chorus, flanger, diffusor and frequency shifter)

The Rough Rider 2 compressor and the Fuzz Plus 3 filter/distortion are free now as always.

The Audio Damage desktop plug-ins and synths are also on sale – 35 % off with a discount code available on their web site.

KORG

KORG Gadget 3.5 for iOS has just been released with new gadgets — there is a special  half price offer 21.99 € until November 30, 2017. The new gadgets  – Lisbon, Vancouver and DeeMax – are also 33 % off.

The latest macOS version, 1.5, is also on half price sale for the same time. Get it for US $149 or equivalent.

Steinberg

Cubasis 2.3 has just been released, and is on half price sale until December 5th (and so are the FX Packs). The biggest new thing appears to be the inclusion of Waves plug-ins as in-app purchases – this could be a big thing for iOS music making.

IK Multimedia

On sale until 30 November, 2017.

Native Instruments

NI has their annual Thanksgiving sale from 14 to 30 November, with 50% off of the price of KOMPLETE (updates too), sound libraries, MASCHINE expansions, and more.

Modstep

Today (20 November 2017) only: Modstep is half price.

Propellerheads

Black Friday sale: many sound products on sale, with up to 80% off. Upgrade to Reason 10 is 99 € (that’s 30 € off) until Monday 27 November.

D16 Group

Coupon code delivered by e-mail to registered customers gives you 40% off of all D16 Group plug-ins between November 24th and 27th.

 

Cubasis updated to 2.2, classic drum machines available

If you’re looking for an iPad DAW that has maximum likeness with the desktop workhorses, with a traditional lane-based sequencer and track-based effects, then GarageBand for iOS* may be too streamlined for you. Steinberg’s Cubasis* will be especially familiar to users of Cubase on Windows or macOS, but also to any user of a linear sequencer like Logic Pro X*. Newcomers may find Cubasis a little overwhelming, but if you can tackle the learning curve, it will not let you down as your needs grow to be more complicated.

The latest Cubasis 2.2 update* adds two features likely to help you put tracks together fast: Note Repeat for the easier programming of beats, and Track Duplicate for making exact copies of tracks and their settings.

There is also a new in-app purchase: Classic Machines gives you the sounds and some of the programmability of ten legendary drum machines. Obviously, names like SIX, EIGHT, NINE, LD1 and LD2 point to certain vintage beatboxes, without claiming to be exact clones.

There are also the usual fixes and improvements of a new version, and Cubasis supports Inter-app Audio, Audiobus and Audio Units. So in addition to the included Micrologue, MicroSonic, MiniSampler and the Roomworks SE reverb you get if you register the app with Steinberg, you can expand your options with synths and effects from the App Store.

Steinberg is running a summer sale on both Cubasis 2 and its in-app purchases through to July 18, 2017, so now would be a good time to snap it up at half price.

 

 

* = App Store and Mac App Store affiliate links

Holiday sales for iPad musicians

So your wallet survived Black Friday and Cyber Monday? It’s not over yet, now start the holiday sales. If you are an iPad musician, you owe yourself to check out these deals, since they are a great opportunity to stock up on amazing iOS music apps.

Here is a roundup of the sweetest end-of-year / holiday deals I could find. Prices are quoted at the time of writing, and may change at any time (probably won’t until their respective deadlines, but don’t blame me if they do).

Native Instruments iMASCHINE 2 is $4.99 (normally $9.99) – no indication of when the sale ends, but it is an essential purchase.
iMaschine 2 – NATIVE INSTRUMENTS GmbH

Elastic Drums half price ($4.99 not $9.99) until end of 2016:
Elastic Drums – O-G-SUS

Cubasis 2 special price until January 9, 2017 (now $24.99, regular price $49.99):
Cubasis 2 – Mobile Music Creation System – Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH

KORG iWavestation 33 % off until January 5, 2017 ($19.99 instead of $29.99 )
KORG iWAVESTATION – KORG INC.

KORG Gadget 50 % off until January 5, 2017 ($19.99 instead of $39.99). In-app purchases are also discounted 33–50%.
KORG Gadget – KORG INC.

KORG iM1 50 % off until January 5, 2017 ($14.99 instead of $29.99)
KORG iM1 – KORG INC.

IK Multimedia Amplitude is 40 % off at $11.99 (regular $19.99) until December 31, 2016. Also some in-app purchases are discounted.
AmpliTube for iPad – IK Multimedia
AmpliTube – IK Multimedia

IK Multimedia UltraTuner for iPhone is $5.99 (regular $9.99) until December 31, 2016.
UltraTuner – Ultra Precise Chromatic Tuner for Guitar, Bass, Strings, Brass and More – IK Multimedia

IK Multimedia SampleTank is $11.99 (regular $19.99) until December 31, 2016.
SampleTank – IK Multimedia

Quantiloop live looper is $5.99 instead of $9.99. Grab it now, version 2 incoming!
Quantiloop – Live Quantizing Looper – Stephan Marx

Alexandernaut’s amazing Fugue Machine is on sale through January 12, 2017 (and all other Alexandernaut apps too).
Fugue Machine | multi-playhead sequencer – Alexandernaut

I don’t know how long the Arturia sale will last, but iSEM, iMini and iProphet are still $4.99 each, and iSpark is $9.99.
iSEM Synthesizer – Arturia
iMini Synthesizer – Arturia
iProphet Synthesizer – Arturia
Arturia iSpark – Arturia

I’ll probably add more when I come across more. I have personally purchased all the apps mentioned here now or earlier, so I should be able to answer any questions you may have about how they work, individually or together through Inter-App Audio or Audiobus. Many of these apps also work on the iPhone, but some have separate versions for tablet and phone.

Black Friday software deals for iOS and macOS musicians

Should you? Of course you should – namely fill up your iPad, iPhone or Mac with sweet synths, effects and maybe even full DAWs, but use only the best software and take advantage of only the best bargains.

Here are a couple of choice examples of Black Friday deals on music software, in effect right now and extending days or weeks ahead. You don’t need to be American to appreciate the shopping madness that precedes Thanksgiving on Black Friday, and follows it on Cyber Monday.

NOTE: This is the 2016 list. The deals here have expired almost a year ago, so please take a look at the Black Friday 2017 deals instead!

The usual disclaimers apply: prices are quoted at the time of writing, and they may change in the future. Any deals are subject to the terms and conditions of the manufacturer or retailer. I’m not responsible for any errors or lost deals.

I will update this list occasionally if I hear from other good deals. You’re welcome to report some in the comments below.

IK Multimedia

Half price discounts on iOS apps (from $/€ 6.99 to 11.99 per app) until December 4th, 2016. This includes the following apps:

There are more, when I get the time to edit the list. Some in-app purchases for sound sets are also half price.

Loopers

Arturia

The great Arturia vintage synth emulations for iPad – iProphet, iMini and iSEM – are on sale for US $4.99, as is their iSpark drum machine for US $9.99.

Steinberg

The Cubasis 2 mobile DAW for iPad is on sale for US $24.99 (half price; seems like the launch sale is still going on, but I won’t complain: Cubasis 2 – Mobile Music Creation System

Moog

The amazing Animoog for iPad, Animoog for iPhone, and the new Model 15 for iPad and Model 15 for iPhone are on half-price sale at US $15.99 each.

DM2

The DM2 drum synth, a kind of successor or sibling to the DM1 drum machine, is just US $1.99.

KORG

KORG’s Happy Holidays Sale gets you their iOS synths and computer plug-ins for 50% off, and additional items from 33% to 50% off, until January 5, 2017:

  • KORG Gadget is US$19.99, and the Kamata, Gladstone, Madrid, Bilbao and Abu Dhabi gadgets are on sale.
  • KORG Module is US $19.99. The add-ons 80s Electric Piano, Mellow Tape Keyboard, TRITON Best Selection, PREMIER Vintage Organ, Ivory Mobile Grand, and Wurley Electric Piano are also discounted.
  • The iPad version of legendary M1 workstation synth, KORG iM1, is US $14.99. The M1 and T1 sound card packs are US $2.99 each.
  • KORG iPolysix for iPad is also US $14.99.
  • Another legend reproduced, KORG iMS-20, is yours for US $14.99.
  • KORG iELECTRIBE for iPad – KORG INC. is US $9.99.

KORG is also running a special launch sale on their brand new ARP ODYSSEi (see what they did there) for iPad and iPhone, a reproduction of the legendary ARP Odyssey hardware synth. Your piece of synth nirvana to be had for US $19.99 until 30 November, 2016.

LinPlug

LinPlug are having a 40% off seasonal sale on synths like Spectral, MorphoX and CRX4, and soundware. See the LinPlug website for eligible products and cart code.

Klevgränd

Korvpressor – smart dynamic hotdog device, or adaptive compressor/limiter with a neat user interface for the iPad, is US $2.99. The AU/VST version for macOS is also 63 % off.

Alexandernaut

Fugue Machine, multi-playhead sequencer for iPad, is 50% off or 4.99 € until 29 November, 2016, and so is Arpeggionome Pro. To top off the Alexandernaut Autumn Sale, Arpeggionome for iPhone is just 0.99 €.

iZotope

Until November 30, iZotope Trash 2 is US $29, bundled with DDLY.

VirSyn

VirSyn has their iPad synths for 40% to 50% off:

Arturia

Arturia’s Sense of Sound promotion runs until January 10, 2017. Special price for V Collection 5, individual instruments 50% off, and special offers for existing customers (mine was good, so thanks Arturia!).

Propellerhead Software

Propellerheads have good deals on Reason ReFills and Rack Extensions in their Rack/Black Friday campaign until 27th November.

There is also a Holiday Offer on Reason 9: buy it and get €/$ 430 worth of Rack Extensions.

Native Instruments

Native Instruments wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving with 50% off of selected products, like MASCHINE expansions, synths like Massive and Battery, and soundware like Alicia’s Keys and Studio Drummer, until December 5th, 2016.

Sugar Bytes

Black Friday Madness has Sugar Bytes’ iPad apps for 33% to 50% off until Monday:

Their VST/AU plug-ins are all $69 for a limited time, except for the brand new Factory synth.

Nucleus Soundlab

Nucleus Soundlab has Black Friday prices for some of their Reason ReFills and virtual instruments like Viral Outbreak, until December 2nd, 2016.

…aaand stay tuned for more. Did we miss a deal? Probably! Report it in the comments below!

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