Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Auto-Tune hits the big Time!

We just heard that TIME magazine have selected "Auto-Tune the News" as one of the all-time top 50 YouTube videos. You can reorganize the list, so make sure to check it out!

Auto-Tune The News in Time Magazine

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Elektron Announce Octatrack — Creative & Timeless Sampling

Announced at Music Messe this week is the long anticipated new unit from Elektron:

The Octatrack is designed to revolutionize the concept of sampling. Recording sounds is a breeze thanks to the intuitive user interface, but the fun really starts once the samples are inside the machine. Loops are now completely elastic. Cut up and rearrange them in real time. They will always stay in sync no matter if they are pitch shifted or if the tempo of the sequencer is changed. Single sounds can be molded into any shape or form. The static nature of samples is finally a thing of the past.

The Compact Flash card allows for huge amounts of samples to be constantly accessible. The USB port is ideal when transfering sample libraries between your computer and the Octatrack. The optical fader can be assigned to any of the parameters, adding a wealth of live control possibilities.

8 stereo tracks | 4 audio inputs | 4 audio outputs | Separate Headphone Output | USB 2.0 port | Compact Flash Card Reader | Optical Fader | Improved Elektron Sequencer | Realtime pitch shift and time stretch | Real Time Sampling | 2 Effect blocks per track

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Sonic8 Take on E-MU distribution.

Sonic8 Limited would like to announce that we have just been appointed UK and Ireland distributors of e-mu systems.

E-MU Systems are renowned worldwide for their samplers and their use of sampling and digital audio technologies. They are a leading developer of digital audio products to serve musicians and audio professionals. They design and manufacture audio/MIDI interfaces, software instruments, USB/MIDI controllers and powered reference monitors, many of which make use of proprietary VLSI/Chip technology and E-MU's advanced software algorithms.

Some folks think E-MU Systems was born in the early eighties in an old Victorian house in, California. In fact, E-MU Systems was started in 1971, in a fifties-era house a few blocks away. The story goes that they decided to try to build their own synthesizer and the electronics suppliers kept asking for a company name, so they decided on E-MU Systems (pronounced 'Ee-myoo'), which of course are the first syllables in 'Electronic Music'.

E-MU's very first prototype was called the Black Mariah and in the summer of 1972, E-MU moved to Santa Clara and officially opened its doors. It was April of 1973 when the first E-MU modular synthesizer was sold. It wasn’t until 1981 when the Emulator I started E-MU down a long and storied road of digital instruments and technologies that continue to be developed to this day. Many of these instruments, like the SP-1200 and Proteus 1, have fundamentally changed the way the world makes music today, and E-MU continues to develop new products and technologies that will inspire great music into the future.

Click here a product history timeline

Sonic8 Limited are proud to be working alongside such an innovative manufacturer who have pushed the boundaries of electronic music and recording for so long.

Monday, 8 March 2010


CME has marked the success of the Bitstream 3X by launching a 'new look'
version in Ivory which will be displayed on CME's booth at Musikmesse.
Bitstream 3X is renowned for its stable operation and CME are offering a 3
year warranty on Bitstream 3X Ivory. Production starts immediately.

"3X" stands for "3 Axis" because the Bitstream 3X features full control over
three different Axes - X, Y and Z. A joystick allows control over two (X and
Y), while a ribbon controller is used for the Z axis.

The Bitstream 3X Ivory is fully programmable and is perfect for controlling
Virtual Instruments, DAW, and other MIDI hardware. This compact desk-top
unit includes 35 knobs, 8 sliders, 16 buttons, a joystick a cross-fader and
infra-red controller.  It includes more than 13,000 presets for popular
samplers, synthesizers, and software including Propellerheads Reason and
Rebirth, Steinberg Cubase, Ableton Live, Native Instruments Reaktor,
Traktor, Kontakt, and Absynth, Fruity Loops and more. An 8 track motion
sampler, transport functions, and a large LCD display round out this
versatile unit.

Digital DJ's will love the MIDI Cross fader and the 8 track motion sampler
allows automated recording of the movements of the knobs, joystick, cross
fader and ribbon controller.