Still Time to Win T-rackS, Get Personal Notes, Be Thankful

A turkey. Photo (and crafting) (CC) Patti Haskins. Americans are busy getting ready for Thanksgiving and … everyone is busy, anyway. But there’s still time to: 1. Tell us what makes you musically thankful – we’ll feature your responses on CDM. 2. Tell us if you’d like to get handcrafted, human-written exclusive notes in your inbox occasionally from CDM (totally optional). 3. Get a chance to win the deluxe edition of T-rackS 3, the tasty mixing and mastering suite, with lots of new routing, models, and metering. I’m actually working on a way to visualize all of these “reasons we’re …

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Giving Musical Thanks: Help Kick Off CDM Notes, Win T-Racks 3

Any holiday that’s an excuse to give thanks (not to mention, eat) is a worthy one, whether you’re an American or not. Photo ()CC) riptheskull/Dave. Thanksgiving is an American holiday on this international site, but the basic ideal for which the day has come to stand – giving thanks – is a noble one. So we want to do three things here for CDM: 1. Ask you what for you’re thankful, musically speaking. It might be a synth, or a collaborator, or an album, or a song, or the metronome you’ve used since you started playing, or having more discipline …

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Contests Round-Up: Guitar (and Violin) Rig Heroes, Audion Remix, RiffWorks

Every time you turn around, someone else is holding some sort of promotional music contest. But this week, we have not one but three contests I think will really appeal to CDM readers — and I’m especially eager to hear what results you might submit. Guitar Rig action shot, by way of Felix E. Guerrero. Guitar Rig Hero is a huge contest with some big prizes. Native Instruments notes that users were already, without prompting, posting Guitar Rig videos to YouTube. So, they’ve put together a jury to properly judge the best possible contributions, with jurors including the likes of …

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A Satirical Remix of “Dum”: Dum and Dummer, in Reason

small.cat, aka Roald Blijleven, has done what I think is a brilliant remix of the Dance Tracks Digital / Dirtybird remix contest track “Dum.” I heard it as satirical, deconstructing the stems into something quite different. I actually laughed out loud at a couple of spots. I realize of course, that mistaking satire is a sore spot at the moment. But I enjoyed it, anyway. And I mean that in the best possible way – I think the musical result is really satisfying. And bonus points for doing a remix in Reason for a contest sponsored by Ableton with an …

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An Ableton Live-Friendly Remix: Martin Brothers Dancetracksdigital Contest with “Dum”

It’s amazing that, even today, relatively few artists release stems when they want to encourage remixes. A new remix contest with The Martin Brothers’ new track “Dum,” on the Dirtybird label, goes further, by providing not only individual stems, but a full-blown Ableton Live set, completely with warping parameters and even some plug-in inserts. That should mean just about anyone can pick up the track and start remixing – and, of course, Live is a big hit with the remix scene. It’s not the first time we’ve seen this, but coming from Dancetracks Digital, which has made a big impact …

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Radiohead Remixing: Contest, Full Stems via iTunes and GarageBand

  The era of artists regularly releasing stems for remixing seems imminent. In the meantime, we see occasional examples of artists who get it. Radiohead have a new feature on their tune Nude, promoted with Apple. Purchase stems of a song (that’s by stem, so you pay US$0.99 * 5 stems + 1 full song if you want everything), and you get audio via iTunes Plus. Purchase the full set, and you can also download a GarageBand / Logic Pro-compatible project with all loop, tempo, and key information embedded, as pictured at top. (Unless I’m mistaken, that’s also the ideal …

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Circuit Bending Challenge: The Envelope, Please

Announcing the winners of the 2007 Circuit-Bending Challenge! Note: All the entries were excellent, and we have a little prize lined up for all of you, not just these top picks. *See below for details It was very hard to choose three winners from all of the entries- the variety and quality of submissions was amazing. So, we tried to select those that most embodied the spirit of the contest- creativity, within a set time limit, and using only those materials that can be scraped together quickly. And that didn’t narrow it down much. It was a tough call to …

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CDM Giveaway Starts Now: Win Free Hardware, Software, Swag, and Link Love

I’m pleased to announce the first-ever CDM Giveaway. We’ve got over US$4,000 of hardware and software tools for music creation, and we’d like to give you the chance to win them. To do that, we’re holding a good, old-fashioned prize drawing — I’ve been warming up my true random number generator — so that all you have to do is enter for a chance to win. To better your odds, each prize will get a different winner. CDM Giveaway Info Page; official rules (no purchase necessary). Here’s what we’ve got: Akai MPC500 mobile music workstation Ableton Live 6 music production …

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Make: DIY Synthesizers, and a Guitar Hero DIY Controller Challenge

Phillip over at Make Magazine has two goodies for us today. First up, lots of DIY synth circuit diagrams: DIY Synthesizer Pages [Make:zine] On the same note, be sure to check out musicsynthesizer.com, with enough resources to read through for the rest of 2006. But if you need more motivation to begin a DIY musical instrument project — other than, you know, reading through webpages — this should get your attention. A charity event (Funde Razor) for Penny Arcade’s Child’s Play could feature your homemade Guitar Hero controller, embedded in a real guitar. I’m sure one of our readers has …

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