New W3C Music Notation Community Group Makes MusicXML, SMuFL Web Standards

does music notation still matter for electronic musicMakeMusic and Steinberg have announced the creation of the W3C Music Notation Community Group, tasked with maintaining MusicXML and SMuFL (Standard Music Font Layout) specifications as Web standards.

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is the international organization that creates and promotes standards for the World Wide Web.  Continue reading

Gibson Buys Harmony Central

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Gibson Brands, the parent company of Gibson, Cakewalk, TASCAM, TEAC, KRK and other music gear companies – has acquired music news and forum site Harmony Central.

“Harmony Central will not be a ‘Gibson site’; we already have that,” says Gibson CEO and Chairman Henry Juszkiewicz, “Think of it as Gibson providing a place to throw a party, and everyone—musicians, the industry, competitors, educators, anyone involved in music and sound—is invited and welcome.” Continue reading

New Site, 808 Kicks, Offers Free ‘Transistor Kicks’ Sample Library

B808M-Transistor-Kicks-FreeA new sample source, 808 Kicks – The Boom Boutique, has launched and is giving away a free sample library to introduce their work.

Here’s what they have to say about the 808 Kicks:

The Boom Boutique pays tribute to the original boom box – the legendary TR-808. We offer the highest-quality drum sounds and kits, either sampled directly from the 808, refined using analog or digital effects, or inspired sound emulations with even more bang for your buck.

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New Site, A Sound Effect, Offers Catalog Of Independent Sound Effect Libraries

asoundeffectA Sound Effect is a new site that offers a catalog of independent sound effect libraries.

“These libraries are usually spread out over a huge number of individual sites, making it really tricky to find relevant sfx from the independent community,” says creator Asbjoern Andersen. “I thought it was a real shame, as they do some amazing stuff – so I’ve managed to get 25 indie sound designers and recordists on board to showcase more than 80 of their libraries.”

At A Sound Effect, you can browse, preview, search and find specific libraries from all 25 sound designers. See the site for more info.