<![CDATA[CosmoMusic.ca Blog]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:43:10 +0000 en hourly 1 <![CDATA[FREE EVENT: DJ Shine Works Ableton Push | Mon Dec 9, 2013 @ 7 P.M.]]> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 12:13:15 +0000 “Push - Workflow & Techniques”

Explore the powerful and inspiring new interface from AbletonPush is designed to be the ultimate song writing companion to Live 9. Its streamlined dialog allows the user to get musical ideas and expressions from head to hand as quickly as possible.

Topics will include: using the step sequencer, scale mode, optimizing the browser for quick access of you favourite sounds, arrangement in session mode, and device editing.

A bit about DJ Shine – Jason Spanu

From the early 90's heyday of Toronto's techno scene through to his current constant touring as a band member and Ableton programmer for Nelly Furtado and more recently hip-hop superstar Drake, Jason "DJ Shine" Spanu has delivered a brilliant history as a key player in the Canadian electronic music scene. With numerous singles, remixes, and compilation appearances under his belt, DJ Shine has made his reputation well known among some of the world's top producers and artists. His performances as a live PA/DJ combination have rocked dance floors at huge events all over the world.

When his schedule permits, Jason teaches his various production and performance techniques at clinics, seminars and on a one-on-one basis.

Date: Monday, December 9, 2013
Time: 7 P.M.
Location: Audio Garage in Cosmo Music
Tickets: FREE! RSVP to events@cosmomusic.ca now as space is limited!

PLUS receive 20% off all Ableton products on December 9th!

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<![CDATA[Club Cubase North Toronto | Tues. Nov 26, 2013 at 7 PM]]> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 10:10:19 +0000 For all of you who don’t know, Club Cubase is a user group for musicians, engineers, producers, and anyone interested in making music with their computer.

Meetings will offer product demonstrations, guest speakers, and a chance to ask questions and exchange ideas with your fellow musicians in a relaxed setting. Meetings are FREE and you do not need to be a registered Cubase user to attend.

This is a great way to get some new tips and tricks!

Date: Tuesday, November 26th
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Cosmopolitan Music Hall
Tickets: FREE!

Questions? Email events@cosmomusic.ca.

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<![CDATA[Yamaha Instant Savings Event: On NOW until Dec 31, 2013]]> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 15:13:00 +0000 Yamaha is offering Instant Savings this season up to $700 on their instruments! This fantastic offer is available until December 31, 2013.

It’s so easy! 

  • Purchase a qualifying Yamaha Guitar and instantly save up to $75!*
  • Purchase qualifying Steinberg software and instantly save up to $75!*
  • Purchase qualifying Yamaha Synthesizer or Live Sound equipment and instantly save up to $200!*
  • Purchase a qualifying Yamaha Digital Piano and instantly save up to $200!*
  • Purchase a qualifying Yamaha Drum Kit and instantly save up to $300!*
  • Purchase a qualifying Yamaha Wind Instrument and instantly save up to $500!*
  • Purchase a qualifying Yamaha Clavinova and instantly save up to $700!*

For more details, please visit www.yamahapromos.ca.

*Valid on eligible new instruments at authorized Yamaha dealers in Canada for purchases made between October 15 and December 31, 2013. Conditions and exceptions apply. Cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions. Yamaha Canada reserves the right to cancel these offers at any time.

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<![CDATA[Club Cubase North Toronto | Tues. Oct 15, 2013 at 7 PM]]> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 10:09:05 +0000 For all of you who don’t know, Club Cubase is a user group for musicians, engineers, producers, and anyone interested in making music with their computer.

Meetings will offer product demonstrations, guest speakers, and a chance to ask questions and exchange ideas with your fellow musicians in a relaxed setting. Meetings are FREE and you do not need to be a registered Cubase user to attend.

This is a great way to get some new tips and tricks!

Date: Tuesday, October 15th
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Cosmopolitan Music Hall
Tickets: FREE!

Questions? Email events@cosmomusic.ca.

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<![CDATA[Digital Music Production 101 - Starting this October!]]> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 14:38:27 +0000 Do you want to record your own music at home?

Digital Music Production 101 is a basic introduction to platform set-up, microphones, and digital instrumentation. Whether you already have a small home or portable studio set-up, or are just considering taking the plunge into recording your own music, this course is for you!

For more information, CLICK HERE.

Digital Music Production 101

Start Date: October 3, 2013 // 6 pm - 7:30 pm
Cost: $300 per student
Duration: 8 weeks

Sign up today! Contact a Music Education Advisor at the Cosmo School of Music by calling 905.770.5222 x 290 or email lessons@cosmomusic.ca.

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<![CDATA[Club Cubase North Toronto at Cosmo Music – September 17th]]> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 10:59:41 +0000 For all of you who don’t know, Club Cubase is a user group for musicians, engineers, producers, and anyone interested in making music with their computer.

Meetings will offer product demonstrations, guest speakers, and a chance to ask questions and exchange ideas with your fellow musicians in a relaxed setting. Meetings are FREE and you do not need to be a registered Cubase user to attend.

This is a great way to get some new tips and tricks!

Date: Tuesday, September 17th
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Cosmopolitan Music Hall
Tickets: FREE!

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<![CDATA[Free PreSonus Studio One Producer Upgrade!]]> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 12:58:35 +0000 Ends August 31st

Buy an AudioBox or AudioBox Studio and get a FREE upgrade to Studio One Producer!

In order to receive your FREE upgrade, all you have to do is submit a copy of the sales invoice, the completed rebate form and the serial number from the actual packaging. Claims can be submitted by postal mail or email.

For more information, please visit http://www.eriksonaudio.com/

*Offer valid only from June 1st through to August 31st, 2013. Offer only applies to new purchases. This is an email or mail-in rebate and details can be found at http://www.eriksonaudio.com/.

 

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<![CDATA[REVIEWED: "Roland RD-64"]]> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 16:41:13 +0000 Roland is a well known company for its innovative contribution to the electronic musical instrument industry. They do it again with the introduction of the RD-64 digital piano, a compact 64 weighted keys keyboard that can be the answer to many musicians.

As much as we like to have an authentic feel and quality piano sound when gigging or on the go, carrying large and heavy 88-key keyboards becomes tiring not to mention it’s hard if not impossible to fit one on the back seat of a regular car.

Powered by the famous Roland Super Natural Piano sound engine, RD-64 provides a great acoustic piano sound paired with an authentic weighted-action and ivory feel piano keyboard. But there is more to the RD-64 than meets the eye. There are “bread and butter” sounds included such as electric pianos, clavinets and organs with rotary emulation, and the RD-64 makes a great MIDI controller with a pitch bend/modulation lever and D-beam, when paired with the Roland Integra 7 sound module or in a computer-based home studio.

With a small footprint, compact and portable, RD-64 is the perfect digital piano for music educators in music labs, group piano lessons, live playing or studio work and musicians on the go.

Vince Dumitrescu
Specialist, Keyboard & Recording
905.770.5222 x330
vince@cosmomusic.ca

Want to learn even more about the Roland RD-64? Check out the video below. 

 

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<![CDATA[REVIEWED: Akai Synthstation 49]]> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 10:00:29 +0000

It's a USB computer interface, it's an iPod dock, it's a keyboard controller for your iPad, it's the AKAI Synthstation 49!

If you're looking for any or all of the above, this may be the instrument/ interface/controller for you.

As a keyboard, it boasts 49 keys, transpose functions and pitch and modulation wheels. As a controller, it has transport controls, and 9 trigger pads. For those using it with any coreMIDI apps, there are 10 controls that relate to the specific apps you may be using, such as the AKAI Pro Synthstation Music Production app for iPad.

Yes, the Akai Synthstation wears many hats. And it wears them well. If you're a musician with a flair for 21st Century connectivity, the AKAI Synthstation 49 is worth your attention.

David Partridge
Keyboard & Recording Specialist
905.770.5222 x330
david@cosmomusic.ca

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<![CDATA[REVIEWED: Kurzweil PC3LE Keyboards]]> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 12:06:31 +0000 Kurzweil PC3LE keyboards

Over the years, as a pianist and keyboardist, I played on many different keyboards but there is something special about the Kurzweil family of synths/ keys that stroked me from the first time I touched one. The clarity and realism of the sound, the level of detail and the “in your face“ sound sensation you experience when you play a Kurzweil keyboard are unmatchable.

The PC3LE series doesn’t fall short of any of the features that make Kurzweil keyboards the first choice in a stage rig for many pro musicians, churches and in musical theatre productions. Huge selection of sounds, over 1000 patches covering all instrument categories, from the acclaimed Kurzweil grand piano sound and the KB3 mode that provides for great Hammond organ emulation to a full orchestral sounds set and contemporary synthesizers. The vast sounds bank includes a large collection of drum programs starting with acoustic brushes and continuing with thumping rock kits and heavily processed electronic and techno drums.

If you add the musical expressiveness, real-time control, reliable performance and ease of use through a set of features such as the Quick Access Mode that allows you to create custom sounds banks and recall them with a press of a single button, PC3LE makes the perfect performance keyboard for any gigging musician.

Click HERE for more information.

Vince Dumitrescu
Specialist, Keyboard & Recording
905.770.5222 x330
vince@cosmomusic.ca

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