See Sonoma's new audio software, drum plug-in and interface products at our usual booth near the café. Stay tuned for show reports.
April 15 - 18, 2015, Frankfurt, Germany (Hall 5.1 Stand A-70)
Visit Musikmesse for more details.
DrumCore 4 News
DrumCore 4 Beta Testing
Rebuilt from the ground up, DrumCore 4 is an AAX/VST3/AU plug-in instrument with royalty-free 24-bit audio loops, MIDI loops, and multi velocity sampled drum kits.
Most of the 1st Wave of beta testers have received their beta drives. It will be sent to others as more systems are supported.
To apply to the beta program, pre-order DrumCore 4 (Lite, Prime or Ultra) or any DrumCore 4 upgrade. Sonoma will send pre-order customers, who order through Sonoma's online store, an application to the beta program.
Betas are being mailed out in this order:
1st Wave - Mac: DrumCore 4 Prime Flash and DrumCore 4 Ultra AAX/VST3/AU Plug-in Beta for 64-bit hosts
2nd Wave - Mac: DrumCore 4 Prime Link AAX/VST3/AU Plug-in Beta for 64-bit hosts
3rd Wave - Windows: DrumCore 4 Prime Link, DrumCore 4 Prime Flash, and DrumCore 4 Ultra AAX/VST3/AU Plug-in Beta for 64-bit hosts
4th Wave - Mac and Windows: DrumCore 4 Lite AAX/VST3/AU Plug-in Beta for 64-bit hosts
New DrumCore 4 Installation Videos, DrumCore 4 Quickstart Guide, DrumCore 4 FAQ, and a private beta tester forum have been posted to help with testing.
Behind the Screens Look at DrumCore 4
DrumCore 4 is about to be released, and it's been an incredible journey getting to this point. Take a look at our in-depth new forum post that talks about:
- DrumCore's history
- Our goals for the program
- Challenges we faced
- What lies ahead
The post is a neat behind the scenes look at what goes into software development, and includes some pictures of concepts, wireframes, and finished art.
FourTrack Update with iOS 8 and DropBox Fixes Now Available
FourTrack has been updated and is fully compatible with iOS 8! In addition to squashing a few bugs, the DropBox Sync feature has been greatly improved. The team has also added a new progress bar so you'll know exactly how much of your song has been uploaded. Be sure to make a mixdown first if you want to share your full mix with friends!
GuitarTone and StudioTrack updates for iOS 8 are in the works!
More about FourTrack
Mike Score (A Flock of Seagulls)
Although famously known for their avant garde hairstyles, A Flock of Seagulls were a pioneering force behind the "New Wave" movement of the 1980's. Their hit single "I Ran (So Far Away)" and its accompanying music video were staples of early MTV video and radio rotation. The synth heavy track still shows up in TV, films, and commercials. Lead singer and songwriter Mike Score tours with a reorganized new "Flock" and has recently released a highly anticipated solo album, "Zeebratta." We were pleasantly surprised to find out Mike has been using DrumCore to sketch out new material.
More in the Mike Score Artist Spotlight
RiffRumble 24: Beer Song Contest Winners!
Congratulations to musicmayn for winning first prize in Sonoma's RiffRumble 24 beer song contest with his entry, "Hey Brother, Pour Me a Beer." Fellow RiffLink Junkies pooterpatty and mickeymix collaborated with him. Read what musicmayn had to say about his win. Thanks to Nick Perri, American Rock n' Roll guitar player (Silvertide, Shinedown, and more), for selecting this as his favorite song out of the top five Contestants' Choice songs. First prize is $1000 in Sonoma gear, Bucket of Micro Brews, Corkcicle Chillsner Beer Chiller and more.
Thanks to the 50 musicians worldwide who participated in RiffRumble 24 by recording their best "beer" songs with RiffWorks (Mac/Win) or FourTrack (iPhone) on their own, or with up to 4 friends worldwide using RiffLink online song collaboration. Listen to all RiffRumble 24 song entries. Want to participate in the next one? Subscribe to the Sonoma NewsWire for announcements about upcoming contests.
GuitarJack Stage Chosen as "Best of Show" Winner at Macworld/iWorld 2014
GuitarJack Stage, the forthcoming multi-platform pedal controller and audio interface from Sonoma Wire Works, was one of 11 products chosen as "Best of Show" at the Macworld/iWorld 2014 convention.
A video highlight reel of Macworld "Best of Show" winners is available online. An article featuring GuitarJack Stage and preview videos can be found here.
GuitarJack Stage will be available Spring of 2014 and is compatible with Mac/PC/iOS. Learn more about GuitarJack stage here.
Sonoma's Official Macworld 2014 Show Wrap Up
DrumCore 4 Preview Videos
Sonic State captured this preview video of DrumCore 4 at Musikmesse. Sonic State says, "DrumCore 4 uses real recordings of drummers to build a library of component audio building blocks of grooves and fills which can be seamlessly joined together to form your drum track.
Based on audio, there's a limit of how far you can timestretch audio blocks recorded at one tempo, to fit within a target track at a different tempo, but the software handily highlights which selections might not quite work within your composition, so you can be sure of crafting a track which fits together perfectly.
In addition, the audio segments can be presented as MIDI information too, so you can swap out sounds easily."
Sweetwater previewed DrumCore 4 and had this to say, "For many years, DrumCore has been one of the staple drum virtual instruments music producers and professional composers have turned to consistently. Loaded with 20GB of exciting content including over 100 fully sampled drum kits and countless stellar performances by world-class drummers such as Alan White, Terry Bozzio, Sly Dunbar, and many others, DrumCore 4 offers greater versatility than ever before."
Audio Interface and Pedal Control for All of Your Devices
GuitarJack Stage is an audio input/output accessory for Mac, PC and select mobile devices. It offers 24-bit AD/DA converters, 1/4" jacks for all connections, and physical knobs for input level control. Four foot control switches allow you to change presets, adjust tempo, and start and stop recording with your feet, all while playing guitar. Five amp control knobs give you instant access to amp settings without having to be on the amp control screen. More details coming soon. Subscribe to Sonoma News for product announcements.
GuitarJack Stage won Best in Show at Macworld 2014. Watch the interview here.
Audiofanzine captured this GuitarJack Stage video at Musikmesse 2014.
Sonic State captured this GuitarJack Stage preview video at Musikmesse and says, "You might be aware of the high quality yet teeny tiny Sonoma Wire Works GuitarJack audio IO devices for iOS/usb devices ... well, it looks like there's something in the water out Sonoma way, as their latest offering has bulked up somewhat. The new GuitarJack Stage is designed for the rigours of on-stage use, so it's gonna get a bit of foot-booting. Looks like it can handle it though. It's a pedal controller and audio interface, compatible with Mac, Windows and iOS - device powered, but if you do plug it in, it'll charge your iPhone/iPad."
Sweetwater captured this GuitarJack Stage preview video at NAMM and says, "If the original GuitarJack iOS interfaces were any indication, then it’s clear that Sonoma Wire Works is passionate about capturing great-sounding guitar tone. Now they are about to release four new audio interfaces that take the same concept one step farther. While the GuitarJack Stage and GuitarJack Mini are focused on mobile guitar processing and recording, the StudioJack and StudioJack Mini models let you take studio-quality recording capability on the road."
GuitarJack 2 USB Review
"As a guitar input/output interface using an iOS device as the "brains" (e.g. for guitar effects processing), or simply for guitar recording, the GuitarJack 2 USB has the same killer audio quality and tone as the original [GuitarJack Model 2]; if you’re serious about getting great sound from your guitar to your iOS device or laptop and hearing it back out again, these interfaces have few peers[...]it can be used with iOS devices, Windows PCs, and Macs equally handily, and it’s sturdy and sounds dynamite. As a portable recording/listening solution for any and all audio computer devices out there, it’s hard to beat." - Mike Metlay Recording Magazine
GuitarJack 2 USB Works on iPhone 5
As of iOS 7 GuitarJack 2 USB has added compatibility with iPhone 5, iPhone 5S and iPhone 5c! It continues to work with Mac OS, Windows and iPad.
GuitarJack 2 USB is Compatible with:
- Mac OS 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8
- Windows XP, Windows 7* and Windows 8
- iPad 4, iPad mini (and iPhone 5, 5c and 5S as of iOS 7) using Apple's Lightning to USB Camera Adapter (not included)
- iPad 3, iPad 2 and iPad using Apple's iPad Camera Connection Kit (not included)
- Android devices to be determined.
GuitarJack Model 2 is Compatible with New iOS Devices using Apple's Lightning to 30-pin Adapter
Sonoma's GuitarJack Model 2 high quality iOS audio interface works great with iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5S, iPod touch (5th gen.), iPad mini and iPad with Retina display while using Apple's Lightning to 30-pin Adapter cable with and without a CableJive dockXtender cable. Recording with FourTrack through GuitarJack's 1/4 inch and 1/8 inch inputs separately and simultaneously was tested along with GuitarJack's other features, and all is working well. Because the lightning adapter is purely digital, GuitarJack's sound quality remains incredibly dynamic and clear.