Canadian Musician - March / April 2018 - Page 74

TECH TOOLS RedPine Music is a concert crowdfunding platform created in Toronto that handles the booking and ticket distribution for small and mid-sized concerts. On the RedPine platform, venues post available dates and set the requirements for a show to be booked on that date – either a minimum headcount or a fixed venue fee. Artists select the venue and date they want to play, create a campaign, and get pledges from their fans to purchase tickets. If the campaign meets the venue’s requirements, RedPine automatically books the artist to the selected partner venue, handling all ticket distribution digitally. This way, organizers only book shows that are guaranteed to generate revenue, artists are guaranteed a timeslot they may not have been able to book otherwise, and fans support their favourite up-and-coming artists and see them play live. Roland has launched a new cloud-based suite of high-resolution software synthesizers and sampled instruments, connected services, and music software called Roland Cloud. With a sub- scription, new instruments, features, and updates happen automatically via Roland Cloud Manager. The libraries of sounds and virtual instruments that can be incorporated into the user’s DAW come from Roland’s AIRA, Legendary, Tera, Anthol- ogy, and FLAVR series, including favourites like the Roland D-50, Jupiter-8, and Juno-106 to the AIRA System-8, Tera Guitar and Piano, and other Roland recording and music-making technology. Groove3 provides pro-quality studio video tutorials on a paid a la carte or subscription basis. Its videos cover a wide range of music software, mixing, mastering, and production questions from DAW tutorials to explainers on mic selection, miking techniques, analog synths, virtual instruments, mixing, mastering, and more. Groove3 also features exclusive videos from award-winning industry profes- sionals, such as EDM duo Jack Ü and Grammy-winning engineer Al Schmitt. Individual titles are available a la carte or through an All-Access Pass subscription. Apple has released a major update to GarageBand for iOS that provides more creative options for making music on the iPhone and iPad. The update introduces a new GarageBand Sound Library where users can select and download a variety of free sound packs featuring new instruments and loops. Beat makers can tap into a new Beat Sequencer instrument inspired by classic drum machines. The app also features new Asian Touch Instruments and updates to Drummer, including six additional players. 74 • C A N A D I A N M U S I C I A N