► FirstCom Music announced the release of two new production music libraries. “We are excited to present the Mexican Music Library and Universal Latin Series,” says Ken Nelson - Sr. Vice President/Executive Producer for FirstCom Music.
“These collections are designed to fulfill the growing demand for authentic Mexican and Latin music for Film, TV, Radio and Advertising.” Both music libraries are now available for licensing at firstcom.com. The Mexican Music Library offers more than 300 tracks reflecting the richness of sounds, colors, traditions, and flavors that give life to the unique Mexican and Latin cultures. Celebrated composers, arrangers, musicians and sound engineers gathered in Mexico City and L.A. to develop this musical effort. The music reflects extensive research regarding the origins and evolution of each of the genres. You will find a variety of instruments, rhythms, melodies and harmonies, which translate into a robust array of authentic Mexican and Latin tracks. The Universal Latin Series is a carefully curated production music library containing the very best Latin, Spanish, South American Tropical and Latin fusion from the Universal and FirstCom Music libraries. The collection features 179 tracks of pure Latin flavor from virtuoso musicians, producers and studios from around the world. www.firstcom.com.
► Winners of the 2013 National Association of Broadcasters Marconi Radio Awards were recently announced. Established in 1989 and named after inventor and Nobel Prize winner Guglielmo Marconi, the NAB Marconi Radio Awards are given to radio stations and outstanding on-air personalities to recognize excellence in radio. This year’s NAB Marconi Radio Award recipients are: Legendary Station - WBBM-AM Chicago, IL; Spanish Format Personality of the Year - Javier Romero WAMR-FM Miami, FL; Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year - Steve Harvey, Premiere Radio Networks; AC Station of the Year - WTMX-FM Chicago, IL; Major Market Station of the Year - WBEB-FM Philadelphia, PA; CHR Station of the Year - WRDW-FM Philadelphia, PA; Large Market Station of the Year - KSTP-FM St. Paul, MN; Country Station of the Year - KKBQ-FM Houston, TX; Medium Market Station of the Year - KRMG-FM Tulsa, OK; News/Talk Station of the Year - WBZ-AM Boston, MA; Small Market Station of the Year - WKDZ-FM Cadiz, KY; Religious Station of the Year - KLRC-FM Siloam Springs, AR; Major Market Personality of the Year - Eric & Kathy, WTMX-FM Chicago, IL; Rock Station of the Year - WZLX-FM Boston, MA; Large Market Personality of the Year - Cornbread, WIL-FM St. Louis, MO; Spanish Station of the Year - KLOL-FM Houston, TX; Medium Market Personality of the Year - Brian Byers, WSOY-AM Decatur, IL; Sports Station of the Year - KTCK-AM Dallas, TX; Small Market Personality of the Year - Monk & Kelly,WGSQ-FM Cookeville, TN; Urban Station of the Year - WVEE-FM Atlanta, GA. Marconi finalists were selected by a task force of broadcasters, and the winners were voted on by the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Selection Academy. www.nab.org. www.rab.com.
► Clear Channel Media and Entertainment announced a deal with Turner Broadcasting, to offer select audio content including news from CNN, entertainment clips from TBS’s CONAN and sports programming from Bleacher Report, in its new iHeartRadio Talk feature. The deal broadens the content available on iHeartRadio Talk, which includes thousands of popular news, culture and entertainment programs for the more than 225 million consumers who have downloaded the app. The iHeartRadio all-in-one digital radio service will offer users both broad access to Turner programming and content including monologue clips from CONAN, news segments from CNN such as Anderson Cooper 360, New Day, Piers Morgan Live, and The Lead with Jake Tapper, and sports clips from Bleacher Report. Full episodes of Anderson Cooper 360, Fareed Zakaria GPS, State of the Union, and Erin Burnett Out Front will also be accessible via iHeartRadio Talk. www.iHeartRadio.com.
► Hal Leonard Books is now shipping The Power in Cakewalk SONAR, the Quick Pro Guide to all the core features along with powerful new workflows: recording, editing, mixing, and releasing. Every chapter presents the most up-to-date approach to working in SONAR, helping the user to simplify the appearance of the program so they can focus more on the music and less on the technology. The book will show how to develop practices and techniques that provide a solid foundation for creativity, efficiency, and productivity. Learn how to navigate SONAR’s enhanced Skylight user interface with Auto and Timeline Zooms and with Smart Grid. Edit audio and MIDI tracks using the enhanced Smart Tool and powerful Piano Roll view and get the most creative potential out of the Matrix view. William Edstrom, Jr. also teaches how to bring a project from start to finish using virtual MIDI instruments, audio tracks, and loops, followed by the application of ProChannel effects to craft a track into a professional and polished mix. To conclude the production workflow, he demonstrates how to render a multi-track project down to a stereo file suitable for burning to a CD or uploading to the Web. The accompanying DVD-ROM contains valuable video tutorials that will help you see how the techniques described in the text apply to real-life creative scenarios. $16.99 (US). www.halleonardbooks.com.0
► European holding 01011010 digital media group presents their new website / project called www.123creative.com. 123creative.com is a digital webstore/virtual community with various materials for creative people (video producers/videographers/editors/video game developers, music producers, graphic designers and webdesigners). 123creative consist of 4 main categories; one of them is BACKGROUND MUSIC. Background music are instrumental songs that can be used in various media: presentation movies for companies, artistic movies, feature films, advertisements, on-line videos, websites, and also in videogames, radio, TV, photo presentation etc. This music helps to create atmosphere of the movie. “While music created upon order or licensed music is often very expensive and difficult to manage, 123creative.com offers you most conformable way how to get high quality music for your movie within few seconds – over internet.” “If you intend to create a movie, presentation or advertisement with limited budget, royalty free background music is probably the best solution how to get professional music within few clicks: You can browse catalogue of background music on-line and listen to the demos, choose your songs, pay with PayPal/CreditCard and you will receive download link to your e-mail, immediately after purchase. No orders, no difficult licenses, no credits – all songs are Royalty free for unlimited use in your projects.” Says CEO of 123creative.com. www.123creative.com. ▲