Propellerhead Newsletter

In this issue:

  • Interview: Owl City
  • Record U: Insert Effects
  • New ReFills in the Shop
  • IMSTA Song Competition in association with AKON's HITLAB
  • Straight from the interwebs


Interview: Owl City

Adam Young, aka Owl City is a music 2.0 success story. Launching himself into stardom, straight out of his parent's basement and into the #1 spot on iTunes, he knows what it takes to make it in the music industry today. We caught up with him at a sold out show at the legendary Fillmore club in San Francisco, California and talked to him about his music, his tools and workflow.

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Record U: Insert Effects

The popular Record U series is back where our guide Ernie Rideout takes a look at insert effects.

Insert effects such as compressors, EQs, reverbs, delays are very effective tools to give each track its own sonic space and to make your mix sound better — it's these goals that we'll focus on in this article. As usual, there are plenty of audio examples to highlight the uses of these effects.

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New ReFills in the Shop

This month we offer two new ReFills from the Loopmasters artist series: Riley & Durrant Progressive House and Mad Professor Reel to Reel Reggae – as well as Sounds and Effect's brand new Hidden Objects ReFill.

Check out the audio demos in the web shop


IMSTA Song Competition in association with AKON's HITLAB

The IMSTA Song Competition is an international contest open to anyone with original songs that are recorded as high quality demos or master recordings. All genres of music are welcomed, and there are no limits to the number of songs that each contestant may submit.

First place winner will have a chance to sign with a major Record Company by performimg live in front of AKON and other music industry executives at the upcoming HITLAB Showcase in Canada.

A range of music product prizes are also up for grabs for the runner ups.

For full info, please visit

IMSTA is the International Music Software Trade Assiciation where Propellerhead Software is a proud member.


Straight from the interwebs

Nucleus Soundlab Ambient Space 1 - free download!
The Ambient Space ReFill is prety much what it sounds like - a collection of long, ambient soundscape samples and patches. Coming from Nucleus Soundlab, the quality is of course superb. Recently, Nucleus Soundlab announced that the Ambient Space 1 ReFill is now a free download!

You don't want to miss this! All you need to do is to subscribe to the Nucleus Soundlab newsletter.
Go here to find out more.

PeffTV - Using the iPad as a controller for Record
Got iPad? Got Record or Reason? Check out Peff's demonstration videos on how to use the iPad as a controller for Record's mixer and for Reason's Redrum drum machine.

MPC style drum programming from the iPad:

Record mixer remote:

Trifon tutrial
In this clip, video tutorial mavens Trifonic demonstrates how to use the Malström synth's graintable oscillators and powerful modulation possibilities to create rich bass sounds.
Check it out over at Next Step Audio's web site.