Icon has recently been in contact with Denka Studio’s a music recording studio in Denmark. Studio owner, Denis “Denka” Effendic is a well-experienced engineer, mixing and mastering specialist, songwriter, producer and beta tester for a variety of music software companies, after years of experience the studio was founded in 1999. To read more about Danka Studios visit the Studio Website.
Just recently Denis got his hand on Icon’s QCon Pro and QCon EX and the addition to Denka Studio has helped Denis move forward with production, not to mention the unit looks fantastic in his studio! After test driving the QCon Pro Denis shared his experience with us.
“The first time I heard about Qcon controller was about 5 years ago when I was looking for new DAW controller as an add-on to my trusty Digidesign Command 8. Unfortunately, the original Qcon didn’t have HUI implementation so it was incompatible to use with Pro Tools, which is the DAW I have used for many years. Another problem was the fact that Command 8 wasn’t able to work together with any other HUI based DAW controllers except DIGI002/003 consoles. The only choice I had was to go with EUCON based controllers so at first I bought Euphonix MC Mic and a year later by Euphonix MC Control and MC Transport when Command 8 showed its mileage.
I have enjoyed the EUCON protocol idea for the past couple of years but have never enjoyed the hardware side of Euphonix (lately known as AVID Artist Series) controllers. To make a story short, I never liked them and considered them overpriced toys toward “hammer proof” trusty Command 8 that I was missing a lot.
2-3 weeks ago, the LED screen of my MC Control died and I didn’t want to repair it or buy its successor Artist Control nor the additional Mix. After spending some time on the net in the search for new controllers, I had two obvious choice: Mackie Universal Pro or Icon’s latest QCon Series. The choice was easy to make especially after I’ve read a thread on GearSluts forum where Icon Digital USA customer support person Rob jumped in providing really helpful and knowledgable explanations that helped Qcon’s owners and potential customers (my case)!
Icon Qcon PRO, QCon EX extender and one excellent accessory, Icon Cube Hub has been with me here for about two weeks and I‘m very pleased to say that the QCon Series has completely fulfilled my expectations. Both units work great with my Pro Tools HD12 system, it was piece of cake to make workaround to known HUI limitations with extenders by not engaging “Always Fill Channel Strips when Banking” in Pro Tools (Mixing) Preferences so I can easily manipulate sends or flip sends on the last tracks by moving them to Qcon Pro.
” I’ve finally got a solid, robust, well-designed successor to my old & trusty Command 8 DAW controller after 4-5 years of waiting.”
QCon Series owners must be aware of one important thing to get rid of the potential freezing Qcon Pro: always use powered hub to avoid possible lack of power, if like me you have tons of USB gears connected. It will also give you enough power to update firmware on your Macs. I’ve learned it the hard way: Icon Cube Hub doesn’t come with power supply and I was having a lot of freezing of Qcon Pro in Pro Tools in the first couple of hours when using it and wasn’t able to update firmware from 1.05 to 1.09 on my Mac Pro so I had to use Windows PC to update. I found later one spare universal power supply and connected it to Cube Hub and bingo-ringo: Qcon never froze after that and I could then update the firmware on Mac Pro. So, one thumb down to Cube Hub not being sold with power supply, though it’s so nicely designed and fit great on the back panel of unit (behind movable scribble strip).”
We look forward to seeing what kind of work will come out of Denka Studios experience with the QCon Pro and QCon EX!
David StarFire is a world-renowned music producer/DJ that has performed at some of the most amazing places on earth including the Pyramids of Giza, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace and Coachella. He’s known for fusing world music with electronic music and his remixes. David has performed alongside top artists such as Skrillex, Bassnectar at festivals such as Coachella, Wakarusa and many others.
David has been traveling and reaching into the pockets of sound that some parts of the world have never experienced. As an Icon Digital Endorser David has added an iControls MIDI USB Controller into his live set for consistency and control, he uses this controller and a handful of others to bring that sound first hand to his fans!
My new EP “Reflection” was released on Amrita Recordings and is a free download for a limited time! The title track from David’s new EP features the beautiful and enchanting vocals from Irina Mikhailova. The second song on the EP, “Soma Dreams”, was remixed by CloZee, an up and coming producer from Toulouse, France. Drumspyder, the prominent Bay Area percussionist, produced a magnificent remix of “Sultan Stomp.” The final track, “Duality”, features Jamie Janover on dulcimer, and was remixed by the promising Baltimore producer, Soohan.
NAME YOUR PRICE DOWNLOAD NOW – David will continue to introduce his fans to different types of sounds and music from all around the world! Make sure to join his mailing list to keep up with Davids road map!
The International Music Trade Association (IMSTA) brings together music software brands all around to showcase solutions for students with shallow pockets. ICON will be set up with both MAGIX and WaveDNA displaying the P3 Bundle and Beat Bundle.
IMSTA aims to offer multiple convention shows for music software and hardware companies to display affordable value with their products in the form of bundles or reduced pricing; their motto being: “Do the right thing: Buy the software you use.”
ICON will be at all four IMSTA shows. Come say hi or follow the journey on our Twitter feed.
Los Angeles, CA – SAE Institute – 6700 Santa Monica Blvd
IMSTA Los Angeles Event Highlights
– Network with “heavy hitters” in the music industry.
– Get hands-on with the latest music production products on the market.
– Learn tips & tricks from knowledgeable product specialists.
– Acquire unique insight into the music industry by attending educational panels featuring Music Industry experts.
– Learn, exclusively, one-to-one in Master Classes.
– Win Raffle or Door prizes from an exhibiting audio technology company.
– Attend the Songwriting Competition judging panel at the end of the day
Chicago, IL – SAE Institute – 820 N Orleans St #125
6/25 (Time TBA)
New York, NY – SAE Institute – 4, 218 W 18th St
9/26 (Time TBA)
Toronto, ON – Ryerson U – 350 Victoria St, M5B 2K3, Canada
10/17 (Time TBA)
Head on over to The International Music Trade Association’s site for more info.
The young creatives of today are the visionaries of tomorrow. Studies from have shown that music education provides numerous benefits for development, it is imperative for ICON to provide a support structure for the kids and their school systems molding the minds to create positive change.
The kids get to play with iKey Pro’s, iDJ, a MicU interface, a Neuron 5G2 keyboard, DJ-180 headphones, and a U1 microphone. The DJ-180 headphones are used every day with their electronic music and guitar classes. We’ll be in close contact with LeRoy Elementary as we begin this joint venture to Encourage The Arts.
Us at ICON Digital USA are proud of our Midwest roots. We’re proud of the Chicago area setting the bar in independent hip hop. Towkio is an up and coming musician along the likes of the Windy Cities’ “SAVEMONEY” crew with Chance The Rapper and Vic Mensa. Towkio’s mixtape, .WAV Theory is highly anticipated and a playthough is a must for all those current with indie hip hop. Above is a visual of .WAV Theory directed by LL with the full stream from SoundCloud below.
ICON is sponsoring the annual Beatmakers Brawl, hosted by the Urban Community Arts Network! (UCAN)
Madison, Wisconsin’s hip hop scene is bustling with young talent eager to prove their production prowess. Collaboration is necessary, but crushing your opponent with a well placed kick drum is also pretty fun. First place winner is awarded $200 and an ICON i-Pad USB Mini Drum Pad!
Good luck to all contestants, but we all know luck has little to do with it. Bring your A game!
When: Saturday, May 23, 4 – 9PM
Where: South Madison Center for Culture and Community
633 West Badger Road Madison, WI.
All ages event!
$25 to battle, $5 to watch. Sign up here or pay at the door.
Free for those under 18.
This event is not-for-profit. Proceeds will support Urban Community Arts Network programming, which is designed to benefit the greater Madison Hip-Hop Community!
Click here to see the event page.
Beat generation software from WaveDNA, Liquid Rhythm has been updated to version 1.4.4. If you produce beats, here are some details you need to know:
Liquid Rhythm allows the composing and manipulating of your beat work-flow in note clusters, instead of by individual notes. It feels like you are “painting” the kick drum or snare within your music. It provides a more visual representation to beat production, creating an entirely new feel for studio producers like you.
And guess what? Liquid Rhythm version 1.4.4 supports direct integration with our iConPad MIDI controller for full hands on beat creation. Our Beat Bundle promises an entirely new experience in beat production through precise intuitive control of Liquid Rhythm Intro version 1.4.4.
Here are more improvements and fixes by version 1.4.4 listed on WaveDNA’s site:
The 4-piece instrumental prog-rock band from Denver, Colorado Solterra mixed their album “Future Man” with a QCon Pro and we could not be more proud about it.
“Future Man” is a 7 track compilation journey through tireless progression and carefully planned dissonance. The album never lets up, giving it the feel of one long journey. “Future Man” moves with you, and does not distract. One could easily listen to the entire thing while focused on the task at hand, like an album review!
Each song was tracked, mixed, and mastered by Solterra’s own, Chris Dreiling and Evergroove Studio’s Brad Smalling. “Future Man” feels like a smooth riding vehicle through a rain storm; precise musicianship coupled with high energy and the right tools to fuse them together.
Dreiling tweeted to us expressing his appreciation for the QCon Pro and its mixing capabilities, prompting us to find out everything we can about these guys. Solterra has since been featured in ICON’s Encourage The Arts video, and we’re more than optimistic about their upcoming projects.
“Future Man” can be downloaded on donation basis from the Bandcamp player above.
The iCreativ is a professional computer, music, and DAW Controller. This revolutionary MIDI controller has a touchscreen with six different modes for multiple applications. An AirLight infrared controller provides mappable “hands free” parameter control
We’re happy to introduce a brand new beat production collaboration experience between ICON Digital USA & WaveDNA!
Our Beat Bundle provides a powerful and surprisingly fast software solution for creating beats in a whole new style. The iConPad controller offers hands-on manipulation of many core and extended features of the Liquid Rhythm software, allowing fast and complete control of your beats like never before.