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Simon Collins Tribute to Genesis Using IK Multimedia Software and Sonic Reality Sounds

(June 11, 2007)

DMN Newswire--2007-6-11--Sunrise, Florida ⎯ IK Multimedia and Sonic Reality are pleased to announce the release of a new single from Simon Collins featuring, for the first time in his career a cover of a Genesis song paying tribute to his father Phil Collins work with the band. The song, ?Keep it Dark from the album ?Abacab, was chosen by Simon and co-producer Dave Kerzner of Sonic Reality.

?Ive always had a special affinity for this song, says Collins, ?and when I met Dave during Genesis rehearsals for their upcoming reunion tour, we both agreed it would be a cool song to do together.

This modernized and futuristic version of the early 1980s offbeat Genesis single, ?Keep it Dark, was created by Simon and Dave from the ground up using Daves cutting edge music software made with IK Multimedia and Sonic Reality. From virtual guitar amplifiers in products like AmpliTube and AmpliTube Jimi Hendrix to acoustic drums and other sounds from products such as SampleTank, Sonik Synth and Studiophonik, this track was made almost entirely inside the computer.

?So many musicians, including Genesis themselves, use our software to make music with the computer, says Kerzner. ?I was really excited to use these musical tools with Simon to pay tribute to one of my favorite bands, Genesis.

Simon Collins music is a fusion of pop, progressive rock and electronica and the song ?Keep it Dark has a theme that fits in with Simons fascination with space, science, mystery and the unknown. This version takes the song into darker sonic territory and uses IK software to weave rich complex textures with dimension and edge.

The song is available as a limited-time free download from:

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IK Multimedia is a computer music technology company that offers a diverse range of affordable and easy-to-use music production tools with great sound quality and a realistic look and feel. With over half a million installations worldwide, the IK range has been adopted by musicians of every level, from beginners to professionals, to gain access to high-end, studio-quality gear from their computers.

Sonic Reality is a soundware production company started in Los Angeles by Dave Kerzner in 1996. The company has provided sampled sounds for many popular keyboards from manufacturers such as Yamaha, Roland, M-Audio and Alesis, as well as for popular software instruments from companies such as IK Multimedia, Propellerheads, Cakewalk, Mackie, NI and many others. Having worked with artists such as Kevin Gilbert (Toy Matinee, Sheryl Crow), Crowded House, Shankar (Peter Gabriel) and collaborating with one of the top studios in the world, Ocean Way, Dave and Sonic Reality use their unique music industry experience to bring a diverse range of sounds and virtual instruments to the hands of musicians all over the world.

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