Neu-Anspach, Germany – November 12, 2019 – After its first product presentation at the NAMM Show 2019 in Anaheim, California, USA, as well as its German premiere at Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt am Main, the Adam Hall Group announces the immediate availability of the Palmer® MONICON® XL. The MONICON® XL studio monitor controller is one of the first Palmer® products to embody the revamped appearance of the brand and represent the new brand claim "PALMER® – Be true to your sound" in all its facets. High-quality audio products with professional functions and intuitive operation for the needs and requirements of musicians and studio fans.
The MONICON® XL is the flagship of the Palmer® MONICON® series and represents the new Palmer® design language that will shape the brand's overall appearance in the future. Equipped with many professional functions, the Palmer® MONICON® XL is the tool of choice for a perfect mix in both professional studio environments and home studios. The clearly structured control interface and innovative console design is divided into two levels, facilitating flexible table positioning and comfortable work.
Professional Studio Functions
As a unique feature, the MONICON® XL has a correlation meter that displays the phase difference between the left and right stereo channels to reveal mono compatibility errors in a mix. In addition, the entire analog audio circuit means that there is no latency when monitoring. This is because the coaxial S/PDIF signals are converted directly in the input. Users who want to set up their L/R studio monitors more flexibly also benefit from the additional sub out on the back of the housing. The mono-summed output is frequency-neutral and is not only suitable for connecting to a subwoofer, but also to a separate mono speaker in order to verify the mix in mono, both acoustically and visually with the correlation meter.
“The uniquely shaped Monicon facilitates a fast and intuitive workflow,” says Robin Henlich, Senior Product Manager, Pro Audio at the Adam Hall Group. “The division of the MONICON® XL’s userface into two levels as well as the configurability let users adapt it to their own workflow – and not the other way around. The latency-free signal transmission plus the correlation meter highlight the professional standard from a technical point of view. It’s simply fascinating to follow what’s happening with the stereo signal’s phase relationship in real time.”
The Palmer® MONICON® XL studio monitor controller is now available for RRP 360 EUR / 399 USD.
STUDIMON 5 Now Also Available
The Adam Hall Group also announces availability of the active 5" studio monitor STUDIMON 5. The STUDIMON 5 likewise represents the Palmer® brand's new direction and design language with particularly compact bass reflex housing with wooden side walls. With its 5" ferrite custom subwoofer, 0.75" neodymium silk diaphragm tweeter, and a frequency response of 70 Hz to 20 kHz, the 2-way monitor, with an output power of 2x 30 W (RMS), cuts an impressive figure, not only in sound, project and home studios, but also in professional audio environments. The back of the STUDIMON 5 features bass reflex opening, 1/4 inch jack and XLR inputs, and a volume controller for precisely tuning stereo balance.
The Palmer® STUDIMON 5 5" studio monitor is now available for RRP 218 EUR / 241 USD.
Haimhausen November, 2019. With the ADI-2 DAC, RME has created a high-quality and ﬂexible stereo digital-to-analog converter that has taken the hearts of home users and the hi-ﬁ scene by storm. The device is now available in a slightly revised version. The use of an AK4493 (previously 4490) improves the signal-to-noise ratio from 117 dB to 120 db (123 dBA). At the same time the distortion decreases by about 10 dB, to a fantastic -120 dB at full digital level. The sensational -118 dBu, which resulted in complete freedom from noise at the IEM output, is now even better at -120 dBu.
On top there is now an additional headroom of 2.5 dB for the analog outputs XLR, RCA and IEM, which also raises the undistorted intersample peak limit to a generous +4 dBFS.
While the basic features and functions of the ADI-2 DAC remain unchanged, the device comes with an extended infrared remote control, the MRC (Multi-Remote-Control) which can remote control up to 4 diﬀerent future RME devices. Currently only the ADI-2 DAC is supported.
The remote control is an extended version of the previous one, with additional buttons designed for the most commonly used functions, namely switching loudness, parametric EQ, and bass/treble on and oﬀ. In addition, there are keys for direct control of bass, treble and balance.
With these additional keys, all typically used functions of the device are now directly accessible. The four programmable buttons 1 through 4, a unique feature already of the original remote, can still be programmed with a personal selection of 32 commands/actions.
With the changes to the device and the new, extended remote control, RME aims at perfecting an already perfect device.
Product Website: www.rme-audio.de/adi-2-dac.html
Haimhausen November, 2019. Four years ago the Babyface Pro again demonstrated RME’s absolute commitment to superior craftsmanship, not only in audio circuits and driver development, but also in mechanics. Created with the highest precision from a block of aluminum, this high-end portable interface incorporated newly designed analog and digital circuits. Its innovative energy saving technologies provided supreme ﬁdelity with no compromises in level, noise or distortion.
In the new Babyface Pro FS even more improvements were implemented:
+19 / +4 dBu switch on the bottom adds a direct way to reduce the output level, thus improves SNR for sensitive active monitors, avoids distortion / overload, and helps to keep TotalMix FX faders near 0 dB instead of high attenuations.
Full SteadyClock FS circuit as in the ADI-2 Pro FS for lowest jitter and highest jitter immunity.
3.5 mm TRS phones output power rises from 70 mW to 90 mW. THD of both phones outputs improved by up to 10 dB. Uses same output op-amps as ADI-2 Pro now. Output impedance of 3.5 mm TRS lowered from 2 Ohms to 0.1 Ohms.
Mic inputs SNR improved from 112.2 dB to 113.7 dB, TRS Line inputs SNR improved from 114 dB to 116.3 dB (120 dBA). THD Line inputs improved by 8 dB.
6 samples less latency on the AD side by new ADC (5 samples AD, 7 samples DA. It won't get quicker...).
All the above improvements were achieved without raising the units power consumption.
K-slot (Kensington Lock) for theft protection.
Product website: www.rme-audio.de/babyface-pro-fs.html
The Black Edition KeyStep, BeatStep, and BeatStep Pro are now shipping worldwide, and will soon be arriving at retailers near you.
Known and loved throughout the industry, Arturia’s trio of DAW controlling, step-sequencing hybrids are now available again in a sleek black finish. Offering something for every musician, the Step range synchronizes the analog and digital worlds, letting musicians control hardware instruments, outboard modules, virtual instruments, and recording software simultaneously.
Arturia BeatStep Black Edition
Packing 16 pressure and velocity-sensitive pads and 16 rotary knobs into a neat package, BeatStep is an affordable way for musicians to get creative with simple monophonic step-sequences. Able to control outboard synths and virtual instruments alike, BeatStep’s versatility also makes it a great DAW controller.
Black Edition BeatStep: 1095:- (876:- exkl moms)
Arturia BeatStep Pro Black Edition
Arturia’s cutting edge, 3-part step sequencer now has a sleek new look. Featuring two separate melodic sequencers and a dedicated 16-part drum sequencer, BeatStep Pro gives the adventurous musician a powerful palette of tools to create dynamic, exciting tracks without the need for a computer screen.
Black Edition BeatStep Pro: 2695:- (2156:- exkl moms)
Arturia KeyStep Black Edition
This small-format keyboard sequencer features a 32-note slim-key keybed with aftertouch, and lets you sync with & control any software or hardware instrument through its comprehensive connectivity, including USB, MIDI in & out, CV gate, and Sync in & out. Create evolving, polyphonic sequences up to 64 steps long, with real-time recording and rewriting.
Black Edition KeyStep 1295:- (1036:- exkl moms)
Kontakt: EM Nordic
V Collection 7.1 is a free update for all V Collection 7 owners. On top of the usual compatibility upgrades and minor tweaks to performance, the latest update adds some seriously useful, powerful, and creatively inspiring features for users to enjoy.
What's new in V Collection 7.1 ?
V Collection 7.1 is an important update that doesn’t just improve the software, it will improve your creative abilities, and boost your confidence when using software instruments.
Become a synth-master in no time with in-app tutorials. They will guide you through the parameters and abilities of the core instruments of V Collection 7.
Undo / Redo Function
Not happy with your changes? Want to compare your new patch to the original? Flick back and forth with ease, and explore sound without fear of losing anything.
Full NKS Compatibility
Good news for Native Instrument Kontrol owners, now V Collection 7 is fully NKS compliant, letting you instantly map controls and organize sounds on your controller.
The updated Arturia Software Center now streamlines the whole process: register your products, download them, and activate in one easy to use app.
Analog Lab 4.1
The performance hub for all V Collection instruments is now better than ever, with a refined performance mode and workflow-enhancing tweaks to the interface.
Ready for Catalina
Alongside other bug-fixes and refinements, the 7.1 update makes all standalone instruments compatible with the new framework of macOS Catalina, letting you enjoy our instruments on any system.
To help users get up to speed on the new changes, Arturia have launched a dedicated 7.1 update page that details the new features and functions, and have also released a handy video guide.
Pocket-sized mobile streaming interface provides crystal clear audio when live-streaming and recording video
November 7, 2019 - IK Multimedia announces the availability of iRig Stream. This mobile-friendly audio tool is part of IK's Creator Series for video content creators, YouTubers, live streamers, musicians, DJs, podcasters and other social media broadcasters looking to capture high quality audio directly using a mobile device.
Ideal for content creators and musicians, iRig Stream is a mobile audio interface that combines multiple audio sources down to one track for recording or streaming in mono or stereo with the user's mobile device and their favourite app.
Two line-level RCAs offer quick connection to mixers, keyboards and outboard gear, and the included Lightning, USB-C and USB-A cables can connect to the latest smartphones, tablets and laptops.
An innovative headphone/microphone jack offers both direct monitoring and an easy way to add a voice-over to a stream. Compatible with most earbud/mic combos as well as IK's analog iRig accessories, it offers a comprehensive solution in an ultra-compact unit.
An intuitive set of gain indicators and gain control make it easy to set the appropriate level, and 24-bit, 48 kHz A/D converters ensure superior sound. A Stereo/Mono switch ensures compatibility with the widest range of apps, including mono-only apps like Instagram, and a loopback feature lets users playback music on their device at the same time they stream.
Five-time Latin GRAMMY-nominated producer, composer and percussionist Tony Succar has relied heavily on tools in the iRig range to grow his social media following. In the video here, he gives a glimpse into the way the new iRig Stream can now help artists and social media creators stream their videos and performances more easily.
Pricing and availability
iRig Stream is available for $/€99.99* from the IK Multimedia online store and from authorized IK dealers worldwide.
* All prices excluding taxes
For more information, please visit: www.ikmultimedia.com/irigstream
To see iRig Stream in action, visit: www.ikmultimedia.com/irigstream/video
Baton Rouge, Louisiana—September 2019… PreSonus®’ new Eris® HD10BT wireless noise-cancellation headphones provide studio-quality audio performance with the mobility and freedom of Bluetooth® connectivity. The Eris HD10BT’s 1.57-inch (40 mm) drivers deliver the superior clarity, accurate response from 20 Hz to 20 kHz, and extended bass you expect from professional studio headphones.
Active Noise Canceling (ANC) reduces ambient sounds by up to 18 dB and can be activated with or without Bluetooth. The headphones’ over-ear design and thick ear cushions ensure optimal sound isolation, so whether you’re walking down a busy street or sitting in the middle seat on an airplane, you can listen to music, podcasts, and more in comfort and privacy, while enjoying superb sonic fidelity.
Designed to be used wired or wirelessly, Eris HD10BT headphones provide touch controls to quickly pair a Bluetooth device, wirelessly start and stop audio, adjust the volume, and navigate to your favorite track. A built-in microphone and basic call function let you answer the phone without missing a beat.
With up to 16 hours of battery life, the Eris HD10BT headphones will let you listen comfortably all day long. The included hardshell case holds your Eris HD10BT headphones with the included cable and adapter and can fit in a carry-on, purse, or backpack so you can take studio sound with you wherever you go.
PreSonus Eris HD10BT headphones are available now at a U.S. street price of $129.95. For more information visit www.presonus.com/products/Eris-HD10BT
SANTA CRUZ, CA, USA: Plugin Alliance, supporting all major plugin formats and uniting some of the best-known international audio companies under one virtual roof, is proud to announce availability of dearVR PRO V1.4.0 — a major multichannel update to spatial audio technology-specialising German software partner Dear Reality’s all- in-one AAX-, AU-, and VST-supporting spatializing solution for 3D audio, extending its state-of-the-art binaural and Ambisonics encoder to support 26 multichannel output formats from 5.0, 7.1.4 to 13.1, intended for Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, or MPEG-H — as of November 7…
dearVR PRO duly delivered on its creators’ cutting-edge vision of providing the best-sounding 3D audio technology to all kinds of next-generation audio production environments upon its original release in late 2017. Fast forward to today’s major update and V1.4.0 ensures that Dear Reality and its premier product rightfully remain at the forefront of spatial audio technology, easily meeting all of the professional requirements for any VR (Virtual Reality) or AR (Augmented Reality) production. Put it this way: all surround sound specialists can continue to use the plugin in their particular workflow — whether working with a more standard 5.1 system or a more elaborate setup with more speakers.
Simply select one out of 26 different loudspeaker formats and immediately start mixing in 5.1.4 or 13.1, for instance. Want to deliver a mix in multiple formats? No problem! dearVR PRO users can easily start mixing in Binaural (2CH), TOA Ambisonics, or 7.1.4, and at a later stage export the mix in 5.1 Film, for example, by just changing the OUTPUT FORMAT. For those who do not want to invest in a physical 13.1 loudspeaker setup, choose the Binaural output to prepare the session before easily switching to the final loudspeaker format.
Furthermore, users of dearVR PRO V1.4.0 can also benefit from Dear Reality’s brand-new VHSP (Virtual Height Speaker) simulation technology. This combines sophisticated room and distance simulation with groundbreaking virtual height speaker perception for flat setups like 5.1 or 7.1 in an unprecedented manner. Want to deliver 7.1.4 and 7.1? Easier done than said! Start mixing in 7.1.4 using the four real height speakers, then change the OUTPUT FORMAT to 7.1 and benefit from the virtual height simulation.
Additionally, all 46 vivid VIRTUAL ACOUSTICS environments within which dearVR PRO users can place an object’s sound have been optimized and adapted to simulate smoothly when working with all multichannel loudspeaker outputs. On top of that, all feature true-to-life 3D imaging and depth. Creatively choose from variously-sized rooms suited to the most commonplace production needs — from a small Car to a huge Cathedral. Each environment is instantly and independently recallable per plugin instance, letting users place each object’s sound in a different space. It is also possible to change the shape, dimensions, and texture of the selected space by adjusting its size, damping, balance of early reflections, and diffuse reverb.
REALTIME AURALIZATION mode allows adjustment of the distance between the listener and the four walls (LEFT, RIGHT, FRONT, and BACK), ceiling (TOP), and floor (BOTTOM) within the selected space. Moving the sound results in the delay times and directions of arrival for early reflections bouncing off those virtual boundaries being altered accordingly — just like in real-world environments. Extraordinarily, an OCCLUSION control even enables users to adjust the sound of an object being blocked by another virtual object in line of sight to the listener!
It is also possible for dearVR PRO users to effectively place their listener in the centre of the sound. Simply drag the mouse around using the plugin’s XYZ pad to position a track’s sound anywhere in a 3D soundstage — be that behind or in front of the listener, closer, or farther away.
Also, radical performance enhancements applied to the V1.4.0 update lead to a performance increase of up to 60%, making dearVR PRO the all- in-one solution when working with large channel counts in complex situations. Saying that, those performance enhancements enable users to run more instances of dearVR PRO than ever before.
Better said, dearVR PRO V1.4.0 is truly a state-of-the-art audio processor, allowing any multitrack session to be mixed in 3D. The powerful, fast, and intuitive interface provides all the tools that are needed to create stunning, ultra-realistic immersive 3D audio. Ask Golden Globe- and GRAMMY® Award-nominated film and classical composer, record producer, and arranger Simon Franglen. No stranger to the widening world of spatial audio himself, he happily sings its praises, putting forward the following closing comment: “It’s completely brilliant, utterly intuitive, excellent.”
Dear Reality’s dearVR PRO is available for purchase — as an AAX Native-, AU-, VST2-, and VST3-supporting plugin for MacOS (10.9 through 10.14) and Windows (7 through 10) — exclusively from distribution partner Plugin Alliance for $349.00 USD from here: https://www.plugin-alliance.com/en/products/dearvr_pro.html (Please note that the V1.4.0 update is free for owners of dearVR PRO.)
A fully-functional, 14-day trial of dearVR PRO is available to anyone registering for a free Plugin Alliance account here: http://www.plugin-alliance.com/en/registration.html
dearVR PRO is included in Plugin Alliance’s MEGA Bundle (https://www.plugin-alliance.com/en/products/pa-mega-bundle-monthly.html) monthly — and annual — subscriptions at no extra cost!
Note that the proprietary Plugin Alliance Installation Manager means users can select, download, and install only the products and formats needed for their system.
For more in-depth information, including several superb-sounding audio demos, please visit Plugin Alliance’s dedicated dearVR PRO webpage here: https://www.plugin-alliance.com/en/products/dearvr_pro.html
Watch Dear Reality’s immersive introductory video for dearVR PRO V1.4.0 here.
See and hear Dear Reality’s ‘Best of Binaural mixes’ dearVR PRO video here.
Watch indie producer, sound engineer, and online product trainer Alex Solano talk through dearVR PRO 3D mixing techniques on behalf of Plugin Alliance here.
TK Audio proudly presents the T-Komp, a compressor with a unique design.
The key feature is the ratio, which is level dependent and increases with the signal level, like the vari mu compressors.
To make it as useful as possible the T-Komp has two ratio ranges. The first one goes up to 20:1, perfect for instrument tracking and smashing drums etc., the second one is a more narrow range which makes it more suitable for bus compression.
The T-Komp can be selected between feed-forward mode for a punchy, modern response or feed-back mode with a smoother, more musical response.
The RMS detector has five settings, four from fast to slow where number four, the slowest, is similar to the old 160VU. The fifth position is a program dependent adaptive mode.
It is also equipped with a blend control for easy parallel compression, a HPF-filter to make it less sensitive to low energy like bass and kick drum, and for stereo use there is a link switch.
The T-Komp is the perfect workhorse both for tracking and mixing!
Level dependent ratio which increases with the signal level just like vari-mu compressors.
Two ratio ranges, 1:1 to 20:1 or 1:1 to 2:1.
Feed-forward mode for a punchy, modern response or feed-back mode with a smoother more musical response (rack version only).
Five RMS settings, four from fast to slow and a program dependent adaptive mode.
Blend control for easy parallel compression.
150Hz sidechain HPF (rack version only).
The T-Komp is available as a dual mono rack unit or as a single channel 500-series module. They are available for ordering from October 16th 2019.
All units are assembled by hand in the workshop in Halmstad, Sweden.
November 6th 2019, Wavesfactory, Artà, Spain, the company behind Mercury Piano, Spectre, Trackspacer and a host of other unique Kontakt instruments has announced Cassette.
Cassette is an audio plugin that emulates the sound of vintage cassette tapes and decks. It has been carefully modelled after exhaustive analysis of audio examples recorded into real tapes. As a result, Cassette imparts the same sound and behaviour of the original units.
These include a different frequency response, frequency dependent saturation, high-frequency compression, hiss, asperity noise and much more. Reproduction systems will also induce their fingerprint: wow, flutter, random high-frequency loss, crosstalk between channels, stereo unbalances and other. All of these little quirks and random fluctuations have been modelled meticulously. Cassette imprints instant nostalgia, movement and analog feel all around in its path.
Speaking about the inspiration behind the instrument, Wavesfactory founder Jesus Ginard says; “This is my tribute to the sound that shaped my childhood. I grew up listening to them at home, on the car or on a walkman. They are not perfect, in fact, they are far from perfect. That’s what I love about them. Cassette has been designed to be fun, pleasant to the ear and true to the medium”
ONE PLUGIN - 4 CASSETTE TYPES
Cassette has modelled the four cassettes types available. Each one delivers different sonic characteristics.
was the standard and most compatible tape format. Featured a ferric-oxide coating (Fe2O3). First appeared in the 1960s.
with a chromium dioxide (CrO2) formulation was introduced at the dawn of the 1970s featuring an undeniable increase in high frequency response.
living a short period between the mid 70s and early 80s, the ferro-chrome (FeCr) never made it into the golden era.
metal-formulated hit the scene at the end of the 70s. Features firmer bass as well as louder high frequencies.
Changing tapes will have an effect in the frequency response of the plugin but also in the saturation, compression, static noise (hiss) and dynamic noise (asperity noise).
RANDOMNESS UNDER CONTROL
Cassette offers under the hood control of many aspects of tape emulation they include;
Tape: Control how much of the tape effect is applied including frequency response, saturation and more.
Stability: Control how the Stability parameter in the front panel works internally. Includes “randomness” in order to make things unpredictable and analog.
Extra: More of what makes a cassette sound like a cassette. Including the innovative “Re-Cassette” parameter.
Artifacts: Control how the Artifacts parameter in the front panel works internally. Includes “Random Snap” for simulating the tape being caught momentarily causing pitch instability.
As you can see in this panel, Cassette uses oversampling in order to get rid of aliasing. The plugin always works at 192KHz sampling rate internally.
No iLok or challenge response needed for registering Cassette.
At the time of the purchase customers will receive an e-mail containing username and serial number.
Mac OSX (64-bit only): 10.7 or higher. DAW capable of hosting VST, VST3 or AU, or Pro Tools.
Windows (64-bit only): Windows 7, 8 or 10. DAW capable of hosting VST or VST3 plugins, or Pro Tools.
€29.00 intro price until December 3rd 2019 - normally €59.00 after that date. For more information and to buy visit https://www.wavesfactory.com/cassette
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (November 5, 2019) — Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) today announced the launch of the American Ultra Series, the most-advanced modern guitar from Fender. An evolution of American Elite – Fender’s premier electric series that launched in January 2016 – the American Ultra Series boasts all-new modern features, state-of-the-art craftsmanship and nuanced design. Luxurious, sleek and cutting-edge, this series sets a new industry standard for precision, performance and feel with Ultra Noiseless pickups and Fender’s fastest-playing necks. Created for a wide range of today’s highly-skilled modern artists, session and working guitarists, this series also offers a new body design and contours -a pivotal moment in Fender history, decades since the last significant alteration to the iconic Fender Stratocaster or Telecaster body shapes.
Since 1946, Fender has embraced artist and player feedback as the core driver of its process, leading to decades of subtle yet crucial innovations. These thoughtful changes in design and technology can’t always be seen by the naked eye, but are meaningful to artists who crave products that evolve with the times. As younger players create new sounds, meld existing genres and push the limits of what a guitar can do, Fender products also continue to evolve.
“The American Ultra Series is our most advanced series of guitars and basses for discerning players who demand the ultimate playing experience in precision, performance and tone,” said Justin Norvell, EVP of Product at Fender. “Blending state-of-the-art engineering and nuanced design to provide a high-performance experience for today’s player, American Ultra is the next chapter in Fender’s legacy of cutting-edge innovation. American Ultra has truly been decades in the making and is a result of our tireless commitment to meet the needs of today’s working and touring guitar players looking for a modern feel and tone.”
Inspired by Fender’s never-ending pursuit to equip players with the best tools to create, record and perform music, American Ultra is Fender’s most advanced series of instruments – providing the ultimate in precision, performance and tone. The series answers the call from discerning players looking for modern advancements to help them create at the highest level. One of these elevated features is the all-new “Modern D" neck with a compound-radius fingerboard, smooth American Ultra satin back finish and extremely rolled edges. The result is a neck that’s slim and fast – yet ergonomic and comfortable – for blazing solos and easy comping without sacrificing tone and resonance. Other key features include:
• New body contours: For next level comfort and playability, Fender redesigned the body contours of its most iconic models for the first time in decades. New back body curves offer hours of gigging comfort while a super-sculpted neck heel gives players unparalleled access to the upper register of the fingerboard, resulting in better accessibility and comfort.
• Noiseless pickups: American Ultra instruments feature two types of innovative new noiseless pickups: Ultra Noiseless™ Vintage pickups deliver authentic Fender single-coil sound – without hum. Ultra Noiseless™ Hot pickups offer modern performance and classic tone so you can launch your amp into overdrive.
• HiMass™ bridge: With lots of metal, lots of mass and a cool modern look, the HiMass bridge on American Ultra basses delivers serious sustain, precise intonation and rock-solid tuning stability.
• Double Tap Humbucker: The American Ultra HSS Strat features a brand new Double Tap Humbucker with overwound coil to ensure matched volume between pickups in coil split mode
• Redesigned preamp with active/passive switching: A redesigned preamp on American Ultra basses features three bands of active boost/cut for sweeter highs, focused mids and lots more usable bass. For a more traditional tone, the redesigned pickups can also be used in passive mode.
• New colours: American Ultra instruments are available in a variety of colours, including: Cobra Blue, Mocha Burst, Texas Tea, Arctic Pearl, Aged Natural, Plasma Red Burst and Ultraburst.
• Advanced electronics: All American Ultra guitars feature a treble-bleed circuit to preserve high-end response at any volume – plus advanced wiring options that activate different high-performance features depending on the model.
The American Ultra Series includes seven new electric guitar and bass models available at local dealers and on www.Fender.com. Learn more about the American Ultra Series and access detailed product/spec descriptions.
• American Ultra Stratocaster® - €2139.00
• American Ultra Stratocaster® HSS - €2139.00
• American Ultra Telecaster® - €2139.00
• American Ultra Precision Bass® - €2249.00
• American Ultra Jazzmaster® - €2249.00
• American Ultra Jazz Bass® - €2249.00
• American Ultra Jazz Bass® V - €2299.00
For detailed specs, additional information on new Fender products or to find a retail partner near you, visit www.Fender.com. Join the conversation on social media by following @Fender.
Neu-Anspach, Germany — November 5, 2019 — On October 29th and 30th, the Adam Hall Group organized the second edition of its Event.Tech Days. Following the success of the premiere in 2018, the global event technology provider once again invited national and international rental and touring companies and event-tech engineers to the Adam Hall Experience Center at the company’s headquarters in Neu-Anspach, near Frankfurt. Besides presentations of the latest innovations in the Adam Hall Group brand portfolios — LD Systems, Cameo, Gravity, Palmer, and Defender — visitors were treated to a comprehensive Event.Tech program, which included keynote speeches from renowned speakers, a fascinating live show displaying pro audio and lighting technology solutions, expert lectures from renowned industry engineers, and an open “Tech.Talks” format with the R&D and Product Management from the Adam Hall Group. The second Event.Tech Days 2019 culminated in a colorful evening event with live music, catering, and personal guided tours through the Adam Hall Experience Center.
Approximately 180 companies from the rental and touring industry made their way to the award-winning Adam Hall Experience Center—more than triple the number from last year’s premier event. While the first day of the Event.Tech Days was reserved for companies from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, the second day had a distinctly international flair, welcoming customers and professionals from all over Europe.
One of the highlights at this year’s Event.Tech Days was the keynote speech delivered by Dirk Denoyelle, a top speaker, comedian, and LEGO Certified Professional from Belgium. In the speech, Denoyelle shared his wide experience on topics relating to change and innovation. In the afternoon, the focus turned to pro audio and lighting with guest speakers Anselm Görtz and Herbert Bernstädt, both regarded as leading authorities in their respective fields of event technology.
The Tech.Talks format, initiated by the Adam Hall Group at the first Event.Tech Days 2018, provides a platform for sharing information openly — and proved to be highly popular. This year, visitors were once again able to move from panel to panel and participate in small discussion groups with the Adam Hall Group employees from different departments, namely R&D and Product Management. In each group, customers had the opportunity to share their experiences, ideas and constructive criticism as they discussed a wide range of aspects in the event and live show industry.
What better way to present new products for the rental and touring industries, than by simulating a live environment? In the theater auditorium of the Experience Center — fully equipped with state-of-the-art event technology — the Adam Hall Group product managers and engineers gave live presentations, complete with live show acts featuring artists and musicians, demonstrating the latest products in the pro audio, lighting, and stage equipment portfolios. Highlights of the show included the premiere for LD Systems’ new MAUI 44 G2 active column PA system and the Cameo OPUS X Profile moving head, featuring 33,000 lm output from a 750W LED.
“Networking and information: we used the Event.Tech Days to meet people from the industry, inspect new products, and get to know the Experience Center—not least because it is now often used as a base for workshops hosted by the VPLT (German Professional Event Technology Association).” - Marcel Fery, Chairman of Finances & Technology TSE AG
“The Event.Tech Days are a great idea. The Adam Hall Group took care of each and every detail—from the program through to catering. This attention to detail was visible everywhere and really made the difference.” - Mathias Dorn, CEO for SDF-Event and Medientechnik GmbH
Success Stories: Come Together
Visitors were also inspired by presentations showcasing various recent applications for new products, which gave them a clearer idea of the hugely diverse and creative ways, in which event technology solutions can be deployed.
The evening of the first day of the Event.Tech Days ended with a lively and colorful show in the “Come Together” restaurant, including a live performance by the LUI HILL Band. Technology, insights, and networking — participants at the Event.Tech Days 2019 were able to fully enjoy the networking event and focus on the business in hand as everything else — hotels, shuttle services and catering— was organized on their behalf.
Epsom, United Kingdom, November 4th, 2019: Synchro Arts, the makers of VocALign, release 4.2 update to their flagship pitch & timing toolbox, Revoice Pro 4.
Featured in 4.2 are numerous new features and enhancements including Automatic Scale Detection, further Warp / Pitch Editing improvements and Formant Shifting. In addition, Revoice Pro's internal signal processing is now performed using 32 or 64-bit float values.
What's New in 4.2
Automatic Scale Detection: The Warp function menu now includes the option to 'Detect Scale'. When applied, Revoice Pro 4 will analyse the selected audio, determine the musical scale and corrected notes can be snapped to the corresponding pitches
Warp Improvements: Editing tools and the context menu have been streamlined to speed up workflow e.g. the part of note used to calculate the average pitch can be adjusted for better results
Formant Shifting: With Revoice Pro 4.2 it's now possible to shift the formants of a performance to change its timbre or colour without affecting the pitch or timing
Other Changes Include: Internal signal processing is now performed using 32 or 64-bit float values, Revoice Plug-ins will support audio with levels greater than 0dB (If supported by the DAW) and ARA is now faster with larger sessions. Existing Revoice Pro 4 owners can download 4.2 now for free.
Until 18th November, Synchro Arts are offering new Revoice Pro customers a 30% discount and owners of previous Revoice Pro versions & VocALign users can save 40% on upgrades to Revoice Pro 4.
More info and videos can be found here
EBS MultiComp är den mest sålda effektpedalen från EBS genom tiderna. Tusentals basister, gitarrister och andra musiker över hela världen använder den i sina pedalbord. Framgången kanske beror på pedalens förmåga att tillåta dynamiskt spel, samtidigt som den ger ett jämnt ljud över hela greppbrädan. Nu släpps en ny version av pedalen - EBS MultiComp Blue Label.
En uppdatering med känsla
Den största förändringen mot tidigare upplagor är en ny Sensitivity-kontroll, som ställer kompressorns känslighet. Ju mer du vrider upp Sensitivity-ratten, desto högre känslighet. Vinsten med detta är att du kan justera känsligheten efter hur stark signal ditt instrument ger och efter din spelstil. Ett center-klick indikerar fabriksinställningen för tidigare modeller, vilket kan vara bra som referenspunkt för den som är van vid en tidigare upplaga.
Bättre förmåga att hantera extrema instrument
Om du har ett instrument med extremt hög utsignal, kan du välja att driva nya MultiComp pedalen med upp till 18V DC ström. På detta sätt får du tillräckligt med headroom, eller omfång, för att fungera friktionsfritt även där ingångssignalen når extrema nivåer. Den nya pedalen är 12% mindre i storlek, och lite lättare än föregångaren, vilket sparar både plats och vikt på pedalbordet. De infällda jacken minimerar även avståndet som behövs till pedaler som kopplas samman med MultiCompen.
EBS MultiComp Blue Label compressor pedal
Henrik Linder & Erik Arkö on the EBS MultiComp 'Blue Label'
EBS MultiComp 'Blue Label' finns att köpa från och med 1 november 2019.
För mer information, besök www.ebssweden.com
Neu-Anspach, Germany – October 29, 2019 – Following the launch of the MICRO cable protector series at this year’s Prolight + Sound show in Frankfurt, Defender® is now doubling the stakes: The new MICRO 2 series provides space for two cable runs and ensures even greater protection for people and cables with its newly developed 3-D LaserGrip® surface. Produced from over 90% recyclable materials, the MICRO 2 Cable protectors don’t only stand out thanks to their environmentally sustainability but feature a reengineered, ergonomic design.
MICRO 2 – Macro Features
The larger and more spacious an area, the higher the safety requirements are for both people and materials. Nowhere else is this truer than at trade fairs, exhibitions, malls, and other public indoor and outdoor facilities, where there are lots of pedestrians walking around, as well as many smaller vehicles, trolleys, scooters, and wheelchairs out and about. That’s why Defender® has developed the compact MICRO 2 cable protectors for use in these areas. Built to withstand up to two tons per 7.8 × 7.8 inches, their two 1.4 × 1.2-inch cable runs protect power cables and water hoses from external influences.
A maximum level of grip and slip resistance is guaranteed by the innovative LaserGrip® surface, which features a special ergonomic design and surface structure to reduce the risk of an entire cable protector line accidentally moving out of place.
From shredding to granulation, 90% of Defender® materials are recycled in-house, and the same goes for the new MICRO 2 series too! Since the whole process is monitored in-house, the type and origin of the individual materials can be traced at all times, which allows for exclusive proof to be provided that everything has been sourced from certified companies in Germany. Defender® is therefore the official recycler of materials from Bayer®, BASF®, and DOW® Chemical and as such plays an important role in the sustainable reuse of granulate.
Defender® cable protectors and ramps are DEKRA certified (DIN 31000, EN 61537), comply with fire protection class B2 (DIN 4102, B1 also available), and meet the requirements of the Low Voltage Directive.
New Brand Website
The Defender® website underwent a complete overhaul and was launched at the same time as the rollout of the MICRO 2 cable protector series. In line with the new Defender® brand slogan “Protect Your World”, the website provides users and prospective customers with all the key facts about products from Adam Hall’s prestigious private line.
The Defender MICRO 2 cable protector series is now available for purchase.
Defender® MICRO 2
Information about the Adam Hall Group:
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REMAGEN, GERMANY: having teased the musical masses last year, then turned heads and opened ears when unveiling a preproduction prototype at The 2019 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California earlier this year, with repeat showings Stateside (at Synthplex 2019 in Burbank, California) and closer to home (at SUPERBOOTH19 in Berlin), high-quality synthesizer developer Waldorf Music is proud to announce availability of Kyra — its eagerly-awaited 128-voice, FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) processing-powered VA (virtual analogue) synthesizer sensation — as of October 7…
Accompanying documentation proudly proclaims that Kyra “...is one of the most powerful music synthesizers ever built.” But this is not hardware hyperbole on Waldorf Music’s part. Put it this way: with 32x oversampled hardware sound generation and 96kHz floating point sound processing providing guaranteed contention-free 128 voice channels, Kyra is guaranteed to make its musical mark as a sensational synthesizer that is as easy to use and easy on the eye as it is powerful and flexible.
From first glance it is patently obvious that Kyra is a beautifully-designed desktop VA Synthesizer — as the wording elegantly emblazoned on its eye-catching front fascia subtly states. As a truly multitimbral instrument it features eight independent ‘parts’ with up to 32 notes per PART, each effectively being a complete synthesizer with sound sources (OSC GROUP 1, OSC GROUP 2, SUB 1, and SUB 2); FILTERS; modulators (EGs, LFOs, and MOD MATRIX); multi-effects unit (EFFECTS); and a USB 2.0 connection — can exchange MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) information, as well as send the audio from each stereo PART to a computer as eight stereo 24-bit streams at 96kHz (with 48kHz downsample mode available) and one stereo audio return from the computer supporting a single 24-bit stereo audio stream from the host DAW (Digital Audio Workstation). With that being said, the only other resource they share are the four balanced, stereo output pairs — OUT A (Right and Left), OUT B (Right and Left), OUT C (Right and Left), and OUT B (Right and Left) — using 32-bit DAC (Digital-to-Analogue Conversion) running at 96kHz sampling rate connected to four internal stereo busses and that powerful pool of 128 hardware voices. Versatility further abounds as each PART has a dedicated multi-effects unit comprising nine stereo effects modules — namely, three-band EQ, Formant filter, input Limiter, Distortion module, Delay module, six-state Phaser, Chorus flanger, Stereo reverb, and output Limiter — with dedicated audio stream via USB (Universal Serial Bus).
Better still, each PART hosts a Patch from the pool available to the system. Speaking of which, Kyra has a generous Patch storage capacity of 26 banks — A through to Z, each containing 128 patches. That’s a total of 3,328! The first seven banks are ‘user’ patches stored in RAM (Random Access Memory), meaning users can change them quickly and individually using the Store sequence. The remaining 19 banks are ROM (Read-Only Memory) patches that users can recall and use just like RAM patches but cannot be replaced using the Store sequence. It is, however, perfectly possible to freely copy whole banks between RAM and ROM, so all are user- programmable. And any Patch can be recalled via MIDI program changes and Bank select commands. Whatever way anyone views it, Kyra far from short-changes from a live performance perspective or when working with it in a studio setup as an alternative.
As a sensational synthesizer with a spectacular specification, Kyra doesn’t disappoint from the all-important sound standpoint, starting with two primary virtual alias-free oscillator groups (OSC GROUP 1 and OSC GROUP 2) per voice, each with Saw (sawtooth); Wave (waveform) — with no fewer than 4,096 18-bit linear PCM (Pulse Code Modulation) single-cycle 32x oversampled wavetables covering a huge range of synthetic and emulated sound sources with two wavetable sources per voice; Pulse; and noise simultaneously available. Also OSC GROUP 1 and OSC GROUP 2 each has an independent detune-able oscillator — SUB 1 and SUB 2 — with four selectable shapes and two selectable (Octave) pitches. Real Hard Sync, ring modulation, and FM (Frequency Modulation) are available between those oscillator groups.
Get this, though: switching from Wave mode — meaning Kyra adopts a virtual analogue synthesis model which has the advantage that it is easy to construct sounds using intuitive subtractive synthesis — to Hypersaw mode configures the voice to use a special algorithm comprising six real oscillators to quickly create lush-sounding soundscapes. Digging deeper, Hypersaw mode replaces Wave mode’s two oscillator groups with a single source whose tonal content is constructed with just two adjustable controls — Hypersaw Intensity and Hypersaw Spread (geometric detuning). Built entirely out of multiple, harmonically-rich sawtooth waves or ‘partials’ each adjusted to that special algorithm, the Hypersaw provides characteristic soundscapes ideal for a wide range of uses — from high-impact lead sounds through to lush, animated pads. Placed in Dual Mode, the Hypersaw has 12 real oscillator sources with an additional adjustable stereo spread.
Successfully synthesizing sound is inextricably linked with flexible filtering. Fortunately for discerning users, Kyra’s FILTERS front panel perfectly positions powerful control, creatively implementing accurate emulations of classic analogue ladder filters with 2-pole (12dB/octave) low pass (12dB LP), band pass (12dB BP), and high pass (12dB HP), plus 4-pole (24dB/octave) low pass (24dB LP), band pass (24dB BP), and high pass (24dB HP) configurations. Creatively, 128 filters are configurable for single or dual parallel (Dual Filter) true stereo operation.
Onwards and upwards, three fast-response ADSR (Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release) envelope generators with EG Slope setting are also at hand. Helpfully, one is assigned to the VCA (Voltage Controlled Amplifier), another to the filter, while the third can be freely assigned. All are available in the MOD MATRIX (modulation matrix), itself being a six-channel affair with up to three destinations per channel giving a maximum of 18 routings. It is also worth noting that the three LFOs (Low Frequency Oscillators) — with 128 wavetable shapes, monophonic, polyphonic, random, anti-phase, and quadrature stereo phase settings — are also available in the MOD MATRIX and additionally as a MIDI clock sync source.
Creativity continues courtesy of an arpeggiator (ARP) on each PART with 128 preset patterns; Up, Down, Random, and Chords modes; and an ability to synchronise to MIDI clock. Arpeggiators are aimed at live performance, primarily, but can clearly complement composition. Kyra’s ARP is an integral part of a Patch, so settings are always stored.
Far from forgetting its helpful high-resolution 256x64 pixel graphic OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) display alongside the traditional array of MIDI In, Out, and Thru connections — complimenting USB 2.0 — on five-pin DIN, as well as full key microtuning capability with MIDI Tuning Standard (MTS support), it is fair to say that Kyra is, indeed, one of the most powerful music synthesizers ever built... a sensational synthesizer with a spectacular specification, set to take performances and compositions to higher states of musicality and sound design!
The Kyra VA Synthesizer is available through Waldorf Music’s growing global network of distributors (https://www.waldorfmusic.com/en/international-distributors) at an SRP (Suggested Reseller Price) of €1,843.00 EUR (excluding tax).
For more in-depth information, please visit the dedicated Kyra VA Synthesizer webpage here.
Watch Waldorf’s wonderment-causing Kyra VA Synthesizer promo video here
SANTA MONICA, CA, USA, OCTOBER 24, 2019: trailblazing pro audio manufacturer Antelope Audio is proud to welcome Antares Audio Technologies to its recently-announced Synergy Core signal processing platform. Synergy Core combines the phenomenal parallel computational capabilities of FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) processing with industry- standard digital signal processing, as brought into play on the game-changing Discrete 4 Synergy Core, Discrete 8 Synergy Core, and Orion Studio Synergy Core audio interfaces. Antares is the first key software company to partner with Antelope Audio on its Synergy Core platform.
Auto-Tune Synergy is a custom-designed plug-in that leverages the next-generation hardware acceleration of the Synergy Core platform to deliver the legendary Auto-Tune® pitch correction and vocal effects with ultra-low latency. It is the perfect solution for artists, audio engineers, and producers wishing to track with an acclaimed technology that — for 20 years — has been the professional standard for pitch correction and the tool of choice for the most iconic vocal effect in popular music.
Ultra-low latency makes Auto-Tune Synergy ideal for real-time performance, on stage or in the studio. RETUNE SPEED, HUMANIZE, and FLEX-TUNE controls allow for everything from transparent pitch correction to the ‘Auto-Tune Effect’ found on countless hits. CLASSIC mode is included to duly deliver the distinctive ‘Auto- Tune 5 sound’ — something of a cult classic among artists, audio engineers, and producers, perhaps due in part to its use on many iconic pop recordings.
Additionally, Auto-Tune Synergy is fully compatible with Antares’ Auto-Key plug-in (sold separately). Auto-Key automatically detects the key and scale of the composition concerned and sends that information to Auto-Tune Synergy, saving valuable time in the studio. Auto-Tune Synergy is also compatible with Antelope Audio’s Edge Go, the world’s first bus-powered modeling microphone (allowing access to a killer collection of effects modeled on classic studio gear).
The industry-shaking introduction of Synergy Core clearly signalled Antelope Audio’s objective of developing a wider range of its own effects and also collaborating with leading software developers in the industry for the benefit of all. And what better way to accomplish that than by bringing Antares’ trailblazing Auto-Tune® technology to the platform!
Auto-Tune Synergy can be purchased for $249.00 USD directly from Antelope Audio; please visit its dedicated webpage for more information, including device compatibility, here: https://en.antelopeaudio.com/products/auto-tune-synergy/
Fender Songs Allows Players to Practice, Play Along and Perform with Chords and Lyrics to Millions of Their Favorite Songs
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (October 22, 2019) — Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) today announced the launch of Fender Songs, Fender’s latest innovative app, allowing users to practice, play along and perform to millions of their favorite songs on guitar, ukulele or piano. Building upon Fender Play®, Fender’s revolutionary digital online learning platform, Fender Songs continues the journey for the beginner player while inviting those more experienced players to learn their favorite songs on-demand.
Available in the US at launch, via a subscription-based model, Fender Songs can be downloaded exclusively for iPhone and iPod touch in the App Store with plans for iPad and other platforms in the future. Beginning today, users can sign up at $4.99 per month or a 12-month subscription for $41.99 per year and get 10 percent off guitars, amps and gear on Fender.com and at participating retailers (with a 7-day free trial for both). Fender Songs will improve the player experience at all skill levels by allowing instant access to chords and lyrics to millions of songs, so that users may forge deeper connections with their favorite artists and songs as they continue their musical journey.
“Fender Songs we believe will enable players to easily and dramatically expand their song repertoire,” said Andy Mooney, Chief Executive Officer of Fender. “Goldman Sachs forecasts the number of streaming subscribers to hit 700 million in three years and top 1 billion by 2030; these are staggering numbers that bode well for Fender’s success in both the digital and analog worlds.”
Designed for players of all levels, Fender Songs addresses the challenge all guitars players face getting accurate chords and lyrics to their favorite songs. It’s great for practicing or quickly referencing chords while playing solo.
Players can use Fender Songs in three different ways: practice, play along and perform.
Review chord diagram charts: In practice mode, players see the overview of a song with chord charts, lyrics and audio, so they can work through the tune at their own pace.
Scrolling chords and lyrics: In play-along mode, players can watch the scrolling chords and lyrics, “karaoke-style,” as they play along with the song in real time.
Recording functionality: In perform mode, players can view chord changes and lyrics, and record themselves on their own device without an audio backing track, save to their camera photo/video roll and reference later as a practice tool.
Player modes are purposefully aligned with how someone might familiarize themselves with a new song, practice parts of it slowly, play it full speed from beginning to end, and then record themselves playing it. Each mode represents a different stage in the player’s journey to learning and feeling confident about a new song.
Much Larger Song Selection: Pick from millions of your favorite songs or request a new one.
Apple Music: Stream and play along to songs from your favorite artists and musical genres.
Setlists: Create ordered groups of songs to practice for a special performance or to help keep your practice time organized.
Search and Browse Features: Use the search and browse features to find songs curated by Fender staff and edited for accuracy.
Playing Tools: Access special features like accompaniment from metronome, drums, drums and bass, tempo adjustment, capo, left-handed mode and count-in.
Fender Songs marks the fourth app in two years (joining Fender Play, Fender Tone and Fender Tune) and second subscription app in the Fender digital products journey. More than 100,000 active paying users later, Fender Play has solidified its position in the market as a leading digital learning app for beginning guitar, bass and ukulele players. It’s the perfect tool for new players or people getting back into playing who want to learn new skills. On Fender Play, users get guided learning paths, lessons with instructors, video on-demand, chord charts and tablature to reference, targeted song selection to enhance learning and skill- and exercise-based curriculum. Fender Songs builds on Fender Play’s song-based approach, but curates content and experiences directed toward the intermediate-level player. Fender Songs is the natural “next step” up from the Fender Play experience, as players learn and grow on their musical journey, becoming more self-sufficient in their music making.
Fender has inked deals with major publishers including Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Warner Chappell Music, Kobalt and BMG to support artists and songwriters and ensure they are paid for the use of their chords on the app. Fender has also made deals with master rights holders, such as Warner Music Group, to ensure the chords in the app are accurate to the actual music as performed by the artists. Fender Songs represents additive revenue on top of streaming music, ensuring artists and songwriters are paid. Fender will regularly continue to add even more tracks to the service as additional licenses are procured from indies and other rights holders.
“We’re excited to expand our digital products offering with Fender Songs. Songs will allow our players to access practically any song they want and provide quick and easy-to-learn chords they can practice directly on the app,” said Ethan Kaplan, General Manager of Fender Digital. “Working with Apple Music, publishers and record labels, we’ve been able to ensure artist songs are fully licensed, taking our relationships with them to a new level.”
At the core of the Fender Songs application lies a chord detection application with an algorithm which uses both complex digital signal processing techniques and deep knowledge in music theory to automatically detect the chords of every single song in Fender’s music library in just a few seconds.
Fender partnered with key service providers such as 7Digital, LyricFind, Music Story and Music Reports as well as Amazon services such as API Gateway / Lambda Serverless, Dynamo DB, AWSCognito, ElasticSearch and more.
The Fender Songs app is available for $4.99 per month or a 12-month subscription for $41.99 per year exclusively on the App Store for iPhone and iPod touch, with iPad to come.
ABOUT FENDER MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS CORPORATION:
Since 1946, Fender has revolutionized music and culture as one of the world’s leading musical instrument manufacturers, marketers and distributors. Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC)–whose portfolio of brands includes Fender®, Squier®, Gretsch® guitars, Jackson®, EVH® and Charvel®–follows a player-centric approach to crafting the highest-quality instruments and digital experiences across genres. Since 2015, Fender’s digital arm has introduced a new ecosystem of products and interactive experiences to accompany players at every stage of their musical journey. This includes innovative apps and learning platforms designed to complement Fender guitars, amplifiers, effects pedals, accessories and pro-audio gear, and inspire players through an immersive musical experience. FMIC is dedicated to unlocking the power of musical expression for all players, from beginners to history-making legends.
Neu-Anspach – 22 October 2019 – Independent Power Supply Trend: Throughout 2019, several event technology service providers in Baden Württemberg and Hesse have invested in battery-powered Cameo ZENIT B200 wash lights. The professional LED outdoor spotlights are now available in 3-figure quantities from the warehouses of b&b eventtechnik (Filderstadt), 8days a week (Neu-Isenburg), music express veranstaltungstechnik (Stuttgart) and iLUX Veranstaltungstechnik (Waiblingen).
Flexible All-Round Application
The references and specialist areas of the individual service providers are many and varied, and as such, so are the demands placed on the ZENIT B200. Applications range from live concerts and festivals, event locations, industry events to exhibition construction and architectural projects. In this way, the LED outdoor wash lights were used among other items at the Stuttgart Lighting Festival (iLUX), the 2019 National Garden Show in Heilbronn (music express), at the opening of the new premises of a Stuttgart law firm (b&b eventtechnik) and at Palais Thurn und Taxis in Frankfurt (8days a week).
In addition to reliable battery-operation and battery management for accurate planning of operating periods, the service providers were looking for a powerful LED flood, which, thanks to wireless control options via W-DMX, can be used for a wide range of applications and also offers flexible mounting.
"We have been using he battery-powered ZENIT models since January 2019", explains Florian Fischer, Managing Director of 8days a week, who have also invested in a large quantity of ZENIT B60 IP65 PAR spotlights in addition to the ZENIT B200. "Since then, both models have proven themselves at a wide range of industry and exhibition events and among other items, have been very popular guests at a variety of Lufthansa events."
The outdoor wash lights also passed their baptism by fire at b&b eventtechnik and iLUX: "The feedback from the lighting designers and technicians was consistently positive. The light output and handling were particularly impressive", confirms Heiko Blattert from iLUX, who has been using the ZENIT flagship W600 for a long time for facades and decorative lighting.
Stefan Mayer, managing director of music express, adds, "For us, the ZENIT B200 is a kind of Swiss army knife that has clearly beaten its competitors in an internal comparison test."
ZENIT B200 LED-Outdoor Wash Light
Featuring battery operation, wireless DMX and IP65 classification, the Zenit B200 is perfect for sophisticated lighting tasks in both indoor and outdoor areas. The highly professional wash light is equipped with 21 powerful 15 W RGBW LEDs with a 50,000-hour lifespan and a luminous flux of 6,600 lm to deliver brilliant and consistent colours. The ZENIT B200 is equipped with Cameo’s innovative SnapMag® technology which enables rapid changes of filter frame and beam angle.
In addition to RDM-control, seven DMX modes and infra-red or spotlight display, the ZENIT B200 also features an integrated 2.4 GHz W-DMX™ transceiver from Wireless Solution Sweden AB. LG Chem’s high-energy lithium-ion rechargeable battery is fully charged and provides reliable operation for up to 24 hours in RGBW mode, while the smart battery management system protects the battery from overcharging and deep-discharging to give it long life.
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Thousand Oaks, CA - October 2019... Simmons, the first name in electronic drum kits, has introduced its new SD1200 Mesh-Head Electronic Drum Kit, a top-tier performance kit for the advanced drummer. The SD1200 comes with the Simmons Signature Sound Library, an expansive 764-sound collection of the world's most coveted drum kits and snares.
The new kit includes a responsive 12-inch, dual-zone snare; two 8-inch and one 10-inch, dual zone toms; and a 6-inch kick drum. The dual zones enable triggering alternate voices.
You also get a 12-inch, two-zone crash cymbal and a 14-inch, triple-zone (bell/bow/edge) ride cymbal with a choke function for dynamic effects. A variable pedal controls the 12-inch dual-zone hi-hat to get smooth semi-open sounds, trashy edge accents, splash, and more. An optional expansion kit adds another dual-zone crash cymbal and floor tom.
All drum pads and the kick drum employ dual-layer, tension-adjustable mesh heads for a customizable, acoustic feel. The snare drum comes with a completely customizable snare stand, and the kick drum's non-slip stand makes it simple to mount your favorite beater pedal. It's all anchored to a new hybrid hex rack with die-cast mounts, preventing drums from slipping when played.
The SD1200 sound module features a large, full-color graphic LCD screen for a detailed look at kits and editing parameters. Dedicated faders, knobs, and buttons simplify kit customization, from changing the mix to extensive sound design. The module includes Bluetooth MIDI for wireless connectivity to a smartphone, tablet, or computer. A USB input enables importing your own .wav files and playback of .wav or mp3 files from a USB drive for performance or practice. The Simmons Advanced App for iOS can be used to customize kits, record new samples, and practice with recorded tracks.
The Simmons Signature Sound Library was recorded with the same world-class audio equipment employed on many classic albums. Simmons' VAR technology offers many dynamic levels, resulting in true-to-life feel and sound. Classic cymbals with stereo samples have a long, natural decay for maximum realism. A wealth of world percussion and vintage electronic drums rounds out the collection.
"If you're an advanced drummer working to master your craft, and you want a versatile, top-tier kit for practice, rehearsal and performing, look no further than the SD1200," asserts Simmons Product Manager Jeff Laity. "As a serious player, you'll appreciate the response of the cymbals and the expressiveness of mesh-head drums. The sound library is exceptional, with many of the most sought-after acoustic drums, world percussion, and vintage Simmons sounds. And the sound modules gives you all the tools you need to customize and design your own sounds. Playing the SD1200 is a delight."
The Simmons SD1200 Mesh-Head Electronic Drum Kit is available now. For more information visit www.simmonsdrums.net or your favorite music retailer.
About Simmons Drums
The first name in electronic drums, Simmons has been at the forefront of innovation for more than 40 years, offering the finest in cutting-edge, feature rich kits. From touch-sensitive pads and selectable velocity curves to the most extensive MIDI and USB implementation, Simmons has always been a leader in the electronic drum experience. To learn more, visit www.simmonsdrums.net or your favorite music retailer.