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    Bothell, WA—January 2020… Long a leader in live and studio sound, Mackie has now entered into the microphone sphere, introducing their new EleMent Series microphones. Like all Mackie gear, EleMent Series mics combine professional-caliber performance and Mackie’s famed Built-like-a-tank™ rugged reliability and outstanding value. The series consists of three models: the EM-89D Live Vocal Dynamic, EM-91C Large-Diaphragm Condenser, and EM-USB USB Condenser microphones.
    The EM-89D dynamic microphone features a cardioid polar pattern and is primarily designed for stage use but also makes a fine addition to a studio microphone collection. It’s an excellent handheld vocal microphone and also excels as an instrument and amplifier microphone. The EM-89D comes with a mic clip, XLR mic cable, and zipper pouch. 

    Every studio needs a quality large-diaphragm condenser microphone, and the new Mackie EM-91C’s audio quality and classic cardioid polar pattern makes it suitable for a wide variety of studio applications. Choose the EM-91C when you want warmth and brilliance for vocals, to capture the nuances of stringed instruments, and much more. In addition to musical applications, it’s great for live streaming, voiceovers, and many other types of content creation. The EM-91C comes with a shock mount and an XLR mic cable.

    With the Mackie EM-USB condenser microphone, you can get down to recording, live streaming, podcasts, and online content creation quickly, without requiring a separate audio interface. Connecting directly to your laptop or mobile recording device using USB-C and featuring a built-in headphone output with independent volume control, the EM-USB offers audio reproduction rivaling mics many times more expensive. It also provides controls for main input gain and mute. The included mic clip, tripod mount, and USB-C cable make it easy to capture great recordings anywhere.

    Available in January 2020, the EM-89D carries a US MAP of $69.99; the EM-91C is priced at $79.99 US MAP; and the EM-USB is available at $149.99 US MAP.

    For more information about Mackie EleMent Series professional microphones, visit

    EBS goes back to the roots and launches the EBS 802 - High Dynamics Linear Bass Amp at the NAMM Show 2020. The new amp is entirely Made In Sweden.
    EBS ability to make outstanding high-end bass amps based on linear solid-state technology is a cornerstone of the company.
    When the EBS HD360 went out of production recently, as the last rack-mounted amp in the line, anxious voices from hard-core fans wondered if EBS went for a future with solely lightweight amplifiers in the program? No need to worry about that anymore.
    After the initial hype of the lightweight amplifiers, they have found their natural place in the life of many bass players. But among others, there’s been an increasing itch for something else that can bring them what the class D amps still have proven hard to deliver. The physical experience and organic response of a well built solid-state bass amplifier.
    That’s why the time is right to return to the roots and introduce a brand new High Dynamics Linear bass amplifier; the EBS 802.
    Equipped to cover the modern bass players needs
    The preamp of the EBS 802 is the most versatile yet of any EBS amp. Not only does it offer sweepable mid controls for Low Mid and High Mid, but the Bass and Treble controls are extended as well with switches to change the reference frequency of these filters. That makes the EBS 802 equipped to meet the special demands of 5- and 6-string bass players, and possible to adapt to any musical style.
    The Bright-control completes the EQ section and works almost like a volume control for the tweeter. Besides, the preamp has separate Lo and Hi boost character filters, a Compressor/Limiter, and a Drive control.
    The back of the amp reveals dual balanced XLR-outputs - post and pre EQ. An Effects Loop, Line Out, inputs for a 4-switch remote control (like the EBS RM-4) to engage Mute, Drive, activated Character Filters and to bypass the entire EQ.  
    The EBS 802 fits in a 19” rack case. The amp is entirely made in Sweden.
    Customers interested in buying the amp are encouraged to contact EBS through www.ebssweden.com for personal guidance.
    Estimated US Price: $2495
    More details will be published at www.ebssweden.com after NAMM.

    HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (January 15, 2020)—Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) today announced the introduction of its Annual and Prestige collections, as well as additions to the Custom Artist Collection for Jimmy Page and Eric Johnson to the Fender Custom Shop lineup – all debuting at Winter NAMM  in Anaheim, Calif.
    “At the Fender Custom Shop, we’re known for building dreams, and this year’s lineup of guitars bring to life the unimaginable,” said Mike Lewis, VP of Product Development, Fender Custom Shop. “Guitars from the Fender Custom Shop represent the pinnacle of craftsmanship and creativity at Fender. From our annual collections and artist models – such as Jimmy Page Signature Tele and Limited-Edition Eric Johnson “Virginia” Strat– to one-off showpieces from the world’s most skilled Master Builders, we continue to push the envelope for creativity and innovation in the industry.”  
    One of those showpieces for 2020 includes a collaboration with animator Chris Schnabel. In collaboration with Fender Custom Shop master builders, Schnabel conceptualised and painted designs for two guitars. Models include the “'50's Telecaster Special" by Master Builder Dale Wilson and “The Conman” from Master Builder Scott Buehl. The concept of the later is based on villain “Captain Carp” from an upcoming book from Schnabel.

    Each year, an Annual Collection of models are conceived and created in the Fender Custom Shop to showcase the latest innovations and developments—everything from pickup design, wiring and finish processes, to wood combinations and more. Joining the Annual Collections “Limited Edition” series this year are four models celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Broadcaster and the origins of one of Fender’s most iconic models. In 1950, Fender introduced the Broadcaster, an extremely limited and collectible model that was Fender’s second solid body electric guitar with a truss rod and two pickups. Eventually, the Broadcaster became what players know today as the Telecaster. Teambuilt and masterbuilt in Corona, Calif., 70th Anniversary Broadcaster models are limited to 2020 and will feature a variety of aging options.
    In addition to the annual collections, the following make their way into the Fender Custom Shop Artist series lineup. Beginning in 2020, these models will be available at Authorised Custom Shop Dealers. See below for full descriptions; they include:
    •    Jimmy Page Signature Telecaster® - the ever-popular Jimmy Page signature model (mirrored version) will become a permanent, custom teambuilt model in the Custom Artist Collection.
    •    Eric Johnson Virginia Stratocaster® - “Virginia” is a rare, modified, sassafras-bodied 1954 Stratocaster (named after a label found inside the pickup routes) that was played on Johnson’s hit song “Cliffs of Dover”. He also wielded it during the recording of the groundbreaking Tones and Ah Via Musicom albums that made him a star beyond guitarist circles. Limited to 50 instruments worldwide and Masterbuilt by Carlos Lopez, the Eric Johnson Virginia Stratocaster is a faithful replica of this magnificent instrument, with a production line model also offered.
    Each year, the Fender Custom Shop’s esteemed Master Builders are given a challenge to build a guitar with no boundaries. The result of that creative exercise is the 2020 Prestige Collection models – with one conjured up by each Master Builder; they include:
    •    Ron Thorn: Fender® Stratocaster® 1 Guitar - $33,000
    Acclaimed for building high-performance guitars even before his arrival at Fender, Master Builder Ron Thorn has always loved fast cars. Struck by the similarities in sleek design and high-performance between the Fender Stratocaster guitar and the Saleen® 1 super sports car, Thorn conceived of a one-of-a-kind Stratocaster combining elements of both. The result is the Stratocaster 1. This supercharged guitar is finished in striking Saleen Candy Apple Red. Its hand-laid carbon-fiber body is hollow for super-lightweight, with a roasted alder centre block and a hand-carved maple top. Its quartersawn roasted maple neck has a 12” radius carbon fibre round-lam fingerboard with medium jumbo frets, topped off with a matching carbon fibre headstock overlay. In a special Saleen design touch, the high-output TV Jones™ Power’Tron Plus bridge pickup sits beneath a tinted “rear window,” and the new custom “6-Stack” bridge and handmade Strat 1 tailpiece are brand-new Fender innovations that give the guitar an even more sleek custom look and tone. Further, a custom Strat® 1 pedalboard enhances the player’s “driving” experience with custom volume, tone and wah-wah controls. To complete the set, the Fender Stratocaster 1 also comes with a matching pedal board and will be displayed with a Saleen car at Winter NAMM 2020. *Saleen, Ford, Jaguar, Shelby and TV Jones are trademarks of their respective owners.
    •    Yuriy Shishkov: Coronation Stratocaster® - $560,000
    Yuriy Shishkov’s Coronation Stratocaster is inspired by the Coronation Egg made in 1897 to commemorate the inauguration of Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra on an Imperial throne. Given its historical significance, Shishkov says this is the most famous and most valuable egg created and was even a part of a heist plot in the popular movie Oceans 12. The guitar design includes a gold leafed surface with an “on-wood” Guilloche and gilded silver artwork. It also features custom fabricated diamond eagle medallions, along with hundreds of diamonds throughout the instrument. The neck has distinct “trellises” with diamond patterns found on the egg’s “hidden surprise” coach. The Coronation Stratocaster comes with an authentic LTD Edition vintage recreation of the Coronation Egg. After 16 months of work, this has become Shishkov’s “most complicated and intriguing project” to-date, he says.

    •    John Cruz: Custom Griffin Themed Leather carved and covered 612 Doubleneck Tele® - $75,000
    John Cruz’s Custom Griffin Themed Leather carved and covered 612 Doubleneck Tele is a custom-themed guitar that has never been created before. In addition to a 612 Doubleneck feature, the guitar also features painted artwork with a 3D effect. “I wanted to create something that looked beautiful, but also be totally playable and sound amazing,” he says. “This guitar is for anyone who dares to be different.”
    •    Greg Fessler: Boutique Telecaster - $8,500
    Greg Fessler’s Boutique Telecaster celebrates the 70th anniversary of the esteemed model. As he mapped out the concept for the guitar, he was focused on showcasing beautiful figured wood but used in a “boutique” version of a Telecaster.
    •    Dennis Galuszka: The Argyle Telecaster® - $9,850
    Dennis Galuszka’s The Argyle Telecaster was conceived in collaboration with virtuoso Fender painter Jay Nelson. Designed to bring out anyone’s internal hipster, this Telecaster features a sparkle paint job along with an argyle pattern. “We have an amazing in-house painter in Jay and I am a total sucker for sparkle paint jobs and patterns within a sparkle,” he says.
    •    Todd Krause: Swagger - $9,300
    Todd Krause’s Swagger guitar is based on the Fender “Swinger,” but takes on a different name due to the various changes he applied to the model. Krause used roasted figured maple for the neck and gave the headstock the same curves as the body. The guitar also features a full 25.5” scale length, a custom bridge, custom top mount and high output silver foil pickups from Curtis Novak. “This is a great guitar for a Swinger collector or collectors looking for something a little different,” Krause says.
    •    Carlos Lopez: Sugar Skull Strat® - $36,500
    Carlos Lopez’ Sugar Skull Strat is entirely painted by esteemed artist Pamelina. As Lopez created the guitar, the building part was secondary to the painting, which transforms this instrument into a work of art. “When I was an apprentice, I told myself I was going to work with Pamelina when I became a Master Builder. I hope this guitar will remind everyone that we are more than just guitar builders.”
    •    Kyle McMillin: Vineyard Tele - $9,300
    Kyle McMillin’s The Beaulieu Vineyard Tele is made from reclaimed wood from the wine barrels of the vineyard of its namesake. Through the decades, the barrel wood developed a natural red stain from the wine that was made within it. To showcase the old wood and its character, McMillin finished the guitar off with a super thin permalac finish. Unique and elegantly simple, the Telecaster also features cork knobs and tarnished raw hardware, as well as a Twisted Tele neck pickup and a Broadcaster bridge pickup.
    •    Jason Smith: India Garden Esquire® - $16,000
    Jason Smith’s India Garden Esquire is a collaboration with Pyrography artist Madeline Hanlon, whose beautiful, detailed wood burning design is displayed on the guitar. As Smith design his Prestige creation, he pulled inspiration from the 70th Anniversary of the Esquire guitar, as well as floral prints found on tapestries and clothing of India for the artwork. There’s a simplicity to the overall design - from the lack of fretboard markers on the highly figured birdseye neck, to the single pickup and simplistic volume and tone control layout.
    •    Paul Waller: Carved Top Telecaster - $9,500
    Paul Waller’s Carved Top Telecaster is a semi-hollow, double “F” hole Telecaster made from swamp ash and a book matched quilted maple top. The custom-made Curtis Novak P-90 style pickups are covered in tortoise, which is accentuated by the tortoise double bound body. The roasted AA flame neck wears a flat lam Indian rosewood board and holds 22 - 6105 frets. It’s easily navigated with a mid-sized oval “C” shaped neck. The guitar’s colour is a hand mixed teal transparent with a slight burst covered in NOS lacquer. Gold hardware completes the package of this custom one-off.
    •    Dale Wilson: Tamo Ash Esquire - $8,550
    Dale Wilson’s Tamo Ash Esquire was inspired by a piece of Tamo Ash wood he saved years ago for a special project. “The figuring on this piece of Tamo Ash was incredible, and I’m a sucker for a Honey Burst paint job,” he says. Wilson was determined to showcase the beauty and simplicity of the Fender Esquire with this showpiece.
    Finally, Fender will also debut five Fender Custom Shop amplifiers, which include:
    Custom Shop ‘57 DeluxeTM, Hangar One, 120V - $9,000
    A one-of-a-kind amplifier with a cabinet crafted from old-growth redwood that was reclaimed from Hangar One on Moffett Field in Mountain View, California. The rear panel includes laser-cut artwork commemorating a vision of the colossal 1930s blimp hangar and an airborne Navy dirigible in flight. The hand-wired and tweaked 5E3 deluxe chassis complements the highly seasoned, lightly sealed wood enclosure with a Celestion Blue driver for superb tone and appearance. Only one unit available; for 120 Volt regions only.
    Custom Shop ‘57 DeluxeTM, Rustic Big Boy 15, 120V - $6,000
    The ‘57 Deluxe “Big Boy” 15 amplifier takes the time-honored Tweed Deluxe formula and bumps up the tone with a 15-inch guitar speaker - the mighty Fender®/Eminence® Special Design 15. To tighten up the extra-fat bass response, we’ve tweaked the Fender “yellow” tone capacitor values for more refined attack and twang. The resonant, lightweight premium pine cabinet is stained black, hand-sanded for an eye-grabbing “rustic grain” appearance and lightly clear-coated. Only 25 units will be built for the world.
    Custom Shop ‘57 Custom Twin – 120V- $10,000
    This Fender Custom Shop amplifier built by Master Builder Jim Dolmage is constructed with pine and custom painted metal flake finish by Cam Fury of Fury in Kolor. Sold as a set with matching guitar built by Master Builder Ron Thorn. Features include a cabinet built with kiln dried sugar pine, hand selected from quarter sawn lumber free of knots and defects; all-tube classic 5E8A circuitry, based on the hand wired 57 Custom Twin with 40 Watts of power; Fender Pure Vintage yellow capacitors; Mercury Magnetics transformers; and two 12AY7 preamp tubes; Twin 12” Eminence Special Design alnico speakers.
    Fender Masterbuilt Dynamite Box Amplifier – 120V- $9,000
    The Fender Amp Custom Shop advises you to stand back, because its newest musical munition—the Masterbuilt Dynamite Box Amplifier—packs quite a punch into a small but powerful amp armament. Its rare reclaimed 1920s-era wooden cabinet once transported real explosives made by the Trojan Powder Company of Allentown, Pa., and Roberts Landing, Calif., for use by the military and in the mining and dam-building industries. Designed and crafted by Amp Custom Shop Master Builder Shawn Greene, the well-worn century-old cabinet houses single 6” and 8” Jensen® alnico speakers for unique full-frequency tonality, powered by hand-wired ’57 Champ circuitry (5 watts at 4 ohms) with hand-selected components. With distressed grille, a pine control panel fashioned from the cabinet’s own chassis cut-out, hand-aged hardware and silkscreened Trojan logo and other labeling, it’s a one-of-a-kind item of stylish sonic ammo ideal for living room and studio alike.
    Masterbuilt Princeton Stars N Stripes – 120V - $10,000
    This Fender Custom Shop amplifier was conceived and developed by Master Builder Jim Dolmage. It is constructed with beautiful hand selected tone woods from our “private stash.” This is a one of a kind amplifier built to celebrate the release of our hand wired ‘64 Custom Princeton Reverb amp. Other features include a cabinet built with smoked and roasted ash in alternating vertical stripes, with reclaimed walnut and maple star inlays on the sides; chamfered “diamond cut” flame maple trim; all tube hand-wired circuitry based on the ‘64 Custom Princeton Reverb amp; Celestion G12H30 speaker squeezed in for a rich, full bodied sound; Tube-driven tremolo and long-spring reverb; and the wood was hand-sanded and treated with 8 coats of oil for a luminous natural finish.
    2020 Annual Collections Include:
    •    Artisan Koa Stratocaster®
    •    Artisan Maple Burl Stratocaster®
    •    Artisan Spalted Maple Stratocaster®
    •    Artisan Koa P-90 Telecaster®
    •    Artisan Maple Burl P-90 Telecaster®
    •    Artisan Flame Maple P-90 Telecaster®
    Vintage Custom:
    •    Vintage Custom 1950 Pine Esquire®
    •    Vintage Custom 1968 Telecaster® Thinline
    American Custom:
    •    American Custom Telecaster® MN
    •    American Custom Stratocaster® RW
    •    American Custom Stratocaster® MN
    Time Machine:
    •    1956 Stratocaster® Relic®
    •    1960 Stratocaster® Heavy Relic®
    •    1964 Stratocaster® Journeyman Relic®
    •    1970 Stratocaster® Journeyman Relic®
    •    1957 Telecaster® Journeyman Relic®
    •    1961 Telecaster® Relic®
    •    1964 Tele® Custom Heavy Relic®
    •    1962 Jaguar® Journeyman Relic®
    •    1965 Jazzmaster® Relic®
    •    1957 Precision Bass® Journeyman Relic®
    •    1960 Jazz Bass® Heavy Relic®
    •    1966 Jazz Bass® Journeyman Relic®
    •    1963 Bass VI Journeyman Relic®
    Limited Edition:
    •    Limited Edition ‘70s Tele® Custom Journeyman Relic®
    •    Limited Edition 70th Anniversary Broadcaster
    •    Limited Edition ’60s Telecaster® Thinline Journeyman Relic®
    •    Limited Edition ’58 Special Strat® Journeyman Relic®
    •    Limited Edition ’60s HS Tele® Custom Heavy Relic®
    •    Limited Edition Double Esquire® Custom Relic®
    •    Limited Edition ’72 Tele® Thinline Heavy Relic®
    2020 artist models include:
    Eric Johnson Virginia Stratocaster® Guitar – £8099.00
    In 1988 renowned tone savant Eric Johnson made his debut on Austin City Limits, delivering an electrifying performance that ultimately catapulted “Cliffs of Dover” to #5 on the Billboard Top 100. “Virginia,” a rare, modified, sassafras-bodied 1954 Stratocaster (named after a label found inside the pickup routes) powered this career-defining moment. He also wielded it during the recording of the groundbreaking Tones and Ah Via Musicom albums that made him a star beyond guitarist circles.
    Limited to 50 instruments worldwide and Masterbuilt by Carlos Lopez, the Eric Johnson Virginia Stratocaster is a 1:1 replica of this magnificent instrument, one that could only be born in the Dream Factory. Every intricacy of Johnson’s original was reproduced in painstaking detail by Lopez. From the single Graph Tech® String Saver saddle on the high E to the flat washer on the output jack and specially cut nut, he left no stone unturned in his quest—even going so far as to match the actual pot values and removing one spring from the rear cavity. Featuring a Deluxe Closet Classic finish package, this guitar wears a lightly checked lacquer finish, matched to Closet Classic hardware, giving it a well-loved, slightly aged look. The offset-seam, two-piece body is crafted from tight-grained sassafrass, which adds a “round” note to the instrument’s voice. The AAAA flame maple neck features a “V”-shaped profile that comfortably fills the hand and hosts a 12” radius maple fingerboard with 21 jumbo frets. Custom, hand-wound “Virginia” neck and middle pickups, matched to a fat-sounding DiMarzio HS2 humbucking bridge pickup powers this guitar’s voice. This trio of pickups are connected by custom wiring and a 5-way pickup switch which places the pickup pair in-phase in switch position two and out-of-phase in position four, unlocking his singing, violin-like tone for you to enjoy. Other features include single-ply Eggshell pickguard, vintage-style EJ synchronized tremolo assembly, vintage-style tuning machines, American Vintage string tree with nylon spacer and as a special touch, a piece of masking tape inside the control route labelled ‘Virginia’. Includes custom pure nickel string set for vintage-informed tone, deluxe hardshell case, strap and Certificate of Authenticity.
    Jimmy Page Signature Telecaster® – £4449.00
    The Fender Custom Shop Custom Artist collection Jimmy Page Signature Telecaster® is a faithful recreation of the guitar Jimmy Page played in the early days of Led Zeppelin and used on the band’s groundbreaking debut album. The Telecaster guitar was a gift from Jeff Beck, Page’s predecessor, in seminal U.K. psychedelic blues-rock outfit the Yardbirds. Page promptly “consecrated” the guitar—a 1959 model with a white blonde finish and rosewood fingerboard—by applying eight round mirrors to it in order to, in his own words “make it sort of almost kinetic” and “a channeling vehicle for music.” Page used the Telecaster for all the electric guitar work on eponymous 1969 album Led Zeppelin, one of the most acclaimed and influential debut albums in rock history.  
    True to the original, the Jimmy Page Signature Telecaster has a two-piece ash body with off-center seam, with an eight-hole pickguard and Journeyman Relic lacquer finish. The tinted maple neck has a custom Jimmy Page 1959 profile, topped by a flat-lam rosewood fingerboard with a 7.25” radius and vintage-upgrade frets. The two hand-wound 1958 Telecaster pickups have three-way switching with modern wiring. Other features include a top-load/string-through-body Telecaster bridge with threaded steel saddles, vintage-style tuning machines, and bone nut. Includes deluxe hardshell case, custom strap, custom mirror kit, coil cable and Certificate of Authenticity.  
    For additional information on new Fender products or to find a retail partner near you, visit www.fender.com or www.fendercustomshop.com. Join the conversation on social media by following @Fender and @FenderCustomShop.

    Los Angeles, CA, January 14th 2020 – Plugin Alliance is proud to announce the availability of the new Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor Class A.
    Available exclusively via Plugin Alliance, and enhanced by Brainworx with patent-pending TMT and more, we are happy to add this plugin to the growing line of Shadow Hills plugins. The Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor Class A Limited Edition is one of the most exclusive and powerful compressors ever built. Vintage King released the Class A in 2012, limiting production to only 50 units!
    The VCA section is much punchier on this version. Brainworx added even more features to the emulation of the already modded hardware version. The RED version is punchier, faster, and more versatile than the GREEN.
    With the limited edition, Shadow Hills Industries included an updated Class A discrete compressor section utilizing Lundahl input transformers as well as hand wiring each compressor with Mogami Cable, an important factor when Brainworx Audio modeled one of these limited units as it gave the limited edition version a different character to the original.
    During rigorous shoot-out tests against the Shadow Hills Industries Mastering Compressor, our pro audio engineers observed time and time again that the Class A features a smoother compression sound, punchier VCA, a more pronounced sonic dimension, and overall larger size and perceived depth. Another interesting difference between the Shadow Hills Industries Mastering Compressor and the Class A version is that with the gain set to identical values on both units the Class A version clocks in roughly 1 to 3 dBs higher, matching the emulated hardware, and, as a result, delivers a thicker and richer tone to whatever is running through it.
    For this limited edition, Brainworx included its well-known retractable Extra Unit. The BX Extra Unit provides the following features: Brainworx’s TMT (patent-pending Tolerance Modeling Technology), M/S processing, Mono-Maker, Stereo Width, Parallel Mix, Sidechain Filter, continuously variable 12 dB per octave high pass filter, and a Headroom parameter.
    Visually, this version can also be distinguished by red LEDs on the front panel versus the green ones found on the Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor — GREEN for the Drum Buss, RED for the Master!
    Added to the MEGA Bundle at no extra cost.

    KELOWNA, BC, CANADA: having revolutionized recording studio setups worldwide with its innovative PATCH system’s killer combination of (PATCH APP) software and 64-point connection-providing (PATCH) hardware working together in perfect harmony as the world’s most advanced digitally-controlled, 100%-analog patch bay routing system allowing anyone to easily control analog audio routings without having to resort to the use of manual patch cables, pro audio manufacturer Flock Audio is proud to introduce its (impending) PATCH LT and PATCH XT hardware releases — respectively representing ‘light’ (condensed) and ‘extra’ (expanded) selections anchored around the same award- winning architecture as the original, offering reduced and increased I/O count — at The 2020 NAMM Show, January 16-19, Anaheim, CA, USA…

    Flock Audio Patch XT
    Revolutionary as it incontrovertibly was when turning heads and opening musical minds with a show-stopping showcase at The 2019 NAMM Show, subsequently being adopted by hundreds of audio engineers worldwide with workflows benefitting from a design that just makes sense, today the original PATCH hardware remains revolutionary, beautifully built but simple and sleek in operation. On the face of it, becoming the hub of any studio setup is at its creative core, thanks to 64-point (32-input/32-output) connections via eight standard 25-pin D-SUB connectors allowing analog routing control courtesy of the accompanying MacOS- and Windows-compatible PATCH APP routing software, so users can create, store, and recall complex routings in seconds as well as create complex multing combinations with no impedance issues and no AD/DA conversion with a 100%-analog signal path using Flock Audio’s patented Matrix Technology. Simply speaking, the USB 2.0-equipped hardware works with the software in perfect harmony. Furthermore, Flock Audio sensibly saw fit to also include 32 independent channels of 48V phantom power — and allows or denies the ability to enable 48V on any input connected to the PATCH system, so accidental damage to any costly microphone investment is thankfully avoidable. Additionally, two front panel-positioned TRS/XLR Combo inputs and two XLR outputs for quick hardware, microphone, or instrument integration into the routing system are always available — and all without having to unplug anything already connected to the rear of the rack-mounted unit itself. Moreover, multiple PATCH expansion is perfectly possible for those needing more connections.

    Flock Audio Patch LT
    Conversely, perhaps, PATCH’s 64-point connection capability could conceivably be deemed overpriced overkill for those whose studio setups are a little lighter on the analog audio hardware front. Fortunately, Flock Audio always aims to accommodate, as evidenced by the timely introduction of its (impending) PATCH LT hardware at The 2020 NAMM Show. Small but mighty sums up PATCH’s perfectly-formed simple, sleek, and spectacular sibling, with just enough I/O to create a musical masterpiece. This time, however, Flock Audio allows access to the analog routing matrix of anyone’s dreams as a 32- point (16-input/16-output) connections-adorned affair featuring four standard 25-pin D-SUB connectors, 16 independent channels of 48V phantom power, and one front panel-positioned TRS/XLR Combo input and one XLR output. Out of sight, out of mind, the same reliable connections that seriously cemented PATCH’s recording reputation so speedily are also built into PATCH LT. Indeed, it includes the same external five-pin 24V DC power supply with IEC cable and 10-foot USB 2.0 (USB-A to USB-B) cable. Conveniently, it also works with the same PATCH APP routing software — relatively recently upgraded to instantly identify the connected PATCH hardware model, meaning quick creation, storage, and recall of complex routings as well as creating complex multing combinations with no impedance issues and no AD/DA conversion with a 100%-analog signal path using Flock Audio’s patented Matrix Technology remains the same. Should that smaller studio setup grow, then multiple unit expansion with any PATCH model is perfectly possible, so no need (necessarily) to trade up!
    Ultimately, of course, more serious studio setups more often than not have more serious patch bay routing requirements. Really representing everything that is great about PATCH... expanded, PATCH XT packs 192-point (96-input/96-output) connections via 24 standard 25-pin D-SUB connectors into a 3U eye-catching casing that means business but also acts as a reminder that analog routing need not be be the ugly part of audio production! Put it this way: with 96 independent channels of 48V phantom power, lockable USB 2.0 connector with included 10-foot USB 2.0 (USB-A to USB-B) cable, more room to house an internal power supply with included IEC cable, cooling-without-compromise redesigned airflow, and (optional) CAT5 Ethernet host control for bridging longer distances between the hardware unit itself and the PATCH APP routing software host, PATCH XT is extra extraordinary! And as if this is not enough to keep the most serious studio owner seriously satisfied with Flock Audio’s ultimate development of the world’s most advanced digitally- controlled, 100%-analog patch bay routing system allowing anyone to easily control analog audio routings without having to resort to the use of manual patch cables, multiple unit expansion with any PATCH model is also available.
    As company founder and Flock Audio CEO Darren Nakonechny notes: “We believe every audio engineer, whether developing their craft in the basement or award-winning professional studio, deserves superior recording tools.” Thanks to the timely introduction of PATCH LT and PATCH XT at The 2020 NAMM Show — uniting over 115,000 registrants from 130 countries and regions at the global crossroads of music, sound, and entertainment technology, the trailblazing Canadian pro audio manufacturer has taken two selective steps towards making that happen for even more audio engineers worldwide with workflows benefitting from ‘light’ (condensed) and ‘extra’ (expanded) designs that make more sense than ever!
    PATCH LT is scheduled to ship in Summer 2020 with an MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) of $1,499.00 USD — pricing subject to change without notice — through Flock Audio’s growing global network of authorized dealers (https://www.flockaudio.com/dealers) or online directly from Flock Audio itself (https://www.flockaudio.com/buynow).
    For more in-depth information, please visit the dedicated PATCH LT webpage here: https://www.flockaudio.com/patchlt
    PATCH XT is scheduled to ship in Winter 2020 with an MSRP of $9,999.00 USD — pricing subject to change without notice — through Flock Audio’s growing global network of authorized dealers (https://www.flockaudio.com/dealers)
    or online directly from Flock Audio itself (https://www.flockaudio.com/buynow).
    For more in-depth information, please visit the dedicated PATCH XT webpage here: https://www.flockaudio.com/patchxt

    The newest, and most hotly anticipated member of the Arturia Step family is to be revealed at NAMM 2020 in Anaheim, California.
    The sequencer the world has been waiting for. KeyStep Pro gives keyboard players incredible sequencing and performance power in a compact, versatile controller.
    KeyStep Pro is a 37-key MIDI controller and multi-channel polyphonic sequencer all in one. It will allow musicians to take full control of their modular rigs, outboard synths, and software studio all at the same time. The 4 independent polyphonic sequencer tracks give you full control over your instruments, and Track 1 can also function as a 16-part integrated drum sequencer. It’s incredibly intuitive, has unparalleled connectivity, and promises to make even complex performances a breeze.

    If you prefer keys to pads, you’ll love KeyStep Pro. It sports a great-feeling 3 octave keyboard with velocity sensitivity and aftertouch. Letting you fully articulate your musical ideas, this expressive little sequencer truly puts your whole music-making ecosystem at your fingertips. Arturia’s designers studied the way musicians actually used their Step controllers, and created KeyStep Pro to remove the barriers between you and the music you want to create.
    4 independent sequencers, controlling whatever synth, module, or drum machine you want.
    16 patterns per track. Each sequencer pattern can be up to 64 steps long, and contain 16 notes per step.
    Link up to 16 patterns together to create whole songs or sections of your set.
    Snapshots of all the sequences within a pattern, letting you instantly switch between sets of sequences.
    Everything in one place. Load, duplicate, tweak, edit, and save for later in its onboard memory.
    Read more here

    Vienna, Austria (January 14, 2020) - Austrian Audio announces that its new large diaphragm microphones, the OC818 and OC18, will be demonstrated for the first time at NAMM 2020 on booth #14121.
    Handmade in Vienna, the OC818 is a multi-pattern dual-output condenser microphone equipped with a world-first: optional wireless control, while its sibling – the OC18, is a cardioid pattern precision microphone. Its unique design and outstanding sonics, combined with new wireless control technologies offering highly optimised workflows, have garnered the OC818 five-star reviews from all over the world in its first few months on the market
    The OC818 also features a second output that allows the engineer, producer or musician to record the rear-facing capsule independently of the forward-facing capsule. If both capsules are recorded to a stereo or dual-mono track, Austrian Audio's free and Open Source PolarDesigner plug-in (Mac/Win: VST, AU & AAX) facilitates unprecedented control and tailoring of polar patterns between one and five bands with selectable crossover points.

    At the heart of the range is the patent-pending, handmade CKR12 ceramic capsule, made to the same critical dimensions as the legendary CK12 capsules. However, the CKR12 goes further still,
    due to the design and manufacturing consistency every OC818 can be paired with any other OC818, or even the OC18.

    Key features include:
    Multiple polar patterns on OC818 Dual outputs for recording each diaphragm separately on OC818 Seamless polar pattern adjustment via wireless remote control on OC818 Microprocessor control of polarisation voltages Two different analogue high-pass filters with three settings Two different types of analogue pads Features Austrian Audio’s Open Acoustics Technology (OAT™) “The OC818 and OC18 microphones have been received incredibly well,” comments Martin Seidl, CEO of Austrian Audio. “We designed them with ultimate quality, ease of use and improved workflows in mind, leaving more time for the users’ creativity, whether in a recording or broadcast studio, or live out on the road.”
    NAMM 2020 takes place January 16-19, 2020 at the Anaheim Convention Center in California, where Austrian Audio will exhibit in the US for the first time in the Pro Audio Hall, ACC North / Level 1, booth number: 14121.
    Read more here

    ANAHEIM, CA - NAMM booth #14631: Live at NAMM 2020, Embody, an audio lifestyle technology company, in partnership with Audeze is proud to announce: Audeze Reveal+ the world's first artificial intelligence-driven plugin that transports YOU inside multi-million dollar studios used by award-winning engineers.
    Reveal+ is a personalized virtual studio plugin for headphones. A typical virtual studio plugin includes room recordings using regular microphones, or with the ears of a generic dummy head. Unfortunately, what you hear is not personalized to your unique hearing, leading to unwanted tonal coloration and artifacts in your mix. Reveal+ provides the critical missing piece, which is YOU. In Reveal+, with the help of a powerful AI engine called Aural Map, the precise response of the studio is personalized to the way you hear. You are virtually transported into a world-class studio, together with your ears.
    The power of Aural Map is its ability to create a personalized audio profile from just a single image of your right ear. It creates a mathematical model of how you hear sound in the real world, based on your anatomy. With your personalized HRTF, Reveal+ gives the experience of truly being inside an excellent sounding, acoustically treated room. As a result, it sounds like YOU are in the studio. And, your mix finally gets all the benefits of the studio’s acoustics, speakers, and layout when in reality, you might be mixing in your bedroom on a pair of Audeze LCD-1 headphones.
    “I think Reveal+ is great. When mixing a song or a record, it’s all about trying to ensure that it sounds good everywhere. With Reveal+, to not only have access to a studio that I’m familiar with, but access to other mixing studios to test and see how it sounds there. Reveal+ is an invaluable tool to help ensure the mix is as good as it can be.”
    -- Carlos de la Garza, Grammy Award-winning mixer, music producer, engineer, musician, and songwriter
    Reveal+ features precise acoustical models from studios of Grammy-winning engineers and producers, including Carlos de la Garza and Warren Huart, with many more to come!
    “Reveal+ is not only the future, but it’s also the present. This is the place to be. It’s the technology to embrace. And I say go for it.”
    -- Warren Huart, British multi-platinum record producer, musician, composer, and recording engineer
    Reveal+ is compatible with any Digital Audio Workstation and features a free, fully functional 14-day trial. You can purchase Reveal+ for $199 retail. The LCD-1 headphone retail price is $399. Until January 20, Audeze is offering a NAMM 2020 discount. Purchase Reveal+ for $159, add Reveal+ to your cart and use discount code RVLNAMM2020. Purchase the LCD-1 & Reveal+ bundle for $449, add both products to your checkout cart and use discount code BNDLNAMM2020.
    Audeze and Embody are committed to continuing cutting edge research, so stay tuned for new features, live rooms, and studios. Full details can be found at https://www.audeze.com/products/reveal

    Nord’s new Nord Wave 2 is an innovative Performance Synthesizer combining a layer-focused interface and advanced performance features with 48 voice polyphony and Virtual Analog, Sample, FM and Wavetable synthesis. With its dual OLED displays, intuitive controls and compact, 61-key platform with Aftertouch, the Wave 2 is the most versatile and powerful synthesizer ever produced by Nord.
    Each of the Nord Wave 2’s four layers offers Analog, Wavetable, FM and Sample oscillators. The new Group feature combines 2, 3 or 4 layers and processes them through the same Filter, Envelope, Arpeggiator, LFO and Effect settings.

    The Wave 2 features an extensive range of morphable parameters. Its controls are grouped to ease the creation of complex layered sounds and tweak them on the fly while the new streamlined Nord Sample Editor 3 for Mac and Windows lets you map,loop and transfer samples to your Nord Wave 2 in a breeze.
    A Filter section with 6 Filter types comes equipped with a full ADSR envelope and a dedicated LFO offers a choice of waveforms for each layer. The Amp section also features a full ADSR envelope and a powerful new Transient Attack mode.
    The Nord Wave 2 is a rhythmical powerhouse with both a classic arpeggiator and a Polyphonic mode with editable patterns. The brand-new Gate mode chops your sound up in a rhythmic pattern with adjustable depth. The Pattern mode contains a wide selection of Rhythmic Patterns or you can create your own.
    Each layer has its own Effect section with high-quality, tweakable stereo effects as well as an EQ with Drive. All effects are controllable via Control Pedal (or other Morph sources) and can be synchronized to the Master Clock for rhythmic effects. Separate Reverb sections on each layer offer five different sizes (Booth, Room, Stage, Hall and new Cathedral), Bright and Dark modes and a new Chorale effect for lush modulation.
    The Nord Wave 2 is handmade in Sweden by Clavia DMI AB and scheduled for shipping in Spring 2020 with pricing to be announced. All specifications are subject to change without further notice. For a more detailed discussion of the Nord Wave 2’s features and performance.
    For more information, click here

    The EQ2 is the second generation of Source Audio’s very popular Programmable EQ, a multi-preset, MIDI controllable pedal that landed on the boards of numerous pro guitarists, including six-string icons David Gilmour and John Mayer.
    “Source Audio created a completely new product category when we released the Programmable EQ pedal back in 2011," said Source Audio President Roger Smith. "It gradually became one of our most successful products. We are confident that the EQ2, with its ten adjustable frequency bands, stereo I/O, and both graphic and parametric equalization capabilities, will be another big success.”
    The EQ2 Programmable EQ is a combination graphic and parametric equalizer pedal with 10 adjustable frequency bands, stereo inputs and outputs, 8 onboard presets, 128 MIDI accessible presets, 5-pin DIN input and thru jacks, and a master volume with an additional 12dB of boost. The pedal flaunts sleek, modern hardware with a crystal-clear LED screen, simple control surface, and on-the-fly preset switching capabilities. In addition to its highly flexible onboard options, the EQ2 is compatible with Source Audio’s Neuro Mobile and Desktop Editors. The Neuro Editors provide a simple and visually comprehensive view of the parametric EQ controls (including adjustable frequency band and a Q controls) as well as an optional dynamic limiter, noise gate, alternate signal routing options, and the ability to simultaneously run two discrete EQ presets (one for each stereo output).
    The pedal also includes a USB port for connecting to the Neuro Desktop Editor or receiving MIDI program change (PC) and continuous controller (CC) messages from a digital audio workstation (DAW). The EQ2’s 1/8” CONTROL INPUT jack connects with either the Source Audio Dual Expression Pedal or Source Audio’s Neuro Hub. The Neuro Hub smoothly incorporates the EQ2 into the greater Source Audio ecosystem.

    Vienna, Austria (January 13, 2020) - Launching at NAMM, the HI-X (High Excursion) headphones mark the first ever professional headphone launch from classic microphone manufacturer, Austrian Audio.

    Austrian Audio’s first ever professional headphone launch is taking place at NAMM 2020, where the manufacturer is debuting the Hi-X (High Excursion) headphones in the US. Comprised of the on-ear HI-X50 and over-ear HI-X55, the headphones build upon Austrian Audio’s respected microphone manufacturing reputation.
    Known for the OC818 and OC18 microphones for studio and live use, Austrian Audio brings the same level of passion and engineering excellence to its new headphone range – designed and constructed by the manufacturer’s team of experts in Vienna and made in Austria. 

    Austrian Audio opened its doors on July 1st 2017 immediately after the closure of the AKG Vienna offices. Initially staffed with 22 former AKG employees from all disciplines ranging from management, acoustics, electronics, test and measurement, mechanical design, RF/wireless, and software/firmware, this amounted to over 350 years of combined pro audio expertise on day one.
    With a nod to its manufacturing heritage, all drivers – the very heart of the headphones – are designed and engineered by Austrian Audio.
    “When it was time to create our first family of professional headphones, we were determined to exceed the high targets we set ourselves and create something very special,” commented Martin Seidl, CEO. “Much like our coveted OC818 and OC18 microphones, the core comes from a proven Viennese team sharing a passion for excellence. We will always ensure that we deliver an absolutely pristine sonic performance. Another key thing that we have learned over the decades is that headphones need to be as comfortable as they are reliable and excellent-sounding. We’ve designed a fresh take on an ultra-adjustable and wide-range head-bow for maximum comfort during the longest sessions, for the biggest engineers to the smallest bedroom producers. We are very proud to be showcasing these products as part of Austrian Audio's first ever participation at a US tradeshow.”
    The on-ear, supra-aural HI-X50s are specifically designed for those requiring a portable and compact option, whereas the HI-X55 circum-aurals provide over-the-ear comfort. Both feature Austrian Audio’s exclusive 44mm HI-X driver.

    “Our engineers have designed larger drivers in the past, but our science, measurements and listening tests have shown that 44mm is the best size for this design,” explained Philipp Schuster, Product Manager. “It ensures optimal performance in the Hi-X by moving a lot of air, and eliminates ‘wobbling’ of the diaphragm. It’s all about controlled sound – 44mm is optimal for the professional Hi-X series."
    Austrian Audio’s ring magnet system – which has been incorporated into various award-winning headphones in the past – is present in the new headphone line, further enhanced with all-new design updates featuring the latest materials, improved air-flow and the strongest magnetic field from the manufacturer yet. The ring magnet structure couples with a copper-clad aluminium voice coil to reduce the moving mass for a better impulse reaction. Austrian Audio’s three-ply membrane increases the stiffness and reduces undesired resonances, bolstered further by a double acoustic wall designed to achieve the best damping results.
    Austrian Audio knows a thing or two about ruggedness and reliability: All critical strength components are made of metal to protect the headphones, while both models present a 25Ohm impedance.
    Not forgetting the earpads, allowing more room for listeners’ ears without an increase in earcup size. Austrian Audio listens to its customers, incorporating the often-requested convenience of easy user-replaceable earpads, even extending to a replaceable bowpad should that be necessary
    A detachable cable is included, and each headphone is furnished with a 3.5mm (1/8 inch) to 6.3mm (1/4 inch) adapter.


    Audio Digital – Exclusive AUDAC distributor in the Czech Republic
    AUDAC is happy to announce a partnership with Prague based Audio Digital as the new exclusive distributor of their innovative audio solutions in the Czech Republic. Audio Digital is a company that strives to provide the best solution possible for their clients. They will be handling the sales, distribution and service for the whole AUDAC product line.
    Audio Digital’s managing director, Michal Zeman, is truly excited to be representing the full range of AUDAC products. “I genuinely believe in the quality and innovation AUDAC offers and I am more than happy to be adding their products to our assortment.” he explained. “We at Audio Digital value a high performance/price ratio, and that is exactly what you get at AUDAC. I look forward to enter this partnership.”
    AUDAC’s international sales executive Bart Vandermot is also pleased with the new partnership. He explained: “It is always important to keep evolving as a business. By expanding our network and starting new partnerships, we can ensure that the clients all over the world can enjoy our innovations. We have the greatest confidence in our partnership with Audio Digital as we have seen first-hand the outstanding quality and service they provide to the customer.”
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    Introducing the Nord Sample Editor 3

    We are happy to introduce the new Nord Sample Editor 3 for Nord Wave 2 and Nord Stage 3. The Nord Sample Editor 3 makes it easier than ever to create custom sample instruments for your Nord keyboard. Drag and drop audio-files and enjoy automatic mapping with pitch detection, simple looping and instant transfer to your Nord. 
    The Nord Sample Editor 3 is available for free download for Mac and Windows and compatible with the Nord Stage 3 and Nord Wave 2. Support for Nord Electro 6, Nord Grand and Nord Piano 4 to be announced.


    We are happy to introduce the new Nord Sample Editor 3 for Nord Wave 2 and Nord Stage 3.  The Nord Sample Editor 3 makes it easier than ever to create custom sample instruments for your Nord keyboard. Drag and drop audio-files and enjoy automatic mapping with pitch detection, simple looping and instant transfer to your Nord.
        Intuitive user interface     Drag and drop single or multiple samples     Automatic and manual import options     Edit multiple zones at once     Support for silent zones
    The Nord Sample Editor 3 is available for free download for Mac and Windows and compatible with the Nord Stage 3 and Nord Wave 2. Support for Nord Electro 6, Nord Grand and Nord Piano 4 to be announced.
    Download the Nord Sample Editor 3 here
    Product Page
    Nord Sample Editor 3 Product Page
    Tutorial videos:
    VIDEO: Creating a Sample Instrument from a single audio file
    VIDEO: Creating a Sample Instrument from an audio file with multiple samples
    Nord Sample Editor 3 Online Guide

    The Nord Wave 2 is a powerful 4-part performance synthesizer combining Virtual Analog synthesis, Samples, FM and Wavetable with an intuitive layer-focused interface.
    With 48 voice polyphony, innovative performance features and hands-on controls, the Nord Wave 2 offers outstanding sonic possibilities with advanced layering and tweaking on the fly. 

    Amped Studio, the ground-breaking and free online digital audio workstation (DAW), now has a huge audience thanks to a deal that sees it partner with the fastest-growing music streaming service in China, NetEase Cloud Music. With its additional Spanish and Russian-language access, Amped Studio has become a true global force in the world of music production.
    Amped Studio has revolutionised online music making. Its virtual instruments and sophisticated pitch- and beat-to-MIDI features have brought easy and free music production to millions of users. Now this cutting-edge online DAW is taking a huge step to world domination as it partners with NetEase Cloud Music, the fastest-growing music streaming service in China, who will now offer Amped Studio to their massive user base. With Spanish and Russian websites for Amped Studio already available, this deal means that Amped Studio becomes a truly international DAW for musicians everywhere.

    Amped Studio can now look forward to millions of Chinese producers embracing its technology as NetEase Cloud Music is one of the biggest music streaming services in China, with over 800,000 million registered users and over 100,000 independent Chinese artists signed to it.  
    Bil Bryant, CEO of Amped Studio says:
    “We are extremely excited about partnering with NetEase Cloud Music, who are committed to supporting artists and DJs with a variety of creative tools in their ecosystem. Instant access to a robust online music creation product is our mission, and now millions of budding producers will have that opportunity. We will work closely together to further develop and localize the service and look forward to welcoming so many new artists to the world of Amped Studio.”
    Mathew Daniel, VP International of NetEase Cloud Music adds:
    “Supporting musicians is part of the NetEase Cloud Music DNA, and providing them access to high-quality music production capability via access to Amped Studio fits perfectly with our goals. As it is web-based with free entry-level access, there will be no installation barriers, opening up music production to the masses. This will also enable the many podcasters broadcasting their shows via NCM, to easily produce and upload their shows in a convenient manner."
    Amped Studio is a browser-based online DAW, so is not limited to music production on any single computer – produce music anywhere you go, and for free, as long as you have an internet connection. The DAW allows you to record and play audio and MIDI content simultaneously on the same track, and also adds virtual instruments and great-sounding effects, which act just like the VSTs in traditional DAWs. These plugins use cutting-edge WAM (Web Audio Module) technology (available at https://wam.fm), and VSTs can be easily ported over to the WAM standard, as demonstrated by Amped Studio's OBXD and DEXED plugins, both based on the famous classic synths, Oberheim OB-X and the Yamaha DX-7 respectively.
    Amped Studio also incorporates the latest pitch- and beat-detection technology within its Hum and Beatz features. Users can hum or beatbox their ideas straight into the DAW, which then automatically creates MIDI notes and beats – simply sing and compose with your voice!
    A slew of new additions for the software, to be unveiled in the new year, including remote recording for collaboration, granular synthesis and more Web Audio Modules.
    Amped Studio availability
    Amped Studio is available on a free subscription that includes the WAM instruments and vocal-to-MIDI features. A premier subscription of $4.99 a month gets you more instruments, sounds and audio options. Amped Studio has been developed within the new Web Assembly browser technology and currently runs under Chrome, Vivaldi and Opera, and will eventually work in other browsers as they move to Web Assembly.
    For more information or to try Amped Studio go to: https://ampedstudio.com/

    Sergio Herman is a highly successful and hugely respected Michelin-starred Dutch chef. His restaurant, The Jane, in Antwerp, is internationally renowned for its exquisite food and carefully created ambience. At Strandhotel, a culinary and well-being destination in Dutch Flanders, Herman is responsible for the hotel’s three restaurants, including the recently opened, one-of-a-kind, Blueness. In order to fully realise Herman’s vision for Blueness and breakfast restaurant Pine House, new audio systems were considered essential and his team were clear about what they wanted. 
    A Pioneer Pro Audio system had been installed at The Jane back in 2014 and had left an indelible mark on The Herman Group. At the Strandhotel, the team needed a system that could deliver a chilled experience for guests at the beginning of their day, maintain a relaxed output on weeknights and then inject some energy for weekend DJ sets. The position of the two restaurants within the hotel also dictated that the sound should be contained within the spaces, to ensure that there was no disturbance to residents or external noise pollution. A flexible system was essential given the diverse music policy that ranges from jazz to rock, live funk and house. After making an assessment of the spaces, Erwin Nuyts of Belgian installer DiscoStore, concluded that Pioneer Pro Audio XY Series would be the perfect choice.
    Working closely with Herman’s team, Nuyts recommended the use of XY-81 8-inch two-way loudspeakers, XY-115S 15-inch bass reflex subwoofers and XY215S dual 15-inch quasi-bandpass subwoofers to meet the requirements of the spaces. Nuyts explains the choice:
    “The speakers are voiced flat for a natural sound, so they can accurately reproduce different genres of music. They are great at lower volume and give that warm sound we were looking for but despite their discreet size, there’s plenty of power when you crank the music up.”
    In the Blueness restaurant, DiscoStore installed 8 x XY-81 and 1 x XY-215S. In the Pinehouse ground floor area, 8 x XY-81 were supplemented by 2 x XY-115S with a further 4 x XY-81 deployed for Pinehouse’s basement floor. An additional 4 x XY-81 and 2 x XY-115S were placed   into the lobby area of the hotel.
    The project ran seamlessly, as Sergio Herman Group’s Brand Manager, Jacco La Gasse comments:
    “Working with DiscoStore and Pioneer Pro Audio was a smooth process. They listened carefully to our needs and were always in close contact with our hospitality team and the on-site project leader. When we undertake a renovation or a new project it’s always smart to have specialists on the floor as it helps to perfectly integrate the sound system with the interior design.”
    As well as employing acoustic panels and fabrics to combat any external disturbance, the XY Series speakers also played a key role in containing the sound. Nuyts again:
    “They’re perfect for targeting audio to specific zones, due to their functional rotatable horns, removing the worry about sound spilling into the wrong areas.”
    The reaction to the new Pioneer Pro Audio XY Series system has been universally positive. La Gasse is enthusiastic about a setup that he sees as the perfect fit for the varied needs of the two restaurants.
    “It’s perfectly designed for our needs because we’re not a club but we still like to add a layer of music for a hospitable experience. It’s not just the restaurant team who are impressed, either. Guests often comment positively on the atmosphere and all the regular and guest DJs who play here are keen to return. Blueness is a fine-casual food concept, so we’re often reviewed in gastronomic magazines, food blogs and websites. When they write about the warm ambience, we know that our audio provision is an important part of that equation.”

    Akron, Ohio, January 9, 2020 -- Akron, Ohio-based, hand-crafted effects pedal manufacturer EarthQuaker Devices has announced another opportunity to Immerse yourself in the full spectrum overdriven sonic palette as used on Sunn O)))'s Life Metal and Pyroclastalbums.
    The compact, pedalboard-friendly version of the Life Pedal distortion is designed and manufactured by EarthQuaker Devices in the dark corridors of Akron, Ohio, and is limited to 2,500 units worldwide. It offers the same circuit as the WILDLY popular version that was released in early 2019, but with the addition of expression pedal control over the octave blend and Flexi-Switch® Technology on the relay-based true bypass footswitches. Analog octave blending is another feature of this saturation monster.

    In the writing sessions for Life Metal, Stephen & Greg worked extensively shearing their tones toward a broader energy spectrum over high-powered saturation and across planes of sonic character, with the ambition to take full advantage of Steve Albini’s (the recording engineer for the album) exacting capture skills.
    The results are astounding: there is breadth and luminosity of color, vast sonic cosmoses, flashes of abstract color (synthetic and objective) through resulting themes which emerged from the mastered depths of saturation and circuits between the two players and their mountains of gear.
    The Life Pedal is designed to represent the core front end chain used in those sessions, to drive the tubes of the band’s multiple vintage Sunn O))) Model T amplifiers (or take your fancy) into overload ecstasy. This is a 100w tube amp full stack’s holy dream, or its apostate nightmare.
    An octave fuzz inspired by the Shin-Ei FY2 & FY6 units leads the circuit into a LM308 chipped and brutal rodent big box distortion, recreated with the best components, and including a three-way clipping switch (op Amp, Asymmetric & Symmetric). Second stage is a purely clean boost to further overdrive the preamp tubes of your vintage system into -scaped harmonics, and feedback overtone bliss.
    Chasms are cleared, mountains sheared, glaciers calved, novæ birthed. Vintage valve amplifiers recommended. This is your opportunity to transcend.
    More on Life Pedal:
    Life Pedal is a distortion with a blendable analog octave up and a booster combined in one compact package. The “Amplitude” side is faithfully modeled after the classic “White Face” distortion unit, right down to the LM308 IC and tantalum caps. The only modifications made to the original circuit are in the clipping section. The traditional circuit uses a single pair of silicon diodes for a tight, compressed crunch. The Life Pedal introduces two additional clipping options to better adapt to different rigs. The first position is no diodes to allow for full, grinding Op Amp assault at maximum volume. The second position utilizes two silicon diodes and one LED in an asymmetrical clipping configuration. This delivers a slightly compressed and smooth crunch, similar to a valve amplifier. The last position is the stock double silicon diode configuration which provides that classic tone you know and love.
    The Octave in Life Pedal is an all-discrete, analog full-wave rectifier circuit built around a pair of Russian Germanium diodes. Located at the input of the circuit, the Octave control slowly blends in the octave effects as you turn it clockwise. This feature can also be used via expression control allowing for wild, hands-free octave swells mid-riff. Because this is an analog octave effect, it is monophonic and works best playing single notes above the twelfth fret while using the neck pickup. Playing chords with the analog octave will sound clanging and chaotic. Using the bridge pickup and playing below the twelfth fret will produce a very subtle octave effect. Going full Octave transforms Life Pedal from a simple distortion device into a swelling, raging fuzz similar to the classic Super Fuzz!
    The “Magnitude” section of Life Pedal is a simple all-discrete MOSFET booster designed to blast your preamp tubes and drive them wild. It is a 100% clean, no-nonsense, high impedance booster that adds very little color to your tone. It does not add distortion on its own but has plenty of output to push your amp into saturation.
    The signal path goes Octave>Distortion>Boost. The octave distortion and booster can be used independently with their own respective footswitches. The Petrine Cross is the octave distortion and the Christian Cross is the booster.
    More on the controls:
    Octave: This blends in the analog octave as your turn it clockwise.
    Distortion: Turn clockwise for more distortion, counterclockwise for less. This provides about +60dB of gain.
    Filter: This is a low pass filter with a frequency response from around 500Hz to 30kHz. Turn counterclockwise for more high end, clockwise for less.
    Amplitude: Output volume for the octave distortion side. Clockwise for more hearing loss, counterclockwise for a healthy life in old age.
    Clipping Switch:
    • OpAmp- No diodes to allow for full, grinding Op Amp assault at maximum volume.
    • Asymm- Utilizes two silicon diodes and one LED in an asymmetrical clipping configuration. This delivers a slightly compressed and smooth crunch, similar to a valve amplifier.
    • Symm- This is the stock double silicon diode configuration which provides that classic tone you know and love.
    Magnitude: This is the output volume for the booster. Clockwise to blow up your amp, counterclockwise if you are a baby. Unity is somewhere right around noon on the dial.
    Amplitude Footswitch: Octave Distortion Activator
    Magnitude Footswitch: Boost Activator
    Octave EXP: Connect any expression pedal to this input to control the analog octave blend. Before inserting the expression pedal, make sure the pedal is powered off.
    This device takes a standard 9 volt DC power supply with a 2.1mm negative center barrel. We always recommend pedal-specific, transformer-isolated wall-wart power supplies or multiple isolated-output supplies. Pedals will make extra noise if there is ripple or unclean power. Switching-type power supplies, daisy chains and non-pedal specific power supplies do not filter dirty power as well and let through unwanted noise. DO NOT RUN AT HIGHER VOLTAGES!
    Current Draw: 15 mA
    Octave Distortion: Input impedance: 1 MOhm / Output impedance: <1 KOhm
    Booster: Input Impedance: 500 KOhm / Output Impedance: <1 KOhm
    Flexi-Switch® Technology:
    This device features Flexi-Switch® Technology! This relay-based, true bypass switching style allows you to simultaneously use momentary and latching-style switching.
    • For standard latching operation, tap the footswitch once to activate the effect and then tap again to bypass.
    • For momentary operation, hold the footswitch down for as long as you’d like to use the effect. Once you release the switch, the effect will be bypassed.
    Since the switching is relay-based, it requires power to pass signal.
    This device has a limited lifetime warranty. If it breaks, EarthQuaker Devices will fix it. Should you encounter any issues, please email info@earthquakerdevices.com.
    About EarthQuaker Devices:
    Top-six in the U.S. and one of the top-10 in the world, create products that are available in over 865 retail locations in approximately 50 countries. Its key retailers include Guitar Center, Sam Ash, Sweetwater and Thomann. EarthQuaker Devices has sold over 250,000 units.
    The company's current workforce reaches over 50 individuals, and has been praised for its commitment to inclusion, diversity and cooperation with other pedal manufacturers by Best Guitar Effects.

    McDSP will be heading to NAMM 2020, held January 16-19, 2020 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Visit booth number 14905, located in the North Hall to check out the all new Moo X Mixer! 
    The Moo X Mixer plug-in is the world’s first fully automated hybrid mixing console under total software control. Session recall is instant, and all mixer controls can be automated or saved as a preset. Features include equalization, analog compression and saturation, and a master section with auxiliary input and stereo analog compression and saturation. 
    The Moo X Mixer is available only with the purchase of an APB-16 Analog Processing Box. 
    The McDSP Analog Processing Box (APB) combines the flexibility of software with the fidelity of premium analog processing. Each channel can be controlled by an APB plug-in giving true digital workflow with genuine analog performance. Processing options include not only the Moo-X Mixer, but several other unique plug-ins. 
    The Moo-X Mixer plug-in showcases the programmability of the APB-16 hardware and how it can be integrated into a hybrid mixing solution providing optimal workflow. 
    Come by our booth for a hands-on demo of the Moo X Mixer as well as top plug-ins like the 6060 Ultimate Module Collection, the NR800 Noise Reduction Processor, the EC-300 Echo Collection, and the Emmy Award winning SA-2 Dialog Processor. The Moo X Mixer will ship Q1 of 2020. 
    Live Colin’s Corner shows will be running throughout the show on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Guest engineers include Tony Maserati, Bob Horn, Neal Avron, David Bottrill, Ryan McCambridge, David Kim, Tom Marks, Richard Furch, Warren Huart, and ROCASound. Check our website for a complete list of Colin’s Corner guests, dates and times. Free product raffles and a coveted McDSP t-shirt will be given away at all live shows. 
    More information is available at www.mcdsp.com. 

    AUDAC is happy to announce the start of a new partnership with S.E.A. Vertrieb & Consulting GmbH as the new exclusive distributor of their innovative audio solutions in Germany. S.E.A. has been a successful solution provider for professional audio technology for more than 20 years. The family-owned company enjoys an excellent reputation in the AV industry and focusses on the exclusive distribution of professional audio solutions for recording studios, live sound and commercial audio. S.E.A.’s priority is always to provide value for both channel partners and customers – offering competent and customer-centric services for maximum added value. From now on the company will manage the sales, distribution and service of the complete AUDAC product line in Germany from their offices in Emsbüren.
    S.E.A.’s CEO Alexander Kirchfeld looks towards this partnership with great enthusiasm: “We have experienced the quality of AUDAC’s products as well as the passion of its employees ourselves and believe they will enhance the everyday lives of our customers. The new partnership between our companies allows us to fulfil the needs of our customers even better by providing them with a wide range of innovative audio solutions.”
    Mark Asselberghs, AUDAC’s international sales director, shares Kirchfeld’s enthusiasm: “We are constantly looking for new like-minded companies that share our passion for innovative audio solutions to broaden our network. S.E.A. perfectly fits that description. We believe that they are an outstanding company that values giving their partners the best experience possible, so we are excited to enter this promising partnership.”

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