LONDON, UK: Spitfire Audio is proud to announce availability of EPIC STRINGS — a symphonic-sized string section inaugurating its new series of ORIG!NALS, wallet-friendly yet eminently essential cinematic ingredients for any professional or budding professional composer and music-maker, meticulously captured for superlative sampling in the Spitfire way at AIR Studios, hallowed host to an abundance of blockbuster film scoring sessions, simplified and presented in the British music technology company’s free, easy-to-use (AAX-, AU-, VST2-, and VST3-supporting) plug-in, perfect for anyone wishing to add a touch of Spitfire magic to their DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) recordings while taking the next step up from the entry-level LABS series of free sample- based virtual instruments — as of December 4…
As a symphonic-sized, 60-strong string section of London’s best players professionally recorded in the hallowed (Lyndhurst) Hall at London’s legendary AIR Studios, EPIC STRINGS serves up 11 appetising articulations — Live, incorporating shorts and longs into a single playable patch proffering ease of writing; Short; Short Ostinato; Short (Octave); Pizzicato; Long; Long (Octave); Long (Slow); Long CS; Long CS (Octave); and Long CS (Slow) — alongside three tasty signal settings — Room, a combination of Tree, Ambient, and Outrigger mics; Close, adds definition to the Room signal; and Stretch, a stretched version of the Room, creating an ambient, synth-like texture — to form a 2.44 GB download-sized cinematic instrument plug-in par excellence. Clearly clutter-free and focused, it includes easy-to-use REVERB, RELEASE, and TIGHTNESS controllers, together with simple sliders for level and dynamics adjustment, and a large ‘knob’ for additional control of the three aforesaid controllers. Helpfully, however, EPIC STRINGS can be quickly customised to the personal workflow of any user — ultimately, for instance, including whether Help text is displayed at the bottom of the plug-in’s perfectly formed UI (user interface)!
Inaugurating Spitfire Audio’s new series of ORIG!NALS instant writing tools, then, EPIC STRINGS surely is an instant winner, with wallet-friendly pricing to make sure that taking that next step up from the British music technology company’s established entry-level LABS series of free sample-based virtual instruments is as painless as possible. Put it this way: it is, indeed, an essential cinematic ingredient. Originality, of course, tastes marvellous — musically, more so with ORIG!NALS, opening with EPIC STRINGS!
EPIC STRINGS is available as an AAX-, AU-, VST2-, and VST3-supporting plug-in for Mac (OS X 10.10 or later) and Windows (7, 8, and 10 — latest Service Pack) that loads directly into any compatible DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) for an RRP (Recommended Retail Price) of only £29.00 GBP (inc. VAT)/$29.00 USD/€29.00 EUR (inc. VAT) — from here: https://www.spitfireaudio.com/originals
Spitfire Audio’s free Download Manager application — available from here: http://www.spitfireaudio.com/info/library-manager/ — allows anyone to buy now and download anytime.
For more in-depth information, please visit Spitfire Audio’s ORIG!NALS Frequently Asked Questions webpage here: https://www.spitfireaudio.com/info/faq/spitfire-originals/
Watch Spitfire Audio’s engaging EPIC STRINGS user interface explanatory video here
Watch Spitfire Audio’s tasty trailer video for EPIC STRINGS here
Version 2.0 integrates many user-requested features with a revamp of the sequencer, a 4-fold increase in its modulation capabilities, custom LFO creation, a new preset comparison feature, a “system” mode, and many smaller enhancements and bug-fixes.
These new abilities and improved functionality gives MatrixBrute users exciting new creative scope, letting them go deeper into the instrument than ever before, and create sounds that are truly one of a kind.
The update is available for free to all MatrixBrute owners, and can easily be installed using the Arturia MIDI Control Center.
HOW TO UPDATE ?
• Connect MatrixBrute to your computer using USB
• Open the Arturia MIDI Control Center software (download it for free at arturia.com)
• Select MatrixBrute from the dropdown menu
• Select Firmware Revision, and Update
When updating to version 2.0, your MatrixBrute presets will be automatically converted to the 2.0 format. However, there is no way to convert a 2.0 preset to the 1.0 format. While we are sure you'll love the changes version 2.0 brings, we would advise you to backup your presets before updating your MatrixBrute, just in case you ever want to roll back to version1.0.
WHAT'S NEW IN MATRIXBRUTE 2.0 ?
Extended modulation capability
The original MatrixBrute featured 4 modulation options. The latest update gives you 4 pages of 4 modulations, quadrupling its creative scope!
New features for the sequencer
A simple but powerful overhaul of the sequencer lets you easily duplicate and delete sections, rotate the sequence, visualize notes in the step, and more.
Preset compare mode
Ever accidentally written over a great preset? Never again! Make sure your sound is better than the one you’re saving over with the preset compare feature. Preview a slot before you save, and don’t lose patches you love.
Totally independent control
If you prefer to make system changes without having to connect to a computer, the new update introduces a “system” mode, unlocking all parameters that normally could only be accessed through the MCC software.
Create your own LFO
Draw your own waveshapes on the matrix, quantize the steps or smooth them out, to truly customize your sound. You can also sync the LFO with triplets or dotted time divisions.
Enhancements and bug fixes
We’ve listened to MatrixBrute owners, and made things work even better for them. Now real-time recording with legato won’t retrigger envelopes, changing presets doesn’t reset the sync, and many more little improvements.
Read more here
Neu-Anspach, Germany – November 26, 2019 – The winners have been decided: Two Adam Hall Group products have been honored with the internationally renowned German Design Award 2020 – the Cameo ZENIT® B200 and the LD Systems U300® series. While the battery-operated ZENIT B200 LED spotlight impressed in the "Excellent Product Design – Lighting" category, the U300 series' radio systems stood out in the "Excellent Product Design – Entertainment" category.
Once again a German Design Award recipient, the Adam Hall Group, based in Neu-Anspach, Hesse, is further motivated to continue pursuing its path of developing innovative event technology solutions in close cooperation with its customers. Both the UHF system solutions for radio and in-ear monitoring applications from the U300 series by LD Systems and the battery-operated LED outdoor wash light ZENIT B200 by Cameo embody the characteristic design of the respective brands, offering professional users a well-thought-out combination of functionality, user-friendliness, reliability, performance, and high-quality appearance for various day-to-day applications.
The German Design Award honors innovative products and projects (as well as their manufacturers and designers) that represent pioneering contributions to the German and international design landscape. It is awarded by the authority for brand and design in Germany: the German Design Council. Established on the initiative of the German government as a foundation in 1953, it supports the industry in achieving added brand value through design. This makes the German Design Council one of the world's leading centers of excellence for communication and brand management in the area of design.
"The entire Adam Hall Group team is extremely proud that, in addition to 2017, 2018, and 2019, they are once again among the winners of the German Design Award in 2020," says Alexander Pietschmann, CEO of the Adam Hall Group. "Both the LD Systems and Cameo brands recently underwent comprehensive rebranding, so we're all the more pleased that our solutions not only impress event technology users but the international product design elite too. Recognition of our efforts by the German Design Award jury encourages us to continue forging new paths in the future and assume a pioneering role as an innovative event technology manufacturer."
The official awards ceremony of the German Design Award 2020 will take place on February 7, 2020, as part of Ambiente 2020 in Frankfurt am Main.
Putten, Netherlands, November 2019... DJ, producer and sound designer Ummet Ozcan has built a hugely successful career, despite the acoustically challenging spaces hehasoften made music in. Now, thanks to the creation of his own private studio by renowned acoustician and studio designer Jan Morel, Ozcanfinally hasthe ideal recording space-with a Genelec smart active monitoring systemat its heart.
Ozcan has been making music since the age of 14, when his instinctive skill with the flute and keyboard were the first signs of an emerging, prodigious talent. His first single, Chica Good, arrived in 2006 but it was 2011’s Reboot, swiftly followed by 2012’s The Box,that solidified his reputation. In the years since, he has produced not only a string of hit singles but also collaborations with peers including Paul Van Dyk and Tiesto, while continuing to push his own creative limits with the development of soft-synths and soundbanks.
However, most of that work was performedin less-than-ideal listening environments. “The first space that I worked in... I’m not sure I could call it a studiosince it was inthe attic ofmy parent’s home,” recalls Ozcan. “I just had two speakers in there –actually just two hi-fi speakers! Then I moved to an apartment and Ihad a room –so Iput some acoustic treatment on the walls, some bass traps, and just two monitors and a sub. I made my music in there for years,but when my friends came to visit I’d tell them to stand in the corner because that’s where they could hear the bass properly! If you took one step to the side then the sound changed completely.
”Ozcan describes his new studio as “everything I’ve dreamed of for the last 15 years –I can’t quite believe that it’s here. This room reflects my energy. It’s an extension of myself and my music. When you close the door, you’re in a different world, it’s amazing.”
The room itself is a blazing celebration of neon, seamlessly shifting between colour schemes to suit the mood of the artist. Sculpted acoustic panels from Artnovion adorn the walls while Morel has even recreated Ozcan’s logo on the ceiling. The Genelec smart active monitoring system which forms the studio’s centrepiece is just as impressive, with two 1234Asinstalled as main monitors,accompanied by a 7382A subwoofer. Adding symmetry, what appears to be a second 7382A is in fact a customised bass trap designed around a Genelec grille. In addition, two of the newly-launched8351B coaxial point source monitors from The Ones range are installed on Ozcan’s desk fornearfield listening. The DJ describes the sound as “mind blowing”.
Towards the conclusion of the project, Morel and Ozcan shared the process of calibrating the Genelec monitoring system for the room. That work began with Genelec’s GLM calibration software,then was fine-tunedby ear. “We went very deep into the process,” says Morel. Yet ultimately, little tuning was actually required. “You don’t have to do much,” explains Ozcan, “with almost no tweaking it sounds fantastic. You feel it in your chest and it gives you goosebumps because you can hear everything. I can hear things I’ve never heard before!”
For Morel, who has now designed private studios for some of the world’s most celebrated DJ producers, this is one of his proudest achievements. “This ranksas one ofthe top three studios that I’ve created,” he declareswithout hesitation. “Certainly for the design, this is number one.”
Artiphon/ NASHVILLE, November 25th, 2019 – Today Artiphon unveils Orba™, a handheld musical instrument available exclusively on Kickstarter. Orba is a $99 portable synthesizer, looper, and MIDI controller that lets anyone make music immediately. Its minimalist design resembles a cross between a gaming controller and half an orange, and its feather-touch sensitivity translates gestures from fingers and hands directly into music. Orba introduces a new and fun way to make music anywhere, even if you’ve never played an instrument before.
Easily switch between multiple modes (Drum, Bass, Chord, and Lead) and use Orba’s integrated looper to create songs in seconds. Eight touchpads with multi-color LEDs detect a variety of gestures like tapping, sliding, and vibrato, and motion sensors let players wave, tilt, and shake for more effects. Orba can be used as a standalone synth with a built-in speaker and connects wirelessly to mobile devices and computers via Bluetooth MIDI.
The Orba companion app lets users customize their instrument with new sounds, tunings, and patterns. Users can also share the music they create straight to social media and export to other music-making apps. Orba works with iOS, Mac, Windows, and Android, and is compatible with all major recording software including GarageBand, Ableton Live, Logic Pro X, Pro Tools, and FL Studio.
See video here: www.artiphon.com/orbaks
The Orba Kickstarter campaign opens to backers starting on November 25 and runs until January 12th, 2020: www.artiphon.com/orbaks
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, October 2019... A great choice for music lovers, content creators, and gamers, the new PreSonus® Eris® E3.5 BT and Eris E4.5 BT active media reference monitors deliver the same studio-quality sound and accurate frequency response professional Eris-series studio monitors are known for, in an elegant, compact form ideal for home use. Featuring both Bluetooth® and analog connectivity, onboard EQ controls, and a headphone amplifier, Eris BT-series monitors make it easy to cater your listening experience for your personal taste.
PreSonus Eris E4.5 BT
Just like professional Eris-series studio monitors, Eris BT-series media reference monitors utilize a woven composite low-frequency driver that provides tight bass you can feel, as well as a cleaner overall sound. Both models feature a one-inch silk-dome tweeter that produces a smooth and refined sound, accurately reproducing transients and high frequencies. The tweeter is designed to radiate sound with a fairly wide pattern, creating a large optimal listening area or “sweet spot” so you can move around the room and still hear an accurate stereo image.
With 25 watts per side of onboard power, the Eris BT-series monitor speakers pack a serious punch, while still delivering clear, accurate audio with a convenient front-panel volume control. An onboard EQ lets you adjust the high- and low-frequency content to taste, so your Eris BT speakers will always sound their best.
Eris BT-series monitors accept audio from almost any source, thanks to four different types of audio inputs. Fast, reliable, stereo Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity lets you wirelessly stream sound from a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or other Bluetooth source. When you want a wired connection—say, from a computer, turntable, TV, or other line-level source—Eris BT-series monitors have you covered with rear-panel, left and right ¼-inch TRS and RCA inputs and front-panel 1/8” stereo input. A loud, clear, front-panel headphone amplifier lets you work and play in stealth mode, without disturbing your housemates.
Eris BT-series active media reference monitors are available in both 3.5- and 4.5-inch woofer sizes and are now at your favorite PreSonus dealers at U.S. street prices of Eris E3.5 BT $129.95/pair and Eris E4.5 BT $229.95/pair.
For more information visit www.presonus.com/products/Eris-Studio-Monitors.
Neu-Anspach, Germany – November 21, 2019 – No event can be held without them and no equipment can do without them – flightcases are part of basic professional event technology equipment and are manufactured to perfectly suit every requirement. At the first Casemaker Days 2019, on November 19 and 20, 2019, the Adam Hall Group focused completely on these essential equipment protectors. For this purpose, the global supplier of event technology solutions, with decades of experience in the development and manufacture of flight case components, invited domestic and international casemakers to the Adam Hall Experience Center at the company headquarters in Neu-Anspach near Frankfurt/Main. In addition to presentations of new case and hardware solutions, participants could also learn about the advantages of the latest version of the flight case design software FliteCAD in a workshop, and take part in various trend, talk and networking modules.
FliteCAD & Hardware
The perfect person to open Casemaker Days was David Kirby, who founded Adam Hall GmbH in Germany in 1980 with a focus on case construction. Five years earlier, Mr. Adam Hall had started manufacturing high-quality and robust flight case fittings in Southend-on-Sea, near London, England. Immediately after the opening, participants in Casemaker Days dove directly into the material. Adam Hall hardware product specialist Martin Bitterlich guided the attending casemakers through the FliteCAD software, which allows flight case manufacturers to design and visualize cases based on individual customer requirements. To get a better overview of the individual components of a case, Sascha vom Scheidt, Senior Product & Sourcing Manager, Light, Flightcase & Accessories also presented numerous hardware innovations in the areas of hinges, brakes, fittings, and profiles.
The afternoon was filled with hands-on workshops about FliteCAD as well as marketing talks. The latter focused on the topic of flight cases from other than the structural and technical aspects. In discussions with the attending casemakers, the Adam Hall Group Marketing Department determined how cooperation between suppliers, manufacturers, and customers could be organized to be more intensive and targeted.
Case Construction Trends
The last item on the agenda for Casemaker Days was the trend workshops held in the showroom and auditorium of the Experience Center. Moderated by Adam Hall case experts, participants could discuss the topics of "sheet materials and foams," "sustainability," and "innovation" in 45-minute discussion rounds.
"Casemaker Days is a return to our roots, which remain a central component of our success: The development and manufacture of case components," commented Markus Jahnel, COO of the Adam Hall Group. "We're happy that so many participants from the domestic and international casemaker industry made their way to our Experience Center and that they continue, even after around four decades, to put their trust in our hardware products and software solutions."
The first Casemaker Days 2019 culminated in an evening event in the "Come Together" cafeteria with food, drinks, networking, and individual tours through the Adam Hall Experience Center.
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana, November 2019... Upon its release in 2018, the PreSonus® ATOM pad controller immediately gained popularity as an expressive, flexible, and feature-packed production and performance instrument. ATOM connects to a computer using USB and works with multiple DAWs but is especially tightly integrated with the included PreSonus Studio One® recording and production software. Now PreSonus and Ableton have joined forces to offer deep ATOM integration with Ableton’s Live software (version 10.1.5 and later), giving electronic musicians and producers an extraordinary combination of world-class production and live performance tools.
Ableton Live now offers in-depth support for PreSonus' ATOM pad
Start your production with ATOM and Studio One, then perform it onstage, using ATOM to launch clips and scenes in Ableton Live, change track volume and panning, and switch between Session and Arranger views—all while playing virtual instruments and Live’s Drum Rack device from ATOM’s 16 velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads. Navigate Live’s mixer using ATOM’s Channel mode, where you can select, solo, and record-enable channels, as well as stop all clips on a selected channel. Take advantage of the dedicated User mode to create custom user assignments, Metronome On/Off, Save and Undo, Loop On/Off, and more.
To take your performance to the next level, add a second ATOM to your Live setup, using one ATOM to perform and the other to launch and record clips—or play one ATOM with each hand, or even equip multiple musicians with ATOMs. Two or more ATOM MIDI pad controllers can also be used to extend the performance range for your instruments and Drum Rack.
To sweeten the deal, any ATOM purchased after October 20, 2019, includes free copies of both Ableton Live Lite and Studio One Artist, plus a free course of lessons from Melodics to help you practice finger drumming skills, explore new ways to create on your ATOM controller, and build your syncopation and hand independence.
ATOM-Live integration requires Live version 10.1.5 and later and ATOM firmware version 3.4, which is now available using PreSonus Universal Control version 3.1.2. For more information about ATOM, visit www.presonus.com/products/ATOM. For more about Live, visit www.ableton.com/en/live. For more about Melodics, visit https://melodics.com.
Its been a few very hectic weeks for the former Luthman team putting together the brand new Luthman Nordic AB.
We are now ready to announce that we are back more eager and energized than ever.
As of today, we can take orders and within a few days you will all see shipments coming your way again.
We are happy to confirm that on most brands we are well stocked and on those were there are gaps there are shipments on the way so that you won’t miss our key products for the Christmas sales season.
Make sure to contact your local sales representative (old email addresses and cell phone numbers still applies) for special deals, and secure deliveries on all the “must have” products as soon as possible.
The new digital Luthman Nordic Digital catalog will be available in a few days from our new homepage (in the interim you can still log on the old Luthman homepages as they are still alive).
We will personally contact you during the week with additional info about changes for the better including a brand-new office and warehouse in Rosersberg, 5 minutes from Arlanda Airport, Stockholm. The move to the new premises happens as we speak and as of December 15 all HQ activities will be based from the new premises.
We can’t wait to see and talk to you all, let’s make this the best Christmas selling season ever.
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Iisalmi, Finland –November 2019.....Genelec -the global leader in professional audio monitoring -has announced the availability of the new 4430 two-way active installation loudspeaker, the first model to incorporate the company’s ground-breaking Smart IP technology, combining exceptional sound quality with single cable convenience. Smart IP provides scalable power, audio and loudspeaker configuration, supervision and calibration features via a standard CATcable, offering integrators unrivalled power, flexibility, cost-effectiveness and simplicity of installation.
The 4430 is a compact design that accepts both Dante and AES67 IP audio streams, and derives power via both PoE and PoE+ Power-over-Ethernet formats, with the 4430’s proprietary internal power supply helping to deliver an impressive 104 dB of short term SPL, via two integral 50 W Class D amplification stages feeding the woofer and tweeter. As well as receiving both power and audio-over-IP, the 4430’s single rear panel CATconnector also allows access to Genelec’s Smart IP Manager -a sophisticated downloadable software tool running on Windows 10 that allows installers to configure an almost unlimited number of rooms, zones, loudspeakers and audio channels, and includes device discovery, a versatile room equalisation tool set, system organisation and status monitoring. Additionally, APIs within the 4430 support the hooks to allow external control via third-party hardware, software or house automation.
In terms of specification, the 4430 supports up toeightaudio channels in a stream with sample rates of32-96 kHzand 16 -24 bit resolution. Streams can be managed by both Dante Controller and Dante Domain Manager software, as well as legacy balanced line analogue audio. The 4430 delivers a frequency response of 45 Hz -23 kHz (-6 dB) via a 5 inch woofer and 3/4 inch metal dome tweeter, and the 4430’s compact, lightweight enclosure utilises Genelec’s trademark Minimum Diffraction Enclosure and Directivity Control Waveguide technologies to ensure neutral, uncoloured sound both on and off axis.
Manufactured using certified sustainable methods, the enclosure itself is produced from recycled aluminium, is available in black, white or 120 custom RAL colours, and is compatible with Genelec’s extensive range of mounting accessories to allow the 4430 to be floor, ceiling, wall or truss mounted.
Genelec have chosen to officially launch the 4430 at the spectacular new Finnish Music Hall of Fame in Helsinki -a unique and innovative museum and dining experience that already features over 120 of the new 4430 loudspeakers installed throughout the museum. Showcasing more than 200 Finnish artists and composers via the newest AV technology combined with Virtual and Augmented Reality solutions, the Music Hall of Fame will provide an unforgettable interactive, multidimensional experience for an estimated 100,000 visitors per year.
The installation at the Hall of Fame was undertaken by top integrator Bright, and their Head of Installation Santtu Sipiläcommented:
“When Smart IP was announced we knew instantly that it offered the perfect solution for the Hall of Fame. We were already familiar with Genelec’s outstanding audio quality and long-term reliability, so to be able to integrate every 4430 into the system via a singleCAT cable made the whole process of installation and configuration incredibly straightforward, yet provides us with amazing levels of control. We have set out to help make the Music Hall of Fame a new global benchmark for quality content and user experience, and Genelec’s Smart IP technology has played a key role in allowing us to realise that goal.”
Genelec Managing Director Siamak Naghian added:
“Our research into IP loudspeaker technology dates back to 2005, and the response to the preview of Smart IP at ISE back in February was so overwhelmingly positive that we knew that this valuable work would now allow us to fulfil a very obvious gap in the installed audio market. The 4430 is just the first of a number of loudspeaker models to incorporate Smart IP technology, and we look forward to expanding the range in 2020 and beyond. For the Finnish Music Hall of Fame to become such a prestigious early adopter of Smart IP makes us very proud, and even more excited for the future of our installed audio business.
”The 4430 loudspeaker is shipping now, and for more information please visit www.genelec.com
1950 MEETS 2019
The W2395c is a classic Baxandall EQ combined with a powerful and beautifully sounding mid band. As solitary or complementing equalizer with that special something, its particular tone and slightly interactive bands let your tracks stand out big time. In close cooperation with its creator, analog mastermind Roger Schult, we are delighted to offer this amazing plugin completely for free.
CONTROL AND SHAPE
The W2395c excels in controlling the midrange within the context of broad tonal shaping of bass and treble. The high shelf is great for carving out percussive sounds as well as opening or darkening instruments and voices. The partnering low band provides a precise and solid grip on the sub frequencies, while the mids manage the balancing act between natural and beefy with stunning ease.
STRAIGHT YET FLEXIBLE
Operating the W2395c is as straight forward as it gets, and still the few controls provide great flexibility. The low band can be switched from 80 to 110 Hz, the highs from 2 to 5 kHz, and the semi-parametric mids offer 3 different Q factors to choose from. The drive control is a plugin-exclusive extra for adding some nice grit to its supernaturally natural tone character.
With its super intuitive controls and musically interacting curves, the W2395c is a special and unique gem in the world of equalizers. It enhances anything from very dynamic sources like vocals or drums to harsh cymbals or dull sounding guitars and synths – and it does an excellent job on the mix buss as well. A truly exciting EQ experience is waiting for you… right now, all free.
More info: https://fuseaudiolabs.com/#/pages/product?id=300965965
Cape Town, South Africa,November 2019... Pressure Cooker Studios, a respected music and sound design house specialising in music production for film, television and advertisements, has recently moved into their new purpose-built studio facility in the centre of Cape Town, designed by world-renowned studio designer Martin Pilchner of Pilchner Schoustal International Inc. Genelec is at the heart of this new facility, with its local distributor, TruFi, supplying monitors for all of its recording studio spaces.
From humble beginnings in the basement of a house10 years agoto a 355 square metre studio space, the new facility is exactly how the Pressure Cooker team had envisioned it from the outset, and features two maincontrol rooms which sandwich a main studio proper, a 7.1 post theatre with adjacent ADR booth, five writing rooms, an independent isolation booth, reception, lounge and common spaces.James Matthes, Co-Founderand CEOof Pressure Cooker Studios notes: “We wanted to make our space as comfortable, but also as technologically advanced as possible –we spend so much time here, so it definitely had to feel lived in, making it a homely but premium space.”
Helping the Pressure Cooker team achieve this feat was Genelec’s GLM software. “The GLM system is fantastic in that it assists with all the relevant calibration ofany one of the monitors within the array in terms of EQ and phase alignment,” notes Neil Leachman, Final Mix Engineer at Pressure Cooker. “After the systemis aligned and EQ'd I spent a small amount of time just setting up levels for the individual outputs to align properly to the recommended levels for cinema monitoring for surround and R128 compliance. But the GLM system is invaluable inthe setup.”
Pressure Cooker has been using Genelec stereo and surround sound monitoring systems since the company was founded, and this trend continues in the new facility. “Every room in the facility has Genelec!,” smiles Matthes “From buying my first pair over nine years ago, I have never looked back –each monitoris fantastic. The sound produced is so clean, natural and unadulterated –nothing colours it,and I just love that.”
Each room in the new facility has utilised Genelec monitors in one way or another; Matthes has a pair of 8040 nearfields in his writing room, there are three 1238As three-waysfulfilling the LCR role behind the screenin the 7.1 theatre,with two 7380A 15-inch subwoofers and 8040sas surrounds-whilethe smaller rooms all have 8030 nearfields. “We chose a uniform
approach with Genelec because we wanted to be able to move from room to room and feel comfortable from the moment we hit play.” Matthes continues.
“For example, if I go from a writing session to the composition suite,or start doing a mix with a client in the theatre –my ears aren’t going to trick me. I find with Genelec, you don’t need any other reference monitor at any point, since they just naturally translate very well.”
The first true test for Pressure Cooker’s new facilitywas the film ‘This is not a burial, it is a resurrection ’that was premiered at this year’s Venice Film Festival. “This was the first film we mixed using our Genelec system and particularly for the international market, it converted amazingly,” says Matthes. “The film’s producer told us how clear and brilliant the sound was, which makes me very confident in the set-up we have,and confirms that our decision to choose Genelec for the whole facility was the right one.”
EBS is pleased to announce Algam Nordic as the exclusive EBS Professional Bass Equipment distributor in the following countries; Denmark, Norway, Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia.
From left to right: Bengt Lilja, Int. Sales Director EBS, Bo Engberg, CEO at EBS, Benjamin Garnier, Managing Director Algam, Örjan Kylhammar, CEO Algam Nordic and Trond Sjøli, Sales & Marketing Director, Algam Nordic.
With EBS headquarters located in Sweden and the local presence of Algam Nordic in each country, the EBS dealers will have access to great service and support, speedy deliveries and local contacts that understand their needs. In other words, the best possible conditions to create and maintain a great business.
The new partnership will begin with immediate effect.
EBS product range covers everything from bass amps, cabinets, combos, and effect pedals, to space-saving pedalboard accessories.
For more details about the products visit www.ebssweden.com
SCOTTS VALLEY, CA • November 14, 2019 — Universal Audio is proud to announce the release of UAD Software v9.11. Alongside the UA-developed Avalon VT-737 Tube Channel Strip, the latest software release features plug-in titles from UA's direct developer partners, Brainworx and Sonnox.
Developed by Sonnox for UAD hardware and UA Audio Interfaces, the Oxford SuprEsser DS plug-in gives you transparent, precise linear-phase de-essing with near-zero latency when tracking in real time. A dynamic and powerful tool, the Oxford SuprEsser DS plug-in's spectral display and intuitive controls makes identifying and surgically eliminating unwanted sibilance or harshness easier than ever.
Sonnox Oxford SuprEsser DS — Key Features:
Easily set level-tracking threshold for musical de-essing on loud and soft vocal passages
Interactive spectral analyser helps identify and control unwanted harshness
Variable-slope linear-phase filters for precise, transparent control
Comprehensive Listen and Effect modes for wide and narrow-band detection
Dry/wet mix control for built-in parallel processing
Near-zero latency with Realtime UAD Processing for precise de-essing while tracking and mixing
Introduced in 1994, the VH4 amplifier was Diezel's maiden voyage — a 100-watt beast that dropped jaws with articulate cleans, dynamic distortion, and frothy high-gain tones. Still a modern tone giant 25 years after its release, the Diezel VH4 is ubiquitous in heavy rock and metal productions, used by Tool, Metallica, and tons more.
Developed by Brainworx, and officially endorsed by legendary amp builder Peter Diezel, the Diezel VH4 plug-in masterfully emulates this four KT77-equipped 100-watt beast, for UAD hardware and UA Audio Interfaces.
Diezel VH4 Amplifier — Key Features:
Exacting emulation of the original 100-watt Diezel VH4 guitar amp, endorsed by Peter Diezel and Peter Stapfer
Four independent channels for a huge range of tones, from clean to ultra-high gain and all points in between
120 Recording Chains with multiple speaker cabinets – recorded in Brainworx´s studio using the NEVE VXS72 console, stellar outboard gear and world class microphones
FX Rack includes host-syncable lo-fi delay, noise gate, filters, power soak, pre and power amp bypass
Unison technology for UA Audio Interfaces offers authentic tone, touch, and feel of original Diezel VH4 amplifier thanks to impedance matching
SCOTTS VALLEY, CA • November 13, 2019 — Universal Audio is proud to release OX Amp Top Box firmware v1.2 featuring a heavy-hitting collection of 4x12 cabs with vintage & modern 30-watt British speakers for hard rock and metal, new combo cabs loaded with iconic high-headroom, extended range speakers for huge clean tones, 27 new RIG presets, and footswitch controls for fast and easy toggling of OX's studio-grade effects.
OX is a premium reactive load box and guitar recording system, giving guitarists perfectly studio-miked amp sounds from their existing tube amp. OX lets users play and record tube amps in their ideal sweet spots — from the edge-of-breakup to fully cranked — with perfect dynamics at any volume level, and with stunning mic, room, and speaker cabinet emulations at the turn of its RIG knob.
New OX v.1.2 cabinet/speaker models include: a late '60s Fender Twin Reverb with vintage JBL D-120Fs, a 4x12 birch Marshall cabinet with Celestion 30-watt "Greenbacks," a 4x12 Marshall 1960 TV cab with Celestion Vintage 30s, and a 4x12 Mesa/Boogie extra deep cabinet with Celestion Vintage 30s.*
A TEC Award winner at the 2019 NAMM show, OX Amp Top Box was also the recipient of Sound On Sound’s Readers’ Choice Award for Best New Guitar Technology Product.
Using OX Amp Top Box, guitarists can quickly audition a range of expert cabinet/mic/room combinations — and may find that they never need to mic their tube amp again.
OX Amp Top Box — Key Features
Premium, no-compromise analog reactive load box and guitar recording system for tube guitar amps
Instant album-quality mic and speaker cabinet tones via front-panel “RIG” control
Get record-ready sounds quickly with expertly-placed virtual mics — no miking needed
Five finely-tuned amp attenuation levels — from off to whisper quiet to full band volume
UA Dynamic Speaker Modeling emulates speaker breakup and cone cry
Choose from 22 speaker cabs, six cabinet mics, and six room mics
Studio mixer with 2 independent close mics, and stereo room & mic modeling
Hands-free toggling of OX's studio-grade EQ, compression, delay, and reverb with up to three external footswitches
Selectable 4, 8, and 16-ohm operation
Front-panel Headphone out for silent practice with cranked tones
Balanced TRS line outs and S/PDIF digital outs for stereo recording
Pair with OX app (Windows 10, iPad, or Mac) over Wi-Fi for editing and saving presets
Download OX Amp Top Box Firmware v1.2 here:
Learn more about OX Amp Top Box here:
WHO ARE THEY FOR?
DJs and music or video producers looking for the perfect pair of home studio speakers, as well as anyone in search of high-quality multimedia speakers (for use with a TV set, computer...).
WHAT ARE THEY?
• The new generation of the renowned Hercules DJ Monitor 5 speakers, launched in 2013.
• Hercules Monitor 5 are powerful and versatile active, bi-amplified monitoring speakers (2 x 80 watts), each featuring a 5-inch/12.7-cm woofer.
Compact yet powerful, Hercules Monitor 5 stand apart from their competitors.
• Active, bi-amplified monitoring speakers.
• 80 watts of output power per speaker, with 160 watts of peak power.
• Silk-dome tweeter: 30 watts RMS.
• 5-inch/12.7-cm woofer with Kevlar membrane: 50 watts RMS.
The speakers are ergonomically designed and fit in perfectly with any environment.
• Dual bass ports on the front of each speaker allow Hercules Monitor 5 to perfectly adapt to any environment, including smaller spaces. The speakers can be positioned in a variety of different ways: up against a wall, laid flat, standing up straight, or stacked one on top of the other.
• On/off button with built-in LED on the front of each speaker.
• Volume control knob on the front of each speaker.
The Hercules Monitor 5 speakers are incredibly versatile.
• With their different input options including XLR, 1/4”/6.35 mm jack (TRS) and RCA connectors, you can easily connect the speakers to all your devices — including a computer, sound card, DJ equipment, mixer, etc.
• The speakers are perfect for learning how to mix, producing your first music tracks, and for multimedia creation as well.
• They can also be used as high-quality general multimedia speakers (with a TV set, for example).
Optimized for music production, this eye-catching pair of active monitoring speakers (2 x 80 W) will take your home studio to the next level with full, powerful audio rendering.
2 x 80 watts RMS, 160 watts peak power
50 W low-frequency bi-amplification and 30 W high-frequency bi-amplification
2 balanced inputs, 1 RCA input
Wood speaker enclosures
Kevlar composite woofers
Optimized acoustic waveguide
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)
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