Iisalmi, Finland, February 2020... Genelec – the global leader in professional audio monitoring has signalled a new era of sustainable growth with the opening of a brand new extension to its lakeside factory in Iisalmi, Finland. Utilising the latest technologies, the extension will significantly increase the space, flexibilityand efficiency of the company’s warehousing and logistics operations, while ensuring that the entire facility is now powered exclusively by sustainable sources including solar, wind and hydroelectric energy.
For over four decades Genelec has consistently followed a path of sustainable development and environmental responsibility, and has made recycled materials, low energy consumption and long product lifespan central to its design philosophy. The current factory by Porovesi Lake in Iisalmi was built in 1985 with an architectural design that complements its beautiful natural surroundings, and was designed to significantly reduce energywastage through its use ofheat recovery and generous insulation of walls, ceiling and windows. The factory moved from oil to a combination of wind and hydroelectric energy supply many years ago, and the new extension now brings solar energy to the mix courtesy of over 450 roof-mounted solar panels which will supply 30% of Genelec’s annual power.
The expansion project was managed by Genelec Development Engineer Annika Hujanen, and provides almost 2000 sq.m of floor space for warehousing and logistics alone, with considerable additional space for customer support offices, a centralised automation control centreand efficient waste processing. In keeping with Genelec’s environmental policies all architects, designers and contractors were chosen for the project based on both their sustainability credentials and their close proximity to Iisalmi, resulting in less travel, better material logistics, and reducedwaste and CO2 emissions. The expansion also enables consolidation of Genelec’s external warehouses, offering furtherimprovements in the efficiencyof material flow, lean manufacturingand reductions in waste and power consumption.
Commenting on the project, Hujanen explains:
“We take our responsibilities to the local community very seriously, so we were really excited to see all the people involved joining forces with usto contribute to the eco-system here in Iisalmi in a sustainable and innovative way. The work was completed on time, on budget and to a fantastically high standard. We’re really proud of what the entire team has achieved.”
Genelec Managing Director Siamak Naghian adds:
“For over four decades, total quality and sustainability have been core principles of Genelec’s philosophy. The company has strategicallyregardedenvironmental issues as being equally important as profitability, and while our consistent growth in business has been the catalyst for this factory expansion, that growth has to be maintained sustainably. Continuing to keepour entire manufacturing base here in Iisalmi means that we can always guarantee not only the premium total quality of our products, but also that our entire design and manufacturing process helps to conserve our precious natural resources.”
Ibiza, Spain, February 2020... Superstar DJ, Godfather of EDM, and “the man who almost single-handedly resurrected dance music in America”, it’s hard to overstate David Guetta’s huge influence on the modern music scene. Having DJ’d in Ibiza for over 20 years, Guetta’s personal studio on the island has recently been upgraded with a pair of Genelec 7380A subwoofers, which join his existing Genelec 1234A three-way main monitors to create a smart monitoring system that Guetta describes as “my perfect setup.”
The new solution came about after Guetta identified a problem with the mixes that he was creating with his old system. “In the previous system that I had, the subs were so loud that they were not really realistic,” he explains. “If I would mix with those subs, sometimes I would end up with a record that didn’t have enough bass when played on other systems -because the bass in my room was so huge.
”With the 7380As installed, Guetta’s mixes now translate beautifully from his studio straight to the dancefloors of Ibiza, and the subwoofers have helped improve the overall sound in his room. “By installing the subwoofers, we were able to reposition David’s main monitors to avoid early reflections. Finding the best place for the subwoofers also meant that we had a great frequency response curve all the way from low to high frequencies,” notes Genelec’s Pasi Pönkkä, who travelled to Guetta’s studio to calibrate the system using Genelec’s GLM software. Using GLM, Pönkkä was able to analyse the acoustic environment of Guetta’s studio and then optimise each Genelec monitor and subwoofer accordingly -thereby reducing any negative influences of the room on the sound.
Pönkkä explains that “Each 7380A subwoofer is paired with a single 1234A monitor, so the low frequencies can be better localised. Also, the locations were chosen so thatthe subwoofer sums aren’t cancelling each other out. The overall result was that we were able to provide David with more bass extension, but with a much smoother and flatter response.”
A further benefit that Guetta is enjoying is that he can now work formuch longer periods without the listening fatigue that he used to experience. “When producing, I’m not really playing too loud, and the Genelec 1234As -even though they are huge -still sound very precise even when they aren’t loud,” he explains. “What I like about the 7380As is that I can work at a low volume so that I’m not too tired after a few hours, and it’s still very precise. But, if I want to blast it loud, it’s powerful enough to feel like it’s in a club".
Reflecting on his newly upgraded monitoring system, Guetta is certain he made the correct decision. “It gives the feeling of how it’s going to sound in the club, but it’s also realistic,” he states. "This is my reference, and this is my perfect setup.”
For more information please visit www.genelec.com
Build a private cloud for your home
MILTON KEYNES, United Kingdom—January 30, 2020—Synology Inc. today launched DiskStation DS420j, a file syncing and sharing solution that addresses different capacity demands for home users.
"With a vast amount of data generated from mobile devices, laptops and cameras, file syncing and sharing has become a challenge facing personal users. It is inevitable for them to find a reliable way to protect their digital assets," said Kevin Meng, Product Manager at Synology Inc. "DS420j offers a simple and private solution with massive capacity for you and your family to sync and share memories as you grow them."
A multimedia storage for homes
DS420j is a 4-bay NAS server designed for home and personal users to efficiently manage and share their multimedia files, making it an ideal choice when it comes to photo storage and video streaming. Powered by its 64-bit 4-core CPU, DS420j ensures smooth photo management and browsing experience.
64-bit 4-core CPU with 1 GB DDR4 memory
Over 112 MB/s encrypted reading and writing performance
Maximum storage capacity up to 64 TB
Powered by Synology DiskStation Manager
DS420j runs on DiskStation Manager, the solid platform for data management, featuring data security and work efficiency. Synology has received numerous media accolades, topping the mid-range NAS category in TechTarget's storage solution survey and winning PCMag Business Choice for the sixth time.
For more information on DS420j, please visit https://www.synology.com/products/DS420j
Hollywood, CA - EASTWEST has just released HOLLYWOOD BACKUP SINGERS, a game changing new vocal product that will let you type in any word and have it sung by the industry's top backup singers. Produced by Doug Rogers and Nick Phoenix, the most awarded producers in the sounds industry, HOLLYWOOD BACKUP SINGERS features powerful vocals from legendary singers Durga McBroom, Lorelei McBroom, and C.C. White.
Hundreds of WordBuilder 'editable' phrases and words are included with a quickly accessible drop-down menu from genres such as Pop, Soul, and Gospel. If you don’t find the exact one you’re looking for, you can easily type it into WordBuilder manually, in any language!
You’ll never have to search for the right voice talent or book time in a state-of-the-art studio. When you need the perfect vocal harmonies, your HOLLYWOOD BACKUP SINGERS will be ready for the job. And your listeners will have a hard time believing they weren’t tracked live.
HOLLYWOOD BACKUP SINGERS was recorded with a collection of vintage tube microphones in world famous EastWest Studio 3, home to some of the most iconic hits from the 1960s till the present day, including the Beach Boys masterpiece Pet Sounds, Mamas and Papas, Blondie, through to modern day productions from Ariana Grande, Frank Ocean, and Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's Grammy and Academy Award-winning "A Star Is Born" soundtrack.
Legendary Backup Singers
Each of the amazingly talented singers recorded for HOLLYWOOD BACKUP SINGERS come from a rich musical background, having performed with the biggest names in the industry. Durga McBroom and Lorelei McBroom toured with Pink Floyd as backup singers for many years. C.C. White has worked with many iconic artists. She is also the star vocalist of EastWest's blockbuster product Voices of Soul, one of the top selling vocal products ever produced.
Vowels includes regular and expressive vowel instruments, and sustain expressive vowel instruments (which is a combination of the two vowel types). The expressive vowels also have 'LES' versions, which contain additional samples of the vocals recorded through a Leslie speaker cabinet, something Pink Floyd did on many backing vocal tracks. Each instrument is programmed to cross-fade between multiple dynamic layers using the Mod Wheel (CC1).
Consonants includes b, d, g, j, l, m, n, r, th, v, w, y, and z consonant instruments, as well as an unpitched consonants instrument. Each are programmed to cross-fade between multiple dynamic layers using the Mod Wheel (CC1).
Combo MOD includes a variety of instruments that use the Mod Wheel (CC1) to switch between multiple layers of regular and expressive vowel types, or in the case of the 'Xfde' sub-folder, use the Mod Wheel (CC1) to cross-fade between these layers. The expressive vowels also have 'LES' versions, which contain additional samples of the vocals recorded through a Leslie speaker cabinet.
Solo Phrases includes instruments that feature solo phrases and sub-phrases that were recorded over a drone in multiple root note positions for use in a variety of keys and modes. There are 'LES' versions available, which contain additional samples of the vocals recorded through a Leslie speaker cabinet. Each vocalist was recorded as a soloist, whereas the rest of the collection features the 3 vocalists recorded together.
Keyswitch includes instruments that combine multiple articulations into a single instrument that uses blue-colored keyswitches to activate a given articulation. There are keyswitch instruments available for vowels, consonants, and solo phrases, including 'LES' versions where available.
WB Multi contains a specially designed multi-instrument that is pre-configured for use with WordBuilder. Simply load the WB Multi containing all the necessary phonetic sounds required to build words, type a phrase in the Text Editor (or choose from hundreds of phrase and word presets) and the backup singers will sing the words.
Availability & Price:
HOLLYWOOD BACKUP SINGERS is available for sale at a special introductory price of $199 until Februray 10, 2020 (regular price is $299).
It is also available as a free addition for all subscribers of ComposerCloud.
Read more here
Neu-Anspach, Germany – January 28, 2020 – At Integrated Systems Europe 2020 (February 11 – 14, 2020) at the RAI Convention Center in Amsterdam, the Adam Hall Group will be presenting a range of audio and lighting solutions for professional use in AV fixed installations at its stand (#7-W200). Besides the expansion of the Cameo OPUS® series and the new F4 LED Fresnel spotlights for theatre and TV environments, the installation amplifiers of the IPA and IMA series as well as the first MAUI system for installation use from LD Systems are ready to impress the audience.
LD Systems IPA Series: Installation Power Amplifiers with DSP & Dante
With the IPA series, LD Systems expands its growing installation portfolio with DSP-based 4-channel installation power amplifiers. The IPA412T (120W) and IPA424T (240W) feature integrated transformers per channel and provide 100V/70V tap and low-Z output down to 4 ohms. Each model includes a slot for an expansion card, which can be used to control the IPA amplifiers, including all DSP parameters, via Ethernet and to integrate them into larger installation networks thanks to Dante AoIP connectivity. In the basic version, the IPA amplifiers work as a standard installation amplifier with 100/70V tap and independent low-Z output for excellent sound quality. The DSP section includes PEQ (with matched speaker library), dynamics, matrix mixer, priority source selector and delay. Via a REMOTE bus based on CAN architecture (Controller Area Network), the IPA series will be also capable of interacting with the future remote units and paging microphones from LD Systems.
LD Systems IMA Series: Installation Mixing Amplifiers with 70/100V Output Transformers
The IMA30 is the first member of LD Systems' new IMA series of installation mixing amplifiers for use in fixed installations. With its versatile input and output options and multi-stage priority switching, the IMA30 enables flexible integration in commercial and industrial applications. On a compact 9.5" chassis and 2RU, the IMA30 offers two mic/line inputs with +24VDC phantom selector, two stereo line inputs plus an integrated Bluetooth wireless signal input for connecting music sources, and a priority input for emergency paging. Outputs include a powered 30W @ 4 Ohms output plus a 70/100V tap as well as bass and treble tone controls. A Low-Z/High-Z selector separates the output signal completely from the output transformer, in order to get the best frequency response for low impedance applications. The IMA30 can also be used in conjunction with external amplifiers, subwoofers or music-on-hold systems via the separate aux line output. The music mix selector can be used to determine whether the entire mix or only the selected music source is channeled to the output.
The IMA30 offers four priority levels for emergency calls, mic/line inputs and connected music sources, as well as a selectable automatic standby mode for Energy Star certification. In order to enable not only integrators and installation service providers but also end users to easily operate the IMA series in daily practice, LD Systems put great emphasis on a user-friendly front and rear panel design.
LD Systems DQOR Outdoor Speaker Series
LD Systems presents its series of installation loudspeakers for outdoor and indoor use. The 2-way systems come in the new dynamic LD Systems design and are available as low-impedance version (8 Ohm) and high-impedance version (16 Ohm) with tap switch for variable power output in 70/100V applications. The sizes available are 3'', 5.25'' and 8''. For flexible integration into a wide array of indoor and outdoor environments, the speakers feature an integrated wall mount plus a convenient slide-and-lock mechanism. Thanks to the integrated connection panel, the loudspeakers can also be used in optically demanding environments without visible cable paths. Furthermore the 27° tilt and 45° pan mechanism allows exact positioning for precise sound coverage. The new Outdoor Speaker Series is available in black and white.
LD Systems MAUI i1: MAUI Goes Installation
With the MAUI i1, the award-winning MAUI series of active column speaker systems from LD Systems takes the next evolutionary step. For use in fixed installations, the Surface-Mount Column Loudspeaker has been reworked and tailored to the special needs of planners, integrators and end users. The MAUI i1 is a column speaker with 9 x 3'' full-range woofers and 2 x 1'' neodymium high frequency drivers with integrated 2-way crossover and 120W RMS power @ 8 Ohms. The BEM-optimized high-frequency waveguide, which allows precise adjustment of the vertical dispersion, ensures homogeneous dispersion in acoustically challenging environments. For seamless integration into constant-voltage loudspeaker systems, the MAUI i1 has an input mode switch with 8 Ohms/70/100V options and a power tap selector for high impedance use with 60 - 30 - 15 - 7.5W taps. A dedicated U-bracket for flexible wall/ceiling mounting is included. The MAUI i1 is available in black and white.
LD Systems ZONE X1208
LD Systems presents the ZONE X1208 19-inch DSP matrix processor with a wide range of remote control options. Thanks to its hybrid architecture DSP with 40-bit floating point DSP engine the ZONE X1208 allows professional users to load DSP templates to adapt to different installation requirements. In combination with the built-in Event Scheduler, users can create calendar-specific workflow controls and perform automated preset changes. Furthermore it features a REMOTE bus for integration with future LD Systems control panels and Paging microphones. For superior signal flexibility the ZONE X1208 provides 12 balanced mic/line inputs with premium grade microphone preamps and 48 V phantom power selection per input, 8 balanced line outputs, 8 GPI, and 8 GPO logic ports.
At only 1 RU the ZONE X1208 features a clean and intuitive front panel design and is based on the latest generation Linux operating system, enabling remote control via the Xilica Designer universal control software using the integrated Ethernet interface. In addition, dedicated remote control apps for iOS and Android are available to customize the ZONE X1208 user interface to meet individual project needs. In addition to the ZONE X1208, the Matrix processor will also be available as ZONE X1208D with integrated Ethernet + Dante card for advanced AoIP applications with 64x64 Dante Audio over IP channels. The Ethernet + Dante card is also optionally available for subsequent upgrading of the ZONE X1208.
Cameo: A Drop of Light
Cameo presents the new DROP® series – battery powered outdoor uplights for musicians, DJs and rental companies looking for an extremely compact, mobile and highly flexible light source. The DROP series can be mounted in a variety of ways via a supplied mounting bracket or rubber feet plus an additional tilt foot for uplight application without an attached bracket. A special feature of the DROP B1 is its integrated magnet, which allows it to be attached to metal surfaces without any additional equipment.
The DROP series comprises three initial models: DROP B1 (1 x 15 W RGBWA+UV LED), DROP B4 (4 x 15 W RGBWA+UV LEDs) and the DROP P4 (4 x 15 W RGBWA+UV LEDs) with conventional mains power supply. The battery powered models feature a long-life super capacity LG Chem lithium-ion battery with an adjustable runtime of up to 12 hours. To change the light output the DROPs include two diffuser lenses for flexible beam angle spread options. All models feature a built-in 2.4 GHz W-DMX™ receiver for wireless DMX and IR control or via the four touch buttons display.
Cameo OPUS X Profile
With the OPUS X Profile Cameo shows its new flagship of the renowned OPUS series for the first time in Europe. Based on a 750 W white light LED, the High-Power Profile Moving Head generates an impressive luminous flux of 33,000 lm and 72,000 lux illuminance @ 5 m. In combination with CMY color mixing system - including a color wheel with six dichroic filters and linear CTO correction ranging from 6,500 K to 2,600 K - as well as an enormous zoom range of 6° to 48°, the OPUS X Profile enables even projections without disturbing hotspots even in the most demanding environments. The Profile Moving Head works completely flicker-free thanks to selectable PWM frequencies up to 25 kHz for particularly critical use in theatre and broadcast applications.
Further features of the OPUS X Profile include a rotating animation wheel, a rotating gobo wheel (6 indexable and rotatable interchangeable glass gobos + open), a static gobo wheel (7 interchangeable glass gobos + open), a rotatable and indexable circular 5-facet prism + linear 6-facet prism plus a variable frost filter for wash light effects. In addition to the battery-powered touchscreen display with push encoder and back buttons for mains-independent configuration, the OPUS X Profile can also be controlled via the integrated W-DMX™ transceiver, DMX, RDM, Art-Net or sACN.
Cameo EVOS W7
The EVOS W7 is a LED WashBeam Moving Head with a total of 19x 40 W RGBW and warm-white LEDs for rich RGB colors, beautiful pastels and breath-taking lighting effects. The powerful luminous flux of 10,500 lumen floods events, persons or objects with warm, bright light in clearly defined colors (CRI > Ra90) and delivers generous coverage up to 540° horizontally (pan) and 270° vertically (tilt). Thanks to its impressive zoom range of 4.5° to 55°, the EVOS W7 facilitates powerful beam and large-area wash effects, whereas the directional light beams can also be asymmetrically shaped using the included Beam Shaper. Providing individual control of all LEDs by means of Single Pixel Control, the Cameo EVOS W7 WashBeam Moving Head also produces breath-taking pixel effects. Live broadcast images of your event are guaranteed to be flicker-free because the WashBeam Moving Head's refresh rate can be adjusted in six stages between 800 Hz and a maximum of 25 kHz. Software control via a network is highly flexible with W-DMX™ transceiver, DMX, RDM Art-Net3, sACN or KlingNet. Professional “Lumen beings” who value a particularly natural LED light for effects and lighting, this professional WashBeam is the right choice for you.
Cameo F4 series
Show the audience your true colors! The new Cameo F4 series comprises three LED Fresnel spotlights in Tungsten (3,200 K warm-white), Daylight (5,600 K cold-white) and RGBW Full-Color with tunable white function (1,600 K – 6,500 K). Thanks to its energy efficient LED with a total output of up to 34,000 lm (Daylight version) the F4 series replaces traditional 2,000 W Halogen Fresnel lights and dimmer racks in a perfect way. To ensure perfect illumination of people and objects in various kinds of theatre and TV environments, all F4 models feature a high Color Rendering Index (CRI > Ra90), an adjustable zoom range from 12° to 40° as well as 16-bit technology for high-resolution dimming including four selectable dimming curves and adjustable dimming response. Flicker-free operation is guaranteed by a selectable PWM up to 25K Hz. When it comes to particularly noise-sensitive applications in theatre, TV and film, the F4 LED Fresnel Spotlights are equipped with a highly efficient heat pipe cooling system and a whisper-quiet silent mode.
Cameo OPUS H5
Please welcome the swiss-army knife among moving heads: The OPUS H5 is an extremely versatile Beam, Spot and Washlight Hybrid with 18,000 lm light output and 400,000 lux illuminance @ 5 m. The surprisingly small and lightweight moving head features a Osram Sirius HRI 470 W discharge lamp for extremely bright and parallel beams including breathtaking mid-air effects with a large zoom range from 2° to 42°. Despite its flexible hybrid concept, the H5 is fully equipped like a traditional spot moving head: CMY color mixing system, color wheel with 13 dichroic filters, two gobo wheels (rotating & static), two frost filters for flexible wash effects as well as a total of 4 prisms on two wheels, combinable for highly creative mid-air effect possibilities. In addition to its connectivity options via DMX, RDM, Art-Net or sACN, the Cameo OPUS H5 can also be controlled wirelessly via the integrated W-DMX™ receiver.
Cameo H2 Series
Cameo presents the H2 series - a new range of Houselights designed for theatres, industrial applications and trade show venues looking for fixed LED room lighting with flexible DMX control options and high dimmer resolution. Available as full colour, warm white and adjustable daylight versions, the compact and discreet H2 fixtures provide a luminous flux of up to 17,000 lm (H2D) with their 180 W LED as well as silent and flicker-free operation based on selectable PWM frequencies up to 25 kHz.
Additional flexibility is provided by the interchangeable lenses, which can be used to adjust the beam angle from 20° to 45°. For quick and effective integration, the H2 Houselights feature Terminal Block connectors and 5-pin XLR connectors for the DMX signal. Wireless control via W-DMX™ is also possible. The supplied mounting bracket enables the H2 Houselights to be integrated into truss constructions and wall installations. Ceiling mounting is possible via an optional mounting kit.
Iisalmi, Finland –January2020.....Genelec – the global leader in professional audio monitoring –is proud to be showcasing two Smart IP loudspeaker models at the forthcoming ISE show in Amsterdam.The 4420 and 4430 loudspeakers combine both exceptional sound quality with single cable convenience, and their onboard Smart IP technology provides scalable power, audio and loudspeaker configuration, supervision and calibration features via a standard CATcable. Smart IP therefore offers system designers, integrators and installers an easy, powerful and cost-effective solution for guaranteeing enjoyable, high-quality audio across entire installations.
Having been unveiled before aselect audience of specially invited Nordic integrators in Helsinki in December, the 4430 will be making its ISE debut alongside its new and even more compact 4420 sibling –with yet more Smart IP models expected to be added to the familyin the future.
Producing the clarity and intelligibility for which Genelec has become a benchmark, the 4420 and4430 are compatible with both Dante and open IP standards including AES67and ST2110-30, and derive power viaPoE and PoE+ Power-over-Ethernet formats. Both models feature a single rear panel CATconnector which alsoallows access to Genelec’s Smart IP Manager -a sophisticated software tool 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. This enables installers to deploy Smart IP loudspeakers even on highly complex, acoustically challenging projects.
While Smart IP Manager isdesigned specifically for installers to use during set-up and configuration,the 4420 and 4430 can beintegrated easily into house automation systems using a public API command set–allowing the end user instant access to volume, poweron/off, loudspeaker activity and a selection of pre-programmed audio settings.Smart IP supports uncompressed low-latency audio streaming directly into each loudspeaker, with loudspeaker synchronisation to sub-microsecond level for solid acoustic imaging. Streams can be managed by both Dante Controller and Dante Domain Manager software, as well as legacy balanced line analogue audio. This flexible connectivity allows both IP control of an analogue source, or use of analogue audio as a failsafe back-up.
In terms of technical specification, the 4420 stands just 226 mm tall yet offers a frequency response of 55Hz –39 kHz(-6 dB) via a 4inch woofer and 3/4 inch metal dome tweeter, producing a max SPL of 100 dB via onboard 50W Class D amplifiers for eachdriver. In comparison,the 4430 measures 285 mm in height, delivers 45 Hz to 39 kHz (-6 dB) via a 5 inch woofer and 3/4 inch tweeter, and produces a max SPL of 104 dB via its onboard 50 W Class D stages.
Manufactured sustainably to offerlow power consumption, total reliability and long life, the 4420 and 4430 enclosuresare produced from recycled aluminium, are available in black, white or 120 custom RAL colours, and arecompatible with Genelec’s extensive range of mounting accessories to allow both models to be floor, ceiling, wall or truss mounted.
Looking ahead to the forthcoming ISE show, Genelec Managing Director Siamak Naghian commented:
“With the 4430 already being utilised on prestigious Nordic installations -including Helsinki’s Finnish Music Hall of Fame, Moesgaard Museum in Aarhus and the new G Livelab music venue in Tampere, we’re confident that the new 4420 will also be embraced by installerslooking for an even more compact Smart IP loudspeaker solution. The overwhelmingly positive feedback that we’ve received from the early adopters of Smart IP makes us extremely excited about ISE -and the potential of our AV Installation business in the future.”
Genelec will be showcasing the 4420 and 4430 on Stand 3-B115 of the ISE Show, which takes place in Amsterdam between 11th and 14th February.
For more information please visit www.genelec.com
A new update to all Kilohearts software is now available. All software has been updated to v1.8. The information is below, please get in touch if you would like an NFR for review or any other assets (you are welcome to use the graphics at the end of this email.).
Users can update to v1.8 by simply running the Kilohearts installer and clicking 'update'. The installer is available here.
To ensure that everyone has an opportunity to try out the latest updates, Kilohearts has set up a 'trial amnesty' and has reset all expired trial periods.
This update includes exciting new features, a few improvements and a handful of bug-fixes.
What's new in v1.8?
There is a full changelog at the end of this email but first, the most exciting new things.
Snapheap and Multipass as Snapins
You can now load an instance of Snap Heap or Multipass as an effect in any Kilohearts hosts (Phase Plant, Snap Heap or Multipass).
This makes it possible to design very complex nested effects structures as well as essentially allowing you to build your own self-contained multiband, parallel or serial effects chains. All macros in the Snapins are made available for modulation by the host.
New Preset Browsing System
Kilohearts have updated the browser system to be much more of a pleasure to use. They have added search, favorites, multiple user folders and an improved save dialogue. Preset browsing has been updated in all snapins and effects plugins as well as the hosts.
Updates to Phase Plant
Kilohearts has updated sample and wavetable browsing to use the new system, with the same options to search, save and tag favorites. They have improved the LFO editor and added the ability to load and save LFO shapes. The Filter and Distortion generator and effects modules now have better visualization and extra options.
Kilohearts have also added another 80+ factory presets from various artists with more to follow.
Full list of updates:
Snap Heap and Multipass can now themselves be added as snapins, making it possible to do very complex nested FX structures.
Totally reworked preset browsing:
- Preset favorites.
- Multiple user preset folders.
- Preset search.
- Proper preset browsing in snapins.
- Better Save dialog.
- Made it possible to select a default preset.
New and improved top bar in all plugins.
Improved preset loading speed.
Curated and sorted factory presets for Snap Heap and Multipass.
Fix for keyboard input not being forwarded to the DAW when a sub window had focus.
Fixed automation not being smooth when large buffer sizes are used.
Fixed a problem that made it impossible to enter a parameter value via keyboard in the popup while the parameter was modulated.
Over 80 new factory presets! Search for "#new" in the preset browser to find them all.
Sample and Wavetable browsing now uses the new content browser.
LFO shapes can now be saved/loaded, also using the new content browser.
Filter and Distortion generator FX now have better visualization.
Filter generator FX now has slope control.
Distortion generator FX has a new distortion mode: Quantize.
Added visualization to filter and distortion generator FX modules.
Improved grid control in LFO editor.
Improved LFO editor tools. The new "Stepped draw tool" makes it easier to use the LFO as a step sequencer.
Changed legato behavior. Adjacent notes are now considered to be separate rather than being played legato.
Adjusted the layout of the add modulator popup to be consistent with the same popup for generators and snapins.
Fixed a crash when adding audio rate modulations to a Sampler while playing a note.
Fixed samples sometimes not playing after loading a preset.
Fix for root and loop settings not updating as they should when loading samples.
Fix for old sample playing at the wrong pitch for a split second when browsing samples
Addes slope control
New distortion mode: Quantize.
New visual style with better controls in Snapin mode.
New visual style with better controls in Snapin mode.
Global frequency offset, making it easier to modulate the whole EQ curve like a filter.
Fixed jittery knob drag behavior with high DPI gaming mouses.
Fixed graphical glitches.
Improved UI performance.
Fixed plugins failing AUVal on older macOS versions.
Fixed a problem with drag and drop on high DPI screens.
Fixed a problem where the window got focused after a popup window was removed.
You can update to v1.8 by simply running the Kilohearts installer and clicking 'update'.
You can download the installer here
Riga, Latvia, January 20, 2020 — Erica Synths announces its new DB-01 desktop synthesizer, just in time for NAMM 2020. From basslines and rave sounds, to massive drones and drums, the Erica Synths Bassline DB-01 synthesizer lets you explore new territories of sound and performance techniques. With the DB-01, you can go from a melody to noise and back in no time at all.
The DB-01, which is priced at €460, features Erica Synths' signature analog sound engine, along with an advanced sequencer for more expressive creativity and sound exploration. The new synthesizer extends Erica Synths' family of desktop units such as Acidbox, Fusion Box, Pico System III and Zen Delay and is packed with features to help inspire your sonic journey:
Aggressive LP/BP filter design from the Acidbox
One knob overdrive for even more destructive sound
Transistor based suboscillator
Independent amplitude, filter cutoff and pitch envelopes
BBD based detune for massive swarm sound
Syncable LFO with multiple waveforms for FM and VCF modulation
Intuitive, easy to use sequencer for up to 64 step patterns
Modulation track with VCF cutoff automation
Built in and user defined scales with microtonal possibilities
Analog clock in and out
MIDI IN and THRU – play it with a keyboard!
4 banks of 16 patterns memory
Compact, durable aluminium enclosure
The DB-01 will be available in Spring 2020 and priced at €460. For more information, please visit the Erica Synths product page.
KINGSWINFORD, UK: British boutique electronic instruments innovator Analogue Solutions is proud to announce that it is the sole stockist of the first batch of the newly-launched Vostok2020 — the latest (fourth) incarnation of creator (and company founder) Tom Carpenter’s semi-modular masterpiece that takes some of the best parts of its iconic Vostok V2 and V3 Deluxe predecessors and brings them together as an augmented ANALOGUE POWER SYNTH fit for a new decade — as of January 13...
As implied by the tell-tale ANALOGUE POWER SYNTH subtitle boldly blazoned across a spacious front panel that knowingly nods and winks at its Russian ‘roots’ — for the benefit of the uninitiated, Analogue Solutions’ (decade-plus) long-lasting Vostok semi-modular synthesizer series is named after a series of six manned Soviet orbiting spacecraft, the first of which, when launched in April 1961, carried the first man in space (Yuri Gagarin), Vostok2020 takes one giant leap for ‘synthkind’ as Tom Carpenter’s semi-modular masterpiece takes some of the best parts of its iconic Vostok V2 and V3 Deluxe predecessors and brings them together as an augmented analogue semi-modular monster fit for a new decade!
Naming notwithstanding, Vostok2020’s venerable sonic footprint faithfully follows Analogue Solutions’ 25-plus-year (musical) mission of producing products with a great vintage analogue sound for which the celebrated company name itself is inextricably linked, largely thanks to the real analogue circuits involved. Indeed, when reiterating that ‘real analogue’ wording in its introduction to the Vostok2020’s user manual, Analogue Solutions state that entire audio path — including the real mechanical SPRING REVERB (reliant on three actual springs) — and all of the extensive modulation signal routings — courtesy of the flexible MATRIXSYNTH matrix panel (reminiscent of the breakthrough British EMS VCS3, which made musical history upon its introduction in 1969 by being the first commercially portable synth available anywhere in the world, thanks to its innovative modular matrix-based patchboard dispensing with the telephone exchange-like cabling of other much larger modular systems in favour of making space-saving connections with removable coloured pins) — are absolutely analogue using circuits based on superlative-sounding Seventies-vintage designs, so no quantisation for CPU (Central Processing Unit) reading required! Reality dictates that some essential elements are digital, however — hence the MIDI-CV/NOTE SEQUENCER section (acting as a MIDI-to-CV convertor and a simple yet effective note loop sequencer) and associated rear-side MIDI T (Thru) and I (In) connections, yet Vostok2020 essentially is real analogue through and through. The resultant sound benefit is immediately apparent. And it is powerful, perfectly entitled to that ANALOGUE POWER SYNTH subtitling, supplying all the often-needed music electronics circuitry necessary to make a potent music synthesizer in one compact — 450mm (W) x 145mm (D) x 305mm (H) — forward-facing desktop module. (It is also rack-mountable when replacing its wood side panels with optional 7U rack ears.)
Exactly what is it that makes Analogue Solutions’ Vostok2020 so special? Certainly it sounds as good as analogue gets. Given that it is designed by company founder Tom Carpenter, this should surely not surprise. As a fervent fan of electronic music and also an active electronic musician himself, he naturally knows a thing or two about programming synthesizers. So his latest creation clearly was not simply the result of engineering design decisions driven by a steering committee of besuited number-crunchers, compulsorily constrained to maximise profit for faceless shareholders. Far from it, in fact. Fortunately for anyone willing to invest in this semi-modular masterpiece, its extensive modulation options and the resulting wide range of tones that it can consequently create
have all been carefully thought through. Spanning synth leads and huge-sounding basses through to percussion, effects, and beyond into the weird and wonderful world of modular-style sounds... with Vostok2020 almost anything can be creatively crafted to sound as good as analogue gets!
Giving the (almost) all-analogue — remember: real analogue! — game away, Vostok2020’s spacious, space-age-looking front panel puts some fanciful features that are all (patchable) at arm’s length, listed as follows: MIDI-CV/NOTE SEQUENCER — see above; VCO 1, VCO 2, and VCO 3 (with sawtooth, square, and pulse width wave shapes); VCO-patchable RING MOD (ring modulation); two voltage-controlled low frequency oscillators — VC LFO 1 and VC LFO 2 — each with sawtooth, inverse sawtooth, square, and triangle wave shapes, the frequency of which can be controlled by the F CV (x15) input; looping eight-step analogue CV/GATE SEQUENCER; moving coil SIGNAL METER — more for control voltage than audio; JOY STICK controller for realtime control (with patchable RANGE X and RANGE Y controls); SPRING REVERB — see above; EXTERNAL sockets (for patching signals into or out of the MATRIXSYNTH panel); two ADSR-style envelope generators — EG 1 and EG 2 — that can also act as an LFO with programmable wave shape; SH/NOISE sample-and-hold and white noise generator; six-input audio or CV mono MIXER; MULTIMODE FILTER/VCA 12dB diode ladder filter, similar to Korg’s classic Seventies-vintage MS20 semi-modular synthesizer, with separate voltage-controlled amplifier (that needs to be patched in to operate); and (above- mentioned) MATRIXSYNTH matrix panel with an LED (Light Emitting Diode) inside the socket of each signal destination... design-wise, achieving that cool feature in an analogue synthesizer was far from easy, unlike in the digital domain!
Far from shortchanging on the cool and fanciful features front, Vostok2020’s new decade-designated design will certainly keep even the most ardent analogue aficionado musically occupied throughout the ‘Twenties’ and beyond! Best get patching, then... though not necessarily so since Vostok2020 is, after all, a semi-modular analogue affair. And also a monstrous masterpiece!
The first Vostok2020 batch is in production and available to order for purchase — priced at £3,200.00 GBP (excluding tax and delivery) — directly from Analogue Solutions via the dedicated Vostok2020 webpage here: https://www.analoguesolutions.com/vostok2020
See and hear Vostok2020 in Analogue Solutions’ sonically-satisfying video here:
GRENOBLE, FRANCE: first available as Synthix back in 2011 before being relaunched to widespread critical acclaim in 2015 as Syn’X 2, audio software company XILS-lab is proud to announce availability of Syn’X 2 v2.5 — elevating its exciting- sounding subtractive synthesis polytimbral powerhouse to higher heights with a welcomed upgrade duly delivering several serious additions — as of January 6...
With origins dating back to its original release as XILS-lab’s third soft synth, Syn’X 2 is a polytimbral subtractive synthesis powerhouse, paying homage to the legendary (early-Eighties-era) Elka Synthex — much loved by the likes of famous French electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre, who still uses it to this day to create the distinctive sound of his onstage laser harp — from an original-sounding sonic standpoint with the striking sound of clear and punchy DCOs (Digitally-Controlled Oscillators), but brilliantly balanced against a multilayer card-based architecture that is inspired by similarly sophisticated hardware analogue synthesizers — such as Oberheim’s mighty (mid-Eighties-era) Matrix 12 — to create a powerful and complex virtual analogue instrument fit for 21st Century discerning DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) users. Ultimately, by drawing its inspiration from two distinctive design classics, it combines eight fully-independent layers with multitimbral flexibility; up to 72 oscillators; eight exciting-sounding ZDF (Zero Delay Feedback) filters; 32 envelopes; 32 LFOs (Low Frequency Oscillators); eight glides; and more than 500 possible modulation combinations — ‘hardwired’ or user-customisable — per patch!
Put it this way: with those eight layers combined with true unison, users can creatively think about using a unison mode that allows them to sculpt not just the number of oscillators but also subtle modulation variations for each of the hundreds of available parameters, including filters, envelopes, LFOs, stereo position, sync, ring modulation, frequency modulation, and more besides. Above and beyond that, though, it is perfectly possible to apply the creative concept to different layers to create complex layered sounds, such as animated epic pads, keyboard performances (where every component reacts to velocity in a different way), as well as splits that creatively combine arpeggios and bass parts, to name but a few exciting-sounding examples.
Several serious additions to the Syn’X 2 v2.5 upgrade elevate this exciting-sounding subtractive synthesis polytimbral powerhouse to higher heights — namely, a new natural-sounding vintage reverb effect with high-pass filter; customisable signal path for all effects and keyboard performances, so the chorus could be positioned before the reverb or visa-versa, for example, or the chorus could be applied to a lower bass split while an upper pad feeds into the phaser and then the reverb; single-window integrated preset manager for finding patches in seconds, managing presets and sound banks, and creating customised tags; revamped 1,536-pixel-wide GUI (Graphical User Interface) with Easy and Complex modes; more factory presets with widened scope for covering more musical styles; powerful InterLayer Modulation, whereby layers can now source modulations from other layers; and integrated help engine. Meanwhile, MacOS 10.15 Catalina compatibility is a given from the outset.
On the face of it, Syn’X 2 v2.5 fancifully frames an amazing vintage sound in a modern setting with hitherto unavailable possibilities, but better than its predecessors’ already amazing features. Fire it up in a DAW host running on the latest MacOS or Windows (7, 8, 10) to add some seriously creative firepower to modern-day music creations!
Syn’X v2.5 is available to purchase as a USB eLicenser or iLok (1 and 2 dongle hardware or software) protected plug-in priced at €169.00 EUR from XILS-lab from here: https://www.xils-lab.com/products/syn-x-p-134.html (Note that the Syn’X v2.5 upgrade is free for owners of Syn’X 2.)
Syn’X v2.5 can be directly downloaded as a multi-format (AAX, AU, VST) 64-bit virtual instrument plug-in for Mac (OS X 10.7 and later) and Windows (7, 8, 10) from here: https://www.xils-lab.com/products/syn-x-p-134/download.html
Vienna, Austria – January 2020... LEWITT, the innovative Viennese microphone manufacturer of studio and live microphones, has teamed up with Nordic Audio Distribution, an industry-leading distributor of pro audio products in Scandinavia, to serve as its distribution partner in Sweden, Finland, and Denmark.
In announcing the appointment of Nordic Audio Distribution, LEWITT Head of Sales Mike van der Logt noted that, “Nordic Audio Distributions shares the same commitment to exceptional sales and customer service support that we do. Their sales professionals, product trainers, direct marketers, and customer service team members are going to play a pivotal role in taking us to an entirely new level of success.”
Olle Nordström, Sales & Marketing Director with Nordic Audio Distribution praised LEWITT for the unique leadership position they have created in the global pro audio marketplace. “Since its founding in 2010 by entrepreneurial audio pioneer Roman Perschon, LEWITT has grown into a world-renowned company led by a dedicated and diverse team of audio experts with a passion for quality and the in-house
engineering capabilities to focus entirely on the needs of customers. LEWITT microphones are setting new standards in sound capture as a modern, innovative alternative to older, traditional technologies. So obviously, when the opportunity to work with LEWITT presented itself, we were very excited and are proud to serve as their distributor.”
“We are extremely grateful for the efforts of all of our distribution partners, dealers and LEWITT artists over the years. Each microphone model is the result of a consultative process including many of the world’s most respected producers, sound engineers, and musicians – just part of the growing worldwide community of sound professionals who trust the faithful, pristine sound of LEWITT. Now, with this new
distribution agreement with Nordic Audio Distribution, we will be able to make LEWITT microphones available to more customers in more markets, faster than ever before, through Nordic Audio Distribution’s unrivalled network of resellers,” concludes Mike van der Logt.
Find out more at https://www.lewitt-audio.com/
The NAMM Show, January 17, 2020 - IK Multimedia presents Sunset Sound Studio Reverb, a new T-RackS® module processor that brings the reverbs and sounds of the studios in the iconic Sunset Sound recording facility in Los Angeles to musicians everywhere. Sunset Sound Studio Reverb is the first convolution reverb for IK's industry-standard T-RackS 5 mixing and mastering software workstation.
IK worked in collaboration with studio owner Paul Camarata to give recording engineers "all access" to the sound and vibe of the studios in this landmark facility, where a who's who of music has recorded for 60 years, including the Doors, the Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Prince, Aretha Franklin, Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and countless others.
Studio owner Paul Camarata notes, "For 60 years, the sound of our studios has been heard on hit records around the world. Now, we're proud to be working with IK Multimedia to bring our famed sound to everyone's recordings. Sunset Sound Studio Reverb really nails the essence of our distinct character."
Each room of Sunset Sound's three studios was recorded using its custom console and Sunset's mic collection, to capture not just the acoustics but also the unique vibe of the space. IK recreated them using a powerful new dynamic convolution engine, and the result is a faithful studio quality reverb that offers the same iconic sound as countless hit records, complemented by an array of flexible control options for further tone shaping.
Users can select from among the various reverbs taken from the live echo chambers and each of the three studios found in the facility. The choices are:
Live room: Studio 1, Studio 2 or Studio 3
Iso Booth: Studio 1, Studio 2 or Studio 3
3 Live echo chambers
2 plate reverbs and 1 spring reverb
Control it all
An intuitive GUI provides a realistic experience, offering information and insights about each particular room, as well as additional controls to help users shape the sound to suit their tastes. Additional controls include:
Adjustable decay time and pre-delay
High-pass and low-pass filters
Low and high shelving EQs
Stereo image width
Like all T-RackS modules, Sunset Sound Studio Reverb can be used as an individual plug-in within any recording software, or inside the T-RackS 5 shell for even faster workflow both as plug-in or stand-alone mastering software.
T-RackS 5 is the latest version of IK's industry standard mixing and mastering software workstation that has been used on countless albums by top engineers for more than 20 years. This powerful modular system offers maximum versatility via 43 high-quality processors (EQs, limiters, compressors, etc) that can be used in parallel or series, in a variety of working environments. In total, T-RackS 5 offers everything needed to professionally treat and finalize audio from raw mixes to a perfect finished product. For even more professional results, each version of T-RackS 5 also offers free downloadable signature presets from some of the industry's top engineers.
About Sunset Sound Recorders
Sunset Sound was opened in 1958 by Tutti Camarata, then director of recording for Disney Studios, and initially handled in-house work for Disney, recording movies like "Mary Poppins" and "101 Dalmatians." In 1962, Sunset Sound opened to external clients, and soon expanded to a 3-studio complex, welcoming artists like The Doors, Joe Cocker, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Prince and countless more. Now owned and operated by Paul Camarata, Tutti's son, Sunset Sound continues to welcome world-class artists to its iconic rooms. All three original rooms remain in operation, and with their custom acoustics and consoles, fully equipped echo chambers and comprehensive mic lockers, Sunset Sound remains a dream destination for musicians.
Pricing and availability
Sunset Sound Studio Reverb for T-RackS 5 will be available in January 2020 from the IK Custom Shop, the https://www.ikmultimedia.com/shop/ and from https://www.ikmultimedia.com/dealers/worldwide for a special introductory price of €/$149.99* until March 31, 2020 (regular pricing will be €/$249.99). * All prices excluding taxes.
For more information about Sunset Sound Studio Reverb, please visit: https://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/trsunsetsound/
To see Sunset Sound Studio Reverb in action, visit: https://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/trsunsetsound/index.php?p=video
To hear audio samples, visit: https://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/trsunsetsound/index.php?p=audio
The NAMM Show, January 17, 2020 - IK Multimedia introduces the iRig® Pro Duo I/O, an enhanced, ultra-compact 2-channel audio/MIDI interface that enables high-quality recording on the go with iPhone, iPad, Android devices and Mac/PC. Designed for musicians, podcasters and other content creators, it can accommodate a variety of input sources including microphones, MIDI controllers, line-level and high-impedance instruments such as guitars, basses and keyboards, and more. It can also be used as a MIDI interface.
A sequel to IK's acclaimed iRig Pro Duo, the new iRig Pro Duo I/O features updated mic preamps with increased gain, as well as the addition of a USB-C cable to work with all of today's latest devices and new, dedicated PC drivers to ensure optimal performance on laptops and Surface tablets. In addition, refined volume controls with level indicators for more convenient workflow and a new rubberised finish to better stand up to the road, offer the same standard of quality customers have enjoyed from IK's award-winning iRig Pro I/O single-channel interface.
Two analogue combo inputs (1/4” / XLR) are provided for connecting and simultaneously recording any combination of dynamic and condenser microphones and instruments (line level or Hi-Z). They are complemented by Class-A preamps, adjustable gain and 48V phantom power. Each channel has its own input gain control for dialling in the perfect amount of input signal for a particular recording.
iRig Pro Duo I/O can also be used as a MIDI interface via MIDI input and output connectors and included breakout cables. Additional connections include two balanced ¼” outputs and headphone output.
A direct monitor switch provides latency-free monitoring of direct incoming signal for use with video or streaming apps, or lets users monitor the processed signal returning from their device when recording music or using audio processing apps.
iRig Pro Duo I/O runs on USB bus power or 2 AA batteries (or an optional PSU), and includes Lightning, USB-A and USB-C cables to work with any device right out of the box.
Although compatible with any app designed for high-quality digital audio input for recording or creation, iRig Pro Duo I/O comes with free access to over $/€500 of IK software, apps, and in-app material, making it an all-in-one package with everything needed to record, edit, and share great music, podcasts, interviews and more.
About the iRig series
Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2020, IK's iRig series of interfaces helped define the mobile music-making category. With products designed for guitarists, vocalists, broadcasters and social media journalists, the series makes high quality audio recording accessible to everyone at an affordable price.
Pricing and availability
The iRig Pro Duo I/O is available in late January 2020 for $/€199.99* from https://www.ikmultimedia.com/shop/ and from https://www.ikmultimedia.com/dealers/ worldwide. * Price excluding taxes
For more information, please visit:
To see iRig Pro Duo I/O in action, visit: https://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/irigproduoio/index.php?p=video
The NAMM Show, January 17, 2020 - IK Multimedia has added a white colour option for its iLoud® MTM, a compact reference monitor designed to deliver pristine sound and unprecedented accuracy for the modern professional and home studio. It provides innovative features not found elsewhere, and sound quality that rivals monitors several times the price.
iLoud MTM delivers unsurpassed accuracy, power and bass, 100W RMS power, and a class-defying 40 Hz to 24 kHz frequency response for a "firm", balanced and defined low end, to surpass the sound of speakers twice its size.
IK's advanced DSP expertise was leveraged to offer an ultra-flat frequency response, but more importantly, a truly linear phase response - a premiere feature in this price segment available only on a handful of products costing considerably more. This provides a natural, true-to-life sound made possible by IK's advanced DSP expertise.
The symmetrical MTM (midrange-tweeter-midrange) design provides point-source performance for superior imaging, even at close distances, so users can create mixes that will translate across multiple playback systems, with no ear fatigue. The design's exceptional, controlled sound dispersion enhances the transparency and neutrality by minimizing the impact of room acoustics, for truer monitoring.
iLoud MTM also offers one-touch, acoustic self-calibration derived from IK's award-winning ARC™ System, with an included reference microphone to easily adjust to any room's acoustics.
Additional features include: 103dB SPL maximum sound pressure; Audiophile-grade, high resolution algorithms and top-of-the line A/D converters; Off-axis response management to minimize the effects of room reverberation; and IK's patent-pending Physical Response Linearization (PRL™) system that corrects the system's performance in real time.
iLoud MTM also comes with a tilting isolation mount that adjusts from 0° to 20° for a wide range of setups, a rubber base for horizontal shelf-placement, and a bottom thread for mic stand mounting.
Incredible accuracy and transparency, deep and defined bass, precise stereo imaging at any distance, and automatic room calibration - all in a monitor that's small enough to fit on any desktop - make iLoud MTM deal for nearfield work or as a workhorse monitor in a home or project studio.
Price and availability
iLoud MTM is available from the https://www.ikmultimedia.com/shop/and from https://www.ikmultimedia.com/dealers/ worldwide at a MSRP of $/€349.99* each or $/€699.99 per pair. *All prices excluding taxes
For more information, please visit: https://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/iloudmtm/
Visit here to see how top engineers are using iLoud MTM in their studios:
Nashville, TN, January 2020 – The METAlliance (Music Engineering & Technology Alliance) has announced that Austrian Audio has become the newest Pro Partner of the organization. Pro Partner membership is limited to companies that have shown the ability to manufacture and distribute products that meet the organization’s professional audio standards.
The METAlliance's George Massenburg commented: “We’re excited to see another great manufacturer that shares our commitment to providing quality in audio recording. We’re looking forward to seeing more Austrian Audio products that meet those needs.”
Austrian Audio opened its doors in 2017 following the closure of the AKG offices in Vienna and set out to create something new, challenging, and respectful to its heritage. The new company started with a core team of previous AKG personnel from management, acoustics, electronics, test and measurement, mechanical design, RF/wireless and software/firmware, bringing 350 years of cumulative engineering experience to the new company.
“Austrian Audio is honored to become a member of the prestigious METAlliance,” commented Martin Seidl, Austrian Audio CEO. “It is our company’s aim to ensure we manufacture products that offer the highest levels of quality in the recording chain, which is very much in line with the METAlliance’s ethos. For us as a start-up company, it’s very encouraging being chosen as a professional partner by the alliance founders.”
Austrian Audio will exhibit in the US for the first time at Winter NAMM 2020 Pro Audio Hall, ACC North / Level 1, Booth #14121.
Learn more at: https://austrian.audio/
The METAlliance Pro Partnership is a group of companies that share the founders' belief that a call for quality is important. It is limited, by invitation, to those companies that provide products and services deemed worthy of consideration by professionals. Austrian Audio joins other METAlliance Pro Partners: AKG, Audio-Technica, Avid, Cakewalk, DPA Microphones, EventideJBL Pro, LEWITT Microphones, Lexicon, Manley Laboratories, GML, Millennia Music & Media Systems, Neumann USA, Prism Sound, Royer Microphones, Sanken Microphones, Solid State Logic, Sommer Cable, Sonnox, Steinberg, tc electronic, Universal Audio, and Yamaha.
About the METAlliance
Established in 2005, the METAlliance (Music Engineering and Technology Alliance) was founded by globally recognized, award-winning audio engineers and producers Chuck Ainlay, Frank Filipetti, George Massenburg, Elliot Scheiner, Al Schmitt, and the late Phil Ramone and Ed Cherney. The METAlliance works with educators to help insure the skills and techniques that have developed through the history of recording are carried forward.
The METAlliance ProPartner program rewards those manufacturers truly deserving recognition as advocates for better quality in audio recording and reproduction. Through the ProPartner program, the organization works closely with manufacturers to evaluate, recognize, and certify products that meet the best standards for quality in the recording arts and science.
METAlliance: strategic union of music producers and engineers dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of audio recording http://www.metalliance.com/
LONDON, UK: Spitfire Audio is proud to announce ALBION NEO — neatly turning the proverbial page to open a new decade- dawning next chapter in its bestselling ALBION... series sample libraries and virtual instruments as a modern cinematic collection centred around a chamber-sized orchestra with a super-intimate string section split by divisi across all articulations to offer anyone access to the incredible definition and expression of classic and progressive techniques creatively captured in the beautiful resonance of the hallowed (Lyndhurst) Hall at London’s legendary AIR Studios, successfully accompanied by an encyclopaedic range of progressive synths, loops, and textures totalling over 300 carefully curated presets to address an exciting cultural shift in orchestral music and film scoring spurred by a demand for a closer, more emotive, hybrid sound suited to TV, films, and beyond — on preorder as of the first day of The 2020 NAMM Show, January 16-19, Anaheim, CA, USA, where the sound-specialising British music technology company is exhibiting, and available from January 23…
Like life itself, the film scoring landscape is constantly evolving. With the rise of streaming platforms, TV shows and independent films are just as big as blockbusters, and directors are now looking for closer, more emotive, sophisticated soundscapes. Artists and composers are producing more progressive, daring, and emotive works within the film world and beyond as a result. Reality bites, but Spitfire Audio has been part of this new wave with its consistent creation of original tools that push the boundaries of orchestral music. Indeed, its groundbreaking EVO... and SWARM... series and always-creative collaborations with pioneering composers and visionaries — from BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Award-winning Icelandic composer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer par excellence Ólafur Arnalds (famed for his original score to top-rating television series Broadchurch as well as several standout studio albums) to The London Contemporary Orchestra (one of the UK’s most innovative and respected ensembles, promoting the best new music and cross-arts collaborations to an ever-widening audience) — allow anyone to surf the musical wave with the likes of Ólafur Arnalds... or even become the next ‘new waver’! With ALBION NEO, Spitfire Audio has exquisitely encapsulated this new and alluring revolution, taking everything the sound-specialising British music technology company collectively learned during its decade-long sampling journey and applying it to its super-successful ALBION blueprint as a new decade-dawning next chapter.
Central to ALBION NEO is its inbuilt NEO Orchestra. As is the case with all of Spitfire Audio’s ALBION... series sample libraries and virtual instruments, it is designed to be both instantly playable and easy to use, with all instruments in each section spread across the keyboard. Creatively capturing phenomenal performances from a group of 36 world-class first-call session musicians playing 54 classic and unconventional articulations, it has been carefully crafted by Paris- and London-based British award-winning composer and orchestrator Ben Foskett working with Spitfire Audio Production Manager Harry Wilson, and recorded digitally at 96 kHz via a two-inch Studer tape machine using priceless valve and ribbon mics routed through Neve ‘AIR Montserrat’ remote mic preamps into a 96-channel Neve 88R large-format mixing console by renowned recording and mix engineer Jake Jackson in the hallowed (Lyndhurst) Hall at London’s legendary AIR Studios.
Technically, the NEO Orchestra itself is made up of a super-intimate chamber-sized orchestra, recorded as two divisi string sections — Band A - 12 (3, 2, 2, 3, 2) and Band B - 11 (3, 2, 2, 3, 1) — duly designed to complement each other and create interesting combinations when played together, with a specially orchestrated chorus of seven Brass — including 2 Horns, 2 Flugelhorns, 2 Euphoniums, and 1 Bass Trombone (with Detuned, Pulses, and Reblows articulations) and six Woodwinds — featuring Flute 1 - dbl Alto, Flute 2 - dbl Bass, Clarinet in Bb - dbl Bass, Bass Clarinet, Sax 1 - Alto dbl Baritone, and Sax 2 - Tenor dbl Bass (with Long Octaves, Long Swells, and Short Marcatos articulations) — that are played so soft that they sound like a breathy harmonium. Having said that, the emotion of each performance has been captured in intense detail, with Close, Close Ribbon, Tree, Ambient, and Outrigger multi-mic control and two specially curated mixes to choose from..
Furthermore, ALBION NEO has helpfully been taken to new dimensions by Spitfire Audio’s award-winning engineers enhancing those organic NEO Orchestra recordings to create Segla Textures — 85 organic and electronic curated presets (housed in Spitfire Audio’s totally tweakable and dynamic eDNA engine to allow almost endless creative possibilities as the go-to tool for creating pads and effects that perfectly bridge the electronic and orchestral, now including a new built-in arpeggiator and classic Spitfire Audio techniques such as Super Sul Tasto, Tremolo Harmonics, and Col Legno, as well as more progressive techniques such as Seagulls, Pulses, and Slow Detunes, all available for customisation); Stephenson’s Steam Band — a collection of modern, cinematic, hybrid synth pads, and textures (also housed in the eDNA engine as 108 uniquely curated presets presented as a vast ‘steam synthesiser’ made from those organic NEO Orchestra recordings and a selection of Spitfire Audio co-founder and composer Christian Henson’s rare vintage synths, fed through his modular rig and an admirable array of pedals and vintage tape machines by Christian Henson and Harry Wilson); plus Brunel Loops — an extraordinary collection of 116 subtly evolving, hypnotic, and rhythmic loops, taking inspiration from the likes of American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and film score composer Jon Brion as well as the work of Australian singer, songwriter, and composer Nick Cave and associated Australian-French musician and composer Warren Ellis (effectively performed and developed by Spitfire Audio’s amazing musicians and engineers using experimental combinations of amplified stringed instruments, guitars and pedals, synths, saxophone, tuned and untuned drums and percussion, effects, and field recordings to generate ‘get of out jail’ sounds as an array of instantly gratifying gems from the heart of London).
As an orchestral library fit for a new decade, ALBION NEO naturally celebrates the work of composers from Oslo and Reykjavik with whom Spitfire Audio has creatively collaborated and supported, so surely it would be remiss of the company to have completed its icy-northern-inspired music-making masterpiece without first featuring a harmonium — hence opting to also record a pristine example in the cinematic splendour of AIR Studio’s Lyndhurst Hall... both clean and warped, of course! Creating intimate textural beds and drones with the resulting Harmonium’s warm, breathy tones comes naturally to ALBION NEO, as does adding effects using its warped content folder. Fortunately, Spitfire Audio’s Mercury Synth engine easily allows anyone to shape their own unique pads and take the iconic instrument in question to new dimensions.
Effectively echoing the subtle, nuanced sound of ALBION V TUNDRA that captured a characteristically Scandinavian sound (sampling a 100-piece orchestra playing never-before-sampled techniques at the very edge of silence), ALBION NEO duly delivers the definition and emotive detail of a smaller orchestral ensemble — endless inspiration for writing intimate sections, scoring independent films that need more focus and precision, or adding achingly beautiful, expressive sounds and textures to intensely personal productions... and all out of the box! Better said — by Christian Henson himself, no less: “With ALBION NEO we go back to the very heart of Spitfire, and that is: small is more powerful... packs a greater emotional punch — especially if you put small in a great big hall like AIR Studios.”
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SCOTTS VALLEY, CA • January 16, 2020 — Universal Audio (UA), a leading manufacturer of professional audio recording hardware and software, is proud to introduce LUNA Recording System, a full-featured music creation, recording, and analog-style production system shaped by over 60 years of analog audio exploration.
LUNA transforms UA's industry-standard Apollo interfaces into the most inspiring and fully integrated recording systems available. LUNA Recording System consists of a UA Thunderbolt-equipped audio interface, the LUNA Application, LUNA Extensions, and LUNA Instruments.
LUNA will be available as a free download for Apollo and Arrow Thunderbolt audio interface owners (Mac only) in Spring 2020.
Key LUNA Recording System features include its deep Apollo interface integration, built-in Neve® Summing, Multitrack Tape Emulation, and all-new LUNA Instruments — UA's long-awaited foray into software‑based instruments.
Deep Apollo Integration — Fast, Natural Workflow
Unlike traditional DAW software, LUNA Recording System's tight hardware-software integration allows quickly routing and recording audio through DSP-powered UAD plug-ins with no discernable latency via the new Accelerated Realtime Monitoring feature. Accelerated Realtime Monitoring is poised to be a major revelation for those unaccustomed to working on a $10k+ DSP-assisted recording system; music production will instantly seem more robust, dependable, and intuitive, without latency or monitoring hassles.
Built-In Neve® Summing — Instant Classic Console Sound
LUNA Recording System offers precisely emulated audio summing circuitry from the Neve 80-Series audio mixing consoles designed by Neve Electronics in the 1960s and early 1970s, featuring the harmonically rich sound of the Neve 1272 summing amplifier. Far beyond a “summing plug-in," Neve Summing is a LUNA Extension built-in to the fabric of LUNA's mixer — and can instantly transform a clean technical mix into a classic-sounding recording filled with energy and life.
Integrated Multitrack Tape — Warmth and Punch on Demand
LUNA's audio transport features integrated Multitrack Tape emulation via the included "Oxide" LUNA Extension — providing sonic qualities commonly described by audio engineers as "warmth" and "cohesion" on every desired audio or instrument track. LUNA Recording System users may choose to further explore various magnetic tape sounds with the optional Studer® A800 Tape Recorder Extension (sold separately).
All-New LUNA Instruments — Incredible Realism to Fuel Inspiration
LUNA is further distinguished by all-new software-based LUNA Instruments — bringing Universal Audio's expertise in electrical and acoustic modeling, sampling, synthesis, and signal processing to virtual instruments for the first time ever. The resulting software instruments are ultra-realistic, responsive, and “alive” with inspiration.
At launch, available LUNA Instruments will include:
Moog® Minimoog — developed in partnership with Moog Music, the Moog Minimoog is an incredibly accurate and inspiring emulation of the archetypal 1971 Moog synthesizer
Ravel™ grand piano — a breathtaking model of a Steinway Model B grand piano based on UA's proprietary sampling, physical modeling, and new Ultra-Resonance technology — providing all the sonic nuance of this studio classic
Shape™ — a complete creative toolkit with vintage keys, drums/percussion, guitar/bass, orchestral content, and realtime synthesis, courtesy of Universal Audio, Spitfire Audio, Orange Tree Samples, Loops de la Creme, and more — included free in LUNA
LUNA will be available as a free download for Thunderbolt-equipped Apollo and Arrow audio interface owners for macOS systems and is shipping in Spring 2020. LUNA is not compatible with Apollo FireWire or Apollo Twin USB.
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MicroFreak receives new oscillator and more in 2.0 firmware update
On top of announcing KeyLab Essential 88 and KeyStep Pro at NAMM 2020, French audio pioneers Arturia have also revealed a surprise update to their incredibly popular MicroFreak digital synth.
The MicroFreak 2.0 update adds several exciting new features and functions, refines some existing ones, and fixes a few minor bugs.
New Noise oscillator: morph between particle noise, white noise, and a metallic noise that’s reminiscent of a synth cymbal. An exciting new voice that will open up powerful new drum and percussion possibilities in MicroFreak.
Chord Mode: by holding the Paraphony button and playing some notes, you program the chord, then replay the shape with a single key.
Scale quantization: In the Utility settings, you can activate scale quantization to your favorite scale. When activated, the “white notes” on the keyboard play whichever scale you have selected. No more wrong notes!
Sequencer streamlining: in 2.0 firmware update, you’re now able to easily copy
Pattern A to Pattern B in an instant.
Matrix initialize: before 2.0 firmware update, if you wanted to clear the Matrix of all routings, you’d have to manually do it. Now you can just hold the Shift and perform a long press on the encoder, and it will clear!
64 New Presets: Loads of exciting sounds to explore using the new oscillator and features.
MicroFreak now displays visual feedback even when Local Control is off.
The synth’s Local Control now also translates USB to MIDI Out.
The release of currently playing presets are now cleared when switching to a new one.
The Record LED now blinks on each beat, instead of on 16ths.
LEARN MORE: https://www.arturia.com/
Thanks to MicroFreak’s digital mind, the team at Arturia will be able to offer more exciting updates and improvements like this over time, ensuring that MicroFreak is always fresh and relevant.
To update your synth, simply connect it to your computer, load up the Arturia MIDI Control Center, and hit the “update” button for MicroFreak.
FENDER MERGES ACOUSTIC INNOVATION WITH ELECTRIC GUITAR HERITAGE, EXTENDS AMERICAN ACOUSTASONIC® SERIES WITH STRATOCASTER® MODEL
All New Fullerton Series Ukuleles Bring Iconic Fender Electric Guitar Body Shapes, Colours to the Ukulele Community
HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. (January 16, 2020)—Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) today
celebrates the release of the newest model in the American Acoustasonic® Series and an all-new lineup of electric-inspired ukuleles at Winter NAMM 2020 in Anaheim, Calif. The additions include the cutting- edge, American-made Acoustasonic Stratocaster and the Fullerton Series ukuleles inspired by Fender’s most iconic electric guitars. Building off of the highly successful https://shop.fender.com/en-SE/acoustic-guitars/acoustasonic/american-acoustasonic-telecaster/0972013232.html?rl=en_US released at Winter NAMM 2019, the American Acoustasonic Stratocaster features all-new tone woods and voices with even more electric
possibilities. Along with three unique electric voices on the selector switch, the Acoustasonic
Stratocaster also adds all-new acoustic options, including short scale and concert body with a slotted headstock.
“We are proud to continue expanding our most sonically innovative platform with the American
Acoustasonic Stratocaster,” said Billy Martinez, Fender VP Category Manager, Acoustic Division.
“Following in the footsteps of what Fender accomplished over 70 years ago, it was a natural and
authentic progression for us to start with the Telecaster model and then offer a Stratocaster counterpartwith its own unique voices. We can’t wait to see what musicians, both Strat enthusiasts and acoustic fans, will achieve in their creative process with this new range of voices the Acoustasonic Stratocaster unlocks.”
Designed with a fully-hollow body and Fender’s patented Stringed Instrument Resonance System (SIRS), the American Acoustasonic Stratocaster offers a new sonic experience that is naturally loud and resonant both on and off stage. This hybrid guitar features an Acoustasonic Noiseless™ magnetic pickup that delivers a unique set of Stratocaster-inspired voicings and hum-free Fender electric tone, that can be played solo or blended with an acoustic voice to create new sounds. The Fender and Fishman- designed Acoustic Engine powers the Acoustasonic Stratocaster and provides a new body style and tone wood combinations that enable musicians to curate an all-new collection of acoustic and electric voices. This contemporary guitar also features a mahogany Stratocaster neck with an ebony fingerboard and thin line body that makes it both comfortable and easy to play.
“We’ve removed all the obstacles associated with playing an acoustic guitar, giving players those same sounds with an electric neck and comfortable thin line acoustic body – all in a familiar Strat body shape,” Martinez added. “At the same time, this guitar still gives you all the tonal options you would get in a Dreadnought, concert or auditorium acoustic guitar.”
Inspired by the legacy guitar maker’s electric roots in Southern California, the Fullerton Series brings the character and feel of Fender’s iconic guitar body shapes to the ukulele category. Aimed at those musicians looking for a unique take on a ukulele that has a body shape deeply rooted in tradition, the Fullerton Series tips the hat to Fender’s Telecaster®, Stratocaster and Jazzmaster models, ensuring players will stand out at every performance. Each ukulele features a laminated spruce top, maple neck with a laminated walnut fingerboard and Fender-designed preamp system that enables players to alter the sound via a single tone knob. Designed with comfort and ease in mind, the Fullerton Series also has a convenient no-tie bridge, making string changes a breeze in comparison to traditional ukulele bridges that require special knotting.
“The Fullerton Series is a true representation of blending iconic Fender style with the functionality of a traditional ukulele to diversify the way that players can express their vibe and personality on stage,” Martinez said. Each model is available in the traditional colours that each Fender electric guitar is known for - with the exception of the Jazzmaster which will be available in a brand new colour, Tidepool. All of these ukuleles and more will be displayed at Winter NAMM 2020:
The American Acoustasonic Stratocaster - €1999
The Fullerton Series Ukuleles - €199, including:
Fullerton Telecaster (Butterscotch Blonde, Black)
Fullerton Stratocaster (Three Tone Sunburst, Black)
Fullerton Jazzmaster (Tidepool, Olympic White)
FENDER® SPOTLIGHTS RECENTLY-LAUNCHED AMERICAN ULTRA ELECTRIC GUITAR SERIES,
REVIVES MODELS FROM THE PAST AND BRINGS BACK PARALLEL UNIVERSE AT WINTE NAMM
Fender Introduces HM “Heavy Metal” Strat, Lead II and III models, Reveals All-New Parallel Universe and American Original and Player Series Guitars Now Available In New Models and Finishes
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (January 16, 2020)—Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) today debuted its extensive electric and bass offerings for traditional and modern players alike at Winter NAMM 2020. In addition to showcasing https://www.fender.com/pages/american-ultra-guitars – the brand’s most modern and advanced electric guitar series, Fender is bringing back models from its past, including the Lead, which will be added to the Player Series. The HM Strat also returns with the same unique look and specs as the original ‘88-‘92 models. Joining Fender’s limited-edition offerings are refreshes of fan-favourites including cult classic Parallel Universe Volume 2 and the highly-acclaimed American Original Series – now offering new models and finishes.
“We’re excited to present an incredible lineup of new instruments at Winter NAMM,” said Max Gutnik, VP of Fender Electric Guitars, Basses & Amplifiers. “Our leading focus for 2020 is our new flagship electric line, American Ultra. Ultra is a great example of the continued evolution of Fender’s classic instruments in a way that remains true to Fender’s original creation yet advances the instrument to serve modern players of all genres. While we look to the future with American Ultra, we are also celebrating our past with the re-release of the all-new HM Strat and Player Lead II and III guitars. The HM Strat and Lead series represent a wonderfully innovative time at Fender and a historic era in music, when musicians and their instruments were changing rapidly, and we’re thrilled to debut them here at NAMM.”
Launched in November 2020, the American Ultra Series is the most advanced guitar from Fender. The series has all-new modern features, state-of-the-art craftsmanship and nuanced design. With 44 SKUs, the American Ultra Series offers many options for players looking for modern advancements, including the Stratocaster®, Telecaster®, Precision Bass®, Jazzmaster®, Jazz Bass® and Jazz Bass® V with an assortment of all-new colours in the €2,189 - €2,049 price range. The Ultra Series is a pivotal moment in Fender history as it offers new body design and contours – marking the first time in decades since the last significant alteration was made to the iconic Fender Stratocaster of Telecaster body shapes. Embracing artist and player feedback is a core driver for Fender’s design process, leading to decades of subtle yet crucial innovations.
Fender created the Lead model in 1979, featuring a new solid-body design, hard-tail bridges and cool new wiring options. Paying homage, Fender is releasing the Player Lead Series for the unconventional, offbeat, and most importantly, undefined players. The series offers the choice of the Player Lead II (an homage to the late `70s models) and the Player Lead III (a tribute to the original 1982-only model), which both incorporate era-correct Lead Series specs with a blend of the modern Player Series specs offering style, power, and versatility in comfortable, easy-to-play models.
A true Fender fan favourite and cult classic will also be reborn at WNAMM, the limited-edition HM (Heavy Metal) Stratocaster originally designed and launched in the late-`80s with metal heads and technical players in mind. Built in the same factory as the original, the HM Strat will be available in four original era-correct Day-Glo colours: Frozen Yellow, Flash Pink, Ice Blue and Bright White.
Also debuting at WNAMM are all-new limited-edition models that make up Parallel Universe Volume 2 (€2,249 - €2,619). Offering even more unique models in the second iteration of Parallel Universe, these combinations of Fender design elements, body shapes and parts are for players looking for the most exciting and rare instruments Fender will come out with this year. The following models will be released in 2020:
The Troublemaker Custom w/ Bigsby (€2,519)
Troublemaker Tele Custom (€2,519)
Strat Jazz Deluxe (€2,519)
Maverick Dorado (€2,619)
Spark-O-Matic Jazzmaster (€2,249)
Jazz Strat (€2,249)
Tele Mágico (€2,619)
Uptown Strat (€2,249)
Also, new this NAMM season are two new models for Fender’s American Original series, including the `60s Telecaster Thinline and `70s Telecaster Custom. For product images and more information, click here. Lastly, Fender is adding to the Player Series to further expand entry level offerings within the Fender brand. The new models include the Duo Sonic, Mustang, Mustang Bass PJ and Mustang 90.
LOS ANGELES, CA, USA/HONG KONG, CHINA: musician-empowering musical instruments creator Ashun Sound Machines (ASM) is proud to advance its innovative Hydrasynth digital wave morphing synthesizer — launched late last year to widespread critical acclaim as its inaugural hardware product, produced as a keyboard variant (featuring a proprietary Polytouch™ 49-note polyphonic aftertouch keybed and a user-assignable ribbon controller) and desktop variant (with 24 velocity- and polyphonic aftertouch-sensitive pads, plus an included 19-inch rack-mount kit) — with welcomed new features, thanks to a major firmware update, ultimately coinciding with the first day of The 2020 NAMM Show, January 16-19, Anaheim, CA, USA, where both variants of Hydrasynth will wow visitors for the first time for sure…
Anchored around a unique digital wave morphing synthesis engine as an eight-voice polysynth whose three oscillators can all make use of any one of the 219 single-cycle waveforms available, while flexibly facilitating defining eight waveforms into a list and then morphing from one to the next using extensive movement-inducing modulation sources with Wave Scan mode (for OSC 1 and OSC 2 only), ASM’s avant-garde Hydrasynth made musical waves when unleashed upon an unsuspecting world with keyboard and desktop variants late last year. Said synthesis engine also features four mutators for further tonal modification, while two filters can be configured in parallel or series. Perfectly paired with an equally powerful effects section comprising four fully-independent modules, all creatively combine to produce sounds that have to be heard to be believed! Better still, the Hydrasynth keyboard’s proprietary Polytouch™ 49-note polyphonic aftertouch keybed instantly struck a major (and minor) chord with musicians wishing to better express themselves without having to master a new keyboard technique, while connectivity to the wider world is as far reaching as it comes, courtesy of a full-blown MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) implementation — including the usual connection compliment of MIDI IN, MIDI OUT, and MIDI THRU on five-pin DIN, as well as USB — complimented by conveniently-positioned CV/GATE connections for mini-jacks (so playing nicely with the likes of today’s ever-widening world of Eurorack modular gear, vintage synthesizers, and more, is perfectly possible).
As ASM advances both Hydrasynth variants with the timely introduction of the Version 1.3.0 firmware update at The 2020 NAMM Show, its innovative instruments now support MPE (MIDI Polyphonic Expression). An advancement of the MIDI specification used by many alternative controllers, this allows for true polyphonic pitch bend as well as two dimensions of control between compatible controllers and sound generators. Get this, though: those musicians wishing to better express themselves are going to have a field day with Hydrasynth as ASM advances its innovative instruments ever closer to performance perfection! With Warm mode’s musically-pleasing arrival — also a result of the Version 1.3.0 firmware update, shaping the sound to better emulate the frequency response of some vintage synthesizers by rounding out the high end of any patch while giving it a gentle boost in the low end to create characteristic ‘warmth’ overall, surely sound designers are also going to be happy bunnies! Both performers and sound designers will welcome Hydrasynth’s MPE modulation additions via Version 1.3.0 — namely, new modulation sources, such as MPE-X (normally pitch bend control), MPE-Yabs (absolute mode, referred to as controller 74 in some devices), MPE-Yrel (relative mode, also referred to as controller 74 in some devices), and MPEoffVc (note off velocity).
Timed to coincide with those welcomed advancement announcements, ASM is also offering its inaugural artist patch bank of 128 sounds — courtesy of Matia Simovich (a.k.a. INHALT) — as a downloadable creative collection focusing on classic, stable, and highly-playable, expressive synthesizer tones to complement Hydrasynth’s factory presets.
Privileged attendees of The 2020 NAMM Show surely owe it to themselves to swing by Booth 10405 there to see and hear ASM putting the advanced Hydrasynth through its impressive paces.