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  1. PRESSRELEASE Montreal, Quebec—September 24, 2019—Applied Acoustics Systems announces the official release of Ultra Analog VA-3 —an all-new version of its analog synthesizer for Mac OS X and Windows. Ultra Analog VA-3 is a two-voice two-oscillator-bi-filter-plus-effects analog synthesizer with advanced editing options that achieve a sweet balance between familiarity and flexibility. Ultra Analog VA-3 ships with 1000+ presets taking full advantage of its state-of-the-art analog components. Here are some of Ultra Analog VA-3’s new features: Home view—the Home view presents a distraction free and laid-back browsing and tweaking experience. Two-Voice Multitimbral—Two independent timbres—stacked or split—create performance-friendly, texture-full, and spacious sounds. Macros—Four performance macros per layer that respond to user-defined MIDI controls. Each and every sound features modulation, timbre, envelope, and effect morphing assignments that can be played in real time for enhanced expressivity and sonic dimension. Browser—The brand-new browser offers an efficient way to home in on the right sounds thanks to the Packs, Sounds, Categories, and Creators views. Factory Library—Ultra Analog VA-3’s factory library contains 500 never heard before sounds as well as refined versions of the 800+ Ultra Analog VA-2 presets. Ladder Filter—Ultra Analog VA-3’s multi-mode modules now star a brand-new ladder-type filter for that classic low- pass response “This new version is all about adding new dimensions to the classic analog sound,” says Eric Thibeault, product designer at Applied Acoustics Systems. “Ultra Analog VA-3 is now multitimbral. Combining two independent Ultra Analog synthesis engines opens up a whole new world in terms of content. We’ve also added per-layer macros that allow sound designers to make sound variations an integral part of the design process. A huge effort has been put into the factory library to exploit all these new possibilities. Each and every sounds were fine-tuned to provide a consistent gain-stage, unity-gain effects, better dynamics, and compelling MIDI-controlled sound transformation assignments. We’re positive that you’ll enjoy this new version of Ultra Analog.” Read more here
  2. Uppdaterat 190911 Äntligen är det dags! Nu på torsdag den 26 september tar vi tillfälligt ner forumet för att lägga upp nya startsidan för Studio. Uppdateringar utöver det vi skrev i första inlägget: Studio.se (startsidan) Nyheter, tips, guider, bloggar och videor Redan sedan ett par månader tillbaka så har vi publicerat nyheter av naturliga skäl endast under ”Nyheter från Studio” på forumet, och på Facebook i form av tillverkarnas pressreleaser, och kommer göra detta löpande, och vårt mål framöver är också att även låta företagen själva lägga in sina nyheter. Från och med den 26 september kommer innehållet också bestå av tipsartiklar inom bland annat låtskriveri, inspelning och mixning. Och istället för produkttester gör vi guider om hur en produkt (gärna ny produkt) används i ett sammanhang, och utbildande inspirerande artiklar inom olika musikområden samt köpguider. Bloggar Ja, de kommer tillbaka och forummedlemmar kan blogga om musikämnen som man vill dela med sig av. Kanske intressanta studiobyggen eller andra spännande projekt? Vi har en dedikerad grupp bloggare som kommer blogga frekvent, vars inlägg kommer lyftas fram på Studio, men vi lyfter gärna fram fler intressanta bloggar eller bloggare. Vi kommer även att publicera en del intressant material från den tidigare papperstidningen Studio, men som tidigare inte har funnits på studio.se. Allt innehåll kommer synas på startsidan, forumet och på Facebook – där du enkelt hittar oss om du söker på Studio.se. Nyhetsbrev För dig som vill hålla lite koll utan att gå in på webbsidan, så kommer vi skicka ut vårt nyhetsbrev varannan vecka. När startsidan är uppe så kommer www.studio.se leda till den, och www.studio.se/forums samt forum.studio.se kommer leda till forumet som det redan gör idag. Återigen så vill vi säga att vi tycker det är både viktigt och roligt att bygga framtiden för Studio tillsammans med dig som besökare, forummedlem och samarbetspartner. Därför vill vi uppmuntra dig att dela dina tankar här i tråden eller höra av dig till någon av oss i ett PM. Andreas och Björn
  3. PRESSRELEASE Baton Rouge, Louisiana, September 2019... PreSonus® is now shipping two new microphones suitable for a wide variety of recording applications. Whether purchased at the same time or separately, the new PreSonus PX-1 large-diaphragm cardioid condenser mic and PM-2 stereo set of matched small-diaphragm cardioid condenser microphones give you the core of a high-quality microphone collection. The PreSonus PX-1 is an excellent solution for recording vocals, guitar, podcasts, and much more. A true large-diaphragm, side-address condenser microphone, the PX-1 features a 1-inch (25 mm), gold-sputtered capsule designed to provide exceptional clarity throughout its frequency response range. Rugged construction and top-quality performance specifications make the PX-1 an excellent addition for any home recording or streaming studio. A fine choice for stereo recordings of acoustic instruments, drum overheads, ensembles and more, the PreSonus PM-2 set comprises a sonically matched pair of small-diaphragm cardioid condenser microphones. Each PM-2 microphone is equipped with a ¾-inch (19 mm), gold-sputtered capsule housed in an ultra-light chassis, making it easier to perfectly position your microphones without fighting gravity. The PM-2 set comes with a stereo bar for XY mic placement, and the two microphones can be used together or individually, making them an excellent addition for any home or professional recording environment. Both new microphones are available now at PreSonus dealers at U.S. street prices of: PX-1 $129.95 and PM-2 $129.95. For more information, visit www.presonus.com/products/Microphones.
  4. PRESSRELEASE SANTA CRUZ, CA, USA: Plugin Alliance, supporting all major plugin formats and uniting some of the best-known international audio companies under one virtual roof, is proud to announce availability of LION — latest release from fellow Californian company and plugin-creating partner Unfiltered Audio that this time sees it welcomed to the synthesis jungle with the King of soft synths, an extraordinarily deep VI (Virtual Instrument) anchored around an easy- to-use interface providing everything needed for quick patching, endless experimentation, and intuitive sound design — as of September 17… Unfiltered Audio advanced audio processing plugins by developing some of the most innovative and forward-thinking tools in the world. With the cutting- edge Californian company's groundbreaking first foray into the wonderful world of software synthesizers similarly scaling new heights, it is set to become the King of the synthesis jungle! Jesting apart, LION is an extremely versatile synthesizer with a very simple signal path, putting two oscillators through a mixer and running them through a filter — much like a traditional subtractive synthesizer. Saying that, LION is far from traditional in its exotic execution, however, effectively encouraging endless experimentation in typical Unfiltered Audio innovative and forward-thinking fashion. For below LION’s hood hides a dual-oscillator architecture with each oscillator featuring 26 modes, ranging from familiar classics to unique oscillators found nowhere else — pick and choose from FM (Frequency Modulation) synthesis, subtractive or additive waveforms, ‘super’ oscillator stacks, microsound, noise, or variations on each! All algorithms have been specifically designed for deep modulation. Moreover, each oscillator engine features an optional Stereo mode, whereby WIDE images are available at the synthesis level. LION lets users thereafter take advantage of its deep Unison manipulation of every parameter and (optional) tuning DRIFT for creating rich, full, and lush sounds using the oscillators alone — and all before starting to reach for any external effects! Watch an informative, in-depth video overview of Unfiltered Audio’s LION by professional sound designer and programmer John ‘Skippy’ Lehmkuhl (PlugInGuru) here LION is also rather unique in the way that it turns oscillator mixing into another opportunity for creative synthesis since the Mix(er) offers distinct modes for combining the two oscillators (OSC 1 and OSC 2) in ways not seen in any other synthesizer! The default algorithm (ALGO) acts as a standard crossfader while more experimental modes all create non-standard relationships between the two oscillators themselves. These include: Bitter (bitwise operations are applied to the oscillators); Ash (various sample-and-hold algorithms are applied to the oscillators); Ring Mod (the two oscillators are ring modulated together); Min-Max (amplitudes of the two oscillators are analysed and the minimum and maximum values are found between the two with the mixer then crossfading between them); Terrain (a series of wave terrains are created that are then navigated by the two oscillators); and Compare (comparisons are found between the two oscillators). Obviously all lead to truly stunning sounds! Still better, Unfiltered Audio’s acclaimed modulation system is integrated into LION, but better than ever! It includes a massive MIDI Input modulator that translates playing into numerous opportunities for deep expression — users can control the filter CUTOFF knob with the last MIDI note value or modulate the oscillators’ timbre through V (velocity) control, for instance. Indeed, full MPE (MIDI Polyphonic Expression) support permits using ROLI Seaboard or Sensel Morph next-generation MIDI controllers for phenomenal per-voice articulation! Watch Plugin Alliance’s play-through video for Unfiltered Audio’s awe-inspiring LION here LION lends itself to creatively crafting powerful sounds that feel as though they were produced by a colossal chain of plugins, tabs, and automation — and all from within its innovative single-screen GUI (Graphical User Interface) with clear, intuitive controls. Clearly, time is better spent focusing from the outset on the musical job at hand by harnessing LION’s king-sized sonic complexity and versatility, rather than resorting to watching time-consuming tutorials to learn the intricacies and hidden features of a badly-executed synth — software based or otherwise. Other soft synths may well only provide a small library of forgettable effects almost as an afterthought, yet LION lets users ditch the need for external effect plugins, should they wish, with Unfiltered Audio’s already-legendary BYOME effect row also integrated as a flexible library of over 40 modulatable effects. LION’s synthesis engines and BYOME processing engine all have access to the same modulation sources, so users can create complete presets with detailed effect chains that react to their playing. Watch Plugin Alliance’s teaser video for Unfiltered Audio’s awe-inspiring LION here Possibilities are truly endless — enter LION’s fruitful factory library of nearly 600 presets spanning many musical genres and styles to hear how powerful the King of the synthesis jungle is in action! Ask award-winning composer, musician, technologist, and creator BT. After all, he has become well versed in LION, having already attended a successful ‘synth tasting’ event hosted by Plugin Alliance at Sphere Studios in North Hollywood earlier this year, where a prerelease was showcased to industry insiders and fellow electronica luminaries like Paul Haslinger (ex-Tangerine Dream) and Tom Holkenborg (a.k.a. Junkie XL) to critical acclaim. All three talented musicians happen to be also award-winning modern music-to-picture scoring specialists, so surely know somewhat more than a thing or two about standout synthesized sound between the three of them! Unfiltered Audio’s LION is available for purchase — as an AAX Native-, AU-, VST2-, and VST3-supporting Virtual Instrument plugin for MacOS (10.9 through 10.14) and Windows (7 through 10) — exclusively from distribution partner Plugin Alliance for an introductory price of $169.00 USD until September 30, 2019, rising to an MSRP of $199.00 USD thereafter — from here: https://www.plugin-alliance.com/en/products/unfiltered_audio_lion.html A fully-functional, 14-day trial is available to anyone registering for a free Plugin Alliance account here Unfiltered Audio LION is included in Plugin Alliance’s new MEGA Bundle (https://www.plugin-alliance.com/en/products/pa-mega-bundle-monthly.html) and Unfiltered Audio Bundle (https://www.plugin-alliance.com/en/products/unfiltered_audio-bundle-monthly.html) monthly — and annual — subscriptions at no extra cost! Note that the proprietary Plugin Alliance Installation Manager means users can select, download, and install only the products and formats needed for their system. For more in-depth information, including several superb-sounding audio demos, please visit Plugin Alliance’s dedicated LION webpage here
  5. PRESSRELEASE BluGuitar GmbH/ Germany - September 16th, 2019 (ictw) - With the AMP1™ IRIDIUM EDITION BluGuitar introduce a pedalboard amp that is completely new researched, developed, designed and merciless voiced for modern Metal. In cooperation with experienced, international metal guitarists, BluGuitar founder and professional guitarist Thomas Blug has developed this new amp from the ground up and, unlike the acclaimed AMP1™ MERCURY EDITION, he voiced the IRIDIUM uncompromisingly towards modern metal. Three independent, discrete OVERDRIVE channels deliver rich and tight distortion sounds that can be changed in gain structure and timbre. Each of these channels offers different kinds of attack, response, and dynamics. The CLEAN channel, with its massive headroom and treble reserves, delivers transparent, sparkling clean sounds even in conjunction with mid-heavy humbuckers. MODERN – With its extremely high gain reserves, this channel delivers crystal-clear string separation through a massive low-cut, and the Custom Control TONE knob lets you dial from a “cut thru the mix” solo sound to the typical “maximum brutality” mid scoop. CLASSIC – Due to the hard distortion characteristics and the specially tuned bass filter, this channel is percussive and significantly wider and harder in the mid-range than VINTAGE. The mid-range can be shaped by the Custom Control TONE from “Hot Rodded British High Gain” to “Teutonic wall of sound“. VINTAGE – Tight and mid-emphasized woody sounds that are transmitted tightly especially using extreme low tunings while delivering creamy midrange distortion. CLEAN – Massive headroom thanks to the 100 watt power amp and treble reserves, which give even mid-emphasized humbuckers a transparent, sparkling clean sound. The optimal platform for pedals like shimmer reverb, modulation or delay. Thomas is a legendary intellectual creator of tube-driven pedal amps. He started developing products for well-known manufacturers in the early 1990s, some of which today are regarded as the milestones of true tube pedals. Both the AMP1™ MERCURY EDITION and the AMP1™ IRIDIUM EDITION are the results of this unique expertise. AMP1™ IRIDIUM EDITION will show up at the Guitar Summit 2019 (www.guitarsummit.de) from Sept.27th - September 29th 2019 in Mannheim, Germany. The amp can be played and listened at multiple testing stations and at the BluGuitar booth # 223 A dedicated AMP1™ IRIDIUM EDITION workshop is scheduled for Saturday September 28th from 17:15 - 18:00 at the Recording Stage. Thomas Blug and Frank Fleckenstein will guide through this special Metal workshop. Pricing and Availability AMP1™ IRIDIUM EDITION will be available after November 1st, 2019 from dealers worldwide for USD 849,- Euro 799,- and GBP 810,- Read more here
  6. PRESSRELEASE The Brewhouse Award är tävlingen som sätter det kreativa skapandet, kulturen och mångfalden i centrum. Vi vet att det går att förändra, utveckla och förbättra världen med kraft ur de konstnärliga och kreativa branscherna*. Vi vet dessutom att det går att skapa lönsamhet, affärsnytta och innovation inom dessa områden. Därför arrangerar vi årligen The Brewhouse Award; Sveriges mest nyskapande idé- och innovationstävling. Bild från The Brewhouse Award, 2018 * Arkitektur • Design och formgivning • Film • Foto • Konst • Kulturarv • Litteratur • Media och marknadskommunikation • Mode • Musik • Måltid • Scenkonst • Slöjd och konsthantverk • Spelutveckling • Upplevelsebaserat lärande Tävlingskategorier Young Innovation Är en öppen och genrebred kategori. Här tävlar du som är mellan 15 - 20 år. Har du en idé för en produkt? Vill du revolutionera en industri? Eller har du kommit på en tjänst som ingen kan vara utan? Alla idéer är välkomna! Sustainable Innovation Är en öppen och genrebred kategori för dig som har en idé eller innovation inom spelutveckling, musik, design, mode eller annan konstnärlig eller kreativ bransch. Du har fokus på ett hållbart tänk som syftar till att möta nuvarande och framtida utmaningar. Här tävlar du som är 20 år och uppåt. Music Innovation Vi är ute efter låten som skall kröna Göteborgs 400-års firande. Music Innovation är kategorin där låtskrivare tävlar om det hedervärda uppdraget att skapa soundtracket för Göteborgs stora jubileum år 2021. Modernt eller klassiskt? Du bestämmer. Music Innovation är ett samarbete mellan Göteborg & Co och Brewhouse. Viktiga datum - Tävla 1 september – 31 oktober på www.brewhouse.se - Juryarbete 13 november – 4 december - Finalister i alla kategorier presenteras 17 december - Publik omröstning för jubileumslåten (Music Innovation) öppnar 17 december och stänger 12 januari på www.brewhouse.se - Pitchdag / final inför jury 13 januari 2020, Brewhouse Arena - Finalgala och prisutdelning 31 januari 2020, Brewhouse Arena Priser Tävla om 20 000 SEK, affärscoachning, marknadsföring, mentorskap och andra vinster som tar dig till förverkligande. Vinster presenteras löpande på www.brewhouse.se fram t. o. m. finalgalan den 31 januari 2020. Läs mer här
  7. PRESSRELEASE September 12, 2019 - IK Multimedia announces the iRig Keys 2 series of mobile MIDI keyboard controllers. Building upon the acclaimed features of IK's award-winning iRig Keys series, these new controllers offer new ways to connect and control, updated compatibility, and a sleek new look. The iRig Keys 2 Pro offers 37 full size velocity-sensitive keys, and the iRig Keys 2 features 37 velocity-sensitive mini keys for backpack portability or use in restricted spaces. Each model comes equipped with a variety of convenient top panel performance controls plus MIDI IN/OUT for use as a stand-alone MIDI controller. In addition to offering laptop and desktop compatibility, these ultra-slim MFi (Made For iPhone) controllers connect directly to iPhone/iPad and most Android models*. They also include a dedicated audio output to connect speakers or headphones - especially useful for the owners of newer iPhone models. For instant inspiration, a selection of powerful music-making apps is bundled with each controller, as well as an assortment of cables. Control it all Onboard MIDI input and output enable users to control stand-alone gear such as IK's UNO Synth and UNO Drum, other synths and drum machines, and more. While being used with a computer or mobile device, iRig Keys 2 controllers can also act as a MIDI interface to streamline an entire rig. Each controller can be powered by a computer or mobile device, USB power supply, or USB battery pack, for reliable control whether in a studio or classroom, during a performance, while travelling, or even outdoors. For additional musical expression, the rear panel also features an external pedal input. Top panel customization and control Controls for programming and performance are easily accessible from the top panel. They include modulation and pitch bend wheels, volume control, octave up/down buttons, a data push encoder, and a variety of other function buttons. Custom settings can be programmed to four assignable knobs for easy access to favourite performance parameters. A convenient Edit mode lets users personalize the controllers and easily recall preferred settings with the touch of a button. Options include keyboard transpose, touch sensitivity customization, MIDI channel change, customized knob assignments, and more. All changes can also be saved into Sets using the Set button, for instant recall. Be heard by all Both iRig Keys 2 models work directly out of the box with iPhone, iPad and Mac/PC, and are compatible with most Android devices*. A unique new headphone output can be used for silent practice or composition, especially while using newer iPhone models. The audio out can also be used to connect speakers for increased volume and audio quality that surpasses a device's built-in speakers. Powerful software bundle and more For instant inspiration, iRig Keys 2 controllers come complete with IK's award-winning Mac/PC sound and groove workstation, SampleTank 4 SE, which offers more than 2000 sounds to create cutting-edge tracks. It also includes free apps like SampleTank FREE for iPhone and iPad, iGrand Piano FREE for iPhone, iPad and Android, and iLectric Piano FREE for Android. The iRig Keys 2 series is compatible with hundreds of other popular music app titles for iPhone, iPad, Android and Mac/PC, offering an endless stream of possibilities for learning to play, practising, composition or live performance. * Requires micro-USB to OTG or micro-USB to USB-C cables, sold separately. Pricing and availability Both iRig Keys 2 models are available now from the IK Multimedia online store and from authorized IK dealers worldwide for $/€129.99** (iRig Keys 2) and $/€149.99** (iRig Keys 2 Pro). ** All prices excluding taxes Read here for more information about the iRig Keys 2 series
  8. PRESSRELEASE September 9, 2019 (Port Jefferson Station, NY) - The Blues King 8 is a modern rendition of the low-wattage Supro amplifiers that were produced in Chicago during the mid 1950s. Every element of the Blues King 8 amplifier was developed from scratch to deliver the legendary headroom and dynamics that define the vintage Supro sound. This timeless tonal recipe includes a genuine Class-A all-tube signal path, custom 8” speaker and vintage-style wood cabinetry. When your guitar signal hits the front end of the Blues King 8, it goes directly into a 12AX7 tube preamp, where the audio is gained up and sent to a 12AU7 triode power amp that is capable of delivering a whopping 1 watt of pure American guitar tone. The Blues King 8 stays true to the Supro legacy by faithfully delivering a broad palette of clean and dirty tones for professional recording and home practice environments. Simply put, this little amp produces an enormous studio sound when placed in front of a microphone. Supro 1808 Blues King 8 Tube Amplifier Official Demo by Mike Hermans The front panel of the Blues King 8 offers Volume, Tone and Master Volume controls, along with a footswitchable Boost function that adjusts the gain of the tube preamp. The Blues King 8 also features a Line Output that allows this combo amp to double as an outboard tube distortion unit feeding another amplifier or DAW. The Line Output in the Blues King 8 is conveniently located before the Master Volume, allowing you to crank the preamp gain while blending in the sound of the on-board 8” speaker to taste. The vintage-inspired poplar cabinetry is based on the mid-50’s Spectator model and comes loaded with a BK8 speaker. This custom-made, 8” driver was specifically designed to capture the magic of the original field-coil speakers used by amp makers at the dawn of the electric age. Official Demo for the Supro Blues King 8 by David Koltai FEATURES: • 1-watt 1x8”all-tube combo • Footswitchable boost • ¼” line out • Class-A tube power amp • Custom Supro BK8 speaker • 1x 12AX7 preamp tube • 1x 12AU7 power tube • Footswitch and nylon cover also available The Blues King 8 amplifier retails at $299 USD. Pre-order now from your local Supro Dealer Official Web Page
  9. PRESSRELEASE Iisalmi, Finland – September 5th, 2019... Genelec, the world leader in professional audio monitoring, has expanded The Ones series of Ultimate Point Source Monitors to bring uncompromised precision listening to a much wider range of room sizes, listening distances and SPL requirements. The announcement of the new 8351B and 8361A coaxial three-way monitors alongside the complementary W371A Adaptive Woofer System means that The Ones family now delivers uniquely uncoloured and neutral reference monitoring performance - from ultra-nearfield through to mastering-calibre and main monitor applications. The Ones range was launched in 2014 with the introduction of the 8351A, whose extraordinary imaging, extended frequency response, controlled directivity and fatigue-free listening enabled professionals to work faster and make more informed, consistent decisions when recording and mixing. In 2017 the 8351A was joined by the 8331A and 8341A models, creating a trio of compact nearfield monitors that stunned users worldwide with their outstanding performance, garnering multiple industry awards along the way. By colouring neither direct sound nor reflections, The Ones rapidly gained a well-earned reputation for making a good room sound incredible. Today, the new 8361A three-way coaxial monitor refines the point source concept even further, offering the most advanced acoustic performance of any studio monitor currently available - with extremely high dynamic range, unrivalled directivity and imaging and a short term SPL of 118 dB with peak levels even higher. Now the largest coaxial monitor in The Ones family, the 8361A will deliver an exquisite monitoring experience at any listening distance up to 5 metres, making it perfect for small to medium sized rooms. The 8361A features two newly-designed Acoustically Concealed Woofers - generating high SPL output with extremely low distortion - and brand new MDC coaxial midrange and tweeter drivers which provide smooth directivity, low distortion, high SPL and extended frequency response up to 40 kHz. Like all models in The Ones range, the 8361A’s unique Minimum Diffraction Enclosure eliminates colouration and its entire front baffle acts as a Directivity Control Waveguide - producing a fantastically wide, uncoloured sweet spot. Efficient proprietary Class D amplification is complemented by advanced DSP processing, including delay equalisation and twenty precision EQs for room compensation. The newly upgraded 8351B shares much of the technology of its other Ones siblings and benefits from the many recent advances in electronic, mechanical and acoustical design that Genelec has continued to pioneer. Drawing inspiration from the electronic design of the 8341A and the driver technology of the 8361A, the 8351B revision has managed to improve on the exemplary performance of its predecessor by offering increased SPL, additional room compensation EQs, equalised delay and enhanced HF response. The W371A Adaptive Woofer System is a truly unique concept, designed specifically to seamlessly complement 8341, 8351 and 8361 monitors, and in conjunction with these models creates a series of full-range monitoring solutions with unrivalled neutrality and supreme levels of control over directivity and the effects of room acoustics. For the first time ever, studios can now experience all the benefits of a main monitor, but with the freedom to locate this free-standing system in optimal positions within the control room; even providing the option to switch between nearfield and main monitors without image-shifting. Standing at 1100 mm (43 1/4 inches) high and featuring dual high performance woofers, one forward-facing and one rear-facing, the W371A introduces a palette of novel ways to custom- tailor system performance carefully to the room over the critical lowest four octaves. As a result, the W371A offers vastly superior performance compared to standard free-standing loudspeakers or supporting subwoofers, since it offers a flatter and smoother in-room frequency response with more coherent low frequency imaging - yet achieves this without sacrificing envelopment. Augmenting the dual woofers of The Ones coaxial models with a complementary W371A yields four woofers in total per channel, and these are combined using advanced acoustic measurement to reduce destructive cancellation and standing wave artefacts - through a host of tools including crossover frequencies, polar response and directivity. As a result, the W371A goes further than any other monitoring system in removing the detrimental influences of the listening room on low frequency reproduction – universally recognised as a key issue in all modern studios. As part of Genelec’s Smart Active Monitoring family, all models in The Ones range integrate tightly with Genelec’s GLM software application, which can configure, calibrate and control entire Genelec smart monitoring systems. Based on experience from thousands of studios around the world, GLM is able to minimise the listening room’s influence on the sound, enabling the user to produce mixes that translate perfectly to other systems, whether the format is mono, stereo or high channel count immersive. Commenting on the launch, Genelec Managing Director Siamak Naghian said: “No other family of studio monitors can offer this level of coherency, control, neutrality and sheer ability to adapt to any acoustic environment. From the ultra-nearfield precision of the 8331A to a full-range system comprising the 8361A and W371A, our point source technology is now fully scalable, broadening its appeal still further and maintaining The Ones’ position as the industry’s benchmark for truthful reference monitoring.” For more information please visit www.genelec.com
  10. PRESSRELEASE Hamamatsu, Japan, September 5, 2019 — Roland, a leading manufacturer and distributor of electronic musical instruments and professional video products, unveils the MC-707 and MC-101 GROOVEBOXES, two self-contained production tools designed for today’s electronic music creators. These powerful products reintroduce Roland’s iconic GROOVEBOX concept to a new generation of musicians, updated with the very latest sounds and a wide range of customization options. With the versatile MC-707 and MC-101, users can create complete, polished productions with no external gear or easily integrate with modern computer-based music environments. MC-101 & MC-707 In 1996, Roland launched the original MC-303 GROOVEBOX to great acclaim, and the popular series evolved with many additional MC models over the next decade. Building on workflows introduced with genre-defining Roland instruments like the TR-808, TR-909, and TB-303, the GROOVEBOX series allowed people without musical training—but with keen musical sensibilities—to create songs quickly and easily, and in some cases, these individuals gave rise to entirely new musical genres and styles. The MC-707 and MC-101 fuse this landmark concept with today’s advanced technologies, giving electronic-focused musicians more creative power than ever before. The MC-707 GROOVEBOX offers everything needed to create a song or perform a live set without a computer. Users can immerse themselves in eight-track recording, sequencing, sampling, synthesizers, and studio-grade effects, plus a curated palette of sounds, loops, and phrases. Audio and MIDI can be recorded with deep control over timing, while hands-on faders and knobs inspire in-the-moment creativity. Equipped with Roland's latest sound engine, the MC-707 has all the sounds of legendary Roland rhythm machines and synthesizers, but also looks forward with modern digital and hybrid sounds. The eight-track sequencer is optimized for fluid production of today's electronic-focused music styles, with 16 ultra-sensitive pads for playing or sequencing drum parts, melodic basslines, or polyphonic chord progressions. There’s also a TR-REC step sequencer inherited from Roland’s classic drum machines, perfect for building rhythm parts quickly. With its advanced USB audio interface capabilities, the MC-707 easily flows in and out of any computer production setup. Users can record all eight parts to individual DAW tracks and finish a song there, or sample sounds from a DAW to capture backing tracks, stems, and more for live shows. The MC-101 GROOVEBOX has all the high-quality sounds, sequencing, and effects of the MC-707, but in a more compact four-track version that’s go-everywhere portable. This professional production tool features a solid-yet-light design and runs for up to five hours on four AA batteries, allowing users to craft sounds, create drum patterns, and compose musical phrases just about anywhere. To learn more about the MC-707 and MC-101 GROOVEBOXES, visit Roland.com
  11. PRESSRELEASE Hamamatsu, Japan, September 5, 2019 — Roland, a leading manufacturer and distributor of electronic musical instruments and professional video products, introduces JUPITER-X, a new series of premium synthesizers that feature a diverse selection of sounds and advanced composition and performance features. Starting with the release of the JUPITER-4 in 1978, the JUPITER name has represented the pinnacle of innovation and quality in Roland synthesizers. JUPITER-X continues this tradition, combining classic Roland design and exceptional build quality with an all-new synth engine and the finest keyboard actions to date. The compact JUPITER-Xm is equipped with a 37-note slim keyboard and will be available in September 2019. The flagship JUPITER-X features a full-size 61-note keyboard and will be available Q2 2020. Flexible and deep, JUPITER-X’s next-generation sound engine lets users tap into Roland’s long history of genre-defining sounds and morph them together to explore unmapped sonic territory. Sought-after analog classics like the JUPITER-8, JUNO-106, SH-101, and more are authentically reproduced, as well as digital machines like the vintage XV-5080 and modern RD pianos. Also available are Roland drum machine sounds that form the foundation of electronic and dance music, including the TR-808, TR-909, TR-707, CR-78, and others. JUPITER-X’s cutting-edge I-Arpeggio feature uses artificial intelligence to accompany user performances and inspire new musical ideas. I-Arpeggio takes player-created notes, rhythms, and phrases and uses them to develop complementary drum parts, basslines, chords, and arpeggiated lines in real time. It works on each of JUPITER-X’s five parts simultaneously, and generated patterns can be customized and even exported to a DAW. Built for on-the-spot music creation, JUPITER-X features an informative display and an array of large, comfortable knobs, sliders, and buttons. And with the dedicated effects section and quick switching between synth layers, the user can immediately take control of any aspect of a sound. This kind of natural, hands-on control gives players the feeling of reaching in, touching the sound, and instantly shaping it to suit the moment. JUPITER-X’s sound structure includes five parts: four for synths and one for drums. Its engine can power multiple authentic Roland classics like the JX-8P or JUPITER-8 with enough polyphony to create thick layers and complex backing parts. With so much polyphony on hand, users can freely create layered sounds, splits, and backing parts without limiting complex chords or musical ideas. JUPITER-X is available in two formats to fit different lifestyles and creative flows. The flagship JUPITER-X model features a spacious, full-size control layout and a 61-note keyboard with supreme playability. Compact yet extremely powerful, the JUPITER-Xm model is a complete electronic production and performance environment with a 37-note slim keyboard and support for battery-powered operation. To learn more about the JUPITER-X series, visit Roland.com.
  12. PRESSRELEASE För första gången sedan 2014 besöker superbasisten Billy Sheehan skandinavien för att göra bas-clinics. Förra turnén lockade totalt över 1000 besökare totalt i fem olika länder, och det är lätt att förstå varför. Billy är en grym clinic-artist som utmanat gränserna för basens möjligheter och plats i musiken. Dessutom är han en fantastisk underhållare och historieberättare som gärna delar med sig erfarenheter från livet som rockstjärna under flera decennier. Platser och tider: 20 September, kl 17:00 F-Musiikki, Tampere 21 September, kl 12:00 F-Musiikki, Vantaa 23 September, kl 17:30 4Sound Söder, Stockholm 25 September, kl 17:30 4Sound Schous Plass, Oslo 26 September, kl 17:30 4Sound, Copenhagen FRI ENTRÉ gäller på samtliga clinics. Billy Sheehan började sin karriär i bandet Talas, men fick sitt stora internationella genombrott när han blev David Lee Roth’s basist i mitten av 80-talet. Sedan dess har han haft stora framgångar som bassist och grundare av bl.a. Mr.Big, the Winery Dogs och supergruppen Sons Of Apollo. Han är en av världens mest rutinerade och ansedda clinic-artist och fick Bass Player Magazine’s prestigefyllda Lifetime Achievement Award 2016 för sin betydelse inom basvärlden. Turnén arrangeras av EBS Professional Bass Equipment och Yamaha Skandinavien i samarbete med F-Musiikki (Finland), 4Sound (Sverige, Norge, Danmark) och Rotosound.
  13. PRESSRELEASE If there was a hierarchy of analog studio gear (and let’s face it, there kind of is) it’d be hard to dispute the Chandler Limited® Curve Bender’s claim to the throne. Among analog mastering grade equalizers, this one’s about as blue-blooded as they come. With tremendous pedigree, huge yet controlled power, and most importantly, exceptional sound quality, thanks to component-level modelling of the original germanium and inductor circuits, the Curve Bender reigns supreme over the domain of tone-shaping in analog mastering. This magnificent mastering grade equalizer is based on desk circuits from the world-famous Abbey Road Studios in London, used to create albums of genuinely legendary status, such as Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd, and Abbey Road by The Beatles. And as with any truly supreme successor to a noble line, it builds on the greatness of its ancestors. The Curve Bender has more bands (four, compared to the original console’s two), more fixed filter points (a huge fifty-one, up from just nine, chosen and designed in the image of the original circuits by Chandler Limited founder, Wade Goeke), more Q and gain options, and added low and high pass filters, making the unit a mastering powerhouse without sacrificing the exquisite analog sound-flavor which made it a leader. In software form, the Curve Bender plug-in not only allows the user the luxury of using this crown-jewel mastering equalizer in multiple places in the same mix (across instrument groups AND the master bus, for example), but also adds functionality to the original hardware, with Mid/Side processing and channel linking. The Curve Bender is perfect for gently sculpting the entire mix, with never a hint of harshness despite its endless power. It’s the one true sovereign of analog mastering equalizers. Read more here
  14. PRESSRELEASE Versatile 25-key MicroLab offers high quality keys, travel-friendly features, powerful included software, and integrated cable-tidy. Music tech pioneers Arturia have announced a new controller keyboard that excites both new users and experienced professionals alike. MicroLab is a small-scale MIDI keyboard with smart design features that you can take anywhere. MicroLab Key Features 25 “Slim Key” velocity sensitive keyboard Octave, hold, and MIDI channel select buttons Capacitive mod and pitch bend strips Protective rubberized shell 3 color options Integrated USB cable storage Includes 3 great software titles: AnalogLab Lite, UVI Grand Piano Model D, Bitwig Studio 8-Track More information available on the MicroLab product page. What makes MicroLab so unique? THE KEYS MicroLab features the same professional slim-keys as their industry standard KeyStep controller. The keybeds found on budget controllers are often not very inspiring, but the 25 expressive, velocity-sensitive keys on MicroLab are simply a joy to play. The hold button gives you instant sustain, and by holding the shift key, you can access the “Chord” mode, letting you program in a chord and replay with just one finger. THE FEATURES The rubberized shell protects MicroLab from and bumps and scrapes when you’re on the move, and also features a recess that perfectly fits the USB cable, letting you store or pack it easily. MicroLab also includes capacitive mod and pitch controls that work in the same way that touchscreens do, these also let you swipe through and select presets with a tap. You can also quickly switch MIDI channels via the dedicated knob and numbered keys. THE SHAPE Arturia have designed this controller to work with you, and not get in the way. Because the cable is recessed, you can push it right up against other gear in your studio without cables getting in the way. It’s the width of the average plane and train tray table, and the shell stops it from sliding around. The keys are also recessed slightly into the body, nothing sticks out, so there’s nothing to catch when you slip it into your backpack. THE SOFTWARE MicroLab includes 3 great software titles for free: Analog Lab Lite Explore 600 fantastic presets taken from Arturia’s award winning V Collection series. Analog and digital synths, classic organs and pianos. UVI Grand Piano Model D A beautifully sampled Steinway for you to play using MicroLab’s expressive, velocity sensitive keys. Bitwig Studio 8-Track A powerful and innovative software studio to record, sequence, and mix your tracks. Make music right out of the box. MicroLab is available everywhere. Retail price: 79€/$ Read more here
  15. Effective in late November 2019 - the exact date to be announced - imports and exports of finished musical instruments, finished parts and finished accessories will no longer need a CITES permit. The exception applies to all species of dalbergia except Brazilian rosewood, which remains on CITES Appendix I. The change culminates three years of work by the musical instrument industry and was adopted at the just concluded CITES Conference of the Parties (CoP18) in Geneva. “The consensus reached in Geneva this week and the new policies adopted by CITES parties are the result of more than three years of collaboration among international music stakeholders, government officials, and conservation leaders,” noted Heather Noonan, vice president of advocacy for the League of American Orchestras. “Musical instrument stakeholders have a lasting commitment to the goals of CITES, will remain at the table for ongoing conversations, and are committed to educating the music community globally about how compliance with CITES requirements will support both urgent conservation needs and essential international cultural activity.” Read more here
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