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  1. Baton Rouge, Louisiana—July 2020... PreSonus® has launched PreSonus Sphere, a global community of creative enthusiasts and respected professionals brought together by and for the love of music-making. In addition to gaining access to an extensive library of creative software tools, PreSonus Sphere members get Cloud collaboration tools and storage, chat with Studio One® and Notion® experts from around the globe, and access to exclusive promotions, training, and events, with much more added each month—all for a low monthly or annual membership. PreSonus Sphere membership benefits include licenses for the complete collection of PreSonus’ award-winning software solutions for recording, mixing, scoring, and producing, including Studio One Professional and Notion, plus over 100 libraries of samples, effects, and loops, including the complete Spark Collection sample and loop libraries and Tom Brechtlein Drums. Members also get every plug-in and Studio One Add-on that PreSonus makes, including Ampire, Channel Strip Collection, CTC-1 Pro Console Shaper, Fat Channel XT, Presence XT Editor, and much more. But PreSonus Sphere is far more than a huge toolbox; it is first and foremost a creative community. Modern musicians work with talented people from all over the world, and PreSonus Sphere makes it easy to share projects with other members using your PreSonus Sphere workspace. A live chat lets members communicate in real time with their global production teams to make sure everyone’s on the same page and striving toward the same goal. Sphere membership includes 30 GB of cloud storage for backups, stems, collaboration, and more. When you need more space, PreSonus Sphere lets you upgrade to 100 GB of cloud storage space for $3.99/mo. PreSonus Exchange has always been a great way for Studio One users to share presets, loops, and more; PreSonus Sphere users now have access to a new exclusive portal loaded with custom-designed tools and curated content by featured PreSonus artists. PreSonus Sphere members will be invited to exclusive events and training sessions where they’ll meet like-minded Sphere users and expand their collaboration networks. Need a quick production tip or workflow trick? In addition to the growing Exchange community and active user groups, PreSonus has gathered Studio One power users from around the globe to answer questions in members-only chats. Each month PreSonus Sphere members can expect something new, whether it’s exclusive content or a special surprise gift to thank them for being members—and there are no additional upgrade costs or hidden fees. PreSonus has also teamed up with partners to give PreSonus Sphere members exclusive offers throughout the year. PreSonus Sphere memberships are available for $14.95 U.S. per month or $164.95 per year. For more information about PreSonus Sphere, visit www.presonus.com/sphere.
  2. Nashville, TN, June 2020 – Austrian Audio’s versatile OC818 microphone has been certified by the Music Engineering and Technology Alliance (METAlliance). Austrian Audio, a METAlliance ProPartner, is respected as one of the new progressive manufacturers of high quality studio microphones. Handcrafted in Vienna, the Austrian Audio OC818 is a revolutionary multi-pattern dual-output large-diaphragm condenser microphone with optional wireless control. Onboard, the OC818 offers a choice of four selectable polar patterns, 10dB and 20dB pads, and three switchable high-pass filter options. METAlliance co-found Elliot Scheiner commented, “I would consider this new microphone to be fashioned after a mic that we might have encountered years ago. It's a mic that you put up on either an instrument or voice, and you find out that what you're listening to requires nothing in the line. No equalization and probably no compression or limiting. I was totally blown away how the mic sounds. This has to be one of the more beautiful sounding microphones to be created.” With Austrian Audio's open-source PolarDesigner plug-in (Mac and Windows), the engineer can craft custom polar patterns for up to five different frequency bands. In addition, the PolarPilot mobile app (iOS, Android) gives users real-time wireless remote control over polar patterns, high-pass filter options, and pad settings via the optional OCR8 Bluetooth dongle. METAlliance co-founder Chuck Ainlay remarked, “Considering the lineage of Austrian Audio, expectations were very high when auditioning the OC818 and I wasn’t let down. It’s quality of build and sonics should make it an instant classic, while innovations such as the Bluetooth dongle to control the polar pattern remotely and the polar designer plug-in set this microphone in a class of it’s own..” George Massenburg added, “I’ve been using the OC818, and as usual, I’m using it on almost everything, and at every opportunity in every possible configuration. It’s terrific on lead vocals, strings & woodwinds, jazz drum overheads. It’s also very helpful to have a remotely controllable pattern adjustment. I’ve come to realize that I don’t always need to automatically set up for cardioid, because often I don’t need the rejection, and straight-ahead omni sounds a lot better.” Austrian Audio CEO Martin Seidl said, “We are honored to have our OC818 recognized and certified by this prestigious alliance. It is our company’s aim to manufacture products that offer the highest levels of quality in the recording chain, which is very much in line with the METAlliance’s ethos. It’s very encouraging to have this recognition from such respected recording engineers.” 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. Read more here
  3. Stockholm, 7 juli, 2020 – Neumann.Berlin introducerar toppmoderna mikrofonförförstärkaren V 402 med integrerad lösning för monitorhörlurar. Den nya V 402 är Neumanns första mikrofonförförstärkare. Företaget har dock sedan länge tillverkat flera generationer av förförstärkarmoduler för mixerkonsoler, som den legendariska V 476 B från 80-talet. V 402 är framtagen för att vara ett perfekt komplement för alla mikrofoner från Neumann såväl som andra högpresterande studiomikrofoner. Läs mer (på engelska) här!
  4. July 2, 2020 - IK Multimedia has expanded the iRig® Keys 2 series of mobile MIDI keyboard controllers with the addition of the compact iRig Keys 2 Mini. It features 25 mini keys for backpack portability or use in a small studio workplace, and is designed to inspire on-the-go creativity. DJs, beginner laptop musicians and anyone looking for a high-quality mobile solution can use it to trigger analogue synths, create beats on a smartphone or tablet, control a DAW, and much more. The iRig Keys 2 controller series, which also includes iRig Keys 2 (37 velocity-sensitive mini keys) and iRig Keys 2 Pro (37 full size velocity-sensitive keys), offers new ways to connect and control, updated compatibility, and a sleek look. In addition to offering laptop and desktop compatibility, each of these ultra-slim MFi (Made For iPhone) controllers connect directly to iPhones, iPads and most Android models. They also include a dedicated audio output to connect speakers or headphones - especially useful with newer iPhone/iPad models without headphone outputs. Each controller also comes equipped with a variety of convenient top panel performance controls plus MIDI IN/OUT for use as a stand-alone MIDI controller or MIDI interface. For instant inspiration, a selection of powerful music-making apps is bundled with each controller, as well as all the necessary cables. Sound for all iRig Keys 2 Mini works directly out of the box with iPhone, iPad and Mac/PC, and is compatible with most Android devices. A unique 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 mobile device's built-in speakers. Total Control Onboard MIDI IN/OUT enables 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 Mini can also act as a MIDI interface to streamline an entire rig. All iRig Keys 2 controllers can be powered by a computer or mobile device, USB power supply, or USB battery pack, for reliable control while creating, performing or even travelling. Convenient customization and controls Programming and performance controls are easily accessible from iRig Keys 2 Mini's top panel. They include 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. Powerful software bundle and more iRig Keys 2 Mini and all 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. Also included are free apps like SampleTank FREE for iPhone and iPad, iGrand Piano FREE for iPhone, iPad and Android, and iLectric Piano FREE for Android. The series is also compatible with many other popular music app titles for iPhone, iPad, Android and Mac/PC, offering endless possibilities for learning, practice, composition or live performance. Pricing and availability The new iRig Keys 2 Mini is available from the IK Multimedia online store and authorized IK dealers worldwide for $/€99.99*. (iRig Keys 2 - $/€129.99; iRig Keys 2 Pro - $/€149.99) * All prices excluding taxes For more information about the new iRig Keys 2 Mini and the entire iRig Keys 2 series, please visit: www.ikmultimedia.com/irigkeys2mini To see the iRig Keys 2 controllers in action: www.irigkeys2.com/video
  5. Berlin, June 29th, 2020 – Native Instruments today releases STRADIVARI VIOLIN, which meticulously captures the authentic sound of a one-of-a-kind instrument from the world’s most renowned violin maker, Antonio Stradivari. Built in 1727, the ‘Vesuvius’ violin was painstakingly sampled in the rich acoustic environment of Auditorium Giovanni Arvedi in Cremona, Italy – the town where the instrument was built. Chromatically sampled notes, phase-aligned velocity crossfades, performance-captured vibrato, 20 articulations, and mixable mic positions enable composers and producers to create highly expressive, realistic solo violin parts with a unique timbre almost 300 years in the making. STRADIVARI VIOLIN is the culmination of several years of collaborative planning and execution by Native Instruments, e-instruments, and the Museo del Violino in Cremona, Italy. The violin was sampled with master musicians in the Auditorium Giovanni Arvedi – an acoustically rich concert hall designed by pioneering acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota. To help capture the most pristine representation of the violin possible, the mayor of Cremona asked townspeople to keep noise levels down and blocked traffic around the concert hall during recording. With an extensive array of unique performance capabilities, STRADIVARI VIOLIN enables users to produce extremely realistic, expressive parts. For example, phase-aligned velocity crossfades on long articulations facilitate natural transitions between dynamic layers. Innovative modeling of real-life vibrato performances lets users weave authentic vibrato into their performances in real time. And a comprehensive collection of 20 articulations – from staccato and tremolo to sul pont and harmonics – allows users to create even the most nuanced, true-to-life performances. STRADIVARI VIOLIN includes two versions of the instrument. A multi-mic version allows users to dial in the perfect acoustic space by mixing close, mid, and far positions of the 32 microphones employed to sample the Vesuvius violin. An included second version of the instrument offers a stereo-only mix that is lighter on a user’s CPU and RAM, enabling a speedier workflow and extra focus for composing. Native Instruments has also released a behind-the-scenes documentary, showing how Stradivari’s ‘Vesuvius’ violin was recorded in Cremona, the same Italian town where it was built in 1727. Read more here
  6. The development team took the time to listen to feedback from users - Arturia’s passionate community of Sound Explorers - and improved V Collection 7 to meet their needs. With this update, V Collection 7 is more efficient, more inspiring and more streamlined than ever. What’s new in the Performance Update? Faster preset changes The time it takes to change presets has been dramatically cut. Find the perfect sound faster or instantly recall your favourite patches. Smaller patch installs If you already have an instrument installed, any future patch update files will be much smaller. This makes Arturia Software Center updates easier and quicker to install. Custom resources path All instrument resources can be moved to a folder of your choice. This is useful if you’re working with multiple drives/devices or limited internal storage. Various Bug fixes V Collection 7.2 also addresses a number of other performance issues - it’s now simply more stable, efficient, and easy to use. Improved graphic performance All instruments in V Collection have had their animations and visuals streamlined. This provides a smoother appearance and ensures less strain on your CPU. Download here What V Collection 7 contains Decades of passionate research, modelling, and development. Timeless sounds painstakingly recreated in software. Vintage relics modernized with contemporary features. V Collection 7 is the most comprehensive virtual anthology of classic synths and keyboards ever made. Featuring 24 software titles, including Mellotron V, Prophet V, DX7 V, Jup-8 V, CS-80 V and more Arturia’s proprietary technologies, TAE® and Phi®, ensure that each instrument sounds and behaves exactly like the original More than 8000 high-quality and innovative sound presets Analog Lab - all presets of the V Collection 7 can be browsed and edited from a single interface Read more here
  7. Vienna, Austria - June 25, 2020 - Called ‘We Are,’ the song’s lyrics speak of unity, peace, love and togetherness – a message Austrian Audio is keen to get behind at a time when all live music events have come to a halt, and while front line workers work tirelessly to battle the pandemic. Looking ahead to a brighter future, the lyrics speak for themselves: “The future’s in my hands, if I poured it into love / What if you were that one, the one that could change the course? / One beat one heart, one life, one love.” “The lock-down hit all of us in the music industry,” said Austrian Audio CEO, Martin Seidl. “After the initial shock, we sat down with the Austrian Audio family, our friends and great brand ambassadors. The idea was born to not only do what we are best at: be creative, but to also let good vibes outshine the daily bad news. We want to encourage positivity and hope at this distressing time and look forward to the day that the music scene is back on its feet. “Divinity Roxx immediately supported the idea and contributed her song, ‘We Are’ to kickstart this important project. The lyrics perfectly paint a picture of better days and the idea of coming together: ‘We are what we’ve been waiting for / Put your hands in the sky and reach out for the stars’. And so we did, all together, with a group of world class musicians and with help from the Austrian Audio team. “We – all being part of this great music industry – do have the most powerful tools on hand regarding triggering emotions. That is our passion, our instruments and our music. So here we are: separated by distances and restrictions, we are still playing together, for the music to come.” Taking the vocal lead on the uplifting track is singer and bassist, Divinity Roxx, inspiring listeners to focus on their inner strength to overcome adversity. 'We Are’ also features the talents of a number of members of the Austrian Audio family: Divinity Roxx: author, bassist, singer (musical director for The Beyoncè Experience). Kat Dyson: guitar, vocals (Sheila E, Zucchero, Prince, Cindy Lauper, Natalie Cole, Ziggy Marley and many others). Mike Scott: guitar (Prince, Justin Timberlake, Maroon 5, Rihanna and many others). Adam Gontier: vocals (Three Days Grace, Saint Asonia, Thousand Foot Krutch, Big Dirty Band, Apocalyptica). Polo Jones: bass (Zucchero, Sting, Pavarotti, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen and many others). Thomas Lang: drums (Falco, Peter Gabriel, Sugababes, Robbie Williams, Nik Kershaw and many others). Yakob Rabitsch: electronic drums (Grammy-nominated producer, writer and instrumentalist for 6lack and many others). Derek Brown: saxophone (saxophone innovator known for BEATBoX SAX). Ulrich Drechsler: saxophone (Cafè Drechsler, Liminal Zone and many others). Jimmy Green: guitar (Mike Rutherford, Nick Davis, Paul Reeve and many others). Hectic Da BackPacka: emcee, HipHoppa. Andy Baum: vocals (Hallucination Company, Andy Baum & The Trix, composer for TV and movie productions). Eric Papilaya: vocals, emcee (new album, 'Giganten'). Wenzel Beck: vocals, guitars (up and coming songwriter). Austrian Audio Choir Adrian Hall: small percussion, mixing/mastering (Black Eyed Peas, Alicia Keys, Depeche Mode, Linkin Park, Robbie Williams and many others). Barbara Seidl: video editor, promo & trailer production Walter Rührig: Austrian Audio AR, Producer Following an idea of Martin Seidl: CEO Austrian Audio Austrian Audio Homepage
  8. Leading music software distributor and reseller, Time+Space, has welcomed Sonic Atoms to their top quality line up of premium soundware brands. A relatively new music software developer, Poland-based Sonic Atoms produce creative tools for composers and music producers, kicking off recently with Baltic Shimmers – an underscore/ambient sound library for the free HALion Sonic SE plugin. Today, the company has announced the release of Baltic Shimmers Omnisphere Edition taking the library to whole new level with the mighty layering and manipulation possibilities offered by Spectrasonics’ powerful engine. Let's take a closer look... Baltic Shimmers Inspired by the mysterious, vast yet beautiful nature of the sea, Baltic Shimmers offers an incredibly expressive collection of ambient sounds made from organic sources such as the sea, birds, and acoustic / electric musical instruments. Baltic Shimmers comes with a custom GUI built for Steinberg's free HALion Sonic SE plugin, which offers easy customisation, navigation and manipulation. The instrument has 3 types of sounds: Shimmers, Pads and Drones which each have their own unique function and GUI page. Shimmer type has 3 stages which can morph from static, through wave into foam or as Sonic Atoms like to call it “shimmer”. Pad type on the other hand is more traditional but built from 3 atoms. Every atom is a unique sound. Atom 1 and 2 is always a long textured played forward or backwards, while atom 3 is a sea noise which is always triggered on key release. Baltic Shimmers Omnisphere Edition This new edition of Baltic Shimmers ships with 144 patches and 144 sound sources for Spectrasonics Omnisphere. They can be layered, mixed and manipulated all from within the engine, allowing you to instantly create exciting new custom presets of your own. The library is divided into 3 categories: Shimmers, Pads and Drones which all come from the original Baltic Shimmers sample library. Both versions are available now, priced £35 / $€39 each. To get the absolute most out of Baltic Shimmers, you can also purchase the Baltic Shimmer bundle which combines the original HALion version and the Omnisphere Edition for only £44.95 / €$49. To view the full Sonic Atoms collection visit: https://www.timespace.com/collections/sonic-atoms
  9. June 25, 2020 - IK Multimedia brings Z-TONE® advanced tone-shaping derived from its AXE I/O® hi-end guitar interface to everyone with Z-TONE Buffer Boost pedal and Z-TONE DI active direct box. Now available, both offer a unique active/passive pickup selector switch to ensure the ideal gain staging for any instrument; switchable PURE and JFET input circuits to adjust from pristine, transparent sound to added warmth and harmonics; and IK's patented Z-TONE variable impedance control for powerful new ways to shape an instrument's sound & feel. Z-TONE Buffer Boost This guitar/bass preamp/DI pedal adds Z-TONE tone shaping to any player's pedalboard or stage rig. Now users can adjust the feel and tone of their instrument directly by adjusting the input impedance of their preamp pedal before hitting the rest of their pedalboard. Z-TONE Buffer Boost also offers premium sound, with a best-in-class dynamic range and extended frequency response, delivering superior performance as an instrument preamp. A buffered signal preserves instruments' tone when using pedalboards or long cable runs, and a boost control provides added volume and drive when needed. Both the Z-TONE circuit and Boost circuit can be independently bypassed for more flexible control. Z-TONE Buffer Boost offers true bypass on the pedal & amp output, while both balanced & unbalanced outputs let bass or acoustic players connect directly to mixers and PAs for a wider range of tonal or routing options. A ground lift switch is also included to eliminate buzz and hum. Z-TONE Buffer Boost runs off either a 9V battery or standard 9V pedal power supply to make it easy for users to add to their existing rig. Z-TONE DI This studio-quality active DI box lets users add Z-TONE tone shaping to line-level sources like mixers and interfaces, making it ideal for use both in the studio and on stage. Like Z-TONE Buffer Boost, Z-TONE DI offers a best-in-class dynamic range for ultra-quiet operation, and a wide, extended frequency response that won't cut off an instrument's natural range. It features adjustable input and output gain, a balanced Main output with ground lift to eliminate buzz or hum, plus an unbalanced out for flexibility and a -20dB pad for an extended operating range. A convenient "Link out" also mirrors the input signal directly, making it easy to capture a DI signal while still feeding an amplifier or pedalboard. Now users can record or mix both clean and amplified signals for reamplification without the need for additional splitters or gear. For added convenience, Z-TONE DI can be powered by either a 9V battery or +48V phantom power. Made in ltaly Z-TONE Buffer Boost and Z-TONE DI are both housed in sturdy metal chassis for extreme reliability and durability, and are designed and manufactured in Modena, Italy in IK Multimedia's own state-of-the-art facilities. Bonus software Z-TONE BUFFER BOOST and Z-TONE DI come with a full download version of AmpliTube 4, IK's guitar and bass tone studio for Mac/PC. Able to work both as a standalone application and as a plug-in for most popular recording software, AmpliTube 4 recreates the entire guitar/bass signal chain from instrument to recording device in a hyper-realistic and intuitive way. Pricing and availability Z-TONE Buffer Boost and Z-TONE DI are currently available from the IK Multimedia online store and from IK authorized dealers worldwide. Z-TONE Buffer Boost: $/€169.99* Z-TONE DI: $/€149.99* For more information about Z-TONE Buffer Boost For more information about Z-TONE DI
  10. Linköping, Sweden, June 18th, 2020: Three legendary Marshall amp sims are now available for the first time as native plug-ins and Amp Room modules: Marshall Bluesbreaker 1962, Marshall JMP 2203, and Silver Jubilee 2555. These plug-ins were component modeled down to the smallest detail from reference amps from the Marshall museum, resulting in flawless sound quality. The speaker cabinets for each amp were recorded by Tony Platt, famous for having recorded AC/DC’s landmark albums Highway to Hell and Back in Black. There are plenty of options to set up the mics and get exactly the great sounds you want from these rare and special amps with Marshall heritage. If you use Amp Room, Softube's pro audio guitar and bass platform, you can load these plug-ins right in to open up endless creative possibilities. The distinctive features of each of these amps were modeled with the highest precision in partnership with Marshall for each plug-in. Choose the one that suits your sound the best or get them all for even more options. We’re offering special pricing when you buy several amp plug-ins. In short NEW: Marshall Bluesbreaker 1962 – One of the rarest and most expensive amps there is. A true blues and rock & roll legend. Native plug-in and Amp Room module NEW: Marshall JMP 2203 – The father of the JCM 800, with the same character and the true sound of rock and hard rock. Available as a native plug-in and as an Amp Room module NEW: Marshall Silver Jubilee 2555 – A very special and highly collectible amp, mostly used in music with higher gain. Available as a native plug-in and as an Amp Room module Amp Room Ready: all three amps can be loaded as modules in Amp Room, the pro audio guitar and bass platform. Learn more about Amp Room Special pricing when you buy several amps – All options available on softube.com from June 23rd Officially licensed and endorsed by Marshall. Learn more about the partnership between Softube & Marshall and see the list of products previously released
  11. Solar Guitars – the brand created by Ola Englund - who’s recognized as a member of notable Swedish metal groups The Haunted and Feared, is very proud to announce the addition of new bolt on models, Type AB and Type SB AB1.6FRN: 949 $/€ suggested street pricing. Natural Brown matte finish 6 string Type AB bolt on – Swamp ash body – 3 piece roasted maple neck (thin C profile) with roasted maple fretboard fingerboard – 25,5” scale - 24 stainless steel frets – Luminlay side dots – Solar locking tuners – Floyd Rose 1000 bridge – Duncan Solar HH pickups – 1 volume control w/ push pull for series / parallel – 1 tone control w/ push pull for series / parallel - 3 way blade switch AB1.6HTPB: 849 $/€ suggested street pricing. Red Purple Burst matte finish. 6 string Type AB bolt on – swamp ash body – 3 piece roasted maple neck (thin C profile) with roasted maple fretboard fingerboard – 25,5” scale - 24 stainless steel frets – Luminlay side dots – Solar locking tuners – Hipshot USA bridge – Duncan Solar HH pickups – 1 volume control w/ push pull for series / parallel – 1 tone control w/ push pull for series / parallel - 3 way blade switch AB1.6S: 999 $/€ suggested street pricing. Antique Silver matte finish. 6 string Type AB bolt on – Alder body – 3 piece roasted maple neck (thin C profile) with roasted maple fretboard fingerboard – 25,5” scale - 24 stainless steel frets – Luminlay side dots – Solar locking tuners – EverTune bridge – Duncan Solar HH pickups – 1 volume control w/ push pull for series / parallel – 1 tone control w/ push pull for series / parallel - 3 way blade switch AB1.7C: 1099 $/€ suggested street pricing. Carbon (black matte) finish. 7 string Type AB bolt on – Alder Body – 3 piece roasted maple neck (thin C profile) with roasted maple fretboard fingerboard – 25,5” scale - 24 stainless steel frets – Luminlay side dots – Solar locking tuners – EverTune bridge – Duncan Solar HS pickups – 1 volume control w/ push pull for series / parallel – 1 tone control w/ push pull for series / parallel - 3 way blade switch SB1.6FRFM: 999 $/€ suggested street pricing. Flame Natural matte finish. 6 string Type SB bolt on – Mahogany body w/ flamed maple veneer – 5 piece maple / jatoba maple neck (thin C profile) with ebony fretboard fingerboard – 25,5” scale - 24 stainless steel frets – Luminlay side dots – Solar locking tuners – Floyd Rose 1000 vibrato – Duncan Solar HH pickups – 1 volume control – 1 tone control - 5 way blade switch SB1.7FRFM: 1099 $/€ suggested street pricing. Flame Natural matte finish. 7 string Type SB bolt on – Mahogany body w/ flamed maple veneer – 5 piece maple / jatoba maple neck (thin C profile) with ebony fretboard fingerboard – 25,5” scale - 24 stainless steel frets – Luminlay side dots – Solar locking tuners – Floyd Rose 1000 vibrato – Duncan Solar HH pickups – 1 volume control – 1 tone control - 5 way blade switch All six guitars are immediately available from the Solar Guitars web-store: www.solar-guitars.com, and selected dealers.
  12. NEW YORK—June 16th, 2020—In a deal that aligns several New York-based brands, D’Angelico Guitars has acquired Supro USA and Pigtronix. With a shared heritage as reignited legacy brands, D’Angelico Guitars and Supro have collaborated as a guitar and amp pairing in their marketing efforts for years. “We have always had a deep appreciation for Supro’s products and brand,” says D’Angelico Chairman John Ferolito Jr. “When the opportunity to acquire the brand arose, we didn’t think twice.” “This is going to make all three brands even stronger,” says CEO Brenden Cohen. “I can’t wait for our customers to see what we have in store for them.” Along with Supro, D’Angelico Guitars has also acquired Pigtronix. Both Supro and Pigtronix were previously owned by Absara Audio, located in Long Island, NY. “All three companies having a home base in New York just amplifies the harmony these brands already share,” says D’Angelico COO Jimmy Lovinggood. “The last few months have been an extremely challenging time for businesses across the country and around the world—New York City especially. We began this acquisition many months before COVID-19, and although this is a challenging time for every industry, we truly believe in these brands and decided to move forward in full confidence.” Supro was originally founded in Chicago in the 1930s, producing amplifiers that were featured on some of the greatest rock records of all time. It was relaunched in 2013 and has gone on to achieve popular status in the music industry. Pigtronix is a fast-growing industry leader amongst boutique pedal companies, featuring forward-thinking design and concepts. “The acquisition of Supro and Pigtronix by D’Angelico creates a trifecta,” says Dave Koltai, former co-owner of Supro and Pigtronix. “It’s a perfect fit, and I am thrilled to be able to continue making new gear for musicians around the world.” Koltai will be onboard as Chief Technology Officer, continuing to design and develop both Supro Amps and Pigtronix Pedals, alongside D’Angelico’s Executive Vice President of Product Development, Ryan Kershaw. “This is going to allow us to take everything we do to the next level,” says Kershaw. Though the acquisition is now complete, the brands will enter a transitional phase, developing a new company structure and revised product plan for 2021. “We could not be more excited for what’s to come,” says Cohen. “This is the company I have been envisioning.”
  13. 16 June 2020, Stockholm — Reason Studios announces the release of Auto-Tune Reason as a native Rack Extension plugin for Reason. Auto-Tune Reason has been tailored specifically for the virtual rack in Reason with a custom workflow and integrated patches. "Of course, everyone knows Auto-Tune's renowned pitch correction and immediately recognizable vocal effect. Now Reason users can effortlessly harness the essential features for sound design, vocal chains, and effect Combinators in Reason." said Mattias Häggström Gerdt, Reason Product Manager. "We're thrilled to be bringing Auto-Tune to the arsenal of creative tools available for Reason," said Steve Berkley, CEO at Antares. "The signature Auto-Tune sound inside the revered Reason Studio is a beat-maker's dream.” VIDEO: Introducing: Auto-Tune Reason Auto-Tune Reason was developed jointly by Antares Audio Technologies and Reason Studios using Antares’ proprietary pitch tuning algorithms. With the addition of CV outputs, Auto-Tune Reason gives users a new way to perform any instrument device with their voice. It also includes vocal chain Combinators—production-ready patches with Auto-Tune Reason already hooked up to other popular Reason effects. Auto-Tune Reason is available for purchase and supported exclusively through Reason Studios. The Auto-Tune Reason Rack Extensions is available immediately for purchase for USD $99.00) / EUR €109 or free 30-day trial in the Reason online shop: https://www.reasonstudios.com/shop/rack-extension/auto-tune-reason/
  14. REMAGEN, GERMANY: having opened eyes and ears when introducing its forward-looking flagship Quantum Synthesizer keyboard to widespread critical acclaim in 2018, Waldorf Music is proud to introduce its Iridium Synthesizer ‘sibling’ — sharing futuristic functionality and advanced tonality and applying those traits with welcomed added extras to a compact desktop form factor living up to the high-quality synthesizer developer’s demanding design standards — as of June 12… Following in the Quantum Synthesizer’s trailblazing footsteps, the Iridium Synthesizer features a generous high-resolution multitouch display working — with haptic help — in perfect harmony with an adroitly arranged control panel positioning all functions for speedy operation. Noticeably new to the demonstrably different Iridium Synthesizer is its integrated 4 x 4 pad matrix, used to call up sequences, chords, scales, and arpeggios. A quick glance under the hood, however, reveals that the Iridium Synthesizer still shares the same selectable sound generation processes per oscillator (OSC 1, OSC 2, and OSC 3). As such, it can convincingly and comprehensively reproduce the sound spectra of the following five synthesis types: Wavetable, Waveform, Particle, Resonator, and Kernels. As a direct descendant of the legendary PPG Wave hybrid digital/analogue synthesizer series that made their mark throughout the Eighties by bringing the distinctive sound of wavetable synthesis to the musical masses, the well-known Waldorf Music marque is synonymous with top-tier wavetable sounds. Subsequently refining and expanding this sound generation process’ potential, the sound of Waldorf wavetable oscillators span subtlety to brutality — animated, digital, and diverse, yet easy to control. Classic wavetables from well-known wavetable synthesizers hailing from the PPG and Waldorf stables, spectral analysis, speech synthesis, wavetable generation from audio material, and more besides are all available to Iridium Synthesizer users when selecting Wavetable. With early wavetable synthesizers, even, typical waveforms familiar from analogue synthesizers were always available at the end of a wavetable. Waveform selection on the Iridium Synthesizer goes far beyond this, though, by offering up to eight simultaneously selectable waveforms per oscillator, enabling infinitely dense, fat analogue-sounding tones, with detuned modes, tuneable noise, and hard sync. 2GB internal sample flash memory is available to the Iridium Synthesizer’s Particle oscillator, opening up exciting new possibilities of traditional stereo sampling with granular synthesis functionality — also available when processing a live input signal — for extensive manipulation of sample-based sounds. So the Iridium Synthesizer comes complete with 2GB sample content, while sample material can be reloaded or backed up by the user via USB drives or MicroSD Card connections. Creativity abounds further still when selecting the Resonator sound generation process to manipulate multi-samples from the internal sample flash memory or noise via an exciter and various modulate-able spectral parameters — perfect for generating awe-inspiring animated sounds and drones, which can, for example, easily be integrated into a Eurorack modular synthesizer environment via the Iridium Synthesizer’s integrated control voltage connections (CV In1, CV In2, CV In3, and CV In4)... another added extra that should surely be welcomed in this day and age of anything goes! Get this, though: thanks to its innovative implementation of six Kernal operators, the Iridium Synthesizer can capably generate familiar FM (Frequency Modulation) tones of the type that revolutionised the entire synthesizer market in the early Eighties, as well as spectacularly different-sounding ones — and all without the notorious complexity associated with those once-revolutionary early-Eighties efforts ending up so overused on numerous hit records of the time. Thankfully, the Iridium Synthesizer’s deftly-designed multitouch display supports the processing and visualisation of sonic relationships of its Kernels, considerably easing the process of creating spectacularly different-sounding tones with more than a touch of originality thrown in for good measure! But better still, OSC 1, OSC 2, and OSC 3 can each play one of those sound generators, so spectacular-sounding sound design can come quickly to Iridium Synthesizer users of all levels — before being balanced by the OSC MIX (mixer). Thereafter, the signal from the three oscillators makes its way to the DUAL FILTER section where fully stereo multi-mode filters convincingly cover all conceivable classic filter variants. Various filter modes are additionally offered by the Digital Former, such as Comb, classic Waldorf high- and band-pass, and notch filters from Waldorf Music’s Largo and Nave software synthesizers, plus PPG models, alongside signal enhancer effects, such as Drive and Bit Crusher, and more. Moreover, an LFO (Low Frequency Oscillator) section with no fewer than six LFOs works with six loop-able ENVELOPES, all of which can be linked and smoothly operated within the 40-slot modulation matrix, thanks to the Iridium Synthesizer’s integrated high-resolution multitouch display. With up to 16-voice polyphony in full stereo and an ability to overlay two sounds or play them simultaneously via the split function, the functional desktop design of Waldorf Music’s Iridium Synthesizer allows for sound design opportunities that are often out of this world with up to 7,000 patches internally saveable. Speaking of which, since Iridium Synthesizer patches are compatible with Waldorf Music’s flagship Quantum Synthesizer (running recently-released version 2.0 firmware), they can be transferred to and from the Quantum Synthesizer. Such cross-compatibility means that the Iridium Synthesizer comes complete with an extremely extensive sound set from the get-go... get going with inspirational sounds programmed by some of the best sound designers in the world, or work with the inspirational Iridium Synthesizer’s fanciful features to sound highly original, off the cuff or otherwise. On the face of it, then, Waldorf Music has named its Iridium Synthesizer appropriately. After all, iridium dates back to the early 19th Century and the chemical element of atomic number 77 — named from the modern Latin word for rainbow (irid), since it forms compounds of various colours. Clearly, the range of sound colours available to Iridium Synthesizer users are almost limitless. Letting rip with that generous high-resolution multitouch display working — with haptic help — in perfect harmony with an adroitly arranged control panel positioning all functions for speedy operation is a joy to behold... both for eyes and ears! The Iridium Synthesizer is available through Waldorf Music’s growing global network of distributors (https://www.waldorfmusic.com/en/international-distributors) at an SRP (Suggested Reseller Price) of €1,960.00 EUR (excluding tax). For more in-depth information, please visit the dedicated Iridium Synthesizer webpage here: https://www.waldorfmusic.com/en/iridium
  15. Rennes, June 11, 2020 — Today, Hercules announced the launch of a new high-performance DJ controller that helps skilled young DJs move from the bedroom to the barroom or livestream. The manufacturer has long nurtured the next generation of young DJs, and as that community’s skills develop to the point when they can turn their hobby into a paid gig, they’ll be well-served by the Hercules DJControl Inpulse 500. The new performance-focused controller is built from the ground up to help DJs feel confident as they share their mix with an audience for the first time. Hercules has been making DJ controllers since 2003, when they launched the Hercules DJ Console, the industry’s first 2-deck digital portable mixing deck with a built-in audio interface. Over the following 17 years, Hercules released multiple controllers that appealed to beginner and aspirational DJs such as the popular Hercules DJ Console Rmx console in 2008. Also, in 2018 they released the DJControl Inpulse 200 and DJControl Inpulse 300, both of which feature built-in tools that actively teach young DJs how to train their ears for the art of manual mixing rather than relying on the Sync button. Today’s new controller, the DJControl Inpulse 500, comes with both Serato DJ Lite and DJUCED®, Hercules’ in house mixing software. “We have been working alongside Hercules since 2015, most recently on the DJControl Starlight, which in 2019 became a super popular, portable controller,” said Nick Maclaren, Chief Strategy Officer from Serato. “We’re thrilled to partner with the team again on the DJControl Inpulse 500, a controller that lets young DJs take the first steps towards public performances. We have also adapted our software to integrate Hercules’ unique, award-winning learn-to-DJ hardware features so that users who choose to mix on Serato can go into their first performance with the confidence they need.” Although the DJControl Inpulse 500 features Learn-to-DJ guides and DJUCED’s AI-driven Intelligent Music Assistant, it also boasts multiple features that help DJs confidently make the leap to performing for an audience and getting paid for their efforts: Ready-to-mix audio options: Powered by USB, the backside of the controller is wide open for external sources - DJs can quickly plug in their smartphone or a media player via dual RCA auxiliary input or a 3.5mm stereo mini-jack as a back-up or as an extra source of music. Plus, the hardware mixer for audio inputs comes with an aux filter. Controlled MC features: Plug in a microphone into the balanced micro input and play MC. The voice can be equalized, and its level is displayed on a VUmeter- if it glows red, it is peaking. Filter FX: This pro performance feature lets DJs push their mix customization to new levels and personalize their sets with effects available with Serato and DJUCED®. Solid retractable feet: Elevate the controller with folding feet underneath that glow when extended. This unique feature protects the controller from spilled drinks during rowdy performances and makes DJs look just a little more slick. Build quality: sturdy metal backing plate on the mixer, rubber RGB pads and built-in Velvet Sound DSP from AKM for processing audio inputs and outputs. Streaming support: Enjoy millions of tracks to mix with TIDAL and SoundCloud Go+ integrated within Serato, and with Beatport LINK, Beatsource LINK and Qobuz integrated within DJUCED. For more information about the full line of Hercules controllers, please visit hercules.com
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