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  1. Cape Town, South Africa,November 2019... Pressure Cooker Studios, a respected music and sound design house specialising in music production for film, television and advertisements, has recently moved into their new purpose-built studio facility in the centre of Cape Town, designed by world-renowned studio designer Martin Pilchner of Pilchner Schoustal International Inc. Genelec is at the heart of this new facility, with its local distributor, TruFi, supplying monitors for all of its recording studio spaces. From humble beginnings in the basement of a house10 years agoto a 355 square metre studio space, the new facility is exactly how the Pressure Cooker team had envisioned it from the outset, and features two maincontrol rooms which sandwich a main studio proper, a 7.1 post theatre with adjacent ADR booth, five writing rooms, an independent isolation booth, reception, lounge and common spaces.James Matthes, Co-Founderand CEOof Pressure Cooker Studios notes: “We wanted to make our space as comfortable, but also as technologically advanced as possible –we spend so much time here, so it definitely had to feel lived in, making it a homely but premium space.” Helping the Pressure Cooker team achieve this feat was Genelec’s GLM software. “The GLM system is fantastic in that it assists with all the relevant calibration ofany one of the monitors within the array in terms of EQ and phase alignment,” notes Neil Leachman, Final Mix Engineer at Pressure Cooker. “After the systemis aligned and EQ'd I spent a small amount of time just setting up levels for the individual outputs to align properly to the recommended levels for cinema monitoring for surround and R128 compliance. But the GLM system is invaluable inthe setup.” Pressure Cooker has been using Genelec stereo and surround sound monitoring systems since the company was founded, and this trend continues in the new facility. “Every room in the facility has Genelec!,” smiles Matthes “From buying my first pair over nine years ago, I have never looked back –each monitoris fantastic. The sound produced is so clean, natural and unadulterated –nothing colours it,and I just love that.” Each room in the new facility has utilised Genelec monitors in one way or another; Matthes has a pair of 8040 nearfields in his writing room, there are three 1238As three-waysfulfilling the LCR role behind the screenin the 7.1 theatre,with two 7380A 15-inch subwoofers and 8040sas surrounds-whilethe smaller rooms all have 8030 nearfields. “We chose a uniform approach with Genelec because we wanted to be able to move from room to room and feel comfortable from the moment we hit play.” Matthes continues. “For example, if I go from a writing session to the composition suite,or start doing a mix with a client in the theatre –my ears aren’t going to trick me. I find with Genelec, you don’t need any other reference monitor at any point, since they just naturally translate very well.” The first true test for Pressure Cooker’s new facilitywas the film ‘This is not a burial, it is a resurrection ’that was premiered at this year’s Venice Film Festival. “This was the first film we mixed using our Genelec system and particularly for the international market, it converted amazingly,” says Matthes. “The film’s producer told us how clear and brilliant the sound was, which makes me very confident in the set-up we have,and confirms that our decision to choose Genelec for the whole facility was the right one.”
  2. EBS is pleased to announce Algam Nordic as the exclusive EBS Professional Bass Equipment distributor in the following countries; Denmark, Norway, Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia. From left to right: Bengt Lilja, Int. Sales Director EBS, Bo Engberg, CEO at EBS, Benjamin Garnier, Managing Director Algam, Örjan Kylhammar, CEO Algam Nordic and Trond Sjøli, Sales & Marketing Director, Algam Nordic. With EBS headquarters located in Sweden and the local presence of Algam Nordic in each country, the EBS dealers will have access to great service and support, speedy deliveries and local contacts that understand their needs. In other words, the best possible conditions to create and maintain a great business. The new partnership will begin with immediate effect. EBS product range covers everything from bass amps, cabinets, combos, and effect pedals, to space-saving pedalboard accessories. For more details about the products visit www.ebssweden.com
  3. SCOTTS VALLEY, CA • November 13, 2019 — Universal Audio is proud to release OX Amp Top Box firmware v1.2 featuring a heavy-hitting collection of 4x12 cabs with vintage & modern 30-watt British speakers for hard rock and metal, new combo cabs loaded with iconic high-headroom, extended range speakers for huge clean tones, 27 new RIG presets, and footswitch controls for fast and easy toggling of OX's studio-grade effects. OX is a premium reactive load box and guitar recording system, giving guitarists perfectly studio-miked amp sounds from their existing tube amp. OX lets users play and record tube amps in their ideal sweet spots — from the edge-of-breakup to fully cranked — with perfect dynamics at any volume level, and with stunning mic, room, and speaker cabinet emulations at the turn of its RIG knob. New OX v.1.2 cabinet/speaker models include: a late '60s Fender Twin Reverb with vintage JBL D-120Fs, a 4x12 birch Marshall cabinet with Celestion 30-watt "Greenbacks," a 4x12 Marshall 1960 TV cab with Celestion Vintage 30s, and a 4x12 Mesa/Boogie extra deep cabinet with Celestion Vintage 30s.* A TEC Award winner at the 2019 NAMM show, OX Amp Top Box was also the recipient of Sound On Sound’s Readers’ Choice Award for Best New Guitar Technology Product. Using OX Amp Top Box, guitarists can quickly audition a range of expert cabinet/mic/room combinations — and may find that they never need to mic their tube amp again. OX Amp Top Box — Key Features Premium, no-compromise analog reactive load box and guitar recording system for tube guitar amps Instant album-quality mic and speaker cabinet tones via front-panel “RIG” control Get record-ready sounds quickly with expertly-placed virtual mics — no miking needed Five finely-tuned amp attenuation levels — from off to whisper quiet to full band volume UA Dynamic Speaker Modeling emulates speaker breakup and cone cry Choose from 22 speaker cabs, six cabinet mics, and six room mics Studio mixer with 2 independent close mics, and stereo room & mic modeling Hands-free toggling of OX's studio-grade EQ, compression, delay, and reverb with up to three external footswitches Selectable 4, 8, and 16-ohm operation Front-panel Headphone out for silent practice with cranked tones Balanced TRS line outs and S/PDIF digital outs for stereo recording Pair with OX app (Windows 10, iPad, or Mac) over Wi-Fi for editing and saving presets Download OX Amp Top Box Firmware v1.2 here: www.uaudio.com/ox/app Learn more about OX Amp Top Box here: www.uaudio.com/hardware/ox.html
  4. WHO ARE THEY FOR? DJs and music or video producers looking for the perfect pair of home studio speakers, as well as anyone in search of high-quality multimedia speakers (for use with a TV set, computer...). WHAT ARE THEY? • The new generation of the renowned Hercules DJ Monitor 5 speakers, launched in 2013. • Hercules Monitor 5 are powerful and versatile active, bi-amplified monitoring speakers (2 x 80 watts), each featuring a 5-inch/12.7-cm woofer. KEY POINTS Compact yet powerful, Hercules Monitor 5 stand apart from their competitors. • Active, bi-amplified monitoring speakers. • 80 watts of output power per speaker, with 160 watts of peak power. • Silk-dome tweeter: 30 watts RMS. • 5-inch/12.7-cm woofer with Kevlar membrane: 50 watts RMS. The speakers are ergonomically designed and fit in perfectly with any environment. • Dual bass ports on the front of each speaker allow Hercules Monitor 5 to perfectly adapt to any environment, including smaller spaces. The speakers can be positioned in a variety of different ways: up against a wall, laid flat, standing up straight, or stacked one on top of the other. • On/off button with built-in LED on the front of each speaker. • Volume control knob on the front of each speaker. The Hercules Monitor 5 speakers are incredibly versatile. • With their different input options including XLR, 1/4”/6.35 mm jack (TRS) and RCA connectors, you can easily connect the speakers to all your devices — including a computer, sound card, DJ equipment, mixer, etc. • The speakers are perfect for learning how to mix, producing your first music tracks, and for multimedia creation as well. • They can also be used as high-quality general multimedia speakers (with a TV set, for example). Optimized for music production, this eye-catching pair of active monitoring speakers (2 x 80 W) will take your home studio to the next level with full, powerful audio rendering. 2 x 80 watts RMS, 160 watts peak power 50 W low-frequency bi-amplification and 30 W high-frequency bi-amplification 2 balanced inputs, 1 RCA input Wood speaker enclosures Kevlar composite woofers Optimized acoustic waveguide
  5. Neu-Anspach, Germany – November 12, 2019 – After its first product presentation at the NAMM Show 2019 in Anaheim, California, USA, as well as its German premiere at Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt am Main, the Adam Hall Group announces the immediate availability of the Palmer® MONICON® XL. The MONICON® XL studio monitor controller is one of the first Palmer® products to embody the revamped appearance of the brand and represent the new brand claim "PALMER® – Be true to your sound" in all its facets. High-quality audio products with professional functions and intuitive operation for the needs and requirements of musicians and studio fans. The MONICON® XL is the flagship of the Palmer® MONICON® series and represents the new Palmer® design language that will shape the brand's overall appearance in the future. Equipped with many professional functions, the Palmer® MONICON® XL is the tool of choice for a perfect mix in both professional studio environments and home studios. The clearly structured control interface and innovative console design is divided into two levels, facilitating flexible table positioning and comfortable work. Professional Studio Functions As a unique feature, the MONICON® XL has a correlation meter that displays the phase difference between the left and right stereo channels to reveal mono compatibility errors in a mix. In addition, the entire analog audio circuit means that there is no latency when monitoring. This is because the coaxial S/PDIF signals are converted directly in the input. Users who want to set up their L/R studio monitors more flexibly also benefit from the additional sub out on the back of the housing. The mono-summed output is frequency-neutral and is not only suitable for connecting to a subwoofer, but also to a separate mono speaker in order to verify the mix in mono, both acoustically and visually with the correlation meter. “The uniquely shaped Monicon facilitates a fast and intuitive workflow,” says Robin Henlich, Senior Product Manager, Pro Audio at the Adam Hall Group. “The division of the MONICON® XL’s userface into two levels as well as the configurability let users adapt it to their own workflow – and not the other way around. The latency-free signal transmission plus the correlation meter highlight the professional standard from a technical point of view. It’s simply fascinating to follow what’s happening with the stereo signal’s phase relationship in real time.” The Palmer® MONICON® XL studio monitor controller is now available for RRP 360 EUR / 399 USD. STUDIMON 5 Now Also Available The Adam Hall Group also announces availability of the active 5" studio monitor STUDIMON 5. The STUDIMON 5 likewise represents the Palmer® brand's new direction and design language with particularly compact bass reflex housing with wooden side walls. With its 5" ferrite custom subwoofer, 0.75" neodymium silk diaphragm tweeter, and a frequency response of 70 Hz to 20 kHz, the 2-way monitor, with an output power of 2x 30 W (RMS), cuts an impressive figure, not only in sound, project and home studios, but also in professional audio environments. The back of the STUDIMON 5 features bass reflex opening, 1/4 inch jack and XLR inputs, and a volume controller for precisely tuning stereo balance. The Palmer® STUDIMON 5 5" studio monitor is now available for RRP 218 EUR / 241 USD. More information: Palmer® MONICON® XL: palmer-germany.com/MONICONXL Product Video: youtube.com/MONICONXL Palmer® STUDIMON 5: palmer-germany.com/STUDIMON5 Product Video: youtube.com/STUDIMON5 LinkedIn @AdamHallGmbH Twitter @AdamHallGmbH Facebook @AdamHallGmbH Facebook @Palmer.Germany Instagram @Palmer_Germany YouTube PalmerGermany Information about Adam Hall Group: adamhall.com blog.adamhall.com event.tech #Palmer #BeTrueToYourSound #MONICONXL #STUDIMON5 #ProAudio #EventTech #ExperienceEventtech
  6. Haimhausen November, 2019. Four years ago the Babyface Pro again demonstrated RME’s absolute commitment to superior craftsmanship, not only in audio circuits and driver development, but also in mechanics. Created with the highest precision from a block of aluminum, this high-end portable interface incorporated newly designed analog and digital circuits. Its innovative energy saving technologies provided supreme fidelity with no compromises in level, noise or distortion. In the new Babyface Pro FS even more improvements were implemented: +19 / +4 dBu switch on the bottom adds a direct way to reduce the output level, thus improves SNR for sensitive active monitors, avoids distortion / overload, and helps to keep TotalMix FX faders near 0 dB instead of high attenuations. Full SteadyClock FS circuit as in the ADI-2 Pro FS for lowest jitter and highest jitter immunity. 3.5 mm TRS phones output power rises from 70 mW to 90 mW. THD of both phones outputs improved by up to 10 dB. Uses same output op-amps as ADI-2 Pro now. Output impedance of 3.5 mm TRS lowered from 2 Ohms to 0.1 Ohms. Mic inputs SNR improved from 112.2 dB to 113.7 dB, TRS Line inputs SNR improved from 114 dB to 116.3 dB (120 dBA). THD Line inputs improved by 8 dB. 6 samples less latency on the AD side by new ADC (5 samples AD, 7 samples DA. It won't get quicker...). All the above improvements were achieved without raising the units power consumption. K-slot (Kensington Lock) for theft protection. Product website: www.rme-audio.de/babyface-pro-fs.html
  7. Haimhausen November, 2019. With the ADI-2 DAC, RME has created a high-quality and flexible stereo digital-to-analog converter that has taken the hearts of home users and the hi-fi scene by storm. The device is now available in a slightly revised version. The use of an AK4493 (previously 4490) improves the signal-to-noise ratio from 117 dB to 120 db (123 dBA). At the same time the distortion decreases by about 10 dB, to a fantastic -120 dB at full digital level. The sensational -118 dBu, which resulted in complete freedom from noise at the IEM output, is now even better at -120 dBu. On top there is now an additional headroom of 2.5 dB for the analog outputs XLR, RCA and IEM, which also raises the undistorted intersample peak limit to a generous +4 dBFS. While the basic features and functions of the ADI-2 DAC remain unchanged, the device comes with an extended infrared remote control, the MRC (Multi-Remote-Control) which can remote control up to 4 different future RME devices. Currently only the ADI-2 DAC is supported. The remote control is an extended version of the previous one, with additional buttons designed for the most commonly used functions, namely switching loudness, parametric EQ, and bass/treble on and off. In addition, there are keys for direct control of bass, treble and balance. With these additional keys, all typically used functions of the device are now directly accessible. The four programmable buttons 1 through 4, a unique feature already of the original remote, can still be programmed with a personal selection of 32 commands/actions. With the changes to the device and the new, extended remote control, RME aims at perfecting an already perfect device. Product Website: www.rme-audio.de/adi-2-dac.html
  8. The Black Edition KeyStep, BeatStep, and BeatStep Pro are now shipping worldwide, and will soon be arriving at retailers near you. Known and loved throughout the industry, Arturia’s trio of DAW controlling, step-sequencing hybrids are now available again in a sleek black finish. Offering something for every musician, the Step range synchronizes the analog and digital worlds, letting musicians control hardware instruments, outboard modules, virtual instruments, and recording software simultaneously. Arturia BeatStep Black Edition Packing 16 pressure and velocity-sensitive pads and 16 rotary knobs into a neat package, BeatStep is an affordable way for musicians to get creative with simple monophonic step-sequences. Able to control outboard synths and virtual instruments alike, BeatStep’s versatility also makes it a great DAW controller. Black Edition BeatStep: 1095:- (876:- exkl moms) Arturia BeatStep Pro Black Edition Arturia’s cutting edge, 3-part step sequencer now has a sleek new look. Featuring two separate melodic sequencers and a dedicated 16-part drum sequencer, BeatStep Pro gives the adventurous musician a powerful palette of tools to create dynamic, exciting tracks without the need for a computer screen. Black Edition BeatStep Pro: 2695:- (2156:- exkl moms) Arturia KeyStep Black Edition This small-format keyboard sequencer features a 32-note slim-key keybed with aftertouch, and lets you sync with & control any software or hardware instrument through its comprehensive connectivity, including USB, MIDI in & out, CV gate, and Sync in & out. Create evolving, polyphonic sequences up to 64 steps long, with real-time recording and rewriting. Black Edition KeyStep 1295:- (1036:- exkl moms) Kontakt: EM Nordic
  9. Baton Rouge, Louisiana—September 2019… PreSonus®’ new Eris® HD10BT wireless noise-cancellation headphones provide studio-quality audio performance with the mobility and freedom of Bluetooth® connectivity. The Eris HD10BT’s 1.57-inch (40 mm) drivers deliver the superior clarity, accurate response from 20 Hz to 20 kHz, and extended bass you expect from professional studio headphones. Active Noise Canceling (ANC) reduces ambient sounds by up to 18 dB and can be activated with or without Bluetooth. The headphones’ over-ear design and thick ear cushions ensure optimal sound isolation, so whether you’re walking down a busy street or sitting in the middle seat on an airplane, you can listen to music, podcasts, and more in comfort and privacy, while enjoying superb sonic fidelity. Designed to be used wired or wirelessly, Eris HD10BT headphones provide touch controls to quickly pair a Bluetooth device, wirelessly start and stop audio, adjust the volume, and navigate to your favorite track. A built-in microphone and basic call function let you answer the phone without missing a beat. With up to 16 hours of battery life, the Eris HD10BT headphones will let you listen comfortably all day long. The included hardshell case holds your Eris HD10BT headphones with the included cable and adapter and can fit in a carry-on, purse, or backpack so you can take studio sound with you wherever you go. PreSonus Eris HD10BT headphones are available now at a U.S. street price of $129.95. For more information visit www.presonus.com/products/Eris-HD10BT
  10. V Collection 7.1 is a free update for all V Collection 7 owners. On top of the usual compatibility upgrades and minor tweaks to performance, the latest update adds some seriously useful, powerful, and creatively inspiring features for users to enjoy. What's new in V Collection 7.1 ? V Collection 7.1 is an important update that doesn’t just improve the software, it will improve your creative abilities, and boost your confidence when using software instruments. In-App Tutorials Become a synth-master in no time with in-app tutorials. They will guide you through the parameters and abilities of the core instruments of V Collection 7. Undo / Redo Function Not happy with your changes? Want to compare your new patch to the original? Flick back and forth with ease, and explore sound without fear of losing anything. Full NKS Compatibility Good news for Native Instrument Kontrol owners, now V Collection 7 is fully NKS compliant, letting you instantly map controls and organize sounds on your controller. Easy Installation The updated Arturia Software Center now streamlines the whole process: register your products, download them, and activate in one easy to use app. Analog Lab 4.1 The performance hub for all V Collection instruments is now better than ever, with a refined performance mode and workflow-enhancing tweaks to the interface. Ready for Catalina Alongside other bug-fixes and refinements, the 7.1 update makes all standalone instruments compatible with the new framework of macOS Catalina, letting you enjoy our instruments on any system. To help users get up to speed on the new changes, Arturia have launched a dedicated 7.1 update page that details the new features and functions, and have also released a handy video guide. More information
  11. Pocket-sized mobile streaming interface provides crystal clear audio when live-streaming and recording video November 7, 2019 - IK Multimedia announces the availability of iRig Stream. This mobile-friendly audio tool is part of IK's Creator Series for video content creators, YouTubers, live streamers, musicians, DJs, podcasters and other social media broadcasters looking to capture high quality audio directly using a mobile device. Ideal for content creators and musicians, iRig Stream is a mobile audio interface that combines multiple audio sources down to one track for recording or streaming in mono or stereo with the user's mobile device and their favourite app. Two line-level RCAs offer quick connection to mixers, keyboards and outboard gear, and the included Lightning, USB-C and USB-A cables can connect to the latest smartphones, tablets and laptops. An innovative headphone/microphone jack offers both direct monitoring and an easy way to add a voice-over to a stream. Compatible with most earbud/mic combos as well as IK's analog iRig accessories, it offers a comprehensive solution in an ultra-compact unit. An intuitive set of gain indicators and gain control make it easy to set the appropriate level, and 24-bit, 48 kHz A/D converters ensure superior sound. A Stereo/Mono switch ensures compatibility with the widest range of apps, including mono-only apps like Instagram, and a loopback feature lets users playback music on their device at the same time they stream. Five-time Latin GRAMMY-nominated producer, composer and percussionist Tony Succar has relied heavily on tools in the iRig range to grow his social media following. In the video here, he gives a glimpse into the way the new iRig Stream can now help artists and social media creators stream their videos and performances more easily. Pricing and availability iRig Stream is available for $/€99.99* from the IK Multimedia online store and from authorized IK dealers worldwide. * All prices excluding taxes For more information, please visit: www.ikmultimedia.com/irigstream To see iRig Stream in action, visit: www.ikmultimedia.com/irigstream/video
  12. 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 dearVR PRO V1.4.0 — a major multichannel update to spatial audio technology-specialising German software partner Dear Reality’s all- in-one AAX-, AU-, and VST-supporting spatializing solution for 3D audio, extending its state-of-the-art binaural and Ambisonics encoder to support 26 multichannel output formats from 5.0, 7.1.4 to 13.1, intended for Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, or MPEG-H — as of November 7… dearVR PRO duly delivered on its creators’ cutting-edge vision of providing the best-sounding 3D audio technology to all kinds of next-generation audio production environments upon its original release in late 2017. Fast forward to today’s major update and V1.4.0 ensures that Dear Reality and its premier product rightfully remain at the forefront of spatial audio technology, easily meeting all of the professional requirements for any VR (Virtual Reality) or AR (Augmented Reality) production. Put it this way: all surround sound specialists can continue to use the plugin in their particular workflow — whether working with a more standard 5.1 system or a more elaborate setup with more speakers. Simply select one out of 26 different loudspeaker formats and immediately start mixing in 5.1.4 or 13.1, for instance. Want to deliver a mix in multiple formats? No problem! dearVR PRO users can easily start mixing in Binaural (2CH), TOA Ambisonics, or 7.1.4, and at a later stage export the mix in 5.1 Film, for example, by just changing the OUTPUT FORMAT. For those who do not want to invest in a physical 13.1 loudspeaker setup, choose the Binaural output to prepare the session before easily switching to the final loudspeaker format. Furthermore, users of dearVR PRO V1.4.0 can also benefit from Dear Reality’s brand-new VHSP (Virtual Height Speaker) simulation technology. This combines sophisticated room and distance simulation with groundbreaking virtual height speaker perception for flat setups like 5.1 or 7.1 in an unprecedented manner. Want to deliver 7.1.4 and 7.1? Easier done than said! Start mixing in 7.1.4 using the four real height speakers, then change the OUTPUT FORMAT to 7.1 and benefit from the virtual height simulation. Additionally, all 46 vivid VIRTUAL ACOUSTICS environments within which dearVR PRO users can place an object’s sound have been optimized and adapted to simulate smoothly when working with all multichannel loudspeaker outputs. On top of that, all feature true-to-life 3D imaging and depth. Creatively choose from variously-sized rooms suited to the most commonplace production needs — from a small Car to a huge Cathedral. Each environment is instantly and independently recallable per plugin instance, letting users place each object’s sound in a different space. It is also possible to change the shape, dimensions, and texture of the selected space by adjusting its size, damping, balance of early reflections, and diffuse reverb. REALTIME AURALIZATION mode allows adjustment of the distance between the listener and the four walls (LEFT, RIGHT, FRONT, and BACK), ceiling (TOP), and floor (BOTTOM) within the selected space. Moving the sound results in the delay times and directions of arrival for early reflections bouncing off those virtual boundaries being altered accordingly — just like in real-world environments. Extraordinarily, an OCCLUSION control even enables users to adjust the sound of an object being blocked by another virtual object in line of sight to the listener! It is also possible for dearVR PRO users to effectively place their listener in the centre of the sound. Simply drag the mouse around using the plugin’s XYZ pad to position a track’s sound anywhere in a 3D soundstage — be that behind or in front of the listener, closer, or farther away. Also, radical performance enhancements applied to the V1.4.0 update lead to a performance increase of up to 60%, making dearVR PRO the all- in-one solution when working with large channel counts in complex situations. Saying that, those performance enhancements enable users to run more instances of dearVR PRO than ever before. Better said, dearVR PRO V1.4.0 is truly a state-of-the-art audio processor, allowing any multitrack session to be mixed in 3D. The powerful, fast, and intuitive interface provides all the tools that are needed to create stunning, ultra-realistic immersive 3D audio. Ask Golden Globe- and GRAMMY® Award-nominated film and classical composer, record producer, and arranger Simon Franglen. No stranger to the widening world of spatial audio himself, he happily sings its praises, putting forward the following closing comment: “It’s completely brilliant, utterly intuitive, excellent.” Dear Reality’s dearVR PRO is available for purchase — as an AAX Native-, AU-, VST2-, and VST3-supporting plugin for MacOS (10.9 through 10.14) and Windows (7 through 10) — exclusively from distribution partner Plugin Alliance for $349.00 USD from here: https://www.plugin-alliance.com/en/products/dearvr_pro.html (Please note that the V1.4.0 update is free for owners of dearVR PRO.) A fully-functional, 14-day trial of dearVR PRO is available to anyone registering for a free Plugin Alliance account here: http://www.plugin-alliance.com/en/registration.html dearVR PRO is included in Plugin Alliance’s MEGA Bundle (https://www.plugin-alliance.com/en/products/pa-mega-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 dearVR PRO webpage here: https://www.plugin-alliance.com/en/products/dearvr_pro.html Watch Dear Reality’s immersive introductory video for dearVR PRO V1.4.0 here. See and hear Dear Reality’s ‘Best of Binaural mixes’ dearVR PRO video here. Watch indie producer, sound engineer, and online product trainer Alex Solano talk through dearVR PRO 3D mixing techniques on behalf of Plugin Alliance here.
  13. TK Audio proudly presents the T-Komp, a compressor with a unique design. The key feature is the ratio, which is level dependent and increases with the signal level, like the vari mu compressors. To make it as useful as possible the T-Komp has two ratio ranges. The first one goes up to 20:1, perfect for instrument tracking and smashing drums etc., the second one is a more narrow range which makes it more suitable for bus compression. The T-Komp can be selected between feed-forward mode for a punchy, modern response or feed-back mode with a smoother, more musical response. The RMS detector has five settings, four from fast to slow where number four, the slowest, is similar to the old 160VU. The fifth position is a program dependent adaptive mode. It is also equipped with a blend control for easy parallel compression, a HPF-filter to make it less sensitive to low energy like bass and kick drum, and for stereo use there is a link switch. The T-Komp is the perfect workhorse both for tracking and mixing! Level dependent ratio which increases with the signal level just like vari-mu compressors. Two ratio ranges, 1:1 to 20:1 or 1:1 to 2:1. Feed-forward mode for a punchy, modern response or feed-back mode with a smoother more musical response (rack version only). Five RMS settings, four from fast to slow and a program dependent adaptive mode. Blend control for easy parallel compression. 150Hz sidechain HPF (rack version only). The T-Komp is available as a dual mono rack unit or as a single channel 500-series module. They are available for ordering from October 16th 2019. All units are assembled by hand in the workshop in Halmstad, Sweden.
  14. November 6th 2019, Wavesfactory, Artà, Spain, the company behind Mercury Piano, Spectre, Trackspacer and a host of other unique Kontakt instruments has announced Cassette. Cassette is an audio plugin that emulates the sound of vintage cassette tapes and decks. It has been carefully modelled after exhaustive analysis of audio examples recorded into real tapes. As a result, Cassette imparts the same sound and behaviour of the original units. These include a different frequency response, frequency dependent saturation, high-frequency compression, hiss, asperity noise and much more. Reproduction systems will also induce their fingerprint: wow, flutter, random high-frequency loss, crosstalk between channels, stereo unbalances and other. All of these little quirks and random fluctuations have been modelled meticulously. Cassette imprints instant nostalgia, movement and analog feel all around in its path. Speaking about the inspiration behind the instrument, Wavesfactory founder Jesus Ginard says; “This is my tribute to the sound that shaped my childhood. I grew up listening to them at home, on the car or on a walkman. They are not perfect, in fact, they are far from perfect. That’s what I love about them. Cassette has been designed to be fun, pleasant to the ear and true to the medium” ONE PLUGIN - 4 CASSETTE TYPES Cassette has modelled the four cassettes types available. Each one delivers different sonic characteristics. was the standard and most compatible tape format. Featured a ferric-oxide coating (Fe2O3). First appeared in the 1960s. with a chromium dioxide (CrO2) formulation was introduced at the dawn of the 1970s featuring an undeniable increase in high frequency response. living a short period between the mid 70s and early 80s, the ferro-chrome (FeCr) never made it into the golden era. metal-formulated hit the scene at the end of the 70s. Features firmer bass as well as louder high frequencies. Changing tapes will have an effect in the frequency response of the plugin but also in the saturation, compression, static noise (hiss) and dynamic noise (asperity noise). RANDOMNESS UNDER CONTROL Cassette offers under the hood control of many aspects of tape emulation they include; Tape: Control how much of the tape effect is applied including frequency response, saturation and more. Stability: Control how the Stability parameter in the front panel works internally. Includes “randomness” in order to make things unpredictable and analog. Extra: More of what makes a cassette sound like a cassette. Including the innovative “Re-Cassette” parameter. Artifacts: Control how the Artifacts parameter in the front panel works internally. Includes “Random Snap” for simulating the tape being caught momentarily causing pitch instability. As you can see in this panel, Cassette uses oversampling in order to get rid of aliasing. The plugin always works at 192KHz sampling rate internally. COPY PROTECTION No iLok or challenge response needed for registering Cassette. At the time of the purchase customers will receive an e-mail containing username and serial number. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS Mac OSX (64-bit only): 10.7 or higher. DAW capable of hosting VST, VST3 or AU, or Pro Tools. Intel processor. Windows (64-bit only): Windows 7, 8 or 10. DAW capable of hosting VST or VST3 plugins, or Pro Tools. PRICE €29.00 intro price until December 3rd 2019 - normally €59.00 after that date. For more information and to buy visit https://www.wavesfactory.com/cassette
  15. HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (November 5, 2019) — Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) today announced the launch of the American Ultra Series, the most-advanced modern guitar from Fender. An evolution of American Elite – Fender’s premier electric series that launched in January 2016 – the American Ultra Series boasts all-new modern features, state-of-the-art craftsmanship and nuanced design. Luxurious, sleek and cutting-edge, this series sets a new industry standard for precision, performance and feel with Ultra Noiseless pickups and Fender’s fastest-playing necks. Created for a wide range of today’s highly-skilled modern artists, session and working guitarists, this series also offers a new body design and contours -a pivotal moment in Fender history, decades since the last significant alteration to the iconic Fender Stratocaster or Telecaster body shapes. Since 1946, Fender has embraced artist and player feedback as the core driver of its process, leading to decades of subtle yet crucial innovations. These thoughtful changes in design and technology can’t always be seen by the naked eye, but are meaningful to artists who crave products that evolve with the times. As younger players create new sounds, meld existing genres and push the limits of what a guitar can do, Fender products also continue to evolve. “The American Ultra Series is our most advanced series of guitars and basses for discerning players who demand the ultimate playing experience in precision, performance and tone,” said Justin Norvell, EVP of Product at Fender. “Blending state-of-the-art engineering and nuanced design to provide a high-performance experience for today’s player, American Ultra is the next chapter in Fender’s legacy of cutting-edge innovation. American Ultra has truly been decades in the making and is a result of our tireless commitment to meet the needs of today’s working and touring guitar players looking for a modern feel and tone.” Inspired by Fender’s never-ending pursuit to equip players with the best tools to create, record and perform music, American Ultra is Fender’s most advanced series of instruments – providing the ultimate in precision, performance and tone. The series answers the call from discerning players looking for modern advancements to help them create at the highest level. One of these elevated features is the all-new “Modern D" neck with a compound-radius fingerboard, smooth American Ultra satin back finish and extremely rolled edges. The result is a neck that’s slim and fast – yet ergonomic and comfortable – for blazing solos and easy comping without sacrificing tone and resonance. Other key features include: • New body contours: For next level comfort and playability, Fender redesigned the body contours of its most iconic models for the first time in decades. New back body curves offer hours of gigging comfort while a super-sculpted neck heel gives players unparalleled access to the upper register of the fingerboard, resulting in better accessibility and comfort. • Noiseless pickups: American Ultra instruments feature two types of innovative new noiseless pickups: Ultra Noiseless™ Vintage pickups deliver authentic Fender single-coil sound – without hum. Ultra Noiseless™ Hot pickups offer modern performance and classic tone so you can launch your amp into overdrive. • HiMass™ bridge: With lots of metal, lots of mass and a cool modern look, the HiMass bridge on American Ultra basses delivers serious sustain, precise intonation and rock-solid tuning stability. • Double Tap Humbucker: The American Ultra HSS Strat features a brand new Double Tap Humbucker with overwound coil to ensure matched volume between pickups in coil split mode • Redesigned preamp with active/passive switching: A redesigned preamp on American Ultra basses features three bands of active boost/cut for sweeter highs, focused mids and lots more usable bass. For a more traditional tone, the redesigned pickups can also be used in passive mode. • New colours: American Ultra instruments are available in a variety of colours, including: Cobra Blue, Mocha Burst, Texas Tea, Arctic Pearl, Aged Natural, Plasma Red Burst and Ultraburst. • Advanced electronics: All American Ultra guitars feature a treble-bleed circuit to preserve high-end response at any volume – plus advanced wiring options that activate different high-performance features depending on the model. The American Ultra Series includes seven new electric guitar and bass models available at local dealers and on www.Fender.com. Learn more about the American Ultra Series and access detailed product/spec descriptions. Models include: • American Ultra Stratocaster® - €2139.00 • American Ultra Stratocaster® HSS - €2139.00 • American Ultra Telecaster® - €2139.00 • American Ultra Precision Bass® - €2249.00 • American Ultra Jazzmaster® - €2249.00 • American Ultra Jazz Bass® - €2249.00 • American Ultra Jazz Bass® V - €2299.00 For detailed specs, additional information on new Fender products or to find a retail partner near you, visit www.Fender.com. Join the conversation on social media by following @Fender.
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