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  1. Newport News, VA—Like many houses of worship, the Calvary Chapel didn't start out as a large congregation, it worked its way into becoming one. Having revitalized a site that was once a shopping center, today the church has seating for 1400 in its main sanctuary, a 600-capacity fellowship hall, and a vibrant youth ministry. Allen & Heath components including a dLive C3500, multiple SQ-5, and ME-1 mixing systems spread out across the entire campus, fulfilling the needs of audio events large and small. “By design, Allen & Heath mixing systems are truly multifaceted within this application,” explains Bart Cardea of Providential Integration Concepts, the Chesapeake, Virginia-based firm tasked with developing the church’s audio blueprint. “Throughout the construction phases of its campus, the church held to a conviction that high-quality audio was something that should serve every worship space, not just the main sanctuary. When it came to the controlling end of that equation, high channel count flexibility was a very real necessity, not just an abstract concept.” With installation of the Providential Integration Concepts design managed by Matt Stairs of Sunset Sound of Virginia Beach, audio signals route via Dante throughout the plan. The church’s dLive C3500 control surface stands at front of house in the sanctuary, joined by a DM64 MixRack at the stage, which often hosts major faith-based musicians from around the country. The first of three SQ-5 mixers on-campus handles the sanctuary monitor mix, while the second and third are respectively deployed in the fellowship hall and youth room. A total of eight ME-1 personal mixers reside on the sanctuary stage, used for both regular services and visiting performers. “If anything,” says Calvary Chapel technical director Tony Lewis, “Allen & Heath has allowed us to expand at our own pace, growing into a future where we always can accommodate a larger sonic vision. From the speed of our workflow to our ability to configure these systems in a fashion that suits the working style of any of our own staff members and visiting engineers, there isn’t seemingly anything within our audio chain that hasn’t improved. We have pristine 96kHz performance. Countless compliments come our way from guest artists and engineers on the lack of coloration, and how easy it is to dial-in their sound to levels they usually only obtain in a studio setting.” More information here
  2. February 20, 2020 - IK Multimedia announces the immediate availability of T-RackS Sunset Sound Studio Reverb, the newest effect plug-in within their industry-standard T-RackS® 5 mixing and mastering software line. It brings the unique acoustic ambience and other iconic audio characteristics of Los Angeles' legendary Sunset Sound recording facility to musicians everywhere, and is suitable for use both as an individual plug-in and inside T-RackS 5. Using a combination of IK's unique Volumetric Response Modeling (VRM™) technology and advanced physical modelling to recreate Sunset Sound's custom consoles, T-RackS Sunset Sound Studio Reverb offers a powerful sonic experience that lets users add a distinct sound from many hit songs recorded at Sunset Sound to their tracks as if they were at the studio themselves. IK worked in collaboration with current studio owner Paul Camarata, multi-GRAMMY® Award-winning producer/engineer Ross Hogarth (Van Halen, Doobie Brothers) and many of Sunset Sound's engineers to give recording engineers unprecedented access to the ambient sound and vibe of the studios in this landmark facility, where a who's who of music has recorded for 60 years, including the Doors, the Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Prince, Aretha Franklin, Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and countless others. Decades of session sheets were studied at the studio to recreate specific mic positions and placement used on countless hits, with a high level of collaboration between IK and the studio to achieve accuracy and realism when emulating these distinct sounds in software. Iconic consoles and deep authenticity This new plug-in carefully captures each space, recorded using Sunset Sound's high-end mic collection, to deliver not just the acoustics but also the unique vibe of the space. IK recreated them using its unique Volumetric Response Modeling (VRM™), an advanced hybrid convolution technique, to deliver the highest-quality reverb effects possible and ensure the results of T-RackS's processing were virtually indistinguishable from recordings made in the real rooms. IK also used its award-winning physical modelling techniques to recreate each studio's vintage customized consoles (an API-based Sunset Sound custom, a Class-A-Discrete Neve® 8880 and an API/DeMedio® Sunset Sound Custom), preamplifier and signal path, to add the perfect harmonic elements and sonic signature. All together, this results in a faithful studio quality reverb that adds a very special warmth and tone while also offering the same signature ambient sound as the timeless records that were recorded at the studio for decades by top artists and bands. All of this is complemented by an array of flexible control options for further tone shaping. Studio owner Paul Camarata notes, "For 60 years, the sound of our studios has been heard on hit records around the world. Now, we're proud to be working with IK Multimedia to bring our famed sound to everyone's recordings. Sunset Sound Studio Reverb really nails the essence of our distinct character." A wide variety of reverbs Users can select from among the various vintage reverb options accessible from each of the three studios found in the facility, including an Echoplate® and EMT® 140 plate reverb, and an AKG® BX-20E spring reverb. The choices are: Live Room: Studio 1, Studio 2 or Studio 3 Iso Booth: Studio 1, Studio 2 or Studio 3 3 Live Echo Chambers from Studio 1, Studio 2 or Studio 3 2 Different Plate reverbs and 1 Spring Reverb In the control room An intuitive GUI provides a realistic experience, offering information and insights about each particular room, as well as additional controls to help users shape the sound to suit their tastes. The additional controls include: Adjustable decay time and pre-delay High-pass and low-pass filters Low and high shelving EQs Stereo image width Wet/dry mix Plus famous mic position options in studio 2, dampening options, and more Flexible use Like all T-RackS single modules, Sunset Sound Studio Reverb can be used as an individual plug-in within any recording software, or inside the T-RackS 5 shell for even faster workflow both as a plug-in or stand-alone mastering software. Try before you buy Like all T-RackS series processors, customers are able to try T-RackS Sunset Sound Studio Reverb before purchase via T-RackS Custom Shop. T-RackS CS is a free download offering a high-quality analogue-modelled EQ plus metering section, available as both plug-in and stand-alone software. The Custom Shop also lets users try out T-RackS Sunset Sound Studio Reverb or any of the other 44 processors in the T-RackS line, for a full 14 days, and can be found at www.ikmultimedia.com/trcs About T-RackS T-RackS 5 is the latest version of IK's industry standard mixing and mastering software workstation that has been used on countless albums by top engineers for more than 20 years. This powerful modular system offers maximum versatility via 43 high-quality processors (EQs, limiters, compressors, etc) that can be used in parallel or series, in a variety of working environments. In total, T-RackS 5 offers everything needed to professionally treat and finalize audio from raw mixes to a perfect finished product. For even more professional results, each version of T-RackS 5 also offers free downloadable signature presets from some of the industry's top engineers. About Sunset Sound Studio Sunset Sound was opened in 1958 by Tutti Camarata, then director of recording for Disney Studios, and initially handled in-house work for Disney, recording movies like Mary Poppins and 101 Dalmatians. In 1962, Sunset Sound opened to external clients, and soon expanded to a 3-studio complex, welcoming artists like The Doors, Joe Cocker, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Prince and countless more. Now owned and operated by Paul Camarata, Tutti's son, Sunset Sound continues to welcome world-class artists to its iconic rooms. All three original rooms remain in operation, and with their custom acoustics and consoles, fully equipped echo chambers and comprehensive mic lockers, Sunset Sound remains a dream destination for musicians. Pricing and availability Sunset Sound Studio Reverb for T-RackS 5 is available from the IK Custom Shop, the IK Multimedia online store and from IK authorized dealers worldwide for a special introductory price of €/$149.99* until March 31, 2020 (regular pricing will be €/$249.99). * All prices excluding taxes For more information about Sunset Sound Studio Reverb, please visit: www.tracks.com/sunsetstudio To see Sunset Sound Studio Reverb in action, visit: www.t-racks.com/sunsetstudio/video To hear audio samples, visit: www.t-racks.com/sunsetstudio/audio
  3. Baton Rouge, Louisiana, February 2020... PreSonus® has updated its popular Studio Magic Suite for Mac® and Windows®. An amazing $1,099 value that is provided free to new and existing registered owners of any currently available PreSonus® audio interface or mixer, the 2020 Studio Magic Suite software bundle now includes popular standalone applications, including Ableton Live Lite; plug-in effects and virtual instruments in VST, AU (Mac), and AAX formats; lessons from Melodics, and much more. New additions to the 2020 edition include: Ableton Live Lite comes with all of Live’s essential workflows, instruments, and effects. Use it standalone or super-charge your productions using Live as a companion for PreSonus Studio One (also included with PreSonus audio interfaces and mixers). Native Instruments Replika delay plug-in (VST, VST3, AU, AAX Native, AAX DSP) packs two professional quality delays and a powerful diffusion algorithm into a sleek, streamlined interface. Brainworx bx_rockrack V3 guitar amp modeling plug-in (VST, VST3, AU, AAX Native, AAX DSP) provides boutique tube guitar amp simulations that sound and feel like the real thing, with 8 famous amp models and 40 impulse responses in one plug-in. Cherry Audio Voltage Modular Nucleus (VST, AU, AAX) is a terrific introduction to modular synthesis with 22 modules and 67 presets. KV331 Audio Synthmaster Player (VST, AU, AAX) is a simplified version of the developer’s SynthMaster semi-modular software synthesizer and effects plug-in, with limited editing capabilities. It comes with 1,800 factory presets from a world-class team of sound designers and offers 12 editable parameters. UVI Model D (VST, AU, AAX) lets you experience the presence and power of a Concert Grand Model D piano, captured in the brilliant Guillaume Tell soundstage in Paris. SPL Attacker Plus (VST, VST3, AU, AAX Native, AAX DSP), from Plugin Alliance, is a micro-plug-in that enables all attack events to be amplified, regardless of their signal level. By focusing on the initial transient instead of specific frequencies, SPL Attacker Plus amplifies just the attack curves of a sound event, allowing instruments to be mixed at lower levels. Studio Magic Plug-in Suite 2020 also includes custom piano lessons from Melodics, available exclusively to PreSonus customers. Outstanding software retained from the 2019 edition: UJAM Virtual Drummer 2 "Phat" (VST, VST3, AAX, AU, Standalone) is all about funky urban drums suitable for everything from retro soul to g-funk. You get 30 different drum styles and 720 patterns recorded across 5 drum kits. Neutron Elements (VST, VST3, AAX, AU, Standalone) features futuristic, assistive technology and four fantastic-sounding audio processors: Compressor, EQ, Exciter, and Transient Shaper. Like having a virtual assistant, Neutron Elements will listen to your audio, identify instruments, and offer custom starting points for your mix decisions while leaving the creative control to you. StudioLinked Trophies (VST, VST3, AAX, AU, Standalone) is an intuitive and easy-to-use collection of R&B sounds assembled by nine-time Grammy-winning producer Bryan-Michael Cox. It includes 500 multi-sampled presets across 13 categories, onboard effects, ADSR controls, filtering controls, and a robust library of chord progressions that you can drag-and-drop into your instrument track. Mäag Audio EQ2 (VST, VST3, AU, AAX Native, AAX DSP) delivers the sound of the Mäag Audio EQ2 two-band hardware equalizer. Mäag Audio’s EQ design allows for exceptionally low phase shift across all EQ adjustments, which helps maintain the integrity of your mix’s original sound while enhancing the very high “air” frequencies. Lexicon’s MPX-i Reverb (VST, AU, AAX) delivers seven classic Lexicon plate, hall, chamber, and room reverbs. A streamlined interface and 100 versatile, finely crafted presets enable you to quickly get the sound you want. Klanghelm SDRR2tube (VST, AU, AAX) can be a saturation processor, a compressor, an EQ, a bit-crusher, or a subtle stereo widener to add warmth, depth, and character to your tracks. Output Movement (VST, VST3, AU, AAX) is an exciting effects plug-in for the studio or stage that adds powerful rhythms to any input in real-time. Movement’s four rhythm engines blend seamlessly, while analog modeled effects optimized for modulation let you add rhythm with reverb and compressors pumping, filters and EQs opening and closing, delays morphing, and tube distortion warming and cooling. Brainworx bx_opto compressor (VST, VST3, AU, AAX Native, AAX DSP) combines the best aspects and anomalies from several legendary, light-dependent compressor circuits. The result is a powerful dynamics processor, teeming with character and delivering sounds that can’t be achieved with analog optical compressors. Arturia’s Analog Lab Lite 3 (VST, VST3, AAX, AU, Standalone) is a “Greatest Hits” collection of physically modeled classic analog synths, organs, string machines, and pianos from Arturia’s V-Collection of virtual instruments.
  4. Seoul, South Korea, February 2020... Audioguy Studios in the heart of Seoul is a unique recording space which has taken a different approach to many Korean studios. Focusing on acoustic music including classical jazz andthe ‘Gukak’ style of Korean classical music, the facility has chosen a Genelec 7.1.4 monitoring system based around ‘The Ones’ coaxial three-way monitors, to enable it to fully embrace immersive recording techniques. The main recording space at Audioguydiffers from others in the country since it consists of one large room which accommodates multiple artists together –rather than a series of isolated recording booths. By adopting this approach, the studio has been able to take advantage of the unique acoustic qualities of its recording room. “Typically, studios make the reverberation time as short as possible in order to record mostly the direct sound from the source, whereas Audioguy has a longer reverberation time of 2.7 seconds, more like a concert hall,” explains Jung-Hoon Choi, founder of Audioguy Studios. “We are able to record not only the direct sound from the source to the mic, but also a lot of reflected sound from the walls, ceiling and the floor. Our intention here is to produce music with a unique and colourful sound. ”This kind of environment has made recording in 7.1.4 an interesting process. “With the very long reverberation time, our recordings can emphasise the full benefits of 7.1.4 immersive audio by capturing all the resonances and the reverberation of the room,” says Choi. “We can record using an ambisonic microphone to capture the immersive atmosphere, and spot mics to capture the individual instruments. However, the ambisonic and spot mics tend not to blend well together, so we havetried to separate the two different microphone configurations by using the ambisonic mic to cover the .4 channel content, as well as the rear channel source. The front and side sources are then covered by the additional spot mics next to the instruments in order to capture the unique and atmospheric feel of the content. ”The results of this process are monitored and mixed using Genelec coaxial Smart Active Monitors, supplied by Genelec’s local Korean distribution partner Sama Sound. The system comprises three 8351As as LCR, eight 8331A monitors as surrounds and overheads –with a 7370A subwoofer handling LF duties, and the entire system configured, calibrated and controlled using Genelec GLM software. “When you need to mix 7.1.4 immersive audio properly in a limited space, accurate monitoring is essential. The Ones’ point source quality is a must, and I would be very confused when making mix decisions without the standardised in-situ corrections of frequency response, level and delay offered by Genelec’s GLM software,” reflects Choi. “Using this system, the 11 individual monitors sound exactly as they should -which is very much focused. So, we can mix in the most precise and accurate way, and when the mixing is done, GLM makes it very convenient and easy to switch between 3D, binaural and stereo formats and analyse the differences. ”Having supplied the system, Sama Sound have themselves been able to deploy the studios as the perfect location for listening sessions and seminars, such is the extremely high quality of the monitoring environment. Looking to the future, Choi is also determined to get the best out of the new setup at Audioguy Studios. “As we now have this beautiful 7.1.4 immersive audio system, we will be actively recording, mixing and mastering more immersive audio content,” he states. “Aside from their extraordinary accuracy, it’s actually very interesting and fun to work with Genelec monitors!” For more information please visit www.genelec.com
  5. Bringing together all 15 plugins from their “You’ll Actually Use” series, the Arturia FX Collection promises to offer professionals and beginners alike the highest sound quality and best features on the market. Following in the footsteps of the critically-acclaimed V Collection, Arturia’s new FX Collection offers all producers, mix engineers, and music-makers the chance to enhance their tracks with time-honored studio and stage legends that shaped the sound of the music industry, enhanced with powerful modern features. Not only that, but Arturia have also developed some unique, original effects which offer abilities that would be simply impossible to achieve in vintage hardware. FX Collection brings you the best-sounding, highest quality compressor, reverb, preamp, filter, and delay plugins, and includes the following titles: REVERBS Stunning vintage reverbs and a super-modern algorithmic beast will transform your music in an instant. Rev PLATE-140 VINTAGE STUDIO REVERB A reimagining of EMT’s titanic plate reverb, perfect for vocals. Rev SPRING-636 SNAPPY PHYSICAL REVERB Vibrant spring and crunchy germanium preamp, the ideal dub combo. Rev INTENSITY FUTURISTIC DIGITAL REVERB An original creative algorithmic reverb with unlimited modulation capabilities. DELAYS Add saturated, lo-fi, or super-trippy modern delays to your sonic arsenal, including classics and a modern twist. Delay TAPE-201 SATURATED ANALOG ECHO Organic, tape saturated delay and reverb at its finest. Delay MEMORY BRIGADE FILTERED ANALOG BBD ECHO The iconic lo-fi delay that helped the greatest guitarists and producers achieve their unique tone is now available in your recording setup. Delay ETERNITY ENDLESSLY CREATIVE ECHO An exciting, original delay effect with integrated effects, and an inspiring variety of sounds. Arturia Delay Eternity is an innovative tool for the modern producer. PREAMPS Insert the golden-sounding input stage of some of the world’s top consoles and outboard for that pro studio sound. Pre 1973 BRITISH ICONIC SOUND OF THE 70’S The iconic vintage sound of the world’s best studios, perfectly recreated for the modern producer. Pre TridA PRIZED AND RARE MUSICAL EQ One of the most prized, rare, and exclusive channel strips ever made has been reborn in your DAW. Pre V76 FINEST VINTAGE TUBE PREAMP The sound that defined 60s pop music, rediscovered as a plugin for your virtual studio. COMPRESSORS Control your dynamics, bring everything together, and add vintage tone with these 3 fantastic compressors. Comp VCA-65 DELUXE DRUM TREATMENT The ultimate rhythm section compressor, Comp VCA-65 is a perfectly recreated VCA compressor with a modern twist. Comp FET-76 MAKE EVERYTHING BETTER The most iconic studio compressor ever made, recreated as a software plugin. Perfect vocals and instruments every time. Comp TUBE-STA FAT BROADCAST SOUND A reimagining of the legendary vacuum-tube powered Gates® STA-Level, a secret weapon for bass and vocals since the 1950s. FILTERS Use the finest synth filters on any sound source you like, dramatic, creative tonal control all day, every day. Filter MINI PHILOSOPHER’S LOW PASS FILTER A plugin recreation of Dr Moog’s famous 24dB per octave low-pass ladder filter, updated with exciting new features for the modern music maker. Filter M12 THE MULTI-MODE MONSTER, REBORN The legendary analog polysynth’s filter reworked as a superbly powerful, modern plugin for your DAW. Filter SEM A FILTER LEGEND WITH A MODERN TWIST Tom Oberheim’s pioneering design, among the first ever self-contained analog synthesizers, was home to one of the best-loved filters of all time. Now you can use it as a cutting edge creative plugin for your DAW. WHAT MAKES IT UNIQUE Each plugins is feature-packed, and has unique tonal properties that will make them your go-to choice in the studio. Circuit-accurate modelling: the classics have been reborn with True Analog Emulation® (TAE®) and Physical Modeling technology® (Phi®), down to the smallest detail and nuance. Brand new abilities: each plugin also adds new advanced functionality like: Look-ahead tracking, envelope followers, sidechaining, and pre-post EQ for ultimate creative control Awesome presets: based on the settings of engineers and studios that use them day in, day out In-app tutorials: get up to speed with step-by-step guides, and learn the plugins as you use them. The culmination of decades of research, these high-quality plugins truly live up to their tagline: audio effects you’ll actually use. PRICE AND INTRO OFFER Arturia is running a special intro offer for the launch of its new FX Collection. The offer will be available from February 12th to March 4th, 2020. FX Collection will be available for the exclusive price of $299/299€ (instead of $399/399€). Customers who already own Arturia software or hardware are eligible for exclusive discounts and crossgrades, starting from $49. Read more here
  6. Linköping, Sweden, February 7th, 2020. Heritage meets rock & roll science. When you think guitar amplifiers, chances are you think Marshall. For many years Softube have partnered Marshall in all things software, and now two new native Marshall amplifier plug-ins are hitting the scene. To begin with, now available natively for the first time, the Marshall Plexi Super Lead 1959. Modeled on Marshall’s own reference unit, a pristine 1967 amp from their museum, and combined with an era-appropriate 1960BHW 4x12” cabinet which was recorded by legendary AC/DC engineer Tony Platt, this is a must-have amp for classic and modern tones alike. Marshall Plexi Super Lead 1959 Marshall Plexi Super Lead 1959 mixer And as if that wasn’t enough, Softube have worked in tandem with his majesty, the undisputed Kerry King of thrash metal, to model an exact replica of his signature guitar amplifier, the Marshall 2203KK, a.k.a. “The Beast”. Not only component-modeling the insanely powerful amplifier itself, right down to its KT88 power tubes and hand-wired circuit, but also going into the studio and out on the road with Kerry, to capture cabinet responses and microphone combinations for both live and recording situations. Kerry King Signature You’ll love the realism, both sonic and visual. You’ll love the flexibility, and the depth of the sound at any setting. Most of all, you’ll love the way your music sounds through these epic setups.
  7. Iisalmi, Finland, February 2020... Genelec – the global leader in professional audio monitoring has signalled a new era of sustainable growth with the opening of a brand new extension to its lakeside factory in Iisalmi, Finland. Utilising the latest technologies, the extension will significantly increase the space, flexibilityand efficiency of the company’s warehousing and logistics operations, while ensuring that the entire facility is now powered exclusively by sustainable sources including solar, wind and hydroelectric energy. For over four decades Genelec has consistently followed a path of sustainable development and environmental responsibility, and has made recycled materials, low energy consumption and long product lifespan central to its design philosophy. The current factory by Porovesi Lake in Iisalmi was built in 1985 with an architectural design that complements its beautiful natural surroundings, and was designed to significantly reduce energywastage through its use ofheat recovery and generous insulation of walls, ceiling and windows. The factory moved from oil to a combination of wind and hydroelectric energy supply many years ago, and the new extension now brings solar energy to the mix courtesy of over 450 roof-mounted solar panels which will supply 30% of Genelec’s annual power. The expansion project was managed by Genelec Development Engineer Annika Hujanen, and provides almost 2000 sq.m of floor space for warehousing and logistics alone, with considerable additional space for customer support offices, a centralised automation control centreand efficient waste processing. In keeping with Genelec’s environmental policies all architects, designers and contractors were chosen for the project based on both their sustainability credentials and their close proximity to Iisalmi, resulting in less travel, better material logistics, and reducedwaste and CO2 emissions. The expansion also enables consolidation of Genelec’s external warehouses, offering furtherimprovements in the efficiencyof material flow, lean manufacturingand reductions in waste and power consumption. Commenting on the project, Hujanen explains: “We take our responsibilities to the local community very seriously, so we were really excited to see all the people involved joining forces with usto contribute to the eco-system here in Iisalmi in a sustainable and innovative way. The work was completed on time, on budget and to a fantastically high standard. We’re really proud of what the entire team has achieved.” Genelec Managing Director Siamak Naghian adds: “For over four decades, total quality and sustainability have been core principles of Genelec’s philosophy. The company has strategicallyregardedenvironmental issues as being equally important as profitability, and while our consistent growth in business has been the catalyst for this factory expansion, that growth has to be maintained sustainably. Continuing to keepour entire manufacturing base here in Iisalmi means that we can always guarantee not only the premium total quality of our products, but also that our entire design and manufacturing process helps to conserve our precious natural resources.”
  8. Ibiza, Spain, February 2020... Superstar DJ, Godfather of EDM, and “the man who almost single-handedly resurrected dance music in America”, it’s hard to overstate David Guetta’s huge influence on the modern music scene. Having DJ’d in Ibiza for over 20 years, Guetta’s personal studio on the island has recently been upgraded with a pair of Genelec 7380A subwoofers, which join his existing Genelec 1234A three-way main monitors to create a smart monitoring system that Guetta describes as “my perfect setup.” The new solution came about after Guetta identified a problem with the mixes that he was creating with his old system. “In the previous system that I had, the subs were so loud that they were not really realistic,” he explains. “If I would mix with those subs, sometimes I would end up with a record that didn’t have enough bass when played on other systems -because the bass in my room was so huge. ”With the 7380As installed, Guetta’s mixes now translate beautifully from his studio straight to the dancefloors of Ibiza, and the subwoofers have helped improve the overall sound in his room. “By installing the subwoofers, we were able to reposition David’s main monitors to avoid early reflections. Finding the best place for the subwoofers also meant that we had a great frequency response curve all the way from low to high frequencies,” notes Genelec’s Pasi Pönkkä, who travelled to Guetta’s studio to calibrate the system using Genelec’s GLM software. Using GLM, Pönkkä was able to analyse the acoustic environment of Guetta’s studio and then optimise each Genelec monitor and subwoofer accordingly -thereby reducing any negative influences of the room on the sound. Pönkkä explains that “Each 7380A subwoofer is paired with a single 1234A monitor, so the low frequencies can be better localised. Also, the locations were chosen so thatthe subwoofer sums aren’t cancelling each other out. The overall result was that we were able to provide David with more bass extension, but with a much smoother and flatter response.” A further benefit that Guetta is enjoying is that he can now work formuch longer periods without the listening fatigue that he used to experience. “When producing, I’m not really playing too loud, and the Genelec 1234As -even though they are huge -still sound very precise even when they aren’t loud,” he explains. “What I like about the 7380As is that I can work at a low volume so that I’m not too tired after a few hours, and it’s still very precise. But, if I want to blast it loud, it’s powerful enough to feel like it’s in a club". Reflecting on his newly upgraded monitoring system, Guetta is certain he made the correct decision. “It gives the feeling of how it’s going to sound in the club, but it’s also realistic,” he states. "This is my reference, and this is my perfect setup.” For more information please visit www.genelec.com
  9. Build a private cloud for your home MILTON KEYNES, United Kingdom—January 30, 2020—Synology Inc. today launched DiskStation DS420j, a file syncing and sharing solution that addresses different capacity demands for home users. "With a vast amount of data generated from mobile devices, laptops and cameras, file syncing and sharing has become a challenge facing personal users. It is inevitable for them to find a reliable way to protect their digital assets," said Kevin Meng, Product Manager at Synology Inc. "DS420j offers a simple and private solution with massive capacity for you and your family to sync and share memories as you grow them." A multimedia storage for homes DS420j is a 4-bay NAS server designed for home and personal users to efficiently manage and share their multimedia files, making it an ideal choice when it comes to photo storage and video streaming. Powered by its 64-bit 4-core CPU, DS420j ensures smooth photo management and browsing experience. 64-bit 4-core CPU with 1 GB DDR4 memory Over 112 MB/s encrypted reading and writing performance Maximum storage capacity up to 64 TB Powered by Synology DiskStation Manager DS420j runs on DiskStation Manager, the solid platform for data management, featuring data security and work efficiency. Synology has received numerous media accolades, topping the mid-range NAS category in TechTarget's storage solution survey and winning PCMag Business Choice for the sixth time. For more information on DS420j, please visit https://www.synology.com/products/DS420j
  10. Hollywood, CA - EASTWEST has just released HOLLYWOOD BACKUP SINGERS, a game changing new vocal product that will let you type in any word and have it sung by the industry's top backup singers. Produced by Doug Rogers and Nick Phoenix, the most awarded producers in the sounds industry, HOLLYWOOD BACKUP SINGERS features powerful vocals from legendary singers Durga McBroom, Lorelei McBroom, and C.C. White. Hundreds of WordBuilder 'editable' phrases and words are included with a quickly accessible drop-down menu from genres such as Pop, Soul, and Gospel. If you don’t find the exact one you’re looking for, you can easily type it into WordBuilder manually, in any language! You’ll never have to search for the right voice talent or book time in a state-of-the-art studio. When you need the perfect vocal harmonies, your HOLLYWOOD BACKUP SINGERS will be ready for the job. And your listeners will have a hard time believing they weren’t tracked live. HOLLYWOOD BACKUP SINGERS was recorded with a collection of vintage tube microphones in world famous EastWest Studio 3, home to some of the most iconic hits from the 1960s till the present day, including the Beach Boys masterpiece Pet Sounds, Mamas and Papas, Blondie, through to modern day productions from Ariana Grande, Frank Ocean, and Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's Grammy and Academy Award-winning "A Star Is Born" soundtrack. Legendary Backup Singers Each of the amazingly talented singers recorded for HOLLYWOOD BACKUP SINGERS come from a rich musical background, having performed with the biggest names in the industry. Durga McBroom and Lorelei McBroom toured with Pink Floyd as backup singers for many years. C.C. White has worked with many iconic artists. She is also the star vocalist of EastWest's blockbuster product Voices of Soul, one of the top selling vocal products ever produced. Features Vowels includes regular and expressive vowel instruments, and sustain expressive vowel instruments (which is a combination of the two vowel types). The expressive vowels also have 'LES' versions, which contain additional samples of the vocals recorded through a Leslie speaker cabinet, something Pink Floyd did on many backing vocal tracks. Each instrument is programmed to cross-fade between multiple dynamic layers using the Mod Wheel (CC1). Consonants includes b, d, g, j, l, m, n, r, th, v, w, y, and z consonant instruments, as well as an unpitched consonants instrument. Each are programmed to cross-fade between multiple dynamic layers using the Mod Wheel (CC1). Combo MOD includes a variety of instruments that use the Mod Wheel (CC1) to switch between multiple layers of regular and expressive vowel types, or in the case of the 'Xfde' sub-folder, use the Mod Wheel (CC1) to cross-fade between these layers. The expressive vowels also have 'LES' versions, which contain additional samples of the vocals recorded through a Leslie speaker cabinet. Solo Phrases includes instruments that feature solo phrases and sub-phrases that were recorded over a drone in multiple root note positions for use in a variety of keys and modes. There are 'LES' versions available, which contain additional samples of the vocals recorded through a Leslie speaker cabinet. Each vocalist was recorded as a soloist, whereas the rest of the collection features the 3 vocalists recorded together. Keyswitch includes instruments that combine multiple articulations into a single instrument that uses blue-colored keyswitches to activate a given articulation. There are keyswitch instruments available for vowels, consonants, and solo phrases, including 'LES' versions where available. WB Multi contains a specially designed multi-instrument that is pre-configured for use with WordBuilder. Simply load the WB Multi containing all the necessary phonetic sounds required to build words, type a phrase in the Text Editor (or choose from hundreds of phrase and word presets) and the backup singers will sing the words. Availability & Price: HOLLYWOOD BACKUP SINGERS is available for sale at a special introductory price of $199 until Februray 10, 2020 (regular price is $299). It is also available as a free addition for all subscribers of ComposerCloud. Read more here
  11. Neu-Anspach, Germany – January 28, 2020 – At Integrated Systems Europe 2020 (February 11 – 14, 2020) at the RAI Convention Center in Amsterdam, the Adam Hall Group will be presenting a range of audio and lighting solutions for professional use in AV fixed installations at its stand (#7-W200). Besides the expansion of the Cameo OPUS® series and the new F4 LED Fresnel spotlights for theatre and TV environments, the installation amplifiers of the IPA and IMA series as well as the first MAUI system for installation use from LD Systems are ready to impress the audience. LD Systems IPA Series: Installation Power Amplifiers with DSP & Dante With the IPA series, LD Systems expands its growing installation portfolio with DSP-based 4-channel installation power amplifiers. The IPA412T (120W) and IPA424T (240W) feature integrated transformers per channel and provide 100V/70V tap and low-Z output down to 4 ohms. Each model includes a slot for an expansion card, which can be used to control the IPA amplifiers, including all DSP parameters, via Ethernet and to integrate them into larger installation networks thanks to Dante AoIP connectivity. In the basic version, the IPA amplifiers work as a standard installation amplifier with 100/70V tap and independent low-Z output for excellent sound quality. The DSP section includes PEQ (with matched speaker library), dynamics, matrix mixer, priority source selector and delay. Via a REMOTE bus based on CAN architecture (Controller Area Network), the IPA series will be also capable of interacting with the future remote units and paging microphones from LD Systems. LD Systems IMA Series: Installation Mixing Amplifiers with 70/100V Output Transformers The IMA30 is the first member of LD Systems' new IMA series of installation mixing amplifiers for use in fixed installations. With its versatile input and output options and multi-stage priority switching, the IMA30 enables flexible integration in commercial and industrial applications. On a compact 9.5" chassis and 2RU, the IMA30 offers two mic/line inputs with +24VDC phantom selector, two stereo line inputs plus an integrated Bluetooth wireless signal input for connecting music sources, and a priority input for emergency paging. Outputs include a powered 30W @ 4 Ohms output plus a 70/100V tap as well as bass and treble tone controls. A Low-Z/High-Z selector separates the output signal completely from the output transformer, in order to get the best frequency response for low impedance applications. The IMA30 can also be used in conjunction with external amplifiers, subwoofers or music-on-hold systems via the separate aux line output. The music mix selector can be used to determine whether the entire mix or only the selected music source is channeled to the output. The IMA30 offers four priority levels for emergency calls, mic/line inputs and connected music sources, as well as a selectable automatic standby mode for Energy Star certification. In order to enable not only integrators and installation service providers but also end users to easily operate the IMA series in daily practice, LD Systems put great emphasis on a user-friendly front and rear panel design. LD Systems DQOR Outdoor Speaker Series LD Systems presents its series of installation loudspeakers for outdoor and indoor use. The 2-way systems come in the new dynamic LD Systems design and are available as low-impedance version (8 Ohm) and high-impedance version (16 Ohm) with tap switch for variable power output in 70/100V applications. The sizes available are 3'', 5.25'' and 8''. For flexible integration into a wide array of indoor and outdoor environments, the speakers feature an integrated wall mount plus a convenient slide-and-lock mechanism. Thanks to the integrated connection panel, the loudspeakers can also be used in optically demanding environments without visible cable paths. Furthermore the 27° tilt and 45° pan mechanism allows exact positioning for precise sound coverage. The new Outdoor Speaker Series is available in black and white. LD Systems MAUI i1: MAUI Goes Installation With the MAUI i1, the award-winning MAUI series of active column speaker systems from LD Systems takes the next evolutionary step. For use in fixed installations, the Surface-Mount Column Loudspeaker has been reworked and tailored to the special needs of planners, integrators and end users. The MAUI i1 is a column speaker with 9 x 3'' full-range woofers and 2 x 1'' neodymium high frequency drivers with integrated 2-way crossover and 120W RMS power @ 8 Ohms. The BEM-optimized high-frequency waveguide, which allows precise adjustment of the vertical dispersion, ensures homogeneous dispersion in acoustically challenging environments. For seamless integration into constant-voltage loudspeaker systems, the MAUI i1 has an input mode switch with 8 Ohms/70/100V options and a power tap selector for high impedance use with 60 - 30 - 15 - 7.5W taps. A dedicated U-bracket for flexible wall/ceiling mounting is included. The MAUI i1 is available in black and white. LD Systems ZONE X1208 LD Systems presents the ZONE X1208 19-inch DSP matrix processor with a wide range of remote control options. Thanks to its hybrid architecture DSP with 40-bit floating point DSP engine the ZONE X1208 allows professional users to load DSP templates to adapt to different installation requirements. In combination with the built-in Event Scheduler, users can create calendar-specific workflow controls and perform automated preset changes. Furthermore it features a REMOTE bus for integration with future LD Systems control panels and Paging microphones. For superior signal flexibility the ZONE X1208 provides 12 balanced mic/line inputs with premium grade microphone preamps and 48 V phantom power selection per input, 8 balanced line outputs, 8 GPI, and 8 GPO logic ports. At only 1 RU the ZONE X1208 features a clean and intuitive front panel design and is based on the latest generation Linux operating system, enabling remote control via the Xilica Designer universal control software using the integrated Ethernet interface. In addition, dedicated remote control apps for iOS and Android are available to customize the ZONE X1208 user interface to meet individual project needs. In addition to the ZONE X1208, the Matrix processor will also be available as ZONE X1208D with integrated Ethernet + Dante card for advanced AoIP applications with 64x64 Dante Audio over IP channels. The Ethernet + Dante card is also optionally available for subsequent upgrading of the ZONE X1208. Cameo: A Drop of Light Cameo presents the new DROP® series – battery powered outdoor uplights for musicians, DJs and rental companies looking for an extremely compact, mobile and highly flexible light source. The DROP series can be mounted in a variety of ways via a supplied mounting bracket or rubber feet plus an additional tilt foot for uplight application without an attached bracket. A special feature of the DROP B1 is its integrated magnet, which allows it to be attached to metal surfaces without any additional equipment. The DROP series comprises three initial models: DROP B1 (1 x 15 W RGBWA+UV LED), DROP B4 (4 x 15 W RGBWA+UV LEDs) and the DROP P4 (4 x 15 W RGBWA+UV LEDs) with conventional mains power supply. The battery powered models feature a long-life super capacity LG Chem lithium-ion battery with an adjustable runtime of up to 12 hours. To change the light output the DROPs include two diffuser lenses for flexible beam angle spread options. All models feature a built-in 2.4 GHz W-DMX™ receiver for wireless DMX and IR control or via the four touch buttons display. Cameo OPUS X Profile With the OPUS X Profile Cameo shows its new flagship of the renowned OPUS series for the first time in Europe. Based on a 750 W white light LED, the High-Power Profile Moving Head generates an impressive luminous flux of 33,000 lm and 72,000 lux illuminance @ 5 m. In combination with CMY color mixing system - including a color wheel with six dichroic filters and linear CTO correction ranging from 6,500 K to 2,600 K - as well as an enormous zoom range of 6° to 48°, the OPUS X Profile enables even projections without disturbing hotspots even in the most demanding environments. The Profile Moving Head works completely flicker-free thanks to selectable PWM frequencies up to 25 kHz for particularly critical use in theatre and broadcast applications. Further features of the OPUS X Profile include a rotating animation wheel, a rotating gobo wheel (6 indexable and rotatable interchangeable glass gobos + open), a static gobo wheel (7 interchangeable glass gobos + open), a rotatable and indexable circular 5-facet prism + linear 6-facet prism plus a variable frost filter for wash light effects. In addition to the battery-powered touchscreen display with push encoder and back buttons for mains-independent configuration, the OPUS X Profile can also be controlled via the integrated W-DMX™ transceiver, DMX, RDM, Art-Net or sACN. Cameo EVOS W7 The EVOS W7 is a LED WashBeam Moving Head with a total of 19x 40 W RGBW and warm-white LEDs for rich RGB colors, beautiful pastels and breath-taking lighting effects. The powerful luminous flux of 10,500 lumen floods events, persons or objects with warm, bright light in clearly defined colors (CRI > Ra90) and delivers generous coverage up to 540° horizontally (pan) and 270° vertically (tilt). Thanks to its impressive zoom range of 4.5° to 55°, the EVOS W7 facilitates powerful beam and large-area wash effects, whereas the directional light beams can also be asymmetrically shaped using the included Beam Shaper. Providing individual control of all LEDs by means of Single Pixel Control, the Cameo EVOS W7 WashBeam Moving Head also produces breath-taking pixel effects. Live broadcast images of your event are guaranteed to be flicker-free because the WashBeam Moving Head's refresh rate can be adjusted in six stages between 800 Hz and a maximum of 25 kHz. Software control via a network is highly flexible with W-DMX™ transceiver, DMX, RDM Art-Net3, sACN or KlingNet. Professional “Lumen beings” who value a particularly natural LED light for effects and lighting, this professional WashBeam is the right choice for you. Cameo F4 series Show the audience your true colors! The new Cameo F4 series comprises three LED Fresnel spotlights in Tungsten (3,200 K warm-white), Daylight (5,600 K cold-white) and RGBW Full-Color with tunable white function (1,600 K – 6,500 K). Thanks to its energy efficient LED with a total output of up to 34,000 lm (Daylight version) the F4 series replaces traditional 2,000 W Halogen Fresnel lights and dimmer racks in a perfect way. To ensure perfect illumination of people and objects in various kinds of theatre and TV environments, all F4 models feature a high Color Rendering Index (CRI > Ra90), an adjustable zoom range from 12° to 40° as well as 16-bit technology for high-resolution dimming including four selectable dimming curves and adjustable dimming response. Flicker-free operation is guaranteed by a selectable PWM up to 25K Hz. When it comes to particularly noise-sensitive applications in theatre, TV and film, the F4 LED Fresnel Spotlights are equipped with a highly efficient heat pipe cooling system and a whisper-quiet silent mode. Cameo OPUS H5 Please welcome the swiss-army knife among moving heads: The OPUS H5 is an extremely versatile Beam, Spot and Washlight Hybrid with 18,000 lm light output and 400,000 lux illuminance @ 5 m. The surprisingly small and lightweight moving head features a Osram Sirius HRI 470 W discharge lamp for extremely bright and parallel beams including breathtaking mid-air effects with a large zoom range from 2° to 42°. Despite its flexible hybrid concept, the H5 is fully equipped like a traditional spot moving head: CMY color mixing system, color wheel with 13 dichroic filters, two gobo wheels (rotating & static), two frost filters for flexible wash effects as well as a total of 4 prisms on two wheels, combinable for highly creative mid-air effect possibilities. In addition to its connectivity options via DMX, RDM, Art-Net or sACN, the Cameo OPUS H5 can also be controlled wirelessly via the integrated W-DMX™ receiver. Cameo H2 Series Cameo presents the H2 series - a new range of Houselights designed for theatres, industrial applications and trade show venues looking for fixed LED room lighting with flexible DMX control options and high dimmer resolution. Available as full colour, warm white and adjustable daylight versions, the compact and discreet H2 fixtures provide a luminous flux of up to 17,000 lm (H2D) with their 180 W LED as well as silent and flicker-free operation based on selectable PWM frequencies up to 25 kHz. Additional flexibility is provided by the interchangeable lenses, which can be used to adjust the beam angle from 20° to 45°. For quick and effective integration, the H2 Houselights feature Terminal Block connectors and 5-pin XLR connectors for the DMX signal. Wireless control via W-DMX™ is also possible. The supplied mounting bracket enables the H2 Houselights to be integrated into truss constructions and wall installations. Ceiling mounting is possible via an optional mounting kit. More information: ld-systems.com cameolight.com adamhall.com blog.adamhall.com event.tech
  12. Iisalmi, Finland –January2020.....Genelec – the global leader in professional audio monitoring –is proud to be showcasing two Smart IP loudspeaker models at the forthcoming ISE show in Amsterdam.The 4420 and 4430 loudspeakers combine both exceptional sound quality with single cable convenience, and their onboard Smart IP technology provides scalable power, audio and loudspeaker configuration, supervision and calibration features via a standard CATcable. Smart IP therefore offers system designers, integrators and installers an easy, powerful and cost-effective solution for guaranteeing enjoyable, high-quality audio across entire installations. Having been unveiled before aselect audience of specially invited Nordic integrators in Helsinki in December, the 4430 will be making its ISE debut alongside its new and even more compact 4420 sibling –with yet more Smart IP models expected to be added to the familyin the future. Producing the clarity and intelligibility for which Genelec has become a benchmark, the 4420 and4430 are compatible with both Dante and open IP standards including AES67and ST2110-30, and derive power viaPoE and PoE+ Power-over-Ethernet formats. Both models feature a single rear panel CATconnector which alsoallows access to Genelec’s Smart IP Manager -a sophisticated software tool that allows installers to configure an almost unlimited number of rooms, zones, loudspeakers and audio channels, and includes device discovery, a versatile room equalisation tool set, system organisation and status monitoring. This enables installers to deploy Smart IP loudspeakers even on highly complex, acoustically challenging projects. While Smart IP Manager isdesigned specifically for installers to use during set-up and configuration,the 4420 and 4430 can beintegrated easily into house automation systems using a public API command set–allowing the end user instant access to volume, poweron/off, loudspeaker activity and a selection of pre-programmed audio settings.Smart IP supports uncompressed low-latency audio streaming directly into each loudspeaker, with loudspeaker synchronisation to sub-microsecond level for solid acoustic imaging. Streams can be managed by both Dante Controller and Dante Domain Manager software, as well as legacy balanced line analogue audio. This flexible connectivity allows both IP control of an analogue source, or use of analogue audio as a failsafe back-up. In terms of technical specification, the 4420 stands just 226 mm tall yet offers a frequency response of 55Hz –39 kHz(-6 dB) via a 4inch woofer and 3/4 inch metal dome tweeter, producing a max SPL of 100 dB via onboard 50W Class D amplifiers for eachdriver. In comparison,the 4430 measures 285 mm in height, delivers 45 Hz to 39 kHz (-6 dB) via a 5 inch woofer and 3/4 inch tweeter, and produces a max SPL of 104 dB via its onboard 50 W Class D stages. Manufactured sustainably to offerlow power consumption, total reliability and long life, the 4420 and 4430 enclosuresare produced from recycled aluminium, are available in black, white or 120 custom RAL colours, and arecompatible with Genelec’s extensive range of mounting accessories to allow both models to be floor, ceiling, wall or truss mounted. Looking ahead to the forthcoming ISE show, Genelec Managing Director Siamak Naghian commented: “With the 4430 already being utilised on prestigious Nordic installations -including Helsinki’s Finnish Music Hall of Fame, Moesgaard Museum in Aarhus and the new G Livelab music venue in Tampere, we’re confident that the new 4420 will also be embraced by installerslooking for an even more compact Smart IP loudspeaker solution. The overwhelmingly positive feedback that we’ve received from the early adopters of Smart IP makes us extremely excited about ISE -and the potential of our AV Installation business in the future.” Genelec will be showcasing the 4420 and 4430 on Stand 3-B115 of the ISE Show, which takes place in Amsterdam between 11th and 14th February. For more information please visit www.genelec.com
  13. A new update to all Kilohearts software is now available. All software has been updated to v1.8. The information is below, please get in touch if you would like an NFR for review or any other assets (you are welcome to use the graphics at the end of this email.). Users can update to v1.8 by simply running the Kilohearts installer and clicking 'update'. The installer is available here. To ensure that everyone has an opportunity to try out the latest updates, Kilohearts has set up a 'trial amnesty' and has reset all expired trial periods. This update includes exciting new features, a few improvements and a handful of bug-fixes. What's new in v1.8? There is a full changelog at the end of this email but first, the most exciting new things. Snapheap and Multipass as Snapins You can now load an instance of Snap Heap or Multipass as an effect in any Kilohearts hosts (Phase Plant, Snap Heap or Multipass). This makes it possible to design very complex nested effects structures as well as essentially allowing you to build your own self-contained multiband, parallel or serial effects chains. All macros in the Snapins are made available for modulation by the host. New Preset Browsing System Kilohearts have updated the browser system to be much more of a pleasure to use. They have added search, favorites, multiple user folders and an improved save dialogue. Preset browsing has been updated in all snapins and effects plugins as well as the hosts. Updates to Phase Plant Kilohearts has updated sample and wavetable browsing to use the new system, with the same options to search, save and tag favorites. They have improved the LFO editor and added the ability to load and save LFO shapes. The Filter and Distortion generator and effects modules now have better visualization and extra options. Kilohearts have also added another 80+ factory presets from various artists with more to follow. Full list of updates: General Snap Heap and Multipass can now themselves be added as snapins, making it possible to do very complex nested FX structures. Totally reworked preset browsing: - Preset favorites. - Multiple user preset folders. - Preset search. - Proper preset browsing in snapins. - Better Save dialog. - Made it possible to select a default preset. New and improved top bar in all plugins. Improved preset loading speed. Curated and sorted factory presets for Snap Heap and Multipass. Fix for keyboard input not being forwarded to the DAW when a sub window had focus. Fixed automation not being smooth when large buffer sizes are used. Fixed a problem that made it impossible to enter a parameter value via keyboard in the popup while the parameter was modulated. Phase Plant Over 80 new factory presets! Search for "#new" in the preset browser to find them all. Sample and Wavetable browsing now uses the new content browser. LFO shapes can now be saved/loaded, also using the new content browser. Filter and Distortion generator FX now have better visualization. Filter generator FX now has slope control. Distortion generator FX has a new distortion mode: Quantize. Added visualization to filter and distortion generator FX modules. Improved grid control in LFO editor. Improved LFO editor tools. The new "Stepped draw tool" makes it easier to use the LFO as a step sequencer. Changed legato behavior. Adjacent notes are now considered to be separate rather than being played legato. Adjusted the layout of the add modulator popup to be consistent with the same popup for generators and snapins. Fixed a crash when adding audio rate modulations to a Sampler while playing a note. Fixed samples sometimes not playing after loading a preset. Fix for root and loop settings not updating as they should when loading samples. Fix for old sample playing at the wrong pitch for a split second when browsing samples Filter Addes slope control Distortion New distortion mode: Quantize. Carve EQ New visual style with better controls in Snapin mode. Slice EQ New visual style with better controls in Snapin mode. Global frequency offset, making it easier to modulate the whole EQ curve like a filter. macOS Fixed jittery knob drag behavior with high DPI gaming mouses. Fixed graphical glitches. Improved UI performance. Fixed plugins failing AUVal on older macOS versions. Windows Fixed a problem with drag and drop on high DPI screens. Fixed a problem where the window got focused after a popup window was removed. You can update to v1.8 by simply running the Kilohearts installer and clicking 'update'. You can download the installer here
  14. Riga, Latvia, January 20, 2020 — Erica Synths announces its new DB-01 desktop synthesizer, just in time for NAMM 2020. From basslines and rave sounds, to massive drones and drums, the Erica Synths Bassline DB-01 synthesizer lets you explore new territories of sound and performance techniques. With the DB-01, you can go from a melody to noise and back in no time at all. The DB-01, which is priced at €460, features Erica Synths' signature analog sound engine, along with an advanced sequencer for more expressive creativity and sound exploration. The new synthesizer extends Erica Synths' family of desktop units such as Acidbox, Fusion Box, Pico System III and Zen Delay and is packed with features to help inspire your sonic journey: Features Aggressive LP/BP filter design from the Acidbox One knob overdrive for even more destructive sound Transistor based suboscillator Independent amplitude, filter cutoff and pitch envelopes BBD based detune for massive swarm sound Syncable LFO with multiple waveforms for FM and VCF modulation Noise source Intuitive, easy to use sequencer for up to 64 step patterns Sequence transposing Pattern randomization Arpeggiator Modulation track with VCF cutoff automation Built in and user defined scales with microtonal possibilities Analog clock in and out CV/Gate output/input MIDI IN and THRU – play it with a keyboard! 4 banks of 16 patterns memory Compact, durable aluminium enclosure The DB-01 will be available in Spring 2020 and priced at €460. For more information, please visit the Erica Synths product page.
  15. KINGSWINFORD, UK: British boutique electronic instruments innovator Analogue Solutions is proud to announce that it is the sole stockist of the first batch of the newly-launched Vostok2020 — the latest (fourth) incarnation of creator (and company founder) Tom Carpenter’s semi-modular masterpiece that takes some of the best parts of its iconic Vostok V2 and V3 Deluxe predecessors and brings them together as an augmented ANALOGUE POWER SYNTH fit for a new decade — as of January 13... As implied by the tell-tale ANALOGUE POWER SYNTH subtitle boldly blazoned across a spacious front panel that knowingly nods and winks at its Russian ‘roots’ — for the benefit of the uninitiated, Analogue Solutions’ (decade-plus) long-lasting Vostok semi-modular synthesizer series is named after a series of six manned Soviet orbiting spacecraft, the first of which, when launched in April 1961, carried the first man in space (Yuri Gagarin), Vostok2020 takes one giant leap for ‘synthkind’ as Tom Carpenter’s semi-modular masterpiece takes some of the best parts of its iconic Vostok V2 and V3 Deluxe predecessors and brings them together as an augmented analogue semi-modular monster fit for a new decade! Naming notwithstanding, Vostok2020’s venerable sonic footprint faithfully follows Analogue Solutions’ 25-plus-year (musical) mission of producing products with a great vintage analogue sound for which the celebrated company name itself is inextricably linked, largely thanks to the real analogue circuits involved. Indeed, when reiterating that ‘real analogue’ wording in its introduction to the Vostok2020’s user manual, Analogue Solutions state that entire audio path — including the real mechanical SPRING REVERB (reliant on three actual springs) — and all of the extensive modulation signal routings — courtesy of the flexible MATRIXSYNTH matrix panel (reminiscent of the breakthrough British EMS VCS3, which made musical history upon its introduction in 1969 by being the first commercially portable synth available anywhere in the world, thanks to its innovative modular matrix-based patchboard dispensing with the telephone exchange-like cabling of other much larger modular systems in favour of making space-saving connections with removable coloured pins) — are absolutely analogue using circuits based on superlative-sounding Seventies-vintage designs, so no quantisation for CPU (Central Processing Unit) reading required! Reality dictates that some essential elements are digital, however — hence the MIDI-CV/NOTE SEQUENCER section (acting as a MIDI-to-CV convertor and a simple yet effective note loop sequencer) and associated rear-side MIDI T (Thru) and I (In) connections, yet Vostok2020 essentially is real analogue through and through. The resultant sound benefit is immediately apparent. And it is powerful, perfectly entitled to that ANALOGUE POWER SYNTH subtitling, supplying all the often-needed music electronics circuitry necessary to make a potent music synthesizer in one compact — 450mm (W) x 145mm (D) x 305mm (H) — forward-facing desktop module. (It is also rack-mountable when replacing its wood side panels with optional 7U rack ears.) Exactly what is it that makes Analogue Solutions’ Vostok2020 so special? Certainly it sounds as good as analogue gets. Given that it is designed by company founder Tom Carpenter, this should surely not surprise. As a fervent fan of electronic music and also an active electronic musician himself, he naturally knows a thing or two about programming synthesizers. So his latest creation clearly was not simply the result of engineering design decisions driven by a steering committee of besuited number-crunchers, compulsorily constrained to maximise profit for faceless shareholders. Far from it, in fact. Fortunately for anyone willing to invest in this semi-modular masterpiece, its extensive modulation options and the resulting wide range of tones that it can consequently create have all been carefully thought through. Spanning synth leads and huge-sounding basses through to percussion, effects, and beyond into the weird and wonderful world of modular-style sounds... with Vostok2020 almost anything can be creatively crafted to sound as good as analogue gets! Giving the (almost) all-analogue — remember: real analogue! — game away, Vostok2020’s spacious, space-age-looking front panel puts some fanciful features that are all (patchable) at arm’s length, listed as follows: MIDI-CV/NOTE SEQUENCER — see above; VCO 1, VCO 2, and VCO 3 (with sawtooth, square, and pulse width wave shapes); VCO-patchable RING MOD (ring modulation); two voltage-controlled low frequency oscillators — VC LFO 1 and VC LFO 2 — each with sawtooth, inverse sawtooth, square, and triangle wave shapes, the frequency of which can be controlled by the F CV (x15) input; looping eight-step analogue CV/GATE SEQUENCER; moving coil SIGNAL METER — more for control voltage than audio; JOY STICK controller for realtime control (with patchable RANGE X and RANGE Y controls); SPRING REVERB — see above; EXTERNAL sockets (for patching signals into or out of the MATRIXSYNTH panel); two ADSR-style envelope generators — EG 1 and EG 2 — that can also act as an LFO with programmable wave shape; SH/NOISE sample-and-hold and white noise generator; six-input audio or CV mono MIXER; MULTIMODE FILTER/VCA 12dB diode ladder filter, similar to Korg’s classic Seventies-vintage MS20 semi-modular synthesizer, with separate voltage-controlled amplifier (that needs to be patched in to operate); and (above- mentioned) MATRIXSYNTH matrix panel with an LED (Light Emitting Diode) inside the socket of each signal destination... design-wise, achieving that cool feature in an analogue synthesizer was far from easy, unlike in the digital domain! Far from shortchanging on the cool and fanciful features front, Vostok2020’s new decade-designated design will certainly keep even the most ardent analogue aficionado musically occupied throughout the ‘Twenties’ and beyond! Best get patching, then... though not necessarily so since Vostok2020 is, after all, a semi-modular analogue affair. And also a monstrous masterpiece! The first Vostok2020 batch is in production and available to order for purchase — priced at £3,200.00 GBP (excluding tax and delivery) — directly from Analogue Solutions via the dedicated Vostok2020 webpage here: https://www.analoguesolutions.com/vostok2020 See and hear Vostok2020 in Analogue Solutions’ sonically-satisfying video here:
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