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  1. July 2, 2020 - IK Multimedia has expanded the iRig® Keys 2 series of mobile MIDI keyboard controllers with the addition of the compact iRig Keys 2 Mini. It features 25 mini keys for backpack portability or use in a small studio workplace, and is designed to inspire on-the-go creativity. DJs, beginner laptop musicians and anyone looking for a high-quality mobile solution can use it to trigger analogue synths, create beats on a smartphone or tablet, control a DAW, and much more. The iRig Keys 2 controller series, which also includes iRig Keys 2 (37 velocity-sensitive mini keys) and iRig Keys 2 Pro (37 full size velocity-sensitive keys), offers new ways to connect and control, updated compatibility, and a sleek look. In addition to offering laptop and desktop compatibility, each of these ultra-slim MFi (Made For iPhone) controllers connect directly to iPhones, iPads and most Android models. They also include a dedicated audio output to connect speakers or headphones - especially useful with newer iPhone/iPad models without headphone outputs. Each controller also comes equipped with a variety of convenient top panel performance controls plus MIDI IN/OUT for use as a stand-alone MIDI controller or MIDI interface. For instant inspiration, a selection of powerful music-making apps is bundled with each controller, as well as all the necessary cables. Sound for all iRig Keys 2 Mini works directly out of the box with iPhone, iPad and Mac/PC, and is compatible with most Android devices. A unique headphone output can be used for silent practice or composition, especially while using newer iPhone models. The audio out can also be used to connect speakers for increased volume and audio quality that surpasses a mobile device's built-in speakers. Total Control Onboard MIDI IN/OUT enables users to control stand-alone gear such as IK's UNO Synth and UNO Drum, other synths and drum machines, and more. While being used with a computer or mobile device, iRig Keys 2 Mini can also act as a MIDI interface to streamline an entire rig. All iRig Keys 2 controllers can be powered by a computer or mobile device, USB power supply, or USB battery pack, for reliable control while creating, performing or even travelling. Convenient customization and controls Programming and performance controls are easily accessible from iRig Keys 2 Mini's top panel. They include volume control, octave up/down buttons, a data push encoder, and a variety of other function buttons. Custom settings can be programmed to four assignable knobs for easy access to favourite performance parameters. A convenient Edit mode lets users personalize the controllers and easily recall preferred settings with the touch of a button. Options include keyboard transpose, touch sensitivity customization, MIDI channel change, customized knob assignments, and more. All changes can also be saved into Sets using the Set button for instant recall. Powerful software bundle and more iRig Keys 2 Mini and all iRig Keys 2 controllers come complete with IK's award-winning Mac/PC sound and groove workstation SampleTank 4 SE, which offers more than 2000 sounds to create cutting-edge tracks. Also included are free apps like SampleTank FREE for iPhone and iPad, iGrand Piano FREE for iPhone, iPad and Android, and iLectric Piano FREE for Android. The series is also compatible with many other popular music app titles for iPhone, iPad, Android and Mac/PC, offering endless possibilities for learning, practice, composition or live performance. Pricing and availability The new iRig Keys 2 Mini is available from the IK Multimedia online store and authorized IK dealers worldwide for $/€99.99*. (iRig Keys 2 - $/€129.99; iRig Keys 2 Pro - $/€149.99) * All prices excluding taxes For more information about the new iRig Keys 2 Mini and the entire iRig Keys 2 series, please visit: www.ikmultimedia.com/irigkeys2mini To see the iRig Keys 2 controllers in action: www.irigkeys2.com/video
  2. Berlin, June 29th, 2020 – Native Instruments today releases STRADIVARI VIOLIN, which meticulously captures the authentic sound of a one-of-a-kind instrument from the world’s most renowned violin maker, Antonio Stradivari. Built in 1727, the ‘Vesuvius’ violin was painstakingly sampled in the rich acoustic environment of Auditorium Giovanni Arvedi in Cremona, Italy – the town where the instrument was built. Chromatically sampled notes, phase-aligned velocity crossfades, performance-captured vibrato, 20 articulations, and mixable mic positions enable composers and producers to create highly expressive, realistic solo violin parts with a unique timbre almost 300 years in the making. STRADIVARI VIOLIN is the culmination of several years of collaborative planning and execution by Native Instruments, e-instruments, and the Museo del Violino in Cremona, Italy. The violin was sampled with master musicians in the Auditorium Giovanni Arvedi – an acoustically rich concert hall designed by pioneering acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota. To help capture the most pristine representation of the violin possible, the mayor of Cremona asked townspeople to keep noise levels down and blocked traffic around the concert hall during recording. With an extensive array of unique performance capabilities, STRADIVARI VIOLIN enables users to produce extremely realistic, expressive parts. For example, phase-aligned velocity crossfades on long articulations facilitate natural transitions between dynamic layers. Innovative modeling of real-life vibrato performances lets users weave authentic vibrato into their performances in real time. And a comprehensive collection of 20 articulations – from staccato and tremolo to sul pont and harmonics – allows users to create even the most nuanced, true-to-life performances. STRADIVARI VIOLIN includes two versions of the instrument. A multi-mic version allows users to dial in the perfect acoustic space by mixing close, mid, and far positions of the 32 microphones employed to sample the Vesuvius violin. An included second version of the instrument offers a stereo-only mix that is lighter on a user’s CPU and RAM, enabling a speedier workflow and extra focus for composing. Native Instruments has also released a behind-the-scenes documentary, showing how Stradivari’s ‘Vesuvius’ violin was recorded in Cremona, the same Italian town where it was built in 1727. Read more here
  3. The development team took the time to listen to feedback from users - Arturia’s passionate community of Sound Explorers - and improved V Collection 7 to meet their needs. With this update, V Collection 7 is more efficient, more inspiring and more streamlined than ever. What’s new in the Performance Update? Faster preset changes The time it takes to change presets has been dramatically cut. Find the perfect sound faster or instantly recall your favourite patches. Smaller patch installs If you already have an instrument installed, any future patch update files will be much smaller. This makes Arturia Software Center updates easier and quicker to install. Custom resources path All instrument resources can be moved to a folder of your choice. This is useful if you’re working with multiple drives/devices or limited internal storage. Various Bug fixes V Collection 7.2 also addresses a number of other performance issues - it’s now simply more stable, efficient, and easy to use. Improved graphic performance All instruments in V Collection have had their animations and visuals streamlined. This provides a smoother appearance and ensures less strain on your CPU. Download here What V Collection 7 contains Decades of passionate research, modelling, and development. Timeless sounds painstakingly recreated in software. Vintage relics modernized with contemporary features. V Collection 7 is the most comprehensive virtual anthology of classic synths and keyboards ever made. Featuring 24 software titles, including Mellotron V, Prophet V, DX7 V, Jup-8 V, CS-80 V and more Arturia’s proprietary technologies, TAE® and Phi®, ensure that each instrument sounds and behaves exactly like the original More than 8000 high-quality and innovative sound presets Analog Lab - all presets of the V Collection 7 can be browsed and edited from a single interface Read more here
  4. Vienna, Austria - June 25, 2020 - Called ‘We Are,’ the song’s lyrics speak of unity, peace, love and togetherness – a message Austrian Audio is keen to get behind at a time when all live music events have come to a halt, and while front line workers work tirelessly to battle the pandemic. Looking ahead to a brighter future, the lyrics speak for themselves: “The future’s in my hands, if I poured it into love / What if you were that one, the one that could change the course? / One beat one heart, one life, one love.” “The lock-down hit all of us in the music industry,” said Austrian Audio CEO, Martin Seidl. “After the initial shock, we sat down with the Austrian Audio family, our friends and great brand ambassadors. The idea was born to not only do what we are best at: be creative, but to also let good vibes outshine the daily bad news. We want to encourage positivity and hope at this distressing time and look forward to the day that the music scene is back on its feet. “Divinity Roxx immediately supported the idea and contributed her song, ‘We Are’ to kickstart this important project. The lyrics perfectly paint a picture of better days and the idea of coming together: ‘We are what we’ve been waiting for / Put your hands in the sky and reach out for the stars’. And so we did, all together, with a group of world class musicians and with help from the Austrian Audio team. “We – all being part of this great music industry – do have the most powerful tools on hand regarding triggering emotions. That is our passion, our instruments and our music. So here we are: separated by distances and restrictions, we are still playing together, for the music to come.” Taking the vocal lead on the uplifting track is singer and bassist, Divinity Roxx, inspiring listeners to focus on their inner strength to overcome adversity. 'We Are’ also features the talents of a number of members of the Austrian Audio family: Divinity Roxx: author, bassist, singer (musical director for The Beyoncè Experience). Kat Dyson: guitar, vocals (Sheila E, Zucchero, Prince, Cindy Lauper, Natalie Cole, Ziggy Marley and many others). Mike Scott: guitar (Prince, Justin Timberlake, Maroon 5, Rihanna and many others). Adam Gontier: vocals (Three Days Grace, Saint Asonia, Thousand Foot Krutch, Big Dirty Band, Apocalyptica). Polo Jones: bass (Zucchero, Sting, Pavarotti, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen and many others). Thomas Lang: drums (Falco, Peter Gabriel, Sugababes, Robbie Williams, Nik Kershaw and many others). Yakob Rabitsch: electronic drums (Grammy-nominated producer, writer and instrumentalist for 6lack and many others). Derek Brown: saxophone (saxophone innovator known for BEATBoX SAX). Ulrich Drechsler: saxophone (Cafè Drechsler, Liminal Zone and many others). Jimmy Green: guitar (Mike Rutherford, Nick Davis, Paul Reeve and many others). Hectic Da BackPacka: emcee, HipHoppa. Andy Baum: vocals (Hallucination Company, Andy Baum & The Trix, composer for TV and movie productions). Eric Papilaya: vocals, emcee (new album, 'Giganten'). Wenzel Beck: vocals, guitars (up and coming songwriter). Austrian Audio Choir Adrian Hall: small percussion, mixing/mastering (Black Eyed Peas, Alicia Keys, Depeche Mode, Linkin Park, Robbie Williams and many others). Barbara Seidl: video editor, promo & trailer production Walter Rührig: Austrian Audio AR, Producer Following an idea of Martin Seidl: CEO Austrian Audio Austrian Audio Homepage
  5. Leading music software distributor and reseller, Time+Space, has welcomed Sonic Atoms to their top quality line up of premium soundware brands. A relatively new music software developer, Poland-based Sonic Atoms produce creative tools for composers and music producers, kicking off recently with Baltic Shimmers – an underscore/ambient sound library for the free HALion Sonic SE plugin. Today, the company has announced the release of Baltic Shimmers Omnisphere Edition taking the library to whole new level with the mighty layering and manipulation possibilities offered by Spectrasonics’ powerful engine. Let's take a closer look... Baltic Shimmers Inspired by the mysterious, vast yet beautiful nature of the sea, Baltic Shimmers offers an incredibly expressive collection of ambient sounds made from organic sources such as the sea, birds, and acoustic / electric musical instruments. Baltic Shimmers comes with a custom GUI built for Steinberg's free HALion Sonic SE plugin, which offers easy customisation, navigation and manipulation. The instrument has 3 types of sounds: Shimmers, Pads and Drones which each have their own unique function and GUI page. Shimmer type has 3 stages which can morph from static, through wave into foam or as Sonic Atoms like to call it “shimmer”. Pad type on the other hand is more traditional but built from 3 atoms. Every atom is a unique sound. Atom 1 and 2 is always a long textured played forward or backwards, while atom 3 is a sea noise which is always triggered on key release. Baltic Shimmers Omnisphere Edition This new edition of Baltic Shimmers ships with 144 patches and 144 sound sources for Spectrasonics Omnisphere. They can be layered, mixed and manipulated all from within the engine, allowing you to instantly create exciting new custom presets of your own. The library is divided into 3 categories: Shimmers, Pads and Drones which all come from the original Baltic Shimmers sample library. Both versions are available now, priced £35 / $€39 each. To get the absolute most out of Baltic Shimmers, you can also purchase the Baltic Shimmer bundle which combines the original HALion version and the Omnisphere Edition for only £44.95 / €$49. To view the full Sonic Atoms collection visit: https://www.timespace.com/collections/sonic-atoms
  6. June 25, 2020 - IK Multimedia brings Z-TONE® advanced tone-shaping derived from its AXE I/O® hi-end guitar interface to everyone with Z-TONE Buffer Boost pedal and Z-TONE DI active direct box. Now available, both offer a unique active/passive pickup selector switch to ensure the ideal gain staging for any instrument; switchable PURE and JFET input circuits to adjust from pristine, transparent sound to added warmth and harmonics; and IK's patented Z-TONE variable impedance control for powerful new ways to shape an instrument's sound & feel. Z-TONE Buffer Boost This guitar/bass preamp/DI pedal adds Z-TONE tone shaping to any player's pedalboard or stage rig. Now users can adjust the feel and tone of their instrument directly by adjusting the input impedance of their preamp pedal before hitting the rest of their pedalboard. Z-TONE Buffer Boost also offers premium sound, with a best-in-class dynamic range and extended frequency response, delivering superior performance as an instrument preamp. A buffered signal preserves instruments' tone when using pedalboards or long cable runs, and a boost control provides added volume and drive when needed. Both the Z-TONE circuit and Boost circuit can be independently bypassed for more flexible control. Z-TONE Buffer Boost offers true bypass on the pedal & amp output, while both balanced & unbalanced outputs let bass or acoustic players connect directly to mixers and PAs for a wider range of tonal or routing options. A ground lift switch is also included to eliminate buzz and hum. Z-TONE Buffer Boost runs off either a 9V battery or standard 9V pedal power supply to make it easy for users to add to their existing rig. Z-TONE DI This studio-quality active DI box lets users add Z-TONE tone shaping to line-level sources like mixers and interfaces, making it ideal for use both in the studio and on stage. Like Z-TONE Buffer Boost, Z-TONE DI offers a best-in-class dynamic range for ultra-quiet operation, and a wide, extended frequency response that won't cut off an instrument's natural range. It features adjustable input and output gain, a balanced Main output with ground lift to eliminate buzz or hum, plus an unbalanced out for flexibility and a -20dB pad for an extended operating range. A convenient "Link out" also mirrors the input signal directly, making it easy to capture a DI signal while still feeding an amplifier or pedalboard. Now users can record or mix both clean and amplified signals for reamplification without the need for additional splitters or gear. For added convenience, Z-TONE DI can be powered by either a 9V battery or +48V phantom power. Made in ltaly Z-TONE Buffer Boost and Z-TONE DI are both housed in sturdy metal chassis for extreme reliability and durability, and are designed and manufactured in Modena, Italy in IK Multimedia's own state-of-the-art facilities. Bonus software Z-TONE BUFFER BOOST and Z-TONE DI come with a full download version of AmpliTube 4, IK's guitar and bass tone studio for Mac/PC. Able to work both as a standalone application and as a plug-in for most popular recording software, AmpliTube 4 recreates the entire guitar/bass signal chain from instrument to recording device in a hyper-realistic and intuitive way. Pricing and availability Z-TONE Buffer Boost and Z-TONE DI are currently available from the IK Multimedia online store and from IK authorized dealers worldwide. Z-TONE Buffer Boost: $/€169.99* Z-TONE DI: $/€149.99* For more information about Z-TONE Buffer Boost For more information about Z-TONE DI
  7. Linköping, Sweden, June 18th, 2020: Three legendary Marshall amp sims are now available for the first time as native plug-ins and Amp Room modules: Marshall Bluesbreaker 1962, Marshall JMP 2203, and Silver Jubilee 2555. These plug-ins were component modeled down to the smallest detail from reference amps from the Marshall museum, resulting in flawless sound quality. The speaker cabinets for each amp were recorded by Tony Platt, famous for having recorded AC/DC’s landmark albums Highway to Hell and Back in Black. There are plenty of options to set up the mics and get exactly the great sounds you want from these rare and special amps with Marshall heritage. If you use Amp Room, Softube's pro audio guitar and bass platform, you can load these plug-ins right in to open up endless creative possibilities. The distinctive features of each of these amps were modeled with the highest precision in partnership with Marshall for each plug-in. Choose the one that suits your sound the best or get them all for even more options. We’re offering special pricing when you buy several amp plug-ins. In short NEW: Marshall Bluesbreaker 1962 – One of the rarest and most expensive amps there is. A true blues and rock & roll legend. Native plug-in and Amp Room module NEW: Marshall JMP 2203 – The father of the JCM 800, with the same character and the true sound of rock and hard rock. Available as a native plug-in and as an Amp Room module NEW: Marshall Silver Jubilee 2555 – A very special and highly collectible amp, mostly used in music with higher gain. Available as a native plug-in and as an Amp Room module Amp Room Ready: all three amps can be loaded as modules in Amp Room, the pro audio guitar and bass platform. Learn more about Amp Room Special pricing when you buy several amps – All options available on softube.com from June 23rd Officially licensed and endorsed by Marshall. Learn more about the partnership between Softube & Marshall and see the list of products previously released
  8. Solar Guitars – the brand created by Ola Englund - who’s recognized as a member of notable Swedish metal groups The Haunted and Feared, is very proud to announce the addition of new bolt on models, Type AB and Type SB AB1.6FRN: 949 $/€ suggested street pricing. Natural Brown matte finish 6 string Type AB bolt on – Swamp ash body – 3 piece roasted maple neck (thin C profile) with roasted maple fretboard fingerboard – 25,5” scale - 24 stainless steel frets – Luminlay side dots – Solar locking tuners – Floyd Rose 1000 bridge – Duncan Solar HH pickups – 1 volume control w/ push pull for series / parallel – 1 tone control w/ push pull for series / parallel - 3 way blade switch AB1.6HTPB: 849 $/€ suggested street pricing. Red Purple Burst matte finish. 6 string Type AB bolt on – swamp ash body – 3 piece roasted maple neck (thin C profile) with roasted maple fretboard fingerboard – 25,5” scale - 24 stainless steel frets – Luminlay side dots – Solar locking tuners – Hipshot USA bridge – Duncan Solar HH pickups – 1 volume control w/ push pull for series / parallel – 1 tone control w/ push pull for series / parallel - 3 way blade switch AB1.6S: 999 $/€ suggested street pricing. Antique Silver matte finish. 6 string Type AB bolt on – Alder body – 3 piece roasted maple neck (thin C profile) with roasted maple fretboard fingerboard – 25,5” scale - 24 stainless steel frets – Luminlay side dots – Solar locking tuners – EverTune bridge – Duncan Solar HH pickups – 1 volume control w/ push pull for series / parallel – 1 tone control w/ push pull for series / parallel - 3 way blade switch AB1.7C: 1099 $/€ suggested street pricing. Carbon (black matte) finish. 7 string Type AB bolt on – Alder Body – 3 piece roasted maple neck (thin C profile) with roasted maple fretboard fingerboard – 25,5” scale - 24 stainless steel frets – Luminlay side dots – Solar locking tuners – EverTune bridge – Duncan Solar HS pickups – 1 volume control w/ push pull for series / parallel – 1 tone control w/ push pull for series / parallel - 3 way blade switch SB1.6FRFM: 999 $/€ suggested street pricing. Flame Natural matte finish. 6 string Type SB bolt on – Mahogany body w/ flamed maple veneer – 5 piece maple / jatoba maple neck (thin C profile) with ebony fretboard fingerboard – 25,5” scale - 24 stainless steel frets – Luminlay side dots – Solar locking tuners – Floyd Rose 1000 vibrato – Duncan Solar HH pickups – 1 volume control – 1 tone control - 5 way blade switch SB1.7FRFM: 1099 $/€ suggested street pricing. Flame Natural matte finish. 7 string Type SB bolt on – Mahogany body w/ flamed maple veneer – 5 piece maple / jatoba maple neck (thin C profile) with ebony fretboard fingerboard – 25,5” scale - 24 stainless steel frets – Luminlay side dots – Solar locking tuners – Floyd Rose 1000 vibrato – Duncan Solar HH pickups – 1 volume control – 1 tone control - 5 way blade switch All six guitars are immediately available from the Solar Guitars web-store: www.solar-guitars.com, and selected dealers.
  9. NEW YORK—June 16th, 2020—In a deal that aligns several New York-based brands, D’Angelico Guitars has acquired Supro USA and Pigtronix. With a shared heritage as reignited legacy brands, D’Angelico Guitars and Supro have collaborated as a guitar and amp pairing in their marketing efforts for years. “We have always had a deep appreciation for Supro’s products and brand,” says D’Angelico Chairman John Ferolito Jr. “When the opportunity to acquire the brand arose, we didn’t think twice.” “This is going to make all three brands even stronger,” says CEO Brenden Cohen. “I can’t wait for our customers to see what we have in store for them.” Along with Supro, D’Angelico Guitars has also acquired Pigtronix. Both Supro and Pigtronix were previously owned by Absara Audio, located in Long Island, NY. “All three companies having a home base in New York just amplifies the harmony these brands already share,” says D’Angelico COO Jimmy Lovinggood. “The last few months have been an extremely challenging time for businesses across the country and around the world—New York City especially. We began this acquisition many months before COVID-19, and although this is a challenging time for every industry, we truly believe in these brands and decided to move forward in full confidence.” Supro was originally founded in Chicago in the 1930s, producing amplifiers that were featured on some of the greatest rock records of all time. It was relaunched in 2013 and has gone on to achieve popular status in the music industry. Pigtronix is a fast-growing industry leader amongst boutique pedal companies, featuring forward-thinking design and concepts. “The acquisition of Supro and Pigtronix by D’Angelico creates a trifecta,” says Dave Koltai, former co-owner of Supro and Pigtronix. “It’s a perfect fit, and I am thrilled to be able to continue making new gear for musicians around the world.” Koltai will be onboard as Chief Technology Officer, continuing to design and develop both Supro Amps and Pigtronix Pedals, alongside D’Angelico’s Executive Vice President of Product Development, Ryan Kershaw. “This is going to allow us to take everything we do to the next level,” says Kershaw. Though the acquisition is now complete, the brands will enter a transitional phase, developing a new company structure and revised product plan for 2021. “We could not be more excited for what’s to come,” says Cohen. “This is the company I have been envisioning.”
  10. 16 June 2020, Stockholm — Reason Studios announces the release of Auto-Tune Reason as a native Rack Extension plugin for Reason. Auto-Tune Reason has been tailored specifically for the virtual rack in Reason with a custom workflow and integrated patches. "Of course, everyone knows Auto-Tune's renowned pitch correction and immediately recognizable vocal effect. Now Reason users can effortlessly harness the essential features for sound design, vocal chains, and effect Combinators in Reason." said Mattias Häggström Gerdt, Reason Product Manager. "We're thrilled to be bringing Auto-Tune to the arsenal of creative tools available for Reason," said Steve Berkley, CEO at Antares. "The signature Auto-Tune sound inside the revered Reason Studio is a beat-maker's dream.” VIDEO: Introducing: Auto-Tune Reason Auto-Tune Reason was developed jointly by Antares Audio Technologies and Reason Studios using Antares’ proprietary pitch tuning algorithms. With the addition of CV outputs, Auto-Tune Reason gives users a new way to perform any instrument device with their voice. It also includes vocal chain Combinators—production-ready patches with Auto-Tune Reason already hooked up to other popular Reason effects. Auto-Tune Reason is available for purchase and supported exclusively through Reason Studios. The Auto-Tune Reason Rack Extensions is available immediately for purchase for USD $99.00) / EUR €109 or free 30-day trial in the Reason online shop: https://www.reasonstudios.com/shop/rack-extension/auto-tune-reason/
  11. REMAGEN, GERMANY: having opened eyes and ears when introducing its forward-looking flagship Quantum Synthesizer keyboard to widespread critical acclaim in 2018, Waldorf Music is proud to introduce its Iridium Synthesizer ‘sibling’ — sharing futuristic functionality and advanced tonality and applying those traits with welcomed added extras to a compact desktop form factor living up to the high-quality synthesizer developer’s demanding design standards — as of June 12… Following in the Quantum Synthesizer’s trailblazing footsteps, the Iridium Synthesizer features a generous high-resolution multitouch display working — with haptic help — in perfect harmony with an adroitly arranged control panel positioning all functions for speedy operation. Noticeably new to the demonstrably different Iridium Synthesizer is its integrated 4 x 4 pad matrix, used to call up sequences, chords, scales, and arpeggios. A quick glance under the hood, however, reveals that the Iridium Synthesizer still shares the same selectable sound generation processes per oscillator (OSC 1, OSC 2, and OSC 3). As such, it can convincingly and comprehensively reproduce the sound spectra of the following five synthesis types: Wavetable, Waveform, Particle, Resonator, and Kernels. As a direct descendant of the legendary PPG Wave hybrid digital/analogue synthesizer series that made their mark throughout the Eighties by bringing the distinctive sound of wavetable synthesis to the musical masses, the well-known Waldorf Music marque is synonymous with top-tier wavetable sounds. Subsequently refining and expanding this sound generation process’ potential, the sound of Waldorf wavetable oscillators span subtlety to brutality — animated, digital, and diverse, yet easy to control. Classic wavetables from well-known wavetable synthesizers hailing from the PPG and Waldorf stables, spectral analysis, speech synthesis, wavetable generation from audio material, and more besides are all available to Iridium Synthesizer users when selecting Wavetable. With early wavetable synthesizers, even, typical waveforms familiar from analogue synthesizers were always available at the end of a wavetable. Waveform selection on the Iridium Synthesizer goes far beyond this, though, by offering up to eight simultaneously selectable waveforms per oscillator, enabling infinitely dense, fat analogue-sounding tones, with detuned modes, tuneable noise, and hard sync. 2GB internal sample flash memory is available to the Iridium Synthesizer’s Particle oscillator, opening up exciting new possibilities of traditional stereo sampling with granular synthesis functionality — also available when processing a live input signal — for extensive manipulation of sample-based sounds. So the Iridium Synthesizer comes complete with 2GB sample content, while sample material can be reloaded or backed up by the user via USB drives or MicroSD Card connections. Creativity abounds further still when selecting the Resonator sound generation process to manipulate multi-samples from the internal sample flash memory or noise via an exciter and various modulate-able spectral parameters — perfect for generating awe-inspiring animated sounds and drones, which can, for example, easily be integrated into a Eurorack modular synthesizer environment via the Iridium Synthesizer’s integrated control voltage connections (CV In1, CV In2, CV In3, and CV In4)... another added extra that should surely be welcomed in this day and age of anything goes! Get this, though: thanks to its innovative implementation of six Kernal operators, the Iridium Synthesizer can capably generate familiar FM (Frequency Modulation) tones of the type that revolutionised the entire synthesizer market in the early Eighties, as well as spectacularly different-sounding ones — and all without the notorious complexity associated with those once-revolutionary early-Eighties efforts ending up so overused on numerous hit records of the time. Thankfully, the Iridium Synthesizer’s deftly-designed multitouch display supports the processing and visualisation of sonic relationships of its Kernels, considerably easing the process of creating spectacularly different-sounding tones with more than a touch of originality thrown in for good measure! But better still, OSC 1, OSC 2, and OSC 3 can each play one of those sound generators, so spectacular-sounding sound design can come quickly to Iridium Synthesizer users of all levels — before being balanced by the OSC MIX (mixer). Thereafter, the signal from the three oscillators makes its way to the DUAL FILTER section where fully stereo multi-mode filters convincingly cover all conceivable classic filter variants. Various filter modes are additionally offered by the Digital Former, such as Comb, classic Waldorf high- and band-pass, and notch filters from Waldorf Music’s Largo and Nave software synthesizers, plus PPG models, alongside signal enhancer effects, such as Drive and Bit Crusher, and more. Moreover, an LFO (Low Frequency Oscillator) section with no fewer than six LFOs works with six loop-able ENVELOPES, all of which can be linked and smoothly operated within the 40-slot modulation matrix, thanks to the Iridium Synthesizer’s integrated high-resolution multitouch display. With up to 16-voice polyphony in full stereo and an ability to overlay two sounds or play them simultaneously via the split function, the functional desktop design of Waldorf Music’s Iridium Synthesizer allows for sound design opportunities that are often out of this world with up to 7,000 patches internally saveable. Speaking of which, since Iridium Synthesizer patches are compatible with Waldorf Music’s flagship Quantum Synthesizer (running recently-released version 2.0 firmware), they can be transferred to and from the Quantum Synthesizer. Such cross-compatibility means that the Iridium Synthesizer comes complete with an extremely extensive sound set from the get-go... get going with inspirational sounds programmed by some of the best sound designers in the world, or work with the inspirational Iridium Synthesizer’s fanciful features to sound highly original, off the cuff or otherwise. On the face of it, then, Waldorf Music has named its Iridium Synthesizer appropriately. After all, iridium dates back to the early 19th Century and the chemical element of atomic number 77 — named from the modern Latin word for rainbow (irid), since it forms compounds of various colours. Clearly, the range of sound colours available to Iridium Synthesizer users are almost limitless. Letting rip with that generous high-resolution multitouch display working — with haptic help — in perfect harmony with an adroitly arranged control panel positioning all functions for speedy operation is a joy to behold... both for eyes and ears! The Iridium Synthesizer is available through Waldorf Music’s growing global network of distributors (https://www.waldorfmusic.com/en/international-distributors) at an SRP (Suggested Reseller Price) of €1,960.00 EUR (excluding tax). For more in-depth information, please visit the dedicated Iridium Synthesizer webpage here: https://www.waldorfmusic.com/en/iridium
  12. Rennes, June 11, 2020 — Today, Hercules announced the launch of a new high-performance DJ controller that helps skilled young DJs move from the bedroom to the barroom or livestream. The manufacturer has long nurtured the next generation of young DJs, and as that community’s skills develop to the point when they can turn their hobby into a paid gig, they’ll be well-served by the Hercules DJControl Inpulse 500. The new performance-focused controller is built from the ground up to help DJs feel confident as they share their mix with an audience for the first time. Hercules has been making DJ controllers since 2003, when they launched the Hercules DJ Console, the industry’s first 2-deck digital portable mixing deck with a built-in audio interface. Over the following 17 years, Hercules released multiple controllers that appealed to beginner and aspirational DJs such as the popular Hercules DJ Console Rmx console in 2008. Also, in 2018 they released the DJControl Inpulse 200 and DJControl Inpulse 300, both of which feature built-in tools that actively teach young DJs how to train their ears for the art of manual mixing rather than relying on the Sync button. Today’s new controller, the DJControl Inpulse 500, comes with both Serato DJ Lite and DJUCED®, Hercules’ in house mixing software. “We have been working alongside Hercules since 2015, most recently on the DJControl Starlight, which in 2019 became a super popular, portable controller,” said Nick Maclaren, Chief Strategy Officer from Serato. “We’re thrilled to partner with the team again on the DJControl Inpulse 500, a controller that lets young DJs take the first steps towards public performances. We have also adapted our software to integrate Hercules’ unique, award-winning learn-to-DJ hardware features so that users who choose to mix on Serato can go into their first performance with the confidence they need.” Although the DJControl Inpulse 500 features Learn-to-DJ guides and DJUCED’s AI-driven Intelligent Music Assistant, it also boasts multiple features that help DJs confidently make the leap to performing for an audience and getting paid for their efforts: Ready-to-mix audio options: Powered by USB, the backside of the controller is wide open for external sources - DJs can quickly plug in their smartphone or a media player via dual RCA auxiliary input or a 3.5mm stereo mini-jack as a back-up or as an extra source of music. Plus, the hardware mixer for audio inputs comes with an aux filter. Controlled MC features: Plug in a microphone into the balanced micro input and play MC. The voice can be equalized, and its level is displayed on a VUmeter- if it glows red, it is peaking. Filter FX: This pro performance feature lets DJs push their mix customization to new levels and personalize their sets with effects available with Serato and DJUCED®. Solid retractable feet: Elevate the controller with folding feet underneath that glow when extended. This unique feature protects the controller from spilled drinks during rowdy performances and makes DJs look just a little more slick. Build quality: sturdy metal backing plate on the mixer, rubber RGB pads and built-in Velvet Sound DSP from AKM for processing audio inputs and outputs. Streaming support: Enjoy millions of tracks to mix with TIDAL and SoundCloud Go+ integrated within Serato, and with Beatport LINK, Beatsource LINK and Qobuz integrated within DJUCED. For more information about the full line of Hercules controllers, please visit hercules.com
  13. Linköping, Sweden, June 2nd, 2020: Imagine visiting a luxury studio full of vintage gear including classic Marshall amps, legendary cabinets, pedals, and mics and being offered anything you need to configure exactly how you want it to produce the very best guitar and bass tones. Softube Amp Room is a modern platform designed for the discerning professional, the connoisseur, to be a continuously growing system of everything you need to create high-quality, authentic, and incredibly realistic guitar and bass sounds. You’re the master of puppets, mixing and matching all the gear you need to create mix-ready guitar and bass sounds just like you would in a physical studio. You can also process other sound sources, such as drum, vocals, and synth tracks. All the gear you chose from your visit to that luxury studio is configured to your exact specifications and ready to use. A platform for album-ready guitar and bass sounds Amp Room comes with 6 amplifiers, 16 cabinets, 10 effects pedals, 3 studio effects (including the American Class A channel strip as 2 modules), 8 utility modules, and 260 presets covering a wide variety of styles and genres. Not only that, you can also load a selection of Softube plug-ins, like amps, compressors and equalizers, as modules. Customizable, flexible, and as simple or complex as you need it to be. Add expansion packs and create your personal digital studio with everything you need to create high-quality, incredibly realistic guitar sounds, exactly the way you want them. Marshall Cabinet Collection In addition to Amp Room, the platform itself, Softube is also releasing Marshall Cabinet Collection, an Amp Room exclusive collection of 8 classic, rare, and handwired speaker cabinets by Marshall, versatile enough for any style or genre of music from vintage to modern. They were all recorded at Dugout Productions studio by producer Daniel Bergstrand (Behemoth, Meshuggah, In Flames), and each one has 6 single microphone options and 6 mix-ready microphone combinations unique to each cabinet that sound absolutely incredible. Use them with any amplifier in Amp Room, use the mix-ready microphone combinations, or put multiples of the same cabinet in parallel to create your own combinations. In short NEW: Softube Amp Room—a modular guitar and bass platform for the connoisseur, designed with careful component modeling and sound quality as top priority Mix and match amps, cabs, pedals, studio effects, and more to create high-quality, authentic, and incredibly realistic guitar and bass sounds A continuously growing platform and ecosystem, compatible with other Softube plug-ins, such as amps, compressors, and equalizers–the American Class A channel strip is included as 2 modules: compressor and equalizer Highly customizable: patch in any kind of studio tool you need anywhere in the chain Build patches that are difficult or impossible in a physical studio Useful for any style and genre Upgrade paths available from previous guitar and bass products: Vintage Amp Room, Bass Amp Room, Metal Amp Room, and Amp Room Bundle NEW: Marshall Cabinet Collection—Amp Room exclusive collection of classic Marshall cabinets with enough variety and options to cover any style and genre 8 classic, rare, handwired speaker cabinets recorded by producer Daniel Bergstrand with 6 mics, selectable as single options or mix-ready combinations Officially licensed and endorsed by Marshall Read more here
  14. Nu har vi fått en teaser på hur den nya Aston-mikrofonen kommer att se ut. Vill du vara med och rösta om hur den ska låta, så har du fortfarande chansen. Läs mer här.
  15. Neu-Anspach – May 26, 2020 – The Adam Hall Group is continuing to expand its international sales network. By partnering with the Mumbai-based company StageMix Technologies, the event technology provider based in Neu-Anspach, Hesse, Germany, is gaining an experienced sales team for India. The exclusive partnership includes the LD Systems, Cameo, Gravity, Palmer, and Adam Hall 19 ’’ Parts brands. “We’re happy to have found StageMix Technologies as our new sales partner in India,” explains Markus Jahnel, COO of the Adam Hall Group. “The event technology market is growing steadily in India and plays a key role in our international endeavors. As an experienced distributor, StageMix Technologies has a wide network of regional dealers and will enable us to react swiftly to the many different challenges that come with such a large country. As such we will be able to work together to continue expanding our local presence – both in the event and installation market.” StageMix’s designated partner Karan Balkishin Nagpal adds: “We’re very pleased to be associated with the Adam Hall Group. It fits perfectly with our company roadmap to enter with a complete solution for all install avenues, as well as middle scale production companies to use LD, Gravity and Cameo products. We see the basket of brands positioned very aggressively against its competition and we’re looking to exciting times ahead.” More information: sonotone.in adamhall.com ld-systems.com cameolight.com gravitystands.com palmer-germany.com
  16. Celemony Software GmbH, Munich, 26.05.2020 (ictw) – Celemony is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the new Melodyne Version 5. The Grammy-Award-winning software Melodyne is used all over the world every day for the correction, perfection, reshaping and transformation of vocal tracks, samples and audio recordings of all kinds. A studio standard, in fact. But even the best things can be improved. Melodyne 5: What’s new? The most important new features of Version 5 relate to Melodyne's core competence: the correction of poor intonation on vocal tracks. The algorithm now detects – along with a host of other phenomena – the presence and extent of the unpitched (noise-like) components of the vocal sound as well as breaths, which it then processes separately from the pitched components. This leads to better results, less time spent editing, and a more natural sound. Factor in the improved weighting of pitch deviations and Melodyne 5 now hands you back – virtually in two shakes – a musically perfect vocal performance. The volume balance between the pitched and unpitched components can be adjusted – syllable by syllable if desired. This not only helps with double-tracking and vocal harmonies but gives you a perfect and precisely targeted de-esser into the bargain. Totally new possibilities for dynamic contouring are afforded also by the Fade Tool and the Leveling Macro, as they too work on a per-note basis – even with polyphonic audio material. A new degree of musical freedom But Melodyne 5 also supports new workflows that further musical creativity: With the Chord Track (and the Pitch Grid configured accordingly), recordings and samples can be adapted at lightning speed to the harmonic structure and chords of your own compositions and songs. So any library sample now harmonizes instantly with your song. That's perfect for songwriters but also for remixers. And thanks to the integrated chord recognition, no knowledge of music theory is required. The most important new features of Melodyne 5 in a nutshell: With the Melodic algorithm, separate editing of pitched and unpitched components of the vocal sound (sibilant detection). Better results, less time spent editing, more natural sound The ability to control the volume ratio between the pitched and unpitched components – a precisely targeted de-esser function Improved weighting of pitch deviations, musically perfect intonation A Chord Track and Chord Grid to adapt any recordings and samples to your song – thanks to integrated chord recognition, no knowledge of music theory required The Fade Tool and Leveling Macro let you edit the dynamics of each note – even in polyphonic material A new algorithm, "Percussive Pitched", plus various other algorithm enhancements Fuller implementation of keyboard shortcuts Melodyne 5: Working with chordsWorking with chords Melodyne 5 runs in stand-alone mode as well as with 64-bit DAWs under MacOS and Windows – DAW integration via ARA, VST3, AU or AAX. The update costs 49 €/US$ for Melodyne assistant, 99 €/US$ for Melodyne editor and 149 €/US$ for Melodyne studio. For Melodyne essential and users who registered Melodyne after 1 March 2020, it is free of charge. A 30-day trial version can be downloaded from https://www.celemony.com/en/trial Melodyne 5: A quantum leap in vocal editing Melodyne 5: The leveling tools More information on Melodyne 5: www.celemony.com
  17. French specialists in music gear Arturia launch OB-Xa V, a software instrument based on the iconic synth OB-Xa, enhanced with groundbreaking features for an elevated sonic experience. Applying their expert sound engineering to recreating and updating an iconic synth, Arturia now offer an authentic software with soundscapes previously unexplored. Ideal for innovative musicians, synth programmers, and keyboardists who appreciate a fat, aggressive sound. Its versatility creates gratifying results in many distinct styles of music production, making it a valuable asset for producers and creators across multiple genres. OB-Xa made music history on albums released by Prince, Billy Idol, Chaka Khan, and Bon Jovi, and is most recognizable for appearing on Van Halen’s biggest hit, ‘Jump’. Contemporary musicians by the likes of Flume, Chrome Sparks, Calvin Harris, and Venetian Snares have also incorporated its energetic potential to enter a new musical dimension. OB-Xa V is here to offer the iconic sound in all its glory while opening up the instrument to more complex and satisfying creations. OB-Xa V by Arturia is the most ambitious recreation of OB-Xa on the market so far. Its intuitive interface makes utilizing its complex inner workings a joy. Legendary growl machine Get ready to welcome back the massive sound of OB-Xa with the perks of innovative modern technology. Supercharged new features Not only did we recreate the spirit, the sound and the features of the original instrument, but we also added new special functions to make it unique and open new sonic capacities: Brand new stereo spread feature 16 voice polyphony (double the original) Arpeggiator Huge unison 4 function generators Embedded effect section Over 400 deep, piercing presets LAUNCH OFFER To celebrate the launch of their most requested synth in recent years, Arturia are offering a launch deal at 149€/$149 for a limited time. Arturia users who have registered their products are rewarded with personal offers. Offer ends June 9th. Street price: 199€/$199 Read more here
  18. AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, May 19, 2020. FabFilter is proud to announce immediate availability of FabFilter Saturn 2, a major update to their award-winning multiband distortion and saturation plug-in. Saturn 2 sees a top-to-bottom redesign of the Saturn interface for even greater ease of use and visualization, as well as a host of new features and improvements, including 12 new distortion styles, a radically overhauled and expanded modulation system, enhanced envelopes, linear phase processing, and a pristine new ‘Superb’ High Quality mode. Beautiful new interface with modulation visualization Saturn 2 looks better and flows faster than ever. The darker color scheme makes the plug-in easier to look at for extended sessions, and four interface size options and a stunning full-screen mode enable adaptation to any workspace. Modulation is now comprehensively visualized at both source and target, too, with color-coded collars and tracks on knobs and sliders animating in response to modulation input, the source flow area giving an eye-catching overview of all mod signals, and indicators on controls and bands showing which parameters are being modulated at a glance. More distortion types Saturn 2 almost doubles the number of distortion styles on board from 16 to 28. ‘Subtle’ versions of the Tape, Tube, and Saturation styles provide low-intensity warming, while four new British (Rock, Pop) and American (Tweed, Plexi) Amp styles perfectly model well-known guitar amplifiers, three Transformer styles (Subtle, Gentle, Warm) open up abrasive new possibilities, and the Foldback and Breakdown FX styles reshape and mutate sounds beyond recognition, the latter combining down-pitching with heavy distortion. Big modulation changes With virtually no limit placed on the combination of 16-step XLFOs, Envelope Generators, Envelope Followers, XY Controllers, and MIDI sources that can be used in a preset, Saturn has always been serious about creative modulation, and Saturn 2 takes the whole system to the next level. Curve the Envelope Generator’s Attack, Decay, and Release stages for a smoother or more aggressive response, activate the Envelope Follower’s new Transient detection mode to tightly track drums and percussion, and route discrete band inputs to both Envelope sources as triggering signals — pulverize hi-hats to the rhythm of the kick drum, for example. The XY Controller’s new Slider mode, meanwhile, slims it down to vertical-only operation, and the XLFO benefits from legato MIDI triggering and targeting of the Frequency Offset and Balance parameters for modulation. And with custom naming of individual mod sources now possible, users can customize their Saturn 2 presets for effortless navigation. Mastering grade saturation The new ‘Subtle’ saturation types make Saturn 2 the mastering engineer’s secret weapon, bringing enlivening presence and fizz to final mixes. In order to meet the exacting demands of such mission- critical application, the band crossovers now offer a choice of 6, 12, 24, 36, and 48 dB/octave roll-off slopes, the new ‘Superb’ High Quality mode switches the plug-in to 32x oversampling for almost total elimination of aliasing, and the Linear Phase option ensures maximum coherence for the crossovers and High Quality modes. Key features: • 28 diverse distortion styles, from warming tube and tape saturation to screaming American and British guitar amps, Transformers, bit crushing, smearing, rectification, and more • Up to six separate processing bands, with variable crossover slopes: 6, 12, 24, 36, and 48 dB/octave • Independent Drive, Mix, Feedback, Dynamics, Tone, and Level controls for every band • Two High Quality modes for 8x and 32x oversampling • Regular stereo and mid/side processing • Intuitive interactive multiband display • Powerful, flexible modulation system: drag and drop as many 16-step XLFOs, XY Controllers, Envelope Generators, Envelope Followers, Sliders, and MIDI Sources as required • Full visual feedback of modulation via parameter animation and ‘source flow’ • Linear phase mode for mastering applications • Four interface size options and full-screen mode • Carefully curated factory preset library for amp modeling, coloration, lo-fi degradation, and FX • All the usual FabFilter features users have come to expect: perfectly fine-tuned knobs and controllers, interactive MIDI Learn, undo/redo and A/B switch, Smart Parameter Interpolation for smooth parameter transitions, an extensive help file with interactive help hints, sample accurate automation, SSE optimization, and more FabFilter Saturn 2 is now available for EUR 129, USD 154 or GBP 114, supporting both Windows and macOS in VST and VST 3, Audio Units, AAX, and AudioSuite plug-in formats. Bundles with FabFilter Saturn 2 and other FabFilter plug-ins are also available at: www.fabfilter.com/shop Existing FabFilter customers can purchase or upgrade to FabFilter Saturn 2 with very attractive discounts by logging into their online user account: www.fabfilter.com/myaccount System requirements are either Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP (32-bit and 64-bit) and a VST 2/3 host or Pro Tools, or Mac OS X 10.8 or higher (64-bit only) with Intel processor, and an Audio Units host, VST 2/3 host, or Pro Tools. To make self-quarantine just a little bit easier during the COVID-19 pandemic, FabFilter offers free 30-day evaluation extensions for all their plug-ins, including Saturn 2.
  19. Ash Vale, UK (May 14, 2020) — Akai Professional, a leading manufacturer of music equipment for performers and producers, today announced its newest portable standalone music production centre the MPC Live II, packed with all the enhancements from the recent software update for the entire MPC line, MPC 2.8. MPC Live II builds on its phenomenally successful predecessor and introduces built-in monitor speakers for a completely standalone music-making experience. While travelling or in the studio, MPC Live II is ready to perform wherever inspiration strikes! Standalone Music Production Like the MPC X and MPC One, MPC Live II operates as a fully standalone music production centre. MPC Live II is powered by MPC software – a unique hardware / software ecosystem that empowers users with the legendary, feature-rich workflow that has been used on countless hits since the introduction of the MPC series. The 7-inch, multi-gesture touchscreen enables producers to access all the features needed to create a beat or a recording from start to finish. MPC Live II also adds 5 new hardware buttons to improve the editing workflow. With features including Mute, Time Correct and Mix, users can edit and tweak tracks without skipping a beat. Newest MPC 2.8 Software New to Akai Professional’s standalone, multi-core powered MPC Series is MIDI Multi capability. The MPC Software 2.8 update, transforms MPC Live II into the ultimate MIDI sequencing studio centrepiece. Now users can simultaneously connect and route all the MIDI gear in their studio, including class-compliant USB Keyboards, MIDI interfaces and USB to CV modules, supercharging MPC Live II’s I/O capability. Fuse this with deep internal MIDI routing capability across tracks, comprehensive MIDI routing to any MIDI compatible synthesiser, drum machine or sound module, and even multitrack recording capability, and MPC Live II forms the beating heart of any production setup. Built-In Monitors MPC Live II’s built-in monitoring system offers a dynamic response spanning the full musical range, meticulously reproducing detailed high-frequency audio information while still delivering accurate low frequencies. From sharp, cutting hi-hats to punchy 808 drums and deep bass lines, MPC Live II eliminates all barriers between beatmakers and their music. MPC Live II’s built-in monitors not only provide a convenient set of reference monitors for studio use, but a great platform for listening, creating and collaborating on- the-go without headphones. CV/Gate, WiFi, and Bluetooth Connectivity With MPC Live II, complete standalone production capability fuses with an ultra-portable specification and an arsenal of connectivity options for complete hook-up flexibility with all your studio gear. With eight new CV/Gate outputs (four TRS jacks), producers can now incorporate modular connectivity into their MPC Live setup. Coupled with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, users can also enjoy the seamless side-by- side workflow of MPC and Ableton Live. Rechargeable Battery The most complete mobile production experience couldn’t exist without a reliable power source for long- lasting on-the-go sessions. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery gives you all the power you need for up to five hours of on-the-go music creation, so you can work wherever inspiration strikes. 16GB Sound Library The MPC Live II comes with a robust 16GB sound library of high-quality samples and loops, including a new library from F9 Audio and the new Sonic Boom sound set. For those who need even more access to content, your Splice account curations are just a few taps away, with direct access via the 7-inch multi-gesture touchscreen and Wi-Fi connection. MPC Live II Hardware Features • Standalone MPC (no computer necessary) • Natively powered by MPC 2.8 software • Built-In stereo studio monitor speakers • Internal rechargeable battery – up to five hours of on-the-go use • Four TRS CV/Gate jacks (eight outputs total) • Brilliant 7-inch multi-touch display • Wi-Fi & Bluetooth connectivity • 16GB included content MPC 2.8 Software Enhancements • MIDI Multi allowing users to record multiple MIDI or audio tracks simultaneously • USB MIDI input and output support to work with any class-compliant MIDI device • MIDI layering capability • Time Correct enable/disable toggling • Q-Link overlay display • Edit Pad Map • Available for MPC One, MPC Live, MPC Live II and MPC X “We are relentless in our pursuit of the most comprehensive standalone music production experience,” says Dan Gill, Senior Product Manager for Akai Professional. “With every workflow consideration, every feature-set and function, we purposefully set out to create devices that are effortless conduits of the creative process. By incorporating stereo monitors, MPC Live II delivers every standalone tool producers and beatmakers need to capture inspiration wherever it strikes.” MPC Live II is available immediately with an MSRP of 1199.99€*. MPC 2.8 is also available immediately as a free download for all MPC Live, MPC Live II, MPC X and MPC One users. For more information on MPC Live II and MPC 2.8, visit akaipro.com
  20. The Mixtrack Platinum FX and Mixtrack Pro FX controllers give all DJs easy access to pro features with effects buttons, large 6-inch capacitive-touch jog wheels, and 16 multi-function performance pads. Introducing the 4-deck Mixtrack Platinum FX and the 2-deck Mixtrack Pro FX from Numark – your entry-point into the exciting world of DJ starts here! These controllers establish new benchmarks at this DJ controller price point for delivering a full roster of features, great sound, ease of use and remarkable value for DJs just getting started, as well as established DJs looking for professional features at a great price. Mixtrack Platinum FX This 4-deck DJ controller with jog wheel displays and effects paddles provides easy access to the key features any DJ needs to create their best performance. Everything a DJ needs to sound professional right away! The large 6-inch jog wheels, 24-bit digital soundcard for pristine sound quality, six dedicated software effects buttons for easy transitions, 16 performance pads for hot cues, auto loop, fader cuts and sampling make it easy for any DJ to sound their best. An easy-to-navigate effects section delivers perfect transitions. Dual paddle triggers, previously only available on higher priced controllers, enable DJs to mix with software effects on each channel. Apply dry/wet and adjust the beat multiplier for just the right feel. At the heart of the Mixtrack Platinum FX is direct access to six dynamic software effects: Echo Reverb Flanger Phaser HPF (High Pass Filter) LPF (Low Pass Filter) Control the Music with Large 6-inch Jog Wheels The rugged capacitive-touch jog wheel design has a large 6-inch surface for more control over scratching and precise cue placement. Rugged grooves on the side enable the DJ to nudge their mix into place. In the centre of the jog wheel are bright, high-resolution displays with critical song information such as: Beats Per Minute (BPM) Platter position Time remaining indicator Pitch adjustment and speed position Four Decks in the Mix With the Mixtrack Platinum FX, DJs have access to four layered decks to create remixes and mashups on the fly. Access decks 3 and 4 by simply tapping the deck select button. Stream Millions of Songs Never run out of music and keep the dance floor shaking! Both of these controllers come with Serato DJ Lite, giving streaming access to millions of songs via TIDAL or SoundCloud. Upgrade to Serato DJ Pro to unlock even more features. Mixtrack Platinum FX Key Features 4-deck layering DJ controller (6) Fun, quick-launch effects with dual paddle triggers Large 6-inch, high-resolution capacitive-touch jog wheels with colour displays Dedicated instant loop Full 3-band EQ and filter knobs to create audio sweeps (16) Performance pads to access cues, loops, fader cuts and samples 24-bit audio output Microphone input and headphone output Includes Serato DJ Lite Free 3-Month Subscription to TIDAL Premium upon product registration* Mixtrack Pro FX The Mixtrack Pro FX has all the features of the Mixtrack Platinum FX, but in a 2-deck configuration, replacing the jog wheel displays with standard capacitive-touch jog wheels. The perfect DJ controller for those looking to develop and build their DJ skills. Mixtrack Pro FX Key Features 2-Deck DJ controller (6) Fun, quick-launch effects with dual paddle triggers Large 6-inch, high-resolution capacitive-touch jog wheels Dedicated instant loop Full 3-band EQ and filter knobs to create audio sweeps (16) Performance to access cues, loops, fader cuts and samples 24-bit audio output Microphone input and headphone output Includes Serato DJ Lite • Free 3-Month Subscription to TIDAL Premium upon product registration* Read more here Läs mer här
  21. This newly recorded expansion of the acclaimed Hollywood Orchestra will boast over 230 Gigabytes of pristine new recordings and powerful new features sound engineered by Shawn Murphy (2019 GRAMMY winner "Best Engineered Album, Classical", ACADEMY AWARD, C.A.S. (Cinema Audio Society), BAFTA, and EMMY award-winning sound engineer). Producers Doug Rogers and Nick Phoenix have also reworked the original content of Hollywood Orchestra (which is required along with the expansion) so the whole collection has a cohesive sound and an easier workflow. Along with Hollywood Orchestra Opus Edition EastWest will release its companion product Hollywood Orchestrator, which will assist in creating award-winning compositions within seconds, and much more! “Hollywood Orchestra is extremely popular with over a half a million users”, said producer Doug Rogers; “Since the release of Hollywood Orchestra, which was created over a 5 year period, we have received a wish list from users and feel we have included most of these requests, and many of our own, in the Opus Edition. The Orchestrator uses multi-samples (not loops) to automate compositions, saving the composer a lot of time, it’s very exciting!” There will be an upgrade path for existing users of Hollywood Orchestra. The Opus Edition and Orchestrator will be included in EastWest’s multiple award-winning subscription service ComposerCloud, and both will be available for purchase. EastWest will release more details, news and exclusive sneak peaks over the coming months on their social media channels, so be sure to follow on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. About EASTWEST EastWest Sounds has been dedicated to perpetual innovation and uncompromising quality of Virtual Instruments for more than 30 years, setting the industry standard as the most critically acclaimed sound developer. Find more about EastWest Sounds at soundsonline.com.
  22. Linköping, Sweden, May 4th, 2020: Weiss Engineering’s EQ1 has been world champ of digital mastering equalizers since its release in 1996. The triumphant sonic qualities of EQ1—combined with its flexibility as a Minimum Phase EQ, a Linear Phase EQ, or a Dynamic EQ—have made it the most highly-prized equalizer out there. A line-by-line code port of the original hardware—with added functionality and ergonomics—the Weiss EQ1 plug-in is the latest and greatest of Softube’s successful partnership with Weiss Engineering. An association that kicked off with the plug-in version of a processor with a place in every mastering studio worldwide, the Weiss DS1-MK3. Released in 2018, the DS1-MK3 plug-in was quickly embraced by the top producers and engineers in the field. Now, as we usher into the ring the best of digital mastering by bringing the Weiss EQ1 into the DAW, it’s finally possible to have both EQ1 and DS1-MK3 from the Weiss Gambit Series in plug-in form. Weiss Gambit Series for Console 1 Next to enter the arena is the Weiss Gambit Series for Console 1. Based on the 1:1 code ports of Weiss DS1-MK3 and Weiss EQ1, the Gambit Series channel strip combines core processing elements from these two hero units into one knockout channel strip for the software/hardware hybrid Console 1. The top features of the most admired digital processors, combined with characteristic Softube extras, make Weiss Gambit Series for Console 1 the precision channel strip that engineers everywhere have been on the edge of their seats waiting for. Weiss Complete Collection For those who want it all and want it all to be Weiss, Softube is releasing the Weiss Complete Collection. The Complete Collection includes our six collaborative Weiss products: the all-new EQ1 and Gambit Series for Console 1, the prized DS1-MK3, plus MM-1, Compressor/Limiter, and Deess. This winning collection gives you indispensable, high-end Weiss mastering at a fraction of the price when purchased separately. Developed closely with and fully endorsed by Weiss Engineering and Daniel Weiss, these products prove that Swiss and Swedish engineering make a stellar team. Every mastering house worldwide will want this bundle of plug-ins in their collection. In short NEW: Weiss EQ1 plug-in—the standard of digital mastering EQs and a must-have for mastering houses worldwide NEW: Weiss Gambit Series for Console 1—the fusion of the core processing elements of DS1-MK3 and EQ1 into one channel strip NEW: Weiss Complete Collection—six collaborative plug-ins including EQ1, Gambit Series for Console 1, DS1-MK3, MM-1, Compressor/Limiter, and Deess Created with and endorsed by Weiss Engineering
  23. 980 Spark is a unit that consists of three modules: Compressor, Colour, and Saturator... This plug-in was especially designed to help enrich and thicken audio content with minimum of effort, without compromising quality and usability. It is a handy tool for sound design, as well as a sophisticated saturation unit. All the controls are carefully selected with workflow in mind, enabling the user to quickly achieve the desired result, while retaining the versatility of the plug-in and allowing space for experimentation. 980 Spark is mostly suited for use during the production process, especially in electronic music but also acoustic or live applications. Combining Compression, EQ and Saturation, allows control of the dynamic range and harmonic content of the sound. The signal first runs through the "Compressor" module, then through the "Colour" module and finally into the "Saturator". This way, the first two stages ("Compressor" and "Colour") essentially define the dynamic and spectral characteristics of the sound that will excite the Saturator, creating a unique spectrum of capabilities on the saturation effect. Features 980 Spark features an easy to use interface, with sample peak metering and clip indication at each output stage for easy gain staging through the plug-in, and expertly tuned modules for musical application... A compressor based on the analogue envelope detection circuit. 6 carefully developed EQ curves. 6 selected and modified saturation algorithms. A combination of the three modules that creates a unique spectrum of saturation effects. Pricing & Availability 980 SPARK: List Price: $129 MAP: $99 Introductory Promo: $49 An introductory promotion shall be available from May 5th, through May 17th, 2020, at the highlighted price above. MIA Laboratories' plug-ins are available through all reputable pro audio resellers worldwide via Plugivery Distribution: plugivery.com/about/dealers Mia Laboratories Plugivery
  24. BRNO, CZECH REPUBLIC: software applications, software effects, and hardware processors developer Audified is proud to introduce an all-new intuitive plug-in product line with VocalMint Saturator — an easy-to-use, one-knob valve saturation shaper with vocal- and speech-specialising powerful processing hidden under the hood — as of April 23… Unlike most one-knob-style plug-ins that only do one thing — think processing a track linearly with a specific effect, Audified’s all-new VocalMint Saturator processes a track through its virtual signal chain to tune multiple vocal- and speech-specific parameters simultaneously. As a valve saturation shaper par excellence, it ably achieves this under the hood — and all without interruption to the creative process. After all, valve saturation is not a linear phenomenon and neither is VocalMint Saturator’s taper. Indeed, it is intelligently optimised for mixing vocals and speech, so saturates accordingly across the whole range of the knob that dominates a gorgeous GUI (Graphical User Interface) that is as easy on the eye as it is to use with a menu that can remain closed or opened for easily accessing additional controls, such as a zoom option or dBU/dBFS calibration. Intuitive in use, anyone can master VocalMint Saturator in a matter of seconds. Saying that, though, there lies a powerful beast below its superficially simplistic surface, saturating whatever track it is applied to while also shaping it using pre-tuned algorithms developed from Audified’s considerable collective music production experience. As Audified has helpfully chosen and carefully crafted the whole saturation chain involved, including subtle equalisation... voilá! All the user needs to do is turn the knob and enjoy employing the vocal- and speech-enhancing results on their own music production. VocalMint Saturator is available to purchase for a time-limited COVID-19 crisis promo price of only $29.00 USD until May 14, 2020 — rising thereafter to $79.00 USD — from Audified’s online shop here: https://shop.audified.com/products/vocalmint-saturator VocalMint Saturator can be directly downloaded as an AAX, AU, VST2, VST3 64-bit native plug-in for MacOS (10.9 and above) and an AAX, VST2, VST3 32- and 64-bit native plug-in for Windows (7, 8, and 10) — alongside a demo version — from Audified here: https://services.audified.com/download (Note that VocalMint Saturator is serial number-protected, so no iLok is required.) For more in-depth info, please visit the dedicated VocalMint Saturator webpage here: https://shop.audified.com/products/vocalmint-saturator
  25. Iisalmi, Finland –May 2020... Genelec –the global leader in professional loudspeakers –is to donate a percentage of every sale of its new RAW loudspeaker range to the Audio Engineering Society (AES), for the remainder of this year. Additionally, Genelec will be funding ten one-year AES memberships for those individuals whose lives have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Founded in the United States in 1948, the AES is the only professional society devoted exclusively to audio technology. Since then, the Society has grown to become an international organisation that unites audio engineers, creative artists, scientists and students worldwide by promoting advances in audio, and disseminating new knowledge and research. Genelec has been a sustaining member of the AES for many years, and greatly appreciates the benefits that the Society brings to individuals for career advancement, and to the audio industry as a whole. The AES’s crucial Standards work, promotion of audio research, development of milestone events and education spanning the breadth of audio technology has led the industry forward for more than 70 years. Unfortunately, the cashflow of the AES has been significantly affected recently by the coronavirus situation. So to help sustain itself and continue to support its members, the Society is looking to raise $500,000 in donations. Genelec Managing Director Siamak Naghian comments: “To us, the AES represents the only serious forum for the development of audio, and the work it does for our industry is invaluable. In its pursuit of excellence and dedication to raising the bar in the industry, it is without equal, and our approaches have much in common. We will do everything we can to help the Society through the ongoing crisis, and this donation is just one way of showing our support and appreciation for this much-loved institution.” Genelec’s special RAW aluminium colour finish is available on a selection of the most popular models in its Studio, AV and Home Audio ranges. All RAW models feature the timeless Minimum Diffraction Enclosure (MDE) design, developed in close collaboration with leading industrial designer Harri Koskinen, and fashioned from recycled aluminium. The RAW versions require no painting and less finishing material than standard painted models –creating an even more environmentally friendly loudspeaker that allows the natural beauty of the enclosure’s raw aluminium to shine through, and gives each individual loudspeaker a unique look and feel. Genelec will donate a percentage of each global RAW sale to the AES, and is also inviting professional or student members of the audio community who have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis to apply for a 12 month AES membership. Genelec will then select ten worthy recipients, and fund the membership for eachof them. This initiative sits alongside Genelec’s existing Ilpo Martikainen Audio Visionary Scholarship, offered annually to U.S. graduate students in the field of audio engineering who are members of the Society. The scholarship is offered in associationwith the AES Education Foundation to students who have a passion for advancing audio through innovation and technology development. “Genelec has been a steadfast partner to the AES for decades, contributing resources and expertise that play a major role in the quality of our Convention technical programs,” shares AES President Agnieszka Roginska. “Genelec engineers consistently and generously share their knowledge as well, enriching the dialogues that advance the science and practice that are the foundation of professional audio. With the announcement that they are contributing a share of the proceeds of all sales of the new Genelec RAW loudspeakers to the AES’s current fundraising initiative, Genelec is reinforcing their commitment to the continued vitality of the audio industry. The AES greatly appreciates Genelec’s pledge of yet further support, helping sustain the Society’s essential contributions to the audio industry.” For more information on the AES fundraising initiative please visit: https://customer258769455.portal.membersuite.com/donations/MakeDonation.aspx To apply to Genelec for a one year AES membership please visit: www.genelec.com/AES For more information on Genelec RAW, please visit www.genelec.com/RAW
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