Harmony Central Press Room http://www.harmonycentral.com/ Get the lastest news from the Harmony Central's Press Room <![CDATA[What Do You Get When Fender And Jose Cuervo Collaborate? A Custom Shop Agave Strat!]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/what-do-you-get-when-fender-and-jose-cuervo-collaborate-a-custom-shop-agave-strat Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:15:22 GMT
World's First Agave Stratocaster Unveiled by Fender Custom Shop


HOLLYWOOD, California.  (April 27, 2017) — This latest collaboration fuses an innovative use of tequila’s thorny ingredient with Fender’s most iconic guitar model that musicians have been playing for more than seven decades.
Since 1998, the Jose Cuervo Foundation has been working with artisans to explore agave’s many uses beyond tequila, most recently working with Ford Motor Company on sustainable agave car parts, and big wave surfer Gary Linden to create the first 100% agave surfboard. Steeped in tradition, both Fender and Jose Cuervo Tradicional share a dedication to quality craftsmanship and a passion for innovation. Designed and constructed by Fender Custom Shop Master Builder Paul Waller as Fender Custom Shop celebrates its 30th anniversary, the Cuervo x Fender Agave Stratocaster is a unique art guitar that, in the true innovative spirit of the Custom Shop, tests the limits of guitar craftsmanship.
Inspired by Mexico’s picturesque landscape, culture and native agave plant, the Cuervo x Fender Agave Stratocaster is about as 100% agave as it can get, with all traditional wood elements replaced by agave plant-based material. While the instrument features a pure agave body, 21-fret neck and fingerboard, the two-piece ‘56 Stratocaster remains true to tradition with all-genuine Fender hardware, a custom-engraved neck plate with a Jose Cuervo inscription, and hand-wound Fat ‘50s neck, RWRP middle and bridge pickups. In the end, the Cuervo x Fender Agave Stratocaster took more than 30 work hours to design and meticulously build, with an additional five days used for agave stalk harvesting and guitar sealing.
“It shows we can make guitars out of nearly anything, and they still embody the distinctive sound of a Strat® or a Tele®,” said Paul Waller, veteran Fender Custom Shop Master Builder known for building guitars for rock royalty and successfully creating the first functioning cardboard Stratocaster in 2015. “The Agave Stratocaster has a specific sound compared to an alder and maple guitar, a unique tone that is going to start a conversation, and that’s the purpose  –  it’s exactly what the Fender Custom Shop has been doing for the past 30 years.”
“Jose Cuervo Tradicional is proud to be working with Fender to further develop our uses for agave innovation,” said Sonia Espinola, director of heritage for the Jose Cuervo Foundation and Master Tequilera. “As the world’s no. 1-selling tequila, we could never have imagined the hundreds of agave plants we were cultivating would eventually multiply to millions. This collaboration, which brings to life the connection between Jose Cuervo and rock & roll, celebrates two great companies working together to create something iconic.”
The creative process began in Summer 2016, when Waller traveled to Tequila, Mexico – steeping himself in agave while he toured Jose Cuervo’s distillery, La Rojeña. At his side was notable surfboard shaper Gary Linden, who has worked with agave for more than 30 years and created the first 100% agave surfboard in partnership with Jose Cuervo in 2015. Linden worked alongside Waller to harvest the agave materials and complete the sealing of the guitar. Using the agave plant material helped to reduce environmental impact, as the stalk harvesting process happens at the end of the plant’s life and does not disturb regrowth of the species.
Jose Cuervo’s dedication to agave sustainability and knowledge about the plant helped Waller to rethink his approach to the shaping, sanding and preparation process. One of the biggest challenges Waller faced was working with the extremely soft agave plant material. For this reason, Paul used 10-gauge strings with the agave neck and fretboard. Featuring a beautiful, rugged aestheticas well as a variety of color and texture throughout, the guitar is lightweight – an estimated weight of 6.5 pounds – weighing significantly less than guitars made of traditional hardwoods. The sound of the instrument is musical with the “quackiness” of a Stratocaster pickup, making it a tonal fit for surf music. While musical performance was not the primary goal, groundwork for future industry innovation has been laid.
For more information on the Cuervo x Fender Agave Stratocaster, please visit www.fendercustomshop.com or JoseCuervo.com. For technical specs, additional information on new Fender products and to find a retail partner near you, visit www.fender.com. Join the conversation on social media by following @Fender and @JoseCuervoTequila.
About the Cuervo X Fender Agave Stratocaster:
Paul Waller’s ‘56 Stratocaster features a two-piece pure agave body, neck and fingerboard, however, the instrument remains true to tradition with all-genuine chrome Fender hardware, switch tip and pickup covers, as well as a custom-engraved neck plate with the Jose Cuervo inscription. In response to the softer agave properties, Waller paired 10-gauge strings with the 21-fret agave neck and fretboard. Other features include: hand-wound Fat ‘50s neck, RWRP middle and bridge pickups; an agave paper backplate; American Vintage Stratocaster bridge; and upgraded vintage Stratocaster fret wire all packaged up in a Fender Custom Shop tweed Stratocaster case with a special pouch for a shot glass and bottle of tequila. The Cuervo x Fender Agave Stratocaster is a proud creation of the Fender Custom Shop in partnership with Jose Cuervo and will not be available for purchase at retail.  
About Fender Musical Instruments Corporation:
Since 1946, Fender has revolutionized music and culture as one of the world’s leading musical instrument manufacturers, marketers and distributors. Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC), whose portfolio of brands includes Fender®, Squier®, Gretsch® guitars, Jackson®, EVH® and Charvel®, follows a player-centric approach to crafting the highest quality instruments and musical solutions across genres. FMIC is dedicated to unlocking the power of music through electric and acoustic guitars, amplifiers, pro audio, accessories and digital products that inspire and enable musical expression at every stage, from beginners to history-making legends.
About Jose Cuervo®:
Jose Cuervo is the largest producer of tequila throughout Mexico and around the world. The Jose Cuervo portfolio of tequilas includes Jose Cuervo Especial® Gold, the world's best-selling Tequila, Jose Cuervo Tradicional®, Jose Cuervo® Reserva de la Familia®, Jose Cuervo Golden Margarita®, Authentic Jose Cuervo Margaritas® and Jose Cuervo Margarita Mix®. For more information, visit www.cuervo.com.
<![CDATA[Orbit And Eclipse Take Komplete Kontrol Of The Maschine]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/orbit-and-eclipse-take-komplete-kontrol-of-the-maschine Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:05:56 GMT


Wide Blue Sound strikes partnership with Native Instruments to harness hardware integration for ORBIT and ECLIPSE


LOS ANGELES, CA, USA: Wide Blue Sound, creator of cutting-edge instruments for KONTAKT, is proud to announce a partnership with Native Instruments that allows its renowned ORBIT and ECLIPSE virtual synths to be used with NI’s NKS® (Native Kontrol Standard) hardware — namely, KOMPLETE KONTROL S- Series keyboards and MASCHINE workstation...


Wide Blue Sound is a company continually committed to integrating its software products with hardware — a rarity in today’s industry. “NKS is an important first step in harnessing the natural experience of hardware with the infinite creative potential of software,” states company co-founder and CEO Nathan Rightnour. “We’ll always be working to ‘bridge the gap’ in ways that bring usability and a visceral excitement to our software.”


ORBIT and ECLIPSE are the perfect powerhouses for creating stunning synth sounds, driving pulses, and atmospheric worlds, thanks to their critically-acclaimed interface and world-class sound design. With well-thought-through, creative mappings and tags for ORBIT and ECLIPSE, KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards and MASCHINE workstations react with the feel of a custom hardware instrument. Indeed, ORBIT and ECLIPSE users with access to the trailblazing hardware will now feel closer than ever to their favourite Wide Blue Sound software synth... synths already benefitting from critically-acclaimed interface design that, according to Keyboard magazine, “All instrument makers could take heed to.”


The latest NKS®-supporting ORBIT and ECLIPSE updates bring with them the best of both worlds — intuitive interfaces and seamless interaction with intuitive tactility, thanks to Native Instruments’ innovative hardware. Hardened users and novices alike will be amazed at how fast they can come up with something stunning to fit any musical mood or emotion, whether wanting to tweak the dreamy, mysterious, or dark universe of sound in ORBIT or enter ECLIPSE’s pioneering heavy, forceful, and aggressive sonic vistas. The choice is out there — quite literally at the fingertips of KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards and MASCHINE owners.


ORBIT and ECLIPSE are designed by working professionals in film, TV, video game, and electronic music production, built upon the idea that intuitive products provide the most inspirational results. Indeed, inspiration comes quickly since both instruments share three distinct sound engines. Engaging PULSE mode makes creating modern percussive elements easy; CHOP mode is best suited to fashioning electronic, stuttered stylings; and FLOW mode permits pads and texture creation like never before. Better still, users can seamlessly morph between those three engines using four independent 64-step sequencers — each with their own independent time base — that can modulate 24 useful parameters to further the creation of interesting, musical, and evolving sounds. Sculpting sounds still further comes courtesy of delays, multiple modulations, diverse distortions, and a special convolution engine that includes several practical creative impulses and beautiful reverbs from world-class hardware units commonly used in cinematic production.


Thanks to NKS® support, sound-shaping nirvana with Wide Blue Sound’s updated ORBIT and ECLIPSE is as simple as the turn of a knob. Each innovative instrument includes 250 track-starting presets. Put it this way: whatever way users choose to intuitively interact with them, the results are always out of this world!


NKS®-supporting versions of ORBIT and ECLIPSE can be respectively purchased and digitally downloaded directly from Wide Blue Sound for $199.00 USD and $149.00 USD from here: www.widebluesound.com (Note that both products are also available as the PLANETARY BUNDLE, including beta access to SKYPAD Remote, for $298.00 USD, representing a substantial saving of $50.00 USD.)


Note Native Instruments’ KONTAKT — full or free KONTAKT PLAYER (5.5.2 or higher) version — powers Wide Blue Sound products. For more in-depth information, please visit the dedicated ORBIT and ECLIPSE webpage here: www.widebluesound.com


Watch Wide Blue Sound Founder & CEO Nathan Rightnour’s ‘Quick Drive’ ORBIT overview video here:



Watch Wide Blue Sound’s engaging ECLIPSE trailer video here: https://youtu.be/QCirtMFnEvU




About Wide Blue Sound (www.widebluesound.com)

Wide Blue Sound creates modern instruments for forward-thinking musicians. It is powered by Hollywood composers Jeff Rona and Nathan Rightnour. Its renowned ORBIT and ECLIPSE virtual synths have been called “...incredible...” (Glitch Mob) while winning over reviewers around the globe: “I can’t remember a synth where I’ve had so much fun” (MusicTech Magazine)

© 2017 Wide Blue Sound

<![CDATA[ Introducing HyperGravity Mini Compressor & Mimiq Mini Doubler ]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/introducing-hypergravity-mini-compressor--mimiq-mini-doubler Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:58:25 GMT
Introducing HyperGravity Mini Compressor & Mimiq Mini Doubler
Mini Versions of Our HyperGravity & Mimiq Pedals
This dynamic duo will give you huge guitar tone without holding your pedalboard to ransom. Featuring our acclaimed MD3 and doubling algorithms respectively, HyperGravity Mini Compressor and Mimiq Mini Doubler are possibly some of the most powerful pedals we've ever put into mini format!
HyperGravity Mini Compressor is the world's smallest multi-band compressor. We took all of the good stuff - performance, usability, even the green-sparkle paint-job - from our acclaimed HyperGravity Compressor and condensed it down into a super-compact enclosure. 
  • Studio-Quality multiband compressor
  • Ultra-compact design
  • TonePrint enabled
Mimiq Mini Doubler brings you the same ground-breaking live guitar doubling as its bigger brother. With our proprietary doubler algorithm condensed and squeezed it into an even smaller enclosure, Mimiq Mini delivers actual studio-grade double tracking in an impossibly compact pedal.
  • The world's smallest realistic guitar doubling pedal
  • Adds an additional guitar track on top of your dry signal
  • Makes your riffs and solos sound massive
<![CDATA[Propellerhead Announces Free Reason 9.5 Update With VST Support]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/propellerhead-announces-free-reason-9.5-update-with-vst-support Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:55:16 GMT

Propellerhead Announces Free Reason 9.5 Update With VST Support


Reason’s legendary workflow opens up new and creative ways to use VST plugins 
Stockholm, Sweden, April 28, 2017 – Propellerhead Software today announced Reason 9.5, the newest update to the award-winning Reason music production software. Reason 9.5 is a free update for Reason 9 owners that introduces VST support – the number-one feature request by both Reason and non-Reason owners alike. 
Drag and drop from the browser, use CV and audio connections with your plugins, play in new ways with Players, put them in Combinators with Reason’s own devices or Rack Extensions. Explore a new workflow and discover new creative ways to use VST plugins with Reason 9.5. 
“Today’s music makers need access to all the great software instruments and effects out there – but without compromising their creative process,” said Mattias Häggström Gerdt, Reason Product Manager. “Opening your favorite VST plugins in Reason taps into Reason’s legendary workflow, from simply playing your favorite instruments to using the audio and CV connections for a truly modular music-making experience." 
Reason 9 was released in June of last year and introduced a host of new devices, sounds and creative tools that inspire music makers to create more and better music – from creative spark to polished production. Since Reason 9’s release, Propellerhead has released two free updates, bringing Ableton’s Link technology to the Reason rack and improving their Rack Extension SDK with highly requested features. 
Buy Reason 9 today and receive the Reason 9.5 update for free. Reason 9.5 will be released on May 29, and any owner of Reason 9 will receive the new version for free through Reason’s auto update. 
For full details regarding the Reason 9.5 update, visit www.propellerheads.se.  
View the Reason 9.5 video here
Pricing and Availability
Reason 9.5 will be released on May 29, and any owner of Reason 9 will receive the new version for free through Reason’s auto update. 
Reason 9 is currently available as a direct download from Propellerhead’s website or from an authorized dealer at the following suggested retail pricing:
Reason 9 USD $449 / EUR €405
Reason Essentials 9 USD $129 / EUR €120
Reason 9 Upgrade (from any previous Reason version) USD $129 / EUR €129
User interface on Propellerhead Reason 9.5
CV routing on Propellerhead Reason 9.5
About Propellerhead Software
We’re driven by a dream – of a world where anyone and everyone can make music. A world where technology helps bring your musical visions to life. No matter who you are – a producer living for a chartbusting hit, a songwriter laying random lyrics over a restless beat, or someone who thrills to squelchy synths – we can help make your dreams come true. 
Since 1994 we’ve been creating innovative and affordable music software – products like Reason, ReCycle and Rebirth that countless professionals and enthusiasts use to make all kinds of music. 
If you’re passionate about music and restless for new ideas, we’re ready to take you where you want to go – and beyond. Join us in living the dream! 
<![CDATA[Studios Pack Heads Into A/T's New Studio Headphone Pack]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/studios-pack-heads-into-ats-new-studio-headphone-pack Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:48:40 GMT


Audio-Technica Now Shipping Critically Acclaimed M-Series Headphones in New Studio Headphone Pack Bundles
— ATH-PACK4 and ATH-PACK5 are convenient headphone solutions for both project and commercial studios alike —
STOW, OH, April 27, 2017Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, is now shipping two new headphone bundles perfect for the tracking and mixing needs of both personal home/demo studios and commercial facilities. These packages offer a convenient and cost effective way to outfit a facility with an all-in-one headphone solution.  
The ATH-PACK4 Studio Headphone Pack includes one set of ATH-M40x Professional Monitor Headphones and three sets of ATH-M20x Professional Monitor Headphones (suited for mixing and tracking, respectively). The ATH-PACK5 Studio Headphone Pack includes one set of ATH-M50x Professional Monitor Headphones and four sets of ATH-M20x headphones. Both of these configurations offer savings over sourcing the components separately: the ATH-PACK4 is priced at US $199.00, and the ATH-PACK5 is priced at US $299.00.  
ATH-M40x Professional Monitor Headphones
The high-performance ATH-M40x professional headphones are tuned flat for incredibly accurate audio monitoring across an extended frequency range. The studio experience is enhanced with superior sound isolation and swiveling earcups for convenient one-ear monitoring, and professional-grade earpad and headband material provides exceptional durability and comfort. The collapsible design offers space-saving portability and storage, and the headphones come with two detachable cables (a 1.2m-3m coiled cable and 3m straight cable). Engineered with pro-grade materials and robust construction, the M40x excels in professional studio tracking and mixing, as well as DJ monitoring. 
ATH-M50x Professional Monitor Headphones
The original ATH-M50 has been praised by leading audio engineers and journalists worldwide, and the ATH-M50x features the exact same coveted sonic signature as the original, with the addition of refined earpads and three detachable cables (a 1.2m-3m coiled cable, 3m straight cable and 1.2m straight cable). From the large aperture drivers to sound isolating earcups and robust construction, the M50x provides an unmatched experience for the most critical audio applications, including recording, broadcast, DJ, live sound and personal listening. The ATH-M50x is available in black (ATH-M50x) and white (ATH-M50xWH). 
ATH-M20x Professional Monitor Headphones
The ATH-M20x headphones are a great introduction to A-T’s critically acclaimed M-Series line. Modern design and high-quality materials combine to deliver a comfortable listening experience, with enhanced audio and effective isolation. These headphones are an excellent choice for tracking and mixing. The ATH-M20x features a convenient single-side cable exit with a permanently attached 3m cable. 
The ATH-PACK4 and ATH-PACK5 Studio Headphone Packs are now available. 
For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.
Audio-Technica’s ATH-PACK4 Studio Headphone Pack, including one set of ATH-M40x Professional Monitor Headphones and three sets of ATH-M20x Professional Monitor Headphones.
Audio-Technica’s ATH-PACK5 Studio Headphone Pack, including one set of ATH-M50x Professional Monitor Headphones and four sets of ATH-M20x headphones.
See more here:
  • Audio-Technica Promotional Video: “Always Listening to the Music That Moves Us”
  • Audio for Video Techniques Videos
  • Recording Techniques Videos
  • Additional News Releases
Celebrating over 50 years of audio excellence worldwide, Audio-Technica is a leading innovator in transducer technology, renowned for the design and manufacture of microphones, wireless microphones, headphones, mixers, and electronics for the audio industry. 

<![CDATA[Tropical Chillout - The Vocal Edition]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/tropical-chillout---the-vocal-edition Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:42:22 GMT



'Tropical Chillout: Vocal Edition' brings you five blissful Construction Kits packed full of lush Tropical instrumentation, silky melodies and complete vocal performances. You'll find flutes, pianos, guitars and more, all set against a backdrop of slick modern Pop drums. These ethereal Construction Kits and vocals are perfect for whiling away the hours on the terrace.

At the heart of each kit are vocal performances, perfect for inspiring new ideas or for chopping and re-sampling. And of course wet and dry files are included, as well as one-shots and MIDI files.

MIDI Files Included:

Like so many other Producer Loops products, 'Tropical Chillout - Vocal Edition' includes MIDI files for the majority of musical phrases heard in each Kit, allowing you to seamlessly mix your favourite synths and samplers with the sounds contained in the pack.

Advantages of MIDI:

While the supplied ACID/Apple Loops/REX files are extremely flexible and powerful, MIDI has the added benefit of allowing you to go to extremes of pitch and tempo beyond which the loops were originally recorded, with no time stretching or pitch shifting artefacts. Furthermore, you can make tweaks to the riffs so they fit perfectly into your existing mixes.

One-Shot Samples:

This pack also includes one-shot samples, allowing you to create new beats, fills and loops to complement the existing material. Simply load them up into your sampler of choice and create an infinite number of new grooves and phrases.

Dry/Wet Loops:

For users looking to simply drag and drop, the 'wet' files contain all of the effects processing heard in the audio demos. But for producers looking to create their own effects mix, 'dry' loops are also included. Don't like the wet loops? No problem; add your own effects.

Unlooped Riffs/Tails:

This sample library also comes with unlooped/tail versions allowing you to end a phrase with the decay of the reverb/delay applied to the loop, another "Producer Loops" exclusive product feature.


All of the loops in this product are 100% Royalty-Free (including the vocal loops), so once purchased, you can use these loops in your commercial releases without having to pay any hidden costs.


• 5 Construction Kits
• 399 Individual WAVE Files
• Guitars, Pianos, Synths, FX and Vocals
• ACIDized WAV Files
• Apple Loops/AIFF Files
• REX2 Loops
• Reason ReFill
• Loops sync to BPM
• 44.1 kHz/24-Bit
• PC/Mac Compatible
• Royalty-Free (No Exceptions)

Price and Availability:

‘Tropical Chillout: Vocal Edition' is available for instant download exclusively at ProducerLoops.com for £29.95 / 35,57 EUR. More information is available at: https://www.producerloops.com


<![CDATA[Transform Tool Is Transformative]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/transform-tool-is-transformative Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:04:49 GMT






SONAR Platinum’s new Transform Tool gives you full sculpting power to create more feel and expression in your MIDI instruments.



Why the Transform Tool Is Transformative


Scale, stretch, and ramp selected controller data using the Transform Tool’s intuitive controls—even warp data in time within the selection. And the Transform window automatically follows your selected MIDI notes to align controller edits to note start and end times—how easy is that?


Learn more about this latest SONAR innovation, and all the other features packed into this SONAR 2017.04 Update



<![CDATA[Your NEXI Delay?]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/your-nexi-delay Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:39:11 GMT


NEXI Industries Delivers Delay Pedal with Innovation Players Have Been Waiting For



AMSTERDAAM, NETHERLANDS (April 26, 2017) — Without further delay, NEXI Industries proudly introduces, well... a delay pedal for electric guitar! Whether it’s used to create a natural echo, a rhythmic repeat, or a deeper, spacey feeling, NEXI’s Delay (DLY-01) delivers a pure, rich, and warm tone, all with a new click-and-play functionality that’s ideal for the active guitarist. This is it—the essential delay pedal players have been waiting for.


Like all NEXI pedals, Delay was designed by boutique effect pedal creators, the self-declared “Vintage Analog Protection Squad,” who are committed to providing a unique tone without compromise. Delay is a digital/analog pedal with a direct analog signal path to achieve natural tone. Like most pedals in its class, Delay features Time (35 ms at minimum and 598 ms at maximum), Repeat, and Level controls on a lighted-rim interface.


Dial up Time to shorten the length of time between any two repetitions of the signal, or dial up Repeat to increase the amount of repetitions that create the feedback loop. Level controls how loud the repeats are compared to the original signal. Use a subtle delay for a doubling effect that sounds like another guitar playing in unison with the original signal, or use a lower delay for pseudo chorusing and flanging sounds. Get faux reverb, slapback echo, or just go right to church with a Van Halen “Cathedral” dotted eighth-note effect. Symphonic magic is right at the player’s fingertips—and even more so at their feet. 



All NEXI pedals are true bypass and hybrid, and all are tailor-made to plug ‘n play. That means Delay can be used standalone with a 9V battery or plugged right into the external power supply of NEXI’s revolutionary pedal board. Aptly named “The Solution,” this heavy-duty board has a two-channel switch and three-step booster to satisfy every guitarist’s ego. It’s also equipped with covers that protect ports against dirt and beverage spills (splash-proof), a built-in tuner and power supply, and two charging docks for tablet or smartphone. Players can rock confidently, knowing that their board—and their Delay pedal—are safe and sound.


So don’t delay, unless it’s the effect in a song! Learn more and hear a demo at https://nexi.eu/products/digi-ana-delay.


Retail $105.00 USD


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<![CDATA[Roland GO:MIXER Compact Audio Mixer For Smartphones Is Now Available]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/roland-gomixer-compact-audio-mixer-for-smartphones-is-now-available Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:24:53 GMT
Roland GO:MIXER Compact Audio Mixer for Smartphones is Now Available

Perform, mix audio, and record video with your smartphone – all at once
Los Angeles, CA, April 26, 2017 — Roland announces the availability of GO:MIXER, a compact audio mixer for smartphone video production. Compatible with iOS and Android smartphones, GO:MIXER connects digitally via an included cable, providing clear stereo sound that’s a marked upgrade over using the phone’s built-in mono mic or analog line input. With multiple inputs available, users can connect a mic, musical instruments, and media players, and mix them all together live while they shoot. Ultra-portable and simple to use, GO:MIXER is the ideal solution for adding a pro sound touch to social media videos.
At CES 2017, the Roland GO:MIXER received acclaim from leading industry journalists, winning three Best Of Show Awards, including the “Best of CES 2017” award from iPhone Life magazine.
With the great video quality of today’s smartphones, capturing music performances and other types of content has never been easier. However, recording a high-quality audio soundtrack along with a video has typically required complicated external gear and time-consuming editing in post-production. GO:MIXER greatly simplifies the production process, enabling users to capture audio directly to a smartphone video in real time.
Offering plug-and-play convenience, GO:MIXER is ready to use out of the box. It’s powered by the smartphone connection, so no batteries are required. And with a compact size that measures just 3.75 inches (95 mm) square and 1.1 inches (28 mm) tall, GO:MIXER is perfect for desktop and mobile use.
GO:MIXER supports connecting up to five sources at once via inputs for a vocal mic, guitar/bass, stereo keyboard, and two stereo line-level devices (such as music players, drum machines, etc.). Front-panel knobs provide hands-on mixing for the mic and instruments. There’s also a stereo output jack for monitoring the sound via headphones or an external amplification system, plus a dedicated panel knob for adjusting the monitor level.
One of GO:MIXER’s line-level inputs offers a selectable Center Cancel function, which reduces the volume of the main vocal in a music track that’s playing through the input. This is a great feature for singers, allowing them to create karaoke-style tracks on the fly.
The GO:MIXER compact audio mixer for smartphones has a U.S. Street price of $99. To learn more, visit www.Roland.com.
Roland GO:MIXER Compact Audio Mixer  
About Roland Corporation
Roland Corporation is a leading manufacturer and distributor of electronic musical instruments, including keyboards and synthesizers, guitar products, electronic percussion, digital recording equipment, amplifiers, audio processors, and multimedia products. With more than 40 years of musical instrument development, Roland sets the standard in music technology for the world to follow. For more information, visit www.Roland.com or see your local Roland dealer.
<![CDATA[Stickies - Not Just For Notes Anymore]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/stickies---not-just-for-notes-anymore Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:38:02 GMT
Essentials Range 
NEW Stickies Advanced & Overcovers Advanced


We are delighted to introduce our brand new "Essentials" range at NAB.

"Essentials" is the new name for the Rycote consumable solutions for use with Lavalier microphones. These invaluable products enable sound pros to mount lav mics, and provide protection against unwanted noises from clothing rustle and wind. Building on the success of our existing Stickies, Undercovers and Overcovers (which will all continue), we are launching brand new, Advanced versions of the Stickies and Overcovers to offer more choice and flexibility for customers.   

Stickies Advanced
Improved, super-sticky, double-sided, 23mm hypoallergenic adhesive pads used to affix lavalier microphones directly onto skin or on top of clothing. The soft fabric sandwiched between the two adhesive pads prevents the adhered mic from creaking due to skin or clothing movement.
Key Features:
- Stronger hypoallergenic adhesive on both sides
- Supplied loose in the packet, with easy peel-off tabs
- Three types:

featuring increased diameter, ideal for use with the ever-popular DPA Concealers
allow wind protection on DPA Concealers, folded-over with Overcovers

ideal for the Sanken RM-11 for Sanken COS-11, the RBM for Voice Technologies VT500 & for general cable management on radio mics
Overcovers Advanced
Overcovers utilise Rycote exclusive fur technology, providing excellent wind noise protection for lavalier microphones. They consist of a discreet, fur covering and are supplied with Stickies. With a Stickie affixed to clothing or skin, the fur disc is affixed over the top of a lavalier microphone.
Key features:
- Larger size (26mm) to match the DPA Concealers 
- Supplied with Stickies Advanced Round, which are 23mm diameter (larger than original Stickies) 
- New BEIGE color in addition to Black, Gray and White
Redding Audio, LLC | 203.269.1808 |  sales@reddingaudio.com 
<![CDATA[Make A Good Electronic Impression ]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/make-a-good-electronic-impression Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:30:29 GMT


Puremagnetik Releases Electronic Impressions Bundle for Ableton Live, Kontakt and Logic.
Electronic Impressions is a grab bag of 9 Packs handpicked by Puremagnetik to give users a quick leap into electronic music production. Whether you are producing techno, dubstep, house or synthwave, Electronic Impressions has been tailored to provide a full palette of production-ready sounds to get you going. 
For the rest of April get Electronic Impressions at an introductory offer of only $9. After April it will be priced at $99. 
Electronic Impressions includes Puremagnetik's Analog Bass Volume 1, Analog Bass Volume 2, Juniper Part 2, Infinite Spaces, Digital Beatboxes, FM Drums, Vintage '80s Classics, Mark Two Berlin and Analog Drums.
• Over 3GB of Sounds
• 9 Expertly Programmed Packs
• Thousands of Samples
• Ableton Push Ready
• Kontakt KSP Easy-Edit Interfaces

Minimum Requirements
• Ableton Live 9.2, Kontakt 5, Logic X 
<![CDATA[Uke Proliferation Continues]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/uke-proliferation-continues Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:24:30 GMT


All new, all solid high performance ukes


A stunning and unique look meets high quality components and modern features. With their built-in armrest, the custom carved cutaway, bone nut & saddle and the solid wood conctruction the ECLIPSE SERIES ukuleles are an absolute „no brainer“. Besides the concert sized model, this series features a tenor sized 6-string and 8-string version adding two or four octave tuned strings to the standard string set. The highlights of these models are the custom designed eclipse fretboard inlay and the matching eclipse rosette which give this guitar a stunning appereance on every stage.




Available in stores now!

PRICE: ECLIPSE-CC4: 349,00€ | SSP: $359,99
PRICE: ECLIPSE-TE6: 369,00€ | SSP: $379,99
PRICE: ECLIPSE-TE8: 389,00€ | SSP: $399,99


• Solid Mahogany top
• Solid Mahogany back & sides
• Solid Okoume neck
• Slotted headstock
• Rosewood fretboard & bridge
• Rosewood top, bottom & fretboard binding
• Rosewood rear headstock veneer
• Eclipse fretboard inlay
• Eclipse soundhole
• Bone nut & saddle
• Aquila strings
• Free deluxe gig bag incl.



<![CDATA[Country - That Pops]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/country---that-pops Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:18:44 GMT

This is the perfect collection of EZkeys MIDI for writers of modern rock or pop looking to infuse some commercial country flair in their next batch of songs. Start writing!
<![CDATA[New Loops Releases Serum Bass]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/new-loops-releases-serum-bass Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:25:01 GMT


New Loops Releases Serum Bass (Presets for Serum)


New Loops presents Serum Bass - 64 highly refined modern Bass presets for Xfer Serum. These Bass presets are not for the faint-hearted, they’re big, deep, loud and damn right grimy.

You’ll find everything from distorted Dubstep wobbles and sequences, robotic bandpass  sweeps, and metallic Trap subs to punchy FM Trance Basses, dual-tone Future House plucks, electric EDM Basses and a lot more!

Serum bass is available now for £12.99 (includes 15% off). Download the Fee Demo from https://newloops.com/products/serum-bass

Audio Demo - https://soundcloud.com/newloops/serum-bass



<![CDATA[PreSonus Announces Quantum—New Flagship Thunderbolt Interface]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/presonus-announces-quantumnew-flagship-thunderbolt-interface Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:22:01 GMT
PreSonus Announces Quantum—New Flagship Thunderbolt Interface
Baton Rouge, Louisiana—April 2017… A great choice for a wide variety of recording environments, the 26x32-channel Quantum is PreSonus®’ fastest and best-sounding audio/MIDI interface, taking advantage of the high-speed Thunderbolt™ 2 bus and a no-frills, direct-to-DAW signal path to achieve extremely low latency. Cutting-edge 24-bit, 192 kHz converters with 120 dB of dynamic range and PreSonus’ recallable XMAX microphone preamps combine to deliver superb audio quality. For more I/O channels, simply stack up to 4 Quantum interfaces via Thunderbolt to create a monster 96x96 system. 
The Quantum offers two combo mic/instrument/line inputs and six combo mic/line inputs, each with a digitally controlled XMAX preamp and +48V phantom power. You also get two ¼” TRS main outputs, the aforementioned eight ¼” TRS line outputs, and two independent headphone outs with dedicated volume controls. With ADAT Optical I/O and S/PDIF stereo digital I/O, you can have up to 18 additional digital inputs and outputs for a total of 26 in and 32 out. BNC word clock I/O ensures your Quantum and other digital audio devices operate in tight sync. Of course, you get MIDI I/O, too.
Designed to be the central hub for any recording studio, the Quantum offers two main and eight auxiliary balanced line-level outputs that are great for monitor mixing. An onboard talkback mic can be routed to any mix, and you can listen to any mix from either of two headphone amps. You also get Mute/Dim and Mono controls.
With the Quantum, your audio interface is an integrated extension of your recording environment. Launch the included PreSonus Studio One® Artist DAW, and you’ll find full preamp control functions integrated into your recording environment. Most of the Quantum’s features can also be controlled in PreSonus’ free UC Surface control software, so even if you use third-party recording software, you can remotely access the features. To top it off, Quantum owners get the Studio Magic plug-in suite free and can upgrade to Studio One Professional for 50% off.
With its pro features, flexible software, and abundant I/O, the Quantum serves as a powerful combination audio interface and studio command center that fits into any recording and production environment. The Quantum interface is expected to be available in the second quarter of 2017 at an anticipated MAP/street price of $999.95. For more information, please visit www.presonus.com/products/Quantum-Thunderbolt-Interfaces.
Quantum front panel.

Quantum rear panel.

About PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc.
Founded in 1995, PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc., is a leading designer and manufacturer of audio-recording and live-sound software, hardware, and related accessories. PreSonus's software, microphone preamps, signal processors, digital audio interfaces, digital mixers, control surfaces, loudspeakers, and other products are used worldwide for recording, sound reinforcement, broadcast, sound design, and Internet audio.
<![CDATA[DPA Leaves Customers To Their Own D:vices]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/dpa-leaves-customers-to-their-own-dvices Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:13:22 GMT

DPA Microphones Introduces Studio-Quality Audio on the Go 
with the d:vice™ Digital Audio Interface

Company introduces new two-channel microphone preamp and A/D converter exclusively for iOS, Mac® and PC


ALLEROED, DENMARK, APRIL 24, 2017 – Already popular among broadcast journalists, musicians, front of house engineers, theatres, churches, television and film productions, DPA Microphones continues to diversify its product offerings with its new d:vice™ MMA-A Digital Audio Interface. This latest preamp offers unprecedented audio quality for live and mobile journalists in the field. Working together with any iOS device, Mac® or PC computer, broadcasting or recording crystal clear sound anywhere in the world is easier than ever.

Journalists around the world are already using their smartphones to capture the news. It works fairly well because today’s phones are capable of taking high-quality pictures and videos. The component that is missing is high-quality audio. For news broadcasts, it is equally important to have audio quality that matches or exceeds the video for the message to be understood. This is exactly the challenge that the d:vice™ solves. When used with a DPA microphone, the d:vice™ is able to capture or stream audio in quality previously only available in the studio. When it’s not possible to have an experienced sound engineer on site, the d:vice™ can act as a ‘mini sound engineer in your pocket’.

The d:vice™ MMA-A Digital Audio Interface is a high-quality, two-channel microphone preamp and A/D converter offering mono, dual and stereo capabilities. This flexibility allows a journalist to use the equipment for any unexpected situation that might arise during their day. Whether it be a two-channel interview situation or a session of recording ambience sound in stereo, the d:vice™ makes it easier for journalists to do their job.

The d:vice™ comes with interchangeable lightning and USB cables for connectivity. Its MicroDot inputs allow the d:vice™ to be connected to all DPA miniature microphones, including the d:screet™ Miniature, d:fine™ Headset, d:vote™ Instrument and even the d:dicate™ Recording microphones with the optional MMP-G preamp.

“This is the first pocket-sized digital audio interface that can deliver sound that rivals studio recordings,” says René Mørch, Product Manager at DPA Microphones. “The d:vice™ Digital Audio Interface was designed with broadcasters and mobile journalists in mind, but can also be used by other content makers for recording music, filming on location and during both live and recorded broadcasts. With this interface, users can portably record and stream clear and professional audio from the connected microphones.”

At about two inches in diameter, the d:vice™ Digital Audio Interface is ultra-compact, easily fitting in the users’ pocket. It provides best-in-class audio quality and is controlled through a remote application on any iOS device. An exclusive DPA app is available for download from the Apple® App store. The app makes the users’ job even easier, allowing them to store gain settings and low-cut filters for ongoing and future personalized use in dedicated presets. Third-party applications can be used to accomplish specific tasks, including but not limited to live broadcast and high quality recordings.

The launch of the d:vice™ MMA-A Digital Audio Interface is just one of a range of planned activities that support and celebrate 25 years of amazing sound with DPA Microphones. During this anniversary year, DPA is planning a number of launches, campaigns and events to reach out to audio enthusiasts and ensure that they experience unparalleled sound.






DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high-quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to always provide its customers with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for all its markets, which include live sound, installation, recording, theatre and broadcast. When it comes to the design process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor does the company compromise on its manufacturing process, which is done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability and, above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

<![CDATA[Be The Binaural Head]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/be-the-binaural-head Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:11:18 GMT

Sennheiser’s AMBEO SMART HEADSET brings binaural sound recording to the consumer market


Wedemark, Germany, April 24, 2017 Sennheiser has created the world’s first intuitive, compact and mobile binaural recording headset. First showcased at the CES 2017, the AMBEO SMART HEADSET is a ground-breaking headset that captures immersive 3D audio with mobile device simplicity. The binaural audio recordings created with the AMBEO SMART HEADSET deliver a stunning 3D experience – placing the listener inside the soundscape and playing back the direction of sounds and natural spatial characteristics of a location.

Sennheiser has once again partnered with the award-winning manufacturer of professional audio devices Apogee, an industry leader at the forefront of digital audio recording, for the creation of this breakthrough product. The AMBEO SMART HEADSET’s incredibly detailed and realistic recording is achieved via two omni-directional microphones integrated in the ear pieces that work alongside a premium A/D converter, mic preamp and SoftLimit from Apogee. The two microphones capture the subtle differences in timing, volume and timbre that occur as sounds from different directions reach each ear. When played back on headphones, the result is a truly stunning lifelike audio experience in picture-perfect fidelity. It places the listener in the exact, original sound field, so whether you capture a rainforest or a buzzing city, listening to the binaural recording will make you feel like you are there.

“With this new headset you can use your iOS device’s camera to record, experience and relive the same balance of three dimensional sound and 180° visual perspective that we as human beings are accustomed to in our perception of the world,” explains Dr. Andreas Sennheiser, co-CEO Sennheiser. “Sound is crucial to how we understand the space around us, and the AMBEO SMART HEADSET lets you record this sense of depth, detail and realism.” Daniel Sennheiser, co-CEO Sennheiser, adds: “Together the AMBEO SMART HEADSET and your mobile device can become powerful creative tools for capturing your world in an entirely new way.”

“The first time you put on headphones and hear a video made with the AMBEO SMART HEADSET you will be amazed,” says Betty Bennett, Apogee co-founder and CEO. “It adds an entirely new dimension to watching videos and memories captured on your iPhone,” she continues. “The AMBEO SMART HEADSET is truly special because it offers the best of what Sennheiser and Apogee have achieved together making products for audio recording professionals in an effortless and transformative product everyone will love.”

Seamless mobile device integration

The AMBEO SMART HEADSET enables consumers to precisely record in 3D directly onto Apple iOS devices featuring a Lightning connector. The easy-to-use product creates immersive binaural audio that matches the high-quality video that is now available on mobile devices. It also complements the convenience and simplicity of the mobile device experience, with intuitive handling that makes the spontaneous capture of brilliant three-dimensional sound as easy as shooting a high-definition video.

Recording via the AMBEO SMART HEADSET is made simple by seamlessly complementing the standard iOs camera app, letting you record and store binaural audio along with the video. Once captured, the 3D sound files can be enjoyed through any pair of stereo headphones.

To translate every dynamic detail with clarity and accuracy into digital information the AMBEO SMART HEADSET uses a premium Apogee analog to digital converter, mic preamp and SoftLimit. Apogee’s SoftLimit is a unique technology that automatically optimizes recording levels so you do not have to worry about distortion. All of this skillfully captured sound is delivered through the Lightning port of your iOs device as pristine digital audio and back to your ears through high-quality Apogee digital to analog conversion. The headset also offers everyday versatility thanks to a built-in microphone for telephone calls and voice control.

At launch the AMBEO SMART HEADSET will be available for Apple iOS devices featuring a Lightning connector. A version for Android devices is planned for release later this year.

Transparent Hearing functionality

The AMBEO SMART HEADSET also offers Transparent Hearing, an important safety feature that lets you hear what is going on around you while using the headset. The Transparent Hearing feature can be conveniently adjusted using the headset’s 3-step rocker switch.

The earphones also deliver excellent linear sound attenuation, limiting external noise and offering the same effect as with high-quality earplugs. For the ultimate in comfort and sound quality, the optimized earhook design minimizes structure-borne noise, while ensuring an excellent secure fit for incredible sound and comfort on the move.

Binaural audio for the next generation

Sennheiser and Georg Neumann have been setting the standard for binaural recording technology since 1974 with the development of the MKE 2002 “Kopf Stereo Mikrofon”. This leadership continued in 1992 with the pioneering KU 100, Dummy Head. Today, with the AMBEO SMART HEADSET, Sennheiser has reimagined binaural audio for a new generation, letting consumers embrace the creative possibilities of this exciting technology with mobile device simplicity.


Early in 2016, audio specialist Sennheiser unveiled a strategic focus on 3D immersive audio, developing groundbreaking technology under its AMBEO® trademark that promises the ultimate in audio capture and reproduction. 3D audio is the new frontier of excellence, set to transform the listening experience for users across a broad range of applications, from virtual reality to audio recording and broadcasting. The AMBEO SMART HEADSET will be the audio specialist’s first AMBEO consumer product.

With the AMBEO SMART HEADSET, Sennheiser has created the world’s first intuitive, compact and mobile binaural recording headset.

The AMBEO SMART HEADSET features an integrated premium Apogee A/D Converter built into the remote control.


About Apogee
In the company’s 30-year history, Apogee Electronics has won a total of 19 TEC Awards for their innovative products and been recognized as industry leaders in digital audio technology within the recording community. Apogee products like Symphony I/O, Ensemble, Quartet, Duet, ONE, JAM and MiC have been instrumental in creating countless GRAMMY® and OSCAR® winning recordings by the world’s most successful music artists. For more information, please visit www.apogeedigital.com

About Sennheiser
Audio specialist Sennheiser is one of the world's leading manufacturers of headphones, microphones and wireless transmission systems. Based in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, Sennheiser operates its own production facilities in Germany, Ireland and the USA and is active in more than 50 countries. With 19 sales subsidiaries and long-established trading partners, the company supplies innovative products and cutting-edge audio solutions that are optimally tailored to its customers' needs. Sennheiser is a family owned company that was founded in 1945 and which today has 2,750 employees around the world that share a passion for audio technology. Since 2013, Sennheiser has been managed by Daniel Sennheiser and Dr. Andreas Sennheiser, the third generation of the family to run the company. In 2015, the Sennheiser Group had sales totalling €682 million. www.sennheiser.com
<![CDATA[iZotope Release RX 6 Audio Editor]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/izotope-release-rx-6-audio-editor Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:05:43 GMT

iZotope release RX 6 Audio Editor
Biggest ever update delivers a host of new solutions for common audio issues


iZotope has released the biggest ever update for its outstanding RX audio repair software with a host of new features designed to resolve audio issues frequently encountered by both recording musicians and post production professionals.


Highlights of RX 6 include...


Breathtaking new tech - solves some of the biggest issues in post production including low-end wind rumble, lavalier mic rustle, and voice isolation.

Microphone bleed removal - a new De-bleed module that not only works on drums, but other acoustic instruments like piano, vocals, guitar, and more.

Dialogue & Vocal Repair - new repair tools designed specifically for dialogue and vocals including Mouth De-click, Breath Control, and the innovating new Spectral De-ess module.

Composite View - bring in up to 16 individual audio tracks and edit them as if they were one, easily removing audio issues that appear across multiple microphones – a huge time saver!

and more!

RX 6 is available in four versions, each one designed to suit the needs of different users - from home musicians and podcasters right through to post-production professionals.


  • RX ELEMENTS - Includes standalone audio editor, Voice De-noise, De-click, De-hum, & De-clip. Ideal for home musicians and podcasters on a budget.
  • RX 6 STANDARD - Includes everything in RX Elements, plus Spectral repair, De-bleed module, Spectral De-ess, and Composite View. A great solution for home-based musicians and post production studios.
  • RX 6 ADVANCED - Includes everything in RX 6 Standard, plus De-rustle, Dialogue Isolate, De-wind, and more time saving tools. Perfect for post-production film and broadcast facilities.
  • POST PRODUCTION SUITE - Includes RX 6 Advanced, Neutron Advanced, RX Loudness Control, Insight metering suite, exclusive content and video tutorials


RX 6 is available now with introductory pricing until 31st May including upgrade options for existing RX users.

iZotope software owners who don't currently own RX can save as much as 50% with the limited time RX 6 crossgrade.

To view the full RX 6 product range visit: http://www.timespace.com/productlist/3/10000074/index.html



<![CDATA[The New Standard Fuzz Machine]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/the-new-standard-fuzz-machine Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:50:53 GMT
Fredric Effects are proud to announce the Standard Fuzz Machine

The Fredric Effects Standard Fuzz Machine is a new version of the classic Ibanez Standard Fuzz, also known as the Bruno/Mica Fuzz Machine. A raw, crunchy, and roaring vintage fuzz with a fantastic amount of range. This fuzz has a distinct flavor that's in the same family as the famed Shin-Ei/Univox SuperFuzz, although less scooped and with more pronounced octavey overtones. 
The tone switch provides two very distinct sonic ranges for the fuzz, and while one stays 60s garagey, the other adds more cut and fizz.
Info and demos on the Fredric site.
Fredric Effects Standard Fuzz Machine (£100 RRP)
About Fredric Effects
Based in North London, Fredric Effects has grown in the last five years to become one of the UK's most highly regarded effects manufacturers. We build high quality handmade boutique pedals at realistic prices working musicians can afford. Fredric Effects pedals have found their way onto the pedal boards of many well-known and ground-breaking guitarists and bassists around the world.

Fredric Effects / Cloak Audio
<![CDATA[ Waverazor Takes Synth Players To The Dark Side]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/waverazor-takes-synth-players-to-the-dark-side Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:45:53 GMT


Waverazor Takes Synth Players to the Dark Side

Virtual synth splices waveforms into aggressive new sounds


SEATTLE, WA (April 24, 2017) – Tracktion Corporation has just released the MOK Waverazor—an ultra-futuristic virtual synth that splices waveforms into twisted and aggressive new sounds. The patent-pending oscillator design represents a new approach to synthesis, and enables musicians to easily create biting leads, glitched-out basses, cinematic pads and everything in between.

“Electronic music producers are constantly looking for new sounds to drive their creativity,” said Taiho Yamada, co-founder and VP of Product at MOK. “With Waverazor, we wanted to introduce a new form of synthesis that could generate never-before-heard sounds. Thanks to our innovations in oscillator technology, Waverazor produces wildly futuristic sounds that will impress even the most experienced synthesists. It continues to surprise me every time I use it.”

Waverazor’s oscillators slice up familiar waveforms and recombines them into multi-segment “Frankenstein” waveforms that provide the foundation for endless sonic exploration. Each segment can have different harmonic content, with individual harmonics subject to amplitude modulation at a rate and level determined by the contents of each wave fraction. Instead of simply modulating the entire waveform on and off, the oscillator modulates harmonics to different levels in a sequenced pattern. Furthermore, since each wave cycle is divided into fractional splices and phase is controlled per segment, multiple simultaneous hard sync points can be set up per cycle and even beyond a single cycle.

Waverazor’s visually striking interface offers a unique approach to sound design, with a central oscilloscope that enables precise waveform creation. Two X/Y performance controllers modulate a combination of slice parameters, while additional knobs make it possible to morph multiple parameters at once. Waverazor is compatible with AU and VST on Mac and PC. AAX and Linux support is coming soon.

Waverazor is the first product from MOK, a new company formed by the designers of acclaimed synths like Andromeda, Quadrasynth, QS Series, Ion, Micron, Fusion, Venom and BioTek. MOK debuted at Winter NAMM 2017 in partnership with Tracktion Corporation. Tracktion’s new “Tracktion Presents” initiative provides exclusive global marketing and distribution services for promising audio technology startups.



Availability and pricing

Waverazor is now available from the tracktion.com website. For more information, including a number of tutorial videos, to try or buy this intense new synth at a limited-time $75 introductory price (regularly $150) visit, https://www.tracktion.com/products/waverazor .



<![CDATA[Roland Offers Software And Firmware Updates For The Roland VR-4HD All-In-One AV Switcher]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/roland-offers-software-and-firmware-updates-for-the-roland-vr-4hd-all-in-one-av-switcher Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:39:19 GMT


Roland Offers Software and Firmware Updates for
the Roland VR-4HD All-in-One AV Switcher


Version 1.5 firmware and software updates for the Roland VR-4HD
switcher adds Still Capture and Creation capabilities.



NAB Show, Las Vegas, NV, April 24, 2017 — Roland (booth SU10124) is offering a free firmware and software upgrade for the popular VR-4HD AV and Streaming Switcher. The Version 1.5 firmware update supports capturing a still image from the VR-4HD RCS software for Windows or Mac, plus support for 1/3-size PinP window in addition to the 1/2 and 1/4 sizes currently available.


The combination of the new RCS software and firmware updates for the Roland VR-4HD adds powerful titling creation, image capture, and keying capabilities for live production and streaming. The new RCS Software 1.5 for Win/Mac features a new titling creation software with graphic import, sizing, and text generation that can be created on a keyed background color and exported to a Roland VR-4HD video switcher running version 1.5 firmware. The image, graphic or combination is captured on the VR-4HD’s newly added STILL function in the VR-4HD.


Christian Delfino, Roland Vice President – Product Management, Pro A/V / Dance & DJ / Synthesizers, comments, “The VR-4HD is a powerful live production tool, which now includes the ability to create logos, graphics or text as a key source using the intuitive and easy-to-use titling software.”


Download these updates at: https://proav.roland.com/global/support/updates_drivers/


About the VR-4HD AV Mixer

The VR-4HD High-Definition AV Mixer is an easy-to-use, compact and portable device that integrates a digital audio mixer, video switcher, multi-viewer touch screen and USB video/audio streaming interface into a stand-alone unit. Designed as a portable live HD production solution ideal for corporate events, schools, churches, council meetings, sports, training, or any other live event, the VR-4HD has three dedicated HDMI input connectors compatible with a variety of equipment and offering support for 1080p/1080i/720p video resolutions. A fourth input includes a scaler to support both video and computer resolutions and also supports analog RGB and component input, as well as HDMI, so older devices can be used as sources without the need for external conversion equipment. HDCP is supported for input of copy-protected content from devices such as Blu-ray disc players. The VR-4HD’s 18-channel audio mixer features Roland’s award winning digital signal processing offering three-band parametric EQ, reverb, a compressor/gate on the mic inputs and level/multiband EQ on the master mix. The VR-4HD supports advanced features including auto-mixing, echo cancel, audio follow and up to 500ms of delay for perfect lip-sync between audio and video. The VR-4HD’s audio mixer can mix the four XLR microphone inputs, unbalanced stereo inputs on RCA and 1/8 mini connectors, along with the audio embedded in the four HDMI inputs. The final mix can be outputted via XLR or RCA and also embedded into the HDMI output, while a headphone output facilitates audio monitoring.


To learn more about the VR-4HD, visit http://proav.roland.com/products/vr-4hd.





RCS Software 1.5 for the Roland VR-4HD High-Definition AV Mixer



About Roland Professional A/V

Roland’s professional A/V division is dedicated to providing solutions in support of audio and video professionals demanding excellence in both performance and functionality. Through the development and support of video and audio products, we endeavor to improve workflow and maximize creative possibilities in a variety of markets including Broadcast, Corporate, Education, Legal, Live Production, Sports, Theater, Theme Park, Videography, Visual Performance, and Worship. Roland is headquartered in Los Angeles, California. For more information: http://proav.roland.com.



<![CDATA[If Your Videos Are Pretty But Your Sound Sucks, This Will Help]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/if-your-videos-are-pretty-but-your-sound-sucks-this-will-help Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:14:35 GMT

Audio-Technica Posts “Basic Audio Techniques for Video” Tutorial Series on YouTube


— New educational videos cover audio acquisition for video production, broadcast and more —


NAB Show, Las Vegas, NV, April 24, 2017 — Audio-Technica (booth C2622), a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, has produced a new bundle of 13 educational videos, “Basic Audio Techniques for Video,” exploring various aspects of capturing audio for video production and broadcast. These clips were created in part due to the popularity of the previous 30 A-T tutorial videos, which have explored miking techniques for recording drums and percussion, wind instruments, keyboards and much more. The new videos, available now on the company’s YouTube channel, utilize some of Audio-Technica's popular audio for video and broadcast wired and wireless microphones.


Gary Boss, Audio-Technica Marketing Director, Professional Markets, remarked, “A-T has been actively involved in the video production community for many years. One of the things we found consistent is the general lack of quality information regarding the how, what and why of audio for video. As video content demands continue to increase, we felt it was time to produce a series of instructional videos that can educate the new video creator, but also have enough depth to appeal to the seasoned veteran.”


Video Series List:

1. Intro to Booming
2. How to Use a Boompole
3. Selecting the Right Shotgun Mic
4. Selecting the Right Handheld Mic
5. Proper Use of the Tie Bar
6. Selecting the Right Lavalier Mic
7. Hiding the Lavalier Mic Part 1
8. Hiding the Lavalier Mic Part 2
9. Lavalier Microphone Windscreens
10. Wireless Mic Systems
11. Plant Mics
12. Miking Inside of a Car
13. Reflected Lavalier Miking


The videos can be viewed separately or as part of a playlist on Audio-Technica’s YouTube channel.


For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.



Two screencaps from Audio-Technica’s “Basic Audio Techniques for Video” tutorial series.


See more here:

  1. Audio-Technica Promotional Video: “Always Listening to the Music That Moves Us”
  2. Recording Techniques Videos
  3. Drum Miking Techniques Videos
  4. Additional News Releases



Celebrating over 50 years of audio excellence worldwide, Audio-Technica is a leading innovator in transducer technology, renowned for the design and manufacture of microphones, wireless microphones, headphones, mixers, and electronics for the audio industry.

Web: www.audio-technica.com


Audio-Technica is exhibiting at booth C2622 at the 2017 NAB Show in Las Vegas, NV.

<![CDATA[Audio-Technica Introduces New High Density Spectrum-Efficient 6000 Series Wireless System]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/audio-technica-introduces-new-high-density-spectrum-efficient-6000-series-wireless-system Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:09:07 GMT


Audio-Technica Introduces New High Density
Spectrum-Efficient 6000 Series Wireless System


— Company continues to develop wireless solutions that directly
address the issues brought about by the FCC Incentive Auction —



NAB Show, Las Vegas, NV, April 24, 2017 — Audio-Technica (booth C2622), a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, is debuting its new 6000 Series High Density Wireless System, a spectrum-efficient solution that allows users to pack 31 channels in 4 MHz of bandwidth. The 2016 FCC Incentive Auction has resulted in a repack of the broadcast spectrum, reducing the amount of spectrum available for wireless microphone operations and driving the need for spectrum-efficient technology to operate a high number of simultaneous channels in today’s market. To address this issue, Audio-Technica developed the 6000 Series, whose channels are spaced at 125 KHz intervals and can all be used simultaneously. The system operates in the 944-952 MHz band, which is free of broadcast TV. The FCC has expanded license eligibility for this band beyond broadcasters and content creators to include sound companies and venues that routinely operate 50 wireless microphones or more.


The 6000 Series system consists of the following components: the ATW-R6200 receiver, the ATW-T6001 body-pack transmitter, an optional ATW-DA410 antenna distribution system, and a number of compatible Audio-Technica lavalier and headworn microphones. Key features include high-performance filtering to remove external noise; clear, easy-to-read displays; transmitter frequency setup from receiver via IR sync; network monitor and control; durable, compact body-pack transmitter design; and a highly reliable new miniature input connector.


ATW-R6200 receiver specifications:

  • Receiving system: True diversity
  • Operating frequency: 946.125 to 949.875 MHz
  • Simultaneous channels: Total of 31 channels (125 kHz intervals)
  • RF sensitivity: 20 dBμV (at 60dB S/N ratio)
  • Total harmonic distortion: <1% (63 dBμV input, 1 kHz, frequency deviation ±10 kHz)
  • SN ratio: 110 dB or more
  • Audio output level: XLR balanced +6 dBV (LINE) -13 dBV (MIC) (frequency deviation ±15 kHz, 600 ohm load)
  • Antenna input jack: BNC type (50 ohm) DC 12V OUT (max 60 mA x 2)
  • Audio output terminal: XLR 3-pin male (balanced) 1/4" (6.3 mm) standard stereo jack (balanced)
  • Headphone OUTPUT jack: 1/4" (6.3 mm) standard stereo jack; max power output: 100 mW + 100 mW into 32 ohms
  • Power: AC 120V 60 Hz
  • Operating temperature range: 41°F (5°C) to 113°F (45°C)
  • Power consumption: 25 W
  • External dimensions: 18.97" (482 mm) W × 1.69" (43 mm) H × 14.21" (361 mm) D (excluding protrusions)
  • Weight: 10.4 lbs (4.7 kg)


ATW-T6001 body-pack transmitter specifications:

  • Operating frequency: 946.125 MHz to 949.875 MHz (31 channels)
  • Frequency step: 125 kHz
  • Spurious emissions: Following federal and national regulations
  • RF power output: 50 mW / 10 mW / 2 mW
  • Normal deviation: ±5 kHz
  • Maximum deviation: ±16.25 kHz
  • Frequency response: 70 to 15 KHz
  • Batteries: Two 1.5V AA alkaline (not included)
  • Battery life: Approx. 6 hours (using two alkaline batteries at 50 mW)
  • Current consumption: 230 mA or less (at DC 3V)
  • External dimensions: 2.44" (62 mm) W x 2.76" (70 mm) H x 0.67" (17 mm) D (excluding protrusions)
  • Weight: Approx. 3.2 oz (90 g) (excluding batteries)


The Audio-Technica 6000 Series wireless system will be available Spring 2017 with the following components and pricing:

  • ATW-R6200 receiver: US $2,999
  • ATW-T6001 body-pack transmitter: US $1,299
  • ATW-DA410 antenna distribution system: US $4,349
  • ATW-F948 pair of antenna filters: US $189
  • AT898cH subminiature cardioid condenser lavalier microphone: US $179
  • AT899cH subminiature omnidirectional condenser lavalier microphone: US $179
  • BP892cH MicroSet® subminiature omnidirectional condenser headworn microphone: US $309
  • BP893cH MicroEarset omnidirectional condenser headworn microphone: US $259
  • BP894cH MicroSet subminiature cardioid condenser headworn microphone: US $359


For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com, or contact our Applications Engineering Team at aeteam@atus.com.



The main components from the Audio-Technica 6000 Series Wireless System. Shown are the ATW-R6200 receiver (bottom) and two ATW-T6001 body-pack transmitters


See more here:

  1. Audio-Technica Promotional Video: “Always Listening to the Music That Moves Us”
  2. Audio for Video Techniques Videos
  3. Recording Techniques Videos
  4. Additional News Releases


Celebrating over 50 years of audio excellence worldwide, Audio-Technica is a leading innovator in transducer technology, renowned for the design and manufacture of microphones, wireless microphones, headphones, mixers, and electronics for the audio industry.





<![CDATA[Genelec Offers GLM™ (Genelec Loudspeaker Manager™) Version 2.2 Software]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/genelec-offers-glm-genelec-loudspeaker-manager-version-2.2-software Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:00:06 GMT


Genelec Offers GLM™ (Genelec Loudspeaker Manager™) Version 2.2 Software


NAB Show, Las Vegas, NV, April 24, 2017 — Genelec (booth C4742), the pioneer in active loudspeakers, is proud to release GLM™ (Genelec Loudspeaker Manager™) V2.2, an update to the highly intuitive and powerful monitor control networking system that manages connectivity and operational parameters of all models of Genelec Smart Active Monitoring™ studio monitors and subwoofers. GLM 2.2 software offers significant upgrades to the performance and operation of Smart Active Monitors and of the GLM User Interface. GLM V2.2, along with the ever-increasing number of Smart Active Monitoring models, means that systems of any size, now up to 40 monitors, can be integrated for simple stereo, stereo with sub, multiple subs, multichannel as well as immersive environments utilizing either digital or analog audio paths.


Of major importance to early adopters of Genelec Smart Active Monitors is GLM V2.2’s inclusion of Distributed Bass Management Filters for legacy Smart Active Monitoring products including 8240, 8250, 8260 and 1238CF models. These filters now provide seamless integration with the new 7300 range of Smart Active subwoofers. Other firmware updates are included for every other model of Smart Active Monitoring product, as well as the GLM 8300-416 Network Adapter. The firmware updates are directly available through the GLM Acoustic Editor pages.


GLM V2.2 also enables the control of the 9301A Digital Multichannel Interface and 7350, 7360 and 7370 subwoofers, providing proper LF control for digital input monitoring environments. GLM calibration and control of Smart Active Monitoring systems is computer interfaced via the Genelec Network Adapter model 8300-416.


Genelec’s Smart Active Monitoring enables the use of automatic calibration of monitors in a listening space relative to the listening position. GLM AutoCal embodies years of research and data collection from hundreds of control rooms in music, post-production and broadcast applications. An industry first, AutoCal provides an integrated process where sophisticated calibration and optimization is calculated for level, delay, and equalization for every monitor in a GLM Group, based on measured response using a factory-calibrated Genelec 8300A acoustic measurement microphone (included). Groups can be defined as either a different listening position or a different set of monitors, or both. Groups can be duplicated and modified to suit the user or client’s needs. All parameters and settings are stored in GLM system Setup files or internally saved in the monitors and subwoofers if the GLM network needs to be disconnected.


Genelec users who have installed previous versions of 2.0 or 2.1 are urged to update to GLM V2.2. The software is available for free download for Mac OSX and Windows from the www.genelec.com website.


Genelec Loudspeaker Manager™ (GLM™) software version 2.2 interface



Genelec, the pioneer in Active Monitoring technology, is celebrating nearly 40 years of designing and manufacturing active loudspeakers for true and accurate sound reproduction. Genelec is credited with promoting the concept of active transducer technology, which many manufacturers are just now incorporating into their products. Since its inception in 1978, Genelec has concentrated its efforts and resources into creating active monitors with unparalleled sonic integrity. The result is an active speaker system that has earned global acclaim for its accurate imaging, extremely high acoustic output from small enclosures, true high-fidelity with low distortion, and deep, rich bass.

Other brand and product names may be trademarks of the respective companies with which they are associated.

—For more information on the complete range of Genelec Active Monitoring Systems, contact: Genelec Inc., 7 Tech Circle, Natick, MA 01760. Tel: (508) 652-0900; Fax: (508) 652-0909;
Web: http://www.genelecusa.com/.

Genelec is exhibiting at booth C4742 at the 2017 NAB Show in Las Vegas, NV.

<![CDATA[Freddy Fresh's Fresha Kits]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/freddy-freshs-fresha-kits Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:51:36 GMT


Producer Freddy Fresh Releases His First Signature Sample Pack


Sheffield, UK. 20th April 2017

MPC-Samples is incredibly proud to present the first signature sample pack from legendary MPC producer DJ Freddy Fresh.


‘Freddy Fresh Presents: Fresha Kits’ provides a unique insight into the production workflow of Freddy Fresh featuring an eclectic library of his favourite sounds and a complete multi-sequence project file of original beats and songs in MPC and Maschine format.


Freddy Fresh is a world renowned producer and DJ with a varied and unique style encompassing hip hop, breaks, big beat, electronica and funk. He’s also the author of the award winning reference bible for independent rap record releases, ‘Freddy Fresh Presents The Rap Records’.


“Fresha Kits features a cross section of samples that have been the staple of my ‘sound’ for my many years of diggin’ for beats and tweakin synths. “, explained Freddy. “Throughout over 35 years of DJing and producing all over the world there is one thing that never changes - my beloved MPC, which has been at the heart of my studio all this time and will never be absent.”


The ‘Fresha Kits’ sound library consists of 278 drum, percussion, bass, vocal and FX sounds in WAV format, organised into folders and suitable for any modern sampler or DAW, with all sounds also provided in legacy MPC SND format for compatibility with ‘classic’ MPCs such as the MPC3000 and MPC60.


The beat projects themselves contain ready-to-play drum kits and multitrack sequences in the following formats:


    • MPC Software Expansion – projects, sequences and programs suitable for all MPC Software controllers including the forthcoming MPC Live and MPC X (standard MPC Software ‘file browser’ version also included)
    • MPC1000/2500/5000/500 – projects, programs and sequences suitable for both Akai OS and JJOS
    • Maschine 2 Expansion – very faithful conversion of the original MPC projects using patterns, scenes and groups, created with the help of sound designers and all round groovebox experts, the Pad Pimps.


Anyone purchasing ‘Fresha Kits’ on or before 14th May 2017 will automatically be entered for a prize draw to win a signed copy of Freddy’s Book ‘The Rap Records’ as well as $500 of sounds from MPC-Samples.com. Please refer to the product page for full details.


‘Freddy Fresh Presents: Fresha Kits’ is available as a digital download exclusively from MPC-Samples.com at the following URL:


http://www.mpc-samples.com/product.php/266/freddy-fresh-presents-fresha- kits/


Sound Demos:


https://soundcloud.com/mpctutor/freddy-fresh-presents-fresha-kits-bad-ass- demo

https://soundcloud.com/mpctutor/fresh-fresh-presents-fresha-kits-whispa- demo



Freddy Fresh Bio: https://www.freddyfresh.com/freddy-fresh-bio



Technical Specifications:


  • Samples: 278 drums, percussion, fx, scratches, vocals and synth sounds plus programs, sequences and a complete beat project (MPC and Maschine)

  • Format: WAV, MPC SND, Maschine 2 Groups, Battery 4 Kits

  • Compatibility: Compatible with all MPCs, all versions of JJOS,

    Maschine 2.x, Battery 4 and any sampler that reads WAV files

  • Publisher/Sound Design: Freddy Fresh & Pad Pimps

  • License: Royalty Free

  • Delivery: Download instantly after purchase.

  • Price: $29.99



About MPC-Samples.com

MPC-Samples.com has been passionately creating and publishing sounds and tutorials for audio producers since 2002, focusing mainly on products for the Akai MPC series, but now expanding to also cover other samplers and software including Maschine, Ableton Live/Push, Battery & Kontakt.

<![CDATA[DPA Microphones Introduces 4-Way d:screet™ Microphone Clip At NAB 2017]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/dpa-microphones-introduces-4-way-dscreet-microphone-clip-at-nab-2017 Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:41:07 GMT

DPA Microphones Introduces 4-Way d:screet™ Microphone Clip
at NAB 2017


ALLEROED, DENMARK, APRIL 20, 2017 – Popular among broadcast journalists, churches, television and film productions,  HYPERLINK "http://www.dpamicrophones.com" DPA Microphones’ d:screet™ microphone series is perfect for any situation where you need a completely hidden microphone. DPA d:screet™ Lavalier Microphones deliver clear, clean and sonically pure sound in a wide range of applications. Now, this versatile and durable microphone can be paired with the new SCM0013-B 4-way clip, which will be on display at NAB 2017 (Booth C3336).

The new 4-way clip offers fast and secure mounting—upwards, downwards, left and right—and has multiple cable management mounting options. The clip offers three points for cable attachment, providing the user with the flexibility they need to move around. The clip is available in black and retails for €17 ($18). The 4-way clip is compatible with the d:screet™ 4060 series, Slim series as well as 4071 omnidirectional microphones.

“This new clip helps broadcasters expand their mobility and complements the flexibility of the omnidirectional lavalier microphones,” says Christopher Spahr, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, DPA Microphones, Inc. “We like to create accessories that are innovative and have diverse applications. Our mics are used by a variety of industry professionals and it is important that we provide our customers with new and unique accessories to further simplify their microphone needs.”

During the whole month of April, this new accessory will be a part of an exciting limited-time offer. If you buy any d:screet™ Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphones, you will receive this new 4-way lavalier clip for free, along with a wireless adapter of your choice and a foam windscreen. This offer is valid from April 3 - 30, 2017, on purchases that include a new d:screet™ Lavalier Microphone. To take advantage of this bundle, contact your local DPA Microphones retailer.

Click  here to view full details of the offer, including the microphones available.



DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high-quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to always provide its customers with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for all its markets, which include live sound, installation, recording, theatre and broadcast. When it comes to the design process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor does the company compromise on its manufacturing process, which is done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability and, above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit  www.dpamicrophones.com

<![CDATA[RME And Synthax Introduce ARC USB Remote Control For TotalMix FX]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/rme-and-synthax-introduce-arc-usb-remote-control-for-totalmix-fx Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:35:19 GMT


RME and Synthax Introduce ARC USB Remote Control
for TotalMix FX


Backwards compatible with interfaces dating back to 2001



Ft. Lauderdale, FL - April 2017… Synthax, Inc., the Americas distributor for RME, a leading manufacturer of high quality digital audio solutions, is pleased to introduce the RME ARC USB remote. The ARC USB makes a terrific companion to the recently introduced Fireface UFX+ audio interface and the company’s acclaimed TotalMix FX routing and mixing software. Equally notable, the ARC USB works with any RME audio interface that is currently compatible to the latest drivers supporting TotalMix FX, and this includes interfaces that were released as far back as 2001. With an abundance of useful features, this Advanced Remote Control (ARC) offers intuitive control over the interface’s DSP-based routing and effects section.


Operating as a UAC 1 class device, the new ARC USB is natively compatible to Windows and Mac OS X and can be connected via USB to one’s computer. As soon as the ARC USB is present in the operating system, TotaIMix FX will automatically detect and communicate with the controller. By being a remote for TotalMix FX, any hardware that uses TotalMix FX can be controlled - from a PCI based Multiface up to the latest Fireface UFX+. The latter includes direct connectivity for both online and stand-alone operation.


The new RME ARC USB is as versatile as it is intuitive. The unit features a jog wheel, 15 freely assignable, illuminated buttons, as well as a TS (Tip / Sleeve) connector for a foot switch that can be assigned individually. The RME ARC USB can also control multiple units simultaneously.


Mathias von Heydekampf, Managing Director at Synthax, commented on the new RME ARC USB remote control. “The ARC USB is an incredibly well thought-out controller that enables musicians and audio engineers to maximize the capabilities of their Fireface UFX+ audio interface and the TotalMix FX software. With its jog wheel and assignable buttons, this versatile controller provides a tremendous amount of functionality that helps streamline workflow. Given the ARC USB’s backwards compatibility with RME interfaces that were released as far back as 2001, this is yet another example of RME’s long-term commitment to its customers. And finally, as with all RME products, the ARC USB’s design and build quality are world-class. I’m confident our customers will find much to like.”


The new RME ARC USB remote control carries an MSRP of $199. The ARC USB is now available. Readers have an opportunity to win an ARC USB remote control. More information at http://arc.synthax.com/.





About Synthax, Incorporated

Synthax Inc. is the exclusive USA distributor for RME digital audio solutions, Ferrofish advanced audio applications, and ALVA cableware. We supply a nationwide network of dealers with these products for professional audio, broadcast, music industry, commercial audio, theater, military and government applications. For additional information, visit the company online at www.synthax.com.



<![CDATA[Future Loops Releases Trap(ped) Anthems]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/future-loops-releases-trapped-anthems Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:32:56 GMT

Future Loops Releases Trap Anthems


Future Loops has just released Trap Anthems, a collection of royalty-free samples & loops for Trap and Hip Hop producers.


Trap Anthems includes 15 construction kits each featuring full mix drums, individual drum loops (kicks, claps, snares, percussion & more), melodic loops (bass, brass, bell, synth, sound FX & more) plus drum one shots.



- 544 Samples ( 451 Loops + 93 Drum One Shots)

- 15 Construction Kits


- 100% Royalty Free


For more info, demos and free samples check out their website:



<![CDATA[New Ravens Take Flight]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/new-ravens-take-flight Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:29:49 GMT

Slate Announces Major New RAVEN Updates



Today we are introducing the next evolution of our RAVEN series Multi-Touch Consoles. Introducing RAVEN 3.3, including the first ever DAW Multi-Touch GESTURES, support for Cubase & Nuendo on PC, and much more!

"You just won the audio industry with GESTURES!" - Paul Wolff.

In This Video We Demonstrate All Of The New GESTURES Across Various DAWs:


Check Out RAVEN For Cubase & Nuendo:
RAVEN Allows You To Mix Faster, Smarter, And With More Creativity. And It’s AFFORDABLE.

You Can Get A New MTi2 For Just $999, And You Can Get Our

New CORE Station For As Little As $1999.





Slate Companies
3330 Cahuenga Blvd W, Suite 510
Los Angeles, CA 90068
slatemt.com | slatedigital.com | stevenslatedrums.com

<![CDATA[Poly Want An Updated Tuner? ]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/poly-want-an-updated-tuner Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:21:47 GMT
Introducing PolyTune 3
Next Generation Polyphonic Tuner with Built-In Buffer
PolyTune 3 is a gathering of forces. The next generation of our acclaimed PolyTune series - the world's first ever polyphonic tuner - PolyTune 3 takes guitar tuning to the next level. Equipped with our BonaFide Buffer, the latest incarnation of PolyTune now gives you the choice between our pristine signal-preserving True Bypass mode, or the all new True Buffer mode, giving you the additional option of an "Always On" operation. The choice is entirely your own.

  • Built-in, high quality BonaFide Buffer
  • Selectable True Bypass / True Buffer modes
  • "Always On" tuning mode
<![CDATA[Designer Drums For The Beat Connoisseur]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/designer-drums-for-the-beat-connoisseur Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:16:08 GMT




Designer Drums is the ultimate collection of loops, one-shots, fills & FX for the beat connoisseur. These vintage style drums were recorded live through various mic setups, then resampled, programmed, and in some cases, combined with iconic drum machine sounds such as the 808, 909, and Linn. The result is an entirely unique selection of rhythm samples, ready to be deployed into Trap, Future Bass, Hip Hop, and any other production requiring exquisite beats.


This Inspiration Sounds collection contains 260 drum loops, spread across the production-friendly tempos of 120, 130, 140 & 150 BPM. If you prefer not to be constrained by tempo and genre boundaries, no problem! All files will easily sync to the tempo of your DAW, meaning you can drop any beat into your project, whichever tempo you're working at.


The pack also includes 180 one-shot drum samples and 130 SFX. Just load them into your sampler of choice and get making your own, bespoke beats. To top it all off, you'll also find a tasty selection of 45 drum fills, perfect for creating engaging section transitions.



All of the files in this product are 100% Royalty-Free, so once purchased, you can use them in your commercial releases without having to pay any hidden costs.



• 65 Drum Loops at 120 BPM
• 65 Drum Loops at 130 BPM
• 65 Drum Loops at 140 BPM
• 65 Drum Loops at 150 BPM
• 50 Kicks
• 70 Snares
• 60 Hi-Hats/Cymbals
• 45 Fills
• 130 SFX
• ACIDized WAV Files
• Apple Loops
• Reason Refill
• Ableton Live Pack 8.1.3+
• Loops sync to BPM
• 44.1 kHz/24-Bit
• PC/Mac Compatible
• Royalty-Free (No Exceptions)


Price and Availability:

Designer Drums is available for instant download exclusively at ProducerLoops.com for £19.95 / 23,85 EUR. More information is available at: https://www.producerloops.com/

<![CDATA[ Tek'it Audio Updates "Winkl" FREE Foldback Distortion Plugin]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/tekit-audio-updates-winkl-free-foldback-distortion-plugin Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:12:25 GMT


  Tek'it Audio Updates "Winkl" FREE Foldback Distortion Plugin for macOS and Windows



Tek'it Audio has updated Winkl, a free foldback distortion for VST2, VST3 and Audio Unit plug-in formats to version 1.2.1.


This update focus mainly on performance improvements for all plugin formats and less CPU use when the plug-in is idle.



  • Performance improvements.
  • Less CPU use when plug-in is idle.
  • Add more information on the About screen.
  • Retina support for the macOS installer.
  • Other small improvements on the installer for both platforms.
  • Minimum operating system requirements are Windows Vista/macOS 10.7.


Winkl is available to download as a free VST2/VST3/AU plug-in for 32/64-bit Windows and macOS.




Product information

Additional information available at the product page:




<![CDATA[What Do You Get When You Combine MX Synth Features And Real Piano Feel? ]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/what-do-you-get-when-you-combine-mx-synth-features-and-real-piano-feel Thu, 20 Apr 2017 11:55:19 GMT


Yamaha Expands MX Series with 88-Key, Weighted-Action MX88, Combining Synth Features and Real Piano Feel

BUENA PARK, Calif. (April 20, 2017) – Yamaha today announced the MX88, the latest addition to its popular MX line of synthesizers for stage and studio.


Equipped with 88 weighted keys, the MX88 represents the logical extension of the MX line, known for its high-quality instrument and synth sounds, deep computer and iOS integration, and with this introduction, a full-size keyboard featuring realistic piano action.

Connection to both Windows and Mac computers is a breeze, thanks to a class-compliant, bi-directional USB audio/MIDI interface. Players can record the keyboard’s superb internal sounds into a computer-based DAW and monitor the computer’s output through the keyboard’s ¼" audio outputs or headphone jack.
The comprehensive sound collection of the MX88 is based on the legendary Yamaha Motif sound engine, and contains everything from synthesizer leads, pads and more to authentic acoustic instrument sounds. The realistic Concert Grand Piano sound has been optimized for the MX88 keyboard to provide the highest level of expression.


“The MX88 will appeal to players who need the touch and feel of a real piano with 88 weighted-action keys,” said Nate Tschetter, product marketing manager, Music Production, Yamaha Corporation of America. “Now, any keyboardist can take advantage of the computer and iOS integration and superb Motif sound that distinguish the MX line in the market. And like the MX49/61 BK/BU, MX88 unlocks FM Essential – a free FM synthesizer iOS app. This provides the great sounds inside MX88 along with the pure FM synthesis Yamaha made famous.”


Other key features on the MX88 include:

    •    A full selection of VCM effects
    •    Easy Split/Layer Performance Mode
    •    16-part Multi timbral operation and 128-note polyphony
    •    Extensive hands-on control for VSTs and DAWs
    •    A software bundle that includes Steinberg Cubase AI


Between its comprehensive design, 88-key weighted-action keyboard and affordable price, the MX88 will appeal not only to professional musicians, but also to the educational and worship markets.
Pricing and Availability


The MX88 will be available at authorized Yamaha piano retailers starting April 20, 2017, with an MSRP of $1,299.00


For further information, visit http://4wrd.it/YAMAHAMX88





About Yamaha

Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) is one of the largest subsidiaries of Yamaha Corporation, Japan and offers a full line of award-winning musical instruments, sound reinforcement, commercial installation and home entertainment products to the U.S. market. Products include: Yamaha acoustic, digital and hybrid pianos, portable keyboards, guitars, acoustic and electronic drums, band and orchestral instruments, marching percussion products, synthesizers, professional digital and analog audio equipment, Steinberg recording products and NEXO commercial audio products, as well as AV receivers, amplifiers, MusicCast wireless multiroom audio systems, Blu-ray/CD players, earphones, headphones, home-theater-in-a-box systems, sound bars and its exclusive line of Digital Sound Projectors. YCA markets innovative, finely crafted technology and entertainment products and musical instruments targeted to the hobbyist, education, worship, music, professional audio installation and consumer markets.

<![CDATA[Multiple Head Trackers - Hint: This Isn't About The FBI And Deadheads]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/waves-nx-virtual-mix-room-plugin-now-compatible-with-multiple-head-trackers-for-recording-sessions Thu, 20 Apr 2017 11:42:36 GMT
Waves Nx Virtual Mix Room Plugin Now Compatible with Multiple Head Trackers for Recording Sessions
KNOXVILLE, TN, April 19, 2017 — Waves Audio, the world’s leading developer of professional audio signal processing technologies, introduces two Nx combos with multiple Nx Head Trackers: the Nx Virtual Mix Room plugin + 6 Nx Head Trackers, and the Nx Head Tracker 5-Pack. These combos enable improved headphone monitoring during recording and mixing sessions with multiple participants. 
Powered by Waves’ groundbreaking Nx technology, Waves Nx Virtual Mix Room is a virtual monitoring plugin that simulates the ideal acoustics of a high-end mix room inside any set of headphones. Nx lets you hear the same natural depth, natural reflections and panoramic stereo image you would be hearing from speakers in an actual room, turning your headphones into a more reliable mixing and monitoring tool by letting you hear everything with real-world dimension, rather than flat in your head.  
The Nx plugin has now been updated to work with up to six Nx Head Trackers at the same time. This allows as many as six musicians (or five musicians and one engineer) to hear Nx simultaneously in their headphones while recording. Alternatively, two (or more) mixing engineers can now use Nx to mix together on headphones.  
Having the right headphone monitor mix is often what separates an average recording session from a great one. With Nx, recording engineers can provide the musicians with clearer, more open headphone mixes that spread across the full three-dimensional audio spectrum, as if you were listening to monitors in a real room. This provides a better recording experience, as the musicians enjoy a more open, uncongested mix, with greater detail and clarity, and can deliver great performances more easily. 
When recording vocals in particular, Nx helps the vocalist perform better by reducing the effect of hearing their inner voice, in that it moves the sound from inside the head to the outside – thus staying true to how the singer is used to hearing and perceiving his or her voice in playback. This contributes to an overall more natural vocal performance while also reducing the potential for out-of-tune singing. Also, since vocalists are often not accustomed to hearing themselves through headphones, Nx makes them feel comfortable and helps them to stay in tune. 
Producer/engineer Russ Long (Dolly Parton, Sixpence None the Richer, Wilco, Chris Tomlin) comments on his experience recording with Waves Nx: “In many instances, headphones are the only element in a tracking session that impede the creative process rather than improve it. Nx changes that completely. It sounds too good to be true. Waves Nx virtually removes the constraints of headphones, allowing musicians and vocalists to reach their full creative and technical potential. It creates a more musical recording experience by allowing the musicians to interact with their instruments and with each other, without feeling any restrictions from headphones. Every musician I’ve used Nx with, without exception, commented on hearing more detail in regards to their own instrument as well as the other instruments in comparison to other tracking scenarios. In my experience of tracking with Nx, vocalists are able to hear pitch better, bass players are able to hear the air of the bass tone, even when recording direct, and drummers are able to lock with the other musicians better. It’s quite amazing.” 
Russ adds, “I used the Nx plugin and Nx Head Tracker with vocalists recording in my studio without telling them what it was. They said it was like taking the headphones off – like they were part of the mix rather than listening to a previously recorded mix – which made it easier for them to sing in tune. In addition, I used Nx in the control room during my tracking session so I could have the same monitoring experience as the musicians. I was surprised that Nx monitoring with headphones was as accurate and sonically pleasing as tracking with a $5000 pair of monitors.” 
With more detail and depth than ever on headphones, the Nx combos provide the optimal solution for musicians and engineers looking to improve their recording process. 
For more information, please visit:

Nx Virtual Mix Room plugin + 6 Nx Head Trackers
Nx Virtual Mix Room plugin + 6 Nx Head Trackers signal flow diagram
About Waves Audio Ltd.:
Waves is the world’s leading developer of audio DSP solutions for the professional, broadcast, and consumer electronics audio markets. Since its start in the early '90s with the introduction of the Q10 equalizer plugin, Waves has gone on to develop a comprehensive line of over 200 audio plugins, including industry standards like the L1 and L2 Ultramaximizers, popular vintage console models, and innovative mixing tools like Vocal Rider and the Artist Signature Series. For its accomplishments, Waves received a Technical GRAMMY® Award in 2011, and the Q10 was selected as an inductee into the TECnology Hall of Fame. In 2016, Waves released the eMotion LV1 mixer, a revolutionary live digital mixing console that provides real-time audio mixing for front-of-house, monitor, studio and broadcast engineers. Waves technologies are now used to improve sound quality in virtually every sector of the audio market, from recording, mixing, mastering and post-production to broadcast, live sound, and consumer electronics. Waves has over 20 years of expertise in the development of psychoacoustic signal processing algorithms that leverage knowledge of human auditory perception to radically improve perceived sound quality. Waves’ award-winning processors are utilized to improve sound quality in the creation of hit records, major motion pictures, and top-selling video games worldwide. Waves offers computer software and hardware-plus-software solutions for the professional and broadcast markets. The company’s WavesLive division is a market leader in all live sound sectors, spearheading the development of solutions for all live platforms. Under its Maxx brand, Waves offers semiconductor and licensable algorithms for consumer electronics applications. Waves Maxx technologies dramatically enhance audio performance and are used by industry leaders such as Dell, LG, TCL, Lenovo, Asus, Denon and more.

All other product names and trademarks are the property of their respective owners, which are in no way associated or affiliated with Waves. 
<![CDATA[Audio-Technica Now Shipping New System 10 PRO Rack-Mount Digital Wireless System Configurations]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/audio-technica-now-shipping-new-system-10-pro-rack-mount-digital-wireless-system-configurations Thu, 20 Apr 2017 11:36:28 GMT

Audio-Technica Now Shipping New System 10 PRO Rack-Mount Digital Wireless System Configurations


— Two new System 10 PRO configurations, ATW-1366 featuring Dual Boundary Microphones and ATW-1377 with Dual Desk Stand Microphones —
STOW, OH, April 19, 2017 — Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, is now shipping two new packaged configurations of its popular System 10 PRO Rack-Mount Digital Wireless System: ATW-1366 System 10 PRO Rack-Mount Digital Wireless System with Boundary Microphone/Transmitter and ATW-1377 System 10 PRO Rack-Mount Digital Wireless System with Microphone Desk Stand Transmitter. Previously, the ATW-T1006 System 10 Boundary Microphone/Transmitter and ATW-T1007 System 10 Microphone Desk Stand Transmitter were available as individual components, as integrators/contractors generally source these pieces separately to configure a system to spec. To simplify the ordering process, Audio-Technica has decided to offer the transmitters and receivers together as turnkey packages.  
The ATW-1366 configuration includes ATW-RC13 Rack-mount receiver chassis, two ATW-RU13 receiver units and two ATW-T1006 System 10 Boundary Microphones/Transmitters. The ATW-1377 configuration includes ATW-RC13 Rack-mount receiver chassis, two ATW-RU13 receiver units and two ATW-T1007 System 10 Microphone Desk Stand Transmitters.  
Gary Boss, Marketing Director, Professional Markets, Audio-Technica U.S., Inc., stated, “When we originally introduced the ATW-T1006 and ATW-T1007 transmitters, we anticipated that they would be used primarily by dedicated installers and integrators who are used to buying component-based wireless solutions. After launch we saw an increase in requests from DIY users and customers who prefer the convenience and trouble-free option of ordering complete packaged systems ready to go out of the box.” 
The ATW-1366 and ATW-1377 System 10 PRO configurations are now available as follows:
  • ATW-1366 System 10 PRO Rack-Mount Digital Wireless System with two Boundary Microphones/Transmitters: $1,349.00
  • ATW-1377 System 10 PRO Rack-Mount Digital Wireless System with two Desk Stand Microphones/Transmitters: $1,249.00 
About the ATW-T1007 System 10 Microphone Desk Stand Transmitter 
Designed to work with phantom-powered, condenser gooseneck microphones with a 3-pin XLRM-type output, the ATW-T1007 System 10 Microphone Desk Stand Transmitter pairs with the System 10 PRO or System 10 digital wireless receiver of your choice to provide rock-solid, 2.4 GHz wireless performance. The transmitter is equipped with a 3-pin XLRF-type input, and features a touch-sensitive user switch that can toggle between talk and mute modes, or function as a press-to-talk or press-to-mute button. Two red/green LEDs – one visible from the front of the unit, the other from the rear – indicate toggle/talk/mute mode, battery level, and charging status. The ATW-T1007 offers three levels of input gain (-6 dB, 0 dB and +6 dB), which can be selected via a switch on the bottom of the unit. Another switch engages the low-cut filter.  
About the ATW-T1006 System 10 Boundary Microphone/Transmitter
A perfect fit for conference rooms and other meeting spaces, the ATW-T1006 System 10 Boundary Microphone/Transmitter likewise pairs with any System 10 PRO or System 10 digital wireless receiver to provide clear, natural sound quality with reliable 2.4 GHz wireless performance. This cardioid condenser boundary mic is also equipped with a touch-sensitive user switch that can toggle between talk and mute modes, or function as a press-to-talk or press-to-mute button. Two red/green LEDs – one visible from the front of the unit, the other from the rear – indicate toggle/talk/mute mode, battery level, and charging status. The mic also offers three levels of input gain (-6 dB, 0 dB and +6 dB) and the low-cut filter switch.  
ATW-T1007 and ATW-T1006 features:
  • Digital 24-bit/48 kHz wireless operation for ultimate sound quality and dependable performance
  • Operates in the 2.4 GHz range – completely free from TV interference
  • Gain Control switch allows selection of three input gain levels: -6 dB (for loudest voices), 0 dB and +6 dB (for softest voices)
  • Two red/green LEDs – one visible from the front of the unit, the other from the rear – indicate toggle/talk/mute mode, battery level, and charging status
  • For both units, a 3.7V rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides nine hours of use on a full charge and is easily recharged with the included USB charging cable.
  • User switch can be set to toggle between talk and mute modes, or function as a press-to-talk or press-to-mute button
  • Switchable low-cut filter
  • System ID Display located on bottom of unit  
About System 10 PRO Rack-Mount Digital Wireless:
Like all System 10 models, the System 10 PRO Rack-Mount operates in the 2.4 GHz range, keeping it free not only from TV interference but also from the uncertain regulatory future facing the TV bands. Its durable rack-mount chassis houses one or two receiver units that can be operated locally within the chassis or be removed and mounted remotely (up to 300 feet away) via Ethernet cable. This groundbreaking approach to delivering wireless increases the versatility of the system while also greatly enhancing wave propagation – without the substantial expense of adding an antenna distributor and corresponding cables. Additionally, up to five System 10 PRO chassis (10 receivers) can be linked together using the RJ12 cable included with each system, creating a stable multichannel system with the simultaneous use of up to 10 channels.  
For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.
The Audio-Technica ATW-1366 System 10 PRO Rack-Mount Digital Wireless System with two Boundary Microphones/Transmitters
The Audio-Technica ATW-1377 System 10 PRO Rack-Mount Digital Wireless System with two Desk Stand Microphones/Transmitters
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Celebrating over 50 years of audio excellence worldwide, Audio-Technica is a leading innovator in transducer technology, renowned for the design and manufacture of microphones, wireless microphones, headphones, mixers, and electronics for the audio industry. 
Web: www.audio-technica.com

<![CDATA[Not Just A Delay - An Echosystem]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/not-just-a-delay---an-echosystem Thu, 20 Apr 2017 11:12:41 GMT

Empress Effects Announces Release date for Echosystem


Ottawa, April 20th, 2017: After an extremely well received showing at the NAMM show in January 2017, Empress Effects has announced the release date for their Echosystem pedal. According to Empress Effects COO Dan Junkins, “They should begin shipping on May 4th, 2017”. Here’s a few highlights of what to expect when the Echosystem hits the streets:


Spanning the gambit of known delay possibilities and beyond, the Echosytem could be the ultimate delay- crafting tool. Faithful emulations of classics like digital, tape and analog delays are numerous, as well as Empress' own take on each of these delay styles. Moving beyond the traditional, the vast amount of sonic ground the Echosystem can cover becomes apparent. Check out the ambient modes when you're feeling chilled out, or perhaps visit the multi tap modes for a taste of inspiration.


The Dual Engine functionality allows any 2 of these delays to be used together, routed in parallel, series, or left/right configurations.


In addition to delays, there's the super-useful reverb combos, which will elevate any guitar part. Oh, and don't forget Whisky mode, best accompanied by a dram of whatever you've got!



  • 36+ studio quality algorithms and counting - The pedal has 12 algorithm types, all with multiple variations. For example, there are 4 different tape delays on tap.

  • Classic Sounds - Emulations of classic tape, digital and analog units are available, as well as our take on these types of delay.

  • Easy to use and fast to dial in - All the algorithm controls are sitting on a knob in front of you, no fiddling through laborious menus.

  • Tap Functions - Global tap tempo as well as local tempo with lots of subdivisions are available on all modes, in addition to being able to set the delay time directly with the knob.

  • Low Noise signal path - Features a signal to noise ratio of >104dB and maintains an analog dry path.

  • Dual Delay Engines - 2 delays can be used at the same time, each with its own full set of controls and routed in serial, parallel or left/right.

  • Up to 35 Presets - Settings can be saved to 35 presets. With three stomp switches, accessing the presets is easy.

  • 2 Preset Modes - Bank style or scrolling style preset modes.

  • True Bypass and Buffered Bypass - It can be configured to run with true bypass or buffered bypass if you want to hear trails.

  • Cabinet Simulator - 3 variations to choose from, perfect for recording, practicing or for gigs without an amp.

  • Output Transformer - Get hum-free operation when operating in stereo with two amps. Output 2 is isolated with a transformer to eliminate nasty ground loops.

  • High Quality Audio - 48kHz sampling, with 24 bit conversion and 32 bit internal processing.

  • Analog Dry Path - Dry signal is left untouched, and blended with the wet signal using VCA. (no zipper noise, hooray!)

  • Unsurpassed Connectivity - The Universal Control Port allows you to connect an expression pedal, external tap switch, control voltage, external audio input and MIDI - all using a standard 1/4" jack!

  • Advanced Configuration Menu - The Advanced configuration menu lets you configure how your delay works. Select from true or buffered bypass, 0-35 presets, MIDI configuration, Control port (expression pedal, external tap, control voltage and MIDI) as well as which style of preset system to use, input signal pad, output transformer enable and more!

  • Small Size - The enclosure measures approximately 5.7" by 3.75" by 1.75", which is delightfully small when considering all the features packed into this unit.




The Echosystem will have a street price of $449(US) and be available direct from Empress Effects at www.empresseffects.com or through any Empress Effects Dealer on May 4th 2017. For a complete list of dealers, please visit www.empresseffects.com/dealers

<![CDATA[How To Start, Proceed And Complete Music Projects In Your Home Studio]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/how-to-start-proceed-and-complete-music-projects-in-your-home-studio Thu, 20 Apr 2017 11:03:03 GMT


The Josh Bess Webinar Series:
How to start, proceed and complete music projects
in your home studio
Now available on Groove3.com


Montclair, NJ - Hal Leonard proudly announces the Josh Bess Webinar Series at Groove3.com, featuring a collection of live-recorded webinars that cover various music production topics with expert and Ableton Certified Trainer Josh Bess.
In this series, Josh takes you into his home studio in Tokyo, Japan, and invites you to watch his video streaming webinar series. Each tutorial includes a recording of a live-streamed video lesson including a Q&A session with the participants. This is a new form of instruction as viewers participate with questions that Josh answers within the session, so each webinar has an intimate feel to it as if you are attending a private lesson with the expert.
While Josh's DAW of choice is Ableton Live, the tips and tricks can be used with any DAW. The first two tutorials are now available at Groove3.com:

01: Building Your Own Custom Audio-Effect Rack:
How to create one of Josh's favorite and most useful custom audio effect racks in Ableton Live, how to apply effects for original music productions and live performances.
02: Creating a Song from a Vocal Sample
How to create a full song from a one-shot vocal sample, how to get started and how to proceed to arrive at your own original music, along with lots of helpful techniques to apply to your music
Available on April 14, 2017:
03: How Drum Grooves Control the Genre of Music
In this webinar, Josh shows how the type of drum grooves you create, along with your sound choices, will completely change the genre of music you are creating. Josh discusses ideas focused on drum rhythm creation, MIDI note editing, sound design choices, groove, swing, feel, and many other related questions asked throughout the live webinar.
04: Creating a Natural Drum Sampler
Josh explains how to create a natural sounding and feeling drum sampler from pre-recorded samples. Josh demonstrates how to quickly build this tool and provides a fully detailed explanation of how to apply this idea to your own creation process.
Available on April 28, 2017:
05: Garden Eel Sampling
Josh shows how to sample live instruments - with an interesting new toy from the aquarium! These ideas can be applied to your own music production to sample and create any new sounds you imagine.
06: Transforming Your Music Into Any Environment Imaginable with Audio Effects
Josh Bess explains how to create the sound of your original music as if it's played at a live music festival. Josh demonstrates what details go into creating the space, atmosphere, and full environmental sounds by applying simple audio effects such as Reverb and EQ.
About the Author
JOSH BESS is a percussionist, electronic performing artist, and Ableton Certified Trainer. Performing with multiple artists and employing a wide variety of styles, he is experienced in jazz, funk, Latin, pop, rock, and more. In addition to performing, Bess developed an interest in music production and went on to earn his college degree in audio engineering and jazz commercial performance. He has fused his knowledge and his ear for audio production with his percussive background to develop an efficient and creative electronic workflow-a combination that he regularly puts to work in his compositions and live performances. For more information, visit www.joshbess.net
About Hal Leonard & Groove3

Hal Leonard Books, a division of Hal Leonard Corporation, the leading publisher of books and digital content on the music business, audio technology, and instrument history, and Groove3, the audio community's online resource for top-notch training videos, have announced a long-term strategic partnership to develop and deliver authoritative content to the world. Over the coming months and years, Hal Leonard will bring an unprecedented assortment of globally influential recording, audio, and music experts from a variety of fields to the Groove3 platform.
<![CDATA[Lectrosonics Introduces The Duet Digital Wireless Monitor System With Dante™ Inputs]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/lectrosonics-introduces-the-duet-digital-wireless-monitor-system-with-dante-inputs Wed, 19 Apr 2017 12:33:20 GMT

Lectrosonics Introduces the Duet Digital Wireless Monitor System with Dante™ Inputs


Rio Rancho, NM (April 19, 2017) — Lectrosonics announces the introduction of a new digital wireless monitor (IEM) system, the Duet. The new system consists of the M2T dual-stereo half-rack transmitter and M2R diversity belt pack receiver. The Duet covers the UHF frequencies of 470-608 MHz in a single range, uses digital modulation for transmission, and can accept analog or Dante digital inputs. The new system is designed and developed with professional touring, installation, theater, filmmaking and broadcast customers in mind.

The M2T half-rack transmitter houses two independent stereo transmitters allowing for up to four stereo or dual-mono transmissions in a single rack space. The audio inputs can be individually configured to be analog or Dante compatible. The analog input connectors are full size XLR/TRS combo types for balanced line level analog signals while the input preamp circuits use a special balanced amplifier with very high common mode rejection to minimize hum and noise. A Dante Ultimo™ interface via dual RJ45 connectors accepts Dante networked audio inputs and can cascade the digital stream to additional units via CAT6 cables. An additional RJ45 jack provides an Ethernet connection for programming and control via Wireless Designer™ software and a USB jack on the front panel allows for firmware updates. The transmitter features a full color, backlit LCD for high visibility in any environment, while the chassis is all-metal and can be racked singly or in pairs using included rack mount hardware.

The M2R bodypack receiver employs advanced antenna diversity switching during digital packet headers for seamless audio. The 24 bit digital audio stream guarantees high resolution sound quality with wide dynamic range, low noise floor, and rock-solid stereo image. The headphone jack is fed from a high-quality stereo amplifier with 250 mW available to drive headphones or earphones to sufficient levels for stage performance or other noisy environments. A high-resolution, color LCD allows for a wide range of menu options, including precise limiter settings, using detailed graphics. The M2R runs on two AA batteries for an operating time of over 4 hours with alkaline cells.

Both the M2R and M2T units have 2-way IR sync, so scan data from the receiver can be sent to the transmitter and thus onto the Ethernet network for use by Wireless Designer™ software for frequency planning and coordination purposes. Additionally, the system includes a FlexList™ mode, where a number of names and associated frequencies can be stored in the receiver. This way, a monitor engineer can quickly find and listen to any of the performers’ mixes on the stage.

“The Duet wireless monitor system is a significant step forward for touring performers and other professionals requiring high definition audio in their ears” states Karl Winkler, vice president of sales & service at Lectrosonics. “With 24 bit digital audio, low latency, Dante inputs and a compact, lightweight, diversity bodypack unit, the Duet system should please even the most demanding users, both on and behind the stage.”

The first public showing of the Duet IEM system will be April 24-27 at the NAB show, booth C3322, Central Hall, Las Vegas Convention Center. MSRP: TBD. Availability: Q3, 2017.



About Lectrosonics

Well respected within the film, broadcast, and theatre technical communities since 1971, Lectrosonics wireless microphone systems and audio processing products are used daily in mission-critical applications by audio engineers familiar with the company's dedication to quality, customer service, and innovation. Lectrosonics is a US manufacturer based in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Visit the company online at www.lectrosonics.com.



<![CDATA[StudioLinked Announces STUDIO RACK Multi-Effects Plug-In]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/studiolinked-announces-studio-rack-multi-effects-plug-in Wed, 19 Apr 2017 12:28:36 GMT

StudioLinked announces availability of preset-packed, time-saving STUDIO RACK multi-effects plug-in


BOZEMAN, MT, USA: urban and contemporary music virtual instrument specialist StudioLinked is proud to announce availability of STUDIO RACK — a curb-appealing multi-effects plug-in packed with time-saving, speedily-tweakable presets perfect for any music producer, DJ, or engineer mixing hip-hop, R&B, pop, rock, EDM, and country productions — as of April 18...


As an adaptable multi-effects plug-in that’s as easy on the eye as it is in use, STUDIO RACK radically changes any sound with three types of self- explanatory speaker emulation — HIGH, MID, and BASS (that, of course, can also be switched to OFF). Variable amounts of DELAY (with SYNC), REVERB, STEREO, and CHORUS can quickly be dialled in to suit any application, effects-wise, while turning the GUI-dominating DRIVE control pushes things to the limit. Letting users quickly make more changes comes courtesy of a fixed COMPRESSOR with GAIN and MIX sliders; similarly, CUTOFF (frequency) and RES (resonance) control-equipped HIPASS and LOWPASS filters further refine results, and a self-explanatory SATURATION knob nicely rounds out production proceedings.


Placing STUDIO RACK on any vocal, 808 sub, piano, guitar, drums, or final mix lets it transform and add a polished finish faster than ever to any production. Earth-shattering changes need not cost the earth either, thanks to an affordable purchase price that should surely suit any production budget!


STUDIO RACK is available for online purchase directly from StudioLinked — as a 32- and 64-bit AAX, AU, and VST plug-in for Mac and PC — for $59.99 USD from here: https://www.studiolinked.com/product/effect-plugins/studio-rack-muti-fx/


Watch StudioLinked’s STUDIO RACK demonstration video here: https://youtu.be/nnHsHATOL_Y



About StudioLinked (www.studiolinked.com)

StudioLinked is a virtual instrument creator and distribution company, specialising in urban and contemporary music genres by filling a long-unfulfilled niche in the production market. Moreover, customer satisfaction is guaranteed since there is no need to overpay for sounds and features that are not needed in its focused software product line, leaving users to get on with doing what they do best — making music. Seriously simple, user-friendly interfaces — some of which offer animation — are praised for their workflow-enhancing ease of use. Unless licensed from its sound design partners, StudioLinked samples all content in its products. The company founder’s family formerly owned a successful commercial recording studio located in San Diego, CA, USA, since 2003; now named Hookmaster Studio, recently remodelled and run by its former chief engineer, StudioLinked is proud to have recorded sounds for its software products there.

© 2017 StudioLinked VST, Inc.

<![CDATA[V-MODA Forza Metallo Wireless Headphones Now Shipping]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/v-moda-forza-metallo-wireless-headphones-now-shipping Wed, 19 Apr 2017 12:22:31 GMT

V-MODA Forza Metallo Wireless Headphones
Now Shipping


Award-winning audio brand unleashes 3D-printed custom Bluetooth® in-ear headphones
Los Angeles, CA, April 19, 2017V-MODA, the award-winning maker of leading high-performance audio devices, announces the availability of the Forza Metallo Wireless in-ear Bluetooth® headphones. Designed by and for modern audiophiles, Forza Metallo Wireless offers high performance and ultra-sleek design, and brings the acclaimed V-MODA sound and new noise-canceling microphones to the era of Bluetooth in-ears. Features include a newly developed 5.8mm dynamic micro Hi-Res driver, futuristic sweat-resistant technology, patent-pending sport fins for hybrid sport performance, and the world’s first jewel-grade 3D printing customization of in-ears.
Val Kolton, V-MODA CEO, says, “Our first in-ear Bluetooth headphones feature a minimal design that can hide under a shirt collar, maximum battery life, enhanced antenna and unrivaled comfort. With Forza Metallo Wireless we are providing audiophiles and professionals with ultimate ergonomics via our unique TrapLock™ titanium cable refined from dozens of anatomical tests conducted over years.”
“Forza Metallo” in Italian means “metal force.” Forged in CNC aircraft-grade lightweight aluminum, Forza Metallo Wireless headphones are tested beyond Military-Level Quality MIL-STD-810G Test Standards to withstand everyday exposure to extreme conditions.
The newly developed award-winning 5.8mm neodymium micro dynamic hi-res driver delivers balanced vibrant bass, vivid mids and natural stress-free highs surrounded by a vast 3D soundstage. The hi-res drivers join a CNC-forged aircraft-grade metal housing to reveal music like the artists and engineers intended. The superior quality of V-MODA sound peaks via a Qualcomm aptX audio codec, the best-kept secret of audio industry professionals. Now available for consumer electronics devices, Qualcomm aptX enhances CD quality wireless audio playback.  
Forza Metallo Wireless headphones offer ultimate ergonomics for the best stability and fit. The revolutionary TrapLock Titanium neckband pushes the boundaries of stylish, fitted minimal design to stay on users’ shoulders in any angle or hide under a shirt collar. Detachable, patent pending ActiveFlex™ sport fins come in three sizes for the stability from commuting to working out, while the four different sizes of BLISS™ (Bass Level Isolating Soft Silicone) 3.0 fittings ensure great noise-isolation and enables vibrant bass for the best fit, stability, and sound.
A new special nanocoating technology makes the headphones sweat- and weather-resistant, ensuring the best possible performance in a wide variety of environments and extreme sports situations.
Enjoy Bluetooth connection within a 33-foot (10-meter) range and simultaneous pairing with two devices. The lithium-ion battery also provides up to 10 hours of music and calls, and a 15-minute quick charge delivers two hours of playback.
Controlling music, volume, calls and voice assistant is easy thanks to the enhanced three-button microphone compatible with Apple and Android products and all Bluetooth-enabled audio devices. Dual noise-cancelling microphones are also business-ready and ensure crystal-clear calls even in the noisiest environments. And when a call comes in, the neckband will vibrate so users can answer without taking out the phone.
V-MODA is bringing additive manufacturing to in-ear headphones with its first collection of 3D-printed custom caps, making Forza Metallo Wireless customizable to forge users’ own personal relic with the patent-pending RemixRings. Not only can users remix their design, but they can optimize the design with an enhanced tailored fit.
The first collection of 3D caps features the Milanese designs Steam Punk, V-MODA Logo, and Lion Head, with more to come. The cap materials and pricing include platinum (starting down from $7,500), 14k gold (starting down from $2,500), gold-plated (starting down from $250) and the newly developed and affordable HD Acrylic for $40 ($20 when bought with the headphones).
Forza Metallo Wireless are now available in Gunmetal Black and White Silver for $170.00 USD from V-MODA.com and authorized resellers. 3D printing customization is also available exclusively at V-MODA.com/Forza-Metallo-Wireless.

V-MODA Forza Metallo Wireless headphones in Gunmetal Black, pictured with platinum, gold, and gold-plated 3D caps
V-MODA Forza Metallo Wireless headphones in White Silver

About V-MODA
Designed in Milano, V-MODA’s verve is to amplify an authentic music lifestyle via timeless products forged by unparalleled quality, fashion-forward design and an unequivocal passion for music and materials. Led by Chief Visionary Officer and professional musician Val Kolton, V-MODA blends analog renaissance age inspiration, Italian design and precise Japanese engineering. V-MODA products have won 40+ editors’ choice awards and have become essential gear for the world’s top professional DJs.  
V-MODA joined forces with Roland of Japan on 808 (August 8, 2016), to redefine and develop the next breakthrough in music products and push the boundaries of audio innovation to reach a global audience of music aficionados. V-MODA and Roland do not tune headphones only as the “artists intended” but as both the “instrument engineer and artists intended”.  
Visit V-MODA.com, follow us at Facebook.com/VMODA, on Twitter (@VMODA) and on Instagram (@VMODA).  

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<![CDATA[Do You Find Psytrance Cathartic?]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/do-you-find-psytrance-cathartic Tue, 18 Apr 2017 12:19:57 GMT


Hey, our weekly Zenhiser release is out and this week Catharsis blows the socks off the Psytrance genre with 5GB of glorious sounds, stems, loops and midi.
Zenhiser Pack: Catharsis

Price: $55.00 USD

Direct Link: http://www.zenhiser.com/catharsis-psytrance-sounds.html

<![CDATA[Plugin Alliance Nails Neve Vintage Vibe With 354E Multiband Compressor Plugin]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/plugin-alliance-nails-neve-vintage-vibe-with-354e-multiband-compressor-plugin Tue, 18 Apr 2017 12:16:59 GMT


Plugin Alliance nails Neve vintage vibe with 354E multiband compressor plugin par excellence


“I was blown away when I received this plugin, which can compress drums and guitars extremely aggressively, yet also works very smoothly with vocals. This will become my go-to compressor on strings and brass. It has a very nice analog feel to it and is very easy to set.”

- Tom Holkenberg (a.k.a. Junkie XL), composer/producer (Mad Max: Fury Road, Deadpool), 2017



SANTA CRUZ, CA, USA: Plugin Alliance, a new ‘Über-standard’ supporting all major plugin formats and uniting some of the best-known international audio companies under one virtual roof, is proud to announce availability of 354E — Plugin Alliance partner Lindell Audio’s multiband model of the venerable vintage Neve® 2254ETM diode bridge compressor, carefully replicating its distinctive behavior and rich, creamy character as an appealing AAX Native-, AU-, VST2-, and VST3-compatible three-band M/S (Mid-Side) mastering compressor plugin with vintage vibe — as of April 17...


The original 2254 mono compressor/limiter design dates back to 1969, becoming a standard module in the company’s classic 80 Series hard-wired analogue consoles. Its input stage is based around an input transformer followed by a diode bridge relying on the dynamic resistance of the diodes changing with current provided by control voltage to act as a level control element — hence its distinctive behavior and rich, creamy character. Compression attack time is fixed, though the third major revision, the long-loved 2254E, allows for faster attack times. Today, though, thanks to Plugin Alliance partner Lindell Audio’s tenacity, the 354E plugin pairs that vintage vibe with modern utility as a must-have multiband marvel — modelling that famous vintage diode bridge compressor across each of its three (LOW, MID, HIGH) independent frequency bands with adjustable crossover frequency bands (for honing in on where compression is needed most).


Many more notable features abound and include: independent five-step RATIO — ranges from 1.5:1 (for mastering and master-bus compression) through to 6:1 (for shaping individual tracks); switchable NUKE mode (for over-compressing tracks to dramatic effect); LINK (Mid-Side) mode (for focusing compression on mid or side channel — or in stereo — for surgical precision); SIDECHAIN/HPF (to lend greater punch to compressed drums, bass guitar, and other bass-heavy instruments); switchable NIVEAU filter (for tilting SIDECHAIN/HPF frequency response towards bass energy preservation — perfect for achieving an awesome API® ‘thrust’ compression effect); MIX control (to promptly provide parallel processing — perfect for blending radically compressed signal with pristine dry input when working with drums, adding density to rock guitars, and more); M/S (link) and SOLO for each frequency band; adjustable, wide-ranging ATTACK and RECOVERY (release) controls ranging from a blazing-fast 2 μS (two-millionths of a second) attack time (for radical compression) to AUTO release (for artefact-free processing); optional AUTO makeup GAIN for each band; two-way dB meter (displays I/O and gain reduction levels in turn — internal operating levels can be calibrated in nine 1dB steps for precise mastering applications); and resizable user interface and up to 16x oversampling for digital precision in any environment. All add up to a creative compressor/limiter experience quite unlike any other... one of the fastest compressors, capable of shaping sounds in extreme ways with which most contemporaries cannot compete.


Creatively speaking, 354E is, in practical terms, two compressors in one — a colorful, vintage-sounding paintbrush-like plugin, perfectly suited to both mastering and mixing applications alike. As such, turning on NUKE mode makes radically reshaping individual tracks a joy to behold; but, conversely, turning it off allows for lighter, more nuanced compression when mastering or when more surgical mixing is needed. Needless to say, both ways of working yield the same lush coloration and smooth presence that made the 2254E one of the most revered and highly-sought-after compressors in the world. Which is why the 354E is so suited to compressing drums, electric guitars, and rock vocals as one of the premier plugins for the task at hand.


Hitting that NUKE button is akin to throwing TNT on drum room mics! Make room ambience explode and drums pump like a jackhammer! Use the built- in filters to shield bass frequencies from compression, inflating the kick drum in the room mics to a heavy monster sound, then adjust the three bands’ RATIO and GAIN controls to balance hi-hat and cymbal levels with that of the trap drums for the perfect blend. Better still, the NIVEAU filter and NUKE mode are also tickets to making thin-sounding floor and rack toms thunder with deep, long sustain, and rock vocals hyperventilate with urgency. As a go-to guitar-track-shaper, 354E’s multiband controls and filters can compress the bottom and top strings’ output to different degrees to boost chunky, palm-muted bass notes or blazing, high chords to the front of the mix. Major compression adds intensely colorful character, though the MIX control can dial some pristine dry signal back into 354E’s output for beautifully balanced mayhem and detail.


Digging deeper, 354E takes on the highly-nuanced behavior befitting master-bus compression and mastering when waving goodbye to NUKE mode. Milder by its very nature, the 1.5:1 RATIO setting solidifies mixes with a glue-like quality, while switching in the NIVEAU filter brings punch, fullness, and weight to the bottom end of the thinnest of mixes. More musically satisfying, maybe, M/S mode can compress hard-panned guitars without affecting the kick drum, bass, and lead vocals, while with A > B workspaces users can compare alternative control setups in pursuit of production perfection.


Put it this way: whether using it to super-size individual tracks, add density to full mixes, or apply subtle surgical compression to correct imbalanced masters, 354E has what it takes to paint a picture-perfect colorful vintage sound. So is it any wonder, then, that Tom Holkenberg (a.k.a. Junkie XL) — one of Hollywood’s top and most unique composers with an expansive and expensive studio setup that lives up to the stage name with which he originally made a name for himself in the burgeoning US rave scene — was blown away by it?


Legal Disclaimer: Neve and 2254E are registered trademarks of AMS/Neve Inc. 354E was developed by Lindell Audio based on its own modelling techniques. AMS/Neve has not endorsed or sponsored 354E in any manner, or licensed any intellectual property for use in this product.

354E is available for purchase — as an AAX Native-, AU-, VST2-, and VST3-supporting plugin for Mac OS X (10.8 through 10.12), Windows (7 through 10), and Pro Tools 10.3.10 (or higher) — from Plugin Alliance and select VSSD (Virtual Stock Software Distribution) retailers for a time-limited introductory promo price of $129.00 USD, rising to $199.00 USD thereafter. (Note that owners of 254E qualify for a special introductory price of $79.00 USD via an email voucher valid throughout April 2017.)


Note that the proprietary Plugin Alliance Installation Manager means users can select, download, and install only the products and formats needed for their system.


For more in-depth information, including several superb-sounding audio demos, please visit the dedicated 354E webpage here: https://www.plugin-alliance.com/en/products/lindell_354e.html


Watch Plugin Alliance EU Product Manager Mo Volans’ video walkthrough of 354E here: https://youtu.be/vgqhV3PSAVU



About Plugin Alliance (www.plugin-alliance.com)

Based in Wilmington, DE, USA, with offices in Santa Cruz, CA, USA, Plugin Alliance is more than just a website; it is a new ‘Über- standard’, supporting all major plugin formats and uniting some of the best-known international audio companies under one virtual roof. It empowers world-renowned analogue hardware companies with a digital strategy and provides software developers with services that allow them to develop products with increasing quality and quantity. It does this by providing world-class marketing and distribution, as well as platform features like a state-of-the-art authorisation system.The Alliance is more than just a group of partner companies; it is a rapidly growing community of artists, engineers, producers, and industry luminaries who have joined to share what they have learned.

© 2017 Plugin Alliance LLC

<![CDATA[Audified Announces Their New Studio Bundle Of Joy]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/audified-announces-their-new-studio-bundle-of-joy Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:56:26 GMT


Audified announces availability of attractively-priced plug-in Studio Bundle of joy


BOSKOVICE, CZECH REPUBLIC: host application and audio effects developer Audified is proud to announce availability of Studio Bundle — an attractively-priced plug-in bundle of its latest and greatest (TNT Voice Executor, second-generation U73b Compressor, U78 Saturator, and MixChecker) hit releases, rendered as appealing to the eye as they are to the ear for a wide range of production purposes — as of April 18...


Recently released to widespread critical acclaim, TNT Voice Executor is a unique utilitarian plug-in offering no-nonsense processing of vocal and spoken word tracks to sophisticatedly solve any issues instantaneously. It does what it says on the tin, so shaping superb-sounding voices couldn’t be simpler. Simply select a preset then use the three knobs to set the INPUT and OUTPUT volumes (using the I/O meters), tweak the DRIVE (effect) amount, and you’re good to go! Gathered into four groups, each preset contains several variants for both male and female voices. The right-side of the plug-in’s crystal-clear GUI (Graphical User Interface) simply shows which effects (EQ, DRIVE, and DELAY) are engaged and how much gain is being reduced. Really, anyone with a microphone who records vocals and/or spoken word will find it invaluable. Applications? Audio book editing, v-log posts, YouTube videos, podcasts, advertisement voiceovers, television trailers, newscasts... wherever the human voice sounds, TNT Voice Executor makes it sound better in next to no time with a no-nonsense approach to processing par excellence.


Excellence also shines forth from Audified’s all-new U73b Compressor, strikingly standing out from its predecessor from the get-go courtesy of a gorgeous GUI that not only makes its improved second-generation status clearer still by blazoning Nr. 2.0.1 below its name but literally leaps out of Retina-supporting screens... well, almost! As such, the GUI itself is effectively a game of two halves, comprising of an almost photo-realistic rendering of the unique-sounding Sixties-vintage German broadcast compressor/limiter hardware (with which the plug-in shares its name and upon on which it is modelled) alongside an area to display numerically editable parameters or menu functions and settings that are not available via the ‘modelled module’... making anything sound like it has been processed by an original U73b is the name of the game. Game-changing is the result, though its improvements are more than simply skin deep. Digging deeper, Audified’s all- new U73b Compressor now features true side-chaining to control compression via an independent signal; improved processing with added adjustable Oversampling; an automatic gain control option; and -9dB default Kalib. (calibration) setting with an added value mechanism — modelling which works with real voltages that are the same as those found in the original hardware circuitry (related to the dBu scale), but the DSP (Digital Signal Processing) in DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations) works with dBFS (Decibels relative to full scale) so users can (carefully) set the calibration to work within the correct operational range of the compressor effect.


Exploiting meticulous models of the amazing-sounding analogue circuitry central to the U73b — that treasured broadcast compressor/ limiter that found favour in European mastering circles well into the Eighties and beyond — further still, supplementing the tube saturation circuitry with high-pass and lowpass filters and a unique tone filter for some seriously satisfying saturation is fundamental to the U78 Saturator modus operandi. Only this time, removing the U73b Compressor’s compression function, favouring filtering for flexibility while keeping the heart and soul of the machine to deliver an amazingly musical tube sound. Studio Bundle brings with it the best of both by including U73b Compressor and U78 Saturator to appease both purists and audio adventurists alike.


And when it comes to making meaningful mix decisions with all that wide-ranging processing par excellence, what better way to round out Studio Bundle than with MixChecker, a must-have mixing assistant plug-in that transforms studio monitors into classic reference monitors or one of several consumer devices to instantly improve mixes. Make-do-and mend-mentality-mixing is a thing of the past with MixChecker, meaning no more time wasted exporting mixes to smartphones or burning CDs to listen in a car before going back into the studio to tweak the mix only to have to repeat the tiresome process time and again. As an altogether more convenient and clever software solution, MixChecker can perform a quick round of tests in only a matter of seconds, allowing users to get on with the task in hand — making mixing corrections at a (key)stroke, still fresh from knowing what the problem in the mix actually was!


Why not treat yourself and your productions, then, to the joys of Studio Bundle? Bet your bottom dollar you’ll soon be jumping with joy when it comes to using these really remarkable plug-ins for a really remarkable price!

Purchase Studio Bundle as four iLok-protected plug-ins — available as AAX, VST3, and VST2 on Mac (OS X 10.9 - 10.12) and PC (Windows 7, 8, and 10) and AU on Mac — at an introductory price of $399.00 USD until April 30, 2017 (rising thereafter to $449.00 USD) from Audified’s online shop here: https://shop.audified.com/products/studio-bundle


Studio Bundle is available to download directly from Audified from here: http://services.audified.com/download/StudioBundle Note that iLok dongle hardware is not needed for either the 30-day trial or full version of Studio Bundle — simply create a free account and install PACE Anti-Piracy’s iLok License Manager from here: https://www.ilok.com

TNT Voice Executor can be seen and heard in an informative introductory video here: https://youtu.be/Gaahi8P64g8

U73b Compressor can be seen and heard in its informative introductory video here: https://youtu.be/DjiCR6wkgCI

U78 Saturator can be seen and heard in its informative introductory video here: https://youtu.be/vOvSd8UtxEs

MixChecker can be seen and heard in its informative introductory video here: https://youtu.be/hujVyCXqjPw



About Audified (www.audified.com)

Audified is the premier brand of privately-owned Boskovice-based DISK Multimedia, s.r.o. in the Czech Republic, created to develop specialised audio applications, as well as handling the company’s high-end hardware product portfolio. Pioneering the development of audio applications for live (realtime) performance, as well as developing the first audio effects plug-ins for Apple’s Mac OS X, the company created some of the first plug-ins for Power|Core,TC Electronic’s hardware-accelerated DSP platform, prompting the Danish developer’s then-PR Manager Thomas Valter to comment, “Our two companies have been working closely together on various projects, and we are very satisfied with the products that have been a result of our cooperation.” Consequently, the company returned to its host application and audio effects developmental roots in 2007 by branding itself with the Audiffex appellation to resourcefully reflect that directional change with an award-winning array of innovations, including MixChecker — a must-have mixing assistant plug-in that transforms studio monitors into classic reference monitors or one of several consumer devices to instantly improve mixes. Moreover, Audified is not just a for-profit business, however; its parental company clearly cares about the future of audio software/hardware development, developing partnerships with both Janacek Academy of Music and Performing Arts (JAMU) in Brno, Czech Republic — realising a research project to bring modern audio engineering technologies to music education, and also Brno University of Technology, one of the Czech Republic’s leading research and teaching institutions — working with the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Communication Technologies on scientific projects. Participating in organising entry exams and teaching at these highly-respected higher education establishments has helped establish the first specialised studies of audio engineering in the Czech Republic. In keeping with spreading the (audio engineering) word, Audified has helpfully seen fit to recently release a range of free plug-ins, available from here: http://shop.audified.com/collections/products/free#tags

© 2017 Audified

<![CDATA[New Multifunction Eurorack Module From Expert Sleepers]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/new-multifunction-eurorack-from-expert-sleepers Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:48:21 GMT


Expert Sleepers announces advanced disting mk4 ‘many-in-one’ multifunction Eurorack module



LETCHWORTH, UK: following a successful showcase at The NAMM Show 2017, January 19-22 in Anaheim, California, Eurorack module-maker and audio plug-in developer Expert Sleepers is proud to announce availability of disting mk4 — the latest (fourth) improved iteration of its award-winning ‘many-in-one’ multifunction Eurorack module based around a PIC® Microcontroller (MCU) offering an amazing amount of CV (Control Voltage) and audio processing algorithms belying its super-slim 4HP panel width (with two algorithm function-dependant input sockets, two output sockets, a CV input socket paired with a push-button-functional knob, and a rotary encoder/push button alongside an all-new dot matrix display and a MicroSD card slot all available to connect and communicate with the outside world) — as of April 18...


Who better to introduce the new and improved disting mk4, then, than its creator, Expert Sleepers Director Andrew ‘Os’ Ostler: “The Expert Sleepers disting mk4 is the newest incarnation of the disting concept. Compared to the previous mk3, the most obvious change is that it now has a screen, rather than a small number of LEDs, so you can see what’s going on much more easily. It will scroll words at you and let you understand what you’re doing much more easily than ever before. The MicroSD card is now on the front — easily accessible; from that, you can play back WAV files, MIDI files, and more functions to come in the future. For example, an audio recorder function, recording WAV files to the MicroSD card, is in beta and will be added soon. The mk4 is also compatible with the SELECT Bus mechanism, allowing you to simultaneously store and recall settings from a number of distings and other compatible modules at one time. The mk4 is also capable of some extra algorithms over the mk3, such as the tuner, and pitch and frequency references.”


Speaking of algorithms, disting mk4 currently features five banks, beginning with 16 ‘classic disting’ ones: Precision Adder (with integer voltage offsets); Four Quadrant Multiplier (with integer multiply/divide); Full-wave Rectifier; Minimum/maximum; Linear/Exponential Convertor; Quantizer (with selectable scales); Comparator (with adjustable hysterersis); Dual Waveshaper (wavefolder and triangle-to-sine shaper); Sample and Hold (with noise source and adjustable slew rate); Slew Rate Limiter (with linear and exponential slew); Pitch and Envelope Tracker; Clockable Delay/Echo; LFO (with through-zero frequency control and waveshaping); Clockable LFO (with multiply/divide and waveshaping); VCO with Linear FM (sine and saw outputs); and VCO with waveshaping (saw/triangle and pulse outputs).


Onwards and upwards, bank two holds the following algorithms: Precision Adder (with fractional voltage offsets); Voltage Controlled Delay Line (vibrato/chorus/flange effects); Clockable Ping Pong Delay; Clockable Ping Pong Delay (with input pan control); Resonator (for drum synthesis); Vocoder (12-band); Phaser (up to 10 stages); Bit Crusher; Tape Delay (with voltage-controlled tape speed); State Variable Filter (smoothly variable filter type); LP/HP Filter; LP/BP Filter; BP/HP Filter; and BP/Notch Filter.


Furthermore, these are the bank three algorithms: AR Envelope; AR Envelope (with push); AR Envelope & VCA; AR Envelope & VCA (with push); Dual AR Envelope; Dual AR Envelope (with push); Euro to Buchla Convertor; Buchla to Euro Convertor; Clockable AD Envelope (with mute); Clockable AD Envelope (with gate); Clockable AD Envelope (with trigger); Clockable AD Envelope & VCA; Shift Register Random CVs; Shift Register Random Quantized CVs; Shift Register Random Triggers; and Shift Register Dual Random Triggers.


Turn to bank four for finding those earlier-quoted (ES-1 Emulation; ES-2 Emulation; Pitch Reference; Frequency Reference; Tuner; and Crossfade/Pan) extras; thereafter, the fifth features functions relating to playing back audio and MIDI files from the MicroSD card: Audio Playback; Clocked Audio Playback; Audio Playback with V/Oct; Audio Playback with Z Speed; MIDI File Playback (clocked); MIDI File Playback (free-running); and Audio Playback with End CV.


Clearly, if that’s not enough to whet the appetite of even the most seasoned Eurorack enthusiast, Expert Sleepers’ eye-catching red and blue backlit sockets should surely seal the deal when it comes to making room for distinctive disting mk4 modules! After all, they pack a whole lot of functionality into very little Eurorack space.


Seeing is believing; better still, Expert Sleepers will be displaying and demonstrating disting mk4 on Booth H251 at SUPERBOOTH17, April 20-22, Berlin, Germany. Get down there to check it out. “We will be showing an additional feature not demoed at NAMM,” notes Andrew Ostler. “The disting mk4 has a pair of MIDI ports (in and out), allowing it to both receive MIDI (for additional control over the algorithms) and generate MIDI (to control external MIDI gear from its algorithms and CV inputs). New dedicated MIDI-to-CV and CV-to-MIDI algorithms have been added; existing algorithms have had MIDI output added — notably the Quantizer and MIDI File Playback. The MIDI ports are accessed by an expansion header module, which will be shown at SUPERBOOTH17, and details will be made available so people can make their own DIY version, which is a very simple project.” Witnesses will surely be impressed by what they see and hear.

disting mk4 is now shipping and available from Expert Sleepers resellers (http://expert-sleepers.co.uk/store.html) worldwide with an MSRP of £139.00 GBP (inc. 20% VAT)/$189.00 USD/€189.00 EUR (inc. 19% VAT).


For more in-depth information, please visit the dedicated disting mk4 webpage here: http://expert-sleepers.co.uk/disting.html Watch Expert Sleepers’ disting mk4 new feature highlights video here: https://youtu.be/Z7krXrbSsfo



About Expert Sleepers (www.expert-sleepers.co.uk)

As a one-man (Andrew Ostler a.k.a. ‘Os’) operation, British brand Expert Sleepers started life back in 2002 as an audio plug-in developer — its amusingly-named Augustus Loop tape-based delay effect emulation (with extra features to facilitate its use as a looping device) quickly found favour with ambient music pioneer Brian Eno, who was moved to kindly comment: “When I hear anything by ES, I get excited by what I’m hearing.” 2009’s Silent Way suite of plug-ins designed for use with analogue synthesisers — especially as part of a modular analogue synthesiser system — soon led to a move towards the ever-expanding Eurorack modular marketplace with the first hardware product — the (now-discontinued) ES-1 audio/CV interface module designed for use with software such as Silent Way — making an appearance in 2010. Since then, the company continues to innovate in its core business of computer-synth interfacing, albeit admittedly going off-tangent in 2014 with the award-winning disting — a ‘many-in-one’ multifunction module based around a PIC® Microcontroller (MCU) offering a variety of CV and audio processing algorithms, including a selection of oscillators (LFOs/VCOs), alongside a sample (WAV) file and MIDI file player with a variety of options for sample triggering and playback speed — that continues to be Expert Sleepers’ best-seller by far, now in its improved mk4 iteration.

© 2017 Expert Sleepers Ltd

<![CDATA[New Book from Avid CEO Explores Media Industry Disruption]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/new-book-from-avid-ceo-explores-media-industry-disruption Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:43:20 GMT


New Book from Avid CEO Explores Media Industry Disruption


The Storyteller’s Dilemma, written by Avid Chairman & CEO Louis Hernandez, Jr., explores the economic consequences of the disruption from digitization—and shares his vision for the future of the media industry, while examining the potential opportunities in this age of the digital revolution



Burlington, MA, April 18, 2017 Avid® (Nasdaq: AVID), a leading global media technology provider for the creation, distribution, and monetization of media assets for global media organizations, enterprise users and individual creative professionals, today announced the release of a new book titled The Storyteller’s Dilemma: Overcoming the Challenge of the Digital Media Age, written by Avid Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Louis Hernandez, Jr. The book examines the impact of technology on society in a connected, digital age, and the harsh economic realities of an evolving media landscape. Hernandez, Jr. explores the origins of this rapidly evolving digital transformation and proposes new ideas and solutions to help everyone across the media ecosystem—from the largest media enterprises to the individual artists—all of whom are confronted by the unintended economic consequences of digitized media.


The Storyteller’s Dilemma guides a global community of film and video editors, news broadcasters, musicians, audio engineers and leading media professionals in four parts: How we all play a part in a digital world, how we got here, why things do or do not work and where we can go from here. Part one establishes that humans are born storytellers, and stories are vital to our social fabric. The way we interact with audio and visual media has a profound effect on our culture and everyday lives. Across various industries, organizations have struggled to adapt and thrive as digital technologies have disrupted their business models. Parts two and three delve into technology’s role in storytelling, the current media landscape, and the unintended social and economic consequences of digitizing media. As digitization accelerates, there are new ways for people to share their creativity and consume content. Media companies and professional content creators face a digital revolution that is moving faster than the industry’s ability to adapt and expand on its traditional role. In part four, Hernandez, Jr. addresses the challenges of the digital age and proposes a comprehensive solution and vision, which will allow media and entertainment professionals to connect to common elements and have the freedom to use the creative tools they want, ultimately connecting creators, distributors and consumers more powerfully.


Today, Avid empowers its client and user base with the industry’s best and most comprehensive set of tools and workflow solutions to create, distribute and monetize the most loved, watched and listened to media in the world. In The Storyteller’s Dilemma, Hernandez, Jr. shares how Avid has had to fundamentally transform as a company and design an ecosystem that future-proofs and protects technology investments. Beyond Avid’s own transformation, this book focuses on lessons learned from addressing key challenges facing the media industry, including tightening media tech budgets, the increasing rate of content creation, an exponential growth in distribution platforms, the continued increase in content consumption, and the economic realities of the digital age.


“The Storyteller’s Dilemma illustrates the effects of a technology revolution on the media industry and will help guide our community to build an innovative, creative and lucrative future that benefits everyone across the media ecosystem – from the large global media companies all the way down to the individual artists,” Hernandez, Jr. said. “In telling Avid’s own transformation story, I’m also hopeful that the complicated, challenging lessons we learned can be applicable to others in the media industry, and serve as a lesson to other companies facing these same challenges.”


The most prominent media enterprises around the globe rely on Avid solutions to help create, manage, distribute and monetize their media content. A vast majority of Oscar®, Grammy® and Emmy® Award nominees and winners rely on Avid creative tools and production workflows to tell their stories. From extensive discussions with and inputs from Avid’s preeminent client and user community during his travels to all corners of the globe, Hernandez, Jr. uses this unique knowledge gained to establish his vision for the future—one in which the complexity and imbalance of the media industry is replaced by new processes, resources and tools that simplify and streamline how content is created, distributed and monetized. This vision ultimately serves the needs of the industry’s most inspirational and award-winning thought leaders, innovators and storytellers who push the boundaries of creativity and artistry. Hernandez, Jr.’s unique vantage point, at the nexus of content creation, innovation and distribution, has afforded him unparalleled insight into the future of entertainment. This is the foundation of this book, which for the first time delves into the future of digital content creation, cloud collaboration, the value of a common platform, and democratized entertainment. Ultimately, these views and this vision is what’s fueling Avid’s strategic direction and its focus on delivering end-to-end workflow solutions that can lower the cost of innovation, provide more flexibility to adapt, and offer simpler ways to integrate with the media value chain.


“Hal Leonard is founded on a mutual understanding: creatives across genres seek out the highest quality information as they refine and renew their crafts, and we provide them with the very knowledge they’re after,” said John Cerullo, Group Publisher at Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group. "The Storyteller’s Dilemma takes this basic truth to another level. We’re thrilled to partner with Avid as we convey Louis Hernandez, Jr.’s vision for the future of media to the storytellers, developers, and end users who all stand to benefit from this book’s hard-earned insights and comprehensive vision."


Several of Avid’s prominent users also contributed to the book, including Maryann Brandon, ACE (Editor of Star Wars: Episode VII—The Force Awakens), Jesse “Corparal” Wilson (Music Producer for Snoop Dogg, Justin Bieber, Ne-Yo, Celine Dion, Birth of a Nation, Empire and more), Jason Stewart (Editor of The Amazing Race, The Voice, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, World’s Greatest Dad, Sleeping Dogs Lie), and more.


The Storyteller’s Dilemma is available for purchase on Avid.com, Avid web store, and LouisHernandezJr.com.



About Avid

Through Avid Everywhere™, Avid delivers the most open and efficient media platform, connecting content creation with collaboration, asset protection, distribution and consumption. Avid’s preeminent customer community uses Avid’s comprehensive tools and workflow solutions to create, distribute and monetize the most watched, loved and listened to media in the world—from prestigious and award-winning feature films, to popular television shows, news programs and televised sporting events, and celebrated music recordings and live concerts. With the most flexible deployment and pricing options, Avid’s industry-leading solutions include Pro Tools®, Media Composer®, Avid NEXIS™, Interplay®, ProSet™ and RealSet™, Maestro™, PlayMaker™, and Sibelius®. For more information about Avid solutions and services, visit www.avid.com, connect with Avid on FacebookInstagram, Twitter, YouTubeLinkedIn, or subscribe to Avid Blogs.


About the Author

Louis Hernandez, Jr., is a proven growth-oriented technology executive. His expertise in operational execution and his results-driven performance touch on a variety of complex technical fields, including content management, e-commerce, workflow management, media asset security and capital efficiency. His focus and passion is to advance technology initiatives that specifically enable the active collaboration and connection between individuals, teams and businesses.


Louis is currently Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Avid, which provides the media industry’s most comprehensive tools and workflow solutions to create, distribute and optimize the most-listened-to, most-watched and most-loved digital media in the world. Avid’s proven and trusted solutions have won hundreds of industry and technology awards, including two Oscars, a Grammy and 14 Emmys. Built on a nearly 30-year heritage of innovation, with more than 200 patents worldwide, Avid provides the most open, tightly integrated and efficient platform designed for the world’s preeminent community of media enterprises and content creators.


In addition to being an accomplished executive and technologist, Louis feels a deep responsibility to be a strong advocate for the industries he chooses to lead.



© 2017 Avid Technology, Inc. All rights reserved. Avid, the Avid logo, and Avid Everywhere are trademarks or registered trademarks of Avid Technology, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries.  Oscar is a registered trademark and service mark of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Grammy is a trademark of The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc.  Emmy is a registered trademark of ATAS/NATAS.  All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Product features, specifications, system requirements and availability are subject to change without notice.

<![CDATA[TK Audio Unveils 500 Series Class A Preamp]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/tk-audio-unveils-500-series-class-a-preamp Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:35:47 GMT

TK Audio Unveils 500 series Class A Preamp


Halmstad, Sweden –TK Audio is entering the 500 series preamp market with the incredibly versatile SP501, a new single slot 500-series class-A unit with a unique hybrid design including both vintage and modern circuits derived from TK’s flagship DP1 stereo preamp. The midrange crunch of the germanium sound of the mid 60’s, the low mid punch and thick sound associated with British Class A from the early 70’s as well as the more modern tone from the 80’s and 90’s are finally all available in a single unit.


SP501’s input stage is built around a high quality Swedish Lundahl transformer followed by a Germanium stage that adds more harmonics.  Two different output stages can be selected – either an electronically balanced stage, or a discrete transformer-balanced class-A stage sporting a heavy Carnhill output transformer. Vintage Class A mode produces a fat and punchy sound with mid-range character and a warm top end, while the electronically balanced output stage is less colored and perfect for clean amplification.  A sweepable HPF from 30Hz to 400Hz allows precision crafting of the low end.


“SP501 offers a unique, diverse set of flavors at an amazing price.”, states TK Audio president Thomas Kristiansson. “We couldn’t be happier with the final product”


SP501 carries a $849 MSRP/$799 MAP, and will begin shipping by the end of May 2017.




TK Audio was created nine years ago with the idea of bringing modern sensibilities to classic designs.  All products are individually hand built and tested in Sweden. 
<![CDATA[Roland Announces Aerophone Editor]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/roland-announces-aerophone-editor Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:31:29 GMT


Roland Announces Aerophone Editor

Free app for iOS devices allows Aerophone AE-10 users to customize sounds, create tone lists, and more 
Los Angeles, CA, April 17, 2017 — Roland has released the Aerophone Editor app for the Aerophone AE-10 Digital Wind Instrument. The free iOS app for iPhone and iPad unlocks many capabilities not available directly on the instrument, giving Aerophone AE-10 owners the ability to customize sounds and controls to a greater degree, build tone lists, and more.
Since its introduction in September 2016, the Aerophone AE-10 has been extremely well received by wind players around the world. Roland’s first-ever digital wind instrument features SuperNATURAL® technology for expressive sound and ultra-responsive playability, and is equipped with a mouthpiece-mounted breath sensor and bite-sensing reed for controlling vibrato and pitch. The Aerophone AE-10 also offers many onboard sounds, including authentic saxophones and other acoustic wind instruments, plus synthesizer sounds optimized for breath control.
With access to advanced features only available in the Aerophone Editor app, a player can deeply customize the Aerophone AE-10 for their specific style and music needs. It’s possible to create new sounds with up to four tone layers, and to adjust key range, panning, and pitch on each. Detailed breath, bite, and thumb control assignments allow the player to dial in the perfect response for their unique expressions, and onboard effects can be adjusted as well. The app also offers the ability to customize MIDI control information for triggering external sound modules and software-based instruments.
In addition to its editing capabilities, the app includes a library function that lets players organize sounds into tone lists for different gigs, styles, and practice applications. Tone list files are stored locally on the user’s iPhone or iPad, and can also be uploaded to iCloud for backup, remote access, and sharing with other Aerophone users.
The Aerophone Editor is available from the App Store, and is compatible with devices running iOS 9 and iOS 10. An Apple USB camera adapter is required for communication between an iOS device and the Aerophone AE-10.
To learn more about the Aerophone Editor app, visit Roland.com.
Screencap from Roland’s Aerophone AE-10 iOS Editor app, featuring instrument selection
Screencap from Roland’s Aerophone AE-10 iOS Editor app, featuring control settings for a particular instrument

About Roland Corporation
Roland Corporation is a leading manufacturer and distributor of electronic musical instruments, including keyboards and synthesizers, guitar products, electronic percussion, digital recording equipment, amplifiers, audio processors, and multimedia products. With more than 40 years of musical instrument development, Roland sets the standard in music technology for the world to follow. For more information, visit www.Roland.com or see your local Roland dealer.
Apple, iPad, iPhone and iPod touch are trademarks of Apple, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
<![CDATA[QSC Introduces K.2 Series Loudspeakers ]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/qsc-introduces-k.2-series-loudspeakers Mon, 17 Apr 2017 12:58:35 GMT


QSC Introduces K.2 Series Loudspeakers
Highly Anticipated Next-Generation of Global Best-Seller Offers Significant Feature Upgrades
Costa Mesa, CA (April 17, 2017) – QSC, LLC is pleased to introduce the K.2 Series, the highly anticipated next generation of the company’s global best-selling K Family line of powered loudspeakers. The new K.2 Series, which is comprised of the 8-inch K8.2, 10-inch K10.2 and 12-inch K12.2 full-range loudspeakers, offers a number of significant feature upgrades, establishing an entirely new standard in powered loudspeaker technology. QSC is also announcing the introduction of the KS212C, a first-in-class, single-box powered cardioid subwoofer.
Each loudspeaker model in the K.2 Series is equipped with a 2000-watt power module carefully matched to high-performance woofers and compression drivers. DMT™ (Directivity-Matched Transition) ensures smooth coverage across the entire listening area. On-board DSP provides Intrinsic Correction™ voicing and advanced system management to further optimize performance.
Superbly flexible, K.2 Series models additionally provide operators with a library of preset contours for common applications such as Stage Monitor, Dance Music, Musical Instrument Amplification, Hand-held Microphone and more, while also offering storable Scenes to recall user-configurable settings such as input type, delay, EQ, cross-over and selected contour via the loudspeakers’ LCD screen and control panel. All three models can be operated as either main PA or as a floor monitor.  Each model can also be flown, wall- or truss-mounted, or placed on a speaker pole, either straight-firing or with 7.5-degree down-tilt utilizing the new dual pole cup.
“The phenomenal success of the K Series is unprecedented in the pro audio industry and a testament to the values of great design, high performance, steadfast quality and long-term reliability,” says Ray van Straten, Sr. Director of Marketing, QSC Professional. “This next-generation product raises the bar yet again for the category and will most certainly further reinforce the reputation of the K Family brand for many years to come.”
The perfect complement to both the new K.2 loudspeaker line as well as legacy K Series full-range models, the new KS212C Cardioid Subwoofer represents a breakthrough in innovation and design, uniquely providing all the benefits of a cardioid subwoofer array in a single, compact enclosure. “Keeping bass in its place” for mobile entertainers, AV production and rental professionals, as well as modestly-sized performance venues, the KS212C cardioid subwoofer is unparalleled in its ability to manage low frequencies on the stage, or any application where undesirable low frequency energy needs to be minimized. Dual 12-inch long-excursion drivers, each arranged in a 6th order bandpass chamber, are powered by a 3,600 Watt amplifier and controlled by the system’s DSP to produce a staggering 15 dB more output at the front of the cabinet than at the rear. Like the K.2 Series, the KS212C provides advanced DSP with on-board user-controllable and recallable Scenes via the LCD screen and control panel. Highly portable, the cabinet features comfortable, aluminum handles and four, rear-mounted casters. Two M20 sockets are provided to accept a 35mm speaker pole in either vertical or horizontal deployment of the sub.
Additionally, QSC is also proud to announce that K.2 Series models as well as the KS212C Cardioid Subwoofer feature a global 6-Year Warranty with product registration.
The K.2 Series will be available in select markets in mid-May 2017. Estimated (US) street prices are: $649.99 for the K8.2; $699.99 for the K10.2 and $799.99 for the K12.2.
The KS212C cardioid subwoofer is expected to ship in late Summer 2017. Estimated US street price is $1,399.99.
About QSC
Founded nearly five decades ago, QSC is a globally recognized leader in the design, engineering and manufacture of award winning high performance audio products including power amplifiers, loudspeakers, digital mixers, digital signal processors (DSP), and the Q-SYS™ networked audio, video and control platform. Uniquely leveraging a broad range of technologies located under one roof, QSC products outperform the sum of their parts by delivering reliable, scalable and flexible solutions for professional installed, portable, production, corporate and cinema customers worldwide.
<![CDATA[ Alteros, An Audio-Technica Company, Debuts GTX Series Ultra-Wideband (UWB) Wireless Microphone System]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/alteros-an-audio-technica-company-debuts-gtx-series-ultra-wideband-uwb-wireless-microphone-system Mon, 17 Apr 2017 12:55:26 GMT
Alteros, an Audio-Technica Company, Debuts GTX Series Ultra-Wideband (UWB) Wireless Microphone System
— The revolutionary GTX Series is a fully interoperable, professional broadcast wireless system that bypasses the increasingly congested RF spectrum —
STOW, OH, April 17, 2017 — At the 2017 NAB Show, Alteros, an Audio-Technica company, will introduce the GTX Series Ultra-Wideband (UWB) Wireless Microphone System, a truly game-changing professional broadcast solution that offers immunity to radio frequency spectrum regulatory changes, bandwidth loss and channel crowding. The Alteros GTX Series is a fully digital 6.5 GHz system that provides reliable, interference-free performance and license-free operation, supporting up to 24 simultaneous, high-quality, low-latency (< 3ms), uncompanded 48 kHz/24-bit audio channels in any indoor or outdoor broadcast environment. 
The product of seven years of dedicated research and development, during which it underwent real-world testing in conjunction with major broadcasters and wireless audio professionals, the GTX Series system offers several significant benefits. The GTX Series operates far beyond the UHF and VHF television bands, requires no frequency coordination, license, database registration or STA, and does not cause interference or create intermodulation products. The system is ideal for studio-to-studio operation since it emits less intentional radiation than the typical PC and will not interfere with surrounding signals.  
The GTX Series system launches with three key components: the GTX3224 control unit, GTX24 body-pack transmitter and GTX32 transceiver. No additional filters, combiners or distribution amplifiers are required. 
The GTX3224 simultaneously supports up to 24 channels, an additional 24 channels of talkback audio, and eight group assignment channels in just 3U of rack space. The unit features MADI, Dante™ and AES67 digital outputs that are all available simultaneously and allow for seamless integration with IP-based infrastructures. A single-mode fiber output supports long-distance runs. The 7-inch front-panel touch screen provides access to system settings, monitoring tools, performance reports and other controls.  
Up to 32 GTX32 transceivers may be deployed, connecting to the GTX3224 over standard shielded Cat 5 cable, which is operational to 1,000 feet. The GTX Series system’s powerful management software maximizes operational efficiency, enabling users to set up and confirm operation of 32 transceivers and 24 transmitters in only a few hours.  
The GTX24 body-pack transmitter may be purchased on its own, without a microphone, or configured with one of two Audio-Technica Subminiature Omnidirectional Condenser Lavalier Microphones, the AT899cL4 or AT899cL4SW, the latter equipped with an in-line talkback switch. The GTX24’s talkback function allows talent to easily speak to production staff, eliminating the need for a separate wired talkback box, or may be used as a momentary “cough switch.” 
Broadcast-friendly features of the GTX3224 control unit include two separate and fully redundant AC power supplies and the ability to synchronize directly to the house clock, with failover to an accurate internal clock. The front panel GUI offers a real-time battery gauge that displays the remaining operational time for each transmitter and additionally allows user to set custom battery level alerts. The unit may be remotely monitored and controlled from a PC or computer network, and offers a timestamped event logger tool that can track and record the performance of every GTX32 and GTX24 for up to one month. 
For more information visit www.alteros.tech.

Alteros’ GTX Series Ultra-Wideband (UWB) Wireless Microphone System for professional broadcast bypasses the congested RF spectrum. Shown is the GTX3224 rack-mount control unit (center) that operates up to 24 simultaneous channels, GTX32 transceiver (upper right), and GTX24 body-pack transmitter (lower left).  
Alteros, an Audio-Technica company, was launched in late 2016 to capitalize on A-T’s years of extensive ultra-wideband (UWB) and RF technology research. Under the direction of President and CTO Jackie Green, Alteros is dedicated to the research, development and sale of innovative technology products, with a special focus on high-end wireless tools for broadcast studios, live audio production, sporting events, theaters and other applications.   
—For more information contact Karen Emerson, Audio-Technica U.S., Inc., 1221 Commerce Drive, Stow, OH 44224. Tel: (330) 686-2600; Fax: (330) 688-3752; Web: www.alteros.tech.  
Alteros is exhibiting at booth C2622 at the 2017 NAB Show in Las Vegas, NV.
<![CDATA[Every Hero Needs A Sidekick]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/every-hero-needs-a-sidekick Mon, 17 Apr 2017 12:51:13 GMT



Waterproof MKE 2 elements microphone can go anywhere a GoPro HERO4 goes – for enhanced audio even in extreme conditions





Wedemark, Germany, April 13, 2017 – For the truly adventurous, the ultra-rugged GoPro has proved a game changer - letting them share their adventures with the world. Yet while the video gets ever more striking, audio often struggles to keep up. No longer: Sennheiser’s new, GoPro-verified MKE 2 elements microphone brings high-quality sound recording to GoPro’s HERO4 Black and Silver cameras. Based on Sennheiser’s professional microphone technology, the ultra-tough, waterproof microphone lets GoPro users take the next leap forward and add uncompromising sound to breathtaking video. The microphone is available starting 24 April 2017.

Designed to be the ideal audio partner to a GoPro HERO4 camera in its protective housing, the audio specialist’s new MKE 2 elements microphone has been created to go anywhere a GoPro can. It easily withstands adverse conditions such as wind, water and snow.

“In the world of extreme sports, uncompromising sound quality remained a summit yet to be scaled. Until now, athletes have had to lower their expectations of audio and accept that there are scenarios where poor-quality recordings are inevitable or even when sound capture is impossible, for example under water,” said Achim Gleissner, Commercial Manager for Broadcast & Media at Sennheiser. “The MKE 2 elements has been designed to break through these barriers in the same way that GoPro cameras have done, giving users the ability to add fantastic sound that makes action cam footage even more intense.”

Rugged, waterproof and uniquely capable of taking on the elements


The MKE 2 elements is able to take on virtually anything GoPro users can throw at it, including activities like surfing, climbing or mountain biking. It is based on a professional Sennheiser lavalier microphone but with innovative design features that make it nearly immune to snow, ice, and wind. It is even capable of recording audio under water. This is thanks to an advanced capsule design with an internal Umbrella Diaphragm to protect its acoustically active membrane, a watertight connection with the camera’s protective housing, and a special windshield. This newly-developed, replaceable windshield utilizes a special foam material that ensures that the mic can be used for water sports while fully retaining its wind protection properties. Unlike classic hairy or foam windshields that cease to offer wind protection when they become wet, the innovative new design keeps performing, whether wet or dry. Thanks to the mic’s elastic suspension, it is insensitive to structure-borne noise.

Taking excellence in sound recording into adventurous new territory

Developed as part of the GoPro Developer Program, a framework that allows participating companies to create seamless integration with GoPro products, the MKE 2 elements has obtained the “Works with GoPro” seal of quality.


“Through our Developer Program we are very proud to be working with companies like Sennheiser to pursue a shared vision and create seamless user experiences between our products,” said Ted Simonides, Director, Developer Partnerships at GoPro. “The MKE 2 elements epitomises this spirit of innovation and lets GoPro users take their adventures even further.”


”Sennheiser is currently the only audio company that has obtained Works with GoPro verification, and the ground-breaking nature of the MKE 2 elements is a testament to the power of this collaborative and excellence-driven approach,” said Achim Gleissner. “In parallel to bringing the MKE 2 elements to the market, Sennheiser is working on solutions for HERO5 cameras and is excited to continue to collaborate with GoPro as their products evolve.”

The MKE 2 elements action mic for GoPro HERO4 cameras will be available starting April 24, 2017.

Check out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzj2EJvH44k&feature=youtu.be for audio samples.


MKE 2 elements Technical Data

Dimensions: approx. 125 x 70 x 60 mm (back cover and wind stopper), Ø 62 mm (wind stopper)
Weight: 45 g / 0.1 lbs (back cover, mic and wind stopper)
Connector: GoPro® audio connector for HERO®4
Ingress protection rating: IPX7, waterproof to 1 bar (1 metre / 3 feet for 30 minutes)
Mic pick-up pattern: omni-directional
Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20,000 Hz
Temperature range: -20°C to +70°C / -4°F to +158°F (storage), -10°C to +50°C / +14°F to +122°F (operation)


About GoPro, Inc.
GoPro, Inc. is transforming the way the world captures and shares its passions. In turn, the world is helping GoPro become one of the most exciting and aspirational companies of our time.  For more information, visit gopro.com. GoPro, HERO, and their respective logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of GoPro, Inc. in the United States and other countries. © 2017 GoPro, Inc. All rights reserved.

About Sennheiser
Audio specialist Sennheiser is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of headphones, microphones and wireless transmission systems. Based in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, Sennheiser operates its own production facilities in Germany, Ireland and the USA and is active in more than 50 countries. With 19 sales subsidiaries and long-established trading partners, the company supplies innovative products and cutting-edge audio solutions that are optimally tailored to its customers’ needs. Sennheiser is a family-owned company that was founded in 1945 and which today has 2,750 employees around the world that share a passion for audio technology. Since 2013, Sennheiser has been managed by Daniel Sennheiser and Dr. Andreas Sennheiser, the third generation of the family to run the company. In 2015, the Sennheiser Group had sales totalling €682 million. www.sennheiser.com
<![CDATA[It's A Battery Powered PA And A Video Projector Too]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/its-a-battery-powered-pa-and-a-video-projector-too Mon, 17 Apr 2017 12:45:42 GMT


VocoPro Launches World’s First Battery-Powered PA System with Onboard LED Video Projector


LOS ANGELES, Calif. April 13, 2017—For DJ and karaoke events on the go, audio leader VocoPro today announced its new K-CAST product, the world’s first battery-powered PA system with onboard LED video projector. For more information, please visit www.vocopro.com.

The K-Cast’s portable PA system has a 12 inch woofer and horn tweeter pumping out 120 watts of power. The back panel sports an LED projector, a guitar input jack, as well as the controls for the two included wireless microphones. The LED projector can produce an image from 60–200 inches and is capable of displaying HD video when used with an HDMI connected source or a USB thumb drive. The K-Cast has a built-in video decoder that will accept the most popular video files such as .mp4, .avi, and .mkv. The HDMI input can accept most devices like laptops/computers, smartphones and even Roku, to allow direct video streaming from the Internet.

The K-Cast also includes two UHF wireless microphones for duet performances with friends plus a 70-inch portable screen for outdoor events. With the K-Cast, DJs, KJs, and VJs can now add a new dimension to their performances.


  • HD LED Projector with Focus Adjustment for Images up to 200 inches wide
  • Battery-Powered 120W Portable PA system
  • 4-6 Hours of Performance Time on a Full Charge
  • 12-inch Woofer with Compression Tweeter for Great Sounding Music and Vocals
  • Multi-Format Video Decoder Supports Popular Video Formats
  • Handy Remote Control Uses 2.4G RF Remote For Superior Distance and 360 Degree Reception
  • Speaker Stand Ready (Stand not included)
  • Includes: Rolling PA System Unit, Two UHF Wireless Microphones, 70-inch Portable Outdoor Screen




Pricing for VocoPro K-CAST System
MAP: $549.00 USD
Retail: $699.00 USD


About VocoPro

VocoPro is a California-based professional audio company that was founded in 1991. For more than two decades, the VocoPro name has been synonymous with professional karaoke systems, and still holds the number one spot for high-end professional karaoke products. Providing the highest level of customer service in the industry, VocoPro understands that it takes more than a great product to keep a customer happy. A few of their many "world's first" designs include an all-in-one entertainment P.A. system, and a dual tray multi-format hard drive player. In addition to their many innovations, VocoPro's multi-channel wireless microphones systems reign as the top-sellers for most major music retailers.  For more information about VocoPro, please visit www.vocopro.com.

<![CDATA[Give Your iPhone And iPad Some Fenders]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/give-your-iphone-and-ipad-some-fenders Mon, 17 Apr 2017 12:42:24 GMT


IK Multimedia releases Fender® Collection 2 for iOS -
the legendary history of guitar tone now on iPhone and iPad 

Fender Collection 2 for iOS gives players and producers hyper-realistic iconic Fender® tube amp tone from the '57 Custom Amp series, ’57 Bandmaster, '53 Bassman and '65 Super Reverb all on their iPhone or iPad

April 13, 2017 - IK Multimedia is proud to announce Fender Collection 2 for AmpliTube: the definitive collection joining classic amps from early 50s and mid 60s with their latest brothers from the brand new '57 Custom amp series. Fender Collection 2 is now available for iPhone and iPad, bringing guitar players and producers worldwide the unmistakable, prestigious tone of some of Fender's most iconic amps ever created.

Fender Collection 2 for iOS brings seven of Fender's dream machines - some of the most toneful and genre-defining amps from the dawn of rock and beyond - to AmpliTube for iOS, providing spot-on recreations of the sought after '57 Custom series including: '57 Custom Champ®, '57 Custom Deluxe™, '57 Custom Twin-Amp™, and the '57 Custom Pro™; as well as three vintage models, namely an original Vintage '53 Fender Bassman®, a '57 Bandmaster™ and the iconic '65 Fender Super Reverb®. That unmistakable Fender Tone — the history of Rock on iOS
The legendary amplifiers in Fender Collection 2 for iOS are an integral part of Music history and have earned a reputation for delivering an extremely musical tone that fits in a broad range of genres. Famous for their beautiful clean tones, they deliver natural compression, wide dynamics and a deep and rich sound that has become an all-time favorite for thousands of players. Fender Collection 2 for iOS makes the unmatched character of Fender's "Tweeds" and more readily available on the player's device. Whether looking for shimmering crystal clean tones or that compressed ultra-harmonic laden overdrive sound of a saturated tube amp, Fender Collection 2 for iOS delivers.
Dynamic Interaction Modeling™
Fender Collection 2 for iOS also ushers in a completely new technology for delivering ultra-accurate sound and performance from analog gear on iOS  — IK's revolutionary Dynamic Interaction Modeling™ technology — which fully replicates the behavior of every component in the circuit, all the way down to its quirkiest nuance and character in a non-linear, dynamic way. Not only has each component been meticulously modeled, but the influence and interactions that each has on the entire circuit has been faithfully recreated which ensures that the original tonal characteristics of each amplifier are precisely replicated to achieve the most musical and authentic experience possible.
Created for AmpliTube
Fender Collection 2 further enriches the professional range of amp and effect simulations currently available for AmpliTube for iOS with an incredibly powerful and versatile selection of superlative amplifier models that built the history of music. Users can also take advantage of AmpliTube's renowned tone-tweaking capabilities to achieve unique, hyper-realistic tones — all on their iPhones or iPads.
Plugging into a world of sound
With IK Multimedia's range of professional, portable interfaces playing with Fender 2 for AmpliTube for iOS is as simple as plugging into an amplifier. iRig Pro Duo, iRig PRO and iRig HD 2 are the latest generation of IK's high-quality digital interfaces that allow players to plug in and get pristine, pure sound quality from their iPhone, iPad or Mac/PC.
AmpliTube updates to 4.4
AmpliTube for iOS now offers even more free gear to provide players with a larger selection of effects and amp simulations right out of the box, for playing live or recording in the studio.
Newly available gear models are: Swell, Electric Flanger, Crusher, Dcomp, FeedBack and Phaser10 stompbox effects and British Copper 30TB, Vintage Metal Lead and 360 Bass amp models. AmpliTube 4.4 is a free update for all existing users, plus the Custom Shop and LE versions of AmpliTube for iPhone and the Custom Shop version of AmpliTube for iPad contain 6 new pieces of free gear!
Pricing and availability
Fender Collection 2 for iOS is available now as in-app purchase bundle or individual amp models from inside AmpliTube for iPhone or AmpliTube for iPad:
- Single Amp models are available at $/€4.99 each
- Fender Collection 2 Bundle (7 Amps with matching cabinets) is available at $/€19.99
- Fender MAX Bundle (Fender Collection 1 + Fender Collection 2: a total of 12 amps with matching cabinets and 5 stompbox effects) can be purchased for $/€29.99.
Furthermore, a Mac/PC version of Fender Collection 2 for AmpliTube is available from the IK online store or from the AmpliTube Custom Shop for Mac/PC.
For more information, please visit:

For audio and video demos of Fender Collection 2 for iOS, please visit:
<![CDATA[It's A New Symphony ]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/its-a-new-symphony Mon, 17 Apr 2017 12:39:36 GMT
Apogee Announces Availability of New Features
for Symphony I/O Mk II Audio Interface




Santa Monica, California, April 13, 2017 - Apogee is pleased to announce the availability of a new software update for their Symphony I/O Mk II Thunderbolt audio interface. The release offers significant new features for users, including standalone AD/DA functionality, multi-unit support, compatibility with Apogee Control hardware remote, and an all new Symphony Control software for Mac.

Symphony Control Software

Symphony Control has been built from the ground up and replaces Apogee’s Maestro software for Symphony I/O Mk II users. Symphony Control delivers all the functionality of Maestro in a new, highly customizable user interface along with innovative new features like Talkback functionality, the simplified “Essentials” control window and an FX Send mixer feature, recently introduced as part of the Element Control software. 

Standalone Mode

Standalone routing lets you setup and use Symphony I/O Mk II without a computer. From the front panel touch screen you can set up Symphony I/O Mk II to use Apogee’s flagship AD/DA conversion with your Windows DAW workstation, digital console or even your Hi-Fi System. With Symphony I/O Mk II in Standalone Mode connected digitally to any of these systems, you can choose to bypass the AD/DA converters of your existing gear and utilize Apogee’s instead.

Multi-unit support for up to 64 channels of I/O

Symphony I/O Mk II Thunderbolt customers can now use 2 units simultaneously for up to 64 channels of I/O over a Thunderbolt connection to their Mac. Symphony I/O Mk II combined with Logic Pro on a Mac delivers the most advanced native workstation available with superior quality high-channel count recording at incredibly low latency.    

Apogee Control Hardware Support
The latest software update provides compatibility between Symphony I/O Mk II audio interfaces and the Apogee Control hardware remote accessory. Apogee Control gives you instant access to input and output levels using the large Symphony-inspired Control knob and 3 control knob focus buttons, plus direct access to a wide range of software functions using the 8 user-configurable hardware buttons. Apogee Control hardware remote connects directly to your Mac using the included USB cable and is now available from authorized Apogee dealers worldwide for $195 USD. 


About Symphony I/O Mk II

Symphony I/O Mk II is a multi-channel audio interface featuring Apogee’s newest flagship AD/DA conversion, modular I/O (up to 32 inputs and outputs per unit), intuitive touchscreen display and optional world-class microphone preamps. Designed to deliver professional sound quality for audio recording, mixing and mastering, Symphony I/O Mk II is the ultimate music production centerpiece for any modern studio.


Apogee Symphony I/O Mk II Highlights:

  • Best AD/DA conversion of any Thunderbolt™ audio interface
  • Up to 32 channels of modular analog I/O with optional 8 mic preamps
  • Original Symphony I/O modules are compatible with new Mk II chassis*
    • *AO16 and AI16 modules are not compatible with Symphony I/O Mk II
  • Best per-channel value of any interface in its category
  • Choice of Thunderbolt or Pro Tools® HD (Mac/PC) connectivity
    • Waves SoundGrid® and Dante connectivity coming soon
  • Ultra-low latency performance – 1.35 ms with Thunderbolt and Logic Pro X
  • All new, highly customizable Symphony Control software provides easy access to all I/O parameters
  • Intuitive touchscreen display and front panel control
  • Designed in California, Built in the U.S.A.


The new Symphony software update is now available from Apogee’s website as a free download for all Symphony I/O Mk II users. Learn More About Symphony I/O Mk II

About Apogee

Founded in 1985, Apogee Electronics designs and manufactures award-winning audio recording solutions that are easy to use and sound amazing. The first Apogee products such as their UV22 technology were important factors in the acceptance and acceleration of early digital recording and Apogee was the first company to bring professional digital audio recording quality to Pro Tools HD, Mac Laptops and Apple’s iOS devices. Today, Apogee products like Symphony I/O, Ensemble, Quartet, Duet, ONE, JAM and MiC have been instrumental in creating countless GRAMMY® and OSCAR® winning recordings by the world’s most successful music artists.  For more information, please visit http://www.apogeedigital.com.

<![CDATA[This Phobos Has Nothing To Do With Fear Or Mars ]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/this-phobos-has-nothing-to-do-with-fear-or-mars Mon, 17 Apr 2017 12:33:59 GMT


BT PHOBOS Polyconvolution Synthesizer sees Spitfire Audio aiming for the stars with notable namesake co-creator


LONDON, UK: Spitfire Audio, purveyors of the finest virtual instruments from the finest musical samples in the world, is proud to announce availability of BT PHOBOS — conceived in close collaboration with notable namesake American composer (The Fast And The Furious, Monster, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) and electronica pioneer BT (Brian Transeau) as a must-have Polyconvolution Synthesizer for any AAX-, AU-, VST-, and VST3-supporting DAW (Digital Audio Workstation), and lending itself to writing cinematic electronic, epic, and hybrid compositions, courtesy of its liquid, morphing, and transformational convolution capabilities — as of April 13...


All of which begs some serious questions: what, exactly, is BT PHOBOS? One of Mars’ moons, maybe? A synthesizer? A tool for creating colossal cinematic and electronic rhythms? An engine for endless spectral combinations of wide, lush pads and ambiences with propulsive rhythmic figures? Is it a sound library of an astronomical vintage synthesizer collection, bespoke beats, field recordings, live acoustic and orchestral treatments, micro-rhythms, percussion, and textures? Truth be told, that’s just scratching its stellar surface — inspiration-wise or otherwise!


On the face of it, at its core BT PHOBOS is, indeed, a synthesizer — albeit a soft synth based on the unexplored precept of polyconvolution as a synthesis engine. Extraordinarily adept American audio engineer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, and technologist BT came up with the idea many moons ago when working with sound design — polyconvolution... as a synthesizer. So what, exactly, does that mean? Well, what it means is: instead of using convolution — a piece of software (or algorithm) that creates a simulation of an audio environment — for reverb or modelling an amplifier’s distortion circuit, why not make a ‘reverb’ impulse response tonal? Why not, indeed. In fact, BT did just that, and, in doing so, found that combining something rhythmical with something tonal (as an impulse response) yielded some of the most modern, liquid, and percolating responses he had ever encountered — exactly the kind of sounds he had been searching for while scoring music for films and games... those elusive sounds suited to satisfying the most demanding directors’ wishes. Words like, “Movement and a feeling of drive, yet subtly...” need no longer prove problematic — thanks to BT PHOBOS!


BT brought a whole new musical meaning to the ‘Special Relationship’ between the United Kingdom and United States by working in close collaboration with Spitfire Audio to combine over 20 GB of his own personal bespoke libraries into a tonal engine, enabling BT PHOBOS users ultimately to filter, pulse, rhythmically cut, and sculpt impulse responses that are harmonic, melodic, and tonal. Then play them polyphonically.


Put it this way: one of the most significant solutions BT PHOBOS provides is giving composers an ability to engage their audiences for extended sequences and cues without sounding repetitive or ‘loopy’. Leaning on an all-new, realtime interface interaction allows BT PHOBOS users to evolve, transform, and warp their molecular musical patterns according to nuanced changes within a scene. 


So since BT PHOBOS cleverly challenges the convention of loops, tones, and how they are used in a convolution, central to its operation is a beautiful bespoke GUI (Graphical User Interface) implemented to cultivate creativity through fostering familiarity. Which is why, when clicking on the name of any (sound) SOURCE or CONVOLVER, users are greeted by exactly the same browser. Better still, users can automate many of the powerful and unique controllers central to the BT PHOBOS vision. Which is why modulation MAPPINGS — the way in which functions are mapped and then ‘modulated’ (or changed) in realtime or automated via controllers — are key to many presets, and applied both to SOURCE/CONVOLVER. Cutting-edge sound source advanced controls (to further adapt each SOURCE, such as ATTACK, DECAY, SUSTAIN, and RELEASE; START OFFSET; FILTERS; and GATES) and convolution advanced controls (to further adapt each CONVOLVER and its impulse response — similar to SOURCE controls, providing the same functionality for each CONVOLVER) carry creative composers into an almost limitless inspirational musical well... well, there are actually 90 sextillion-plus combinations of sounds, so inspiration is guaranteed to never run dry!


If — like BT before you — you are on a musical mission to explore strange new sound worlds... to boldly go where no composer has gone before, be assured that BT PHOBOS pushes compositions into emotional, evocative, expressive, and truly new voyages of discovery like no other soft synth plug-in that has gone before it. 




BT PHOBOS can be purchased and digitally downloaded (22.9 GB of uncompressed .WAV files, featuring 2,422 samples) as Spitfire Audio’s first plug-in for any AAX-, AU-, VST-, and VST3-supporting Digital Audio Workstation (with more than 2,000 unique sounds created by BT that can be used both as a SOURCE or as an impulse response) for a time-limited introductory promo price of £209.00 GBP (inc. VAT)/$229.00 USD/€239.00 EUR (inc. VAT) until 08:00 GMT on April 27, 2017 — rising thereafter to an RRP of £269.00 GBP (inc. VAT)/$299.00 USD/€309.00 EUR (inc. VAT) — from here: http://www.spitfireaudio.com/shop/a-z/bt-phobos/


For more in-depth info, including several superb-sounding audio demos, please visit the dedicated BT PHOBOS webpage here: http://www.spitfireaudio.com/shop/a-z/bt-phobos/


Watch Spitfire Audio co-founder and Director Paul Thomson’s ‘traditional’ BT PHOBOS video walkthrough here: https://youtu.be/FP83l8U3i9s


Watch Spitfire Audio ‘composer in residence’ Oliver Patrice Weder’s ‘basics’ BT PHOBOS video here: https://youtu.be/w8lLHaOTfho


Watch Spitfire Audio’s extended feature for BT PHOBOS featuring BT (Brian Transeau) himself here: https://youtu.be/KC07D4bzDtY 




About Spitfire Audio (www.spitfireaudio.com

 Spitfire Audio produces the finest virtual instruments from the finest musical samples in the world. It was set up by a British group of composers, sound- smiths, producers, engineers, and technologists wanting to revolutionise sampling and bring it back to the centre of the music industry. Like any new music technology — from radio to synthesisers, sampling was (initially) perceived as a threat to music-making and music-makers. Spitfire Audio is at the vanguard of changing that perception; its main goal is to promote British music-making the world over while distributing royalties via an ever-growing distribution chain to its contributors — musicians, engineers, technicians, producers, and artists alike — based on sales. Spitfire Audio puts millions of pounds back into the British music industry while supporting charities and initiatives, both in the UK and beyond. (The fact that the company has become the second-biggest contributor to UNICEF via JustGiving.com by giving away samples in return for donations speaks louder than words.) By doing this, Spitfire Audio gets to work at the best places with the best people to make the best sounds on the planet today. 


© 2017 Spitfire Audio Holdings Limited 


<![CDATA[Impact Soundworks Releases Peak Rider 2 Plugin]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/impact-soundwoks-releases-peak-rider-2-plugin Thu, 13 Apr 2017 13:00:51 GMT


Impact Soundworks spreads sidechain dynamic processing wings with powerful PEAK RIDER 2 plug-in

FULTON, MD, USA: audio software creator Impact Soundworks is proud to announce availability of PEAK RIDER 2 — advancing the creative scope of its popular PEAK RIDER release as a dynamic processing plug-in for any AU-, AAX-, RTAS-, and VST-compatible DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) host supporting sidechaining — as of April 13...
As an advanced sidechain dynamic processor that is as powerful as it is unique, PEAK RIDER 2 can be used to precisely match the dynamics of one signal to another, subtract or invert these peaks, closely follow the level of a generated tone, or equalise a signal while retaining the exact dynamic characteristics. Creatively, it can also be used for powerful transient designing, tight drum gating, dynamic retention across distortion or other effects, reshaping stereo imaging, and much more besides.
Better still, it includes a notable number of improvements above and beyond its popular predecessor — Pro Tools compatibility courtesy of AAX and RTAS plug-in format support should surely pique interest. But beyond that, the all-new EQ mode is incontestably worth PEAK RIDER 2’s enticing entrance fee as a productive processing system allowing up to 12 discrete parametric EQ bands to be simultaneously initiated. In this mode, custom and surgical equalisation can be applied to any audio signal while simultaneously maintaining the ‘dry’ signal volume. Now, even with steep cuts and boosts, a heavily-equalised track will still fit in the mix.
Making the most of PEAK RIDER 2 and its now-five-MODE operation assumes an appreciation of its concepts. The plug-in makes use of a sidechain input — a copy of the main input, an entirely different signal, or an internally-generated synth or noise tone. This sidechain is analysed and an continuous envelope is created in realtime; the same is done with the main input signal. These two envelopes can then be matched, combined, and subtracted for a wide variety of useful mix and sound design applications. Each envelope can also be split into multiple bands and detected using algorithms for PEAK — realtime, fast peak meter-style envelopes; RMS (Root Mean Square) — realtime, smooth envelopes; or SMOOTH — smooth, look-ahead, windowed-average envelopes; stereo LR (left-right) or MS (mid/side); and tweaked on a per-band basis.
Envelope usage is selected via the MODE knob. Choose from EXACT (matches the main envelope to the sidechain envelope), NOBOOST (matches the main envelope to the sidechain envelope — attenuation only), DUCK (subtracts or adds the sidechain envelope to the main envelope), EXPAND (expands the dynamics or the main envelope with the sidechain envelope), and, now, EQ (matches an equalised version of the main envelope to an unprocessed main envelope).
Elsewhere, PEAK RIDER 2 improvements include smoother parameter automation; informative GUI (Graphical User Interface) metering; SC Input Processor (process the input sidechain signal with panning, volume, filtering, and EQ, and also replace the signal with signal generators directly before being processed by any other dynamic modes); SC Signal Generators (Off, Tone, Pink); overhauled RMS algorithm; new presets; Undo/Redo buttons (PEAK RIDER 2 remembers each control changed while open); Next/Previous preset buttons; and updated registration hardware encoding.
Endless creative possibilities are available to production-savvy PEAK RIDER 2 explorers. Examples of matching the dynamics of one track to another at a basic level, even, encompass matching an ambient room mic to a close mic, tightening the reverb tail; matching time-aligned harmony vocals to a main vocal, syncing the volume of all vocal tracks; matching saturated drums to the unprocessed track, preserving dynamics with even extreme processing; matching a static synth to any rhythmic track to create new life and motion; matching a live bass to the mid frequencies of a drum kit so the bass and snare always hit together... to try is to buy, so why not download the free demo version today? 

PEAK RIDER 2 can be purchased directly from Impact Soundworks for $99.00 USD — and a free demo version is also available — from here: https://impactsoundworks.com/product/peak-rider-2/#purchase (Note that owners of the original PEAK RIDER receive a discount coupon in their user account to upgrade for only $10.00 USD.)
For more in-depth information, including several superb-sounding audio demos, please visit the dedicated PEAK RIDER 2 webpage here: https://impactsoundworks.com/product/peak-rider-2
Watch Impact Soundworks Lead Developer Andrew Aversa’s PEAK RIDER 2 video walkthrough here: https://youtu.be/6BSW2Ez7eNk 

About Impact Soundworks (www.impactsoundworks.com) 
Impact Soundworks creates audio software designed with composers in mind: sample libraries, virtual instruments, and plug-ins. As passionate about creating music tools as its customers are about making music, the company was founded in 2008 by composers Andrew Aversa and Will Roget, II at a time when there were several large virtual instrument companies already around, but few developers creating affordable, flexible, and focused libraries featuring more unusual and unique sounds. Shrewdly, the dynamic duo noticed much in the way of in-depth orchestral offerings, but more unusual instruments were not being sampled with much detail at all. As such, the company’s first two releases were Impact Steel, a collection of found metal objects played as percussion, and Sitar Nation, a set of instruments from North India. It has since been collectively working hard to address the needs of modern composers, successfully striking the balance between depth and ease of use. Ultimately, Impact Soundworks is proud to call tens of thousands of musicians around the world its customers, intelligently investing time to study suggestions and review requests. After all, that is how a number of its best-loved libraries started... from the smallest seed! 
© 2017 Impact Soundworks 
<![CDATA[Mastering In The Box Downloadable Training Course]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/mastering-in-the-box-downloadable-training-course Thu, 13 Apr 2017 12:55:54 GMT


The Pro Audio Files Releases Mastering in the Box Downloadable Training Course from Ian Vargo


Denver, CO • April 13, 2017 — The Pro Audio Files is pleased to share the debut in- depth training course from Ian Vargo: Mastering in the Box


With the rise of home studios, the advent of higher quality plugins, and many engineers mixing 100% in the box, the mastering process has in some ways followed suit. It’s more accessible than ever to take a song all the way from start to finish yourself — but for many, mastering is still an unapproachable, nebulous process.


Until now ...


In our latest training course, Mastering in the Box, professional engineer Ian Vargo reveals all, teaching you how to get high quality mastering results at home using 100% plugins in the box.


The course features thirteen topic-specific workshops and eight walkthroughs in various genres, plus all the song files are included so you can practice along.


Whether you’re an aspiring mastering engineer or a producer/mixer looking to add that extra spice/competitiveness/love to your music, this course shows you how to get it there and drastically elevate the quality of your work.


➥ Take your music to the next level with Mastering in the Box About The Pro Audio Files


The Pro Audio Files is a community where audio professionals from around the world share articles and videos on recording, mixing, mastering and producing music.



Learn more: http://masteringinthebox.com




<![CDATA[Make Music Day 2017 Returns On Wednesday, June 21]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/make-music-day-2017-returns-on-wednesday-june-21 Thu, 13 Apr 2017 12:52:04 GMT


Make Music Day 2017 Returns on Wednesday, June 21

-4,000+ Live, Free Outdoor Music-Making Events to Kick Off 
Summer in Over 50 U.S. Cities-
NEW YORK - April 13, 2017 - Make Music Day, the annual global celebration featuring more than 4,000 free, outdoor concerts, music lessons and jam sessions in the United States, returns this year on Wednesday, June 21. The all-day musical celebration on the summer solstice, which brings people of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels together to make music, will feature over 50 U.S. cities hosting major celebrations including New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Madison, Milwaukee, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Portland (OR), St. Louis, San Jose, Seattle and the entire states of Vermont and Rhode Island, with smaller festivities popping up in other communities nationwide.
Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music Day seeks to encourage all people to experience the pleasure of making music. Every kind of musician – from bucket drummers to opera singers – pours onto streets, parks, plazas, porches, rooftops, gardens and other public spaces to share their music with friends, neighbors and strangers.
Highlights of Make Music Day in the U.S. will include Sousapaloozas in Chicago, Cleveland, Madison, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York and San Jose that bring together hundreds of brass and wind musicians to play the music of John Philip Sousa; Street Studios in Atlanta, Chattanooga, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York and Philadelphia where DJs and producers bring their gear and engage passersby in the spontaneous, collaborative production of original music on the street; and over 150 Mass Appeals across the country that gather musicians to play together in large, single-instruments groups. Instruments with Mass Appeal events include guitars, harmonicas, accordions, flutes, percussion, trombones, bassoons, French horns, synthesizers, ukuleles, djembes, harps and voices.
Make Music Day, which began in France in 1982 as the Fête de la Musique, has since grown to include more than 750 cities across 120 countries – and is presented in the U.S. by The NAMM Foundation and coordinated by the nonprofit Make Music Alliance.
Additional Make Music Day 2017 highlights include:
  • Ella Fitzgerald Piano Bar – In New York City and Los Angeles, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Ella Fitzgerald’s birth and presented with support from the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation, a piano will be transported on a pickup truck to multiple locations that have deep connections to the jazz icon including the National Jazz Museum in Harlem and her old neighborhood in Beverly Hills. At each stop, members of the public will be given songbooks and invited to sing their favorite Ella song with live piano accompaniment.
  • Boomwhackers – In an “MP3 Experiment” produced by Improv Everywhere, over 3,000 participants in New York’s Battery Park will download an MP3 track that provides a kind of narrated adventure experience featuring Boomwhackers, which are colorful plastic tubes. By following the narration on the MP3, they will make music together by hitting the Boomwhackers against nearby objects. Ten other cities will also stage excerpts of this MP3 Experiment.
  • The Gauntlet – Choirs in New York City, Chicago and Providence (RI) will perform composer Sxip Shirey’s 2016 piece, where two rows of 30 singers engage in a musical dialogue as audience members immerse themselves by walking, at their own pace, through the rows of paired singers.
  • Lift Every Voice: Musicians Rising For Racial Justice – Performances of Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings” and George Walker’s “Lyric for Strings” will be held in Boston, Chicago and Cleveland.
  • Young Composers Contest – In celebration of Make Music Day, the software company MakeMusic Inc. and the nonprofit American Composers Forum are hosting a composition contest for young composers aged 13-21. Three judges – including Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon – will select one piece for wind band to be premiered in select cities on Make Music Day.  
  • WTC @ WTC – In the spirit of contemplation evoked through the repertoire and the setting, four grand pianos at the four corners of the World Trade Center Memorial Plaza will stage performances of music from J.S. Bach’s “Well Tempered Clavier” by a rotating cast of professionals and students.
Other events around the country will highlight the musical history and ingenuity of each city including:
  • San Jose, CA – The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority will host a music crawl on the light rail with performers and food trucks at different stations
  • Madison, WI – an Otis Redding-themed “Go Big Sing” will be held at the lake where the famed soul singer and six others died in a plane crash 50 years ago   
  • Davis, CA – a sing-along will be held in Central Park to mark the city’s centennial  
  • Los Angeles – a sunrise gospel celebration at Griffith Park Observatory for hikers and early morning park users will kick off the local music-making events 
  • Washington, DC – musicians will unite together in the nation’s capital and globally to simultaneously perform the peace anthem, “Set Me Free”
  • Buffalo, NY –  musicians will play inside the Marine A grain elevator at historic Silo City
  • El Paso, TX – local musicians will be joined by their counterparts from Juarez, Mexico, to make music together across the border
All Make Music Day events are free and open to the public. Participants who wish to perform, or to host musical events, may register at MakeMusicDay.org. A full schedule of events will be posted on the website in early June.

About Make Music Day
Held annually on June 21 to coincide with the summer solstice, Make Music Day is part of the international Fête de la Musique, taking place in more than 750 cities across 120 countries. The daylong, musical free-for-all celebrates music in all its forms, encouraging people to band together and play in free public concerts. This year, 50 U.S. cities and the entire states of Vermont and Rhode Island are organizing Make Music celebrations, encompassing thousands of music making opportunities nationwide. Make Music Day is presented by The NAMM Foundation and coordinated by the nonprofit Make Music Alliance. For more information, please visit www.makemusicday.org.
Participating U.S. Make Music Cities in 2017
Atlanta, Black Hills (SD), Boston, Buffalo, Cedar Rapids (IA), Chattanooga, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbia (SC), Columbus (OH), Coralville (IA), Davis (CA), Detroit, El Paso, Fort Wayne, Fullerton, Huntsville, Iowa City, Issaquah (WA), Liberty (MO), Los Angeles, Madison (WI), Marion (IA), Mentor (OH), Milwaukee, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Montclair (NJ), Nashville, New York, Niagara Falls, North Liberty (IA), Ossining (NY), Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Platteville (WI), Portland (ME), Portland (OR), Port Townsend (WA) Redmond (WA), Rhode Island (statewide), Salem (OR), San Antonio, San Diego, San Jose, Seattle, St. Louis, Somerville (NJ),Vermont (statewide), Warrenton (VA), Washington, DC, Worcester (MA), and Wyoming County (NY).
About The NAMM Foundation
The NAMM Foundation is a non-profit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its 10,300 members around the world. The NAMM Foundation works to advance active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs. For more information about The NAMM Foundation, please visit www.nammfoundation.org.

<![CDATA[Puremagnetik Releases Kawai K5000S Library For Ableton Live, Kontakt & Logic]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/puremagnetik-releases-kawai-k5000s-library-for-ableton-live-kontakt--logic Thu, 13 Apr 2017 12:46:17 GMT


Puremagnetik Releases K-Station Atmospheres for Ableton Live, Kontakt & Logic
Puremagnetik has released a sound library inspired by the Kawai K5000S. The K5000S was a sophisticated additive workstation when it was released in 1996 and remains an influential additive synthesizer to this day. Now you can have a piece of the K5000S as an Ableton Live Pack, Kontakt or Logic Instrument.
Learn More about K-Station Atmospheres: https://puremagnetik.com/products/k-station-atmospheres
K-Station Atmospheres was constructed by employing the K5000S' performance, formant filter and additive capabilities. The included instruments have been designed as a collection of modular, complex textures that can be layered, mixed and matched in your sound production environment. Whether you work as a film composer, game sound designer or ambient producer, you will find a huge toolkit of possibilities in K-Station Atmospheres.
K-Station Atmospheres Ableton Live Pack includes over 30 individual patches. Just like the original, you can layer these individual patches into a Multi for huge sweeping, textures and customized atmosphere creation. It comes packed with a library of Multis to get started with.
K-Station Atmospheres for Kontakt includes a customized interface for 4-part atmosphere stacking. You can choose up to 4 source sounds, mix and transpose them to sculpt the textures you want. The Kontakt version includes a library of over 20 pre-programmed instruments to get you started.
K-Station Atmospheres for Logic includes a collection of Track Stacks and Patches. All patches have been programmed with Smart Controls for easy editing and sound manipulation. With over 30 Track Stacks to get started with, Logic users can easily swap out EXS instruments for modular style mixing and matching.
Learn More about K-Station Atmospheres: https://puremagnetik.com/products/k-station-atmospheres
Minimum Requirements
• Puremagnetik Spark or Century Account
• Ableton Live 9.2, Kontakt 5, Logic X 
<![CDATA[Recording Vocals With Dave Pensado ]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/recording-vocals-with-dave-pensado Thu, 13 Apr 2017 12:43:01 GMT
Recording Vocals with Dave Pensado
New online video course provides one-on-one tutorials with the master mixer - now exclusively available at Groove3.com   
Montclair, NJ - Recording Vocals with Dave Pensado was created for both the enthusiast recording in their bedroom and the audio professional already working in a studio. Whether interested in vocals recording techniques, microphones placement, or fixing and mixing vocals, Dave provides easy-to-follow instructions in 34 video tutorials organized in 8 chapters, allowing the viewer to pick a specific topic or follow the course chronologically.
Capturing vocals well is one of the most challenging tasks in the recording  process. "I've noticed over the course of my career that the performance, the energy, the vibe of the vocals is probably the single most important part of the record," says Dave Pensado. "If you think back to when you first discovered music, what you fell in love with was the vocal performance and the energy of that vocal, so we are going to focus a lot on that and on the technical aspects that bring out that magic."
In this new course, Dave Pensado teaches techniques that can be applied to all genres and instruments. He covers technical topics such as how mics work, placement, and processing along with interpersonal topics like how to make the vocal talent feel comfortable and how to project confidence to get a great performance. Included in the course is an actual session with vocal star Esthero, as well as a contribution from mixing engineer Bob Horn covering how to fix problems with VocAlign and Melodyne.
Recording Vocals with Dave Pensado is the video equivalent to a private tutoring session with the master. Not only does Dave share his knowledge and expertise, but he also encourages and motivates the viewer to develop their own unique style and taste and how to stay true to it.
Dave Pensado is one of the recording industry's preeminent mix engineers, and one of the most-watched online audio instructors in the world. With multiple Grammy nominations and wins under his belt, Dave has had an astounding career. Christina Aguilera, Pink, Shakira, Beyoncé, Flo Rida, Afrojack, Frank Ocean, are just a few of the many superstars who keep Dave on speed dial. From pop to hip hop, country to Latin, and R&B to alternative, Dave's special niche is making radio-friendly records while enhancing artistic intent. His online television series, Pensado's Place, is seen in over 150 countries and is used as a teaching tool by more than 100 schools.
Availability & Pricing
Recording Vocals with Dave Pensado is exlusively available at:
$94.99 for purchase, $2.99 for 72 hour rental, or available for streaming with the Groove3 All Access Pass for $15.00/month.
About Hal Leonard & Groove3

Hal Leonard Books, a division of Hal Leonard LLC, the leading publisher of books and digital content on the music business, audio technology, and instrument history, and Groove3, the audio community's online resource for top-notch training videos, have announced a long-term strategic partnership to develop and deliver authoritative content to the world. Over the coming months and years, Hal Leonard will bring an unprecedented assortment of globally influential recording, audio, and music experts from a variety of fields to the Groove3 platform.
<![CDATA[Fender Mod Shop Expands Palette Of Offerings]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/fender-mod-shop-expands-palette-of-offerings Wed, 12 Apr 2017 11:55:36 GMT


Fender Mod Shop expands palette of offerings Spring/Summer 2017


Check out the new palette of offerings Fender Mod Shop is introducing spring/summer 2017 to satisfy even more players’ tastes, including: new body/pickguard colors, neck shapes, pickups and models, like American Professional and Jazzmasters.



Colors: Desert Sand, Natural, Amber

Pickguard Colors: Green Pearl, Brown Anodized

Neck Shapes: ’57 Soft V Strat, ’74 Jazz Bass

Pickups: ‘57/62, ’74 Jazz Bass

Other: Custom Made, Exclusive Mod Shop Neck C-to-D 9.5” Radius




Colors: Aged Cherry Sunburst, Skyburst Metallic, Ocean Turquoise

Neck Shapes: Reverse Headstock Strat®, ’64 Tele®, Inlaid Rosewood Neck

Pickups: Custom Shop ’69, ’64 Tele®, Texas Special Strat®

New Models: American Professional, Jazzmaster®


Since its inception in June 2016, the Fender Mod Shop has given players the opportunity to create their own versions of their favorite guitars via an online digital design studio. Choose from four classic Fender models: the Telecaster®, Stratocaster®, Precision Bass® and Jazz Bass®. After choosing a model, designers can decide everything from the body color, pickguard material and pickups to the hardware color and strings.



<![CDATA[Four New Sample Packs From LoopLords]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/four-new-sample-packs-from-looplords Wed, 12 Apr 2017 11:38:00 GMT



We've just released 4 new sample packs to download on our website. Check
it out here: http://www.looplords.net/


Included are 80s drums, Akai Tom Cat samples, urban samples and the
complete Texas Instruments Vocaid sample set!

<![CDATA[The Parnelli Awards To Relocate To The 2018 NAMM Show]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/the-parnelli-awards-to-relocate-to-the-2018-namm-show Wed, 12 Apr 2017 11:18:11 GMT


The Parnelli Awards to Relocate to The 2018 NAMM Show
-NAMM and Timeless Communications Corp. announce move of live entertainment award show and professional community- 
CARLSBAD, Calif. – April 11, 2017 - The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and Timeless Communications Corp. (TCC), publisher of Projection Lights & Staging News (PLSN), FRONT of HOUSE (FOH), and Stage Directions have formed an alliance to serve the live event production community at The 2018 NAMM Show, the organization’s annual tradeshow in Anaheim, California (January 25-28). As part of the agreement, TCC will bring its premier award show for the live production community, The Parnelli Awards to The NAMM Show creating a one-stop event for industry pros. 

“With our shared passion for music, we believe that the live event and production professionals are kindred spirits with the manufacturer, distributor and retail members of NAMM,” said Joe Lamond, President and CEO of NAMM. “And at the Awards, we could not be more excited to celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of the many live production professionals and companies. We look forward to welcoming this community to share in the career enhancing networking and education opportunities, and of course, to experience the amazing new sound and lighting product introductions on The NAMM Show floor.”

The annual Parnelli Awards recognize pioneering, influential professionals and companies, and their contributions to the live production industry. Founded in 2001 and named after industry luminary Rick “Parnelli” O’Brien, the awards bring together the live entertainment community in a vibrant annual gathering to recognize the best-in-class across 22 different categories such as “Lighting Designer of the Year,” “Sound Company of the Year,” and “Rigging Company of the Year,” and the coveted “Lifetime Achievement,” “Visionary,” and “Audio Innovator” awards. Past recipients include Greg Mackie (Mackie Designs, LOUD Technologies), Richard Fernandez (tour manager for The Eagles, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, etc.) Danny O’Bryen (Screenworks co-founder), John Meyer (Meyer Sound Laboratories), Pat Quilter (QSC Founder/Quilter Amps), and many others. Notable musicians, among the likes of Tom Petty, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Todd Rundgren, Paul Anka, Adrian Belew, and others have also participated in the awards to honor the professionals who make live production possible.  The Parnelli Awards will relocate to The NAMM Show from Las Vegas and will be held on Friday, January 26 at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel.

From school band concerts, to houses of worship, to the largest tours and festivals, seemingly every music event today has a sophisticated element of production in it, and The NAMM Show has evolved to reflect this, growing from its original gathering of 52 piano dealers in 1901 to become the stable, reliable business platform for the global music, sound and entertainment technology products industry. For industry professionals who make their living using these products, the show has become the crossroads of the music ecosystem and the hub for industry-leading professional development. With the expansion of the Anaheim Convention Center in 2018, The NAMM Show will be able to meet the demand coming from these sectors as a event where industry pros can expect to benefit from robust professional development and education opportunities, as well as numerous networking events on the trade show floor.

“Finally, the entire performance/production community will be together under one roof,” remarked Terry Lowe, President of Timeless Communications, Corp. “We are committing all our resources behind this to ensure this partnership’s success. And this is an especially great move for the Parnelli Awards. As we’ve watched it grow in stature and prestige over the years, we’ve known it deserves a more fitting place, and there is no other than NAMM. This move allows us to take the show to the next level.”
The NAMM Show will be held January 25-28, 2018 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Learn more by visiting NAMM.org 
2014 Parnelli Awards - Tables Are Set
(Photo Credit: Timeless Communications, Corp.)

About NAMM
The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is the not-for-profit association with a mission to strengthen the $17 billion music products industry. NAMM is comprised of approximately 10,300 member companies located in 104 countries and regions. NAMM events and members fund The NAMM Foundation's efforts to promote the pleasures and benefits of music, and advance active participation in music making across the lifespan. For more information about NAMM, please visit www.namm.org or call 800.767.NAMM (6266).
About Timeless Communications, Corp.
TCC is the premier publishing company for event technology, music retailers, and music educators. In its 17th year, TCC has over 120 thousand subscribers in 129 countries around the world. Creators of The Parnelli Awards, TCC media properties extend across all platforms for print and digital media.
<![CDATA[Free Sub-Shaping, Punch-Pronouncing Processing Plugin]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/free-sub-shaping-punch-pronouncing-processing-plugin Wed, 12 Apr 2017 11:05:35 GMT


Plugin Alliance announces availability of bx_subfilter sub-shaping, punch-pronouncing processing plugin... for free!


“Taken from the awesome bx_subsynth, this cheeky little bottom-end exciter really enhances the subs with whatever you stick through it. You’ll have your neighbours complaining in no time!”

- Lee Slater, producer/mixer/engineer (Emile Sande, Jamie Cullum, Basement Jaxx), 2017


SANTA CRUZ, CA, USA: Plugin Alliance, a new ‘Über-standard’ supporting all major plugin formats and uniting some of the best-known international audio companies under one virtual roof, is proud to announce availability of bx_subfilter — an AAX Native and DSP-, AU-, VST2-, and VST3-compatible sub-shaping, punch-pronouncing processing plugin perfect for bringing clarity and definition to tracks that have troublesome low frequencies — fresh from founding partner Brainworx as the sixth addition to Plugin Alliance’s altruistic FREE category, as of April 11...


Polishing a mix’s low end can be tricky. Trying bass guitar DI tracks can sound ‘mushy’ and kick drum tracks can lose their ‘pop’. Put it this way: everything below 100Hz can sometimes become such an undifferentiated ‘soup’ of noise that it is difficult to know just where to start. So why not start with bx_subfilter.


By borrowing from the Filter section of its bigger bx_subsynth sibling, recently released by Plugin Alliance to considerable critical acclaim alongside artistic admiration from the likes of producer/remixer/DJ Dave Audé (Mark Ronson, Sting, Beyoncé), bx_subfilter is the perfect fit for anyone interested in bx_subsynth’s subharmonic strengths when it comes to unique low-end filtering but with no need for its subharmonic synthesis capabilities. Cleaning up troublesome low frequencies need not break the bank, nor need it be an overly-complicated EQ’ing exercise, thanks to bx_subfilter.


But bx_subsynth is a unique processing plugin built around the digital heart and soul of the (discontinued) dbx 120XP Subharmonic Synthesizer, using founding Plugin Alliance development partner Brainworx’s M/S (Mid-Side) matrix technology to control the stereo field and add sub, punch, and saturation to sounds; so what is bx_subfilter? It is actually a carefully crafted resonant high-pass filter that changes dramatically with frequency, designed by none other than Dirk Ulrich — owner of Brainworx — to solve the specific problem of tightening a sound’s core while removing unwanted muddiness from the low end. Ease of use and addressing the need for speed comes courtesy of its intuitive interface implementation, featuring four knobs only. Of those, Tight Punch controls a resonant high- pass filter that is specifically formulated for cutting problem frequencies in bass-heavy tracks while the Low End control applies a post-Tight Punch shelving EQ to achieve a perfect frequency-balanced sound. Self-explanatory Gain In and Gain Out controls are available for level matching and preventing clipping.


Clearly, then, bx_subfilter shares the same awesome analog-style filtering present in its bigger brother, but boasts an added bonus of selectable (Low, High, and Extreme) peaks for Resonance, rendering further flexibility for dealing with sources of varying bass content and production needs. Needless to say, eliminating subharmonic rumble and noise while emphasizing the ‘sweet spots’ in bass-heavy tracks, like bass guitars or kick drums, comes quickly and easily with bx_subfilter. But best of all... it is available for free from Plugin Alliance! 



Simply sign up for a Plugin Alliance account and access bx_subfilter (and five further freebies). No dongle. No hassle. No payment required!


For more in-depth info, including several superb-sounding audio demos, please visit the dedicated bx_subfilter webpage here: https://www.plugin-alliance.com/en/products/bx_subfilter.html


Watch MixBetterNow.com’s bx_subfilter demo and walkthrough video here: https://youtu.be/GClrqZXBvUo 





About Plugin Alliance (www.plugin-alliance.com)

Based in Wilmington, DE, USA, with offices in Santa Cruz, CA, USA, Plugin Alliance is more than just a website; it is a new ‘Über- standard’, supporting all major plugin formats and uniting some of the best-known international audio companies under one virtual roof. It empowers world-renowned analogue hardware companies with a digital strategy and provides software developers with services that allow them to develop products with increasing quality and quantity. It does this by providing world-class marketing and distribution, as well as platform features like a state-of-the-art authorisation system.The Alliance is more than just a group of partner companies; it is a rapidly growing community of artists, engineers, producers, and industry luminaries who have joined to share what they have learned. 


© 2017 Plugin Alliance LLC


<![CDATA[The Cure For Your Techno Addiction, Or Just More Fuel For The Fire?]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/the-cure-for-your-techno-addiction-or-just-more-fuel-for-the-fire Tue, 11 Apr 2017 14:55:29 GMT



Our weekly Zenhiser release is due and this week it's Techno Addiction. This is a superior Techno sample pack at just over 6GB.
Zenhiser Pack: Techno Addiction

Price: $55.00 AUD

Direct Link: http://www.zenhiser.com/techno-addiction-samples.html

<![CDATA[Open Pores - Good For Your Skin AND Your Acoustic? ]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/open-pores---good-for-your-skin-and-your-acoustic Tue, 11 Apr 2017 14:50:04 GMT

Cort Adds Open-Pore, All-Mahogany Model to AS Series of Acoustic-Electric Guitars



SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA — A solid, all-mahogany body with a natural, open-pore finish and orchestra model (OM) cutaway design—these are the standout features of the new Cort AS-OC4 acoustic-electric guitar, the manufacturer’s latest addition to its flagship AS Series. Similar to other models in this series, the AS-OC4 offers high-quality construction and outstanding tone without the steep price tag associated with many high-end acoustics.


Cort’s AS Series is made with the very best materials, components and workmanship for instruments that improve with age like fine wine. The dark, open-pore finish of the AS-OC4 ensures that this guitar will age as desired—unlike a laminated guitar—allowing the wood choice to resonate naturally. In terms of tonal quality, players will find that the AS-OC4’s mahogany provides balanced dynamics, with ample bottom-end response that doesn’t inhibit the top-end. Smaller than a Dreadnought, the AS-OC4 certainly doesn’t lack in volume and has the ability to accommodate a variety of acoustic styles. The OM body features the soft, rounded lines of the Venetian cutaway, allowing the player to get more from the highest of the 20 frets. The quality of this design is reinforced by Cort’s advanced scalloped x-bracing and dovetail neck joint.


Inside the sound hole, players will find the (Fishman Sonitone preamp) and Sonicore pickup with volume and tone control. The pickup’s discrete placement doesn’t inhibit the guitar’s natural tone and preserves the neat, all-natural esthetic. To that point, the body stays simple with a rosewood bridge and 45mm genuine bone nut as well as a subtle pickguard. Moving from the rosewood rosette and down the rosewood fretboard (25.3’’ scale) with dot-inlay, players will note the fine workmanship of the frets, headstock and diecast tuners.


Guitar Interactive Magazine recently published a review that praised the Cort AS-OC4 for its appearance, fine tonal performance and excellent playability. Professional guitarist Lewis Turner summarized, “Even though the acoustic market is saturated, and it’s hard for manufacturers to really stand out, this Cort model does manage it, not only for its looks, but for the high-end finish and attention to detail throughout. The acoustic tone is also top notch, thanks to the high-quality wood used and great set-up.” The review concludes that in a blindfold test, it would be hard to tell the difference between the As-OC4 and other well known, high-end acoustics, and that if players are looking for this style, they should definitely add this guitar to their list. Hear Turner demo the AS-OC4 in his video review by clicking here.


The attractively designed AS-OC4 comes with a hard-shell case and is humbly priced at MSRP $799. Learn more about the Cort AS series of acoustic guitars by visiting www.cortguitars.com 



About Cort Guitars

Cort designs, manufactures, and delivers some of the finest guitars and basses to musicians and music enthusiasts all around the world. Over the past 50 years, the company has worked with some of the largest and most well-recognized guitar companies in the industry, as well as artists of international recognition. Cort remains focused on providing instruments that will last generations with the best workmanship possible, the best materials and components, and the best service long after the instruments have been purchased. For more information, visit www.cortguitars.com

<![CDATA[Glimmer - Analog Arp Loops]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/glimmer---analog-arp-loops Tue, 11 Apr 2017 14:46:26 GMT



Glimmer - Analog Arp Loops from ModeAudio flashes in the deep dark with 525MB of sumptuous samples, luscious loops and malleable MIDI files, blending ghostly Ambient atmospheres with the sparkling warmth of analog synth loops, basses and scattering percussion patterns.


The main focus lies with 60 arpeggio-driven synth loops, comprising acrobatic melodies that glisten and flutter across a variety of tempos and keys. These effervescent sounds are accompanied by a full supporting cast of enveloping bass loops, expansive chord progressions, celestial SFX, intricate drum loops, shifting percussion and beyond.


Sit back, unwind and prepare yourself for a meditative trip to far-flung reaches of the globe - start your journey and download Glimmer - Analog Arp Loops today!




Pack Details:

- 150 Music Loops (Synths, Basses, Chords, Drums, Percussion & SFX)
- 103 Synth Tail Samples
- 135 MIDI Files (Key & Tempo-Labelled)
- 100% Royalty-Free


Also check out the brand new music production tutorial freshly published in our magazine:

Creating Endless Loop Variations In Ableton Live





<![CDATA[Yamaha A Series Acoustic Guitars ]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/yamaha-a-series-acoustic-guitars Tue, 11 Apr 2017 14:20:22 GMT

Yamaha A Series Acoustic Guitars with SRT Pickups and A.R.E. Technology Offer Ultimate Sound for Performing Musicians

ANAHEIM (January 29, 2017) — Yamaha today announced significant enhancements to the company’s popular A Series acoustic-electric guitars at the 2017 Winter NAMM show.


Chief among these innovations is the debut of the flagship A5 model, which is based on the 2015 limited run A6 model and, like the A6, will be crafted in Japan. The A5 is available with a solid mahogany or rosewood body and features scalloped bracing for increased projection and enhanced bass, as well as a beautiful new vintage natural finish, a new neck finish and a bound headstock with vintage-style tuners. The A5 comes with a hardshell case.

The A5’s solid Sitka spruce top benefits from Acoustic Resonance Enhancement (A.R.E.), a patented process that uses precise control of temperature, humidity and pressure to alter the structure of wood at a sub-cellular level, transforming it into the same material as would be found on a guitar that has been played for many years. Benefits include increased resonance, greater midrange and high-frequency responsiveness and bass sustain.

The A5’s new preamp features Studio Response Technology (SRT), which models the characteristics of vintage large- and small-diaphragm condenser microphones and the ambience of a professional studio environment, producing remarkably vivid and natural acoustic tone. The low-profile controls include Master Volume, Treble, Bass/Acoustic Feedback Reduction and Mic Blend/Mic Selection.

Yamaha has also significantly updated the A1 and A3 model guitars. Both instruments are available with mahogany or rosewood bodies (the A1 in laminate, the A3 in solid), in either dreadnought or concert shapes, with a choice of vintage natural or tobacco sunburst finishes. Both also feature solid Sitka spruce tops, scalloped bracing and a new neck finish. The A3 model adds an A.R.E.-treated top, an SRT preamp and a hard gig bag to the package.

“The A Series has the distinction of being the first U.S.-designed Yamaha acoustic-electric guitars, drawing on the expertise of and close collaboration with our American guitar team,” said Dennis Webster, marketing manager, acoustic guitars, Yamaha Corporation of America. “These revamped models take Yamaha to the next level by offering extraordinary tone and projection, giving the musician total control over their live performance, while enabling them to cut through the band mix.”

Whether on stage, at home, or in the studio, the A Series guitars are the ultimate performance-level instruments, built with Yamaha’s legendary excellence.

Pricing and Availability   

Yamaha A Series Guitars will ship in April 2017. Prices will range from $965 to $1,365 (MSRP).
For more information, visit http://4wrd.it/ASERIES




About Yamaha

Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) is one of the largest subsidiaries of Yamaha Corporation, Japan and offers a full line of award-winning musical instruments, sound reinforcement, commercial installation and home entertainment products to the U.S. market. Products include: Yamaha acoustic, digital and hybrid pianos, portable keyboards, guitars, acoustic and electronic drums, band and orchestral instruments, marching percussion products, synthesizers, professional digital and analog audio equipment, Steinberg recording products and NEXO commercial audio products, as well as AV receivers, amplifiers, MusicCast wireless multiroom audio systems, Blu-ray/CD players, earphones, headphones, home-theater-in-a-box systems, sound bars and its exclusive line of Digital Sound Projectors. YCA markets innovative, finely crafted technology and entertainment products and musical instruments targeted to the hobbyist, education, worship, music, professional audio installation and consumer markets.

<![CDATA[You Won't Objeq To This Delay ]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/you-wont-objeq-to-this-delay Tue, 11 Apr 2017 14:12:37 GMT


Applied Acoustics Systems announces the release of the ObjeqDelay effect processor for Mac OS X and Windows




Montreal, Quebec—April 11, 2017—Applied Acoustics Systems today announces the release of Objeq Delay, an all-new effect processor.


Objeq Delay is a creative effect plug-in combining acoustic filtering with a clever delay unit. The plate, beam, drumhead, and string objects impart evocative acoustic resonances to the input signal. Further shaping is also available via low- and high-cut filters. The in-series delay acts as a classic unit or can split the first and subsequent repeats to either remodel the attack or create complex rhythmic patterns. A LFO module completes the package with comprehensive modulation destinations to the filter, resonator, and delay parameters.


”Objeq delay is a truly creative and fun effect with multifaceted applications,” said Eric Thibeault, the product’s designer, “Objeq Delay is obviously a great delay unit, but the complete feature set takes it to another level. The acoustic resonator is a great percussion track enhancer—it’s fantastic on kicks and snares. The split between the first and subsequent echoes can mangle simple loops into new complex rhythms. The LFO allows various modulator-type effects such as flanger and chorus. And then when you bring it all together, a highly resonant object with the delay brings you into the drones territory.”


Pricing and Availability

Objeq Delay is available now at a suggested retail price of US$139 but until May 15th, 2017, it is offered at the introductory price of US$99.


Objeq Delay runs on both Mac OS X and Windows in 32- and 64-bit host sequencers supporting the VST, Audio Units, and AAX Native plug-in formats.


AAS Objeq Delay—Acoustic Filter and Delay https://www.applied-acoustics.com/objeq-delay/


OBJET DELAY - presentation video: https://youtu.be/JtmH3jCnU8U



About Applied Acoustics Systems

Applied Acoustics Systems (AAS) was founded in 1998 and is based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. As a privately-held company, it specialises in software-based synthesis tools for professional musicians and sound designers. Since releasing Tassman, the first virtual instrument based on physical modelling, AAS has come to be recognised as the industry leader in this exciting new field of synthesis.

<![CDATA[Predator 2 - Not The Movie]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/predator-2---not-the-movie Mon, 10 Apr 2017 13:37:02 GMT

Rob Papen puts Predator2 in the hands of NI hardware users with welcome NKS®-supporting update



ECHT, THE NETHERLANDS: virtual instrument and effects plug-in developer Rob Papen Soundware is proud to announce that its popular Predator2 soft synth supports Native Instruments’ Native Kontrol Standard (NKS®) extended plug-in format for all virtual instrument developers — delivering intuitive and seamless interaction with the German giant’s cutting-edge KOMPLETE KONTROL S- Series keyboards and MASCHINE 2 hardware — alongside additional improvements in its latest free update...


Ultimately, updating Predator2 offers owners of Native Instruments’ KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards and MASCHINE 2 hardware hands-on control of the soft synth from the get-go, thanks to its newly-implemented NKS® compatibility. Clearly, getting going has never been easier as almost all Predator2 parameters can be speedily and comfortably controlled with the tweak of a neat Native Instruments knob.


Namesake company Managing Director Rob Papen has helpfully hosted a dedicated YouTube video (https://youtu.be/8zsTIMvyeQs) showing which NI knob has been pre-mapped to which Predator2 parameter... workflow will literally never feel the same again — all the more so since navigating using Native Instruments’ innovative hardware browser brings up Predator2 presets, so no need to risk RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) by pointing and clicking using a mouse (or trackpad). That said, picture-perfect presets are a Rob Papen speciality, so Predator2 comes complete with over 5,000 exciting entries covering almost any musical style imaginable. Is it any wonder, then, that Predator2 is the go-to soft synth for so many music-makers! 


But back onscreen there are also a notable number of improvements to Predator2 in its latest update — not least giving the GUI (Graphical User Interface) itself a lighter-coloured background that is easier on the eye, easing Predator2’s use. Users familiar with the soft synth will already appreciate the many ways to select Predator2 presets, yet Rob Papen is always open to making further refinements, as evidenced by the new ‘star’ feature within the bank MANAGER, making it even easier to find favourite presets. Predator2’s latest update also allows copying presets to a FAVORITES folder for sharing. Sharing such improvements is central to the Rob Papen ethos, evidenced by another helpful YouTube video (https://youtu.be/wyLshTGDQW4) for the benefit of all. After all, a picture paints a thousand words. Why not a video?


Fortunately for existing owners of Predator2, downloading this update for free could not be simpler — simply logging into their Rob Papen account and visiting their My Products webpage will display the latest version below their product registration. Really it is a no-brainer... feel the benefit of Native Instruments’ innovative hardware living in perfect harmony with Rob Papen’s latest newly-NKS®-compatible soft synth while putting those other improvements into action. Ask Rob Papen himself!


Predator2 can be purchased in a boxed edition — as an AAX (32-/64-bit), AU (32-/64-bit), VST (32-/64-bit) compatible audio software plug-in for Mac OS X (10.6 or higher) and Windows (Vista, 7, 8, and 10) — from authorised Rob Papen dealers worldwide or as a download directly from Rob Papen for €149.00 EUR/$149.00 USD from here: http://www.robpapen.com/predator2-buy.html (Predator purchasers are eligible to upgrade to Predator2 for €49.00 EUR/$49.00 USD.)


Note that eXplorer4, the latest incarnation of Rob Papen’s all-encompassing software bundle, includes Predator2, upping the total product count to 15; competitively priced at €499.00 EUR/$499.00 USD, this represents a significant saving of over 50% when compared to separately purchasing each and every Rob Papen virtual instrument and effects plug-in included!


For more in-depth info, please visit the dedicated Predator2 product webpage here: http://www.robpapen.com/Predator2.html 





About Rob Papen (www.robpapen.com)

Self-confessed synth freak and world-renowned sound designer Rob Papen started working with synthesizers at the tender age of 15 when purchasing an analogue Korg MS-20 semi-modular monosynth and accompanying analogue SQ-10 sequencer. Suitably inspired, he subsequently released several albums as part of Dutch electronic music groups Peru and Nova — the latter featuring the same members as Peru, but with a more commercial slant — with whom he enjoyed number one hit singles in The Netherlands (Nova) in 1982 and Austria (Peru) in 1988. Peru disbanded in 1993, by which time Rob had already established himself as a sought-after sound designer, creating presets for the likes of Waldorf, Access, Ensoniq, and E-mu, before going on to found his namesake company in pursuit of creating a sound designer’s dream synth.That software dream soon became reality when Rob formed the RPCX (Rob Papen ConcreteFX) partnership with music software developer Jon Ayres to develop new Rob Papen virtual instruments and effects plug-ins, starting with BLUE — an exciting- sounding, self-styled ‘Crossfusion Synthesis’ affair (combining FM, Phase Distortion,Wave Shaping, and Subtractive synthesis into one powerful dream synth) — in 2005.Today Rob Papen soundware defines cutting-edge contemporary music production: powerful virtual instruments and plug-ins that intermix innovative design, uncompromising sound quality, and musical, production-grade presets to make tracks truly shine, whatever the musical genre... Inspiration Soundware, indeed! 


© 2017 Rob Papen Inspiration Soundware



<![CDATA[A New Way To Flick Your BIC]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/hey-bud-got-a-light Mon, 10 Apr 2017 13:31:48 GMT
fireslide Guitar Slide
Who'd have imagined?

Imagine playing "Ain't Misbehavin'" or, for that matter, "Lazy Song" or "The Wind Cries Mary" on slide guitar. With all the right harmonies. In standard tuning.

Imagine being able to gracefully morph between sliding and fretting. And combine sliding and fretting in a single gesture. Using moves you already know if you play barre chords.
Imagine the device that lets you do this is breathtakingly simple and inexpensive. And it comes in a rainbow of colours.
Imagine it sounds great!! Lush attack and warm, long sustain. And suddenly slants are almost easy…
Imagine the fireslide. $15 Canadian plus S&H or $20 US delivered to the USA.
If this tickles your imagination, check it out at fireslide.ca -- demos and lessons.
The fireslide is crafted and sold by Doug Gifford, a musician in Gananoque Canada.



<![CDATA[Tunes From A Tropical Cafe]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/tunes-from-a-tropical-cafe Mon, 10 Apr 2017 13:26:37 GMT


Future Loops has just released Tropical Cafe, a collection of smooth and chilled samples in WAV & REX format.

Tropical Cafe features 15 construction kits each including  full drums, individual drum loops (kick, snare, percussion...), melodic loops (arps, bass, chords, leads) plus a solid collection of over 200 one shots.


Tropical Cafe contains 520 samples & loops and is 100% royalty free.


For more info, demos and free samples check out their website:


<![CDATA[The Lofi Sounds Of A Hexagon Sky]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/the-lofi-sounds-of-a-hexagon-sky Mon, 10 Apr 2017 13:22:11 GMT


Hexagon Sky is a sample based plugin instrument inspired by the sound of Boards Of Canada, Com Truise, Lone and Tycho. The instrument plugin includes 101 preset sounds to choose from including genuine analog synthesizers tones, acoustic instruments sampled from public domain documentaries plus various pads, strings & ethereal atmospheres. Also included are sampled guitar, bell and electric piano sounds. In order to get a more lofi sound the plugin has a set of vinyl, cassette, VHS and tape noise background noise knobs. Two field recording oscillators feature various atmosphere from kids in a schoolyard to wolves howling in the night.


Available as a VST/AU plugin instrument for both Windows & Mac OSX.


For more information: Hexagon Sky product page


Audio demos (Soundcloud): https://soundcloud.com/samplesciencemtl


Audio demos (Orfium): https://www.orfium.com/profile/samplescience/


Images files in various sizes, manual & mp3 demos: https://archive.org/download/HexagonSky





<![CDATA[Here Comes Summer - Time For Some House Anthems]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/here-comes-summer---time-for-some-house-anthems Fri, 7 Apr 2017 12:28:24 GMT




'Summer House Anthems' from Producer Loops is a brand new collection of sun-drenched Construction Kits, designed to bring the sounds of the White Isle to your productions, This show-stopping release is inspired by House heavyweights like EDX, Kaskade, Cedric Gervais and Sultan & Shepard.

In this library, you'll find five expertly produced and composed House Construction Kits featuring slick mixes, pumping side-chain compression and infectious progressions and melodies.

Impacts, pianos, synths, deep basses, separate drum elements and much more are all included in this Royalty-Free collection. Dry, wet and tail files are also available for added flexibility, as well as MIDI files.

So sit back, crack open a cold one, and start crafting awesome House hits today with 'Summer House Anthems'.

MIDI Files Included:

Like so many other Producer Loops products, 'Summer House Anthems' includes MIDI files for the majority of musical phrases heard in each Kit, allowing you to seamlessly mix your favourite synths and samplers with the sounds contained in the pack.

Advantages of MIDI:

While the supplied ACID/Apple Loops/REX files are extremely flexible and powerful, MIDI has the added benefit of allowing you to go to extremes of pitch and tempo beyond which the loops were originally recorded, with no time stretching or pitch shifting artefacts. Furthermore, you can make tweaks to the riffs so they fit perfectly into your existing mixes.

Dry/Wet Loops:

For users looking to simply drag and drop, the 'wet' files contain all of the effects processing heard in the audio demos. But for producers looking to create their own effects mix, 'dry' loops are also included. Don't like the wet loops? No problem; add your own effects.

Unlooped Riffs/Tails:

This sample library also comes with unlooped/tail versions allowing you to end a phrase with the decay of the reverb/delay applied to the loop, another "Producer Loops" exclusive product feature.


All of the loops in this product are 100% Royalty-Free (including the vocal loops), so once purchased, you can use these loops in your commercial releases without having to pay any hidden costs.


• 5 Construction Kits
• 147 Audio Files
• 21 MIDI Files
• Plucks, Basses, Keys and Much More
• ACIDized WAV Files
• Apple Loops/AIFF Files
• REX2 Loops
• Ableton Live Pack 8.1.3+
• Reason ReFill
• Loops sync to BPM
• 44.1 kHz/24-Bit
• PC/Mac Compatible
• Royalty-Free (No Exceptions)

Price and Availability:

‘Summer House Anthems' is available for instant download exclusively at ProducerLoops.com for £29.95 / 35,01 EUR. More information is available at: https://www.producerloops.com

<![CDATA[Corsynth Release MKII C103 Frequency Divider Multiplier Module]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/corsynth-release-mkii-c103-frequency-divider-multiplier-module Fri, 7 Apr 2017 12:24:00 GMT


Corsynth is really happy to introduce the new MKII version of our module C103 Frequency Divider Multiplier


The C103 is a module that combines two frequency dividers and two frequency multipliers. This new MKII version, adds a lot of functionality to the original design. It has four built in mixers , new individual outputs and new voltage controlled distortion circuit with independent output. Additionally each divider and multiplier stage has his own level potentiometer.


The C103 MKII can be used in many different ways :

  • As subctave Generator
  • To create complex and rich sounds from a simple waveform.
  • To create synchronized modulations
  • As a clock divider
  • As frequency multiplier
  • To create complex modulation signals
  • As a voltage controlled distortion unit
  • As pattern generator


This new version retains the same functionality than the original C103 using the Switched mixer but it goes one step further. Thanks to the new level potentiometers , the divider and the multiplier of each stage can have different signal levels.


You can find more info, pictures and audio demos here :

C103 Frequency / Divider MKII


User manual:






<![CDATA[Antelope Audio Releases Powerful Refresh To Orion Studio Interface]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/antelope-audio-releases-powerful-refresh-to-orion-studio-interface Thu, 6 Apr 2017 12:07:54 GMT
Orion Studio 2017 Takes Users to the Outer Reaches of Fidelity, Delivering Up to 124 Decibels of Dynamic Range
Santa Monica, Calif., April 4, 2017 — Antelope Audio, a leading interface company with advanced software control and real time FX technology, announced a refresh of its popular Orion Studio that takes its best in class audio conversion to the next level. In addition to a sleek new carbon grey faceplate, Orion Studio 2017 sports brand new analog to digital converters, enabling it to achieve an unmatched 124 decibels of dynamic range, along with Antelope’s trademark extremely low-latency performance. The updated interface continues its predecessor’s penchant for extensive connectivity, including 12 high-quality microphone preamps, and 16 analog outputs.
New Updates for A Dynamic World
As an established pioneer in the field of analog to digital conversion, Antelope Audio continues this tradition with Orion Studio 2017, which boasts brand new A/D conversion chips capable of 124 decibels of dynamic range when converting audio. For users, this translates to capturing every sonic nuance of a performance as faithfully as possible. The combination of these new innovations with Antelope’s legendary 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC) jitter-management technology means that Orion Studio 2017 is poised to deliver industry-leading fidelity in just about any recording application.
“Sound quality has been our primary focus in all our product designs, and we are pleased to launch this significant update to our popular Orion Studio," says Antelope Audio CEO Igor Levin. “With these updates, customers are able to realize an even higher degree of audio quality in real time, while employing our other new innovations such as Session Presets and intuitive routing capabilities."
Sonically Connected Universe
In addition to its far-reaching dynamic sound, the new Orion Studio 2017 offers extensive connectivity options, making it suitable for just about any recording assignment. The 12 built-in preamps easily accommodate complex multi-microphone setups, while 16 analog outputs offer plenty of signal distribution capabilities for outboard gear integration or summing.
Dual mastering-grade monitor outputs maintain signal integrity all the way to the monitoring stage, while also allowing easy switching between two speaker pairs. ADAT and S/PDIF digital I/O meantime, allows for additional channels to be delivered via Thunderbolt or USB 2.0. Built-in talkback, four Instrument DI’s, two transformer-based reamp outputs, dual headphone outs, and WC in and out ensures that Orion Studio 2017 is able to integrate perfectly into any studio or live recording ecosystem.
Satellite Processing
As Antelope continues to shake up the industry with its comprehensive offerings of real-time hardware-based effects, the launch of Orion Studio 2017 coincides with the addition of several new compressors to its growing library of FPGA-based FX. Orion Studio 2017 allows simultaneous use of up to 32 compressors — without sacrificing the generous 40 EQ instances the hardware offers. Perfect for tracking or mixing, these ultra-realistic real-time FX are handled within the interface itself and do not tax the host DAW system, vastly expanding the sonic palette on any laptop or desktop.
Controllable via a desktop app for Mac or PC, Antelope's session preset and routing software also allows provides users with complete control over signal flow, enabling powerful FX chains, faithful monitor mixes, and easy outboard hardware integration. The new Matrix View, available in Orion Studio 2017, offers a detailed alternative to Antelope’s classic drag-and-drop routing interface. The new Session Presets feature allow users to instantaneous recall settings at any time, speeding up sessions and enabling sharing across multiple studio rooms or facilities.
The Orion Studio 2017 is priced at $2,595 and will be shipping in May. For more information on the Orion Studio 2017, please visit: http://en.antelopeaudio.com/products/orion-studio-rev-2017/. For more information on Antelope Audio’s real-time FX and a full list of available FX, please visit: http://en.antelopeaudio.com/hardware-based-fpga-effects/
About Antelope Audio
Antelope Audio is a leading manufacturer of high-end professional audio equipment and the pioneer in the adoption of Atomic clock generators, utilizing Igor Levin's over 25 years' experience in digital audio.  Antelope is the first to design a 1U 32-channel audio interface and a multi-channel portable interface with 12 mic pres. The company's customers include many Grammy award-winning sound engineers and some of the most renowned recording, mastering and post-production facilities around the globe.
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<![CDATA[Wallace Detroit Guitars Announces Limited Edition 'Firehouse Series', Handcrafted With Reclaimed Wood From Detroit Firehouse]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/wallace-detroit-guitars-announces-limited-edition-firehouse-series-handcrafted-with-reclaimed-wood-from-detroit-firehouse Thu, 6 Apr 2017 11:56:42 GMT


Aged Maple and Pine Salvaged from Floor of Old Detroit Landmark Inspires Twelve One of a Kind, Timeless Instruments
Detroit, April 5, 2017 Wallace Detroit Guitars, a Detroit-based guitar company that builds unique and timeless instruments using reclaimed wood from local landmarks, announced a limited edition 'Firehouse Series', available now. The instruments are lovingly crafted with original wood from the former Detroit Fire Department Headquarters, located at 250 West Larned Street in Detroit. Salvaged pine and maple from the building’s floorboards will allow Wallace Detroit Guitars to build ten of its flagship single-cutaway guitars and two guitars with a brand new offset body shape. Like all Wallace Detroit Guitars, these instruments will feature expert craftsmanship and premium components for a playing experience and sound that matches their one-of-a kind historical significance.
The new guitars are available now to coincide with the launch of Wallace Detroit Guitars’ new website, located at wallacedetroitguitars.com, and which features detailed photographs and specifications of each guitar. It also provides a deep dive into the remarkable origins and craftsmanship of these unique instruments, as well as availability and ordering information.  
“Our goal with these guitars is to preserve the history of the city we love while honoring its tradition of superior craftsmanship,” says Wallace Detroit Guitars owner Mark Wallace. “Detroit is a community of people who know how to make stuff, and our company is cut from that same cloth. The firehouse at 250 West Larned Street served our city with honor for many years, and we are pleased to be able to preserve its history in this truly unique limited edition of instruments.”
For Wallace, these instruments mirror the revitalization of his beloved city, which is welcoming new ideas and creativity while continuing to draw from its rich past. “I’m trying to take something that was once great but has been and cast aside and transforming it into something new and vital,” he says. “It’s an exciting time for the city of Detroit because there are a lot of other businesses and organizations working from that same ideology. There’s really an energy building up.”
A Landmark in Fire Safety
The firehouse building, located on 250 West Larned Street in downtown Detroit, stands on a site that has been in use by fire departments continuously since about 1840. The existing structure was built in 1929 after a design by Hans Gehrke, a leading Detroit architect during the pre-war era. Four large arches with massive red doors are the centerpieces of its iconic four-story brick and terra cotta façade. It was among the first firehouses in the city designed without accommodations for horses, which had been retired from service seven years earlier. After years of service as a fire station, the building would go on to serve as the long-time Detroit Fire Department headquarters until 2013. Conveniently located across the street from the Cobo Center, it is now being renovated for conversion into a boutique hotel. 
Wallace was alerted to the cache of historic wood from the firehouse through his relationship with the Architectural Salvage Warehouse of Detroit, a non-profit organization that helps in the deconstruction of historic buildings in the city. “They care about the city just us as much as we do, so we’re always happy to support them in their efforts, which include providing jobs and training to locals as well as protecting historical resources,” says Wallace.
What’s Old Is New
The first guitars released from the firehouse wood will be a pair made of pine and featuring a brand new offset body shaped, designed by Wallace Detroit Guitars. Eye-catching and comfortable to wear, the smoothly rounded dual ‘horns’ cut a classic profile on-stage or in the studio. “Pine is a lighter, softer wood with more air inside of it as compared to common guitar lumbers like ash or poplar,” says Wallace. “That allows it to resonate a bit more for a nice prolonged tone.” Pine has only begun to see wide use in guitar making within the last ten years, so these guitars present a unique opportunity to own a pine guitar with the sound and feel of vintage wood.
The Sound of the Motor City
Wallace Detroit Guitars was also able to salvage enough maple from the firehouse to build an edition of ten single-cutaway guitars, the company’s signature body shape. Each wood is hand-finished with a hand-rubbed oil finish that preserves the wood’s natural look and protects it for years to come. The vintage maple lends the guitar a clear, bright attack with musical sustain perfect for any style of music. “The resins inside an older wood will have crystallized more and therefore be more stable, so these guitar will have a nice mature tone,” says Wallace.
All Wallace Detroit Guitars feature a neck built from maple sourced from Michigan forests and include a hand-cut bone nut. The pickups are hand scatter-wound in-house for a classic vintage sound. Each guitar will be engraved with a specially assigned serial number beginning with the numbers 313 for the area code of Detroit, followed by DFD for the Detroit Fire Department—also notably emblazoned above the building’s pedestrian doors—and finally an edition number. Like classic motorcycle parts, the butt of the neck and neck pocket are engraved with matching serial numbers as well to ensure that original components are traceable. Each guitar also ships with a one-of-a-kind hand-made guitar strap fashioned out of reclaimed car upholstery and a hard-shell leather case.
The Firehouse Series guitars start at $2,800 USD.
For more information or to order please visit wallacedetroitguitars.com
About Wallace Detroit Guitars
Founded by Mark Wallace in 2014, Wallace Detroit Guitars breathes new life into reclaimed wood from Detroit buildings by shaping it into some of finest American guitars on the market. Their instruments acknowledge not only Detroit’s architectural history, but also its proud tradition of both great craftsmanship and great music. With superior construction, premium components, and a great story, each guitar delivers a truly timeless playing experience.
<![CDATA[Calrec Launches New Artemis Console At 2017 NAB Show]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/calrec-launches-new-artemis-console-at-2017-nab-show Thu, 6 Apr 2017 11:27:47 GMT


Ray of Light: Calrec launches new Artemis console at 2017 NAB Show


HEBDEN BRIDGE, U.K. — 6 April 2017 — Calrec Audio shines a Ray on the 2017 NAB Show by launching the latest addition to its Artemis family of consoles. Artemis Ray has 456 fully featured input channels — making it more powerful than the Artemis Beam. Further, Artemis Ray can handle up to 72 faders, the same as the larger Artemis Shine model.


Via a brand-new fader/monitor panel, Artemis Ray sports a new surface layout that allows more faders in a reduced surface area. The panel — also available on Artemis Light, Beam, and Shine models — is the same width as a standard Artemis fader panel and includes eight full-size faders to give operators even more control and a higher fader density in a smaller footprint. This configuration saves around 200 millimetres when compared to similar control surfaces.


"We work closely with our customers and listen to their requirements," said Dave Letson, Calrec's vice president of sales. "In situations where space is at a premium, like in OB trucks, we understand that a high fader density is not only desirable, but essential.


"Artemis Ray provides the same functionality as previous models, but with more channels and faders in the same footprint. It's a very powerful combination."


With the new chassis and fader/monitor panel, Artemis Ray's 72-fader layout fits into a mere 2372 millimetres (93.39 inches) of space, delivering more power than ever before in such a small footprint.


Capable of operating at multiple sample rates, at 48kHz the Artemis Ray provides up to 456 channel-processing paths, 128 programme buses, 64 IFB/track outputs, and 32 auxiliaries.


The console also features a second compressor/limiter in each channel, more than 70 minutes of assignable delay, and three independent APFL systems for multiple operator use. As with all Calrec designs, these facilities do not share resources — which means they are all available to the user at all times.


"By making the new monitor panel available on all our existing Artemis models, we're giving our customers access to all of this increased functionality," Letson added. "Artemis has proved a very popular and reliable workhorse all over the world, and the new Artemis Ray adds even more value."


Visit Calrec Audio at the 2017 NAB Show at booth C3118.




About Calrec Audio Ltd.

Calrec Audio is exclusively dedicated to excellence in audio mixing for on-air and live production.

A broadcast specialist for more than 50 years, Calrec has developed a range of digital consoles relied on by the world's most successful broadcasters.

For putting sound in the picture, broadcasters put their trust in Calrec. More information is available at calrec.com

All trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

<![CDATA[The KOMA Elektronik Field Kit Is Shipping]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/the-koma-elektronik-field-kit-is-shipping Thu, 6 Apr 2017 11:23:14 GMT

The KOMA Elektronik Field Kit is shipping!

The little box for sound and synth experimentation is now available for order from the KOMA website.
Two months after successfully completing the Kickstarter campaign, KOMA are happy to announce that the Field Kit is shipping! Around 350 Kickstarter rewards have been shipped out so far and another 750 rewards are in the pipeline. 
The new KOMA Elektronik Field Kit is the perfect tool for everyone who would like to experiment with electroacoustic sound. Use everyday objects, amplify them and use them to make sound. The Field Kit is optimized to process signals from microphones, contact microphones, electromagnetic pickups and able to run DC motors and solenoids. On top of that it can receive radio signals and convert signals from switches and sensors into control voltage.
One of the first videos made with the Field Kit was from our neighbor Hainbach, which is beautiful:
link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwJBCMM-qXE
We are very much looking forward to see what all our customers will do with their Field Kits; to learn new techniques and see musical creativity in action!
All units are hand assembled in Berlin, Germany and The Field Kit, both fully assembled and DIY Version, is now available for order from the KOMA Elektronik website, all orders made from now onwards will ship earliest in May. MRSP: 229 EUR (assembled) | 179 EUR (DIY Version). You can follow the production process in more detail via our Instagram https://www.instagram.com/KOMA_elektronik/.
<![CDATA[SynthMaster One Updated ]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/synthmaster-one-updated Wed, 5 Apr 2017 14:27:12 GMT


KV331 Audio updates their wavetable synthesizer SynthMaster One to version 1.0.2


KV331 Audio has announced a new update for their wavetable synthesizer SynthMaster One

This update brings the following new features:

    •    SynthMaster One now supports MIDI Program Change and MIDI Bank Changes messages. Users can easily assign selected presets to MIDI banks by right clicking on the presets list and assigning them to a MIDI bank.
    •    Added user manual, written by Bulent Biyikoglu and Ronan Macdonald.
    •    Added preset search textbox and button to the browser.
    •    Add 50 new hardstyle factory presets, designed by The Machine

There are also various bug fixes in this update:

    •    Preset name is not displayed when a DAW session is loaded.
    •    MIDI Import is not working correctly for the arpeggiator.
    •    Mono LFOs don’t start at the correct time.
    •    SynthMaster One Standalone app doesnt show the License Key File dialog.
    •    User manual menu item not working on Mac OS X.
    •    MIDI learn doesn’t work for slider controls.







About KV331 Audio

KV331 Audio has been established in 2012 by a dedicated team of engineers, musicians and sound designers with the sole purpose of providing high quality virtual instruments for the global musician.  Their flagship software synthesizer SynthMaster has received numerous awards from prestigious music technology magazines across the globe. Today, SynthMaster has more than 25k licensed users in more than 110 countries. It has recently been voted “The Best Software Synthesizer” of 2016 by MusicRadar readers and received “Gold Award” from MusicTech Magazine for “Best Software Instrument” category.

<![CDATA[It's A Mixing Board! It's A Recorder! It's A Mixing Board AND Recorder!]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/its-a-mixing-board-its-a-recorder-its-a-mixing-board-and-recorder Wed, 5 Apr 2017 13:12:44 GMT
PreSonus Introduces StudioLive 24 Digital Console/Recorder
PreSonus StudioLive 24.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana—April 2017… PreSonus new 24-channel StudioLive® 24 digital console/recorders further extends the company’s third-generation StudioLive Series III line, which launched earlier this year with the 16-channel StudioLive 16 and 32-channel StudioLive 32. Like all Series III consoles, StudioLive 24 further improves on the StudioLive’s legendary ease of use while letting you customize workflow and operations to fit the way you work.
The new console features 24 physical input channels with touch-sensitive, motorized faders and recallable XMAX Class A preamps. The main L/R bus also has a touch-sensitive, motorized fader. Internally, the StudioLive 24 is identical to the larger-framed StudioLive 32; all 32 internal channels can be addressed digitally via USB and AVB. 
PreSonus Capture™ multitrack recording software with virtual soundcheck is installed directly into the StudioLive 24 console so you can leave your laptop at home. Record up to 34 tracks to the console’s onboard SD recorder. When finished recording, open your Capture session in Studio One® Artist for Mac® and Windows® (included), and the entire mix scene will transfer to your Studio One session, including fader levels and Fat Channel settings. 
As with other StudioLive Series III consoles, the StudioLive 24’s distinctive Fat Channel processing section presents a plug-in-style workflow that features vintage-style EQ and compression options on every channel, from classic tube limiters to passive EQs. In addition to channel processing, you get 6-band, fully parametric EQ on all mix outputs. 
StudioLive Series III goes above and beyond in providing ways to customize things to best fit the way you work. User layers for the channel faders let you place any channel, DCA master, or bus fader anywhere you want—and they’re easy to set up. You can customize your Fat Channel layout, putting the parameters you care about most right at your fingertips, and there are several workflow options to personalize your mixing experience. 
Scenes can also be extensively customized, including a Scene Safe feature that prevents a scene change from altering the settings on designated “safe” channels. Similarly, Fat Channel presets have, for practical purposes, become like scenes for individual channels, not only saving input and Fat Channel settings but also aux send and bus assignments. Of course you can also use preset filters to choose what you want to recall.
In addition to 4 fixed subgroups, the StudioLive 24 offers 16 FlexMixes that can be individually designated as aux, subgroup, or matrix mixes, for a total of 20 mix buses, not counting the main mix, effects mixes, and solo buses. Twenty-four DCAs enable easy, flexible control of groups of channels. Choose between 1-to-1 or split-layer workflows: Assign all channels to the top layer, with one fader per input channel, or split the faders between inputs and outputs, including DCAs and aux outputs.
An AVB Ethernet connection enables you to network compatible computers and stream up to 55 channels of audio to and from a Mac or Windows PC. (AVB networked solutions, including stage boxes, personal monitor mixers, and increased third-party AVB interoperability, are coming later in 2017.) You also get 40x40 recording via USB 2.0, giving you a choice of computer recording methods. A separate 1 Gb Ethernet port can connect to a wireless router or directly to a computer for remote control of virtually all features via a wired or wireless connection. 
PreSonus StudioLive Series III mixers are tightly integrated with an entire suite of state-of-the-art software. Mix wirelessly or over a wired network from anywhere using free UC Surface touch-control software for Mac, Windows, and iPad®. Even add a second—or third, or even fourth!—screen for fast workflow. Remote control the mixer’s recallable XMAX preamps and Fat Channel processing with Studio One Artist (included) for low-latency recording with effects. Completely automate virtual soundchecks and record shows with Capture for Mac and Windows (included)—or record with Studio One or with any software that supports ASIO or Core Audio. Musicians can control their monitor mixes onstage with free QMix®-UC for iPhone®, iPod® touch, and Android™ devices. You also get the Studio Magic Plug-in Suite for Mac® and Windows®, which includes seven popular plug-ins in VST, AU, and AAX formats.
The StudioLive 24 is expected to be available in the second quarter of 2017, with a U.S. MAP price of $2,499.95. For more information please visit www.presonus.com/products/StudioLive-Series-III-Digital-Mixers.
StudioLive 24 rear view.

StudioLive 24 top view.

About PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc.
Founded in 1995, PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc., is a leading designer and manufacturer of audio-recording and live-sound software, hardware, and related accessories. PreSonus's software, microphone preamps, signal processors, digital audio interfaces, digital mixers, control surfaces, loudspeakers, and other products are used worldwide for recording, sound reinforcement, broadcast, sound design, and Internet audio.
<![CDATA[Softube Launches Doepfer A-101-2 Vactrol LPG Low Pass Gate Module]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/softube-launches-doepfer-a-101-2-vactrol-lpg-low-pass-gate-module Wed, 5 Apr 2017 13:03:08 GMT

Softube Launches Doepfer A-101-2 Vactrol LPG Low Pass Gate Module For Modular



LINKÖPING, SWEDEN: high-end plug-in specialist Softube is proud to launch Doepfer A-101-2 Vactrol LPG — a plug- in version of Doepfer’s modernized take on the Buchla LPG (Low Pass Gate) concept, complete with clever and creative additions — as a new module for its perennially popular Modular software synth as of April 5...


Ever since its invention by Don Buchla, the LPG has been heralded for an ability to add a lifelike and organic response and textures to modular synth patches. With its A-101-2 Vactrol LPG, Eurorack instigator Doepfer took the concept a step further, adding a resonance filter for further sonic treatment. Today, thanks to Softube’s plug-in version for Modular, the module is available for any music creator that prefers working in the software realm.


As implied by name, Doepfer’s hardware LPG modules are based on vactrols — just like opto-compressors. The response time of these can vary wildly, which is all part of the LPG charm. Softube’s plug-in version of Doepfer’s design adds a Vact. switch, which was not part of the original hardware. This lets users switch between fast, medium, or slow (F/M/S) response times to cover the variation between individual analog units.


Doepfer’s A-101-2 Vactrol LPG hardware has been a longtime staple in the Eurorack world; now it’s a welcome addition to Softube’s Modular, the first truly expandable software modular system that looks, works, and sounds exactly like its hardware counterparts.


Doepfer A-101-2 Vactrol LPG is available now from Softube’s website and from authorized dealers around the world. The list price is $39, but it is available at an introductory price of $29 until April 30, 2017.



About Softube

Founded by Oscar Öberg, and aptly dubbed “...the Swedish rock ’n’ roll scientists,” Softube has developed high-end software for the music market since 2003. Its own product roster ranges from modeled guitar amplifiers to professional audio mixing plug-ins and also includes the award-winning Console 1 hardware/software mixing system, as well as software instruments (Hearbeat and Modular).The company has received several awards — including, most recently, two TEC (Technical Excellence & Creativity) awards at the 32nd Annual event for the Marshall JMP 2203 and Marshall Bluesbreaker 1962 plug-ins (both developed by Softube exclusively for Universal Audio’s UAD/Apollo platform) — and award nominations in recognition of its innovative products. Productive partnerships have been formed with an assortment of pro audio companies held in high regard around the globe — including Abbey Road Studios, Mutronics, Solid State Logic, Summit Audio,Tonelux Designs,Tube-Tech, and Trident Audio Developments — to fashion faithful models of their analog hardware units.These third- party companies have happily lent their names and logotypes to the resulting plug-ins. Above and beyond its impressive namesake product lineup, Softube has also developed software products for other notable companies, such as Ableton, Fender, Cakewalk, Marshall Amplification, Native Instruments, Propellerheads,TC Electronic, and Universal Audio.

© 2017 Softube AB

<![CDATA[Introducing The Nord Stage 3]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/introducing-the-nord-stage-3 Wed, 5 Apr 2017 12:55:11 GMT
Introducing the Nord Stage 3


Continuing our vision of the ultimate instrument for the performing musician - we are very proud to introduce the Nord Stage 3.



The fifth generation of our successful Stage Series, the Nord Stage 3 features our latest award-winning technologies including the Nord Lead A1 Synth Engine with sample playback, acclaimed Nord C2D Organ Engine, a greatly enhanced Piano Section, and extensive hands-on Effects - all in one exceptional performance keyboard.

Live-focused improvements

Two super-clear OLED displays for on-stage clarity, Seamless Transitions when changing programs/sounds, extended Split functionality, and the addition of the new Song List Mode makes the Nord Stage 3 more intuitive and flexible than ever for the live performer.

Massive sonic flexibility

The Nord Stage 3 has three sound generating sections; Piano, Organ and Synthesizer, all of which can be used simultaneously. Furthermore, the Nord Stage 3 has 2 separate slots allowing you to have 2 Pianos, 2 Organs and 2 Synths plus Effects at the same time for massive sonic flexibility.

Performance Highlights NEW
  • OLED displays for Program and Synth sections
  • Seamless Transitions for smooth program changes
  • Advanced Split functionality with optional crossfade
  • Song Mode for set list functionality
  • Physical Drawbars for Compact model
  • Support for program change via pedal
Piano Section

The greatly enhanced Piano Section features doubled memory (2 GB) for our exclusive Nord Piano Library, expanded voice polyphony and creative new Piano Filters. 

Factory Bank

The Nord Stage 3 features an outstanding selection of Grands, Uprights, Electric Pianos, Digital Pianos, Clavinet and Harpsichord from our exclusive Nord Piano Library - all handpicked for their unique characters. 


The Nord Stage 3 Piano Section also features a brand new “Layer” category with rich dynamic layered patches.

The Nord Piano Experience

Nord’s state-of-the-art sampling techniques capture the extraordinary nuances and real character of the source instruments. Our unique ‘Advanced String Resonance’ and Dynamic Pedal Noise features deliver breathtaking realism and an unsurpassed level of expressiveness. 

Piano Section Highlights NEW
  • 2 GB Memory (doubled from Stage 2 EX)
  • Greatly expanded polyphony (120 voices)
  • New Layer category
  • Creative Piano Filters
Synth Section

The Nord Stage 3 features the acclaimed Nord Lead A1 Synth Engine, combined with Sample Playback and a dedicated OLED display.

Powerful Smart Oscillator

The Lead A1 synth engine is renowned for its analog-modelling warmth, and utilises brilliant Smart Oscillator Configurations to deliver stunning results with little programming. Single oscillator setups including Shape, FM, Ring Mod, Detune and Sync. Dual oscillator modes include Noise, Sine, Saw, Triangle and Square Mix. The Synth section also includes a brand new Oscillator category with massive “Super Waves”.

Sample Synth

The Nord Stage 3 Synth Section has powerful sample playback capabilities and comes with a wide selection of samples from our Nord Sample Library. All samples can be tweaked creatively inside the A1 Synth Engine and it is even possible to create and transfer your own samples using the Nord Sample Editor. 

Synth Section Highlights NEW
  • Lead A1 Synth Engine with Sample Playback
  • Dedicated OLED display for Oscillator configurations
  • 480 MB memory for Sample Library
  • New Super Wave category and new Classic waveforms 
  • Classic Transistor Ladder Filter emulation, flexible LP+BP Filter and Filter Drive
  • Extended Morph functionality
Organ Section

The Nord Stage 3 features our latest award-winning C2D Organ simulations of B3 Tonewheel and Transistor Organs, plus two brand new Principal Pipe Organs. 

Separate Organs and Rotary per Slot

It is now possible to use two different Organ models simultaneously, allowing you to creatively blend a B3 with a Vox/Farfisa or a Principal Pipe organ. The updated vintage Model 122 Rotary Speaker simulation is also available for each slot independently. 

Physical Drawbars for Compact model

The Nord Stage 3 Compact features our physical drawbars, and semi-weighted waterfall keybed. This model also supports the Nord Half-moon Switch.

Organ Section Highlights NEW
  • Nord C2D B3 Tone Wheel simulation 
  • Model 122 Rotary Speaker simulation - available per Slot 
  • 2 new Principal Pipe organs 
  • Physical Drawbars for Compact model
Effect Section

The Nord Stage 3 Effect section features more morphable parameters, an enhanced Delay effect, separate Reverb and Compressor for each slot, and a brand new Filter Effect.

The powerful Nord Stage 3 Effect Section features a wide range of instantly tweakable high quality effects including Tremolo, Phaser, Chorus, Pan, Wah, RM, Flanger and Vibe, all modeled after classic stomp boxes.

Effect Section Highlights NEW
  • Delay with added Feedback filters (HP/LP/BP) and dedicated Analog Mode
  • Filter Mode with Resonance (HP/LP)
  • Separate Compressor per slot including new Fast Mode
  • Separate Reverb per Slot including new Bright Mode
  • Extended Morph functionality

The Nord Stage 3 comes in three models:

Nord Stage 3 88 features our top-of-the-line 88-note fully weighted Hammer Action Keybed (A-C)
Nord Stage 3 HP76 features an extremely lightweight 76-note Hammer Action Portable keybed (E-G)
​Nord Stage 3 Compact features a 73-note Semi Weighted Waterfall keybed (E-E) with Physical Drawbars NEW


The Nord Stage 3 is scheduled for shipping in July 2017 with pricing to be announced. Nord Stage 3 is handmade in Sweden by Clavia DMI AB.

All specifications are subject to change without further notice






<![CDATA[DiGiCo And Waves Announce New Integration]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/digico-and-waves-announce-new-integration Wed, 5 Apr 2017 12:49:57 GMT

DiGiCo And Waves Announce New Integration




DiGiCo and Waves are pleased to announce a new method of integration that will allow users to maximize the potential for additional new features on both the Waves and SD platforms. 


DiGiCo SD consoles will be able to integrate with a Waves Multirack system, which is running on an external PC, while maintaining the high level of integration both companies’ clients have come to rely on.

This integration will continue to use the low latency Waves I/O interface built into SD consoles for audio routing and will also include the existing standard session, snapshot and plug-in control for advance, faster and smooth show control and automation. The integration will allow the use of Waves latest and most advanced plug-ins to expand the engineer’s sonic options. 

Further enhanced control implementation is being planned, allowing users to take full advantage of both platforms and their combined functionality. This will allow both Waves and DiGiCo to provide an even better user experience as both Waves and SD console upgrades continue.

"Waves and DiGiCo have been working together since 2010 to accommodate and enhance our customers’ and users’ workflow,” says Waves VP Mick Olesh. “The enablement of this new integration further demonstrates our effective cooperation, providing the user with new tools, more control, advanced networking and state-of-the-art sonic excellence.”



<![CDATA[Set Yourself Free With The DiGiCo S-Series App]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/set-yourself-free-with-the-digico-s-series-app Wed, 5 Apr 2017 12:43:29 GMT

Set Yourself Free With The DiGiCo S-Series App


The new DiGiCo S App is the perfect way to control your DiGiCo S-Series console straight from your Apple iPad. Designed to be compatible with DiGiCo's S21 and S31, it allows remote, wireless control of any DiGiCo S-Series mixing console wherever you are.



The DiGiCo S App permanently displays an overview of the console layout, so you can select any available console bank and have the same user-friendly operation you are already familiar with, without being tied to your console.

What you can control:

  • Channel Setup - +48V, polarity, analogue gain, digital trim, channel delay, insert points on/off, meters
  • Mix – channel label, pan, mute, solo, fader level, meters
  • EQ – 4 band EQ plus HPF/LPF
  • Dynamics – all dynamics parameters for all console dynamics modes
  • Auxes – auxiliary send levels, on/off, auxiliary pans
  • Buss Routing – assignment of channels to busses
  • Snapshots – insert new, recall, update, delete
  • Matrix – sends, on/off, matrix input labels
  • Graphic EQ – 32 faders and on/off for each unit, flatten all bands
  • Save Session
  • There is also an overview mode for selecting the Bank that you wish to control. Tap the arrow down symbol in the top right corner of the main view
  • Connection details can be saved for different devices
  • Aux Select buttons can (optionally) activate the Solo function for the relevant Aux Channels. Tap the Aux Menu button a second time to activate/deactivate this function.


The DiGiCo S App requires V1.4+ of the S-Series console software and the iPad connection must be configured on the console. It is not compatible with earlier versions of S-Series software.

<![CDATA[Need A Goliath Recording Rig?]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/need-a-goliath-recording-rig Wed, 5 Apr 2017 12:40:56 GMT


64 Channels of Audio over HDX, USB3.0, and Thunderbolt, Accusonic Preamplifiers and FPGA FX Make Antelope’s Premier Interface the 'Heavyweight Champion'
Santa Monica, Calif., March 5, 2017 — Antelope Audio,  a leading interface company with advanced software control and real-time FX technology, announced its new flagship interface: Goliath HD.  Able to serve as the powerhouse centerpiece of any studio, the long anticipated, best-in-class interface makes its debut at the Musikmesse convention, booth E28, hall 9.0, to take place in Frankfurt Germany between April 5 and 8.   
Goliath HD, featuring 64 channels of high-quality audio I/O and powerful upgrades including the adaptable new Accusonic preamps, follows the launch of Antelope’s groundbreaking Orion32 HD, which began shipping in early March. Both units offer immense connectivity flexibility, pristine conversion, and a bevy of powerful hardware FX — to both Pro Tools HD and native DAW-based digital recording systems.
“With the launch of Goliath HD, even the most sophisticated studios can access the market leading features and innovations that only Antelope Audio interfaces can provide,” says Igor Levin, CEO of Antelope Audio. “Goliath HD — which works seamlessly in Pro Tools environments — is an uncompromising studio tool that improves overall sound quality while vastly expanding overall functionality."
"No other interface on the market is able to serve as such a powerful and flexible centerpiece for the modern recording studio," he continued. 'The Goliath HD is a 'must have' for both advanced users and prolific recording studios around the world."
Other-worldly Sound
Beyond the wealth of features that make it more versatile than any other interface on the market, the Goliath HD also sounds unlike any other interface on the market. For one thing, it sports the lowest total harmonic distortion (THD) available in a multi-channel interface across all 64 of its channels of input and output. Powered by the most advanced ESS chips available and Antelope’s legendary 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC) jitter-management technology and unique noise-lowering techniques, it also sets a new standard in digital conversion clarity.
To further refine the recording experience for Pro Tools HD users, Antelope’s proprietary HDX Delay Compensation makes sure any analog or digital input arrives in Pro Tools HD sample accurately in the timeline, enabling unmatched and refined integration of digital sources with Pro Tools HD software.
One Interface to Rule Them All
The Goliath’s flexible digital connectivity allows it to interface with both Mac or PC in a snap via Thunderbolt or USB 3.0. It also boasts dual MADI connections, which are compatible with MADI to Dante Bridge products — allowing users to access all audio streams from anywhere within their Dante-enabled facility.  Users can even have an HD and a Native DAW simultaneously interfacing with the Goliath.
The High Art of I/O
The Goliath HD pushes the envelope in the world of input and output, offering a staggering 64 channels of I/O in its modest two-rack space frame. These include 16 of Antelope Audio's new Accusonic mic preamplifiers, each with individual volume controls, to make multitrack recording a snap with or without any additional outboard gear. Goliath HD's 32 analog inputs offer an impressive 124db of dynamic range, with its 32 analog outputs going up to 129db of dynamic range. Combine that with mastering grade monitor outputs featuring new technology that boosts dynamic range to a spectacular 132db, and you have access to a new level of detail in your mixes, never before possible in digital recording.
In addition to offering sufficient analog connectivity through its preamps and DB25 connectors, the Goliath HD also offers several useful specialized inputs and outputs that eliminate the need for excess gear around the studio. These include four guitar DI inputs, two transformer-based re-amp outs, a built-in talkback mic, two headphone outs, and a pair of analog inserts. 
Goliath HD also has a range of connections availability for clock signal distribution: users can synchronize any gear in their system via the Goliath’s AES, MADI, ADAT, S/PDIF, and BNC connectors for use as Loop Sync or standard Word Clock. For the ultimate audio experience, Goliath includes an atomic input for Antelope Audio’s industry-leading 10M and 10MX atomic clocks.
Goliath HD: the Culmination of Decades of Interface Experience
Antelope Audio's FX processing gives the Goliath HD powerful sound shaping capabilities, along with real-time performance.  The new flagship unit leverages a constantly growing library of Antelope's carefully modeled vintage hardware and modern FX. These new FPGA-based, real-time FX represent both an enormous cost savings and enormous processing power, while requiring no physical rack space.
Goliath HD desktop application also delivers comprehensive mixing and routing capabilities, enabling full control of input and output routing as well as submixes and FX processing. Thanks to Antelope’s new Session Presets functionality, all of these details — including specific FGPA FX settings and HDX compensation settings — are instantaneously recallable and sharable. This helps make the Goliath HD a perfect complement to Pro Tools HD based studios, particularly studios with multiple rooms or artists working in several locations. Users can simply dial in a particular session and access it any time or anywhere with a click of the mouse.
A New Kind of Versatility
Antelope's new Accusonic microphone preamps further leverage the real-time processing capabilities of Antelope’s FPGA hardware, offering accurate hardware powered circuitry that complements your microphone selection. Combined with the powerful FX signal processing already available in the Goliath HD, the Accusonic microphone preamplifiers extend sonic possibilities during the recording process.
Touch the Power
Powerful apps for both IOS and Android allow Goliath HD users to adjust mic preamps and output volumes remotely as they move about their studio or venue. The Goliath HD’s front panel has also been enhanced with monitor and level indicators and a responsive touchscreen that provides easy access to preferences, while 16 convenient push-and-turn knobs allow for Mic Preamp selection and gain control for the Goliath’s  built-in preamps. 
For more information on this and other Antelope Audio recording interfaces, please visit: http://antelopeaudio.com/products/goliath-hd
For more information on Antelope Audio’s real-time FPGA FX and a full list of available FX, please visit: http://en.antelopeaudio.com/hardware-based-fpga-effects/
About Antelope Audio
Antelope Audio is a leading manufacturer of high-end professional audio equipment and the pioneer in the adoption of Atomic clock generators, utilizing Igor Levin's over 25 years' experience in digital audio.  Antelope is the first to design a 1U 32-channel audio interface ansd a multi-channel portable interface with 12 mic pres. The company's customers include many Grammy award-winning sound engineers and some of the most renowned recording, mastering and post-production facilities around the globe.
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<![CDATA[32 Bits? That's 8 Bits More...]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/32-bits-thats-8-bits-more... Wed, 5 Apr 2017 12:34:54 GMT

DiGiCo and the ultimate 'Stadius' Mic Pre-Amp


Twenty years ago, converters changed from 16 or 18-bit to a new, improved resolution of 24-bit. This additional 8 bits of converter resolution was instantly audible and created a demand for 24-bit quality.

At Prolight+Sound 2017, DiGiCo will show and, more importantly, allow attendees the opportunity to hear, a newly designed 32-bit 'John Stadius' Mic Pre-Amp for the first time.

John and his team have been designing Pre-Amps for over 40 years. Now, this new improvement in converter technology has allowed them to develop a Pre-Amp with audio qualities that they have long aspired to achieve.

The specifications of the 32-bit SD Mic Pre-Amp Card include:

  • Fully differential audio path from input to converter
  • Twin 32-bit ADC conversion per channel
  • Lightening quick conversion time; 73uS
  • Dynamic punch and increased audio depth; Dynamic range of 123dBA
  • Incredibly low noise; 128dB EIN
  • Transparency and clarity of audio; 20-22kHz  <0.002% THD+N
  • Class leading frequency response; 20-44.5kHz ±0.1dB
  • Open and clear audio reproduction; 12dB harmonic weighting improvement
  • 8 channels of temporal perfection; 0deg phase shift 20-22kHz
  • Dedicated analogue, ultra-low noise linear power supplies; including +48V phantom power
  • Only one, phantom power blocking, capacitor in the audio path; Gold Nichicon “MUSE” acoustic series
  • Fully shielded analogue stage
  • Precision clipping with no artefacts
  • Reduced operating temperature (Sounds cooler)
  • Roadworthy metal XLR connectors

Significant audible improvements and transparency delivered!




<![CDATA[Now You Can Use Spirals To Make Music]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/now-you-can-use-spirals-to-make-music Tue, 4 Apr 2017 13:41:54 GMT



Hey, our weekly Zenhiser release is due and this week Spirals is setting new benchmarks with ancient instruments taking the forefront of a modern Electronica pack.

Zenhiser Pack: Spirals

Price: $55.00

Direct Link: http://www.zenhiser.com/spirals-sample-pack.html

<![CDATA[What Do You Get When You Combine A Classic British Preamp With A Legendary American FET Compressor? ]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/what-do-you-get-when-you-combine-a-classic-british-preamp-with-a-legendary-american-fet-compressor Tue, 4 Apr 2017 13:31:39 GMT
As First Product from BAE Audio Imprint UK Sound, 1173 Combines Classic British Preamp With Timeless American FET Compressor
Frankfurt, Germany – April 3, 2017 — BAE Audio imprint UK Sound has announced that it will debut its its new 1173 mic pre compressor at the BAE Audio's Musikmesse booth [Hall 9, Level 0, Stand F40]. The 1173, originally unveiled at the NAMM show in January, represents the product debut for UK Sound — a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based BAE Audio.
The 1173 is the result of a design collaboration among Los Angeles-based producer Warren Huart and gear designer Michael Stucker, produced and manufactured by UK Sound. The new product brings together the combined synergies of two timeless circuits: the 1073 preamp and studio FET compressor — at an affordable price. The marriage of these two classic pieces of analog gear opens up an entirely new sonic palette in the studio, either as a standalone piece in a project studio, or as a unique addition to a heavily fortified rack of outboard gear.
“When Warren and Michael came to me with the design of what would become the 1173, I knew it would be a perfect first product for UK Sound,” says UK Sound founder Mark Loughman, who is also president of BAE Audio. “Our vision for UK Sound is to create accessible, high quality analog gear for the masses, while retaining sonic integrity. Combining a 1073 preamp with a FET compressor makes for a true analog dream team, while providing incredible versatility and value for our customers.”
“The 1173 is the first of many products to come at an attainable for a wider, yet sonically conscious, audience," he continued. "These products are designed to appeal to experienced musicians, producers and engineers looking to diversify their sonic palette while still delivering tried-and-true analog warmth that our BAE Audio customers are used to."
Best of Both Worlds
The 1173 owes its unique character to the combined analogue mojo of its 1073 preamp and FET compressor circuit. It features the recognizable FET compressor controls for input and output gain and the time-honored compression ratio options of 4:1, 8:1, 12:1, and 20:1. Attack and release controls allow users to tailor the compressor’s action to best suit a given source. While the 1073 preamp helps bring depth and clarity to your audio on the front end, the FET compressor kicks in to manage peaks, adding control and thickness to the signal. Drums, bass, vocals, and synths are among the many sound sources that will truly sing with the 1173.
Birth of an affordable classic
With the 1173, UK Sound has brought some of the industry’s best minds together to design hardware that brings together some of history’s best circuits. The initial concept of the 1173 was born out of Huart’s desire to share his favorite recording chain with members of the ever-growing Produce Like a Pro online community he founded. He reached out to Michael Stucker to help turn that dream into a carefully designed piece of analog gear that captured the best of both circuits.
With a design in place, they connected with Loughman, who was in the midst of launching his new UK Sound subsidiary. Loughman and UK Sound provided the expertise required to move the design into production in a way that maintained a high level of quality.
As with BAE Audio, all UK Sound products are built in California with carefully chosen components. BAE Audio’s longstanding tradition of building vintage circuits makes Loughman and his team uniquely qualified to bring UK Sound to life as a company that applies that expertise in new and unique ways.
Visit UK Sound and BAE Audio at Musikesse Hall 9, Level 0, Stand F40 between April 5th and April 8th or go to baeaudio.com for more information

About BAE Audio
BAE Audio is a U.S.-based manufacturer of high-end microphone preamp and equalizers, all of which are faithful to vintage designs of the seventies and before. The company is committed to the vintage philosophy of hand wiring and hand soldering all of its components to achieve a high quality and authentically vintage sound. For more information on BAE Audio, please visit our website at www.baeaudio.com.
<![CDATA[OCDP Introduces Limited Edition Maple Hybrid Snare]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/ocdp-introduces-limited-edition-maple-hybrid-snare Tue, 4 Apr 2017 12:37:19 GMT


OCDP Introduces Limited Edition Maple Hybrid Snare
Thousand Oaks, CA - April 2017... Orange County Drum & Percussion (OCDP) maple snares are valued 
for their excellent projection, fine tone, and great looks. The new OCDP Limited Edition Maple Hybrid 
14 x 6.5-inch Snare displays all of these attributes and then some. The new hybrid snare employs special blended, 6-ply maple/poplar shells that provide a balanced sound between maple's warm, full-bodied high/mids and poplar's rich lows. The result is a snare that is highly versatile and works well for multiple musical genres. Two 1.75-inch side ports further enhance the snare's big sound and increase overall volume.
The Limited Edition Hybrid Snare looks as great as it sounds. Its deluxe Halo Flake finish from world-renown Delmar USA creates an eye-catching, diamond-shaped sparkle when hit with stage lights.
Durability and strength are crucial in a performance instrument, and the Limited Edition Maple Hybrid Snare delivers on both counts. OCDP's signature, high-quality shark-tooth lugs are set in the company's classic 80/20 offset design and are cast in the USA. To top it off, these limited-edition snares come with a durable Remo UT coated batter head.
"When we call this a 'Limited Edition' instrument, we mean it," assures OCDP Product Manager Clyde Miller. "Only 600 of these special drums will be produced. We put a lot of thought and care into the Limited Edition Hybrid Snare, and it has paid off. The sound is so balanced, you can use it for a wide variety of musical genres. Rimshots have serious bite. And wait until you see this beauty sparkle under stage lights! The entire design came out even better than we had hoped."
The new OCDP Limited Edition Maple Hybrid 14 x 6.5-inch Snare will street for $199.99 and is available at Guitar Center stores, at www.guitarcenter.com, and at Musician's Friend.

About OCDP
Orange County Drum & Percussion was founded by Daniel Jensen and John Machado in 1991. After setting up operations in a small facility in Santa Ana, California, OCDP focused creating custom drums and expanding retail sales, as well as offering dedicated drum repair. Daniel was also an active drum tech working with several recording artists. The word spread quickly, as did the roster of top tier drummers who play OCDP drums. In 2007, Guitar Center signed an exclusive agreement with OCDP to develop a full range of drum sets, snare drums, and hardware under the OCDP brand at key price points designed to take the brand from a small boutique builder to a full range drum manufacturer.  
For more information contact: Orange County Drum & Percussion, P.O. Box 5111, Thousand Oaks, CA 91359.
<![CDATA[Introducing Helix LT]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/introducing-helix-lt Tue, 4 Apr 2017 12:31:33 GMT
Powerful HX Modeling
in a Streamlined Package
The new Line 6 Helix® LT guitar processor features the same advanced HX Modeling technology found in the Helix Floor and Helix Rack processors, and the Helix Native plug-in—but with a streamlined I/O complement and hardware configuration. Helix LT makes the world’s most powerful guitar processor more accessible than ever before, while at the same time delivering the highest levels of performance, flexibility, and control in its class.
  • Offers the same award-winning HX Modeling as found in Helix Floor, Helix Rack, and Helix Native
  • Uncompromised Helix sound quality with 123 dB of dynamic range
  • Greater DSP power than any other multi-effects processor in its class
  • Robust I/O complement for easy integration and extensive flexibility
  • Preset compatibility with existing Helix products
Interested in Helix LT?
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<![CDATA[Eventide H3000 Live Plug-In Comes To Yamaha Rivage PM10]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/eventide-h3000-live-plug-in-comes-to-yamaha-rivage-pm10 Tue, 4 Apr 2017 12:19:36 GMT


Classic micropitch and delay effects included with V1.5 upgrade



FRANKFURT, April 4, 2017 — Available with the V1.5 upgrade to Yamaha’s flagship RIVAGE PM10 live sound console is the new Eventide H3000 LIVE plug-in. Eventide’s developers worked hand in hand with Yamaha’s team to incorporate the most sought-after classic sounds from the H3000 Harmonizer® effects processor. With H3000 LIVE integrated into the state-of-the-art RIVAGE PM10 console, Front of House engineers have the most requested presets from the venerable H3000 at their fingertips.


Factory presets included are:

101 Layered Shift

102 Slap Back

116 Multi Shift

508 Dual H910 Micro

514 Just Stereo

519 MicroPitchShift

515 Magic Air

518 Micro + Reverb

520 Micro-Reverb

521 Micro Pitch-Slap

528 Real Chorus

988 Real Chorus 2

763 Moving Vocal Spread

613 Big Guitar

533 Voice Doubler

731 Mondo Chorus




Eventide website: www.eventideaudio.com


Yamaha Rivage PM10 - https://goo.gl/B8uBtk



About Eventide:

Eventide was founded in 1971 in New York City and is a leading developer and manufacturer of digital audio processing products for recording, broadcast, and live performance. Eventide invented the H910, the first digital effects processor in 1974, and introduced the H3000 Ultra- Harmonizer effects processor in 1986. Since then their legendary studio processors, stompboxes and plug-ins have been heard on countless hit records.

Eventide and Harmonizer are registered trademarks of Eventide Inc. © 2017 Eventide Inc.

Eventide Inc.
1 Alsan Way
Little Ferry NJ 07643 United States of America Phone: (201) 641-1200 Fax: (201) 641-1640 eventideaudio.com


Twitter: @eventideaudio Instagram.com/eventidestomboxes

<![CDATA[The 11 Contracts That Every Artist, Songwriter And Producer Should Know]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/the-11-contracts-that-every-artist-songwriter-and-producer-should-know Tue, 4 Apr 2017 09:53:40 GMT


The 11 Contracts That Every Artist, Songwriter,
and Producer Should Know
by Steve Gordon, entertainment lawyer
and author of The Future of The Music Business
MONTCLAIR, N.J. - Steve Gordon is an entertainment attorney specializing in music, television, film and video, and has assisted countless artists to navigate the legal aspects of the music business. His new book, The 11 Contracts, is an in-depth guide that will help any songwriter or producer understand binding agreements and help them negotiate favorable deals.
This no-nonsense book follows a refreshingly simple format: Gordon presents a sample agreement and then breaks down the nuances of both the legal and business sides of the arrangement.
Subjects covered include:
  • Management Agreements
  • Production Company and New Artist
  • Indie Label Deals
  • Sync Licenses
  • Producer Agreements
  • Music Publishing Deals
  • Composer Agreements
  • Live Performance Contracts
  • Music Video Production Contracts
  • Band Agreements & Business Actions Artists Can Take Without an Attorney
  • Investment Agreements
This book is for musicians, songwriters, content producers, bands and managers to better understand the most common, and important documents in the game.
Online access to the following videos is included with the purchase of The 11 Contracts:
  • Steve Gordon on music clearances and licensing
  • Steve Gordon and attorney Bob Celestin analyzing management, artist, publishing and producer agreements, and the art of hiring a music attorney
Future videos will feature Mark Offenbach of Redlight Management and Austin Rice of Atlantic Records speaking about the role of artist management and record companies in the music business today.
About the Author:
Steve Gordon is an entertainment attorney with over 20 years of experience. He served as an attorney at a law firm representing Atlantic and Elektra Records, as in-house counsel for a Hollywood movie studio, and has been Director of Business Affairs for Sony Music for more than 10 years. As an educator, Gordon is the recipient of two Fulbright Scholarships and has taught courses on music law and business at Tel Aviv University in Israel and Bocconi University in Milan, Italy.
Format: Hardcover Media Online
Page Count: 220
Dimensions: 7.5 X 9.25 inches
ISBN: 9781495076701
Hal Leonard Books is an imprint of Hal Leonard Corporation
halleonardbooks.com | backwing.com
<![CDATA[Cakewalk SONAR Update 2017.03 Focuses On MIDI With Redesigned Editing And Bluetooth MIDI Support]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/cakewalk-sonar-update-2017.03-focuses-on-midi-with-redesigned-editing-and-bluetooth-midi-support Mon, 3 Apr 2017 15:13:38 GMT


Cakewalk SONAR Update 2017.03 Focuses on MIDI with Redesigned Editing and Bluetooth MIDI Support


—SONAR enhances core MIDI editing features, and becomes the first Windows DAW to support Bluetooth MIDI controllers—


Boston, MA, (April 4, 2017) – Update 2017.03 for SONAR, Cakewalk’s flagship DAW, now supports wireless, low-latency Bluetooth MIDI and greatly enhances MIDI functionality by modernizing the Piano Roll View, Track Pane, and Controller Pane to take advantage of the expressiveness and playability of today’s modern virtual instruments.


Bluetooth MIDI Controller Support

As the first Windows DAW to support wireless Bluetooth MIDI controllers natively, Cakewalk CTO Noel Borthwick explains “To deliver seamless connectivity to the next generation of MIDI devices, we’ve adopted Microsoft’s new API standard for using MIDI on Windows as part of the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) architecture—which provides a modern, extensible way to communicate with MIDI.”


Cakewalk worked closely with both Microsoft and Zivix on the implementation. “Our jamstik+ SmartGuitar was built for wireless operation, and the native implementation in SONAR makes it possible for PC users to play the way we designed the jamstik+ to be played,” said Chris Heille, Zivix Senior Music Product Specialist. “We are delighted to have worked with Cakewalk to bring one of the first true wireless BLE-MIDI experiences to the PC.”


Redesigned MIDI Editing

Through a redesign of the Piano Roll View, Track Pane and Controller Pane, SONAR now better addresses the needs of modern MIDI music production. According to Cakewalk Senior Software Engineer Bob Currie, “Virtual instruments are more powerful and more expressive than ever. The creative possibilities are nearly endless and continue to evolve. All of this demands more powerful tools and efficient new workflows in applications like SONAR.”


With the SONAR 2017.03 update, it’s easier to choose tracks for editing, see multiple tracks or controllers, lock editing to specific tracks to avoid accidental edits on other tracks, and edit controllers with extreme precision in the new Single Lane Mode. Color-coding relates tracks to data for easy identification in complex projects, and the redesigned Track Pane displays twice as many tracks in the same amount of space as before. It’s even possible to use SONAR’s unique Smart Swipe feature to select, mute, solo, or arm multiple tracks with a single, quick swiping gesture.


For easy alignment of controller data with notes, the Aim Assist function now extends into the Controller pane. Subtle color shadings distinguish sharps from flats, while the popular and useful Tab-to-Transients feature in the Track View now works with notes in the Piano Roll View.



The SONAR 2017.03 update, part of SONAR’s “rolling updates” initiative that provides 12 updates a year, is a free download from the Cakewalk Command Center for all current SONAR Artist, Professional, and Platinum customers. All three versions are available globally through music and sound retailers as well as Valve’s Steam Store and the Cakewalk Store. Please visit www.cakewalk.com for complete version details, introductory pricing, and localized pricing/availability from our distribution partners.


About Cakewalk, Inc.

Cakewalk, Inc., a Gibson Brand, has been empowering music creators for 30 years with award-winning and innovative music software. We invite you to learn more about our company and products by visiting www.cakewalk.com. Cakewalk is a registered trademark, and the Cakewalk logo is a trademark of Cakewalk, Inc.


About Zivix

Based in Minneapolis, Zivix is a music and technology company focused on making the experience of learning guitar and playing music more accessible for everyone. From the award- winning jamstik technology, best in class Bluetooth Wireless MIDI solution, to releasing new mass market musical products in 2016. Zivix continues to create products for those who want to have fun with music, become musicians, or already create professionally. For more information about the jamstik+ experience and puc+ Bluetooth MIDI solutions, visit jamstik.com, mipuc.com, and playairjamz.com.

<![CDATA[Tune Job Pedal Uses Sacred Crystals, Educated Guesses, And Olde-Timey Junk Store VU Meters To Get You More Or Less In Tune]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/tune-job-pedal-uses-sacred-crystals-educated-guesses-and-olde-timey-junk-store-vu-meters-to-get-you-more-or-less-in-tune Mon, 3 Apr 2017 12:41:02 GMT

EarthQuaker Devices to Release Tune Job Quadraphonic Modulated Tuning Device April 1, 2017




Extra special effects pedal manufacturer EarthQuaker Devices will release the Tune Job Quadraphonic Modulated Tuning Device on April 1, 2017.

Fifteen years in the making, the Tune Job is imagineered from the ground up using EarthQuaker Devices’ patented blend of sacred crystals, educated guesses, and olde-timey junk store VU meters to put you more or less in tune. Or at least close enough for Jazz.

EarthQuaker Devices’ president Jamie Stillman calls the Tune Job “[an] ‘always on’ tone and pitch enhancer, so your instrument is slathered in goopy tone . . . [with] a thick, drippy attack envelope for notes that are kind of in tune.”

The Tune Job boasts four inputs and outputs, each modulated by an independent pitch-shifting LFO, and a stunning +/- 420 cents of tuning accuracy, so “single notes will be sticky and phat and even dense chords will be moist and chewy, if not exactly in tune.”

The Tune Job Quadraphonic Modulated Tuning Device will probably be available at EarthQuaker Devices dealers worldwide on April 1, 2017.




<![CDATA[The Sweet Sound Of Nothing]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/the-sweet-sound-of-nothing Mon, 3 Apr 2017 12:36:35 GMT
The Sweet Sound of Nothing
The World's Most Compact Kill Switch Pedal!
Introducing Vacuum Compact Kill Switch, the world's first no-nonsense kill switch. Featuring our groundbreaking new signal-disrupting algorithm, Vacuum offers simple, effective muting of your guitar signal, in a robust, compact housing, which fits on any pedalboard.
With our proprietary PrimeSilence Technology, you are in control of when to bring the silence, be it for long, dramatic pauses between guitar licks, or more extreme, split-second, tremolo-like flutters. Finally, as with all TC pedals, Vacuum Kill Switch features true bypass, ensuring that your bypassed signal remains true, and your effected signal, silent and clear as a winter's night.
Check it out here!
<![CDATA[Dawn Of A New DAW]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/dawn-of-a-new-daw Mon, 3 Apr 2017 12:24:02 GMT


Tracktion Launches Waveform DAW

Innovative Developer Releases Inspirational and Affordable Recording Software


SEATTLE, WA (April 03, 2017) – Tracktion Corporation is proud to announce the release of Waveform, the latest in their long line of innovative DAWs. Transcending the award-winning T7 in look, feel and feature set, Waveform maintains the open, intuitive characteristics of its predecessor. In addition to providing a solid recording platform, the Tracktion team has developed an array of new tools designed to speed up and expand creative composition.

All good DAW’s have the ability to record, edit, mix and share music however, Waveform may be the only application evolving at the same pace as modern music production. Since acquiring ownership of the platform in 2012, Tracktion has completely re-factored the application, adapting it to the latest production trends, on a yearly basis. No other DAW can make this claim. In addition, Waveform is laser focused on music production so it avoids the complexities inherent in most of today’s DAWs as they struggle to support everything from film mixing to enterprise operations or live music performance.

Beyond sheer efficiency, Waveform inspires creativity with an unprecedented suite of composition tools. Intuitive MIDI pattern generators allow even untrained musicians to quickly assemble entire musical arrangements while built-in virtual instruments such as the FM Synth and new Collective™ sampler/synthesizer provide a wealth of new sounds and blending options for a truly sophisticated sonic palette. Of course, Waveform is also compatible with all VST and AU plugins such as Tracktion’s popular BioTek™ Organic Synthesizer.

“Our goal is to continually gain market share by remaining more current and flexible than our competitors,” explained Tracktion Corp CEO, James Woodburn. “Our constant re-factoring process means that we can track emerging production trends and incorporate the best ideas into our codebase. Watch on-line tutorials detailing how today’s top producers like to work and you’ll find that Tracktion seamlessly fits into those workflows.”

Despite the remarkable power of this application, Waveform’s highly refined code remains efficient enough to support even the relatively tiny Raspberry Pi platform. This allows the app to run smoothly on almost any modern Windows, Mac or Linux computer but also opens it for use as an embedded solution in the growing DIY maker community.

Waveform is available from the Tracktion website, tracktion.com, as well as top retailers, with prices starting at $99.  




<![CDATA[Embrace your Quirky Side ]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/embrace-your-quirky-side Mon, 3 Apr 2017 12:20:32 GMT
New models from Italia Guitars
Brand new from quirky manufacturer Italia are three new guitar and bass models.
Possibly the most tonally diverse six string ever made the new Imola Vario has some fresh, clean design changes, a redesigned body cavity for better tone as well as weight reduction, and even more tonal variation in the pickup configurations. Classic style 3-way switches split the bass and treble sides of all 3 Italia Duplex pickups (or to control the SIX mini pickups). An added 5-position rotary switch allows you to dial every combination imaginable. With a Wilkinson WV6 vibrato system and Italia locking machine heads for superb return-to-zero performance the Imola Vario is supplied with a padded gig bag and is available in Satin Yellow and Satin Purple finishes.
Meanwhile the Maranello Cavo bass features a chambered Mahogany body construction with Italia’s signature f-hole design, resulting in a stunningly classic vintage look. The Cavo’s light weight, and 30” scale length make this a very comfortable instrument. Equipped with a pair of Italia Toaster bass humbuckers with master volume, tone and blend controls the Cavo is ideal for a wide range of styles. Available in Racing Green or Trans Red finishes the Cavo comes complete with padded bag. 
Finally, following on from the success of his 12 string model last year, Italia are pleased to add the new ITFJ6 Jeff Foskett Signature 6 String. Developed once again in conjunction with the longtime Beach Boys guitarist, the ITJF6 comes with three Wilkinson mini humbuckers, with a master volume, tone, blend and separate middle pickup volume controls, for a wide variety of tonal options. Finished in Pearl White with an Italia trapeze tailpiece, the ITFJ6 looks as stunning as it sounds and comes with padded bag.






Italia Guitars are distributed in Europe by JHS & Co. Ltd.
<![CDATA[Revoice Pro Updated To Version 3.3]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/revoice-pro-updated-to-version-3.3 Mon, 3 Apr 2017 12:14:48 GMT
Revoice Pro Does What Your DAW Can't Do!
Synchro Arts are pleased to announce the release of Revoice Pro 3.3 - a free update to the world's ONLY "one-stop tool" for automatic and manual time, pitch and loudness editing of vocals, dialog and instruments.
To celebrate, a 30% Off Sale on Revoice Pro licenses, rentals and upgrades is on NOW to midnight 30 April 2017. See sale prices HERE
Here’s what’s new in Revoice Pro 3.3
  • Major improvements to level and pitch editing - sibilants are automatically identified and instantly adjustable.
  • New processing intensity display - showing the amount of editing the APT and Warp processes apply to the signal.  
  • Selection-based processing in Logic Pro 10.3 - new workflow transfers audio instantly to Revoice Pro.
  • High speed, automated workflow for Studio One 3.3.4 - copy and paste multiple tracks into Revoice Pro, automatically process, and return audio to Studio One in two clicks.
  • Further improvements in workflow and audio processing quality
Revoice Pro 3.3 is a free update for Revoice Pro 3 license owners.

Watch this video to see how Revoice Pro can help in Music Production.
Watch this video to see how Revoice Pro can help in Post Production.

Try Revoice Pro FREE for 14 days*
Your reader's can select their DAW HERE to get the right download and help. If they have already run a trial, they can request another HERE
We also offer great value, 3-month Revoice Pro rentals. What’s more, on your 4th rental (using the same iLok account), your reader's will receive a full, unlimited license. 

The Synchro Arts Team

IMPORTANT: Revoice Pro requires an iLok USB key for trials, upgrades, rentals and full licenses.
<![CDATA[ Primacoustic's New Panel Shape, The Element™ Is Now Shipping]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/primacoustics-new-panel-shape-the-element-is-now-shipping Mon, 3 Apr 2017 10:43:50 GMT

 Primacoustic's New Panel Shape, The Element™ Is Now Shipping


Primacoustic Broadway panels now include a hexagonal option called 'Element'.  
Vancouver, BC - Primacoustic is pleased to announce that Element panels are now shipping.
Primacoustic Element panels are a range of acoustic absorbers that are designed to give users more aesthetic options in their rooms.
Rather than being limited to the typical square and rectangular panels found in most studios, the hexagonal shape and beveled edges allow the panels to be installed in unique patterns and clusters. Now primary reflections and flutter echo can be controlled with an acoustic treatment layout that is personalized to your space.
The 16" (406mm) Element panels are 1.5" (3.8cm) thick, and are constructed from 6lb high density glass wool for optimal broadband absorption. As with all Primacoustic panels, Element panels have been tested to achieve stringent Class-A fire ratings, making them safe for use in installations worldwide. The Element panels are available in black, grey or beige Broadway™ acoustic fabric, or in Primacoustic's proprietary Paintables™ white finish.
Street Price: $279.99 USD/box of 12 panels
<![CDATA[Overloud Releases EQ495 - Supermusical EQ]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/overloud-releases-eq495---supermusical-eq Mon, 3 Apr 2017 10:40:37 GMT

Overloud releases EQ495 - Supermusical EQ


Overloud releases EQ495, the simulation of a very rare and legendary analog EQ, used as a secret weapon by many Award-winning engineers. Originally created for a vinyl transfer console, this EQ has then been used for both mixing and mastering thanks to its super musical curves.
EQ495 is the second product of a new high-end Overloud plugin line, called Gems, dedicated to mixing and mastering.
EQ495 is the ultimate tool for professional engineers who mix with no compromises.
  • 4th generation DSP technology
  • Simulation of all transformers in the original unit
  • Preamp + 5 Bands EQ
  • Low cpu usage (more than 1500 instances on a Macbook Pro Retina)
  • Multilevel undo-redo
  • A/B Comparison
  • Lots of presets designed in real mixing sessions
EQ495 introductory offer
EQ495 is available as VST, AudioUnit and AAX plug-ins as well as stand-alone application, 32 and 64 bit for macOS and Windows operating systems.
EQ495 is available at the introductory price of €89 / $89 until April 15th 2017. The list price is €139 / $139.
Learn more at  www.overloud.com/eq495