Harmony Central Press Room http://www.harmonycentral.com/ Get the lastest news from the Harmony Central's Press Room <![CDATA[An Alternative Take On The Solo String Sample Library]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/an-alternative-take-on-the-solo-string-sample-library Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:47:21 GMT


Spitfire Audio offers apt alternative take on solo strings sample library with ALTERNATIVE SOLO STRINGS



LONDON, UK: Spitfire Audio is proud to announce availability of ALTERNATIVE SOLO STRINGS — an aptly-titled, alternative take on a sampled solo strings library for Native Instruments’ industry-standard KONTAKT platform, putting performances of four of the most interesting and progressive string soloists in London into an easy-to- use tool to access Violin (Warren Zielinski), Viola (Joel Hunter), Cello (Chris Worsey), and Double Bass (Mary Scully) for detailed compositional work while offering anyone an instant, out-of-the-box virtual collaborative experience steeped in personality, quality, and distinction — as of February 15...


The musicians that Spitfire Audio collectively chose to work with when creatively crafting ALTERNATIVE SOLO STRINGS really represent some of the most exciting and in-demand players on the London orchestral session circuit. Collaborating with many of the biggest recording artists in the world to Oscar award-winning movie score performances, there can’t be many major British recordings in existence that haven’t featured these major players in some shape or form!


Frankly speaking, top violinist and musician Warren Zielinski, award-winning viola player Joel Hunter, professional cellist Chris Worsey, and leading UK double-bass player Mary Scully take some surpassing, having amassed an amazing collection of ‘onscreen’ collective credits between them, including: Captain America (Henry Jackman), Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (James Newton Howard), Victoria & Abdul (Thomas Newman), Jason Bourne (David Buckley/John Powell), Interstellar (Hans Zimmer), Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows (Hans Zimmer), Inception (Hans Zimmer), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Alberto Iglesias), The Twilight Saga (Carter Burwell), Batman Begins (Hans Zimmer/ James Newton Howard), Gladiator (Hans Zimmer/Lisa Gerrard), Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Rings (Howard Shore). Meanwhile, musically Nick Cave, Daft Punk, Mark Ronson, UNKLE, Badly Drawn Boy, U2, Goldfrapp, Joni Mitchell, Max Richter, The Divine Comedy, and Christine and the Queens have all benefitted from the aforesaid players’ perfect performance touch(es).


That all being said, the resulting ALTERNATIVE SOLO STRINGS collaboration creates and adds Double Bass and Viola to Spitfire Audio’s previously-released PP015 ARTISAN CELLO and PP016 ARTISAN VIOLIN libraries, all rewrapped with a new interface and KONTAKT PLAYER compatible — and also Spitfire Audio’s first double-bass library to boot!


Better still, all of these instruments carry with them the signature sound of Spitfire Audio — all artfully designed to provide not only that initial spark of inspiration but also broaden understanding of this particular group of instruments. Indeed, Spitfire Audio always prides itself on making precision tools for composers that deliver effectively on the current demands of the industry alongside a deeply-held belief that creating a series of raw, edgy tools that behave with a certain amount of realistic unpredictability leads to the most exciting results.


Recorded at the Spitfire Audio HQ’s ultra-high-spec in-house recording studio and tracked there through the finest equipment, as a result, ALTERNATIVE SOLO STRINGS provides perfect accompaniment to Spitfire Audio’s popular LONDON CONTEMPORARY ORCHESTRA STRINGS, which was recorded in the same location. Let it be said, then, that whilst the spirited and sometimes unpredictable recordings may well pleasantly lead its user into unexpected territory, the sonics of Spitfire Audio’s dry stage provide ultimate control — whether that be an upfront Warren Ellis-style approach, a hyper-produced Hans Zimmer-style overdub on top of a large orchestral bed, or, indeed, a virtuoso performance within the section of a chamber work.


With access to each instrument performing spirited longs and shorts as well as a series of ‘artisan’ articulations, who better to provide a fitting closing comment on ALTERNATIVE SOLO STRINGS’ ability to offer anyone an instant, out-of-the-box virtual collaborative experience steeped in personality, quality, and distinction, then, than Spitfire Audio co-founder and active composer Paul Thomson? “You’ve got quite a large variety of sound in there to play with,” he begins, before giving credit where credit’s due: “Obviously one of the most important elements of this is the players... Warren Zielinski on violin, Joel Hunter on viola, Chris Worsey on cello, and Mary Scully on bass — four incredible performers with beautiful instruments. They’ve played on so many film scores and records that you would lose count. You’ve heard their playing, and they really are an essential element in making this a successful and inspirational tool. So it’s a huge privilege for us to have worked with them. This is not a polite string library; it’s very definitely alternative, gritty, inspiring, and different.”


ALTERNATIVE SOLO STRINGS can be purchased and digitally downloaded (as 53,146 samples needing 29.64 GB disk space) for a time-limited introductory promo price of £169.00 GBP (inc. VAT)/$199.00 USD/€199.00 EUR (inc. VAT) until March 1, 2018 — rising thereafter to an MSRP of £249.00 GBP (inc. VAT)/$299.00 USD/€299 EUR (inc. VAT) — from here: https://www.spitfireaudio.com/shop/a-z/alternative-solo-strings/


ALTERNATIVE SOLO STRINGS needs Native Instruments’ free KONTAKT PLAYER (5.6.8) — included in the purchase — to run as a fully NKSTM (NATIVE KONTROL STANDARD) supporting plug-in instrument for Mac (OS X 10.10, 10.11, or macOS 10.12 — latest update) or Windows (7, 8, or 10 — latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit), while Spitfire Audio’s free Download Manager application allows anyone to buy now and download anytime.


For more in-depth information, including several superb-sounding audio demos, please visit the dedicated ALTERNATIVE SOLO STRINGS webpage here: https://www.spitfireaudio.com/shop/a-z/alternative-solo-strings/


Watch Spitfire Audio Director Paul Thomson’s ‘traditional’ video walkthrough of ALTERNATIVE SOLO STRINGS here: https://youtu.be/j1WHHaS4X2k


Watch Spitfire Audio ‘composer in residence’ Oliver Patrice Weder’s ALTERNATIVE SOLO STRINGS ‘In Action’ video here: https://youtu.be/9zg0m1mw7d4


Watch Spitfire Audio’s informative introductory video for ALTERNATIVE SOLO STRINGS here: https://youtu.be/JiaNL8lKkDU




About Spitfire Audio (www.spitfireaudio.com)

Spitfire Audio is a British music technology company producing high-quality virtual instruments and sample libraries.The company collaborates with the world’s best composers, producers, engineers, and studios to create detailed and realistic recordings of instruments and sounds for use in computer-based music production. Prominent collaborators include Hans Zimmer, Air Studios, Eric Whitacre, and many more.


© 2018 Spitfire Audio Holdings Limited


<![CDATA[Drums That Will Put You Into A Trance]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/drums-that-will-put-you-into-a-trance Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:39:42 GMT





'Trance Drums Vol 1' from Producer Loops is an energetic collection of expertly-mixed drum loops and one-shots designed for Uplifting and Psy Trance productions. Bringing you 25 full drum kits, 131 drum loops and 159 individual one-shots, this is the ultimate addition to your DAW's drum arsenal, regardless of which stage you're at in your production journey.

Each of the 25 complete drum kits is accompanied by a folder containing separate loops (kicks, claps, snares, hats, top loops and more) as well as one-shots, giving you access to the individual sounds used to create the full kits. Drag and drop the full kit loops into your DAW to get a groove going quickly or mix and match the separate loops across various drum kits to create a unique rhythm section.

Prefer getting under the hood? No problem, this pack contains 150+ one-shots taken from the 25 Kits, allowing you to recreate each Kit with your own experimental twist.

All samples are tempo-tagged, meaning they'll slot right into your arrangement and match to the tempo of your project.

One-Shot Samples:
This pack includes 159 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.

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.


Please note, only the drums displayed in the product demo are included in this sample collection. All other sounds were used to demonstrate the effectiveness of the included content and are not available within this release.

• 25 Full Drum Kits
• 131 Drum Loops
• 159 One-Shots
• 138 & 140 BPM
• Kicks, Claps, Snares & Top loops
• ACIDized WAV Files
• Apple Loops/AIFF Files
• REX2 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:

'Trance Drums Vol 1’ is available for instant download exclusively at ProducerLoops.com for £24.95 / 29,39 EUR. More information is available at: https://www.producerloops.com


<![CDATA[Auralex® Now Shipping MAX Kits™ Portable Treatment Kits]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/auralex-now-shipping-max-kits-portable-treatment-kits Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:27:02 GMT
Auralex® Now Shipping MAX Kits™ Portable Treatment Kits
– “MAX” stands for Mobile, Absorptive, eXpandable –
Indianapolis, IN, February 15, 2018 – Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the world’s leading brand of acoustical treatments, is now shipping its new MAX Kits™ portable treatment kits. “MAX” kits (shorthand for Mobile, Absorptive and “eXpandable”) allow users to reconfigure and tune their space for a wide variety of applications, providing ultimate flexibility in configuring their room. Three packages are available: VoxMAX™, EditMAX™ and ProducerMAX™ kits.  
Auralex portable treatments offer highly effective absorption for recording and performance applications in the studio, on stage, classroom, in the home and more. They are perfect for the traveling musician and recording pro on-the-go.  
The VoxMAX Kit is designed for voiceover/vocal recording and instrument baffling. This kit can also be quickly positioned to address reflections within a small recording, monitoring or mixing environment.  
• Two ProMAX™ v2 Panels (with stands & 18-inch extensions)
• One MudGuard™ v2
• Two 24” Stand-Mounted LENRDs™ (with stands & 18-inch extensions)
• Height-Adjustable: With Included Mounting Stands
• Color: Charcoal  
The EditMAX Kit is designed as an easily configured baffling for recording and can also be quickly positioned to create an accurate monitoring environment for editing and mixing in spaces that mounted acoustical treatments are not desired.
• Four ProMAX v2 Panels (with stands & 18-inch extensions)
• Two DeskMAX™ v2 Panels (with stands)
• Four 24” Stand-Mounted LENRDs (with stands & 18” extensions)
• One MoPAD-XL™ (4pc/set, each pair isolates 2 speakers)
• Height Adjustable: With Included Mounting Stands
• Color: Charcoal  
The ProducerMAX Kit is a versatile and easily configured acoustical treatment solution for recording that can be quickly positioned to create an accurate monitoring and mixing environment.  
• Six ProMAX v2 Panels (with stands & 18” extensions)
• Two DeskMAX v2 Panels (with stands)
• Two Studio6™ Panels (with stands)
• One ProPAD™ (4pc/set, each pair isolates 2 speakers)
• Height Adjustable: With Included Mounting Stands
• Color: Charcoal  
For more information, please visit www.auralex.com/.
Installation of Auralex® VoxMAX™ Portable Kit
Installation of Auralex® EditMAX™ Portable Kit
Installation of Auralex® ProducerMAX™ Portable Kit


About Auralex® Acoustics, Inc.
Located in Indianapolis, Auralex® Acoustics was founded in 1977 with a mission to provide top-performing acoustical treatment products at the best possible value. Since then, thousands of satisfied Auralex customers have experienced improved acoustics, expert advice and exceptional customer service. Auralex products enjoy widespread use among prominent artists, producers, engineers, corporations, celebrities and government agencies worldwide. 
Auralex Acoustics has become the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions and continues to enjoy rapid growth through an international network of authorized dealers. Visit the Auralex Web site at www.auralex.com. Auralex can be reached via email at auralexinfo@auralex.com or by calling 1-800-959-3343.
<![CDATA[Hal Leonard Releases Disney Piano Songbook ]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/hal-leonard-releases-disney-piano-songbook Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:20:17 GMT
Hal Leonard Releases Disney Piano Songbook 
from Award-Winning Pianist and Composer 
Jason Lyle Black
MILWAUKEE-Jason Lyle Black is an award-winning pianist, composer and entertainer with over 10 years of experience in the music industry. Black has been featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Good Morning America, Huffington Post and more, produced a #2 Billboard New Age Album, Piano Preludes, and amassed over 30 million views on his music videos. Now, Black has been commissioned to arrange a series of medleys in his distinctive style for a new Hal Leonard songbook, Disney Medleys for Piano Solo.
"It has been an amazing honor to work with Hal Leonard and Disney on such an exciting project," Black notes.  "Like all of us, I grew up loving the Disney classics.  And since my first concerts years ago, I have made Disney songs part of the live concert experience for my fans. So, to now be able to retell these songs in a way personal to me has been pure artistic joy."
Featuring over 35 songs from 10 classic Disney films, Disney Medleys contains many of the iconic songs that have helped Disney become one of the most dominating forces in movies. Whether you're looking for a medley from the recent Disney hit movie Moana, featuring the songs "How Far I'll Go," "We Know the Way," and "You're Welcome," or a medley featuring "The Bare Necessities" and "I Wan'na Be Like You (The Monkey Song)" from the classic hit The Jungle Book, Disney Medleys has everything needed to enjoy Disney tunes. Additional medleys include songs from: Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Hercules, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, and Mulan.
In addition to the 10 medleys featured in the book, arranger notes from Black are also included. Disney Medleys for Piano Solo is available for $16.99. Jason Lyle Black's first book for Hal Leonard, Distinctive Piano Solos, is also available for $14.99, featuring arrangements of songs by Maroon 5, Imagine Dragons, Taylor Swift, Michael Jackson, and more. The songbooks are available from music and bookstores everywhere or by visiting www.halleonard.com.
Disney Medleys for Piano Solo
$16.99 (US) 
Available for Piano Solo
9" x 12" - Softcover
About Hal Leonard
Founded in 1947, Hal Leonard is the world's largest music print educational publisher and digital content provider, producing educational materials, songbooks, sheet music, reference books, DVDs, magazines, eBooks, digital sheet music, apps and more. The company is also a major distributor of music technology products, selling and marketing the most popular software, hard goods and accessories available today, to musicians and recording enthusiasts around the world. In its more than 220,000 available publications and products, Hal Leonard represents many of the world's best known and most respected publishers, artists, songwriters, arrangers and manufacturers. The company is headquartered in Milwaukee, WI and also has domestic offices in Winona, MN; New Jersey and Boston, and offices abroad in Australia, Belgium, China, Germany, Holland, Italy, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
About Jason Lyle Black
Jason Lyle Black is an award-winning pianist, composer, and entertainer, whose music videos have been viewed over 30 million times worldwide, including features from Yahoo, The Huffington Post, Good Morning America, and Buzzfeed.  As a composer, Black reached #1 and #2 on the iTunes and Billboard New Age charts, with his album Piano Preludes.  Also known as "The Backwards Piano Man®" for his musical comedy onstage, Black has performed on The Ellen Degeneres Show, on Fuji Television in Tokyo, Japan, and in concerts throughout the United States and Canada. 
<![CDATA[It’s Not Voodoo—It’s PreSonus Studio Magic]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/its-not-voodooits-presonus-studio-magic Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:00:43 GMT
It’s Not Voodoo—it’s PreSonus Studio Magic
Klanghelm SDRR2tube
Baton Rouge, Louisiana—February 2018… PreSonus® has updated its popular Studio Magic Plug-in Suite for Mac® and Windows®. Worth more than $400 but provided free to new and existing registered owners of any currently available PreSonus® audio interface or mixer, the 2018 Studio Magic Plug-in Suite software bundle includes seven popular plug-ins in VST, AU (Mac), and AAX formats.
Add warmth, depth and character to your tracks with Klanghelm SDRR2tube. SDRR2tube can be a saturation processor, a compressor, an EQ, a bit-crusher, or a subtle stereo widener—or it can simply add movement to your tracks. A comprehensive set of controls enables you to manipulate the character of the saturation to make it sit perfectly in your mix.
Transform any instrument, synth, raw sound or full track in real time with Output Movement, an exciting effects plug-in for the studio or stage that adds powerful rhythms to any input in real-time. Movement’s four rhythm engines with sidechains, proprietary Flux mode, LFOs, step sequencers, and macros blend seamlessly. Analog modeled effects optimized for modulation let you add rhythm with reverb and compressors pumping, filters and EQs opening and closing, delays morphing, and tube distortion warming and cooling.
SPL Attacker is a micro-plug-in that employs the same Differential Envelope Technology as SPL’s famed Transient Designer. Using SPL Attacker, all attack events can be amplified, regardless of their signal level. By focusing on the initial transient instead of specific frequencies, SPL Attacker amplifies just the attack curves of a sound event. This allows instruments to be mixed at lower levels, which opens up space in the mix, while the relationship between tracks is preserved.  
Mäag Audio EQ2 delivers the sound of the Mäag Audio EQ2 two-band hardware equalizer. Mäag Audio’s EQ design allows for exceptionally low phase shift across all EQ adjustments, which helps maintain the integrity of your mix’s original sound while enhancing the very high “air” frequencies. An input attenuator lets you normalize levels after applying EQ.
Lexicon’s MPX-i Reverb delivers seven classic Lexicon plate, hall, chamber, and room reverbs. A streamlined interface and 100 versatile, finely crafted presets enable you to quickly get the sound you want. Input and output metering let you monitor levels at a glance.
The Brainworx bx_opto compressor combines the best aspects and anomalies from several legendary, light-dependent compressor circuits. The result is a powerful dynamics processor, teeming with character and delivering sounds that can’t be achieved with analog optical compressors.
Arturia’s Analog Lab Lite is a “Greatest Hits” collection of physically modeled classic analog synths, organs, string machines, and pianos from Arturia’s V-Collection of virtual instruments. Enjoy models of iconic instruments from Oberheim, Roland, Sequential Circuits, ARP, Hammond, Fender, Wurlitzer, Moog, and Vox.
The PreSonus Studio Magic Plug-in Suite is free to registered owners of PreSonus’ AudioBox 96 USB, AudioBox i series, Studio series, and Quantum series interfaces and StudioLive Series III, StudioLive AR USB, and StudioLive RML-series mixers. The software will be automatically added to registered users’ online MyPreSonus accounts when they register an eligible interface or mixer in 2018.
For more information please visit www.presonus.com/products/Studio-Magic.
 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[Craig Anderton Has Some Electronic Ear Candy For You To Use On Your Next Production]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/craig-anderton-has-some-electronic-ear-candy-for-you-to-use-on-your-next-production Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:45:11 GMT

Craig Anderton’s “Electronic Ear Candy” Loop Library Released

Over 2.2 GB of loops complement and “accessorize” EDM and pop music tracks

Electronic Ear Candy is no “me-too” library, but instead offers innovative, unique loops that can really dress up EDM and electronics-friendly pop productions. The core is 185 stretchable, 44.1/24-bit loops with a vibrant, rhythmic mojo that functions similarly to adding percussion tracks—but with melodic, step-sequenced, and tempo-modulated processing that can really drive a song. Also, individual layers are broken out separately from multi-layered sounds so you can mix and match different layers to create an almost unlimited combination of loops, from simple to super-complex.

There are also FX files for breaks and transitions, Electronic Drum loops (with one-shot drum sounds to augment the loops or create new ones), and eight groups of Melodic loops that, like loop construction kits, can provide the basis of a song.

Although there are 387 files total and 2.2 GB of content, the content has been curated carefully to provide maximum versatility; files typically stretch over 90 to 165 bpm. The files are also excellent for cutting up into smaller loops. This is truly “electronic ear candy” that will add novel, percussive accents to EDM and pop tracks, and is available as a $29.95 download from Reverb.com.


Demo video:


Audio demo:



For more information:




<![CDATA[SampleScience Player v1 - The Biggest Free Rompler Ever Made]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/samplescience-player-v1---the-biggest-free-rompler-ever-made Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:38:22 GMT


"SampleScience release SampleScience Player v1, the biggest free rompler ever made!"


"The SampleScience Player is the biggest free rompler available today. This instrument plugin contains a core library of 200 playable instruments. You'll find everything from acoustic pianos to analog synthesizers drums. To limit the size of the plugin without compromising it sound quality, the library has been compressed to FLAC, a lossless audio compression codec.



  • 200 sounds
  • Linear ADSR
  • Multi LFO
  • Reverb
  • Highpass/Lowpass filter
  • Velocity amp range controls
  • Glide in mono voice mode


Available as a VST/AU plugin for Windows and macOS (32 bit and 64 bit versions).


Instrument list: https://goo.gl/gEPyJE


Audio demos: https://soundcloud.com/samplesciencemtl/samplescience-player-v1-1


Available for free here: http://www.samplescience.ca/2017/10/samplescience-player.html



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e-mail: samplesciencemtl@hotmail.com
Website: SampleScience.ca
<![CDATA[A/DA Flanger And Friedman Buxom Betty Amplifier Plug-Ins Released As Part Of UAD Software v9.5]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/ada-flanger-and-friedman-buxom-betty-amplifier-plug-ins-released-as-part-of-uad-software-v9.5 Wed, 14 Feb 2018 12:55:14 GMT

Universal Audio Releases A/DA Flanger and Friedman Buxom Betty Amplifier Plug-Ins from Direct Developer Brainworx for UAD Platform


— Available for UA Audio Interfaces and UAD-2 hardware, new plug-ins are part of UAD Software v9.5 —



SCOTTS VALLEY, CA • February 13th, 2018 — Universal Audio is pleased to announce the release of UAD Software v9.5. Alongside the new UA-developed Helios Type 69 Preamp and EQ Collection plug-in, this latest software release also offers plug-in titles from UA's direct developer partner, Brainworx.




(*$99 for owners of UAD A/DA STD-1 Stereo Tapped Delay plug-in)


Available exclusively for UAD-2 hardware and UA Audio Interfaces, the A/DA Flanger plug-in is an exacting emulation of this iconic, often outrageous sounding, bucket-brigade flanging pedal that gained mythical status in the late '70s and early '80s. Often referred to as "the Holy Grail of Flangers," the A/DA Flanger plug-in captures all the expansive depth of the original's Panasonic MN3010 bucket-brigade circuit, as well as plug-in-only features like tempo sync, mix control, and dual stereo modes.


A/DA Flanger Plug-In Key Features:

  • Precise modeling of both an original 1979 and modern 2009 A/DA reissue in one plug-in
  • Officially licensed and authenticated by A/DA Signal Processors
  • Unparalleled time delay range of 40:1 for extremely wide sweeps
  • Switch between odd or even harmonic emphasis for a variety of tones
  • Mono or stereo operation, including stereo upmixing from mono signals
  • Physical input impedance and hands-on control of gain staging with Unison™ technology
  • Available exclusively for UAD hardware and UA Audio Interfaces




(*$99 for owners of UAD Friedman Amplifier Collection)


Available exclusively for UAD-2 hardware and UA Audio Interfaces the Friedman Buxom Betty Amplifier plug-in expertly captures all of the dynamic clean and crunch tones of the boutique, dual EL34-powered tone machine. The Buxom Betty Amplifier plug-in not only captures the touch sensitive textures of the handwired hardware, it adds 100 high-end recording chains as well as onboard vintage delay, noise gate, and lo/hi pass filters for further tone shaping.


The Friedman Buxom Betty Amplifier plug-in also features Unison™ technology for UA Audio Interfaces. This means a UA Interface user's guitar pickups will see the exact impedance load as if they're plugged into a Friedman Buxom Betty amplifier- a feature found only on UA Audio Interfaces.


Friedman Buxom Betty® Amplifier Plug-In Key Features:

  • Exacting emulation of the original Friedman Buxom Betty guitar amplifier
  • Endorsed and fully authenticated by Friedman Amplifiers
  • 100 Recording Chains with multiple speaker cabinet impulse responses
  • FX Rack features vintage delay, noise gate, filter controls, internal power soak, and pre- and post-amp bypass
  • Unison™ technology for Apollo interfaces offers authentic tone, touch, and feel of original Friedman Buxom Betty amplifier thanks to impedance matching
  • Available exclusively for UAD-2 hardware and UA Audio interfaces



Learn more about the A/DA Flanger plug-in: www.uaudio.com/uad-plugins/delay-modulation/ada-flanger.html

Learn more about the Friedman Buxom Betty Amplifier plug-in: www.uaudio.com/uad-plugins/guitar-bass/friedman-buxom-betty

Learn more about the UAD Software v9.5 here: www.uaudio.com/uad/downloads

Learn more about class-leading UA Audio Interfaces: www.uaudio.com/audio-interfaces

Learn more about award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins: www.uaudio.com/uad-plug-ins.html



About UAD Powered Plug-Ins

Powered by Universal Audio’s popular UAD-2 DSP Accelerator hardware and Apollo Thunderbolt and USB audio interfaces, UAD Powered Plug-Ins offer the world’s most authentic analog hardware emulations and award-winning audio plug-ins on Mac and PC. UAD plug-ins deliver rich, analog sound quality that would be difficult or impossible to achieve with native recording systems.


About Universal Audio Inc.

Founded in 1958 by recording pioneer Bill Putnam Sr., and refounded in 1999 by Bill Putnam Jr., Universal Audio is best known for its classic, hand-built analog hardware and advanced UAD Digital Signal Processing technology for recording, mixing, and mastering audio. Headquartered in Scotts Valley, California, UA is focused on merging the best of vintage analog and modern digital technology, following its rich recording heritage and motto, "Analog Ears. Digital Minds." www.uaudio.com



<![CDATA[Pittsburgh's Delightful New Desktop Analogue Monosynth]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/pittsburghs-delightful-new-desktop-analogue-monosynth Wed, 14 Feb 2018 12:49:51 GMT


Pittsburgh pens love letter to the analogue monosynth with Microvolt 3900 desktop delight
PITTSBURGH, PA, USA: having turned heads and opened ears at The 2018 NAMM Show last month in Anaheim, CA, electronic instruments-maker Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers is proud to announce that it is taking preorders on its Microvolt 3900 — duly destined to delight desktop synthesizer supporters anywhere as a modern, semi-modular synthesizer inspired by the instruments designed by the company’s heroes, though taking a new approach to building a contemporary analogue monosynth with a host of innovative and unconventional features that makes it stand out from the sound of the crowd — as of February 14…
Thanks to Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers’ new temperature-stabilised, dual-VCA (Voltage Controlled Amplifier) oscillator core, the analogue audio engine of the Microvolt 3900 feeds a set of timbral wave-shapers carefully crafted for deep harmonic shaping, allowing a layer of additive synthesis alongside the classic synthesis waveforms. Waveforms are fed into the binary filter, a custom state-variable filter architecture allowing for near-infinite resonance — with or without self- oscillation. Sonically speaking, this creates a juicy, fluid filter, adding depth and energy to the oscillator that can capably scream on demand!
Deeper still, Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers’ new dynamic vca lies at the heart of the Microvolt 3900’s sound world. Whereas a standard VCA works in two dimensions, the dynamic vca technology adds a third dimension — duly welcomed. When the dynamic vca closes, decreasing the amplitude, harmonics are removed from the source; whereas when the dynamic vca opens, the harmonics are restored. Reality dictates that this mimics the behaviour of sounds in nature. Needless to say, the result is a lively, organic-sounding synthesizer, full of energy. The design of the dynamic vca also allows the instrument to be plucked or struck, so-to-speak, opening up another set of musically percussive possibilities.
Putting more sonic architecture into its intrepid users hands, the semi-modular Microvolt 3900 includes a 39-point Eurorack format-friendly 1/8-inch jack patchbay for complete signal routing control over a full complement of audio and modulation options with several self-explanatory sections clearly categorised: clock, external, midi, output, waveform generator, envelope, filter, vca, modulation, function, and inverting mixer / splitter / offset.
On top of that, a highly-tuned, four-stage (attack, decay, sustain, and release) envelope generator; multitasking function generator (which works as a voltage-controlled envelope, LFO, and oscillator); wide-ranging lfo (Low Frequency Oscillator); chaotic random source (random complexity); multi-mode sequencing arpeggiator; and MIDI-to-CV (Musical Instrument Digital Interface to Control Voltage) control are also available to create dynamic sounds unique to the Microvolt 3900.
With concluding crowning additional achievements including a voltage-controlled, West Coast-style wavefolder (fold timbre); switchable harmonic sine wave; external preamp with 30 independent gain and output level controls; classic Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers lowpass filter with extended resonance; dynamic vca with standard vca and lpg (Low Pass Gate) modes; variable overdrive on output; chaotic (random) rnd cv and rnd gate generator; and that 39-point Eurorack format-friendly patchbay... put it this way: with the feature-packed Microvolt 3900 Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers is definitely destined to delight desktop synthesizer supporters anywhere as a modern, semi-modular synthesizer inspired by the instruments designed by the company’s heroes, though taking a new approach to building a contemporary analogue monosynth with a host of innovative and unconventional features that makes it stand out from the sound of the crowd! 
The Microvolt 3900 is scheduled to ship to Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers’ growing global network of authorised dealers and resellers (https://pittsburghmodular.com/dealers) on April 27, 2018, when it will become available to purchase with an RRP of $629.00 USD.
For more in-depth information, please visit the dedicated Microvolt 3900 webpage here: https://pittsburghmodular.com/microvolt
Watch Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers’ inviting introductory video for the Microvolt 3900 here: https://youtu.be/rJZAKcVsDAg 

About Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers (www.pittsburghmodular.com
Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers make electronic instruments for musicians and sonic architects. As such, its innovative designs promote unrestricted, interactive synthesis for maximum control of maximum sound. Sold through the company’s growing global network of authorised resellers, its instruments include the flagship Lifeforms line of complete synthesizers and individual modules, professional-grade Structure enclosures, and a full line of Eurorack modules and accessories. Established in 2012, Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers takes its notable name from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where it is both based and hand builds/tests all of its products. Founder and chief designer Richard Nicol sold Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers’ first module design, the VILFO (Voltage Influenced Low Frequency Oscillator), out of his basement to fund his crippling synthesizer addiction. Since then, he has somewhat obsessively worked to create meticulously designed, beautiful instruments, which are both accessible to starting-out sound experimenters, as well as infinitely extendable for professional musicians and producers. 
© 2018 Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers LLC 
<![CDATA[Universal Audio Releases Helios Type 69 Preamp And EQ Plug-In Collection]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/universal-audio-releases-helios-type-69-preamp-and-eq-plug-in-collection Wed, 14 Feb 2018 12:40:36 GMT


Universal Audio Releases Helios Type 69 Preamp and EQ Plug-In Collection Exclusively for UA Audio Interfaces and UAD-2 Hardware


— An exacting model of the iconic Helios Type 69 console channel is part of UAD Software v9.5 —



SCOTTS VALLEY, CA • February 13th, 2018 — Whether it was housed at Olympic in London, Musicland in Munich, or in the famed Rolling Stones mobile studio, the Helios Type 69 console was at the center of hundreds of iconic albums from rock’s “Golden Age.” From must-own albums by Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Pink Floyd, to Bob Marley and the Wailers, David Bowie, Black Sabbath and AC/DC, the Type 69 delivered fat, unmistakable attitude, with a punchy midrange and an assertive growl.


Universal Audio is now proud to announce the all-new Helios Type 69 Preamp and EQ Collection for UAD-2 hardware and UA Audio Interfaces — including an exacting end-to-end circuit emulation that improves upon UA’s original standard-defining Helios Type 69 “EQ-only” Legacy plug-in.




*$199 upgrade price from Helios Type 69 Legacy plug-in.


In developing the new Helios Type 69 plug-in, UA’s team of engineers dug deep into two original Type 69 Olympic-era “golden units,” faithfully modeling their custom-made, feedback-style, 70 dB input section — along with a complete emulation of the coveted Lustraphone mic input transformer. This end-to-end circuit capture is the only "triple-amp" preamp on the UAD plug-in platform, and offers the same complex flavors as the original hardware.


The new Helios Type 69 also offers a ground-up redesign of the original hardware’s famously bold passive three-band EQ. For the first time, the Helios Type 69 plug-in perfectly emulates the rich-sounding inductor saturation behaviors that keep radical EQ moves sounding ultra-musical, even at extreme settings.


Finally, owners of UA Audio Interfaces can track in real time with Helios’ vintage analog channel, like having the original hardware. The Helios Type 69 Preamp and EQ plug-in also supports Universal Audio’s Unison™ technology, giving UA Audio Interface users the Type 69’s all-important impedance, gain staging, and circuit behaviors that have contributed to making it an iconic hit-making console.


Helios Type 69 Preamp and EQ Plug-In Key Features:

  • An authentic end-to-end circuit emulation of Helios’ iconic Type 69 analog channel, exclusively for UAD hardware and UA Audio Interfaces
  • Includes the full character of the original hardware’s Lustraphone transformer-based mic preamp
  • Exacting emulation of the iconic, colorful inductor-based three-band EQ
  • Unison technology for UA audio interfaces offers authentic tone, touch, and feel of the Helios Type 69 preamp, including precise impedance matching
  • DSP-lite Type 69 Legacy EQ plug-in included
  • Artist presets from J.J. Blair (Johnny Cash, George Benson), Chris Coady (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio), Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Tom Waits), and more



Learn more about the UAD Software v9.5 here: www.uaudio.com/uad/downloads

Learn more about the Helios Type 69 Preamp and EQ plug-in here: www.uaudio.com/uad-plugins/channel-strips/helios-type-69-preamp-eq.html

Learn more about class-leading UA Audio Interfaces: www.uaudio.com/audio-interfaces

Learn more about award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins: www.uaudio.com/uad-plug-ins.html



About UAD Powered Plug-Ins

Powered by Universal Audio’s popular UAD-2 DSP Accelerator hardware and Apollo Thunderbolt and USB audio interfaces, UAD Powered Plug-Ins offer the world’s most authentic analog hardware emulations and award-winning audio plug-ins on Mac and PC. UAD plug-ins deliver rich, analog sound quality that would be difficult or impossible to achieve with native recording systems.


About Universal Audio Inc.

Founded in 1958 by recording pioneer Bill Putnam Sr., and refounded in 1999 by Bill Putnam Jr., Universal Audio is best known for its classic, hand-built analog hardware and advanced UAD Digital Signal Processing technology for recording, mixing, and mastering audio. Headquartered in Scotts Valley, California, UA is focused on merging the best of vintage analog and modern digital technology, following its rich recording heritage and motto, "Analog Ears. Digital Minds." www.uaudio.com

<![CDATA[Thumb Thing Special From Graph Tech]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/thumb-thing-special-from-graph-tech Tue, 13 Feb 2018 12:44:28 GMT


Graph Tech Introduces Thumb Thing Special  


Graph Tech Guitar Labs, the world’s largest nut and saddle manufacturer is excited to announce the launch of their new line of TUSQ Thumb Picks at NAMM 2018.


TUSQ Picks have created a whole new category in guitar picks since their launch in 2013. With Graph Tech’s proprietary blends of TUSQ pick material, TUSQ picks are available in three distinctive tones, Bright, Warm and Deep and in three shapes and three gauges. The three tones add a whole new dimension to a player’s style and tone.


“I must admit, it’s pretty cool to have introduced a new concept in picks that really resonates with guitarists around the world. Since their introduction, we’ve had so many players asking ‘I love these picks, can you please make a thumb pick!’ Well, you don’t have to ask us a 1000 times!  We spent a lot of time designing our new TUSQ Thumb Picks to feel nimble, articulate, and feel good as a thumb pick or flat picking.” Says Dave Dunwoodie, Graph Tech Guitar Labs Head Honcho.


TUSQ Thumb Picks come in packs of three and available in Three Tones and Two gauges and retail at $9.95 per three pack MSRP.


They are available, along with the TUSQ original picks and TUSQ pick display boxes from Graph Tech distributors around the world.


For more information visit www.graphtech.com




About Graph Tech Guitar Labs:

Founded in 1983 by President Dave Dunwoodie, Graph Tech Guitar Labs manufactures more guitar nuts and saddles than any other company in the world. Focused on innovations to improve guitar tone and vibration for optimal performance, Graph Tech is the maker of TUSQ®, TUSQ XL, Black TUSQ XL, String Saver, ResoMax, GHOST® Modular Pickup Systems, TUSQ Picks, Chops PrePlay, and more. The world’s leading retailers, luthiers, and guitar manufacturers choose Graph Tech products, including Taylor Guitars, Martin Guitars, Ovation, Cort, Carvin, Washburn, Fender Custom Shop, Godin, Ibanez, Samick, Schecter, Gibson, and Yamaha custom shop. Graph Tech has over 45 patents and trademarks around the world.



<![CDATA[G-House]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/g-house Tue, 13 Feb 2018 11:49:53 GMT



Hey peeps, it's new release day and this week we’ve got G-House, a fully loaded House monster!

Zenhiser Pack: G-House

Price: $60.00 AUD

Direct Link: http://www.zenhiser.com/g-house-sound-pack.html


<![CDATA[Carl Martin DC Drive Now Shipping]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/carl-martin-dc-drive-now-shipping Tue, 13 Feb 2018 11:47:13 GMT

New Product Release.

Now Shipping.



We have given the Vintage Series a face lift! A new, fresh, anodized pedal designed for a smaller pedal board footprint, with all the same great tones. Here are the first in the series:  The DC Drive, with it's killer Overdrive.


Just like Carl, this pedal has a few tricks up its sleeve.  Besides the typical Level, Tone and Drive knobs which obviously control the volume of the signal, the tone (hmmm, which knob?) and the amount of overdrive, Carl has smartly added a Regular/Fat switch....not so typical.  In Regular mode, the drive is crisp and clear, suitable for anything that calls for old-school drive....switch over to Fat and the drive gets thicker with a lot more gain, much more modern. The pedal can be powered by a regulated power supply like the Carl Martin ProPower V2.






<![CDATA[Is It A Karaoke System Or A LED Projector? Yes!]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/is-it-a-karaoke-system-or-a-led-projector-yes Mon, 12 Feb 2018 12:13:39 GMT


VocoPro Delivers New CD+G/Bluetooth Karaoke System with Built-In LED Projector



LOS ANGELES, Calif. Feb. 12, 2018—For karaoke enthusiasts looking for a home-use CD+G (Compact Disc + Graphics) karaoke system with a large enough display for a duet or a party, audio leader VocoPro delivers its new ProjectorOkeTM system.

With its built-in projector, CD+G lyrics can be displayed onto any white wall for a dramatic big screen effect (up to 120 inches in size). With the ProjectorOke system, home karaoke no longer requires additional A/V cables or bulky television monitors, making this the ultimate system for the kids’ bedroom or a backyard karaoke night.

When not using CD+G discs, users simply turn off the projector and connect any audio feed via Bluetooth and use a tablet as a monitor while accessing thousands of karaoke tracks off of the Web.


  • Compact and portable design with Built-in 600 lumen LED Projector
  • Vibrant speaker lights that dance to the beat of your music
  • Projects your CD+G lyrics onto any flat surface up to 120 inches in size
  • Bluetooth compatible for various streaming uses
  • 1/8" Aux in for wired playback from your personal audio player.
  • USB input for digital file playback from USB drives (32GB max size, Mp3/Mp3+G file type)
  • Disc player supports CD+G and MP3+G karaoke files
  • Rotatable projector head with adjustable focus lens
  • Includes one wired microphone


Pricing for VocoPro ProjectorOkeTM System
MAP:  $179.00 USD
Retail: $239.00 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[Wave Alchemy Releases SYS-100 Drums - Includes Free Samples]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/wave-alchemy-releases-sys-100-drums Mon, 12 Feb 2018 11:36:19 GMT


Wave Alchemy releases SYS-100 Drums


An incredible new drum library based on the iconic modular synth, from the creators of the Evolution and Revolution drum machines…


MSRP: £32.95
Available: Now
Formats: 1,584 24-bit WAV, raw and processed (vinyl, tape, outboard) samples for Ableton Live, Battery, Halion, Kontakt, NN-XT, SFZ, and Logic EXS-24.

FREE SAMPLES! Feel free to redistribute these 40 free samples



SYS-100 Drums is a brand new drum library from Wave Alchemy featuring a vast collection of unique samples, pristinely recorded from the iconic Japanese semi-modular synth. Each of the 1,584 sounds was created by compositing up to 14 individually synthesised layers and then processing these through an incredible range of outboard gear to result in samples that mesh perfectly into specific bands within every drum sound. 


For maximum flexibility the unprocessed source samples are also included as they were originally recorded and composited – free from additional processing, giving you a more malleable sound. A third section includes all samples bounced through ¼ inch analogue tape, and a fourth section includes all samples recorded to 12-inch vinyl, recorded via a classic Neumann VMS 70 vinyl mastering lathe. Finally a fifth folder presents the samples across 38 kits for Halion, Battery, Kontakt, NN-XT, SFZ and Logic EXS-24. 


A feature-rich, custom built Ableton Live Pack (for Live 9 and above) is also included with deep Push integration, enabling you to manipulate and modulate the sounds within Live's Drum Rack environment.


Dan Byers from Wave Alchemy says: "Our goal with SYS-100 Drums was to design and create a completely new, original collection of drum sounds that sparks creativity and, in true Wave Alchemy style, punches hard and sounds full of character."



1,584 24-bit, 100% royalty-free drum hits arranged into five sections:

1. Processed Drum Section

396 processed drum and percussive hits in true stereo (with the exception of mono kicks). Every drum is enhanced individually on a sound-by- sound basis using an extensive collection of high-end hardware processors and sound shaping tools.

60 beautifully designed kick drums. Full spectrum kicks with constant fundamental pitch, a first in any analogue sample library, allowing kicks to be better tuned to your mix. A selection of super short kicks, delivering maximum punch while leaving space in the mix for other elements.

84 snare drums and claps, all beautifully crafted and unique, including dynamically layered sounds covering a wide range of styles.

48 cymbals and open hats, created using unique hybrid synthesis techniques from analogue layers. Rich open hi-hats, metallic rides, huge stacked crashes, other-worldly chimes and much more.

48 abstract percussion and hand drums. Creative abstract percussion, hand drums, tribal-like hits, synthetic bongos, congas and more.

60 hats and shakers. Wide shakers, stacked closed hats and everything in between.

48 blocks, cows and noise. Esoteric blocks, bells, small percussion, powerful analogue noise hits from the synth’s pink and white noise generators, lush cowbells and various stacked creative percussion sounds.

24 toms. Unique, full-bodied analogue toms covering deep, synthetic, punchy and organic.

24 atmospheres. A collection of analogue drones, sweeps, abstract textures, lush sound beds and more.


2. Unprocessed Drum Section

396 24-bit unprocessed drum and percussive hits, includes all of the raw unprocessed source samples as they were originally recorded and composited, without enhancement.


3. Tape Drum Section

396 24-bit ‘tape processed’ drum and percussive hits, includes all samples bounced through a ¼ inch Studer A80 MK1 analogue tape machine for added character, tone, warmth and punch.


4. Vinyl Drum Section

396 24-bit ‘Vinyl processed’ drum and percussive hits, includes all samples bounced to 12-inch Vinyl, recorded via a classic Neumann VMS 70 vinyl mastering lathe.


5. Drum Kits

38 ready-to-play drum kits, conveniently mapped to the Battery, Halion, Kontakt, NN-XT, SFZ, Logic EXS-24 sampler formats.



A video demonstrating the new SYS-100 Drums sample collection with Push 2 and Ableton Live.


Evolution overview 

Wave Alchemy SYS-100 Drums 
Available now for £32.95

For more information visit the product page


About Wave Alchemy

Wave Alchemy is an award-winning UK based soundware production company specialising in the development of forward-thinking virtual instruments and sound libraries.


<![CDATA[ZYLIA Studio And ZYLIA Studio Pro Updated]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/zylia-studio-and-zylia-studio-pro-updated Mon, 12 Feb 2018 11:18:52 GMT


ZYLIA Studio 1.6


We recently updated the ZYLIA Studio application for macOS, Windows 10 and Linux. New functionalities were added and small bugs were fixed. Below you can read about main changes in the software.

One-button automixing in ZYLIA Studio

Firstly, we introduce the long-awaited one-button automixing feature. It was one of the promised Stretch Goals in our Indiegogo campaign and pre-announced in a YouTube video. Since then we worked with sound engineers and musicians to fine-tune this feature so it’ll give you a maximum value.

The automixing feature automatically adjusts gains and pans of each instrument in the mix to enhance its sound. It is specially designed for a typical band setup. 

Check it out for yourself by using the demo recordings!

Read more at our Blog

ZYLIA Studio PRO 1.1 Release
We are happy to announce a new version of ZYLIA Studio PRO, the VST/AU plugin delivered with the Indiegogo ZYLIA PRO package. We introduced a lot of changes based on your input and suggestions.



Energy map

The biggest feature of ZYLIA Studio PRO 1.1 is something we like to call the Energy Map. Once activated it shows the approximate location of the loudest sound sources around the microphone. You can now easily locate the sound sources using this feature. Just point your Virtual Microphone at the hottest point on the Energy Map.

This works for live recordings (directly from the microphone) and for pre-recorded sessions.

Read more at our Blog


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<![CDATA[Best Beware]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/best-beware Fri, 9 Feb 2018 13:41:26 GMT


Best Beware sample pack by ThaLoops


February 9, 2018

Best Beware - urban music production loops inspired by the work of Danjahandz and Timbaland.

Featuring construction kits covering groovy acoustic multi-layered drum beats, analog processed synths, dirty analog 808 basses, special voice effects and other experimental sounds. Using every aspect of our in-house producers' techniques, "Best Beware” stands for a warm, raw, analog hip-hop sound.

"Best Beware" sample pack includes 122 individual loops of every instrument used in the beats and 59 one-shot wav files of timbo kicks, snares, percussion, 808 and other effect samples. 32 bar full mix files of each construction kit theme are also provided.


• 5 Construction Kits
• 186 Individual Files (Per Each Format)
• ACIDized WAV Files
• Apple Loops/AIFF Files
• PC/Mac Compatible
•    100% Royalty-Free.

Best Beware is available at ThaLoops store for $15.95. For more information visit:


Demo at Youtube.com:





<![CDATA[Forget The Force Luke, Use The Sheet Music]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/forget-the-force-luke-use-the-sheet-music Fri, 9 Feb 2018 13:31:50 GMT
Hal Leonard Releases Piano Songbook
for Star Wars: The Last Jedi


February 8, 2018
Milwaukee, WI

Since 1977, Star Wars has been inspiring generations of moviegoers with its expansive universe, larger-than-life characters, and dazzling special effects. While the film franchise has produced some of the greatest cinematic moments of all time, the music composed for Star Wars films is some of the most iconic in movie history. John Williams, the composer of all scores for the original film franchise, has been nominated for five Academy Awards for his Star Wars scores, winning one for his work. He continued his incredible compositions for the franchise with Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and his latest score has now been adapted for piano with songbooks available from Hal Leonard.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack features 12 tracks from the soundtrack, including: Ahch-To Island * The Battle of Crait * Canto Bight * Fun With Finn And Rose * The Last Jedi * Main Title And Escape * Old Friends * Peace and Purpose * The Rebellion Is Reborn * The Sacred Jedi Texts * The Spark * and The Supremacy. Available in both piano solo and easy piano arrangements. Hal Leonard editors worked closely with John Williams on the arrangements, ensuring Star Wars fans alike have a songbook accurately reflecting the score as it's heard in the film. 
In addition to the 12 arrangements, these souvenir songbooks also feature eight pages of color artwork from the film. The piano solo arrangements are available for $17.99, while the easy piano arrangements are available for $16.99. The songbooks are available from music retailers or by visiting www.halleonard.com.


Star Wars: The Last Jedi


Easy Piano
Inventory #HL00263215
ISBN: 9781540021014
UPC: 888680729271
9" x 12", 64 pages


About Hal Leonard

Founded in 1947, Hal Leonard is the world's largest music print educational publisher and digital content provider, producing educational materials, songbooks, sheet music, reference books, DVDs, magazines, eBooks, digital sheet music, apps and more. The company is also a major distributor of music technology products, selling and marketing the most popular software, hard goods and accessories available today, to musicians and recording enthusiasts around the world. In its more than 200,000 available publications and products, Hal Leonard represents many of the world's best known and most respected publishers, artists, songwriters, arrangers and manufacturers. The company is headquartered in Milwaukee, WI and also has domestic offices in Winona, MN; New Jersey and Boston, and offices abroad in Australia, Belgium, China, Germany, Holland, Italy, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.



<![CDATA[Auralex® Now Shipping SonoLite™ SonoKits™]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/auralex-now-shipping-sonolite-sonokits Fri, 9 Feb 2018 13:27:13 GMT


Auralex® Now Shipping SonoLite™ SonoKits™
Indianapolis, IN, February 8, 2018 – Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the world’s leading brand of acoustical treatments, is now shipping its new SonoLite™ SonoKits™, highly affordable wall-mounted acoustic absorption panel packages. SonoKits allow users to reduce unwanted acoustical reflections and tame chaotic reverberations in both professional and residential settings.   
Modeled after the popular Auralex Studiofoam® Roominator™ Kits, SonoLite SonoKits are convenient and modular configurations of Auralex’s SonoLite Panels and SonoLite Bass Traps. SonoLite panels are fabric-wrapped Studiofoam® acoustical absorption panels that provide excellent broadband frequency control, with a stylish velour fabric covering. SonoLite SonoKits are cost-effective, and an excellent choice for residential applications such as home studios and home theaters.  
The SonoLite panel can be used for wall or ceiling applications, and the Bass Trap panel can be installed in either vertical or horizontal orientations where walls and ceilings meet. Auralex Studiofoam is used as a core material in all SonoLite panels and Bass Traps to maximize absorption performance.  
EZ-Stick Pro mounting tabs are included.   
SonoLite Product Specs:
  • SonoLite Dimensions 1” Thick x 2’ Wide x 2’ Tall
  • SonoLite Bass Traps Dimensions 3” Thick x 2’ Wide x 2’ Tall
  • Available Colors: Tan and Black  
SonoLite SonoKit-1™ includes:
  • Eight SonoLite Panels
  • Two SonoLite Bass Traps
  • 40 EZ-Stick Pro tabs
  • Suggested for rooms 228 sq. ft. and smaller  
SonoLite SonoKit-2™ includes:
  • 12 SonoLite Panels
  • Four SonoLite Bass Traps
  • 64 EZ-Stick Pro tabs
  • Suggested for rooms 228 sq. ft. and larger  
Additionally, SonoLite Cloud Panels are configurations of 2’ x 4’ panels that can be flown individually or arrayed to form a 6’ x 4’ cloud. Assembly hardware with fly points included.  
For more information, please visit www.auralex.com/.
Auralex® SonoLite™ SonoKit™ in tan.


Spec sheet for SonoLite™ SonoKits™
About Auralex® Acoustics, Inc.
Located in Indianapolis, Auralex® Acoustics was founded in 1977 with a mission to provide top-performing acoustical treatment products at the best possible value. Since then, thousands of satisfied Auralex customers have experienced improved acoustics, expert advice and exceptional customer service. Auralex products enjoy widespread use among prominent artists, producers, engineers, corporations, celebrities and government agencies worldwide. 
Auralex Acoustics has become the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions and continues to enjoy rapid growth through an international network of authorized dealers.
Visit the Auralex Web site at www.auralex.com.
Auralex can be reached via email at auralexinfo@auralex.com or by calling 1-800-959-3343.
<![CDATA[Bose Professional Releases Major Update To ControlSpace® Designer™ Software ]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/bose-professional-releases-major-update-to-controlspace-designer-software Fri, 9 Feb 2018 13:20:14 GMT
Bose Professional Releases Major Update to ControlSpace® Designer Software
Advanced algorithms, tools and device support for new ControlSpace conferencing systems
Framingham, MA, Feb. 9, 2018 Bose Professional ControlSpace Designer software (CSD) version 5.0.1 is now available for download today from PRO.BOSE.COM. This latest release features a powerful suite of new features, tools and algorithms, allowing designers to effectively and quickly create versatile audio systems. CSD 5.0.1 includes specific functions aimed at streamlining the workflow of audio conferencing installations with the new ControlSpace EX conferencing processor and under-table Dante™ endpoints.  
ControlSpace Designer software 5.0.1 provides all the necessary tools and functions to configure both audio processing and network operation of Bose ControlSpace processors, endpoints and PowerMatch® amplifiers. This software update adds the following new functionality:
  • Support for the ControlSpace EX-1280C conferencing processor including new DSP blocks: Acoustic Echo Canceller, VoIP, PSTN/POTS, USB, Conference Room Router, Room Combine Group, Enhanced AGC, linkable gated and gain-sharing auto-mixers, simplified logic control, and AmpLink
  • Support for Panaray® MSA12X modular steerable array loudspeaker including a new MSA12X device block, MSA12X control panel, and basic steer/spread beam steering directly from within ControlSpace Designer software
  • Support for ControlSpace EX-UH, EX-4ML, and EX-8ML under-table Dante endpoints
  • Support for various Dante-enabled products including popular Shure® MXA910 and MXA310 microphones, Audio-Technica® ATND971 and ATND8677 microphones, and Audio-Technica’s ATND8734 microphone power module with Dante output.
  • User experience improvements such as multi-wiring, adjustable port spacing, audio routing, and an updated graphical user interface
  • Additions to the Bose® Loudspeaker Database: Speaker EQs added for newer EdgeMax™ EM90/EM180 loudspeakers and the MB210 subwoofer  
New Bose ControlSpace EX Audio Conferencing Hardware to Ship April 2018
This new version of ControlSpace Designer software comes two months in advance of global availability of the Bose ControlSpace EX audio conferencing devices. This system includes the ControlSpace EX-1280C conferencing processor and three Dante-based ControlSpace under-table endpoints (EX-4ML, EX-8ML and EX-UH). Designed with input from leading integrators, the system features connectivity for various types of audio conferencing, including USB, VoIP, PSTN, analog and phone headset audio. The system will be available to ship in early April 2018; integrators can use the new ControlSpace software to design projects now, in advance of the product shipping.
ControlSpace Designer Training Opportunities
Bose Professional is excited to announce its new online Bose Professional Education Center. This platform has been designed to deliver easily-accessible training courses for Bose Pro products. Courses are available today on the Bose Pro Education Center to support the release of ControlSpace Designer version 5.0.1 software and the upcoming availability of ControlSpace EX hardware. Level 1 and Level 2 courses both offer a self-paced tool to learn how to work with ControlSpace devices and use the advanced features of ControlSpace Designer software. This training will be helpful for any DSP programmer working with ControlSpace, but has an extra focus on the new features that streamline conferencing installations.   
These courses will also provide Bose ControlSpace Certifications and AVIXA RU’s for CTS, CTS-I and CTS-D certifications. All training is free of charge.  
The Education Center features a user-friendly dashboard providing participants the ability to see what is new, track their progress and maintain completed courses and certifications.   

To experience the new Bose Professional Education Center please visit BOSEPRO.EDUCATION.
Bose Professional ControlSpace Designer software (CSD) version 5.0.1 is now available for download from PRO.BOSE.COM.
Dante is a trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd.
About Bose Corporation
Bose Corporation was founded in 1964 by Dr. Amar G. Bose, then a professor of electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Today, the company is driven by its founding principles, investing in long-term research with one fundamental goal: to develop new technologies with real customer benefits.  Bose innovations have spanned decades and industries, creating and transforming categories in audio and beyond. Bose products for the home, in the car, on the go and in public spaces have become iconic, changing the way people listen to music.  
Bose Corporation is privately held. The company’s spirit of invention, passion for excellence, and commitment to extraordinary customer experiences can be found around the world – everywhere Bose does business.


<![CDATA[Gucci Gucci ]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/gucci-gucci Thu, 8 Feb 2018 13:04:52 GMT








• 7 Constructions Kits
• 122 WAV Loops
• 114 MIDI Files
• Tempo & Keys Labeled

• 74 One-Shot Drums












<![CDATA[VERMONA Releases randomRHYTHM Randomized Trigger Sequencer / Clock Divider Eurorack Module]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/vermona-releases-randomrhythm-randomized-trigger-sequencer--clock-divider-eurorack-module Thu, 8 Feb 2018 12:56:18 GMT


VERMONA releases remarkable randomRHYTHM randomized trigger sequencer / clock divider Eurorack module
VOGTLAND, GERMANY: electronic sound tools creator VERMONA is proud to announce availability of the randomRHYTHM randomized trigger sequencer / clock divider — duly representing the company’s latest Eurorack entry to the small-format modular system world as a remarkable random-based dual-channel trigger sequencer with four sliders per rhythm section with which to set the probability of quarters, eighths, sixteenths and triplets making an appearance to form sequences — as of February 8…
Unlike traditional step sequencers, VERMONA’s just-released randomRHYTHM randomized trigger sequencer / clock divider does not allow its users to set steps manually — or tap in a rhythm, for that matter, but rather work with four fanciful LED-lit sliders labelled 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, and 1/3 to set the probability of quarters, eighths, sixteenths and triplets making an appearance to form sequences in its two rhythm sections. Each rhythm section works in realtime or DICE mode, meaning that the module is either continuously generating new random values for each note value in realtime, whereas in DICE mode it generates them for a complete 3/4 or 4/4 bar. But in both modes the sliders still influence the resulting sequence — even if a bar has been ‘diced’, so-to-speak.
Still better, beside the sequence output of each rhythm section are individual outputs for those quarters, eighths, sixteenths and triplets. These can be used with or without the randomness that inspired this extraordinary Eurorack module’s made-to- measure name; needless to say, the latter lets the randomRHYTHM randomized trigger sequencer / clock divider become a precise tool to generate or multiply clocks. Concerning clocks, the randomRHYTHM randomized trigger sequencer / clock divider can create its own or work with external clocks — per rhythm section, if required!
Additional music-making merriment is guaranteed by the flexible RESET IN (input) that lets users mute the outputs (RESET: MUTE ALL) or restart the ‘diced' bar (RESET: RESTART DICE). Again, as is the case with all parameters, functionality can be individually set per rhythm section.
Standing out from the sound of the Eurorack pack crowd, the randomRHYTHM randomized trigger sequencer / clock divider effectively encourages endless creativity in itself. Indeed, it is equally easy to create complex rhythms or straight-ahead four- on-the-floor beats. Better still, its foolproof interface lets users play it without thinking about randomness and probabilities — though that is, of course, the central concept behind the module! Stochastic geniuses need not necessarily apply themselves when working with the randomRHYTHM randomized trigger sequencer / clock divider — though that would not necessarily do any harm!
However, regardless of any user’s understanding and appreciation of its core values, it does not matter if the randomRHYTHM randomized trigger sequencer / clock divider is used as the sole rhythmic device in a modular system setup or in conjunction with other sequencers as a valuable extension. Either way, working with the randomRHYTHM randomized trigger sequencer / clock divider sheds a whole different light on rhythms and ways to generate them.
Thinking different with the 24 HP-wide randomRHYTHM randomized trigger sequencer / clock divider is surely space well filled and money well spent in the ever-expanding Euroack small-format modular system world! 
Shipping now, the randomRHYTHM randomized trigger sequencer / clock divider is available to purchase through VERMONA’s growing global network of dealers (http://www.vermona.com/en/dealer/) with an RRP of €299.00 EUR (Europe) and $349.00 USD (USA).
For more in-depth info, please visit the dedicated randomRHYTHM randomized trigger sequencer / clock divider webpage here: http://www.vermona.com/en/products/modules/product/randomrhythm/
About VERMONA (www.vermona.com
VERMONA is located in idyllic south-eastern Vogtland in Germany, well known for its extraordinary musical instrument-building skills since the 18th Century, where it has manufactured electronic musical instruments and processors displaying the highest level of craftsmanship for over 25 years. Since its revival in 2001, the traditional established VERMONA brand name is synonymous with realising its sonic vision with uncompromising clarity, creating electronic sound tools in close cooperation with experienced musicians and dedicated sound smiths. From initial design concepts through to final polish, perfected engineering art goes hand in hand here with fulfilling creative users’ dreams and demands! 
© 2018 HDB electronic GmbH 
<![CDATA[ Comply™ Foam Partners With Final Audio On 3 Revolutionary Earphone Models ]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/comply-foam-partners-with-final-audio-on-3-revolutionary-earphone-models Wed, 7 Feb 2018 14:21:10 GMT


Comply™ Foam Partners With Final Audio on 3 Revolutionary Earphone Models




OAKDALE, Minn., Feb. 6, 2018 -- Hearing Components, Inc., manufacturers of Comply™ Foam earphone tips, recently partnered with S'Next, an industry-leading audio equipment manufacturer based in Japan, on the Final Audio F7200, F4100 and F3100. These in-ear headphones pair cutting-edge designs with Comply’s innovative foam earbud tips, providing phenomenal comfort, versatility and sound quality for users.

S'Next recently released the Final Audio F7200, F4100 and F3100 to audio equipment stores across the world. These high-end in-ear headphones combine durable materials with state-of-the-art audio technology to deliver exceptional listening experiences for wearers. As members of Final Audio’s F-Series, the F7200, F4100 and F3100 are extremely lightweight and compact. Moreover, these models situate the driver unit close to the user’s eardrum, ensuring more vivid, direct sound quality. Final Audio’s F-Series products also offer exceptional fit with high sound insulation properties to maximize in-ear retention and minimize outside distractions, making them a great choice for athletes and commuters.

As a result of its partnership with Hearing Components, Inc., all three of Final Audio’s F-Series earbuds come equipped with a pair of Comply™ Foam tips. These tips utilize proprietary viscoelastic memory foam technology to create a custom seal that adapts to the user’s ear canal as it reacts to shifts in temperature or movement, fostering peerless comfort, grip and sound quality compared to silicone tips. Final Audio’s F-Series products leverage Comply’s revolutionary earbud tips to ensure a snug, comfortable fit that optimizes listening experiences for audio enthusiasts of every kind.

“Comply’s foam earbud tips deliver excellent fit and high sound insulation, bringing a feeling of ease to users. Thanks to this partnership, our F-Series earbuds deliver superb comfort and audio quality, resulting in the best possible listening experiences for our customers,” says Gaku Kudo, Managing Director of PR & Marketing at S'Next.

The Final Audio F7200, F4100 and F3100 are currently available for purchase from a host of qualified US dealers for $479.00, $279.00 and $189.00, respectively.

See more information on S'Next’s F-Series earbuds at snext-final.com/en/products/fseries/.



About Hearing Components, Inc.: Founded in 1990, Hearing Components, Inc. has been offering unparalleled sound isolation, in-ear retention and comfort with Comply™ foam tips for over 15 years, continuously researching and developing new sound products and technology for consumer electronics, military, law enforcement, industrial communications and more. All Comply™ products are manufactured in Oakdale, MN. To learn more about Hearing Components and its wide selection of quality foam tips, visit www.complyfoam.com.

About S'Next: S'Next was established in 2007 as a subsidiary of the major American connector manufacturer Molex, eventually gaining independence through an MBO in 2014. Since 2009, S'Next has been designing and manufacturing some of the finest earphones and headphones available, building a robust presence both in Japan and abroad in the process. S'Next is humbled by its steady growth and aspires to shape the electrical appliances category with unrivaled products for many years to come. To learn more about S'Next and its top-quality audio products, visit snext-final.com/en/.



<![CDATA[Beautiful Dream Crusher]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/beautiful-dream-crusher Wed, 7 Feb 2018 13:18:13 GMT


Dream Crusher


It’s new release day and this week we’ve got Dream Crusher, some of the most beautiful sounds ever heard.
Zenhiser Pack: Dream Crusher

Price: $55.00 AUD

Direct Link: http://www.zenhiser.com/dream-crusher-chilled-samples.html


<![CDATA[Maybe You Need More Meditation In Your Life]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/maybe-you-need-more-meditation-in-your-life Tue, 6 Feb 2018 11:58:20 GMT


Impact Soundworks makes meditative musical moods perfectly possible with aptly-titled VI release



FULTON, MD, USA: audio software creator Impact Soundworks is proud to announce availability of MEDITATION — an aptly-titled and affecting collection of supremely-sampled acoustic mallet, gong, and glass sounds, creatively combined with a revolutionary KONTAKT-based additive synthesizer allowing adventurous users to craft an endless variety of evolving and subtle tones, perfect for film scoring applications alongside ambient and atmospheric music creation — as of February 5...


Conceptually, MEDITATION is a revolutionary sampled virtual instrument library for Native Instruments’ industry-standard KONTAKT platform, perfectly positioned to produce an infinite variety of unique mallet, bell, and key tones. Creatively, it cleverly combines a treasure trove of unique acoustic sound sources — such as Aquarion, Boltophone, Brass Urn, Crotales, Gamelan Ensemble, Glass Gong, Glockenspiel, Kenong, Koto Harmonic Pluck, Marimba, Muted Prayer Bowl, Pipe Harp, Pot Lids, Rubber Mallets, Shou Drum Brushed, Stonaphone, Toy Piano, Tubular Bells, Vibraphone, Violin Pick, and Waterglasses (hand-picked from other critically-acclaimed Impact Soundworks libraries like CURIO, MOMENTUM, and RESONANCE, along with some new material) — with an additive synthesis layer, representing the first of its kind in a KONTAKT instrument!


Though the MEDITATION library itself includes in-depth synth parameters with modulation tweaking aplenty, average users do not need to be an additive synthesis expert to enjoy it. Included are a wide variety of presets to affect and inspire; indeed, adjusting basic parameters of each sound is very easy, thanks to the always-admirable design work of Impact Soundworks Lead Designer Andrew Aversa and his sterling scripting team (Mario Krušelj and Nabeel Ansari).


As such, MEDITATION’s gorgeous GUI (Graphical User Interface) is as easy on the eye as it is easy to use. Duly divided into two primary layer panels, the left one contains controls for the Acoustic Layer — centred around a SOUNDSOURCE menu (revealing all available acoustic sound sources) with associated knobs for adjusting its VOL (volume), PAN (panning), TUNE (tuning), and TRANS (transposition), while additive synthesis- centric controls reside in the right layer.


Like its acoustic counterpart, the so-called Synthetic Layer features a row of straightforward settings, starting with a WAVEFORM menu for selecting one of three (sine, sawtooth, or square) waveforms alongside associated knobs to adjust its VOL and PAN. Four more controls are dedicated to INHARMONICITY — the degree to which the frequencies of overtones (or partials) depart from the fundamental frequency (harmonic series). Saying that, the ODD and EVEN knobs set the detuning of the odd and even partials — perfect for creating more gong-like tones. The ‘leaf’ button initiates an Eco Mode, preventing triggering of partials that are initially silent, while the ‘tuning fork’ (Pure Partials) button adjusts the base tuning of all partials to just/pure intonation.


Digging deeper, the Synthetic Layer’s central section houses VOLUME and PAN tables for the partials. Users can draw in their own curves for one of two states (STATE 1 and STATE 2) and even morph between those states by activating the MORPH button. Beyond that, the ‘gearwheel’ button brings into play another menu of preset options while the ‘dice’ (Randomize) buttons randomise the curves for each table. In short, 24 partials can be adjusted in real-time, along with per-partial panning!


Both layer panels also feature filter and envelope controls for further shaping the sound sources. There are envelope controls for PITCH, FILTER and AMP, including: A (attack), H (hold), D (decay), S (sustain), and R (release) sliders, a VEL (velocity) knob, a CURVE control, and an AMT (amount) knob (for PITCH and FILTER envelopes only).


Of course, those controls may sound complex to some, yet Impact Soundworks collectively encourages MEDITATION users — average or otherwise — to give them a try. The resulting sounds are sure to impress!


In keeping with many of its Impact Soundworks software siblings, MEDITATION includes the company’s trademark easy-to-use FX Rack — featuring EQ, COMPRESSOR, TRANSIENT DESIGNER, SCREAM, BITCRUSHER, DELAY, REVERB, and LIMITER — that also creatively connects to the Mod Matrix, itself allowing for highly-flexible routing of modulators — such as generated LFOs (Low Frequency Oscillators) and MIDI CC (Continuous Controller) messages — to all the FX controls.


To conclude: creating instant variation without any prior experience is a given with MEDITATION, yet it also offers experienced users so much creative control. Combined with that powerful analogue/digital FX Rack, making meditative musical moods or simply crafting beautiful sounds is, indeed, perfectly possible — regardless of experience! Another amazing balancing act from a class act.


MEDITATION can be purchased and digitally downloaded directly from Impact Soundworks for $49.00 USD from here: https://impactsoundworks.com/product/meditation/#purchase


Note that MEDITATION requires the full version of Native Instruments KONTAKT (Version 5.5.2 or higher). For more in-depth information, including several superb-sounding audio demos, please visit the dedicated MEDITATION webpage here: https://impactsoundworks.com/product/meditation/#details


Watch Samplecast’s Reuben Cornell’s short overview video of MEDITATION here: https://youtu.be/yGOUXIq8WFE



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!


© 2018 Impact Soundworks



<![CDATA[Bose Professional Now Shipping Panaray® MSA12X Modular Steerable Array Loudspeaker]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/bose-professional-now-shipping-panaray-msa12x-modular-steerable-array-loudspeaker Tue, 6 Feb 2018 11:40:27 GMT


Bose Professional Now Shipping Panaray® MSA12X Modular Steerable Array Loudspeaker
Self-powered model extends the Panaray line with advanced digital beam steering
Framingham, MA, February 6, 2018 Bose Professional is now shipping its Panaray® MSA12X modular steerable array loudspeaker. The self-powered Panaray MSA12X features a slim, unobtrusive acoustic design with 12 full-range 2.25-inch transducers in a columnar array configuration, to provide consistent audio levels with outstanding vocal intelligibility and full-range music reinforcement in acoustically challenging spaces. 
The MSA12X includes 12 internal power amplifiers (50 watts per channel; total 600-watt rated power) and onboard DSP to allow digital control and beam steering of the array’s vertical coverage pattern. The proprietary Articulated ArrayTM configuration allows wide, 160-degree horizontal coverage. Independent level and EQ control is supported for two separate beams per array, and onboard memory stores up to 10 user-selectable presets. The MSA12X features both Dante™ network connectivity and a line-level analog input.
The modular design allows up to three MSA12X units to be vertically arrayed to increase coverage distance and low-frequency pattern control. The slim, low-profile elegant enclosure mounts close to surfaces, blending in with the visual aesthetic of a space, and its digital control eliminates protruding pitch brackets. An integrated mounting bracket allows up to 90-degrees of horizontal pivot away from surfaces.
Updated Software Tools Support the MSA12X Loudspeaker
The release of Bose Modeler® software (version 6.10) features a new array placement function for the Panaray MSA12X, allowing designers to visualize and adjust location, size, beam type and steering patterns required for the installation space. Configuration data from Modeler is routed through ControlSpace Designer software for network upload to MSA12X modules. Designer also performs network management and diagnosis of MSA12X modules, and offers steer/spread control for basic installations.
In addition to design support for the new MSA12X loudspeaker, Modeler software also adds loudspeakers to the Bose® loudspeaker database and removes the USB security key requirement. Modeler is available today for direct-download from PRO.BOSE.COM.
Designed for use in houses of worship, auditoriums, museums, transportation facilities, lecture halls, conference facilities and theaters, the Panaray MSA12X modular steerable array loudspeaker is now available in either black or white finish and is paintable. To learn more, please visit PRO.BOSE.COM.
Bose Panaray® MSA12X Modular Steerable Array Loudspeakers, pictured in black and white finishes.
Dante is a trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd.
About Bose Corporation  
Bose Corporation was founded in 1964 by Dr. Amar G. Bose, then a professor of electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Today, the company is driven by its founding principles, investing in long-term research with one fundamental goal: to develop new technologies with real customer benefits. Bose innovations have spanned decades and industries, creating and transforming categories in audio and beyond. Bose products for the home, in the car, on the go and in public spaces have become iconic, changing the way people listen to music.
Bose Corporation is privately held. The company’s spirit of invention, passion for excellence, and commitment to extraordinary customer experiences can be found around the world – everywhere Bose does business.
<![CDATA[The Mothership Sound Effects Can Be Found In District 10]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/the-mothership-sound-effects-can-be-found-in-district-10 Tue, 6 Feb 2018 10:41:13 GMT

Bluezone releases 'District 10 - Mothership Sound Effects'


'District 10 - Mothership Sound Effects' from Bluezone Corporation contains over 178 complex science fiction SFX. This massive sound library was created with meticulously sampled sources and twisted using complex synthesis techniques: organic textures, command center ambiences, interior and machine background sounds, explosions and debris, alarms, beep and interface sounds, alien mothership textures and much more. This sample library comes to you in 24-bit high definition and is licensed to you as Royalty-Free so you can use it in your commercial compositions at no extra cost.


Technical specifications:

Editor : Bluezone
Reference : BC0244
Delivery : Download link
Download size : 1340 MB
Extracted size : 1370 MB
Format : WAV
Resolution : 24 Bit / 96 kHz
Channel : Stereo
License : Royalty free
Total files : 193
Total samples : 178 WAV
Additional details : 14 folders
Price : 26.95 €








<![CDATA[M-Audio Keyboard Controllers And Audio Interfaces Now Come With Avid's Pro Tools/First And Eleven Lite Plugin]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/m-audio-keyboard-controllers-and-audio-interfaces-now-come-with-avids-pro-toolsfirst-and-eleven-lite-plugin Mon, 5 Feb 2018 12:45:05 GMT




Industry-standard Pro Tools | First digital audio workstation and Eleven Lite plugin gives artists unprecedented creative options with the most realistic virtual instruments/effects anywhere.



Cumberland, RI, USA (February 5, 2018)— M-Audio (m-audio.com), synonymous with innovative music production technology, today announced that they are partnering with Avid to offer the world-renowned DAW Pro Tools | First and software bundle of virtual instruments compatibility with their line of CTRL, Code, Oxygen, Hammer, Axiom AIR mini and Keystation USB/MIDI keyboard controllers, and M-Track Series of audio interfaces. In addition, the Eleven Lite plugin, with over 20 high-quality guitar amp, and effect models is now standard on the M-Audio C-Series line of audio interfaces. Together, they give artists and producers a nearly unlimited range of creative and versatile options with the most recognized DAW, and incredibly realistic virtual instruments and effects.


M-Audio has paired their unequalled studio hardware with an amazing DAW, crafting a software bundle that fits the needs of a diverse range of musicians, producers, engineers, and content creators. Since everyone’s production styles are different and unique, M-Audio has carefully picked unique bundles for all of their hardware that includes Pro Tools | First and packaged it with some of the most powerful virtual instruments, and effects. Users will get all the sounds they’re looking for, all in one spot.


For their M-Track C-Series line of audio interfaces, M-Audio has also added the Eleven Lite plugin, with over 20 high-quality guitar amp, and effect models, Xpand!2 a multi-timbral workstation, Mini- Grand, a premium recreation of a Grand piano, and Strike, an expressive drum instrument and arranger.


They’ve also added Pro Tools | First compatibility to a range of virtual instruments for their line of keyboard controllers, with Velvet, a VI that combines some of the most sought-after electric pianos from the 60s and 70s into one instrument. Also included is compatibility with Hybrid 3, a virtual synth that enables users to manipulate virtual analog sounds with ease, Loom, an additive synth for creating lush sounds and textures, and also with Vacuum Pro, a polyphonic analog synth with a vacuum tube modeling circuit. Combined with Pro Tools | First, this software lineup is unbeatable.


“We’re very excited to add Pro Tools | First to all of our M-Audio hardware,” said Chris Parlon, Project Manager for M-Audio. He added, “At M-Audio, we strive to make professional recording simple, and I’m sure our customers will be excited by this addition.”


The new software is available with M-Audio equipment as of February 2018. Existing M-Audio hardware users can add the new software to their equipment by visiting www.m-audio.com.





About M-Audio

M-Audio (m-audio.com) began as Midiman, a driving force in the desktop recording revolution that followed the introduction of MIDI in the 1980s. Today, M-Audio has evolved into one of the most revered names in computer interface and studio integration solutions, keyboard and controller products, and all manner of essential musical hardware from microphones to studio monitors. M-Audio is a proud member of the inMusic family (inmusicbrands.com).

<![CDATA[Steer Your Way To Great Sound]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/steer-your-way-to-great-sound Mon, 5 Feb 2018 12:35:38 GMT


Renkus-Heinz Announces 
New ICONYX Steerable Arrays

IC Live X and XL-

Foothill Ranch, CA-February 2018...  Renkus-Heinz has significantly expanded its family of acclaimed ICONYX-series digitally steerable column arrays, introducing the new IC8-HD, IC Live X, and IC Live XL. The IC Live X and IC Live XL deliver even higher SPL than the current ICLive's, while the IC8-HD is Renkus-Heinz' highest-definition array ever.
As with other ICONYX-series arrays, the new models deliver digital beam-steering technology that precisely aims the sound at the audience and away from walls and ceilings.  This combination of Renkus-Heinz technologies enables systems that cover even the most problematic spaces, while the slim enclosures remain vertical and inconspicuous.

Renkus-Heinz' new IC8-HD combines precise beam steering with the finest audio performance using 32 discrete amplifier/DSP channels to control its 24 high-frequency drivers and eight 4-inch low-mid woofers.
The IC8-HD is compatible with all ICONYX Gen5 modules. Combining the new high-definition arrays with ICONYX Gen5 models enhances the low-frequency response and provides superior sound in a cost-effective system.
The new ICLive X features individually controlled and amplified two eight-inch woofers and six one-inch high-frequency compression drivers. Its compact cabinet can be mounted on a tripod stand, pole-mounted above a subwoofer, or installed in tall, continuous arrays. Presets allow for point-source use, with software-adjustable vertical coverage angles. 

Create an even more flexible and wide-ranging system with enhanced low-mid directivity and sound pressure level by adding the new Renkus-Heinz IC Live XL, which employs four eight-inch woofers.  The IC Live X and IC Live XL can be combined to maximize scalability and flexibility. Mount the IC Live X above, below, or between the IC Live XLs to create an optimal system for the space. Combine as many arrays as needed for mobile or fixed installation use.
For more information, please visit www.renkus-heinz.com, or come see us at ISE (booth 7- V192).
About Renkus-Heinz
Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design & manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered & non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics & fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.
<![CDATA[Proline Delivers Best-in-Class MS300 Music Stands ]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/proline-delivers-best-in-class-ms300-music-stands Mon, 5 Feb 2018 12:30:36 GMT


Proline Delivers Best-in-Class MS300 Music Stands 
Thousand Oaks, CA - February 2018... Well known for its popular lines of stands, parts, and other accessories for musicians, Proline announces its new MS300 Professional Orchestral Music Stand. These rugged, extra-heavy-duty stands are designed for long-term use in the most demanding applications, including performance stages, institutional classes and rehearsal rooms. The new MS300 is heavier, sturdier and easier to assemble and adjust than anything in its class.
Featuring a heavy-duty, 20 x 13-inch (W x H) deck with a 2.5-inch-deep metal shelf plus a fixed three-leg base and a sturdy metal shaft, the MS300 stays where you put it and will provide years of reliable service. Tilt and height adjustments are a breeze and you can adjust the height from 41 and 61.5 inches with one hand.
Assembly of the three-piece stand is quick and easy, requiring no tools. The MS300 provides superior support for music sheets, books, manuscripts, and even stringed-instrument bows. The black matte finish easily disappears onstage and minimizes distractions from stage lighting.
The Proline MS300 Professional Orchestral Music Stand is available for $34.99 each and $199.99 for a six-pack kit at these online retailers only: www.guitarcenter.com, www.musiciansfriend.com, and www.wwbw.com.
About Proline Stands and Accessories
Since 1984 musicians have trusted Proline to provide top quality stands and accessories, including instrument stands, keyboard benches, guitar parts, instructional books, and more. Our mission is to produce the best gear to meet the needs of today's touring and recording musician. We hold our products to the highest manufacturing standards to ensure stability, durability, and longevity - all at an affordable price. You can learn more about the complete line of Proline products at www.prolinestands.com
For more information, contact Proline, P.O. Box 5111, Thousand Oaks, CA 91359.
<![CDATA[Add Some Royal Blue To Your Recordings]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/add-some-royal-blue-to-your-recordings Mon, 5 Feb 2018 12:25:40 GMT


ROYAL BLUE COLOUR MODULE – Classic British Channel - for Chroma and DIYRE Colour Now Shipping



San Jose, CA. January 26th, 2018. Louder Than Liftoff announces ROYAL BLUE COLOUR MODULE – Classic British Channel - for Chroma and DIYRE Colour


ROYAL BLUE brings classic British console sound to Chroma and the Colour format.


The Royal Blue circuit was inspired by the 1081 Channel Amplifier used in vintage Neve 80 Series recording consoles from the seventies. This legendary mic/line preamp and equalizer module featured discrete transistor amplifiers and transformer-coupled input and output stages.


Its powerful yet musical equalizer section was state of the art for its time with a whopping 6 bands. Louder Than Liftoff miniaturized the essence of this classic to fit within the space limitations of the Colour format. Multiple transistor amplifier stages drive a custom steel output transformer that offers the characteristic big tone one of the original LO2567.


We even recreated the 4.7 kHz Upper Presence shelving EQ per the original circuit and carefully dialled in a fixed 5 dB boost that sounds divine on just about everything. When ROYAL BLUE is outfitted in Chroma you have control over the amount of boost via the C-MIX knob. This EQ boost can also be disabled via an onboard solderless jumper. This meticulously crafted mini-1081 can be used to add hallmark Neve thickness and richness to individual tracks and mixes with aplomb. 



  • Inspired by 1081 modules used in vintage Neve* 80 Series consoles
  • Discrete transistor circuitry adapted from BA306 and BA338 Neve* amplifiers Tantalum capacitors and BC axial coupling caps like original design
  • Custom American made steel output transformer
  • Switchable 4.7 kHz "Upper Presence" shelving boost
  • Analog plugin compatible with Chroma
    • Allows for "N" into "A" or "N" into "N" gain staging
    • C-MIX knob allows EQ boost to be fully variable from 0 to 5 dB of boost
  • Compatible with DIYRE Colour



Colour is an exciting new modular platform for creating your own custom analog signal chains. The ever-growing family of modules allows you to bring multiple stages of high-end analog processing to your setup a la carte. These are real analog plugins. The Colour platform consists of Colour modules and hosts like Chroma and the DIY Recording Equipment Colour Palette. Colour modules are ultra-compact, swappable analog circuit blocks that snap into Chroma and impart various types of analog color such as distortion, saturation, compression, EQ, and even echo. Chroma provides drive and wet/dry mix controls, power, and support circuitry for one module.



Chroma is the world's first 500 series audio processor with Twin Tone-Amp architecture and the ability to accept real analog plugins for expanding its feature set. Answering the call for a single channel Silver Bullet, Chroma delivers with its twin topology (A or N) line processor and mic amp but adds an exciting twist - an analog plugin slot accepting Colour Modules. This feature allows additional processing and effects to be inserted into the signal path and mixed with Chroma's classic ' A' or ' N' inspired MOJO Amps. 




Chroma allows you to expand its sonic versatility further and to create a custom channel strip by installing analog plugins called Colour modules. A wide variety of fully assembled analog plugins affordably priced from $79 - $129 are available, and are easily installed in the Colour Module slot on Chroma’s printed circuit board – no tools required. Just insert your favorite Colour Module into the slot, adjust the drive (C-DRV), and blend (C-MIX) the processing with the dry signal to taste. With EQ modules installed in Chroma, the C-MIX knob functions as a variable amount of boost and cut depending on the module.





Based in Silicon Valley, Louder Than Liftoff is the vision of ex-aerospace engineer, Brad McGowan. Brad wanted to combine his skills and experience in hardware design and engineering with his passion for audio to give those with the same passion the best possible audio gear at significantly reduced prices by selling direct.


“We set out to create not just a company or a product, but an experience that embodies what we would like to have as music makers and consumers. So we put that love and care into every last detail of what we do.”


Our design philosophy is simple: to create imaginative products that achieve a synergy of sight, sound, and tactile experience. In other words--complete sensory satisfaction."



For more info visit www.louderthanliftoff.com



<![CDATA[Amphion Announces BaseTwo25 Low-Frequency Extension Monitoring System ]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/amphion-announces-basetwo25-low-frequency-extension-monitoring-system Fri, 2 Feb 2018 14:19:08 GMT


Amphion announces BaseTwo25 low-frequency extension monitoring system 
Kuopio, February 2, 2018 - Finnish manufacturer Amphion Loudspeakers announces its new flagship BaseTwo25 Low-Frequency Extension System. The BaseTwo25 is a no-compromise, turnkey system that transforms any Amphion two-way studio monitor into a full range, perfectly integrated time and phase accurate, three-way tower - extending all the way down to an incredible 10Hz corner frequency (-3dB).
Each of the two BaseTwo25 towers features brand new and extremely robust 25 cm (10”) woofers with 25 cm passive radiators mounted on either side of a beautifully crafted enclosure measuring 1020mm x 191mm x 355mm (40”x 7.5”x 14”).
The system is driven by two powerful 900W outboard monoblock amplifiers, and controlled by a state-of-the-art filtering module with variable volume control. More than just adding low frequencies below a single fixed frequency point, the BaseTwo25 system significantly increases the coupled monitor’s midrange power-handling abilities by gradually transferring low-end frequencies. Steep filtering is avoided so as to keep phase characteristics as correct as possible. The Base system’s unique filter module begins transferring energy from the mains to the Base towers at 400Hz (-36dB), employing a gentle 3rd order filter to gradually increase the energy-exchange to the Bases until an equally shared transfer is achieved at 100Hz and below. A by-pass switch also allows top speakers to be used independently of the complete system for a full-range presentation.
“Modern music is increasingly bass intensive. In order to pack the maximum amount of energy into the lowest octave without any surprises in playback, the sound engineer needs to hear and feel everything all the way down” says Anssi Hyvonen, Amphion’s Founder & Managing Director.
BaseOne25 sells for $12,500 USD / 11,500 EUR (20% VAT included). The first production units are expected to ship from Q2 2018.





BaseTwo25 low-frequency extension system.




BaseTwo25 and Two18 studio monitors at Amphion booth, Winter NAMM 2018.




Amphion Loudspeakers Ltd. has been designing and building loudspeakers in Finland since 1998. Our studio monitors and home loudspeakers are characterised by highly resolving and natural reproduction. Precise driver integration ensures world-class imaging and phase coherence. Controlled dispersion helps to achieve more stable results in a variety of room acoustics. All products are handmade in Finland to ensure enduring listening quality.

To learn more about our philosophy in loudspeakers design watch our "Meet Amphion' video.







<![CDATA[More Moombahton Anthems]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/more-moombahton-anthems Fri, 2 Feb 2018 14:11:21 GMT




Moombahton Anthems 2' marks the return of this heavyweight series of Moombahton Construction Kits from Producer Loops. Energy-building perc rolls, thunderous 808s, eye-watering synths, powerful strings and fat impact horns ensure this release packs enough punch to rock your studio. If you're inspired by the undulating Moombah rhythms and sick synths used in tracks by Major Lazer and Skrillex, then you'll want to go head to head with this fierce collection.

As ever, this pack boasts the ultra-useable Producer Loops' feature set, bringing you MIDI, one-shots, FX tails and dry/wet variations.

Add these Construction Kits to your library and you'll have countless crossover options when crafting a Pop, Dubstep, Trap or EDM track with bite.

MIDI Files Included:
Like so many other Producer Loops products, 'Moombahton Anthems 2' 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 compliment 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
• ACIDized WAV Files
• Apple Loops/AIFF Files
• REX2 Loops
• Ableton Live 8.1.3 Pack
• Reason ReFill
• Loops sync to BPM
• 44.1 kHz/24-Bit
• PC/Mac Compatible
• Royalty-Free (No Exceptions)

Price and Availability:

'Moombahton Anthems 2’ is available for instant download exclusively at ProducerLoops.com for £34.95 / 41,51 EUR. More information is available at: https://www.producerloops.com


<![CDATA[New Loops Releases Diva Expansion 2 ]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/new-loops-releases-diva-expansion-2 Fri, 2 Feb 2018 14:08:09 GMT


New Loops Releases Diva Expansion 2 for U-he Diva


New Loops has announced the release of their new Diva sound bank Diva Expansion 2 with 76 new Diva presets featuring massive analogue pads, beautiful keys and quirky emulations, as well as modern digital basses, trancey arpeggios and EDM plucks and synths.


While Diva Expansion 1 focused on exploring sounds, this sound bank aims to get you straight to the sound you need. Every patch in Diva Expansion 2 has been carefully made with the mod wheel assigned. All patches are tagged, level matched and organised by type.


Diva Expansion 2 is currently £14.99 (reg £19.99) until the end of February. More info and free demo presets available from https://newloops.com/products/diva-expansion-2-diva-presets


Audio Demos https://hearthis.at/newloops/diva-expansion-2-demo/





<![CDATA[Future Garage]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/future-garage Thu, 1 Feb 2018 14:24:23 GMT
Future Garage

It’s new release day and this week we’ve got Future Garage, an absolute beauty of a pack.

Zenhiser Pack: Future Garage

Price: $60.00 AUD

Direct Link: http://www.zenhiser.com/future-garage-sounds.html

<![CDATA[Rhinestones And Twanging Tones: The Look And Sound Of Country Music]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/rhinestones-and-twanging-tones-the-look-and-sound-of-country-music Thu, 1 Feb 2018 14:22:14 GMT
Rhinestones and Twanging Tones:
The Look and Sound of Country Music
Montclair, NJ  (February 1, 2018) - Country may be the plainspoken music of rural America, but it certainly got gussied up on its way to the hit parade. 
Rhinestones and Twanging Tones: The Look and Sound of Country Music shows in glittering detail how most classic country stars traded in their overalls for sequined and spangled outfits that shone from a mile away, and strummed guitars that were often just as ornately bedecked, or customized by decades of road wear.

These musical accoutrements demanded attention, and certainly captivated young country fan Mac Yasuda as he was growing up in Japan. A Hank Snow record set Yasuda on a musical path that led to him becoming friends with many of his heroes and performing alongside them on the Grand Ole Opry stage.
Along the way, he amassed the unique collection shared here of their signature guitars and suits (most of the latter made by the famed "rodeo tailor" Nudie), including ones played and worn by Hank Snow, Porter Wagoner, Jim Reeves, Ferlin Husky, and other classic country stars. Those include Snow's famed "Snow Job" custom Martin D-45, Hank Thompson's Paul Bigsby-modified Gibson SJ-200, Carl Smith's Gay guitar, and others, depicted here in lavish detail.
Rhinestones and Twanging Tones is a unique bundling of the sartorial and six-stringed equipage that defined the look and sound of a generation of country music.
Available at Backwingstore.com
$29.99 (US)
ISBN: 9781495088131
Width: 9.5"
Length: 12.25"
256 pages
<![CDATA[Like A Pony]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/like-a-pony Thu, 1 Feb 2018 14:19:42 GMT
Pro Sound Effects Releases Stallion Library
Expressive horse recordings from film sound innovators
Ann Kroeber & Alan Splet
Brooklyn, NY (February 1, 2018) - Pro Sound Effects®, the next level sound effects library company, has released Stallion - the third exclusive library from their partnership with renowned recordist and film sound pioneer, Ann Kroeber. Stallion features an incredible variety of charismatic horse sound effects from thunderous gallops to subtle breaths and expressive vocalizations.

Kroeber, along with her late partner Alan Splet, are celebrated for innovating the evocative use of sound effects in film. Many of the horse sounds in Stallion were recorded while working on major feature films including The Black Stallion, The Horse Whisperer, and Hidalgo. Splet's work on The Black Stallion won him a Special Achievement Academy Award® for Sound Editing.

Using a unique custom microphone rig for the horse - with one mic fastened under the belly and another in front of the nose - the galloping sounds in this library achieve an extraordinary dramatic quality with the horse's powerful footsteps captured in harmony with its breathing.

"Ann's amazing animal recordings are truly unique, and always extremely evocative, powerful and textured," says Peter Albrechtsen, MPSE (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Thelma). "The Black Stallion is a milestone in film sound and has been a major inspiration for generations of sound designers. The expressive vocals and detailed, sensitive sounds of the horse still amaze me."

Stallion Key Features:
  • 89 sound effects (1.1GB)
  • 24-bit/48kHz broadcast .wav files
  • Descriptive embedded metadata
  • 100% Royalty-Free
  • Download or flash drive delivery (+$40)
  • Free Sampler available for download (2 sounds, 18MB)

Pricing and Availability:

The Stallion sound effects library is available now at $149 for a one-user lifetime license. A free sampler including two WAV files selected from the library is available for immediate download at prosoundeffects.com/stallion.


About Pro Sound Effects®:
Pro Sound Effects® develops the most useful sound effects libraries for next level media production. Audio professionals in post, games, film and television rely on PSE libraries to fuel creativity, finish projects faster, and produce better sound. PSE libraries span the sonic spectrum, are continually updated and accessible 24/7 online, on drive, and from any computer. Based in Brooklyn since 2004, PSE continues to push the industry forward with the Hybrid Sound Effects Library™, Freelancer Program, flexible multi-user licensing and client-driven library development.

<![CDATA[Re-Introducing The Steinberger Spirit Collection]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/re-introducing-the-steinberger-spirit-collection Thu, 1 Feb 2018 14:12:50 GMT


SteinbergerTM, the Ultimate Travel GuitarTM  Is Back!

Re-introducing the Steinberger Spirit Collection

Cutting edge electric guitars and basses in new colors!


NASHVILLE, TN (February 1, 2018)  SteinbergerTM, known for its innovative and trend-setting instrument designs, is back with a modern version of the legendary Spirit Collection of electric guitars and 4 & 5-string basses, now in beautiful new colors and styles.

The re-introduction of the Spirit Collection marks the start of a new era for Steinberger Spirit Instruments, renowned for their revolutionary “headless” designs, all-wood construction, precision tuners, and high-performance pickups that have enchanted and inspired progressive musicians from every genre for over 40 years.

The new Spirit Collection includes the GT-PRO Deluxe 6-string electric guitar in never-before-seen color finishes including Frost Blue, Hot Rod Red, Hot Rod Yellow, and Yin Yang along with classic Black and White. And the GT-PRO Quilt Top Deluxe 6-string brings a brand new look to Steinberger with quilt top style Trans Black, Trans Blue, and Wine Red finishes.

For bassists, the Spirit Collection offers a variety of designs for every style of player including the classic XT-2 Standard Bass (4-string) in new color finishes, the Standard Bass XT-25 (5-string), and the XT-25 Quilt Top Deluxe (5-string). The Spirit Collection also introduces the XT-2B Bass (4-string) featuring the DB-DropTM tuner system for instant drop-tuning of the low E-string to D.  

All the Steinberger Spirit Collection instruments feature standard-scale fingerboards that tune at the bridge using the revolutionary Steinberger precision 40:1 ratio Double-Ball™ tuning system so there’s no heavy headstock. And like all Steinberger instruments, the Spirit Collection features Steinberger-designed single coil and humbucker pickups for an instrument with near-limitless tonal range.

Musicians who are new to Steinberger will also find the Spirit Collection not only a revelation in style, sound, and construction, but also affordable and easy to play.  And since the instruments average around 30” (guitar) and 39” (bass) in length, Steinbergers are the Ultimate Travel GuitarTM and will fit easily in airline overhead compartments.  As a member of the Gibson and Epiphone family of instruments, every Steinberger also comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty and 365/24/7 Gibson Customer Service.

Visit the new Steinberger website and read our interviews with founder Ned Steinberger and legend Ziggy Marley and discover the historic Steinberger Spirit Collection at Authorized Steinberger Dealers everywhere.  

The Steinberger Spirit Collection

GT Pro Deluxe (6-string guitar)

Finishes include: Black, White, Frost Blue, Hot Rod Red, Hot Red Yellow, Yin Yang  

GT PRO Quilt Top Deluxe (6-string guitar) Finishes include: Trans Black, Trans Blue, Wine Red   


XT-2 Standard Bass (4-string)

Finishes include: Black, White, Frost Blue, Hot Rod Red, Hot Rod Yellow, Yin Yang


XT-2DB Standard Bass with DP-DropTM tuner system (Instant Low E to D)

XT-25 Standard Bass (5-string) Finishes include: Black, White

XT-25 Quilt Top Standard Bass (5-string) Finishes include: Trans Black, Trans Blue, Wine Red  



Steinberger Q&A with Ned Steinberger 


Steinberger Q&A with Ziggy Marley



About Steinberger 

In 1979 Ned Steinberger propelled the instrument world far into the future when he debuted his premier line of Steinberger guitars and basses. The Steinberger "headless" design was the first of its kind giving players a light, perfectly balanced, and ergonomic instrument with powerful pickups that could go anywhere, even overhead airline compartments. And with the revolutionary 40:1 Ratio Direct-PullTM tuning system with DoubleBallTM strings and zero fret, the most demanding players could intonate their Steinbergers to a level of refinement most players had never enjoyed before. Today, Steinbergers are still the Ultimate Travel GuitarTM. And as part of the Gibson Family of Instruments, every Steinberger comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty and 365/24/7 Gibson Customer Service. Step into the future and discover Steinberger at Authorized Steinberger Dealers everywhere.

<![CDATA[FourChords Now Included With GigMaker]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/fourchords-now-included-with-gigmaker Wed, 31 Jan 2018 12:46:08 GMT


Yamaha Guitars Partners with Musopia
Paving the Way to Success for Aspiring Guitarists


BUENA PARK, Calif. (January 23, 2018) – Yamaha Guitars has partnered with Musopia, a music software development studio, to bring forth a package fit for an aspiring musician destined for success.


Musopia’s FourChords app will be included in the Yamaha GigMaker – available in both Electric and Standard (acoustic) packages. The GigMaker provides the beginning guitarist with all the gear they need to make music. The kit includes all the essentials: a Yamaha acoustic or electric guitar (a 20-watt amp comes included in the GigMaker Electric), gig bag, strap, strings, picks, digital tuner, DVD guitar lessons, and now, a 30-day free trial of Musopia’s FourChords app. Designed to allow beginners and intermediate players to learn quickly how to play, FourChords can help GigMaker musicians start using the gear and play songs immediately on day one, whether it be Adele, Bruno Mars, the Beatles, or any of hundreds of other artists.


FourChords is the only mobile app with over 1,700 fully licensed hit and classic songs arranged specifically for the beginning guitarist. It contains multiple chordal and fingering options, optimized for all skill levels from first-time to advanced players. The combination of GigMaker and FourChords allows players to start playing the music that matters to them from the very first strum of the guitar.


FourChords features exclusive “smart listening” technology which provides personalized feedback to a user’s development, telling them which chords they are playing perfectly and which they need to work on. Other key features include karaoke-style display and lyrics allowing multiple users to play and sing along, an in-app tuner, key transposing, and adjustable tempo and backing tracks.


“Partnering with Musopia and adding FourChords to the GigMaker package moves aspiring musicians from traditional learning to a new experience geared towards fun,” said Dennis Webster, product marketing manager, Yamaha Guitars. “Not only do players have the opportunity to play from the moment they touch the guitar, but they also have access to an abundance of song selections. Budding musicians have the ability to learn the music of their life, catered to their personal skill set.”


“Musopia FourChords is a great example of how the digital revolution changes the way we learn music,” explains Musopia’s CEO Topi Löppönen. “Our partnership with Yamaha – the largest instrument manufacturer in the world – is a strategic one and it allows us to reach a significant number of new customers and help them enjoy their great Yamaha instruments.”


For more information about the Yamaha GigMaker, please visit http://4wrd.it/GIGMAKERGUITARS. For more information about FourChords, please visit http://fourchords.com


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.

About Musopia

Musopia develops apps that help beginners learn to play their instruments faster and easier. Available on iOS, Android and Windows platforms, Musopia’s apps have been downloaded more than two million times and are used worldwide.




<![CDATA[Sonoris Improves Convenience And Efficiency With DDP Player iOS App]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/sonoris-improves-convenience-and-efficiency-with-ddp-player-ios-app Wed, 31 Jan 2018 12:39:48 GMT

Sonoris Improves Convenience and Efficiency With DDP Player iOS App



DAMWALD, The Netherlands — Jan. 31, 2018 — Sonoris, a global provider of high-end audio products for recording and mastering, today announced that its DDP Player iOS app is now available with the desktop version of its DDP Creator and DDP Player software. Previously available only for the OEM version of its software, Sonoris' DDP Player iOS app is the only such app available in the App Store® that plays DDP files on the latest iOS devices.


"Before you deliver a DDP master to the manufacturer, you want to make it as easy as possible for your clients to hear and approve the file in its entirety. Often, listening on an iPhone or other Apple device is the preferred method, especially for clients who are on the go or who want to listen in multiple environments at their leisure," said Pieter Stenekes, founder, Sonoris. "Now, unlike with other mastering software, you and your clients have the option of listening to the tracks and reviewing the content through an iOS app on all the newest iOS gear — making the approval process faster and more efficient for everyone."


The industry-standard DDP protocol is supported by all major CD- and vinyl-pressing plants and ensures error-free transfer and manufacture of masters. The Sonoris DDP Player iOS app reads DDP images created using DDP Creator and DDP Player software, enabling mastering technicians, artists, studio owners, producers, and others to listen to the DDP master on an Apple device. Users can load DDPs directly from a Dropbox account, a download link in the clipboard memory, or through the app itself. Once downloaded, the DDP file can be opened and users can see CD text, ISRC codes, track numbering, and spacing just as the mastering engineer intended.


The DDP Player iOS app is available through the App Store. Anyone who owns a DDP Player and/or DDP Creator license for Windows® and Mac® can unlock the iOS version with the serial number. Mastering studios may provide their customers with a key to use the app. The latest version also supports the latest Dropbox API and reads encrypted DDPs.


More information about the Sonoris product family is available at www.sonorissoftware.com.





​About Sonoris

Sonoris develops high-end audio products for the recording and mastering professional. The company's multiplatform software ranges from a complete line of audio plug-ins to stand-alone DDP solutions. The software developed by Sonoris is used in mastering studios around the world.

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


<![CDATA[Roland Announces R-07 High-Resolution Audio Recorder]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/roland-announces-r-07-high-resolution-audio-recorder Fri, 26 Jan 2018 11:36:05 GMT


The NAMM Show, Anaheim, CA, January 8, 2018 — Roland (ACC North, Level 2, Exhibit 17420) announces the R-07 High-Resolution Audio Recorder, a convenient handheld recording device for musicians, journalists, students, and anyone who needs to capture sound on the go. The R-07 features multiple high-quality recording modes, plus unique dual recording and hybrid limiting functions that ensure perfect audio capture every time. It also includes Bluetooth® for remote operation and features Bluetooth-capable audio streaming enhanced with Qualcomm® aptX™ audio technology. 

While today’s smartphones have the capability to record audio, achieving high-quality results requires using external peripherals that are fussy and inconvenient. Stylish and easy to carry in a pocket, the all-in-one R-07 makes it simple to capture high-resolution audio wherever the user travels.

The R-07 supports mono and stereo WAV recording at rates up to 24-bit/96 kHz and MP3 recording at rates up to 320 kbps. Top-quality onboard stereo mics are always at the ready, while handy scene setups configure all the critical recorder settings with one touch. The R-07 is powered via two AA batteries or USB bus power, and comes in a choice of black, white, and red colors.

Using the free R-07 remote control app on an iOS or Android mobile device, users can wirelessly manage various R-07 functions and also monitor status and levels while the R-07 is placed in a prime recording location that’s out of reach.

For added protection during storage and travel, Roland is also offering an optional soft zippered pouch (CB-BPR07) and a sturdy bag with a shoulder strap and pockets (CB-BR07).

To learn more about the R-07 High-Resolution Audio Recorder, visit Roland.com.

<![CDATA[BOSS Introduces Katana-Air Guitar Amplifier]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/boss-introduces-katana-air-guitar-amplifier Fri, 26 Jan 2018 11:35:48 GMT


The NAMM Show, Anaheim, CA, January 8, 2018 — BOSS (ACC North, Level 2, Exhibit 17820) introduces the Katana-Air, the world’s first totally wireless guitar amplifier. Compact and battery-powered, the Katana-Air features new low-latency wireless guitar technology developed by BOSS and a custom wireless transmitter that plugs into any electric guitar. This gives players the freedom to jam and practice anywhere without fussing with guitar cables or AC connections. It’s also possible to play along with audio streamed via Bluetooth® from an iOS or Android smartphone, and remotely edit tones and effects from the dedicated BOSS Tone Studio app. 

Equipped with the same sound-shaping features found in the Katana Version 2 amplifiers, the Katana-Air delivers premium tones for all styles of music. Five channels provide a wide range of sounds, from sparkling clean to BOSS’s custom high-gain Brown sound. There’s also integrated access to over 50 BOSS effects, plus six memories for storing favorite amp and effects setups.

The Katana-Air is a true stereo amplifier with two custom-tuned speakers and up to 30 watts of total power, offering big, rich sound for both guitar amplification and full-range music reproduction. A convenient docking port in the amp charges the battery in the included wireless transmitter, providing up to 12 hours of continuous playing time per charge. 

The Katana-Air is always ready to play. It operates in standby mode to conserve energy when idle, and instantly wakes when it senses motion. In addition, the transmitter automatically establishes the optimum wireless connection when docked, with no user operation required.

To learn more about the Katana-Air, visit Boss.info.

<![CDATA[Fender Upgrades Best-Selling Tube Amps with Hot Rod Series IV]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/fender-upgrades-best-selling-tube-amps-with-hot-rod-series-iv Fri, 26 Jan 2018 11:34:25 GMT
Today, Fender is officially launching the new, refreshed Hot Rod Series IV, which was first introduced in 1996.  For years, the amplifiers have graced stages with the likes of The Strokes’ Albert Hammond Jr., the Killers’ Dave Keuning and Soren Hansen of New Politics for over twenty years. The line’s four refreshed models, include: the Pro Junior IV ($499.99), Blues Junior IV ($599.99), Hot Rod Deluxe IV ($799.99) and Hot Rod DeVille 212 IV ($999.99), which will be officially unveiled at Winter NAMM in Anaheim, Calif. this week. 
“For over 20 years, Hot Rod amplifiers have been the versatile, dependable, and affordable choice for guitar players of all styles around the globe,” said Shane Nicholas, Director of Product Development, Amplifiers. “In developing the Hot Rod Series IV Amplifiers, we were careful to preserve what players love about these models, while adding subtle, thoughtful upgrades.”
Hot Rod amps are used in more studios and stages by more artists than any other amp series in the world. Frequently used as backline, at festivals and on TV shows – Hot Rod amplifiers continue to be used by artists across every genre, who depend on them to build their signature tones. The Hot Rod Series IV replaces the original Hot Rod Series with the updated Blues Junior IV, Pro Junior IVHot Rod Deluxe IV and Hot Rod DeVille 212 IV. Without deviating too far from the amplifier design players love, each model includes select elevated features, such as Celestion® A-Type and Jensen® speakers for well-balanced output with plenty of high-end sparkle. Both the Hot Rod Deluxe IV and Hot Rod DeVille IV include a modified overdrive tonality with better note definition. Improved bass response and a reverb warmth modification were adjusted in the Blues Junior IV, while the Pro Junior now has a lacquered tweed cosmetic package and volume knob/gain range improvements.
<![CDATA[Charvel® Adds Pro-Mod Models Including the All-New DK24 PLUS New Options for So-Cal and San Dimas® Guitars]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/charvel-adds-pro-mod-models-including-the-all-new-dk24-plus-new-options-for-so-cal-and-san-dimas-guitars Fri, 26 Jan 2018 11:29:25 GMT
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (January 23, 2018) – Charvel® announces the release of new Pro-Mod Series models including the brand-new DK24, additional wood and color options for San Dimas® Style 1 and 2 guitars, as well as a new fingerboard option and new finishes for the So-Cal Style 1.
A powerful tone machine built for the harder side of rock, the Charvel Pro-Mod DK24 is available in seven all-new variations including an okoume body paired with an aged ebony fingerboard, an ash body featuring a maple fingerboard and hardtail, and alder bodies with quilt maple top options, maple fingerboards and either Floyd Rose® or hardtail options.
Supercharged with premium features, each DK24 offers a sleekly sculpted Dinky™ body and a bolt-on two-piece maple neck with graphite reinforcement for rock-solid stability, as well as a hand-rubbed urethane gel back finish for sublime and speedy playability. The 12”-16” compound radius fingerboard hosts 24 jumbo frets and offset dot inlays, and a heel-mounted spoke wheel for quick and easy truss rod tweaks.
Under the hood, the DK24 is ready to handle even the heaviest of riffs, tastiest leads or angelic clean tones with a Seymour Duncan® Full Shred SH-10B bridge pickup and a Seymour Duncan Jazz SH-2N neck pickup. Dial in the tonal spectrum with five-way blade switching, master volume and a No-Load tone control that operates like a standard tone control from positions one through nine, removing itself from the circuit at position ten for transparent sound, letting the full natural voice of the guitar shine through.
Designed with time-honored style, the new Pro-Mod DK24 HH FR M includes an alder body, maple fingerboard, recessed Floyd Rose® 1000 series double-locking tremolo bridge system, and comes in either Snow White or Satin Black capped off with white pickup bobbins and gold hardware.  Also available is the Pro-Mod DK24 HH FR M QM, which adds a quilt maple top in Root Beer Burst with gold hardware or in Transparent Purple Burst with black hardware.
The Pro-Mod DK24 HH HT M QM features a Charvel HT6 string-through body hardtail bridge and a quilt maple top in a beautiful Purple Phaze finish with black hardware.
The Pro-Mod DK24 HH HT M Ash features an ash body with a Charcoal Gray finish, Charvel HT6 string-through body hardtail bridge and black hardware.
The Pro-Mod DK24 HH FR E Okoume features an okoume body with a Natural satin body finish, an aged ebony fingerboard, Floyd Rose 1000 series double-locking tremolo bridge system and black hardware.
Hot-rodded for breakneck performance, the Pro-Mod San Dimas® Style 1 and 2 guitars are tricked-out to meet the needs and exceed the expectations of today’s modern guitarist.
2018 brings a number of all-new options and finishes for the San Dimas Style 1 models including the Pro-Mod San Dimas® Style 1 HH FR E Ash, Pro-Mod San Dimas® Style 1 HH HT E Ash, Pro-Mod San Dimas® Style 1 HH FR M, Pro-Mod San Dimas® Style 1 HH FR M QM and Pro-Mod San Dimas® Style 1 HH HT M and .
These high-octane instruments offer a 25.5” scale length, bolt-on two-piece maple neck with graphite reinforcement, 12”-16” compound radius fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets and dot inlays, heel-mounted truss rod adjustment wheel, Seymour Duncan® JB TB-4 bridge pickup, Seymour Duncan® ’59 SH-1N neck pickup, volume (push/pull coil split), No-Load tone control and three-way blade switch, Charvel-branded sealed die-cast tuners, Charvel neck plate and standard strap buttons.
The Pro-Mod San Dimas® Style 1 HH FR E Ash features an ash body with an aged ebony fingerboard and a Floyd Rose® 1000 series double-locking recessed tremolo bridge system. This model is available in two finishes — Charcoal Gray with black hardware or Natural Ash with chrome hardware.
The hardtail Pro-Mod San Dimas® Style 1 HH HT E Ash also features an ash body with aged ebony fingerboard and is available in Natural Ash with gold hardware.
The Pro-Mod San Dimas® Style 1 HH FR M includes an alder body, maple fingerboard, Floyd Rose® 1000 series double-locking recessed tremolo bridge system, and is available in two new beautiful finishes – Matte Blue Frost with white pickup bobbins and chrome hardware or Satin Black with black pickup bobbins and gold hardware.
The Pro-Mod San Dimas® Style 1 HH FR M QM adds a quilt maple top in new Chlorine Burst or Purple Phaze finishes with black pickup bobbins and chrome hardware.
Also featuring an alder body and maple fingerboard is the hardtail Pro-Mod San Dimas® Style 1 HH HT M in a Snow White finish with gold hardware and white pickup bobbins.
New Pro-Mod San Dimas® Style 2 models include the San Dimas® Style 2 HH FR M Okoume and Pro-Mod San Dimas® Style 2 HH HT M Okoume. Hot-rodded for unparalleled performance and versatile sound, these axes feature bodies made from okoume wood coupled with a bolt-on two-piece maple neck with graphite reinforcement rods for rock-solid stability. Both models offer a 12”-16” compound radius maple fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets and black dot inlays, a heel-mounted spoke wheel for quick and easy truss rod tweaks, a high-output Seymour Duncan® JB humbucking bridge pickup and a warm, fat Seymour Duncan ’59 humbucking neck pickup, three-way blade, volume control that hides a push/pull coil split and No-Load tone control.
These new Style 2 offerings are available in a Natural finish with black pickup bobbins and black hardware and feature either a Floyd Rose® FRT 1000 series double-locking recessed tremolo bridge system or Charvel HT6 string-through body hardtail bridge with locking tuners.
Designed to inspire and with more than three decades of experience, the Charvel Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 1 is a slick performer with premium features and versatile sound. For 2018, Charvel has added new finishes and fingerboard options to these top-sellers.
The So-Cal Style 1 HH FR E is now available in Rocket Red with a 12”-16” aged ebony fingerboard.  This axe also offers an alder body, bolt-on maple neck with graphite reinforcement, 22 jumbo frets, white dot inlays, heel-mounted truss rod adjustment wheel, Seymour Duncan® TB-6 Distortion bridge and Seymour Duncan SH-6N Distortion neck pickups, volume (push/pull coil split) control, No-Load tone control, three way blade switch, Floyd Rose® 1000 series double-locking recessed tremolo bridge system, Charvel-branded sealed die-cast tuners, Charvel neck plate, standard strap buttons, black pickguard, black pickup bobbins and black hardware.
The Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 1 HH FR M offers these same excellent features but has a maple fingerboard with black dot inlays and is available in two striking finishes – Satin Silver with chrome hardware or Matte Blue Frost with black hardware.
For more information, go to www.charvel.com
<![CDATA[BluGuitar unveils AMP1 Mercury Edition]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/bluguitar-unveils-amp1-mercury-edition Fri, 26 Jan 2018 11:25:57 GMT


The new, revised version of the well-established BluGuitar AMP1 pedal amp offers more flexibility, especially for modern players.
BluGuitar GmbH Saarbruecken/ Germany, January 26th, 2018 (ictw) – At Winter NAMM 2018 in Anaheim, CA, at booth 3936, BluGuitar GmbH unveils the new AMP1 Mercury Edition, which will be available in the second half of 2018.

Since its launch in 2015, the BluGuitar AMP1 has become hugely popular, setting a new standard in the industry for guitar amplifiers with the innovative and exciting "pedal amp" format. After 3 years of AMP1 being on the market, BluGuitar company owner Thomas Blug’s constant tweaking and researching, using his own gigging experience as well as feedback from users around the world, is coming together in the new, revised version of the unit: the AMP1 Mercury Edition. Thomas’s modifications recreate those ‘holy grail’ tones even more deeply than before. The BluGuitar AMP1 Mercury Edition with its 100 watts “Nanotube” driven power amp will maintain all of the features of the well-established original AMP1, but specific tonal improvements now offer more clarity and voice for both single coils and humbuckers, leading to more flexibility, especially for modern players.
Its beloved CLEAN channel delivers clean tones from classic American clean, breaking up nicely like a vintage tube amp when driven hard, right up to modern pristine, sparkling transparent clean tones for 7 string guitars. With the AMP1 Mercury Edition, there’s something new for both worlds: more warmth on the "tweed side" of the CLEAN channel’s very own Custom Control knob, and more clarity and definition on the Custom Control’s modern side.

The classic-voiced VINTAGE channel has kept its raunchy, smoky, dirty soul and JTM45 character, giving you the full range from clean to cranked vintage tones, but it has become a touch tighter when cranked.
The CLASSIC channel delivers the best iconic British rock tones from Plexi to JCM800 for crunchy rhythm parts or screaming lead solos. Precise tonal fine-tunings give the CLASSIC channel more punch and bite, lifting it to the level of a hot-rodded version of those classic amps.

The MODERN channel provides plenty of gain and a wide variety of sounds, from a warm creamy tone for singing leads to the total opposite world of modern metal sounds. This channel has been improved for a wider dynamic range to get more expression for leads and more tightness for metal riffs.

Last but not least, Thomas has worked on the REVERB algorithm for a better, more lush sounding reverb that works great for all sounds from Clean to Lead.
In summary, the revoiced BluGuitar AMP1 Mercury Edition gives you all the great tones you’re expecting from an AMP1 – now with even more flexibility than ever.
This “boutique to go” amp requires a “boutique to go” cabinet: the BluGuitar cabinet family of NANOCAB, FATCAB and the recently released, brand new TWINCAB bring the character of your favorite cabinets to you in a compact format.

The BluGuitar AMP1 Mercury Edition is expected to retail for MAP USD: 799.-​

Further Information: www.bluguitar.com

<![CDATA[NEXI Industries Presents NEXI Slim: Greatness Made Bitesize]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/nexi-industries-presents-nexi-slim-greatness-made-bitesize Fri, 26 Jan 2018 11:19:11 GMT


AMSTERDAM (Jan. 26, 2018)—Any touring guitarist knows how frustrating it is when effect pedal boards take a lot of space to transport and a lot of time to set up, especially if some of the pedals aren’t working. NEXI Industries is proud to introduce the NEXI Slim, a bitesize, convenient solution that takes up less space, allowing the player to bring only the essentials without sacrificing tone. 

NEXI Slim has many of the great features of its big brother “The Solution,” just in a smaller, more mobile format. Key features include a huge display and built-in tuner, 3-step booster and power supply. The board has four slots, allowing the user to click-and-play any four of NEXI’s analog single pedals created by NEXI’s Vintage Analog Protection Squad who are committed to great tone without compromise.

With the built-in DI and the possibility to power pedals (up to 12V) externally, the NEXI Slim might very well be the Swiss Army Knife of pedal boards. And yes, you can also use your existing 9V pedals and put them in the chain on the pedal board any way you like with the ConNEXI adapter (sold separately).

The NEXI Slim is not just for the touring musician, but for any guitarist just wanting what they need at any given time in an accessible package. Great for students, teachers and commuters, it comes with a perfectly designed, convenient soft carry case that will keep it safe in transit.

And who knows? With its space-saving design, NEXI Slim might even lead to a decline in band breakups.

Learn more by visiting booth #4049 at NAMM or online at https://nexi.eu/.

<![CDATA[Mackie Launches New Line of Audio Tools]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/mackie-launches-new-line-of-audio-tools Fri, 26 Jan 2018 11:17:51 GMT
Anaheim, CA - January 26, 2018... Mackie today announces a new line of affordable, high-quality, audio tools for studio and live sound. With the MDB Series Direct Boxes, the MTest-1 Cable Tester and M48 Phantom Power Supply, Mackie now offers essential tools for studio and live sound applications with their proven Built-Like-A-Tank™ construction and premium analog circuitry.
"Mackie has always been about creating audio solutions that sound great, are easy to use, and reliable," says Ryan Cassady, Mackie Product Manager. "The new line of audio tools is our continuation of giving customers the capability they need with the Mackie sound and build quality they trust."
The MDB Series Direct Boxes consists of four different models. The MDB-1P Passive Direct Box, MDB-2P Stereo Passive Direct Box, MDB-1A Active Direct Box, and the MDB-USB USB Stereo Direct Box. Each model features premium analog circuitry, Built-Like-A-Tank design, and professional-grade performance.
"Direct boxes are essential for ensuring the best sound quality and lowest noise possible," remarks Cassady. "Providing an optimal audio path to front of house or a recording rig ensures the instruments sound the way the artist intended."
The MDB-1P Passive Direct Box is perfect for instruments like guitars, basses and more on stage or in the studio. The MDB-2P Passive Stereo Direct Box offers the same great performance, but with dual inputs and outputs for stereo sources. The MDB-1A Active Direct Box features active circuitry for ultra-low distortion and noise. Last but not least, the MDB-USB USB Stereo Direct Box features a USB input and dual XLR outputs for maximum audio quality direct to front of house from a laptop.
In addition to the series of direct boxes, Mackie introduces two audio tools perfect for any musician or engineer to have in their tool belt. The battery-powered MTest-1 Cable Tester and M48 48v Phantom Power Supply.
The MTest-1 features a simple 5-way switch to test every pin, even with mismatched connectors, for all common connector types and more. Whether you have a few in your gig bag or multiple crates filled with cables, you don't want to be stuck in the middle of a performance when the last strand of wire gives out during a guitar solo or the vocal performance of a lifetime. What about troubleshooting a system? No problem. Powered by a 9v battery, the MTEST-1 can go with you when you explore beneath the stage or behind an imposing stack of speakers. 
The M48 48v Phantom Power Supply allows you to use your devices and microphones that require external power in any setup. It can also provide an easy solution when the phantom power being supplied from a venue is inadequate. With the M48 you will always get a clean, full 48v of power for the best sound and low-noise performance. Perfect for home and professional studios, live sound, podcasters, content creators, and more.
With a full line of affordable direct boxes and useful audio tools, Mackie fans can now turn to their favorite pro audio brand for even more of the essential gear they need, with the quality they expect, for their live sound or studio setup.
Mackie audio tools include the MDB-1P, MDB-2P, MDB-1A, MDB-USB, MTest-1, and M48, and are available worldwide on February 1, 2018. Sold individually, the US MSRP pricing is $69.99 for the MDB-1P, $83.99 for the MDB-2P, $83.99 for the MDB-1A, $209.99 for the MDB-USB, $41.99 for the MTest-1, and $69.99 for the M48.
For more information, visit
Visit Mackie at the 2018 Winter NAMM Show in their new location upstairs in Demo Room 201C/D.
<![CDATA[Mackie Launches All-New Line of Headphone Amplifiers]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/mackie-launches-all-new-line--of-headphone-amplifiers Fri, 26 Jan 2018 11:16:39 GMT
Easy to use, premium quality headphone amplification for studios, broadcast, and more

Anaheim, CA - January 26, 2018...Mackie today announces a new line of high-quality, versatile headphone amplifiers - HM Series Headphone Amplifiers. Available in three models, the ultra-compact HM-4 and the rackmount HM-400 and HM-800, the HM series features Built-Like-A-Tank™ construction, premium analog circuitry, and a vast array of connectivity options.
"With our rich history providing solutions for studios and broadcast applications, it makes sense to design a comprehensive headphone distribution lineup," says Ryan Cassady, Mackie Product Manager. "With three different models, there's a solution for any studio with the Mackie sound and build quality they expect."
The ultra-compact HM-4 4-Way Headphone Amplifier features a single 1/4" stereo input and four 1/4" headphone outputs with individual level controls. An extremely affordable headphone distribution solution, the HM-4 is perfect for tracking in the studio, mixing, practice spaces, and even in the home.
"From watching movies late at night when others are asleep to offering a great way to gather around the laptop to enjoy videos and music, the HM-4 is really great for experiencing content together," remarks Cassady
The HM-400 4-Channel Headphone Amplifier offers an incredible amount of versatility and excellent sound quality in a single rack space. The HM-400 features a main input with level control plus stereo outs, aux inputs and EQ per channel with 12 total headphone outputs.
The HM-800 8-Channel Headphone Amplifier offers up to 10 available mixes and a total of 16 headphone outputs. Featuring two discrete main inputs with level control plus stereo outs, aux inputs per channel, with 16 total headphone outputs.
Whether you need to expand the headphone monitoring capability in your studio, add robust cue mix distribution in the tracking room, or even monitoring on stage, the HM-400 and HM-800 are perfect affordable solutions for professional, commercial, and home studio applications.
The Mackie HM Series Headphone Amplifiers include the HM-4, HM-400, and the HM-800 and are available worldwide on February 1, 2018. Sold individually, the US MSRP pricing is $41.99 for the HM-4, $209.99 for the HM-400, and $279.99 for the HM-800.
For more information, visit www.mackie.com/hm-series
Visit Mackie at the 2018 Winter NAMM Show in their new location upstairs in Demo Room 201C/D.
<![CDATA[TK Audio Announces DP-2 Dual Microphone Preamp]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/tk-audio-announces-dp-2-dual-microphone-preamp Thu, 25 Jan 2018 22:56:12 GMT


Halmstad, Sweden, January 25: TK Audio is proud to announce the immediate availability of DP-2—a flexible dual microphone preamp. The DP-2 has a number of user-selectable circuit options, which make the DP-2 a cost-effective way of covering a wide range of preamp characteristics. DP-2 replaces the existing DP-1 and is available from today via authorized TK Audio dealers worldwide.

TK Audio, Swedish boutique manufacturer of professional recording equipment, today announces the immediate availability of the dual microphone preamp DP-2.

Each of the DP-2’s two channels is transformer balanced, using a high-end Lundahl transformer. The amplification stage offers a whopping 80 dB of amplification. This stage is switchable between two entirely different circuits, of which one is designed for maximum transparency and the other adds a bit of midrange crunch, thanks to its germanium transistors.

Similarly, the output stage is also switchable between two distinctly different circuits. One is electronically balanced—again, for maximum transparency and fidelity—while the other is a class A output circuit based around a Carnhill transformer for the coveted British 70’s character, with its low-mid presence and pleasantly rounded top end.

These options can be combined in any way, and furthermore, the DP-2 has separate input and output gain controls—leaving it up to the user to keep a conservative input level for low distortion or deliberately overdrive the preamp for a more pronounced character. All controls are stepped for precise recall. All in all, these variations make the DP-2 a cost-effective way of achieving a wide range of preamp characteristics.

Each channel also has a sweepable high-pass filter (ranging from 30 to 400 Hz), switchable input impedance, 48V phantom power, a 30 dB pad and a Hi-Z instrument input.

The unit is available worldwide from January 25, and is priced at $1649/€1329/£1149 excluding sales tax/VAT.

<![CDATA[Fender® Custom Shop Pushes the Limits of Guitar Building, Debuts 9-Neck Model, Pinball Telecaster® and “Wizard” Amp Set at Winter NAMM 2018]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/fender-custom-shop-pushes-the-limits-of-guitar-building-debuts-9-neck-model-pinball-telecaster-and-wizard-amp-set-at-winter-namm-2018 Thu, 25 Jan 2018 22:53:50 GMT
Custom Shop Rings In 2018 with Annual and Prestige Collections, Celebrates 30 Years of Artist Signature Models Born Out Of The Fender Custom Shop
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (January 24, 2018)—Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) today announced the introduction of its Annual and Prestige collections, including a Prestige Collection 9-Neck Guitar and a Pinball Telecaster and “Wizard” amplifier set to debut at Winter NAMM in Anaheim, Calif. 2018 also marks 30 years of the first artist signature models born out of the Custom Shop–then built in the Fender factory and released on a wider scale. With a handful of artist signature models set for release throughout 2018, the first ones unveiled at Winter NAMM include: the Jimi Hendrix Voodoo Child™ Stratocaster®; Limited Edition Eric Clapton 30th Anniversary Stratocaster®–including a custom-built version and master-built option with only 30 made by Todd Krause; and a special Vaughan Brothers set master-built by John Cruz. The Vaughan Brothers set includes a Limited Edition Jimmie Vaughan Strat® guitar and the Limited Edition Stevie Ray Vaughan Strat®, an earlier, less-beat-up version of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Number One Stratocaster® guitar.
Priced at $80,000, Yuriy Shishkov’s Pinball Telecaster® guitar and matching “Wizard” amplifier built by Fender’s custom amp expert Jim Dolmage are true pop culture memorabilia–using parts and materials from a vintage pinball machine. A showpiece that will appeal to guitar, pinball machine, movie memorabilia and Americana collectors alike–the guitar features the game’s original colored plastic playfield inserts that actually light up in a random pattern with battery-powered LEDs. Movable flippers and a spring-loaded ball shooter add a fun factor to this otherwise operational instrument, and plastic painted game trim pieces on the body and headstock complete the instrument’s pinball theme. Rounding off the guitar is a vintage-style maple neck; a Fender Custom Shop Nocaster® neck pickup; a chromed pinball volume knob; chrome wraparound bridge/tailpiece; as well as plywood from the 40-year old Bally® pinball machine, which was used to hand-build the body–a challenge in itself.
The matching Wizard amplifier’s enclosure is constructed entirely from wood and metal recycled from the pinball machine’s cabinetry. The original vintage stenciled paintwork gives off an almost “carnival” atmosphere with a rattlesnake motif inside and out. The heavy plywood and metal trim lend a significant “attack” to the expressive sound of the ’57 Custom Pro-Amp circuitry, which is warmed up by the stout 15-inch Eminence® speaker.
Also debuting at Winter NAMM 2018 is the 2018 Prestige Collection, featuring one-of-a-kind master-built guitars and basses from the Shop’s most-esteemed master builders, as well as annual collections. “The Prestige Collection is the foundation of the Fender Custom Shop,” said Mike Lewis, VP Product Development, Fender Custom Shop. “It’s really what we’re all about–continually pushing the envelope of design innovation and craftsmanship to create one-of-a-kind playable works of art. Our Annual Collection models are conceived in the shop to showcase new developments—pickup designs, wiring innovations, finish processes, wood combinations and more. It’s also a way for the Shop to surprise and delight players with something they didn’t know they wanted or inspire new custom builds.”
Among the eight innovative Prestige Collection models is Paul Waller’s Prestige 9-Neck Guitar, which features popular pre-CBS model necks Fender produced before 1965. Necks featured include those from a four-string mandolin, Mustang®, Jaguar®, Telecaster®, Stratocaster®, Jazzmaster®, Bass VI, Jazz Bass® and Precision Bass®. According to Waller, the biggest challenge was trying to get all the different body shapes to flow into one seamless design. 
Annual collections making their debut at Winter NAMM are the Limited Edition, Time Machine and Postmodern, as well as Vintage Custom—the newest addition paying homage to Fender’s roots with a selection of models representing the earliest, rarest guitars, or a “first” of something. Some models in the collection boast extremely rare–but very functional features for today’s players–while others have been slightly modified to further enhance the instrument’s overall appeal.
Fender Custom Shop models will be available at local dealers and on www.fendercustomshop.com throughout 2018 and beyond. Select product images can be accessed here.
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.
2018 Prestige Collection:
  • Paul Waller: Prestige 9-Neck Guitar - $96,000
Paul Waller’s Prestige 9-Neck Guitar features nine popular pre-CBS models and scales Fender produced before 1965. Necks featured include those
from a four-string mandolin, Mustang, Jaguar, Telecaster, Stratocaster, Jazzmaster, Bass VI, Jazz Bass and Precision Bass.
  • Jason Smith: California Mission PJ Bass - $7,400
Jason Smith’s California Mission PJ Bass is an homage to the California Missions lining the coast of the Golden State. The inspiration for this came from Jason Smith’s son studying the California Mission Trail in school, which led to a summer vacation trip up the coast of California to see all 21 missions. This bass is inspired by the San Francisco Mission in particular, as Smith was drawn to the hand painted pattern of the ceiling and ceiling beams. Featuring a reclaimed roasted pine body, and roasted maple neck–this bass has a very warm, resonate tone, reminiscent of a vintage bass. The hand painted body and position markers on the neck show brush strokes, which give the bass a one-of-a-kind look and style. With its unique features, the California Mission PJ Bass will appeal to bassists wanting something different and to anyone interested in California history.
  • Dennis Galuszka: The Boardwalk Telecaster - $15,000
Dennis Galuszka’s The Boardwalk Telecaster is for beach and wood-lovers alike. Inspired by some reclaimed redwood from the Santa Cruz pier, the guitar features a perfectly matched roasted maple neck, as well as a carving of an old weathered boardwalk on the top, by V. Lee Cabanilla.
  • Dale Wilson: Buckeye Burl Top Tele - $11,000
Dale Wilson’s Buckeye Burl Top Tele pairs a buckeye burl top with a lightly flamed mahogany body and Ivroid-bound mahogany neck. This high-end natural wood guitar features an open sound with a Curtis Novak gold foil pickup in the neck position.
  • Todd Krause: Fire Pit Strat - $10,000
Todd Krause’s Fire Pit Stratocaster is inspired by the glowing embers of a camp fire. This guitar includes several custom features, including the color, a highly figured quilt top and “roasted” flame maple neck–ideal for players that favor a modern look with vintage sound.
  • Greg Fessler – Australian Myrtle Tele - $7,500
Greg Fessler’s Australian Myrtle Tele was born from a unique piece of Blackwood that Fessler had never heard of before. Ideal for figured wood aficionados and players alike, this guitar features 
P-90 pickups, a vintage Strat hardtail bridge and AAAA roasted flame maple neck with a Blackwood fingerboard.  
  • John Cruz Custom Hand Tooled Paisley Leather Tele - $29,000
John Cruz’s Custom Hand Tooled Paisley Leather Tele builds on the resurgence of paisley designs. Cruz was inspired by friend Dru Whitefeather to create a leather guitar. Something new and unique to the Fender Custom Shop, the guitar features a leather covering, paisley design and custom inlay work that will surely appeal to collectors, artists and players.
  • Yuriy Shishkov: Prehistoric Tele - $11,000
Yuriy Shishkov’s Prehistoric Telecaster guitar’s body and fingerboard are made from nearly 5,000-year-old, Jet Black “Bog Oak”–coming from a tree that grew before the Egyptian Pyramids were built. This wood was submerged in the swamp for thousands of years, getting a Jet Black color because it’s one step away from becoming coal. The Telecaster also features a custom tailpiece, making it even more of a “one-of-a-kind“ instrument.
<![CDATA[BAE Audio Offshoot UK Sound to Debut FET Compressors, New Line of 1073 Preamps and Equalizers at NAMM 2018]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/bae-audio-offshoot-uk-sound-to-debut-fet-compressors-new-line-of-1073-preamps-and-equalizers-at-namm-2018 Thu, 25 Jan 2018 22:49:51 GMT
Anaheim, CA — UK Sound [Booth 15917, Anaheim Convention Center], a manufacturer of high-quality vintage-inspired hardware, announced that it will debut six new products at NAMM 2018: the 176 and 276 FET compressors, and a new line of four products based on the industry-defining 1073 preamp and equalizer. The new hardware significantly expands the company’s offerings of expertly constructed but affordable studio products that capture the classic sounds of yesterday and today. 
“A year ago we were first debuting the 1173, our first UK Sound product, right here at NAMM,” says UK Sound CEO Mark Loughman. “Now, with six new additions to our product line, our users will easily be able to build a whole studio rack out of our UK Sound products alone. We set out to make great analog sound more accessible than ever before with UK Sound, and its very exciting to see our product line blossom and find its way into studios everywhere.”
'76: A FET to remember

The 176 and 276 compressors are UK Sound’s new single and dual-channel FET compressors, making a high-quality version of this studio staple more cost-effective than ever. Featuring the classic operation and sound characteristics of hit-making compressors from the 60s and 70s, its easy to dial in a great sound on any source. Input and output gains and selectable ratios of 4:1, 8:1, 12:1, and 20:1 allow users to deftly tame peaks and fit each audio signal exactly where you want it in the mix, while a face-mounted gain reduction meter shows how hard the unit is working.

The 176 and 276 also feature the beloved hidden “all buttons in” mode that unlocks a unique compressor behavior accessed by depressing multiple ratio buttons. The 276 features stereo linking for true stereo operation, making it a great fit for treating keyboards, drum overheads, or entire busses.
A living tradition
The UK Sound 73 honors the tradition that made its parent company, BAE Audio, one of the best known names in analog hardware. Featuring an exacting recreation of the famous transformer-based signal path that gave the original 1073 its rich analog character and induction EQ that allows musical tone shaping with even the deepest cut or boost, the UK Sound 73 is a powerful and affordable tool or tracking and mixing housed within a sturdy 1RU chassis. It brings the classic 1073 sound to a wider range of users than ever before, allowing them to experience the ear-pleasing qualities of analog hardware.
UK Sound expands upon this flagship EQ with several variations featuring the 1073’s preamplifier circuit in isolation. The 73 DMP preamp/DI features a single channel of that classic tone in a portable, standalone unit with dual thru outputs for easy use in conjunction with one or more amplifiers. A dual 73 DMP is available as well, packing two channels of the same analog goodness within a single chassis. The coveted sound of the 1073 preamp will also be available in a dual-channel 1RU rack format, called the 73MP. For 500 series aficionados, the 73MPL brings UK Sound quality and classic tone to your powered lunchbox rack, such as the new BAE Audio R53.
To learn more about UK Sound, please visit Booth 15917 at the Anaheim Convention Center or http://www.baeaudio.com.
<![CDATA[NAMM 2018 New Product Announcements from Radial]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/namm-2018-new-product-announcements-from-radial Thu, 25 Jan 2018 22:46:32 GMT

Left Top: KL-8 rack mixer for keyboards, Left Bottom: SW8-USB redundant backing track over USB, Center: AC-Driver acoustic preamp with feedback control, Right: Catapult Mini - analog audio over Cat5 
 Click on images for high resolution versions where available
The KL-8™ is a rackmount keyboard mixing station designed to provide complete control
over a professional keyboard setup, both on stage and in the studio. You can connect up to
four analog keyboards in mono or stereo, each with an individual level control to adjust the
balance between them. An aux send/receive is also available to feed effects pedals or rackmount
reverbs and delays, or it can be used as an additional stereo input for a fifth keyboard.
MIDI and USB connections make it easy to control a laptop soft-synth, utilizing the KL-8's
high-quality 24bit/192kHz digital audio converters. Dual USB connections provide the ability
to employ redundant laptop systems.

The SW8-USB™ eliminates the need to have digital audio interfaces accompany each computer.
Dual USB inputs with separate 24bit/192 kHz 8 digital to analog converter cards allow
two computers to be connected in tandem. Both computers will see the SW8-USB as an available
audio and MIDI interface, allowing for instant connection of both digital workstations.
MTC can be passed between both computers, providing easy start/stop synchronization between
them. Eight channels of transformer-isolated XLR and ¼" outputs are included, with
the ability to switch between mic-level and +4dBu line level. With the SW8-USB, switching
between playback rigs has never been easier, or more streamlined!
The AC-Driver™ is a small but powerful preamp for acoustic instruments on stage. EQ and
volume adjustments provide you with complete control over your tone in a rugged steel
chassis with heavy duty components that will withstand the harshest touring environments.
A variable low-cut filter removes excessive low frequencies, along with a notch filter and a
180° polarity reverse switch to help eliminate feedback. A balanced XLR output feeds the PA
system or a powered speaker, while a ¼" output can be used to simultaneously connect to an
amplifier. The AC-Driver also features an always-on ¼" tuner output and a dedicated Mute
footswitch, allowing for silent tuning on stage.
The Catapult Mini™ is the latest addition to the Catapult modular snake system,
which allows you to drive four analog audio channels over a single shielded CAT 5 cable. This
eliminates the need for bulky and expensive multi-pair audio cable runs, and allows contractors
to take advantage of pre-wired networks to connect from one room to another. The
Catapult Mini TX™ and the Mini RX™ can be used together as a pair, or they can be individually
matched with any other Catapult stage box. For instance, you can use a Catapult TX4M™
on stage to split four mic lines to feed the monitor console, while utilizing a Catapult Mini RX
to receive the signal at the FOH console.

MIX 2:1™

Summing Mixer

The MIX2:1 is a simple yet highly useful mixer that passively sums two audio channels down to one. This enables you to easily sum the stereo outputs of a console, recording interface, or portable playback device down to mono, or to mix any two signals together and balance their relative input levels.

At the inputs of the MIX 2:1, both ¼" TRS and XLR connectors are available, with ground lift switches to eliminate buzz and hum from ground loops and ensure noise-free operation. Each input can be individually engaged or disengaged, allowing you to audition either signal before summing both together. 
MAP: $129.99 USD



<![CDATA[Sadowsky’s New Line of MetroExpress Basses to be Unveiled at 2018 NAMM Show]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/sadowskys-new-line-of-metroexpress-basses-to-be-unveiled-at-2018-namm-show Thu, 25 Jan 2018 22:45:28 GMT



<![CDATA[Gig Gear Adds Two Hand Touch Harness for Easy iPad Mixing Control]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/gig-gear-adds-two-hand-touch-harness-for--easy-ipad-mixing-control Thu, 25 Jan 2018 22:40:31 GMT

The wearable iPad and tablet case frees up both hands, making working with portable touch-screen devices faster, more ergonomic and more efficient


ANAHEIM, CA — January 25, 2017 – Gig Gear LLC, maker of Gig Gloves — protective work gloves designed specifically for music and audio production pros as well as all other live event and entertainment production professionals — has announced the addition of the Two Hand Touch Harness, a wearable iPad and tablet case that is secured to the chest via a flexible harness, leaving both hands available to interface with remote mixing apps and other apps necessary during live production.


These days remote mixing on an iPad or tablet is commonplace. It gives engineers the opportunity to get out from behind the board and hear sound in the venue from different locations while making mix changes on the spot. Almost every remote mixing app has multi-touch capabilities built in, but taking advantage of the multi-touch features are next to impossible when one hand is always being used to actually hold the iPad. Not anymore, thanks to the Two Hand Touch Harness by Gig Gear.


Apps that have multi-touch capabilities can now be used with ease, and mixing can be done more similarly to the way it would be done on an actual board — with both hands on the faders.


Two models are available: the Two Hand Touch 9 and the Two Hand Touch 12, which are designed to perfectly fit the standard iPad 9.7-inch size and the iPad Pro 12.9-inch size, respectively. With multiple elastic bands in different configurations included on the inside of the case, tablets and phones of all sizes can easily be secured as well. When not in use, the case flattens up against the harness and can be secured out of the way. On the front of the case are strategic pockets and pouches that can hold multiple accessories and tools including, pens, a dB meter, microphones (both handheld and measurement), gaffers tape, cables, radios, picks, drum keys, wrenches, allen keys, and more.


The Two Hand Touch is an ergonomically better option — eliminating the need of holding tablets up for long periods which can cause cramping and other repetitive motion injuries in the hand and fatigue in the arms. With the Two Hand Touch, the lightweight harness takes the tablet and puts the weight at the center of the trunk of the body allowing for a healthier method of utilizing a tablet for long periods of time. The Two Hand Touch can stay attached to the user for as long as necessary without causing fatigue or muscle cramping and tightening.


The Two Hand Touch is also perfect for all other production professionals who need access to their iPads while working, including lighting designers and techs, stage managers and technical directors, film production pros, event and floor managers, and more.



<![CDATA[Introducing the VoxDoubler, the first Plug-In of the new Toolbox range]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/introducing-the-voxdoubler-the-first-plug-in-of-the-new-toolbox-range Thu, 25 Jan 2018 22:38:37 GMT
We're excited to announce the release of the VoxDoubler, the first Plug-In from our new Toolbox range. It is available now to try free for 15 days and to buy exclusively from our store.
The Toolbox range has been conceived to solve universally complex and time-consuming problems that affect beginners and audio professionals alike. The VoxDoubler is comprised of two separate Plug-Ins called Widen and Thicken which are bespoke engineered to help with the two most common vocal doubling workflows.
<![CDATA[Morley Adds Six New Mini Pedals in Classic Trapezoid Footprint]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/morley-adds-six-new-mini-pedals-in-classic-trapezoid-footprint Thu, 25 Jan 2018 22:37:29 GMT

January 2018--Morley, makers of pedals, switches and Ebtech® audio solutions, will release six new mini pedals at winter NAMM in Anaheim California. All are designed to save space on crowded pedal boards while maintaining tone, features and durability the Morley large format pedals are known for.

The first three are Mini Volume Plus, Mini Power Wah Volume and Mini Maverick Switchless Wah. All three are mini versions of their large pedal counterparts but measure 6.75” in length, 4.5” wide and only 2.75” in height. Mini Volume Plus is equipped with foot-selectable Minimum Volume. Mini Power Wah Volume is combo Wah and Volume Pedal with Wah Level control. Mini Maverick Switchless Wah is an optically switched Wah (step on to engage Wah, step off to go to bypass!). The new mini line will also contain Pedal Glow™ treadle grip and toe-end logo.

The next three are Signature Artist Pedals from the Morley Custom Shop and will be revealed at NAMM. Morley's Bill Wenzloff states, "We released our first mini pedals in 2009, long before mini pedals were the norm. We kept hearing that while our minis were awesome, they didn't look like a Morley without our classic trapezoid foot pedal. We pride ourselves on listening to our fans so we made the change. Plus the graphics on the three new Custom Shop Artist Signature Minis are awesome, we will unveil those to be seen for the first time at NAMM. The will be available in March 2018."

All the new minis are suitable for use with guitar, bass, keys or any other instrument you can plug into it. They are all Electro-Optical, housed in cold rolled steel chassis, equipped with LED indication, our Quick Clip battery door and our no-hassle warranty. Street prices will be released at NAMM show.

<![CDATA[Singular Sound announces MIDI Maestro™ foot controller]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/singular-sound-announces-midi-maestro-foot-controller Thu, 25 Jan 2018 22:35:17 GMT
January 24, 2018 (Anaheim, CA) - Singular Sound today announced the MIDI Maestro™-- a MIDI foot controller with the "ultimate ease of use".
Each footswitch button has a dedicated screen that displays its current function, eliminating the need for fixed labels or memorization.
While MIDI foot controllers have been notoriously difficult to set up, the MIDI Maestro™relieves musicians with easy customization through the included MIDI Maestro Mobile app.
The app includes presets for popular products, enabling immediate set up. Fans of Singular Sound’s BeatBuddy pedal drum machine will find a plethora of expanded capabilities with the included BeatBuddy presets.
The MIDI Maestro’s sleek compact six button design offers more control than larger MIDI foot controllers with its Dynamic Page System™. Each button has the capability to link to another bank of commands, empowering musicians to seamlessly access the functions they need.
Any number of MIDI Maestros can be daisy-chained together to create an integrated MIDI controller of any desired size.
"Most musicians hate MIDI foot controllers because they’re almost impossible to set up and use," said David Packouz, CEO of Singular Sound, "the MIDI Maestro™ solves all these complaints while providing even more capabilities. This is finally going to bring the power of MIDI to the masses."
<![CDATA[beyerdynamic to present FOX Microphone at NAMM]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/beyerdynamic-to-present-fox-microphone-at-namm Thu, 25 Jan 2018 22:30:58 GMT
Farmingdale, New York - January 24, 2018 - beyerdynamic, a premier leader in audio technology, announced today that they will be displaying their brand-new FOX USB-C microphone at the 2018 NAMM Show, which is ideal for music recordings, YouTube videos, Podcasting and more.   FOX combines a microphone, preamplifier, AD converter and headphone amplifier – making it the easiest and best solution for in-studio, at home, or on-the-go recording.   
Studio-quality microphone technology
The beyerdynamic FOX features a high-quality microphone capsule, as found in professional studio microphones around the world. This large-membrane condenser microphone provides high sensitivity compared to common dynamic microphones. This means that even quiet sounds and the finest nuances can be captured perfectly. The cardioid polar pattern shields against rear-incident noise, providing ideal protection against background noise. The elastic suspension on the microphone capsule prevents structure-borne noise – eliminating footsteps and fret noises. The microphone capsule’s high quality is no accident: beyerdynamic has more than 90 years of experience in developing and constructing a wide variety of microphones. beyerdynamic has been responsible for the audio quality of countless music, sound and television productions. The new FOX provides beginners with access to the results of this extensive wealth of experience.
Plug-and-play, no complicated assembly
One of the great strengths of the beyerdynamic FOX is its simplicity. Microphone recordings normally require a preamplifier and an AD converter as well as a microphone. If you then want to listen to the recording, you’ll need a DA converter and headphone amplifier or loudspeakers. Not so with the FOX: A USB cable, a computer and a pair of headphones like the DT 770 are all you need to make first-class productions quickly and easily. The engineers at beyerdynamic have managed to fit all the components you need for professional recording into the compact FOX. Integrated Cirrus Logic converters offer up to 24 bit at a sampling frequency of 96 kHz – that means sophisticated studio quality.  However, set-up is still remarkably simple: a single USB cable links the microphone to a computer, the headphones plug directly into the microphone.
Range of functions and scope of delivery for an immediate start
The beyerdynamic FOX combines a microphone, preamplifier, converter and headphone amplifier – and is still accessible and easy to use. An adjuster on the front controls the volume for the powerful headphone amplifier. Another adjuster sends the microphone signal to the headphones, giving you instant control. A button on the back of the microphone regulates the gain and enables use of the FOX for especially loud sources. A mute button makes it easy to, for example, cut the sound of a cough during live online transmissions. Beyerdynamic supplies the FOX with a range of accessories for immediate use. A pop shield prevents disruptive popping noises when talking, a base allows you to position the microphone on a table or lectern, and a clamp allows you to mount it to a microphone stand. An orange USB cable sets an additional highlight, as well as a thread adapter 5/8-3/8, which is also included.
Studio quality on the move
Another advantage of the ultra-compact beyerdynamic FOX is the system’s portability. Instead of requiring a microphone, preamplifier, converter and a variety of connecting cables, the compact microphone and USB cable are all you need for perfect recordings when on the go. FOX is even compatible with mobile devices on iOS and Android with the right adaptor. This makes it easy to record with the highest sound requirements anywhere and with minimal effort.
FOX will be available from spring 2018 in many music specialist stores and in the beyerdynamic online shop atwww.beyerdynamic.com/FOX. The recommended retail price is EUR 179. Follow the FOX to find out about pre-orders and special sales promotions.
<![CDATA[EVH® Unveils New 5150III® 6L6 50W Head and Combos]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/evh-unveils-new-5150iii-6l6-50w-head-and-combos Thu, 25 Jan 2018 22:28:48 GMT

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (January 24, 2018) – EVH® is proud to introduce a number of new items for 2018 including the refreshed 5150III® 50W 6L6 Head5150III® 50W 6L6 112 and 5150III® 50W 616 212 Combo amps, the Wolfgang® Special Striped Black and White, a pair of left-handed axes in the Wolfgang® Special LH and EVH® Striped Series LH R/B/W, plus additional color options.
With its smaller size and portability, the new EVH® 5150III® 50W 6L6 Head is the perfect amp for players who want arena volume and performance in a compact package. Three channels of road-tested sound work for any playing style— crisp cleans, raw crunch or searing leads, while newly added independent dual-concentric controls allow for gain and volume level matching.
This 2.0 version of the popular EVH® 50-watt head delivers a full-spectrum of tone — channel one powers crystal-clear clean tone, channel two ranges from chunky overdrive to tight distortion, and channel three oozes with liquid gain. Channels one and two each have dual concentric gain/volume controls, with shared EQ (low, mid, high). Channel three has its own gain, volume and EQ (low, mid, high) controls. All three channels also have global presence and global resonance controls.
This amp head also includes selectable impedance (4, 8 or 16 ohms), dual parallel speaker output jacks, effects loop, headphone jack, line out and a four-button footswitch with 1/4” input jack and MIDI input.
Loaded with pure EVH® sound and power, the EVH® 5150III® 50W 6L6 Head is wrapped in Black or Ivory textured vinyl and features the instantly recognizable black EVH®-striped steel grille.  A high-quality fitted cover is available as an EVH® Accessory.
Brimming with brawny tone, the 5150III® 50W 6L6 112 Combo offers arena-sized sound in a Celestion® powered compact package for more convenient transport.
Similar to the 5150III® 50W 6L6 head, this tube combo amp has been redesigned with versatile, all-new independent dual-concentric controls that allow for gain and volume level matching.
Delivering a full-spectrum of tone, channel one features pristine cleans, channel two kicks in with overdrive and heavy gain similar to the EVH® 5150III® 100S, while channel three oozes with liquid distortion. Channels one and two each have dual concentric gain/volume controls, with shared EQ (low, mid, high). Channel three has its own gain, volume and EQ (low, mid, high) controls. All three channels also have global presence, resonance and reverb controls.
This combo comes loaded with a 12” custom special designed EVH® Celestion speaker, seven JJ ECC83 (12AX7) preamp tubes, two JJ 6L6 power tubes and front-panel adjustable power output from 50 watts down to one watt.
Other features include a single input, rear-panel selectable output impedance (4, 8 or 16 ohms) with a pair of parallel speaker outputs, rear-panel MIDI input and preamp output, rear-panel effects loop and headphone jack (mutes power amp), and a four-button footswitch that controls all three channels and reverb for easy onstage switching.
The cabinet is constructed out of birch with special internal baffling for tight and increased bass response.  Wrapped in stylish Black or Ivory vinyl, the EVH® 5150III® 50W 6L6 112 Combo is finished off with vintage-style chicken-knobs, red LED jewel indicator, molded black plastic top handle and pop-out casters. A high-quality fitted cover is available as an EVH® accessory.
The 5150III® 50W 6L6 212 shares all of the fine characteristics and features of the 112 combo, but comes with dual 12” custom special designed EVH® Celestion® speakers for an extra added punch.
Loaded with player-oriented features and iconic striped style, the Wolfgang® Special Striped B/W is a highly-responsive instrument, born to crank out some serious rock. This new axe features a basswood body with arched top, graphite-reinforced bolt-on quartersawn maple neck, 12”-16” compound radius maple fingerboard with rolled edges and black dot inlays, heel-mounted truss rod adjustment spoke wheel, dual direct mounted, custom designed EVH® Wolfgang® Alnico 2 humbucking pickups, EVH®-branded Floyd Rose® locking tremolo system, EVH® D-Tuna®, EVH® low-friction volume knob and high-friction tone control. Spotlight ready in White with Eddie’s signature Black stripes, this huge-sounding axe comes with chrome hardware, a three-position toggle switch, black speed knobs and EVH®-branded tuners.
EVH® has also added three new finishes for the EVH® Wolfgang® Special – Candy Apple Red Metallic, Ivory, and Satin Orange Crush with matching headstocks. The Candy Apple Red Metallic and Ivory models feature 1-ply cream body binding and chrome hardware, while the Satin Orange Crush model features 1-ply black body binding and black hardware. These guitars feature a basswood body with an arched top, robust graphite-reinforced bolt-on quartersawn maple neck with rolled edges and a hand-rubbed urethane back finish, 12”-16” compound radius ebony fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets and pearloid dot inlays, truss rod adjustment spoke wheel at the base of the neck, a pair of flagship custom designed EVH® Wolfgang Alnico 2 humbucking pickups and an EVH®-branded Floyd Rose® locking trem system.
Sharing the same fine features, the new EVH® Wolfgang® Special LH is available in a Stealth finish with single-ply cream body binding, black hardware and an ebony fingerboard.
Another model for the southpaws making its debut in 2018 is the EVH® Striped Series LH R/B/W guitar, which features a basswood Stratocaster®-style body decked out in Eddie’s famed red with black and white striped graphics, bolt-on quartersawn maple neck with scarf joint and graphite reinforcement, 12”-16” compound radius maple fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets and black dot inlays, convenient heel-mounted truss rod adjustment spoke wheel, single direct mounted EVH® Wolfgang® humbucking pick up, EVH®-branded Floyd Rose® bridge, EVH® D-Tuna®, single black volume control knob, EVH® die-cast tuners, and vintage style strap buttons.
Finally, EVH® adds new finish options to its Wolfgang® Standard lineup.
Offering many of the blazing features as its more expensive brethren, the EVH® Wolfgang® Standard is available in a Matte Blue Frost finish with a black headstock and black hardware, and features a basswood body with special “comfort cut” forearm contour and a graphite-reinforced bolt-on one-piece maple neck, carved and rolled to Eddie Van Halen’s specifications with an oiled back finish. This model also has a 12”-16” compound radius maple fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets and black dot inlays, truss rod adjust spoke wheel, dual direct mounted EVH® Wolfgang® humbucking pickups, EVH®-branded Floyd Rose® Special bridge and R2 locking nut, single volume and tone controls, and three-way toggle switch.
Also available is the EVH® Wolfgang® Standard QM, featuring a beautiful quilt maple top in either Cherry Sunburst or Zilla Burst finishes with a black headstock and black chrome hardware.
<![CDATA[Charvel® Announces New Artist Signature Model for Steel Panther Guitarist Satchel]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/charvel-announces-new-artist-signature-model-for-steel-panther-guitarist-satchel Thu, 25 Jan 2018 22:24:11 GMT
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (January 23, 2018) – Charvel® is pleased to announce the introduction of the brand-new Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK from Steel Panther guitarist Satchel.
There’s just no arguing with the ferociously slamming chops of guitarist Russ “Satchel” Parrish. Simply put, nobody puts the 1987 into today like Parrish and his metalloid feline cohorts, and Charvel is excited to deliver a huge horns-up in the tiger-striped form of the Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK.
“In the '80s, Charvel was it,” said Satchel. “All the cool guitar players were playing Charvel. It’s always been a goal of mine to have a Charvel model at some point.”
The instrument has an alder Dinky™ body with sharper-radius top edges and a flamboyantly florescent Yellow Bengal finish. Of special note are the two Fishman® Fluence Classic humbucking pickups, which share a single volume control knob with special push/pull dual voice activation. Using this control, the PRF-CHB-NB1 neck pickup delivers ideal-but-elusive vintage PAF humbucking neck pickup tone with just the right dynamics and output (voice one), or a Fluence-exclusive neck tone with clear and airy chime, unreal high end, highly vocal midrange and tight lows (voice two). Similarly, the PRF-CHB-BB1 bridge pickup delivers ideal vintage PAF humbucking tone calibrated for perfect output (voice one), or quintessential hot-rodded humbucking bridge tone without all the baggage (voice two). It sounds %$#@& huge.
The two-piece bolt-on maple neck has a Fender® Stratocaster® headstock with Charvel-branded die-cast tuners, graphite reinforcement and heel-mount truss rod adjustment wheel, and a Charvel neck plate. Atop that is a compound-radius maple fingerboard (12”-16”) with 22 jumbo frets and offset dot inlays. Other features include a three-way toggle pickup switch, rear-body “football” output jack, Floyd Rose® FRT-O2000 double-locking two-point tremolo bridge, and more.
<![CDATA[IsoAcoustics’ Launches New ISO Series Line of Acoustic Isolation Stands for Pro Audio Speakers and Subwoofers]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/isoacoustics-launches-new-iso-series-line-of-acoustic-isolation-stands-for-pro-audio-speakers-and-subwoofers Thu, 25 Jan 2018 22:22:26 GMT
New Line Features Contemporary Design with Company’s Acclaimed Acoustic Isolation Performance  
Anaheim, CA (January 25, 2018) —At this year’s NAMM show, IsoAcoustics is very proud to announce the launch of an entirely new line of acoustic isolation stands, the ISO Series, designed for professional audio speakers and subwoofers. The new models, which include the ISO-130, ISO-155, ISO-200 and the ISO-200SUB, feature a new contemporary design, a lower profile and all new isolators – offering the acclaimed acoustic isolation performance that the company’s multiple award-winning legacy stands have become famous for.

The new, modernized full line of ISO Series stands build upon the success of IsoAcoustics renowned L8R Series stands, offering marked acoustic isolation and performance for the clearest and most accurate sound possible.

Like their award-winning predecessors, the new ISO Series of stands for studio monitors are adjustable, providing 14 variations of height and tilt so that the user may easily optimize speaker placement and improve their performance. First in the new line is the ISO-130, which is specifically designed for small to medium-sized speakers and studio monitors up to 20 lbs./9kg.  Next, the ISO-155 stand for medium to larger sized speakers and studio monitors is designed to support up to 40 lbs./18 kg. And for larger speakers and studio monitors, the ISO-200 supports up to 60lbs./27.2kg. The new ISO-200sub, providing superior isolation to bring out the real “punch in the bass” for more accurate sound, can support subwoofers up to 75 lbs./34 kg. The new stands feature a lower profile design, enabling speakers to have a low stance, (atop a meter bridge, for example,) while enhancing their clarity and performance. 

“We are very pleased to show the new full line of IsoAcoustics ISO stands, which will compliment pro audio speakers and subwoofers to deliver unprecedented sound clarity and openness,” says IsoAcoustics’ CEO Dave Morrison. 

IsoAcoustics new line of stands provides a very aesthetically pleasing and cost-effective means to markedly enhance the sound clarity and transparency of studio monitors and subwoofers, using the company’s patented design that decouples the speakers from their supporting surfaces.

IsoAcoustics new line of stands will be available in early spring in more than 70 countries.

See the new line of IsoAcoustics isolation stands, at NAMM Booth 17315 and hear the IsoAcoustics demonstration to hear the difference that these stands deliver.
<![CDATA[Peavey™ Introduces Versarray™ Pro Fully Articulating Line Array System]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/peavey-introduces-versarray-pro-fully-articulating-line-array-system Thu, 25 Jan 2018 22:17:22 GMT


MERIDIAN, MS — Peavey Electronics® introduces the new Dante® enabled Versarray™ Pro, a powered, fully articulating line array system with ribbon drivers. They are the perfect solution for pro-audio applications where high output, optimized coverage, and pristine high fidelity audio are required. Power, clarity, simplicity, configurability, and portability make the Versarray Pro the new standard for mid-size powered line arrays.

Reliability is key for any professional audio system. The Versarray Pro represents the culmination of 53 years of sound reinforcement research and development, and utilizes our redundant audio input system. This allows the user to select analog, Dante, or Dante with analog backup, ensuring reliable, uninterrupted performance. It also stands out from category competitors as a fully articulating line array, meaning that it’s capable of providing maximum coverage and audio quality in a wider variety of applications. Another unique feature is Peavey’s revolutionary FlyQWIK™ hardware, which enables the Versarray Pro to be deployed in a fraction of the time required by comparable systems. 

The powered cabinets include network control for the advanced user as well as quick push-button control for setups where time is of the essence. Network controls include FIR filters, 10 band parametric EQ, noise gate, limiter, auto off, and all back-panel functions. The Versarray Pro also incorporates Peavey’s Mark III ribbon drivers and proprietary CLEAR FORM™ Waveguide to deliver unrivaled high-end clarity.

From live entertainment to houses of worship and other expansive venues, the Versarray Pro is the ideal line array system for a variety of settings. Learn more and get a closer look by visiting the Peavey NAMM booth 201AB, or by visiting www.peavey.com.


<![CDATA[Celestion Debuts the Neo 250 Copperback Guitar Loudspeaker for Upgrade]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/celestion-debuts-the-neo-250-copperback-guitar-loudspeaker-for-upgrade Thu, 25 Jan 2018 22:16:08 GMT
Unique, Lightweight Celestion Speaker Offers Unparalleled Blend of Power Handling, Transparency, Tonal Nuance, and Dynamic Response  

Anaheim, CA (January 25, 2018) — At this year’s NAMM Show, Celestion, the premier manufacturer of guitar and bass loudspeakers and professional audio drivers for sound reinforcement applications, is pleased to debut the Neo 250 Copperback, a new type of Celestion guitar speaker intended to help musicians and amplifier builders optimize the native tone of their systems while also achieving maximum response to players’ touch and dynamics.
While classic Celestion speakers offer the signature midrange presence and growling breakup that has led the music community to consider them one of the most important elements of British guitar tone, the Neo 250 Copperback is designed with a different goal in mind. That goal is to be more tonally transparent, allowing more of the best sonic characteristics of the amplifier and instrument to come through. With its overall light weight of under 5.5 pounds (thanks to a neodymium magnet), the Neo 250 Copperback likewise preserves all the intentions that the fingers of the musician want to express, with an exceptional level of detail and nuance.
In contrast to other guitar and general-purpose speakers that boast transparency, the Neo 250 Copperback preserves the musicality and organic quality that makes Celestion so sought after. Without adding additional coloration, its tight lows, neutral low mids, open upper mid definition, and well-controlled high treble let the guitarist go from shimmering, bell-like clean tones to almost flute-like high gain, merely by tweaking the amplifier’s drive knob.
Last but not least, the extraordinary power rating of 250 watts ensures the Neo 250 Copperback can comfortably be driven by the latest high-output and digital amp technology, which many higher-tech guitarists find appealing. At the same time, its efficient sensitivity of 100dB means it will sing clearly in amp setups and signal chains preferred by tonal purists.
Whether it’s a driver upgrade or replacement in an existing amp or a completely original build, the Neo 250 Copperback is the best transducer to let amplifiers — and musicians — sound their truest.
  • Nominal diameter: 12”.
  • Power rating: 250W.
  • Impedance: 8Ω.
  • Sensitivity: 100dB.
  • Chassis type: Pressed steel.
  • Voice coil diameter: 2.5".
  • Voice coil material: Round copper.
  • Magnet type: Neodymium.
  • Frequency Range: 70 – 5,500Hz.
  • Resonance frequency (Fs): 55Hz.
  • Weight: 5.5lbs. / 2.6kg.
<![CDATA[Celestion Debuts F12-X200 Guitar Loudspeaker Designed Specifically for Use with Amp Modeling]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/celestion-debuts-f12-x200-guitar-loudspeaker-designed-specifically-for-use-with-amp-modeling Thu, 25 Jan 2018 22:14:43 GMT


Anaheim, CA (January 25, 2018) — Celestion, the premier manufacturer of guitar and bass loudspeakers and professional audio drivers for sound reinforcement applications, is proud to announce the F12-X200 loudspeaker, the first bona fide guitarist’s speaker designed from the ground up for use with profiling amps, modeling software, impulse responses, and all technology for emulating coveted guitar amps and speaker cabinets.
This technology is more popular than ever, and guitarists who use it require full-range, flat, accurate frequency response. General-purpose pro audio speakers (as in powered stage monitors) offer flat reproduction but are somewhat clinical sounding and lack the organic, immediate response guitar players want. On the other hand, traditional guitar speakers deliver the immediacy at the cost of accuracy because they are purpose-built to generate more harmonic resonances the harder they are driven — which can undermine the work the profiling/modeling rig is already doing. The F12-X200 combines the best of both worlds and has the problems of neither.
On the side of accuracy, the F12-X200 is a true full-range speaker, with frequency response from 60Hz to 20kHz. The higher frequencies are reproduced using a Celestion compression driver, which has been integrated into the speaker assembly along with a high-quality crossover circuit. This enables the F12-X200 to deliver the full range of audible frequencies and harmonics. Furthermore, special Celestion technology guards against unwanted sonic coloration of the input signal. All this ensures the most accurate rendition possible of whatever amp/cabinet combination the musician is emulating.
On the side of immediacy, the F12-X200 employs proven design principles that have made Celestion royalty among guitar drivers since the dawn of rock and roll, such as straighter cone sides and a lighter moving mass compared with pro audio speakers. The physicality and tactile response of the speaker is live, as it would be playing through a traditional guitar amp.
The end result is that by using the F12-X200 in a monitor wedge, backline cabinet, or any familiar stage or studio application, guitarists can enjoy the instant fingers-to-music connection of their favorite amp setup alongside the multitude of amp setups offered by their solutions of choice for amp and cabinet emulation. As realistic as modeling technology has become, the Celestion F12-X200 makes it more real.

  •          Nominal diameter: 12”.
  •          Power rating: 200W.
  •          Impedance: 8Ω.
  •          Sensitivity: 96dB.
  •          Chassis type: Pressed steel.
  •          Magnet type: Ceramic.
  •          Frequency Range: 60 - 20,000Hz.


<![CDATA[DW Drums Debutes Pure Tasmanian Timber]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/dw-drums-debutes-pure-tasmanian-timber Thu, 25 Jan 2018 22:10:45 GMT



California Custom Drum Makers Debut Limited Edition Exotic Wood Drumsets & Snares Handcrafted from Highly Figured Australian Blackwood & Blackheart Sassafras

(January 25th, 2018th, 2016– Oxnard, CA) Drum Workshop Inc. has announced the debut of their limited edition DW Collector’s Series® Pure Tasmanian Timber drumsets. Handcrafted in DW’s California Custom Shop located in Oxnard, CA, these exceptional drums feature a core of incredibly resonant Australian Blackwood with an outer layer of highly figured Blackheart Sassafras. Finished in a Quick Candy Black Burst to Natural Lacquer which is perfectly complemented by DW black nickel hardware, these distinctive drums are completed with a specialty “Limited Edition DW Pure Tasmanian Timber” badge.

DW Drums’ Executive Vice President and Drum Designer, John Good travelled over 8000 miles to the island state of Tasmania off the coast of Australia to source the distinctive tone woods used to craft these uncompromising drums. Each DW Collector’s Series® Pure Tasmanian Timber 6-piece drumset is available in preconfigured sizes which include 18x22” bass drum, 8x10”, 9x12”and 12x14” toms, and 6.5x14”snare drum.  Each drumset is individually signed and numbered. Only 200 drumsets and 200 à la carte snares will ever be produced.

 “When Australian Black Sassafras trees are damaged by winds or storms, interior parts of the tree are sometimes exposed to rainwater and the trees can become infected with a staining fungus,” said Good. “I know fungus doesn’t sound like a good thing, except in these trees, the fungus turns the normally gray-to-golden-brown heartwood into vibrant streaks dark browns and blacks which is where it gets its name, ‘Blackheart Sassafras.’”

 In addition, each instrument is complemented by DW Custom Shop black nickel hardware and a host of drummer-friendly, professional features including True-Hoops™, True-Pitch 50™ Tuning, S.T.M (Suspension Tom Mounts), M.A.G. Throw-Off System with 3P (3-position butt plate), DW drumheads by Remo USA and more.

<![CDATA[Gretsch Drums Marks 135TH Anniversary with Limited Edition Snare]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/gretsch-drums-marks-135th-anniversary-with-limited-edition-snare Thu, 25 Jan 2018 22:08:34 GMT


Exclusive USA-Made Solid Aluminum Drum Features Intricate Engravings and
135th Anniversary Round Badge


(1/24/2018 – Ridgeland, South Carolina) 2018 marks the 135th Anniversary of iconic American drum manufacturer, Gretsch Drums and to mark this auspicious occasion, Gretsch Drums will release an exclusive, 135th Anniversary snare drum at NAMM 2018. Each 5" × 14" 8-lug solid aluminum shell is hand engraved by master engraver Eric Sooy and assembled with 301 single flange hoops with mini-claw hooks, Lightning Throw-Off and snap-in key holder and custom REMO USA-made Permatone heads. A limited edition deluxe carrying case is included with the drum. Only 135 of these unique collector’s items will ever be produced.
“In 1883 my great Grandfather Friedrich Gretsch founded Gretsch Drums in Brooklyn, NY. It is with an incredible sense of honor that we mark 2018 as the 135th Anniversary of Gretsch Drums’ and we share this pride in accomplishment with the artisans, artists and Gretsch fans worldwide who have contributed to the history, longevity and the American tradition of handcrafting Gretsch Drums and inspiring “That Great Gretsch Sound,” said Gretsch Drums’ President, Fred Gretsch.

<![CDATA[Mackie Announces New Line of Professional In-Ear Monitors]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/mackie-announces-new-line-of-professional--in-ear-monitors Thu, 25 Jan 2018 22:06:31 GMT
Anaheim, CA-January 25, 2018... Mackie today announces for the first time a complete line of high performance in-ear monitors - MP Series Professional In-Ear Monitors. Available in three models, the MP-120, MP-220, and MP-240, the MP Series delivers the great sound and build quality that Mackie is known for in a whole new way to performers.
"From loudspeakers to mixers and everything between, we have decades of experience creating gear for the stage," says Matt Herrin, Mackie Product Manager. "We were excited to draw on that experience for the creation of these new in-ear monitors."
MP Series Professional In-Ear Monitors are the result of Mackie's commitment to helping artists sound their best. The MP Series is available in three models, the single dynamic driver MP-120, dual dynamic driver MP-220, and dual hybrid driver MP-240. Each model has been meticulously tuned to offer incredible clarity, bass, and headroom that surpass in-ear monitors costing much more.
All models feature ergonomically molded enclosures with three different types of ear tips included for maximum comfort. The detachable, audiophile-grade cables are shielded and internally-braided and are equipped with MMCX connectors for easy wearing and flexibility.
The MP-120 features a single large dynamic driver that offers balanced sound with plenty of low end and clarity. The MP-220 steps up the configuration to dual dynamic drivers for tighter bass response and enhanced detail in the mids and highs. The MP-240 utilizes a dynamic driver plus a balanced armature driver for the best of both worlds - the punchy, accurate bass of a dynamic driver and the revealing clarity of a balanced armature driver.
 "The new MP Series continues to take everyone that hears them by surprise," remarks Herrin. "And for good reason, they sound incredible."
The Mackie MP Series Professional In-Ear Monitors include the MP-120, MP-220, and MP-240, and are available worldwide beginning February 1, 2018. Sold individually, the US MSRP pricing is $139.99 for the MP-120, $209.99 for the MP-220, and $279.99 for the MP-240.
For more information, visit http://www.mackie.com/mp-series 


<![CDATA[VUE Expands al-12 Line Array with Flyable Subwoofer]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/vue-expands-al-12-line-array-with-flyable-subwoofer Thu, 25 Jan 2018 22:04:31 GMT


Coming off a highly successful 2017 that saw notable deployments with acts such as Kendrick Lamar, and N.E.R.D., VUE will use this week’s NAMM show to unveil the latest addition to its al-12 Line Array - the al-12SB Flyable Subwoofer.

Designed for seamless integration with VUE’s flagship line array, the al-12SB dramatically expands the al-12’s versatility by delivering powerful and well-defined low-frequency reproduction to below 35 Hz. The al-12SB’s flyable enclosure features versatile rigging options for suspension above or behind al-12 arrays in a variety of configurations, including cardioid arrangements. The al-12SB can also function as the base of a ground-stacked al-12 array, or as a stand-alone subwoofer array in a variety of flown or ground-stacked configurations. 

Driver compliment includes a pair of all-new 18-inch transducers designed specifically for use in the al-12SB. Featuring a large neodymium magnet structure with 5-inch (127 mm) diameter voice coils for exceptionally high power handling and reduced power compression.

The al-12SB enclosure is exactly the same height and width as two al-12 line array elements for aesthetically seamless integration. Road-ready materials include top quality birch plywood coated in the same durable 12-step Dura-Coat LX finish as all al-Class systems. Extensive interior bracing ensures resonant-free low-frequency performance, while a machined, powder-coated steel grille with acoustically transparent lining provides ample driver protection.
Integrated suspension hardware ensures that the al-12SB is perfectly configured for use with virtually any al-12 Line Array System in both flown as well as ground-stacked configurations. Recessed handles, skids, and a top-mounted 20mm socket even allow the al-12SB to be used in portable configurations. Front and rear-mounted Neutrik® Speakon sockets provide easy input and output connection regardless of configuration.
Optimal performance is achieved when the al-12SB is used with one of VUE’s VDrive Systems Engines. Custom al-12SB configuration settings are available via SystemVUE software specifically for a variety of al-12 /al-12SB array combinations. 
“As the al-12 continues to gain fans, the need for more advanced configurations that can address a broader range of applications is expanding as well,” remarked VUE CEO Ken Berger. We’re extremely excited to continue the rapid evolution of the al-12 while empowering our users with versatility and system performance that extends well beyond traditional line array limitations.” 

al-12SB Highlights

  • Integrated rigging and optional fly bars allow the al-12SB to be flown above or behind al-12 acoustic elements, as well as a stand-alone, flown low-frequency system
  • Skids and versatile hardware allow for easy ground stacking with al-8 acoustic elements
  • Versatile flying and ground stack hardware allow the al-12SB to function as the base of a ground-stacked array, as a stand-alone flown subwoofer array, or fully integrated at the top of an al-12 flown array. 
  • Optimal performance is achieved when used with VUEDrive Systems Engines
<![CDATA[Introducing the Ashly digiMIX18 Digital Mixer]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/introducing-the-ashly-digimix18-digital-mixer Thu, 25 Jan 2018 22:00:48 GMT




WEBSTER, NEW YORK – JANUARY 2018: Founded in the early 1970s as a live sound company, Ashly Audio has been building pro audio gear that is uniquely robust, easy to use, and reliable. Based on that proud legacy, Ashly is proud to introduce the new digiMIX18 digital mixer, at the Winter NAMM Show 2018, in Anaheim, California.


Setting itself apart from other digital mixers that currently clutter the market, the new digiMIX18 from Ashly features intuitive real-time mixing functionality pros and beginners will appreciate – with real buttons and knobs, intelligent fader and meter bridge, a seven-inch touchscreen interface, and has a free iPad® app for remote control.


"At a MAP price of $899, our digiMIX18 packs in more flexibility and real-world tools than other mixers in this category at twice the price," said Anthony Errigo, director of marketing communications, at Ashly Audio. “Our digiMIX18 has everything an audio engineer will want, configured so that quick access is insanely practical,” said Errigo. “Non-experts will have an easy time navigating basic functions in ‘EZ-Mode’ when digiMIX18 is set up for, say, a meeting or a presentation. It doesn’t depend on Wi-Fi for anything, so it’s completely self-sufficient. All around it’s a powerful solution for any live performance or event.”


Additional features include eighteen inputs, twelve output busses, comprehensive equalization and dynamics processing, two effects engines, auto-mixing functionality, optional Dante digital connectivity, supplied rack-mounting hardware for a locking rack system.


The digiMIX18 will be shipping in Spring of 2018.



Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of high-quality & high-performance signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. The 42-year-old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A.






<![CDATA[Universal Audio Ships OX Amp Top Box — A Premium Reactive Load Box and Guitar Recording System]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/universal-audio-ships-ox-amp-top-box--a-premium-reactive-load-box-and-guitar-recording-system Thu, 25 Jan 2018 18:00:13 GMT

— Giving guitarists legendary album tones from their existing tube amps, anywhere, at any volume —

SCOTTS VALLEY, CA • January 25th, 2018 — Universal Audio, a leading manufacturer of professional audio recording hardware and software, is proud to announce that OX Amp Top Box is now shipping worldwide.

OX Amp Top Box

OX is a premium reactive load box and guitar recording system, giving guitarists perfectly studio-miked amp sounds from their existing tube amp. OX lets users play and record tube amps in their ideal sweet spots — from the edge-of-breakup to fully cranked — withperfect dynamics at any volume level, and with stunning mic, room, and speaker cabinet emulations at the turn of a knob.

Featuring Universal Audio’s breakthrough Dynamic Room Modeling and Dynamic Speaker Modeling, OX is the first amp recording system to accurately emulate speaker breakup and cone cry — an essential ingredient to organic tube amp tones —  generating additional harmonics and sonic complexity when the amp is cranked.

Using OX Amp Top Box, guitarists can quickly audition a range of expert cabinet/mic/room combinations — and may find that they never need to mic their tube amp again.

The OX Amp Top Box also features a sleek software app for control over all of OX’s parameters via its built-in Wi-Fi, letting guitarists audition, tweak, and store hundreds of cabinet/mic/room presets. Together with a great-sounding tube amp, OX quickly delivers the tastiest album-quality guitar tones of all time.

OX Amp Top Box is now shipping with an estimated street price of $1,299.

OX Amp Top Box — Key Features: 

  • Premium, no-compromise analog reactive load box and guitar recording system for tube guitar amps
  • Instant album-quality mic and speaker cabinet tones via front-panel “RIG” control
  • No amp miking experience needed — get record-ready sounds quickly with expertly-placed mics
  • Five finely-tuned guitar amp attenuation levels —  from off to whisper quiet to full band volume
  • UA Dynamic Speaker Modeling emulates speaker breakup and cone cry 
  • World-class Universal Audio EQ, compression, delay, and reverb effects built-in
  • Selectable 4, 8, and 16-ohm operation 
  • Front-panel Headphone out for silent practice with cranked tones
  • Balanced TRS line outs, and S/PDIF digital outputs for stereo recording
  • Pair with OX mobile or desktop app over Wi-Fi for editing and saving presets


<![CDATA[Bose Professional Debuts S1 Pro Multi-Position PA]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/bose-professional-debuts-s1-pro-multi-position-pa Thu, 25 Jan 2018 17:56:41 GMT


The NAMM Show, Anaheim, CA, January 25, 2018 (Booth #18610) – Bose Professional is debuting the S1 Pro multi-position PA system – the ultimate all-in-one PA, floor monitor, practice amplifier and primary music system, and the latest addition to the acclaimed Bose® portable professional product line. Designed for singer-songwriters, DJs, other musicians and general PA use, and drawing upon the award-winning technology developed for the lauded Bose L1® and F1 portable loudspeaker systems, the S1 Pro allows users to sound great anywhere. The S1 Pro truly delivers on the combination of performance, portability and versatility – ready to perform flawlessly whenever and wherever.

At only 15 lbs (6.8 kg) and with dimensions of 13" x 9.5" x 11.2" (330 x 241 x 286 mm) (easily fitting in an airplane’s overhead compartment), the ultra-portable and rugged S1 Pro is lightweight and designed for effortless transport using the convenient carry-handle.

The S1 Pro is engineered to be used in four different positions to accommodate a wide range of applications – tilt-back, elevated, mounted on a speaker stand, or placed on its side (as a floor monitor). Built-in sensors detect positional changes and trigger Auto EQ, which automatically recalibrates the system’s internal settings for each different placement/application, ensuring that users always sound their best with optimum sound in any position.

The S1 Pro comes with a three-channel mixer. Reverb and tone controls are featured on two channels with XLR / quarter-inch combo jacks, and a third channel is for either 3.5 mm (1/8”) line-in or wireless Bluetooth® connectivity. Additionally, a line-out jack offers easy expansion to other systems.

Using the wireless channel, music can be played from a mobile device easily using Bluetooth streaming (great for pre-produced backing tracks or background music), while getting great sound quickly with integrated ToneMatch® processing for microphones and instruments. Additionally, users can enjoy hours of play on-the-go with the S1 Pro’s optional rechargeable lithium-ion battery; a special setting and intelligent circuitry offer a choice between trickle charge or dedicated full-power charge.

Bose S1 Pro key features:

  • High-output sound from a small, convenient system that is ready to perform whenever and wherever
  • Lightweight, ultra-portable enclosure is designed to transport effortlessly using the convenient carry-handle
  • Onboard three-channel mixer offers independent ToneMatch, reverb and EQ controls on two channels (XLR / quarter-inch combo inputs), with a dedicated channel for either wired (3.5 mm) or wireless Bluetooth music sources (offering streaming from mobile devices with one-touch pairing)
  • Multiple positions with Auto EQ ensure that users always sound their best, regardless of placement orientation
  • Speaker-stand compatibility, for standard 35-mm pole mounts
  • Optional rechargeable lithium-ion battery allows users to perform anywhere for hours
  • An optional rugged backpack-style carrying case with special storage compartment (for cables and accessories) further enhances portability

The S1 Pro multi-position PA system is currently available with a U.S. MSRP of $599 (optional rechargeable lithium-ion battery is also available at $99 U.S. MSRP). The system is being displayed at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, January 25-28, at booth #18610.

For more information, visit PRO.BOSE.COM

<![CDATA[Audio-Technica Introduces Fourth-Generation 3000 Series Frequency-Agile True Diversity UHF Wireless Systems]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/audio-technica-introduces-fourth-generation-3000-series--frequency-agile-true-diversity-uhf-wireless-systems Thu, 25 Jan 2018 17:55:19 GMT

The NAMM Show, Anaheim, California, January 25, 2018 — Audio-Technica (booth 15311, Level 1 ACC North), a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, unveils the next generation of its 3000 Series Frequency-Agile True Diversity UHF Wireless Systems. Providing easy setup, versatile operation and rock-solid, richly detailed high-fidelity sound, A-T’s fourth-generation 3000 Series wireless systems give users the power and flexibility to operate within the congested UHF spectrum.

With a class-leading 60 MHz tuning range, which is more than twice that offered by the previous versions, the new 3000 Series systems are available in two frequency bands – DE2 (470–530 MHz) and EE1 (530–590 MHz). Frequencies can be easily scanned and selected on the receiver and then synced with the transmitter via IR sync functionality. The 3000 Series even lets users set a backup frequency that can be quickly swapped by pressing the transmitter’s multifunction button in the event of unexpected interference.

Available system configurations feature an ATW-R3210 receiver along with an ATW-T3201 body-pack or ATW-T3202 handheld transmitter. The ATW-T3201 is equipped with Audio-Technica’s new rugged cH-style screw-down 4-pin connector for secure connection to A-T’s cH-style lavalier and headworn microphones, or cables. The ATW-T3202 comes with either an ATW-C510 dynamic or ATW-C710 condenser interchangeable cardioid capsule, and its industry-standard thread allows for the use of A-T and other compatible capsules. Both transmitters feature rugged, metal housings and are powered by two AA batteries. Charging terminals on each transmitter work with the ATW-CHG3 and networkable ATW-CHG3N smart charging docks (sold separately) to recharge NiMH batteries. Antenna power is available for powered antennas and other in-line RF devices. A ground-lift switch helps eliminate audible hum caused by ground loops. The systems feature balanced and unbalanced audio output jacks.

Additional features:

  • An auto squelch feature automatically adjusts the squelch setting to maximize operating range while minimizing potential interference.
  • The system’s dual-mode receiver display can switch between standard view or a performance view that highlights key metering.
  • Transmitters and receivers include OLED screens for optimal readout of key settings and alerts.
  • Body-pack transmitter features tactile mute toggle switch (defeatable) for physical confirmation of mute status when transmitter display is not visible.
  • Handheld transmitter offers extremely low handling noise and includes an industry-standard thread for use with interchangeable A-T microphone capsules as well as other compatible capsules.
  • Six new microphone capsules (based on popular A-T models) are available to give users greater control of their sound.
  • System has an operating range of 300 feet (100 m).


  • ATW-3211: ATW-R3210 receiver and ATW-T3201 body-pack transmitter. [Select a microphone or cable with a cH-style screw-down 4-pin connector to complete the system.] MAP $549.00
  • ATW-3211/831: ATW-R3210 receiver and ATW-T3201 body-pack transmitter with AT831cH cardioid condenser lavalier microphone. MAP $649.00
  • ATW-3211/892: ATW-R3210 receiver and ATW-T3201 body-pack transmitter with BP892cH MicroSet® omnidirectional condenser headworn microphone. MAP $789.00
  • ATW-3211/892-TH: ATW-R3210 receiver and ATW-T3201 body-pack transmitter with BP892cH-TH MicroSet® (beige) omnidirectional condenser headworn microphone. MAP $789.00
  • ATW-3211/893: ATW-R3210 receiver and ATW-T3201 body-pack transmitter with BP893cH MicroEarset omnidirectional condenser headworn microphone. MAP $729.00
  • ATW-3211/893-TH: ATW-R3210 receiver and ATW-T3201 body-pack transmitter with BP893cH-TH MicroEarset (beige) omnidirectional condenser headworn microphone. MAP $729.00
  • ATW-3211/894: ATW-R3210 receiver and ATW-T3201 body-pack transmitter with BP894cH MicroSet® cardioid condenser headworn microphone.  MAP $849.00
  • ATW-3211/894-TH: ATW-R3210 receiver and ATW-T3201 body-pack transmitter with BP894cH-TH MicroSet® (beige) cardioid condenser headworn microphone. MAP $849.00
  • ATW-3212/C510: ATW-R3210 receiver and ATW-T3202 handheld transmitter with ATW-C510 cardioid dynamic microphone capsule. MAP $599.00
  • ATW-3212/C710: ATW-R3210 receiver and ATW-T3202 handheld transmitter with ATW-C710 cardioid condenser microphone capsule. MAP $699.00

Interchangeable Microphone Capsules:

  • ATW-C510 cardioid dynamic microphone capsule (ATM510 equivalent) MAP $99.00
  • ATW-C710 cardioid condenser microphone capsule (ATM710 equivalent) MAP $199.00
  • ATW-C4100 cardioid dynamic microphone capsule (AE4100 equivalent) MAP $189.00
  • ATW-C6100 hypercardioid dynamic microphone capsule (AE6100 equivalent) MAP $189.00
  • ATW-C3300 cardioid condenser microphone capsule (AE3300 equivalent) MAP $279.00
  • ATW-C5400 cardioid condenser microphone capsule (AE5400 equivalent) MAP $379.00

Audio-Technica’s fourth-generation 3000 Series Frequency-Agile True Diversity UHF Wireless Systems will be available spring 2018.

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


<![CDATA[Waves Audio Announces the Scheps Omni Channel]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/waves-audio-announces-the-scheps-omni-channel Thu, 25 Jan 2018 17:53:37 GMT


The NAMM Show, Anaheim, California, January 25, 2018— Waves Audio (booth 15301), a leading provider of processing solutions, announces the Scheps Omni Channel plugin. Designed with GRAMMY®-winning mixer Andrew Scheps (Adele, Jay-Z, Metallica), this flexible channel strip delivers Andrew’s time-tested combinations of compression, EQ, saturation colors and more – all crafted to work together seamlessly and cohesively.

Mixers choosing which channel strip to work with often face a dilemma: Channel strip plugins based on vintage mixing consoles can sound amazing but tend to tie you down to a very specific and limited sonic color. Modular channel strip plugins let you mix and match diverse processors with flexibility, but the different processors might not work together cohesively and won’t necessarily interact as a true channel strip.

Scheps Omni Channel gives you the best of both worlds. Through years of mixing diverse music genres, Andrew Scheps has perfected certain combinations of go-to processors – some based on classic hardware units, some being innovative modules developed from scratch – each with its own unique character. They are all now provided to you in one flexible yet fully cohesive channel strip plugin.

Scheps Omni Channel features six modules that you can use in any order you like:

  • The Pre-module provides three types of analog saturation, letting you add diverse colors of harmonic distortion as well as filters and thump (resonance) controls.
  • The Compression module features three completely different compressors ranging from fast to slow and smooth, with a unified control set so you can quickly compare them.  A Wet/Dry control allows you to parallel compress within the module.
  • The EQ module is a four-band equalizer; each band providing a distinct musical sound that holds up on its own or can be switched to fully parametric if surgical EQ is required.
  • The DS2 module is so much more than a de-esser, with two full-range bands and four filter types allowing it to “de-anything” – remove any offending frequencies on any source, not just S’s or T’s.
  • The Gate module gives you all the standard controls (threshold, attack and release) for gating/expansion, but also lets you adjust the maximum noise reduction to maintain a consistent noise floor.
  • The Scheps Omni Channel also features an insert slot that can be positioned anywhere in the chain, where you can insert an additional Waves plugin of your choice, including an extra instance of any of the Scheps Omni Channel modules.

For live sound, Scheps Omni Channel offers zero latency and fullest discrete control over each stereo channel. Select controls of the compressor, EQ and filters are mapped conveniently to the eMotion LV1 live mixing console, serving as the console’s channel strip.

A set of Andrew Scheps’ “Focus” presets, created for different sources, highlights the most important controls you should be focusing on to achieve your current task. Also included are presets from top mix engineers, including Tony Visconti, Dave Darlington, Brad Divens, Billy Bush, Jacquire King, Ken “Pooch” Van Druten and Eddie “El Brujo” Caipo.

No matter what musical genre you are working with, the Scheps Omni Channel plugin enables you to quickly audition sonic flavors, helping you stay focused while you mix.

Waves Audio Scheps Omni Channel features:

  • Designed with GRAMMY-winning mixer Andrew Scheps (Adele, Jay-Z, Metallica)
  • Flexible channel strip plugin based on Andrew’s tried and tested processing combinations
  • Pre, compression, EQ and gating modules, each with diverse options for sonic flexibility
  • DS² module with 2 full-range bands and 4 filter types
  • Insert slot: Load an additional Waves plugin anywhere in the channel strip
  • Drag and drop any module anywhere in the channel strip
  • Internal MS/Duo/Stereo routing per module
  • Stereo component provides full discrete control over each channel
  • Flexible shaping of internal or external sidechain input
  • Zero latency
<![CDATA[Focusrite Launches Three Studio-Quality USB Audio Interface]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/focusrite-launches-three-studio-quality-usb-audio-interface Thu, 25 Jan 2018 17:50:48 GMT


The NAMM Show, Anaheim, CA, January 25, 2018 – Focusrite (booth 11110) has introduced a new range of studio-quality USB audio interfaces under the Clarett line. The Clarett USB series features three interfaces: Clarett 2Pre USB (10-in, 4-out), Clarett 4Pre USB (18-in, 8-out) and Clarett 8Pre USB (18-in, 20-out).

The low noise, low distortion and up to 119dB dynamic range of Clarett can now be experienced with any Mac or PC supporting USB 2.0 and above. The included standard USB and USB Type-C™ cables connect to Mac or PC, enabling users to record with super-low latency through amp simulators and effects plug-ins.

Focusrite chose 24-bit/192kHz A-D and D-A converters for the ideal signal path – matching interfaces costing hundreds more. In addition, the Air-enabled mic preamps can reproduce the input impedance, clarity and frequency response curve of the Air feature from Focusrite's original ISA mic preamp. Included software is from XLN Audio, Focusrite, Softube, Ableton® and Loopmasters.

The simplest of the three interfaces, Clarett 2Pre USB, provides two mic/line/instrument inputs, four line outputs, MIDI I/O and an ADAT input. Clarett 4Pre USB and Clarett 8Pre USB add mic/line inputs, S/PDIF I/O and two headphone outputs with volume controls.


<![CDATA[Ernie Ball Introduces Expression Tremolo Pedal]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/ernie-ball-introduces-expression-tremolo-pedal Thu, 25 Jan 2018 17:46:01 GMT


(The NAMM Show, Anaheim, CA – January 25, 2018) – Ernie Ball (Booth 5220, D5), the world's premier manufacturer of guitar strings, musical instrument accessories and volume pedals, introduces the new Ernie Ball Expression Tremolo Pedal, designed specifically to deliver foot-sweepable tremolo control, all without taking your hands off your guitar. The Expression Tremolo Pedal gives players more sonic expression than traditional stomp pedals in a roadworthy stunning violet and gold gloss metal casing.

The Expression Tremolo Pedal features a sleek, compact design that maximizes playability, while providing a minimized footprint on stage or as part of a pedal board. Incorporating a virtually limitless tonal palette that simply can't be matched by traditional "on/off" stompboxes, the Expression Tremolo Pedal is constructed with a sealed aircraft-grade aluminum chassis that offers improved mechanical and electrical protection.

Features include:

  • Five different tremolo waveforms: Slow Rise, Slow Fall, Sine, Square, Harmonic
  • Control depth, rate, or both simultaneously with foot control
  • Spring reverb level adjustment
  • Mono Input/Mono Output
  • 9V Input (power supply not included)

The Ernie Ball Expression Tremolo Pedal is available now at $249.00 SRP

<![CDATA[Genelec Offers “The Ones” Series of Compact Coaxial Active Monitors]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/genelec-offers-the-ones-series-of-compact-coaxial-active-monitors Thu, 25 Jan 2018 17:44:42 GMT


The NAMM Show, Anaheim, CA, January 25, 2018 — Genelec (booth 18501), the leader in active monitoring technology for four decades, is proud to offer Ultimate Point Source monitoring with “The Ones”: in this series, the award-winning 8351 three-way Smart Active Monitor™ is joined by the new 8341 and 8331, the world’s smallest three-way coaxial monitors, to create a complete compact coaxial range that redefines near-field monitoring. The 8341 and 8331 immediately defy expectations; housed in enclosures no larger than a traditional two-way Genelec 8040 or 8030, they wipe away the previous constraints of coaxial point source setups.

Long considered the standard for critical listening, point source overcomes the off-axis coloration associated with traditional loudspeaker designs, giving the user more freedom of movement rather than confining them to a narrow sweet spot. This breakthrough in coaxial driver design provides extremely accurate imaging and improved sound quality, with crystal clear accuracy, both on and off-axis, vertically as well as horizontally. Aesthetically striking is the absence of any visible woofers, which are concealed beneath the Directivity Controlled Waveguide™ (DCW™).

The Ones deliver absolutely neutral reproduction, meaning users can make mix decisions with confidence while also listening for longer sessions – the dramatic reduction in unnatural imaging means listener fatigue is a fraction of that experienced with other systems. In addition, Genelec’s famous Directivity Control Waveguide (DCW) is combined with the unmatched precision of The Ones’ concealed dual woofer design, resulting in less colored reflections.

Like the 8351, both the 8341 and 8331 can be orientated horizontally or vertically using an adjustable IsoPod™ base for isolation, with absolutely no compromise in performance, offering maximum flexibility to fit even the tightest of working environments. But while the 8341 and 8331 both echo the 8351 in form and function, the new models have been entirely reengineered to meet the challenges of their ultra-compact dimensions (just 13.78 in. x 9.33 in. x 9.57 in. [350mm x 237mm x 243mm] for the 8341, and 11.77 in. x 7.44 in. x 8.70 in. [299mm x 189mm x 212mm] for the 8331).

Innovations include a motor assembly that sees both the midrange and the tweeter share the same compact magnet system, reducing size and weight with no reduction in response. The unique midrange coaxial driver cone is now composed of concentric sections, optimizing midrange linearity – as does the DCW, which covers the entire front face of the enclosure. Despite the size of the 8341 and 8331, each unit incorporates three stages of dedicated Class D amplification, developed in-house by Genelec and including eco-friendly Intelligent Signal Sensing™ (ISS™) energy-saving technology.

Small but mighty, The Ones are also powerful. The short-term maximum output capacities for each of the models is 110 dB SPL for the 8341 (at 1m), and 104 dB SPL for the 8331 (at 1m), with accuracy better than ±1.5 dB, and respective frequency responses starting at 45 Hz and 38 Hz (-6 dB) and extending beyond 40 kHz both for the analog and digital inputs.

The coaxial design allows for ultra-near-field listening, creating a dramatic improvement in the direct sound-to-reverberant sound ratio and further reducing the room’s influence while monitoring. The listening distance may be as short as 16 inches, with no loss of precision. At a listening distance of just 20 inches, the maximum SPL capability (headroom) is raised by more than 5 dB.

Finally, with The Ones, Ultimate Point Source meets ultimate flexibility with Smart Active Monitoring™, the ground-breaking Genelec technology based on Genelec Loudspeaker Manager™ (GLM™) 3.0 software for PC and Mac, incorporating AutoCal™.

With Smart Active Monitoring, The Ones take their place in a larger family of smart monitors from across the Genelec range, all of which can be used to create smart networks of up to 40 monitors and subwoofers per network, covering instantly recallable configurations from traditional stereo to immersive audio. GLM makes it simple to create optimal monitoring setups even in challenging environments, automatically compensating for detrimental room influences by calibrating levels, distance delays, phase and room equalization to create a consistent, optimized listening environment.

“The number of big ideas contained within these small monitors is truly remarkable, but no list of features can ever match up to the experience of simply listening to them,” commented Genelec Managing Director Siamäk Naghian. “For professionals worldwide, the 8351 has already become the trusted standard for its neutrality and its smooth frequency response both on- and off-axis. Now that same precision and three-way performance is available to everyone. With the 8341 and 8331, the size of your studio is no longer a barrier to the size of your ambition.”

For further details on The Ones, visit www.genelec.com.

<![CDATA[Auralex® Offers MAX Kits™ Portable Treatment Kits]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/auralex-offers-max-kits-portable-treatment-kits Thu, 25 Jan 2018 17:43:18 GMT


The NAMM Show, Anaheim, CA, January 25, 2018 – Auralex® Acoustics, Inc. (booth 15523), the world’s leading brand of acoustical treatments, offers its new MAX Kits™ portable treatment kits. “MAX” kits (shorthand for Mobile, Absorptive and “eXpandable”) allow users to reconfigure and tune their space for a wide variety of applications, providing ultimate flexibility in configuring their room. Three packages are available: VoxMAX™, EditMAX™ and ProducerMAX™ kits.

Auralex portable treatments offer highly effective absorption for recording and performance applications in the studio, on stage, classroom, in the home and more. They are perfect for the traveling musician and recording pro on-the-go.

The VoxMAX Kit is designed for voiceover/vocal recording and instrument baffling. This kit can also be quickly positioned to address reflections within a small recording, monitoring or mixing environment.

• Two ProMAX™ v2 Panels (with stands & 18-inch extensions)
• One MudGuard™ v2
• Two 24” Stand-Mounted LENRDs™ (with stands & 18-inch extensions)
• Height-Adjustable: With Included Mounting Stands
• Color: Charcoal

The EditMAX Kit is designed as an easily configured baffling for recording and can also be quickly positioned to create an accurate monitoring environment for editing and mixing in spaces that mounted acoustical treatments are not desired.

• Four ProMAX v2 Panels (with stands & 18-inch extensions)
• Two DeskMAX™ v2 Panels (with stands)
• Four 24” Stand-Mounted LENRDs (with stands & 18” extensions)
• One MoPAD-XL™ (4pc/set, each pair isolates 2 speakers)
• Height Adjustable: With Included Mounting Stands
• Color: Charcoal

The ProducerMAX Kit is a versatile and easily configured acoustical treatment solution for recording that can be quickly positioned to create an accurate monitoring and mixing environment.

• Six ProMAX v2 Panels (with stands & 18” extensions)
• Two DeskMAX v2 Panels (with stands)
• Two Studio6™ Panels (with stands)
• One ProPAD™ (4pc/set, each pair isolates 2 speakers)
• Height Adjustable: With Included Mounting Stands
• Color: Charcoal

For more information, please visit www.auralex.com/.

<![CDATA[Avid Unveils Wide Range of Music and Audio Product Innovations at NAMM 2018]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/avid-unveils-wide-range-of-music-and-audio-product-innovations-at-namm-2018 Thu, 25 Jan 2018 17:41:51 GMT
Avid Unveils Wide Range of Music and Audio Product Innovations at NAMM 2018
At NAMM 2018, Avid delivers Avid ArtistCentral, Pro Tools 2018, Sibelius 2018, unprecedented Waves Audio integration, an expanded Avid Artist Community, and more, helping music and audio professionals create, collaborate, and distribute music in a creative global ecosystem
NAMM Show (North Hall, Booth #15501), ANAHEIM, Calif., Jan. 25, 2018Avid® (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 introduced powerful innovations for music and audio professionals at NAMM 2018. Powered by MediaCentral®, the industry’s most open and efficient platform designed for media, these new tools and Avid’s creative ecosystem enable aspiring and professional musicians to create, collaborate and gain the broadest exposure for their content.
“Avid’s innovating for music and sound faster than ever before—at the speed of our customers’ inspiration in the studio and live venues—with new capabilities across our platform, workflow solutions, and creative tools,” said Louis Hernandez, Jr., Chairman and CEO at Avid. “Avid’s latest product introductions demonstrate the power of our unique creative ecosystem, which empowers anyone participating in the music business to connect, collaborate, create and be heard around the world.”
Avid’s introductions at NAMM 2018 include:
Avid ArtistCentral
Avid unveiled the Avid ArtistCentral™ application. Avid ArtistCentral brings the benefits of the Avid ecosystem to individual artists, making it easy and efficient to connect with other artists and access the tools they need to expand their creative potential. The Avid ArtistCentral app makes it simple for users to find, connect and chat with Avid Artist Community members and invite them to collaborate on a project and provide feedback on their work.
Avid VENUE and Waves
The new Waves SoundGrid High Density (WSG-HD) Option Card and Avid VENUE™ software update for its award-winning Avid VENUE | S6L live sound system deliver unmatched hardware and software integration with Waves SoundGrid systems. S6L provides seamless Avid Pro Tools® integration and on-board industry-standard AAX plug-ins. Engineers can now mix with the same Waves sound processors used on the artist’s studio recordings to re-create their signature studio sound in live settings. This collaboration between Avid and Waves Audio provides live sound engineers with extensive tactile and software control of plug-in parameters, a vastly simplified setup, system redundancy, and much greater creative flexibility.
Pro Tools 2018
The latest release of Pro Tools 2018 boosts the creative experience and accelerates workflows for greater collaboration with new features including Track Presets, retrospective MIDI record, MIDI editing enhancements, Playlist Comping enhancements, and much more. Pro Tools 2018 enables songwriters, composers, musicians, producers, and mixers to focus more on the creative process and less on laborious tasks. The new retrospective MIDI record feature ensures that users will never lose a performance, while shortcuts to quickly transpose, trim notes and edit velocities make music creation quicker and easier.
EUCON Software
A new version of EUCON™ software lets customers use Pro Tools® | Control – Avid’s free iOS iPad app – in conjunction with the Pro Tools | S6 control surface to remotely control Pro Tools and other digital audio workstations (DAWs) giving them the flexibility to be anywhere in the studio during a mixing session. This EUCON software release also enables users to operate S6 Soft Keys to control multiple DAWs simultaneously, accelerating mixing workflows for film and TV post production.
Sibelius 2018
A new version of Sibelius®, the world’s best-selling music composition and notation software, is now available. It delivers enhancements to both Sibelius and Sibelius | First, including new multi-edit workflows that enable composers, arrangers, orchestrators, copyists and engravers to deliver scores faster and more efficiently.
Sibelius Cloud Storage Plans
Avid introduced Sibelius Cloud Storage Plans to give users more flexible storage capabilities, enabling them to easily expand cloud storage for sharing more scores. Avid also expanded the Avid Artist Community with Sibelius | Cloud Sharing, which allows composers to share their scores with anyone, anywhere, on any device.
Avid Educates at NAMM Show 2018
  • NAMM TEC Master Class: Avid Chairman and CEO, Louis Hernandez, Jr., will speak on the Future of Content Creation and Distribution on Saturday, January 27 at 2pm at NAMM U Hilton Education Center’s fourth floor Avilla room
  • Making Music Creation Accessible: Ed Gray, director, Partnering Programs | Market Solutions at Avid, will speak on this topic on Sunday, January 28 at 1pm in Room 201 above Hall A at the Anaheim Convention Center
  • The State of Plug-in Processing for Live Sound: Robert Scovill, manager of Solutions Development Sales | Strategic Solutions at Avid, will speak on this topic Thursday, January 25, 11am to 12pm at Anaheim Hilton
Visiting Artists at Avid’s Booth North Hall, #15501
  • Pensado’s Place: January 25-27 at 1:00pm daily
Dave Pensado and Herb Trawick will do three live shows on the Avid main stage, featuring Andrés Torres and Mauricio Rengifo, the producers behind 2017’s GRAMMY® Award nominated smash hit “Despacito”, and Ariel Borujow and Alan Meyerson
  • Immersive Electronic Music Creation, Matt Lange: January 25, 11:30am; January 26, January 27, 10am; January 28, 10am and 1:30pm
Renowned producer, guitar player, and songwriter Matt Lange will show how he composes, mixes, and advances his music in Pro Tools
  • Sound for Post: January 26,11:30am
Will Files, PK Hooker, Dave Grimaldi, Doug Murray, Jack Whittaker, and John Morris, War for the Planet of the Apes
January 26, 4:30pm
Stranger Things Sound Designer, Craig Henighan; Supervising Sound Editor, Brad North; Music Editor, David Klotz; and Sound FX Editor, Jordan Wilby
January 27, 11:30am
Academy Award® winner and Supervising Sound Editor, Mark Mangini; and Re-recording Mixers, Ron Bartlett and Doug Hemphil discuss Blade Runner 2049
January 27, 4:30pm
The team behind Game of Thrones talks dragons, Targaryans, and impending winter. On the stage will be: Re-recording Mixer, Onnalee Blank; Supervising Sound Editor, Tim Kimmel; Foley Editor/Mixer, Brett Voss; Foley Artist, Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit; Sound Designer, Paula Fairfield; and Music Editor, David Klotz
  • Examining the Creative Process: January 25-28 at various times
Top mixers and producers Ariel Borujow, MarioSo DeJesus, Craig Bauer, Andrés Torres & Mauricio Rengifo, and Lu Diaz show a glimpse into how they achieve their unique sounds using Pro Tools
  • Sibelius: January 25-27 at 3:45pm
Head of Music Preparation for Walt Disney Studios, Booker White; Composer, Amit Cohen (Bloodline, Star Trek – Discovery, MTNA National Composition Competition award winner); and John Meehan (Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps) discuss how Sibelius helps them shape their scores
  • Perspectives on the Art of Making Music: January 25-27 at 3pm & January 28 at 12:45pm
Justin Gray, Rob Kleiner, and Mark Yaeger discuss avenues for success in the industry
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 Media Composer®, Pro Tools®, Avid NEXIS®, MediaCentral®, iNEWS®, AirSpeed®, Sibelius®, Avid VENUE™, Avid FastServe™, Maestro™, and PlayMaker™. For more information about Avid solutions and services, visit www.avid.com, connect with Avid on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, or subscribe to Avid Blogs.
© 2018 Avid Technology, Inc. All rights reserved. Avid, the Avid logo, Avid Everywhere, Avid ArtistCentral, Avid NEXIS, Avid FastServe, AirSpeed, EUCON, iNews, Maestro, MediaCentral, Media Composer, PlayMaker, Pro Tools, Avid VENUE, and Sibelius are trademarks or registered trademarks of Avid Technology, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Product features, specifications, system requirements and availability are subject to change without notice.
Academy Awards and Oscar are registered trademarks and service marks of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
<![CDATA[Supro Celebrates David Bowie with Limited Edition Dual Tone Guitar]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/supro-celebrates-david-bowie-with-limited-edition-dual-tone-guitar Thu, 25 Jan 2018 11:50:16 GMT


Wednesday, January 24, 2018 (Port Jefferson Station, NY) - Developed by Supro with assistance from the David Bowie Archive, the David Bowie Limited Edition Dual Tone is based on the main guitar David Bowie played on theReality album and throughout his final world tour, “A Reality Tour”, in 2003-2004.


Although he played a variety of guitars throughout his career, Bowie enjoyed a special relationship with the iconic vintage 60’s Supro Dual Tone he had customized to his specifications. Bowie’s guitarist Earl Slick says, “Of all the electric guitars that David played and owned over the many years that we worked together, he loved the Supro best. He was quite proud of it actually. I’ve never seen him get attached to a guitar, except that one.”During the recording of the Reality album in New York City in early 2003, Bowie purchased two early-60’s Supro Dual Tone guitars on EBay. One of them, which is prominently featured on the cover art of the New Killer Star single, was a 1961 hardtail model.


A second Dual Tone was modified by master luthier Flip Scipio, who inlaid the top five fret slots with rainbow colors after installing a Bigsby vibrato at Bowie’s request. “They brought me the second guitar and needed it done very fast, within one day,” recalls Scipio. “That is why I did not reinstall the top frets. The fret filler is made of dyed Japanese maple. David loved the way this guitar looked and sounded, so I chose the colors based on what I thought would look cheerful. I felt that if I can be happy with the guitar, then David would be happy with the guitar as well.” It was this highly customized Supro Dual Tone that became Bowie’s favorite guitar and main live instrument, appeared on the cover of the “A Reality Tour” live album, and inspired this limited edition 2018 re-creation.


Supro 2018 David Bowie Limited Edition Dual Tone

Why did Bowie choose the Dual Tone? Guitarist Gerry Leonard, who played on both the Reality album and tour, says: “David was a discerning collector of not only art, but all things to do with music, music artifacts and specific instruments. The Supro was a guitar that nailed a few of these criteria for him. It’s a very stylish guitar and it has a great vibe and sound. It was a fantastic guitar and David loved it so much, it was the only one he wanted to play, even though we had many other great instruments from famous makers available to him.”


David Bowie's original Supro Dual Tone

Although we know that the guitar’s Art Deco style appealed to Bowie’s well-known flair for design, we also know that he had a fascination with the instrument’s early legacy. He advised James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem to get a Supro Dual Tone specifically because it was the guitar played by power-chord pioneer Link Wray. The Dual Tone famously appears in the promotional artwork for Wray’s 1958 hit song “Rumble”: a recording noteworthy for being the only instrumental song ever to be banned from US radio. Bowie even chose to pay homage to Link Wray, using “Rumble” as a musical interlude during the Reality Tour. Clearly, the rock and roll mythology of Link Wray and his affinity for Supro guitars made a lasting impact on David Bowie.


The Dual Tone model first appeared in Supro catalogs in the early 1950s. The distinctive tone of the Supro Vistatone pickups has been a consistent highlight of this instrument throughout its evolution. Supro’s 1953 catalog boasted: “We sincerely believe the pickup system to be the finest we have ever produced in over two decades of electronic development. Make an honest comparison with any instrument for tone, volume, and performance–you’ll be truly surprised.”


Over the subsequent five years after ’53, the neck was improved, headstock changed, body widened, pickup wiring changed, and contoured bevels added to the body. By 1958, the Dual Tone was totally dialed in, and became a bestseller for Supro.


The Supro 1524S Dual Tone as it appeared in an original Supro catalog.
In keeping with the spirit of innovation that evolved the 1953 Dual Tone into the 1958 model favored by Link Wray, the construction of the Bowie guitar has been further developed with subtle tweaks and refinements to carry the torch into the present day—while retaining the vibe of the original instrument. This incarnation of the Dual Tone guitar features a 24 ¾” scale maple neck with a rosewood fretboard and set-neck construction.
The alder body has a tummy cut for increased playing comfort, as well as an ergonomic neck joint, allowing full access to the high frets. Hardware appointments include Bigsby vibrato, roller bridge, butterfly tulip tuning pegs and a matched set of vintage-correct Vistatone pickups, designed to replicate the genuine Supro sound that David Bowie loved.

As a final touch, the David Bowie Limited Edition Dual Tone features a mirror-finish Bowie lightning bolt insignia on the face of the headstock. In further tribute to Bowie’s personal favorite Supro guitar, the top five frets have a multi-colored rainbow pattern inlaid into the fretboard to replicate the look of the custom work done by master luthier Flip Scipio for the Reality album and subsequent world tour. 




  • Official David Bowie Supro Dual Tone
  • Individually numbered limited edition
  • Mirror-finish Bowie headstock logo
  • Rainbow fret lines on top 5 frets
  • Authentic Bigsby vibrato
  • Supro Vistatone pickups
  • 24 ¾” scale length
  • 12” fretboard radius
  • Ergonomic set-neck design
  • Supro/Bowie hard case included
  • Signed and numbered certificate of authenticity included

Only 300 pieces of the Supro David Bowie Limited Edition Dual Tone guitar will be made. The instrument will retail for $1,199 USD. Contact your Supro dealer to reserve one today.

<![CDATA[BOSS Announces GT-1000 Guitar Effects Processor]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/boss-announces-gt-1000-guitar-effects-processor Thu, 25 Jan 2018 11:48:04 GMT

Premium guitar processor with advanced BOSS technologies and class-leading sound quality


The NAMM Show, Anaheim, CA, January 24, 2018 — BOSS (ACC North, Level 2, Exhibit 17820) announces the GT-1000, a premium amp and effects processor for guitarists. Designed for superior tone and exceptional musical response, the GT-1000 is the first-ever guitar multi-effects processor with 32-bit AD/DA and 32-bit/96 kHz internal processing. Driven by BOSS’s latest custom DSP engine and filled with cutting-edge BOSS technologies, the GT-1000 delivers class-leading performance in a compact and lightweight floor-based unit.

The GT-1000 includes a wide range of expressive amplifier types, newly built with the comprehensive Tube Logic design approach behind the acclaimed Katana, Waza, and Blues Cube amplifiers. Also featured is the groundbreaking Augmented Impulse Response Dynamics (AIRD) technology, realized with BOSS’s extensive research into the complex component interactions in classic guitar amplifiers. AIRD provides new levels of performance when using the GT-1000’s preamps with guitar amps and power amps, and previously unattainable realism in direct recording and full-range monitoring applications.

Inside the GT-1000 is an impressive selection of world-class effects, with BOSS’s Multi-Dimensional Processing (MDP) on board along with advanced modulation, delay, and reverb algorithms from the popular 500-series pedals. Users can configure amps and effects with numerous routing options and enjoy mute-free patch switching and delay/reverb carryover thanks to the ultra-speedy DSP engine.

The GT-1000 offers intuitive editing and powerful control with a large display, 10 assignable footswitches, and an onboard expression pedal with toe switch. Via built-in Bluetooth®, users can edit and organize GT-1000 sounds wirelessly using dedicated apps for iOS and Android devices.

To learn more about the GT-1000 Guitar Effects Processor, visit Boss.info.

<![CDATA[Ampeg Expands Pedal Lineup with Two New Original Designs]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/ampeg-expands-pedal-lineup--with-two--new-original-designs Thu, 25 Jan 2018 11:38:15 GMT


ANAHEIM, CA, USA - January 25, 2018... Ampeg today announces the release of the all-new Liquifier Analog Chorus and Opto Comp Analog Optical Compressor pedals. The two new designs join the growing line of award-winning pedals loved by countless musicians around the world.
The Liquifier Analog Chorus pedal delivers incredibly rich tones thanks to its dual chorus circuit. With this uncommon design, the Liquifier Chorus not only offers incredibly lush, dreamy chorus tones, but can push it in to another dimension allowing for a whole new level of creativity. Dialing in your perfect sound is easy too, with straightforward Rate, Depth, and Effect Level controls. In addition to sounding amazing, the Liquifier stands out visually as well with a beautiful Sparkle Purple finish.
"This isn't your typical chorus pedal," remarks Ampeg Product Manager Ryan Cassady. "The dual circuit design opens up a new world of chorus sounds that, until now, were only available in much pricier pedals. You're going to love its versatility and creative potential."
The Opto Comp Analog Optical Compressor pedal utilizes an optical circuit to deliver smooth, vintage style compression that is popular with bass players in the studio and on the stage. A perfect addition to any Ampeg rig, the Opto Comp adds headroom and sustain to your tone. Designed for maximum versatility the Opto Comp is perfect for all playstyles, basses, and guitars as well. Featuring a Vintage White finish to contrast perfectly with the rest of your Ampeg pedal collection.
"Adding a compressor to your setup is one of the easiest ways to step up your tone and consistency," remarks Cassady. "And our optical design delivers smooth, musical compression while preserving the sound of your guitar or bass and amplifier."
Bass and guitar players alike will love the wide array of chorus tones of the Liquifier and the smooth, musical compression of the Opto Comp. Both pedals feature rugged, roadworthy construction, true-bypass switching, and a pedalboard friendly size that matches existing Ampeg pedals perfectly.
The new Liquifier Analog Chorus and Opto Comp Analog Optical Compressor will be available beginning April 2018. Sold individually, the Liquifier will have a U.S. MSRP of $139.99 and the Opto Comp will have a U.S. MSRP of $139.99.
For more information on the new pedals, visit www.ampeg.com/pedals
Visit Ampeg at the 2018 Winter NAMM Show. Ampeg is in a new location upstairs in Demo Room 201C/D.
<![CDATA[Antelope Audio announces EDGE Strip breakthrough bundle at 2018 NAMM Show]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/antelope-audio-announces-edge-strip-breakthrough-bundle-at-2018-namm-show Thu, 25 Jan 2018 11:35:37 GMT
SANTA MONICA, CA, USA, JANUARY 25, 2018: high-end professional audio equipment manufacturer Antelope Audio is proud to announce that EDGE Strip — a breakthrough bundle comprising its DISCRETE MP Discrete Dual Ultra-Linear Microphone Preamp and already-available, trailblazing EDGEmodelling microphone (for which the all-new, all-analogue dual-input microphone preamplifier itself is specifically designed) — will be making its debut during a must-see showcase at The 2018 NAMM Show, January 25-28 in Anaheim, California…
Antelope Audio’s talented team of engineering experts, led by capable company CEO Igor Levin, designed DISCRETE MP to perfectly match the frequency response of the already-available, trailblazing EDGE, a large-diaphragm modelling microphone featuring dual edge- terminated capsules for a smooth/natural sound, reproducing the expressiveness and character of costly classic microphones — albeit without excessive expense. Elsewhere, the EDGE Strip-bundled DISCRETE MP dual-input microphone preamplifier places the same transistor schematic that beats at the state-of-the-art heart of the aptly-named DISCRETE 8 ThunderboltTM & USB Interface with 8 Discrete Mic Preamps and DISCRETE 4 ThunderboltTM & USB Interface with 4 Discrete Mic Preamps series siblings — released to critical acclaim late last year — at its user’s fingertips.
Furthermore, the EDGE Strip bundle comes complete with a package of microphone emulations, bringing field-tested microphone classics destined to make musical inroads into studio setups the world over. Developed in close collaboration with world-renowned experts, these must-have microphone emulations are available in native formats, facilitating lightning-fast workflow. Preamp emulations are also included in the package, together with the STAY-LEVIN compressor, personally designed by Igor Levin at Antelope Audio.
Antelope Audio has always collectively prided itself in coming up with technologies that unite the digital and analogue audio worlds. While both DISCRETE MP and EDGE are all-analogue devices, making them fully compatible with any audio interface and A/D converter central to any studio setup anywhere, DISCRETE MP allows users to explore the full potential of EDGE in both Antelope Audio-centred setups or other audio systems. Saying that, thanks to its 1kHz hardware calibration OSC (oscillator), DISCRETE MP easily adapts to any studio setup.
Still deeper, DISCRETE MP masterfully makes available Antelope Audio’s signature sonic footprint of pristine audio quality. The unique discrete design of its preamp allows Antelope Audio to modify each individual aspect of the preamp, putting total control over colouration, clarity, and character in the hands of discerning users.
Ultimately, then, DISCRETE MP powerfully punches well above its (950g) weight while packing a lot into its diminutive (190mm W x 46.5mm H x 157mm D) dimensions, as evidenced by its impressive technical specifications: two INPUTS on MIC-XLR and LINE-USE 1/4” JACK, offering 20dBu max balanced @ 2kΩ (XLR only) and 29dBu max balanced @ 13K to ground (TRS only); two TRS OUTPUTS(22dBu max); USB CONTROL I/O (USB 2.0 Full-Speed Type B for remote control only); and a mic preamp pushing out an accomplished gain range of 0dB to 61dB (in 1dB steps) alongside 48Vphantom power.
Put it this way: when taken together as the EDGE Strip breakthrough bundle, Antelope Audio’s all-new, all-analogue DISCRETE MP Discrete Dual Ultra-Linear Microphone Preamp and already-available EDGE modelling microphone make for a killer combination!
Clearly not to be missed, EDGE Strip will be showcased by Antelope Audio on booth #15914 at The 2018 NAMM Show, January 25-28 in Anaheim, California. Come check it out! 
EDGE Strip — a breakthrough bundle of Antelope Audio’s all-new, all-analogue DISCRETE MP Discrete Dual Ultra-Linear Microphone Preamp and already-available, trailblazing EDGE modelling microphone — is shipping in March 2018 with a projected price of €1,295.00 EUR. 
For more in-depth info, please visit the dedicated EDGE Strip webpage here: https://en.antelopeaudio.com/products/edge-strip/ 
<![CDATA[Waldorf Music Announces STVC String Synthesizer and Vocoder]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/waldorf-music-announces-stvc-string-synthesizer-and-vocoder Thu, 25 Jan 2018 11:33:43 GMT


Melville, NY–January 10th, 2018–

Waldorf, the popular synthesizer and software company, has justannounced theStreichfett Keyboard, a brand-new string synthesizer and vocoder. This model takesWaldorf’s Streichfett String Synthesizer, popular for its unique vintage-styled strings, and adds a tremendousamount of new features, taking the Streichfett engine to new levels of performability and sonic diversity.


The STVC is an all-new keyboard, featuring a full 49 velocity sensitive keys with aftertouch, pitch bend andmod wheel in a full metal case, with a gorgeous OLED display. The display helps users access the 126programmable patches in three banks, something all-new just for the Streichfett Keyboard.“The Streichfett module has long been admired for its amazing sound quality, flexibility, and simplicity in thecreation and exploration of synthesized strings, as well as many other textures,” states James Sajeva, Directorof Music Technology Brands at Korg, USA, Inc. “This all-new full size keyboard version, with even more powerand features, is a very exciting and unique addition to the Waldorf line!”


In addition to the engine enhancements, the STVC adds an all-new Vocoder function to the Streichfett. Housed in the same durable chassis, the Vocoder features excellent speech intelligibility, with freeze mode, a fully polyphonic carrier, gender modification, morphing, and effects like phaser and reverb.


The STVC will make its world-wide debut at WNAMM 2018 at the Korg USA booth, Hall B, #8802. Formore information, visit



<![CDATA[Arturia MiniBrute 2S Semi-Modular Analog Sequencing-Synth Announced]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/arturia-minibrute-2s-semi-modular-analog-sequencing-synth-announced Thu, 25 Jan 2018 11:30:30 GMT
Following the announcement of MiniBrute 2, Arturia have also revealed an exciting new sequencer variant: the MiniBrute 2S. This is the second of three new products which will all be available at stores from March 2018.


MiniBrute 2S is a sophisticated analog monosynth sharing the signal creation, sound shaping power, and modular capabilities also found in the newly announced MiniBrute 2. It replaces its keyboard with a set of performance pads as well as an advanced, intuitive and addictive, triple-layer sequencer with space to save up to 64 sequences, and the ability to chain them together to create flowing performances. Its multiple layers not only let you create melodic sequences, but also create extra levels of parameter automation to really make your music come alive. 

Perfectly geared toward the modern musician, MiniBrute 2S is a synth that promises to bring every element of your creative environment together, and unleash the true potential of modularity. As the keyboard-based version MiniBrute 2, MiniBrute 2S features semi-modular architecture, giving users the chance to rework its internal signal routing by patching into its comprehensive CV/Gate patch bay. The MiniBrute 2S can also take a commanding role in your modular setup, letting you use external modules to affect its sound, or send signals or sequences from the MiniBrute 2S to your Eurorack modules. 

Arturia’s latest small-but-mighty monosynths are the successors to their debut analog instrument, the MiniBrute. The first incarnation was released in 2012, and turned the industry on its head, offering a unique, affordable analog synth experience with attitude. The MiniBrute 2S features many of the amazing features that made its predecessor a must-have instrument, including mixable waveforms, the acidic Steiner-Parker filter, and the chaotic Brute Factor. 

MiniBrute 2S also features the all-new Arturia Link, an exciting innovation that will help unify and democratize your creative environment. To find out more information on the Link system and how it integrates with other devices, stay tuned for more Arturia product announcements, and all of your questions shall be answered. 

To get hands on with all 3 of the new products, find Arturia at NAMM 2018. We’ll be at booth #11910. We can’t wait to see you.


To get a good look at MiniBrute 2S in action, and to hear how it sounds, check out the official Arturia MiniBrute 2S announcement video. 
<![CDATA[Carl Martin Teases New Pedals at NAMM]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/carl-martin-teases-new-pedals-at-namm Thu, 25 Jan 2018 11:28:09 GMT

<![CDATA[Harkte TX300 300-Watt/5-Pound Bass Amplifier at NAMM]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/harkte-tx300-300-watt5-pound-bass-amplifier-at-namm Thu, 25 Jan 2018 11:20:29 GMT



ANAHEIM, CA (January 25, 2018) – Hartke, an industry leader in bass amplification, launches
the TX300 Bass Amplifier, a portable powerhouse for bass players, at NAMM 2018. The TX300
features 300 watts packed into an aluminum chassis weighing only five pounds, and a flexible
preamp with Hartke&#39;s Shape circuit for dialing up any tone. It’s the answer for bass players who
need a compact amplifer that can meet the demands of any gig. The TX300 will be available in
February 2018 at major MI retailers for $299.99.


Complete Control


The TX300’s preamp offers a 3-band EQ with Hartke&#39;s Shape circuit, providing enormous
control over tone. The Drive knob allows users to add a subtle warmth to their sound or crank it
up to complete fuzz. The onboard compressor can be dialed-up to even out note volume, add
punch to the sound and protect the speaker cabinet from the hardest of finger-popping


Enhanced Bass


The Shape control is a contour filtering system designed to enhance the sound of bass
instruments. When enabled, it allows the player to continuously sweep a filter through various
frequencies to customize the effect of the curve for the specific tonal characteristics of their
instruments. This curve provides moderate boost at certain frequencies and deep attenuation at



Featuring an anodized aluminum chassis and weighing only five pounds, the TX300 is both
rugged and ultra-portable. This Class D amplifier provides the tonal characteristics of traditional
amps, minus the backbreaking weight. A balanced XLR direct output allows connection straight
into a mixer, ideal for direct recording or performance venue setups. And with a headphone
output and 1/8&quot; (3.5mm) input for playing along with your tracks, the TX300 is equally at home
in practice spaces as it is in studios or on the road.


Product Features

300-watt Class D bass amplifier that weighs 5lb
Drive circuit for added distortion effect
Variable compressor for increased dynamic control
3-band EQ with Shape control
1/4” active/passive input
1/8” Aux input
1/8” headphone output
Balanced XLR direct output
Output Mute switch
Rugged anodized aluminum chassis

<![CDATA[Hotone Introduces Five New Nano Legacy Series Amplifier Heads at NAMM 2018]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/hotone-introduces-five-new-nano-legacy-series-amplifier-heads--at-namm-2018 Thu, 25 Jan 2018 11:17:38 GMT


ANAHEIM, CA (January 25, 2018) – Hotone, an innovative force in guitar effects, amplification
and switching, introduces five new Nano Legacy Series Amplifier Heads at NAMM 2018:

Vulcan Five-O: Inspired by the legendary Peavey® 5150®*

Eagle’s Heart: Inspired by the legendary ENGL® Savage 120*

Freeze B: Inspired by the legendary Friedman BE-100*

Captain Sunset: Inspired by the legendary Soldano® SLO-100*

Siva Boogie: Inspired by the legendary Bogner® Shiva*

Each packed with essential guitar amp features and weighing only a pound, these 5-watt amp
heads are the perfect addition to any player’s arsenal. With great sound and maximum
portability, the Nano Legacy Series Amplifier Heads are optimal solutions for guitarists that want
excellent tone for jam sessions, home studios, bedroom setups and more.

The five new Nano Legacy Series Amplifier Heads will be available in February 2018 at major MI retailers for
$119.99 each.

Product Features

5 watts of Class A/B power
Separate Volume and Gain knobs
3-band (Bass, Middle, Treble) EQ

<![CDATA[Vintage Guitars New for NAMM 2018]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/vintage-guitars-new-for-namm-2018 Thu, 25 Jan 2018 11:13:22 GMT



<![CDATA[QSC Introduces the Ultra-Compact KS112 Powered Subwoofer]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/qsc-introduces-the-ultra-compact-ks112-powered-subwoofer Thu, 25 Jan 2018 11:10:38 GMT
New Subwoofer Features High Performance in a Compact and Portable Package

Costa Mesa, CA (January 24, 2018) – As QSC celebrates one million K Family loudspeakers sold since their introduction, the company is pleased to introduce the newest K Family member, the ultra-compact KS112 powered subwoofer. Joining the previously-introduced KS212Ccardioid powered subwoofer, the KS112 is the second model in the KS subwoofer series. With its innovative design, legendary QSC amplification and advanced DSP, the KS112 is the perfect choice for a variety of installation and entertainment applications for which high output, low frequency extension is needed from an ultra-compact and portable package.

The KS112 features a single 12-inch transducer in a 6th order bandpass premium birch cabinet. On-board DSP provides variable crossover, delay, and savable/recallable Scenes for commonly-used applications while advanced thermal and excursion processing further optimize system performance.
Two M20 threaded pole receptacles provide a positive, wobble-free connection to a threaded speaker pole in either vertical or horizontal deployment (pole not included). Rugged, low-noise casters are included, while a locking security cover and padded transport cover are available options.
“With the introduction of the KS112, QSC offers users the ability to choose the perfect subwoofer for their application in a way never before possible,” says Chris Brouelette, Product Manager, Pro PA Loudspeakers.  “From the ultra-compact KS112 and directional KS212C cardioid sub, to the portable KSub, punchy and powerful KW181, and KLA181 for flown applications, the wide variety of options available, all as complementary members of the K Family, present extraordinary and compelling low-frequency solutions for sound reinforcement professionals and enthusiasts of all kinds.”
Musicians, bands, mobile DJs, system integrators and AV rental/production professionals alike will appreciate the performance of the KS112 for a wide variety of applications – particularly when paired with TouchMix Series mixers, further optimizing KS Series performance, or as a complement to K.2 Series loudspeakers. The KS112 also features the renowned QSC Global 6-year warranty with product registration.
The KS112 subwoofer will have an estimated US street price of $999 and is expected to be available in the late spring of 2018. 

<![CDATA[Montreal's SFM will become the first North American distributor of Animals Pedals]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/montreals-sfm-will-become-the-first-north-american-distributor-of-animals-pedals Thu, 25 Jan 2018 11:00:18 GMT


MONTREAL, Quebec ─ Montreal's SFM will become the first North American distributor of Animals Pedals.


Founded in 2015 by LEP International Co., one of Japan's premier effects distributors, Animals Pedals (formerly Ninevolt Pedals) is an affordable line of effects that pairs unconventional names and creative, ursine-centric graphics with straightforward functionality, simple layouts, intuitive controls, and arrays of impressive sounds. The brand's line-up includes a trio of pedals designed by Marc Ahlfs of California's Skreddy Pedals.


“We are very excited to introduce this species of effects to North America,” says Erik Lind, Brand Manager of SFM’s MI business unit. "Animals has generated some very well-earned buzz overseas, and we know their recipe of quirkiness, reasonable prices, and tasty tones will appeal to discerning players in our market. Animals adds another component to SFM's growing assortment of complementary effects pedals brands, and we're extremely excited for the opportunity to build the Animals Pedals brand in the USA and Canada."


<![CDATA[Get your Engine Re-Primed]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/get-your-engine-re-primed Wed, 24 Jan 2018 16:41:35 GMT



With significantly more power and flexibility, new Engine Prime v1.1 features improved iTunes folder management, faster library search and ability to drag iTunes playlists directly into playlist area.


Cumberland RI, USA (January 22, 2018)—Denon DJ (www.denondj.com), a leading manufacturer of premium DJ products and solutions, today announced that it has introduced Engine Prime v1.1, the latest version of its proprietary music analysis and librarian software. Delivering extensive new features, Engine Prime v1.1 adds more power and flexibility for DJs to manage their digital music collection, integrating improved iTunes folder management, improved library search capability and performance enhancements too. Loops and cue points can now be added while a track is still being analyzed, and search performance is now much quicker and more efficient, enabling DJs to search text within multiple fields at once.


DJs using iTunes as their core library application now have vastly improved visibility on their sub- folders, plus their favored iTunes playlists can now be dragged directly into the Engine playlist area. A multitude of improvements adds to this major update for Denon DJ’s Engine Prime application, strengthening its position as the premier music library management and analysis tool for professional DJs.


New Engine v1.1 Features

  • Embedded iTunes structure now supports playlist folders and sub playlists.

  • Embedded iTunes playlists are easily imported to Engine Prime playlist and crate areas via right

    click menu or dragging.

  • Added support for custom iTunes XML database location.

  • Improved Searching. Users can now use spaces to search text within multiple fields at once.

  • Added ability for Loops and Cues to be placed before analysis is complete.

  • Added ability to right click within a playlist and renumber the playlist based on the current playlist


  • Filters now highlight all shown related compatible keys and BPMs when selecting items in the lists.

  • Missing songs that could not be packed to a drive are now listed in a missing files crate.

  • New “Job Monitor” feature is accessible on the lower right corner of the application. This feature

    helps the scheduling of song packing to drives, adding tracks to collections, and other processes.

  • The number of songs selected is now shown at the bottom of the screen.

  • Stability enhancements and various bug fixes.

    For more info, go to: http://denondj.com/engineprime


The new Engine Prime v1.1 is available as a Free software download for all Prime Series (SC5000

and X1800) hardware users beginning Q1, 2018.


“Engine Prime software is an integral component of Denon DJ’s Prime Series,” said Ross Goodwin,

Denon DJ Product Manager. He added, “The new 1.1 version enables a higher degree of access and

organization for music libraries, making the DJs time on the stage collected and creative.”





About Denon DJ

Denon DJ (www.denondj.com) is a leading manufacturer of equipment for professional and mobile DJs. Since the introduction of their first dual-rackmount CD player in 1992, Denon DJ has provided premium, innovative solutions for world-class performances night after night.
Denon DJ is a member of the premier family of brands known as inMusic.

<![CDATA[Eventide's Expanded NAMM Presence]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/eventides-expanded-namm-presence Wed, 24 Jan 2018 16:36:16 GMT


Eventide Expands Presence at NAMM 2018



Anaheim, CA — January 25, 2018 — Eventide will be demonstrating its new flagship rackmount processor, the H9000, at the 2018 NAMM Show. The H9000 features 8X the processing power of the current generation H8000.


Eventide will also be demonstrating their recently released Euro DDL module for Eurorack, as well as demoing their recently released Anthology XI plug-in bundle. Eventide will be conducting demos of these products at their new booth, 4633 in Hall D.


And, in response to popular requests from many H9 stompbox users, Eventide will be demonstrating their new Android-version of the H9 Control app.


H9000 Features:

  • 4 quad-core ARM processors serving as 16 DSP engines
  • 8 channels of pristine analog audio I/O, AES/EBU, ADAT, 16 USB audio channels
  • emote remote control application, available as a standalone app for Mac and PC, as well as a plug-in for Pro Tools, VST and AU. Connect via RJ45 or Wifi.
  • Optional connection to audio networks including MADI, Dante, Ravenna, and more.
  • FX Chains which allows users to connect any set of four effects with flexible routing. FX Chains can be created to act as a voice channel, a guitar ‘pedal board’, a modular synth with effects, etc.


The H9000 is currently available in limited quantities. General availability is scheduled for the 2nd quarter. The H9000 will be available in two models, the standard model with full front panel control is priced at $6,999 and the blank front panel H9000R priced at $4,999.


Euro DDL Features:

  • A Eurorack delay with minimal digital circuitry - nothing more than simple, yet flexible, delay.
  • The DDL is pristine. It’s long. It’s short (0.11msec resolution). It’s smooth, it loops and it goes backwards.
  • The delay converter is 24 bits with max delay up to 10 seconds at 192 kHz sample rate and 160 seconds at 16 kHz sample rate.
  • Delay time can be varied smoothly and over a wide range; either manually, via tap tempo or by remote control voltage.
  • Short delays can be used for comb filter and flanging effects.
  • Longer delays for echo effects.
  • Infinite delays for looping. Backwards delays for reverse effects.


The Euro DDL is shipping in limited quantities. Preorders available. MSRP $399.

Eventide’s suite of plug-ins will also be demonstrated. Released in December 2017, Anthology XI is a bundle of all of Eventide’s plug-ins. Attendees will also have an opportunity to try out Newfangled Audio’s mastering plug-in, Elevate.


Anthology XI Features:

  • 23 plug-ins based on over 45 years of Eventide studio effects.
  • More than 2900 presets, many created by Eventide artists like Dave Pensado, George Massenburg, Tony Visconti, Vernon Reid, Richard Devine, Joe Chiccarelli, Roy Hendrickson, Alessandro Cortini, Andrew Scheps, Robin Finck, Chuck Zwicky, Kevin Killen, and Suzanne Ciani.
  • Multi Effects: H3000 Factory, H3000 Band Delays, Octavox, Quadravox, UltraTap and the TEC Award nominated Fission/Physion.
  • Reverbs: Blackhole, Tverb, MangledVerb, 2016 Stereo Room, and UltraReverb.
  • Clockworks Legacy: H910 Harmonizer®, H910 Dual, H949, H949 Dual, Omnipressor®, Instant Phaser, and Instant Flanger.
  • Utilities: UltraChannel, EChannel, Precision Time Align, EQ45, and EQ65.


A $3500 value, Anthology XI is available for $1799. Upgrades available.







Eventide website: https://www.eventideaudio.com

<![CDATA[Celestion Launch New AF Line Array Driver Series At NAMM 2018]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/celestion-launch-new-af-line-array-driver-series-at-namm-2018 Wed, 24 Jan 2018 16:30:33 GMT


Celestion Launch New AF Line Array Driver Series at NAMM 2018
Ferrite Magnet AF Drivers Complement Existing AN Line Array Driver Range
Anaheim,  CA (January 22, 2018) —At the 2018 NAMM Show, Celestion is debuting the new value priced range of weather-resistant, compact, low-profile drivers, the AF range, designed for use in compact line arrays, column speakers and  compact single-speaker applications. The first models in the series consist of two lightweight full-range models, the three-inch (75mm) AF3010 and the four-inch (100mm) AF4010, the new driver range complements the company's existing AN series of line array drivers, a popular choice with compact array manufacturers since its 2012 launch.
“Our AN series drivers have been so well received by our customers that we wanted to offer the AF Series as an alternative, designed to reach a wider marketplace,” explains Ken Weller, Celestion Marketing Director.
The new lightweight (around 600g/20oz) AF series uses  exceptionally cost-efficient materials, meaning that together with the existing AN drivers, customers now have a wider range of driver sizes and construction types to suit all design budgets. The AN series featured neodymium magnets, aluminium cones and an ABS chassis; the AF3010 and AF4010 feature ferrite magnets and coated (waterproofed) paper cones, in a pressed-steel chassis. As with the AN series, the new drivers are designed to be weather-resistant for use in arrays situated outdoors.
The three-inch AF3010 is a 35W driver with a sensitivity (@1W/1m) of 87dB, and with a frequency range of 120Hz to 19kHz. The larger AF4010 also delivers 35W, with a slightly higher sensitivity of 88dB and frequency range of 100Hz to 16kHz. Like the AN series, the AF range was developed using FEA (finite element analysis) techniques to optimise its acoustic and electromagnetic performance, and, as a result, delivers wider dispersion to higher frequencies than many drivers of similar specification.
The AF3010 and AF4010 are shipping now. For more information, see www.celestion.com, or visit the company at stand #7602 during Winter NAMM.
About Celestion and Celestion Guitar Speakers
With worldwide headquarters in Ipswich, England, Celestion design, develop and manufacture premium guitar and bass loudspeakers, and high-quality professional audio drivers for sound reinforcement. These world-renowned speakers are used onstage and in clubs, theatres and other venues the world over. Contact Celestion at: info@celestion.com and visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/celestion.
<![CDATA[Eventide Fission Splits, Say “Hello” To Physion™]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/eventide-fission-splits-say-hello-to-physion Wed, 24 Jan 2018 15:34:02 GMT


Eventide Fission Splits, say “Hello” to Physion™


January 25, 2018 — Little Ferry, NJ — In response to a formal request, Eventide today announced the renaming of their Structural Effects™ plug-in, Fission, to Physion.

Fission has been nominated for a TEC Award and in its short life it's already been used by legendary engineers and producers like Tony Visconti and Steve Rosenthal.  It has even helped give life to the Shadow Monster in the Netflix series Stranger Things.  

Fission is truly groundbreaking as acknowledged in its many rave reviews with comments including:

  • "...opens up a whole new universe of processing possibilities" — Computer Music
  • "...a new level of sound design like no other plug-in can deliver" — Releasetime
  • "...an idea that no other company to our knowledge has attempted" — All Things Gear
  • "It’s so clever that it begs the question: why has no one done this before?" — Gearslutz
  • "Despite its initial apparent similarity to traditional transient shapers, Eventide has come up with something very new and different" — Ask Audio


Can this be karma? Given that Fission is so clearly different from anything that has come before it deserves a new, non-traditional, name  — Physion.

“Naming things is always a challenge, and someone else was already using the name Fission for an audio software product.  So, in response to a formal request, we are renaming our product, Physion” said an Eventide spokesperson. “After all, a Rose by any other name…”

The name change is immediate. Hello, Physion.



Mac OSX 10.7+, Windows 7+; AAX, AU, VST and No iLok dongle required.

Product page: https://eventideaudio.com/physion



About Eventide

Since 1971, Eventide has remained at the forefront of recording technology. In 1975 they revolutionized the audio industry by creating the world’s first commercially available digital audio effects unit, the H910 Harmonizer®. 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. ® 2018 Eventide Inc.

<![CDATA[Bose Professional Debuts Powerful T8S And T4S ToneMatch® Stereo Mixers]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/bose-professional-debuts-powerful-t8s-and-t4s-tonematch-stereo-mixers Wed, 24 Jan 2018 15:30:06 GMT


Bose Professional Debuts Powerful T8S
and T4S ToneMatch® Stereo Mixers


Compact stereo mixers without compromise, the T8S and T4S
are the ultimate on-stage companion for performing artists.



Framingham, MA, January 23, 2018 Bose Professional has extended the ToneMatch® audio engine series with the powerful new eight-channel T8S ToneMatch mixer and the four-channel T4S ToneMatch mixer, representing the next generation of the ToneMatch line and offering unprecedented connectivity with intuitive control. Compact and portable, both the T8S and T4S are gig-ready. Craig Jackson, Product Line Manager for Bose Professional, remarks, “Typically you need to invest in larger, more complicated consoles to get the audio quality and powerful effect engine in the new ToneMatch mixers. Performers value audio quality and options, but we know that in-performance usability, portability and reliability are just as important.” Their rugged enclosures have a protective, magnetically-coupled cover to protect controls and connectors. A chassis-bottom insert allows the use of standard mounting accessories to keep the mixers in reach during performances.


About the T8S ToneMatch Mixer:

The performer-focused and compact eight-channel T8S ToneMatch Mixer is intuitive to operate, with illuminated, stage-friendly tactile controls, an easy-to-read display and scene recall. ToneMatch processing presets with the powerful and advanced DSP engine (including studio-quality effects and Bose zEQ equalization, which redefines low, mid and high ranges for each ToneMatch preset) making it easy for musicians to take control of their music. When used with Bose® L1® and F1 systems, the T8S provides full end-to-end tonal optimization.


Each T8S channel has dedicated ToneMatch, EQ, dynamics and effects. The T8S effects includes compressor, limiter, de-esser, noise gate, chorus, flanger, phaser, tremolo, delay and reverb functions. Tap tempo delay and a chromatic tuner are built-in. Aux send 1 has a dedicated reverb of its own while a master output EQ helps compensate for venue acoustics.


The T8S offers high-density connectivity unparalleled in a small digital stereo mixer. Eight high-quality audio preamps with XLR-combo jacks accommodate microphones or instruments, with switchable phantom power. Two Aux inputs allow for additional source inputs. Outputs include four aux sends, balanced quarter-inch TRS and XLR stereo outputs and an independent headphone output. USB-A and USB-B connections allow for USB drive playback or PC/Mac interface. The T8S includes a ToneMatch power supply. Dimensions: 8.4” x 12.25” x 3.25” (214 mm x 311 mm x 83 mm).


About the T4S ToneMatch Mixer:

The four-channel T4S offers most of the same features as the T8S, except for the following differences: the T4S features an Aux send count of two, and outputs to either quarter-inch TRS balanced stereo or dual ToneMatch links – designed to send digital audio to L1 Model 1S/II systems while receiving power on the same provided ToneMatch cable (note: when not used with an L1 system, the T4S can also be optionally powered by an accessory ToneMatch power supply). The final difference between the mixers is the T8S exclusive output meter. Dimensions: 8.4” x 7.25” x 3.25” (214 mm x 184 mm x 83 mm).


45-Day Better Music Guarantee:

To make it convenient for customers to experience Bose T4S/T8S mixers in their own environment with their specific gear, Bose has included the products in its 45-Day Better Music Guarantee. Exclusive to Bose direct sales channels, users can buy and try a system, and if for any reason they are not satisfied, they may return it for a refund. Optionally, customers can easily try out the mixers at participating MI retailers.


The T8S and T4S will be available late February 2018 with U.S. MSRP’s of $899 and $599, respectively. The system is being displayed at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, January 25-28, at booth #18610.


For more information, visit PRO.BOSE.COM.



The new eight-channel T8S ToneMatch mixer and the four-channel T4S ToneMatch mixer


About Bose Corporation

Bose Corporation was founded in 1964 by Dr. Amar G. Bose, then a professor of electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Today, the company is driven by its founding principles, investing in long-term research with one fundamental goal: to develop new technologies with real customer benefits. Bose innovations have spanned decades and industries, creating and transforming categories in audio and beyond. Bose products for the home, in the car, on the go and in public spaces have become iconic, changing the way people listen to music.

Bose Corporation is privately held. The company’s spirit of invention, passion for excellence, and commitment to extraordinary customer experiences can be found around the world – everywhere Bose does business.


Bose Contact:
Bose Professional Systems Division


<![CDATA[Bose Professional Debuts S1 Pro Multi-Position PA System]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/bose-professional-debuts-s1-pro-multi-position-pa-system Wed, 24 Jan 2018 15:27:42 GMT


Bose Professional Debuts S1 Pro Multi-Position PA System


New ultra-portable Bose® S1 Pro is a high-performance portable PA,
floor monitor, practice amplifier and primary Bluetooth® music system



Framingham, MA, January 23, 2018 Bose Professional is debuting the S1 Pro multi-position PA system – the ultimate all-in-one PA, floor monitor, practice amplifier and primary music system, and the latest addition to the acclaimed Bose® portable professional product line. Designed for singer-songwriters, DJs, other musicians and general PA use, and drawing upon the award-winning technology developed for the lauded Bose L1® and F1 portable loudspeaker systems, the S1 Pro allows users to sound great anywhere. The S1 Pro truly delivers on the combination of performance, portability and versatility – ready to perform flawlessly whenever and wherever.


At only 15 lbs (6.8 kg) and with dimensions of 13" x 9.5" x 11.2" (330 x 241 x 286 mm) (easily fitting in an airplane’s overhead compartment), the ultra-portable and rugged S1 Pro is lightweight and designed for effortless transport using the convenient carry-handle.


The S1 Pro is engineered to be used in four different positions to accommodate a wide range of applications – tilt-back, elevated, mounted on a speaker stand, or placed on its side (as a floor monitor). Built-in sensors detect positional changes and trigger Auto EQ, which automatically recalibrates the system’s internal settings for each different placement/application, ensuring that users always sound their best with optimum sound in any position.


The S1 Pro comes with a three-channel mixer. Reverb and tone controls are featured on two channels with XLR / quarter-inch combo jacks, and a third channel is for either 3.5 mm (1/8”) line-in or wireless Bluetooth® connectivity. Additionally, a line-out jack offers easy expansion to other systems.


Using the wireless channel, music can be played from a mobile device easily using Bluetooth streaming (great for pre-produced backing tracks or background music), while getting great sound quickly with integrated ToneMatch® processing for microphones and instruments. Additionally, users can enjoy hours of play on-the-go with the S1 Pro’s optional rechargeable lithium-ion battery; a special setting and intelligent circuitry offer a choice between trickle charge or dedicated full-power charge.


Bose S1 Pro key features:

  • High-output sound from a small, convenient system that is ready to perform whenever and wherever
  • Lightweight, ultra-portable enclosure is designed to transport effortlessly using the convenient carry-handle
  • Onboard three-channel mixer offers independent ToneMatch, reverb and EQ controls on two channels (XLR / quarter-inch combo inputs), with a dedicated channel for either wired (3.5 mm) or wireless Bluetooth music sources (offering streaming from mobile devices with one-touch pairing)
  • Multiple positions with Auto EQ ensure that users always sound their best, regardless of placement orientation
  • Speaker-stand compatibility, for standard 35-mm pole mounts
  • Optional rechargeable lithium-ion battery allows users to perform anywhere for hours
  • An optional rugged backpack-style carrying case with special storage compartment (for cables and accessories) further enhances portability


The S1 Pro multi-position PA system is currently available with a U.S. MSRP of $599 (optional rechargeable lithium-ion battery is also available at $99 U.S. MSRP). The system is being displayed at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, January 25-28, at booth #18610.


For more information, visit PRO.BOSE.COM.


The S1 Pro multi-position PA system from Bose Professional.



About Bose Corporation

Bose Corporation was founded in 1964 by Dr. Amar G. Bose, then a professor of electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Today, the company is driven by its founding principles, investing in long-term research with one fundamental goal: to develop new technologies with real customer benefits. Bose innovations have spanned decades and industries, creating and transforming categories in audio and beyond. Bose products for the home, in the car, on the go and in public spaces have become iconic, changing the way people listen to music.

Bose Corporation is privately held. The company’s spirit of invention, passion for excellence, and commitment to extraordinary customer experiences can be found around the world – everywhere Bose does business.

The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Bose Corporation is under license.


Bose Contact:
Bose Professional Systems Division

<![CDATA[ PreSonus Unveils EarMix 16M AVB-Networked Personal Monitor Mixer]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/presonus-unveils-earmix-16m-avb-networked-personal-monitor-mixer Wed, 24 Jan 2018 15:24:08 GMT
PreSonus Unveils EarMix 16M AVB-Networked Personal Monitor Mixer
PreSonus EarMix 16M.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, January 2018... Designed to work seamlessly with the PreSonus® StudioLive® Series III family of mixers, yet compatible with other AVB-enabled systems, the PreSonus EarMix™ 16M 16x2 AVB-networked personal monitor mixer provides a high-quality, expandable, networked monitoring solution for stage, installed sound systems, and studio recording. Part of PreSonus’ fast-growing ecosystem of AVB-networked products, each EarMix 16M accepts 16 mono channels of input via AVB networking—and you can network multiple units with a StudioLive Series III mixer.
EarMix 16M features a loud, clear headphone amplifier that can drive low-impedance devices such as professional-caliber in-ear-monitors. Channel grouping and stereo channel linking let you create custom mixes for each musician, and you can apply limiting and three-band EQ with sweepable midrange frequency to each channel, as well as to the main mix. Once you’ve perfected a set of monitor mixes, save the whole scene to internal memory; you can store and recall up to 16 mix scenes locally.
The EarMix 16M can be powered with its included external power supply but in many cases—such as when it’s difficult to provide power across multiple onstage locations—it’s better to use Power over Ethernet (PoE), which enables network cables to carry electrical power to compatible devices.
A pair of AVB jacks enable you to chain multiple EarMix 16Ms while also connecting to a StudioLive Series III mixer. You can expand even further by chaining EarMix 16Ms from multiple PreSonus SW5E AVB switches. Once you’ve created your AVB network, setting up EarMix 16M routings from a networked StudioLive Series III console or using free PreSonus UC Surface control software for Mac, Windows, iPad, and Android is fast and easy.
EarMix 16M is expected to be available in the first quarter of 2018, with an anticipated street price of $399.95. For more information, please visit https://www.presonus.com/products/EarMix-16M.

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[Radial Launches New SAT]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/radial-launches-new-sat Wed, 24 Jan 2018 15:20:49 GMT


Radial's new stereo audio attenuator and monitor controller, the SAT-2, is now shipping
Vancouver, BC - Radial is pleased to announce the SAT-2™ is now shipping. The SAT-2 is a passive stereo audio device that provides you with attenuation and control over your signal level wherever you may need it, either at the output of a pair of high-gain mic preamps, or before your studio speakers as a compact desktop monitor controller. Exceptional build quality and high-grade components ensure noiseless operation, without any degradation or coloration of the source material. 

When using the SAT-2 as a monitor controller, simply connect it in between your playback device or recording interface, and a pair of powered speakers. The SAT-2 is equally useful in a recording studio, or with a simple PA rig to control overall output levels. Both XLR and ¼" TRS options are provided for the inputs of the SAT-2, eliminating the need for adapter cables. XLR outputs can be connected to a pair of powered speakers, while the trim knob provides an easy-access master volume control. Mute and mono switches allow you to silence the outputs or sum left and right together to check mixes for mono phase compatibility. A handy dim switch with adjustable level control allows you to temporarily lower the output volume without losing the setting on the main trim control.
The SAT-2 can also be used to attenuate signals before sending them to your audio interface, so you can drive your mic preamps hard for coloration without clipping the inputs of the recording device. This allows you to have your preamps turned up to their sweet spot without having to engage the input pad or risk overloading when recording. A high quality 4-pole rotary knob ensures consistent L-R tracking over the entire range of the trim pot, fully maintaining the left-right balance of stereo sources.   
Compact but extremely rugged, the SAT-2 is housed in a 14-gauge solid steel enclosure, with a book-end design that protects the connectors and switches from damage, and I-beam construction that prevents stress on the circuit board that can cause solder joints to fail. The SAT-2 provides clean and transparent operation with a number of useful features and applications, making it a simple yet powerful device for your audio toolbox.
MAP: $99.99 USD
For more information on the SAT-2
<![CDATA[VUE Audiotechnik Shows Off New h-Class Models At NAMM]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/vue-audiotechnik-shows-off-new-h-class-models-at-namm Wed, 24 Jan 2018 15:19:08 GMT

VUE h-Class Additions Extend
Ultra Premium Performance
To New Applications 


VUE Audiotechnik will use this week’s NAMM show in Anaheim to show off two new models in its premium h-Class family of high definition powered systems in booth #14501. The hm-108A is a precision slant stage monitor packing the full arsenal of VUE’s most advanced technologies into a compact, fidelity-first monitoring system. Also new is the h-8N, a narrow dispersion sibling to VUE’s h-8, the most popular model in VUE’s h-Class family. 


The h-8N, with its narrow 60-degree coverage, adds another level of versatility to the h-Class range, while dramatically expanding applications for VUE’s flagship technologies. The driver complement is identical to the h-8, with a precision-engineered 8-inch transducer that’s  combined with a neodymium compression driver capable of unparalleled high-frequency performance thanks to the Truextent™ beryllium diaphragm at its core.


Also new is the hm-108A, an ultra-compact stage monitoring system that benefits from the same 8-inch transducer and beryllium-infused compression driver as the h-8 and h-8N. Designed specifically for maximum transparency, the hm-108A is ideally suited for critical foldback applications including legitimate theater, choir, orchestra, or anywhere that absolute fidelity trumps raw, unbridled horsepower.


Both models of the h-8, as well as the hm-108A, feature powerful onboard VUEDrive electronics benefitting from a state of-the-art digital signal processor that’s explicitly programmed for each unique transducer/cabinet combination. In addition, dual-channel, high-efficiency Class D amplification deliver ample power while eliminating the need for noisy cooling fans. 


The VUEDrive electronics also enable SystemVUE networking technology. With SystemVUE, users can quickly create a fully accessible, acoustic ecosystem by combining any VUE DSP-enabled model via a wired or wireless Ethernet connection to an iOS enabled device, as well as Windows or Macintosh computers. Once connected, SystemVUE Software provides access to a broad selection of network and device-level control and monitoring functions.


Drivers and electronics for all h-Class models are housed in a robust birch enclosure with extensive interior bracing for resonant free operation. Like the h-8, the new h-8N also incorporates M10 rigging points and an integrated pole-mount for both portable and fixed installation applications. 


Both new models feature the distinctive h-Class aesthetic, with grill and handle surrounds that benefit from a two-part finish that lays a coat of transparent candy-apple red over a black base for a deep hue that’s uniquely VUE. The signature look is completed with a heavy aluminum rear panel/amplifier assembly with machined “VUE” logo integrated into the heat sinks.


“The h-Class is all about quality, leveraging the best technologies to claim a new performance ‘high ground,’ regardless of size and application,” explains VUE CEO Ken Berger. “With more customers experiencing what h-Class systems can do, h-Class sales are increasing exponentially. As a result, we’re finding more opportunities to expand the line as devoted customers identify more applications for our ‘no compromises’ approach to sound.”


h-8N Highlights: 

  • Narrow narrow (60 degree) coverage sibling to VUE’s extremely-popular h-8 High Definition system
  • Neodymium HF compression driver with Truextent® beryllium diaphragm for exceptional high-frequency clarity and response beyond 25kHz
  • Dual-channel, high-efficiency amplifiers for outstanding transient response, low ambient noise and efficient operation without cooling fans
  • Integrated DSP with SystemVUE network control and monitoring
  • Versital input capabilities including analog, AES digital and built-in Dante network audio
  • Pole mount, integrated hanging points and optional rigging hardware for deployment as a main system, within multi-cabinet arrays, or in a variety of support configurations


hm-108A Highlights: 

  • Ultra-compact design for monitoring applications where absolute fidelity and transparency are essential
  • Neodymium HF compression driver with Truextent® beryllium diaphragm for exceptional high-frequency clarity and response beyond 25kHz
  • Integrated DSP with SystemVUE network control and monitoring
  • Versital input capabilities including analog, AES digital and built-in Dante network audio
  • Integrated DSP with SystemVUE network control and monitoring


About VUE Audiotechnik 

With an unflinching focus on innovation through technology and a firm commitment to relationships, the VUE Audiotechnik team united in 2012. With more than a century of combined experience, VUE’s founders have been at the epicenter of many of professional audio’s most noted success stories. From visionary loudspeaker designs that set the tone for our industry today, to the development of the giants in modern sound reinforcement, the team’s work has been felt and heard throughout the spectrum of professional audio. Since inception, VUE has experienced immediate acceptance and unparalleled growth. Though a relatively new addition to the lineup of professional audio loudspeaker manufacturers, VUE is already recognized as a leader in innovation. Explore our success stories at www.vueaudio.com.

<![CDATA[Ever Had A Little Crush? Now You Can]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/ever-had-a-little-crush-now-you-can Wed, 24 Jan 2018 15:16:24 GMT

Orange Amplification Release The Crush Mini



Orange Amplification is excited to launch the new Crush Mini improving the amp’s sound and usability compared to its predecessor the Micro Crush. The combination of battery saving features, wood and orange tolex construction, "Pics Only" inspired 1970s design and an all analogue approach to tone makes this the best specified mini-combo for the musician on-the-go.

The top panel has been completely redesigned, bringing in the familiar shape control from its bigger brothers. The gain, shape and volume controls can be used to push the gain stage and create “real” sounding crunch and high gain, while the shape allows you to sculpt thick mids through to scooped metal tones.

The new 8 Ohm Speaker Output of the Crush Mini really opens up this amplifier’s capability allowing it to be plugged into a cabinet including Orange’s largest guitar cabinet, the PPC412. The Headphone Output permits the speaker output to be disengaged making it a great choice for silent practice. The Crush Mini also features Aux-in letting users play along to their music, and sees the return of the built-in Chromatic Tuner making it the perfect portable practice rig.

Check it out at the Orange Amplification booth #4644, Hall D where all the other Orange products can also be seen.




About Orange Amplification
Orange Amplification has been a pioneering force in guitar and bass amplification since 1968. They have built a reputation of delivering innovative technology, always built with uncompromising attention to detail and quality.  Known as the best British guitar amplifier manufacturer for both design and build, they dominate the world’s stages and studios. Orange are rightfully proud of their heritage, a story that began in the late 1960’s. The world’s greatest rock icons, including Jimmy Page, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Fleetwood Mac, Oasis, Madonna, Jim Root and Geddy Lee are proud to stand in front of the unmistakable iconic brand and rely upon its unique tone.