Harmony Central Press Room http://www.harmonycentral.com/ Get the lastest news from the Harmony Central's Press Room <![CDATA[Auto-Tune Like A Pro]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/auto-tune-like-a-pro Tue, 24 Apr 2018 14:14:59 GMT


Antares Auto-Tune Pro Now Shipping


New pitch-correction software features redesigned interface, ARA support




Santa Cruz, CA— April 24, 2018 — Antares Technologies, the global leader in professional vocal processing tools, is thrilled to announce that Auto-Tune Pro is now available. This new, most advanced version of the industry-standard pitch-correction software, can be purchased at antarestech.com and at authorized dealers worldwide.

For two decades, Auto-Tune has remained the industry standard for natural, real-time pitch correction and vocal effects. With Auto-Tune Pro, Antares has incorporated its most advanced engineering innovations along with feedback from the user community to develop a flagship application aimed at raising the bar for music production, in the studio and onstage.

Auto-Tune Pro features a sleek, intuitive interface that has been redesigned from the ground up for streamlined workflow, offering new modes optimized to help users work smarter and faster, whether they’re novices or seasoned pros. The update adds ARA (Audio Random Access) support and incorporates user-requested features such as Classic Mode for creating the legendary Auto-Tune 5 sound.


New Features in Auto-Tune Pro:
New Interface Modes Auto-Tune Pro’s interface has been completely redesigned for ease of use and efficient workflow. A new Automatic mode lets users select Basic View, which provides a simplified work environment pared down to Auto-Tune’s four most-used functions; or Advanced view, which offers comprehensive controls.

Classic Mode Back by popular request, the iconic Auto-Tune 5 DSP algorithm is built into AutoTune Pro’s Classic Mode, for users who want to create that legendary Auto-Tune 5 sound.

Automatic Key Detection Auto-Tune Pro’s included Auto-Key plug-in automatically detects music key and scale and sends those parameters to one or more instances of Auto-Tune Pro automatically.

Audio Random Access Support for Compatible VST3 DAWs ARA technology allows closer integration and exchange of information between audio plug-ins and host applications (digital audio workstations). Users can now edit in Auto-Tune Pro’s Graph Mode without first playing through the selection to track the audio into Auto-Tune.

Improved Graphical Mode Auto-Tune Pro’s Graphical Mode interface has been redesigned from the ground up, incorporating a larger Main Graph, greater zoom resolution, programmable zoom presets, and reconfigured controls that optimize workflow efficiency.

HiDPI Support Auto-Tune Pro offers complete support for Retina and other high-resolution screen displays.

MIDI CC Control of Parameters In Automatic Mode, use a MIDI controller to make real-time adjustments to Auto-Tune parameters such as Retune Speed, Flex-Tune, Humanize, Throat Length, and Vibrato functions. Assign parameters to MIDI device controls to perform dramatic effects in real time, on stage or in the studio.

Redesigned Settings Menu Auto-Tune Pro’s updated Settings menu, featuring a new Preferences dialog, provides new options for customizing Auto-Tune’s behavior and appearance. 

Auto-Tune Pro is available for $399; customers who purchased Auto-Tune 8 on or after January 1, 2018 will receive a free upgrade to Auto-Tune Pro. Users of any previous version can upgrade for $129. For more information, visit www.antarestech.com.




Antares Audio Technologies is the worldwide leader in the development of unique vocal processing tools. Having revolutionized vocal production with the ground-breaking Auto-Tune pitch correction technology, Antares is committed to providing producers, engineers, sound designers and musicians with powerful, innovative, easy-to-use tools for enhancing and manipulating the human voice. To learn more about Antares, please visit www.antarestech.com

<![CDATA[Peavey Weathers The Elements ]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/peavey-weathers-the-elements Tue, 24 Apr 2018 14:10:50 GMT


Peavey® Updates Elements™ Series for Enhanced Weather-Resistant Performance
MERIDIAN, MS (April 23, 2018) — Five years after they first came to market, Elements™ series speakers by Peavey Electronics® are now even more weather-resistant in the most demanding climates. The IP-56 rated Elements C series of composite speakers are now protected from dust in addition to being waterproof, ensuring optimal sonic performance and greater longevity. With this level of protection, the great outdoors have never sounded better.

The Elements C series enclosures are constructed from an advanced composite material that is dimensionally stable in wet conditions and resists contamination, yet has the resonant properties of wood. The Black Hammerhead™ poly-urea finish is similar to a high grade of truck-bed liner, further sealing the waterproof composite cabinet panels from the environment. On the front, a stainless steel moisture-repellent grille has reticulated foam and a layer of hydrophobic water-repellent cloth for triple-layer performance that doesn’t affect the speaker’s sonic quality. On the back, gland nut entry into the water-sealed input cup plate assures no water will leak where the speaker cable comes in.
A look inside the Elements reveals a crossover assembly that’s conformal coated, meaning all the components and the PCB they are mounted to have a layer of plastic coating to insulate them from moisture. The connections to the speakers and an optional 70 V transformer use waterproof automotive grade connectors. Advanced technology composite fiber panels consist of a fiberglass-resin sheet skin on both sides and a foamed resin core, ensuring they will not rot or degrade with time or exposure to weather. In addition, the water-resistant 1,000 W Black Widow® woofer is built with a dust cap that’s water-repellant and can withstand direct contact with water for longer periods of time.
The Elements C series speakers are available in three two-way, full-range configurations and as a flyable subwoofer. The Elements 108C combines an 8” weatherproof woofer and 75° x 75° horn in a compact and durable enclosure. The Elements 112C and Elements 115C feature 12” and 15” Black Widow woofers, respectively, along with an RX™ 22     2” titanium diaphragm compression driver tweeter coupled with a Quadratic-Throat Waveguide® rotatable horn, available as 60° x 40° or 105° x 60°. The Elements 212C SUB enclosure features a pair of 12” weatherproof woofers.  
Installation is simple and straightforward, as the Elements Pole Mounting System offers customizable angle adjustment and can support installations in a wide range of locations. The new Elements C series loudspeakers will be available from authorized Peavey retailers. Please visit www.peavey.com/dealerlocator to find a dealer near you.

About Peavey Electronics®

Founded in 1965, Peavey® is one of the world's largest manufacturers and suppliers of musical instruments and professional sound equipment. Peavey has earned more than 180 patents and distributes to more than 130 countries. Peavey and its MediaMatrix®, Architectural Acoustics®, Crest Audio®, Composite Acoustics® and Trace Elliot® brands and affiliates can be found on concert stages and in airports, stadiums, theme parks and other venues around the world. To find out more, visit www.peavey.com.
<![CDATA[Sometimes You Need To Add A Catalyst To Get A Reaction ]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/sometimes-you-need-to-add-a-catalyst-to-get-a-reaction Tue, 24 Apr 2018 14:06:24 GMT



It’s new release day and this week we’ve got Catalyst, an astonishing amount of fresh, new bangers.

Zenhiser Pack: Catalyst

Price: $60.00 AUD

Direct Link: http://www.zenhiser.com/catalyst-samples-sounds-loops.html



<![CDATA[Lectrosonics Announces New Firmware Update For The Acclaimed PDR Portable Digital Recorder]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/lectrosonics-announces-new-firmware-update-for-the-acclaimed-pdr-portable-digital-recorder Tue, 24 Apr 2018 14:03:59 GMT


Lectrosonics Announces New Firmware Update for the Acclaimed PDR Portable Digital Recorder
Update Offers New Features and Enhanced Functionality for the Micro Recorder
Rio Rancho, NM (April 24, 2018) -- Lectrosonics is pleased to announce a new Firmware update, V2.0, for their acclaimed professional micro digital recorder, the PDR (Portable Digital Recorder). Since its introduction a little over a year ago, the PDR’s highly compact size and professional quality sound has made it an ideal choice for a wide range of productions, from feature films to extreme sports and professional videography. The unit’s tiny size and rounded shape make it unobtrusive and simple to place in garments and costumes, and easy to conceal when used as a “plant” microphone to capture environmental or location sound. The new Version 2.0 Firmware Update incorporates a number of user suggestions, including the addition of iXML file header support, Filesystem protection, and an improved menu structure.
The new Update offers iXML Header Support, which allows for recordings to contain industry-standard iXML data in the file headers, enabling easy handling in typical editing software.  And Filesystem Protection adds provisions to protect recorded data on the Micro SD card when users mount the card onto a computer. The menu structure has also been updated with some items moved to submenus, including “Timecode…”, “SD Card…” and “Settings…”, which is designed to allow for quicker and easier navigation for users.
Additional functional enhancements provided by the Firmware Update include:
Timecode can now be copied from the internal real time clock. Scene and take numbers can now be manually entered, and are embedded in the filenames and iXML headers of recordings. Take number automatically increments each time the record button is pressed.
File browsing and playback can now be organized by file or by scene and take. And the PDR now understands recordings made in SMWB Series transmitter/recorders and can list their format, length, timestamp information, etc. (Note that the PDR cannot play SMWB recordings because of the sample rate mismatch.) For greater convenience, recording segment size has been increased from approx. 200 MB to 4 GB. On the largest SD card size supported (32 GB), the maximum number of segments a single recording can have is 8. And finally, the two original file naming templates ("Clock Time" and "Sequence") have been enhanced.
“Lectrosonics has been very proud to offer the PDR, which gives professionals a highly compact, professional grade sound recorder at a very attractive price point. In a little over a year since its introduction, we’ve been amazed by the variety of uses that our customers have found for it,” says Karl Winkler, VP of sales for Lectrosonics. “And users have given us valuable feedback, so we are pleased to incorporate some of their suggestions in the new Version 2.0 Firmware Update for the PDR. We’re always grateful for input which helps improve our products!”
The new PDR v.2.0 Update is downloadable free from the PDR – Firmware page:https://www.lectrosonics.com/Support/category/93-firmware.html
Users should follow the instructions in the PDR user manual for updating firmware in the unit: https://www.lectrosonics.com/US/PDR/product.html
About Lectrosonics
Well respected within the film, broadcast, and theatre technical communities since 1971, Lectrosonics wireless microphone systems and audio processing products are used daily in mission-critical applications by audio engineers familiar with the company's dedication to quality, customer service, and innovation. Lectrosonics is a US manufacturer based in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Visit the company online at www.lectrosonics.com.
<![CDATA[IK Multimedia debuts London Grooves Acoustic Drum Kit Instrument Collection For SampleTank 3]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/ik-multimedia-debuts-london-grooves-acoustic-drum-kit-instrument-collection-for-sampletank-3 Tue, 24 Apr 2018 14:00:26 GMT


IK Multimedia debuts London Grooves acoustic drum kit
instrument collection for SampleTank 3

New collection for IK's acclaimed sound and groove workstation produced in collaboration with producer Cameron Craig and session drummers Jason Cooper and Jeremy Stacey

April 24, 2018 - IK Multimedia announces London Grooves, an instrument collection of acoustic drum kit grooves for IK's ultimate sound and groove workstation, SampleTank 3. Recorded by top drummers in London, this massive collection covers indie, rock and pop styles. With more than 1,500 high-quality WAV files, 1,200 ready-to-mix drum stems, and 300 stereo grooves, London Grooves is an ideal resource for producers and musicians who are looking to incorporate authentic drum sounds and carefully crafted grooves in their productions.

London Grooves was created in collaboration with multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning producer Cameron Craig, two super session drummers - Jason Cooper (The Cure, David Bowie) and Jeremy Stacey (King Crimson, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Ryan Adams, Roger Daltrey, Sheryl Crow, Tom Jones, Etc.) - and Filippo Gaetani of Ray Recordings.

The collection includes finely recorded drum grooves with unsurpassed authenticity and character that will elevate the level of any production. Unlike simplistic (and generic-sounding) drum loop collections, London Grooves offers genuine performances where every beat and stroke embodies the unique playing abilities of these drummers.

Drums unlimited
Thanks to the flexibility and power of SampleTank's engine, musicians can explore countless creative possibilities but with a unified approach to treating an instrument like an acoustic drum kit, which by nature is typically recorded using multiple microphones. In London Grooves, loops are treated like the parts of a real drum kit, with its multi-mic setup, and the resulting stems feature multiple audio loops of Kick, Snare, Toms and Room Mics that run simultaneously.

Stems come as separate SampleTank Elements, allowing further editing of synth-like parameters like pitch, filter, envelopes, and LFOs for a highly creative outcome. SampleTank Macros let users dynamically adjust the level of each stem independently, similar to using a real analog mixing console.

This collection also includes stereo mixdown versions of SampleTank 3 instruments. In addition, 44.1kHz/24-Bit WAV files are available, for immediate drag and drop into a session.

Fine-tuned recording in the heart of London
Jeremy Stacey's recording sessions took place at The Pool, one of the most iconic facilities in London. Centered on an ultra-rare EMT console surrounded by some of the most coveted analog equipment, the studio's selection also includes over 20 compressors, more than 40 different microphones, and 50 mic preamps. The main live room is large and spacious, with a "warehouse feel" that makes drums sound surprisingly well controlled. For the session, Jeremy used his Tama Star Maple drums in a 22" 12" 13" and 16" configuration, a Tama Starphonic snare, a Vintage Slingerland snare and his one-of-a-kind White Rogers snare and Istanbul Agop cymbals. Microphones included Neumann FET47s, an AKG D30 on the kick drum, Neumann U87s on toms and STC4038's as overheads, fed into classic Neve 10 series pre/EQs.

Jason Cooper recorded in the live room of Narcissus Studios in Willesden, London. Starting with his Brady kit in Jarrahwood and Ludwig 14x6" Black Beauty as the basis, the configuration included different kick drums and snare drum models and sizes from Noble and Cooley, Yamaha, and a selection of Zildjian cymbals to best suit the attitude of the recorded beats.

For the drum sound, a mix of vintage and modern microphones were used along with various Neve 1064 pre/EQ modules, with UA 610, Analogue Addicts or Sontronic Sonora II preamps called into action on occasion. To create pristine sounding loops that had some grit, drums were processed using vintage compressors like Gates and Urei's as well as Sansamp units for a bit of distortion and attitude.

Veteran producer and mixer Cameron Craig brought his recording and producing expertise to the sessions, resulting in top-notch sounds with incredible authenticity and character that perfectly fit any production.

A two-time GRAMMY Award-winning producer/mixer/engineer, Craig's impressive credits list includes Adele, Annie Lennox, Björk, Amy Winehouse and many more. His work encompasses an enormous spectrum of musical styles including indie, dance and orchestral recordings, and he's been honored with a GRAMMY award for "Album of the Year" for his part in recording Adele 25.

The power of SampleTank 3
The original SampleTank was the first-ever sample-based sound workstation for computer. SampleTank 3 builds on that heritage as the industry-standard sound workstation. It features more than 4,000 instruments in 21 instrument categories, including drums, bass, synths, piano, strings, brass, DJ loops, and much more. Also included are drum, percussion and full groove construction kit loops and MIDI files. This massive library of sounds, instruments, patterns, loops and grooves can be customized, enabling it to cover all styles of music such as jazz, rock, pop, funk, EDM, hip-hop, dubstep, house and beyond.

London Grooves is the newest acoustic drums title available for SampleTank 3 (other titles include Cinematic Percussion, Orchestral Percussion, Neil Peart Drums, Billy Cobham Drums, Terry Bozzio Drums, and Hugh Padgham Drums).

London Grooves Library content

SampleTank 3 Instruments Stereo version
- 35 Loop Instruments for 300+ audio loops

SampleTank 3 Instruments Multitrack Stems version
- 35 Loop Instruments for 1200+ audio loops

Audio Files Stereo and Multitrack Stems version
- 1,500+ Wav audio files

Pricing and availability
London Grooves is available for download from the IK Multimedia online store for $/€79.99*.

* Price excluding taxes

For more information about London Grooves and the talent and gear behind its recordings, please visit:

<![CDATA[Flicker - West Coast Hip Hop Loops]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/flicker---west-coast-hip-hop-loops Tue, 24 Apr 2018 13:52:45 GMT


Flicker - West Coast Hip Hop Loops




Flicker - West Coast Hip Hop Loops from ModeAudio is a white-hot collection of sizzling synths and lopsided, sun-kissed beats, full to the brim with a whole host of smooth and soulful, production-ready sounds that ooze California cool!


138 key and tempo-synched music loops lie at the heart of this selection - all saturated in that vibrant West Coast character, fusing lazy Beat Scene rhythms with rich melodic imagination and atmospheric, scene-setting SFX to give your tracks that unique LA swagger.


Conquer the coastline and take your music on a joyride through sandy, sun-dappled landscapes - download Flicker - West Coast Hip Hop Loops and get there today!





Pack Details:

- 138 Music Loops (Basses, Keys, Synths, Drums, Percussion, SFX)
- 30 Synth Tail Samples
- 93 MIDI Loops (Key & Tempo-Labelled)
- 100% Royalty-Free

There is also a brand new article freshly published in our magazine, please feel free to check it out:

5 Ways To Bring The Noise






<![CDATA[BOSS GT-1000 Guitar Effects Processor Now Available]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/boss-gt-1000-guitar-effects-processor-now-available Tue, 24 Apr 2018 13:48:11 GMT


BOSS GT-1000 Guitar Effects Processor Now Available
Premium guitar processor with advanced BOSS technologies and class-leading sound quality
Los Angeles, CA, April 24, 2018 — BOSS announces the availability of 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, 32-bit floating-point processing, and 96 kHz sampling rate throughout. 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 AIRD (Augmented Impulse Response Dynamics) technology, realized with BOSS’s extensive research into the complex component interactions in classic guitar amplifiers. AIRD provides fully optimized performance with all types of devices, bringing new levels of audio quality, flexibility, and practical usability to this product category. 
By choosing from a large selection of AIRD Output Select types, users can perfectly tailor the GT-1000 for any destination, whether it’s a guitar amp input, an amp effects return, a power amp driving guitar speakers, or a full-range monitoring system. In addition to the built-in AIRD Output Select types, there are user locations for loading additional selections from the GT-1000 AIRD Output Select Library software.  
For direct applications in the studio, the GT-1000 features a Recording mode with a variety of built-in speaker and microphone types. Users also have the ability to import WAV-format speaker impulse responses with the GT-1000 IR Loader software. 
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 carryover thanks to the ultra-speedy DSP engine.  
The GT-1000 offers intuitive editing and powerful control with a large, bright stage-ready 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. 
The BOSS GT-1000 Guitar Effects Processor is available now for $999.99 (U.S. street price). 
BOSS Tone Studio for GT-1000, the GT-1000 AIRD Output Select Library software, and the GT-1000 IR Loader software will be available in May 2018 as free downloads for Mac and Windows computers. 
To learn more about the GT-1000 Guitar Effects Processor, visit Boss.info.
BOSS GT-1000 Guitar Effects Processor
About BOSS
BOSS, a division of Roland Corporation, has achieved legendary status among guitarists by offering a diverse, world-leading product lineup that includes amps, compact effects processors, multi-effects processors, digital recorders, rhythm machines, metronomes, tuners, vocal products, and more. For more information, visit Boss.info.


<![CDATA[discoDSP Vertigo 3.7 Released]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/discodsp-vertigo-3.7-released Mon, 23 Apr 2018 13:49:18 GMT


discoDSP Vertigo 3.7 Released




What's new:

  • Added drag and drop to GUI for VPF / WAV / AIFF / OGG / FLAC / JPG / BMP / PNG files.
  • Added import to both layers when Link button is enabled.
  • Added OGG / FLAC wave import support.
  • Added JPG / PNG file import support.
  • Added native dialog window support.
  • Added filter LCD click to navigate.
  • Windows and macOS VST3 support.
  • Fixed preset LCD name not updating after using Open.
  • Fixed partial mouseover not drawing curves properly while holding click.
  • Fixed panning negative values not displayed.
  • Fixed preset name not recalled after re-opening the project.
  • Removed License.dat copy protection.
  • Updated framework.
  • Revised manual.


Previous Vertigo customers can get or update to 3.7 at discoDSP Members Area.






<![CDATA[Cort Introduces Flagship X500 Electric Guitar To Revamped X Series]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/cort-introduces-flagship-x500-electric-guitar-to-revamped-x-series Mon, 23 Apr 2018 13:46:27 GMT


Cort Introduces Flagship X500 Electric Guitar to Revamped X Series



SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (April 23, 2018) — With the unveiling of the completely revamped X Series of electric guitars, Cort introduces the flagship X500 model, a neck-thru-body guitar fully packed with high-end features. The X500 is designed to be heard and seen, balancing a powerful tone that slices through a mix and a cutting-edge esthetic that captures the latest market trends. Although it is supremely built for the aggressive metal styles, the X500 is also versatile enough for many other genres of music.


The X500’s high-quality features start with the distinct grain patterns on the Swamp Ash body wing, which is lightweight but has a surprisingly strong, tight and punchy sound with emphasis on the high-midrange. The neck-thru-body construction also helps to sustain and focus midrange punch and cut, and provides rock-solid stability for speed across the entire range of the sleek ebony fingerboard. The 5pc Maple and Panga Panga neck provides stability and a smooth surface for high-speed riffing and soloing with unfettered access to the highest frets. Playability is further enhanced with this model’s distinct “U”-shaped neck and compound radius fretboard.


When it comes time for soloing, the X500’s EMG® pickups combine for high and powerful tone, using ceramic magnets that ensure every note is heard. At the neck, the EMG 60 provides full-treble response and ample output for distinct single-note solos. The resulting tone has both clarity and character. At the bridge, the revolutionary 81 uses aperture coils to deliver tone that was designed with detailed intensity, incredible amounts of high-end cut and fluid sustain.


Despite its sophistication, the X500 still has the simplicity that a player needs to get the musical point across. The combination of one volume pot and one tone pot with 3-pickup selector keeps it clean and simple, and allows the player to focus on the music. To that point, the Floyd Rose® Special Tremolo system eliminates tuning worries and gives players extra confidence to express musical ideas, whether they’re dive-bombing, doing extreme harmonic squeal pull-ups or providing subtle chordal coloration.


The X500 is available in two natural finishes: Open Pore Trans Grey and Open Pore Jean Burst. White binding on the fingerboard, black hardware and die-cast tuners complete the edgy esthetic.


Retail is $1099.99 USD


Learn more about Cort’s X500 and get a closer look at www.cortguitars.com.



About Cort Guitars

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

<![CDATA[Did You Know That May Is MIDI Month?]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/did-you-know-that-may-is-midi-month Mon, 23 Apr 2018 13:43:01 GMT
The MIDI Association Launches 
"May is MIDI Month" Membership Drive
Los Angeles, CA - April 2018..  The MIDI Association (TMA), the global community of people who work, play and create with MIDI, is launching their "May is MIDI Month" membership and donation drive in May, 2018.
The key elements of the month-long promotion include:
  • Website redesign - To create more value for MIDI Association members, the www.midi.org website is being updated with a cleaner, more contemporary design and expanded functionality.
  • Downloads of the new specifications - The MPE and MIDI-CI specifications adopted at Winter NAMM 2018 will be available for download on the site in May. 
  • MIDI Tip of the Day - Craig Anderton, one of the industry's best-known writers and a TMA board member, will present a new MIDI tip every day on the site.
  • A MIDI Message newsletter every week in May - Four special issues will cover new MIDI developments, links to the daily tips, and feature a new MIDI artist of the week.
  • MIDI News Coverage of Musikmesse, Super Booth, ASCAP Expo and MoogFest
The MIDI Association Goal
New MIDI standards adopted at Winter NAMM 2018 (MPE and MIDI-CI) extend expressiveness and ease of use, and a new MIDI protocol targeted for completion later this year will further address the needs of end users and manufacturers alike. The MIDI Association's goal: raise $10,000 during May to develop video content that explains the benefits of these new technologies to the world. The MIDI Association is a volunteer non-profit that puts all of the money raised back into member services. 
"May is MIDI Month" Platinum Corporate Sponsorships
A number of companies have committed to being Platinum sponsors, including: Ableton, IK Multimedia, Moog, Nektar, Roli, Sweetwater, and Yamaha. Platinum corporate sponsors have agreed to match up to $1,500 in individual member donations for the month. With 6 Platinum sponsors, $1,500 donated to The MIDI Association by individuals in May will become $10,500 for the organization. 
"May is MIDI Month" is an example of the how MIDI companies, the press/media, and individual MIDI users can work together to create a powerful synergy between all key MIDI stakeholders. 
The MIDI Association offers FREE instructional materials, including tutorials. videos, and specifications, to all of its members. Membership is FREE and open to all by signing up at www.MIDI.org.
© 2018 The MIDI Association (TMA), All Rights Reserved. The MIDI Association, TMA, and The MIDI Association logo are trademarks of The MIDI Manufacturers Association (MMA), a California-based Non-Profit Standards Organization that creates and manages the MIDI specification for the music industry. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. Mention of company names other than The MIDI Association or the MIDI Manufacturers Association does not imply direct involvement in any aspect of The MIDI Association or the MIDI Manufacturers Association.


<![CDATA[The Sound Of The Sega Genesis In Plug-In Form]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/the-sound-of-the-sega-genesis-in-plug-in-form Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:46:08 GMT


LoopLords releases GenetiX, a plugin featuring the sound of the Sega Genesis




LoopLords announce the release of GenetiX, a plugin instrument featuring the sound of the Sega Genesis (the MegaDrive in Europe). The plugin contains 100 multi-sampled instruments plus 13 bonus sounds. The easy to use user interface gives access to a multi-LFO, a reverb as well as highpass and lowpass filters among other controls. A free sample pack made using GenetiX is available atAudioBombs.


GenetiX is available for 29$ until April 26th. After this date it'll be 39$.


Audio demo on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-41221302/genetix-demo


Free Samples on AudioBombs: http://www.audiobombs.com/items/1565/genetix-free-samples-%26-loops


GenetiX product page on LoopLords.net: https://www.looplords.net/2018/04/genetix.html


e-mail: looplords@gmail.com
website: LoopsLords.net
<![CDATA[Meet Aeon - A New Handheld Guitar String Sustainer]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/meet-aeon---a-new-handheld-guitar-string-sustainer Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:42:41 GMT
Meet Aeon
It's gonna be famous for its sustain
No, it's not the name of a friendly alien in your backyard but rather a cool, handheld string sustainer bursting with endless, fluid guitar tones. 
Aeon lets you tap into a world of soaring bowed arpeggios, vibrantly-bouncing spiccato, volume swells, endless sustain, and sweeping legatos, easily mastered using different techniques.
With powerful custom-made transducers, Aeon quickly excites your strings into rich, juicy sustained notes.
Aeon is designed to have plenty of string clearance, so controlling the dynamics of each note is easy as pie. 
The elegant single-button interface makes for lightning fast dynamic volume swells similar to the sounds created on bowed instruments but without the actual bow - or the horse hair.
Learn more about this string-exciting development!
Still not totally sure what a string sustainer sounds like?
Aeon String Sustainer
  • Powerful custom transducers
  • Ergonomic design in brushed aluminum
  • Auto-off after 8 minutes of inactivity saves battery
  • Simple one-button interface
  • Easy battery access (9V)
Available Q2 2018
Price $69.95 MAP
<![CDATA[Slate Introduces VMR 2.0]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/slate-introduces-vmr-2.0 Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:39:06 GMT






Introducing VMR 2.0, an update to our flagship product. Watch the Launch video above to see new features, and watch Steven's new Vlog below to experience the new Dream Strip feature in action.






<![CDATA[Record It All With RecAll]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/record-it-all-with-recall Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:33:34 GMT


Audified revolutionises “Record it all” live event capture with risk-free RecAll multichannel MacOS application


BOSKOVICE, CZECH REPUBLIC: host application and audio effects developer Audified is proud to announce availability of RecAll — revolutionising risk-free “Record it all” live event capture as an easily set up and easy to use multichannel MacOS application (developed in Cocoa, directly accessing Core Audio) — as of April 20...


RecAll really resulted from the facts of (recording) life (often on the road) posing some serious questions. Questions like: An awesome live show but no time for slow DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) preparation? Risk missing an important part of the event? Easier said than done, Audified advanced some simple solutions: Record it all. Simply. Quickly.


Not quite so simple — or quick, probably, putting those solutions into practice produced an appropriately named result: RecAll. Reality dictates that when working sound reinforcement events there is usually next to no time available for ancillary recording. After all, although most DAWs can be set up to record multichannel events, configuring them to do so is never a straightforward event in itself. Indeed, truth be told, overly-featured DAWs are not really geared up for risk-free, no-nonsense live event recording. RecAll revolutionises that sorry scenario. Simply. Quickly.


Quickly cutting to the chase, how does it do that, then? The RecAll name gives the game away. Record it all. Simply. Quickly. Open the application, select the setup from the template menu, and hit Record. Really, it’s that easy!


No need to spend valuable time repeatedly naming inputs and channels on a DAW anymore as RecAll takes care of that. That being said, it also allocates intelligent metering, automatically toggling between the two types available during the recording process. Before recording starts, standard meters show the input level at the time. When recording starts, the meters show the signal history, so no need to check them constantly, which is especially useful if RecAll’s main window is hidden. Preview recorded tracks with the click of a button. Export the takes into (almost) any DAW for mixing — all the tracks are automatically structured and titled when dragging and dropping the files from each take. Intelligent multitrack recording... without the trouble.


Trouble-free, easily set up, and easy to use, Audified’s revolutionary RecAll multichannel MacOS application allows for a maximum of 256 stereo and mono channels. All are recorded as CAF (Core Audio Format) files, a ‘container’ for storing audio designed by Apple to overcome limitations of older digital audio formats. Firstly, it is not limited to a 4GB file size, so can theoretically save hundreds of years of recorded audio due to its use of 64-bit file offsets. That in itself renders the file format as a perfect candidate for live event recording — always a risky business by virtue of there being no second chances. CAF also allows use of the files to the point where recording stopped, even if forced upon the unsuspecting recordist as a result of unfortunate or unforeseen scenarios, such as running out of disk space on the drive being recorded to or disconnection — accidental or otherwise — of an audio interface. Helpfully, however, RecAll offers three ways to open a project — one for creating a new project with a fresh hardware connection (selecting the number of stereo and mono channel strips), one for creating a new project with existing hardware (reusing an already-created channel setup, track names, and colours), and, crucially, one to continue working on an already-created project (which is useful if RecAll had to be quit through no fault of its own before continuing with an existing project).


Project configuration adjustments can be made directly from within RecAll’s main window, including adding or removing channel strips, arming channels for recording, and toggling between mono and stereo tracks, while complete configuration is available in the Inspector window, where users can select one or more channel strips to be edited using standard modifiers, such as shift (to select a range of channel strips) and command (to select several strips at any position). Once in the Inspector window, assigning channel strip names and colour, arming channels for recording, toggling between mono/stereo, and assigning channels to the strip remains simplicity itself. It is also worth noting that if multiple tracks end up with the same name, RecAll automatically adds indexes to distinguish between them. Manually reindexing a channel strip is also perfectly possible, in which case RecAll reindexes the rest of the channels strips to ensure unique naming remains intact.


Risk-free recording duly completed, RecAll users can quickly check the recorded files from the main window or within the Track Player window (which can be detached from the main bar by simply dragging it to another position). Press the Play button in the main bar to play the master (mixed) track or press the Play button in individual channel strips to listen to individual input recordings. Most of the playback controls are standard and are just like the transport found in any DAW. Alternative takes — part of a recording between pressing the Record and then the Stop buttons (visible to the right of the Project name) — can be heard by using the < or > buttons (or selecting from the Take menu).


More meaningfully, as implied by its appropriate appellation, RecAll really records it all. Simply. Quickly. Question is: if tasked with recording an awesome multichannel live event, is it really worth risking using anything else?



RecAll is available to purchase for $49.00 USD from Audified’s online shop here: https://shop.audified.com/products/recall (Note RecAll requires iLok License Manager 3.1.6 or newer as it is protected by PACE Anti-Piracy Inc.’s software machine license or USB smart key device, details of which are highlighted here: https://shop.audified.com/pages/how-to-activate-ilok-license)


The latest version (1.0.2) of RecAll can be directly downloaded for MacOS (10.9 and above) from Audified here: https://services.audified.com/download/RecAll-1P-102-Mac


For more in-depth information, please visit the dedicated RecAll webpage here: https://shop.audified.com/products/recall 


RecAll can be seen and heard in this informative introductory video here: https://youtu.be/bwObwZsPLLY





About Audified (www.audified.com)

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


© 2018 Audified


<![CDATA[Is It Time To Fracture Your Eurorack Rig?]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/is-it-time-to-fracture-your-eurorack-rig Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:26:01 GMT


WMD fuels fire for expanding Eurorack world with singular-sounding Fracture multi-particle percussion synth module


DENVER, CO, USA: modular synthesizers, guitar pedals, and standalone musical instruments manufacturer WMD is proud to announce availability of Fracture — a multi-particle percussion synthesizer module for small-format Eurorack modular systems that applies concepts from classic analogue clap circuits to granular synthesis techniques to generate a wide palette of sounds while maintaining a simple, intuitive interface — as of April 20…


Initially inspired by audience applause, hip-hop samples, and classic drum machines, Fracture is much more than another percussion module or ‘sample player’ for expanding Eurorack modular system setups since it uses granular synthesis techniques to generate a wide palette of sounds while maintaining a simple, intuitive interface. In itself, that’s no small feat. For granular synthesis is a technique that operates on the microsound time scale (specifically shorter than one tenth of a second and longer than 10 milliseconds, including the 20 Hz to 20 kHz audio frequency range and the infrasonic frequency range below 20 Hz); based on the same principal as sampling, samples are not conventionally played back, but split into smaller segments or grains (of around one to 50 milliseconds) that may be layered on top of each other, played at different speeds, phases, volume, and frequency (amongst other parameters).


Proprietary micro-samples — specifically recorded for this purpose by WMD — is where it all starts for Fracture. It ends with an engine built to suit those samples, ultimately. Unlike WMD’s first Eurorack percussion synthesizer module, Chimera, which involves impulse-rich samples at its tonal centre, Fracture uses single-impulse samples such as claps, ping-pong balls, opening a beer can, and many more. Moreover, it then plays back a group of similar such samples in a pseudo-random order resulting in unique hits. DENSITY, DECAY, and TAIL settings all affect tone and how ‘tight’ the user’s virtual clappers are to playing together.


Trying to design a clap percussion module with wide-reaching range — from classic drum machine claps all the way to full audience applause — was WMD’s definitive design goal for Fracture. Fortunately, Fracture exceeded expectations, ending up as a module capably covering an amazing array of timbres that reach way beyond the scope of claps.


Fracture features a number of other outstanding sound-sculpting tools packed into its slender (8HP width) frame, including a stereo output (OUT L and OUT R); built-in H (Hall) and R (Room) REVERB; two trigger inputs for different sound types — TRIG triggers a burst of particles and TICK triggers a single particle (independently of the TRIG input); three types of filter; three types of envelope; and a free-running, voltage-controlled ‘applause’ capability. CV (Control Voltage) over all parameters is also available of course.


Creating singular-sounding percussion that fuels fire for the ever-expanding Eurorack world is perfectly possible with WMD’s latest (multi-particle percussion synthesizer) module. Making room for Fracture is surely space well filled and money well spent!

Shipping now, Fracture is available to purchase through WMD’s growing global network of authorised dealers (https://www.wmdevices.com/pages/wmd-authorized-dealers) with an MSRP of $269.00 USD.


For more in-depth information, please visit the dedicated Fracture webpage here:


Watch WMD’s Fracture features and controls video here: https://youtu.be/RYNm2TB9xs8




About WMD (www.wmdevices.com)

WMD is a manufacturer of music hardware, including modular synthesizers, guitar pedals, and standalone musical instruments. Its focus is to create quality products with an emphasis on features and versatility. More of an artist collective than a brand or a company, everyone involved makes music or art in one way or another. As such, striving to make products that they would actually use in their everyday musical lives is the order of the day. Doing this requires running an extensive beta-testing program in which potential products get put into its own rigs alongside those of well-known artists with which WMD has grown. Getting gigged and recorded before hitting the market makes for powerful products with intuitive feature sets and the top-notch build quality with which WMD has made its notable name.


© 2018 WMD



<![CDATA[Ready For Some Dark Melodic Techno?]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/ready-for-some-dark-melodic-techno Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:15:04 GMT





'Dark Melodic Techno Vol 1' seamlessly blurs the melodic appeal of tracks by Patrice Baumel with dark Industrial sounds inspired by Stephan Bodzin and Thomas Schumacher. With a heavy focus on intricate sound design, this is an aspiring, dynamically rich collection fit for producers aiming to release on labels like Noir, Filth On Acid, Kompakt & Drumcode.

Fans of Reiner Zonneveld, ANNA, Charlotte de Witte & Mark Reeve will find this pack to be an extremely useful resource. Need a metallic stab or a piece of ear candy to elevate your track's atmosphere? How about a loose, mainroom style kick?


This collection aims to provide you with all the tools you need to lay the foundations of, and the finishing touches to, a stellar, dark-edged Techno release.

MIDI Files Not Included:

Due to the analogue nature of this release, MIDI files are not included.

One-Shot Samples:

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

Dry/Wet Loops:

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

Unlooped Riffs/Tails:

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


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


• 5 Construction Kits
• 334 Audio Files
• 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:

'Dark Melodic Techno Vol 1’ is available for instant download exclusively at ProducerLoops.com for £24.95 / 29,71 EUR. More information is available at: https://www.producerloops.com



<![CDATA[Strings Of Fire]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/strings-of-fire Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:12:20 GMT


Fire Strings - Out Now! 30% Off Intro price!




Fire Strings will ignite your creativity with 6GB of custom recorded sounds inside an extremely flexible engine powered by Native instruments Kontakt sampler.


Fire Strings is a hybrid, scoring and music production tool for cinematic composers and producers. The library consists of a highly curated collection of cinematic sounds created from recordings of electric violin and guitars recorded through high end analog signal paths (Neve, API, Universal Audio, Manley) and put through extensive sound design processes by a team of sound designers.


Over 140 sounds including sustains, textures and grooves are included.


The library content is broken down into three main categories:


Tonal - This section of the library contains electric violin sustains and textures both of a traditional and extended nature. We dug very deep to push well beyond common technique. Here you’ll find everything from standard sustains and tremolos to the extremely jarring spectral scrubs, harmonics, trills, wild microtonal bends and vibrato.


Risers - Risers offers a collection of long, tension building glissandos played with a variety of bowing and fingering techniques, perfect for developing climaxes.


Rhythmic - The rhythmic content consists of dozens of tonal, tempo-synced electric guitar grooves that serve as the perfect starting point for a cue. All grooves are mapped across several octaves and are freely transposable.







<![CDATA[Primacoustic's New Impact-Resistant Acoustic Panels Can Be Beat]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/primacoustics-new-impact-resistant-acoustic-panels-can-be-beat Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:33:42 GMT


Primacoustic announces Hercules™ impact-resistant panels are now shipping
Primacoustic's new Hercules panels.

Vancouver, BC - Primacoustic Hercules™ panels are absorption panels that are designed to withstand the abuse of environments such as gymnasiums, offices, classrooms, and other public occupancy spaces. While most acoustic panels are delicate and susceptible to damage, Hercules will help to reduce reverberation while looking like new after repeated impact.
Hercules Impact-resistant panels are manufactured from the same high-density (6pcf/96kg/m3) glass wool core as Primacoustic Broadway, but the face of the panel is covered with a rigid fiberglass layer. This facing allows the panel to effectively absorb most frequencies, but the protection will prevent damage occurring from accidental contact. Whether someone bumps into the panel, or a basketball bounces off it in a gymnasium, the Hercules panel will remain looking fresh and intact. This durable facing even allows for the use of thumbtacks in the panel, making it ideal for office spaces or schools.
Hercules panels measure 24"x48"x2" (60 cm x 120 cm x 5 cm) with square edges, and are available in beige or grey acoustically transparent fabric.
MAP: $699.99 USD per box of 6
For more information on the Hercules panels
About Primacoustic
Primacoustic is a leading manufacturer of high performance acoustic materials. 

Primacoustic (a division of Radial Engineering Ltd.)
<![CDATA[Benny Rietveld Bass: Latin Fusion Vol. 1]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/benny-rietveld-bass-latin-fusion-vol.-1 Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:31:47 GMT


Q Up Arts creates collection of Apple Loops with GRAMMY®-winning Santana musical director and bassist Benny Rietveld


DANA POINT, CA, USA: world-class sound collections developer/licensor Q Up Arts is proud to announce availability of Benny Rietveld Bass: Latin Fusion vol. 1 — an Apple Loops-based smokin’ spin on Latin fusion and pop/rock basslines by Benny Rietveld — as of April 18…


As implied by name, Benny Rietveld Bass: Latin Fusion vol. 1 is Q Up Arts’ first collaborative collection with Santana musical director and bassist Benny Rietveld. The product itself is offered up as Apple Loops and also WAVs (Waveform Audio Files), and additionally arranged in Apple Logic Pro X session files for creatively sparking song-starters, jamming, or just getting going with new bass ideas.


As musical director and bassist for rock and Latin American jazz fusion-pioneering musician Carlos Santana for 25 years, Benny Rietveld is clearly no slouch when it comes to navigating the fretboard’s lower regions. Résumé registers playing and recording with many more musical greats, including Miles Davis, Sheila E, John Lee Hooker, Dave Matthews, Rob Thomas, and Michel Legrand, to name but a notable few. He also features in concert video performances with Santana and Miles Davis and on live network TV shows such as Letterman, Dancing With The Stars, Jay Leno, Jools Holland, and George Lopez. A former composition major at the University of Hawaii, Benny Rietveld is an eight-time GRAMMY Awards® winner and also the recipient of three Latin GRAMMY® Awards — for performances par excellence on Santana’s Supernatural and Shaman albums, having played on the hit songs ‘Smooth’, ‘Game Of Love’, and others.


No wonder Benny Rietveld proved to be a perfect musical fit for the latest Latin fusion-leaning Q Up Arts Apple Loops treatment for the namesake Benny Rietveld Bass: Latin Fusion vol. 1. The talented bassist played against Q Up Arts’ award-winning Latin Groove Factory, featuring files encoded to be used as WAVs and Apple Loops, so that they will work in all DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations). The namesake resulting release really hammers home the simple fact that nothing beats the real thing when it to comes to the masterful feel and driving intention that only a world-class bassist can bring to the production table. This, in turn, means Benny Rietveld Bass: Latin Fusion vol. 1 brings anyone’s productions to life. Featuring full-length and short loop-able sections, it also includes standalone basslines and mixes with percussion. Ultimately, users can even add their own loops and rhythms to those basslines for added flexibility.


Still better, Benny Rietveld’s bass-playing prowess was duly captured for Benny Rietveld Bass: Latin Fusion vol. 1 by GRAMMY Awards®- and Emmy™-nominated veteran recording and mix engineer Bill Malina at his California studio in Sherman Oaks. His exceptional engineering and production credits are almost endless, transcending genres to encompass the likes of Van Halen, Ringo Starr, Santana, Lady Gaga, Pitbull, Flo Rida, Quincy Jones, Katy Perry, Charlie Wilson, and many more Platinum-selling recording artists. As such, both Benny Rietveld and Q Up Arts are inevitably in good hands here.


Helpfully, whether seriously studying an instrument or just jamming along to loops like those found in Benny Rietveld Bass: Latin Fusion vol. 1, Q Up Arts highly recommends Anytune, a consumer iOS and Mac app allowing musicians to control tempo and pitch to act as a powerful learning aid. Adjust the tempo to hear every note and nuance in perfect pitch. Use the loop trainer feature to gradually increase playing speed or even perfect playing overspeed! Or create original arrangements of Benny Rietveld’s smokin’ basslines. Learn a song or practice a set in a different key or tuning with pitch adjustments to cents recallable for each song. Simply plug in an instrument and play along with using LiveMix to effectively jam with a genuine bass-playing legend like no other! Use ReFrame to isolate or mute instruments, scroll text TABS or lyrics, and much more. Moreover, Q Up Arts drum and bass loops like those found in Benny Rietveld Bass: Latin Fusion vol. 1 can even be downloaded directly from within iTunes itself.


By buying Benny Rietveld Bass: Latin Fusion vol. 1, Apple Logic Pro X and Garageband users alike can benefit from Apple Loops of Benny Rietveld basslines and mixes with percussion from Q Up Arts’ Latin Groove Factory in more musical ways than one. One thing’s for sure, though: whatever way Benny Rietveld Bass: Latin Fusion vol. 1 is used, its users will be playing with one of the best bassists to put fingers to frets, so no need to fret over sounding substandard! Indeed, it does what it says on the tin: “BENNY RIETVELD … who is really just a rocker dude, plays some pseudo-versions of Latin music inspired … BASS!”


Benny Rietveld Bass: Latin Fusion vol. 1 can be purchased and directly downloaded (as Apple Loops, Logic Pro X session files, or WAVs) for a time-limited introductory promo price of $39.00 USD until the end of May 2018 — rising thereafter to $49.00 USD — from here: http://www.quparts.com/Benny-Rietveld-Bass-Latin-Fusion-vol-1-p/brblogic1.htm (Please note that Q Up Arts’ end user license agreement prohibits the use of these loops for inclusion in production music or sample/loop libraries.)




About Q Up Arts (www.quparts.com)

Q Up Arts was founded in the central Californian coastal city of Santa Cruz in 1993 by Douglas and Susan Morton fresh from E-Mu Systems and Optical Media International in Silicon Valley, where they developed and licensed samples and audio for the music, computer, film, tv, and game industries. Its goal is to inspire fellow composers, producers, and recording artists with unique and enduring instruments usable for years to come. Currently developing and licensing world-class sound collections for professional music producers, film/tv composers, computer companies, and recording artists across the globe, for licensing enquiries contact Q Up Arts Licensing on 00 1 (310) 714-9547.

© 2018 Q Up Arts.com, LLC

<![CDATA[Now There's An MPC For Your PC - And Mac]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/now-theres-an-mpc-for-your-pc---and-mac Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:26:48 GMT


AKAI MPC 2.2, the legendary software is finally available to all from ONLY $99!

Today, AKAI Professional and Plugivery are extremely proud and excited to announce the launch of the AKAI MPC 2.2 software for MAC & PC. This update makes the legendary AKAI MPC recording system available to anyone that uses any MIDI controllers such as those from M-Audio, Native Instruments, Alesis, Novation, etc. from ONLY $99.

You therefore no longer need to own any MPC hardware to use the amazing MPC software on Mac or PC.

A “Premier” version of the MPC 2.2 is also available to everyone for ONLY $249 (List $599). It comes packed with 10 sound expansion packs, 4 MPC plugins, AND the AIEP3 Complete from AIR Music (including such virtual instruments; Hybrid 3, Vacuum Pro, Transfuser).

The world’s most influential manufacturer of music production gear, AKAI Professional and Plugivery, a leading distributor of audio plug-ins and sample based instruments, today proudly announce the launch of the MPC 2.2 software which is a REVOLUTION for the creative audio production community.

Until today, AKAI’s acclaimed MPC software for Mac & PC was ONLY available to users that own MPC hardware. But, with this long-awaited update, owners of other branded controllers such as M-Audio, Native Instruments, Alesis, Novation, etc. can fully control the MPC 2 Software.

The MPC 2.2 update introduces other creative workflow features including Generate Random Events, Humanize and many others such as :
  • MIDI Learn (Global): MPC Software can now be controlled by external MIDI surfaces other than the MPC, such as keyboards and pad controllers. This includes 3rd-party products.
  • MIDI Learn (Project): Automat-able parameters (volume, pan, etc.) can now be controlled by external surfaces such as the faders on a MIDI mixer or rotary knobs on keyboard controllers.
  • Humanize: Users can now add randomization to the timing or velocity of MIDI events. This is great for grooves that are slightly “out-of-the pocket.”
  • Generate Random Events: MPC can generate random melodic and drum patterns across the timeline.
  • Many more workflow and stability enhancements.

"MPC 2.2 advances the user experience in amazing new ways,” says Dan Gill, Akai Product Manager. “The MIDI Learn and MIDI Control features are now available in both standalone and controller modes, introducing all sorts of new workflow and creative possibilities.”

There are now two versions of the MPC 2.2 software for Mac & PC :

MPC 2.2 Standard

Standard is available as an upgrade to MPC Software version 1 owners or any third party controller owners such as M-Audio, Native Instruments, Alesis, Novation, etc...

MPC Standard includes their flagship MPC Software and five of their most popular Expansion Packs a $250 value. Discover powerful audio track recording, flexible clip launching, real-time audio warping, Audio and MIDI drag-and-drop, along with enhanced Q-Link™ control.

  • MPC 2.2 software
  • 5 MPC Expansions

MPC 2.2 Premier

Over 50 products (25K+ Sounds) ranging from breathtaking emulations of vintage gear, powerful fx, classic instruments and unique synthesis technologies, enabling you to tap into familiar sounds or create something no one has ever heard before.

  • MPC 2.2 software
  • VIP 3.1 Standard
  • AIR Music Technology’s AIEP 3 Complete
  • 10 MPC Expansions
  • 4 MPC plugins

The MPC Standard and Premier are available at introductory prices until May 31, 2018
  • MPC 2.2 Standard $99 (List $249 + $250 value Expansion Packs)
  • MPC 2.2 Premier $249 (List $599 + $1280 value Software & Expansion Packs)
This update to the MPC 2.2 Standard is FREE for existing MPC 2 Software owners. Simply download the demo version from the following links :


AKAI Professional products are available from all global and reputable pro audio resellers and music stores listed at Plugivery:
About AKAI Professional:

The world’s most influential manufacturer of music production gear, Akai Professional develops creative technologies to empower music makers with tools that are unmatched in expressive capability. Akai Professional is best known for creating the legendary MPC, an instrument that has inspired generations of producers and performers and spawned entirely new genres of music. Akai Professional is a part of the inMusic family of premiere music brands.

About Plugivery:

Plugivery is a B2B (business  to business) distribution service whose purpose is to introduce audio software products into hundreds of music stores all around the world  carefully considering every need of a truly professional distribution  service based on electronic delivery. The name Plugivery comes from the combination of the words “Plug-in” and “Delivery”.
<![CDATA[Radial AC-Driver Is Now Shipping]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/radial-ac-driver-is-now-shipping Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:22:04 GMT


Radial announces the latest product in its Tonebone line, the 
AC-Driver, is now shipping




Vancouver, BC - Radial Engineering Ltd. is pleased to announce the AC-Driver from its Tonebone line is now shipping. The AC-Driver is a compact acoustic instrument preamp designed for use on stage, with helpful features to streamline your performance and ensure the best possible tone from your instrument.

Radial's Class-A buffer circuit ensures pristine audio quality, and allows you to connect to longer cables or pedal chains without signal loss or degradation. A ¼" amp output provides you with a way to monitor yourself onstage, as well as a balanced line to feed the PA system or a powered speaker for the audience. When you need to tune silently or switch between instruments without causing clicking or popping, simply hit the mute footswitch to silence everything but the tuner output on the AC-Driver. This makes the AC-Driver perfect for live performances, especially if you don't have a dedicated sound engineer and need to switch instruments or tune silently on stage, or for shows where you want more control over your sound than a typical DI box might provide.

The AC-Driver also includes an adjustable low cut filter to remove excessive low frequency content, along with powerful feedback-reducing features. A 180° phase adjustment switch allows you to correct feedback build-up from hot spots on stage, while a notch filter helps target and remove specific frequencies that are causing problems. The AC-Driver is powered using 9V adapters or multi-pedal power bricks, and its 14-gauge steel chassis and military grade circuit board ensure that it will endure the most punishing touring environments.
MAP: $149.99 USD
For more on the AC-Driver
About Radial Engineering Ltd.
Radial Engineering Ltd. is a manufacturer of professional audio products based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The company offers a wide array of products that are sold under brand names such as Radial, Tonebone, Primacoustic, Reamp, Hafler, Dynaco and Jensen Transformers Inc. These are offered through a network of dealers and distributors that span the globe. Quality construction, exceptional audio performance and superb customer service are the underpins that have served to make Radial one of the most respected and trusted brands in the industry.
<![CDATA[ WAM @ Arup: Exploring Acoustics]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/wam--arup-exploring-acoustics Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:19:21 GMT


 WAM @ Arup: Exploring Acoustics

Women’s Audio Mission and Arup Team Up for New Soundlab Unveiling and Panel



(San Francisco, CA – April 16, 2018) – Women’s Audio Mission (WAM), a San Francisco-based nonprofit dedicated to the advancement of women in music production and the recording arts, and multinational engineering firm, Arup, are teaming up to present a panel featuring Arup women acoustic professionals and demonstrations in their new, state-of-the-art Soundlab.

The evening will include an introduction to acoustics, an overview of Arup’s fascinating work in the field, and a panel discussion featuring Arup women acoustic professionals, Fiona Gillan, Anne Guthrie, Wendy Lee, and Jolene Stoffle, moderated by WAM Founder and Executive Director Terri Winston. A reception and advanced demonstrations will follow in Arup’s Soundlab, an innovative virtual listening environment that allows listeners to hear the sound of existing spaces all over the world and test the sound of projects in the design phase. 

WAM trains over 1,500 women and girls a year in the recording arts to address the critical lack of women in the audio industry (less than 5%). Arup recently provided pro bono acoustic design services for WAM’s second studio opening in May 2018 and has designed many famous cultural institutions around the world, including the Sydney Opera House, the Centre Pompidou, and SFMOMA.

“We’re delighted to partner with Arup to present an inspiring evening of conversation and demonstrations with women acoustic professionals,” says WAM Founder and Executive Director Terri Winston. “Acoustics is a growing field with a lot of exciting opportunities. This event will provide WAM members the chance to network with accomplished industry professionals as well as experience the capabilities of Arup’s world-class lab dedicated to advancing our understanding of sound.” 

The event is open to Women’s Audio Mission members. Those interested in attending can learn more about the event and panelists, and purchase tickets here: WAM @ Arup: Exploring Acoustics and learn more about WAM Membership here: WAM Membership



About Women’s Audio Mission

Women's Audio Mission is a San Francisco based non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of women in music production and the recording arts. In a field where women are critically under-represented (less than 5%), WAM seeks to "change the face of sound" by providing hands-on training, experience, career counseling and job placement to women and girls in media technology for music, radio, film, television and the Internet. WAM believes that women's mastery of music technology and inclusion in the production process will expand the vision and voice of media and popular culture. For more information, visit www.womensaudiomission.org.


<![CDATA[Eventide Announces Availability Of Blackhole For Native Instruments NKS®]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/eventide-announces-availability-of-blackhole-for-native-instruments-nks Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:14:33 GMT


Eventide announces availability of Blackhole for Native Instruments NKS®


LITTLE FERRY, NJ, USA: recording technology trailblazer Eventide is proud to announce that its popular Blackhole reverb plug-in is now NKS-ready — reconfigured to support Native Instruments’ Native Kontrol Standard extended plug-in format for use with MASCHINE and KOMPLETE KONTROL keyboards and software — as of April 18…


As reflected in its updated GUI (Graphical User Interface), Blackhole is part of Eventide’s H9 Plug-In Series designed with live performance in mind. The Ribbon control can be mapped to any combination of parameters giving a performer a single control over a world of effects. Integration with the NKS platform makes the Ribbon an integral part of the performer’s instrument.


Whereas most reverbs are constrained by the physics of the real world, Blackhole creates virtual spaces that could never exist in reality. It can turn a simple drum track into an otherworldly rhythm section. Capable of creating epic soundscapes, space-warping special effects and drones, Blackhole can cover spaces as small as a room and as large as space itself.



• Easy to use interface and more than 50 presets, including some by Eventide artists: Richard Devine, Vernon Reid, Flood & Alan Moulder, Jonsi & Alex (Sigur Rós), and John Agnello.
• Unique Gravity control reverses the arrow of time by inverting the reverb’s decay.
• Innovative Ribbon and Hotswitch allow for changing any combination of parameters simultaneously.


“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Eventide, a brand famous for their high-quality, creative FX, on the NKS platform and deeply integrated into our KOMPLETE KONTROL and MASCHINE eco-systems,” says Native Instruments’ Ray Chemo.


“We’re delighted to add our ‘special sauce’ to Native Instruments’ eco-system,” enthuses Eventide Software Developer Tom Longabaugh, continuing: “It will be exciting to discover ways in which Blackhole will be used in both live performance and in music production by a community of artists who have yet to discover the universe of effects that we’re known for.”


The now-NKS-ready Blackhole is available — as an AAX/AU/VST plug-in for Mac OS X 10.7+ and Windows 7+ — at a promo price of $69.00 USD until May 31, 2018 (rising thereafter to an MSRP of $199.00 USD) from Eventide dealers and its website: https://www.eventideaudio.com


For more in-depth information, please visit the dedicated Blackhole webpage here: http://www.eventideaudio.com/blackhole


Watch Eventide’s ‘extraterrestrial’ promo video for Blackhole here: https://goo.gl/Z4z725





About Eventide (www.eventideaudio.com)

Since 1971, Eventide has remained at the forefront of recording technology. In 1975 it revolutionized the audio industry by creating the world’s first commercially available digital audio effects unit, the H910 Harmonizer®. Since then, its legendary studio processors, stompboxes, and plug-ins have been heard on countless hit records.

© 2018 Eventide Inc.

<![CDATA[Impact Soundworks Releases Allura Vol 1: Ethereal Vocal Phrases]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/impact-soundworks-releases-allura-vol-1-ethereal-vocal-phrases Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:10:33 GMT


Impact Soundworks Releases Allura Vol 1: Ethereal Vocal Phrases



FULTON, MD -- Impact Soundworks released today the first volume of ALLURA, a Kontakt virtual instrument featuring vocal performances by award-winning vocalist Jillian Aversa. The library is designed with film, TV, and game soundtrack composers in mind, offering a wide selection of wordless phrases in multiple keys, tempos, and time signatures. Allura is available for the list price of $59.


In collaborating with Impact Soundworks, performer Jillian Aversa brought to the table her 10+ years of experience singing for such blockbuster video game franchises as Civilization, Halo, God of War, and Soulcalibur. In her own words, “I wanted to capture my ‘signature sound’: ethereal, emotional vocals in both soprano and alto ranges. Sometimes breathy and sometimes with a more focused tone, including a range of straight tone to more prominent vibrato.”


Allura includes 150 phrases, each recorded in four different keys, allowing composers maximum flexibility in using any phrase in any key with minimal transposition. Each phrase group and individual performance is tagged by tempo, time signature, and key/mode, so the performances can be used to both inspire new compositions, or easily fit into existing ones with ease. The library also includes 25 bonus atmospheric pads and single note, multisampled ‘oo’ and ‘ah’ vowels.


“We wanted to make this as composer-focused as possible. Lots of phrase libraries sound great, but they include lyrics or freeform tempos, which makes them too hard to use in existing music,” explains library producer Andrew Aversa. “The phrases of Allura are just the right style and length that they can be used in tons of musical styles. Plus, it’s easy to browse for the exact tempo and scale to find a phrase that works in your composition!”


Though the recordings can be used in precision-edited WAV format, Allura’s Kontakt interface allows for easy mapping and browsing of every performance, along with automatic tempo syncing to host. The Kontakt engine also sports a high-quality FX rack and on-board phrase editing to further sculpt the sounds.


Allura Volume 1 is available now as a digital download for $59. Audio and video demos, specifications, and more product information is available at the Impact Soundworks website:



To hear more of Jillian’s original music, soundtrack work, and vocal arrangements, please visit:




<![CDATA[Have You Heard The Voices Of The Empire? ]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/have-you-heard-the-voices-of-the-empire Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:05:52 GMT
Featuring Vocalist Uyanga Bold
- Introductory Price $199 this week only -
Hollywood, CA (April 18, 2018) – EastWest/Quantum Leap has just added another product perfect for epic film/TV/game soundtracks to their virtual instrument catalog: VOICES OF THE EMPIRE, featuring the raw, primal vocals of Uyanga Bold. Produced by Doug Rogers and Nick Phoenix, VOICES OF THE EMPIRE is the perfect companion product to the highly-anticipated blockbuster HOLLYWOOD CHOIRS.
Uyanga Bold is a unique talent, melding the ethnic musical traditions of Bulgaria, Serbia, Mongolia, and beyond. She is a trained opera singer with perfect pitch, fluent in Russian, Mongolian, French, English, and German. In VOICES OF THE EMPIRE, East meets West like you’ve never heard before. Uyanga's voice is beautiful, pure, otherworldly, haunting, unsettling, powerful, genuine in its ethnic flair and world class in its precision. 
Key Features:
  • Dozens of Mongolian, Bulgarian and Western-style, multi-sampled vocal instruments
  • Dozens of expressive phrases in every key
  • 2 unique Mongolian legato vocal instruments
  • 1 traditional legato vocal instrument
  • Expressive vowel multi-sampled vocal instruments
  • Includes PLAY 6 ($29.99 value)
VOICES OF THE EMPIRE is a must-have virtual instrument for composers and musicians looking for that haunting cinematic vocal sound for their next project.
Price & Availability:
VOICES OF THE EMPIRE (http://www.soundsonline.com/voices-of-the-empire) can be purchased at an introductory price of $199 from April 18-24, and $299 after April 24, or as a free addition for all members of ComposerCloud (soundsonline.com/composercloud, starting at $24.99 per month)
About Uyanga Bold
Uyanga Bold has taken the world by storm since she appeared on the scene, recently touring with Hans Zimmer with his live performances of the score from The Dark Knight.Forbes Magazine wrote “her voice harkens back to ancient civilizations” and she has been nominated as “Female Singer of the Year”. She has appeared internationally on television, radio, and in live performances, reaching over 25 million views across all platforms.
EastWest (www.soundsonline.com) has been dedicated to perpetual innovation and uncompromising quality of Sample Libraries and Virtual Instruments for 30 years, setting the industry standard as the most critically acclaimed sound developer. Find more about EastWest at soundsonline.com.
<![CDATA[Back To The '80s]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/back-to-the-80s Tue, 17 Apr 2018 14:55:40 GMT


Toontrack Music Takes You Back To The '80s



Expect a mix of all the elements that made the ’80s a stand-out decade – the straightforward pop, the soaring power ballads and the synth-infused new wave. Start writing!
<![CDATA[Brazilian Bass 2]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/brazilian-bass-2 Tue, 17 Apr 2018 14:52:55 GMT




It’s new release day and we had to release this one, Brazilian Bass 2. The eagerly awaited follow up to the monstrous first pack.

Zenhiser Pack: Brazilian Bass 2

Price: $60.00 AUD

Direct Link: http://www.zenhiser.com/brazlian-bass-house-music-sounds.html





<![CDATA[Over 70 Waves Plugins Are Now NKS-Ready For Native Instruments KOMPLETE KONTROL And MASCHINE]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/over-70-waves-plugins-are-now-nks-ready-for-native-instruments-komplete-kontrol-and-maschine Tue, 17 Apr 2018 14:50:31 GMT


Over 70 Waves Plugins Are Now NKS-Ready for Native Instruments KOMPLETE KONTROL and MASCHINE
KNOXVILLE, TN, April 16, 2018 Waves Audio, a leading provider of audio processing solutions, announces that over 70 Waves plugins are now NKS-ready for Native Instruments KOMPLETE KONTROL and MASCHINE. 
Waves’ virtual instruments, which have been NKS-ready since 2017, are now joined by 63 more Waves plugins adapted to NKS (Native Kontrol Standard) with seamless integration, allowing producers and musicians direct control of plugin parameters from NI’s hardware and software. All of Waves’ NKS-ready plugins and instruments provide expert plugin mapping from NI hardware controllers, as well as tag-based preset browsing from NI software. 
For maximum speed and creative control, Waves’ NKS-ready plugins now load with their key parameters pre-mapped across the control knobs of NI hardware, and plugin presets appear in NI’s powerful tag-based software browsers. Critical plugin parameters are always at your fingertips, for maximum speed and creative control, and presets can be searched by plugin, vendor, type and keywords. You can hear instant sound previews of each preset as you browse, making it faster than ever before to find the perfect sound. 
Mick Olesh, Waves EVP of Sales & Marketing, comments, “Waves is excited to collaborate with Native Instruments, enabling NKS ready plugins to work seamlessly with KOMPLETE KONTROL and MASCHINE, thus furthering our ongoing commitment to providing tools and solutions, enhancing producers and musicians’ creative process and workflow.”  
“Waves shares Native Instruments’ commitment to innovation,” says Daniel Haver, Native Instruments CEO, “and it is fantastic that they have chosen to be a launch partner for NKS effects. Their large portfolio of highly respected sound processors is the perfect showcase for NKS software and hardware integration.” 
Learn more about NKS (Native Kontrol Standard) integration: https://www.native-instruments.com/en/specials/komplete/nks/ 
See all NKS-ready Waves plugins: www.waves.com/plugins/nks-effects-and-instruments.
Over 70 Waves plugins are now NKS-ready for Native Instruments KOMPLETE KONTROL and MASCHINE.
About Waves Audio Ltd.:
Waves is the world’s leading developer of audio DSP solutions for the professional, broadcast, and consumer electronics audio markets. Since its start in the early '90s with the introduction of the Q10 equalizer plugin, Waves has gone on to develop a comprehensive line of over 150 audio plugins, including industry standards like the L1 and L2 Ultramaximizers, popular vintage console models, and innovative mixing tools like Vocal Rider and the Artist Signature Series. For its accomplishments, Waves received a Technical GRAMMY® Award in 2011, and the Q10 was selected as an inductee into the TECnology Hall of Fame. In 2016, Waves released the eMotion LV1 mixer, a revolutionary live digital mixing console that provides real-time audio mixing for front-of-house, monitor, studio and broadcast engineers. Waves technologies are now used to improve sound quality in virtually every sector of the audio market, from recording, mixing, mastering and post-production to broadcast, live sound, and consumer electronics. Waves has over 25 years of expertise in the development of psychoacoustic signal processing algorithms that leverage knowledge of human auditory perception to radically improve perceived sound quality. Waves’ award-winning processors are utilized to improve sound quality in the creation of hit records, major motion pictures, and top-selling video games worldwide. Waves offers computer software and hardware-plus-software solutions for the professional and broadcast markets. The company’s WavesLive division is a market leader in all live sound sectors, spearheading the development of solutions for all live platforms. Under its Maxx brand, Waves offers semiconductor and licensable algorithms for consumer electronics applications. Waves technologies dramatically enhance audio performance and are used by industry leaders such as Dell, Google, Fitbit, Acer, Asus, Hisense and more.

All other product names and trademarks are the property of their respective owners, which are in no way associated or affiliated with Waves. 

<![CDATA[Ethera EVI Cinematic Electro Vocal Instrument For Kontakt]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/ethera-evi-cinematic-electro-vocal-instrument-for-kontakt Tue, 17 Apr 2018 14:29:52 GMT


The Ethera series has become one of Zero-G's most popular instrument lines, featuring the stunning vocals of Clara Sorace and a host of additional instruments and sounds tailored towards cinematic productions.
New Ethera EVI takes the series to a whole new level, submerging users into an amazing world of stunning vocals, synths, arps, textures, bass, horns, drums, acoustic instruments and ambient sounds for all cinematic and electronic music productions.
More than ‘just’ a vocal library, Ethera EVI features four main instruments...
Vocal True Legato Instrument – based on up to 4 layers of sound and the most authentic legato Vocal instrument now on the market.
Vocal Phrases Instrument – provides over 1GB and 1200 individual phrases of authentic inspirational live vocal performance in different styles including Celtic, Oriental, Electro and many more.
Vocal Builder – a set of samples programmed to act as an intelligent entity allowing the composer to live-play a vocal sequence or chord with different vocal articulations. Highly useful for choirs or vocal arpeggios. Perfect for Electro and Cinematic music.
Synth – a powerful wavetable synth created by sampling some of the best hardware synths, several sound field recordings and a whole range of organic sounds, acoustic instruments, and human voices. Contains over 850 presets including 100 Multis and also a multisampled 1928 Acoustic FELT Piano.

  • Over 18GB of samples
  • New powerful EVI true legato with up to 4 velocity articulations & sustains
  • New vocal builder instrument that allows you to create your own unique vocal phrases
  • Over 1000 samples of inspiring vocal phrases synced to the bmp & “legato mode”
  • Over 13GB of samples from the best hardware synths and organic sounds
  • Over 1.0GB of electronic drum loops
  • An exclusive acoustic vintage 1928 piano felt (2 mic: stereo – mono)
  • Critically acclaimed voice of Clara Sorace
  • New convolution reverb
  • Wavetable synth with sample grain control
  • Glide & unison mode for the EVI synth
  • Arpeggiator with 6x play mode and pitch sequencer
  • 5 LFO & filters – free or synced to the host clock
  • GUI with easy to use controls and fully automated midi learn controllers
  • FX rack with midi learn
  • Two “off-set” sample start controls in vocal phrases and legato mode
  • Waveform display
  • Roli seaboard support (synth legato glide and mono aftertouch)
  • Over 800 presets including multi instruments
Ethera EVI is available now, if you already own an Ethera title use code 'ETHLOYA20' at the checkout to get 20% off!
For full details, audio demos, videos and more visit: https://www.timespace.com/products/zero-g-ethera-evi



<![CDATA[The TC Electronic 2290 Is Back]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/the-tc-electronic-2290-is-back Tue, 17 Apr 2018 14:26:38 GMT


2290 is back!
The short version: it's a hardware controlled plug-in. It's $349. And it's coming this June!
When the original 2290 Digital Delay hit the music world in '85, it was lauded as nothing short of a revolution in sound.
Adopted by producers, FOH engineers and musicians such as David Gilmour, The Edge and Robben Ford, it set the benchmark for delay units, and quickly became an industry standard in professional studios and live effects rigs.
The new TC2290-DT takes up the sonic mantle of the original 2290 and brings its beautifully modulated delays to a new generation of musicians, producers and engineers.
Key features
  • Desktop controlled plug-in brings legendary TC2290 dynamic delay to your DAW
  • Complete delay solution with extensive modulation capabilities for your favorite audio software
  • High-quality tactile interface with authentic “look and feel” of celebrated TC2290 rack delay
  • Custom-designed signature presets featuring world-class artists and recording engineers
When, when, when?



<![CDATA[HumBeatz And Sing Instruments]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/humbeatz-and-sing-instruments Tue, 17 Apr 2018 14:20:49 GMT


AmpTrack Technologies Launches HumBeatz Mobile Looper

HumBeatz (for iOS, Android) lets anyone turn their mouth into a musical instrument—anytime, anywhere
HumBeatz mobile looper app; HumBeatz in Beatz mode
Stockholm, Sweden, April 17, 2018 — AmpTrack Technologies announces the release of their mobile appHumBeatz, that lets users hum, whistle or beatbox and turn those sounds into a musical instrument. With HumBeatz, those vocal sounds can be used to easily and quickly create a bass line, drum groove, trumpet riff or other sounds, for creating musical parts, loops, stems or song sketches.

This new mobile looper app (iOS, Android) is ideal for on-the-go musicians, enabling them to capture a song idea or take a melody or groove in their head and quickly hear it played back as an instrument, at any time, and anywhere, using a mobile device.

HumBeatz is also a 4-track looper that can be used for sketching out ideas and saving them. Included are two on-board effects: Reverb and Delay. You can save your creations locally, in the cloud or share them.

“HumBeatz is a unique approach to audio creation using MIDI conversion along with melodic and rhythmic functionally,” states Bil Bryant, CEO of AmpTrack.  “Another innovative feature is the Teach function,” continues Bryant, ”which allows you to teach the app to accurately assign the rhythmic sounds you’re making to the correct instrument sound, to give you the precise parts and sounds you have in your head.”

HumBeatz mobile looper app is currently available for Android and iOS for US $6.99. For more information and tutorial videos, visit HumBeatz.com. Watch the video intro here or below.

Download it for Android here. Download it for iOS here.
HumBeatz in hum mode; effects screen
About AmpTrack Technologies
AmpTrack Technologies AB is a newly formed music tech company based in Stockholm, Sweden that develops cutting edge music creation software for the web and mobile. The AmpTrack team is comprised of a collection of experienced and creative talents that are focused on making a major impact on the future of digital music making and music tech. 
<![CDATA[Focal Shipping New “Shape Twin” Monitors]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/focal-shipping-new-shape-twin-monitors Mon, 16 Apr 2018 14:35:28 GMT


Focal Shipping New “Shape Twin” Monitors


One year after the launch of Shape 40, 50 and 65 monitors, Focal has expanded its monitoring range
by releasing the line’s new benchmark product: Shape Twin.



Montreal, Canada — April 12, 2018 — Focal has announced they are shipping the new “Shape Twin” monitors, expanding the Company’s Shape professional powered monitor series. This new standard bearer of the Focal Shape series features two passive radiators, woofers equipped with a new Flax cone, and the latest 'M'-shaped Aluminum/Magnesium inverted dome tweeter. Shape Twin is made in France, just like Shape 40, 50 and 65. Designed to meet the needs of near-field monitoring, these monitors combine an ingenuous design and numerous settings optimized for the acoustics of small listening rooms. Shape Twin stands out through its excellent rendering over the whole audio spectrum, its broad frequency response in the low end, and its high SPL considering its size. The compact design makes it easy to integrate even into the most cramped of rooms. Finally, its 2.5-way design gives it a decisive advantage when it comes to controlling the bass and lower mid-range registers, which are the hardest to control in small rooms. The new Shape Twin monitors are now shipping, US street price is $1099. each.


Like its predecessors, Shape Twin sets itself apart at first glance through its unique design. The front and top of the MDF cabinets are finished with an authentic, natural stained, walnut veneer. The curved shape of the top of each loudspeaker was calculated specifically for each monitor in order to ensure a linear frequency response in the high end. The natural wood finish recalls the finishes of Focal Twin6 Be studio monitors, and perfectly complements the new flax cones.


Developing speaker driver cone technologies is part of Focal’s core expertise. The Flax sandwich cones used for the woofers are composed of two materials: glass fibers and flax fibers. A layer of flax fibers is sandwiched between two layers of glass fibers. Glass fiber cones were also used on the “W” composite sandwich cone of the SM6 and SM9 series, and are revered for their high rigidity considering their light-weight. The sandwich cone needs to provide good damping while being as light as possible. Flax fibers are twice as light as glass fibers as they’re hollow. What’s more, they also have very low elasticity. This increases the speaker driver’s Young’s modulus when in excursion, an essential property to ensure a piston-like action even in the very low end. Finally, it is composed of 80% cellulose which gives it excellent damping properties. So, it was only natural for us to choose this material. This new technology has proven to be a considerable improvement over the Polyglass cone in terms of weight, rigidity and damping.


TMD Suspension: New finite element method simulation tools have enabled us to identify an essential component, which could be improved: the suspension. The solution actually came from the world of civil engineering and famous skyscrapers, such as Taipei 101. It consists of a 660-tonne steel sphere suspended to a pendulum at the top of the building. It acts as a harmonic absorber to ensure the stability of the building in strong winds. TMD suspension is based on the same principle: to optimize harmonic absorption to ensure a piston-like action for the whole audio spectrum reproduced. Thus, two rings have been integrated into the suspension. The diameter and location of these rings are determined according to the flexibility of the suspension, its elongation, its resonance frequency and the targeted frequency response curve of the speaker driver in excursion. This technology provides a linear frequency response curve between 1 and 2kHz, while significantly reducing distortion in the same range. With this the mid-range register benefits from remarkable neutrality. It also contributes to the excellent precision of the overall stereo image.


Neutral Inductance Circuit: The magnetic field is very difficult to control because it’s modulated by three factors: the movement of the voice coil, the current passing through it and the frequency. Consequently, the voice coil and the moving part take support on the magnetic field which becomes too "flexible", and this eventually leads to a loss of precision. This is where the recourse to finite element method simulation tools pays off. It made it possible to visualize these complex interactions, and enabled us to come up with an extremely stable magnetic circuit: N.I.C. techno- logy (Neutral Inductance Circuit). This solution consists in a Faraday ring whose dimensions, materials, and positioning have been optimized so that the magnetic field is no longer affected by the position of the voice coil, by the amperage or by the frequency of the current passing through it. This also increases frequency response in the high end of the spectrum, thus optimizing the crossover with the tweeter while reducing harmonic distortion and inter-modulation.


New Tweeter: Focal has further improved its famous Aluminum/ Magnesium inverted dome tweeter by coming up with two significant mechanical innovations: the new 'M'- shaped dome and the new suspension, like that used on the tweeters of the SM6 and SM9 lines. The inverted 'M'-shaped dome offers two major advantages. Its directivity is even less that of the inverted dome tweeter, allowing for more flexibility in terms of listening position. Mechanically speaking, the 'M' shape gives the dome much more rigidity while reducing distortion even more. In addition to this, the Poron® suspension provides a more linear frequency response curve below 6kHz, improving crossover with the woofer. The magnetic component has also been optimized thanks to a voice coil with a Kapton® frame which significantly reduces the Foucault current, and consequently, distortion. The horn housing the tweeter has been designed to provide equal horizontal and vertical directivity.


Double Passive Radiator: The 8" (21 cm) double passive radiator on Shape Twin monitors is an ingenuous solution to a common issue encountered with near-field monitors: to combine a com- pact design, extended frequency response in the low end and comfortable positioning. Indeed, when ported systems meet their limits in terms of integration (a long-enough port to match its surface is required), the passive radiator is the ideal solution. However, rocking modes can often occur depending on the frequency and the volume. In order to compensate for this phenomenon, two U-shaped suspensions positioned opposite each other join the passive disk to the basket, ensuring perfect symmetry during excursion and incursion. Finally, the very low tuning frequency allows Shape Twin to be placed very close to a wall.


Electronics & Settings: Class AB amplification was the obvious choice for these monitors in order to provide optimal control over the audio signal’s dynamic range. Both 5" (13cm) woofers are powered by a dedicated 80W amplifier channel, which ensures tonal balance however high the volume. As for the settings, particular attention has been paid to integration, regardless of the room’s acoustics. Shape Twin features a comb filter for high and low frequencies (HF: +/- 3dB from 4.5kHz; LF +/- 6dB above 250Hz).


Accessories & Installation: Shape Twin comes with 4 adjustable decoupling spikes. The height of the front and rear spikes can be adjusted to solve any problems which are sometimes encountered due to the monitors not being at the same height as the listener. The angle changes the height of the soundstage to best suit the height of the sound engineer. A clever finishing touch to the spikes is their rubber coating. This improves isolation of the loud- speakers in relation to their support. Each monitor is supplied with three specific protective grilles for the two woofers and the tweeter. Particular attention has been paid to efficiency, with a design, which enables the grilles to be removed or assembled without tools. We haven’t forgotten the diversity of listening environments and set-ups, so. Shape Twin is equipped with fastening mechanisms on the back and underneath so that they can be mounted to the wall or ceiling.


Shape Twin’s five innovations are the source of the great acoustic performance of this professional work tool. The 2.5-way design brings out the best of two 5" speaker drivers. The woofer in the lower section of the cabinet is used for the 40-180Hz range, whereas the second transducer is dedicated to frequencies between 40Hz and 2.5kHz. Thus, the emissive surface dedicated to the bass frequencies is equivalent to that of an 8" subwoofer, with the extra advantage of being compact. The aptitude to work on the mid-range and upper mid-range is considerably increased with a 5" speaker driver com- pared to larger transducers. This physical advantage is further enhanced thanks to Flax cone technology whose damping properties are unrivalled in this price range. Thus, the slightest lack or addition of information in this register is immediately emphasized, allowing engineers to achieve remarkably precise mixing and equalisation. The sound of these new work tools distinguishes it- self through the wide and extremely precise stereo image, facilitating the task of arranging the different tracks. What’s more the bass register is articulated and controlled. Shape Twin’s 2.5-way “d’Appolito” configuration ensures extremely precise control of the bass and lower mid-range while making it easy to integrate into all interiors thanks to its low footprint. Finally, the new tweeter is what’s at the source of the very high definition. It efficiently reveals any hissing, and it’s also very precise in the very high end. This is why Shape Twin has become the standard-bearer and absolute reference of the Shape line.


For more information on Focal Professional monitors, please visit: www.focal.com/en/pro-audio



About Focal

For more than 35 years, Focal has been recognized as a leader on the global stage for its high fidelity products. This French company based in Saint-Étienne (Loire department) manufactures speaker drivers, home audio and multimedia loudspeakers, car audio systems, monitoring loudspeakers and audiophile headphones. Some of the company’s loudspeakers and technologies have become world-renowned references in the Hi-Fi industry. All Focal products are designed and developed in France: they benefit from 35 years of innovation in exclusive and patented acoustic technologies. The Company has chosen to continue manufacturing products ‘Made in France’, where the quality and high standards of French workmanship place the brand above its competitors. A market leader in France, Focal exports more than 80% of its production, mainly to Europe, North America and Southeast Asia. In 2011, Focal merged with Naim Audio Limited, the leader of high-end electronics in the U.K. Vervent Audio Group, the resulting holding company, has a turnover of over €85 million.



About Audio Plus Services

Established in 1991, Audio Plus Services is a leading North American importer and distributor of premium consumer and professional electronics brands including Focal Professional, SPL of Germany, Lauten Audio, Vovox, IsoAcoustics, Zaor Furniture, Cymatic Audio, Vicoustic, Pop Audio and EarSonics. Based in Montreal with U.S. shipping facilities in Champlain, NY, Audio Plus has sales personnel located throughout the United States to professionally service their active roster of more than 350 specialty A/V and Pro Audio dealers. Audio Plus specializes in products and services for the professional audio and performing musician markets, as well as the home theater and custom integration (CI) market – both residential and commercial – for North America.

For more information about Audio Plus Services visit their website at  www.audioplusservices.com or call (800) 663-9352.


All trademarks are the property of their respective holders.



<![CDATA[These Are Clearly High-End Professional Cans]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/these-are-clearly-high-end-professional-cans Mon, 16 Apr 2018 14:31:37 GMT


Focal Release New “Clear Professional” Reference Headphones


Focal releases new high-end “Clear Professional” reference headphones with listening quality
aimed to match the ‘best monitor speakers in a room with perfect acoustics’




Montreal, Canada — April 12, 2018 — Focal has released their new high-end “Clear Professional” reference headphones with listening quality aimed to match the ‘best monitor speakers in a room with perfect acoustics’. Focal affirms its position as an innovative manufacturer with the arrival of its very first open-back, circumaural professional headphones, designed and manufactured in France. The result of research and development that began with the Company’s Elear and Utopia high-end headphones, the goal for these high-end headphones is to become the undisputed leaders for the most demanding audio production professionals. The ‘Clear Professional’ reference headphones are now shipping, US street price is $1,699.00.


In 2016, Focal launched its Elear and Utopia headphones, whose major innovation was the first completely open­back full range electro-dynamic transducer. This technological advance meant that it was possible to eliminate the distortion generated by the vents, at the same time guaranteeing an absence of dynamic compression related to them. Two years later, Focal now reveals ‘Clear Professional’. These open over ear headphones incorporate a remarkable evolution of the speaker and an extremely open design aiming to make the headphones disappear, to the benefit of the sound.


‘Clear Professional’ headphones are so comfortable that the user forgets they are wearing them, and the listening experience, like listening to the best monitor speakers, takes over. ‘Clear Professional’ headphones take their place as a key staple for the most demanding professionals. These professional headphones have just one, unique objective: to be the ultimate tool for music production.



“Clear Professional” Headphone Strengths:

• Remarkable tonal balance over the entire spectrum
• Bass articulation, down to the very lowest frequencies
• Great detail in the high frequencies
• A listening experience very close to a pair of monitor speakers
• Comfort and ergonomics
• Design and materials used
• Excellent performance connected to a laptop computer
• 2 cables provided, for each type of use
• Rigid carrying case provided


‘Clear Professional’ uses a new generation of Focal’s 40mm full­range speaker. A 24.5mm diameter, 5.5mm long unsupported copper coil has been developed. This major innovation weighs just 100mg. The material chosen, copper, has the effect of achieving an extremely high magnetic field in the coil. With this, the moving parts are always under control, even at maximum capacity, providing bass articulation worthy of the best subwoofers. Its 55-Ohm impedance makes ‘Clear Professional’ easy to drive, even in a mobile configuration, directly connected to the headphone output of a laptop. The proprietary 75-micron suspension combines very low mass with high elongation. It contributes to exceptional impulse response with break­up raised to 24kHz. Thus, high frequencies are extremely linear and transients are reproduced accurately. ‘Clear Professional’ headphones are capable of precisely revealing the tiniest details of the recording, providing extremely precise control so the user can hear the most subtle changes.


One of the reasons why work on headphones is significantly different from that on a pair of monitor speakers is the wave­form generated by the loudspeaker and the listening distance. Whether an inverted dome or a positive dome is used, a listening distance measured in centimeters requires a total rethink of the form of the dome to obtain a plane wave in an extremely close field. Focal’s 35 years of experience have resulted in a new generation of domes, launched on Elear and Utopia headphones: the “M­profile” dome. Formed of an Aluminum/Magnesium alloy, it offers an ideal ratio, combining low mass, high rigidity and excellent damping. It is when you listen that you understand the full meaning of 'M' geometry: breadth and dynamics worthy of the best monitors are truly on offer. Focal made the most of this decisive advantage when it designed some of the most open headphones ever, thanks to very particular work on the ear cushions.


An overwhelming factor governing one’s ability to work with headphones is their acoustic impedance. What this means is that, in addition to their weight, users identify wearing headphones, even open models, as a change of space resulting in the sensation of leaving the room and going into a lower volume room. The design of ‘Clear Professional’ solves this problem, thanks to their new microfiber ear cushions. The ear pads are to the headphones what the room is to acoustic speakers. Their one­millimeter diameter micro­perforations on the outside edge give a level of openness that is unequalled at this price range. The sensation of listening in the room, and not through headphones, is intensified. The second benefit to this design is its extreme tolerance to ear cushion positioning, regardless of head profile and size. This degree of openness also provides the benefit of excellent readability of upper bass and low midrange registers, typically where headphones usually find their limits in comparison with monitors.


At the same time, the ear cushions are also designed to define a ‘listening room’ acoustic. Here, special care was taken to the ratio between absorption and diffusion, in order to offer a ‘control room’ with ideal acoustics. This resulted in a very specific design of the inside of the ear cushion. A very open acoustic fabric over 50% of the height of the cushion generates absorption, while the perforated microfiber on the remaining 50% controls acoustic diffusion.


On the design side, the finish of the ear cushions is reprised under the headband, giving black leather to the top and burgundy perforated microfiber below, in a gentle homage by the French manufacturer to its SM6 range of monitor speakers.


Focal has developed a constant curvature headband design, regardless of listener head size. The weight of the headphones is evenly distributed over the head, support being concentrated into one or two points. The solid Aluminum yoke is coated with industrial-quality matte black paint offering not only sleek design by also resistance to impacts and scratches. The yoke is also free from the traditional vertical rotation mechanism, which has been transferred to the headband for even greater comfort. The asymmetry of the yoke’s attachment points to the ear pads provides optimal clamping force distribution, thus ensuring excellent fit, especially under the ears, to avoid any sound leakage translating as significant losses in the bass. The high resilience memory foam used in the ear cushions ensures a perfect fit to the face. This guarantees tonal stability and extra comfort for all.


‘Clear Professional’ headphones come with two cables so that users have the best solution for their device of choice. These oxygen-free copper 24 AWG (American Wire Gauge) cables offer very low resistance, and therefore high acoustic transparency. The first cable, a 5m spiral for use in the studio connected to a mixing console, for example. The second, 1.2m in length, is fitted with a 3.5mm stereo jack connector, a good cable choice for people on the move, ensuring very high quality reproduction connected to a compact audio interface using the 3.5mm to 6.35mm jack adapter. It can also be directly connected to a computer headphone output, where its low 55-Ohm impedance gives it a decisive advantage. The headset itself is equipped with two locking 3.5mm mono jack sockets to secure the connection cable. The final ‘Clear Professional’ accessory is a rigid carrying case. Its thermoformed shell in the shape of the head­ phones protects them from impacts and the hazards associated with transport. It also has capacity to store one cable and an iLok® key (not provided), all within its compact dimensions.


The innovation implemented in the speakers in Elear and Utopia headphones is further strengthened with the arrival of ‘Clear Professional’. The very low mass of the moving parts of these three products has led to the design of a dedicated production line on Focal’s site in Saint­Étienne (France), ensuring exceptional levels of precision. When the five manufacturing stages of the speaker are complete, every transducer is tested and measured, after which they are paired. In this way, every pair of headphones has guaranteed speakers with a frequency response curve of +/­ 0.5dB.


Focal continues its quest for the “acoustic absolute” with these new reference headphones. Their ability to reproduce every detail, their tonal balance, their remarkable dynamics and transient reproduction worthy of the best monitor speakers — this is why ‘Clear Professional’ headphones are a clear choice for the most demanding professionals.


For more information on Focal Professional headphones, please visit: https://www.focal.com/en/headphones-0/headphones#pro




About Focal

For more than 35 years, Focal has been recognized as a leader on the global stage for its high fidelity products. This French company based in Saint-Étienne (Loire department) manufactures speaker drivers, home audio and multimedia loudspeakers, car audio systems, monitoring loudspeakers and audiophile headphones. Some of the company’s loudspeakers and technologies have become world-renowned references in the Hi-Fi industry. All Focal products are designed and developed in France: they benefit from 35 years of innovation in exclusive and patented acoustic technologies. The Company has chosen to continue manufacturing products ‘Made in France’, where the quality and high standards of French workmanship place the brand above its competitors. A market leader in France, Focal exports more than 80% of its production, mainly to Europe, North America and Southeast Asia. In 2011, Focal merged with Naim Audio Limited, the leader of high-end electronics in the U.K. Vervent Audio Group, the resulting holding company, has a turnover of over €85 million.


About Audio Plus Services

Established in 1991, Audio Plus Services is a leading North American importer and distributor of premium consumer and professional electronics brands including Focal Professional, SPL of Germany, Lauten Audio, Vovox, IsoAcoustics, Zaor Furniture, Cymatic Audio, Vicoustic, Pop Audio and EarSonics. Based in Montreal with U.S. shipping facilities in Champlain, NY, Audio Plus has sales personnel located throughout the United States to professionally service their active roster of more than 350 specialty A/V and Pro Audio dealers. Audio Plus specializes in products and services for the professional audio and performing musician markets, as well as the home theater and custom integration (CI) market – both residential and commercial – for North America.

For more information about Audio Plus Services visit their website at www.audioplusservices.com or call (800) 663-9352.



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<![CDATA[Focal Shipping New “Listen Professional” Headphones]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/focal-shipping-new-listen-professional-headphones Mon, 16 Apr 2018 14:05:54 GMT


Focal Shipping New “Listen Professional” Headphones


New “Listen Professional” headphones designed for music production are now shipping



Montreal, Canada — April 12, 2018 — Focal has released their new “Listen Professional” headphone model built for music production. The ‘Listen Professional’ headphones are packed with Focal expertise. For six years, the French manufacturer’s design knowledge in high-performance transducers has been directed at a new specialty: headphones. ‘Listen Professional’ over ear closed back headphones are the essential work tool for music production. They confirm Focal’s ambition to establish itself as a leader in the professional headphone market. The ‘Listen Professional’ headphones are now shipping, US street price is $299.


With ‘Listen Professional’ headphones, sound engineers have total control over their work, whether they’re in the studio or traveling on a business trip. Besides their undisputable acoustic performance, the headphones also provide maximum comfort. Available at an affordable price, these headphones will amaze users with their high-quality audio and dynamics, which can often only be experienced with more expensive headphones. The tonal balance and the capacity to reproduce an extremely wide audio spectrum with precision make them an essential ally for monitoring and audio transfers. The comfort they provide, and the accessories supplied make the ‘Listen Professional’ headphones appealing to those travel a lot as well.


Like the new Focal ‘Clear Professional’ headphones, ‘Listen Professional’ is also equipped with a head- band boasting a unique design to ensure comfort and durability. It’s curve remains consistent, regardless of the shape or size of the user’s head. Combined with the layer of silicone underneath the headband, this ensures that the weight is spread out evenly over the head, preventing the user from feeling any pressure in any specific area, which is often very uncomfortable during long working sessions.


Professional headphones are synonymous with frequent and intense use. Therefore, extensive research was undertaken prior to the design phase in order to guarantee high mechanical reliability. Proof of this is the headband’s capacity to withstand all sorts of strain on all of the 53 components. The horizontal and vertical rotation of the ear cups operate thanks to one single part: a joint integrated into each one. The ear cups also feature a black structured covering, making them resistant to impacts and scratching.


‘Listen Professional’ headphones give a nod to the brand’s monitoring loudspeakers when it comes to tonal balance and its color code. The black structure combined with the burgundy on the ear cushions and under the headband, is reminiscent of the famous finish of the Focal Solo6 Be, Twin6 Be and Trio6 Be loudspeakers.


Focal’s numerous exclusive patents and technologies are proof of the extreme attention the French manufacturer pays to designing its speaker drivers. The transducer in ‘Listen Professional’ headphones proves this as they have been given a newly developed cone. The goal was to provide a solution, which respects the dynamics of the original signal, while reproducing the details of the recording with precision, whether in the low end or the high end. Combining these three criteria into professional headphones in this price range was a true feat. And to succeed, Focal drew its inspiration from the research it carried out when developing its Elear and Utopia headphones on a real miniature full-range speaker driver. This time, the speaker driver has been given a 100% Mylar suspension, whereas the central dome is composed of a Mylar/ Titanium alloy to provide more rigidity and extended frequency response in the upper end of the spectrum. Thus, the moving part is extremely light, enabling the transducer to exceed 40kHz on a flat baffle. The reproduction of the bass and sub-bass registers also received a great deal of attention. The team of engineers managed to combine two factors, which are difficult to make compatible: a tuning frequency, which is as low as possible, and extremely low distortion (0.3% at 1kHz – 100dB).


The choice of the material used for the ear cushions was also carefully chosen. Microfibre became the obvious choice due to the material’s low resistivity. On an acoustic level, this results in extremely linear bass. This is a crucial aspect because one of the main intentions for these closed-back headphones is to use them for checking the bass register while freeing oneself from the acoustic constraints of the work environment. The ear cushions are to headphones what the control room is to monitoring loudspeakers. Where a pair of monitors interacts with the room’s acoustics, the same goes for the headphone’s speaker drivers and the ear cushions.


The research that went into developing Elear and Utopia headphones again proved beneficial for the more affordable ‘Listen Professional’ model. Although these are closed-back headphones, Focal wanted them to sound lively, and offer an experience similar to semi-open headphones, with the additional benefit of the isolation provided by closed- back designs. The size of the ear cushions (height, width and depth) gives them a volume that makes it possible to achieve very balanced acoustics.


To succeed in this challenge, Focal had to choose two materials whose proportions were wisely spread out inside the ear cushions. Microfibre provides a more linear bass register and favors acoustic output, whereas the acoustic tissue, which is closer to the speaker driver, offers great absorption and linearity in the 3-9kHz register. The bass and also the lower mid-range registers benefit from remarkable tonal balance and excellent articulation: where compression and frequency response generally suffer on closed-back headphones. The upper mid-range has great precision and high definition in order to emphasize any imperfections in the equalization or the adjustment of the levels of the various tracks in relation to one another.


Finally, comfort was once again put in the spotlight. The heat-sensitive, very high-density memory foam used for ‘Listen Professional’ perfectly moulds to heads of all shapes and sizes, including the area under the ears. This prevents any acoustic leaks, ensuring a more perfect reproduction of the bass register.


The goal with ‘Listen Professional’ was to meet the demands of sound engineers and music producers, whether they are used for every day studio work or during a business trip. For this reason, a rigid carrying case is supplied with the headphones. Relatively compact, it ensures a high level of protection against impacts. There’s also room for a cable and an iLok® key. Two low impedance OFC cables are also supplied with ‘Listen Professional’. The 16ft (5m) coiled cable with 3.5mm jack plugs at each end is the ideal cable for professional use. A 3.5 mm to 6.35 mm jack adapter is also provided for using the headphones on a mixing console or audio interface. A second, straight cable (4.5ft / 1.4m) equipped with a multi-function remote control and an omni-directional microphone is supplied for using Listen Professional with a smartphone. Both of these cables feature a locking mechanism to prevent the cables from accidentally becoming disconnected.


For more information on Focal Professional headphones, please visit: https://www.focal.com/en/headphones-0/headphones




About Focal

For more than 35 years, Focal has been recognized as a leader on the global stage for its high fidelity products. This French company based in Saint-Étienne (Loire department) manufactures speaker drivers, home audio and multimedia loudspeakers, car audio systems, monitoring loudspeakers and audiophile headphones. Some of the company’s loudspeakers and technologies have become world-renowned references in the Hi-Fi industry. All Focal products are designed and developed in France: they benefit from 35 years of innovation in exclusive and patented acoustic technologies. The Company has chosen to continue manufacturing products ‘Made in France’, where the quality and high standards of French workmanship place the brand above its competitors. A market leader in France, Focal exports more than 80% of its production, mainly to Europe, North America and Southeast Asia. In 2011, Focal merged with Naim Audio Limited, the leader of high-end electronics in the U.K. Vervent Audio Group, the resulting holding company, has a turnover of over €85 million.



About Audio Plus Services

Established in 1991, Audio Plus Services is a leading North American importer and distributor of premium consumer and professional electronics brands including Focal Professional, SPL of Germany, Lauten Audio, Vovox, IsoAcoustics, Zaor Furniture, Cymatic Audio, Vicoustic, Pop Audio and EarSonics. Based in Montreal with U.S. shipping facilities in Champlain, NY, Audio Plus has sales personnel located throughout the United States to professionally service their active roster of more than 350 specialty A/V and Pro Audio dealers. Audio Plus specializes in products and services for the professional audio and performing musician markets, as well as the home theater and custom integration (CI) market – both residential and commercial – for North America.

For more information about Audio Plus Services visit their website at www.audioplusservices.com or call (800) 663-9352.


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<![CDATA[WOMEN ROCK—Announcing A New Master Class With Hit Producer Sylvia Massy, From Alan Parsons’ Art & Science Of Sound Recording]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/women-rockannouncing-a-new-master-class-with-hit-producer-sylvia-massy-from-alan-parsons-art--science-of-sound-recording Mon, 16 Apr 2018 13:32:42 GMT


WOMEN ROCK—Announcing a New Master Class with Hit Producer Sylvia Massy, from Alan Parsons’ Art & Science Of Sound Recording



Santa Cruz, CA Dateline April 11th 2018: An open call to spend a day in the studio learning studio recording techniques from iconic engineer and producer Sylvia Massy at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA—where En Vogue, Tori Amos, and Lauryn Hill racked up the hits and Santana recorded Supernatural.


In the spirit of honoring women in music, artist for the session is Santa Cruz alt-folk/rock band The Soulseers led by singer-songwriter Aliza Hava and songwriter/pianist from the hard-rock duo Sit Kitty Sit, Kat Downs.


From her work with Tool on their debut record Undertow to her work with System of a Down, Johnny Cash, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Prince, and Tom Petty, Sylvia Massy brings an unbridled passion for the unusual to all her recordings. Whether it’s plugging kitchen implements into a guitar amp, recording a chicken solo or, as she puts it, “just blowing s*%*@ up,” a day in the studio with Sylvia Massy is a memorable experience, where you’ll learn cutting edge techniques but also be transported back to the days when recording was wild, crazy and creative. Just as it’s supposed to be.


Although open for anyone to attend, producers Alan Parsons’ Art And Science Of Sound Recording (ASSR) see the event as a particularly fitting platform for aspiring female engineers, producers, and educators; providing a safe and uplifting atmosphere where Attendees can observe, participate, and grow in their craft alongside one of the most respected producers in the industry.


“Sylvia appears in the Art & Science Of Sound Recording video series and although she just prefers to just get on with the job she’s a brilliant role model for the next generation who we hope will take advantage of this rare opportunity to work with her at close range,” says ASSR producer Julian Colbeck.   


Attendees will be able to see how Sylvia broke through the glass ceiling not only as an engineer and producer but also as an audio engineering author. A copy of Massy’s best-selling book, Recording Unhinged—tips and tricks from which will be in evidence during the session—is included in the ticket price. Refreshments throughout the day are also included, as is a full-catered lunch.


ASSR’s Alan Parsons will be Skyping in with a welcome message for the attendees.


Full details and ticketing at: http://www.artandscienceofsound.com/mcts/womenrock


Alan Parsons’ 2018 series of Master Class Training Sessions is being sponsored in conjunction with online mastering specialists LANDR.


Enquiries please contact the event producers at info@artandscienceofsound.com or by phone (PDT in USA) on 1-800-752-2780.





<![CDATA[The Women’s International Music Network Announces Performers For The 2018 “She Rocks” Showcase At ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/the-womens-international-music-network-announces-performers-for-the-2018-she-rocks-showcase-at-ascap-i-create-music-expo Mon, 16 Apr 2018 13:29:08 GMT
The Women’s International Music Network Announces Performers for the 2018 “She Rocks” Showcase at ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO

Priscilla Renea, Melissa Polinar, French Toast and 76th Street to perform at OHM Nightclub on Tuesday May 8, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Performers: left - Priscilla Renea; top center - Melissa Polinar; top right - French Toast; lower right - 76TH Street
April 13, 2018, Needham, Mass. – The Women’s International Music Network (the WiMN) announces the artists selected to perform at the fifth annual “She Rocks” ASCAP Expo Official Showcase, during the ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO in Los Angeles. The free event takes place on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at OHM Nightclub at Hollywood & Highland. EXPO badge holders 18 years and older may attend the showcase ("Discount Days" EXPO passes are available through April 18). This year’s performers include headliner Priscilla Renea, plus Melissa Polinar, French Toast and 76th Street. 
After spending nearly a decade as one of the songwriters behind some of music’s biggest hits by artists such as Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Pitbull, Miranda Lambert, Diplo and more, Priscilla Renea is poised to return to focusing on herself as an artist, with her forthcoming full-album release, Coloured, dropping this June. The country and soul-infused album features her powerhouse voice and engaging story-telling on urban-soul ballads like “Heavenly” and country-inspired “Gentle Hands.” More at www.priscilla-renea.com/.

Hailing from Texas, singer-songwriter Melissa Polinar first gained attention with the rise of YouTube, impressing fans with her blend of soul, jazz, blues and pop. Best known for her cover of Sting’s “Fragile” featuring India.Arie, and spotlighted in 2017 by SXSW during its first official Asian-American showcase, Polinar has also enjoyed praise for her most recent project, Rise at Eventide, featuring her original work. More at www.melissapolinar.com/.

Duo French Toast offers a clever take on blending musical styles, namely a modern version of the French Louisiana sound, which marries blues and soul with electronic music. Singer Brittany Pfantz is a Louisiana native with a voice that’s inspired by the gritty soulful sounds of her home state’s history. Multi-instrumentalist and producer Charles Calvet hails from southern France, bringing with him organic and electronic sounds that enable the duo to write unique, yet familiar music. Watch their new video here.

76TH Street is an American duo featuring life-long friends Spencer Bryant and Haley Gold. Bryant’s proficiency on guitar and all stringed instruments, combined with Gold’s strength on piano and percussion provide the driving force behind their sound. Last year’s release, Hurricane, features the song “You and I,” produced by GRAMMY Award-winning producer Robb Vallier. They’ve just released the single “Close” from their upcoming new EP.  More at www.76thstreet.net.

This official EXPO Showcase, celebrating its fifth anniversary, will be a focal point of the evening at the conference. The 2018 “She Rocks” Showcase presents a unique opportunity for female artists of all styles to perform in front of industry experts, media representatives, artists, publishers and more during the premier conference for songwriters, composers and producers.

Sponsored by Martin Guitar, Casio, 108 Rock Star Guitars, and Cerwin Vega, the showcase will take place onTuesday, May 8, 2018 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at OHM Nightclub, located at 6801 Hollywood Blvd in Los Angeles, just steps away from the EXPO. To learn more, visit www.thewimn.com/ascapshowcase/

About The Women’s International Music Network (WiMN)
Founded in 2012, the Women’s International Music Network unites women who work within all facets of the music and audio industries. With theWiMN.com as its hub, the WiMN provides a community for women within the industry while enriching their careers and musical experiences through networking and sharing. The Women’s International Music Network produces events such as the WiMN She Rocks Showcases, and the She Rocks Awards, hosts many panels and workshops, and is founded by music industry veteran Laura B. Whitmore. For more information, visit www.TheWiMN.com.
About the ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO
Now in its 13th year, the ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO is the largest conference of its kind in the United States, attracting over 3,000 music creators for three days of panels, workshops, master classes, keynotes and one-on-one sessions with the industry’s top hitmakers. The 2017 “I Create Music” EXPO included nearly 200 panelists from across the music business covering dozens of compelling topics, from Congressional legislation benefiting songwriters to expanding the role of women in film music to a case study with the team behind Justin Bieber’s Purpose. For more information, visit www.ascap.com/expo.
<![CDATA[Hexloops Is Back With Two New Packs]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/hexloops-is-back-with-two-new-packs Mon, 16 Apr 2018 13:22:28 GMT
Travis Scott & Lil Uzi Vert Type Beats: 5 Construction Kits For Producers! WAV, MIDI Format!
5 Beat Kits Inspired by Kendrick Lamar, Future, Young Thug, Metro Boomin! Formats: WAV, MIDI
<![CDATA[Latest Audio Research And Technologies To Be Highlighted At AES Milan Convention]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/latest-audio-research-and-technologies-to-be-highlighted-at-aes-milan-convention Mon, 16 Apr 2018 13:18:58 GMT

Latest Audio Research And Technologies To Be Highlighted At AES Milan Convention


— Research Papers, Poster Sessions and Engineering Briefs will showcase the work of over 100 researchers on a variety of audio engineering topics —
New York, NY, April 16, 2018 — As the cornerstone of the Audio Engineering Society’s mission to promote the science and practice of audio, each AES convention features a wide array of presentations on research topics presented by leading engineers, scientists and students in the field of audio engineering, and the AES Milan convention, coming up 23-26 May at the NH Hotel Milano Congress Centre in Milan, Italy, is no exception. Brought together by AES Milan Papers co-chairs Ville Pulkki and Sascha Spors, the Convention’s Technical Program will feature research Papers, Engineering Briefs and Poster sessions by over 100 authors.  
Day one of AES Milan kicks off with a series of presentations on Loudspeakers, followed by a Poster presentation session on Transducers. Audio Quality, a hot-topic at this year’s convention, will then be delved into in two full sessions of paper presentations, followed by Loudspeakers – Part 2. The day’s papers sessions will close out with a Poster session on the topic of Applications. 
Thursday’s Papers Sessions begin with a look at Spatial Audio and will run throughout the day on topics including Audio Education; Audio Coding, Analysis and Synthesis; Perception; and Measurements. Poster Sessions will also be held on the topics of Perception, Measurement and Modeling.   
On day three, presentations will take a further look at the topics of Spatial Audio and Perception, as well as a session on Audio Processing and Effects. Poster Sessions will include the topics of Analysis, Synthesis, Audio Processing, Audio Education, and Audio Coding and Quality. 
Day four Papers Presentations will focus on the topics of Audio Processing and Effects, and Audio Applications, with a final Poster Session on Spatial Audio. 
Additional scientific research in audio technologies is presented through a series of Engineering Briefs, which offer experience- and experiment-based presentations on a variety of topics (all later made available to all AES members for free download). Taking place on the first three days of the convention, the Engineering Briefs series will include such topics as Applications and Audio Education, Signal Processing, Audio Effects, Instrumentation, Measurements, Forensics, Spatial Audio, Transducers & Psychoacoustics, and more. 
“The innovations in audio technology and applications presented in this year’s Papers sessions continue the rich history of invaluable information that the AES has contributed to audio engineering over the past 70 years,” states Papers co-chair Sascha Spors. “The AES Milan Technical Program and Papers Presentations represent the core scientific basis for this year’s convention as we forge ahead in new and emerging directions in audio.”  
For the complete schedule of AES Milan Papers and Engineering Briefs Presentations, visit http://www.aes.org/events/144/program/. Downloadable Papers will also be available to all AES Members in the AES E-Library prior to the convention. Visit aeseurope.com for updates. 
About AES Milan
Themed “The Power of Sound,” the 144th International AES Convention will bring together audio professionals, students, enthusiasts and advanced audio technologies from around the world for four days of audio immersion, experiences and networking. Register now for AES Milan at aeseurope.com for Advance Registration rates through 1 May, including additional discount pricing for AES Members and students. Complimentary Exhibits-Plus badges are also available by using code AES144NOW at checkout.
AES Milan Convention Papers co-chair Ville Pulkki 

AES Milan Convention Papers co-chair Sascha Spors
About the Audio Engineering Society
The Audio Engineering Society, celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2018, now counts over 12,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. Currently, its members are affiliated with 90 AES professional sections and more than 120 AES student sections around the world. Section activities include guest speakers, technical tours, demonstrations and social functions. Through local AES section events, members experience valuable opportunities for professional networking and personal growth. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org.
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<![CDATA[Puremagnetik Releases Granule - Grain Delay And Temporal Shifter]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/puremagnetik-releases-granule---grain-delay-and-temporal-shifter Mon, 16 Apr 2018 12:38:21 GMT


Puremagnetik Releases Granule - Grain Delay and Temporal Shifter
Granule is a granular delay processor designed to glitch, bend and tweak your audio into strange worlds of robotic sci-fi. Inspired by the Red Panda Particle guitar pedal it takes an incoming signal and chops it up into tiny "grains". After chopping your audio, these particles are routed through a looper, spectral pitch shifter and variable delay line. From there, you rearrange the grains, stretch them, morph them and create everything from marvelous shimmering pads to completely ludicrous glitch effects!
Granule works best with pre-recorded material but feel free to experiment with live input as well. You never know what you might get!
Granule Features
• Granular processor
• Loopback buffer
• Spectral pitch shifter
• Variable delay line
• Wet and dry mix controls
• Waveform display 
• A collection of factory presets
Granule is currently offered as part of Puremagnetik's Spark subscription for $8 per month. After one month it will become back-cataloged for a la carte purchase at $20 USD.
Minimum Requirements
• OSX 10.8 or Windows 10 x64
• Audio Units or VST compatible audio host
<![CDATA[Akai Professional Releases MPC 2.2 Update]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/akai-professional-releases-mpc-2.2-update Mon, 16 Apr 2018 12:30:29 GMT





New update enables owners of non-MPC hardware to control MPC 2 Software, introduces other creative workflow features including Generate Random Events, Humanize.



Cumberland, RI USA (April 16, 2018) — Akai Professional today announced the release of MPC Software 2.2. This major software and firmware update for MPC 2 introduces a number of user-requested features and functionality enhancements. As a result, this update is highly recommended for all current MPC X, MPC Live and MPC Software 2 owners.




• MIDI Learn (Global): MPC Software can now be controlled by external MIDI surfaces other than the MPC, such as keyboards and pad controllers. This includes 3rd-party products.
• MIDI Learn (Project): Automatable parameters (volume, pan, etc.) can now be controlled by external surfaces such the faders on a MIDI mixer or rotary knobs on keyboard controllers.

• Humanize: Users can now add randomization to the timing or velocity of MIDI events. This is great for grooves that are slightly “out-of-the pocket.”
• Generate Random Events: MPC can generate random melodic and drum patterns across the timeline

• Many more workflow and stability enhancements



"MPC 2.2 advances the user experience in amazing new ways,” said Dan Gill, Akai Pro Product Manager. “The MIDI Learn and MIDI Control features are now available in both standalone and controller modes, introducing all sorts of new workflow and creative possibilities.”


This update is free for existing MPC 2 Software owners. Upgrades from MPC Software version 1 start at $99.99, new purchases from $199.99.


For complete details on new features found in 2.2, visit:



For more information, visit akaipro.com.




About Akai Professional

The world’s most influential manufacturer of music production gear, Akai Professional develops creative technologies to empower music makers with tools that are unmatched in expressive capability. Akai Professional is best known for creating the legendary MPC, an instrument that has inspired generations of producers and performers and spawned entirely new genres of music. Akai Professional is a part of the inMusic family of premiere music brands.




<![CDATA[The Stylophone GEN X-1 Portable Analog Synthesizer Is Now Available]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/the-stylophone-gen-x-1-portable-analog-synthesizer-is-now-available Mon, 16 Apr 2018 12:13:32 GMT


The Stylophone GEN X-1 Portable Analog Synthesizer is Now Available

Next generation of iconic Stylophone by Dubreq Ltd. is now available in the U.S.

East Sussex, UK, April 16, 2018 — Dubreq Ltd. announces the U.S. availability of the Stylophone GEN X-1 portable analog synthesizer. As the newest member of the iconic Stylophone family of products, the new GEN X-1 model allows musicians and non-musicians alike to easily create music – from quirky beats to melodies – and morph each note in a variety of fun and creative ways. It also adds many new features and an updated layout for even more control.

Since the late 1960s, the Stylophone has developed a cult following among hobbyists and pro musicians who are drawn to its unique form, simple interface, and distinct tone. It’s been used on classic music tracks such as David Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” as well as hundreds of other songs over the past five decades.

The newest version, the compact and battery-operated Stylophone GEN X-1, can be used anytime and anywhere for music creation and playback. Its easy-to-use interface encourages sound exploration with a “keyboard-inspired” surface that is played using a stylus, along with a sound strip that can be played with a fingertip. Additional sound-shaping features can be used to further refine musical creations. They include:
  • A stylus keyboard and separate sound strip for additional music-making options
  • LFO square and triangle waves
  • Low pass filter cutoff/resonance
  • Sub octaves -1 & -2
  • Envelope attack/decay
  • Delay time/feedback
  • X button pulse width modulation
A built-in speaker enables users to share their musical creations with others, while a headphone jack allows private practice. In addition, an AUX in can be used to connect the Stylophone GEN X-1 to other sound modules for expanded possibilities.

Watch a video of it in action here

The Stylophone GEN X-1 is available in the U.S. for $69.99. For additional info and ordering details, visitdubreq.com/product/stylophone-gen-x-1/.
<![CDATA[The 808 Beat Hits Your Feet]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/the-808-beat-hits-your-feet Fri, 13 Apr 2018 12:18:45 GMT



Legendary 808 Drum Machine Inspires New PUMA Sneaker Style     
Los Angeles, CA, April 12, 2018 — Roland Corporation has teamed up with the global sports brand PUMA to unveil a new TR-808 inspired sneaker, the PUMA RS-0 Roland. The partnership brings into focus Roland’s iconic TR-808 drum machine, credited by many as the spark that lit the flame of hip-hop music worldwide.
PUMA and Roland’s new project is a story of reinvention, with PUMA just launching the new RS-0 shoe as a reboot of their classic ‘80s Running System (RS). PUMA chooses to partner with the world’s most influential and creative brands, individuals, and institutions that push culture forward through innovation in design, style, technology, and more. '80s icons Sega and Polaroid were also chosen by PUMA for this collaborative launch. 
This exciting collaboration also extends Roland’s longstanding commitment to innovation and to continuously shaping the sound of modern music while setting music technology standards for the world to follow. Roland too continues to innovate with elevated versions of their revolutionary ‘80s-era TR-808 drum machine, most recently with the debuts of the Roland TR-8S Rhythm Performerand TR-808 Software for Roland Cloud this March. As a renowned global influencer of music, technology, and culture, Roland’s mission is to develop products that allow people all over the world to feel excited and creatively fulfilled.
Roland and PUMA couldn't have struck these similar chords at a much better time. The result is the PUMA RS-0 Roland sneaker with a cool nod to the past but very futuristic in every way.
The PUMA RS-0 Roland draws style from the future-retro look of the Roland TR-808’s multi-colored panel of switches, knobs and LED lights. The sneaker features a premium leather black upper, micro perf vents, 6mm flat reflective laces, reflective midsole details and signature TR-808 colors – red, orange and yellow, on the Formstrip. Familiar notes like “Rhythm Composer” and “Bass Drum” accent the midsole and compliment the orange-hued translucent rubber outsole. PUMA and Roland branding are on the tongue label, footbed, and the anodized metal hangtag.
PUMA formally unveiled the PUMA RS-0 Roland at PUMA’s global launch of the RS franchise in Berlin, Germany, a city that not only epitomizes “old-meets-new” architecturally but is also home to one of the world’s fastest growing and most influential music scenes.
Roland Corporation Vice President of Global Key Influencers Brian Alli added, “Roland is honored to collaborate with PUMA, and we’re looking forward to bringing our story of musical innovation to PUMA fans worldwide.”
For release information, please follow @roland_us and @PUMASportstyle on social. 
PUMA RS-0 Roland sneaker inspired by the TR-808 drum machine unveiled during PUMA's global launch event in Berlin. 

Performance on Roland TR-8S Rhythm Performer during PUMA's RS-0 global launch event in Berlin.

About Roland Corporation
Roland Corporation is a leading manufacturer and distributor of electronic musical instruments, including keyboards and synthesizers, guitar products, electronic percussion, digital recording equipment, amplifiers, audio processors, and multimedia products. With more than 40 years of musical instrument development, Roland sets the standard in music technology for the world to follow. For more information, visit Roland.com or see your local Roland dealer. 
About PUMA
PUMA is one of the world’s leading Sports Brands, designing, developing, selling and marketing footwear, apparel and accessories. For over 65 years, PUMA has established a history of making fast product designs for the fastest athletes on the planet. PUMA offers performance and sport-inspired lifestyle products in categories such as Football, Running and Training, Golf, and Motorsports. It engages in exciting collaborations with renowned design brands to bring innovative and fast designs to the sports world. The PUMA Group owns the brands PUMA, Cobra Golf and Dobotex. The company distributes its products in more than 120 countries, employs more than 11,000 people worldwide, and is headquartered in Herzogenaurach/Germany. For more information, please visit http://www.puma.com.
<![CDATA[Blacque Byrd Music Essential RNB Volume 2]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/blacque-byrd-music-essential-rnb-volume-2 Fri, 13 Apr 2018 12:09:34 GMT






'Blacque Byrd Music: Essential RnB 2' marks the much-anticipated return of this bestselling Urban series from Producer Loops and one of L.A's finest Urban Pop producers. Tracks by Bruno Mars, Britney Spears, T.I, Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga & One Direction have all boasted Blacque Byrd's midas touch, and now yours can too. His productions have even found their way into the Grammy Nomination pool!

Blacque Byrd's latest sample pack contains five Construction Kits packed full of his ridiculously fat 808s, intricate Trap hats, catchy vocal chants, sultry pianos, and heavily filtered pads.

Pair this cutting-edge collection with the first volume in the series to instantly arm your DAW with professional grade samples, displaying the latest Urban production techniques.

MIDI, one-shots and bonus loops are all included in this collection, making it a must-have for Urban and RnB producers who need to stay ahead of the game.

MIDI Files Included:

'Blacque Byrd Music Essential RnB' includes 13 MIDI files, allowing you to seamlessly mix your favourite synths and samplers with the sounds contained in the pack.

Advantages of MIDI:

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

One-Shot Samples:

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


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
• Bonus One-Shots and Loops Folder
• 154 WAV Files
• 15 MIDI Files
• ACIDized WAV Files
• Apple Loops/AIFF Files
• REX2 Loops
• Ableton Live 8.1.3
• Reason ReFill
• Loops sync to BPM
• 44.1 kHz/24-Bit
• PC/Mac Compatible
• Royalty-Free (No Exceptions)


Price and Availability:

'Blacque Byrd Music: Essential RnB 2’ is available for instant download exclusively at ProducerLoops.com for £29.95 / 36,15 EUR. More information is available at: https://www.producerloops.com



<![CDATA[VOVOX Debuts New "sonorus XL" Series Cables At Musikmesse 2018]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/vovox-debuts-new-sonorus-xl-series-cables-at-musikmesse-2018 Fri, 13 Apr 2018 11:59:03 GMT


VOVOX Debuts New "sonorus XL" Series Cables at Musikmesse 2018
New instrument and balanced cables are designed for the most demanding audio quality -
available in North America through distributor Audio Plus Services
Frankfurt, Germany - Musikmesse - April 11, 2018 - At Musikmesse 2018 in Frankfurt (April 11 - 14)VOVOX is debuting its newest range of cables, "sonorus XL." This top-of-the-line cable series is designed for both musicians and studios that demand only the best possible sound, without compromise.

Since the Swiss company was founded 15 years ago, their sound conductors have gained an excellent reputation worldwide. For some users, the 'sonorus' series cables are the reference in fidelity and audio quality. With the new 'sonorus XL' range of cables, VOVOX proves that there is still room for improvement-even with such a high level of quality already attained. 

The main technological advance from 'sonorus' to 'sonorus XL' is hidden in the crystalline structure of the unusually large, solid-core copper conductors. "As a consequence of their exceptional construction, the 'sonorus XL' cables are not for everyone," founder and VOVOX mastermind Jurg Vogt admits. "The unusual stiffness of these sound conductors is a challenge. On the other hand, 'sonorus XL' has a lot to offer. The sonority, resolution, and dynamic range exceed what we had achieved in our previous 'sonorus' range of cables." 

This novel series of cables is perfect for ambitious session musicians, as well as mastering studios. The cable's rigidity makes it often unsuitable for live use on stage. These cables were initially reserved exclusively for selected VOVOX endorsers. Two years of testing with world-class artists such as Melvin Lee Davis, Jesse Milliner and Lillo Scrimali has led the Swiss specialists at VOVOX to make the XL cable range available to all sound aficionados. 

"The feedback we received was so enthusiastic that it was simply a must to offer the cables to a wider audience. We are obviously not the only sound-nerds around!" exclaims Vogt. Session bass playerMelvin Lee Davis (Chaka Khan, George Duke, Lee Ritenour) added with enthusiasm, "This cable absolutely floored me, it has no equal! The construction, the sound quality-there is nothing like it in the industry. The 'sonorus XL' is a life-changer for the professional musician who cares about true sound reproduction."  

VOVOX 'sonorus XL' instrument cables are available in the standard length of 3.0 m (10 ft). Custom lengths are available upon request. The balanced VOVOX 'sonorus XL' direct S are available in various lengths ranging from 1.0 m (3 ft.), to 5.0 m (15 ft.). 

Please visit the VOVOX webiste at: http://www.vovox.com/en for further information about the company's sound conductors-VOVOX cables are distributed exclusively in North America by Audio Plus Services, please visit their website at http://www.audioplusservices.com/ or call (800) 663-9352.

The new "sonorus XL" cables from VOVOX
Since 2002, VOVOX has pursued a goal with its cables: the perfect transmission of sound signals. With this goal in mind, the company, who manufactures its cables in the heart of Switzerland, has developed and assembled highly specialized cables for transmitting signals without loss or distortion. Innovative design and the purest raw materials ensure conditions for the optimal flow of sound information - ranging from the musician's instrument in the studio or on the stage, to loudspeakers at home. With a product line that encompasses solutions for transmitting electric signals spanning the entire audio chain, VOVOX has succeeded in convincing countless professional musicians and sound engineers of the quality of its sound conductors within just a few years. 

About Audio Plus Services
Established in 1991, Audio Plus Services is a leading North American importer and distributor of premium consumer and professional electronics brands including Focal Professional, SPL of Germany, Lauten Audio, Vovox, IsoAcoustics, Zaor Furniture, Cymatic Audio, Vicoustic, Pop Audio and EarSonics. Based in Montreal with U.S. shipping facilities in Champlain, NY, Audio Plus has sales personnel located throughout the United States to professionally service their active roster of more than 350 specialty A/V and Pro Audio dealers. Audio Plus specializes in products and services for the professional audio and performing musician markets, as well as the home theater and custom integration (CI) market - both residential and commercial - for North America. For more information about Audio Plus Services visit their website at http://www.audioplusservices.com/ or call (800) 663-9352.
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<![CDATA[Record And Stomp Away At Up To 96k]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/record-and-stomp-away-at-96k Fri, 13 Apr 2018 11:53:19 GMT


IK Multimedia's iRig Stomp I/O pedalboard
with 96kHz audio interface is now available

Revolutionary USB pedalboard controller for Mac/PC and iOS
with built-in high-definition audio and MIDI interface plus a massive software bundle

April 12, 2018 - IK Multimedia announces the availability of iRig Stomp I/O, a new generation of USB pedalboard controller for live and studio use, featuring a built-in audio interface. iRig Stomp I/O is a sturdy, portable pedalboard controller that has 4 built-in switches along with an expression pedal, and features a professional high-definition audio interface with 24-bit audio and up to 96kHz sampling rate, a combo input jack for line, instrument or mic input with phantom power, balanced stereo output and high quality ¼" headphone output ideal for use with the latest Apple® devices like the iPhone® X.

Ultimate tone
iRig Stomp I/O features a combination ¼"/XLR input that makes it easy to record with a guitar, bass, synth, keyboard or microphone - including studio condenser mics requiring 48V phantom power - using its 96kHz/24-bit audio interface on iPhone/iPad, Mac and PC. It has a Class A preamp with gain control and an output level control with VU metering for both input and output levels. The integrated ¼" headphone output allows for monitoring the signal during tracking or when practicing, while the balanced stereo output can be used to send the signal to an amplifier, a mixer, a PA or powered speakers.

At home in the studio or on stage
Boasting a robust metal construction, iRig Stomp I/O features an onboard expression pedal with optical switch and four stomp switches allowing control over effects and presets for hands-free performance. The two ¼" control inputs can connect additional external pedals or switches. A MIDI input and output further extend the control possibilities by allowing the unit to operate as a stand-alone controller (even without a host device).

Plug and play
As an MFi certified audio interface, it is designed to work right out of the box with an iPhone or iPad using the included Lightning cable, as well as with Mac® and PC via USB. It is the only floor controller to feature a convenient device bay to safely position an iOS device - charging it during use - for an immediate and clear view of the interface, taking advantage of the touch screen interface for speed and flexibility in creating and tweaking guitar tones.

Full suite of software included
With over $/€800 worth of IK software and apps, iRig Stomp I/O puts all the power of the world's best sounding guitar amp, FX modeling and vocal processing software right at the feet of users with a collection of over 160 gear models for Mac/PC and 70 for iOS. Electric guitarists and bass players can unleash the full power of AmpliTube on Mac/PC as well as on iPhone and iPad, while acoustic guitarists can shape their tone with AmpliTube Acoustic for iOS. Singers can get creative with VocaLive and Mic Room. The seamless integration with AmpliTube and VocaLive provides easy plug-and-play recording on multiple devices using IK's powerful, state-of-the-art, 64-bit software.

Recordings can be taken to the next level on Mac and PC using four select processors from IK's flagship T-RackS mixing and mastering suite (the White-2A, Black 76 and VC-670 compressors, and the EQP-1A equaliser, for authentic analog studio sound).


iRig Stomp I/O is designed to give electric and acoustic guitarists, bass players, vocalists, and songwriters a new way to have full control over their tone in any situation. It offers the unique advantage of getting the same sound on stage as in the studio with a solution that is easily updatable as new software and features are released, making it a future-proof system.

Pricing and availability
iRig Stomp I/O is available now from the IK Multimedia online store with free shipping* and from IK authorized dealers worldwide for the affordable price of only $/€299.99**.

* Free shipping valid for orders from the IK Multimedia online store until April 30, 2018
** All prices excluding taxes

For more information about iRig Stomp I/O, please visit:

To see iRig Stomp I/O in action:
<![CDATA[VocoPro Delivers New Rack-Mountable Digital Karaoke Player With Mic Mixer]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/vocopro-delivers-new-rack-mountable-digital-karaoke-player-with-mic-mixer Fri, 13 Apr 2018 11:44:59 GMT


VocoPro Delivers New Rack-Mountable Digital Karaoke Player with Mic Mixer



LOS ANGELES, Calif. April 12, 2018—For DJs, karaoke bars, karaoke hosts and enthusiasts seeking a pro-quality rack-mounted digital karaoke player with a built-in mic mixer, audio leader VocoPro delivers its new DKP-MIXTM system.

The DKP-MIX by VocoPro is a necessary hardware piece for any karaoke installment and can play a wide variety of media file types. The unit can also combine multiple audio inputs for a custom mix. Solid integration of a mic mixer with a multitude of effects conveniently compacted into one solid player makes the DKP-MIX a must have for all karaoke bars or in-home entertainment centers.


  • NTSC/PAL Switchable for Worldwide Compatibility
  • Full-featured playback with single and repeat playback modes
  • Rugged, Professional and Space Saving Design offering portability as well as sustainability
  • Multi-format disc play that supports DVD, DivX, VCD, CD+G, Mp3, CD
  • Dual ¼” microphone inputs with individual volume controls
  • Built-in Echo effect for a more professional vocal sound
  • Headphone jack input with individual volume control
  • Fully-functional remote for ease of operation
  • USB reader for playing digital files, ultimately allowing the user to increase song library capacity
  • ±6 (1/2) step Digital Key Control for changing the key of the music to fit your vocal range via remote or front panel
  • Individual RCA/XLR input/output jacks



Pricing for VocoPro DKP-MIXTM System
MAP:  $249.00 USD
Retail: $299.00 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[Arturia Announce Limited Edition Keylab Essential Black Edition]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/arturia-announce-limited-edition-keylab-essential-black-edition Fri, 13 Apr 2018 11:42:22 GMT


KeyLab Essential, the streamlined next generation of Arturia’s acclaimed KeyLab series, is now available for a limited time in a striking black finish. The new KeyLab Essential Black Edition are available in stores now.
Available in both 49 and 61 key versions, KeyLab Essential Black Edition gives you instant access to the controls you’ll most frequently use, putting them right at your fingertips. This smart design and functionality ensures superb workflow and keeps you in the creative moment.
As well as a sleek new look, KeyLab Essential Black Edition also features direct DAW control, so you can spend less time switching your attention between your controller and your computer. It also has a great feeling keyboard, backlit performance pads, faders and rotaries encoders. KeyLab Essential Black Edition gives you all the tools you need to fully take control of your productions.
On top of its fast, efficient functionality, each Keylab Essential Black Edition comes complete with a super collection of software that will help you start making music straight out of the box. This includes:
  • Arturia Analog Lab 3 : a collection of over 6,000 keyboard & synth presets from Arturia’s award-winning V Collection software suite.
  • Ableton Live Lite : an introduction to one of the most popular recording and performing platforms in the world.
  • UVI Grand Piano Model D : a beautifully sampled Steinway classic.
Combined with its highly customizable interface - including 6 dedicated user maps - the latest member of the KeyLab family features the depth of control that will keep professional’s satisfied, and ease of use that will have newcomers to music production creating music straight out of the box.
For more information on KeyLab Essential Black Edition 49 or 61, please visit the Arturia website.
Visit the Arturia website to learn every detail about the
KeyLab Essential Limited Black Edition:
<![CDATA[Crest Audio® Debuts New XD-16™ And XD-28™ Small Format Digital Mixers]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/crest-audio-debuts-new-xd-16-and-xd-28-small-format-digital-mixers Wed, 11 Apr 2018 15:21:48 GMT


Crest Audio® debuts new XD-16™ and XD-28™ small format digital mixers at PL+S 2018

The new XD-16™ and XD-28™ digital mixers from Crest Audio® set new standards of expandability and functionality for small format, 2U rackmount mixers. Available in either 16- or 28-channel frames, XD Series digital mixers offer optional Dante® networking as well as real-time remote control and monitoring from any Android, Windows or iOS device. The vast range of configurations available enables use as a simple FoH mixer, a monitor mixer, a personal monitor mixer or indeed a combination of all three.

An integrated WiFi module enables real-time control and monitoring of the mixer processing functions, either by acting as a WiFi router for direct connection of up to four external devices (laptop, iPad, phone etc.) for remote control, or alternatively by connecting to an external WiFi network. This mode connects both the mixer and the remote control devices via an external router. It has the advantage of extending the mixer’s WiFi range for applications where the remote control devices are a long way from the mixer.

An optional 4x4 Dante network module allows up to eight channels (4-in/4-out) of audio streaming over a Dante network, and also extends the physical inputs of the XD-16/XD-28 by four AUX channels, and also adds four outputs (MON 1-2 and AUX 1-2). Control is provided via the Dante Controller application.

The XD Series mixers may also be equipped with an optional network module to directly link a “Slave” mixer to the master unit via a 100Mbps Ethernet connection. Linking a Slave to a Master allows the user to access the Slave’s inputs thereby expanding the mixer by a further 16 or 28 channels. Master and Slave units process their own input channels, and then the Slave sends the streams to the Master, which collects and mixes the signals before output. Remote control is via the Master unit, which in turn controls the Slave via the network.

Finally, any USB flash media or HDD can be connected to XD Series digital mixers for concurrent recording and playback of dual audio tracks which are stored via USB media in a lossless 16-bit or 24-bit WAV format. Audio streams may be recorded from any node of the processing chain, and users can also create a dedicated stereo mix if desired. In Playback mode, the USB extends the physical inputs of the XD-16/XD-28 with an AUX stereo channel. The AUX input can access the same processors as the MIC/LINE inputs.

The XD Series digital mixers from Crest Audio deliver a wide range of mixing functionality in a single expandable, configurable, and flexible package.

Visit Peavey Commercial Audio in hall 3.1, stand A21 at ProLight + Sound 2018 for more information or contact your local authorized reseller.

About Peavey Commercial Audio

Peavey Commercial Audio is a division of Peavey Electronics Corporation. Established in 1965, and recognized worldwide as a leading manufacturer of professional audio equipment and integrated solutions, Peavey Commercial Audio’s brands of MediaMatrix®, Crest Audio® and Peavey® professional sound reinforcement are seen, and heard, in more than 10,000 systems around the globe.

Peavey Commercial Audio, through its MediaMatrix product line, launched in 1993 and pioneered the digital signal processing industry for commercial audio installations.

Today, Peavey remains the leading authority in digital signal and control processing, setting the bar for all others to follow. Together with its amplification and live performance brand - Crest Audio, acquired in 1999 - Peavey Commercial Audio continues the legacy of the world’s most trusted, powerful and reliable touring-class sound reinforcement tools.

A global leader in designing and manufacturing power amplifiers for live performance, our portfolio also covers commercial and networked audio distributed public address sound systems, including digital mixing consoles for live and installed audio markets.

Peavey Commercial Audio's multi award winning products from input through output to control and monitoring continue to be the most specified and installed, relied on to perform without fault, with 24/7-365 reliability being an integral part of the world's largest, most prestigious and identifiable landmarks and venues.
<![CDATA[Powered Versarray™ On Display]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/powered-versarray-on-display Wed, 11 Apr 2018 15:18:30 GMT



Versarray™ PRO powered line array from Crest Audio® makes international debut at PL+S 2018
Crest Audio’s® revolutionary Versarray™ PRO powered line array makes its entrance at ProLight + Sound 2018. Comprising the Versarray PRO VR112 line array element and the VR-PRO 215 sub, Versarray PRO is an ideal choice for all mid-sized line array applications including live entertainment, theatres, houses of worship and more. With integrated Dante® audio networking, built-in DSP, innovative flying hardware and world class components, the Versarray PRO powered line array delivers premium quality audio in a versatile, easy-to-set-up, networkable package.

The VR112 benefits from Crest Audio’s latest-generation Mark III ribbon drivers and proprietary CLEAR FORM Waveguide for crystalline high end reproduction. The low end is served by the 12” NEO Black Widow® neodymium loudspeaker with dual 4” voice coils which works in conjunction with Crest’s patented Ram Air Cooling™(RAC) design for even greater efficiency and power handling. The compact, flyable VR-PRO 215 sub, also with RAC design, features dual 15” Black Widow Low Rider drivers and delivers full power down to 35 Hz and a peak SPL of 135dB. Both elements benefit from 3000 W of available dynamic power.

In terms of rigging, Versarray PRO is a fully articulating array thanks to an ingenious, easy-to-adjust 3-pin system on the back, which enables a range of configurations that are simply unachievable in other comparably priced systems. The result is near-perfect coverage and audio quality across a vast range of applications. Furthermore, Versarray PRO includes Auto-Hang DSP technology, a quick and easy push-button control option that allows you to adjust the array according to the number of cabinets in the array, speaker positioning and more. Combined with the innovative FlyQWIK® hardware, a Versarray PRO system can be accurately deployed in a fraction of the time required by competing systems.

As an active system, Versarray PRO features sophisticated on-board DSP processing including FIR filtering. Certain parameters may be accessed from the back panel for quick and easy initial set-up, or indeed the whole system may be configured and controlled remotely via a dedicated Windows-based software utility. Dante network control and audio are delivered via a single CAT5/6 cable, and redundant analog connections have also been included for rock-solid reliability.

Versarray PRO is the perfect solution for pro audio applications requiring high output, flawless coverage and pristine high fidelity audio in a compact, easy-to-deploy package.

Visit Peavey Commercial Audio in hall 3.1, stand A21 at ProLight + Sound 2018 for more information or contact your local authorized reseller.

About Peavey Commercial Audio
Peavey Commercial Audio is a division of Peavey Electronics Corporation. Established in 1965, and recognized worldwide as a leading manufacturer of PROfessional audio equipment and integrated solutions, Peavey Commercial Audio’s brands of MediaMatrix®, Crest Audio® and Peavey® PROfessional sound reinforcement are seen, and heard, in more than 10,000 systems around the globe.

Peavey Commercial Audio, through its MediaMatrix PROduct line, launched in 1993 and pioneered the digital signal PROcessing industry for commercial audio installations.

Today, Peavey remains the leading authority in digital signal and control PROcessing, setting the bar for all others to follow. Together with its amplification and live performance brand - Crest Audio, acquired in 1999 - Peavey Commercial Audio continues the legacy of the world’s most trusted, powerful and reliable touring-class sound reinforcement tools.

A global leader in designing and manufacturing power amplifiers for live performance, our portfolio also covers commercial and networked audio distributed public address sound systems, including digital mixing consoles for live and installed audio markets.

Peavey Commercial Audio's multi award winning PROducts from input through output to control and monitoring continue to be the most specified and installed, relied on to perform without fault, with 24/7-365 reliability being an integral part of the world's largest, most prestigious and identifiable landmarks and venues.

<![CDATA[Blue Launches Custom Shop With Bottle Limited Edition]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/blue-launches-custom-shop-with-bottle-limited-edition Wed, 11 Apr 2018 15:14:18 GMT


Blue Launches Custom Shop with Bottle Limited Edition


The first release from Blue’s new Custom Shop features striking new colors and finishes that deliver a unique blend of soul, style, and exclusivity



(Westlake Village, CA – April 12, 2018) Blue, a 20-year leader in audio technology today announced the Blue Custom Shop and introduced its first offering, Bottle Limited Edition. Bottle Limited Edition is available in several striking finishes, including metallic, glossy hot rod colors, and textured hammer-tone and matte options. Each Bottle Limited Edition is hand-built in California using the finest components, including Blue’s custom silver-wound transformer.


“As the first offering from the new Blue Custom Shop, Bottle Limited Edition allows artists to own a signature microphone that will truly become the centerpiece of their studio,” said John Maier, CEO of Blue. “For decades, Bottle has represented the pinnacle of microphone craftsmanship. For discerning studio owners who want the very best in quality and design, Bottle Limited Edition offers unforgettable style to inspire every artist or complement any creative space.”


With its impressive size and nostalgic resemblance to the earliest European tube microphones, Bottle features a fully discrete Class A tube circuit powered by a hand-selected EF86 pentode vacuum tube in triode mode for distinctive warmth and saturation. Every Bottle comes with Blue’s signature B6 large-diaphragm dual-backplate cardioid capsule, which delivers larger than life sound with enhanced lows and extended high frequency response.


The Bottle Limited Edition Mic Locker is also available for recordists and studios that wish to take advantage of the creative power of Bottle’s interchangeable mic capsules. The system includes the Custom Shop Bottle Limited Edition, plus the B0, B6, B7, and B8 Bottle Caps housed in a custom-designed SKB® hard-shell case. 


Bottle Limited Edition is now available in limited quantities at participating retailers including Atlas Pro Audio, Front End Audio, Pure Wave Audio, RSPE, Summit Consultation and select styles available on Blue’s online store. For more information, visit http://www.bluedesigns.com/customshop/ or contact your local Blue dealer.





About Blue Microphones

Blue continues a 20-year legacy of innovative, cutting-edge design and performance across award-winning microphones and the critically acclaimed headphone line. Named one of the fastest-growing companies by Inc. Magazine for seven consecutive years, Blue offers a range of recording tools for almost any application in both professional and consumer markets. From Blue’s flagship studio Bottle microphone, to a premium headphone line, to the world’s #1 USB microphones, Blue has tools that inspire creativity. www.bluemic.com  




<![CDATA[TK Audio BC1Ltd]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/tk-audio-bc1ltd Wed, 11 Apr 2018 15:11:45 GMT

TK Audio BC1Ltd



Halmstad, Sweden, April 10, 2018: TK Audio introduces a new version of its flagship bus compressor – BC1Ltd. The new version adds several user-requested features, including the new Grab setting. This adds a more obvious compression character in addition to the usual transparent mode that BC1 is famous for. BC1Ltd is launched in celebration of TK Audio's tenth anniversary as a leading manufacturer of world class audio tools. Only 100 units will be available – all individually numbered.


The BC1 bus compressor was the first product ever to emerge from the TK Audio brand in 2008, and it has remained the company's most popular unit for this time. So as 2018 marks TK Audio's tenth anniversary, it makes sense to launch a limited anniversary version with some new features that users have been requesting and which will make the unit even more useful.


BC1 was designed to add glue to mixes in a transparent and musical manner, and owners of the Ltd version will still be able to achieve that. But in addition, the new Grab setting offers a more aggressive and apparent compression behavior. This may be desirable on the drum bus or for a more snappy sounding mix.

THD and filter options

The BC1Ltd also has a THD switch, which adds a bit of crunch and tasty overdrive to the table. And in order to not have bass instruments having a too apparent impact on the mix, there are now three switchable high-pass filter options for the sidechain signal.

Attack time tweaks

Lastly, some new Attack time settings have been added, to make the unit useful in even more situations.


Pricing and availability

Units are already being shipped out to dealers worldwide. List prices:
1489 USD, excluding sales tax
1139 EUR, excluding sales tax
969 GBP, excluding sales tax 
12495 SEK, including sales tax


About TK Audio

Founded by Thomas “TK” Kristiansson in 2008, TK Audio designs and manufactures boutique professional audio equipment in Halmstad on Sweden’s West coast. TK Audio offers a wide range of analog hardware in both 19 inch and 500 series formats—including preamps, compressors, equalizers and other utilities. For more information, please visit www.tkaudio.se



<![CDATA[Drum Workshop Debuts New DWe™ Electronic Drum Products In Partnership With GEWA]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/drum-workshop-debuts-new-dwe-electronic-drum-products-in-partnership-with-gewa Wed, 11 Apr 2018 13:50:02 GMT


Complete Electronic Drumset Configurations to Include DWe™ and GEWA-Branded Technologies
(4.10.2018 – Oxnard, CA) Drum Workshop, Inc.’s newly created electronic drum brand DWe™ debuts at the 2018 Frankfurt Musikmesse, it was announced today. Working in conjunction with longtime partner GEWA, all-new DWe™ trigger shells, hardware and rack systems represent Drum Workshop’s entry into the electronic drum arena and will be featured alongside GEWA’s highly anticipated G9 Drummer’s Workstation, electronic pads and cymbals. This marks the first-ever product collaboration between the California-based manufacturer and the German musical instrument manufacturer and distributor.
DWe™ all-wood trigger shells feature Design Series® mini turret lugs and are available in Carbon Fiber Finishply™ and Exotic Walnut finishes. They also feature True-Rebound mesh heads by Remo USA and modular Trigger Zone™ playing surfaces. The complete line of newly designed DWe™ stands, pedals and rack systems includes a host of DW drummer-friendly features tailored for the electronic player.
“DW’s mission has always been to solve problems for drummers, so they can focus on their craft and be free to concentrate on what really matters – the music,” said DW Founder and Chief Product Officer, Don Lombardi. “DW Electronics is an extension of our philosophy.  Electronic drums should be reliable, effortless and deliver a seamless playing experience. We’re incredibly proud to make our entré into the world of electronic drums with the debut of the DWe product line which has been years in the making.” 
To experience the complete line of GEWA G9 featuring DWe™ products at the Frankfurt MusikMesse, please visit booth Hall 9.0 C 80
DWe™ products are scheduled to be available in the United States in Fall 2018.  For current European pricing and availability, contact GEWA  Music GmbH Telephone +49 37423 778100 For additional information, please visit  http://www.dwelectronics.com   
Founded in 1972, Drum Workshop, Inc. is a family-owned and operated musical instrument company best known for designing and manufacturing award-winning drums, pedals, hardware and accessories under the DW® and PDP® banners. In 2014, the company expanded to include other iconic American instrument brands including Gretsch®Drums, Latin Percussion®, and Ovation® Guitars. DW’s wide range of products is endorsed by many of the world’s top artists including: Neil Peart, Phil Collins, Chad Smith, Sheila E., Melissa Etheridge, Richie Sambora, Mick Fleetwood, Taylor Hawkins and Dave Grohl among others. Drum Workshop, Inc. is headquartered in Oxnard, California. For more information visit www.dwdrums.com  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter
Since 1925, GEWA music has become one of the leading companies in developing/engineering, manufacturing and distributing musical instruments. GEWA provides retailers and other distributors with almost all categories of musical instruments. GEWA is separated into the following divisions: GEWA Pianos, GEWA Strings, GEWA Guitars, GEWA Winds, GEWA Drums and the latest, GEWA Electronics. GEWA music is located in Adorf, Saxony, in an area of Germany known as “Silicon-Saxony”.  GEWA’s centralized warehouse is located at their headquarters in the heart of Europe, which is where they fulfill the demands of European retailers. GEWA has subsidiaries and offices in almost every European country, as well as in the United States of America and China. GEWA music is a multi-lingual company, which is able to communicate in more than 14 different languages.
As well as its joint ventures for manufacturing and distribution in China, GEWA is proud of its workshops in Adorf, Germany, where they produce products such as string bowed instruments and accessories, digital pianos and their most recent addition, digital drums.
<![CDATA[Line 6 Introduces Powercab 112 And 112 Plus Active Guitar Speaker Systems]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/line-6-introduces-powercab-112-and-112-plus-active-guitar-speaker-systems Wed, 11 Apr 2018 13:44:42 GMT


Line 6 Introduces Powercab 112 and 112 Plus Active Guitar Speaker Systems


1x12 speaker systems combine choice of neutral-sounding Flat Mode or Speaker Modeling with custom drivers to give real amp-in-the-room feel for modelers



CALABASAS, Calif.— April 11, 2018 — Line 6® today introduced the Powercab™ 112 and Powercab 112 Plus active guitar speaker systems, which deliver authentic “amp-inthe-room” look, sound, and feel when paired with any amp modeler, preamp, or amp simulation pedal.


Guitarists can use Flat Mode to reproduce the sound of their modeler’s presets with a wide frequency range and the punch of a real guitar speaker, or bypass their modeler’s speaker cabinet emulation and use Line 6’s new Speaker Modeling technology to swap in models of any of six classic and boutique loudspeaker drivers. The speaker models range from the hard-rocking Green (based on the Celestion Greenback speaker) to the funky Bayou (based on the Eminence Swamp Thang).


Whichever option a user chooses, genuine guitar cabinet sound and feel come from the Powercab speaker system’s powerful, 250-watt power amp and custom hybrid coaxial 12-inch speaker, designed to have a neutral, wide-range frequency response (70 Hz-20 kHz) for Flat Mode, and a lightweight cone to deliver the fast transient response that typifies guitar speakers.


Speaker Modeling is the latest innovation from the company that first introduced amp modeling more than 20 years ago. While speaker cabinet emulation has become commonplace, Powercab 112 systems are the first to offer models of speaker drivers themselves.


“Guitarists love the flexibility and tone of modelers, but many also want to keep the visceral experience, sound, and physicality of playing through an authentic guitar cabinet with a 12-inch speaker rather than plug into a P.A.,” explains Line 6 founder and copresident Marcus Ryle. “Powercab speaker systems offer guitarists the best of all worlds: modeling technology played through an actual amp, plus a selection of several classic guitar speakers to choose from.”


Powercab 112 and 112 Plus systems are made for gigging. Powercabs are constructed to withstand the rigors of the road, while weighing a mere 35 pounds (16 kgs), and their highly efficient amplifiers produce up to 125dB Peak SPL—enough volume to fill a small club or medium-sized venue. Their uniquely curved plywood construction provides a rigid structure, while foldout kickstands facilitate angled backline placement or use as an angled floor monitor. They also have XLR outputs featuring optimized microphone emulation for direct connection to a P.A.


The Powercab 112 Plus adds many advanced features, such as a 2-inch LCD, 128 user preset locations, MIDI In/Out, AES/EBU digital I/O, an L6 LINKTM, a USB audio interface, and a multipurpose second input. Users can select the type and distance of a virtual mic on the speaker model. Loading up to 128 third-party speaker cabinet impulse responses (IRs) is also an option, allowing users even greater tone-crafting flexibility.


Powercab 112 was engineered to deliver superb results with any modeler, but, as one would expect, it is the perfect sonic complement to Line 6 Helix® guitar processors, completing the chain—from guitar input to guitar speaker.


Pricing & Availability

Powercab 112 ($839.99 MSRP) and Powercab 112 Plus ($1119.99 MSRP) will be available worldwide in Q2 of 2018.


Learn more at line6.com/powercab 





About Line 6

For over two decades, Line 6 has created products that empower modern musicians to create, perform, and record in ways they never thought possible. Line 6 products are feature-rich, easy to use, and leverage groundbreaking digital technology that inspires musicians to achieve their full creative potential. With a long history of firsts, Line 6 has a proven track record of creating category-defining products—from the first modeling amplifier to POD® , Spider® amps, Variax® guitars, Relay® digital wireless, AMPLIFi® , and more. Recently, the Line 6 Helix® family of guitar processors has received numerous accolades and awards, including the Guitar World “Platinum Award”, the Premier Guitar “Premier Gear Award”, and the Guitar Player “Editors’ Pick” award. For more information, visit line6.com.



<![CDATA[Crest Audio® ProTour™ Series Amplifiers With Integrated DSP And Dante® Connectivity Showcased At PL+S 2018]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/crest-audio-protour-series-amplifiers-with-integrated-dsp-and-dante-connectivity-showcased-at-pls-2018 Wed, 11 Apr 2018 12:47:06 GMT


Crest Audio® ProTour™ Series amplifiers with integrated DSP and Dante® connectivity showcased
at PL+S 2018
Following their recent European unveiling at ISE 2018, Crest Audio® will be showcasing their powerful new Class D ProTour™ Series power amplifiers at ProLight + Sound 2018. Designed to meet the most demanding requirements of portable and fixed installation audio systems, the ProTour Series delivers high output power, efficient cooling, onboard DSP, Dante network connectivity, and USB/Ethernet connectivity for monitoring and control.

The ProTour Series currently comprises four models:

ProTour 8004d 4-channel amplifier with 2000w/channel into 4 ohms or 70/100V direct drive

ProTour 5002d 2-channel amplifier with 2500w/channel into 4ohms

ProTour 4004d 4-channel amplifier with 1000w/channel into 4 ohms

ProTour 3003d 3-channel amplifier with 1000w/channel into 4 ohms or 70/100V direct drive

All models incorporate a highly efficient switch mode power supply and Class D circuitry with full bandwidth PWM modulators for ultra-low distortion, high efficiency and superior circuit protection. The clip/limiter function provides output monitoring to prevent speaker damage with gentle gain reduction at clip threshold as well as efficient heat dissipation and overheat protection for uncompromised reliability.

In addition to delivering lashings of power, ProTour Series amplifiers are also capable and sophisticated loudspeaker processors thanks to a powerful internal DSP engine with sampling rates of 96 kHz/24bit and high performance 24bit AD/DA converters. Everything you need to optimize a loudspeaker system is at your fingertips; IIR HP/LP crossover filters, RMS compressor, parametric EQ, alignment delays, white/pink noise and much, much more.

Users can set parameters, select input source and load presets via the convenient front panel LCD touchscreen. A Dante network module enables primary and redundant connectivity to a digital audio network and allows external control and monitoring of the amplifier.

Visit Peavey Commercial Audio in hall 3.1, stand A21 at ProLight + Sound 2018 for more information or contact your local authorized reseller.

About Peavey Commercial Audio

Peavey Commercial Audio is a division of Peavey Electronics Corporation. Established in 1965, and recognized worldwide as a leading manufacturer of professional audio equipment and integrated solutions, Peavey Commercial Audio’s brands of MediaMatrix®, Crest Audio® and Peavey® professional sound reinforcement are seen, and heard, in more than 10,000 systems around the globe.

Peavey Commercial Audio, through its MediaMatrix product line, launched in 1993 and pioneered the digital signal processing industry for commercial audio installations.

Today, Peavey remains the leading authority in digital signal and control processing, setting the bar for all others to follow. Together with its amplification and live performance brand - Crest Audio, acquired in 1999 - Peavey Commercial Audio continues the legacy of the world’s most trusted, powerful and reliable touring-class sound reinforcement tools.

A global leader in designing and manufacturing power amplifiers for live performance, our portfolio also covers commercial and networked audio distributed public address sound systems, including digital mixing consoles for live and installed audio markets.

Peavey Commercial Audio's multi award winning products from input through output to control and monitoring continue to be the most specified and installed, relied on to perform without fault, with 24/7-365 reliability being an integral part of the world's largest, most prestigious and identifiable landmarks and venues.
<![CDATA[BAE Audio And UK Sound Bring New Analog Products To Musikmesse 2018]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/bae-audio-and-uk-sound-bring-new-analog-products-to-musikmesse-2018 Wed, 11 Apr 2018 12:39:30 GMT


New UK Sound 176 Compressor and BAE Royaltone Fuzz Pedal Among the Highlights at BAE Booth
BAE Audio [Booth C12, Hall 4.1], manufacturer of premium analog hardware built to vintage specifications, will bring its full line of products to this year’s Musikmesse in Frankfurt, Germany. BAE Audio will highlight classic products like its 1073 line, 1084, and 10DCF, as well as products launched more recently like the 500C compressor, R53 horizontal 500 series rack, Hot Fuzz guitar pedal, and the latest offerings by BAE subsidiary UK Sound, including the new 176 compressor. The booth offerings are topped off by the debut of a brand new fuzz pedal: the Royaltone. Musikmesse, which attracted more than 50,000 visitors in 2017, runs from April 11th to April 15th.
“We always enjoy bringing our latest and greatest products to Musikmesse,” says BAE Audio and UK Sound CEO Mark Loughman. “It’s an opportunity to connect with our international customers and show them what we’ve been up to back in North Hollywood. While our baseline product range covers all the of the studio essentials that help our users achieve the time-honored analog sound of their favorite records, we keep growing the array of tools and textures we offer for studio or live use. It has never been easier to feel the magic of the BAE analog sound in every facet of your workflow.”
UK Sound: Analog for All
Just over a year old, UK Sound has already made waves around the industry with its great-sounding and affordable products. The 1173 preamp and compressor was the first of its products to hit the market, marrying the front end of a classic 1073 preamp with the musically pleasing compression of a classic studio FET compressor. Providing a unique sonic character, it not only serves as a great point of entry to high-quality analog gear but also adds a new color to your existing array of BAE Audio products.
Several UK Sound products that continue the company’s tradition of quality, cost-effective studio gear will make their European debut at Musikmesse. 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 accessible than ever. UK Sound will also showcase a line of preamps and equalizers based on the classic 1073 preamp and equalizer as well, following in the footsteps of its parent company’s ability to translate classic designs to formats that meet every user’s needs. These include a flagship rack version of the preamp and EQ, as well as single and dual-channel standalone and 500 series iterations of the preamplifier section alone.
BAE Audio: Rack Full of Classics
BAE Audio will showcase a brand new EQ for the 500 series: the 73L. First debuted at the NAMM show in Anaheim, this classic hardware equalizer borrows the design of the EQ section of the classic 1073 console preamp and EQ and fits it into a single lunchbox rack slot. It teams up perfectly with the recently launched R53 three-space horizontal rack and a BAE audio preamp like the 1037mpl and dynamics processor like the 500C compressor for a full-on BAE channel strip.
Steppin’ Out: Stompboxes from BAE Audio
Following the success of its first guitar pedal, the Hot Fuzz, BAE Audio will showcase its new Royaltone silicon fuzz at this year’s NAMM Musikmesse. Part of the manufacturer’s growing stompbox line, The Royaltone further explorers the possibilities of vintage English fuzz circuits in a dual-stomp format featuring powerful in-series 3-band tone circuit. The Royaltone’s fuzz imparts an instantly recognizable spitting, buzzy grit that cuts right through even the densest mix.
Studio Gold
BAE Audio will also showcase its collection of classic-inspired rack and lunchbox gear, like the 1073, 1073D, and 1084 EQS, 1073MP and 1073MPF preamps, and 1073 MP preamps, and 10DCF compressor. Each faithfully replicates the exacting components and legendary tone of their vintage predecessors and is hand-wired in California for superior build quality and reliability. BAE Audio’s popular new PDI and PDIS direct injection boxes will also be on show at its booth. The single and dual channel DIs feature an OEP/Carnhill transformer for a smooth analog sound and rugged solid steel chassis to ensure durable on stage or in the studio.
To learn more about BAE Audio and UK Sound, please visit Booth C12, Hall 4.1 at Musikmesse or http://www.baeaudio.com.
<![CDATA[ Roland R-07 High-Resolution Audio Recorder Now Available]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/roland-r-07-high-resolution-audio-recorder-now-available Wed, 11 Apr 2018 12:27:49 GMT
Roland R-07 High-Resolution Audio Recorder Now Available
Professional handheld recorder with premium audio quality and enhancedBluetooth®
Los Angeles, CA, April 11, 2018 — Roland announces the availability of 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.   
Qualcomm is a trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated, registered in the United States and other countries, used with permission. aptX is a trademark of Qualcomm Technologies International, Ltd., registered in the United States and other countries, used with permission.
Roland R-07 High-Resolution Audio Recorder, Shown in Red
About Roland Corporation
Roland Corporation is a leading manufacturer and distributor of electronic musical instruments, including keyboards and synthesizers, guitar products, electronic percussion, digital recording equipment, amplifiers, audio processors, and multimedia products. With more than 40 years of musical instrument development, Roland sets the standard in music technology for the world to follow. For more information, visit Roland.com or see your local Roland dealer.
<![CDATA[Line 6 Variax Limited Edition Onyx Guitar]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/line-6-variax-limited-edition-onyx-guitar Tue, 10 Apr 2018 12:26:49 GMT


Line 6 Variax Limited Edition Onyx Guitar



The new Variax® Limited Edition Onyx guitar features a translucent-black finish over a flamed-maple veneer top, with a matching headstock overlay, a Limited Edition insignia, and a numbered neck plate. Plus, all the tonal versatility you’ll ever need via Variax HD modeling.
Limited run—get yours before they sell out!



<![CDATA[2018 Midwest Rhythm Summit ]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/2018-midwest-rhythm-summit Tue, 10 Apr 2018 12:23:00 GMT


The 2018 Midwest Rhythm Summit 
A new three-day interactive and educational experience
Three full days of master classes and clinics given by top artists and professionals.
Friday and Saturday night concerts.
Exhibition area with products and gear from music companies
Professional-quality demo recording available in the Terra State Music Studio (Route 53 Records).
Networking with music professionals.
Learn about career opportunities in the music industry.
Terra State Community College
2830 Napoleon Rd.
Fremont, OH 43420
Registration and Pricing:
Admission to the exhibition area is free.
Clinics are free to any student with a valid student ID and are $20 for all others.
(Pre-register online to save time waiting to get in)
Admission to the Friday and Saturday concerts is $10 per person each night.
(Concerts have limited seating and will sell out fast - buy tickets online now)
Product demos recorded in a professional studio are $250.
Parking is free.
For more information, visit MidwestRhythmSummit.org.
<![CDATA[Experimental Techno]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/experimental-techno Tue, 10 Apr 2018 12:18:33 GMT



It’s new release day and this week we’ve got Experimental Techno, a unique platform with a vast amount of deep manipulation.

Zenhiser Pack: Experimental Techno

Price: $60.00 AUD

Direct Link: http://www.zenhiser.com/experimental-techno-sounds.html



<![CDATA[IK Multimedia Presents iLoud Micro Monitor In White]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/ik-multimedia-presents-iloud-micro-monitor-in-white Tue, 10 Apr 2018 12:15:19 GMT


IK Multimedia Presents iLoud Micro Monitor in White

Acclaimed ultra-compact reference studio monitors give musicians, producers and engineers accurate linear frequency response, best-in-class bass and the smallest footprint, for mixing and mastering everywhere

April 10, 2018 - IK Multimedia is offering a white color option for its best-selling iLoud® Micro Monitor, the smallest active studio reference monitoring system in the world. With an ultra- linear frequency response, best-in-class bass (down to 55Hz @ -3db), the smallest footprint and incredibly detailed sound, iLoud Micro Monitor is the ideal reference monitoring system for tight spaces, delivering high-end sound without the high-end price.

With iLoud Micro Monitor, musicians, producers, video editors and sound designers can critically listen to their music no matter what scenario they're in - a bedroom studio space, hotel room, tour bus, a larger studio needing a second set of monitors for nearfield monitoring, or just streaming music and listening at home.

iLoud Micro Monitor delivers detailed, clear and accurate audio in a compact, efficient and portable enclosure complemented by pleasing high frequencies, an "open" detailed midrange and a solid, controlled low end.

Additional features include:
  • DSP-controlled frequency response
  • Drivers powered by four ultra-efficient class D power amplifiers that push out a combined 50W RMS of power
  • A 3/4" silk dome tweeter, 3" custom performance woofer and a large flaring front-firing bass reflex port (per speaker)
  • On-board 56-bit digital signal processor (DSP) for a flat and linear speaker response
  • Three EQ switches (treble, bass and a DESKTOP toggle for free field/desktop setup)
  • Adjustable positioning and integrated threaded mic stand mounts (UNC 3/8"-16 thread)
  • RCA (cable included) and 1/8" wired connections and Bluetooth capabilities



Pricing and availability

iLoud Micro Monitor is available for $/€299.99 per pair* at the IK Multimedia online store and at select IK authorized dealers worldwide.

For travel and storage, the iLoud Micro Monitor Travel Bag is also available for $/€39.99*.

For more information, please visit www.iloudmm.com

For videos about how iLoud Micro Monitor provides ultra-accurate sound in small studio space, please visitwww.iloudmm.com/video

Read what award-winning musicians, engineers and producers are saying about iLoud Micro Monitors:www.iloudmm.com/artists

*all prices excluding taxes
<![CDATA[Akai Professional Gives You Another Reason To Consider Their Controllers]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/akai-professional-gives-you-another-reason-to-consider-their-controllers Tue, 10 Apr 2018 12:10:42 GMT




The two music instrument industry leaders combine forces to deliver a custom-designed version of Propellerhead’s flagship software for Akai hardware controllers




Cumberland, RI USA (April 10, 2018) — Akai Professional, in partnership with Propellerhead Software, today announced the official release of Reason Lite for select Akai Pro controllers. Reason Lite offers eight instrument and/or audio tracks and maintains much of the same intuitive workflow, studio-grade instruments and powerful recording tools as the full version of Reason 10.


Reason Lite is available for free with the purchase of the following Akai hardware products:

• MPD218,MPD226,MPD232
• MPK225,MPK249,MPK261
• MPKminimk2

• LPK25Wireless,LPD8Wireless


Current owners of these products can simply log in to their user account at akaipro.com to get their free Reason Lite license. Upon getting the license number, the Reason Lite download can be accessed from Propellerhead’s website: https://www.propellerheads.se/reason-lite/akai


Reason Lite features:

• Plug-and-playsupportforAKAIMIDIcontrollers
• Studiograderecordingandmixingtoolstopolishyourcreationstoperfection • 9premiuminstruments:Synths,samplers,drummachines
• 11effectprocessors:reverb,delay,EQ,distortionandmuchmore
• GuitarandbassamplifiersfromSoftube
• 2+GBofincludedsounds,loopsandsamples
• ExtendyoursoundwithVSTandRackExtensionplugins


“Including Reason Lite with our family of hardware controllers means that our customers have an actual DAW to begin creating music in immediately upon purchase, said Akai Pro Brand Manager Torrie Jones. Pairing our plug-and-play hardware with Reason’s easy-to-learn software enables instant musical gratification without the steep learning curve.”


For more information, visit akaipro.com.



About Akai Professional

The world’s most influential manufacturer of music production gear, Akai Professional develops creative technologies to empower music makers with tools that are unmatched in expressive capability. Akai Professional is best known for creating the legendary MPC, an instrument that has inspired generations of producers and performers and spawned entirely new genres of music. Akai Professional is a part of the inMusic family of premiere music brands.



<![CDATA[Steinberg Interfaces With Rupert Neve Designs Transformers Announced]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/steinberg-interfaces-with-rupert-neve-designs-transformers-announced Tue, 10 Apr 2018 11:54:30 GMT


Two Premium Audio Interfaces Unveiled Before Musikmesse


The UR-RT2 and UR-RT4 are the result of the collaboration between Steinberg and Rupert Neve Designs. By factoring in the engineering expertise at Yamaha, these two exceptional USB audio interfaces deliver the “real thing,” providing pristine sound quality that equals that of high-end studios.



HAMBURG, Germany — Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH today announced the UR-RT2 and UR-RT4 audio interfaces that will be shipping from the beginning of June.


The UR-RT audio interfaces offer a production studio solution for any situation. The durable build quality of the casing is only surpassed by the quality of the components within, and the forefront are the implemented transformers by Rupert Neve Designs.


The name of Rupert Neve is synonymous with the highest quality in analog sound. The transformer circuitry used in the UR-RT was specifically developed for audio interfaces, and to this very day Rupert Neve Designs relies on its transformer design to lend the character sound a touch of natural compression and saturation.


“I’m very glad that we can work together with Steinberg. We are proud that we've helped move this type of sound quality and character into a new market and audience,” said Josh Thomas, general manager at Rupert Neve Designs.


The UR-RT2 comes with four inputs and two outputs, while the UR-RT4 boasts six inputs and four outputs. Both interfaces offer USB 2.0 and MIDI connectivity alongside a range of input/output options for laptop and iPad, as well as providing DSP-powered effects for zero-latency monitoring. Together with the studio-grade D-PRE preamps by Yamaha and the featured Rupert Neve Designs transformers, the UR-RT interfaces deliver an expressive sound with rich harmonics that can be captured through the included Cubase AI software.


Steinberg’s Senior Marketing Manager Stefan Schreiber commented: “We at Steinberg are very excited about this collaboration and the opportunity to utilize the legendary sound of Rupert Neve Designs in our trusted USB audio interfaces.”


Availability and pricing

The UR-RT2 and UR-RT4 audio interfaces will be available for purchase from resellers and through the Steinberg Online Shop from the beginning of June.


The suggested retail price for the UR-RT2 is $349.99. The suggested retail price for the UR-RT4 is $599.99.


Showcase at Musikmesse

Steinberg is exhibiting the UR-RT2 and UR-RT4 at the Musikmesse trade show in Frankfurt, Germany, from April 11–14. Attendees can find Steinberg on the Yamaha floor at Portalhaus.


UR-RT2 key features

  • 24-bit/192 kHz USB 2.0 audio interface
  • 2 Class-A D-PRE mic preamps supporting +48 V phantom power
  • Rupert Neve Designs transformer switchable on each front input channel
  • 2 analog XLR/TRS combo inputs (Hi-Z switch on input 1 for electric guitar), plus 2 TRS line inputs, headphones jack with independent level control
  • Latency-free DSP-powered monitoring with REV-X reverb, Channel Strip, and Guitar Amp Classics (VST 3 plug-in version also included)
  • dspMixFx editor application for Windows, macOS and iOS
  • MIDI input and output
  • Rugged full-metal housing
  • Includes Cubase AI DAW software download version for Mac and PC (only for 64-bit environment) and Cubasis LE DAW app for iPad
  • Cross-platform compatibility for Windows, macOS and iOS (with Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit, or Lightning to USB Camera Adapter or Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter)


UR-RT4 key features

  • 24-bit/192 kHz USB 2.0 audio interface
  • 4 Class-A D-PRE mic preamps supporting +48 V phantom power
  • Rupert Neve Designs transformer switchable on each front input channel
  • 4 analog XLR/TRS combo inputs (Mic/Hi-Z on input 1/2 and Mic/Line on input 3/4), plus 2 TRS line inputs, 2 separate headphone buses with individual outputs
  • Latency-free DSP-powered monitoring with REV-X reverb, Channel Strip, and Guitar Amp Classics (VST 3 plug-in version also included)
  • dspMixFx editor application for Windows, macOS and iOS
  • MIDI input and output
  • Rugged full-metal housing
  • Includes Cubase AI DAW software download version for Mac and PC (only for 64-bit environment) and Cubasis LE DAW app for iPad
  • Cross-platform compatibility for Windows, macOS and iOS (with Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit, Lightning to USB Camera Adapter or Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter)



Product page: www.steinberg.net/ur-rt

YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/urseries




About Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH

Steinberg is known the world over for its music and audio software and hardware solutions. The company has been developing, manufacturing and selling innovative products for musicians and producers in the music, film, post production and multimedia industries since 1984. Steinberg products are used by Grammy and Oscar award-winning composers, engineers and producers. The company also offers business customers license-management and copy-protection systems.

Visit www.steinberg.net for further details.


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<![CDATA[Celestion Adds CF1230F And CF1540HD Cast Aluminium LF Drivers To Ferrite Magnet CF Range ]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/celestion-adds-cf1230f-and-cf1540hd-cast-aluminium-lf-drivers-to-ferrite-magnet-cf-range Mon, 9 Apr 2018 14:00:38 GMT


Celestion Adds the CF1230F and CF1540HD Cast Aluminium LF Drivers to the Ferrite Magnet CF Range 

Frankfurt, Germany (April 10, 2018) — At this year’s Pro Light + Sound (Hall 3.1, Stand B40), Celestion, one of the world’s leading suppliers of professional loudspeakers and compression drivers for sound reinforcement announces two new additions to its CF range of high-quality cast-aluminium, ferrite-magnet drivers for demanding tour sound and fixed install applications.
The 500Wrms, 12-inch CF1230F has a nominal sensitivity of 98dB (1W, 1m). With a three-inch, copper-clad aluminium voice coil it is particularly suited to bass applications in two and three–way systems. The 1200Wrms, CF1540HD has a 97dB sensitivity (1W, 1m), and a four-inch inside/outside voice coil, wound on both sides of the former for better heat dissipation preventing sensitivity loss through thermal compression. Purpose-built for subwoofer applications, the CF1540HD features a phase-matched double suspension system for a more balanced and symmetrical performance throughout the entire excursion of the cone for significant distortion reduction.
Both drivers incorporate twin demodulation rings, employed to reduce harmonic and intermodulation distortion. Additionally, each one features Celestion’s Balanced Airflow Venting technology, rapidly taking heat away from the magnet assembly, cooling the motor system to counteract the effects of thermal compression more effectively.

The CF drivers are also built with weather-resistant cones, enabling them to be used in outdoor sound reinforcement systems. Additionally, the cone of the CF1230F incorporates a waterproof coating, so that this driver can be used in more challenging environments. 
"The arrival of the CF1230F and the CF1540HD makes the CF range very comprehensive; with 6, 8, 10, 12, 15 and 18-inch drivers now available," commented Nigel Wood, Celestion Managing Director. "Whether you're looking for high-quality midrange drivers for a line array installation, a powerful bass reflex subwoofer, or all points in between, there's a CF driver to suit your application requirements."
These latest additions to the CF range will be shipping later this year.
Celestion CF1230F 
Celestion CF1540HD
About Celestion
With worldwide headquarters in Ipswich, England, Celestion design, develop and manufacture high-quality professional audio loudspeakers and compression drivers for sound reinforcement; premium guitar and bass guitar loudspeakers. 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 online at
or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/celestion.
<![CDATA[Audio-Technica Adds ATH-M60x On-Ear Professional Monitor Headphones To M-Series Line]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/audio-technica-adds-ath-m60x-on-ear-professional-monitor-headphones-to-m-series-line Mon, 9 Apr 2018 13:26:07 GMT


Audio-Technica Adds ATH-M60x On-Ear Professional Monitor
Headphones to Critically Acclaimed M-Series Line



NAB Show, Las Vegas, NV, April 9, 2018 — Audio-Technica (booth C6012), a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, announces the new ATH-M60x On-Ear Professional Monitor Headphones, the latest addition to A-T’s critically acclaimed M-Series line. Designed for studio, broadcast and mobile applications, the ATH-M60x is a low-profile, on-ear professional headphone model that utilizes the same proprietary 45 mm large-aperture drivers found in the ATH-M50x (with rare earth magnets and copper-clad aluminum wire voice coils), delivering exceptional clarity throughout an extended frequency range with accurate bass response.


The ATH-M60x’s low-profile, closed-back, on-ear design provides excellent sound isolation and a great fit, which is enhanced by the exceptional comfort and durability of the memory foam earpads and headband. The headphones come with three interchangeable cables (1.2 m - 3.0 m coiled, 3.0 m straight, and 1.2 m straight – each with a 3.5 mm (1/8") mini-plug), a 6.3 mm (1/4") screw-on adapter, and a protective carrying pouch. 


ATH-M60x features:

  • Low-profile, closed-back, on-ear design provides excellent isolation and fit
  • Proprietary 45 mm large-aperture drivers (the same used in the critically acclaimed ATH-M50x) with rare earth magnets and copper-clad aluminum wire voice coils
  • Carefully crafted using key metal components for lasting durability
  • Exceptional clarity throughout an extended frequency range with accurate bass response
  • Low-impedance design delivers high output level from any headphone output
  • Premium, memory foam earpads and headband allow headphones to be worn comfortably for hours on end
  • Earpads and headband detach for easy replacement
  • Ideal for studio, broadcast and mobile applications
  • Detachable cables (includes 1.2 m - 3.0 m coiled cable, 3.0 m straight cable and 1.2 m straight cable)


Audio-Technica’s ATH-M60x On-Ear Professional Monitor Headphones will be available July 2018 with U.S. pricing of $199.00.


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



Audio-Technica ATH-M60x On-Ear Professional Monitor Headphones



See more here:

  1. Audio-Technica Promotional Video: “Circle of Music”
  2. Audio for Video Techniques Videos
  3. Recording Techniques Videos
  4. Additional News Releases



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

—For more information on the complete range of Audio-Technica products, contact Jamie Bobek, Audio-Technica U.S., Inc., 1221 Commerce Drive, Stow, OH 44224. Tel: (330) 686-2600; Fax: (330) 688-3752; Web: www.audio-technica.com


<![CDATA[The World's First Broadcast-Grade Ambisonic Mic For Under $1000]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/the-worlds-first-broadcast-grade-ambisonic-mic-for-under-1000 Mon, 9 Apr 2018 13:00:03 GMT


The World's First Broadcast-Grade Ambisonic Mic For Under $1000
April 9th, 2018 Just in time for NAB, Australian pro audio powerhouse, RØDE Microphones, is proud to announce its first broadcast-grade, 360-degree surround sound capture microphone and flagship product of a new brand in the RØDE family.
The SoundField By RØDE NT-SF1
The first product for the SoundField By RØDE family is a marriage of SoundField’s pristine ambisonic recording technology, and RØDE’s commitment to audio excellence accessible by all creators. Completely designed and made in Australia at RØDE’s Sydney campus, the NT-SF1 is a triumph of innovation and manufacturing quality. Featuring four of RØDE’s all-new, ultra-quiet ½-inch TF45C capsules in tetrahedral array, the NT-SF1 produces natural, transparent four channel A-format recordings which can be transformed and manipulated in B-Format, courtesy of the soon-to-be-released SoundField by RØDE plugin.
And the sound? The NT-SF1 offers startling spatial accuracy, coupled with a natural transparency.
“When The Freedman Group acquired SoundField in late-2016, the aim was to continue producing the premier 360-degree audio capture loved by the professionals who bring us cinema sound and 7.1 broadcast,” says Freedman Group CEO Damien Wilson. “And we are. But, as is the RØDE way, we have brought our manufacturing and design expertise to bear on this new family of microphones. The SoundField By RØDE NT-SF1 is for creators for whom the ultra-high-end SoundField products are out of reach, and delivers results unmatched by all but the most expensive ambisonic microphones.”
Head of RØDE’s New Product Development and former Director of New Product at SoundField for 16 years, Pieter Schillebeeckx, says this is the most exciting development in the technology in decades. “Delivering this kind of professional-use technology at a sub-USD$1000 price point is a world first in the ambisonic world,” he says. “It gives budding VR creators, immersive filmmakers and videogame world builders an accessible and high-quality way to dive into 360-degree-with-height audio capture.”
Due to release soon in 2018, the SoundField By RØDE NT-SF1 will democratise one of the last bastions of high-end recording the way RØDE has always done: with precision, price and unbeatable after-sales service.
Visit www.rode.com/nt-sf1 for more information.
About RØDE Microphones:
RØDE Microphones (www.rode.com) designs and manufactures high-quality microphones and related accessories for studio, live and location use. Its products are designed and primarily manufactured in Sydney, Australia and exported to over 113 countries globally.
<![CDATA[Nostalgic Sounds From The Future]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/nostalgic-sounds-from-the-future Mon, 9 Apr 2018 12:54:51 GMT


Propellerhead Releases Layers Wave Edition Reason Rack Extension


New instrument featuring legendary Waldorf Wave audio samples offers nostalgic sounds from the future
Stockholm, Sweden, April 9, 2018 – Propellerhead Software today released Layers Wave Edition Reason Rack Extension. Layers Wave Edition offers the sound of the mighty Waldorf Wave synthesizer in a modern, easy to use sample Reason Rack Extension instrument. Four layers of unique samples from the Waldorf Wave, combined with effects, unique sequencing capabilities and comprehensive modulation, adds up to a powerful performance instrument, ready to evoke the futuristic sounds of a bygone era.  
“With four separate layers of pristine audio samples featuring the sounds of the legendary Waldorf Wave synthesizer, Layers Wave Edition is designed to inspire musicians,” stated Lukas Lyrestam, Propellerhead Product Manager. “Layers Wave Edition offers the flexibility to sculpt your own sound or instantly access hundreds of patches that were designed by expert sound designers.” 

Layers Wave Edition’s straightforward user interface and top-notch sample-set also invites you to experiment on your own and create presets from scratch that sound just the way you want them to. Synthetic, evolving, dreamy, soft or rock hard – Layers Wave Edition has you covered.  
To learn more about Layers Wave Edition, visit www.propellerheads.se for further details. 
About the Waldorf Wave
The Waldorf Wave premiered in the early 90s as the most advanced wavetable synthesizer to date. Despite its deep synthesis features, it was remarkably easy to use with its generous offering of knobs, buttons and faders to tweak just about every parameter it had to offer. A truly digital instrument, it still featured a set of analog filters that gave it a warmer sound than what is normally associated with Wavetable instruments. And people loved it. It was found in many well-funded studios of the era, since the initial price was close to $10,000.  
Watch the Layers Wave Edition video here
Pricing and Availability
Layers Wave Edition is available for immediate download via the Propellerhead store and will retail for $99 USD / €99 EUR.  
Visit www.propellerheads.se for further details.
Disclaimer: All product names used are trademarks of their respective owners, and in no way constitute an association or affiliation with Propellerhead Software. Any products or trademarks mentioned are solely used to identify the products whose sound was studied during development and/or for comparison purposes only.
Propellerhead Layers Wave Edition Reason Rack Extension

About Propellerhead Software
Formed in 1994, Propellerhead Software is a privately-owned company based in Stockholm, Sweden. Renowned for its musician-centric approach, Propellerhead has created some of the world’s most innovative music software applications, interfaces and technology standards. Musicians, producers and the media have praised Reason, ReCycle and ReBirth applications for being inspiring, great sounding and of impeccable quality. Technologies such as ReWire and the REX file format are de-facto industry standards, implemented in all major music software. Today, Propellerhead’s products are used all over the world by hundreds of thousands of professionals and enthusiasts for all kinds of music making.




<![CDATA[AAS Release New Objeq For iOS]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/aas-release-new-objeq-for-ios Fri, 6 Apr 2018 14:32:11 GMT


Applied Acoustics Systems Release New Objeq For iOS



We are very excited to present Objeq, our first iOS app. Objeq is a creative effect app and plug-in which filters audio signal through acoustic objects—plate, drumhead, and beam—acting as resonators.

As a stand-alone app, it’s a lot of fun: put on your headphones, tap a beat on your table, and make your hands sound like a percussive musical instrument. With the help of your device’s microphone, Objeq transforms those beats to sound closer to a real percussion instrument and you get tones reminiscent of congas, bongos, djembes, and many other resonant things.

It’s also a great plug-in for your iOS DAWs. Feed it any live source, beat, or loop—place it at any stage of a processing effect chain. Objeq works in any Audio Unit v3 app like GarageBand, Cubasis 2, Auria Pro, and AudioBus 3.

AAS Objeq is available now on the iOS App Store at the price of US$3.99. To buy, get more information, and watch the presentation video, visit the address below.

AAS Objeq app and plug-in for iOS



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<![CDATA[Olympus Introduces The DS-9500 Digital Recorder]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/olympus-introduces-the-ds-9500-digital-recorder Fri, 6 Apr 2018 14:26:20 GMT


New Olympus® DS-9500 Joins a Host of Other New Olympus Professional Audio Products Including ODMS-R7 Software, Web SCP, AS-9000 Transcription Kit to Improve Work Flow
CENTER VALLEY, Pa., (April 4, 2018) — Today, Olympus introduces the DS-9500 Digital Recorder, a device designed to simplify your work flow and increase dictation management efficiency throughadvanced features including Wi-Fi® technology, a superior noise canceling system, structural durability and enhanced security. Joining the DS-9500 is the new Olympus Dictation Management System Release 7 software, the Web SCP license and device management program, and the AS-9000 Transcription Kit.
The Olympus DS-9500 professional dictation device simplifies dictation management efficiency through Wi-Fi connectibility that allows you to send your dictation immediately to your transcriptionist without a USB cord, docking station or computer. The intelligent dual microphones control the directionality to keep the focus on the person dictating and suppress ambient noise in offices, hospitals, cars, airports and other noisy environments. A wide directional setting is also available to accurately capture all presenters in conference room situations when multiple individuals are speaking. A triple-layer, studio-quality pop filter ensures accurate voice capture while reducing unwanted sounds such as breath and wind vibrations, which ensures superior accuracy that enhances work-flow efficiency.
The DS-9500’s rugged 1.5-meter-shockproof, alcohol-wipe-resistant body is designed to be a strong, dependable workhorse in heavy-use environments. The optical slide switch reduces risk of mechanical failure. Complete with 256-bit file encryption with DSS Pro audio codec and device pin lock, the DS-9500 provides trusted security to your most sensitive information and can support HIPAA compliance standards.
Olympus Dictation Management System Release 7 Software
Olympus Dictation Management System Release 7 software (ODMS-R7), included with the DS-9500 Digital Recorder, is the virtual coordinator at the heart of the Olympus Dictation Solution. The ODMS-R7 suite has been redesigned to provide an intuitive and enhanced user experience capable of handling new efficient work flows in a scalable solution that meets the needs of small and large offices using standalone or workgroup modes and web-based email clients such as Gmail® and Microsoft Office 365®.
The new start-up wizard and ability to incorporate the Wi-Fi feature of the DS-9500 facilitate real-time dictation file sharing and easy implementation. ODMS-R7 drives work-flow automation in both on-site and off-site environments that incorporate file routing and work-flow rules to enhance efficient delivery within the organization to predetermined destinations via network server, email or FTP using either Wi-Fi, LAN or a USB connection. Transcribed documents are returned with ease to the original authors. Full compatibility with Nuance’s Dragon® speech recognition software further decreases transcription time.
Additionally, the same security features are incorporated into the DS-9500, ensuring only authorized listeners can access shared information. Customizable backup features allow trusted storage of your files and protection against accidental data loss.
Web System Configuration Program (Web SCP) License & Device Management Program
Olympus Web System Configuration Program (Web SCP) is designed for medium and large organizations and contains all of the tools required to install, customize, and manage an ODMS environment in Workgroup mode without any ongoing costs. Olympus Web SCP offers a vast array of features and allows administrators to centrally manage and configure their ODMS environment via a web browser on PC. It streamlines cumbersome user management processes, and makes it easy to manage user and group profiles in large numbers allowing for faster, easier configuration.
ODMS workflow and device settings can be locked so that organizations can implement a standard workflow for their dictation environment, ensuring total consistency and accuracy. The software allows the administrator to easily update firmware, track the use of the Dictation and Transcription Module across the workgroup system and update the license simply by entering a new key, which is quick and easy to add more users to an ODMS environment without affecting the entire system.
AS-9000 Transcription Kit
The AS-9000 Transcription Kit pairs with Olympus DS Series devices to provide a complete, end-to-end professional dictation system. Featuring a four-button foot control USB pedal, lightweight headset and ODMS-R7 software, the AS-9000 seamlessly integrates into the office work flow to streamline data sharing and distribution of dictation between professionals, departments and multiple office locations.
A newly designed user interface provides easy setup, navigation and work-flow communication to help effectively manage office deadlines. Included 256-bit AES encryption with DSS Pro format provides trusted security to your most sensitive information. The AS-9000 is able to play back your encrypted files from Olympus professional dictation devices, which cannot be done on third-party transcription programs.
Pricing and Availability
The DS-9500 Digital Recorder will be available in black at a suggested retail price of $599.99; the AS-9000 Transcription Kit will be available in black at a suggested retail price of $349.99.
Olympus America Inc. is a leading provider of digital imaging and audio technology solutions noted for its precision optics and groundbreaking technologies.
For more than 90 years, Olympus has innovated and developed best-in-class products that expand the boundaries of product design and functionality, empowering consumers and professionals alike to capture their stories. These include:
Digital Compact Cameras
Professional and Consumer Interchangeable Lens Cameras
Related Underwater Products and Accessories
Digital Audio Recorders
For more information about Olympus and our award-winning products, please visit getolympus.com or connect with us and other fans like you through our social and photographic communities: @getolympus on Facebook®, Twitter®, Tumblr®, YouTube®, Pinterest®, Instagram® and Flickr®.
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<![CDATA[Swan Audio Announce Warm Future For Diva]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/swan-audio-reveal-warm-future-for-diva Fri, 6 Apr 2018 14:22:18 GMT


Swan Audio is excited to release ‘Warm Future’ - for Diva



After providing highly detailed preset packs for Diva emulating classic analogue sounds, Swan Audio now takes Diva forward into the present and the future with a huge pack of 145 sounds made for modern electronic music.


Diva stands for ‘Dinosaur Impersonating Virtual Analogue’, and whilst u-he has created highly accurate models emulating the analogue ‘Dinosaurs’, they also added a selection of useful digital features that are explored in this set to produce a hybrid sound set which sounds both warm and fat, and also current and cutting edge. In particular, Swan Audio has carefully set up the mod wheel to provide exciting modulation for many of the presets to give them a controllable modern edge.


The pack is already getting great feedback from testers and featuring in professional productions from well known producers, and despite the higher number of 145 presets, the same affordable price remains at only £19.99.


For extensive demos and more info please visit: http://swanaudio.co.uk/warm-future/




<![CDATA[The Women’s International Music Network Calls For Submissions For Its 2018 She Rocks Nashville Showcase ]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/the-womens-international-music-network-calls-for-submissions-for-its-2018-she-rocks-nashville-showcase Fri, 6 Apr 2018 14:17:57 GMT


The Women’s International Music Network Calls For Submissions for its 2018 She Rocks Nashville Showcase

Popular showcase returns to spotlight female artists at the Listening Room Café on June 28, 2018

Submit your entry material here

Southern Sirens perform at the 2017 She Rocks Showcase  
photo credit: Lisa Johnson
April 6, 2018, Needham, Mass. – The Women’s International Music Network (the WiMN) announces open submissions for their 2018 She Rocks Showcase scheduled during the Summer NAMM conference in Nashville, TN. Now in its fifth year, the She Rocks Showcase will take place on Thursday, June 28, 2018, from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. at The Listening Room Café, which has re-located to 618 4th Ave S, Nashville, TN.

“Last year’s showcase gave the audience what they came for—‘blow the roof off talent’ and a fun-filled evening," notes WiMN founder, Laura B. Whitmore. "This year we aim for more of the same, and are thrilled to give female musicians an opportunity to share their talent at the Listening Room Café’s fabulous new location. I look forward to listening to the submissions from talented artists around the world!”

The 2018 She Rocks Showcase presents a unique opportunity for female artists of all styles and ages to perform in front of industry experts, media representatives, artists, fans and more during the Summer NAMM convention.

Artists are encouraged to submit their best original material for a chance to perform at the showcase. All materials must be submitted by May 8, 2018. Showcase slot selections will be announced by May 18. Performers will also receive a free day pass to the NAMM Show on Saturday, June 30. A NAMM badge is not required to attend or participate in the Showcase.

The showcase is open to the public, includes fun giveaways and surprises, and is sponsored by Fishman, 108 Rock Star Guitars, Casio and Sennheiser. Get tickets here.
To fill out the submission form and for official rules and regulations, visit www.thewimn.com/summer-namm-showcase/.

About The Women’s International Music Network (WiMN)
Founded in 2012, the Women’s International Music Network unites women who work within all facets of the music and audio industries. With theWiMN.com as its hub, the WiMN provides a community for women within the industry while enriching their careers and musical experiences through networking and sharing. The Women’s International Music Network produces events such as the WiMN She Rocks Showcases and the She Rocks Awards, and is founded by music industry veteran Laura B. Whitmore. For more information, visit www.TheWiMN.com.
<![CDATA[ Introducing The USQ-1 Digital-Analog Wave Synth]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/introducing-usq-1---digital-analog-wave-synth Fri, 6 Apr 2018 14:13:04 GMT


Introducing USQ-1 - Digital-Analog Wave Synth



Explore 400 bold and expressive patches inspired by a cult-favourite ‘80s synthesizer workstation.





Discover the USQ-1







<![CDATA[Arturia MiniBrute 2 Ecosystem Now Available]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/arturia-minibrute-2-ecosystem-now-available Fri, 6 Apr 2018 14:05:30 GMT





From their headquarters in the French Alps, hardware and software instrument creators Arturia have announced the worldwide arrival and immediate availability of MiniBrute 2, MiniBrute 2S, and RackBrute.
The exciting new range of hybrid analog modular synthesizers feature hugely powerful synth capabilities, addictive interfaces, performance controls, Eurorack compatibility, and allow users to create an immersive, creative ecosystem that’s entirely unique to them.
Retailers and distributors around the world are now receiving the next generation of Arturia’s MiniBrute. Announced ahead of NAMM 2018, the new range was one of the highlights of the show, and has been well received by reviewers. Following glowing reviews from the likes of Sound On Sound, Sonic State, and Future Music, customers will now be able to get hands on with the instruments, try them out, and make them part of their musical setup.
A lot of effort was put into this baby ” remarked Sebastien Rochard, Arturia’s lead product manager. “ The first reactions and reviews are astounding, and I can’t wait to see all the crazy stuff people will do once they have it in their hands!
To coincide with the MiniBrute 2, MiniBrute 2S, and RackBrute systems hitting stores around the world, Arturia have also launched a video tutorial series that will allow new users to quickly get up to speed with the instruments. The first episode, online now, covers the synthesis possibilities, and explains the common parameters shared by both MiniBrute 2 and MiniBrute 2S. Every feature is expertly covered by Sebastien Rochard, who was also a key player in the design and development of the MiniBrute 2 series.
MiniBrute 2 is a formidable analog synthesizer featuring a CV patchbay that lets you reshape and redesign its architecture, a luxurious 25-note keyboard, sequencer, arpeggiator, and Steiner-Parker filter for full creative control.
Geared toward the modern electronic musician, MiniBrute 2S features the same powerful analog synth engine as the MiniBrute 2, but replaces the keyboard with an advanced, triple-layered sequencer with performance pad interface.
The RackBrute 3U and 6U systems are affordable, adaptable Eurorack modular housing systems that can either be used in a standalone mode, or connected via the Arturia Link system to either the MiniBrute 2 or MiniBrute 2S to create an inspiring modular synth ecosystem.
For more information on this groundbreaking trio, visit the Arturia website, or try them out at any good pro audio retailer.
Visit the Arturia website to learn every detail about the MiniBrute 2 Ecosystem:
Watch the first episode of the new tutorial series dedicated to the MiniBrute 2 Ecosystem:
See and hear the MiniBrute 2 Ecosystem in real-time action:
<![CDATA[Gretsch Drums Marks 135th Anniversary With Limited Edition Drumsets & Snare Drums]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/gretsch-drums-marks-135th-anniversary-with-limited-edition-drumsets--snare-drums Thu, 5 Apr 2018 14:26:41 GMT


Gretsch Drums Marks 135th Anniversary With Limited Edition
Drumsets & Snare Drums

Iconic American Drum Manufacturer Celebrates 135 Years of ‘That Great Gretsch Sound’ with USA-Made, Playable Pieces of Musical History



(April 5th, Ridgeland, SC) Founded by Friedrich Gretsch as the Gretsch Musical Instrument Company, in Brooklyn, New York in 1883, 2018 marks the 135th Anniversary of one of America’s oldest drum manufacturers, Gretsch Drums. Celebrating more than a century of “That Great Gretsch Sound,” the venerable musical instrument brand has released a limited number of meticulously hand-crafted, USA-made 135th Anniversary drumsets and snare drums.  

Designed by Gretsch master drum builder, Paul Cooper, the 135th Gretsch Drum Sets features a Broadkaster series shell with Exotic Ribbon Mahogany outer ply, finished in Dark Emerald or Classic Mahogany nitrocellulose gloss lacquer, Gretsch Round Badges, as well as limited edition, 135th Anniversary Remo Permatone Drum Heads. Single-flange 301 hoops with vintage-style claw hooks complete the retro look and add to its signature tonality. Hand-crafted at the Gretsch USA factory in Ridgeland, South Carolina and available in two 4-piece configurations: 5x14”/8x12”/ 14x14”/ 14 x 18” and 6.5x14”/8x12”/16x16”/14x22”. Only 135 of these highly prized drumsets will ever be produced.

Each Gretsch Drums 135th Anniversary 5" × 14" 8-lug Solid Aluminum Shell Snare Drum is hand engraved by master engraver Eric Sooy with a delicate engraving pattern encircling inspired by the 4160G Gold Plated engraved Metal Snare Drum (introduced in 1968). Assembled with 301 single flange hoops with mini-claw hooks, Lightning Throw-Off and snap-in key holder, each USA-made snare drum is complimented by a limited edition 135th Anniversary Permatone Drum Head. Only 135 of these unique collector’s items will ever be produced. (Deluxe carrying case included)

“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.






Founded in Brooklyn, New York in 1883, Gretsch Drums is an iconic American drum brand manufactured in Ridgeland, South Carolina. In 2015, Oxnard California-based, American drum designers and manufacturer Drum Workshop (DW Drums) acquired the rights to develop, produce, market and distribute Gretsch Drums. For 135 years, this award-winning company has been providing "That Great Gretsch Sound” to drummers around the globe. Noted artists include Phil Collins, Charlie Watts, Vinnie Colaiuta, Cindy Blackman and Taylor Hawkins among others. For more information, visit


<![CDATA[CORE By DPA Amplifier Technology Lifts Award-Winning Mics To New Heights At NAB And Musikmesse]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/core-by-dpa-amplifier-technology-lifts-award-winning-mics-to-new-heights-at-nab-and-musikmesse Thu, 5 Apr 2018 13:48:08 GMT


Revolutionary CORE by DPA Amplifier Technology Lifts Award-winning Mics to New Heights at NAB and Musikmesse


New Technology Now Available in d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones for Broadcast and Pro Audio Professionals



ALLEROED, DENMARK, APRIL 5, 2018DPA Microphones is known throughout the pro audio, broadcast, live production and recording industries for developing small miniature condenser microphones with unrivaled sound quality for various professional environments. At NAB Booth C3336 and with StudioSzene at Musikmesse (Hall 4.1), DPA will be showcasing its recently launched ‘CORE by DPA’ amplifier technology, that powers its line of d:screet miniature lavalier, d:fineheadset and now d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones, to create an even clearer sound by lowering overall distortion and expanding the dynamic range.


CORE by DPA has been embraced by users in the broadcast, film, pro audio and theatre world. Sound engineers and designers who know the sonic character of the legacy DPA mics, have taken the new CORE by DPA versions to their hearts. These discriminating users now experience even more natural sound from the miniature-sized microphones. Some even report that they find it hard to distinguish the miniatures’ sound from larger-sized studio mics.


At NAB, the new d:vote 4099 Instrument Mics with CORE by DPA will be introduced. The award-winning d:vote 4099 Series is one of the most natural-sounding instrument microphone solutions available today. The d:vote 4099 line is designed for use with every woodwind and acoustical instrument, the most popular being guitar, violin, cello and trumpet/saxophone. Known for its discreet size and versatile mounting/clip options, the d:vote 4099 mic is a great fit for a variety of applications ranging from the studio and theater to live performances during primetime broadcasts.


With the new d:vote, DPA is introducing a new streamlined design that features a more distinguished foam cover that helps decrease vulnerability to wind or movement during a performance. To make it easier for users to tell the difference between the two versions available, the new d:vote mics are color-coded at the bottom of the mic: a red mark represents Loud SPL and a yellow mark represents Extreme SPL. In April, DPA will begin to ship the new d:vote with CORE by DPA mics and discontinue the d:vote legacy versions.


“The higher definition video that is becoming standard on broadcasting and monitoring devices demands that the audio quality keep up with it, and we continuously aim to provide our customer base with enhancements to the absolute finest microphone solutions on the market today,” says René Mørch, Product Manager at DPA Microphones. “We want to give our users every option imaginable to capture the sound that they require during any type of production. We are excited to provide this new, cutting-edge solution that, while unseen to the eye, can be clearly heard.”


Looking to minimize distortion and increase the dynamic range of its d:screet™, d:fine™ and d:vote product lines, DPA developed the CORE by DPA amplifier technology to create an even clearer sound from the ‘highest of the highs’ to the ‘lowest of the lows.’ The dynamic range has been expanded in all CORE by DPA capsules. For example, the dynamic range has been increased by up to 14 dB. For the d:vote CORE mics, the dynamic range has gone from 100 dB to 108 dB for the Loud SPL and from 95 dB to 109 dB for the Extreme SPL. CORE by DPA gives the microphones a more clear and open sound across the whole level range.


The omnidirectional microphones with CORE by DPA have also achieved an IP58 waterproof rating, which provides water and moisture resistance through nano coating and hermetic sealing of the sensitive electronics. Microphones purchased with the technology will come in CORE by DPA packaging and will feature a blue label (d:screet and d:fine) or blue ring (d:vote) to differentiate between these and the legacy versions. A very discreet laser engraving stating ‘core’ has been incorporated on the microphone capsule as well for the d:fine and d:screet versions.


For more information about CORE by DPA technology, please visit  www.dpamicrophones.com/core.







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


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



<![CDATA[Melancholic Pop Keyboards The EZ Way]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/melancholic-pop-keyboards-the-ez-way Thu, 5 Apr 2018 13:37:04 GMT




In this brand new EZkeys MIDI pack, we’re exploring pop hooks, melodies, harmonies and progressions that all have that undeniable melancholic twist.
<![CDATA[Celestion Debuts G12T-75 Impulse Responses]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/celestion-debuts-g12t-75-impulse-responses Thu, 5 Apr 2018 13:33:54 GMT


Celestion Debuts the G12T-75 Impulse Responses

Versatile Speaker Tone from a Legendary High-Gain Speaker Joins the Family of Acclaimed IRs, Available as Digital Downloads

Ipswich, UK (April 5, 2018) — Celestion, the premier manufacturer of guitar and bass loudspeakers with a rich history in creating classic guitar tones known the world over, is pleased to debut the G12T-75 IR as the latest addition to their acclaimed line of Impulse Responses, the definitive digital representations of the company’s renowned classic tones. Famous as one of the world’s best-selling premium 4x12 speakers, Celestion’s classic G12T-75 guitar speaker has long been recognized for its combination of assertiveness and great clarity. Customers who desire this robust modern tone in an Impulse Response can audition and download the new G12T-75 IR at Celestion Plus.
Known also by many players as the T75, the Celestion G12T-75 was originally conceived in the 80’s, as a “hot rodded” more powerful version of the company’s G12M Greenback, ideally suited to the high gain amps that were becoming more common around that time. It’s hard to say whether the G12T-75 helped to influence the development of a more modern, industrial sound that characterised 80’s metal, or whether it was the other way around; but either way, it has become well established in the Celestion firmament, proving itself to be far more than just a speaker of its time.
As you might expect, the G12T-75 is much favoured among professional guitarists looking for a full-on, heavy but modern tone for metal or rock. Its punchy low end, aggressive mids and balanced highs have been incorporated by successive generations of metal artists from the 80’s through to today, such as Iron Maiden, Yngwie Malmsteen, Joe Satriani, Deftones, Slipknot, Shadows Fall, Mastodon and beyond.
Five individual IR varieties of the G12T-75 are available for download, which correspond to each of 5 separate types of cabinet, including: 1×12 (open back), 1×12 (closed back), 2×12 (open back), 2×12 (closed back) and 4×12 (closed back.)
“Celestion is pleased to debut the G12T-75 IR as our first Impulse Response to be introduced in 2018, says Nigel Wood, Celestion CEO. “The speaker’s well-known heritage makes it a natural extension of our Impulse Response collection -- providing our celebrated speaker tones in a convenient digitally downloadable format.”  

The new G12T-75 Impulse Response will appeal to anyone who enjoys mixing up their tone with a touch of the unconventional or rebellious. Enjoy on its own for some hardcore, high volume grunge–or use it to complement the tone of one of your other favourite speakers for an unexpected tonal twist.
The new G12T-75 IR joins the ever-growing family of authentic Celestion Impulse Responses which are available for purchase on Celestion Plus,  including the G12-50GL Lynchback, Classic Lead 80, Classic Gold, A-Type , Neo Creamback,  G12-H150 Redback, G12M Greenback, G12M-65 Creamback, G12M-75 Creamback, G12H Anniversary, G12-65,  Cream, G12-35XC, Celestion Blue and Vintage 30 models mounted in 1x12 and 2x12 open and closed back and 4x12 cabinets. Celestion’s new IR Pick & Mix option features combinations of either 3 or 5 cabinets from the company’s full range of IRs, offering customers complete flexibility and value pricing in building their personal IR library.
About Celestion Impulse Responses 
Celestion IRs, which capture the essential behavior of the cabinet in the specific space in which it was recorded, including the frequency and phase response of single drivers as well as the interaction of multiple speakers, offer the user significant benefits. In both recording and live production, Celestion IRs enable the desired tone to be precisely and consistently reproduced regardless of the music recording or live sound environment. And IR users can escape the limitations of a single mic and cabinet setup and explore a universe of possibilities to create the perfect tone. Once you find a tone that you love, it can be precisely recreated, in the studio or on the road, time after time. And the IRs allow Celestion customers to audition specific models before purchasing one or more physical speakers.
Celestion IR digital downloads are available in uncompressed, industry standard .WAV format at 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz and 96 kHz sample rates at 24 bit depth, in lengths of 200 and 500 milliseconds Once the files are downloaded and unzipped, users simply load the IRs into a convolution plug-in in their DAW or into other processing hardware. These formats will work in all known hardware capable of loading IRs, and for the most popular hardware Celestion have already grouped together the correct formats. Guitar processor manufacturers supported include Atomic Amps, Fractal Audio Systems, Kemper, Line 6, Logidy, Positive Grid, Two Notes, Headrush and Yamaha. The Celestion IR files may be downloaded in the sample rate and length appropriate for the hardware being used or as a complete package of all rates and lengths. Certain third party hardware requires the files to be converted into a proprietary format before use.
Celestion Plus.
About Celestion and Celestion Guitar Speakers
An important element to essential British guitar tone since the birth of Rock & Roll, Celestion Guitar Speakers are famous for their lively and vocal midrange character with plenty of sparkle and chime. 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[Bittree Unveils Limited-Edition 40th Anniversary Patchbay Series At 2018 NAB Show]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/bittree-unveils-limited-edition-40th-anniversary-patchbay-series-at-2018-nab-show Thu, 5 Apr 2018 13:29:45 GMT


Bittree to Unveil Limited-Edition, 40th Anniversary Patchbay Series at 2018 NAB Show
Uniquely-stylized video, audio and data patching solutions commemorate significant milestone
Glendale, CA – April 4, 2018 – Bittree – a leading manufacturer of high-quality audio, video and data patching systems – is offering customers the opportunity to share in the company’s 40th anniversary celebrations by owning fully-functional mementos of the occasion.Exhibiting in booth SU3417 at the 2018 NAB Show from April 9 to 12, the company will unveil three new limited-edition patchbay models commemorating its four decades of innovation in the broadcast, professional audio/video and musical instrument markets.
The trio of special-edition products – one video, one audio and one data patching solution – will be powder-coated nickel with black silk screening for a distinctive look. Only 40 of each model will be offered, making them an instant collectable for infrastructure equipment aficionados. The limited-edition series includes:
  • 969A-Series audio patchbay N96DC – Featuring Bittree’s patented front-programmability, the 40th Anniversary 2x48 patchbay offers 96 TT (bantam) connections in a 2RU rackmount chassis. Professional-grade shunts under the unit’s two designation strips enable users to quickly and easily reconfigure the circuit normalling and grounding detail for flexible integration into any environment.
  • N64T video patchbay – Bittree’s medium-density Mini-WECO 3Gb/s video patchbay provides high-bandwidth performance for SD-SDI, HD-SDI and 3G-SDI broadcast and video production applications. Featuring a 2x32 jack configuration in a 2RU form factor, the units are compliant with SMPTE 259M, 292M and 424M technical standards and offer true 75 ohm impedance with low return loss.
  • DSKP124N data patchbay – Bittree’s 1RU-high data panels deliver the industry’s highest keystone density, offering 1x24 in a single, non-staggered row. Keystone jacks mount flush with the surface of the panel. The 40th Anniversary edition model can bepopulated with a combination of copper or fiber connectors for flexible, space-efficient connectivity.
“Our previous limited-edition models have proven very popular with our customers,” said Ari Baron, general manager at Bittree. “Our 40 years of success is a tremendous accomplishment, and a natural milestone to recognize with a new series of special units. We look forward to seeing our anniversary celebrations represented in users’ systems.”
For more information about Bittree, please visit www.bittree.com.

About Bittree:
Established in 1978, Bittree is dedicated to offering state-of-the-art patchbays and patch panels that streamline signal routing and troubleshooting in media and entertainment operations of all sizes. The company offers an innovative line of audio, video, and data patchbays for use in broadcasting, postproduction, and pro A/V operations. Tailored for use in the post-production, pro A/V, systems integration, and radio and television broadcasting fields, Bittree’s patching solutions are rigorously tested to ensure long-term functionality and dependability, especially for mission-critical operations and live events. To ensure consistency, performance, and adherence to rigid quality standards, all of the company’s patching products are designed, assembled, and tested in its state-of-the-art facility in Glendale, California. Bittree is an active member of industry trade organizations NAB (National Association of Broadcasters), NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants), and SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers). For more information, please visit www.bittree.com.
<![CDATA[Zoom Releases New F1-SP Field Recorder + Shotgun Mic]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/zoom-releases-new-f1-sp-field-recorder--shotgun-mic Thu, 5 Apr 2018 13:26:00 GMT


Zoom Expands Its Audio-for-Video Solutions Lineup with the New F1-SP Field Recorder + Shotgun Mic
Perfect for on-the-move filmmakers and videographers, the Zoom F1-SP Field Recorder + Shotgun Mic delivers professional audio recording when mounted to a DSLR camera.
April 5, 2018 — Zoom North America now offers its new F1-SP Field Recorder + Shotgun Mic system, which comes with the F1 Field Recorder and the SGH-6 shotgun mic. The recorder and mic system mounts to DSLR cameras with a hot shoe. The F1-SP’s compact, low-profile overall form factor and outstanding mix of features and performance offer filmmakers and videographers an easy way to capture professional quality audio to meet the demands of their video action.  
With more filmmakers, vloggers and journalists using portable DSLR cameras for professional-quality shoots, digitally savvy creators are demanding better audio for their video projects. The Zoom F1 Field Recorder + Shotgun Mic bundles the F1 Field Recorder with the SGH-6 Shotgun Mic to offer exceptional sound quality in a rugged and versatile on-the-go recording system.  
Setup is quick and easy. The included SMF-1 shock mount connects the F1-SP to a DSLR thus eliminating unwanted thumping sounds caused by vibrations when shooting on the move. The F1’s audio output connects to the camera’s input using the included 3.5mm stereo cable, and while recording, the F1 can also record to a microSD card, creating a separate stereo audio file that provides flexibility in post-production.  
The F1 Field Recorder and SGH-6 mic feature compact, lightweight, durable aluminum construction to allow filmmakers and videographers to get the most out of their audio recordings without having to carry bulky equipment. The F1 features a newly designed LCD display that ensures readability even in direct sunlight. Users can monitor levels, battery life, rumble filter lo-cut settings and more, while the one-touch controls that surround the display make recording levels, limiter settings and volume output easily accessible. The F1-SP combination can record high-resolution audio up to 24 bit/96 kHz.  
Other essential features for videographers include a tone generator, sound markers, auto-level recording, on-board limiter, USB connectivity, and more. The F1 can be powered using two AAA batteries (included) or with the optional AD-17 power adapter.  
In addition, the F1 Field Recorder uses a proprietary 10-pin connector for compatibility with all of Zoom’s interchangeable mic capsules, to provide options for virtually any recording situation.   
The Zoom F1-SP system is currently available at authorized Zoom resellers at $249.99 MAP.  
F1-SP Key Features:
  • Two-channel Zoom Field Recorder (Model F1)
  • Includes SGH-6 shotgun mic, specially designed SMF-1 shock mount, SMC-1 stereo mini cable and WSS-6 windscreen
  • Ideal for recording on-the-go video
  • Rugged, compact, lightweight aluminum body
  • Improved 1.25-inch monochrome LCD display
  • Intuitive menus and one-touch button controls for easy operation
  • Stereo 1/8-inch Mic/Line In mini phone jack with plug-in power (2.5V)
  • Stereo 1/8-inch Phone/Line Output jack with dedicated volume control
  • Built-in limiter and auto level control
  • Pre-Record function
  • Supports up to 24-bit/96 kHz audio in BWF-compliant WAV format
  • Records directly to SD and SDHC cards up to 32 GB
  • Tone generator for calibrating audio levels between the F1 and a DSLR or video camera without the need for an attenuator cable
  • Sound Marker function for easy syncing of audio and video
  • Micro USB port enables use as an audio interface with computer or IOS device, and for data exchange
  • Runs on two standard AAA alkaline (included), Lithium, or NiMH rechargeable batteries or AC adapter (AD-17)
  • Compatible with Zoom microphone capsule system
Zoom F1-SP Field Recorder + Shotgun Mic system, shown mounted on a camera

About Zoom North America:
Zoom North America is the U.S. affiliate for products manufactured by the Zoom Corporation (Japan). The company prides itself on offering its customers the very highest level of service and support. info@zoom-na.com  |   Tel: 631-542-5270   |   Fax: 631-542-5299
<![CDATA[IK Multimedia Releases iRig Keys I/O Update For Ableton Live Users]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/ik-multimedia-releases-irig-keys-io-update-for-ableton-live-users Thu, 5 Apr 2018 13:17:10 GMT


IK Multimedia releases iRig Keys I/O update for Ableton Live users

By popular demand, a much anticipated firmware update for Ableton™ Live® users and more

April 5, 2018 - IK Multimedia has released an important firmware update for their iRig Keys I/O series of keyboard controllers/audio interfaces for Mac®, PC and iOS that introduces significant enhancements and new features to improve and extend the iRig Keys I/O functionality.

Plug and play with iRig Keys I/O and Ableton Live
The new firmware introduces a preset that gives Ableton Live users full command of their performance with plug-and-play simplicity. All MIDI mappings and connections are automatically established, taking guesswork out of the equation and bringing the creative versatility of the controller to a higher level. Plus, the new firmware now makes it possible to use the drum pads to control the mute function of the tracks, for a more live performance-focused approach.

Adjustable drum pad sensitivity
Perfect for dynamic and responsive beatmaking, it is now possible to set different sensitivity values for all  eight drum pads - especially useful when playing instruments like the Drum Rack™ within Ableton Live - to better fit each user's playing style and preserve the dynamic and "human" feel typical of live drummers.

Easier preset navigation
Users can now easily surf through presets using the PROG Up/Down buttons on their iRig Keys I/O. This is particularly useful, for example, when using MainStage™ or any other DAW, for setting different Program Changes on the drum pads and then using the Prog buttons to switch between various presets on the fly.

Out of the darkness
Users can now keep all LED lights of their iRig Keys I/O gently lit up, so that the controls are easily identifiable in dark environments for better visual reference during a live performance.

About iRig Keys I/O
The iRig® Keys I/O series evolves the concept of traditional controllers by being the only one available that integrates 25 or 49 full-sized keys together with a full-fledged professional audio interface featuring 24-bit audio up to 96kHz sampling rate, balanced stereo and headphone outputs, plus a combo input jack for line, instrument or mic input (with phantom power).

With over $/€550 (iRig Keys I/O 25) and $/€750 (iRig Keys I/O 49) worth of IK's professional software and creative apps, these controllers include an unmatched selection of everything needed to make complete, finished productions out of the box.

For more information about the iRig Keys I/O series, please visit:

The firmware update is downloadable at no charge from the IK User Area:


IK Multimedia. Musicians First.


<![CDATA[Fender Heads Into A Parallel Universe]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/fender-heads-into-a-parallel-universe Wed, 4 Apr 2018 12:50:15 GMT


Fender Heads Into A Parallel Universe


Parallel Universe Series Strat-Tele Hybrid inspired concert poster by the Ames Bros.



Today, Fender releases the Strat-Tele Hybrid at dealers and on Fender.com. It’s the first guitar of the limited-edition and highly collectible Parallel Universe Collection.
The Strat-Tele Hybrid is a mash up of two Fender favorites– the Stratocaster and Telecaster– and is the first of nine models in the collection. More information on the Strat-Tele hybrid can viewed here
Find out what happens when guitarist for Ryan Adams, Todd Wisenbaker, is blindfolded and handed a Stat-Tele Hybrid – will he guess what it is?
Debuted at Winter NAMM, the Limited Edition Parallel Universe Collection offers twisted takes on classic models, surprising updates on vintage machines, and a brand-new Fender body shape destined to warp minds and stimulate new sounds.
Parallel Universe Infographic
Photo Credits: Amos Bros
Future Parallel Universe models include: 
                May 1: Strat-American Elite Nashville Tele HSS
                June 5: Jazz Tele
                July 10: Troublemaker Tele
                August 7: Tele Thinline Super Deluxe
                September 4: Whiteguard Strat
                October 2: Jaguar Strat
                November 6: Meterora
                December 4: ‘51 Telecaster PJ Bass
Get a preview of the entire Parallel Universe Collection here.
<![CDATA[The One After 909? ]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/the-one-after-909 Wed, 4 Apr 2018 12:17:28 GMT


Roland Virtual Sonics Announces the Release of the TR-909 Software Rhythm Composer
Los Angeles, CA, April 3, 2018 — Less than a month after releasing the landmark TR-808 Software Rhythm Composer, Roland Virtual Sonics is proud to announce the release of the legendary TR-909 Software Rhythm Composer to the Roland Cloud service. For the first time in history, music creators will have access to the authentic TR-909 as a plugin for popular digital audio workstations via the Roland Cloud service. 
In 1983, Roland followed the massively influential TR-808 Rhythm Composer with the TR-909 Rhythm Composer. Desiring that their next offering sound more like acoustic drums, Roland took a unique and revolutionary hybrid approach that used analog circuitry for the kick, snare, hi-hat, clap, and toms, and used digital sampling for the cymbals. The result was one of the most beloved and influential musical instruments ever made. Although Roland only produced approximately 10,000 units, the influence of the “909” remains a driving force in music to this day.  
Using Roland’s next-generation Analog Circuit Behavior modeling technology, Roland has faithfully recreated a software adaptation of the original hardware circuitry that gave the TR-909 its distinctive sound, including its analog-digital hybrid nature. In addition to detailed behavior models of the analog circuits, Roland has integrated the TR-909’s original sample ROM. The new TR-909 even comes modeled with the primitive (by today’s standards) digital technology present in the vintage hardware, capturing the essence of the 909’s cymbals and recreating the sound that made them a perennial favorite of dance music producers the world over. The painstaking attention to detail present in the TR-909 signifies that musicians and producers can finally have the authentic sound and feel of the original 909 in their digital audio workstations.  
As with its predecessor the TR-808 Software Rhythm Composer, Roland has capitalized on the power and flexibility provided by modern DAW software and combined these with the robust feature set found in the original hardware. Each pattern on the TR-909 has eight variations, enabling artists to create evolving sequences. The classic 16-step “TR-REC” sequencer expands to include a sequencer lane for each drum instrument, providing fast and fluid programming. The sequencer has adjustable flams and sub-steps, enabling detailed fills and ratcheting sequences. Each instrument has its own “last step” and shuffle settings, allowing flexibility with timing, experimentation with polyrhythms, and the ability to dial in just the right groove to meet the needs of modern creators’ tracks. Music creators can even drag patterns from the TR-909 directly into their DAW as MIDI or audio clips. 
The TR-909 Software Rhythm Composer also debuts new integration with Roland's recently released TR-8S Rhythm Performer. TR-8S users can send patterns from the hardware directly to the TR-909 plugin, including pattern variations and names. Conversely, users can create patterns on the go with the TR-909 plugin, and then send them back to the TR-8S hardware for performance or further production. The TR-8S also comes ready-mapped for direct hands-on remote control of the TR-909 Software Rhythm Composer's parameters, like volume, tune, and decay. A concurrent update also adds the same functionality to the TR-808 Software Rhythm Composer. 
To learn more about the Roland Cloud and the release of the TR-909 Software Rhythm Composer, visit RolandCloud.com.

TR-909 Software Rhythm Composer, now added to the Roland Cloud service
About Roland Virtual Sonics
Roland Virtual Sonics LLC. represents the joint venture between Roland Corporation Japan and Seattle based Virtual Sonics. Roland Virtual Sonics is a software, services and media solutions provider that represents the next wave in the evolution of modern music creation, and our first full offering is called Roland Cloud. Through Roland Cloud, we work to alleviate many pain-points that plague both professional and amateur musicians, producers, and creators, including the lack of access to truly high-resolution virtual instruments, the need for open and supportive community, access to mentoring, and more. Become a Roland Cloud member today by visitinghttps://www.rolandcloud.com. 
About Roland Corporation
Roland Corporation is a leading manufacturer and distributor of electronic musical instruments, including keyboards and synthesizers, guitar products, electronic percussion, digital recording equipment, amplifiers, audio processors, and multimedia products. With more than 40 years of musical instrument development, Roland sets the standard in music technology for the world to follow. For more information, visit or see your local Roland dealer https://www.Roland.com.
<![CDATA[Coming In June - The Musician's Guide To Home Recording By Craig Anderton]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/coming-in-june---the-musicians-guide-to-home-recording-by-craig-anderton Wed, 4 Apr 2018 12:13:35 GMT




Montclair, NJ — At long last, there’s a truly modern method for learning the art of music production. Written in a clear, practical, non-intimidating style loaded with illustrations and sidebars exploring the logic behind a given practice, Craig Anderton’s MUSICIAN’S GUIDE TO HOME RECORDING is destined to become every musician’s reference of choice, allowing artists everywhere to employ digital recording, mixing, and editing to their fullest potential.


THE MUSICIAN’S GUIDE TO HOME RECORDING was conceived and developed to offer best-in-class information and instructional material built, formatted, and deployed for modern learners. Rather than covering all aspects of recording in a single sprawling volume, each title in the series succinctly and accessibly addresses a particular subject. Readers can select individual volumes to hone in on certain skills or proceed through the entire corpus, developing a comprehensive knowledge at their own pace. Planned releases include How to Choose and Use Audio Interfaces, How to Create Compelling Mixes, How to Record and Mix Guitar, How to Record and Mix Great Vocals, How to Apply Equalization, How to Apply Dynamics Processing, How to Get the Best Sounds Out of Amp Sim Software, How to Record and Mix Electric Bass, How to Master Desktop Mastering, How to Make Music with Loops, The Musician’s Guide to MIDI, How to Use Electronic and Virtual Instruments, and The Musician’s Guide to Audio.


An internationally recognized authority on musical technology, Anderton is the ideal author for a project of this scope and scale. He has written more than thirty books, mastered hundreds of tracks, contributed music or production to over twenty albums, played Carnegie Hall, and composed over one thousand articles for magazines like Guitar Player, Keyboard, Sound on Sound, Electronic Musician, Pro Sound News, Mix, and several international publications. Anderton’s Home Recording for Musicians introduced generations of artists to analog recording; now, THE MUSICIAN’S GUIDE TO HOME RECORDING series will bring readers into the twenty-first century, exploring digital recording in the same definitive fashion.


To better serve today’s market, each volume of the new MUSICIAN’S GUIDE series is available in four media formats. The first two, print books and ebooks, are familiar to all learners; the latter pair, built on proprietary Digital Print technology, has the potential to revolutionize education as we know it.


Hal Leonard’s new Digital Print Library, available exclusively at Groove3.com, grants access to a growing collection of materials on a subscription basis. Complete with embedded multimedia, Digital Print HTML5- formatted files load quickly regardless of connection speed. The platform’s intuitive interface allows readers to easily search a text, save notes, and add bookmarks; it also automatically resumes across devices at a user’s last reading location.


A site license program for institutional use employs a version of the Digital Print Library enhanced with Elements|ED. Designed to support instructor-led courses, certification programs, online learning, and selfstudy, the Elements|ED platform allows students and educators to access standardized training content, learning assessments, qualification exams, and certifications developed by textbook authors, course developers, product manufacturers, and enterprises. The Power Learning Digital Print with Elements|ED Learning Environment is scheduled to launch in Q3 of 2018.


Bound to become the new gold standard for educators and autodidacts alike, the first three volumes in THE MUSICIAN’S GUIDE TO HOME RECORDING are scheduled for release in June 2018.





CRAIG ANDERTON is an internationally recognized authority on technology and music. He has toured, played Carnegie Hall, mastered hundreds of tracks, and been involved with dozens of major label releases as either a player, producer, or engineer. He’s also written over thirty books (including the seminal Home Recording for Musicians) and thousands of articles, as well as co-founded Electronic Musician magazine. Known for his ability to demystify complex subjects, Anderton has given seminars on technology and the arts in thirty-eight states, ten countries, and three languages.



Founded in 1947, Hal Leonard is the largest songbook publisher in the world and the premier provider of essential, authoritative books for musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers, and other music business professionals. Whether you make your living in the music business, aspire to do so, or just love creating music, Hal Leonard Books’ cutting-edge media are guaranteed to provide information you need every step of the way.



<![CDATA[Have You Passed Your Rock Guitar Exam?]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/have-you-passed-your-rock-guitar-exam Wed, 4 Apr 2018 12:03:19 GMT


Orange Amps Launches First Ever Accredited Online Guitar Exam
Take Your Music Exam Wherever And Whenever You Want



Orange Amplification is proud to announce the launch of the world’s first accredited rock guitar exam system enabling students to take their exam whenever and wherever they want. This fresh approach to music exams is practical, accessible, affordable and delivers significant benefits for student and tutors alike.

Designed and delivered by a specialist music teaching team at Online Music Exams, the new online rock guitar exam platform features the following benefits in comparison to traditional exam systems: -

·         Saves Money with Free course material, backing tracks and aural tests
·         Fewer Exams: New tier system reduces the number of exams from 9 (debut to grade 8) to 3
·         Less Pressure: Exams can be taken wherever and whenever you want
·         No Need To Travel to exam centres anymore and no chance of being late!
·         Increased Comfort: Exams can be taken anywhere, being online has shown to reduce stage fright
·         More Choice: Choose any pieces you like to play within grade parameters
·         Quicker Results will be with you in days rather than weeks
·         Prompt Retakes when required
·         Comprehensive Marking Sheets complete with advice for improvement
·         Environmentally Friendly: The syllabus and exam are both online, no paper/ books needed
·         Secure and robust ID protocols


The Online exams have been approved and registered on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) with OFQUAL. This has been enabled through Orange Amplifications partnership with Online Music Exams and The Learning Machine.

This easy to use online exam system enables students to progress their rock guitar playing in a secure, comfortable, reduced stress environment at their own pace.  When the students are ready they can take the exam completely online which is captured via video recordings. Once completed, these recordings are automatically uploaded to the examiner who will mark and grade your exam.

This revolutionary new exam scheme, combined with Orange’s passion for both music and education offers more people than ever a pragmatic, comprehensive, inexpensive and user friendly way to learn and develop their guitar playing

To find out more about the state of the art Orange Online Exam system please go to https://orangeamps.com/learn/ and if it’s not being offered by your tutor ask them to take a look!


<![CDATA[Rane Twelve & Seventy-Two Now Shipping]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/rane-twelve--seventy-two-now-shipping Wed, 4 Apr 2018 12:00:15 GMT




Much anticipated Rane hardware released to revolutionize DJ performance



MUKILTEO, WA USA (April 4, 2018)— Steeped in DJ, Club and Battle-Mix culture since 1981, Rane DJ technology powers the creative energy of the world’s most recognised Pro-DJs, Turntablists and Artists. Rane products continue to lock down innovation, durability, reliability and superior performance, flowing direct from the DJ’s fingertips, to the dancefloor! April 2018, Rane DJ unleashes two of its most innovative and future-facing DJ performance products to date – The tonearm and needle-less ‘Twelve’ motorized control turntable and, powered by Serato DJ Pro, the two-channel, ‘Seventy-Two’ advanced control and performance mixer.



The SEVENTY-TWO (Advanced Control and Performance Mixer)

With the strength and durability of solid-steel and aluminum casing, the gig and battle-ready Seventy-Two mixer represents


the ultimate in advanced control needs and performance expectations of today’s DJs. Designed in collaboration with leading Turntablists around the world and with the foundation of a globally trusted Seattle, US-based engineering heritage, the Seventy- Two redefines what is possible when true DJ artistry meets ground-breaking technology.


Powered by the all-new Serato DJ Pro software, the Seventy-Two’s 4.3” color touchscreen interface visualizes its moving waveforms, enabling navigation, track selection and extensive performance preference adjustment too. It also offers full FX control and sonic manipulation utilizing and stacking the Seventy-Two’s dual Flex FX engines with Serato DJ Pro’s extensive effects banks. Two DJs can perform simultaneously and handover effortlessly via the unit’s dual-USB connections. Turntablists can cut, flare, chirp, crab, orbit and transform with the new, tactile and precision based Mag Three faders, then flip between creative control functions via the 16 MPC-style pads with RGB backlight and multi-performance mode selections. Also, Serato’s expressive Pitch ‘n Time DJ expansion is included free with the Seventy-Two, for DJs to integrate creative ‘pitch-play’ techniques into the mix.


Highlights of the SEVENTY-TWO:

    • Solid steel construction—built like a tank for non-stop, heavy-duty use

    • (3) New MAG THREE contactless tension-adjustable faders for crossfader and channel faders with reverse, contour

      controls, and cut-in adjustment

    • 4.3” touchscreen for moving-wave display, X/Y FX control, song selection and user customizations

    • Dual FLEX FX engines

    • Stacked Serato DJ Pro FX with internal post-fader FLEX FX

    • Dual die-cast aluminum FX paddles with 180-degree rotation

    • Chain-integrated Serato software effect control plus one internal FLEX effect per channel

    • Dual USB connections for DJ handoffs and simultaneous performance

    • Legacy Rane US engineered superior, class-leading audio quality (114db SNR USB to analog output)

    • 16 Akai Pro MPC performance pads w/RGB backlight, adjustable threshold and aftertouch, with independent mode

      controls per deck.

    • Industry first – assignable USB controller inputs for RANE TWELVE motorized control turntable

    • Full on-board Serato DJ Pro transport/pad control should traditional turntables fail

    • Unlocks Serato DVS, with Serato’s Official Control Vinyl included (also ships with Serato Pitch ‘n Time DJ expansion)


The TWELVE (True Vinyl, Motorized Control Turntable)

With no tonearm or damaged/skipping needles, the Rane Twelve gifts the Pro, Club, Scratch and Battle DJ with a zero-error, secure and solid performance environment coupled with the 100% essence of a ‘real-feel’, true vinyl DJ experience. The heartbeat of the music finally returns to the DJs fingertips! The Twelve’s twin-torque, 12” motorized platter gives 3,600 ticks of resolution, per single vinyl revolution. This brings precision music file playback with hitherto unrealized digital performance accuracy - customizable even further with a DJ’s own choice of slipmat/butter-rug.


For too long now, Turntablists and DJs have had to compromise at live shows on their preferred levels of sub-bass frequencies, dialling it back in fear of feedback, rumble and noise. Now, with the Rane Twelve, control vinyl DJs can #ReclaimTheBass and perform their music at the full frequency range enjoyed by their fellow ‘digital’ DJs. In addition, the layout of the all-metal bodied Twelve is so familiar, that any DJ who’s used a turntable before will feel instantly at home. The control elements are simplicity itself to use, with four deck-select buttons and the multi-function touch strip for track searching and setting/triggering hot cues, in place of the tone arm.


Both an evolution and a revolutionary movement in DJ turntable technology, the Twelve motorized DJ control system is without doubt, RANEvolutionary!


Highlights of the TWELVE:

    • Full 12” vinyl with motorized platter to control playback

    • Traditional, familiar turntable layout—no need to learn something new

    • Strip Search with 8 hot-cue-triggers access

    • 5.0 kfcm high-torque motor with high/low torque adjust for more traditional setups

    • Four decks of control – DJ’s can use one, two or more (dependant on number of mixer channels available)

    • Extreme precision—3,600 ticks of platter resolution for seamless performance

    • MIDI interface via USB that can be connected to the SEVENTY-TWO or your computer

    • 33 1/3 and 45 RPM platter speeds

    • 8/16/50% pitch with precise dual-resolution detented slider

    • Top panel rotary and traditional Motor Off switch allows classic wind-down effects

    • An Official Serato Accessory - will work plug-and-play with the Rane Seventy-Two or other Serato DJ Pro supported hardware

“Born in the USA in 1981, Rane has always put product reliability, durability and a solid feature set for DJs at its forefront. Now, with the Rane DJ Twelve and Seventy-Two, these breakthrough products look set to mature and enhance DJ sets, live-shows and competitive battles, well into the future”, said Paul Dakeyne, Marketing Director for inMusic DJ Brands. “The Twelve enables DJ’s to lose tonearm skipping and finally reclaim the bass they deserve, back into their music, and the Seventy-Two offers literally limitless performance possibilities for boundary pushing Turntablists and Pro-DJ’s – RANEvolutionary indeed!”


U.S. retail for the Rane Seventy-Two and Twelve is $1899 and $799 respectively.
SSP for the Rane Seventy-Two is 1899.99€ (£1649.99). SSP for the Rane Twelve is 799.99€ (£699.99).




About Rane

Rane is an established innovator in problem-solving audio tools, professionally engineered with a focus on science, price/ performance, and not frills and hype. Designed exclusively in the United States, Rane’s product distribution is worldwide. Marketplaces are DJ (performance, club, mobile and recording), Live Sound (FOH and monitoring) and Commercial (music and paging, networked systems) featuring innovative analog and digital audio products for each category.


For more information, visit www.rane.com



<![CDATA[The Beatles Yellow Submarine Returning To Theaters To Celebrate 50th Anniversary]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/the-beatles-yellow-submarine-returning-to-theaters-to-celebrate-50th-anniversary Wed, 4 Apr 2018 11:30:06 GMT

Restored 4K Theatrical Version With Remixed 5.1 Stereo Surround Sound
Once upon a time…or maybe twice…there was an unearthly paradise called Pepperland…
Watch the trailer HERE
NEW YORK / LONDON / LOS ANGELES – APRIL 04, 2018 – Abramorama announced today a deal with Apple Corps Ltd. and Universal Music Group (UMG) to theatrically release The Beatles’ classic 1968 animated feature film, Yellow Submarine, across North America this July in celebration of its 50thanniversary. Abramorama, Apple Corps Ltd. and UMG have teamed to give Beatles fans of all ages the opportunity to come together and share in this visually stunning movie and soundtrack. Abramorama originally partnered with Apple Corps, Imagine Entertainment, White Horse Pictures, StudioCanal and UMG’s Polygram Entertainment on the Ron Howard documentary The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years. Abramorama has a proven track record in the music-driven film space, partnering numerous times with Neil Young, Pearl Jam and Green Day and now once again with Apple Corps Ltd.
Credit: © Subafilms Ltd.
Yellow Submarine was restored in 4K digital resolution by Paul Rutan Jr. and his team of specialists at Triage Motion Picture Services and Eque Inc. The film’s songs and score were remixed in 5.1 stereo surround sound at UMG’s Abbey Road Studios by music mix engineer Peter Cobbin. Due to the delicate nature of the hand-drawn original artwork, no automated software was used in the digital clean-up of the film’s restored photochemical elements. This was all done by hand, frame by frame.
Richard Abramowitz, CEO of Abramorama said, “We’re thrilled to have the privilege of bringing Yellow Submarine back to the big screen so that 3 generations of happy Beatles fans can enjoy the ground-breaking animation and classic tunes and that have long been part of our collective cultural DNA.”
Directed by George Dunning, and written by Lee Minoff, Al Brodax, Jack Mendelsohn and Erich Segal,Yellow Submarine began its voyage to the screen when Brodax, who had previously produced nearly 40 episodes of ABC’s animated Beatles TV series, approached The Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein with a unique vision for a full-length animated feature. 
Yellow Submarine, based upon a song by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, is a fantastic tale brimming with peace, love, and hope, propelled by Beatles songs, including “Eleanor Rigby,” “When I’m Sixty-Four,” “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,” “All You Need Is Love,” and “It’s All Too Much.” When the film debuted in 1968, it was instantly recognized as a landmark achievement, revolutionizing a genre by integrating the freestyle approach of the era with innovative animation techniques.
Inspired by the generation’s new trends in art, the film resides with the dazzling Pop Art styles of Andy Warhol, Martin Sharp, Alan Aldridge and Peter Blake. With art direction and production design by Heinz Edelmann, Yellow Submarine is a classic of animated cinema, featuring the creative work of animation directors Robert Balser and Jack Stokes with a team of animators and technical artists.
Information on local screenings can be found here:  http://www.yellowsubmarine.film/
About Apple Corps Limited
Apple Corps Ltd. was founded by The Beatles in 1968 to oversee the band's own creative and business interests. As part of its management of The Beatles’ entire intellectual property canon, the London-based company has administered the legendary band’s recorded catalogue, with more than 800 million physical and digital albums sold to date. 
Apple Corps has also piloted innovative Beatles projects, which have become benchmarks for pioneering accomplishment, including the record-breaking, 30 million-selling album The Beatles 1, the universally acclaimed The Beatles Anthology series, the Grammy®-winning CD, vinyl, digital and streaming release of The Beatles’ 13 remastered studio albums, 2017’s chart-topping remixed and expanded Anniversary Edition for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and in partnership with Imagine Entertainment, White Horse Pictures and Polygram Entertainment/UMG, the Grammy®-winning 2016 feature documentary,The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years, directed by Ron Howard.
In Apple Corps’ first major theatrical partnership, The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil® has played to nearly nine million audience members since its June 2006 opening at the Mirage in Las Vegas. The Beatles’ LOVE also resulted in a double Grammy®-winning album and a Grammy®-winning feature film, All Together Now, which details the fascinating story behind the unique partnership between The Beatles and Cirque du Soleil that resulted in the creation and launch of LOVE.
The Beatles debuted for streaming worldwide on December 24, 2015 with the band’s 13 U.K. studio albums and Past Masters (Volumes 1 & 2), The Beatles 1962-1966, The Beatles 1967-1970, and The Beatles 1, followed by The Beatles’ Anthology, Volumes 1-3 music collections and the LOVE album. Songs by The Beatles were streamed more than four billion times in the first two years.
And continuing the commitment to preserving the archives and legacy of The Beatles’ catalogue, The Beatles’ Help!, Yellow Submarine, and Magical Mystery Tour feature films have in recent years been painstakingly digitally restored for DVD, Blu-ray™, and iTunes release. Visit www.thebeatles.com for more information.
About Universal Music Group 
Universal Music Group (UMG) is the world leader in music-based entertainment, with a broad array of businesses engaged in recorded music, music publishing, merchandising and audiovisual content in more than 60 countries. Featuring the most comprehensive catalog of recordings and songs across every musical genre, UMG identifies and develops artists and produces and distributes the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful music in the world. Committed to artistry, innovation and entrepreneurship, UMG fosters the development of services, platforms and business models in order to broaden artistic and commercial opportunities for our artists and create new experiences for fans. Universal Music Group is a Vivendi company. Find out more at: www.universalmusic.com
About Abramorama
Abramorama is the preeminent global rights management partner for music films today and is recognized for the consistent high quality of its work on award winning feature films. An innovator in the focused, personalized form of film distribution and event cinema, Abramorama provides invaluable alternatives to filmmakers and content owners. An industry leader in marketing, promotion, and global distribution, Abramorama continues to trail-blaze exciting new pathways for filmmakers to find their audience.
Over the course of more than 15 years, Abramorama has successfully distributed and marketed hundreds of films, including Ron Howard’s Grammy Award®-winning The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years; Danny Clinch and Pearl Jam’s Lets Play Two; Amir Bar-Lev's Long Strange Trip – The Untold Story of the Grateful Dead; Paul Dugdale and Myles Desenberg’s Above & Beyond Acoustic – Giving Up The Day Job; Corbett Redford and Green Day’s Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk, John Scheinfeld’s Chasing Trane – The John Coltrane Documentary; Sam Pollard’s Two Trains Runnin’; Brett Bern's BANG! The Bert Berns Story; Brett Morgen and National Geographic’s seminal Jane; Tomer Heymann's Mr. Gaga; Charles Ferguson’s Time To Choose; Asif Kapadia’s Senna; Neil Young’s Greendale; Cameron Crowe’s Pearl Jam Twenty; Sacha Gervasi’s Anvil! The Story of Anvil; Banksy’s Academy Award® nominated Exit Through the Gift Shop; the surprise indie hit Awake: The Life of Yogananda; Laurie Anderson’s astonishing New York Times critics’ pick, Heart of a Dog, Showtime’s National Board of Review Winner Listen to Me Marlon and Draft House Releasing’s 2016 Documentary Academy Award®-nominee and IDA Best Documentary Winner The Look of Silence. Abramorama is a founding partner of The Seventh Art Stand program, an act of cinematic solidarity against Islamophobia, that ran in more than 50 theaters across the United States in May of 2017. For more information visit www.abramorama.com.
<![CDATA[Trailer Xpressions II - The Boom Experience]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/trailer-xpressions-ii---the-boom-experience Wed, 4 Apr 2018 11:20:25 GMT




The BOOM Experience



Sample Logic is proud to present the follow up to their wildly successful TRAILER XPRESSIONS library with this collection that takes things in a whole new direction.

Sample Logic has teamed up with the world leading SFX designer BOOM Library to fuel TXII. This award-winning sound design development team has created samples for thousands of hard-hitting trailers, bone-crunching blockbusters and scintillating scores over many years and now they are lending their talents and remarkable collection of sounds to the Sample Logic team for an exclusive collaboration.

Get TXII now at an introductory price of $199 or crossgrade for just $149 if you already own the original TRAILER XPRESSIONS




<![CDATA[SONAR Relaunches - Iconic DAW Now Free For Everyone To Download]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/sonar-relaunches---iconic-daw-now-free-for-everyone-to-download Wed, 4 Apr 2018 11:14:36 GMT


SONAR relaunches as ‘Cakewalk by BandLab’:

Iconic DAW now free to download for everyone




  • World-leading DAW SONAR, with the entire SONAR Platinum feature set, is relaunching as Cakewalk by BandLab

  • Full authentication and unlimited feature-access will be available free

  • Early access to Cakewalk by BandLab is available now on Windows


SINGAPORE, 4 APRIL 2018 — Today, BandLab Technologies launched early access to ‘Cakewalk by BandLab’ - replacing SONAR, the iconic DAW developed by Cakewalk Inc. This highly anticipated product release follows BandLab Technologies’ announcement just last month that it had acquired all of Cakewalk’s IP and certain assets from Gibson Brands.   


The new successor to the legendary DAW is available to download for free now at https://cakewalk.bandlab.com. The revived DAW includes all core premium features of SONAR Platinum such as the award-winning Skylight user interface, flexible ProChannel modules, and powerful end-to-end 64-bit mix engine.


CEO of BandLab Technologies, Meng Ru Kuok said, “We are excited to be able to continue development of SONAR in its new guise as Cakewalk by BandLab and have an aggressive feature development roadmap ahead. We are making the software completely free to use to ensure that anyone, regardless of their resources, technology or stage in their career, can have access to the highest level of professional music production tools. This is part of our ongoing effort to empower musicians to make and share their music around the world. Professional products like Cakewalk are essential to those who make their living in music production and the natural next step for musicians who use platforms like BandLab to simplify their creative and collaborative process. We are very excited by the potential of Cakewalk by BandLab and think that many creators will benefit from access to a professional DAW with a long history of empowering music makers.”


Cakewalk by BandLab will continue SONAR’s track record of world-leading innovation for creatives using Microsoft Windows. Pete Brown, from Microsoft’s Windows and Devices Group, said “We’re thrilled that Cakewalk has found a new home with a company that understands the musician community, and that cares sincerely about digital audio production. Cakewalk has been a great partner, working to make their DAW better for their customers by quickly adopting new Windows features like pen, Bluetooth MIDI, multi-touch, Dial, and more. We look forward to working closely with BandLab to continue this innovation.” Cakewalk by BandLab will support pen, touch and Surface Dial throughout the user interface.


The Windows version of Cakewalk by BandLab is available to download now. For more information visit https://cakewalk.bandlab.com.



Please Note:


Cakewalk by BandLab is a streamlined version of SONAR Platinum - and certain third party products and content bundles will no longer be included. Existing users who have already purchased bundles or individual third party products and plug-ins can still use those products with Cakewalk by BandLab.

  • The new installation of Cakewalk by BandLab via BandLab Assistant will not affect previous installations of SONAR.

  • All users can download Cakewalk by BandLab and access the full feature set for free, without access limitations.

  • Any bundled or independently purchased plug-ins or add-ons that worked with SONAR will integrate with Cakewalk by BandLab.


More detail on the feature offering can be found at https://cakewalk.bandlab.com.



About BandLab Technologies

BandLab Technologies is a collective of global music brands with a vision to connect the world of music.

Together, our brands share a passion. We’re driven by integrating the physical, digital and social supply chain, to enable better experiences, opportunities, and connections for all music lovers.


BandLab, the group’s flagship digital product, is a social music platform that enables creators to make music and share the creative process with other musicians and fans. Other notable brands within the portfolio include Rolling Stone, the world’s leading voice in pop culture and music since 1967, MONO, an award-winning music lifestyle product company, and Swee Lee, Asia's leading online retailer and distributor of musical instruments and pro-audio brands.


Established in 2016, BandLab Technologies is headquartered in Singapore. For more information about BandLab by Cakewalk, visit https://cakewalk.bandlab.com.


<![CDATA[Double-Stack Mobile Guitar Rack ]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/double-stack-mobile-guitar-rack Tue, 3 Apr 2018 12:54:44 GMT


GuitarStorage.com Unveils The Session-Pro™ Double-Stack Mobile Guitar Rack 




Guitar players and collectors have a new solution to safely store their high-end guitars while keeping them easily accessible. The new Session-Pro™ Double-Stack Mobile Guitar Rack enables guitarists and collectors to store up to 20 or more guitars and/or cases in an attractive and durable double-deck rack that is useful and attractive in any environment.


GuitarStorage.com, a subsidiary of A&S Crafted Products, announces the release of its new Session-Pro Double-Stack Mobile Guitar Rack. The rack’s design is based on the company’s extremely successful Band Room™ Double-Stack Guitar Rack and is designed with durability and instrument protection in mind. Among its many benefits, the rack eliminates scuffed walls and cluttered floors, and enables players to quickly access any one of their guitars or cases while preventing the accidental toppling of others. Improving upon the Band Room Double-Stack Guitar Rack design, the Session-Pro is available with either case rails, guitar rails, or a combination set of each. The Session-Pro’s double-brace design enables it to support with ease even the heaviest of solid body guitars and with its modified rail layout, the Session-Pro can hold rectangular cases on either the top or bottom tier, making the rack completely versatile. The rack’s guitar rails feature nitrocellulose-safe felt at every contact point to help protect the finish on valuable instruments. Moreover, specially designed cradles on the guitar rails keep the guitars stationary and stable while the rack is on the move. The case rails include a pick-shaped wooden stop to help keep guitar cases upright and easily accessible. Included with the rack are the Session-Pro's heavy-duty casters which enable the rack to be easily pushed over any flooring surface. With birch hardwood rails, black high-pressure laminate sides and chrome-tone trim, the rack projects that sleek studio look that many guitarists and aficionados seek and enjoy.


Founded in 2003, A&S Crafted Products manufactures high quality musical instrument storage solutions for both the consumer and scholastic markets. Mike Schwartz, one of the product designers and co-owner of the company, states “The Session-Pro Double-Stack Mobile Guitar Rack was developed as a new-and-improved version of our Band Room Double-Stack Rack. We’ve sold the Band Room Rack to customers all over the world and have listened to their suggestions and desires for even more features. We collected the information, added features from our own wish list and are proud to now offer an all-purpose, high-end yet affordable storage solution for virtually any guitarist who owns more than just 7 or 8 guitars.”


The Session-Pro Double-Stack Mobile Guitar Rack is made of birch hardwood rails and black high-pressure laminate sides. The Session-Pro Double-Stack Mobile Guitar Rack is 73.5"w, 71.5"h, 29.5"d, weighs approximately 135 lbs. and is available in 3 models:


  • Session-Pro Double-Stack Mobile Guitar Rack (Model SPDG) – Capacity of 20 guitars, MSRP: $1,273. Retail Price: $989

  • Session-Pro Double-Stack Mobile Guitar Case Rack (Model SPDC) – Capacity of 20+ cases (depending on size), MSRP: $1,182. Retail Price: $919

  • Session-Pro Double-Stack Mobile Guitar and Case Rack (Model SPDGC) – Capacity of 10 guitars and 10+ cases (depending on size), MSRP: $1,234. Retail Price: $959




For more information and photos, see the Company’s websites at www.guitarstorage.com and www.bandstorage.com.

<![CDATA[80's Dream Pop]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/80s-dream-pop Tue, 3 Apr 2018 12:41:55 GMT



It’s new release day and this week we’ve got 80's Dream Pop, something to seduce your eyes with the neon sound of the 80’s

Zenhiser Pack: 80's Dream Pop

Price: $60.00 AUD

Direct Link: http://www.zenhiser.com/80s-dream-pop-sounds.html



<![CDATA[A New Introduction To Reason]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/a-new-introduction-to-reason Tue, 3 Apr 2018 12:38:53 GMT


Propellerhead Releases Reason 10 Intro

Get the Reason experience now at a great price
Stockholm, Sweden, April 3, 2018 – Propellerhead Software today released Reason Intro, an introduction to the award-winning Reason 10 music production software. Reason Intro offers the Reason experience at a great price while giving access to Reason’s famous workflow, an assortment of legendary instruments and effects, intuitive and essential recording tools and studio-grade mixing tools.  
“Get started making music without compromising the quality of the instruments, effects and recording tools you need,” said Mattias Häggström Gerdt, Propellerhead Product Manager. “Reason Intro gives customers access to Reason’s famous workflow and some of the best sounding instruments and effects we’ve ever created, all at a great price.”
Reason Intro features:
  • Easy and fast music-making software that’s fun to use and won’t get in the way of your creativity
  • 16 tracks of audio and midi recording
  • 10 Instruments, including Europa Shapeshifting Synthesizer, Thor Polysonic Synthesizer, Subtractor Synthesizer, NN-XT Advanced Sampler, Kong Drum Designer and more
  • 11 Effects including RV7000 mkII Advanced Reverb, Scream 4 Distortion, Softube Guitar Amp, Softube Bass Amp and many more
  • Professional recording tools with Pitch Edit, Slice Edit, high-quality time-stretching and more
  • Fully-featured analog modeled mixing console with bus compressor
  • Reason’s famous workflow and modular music-making environment
  • Support for Rack Extension and VST plug-ins 
Reason Intro customers can upgrade to Reason 10 full version at a reduced price and access unlimited tracks, the full set of features, instruments, effects and expanded sound library.
Pricing and Availability
Reason Intro is available as a direct download via https://www.propellerheads.se or from an authorized dealer at the following suggested retail pricing:
  • Reason Intro USD $99 MSRP / EUR €79 MSRP
  • Reason 10 Intro Upgrade USD $299 MSRP / EUR €269 MSRP
Propellerhead Software today released Reason Intro, an introduction to the award-winning Reason 10 music production software

About Propellerhead Software
Formed in 1994, Propellerhead Software is a privately-owned company based in Stockholm, Sweden. Renowned for its musician-centric approach, Propellerhead has created some of the world’s most innovative music software applications, interfaces and technology standards. Musicians, producers and the media have praised Reason, ReCycle and ReBirth applications for being inspiring, great sounding and of impeccable quality. Technologies such as ReWire and the REX file format are de-facto industry standards, implemented in all major music software. Today, Propellerhead’s products are used all over the world by hundreds of thousands of professionals and enthusiasts for all kinds of music making.
<![CDATA[EZkeys Dream Machine]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/ezkeys-dream-machine Tue, 3 Apr 2018 12:35:45 GMT


EZkeys Dream Machine




We’re proud to introduce a new EZkeys instrument, perfect for modern pop, ambient soundscapes and soundtracks. Click the button below for audio demos, videos and more!
<![CDATA[Zoom Unveils All-New F1-LP Field Recorder + Lavalier Mic Bundle ]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/zoom-unveils-all-new-f1-lp-field-recorder--lavalier-mic-bundle Tue, 3 Apr 2018 12:31:56 GMT


Zoom Unveils Its All-New F1-LP Field Recorder + Lavalier Mic Bundle for Videographers
The F1-LP Field Recorder and Lavalier Mic system delivers enhanced audio quality for interviews, wedding vows, and more.
April 3, 2018 — Zoom North America is now shipping its new F1-LP Field Recorder + Lavalier Mic system. Designed for videographers, vloggers, and journalists, this portable recorder and mic package provides the ability to record professional-quality audio, no matter how far away the video subjects are from the camera. 
Recording levels, lo-cut filter settings, battery life indication and more can be read on the F1’s new LED display, readable even under bright light. The F1 Field Recorder’s lightweight, compact design enables it to attach neatly to belts, waistbands, or inside pockets to capture audio without being seen. Featuring a rugged, durable aluminum construction, the F1 can be powered using two AAA batteries or with the optional AD-17 power adapter. 
The F1-LP comes with Zoom’s newly engineered LMF-1 Lavalier Mic and can record high-resolution audio up to 24 bit/96 kHz. Unlike wireless beltpack systems, the lavalier mic connects directly to the F1 and records to a micro SD card, eliminating any interference or noise that could be caused by wireless signals. With the audio directly connected to the field recorder in the subject’s pocket, videographers are still able to move freely with their cameras while capturing every word. 
Other essential features for videographers include a tone generator, sound markers, auto-level recording, on-board limiter, USB connectivity, and more. The F1 can be powered using two AAA batteries (included) or with the optional AD-17 power adapter. 
In addition, the F1 Field Recorder uses a proprietary 10-pin connector for compatibility with all of Zoom’s interchangeable mic capsules, to provide options for virtually any recording situation.  
The Zoom F1-LP system is currently available at authorized Zoom resellers at $199.99 MAP. 
F1-LP Key Features:
  • Two-channel Zoom Field Recorder (Model F1)
  • Includes LMF-1 lavalier mic, MCL-1 mic clip, BCF-1 belt clip and WSL-1 windscreen
  • Ideal for wedding videography, interviews and other applications requiring close miking
  • Rugged, compact, lightweight aluminum body
  • Improved 1.25-inch monochrome LCD display
  • Intuitive menus and one-touch button controls for easy operation
  • Stereo 1/8-inch Mic/Line In mini phone jack with plug-in power (2.5V)
  • Stereo 1/8-inch Phone/Line Output jack with dedicated volume control
  • Built-in limiter and auto level control
  • Pre-Record function
  • Supports up to 24-bit/96 kHz audio in BWF-compliant WAV format 
  • Records directly to SD and SDHC cards up to 32 GB
  • Tone generator for calibrating audio levels between the F1 and a DSLR or video camera without the need for an attenuator cable
  • Sound Marker function for easy syncing of audio and video
  • Micro USB port enables use as an audio interface with computer or IOS device, and for data exchange
  • Runs on two standard AAA alkaline (included), Lithium, or NiMH rechargeable batteries or AC adapter (AD-17)
  • Compatible with Zoom microphone capsule system
Zoom F1-LP Field Recorder + Lavalier Mic system

About Zoom North America:
Zoom North America is the U.S. affiliate for products manufactured by the Zoom Corporation (Japan). The company prides itself on offering its customers the very highest level of service and support. info@zoom-na.com  |   Tel: 631-542-5270   |   Fax: 631-542-5299
<![CDATA[Eventide Releases Ultra Essentials Bundle]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/eventide-releases-ultra-essentials-bundle Tue, 3 Apr 2018 12:26:49 GMT


Transform Your Mixes with Three Essential Production Tools 




Designed as the ultimate toolset for producers, engineers and sound designers, the Ultra Essentials Bundle features three of our most powerful plugins: UltraChannel, UltraReverb and UltraTap. Whether you are mixing or tracking a record, live sound or post production, our Ultra Essentials will not only make everyday tasks easier but also ignite your imagination.


The Ultra Essentials Bundle is on sale for $99

Over $500 value if purchased separately. Bundle MSRP $299. Upgrades available for owners of UltraChannel, UltraReverb and UltraTap. Sale ends April 30, 2018.

Learn more at www.eventideaudio.com/ultraessentials

What's Included:


UltraChannel(Reg. $249)

Feature-rich plug-in that includes a parametric EQ, compressor, gate, soft saturation, micro pitch shift, transformer emulation and stereo delays.




UltraReverb(Reg. $199)

Nine reverb algorithms realistically simulate halls, chambers, rooms, plates, ambience and other-worldly environments.



UltraTap(Reg. $99)

Use up to 64 taps to create rhythmic delays, glitchy reverbs, huge pad-like volume swells and extraordinary modulation.







<![CDATA[Seymour Duncan Invites You To Tap Into Your Inner Superhero]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/seymour-duncan-invites-you-to-tap-into-your-inner-superhero Mon, 2 Apr 2018 13:27:08 GMT


Today we're excited to announce the NEW Silver Lake Dynamic Reverb Pedal is now shipping! To demonstrate its transcendent powers watch the video below featuring Francesca Simone, it's all about tapping into your inner superhero. 

Simone is a real-life superhero in our book. She's a 22 year-old guitarist/ signer-songwriter who's bringing passionate, solo-style electric guitar to the forefront of popular music. Best known as Beyonce's and Kehlani's lead guitarist, Simone blends her sweet, bubbly personality, rock star shredding ability, and vibrant street style to yield an iconic presence. 
Watch as she shows you how the Silver Lake Dynamic Reverb will help you reach super-human-shrediness! (yup we just invented a word).

So check it out, share it, enjoy it— and keep living your dream!  



Where will she take you...?
1. Eight different high quality reverb types
Extremely high fidelity algorithms are the basis for all the tones in the pedal.
2. Powerful tone shaping controls
Endless combinations of unique sounds. Allows further sculpting of reverb and control over modulation and shimmer.
3. Presets, MIDI Control, Trails
Integrates seamlessly into a MIDI rig. Save your settings and easily recall them  later. 
Designed in California. Made in the U.S.A.
<![CDATA[New Caparison Horus-M3 CC Pink Sapphire Courtney Cox Signature Model]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/new-caparison-horus-m3-cc-pink-sapphire-courtney-cox-signature-model Mon, 2 Apr 2018 13:04:31 GMT




Caparison Guitars is proud to announce the release of the new Horus-M3 CC, Courtney Cox (The Iron Maidens, The Starbreakers, Femme Fatale & Solo Artist) Signature model. 


The Horus-M3 CC is available to pre-order now for August delivery, MAP of US$ 2,799.



“Every artist searches for the instruments that bring out the best in them.  An instrument that transforms their creations into life. As a guitarist, I have searched for and have found an instrument that brings out the best in my passion for music.  That guitar is the Caparison Horus-M3 CC.  From its full in your face tone that cuts through any stage to its fast five piece neck, I am confident in saying that this hand crafted masterpiece is the best guitar I have ever played hands down.  It's an honor to be a part of the Caparison family, a relationship I will hold dear throughout my career as an artist.” Courtney Cox


The Courtney Cox Signature Horus-M3 CC is based on the legendary Caparison Horus-M3 with some subtle but, effective modifications and built to shred! Featuring a luxurious 5-piece maple and walnut neck, which has been strengthened in order to deepen the neck joint heel cut giving superb access to the higher frets.


The robust Schaller S-FRT II floating tremolo has been modified with an Original Floyd Rose “Fat” Brass Block along with Heavy Duty noiseless springs to add mass and sustain, while increasing warmth and clarity simultaneously with a vintage sound and feel.  The bridge has also been modified with Original Floyd Rose Titanium string lock insert blocks and Stainless Steel saddle mounting screws for ultimate durability and tonal response.


Finished in “Pink Sapphire” fluorescent pink, signature Caparison sponge finish, which is a uniquely hand painted technique making each guitar a completely unique example.


The Horus-M3 CC comes complete with a combination of a Caparison SH-27F pickup in the neck position, and a Caparison PH-bc in the bridge position.  Offering a full and accurate sound, with nice clean, clear, crisp highs.  Full and thick low tones.  Able to handle big chords and still be clear enough to hear every note.




Founded in 1995 Caparison Guitars are hand crafted boutique instruments made in Japan and to the highest quality and specification. Their aim is to make the highest possible quality and best sounding guitars that you will ever play.                                                                                                                                                                        


<![CDATA[Introducing Blockchain - The World's First Decentralized Sound FX Library]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/introducing-blockchain---the-worlds-first-decentralized-sound-fx-library Mon, 2 Apr 2018 12:32:04 GMT


Introducing: Blockchain 🔲⛓ The world's first decentralized sound fx library



Free Library: Revolutionize the way you transact with sound.


What if we told you that there was an open, secure sound effects library that doubles as a digital ledger - changing the way you transacted with any DAW on the planet?

Introducing Blockchain - the world's first decentralized sound effects library.

Companies have seen their stock values skyrocket simply by adding "Blockchain” to their name. Add these Blockchain sound effects to your audio projects, and you can expect to see the very same financial success.

Regularly valued at 100 Bitcoin, this groundbreaking library is available FREE for one week starting today.





<![CDATA[Discovery Pro Synth Updated To 6.7]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/discovery-pro-synth-updated-to-6.7 Mon, 2 Apr 2018 12:29:21 GMT


Discovery Pro synth updated to 6.7




We have updated our Virtual Analog + WAVE + PadSynth synthesizer to 6.7.

What's new:
  • Layer solo: Use Alt + click (right click on Linux) on slot / button to solo / unsolo layer.
  • EDIT > FILE > Save Program to Active Bank.
  • EDIT > Paste > Morph to all layers.
  • EDIT > Paste > Pitch to all layers.
  • Bank change controller 0 support.
  • Fixed macOS bank change controller crash.
  • Fixed Aftertouch mode not refreshing correctly.
  • Fixed WAVE font size LCD.
  • Fixed Empty WAVE Program/Bank display.
  • Removed License.dat check.
6.7 is free for 6.5 and 6.6 customers. Upgrades and cross-grades for previous and Discovery customers are available at https://www.discodsp.com/members/
<![CDATA[Fishman Introduces Two New Models Of Its Matrix Undersaddle Pickup System]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/fishman-introduces-two-new-models-of-its-matrix-undersaddle-pickup-system Mon, 2 Apr 2018 12:26:05 GMT


Fishman Introduces Two New Models of Its Matrix Undersaddle Pickup System


––The new Matrix Infinity VT & Matrix Infinity Mic Blend Are the Latest Updates

To Fishman’s Critically Acclaimed Line of Undersaddle Acoustic Guitar Pickups––




Andover, MA––Fishman is updating and expanding its award-winning line of Matrix undersaddle pickups for acoustic guitars. The new Fishman Matrix Infinity VT and Matrix Infinity Mic Blend feature updated electronics designed to offer players easily accessible performance voicing functions as well as an overall sound optimized for modern acoustic amplification and sound reinforcement systems.



The Matrix Infinity Mic Blend adds a blendable cardioid condenser mic for increased “air” and a more tactile tone. Both pickup systems are housed in newly designed modules that are fully enclosed and hidden away from view––while still being “finger-tip” accessible to players during performances.


“Over the years there’s been a lot of changes to the actual amplifiers and PA systems that players plug in to,” says Larry Fishman, President and chief designer. “Time was, if a player had a small-body guitar and fingerpicked, or a dreadnaught and hammered away, these extremes in playing styles and their effect on the amplifiers needed to be anticipated in the pickup system’s design. There was a lot of ground to cover. The current state of the art in amplification is such that we could take a good amplifier for granted, and open up the sound in the electronics a bit more, and add updated performance features.”



Like Matrix pickup systems before, the Infinity VT and Mic Blend have an onboard voicing switch, which is now easily accessible in the guitar’s soundhole along with the Volume and Tone controls.


“We’re approaching them as performance ‘presets,’” Fishman Product Manager Joe Barbieri points out. “If you have a small-body guitar, but like to play hard with a pick, you may want to set it in the Flat position. Or if you’re fingerpicking on the same guitar, you can flick the switch over to the Bass Boost position.”


“Now with this much control literally at the player’s fingertips, all of these situations are covered. These are nice, with subtle but very real improvements to our classic pickup system.”


The Fishman Matrix Infinity VT and Matrix Infinity Mic Blend are available through Fishman dealers and certified installers and, like their predecessors, they are also featured as original equipment in fine instruments worldwide.


Matrix Infinity VT –– MSRP: $246.99--MAP: $159.95


Matrix Infinity Mic Blend––MSRP: $399.99--MAP: $299.95


For more information about Fishman and the Matrix Infinity Series, please click to www.fishman.com.


<![CDATA[Ovation Guitars Welcomes Home Richie Sambora]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/ovation-guitars-welcomes-home-richie-sambora Mon, 2 Apr 2018 12:19:27 GMT






Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Partners with DW Music Foundation to Create Signature Double Neck & RS Rockstar™ Guitars in Support of Youth Music Programs


Photo Credit Rob Shanahan


(Monday, April 2nd, 2018– New Hartford, CT) Ovation Guitars proudly welcomes home legendary artist Richie Sambora with the launch of two new signature guitars benefitting youth music programs. The famed Bon Jovi songwriter/guitarist and 2018 Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee will donate royalties from the sales of the all-new Richie Sambora Signature Series Elite Double Neck guitar to the non-profit organization Notes for Notes which builds, equips, and staffs after-school recording studios in Boys & Girls Clubs after school facilities across the United States for youth to explore, create and record music for free. In addition, Ovation Guitars, in conjunction with the DW Music Foundation (DWMF) will debut the RS Rockstar™ guitar. This six-string, “RS” model guitar will be donated to each Notes for Notes location along with a DW drumset and an LP cajon to equip each studio with professional level musical instruments. The DWMF will also work with other partnering charities to donate RS Rockstar™ model guitars to music education programs in underserved communities worldwide.


“Richie is continuously lending his support to important causes and organizations that resonate deeply with him and we are honored to help create these two new guitar models which not only directly support Notes for Notes, but carry on his musical legacy and hopefully inspire the next generation of guitarists,” said DW Music Foundation Executive Director, Elizabeth Lang.


Made most famous with the release of Bon Jovi’s 1986 Top 10 hit song, “Wanted Dead or Alive,” Sambora’s double neck Ovation became one of the world’s most instantly recognizable guitar models. The all-new acoustic/electric Richie Sambora Signature Series Elite Double Neck model features a Sitka Spruce top in Gloss Black, Ebony fingerboard inlaid with mother of pearl stars, Teak/Paduk/Walnut/Mesquite inlaid rosette/epaulettes, gold hardware, a mother of pearl star inlay on the body and finished with Sambora’s signature in gold on the headstock.


“My relationship with Ovation Guitars goes back to the very beginning,” said Sambora. “They worked with me to help create my original acoustic double neck when nobody else could even figure out how to make one! It’s all come full circle now that these new models will help benefit the next generation of players.”


The RS Rockstar™ guitar by Ovation is an acoustic/electric hybrid single neck, 6-string, guitar features all the essentials of the classic Ovation Elite sound and style, with a loud and focused voice, supreme playability. Premium RS Rockstar™ features include a laminated spruce top with Elite-style multi-soundholes for clearly articulate tone, and a mid-depth body for greater volume and projection, excellent balance and supreme durability. The guitar also features fast, comfortable action and an easy-playing neck profile, multi-hardwood epaulettes for the classic Elite aesthetic, and an Ovation CE304T pickup/preamp system with 3-band EQ and built-in tuner for superior amplified tone and performance. The RS Rockstar™ model also features Ovation’s groundbreaking roundback design. Scientifically developed in 1964 by Ovation founder, Charlie Kaman along with his team of aerospace engineers, Ovation’s patented Lyrachord® roundback models were unquestionably the strongest guitar in the world. Designed for durability, sonic responsiveness and an unparalleled ability to stay in tune – the RS Rockstar™ is the ultimate guitar for young players, school music programs, or guitarists of all levels who live an active lifestyle.


On Saturday, April 7th, Richie Sambora along with Australian guitar virtuoso Orianthi will be performing a not-to-be-missed headlining RSO set at Celebration Day Powered by PNC at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, a community event with free admission that will kick-off Rock Week in Cleveland. Members of the Cleveland chapter of Notes for Notes will join Sambora and Orianthi on the PNC Rock Hall Live Main Stage for a special moment during the show. RSO, the acclaimed genre-spanning musical duo project from Sambora and Orianthi, have announced the release of their full-length album Radio Free America out May 11th.


VIDEO LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZ2BafElBAQ&feature=youtu.be





Founded in 1965, Ovation Guitars is an American manufacturer of acoustic-electric guitars, basses, and mandolins. Known for their distinctive parabolic-shaped, composite backs, multi-wood epaulets and integrated electronics, Ovation guitars have been played by such legendary artists as Glen Campbell, Melissa Etheridge, Mick Jagger, John Lennon, Richie Sambora, Jimmy Page and Kevin Cronin among others.  For more information, visit www.ovationguitars.com



Over the course of his 30-year career, American rock icon Richie Sambora has been lauded for his indelible songwriting, powerful vocals and world-class guitar playing. He has sold over 130 million albums worldwide and has co-written over 20 Top 40 hits and 11 Top 10 hits, including “Livin’ On A Prayer,” “You Give Love A Bad Name” and “Wanted Dead or Alive.” Sambora has created some of the most instantly recognizable guitar sounds and penned many of the greatest rock anthems in a generation. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2009 and will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on April 14, 2018. In addition to his work in Bon Jovi, he is also an acclaimed solo artist who has toured the globe extensively, collaborated with superstar artists and released three solo albums (1991’s Stranger in This Town, 1998’s Undiscovered Soul, and 2012’s Aftermath of the Lowdown). Most recently, Sambora joined forces with Orianthi (who has shared stages with the likes of Michael Jackson, Santana, Prince, ZZ Top and was the first female member of Alice Cooper’s band) for their new, genre-spanning musical duo project RSO, encompassing elements of rock, blues, pop, R&B, and country and putting a fresh spin on male-female duets. RSO, first introduced in 2017 with the Rise and Making History EPs, sees these two platinum-selling singer-songwriters and world-class guitarists coming together as a versatile duo, delivering top-notch musicianship, stadium-ready melodies, and uplifting lyrics that are meant to bring people together and make them feel good. A full length RSO album is slated for release this Spring. For more on RSO, visit www.RSOOfficial.com.



Notes for Notes® is a non-profit organization which builds, equips, and staffs after-school recording studios packed with guitars, drums, keys/synths, DJ gear, digital music stations and full recording studios offering youth completely FREE access to explore, create, and record music. Notes for Notes currently has 21 studios in Boys & Girls Clubs and after-school sites in Santa Barbara, Nashville, LA, Brooklyn, San Francisco, Ventura, Atlanta, Detroit, Cleveland, Memphis, New Orleans, Minneapolis, Austin, DC, Chicago, Bronx and coming soon to the Bronx, Harlem, Denver, and Seattle. Beyond creating music the organization also educates about the multitude of careers around the industry and the positive paths the music can be the catalyst to. Please visit notesfornotes.org for more information and to see how Notes for Notes is Producing Tomorrow’s Musicians®



The DW Music Foundation is a non-profit organization that connects qualified, inspired artists and educators with music education programs in communities of need. We work to create opportunities for people of all ages to access real music in the real world. We believe that music is a gift that lasts a lifetime and access to quality music education has the unique capacity to unlock creativity, develop critical thinking and leadership skills as well as boost self-confidence, and enhance learning in core academic subjects. Music is a lifelong skill that unites us and can be enjoyed from early childhood to end of life. www.dwmf.org





<![CDATA[Origin Effects Invites You To Check Out The RevivalDRIVE]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/origin-effects-invites-you-to-check-out-the-revivaldrive Thu, 29 Mar 2018 13:11:46 GMT


First RevivalDRIVE video goes live


See and hear the hotly anticipated Origin Effects overdrive in action



Oxfordshire, UK (29.03.18) – The subject of intense speculation since it was first announced, the Origin Effects RevivalDRIVE is shaping up to be one of this year’s most exciting new pedals. Now the first video demo of this unique overdrive have been posted online, giving guitarists the opportunity to see and hear the RevivalDRIVE for themselves.


Origin Effects RevivalDRIVE demo by JayLeonardJ 

Direct link:



The first overdrive of its kind, the RevivalDRIVE uses all-analogue electronics to recreate the complex behaviour and interaction of every stage in a valve amp’s signal path. With comprehensive controls that adjust key component values in each stage – effectively redesigning the amp as you go – the RevivalDRIVE lets you dial in the precise tone, drive character and dynamic response of classic, well-known vintage valve amps from both sides of the Atlantic, or combine different elements to create your own dream amp tone.


The RevivalDRIVE is also the first pedal capable of delivering unique valve amp characteristics like power amp sag and “ghost tones”. Also known as “double tones”, “ghost notes” or “ghosting”, ghost tones are a phenomenon encountered when certain vintage valve amps are cranked up loud. As the power amp is pushed to its limits, low frequency tones start to appear underneath the note actually being fretted. A crucial ingredient of countless classic guitar tones, ghost notes have the magical effect of thickening up lead lines and solos, creating a powerful, three-dimensional sound. The RevivalDRIVE makes it possible to access these authentic overdrive textures in a completely controllable way.


The RevivalDRIVE is now available to pre-order from Origin Effects and their network of dealers. The interest around the first batch of pre-orders has been much higher than anticipated so Origin Effects are urging new customers to get their pre-orders in without delay to avoid slipping down the waiting list.


The RevivalDRIVE is expected to start shipping at the end of April.



About the RevivalDRIVE

The RevivalDRIVE is the first overdrive pedal from Origin Effects, the creators of the game-changing Cali76 and SlideRIG compressors. For these pedals, Origin took the legendary Urei 1176 as their inspiration. By following the same analogue circuit topology but adapting the design and components to work in a pedal format, they managed to deliver the sound and response of this classic studio compressor in a stompbox.


For the RevivalDRIVE, they’ve applied the same approach to overdrive. But rather than look at other effects, they’ve gone straight to the source of great overdriven tone – the vintage non-master-volume valve amps of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s.


The RevivalDRIVE houses an unabridged valve amp-style signal path, including the preamp, phase inverter, power amp and rectifier stages, a synthesised mains power signal and a speaker-emulating reactive load.


The footswitchable Valve Rectifier and Silicon Rectifier channels feature a comprehensive array of controls that let you adjust gain, preamp voicing, low-end distortion, presence and clean-to-overdriven break-up characteristics. You can also set how much of the ghosting effect you want and tweak power amp sag characteristics. The pedal features a fully variable, switchable mid-range boost, as well as a blend control that can be used to mix the dry and overdriven signals together.


The RevivalDRIVE also boasts clever EQ compensation features so that the player can adapt the pedal’s output to suit their amp of choice, or even plug straight into a PA or flat-response power amp.


The RevivalDRIVE CUSTOM takes this concept even further, adding extra EQ and filter controls that let you fine-tune the pedal to match almost any amplifier.


For full details and specifications, go to: www.origineffects.com/product/revivaldrive




GB £459 | US $529 | AU $769 | EU €529


GB £559 | US $649 | AU $899 | EU €649


Revival Footswitch:
GB £89 | US $99 | AU $149 | EU €109




About Origin Effects

Origin Effects is the brainchild of Simon Keats, a guitarist, electronic engineer and analogue circuit designer who has worked for the likes of Vox, Focusrite and Trident Audio. Having built bespoke effects for professional musicians and producers for many years, he launched the Origin Effects brand in 2012 to bring his exceptional designs to a wider audience.


His first two pedals – the Cali76 compressor and the unique SlideRig dual-chained compressor – were soon followed by the Compact Series for guitar and bass. Widely recognised as the best pedal compressors ever made, they have found favour with guitarists and like David Gilmour, Pete Townshend, Steve Lukather, Lenny Kravitz, Ed O’Brien and Graham Coxon, as well as Grammy Award-winning producers like Paul Epworth, Ross Hogarth and Terry Britten.



Origin Effects: Purity of Tone

T: +44 (0)800 810 1070 • E: info@origineffects.com • www.origineffects.com