Harmony Central Press Room http://www.harmonycentral.com/ Get the lastest news from the Harmony Central's Press Room <![CDATA[You Don't Have To Be La Super Rica To Own One]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/you-dont-have-to-be-la-super-rica-to-own-one Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:07:37 GMT

Introducing La Super Rica! The super-rich Fuzz with unapologetically awesome tone and feel.  
Love the sound of fuzz pedals, but hate the way they can disappear in the mix?


La Super Rica means “super rich”, and this silicon fuzz is just that. Inspired by our love of iconic fuzz sounds – from classic rock to stoner metal, La Super Rica builds on a classic circuit by adding parametric mid-range controls and a three-way voicing switch for maximum versatility. Hear the sound for yourself here!


The result is a super rich fuzz pedal that is as versatile as it is toneful – capable of reproducing the iconic sounds that inspired it, as well as a surprising array of other fuzz tones – from blues and psychedelic rock to desert rock and stoner metal. How you use it is up to you.

>> Classic Silicon Fuzz Sounds.
>> Semi-Parametric (sweepable) mid-range Control.
>> Voicing switch for different applications/tones.
>> Low noise, true bypass, runs on standard 9v power supplies.
Designed in California. Made in the U.S.A.
<![CDATA[New Software Lets You Get More Mileage Out Of Your MPC]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/new-software-lets-you-get-more-mileage-out-of-your-mpc Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:00:53 GMT




Next generation of acclaimed flagship beat-production software introduces a number of powerful new composition and performance features to the Music Production Center experience


Cumberland, RI USA (November 20, 2017) — Akai Professional, a leading manufacturer of music equipment for performers and producers, today announced the official release of MPC 2.0. Released after an extensive beta testing period, MPC 2.0 is compatible with Mac and PC, works either alone as your main DAW or integrates seamlessly into your DAW of choice as a VST, AU, AAX plug-in. Sporting a redesigned, easy-to-use interface, MPC 2.0 represents a huge leap forward in the beat-production software category by adding a formidable set of new features including:

  • Audio track recording

  • Real-time time-stretching and pitch-shifting

  • Audio and MIDI drag-and-drop

  • Redesigned user interface

  • Ableton Link support

  • 64-bit audio

  • Bluetooth 4.0 MIDI support

  • Advanced signal routing capability – submixes FX returns, multi-output support

  • Reimagined mixer layout

  • Enhanced Q-Link control

Designed to provide a tactile and immersive hardware-software experience, MPC 2.0 works flawlessly with Akai Professional’s industry-defining MPC line of controllers, as well as the newest standalone units. Supported models are: MPC X, MPC Live, MPC Touch, MPC Studio Black, MPC Renaissance, MPC Studio, MPC Element and the MPK2 line of keyboard controllers.


MPC 2.0 Upgrade Paths

The upgrade paths for all current MPC owners are as follows: MPC X: FREE

MPC Studio Black: FREE if registered after January 1, 2017/ $99.99 if registered before MPC Renaissance: $99.99
MPC Studio: $99.99
MPC Element: $149.99

MPK225, MPK249, MPK261: $149.99


“The amalgamation of over 8 years of development, our deep audio track capability and DAW functionality makes MPC 2.0 the most powerful beat-making platform available,” said Dan Gill, Product Manager for Akai Professional.


In the coming months, future updates will continue to add exciting new workflow features and inspiring creative tools to MPC 2.0.


The Vault 2.0

The Vault 2.0 is a curated collection featuring over 10GB of hard-hitting, amazing sounding samples and instruments from some of the world’s premier sample library companies including: CAPSUN ProAudio, Loopmasters, Toolroom, MVP Loops, as well as our own custom sounds.


When purchased as the MPC Plus bundle, MPC 2.0 and The Vault 2.0 are available at a discounted rate.


MPC Plus (MPC 2.0 and The Vault 2.0) Bundle Pricing

 MPC Studio / MPC Studio Black: $169.99 MPC Renaissance $169.99
MPC Element: $199.99
MPK225, MPK249, MPK261: $199.99


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[Symetrix Releases Control Server, USB Audio Card, And Composer v5.6]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/symetrix-releases-control-server--usb-audio-card-and-composer-v5.6 Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:50:43 GMT


Symetrix Releases Control Server, 
USB Audio Card, and Composer v5.6


Seattle, WA, USA-November 2017... 
Symetrix, Inc., a leading provider of installed systems DSP, announces the release of the Control Server platform, as well as the USB Audio Card for their Dante-enabled Radius and Edge DSPs, and an update to Composer v5.6, its award-winning open architecture design software.
Control Server is a web services platform for control of network AV systems, including Symetrix Radius, Edge, Prism, and Solus NX DSPs. Programmed using Composer, Control Server offers wired connections for the A/V network and built-in wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity for control. Administer and operate from any web-connected computer or mobile device, such as tablets and smartphones. The web-based, multi-touch-enabled Symetrix app provides a user-friendly front end for user control functions.
Control Server comes equipped with one instance of Symetrix' Mixer app, which provides 32 channel strips, each with an assignable fader and a mute button, and offers dynamic screen-sizing and orientation, making it easy to mix events with virtually any mobile device or computer browser. Users can easily group and hide channels, assign custom labels and colors, and adjust the fader resolution and travel. Multi-touch functionality enables multiple faders to be adjusted at the same time, just like a physical mixer.
The web-based Mixer instance can be saved to a smart device's home page for instant access, appearing as a native app. Additional instances of Mixers may be purchased as needed. Multiple users can operate the same instance of an app, and user access control can be provided via username and password security for each user. A variety of apps delivering an assortment of useful functions will be available from Symetrix in the future.
Control Server's hardware unit has a 1000 Base-T Ethernet port for Symetrix Composer host control, web-based administration, and control of devices on the A/V network. The half-rack space unit mounts in a standard 1 U rack tray (an optional, ½ U filler panel is available), or can be used with an optional ½ U surface-mount bracket all available from Symetrix. Power is delivered by an external 12 VDC adapter.
Symetrix' USB Audio Card for Radius and Edge DSPs enables audio devices connected to these DSPs to send audio to, and return audio from, any computer that supports USB Audio Class 1 or Class 2. Most operating systems, including Windows, Mac OS, and UNIX, provide generic USB Class 1 drivers. A Class 2 driver for Windows is provided by Symetrix.
The USB Audio Card provides two modes of operation: Speakerphone and Line In/Out. Each mode offers two configuration settings. Speakerphone mode provides plug-and-play connectivity, and enables one input channel and one output channel. Soft-codec acoustic echo canceling (e.g., Skype, WebEx, and GoToMeeting) can be disabled in favor of Symetrix' wide-band, low-latency AEC processing. Line In/Out mode is configurable for 2×2 or 8×8 recording and playback, using courtroom recording or audio production software. The USB Audio Card adds 8 USB audio inputs and 8 outputs to a Radius AEC or Radius 12x8 EX, and up to 32x32 input and outputs for Edge DSPs. A high-retention Type B USB port provides a standard and robust connection between DSP and computer.
Supporting the Control Server and the USB Audio Card, Symetrix has released Composer v5.6, the latest version of their programming software for Windows. With Composer v5.6, the web interface diagnostic page now shows Dante-related diagnostics, and each DSP unit supports connections with up to four Shure devices. Particularly noteworthy is the addition of Juice Goose Super-modules to control Juice Goose iP Series power sequencing and control devices. These Super-modules, which feature Symetrix' custom graphic user interface, provide simultaneous user control of each individual pod, enabling the user to individually or sequentially power the pods up and down.
Control Server, USB Audio Card, and Composer v5.6 are available immediately from Symetrix. For more information, please visit www.Symetrix.co.
About Symetrix
With unrelenting focus, Symetrix delivers high-performance audio DSP hardware and software backed by the highest caliber of customer care. Early-stage implementation of Dante™ network audio is just one of many ways Symetrix continues to lead with innovation in the commercial AV industry.
<![CDATA[Dr Strangelove Meets Mr Hyde]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/dr-strangelove-meets-mr-hyde Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:35:29 GMT


AS announces availability of Mr Hyde and Dr Strangelove synthBlocks signal processors




KINGSWINFORD, UK: British boutique electronic instruments innovator Analogue Solutions is proud to announce availability of Mr Hyde and Dr Strangelove — introducing its synthBlocks series of small and affordable desktop signal processors with two tantalisingly-named new products squarely aimed at laptop and audio plug-ins-focused digital musicians wishing to apply analogue, hands-on hardware processing to their sometimes sterile-sounding computer- based creations — as of November 17...


The synthBlocks series represents an all-new range of small and affordable desktop signal processors produced by British boutique electronic instruments innovator Analogue Solutions, an acclaimed company with over 24 years of designing serious-sounding synthesizers featuring fully-analogue audio paths with analogue LFOs (Low Frequency Oscillators) and EGs (Envelope Generators) to its notable name. Similarly, synthBlocks are all-analogue affairs — albeit with some lo-fi digital effects thrown in for good (musical) measure. Menus and software are all eschewed in favour of a hardy hardware approach. As such, synthBlocks are squarely aimed at laptop and audio plug-ins-focused digital musicians wishing to apply analogue, hands-on hardware processing to their sometimes sterile-sounding computer-based creations. Cue simply plugging the synthBlocks in question into an audio interface’s I/O connections, then routing drums, synths, vocals, or whatever out of the DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) and through the transistors and op-amps of the synthBlocks and recording the results back into the DAW. Something similar can be achieved by connecting the synthBlocks to the auxiliary buss of a mixing console — just like any other effects processor. Whatever the workflow, turning the dials and flicking the switches by hand of course changes the sound in realtime — often with radical results. Results of course can be radically different — depending on which of the two available synthBlocks are applied to any given sound signal.


Many might have heard of Mr Edward Hyde, an abominable alternative personality of Dr Henry Jekyll, a fictional character in Robert Louis Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde gothic novella first published in 1886. However, hearing Analogue Solutions’ Mr Hyde in the here and now is something else entirely! As announced, Mr Hyde was the first out of the starting blocks in its synthBlocks series as an analogue filter effects box bringing subtle to extreme filtering and modulation effects to the analogue processing production table. To further aid ease of use, Mr Hyde has quarter-inch input and output jacks on its rear, so can be connected straight to an audio interface or mixer without the need for adaptors. The topside of its distinctive blood-red panel features minijack sockets to patch with a semi-modular synth, such as Analogue Solutions’ relatively recently released Fusebox — an aptly-named, three-VCO (Voltage- Controlled Oscillator) true analogue monophonic synthesizer that favourably fuses the company’s characterful vintage sound with an advanced choice of modulation and melodic possibilities (in a beautifully-built box); ever-popular Eurorack small-format modular systems; or other modular systems.


Specification-wise, Mr Hyde doesn’t disappoint by boasting a two-pole 12db/octave analogue multimode filter (featuring lowpass, high-pass, band-pass, and notch filtering options); resonance with a Q BOOST feature to make it SCREAM (self oscillate); LFO with triangle and square wave signals; and a range switch (to bring the modulation speed into audio frequencies). Hands-on control comes quickly, thanks to a selection of switches and knobs — not least the largest knob of all: FREAQ (filter cutoff frequency). Furthermore, the smaller Q knob sets the resonance level, CHANGE changes the frequency range of the LFO from SLOW to FAST at the flick of a switch, SPEED sets the LFO modulator’s speed, and LEVEL controls the modulation level/depth that affects the filter cutoff. More meaningfully, Mr Hyde can change sounds subtly, such as satisfying sweeping filtering, right up to mangled FM (Frequency Modulation) mayhem — perfectly in keeping with its naughty name!


Dr Strangelove is an altogether different character, both literally and figuratively speaking — Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 political satire black comedy Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, anyone? Actually, Analogue Solutions’ Dr Strangelove is a compact, high-quality analogue ring modulator (with two audio inputs) and an analogue LFO capable of going into audio range (with two waveforms), plus a lo-fi echo (giving an ‘analogue’ bucket brigade-style sound). The ring mod itself does not have any controls as such, since a ring mod does not have parameters that can be altered — other than input and output levels. Just plug in audio cables and it does its thing! Ring mods do need two audio sources, however — namely, the main signal to be processed (carrier) and the signal that will modulate the carrier (modulator).


In the strange case of Dr Strangelove, one of those sources, the MOD (modulation) input, can be audio or a low frequency signal (from, say, an LFO). Literally switching switches — HARD/SOFT (selects between square and triangle wave modulation signals — triangle resulting in softer modulation while square results in sudden, harder changes) — and turning knobs — CHANGE (sets the modulation depth or ‘loudness’ of the modulating signal fed into the ring mod’s modulation input), RATE (sets repeat rate), and MIX (sets the mix level between fully dry and a 50/50 balance between wet and dry) — makes music mangling child’s play. Other controls clearly allude to the aforesaid film: FALLOUT alters the speed of the analogue LFO modulator while HALF LIFE sets delay time. All told, then, Dr Strangelove is ideal for subtle or extreme modulation effects. Like its Mr Hyde synthBlocks sibling, Dr Strangelove includes minijack (Eurorack-accommodating) audio and CV (control voltage) I/O for direct connection to modulars.


Mangling music setups sonically while adding analogue warmth is a synthBlocks speciality, so why not consider adding one or more of them to your music setup today? And all without breaking the bank while fitting in the palm of your hand! Hand built, having been designed and engineered in England by Analogue Solutions, surely it’s time to wave goodbye to those sometimes sterile-sounding computer-based creations by saying hello to some synthBlocks?



UK pricing for the Mr Hyde and Dr Strangelove synthBlocks is £255.00 GBP (including VAT) apiece, available from dealers and Analogue Solutions directly.


North American availability of the Mr Hyde and Dr Strangelove synthBlocks is being handled via Voltage & Company — full-service reps of high-quality manufacturers from around the world — with a retail price of $279.00 USD, while (most) EU distribution is being handled by Sonic Sales — one of the largest full-service MI (Musical Instrument) distribution companies in Europe — priced at €279.00 EUR (including VAT).


For more in-depth info, please visit the dedicated Mr Hyde webpage here: http://analoguesolutions.com/mr-hyde-synthblock/


Watch Analogue Solutions’ Mr Hyde audio demonstration video here: https://youtu.be/lJgbJrd3Axg




For more in-depth info, please visit the dedicated Dr Strangelove webpage here: http://analoguesolutions.com/dr-strangelove-synthblock/


Watch Analogue Solutions’ Dr Strangelove audio demonstration video here: https://youtu.be/95QKhkYVXuo




About Analogue Solutions

Analogue Solutions is a UK-based boutique instrument innovator that specialises in true analogue synthesizers, sequencers, and Eurorack modules. More than 24 years experience in the industry means that they were right there at the start of the Eurorack revolution — the third company to start producing modules, in fact. Furthermore, Analogue Solutions products are all hand built in England — many being tested by founder Tom Carpenter himself, who has hands-on involvement in all aspects of the company. Characterful to boot, Analogue Solutions innovative instruments are applauded for proudly possessing a truly vintage sound — synthesizers featuring fully-analogue audio paths with analogue LFOs (Low Frequency Oscillators) and EGs (Envelope Generators) are the order of the day here. Having no memories means that nothing is being made to sound sterile by CPU (Central Processing Unit) control; conversely, turning a knob directly changes the voltage or current in an actual synth circuit to audible affect. Analogue Solutions founder Tom Carpenter consistently constitutes proof of a genuine passion for analogue synths, drawing upon his years of owning and using vintage analogue synths and drum machines that he still uses in his own music productions — alongside Analogue Solutions products, predictably!


© 2017 Analogue Solutions (UK) Ltd

<![CDATA[I'm Not Saying It's Aliens But It Sure Sounds Like Them]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/im-not-saying-its-aliens-but-it-sure-sounds-like-them Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:31:53 GMT





Bluezone releases "Alien Spacecraft Sound Effects"




Bluezone Corporation - Information
<![CDATA[Universal Audio Releases Empirical Labs EL8 Distressor Compressor Plug-In]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/universal-audio-releases-empirical-labs-el8-distressor-compressor-plug-in Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:30:04 GMT


Universal Audio Releases Empirical Labs EL8 Distressor Compressor Plug-In Exclusively for UAD and Apollo Platforms
SCOTTS VALLEY, CA • November 15th, 2017 — In close partnership with Empirical Labs and its founder, Dave Derr, Universal Audio is proud to introduce the Empirical Labs EL8 Distressor Compressor plug-in for UAD hardware and Apollo interfaces as part of UAD Software v9.4 — an expert end-to-end circuit emulation of the iconic compressor that has been used on thousands of hit records.
“The UAD EL8 Distressor plug-in is significantly better in accuracy and operation than the other plug-ins that try to cop its vibe and sound,” says Distressor creator Dave Derr. “It’s the best Distressor emulation in the world and will stand the test of time as the definitive Distressor emulation.”
Introduced in 1993, the Empirical Labs EL8 Distressor is revered in studios all over the world as the modern, “must-have” compressor. Versatile, super fast, and offering tons of color, the Distressor picks up where the legendary UA 1176 and Teletronix LA-2A compressors leave off — a modern tool that’s equal parts utilitarian and creative.
The Empirical Labs EL8 Distressor Compressor plug-in provides all the features and coveted sound of the original Distressor design. UA’s team of DSP experts started with a complete circuit trace and component study of Dave Derr's selected golden unit. Simultaneously, the team analyzed three more Distressors representing the lifetime of the product — ensuring one of UA’s tightest circuit models to date.
Empirical Labs® EL8 Distressor Plug-In Key Features:
  • Track and mix with the only authentic emulation of the EL8 Distressor — the world's most popular modern compressor
  • Radically shape guitars, drums, and vocals with nearly infinite gain reduction variations
  • Creatively color instruments and vocals with famous “Dist 2” and “Dist 3” modes
  • Embellish, pump up, or destroy bass, synth, and room mics with custom detector filtering
  • Harness plug-in-only features like Dry/Wet parallel processing and Headroom for user-customizable operating level
  • Mix with presets from Chris Coady (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio), Chris Zane (Passion Pit, The Walkmen), Hector Delgado (A$AP Rocky, Selena Gomez) Jimmy Douglass (The Rolling Stones, Roxy Music), and more

Learn more about UAD Software v9.4 here:
Learn more about the Empirical Labs EL8 Distressor Compressor plug-in here:
Learn more about class-leading Apollo audio interfaces:
Learn more about award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins:
About UAD Powered Plug-Ins
Powered by Universal Audio’s popular UAD-2 DSP Accelerator hardware and Apollo Thunderbolt and USB audio interfaces, UAD Powered Plug-Ins offer the world’s most authentic analog hardware emulations and award-winning audio plug-ins on Mac and PC. UAD plug-ins deliver rich, analog sound quality that would be difficult or impossible to achieve with native recording systems.
About Universal Audio Inc.
Founded in 1958 by recording pioneer Bill Putnam Sr., and refounded in 1999 by Bill Putnam Jr., Universal Audio is best known for its classic, hand-built analog hardware and advanced UAD Digital Signal Processing technology for recording, mixing, and mastering audio. Headquartered in Scotts Valley, California, UA is focused on merging the best of vintage analog and modern digital technology, following its rich recording heritage and motto, “Analog Ears. Digital Minds.” www.uaudio.com
©2017 Universal Audio, Inc. All rights reserved. Product features, specifications, pricing, and availability are subject to change without notice. The "Universal Audio" name, UA "diamond" logo, “Apollo,” “Apollo Twin,” “UAD,” “Powered Plug-Ins,” and “UAD-2 Powered Plug-Ins" are trademarks of Universal Audio Inc. *All other trademarks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.
<![CDATA[Universal Audio Releases New Plug-In Titles From Softube, Brainworx, And Townsend Labs For UAD And Apollo]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/universal-audio-releases-new-plug-in-titles-from-softube-brainworx-and-townsend-labs-for-uad-and-apollo Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:35:06 GMT


Universal Audio Releases New Plug-In Titles from
Softube, Brainworx, and Townsend Labs
for UAD and Apollo Platforms
— Dytronics Tri-Stereo Chorus, Gallien-Krueger 800RB Bass Amp, and Ocean Way Microphone Collection all released as part of UAD Software v9.4 —
SCOTTS VALLEY, CA • November 15th, 2017 — Universal Audio is pleased to announce the release of UAD Software v9.4. Alongside the new UA-developed Empirical Labs® EL8 Distressor plug-in, this latest software release also offers plug-in titles from UA’s direct developer partners.
Dytronics Tri-Stereo Chorus — $199*
Developed by Softube and available exclusively for UAD hardware and Apollo interfaces, the Dytronics Tri-Stereo Chorus plug-in is an exacting emulation of the ultra-rare, three-channel dream machine favored by ’80s L.A. session royalty — including Michael Landau, Steve Lukather, and Dann Huff. The Dytronics Tri-Stereo Chorus plug-in gives you all the expansive depth of the original’s three independent bucket-brigade delay lines, along with new “plug-in-only” features, for tracks dripping with lush vibe and character.
Dytronics® Tri-Stereo Chorus Plug-In Key Features:
  • Get thick analog chorus from three bucket-brigade delay lines, simultaneously on a single source
  • Craft rich, swirling analog chorus textures on guitars, keyboards, bass, synths, and more
  • Sculpt lush modulation sounds with Preset or Manual mode, each with its own LFO waveform output
  • Use Preset and Manual modes together to craft your own signature chorus tones
Gallien-Krueger 800RB Bass Amp  — $149
Developed by Brainworx and available exclusively for UAD hardware and Apollo interfaces, the Gallien-Krueger 800RB Bass Amp is an exacting emulation of the legendary solid-state bass amp used by artists like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead, No Doubt, Guns n’ Roses, and more. Famous for its bi-amplified operation and DI output, the Gallien-Krueger 800RB quickly became an industry standard for countless bassists, touring bands, and backline companies.
The Gallien-Krueger 800RB plug-in emulates the original hardware’s bi-amplified architecture, providing two different power amps — one for the lows and one for the highs. An adjustable crossover allows you to control which frequencies go to which power amp, and each has a master volume knob, making it easy to dial in just the right amount of bass or bite.
Gallien-Krueger® 800RB Bass Amp Plug-In Key Features:
  • Record your bass through a spot-on emulation of one of the all-time classic bass amps
  • Independently select Recording Chains with cabinet/microphone combos for each of the 800RB’s two amplifiers
  • Shape your tone with Gallien-Krueger’s unbeatable voicing filters and 4-band EQ
  • Track with authentic bass-amp feel through an Apollo interface using Unison™ technology
Ocean Way Microphone Collection — $249*
Developed by Townsend Labs for the Sphere L22 microphone and available exclusively for UAD hardware and Apollo interfaces, the Ocean Way Microphone Collection plug-in expertly captures the “best of the best” from Allen Sides’ world-renowned mic locker at Ocean Way Studios.
Featuring 12 microphones from Neumann, Sony, RCA, AKG, and more*, the Ocean Way Microphone Collection in conjunction with the Sphere L22 mic lets you change the proximity effect and polar pattern in realtime or at mixdown, as well as reduce bleed, room coloration, and feedback — before or after tracking. You can also mix two different mic models together for recordings that capture the characteristics of both microphones.
Ocean Way® Microphone Collection Plug-In Key Features:
  • Accurate emulations of vintage microphones from Allen Sides’ world-renowned collection, including mics from Neumann, Sony, AKG, RCA, and more*
  • Realtime UAD Processing with Universal Audio’s Apollo interface for extremely low latency
  • Three-dimensional modeling emulates proximity effect, polar patterns, and other off-axis characteristics of vintage microphones with stunning accuracy
  • Re-Mic Sphere tracks and select mic type, polar pattern, proximity effect, and other settings before or after tracking
*User must own the Townsend Labs Sphere L22 microphone to use the Ocean Way Microphone Collection plug-in.


Learn more about UAD Software v9.4:
Learn more about the Dytronics Tri-Stereo Chorus plug-in:

Learn more about the Gallien-Krueger 800RB Bass Amp plug-in:
Learn more about the Ocean Way Microphone Collection plug-in:
Learn more about class-leading Apollo audio interfaces:
Learn more about award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins:

About UAD Powered Plug-Ins
Powered by Universal Audio’s popular UAD-2 DSP Accelerator hardware and Apollo Thunderbolt and USB audio interfaces, UAD Powered Plug-Ins offer the world’s most authentic analog hardware emulations and award-winning audio plug-ins on Mac and PC. UAD plug-ins deliver rich, analog sound quality that would be difficult or impossible to achieve with native recording systems.
About Universal Audio Inc.
Founded in 1958 by recording pioneer Bill Putnam Sr., and refounded in 1999 by Bill Putnam Jr., Universal Audio is best known for its classic, hand-built analog hardware and advanced UAD Digital Signal Processing technology for recording, mixing, and mastering audio. Headquartered in Scotts Valley, California, UA is focused on merging the best of vintage analog and modern digital technology, following its rich recording heritage and motto, “Analog Ears. Digital Minds.” www.uaudio.com
©2017 Universal Audio, Inc. All rights reserved. Product features, specifications, pricing, and availability are subject to change without notice. The "Universal Audio" name, UA "diamond" logo, “Apollo,” “Apollo Twin,” “UAD,” “Powered Plug-Ins,” and “UAD-2 Powered Plug-Ins" are trademarks of Universal Audio Inc. *All other trademarks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.
<![CDATA[Will Kilohearts Carve Out A Favored Spot In Your Musical Toolbox?]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/will-kilohearts-carve-out-a-favored-spot-in-your-musical-toolbox Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:27:39 GMT


Kilohearts Carve EQ plugin now available

Kilohearts’ amazing new mixing and mastering EQ goes live!

Price: €79. Available: Now



Kilohearts has released Carve EQ, their versatile, sonically transparent mixing, mastering and sound design equaliser plugin. It’s available now in the Kilohearts online store, priced €79.


Carve EQ gives you access to a powerful under-the-hood filtering system via an efficient and intuitive set of tools, and is also compatible with Kilohearts’ Snap Heap and Multipass effects rack plugins, making it part of the broader modular Snapins* system as well as a self-contained processor.


Surgical enough for the full gamut of mixing duties, and with all the smoothness and transparency required for a place in the mastering chain, Carve EQ is the ultimate creative and corrective frequency shaping toolbox.



Carve EQ is available now, priced €79. See it in action.

For more information: https://kilohearts.com/products/carve_eq

*About Snapins

As well as VST, AU, AAX and Rack Extension formats, every Kilohearts device also installs as a Snapin, for use with the free Snap Heap plugin. This intuitive virtual effects rack lets you host multiple Kilohearts modules in up to four parallel chains, and modulate them with onboard LFOs, envelopes and macro knobs. For even more creative juice, Kilohearts Multipass ($99) enables multiband splitting of Snapin chains – push the low end through the Compressor and Phase Distortion Snapins while treating the high frequencies to Chorus and Delay, for example.


About Kilohearts

Based in Linköping, Sweden, Kilohearts AB is a small development studio building awesome software synthesizers and effects for Mac and PC. The company’s mission is to combine quality and power with ease of use, and it aims to make its kHs Toolbox the most complete sound design bundle on the market.

<![CDATA[Here's The New Keys To Your iRig]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/heres-the-new-keys-to-your-irig Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:22:50 GMT


IK Multimedia releases iRig Keys I/O 25 & 49 keyboard
controllers with integrated high-resolution recording interface
Feature-rich, ultra-light keyboard controller series for iOS, Mac and PC with full-size keys, onboard 96kHz/24-bit audio interface, Class A preamp and a massive software collection
November 16, 2017 - IK Multimedia is proud to announce that iRig Keys I/O, the revolutionary keyboard controller range featuring a built-in audio interface, is now shipping worldwide. iRig Keys I/O is much more than just a simple controller, it is a true studio centerpiece providing users with a flexible way to complete their music productions from start to end using a single piece of equipment that is unmatched for speed and simplicity of use. iRig Keys I/O comes with either 25 or 49 full-size keys offering a synth-action keybed and integrates a professional, high-definition 96kHz/24-bit audio interface with a high-performance Class A preamp allowing users to record their instruments and microphones (including condenser mics requiring 48V phantom power) via its convenient combo 1/4"/XLR input. Plus, it provides all the creative controls expected from a premium keyboard controller such as velocity sensitive, multicolored pads, programmable touch-sensitive sliders, buttons and assignable knobs.

Built-in professional audio interface for studio quality sound
iRig Keys I/O is the only keyboard controller range currently available on the market to feature an integrated professional 96kHz/24-bit audio interface. The intelligent, elegant layout makes it possible to keep all cabling to a minimum and makes setting up as fast and easy as just plug and play. The combo input sports a high-quality Class A preamp and accepts both 1/4" and XLR sources including dynamic and condenser microphones (with 48V phantom power), line instruments, guitars and basses. When used live, the 1/4" balanced stereo output can be used to run the signal directly to a PA or mixer. All of this makes iRig Keys I/O the ideal creative tool for studio or live use, in any situation, providing a solution that is more convenient and affordable than having to purchase a controller and audio interface separately.
Full control at the touch of a finger
iRig Keys I/O represents a huge step forward and introduces the next generation of IK keyboards. Both models feature a fast synth-action keybed, a volume/data push knob, 4 touch-sensitive knobs in 2 banks (acting as 8 total controls) and 8 multicolored LED-lit velocity sensitive pads. There are also 2 fully programmable touch control strips, set by default as Pitch and Modulation controls and a complete touch sensitive transport and button section, for a true "hands-on" approach to controlling all the most important functions of a DAW or virtual instrument. All available controls exploit the latest-generation capacitive technology for ultra-fast action and immediate feedback, displaying the related parameter value at the touch of a finger for instant visual reference.
True plug-and-play
iRig Keys I/O is Apple certified MFi hardware (Made for iPhone and iPad) which means it works right out of the box with all iOS devices with a Lightning port, including the latest iPhone. The included Lightning cable allows for easy connection to iOS devices while the included USB cable connects to Mac and PC computers. iRig Keys I/O works seamlessly with the most popular Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) like Logic Pro®, Ableton® Live™, GarageBand® and many others.
The traveling producer's dream
iRig Keys I/O 25 & 49 are the smallest controllers with full-size keys on the market today and are 25% lighter than the nearest competitor. This is a great advantage when working on the road, in small studios or in any environment where space is at a premium. Their design makes them also ideal for the traveling musician/producer who demands utmost portability but without sacrificing performance. Furthermore, iRig Keys I/O can be powered via USB, using an optional external power supply (that simultaneously charges the connected iOS device) or with 4 AA batteries, for complete mobile music production. For added convenience there are travel bags, available separately, for carrying the 25 key and 49 key versions of iRig Keys I/O. For recording vocals on the go, iRig Keys I/O Mic (sold separately), is a gooseneck condenser microphone that plugs directly into the input jack eliminating the need for a stand.
Full suite of professional software included
With over $/€550 (in the 25-key version) and $/€750 (in the 49-key version) worth of IK's professional software and apps included, iRig Keys I/O provides users with everything they need to start, develop and complete their musical productions from A to Z, both inside a professional DAW or using recording software like GarageBand®. Included in both versions of iRig Keys I/O is Ableton® Live 9 Lite™ digital audio workstation, IK's SampleTank 3 sound and groove workstation, with over 43GB and 5000 inspiring sounds, T-RackS 4 Deluxe mix and mastering suite, with 9 powerful EQ and dynamics processors and the Pro-V vintage synthesizer, which is derived from Syntronik, IK's legendary synth powerhouse for Mac/PC. iPhone and iPad users will also receive the full version of SampleTank. Additionally, the 49-key version comes with Miroslav Philharmonik 2 CE orchestral workstation for Mac/PC and the mobile edition for iOS.
Pricing and availability
iRig Keys I/O is available from the IK Multimedia online store and IK authorized dealers worldwide for just $/€299.99* for the 49-key version and $/€199.99 for the 25-key version. In addition to the massive bundle of included software, iRig Keys I/O comes with 4 x AA batteries, Mini-DIN to USB and Mini-DIN to Lightning cables and a device stand for iPhone and iPad.

* All prices excluding taxes
For more information, please visit:
For a video of iRig Keys I/O, please visit:

About IK Multimedia: IK Multimedia is a computer music technology company that offers a diverse range of affordable and easy-to-use music production tools with great sound quality and a realistic look and feel. With millions of installations worldwide, the IK range has been adopted by musicians of every level, from beginners to professionals, to gain access to high-end, studio-quality gear from their computers or mobile devices. iRig® is a trademark property of IK Multimedia Production. Ableton®, Live™ and Live Lite™ are trademarks of Ableton AG. Apple®, iPhone®, iPad®, Mac®, GarageBand® and Logic® are trademarks of Apple, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.
<![CDATA[Have You Seen The Latest Eclipse?]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/have-you-seen-the-latest-eclipse Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:16:47 GMT


Eclipse - Dark Ambient Samples & Drones from ModeAudio conjures up brooding visions of scarred, post-apocalyptic landscapes, towering dystopian metropolises and drifting, gargantuan nebulae across its epic 1.14GB of royalty-free samples.


Dig inside this vast repository of soundtrack stimulants and you’ll discover 110 infinitesimally detailed samples, spanning haunting drones, flickering metallic textures, deep, atmospheric sub basses and trembling, shuddering SFX.


Fill the screen with oceans of colour, movement and space - download Eclipse - Dark Ambient Samples & Drones now!




Pack Details:

- 29 Atmospheric Drones
- 19 Dark Drones
- 27 Movement SFX Samples
- 16 Sub Bass Samples
- 19 Texture Samples
- 100% Royalty-Free


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

Giving Your Hi Hats Momentum With Reason's Vocoder





<![CDATA[Yamaha Announces New APX600 Acoustic Electric Guitar]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/yamaha-announces-new-apx600-acoustic-electric-guitar Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:41:13 GMT


Yamaha APX600 Improves Upon Number One

Acoustic Electric Guitar in U.S.



BUENA PARK, Calif. (November 15, 2017) — Yamaha today announced the APX600 and CPX600 acoustic electric guitars, instruments that build and improve on the excellent craftsmanship, handsome design, rich tones, and easy playability of the top selling APX500II and CPX500III.


These guitars are a great fit for country, rock and blues, and suited to players ranging from beginners to professionals. Acoustic electric guitars have surpassed conventional acoustic guitars in popularity, and the upgraded APX and CPX models address the trend towards smaller-body and shorter-scale instruments.


The new guitars are successors to the top-selling APX500III and its companion CPX500III; the APX600 continues the company’s thin-body line of guitars, while the CPX600 offers a medium-jumbo profile. While the new models maintain the scalloped bracing and premium electronics of the 500III generation, key new features include fresh finishes for both models, and an upgrade to a genuine abalone rosette in the APX600 for a superior acoustic tone. In addition, the scale length of the APX model has been shortened from 25 9/16" to 25” for greater playability.


Because the guitars are built in Yamaha owned and operated facilities, they adhere to the same standards and practices as the company’s higher-end handcrafted guitars, at a price point competitors can’t match.


The thin-body APX600 features a spruce top, eastern mahogany back and sides, die-cast tuners and the Yamaha exclusive System55T preamp, a 1-way piezo pickup with 3-band EQ with an adjustable midrange, and an onboard tuner. The medium-jumbo (Compass) profile CPX600 is the full-bodied sibling of the APX600, and also offers a spruce top; eastern mahogany back and sides; die-cast tuners, and System55T preamp.


“Guitarists today favor acoustic electric instruments that carry a smaller profile to make them more portable and versatile in both amateur and pro settings,” said Dennis Webster, product marketing manager, Yamaha Guitars. “The APX600 and CPX600 are the perfect answer, and these latest models are built to suit the needs of discerning players.”



Pricing and Availability

Yamaha APX600 (MSRP: $470) and CPX600 (MSRP: $575) acoustic electric guitars will ship in January 2018. Both models are available in Old Violin Sunburst and Black; the APX600 is also available in Vintage White and Oriental Blue Burst, and the CPX600 in Root Beer and Vintage Tint.


For more information, visit http://4wrd.it/APXCPX






About Yamaha

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

<![CDATA[Add Some Boom And A Vacuum To Your DAW]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/add-some-boom-and-a-vacuum-to-your-daw Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:54:45 GMT


Air Music Upgrades Boom and Vacuum with AU and VST Support!
Air Music Technology and Plugivery Distribution proudly announce the awaited upgrade of Boom and Vacuum Classic virtual instruments. Originally part of the Creative Collection of instrument plug-ins included in Avid™ Pro Tools™, Boom and Vacuum Classic are now available in the Audio Unit and VST formats for the very first time. They can therefore be used in any DAW that supports AU and VSTi plug-in formats.
As the popularity of Pro Tools grew, more and more musicians and producers relied on the incredible sonic firepower of Boom, the amazing Drum Machine, and the fat powerful analog sounds of Vacuum. With the release of these virtual instruments in AU and VST formats, the same tools that generated countless hit records can now be used in ALL available DAWs. Pro Tools users asked and can finally upgrade their favorite tools and use their presets, grooves and riffs in other DAWs which now enables collaborative
Boom and Vacuum have been used on countless hit projects since their launch, ranging from award winning albums, featured films and radio projects. They are both two of the most loved Pro Tools virtual instrument
Boom includes a diverse collection of 10 different classic electronic drum kits, offering variations of the classic 808 and 909 drum machines, aggressive Dance and Urban-style kits and powerful retro style kits modeled on the concept of a ‘CR78 merged with a 606'. Each of these have been created with great attention to detail and provides serious sonic impact…
Users can mix and match drums from different kits to make their own custom kits. Drum sounds can be triggered individually via standard MIDI pitch mappings. Over 50 inspiring presets are included covering contemporary, classic electronic/urban musical genres. Boom also has an on-board sequencer that enables you to create and trigger your own patterns, which can be saved and recalled as presets for studio or even live performances.
The brand new Vacuum “Classic” version of Vacuum is a monophonic vintage synthesizer featuring Vacuum's Tube Synthesis and vacuum's tube circuit modeling that perfectly captures the crunchy, warm sound of the analog era. Analog oscillators, multiple filters, envelopes and dedicated
built-in audio effects generate deep bass sounds and crispy clear leads. Included are a wide range of well designed presets programmed by the highly-acclaimed sound designers Richard Devine and Mark Ovenden. These cover everything from Leads, Pads, Bass, Arpeggios, Percussive, and FX sounds. A great inspiration start for anyone to tweak to their contentment.
Boom and Vacuum Classic are now available at the special introductory
price of $79.99 (list $99.99).   Pro Tools, AIEP 3, MPC Software, and Akai VIP owners can cross-grade for
only $49.99.
Boom and Vacuum Classic are distributed by Plugivery and are available now
at reputable pro audio resellers worldwide:
Boom SoundCloud playlist:
Vacuum SoundCloud playlist:
**Boom and Vacuum Classic System Requirements:**
• PC: Windows 10, 8 or Windows 7 Service Pack 1; Minimum Dual Core 2GHz
(Intel Core i5 or i7 Recommended)
• Mac: Mac OS X 10.8.5-10.13; Core Duo Processor (Core i5 or i7
• Minimum RAM 4GB (8GB or more recommended)
• Internet Access (Download and Authorisation)
**About Air Music Technology:**
Based in Germany, AIR Music Technology started as Wizoo Sound Design, one
of the earliest pioneers in virtual instrument technology. The AIR team is
responsible for the core of much of the effects offerings in Avid's Pro
Tools® software, and also developed a suite of award-winning virtual
instruments specifically for Pro Tools. Leveraging this history of
excellence, AIR's mission is to create the world's most innovative virtual
instruments, music software, and effects.
**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[EarMaster 7 Released]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/earmaster-7-released Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:27:43 GMT





EarMaster ApS just released the 7th installment of its award-winning music theory trainer EarMaster on PC and Mac. EarMaster 7 provides musicians and music schools with a complete set of interactive exercises for ear training, sight-singing practice and rhythm training at all skill levels.



Egaa, Denmark, November 15, 2017 – The Danish company EarMaster ApS have just released a new version of their music theory and ear training software EarMaster. EarMaster 7 is a complete overhaul of the company’s staple software which was nominated earlier this year at the NAMM Tech Award in the “Best Educational Tool” category. EarMaster 7 benefits from all the ground-breaking technology developed for the recent EarMaster App released on iPad last year, and combines it with years of experience and user feedback into a modern and efficient tool for music theory training.



EarMaster 7 includes more than 2500 interactive music theory exercises covering ear training, sight-singing and rhythm training. The users are met with practical activities where they are learning to recognize chords, scales or intervals by ear, to transcribe musical pieces by ear, to sight- sing scores with real-time evaluation of their pitch and rhythm accuracy, to sing back melodies, to clap back rhythms, to complete melodic and rhythmic dictations, etc.



Among the most noticeable new features is the addition of a complete music theory course for beginners covering all the core aspects of music theory and ear training. This course is a perfect introduction to the various concepts of music theory, as company owner and lead developer Hans Lavdal Jakobsen remarks: “With its learn-by-doing approach, users put what they just learned into practice right away instead of being left with mountains of abstract concepts”. Other highlights include a new pitch detection algorithm, revised standard and Jazz courses, a new statistics tools, a completely revised user interface, and hundreds more improvements.


”I have been a big EarMaster fan for many years!”

Damien Nolan, Guitarist for Pete Townshend (The Who), Skunk Anansie, VV Brown, Katie Melua and more.



The exercises of EarMaster 7 are made available through a series of courses and workshops for all skill levels, including a special set of workshops for Jazz. The lessons included in EarMaster 7 have been designed by music teachers from renowned music schools and cover most levels, from beginners to advanced. They have proven to be a perfect tool to prepare for AP Music Theory, ABRSM, RCM, Trinity and similar exam standards.



With this new version 7, EarMaster ApS continues its work that aims at giving easier access to exercises that are normally reserved to musicians enrolled at a music school. It also strives to change the popular perception of ear training and music theory, as Quentin Nicollet from EarMaster ApS confirms: “Ear training and music theory are the easiest way to become a better musician, but most music students and musicians dislike them, to put it nicely. We live in a time where everything must go fast, but mastering ear training and music theory takes a lot of time and dedication. That’s exactly why we make EarMaster, a tool that makes music theory training easy, motivating and efficient”.



English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Danish, and more on their way.



A free version of EarMaster 7 is available from EarMaster.com. It includes a 15-lesson introduction to music theory for beginners, as well as 2 customizable ear training exercises to learn to recognize chords and intervals by ear.


A Pro version containing all the features of EarMaster 7 is available as download and in a box from authorized dealers. The suggested retail price is 59.95€ (including VAT) in the EU and US$59.95 + tax in the USA and the rest of the world.


Multi-seat licenses are available to households as a Family Pack for 3 computers, and to educational institutions as a Site license from 5 seats and up.


EarMaster 7 is also fully integrated with EarMaster Cloud, a subscription-based solution for music schools which includes user licenses for students and teachers, and the synchronization of EarMaster results and assignments via Cloud technology.




EarMaster ApS is a Danish music software company founded in 1994 and located in the city Aarhus, also dubbed as ”the city of smiles” or ”the world's smallest big city”. What drives our company is a passion for music in all its shapes and colors. Being musicians ourselves, our mission is to develop high quality software that helps the advance of music education.


Useful links:

EarMaster website: www.earmaster.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/earmaster
Twitter: https://twitter.com/earmaster

<![CDATA[Good Reverb Gone Bad]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/good-reverb-gone-bad Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:17:14 GMT


Good Verb Gone Bad
MangledVerb™ is a unique effect combining reverb and distortion. Ported directly from the award-winning H9 Harmonizer®, MangledVerb is capable of creating lush reverbs, ripping distortion leads and sound-sculpting musical chaos. Guitarists have used it for years to create signature sounds and now you can have it in your favorite DAW. Using The Ribbon controller, it's also great for live sound manipulation.
"Unlike anything else I’ve used."
—Aaron Nevezie
MangledVerb will be on sale for $49 through November 30th, 2017 and then for the MSRP of $79 after that. You can also download a fully-functioning 30 day demo.
"One of the most interesting reverbs I've ever heard."
—Lawson White
  • Over 180 presets designed to inspire; including the H9 presets and presets by artists like Richard Devine, Vernon Reid, Chris Carter and many more.
  • Create out-of-this-world soundscapes by increasing the Size and Overdrive.
  • Use it as Mono-In/Mono-Out, Mono-In/Stereo-Out or Stereo-In/Stereo-Out for ultimate flexibility.
  • Smoothly move from Softclip distortion to Overdrive for ripping transitions.
  • Use the Wobble control to create spooky detuning effects.
  • Use The Ribbon control to easily manipulate multiple parameters in a live situation.
  • Program the HotSwitch to instantly change multiple parameters at once.
  • Optimized for live use with MIDI control of The Ribbon and Tap Tempo for quick meta-control on the fly.
  • Use Mix Lock to scroll through presets while keeping the wet-dry mix constant.
"MangledVerb is a killer tool."
—Joel Hamilton




<![CDATA[Pêle-Mêle Works Augments The MUSIC PAPER Notebook Line With Four New Designs]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/ple-mle-works-augments-the-music-paper-notebook-line Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:11:12 GMT


Pêle-Mêle Works augments the MUSIC PAPER notebook line with four new designs

Ukulele, mandolin, banjo, and bass players ahoy! New designs for 4-string instruments join the MUSIC PAPER ranks, such as a chord combo and a neck diagrams notebook. Another design, the LogBook, aims to help musicians and students keep good records of their practice sessions or lesson assignments.

Find out more on the new and existing MUSIC PAPER notebooks at: www.pelemeleworks.com


About Pêle-Mêle Works

Pêle-Mêle Works develops and publishes music instructional products for students, teachers, and practising musicians. For more information, visit: www.pelemeleworks.com

<![CDATA[Steinberg Releases Cubase Updates Earlier Than Anticipated]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/steinberg-releases-cubase-updates-earlier-than-anticipated Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:06:35 GMT


Early Unveiling of Cubase 9.5


Steinberg presents new updates to its acclaimed range of music production systems. The latest iterations, Cubase Pro 9.5, Cubase Artist 9.5 and Cubase Elements 9.5, put a clear emphasis on user-requested features and enhancements for creating, producing and mixing music.



HAMBURG, Germany — November 15, 2017 — Steinberg today announced the immediate availability of the 9.5 updates to the Pro, Artist and Elements editions of Cubase.


Earlier than anticipated, Steinberg is releasing this year’s update now in November, seizing the opportunity to introduce the additions to customers as soon as possible.


The major advancement around Cubase’s powerful mixing capabilities is the new mixing engine: 64-bit floating-point resolution offers uncompromised performance when processing audio, delivering a level of detail and transparency previously unheard of in Cubase.


Further enhancing the single-window layout in Cubase, new tabs have been added to the Right Zone. The newly integrated file browser provides an easy way to access and prelisten on media files. Exclusively available to Cubase Pro 9.5, the new metering section for loudness and master signal levels and the Control Room are now both an integral part of the Right Zone as well.


One highlight in 9.5 is the new Metronome with customizable click and the possibility to assign different patterns to adjust to signature shifts in the Signature Track. Cubase Pro and Artist 9.5 add to the flexibility with its Click Pattern Editor, allowing click patterns to be tailored to more detail.


Other premier enhancements include advanced automation editing, now featuring smooth transition curves and detailed automation lanes, including the new Range tool that marks a range on the automation lane for quick and easy adjustment of the selection. The 9.5 versions of Pro and Artist have also doubled their insert slots, allowing users to add up to 16 VST effects directly to each audio track. The overhauled insert section also provides a flexible means for pre-fader or post-fader positioning. Available to all three 9.5 updates, the Vintage Compressor and Tube Compressor VST processors boast a new look that improves their overall handling, while the redesigned Magneto tape saturator is exclusively available in Cubase Pro 9.5. The new FLUX wavetable synthesizer library, on the other hand, is new to HALion Sonic SE 3 in Cubase Pro 9.5 and Cubase Artist 9.5 only.


Cubase Pro 9.5 also includes Direct Offline Processing, allowing events to be processed non-destructively while keeping the CPU load to a minimum.


Rounding out the array of new features and enhancements, the new video engine is compatible with the most relevant codecs and external video cards. Adapt to Zoom is the latest zooming tool, making the grid snap adjust accordingly to the degree of zoom. Sampler Track enhancements include drag and drop of MIDI parts that are immediately rendered to audio as well as the new A/B mode for comparing different settings. The support of Softube’s Console 1 is another highlight that will soon be available, letting the hardware controller integrate deeply into Cubase. Finally, the Production Presets offer effects chain and master track presets for productions of different music styles.


Senior Marketing Manager Matthias Quellmann commented: “Cubase 9.5 is a firm nod to the Cubase community and an important update to our flagship DAW. Requested by many Cubase users, its additions enhance workflow efficiency and even give creativity more share. ‘Create. Produce. Mix. Repeat.’ sums it up perfectly!”


Visit www.steinberg.net/cubase for details on Cubase.


Availability and pricing

The Cubase Pro 9.5, Cubase Artist 9.5 and Cubase Elements 9.5 full retail versions are available through the Steinberg Online Shop and from resellers. Reseller prices and product availability may vary. The suggested retail prices are US$579.99 for Cubase Pro 9.5, US$329.99 for Cubase Artist 9.5 and US$99.99 for Cubase Elements 9.5.


Various downloadable updates and upgrades are also available through the Steinberg Online Shop.


Customers who have activated Cubase 9 (or earlier versions) since October 18, 2017, are eligible for a free, downloadable Grace Period update to the latest versions, respectively.



Key features of Cubase Pro 9.5

Award-winning 64-bit floating-point Steinberg audio engine with up to 192 kHz, 5.1 surround, flexible routing and full automatic delay compensation

Unlimited audio, instrument and MIDI tracks and up to 256 physical inputs and outputs

MixConsole for pro mixing desk experience and integrated high-end channel strip, VCA faders, Loudness Meter, Wave Meters

Complete suite of over 90 high-end audio and MIDI VST effect processors, including Quadrafuzz v2, VST Amp Rack and VST Bass Amp guitar and bass tone suites, REVerence convolution reverb, Frequency eight-band EQ and many more

Comprehensive set of 8 outstanding instruments with over 3,000 sounds, including HALion Sonic SE 3, Groove Agent SE 4, Padshop, Retrologue 2 and LoopMash 2

Intelligent compositional tools like Chord Track, Chord Pads and the advanced Chord Assistant for creative and playful composing of harmonic progressions and advanced voicings

VariAudio for MIDI-style note editing of monophonic audio tracks, automatic voicing harmonization and auto-tuning effects

Full VST Expression 2 with Note Expression, VST Dynamics and Expression Maps for fully integrated workflows with musical articulations, dynamics and controller values

Perfect integration of external hardware effect devices and instruments, such as synthesizers or signal processors, into the sequencer signal flow.

VST Connect SE and VST Transit cloud collaboration services

Key features of Cubase Artist 9.5

Award-winning 64-bit floating-point Steinberg audio engine with up to 192 kHz, flexible routing and full automatic delay compensation

Simultaneous playback of 64 audio tracks, 128 MIDI tracks and up to 32 physical inputs and outputs

MixConsole for pro mixing desk experience and integrated high-end channel strip with dynamics and EQ

Comprehensive set of 8 outstanding instruments with over 2,600 sounds, including HALion Sonic SE 3, Groove Agent SE 4, Padshop, Retrologue 2 and LoopMash 2

Suite of over 70 high-end audio and MIDI VST effect processors, including Pitch Correct for vocal editing, VST Amp Rack and VST Bass Amp guitar and bass tone suites, Quadrafuzz v2 and many more!

Intelligent compositional tools like Chord Track and Chord Pads for creative and playful composing of harmonic progressions and advanced voicings

Thousands of MIDI construction kits, audio loops and samples as building blocks to create sketches, play-alongs or even full songs with just a few clicks

Lightning-fast multi-take comping with the dedicated lane tracks and the click-and-drag comp tool for conjuring the perfect recording

TrackVersions for playlists-like editing and render-in-place for easily bouncing MIDI and audio parts

Streamlined music notation and score editing feature set

Key features of Cubase Elements 9.5

Award-winning 64-bit floating-point Steinberg audio engine, flexible routing and full automatic delay compensation

Simultaneous playback of 48 audio tracks, 64 MIDI tracks and up to 24 physical inputs and outputs

MixConsole for pro mixing desk experience and integrated high-end channel strip with dynamics and EQ

Three outstanding virtual instruments comprising the HALion Sonic SE 3 workstation, Groove Agent SE 4 drum machine and Prologue synthesizer

Over 40 audio effect processors, including high-end VST Dynamics, Pitch Correct for vocal intonation correction and the VST Amp Rack guitar tone suite

Powerful sample editor covering all common editing tasks and providing creative freedom while editing audio

Chord Track and Chord Pads for playfully and creatively composing with chords

Comprehensive content library with thousands of instrument sounds, MIDI construction loops and audio samples

Basic score editing features for music notation and composition

Full upward compatibility with Cubase Pro and Cubase Artist for seamless upgrading to the next level




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.

<![CDATA[This Thump Machine Is Not Intended For Use On Your Siblings]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/this-thump-machine-is-not-intended-for-use-on-your-siblings Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:58:38 GMT
Puremagnetik Releases Thump Machine for Ableton Live, Kontakt & Logic

Low end pulses, kick drum replacement, synthesized bass drum bank - Thump Machine is a matrix of over 700 percussives programmed to deliver the perfect bottom to your studio. 
From deep, sustained dubstep basses to punchy acoustic kick drums, Thump Machine brings massive sound sculpting action to your next session. Whether you are in need of kick drum replacement for a mix or just need to throw down some intense electronic pulses, Thump Machine is a versatile addition to your arsenal.
Thump Machine Ableton Live Pack is modularly constructed to allow bank and pulse selection. It also comes loaded with a library of 200 attack transients that allow you to sculpt a perfect "beater" tone.
Thump Machine for Kontakt includes a custom KSP GUI for easy sound design and tweaking. Instantly dial up the kick bank and "Character" to sculpt your tone. It also comes packed with controls for 200 attack transients and effects.
Thump Machine for Logic includes 5 drum banks with individual samples mapped chromatically throughout 6 octaves. It is programmed with Smart Controls for easy editing and sound manipulation.

Minimum Requirements
• 500 MB Free Disk Space
• Ableton Live 9.7, Kontakt 5 or Logic X 
<![CDATA[Apogee Introduces MiC+]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/apogee-introduces-mic Tue, 14 Nov 2017 11:39:28 GMT



November 14, 2017, Santa Monica, California - Apogee is pleased to introduce their new MiC Plus, professional quality USB microphone for iPad, iPhone, Mac and PC. Perfect for music production, voice recording, YouTube or live streaming, MiC Plus makes it easy for both aspiring and professional artists to get that big-studio sound they can take anywhere. 

What’s New?

A significant upgrade to the Apogee MiC product family first introduced in 2011, MiC plus features an entirely new design with improved sound quality, dynamic range and built-in headphone output for latency-free monitoring while recording on any device. 


MiC Plus’ professional-quality cardioid capsule, high sensitivity and ample gain give it a sound that is similar to a top studio condenser microphone going through a high-end mic preamp. Your listeners will never know that you are recording with a portable USB microphone. 


MiC Plus is small enough to fit in your pocket and connects to iOS devices or your laptop, making it ideal for recording on the go.


With MiC Plus, there’s no complicated setup. Just connect to your computer or iOS device, select MiC Plus as your audio interface and record in your favorite app. MiC Plus includes 3 cables for effortless connection directly to Lightning/iOS, USB-C or USB (Type A) devices.  Availability
MiC Plus is available November 15, 2017 at Apple and Apogee dealers worldwide for $249 USD.


  • Professional cardioid condenser microphone capsule
  • Made for iPad, iPhone, Mac and Windows 10 PC
  • Includes 3 cables: Lightning, USB (Type-C) and USB (Type-A)
  • PureDIGITAL connection for pristine sound quality up to 24-bit / 96kHz
  • 46dB of mic preamp gain, digitally controlled for greater precision
  • Powerful headphone output with Blend feature for zero latency monitoring
  • No configuration required, just plug in and record
  • Made in the U.S.A.

Learn more about Apogee MiC+



About Apogee

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

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<![CDATA[Fender Announces Artist Series Guitar Designed In Collaboration With Radiohead's Ed O'Brien]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/fender-announces-artist-series-guitar-designed-in-collaboration-with-radioheads-ed-obrien Tue, 14 Nov 2017 11:36:14 GMT


EOB Sustainer Stratocaster® Features Texas SpecialTM Single-Coil Middle Pickup, Fernandes® SustainerTM Unit Complete with “Flower of Life” Emblem, Seymour Duncan® JB Jr Humbucking Bridge Pickup
HOLLYWOOD, Calif.  (November 14, 2017)—Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) today announced a collaboration with Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien for his own artist series guitar: the EOB Sustainer Stratocaster®. Fender and O’Brien joined forces to produce a guitar that’s as enigmatic and entrancing as the musician’s storied six-string orchestration is. Equipped with a Fernandes® SustainerTM unit, O’Brien designed this guitar with the intention of helping players everywhere experiment, create and find their own diverse sound.
“I have played Fender guitars for a long time now, so it was an honor to collaborate and design an instrument with Fender.  The initial idea for the EOB Sustainer Strat actually came from a dream I had,” said Ed O’ Brien. “I’ve so enjoyed working closely with the entire Fender family from Alex Perez, Fender Senior Master Builder, and Neil Whitcher, Head of Artist Relations here in the U.K., and the team who built it down in Ensenada.  We have put together a really beautiful guitar, that is extremely versatile and capable of making some truly extraordinary sounds.
O’Brien road tested and showcased the EOB Sustainer Stratocaster on the Radiohead ‘Moon Shaped Pool’ world tour throughout 2016 and 2017. It’s versatility seamlessly opened the door to sonic creativity on tracks, such as “Kid A,” “Idioteque,” “Weird Fishes/Arpeggi,” “Ful Stop,” “15 Step,” “Pyramid Song,” “All I Need,” “The Gloaming,” and “Burn the Witch.” More importantly, the guitar’s versatility has enabled him to switch between experimental tones and more ‘traditional’ sounds required on these songs without having to change instruments.
The hardware includes a Seymour Duncan® JB Jr. humbucking bridge pickup, a Fender Texas Special™ single-coil middle pickup, and a Fernandes® Sustainer™ unit in the neck position.  The unit sustains a fifth up, in unison and the octave up.  O’Brien has used a Fernandes Sustainer unit in a Clapton Strat since 2000, allowing him to make sounds not usually associated with a guitar but a synth.
“Ed is an innovative and influential guitar player,” adds Justin Norvell, Senior Vice President, Fender Products. “We both felt it was important to present the guitar community with a new instrument worthy of his catalog and creativity. It’s very much a 21stcentury electric guitar with multiple dimensions of sound, allowing for creative sonic texturing and atmospheric layering that make for great guitar tones.  Ed worked extensively with us on it and was extremely hands-on throughout the two-year process. We collectively aimed to preserve his attention to detail and tone with a product that captured what he was looking for.  Ed’s goal was to create a tool of inspiration, for players to discover new sounds and find their own voice on this instrument.”
Fender’s popular artist models are geared toward product progression and storytelling; creating instruments designed to the unique specifications of the world’s most iconic artists. To learn more about this new artist model and O’Brien’s journey, watch the "Fender Presents: Ed O’Brien Sustainer Stratocaster®” video, click here.
For technical specs, additional information on new Fender products and to find a retail partner near you, visit www.fender.com. Join the conversation on social media by following @Fender.
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Ed O'Brien’s ambient, ethereal and orchestral guitar style is an essential part of the sonic identity of Radiohead. Fender partnered with the groundbreaking player to create the EOB Sustainer Stratocaster — an instrument as unique as his sound. The EOB Sustainer Stratocaster offers a wide palette of tones thanks to its Seymour Duncan® JB Jr. humbucking bridge pickup, Texas Special™ single-coil middle pickup and Fernandes® Sustainer™ unit in the neck position. The Sustainer works some technical magic to create near-infinite sustain on one or more strings, making it easy to achieve thick, textured sounds. The Sustainer’s controls include an on/off switch, intensity control and three-position switch to select the mode: Fundamental-only, Harmonic-only or Blend.  A mix of modern and classic, this Stratocaster features a 6-saddle vintage-style synchronized tremolo bridge, vintage-style tuning machines, a “10/56 V” neck profile, 21 narrow-jumbo frets, a synthetic bone nut and a special neck plate engraved with a custom “Flower of Life” emblem.
Since 1946, Fender has revolutionized music and culture as one of the world’s leading musical instrument manufacturers, marketers and distributors. Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC), whose portfolio of brands includes Fender®, Squier®, Gretsch® guitars, Jackson®, EVH® and Charvel®, follows a player-centric approach to crafting the highest quality instruments and musical solutions across genres. FMIC is dedicated to unlocking the power of music through electric and acoustic guitars, amplifiers, pro audio, accessories and digital products that inspire and enable musical expression at every stage, from beginners to history-making legends.
<![CDATA[Classic Bass Tone From A 4x10 Cabinet]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/classic-bass-tone-from-a-4x10-cabinet Tue, 14 Nov 2017 11:27:49 GMT


Acoustic Amplification's B410C 4x10 Cab 
Delivers Classic Bass Tone   

Thousand Oaks, CA - November 2017...
From the classic festivals of the '60s and '70s
to the evolution of high-powered bass rigs, Acoustic® Amplifiers has always been the 
amp musicians look to for "the pro's tone." 
Now, Acoustic brings back that classic sound
with the new B410C Bass Cabinet.
Sporting the time-tested 4 x 10-inch configuration cherished by generations of bassists, the Acoustic B410C Bass Cabinet handles 400 Watts through four custom-designed traditional ferrite speakers, delivering the coveted warm, smooth sound with just the right combination of low-end punch and midrange definition. Combined with a defeat-able high-frequency horn driver, the B410C translates your tone across the entire bass spectrum with articulation and authority. Its 8-Ohm impedance rating and parallel 1/4-inch inputs make it easy to run multiple cabinets from a single amp head for a wide range of configurations.
The B410C features a rugged, tour-tough, multi-layer plywood cabinet designed to deliver powerful, solid tone and performance while reducing weight and bulk. The cabinet is equipped with heavy-duty spring-loaded side handles and castor-ready sockets for easy transport.
"This great cab harkens back to the original bass speakers that consistently delivered amazing tone for serious bassists," remarks Brian Harsh, Acoustic product manager. "The new B410C Bass Cabinet brings back that classic powerhouse bass sound, with a modern day flavor."
The B410C Bass Cabinet is available at a street price of $299.99 at all Guitar Center stores, from Musician's Friend, and online at guitarcenter.com. For more information about Acoustic Amplification, visit http://acousticamplification.com.
About Acoustic Amplification
The Acoustic® Amplification company was established in 1967 and has been producing renowned amps sought after for their enormous tone and power. For over 40 years, many players have trusted "The Pro's Tone" for their signature sound, both on stage and in the studio. Acoustic offers an ever-expanding line of stringed-instrument amplifiers, including their Class-D/Neo Series bass amps, Lead Series electric guitar amplification and A Series acoustic instrument amplifiers. You can learn more about the complete lineup of Acoustic products at www.acousticamplification.com.
For more information contact: Acoustic Amplification, P.O. Box 5111, Thousand Oaks, CA 91359.


<![CDATA[Kid Nepro Classic Rock for Korg Kronos]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/kid-nepro-classic-rock-for-korg-kronos Tue, 14 Nov 2017 11:23:51 GMT


Kid Nepro Classic Rock for Korg Kronos - $39.00 USD
New Sounds For Korg Kronos MOD-7, AL-1, MS20 & Polysix EX Sound Engines
64 Programs - 16 Combis
Kid Nepro's Classic Rock sound collection for Kronos picks up where EXi Super Synths left off. With more great synth sounds for Mod-7, AL-1, MS-20 & Poly 6 sound engines. A wide assortment of vintage sounds that are perfect for your next Classic Rock recording session or live gig. Classic Rock includes a cool mix of new Synth Basses, Leads, Strings, Pads and lot's of classic rock rhythms that were used on countless recordings during the 60s, 70’s and 80's.  
All programs are well crafted and also have programmed a drum track and KARMA functions. Combis include all four engines working together as well as drums and percussion from the HD-1 engine in the drum track and KARMA modules. The results are a truly unique set of amazing synths sounds that were used on countless Classic Rock recordings from the 60’s and 70’s.
More info & demos at:
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              Kid Nepro Productions
          Quality Sounds Since 1984
Product Sales;    sales@kidnepro.com
Product Support;  support@kidnepro.com
Web Home Page;    http://www.kidnepro.com
<![CDATA[Get Your Trance Bliss On]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/get-your-trance-bliss-on Tue, 14 Nov 2017 11:21:46 GMT



It’s new release day and this week we’ve got Trance Bliss, some of the most beautiful Trance melodies to date.

Zenhiser Pack: Trance Bliss

Price: $55.00 AUD

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


<![CDATA[Electra DSP 1.0.8 Now Available]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/electra-dsp-1.0.8-now-available Tue, 14 Nov 2017 11:19:26 GMT



v 1.0.8
Available now!


Version 1.0.8 fixes an issue that could cause
Electra to fade in and out during offline bounces.

AAX version now responds to Alt-Start-Ctrl
to enable automation parameters


to download the installer today!
BUY : $149
<![CDATA[Yamaha EAD10 Drum Module Helps Drummers Turn An Acoustic Set Into A Dynamic Digital Studio]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/yamaha-ead10-drum-module-helps-drummers-turn-an-acoustic-set-into-a-dynamic-digital-studio Mon, 13 Nov 2017 13:21:18 GMT


Revolutionary Yamaha EAD10 Drum Module Helps Drummers
Turn an Acoustic Set into a Dynamic Digital Studio

BUENA PARK, Calif. (November 13, 2017) — Yamaha today introduced the EAD10, the first-ever stand-alone acoustic drum module system enabling drummers to easily capture the sounds of an acoustic drum set with a single microphone/trigger component attached to a powerful digital processor.


Ideal for recording, rehearsal and performance, the EAD10 addresses persistent challenges facing drummers who want to record high-quality drum performances easily and affordably, thanks to its central module and combination microphone/trigger sensor that easily mounts on the bass drum. The microphone effectively captures and reproduces the natural, dynamic sound of the entire kit, while the module adds any number of effects, including flange, phase, and several varieties of reverb.


For hybrid drum expansion, the central module features a snare trigger input and two 3-zone trigger inputs that are compatible with the Yamaha DT50S snare trigger and DTX Series pads. This connectivity provides endless creative possibilities with nearly 800 stored sounds and effects, an onboard sampler and 50 preset combinations, with room to program 200 more.


The EAD10’s free Rec ‘N’ Share iOS app enables drummers to record their drum track on top of their favorite music, while at the same time capture a video of their performance. Once complete, they can easily share the final result on social platforms such as YouTube.

Bands performing in small live venues may want to connect the central module to a mixer, to use the EAD10 as a reference for the PA system. With all drums and effects routed through the PA, the EAD10 helps integrate a live band’s sound into a more coherent whole.

“The EAD10 is a huge breakthrough for acoustic drummers,” said Steven Fisher, marketing manager, Yamaha Drums. “Drummers can now easily record audio and video of their performances without going to a professional studio or purchasing a complicated and expensive system of mics. Whether for recording, performing or practice, this module opens up a world of possibilities for creativity.”

Pricing and Availability   

The Yamaha EAD10 (MSRP: $639.00) is currently shipping. For more information, visit http://4wrd.it/EAD

For more information on Yamaha Drums, visit www.yamahadrums.com




About Yamaha

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


<![CDATA[Moods Blues Soul Jazz ]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/moods-blues-soul-jazz Mon, 13 Nov 2017 12:28:54 GMT


Moods Blues Soul Jazz Vol.1


Patchbanks proudly presents Moods Blues Soul Jazz Vol.1, a flavorful collection containing live drumless performance samples in jazz, soul and bossa nova for beatmakers and sample-based music production.


Explore an array of superb artists performing live laid-back vibes in trios, duets and solo arrangements that were recorded and mixed at various studios with a host of vintage gear. Instruments include grand pianos, rhodes, whurlitzer, various jazz guitars, bass, flute, saxophone, trumpet, flugelhorn and vibraphone.


Each stereo sample was processed and mixed on analog consoles and pre-mastered with LA-2A limiters for that rich vintage tube saturation sound.


• Compositions: 19 Samples (Mixed Stereo)
• File Type: Aiff 24bit
• Music Styles: Jazz, Soul, Bossa Nova
• Range: 65-172bpm
• File Size: 325MB






<![CDATA[This Man Really Knows Where To Put The Mics - Do You?]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/this-man-really-knows-where-to-put-the-mics---do-you Mon, 13 Nov 2017 10:24:25 GMT
Al Schmitt on Using Microphones

First video course of the METAlliance Academy Series
 released at Groove3.com

Montclair, NJ (November 13, 2017) -Hal Leonard and the METAlliance® proudly present the first installment of the METAlliance Academy Series, a new video tutorial series featuring the collective knowledge of the famed METAlliance members. In the 16 videos encompassing this first course, titled Al Schmitt on Using Microphones, Groove3 subscribers can now learn directly from an engineer who has won 20 Grammys and has worked on over 150 gold and platinum records by such artists as Steely Dan, Toto, Natalie Cole, Quincy Jones, Diana Krall, Luis Miguel, Ray Charles, Chick Corea, DeeDee Bridgewater, and, finally, Paul McCartney in 2013.
In Al Schmitt on Using Microphones, Groove3 subscribers join Al in the studio as he walks them through his miking process, helps them select proper equipment, and guides them in capturing the best possible sound. Viewers will learn to consider variables such as song style, instrumentation, and the recording space itself when selecting and placing a microphone; they will also watch Al demonstrate his favorite techniques and setups for a number of instruments including drums, bass, piano, guitars (both acoustic and electric), organs, and horns as played across many genres of music.
Beyond equipment and techniques, Al draws on stories from his illustrious career as he explains the importance of skillfully interacting with musicians. He highlights the importance of catering to an artist's vision and preferences in order to create a session that is both comfortable and effective for all involved.
As though this material weren't enough, Al Schmitt on Using Microphones also features an exclusive interview with its creator conducted by none other than Ed Cherney, his fellow METAlliance® producer and engineer extraordinaire. There's never been an easier way to advance years in your craft than with Al Schmitt on Using Microphones!
Available with the All Access Pass for $15/month
or to download for $9.98
16 Videos 
Length: 53min 45sec
About Hal Leonard and Groove3:
Hal Leonard Books, a division of Hal Leonard Corporation, the leading publisher of books and digital content on the music business, audio technology, and instrument history, and Groove3, the audio community's online resource for top-notch training videos, have announced a long-term strategic partnership to develop and deliver authoritative content to the world. Over the coming months and years, Hal Leonard will bring an unprecedented assortment of globally influential recording, audio, and music experts from a variety of fields to the Groove3 platform.


<![CDATA[Don't Fret - Here's The News About The WA-47jr FET]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/dont-fret---heres-the-news-about-the-wa-47jr-fet Fri, 10 Nov 2017 12:50:48 GMT


WA-47jr​ ​FET​ ​Condenser​ ​Microphone

New​ ​Product​ ​From​ ​Warm​ ​Audio​ ​-​ ​In​ ​Stores​ ​(First​ ​Week​ ​of​ ​December​ ​2017)

Product​ ​Page:​​ ​​https://www.warmaudio.com/wa47jr


The​ ​WA-47jr​ ​is​ ​an​ ​FET​ ​transformerless​ ​version​ ​of​ ​the​ ​highly​ ​renowned​ ​classic​ ​‘47​ ​microphone​ ​that​ ​has been​ ​used​ ​on​ ​countless​ ​hit​ ​records​ ​for​ ​the​ ​last​ ​50+​ ​years.​ ​​ ​The​ ​WA-47jr​ ​is​ ​fully​ ​discrete,​ ​has​ ​3​ ​polar patterns​ ​and​ ​is​ ​designed​ ​for​ ​pro​ ​studio,​ ​home​ ​studio,​ ​live,​ ​and​ ​broadcast​ ​applications.​ ​​ ​The​ ​WA-47jr sounds​ ​great​ ​on​ ​vocals,​ ​acoustic/electric​ ​guitars,​ ​acoustic/electric​ ​bass,​ ​drums,​ ​piano,​ ​strings, brass/woodwind​ ​instruments,​ ​and​ ​an​ ​array​ ​of​ ​other​ ​sources.


The​ ​WA-47jr​ ​proudly​ ​utilizes​ ​a​ ​custom​ ​k47​ ​style​ ​capsule​ ​reproduction,​ ​designed​ ​with​ ​the​ ​same​ ​hole pattern​ ​and​ ​frequency​ ​response​ ​as​ ​the​ ​vintage​ ​design.​ ​​ ​Our​ ​version​ ​of​ ​this​ ​capsule​ ​(model# WA-47-B-80v)​ ​is​ ​carefully​ ​manufactured​ ​by​ ​an​ ​Australian​ ​capsule​ ​manufacturer​ ​with​ ​careful​ ​precision​ ​and repeat-ability​ ​that​ ​allows​ ​the​ ​most​ ​important​ ​sonic​ ​piece​ ​of​ ​the​ ​classic​ ​mic​ ​to​ ​be​ ​heard​ ​and​ ​influence​ ​the tone​ ​and​ ​signature​ ​of​ ​the​ ​WA-47jr.​ ​​ ​The​ ​WA47jr's​ ​low-noise​ ​and​ ​discrete​ ​signal​ ​path,​ ​when​ ​paired​ ​with this​ ​excellent​ ​true​ ​'47​ ​style​ ​capsule,​ ​allows​ ​it​ ​to​ ​obtain​ ​a​ ​very​ ​similar​ ​tone​ ​to​ ​the​ ​classic​ ​‘47​ ​microphone, but​ ​at​ ​a​ ​much​ ​lower​ ​price​ ​tag.​ ​​ ​The​ ​WA-47jr​ ​utilizes​ ​the​ ​same​ ​k47​ ​style​ ​capsule​ ​found​ ​in​ ​our​ ​flagship WA-47​ ​tube​ ​condenser​ ​microphone​.


The​ ​WA-47jr​ ​circuit​ ​uses​ ​high​ ​quality​ ​Toshiba​ ​FET’s,​ ​Wima​ ​film​ ​capacitors​ ​and​ ​Panasonic​ ​electrolytic capacitors.​ ​​ ​The​ ​circuit​ ​is​ ​modernized​ ​and​ ​more​ ​simple​ ​than​ ​the​ ​classic​ ​‘47​ ​tube​ ​microphone,​ ​but​ ​the components​ ​and​ ​circuitry​ ​are​ ​top-notch,​ ​and​ ​have​ ​a​ ​sound​ ​quality​ ​and​ ​tone​ ​that​ ​punches​ ​far​ ​above anything​ ​we’ve​ ​ever​ ​heard​ ​in​ ​this​ ​price​ ​range.


We​ ​at​ ​Warm​ ​Audio​ ​are​ ​very​ ​excited​ ​to​ ​bring​ ​this​ ​‘47​ ​style​ ​FET​ ​condenser​ ​microphone​ ​and​ ​classic​ ​tone​ ​to the​ ​market​ ​at​ ​such​ ​an​ ​affordable​ ​price.​ ​​ ​We​ ​feel​ ​confident​ ​that​ ​you​ ​will​ ​enjoy​ ​a​ ​lifetime​ ​of​ ​beautiful recordings​ ​with​ ​the​ ​WA-47jr.




•​ ​FET​ ​transformerless​ ​'47​ ​style​ ​condenser​ ​microphone.
•​ ​Custom​ ​made​ ​true​ ​'47​ ​(k47-style)​ ​34mm​ ​capsule​ ​(model#​ ​WA-47-B-80v).
•​ ​Capsule​ ​makeup:​ ​Gold​ ​sputtered,​ ​dual​ ​large​ ​diaphragm,​ ​single​ ​backplate,​ ​6​ ​microns​ ​mylar.
•​ ​Fully​ ​discrete​ ​signal​ ​path,​ ​Toshiba​ ​FET’s,​ ​Wima​ ​film​ ​capacitors,​ ​Panasonic​ ​electrolytic​ ​capacitors. •​ ​Polar​ ​Patterns:​ ​Cardioid,​ ​Figure-of-eight,​ ​and​ ​Omni-directional.
•​ ​High-pass​ ​filter:​ ​70Hz
•​ ​Pad:​ ​-10db
•​ ​Self-noise:​ ​9dBA
•​ ​Dynamic​ ​range:​ ​138dBA
•​ ​Maximum​ ​SPL:​ ​147/157dB​ ​(@1kHz​ ​1kOhms​ ​0.5%​ ​THD,​ ​0/-10dB)
•​ ​Frequency​ ​Range:​ ​20​ ​Hz~20​ ​kHz
•​ ​Sensitivity:​ ​10mV/Pa​ ​or​ ​-40dB
•​ ​Output​ ​Impedance:​ ​100​ ​ohms
•​ ​Rated​ ​Load​ ​Impedance:​ ​≥1kOhms
•​ ​Maximum​ ​output:​ ​16dBu​ ​@1kHz,​ ​1kOhms,​ ​0.5%​ ​THD
•​ ​S/N​ ​Ratio:​ ​85dBA​ ​(IEC651)
•​ ​Equivalent​ ​Noise:​ ​9dBA​ ​(IEC651)
•​ ​Dynamic​ ​Range:​ ​138dBA​ ​(IEC651)
•​ ​48v​ ​phantom​ ​powered
•​ ​3-Pin​ ​Gold-Plated​ ​XLR
•​ ​Includes:​ ​Shockmount,​ ​hardmount,​ ​zipper​ ​storage​ ​pouch
•​ ​Nickel​ ​Plated
•​ ​Weight:​ ​1.1​ ​lbs
•​ ​Diameter:​ ​52mm
•​ ​Length:​ ​210mm



$​ ​299​ ​USD​ ​|​ ​349​ ​​€​​ ​INC​ ​VAT






<![CDATA[ RCF Expands HDL Series Line Array Family]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/rcf-expands-hdl-series-line-array-family Fri, 10 Nov 2017 12:42:53 GMT


RCF Expands HDL Series Line Array Family with HDL30-A


RCF continues to expand the HDL family of line array products with the HDL30-A. With a family of products that now ranges from the active, dual 6” two-way HDL6-A to the active, three-way dual 12” HDL50-A, RCF has rounded out a family of line array solutions to meet the needs of any size live event production or any performing arts installation need.

The HDL30-A is positioned to deliver a new starndard in pro audio production. High powered, lightweight, easy to array offering full-range frequency response down to 50 Hz, linear response and zero-degree phase the HDL30-A becomes the ideal solution for touring, event production and installation.

A compact, 2200-watt bi-amped two-way cabinet, the HDL30-A features two neodymium 10” woofers coupled with a 4” voice coil high-frequency compression driver mounted on a time coherent 100°x15° 4PATH waveguide.

RCF has specifically matched each component for optimal performance. Not only in engineering design, RCF actually manufactues the cabinet and transducers. This process allows for matching the transducers for better clarity and performance. Crossover point for the high-frequency driver is 680 Hz, with woofers offering response down to 50 Hz while achieving SPL levels up to 137 dB.

RCF engineering puts a new perspective on linearity with the introduction of FiRPHASE technology into the cabinet’s DSP. FiRPHASE is a proprietary and advanced FIR filtering technology that optimizes dynamics, amplitude and phase patterns ensuring transparent sound and absolute clarity.

The HDL30-A also includes RCF’s RDNet onboard. The proprietarty remote-controlled DSP gives real-time control and monitoring from the front-of-house location. RDNet allows for continuous monitoring the entire system and individual components, provides for system configurations including design of array angles with the built-in inclinometer, set EQs as well as adjust gain and delay settings.

For production and touring, hardware is designed for an easy and fast setup. Array angle pointes can be adjusted prior to hanging the system while the cabinets are still on the ground and slip automatically into the correct position when pulling up the array. At just 55 pounds, cartage costs and rigging time is significantly reduced. Up to 20 HDL30-A can be flown on a single flybar.

Considering its acoustical power, its performance and its cost, the HDL30-A provides one of the most effective price-to-performance ratios in the industry today.

Let’s look at the features:

    •    2200W Peak Power
    •    137 dB Max SPL
    •    100° x 15° Coverage
    •    1.4” Titanium Compression Driver, 4.0” voice coil
    •    2 x 10” Neodymium Woofers, 2.5” voice coil
    •    Exclusive FiRPHASE technology plus RDNet Control and Management
    •    11.54” x 27.76” x 19.76” – 55 lbs.


The RCF HDL30-A is now shipping. For more information: www.rcf.it/en_US/professional-speaker-systems/d-line/hdl-30-a




RCF USA Inc. is a wholly owned Edison, New Jersey–based branch of The RCF Group, a privately held Italian conglomerate.



<![CDATA[Don't Say Goodbye To Summer Quite Yet]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/dont-say-goodbye-to-summer-quite-yet Fri, 10 Nov 2017 12:19:37 GMT




'Summer House Anthems Vol 2' reignites this feel-good series inspired by heavy-duty House names like EDX, Kaskade, Cedric Gervais and Sultan & Shepard. Producer Loops enlisted an expert House producer with multiple Top 100 releases on labels like Sony, Spinnin', Ultra and Toolroom, all with the goal of crafting five Construction Kits that evoke the sun-drenched vibes of the White Isle.

Quintessential House organs, uplifting leads, mood-setting vocal snippets and M1 basslines run throughout the core of this release, making it an essential addition to any House connoisseur's sample arsenal.

So sit back, crack open a cold one, and enjoy 'Summer House Anthems Vol 2' with Producer Loops.

MIDI Files Included:

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

Advantages of MIDI:

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

Dry/Wet Loops:

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

Unlooped Riffs/Tails:

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


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


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

Price and Availability:

'Summer House Anthems Vol 2’ is available for instant download exclusively at ProducerLoops.com for £34.95 / 41,33 EUR. More information is available at: https://www.producerloops.com



<![CDATA[Warm Audio Heats Up The Recording Industry With Their WA-47 Tube Condenser Mic Announcement]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/warm-audio-heats-up-the-recording-industry-with-their-new-wa-47-tube-condenser-mic-announcement Fri, 10 Nov 2017 11:47:51 GMT


WA-47​ ​Tube​ ​Condenser​ ​Microphone


New​ ​Product​ ​From​ ​Warm​ ​Audio​ ​-​ ​In​ ​Stores​ ​(First​ ​Week​ ​of​ ​December​ ​2017)


Product​ ​Page:​​ ​​https://www.warmaudio.com/wa47


The​ ​WA-47​ ​is​ ​an​ ​all​ ​vacuum​ ​tube,​ ​large​ ​diaphragm,​ ​transformer​ ​balanced,​ ​multi-pattern​ ​(9),​ ​large condenser​ ​microphone,​ ​based​ ​on​ ​the​ ​classic​ ​‘47​ ​that​ ​has​ ​been​ ​used​ ​on​ ​countless​ ​hit​ ​records​ ​for​ ​the​ ​last 50+​ ​years.​ ​​ ​The​ ​WA-47​ ​is​ ​designed​ ​for​ ​pro​ ​studio,​ ​home​ ​studio,​ ​live,​ ​and​ ​broadcast​ ​applications​ ​and sounds​ ​great​ ​on​ ​vocals,​ ​acoustic/electric​ ​guitars,​ ​acoustic/electric​ ​bass,​ ​drums,​ ​piano,​ ​strings, brass/woodwind​ ​instruments,​ ​and​ ​an​ ​array​ ​of​ ​other​ ​sources.​ ​​ ​The​ ​classic​ ​‘47​ ​became​ ​extremely​ ​popular​ ​in the​ ​1960’s​ ​and​ ​is​ ​now​ ​considered​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​greatest​ ​microphones​ ​every​ ​made.​ ​​ ​The​ ​classic​ ​‘47​ ​is​ ​still widely​ ​used​ ​today​ ​in​ ​professional​ ​recording​ ​studios​ ​but​ ​have​ ​become​ ​extremely​ ​rare​ ​and​ ​expensive​ ​to acquire.


Designing​ ​the​ ​WA-47​ ​to​ ​sound​ ​like​ ​the​ ​classic​ ​‘47​ ​was​ ​no​ ​easy​ ​task,​ ​especially​ ​considering​ ​that​ ​some​ ​of the​ ​vintage​ ​components​ ​are​ ​no​ ​longer​ ​available.​ ​​ ​We​ ​compared​ ​and​ ​listened​ ​to​ ​2​ ​different​ ​vintage​ ​‘47 mics​ ​and​ ​found​ ​that​ ​they​ ​both​ ​sounded​ ​amazing​ ​but​ ​also​ ​sounded​ ​a​ ​little​ ​different​ ​from​ ​each​ ​other. These​ ​comparison​ ​tests​ ​became​ ​the​ ​benchmark​ ​for​ ​tailoring​ ​our​ ​WA-47​ ​sonics​ ​to​ ​sit​ ​right​ ​in​ ​with​ ​these​ ​2 vintage​ ​‘47​ ​mics.​ ​​ ​We​ ​are​ ​pleased​ ​to​ ​release​ ​such​ ​a​ ​gorgeous​ ​sounding​ ​classic​ ​to​ ​the​ ​market​ ​at​ ​a​ ​price that’s​ ​reachable​ ​to​ ​more​ ​people​ ​than​ ​ever​ ​before.​ ​​ ​We​ ​are​ ​also​ ​proud​ ​to​ ​mention​ ​that​ ​the​ ​WA-47​ ​sounds legitimately​ ​indistinguishable​ ​to​ ​the​ ​vintage​ ​‘47’s​ ​we​ ​auditioned​ ​on​ ​several​ ​sources.


As​ ​with​ ​all​ ​Warm​ ​Audio​ ​products,​ ​we​ ​focus​ ​heavily​ ​on​ ​quality​ ​components​ ​to​ ​ensure​ ​we​ ​release​ ​the​ ​best sounding​ ​product​ ​possible.​ ​​ ​The​ ​WA-47​ ​is​ ​packed​ ​with​ ​top​ ​end​ ​components​ ​that​ ​are​ ​carefully​ ​sourced from​ ​many​ ​of​ ​the​ ​top​ ​pro​ ​audio​ ​component​ ​suppliers​ ​in​ ​the​ ​world.


The​ ​Capsule:​​ ​​ ​The​ ​WA-47​ ​utilizes​ ​a​ ​custom​ ​reproduction​ ​of​ ​the​ ​vintage​ ​47-style​ ​capsule​ ​that​ ​was​ ​used​ ​in the​ ​classic​ ​‘47​ ​microphone​ ​-​ ​designed​ ​with​ ​the​ ​same​ ​hole​ ​pattern​ ​and​ ​frequency​ ​response.​ ​​ ​Our​ ​version of​ ​this​ ​capsule​ ​(model#​ ​WA-47-B-80v)​ ​is​ ​carefully​ ​manufactured​ ​by​ ​an​ ​Australian​ ​capsule​ ​manufacturer, and​ ​its​ ​precision​ ​allows​ ​us​ ​to​ ​nail​ ​the​ ​sonics​ ​for​ ​the​ ​most​ ​important​ ​sonic​ ​piece​ ​of​ ​the​ ​microphone.


The​ ​Tube:​​ ​​ ​A​ ​Slovak​ ​Republic​ ​JJ​ ​5751​ ​vacuum​ ​tube​ ​is​ ​a​ ​lower​ ​gain,​ ​low​ ​noise​ ​tube​ ​that​ ​forces​ ​much​ ​of the​ ​sonics​ ​of​ ​the​ ​capsule​ ​and​ ​transformer​ ​to​ ​be​ ​heard​ ​more​ ​significantly​ ​than​ ​some​ ​higher​ ​gain​ ​tubes might​ ​allow.​ ​​ ​We​ ​auditioned​ ​4​ ​different​ ​tube​ ​brands​ ​and​ ​fell​ ​in​ ​love​ ​with​ ​the​ ​JJ​ ​5751.​ ​​ ​The​ ​frequency response​ ​of​ ​the​ ​JJ​ ​and​ ​the​ ​way​ ​it​ ​contributes​ ​to​ ​the​ ​circuit​ ​is​ ​tonally​ ​smooth​ ​and​ ​vintage​ ​in​ ​nature.


The​ ​Transformer:​ ​​​ ​An​ ​American​ ​made​ ​TAB-Funkenwerk​ ​(AMI)​ ​USA​ ​transformer​ ​with​ ​large​ ​core​ ​imported German​ ​laminations​ ​is​ ​used​ ​in​ ​the​ ​WA-47.​ ​​ ​This​ ​transformer​ ​helps​ ​provide​ ​the​ ​creamy​ ​smooth​ ​top​ ​end, and​ ​the​ ​LARGER​ ​THAN​ ​LIFE​ ​bottom​ ​end​ ​one​ ​would​ ​expect​ ​from​ ​a​ ​47-style​ ​condenser​ ​microphone.


The​ ​Cable:​ ​​​ ​One​ ​component​ ​of​ ​a​ ​tube​ ​microphone​ ​that​ ​is​ ​often​ ​overlooked​ ​is​ ​the​ ​7​ ​pin​ ​cable​ ​that connects​ ​the​ ​microphone​ ​to​ ​its​ ​power​ ​supply.​ ​​ ​When​ ​auditioning​ ​the​ ​WA-47​ ​and​ ​other​ ​tube​ ​microphones we​ ​learned​ ​quite​ ​a​ ​bit​ ​about​ ​7​ ​pin​ ​cables​ ​and​ ​how​ ​the​ ​shielding​ ​and​ ​wire​ ​gauge​ ​size​ ​can​ ​drastically change​ ​the​ ​sonics​ ​of​ ​a​ ​tube​ ​microphone.​ ​​ ​We​ ​have​ ​partnered​ ​with​ ​Gotham​ ​Cable​ ​in​ ​Switzerland​ ​to​ ​use their​ ​very​ ​carefully​ ​built​ ​top-end​ ​7​ ​pin​ ​GAC-7​ ​cable.​ ​​ ​Using​ ​this​ ​cable​ ​increases​ ​top​ ​end​ ​presence​ ​and​ ​the overall​ ​size​ ​of​ ​the​ ​recorded​ ​image​ ​in​ ​the​ ​stereo​ ​field,​ ​by​ ​reducing​ ​phase​ ​shift​ ​and​ ​the​ ​parasitic​ ​effect​ ​of poorly​ ​built​ ​cables.​ ​​ ​Gotham​ ​Cabling​ ​is​ ​very​ ​expensive​ ​and​ ​boutique​ ​in​ ​nature​ ​and​ ​should​ ​be​ ​considered no​ ​small​ ​addition​ ​to​ ​the​ ​WA-47​ ​package.


The​ ​Capacitors:​​ ​​ ​The​ ​WA-47​ ​proudly​ ​uses​ ​a​ ​polystyrene​ ​coupling​ ​capacitor​ ​for​ ​uncompressed​ ​top-end response​ ​from​ ​the​ ​capsule,​ ​wima​ ​film​ ​capacitors​ ​throughout,​ ​and​ ​an​ ​imported​ ​Solen​ ​French​ ​capacitor​ ​on its​ ​output​ ​driving​ ​the​ ​TAB-Funkenwerk​ ​(AMI)​ ​USA​ ​transformer.


We​ ​at​ ​Warm​ ​Audio​ ​are​ ​very​ ​excited​ ​to​ ​bring​ ​this​ ​all​ ​vacuum​ ​tube,​ ​large​ ​diaphragm,​ ​transformer​ ​balanced, multi-pattern​ ​(9),​ ​large​ ​condenser​ ​microphone​ ​to​ ​the​ ​market​ ​at​ ​such​ ​an​ ​affordable​ ​price.​ ​​ ​We​ ​feel confident​ ​that​ ​you​ ​will​ ​enjoy​ ​a​ ​lifetime​ ​of​ ​beautiful​ ​recordings​ ​with​ ​the​ ​WA-47.



•​ ​Custom​ ​true​ ​'47​ ​capsule​ ​reproduction​ ​(k47​ ​style)​ ​-​ ​Model#​ ​WA-47-B-80v •​ ​TAB-Funkenwerk​ ​(AMI)​ ​USA​ ​output​ ​transformer
•​ ​JJ​ ​Slovak​ ​5751​ ​vacuum​ ​tube
•​ ​Gotham​ ​3​ ​meter​ ​GAC-7,​ ​7-pin​ ​tube​ ​microphone​ ​cable

•​ ​Wima,​ ​Solen​ ​French,​ ​and​ ​Polystyrene​ ​capacitors
•​ ​Polar​ ​Patterns:​ ​9​ ​patterns​ ​-​ ​Cardioid,​ ​Omni,​ ​figure-of-eight​ ​+​ ​6​ ​mixed​ ​patterns
•​ ​Self-noise:​ ​11dBA
•​ ​Dynamic​ ​range:​ ​130dBA
•​ ​Maximum​ ​SPL:​ ​140dB​ ​​ ​(<0.5%​ ​THD)
•​ ​Frequency​ ​Range:​ ​20​ ​Hz~20​ ​kHz
•​ ​Output​ ​Impedance:​ ​200​ ​ohms
•​ ​Rated​ ​Load​ ​Impedance:​ ​≥2kOhms
•​ ​S/N​ ​Ratio:​ ​82dBA
•​ ​Equivalent​ ​Noise:​ ​10dBA​ ​(IEC651)
•​ ​External​ ​IEC​ ​grounded​ ​PSU
•​ ​Includes:​ ​Microphone,​ ​Wood​ ​box,​ ​PSU,​ ​Shockmount,​ ​Gotham​ ​7​ ​pin​ ​GAC-7​ ​cable,​ ​IEC​ ​power​ ​cord •​ ​Total​ ​Contents​ ​Weight​ ​-​ ​9​ ​lbs
•​ ​Mic​ ​Diameter:​ ​90mm
•​ ​Mic​ ​Length:​ ​254mm





$​ ​899​ ​USD​ ​|​ ​1099​ ​​€​​ ​INC​ ​VAT

<![CDATA[How About A Little Plate Reverb For Your Mix? How About For Free?]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/how-about-a-little-plate-reverb-for-your-mix-how-about-for-free Thu, 9 Nov 2017 12:41:32 GMT


Soundtoys Releases New Reverb Plug-In





November 8, 2017 (BURLINGTON, VT) – Soundtoys, Inc., a leading developer of professional audio effects plug-ins, announced the immediate availability of their new Little Plate plug-in, and are offering it free for a limited time. To create their first dedicated reverb plug-in, Soundtoys collected plate reverbs from around the world, including five immense original EMT 140s, which are still considered the finest example of the plate reverb sound. After months of repair, tuning, and careful listening they meticulously modeled the rich and spacious sound of their favorite plate from this collection. Then they added a distinct and creative twist – infinite decay time.


The enormous original wood-clad EMT 140 weighs in at about 600 pounds. It uses a magnetic transducer to vibrate a massive sheet of metal, sending the result back to the engineer via a pickup that captures the resulting reverberation. Plate reverb is still a very sought-after sound many decades after its debut, yet remains out of reach of the average studio due to its enormous size, hefty weight and scarcity of replacement parts.


Little Plate faithfully recreates the 140 plate reverb vibe along with some distinctly modern additions like infinite decay time and a modulation switch. The original EMT 140, with its mechanical and possibly asbestos-clad damping plate, could vary its reverberation decay time from 1 to 5 seconds. Little Plate offers a broader range of decay times: as short as half a second for super tight ambience effects, to truly cavernous extended decay times up to infinity for unique and creative frozen reverb sounds. When modulation is switched on, chaotic variations are used to add life and movement to the reverberation effect. 


Product highlights include:

  • Classic EMT 140 emulation
  • Extended decay time and infinite reverb effects
  • Modulation switch for natural sounding variation in the reverb tail
  • Low Cut filter tames low frequency mud
  • Complete product description at http://www.soundtoys.com/product/little-plate/


Soundtoys is offering Little Plate for FREE at soundtoys.com through November 22, 2017. Once this offer ends, Little Plate will be sold individually for $99. Little Plate now comes with Soundtoys 5 and Soundtoys 5 Academic, and was automatically deposited into the iLok accounts of version 5 bundle owners. Little Plate requires a free iLok.com account, but does NOT require an iLok USB dongle.




Website: http://www.soundtoys.com/



About Soundtoys

Based in Burlington VT, Soundtoys (formerly Wave Mechanics) was founded in 1996 by Ken Bogdanowicz, the DSP effects designer behind the legendary H3000 Ultra-Harmonizer and the DSP4000 line of hardware signal processors from Eventide. Today, the company develops world-class, creative signal-processing software, including the renowned EchoBoy and Decapitator plug-ins, for mixing engineers, producers, musicians, sound designers, and any other audio creators in need of inspiring effects. Soundtoys users include Benny Blanco, Skywalker Sound, David Sitek, Bob Power, Dave Pensado, Sigur Ros, Tony Maserati, BOOTS, Butch Vig, Glass Animals, Tom Elmhirst, and Trent Reznor.

<![CDATA[PRS Expands The Custom 24 Model Platform For 2018]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/prs-expands-the-custom-24-model-platform-for-2018 Thu, 9 Nov 2017 12:28:06 GMT


PRS Expands the Custom 24 Model Platform for 2018



(STEVENSVILLE, MD) November 9, 2017 – The Custom 24 is the quintessential PRS guitar, the iconic instrument that helped start the company in 1985, and has been played by internationally touring artists, gigging musicians, and aspiring players ever since. For 2018, PRS is adding a new model based on that platform: the Custom 24-08.


A marriage of the Custom 24 and PRS 408 models, the Custom 24-08 keeps all the same foundational specifications as the original Custom – maple top, mahogany back and neck, 24 frets, 25” scale length, the PRS patented Gen III tremolo, and dual 85/15 humbuckers – but adds a new level of versatility with its simple switching system. The Custom 24-08 features a 3-way blade switch and two mini-toggle coil split switches. This intuitive switching system, as featured on the PRS 408 model, allows for eight distinct pickup combinations. The 85/15 Multi-Tap pickups, paired with this control layout, provide a full array of humbucker tones and single-coil sounds unlike any other PRS, including a dual single coil option.


“Getting eight musical and highly usable pickup settings in one guitar is not a small task. From the fullness of the humbuckers to the crisp clarity of the single coils and all the in between sounds, the Custom 24-08 captures a full range of uncompromised tone,” said Paul Reed Smith. “We have learned a lot about pickups through the years, and there is something about the recipe of this guitar that really stands out.”


By adding this new control layout to the company’s most classic model, PRS Guitars has created an incredibly versatile, intuitive, and toneful instrument with classic PRS playability, and reliability. For more information, including complete specifications, images, and video, please visit www.prsguitars.com.




About PRS Guitars:

Paul Reed Smith Guitars is a leading manufacturer of high quality instruments in Stevensville, Maryland and has provided some of the world’s most renowned musicians with instruments since 1985. The PRS team of highly skilled craftspeople design and build a wide variety of musical instruments and gear for worldwide distribution, including electric, acoustic, and bass guitars as well as boutique-style guitar amplifiers. The PRS SE line of products complements the Maryland-made PRS line by offering highly approachable and more affordable electric, acoustic, and bass guitars. Carlos Santana, Neal Schon, John McLaughlin, John Mayer, Jimmy Herring, Linkin Park, Orianthi, Blake Shelton, Mark Tremonti, Zach Myers of Shinedown, Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line, David Grissom, Martin Simpson, Tony McManus, and Derek Trucks are among the artists currently playing PRS instruments and/or amplifiers.


PRS Guitars Info: www.prsguitars.com

<![CDATA[Handheld, High-Definition Mic For Your Mac, PC And iOS Devices]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/handheld-high-definition-mic-for-your-mac-pc-and-ios-devices Thu, 9 Nov 2017 12:19:43 GMT
iRig Mic HD 2 - the only handheld, high-definition digital
microphone for iPhone, iPad, Mac and PC is now available

The handheld USB and iOS condenser microphone with integrated headphone output offers a breakthrough in mobile recording for musicians, content creators and journalists
November 9, 2017 - IK Multimedia is proud to announce that iRig Mic HD 2 is now available worldwide. iRig Mic HD 2 is designed to put all the power of high-resolution digital audio into the hands of singers, musicians, interviewers, broadcasters, presenters, podcasters, and vloggers who are looking to capture pristine mobile recordings anywhere with remarkable ease.
iRig Mic HD 2 is the only handheld digital microphone featuring high definition audio quality up to 24-bit/96 kHz, a low noise preamp, a high-quality gold-sputtered electret condenser capsule for exceptional frequency and transient response and an onboard dedicated headphone output with volume control for monitoring.


Offering unparalleled quality and flexibility at an affordable price, iRig Mic HD 2 comes with all the cables and accessories needed for every situation, as well as a convenient table tripod for use during interviews, podcasts or video shooting.
High-quality mobile recording, always on hand
In the studio or on the go, iRig Mic HD 2 is a wide-ranging tool for enhancing the quality of audio content creation with all the convenience of a handheld form factor. iRig Mic HD 2 delivers incredible performance and gives users the ability to record their instruments or vocal performances with 24-bit resolution and sample rates up to 96kHz.
The integrated low-noise preamp provides an optimal gain range while the gold-sputtered condenser capsule ensures clarity and accuracy over a frequency spectrum of 20 Hz - 20 kHz (-3 dB) making sure all the tiniest details of the sound source are faithfully captured in recordings.
Able to withstand a maximum sound pressure of 120dB, iRig Mic HD 2 provides a high level of performance and quality even when recording loud sources while the cardioid pickup pattern will help reject sounds coming from the rear of the microphone.
Built-in headphone out - iPhone ready
iRig Mic HD 2 features a versatile, integrated headphone output with volume control, which makes it compatible with the latest iPhones as well, letting it be used for monitoring the audio signal during recording or for listening to high-resolution music. The output can also be connected to an external device like a mixer or a PA system for sending audio.


Accessories and compatibility
iRig Mic HD 2 is Apple certified MFi hardware (Made for iPhone and iPad) which means it works right out of the box with all iOS devices with a Lightning port, including the latest iPhone as well as with Mac and PC. It comes with a Lightning connector cable, a USB cable and extra accessories like a convenient table tripod, for use during conferences, radio shows, video calls etc., a sleek carrying pouch, for protecting the microphone while traveling or for storage, a mic stand clip and a handy 5/8" to 3/8" thread adapter.
Over $/€170 worth of software and apps
iRig Mic HD 2 comes with downloadable versions of Mac and PC software including Ableton® Live Lite™, a Digital Audio Workstation application; T-RackS Classic collection of audio processing plug-ins; and Mic Room, with incredibly realistic virtual models of some of the most desirable microphones of all time. Also included are iOS apps such as the Mic Pack for VocaLive, that adds a collection of virtual microphone models to the real-time vocal effects processing and multitrack recorder app; Pro Bundle for iRig Recorder, which adds indispensable processing like equalization and compression to the pro-audio recording and editing app with video; and Mic Room, the microphone modeling app.
Pricing and availability
iRig Mic HD 2 is available from the IK Multimedia online store and from IK authorized dealers worldwide for only $/€129.99*

* All prices excluding taxes
For more information, please visit:
For a video of iRig Mic HD 2 in action, please visit:
<![CDATA[The Perfect Tool To Carve Your Mix?]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/the-perfect-tool-to-carve-your-mix Thu, 9 Nov 2017 12:15:20 GMT


Kilohearts announces Carve EQ plugin

Sculpt, tweak and match with this easy-to-use mixing and mastering EQ.

Price: €79. Available: November 16, 2017


Innovative Swedish music software developer Kilohearts has announced Carve EQ, adding to their extensive range of VST/AU/AAX effects plugins. A versatile, sonically transparent equaliser plugin for mixing, mastering and sound design, Carve EQ gives you access to a powerful under-the-hood filtering system via an efficient and intuitive set of tools. It’s also compatible with Kilohearts’ Snap Heap and Multipass effects rack plugins, making it part of the broader modular Snapins* system as well as a self-contained processor.


Designing your perfect equalisation curve in Carve EQ’s responsive graphical interface couldn’t be easier. Use the Sculpting tool to cut or boost width-adjustable peaking bands, the Pencil tool to draw freehand, and the Point Select tool to drag breakpoints around in the curve. Left and right or mid and sides channels can be tweaked together in linked mode, or unlinked for editing as two independent curves. Alternatively, if you’d rather the hard work was done for you, switch to the Match tool to capture the frequency profile of one track or sound and apply it to another.


Carve EQ also features a responsive spectral analyser, showing you exactly what effect your frequency adjustments are having on the signal, and enabling a range of onboard genre-based profiles, any imported WAV or a live sidechain input to be used for monitoring reference. The resizable GUI is readily adaptable to any workspace, while the the curve editor encourages musicality as well as precision by describing the current mouse pointer position in both Hz and note name.


Surgical enough to handle the gamut of mixing duties, and with the all smoothness and transparency required for a place in the mastering chain, Carve EQ is the ultimate creative and corrective frequency shaping toolbox.


Carve EQ will be available from November 16th, 2017, priced €79. See it in action.

For more information: https://kilohearts.com/products/carve_eq

Promo video link





*About Snapins

As well as VST, AU, AAX and Rack Extension formats, every Kilohearts device also installs as a Snapin, for use with the free Snap Heap plugin. This intuitive virtual effects rack lets you host multiple Kilohearts modules in up to four parallel chains, and modulate them with onboard LFOs, envelopes and macro knobs. For even more creative juice, Kilohearts Multipass ($99) enables multiband splitting of Snapin chains – push the low end through the Compressor and Phase Distortion Snapins while treating the high frequencies to Chorus and Delay, for example.


About Kilohearts

Based in Linköping, Sweden, Kilohearts AB is a small development studio building awesome software synthesizers and effects for Mac and PC. The company’s mission is to combine quality and power with ease of use, and it aims to make its kHs Toolbox the most complete sound design bundle on the market.

<![CDATA[New BeatsBot iOS Drum Machine With Ableton-Style Interface For Creative Music Making ]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/new-beatsbot-ios-drum-machine-with-ableton-style-interface-for-creative-music-making Wed, 8 Nov 2017 12:38:46 GMT


New BeatsBot iOS Drum Machine With Ableton-style Interface For Creative Music Making


BeatsBot drum app with Ableton-style UI and foot control for iPad and iPhone lets musicians quickly find beats and get on with the fun part of being creative anywhere



San Francisco, CA – Nov 7th 2017 – The new BeatsBot, next generation, iOS drum machine app is all about finding the perfect beat at the right tempo quickly and easily, so you can get on with jamming, creating, and performing your next hit with great sounding drums. If you play guitar, keyboards, or any instrument, BeatsBot is the one essential app you must check out.


BeatsBot has a simple, yet powerful interface so you can concentrate on playing your instrument rather than wasting time trying to get a decent beat that matches your style. The innovative app includes a selection of songs and beats in different genres including Urban, Country, EDM, Jazz, Latin, Metal, Rock and Caribbean. Quickly browse through all the beats while you play through the arrangements, and loop a beat to practice and jam. It’s perfect for learning new songs and for creating your own.


Loop Mode is for jamming, switch to Song Mode as you refine your creation, the screens make it very easy to build and refine your song. Use a MIDI foot controller for hands-free drums and sync BeatsBot with other apps using Ableton Link.


Edit preset songs, or start a new song from scratch, save them to your library and share with your band directly from the app with a text message or e-mail. You can also export a .WAV file of the song.


BeatsBot features several different screens giving you fast, creative access to your beats including preset song browser, your library, loop and song players, pattern arranger, pads for recording live, kits, note editor, and audio mixer.


Download from the Apple App Store today, only $4.99:





About Neyrinck

Neyrinck is based in San Francisco and produces a line of software tools for empowering people to create music, movies, TV and live shows. BeatsBot is an innovative iOS drum app for playing, practicing and creating to the beat. V-Control Pro is a powerful control system allowing iOS and Android smartphone and tablet control of media applications such as Pro Tools, Cubase, Logic Pro and Premier Pro. Neyrinck’s SoundCode plug-ins enable LtRt, Dolby E, and Dolby Digital, surround sound workflows in Pro Tools.








<![CDATA[Audio-Technica Now Shipping ATH-M50xRD Red And Gold Version Of The ATH-M50x Headphones]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/audio-technica-now-shipping-ath-m50xrd-red-and-gold-version-of-the-ath-m50x-headphones Wed, 8 Nov 2017 12:33:22 GMT
Audio-Technica Now Shipping ATH-M50xRD Red-and-Gold Version of Its Popular ATH-M50x Professional Monitor Headphones
— The new limited-edition ATH-M50xRD is added to Audio-Technica’s M-Series line of headphones —
Stow, OH, November 7, 2017Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, is now shipping its ATH-M50xRD Professional Monitor Headphones, a limited-edition red-and-gold version of A-T’s popular ATH-M50x and part of A-T’s M-Series line of headphones.  
From the 45 mm large-aperture drivers to its sound-isolating earcups and robust construction, the ATH-M50xRD provides an unmatched experience for the most critical audio applications, including recording, live sound, broadcast, DJ and personal listening. The headphones incorporate technology drawn from Audio-Technica’s long history in the field of high-performance professional audio, providing exceptional power handling, very high SPL capability, and natural, accurate sound with impactful bass and high-frequency extension. With professional-grade earpad and headband material and a collapsible design, the ATH-M50xRD headphones remain comfortable throughout long monitoring sessions and transport easily.  
ATH-M50xRD Features:
  • Proprietary 45 mm large-aperture drivers with rare earth magnets and copper-clad aluminum wire voice coils
  • Exceptional clarity throughout an extended frequency range, with deep, accurate bass response
  • Circumaural design contours around the ears for excellent sound isolation in loud environments
  • 90-degree swiveling earcups for easy, one-ear monitoring
  • Professional-grade earpad and headband material delivers more durability and comfort for extended wear
  • Collapsible for space-saving portability and convenient storage
  • Top choice for studio tracking and mixing, as well as live sound, DJ monitoring and personal listening
  • Detachable cables (includes a 1.2m-3m coiled cable, 3m straight cable and 1.2m straight cable)
  • The ATH-M50xRD Professional Monitor Headphones are a limited-edition red-and-gold version of A-T’s popular ATH-M50x Professional Monitor Headphone 
Audio-Technica’s new limited-edition ATH-M50xRD are now available at $169.00 MAP. They join the currently available ATH-M50x models in black (ATH-M50x) and white (ATH-M50xWH).  
For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.
Audio-Technica ATH-M50xRD Professional Monitor Headphones.   
See more here:
Celebrating over 50 years of audio excellence worldwide, Audio-Technica is a leading innovator in transducer technology, renowned for the design and manufacture of microphones, wireless microphones, headphones, mixers, and electronics for the audio industry. 
<![CDATA[A TT Patchbay That Can Be Programmed From The Front]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/a-tt-patchbay-that-can-be-programmed-from-the-front Wed, 8 Nov 2017 12:28:45 GMT


Bittree Expands ProStudio Family of Pro Audio and Musical Instrument Patchbays with New Front-Programmable PS9625F
2x48 rackmount TT model with DB-25 rear interfaces delivers professional sound quality and durability at affordable, prosumer-like pricing
Glendale, CA – November 8, 2017 – Bittree – a leading manufacturer of high-quality audio, video and data patching systems – today announced the second product in its new ProStudio series of premium-quality yet affordable audio patchbays. Complementing the recently-introduced ProStudio 4825F compact desktop model, the front-programmable ProStudio 9625F combines robust durability with superior sound quality in a 96-jack rackmount configuration. The PS9625F will make its exhibition debut at the 2018 NAMM Show (January 25-28, 2018 in Anaheim, California), where Bittree will exhibit in booth 10614.
Enabling users to easily define and modify their audio signal flows, Bittree’s ProStudio family brings the company’s renowned patchbay quality and reliability to price points accessible to everyone from hobbyist musicians to top-tier studio engineers. The PS9625F ($1125.00 MSRP) delivers all of these benefits in a 1.5RU rackmount form factor with 96 TT (bantam) connectors in a high-density 2x48 configuration, with 12 DB-25 rear connectors for interfacing with Avid® ProTools® and Tascam® gear.
“We’ve received overwhelmingly positive response to the first model in our ProStudio series, the PS4825F, and we’re excited to introduce its ‘big brother’ for customers with larger-scale setups,” said Ari Baron, general manager at Bittree. “With the ProStudio family, people wanting to make professional-sounding music no longer need to sacrifice audio quality for affordability. The PS9625F is ideal for users who want the cleanest signal path possible, and delivers that quality in a heavy-duty design that’s built for reliability and longevity in demanding environments.”
The PS9625F features a sturdy metal front panel and durable full-frame jacks with gold cross-bar switching contacts, delivering superior durability, higher electrical current rates and lower noise than lower-end alternatives. Similarly, internal digital AES wiring ensures higher-quality audio than the flat cable typical in low-cost offerings.
Professional-grade, front-accessible shunts enable easy reconfiguration of circuit normalling, grounding and bussing, and are protected from dust, electrical interference and other elements by the PS9625F’s two removable stainless steel designation strips. The extra-large designation strips offer space for up to three lines of print for easy labelling, and combine with silk-screened numbering on the front panel to enable quick circuit identification. The fully-enclosed 1.5RU chassis measures seven inches deep, and despite its robustness weighs in at just 8.5 pounds.
The ProStudio 9625F is available immediately through dealers including Sweetwater, Guitar Center, Vintage King, Westlake Pro, Dale Pro Audio, Pro Audio LA and many more authorized resellers worldwide. For more information, 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[Ready For An Expedition?]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/ready-for-an-expedition Wed, 8 Nov 2017 12:25:28 GMT


Introducing EXPEDITIONS - Cinematic & World Rhythms
EXPEDITIONS is a dynamic rhythmic sequencing and effects engine accompanied by a top-notch collection of eclectic cinematic and world loops, perfect for all styles of music production. 
By harnessing the power and flexibility of a 4-core loop engine, EXPEDITIONS possesses limitless creativity that is sure to transport your music around the world and beyond. The diverse loops span the entire globe from Africa, Asia, Europe, America and Latin America. 
Get EXPEDITIONS now at an introductory price of $199 or crossgrade for just $149 if you already own Electro City or Rhythmology.






<![CDATA[Dean Zelinsky Announces Baritone Dellatera]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/dean-zelinsky-announces-baritone-dellatera Wed, 8 Nov 2017 12:22:12 GMT


World Renowned Guitar Maker Dean Zelinsky Announces Giveaway to Introduce his Baritone Dellatera 



Chicago, IL November 8, 2017 – Dean Zelinsky Guitars today announces the new line of Baritone guitars with the giveaway of a custom Baritone Dellatera. The giveaway begins today with the grand-prize drawing on November 30th, 2017


Persons wishing to enter this drawing may do so by simply clicking on the fishbowl on the companies website Dean Zelinsky Giveaway or by going directly to the give away page at https://www.fishbowlprizes.com/giveaway/7440/win-a-dean-zelinsky-baritone/


Zelinsky is giving away this custom Baritone guitar to promote awareness of Zelinsky’s new line of Baritone guitars.


Zelinsky states, “My new Baritone guitars are designed for players who are looking to add a new dimension to their playing style. I don’t think enough players have experienced a Baritone and witnessed how easy it is to transform their style by simply changing to a Baritone guitar.”


Dean Zelinsky Guitars sells strictly factory direct and host’s giveaways to bring attention to Zelinsky’s new models and innovations. “I find it rewarding to give away guitars from time to time. Winning a truly custom guitar can really make a guitar player’s day.” Zelinsky added.


This Custom Baritone Dellatera Guitar also features Dean Zelinsky’s patented Z-Glide reduced friction neck, flame maple top, locking tuners, Zelinsky’s exclusive SideKick Pickup and gold Tejas hardware. A vintage tweed case is also included.


Zelinsky launched his new line of Private Label Guitars in August of 2013 through his ecommerce website, www.deanzelinsky.com.




About Dean Zelinsky Private Label Guitars:

Dean Zelinsky Private Label Guitars is the creation of master guitar builder Dean Zelinsky. Dean Zelinsky Private Label Guitars represents the crowning point of Zelinsky’s 30 plus years as a guitar designer to the stars. The Dean Zelinsky Private Label guitar collection includes the Tagliare, StrettaVita and Zenyatta. Selected models feature new guitar technology options, such as his patented Z-GlideTM (Reduced Friction) Neck. Celebrated guitarists such as ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Pantera’s Dimebag Darrell, Michael Schenker, Sammy Hagar, Elliot Easton of The Cars, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine, Heart’s Nancy Wilson, Leslie West, Kerry Livgren of Kansas, Iron Maiden, Def Leppard and scores of others have all played guitars designed and built by Zelinsky. Now, musicians can buy the same quality instrument direct from the man who created such luminary guitars.

The company has a USA facility in the Chicago, IL suburbs, offshore manufacturing and worldwide distribution. Dean Zelinsky Private Label Guitars range from $299 to $6,000.
For more information, please visit www.deanzelinsky.com




<![CDATA[With The Moog Demo Library, Using It Doesn't Have To Be A Mother]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/announcing-the-moog-demo-library Wed, 8 Nov 2017 12:19:05 GMT
November 8, 2017 — Moog Music announced its new Moog Demo Library, an instructional video series that covers everything from the basic setup of electronic instruments to the insights behind patch creation and the concepts at the depths of synthesis.
Today, the company announces a collection of tutorials focusing on the Mother-32 that will take you from step-sequencer essentials to dynamic multi-voice patches in 5 easy to follow videos. Moog will be announcing more sets in the series in the coming weeks. 
Check out the Moog Demo Library HERE
Mother-32 | How to add Ratchets
Mother-32 | Sequencer Basics
Mother-32 | Adjusting Gate Length
Mother-32 | LFO Basics
Mother-32 | Multiple Voices
About Moog Music
Moog Music is the leading producer of analog synthesizers in the world. The company and its customers carry on the legacy of its founder, electronic musical instrument pioneer, Dr. Bob Moog. All of Moog's instruments are hand built in its factory on the edge of downtown Asheville, NC.  
<![CDATA[Shortee's List Is Getting Longer]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/shortees-list-is-getting-longer Wed, 8 Nov 2017 12:08:08 GMT
More Courses Added to Shortee's Complete DJing Method


Mixing with a Traktor Controller, Using CDJs, Mixing Vocal-Based Music

Montclair, NJ (November 8, 2017) - DJ Shortee has released four new courses to her series at Groove3.com. Shortee's Complete DJing Method now features new videos for beginning and intermediate DJs about learning to mix with a Traktor Controller, how to use CDJs and a mixer, and how to mix vocal-based music.
Shortee's Complete DJing Method is the ultimate guide to becoming a well-rounded DJ. Currently, there are 17 courses available. The most recent additions are:
  • The Complete Guide to DJ Basics with CDJs and a Mixer

    Shortee explains how to handle the jog wheels, various ways to cue up your songs, three different ways to listen using your headphones, how to identify the beat, how to tune your ears to be able to isolate the drum sounds within your music, and more.



  • The Complete Guide to Intermediate DJ Mixing with Turntables and a Mixer, Part 1: Vocal-Based Music

    DJ Shortee teaches you how to find all your possible mix points in your vocal-based music so that you can quickly create your DJ sets, both planned and improvised on the fly. She shows you how to dissect your vocal-based song structures, step by step and in multiple ways, so that you can easily identify all the ways you can mix your songs together and ultimately speed up your entire mix creation process. Included in this course is Shortee's original Mix Set Worksheet that you can re-use over and over to create your DJ sets.
Now available at Groove3.com:
The individual courses are available for purchase or to rent with Groove3's All Access Pass for $15/month
About DJ Shortee
With over twenty years of professional experience as a multi-genre DJ, turntablist, music producer, author, and DJ instructor, DJ Shortee brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding to the classroom. She has taught for the Grammy Foundation, Dubspot, Scratch DJ Academy, Serato, Rane, Turntable U, SAE Institute, and more. Her name has become synonymous with the world of DJ instructional products, and she is respected worldwide for her talent as both an accomplished performer and a gifted teacher. More about DJ Shortee at http://www.djshortee.com/.
About Hal Leonard & Groove3
Hal Leonard Books, a division of Hal Leonard Corporation, the leading publisher of books and digital content on the music business, audio technology, and instrument history, and Groove3, the audio community's online resource for top-notch training videos, have announced a long-term strategic partnership to develop and deliver authoritative content to the world. Over the coming months and years, Hal Leonard will bring an unprecedented assortment of globally influential recording, audio, and music experts from a variety of fields to the Groove3 platform. 
<![CDATA[PRS SE Series Announces Impressive 2018 Model Lineup]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/prs-se-series-announces-impressive-2018-model-lineup Tue, 7 Nov 2017 12:07:21 GMT


PRS SE Series Continues to Impress with 2018 Model Lineup



(STEVENSVILLE, MD) November 7, 2017 – The PRS SE Series continues to see significant additions in the 2018 model year with nine new models, growing on the huge strides made by the brand last year. For 2018, there is a striking new finish, extended range tweaks, an artist addition, a refinement of the SE Standard family, and PRS’s flagship guitar is adding a new look and a left-handed version.


“Ultimately our mission with the PRS SE Series is to bring tremendous value to the player. Whether you’re searching for a great first guitar or the last guitar you’ll ever need, we believe you can find a PRS SE instrument that will work flawlessly for you,” said Jack Higginbotham, Chief Operating Officer, PRS Guitars. “When developing new models and refining existing ones, it’s the details that add up to making an exceptional instrument. We sweat the details.”


Here is a look at what’s new for the PRS SE Series in 2018:


SE Standard 24 Multi-Foil

Designed around a finish offered by PRS in the late 80’s, the PRS SE Standard 24 Multi-Foil (or Multi-Metal back in those days) may be a nod to the past, but it keeps its striking, modern feel even a few decades later. Created by layering different finishes in a unique way, this distinctive finish has graced stages for decades –always commanding attention from the crowd. Sporting two 85/15 “S” humbuckers and a 3-way blade switch with push/pull tone control, the SE Standard 24 Multi-Foil has the tone to match its powerful look.


SE SVN (“Seven”)

The SE SVN (“Seven”) offers classic PRS looks, playability, and reliability. The Wide Thin maple neck and 26.5” scale length make the SE SVN addictive to play, and the 85/15 “S” pickups, modified for seven strings, deliver full, modern tone with clear, strong low end and clear, musical high-mids and treble. Topped off with coil-taps for the pickups and the PRS patented molded tremolo, the SE SVN is a pro-level instrument with amazing versatility and response.


“The PRS 7 string is the guitar I pull out to write with when I want to break through song writing barriers, and typically the results are riffs that make me want to smash things.” – Clint Lowery / Sevendust 


SE Chris Robertson

When on tour fronting the hard rock band Black Stone Cherry, Chris Robertson heavily relies on SE Series instruments. The SE Chris Robertson is a singlecut guitar with a mahogany back and maple top with flame maple veneer and a 22 fret, 24.5” scale length Wide Fat mahogany neck with rosewood fretboard. With a Soapbar in the neck position and a 57/08 “S” humbucker in the bridge, the SE Chris Robertson delivers old-school tone to match its classic appointments. The three-way toggle switch and volume and tone controls for each pickup, allow players to dial in a wide range of tones.


“The reason for the humbucker/soapbar pairing comes from my love of singlecoil neck pickups and soapbar pickups in general. The wide variety of tones the guitar is capable of with this set up is astounding! The middle position with the 57/08 split is beautiful. I hope everyone enjoys these guitars as much as I do!” – Chris Robertson, Black Stone Cherry


SE Standards

The SE Standards from PRS offer some enviable appointments for their humble price tag, including versatile switching systems complete with coil taps and rosewood fretboards. New for 2018, PRS SE Standards now come with 85/15 “S” pickups, fretboard binding, and the PRS SE signature headstock logo. The SE Series began in 2001 with the goal of providing a quality instrument to players of all levels. This segment of guitars is meant to extend this promise to an even more affordable pricepoint.


“With so many aspiring players struggling to stick with guitar past the first year, we knew we wanted to deliver an affordable quality guitar that players didn’t have to fight. We want the guitar to inspire you to play; it can’t be something you have to worry about staying in tune or simply working right. So while the [SE] Standards are our first foray into the below $500 price point, that doesn’t mean we compromised on tone, versatility, playability, or reliability,” said Jack Higginbotham, COO, PRS Guitars. “We’re very proud to offer these guitars to the world.”


SE Custom 24 - Exotic Veneers & a Lefty

The PRS SE Custom 24 is the quintessential SE instrument, designed to faithfully reflect the PRS model that started it all. For 2018, PRS is adding two new veneer options: spalted maple and zebrawood. Both new veneers come finished in Vintage Sunburst, adding a distinctive new look while serving up classic PRS playability, reliability, and vibrant tone. The SE Custom 24 Lefty is another new model in the SE lineup, for left-handed players the world over. These new offerings for the SE Custom 24 keep the same foundational specifications as the SE Custom 24: maple top, mahogany back, Wide Thin maple neck, 24 frets, 25” scale length, the PRS patented molded tremolo, dual 85/15 “S” pickups with a 3-way blade switch and push/pull tone control for coil tapping.


For complete specifications and a closer look at the 2018 PRS SE lineup, visit www.prsguitars.com. 2018 PRS SE models should be arriving in dealers in December 2017.



About PRS Guitars:

Paul Reed Smith Guitars is a leading manufacturer of high quality instruments in Stevensville, Maryland and has provided some of the world’s most renowned musicians with instruments since 1985. The PRS team of highly skilled craftspeople design and build a wide variety of musical instruments and gear for worldwide distribution, including electric, acoustic, and bass guitars as well as boutique-style guitar amplifiers. The PRS SE line of products complements the Maryland-made PRS line by offering highly approachable and more affordable electric, acoustic, and bass guitars. Carlos Santana, Neal Schon, John McLaughlin, John Mayer, Jimmy Herring, Linkin Park, Orianthi, Blake Shelton, Mark Tremonti, Zach Myers of Shinedown, Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line, David Grissom, Martin Simpson, Tony McManus, and Derek Trucks are among the artists currently playing PRS instruments and/or amplifiers.


PRS Guitars Info: www.prsguitars.com

<![CDATA[Serato DJ Now Supports The Denon DJ Prime Series]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/serato-dj-now-supports-the-denon-dj-prime-series Tue, 7 Nov 2017 12:02:04 GMT




Control of Serato DJ software further enhances Denon DJ’s Prime Series creative performance possibilities.



Cumberland RI, USA (November 6, 2017)—Denon DJ (www.denondj.com), a leading manufacturer of premium DJ products and solutions, today announced that their revolutionary SC5000 Prime media player and X1800 Prime club mixer are now fully Serato DJ Upgrade Ready. The SC5000 Prime unlocks the new controller mode giving artists natively-mapped control over Serato DJ software functionality with an effective and attractive visualization of all essential performance information on the SC5000’s touchscreen, while the X1800 Prime steps up to becoming the centerpiece of any DJ’s rider with DVS and Audio Interface support added.


A quick re-cap of the stunning Denon DJ SC5000 Prime media player: Winner of two DJ Mag Tech Awards for ‘Innovative New Product’ and ‘Ultimate Club Deck,’ the SC5000 Prime sets a new standard for ease of use and comprehensive creative features. It is a professional unit with 7-inch multi-touch display that enables gestures and swiping for the ultimate DJ expression and immediacy of interaction. Adding dual-layer playback on a single unit, making it possible to mix a full DJ set on just one player, plus on-board trigger pads for expressive live performance, the SC5000 represents the future of professional DJ performance, right here, right now.


The new Serato Controller Mode delivers numerous powerful and seamless interaction features:

    • Controls primary navigation, track-load and playback workflow from a single SC5000 Prime unit

    • SC5000 on-board HD touchscreen shows Serato track collection, waveform overview and vital

      DJ performance data

    • Addresses and controls up to 4 Serato DJ ‘decks’ using just one SC5000

    • SC5000 performance trigger pads enable expressive manipulation of standard Serato DJ pad


    • X1800 Prime mixer acts as Serato DJ audio interface, introduces DVS to DJs with the Serato DJ and DVS Licenses (sold separately) offering a full hardware DJ mixing experience


Controller Mode integration is the latest example of Denon DJ’s commitment to continuous improvement for their revolutionary Prime Series equipment. It is available via Serato DJ 1.9.10


Digital DJ Tips says, “This [the SC5000] is the singularly most impressive piece of DJ technology we’ve ever reviewed and ushers in a new era of DJing.”


Serato Controller Mode will be part of SC5000 Prime media player and X1800 mixer, starting in November 2017.


U.S. retail pricing for the SC5000 Prime Media Player and X1800 Prime Club Mixer is $1899. They are available globally now.



About Denon DJ

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


About Serato

Serato (www.serato.com) makes audio software for music lovers worldwide. In 1999 Serato launched with Pitch ‘n Time, still the world’s foremost studio plugin for time-stretching and pitch-shifting technology. On the strength of Pitch ‘n Time, Serato moved into the DJ industry, changing the game with the release of Serato Scratch Live, and later Serato DJ and Serato DJ Intro. Serato has recently returned to the diverse world of music production with the release of Serato Sample, a high-quality sampling plugin for producers.



<![CDATA[Baja Timbales Deliver A Wealth Of Playing Options]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/baja-timbales-deliver-a-wealth-of-playing-options Tue, 7 Nov 2017 11:53:21 GMT


Baja Timbales Deliver a Wealth of Playing Options
Thousand Oaks, CA - November 2017...
Sound Percussion Labs (SPL™), designers of quality drums, percussion, and hardware for 
today's hard-working musicians, announced the Baja BTB1413L Timbale Set. The set includes
13-inch and 14-inch steel shells, finished in a robust black chrome finish and accented with rugged brass lug inserts that are tunable with a standard drum key. The set also features a black, 5.75-inch, low-sustain cowbell with adjustable rod. These new timbales deliver the brightness and clarity to cut through any band and feature an exclusive ribbed shell that provides a variety of playing styles, including cascara, and a guiro 

The sturdy, height-adjustable, double-braced chrome stand includes a convenient tilter that enables you to angle the entire timbale set. You can adjust the timbales' angle for traditional stand-alone positioning, or easily fit the set into your current drum or percussion setup. The exclusive "stabilizer bars" connect the shells and minimize movement during performance and positioning.

"Our new Baja 13-inch and 14-inch timbales cut through a mix with a clean and sharp tone," notes SPL Product Manager Gerry Helfrich. "They're great for Latin, reggae, world, and today's contemporary music styles. The exclusive stabilizer bars really add strength and support. But what's most unique about these timbales is the rhythm variety you can achieve from the ribbed shells, and their authentic, pure, bright, clear tone."

SPL drums and Baja world percussion products are available at Guitar Center stores, at www.guitarcenter.com, and at Musician's Friend.

About Sound Percussion Labs
Sound Percussion Labs designs and distributes versatile workhorse drum kits, convenient accessories and an exhaustive array of drum replacement parts for the hard-working, value-conscious musician. Whether you're an aspiring musician looking for a pro-style kit at a cost-effective price or a touring professional counting on dependable accessories and heavy-duty replacement parts to keep your rig going strong, SPL has the quality products you need. Priced to be your first, built to be your last. You can learn more about the complete line of SPL kits and products at www.soundpercussionlabs.com
For more information contact: Sound Percussion Labs, P.O. Box 5111, Thousand Oaks, CA 91359.
<![CDATA[Regroover Updated And Expanding]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/regroover-updated-and-expanding Tue, 7 Nov 2017 11:50:23 GMT


Accusonus​ ​updates​ ​Regroover​ ​to​ ​version​ ​1.7​ ​and releases​ ​two​ ​new​ ​Regroover​ ​Expansion​ ​Packs


November 06, 2017 - ​Accusonus Inc​, announces a major update to their award winning beat production plug-in Regroover. Based on patented Machine Learning technology, Regroover does what no other software or hardware can do: it un-mixes audio loops into previously unreachable stems and enables new beat making workflows. Regroover 1.7 further expands the creative possibilities, featuring instant drag and drop of audio samples or beat patterns to the DAW​ ​along​ ​with​ ​a​ ​set​ ​of​ ​new​ ​drum​ ​shaping​ ​effects.


New​ ​features​ ​include:

    • ●  Extract​ ​any​ ​sample​ ​(or​ ​loop)​ ​layer​ ​via​ ​simple​ ​drag​ ​and​ ​drop​ ​(Pro​ ​only)

    • ●  Create​ ​and​ ​extract​ ​new​ ​beat​ ​variations​ ​in​ ​real-time​ ​by​ ​moving​ ​“Layer​ ​Markers”​ ​(Pro​ o​ nly)

    • ●  Enhanced export menu options, including several pattern/layer mixdown options (Pro


    • ●  New​ ​unique​ ​Transient​ ​Shaper​ ​optimized​ ​for​ ​beat​ ​processing​ ​​ ​(Pro​ ​only)

    • ●  New​ ​analog-inspired​ ​Saturator​ ​(Pro​ ​only)

    • ●  New​ ​Stereo​ ​Enhancer​ ​for​ ​every​ ​layer​ ​(Essential​ ​and​ ​Pro)

    • ●  Improved​ ​compressor​ ​and​ ​gate​ ​effects​ ​(Essential​ ​and​ ​Pro)

    • ●  Better​ ​Presonus​ ​Studio​ ​One​ ​Integration​ ​(Essential​ ​and​ ​Pro)



New​ ​Features​ ​Video:​ ​​



Price​ ​and​ ​Availability

Regroover​ ​Pro​​ ​(AU,​ ​VST,​ ​AAX​ ​for​ ​Win​ ​and​ ​Mac)​ ​is​ ​immediately​ ​available​ ​at​ ​$219. Regroover​ ​Essential​​ ​(AU,​ ​VST,​ ​AAX​ ​for​ ​Win​ ​and​ ​Mac)​ ​is​ ​immediately​ ​available​ ​at​ ​$99.



New​ ​Regroover​ ​Expansion​ ​Packs


Accusonus​ ​announces​ ​the​ ​release​ ​of​ ​two​ ​new​ ​loop​ ​and​ ​one-shot​ ​sample​ ​expansion​ ​packs​ ​for Regroover:


    • ●  The​ ​​FRACTALS​ ​​pack​ ​is​ ​full​ ​of​ ​high​ ​energy,​ ​carefully​ ​crafted​ ​EDM​ ​sounds​ ​&​ ​loops. Processed​ ​beats​ ​&​ ​crispy​ ​synth​ ​sounds​ ​combined​ ​with​ ​pitched​ ​vocals​ ​and​ ​catchy​ ​bass lines.​ ​The​ ​FRACTALS​ ​pack​ ​includes​ ​10​ ​kits​ ​and​ ​100​ ​drum​ ​loops,​ ​packed​ ​in​ ​self contained​ ​Regroover​ ​projects​ ​that​ ​can​ ​be​ ​instantly​ ​exported​ ​to​ ​high-quality​ ​wav​ ​files.

    • ●  The​ ​​SPASM​​ ​Pack​ ​is​ ​a​ ​“Berlin​ ​meets​ ​UK”​ ​techno​ ​collection:​ ​Four​ ​on​ ​the​ ​floor​ ​beats, dance-inspired​ ​loops​ ​showcasing​ ​the​ ​latest​ ​club​ ​trends​ ​across​ ​EU.​ ​SPASM​ ​includes​ ​10 kits​ ​and​ ​100​ ​drum​ ​loops​ ​with​ ​100​ ​self-contained​ ​Regroover​ ​projects​ ​that​ ​can​ ​be​ ​instantly exported​ ​to​ ​high-quality​ ​wav​ ​files.


Both​ ​packs​ ​were​ ​designed​ ​by​ ​​John​ ​Valasis​.​ ​John​ ​is​ ​an​ ​acclaimed​ ​Greek​ ​composer,​ ​producer and​ ​sound​ ​designer.​ ​He​ ​is​ ​a​ ​frequent​ ​collaborator​ ​of​ ​accusonus​ ​and​ ​he​ ​also​ ​provides​ ​scoring, foley​ ​and​ ​sound​ ​fx​ ​services​ ​for​ ​brands​ ​such​ ​as​ ​Native​ ​Instruments,​ ​Ableton,​ ​UVI,​ ​Virgin,​ ​Vice Magazine​ ​and​ ​the​ ​BBC.


Price​ ​and​ ​Availability

FRACTALS​ ​Expansion​ ​Pack​​ ​(100​ ​Regroover​ ​projects)​ ​is​ ​available​ ​now​ ​for​ ​$49.


SPASM​ ​Expansion​ ​Pack​​ ​(100​ ​Regroover​ ​projects)​ ​is​ ​available​ ​now​ ​for​ ​$49.


Product​ ​page:





About​ ​Accusonus

Accusonus builds innovative software tools and plug-ins for music producers, audio engineers, and other audio professionals. Employing advanced Artificial Intelligence algorithms, Accusonus also develops embedded software products for speech enhancement. The company is based in Massachusetts​ ​(USA)​ ​and​ ​in​ ​Patras,​ ​Greece.


<![CDATA[Looking For Some Cafe Del Mar Beats?]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/looking-for-some-cafe-del-mar-beats Tue, 7 Nov 2017 11:40:30 GMT


It’s new release day here at Zenhiser and this week we’ve got Eastern Downtempo, a mind boggling collection of ancient instruments, Chinese vocals and Cafe Del Mar beats.

Zenhiser Pack: Eastern Downtempo

Price: $55.00 AUD

Direct Link: http://www.zenhiser.com/eastern-downtempo-chinese-samples.html



<![CDATA[It's Metal Month - Are you Ready For Thrash?]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/its-metal-month---are-you-ready-for-thrash Tue, 7 Nov 2017 11:37:26 GMT



Rampant two-beats and pummeling mid-tempo grooves as well as creative takes on intros, tom grooves and fills – this collection delivers all the classic traits of thrash, and then some!
Join us all November for weekly releases, deals and happenings! Start now by checking out our special Metal Month page.
<![CDATA[Is There A Fissure In Your Drum Sample Collection?]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/is-there-a-fissure-in-your-drum-sample-collection Tue, 7 Nov 2017 11:34:28 GMT


Fissure Is Released!




Fissure - Glitch Drum Samples detonates from deep within the ModeAudio sound lab, sending 435 missiles of glitched-out percussive wizardry heading straight for your next production!


From gargantuan, granite-like kicks and monumental snares, through to high-impact hi hats, metallic, glitched percussion, melted toms, crushed noise SFX and more, this collection will serve you well whether you're making smoked-out Hip Hop, earthquaking Trap, head-banging House and far beyond.


Treat your drum sound to something special - explore brand new percussion terrain from the outer atmosphere to the ocean floor and back with Fissure - Glitch Drum Samples now!



Pack Details:

- 435 WAV Drum Samples (Kicks, Snares, Hi Hats, Percussion, Toms & Glitch SFX)
- 12 Drum Kit Sampler Patches (Reason, Logic & Ableton Live)
- 100% Royalty-Free


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

Sample Layering: Intuitive Drum Design






<![CDATA[An Epic Grand For Your Montage]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/an-epic-grand-for-your-montage Tue, 7 Nov 2017 11:31:05 GMT


K-Sounds Releases Epic Grand for Yamaha Montage


Asheville, NC – November 7, 2017

K-Sounds presents Epic Grand, a sample library for the Yamaha Montage featuring stereo samples of a Japanese grand piano.

The samples were recorded and edited at 176.4kHz, 24 / 32 bits, then converted to Montage-compatible specifications for the final product. A close mic position was used, creating an up-front, studio sound. The stereo image is wide, centered, and mono-compatible. Every note has a generous, natural-sounding sustain.

Two bank sizes are included. The 504Mb bank offers eight sampled dynamic levels for realistic touch response across the keyboard. Additional independent elements such as damper resonance, release resonance, and optional hammer noises bring the piano to life. Thirty performances cater to a wide variety of musical needs. The Super Knob enhances every performance, whether increasing the piano's distance from the listener, fading between layers, providing dynamic control, or adding effects.

The 125Mb bank includes four sampled dynamic levels plus damper resonance, release resonance, and optional hammer noises. Its thirty performances offer the same sonic variety and real-time control as the larger bank.

Instead of relying on effects to simulate damper resonance, Epic Grand uses real sampled resonance to create lush sustains. As with a real piano, the resonance responds to the sustain pedal in real time, even if notes have already been played. Because the resonance is presented as an independent component of the instrument, its volume can be adjusted, and it can be disabled entirely.


    •    30 performances per bank.
    •    8 sampled dynamic levels (504Mb bank).
    •    4 sampled dynamic levels (125Mb bank).
    •    True sampled damper resonance with real-time sustain pedal response.
    •    Release resonance samples.
    •    Hammer noise samples.
    •    Wide stereo image.
    •    Mono compatible.
    •    Big sound with modest sample memory requirements.
    •    Fully programmed specifically for Yamaha Montage.
    •    Designed to be incredibly playable.


Epic Grand for Montage is available now for $125.00 USD.  For more information, visit K-Sounds at ksounds.com.



<![CDATA[Get In Kontakt With Some Eastern Percussion]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/get-in-kontakt-with-some-eastern-percussion Tue, 7 Nov 2017 11:27:14 GMT
Zero-G releases Eastern Percussion Module for Kontakt
New Zero-G Eastern Percussion Module gives music producers all the sounds and customisation tools needed to create realistic Middle Eastern percussion rhythms and styles as well as completely unique percussion-based sounds.
From the pioneering sample developer behind other highly acclaimed ethnic percussion libraries such as Beats From The East, Deepest India, Vindaloops, Beats Working in Cuba and many more, Eastern Percussion Module is a highly flexible tool that will add an exotic feel to any style of music.
This collection includes over 5,000 high quality drum samples in an incredibly dynamic Kontakt GUI with full mixing control coupled with high quality effects and a huge selection of MIDI grooves covering Middle Eastern, Egyptian, North African, and Turkish Styles.
Featuring Bandirs, Riqs, Doholas, Darabukas, Djembe, Sagat and more, each individual percussion instrument can be manipulated in a multitude of ways to create totally unique percussion instruments and tracks.

  • Over 5,000 44.1 KHz, 24bit compressed samples.
  • Ready to use programmed mixes with 30 user preset mix slots.
  • 15 instrument channels.
  • Controllable EQ, transients, compressor, saturator, pan, volume, tune, RR, AHD, mute, solo, and reverb send for each channel.
  • Master reverb with 41 room impulses.
  • 82 pre-programmed MIDI grooves and styles with 12 variations for each, totalling almost 1000 individual rhythms.
  • Drag and drop MIDI to DAW functionality.
  • Swing and quantize function with double and half speed all synced to host tempo.
  • 12 controlled round robins for increased realism.
  • Automatic dynamic velocity.
  • Requires Kontakt 5.7 (full version)
Eastern Percussion Module is available now with a 20% introductory discount until 21st November and you’ll also receive Zero-G’s Ethnic Flavours sample pack worth £18.50 for free!
For full details visit: https://zero-g.co.uk/products/epm
<![CDATA[Genelec Sponsors AES Nashville Section Meeting On November 9]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/aes-nashville-section-meeting-on-november-9 Mon, 6 Nov 2017 12:52:14 GMT


Genelec Sponsors AES Nashville Section Meeting on November 9


— Taking place at Addiction Studios (506 East Iris Drive, Nashville, TN 37204), the event will serve as a wrapup and review of the recent AES New York Convention and will be a great opportunity to demo Genelec’s The Ones Active Monitors —
NATICK, MA, November 6, 2017 — Genelec, the leader in active monitoring technology for nearly 40 years, will be presenting at the upcoming meeting of the Nashville Section of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) on Thursday, November 9, 2017. The AES Nashville section event, being sponsored by Genelec, is taking place at Addiction Studios (506 East Iris Drive, Nashville, TN 37204, conveniently located in the heart of the city’s Berry Hill studio neighborhood). The event is open to all comers (i.e. attendees need not be current AES Nashville Section members, although this will also be a great opportunity to initiate or renew membership). Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., and the program begins at 6:15. After a short talk from John Whitcore (Genelec Inc. Territory Manager), AES personnel, including Nashville Section Committee member Frank Wells, will cover the following topics:   
AES New York Convention 2017 in Review
  • What trends in gear and production were highlighted?
  • What new products were on display?
  • What new research was presented?
  • Who put the “who” in “Who's-Who” at AES New York 2017?   
Genelec and Addiction Studios will serve up Martin's BBQ and a listening experience with Genelec’s new The Ones line of Active Monitors to cap the evening.  
Please join Genelec for a night of networking, the latest audio info and demos, great food and more.
Genelec 8331, 8341 and 8351 three-way Smart Active Monitors™, known collectively as “The Ones.” 
Genelec, the pioneer in Active Monitoring technology, is celebrating nearly 40 years of designing and manufacturing active loudspeakers for true and accurate sound reproduction. Genelec is credited with promoting the concept of active transducer technology. Since its inception in 1978, Genelec has concentrated its efforts and resources into creating active monitors with unparalleled sonic integrity. The result is an active speaker system that has earned global acclaim for its accurate imaging, extremely high acoustic output from small enclosures, true high-fidelity with low distortion, and deep, rich bass.   
Genelec is also celebrating over 10 years of its Smart Active Monitoring™ technology, which allows studio monitors to be networked, configured and calibrated for the user’s specific acoustic environment. Each Smart Active Monitor or subwoofer is equipped with advanced internal DSP circuitry, which tightly integrates with the GLM (Genelec Loudspeaker Manager) software application, running on Mac or PC. GLM’s reference microphone kit allows the user’s acoustic environment to be analyzed, after which GLM’s AutoCal feature optimizes each Smart Active Monitor for level, distance delay, subwoofer crossover phase and room response equalization, with the option of further fine tuning by the user. By minimizing the room’s influence on the sound, Smart Active Monitors deliver an unrivalled reference, with excellent translation between rooms.  
Other brand and product names may be trademarks of the respective companies with which they are associated.  

—For more information on the complete range of Genelec Active Monitoring Systems, contact: Genelec Inc., 7 Tech Circle, Natick, MA 01760. Tel: (508) 652-0900; Fax: (508) 652-0909; Web: http://www.genelecusa.com/.
<![CDATA[Remix N.E.R.D.’s New Single “Lemon” With ROLI’s New Studiopack]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/remix-n.e.r.d.s-new-single-lemon-with-rolis-new-studiopack Fri, 3 Nov 2017 13:14:23 GMT


Remix N.E.R.D.’s new single “Lemon” with ROLI’s groundbreaking new Studiopack

Anyone can now make their own songs with the featured content of “Lemon,” the hit song from N.E.R.D. that features Rihanna rapping


November 3, 2017

The beats of “Lemon,” the surprising new single from Pharrell Williams’ N.E.R.D. band, are now freely available for all music-makers to play and adapt in ROLI’s NOISE app.

Breaking the mold of the traditional soundpack, “Lemon by N.E.R.D” is a “Studiopack” that deconstructs the song into easy-to-use sonic elements that anyone can build back up and take in their own creative direction. Simply touching the screen of a smartphone or tablet brings the song’s sounds to life. Explore the pack today in NOISE, the free music creation app from ROLI.

ROLI’s collection of innovative NOISE Studiopacks is growing quickly. The recently released “Happy by Pharrell” — also free in NOISE — breaks down the beats, basslines, and Pharrell’s own vocals in “Happy,” the chart-smashing global hit.

Studiopacks offer an exciting new way into music for fans, who can move from listening to their favorite songs to actively creating music based on those songs. The packs also offer artists a way to reach new audiences. In coming months ROLI will release more Studiopacks to complement the world-class collection of sounds already available in NOISE.

“Lemon” is the first song since 2010 from N.E.R.D., the legendary group that includes singer-producer Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo, and Shay Hayley. Featuring Rihanna, it marks the first time that superstars Pharrell and Rihanna have performed together in a song. “Lemon” released on November 1 with an electrifying video starring Rihanna and the dancer Mette Towley.

The Studiopack release follows Pharrell’s appointment as ROLI’s Chief Creative Officer on October 28. Over the course of a long-term partnership, he will work with the ROLI team to develop revolutionary musical instruments that are iconic, digitally connected, and accessible to all. Their collaboration will accelerate the arc of innovation that began with ROLI’s award-winning Seaboard and BLOCKS, which have been called “two of the most compelling music-making devices in recent memory.”

Roland Lamb, founder and CEO of ROLI, said: “The ‘Happy by Pharrell’ and ‘Lemon by N.E.R.D.’ Studiopacks are just the beginning of our exciting work with Pharrell and other artists.”  

“Lemon by N.E.R.D.” is now available to download for free in ROLI’s NOISE app.

ROLI founder Roland Lamb and Pharrell Williams, ROLI’s new Chief Creative Officer, discuss music creation at ROLI’s East London headquarters.

Rihanna and the dancer Mette Towley feature in the hit music video for “Lemon.” The song marks the first time that superstars Pharrell Williams and Rihanna have produced a song together. © N.E.R.D Music, LLC under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment





Released in 2016, the NOISE app is a powerful and free music creation app. It contains hundreds of sounds from melodic strings to thumping basses. Multi-touch technology lets you play with amazingly deep expression just by sliding and pressing your fingers on the screen. NOISE transforms smartphone and tablets  into powerful, portable music-making devices at the center of a creative lifestyle. NOISE is now available on iOS and select Android devices.

About ROLI

ROLI is creating the future of musical instruments. From next-generation keyboards like the Seaboard to the modular music-making devices of BLOCKS, ROLI instruments are deeply expressive, intuitive to play, and so versatile that they can sound like anything and be played anywhere. Their expressiveness comes alive through touch. Visit ROLI.com to learn more about the Seaboard GRAND, Seaboard RISE, Seaboard Block, Lightpad Block, NOISE app, and other ROLI products. They are available worldwide at Apple Stores and leading musical instrument retailers.


<![CDATA[New Analog Effects By The Boatload]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/new-analog-effects-by-the-boatload Fri, 3 Nov 2017 13:05:32 GMT


TC Electronic



Introducing 8 New Analog Pedals
Studio Quality Components Meets Old School Tones
This eccentric bunch is as varied as it is colorful. With rare and essential effects alike these pedals are guaranteed to inspire and satisfy those looking for studio quality tones and bang-for-your-buck.
With strong steel enclosures, these sturdy stompboxes provide analog warmth with top mounted input/ouput jacks and true bypass circuitry so your tone stays totally unaffected when the effects are off.  
Pre-order at Musician's Friend now!
Get your hands on them in store exclusively at Guitar Center Q1 2018.
Dreadnought Dirt Boxes
El Mocambo Overdrive serves up the smooth, singing sustain of a pushed tube amp, Honey Pot Fuzz is full of fat, sweet and girthy sustain and if you're drawn to the menacing buzzsaw grind of old school Swedish death metal with unforgivable amounts of gain - look no further than Eyemaster Metal Distortion!
Creatures of the Deep
3rd Dimension Chorus expands your tone into otherworldly realms with the vibrant watery lushness of the 80s while Choka Tremolo's warm waves of tailor-made tremble breathes life and movement into your sea shanty or take things down an octave or two with Nether Octaver and explore the depths of the ocean where the low notes go.
Dynamic Gentlemen
To keep things from getting out of hand, Crescendo Auto Swell gives you complete dynamic control over your pick attack for smooth, beautiful soundscapes of bitterly weeping orcas while Iron Curtain Noise Gate quickly and effectively shuts down any undesirable elements in your signal chain while delivering a strong and undiluted tone.
<![CDATA[I Wrote That One, Too]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/i-wrote-that-one-too Fri, 3 Nov 2017 12:55:26 GMT
I Wrote That One, Too... 
A Life in Songwriting from Willie to Whitney


by Steve Dorff with Colette Freedman
Montclair, NJ 
(November 2, 2017)
 - One of the most successful songwriters and composers of the last 25 years, Steve Dorff has penned over 20 Top 10 hits for pop and country artists around the world, including Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Blake Shelton, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Rogers, Ray Charles, Anne Murray, Whitney Houston, George Strait, Dolly Parton, Judy Collins, Cher, Dusty Springfield, Ringo Starr, and Garth Brooks. He has scored for television shows, including Growing Pains, Murphy Brown, Murder She Wrote, and Reba, and several films, such as Any Which Way but Loose, for which he penned the titular song. 

Steve has now written his next hit, I Wrote That One, Too... A Life in Songwriting from Willie to Whitney (Backbeat Books Hardcover; November 1, 2017; $29.99), a memoir recounting his remarkable journey filled with amazing successes, happy accidents in the studio, incredible friendships, tremendous creative satisfaction, and sometimes just plain being at the right place at the right time with the right song in hand. He writes:
"I truly have loved being that 'behind-the-scenes' guy, maintaining my anonymity, and being able to walk past the obnoxious Paparazzi at great restaurants without them giving me a second glance. In my opinion, being a songwriter who has had a successful career and doing what he is passionate about, is an award in itself."
The book follows Steve from his childhood in Queens to Manhattan to Nashville to his eventual arrival in Los Angeles. Steve shares anecdotes, advice, and insights into his phenomenal career and recounts his experiences and sometimes-hilarious behind-the-scenes stories with the many famous singers, musicians, producers, and lyric writers with whom he has collaborated. He also gets personal and shares what he has learned about strength, courage, perseverance, and unconditional love from three important women in his life: his first wife and his mother-who passed away within a few months of each other-and his big sister, who died in May 2016.
Full of heartfelt stories, hard-earned wisdom, and delightful wit, I Wrote That One, Too... is a great read for musicians, music fans, and whoever has chased a dream and survived the surprising but often serendipitous turns in the road.
About the Authors:
Steve Dorff is a Grammy-nominee songwriter with a long line of hits to his credit, including Kenny Rogers' "Through the Years" and most recently Garth Brooks' "Baby, Let's Lay Down and Dance." An industry stalwart with a career spanning four decades, Dorff is the recipient of the NSAI Songwriter of the Year award and has been honored with more than 40 BMI awards, 14 Billboard No. 1s, and 15 Top 10 Hits. More recently, he has returned to his first love, musical theater, with his forthcoming musical "Josephine". His songs reflect all musical genres, from contemporary sounds to haunting orchestral melodies, and he continues to be an integral part of today's music scene.
Colette Freedman is an internationally produced playwright with over 25 produced plays. She was voted "One of 50 to Watch" by the Dramatist's Guild. Her play Sister Cities was the hit of the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe, earned five-star reviews, and has been produced internationally. She has co-written a number of books with such best-selling writers as Jackie Collins and Michael Scott, and has written two novels, The Affair and The Consequences.
I Wrote That One, Too... A
 Life in Songwriting from Willie to Whitney
By Steve Dorff with Colette Freedman
(ISBN 9781495077296; 272 Pages; $29.99)
Backbeat Books Hardcover; November 1, 2017
Available at Backwingstore.com
<![CDATA[Jingle All The Way]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/jingle-all-the-way Thu, 2 Nov 2017 12:15:37 GMT
JingleMoney: The Essential Guide
to Making Real Money Writing Jingles

Montclair, NJ  (November 1, 2017) - Walter R. Dailey's insight in the jingle industry is unparalleled. In this easy-to-read guide, he offers clear steps for earning hundreds of thousands of dollars making music for TV, radio, and online ads.
Everything you need to know about getting started with writing music for commercials is in JingleMoney. This book includes:
  • How to make jingles for well-known businesses
  • Tips for starting with no or very little money
  • A step-by-step action plan for getting started
  • Insider knowledge about how the business actually works
  • Entrepreneurial strategies for starting your own music business
  • Ways to avoid costly mistakes
  • A review of what you need to know about copyright
This definitive guide to composing jingles will walk you through the ins and outs of all you need to know to be successful in writing music for commercials!
About the Author:
WALTER R. DAILEY (Columbus, OH) is a jingle writer, music producer, and songwriter. He has a drive for teaching the average musician how to obtain above-average income. Dailey is also the creative director for DSV Media. Dailey has spoken all over the United States about the power of jingles, appeared on a reality TV show, has been featured nearly 100 times on FoxBusiness.com, and has partnered with such renowned brands as Google, CBS, and DirecTV.
Available at Backwingstore.com
 (always on sale and always free shipping!)
MSRP $19.99
Publisher: Hal Leonard Books
Format: Softcover
Page Count: 180
Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches
ISBN: 9781495092213
<![CDATA[Here's Something Special And Sparkling Red For You To Beat On]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/heres-something-special-and-sparkling-red-for-you-to-beat-on Thu, 2 Nov 2017 12:11:56 GMT
Roland SPD-SX Special Edition Now Available

Enhanced SPD-SX Sampling Pad with expanded memory, Sparkling Red finish, and bundled music production software
Los Angeles, CA, November 1, 2017 — Roland announces the availability of the SPD-SX Special Edition, an enhanced version of the popular SPD-SX Sampling Pad. The SPD-SX Special Edition offers all the functionality of the standard SPD-SX with greatly expanded onboard storage capacity. Users can store up to 16 GB of samples on board, eliminating the need to carry external memory. The SPD-SX Special Edition also features a distinctive Sparkling Red finish, and includes an Ableton Live Lite software license to maximize music production and sample creation workflow with the instrument.  
Roland’s SPD-SX Sampling Pad is the professional touring standard for triggering custom samples, loops, and even complete backing tracks. It also supports real-time sample capture via its exclusive Multi-Pad Sampling function. With its expanded memory, the SPD-SX Special Edition supports up to 50 hours of mono sample storage. This allows busy players to load all the studio-quality WAV samples they need into the instrument, offering greater convenience and versatility when using the sampling pad in different live performance and recording situations. 
Integrating the SPD-SX Special Edition with the included Ableton Live Lite music software forms a highly flexible production and sample creation setup. Sounds played in Ableton Live Lite can be sampled in the SPD-SX Special Edition, and sounds played on the pads can be recorded into the software. The SPD-SX Special Edition can also be used as a MIDI pad controller for recording expressive MIDI tracks in Ableton Live Lite or any popular DAW. Connecting the sampling pad to a computer requires only a USB cable.   
The SPD-SX Special Edition also comes with Roland’s SPD-SX Wave Manager software. Via a friendly interface, users can import audio files directly from the computer to the instrument, assign samples to pads, and easily organize a library with thousands of samples. 
To complement its enhanced features, the SPD-SX Special Edition comes in a Sparkling Red finish that offers a distinctive look to set it apart from other gear on stage.   
To learn more about the SPD-SX Special Edition Sampling Pad, visit Roland.com.
Roland SPD-SX Special Edition Sampling Pad
Roland SPD-SX Special Edition Sampling Pad with Optional Stand
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[Firmware For Denon DJ SC5000 Prime Media Player Updated To Version 1.0.3]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/firmware-for-denon-dj-sc5000-prime-media-player-updated-to-version-1.0.3 Thu, 2 Nov 2017 12:04:00 GMT




Direct import of rekordbox® database highlights the new firmware’s greater functionality.


Cumberland RI, USA (November 2, 2017)—Denon DJ (www.denondj.com), a leading manufacturer of premium DJ products and solutions, today announced that their revolutionary SC5000 Prime media player has received a significant upgrade with new v1.0.3 firmware. The new firmware will give DJs performance enhancing pitch resolution, and most importantly, will now import rekordbox® files and database content directly into the SC5000.


A quick re-cap of the stunning Denon DJ SC5000 Prime media player: Winner of two DJ Mag Tech Awards for ‘Innovative New Product’ and ‘Ultimate Club Deck,’ the SC5000 Prime sets a new standard for ease of use and comprehensive creative features. It is a professional unit with 7-inch multi-touch display that enables gestures and swiping for the ultimate DJ expression and immediacy of interaction. Adding dual-layer playback on a single unit, making it possible to mix a full DJ set on just one player, plus on-board trigger pads for expressive live performance, the SC5000 represents the future of professional DJ performance, right here, right now.


The new 1.0.3 firmware delivers two important upgrades, which significantly improve the SC5000’s operational effectiveness:

  • Direct import of rekordbox® database — automatically and elegantly converts hot-cues, saved loops and playlists into Engine format, directly within the SC5000 player

  • Adjusted pitch resolution for more accurate BPM setting during DJ performance


The new 1.0.3 firmware is a solid indication of Denon DJ’s commitment to continuous improvement for their revolutionary Prime Series equipment.


Digital DJ Tips says, “This [the SC5000] is the singularly most impressive piece of DJ technologywe’ve ever reviewed and ushers in a new era of DJing.”


The 1.0.3 firmware will be part of SC5000 Prime media players starting in November 2017.


U.S. retail pricing for the SC5000 Prime is $1899. It is available globally now.


About Denon DJ

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

Denon DJ is a member of the premier family of brands known as inMusic.

rekordbox® is a registered trademark of Pioneer DJ Corporation. No endorsement or affiliation is claimed or implied.



<![CDATA[Eric Boulanger And Making Vinyl]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/eric-boulanger-and-making-vinyl Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:50:40 GMT


The Bakery Founder Eric Boulanger to Moderate Panel Discussion at “Making Vinyl” Conference
— The Fine Art of Mastering & Lathe Cutting panel to take place on the second day of “Making Vinyl,” a two-day conference on Nov. 6-7, 2017 at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in Detroit —
LOS ANGELES, CA, November 2, 2017 – Eric Boulanger, founder and principal mastering engineer at The Bakery, will moderate a panel at the upcoming “Making Vinyl” Conference, November 6-7, 2017, at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in Detroit. The panel is taking place from 8:50-9:35 a.m. on day 2 of the conference, Tuesday, November 7. Boulanger will moderate the panel, titled The Fine Art of Mastering & Lathe Cutting, which will feature leading members of the audio community, including Matt Earley, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Gotta Groove Records; Ryan Smith, Senior Mastering Engineer, Sterling Sound; Adam Gonsalves, Owner, Telegraph Mastering; Michael Dixon, Owner, Mobile Vinyl Recorders; and Chris Mara, Owner, Welcome To 1979 Studios / Mara Machines. 
These industry leaders will discuss a wide range of topics including the workflow of mastering new mixes up to the time the project is on the lathe; artist relations and reference discs; approaches to record label relations and how to manage their expectations; working with manufacturing; and more. 
“I am extremely excited to be part of the ‘Making Vinyl’ conference and think we have put together a panel that will address several key issues that are part of the vinyl record-making process,” stated Eric Boulanger. “Each member of the panel is an expert in his own right, and I feel our discussion will give attendees the most current and accurate information regarding the mastering process while we continue to enjoy the current resurgence in vinyl.” 
“Making Vinyl” is a two-day conference that will closely examine the circumstances leading up to this astounding comeback that took everyone by surprise. Vinyl records are projected to sell 40 million units in 2017, with sales nearing the $1 billion benchmark for the first time this millennium, according to Forbes. 
As founder and principal mastering engineer at The Bakery, Eric Boulanger is among the nation’s most in-demand vinyl mastering engineers, with numerous recent high-profile credits to his name (for instance, the soundtrack for La La Land, which was the highest-selling vinyl album in the U.S. in Q1 2017). 
Mastering engineer Eric Boulanger, pictured at his lathe at The Bakery. 
About The Bakery
Located in the heart of Sony Pictures Studios, The Bakery offers a complete range of state-of-the-art mastering services for a wide range of clientele. The facility consists of a mastering room and a dedicated editing/production suite. Services offered include: Mastered For iTunes: Apple AAC format; Vinyl Mastering: Vinyl Cutting, Reference Lacquers and Master Lacquers; High Resolution Audio: From 24bit/48kHz to 192kHz Masters; and Audio Mastering: Audio Mastering for CD and Digital Distribution. Founder and mastering engineer Eric Boulanger, also an accomplished professional studio violinist, is the rare professional whose exceptional skill set regularly takes him from the studio to the stage. Working behind the console, Eric has mastered acclaimed projects for the likes of Green Day, Hozier, Selena Gomez, Colbie Caillat, OneRepublic, Eric Burdon, Imagine Dragons, Neil Young, Plain White T’s, Chris Botti, Amos Lee, Serena Ryder, The Doors, Olivia Newton-John, Rufus Wainwright, and Sarah Jarosz, among others. Several of Boulanger’s projects have been nominated for and/or won GRAMMY® Awards.
<![CDATA[In The Arena Of New Hive Soundsets]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/in-the-arena-of-new-hive-soundsets Wed, 1 Nov 2017 12:55:00 GMT


New Hive soundset: Arena



Our latest soundset takes a different approach than our previous releases—it is smaller and highlights a single theme. Compact and concentrated inspiration.


Arena focuses on lead sounds crafted for the high energy of contemporary techno, trance, dubstep, EDM and more. Sound designer Kevin Schroeder pushed himself and Hive to create lead sounds bursting with vigour and character. And he certainly delivered: 50 presets ready for writing memorable melodies and riffs.


More info and audio demos on the website.

Arena Soundset Info  ➞




<![CDATA[Audio-Technica Now Shipping High Density Spectrum-Efficient 6000 Series Wireless System]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/audio-technica-now-shipping-high-density-spectrum-efficient-6000-series-wireless-system Wed, 1 Nov 2017 11:18:56 GMT


Audio-Technica Now Shipping High Density Spectrum-Efficient 6000 Series Wireless System
— Company continues to develop wireless solutions that directly address the issues brought about by the FCC Incentive Auction —
Stow, OH, October 31, 2017Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, is now shipping its 6000 Series High Density Wireless System, a spectrum-efficient solution that allows users to pack 31 channels in 4 MHz of bandwidth. The 2016 FCC Incentive Auction has resulted in a repack of the broadcast spectrum, reducing the amount of spectrum available for wireless microphone operations and driving the need for spectrum-efficient technology to operate a high number of simultaneous channels in today’s market. To address this issue, Audio-Technica developed the 6000 Series, whose channels are spaced at 125 KHz intervals and can all be used simultaneously. The system operates in the 944-952 MHz band, which is free of broadcast TV. The FCC has expanded license eligibility for this band beyond broadcasters and content creators to include sound companies and venues that routinely operate 50 wireless microphones or more. 
The 6000 Series system consists of the following components: the ATW-R6200 receiver, the ATW-T6001 body-pack transmitter, an optional ATW-DA410 antenna distribution system, and a number of compatible Audio-Technica lavalier and headworn microphones. Key features include high-performance filtering to remove external noise; clear, easy-to-read displays; transmitter frequency setup from receiver via IR sync; network monitor and control; durable, compact body-pack transmitter design; and a highly reliable new miniature input connector. 
ATW-R6200 receiver specifications:
  • Receiving system: True diversity
  • Operating frequency: 946.125 to 949.875 MHz
  • Simultaneous channels: Total of 31 channels (125 kHz intervals)
  • RF sensitivity: 20 dBμV (at 60dB S/N ratio)
  • Total harmonic distortion: <1% (63 dBμV input, 1 kHz, frequency deviation ±10 kHz)
  • SN ratio: 110 dB or more
  • Audio output level: XLR balanced +6 dBV (LINE) -13 dBV (MIC) (frequency deviation ±15 kHz, 600 ohm load)
  • Antenna input jack: BNC type (50 ohm) DC 12V OUT (max 60 mA x 2)
  • Audio output terminal: XLR 3-pin male (balanced) 1/4" (6.3 mm) standard stereo jack (balanced)
  • Headphone OUTPUT jack: 1/4" (6.3 mm) standard stereo jack; max power output: 100 mW + 100 mW into 32 ohms
  • Power: AC 120V 60 Hz
  • Operating temperature range: 41°F (5°C) to 113°F (45°C)
  • Power consumption: 25 W
  • External dimensions: 18.97" (482 mm) W × 1.69" (43 mm) H × 14.21" (361 mm) D (excluding protrusions)
  • Weight: 10.4 lbs (4.7 kg) 
ATW-T6001 body-pack transmitter specifications:
  • Operating frequency: 946.125 MHz to 949.875 MHz (31 channels)
  • Frequency step: 125 kHz
  • Spurious emissions: Following federal and national regulations
  • RF power output: 50 mW / 10 mW / 2 mW
  • Normal deviation: ±5 kHz
  • Maximum deviation: ±16.25 kHz
  • Frequency response: 70 to 15 KHz
  • Batteries: Two 1.5V AA alkaline (not included)
  • Battery life: Approx. 6 hours (using two alkaline batteries at 50 mW)
  • Current consumption: 230 mA or less (at DC 3V)
  • External dimensions: 2.44" (62 mm) W x 2.76" (70 mm) H x 0.67" (17 mm) D (excluding protrusions)
  • Weight: Approx. 3.2 oz (90 g) (excluding batteries) 
The Audio-Technica 6000 Series wireless system is available with the following components and pricing:
  • ATW-R6200 receiver: US $2,999
  • ATW-T6001 body-pack transmitter: US $1,299
  • ATW-DA410 antenna distribution system: US $4,349
  • ATW-F948 pair of antenna filters: US $189
  • AT898cH subminiature cardioid condenser lavalier microphone: US $179
  • AT899cH subminiature omnidirectional condenser lavalier microphone: US $179
  • BP892cH MicroSet® subminiature omnidirectional condenser headworn microphone: US $309
  • BP893cH MicroEarset omnidirectional condenser headworn microphone: US $259
  • BP894cH MicroSet subminiature cardioid condenser headworn microphone: US $359 
For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com, or contact A-T’s Applications Engineering Team at aeteam@atus.com.
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Celebrating over 50 years of audio excellence worldwide, Audio-Technica is a leading innovator in transducer technology, renowned for the design and manufacture of microphones, wireless microphones, headphones, mixers, and electronics for the audio industry. 
<![CDATA[Moor Twistor Sequencing Tools for Ableton Live]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/moor-twistor-sequencing-tools-for-ableton-live Wed, 1 Nov 2017 11:07:57 GMT


K-Devices Debuts MOOR and Twistor Sequencing Tools for Ableton Live

Software Devices Allow Unique Approach to Sequencing Instruments and Effects in Ableton Live


San Francisco, CA—Oct 31, 2017—K-Devices, an innovative developer of music software tools, has released MOOR and Twistor, two new Max for Live devices — the first in their Out Of Grid (OOG) series. Each provides an inventive, non-traditional approach to sequencing and controlling instruments and effects within Ableton Live music software environment.

MOOR is a unique mono sequencer that can generate MIDI note sequences with variable step and bar length, allowing the creation of virtually any time signature. It features step-length randomization with bar-length locking, variable step-value scrambling, and the ability to “bend” a sequence from linear to logarithmic to exponential playback. In addition MOOR allows for more advanced features such as clip export, advanced pitch randomize and step note triggering.

Describing MOOR, K-Devices founder Alessio Santini said, “We created MOOR for musicians looking to create sequences that don’t have to be locked to the classic grid of 4, 8, or 16 steps per bar. Because you can create a bar length of any number of steps and set a different duration for each step, the rhythmic possibilities are vast and complex.“  

Twistor is a phase-driven step-sequencer for modulating any parameter in any device or plug-in within Ableton Live. Like MOOR, it can create a bar length of any number of steps and set different durations for each step. Similarly, it can randomize the length of each step while maintaining the overall length of a sequence and “bend” playback from linear to logarithmic to exponential format. 

Both MOOR and TWISTOR store up to four individual sequences that can be triggered using software automation or an external controller such as Ableton’s Push controller.

 “Together or individually, MOOR and Twistor will be mind-opening creative tools for musicians that are accustomed to traditional sequencers,” said Alessio Santini. “We believe that thinking out of the box and outside the grid is always a good thing as far as making music goes.”

Customers can purchase MOOR and Twistor directly from K-Devices’ website at www.k-devices.com.

Pricing is as follows:

  • MOOR 29€  ($34 US)
  • Twistor 19€  ($22 US)
  • Bundle MOOR+Twistor 39€  ($45 US)

For additional product details visit K-Devices’ website at www.k-devices.com.



MOOR mono note sequencer


Twistor modulation sequencer


About K-Devices

K-Devices was founded in 2012 by France-based Italian composer Alessio Santini, to design music creation tools for Ableton Live and other music platforms. His products, which include TED, HERSE, AutoBeat, Drumk 2, REF, Shaper, Moovmi, EXT 2, KFLUX, KFLUXin, and KFLUXsy, are used by an international roster of musicians and are available online at www.k-devices.com.




<![CDATA[You've Heard Of Plug And Play - How About Click And Play?]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/youve-heard-of-plug-and-play---how-about-click-and-play Wed, 1 Nov 2017 10:46:34 GMT


NEXI Industries Brings Distortion Pedal into 21st Century with Click-and-Play Compatibility


AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS — The distortion effect for electric guitar has come a long way, from its earliest days as an uncanny “accident” to its modern status as a staple of rock and metal. Now NEXI Industries is bringing a classic into the 21st century with the new Distortion (DIS-02) effect pedal. It’s already “the one” that every player looks for, but with a new click-and-play design and a straightforward user interface, NEXI’s Distortion is what today’s players need. Simply plug in and prepare to be blown away!


To a younger generation, it may seem hard to believe that players once had to crank up their amp volume all the way to get or great sounds or even sabotage their gear by razor cutting the speakers. Thankfully, the distortion effect moved externally to a compact stomp box that could compress the input signal to create the signature gritty sound. NEXI’s Distortion was designed by boutique effect pedal creators, the self-declared “Vintage Analog Protection Squad,” who are committed to providing a unique tone without compromise. They’ve stayed true to the basics with two knobs on a lighted-rim interface. “Pre” for pre-gain controls the amount of distortion, while “Power” controls the level going to the amp. Crank these up for full metal distortion or lower them for classic rock riffing.


Like all NEXI pedals, Distortion is true bypass and hybrid, meaning it can be used standalone with a 9V battery or plugged right into the external power supply of NEXI’s revolutionary pedal board. Aptly named “The Solution,” this heavy-duty board solves the compatibility and connectivity problems that players have experienced for decades.


Gitarist Magazine (The Netherlands) awarded The Solution 4.5 out of 5 stars, recognizing it as the “first pedal board without hassle and with a lot of useful features.” It has a two-channel switch and three-step booster to satisfy every guitarist’s ego. It’s also equipped with a built-in tuner, two charging docks for tablet or smartphone, and covers that protect ports against dirt and beverage spills (splash-proof). With NEXI’s innovations, players are free to plug right in and dive off the distorted deep-end, knowing that their gear is safe and sound.


NEXI’s Distortion is priced at €99.95 (approx. USD $115) with free worldwide shipping. Get a closer look and hear a demo at https://nexi.eu/products/distortion.



<![CDATA[ Recording Academy P&E Wing Publishes New And Updated Recommendations For Industry Best Practices]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/recording-academy-pe-wing-publishes-new-and-updated-recommendations-for-industry-best-practices Wed, 1 Nov 2017 10:40:09 GMT
Recording Academy P&E Wing Publishes New and Updated Recommendations for Industry Best Practices
Documents, Now Posted Online, Outline Recommendations for Recording Deliverables and Hi-Res Music Production
Santa Monica, Calif. (October 31, 2017) — Reflecting its ongoing mission to educate and offer technical guidelines, the Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® has officially published a new paper titled "Recommendations for Hi-Resolution Music Production"; and an updated version of its historically influential "Recommendations for Delivery of Recorded Music Projects."  
"Recommendations for Hi-Resolution Music Production" (available here) is brand new for 2017. Although it is now possible for consumers to hear music at its best, rather than converted to conventional uncompressed digital resolutions (or worse: inferior compressed consumer formats), the industry currently lacks hi-res production standards, causing confusion and inefficiencies in the digital music supply chain. To address this, the P&E Wing has created this new document to help increase efficiency and transparency in the production process. This easy-to-read paper was created by a dedicated committee, chaired by Leslie Ann Jones – a GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer and currently the Director of Music Recording and Scoring at Skywalker Sound.  
The new revision of "Recommendations for Delivery of Recorded Music Projects" (available here) specifies the physical deliverables that are the culmination of the creative process, with the understanding that it is in the interest of all parties involved to ensure that recorded masters are safely stored and remain accessible for both the short and long term.   
Previous versions of the Delivery Recommendations have been widely used by record labels, schools, etc. as guidelines and best practices. This updated version provides crucial information about available technologies and includes a new section on recommended file hierarchy and management for recorded music that studio pros will find especially helpful. The revision committee, chaired by producer/engineer Jeff Balding (Don Henley, Taylor Swift, Maren Morris, Megadeth) and mastering engineer and educator Jim Kaiser (Director of Technology, MasterMix, and Audio Engineering Technology instructor at Belmont University), consists of a cross-genre, cross-region, cross-discipline group of respected recording professionals.
The Recording Academy represents the voices of performers, songwriters, producers, engineers, and all music professionals. Dedicated to ensuring the recording arts remain a thriving part of our shared cultural heritage, the Academy honors music's history while investing in its future through the GRAMMY Museum, advocates on behalf of music creators, supports music people in times of need through MusiCares, and celebrates artistic excellence through the GRAMMY Awards—music's only peer-recognized accolade and highest achievement. As the world's leading society of music professionals, we work year-round to foster a more inspiring world for creators.
For more information about the Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @RecordingAcad on Twitter, "like" Recording Academy on Facebook, and join the Recording Academy's social communities on Instagram, Tumblr, and YouTube
<![CDATA[Jordan Rudess Conjures Up Prog Rock Magic With His New Soundpack]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/jordan-rudess-conjures-up-prog-rock-magic-with-his-new-soundpack Wed, 1 Nov 2017 10:36:05 GMT


Jordan Rudess conjures up prog rock magic with his new soundpack


Download Wizardly Wayz and Floatation in the NOISE Soundpack Store



ROLI has just released the new “Wizardly Ways” soundpack created by legendary keyboardist Jordan Rudess. Featuring overdriven synths like Evil Pad, Wizardly Wayz packs a powerful hard-rock punch. But it also has enchanting orchestral effects, such as the strings of Mythic Key Layer and the flute-like Inventing Ether — perfect for adding dramatic flair to your creations.


Jordan Rudess, known for amazing audiences as the synth-player for prog rock titans Dream Theater, included in the new soundpack sounds from his various works that not only represent his rock and prog side, but also sounds that evolve.


Check out the full announcement on the ROLI Blog.


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<![CDATA[Epiphone Presents The New Ltd. Ed. Richie Faulkner Flying-V Custom Outfit
]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/epiphone-presents-the-new-ltd.-ed.-richie-faulkner-flying-v-custom-outfit Wed, 1 Nov 2017 10:29:12 GMT


Epiphone presents the new Ltd. Ed. Richie Faulkner Flying-V Custom Outfit


Featuring EMG(TM) pickups, Floyd Rose® Tremolo w/locking nut, and custom gigbag


NASHVILLE, TN (November 1, 2017)  Epiphone proudly presents the new Ltd. Ed. Richie Faulkner Flying-V Custom Outfit, the premier signature guitar from Judas Priest legend Richie Faulkner. Faulkner’s Flying-V includes EMGTM active pickups, a Floyd Rose® Tremolo and bridge with R2 Locking Nut, Grover® Rotomatic machine heads, a custom Thin-C neck profile, and a custom designed gig bag.


“Right out of the box, the quality of the guitar was mind blowing,” said Faulkner.  “I used it all over the new Judas Priest record. I’m taking it out on the road next year. It’s an honor to be part of the heritage.”   


When Richie Faulkner joined Judas Priest in 2011, his incredible speed, finesse, and energy rejuvenated the pioneering English metal band and helped to introduce Judas Priest to a new generation of fans. Now, as Judas Priest approaches their 50th anniversary, Epiphone welcomes Richie Faulkner to Epiphone’s distinguished family of signature artists!

The new Ltd. Ed. Richie Faulkner Flying-V Custom Outfit is a classic Flying-V with a Mahogany body in an Ebony gloss finish with a thin-C profile neck modeled after Richie’s favorite vintage Flying-V.  It’s powered by the classic combo of an EMG-66 (active) humbucker in the neck position and an EMG-57 humbucker (active) in the lead position, both with a Smooth Black Nickel finish. Faulkner’s Flying V also comes with a Floyd Rose® Tremolo 1000-Series bridge and Floyd Rose "R2" locking nut for incredibly precise tuning and sustain, a hallmark of Faulkner’s style.    

Visit Epiphone.com to learn more about the new Ltd. Ed. Richie Faulkner Flying-V Custom Outfit and read our exclusive interview! And visit your favorite local Authorized Epiphone Dealer

Ltd. Ed. Richie Faulkner Flying-V Custom Outfit Est. U.S. Street Price $999



The Epiphone Interview: Richie Faulkner


About Epiphone:  

For over 140 years, Epiphone has been a leading innovator in instrument design with models like the Casino, the Texan, and the new Masterbilt Century Archtop Collection. Epiphone is also home to the PRO-1 Collection and is the official instrument of Rocksmith® Remastered, the acclaimed video experience that’s teaching millions around the world how to play guitar and bass. Epiphone began as the “House of Stathopoulo” family business in Sparta in the 1870s and rose to fame in Manhattan during the jazz age before joining Gibson brands in 1957. Today, Epiphone continues to make history from its headquarters in Nashville, TN. Epiphones have powered classic recordings by Les Paul, The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones along with today’s top artists like Gary Clark Jr., Tommy Thayer of KISS, and Joe Bonamassa, and James Bay. Epiphone offers innovation, history, and a lifetime guarantee. At Epiphone, we're designers, we're players, and we're mavericks. And, we're passionate about everything we do.



<![CDATA[Modular T-RackS 5 Mixing And Mastering System For Mac / PC Now Available]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/modular-t-racks-5-mixing-and-mastering-system-for-mac--pc-now-available Tue, 31 Oct 2017 10:35:35 GMT


T-RackS 5 - the most powerful mixing and mastering
modular system for Mac/PC is now available

Revolutionary mix and master workstation with new resizable interface, audiophile-grade engine, and 38 high-end modules makes achieving world-class sound easier than ever
October 31, 2017 - IK Multimedia is proud to announce T-RackS 5, the cutting-edge mixing and mastering system for Mac® and PC, is available now. T-RackS 5 is the most powerful modular mix and master system ever, offering incredible versatility with 4 all-new processors for a total of 38 high-quality modules including a new completely redesigned, resizable interface in a flexible 16-processor series/parallel chain with an unrivaled audio engine, a complete broadcast-ready professional metering section, as well as an album assembly section with multi-format export.

IK Multimedia has led the way in mixing and mastering software since it created T-RackS in 1999, evolving and expanding the collection while setting an industry standard for some of the world's best sounding plug-ins for professional applications. It's no coincidence that thousands of top-charting records have been made using T-RackS. Now T-RackS 5 has been re-mastered to be more powerful than ever, providing everything necessary to take raw mixes to a perfect finished product ready for digital delivery or CD duplication.
A dream collection
In T-RackS 5 there are now 38 incredible modules, including 4 all-new additions to the collection, allowing for the construction of a perfect studio set up:
The Master Match module is a new type of plug-in that automatically matches the sonic fingerprint of up to 3 reference tracks, using highly sophisticated algorithms and then applies that sound to a user's mix. Thanks to this new powerful module, it's easy to create great sounding masters without the need for any previous audio engineering experience or specialized skills.
Based on an iconic American piece of recording hardware, the new Dyna-Mu vari-mu compressor/limiter is praised for its subtle but instantly recognizable sound. Thanks to its transformers and all-tube modeled heart, it can impart an audible magic which glues all the parts of a mix together.
The new EQual digital equalizer is a 10-band, ultra-clear, high-end parametric equalizer with an extremely transparent sound, a full-screen resizable interface for ultra-precise editing and a vast array of filter shapes that replicate the typical curves of legendary British and American analog EQ's. This "hybrid monster" offers the best of both worlds: digital precision with ultra-detailed editing and on-demand analog character.
Developed as an "all-in-one" solution, the new ONE mastering processor has been designed for easy, streamlined and straightforward audio finalization. It includes an EQ, compressor, analog harmonic exciter, low-end enhancer and limiter that will let anyone achieve professional quality results in a snap.

Flexibility delivered 3 ways
T-RackS 5 offers the freedom and flexibility to optimize the mixing and mastering setup with 3 working environments:
- The standalone application for T-RackS 5 is a complete, self-contained, one-stop mixing and mastering workstation that allows users to load a set of audio tracks and output a finished product ready for digital delivery or CD replication.
- The plug-in suite provides nearly all the standalone mode features within the environment of a DAW as the most powerful channel strip or mastering chain available today as a plug-in.
- All T-RackS processors (including metering) can also be used as single plug-ins in any compatible DAW for multi-track mixing and stereo mastering duties.
Resizable user interface
The all-new graphic user interface is designed to control everything from a single window, smoother and faster than ever. Plus, it's fully resizable, meaning it can utilize up to the full size of a display. The new flexible chain view allows the modules to be dropped into the 16-processor series/parallel signal chain at will directly from the sidebar carousel showing all available T-RackS modules.
Audiophile-grade performance
T-RackS 5 now supports audio up to 192kHz/32-bit, with mastering for high-definition music platforms and distribution without ever leaving its single interface, including 4 dithering options to choose from. The internal resampling engine delivers nothing less than best-in-class audiophile performance including DDM (Digital Delivery Mastering) on the output from the final limiting stage, offering an additional layer of protection against inter-sample peaks and overshoots.
Comprehensive broadcast-ready metering
The new precision loudness LUFS meter is compliant with all leading professional reference standards for music delivery or broadcasting. Peak, RMS and Dynamic Range meters provide useful information about the dynamic response of mixes. The spectrogram, real-time analyzer, phase and correlation meters also help to spot frequency imbalances and phase problems. M/S meters included gather information about the relations between the mono and the stereo content. Additionally, T-RackS 5's new metering section can be launched as a separate floating window.
Album assembly and digital delivery
Now it's possible to assemble a full-length production directly within the T-RackS 5 interface and create an album sequence with suitable track metadata including pauses, fades, track ID's, ISRC codes, CD-Text and more, then export single high quality master audio files or the whole project in various formats such as WAV, AIF and standard DDP image for replication or Wav Cue files.

Engineer preset library
Top recording and mixing engineers including Tom Lord-Alge, Nick Davis and many others who use T-RackS modules in their projects have created a library of presets that offers users a unique opportunity to instantly improve their productions with ease. This expanding library of presets is included with T-RackS 5 and provides a great starting point for mixing everything from drums, vocals, guitars, bass and more with exceptional results.
Pricing and availability
T-RackS 5 is available now in both free and paid versions.
The Custom Shop version of T-RackS 5 is available free of charge, comes with the Classic Equalizer, simplified metering and offers users the option to try and buy any of the other processors.
With a total of 9 modules, including the 4 all-new processors and full metering, the T-RackS 5 collection is available for $/€149.99*. Producers and artists can step up to a collection of 22 essential modules in T-RackS 5 Deluxe for $/€299.99, and for engineers who want all 38 mixing and mastering modules, T-RackS 5 MAX is available for $/€499.99.
Users who have any registered IK product $/€99.99 or more can purchase T-RackS 5 MAX at crossgrade pricing of $/€299.99.
*All prices excluding taxes

For more information, please visit:
For video demos of T-Racks 5, please visit:
<![CDATA[Cort Goes Grand]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/cort-goes-grand Tue, 31 Oct 2017 10:19:00 GMT


Cort Goes ‘Grand’ with New Addition to Gold Series of Acoustic Guitars



SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA — Less than a year after launching its Gold Series with Dreadnought and Orchestra-Model styles, Cort Guitars proudly introduces the Cort Gold A6 with a Grand Auditorium body. The Gold A6 is the new ‘middle child’ in size with the sonic character and meticulous details that have come to define the Gold Series, Cort’s best-ever acoustic guitar family.


The Gold A6 delivers a full-bodied, well-balanced tone that suits virtually any musical style and taste. One of the advantages of the Grand Auditorium body is its 45mm genuine bone nut and saddle, ideal for fingerstyle playing. Cort’s premium materials are showcased in softer melodies. The only way to electronically compliment the high-quality craftmanship of the guitar was to integrate the Fishman Flex Blend System.  This system combines an under-saddle pickup with a condenser mic to provide even the most demanding acoustic players the tones they desire. On any stage.  At any level. The preamp superbly translates the guitar’s natural sound.


Achieving decades-old character, Cort uses its Aged to Vintage (ATV) treatment to allow the Gold A6’s solid sitka spruce top to cure and open up more over time. ATV acts as a torrefaction process, giving this guitar a big, open tone that’s bright, yet natural with a strong and warm midrange that’s brought out by the all-solid mahogany construction on the back and sides. The sonically enhanced UV finish, Natural Glossy, protects both the instrument and tonal quality.


Cort’s craftsmen have modernized the X-bracing by hand-scalloping it to lighten the weight and to free up added top vibration. They also chose a tight-fitting traditional dovetail neck joint reinforced with a bolt, creating a DoubleLock neck that maximizes the transfer of tone and enhances resonance. The Gold A6’s mahogany neck is reinforced with walnut for added stability. The Macassar Ebony fretboard matches the material choice for the bridge with ebony pins. Nodding to the ‘Gold’ moniker, Deluxe Vintage Gold Tuners accent the headstock.


The Gold A6 retails for $1,049.99 (MAP: $699.99) and comes with an exclusive deluxe soft-side case. Learn more about the Gold series on Cort’s website.



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[REVERB FOUNDRY Announces New HD•CART Plug-In]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/reverb-foundry-announces-new-hdcart-plug-in Tue, 31 Oct 2017 10:13:05 GMT


REVERB FOUNDRY announces new HD•CART plug-in


London, England – Brand new software company Reverb Foundry is pleased to announce the release of the company’s first offering: HD•CART, a high density reverb plugin modeled after one of the most sought after and expensive reverb units of all time. It was next to impossible to walk into almost any professional recording studio in the mid to late 1980s - and for many years after - and not have one be in the room somewhere. So many of the most cherished and well-known recordings of all time owe a large part of their ambience and overall sound to this iconic state of the art (at the time) processor.


There’s a very cool expansion cartridge for this unit containing the only algorithm to ever fully take advantage of its considerable dual-board processing capabilities. This amazing program was capable of being used in either a surround or High Density reverb mode. The surround mode takes a stereo input and produces four-channel “quadraphonic” output. The HD mode basically mixes the quad outputs down to two- channel stereo, resulting in denser, richer audio unlike any other reverb processor. Reverb Foundry’s new HD•CART delivers that incredible set of programs in a plugin that is sure to become an indispensible part of desktop production systems everywhere.


HD•CART is the first in a series of incredible plug-ins from Reverb Foundry. It is available now for $199 in AU, VST 2.4, VST3 and AAX formats on Mac and PC.


Reverb Foundry - where the most sought after legendary hardware audio processors typically only available in the finest studios all over the world are meticulously transformed into indispensable state of the art audio plug in tools for DAWs everywhere.



<![CDATA[Skydancer Takes Flight]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/skydancer-takes-flight Tue, 31 Oct 2017 10:08:38 GMT


Skydancer get’s it’s release debut today, imagine the possibilities with over 7GB of vocal stems, euphoric drops and a whole chunk of loops, one shots, beats and more.

Zenhiser Pack: Skydancer

Price: $55.00 AUD

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


<![CDATA[ New Dry Blend Board For Crown Jewel ]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/new-dry-blend-board-for-crown-jewel Tue, 31 Oct 2017 10:06:39 GMT
Dry Blend Add-On Board for the Crown Jewel

This has actually been released for a a few months now, but we never got around to announcing it.  So in case you weren't aware of this yet, we released a dry blend for the Crown Jewel.
This is a passive cross fade blender that allows you to mix the ratio of dry to clean signal.  It utilizes the Crown Jewel's 27v charge pump for a super clean dry signal.  And it's very loud too.  If you want an overdrive that can do the perfectly transparent clean boost thing, this will do that.  This now gives you the same tonal abilities as the Klon Centaur, Maxon OD-820, Voodoo Labs Sparkle Drive and any other distortion/overdrive that has a clean blend.  
The dry blend add-on board also makes the Crown Jewel the ultimate bass dirt pedal!
This can actually be applied to any pedal that you want to add a clean blend to, not just the Crown Jewel.  And it doesn't necessarily need to have a 27v charge pump power supply either.  It can run on your standard 9v supply, it just won't have as much head room.   The instructions only pertain to adding it to the Crown Jewel, so if you want to use it for something other than the Crown Jewel, it's recommended that you have some understanding of how to read a schematic and know what you're doing.  Or go to our forum and ask for help.
Click here for more info.
Take Tone Into Your Own Hands
<![CDATA[Soundtoys Controls The Vertical And Takes Things To The Outer Limits]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/soundtoys-controls-the-vertical-and-takes-things-to-the-outer-limits Tue, 31 Oct 2017 10:03:10 GMT
Announcing: Outer Limits Preset Expander
for the Soundtoys Effect Rack

YouTube URL: youtu.be/YmzGFHHGINk

Learn more at: soundtoys.com/outer-limits
October 30, 2017 (BURLINGTON, VT): Soundtoys is proud to announce the Outer Limits preset expander for the Soundtoys Effect Rack, which is exclusively included with the Soundtoys 5 bundle. This preset expander is free, but does require a license for Soundtoys 5 to use.
“Soundtoys Effect Rack is a sound designer’s dream. The ability to have all the Soundtoys plug-ins at your fingertips is fantastic and the new Outer Limits presets are amazing sounding, super useful, and inspiring to listen to. They’re easily tweakable, so you’ll find yourself dialing up unique sounds right away!”
– Craig Henighan, Sound Designer (Stranger Things, mother!, Deadpool)
Outer Limits is a FREE collection of 67 presets designed to turn any audio into strange and frightening sounds, spacey sci-fi soundscapes, and mutated audio oddities. This preset expander uses the virtually limitless power of the Soundtoys Effect Rack to take sound design to alternate realities. This expander is separated into three volumes: Voice, Effects, and Drones. Expand your creative horizons as you tour through a galaxy of auditory adventure and realize just how far out you can get with the Soundtoys Effect Rack.

Learn more, listen, and download at soundtoys.com/outer-limits.



Website: http://www.soundtoys.com/

About Soundtoys
Based in Burlington VT, Soundtoys (formerly Wave Mechanics) was founded in 1996 by Ken Bogdanowicz, the DSP effects designer behind the legendary H3000 Ultra-Harmonizer and the DSP4000 line of hardware signal processors from Eventide. Today, the company develops world-class, creative signal-processing software, including the renowned EchoBoy and Decapitator plug-ins, for mixing engineers, producers, musicians, sound designers, and any other audio creators in need of inspiring effects. Soundtoys users include Benny Blanco, Skywalker Sound, David Sitek, Bob Power, Dave Pensado, Sigur Ros, Tony Maserati, BOOTS, Butch Vig, Glass Animals, Tom Elmhirst, and Trent Reznor.

Copyright © 2017 Soundtoys, Inc, All rights reserved.

<![CDATA[LynTec Solves Lighting Control Hurdles]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/lyntec-solves-lighting-control-hurdles Tue, 31 Oct 2017 09:59:00 GMT


LynTec Solves Lighting Control Hurdles at LDI 2017


LynTec's NPAC Rackmount Power Management and Whole Venue Solutions Simplify Lighting Power Control With Comprehensive Capabilities



LENEXA, Kan. — Oct. 31, 2017 — LynTec, a leading manufacturer of innovative electrical power control solutions for professional audio, video, and lighting systems, will display its new Networkable Power Automation Control (NPAC) rack-mounted system and Whole Venue Control capabilities at LDI 2017, Nov. 17-19, in Booth 1546 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. LynTec's Whole Venue Control allow lighting professionals to mix and match the company's market-leading panels, including the DMX and sACN-compatible NPAC, across a facility and control them as one system.


"For the first time ever, not only can designers use just one system to control all the LynTec lighting panels in their design using our Whole Venue Control offering, but the addition of the new NPAC solution gives them a rack-mounted power control for lighting control," said Mark Bishop, president of LynTec.


At the booth, LynTec will demonstrate the award-winning NPAC, the industry's only complete, ready-to-install power and zoned lighting management solution that can manage up to 80 amps in a single 2RU unit. Part of LynTec's Whole Venue Control lineup, the NPAC is engineered to protect and control installed entertainment AVL systems across multiple zones and with multiple control protocols (HTTP, Telnet, sACN, DMX) and simple contact closures. The NPAC series includes both 120V and 240V models to manage higher power loads. It features four 20A circuit inputs in a single 2RU enclosure, saving integrators valuable rack space and eliminating the need to wire multiple units together. The unit boasts pre-terminated cables that are ready to plug into existing sources and four NEMA 5-20 outlets (6-20 outlets for the 240V model) that allow for easy connection to gear.


LynTec will also showcase its new Whole Venue Control capabilities, which allow system designers to create a completely tailored AVL power control system using LynTec's RPC Remote Control Breaker Panels, RPCR Automated Relay Panels, or NPAC units in any combination within the same network on a single interface. Designers can mix and match LynTec's leading line of electrical power control solutions to address unique infrastructure requirements across a broad range of applications. By accessing a single IP address, customers can set up, control, and monitor all their AVL sequences or DMX lighting zones across the facility, making LynTec the ideal power control and management solutions provider for mega churches, theaters, stadiums and arenas, conference centers, and other large venues.


More information on LynTec's full line of products is available at www.LynTec.com




About LynTec

LynTec is a leading manufacturer of innovative electrical power control solutions for professional audio, video, and lighting systems. Working closely with system designers, LynTec incorporates electrical protection, circuit switching capabilities, and an operational controller within a common enclosure — saving valuable wall space, lowering installation costs, and simplifying system operation. This state-of-the-art approach to electrical control solutions has positioned LynTec as a trusted resource for any installation with complex power control requirements. More information is available at www.LynTec.com

<![CDATA[Making Discrete Recordings, Four Channels At A Time]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/making-discrete-recordings-four-channels-at-a-time Tue, 31 Oct 2017 09:50:47 GMT


Antelope Audio announces availability of desktop DISCRETE 4 console-grade microphone preamp interface


SANTA MONICA, CA, USA: high-end professional audio equipment manufacturer Antelope Audio is proud to announce availability of its desktop DISCRETE 4 ThunderboltTM & USB Interface with 4 Discrete Mic Preamps — perfect for solo musicians as well as smaller project studios and bedroom-based home recordists/producers alike, courtesy of four console-grade six-transistor discrete microphone preamps; 121 dB dynamic range conversion; and rock-solid, fourth-generation 64-bit AFC (Acoustically Focused Clocking) technology, together with Antelope Audio’s acclaimed Real-time FPGA FX, modelling iconic gear from BAE, Grove Hill, Graf Audio, Lang, and more (for use in the EasyPanel software or any DAW directly, thanks to Antelope Audio’s all-new AFX2DAW plug-in) — as of November 1...


DISCRETE 4 was developed after Antelope Audio undertook extensive research into illustrious microphone preamp circuitry, applying its famed FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) engine effectively to transform its already big-budget-sounding Accusonic preamps into several classic models. Moreover, this takes place in real-time with an authentic response that truly sets it apart. Although DISCRETE 4 was designed to work with any microphone, it really shines when working with Antelope Audio’s new EDGE and VERGE modelling microphones that were recently announced alongside its bigger brother, the DISCRETE 8 ThunderboltTM & USB Interface with 8 Discrete Mic Preamps — hardly surprising since those modelling microphones were designed to exclusively match the discrete preamp architecture of the audio interfaces in question.


Unquestionable sonic supremacy apart, as is the case with its far-reaching range of relatively recently released professional audio interfaces, Antelope Audio’s acclaimed real-time FPGA platform puts an authentic vintage sound into discerning DISCRETE 4 users’ hands; however, this has now been extended to create a complete professional studio experience like no other. Microphones, preamps, conversion, compressors, EQ, and reverb are all accessible with ease, either from within DISCRETE 4’s EasyPanel software or via any DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) with workflow that just... well, works — thanks to Antelope Audio’s all-new AFX2DAW plug-in. Perform and record either with effects already applied or add processing in post-production.


Like all things Antelope Audio, DISCRETE 4 is a rock-solid clocking solution in itself. It comes complete with cutting-edge, fourth- generation 64-bit AFC technology that is already familiar from several celebrated classics of Antelope Audio’s own making, such as ISOCHRONE TRINITY, the best sounding and most versatile master clock available anywhere; the OCX HD 768 kHz HD master clock; and Pure2, a mastering-grade 24-bit/192kHz AD/DA two-channel converter and master clock. Creatively, two WC OUT (Word Clock output) connections allow DISCRETE 4 users to distribute the clock signal to other digital equipment.


When working with DISCRETE 4, monitoring and talkback features are both super-flexible and a breeze to set up. Ultimately, users can create up to four individual monitoring mixes and send them to headphones or MONITOR outputs with (or without) whatever FPGA FX they might have stacked, so any artist being recorded can experience the convincing sounds of vintage EQ, compression, and authentic guitar amp emulations that are as close to the final product as possible.


Remote control comes easily to DISCRETE 4 — access all areas (including adjusting all microphone input levels as well as full control over all talkback levels, monitoring, and headphone volumes) via its intuitive EasyPanel software or download the free iOS and Android mobile apps. As such, musicians can comfortably control their own headphone volume through their smartphones.


So if that’s not enough to convince, consider this: DISCRETE 4 can even save and load presets and exchange settings with Antelope Audio’s full lineup of FPGA-equipped professional audio interfaces, making it a no-brainer for both new users and existing owners using a second rig for touring or travel by allowing them to leave their current studio setup untouched when on the road or engaging in session work outside their own facility — free to roam, recording whatever and whenever with the desktop DISCRETE 4 ThunderboltTM & USB Interface with 4 Discrete Mic Preamps. Perfectly paired with those EDGE and VERGE modelling microphones, it's a beautiful combination!


The DISCRETE 4 ThunderboltTM & USB Interface with 4 Discrete Mic Preamps (plus EDGE and VERGE modelling microphones) will soon be available via Antelope Audio’s growing global network of dealers. As of November 1, 2017, Antelope Audio itself is accepting preorders on the following bundles: DISCRETE 4 with Basic FX collection (€899.00 EUR); DISCRETE 4 with Premium FX collection (€1,399.00 EUR); DISCRETE 4 with Premium FX collection and 1x EDGE modelling microphone (€1,995.00 EUR).


For more in-depth information, please visit the dedicated DISCRETE 4 webpage here: http://en.antelopeaudio.com/products/discrete-4/


For more in-depth info, please visit the dedicated DISCRETE 4 bundle webpage here: http://en.antelopeaudio.com/products/discrete-4-edge-bundle/


Watch Antelope Audio’s informative introductory DISCRETE 4 video here: https://youtu.be/k6E6mJuTEiY


For more information about Antelope Audio’s FPGA effects, including a full library list, please visit the dedicated webpage here: http://antelopeaudio.com/hardware-based-fpga-effects/



About Antelope Audio (www.antelopeaudio.com)

Antelope Audio is a leading manufacturer of high-end professional audio equipment, pioneering the adoption of atomic clock generators in audio master clocks through utilising CEO Igor Levin’s 25-plus years of experience in digital audio.Antelope was the first company to design a 1U 32-channel audio interface and a multi-channel portable interface with 12 mic pres.The company’s customers include many GRAMMY® award-winning sound engineers and some of the most renowned recording, mastering, and post-production facilities around the globe.

© 2017 Antelope Audio

<![CDATA[Audified Bring Synergy To Your 500 Series Rack]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/audified-bring-synergy-to-your-500-series-rack Tue, 31 Oct 2017 08:44:08 GMT


Audified announces availability of software/hardware hybrid digital/analogue SYNERGY R1 reverb for 500-series


“SYNERGY R1 is a great idea... we’ve all got lazy using plug-ins for instant session recall, so to be able to get the quality of hardware with that convenience has got to be a good thing.”

- George Shilling, record producer/recording engineer/mastering engineer/musician/composer (Mary J. Blige, Porcupine Tree, Steve Winwood), 2017


BOSKOVICE, CZECH REPUBLIC: host application and audio effects developer Audified is proud to announce availability of SYNERGY R1 — representing its first foray into hardware with a ‘remote-controlled’ software/hardware hybrid digital (REVERB)/analogue (SATURATOR) processing module for the 500-series modular rack frame format popularised by API (Automated Processes, Inc.) — as of October 31...


Imagine a studio reverb with seven types of algorithms in synergy with three kinds of true analogue saturation, remotely-controlled from within a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) with an outstanding sound and world-class user interface. Imagine no more! Making room (in a 500-series lunchbox) for Audified’s SYNERGY R1 is making room for a studio reverb for a new era, enabling all of that... and more.


Modern-day producers tend to shy away from audio hardware effects in this day and age. Why? Well, the luxury of recalling such sessions like yesteryear’s production pros is a time-consuming process and shrinking production budgets dictate that today’s time-stressed producers often take to sacrificing CPU (Central Processing Unit) power for plug-in processing convenience. Conceptually — and in reality, as a ‘remote-controlled’ software/hardware hybrid digital (REVERB)/analogue (SATURATOR) processing module for the 500-series modular rack frame format popularised by API, SYNERGY R1 is an altogether different production proposition, one that effectively turns modern-day production preconceptions on their head. How? How about the fact that users can control the device directly from their DAW, automate it, and store session settings, courtesy of its easily accessible, front facia-positioned USB (Universal Serial Bus) connection. And that’s just for starters.


Seriously designed and sturdily built in the Czech Republic, beating at SYNERGY R1’s hardware heart are two switchable sections. REVERB is digital, providing premium- quality 24-bit A/D (analogue-to-digital) and D/A (digital-to-analogue) convertors, 32-bit floating point DSP (Digital Signal Processing) and true BYPASS functionality; all told, there are seven selectable reverb algorithms (simulating several different types of spatial acoustics), ranging from Room all the way up to Tunnel, and users can control four front panel-accessible parameters: DECAY, PREDELAY, COLOR, and TYPE. The second — true analogue — SATURATOR section features three switchable saturation circuits with GE (Germanium), OA (OpAmp), and JF (J-FET) types (that add harmonics to the signal) and a GAIN control. (Centrally positioned, a distinctive display is packed with Light Emitting Diodes to assist with parameter editing visually via numeric and bar indication of values — LEDs for the edited parameter change colour to yellow and the value is visible in the numeric part of the display while other parameter LEDs remain green; when editing is finished, the display returns to the default view — numeric area displaying preset number and all value indicators in green... or red if the parameter is switched off.) Both sections include wet/dry MIX controls, so SYNERGY R1 can be used as a 100% digital reverb or a 100% analogue saturator (and anything between those two worlds).


What truly sets SYNERGY R1 apart from the run-of-the-mill 500-series pack, however, is that each and every one of its functions can be remote controlled via the included Synergy R1 Control plug-in that can be used from within all major DAW host applications on Mac and Windows (with AAX, AU, VST2, and VST3 support). Hardware parameters can be fully automated and are saved within projects. The plug-in supports multi-instance usage, so several plug-ins could be assigned to one hardware unit. Also included is a standalone Synergy R1 Control application, allowing for independent control of SYNERGY R1 via MacOS (10.9.5 and above) or Windows (7 and above). Production pros of old school-style thinking, of course, can still get hands-on with the hardy hardware itself... if they wish to do so!


So who better to sing SYNERGY R1’s praises than the talented individual behind its innovative design? “I’m a reverb guy,” gushes well-known Czech composer/ producer Boris Carloff, before adding: “I own 11 hardware reverb units in my studio, including an EMT 251, Bricasti M7, and AKG BX25 spring reverb — all classics, but I always dreamt of having something with the mellowness of old plate reverbs like the EMT 140. The analogue saturation of overdriving circuitry made their sound so lush, three-dimensional, and significant that I think I prefer them to any of the classic digital reverbs. On the flipside of the coin, I love the versatility of digital’s different algorithms. And, of course, I also like simple DAW control. So something with the best of both the analogue and digital worlds, with all their wonderful possibilities combined, seemed like a good solution to me, which was the thinking behind SYNERGY R1.”


For all its (breakthrough) bells and (wondrous) whistles, what SYNERGY R1 really boils down to is its sound. “New high-end algorithms with real analogue saturation makes for an unbelievably lush- and nice-sounding reverb, but there is also an option to use clean digital reverb,” its creator continues. “With real bypass of the digital reverb it is also possible to apply three different types of parallel analogue saturation to your mix.”


An amazing mix of technologies, then, perfectly packaged into a stereo audio processing module powered by a 500-series lunchbox, but boasting DAW control, carefully tuned reverb algorithms, and the satisfying sound of real analogue circuitry. Concludes Carloff: “SYNERGY R1 is something new that sounds superb; I believe it’s a must-have processor for every studio — project or commercial.”


Clearly, George Shilling — owner of the commercial, Cotswolds, UK-based Bank Cottage Studio — couldn’t agree more; maintains the multi-platinum, award-winning record producer, recording engineer, mastering engineer, musician, composer, journalist, and music tech teacher: “SYNERGY R1 is a great idea... we’ve all got lazy using plug-ins for instant session recall, so to be able to get the quality of hardware with that convenience has got to be a good thing.”Having been accepted into API Audio’s VPR Alliance (http://apiaudio.com/vpr_alliance.php) — a program of standardisation and consistency guidelines for approved manufacturers wishing to design products for API’s 500-series rack format, SYNERGY R1 is available for purchase through Audified’s growing global network of distribution partners at an MSRP of $1,399.00 USD. (Audified are offering free shipping on orders placed before the end of November 2017.)


For more in-depth information, please visit the dedicated SYNERGY R1 webpage here: http://synergy.audified.com


Synergy R1 Control can be directly downloaded as a multi-format (AAX, AU, VST2, VST3) plug-in and standalone application for MacOS (10.9.5 and above) and Windows (7 and above) from Audified here: https://services.audified.com/download


Watch Audified’s informative introductory SYNERGY R1 video here: https://youtu.be/4D2GhlnFylo


About Audified (www.audified.com)

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

© 2017 Audified

<![CDATA[Fourth Annual Pensado Awards To Honor Greg Wells ]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/fourth-annual-pensado-awards-to-honor-greg-wells Mon, 30 Oct 2017 12:32:12 GMT


Fourth Annual Pensado Awards to Honor Greg Wells with Pensado Giant Award
Greg Wells to receive the Pensado Giant Award, which acknowledges an industry leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of record-making
Awards show, set to take place Sunday, December 3, 2017, at L.A.’s legendary Fonda Theatre, will once again “recognize the faces behind the sound” and feature returning co-hosts Samantha Maloney and Chris Lord-Alge and new co-host Kosine from Da Internz
Sponsors include 1500 or Nothin’, The Blackbird Academy, NAMM, Avid, Westlake Pro, LANDR and Heavyocity Media. The awards will feature a who’s-who of the recording community
LOS ANGELES, CA, October 27, 2017 — The Pensado Awards (taking place on Sunday, December 3, 2017, at Los Angeles’ historic Fonda Theatre, 6126 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90028), dubbed by insiders as the must-attend audio event of the year, will soon be announcing its nominees, but one category already has a winner: the Pensado Giant Award this year will be presented to multiple GRAMMY®-nominated producer, musician and mixing engineer Greg Wells (Adele, OneRepublic, Keith Urban, Katy Perry, Twenty One Pilots), who has songs on over 85 million units sold. This award acknowledges an industry leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of record-making. Past recipients include famed engineer/producers Chris Lord-Alge, Bruce Swedien and Al Schmitt, who received this award in 2016, 2015 and 2014, respectively. 
Few producers in music can rival the pedigree and resume of GRAMMY-nominated producer, mixer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Greg Wells. Wells’ career has transcended sonic guidance, as the fluent guitarist, bassist, drummer and keyboard player has mastered the balance between hands-on help and drawing out an artist’s own sound regardless of genre. In contrast to many of his peers, Wells’ career has never been about creating an aural stamp to imprint a “signature sound.” Despite his vast knowledge and lifelong interest in music, Wells prefers to be a guiding sensei in the studio rather than an overshadowing presence. “You have to jump into the pool with the artist and quickly assess what’s happening,” says Wells. “You want to hear somebody lost in their own performance with a complete lack of self-consciousness. For me, the goal is to shine the best light on the artist themselves and help them be as true to themselves as possible. I’m more the basketball coach than the player.” It’s this philosophy that has helped Wells write and produce some of the best-selling and highest-charting tracks of the past 15 years, with such artists as Katy Perry, Keith Urban, Twenty One Pilots, Adele, Pharrell Williams, Grace VanderWaal, Mayer Hawthorne, Greg Holden, Rufus Wainwright, Holychild, Theophilus London, Timbaland, OneRepublic, Deftones, Otep, Pink, Kid Cudi, Burt Bacharach, k.d. lang, Mika, Sir George Martin, and the Count Basie Orchestra. 
Created by Herb Trawick and Dave Pensado of Penwick Media (the producers of Pensado's Place and other industry-leading audio-related media), the Pensado Awards, dubbed by insiders as the must-attend audio event of the year, were founded as a means of acknowledging talented music producers, engineers, mixers, songwriters and their work, serving as a grand opportunity for the best pros, amateurs, brands and press to come together as one community to celebrate the uncelebrated. Since its inception, the show has continued to gain momentum and garner attention throughout the industry and beyond. The Fonda Theatre will provide an intimate backdrop for Pensado Awards 4, which will feature an entirely new vibe and new show format using cutting-edge technology, plus additional surprises throughout the night. This year’s co-hosts are drummer Samantha Maloney (Hole, Mötley Crüe, Peaches), legendary producer, engineer and mixer Chris Lord-Alge (Pink, Foo Fighters, Avril Lavigne, Green Day) and Kosine of acclaimed production duo Da Internz (Ludacris, Nicki Minaj, John Legend). Hip-hop production collective 1500 or Nothin' will serve as the Premier Sponsor for the fourth annual Pensado Awards. Other main sponsors include The Blackbird Academy, NAMM, Avid, Westlake Pro, LANDR and Heavyocity Media. 
Herb Trawick stated, “Greg Wells’s legendary career speaks for itself. We couldn’t be prouder to honor this man and his career on December 3. The previous recipients of this award – Chris Lord-Alge, Bruce Swedien and Al Schmitt – represent a rarified class, and we are glad to add Greg Wells to this list!” 
More about the Pensado Awards:
The Pensado Awards are a natural outgrowth of the ethos behind Pensado’s Place. In recent years, developments in music and technology have changed the landscape for producers, songwriters, engineers and musicians, encouraging artists and composers of all types to hone their craft. From the self-taught basement enthusiast to the seasoned industry producer, all manner of music professionals are discovering new methods of working and novel ways to reach fans. The science and art of music-making are in a rapid state of flux, with exciting opportunities awaiting among the talented figures in and out of the spotlight – the people who are currently engineering the next sound that will move the world in the music, film, television and digital realms. Over 100,000 albums and millions of songs are released every year, not to mention the hundreds of thousands of concerts put on worldwide, but the awards often end up in the hands of a lucky select group. So the brilliance and hard work of all those producers, songwriters, DJ’s, engineers, mixers, live wizards and behind-the-scenes technicians in audio often go unnoticed. The Pensado Awards, founded as a means of acknowledging these talented individuals and their work, are a grand opportunity for the best pros, amateurs, brands and press to come together as one community to celebrate the uncelebrated. 


Multiple GRAMMY®-nominated producer, musician and mixing engineer Greg Wells

About Pensado’s Place
The hour-long weekly web series Pensado’s Place was created over five years ago. Co-hosted by legendary mix engineer Dave Pensado (Black Eyed Peas, Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Michael Jackson and more) and show creator Herb Trawick, Pensado’s Place includes interviews with top music industry artists, engineers, producers, mixers, and record executives, as well as in-depth tutorials in production, engineering and mixing. Pensado’s Place has positioned itself as “the most influential show for audio engineers,” mixers and producers (Forbes Magazine). Pensado’s Place is more than just a show, as it highlights the very best in the audio industry from music, film, TV, gaming, live, hardware and software with a presence in live events. As a leading educational resource, Pensado’s Place is helping build the next generation of audio greats. http://www.pensadosplace.tv/.
<![CDATA[Motor City - Techno From Detroit]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/motor-city---techno-from-detroit Mon, 30 Oct 2017 12:16:48 GMT
Drum Depot: Motor City - Techno from Detroit
Detroit is the undisputed mother of Techno. With Motor City you get a dozen of raw and punchy kits, combining drums and synths to start your journey to the source of uncompromising Techno right away. The kits come with 16 samples each and ready-to-go presets & patterns for Maschine 2, Studio and Jam, Kontakt 5, Battery 3 upwards, Geist, Geist Lite and Ableton Drumrack. Furthermore the whole range of modern Akai MPC models is supported (MPC1000 upwards and Elements, Studio, Renaissance, Touch, Live and X). Plus the open SFZ format and you can drop the drums into any sampler as well.
Motor City is available for 5.99 Euro at: http://drumdepot.marcoscherer.de
<![CDATA[VocoPro Lets You Pick The Number Of Wireless Mics Or Instrument Packs You Need]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/vocopro-lets-you-pick-the-number-of-wireless-mics-or-instrument-packs-you-need Mon, 30 Oct 2017 12:13:55 GMT


VocoPro Delivers Three New Affordable All-Inclusive Digital Wireless Mic Systems with the Choice of One, Two or Four Mics or Instrument Packs


LOS ANGELES, Calif. Oct. 30, 2017—For singers and bands wanting to experience full digital wireless, but on a working band budget, audio leader VocoPro today announced its new Digital 31,32 and 34 product line, giving the choice of one, two or four wireless mics (or instruments) in one integrated all-inclusive system. For more information, please visit www.vocopro.com.

This fully digital wireless system, operating in the future-proof 900 MHz range, has everything needed to go completely wireless including handheld microphone(s) and wireless bodypack(s) with headset mic(s) as well as instrument cable(s).

Known for product innovation, VocoPro is the first to package a single receiver with multiple transmitters (mic and instrument) offering new levels of flexibility and affordability from one system. VocoPro was able to do this using its new mic-on-chip technology eliminating hundreds of parts and many hours of manual adjustment found with other wireless audio designs.


  • Each receiver comes packaged with a wireless handheld microphone as well as a body pack transmitter with headset microphone and instrument cable for added versatility
  • 9 channel PLL frequencies designed to not interfere with each other
  • Integrate up to 9 systems with revolutionary “one-touch” IR sync
  • Utilizes the Sparsely Used 900mHz Frequency Band
  • 24-Bit Digital Technology delivers Clean, Professional Quality Signal
  • Individual Digital Microphone IDs Eliminate Channel Cross-Talk
  • Wide Frequency Response (50 - 20,000 Hz) Ensures Natural Sounding Vocals 


Pricing for VocoPro Digital 31,32,34 Systems
MAP:  $149.00 USD
Retail: $199.00 USD
MAP:: $199.00 USD
Retail: $259.00 USD
MAP: $349.00 USD
Retail: $699.00 USD



About VocoPro

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

<![CDATA[Introducing Exponential Audio Advanced Surround Reverbs With 3D Option]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/introducing-exponential-audio-advanced-surround-reverbs-with-3d-option Mon, 30 Oct 2017 12:07:56 GMT


Introducing Exponential Audio Advanced Surround Reverbs With 3D Option



Salt Lake City, UT. October 30th, 2017, Exponential Audio, the company behind plug-ins such as NIMBUS, R4 and PhoenixVerb, announce two brand new next-dimension surround reverb plug-ins called Stratus and Symphony.


The new reverbs address both an opportunity and a challenge - the ability to be more creative than ever before with post sound now offering new surround formats and yet the ongoing debate about intelligibility. Stratus and Symphony address both of these things.

Features at a glance:

  • Channel counts up to 7.1 in the basic version.  Up to Atmos, 22.2 and other formats with the 3D option. 3D is described later on this page.
  • Expanded EQ, building on the popular NIMBUS and R4 architectures.  Symphony even allows the user to modulate EQ in real time, using a pair of built-in oscillators.
  • Dense and powerful early reflection control -- twice as dense as PhoenixVerbSurround and R2Surround. There's a unique reflection pattern from every input to every output. Users need not worry about compatible fold-down.
  • Every single reverb channel is decorrelated, meaning no color changes when a mix comes down to stereo or mono channel widths.
  • Dynamic control with tail-suppression (expanded from NIMBUS/R4).
  • Warp, to add even more timbral and dynamic control.
  • More stem options. Not only can a user have mono-in/surround out, but they can easily generate a surround reverb from LCR input. This is one of many examples of how this can be used.
  • Optional tempo control of pre-delay and reverb delay.
  • CPU Efficiency: There are no reverbs on the market that give so much power yet with so little demand on the CPU. Stratus and Symphony carry that efficiency forward, even shutting off unused channels if no audio is present. No other plugin manages to give you back so much of your CPU.
  • Easy to use.
  • Over 1500 presets.  
  • Quick zoom feature allows you to double the size of the GUI.


3D Option

For those working in immersive audio, whether Atmos, Auro, DTS-X, Imax, NHK 22.2 (or something else), then both Stratus and Symphony offer a 3D option. This option gives the user licenses for the base versions and also the 3D version of the plug-ins.

Here are some of the extra features - all in a single instantiation of the plugin.

  • All features of the base version.
  • Atmos Bed (7.0.2 or 7.1.2 ) in Pro Tools 12 and Nuendo 7.1/8
  • Special extensions to extend the Atmos Bed to add 4 additional height channels (Pro Tools 12 only).
  • Special extensions to extend other surround formats (5.1, 7.1, etc) to add 4 or 6 additional height channels (Pro Tools 11 or 12).
  • Auro 3D (9.1, 11.1, 13.1) and NHK 22.2 in Nuendo
  • Session compatibility with base version.  Session created with the base version can upgrade and the old session will still work, allowing the user to add height channels to existing work


Note: Immersive audio is currently supported only in Pro Tools (AAX) and Nuendo 7.1/8 (VST3). Other workstation support is being investigated for possible future releases.

Speaking on the new reverbs, Exponential Audio founder Michael Carnes said;

"Over the last few years, Exponential Audio has taken the leading position in multichannel reverberation. In just a few short weeks, that lead is going to get a lot longer. Our new reverbs address two issues - the ability to be more creative than ever before and to increase clarity within ever more complex mixes. We thought long and hard about both and want to give post sound professionals the tools to achieve more challenging goals. We believe Stratus and Symphony tick both boxes."

30-second intro video: https://youtu.be/Qyoho5kyk-g 


Interview with Michael Carnes about the new 3D reverbs: https://youtu.be/bLu0mG1dX-Q

Product page - https://www.exponentialaudio.com/announcing-advanced-surrounds


On sale late November 2017, price TBA.

For more information please contact Sociatech. 

<![CDATA[Bass Player LIVE! 2017]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/bass-player-live-2017 Mon, 30 Oct 2017 12:04:02 GMT


Red Hot Chili Peppers Bassist Flea, plus Jimmy Johnson and Donald “Duck” Dunn to be Honored at Bass Player LIVE! 2017 November 4-5 in Hollywood
Popular bass player event returns to Los Angeles with top bass luminaries, gear exhibits, entertainment, educational clinics and awards ceremonies 
Bassist Flea to be Presented with Lifetime Achievement Award
(Photo credit: Carlos Delgado)
WHAT:       Bass Player LIVE! 2017, the premier yearly event for bass players, offering attendees                   drool-worthy gear exhibits; clinics by world-class bassists; Lifetime Achievement Awards                   presentations; a Star-studded Concert by this year’s award recipients; an All-Star Jam
WHO:         Awards presentation/All-Star Concert featuring Flea, Jimmy Johnson (James Taylor                   bassist), and Donald “Duck” Dunn (posthumous); educational clinics and appearances featuring bassists Bunny Brunel, Steve Bailey, Andrew Gouche, Lee Sklar, Alphonso Johnson, and more
WHEN:       Saturday, November 4 - 11AM-9PM; Sunday, November 5 - 11AM-6PM
NOV 4, 12:00PM – Flea Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation & Performance
NOV 4, 7:00PM – Bass Player LIVE! 2017 Concert & Awards Show
NOV 5, 5:00PM - All-Star Jam – Led by Steve Bailey
WHERE:     SIR Studios – 6465 Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood
TICKETS:   Tickets are available to the general public via www.bassplayerlive.com


About Bass Player Magazine
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<![CDATA[Powered BASSBOSS Gets A Refresh]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/powered-bassboss-gets-a-refresh Mon, 30 Oct 2017 10:02:14 GMT


Powersoft OEM Amplification Delivers for BASSBOSS AT212-3K Powered Tops


Refresh of Popular Powered Loudspeakers Gets a Boost from Powersoft Digimod 3004PFC2 Module



Austin, TX, October 30, 2017Austin-based premium powered loudspeaker manufacturer BASSBOSS has announced a refresh of its popular 2-way, self-powered, bi-amplified AT212 Powered Top. The new AT212-3K improves upon the impressive performance of the original with the help of a Powersoft Digimod 3004PFC2 amplifier module, which doubles the available wattage from 1500W to 3000W and delivers improved sound quality and higher dynamic power while maintaining light weight and portability.


“The big difference with the Digimod 3004PFC2 is that it isn’t just more, it’s more AND better. The sound quality of this module is a huge part of its appeal. Its combination of resolution and detail with massive dynamic power allowed us to take the AT212 from competitive to imperative,” says BASSBOSS president David Lee. “The AT212-3K provides an impressive 6 dB of increased output beyond the original without any significant change to weight or size. That’s remarkable on its own, but the “I must have those” responses we hear when demonstrating these boxes are reactions to the sound quality more than the sound pressure level.”


DigiMod 3004PFC2 is the first of a new generation of DigiMod models. Utilizing a cutting-edge power supply design that features both Powersoft’s patented single stage Power Factor Correction (PFC) and Smart Rails Management (SRM), the DigiMod 3004PFC2 delivers optimal performance under any operating conditions with maximal efficiency and minimal power consumption. Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) allows predictability and eliminates intermodulation artifacts, while built-in protection mechanisms including limiting work to ensure longevity.


The AT212-3K includes additional upgrades to capitalize on the advanced amplification of the DigiMod 3004PFC2, including new, more sensitive 12” woofers, now with 4” voice coils for increased power handling, longer excursion, and deeper bass response, all while improving midrange articulation. The DM3004’s peak output voltage of 150V allows the AT212-3K to produce remarkable 142 dB peaks and sustained output of 136 dB from a cabinet that weighs only 89 lbs.  The AT212-3K maintains the same slim-profile, tight-pack arrayable form factor and rugged Birch construction of its predecessor, so it remains highly portable and easily installable.


The AT212-3K will launch with $4,795 MSRP and $3,895 MAP.


For more information about Powersoft, please visit: www.powersoft-audio.com


For more information about BASSBOSS, please visit: http://ww.bassboss.com








About Powersoft:

Powersoft is the world leader in lightweight, high power, single rack space, energy efficient amplifiers for the professional audio market. Founded in Italy in 1995, headquartered in Florence, Italy, with offices in Camarillo, CA, Powersoft couples the experience and precision of its production department with exceptional components to deliver products with perfect audio response and high performance reliability. Its state-of-the-art amplifiers can be found in an array of markets, ranging from stadiums, sporting arenas, theme parks, performance venues and airports to convention centres, churches and clubs, and are used by the world's leading tour sound companies. For more information, visit the Powersoft website @ www.powersoft-audio.com


<![CDATA[Metal Month Is Near]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/metal-month-is-near Fri, 27 Oct 2017 12:17:58 GMT



As usual, each year in November, we host a month-long celebration dedicated to metal. Hot on the heels of the Superior Drummer 3 release, this year is all about drums. We’ll be treating you to weekly releases, with a very special one crowning the end of the month: the first SDX expansion for Superior Drummer 3.

We are beyond excited to announce November 21 as the official release date for The Rock Foundry SDX by Bob Rock.
Stay tuned in November for more releases, deals and happenings. 
<![CDATA[New Line 6 Variax Limited Edition Amethyst]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/new-variax-limited-edition-amethyst Fri, 27 Oct 2017 12:13:48 GMT



More than 2,000 guitarists voted in the Line 6 Color Sweepstakes, choosing one of three possible colors for our new, limited run guitar. The results are in and we are excited to announce the new Variax® Limited Edition Amethyst guitar! It features a translucent-purple finish over a flamed-maple veneer top with matching headstock overlay—plus Variax HD sound, superb playability, and unmatched versatility.
  • Custom translucent-purple finish over a flamed-maple veneer top, matching headstock overlay, and black pickguard
  • Small production run with Limited Edition badging and numbered neck plate
  • Lightweight alder body with Graph Tech nut and proprietary tremolo bridge
  • Wide range of guitar sounds and alternate tunings via Variax HD modeling
This limited run of guitars won’t last long—
order yours today!
<![CDATA[Shine A Mighty Bright Light On Your Music Stand, Mixer Or Pedalboard]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/shine-a-mighty-bright-light-on-your-music-or-pedalboard Fri, 27 Oct 2017 12:01:05 GMT


NEW from Mighty Bright!




• Includes 4 meter micro USB cable and gig bag

• Four warm white (3000K), energy-efficient LEDs

• Two flexible silicone necks with independently dimmable light heads.

• Three step dimming levels on each light head

• Accurate color rendering (80+)

• Precisely engineered optical grade lens spreads light evenly across pages

• Powered by 3AAA batteries (not included) or micro USB cable (included)

• Battery life 15 hours










<![CDATA[Cakewalk Announces “Momentum” Songwriting Platform For Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, VST, AU, And AAX]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/cakewalk-announces-momentum-songwriting-platform-for-mac-windows-ios-android-vst-au-and-aax Fri, 27 Oct 2017 11:29:44 GMT


Cakewalk Announces “Momentum” Songwriting Platform for Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, VST, AU, and AAX

—Capture your musical ideas and follow through with them—anywhere, anytime, on any device, and in any DAW—


Record song ideas, lyrics, melodies, and more on any Mac, Windows, iOS, or Android device. Your ideas sync to the cloud and back up automatically, so they’re always at your fingertips. The included Mac/Win VST/AU/AAX plug-in works with any DAW, which makes it easy to drag and drop ideas from the cloud when you’re ready to turn your ideas into projects. You can even send songs from your DAW back into Momentum for additional development while away from your computer—like coming up with lyric ideas for melodies or chord progressions.

Momentum does far more than just turn devices like smart phones and tablets into portable recorders. Momentum can record up to four tracks, with editing, looping, and effects. It also keeps your ideas organized in the Momentum “Ideaspace,” with tagging and easy retrieval to smooth and speed up the creative process.

“Today, musicians are hustling to keep up with fans, emails, shows, recording, and usually a day job—who has time and energy to fire up a giant studio DAW just to throw down a great new idea?” explains Alex Westner, Cakewalk’s VP Product Strategy & Innovation. “The truth is, we all have decent microphones in our pockets--we can capture our ideas anytime, anywhere on our smartphones. With Momentum, we’re also helping musicians get their ideas out of voice-memo-purgatory and seamlessly into their favorite DAW, where they can turn their ideas into songs.”

While Momentum is ideal for songwriters and other musicians, it’s also excellent for podcasters, journalists, sample creators, on-location audio for video, and more. Most importantly, it saves time—and it’s a hassle-free way to make sure you’ll never again lose a great musical idea.


Momentum is available globally through music and sound retailers (November 2017), and immediately in the Cakewalk Store. Please visit https://momentum.cakewalk.com/ for complete version details and localized pricing/availability options from our distribution partners.


    •    The Free version supports a limited number of ideas (projects) encoded in MP3 format, each with a maximum length of 5 minutes.
    •    The Basic Plan ($2.99/month) allows for an unlimited number of ideas.
    •    The Pro Plan ($9.99/month) extends the maximum length to 60 minutes per idea, uses lossless encoding with FLAC or WAV, and allows recording audio from the DAW into the plug-in.
    •    Discounted yearly plans are also available.






About Cakewalk, Inc.

Cakewalk, Inc., a Gibson Brand, has been empowering music creators for 30 years with award-winning and innovative music software. Please visit www.cakewalk.com for information on all products. Cakewalk is a registered trademark, and the Cakewalk logo is a trademark of Cakewalk, Inc.

<![CDATA[Looking For A Swell Orchestral Library?]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/looking-for-a-swell-orchestral-library Fri, 27 Oct 2017 11:21:44 GMT


Spitfire Audio makes musical tidal waves with Bleeding Fingers for BBC flagship series-supporting orchestral library



LONDON, UK: Spitfire Audio is proud to announce availability of ORCHESTRAL SWARM — setting a new standard in orchestral library innovation through taking the company’s so-called ‘Swarm’ approach (as an alternative to just using straightforward long notes by drawing upon the pointillistic effect of having multiple players perform short notes at random intervals to create an undulating swell of sound that can be performed in realtime) and adapting it to the orchestra to enable even greater detail by utilising the huge variety of articulations and playing styles of orchestral instruments — as of October 27...


ORCHESTRAL SWARM is the direct result of a creative collaboration with Bleeding Fingers (Sons Of Liberty, Roman Empire: Reign Of Blood), a next-generation composer collective for productions that are sonically brave, who wanted to create a new Swarm library in pursuit of composing a perfect soundtrack to the oceanic goings-on featured on the groundbreaking BBC Blue Planet II natural history television series.


Spitfire Audio was well versed in this approach already having harvested this technique when working on its previous HARP SWARM, MANDOLIN SWARM, and MARIMBA SWARM libraries, and this opportunity to work with Bleeding Fingers pushed the company towards a new territory — to utilise the power of Swarm. Spitfire Audio speedily and secretly delivered an initial library for the team at Bleeding fingers to use exclusively for the BBC’s Blue Planet II. It even ended up in its high-profile launch trailer theme, ‘(ocean) bloom’, an orchestrally reimagined version of Brit art rockers Radiohead’s ‘bloom’ in collaboration with Hollywood hotshot Hans Zimmer. Pushing the creative concept further still, Spitfire Audio later returned to the studio to capture even more material with the orchestra, including short notes and expanded techniques and layers, to create the most complete toolset for media composers.


Clearly, the same no-expense-spared approach was applied to these sessions as any other Spitfire Audio library, this time at one of the most highly-maintained and well-stocked studios on the planet. Founded by British singer-songwriter, guitarist, record producer and film score composer Mark Knopfler, British Grove is one of few large-scale studios to have been built in the new millennium, and its unique vision of combining state-of-the-art technology alongside legendary vintage equipment — it owns two original and fully- restored EMI mixing consoles used by Sir George Martin and The Beatles, for instance, it is perfectly poised to leave behind a legacy of note.


Notably, the signal path on the day featured Studio 1’s Neve 88R large-format analogue mixing console, utilising both its onboard pres, as well as D.A.V. electronics Broadhurst Gardens pres for room mics, and the vintage EMI TG12345 console’s pres for some of the mid room mics. Manufacturers of the transducers used include Royer, Ela M, Neumann, and Coles. Creatively, the recording stage at British Grove is a medium-sized, semi-reverberant room, allowing for precise detail, yet with enough energy to maintain character and fullness.


The resultant ORCHESTRAL SWARM library comprises various string, brass, and woodwind ensembles, recorded individually and with the Swarm pointillistic approach, using techniques most idiomatic for those instruments. Moreover, many of these sounds have never been sampled before. Bassoon ‘pops’ to horn ‘flutter tongues’ and much more besides, a wide range of techniques were combined via the Swarm approach to give a vastly increased sound palette to the traditional orchestra. Indeed, included individual ensemble shorts also further extend creative options by allowing users to add a rhythmic element to their work, while the provision of two onboard reverbs — a tight ‘stage’ sound and a longer, more lush ‘hall’ sound — makes blending the Swarms with existing orchestral libraries a breeze.


But best of all, an ocean of variety awaits anyone diving deep into ORCHESTRAL SWARM. So if you’ve tired of static-sounding longs, or have fallen out of love with short ostinatos, this new textural approach to orchestral sampling will add life and sparkle to any arrangement. Join the pioneers of modern concert music and scoring to explore a new league of orchestral composition... and ride a tidal wave of inspiration with Spitfire Audio!


ORCHESTRAL SWARM can be purchased and digitally downloaded (as 50.1 GB of uncompressed .WAV files, featuring 25,565 samples) for a time- limited introductory promo price of £159.00 GBP (inc. VAT)/$199.00 USD/€199.00 EUR (inc. VAT) until November 16, 2017 — rising thereafter to an MSRP of £199.00 GBP (inc. VAT)/$249.00 USD/€249.00 EUR (inc. VAT) — from here: https://www.spitfireaudio.com/shop/a-z/orchestral-swarm/


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


For more in-depth information, including several superb-sounding audio demos, please visit the dedicated ORCHESTRAL SWARM webpage here: https://www.spitfireaudio.com/shop/a-z/orchestral-swarm/


Watch Spitfire Audio Director Paul Thomson’s ‘traditional’ ORCHESTRAL SWARM video walkthrough here: https://youtu.be/w61vmz7IXeM


Watch Spitfire Audio Director Paul Thomson’s ORCHESTRAL SWARM presentation video here: https://youtu.be/gYxQW5InePg


Watch Spitfire Audio ‘composer in residence’ Oliver Patrice Weder’s ORCHESTRAL SWARM ‘In Action’ video here: https://youtu.be/aUfabJz8UIk Watch Spitfire Audio’s persuasive promo video for ORCHESTRAL SWARM here: https://youtu.be/EAsrjaLtIwY


About Spitfire Audio (www.spitfireaudio.com)

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

© 2017 Spitfire Audio Holdings Limited

<![CDATA[Pêle-Mêle Works Presents The First Guitar Colouring Workbook]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/ple-mle-works-presents-the-first-guitar-colouring-workbook Thu, 26 Oct 2017 13:02:41 GMT


Pêle-Mêle Works presents “Guitar Scale DIY”, the first guitar colouring workbook


“Guitar Scale DIY: Colour and Number Your Own Patterns” is a colouring workbook where you get to pen (or pencil!) the scale patterns that work for you. You do that with colours, fingerings, intervals, or a combination. Featuring the most popular scales, the workbook helps you to learn scales, experiment with different patterns, or create your own scale reference book in a highly visual and fun way.

Guitar Scale DIY is available now. For additional information on the book, go to: www.pelemeleworks.com

About Pêle-Mêle Works

Pêle-Mêle Works develops and publishes music instructional products for students, teachers, and practising musicians. For more information, visit: www.pelemeleworks.com

<![CDATA[Electro City Here We Come]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/electro-city-here-we-come Thu, 26 Oct 2017 12:59:07 GMT




LSS Electro City has been designed around an easy to perform user interface that accesses over 1000 loop sources from ELECTRO CITY in two simplified formats, Kontakt instruments and .wav audio formats.
Why LSS Electro City?
This Kontakt sample library is an outstanding value! Not only is it an excellent way to experience and utilize the sounds of ELECTRO CITY in new and intuitive ways, but also serves as a great way to try the sounds before upgrading to the full version of Electro City. By upgrading from LSS EC, you will gain access to the dynamic 4-core engine, browser, multi presets and step sequencer capabilities.
Hurry, get it now at an introductory price of $99 or crossgrade for just $49 if you already own Electro City



Already own Electro City?  Click here and enter your Electro City serial with dashes to upgrade to LSS Electro City for just $49.
<![CDATA[Are You Happy? Then ROLI And Pharrell Want You To Make Some NOISE]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/are-you-happy-then-make-some-noise Thu, 26 Oct 2017 12:47:38 GMT



Pharrell Williams joins ROLI as Chief Creative Officer to accelerate the vision of new musical instruments for everyone


Singer-producer launches “Happy by Pharrell” studiopack for ROLI’s NOISE app



Roland Lamb and Pharrell Williams discuss new technologies for music creation at ROLI’s East London headquarters.



October 25, 2017

ROLI, the UK startup that has created next-generation musical instruments like the Seaboard and ROLI BLOCKS is thrilled to announce that Pharrell Williams is joining the team as Chief Creative Officer.


Pharrell Williams, the producer, songwriter and cultural icon, said: “Music touches all of us, and for a long time I've been passionate about finding ways to share the power of music with more people. When I met Roland and ROLI, I immediately felt we were working towards exactly the same goals, and so I'm super excited that we’re kicking off this partnership.”


Roland Lamb, founder of ROLI and inventor of its instruments, said: “Our mission is to empower everyone to create music, and more broadly to empower people as creators. Pharrell is not just an extraordinary musician, he embodies creativity. His ideas will take us in exciting new directions, and we’re thrilled to share our first collaboration — the ‘Happy by Pharrell’ studiopack — today.”  


As Chief Creative Officer Pharrell will work with Roland to develop revolutionary new musical instruments that are iconic, digitally connected, and accessible to all. Their collaboration will accelerate the arc of innovation that began with the award-winning Seaboard and BLOCKS, which have been called “two of the most compelling music-making devices in recent memory.” As part of their long-term partnership, Pharrell will invest and become a co-owner of ROLI.


ROLI and Pharrell celebrate the partnership today by releasing the free “Happy by Pharrell” studiopack in ROLI’s NOISE app. Just by touching the surface of a smartphone or ROLI instrument, fans can play around with the vocals, beats, and basslines that have made “Happy” a global hit. “Happy by Pharrell” is the first in a series of NOISE studiopacks that will let people recreate hit songs — or become inspired to take the elements of that song in a completely different direction. 


In an event today at London’s historic Hackney Empire theater, Pharrell and Roland discuss the question “Why Create?” Sharing their experiences as musicians and technologists, they will explore how technology is unleashing new ways for people to express themselves creatively in music and beyond.


Over the past year more music-makers than ever have played ROLI instruments. BLOCKS, a Lego-like system for music creation, launched in November 2016 to worldwide acclaim. The Seaboard Block and a next-generation Lightpad Block are the newest Blocks in the modular system, which empowers people to create songs and also customize the instrument on which they play it.





“Happy by Pharrell,” a new studiopack for ROLI’s NOISE app, lets you create your own songs with the unmistakeable beats, vocals, and basslines of Pharrell’s global hit.




About ROLI

ROLI is creating the future of musical instruments. From next-generation keyboards like the Seaboard to free apps like NOISE, ROLI instruments are deeply expressive, intuitive to play, and so versatile that they can sound like anything and be played anywhere. Their expressiveness comes alive through touch. Visit ROLI.com to learn more about “the most important company in music technology right now” (Music Tech magazine).


About Pharrell

Pharrell Williams is a producer, songwriter, and cultural icon who has been at the forefront of music for over a decade. His hits like “Happy” and “Marilyn Monroe” have not only topped the pop music charts but also also defined pop culture. The polymathic creator is passionate about design and has become a major influence in fashion.  Pharrell’s contribution to music and culture can be felt worldwide. Learn more about Pharrell Williams on www.pharrellwilliams.com

<![CDATA[The Latest Prophet Arrives ]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/the-latest-prophet-arrives Thu, 26 Oct 2017 12:39:20 GMT


Dave Smith Instruments Begins Shipping Prophet Rev2 Desktop Module


Desktop Version of Popular 16-Voice Poly Synth Now Available



San Francisco, CA—October 25, 2017—Dave Smith Instruments today began shipping a desktop module version of their popular Prophet Rev2 16-voice analog synthesizer. It boasts a sound engine identical to the keyboard version, with two DCOs and a sub oscillator per voice, Curtis filters, two types of sequencers, digital effects, and other enhancements designed to make it even more powerful that its predecessor, the now-retired Prophet ’08. 


As Dave Smith explained: “The Prophet Rev2 has been embraced by the music community in a very big way. Apart from its awesome sound and 16-voice polyphony, a big part of the Rev2’s appeal is its ease of use. So we made sure the desktop version retained the same front panel controls as the keyboard. Whichever you choose, the Rev2 is a powerful creative tool and a real musical workhorse.”


The essence of the Prophet Rev2’s sound comes from two DCOs per voice with four waveshapes (sawtooth, triangle, sawtooth + triangle, and pulse), a sub-octave generator, and a 2/4 pole low-pass, resonant Curtis filter per voice. These are the same filters used not only in the Prophet ’08, but also in many classic instruments of the ’70s and ’80s. A new feature unique to the Prophet Rev2 is waveshape modulation. You can vary the “pulse width” of any of the four waveforms by manually dialing in a desired waveshape width or by using an LFO or other modulation source for continuously shifting timbre.


An effects section provides reverb, delays (standard and BBD), chorus, phase shifter, ring modulation, and distortion. In stacked or split voice mode, you can apply a different effect to each layer. Effects parameters can be modulated through the mod matrix, which is twice as extensive as its predecessor, with 8 individual slots and many more sources/destinations.


The new polyphonic step sequencer allows up to 64 steps and up to 6 notes per step. A different sequence can be created for each layer when working in stacked or split voice mode. The sequencer also functions as a modulation source, allowing you to create up to 4 different 16-step sequences for complex modulation. Sequences allow ties and rests, and can sync to an external MIDI clock. The arpeggiator features note repeats, re-latching, and can be synced to external MIDI clock, as well. Other improvements include an integrated power supply, USB support, and a crisp OLED display.


The 16-voice Prophet Rev2 desktop module is available now with a US MAP of $1,799. An 8-voice version is available for $1,299 US MAP. The 8-voice version is user expandable to 16 voices with the optional Rev2 Expander Kit for $599 US MAP.




About Dave Smith Instruments LLC

Launched in 2002, Dave Smith Instruments LLC is helmed by legendary musical instrument designer and Grammy® award winner Dave Smith. Dave’s many accomplishments include the creation of the Prophet-5 — the world’s first fully programmable polyphonic synthesizer—and his legacy as the primary driving force behind MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface).


Dave Smith Instruments LLC’s products are used by an ever-growing roster of well-known musicians and are available from music retailers worldwide. Instruments include the Prophet-6, OB-6, Pro 2, Prophet 12, Mopho x4, and the Tempest analog drum machine. Dave Smith Instruments LLC is based in San Francisco, where the instruments are also manufactured. For more information, visit www.davesmithinstruments.com.

<![CDATA[Roland V-Combo VR-730 And VR-09-B Live Performance Keyboards Now Available]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/roland-v-combo-vr-730-and-vr-09-b-live-performance-keyboards-now-available Thu, 26 Oct 2017 12:13:42 GMT


Roland V-Combo VR-730 and VR-09-B Live Performance Keyboards are Now Available

Travel-ready V-Combo models with vintage looks, classic playability, and essential sounds for gigging players
Los Angeles, CA, October 26, 2017 — Roland announces the availability of the VR-730 and VR-09-B, the two newest models in the versatile V-Combo line of live performance keyboards. The VR-730 has a 73-note waterfall keyboard with semi-weighted action, while the VR-09-B comes equipped with a 61-note synth-action keyboard. Both instruments are lightweight and easy to transport, and have vintage styling for a classic look on stage. Specifically designed for the needs of working keyboard players, the VR-730 and VR-09-B feature a wide selection of Roland’s top organ, piano, and synth sounds, seven simultaneous effects, and easy-access controls for maximum expression while performing.    
The VR-730’s 73-note waterfall keyboard is well-suited for traditional organ players, offering quick-firing response for executing classic techniques like trill, sputter, glissando, and percussive hits. The VR-09-B’s 61-note keyboard provides easy playability with Roland’s well-respected synth action, and reduces size and weight for even greater portability.  
A hallmark of the V-Combo series is providing performing players all the sounds they need in one convenient, easy-to-carry instrument. The VR-730 weighs just 21 lb. 14 oz. (9.9 kg), while the VR-09-B is even lighter at 12 lb. 3 oz. (5.5 kg). Both instruments can run on AA-size batteries if needed, offering the ultimate mobility for on-the-go gigs. The organ, acoustic/electric piano, and synth engines are organized in three intuitive panel sections, providing fingertip access to essential tones for covering any music style.  
Roland’s latest Virtual Tone Wheel Organ engine faithfully emulates the sound-generating process of a real tone wheel organ, while nine harmonic bars provide classic hands-on tone control. Rotary effects are vital to the combo organ sound, and three genre-oriented types provide the right rotary tone for any music, from gospel and pop to jazz and rock. 
Both V-Combo models feature many historic electric piano types, along with complementary vintage effects like phaser, tremolo, touch wah, and more. The VR-730 also includes an additional electric piano selection derived from the RD-2000. The acoustic grand piano in both instruments features 88-note stereo multi-sampling, delivering pro-level tone that rivals Roland’s dedicated stage pianos. Also on hand is a large selection of SuperNATURAL synthesizer sounds, from vintage analog classics to modern digital synths. 
Via the free VR-09 Editor app for iPad, VR-730 and VR-09-B users have enhanced control of the organ and synth engines from their tablet’s large touchscreen interface. Users can also download additional VR-730 and VR-09-B sounds for free at Roland’s Axial website. 
To learn more about the V-Combo VR-730 and VR-09-B Live Performance Keyboards, visit Roland.com
Roland V-Combo VR-730 Live Performance Keyboard
Roland V-Combo VR-09-B Live Performance Keyboard
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.
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<![CDATA[ADAM Audio Introduces S Control Remote Control Software]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/adam-audio-introduces-s-control-remote-control-software Wed, 25 Oct 2017 13:34:43 GMT


ADAM Audio Introduces S Control Remote Control Software and Launches V1.2 DSP Firmware Update for their Flagship S Series Range of Speakers
New Software and Firmware Update are Available for Download by ADAM Clients on the New MyADAM Section of Company Website
Berlin, Germany (October 25, 2017) — ADAM Audio is very pleased to announce the introduction of their new S Control remote control software for their flagship range of S Series speakers, which allows ADAM customers to remotely control all user parameters and EQ settings on the powerful S Series DSP platform via a Windows or macOS computer. As the new software also enables DSP firmware updates for the S Series speakers at the touch of a button, the company is pleased to announce the launch of the first DSP Firmware Update, V1.2, delivering on the promise of the S Series DSP as a platform which offers constant innovation. Both the new software and firmware are available to download free of charge to registered ADAM Audio users on the new MyADAM section of the company website.
The new S Control software features an intuitive graphic user interface that can display all editable parameters at once on a computer display, with individually adjustable software controls for each.  A USB connection to the computer-based remote control software, allows the updates and enables voicing adjustments or preset selection to be carried out without the need to access the rear panel of your monitors − a useful option particularly if they are soffit-mounted.  S Control offers a quick way to set up, edit, store and recall the user-adjustable parameters of the S Series speakers, so users can now sit at their mix position and adjust the sonic characteristics of their speakers with the powerful DSP control inside every S Series speaker. Users can store their preferred Preset information on their computers and recall it for future use, permitting the use of more than the maximum of five built-in presents that can be held in the loudspeaker’s internal memory. And S Control users will be assured to have all the latest updates from ADAM Audio going forward.
The first S Series Firmware update, V1.2, offers enhanced functionality and new tunings for all of the speakers based upon ADAM Audio’s continuous improvement program as well as feedback from existing users. 
The S Control Software and first Firmware Update mark the debut of the MyADAM area of the Company’s website. Via the new MyADAM user area, the Company aims to further enhance its excellent customer service by providing a place for them to receive enhancements, relevant information and insights, user manuals, downloads and an easy way to directly engage with the audio community and ADAM as a manufacturer of professional monitoring solutions. The MyADAM user area is available to owners of all ADAM professional monitor speakers.
“ADAM Audio has designed a powerful DSP platform for the S Series monitor range so it could be easily updated over time,” says David Angress, ADAM Audio Chairman, “We are pleased to introduce our S Control Remote Control software, which will enable every S Series owner to always have the latest and most advanced firmware features to control the operation of their speakers.”
The new flagship S Series range of monitors are the result of classic ADAM craftsmanship combined with the latest engineering innovation, modern materials and advanced DSP, and offer stunning clarity, low distortion, new woofer and mid-range driver designs and the debut of the S-ART tweeter, a newer, even more precise version of ADAM’s renowned X-ART hand-built tweeter. The S Series is comprised of five models of increasing size, the S2V, S3H, S3V and the largest-of-the-range S5V and S5H.  Innovations created specifically for the S Series include: completely new, highly efficient long throw ELE™ Extended Linear Excursion woofers; one-piece DCH™ dome/cone hybrid mid-range driver for excellent dispersion, low distortion and high power handling, newly designed waveguides for the tweeter and a high-power DSP engine, based on the very latest generation of SHARC chips, which provides crossover optimization, voicing options, and digital connectivity, providing expansion potential.
About ADAM Audio
ADAM Audio monitors have had a reputation for sonic excellence and unrivaled quality ever since the company was founded in 1999. With the development of the X-ART and S-ART tweeters, which are characterized by an extended frequency range up to 50 kHz and a higher efficiency compared to dome tweeters, this unique tweeter design has become the embodiment of a transparent, highly defined and authentic sound that is the most defining development of ADAM's proprietary designs today. Being made and tested painstakingly by hand in the Berlin factory, ADAM’s high frequency driver is a rare exception in these days of automated mass production. ADAM Audio is represented worldwide through a network of distributors and dealers in more than 75 countries. ADAM also has offices in Nashville, London and Beijing.
<![CDATA[New Compact, 96kHz Digital Mixing Powerhouse From A&H]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/new-compact-96khz-digital-mixing-powerhouse-from-ah Wed, 25 Oct 2017 13:03:15 GMT


Allen & Heath's New SQ Series is a Compact, 96kHz Digital Mixing Powerhouse

With their 96kHz XCVI FPGA engine, Allen & Heath’s new SQ Series Digital Mixers bring the high-resolution audio performance of the company’s highly acclaimed dLive Digital Mixing System to a compact and cost-effective platform that’s both easy-to-use and highly customizable.
SQ Series mixers are designed for a wide range of applications. Live sound engineers can customize the mixer’s workflow using a capacitive touchscreen, illuminated rotary controls and softkeys with custom naming on fader strips. Houses of worship can use scenes and layers to configure the mixer for worship, broadcast and special events while simplifying setup for volunteers. Rental and production companies will find SQ Series mixers well suited to music festivals and touring artists and can use the integrated auto-mixer for corporate events and conferences.
With the built-in “SQ-Drive”, recording engineers can capture high resolution stereo and multitrack to a USB drive. In the studio, an SQ Series mixer can become a plug ‘n play, Core Audio or ASIO compliant, 32x32 96kHz audio interface, with MIDI and DAW control capabilities. To complement the SQ Series built-in EQ, compression and effects, users can add Allen & Heath’s optional boutique plug-ins while the mixer’s DEEP processing architecture maintains class-leading <0.7ms latency.
Two models offer a choice of size and control configuration. The rack-mountable SQ-5 has 16 onboard preamps, 17 faders and 8 softkeys while the SQ-6 provides 24 preamps, 25 faders, 4 assignable rotary controls and 16 softkeys.  Both models support up to 56 input channels via remote expanders and both feature a networking slot for optional Dante, Waves and other cards, expanding the applications for installed systems, FOH-to-monitor splits and multitrack recording. An ecosystem of apps, remote expanders, networking cards and personal mixers multiply the SQ Series’ expansion and integration possibilities. The new SLink intelligent port allows connection to Allen & Heath’s 96kHz and 48kHz expanders and can link to another SQ Series mixer, or to a dLive system.
“SQ is a great solution for all kinds of applications,” commented Allen & Heath’s Product Manager, Keith Johnson. “It’s capable of mixing anything from a panel discussion to a full live performance, all with incredibly low latency and pristine 96kHz audio. When users register their SQ they’ll receive a stunning tube preamp emulation worth $149 for free, and we’ll be offering many more Allen & Heath DEEP plug-ins in the future.”
SQ Series pricing starts at $2,999 MSRP, available November 2017.
<![CDATA[Every Katana Needs A Companion]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/every-katana-needs-a-companion Wed, 25 Oct 2017 12:59:20 GMT


BOSS Introduces Katana Cabinet 212

Companion speaker cabinet for the 100-watt Katana-Head guitar amplifier
Los Angeles, CA, October 25, 2017 — BOSS introduces the Katana Cabinet 212, a new companion speaker cabinet for the popular Katana-Head guitar amplifier. Optimized for the Katana-Head’s wide tonal range, the Katana Cabinet 212 delivers powerful tones for all genres of music, from blues, jazz, and country to the heaviest rock styles.
BOSS’s Katana amp series has received universal acclaim for its authentic tube tone and feel, versatile onboard effects, and exceptional value. The Katana-Head is the sole amplifier head in the lineup, offering 100 watts of power in a light and compact design. It also features a built-in five-inch monitor speaker for home practice, checking tones, and recording.
Ready for the stage, the Katana Cabinet 212 is a perfect match for performing with the Katana-Head. BOSS’s special design provides enhanced bass response and rugged durability while keeping the weight down for easy mobility. The ultra-rigid construction provides big bottom end and tight, punchy response, offering excellent performance for all types of guitar tones, from super-clean to ultra-heavy.
Equipped with two custom 12-inch speakers, the Katana Cabinet 212 handles up to 150 watts of power and can be used in a horizontal or vertical configuration. It also features a detachable back panel section, allowing users to go from a focused closed-back stack tone to the spacious open-back sound of a classic combo amp.
To learn more about the Katana Cabinet 212, Katana-Head, and the rest of the Katana amplifier lineup, visit Boss.info.
BOSS Katana Cabinet 212

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[EVH® Announces New 5150III® 50W EL34 Head & Cab]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/evh-announces-new-5150iii-50w-el34-head--cab Wed, 25 Oct 2017 12:50:57 GMT


SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. (October 24, 2017) – EVH is pleased to announce the release of the new 5150III® 50W EL34 head and 5150III® EL34 212ST cabinet.
Fans of the 5150III® 100W EL34 head now have a more portable and affordable option with the same lethal looks and ferocious EL34 tone, along with new independent volume and gain control for all three channels.
The EL34 power tubes deliver signature harmonic overtones, with more dynamic compression and saturation that evoke a more modern “British” sound, all with the sustain and versatility expected from EVH 5150III® amps. 
Channel one boasts a more sparkling and compressed clean tone, while channels two and three possess a slightly darker and compressed tone with even more saturation than before. Channels one and two each have dual concentric gain/volume controls with shared EQ (low, mid, high), while channel 3 has an independent EQ. Other features include a rear-panel resonance control that tailors low-frequency response for all channels and a global presence control. 
Wrapped in an elegant gold and black EVH motif, the EL34 50-watt head also is equipped with an effects loop, headphone jack, pre-amp out and midi-in.
The new 5150III® EL34 212ST cabinet is the perfect companion to the new 5150III® 50W EL34 Head with a matching black and gold motif.
This 50-watt, 16 ohm straight-front 212 cabinet features rock solid birch construction, Signature Celestion® G12H Anniversary Series speakers, EVH casters, head-mounting mechanism and tilt-back legs.
To experience the new 50W EL34 head in action, take a look at this product demo by guitarist Frankie Lindia >>> https://youtu.be/5kukagQF7oQ




About EVH®:
Two of the most important and recognizable names in rock ‘n’ roll joined forces in 2005 to develop and launch the EVH brand of guitars, amplifiers and musical products. Guitar icon Eddie Van Halen combines more than 35 years of unparalleled instinct and innovation in instrument and amp design with the expertise of the craftsmen and engineers at Fender® to create some of the highest quality, best sounding and most durable musical instrument products available today.
EVH brand products are the embodiment of Eddie Van Halen’s legendary sound crafting abilities created in partnership with Fender, one of the world’s leading musical instrument manufacturers, marketers and distributors. Notable products include EVH 5150III™ amplifiers and cabinets, Frankenstein™ replica guitar, Striped Series and Wolfgang® guitars in addition to high-quality EVH brand guitar accessories. For more information, visit www.evhgear.com.
About Fender Musical Instruments Corporation:
Since 1946, Fender has revolutionized music and culture as one of the world’s leading musical instrument manufacturers, marketers and distributors. Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC), whose portfolio of brands includes Fender®, Squier®, Gretsch® guitars, Jackson®, EVH® and Charvel®, follows a player-centric approach to crafting the highest quality instruments and musical solutions across genres. FMIC is dedicated to unlocking the power of music through electric and acoustic guitars, amplifiers, pro audio, accessories and digital products that inspire and enable musical expression at every stage, from beginners to history-making legends.
<![CDATA[You'll Never Think About Zip Compression The Same Way Again]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/youll-never-think-about-zip-compression-the-same-way-again Wed, 25 Oct 2017 12:41:41 GMT


Plugin Alliance announces availability of Unfiltered Audio’s modern twist on compression/expansion


“I’m really digging Unfiltered Audio’s latest plugin, Zip. It’s a great dynamics processor in its own right, but it really shines as a unique creative tool when you start to add its analysis, saturation, and modulation options to the mix.”

- Charles Stella, GRAMMY® Award-nominated composer/producer/engineer (MTV, 2K Games, Nora Jones, Jarobi/A Tribe Called Quest, Issa Rae), 2017



SANTA CRUZ, CA, USA: Plugin Alliance, a new ‘Über-standard’ supporting all major plugin formats and uniting some of the best-known international audio companies under one virtual roof, is proud to announce availability of Zip — further cementing Californian coding masterminds Unfiltered Audio’s Plugin Alliance partnership with a powerful, unconventional plugin that bravely breaks the compressor/expander mold to solve difficult dynamics challenges and create unique effects using ingenious Analysis modes and synth-like modulators — as of October 24...


As a truly trailblazing processor, Zip uses novel Analysis modes to easily remedy complex dynamics challenges that traditional compressors and expanders are inadequate to treat. Additionally, an abundant assemblage of modulators — freely patchable to most of Zip’s other controls — creates striking effects impossible to achieve using conventional dynamics processors.


Perfectly executed, Zip’s six Analysis modes — Amplitude, Quietness, Brightness, Darkness, Noisiness, and Tonalness — spark deeper compression or expansion based on signal level, frequency content, or noise feeding its Input. Indeed, Noisiness mode can, for example, be used to compress overdriven electric guitar chords while leaving cleaner-sounding phrases on the same track untouched. Darkness mode, meanwhile, makes Zip compress lower-pitched notes on a track more heavily than higher-pitched ones — excellent for taming headroom-robbing low notes on a bass guitar, while Brightness mode does the exact opposite — reining in high-pitched vocal choruses, for instance. Amplitude and Quietness modes respectively trigger processing with louder or softer input signals, while Tonalness mode reacts more strongly to signals containing stable frequencies. Taken together, Zip’s Analysis modes empower its sidechain detector to react selectively to a much broader range of variables than traditional dynamics processors are capable of, greatly improving its ability to tame the most challenging tracks. And when an external sidechain input is needed, Zip has that, too.


Zip’s four Envelope Styles — Classic, Goopy, Quick, and Extreme — modify the processor’s attack and release curves, tailoring them to the engineer’s specific needs. The Extreme style’s lightning-fast response is great for aggressive processing, such as crushing room mics for drums. The compressor’s Classic style and multimode sidechain filters can be used to enhance low-end punch and weight on mixes and masters. Goopy adds vintage glue to individual tracks and full mixes alike. All Envelope Styles can use Peak or RMS (Root Mean Square) detection, with or without Lookahead detection, along with manual settings for Attack and Release controls that further refine Zip’s response. Together, these controls give Zip an extremely wide range of flavors — all dialed in to perfection using the included wet/dry Mix control.


Creatively, it’s Unfiltered Audio’s flagship automatable modulation system that takes Zip into an entirely new realm for compressors and expanders. Its eight different internal modulators, as well as a patch to an external ROLI Lightpad controller, can be used — up to six modulators at once — on most of Zip’s controls. Each modulator can be routed to multiple destinations using simple drag-and-drop technique, unlocking a world of driving rhythmic effects synchronized to the tempo of the host DAW (Digital Audio Workstation). Routing the square wave LFO (Low Frequency Oscillator) to the expander’s Threshold control creates a pulsing gate, transforming a static synth pad into a dynamic staccato dance groove. Patching the sawtooth LFO to the compressor’s Ratio knob creates a big room EDM-style ducking effect synchronized to the song’s beat. Other internal modulators include sinewave LFO, Step Sequencer, Input Follower, Macro Control, Sample and Hold Noise, and a new Gain Reduction control that responds inversely to compression.


Zip shapes tone, too. Its continuously variable Color control provides post-dynamics processing in seven modes, respectively offering phase-modulated distortion, soft saturation, bitcrushing, and four 2-pole cutoff filters (two of which feature cutoffs modulated by Zip’s Analysis modes). Used without Zip’s modulators, the Color modes can be used to fatten up vocals, make drums pop and create dramatic swings in timbre on keyboard tracks with each note attack. When patched to Zip’s LFOs, the Color knob becomes a gateway to tempo-synched filter sweeps and pulsating distortion that make guitar and keyboard tracks come alive.


Whether using its inventive Analysis modes and versatile Envelope Styles to compress or expand tracks in new ways, or its state-of-the-art modulation system to create driving tempo-synched effects, Zip delivers a world of dynamics and tone shaping far beyond the ordinary. It’s a forgone conclusion. Calling Zip a compressor is like calling a Lamborghini a passenger car. It does neither one justice. Zip creates unique effects and solves thorny audio challenges in a flash, leaving traditional compressors in the dust! Dig it? GRAMMY® Award-nominated composer/producer/engineer Charles Stella sure does!


Zip is available for purchase — as an AAX AudioSuite, AAX Native-, AU-, VST2- and VST3-supporting plugin for Mac OS X (10.8 through 10.12), Windows (7 through 10), and Pro Tools 10.3.10 (or higher) — exclusively from Plugin Alliance at an introductory promo price of $99.00 USD through to November 30, 2017, rising to $149.00 USD thereafter.


Fully-functional, 14-day trials are available to anyone registering for a free Plugin Alliance account here:



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


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


Watch Plugin Alliance’s tantalizing trailer for Zip here: https://youtu.be/TwJ_YRU6Dw4



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

Santa Cruz, California’s Plugin Alliance offers industry-leading pro audio plugins and plugin bundles from acclaimed developers such as Brainworx, Chandler Limited, elysia, Black Box Analog Design, and SPL with customer-friendly prices, licensing procedures, and financing options. Far more than just a website, it is a new ‘Über-standard’, supporting all major plugin formats and uniting some of the best-known international audio companies under one virtual roof.


About Unfiltered Audio (www.unfilteredaudio.com)

Innovative Southern Californian music software company Unfiltered Audio formed when three enterprising young men came together earlier this decade while earning graduate degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Joshua Dickinson, Michael Hetrick, and Ryan Michael McGee all share backgrounds in fields where engineering and programming meet music and multimedia. Now with Unfiltered Audio, their academic pursuit of new ways to process audio merges with their entrepreneurial goal of making uniquely creative tools for musicians and producers.


© 2017 Plugin Alliance LLC

<![CDATA[Who Needs One Reason When You Can Now Have Ten?]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/who-needs-one-reason-when-you-can-now-have-ten Wed, 25 Oct 2017 12:29:08 GMT


Propellerhead Releases Reason 10 Music Production Software

Two groundbreaking new synthesizers and three new instrument collections highlight Reason’s biggest content update of all time  
STOCKHOLM, October 25, 2017 – Propellerhead Software today announced that Reason 10 is now available via the Propellerhead website and authorized resellers worldwide. Unlock a wealth of inspiring sounds and breathe new energy into your tracks with two massive new synthesizers – the Europa Shapeshifting Synthesizer and the Grain Sample Manipulator. Dive deep with three new organic instrument devices, a premium acoustic piano, a creative modulation device, and 3 GB of cutting-edge drum loops and samples. Open up a new world of exciting creative possibilities with Reason’s biggest content upgrade ever. 
“Reason 10 builds on our award-winning software with the best sounding instruments we’ve ever created,” said Mattias Häggström Gerdt, Propellerhead Product Manager. “Europa and Grain continue our tradition of stunning yet intuitive synthesizers with more than a few tricks up their sleeves. Our users have been asking for powerful new devices that enable them to explore new sounds, and we delivered with Reason 10. Now that it’s here, we’re very excited to see what music they will create.”  
Europa is a dynamically generated wavetable synthesizer that offers extreme flexibility and power. Apply a wide range of modulation to the waveform itself, add advanced spectral filtering and harmonics processing – even draw custom waveforms. And despite its deep synthesis powers, you’ll find it surprisingly easy to use, thanks to an intuitive interface and workflow.  
Grain opens up the world of granular synthesis for Reason users with immense sonic power and an inviting interface. Drop any sample into Grain and explore endless sonic variations using an extensive collection of algorithms, ultra-flexible modulation, routing and effects. 
Reason 10 also includes three new sampled instrument collections created in collaboration with Soundiron. Klang Tuned Percussion includes 10 high-quality sampled melodic percussion instruments that are perfect for modern pop and electronica. Pangea World Instruments includes 11 world instruments that add a unique flavor to any genre of music. Humana Vocal Ensemble is a collection of choirs and solo vocals, perfect for adding a human touch to film scores, soundtracks and more.  
Reason 10 also includes Propellerhead’s acclaimed Radical Piano instrument and Synchronous Effect Modulator – previously only available as Rack Extensions via the Propellerhead Shop. Radical Piano is an authentic, flexible and bendable piano instrument that provides sounds for every situation and every song. And with Synchronous, you can bring your music to life with quick sidechain effects – and even draw your own LFO curves to control filter, delay, reverb, distortion and level. 
In addition, Reason 10 comes with over 3 GB of new sample content in Reason Drum Supply and Reason Loop Supply. These ReFills include a wealth of new drum samples and loops – from vintage drum machines to the sounds of the future. 
View the Reason 10 announcement video here
For more detailed videos about the new Reason 10 features, click on the following links to learn more about Europa, Grain and the new organic instruments and sounds
For details, see propellerheads.se/Reason10.  
Pricing and Availability
Reason 10 is available as a direct download via https://www.propellerheads.se or from an authorized dealer at the following suggested retail pricing:   
  • Reason10 EUR USD $449 / €405
  • Reason Essentials 10 USD $129 / EUR €120
  • Reason 10 Upgrade (from any previous Reason version) USD $129 / EUR €129 
Propellerhead is offering a grace period for customers who purchased Reason 9 on or after September 1, 2017. Purchasing and registering a qualifying product today makes users eligible for a free upgrade to Reason 10 instantly when it becomes available.

Screenshot of Propellerhead’s Reason 10 Music Production Software

Propellerhead’s Reason 10 Music Production Software comes with Europa Shapeshifting Synthesizer
Propellerhead’s Reason 10 Music Production Software comes with Grain Sample Manipulator
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 superior 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[Audio-Technica Increases Their Boundaries]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/audio-technica-increases-their-boundaries Wed, 25 Oct 2017 12:14:03 GMT


Audio-Technica Now Shipping U841R Boundary Microphone
— U841R is an update of A-T’s highly popular U841A boundary microphone, adding integrated electronics—
Stow, OH, October 24, 2017Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, is now shipping its new U841R Omnidirectional Condenser Boundary Microphone. A new addition to Audio-Technica’s acclaimed UniPoint® line of microphones, the U841R is an update to and replacement of A-T’s highly popular U841A microphone. While retaining the feature set that has made the U841A such a successful tool, the new U841R microphone is enhanced with the addition of internal electronics that do not require an external power module. The mic features an integral TA3M output connector and includes a 25' TA3F-to-XLRM cable. 
The U841R delivers exceptionally intelligible audio reproduction in a super-compact, low-profile design. Equipped with UniGuard® RFI-shielding technology, this omnidirectional condenser boundary microphone is designed to capture audio for clear, highly intelligible sound reinforcement, professional recording, television and conferencing in surface-mount applications. The U841R has a 360° pickup angle and operates on phantom power. 
U841R features:
  • UniGuard® RFI-shielding technology offers outstanding rejection of radio frequency interference (RFI)
  • Small-diameter capsule near boundary eliminates phase distortion and delivers clear, high-output performance
  • Heavy die-cast case and silicone foam bottom pad minimize coupling of surface vibration to the microphone
  • Low-profile design with low-reflectance black finish for minimum visibility
  • Operates on phantom power 
U841R specifications:
  • Element: Fixed-charge back plate permanently polarized condenser
  • Polar pattern: Omnidirectional in hemisphere above mounting surface
  • Frequency response: 40-20,000 Hz
  • Open circuit sensitivity: ‒35 dB (17.7 mV) re 1V at 1Pa
  • Impedance: 200 ohms
  • Maximum input sound level: 130 dB (1 kHz at 1%THD)
  • Dynamic range: 105 dB (1 kHz at Max SPL)
  • Signal-to-noise ratio: 69 dB (1 kHz at 1Pa)
  • Phantom power requirements: 11-52V DC, 2mA typical
  • Weight: 3.0 oz (84 g)
  • Dimensions: 2.56" (65.0 mm) diameter, 0.59" (15.0 mm) height
  • Cable: 25.0' (7.6 m) long (permanently attached to microphone), 0.13" (3.2 mm) diameter, 2-conductor, shielded cable with TA3F-type connector
  • Accessories furnished: soft protective pouch 
The U841R Boundary Microphone is available at U.S. pricing of $199.00. For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.
Audio-Technica U841R Boundary Microphone
Audio-Technica U841R Boundary Microphone (pictured with XLR plug power connection)
See more here:
Celebrating over 50 years of audio excellence worldwide, Audio-Technica is a leading innovator in transducer technology, renowned for the design and manufacture of microphones, wireless microphones, headphones, mixers, and electronics for the audio industry. 
Web: www.audio-technica.com


<![CDATA[For The Omnisphere Explorers]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/for-the-omnisphere-explorers Tue, 24 Oct 2017 14:25:37 GMT

Omnisphere Explorer - 185 Omnisphere Patches

New Loops releases Omnisphere Explorer - Omnisphere 2 Library. https://newloops.com/products/omnisphere-explorer-omnisphere-2-presets

Omnisphere Explorer features 185 new Omnisphere patches made entirely with Omnispheres synth engine. There's a very wide range of sounds including 145 original presets and 40 massive Multis with up to 4 layered sounds.

Omnisphere Explorer is great for cinematic music with the Pads and Arps but also great for EDM and has many modern sounds including brassy Trap leads, FM House and Techno Basses, EDM Leads, Trance Arps and many other sounds.

Available now for £34.99. A free demo pack is also available to download from  https://newloops.com/products/omnisphere-explorer-omnisphere-2-presets

Audio Demo - https://soundcloud.com/newloops/sets/omnisphere-explorer-audio



<![CDATA[QSC Announces The Availability Of The TouchMix-30 Pro Windows® Driver]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/qsc-announces-the-availability-of-the-touchmix-30-pro-windows-driver Tue, 24 Oct 2017 14:20:31 GMT
QSC Announces the Availability of the TouchMix-30 Pro Windows® Driver

Offers Windows DAW users Access to the Recording Capabilities of the Acclaimed Compact Digital Mixer
Costa Mesa, CA (October 24, 2017) -  QSC is pleased to announce the release of the TouchMix-30 Pro Microsoft Windows Driver for the acclaimed TouchMix-30 Pro compact digital mixer, the powerful, 32-channel mixer with advanced professional features. The new driver provides Windows users with the capability to utilize the TouchMix-30 Pro as a high fidelity, studio-grade 32 x 32 channel DAW interface. Previously, this functionality was only available to users of macOS systems.
“We are pleased to offer the new Pro Audio Driver for TouchMix-30 Pro to Windows DAW users throughout the world,” says QSC Professional Vice President Product Management, Gerry Tschetter. “Now, the powerful DAW interface capabilities of the mixer can be enjoyed by our recording studio clients in either Mac or Windows environments.”
In addition to serving as a 32-channel DAW interface, the TouchMix-30 Pro also offers additional advantages in the studio including the capability to provide seven independent stereo headphone mixes, each under phone or tablet control, with three stereo headphone mixes directly driven by the on-board headphone amplifier.
Not to be eclipsed by its studio capabilities, the TouchMix-30 Pro excels in the sound reinforcement environment, providing a feature-rich yet easy-to-use live console  for production professionals, musicians and bands and live performance venues. Its 32 mixing channels (24 Mic/Line, 6 Line, Stereo USB) and 16 outputs offer tremendous signal management flexibility for a wide range of applications while a host of additional pro features including Anti-Feedback and Room-Tuning Wizards, dual RTA, extensive dynamics processing, advanced EQ, six effects processors and more combine to provide a highly-capable, advanced digital console experience in a compact and portable form factor.
The new TouchMix-30 Pro Audio Windows driver is available now, here.
Learn more about the TouchMix-30 Pro at: www.qsc.com/touchmix-30-pro.
About QSC
Founded nearly five decades ago, QSC is a globally recognized leader in the design, engineering and manufacture of award winning high performance audio products including power amplifiers, loudspeakers, digital mixers, digital signal processors (DSP), and the Q-SYS™ networked audio, video and control platform. Uniquely leveraging a broad range of technologies located under one roof, QSC products outperform the sum of their parts by delivering reliable, scalable and flexible solutions for professional installed, portable, production, corporate and cinema customers worldwide.
<![CDATA[Steinberg Releases WaveLab 9.5]]> http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/steinberg-releases-wavelab-9.5 Tue, 24 Oct 2017 14:15:21 GMT


WaveLab Audio Editing and Mastering Software with New Update


The newly released iterations of Steinberg’s audio editing and mastering workstation, WaveLab Pro 9.5 and WaveLab Elements 9.5, combine best audio quality and smooth operation with an endless number of advanced tools for audio restoration, editing and mastering.



HAMBURG, Germany — October 24, 2017 — This is another quantum leap forward in audio quality: Steinberg today announced the immediate availability of WaveLab Pro 9.5 and WaveLab Elements 9.5.


The new “point” updates of WaveLab focus on spectral editing, offering an overhauled Spectogram with many additional display settings that give a meticulous attention to frequency detail. Both Pro and Elements introduce RestoreRig, a new plug-in suite that boasts three modules: the DeNoiser, DeBuzzer and DeClicker. With its restoration toolset, RestoreRig detects and removes unwanted noise and audio artifacts in real time.


New spectral features exclusive to WaveLab Pro 9.5 include the brand-new Wavelet display that analyzes and displays musical content based on pitch scaling. The Spectrum Editor comes with many new selection tools, such as Lasso, Brush and Magic Wand, as well as additional processing capabilities the likes of spectral watermarking. Another highlight is the implementation of the Audio Inpainting technology into WaveLab, allowing users to remove unwanted noise from any audio material and then filling in the omission by analyzing the adjacent spectral information. The Error Correction toolset has been given some attention, making them overall easier accessible, while the included Live Spectrogram meter delivers real-time spectral information during playback and recording.


Alongside the many newly introduced spectral editing tools, WaveLab Pro 9.5 also offers an array of many more, very powerful plug-ins, either new or enhanced. WaveLab’s mastering plug-in suite, MasterRig, has been improved so as to include brand-new algorithms and other functionality, whereas the Tube Compressor, Vintage Compressor, Maximizer, AutoPan and several other plug-ins have been redesigned from the ground up. Two new Batch Processor plug-ins round out the extensive list of quality audio editing tools: the Audio Mixer inserts an audio file, e.g., a user’s individual audio watermark, into another audio file at defined intervals, ideal for creating demo versions of your audio publications; Delay Next Process Activation postpones processing when processes are triggered consecutively.


Both Pro and Elements versions have implemented support for the Apple Touch Bar, and also offer high DPI compatibility, making WaveLab look smooth on today's high-resolution displays. User-requested enhancements and additions include the MP3 Gapless option, Bleep Censor Generator, iXML track name support and much more.


The new DDP Player complements the features introduced in WaveLab Pro 9.5 nicely. It is a standalone application with a separate installer that imports and plays back DDP images, allowing mastering studio clients to listen to the final version ready for publication.


Timo Wildenhain, senior marketing manager at Steinberg, commented: “Over two decades WaveLab has been committed to helping users maximize the full potential of their audio recordings. Now with WaveLab 9.5, we’ve gone the extra mile to provide dedicated tools for that extra bit of audio refinement, and consequently WaveLab delivers the best possible sound quality.”


Visit www.steinberg.net/wavelab for details on WaveLab.


Availability and pricing

Full retail versions of WaveLab Pro 9.5 and WaveLab Elements 9.5 are available from resellers and through the Steinberg Online Shop. The suggested retail price for WaveLab Pro 9.5 is US$579.99, while the suggested retail price for WaveLab Elements 9.5 is set at US$99.99.


Various downloadable updates and upgrades are exclusively available through the Steinberg Online Shop.
Customers who have activated WaveLab 7/8/8.5/Pro 9 and WaveLab Elements 7/8/9 since September 26, 2017, are eligible for free, downloadable Grace Period updates to the latest versions, respectively.


Key features of WaveLab Pro 9.5

  • World’s leading audio editing and mastering solution with up to 384 kHz sample rate support
  • Highly intuitive user interface based on a ribbon and tab layout with an innovative window docking system
  • State-of-the-art spectral editing functionality including a modern Spectrogram with a Wavelet display, a cutting-edge Spectrum Editor and a live Spectrogram meter
  • Patent-pending Audio Inpainting technology to recreate and/or replace corrupt audio material by logically using the spectral information of the surrounding area
  • Full M/S compatibility provides comprehensive M/S audio editing, processing and monitoring
  • MasterRig high-end mastering plug-in suite including 6 modules, 8 instances and full M/S support
  • Advanced EBU R128-compliant loudness metering, including loudness graph, loudness meta normalizing and true peak support
  • RestoreRig restoration plug-in suite including DeClicker, DeCrackler, DePopper, DeNoiser and DeBuzzer
  • Project Manager and customizable naming scheme
  • Direct exchange of audio files with Cubase and Nuendo


Key features of WaveLab Elements 9.5

  • Audio editing and mastering application based on the professional WaveLab Pro version with loudspeaker management, batch conversion capabilities and top-end restoration tools
  • Modern Spectrogram offering a customizable view, color schemes with presets, display settings and more
  • RestoreRig plug-in suite including a DeClicker, DeCrackler, DePopper, DeNoiser and DeBuzzer
  • MasterRig high-end mastering plug-in suite consisting of 5 plug-in modules, including EQ, Dynamics and
  • Saturator
  • Global audio analysis providing a comprehensive analysis of your audio material
  • Batch conversion allowing for converting multiple audio files at ones
  • Enhanced audio analysis and error correction functions perfectly suited to improve your audio
  • Professional mixing/editing capabilities such as track and output effects to achieve the best results when polishing your audio files
  • CD burning engine for transferring your creative ideas to CD
  • Extended file and metadata support, including MP2, SD2, AAC write support



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