Harmony Central Press Room https://www.harmonycentral.com/ Get the lastest news from the Harmony Central's Press Room <![CDATA[Audio-Technica Now Shipping Drum Mic Bundles, As Well As An Exclusive Vocal Mic Bundle]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/audio-technica-now-shipping-drum-mic-bundles-as-well-as-an-exclusive-vocal-mic-bundle Fri, 14 Dec 2018 14:19:57 GMT


Audio-Technica Now Shipping Drum Mic Bundles, as Well as an Exclusive Vocal Mic Bundle
— These bundles take the guesswork out of mic buying while being highly cost effective —
STOW, OH, December 13, 2018Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, is now shipping several new mic bundles geared toward drummers and vocalists. Four drum mic bundles provide a highly cost-effective solution, taking the guesswork out of drum mic buying. These drum packs are equally at home in project and commercial studios as well as live sound applications including clubs, houses of worship and regional and national tours. The vocal mic bundle ATM510PK offers three ATM510 Cardioid Dynamic Handheld Microphones at a significant discount.  
PRO-Series drum mic bundles:
The PRO-DRUM4 and PRO-DRUM7 bundles are geared as starter packs but offer a great value for drummers and musicians at all levels for live or studio use. The PRO-DRUM4 includes a PRO 25ax Hypercardioid Dynamic Microphone for kick, a PRO 63 Cardioid Dynamic Microphone for snare, and two of the new PRO 23 Cardioid Dynamic Microphone for toms, along with two drum mounts and a carrying case. The PRO-DRUM7 bundle includes a PRO 25ax, a PRO 63, three PRO 23’s and two AT2021 Cardioid Condenser Microphones for overhead/cymbals, along with three mounts and a carrying case. “The PRO-DRUM7 bundle, in particular, is a great all-around studio pack, with several of the mics being able to do double-duty on drums, guitars, amps and other instruments,” notes Gary Boss, Audio-Technica Marketing Director, Professional Markets.  
Artist-Series drum mic bundles:
The ATM-DRUM4 and ATM-DRUM7 bundles are geared toward pros and touring drummers. The ATM-DRUM4 includes one each of ATM250 and ATM650 Hypercardioid Dynamic Microphones for kick/snare, and two ATM450 Cardioid Condenser Microphones for overhead/cymbals, along with a carrying case. The ATM-DRUM7 bundle includes an ATM250, an ATM650, three ATM230 Hypercardioid Dynamic Microphones for toms and two ATM450’s, along with three drum mounts and a carrying case. 
These four drum mic bundles and the ATM510PK vocal mic bundle are now available with U.S. street pricing as follows: 
PRO-DRUM4 bundle: $249
PRO-DRUM7 bundle: $399
ATM-DRUM4 bundle: $499
ATM-DRUM7 bundle: $799
ATM510PK vocal bundle: $229 
For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.
ATM-DRUM7 bundle 
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[Positive Grid Offers Free Download Of X Drummer For iPad From December 15 – 17, 2018]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/positive-grid-offers-free-download-of-x-drummer-for-ipad-from-december-15--17-2018 Fri, 14 Dec 2018 14:14:59 GMT


Positive Grid Offers Free Download of X Drummer for iPad from December 15 – 17, 2018

Innovative artificial intelligence songwriting app is a hassle-free drum track building machine
San Diego, CA – December 14, 2018 – Positive Grid, creator of the popular BIAS Amp and BIAS FX guitar amp processors, is giving away X Drummer — the world’s first artificial intelligence drum app — for free and for 3 DAYS only! (December 15, 2018 - December 17, 2018)

X Drummer turns any iPad into an easy-to-use, hassle-free drum track building machine. With cutting-edge AI technology, X Drummer quickly learns any song and then automatically finds the grooves and drum sounds that match the user’s playing style and feel. It features an easy-to-use interface where players can customize any and every drum component to fit their personal style. It is also a full-blown virtual drummer with a surprisingly human touch that can change its feel depending on the musical style selected.

With IAA and Audiobus support, X Drummer allows guitar players or any musician to use it paired with BIAS Amp 2, BIAS FX or other music applications. Now every musician can have a virtual session drummer to jam with. 
Pricing and availability:
  • X Drummer is available for $19.99 in the Apple App Store but is FREE for 3 DAYS from December 15, 2018 to December 17, 2018.
  • Along with the app, five studio-quality drum kits (80s Rock, Modern FX, Jazz, Progressive Metal and Indie Rock) and three MIDI groove packs (80s Pop, Classic Rock, and Heavy Metal) are upgradeable as in-app purchases.
Download the X Drummer app for free here: positivegrid.com/mobile-promotion
About Positive Grid:
Based in California, Positive Grid has satellite operations in Germany, Italy, Australia and Taiwan. The company began in 2008 by designing and developing a core technology base, and focuses on delivering superior and highly creative experiences for musicians in both hardware and software. Positive Grid’s current product portfolio features some of the best-selling solutions in the industry for guitar technology, including not only BIAS AMP and BIAS FX software, but also JamUp, X Drummer and their award-winning line of guitar amp and pedal hardware. Find out more at positivegrid.com.
<![CDATA[Vocal House Anthems Volume 3]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/vocal-house-anthems-volume-3 Fri, 14 Dec 2018 14:09:16 GMT






'Vocal House Anthems 3' marks the return of this bestselling series of funky male vocals & hit-ready instrumentals. Crafted by a top producer with releases on Spinnin', Ultra, Sony & Toolroom and with vocals inspired artists like Adam Lambert, John Martin & Francesco Yates, this is a powerful addition to any producer's sample arsenal.

If you're looking for commercial success (and who isn't?), then you'll find this collection an incredible asset in taking your productions to the next level.

Here you'll find five Construction Kits bursting with strings, bass wobs, Korg M1 sounds, Deep House style tuned-down vox, plucks, mallets, professional topline vocals, FX, and so much more.

Of course, all of this content is Royalty-Free and comes with an impressive feature set for professional producers who need added control.


MIDI Files Included:

'Vocal House Anthems Vol 3' includes MIDI files, allowing you to seamlessly customise many of the sounds contained in the pack. MIDI has the added benefit of allowing you to go to extremes of pitch and tempo beyond which the loops were originally recorded, with no time stretching or pitch shifting artefacts. Furthermore, you can make tweaks to the riffs so they fit perfectly into your existing mixes.


One-Shot Samples:

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


Dry/Wet Loops:

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


Unlooped Riffs/Tails:

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



All of the loops in this product are Royalty-Free (including the vocal loops), so once purchased, you'll never have to pay any master royalties.



• 5 Construction Kits
• Complete Vocal Performances
• ACIDized WAV Files
• Apple Loops/AIFF Files
• Ableton Live 8.1.3
• REX2 Loops
• Reason ReFill
• Loops sync to BPM
• 44.1 kHz/24-Bit
• PC/Mac Compatible
• Royalty-Free (No Exceptions)



Price and Availability:

'Vocal House Anthems 3’ is available for instant download exclusively at ProducerLoops.com for £34.95 / 40,66 EUR. More information is available at: https://www.producerloops.com



<![CDATA[Martin Audio Launches Product Demos At Winter NAMM 2019]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/martin-audio-launches-product-demos-at-winter-namm-2019 Thu, 13 Dec 2018 14:48:27 GMT


Martin Audio Launches Product Demos At Winter NAMM 2019


Anaheim, CA––Taking advantage of the show’s increasing commitment to professional audio, Martin Audio will be demonstrating a range of its popular products including Wavefront Precision Compact (WPC) Line Arrays, SXH218 subs, CDD-LIVE 12 and CSX-LIVE 118 loudspeakers at Winter NAMM for the first time.


Held in Booth A12 of the Anaheim Convention Center Arena, the Martin Audio dedicated demos will be at 1:20pm on Thursday January 24th, 12:20pm on Friday January 25th, and 12:20pm Saturday January 26th. Martin Audio is also part of round robin demos from several loudspeaker companies during the show.


Designed as complete systems with external iKON multi-channel amplifiers and optimized by automated DISPLAY software, Wavefront Precision features scalable resolution for a more flexible approach to optimizing control, coverage and consistency.


The ideal companion for Martin Audio’s new WPC optimized line array in low end heavy applications or high-performance permanent installations such as nightclubs, the SXH218 subwoofer is a popular choice with its rental partners and installers.


With three full-range models and two subwoofers, CDD-LIVE covers practically all applications for live audio and installed sound. The speakers combine the “point-source” benefits of coaxial designs with the consistent coverage of Differential Dispersion technology to project sound evenly front-to-back while exhibiting wide horizontal coverage close to the speaker.


Commenting on the demos, Martin Audio VP Sales for North America said, “NAMM has done an impressive job in attracting a Pro Audio contingent to the show. We’re excited to take part in the loudspeaker demonstration and look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones.”


For more about Martin Audio, please click to: https://martin-audio.com/events/namm2019





About Martin Audio®

Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Today, Martin Audio embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation and touring sound markets.


<![CDATA[NAMM 2019 - IK Multimedia Unveils SampleTank 4 ]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/namm-2019---ik-multimedia-unveils-sampletank-4 Thu, 13 Dec 2018 14:45:42 GMT


K Multimedia unveils SampleTank 4

Next generation of IK's sound and groove workstation features a massive new library,
new sample engine, fully scalable GUI and much more


December 13, 2018 - IK Multimedia announces SampleTank 4, the next generation of IK's legendary sound and groove workstation that offers professional-quality sounds, an intuitive interface and powerful editing and effects for musicians and producers. This new generation was re-designed from the ground up to be every musician's "go to" music creation workstation.

SampleTank 4 offers a massively expanded sample library (up to 8,000 sounds across 250 GB of samples) and a completely redesigned, scalable/zoomable interface. A new cutting-edge sound engine offers efficient hard-disk streaming and advanced sound design/editing possibilities.

The library and sound engine are complemented by innovative dynamic groove "players" (arpeggiator, strummer, pattern and loop player), 13 new effects (for a total of 70), a powerful new Mix window, a unique Live mode and powerful integration with IK's iRig Keys I/O line.

Three versions are available: SampleTank 4 SE; SampleTank 4; and SampleTank 4 MAX.

Details on each version are below.
It all starts with sound - the expanded library
SampleTank 4 offers a massive library of sounds and grooves, with up to 250 GB and 8,000 instrument presets carefully balanced across a wide range of styles, genres and sounds. It contains over 200 GB of new material assembled from dozens of high-quality recording sessions in cities across the U.S. and Europe, including IK's new custom-built studio in Italy. The new library features high-end recordings of all-new concert pianos, keyboards, guitars, bass, drums, strings, brass, synths, vocals, percussion and more, all with articulations and round robins for the most realistic performance yet, with over 120,000 samples added.

A new stereo grand piano offers multiple microphone sets and carefully blended room mics, to rival the best dedicated piano virtual instruments. A new collection of the most famous electric pianos, organs and keyboards covers everything from classic R&B to modern indie pop. And a massive set of new synthesizer sounds, using modern hardware instruments, offers a fresh companion to more vintage sounds.

New modern string and brass sections, with multiple musical articulations and deep round robin sampling, were designed to contrast with orchestral sounds rivaling dedicated symphonic libraries.

New acoustic and electronic drum kits and loops cover the latest beats straight from the top charts around the world. A timeless library of mallet and chromatic instruments gives tracks vivid melodic percussion with smooth clarity and harmonic brilliance.

New basses and guitars offer stunning detail, designed specifically for use with IK's industry-leading amp modeling effects.

A unique pop choir sound set offers an alternative to typical orchestral choirs, delivering new feel and soul to any recording.

Additionally, thanks to SampleTank 4's new efficient disk-streaming engine, larger sounds are not limited anymore to RAM size and load faster than ever to perform like never before.


Dig deeper - a completely re-designed application
SampleTank 4 offers a completely redesigned, fully scalable/zoomable interface that re-sizes conveniently on any type of modern displays. All the interfaces have been redesigned from the ground-up to maintain the ease of use that's been a staple for SampleTank, for a minimal learning curve and fast workflow that suits the needs of today's modern producers.

The re-designed Sound Browser lets users browse, filter and search by style, genre and mood to find inspiring sounds quickly. Working with multiple sounds has also been made easier with a new dedicated Layer interface that enables the setting up of layers and split-points for up to 16 simultaneous sounds.

Editing is more powerful, too. Choose from 16 modeled filters, edit envelopes, oscillators, portamento, polyphony and more. Users can edit an entire sound or access individual articulations, zones, or single samples, for the deepest level of control. A new, cutting-edge modulation matrix allows for linking sources like envelopes, LFOs and oscillators to almost any control, for designing intricate soundscapes.

Animate sounds - innovative new dynamic "groove players"
Presets can be turned into performances more quickly with four new dynamic "groove players" - an Arpeggiator, Strummer, Phraser and Loop Manager. The Arpeggiator offers a massive range of presets with an option to draw in patterns, set velocity, length, swing and more. The Strummer lets users choose chords, position, direction and more, and then intelligently creates an accompaniment. The Phraser pattern player enables quick browsing and mapping of over 4,000 MIDI patterns. The Loop Manager offers over 7,500 loops that can be mapped to keys and triggered, with controls for pitch, grain and time.

Mix faster than ever
A powerful new Mix window has been added to adjust volume, panning, mute, solo and routing for all 16 tracks simultaneously. It also offers four effects sends and a master bus, with slots for five effects for advanced routing and mixing. New console channel strips give mixes the sound of legendary studio consoles for truly professional results, all within a single plug-in.
Convenient access to all effects parameters in-interface allows an entire track to be mixed efficiently in a single window.
The best effects get even better
SampleTank 4 adds 13 new effects, for a grand total of 70 studio-quality effects. Effects like these have never before been heard in a virtual instrument - they're all derived from IK's industry-leading AmpliTube and T-RackS software. Users can shape their sound with realistic tube saturation, classic analog pedal effects, professional studio processors, creative effects, and more.

More hands-on control with iRig Keys I/O
SampleTank 4 now includes seamless integration with IK's iRig Keys I/O controllers. Users can browse and load sounds, control macros and transport, trigger loops, launch live setups and more directly from iRig Keys I/O, for an entire production set up that's plug-n-play. Fully MIDI controllable, SampleTank 4 also works with any other standard MIDI controller, be it keyboard or pad.

From the studio to the stage
SampleTank 4 makes it easier than ever to hit the stage. A unique, re-designed Live mode offers fingertip-ready controls for live performance and lets users build an entire set list and create song presets. Program change messages can also be assigned to each preset, for switching directly from a controller while performing.


Price and availability
SampleTank 4 will ship in early 2019, and is available for pre-order from the IK Multimedia online store or from select IK dealers now. Through the end of 2018, IK is offering a special pre-order discount that lets users of any IK product that retails for $/€99.99 and up purchase SampleTank 4 at upgrade pricing for an even further reduced price:

  • SampleTank 4 SE - An affordably-priced entry into the SampleTank line, offering 2,000 carefully chosen instruments for 30 GB of sounds. MSRP $/€149.99* - special pre-order price $/€99.99

  • SampleTank 4 - Over 100 GB of sounds, including 70 GB of newly recorded material, for 6,000 sounds overall. MSRP: $/€299.99 - special pre-order price $/€199.99 - upgrade for only $/€149.99

  • SampleTank 4 MAX - The largest sample library IK has ever produced, it offers over 250 GB, including 200 GB of all new sounds. That's over 8,000 sounds in total. MSRP $/€499.99 - special pre-order price $/€299.99 - upgrade for only $/€199.99
Any customer who purchases SampleTank 3 SE, SampleTank 3 or SampleTank MAX on or after November 13, 2018, will receive the equivalent version of SampleTank 4 for free at release.

Any customer who purchases or received any version of SampleTank 3 as part of a hardware or software bundle on or after November 13, 2018, will receive SampleTank 4 SE for free at release.

*All prices excluding taxes

For more information, please visit: www.sampletank.com/4

To see SampleTank 4 in action, visit: www.sampletank.com/4/video
<![CDATA[Los Cabos Drumsticks Drops The Bass… Drum Mallet]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/los-cabos-drumsticks-drops-the-bass-drum-mallet Thu, 13 Dec 2018 14:39:43 GMT


Los Cabos Drumsticks Drops the Bass… Drum Mallet.



Fredericton, New Brunswick; 13 December 2018- Los Cabos Drumsticks, Canada’s largest drumstick manufacturer, has extended their line of percussion tools to include a new Bass Drum Mallet, the BD1-H.


The new BD1-H mallet features a tapered hickory handle to reduce damage from rim shots and improve product lifespan, and a hard-felt ball head for quick rebound and pronounced articulation. The BD1-H mallet is the first product from Los Cabos Drumsticks specifically made for use on a marching bass drum and perfectly complements their existing marching drumstick models; the Parade and the Concert. The BD1-H mallet is scheduled for official release at NAMM 2019.


Product Specifications:

Materials: Hickory wood (handle); felt (Ball head)

Dimensions: 14” long x 1.6” (diameter at ball head) or 0.78” (diameter at base)


For more information about Los Cabos Drumsticks and their products, please visit  www.loscabosdrumsticks.com or like and follow us @loscabossticks on Facebook and Twitter and @loscabosdrumsticks on Instagram!


Los Cabos Drumsticks, 29 Millennium Drive, Hanwell, NB, E3C 2N9

Telephone: (506) 460-8352



BD1-H mallet 

Parade model drumstick 



Concert model drumstick 



<![CDATA[Ultimate Trailer Sound Effects]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/ultimate-trailer-sound-effects Thu, 13 Dec 2018 14:32:44 GMT



Bluezone releases 'Ultimate Trailer Sound Effects'




Bluezone Corporation - Information
<![CDATA[Spitfire Studio Brass]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/spitfire-studio-brass Thu, 13 Dec 2018 14:29:28 GMT


Spitfire’s second showing in its all-new studio orchestral range arrives as closely connected brass breakouts



LONDON, UK: Spitfire Audio is proud to announce availability of SPITFIRE STUDIO BRASS — representing the second showing in its all-new studio orchestral range of incredibly versatile pro-end, dry-stage sample libraries recorded in the crisp and vibrant setting of AIR Studios’ Studio 1, available as both standard (SPITFIRE STUDIO BRASS) and extended (SPITFIRE STUDIO BRASS PROFESSIONAL) editions to offer composers depth, detail, and an awesome punch to boot — as of December 13...


By choosing the crisp and vibrant setting of AIR Studios’ Studio 1, smaller and more controllable — capable of accommodating up to 45 musicians across its 140m2 floating floor (with a specially designed sliding door system that allows it to be divided into acoustically separated areas) — compared to the opulence of AIR Studios’ Lyndurst Hall — helpfully accommodating a full symphony orchestra with choir as one of the largest recording rooms in the world — where Spitfire Audio has hitherto recorded an abundance of award-winning orchestral libraries in its ongoing mission to inspire a generation of music makers, this time the British music technology company is offering its fellow composers a brass library with depth, detail, and an awesome punch to boot. Better still, SPITFIRE STUDIO BRASS brings the widest emotional range of performance to bear on composers’ compositions, courtesy of an abundance of articulations. As such, users can choose solo, duet, or section performances; realise the detail of their music with swells, flutter tongues, and staccatissmino stabs, as well as traditional articulations; and choose from microphones placed at close proximity to the player, through to outriggers and ambients at the edges of AIR Studios’ Studio 1 itself. It is even possible to mix and match for total tonal control like no other.


Two years in the making, SPITFIRE STUDIO BRASS brings all the treasured Spitfire Audio hallmarks — A-list London performers playing the best instruments through an unparalleled signal path and recorded to tape (by GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer Simon Rhodes, in this case) — to bear on a room perfectly suited to capturing the punchy dynamic range of brass. Again — as with its existing symphonic and chamber orchestral ranges, Spitfire Audio applied a ‘no stone left unturned’ approach to creating a veritable encyclopaedia of articulations, dynamic layers, and round-robins for seamless, nuanced realism. And, again — as with its existing symphonic and chamber orchestral ranges, Spitfire Audio’s second showing in its all-new studio orchestral range is available as both standard (SPITFIRE STUDIO BRASS) and extended (SPITFIRE STUDIO BRASS PROFESSIONAL) editions.


SPITFIRE STUDIO BRASS transports its users straight to the engine room for immediate musical gratification with eight instruments, including four soloists, plus two player sections — namely, Horn Solo 1, Horns a4, Tenor Trombones a2, Bass Trombones a2, Trumpet Solo, Trumpets a2, Tuba, and Cimbasso — all recorded through a Schoeps Decca Tree (stereo microphone setup with three omnidirectional microphones arranged in a triangle, often used to record an ensemble or orchestra — originally introduced by legendary London-based label Decca Records, hence the name). Needless to say, SPITFIRE STUDIO BRASS is instantly usable and also immediately musical.


Meanwhile, SPITFIRE STUDIO BRASS PROFESSIONAL permits its users to delve deeper by boosting the instrument count to 17, spanning from the soaring highs of a Piccolo Trumpet down to the volcanic tremors of a Contrabass Tuba (to also include: Horn Solo 1, Horn Solo 2, Horns a4, Trumpet Solo 1, Trumpet Solo 2, Trumpets a2, Bass Trumpet, Tenor Trombone Solo, Tenor Trombones a2, Bass Trombone Solo, Bass Trombones a2, Contrabass Trombone, Tuba, Cimbasso, and Euphonium). That’s 13 solo instruments, including two separate, solo trumpet players, plus two horn players! Perhaps unsurprisingly, extensive control of the sound is also available, thanks to the inclusion of two ready-to-go mixes, two close-mic arrangements, two Decca Tree setups, ambients, and outriggers. On top of that, users can also access and personalise their own mix of Simon Rhodes’ microphone arsenal — from pin-sharp to super-wide, picked up by the best on offer from Neumann, Schoeps, SE Electronics, and Sennheiser. Such peerless detail and control also extends to the articulations, which not only fulfil all the traditional requirements but also include extended techniques and mutes, stomach-punching fortississimo (fff), and three variants of shorts: staccatissimo, tenuto, and marcato.


Multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer extraordinaire Simon Rhodes was an obvious choice to take time out from his senior role at Abbey Road Studios to helm Spitfire Audio’s all-new orchestral library range, resulting from his having worked at the highest level in film score recording, including being American composer, conductor, and orchestrator James Horner’s go-to engineer for 18 years. Blockbuster movies such as Avatar, Spectre, and Skyfall have also all benefitted from his Midas microphone touch. “For the SPITFIRE STUDIO BRASS sessions, the general approach was similar to SPITFIRE STUDIO STRINGS, so there’s consistency between the libraries,” he notes. “The main Schoeps room mics were the same, and I captured two flavours of spots: a section mic, plus a close ribbon — typically the Voodoo VD2.”


Virtual ‘voodoo’ notwithstanding, SPITFIRE STUDIO BRASS users can cut straight to the chase, choosing Simon Rhodes’ mix, while users of SPITFIRE STUDIO BRASS PROFESSIONAL can customise freely from the various mic options offered — namely, A (Ambience mics), C1 (Close mics), C2 (Leader close mic), O (Outriggers), T1 (Tree 1), and T2 (Tree 2). Talking about the latter, Simon Rhodes reveals, “The second uses Schoeps MK 21 wide cardioids — or sub- cardioids, which are great for keeping the room sound at bay while allowing you to get a sense of distance and perspective.”


Putting Spitfire Audio’s second showing in its all-new studio orchestral range of incredibly versatile pro-end, dry-stage sample libraries into its rightful perspective, company co-founder Paul Thomson sums up the creatively inspiring results to a T: “It is a combination of the great sound of brass in AIR 1, which is a really beautiful room with a lot of glass panelling and wood, so it’s a great combination, acoustically, but also some great choices from GRAMMY®-winner Simon Rhodes on the microphone selection as well.”


SPITFIRE STUDIO BRASS can be purchased and digitally downloaded for a time-limited introductory promo price of £129.00 GBP (inc. VAT)/ $149.00 USD/ €149.00 EUR (inc. VAT) until December 27, 2018 — rising thereafter to an RRP of £169.00 GBP (inc. VAT)/$199.00 USD/€199.00 EUR (inc. VAT) — from here: https://www.spitfireaudio.com/shop/a-z/spitfire-studio-brass/


For more in-depth info, including superb-sounding audio demos from Spitfire Audio Director Christian Henson and fellow Director Paul Thomson, please visit the dedicated SPITFIRE STUDIO BRASS webpage here: https://www.spitfireaudio.com/shop/a-z/spitfire-studio-brass/


Watch Spitfire Audio Director Paul Thomson’s ‘traditional’ video walkthrough of SPITFIRE STUDIO BRASS here: https://youtu.be/WTaWZJIqcDA


SPITFIRE STUDIO BRASS PROFESSIONAL can be purchased and digitally downloaded for a time-limited introductory promo price of £249.00 GBP (inc. VAT)/$299.00 USD/€299.00 EUR (inc. VAT) until December 27, 2018 — rising thereafter to an RRP of £349.00 GBP (inc. VAT)/ $399.00 USD/€399.00 EUR (inc. VAT) — from here: https://www.spitfireaudio.com/shop/a-z/spitfire-studio-brass-professional/


For more in-depth info, including superb-sounding audio demos from Spitfire Audio Director Christian Henson and fellow Director Paul Thomson, please visit the dedicated SPITFIRE STUDIO BRASS PROFESSIONAL webpage here: https://www.spitfireaudio.com/shop/a-z/spitfire-studio-brass-professional/


Watch Spitfire Audio Director Paul Thomson’s ‘traditional’ video walkthrough of SPITFIRE STUDIO BRASS PROFESSIONAL here: https://youtu.be/-_98XFqdITU


SPITFIRE STUDIO BRASS and SPITFIRE STUDIO BRASS PROFESSIONAL need Native Instruments’ free KONTAKT PLAYER (5.6.8 or higher) — included in the purchase — to run as a fully NKS (NATIVE KONTROL STANDARD®) supporting plug-in instrument for Mac (OS X 10.10 or later) 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.


Watch Spitfire Audio’s artful trailer video for SPITFIRE STUDIO BRASS and SPITFIRE STUDIO BRASS PROFESSIONAL here: https://youtu.be/ZT0xi6SppUA




About Spitfire Audio (www.spitfireaudio.com)

Spitfire Audio is a British music technology company that specialises in sounds — sample libraries, virtual instruments, and other useful software devices. It  collaborates with the best composers, artists, and engineers in the world to build musical tools that sound great and are exciting to use.


© 2018 Spitfire Audio Holdings Limited



<![CDATA[Hive 1.2: The Wavetable Update]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/hive-1.2-the-wavetable-update Wed, 12 Dec 2018 15:13:15 GMT



Hive 1.2: The Wavetable Update!


To celebrate the release of version 1.2, Hive will be available through our webstore for only 119€ until the 20th of January 2019

The update is free for users of Hive 1.x. You can download the new version from our website and install it. Please check the release notes for installation instructions and a full list of new features.

About the update:

While this update is focused on the introduction of wavetable scanning, it also includes other new features, bugfixes, and almost 500 new factory presets.


Wavetables in Hive are easily selectable as oscillator waveforms and controlled in the Hive hexagon. There are many features available to shape the waveform any way you wish: from manual scanning to modulatable controls. As a plus: a proprietary wavetable scripting language!


This update also includes our new preset browser with tagging support, a new XY section for more performance control with intelligent auto-assignment, new modulation matrix modifiers, VST3 support, and many more improvements.

Get Hive 1.2



<![CDATA[Non-Lethal Applications Announce Video Slave 4 And New ADR Master Software]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/non-lethal-applications-announce-video-slave-4-and-new-adr-master-software Wed, 12 Dec 2018 15:05:30 GMT


Non-Lethal Applications Announce Video Slave 4 And New ADR Master Software Designed For ADR Professionals




Non-Lethal Applications, creators of quality video playback software for Mac, announce Video Slave 4, offering new features, improvements and bug fixes.Video Slave 4 and ADR Master both offer rock-solid playback of movies in sync to MIDI Timecode.


Version Independent New Features:

  • Video Slave/ADR Master has been rewritten from the ground up to clear the way for future Windows releases.
  • Video Slave/ADR Master now use PACE (machine or iLok 2/3) for perpetual licenses allowing users to take licenses with them from studio to studio.
  • Moved from a playlist-based to a timeline-based approach. This is clearly the biggest and most important change and it required surgery at the very heart of the application which now allows for editing with a high degree of flexibility.
  • Central project Media Bin to keep track of the files
  • Multiple timelines per project
    • Multiple video and audio tracks per timeline
    • Several use cases. Examples; 
      • reel-based feature film
      • one timeline with all the reels at the respective hours
      • one timeline with tied reels for presentation
  • Improved Blackmagic and AJA performance


New ADR Master Software

ADR Master is the new ADR cueing and recording solution from Non-Lethal Applications. It includes all the features Video Slave 4 Pro offers but adds vital tools for cueing and recording ADR. ADR Master comes in two versions: ADR Master Editor and ADR Master Studio.

ADR Master Editor

ADR Master Editor is Non-Lethal Applications’ state-of-the-art ADR cueing solution which includes all the features of Video Slave 4 plus; Import cues from a number of supported file formats or grab them directly from your DAW and when you're done cueing export or print them or send them to Pro Tools as region groups.

ADR Master Studio

All features of Video Slave 4 and ADR Master Editor plus; ADR Master Studio contains all the tools you need to record dialog in Pro Tools. It adds recording features like track naming and a sophisticated track mute/input/record matrix that lets you define what you want to hear at all times. In combination with the support for two Blackmagic or AJA devices with configurable output per device it makes it the perfect solution for all ADR recording studios.

Video Slave 4 and ADR Master’s synchronized playback works with all major DAWs including Pro Tools, Logic Pro X, Nuendo, Cubase and Studio One or any other device that can generate timecode as a  source. 

Video Slave 4 and ADR Master’s sync engine provides stunningly fast locking times and tight sync guaranteed: in many cases it's better than using the video engine built into the DAW.


What professionals are saying…

‘“The new media bay is a big upgrade from VS3, I can have all my assets in one place to access very quickly.  It’s a big time saver. Spotting and trimming my clips in the timeline is now easier than ever. Plus, having multiple timelines in the same project is perfect for keeping older versions of the cut around to reference. Using streamers while composing has been amazing!  You have a clear reference to moments you want to sync to in the picture. It allows you you hit things even off the grid while playing parts in live.” Tim Jones - Marvel’s Thor:Ragnarok and Lego Ninjago

“I’ve been a big fan of Video Slave for several years now. VS3 was a great upgrade from previous releases, but Video Slave 4 really ups the game with its new timeline feature. Now I can see where each of my video files from the Media bin are located as it relates to the project’s timeline. It’s really a game changer for me and my workflow.” Ron Aston - Emmy Award and MPSE Golden Reel Award Winning sound effects editor and sound designer.

“With Video Slave 4, it’s clear that Non-Lethal Applications is dedicated to finding new ways of making life easier for composers and sound designers. The new features have elevated Video Slave from a must have peripheral tool to at this point being an extension of my Digital Audio Workstation. Whether I’m scoring in Cubase, e

diting in Pro Tools, or spotting the film with a director, Video Slave is always up and running.”  Christopher Doucet, Strawberry Sounds



IMPORTANT: Existing users should check their account for special upgrade pricing, amnesty deals for recent purchasers as well as new installers for those on up to date rental plans.

Pricing for perpetual licensing is as follows;

  • £269 for Video Slave 4
  • £419 for Video Slave 4 Pro
  • £779 for ADR Master Editor
  • £2259 for ADR Master Studio

Includes all 4.x updates for Video Slave 4 and all 1.x updates for ADR Master.

Uses the PACE licensing system with machine or iLok licensing.

Monthly subscription plan is as follows;

  • £14.99 per month for Video Slave 4
  • £23.99 per month for Video Slave 4 Pro
  • £42.99 per month for ADR Master Editor
  • £109.99 per month for ADR Master Studio

1 year plan (includes major upgrades) minimum commitment 12 months.

Uses NLA licensing system with online activations.


More info

For more information visit http://www.video-slave.com




About Non-Lethal Applications

Founded by Florian (Flo) Loferer, Non-Lethal Applications is a software development company based in Southern Germany.

Flo was looking for an affordable, professional and dependable video playback solution that could work with popular DAWs like Pro Tools, Nuendo, Cubase, Logic and Studio One. He started to ask composers and those working in post-production what there was and soon found out that nothing existed to meet his requirements.

They say that necessity is the mother of invention, and so with a book on Objective-C in one hand he started to write code for the software he and others were looking for: that software became Video Slave. He laughs now because he says the first versions he showed around studios did the job but in his words 'were pretty ugly'. Thankfully that's no longer the case.

Fast forward to today and Video Slave is now in its fourth version and is fast becoming the go-to software for composers, producers, engineers and live producers for rock solid synchronized video playback.

From humble beginnings Non-Lethal Applications have found fans in all sorts of places, with our software being used on top movies, TV, commercials, live theater, opera, pop concerts, and in houses of worship. Non-Lethal Applications also make iOS applications for use in studios.



<![CDATA[The Musical Power Of Pigments]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/the-musical-power-of-pigments Wed, 12 Dec 2018 15:02:21 GMT

Arturia announce release of Pigments
advanced software synthesizer
Pigments is the latest software synthesizer from instrument creators Arturia. Combining the best of two worlds, it features hugely powerful, cutting-edge wavetable synthesis alongside their award-winning virtual analog technology.

After spending 20 years analyzing and emulating the best synthesizers ever made, they have now used their expertise to create an original, uniquely “Arturia” software synthesizer. Pigments offers exceptional sound thanks to its hugely powerful architecture and lightning-fast workflow that makes complex modulations easy, fast, and fun.

Arturia promises that while Pigments can sound like other synths, no other synth can sound like Pigments. It is truly a 21st century instrument that will become the go-to choice for all producers, sound designers, and synth-fans alike thanks to its extraordinary features and tempting price.

Pigments has some colorful tricks up its sleeve. In fact, it can do things other synthesizers simply cannot do. These include:

• AScale quantized pitch modulations to build complex melodic sequences
• Continuous unison controls that can be modulated, with classic and chord modes
• Extensive waveshaping options for the wavetable oscillator, with great aliasing control
• The usual modulation sources and some more unconventional ones like the Turing and Binary random generators
• Powerful gate/retrig handling for modulators. Perfect to inspire unusual rhythmic sequences or self-generating patches
• Polyrhythmic sequencer with a strong emphasis on randomness, with scale control to remain musical

At a glance, here are its key features:

Two engines in parallel: the best of both worlds
• Virtual Analog triple oscillator engine
• Complex Wavetable engine with morphing and import

Twin filters: dozens to choose from
• Classic filters from V Collection instruments
• Modern filters like surgeon and comb
• Continuous series/parallel routing

Powerful effects section: an all-in-one solution
• 13 stunning effects, including wavefolder, overdrive, parametric EQ, and delay
• Insert or Send routing options with drag and drop for easy switching
• All the essential parameters can be modulated

Advanced modulation system: modulate anything with anything
• Graphical editing, source-based or destination-based
• Envelopes, LFOs, Function generators, Random sources
• 4 assignable Macros to control multiple parameters at once

Visual interface: understand your sound
• Graphical representation of the most important modules
• Living, moving waveform to see your sound come alive

Polyrhythmic Sequencer and Arpeggiator: get creative
• Create complex, custom and evolving sequences or arps

Extensive factory preset library: learn from the masters
• Hundreds of presets from awesome artists and experienced sound designers, including Jeremy Savage, Starcadian, Cubic Spline, Mord Fustang, and Jörg Hüttner
• Highlighted “notes” to show which parameters are recommended to tweak
Until 10 January 2019, anyone can enjoy Pigments for free.

To give this exciting new-generation software synthesizer the launch it deserves, Pigments will be available to experience for free for a full month after its release.

Users wishing to buy Pigments during this promotional month will be able to purchase it for only $149 / 149€.

Exclusive deals will be available for existing Arturia customers and V Collection owners.
For more information, including specs, sound demos, and videos, visit the official Pigments page on the Arturia website :

Founded in Grenoble, France, in 1999, Arturia specialises in the development of music software and hardware for professional and amateur musicians. They are a team of passionate people, dedicated to musicians. Their aim is to create original and different instruments, imagine new experiences, and reinvent products. Operating in 55 countries, they have offices in France, the USA, Mexico, and the UK.
<![CDATA[PreSonus Ships Quantum 4848 Audio Interface]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/presonus-ships-quantum-4848-audio-interface Wed, 12 Dec 2018 14:56:47 GMT


PreSonus Ships Quantum 4848 Audio Interface for Recording Professionals
Quantum 4848. 
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, September 2018… PreSonus® is shipping the new Quantum 4848 24-bit, 192 kHz, Thunderbolt™ audio interface, a professional recording solution that includes the company’s Studio One® Professional recording, mixing, and mastering software for macOS® and Windows®. The 1U rack-mount Quantum 4848 features high-quality A/D/A converters with 120 dB dynamic range on every input and output and offers 32 channels of DB25 line-level I/O for bringing vintage and boutique analog gear into your DAW and back with near-zero latency and pristine signal quality. 

An additional 16 channels of ADAT Optical I/O are available to add Lightpipe-equipped digital gear, or extend your analog I/O to 48x48 by connecting two PreSonus DigiMax DP88 A/D/A converters with recallable XMAX Class A preamps and line-level inputs. BNC word clock I/O and low-jitter clocking ensure the Quantum 4848 and other digital audio devices operate in tight sync for superior imaging. The unit’s front-panel level meters can be switched between input and output monitoring. 

For applications requiring more than 48 channels, up to 4 Quantum 4848 interfaces can be stacked via Thunderbolt to create a 192x192 system. Alternatively, the Quantum 4848 can be stacked with any Quantum-series interface to add recallable XMAX mic preamps, SPDIF I/O, and MIDI I/O. The Quantum 4848’s second Thunderbolt port also can be used to add peripherals such as hard drives.

As with other Quantum-series interfaces, the Quantum 4848 uses proprietary Thunderbolt™ drivers for macOS® and Windows® to deliver ultra-low-latency performance while maximizing efficiency. Even at higher buffer sizes, Quantum-series interfaces deliver consistent low-latency performance. DAW monitoring allows you to manage your session and your musicians’ monitor mixes from a single window.

The Quantum 4848 is compatible with any recording software that supports Core Audio (macOS) or ASIO (Windows) and includes PreSonus’ Studio One Professional to provide you with a complete recording solution, from tracking to mastering. Studio One Professional’s Pipeline plug-in lets you insert hardware processors into your Studio One session with automatic latency compensation, so your outboard gear can be used with the same flexibility as a plug-in in your session. You also get the Studio Magic Plug-in Suite, a collection of seven plug-ins from leading developers.

Some DAWs limit your I/O access when you use third-party audio interfaces. The Quantum 4848 resolves this by providing three Channel Profile modes that allow you to adapt the input and output channel configuration when the application you’re using limits you to 32 inputs and outputs. Set the Quantum 4848 to use 32 analog inputs with 16 channels of ADAT, 24 analog inputs with 8 channels of ADAT, or 16 analog inputs with 16 channels of ADAT to customize the assortment of analog and digital inputs for your needs. Or launch Studio One Professional to record up to 192 simultaneous inputs. 

The Quantum 4848 is available immediately at PreSonus dealers for an anticipated U.S. street price of $1,499.95. For more information, visit www.presonus.com/products/Quantum-4848.
Quantum 4848 front view. 
Quantum 4848 rear view. 
About PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc.
Founded in 1995, PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc., is a leading designer and manufacturer of audio-recording and live-sound software, hardware, and related accessories. PreSonus's software, microphone preamps, signal processors, digital audio interfaces, digital mixers, control surfaces, loudspeakers, and other products are used worldwide for recording, sound reinforcement, broadcast, sound design, and Internet audio.
<![CDATA[Psytrance For Sylenth 2]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/psytrance-for-sylenth-2 Tue, 11 Dec 2018 13:48:33 GMT



It’s new release day and this week we’ve got Psytrance For Sylenth 2, the perfect Psy companion.

Zenhiser Pack: Psytrance For Sylenth 2

Price: $60.00 AUD

Direct Link: http://www.zenhiser.com/psytrance-for-sylenth-2-presets.html



<![CDATA[Waves Introduces The Dave Audé Producer Pack]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/waves-introduces-the-dave-aud-producer-pack Tue, 11 Dec 2018 13:33:28 GMT
Waves Introduces the Dave Audé Producer Pack
KNOXVILLE, TN, December 11, 2018Waves Audio, the world’s leading developer of professional audio signal processing technologies and leading maker of audio plugins for mixing, music production, mastering, sound design, broadcast, post-production and live sound, introduces the Dave Audé Producer Pack, eight plugins hand-picked by GRAMMY®-winning music producer Dave Audé (Sting, Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Lady Gaga), featuring a versatile selection of virtual instruments, effects and mixing tools for your music production needs.
With more number-one dance club hits than any other producer on the Billboard charts, Dave Audé is one of the music industry’s most in-demand producers. He’s put together a diverse collection of premium instruments, plus vocal and drum mixing essentials, to give your tracks that industry sheen and polish. 
Jam-packed with precision sample libraries and effects to light up your creativity, this pack is perfect whether you’re just starting out or are looking to expand an existing collection of production tools. 
Dave Audé comments about his Producer Pack plugins:
  • Codex Wavetable Synth: “If you’re producing anything that sounds new and modern, you need this synth. If you want to sound original and not use the same sounds and patches as everyone else, then you need to dive head first into this one.”
  • Sibilance: “Everyone needs this transparent, easy-to-use de-esser in their arsenal – essential for anyone producing or mixing any type of vocal.” 
  • Smack Attack: “Another essential tool for any modern producer. At the end of a mix, use this to pop up missing percussion tracks – I use it on loops to soften up kick or snare drums that might be fighting with the main drums in the mix.”
  • OneKnob Pumper: “Who really has time to set up sidechains? That’s why this auto-sidechaining plugin is used in all my sessions to get the bass and kick pumping together. Quick, easy automatic ducking effect – with just one knob.” 
  • Electric Grand 80 Piano: “This is a beautiful piano from my favorite era – the 80s.”
  • Electric 88 Piano: “A great-sounding 70s Rhodes-style piano; ultra-dope with fuzz or distortion-type effects.”
  • Electric 200 Piano: “This Wurlitzer-type piano will be your go-to when you’re looking for that Beach Boys/Supertramp-type sound. It suits anything from retro 60s, 70s and 80s to modern pop and R&B.”
  • Bass Slapper: “I don’t play bass guitar, but I do play piano! This is as close to a real bass as you’re gonna get. My favorite thing about it is being able to move the fretboard; and the effects are a big bonus.” 
Dave Audé Producer Pack features:
  • Eight industry-standard instruments and plugins for music producers
  • Hand-picked by GRAMMY-award winning producer/DJ/remixer Dave Audé
  • Includes five premium synth, piano and bass instruments
  • Includes plugins for automatic kick/bass sidechaining, vocal de-essing and drum shaping
  • All instruments are NKS-ready for NI Komplete Kontrol and Maschine
  • All instruments include high-definition & standard sample libraries 
For more information, please visit https://www.waves.com/bundles/dave-aude-producer-pack.
Waves Dave Audé Producer Pack
About Waves Audio Ltd.:
Waves is the world’s leading developer of audio DSP solutions for the professional, broadcast, and consumer electronics audio markets. Since its start in the early '90s with the introduction of the Q10 equalizer plugin, Waves has gone on to develop a comprehensive line of over 150 audio plugins, including industry standards like the L1 and L2 Ultramaximizers, popular vintage console models, and innovative mixing tools like Vocal Rider and the Artist Signature Series. For its accomplishments, Waves received a Technical GRAMMY® Award in 2011, and the Q10 was selected as an inductee into the TECnology Hall of Fame. In 2016, Waves released the eMotion LV1 mixer, a revolutionary live digital mixing console that provides real-time audio mixing for front-of-house, monitor, studio and broadcast engineers. Waves technologies are now used to improve sound quality in virtually every sector of the audio market, from recording, mixing, mastering and post-production to broadcast, live sound, and consumer electronics. Waves has over 25 years of expertise in the development of psychoacoustic signal processing algorithms that leverage knowledge of human auditory perception to radically improve perceived sound quality. Waves’ award-winning processors are utilized to improve sound quality in the creation of hit records, major motion pictures, and top-selling video games worldwide. Waves offers computer software and hardware-plus-software solutions for the professional and broadcast markets. The company’s WavesLive division is a market leader in all live sound sectors, spearheading the development of solutions for all live platforms. Under its Maxx brand, Waves offers semiconductor and licensable algorithms for consumer electronics applications. Waves technologies dramatically enhance audio performance and are used by industry leaders such as Dell, Google, Fitbit, Acer, Asus, Hisense and more.

All other product names and trademarks are the property of their respective owners, which are in no way associated or affiliated with Waves. 
<![CDATA[Roland Virtual Sonics Adds SRX DANCE TRAX To Legendary Series]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/roland-virtual-sonics-adds-srx-dance-trax-to-legendary-series Mon, 10 Dec 2018 14:45:14 GMT


Roland Virtual Sonics Adds SRX DANCE TRAX to Legendary Series


Roland Cloud presents SRX DANCE TRAX, created in the spirit of Roland's
seminal hardware board with reimagined versatility.



Seattle, WA, December 10, 2018 - Roland Cloud presents SRX DANCE TRAX, created in the spirit of Roland's seminal hardware board with reimagined versatility.



In the early 2000s, Roland’s SRX series of expansion boards were an innovative way of adding fresh flavors to your synth. Installed directly into Roland hardware, each board created a tiny genre-centric world of its own. From classic piano spreads (celebrated in Roland Cloud with our SRX KEYBOARDS VST) to strings and woodwinds, the SRX series expanded players’ pallets and opened new creative doors.

"Supreme Dance," the fifth entry in the SRX-series was a collaboration between Roland and Spectrasonics. Catered to dance, hip-hop, and electronica, the original hardware version sampled waveforms of vintage and contemporary synths including Junos, the JP-8000, and many others, resulting in a robust collection of sounds: from lush synths to brazen drums.



Roland Cloud presents SRX DANCE TRAX, created in the spirit of Roland's seminal hardware board with reimagined versatility. SRX DANCE TRAX provides a huge variety of sounds geared towards getting you on the dance floor. Whether you’re creating techno, house, trance, or drum ‘n’ bass, this menagerie of sounds will elevate your compositions into foot-stomping party anthems. Roland Cloud’s SRX DANCE TRAX collection comes equipped with 312 patches, 24 Rhythm sets, and 818 Waveforms, all with the inimitable quality of the original board. Included are rattling synth basses, crisp leads, and 82 hits and stabs to populate your bangers with unparalleled creativity.



The heart of any dance song is its backbeat. SRX DANCE TRAX offers the largest collection of individual drums heretofore available upon the release of the original product. In fact, upon the inception of the original board, Roland went to the whiteboard with top engineers and producers around the globe. Even without processing, these beats thump and pulse. Add in the rich onboard multi-effects processing and flexible patch parameters and bring the dancefloor magic of the early aughts to your DAW.


Let the groove carry you.



  • 78 different multi-effects including multi-step flanger, rotary speaker, ring modulator, multistage phaser, and dozens more
  • Amp Simulator with JC-120, 5150 Metal and more
  • Manages 128 memories as one bank
  • Ultra-flexible patch parameters
  • Maximum Polyphony: 128 voices
  • Tone Memory Type 2 Types (Patch/Rhythm Set)
  • Effects Multi Effects: 78 Chorus: 3 Reverb: 5
  • Sampling Frequency: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176.4 kHz, 192 kHz
  • Memories per bank: 128


More Information 

Visit: www.rolandcloud.com/catalog/legendary/srx-dance-trax



Roland Cloud presents SRX DANCE TRAX



About Roland Virtual Sonics

Roland Virtual Sonics LLC. represents the joint venture between Roland Corporation and Seattle based Virtual Sonics. Roland Cloud represents a cloud-based suite of high-fidelity instruments, connected services and software for modern music creators and producers. Roland Cloud revolutionizes the current musical ecosystem by leveraging the cloud to connect musical artists to their sounds, their workflow and most-importantly, each other.


Flowing from Roland Cloud are a myriad of new, high-fidelity virtual instruments. Roland Cloud delivers innovation on all fronts, from the revolutionary and cutting-edge way digital instruments are captured to the way they are delivered to popular digital workstations. As an ecosystem, Roland Cloud's community of music and media creators can expect the ability to express their creative aspirations in intuitive ways never before imagined.

<![CDATA[VocoPro Delivers New 15” Powered DJ/Karaoke Party Speaker With RGB Derby Light]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/vocopro-delivers-new-15-powered-djkaraoke-party-speaker-with-rgb-derby-light Mon, 10 Dec 2018 14:41:48 GMT


VocoPro Delivers New 15” Powered DJ/Karaoke Party Speaker With RGB Derby Light


LOS ANGELES, Calif. Dec. 10, 2018—For karaoke singers and musicians seeking an all-in-one powered speaker with professional DJ light show, audio leader VocoPro today announced its new Thunder-1500.

Billed as a total entertainment solution, Vocopro’s Thunder-1500 powered speaker combines a powered speaker with professional DJ lights adding vivid light shows effortlessly to any club or home setting. The audience will feel the music when the 15-inch woofer pumps out 1,000 watts of peak power* The built-in LED derby light flashes out professional light shows that dance to the sound of the music. All Thunder series models are battery powered and have both guitar and microphone inputs. Thunder speakers can also be linked wirelessly via built-in Bluetooth or an RCA signal cable OR through a wireless speaker transmitter/receiver. VocoPro also offers a 12-inch speaker model in this series called the Thunder-1200. 


  • New generation of DJ/Karaoke party speaker with both professional derby light and RGB woofer light
  • 1,000 watt peak power (120W RMS) producing balanced highs, mids and lows for indoor or outdoor use
  • Built-in mixer/preamp supports microphone and guitar
  • Supports Bluetooth / line / USB / SD /TF/FM For the ultimate playback diversity
  • Battery powered for hours of playback, also can be powered from 110V wall outlet or 12V DC car adapter*

*Car adapter not included




Pricing for VocoPro Thunder-1500
MAP:  $279.00 USD
Retail: $339.00 USD

Pricing for VocoPro Thunder-1200
MAP:  $229.00 USD
Retail: $279.00 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[iCON Pro Audio Announces Availability Of QCon Pro G2 Universal Control Surface And QCon EX G2 Extender]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/icon-pro-audio-announces-availability-of-qcon-pro-g2-universal-control-surface-and-qcon-ex-g2-extender Mon, 10 Dec 2018 14:34:55 GMT


iCON Pro Audio announces availability of QCon Pro G2 universal control surface and accompanying QCon EX G2 extender



NASHVILLE, TN, USA: high-quality, professional-grade musical equipment provider iCON Pro Audio is proud to announce availability of its QCon Pro G2 USB-MIDI Controller Station and QCon EX G2 USB-MIDI Controller Station — namely, next-generation versions of its full-featured, eight-channel universal control surface (with Mackie Control and HUI emulation to support most major DAWs) and accompanying extender, which adds an additional eight channels (and allows the system to be expanded to 32 channels with three extenders) — as of December 10...


As an all-new, next-generation version of its full-featured, eight-channel universal control surface, iCON Pro Audio’s appropriately-named QCon Pro G2 USB-MIDI Controller Station sports nine motorised faders — eight channel faders, plus one master fader, each 100mm in length and featuring 10-bit resolution, allowing for small and accurate adjustments during recording and mixing endeavours; eight multi- purpose push encoders, each surrounded by 11 LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) which light up to indicate relative position of rotation so users do not need to take their eyes (and ears) off the ball by glancing back at the host computer; 78 assignable buttons — including illuminated channel Rec (record), Solo, Mute, and Sel (select), as well as six illuminated (Play, Stop, Rec, Rewind, FastForward, and Loop) Transport buttons; a Jog shuttle wheel; and two External Controls connections on 1/4-inch TRS jacks for receiving (optional) SPD-01 foot pedals to activate selected functions. Furthermore, 12-segment LED level meters are provided for each channel, and a large backlit LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) shows channel names and parameter values. Additionally, a 12-segment LED display is also provided for SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) or MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) beat clock information.


iCON Pro Audio’s QCon Pro G2 USB-MIDI Controller Station supports Mackie Control and HUI emulation to control its user’s favourite DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) and comes complete with overlays for most popular DAWs, including Ableton Live, Adobe Audition, Apple Logic Pro, Avid Pro Tools, BandLab Technologies Cakewalk by BandLab (formerly Cakewalk SONAR), Bitwig Studio, Cockos REAPER, Image Line FL Studio, MAGIX Samplitude, MOTU Digital Performer, PreSonus Studio One, Propellerhead Reason, and last, but not least, Steinberg Cubase and Nuendo.


Not content with ‘universal’ DAW compatibility, iCON Pro Audio also provides proprietary iMapTM self-MIDI-mapping software for the user- defined (MIDI Learn) mode, meaning users could, for example, assign those motorised faders to control specific virtual instrument or effect plug-in functions; freely riding them while playing an orchestral strings sample library can create more realistic recorded performances and arrangements. Almost anything is possible!


Perfectly class-compliant with Windows (XP, Vista, 7/8/10), and Mac (OS X 10.10 Yosemite and older, OS X 10.11 El Capitan, macOS 10.12 Sierra, macOS 10.13 High Sierra), and featuring a high-speed USB 2.0 connection, the QCon Pro G2 USB-MIDI Controller Station is expandable to 32 channels using three USB 2.0 connection-equipped QCon EX G2 USB-MIDI Controller Station extenders — equally class- compliant, of course.


Coinciding with the all new, next-generation QCon Pro G2 USB-MIDI Controller Station’s availability, the also-available QCon EX G2 USB- MIDI Controller Station similarly facilitates intuitive tactile control over sessions. Set levels, fine-tune EQs and effects, record automation, punch in and out of recordings — all at a user’s fingertips. Furthermore, it is outfitted with eight motorised channel faders, eight multi- purpose push encoders, and two foot pedal connectors; again, 12-segment LED level meters are provided for each channel, and a large backlit LCD shows channel names and parameter values — replicating its QCon Pro G2 USB-MIDI Controller Station sibling’s eight channel strips, in other words.


With a fully-expanded, 32-channel QCon Pro G2 USB-MIDI Controller Station and QCon EX G2 USB-MIDI Controller Station system in place, perhaps owners could consider expanding its collective connectivity capabilities courtesy of iCON Pro Audio’s OneHub, providing power for four devices on a single plug while also acting as a USB (Universal Serial Bus) hub for a QCon Pro G2 USB-MIDI Controller Station and (up to) three QCon EX G2 USB-MIDI Controller Station expanders. Either way, with or without any accompanying expanders, iCON Pro Audio’s all-new, next-generation version of its full-featured, eight-channel universal control surface surely is a flexible force to be reckoned with — which will seriously enhance anyone’s workflow, whatever their favourite DAW might be!


iCON Pro Audio’s QCon Pro G2 USB-MIDI Controller Station and QCon EX G2 USB-MIDI Controller Station are available through the company’s growing global network of distributors (https://iconproaudio.com/distributors/), respectively priced at $549.99 USD/€499.00 EUR and $499.99 USD/€399.00 EUR.


For more in-depth information, please visit the dedicated QCon Pro G2 USB-MIDI Controller Station webpage here:



For more in-depth information, please visit the dedicated QCon EX G2 USB-MIDI Controller Station webpage here:



Watch iCON Pro Audio’s illuminating introductory video for its QCon Pro G2 USB-MIDI Controller Station and QCon EX G2 USB-MIDI Controller Station here: https://youtu.be/uajdnilwwrg


Watch iCON Pro Audio Marketing Coordinator Nadir Omowale’s user-friendly QCon Pro G2 USB-MIDI Controller Station and QCon EX G2 USB-MIDI Controller Station setup video here: https://youtu.be/Z5ths9IlHlk


About iCON Pro Audio (www.iconproaudio.com)

iCON Pro Audio’s products power creative projects in studios all over the world.With operations in the United States, Europe, China, and Hong Kong, its goal is to provide high-quality, professional-grade musical equipment at affordable prices. Presently manufacturing over 150 products that are sold in over 60 countries, professionals worldwide trust those products’ proven build quality and innovative design day in, day out. Originally founded as iCON Digital Limited in 1997 by a group of music technology veterans from the US, Hong Kong, and Germany, their mission was to create a company that would manufacture quality gear at an economical cost for all musicians. Mission accomplished, today iCON Pro Audio owns and operates development, manufacturing, and administrative facilities in Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China, while the US location in Nashville,Tennessee, manages international marketing, customer support, and development teams.The future looks bright, thanks to a unique international development team and an industry-leading product portfolio ranging from MIDI control surfaces and keyboard controllers, audio interfaces, studio monitors, and microphones through to a myriad of accessories, all catering to performance and studio setups of all shapes and sizes. Stimulated by musicians, engineers, and enthusiasts, product ideas are brought to reality through a unique R&D effort involving in-house engineers in the US, Europe, and Asia. Aligned with an unwavering commitment to customer service and support, the company collectively strives to provide an unmatched customer service experience for musicians and media professionals everywhere.


© 2018 iCON Pro Audio


<![CDATA[ThaLoops Launches New Ethnic Hip Hop Shots Sample Pack]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/thaloops-launches-new-ethnic-hip-hop-shots-sample-pack Mon, 10 Dec 2018 14:15:52 GMT


ThaLoops Launches Christmas Sale with a New Ethnic Sample Pack



ThaLoops has released Ethnic Hip Hop Shots sample pack to launch site-wide Christmas Sale. The sample pack includes rare, ethnic instrument one-shot samples that you can use to make groovy ethnic hip-hop beats. These sounds will add an ethnic vibe to your sound and help your beats stand out from the crowd. Real ethnic sounds is an important ingredient to make beats in styles of Scott Storch, Timbaland, Swizz Beatz.


The pack includes over one hundred one-shot samples designed for ethnic hip-hop production. Samples of instruments such as Bouzouki, Dizi, Ghuchin, Koto, Native Flute, Ruan, Suling and Tanpura are programmed for loading to your favorite VST sampler with ease. (Maschine, Sample One Presonus, Battery, Kontakt or just any DAW) Layer ethnic hip-hop samples over your synth melodies or jam to create catchy hooks. All ethnic instruments have been performed by professional musicians and are royalty free.


Ethnic Hip Hop Shots is available at ThaLoops store as a special Christmas pack, priced at $7. For more information visit:




Demo on Soundcloud.com






<![CDATA[Applied Acoustics Systems Releases The String Studio VS-3 String Oscillator Synthesizer Plug-in]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/applied-acoustics-systems-releases-the-string-studio-vs-3-string-oscillator-synthesizer-plug-in Fri, 7 Dec 2018 15:29:56 GMT


Applied Acoustics Systems releases the String Studio VS-3 string oscillator synthesizer plug-in



Montreal, Quebec—December 6, 2018—Applied Acoustics Systems announces the official release of String Studio VS-3—an all-new version of its string oscillator synthesizer for Mac OS X and Windows.


String Studio VS-3 is a synthesizer in which a collection of unique string oscillators replaces the traditional VCOs, DCOs, and operators as the main sound source. Consisting of picks, bows, and hammers interacting with a modelled string, these oscillators offer a special blend of modern and creative synthesis. Augmented with a soundboard, classic filters, an enveloppe generator, a LFO, and studio-quality effects, String Studio VS-3 proposes a brand-new path in the quest for tone.


“This new version is all about adding new dimensions to the distinctive sonic signature of String Studio,” says Eric Thibeault, product designer at Applied Acoustics Systems. “String Studio VS-3 is now multitimbral. Combining two independent String Studio synthesis engines opens up a whole new world in terms of content. We’ve also added per-layer modulators that allow sound designers to make sound variations an integral part of the design process. Most importantly, a huge effort has been put into the factory library to exploit all these new possibilities. Each and every sounds were fine-tuned to provide a consistent gain-stage, unity-gain effects, better dynamics, and compelling MIDI-controlled sound transformation assignments.​ ​We’re confident that you’ll love this new iteration of String Studio.”


AAS String Studio VS-3 – String Oscillator Synthesizer

The String Studio VS-3 plug-ins run on both Windows and Mac OS X in 64-bit host sequencers that support the VST2, VST3, Audio Units, AAX Native, and NKS formats.


50% Off Introductory Pricing

String Studio VS-3 is available now at a suggested retail price of US$199. Upgrades for String Studio VS-1 and VS-2 registered users are priced at $79. Until January 21, 2019, everything String Studio VS-3 is offered with an introductory discount of 50% and include the newly released String Theory sound pack by sound designer Adam Pietruszko—an extra US$39 value. Introductory prices are as follows:


– The String Studio VS-3 plug-in US$99
– The String Studio VS-3 +PACKS bundle US$149
– The String Studio VS-3 Upgrade +STRING THEORY for String Studio VS-1 and VS-2 users US$39
– All String Studio VS-3 sound packs US$19


String Studio VS-3 +PACKS bundles the String Studio VS-3 plug-in, the new String Theory sound pack, and seven (7) additional sound packs.


For the time of the promotion, the String Studio VS-3 Upgrade for String Studio VS-1 and String Studio VS-2 users includes the new String Theory sound pack.



About Applied Acoustics Systems

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






<![CDATA[ZYLIA ZM-1 360-Degree Sound Recording System Now Available]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/zylia-zm-1-360-degree-sound-recording-system-now-available Fri, 7 Dec 2018 15:23:13 GMT


Acclaimed ZYLIA ZM-1 360-Degree Sound Recording System Available for Sale in the United States

Uniquely Powerful Yet Affordable Multitrack Recording Solution Can Be Ordered at www.zylia.co Across the United States



POZNAN, Poland Dec. 7, 2018 — Zylia, the Poland-based manufacturer of multitrack audio recording technologies, today announced that its acclaimed ZYLIA ZM-1 microphone is now available for sale in the United States. Designed for bands and musical ensembles, sound engineers, podcasters, and audio creatives working in 3D audio, Ambisonics, and virtual reality, the new ZYLIA ZM-1 is an incredibly light, compact, and beautifully designed recording solution capable of delivering 48 kilohertz/24-bit resolution while capturing the full spatial sound scene.


The microphone is available for purchase online in the United States through B&H:https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/Shop-by-Brand-Zylia/ci/4/phd/6683/N/4294255798


"We're happy to share the remarkable technology of ZYLIA ZM-1 with musicians and audio engineers in the United States," said Zylia co-founder and chief operating officer Piotr Szczechowiak. "We think people will be impressed by its performance and attractive pricing."


The ZYLIA ZM-1 is a spherical microphone comprising 19 high-quality MEMS microphone capsules and offering 360-degree sound capture that can be configured and manipulated using ZYLIA Studio, ZYLIA Studio PRO, and ZYLIA Ambisonics Converter software. The ZYLIA ZM-1 can autodetect sound sources from around the microphone and then capture that sound into the software as separate tracks for further editing on a digital audio workstation. The system is very portable and requires only a USB connection to Mac or PC for both data transfer and power supply.


More information about Zylia and its technologies is available at www.zylia.co.



The innovative and unique ZYLIA ZM-1 microphone system from Zylia is now available for sale in the United States.



About Zylia

Zylia develops innovative, world-class recording technologies and turns them into products that improve the lives of musicians and audio creatives. With a passionate and dedicated team of almost 20 experts in music production, audio research, software, business and product development, the company crafts and delivers products with the potential to redefine and revolutionize the way sound and musical performances are recorded and produced. Leveraging their personal experience as musicians and tech gurus, along with input from music and audio communities around the world, Zylia's experts bring musicians agile recording tools that make it easy to be creative in any environment.

Product or service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.


<![CDATA[Positive Grid Announces Free BIAS FX LE Guitar Effects Processor From December 7 - 9, 2018 ]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/positive-grid-announces-free-bias-fx-le-guitar-effects-processor-from-december-7---9-2018 Fri, 7 Dec 2018 15:19:20 GMT

Positive Grid Announces Free BIAS FX LE Guitar Effects Processor from December 7 - 9, 2018
San Diego, CA – December 7, 2018 – Positive Grid announces that users worldwide can now download the BIAS FX LE Amp-And-Effects processor for free for a limited time from December 7 - 9, 2018. BIAS FX LE gives users a taste of the fully featured BIAS FX Pro in a smaller package.Download it here.
Included are 3 amps plus 6 effects – the authentic-sounding ‘77 Silvertone (Clean), ‘69 Plexiglas (Crunch), and ‘92 Treadplate (High Gain) amplifiers. It also includes a range of great-sounding effect pedals for users to expand their effects arsenal: a Treble Boost, 6 band EQ, a 808 OD stomp box, a Chorus, plus digital delay and reverb pedals.

During this holiday season, users will be able to upgrade from the free version to both BIAS FX Standard and Professional for 50% OFF regular price. BIAS FX is designed from the ground up with a no-compromise mindset on sound quality. With all the latest algorithms from Positive Grid’s audio signal processing research, it provides detailed, authentic emulations of a treasure trove of analog pedals and studio racks. Plus dual custom BIAS Amp Match models and dual signal chains. Users also can share and download thousands of pedalboards on the cloud via ToneCloud, Positive Grid’s cloud-based tone community. 

Learn more and download BIAS FX LE for FREE at positivegrid.com.
About Positive Grid:
Based in California, Positive Grid has satellite operations in Germany, Italy, Australia and Taiwan. The company began in 2008 by designing and developing a core technology base, and focuses on delivering superior and highly creative experiences for musicians in both hardware and software. Positive Grid’s current product portfolio features some of the best-selling solutions in the industry for guitar technology, including not only BIAS AMP and BIAS FX software, but also JamUp, X Drummer and their award-winning line of guitar amp and pedal hardware. Find out more at positivegrid.com.
<![CDATA[Look What Just Popped Up Again]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/look-what-just-popped-up-again Fri, 7 Dec 2018 15:16:22 GMT






'Popped Up 4' marks the much-anticipated return of this bestselling Pop series inspired by Platinum-selling artists. If you're looking for vocal synths, you cannot afford to miss this release, which is bursting with catchy, sliced and diced vocal snippets. Lush chords, relaxed stabs, guitar lines and undulating drums form the backbone of these accessible Construction Kits, which are just waiting for a vocal topline to be added.

With some of the best vocal synths we've heard, writer-friendly chord progressions and engaging drum patterns, these Kits will ensure your next artist pitch has the Future Pop sound covered.


In addition to audio content, you'll also find MIDI files for the majority of the melodic phrases heard in each Kit, allowing you to substitute your favourite synths and samplers for the pre-rendered audio. Tail files are included where possible, meaning you can end a phrase with the natural decay of the instrument - there's no need to worry about the listener noticing when your sample suddenly ends!


And of course, all files are provided in 44.1kHz/24-Bit quality meaning they're ready to drag and drop straight into your projects at full fidelity. ACID/WAV, Apple Loops, Reason Refill, REX2 & Ableton Live Pack formats are available for purchase separately.


Product Specifications:

• 5 Construction Kits
• 149 Audio Files
• 22 MIDI Files
• 44.1kHz/24-Bit
• Apple Loops
• REX2
• Ableton Live Pack 8.1.3
• Refill
• 100% Royalty-Free



Price and Availability:

'Popped Up 4’ is available for instant download exclusively at ProducerLoops.com for £19.95 / 23,40 EUR. More information is available at: https://www.producerloops.com




<![CDATA[Legendary Guitarist Peter Frampton To Receive The Les Paul Innovation Award At 34th Annual NAMM TEC Awards]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/legendary-guitarist-peter-frampton-to-receive-the-les-paul-innovation-award-at-34th-annual-namm-tec-awards Thu, 6 Dec 2018 15:14:19 GMT

Legendary Guitarist Peter Frampton to Receive The Les Paul Innovation Award at 34th Annual NAMM TEC Awards

CARLSBAD, Calif.– December 6, 2018 –GRAMMY® award-winning guitarist, singer, songwriter, and innovator Peter Frampton will receive the prestigious Les Paul Innovation Award at the 34thAnnual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards (NAMM TEC Awards), being held Saturday, January 26, 2019, in Anaheim, CA. The award is given to those individuals who personify the innovative thinking of Les Paul, the Father of Modern of Music. The Les Paul Foundation partners with NAMM each year to honorthe individuals that have set the highest standards of excellence in the creative application of recording technology, which also celebrates the legacy of the late, great Les Paul. 
Frampton notes, “It is a distinct honor to receive the Les Paul Innovation Award. I would say that many of my career highlights occurred while holding an instrument in my hands that bears Les Paul’s name. I was lucky enough to know him personally, and I owe him so much. He was a wonderful character as well as a genius! An incredible guitar player as well as the inventor of so much music technology. Les changed the way we record forever. I can only hope that I’ve been able to make a fraction of the positive impact that Les Paul made in his iconic career.”
Frampton is one of music’s renaissance men, having begun a career in his early teens, and still making his mark today in the areas of recording and touring. A multi-platinum-selling artist, he recently celebrated the 42ndanniversary of his fifth solo album, Frampton Comes Alive!, an album that remains one of the top-selling live records of all time with over 17 million copies sold worldwide. In 2007 he won the GRAMMY award for “Best Pop Instrumental Album” for Fingerprintsand in 2014 was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame.
“Peter Frampton remains one of the most skillful and celebrated artists in rock history. He also was a friend of Les Paul’s and has played a pivotal role in helping the Foundation keep Les’s legacy alive,” shared Michael Braunstein, Executive Director, The Les Paul Foundation. “Like Les, he is an undeniable master of his instrument and in many ways ahead of his time. We are honored to have Peter join the impressive list of Les Paul Innovation Award recipients.”  
Frampton’s storied career began at 16 as the lead singer and guitarist for the British bandThe Herd. By 18, he co-founded one of the first supergroups – the seminal rock actHumble Pie. His touring years have included work with a whos-who of the top names in music, such as David Bowie, Stevie Nicks, Gregg Allman, Ringo Starr, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cheap Trick, Steve Miller Band, Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings, and many others. Additionally, he took his eponymous Peter Frampton's Guitar Circus on the road for two years with special guests B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Vince Gill, Larry Carlton, Robert Randolph, Don Felder (formerly of The Eagles), Dean DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots), Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Sonny Landreth, Robert Cray, and Roger McGuinn (The Byrds)
His session work includes collaborations with artists who have made their mark on the industry including George Harrison, Harry Nilsson, Jerry Lee Lewis, John Entwistle, Mike McCready, and Matt Cameron (Pearl Jam), among many others.
Frampton’s talent has also stretched beyond music and into the realm of television and film. He was called upon by Oscar-winning writer/director Cameron Crowe to serve as technical advisor for the film Almost Famous (2000) and even appeared in the film and composed several songs for the soundtrack. Frampton has appeared as himself in The Simpsons and Family Guy.

Les Paul invented the solid body electric guitar, multi-track recording, overdubbing, echo, reverb and numerous other recording techniques. Without Les Paul, the music industry would not be what it is today. He is often called the “Father of Modern Music,” “The Wizard of Waukesha” and even the “Thomas Edison of Music.” Les founded the Foundation prior to his passing and wanted to inspire young people to invent, create, innovate, and get involved in music while exploring their own creative ideas. Today, The Les Paul Foundation works with organizations throughout the country in support of music education, engineering, and medical research. The Les Paul Innovation Award at NAMM and the Les Paul Spirit Award are two of the most prestigious awards celebrated by the Foundation.
With the honor, Frampton joins Jackson Browne, Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Don Was, Slash, Todd Rundgren, Pete Townshend, Steve Vai, and others,who have received the Les Paul Innovation Award since it began in 1991. 
Announced early this year, Leslie Ann Jones, the Grammy-winning groundbreaking engineer, producer, and Director of Music and Scoring for Skywalker Sound, will be inducted into the NAMM TEC Hall of Fame that same night. Jones joins luminaries Rose Mann Cherney, Skunk Baxter, Hal Blaine, Jack Douglas, Nathan East, Geoff Emerick,and others with her induction, the industry’s highest honor for pioneers of audio technology and the music industry’s most accomplished producers and audio technicians.
The NAMM TEC Awards are held during The NAMM Show, the global gathering of music, sound and event technology industries, in Anaheim, California, January 24-27, 2019. They are bestowed annually in honor of the many individuals, companies and technical innovations used in sound recordings, films, broadcast television and video games. Nominees were announcedearlier this year. Purchase tickets on site or in advance herefor $65 (General Admission) or $195 (VIP). The show begins with a VIP-only reception at 6PM, followed by the awards ceremony at 7PM, held in the Hilton Anaheim Hotel’s Pacific Ballroom. Stand-up comedian and entertainer Demetri Martin will host the ceremony.


Presented annually by the NAMM Foundation during The NAMM Show, The NAMM TEC Awards recognizes the individuals, companies and technical innovations behind the sound of recordings, live performances, films, television, video games and other media in 23 Technical and 8 Creative Achievement Categories. The Les Paul Innovation Award is given at the event in tribute to musical artists and others whose work has exemplified the creative application of audio technology. Through its Hall of Fame, The TEC Awards also honors the pioneers of audio technology and the music industry’s most accomplished producers and audio technicians. The NAMM Foundation’s TECnology Hall of Fame celebrates innovations and groundbreaking technical achievements of the past. For more information, visit www.tecawards.org
Les Paul formed his foundation to encourage young people to pursue their curiosity and innovation about music, sound and engineering. Recent grants from the Les Paul Foundation include funding to multiple music education programs and to museums that tell the Les Paul story. The foundation’s comprehensive website at www.lespaulfoundation.org connects viewers to numerous resources. The mission of the Les Paul Foundation is to honor and share the life, spirit and legacy of Les Paul by supporting music education, engineering and innovation as well as medical research. The foundation is based in New York. Follow the Les Paul Foundation at www.facebook.com/lespaulfoundation, www.twitter.com/lespaulfoundation, www.instagram.com/lespaulofficial or click on lespaulfoundation.org

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<![CDATA[Samplecraze Release Studio And Multi Effects Masterclass]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/samplecraze-release-studio-and-multi-effects-masterclass Thu, 6 Dec 2018 14:59:22 GMT


Samplecraze release Studio and Multi Effects Masterclass: a package containing the highly acclaimed Creative Effects eBook PLUS over 5 hours of video tutorials spread across 38 videos!


No modern hit is complete without a sprinkling of effects – what we sleep deprived producers call ‘studio fairy dust!’ Understanding the basic studio effects required to maximise your masterpieces is one thing but what happens when you need something a little more esoteric in the multi effects department? The Samplecraze Studio and Multi Effects Masterclass package delves deep into demystifying how studio and multi effects work and how and when to use them.


Eddie Bazil shows you how all the necessary studio effects work – from reverb to distortion, chorus to phaser, tape saturation, tubes/valves, harmonizers, vocoders, modulators, all manner of harmonic and enharmonic distortion, filtering, flanging and equally offensive sounding effects. Eddie goes deep and shows you how they work and how and when to use them to best optimise your mix sessions. Once you have mastered the basic studio effects he introduces you to all the ‘other’ effects that are rarely covered by online tutorials – scary subjects like the various orders of harmonic distortion, time stretching and pitching, ducking effects on spoken word and so on. In fact, between the fully comprehensive eBook and 38 videos on offer every type of studio effect is covered both technically and in use.


The Studio and Multi Effects Masterclass package comprises of one extremely well reviewed eBook- Creative Effects and ACCESS TO over 5 hours of 30 in-depth video tutorials that explain all the processes listed. Each process is explained with before and after audio examples so you are afforded real-life working examples instead of reference material that you then need to decipher using Enigma code breakers. For those that are studio effects savvy Eddie has made sure to provide you with enough technical data to keep you happy in your life choices.


This package is perfect for producers at every level, from beginner to Jedi!


As an introductory sweetener Studio and Multi Effects Masterclass is offered at 40% OFF RRP!


Click here for more info.

<![CDATA[IK Multimedia Adds 10 New Branded Amp And Stompbox Models For AmpliTube For iPhone And iPad]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/ik-multimedia-adds-10-new-branded-amp-and-stompbox-models-for-amplitube-for-iphone-and-ipad Thu, 6 Dec 2018 14:55:15 GMT
IK Multimedia adds 10 new branded amp and stompbox models
for AmpliTube for iPhone and iPad

New officially licensed models are now available

December 6, 2018 - IK Multimedia's AmpliTube and AmpliTube CS apps for iPhone and iPad now offer ten new officially licensed models that are available for in-app purchase. Users of both the AmpliTube for iPhone and AmpliTube for iPad apps - or the free AmpliTube CS versions - can enjoy the new amp, cab and stompbox models, which are offered as in-app purchases either individually or inside several bundles.

The new models are:


Dr. Z® - Z Wreck
It rocks, it twangs, and it provides incredible touch sensitivity to go along with killer tone. Push the volume past 12 on this 30W tube head and it will start getting crunchy. Turn the volume up higher and listen to it scream. With the amp set for crunch, roll off the guitar volume to get a clean tone without harshness.

Jet City® - JCA100H
With two channels of Soldano tone and its pure tube power, this amp was made for the big stage. The Normal channel has plenty of headroom to deliver clear, bright clean tones and can also be driven hard enough to get downright raunchy. The Overdrive channel is based on the circuit that made Soldano famous.

Orange® - Dual Terror
This Twin channel 30-watt guitar head features a unique two-stage preamp with massive tonal range using just three controls per channel. The Fat Channel delivers warmer tones whilst the Tiny Terror Channel has the sonic character of the original Tiny Terror.

Carvin® - V3M
This 50-watt amp delivers awesome power with incredible tone and lush reverb. It offers "Pristine Clean" for shimmering highs and deep bass. "Classic rock" offers the deepest metal crunch or continuous sustain. Or, switch to another channel for rich harmonics infused from the "Soak" control for rich Jazz or country blues. Each channel incorporates its own character drive switches - "Bright" to "Soak" and "Thick" to "Intense" with EQ switches expanding the tone.


Morley® - Contour Wah
One of the most versatile yet modern sounding wah pedals. Thanks to its array of controls, it can be tweaked to suit many styles and sounds. The Contour and Level controls let users fine tune the high end response and personality of the pedal from mellow to bright and cutting, while the Auto-off feature adds tremendous flexibility to the pedal’s functionality. Works with Bass guitar, too.

T-Rex® - Replica
The T-Rex Replica offers astonishingly warm tone, with the perfect mix of controls to deliver everything the most demanding guitarists could ask for in a delay. The Replica is used by guitar heroes from Pete Townsend to John Mayer to deliver their classic sounds.

Seymour Duncan® - Shape Shifter
This amazing stomp box reproduces the hypnotic, pulsing tremolo sound characteristic of ‘50s tube amps. It can also produce crazy and innovative tones never heard before. With its detailed "Wave" and "Shape" controls, it is one of the most versatile tremolo stomp boxes available. With a quick swell and a slow drop, the effect is percussive like a piano. Conversely, with a slow swell and a sudden drop, the result is reminiscent of a tape played backwards.

Wampler® - Pinnacle Deluxe
The Pinnacle Deluxe captures the original "Brown Sound" of early plexi-style amplifiers pushed to the limits, the trademark of many rock guitarists of the late '70s and early '80s, Eddie Van Halen to name just one. It can act as a mild overdrive, or, via the "Boost" switch, it can generate a thick amount of distortion on its own. The "Tone" knob covers the overall brightness of the distortion, while the "Contour" knob lets users scoop or boost mids.


Dr. Z® - 2x12 Z Wreck
The cabinet section of the Z Wreck combo amp

Carvin® - 2x12 V3M
Cabinet with 2x12" speakers matched to the V3M amp head

All are officially licensed models that offer the true sound and feel players expect from those brands.

About AmpliTube guitar and bass tone studio for iPhone and iPad
AmpliTube is the ultimate guitar and bass tone studio for iOS devices. Available as both a free and a paid app, it allows musicians to use their iPhone or iPad to process, play and record guitar, bass or other instruments while on the go. As an all-inclusive tone studio, AmpliTube offers an expandable collection of ultra-realistic, virtual versions of some of the most coveted gear on the planet. Users can build the guitar or bass rig of their dreams and then use its powerful recording and editing tools to capture their creativity whenever and wherever inspiration strikes.

AmpliTube's new Live mode integrates seamlessly with iRig Stomp I/O, IK's USB pedalboard controller/audio interface, for real-gear control while recording or on stage. AmpliTube is also the perfect companion for IK's iRig HD 2, iRig 2, iRig Pro I/O and iRig Pro Duo portable audio interfaces and the iRig BlueBoard wireless MIDI pedalboard controller, for easy connectivity to AmpliTube or any other software.

Pricing and availability
The new models are available now for version 4.7 of the AmpliTube or AmpliTube CS apps for iPhone and iPad. They can be purchased a la carte via the in-app shop for only $3.99 per stomp or $6.99 per amp with matching cab. They’re also available collectively inside the AmpliTube Deluxe bundle as well as inside the All-Amps Collection 2018, All Stomps Collection 2018 and All-In Bundle 2018 bundles. They are free to users who have already purchased these bundles.

For more information about the AmpliTube or AmpliTube CS apps for iOS, please visit:

<![CDATA[Epiphone Presents Ltd. Ed. Joe Bonamassa ES-355 Standard Outfit]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/epiphone-presents-ltd.-ed.-joe-bonamassa-es-355-standard-outfit Wed, 5 Dec 2018 15:48:34 GMT


Epiphone Presents

Ltd. Ed. Joe Bonamassa ES-355 Standard Outfit

Featuring ProBuckerTM humbuckers, a Bigsby™ B7 Vibrato, and Custom Hard Case


(December 5, 2018, Nashville, TN) Epiphone, the leader in affordable professional instruments proudly presents the new Ltd. Ed. Joe Bonamassa ES-355 Standard Outfit, the sixth Signature model with GRAMMY® nominated blues legend and expect vintage collector Joe Bonamassa. Featuring the classic
ES-355 semi-hollowbody archtop profile with an Ebony finish, gold hardware, ProBuckerTM humbuckers, Mallory Capacitors, a Bigsby™ B7 Vibrato and Vibramate® String Spoiler, Custom Hard Case, and Hand-Signed Certificate of Authenticity.


Epiphone will also release the exclusive Ltd. Ed. Joe Bonamassa ES-355 Custom Inlay Outfit featuring a “Joe Bonamassa” signature in Pearloid, available exclusively on shop.jbonamassa.com and limited to only 300 guitars.


For nearly a decade, Epiphone and Joe Bonamassa have worked together to make stunning recreations of Joe’s favorite vintage guitars that anyone can afford. This time, the new Ltd. Ed. Joe Bonamassa ES-355 Standard Outfit is modeled after Joe’s personal ES-355 hollowbody archtop built by the Gibson Custom Shop for his Three Kings Tour honoring B.B. King, Freddie King, and Albert King.


“I have always loved the look and sound of black 355 guitars,” said Bonamassa. “Epiphone once again has masterfully re-created a guitar initially built for me by the Gibson Custom shop that I used on my Live at The Greek Theater DVD at a price point that is totally affordable for players and collectors of great ES guitars. Thank you once again it is an honor as always.”


The new Epiphone Ltd. Ed. Joe Bonamassa ES-355 Standard Outfit has a 3-ply Maple/Poplar/Maple top and body with a beautiful Ebony finish adorned with multi-layer white & black binding. The Mahogany neck has 24.75” scale with a SlimTaper™-D profile with 22 medium jumbo frets along with an Ebony fingerboard with pearloid block inlays and Graphtech® Nubone™ nut. The Ltd. Ed. Joe Bonamassa ES-355 Standard Outfit is powered by critically acclaimed ProBuckerTM humbuckers with gold covers and Alnico II magnets, the same pickups Joe chose for his Epiphone Ltd. Ed. “Amos” Korina Flying “V” Outfit. Controls for each pickup’s Volume and Tone come with Black "Top Hat" knobs with metal pointers and include world-class Mallory 150 Capacitors along with a Switchcraft® 3-Way Pickup Selector with an Amber Toggle Cap.

Watch our exclusive video feature with Joe and visit Epiphone.com for more info.  The Epiphone Ltd. Ed. Joe Bonamassa ES-355 Standard Outfit will be available in stores in late November 2018. See your Authorized Epiphone Dealer to order one today while supplies last!


For more info, visit these sites:

Ltd. Ed. Joe Bonamassa ES-355 Standard Outfit  Street Price $999

Joe Boanassa ES-355 video demonstration







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 during Manhattan’s 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., Fantastic Negrito, Vampire Weekend, Paul McCartney, Tommy Thayer of KISS, 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.


About Joe Bonamassa:

As Joe Bonamassa enters his 30th year as a professional musician, he continues to blaze a remarkably versatile artistic trail, and amass an authentic, innovative and soulful body of work. Bonamassa's career began onstage opening for B.B. King in 1989, when he was only 12 years old. Today, he is hailed worldwide as one of the world’s greatest guitar players, and is an ever-evolving singer-songwriter who has released over 30 albums in the last 17 years, all on his own label, J&R Adventures. He founded and oversees the non-profit Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation to promote the heritage of the blues music to the next generation, fund music scholarships, and supplement the loss of music education in schools. Most recently, his latest release Redemption landed Bonamassa his 21st #1 Billboard Blues Album (more than any other artist in history) and currently holds two Grammy Nominations and several Blues Music Awards. With his full touring schedule and new music releasing in 2019, there are no signs of Joe slowing down.

YouTube: JoeBonamassaTV


<![CDATA[The ORTEGA CAPO Special Edition]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/the-ortega-capo-special-edition Wed, 5 Dec 2018 15:41:42 GMT


The ORTEGA CAPO special edition - Black Chrome with a premium presentation gift box.


SPECIAL EDITION of the ever popular ORTEGA OCAPO Series features a stunning BLACK CHROME finish. Made from aluminum alloy features silicone cushions. The new Black Chrome Series Capos come in a premium presentation gift box.


Available in stores now!



  • Easily adjustable design made of aluminum alloy

  • silicone cushion

  • FREE premium presentation gift box included




About Ortega Guitars:

Established in 1994, Ortega Guitars introduced German design to authentic and traditional methods of guitar making. Committed to innovation and quality, we strive to improve what is expected at every level of all our acoustic instruments.

Beside a huge range of acoustic electric and acoustic ukuleles, nylon string guitars, acoustic basses and bluegrass instruments, the accessorie series become bigger and bigger.





<![CDATA[Rockin' The Graveyard]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/rockin-the-graveyard Wed, 5 Dec 2018 15:35:09 GMT


PRS Private Stock “Graveyard II” Limited Edition Guitar



(STEVENSVILLE, MD) December 5, 2018 – PRS Private Stock is proud to announce the McCarty 594 “Graveyard II” Limited Edition model. Earlier this year, PRS announced an eighty-piece limited run of Private Stock “Graveyard” guitars based on the vintage-inspired McCarty 594 model. The Graveyard II also takes the McCarty 594 model as its platform, but adds a unique aesthetic.


The Wood


In early 2018, PRS purchased more than 150 curly maple tops from the outskirts of a Graveyard on top of a moun­tain on the East Coast of the USA. The Gravestones were dated around 1884, and the trees were clearly at least that old as they were forty feet to the first limb. The trees were logged in 2017, and the tops very closely resemble the wood used on guitars coming out of Kalamazoo in 1959.


“At first I thought the wood appeared to be some sort of sub-species of “Michigan” red maple, but with more thought it may just be the age of the tree. Regardless, these are Private Stock quality tops with medium wide to wide curl and extraordinary flame that has a beautiful iridescence to it,” said Paul Reed Smith.


The Graveyard II


The PRS Private Stock Graveyard II is a sixty-piece limited run of McCarty 594 models that utilizes unique maple for the tops. Notable specifications include an ebony and Faded Gray maple fretboard with ebony “Ravens in Flight” inlay, Raven headstock veneer, and Raven’s Heart high-gloss nitro finish were all inspired by the story of these maple tops.


“Our artistry does not live on a square canvas. It’s colors, inlays, and wood combinations. It’s a guitar,” said Paul Miles, Director of Private Stock. “We’re always trying to evolve Private Stock, and this guitar very much represents that.”


Just sixty Graveyard II instruments will be available worldwide. For more information and to hear the Graveyard II Limited Edition, visit www.prsguitars.com/privatestock. Inspired by these visually-stunning instruments, a PRS Private Stock Graveyard t-shirt is also available for purchase via PRS dealers or the PRS West Street East online store.



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[Long Live The King]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/long-live-the-king Wed, 5 Dec 2018 15:21:53 GMT


Long Live The King



The legendary Gibson B.B. King Lucille returns to the ES lineup dressed in white, Alpine White to be exact.



Introducing the new Gibson B.B. King "Lucille" ES

Presented by: Jared James Nichols




Shop BB King Lucille

Highlights include:
  • Custom B.B. King “signature” engraved bridge pickup cover, brass “Lucille” engraved truss rod cover, and “Crown” Mother of Pearl headstock inlay
  • B.B. King’s original specs and tone, Stereo Varitone paired to Gibson 490R and 490T Humbucking pickups
  • TP-6 Fine Tune Tailpiece
  • Mother of Pearl Full Block inlay fingerboard
  • Semi-hollowbody design


Shop the new B.B. King Lucille today because...  

Only a Gibson is Good Enough™



<![CDATA[Two New Mitchell Guitars Offer Stunning Value]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/two-new-mitchell-guitars-offer-stunning-value Tue, 4 Dec 2018 15:43:41 GMT


Two New Mitchell Guitars Offer Stunning Value - Your Choice of Electric or Acoustic
Thousand Oaks, CA - December 2018...  
Mitchell is proud to announce two new additions to its lineup of affordable high-quality guitars: the MD150SB double-cutaway solid-body electric, which sports a classic Sunburst finish, and the O120CEMB orchestra-sized acoustic-electric, with a high-gloss Metal Black finish. Whatever a player's musical style, either instrument offers outstanding tone, generous features, and premium materials.

The Mitchell MD150SB is a highly versatile electric for beginning a rock 'n' roll journey. Its Sunburst finish evokes the look of classic rock supergroups, and the double-cutaway form factor gives the player easy access to higher frets for advanced solo work. A one-piece maple neck is finished with a durable, jatoba cherry fretboard. The flatter overall neck radius makes the MD150SB easy to play. The adjustable TOM-style bridge is the industry standard for stable intonation, while the string-through-body design offers extended sustain.

The MD150SB's dual-pickup configuration employs high-gain ceramic humbuckers, a three-position pickup switch, a volume control for each pickup, and a tone control. This allows the player to achieve a variety of tones suitable for rock, metal, blues, jazz, and many other styles. High-ratio tuners ensure precise tuning control, and black nickel machine heads and other hardware complement the Sunburst finish beautifully.

Packing a surprisingly big acoustic sound, the Mitchell O120CEMB is ideal for musicians who have found larger acoustic-electric guitars uncomfortable to play, as well as for those who simply want to expand their sonic palette. With a select spruce top, rosewood bridge, and mahogany neck, sides, and back, the orchestra-style size acoustic-electric is remarkably loud, even when played without amplification. Sealed die-cast tuners ensure tuning stability.

The O120CEMB's onboard preamp features top-grade electronics including a three-band EQ and phase switch for tailoring the amplified tone to the room or gig. The electronics section also features a built-in digital tuner, allowing for convenient and precise tuning on the fly. Its Metal Black finish, multi-ply body binding, abalone sound-hole rosette, and beautifully bound fingerboard add up to a head-turning appearance that will make an impression even before a single note is played.


The Mitchell MD150SB and O120CEMB are available at Guitar Center and Musician's Friend for $129.99 and $149.99, respectively. Before delivery to dealers, all Mitchell electric guitars receive a complete setup and quality control inspection to ensure exceptional playability. With a variety of models that deliver high-end quality and outstanding performance for a surprisingly affordable price, there's a Mitchell electric guitar or bass for everyone. See more details online at www.mitchellguitars.com.
About Mitchell Guitars
For more than 30 years, Mitchell has been a long-standing favorite in high-value steel-string acoustic and acoustic-electric guitars. Now the Mitchell electric guitars expand on this legacy and further emphasize the brand's commitment to discerning players at all levels, across all styles and genres. Performance-focused features, impressive aesthetics and solid construction have made them the go-to instruments for guitar players everywhere. You can learn more about the complete line of Mitchell Guitars at www.mitchellguitars.com.
For more information contact: Mitchell Guitars, P.O. Box 5111, Thousand Oaks, CA 91359. 
<![CDATA[TASCAM TH-07 Headphones Offer High-Definition Monitoring]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/tascam-th-07-headphones-offer-high-definition-monitoring Tue, 4 Dec 2018 15:37:02 GMT

TASCAM TH-07 Headphones Offer 
High-Definition Monitoring
Montebello, CA - December 2018...TASCAM has introduced the TH-07 High Definition Headphone Monitors. A premium headphone intended to duplicate the audio quality of high-end near field monitors, the TH-07 has been tuned for full but natural bass, flat mid-range, and clear high end and is suitable for mixing, monitoring, or any audio task demanding outstanding quality. The new headphones employ custom-made 50 mm drivers and offer a wide 10 Hz to 30 kHz frequency response and sensitivity of 100 dB ±3 dB. Their closed-back design allows a full bass response while blocking out most external noise.
With its circumaural design and earcups of soft, pliable leather that fit snugly over the ear, TH-07s remain comfortable over long sessions, even when wearing eyeglasses. The earcups can be rotated and angled for maximum flexibility and easy one-ear monitoring and provide substantial isolation from sounds in the outside world.

The TASCAM TH-07 comes with two detachable cables. One cable is coiled and shorter for low-clutter, short-distance work and has a 1/8-inch connector; the other is straight and longer (approximately 8½ feet) and has a multi-connector that accommodates both 1/8-inch and ¼-inch jacks. Both cables have gold-plated connectors. A leather bag with a pull-tie closure protects the headphones when they are being transported or not in use.
For more information, visit www.tascam.com.
TASCAM is the professional audio division of TEAC Corporation and produces the most comprehensive line of audio recorders, mixers and related equipment in the professional audio industry. TASCAM has offices in the U.S., Germany, Japan, Mexico and Latin America.
1834 Gage Road
Montebello, CA 90640
Tel: 323-726-0303
<![CDATA[Drums & Bass At Sundown]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/drums--bass-at-sundown Tue, 4 Dec 2018 15:32:58 GMT



Its new release day and this week we’ve got Sundown - Drum & Bass, a beautiful and elegant D&B sample pack.

Zenhiser Pack: Sundown - Drum & Bass

Price: $60.00 AUD

Direct Link: http://www.zenhiser.com/sundown-drum-and-bass-dnb-samples.html



<![CDATA[New American Performer Series Guitars And Basses From Fender]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/new-american-performer-series-guitars-and-basses-from-fender Tue, 4 Dec 2018 14:04:20 GMT




Gateway American Line Updated For First Time In 10 Years Introducing All-New Yosemite Pickups, Features Making Live Performance Seamless for Artists


HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (December 4, 2018)— Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) today announced the release of its American Performer Series, a brand new electric guitar line and gateway into Fender’s Corona, Calif.-made electric guitar offerings. Previously called the American Special Series, American Performer marks the first refresh of guitars and basses at the $1,099.99 price point in more than 10 years. Available now, the series will make its official debut at Winter NAMM in Anaheim, Calif. in January 2019.


Handcrafted in Corona, Calif., the American Performer Series elevates the standards of performance-grade instruments for artists, making delivery seamless on stage, so players can focus on their art and sharing that in its finest form. Featuring 98 SKUs, the American Performer Series brings the Jazzmaster, Mustang and Mustang Bass into the US-made line in the $1,099.99 - $1,199.99 price range. After listening to direct feedback from artists, product developments focused on creating solutions for performers. New features include: Yosemite™ pickups officially introduced for this line; patent-pending DoubleTap™ humbucking pickups; ClassicGear™ tuning machines; special circuitry and enhanced electronics; a 70s style logo in silver on all models; an oversized ‘70s headstock on Stratocaster models, as well as six brand-new gloss colors and three satin finishes.


Since 1946, Fender has listened to artists’ feedback, a practice which continued with this new line. Today, demand for recorded and live music is at an all-time high (and growing) with 86 million people having attended a Live Nation Concert in 2017, up 21 percent over the previous.* In addition, based on a recent Fender study, guitar players are more diverse than ever, performing across a variety of venues - from on-stage at concerts to recording studios and even on social media. This new line takes into account both the boom in live musical performances and the demand for a roadworthy instrument that can handle any artist’s demands, no matter the arena.


“As the popular music and live performance landscape evolve, so do the needs of performers and that includes the guitars they rely on,” said Max Gutnik, Vice President, Fender Electric Guitars and Basses. “Fender was built from the ground up on artist feedback, and that philosophy has remained our guiding light for  our continued innovation. The American Performer sets out to make every performance seamless by creating solutions for performers, so they can deliver at their best in the moment.”


The Performer Series blends traditional Fender design with new elements for modern tone and performance. Together, the updates deliver sonic versatility, tonal flexibility and ease of use for performers, helping them hone their tone across musical genres; they include:

  • Newly designed Yosemite™ pickups:
    • These alnico pickups deliver sonic versatility and tonalities to help create your perfect sound across every musical genre.
  • Patent-pending DoubleTap™ humbucking pickups:
    • An innovative product design that incorporates a coil-splitting system to smoothly toggle between humbucking and single-coil pickup modes for even tone.
    • Provides full-throated humbucking and expressive single coil tonalities without the volume loss typical in split-coil pickups, so you get all the tonal flexibility without compromise.
  • ClassicGear™ vintage-modern tuning machines:
    • Vintage-style 18:1 drop-in replacement tuners help performers get the best of both worlds with classic styling and a modern gear ratio, so the guitar gets in tune easily and accurately—and stays in tune.
  • Enhanced electronics:
    • A new push-pull pot provides different tonal features across models and the Greasebucket circuit cuts treble without loss of gain or clarity.
    • Allows you to add your neck pickup or tap your humbucking pickup with a quick push of the button and dial in your perfect tone on the fly.


Fender American Performer Series are already being used across multiple genres including rock, alternative, indie, R&B and more by top artists, such as: Punk-Indie artist, Fidlar; R&B artist, Tom Misch; Soul artist, Catious Clay, and Indie Rock band, La Luz. The new line will be available today December 4, 2018 at local dealers and on www.Fender.com. The following models are offered in all-new gloss colors and Satin finishes, including: Arctic White, Aubergine, Honeyburst, Penny, Satin Surf Green, Satin Sonic Blue and Satin Lake Placid Blue, among others: 

  • American Performer Stratocaster® $1,099.99
  • American Performer Stratocaster® HSS $1,099.99
  • American Performer Telecaster® $1,099.99
  • American Performer Telecaster® HUM $1,099.99
  • American Performer Mustang® $1,099.99
  • American Performer Jazzmaster® $1,199.99
  • American Performer Precision Bass® $1,199.99
  • American Performer Jazz Bass® $1,199.99
  • American Performer Mustang Bass® $1,199.99


Learn more about Fender’s American Performer Series, find images and product descriptions of each model 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. Product will be available in Japan and Australia beginning January 2019.







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[New Installments In The Musician's Guide To Home Recording]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/new-installments-in-the-musicianss-guide-to-home-recording Tue, 4 Dec 2018 13:17:04 GMT



A fresh wave of installments in Craig Anderton’s new MUSICIAN’S GUIDE TO HOME RECORDING is imminent! Written in a clear, practical, non-intimidating style loaded with illustrations and sidebars exploring the logic behind a given practice, THE MUSICIAN’S GUIDE TO HOME RECORDING is destined to become every musician’s reference of choice, allowing artists everywhere to use digital recording, mixing, and editing to their fullest potential. To better serve today’s market, each volume in the series is available in four formats: print book, ebook, via Groove3’s Digital Print Library, and, for institutional use, via the Digital Print Library with Elements|ED on a site license basis. The five latest releases are: 
(Hal Leonard Books Paperback; November 21, 2018; $19.99; ISBN 9781540035639; 128 pages)
This book focuses on microphones, the essential link between the recording process and vocals, guitars, pianos, drums, and other acoustic sounds. Choosing the right mic can make or break a song. Authors Phil O'Keefe and Craig Anderton explain how to choose and apply mics with real-world examples and explanations. Topics include understanding different microphone types; essential miking accessories; mic preamps and connections; stereo miking techniques; and how to mic specific instruments. MICROPHONES FOR THE RECORDING MUSICIAN provides the practical knowledge necessary in making the best home studio recordings.
(Hal Leonard Books Paperback; December 11, 2018; $24.99; ISBN 9781540024886; 220 pages)
The best recordings are for nothing if the mix doesn't present those tracks in the best possible way—and this book is all about how to make mixes that pull the listener in. It's not just about the technology, but the art of mixing. Topics covered include: feel vs. perfection; the importance of the arrangement for mixing; tailoring material for your audience; monitoring and acoustics; software mixer architecture; unique aspects of mixing with digital audio; how to use plug-ins; integrating external hardware with computers, the “12-step program” for creating great mixes; panning techniques; equalization; dynamics processing; time-based effects; placing effects in the right order; how to use automation; hardware control surfaces; mixing with virtual instruments; adding expressiveness in the mix; using rewire beyond conventional mixing techniques; mixing and MIDI; and much more. Far from being a laundry list of mixing techniques, HOW TO CREATE COMPELLING MIXES is essential reading for all who wish to get the most out of mixing and mastering.
(Hal Leonard Books Paperback; December 11, 2018; $14.99; ISBN 9781540026927; 112 pages)
Life in the studio starts and ends with audio, both analog and digital, yet many musicians know more about the principles of music than those behind the sound. THE MUSICIAN'S GUIDE TO AUDIO discusses audio theory sound waves in the real world; bit resolution; sample rates; distortion; the different types of decibels; the meaning of audio specifications; frequency response; the different types of distortion; signal-to-noise ratio; dynamic range; how the human ear hears sound; and more. The book then segues into specifics regarding levels, connection standards (both analog and digital), and resolving potential incompatibilities among different pieces of gear. Other topics include information on more practical aspects of audio, such as the basics of room acoustics; why speaker placement matters; audio distribution methods (including data-compressed formats like MP3 and the unique constraints of vinyl); and more. Most importantly, THE MUSICIAN'S GUIDE TO AUDIO fills a unique need by avoiding overly-technical details, instead emphasizing the practical implications of working with audio in the studio.
 (Hal Leonard Books Paperback; December 11, 2018; $14.99; ISBN 9781540024954; 144 pages)
Modern amp sim software has progressed to an amazing degree, yet many guitarists have difficulty obtaining the kind of responsive, organic sounds associated with physical amps. This book is loaded with tips on using amp sims to recreate the sound and feel of iconic amps and, in the process, create sounds that were either impractical or impossible during the vintage era. Topics include: simple ways to make guitars more “sim-friendly”; using processors to condition the audio prior to going through sims; hard disk editing techniques to optimize tracks for use with amp sims; multiband processing for exceptional dynamics and responsiveness; parallel processing and amp stacking; creating custom virtual cabinets; eliminating aliasing and other “digital” artifacts; combining amp sims and physical amps; and much more. The book also includes information on how to blend guitar perfectly with EDM and other modern musical forms through the use of software processing and techniques like modulating guitar with drums and other instruments to give highly rhythmic overlays. HOW TO GET THE BEST SOUNDS OUT OF AMP SIM SOFTWARE is essential reading for all guitarists, from traditional blues players who seek the ultimate tone to experimental musicians immersed in the world of electronics.
 (Hal Leonard Books Paperback; January 8, 2018; $14.99; ISBN 9781540026903; 112 pages)
Often overused and sometimes misunderstood, dynamics processors can make or break mixing and mastering projects. This book goes beyond explaining how dynamics processors work by providing essential tips on how their proper application can help make better music. Topics include techniques for applying limiters, compressors, noise gates, expanders, maximizers, saturation, and multiband dynamics in both hardware or software form. Loaded with examples of real-world dynamics processors to explain their similarities and differences, HOW TO APPLY DYNAMICS PROCESSING ventures further than similar books by covering dynamics processing with MIDI data, as well as “manual” dynamics processing done with recording software (phrase-by-phrase normalization for narration, “micro-mastering” to allow greater apparent volume when mastering, parallel dynamics, and so on). There's also valuable information on how to achieve the most transparent effects possible, creative uses of sidechaining, and using creative “squashing” as an effect to obtain vintage compression sounds. All in all, HOW TO APPLY DYNAMICS PROCESSING shares everything today’s musicians need to know to get the most out of these versatile processors.
CRAIG ANDERTON is an internationally recognized authority on technology and music. He has toured, played Carnegie Hall, mastered hundreds of tracks, and been involved with dozens of major label releases as a player, producer, or engineer. He’s also written over thirty books and thousands of articles, as well as co-founded Electronic Musician magazine. Known for his ability to de-mystify complex subjects, Craig has given seminars on technology and the arts in thirty-eight states, ten countries, and three languages.
THE MUSICIAN’S GUIDE TO HOME RECORDING was conceived and developed to offer best-in-class information and instructional material built, formatted, and deployed for modern learners. Rather than covering all aspects of recording in a single sprawling volume, each title in the series addresses a particular subject in succinct, accessible format. Readers can select individual volumes to hone in on certain areas or proceed through the entire corpus, developing a comprehensive knowledge of select topics at their own pace. 
Founded in 1947, Hal Leonard is the largest songbook publisher in the world and the premier provider of essential, authoritative books for musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers, and other music business professionals. Whether you make your living in the music business, aspire to do so, or just love creating music, Hal Leonard Books’ cutting-edge media are guaranteed to provide information you need every step of the way.
<![CDATA[Propellerhead Releases Quad Note Generator Rack Extension For Reason]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/propellerhead-releases-quad-note-generator-rack-extension-for-reason Tue, 4 Dec 2018 13:00:31 GMT


Propellerhead Releases Quad Note Generator Rack Extension for Reason

New Player plugin creates endless stream of musical melodies, rhythms and harmonies

STOCKHOLM, Sweden December 4, 2018 — Propellerhead Software today released the Quad Note Generator Player Rack Extension for Reason. Create melodies, rhythms and harmonies you may not have thought of with Quad Note Generator. This new Player Device will help create bass lines, leads lines or other musical phrases to fit your music, based on scale and your preferences for rhythm and variation. Far beyond just random notes, Quad Note Generator will take your music and turn it upside down or turn the beat around. Slight variations or complete improv–it’s up to you. 
“Players, our MIDI effects, have always been about making music faster and kickstarting new ideas.” said Mattias Häggström Gerdt, Product Manager, “Quad Note Generator goes even further, generating a stream of unpredictable melodies, rhythms and harmonies—with enough control to feel in control. Add it to your favorite instrument and get new ideas for any type of music.”  
You can use Quad Note Generator in several ways. Use it as your starting point to help you set off in a direction with your song. Or use it to spice up something you are already working on. If you like, you can record the Quad Note Generator performance into Reason’s main sequencer to for final editing.   
With the freeze function, you can create phrases that are part repetitive and part improvisational in nature.   
Quad Note Generator features:
  • Four separate note generators
  • Create musical melodies and patterns
  • Control variations for note and rhythm
  • Use freeze function to capture perfect motifs
  • Record performances to Reason’s main sequencer
  • Comes with a variety of inspiring patches to get you started  
View the Quad Note Generator announcement video here.  
To learn more about Quad Note Generator, click here for further details.  
Pricing & Availability
Quad Note Generator is available for immediate download via the Propellerhead store and will retail for 69 USD / EUR.
Propellerhead Software has released the Quad Note Generator Player Rack Extension for Reason
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 Figure, Reason, ReCycle and ReBirth applications for being inspiring, great sounding and of impeccable quality. Technologies such as ReWire and the REX file format are de-facto industry standards, implemented in all major music software. Today, Propellerhead’s products are used all over the world by hundreds of thousands of professionals and enthusiasts for all kinds of music making. http://www.propellerheads.com

<![CDATA[Peavey® Unveils MAX® Bass Amp Series]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/peavey-unveils-max-bass-amp-series Mon, 3 Dec 2018 14:31:55 GMT


Peavey® Unveils MAX® Bass Amp Series

MERIDIAN, MS — Peavey Electronics® packages portability, flexibility and sound in its new MAX® bass amplification series. With durable yet ultra-lightweight construction, the MAX series delivers plenty of power and state-of-the-art tonal quality in each thoughtfully designed cabinet.

One of Peavey’s key innovations in the MAX series is the angled baffle, which allows players to direct the sound at their ears and not at their feet. While the low end is omni-directional, the transient is directional, meaning players can hear themselves clearly without having to tilt their amp back. Sophisticated sound is combined with best-in-class power-to-weight ratio, making Peavey’s MAX series a smart choice.

Features of the new Peavey MAX bass amp models are as follows:

●  The MAX 100 has a 10-inch woofer and delivers 100 watts. The unit measures 15.5" wide by 11.75" high by 17.5" deep.

●  The MAX 150 has a 12-inch woofer and delivers 150 watts. The unit measures 16.25" wide by 12.25" high by 18.5" deep.

●  The MAX 250 has a 15-inch woofer with high-end tweeter and delivers 250 watts. The unit measures 18.25" wide by 13.5" high by 21" deep.

●  The MAX 208 has two 8-inch woofers and delivers 150 watts. The unit measures 10" wide by 20" high by 10" deep and is the standout of the bunch. It weighs just 33 lbs, enabling players to make a single trip from the car by carrying the cabinet in one hand and their bass in the other.

From nuanced notes to chest-rattling riffs, the MAX bass amp series offers players the tonal capabilities they need. Each model has an open, curved grill design, giving players a huge advantage in tone. The built-in Kosmos-C® bass enhancement feature adds harmonics and subharmonics to maximize tone. In addition, the series is built with an advanced version of Peavey’s DDT™ speaker protection technology, which limits clips and is ideal for slapping and other loud playing scenarios.

Whether the player is live on stage, recording or rehearsing, Peavey’s MAX series offers players additional helpful features, including bass-specific chromatic tuner for a quick tune-up, an external speaker, EFX loop, and an ultra-quiet DI output that connects with the PA system, helping to retain control and assure a great tone.

With prices ranging from $199 to $449, Peavey’s MAX bass amp series offers solutions for every working player, with powerful cabinets that won’t break their back or the bank. Learn more at: peavey.com/maxbass

About Peavey Electronics®
Founded in 1965, Peavey® is one of the world's largest manufacturers and suppliers of musical instruments and professional sound equipment. Peavey has earned more than 180 patents and distributes to more than 130 countries. Peavey and its MediaMatrix®, Architectural Acoustics®, Crest Audio®, Composite Acoustics® and Trace Elliot® brands and affiliates can be found on concert stages and in airports, stadiums, theme parks and other venues around the world. To find out more, visit www.peavey.com.
<![CDATA[Electro Harmonix Introduces The Flatiron Fuzz]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/electro-harmonix-introduces-the-flatiron-fuzz Fri, 30 Nov 2018 18:47:13 GMT





NEW YORK CITY, NY, November 30, 2018: Electro-Harmonix announces the Flatiron Fuzz, an extremely versatile, classic op-amp powered fuzz/distortion unit housed in a pedalboard friendly, die-cast chassis. The distinctive sound of the Flatiron Fuzz is a result of its classic, late ‘70s style circuitry and the fact that it delivers symmetrical hard clipping. As a point of reference, a player might refer to the old Rat pedal.


The pedal features three controls: Volume, Drive and Filter. Volume sets the output level and Drive adjusts the amount of sustain and distortion. The unique Filter control is actually a low pass filter with a movable cut-off frequency. This lets the player dial in the precise amount of high-end they prefer, from dark to raunchy.


At lower drive settings the Flatiron Fuzz remains fairly clean and adds a pleasing, mild distortion. Turning drive up produces very dense, thick, meaty tones. As the guitar’s volume is turned down, it cleans up, but not all the way.


The Flatiron Fuzz is named after the historic Flatiron Building in New York City. It’s an iconic landmark located just down the block from EHX headquarters in the 1970s and it’s the building pictured on the pedal.


The new pedal features true bypass switching for maximum signal path integrity in bypass mode, comes equipped with a 9V battery, and accepts an optional EHX 9-volt power supply. It is available now and carries a U.S. street price of $72.70.







<![CDATA[A Deluxe Serving Of Russian Pi]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/a-deluxe-serving-of-russian-pi Fri, 30 Nov 2018 18:43:48 GMT





New York City, NY, November 30, 2018: The new Sovtek Deluxe Big Muff Pi combines the Civil War and Green Russian Big Muff signature tones with the enhanced sound shaping control of the Deluxe Big Muff in a single, integrated pedal.


EHX Founder, Mike Matthews, stated: “The Sovtek Deluxe Big Muff delivers the devastating low end, crisp highs and non-scooped mids players love in the Civil War and Tall Font Green Russian with the powerful sound shaping control of our Deluxe Big Muff.”


The Sovtek Deluxe Big Muff Pi provides:

  • MIDS EQ – Parametric MIDS EQ section with a selectable center frequency ranging from 310Hz to 5.0kHz, a level control with up to 10dB of boost or cut and a high/low Q switch that sets the resonance/bandwidth of the EQ
  • FOOTSWITCH for MIDS EQ – Dedicated on/off footswitch with status LED for the MIDS EQ circuit
  • GATE – Noise gate to remove unwanted hiss and hum
  • BLEND – Mix control for the dry and distorted signals. Enables bass players to retain their signal’s low end; also useful when layering in other distortion pedals
  • WICKER– With the switch up, high frequency bandwidth is opened up for a more pronounced attack. Switch down yields the traditional Green Russian sound.
  • EXPRESSION PEDAL INPUT – sweeps the frequency of the MIDS EQ to create wah wah and cocked wah effects
  • TRUE BYPASS – maintains signal path integrity in bypass mode


The pedal comes equipped with a 9Volt battery and will accept an optional EHX 9-volt power supply. It is available now at a U.S. Street Price of $149.00.






<![CDATA[Nano Battalion? Isn't That A Platoon? ]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/nano-battalion-isnt-that-a-platoon Fri, 30 Nov 2018 18:39:10 GMT





NEW YORK CITY, NY, November 30, 2018: Electro-Harmonix announces the Nano Battalion Bass Preamp and Overdrive featuring a MOSFET drive circuit that delivers a broad range of distorted tones plus a three-band EQ with three EQ position modes for greater flexibility.


The three-band EQ includes Treble (boost/cut above 1kHz) and Bass (boost/cut below 200Hz) controls, plus a Mid switch which provides a 9dB boost or cut at 500Hz. Three signal path options determine where the EQ is applied. In Distortion Mode the EQ comes after the distorted signal and has a powerful effect on its timbre while the clean signal is not affected. In Input Mode the EQ comes first in the signal path affecting both the clean and distorted signals. Boosting frequencies in this mode can drive the distortion to a more saturated state. In Dry Mode the EQ affects the clean signal, but not the distorted signal.


User-friendly controls include Volume to set the master output level, Blend to adjust the ratio between the clean and distorted signals, Drive to control the intensity and saturation of the distortion and Tone which cuts high frequencies from the distorted signal.


The Nano Battalion includes a ¼" input jack and ¼" output jack. When a normal TS cable is connected to the output jack it delivers an unbalanced signal. When a TRS cable is plugged into this jack, it outputs a balanced signal that can go directly into a mixing console or recording interface.


The Nano Battalion features all analog circuitry and comes with an EHX 9-volt power supply, is available now and features a U.S. Street Price of $117.50.






<![CDATA[A Headphone Stand That's An Icon Of Angular Design]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/a-headphone-stand-thats-an-icon-of-angular-design Fri, 30 Nov 2018 18:33:58 GMT


V-MODA’s New V-MAN Universal Object Servant,

Shaped from a Singular Piece of Steel,

Forges an Instant Icon of Angular Design


Modern, matte finished and unique, V-MAN is a sculptured conversation starter of form and function that elegantly serves headphones and any other object



MILANO, Italy – Nov. 28, 2018 – V-MODA, the award-winning manufacturer of the world’s finest high-fidelity audio devices, today announces the availability of its new V-MAN, crafted from 100% stainless steel for a minimal and sleek Milano design that is as stylish as it is functional. V-MAN is not only a headphone stand, but also, a universal object servant that fits harmoniously into any home, office or studio interior in timeless black and silver finishes.


“Iconic design has been our verve since the very beginning,” said Val Kolton, CEO of V-MODA. “In our Milano Design studio, we are empowered with our expertise in technology interwoven with continuous inspiration from the finest art, sculpture, furniture, fashion and motorsports of the world. I sketched V-MAN after a visit to the Peggy Guggenheim museum in Venezia during the VORTICISTS rebel artists exhibition. To me, V-MAN represents the essential minimalism planes of humanity in a mechanistic and futuristic pose that can serve the world and its master.”


Despite its simplicity, the V-MAN stand is a crafted design piece that makes a powerful statement in any environment influenced by the short-lived Vorticism movement, Brutalist and De Stijl design techniques and trending minimalist interiors. Being forged in stainless steel gives a more physical presence to V-MAN, balancing the sleek and evanescent side view through a discrete amount of weight and stability.


V-MAN stands out from the crowd of headphone stands on the market, which are typically limited in terms of shape, design and interaction with the headphones they are set to hold. V-MAN is an extreme representation of purpose through its shape. The design represents an iconic, simplified silhouette of a man prone on his knees offering something precious above his shoulders to his master. Its sharp geometrical form, steel build and high-end finishes, such as automotive-grade powder coating, draws inspiration from the sleek lines and edgy design of high-end, high-performance Italian automakers such as Lamborghini.


Designed by Val Kolton, V-MODA Founder & CEO, V-MAN is formed by seamless Vs sculpted from one singular piece of steel to display the headphones and protect them from scratching or collecting dust. V-MAN keeps any desk, office or home organized, while elegantly displaying V-MODA headphones, or any other brand of headsets. Its innovative design makes for a versatile shape that can be used not only as a headphone stand, but as a servant to any object, such as a smartphone, keys, tablet or even fruits such as grapes.


Availability and Pricing

V-MAN is available now in black or silver for $101 at V-MODA.com, Amazon.com and authorized retailers.


V-MAN product specifications:

  • Universal object servant
  • Supports headphones of all sizes and brands
  • Milano Design
  • Made with 100% Steel
  • Size: 245 x 110 x 185mm





About V-MODA and Roland Japan

Designed in Milano, V-MODA’s verve is to amplify an authentic music lifestyle via timeless products forged by unparalleled quality, fashion-forward design and an unequivocal passion for music and materials. Led by Chief Executive Officer and professional musician Val Kolton, V-MODA blends analog renaissance age inspiration, Italian design and precise Japanese engineering. V-MODA products have won 45+ editors’ choice awards and have become essential gear for the world’s top professional DJs.


V-MODA joined forces with Roland of Japan on 808 (August 8, 2016), to redefine and develop the next breakthrough in music products and push the boundaries of audio innovation to reach a global audience of music aficionados. V-MODA and Roland do not tune headphones only as the “artists intended” but as both the “instrument engineer and artists intended.”


Visit V-MODA.com, “like” us at Facebook.com/VMODA and follow us on Twitter (@VMODA) and Instagram (@VMODA).




<![CDATA[Rotosound Readies New High-End String Range For NAMM]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/rotosound-readies-new-high-end-string-range-for-namm Fri, 30 Nov 2018 18:24:11 GMT





SEVENOAKS, KENT, 29th NOVEMBER 2018: Iconic British string manufacturer, Rotosound, is launching a new range of high-end guitar strings sets at the forthcoming NAMM 2019 show in Anaheim, California.

Best-known for its wide range of mid-price strings, the launch of the new Ultramag sets, made with Type 52 Alloy will see the company push into the higher price-point bracket (around £15*) which will enable it to also offer much-improved margins to dealers.

The sets will initially be available in 9, 10 and 11 gauges for electric guitar. Samples will be available to test at the forthcoming NAMM Show, with a launch scheduled for February 2019.

Rotosound materials expert, John Doughty, explained the science behind the strings, saying: “With a composition of 52% Nickel and 48% iron, this highly magnetic string will certainly accentuate those middles and lows over their steel counterparts. Designed for use in the aerospace industry and high-end electronics, the low co-efficient of expansion will help maintain tuning in wide ranging environments. With its corrosion resistant properties and its unique blend of sound it is a truly a string for the discerning player seeking that extra tonal character.”

Chairman, Jason How, explained the thinking behind the move: “This is an area of the market that we have not really competed in before, but we have been working on creating the right kind of product for some time. We’re very pleased with what we now have and I believe that guitarists and dealers are going to love these strings which are well worth that small extra investment that will take their tone and margins to a new level.”

For more information on the new Ultramag range or to try them out, visit stand 4602 at NAMM Show 2019 at the Anaheim Convention Centre.





About Rotosound

Rotosound has been creating, designing and making strings for 60 years. By helping music icons like Jimi Hendrix, John Entwistle and Geddy Lee to create their amazing sounds, Rotosound strings have become synonymous with the British Tone. Renowned throughout the world, Rotosound is the home of legendary products such as Swing Bass 66 and Roto strings and is justifiably proud to be part of rock history. 


Founded in 1958 by James How as a small, UK based, family-owned and operated company, Rotosound core values are little changed today. More sophisticated machines, designed and built by the late founder’s son, Jason How, still produce high quality instrument strings using only the best materials and a great team of people who really love what they do. Each string is physically and visually inspected at every stage of the manufacturing process to get maximum consistency, ensuring each one is unrivalled in tone, tuning stability and durability.


James was and Jason is a musician and engineer with vision and passion whose leadership helped Rotosound becoming one of the foremost string manufacturers in the world. Rotosound products combine musical knowledge, heritage and state of the art production methods to produce strings that bring music to life. Jason, following in his father’s footsteps, works relentlessly to invent new machines, reinvent strings and rediscover products like the Vintage Fuzz Pedal. Rotosound, whilst staying faithful to the originals, improves on them by the use of contemporary up to date technology and components such as new foil packaging, which ensures strings reach customers as fresh as the day they leave the factory. 


Now sold in more than 80 countries across the globe, Rotosound strings are not only used by some of the greatest guitarists and bassists, but continue to attract the best of the current and up and coming musicians. Rotosound strings have played a large part in the history of rock music and the company plans to continue drawing on this rich legacy to continue being a major influence for decades to come. 



<![CDATA[XILS-lab Updates Matrix Modular Soft Synth XILS 4 To v1.5]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/xils-lab-updates-matrix-modular-soft-synth-xils-4-to-v1.5 Fri, 30 Nov 2018 18:18:30 GMT


XILS-lab updates ultimate matrix modular soft synth with welcomed fanciful features added to XILS 4 v1.5


“My favourite analogue synth is probably the VCS3, so when I heard that a company was releasing a software version I was quite cautious; today, XILS 4 is one of my favourite plug-ins! Working with it gives me the same excitement as the original hardware, plus there are lots of extra features, since it is basically two VCS3s with an interconnected sequencer. The sound is great, and it is one of the best soft synths on the market for experimenting with new ways of creating sounds!”

- Jean-Michel Jarre (award-winning composer, performer, and record producer), April 2015



GRENOBLE, FRANCE: audio software company XILS-lab is proud to announce availability of XILS 4 v1.5 — a major update to its self-styled ultimate matrix modular soft synth, effectively emulating a conceptual ‘blend’ of the legendary VCS4, a ‘dual VCS3’ analogue matrix modular synthesizer prototyped by British trailblazing entity EMS (Electronic Music Studios) back in 1969 but never commercially released, with pioneering British synthesist Tim Blake’s so-called ‘Crystal Machine’ (comprising two EMS Synthi AKS analogue matrix modular synthesizers with hard sync between their oscillators, one connected to the keyboard and the other connected to the sequencer) — with welcomed additional fanciful features including a powerful preset manager in a single window and new effects with semi-modular routing, as of November 30...


Historically, XILS-lab’s self-styled ultimate matrix modular soft synth creatively combines two XILS 3 soft synths; indeed, its earlier, critically-acclaimed release represents an authentic-sounding software recreation of the groundbreaking late-Sixties-vintage EMS VCS3 analogue matrix modular synthesizer, scaled up to also emulate EMS’ early-Seventies-vintage Synthi Sequencer 256, but boasting even more matrix connections than the original hardware that inspired it! In order to gain an appreciation of the sheer scope of XILS 4, understanding the origins of its smaller software sibling is in order; so let us journey, briefly, back in time, then... to 1969.


The British-built EMS VCS3 — or Electronic Music Studios Voltage Controlled Studio #3 to give it its full appellation (also affectionately known as ‘The Putney’ — after company founder Peter Zinovieff’s original pioneering electronic music studio location in the leafy London suburb — and, somewhat confusingly, ‘The Synthi’ — after its later SYNTHI VCS3 II incarnation) — made musical history upon its 1969 introduction as the first commercially portable synthesizer available anywhere in the world. Its innovative modular matrix-based patchboard dispensed with the telephone exchange-like cabling of other (much larger) modular systems in favour of making connections with (removable) coloured pins, so it could be comfortably housed in a small wooden (solid afrormosia) cabinet. Clearly distinctive in both its physics laboratory test equipment-lookalike looks and strange-sounding sound effects, the VCS3 quickly found favour with the more experimental leading lights of the day, including the BBC Radiophonic Workshop (think Dr Who), Brian Eno (with Roxy Music), Jean-Michel Jarre, and Pink Floyd, to name but a few first-generation famous users. Ultimately, thanks to Peter Zinovieff’s visionary synth wizardry, patch-building became a whole lot easier with more inputs and outputs to boot, and no more roadies (necessarily) needed!


Needless to say, time and tide waits for no man (and no synth), so technology’s inexorable march onwards inevitably saw the venerable VCS3 washed away as a wave of powerful programmable American analogue polysynths took hold, opening the technological floodgates to the tsunami of more mainstream (and affordable) digital developments that ultimately changed the course of music making forever.


Fortunately for some, what goes around often comes around; today those strange sounds are sought after again and new VCS3s are available to custom order from a former EMS employee — albeit at a premium price tag with a predictably distant delivery date; mere musical mortals, meanwhile, have XILS-lab to thank for its cost-conscious and award-winning XILS 3 soft synth successfully taking the emulated essence of the late-Sixties-vintage VCS3 and associated early-Seventies-vintage Synthi Sequencer 256, transporting them to modern-day DAW-driven workflow with all the recallable benefits that brings with it. It is little wonder that XILS 3 proved popular with both first-time buyers beginning an intriguingly in-depth journey into the wonderful world of modular synthesis and also seasoned synthesists, such as renowned sound designer Richard Devine and original VCS3 aficionado Tim Blake (Hawkwind), as well as Peter Zinovieff himself, who kindly commented, “A great step forward!”


Fast-forwarding to today, thanks to constructive conversations with both Peter Zinovieff about EMS’ fabled fusion of two VCS3s to produce the prototyped VCS4 and pioneering British synthesist Tim Blake about his so-called ‘Crystal Machine’ (comprising two EMS Synthi AKS analogue matrix modular synthesizers, with hard sync between their oscillators, one connected to the keyboard and the other connected to the sequencer), which resulted in XILS-lab’s self-styled XILS 4 ultimate matrix modular soft synth — subsequently reaping the benefits of a high-profile namecheck by French electronic music pioneer par excellence Jean-Michel Jarre as one of his favourite plug-ins, XILS 4 v1.5 takes that conceptual ‘blend’ to its current contemporary conclusion, courtesy of the New Preset Manager (NPM) being implemented alongside an additional natural-sounding reverb, new effects with semi-modular routing, second independent keyboard, and self-explanatory BAL L-R (balance between left and right synthesizer module) knob.


Needless to say, that NPM implementation is a major step forward in the evolution of XILS 4, allowing users to easily and speedily perform different tasks with welcomed visual feedback — for example, locate and load the most suitable preset in seconds via a multi-criteria search engine, save/save as presets with (user-generated) tags, batch-tag multiple selections of presets, export/import multiple selections of presets, and select view (such as showing only favourite presets or hiding unwanted presets). In adding a natural-sounding reverb to XILS 4 v1.5, XILS-lab also took the opportunity to totally revamp its Effects Block, so users can now route any effect in any order, and also choose to process only the left or right synthesizer module with any available effect; in short, while previous versions offered only one instance of fixed effect routing, now dozens of possibilities are available — adding reverb on the chorus (or vice versa) or processing the left synthesizer module with reverb and the right synthesizer module with delay and phaser, for example. Elsewhere, the second keyboard opens up XILS 4 to the possibilities of split patches or layering the two synth engines to only one part of the keyboard.


Accomplished additions apart, XILS 4’s (online-viewable) full feature list is impressive as it comes — cue 12 aliasing-free oscillators, grouped in six pairs across two synthesizer modules, with wave shaping and hard sync, plus two additional noise generators, and two (virtual) analogue multimode filters, each with non-linear and zero-delay behaviour and three different (12/18/24 dB) modes... just for starters. Simply said, those already fanciful features really represent only the tip of the inspirational iceberg, so-to-speak... just ask Jean-Michel Jarre about its pin matrix magic, for what it’s worth! With up to 1,140 simultaneous connections per patch, perhaps it is all the more understandable that he said, “... it is one of the best soft synths on the market for experimenting with new ways of creating sounds!”


XILS 4 v1.5 is available to purchase as a USB eLicenser or iLok (1 and 2 dongle hardware or software) protected plug-in at an introductory promo price of €99.00 EUR until December 10, 2018 — rising thereafter to an MSRP of €179.00 EUR — from XILS-lab here: https://www.xils-lab.com/products/xils-4-p-148.html (Note that XILS 4 v1.5 is free for owners of all earlier versions of XILS 4.)


XILS 4 v1.5 can be directly downloaded as a multi-format (AAX, AU, RTAS, VST), 32- and 64-bit soft synth and virtual effects plug-in for Mac (OS X 10.7 and later) and Windows (XP, 7, 8, 10) from here: https://www.xils-lab.com/products/xils-4-p-148/download.html


About XILS-lab (www.xils-lab.com)

Based in Grenoble, France, XILS-lab is an audio software company, created and managed by Xavier Oudin. Having created some of the best known virtual instruments and effects plug-ins on the market for various companies over the last 20 years, today he focuses on bringing his passion for audio, instruments, and music to bear on his own company.Working with highly-skilled professional musicians and sound designers, the company collectively believes that a virtual instrument or effect is not simply a series of mind-boggling mathematical algorithms designed and scrutinised over by bookish PhD engineers but rather a useful and useable musical tool made for musicians. Moreover, XILS-lab loves to create virtual instruments and effects that inspire its users to create more imaginative music than they ever dreamed possible!

© 2018 XILS-lab



<![CDATA[V-MODA’s New SpeakEasy DAC/AMP Lightning® Cable For Apple iOS Devices]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/v-modas-new-speakeasy-dacamp-lightning-cable-for-apple-ios-devices Thu, 29 Nov 2018 14:23:41 GMT


V-MODA’s New SpeakEasy DAC/AMP Lightning® Cable

Delivers Unparalleled Audio Quality for Apple iOS Devices


New, versatile SpeakEasy cable improves iPhone and iPad audio with hi-res analog sound



MILANO, Italy – Nov. 28, 2018 – V-MODA, the award-winning manufacturer of the world’s finest high-fidelity audio devices, announces the availability of its new SpeakEasy DAC/AMP Lightning Cable. SpeakEasy comes complete with DAC (Digital-to-Analog converter) technology and a built-in amplifier, along with an integrated microphone and remote, for high-end wired audio quality for ideal listening and communication on iOS devices.


“The concept of the SpeakEasy DAC/AMP Lightning Cable started instantaneously after the extinction of the headphone jack, but the execution took years of fine-tuning. We simply listened to what our customers and the market was desperately asking for after Apple removed the 3.5mm headphone jack on iOS devices,” said Val Kolton, CEO of V-MODA. “With SpeakEasy, listeners can keep using many brands of headphones with 3.5mm ports and enjoy audiophile-grade sound quality while plugging into the lighting port on iOS products.”



With most wireless headphones on the market today, audio quality is still compromised when compared to pure analog sound. Many consumers are still not willing to give up the wires and sacrifice high-resolution sound. The SpeakEasy Lightning Cable’s DAC/AMP technology allows listeners to plug in their high-end headphones and listen to audio nuances they have never heard before.


SpeakEasy integrates a high performance 24-bit DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converter), certified by Apple “Made for iOS” (MFi) standards, to convert digital signal into analog V-MODA high-resolution sound. With a “signal-to-noise ratio” reaching 114dB, SpeakEasy ensures high reliability and a clear decoding of transmitted signal with minimal noise. The SpeakEasy Cable also features V-MODA’s VAMP headphone amp technology to ensure 31mW output power, avoiding the low-quality amps that are traditionally integrated into source devices. SpeakEasy will not deplete power consumption more than a standard analog 3.5mm cable, with only a less-than-5% variance in power usage (tested when listening to music on an iPhone for 4 hours through Apple Music).



V-MODA’s SpeakEasy DAC/AMP Lightning Cable features a separated microphone and 3-button remote control with voice assistance, so users can control volume and music/media playback, make voice calls or command Siri or Google Assistant on Apple devices. The built-in SpeakEasy Microphone is highly sensitive and specially-tuned by V-MODA for crystal clear communication no matter where you are.



Like all V-MODA products, the SpeakEasy DAC/AMP Lightning Cable is built to last. Tested against strictest durability standards, the ARAMID fiber-reinforced cable can withstand 1+ million bends – 100 times the industry standard. It also features a sturdy 24k gold-plated plug for a rock-solid connection and measures 4.43 feet (1.35m), making it the perfect length for any device and any situation. This allows you to make calls while your phone is sitting on your desk or to connect your source device to your car’s AUX-IN socket.


Compatible with all Lightning port Apple products, the SpeakEasy DAC/AMP Lightning Cable is designed and certified to provide optimal use with iOS devices. It is also compatible with all V-MODA over-ear and on-ear headphones, including the Crossfade 2 Wireless Codex Edition, and most brands of detachable 3.5mm (1/8") port headphones such as Beats and other popular headphone brand models.



The SpeakEasy Lighting Cable is available now for $101 on V-MODA.com, Amazon.com and authorized retailers worldwide. 





About V-MODA and Roland Japan:

Designed in Milano, V-MODA’s verve is to amplify an authentic music lifestyle via timeless products forged by unparalleled quality, fashion-forward design and an unequivocal passion for music and materials. Led by Chief Visionary Officer and professional musician Val Kolton, V-MODA blends analog renaissance age inspiration, Italian design and precise Japanese engineering. V-MODA products have won 45+ editors’ choice awards and have become essential gear for the world’s top professional musicians.


V-MODA joined forces with Roland of Japan on 808 (August 8, 2016), to redefine and develop the next breakthrough in music products and push the boundaries of audio innovation to reach a global audience of music aficionados. V-MODA and Roland do not tune headphones only as the “artists intended” but as both the “instrument engineer and artists intended.”


Visit V-MODA.com, “like” us at Facebook.com/VMODA and follow us on Twitter (@VMODA) and Instagram (@VMODA).

<![CDATA[FabFilter Releases FabFilter Pro-Q 3 Equalizer Plugin With Dynamic EQ]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/fabfilter-releases-fabfilter-pro-q-3-equalizer-plugin-with-dynamic-eq Thu, 29 Nov 2018 14:16:14 GMT


FabFilter releases FabFilter Pro-Q 3 equalizer plug-in with dynamic EQ



AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, November 29, 2018. FabFilter is proud to announce the availability of FabFilter Pro-Q 3, a major update to the acclaimed Pro-Q equalizer plug-in. Pro-Q 3 improves on its predecessor in every area, introducing dynamic EQ, surround support, per-band mid/side processing, and much more, while maintaining the pristine sound quality and exceptional ease of use for which Pro-Q has always been known.


Integrated dynamic EQ

Pro-Q 3 adds the ability to switch any of its 24 bands to Dynamic EQ mode, with a simple, elegant workflow: just raise or lower the Dynamic Range ring around the Gain knob to apply smooth compression or expansion to that band. An intelligent algorithm automatically chooses program-dependent attack, release, and knee settings, while the Threshold can be set automatically, according to the input signal level, or manually. And, of course, dynamic EQ bands continue to operate with perfect analog matching and support Linear Phase mode.


Surround support

Pro-Q 3 works with all major surround formats, up to Dolby Atmos 7.1.2. The plug-in automatically configures itself to the multichannel format of the hosting surround track, and an intuitive selection panel enables EQ adjustment of multiple channels together.


Mid/side processing

Pro-Q has long been able to work its equalization magic on the mid or side channels in a stereo signal, as well as left and right, and this functionality becomes even more flexible with Pro-Q 3. Each individual band can now be set to process only the Mid, Side, Left, Right, or Stereo channels, so users can get truly surgical with their stereo frequency-shaping on a band-by-band basis.


New filter types

Pro-Q 3 adds to Pro-Q 2’s multitude of filter types with the all-new Flat Tilt shape, applying a flat tilting correction curve to the entire audible spectrum. And for those occasions when even the super-steep 96dB/ octave roll-off slope isn’t precise enough, the Low and High Cut filter types can now be set to Brickwall mode for the ultimate in top/bottom attenuation.


Pro-Q 3’s spectrum analyzer makes it easier than ever to find and correct problem frequencies in the mix. Activate the new collision detection to view clashes between the source signal and the spectrum of any other Pro-Q 3 instance in the session, and get an instant handle on the most important peaks in Spectrum Grab mode with frequency/note labels.


Key features:

  • Professional mastering-grade EQ plug-in with exceptional sound quality

  • Up to 24 bands with a huge range of filter types

  • Dynamic EQ option for every band

  • 6-96dB/octave slopes for all filter types

  • Additional Brickwall slope for the High Cut and Low Cut filters

  • Per-band Stereo, Left, Right, Mid, or Side mode

  • Zero Latency, Natural Phase, and Linear Phase processing modes

  • Extremely efficient processing and low memory usage

  • Surround support, including Dolby Atmos 7.0.2 and 7.1.2 formats with flexible surround channel linking

  • Adapts automatically to stereo, mono, and surround channel layouts

  • Intelligent multiband selection and editing

  • Intelligent band solo mode

  • Powerful real-time spectrum analyzer

  • External spectrum visualization from any other Pro-Q 3 instance in the session, including collision detection

  • Spectrum Grab: grab and adjust a peak directly in the spectrum analyzer

  • EQ Match for imposing the tonal characteristics of one signal on another

  • Piano Display switches the frequency scale to musical note values 

  • Separate mastering (3/6dB) and mixing (12/30dB) display ranges

  • Undo/redo and A/B comparison

  • Beautiful, responsive, resizable GPU-accelerated graphical interface with full-screen mode

  • MIDI Learn with option to control the currently active band

  • Retina support on macOS and High DPI support on Windows

  • Supports common Pro Tools hardware control surfaces


FabFilter Pro-Q 3 is now available for EUR 149, USD 179 or GBP 134, supporting both Windows and macOS in VST and VST 3, Audio Units, AAX, and AudioSuite plug-in formats. Bundles with FabFilter Pro-Q 3 and other FabFilter plug-ins are also available at: www.fabfilter.com/shop


Existing FabFilter customers can purchase or upgrade to FabFilter Pro-Q 3 with very attractive discounts by logging into their online user account at: www.fabfilter.com/myaccount


System requirements are either Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, or XP, and a VST 2/3 host or Pro Tools, or Mac OS X 10.8 or higher with Intel processor, and an Audio Units host, VST 2/3 host, or Pro Tools. Both 64-bit and 32-bit hosts are supported.


Evaluation copies are available at: www.fabfilter.com/download




About FabFilter

Beautiful sound. Fantastic workflow. These are the foundations of FabFilter. Continually challenging and rethinking industry standards, FabFilter creates powerful audio plug-ins with superb sound quality and innovative interfaces. FabFilter was founded in 2002 by Frederik Slijkerman and Floris Klinkert, and is based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

© 2018 FabFilter Software Instruments



<![CDATA[Nordic Noir]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/nordic-noir Thu, 29 Nov 2018 14:10:42 GMT


Zero-G release Nordic Noir - A Substantial Cinematic Crime, Drama & Action Sample Library with 20% Intro Discount!



Created by renowned soundtrack composer Davor Devcic, Nordic Noir is a substantial new 3Gb Cinematic Crime, Drama & Action sample library from Zero-G based on, and calling to mind, the great soundtracks from that bleak and beautiful cinematic and TV genre. The sounds from the 32 construction kits have been cleverly created so that they can be interwoven and combined in innumerable ways. There are also extra pads, drum loops, piano and synths.


"I wanted to use my experience working with directors, producers and music supervisors for TV and movies to give you a toolbox of sounds to fit any mood and atmosphere. This library has been created predominantly for motion pictures, so the audio format is 48KHZ/24bit. The samples work in various tempos and the ability to mute and unmute elements of the construction kits allows for a multitude of variables. You will be surprised how you can alter the mood of your composition just by doing those simple tweaks. Be creative - let this library be a good start for your next blockbuster or award-winning TV series." - Davor Devcic, Producer and Author


What you get...


250 Acidized WAV files

250 AIFF Apple Loops

44 Kontakt Instruments

44 EXS24 Instruments

44 HALion Instruments

44 NN-XT Instruments


Nordic Noir is the perfect example of the atmospheric and downbeat music accompanying some of film and TV drama’s most artfully staged scenes of murder, suspense, heartbreak and deceit and it's available now with a 20% intro discount until 12th December 2018!


For full product details and audio demos visit: https://www.timespace.com/products/zero-g-nordic-noir




<![CDATA[Avid Pro Tools Now Includes UVI Falcon Hybrid Instrument]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/avid-pro-tools-now-includes-uvi-falcon-hybrid-instrument Thu, 29 Nov 2018 14:08:09 GMT


Avid Pro Tools Now Includes UVI Falcon Delivering Powerful Creative Hybrid Instrument and High Quality Sound


 Avid partners with UVI to ignite inspiration and enable artists to create their signature sound



BURLINGTON, Mass., Nov. 29, 2018Avid® (Nasdaq: AVID), the leading technology provider that powers the media and entertainment industry, today announced an alliance with software instrument developer UVI to deliver powerful virtual instruments and an exclusive sound library to all Pro Tools users. UVI’s acclaimed hybrid virtual instrument Falcon and the exclusive Plugsound Avid Edition sound library (a combined $498 value) are now included with Pro Tools® and Pro Tools | Ultimate at no additional cost. The free UVI Workstation 3 plug-in and the exclusive Plugsound Avid Edition sound library is available for Pro Tools | First users.


The creative experience of Pro Tools is more intuitive and immediate, with numerous features introduced in the latest release designed to enable fast and fluid creativity. With UVI’s virtual instruments, music creators and sound designers now have more choices from which to draw inspiration and create their own sound.  


UVI develops software instruments, effects, and sound libraries that give musicians and audio professionals unique, expressive tools to create their sound. With UVI Falcon, users can generate sounds quickly with drag-and-drop ease and design complex patches with a multitude of modifiable parameters—including 15 state-of-the-art oscillators, over 80 effects, modulation generators, a scriptable event processor, and more.  Available on the Avid Marketplace, both Falcon and the UVI Workstation can be augmented with high-quality expansion sound libraries.


 These sound libraries are included with the following Pro Tools tiers:

  • Plugsound Avid Edition (included with all Pro Tools tiers)a fantastic-sounding 2.6 GB sample library that is exclusive to Avid — loaded with keyboard sounds, synthesized sounds, drums and percussion, fretted instruments, and more.


  • Falcon Factory Sounds (included with Pro Tools & Pro Tools | Ultimate only) – a high-quality, versatile library developed by some of the world’s most well-known and respected sound designers –– from classic synths, percussion, and physical modeling, to sample-driven, multi-granular soundscapes and multi-oscillator hybrids.



“UVI’s Falcon is one of the most extensive and thorough hybrid virtual instruments I’ve tried,” said composer and pianist Greg Spero (Tiny Room Studios), who creates with UVI Falcon in Pro Tools | Ultimate. “I could write a whole album using entirely UVI sounds.”


“UVI Falcon together with Pro Tools provides artists a unique combination of versatility and clarity of sound to deliver unmatched capabilities and lightning fast results, allowing artists to create new music quickly,” said Thomas Joussot, UVI Partner & Artist Relations. “The ability to use UVI Falcon’s unique functions together with Pro Tools is a winning combination and is sure to unlock new levels in the imagination of what is truly possible.”


“For musical artists, the ability to quickly bring ideas from their imagination into the track is vital to success,” said Rob D’Amico, Director, Market Solutions | Pro Audio at Avid. “Avid is continuously advancing Pro Tools’ music creation capabilities and this partnership with UVI will give users another gateway to tap into their creativity, allowing them to take whatever sound they hear in their minds and quickly make it a reality. The possibilities are endless.”



Experience Avid at The NAMM Show

Avid will showcase UVI’s Falcon creative capabilities within Pro Tools at The NAMM Show (North hall, level 1, booth #15502). Taking place from January 24-27, 2019 at Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, Calif., The NAMM Show is the world’s largest trade-only event for music, sound and event technology professionals. Through hands-on demonstrations and stage presentations by creative luminaries, visitors to Avid will experience workflows for music creation, notation, audio post and live sound.


 For more information, visit www.avid.com/ProTools.




About Avid

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


<![CDATA[Lectrosonics Announces Major Firmware Update For The Duet Digital Wireless Monitor IEM/IFB System ]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/lectrosonics-announces-major-firmware-update-for-the-duet-digital-wireless-monitor-iemifb-system Thu, 29 Nov 2018 14:05:15 GMT


Lectrosonics Announces Major Firmware Update for the Acclaimed Duet Digital Wireless Monitor IEM/IFB System
V2.0 Update Includes a Host of New Features as a Result of Valuable Customer Input
Rio Rancho, NM (November 29, 2018) — Lectrosonics is pleased to announce a major firmware update for their acclaimed Duet digital wireless monitor IEM/IFB system, V2.0.The 2.0 Firmware update includes a host of new features and improvements that are the result of valuable customer input, including improved audio quality, shortcuts on the front panel to assist in quick setup, a volume lock and additional flexibility in setting the audio gain and limiter functions. With the new update, users can now do a front panel IR sync operation and similarly turn on or off the RF transmission without requiring access to the menus.
Added flexibility to the M2R receiver audio setup now includes an option for negative gain on the limiter screen, allowing adjustment to the maximum gain available, for instances where artists may be using extra sensitive earphones. The limiter screen now also features a meter showing the amount of gain reduction acting on the signal. Additionally, there is now also a “threshold off” setting, which allows users to bypass the limiter altogether for a more dynamic audio response.
The M2R receiver now lets users turn the LEDs on or off, by pressing the “up” or “down” arrow buttons on the pack, for cases where users might want to minimize the visual impact while worn on talent. And, since many users are employing the Duet system as an IFB solution for broadcast facilities, mono earphones may be used with the receiver. Thus, a stereo/mono earphone selection is available in the menu.
“The Duet system has been an incredibly successful product for us in the past year since its introduction,” says Karl Winkler, VP of Sales and Service at Lectrosonics. “We’ve enjoyed learning about the variety of ways that this equipment is being used, from churches to tours to TV studios. All the user input during that time has been invaluable in terms of improving the product and adding these new features.”
The Duet system consists of the M2T dual-stereo half-rack transmitter and M2R diversity belt pack receiver. The Duet covers the UHF frequencies of 470-608 MHz in a single range, uses digital modulation for transmission, and can accept analog or Dante digital inputs. The new system is designed and developed with professional touring, installation, theater, filmmaking and broadcast customers in mind.
The Duet firmware V2.0 is available for download from the Lectrosonics web site. Lectrosonics Wireless Designer software is required to perform the update. Once the update had been performed, Wireless Designer must also be updated to V1.3.13 or higher to communicate with the M2T. (Please also note that V2.0 must be installed on both M2T transmitters and M2R receivers, as the new version is not compatible with any 1.X versions.)
About Lectrosonics
Well respected within the film, broadcast, and theatre technical communities since 1971, Lectrosonics wireless microphone systems and audio processing products are used daily in mission-critical applications by audio engineers familiar with the company's dedication to quality, customer service, and innovation. Lectrosonics is a US manufacturer based in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Visit the company online at www.lectrosonics.com.
<![CDATA[Dorico 2.2 Update Expands Capabilities In Media Music And Jazz]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/dorico-2.2-update-expands-capabilities-in-media-music-and-jazz Wed, 28 Nov 2018 14:34:33 GMT


Dorico 2.2 Update Expands Capabilities in Media Music and Jazz


Dorico 2 now includes real-time MIDI recording, an overhauled MIDI transcription engine, new features for media musicians and jazz, and dozens of other improvements across the whole application.



HAMBURG, Germany — Steinberg is pleased to announce the availability of Dorico 2.2, the latest significant update to its next-generation music notation application, introducing a wide range of improvements that make producing beautiful sheet music easier and quicker than ever.


Dorico 2.0 introduced a suite of features aimed at helping composers, orchestrators, and copyists working in media music for film, TV, and games, including support for composing to picture, timecode, markers, MIDI controller automation, and more. Dorico 2.2 adds further powerful MIDI-centric features for media musicians, including real-time MIDI recording, improved MIDI transcription, and import and export of tempo tracks from and to MIDI files.


Composers can now input music in real time, playing against a click, or import music via MIDI, and experience the improvements in Dorico’s MIDI transcription engine, with advanced automatic tuplet detection, adaptive quantization, and enharmonic spelling. The result is a clean, useful transcription.


In the fast-moving world of composing for film, TV and games, being able to respond quickly to edits in the source material is critical. Dorico can now import a tempo track — replacing any existing time signatures, tempos, and markers, but retaining all of the other musical material — from a MIDI file, allowing a cue to be reworked right away. Dorico can also export a tempo track for import into a sequencer if the update needs to be made in the other direction. The 2.2 update has many other new features and capabilities such as enhanced trills, a dialog for editing the appearance of musical symbols, and many workflow improvements for key commands.


Dorico 2.0 also broadened the capabilities of the software for musicians working in jazz, rock, pop and other commercial music with best-in-class bar repeats and rhythm slashes, and Dorico 2.2 builds on this with comprehensive support for jazz articulations — scoops, falls, plops, and doits — and sophisticated support for complex repeat structures involving D.C., D.S., Coda, and Fine.


Product Marketing Manager for Dorico, Daniel Spreadbury, said: “With the sweeping improvements across the whole application in version 2.2, Dorico is now more than ready for the most demanding of workflows, in every field of music. More and more top professionals in the worlds of concert and media music are turning to Dorico because of its speed, efficiency, and beautiful results, and we are delighted to see educational institutions replacing their previous generation music notation software with Dorico in ever greater numbers.”



Availability and pricing

Dorico 2.2 is available immediately as a free update for existing Dorico Pro 2 and Dorico Elements 2 users, and new customers buying Dorico for the first time will automatically receive Dorico 2.2 when they install.


Dorico is available from local resellers or directly from the Steinberg Online Shop. The suggested retail price is US $559.99. Students and teachers can purchase Dorico at the discounted suggested retail price of US $349.99. Users of Finale and Sibelius can buy a Dorico crossgrade at the special suggested retail price of US $279.99, and a further educational discount is available for students and teachers, allowing them to buy Dorico for just US $179.99.



Key features of Dorico

  • Best automatic engraving of any software
  • Easy note input
  • Intelligently adjusts notation as you write
  • Any number of movements or pieces in a single project
  • Automatic layout of instrumental parts, including unique linked cues
  • Stunning playback — nearly 1,500 sounds included
  • Supports VST 3 virtual instruments and effects processors (30 included)
  • Sequencer-style piano roll MIDI editor
  • DTP page layout
  • Sophisticated chord symbols, unpitched percussion and drum set notation
  • Unbarred music, tuplets across barlines, microtonality, etc. all handled correctly — no workarounds
  • Transfer to and from other programs via MusicXML, MIDI, PDF, etc.






Product page: www.dorico.com
YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/dorico
Trial download: www.dorico.com


About Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH

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

Visit www.steinberg.net for further details.


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<![CDATA[Audified's MultiDrive Pedal Pro - A New Way To "Plug In" To The Sound Of Classic Pedals]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/audifieds-multidrive-pedal-pro---a-new-way-to-plug-in-pedals Tue, 27 Nov 2018 13:59:01 GMT


Audified brings erstwhile brands’ virtual stomp box breakthroughs back to the future with MultiDrive Pedal Pro plug-in bundle



BRNO, CZECH REPUBLIC: host application and audio effects developer Audified is proud to announce availability of MultiDrive Pedal Pro — pushing further forward with its virtual stomp box breakthroughs by bringing the legacy of erstwhile brand DSound’s first guitar software (released as Stomp’n FX Vol. 1 and Stomp’n FX Vol. 2 way back in 2000) and later featured, for example, in Audiffex’s inTone2 (multifaceted multichannel effects processor, software mixing console, virtual instruments host, and flexible multitrack zonal player) back to the future as 12 legendary effect pedal plug-ins, professionally primed to provide the perfect bundled blend of overdrive, distortion, fuzz, and boost for today’s DAW-driven studio setups — as of November 27...


You can never have enough effect pedals. Just ask any guitarist worth their sonic salt! Since there are literally thousands of stomp boxes on the market, maybe this is hardly surprising — all the more so since they each offer something different in terms of sound, purpose, or quality. Quantifying this time-honoured trend in today’s DAW-driven workflow with its all-new MultiDrive Pedal Pro plug-in bundle sits naturally with the future-facing nature of Audified. As such, it is professionally primed to provide the perfect bundled blend of overdrive (for power), distortion (for complexity), fuzz (for fuzziness), and boost (for allowing every detail to shine through). The talented team of Audified engineers expertly draw upon the company’s rich history of creating quality guitar software to simulate 12 legendary effect pedals that every musician should have in their studio setup. Since this effectively represents the company’s third generation of stomp box models — made with totally new modelling technology — they simply sound perfect!


Put it this way: with MultiDrive Pedal Pro, Audified removed every last screw from every effect pedal modelled, meticulously measuring all components within, so users cannot tell the difference between the real-world stomp boxes and the following software simulations so readily accessible in the resultant bundle.


808-Scream is based on the TS-808 Tube Screamer, a guitar overdrive pedal made famous by Ibanez. It was originally released in the late Seventies, and its characteristic mid-boosted tone soon proved popular with blues and rock guitarists. It has since been used by countless guitarists to create their signature sound, remaining one of the most successful, widely copied, and ‘modded’ overdrive pedals in the history of the electric guitar!


9-Scream is based on another overdrive guitar pedal from Ibanez — the TS-9 Tube Screamer. Indeed, Ibanez produced the so-called ‘9-series’ between 1982 and 1985, with the TS-9 Tube Screamer being almost identical, internally, to the TS-808 Tube Screamer, but boasting a different output, resulting in a brighter, less smooth sound.


B-Drive is based on the BOSS BD-2 Blues Driver, delivering the creamy, yet crunchy sound associated with great blues guitar. This popular pedal provides instant access to the kind of warm overdrive and emotive distortion usually reserved for 30-year-old tube amps.


O-Drive is based on the now-legendary BOSS OD-1 OverDrive. Seventies-vintage artists mostly made use of a fuzz distortion sound, so the overdrive produced by the OD-1 OverDrive was not exactly typical for the time. It was, however, soon accepted as a new standard of guitar sound. Speaking of sound, the OD-1 OverDrive features an asymmetric circuit where the positive and negative halves of the waveform are not distorted equally.


S-Drive is based on the BOSS SD-1 Super OverDrive. This sonic stalwart has been around for a very long time and has gone almost unchanged from its inception back in 1981. Again, an asymmetric overdrive circuit is at its core. This responds very well to the force of a player’s picking, producing a dynamic and smooth overdrive effect well suited to any type of rock music. Many guitarists also use the SD-1 Super OverDrive as a booster pedal for valve amplifiers.


One-Distortion is based on the BOSS DS-1 Distortion, a true icon in the wonderful world of guitar effects. Introduced in 1978, BOSS’ first distortion pedal defined a bold new sound, delivering hard-edged attack and smooth sustain that has been a staple of players for generations. Get this, though: the DS-1 Distortion is the top-selling BOSS compact pedal of all time, and its original, unchanged design continues to inspire the creation of great music worldwide.


BAT-Distortion is based on Pro Co Sound’s RAT Distortion. ‘The Rat’ became very popular in the early Eighties, thanks, in part, to being used by several famous artists. As a primary distortion device, it excels at arena rock rhythm tones and soaring leads, but its true beauty lies in its versatility.


XXL-Distortion is based on the Distortion+ pedal originally designed in the Seventies by MXR Innovations. Its name implies distortion, and indeed it does distortion (parallel clipping) well, but boasts a rather mild sound. It is perhaps best known for its crunchy heavy metal sound that was featured by Randy Rhoads in his work with Ozzy Osbourne. The Distortion+ delivers everything from cool overdriven blues tones to huge Eighties hard rock distortion.


M-Distortion is based on the MT-2 Metal Zone, one of BOSS’ most popular pedals. Duly delivering a wide range of distortion sounds with three-band EQ and strong sustain, it is capable of some of the most over-the-top, insane distortion tones in the world — with huge mids and lows, alongside an ultra-saturated sound!


F-Fuzz is based on Jim Dunlop’s Fuzz Face, an effect pedal mainly used by electric guitarists and also some bass players. Designed to produce a distorted sound from an electric guitar, a sound often referred to as ‘fuzz’ — which was sometimes achieved by accident earlier through broken electrical components or damaged speakers, this particular Fuzz Face distortion is constructed to vintage specs, featuring the original Germanium PNP transistor design for a rich, creamy fuzz sound.


M-Fuzz is based on the Big Muff Pi (π). Produced in New York City by Electro-Harmonix, along with Russian sister company Sovtek, this fuzz box is primarily for use with electric guitar, but also used by bassists due to its squeaky frequency response. Hendrix and Santana were among the first to get a piece of the Pi, so-to-speak, and the Big Muff — as it has become simply known — has been defining the sound of rock guitar for over 40 years!


T-Booster is based on the Brian May Treble Booster, an effect unit used by guitarists to boost volume and especially the high end of their tonal spectrum, which was particularly popular during the Sixties. Beloved by guitarists such as Ritchie Blackmore, Marc Bolan, Rory Gallagher, Tony Iommi, and, of course, Brian May, treble boosters were used to overdrive amplifiers in order to create a more distorted yet focused sound.


So that’s Audified’s all-new MultiDrive Pedal Pro... providing a perfect bundled blend of true tone pedal plug-ins, professionally primed for today’s DAW-driven workflow — fresh from the company with over 20 years’ worth of exemplary effects development to its notable name. No need to buy dozens of stomp boxes separately or download imperfect simulations; simply download MultiDrive Pedal Pro for perfect simulations of 12 legendary effect pedals at a pocket-friendly price!


MultiDrive Pedal Pro is available to purchase for $69.00 USD from Audified’s online shop here: https://shop.audified.com/products/multidrive- pedal-pro (Note MultiDrive Pedal Pro requires iLok License Manager 3.1.6 or newer as it is protected by PACE Anti-Piracy Inc.’s software machine licensor USB smart key device, details of which are highlighted here: https://shop.audified.com/pages/how-to-activate-ilok-license)


MultiDrive Pedal Pro can be directly downloaded as a bundle of multi-format (AAX, AU, VST2, VST3), 32- and 64-bit native plug-ins for MacOS (10.9 and above) and Windows (7, 8, and 10) — alongside a fully-functional, 30-day trial version — from Audified here: https://services.audified.com/download


For more in-depth info, please visit the dedicated MultiDrive Pedal Pro webpage here: https://shop.audified.com/products/multidrive-pedal-pro Watch Audified’s official MultiDrive Pedal Pro video here: https://youtu.be/sWdoJgIxMsc


MultiDrive Pedal LE, a limited-edition version of MultiDrive Pedal Pro featuring O-Drive only, is available to purchase for only $5.00 USD from Audified’s online shop here: https://shop.audified.com/products/multidrive-pedal-le


MultiDrive Pedal LE can be directly downloaded as a 32- and 64-bit native plug-in for MacOS (10.9 and above) and Windows (7, 8, and 10) — alongside a fully-functional, 30-day trial version — from Audified here: https://services.audified.com/download


For more in-depth info, please visit the dedicated MultiDrive Pedal LE webpage here: https://shop.audified.com/products/multidrive-pedal-le




About Audified (www.audified.com)

With more than 20 years of R&D, education, and collaboration connected with its notable name (https://shop.audified.com/pages/history), Audified actively develops software applications, software effects, and hardware processors for musicians, audio engineers, and installed audio. As such, the company’s collective vision is to improve and streamline music production workflow, adding a new aesthetic value to their customer’s work while helping them to achieve the best possible results.


© 2018 Audified s.r.o.



<![CDATA[Got Micrograms?]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/got-micrograms Tue, 27 Nov 2018 13:49:11 GMT



Its new release day and this week we’ve got Micrograms - Psytrance. Awaken your senses


Zenhiser Pack: Micrograms - Psytrance

Price: $60.00 AUD

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




<![CDATA[Now You Can Zoom At 4K]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/now-you-can-zoom-at-4k Tue, 27 Nov 2018 13:45:10 GMT




The 4K Camera for Musicians



November 27, 2018 – Zoom North America introduces a new evolution in its line of handy cameras, the Zoom Q2n-4K. Promising the same unbeatable audio and new, advanced video quality, the camera for musicians just got better.


With 4K UHD capability, 12 specialized scene settings and unrivaled sound recording up to 24-bit/96kHz, the Zoom Q2n-4K is designed to completely capture performances, practices and live streams like never before. 


Easily record everything from acoustic guitar to heavy metal with the Q2n-4K’s 150-degree wide angle lens and five field-of-view (FOV) settings. And with the camera’s color LCD display and one-touch recording, you can be framed up and rolling in seconds.


From a dimly lit club to outside in the glaring sun, the Q2n-4K lets you get the perfect shot anywhere without being a lighting expert. Featuring high dynamic range (HDR) technology and 12 preset scenes, every clip you film will be well-lit and well-balanced.


The Q2n-4K allows you to play back or monitor your audio through either headphones or speakers. And with an HDMI micro Type D video output, the you can even review your video in high definition on your TV.


A must-have for musicians of the digital age, the Q2n-4K can connect to a computer for live streaming to Facebook, YouTube, Twitch and more. You can also output the Q2n-4K’s audio to an iOS device* for mobile podcasting and music streaming.


“The creation and presentation of digital content is critical for today’s musicians.  Whether posting or streaming, their performances demand equally excellent audio and video quality,” commented David Via, Vice President of Marketing at Zoom North America.





The new Zoom Q2n-4K is available in-store or online for $199.99. For more information including specs and videos, please visit www.zoom-na.com/Q2n4k or contact Zoom North America at info@zoom-na.com.


*iPad Camera Connection Kit or Lightning to USB Camera Adapter required (sold separately)



<![CDATA[Lauten Audio Ships New "LS-208" Microphone For Broadcast, Live Sound, And Studio Recording ]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/lauten-audio-ships-new-ls-208-microphone-for-broadcast-live-sound-and-studio-recording Tue, 27 Nov 2018 13:40:41 GMT


Lauten Audio Ships New "LS-208" Microphone for Broadcast, Live Sound, and Studio Recording 
The new LS-208 is a front-address, large diaphragm, high dynamic range, condenser microphone 
San Jose, CA - November 27, 2018 - Today, Lauten Audio announced the LS-208 microphone aimed at the needs of live recording for spoken voice in broadcast, live sound reinforcement, and in the studio. The new microphone is the first in the company's new"Synergy Series" line. The LS-208 is a front-address, high dynamic range, large diaphragm condenser microphone designed for recording voice in podcasting, radio and broadcast, and live instruments on stage for touring productions-as well as many studio recording environments. The microphone is constructed from top quality components found in many high-end studio condenser microphones, yet it is built and packaged to withstand the rigors of broadcast and touring. The LS-208 has a street price of $599.00 USD and is available now from dealers in the US and Canada through its distributor Audio Plus Services.
"Unlike any large diaphragm condenser microphones on the market today, the LS-208 offers radio broadcasters, voiceover talent, podcasters, and sound reinforcement engineers, studio-quality sound combined with exceptional noise rejection and dynamic-range capabilities for excellent results in any live environment," says Lauten Audio founder Brian Loudenslager
With the LS-208's powerful off-axis rejection and internally shock mounted condenser element, it is also particularly well suited for recording voices and instruments in highly dynamic environments such as live on-stage, or in a studio live-room when many instruments are being recorded at once.
The LS-208 can handle sound pressure levels of 135dB without the need for internal or external pre-attenuation. This unique feature also allows for ultra-wide dynamic range. Highly unique for microphones of this type is the LS-208's ability to capture the full human audio perception of 120dB of dynamic range. Many microphones are limited to 85dB of dynamic range after compensating for self-noise. The high-dynamic range gives engineers the ability to capture brilliant recordings of highly dynamic instruments in many environments and is especially useful for capturing horns, percussion, and guitar amps. 
The new mic features independent, multi-stage, high and low-cut filters to help engineers balance recordings at the microphone and aid in successfully capturing a performance while reducing the need for mixing. The 2-stage low-cut (50 and 120Hz) filters reduce low-end rumble and proximity effect in voice applications. The 2-stage high-cut (8 & 10kHz) filters help tame bright instruments and high frequencies. The LS-208 features internally shock mounted condenser elements to help reduce mechanical shock and vibrations. The mic requires 48V phantom power, uses a Cardioid polar pattern, and features a JFET transistor circuit with a transformer-based balanced output.
The Lauten Audio LS-208 microphone comes equipped with a detachable spider shock mount, as well as a hard mount, both with adjustable elbows, and a foam windscreen. The microphone and all its accessories fit into the included hard case, perfect for touring. 
For more information on the Lauten Audio LS-208 microphone, visit: http://www.lautenaudio.com
Lauten Audio LS-208 Microphone for Broadcast, Live Sound, and Studio Recording 
About Lauten Audio
Lauten Audio microphones continue to carve out a unique niche for recordists seeking microphones with an original sound. Their product line includes their flagship "Eden" LT-386, the award-winning "Oceanus" LT-381 transformer-less hybrid tube-fet condenser, and the FC-387 "Atlantis" solid-state Multi-voicing(r) condenser from their Signature Series, and their entry-level "Series Black" large and small diaphragm microphones, The LA-320 tube microphone, LA-220 FET, and LA-120 pencil condensers. Lauten Audio microphones have received rave reviews from both experienced recording engineers and leading Pro Audio magazines around the world. Lauten Audio is located in Silicon Valley, California, for more information visit http://www.lautenaudio.com or call 1-877-721-7018.
About Audio Plus Services
Established in 1991, Audio Plus Services is a leading North American importer and distributor of premium consumer and professional electronics brands including Focal Professional, SPL of Germany, Lauten Audio, Vovox, IsoAcoustics, Zaor Furniture, Cymatic Audio, Vicoustic, Pop Audio and EarSonics. Based in Montreal with U.S. shipping facilities in Champlain, NY, Audio Plus has sales personnel located throughout the United States to professionally service their active roster of more than 350 specialty A/V and Pro Audio dealers. Audio Plus specializes in products and services for the professional audio and performing musician markets, as well as the home theater and custom integration (CI) market – both residential and commercial – for North America. For more information about Audio Plus Services visit their website at http://www.audioplusservices.com/ or call (800) 663-9352.
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<![CDATA[Knaggs Guitars Releases Tuckahoe Model]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/knaggs-guitars-releases-tuckahoe-model Mon, 26 Nov 2018 14:29:47 GMT


Knaggs Guitars releases Tuckahoe Model


People have been asking us for an Off-Shape for years - We are excited to introduce our new model "Tuckahoe', named after the Tuckahoe Creek flowing into the Choptank river and into the Chesapeake Bay -


Specs are: Mahogany body with set Maple neck in an array of Opaque or translucent colors, 25.5" scale, 22 frets, 14'' finger board radius, Ebony or Maple finger boards with EVO frets and choice of Dots, Modern Morning Star or Knaggs Block inlays - available with HH HSS, SSS, HSH, FireBirds, P90 and T-style pickup combinations from Seymour Duncan, Lollar, Fralin and Bare Knuckles. We also offer these instruments with T3/T2 or T1 Maple tops and our proprietary Chesapeake Trem or Hard tail bridges -


First ones are shipping to select dealers World Wide next week - As with all of our models they have their own serial # sequences and start with serial #1 -








Knaggs Guitars, Greensboro, MD – http://www.knaggsguitars.com



<![CDATA[Looking For Easy FM? Try Flow Motion]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/looking-for-easy-fm-try-flow-motion Mon, 26 Nov 2018 14:24:27 GMT


Waves Audio Introduces the Flow Motion FM Synth
KNOXVILLE, TN, November 30, 2018Waves Audio, a leading provider of digital signal processing solutions and digital music production tools, introduces the Flow Motion FM Synth, an addition to its expanding line of virtual instruments. 
Design deep basses, screaming leads, rich pads and growling FX with this hybrid FM synth, featuring an innovative 16-step snapshot sequencer, rich presets, and an intuitive graphic interface that makes FM synthesis playful and easy. 
Flow Motion combines the best elements of FM (frequency modulation) and analog-style subtractive synthesis in one powerful instrument.  
The Flow screen eases your way into FM synthesis, with a uniquely designed graphic FM modulation matrix that connects four powerful mono/polyphonic oscillators with independent waveform and pan controls. You can easily modify assignments between the oscillators, using four independent floating LFO/envelope modulators with intuitive drag-and-drop manipulation. 
The Motion screen lets you further control filters, amplitude, EQ and FX in a “traditional” subtractive way, for added power and flexibility. 
The 16-step snapshot sequencer enables you to easily capture 16 different states of the synth and switch between them in real time. With 16 recallable snapshots per patch, you can quickly create jaw-dropping sequences, on the fly and in the flow. 
Flow Motion FM Synth features:
  • Hybrid FM synth combining FM and subtractive synthesis
  • Intuitive graphic FM modulation matrix with instant visual feedback
  • 1000+ strong preset library, including exclusive artist presets
  • 4 high-resolution oscillators
  • 4 flexible LFOs and envelope modulators
  • 16-step snapshot sequencer: sequence up to 16 recallable snapshots per patch
  • Built-in note sequencer/arpeggiator
  • State-of-the-art studio-quality FX
  • Use as standalone instrument or plugin, in the studio or live
  • NKS-ready for NI Komplete Kontrol and Maschine 
With an additional 16-step note sequencer/arpeggiator and built-in FX, this hybrid synth will let you take your ideas to new sonic territories. Huge on tweakability, but light on the learning curve, Flow Motion will advance your creative flow whether you’re a beginner or an expert synthesist. 
“Introducing Flow Motion FM Synth”: https://youtu.be/sWS9J6G1ZU4
“FM Synth Made Fun and Easy – Flow Motion Synth”:https://youtu.be/jSCiOUnz6CU
 Interface for Waves Flow Motion FM Synth
About Waves Audio Ltd.:
Waves is the world’s leading developer of audio DSP solutions for the professional, broadcast, and consumer electronics audio markets. Since its start in the early '90s with the introduction of the Q10 equalizer plugin, Waves has gone on to develop a comprehensive line of over 150 audio plugins, including industry standards like the L1 and L2 Ultramaximizers, popular vintage console models, and innovative mixing tools like Vocal Rider and the Artist Signature Series. For its accomplishments, Waves received a Technical GRAMMY® Award in 2011, and the Q10 was selected as an inductee into the TECnology Hall of Fame. In 2016, Waves released the eMotion LV1 mixer, a revolutionary live digital mixing console that provides real-time audio mixing for front-of-house, monitor, studio and broadcast engineers. Waves technologies are now used to improve sound quality in virtually every sector of the audio market, from recording, mixing, mastering and post-production to broadcast, live sound, and consumer electronics. Waves has over 25 years of expertise in the development of psychoacoustic signal processing algorithms that leverage knowledge of human auditory perception to radically improve perceived sound quality. Waves’ award-winning processors are utilized to improve sound quality in the creation of hit records, major motion pictures, and top-selling video games worldwide. Waves offers computer software and hardware-plus-software solutions for the professional and broadcast markets. The company’s WavesLive division is a market leader in all live sound sectors, spearheading the development of solutions for all live platforms. Under its Maxx brand, Waves offers semiconductor and licensable algorithms for consumer electronics applications. Waves technologies dramatically enhance audio performance and are used by industry leaders such as Dell, Google, Fitbit, Acer, Asus, Hisense and more.

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

<![CDATA[Eight Inductees To The NAMM TECnology Hall Of Fame Announced ]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/eight-inductees-to-the-namm-tecnology-hall-of-fame-announced Mon, 26 Nov 2018 14:16:38 GMT


Eight Inductees to the NAMM TECnology Hall of Fame Announced
-Innovations to be honored at The 2019 NAMM Show; Span period from the 40s to today-
CARLSBAD, Calif. – November 26, 2018 – Eight culturally-significant audio inventions will be inducted to the TECnology Hall of Fame (THOF), it was announced today by THOF Founder, George Petersen. The inventions span the 1940s through today and will be officially named during a ceremony held at The 2019 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California on Saturday, January 26. The event will be presented by the NAMM Museum of Making Music and hosted by Petersen, a veteran pro-audio journalist. 

The eight TECnology Hall of Fame inductees for 2019 include: the anechoic audio test chamber (Leo Beranek, 1943); beyerdynamic M160 ribbon microphone (1957), Bell Labs’ electret microphone patent (1964), Robert Moog’s 1964 Modular Moog Synthesizer; iZ Technology’s RADAR (24-track disk recorder, 1991); Meyer Sound Labs Source Independent Measurement (SIM) system (1991); Millennia Media HV-3 microphone preamplifier (1992), and the JBL Professional VerTec line array live sound system (2000).
“Each of these innovations has made a major contribution to how sound is created and reproduced — even years after their debut,” says TECnology Hall of Fame Director George Petersen. “In fact, all of these technologies are still in use every day. For example, the patent for the electret microphone by Bell Labs’ Gerhard Sessler/James West not only paved the way for affordable studio microphones used by musicians onstage and in studios, but that same technology is still employed in every one of the nearly five billion cell phones on the planet.”
Inductees to the TECnology Hall of Fame are selected by more than 50 recognized audio experts that include authors, educators, engineers, and other professionals. Innovations must be at least 10 years old to be considered. Past honorees have ranged from the early Edison cylinder recorders to early microphone and sound system designs, to early-evolution tape recording devices, and products tied to key developments in digital audio workstations and software plug-ins.
Each inductee represents significant milestones and fascinating histories. The late Robert Moog is a household name for his music synthesizer development. His Modular Moog quickly became adopted by The Beatles, The Monkees, The Rolling Stones, Keith Emerson, and Wendy Carlos’ landmark Switched on Bach album.
Other inductees share long legacies. JBL’s VerTec sound system was first used to provide sound for the 2000 Democratic National Convention, tested before a worldwide audience. Millennia Media’s HV-3 was created by John LaGrou, a classical music engineer who was dissatisfied enough with the audio quality of commercial microphone processing to simply decide to create his own.
Petersen adds, “Perhaps more surprising: all of these products are still in production as working tools - a testament to their relevance.” Every brand, with the exception of Leo Beranek and Bell Labs, will be seen as exhibitors at The NAMM Show.”
The TECnology Hall of Fame ceremony will be held in the Hilton Anaheim, Room A5, Level 4, from 4-6p.m., Saturday, January 26, 2019. Seating will be on a first come, first served basis to all credentialed NAMM Show attendees. Following the ceremony, the NAMM TEC Awards will be held in the Hilton Anaheim’s Pacific Ballroom. The show will be hosted by comedian Demetri Martin and begins with a VIP-only reception at 6 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony at 7 p.m. Purchase tickets on site or in advance here
Full List of 2019 TECnology Hall of Fame Nominees
1943 Anechoic Chamber (Leo Beranek)
1957 beyerdynamic M160 ribbon microphone
1964 Bell Labs electret microphone patent - (Gerhard Sessler/James West)
1964 Modular Moog synthesizer (Robert Moog)
1991 iZ Technology RADAR - 24-track audio disk recorder
1991 Meyer Sound Labs Source Independent Measurement (SIM) system
1992 Millennia Media HV-3 microphone preamplifier
2000 JBL Professional VerTec line array system

About the TECnology Hall of Fame
Founded in 2004 by George Petersen and presented since 2015 by the NAMM Museum of Making Music, the TECnology Hall of Fame honors and recognizes audio products and innovations that have made a significant contribution to the advancement of audio technology. Inductees to the TECnology Hall of Fame are selected by a panel of more than 50 recognized audio experts, including authors, educators, engineers and other professionals. Products or innovations must be at least 10 years old to be considered for induction.
About NAMM
The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is the not-for-profit association with a mission to strengthen the $17 billion music products industry. NAMM is comprised of approximately 10,300 members located in 104 countries and regions. NAMM events and members fund The NAMM Foundation's efforts to promote the pleasures and benefits of music, and advance active participation in music making across the lifespan. For more information about NAMM, please visit www.namm.org, call 800.767.NAMM (6266) or follow the organization on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.




<![CDATA[Dark Trap For Serum]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/dark-trap-for-serum Mon, 26 Nov 2018 14:12:22 GMT





'Dark Trap For Serum' is the ultimate soundbank for crafting dark 808 Trap inspired by 808 Mafia, 21 Savage & Metro Boomin. Featuring endlessly useable presets, including some of the best 808s we've heard, this "all killer, no filler" collection will be the Urban Serum bank you return to time and time again.


Ditch your tired, low quality 808 samples and gain full control with the 17 included 808 presets. Honestly, these are some of the best 808 presets we have heard. This pack would still be a gold mine if it just included the 808s! But there's more.

Within the 4 arp presets, just one finger will trigger a quintessential Trap bell arp - perfect if you've hit a creative wall or you need to save time on a tight deadline project. The 16 included plucks are designed to bring an eerie, haunting vibe to your intros. Horror Trap at its finest.

The 12 lead presets glide effortlessly from note to note, making even the simplest melody sound effective and genre specific. The included poly and multi leads offer a more upfront lead sound, for when you really want to get your point across!

For those times when an 808 won't suit your project, four more traditional bass presets are included. Four pads round out the collection and are designed to help you build your wall of sound.

As a bonus, you'll also get 16 WAV files taken from the product demo.



• 64 Individual Presets
• .fxp Format
• 17 808s
• 16 Plucks
• 12 Leads
• 4 Bass
• 4 Arps
• 4 Pads
• 4 Polysynths
• 3 Multisynths
• 16 Bonus WAV Files
• PC/Mac Compatible
• Requires Serum
• Royalty-Free




Price and Availability:

'Dark Trap For Serum’ is available for instant download exclusively at ProducerLoops.com for £12.76 / 15,04 EUR. More information is available at: https://www.producerloops.com




<![CDATA[Acustica Audio Releases El Rey - Greg Wells' Signature Tube Compressor Plugin]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/acustica-audio-releases-el-rey---greg-wells-signature-tube-compressor-plugin Mon, 26 Nov 2018 14:08:36 GMT


Acustica Audio releases El Rey - Greg Wells' signature tube compressor plugin - with exclusive presets from some of the industry's top engineers. 




Born from an exclusive collaboration between Acustica Audio, Studio DMI and GRAMMY®-winning producer/mixer Greg Wells (Katy Perry, Keith Urban, Adele, OneRepublic, Ariana Grande, Pharrell Williams, Dua Lipa, Deftones, Aerosmith, Burt Bacharach, Celine Dion - just to name a few), 'El Rey' is based on one of the most sought-after tube compressors of all time - used in the 50s and 60s by TV, AM & FM broadcasting companies and recording studios.


"I have never heard software sound like this" - Greg Wells


El Rey brings ultra-smooth, velvety and superbly musical compression to the digital domain, like never before. Acustica Audio’s voodoo technology made it possible to ‘port’ the sonic soul of the original unit over from hardware to a world dominated by DAW-based studios, for all musicians and engineers to use and replicate in their sessions and to give their productions an extremely articulate analog tone, hardly found elsewhere.


Finely tuned presets from GRAMMY®-winning, Multi-platinum and Award-winning engineers.


El Rey includes dedicated presets from Greg Wells himself, Dave Pensado, Joe Chiccarelli, Serban Ghenea, Jason Evigan, David Kalmusky, Alan Meyerson, Spike Stent, busbee and Mark Rubel, for immediate, musical results.



Pricing and availability. 


El Rey is available in the Acustica Audio's store at an introductory Black Friday pricing of €148 (45% OFF the final MSRP of €269) and can be downloaded via their Aquarius Download manager here.


Fore more info please visit: http://acustica-audio.com/store/products/elrey



<![CDATA[Alesis Introduces Strike Multipad]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/alesis-introduces-strike-multipad Mon, 26 Nov 2018 14:04:05 GMT




Latest MultiPad boasts 9 customizable RGB pads, 4.3” full-color display, built-in sampler/looper, 32GB storage, 5 built-in effects processors, over 8000 sounds for unlimited creative opportunities.



Cumberland, RI USA (November 22, 2018)—Alesis (alesis.com), the world’s leading manufacturer of electronic instruments and components for today's musicians, today announced the introduction of their new Strike MultiPad electronic drum instrument, an incredibly capable and versatile device that far surpasses the performance and creative potential of any previous electronic drum pad. Never before has such sheer percussive power been built into a single unit or been so easy to play.


Alesis designed the Strike MultiPad around the drummer’s requirement to be able to sample, edit, loop and perform in a seamless manner. To that end, the MultiPad offers an unprecedented 8000+ built-in sounds, 32GB of storage and the ability to record samples from any source (smartphone, mic, off the internet, via USB, from virtually any other audio device). The nine velocity-sensitive pads have customizable RGB lights and are easily configured for maximum playing convenience. Plus, the customizable RGB lights under each pad guarantee that players will never miss a beat – no matter how dark or foggy the stage is. There are five built-in effects processors and a Custom Effect Control, so players can really personalize their sounds/loops. Plus, there are multiple ins/outs with USB audio and MIDI interface, multiple external drum/cymbal triggers and an Alesis-exclusive 4.3” color screen to make checking system status or performing edits a snap. This kind of total percussive firepower is simply not available anywhere else, even in multiple units.



  • 9 Velocity-Sensitive pads with customizable RGB lights

  • 32GB of internal storage with over 6GB of included samples and loops

  • 4.3” color display delivers fast visual system status, makes editing easy

  • Built-in Sampler - capture the perfect sound from your phone, mic, or computer

  • Built-in Loop Recorder - create custom loops in real time

  • 2 channel USB audio interface - makes it fast and easy to connect to your computer

  • Connect a USB drive to quickly load your own WAV files

  • Five onboard effects processors (3 kit FX, 1 master FX, 1 comp/EQ)

  • Separate Main, Aux and Headphone outputs

  • Three trigger inputs and two dual foot-switch inputs for system expansion

  • "A-LINK" - Two fully-assignable infinite rotary encoders CODE CODE CODE


“The Alesis Strike absolutely redefined what drummers could expect from an electronic drum kit in terms of playing response, realistic tonal accuracy and sound/effect versatility,” said John Emrich, Director of Drum Development for Alesis. “Now our new Strike MultiPad does the same thing for electronic pad instruments. Nothing else has anywhere near its combination of customizability, built-in sampling/looping capability, ease of playing and incredible versatlity. This isn’t an ordinary drum pad like all those others. It’s a Strike MultiPad, and that says it all!”


The Alesis Strike MultiPad will be available beginning November 23, 2018. U.S. pricing will be $699.00.





About Alesis

Since the 1985 unveiling of the affordable XT Reverb, Alesis (alesis.com) has led the charge to create inventive electronic products that benefit every stage or studio musician. Alesis innovation continues with electronic percussion, keyboards, monitors, recording gear, amplifiers, as well as professional products based on Bluetooth technology and Apple’s iOS platform. Alesis is a proud member of a premier family of brands known as inMusic (inmusicbrands.com).



<![CDATA[Do Your Virtual Instruments Inspire You? ]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/do-your-virtual-instruments-inspire-you Mon, 26 Nov 2018 13:55:27 GMT


Waves Audio Now Shipping the Inspire Virtual Instruments Collection
KNOXVILLE, TN, November 26, 2018Waves Audio, a leading provider of audio processing solutions, is now shipping the Waves Inspire Virtual Instruments Collection, which contains Waves’ expanding line of virtual instruments, including the just released Flow Motion FM Synth, combining the best elements of FM (frequency modulation) and analog-style subtractive synthesis in one powerful instrument. The Inspire Virtual Instruments Collection includes ten premium instruments perfect for the studio or live: legendary acoustic & electric pianos, stunningly realistic-sounding bass and cutting-edge synthesizers, putting these versatile sounds at your fingertips. Whether you are a producer, composer, songwriter, beatmaker or professional musician, when inspiration hits you, this collection serves you a hand-picked palette of classic keyboard instruments, innovative synths and moving bass sounds. 
The Inspire Instruments Collection includes:
  • Grand Rhapsody Piano: Faithful model of the majestic Fazioli F228 grand piano housed at London’s Metropolis Studios – the very piano played on GRAMMY®-winning hits such as Adele’s “Hello.”
  • Electric 88 Piano: “Top of the class for Fender Rhodes VIs,” with all the soul-moving sweetness and character of the original vintage 88-key instrument.
  • Electric 200 Piano: Meticulously sampled from an original 200A-model to deliver that classic Wurly sound.
  • Electric Grand 80 Piano: The era-defining polish and brilliant tones of the original hybrid electric-acoustic CP-80 model piano.
  • Clavinet: One of the funkiest keyboards ever created – the D6-model Clavinet, delivering the percussive playability, feel and expression of the original funkified icon.
  • Flow Motion FM Synth: Hybrid FM synth with an intuitive graphic modulation matrix, rich presets, and an innovative snapshot sequencer for endless sound design capabilities.
  • Element 2.0 Virtual Analog Synth: Analog-style polyphonic synth designed to deliver the warmth and depth of hardware synth classics.
  • Codex Wavetable Synth: Cutting-edge polyphonic wavetable synthesizer designed to create sounds that range from warm acoustic and analog emulations to never-before-heard intricate and evolving textures.
  • Morphoder: The classic sound of the original Vocoder synthesizer for classic robotic vocal effects.
  • Bass Slapper: The most elaborate and realistic-sounding slap bass virtual instrument ever created, letting you pull off the nuances of a seasoned bass player right on your keyboard. 
Instrument Collection features:
  • 10 state-of-the-art virtual instruments
  • Cutting-edge synths, legendary pianos and keys, bass sounds & more
  • Can be used as plugins or standalone instruments
  • NKS-ready for NI Komplete Kontrol and Maschine
  • High-definition & Standard sample libraries available 
Waves Inspire Virtual Instruments Collection
About Waves Audio Ltd.:
Waves is the world’s leading developer of audio DSP solutions for the professional, broadcast, and consumer electronics audio markets. Since its start in the early '90s with the introduction of the Q10 equalizer plugin, Waves has gone on to develop a comprehensive line of over 150 audio plugins, including industry standards like the L1 and L2 Ultramaximizers, popular vintage console models, and innovative mixing tools like Vocal Rider and the Artist Signature Series. For its accomplishments, Waves received a Technical GRAMMY® Award in 2011, and the Q10 was selected as an inductee into the TECnology Hall of Fame. In 2016, Waves released the eMotion LV1 mixer, a revolutionary live digital mixing console that provides real-time audio mixing for front-of-house, monitor, studio and broadcast engineers. Waves technologies are now used to improve sound quality in virtually every sector of the audio market, from recording, mixing, mastering and post-production to broadcast, live sound, and consumer electronics. Waves has over 25 years of expertise in the development of psychoacoustic signal processing algorithms that leverage knowledge of human auditory perception to radically improve perceived sound quality. Waves’ award-winning processors are utilized to improve sound quality in the creation of hit records, major motion pictures, and top-selling video games worldwide. Waves offers computer software and hardware-plus-software solutions for the professional and broadcast markets. The company’s WavesLive division is a market leader in all live sound sectors, spearheading the development of solutions for all live platforms. Under its Maxx brand, Waves offers semiconductor and licensable algorithms for consumer electronics applications. Waves technologies dramatically enhance audio performance and are used by industry leaders such as Dell, Google, Fitbit, Acer, Asus, Hisense and more.

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

Web: http://www.waves.com
<![CDATA[Roland Unveils Beat Sync Maker iOS App ]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/roland-unveils-beat-sync-maker-ios-app Mon, 26 Nov 2018 13:51:51 GMT


Roland Unveils Beat Sync Maker iOS App  
Users can pump up their EDM/DJ performance videos
with pro beat-synced visual effects
Los Angeles, CA, November 26, 2018 — Roland introduces the Beat Sync Maker iOS app, a tool for DJs and EDM artists looking to pair professional visuals with their music. Professional EDM and DJ music videos often include impressive visual effects and scene changes that fall in sync with the beat. Artists looking to bring these techniques into their own productions have often required a computer-based editor and some serious technical skills, but Roland’s Beat Sync Maker app for iOS changes all that, letting users bring a pro look to their smartphone performance videos with very little effort. Instead of relying solely on fixed angles that focus on hands over drum machines, controllers, and synths, artists can now infuse their music performances with polished visual effects that make their videos more engaging for a wider audience.
Beat Sync Maker automatically detects the beats in a performance and adds all sorts of custom video effects that stay in perfect time with the music. Going further, users can also drop in movie clips from their device with the app’s 2-Video Mix function. Via a simple and creative process, users are able to transform a video in minutes, save it to their device, and post it to social media. With Beat Sync Maker, it has never been easier to bring a professional touch to EDM and DJ performance videos.
Roland Beat Sync Maker features:
  • App automatically detects the beats in music videos with ABS (Auto Beat Sync) technology
  • This tool is perfect for enhancing EDM or DJ performances with edgy beat-synced video effects
  • Users can choose from five visual effects types and apply the timing they want during playback
  • Users can easily adjust the effect depth with an onscreen slider
  • 2-Video Mix function allows users to cut in movie clips from their iPhone/iPad camera roll; 18 pre-installed movie clips included
  • Free version exports videos up to 30 seconds long; full export functionality available with an in-app purchase or connection to GO:MIXER PRO or GO:MIXER
  • App is compatible with iOS 11 and later
Highly Creative and Easy to Use
Using Beat Sync Maker is simple—users just choose a movie on their device and then select one of five visual effect types while it is playing back. The onscreen slider can adjust the depth of an effect to change up the look, and users can alternate among the different effect types to create their own variations.
Insert Movie Clips with 2-Video Mix
Beat Sync Maker’s 2-Video Mix function allows video content clips to be cut in as well, making performance videos even more interesting and unique. There are 18 pre-installed clips to choose from, and users can also import personal video clips stored in their device’s camera roll.
For users of the Roland GO:MIXER and GO:MIXER PRO, the Beat Sync Maker app offers a special set of features: if the app is plugged into a GO:MIXER or GO:MIXER PRO, users can bypass a time lock that increases the video edit length from 30 seconds to however much time they need. Alternatively, the time limit of the free version can also be unlocked with in-app purchase.
For more information, please visit Roland.com.

Screen shot of Roland’s Beat Sync Maker iOS app
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[Forget The Trap - Now You Can Build A Better Mouse]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/forget-the-trap---now-you-can-build-a-better-mouse Wed, 21 Nov 2018 14:45:04 GMT


The Mouse Kit is back and better than ever!

The Mouse was one of our most popular kits and it's been out of stock for a while.  We're very sorry about that.  It was being updated.  We got rid of the rotary switch and replaced it with a simple, more durable, 3-way toggle switch.  It now has Silicon, LED, and Germanium diode clipping options.  We've also added a 4th knob, a presence control, often referred to as the "Ruetz mod".  This is a very popular modification for the Rat circuit.  And of course it still comes with the LM308N chip.  The PCB has been redesigned for an easier build.  All jacks are on the top now.  And because we no longer need to use an expensive rotary switch, we were able to lower the price too!  Now $69.99!

Click here for more info.

Also, the Scrambled Octave (Ampeg Scrambler clone) and Octave Fuzz (Octavia clone) are back in stock.  These haven't gone through any changes, they were just out of stock for a while because we couldn't find parts.  So get them now before they are out of stock again.



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<![CDATA[Kenton Announces PRO SOLO Mk3]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/kenton-announces-pro-solo-mk3 Wed, 21 Nov 2018 14:40:57 GMT


Kenton announces PRO SOLO Mk3

This update to a Kenton classic is the perfect interface to marry your synth worlds





Price: £158.40. Available: Now



Kenton Electronics has announced the immediate availability of PRO SOLO Mk3, an update to its classic, single-channel MIDI-to-CV convertor, and the ideal device to interface between your MIDI and analogue synth worlds. The PRO SOLO Mk3 features the same high spec and the extremely accurate and flexible MIDI-to-control voltage conversion that the PRO SOLO has become famous for, but adds several essential new features. PRO SOLO Mk3 now includes additional auxiliary outputs, a built-in ADSR envelope generator and the ability to generate trigger outputs for drum synthesizers. While this makes it a must-have accessory for modular owners within the popular Eurorack scene, it is also a highly-flexible tool for many other synth set-up scenarios and, with its rugged case and brushed aluminium finish, it is well suited to life both in the studio and on the road.


PRO SOLO Mk3 features a single MIDI-In to connect your sequencer or keyboard to, plus CV and Gate outputs to trigger both note type and duration at your analogue destination. A MIDI Thru connector also doubles as a software-selectable sync so can be used, for example, to sync vintage drum machines up to a synth. Three Aux outputs complete the connections and now have continuously variable analogue outputs. These can be assigned to an expanded selection of controllers now available within PRO SOLO Mk3, and are commonly used to connect to destinations like the filter, volume or clock inputs on a synthesizer. The Aux outputs now also have adjustable slew rate (rise/fall time) to smooth out any controller jumps.


Two stand-out additions in PRO SOLO Mk3 are the built-in ADSR envelope generator (the controls for which can be assigned to MIDI CCs) and Drum Trigger mode, where the Aux outputs can be set up to produce a velocity-variable trigger pulse for drum synths, each with its own dedicated trigger note.


Other new features and extras include dual clock dividers which can be used simultaneously on different outputs (including the DIN socket when not used as MIDI out); an increased pitchbend range (now 48 notes up and down); variable gate-off time for re-trigger (multiple trigger); and finally MIDI Program Changes can now be used to recall setups. There are also 32 program memories which can store and recall such setups.

With all of these new features and enhancements, PRO SOLO Mk3 looks set to enhance PRO SOLO's reputation as the number one choice interface for a variety of MIDI-to-CV tasks. Company founder John Kenton Price says: "PRO SOLO has become something of a Kenton classic. However, we have updated the spec and added several new features to make it the perfect, flexible interface for today's analogue synth enthusiast – anyone from the vintage mono synth collector to the modular creator within the Eurorack scene."


PRO SOLO Mk3 is available now for £158.40 inc VAT (£132.00 ex VAT)

For ordering and more information click here





About Kenton Electronics

Kenton has been producing high quality, award-wining convertors, MIDI controllers, wireless MIDI systems, retrofits, spares and accessories for over three decades.






<![CDATA[Fender Expands Artist Signature Series With Albert Hammond Jr Stratocaster]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/fender-expands-artist-signature-series-with-albert-hammond-jr-stratocaster Tue, 20 Nov 2018 15:49:27 GMT





Stratocaster Honors Hammond Jr’s Unique Playing Style with Personal Touches



HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (November 20, 2018)–Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) today released the Albert Hammond Jr Stratocaster as part of a unique collaboration with singer, songwriter and guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. Available now at local music dealers worldwide and on Fender.com, the model is a reproduction of Hammond Jr’s prized 1985 reissue of a ‘72 Strat® with personal touches, celebrating his unique playing style and desire to inspire new musical journeys for guitar players everywhere.


While he’s recognized for his work with acclaimed rock band The Strokes, Albert Hammond Jr has been busy in 2018 blazing his own trail, touring the globe in support of his new solo record, Francis Trouble, which received accolades as the “brightest and scrappiest music he’s ever made” (Pitchfork), and his “best music in a decade” (Rolling Stone). For guitar and bass players, one of the ultimate honors is the opportunity to create their own artist signature model. With this release, Albert Hammond Jr joins the ranks of other musicians bestowed with this honor – such as Eric Clapton, Brad Paisley, Flea, Ed O’Brien of Radiohead, Grace VanderWaal and more.


“When I got my 1985 reissue ’72 Strat, it was like a blank slate to me, and I went on a journey with the guitar itself,” Hammond Jr said. “I just like the idea that we took this amazing sounding guitar and it has pieces of me in it, but it’s a blank slate for someone to have their own journey with. When we designed it, I wanted a new generation of guitar player to grab it, find their own sound and just feel the same way I did when I played it for the first time.”


The Stratocaster is laden with Hammond Jr’s personally selected features, including a 6-saddle  synchronized  tremolo  bridge, his signature on the back of the large ‘70s-style headstock and customized pickup switching; position four activates the neck and bridge pickups in tandem, while positions one and three are reversed from the traditional layout. Additionally, the tremolo arm is also not included, reflecting Albert Hammond Jr's performance set up and playing preference.


“Albert Hammond Jr was part of bringing the Stratocaster back to the forefront,” said Justin Norvell, EVP Fender Products. “His sonic signature and identity is something that shines through as you hear bands play live at festivals. He’s left an indelible mark on the music community through his work in The Strokes, and as a solo artist that puts out great records. That inspiration is what we wanted to honor with this Artist Signature Series model.”


In true tradition, Fender’s Artist Signature Series models honor popular and iconic musicians through product progression and storytelling, creating instruments inspired by the unique specifications of the world’s greatest guitarists and bassists. Learn more about the creation process in this video.





Albert Hammond Jr Stratocaster$874.99 is a 1985 reissue of a ‘72 Strat® with a unique touch. It features Hammond Jr’s customized pickup switching: pickup switch position four activates the neck and bridge pickups in tandem, while positions one and three are reversed from the traditional layout. Hammond Jr’s signature graces the back of the large ‘70s-style headstock, while other ‘70s-inspired features include a bullet truss rod nut, 3-bolt “F”-stamped neck plate with period-correct Micro-Tilt™ adjustment and a ‘70s-era logo. 



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[Acoustic Announces B300C and B600C Bass Combo Amps]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/acoustic-announces-b300c-and-b600c-bass-combo-amps Tue, 20 Nov 2018 15:40:52 GMT

Acoustic B300C and B600C Bass Combo Amps Combine 
Classic Tone and High Output for Gigging Bass Players

Thousand Oaks, CA - November 2018...
Acoustic® Amplifiers is proud to announce the new C-Series B300C and B600C bass combo amplifiers. These do-it-all amps pair the classic, organic, soulful Acoustic tone with all the power and features modern working bass players need to tackle any stage or studio gig.
Thanks to efficient and clean Class-D power amplification, both models are able to pack enormous power output into a rugged and easily transportable form factor. The B300C delivers 300 watts to a 15-inch ferrite speaker, giving players copious low-end tone using just a single driver paired with a piezo horn tweeter. The B600C feeds 600 watts into a pair of custom-voiced 10" ferrite speakers along with a piezo horn tweeter, providing even more power plus the quick transient response musicians expect from a 2x10" cabinet. In addition both models can be used to drive additional external cabinets to expand the rig as needed.
Like all Acoustic C-Series amps, the B300C and B600C can be used in either a straight vertical orientation for maximum projection to the audience or as a tilt-back wedge suitable for precise personal monitoring at rehearsals, recording sessions, or live performances.
For tone shaping, the B300C offers a five-band EQ, a convenient Shape switch with a variable notch filter to dial in those important midrange tones, and a Blendable Overdrive circuit that allows the player to mix clean and overdriven signals. The result is maximum flexibility of tonal options that work for a wide range of styles and genres. The B600C offers identical features but with a six-band Graphic EQ plus Hi and Low EQ controls for precise tone shaping.
Further sound-sculpting tools common to both models include Acoustic's renowned Acousti-Comp™ switchable compression for control over performance dynamics, plus Super-Hi and Super-Low EQ boost switches. A direct XLR output may be switched as pre-EQ or post-EQ, and includes its own level control and ground lift switch. This makes for worry-free connection to a mixer or stage snake without the need for a direct box to eliminate the ground hum that can occur in so many performance venues. A 1/8-inch headphone output lets the player plug in headphones or ear buds for quiet practice, and a 1/8-inch stereo mini input jack allows connection of a smartphone or computer for playing along with their favorite songs or online tutorials.
Both the B300C and B600C feature an effects loop for connecting effects pedalboards, a Link (preamp) output for daisy-chaining multiple amps, and a Neutrik SpeakON® connector for powering an additional passive speaker. They also provide a -10dB input pad to help the player adapt to different pickup or pedalboard output levels, as well as a mute switch that is useful for tuning and for silencing the noise of cables being plugged or unplugged from the input jack.
Whatever a bass players' gigging needs may be, the new Acoustic C-series B300C and B600C ensures they can adapt their tone to any musical genre and performance environment, sound great doing it, and have a tough, road ready rig they can rely on for many gigs to come.
The Acoustic B300C is available for $449.99 and the Acoustic B600C for $549.99 at Guitar Center, Musician's Friend, Music and Arts, and Woodwind & Brasswind. For more information about Acoustic Amplifiers, 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[80's Cyberpunk 2]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/80s-cyberpunk-2 Tue, 20 Nov 2018 15:35:38 GMT



It’s new release day and this week we’ve got 80's Cyberpunk 2, breaking new ground in Synthwave and Cyberpunk.

Zenhiser Pack: 80's Cyberpunk 2

Price: $60.00 AUD

Direct Link: http://www.zenhiser.com/80s-cyberpunk-2-synthwave-sounds.html




<![CDATA[The Best Computer Music And Acoustic Technology Inc Introduces Blue Grand VI]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/the-best-computer-music-and-acoustic-technology-inc-introduces-blue-grand-vi Mon, 19 Nov 2018 15:27:47 GMT


The Best Computer Music And Acoustic Technology Inc introduces Blue Grand VI featuring four first-rate Steinway pianos
ANAHEIM, CA, USA: cutting-edge audio technologies developer The Best Computer Music And Acoustic Technology Inc is proud to announce availability of Blue Grand — its latest hybrid virtual instrument for Mac (AU 32-/ 64-bit, VST 32-/64-bit) and Windows (VST 32-/64-bit), featuring four first-rate Steinway grand pianos combined into an amazing and amazingly affordably-priced package, purposefully positioned to give musicians of all skill levels more freedom to create beautiful music and unmatched artistry all of their own — as of November 19…
As a dynamic combination of four first-rate Steinway D grand pianos of varying vintage, Blue Grand gives musicians of all skill levels more freedom to create beautiful music and unmatched artistry all of their own. After all, all pianos sound distinctly different, as is also the case, clearly, with this cutting- edge hybrid virtual instrument’s featured four: Vintage 1927 offers a rich, luxurious sound with a dynamic range suited to accompanying all music genres, including classical, jazz, pop, and more; Grandma Dream is characterised by mellow bass and expansive resonance, embracing its Germanic heritage while flawlessly fitting a variety of musical genres; Living Stereo perfectly blends crisp, rich tones and stunning resonance to provide users with a live, vibrant feel that is a perfect fit for realtime performance; thanks to its balanced frequency and singing tone, Legacy Blue boasts an elegant sound associated with a Steinway grand piano, yet its inherent versatility works well with a wide range of today’s most popular music genres.
Get this, though: thanks to the trailblazing technology that The Best Computer Music And Acoustic Technology Inc incorporates into its virtual instruments, Blue Grand is, in essence, an instrument with a musical soul rather than a machine-like feel — an admirable attribute that sets it apart from an abundance of solely sample-based virtual instruments out there that it could conceivably be pitched against. As such, textually making an appearance on a GUI (Graphical User Interface) that is as easy on the eye as it is to use — albeit actions always speak louder than words, the new Neo Piano engine powering Blue Grand really represents the pinnacle of sound sampling since it lets users effectively express more than 1.6-million sounds on a single note — numerically speaking, this achieves 400 times more variations than a ‘traditional’ sample engine! Every note played is unique, creating vivid sound representation by striking a rich, accurate tone — even with minimal movement.
Musically, then, through using hybrid modelling technology, The Best Computer Music And Acoustic Technology Inc has succeeded in creating a unique experience — exploited to the full with Blue Grand — that allows its users to reap the benefits of authentic sampled sounds combined with the playability of a modelled piano, providing for more freedom of expression and potential possibilities to create their own unique sound. Central to this, that new Neo Piano engine elevates proceedings, purportedly by being the industry’s first large-scale application of AI (artificial intelligence) in its software developing phase. Put it this way: while it is common knowledge that recording, editing, processing, and organising such huge sample data pools can collectively take teams of expert engineers years to complete, conversely AI can conceivably reduce this titanic task to a matter of hours, meaning musicians get their hands on better products much more quickly while also benefitting from financially reduced rates.
Returning to the wonderful world of Blue Grand, each of its four first-rate Steinway grand pianos benefit from The Best Computer Music And Acoustic Technology Inc’s innovative HD Velocity Layers technology, transporting performers’ (potential) adeptness above and beyond what was previously possible. Indeed, its creators have broken the barrier of 127 layers for MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) by expanding expression up to 65,536 velocity layers (when 1,000 layers yielded an already audible difference)!
Duly delivering yet another breakthrough, the new Neo Piano engine powering Blue Grand generates Multi-Dimensional Resonance. Reality dictates that every grand piano’s sizeable soundboard reflects sound that resonates in conjunction with the wooden body of the instrument itself. Indeed, it is this continuous process that makes every note played sound so unique. Ultimately, in order to simulate this behaviour, The Best Computer Music And Acoustic Technology Inc captured multi-angled IRs (Impulse Responses) from the soundboard, then used modelling technology to convert those IRs into Multi-Dimensional Resonance algorithms. The result? An amazingly true to life concert hall sound readily available at anyone’s fingertips!
Furthermore, that beautifully-implemented Blue Grand GUI gives users unmitigated control over 40 piano attributes, including an ability to lift the lid, tweak Tone and Harmonics, alter Damping, change Key Dynamics, and adjust velocity response. Ultimately, users can even apply a Style — sets the piano in question’s musical style, be it classical, jazz, rock, or soft, and changes the internal parametric EQ accordingly via a simple Amount control — or sympathetic Resonance to their sound, and adjust the mix by changing microphone Perspective.
Pushing onwards and upwards, further features of note include a DFD (Direct From Disk)/RAM (Random Access Memory) system — enables users to allocate resources to ensure the best possible performance for any given project;Tuning System — allows users to select a Scala Tuning File from over 10,000 tunings; selectable Reverb — replete with several self-explanatory settings; and adjustable physical piano Noises — Pedal, Strings, and Hammer Offpar excellence. Ending on a high note, A.I. TOOLS take care of checking the response of any Blue Grand user’s keyboard playing and pedal usage automatically, almost instantly locating and applying an appropriate velocity curve to suit at all times.
Truly offering expressive state-of-the-art sound and dynamic performance, Blue Grand gives musical meaning to the trailblazing technology that its aptly-named creators collectively applied to creating a first-rate hybrid virtual instrument — one that quite literally lives up to The Best Computer Music And Acoustic Technology Inc name!
Blue Grand is available to purchase online directly via The Best Computer Music And Acoustic Technology Inc for €129.00 EUR/$149.00 USD/£119.00 GBP from here:http://www.supremepiano.com/blue.html
For more in-depth information, including several superb-sounding audio demos, please visit the dedicated Blue Grand webpage here: http://www.supremepiano.com/blue.html
Watch The Best Computer Music And Acoustic Technology Inc’s informative Blue Grand video walkthrough here: https://youtu.be/LW1-jrxzp8g
Watch American pianist/keyboardist Katie Pachnos putting Blue Grand through its stunning-sounding paces here: https://youtu.be/-TMODorjEqw 
The Best Computer Music And Acoustic Technology Inc (www.supremepiano.com
The Best Computer Music And Acoustic Technology Inc aims at bringing more cutting-edge audio technologies to professional musicians. Originally founded (as Sound Magic) by in 2007, it is now a leading developer in virtual piano software, with many patented technologies specialising in physical modelling and DSP (Digital Signal Processing). The company mainly focuses on virtual pianos, high-quality effects, and other virtual instruments, including traditional Chinese musical instruments, and has been nominated for three TEC (Technical Excellence and Creativity) Awards. 
<![CDATA[Puremagnetik Releases Clonemeld - A Creative Delay Sampler Plugin]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/puremagnetik-releases-clonemeld---a-creative-delay-sampler-plugin Mon, 19 Nov 2018 15:02:04 GMT
Puremagnetik Releases Clonemeld - A Creative Delay Sampler Plugin
Clonemeld samples incoming signals and rephrases, delays, reverses and pitch shifts the sampled material. It was inspired by the Montreal Assembly Count to Five guitar pedal. Clonemeld was designed to get new ideas flowing, add extreme time-based effects or to augment existing phrases with subtle nuances. Add ambiances to guitar and piano phrases, glitch-wreck your beats or create repeating stutter effects to vocals. Most of all, Clonemeld is for playing with. It can be pleasantly unpredictable and you never know what you might get!
Clonemeld Features
• Sample manipulation engine
• Tape-style pitch and speed control
• Sophisticated buffer modulation and delay controls
• Integrates into any VST / Audio Units compatible host
• Includes a collection of factory presets
Clonemeld is currently offered as part of Puremagnetik's Spark subscription for $8 per month. After one month it will become back-cataloged for a la carte purchase at $20 USD.
Minimum Requirements
• OSX 10.8 or Windows 10 x64
• Audio Units or VST compatible audio host
Video: https://youtu.be/ZqLA9wd8OQQ
Learn more: http://puremagnetik.com/clonemeld


<![CDATA[New Third Party Modules Released For Voltage Modular]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/new-third-party-modules-released-for-voltage-modular Mon, 19 Nov 2018 14:56:26 GMT


New Third Party Modules released for Voltage Modular




The Tangents filter module from Vult features three virtual analog models of the renowned Steiner-Parker "Synthacon" multimode filter. Each model was developed based on different variations of the original filter.

The virtual models incorporate improvements over original hardware versions, including more controllable resonance and enhanced low-frequency response.

Tangents includes three inputs (LP, BP, and HP) allowing simultaneous processing of three signals.  $15
<![CDATA[BOSS Unveils Nextone-Artist And Nextone-Stage Guitar Amplifiers]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/boss-unveils-nextone-artist-and-nextone-stage-guitar-amplifiers Fri, 16 Nov 2018 15:24:03 GMT


BOSS Unveils Nextone-Artist and Nextone-Stage Guitar Amplifiers


Next-generation performance amps with authentic tube tone and feel, four selectable
power amp types, and deep sound customization features




Los Angeles, CA, November 15, 2018 — BOSS introduces the Nextone-Artist and Nextone-Stage, two gig-ready combo guitar amplifiers designed with the advanced Tube Logic approach. Combining classic tube sound and feel with next-generation tonal diversity, each Nextone (pronounced “nex-tone”) amp offers multiple channels and instant re-voicing via four Class AB analog power amp types selectable from the panel. Nextone amps also include convenient modern features such as built-in effects, a dynamically responsive power control, and personalized sound customization using the Nextone Editor software for Mac and Windows.


Widely acclaimed by guitarists everywhere, the Tube Logic design approach delivers real-deal sound, feel, and response by reproducing the complex interactive behaviors of tube amps in every way. This process also brings valuable advantages for today’s players, including greater reliability, reduced weight, and maintenance-free operation. Tube Logic evolves even further with the Nextone series, unlocking access to deep tone customization features that are impractical or impossible with traditional tube designs.


With an easy turn of a panel dial, Nextone users can redefine the amp’s overall sonic signature and playing feel with the unique characteristics of 6V6, 6L6, EL84, and EL34 output tube sections. Each selection re-voices the entire circuit from input to output, putting the complete sonic experience of these four classic analog power stages in one amp for the very first time.


Nextone amps also include built-in delay, reverb, and tremolo effects, bringing even more versatility and convenience to gigging guitarists. And with the integrated power control, players can experience authentic cranked-amp tone while matching the volume to any situation, be it home, studio, or stage.


Each Nextone amp features a dual-channel design with clean and lead channels, Boost and Tone switches, a three-band tone stack, and a presence control. With a quick button press, the user can switch the amp into custom mode and access factory-tweaked variations of the standard clean and lead channels. Players can further customize the sound with the intuitive Nextone Editor, fine-tuning bias, sag, EQ, effects, and other settings to match their individual style, touch, and pedal preferences.


The optional GA-FC foot controller provides a command center for channel selection, Tone, Boost, effects, pedal volume, and more. Alternately, up to three FS-series footswitches can be used to control various functions. There’s also a line out for sending a direct signal to a PA, plus a phones/recording output for silent practice and tracking sessions.


In addition to providing communication with the Nextone Editor, the amp’s USB jack functions as a direct recording interface for a DAW. Using the editor software, the character of the direct sound can be set to one of three Air Feel settings for a range of mic’d cab tones.


The flagship Nextone-Artist features 80 watts of power, while the Nextone-Stage features 40 watts of power and a slightly more streamlined cabinet. Both amps come equipped with a custom 12-inch speaker.


To learn more about the Nextone-Artist and Nextone-Stage guitar amplifiers, visit Boss.info.





BOSS’s new Nextone-Artist (left/background) and Nextone-Stage (right/foreground) guitar amplifiers.



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[Sequential Ships Prophet XL 76-Key Samples-Plus-Synthesis Poly Synth]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/sequential-ships-prophet-xl-76-key-samples-plus-synthesis-poly-synth Fri, 16 Nov 2018 15:20:49 GMT


Sequential Ships Prophet XL 76-Key Samples-Plus-Synthesis Poly Synth


Instrument Features 2.0 OS with Expanded Polyphony, New Loop, Modulation, and Effect Options  


San Francisco, CA—Nov 16, 2018—Sequential today announced that the Prophet XL — a 76-key version of their flagship Prophet X samples-plus-synthesis hybrid synth — is now shipping. The instrument debuts a 2.0 version of the OS for both the Prophet XL and Prophet X that adds significant new features including 32-voice performance mode, forward/backward sample looping, new modulation destinations (Hack, Decimate, and instrument playback delay), a new Ring Mod effect, and several other enhancements.


The Prophet XL boasts the same powerful combination of high-fidelity samples from 8Dio and full synthesis capabilities that has earned its 5-octave sibling, the Prophet X, critical acclaim — but makes the concept even more compelling for studio and stage by adding a semi-weighted-action, 76-key, premium-quality Fatar keybed. 


At the heart of both the Prophet XL and the Prophet X is a sound engine that powers two simultaneous 16-bit, 48kHz sample-based instruments plus two high-resolution digital oscillators with waveshape modulation — all processed through analog filters. In standard performance mode, the instrument provides bi-timbral, 8-voice stereo, or 16-voice mono operation. 32-voice performance mode, which is a feature of the new 2.0 OS, allows paraphonic filter operation when using a single sampled instrument and oscillator.


Dave Smith commented: “We designed the Prophet XL for musicians who wanted more of a good thing. By adding an extended, semi-weighted action keyboard and enabling 32-voice performance mode, we’ve made it even more satisfying to play the acoustic and electric pianos and other instruments where increased polyphony is crucial. Of course 32-voice mode is also enabled on the Prophet X with OS 2.0, so all of our users benefit.”   


Sample content for the Prophet X series was created by sound developers 8Dio, known for pioneering “deep sampling.” Regarding the new instrument, 8Dio co-founder Troels Folmann said: “For us, it’s all about giving musicians the best tools to express themselves. The Prophet XL is a great enhancement of the original Prophet X concept. More keys and more voices means more room to explore and create.” 


The 150 GB sample library in the Prophet XL and Prophet X includes numerous acoustic and electronic instruments as well as an extensive collection of ambient and cinematic effects. Users can shape the samples through loop manipulation, sample stretching, and the synthesizer’s many sound-sculpting functions which include 4 envelope generators, 4 LFOs, a deep modulation matrix, and other tools. The Prophet XL and Prophet X also provide 50 gigabytes of internal storage for importing additional samples. Additional sample expansion packs are available from 8Dio. Support for user-created sample content is scheduled for December, 2018.


The Prophet XL is available now with a MAP of $4,399.


Version 2.0 of the Prophet X/XL OS can be downloaded from the Support page of the Sequential website.




About Sequential

Originally launched in 2002 as Dave Smith Instruments, Sequential 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).


The company’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, Prophet Rev2, and the Tempest analog drum machine. Sequential is based in San Francisco, where its instruments are also manufactured. Visit www.sequential.com.


About 8Dio

Founded in 2011 by Troels Folmann and Tawnia Knox, 8Dio is the leading independent developer of software instruments and the inventors of deep-sampling. Troels is an Academy Award, TEC/Mix Foundation, GANG and D3 award-winning composer and Ph.D scholar in music technologies. Tawnia is the CEO of 8Dio Productions and has had a long career as an executive in luxury brands. 


8Dio has created an extensive, deep-sampled catalog of advanced instruments based on literally millions of samples. Notable titles include Majestica - the largest symphony orchestra ever sampled, Epic Taiko EnsemblesTitanic ChoirsCinematic Scoring Tools, and over 250 other instruments. 8Dio products are used by high-profile artists, composers, and top music producers in all genres. They are featured in a majority of current blockbuster movies, independent films, video games, TV-shows, Broadway productions, and the professional sports industry. For more information, visit www.8dio.com.



<![CDATA[Universal Audio Announces New UAD‑2 OCTO Ultimate 7 DSP Accelerator Bundles]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/universal-audio-announces-new-uad2-octo-ultimate-7-dsp-accelerator-bundles Fri, 16 Nov 2018 15:16:57 GMT


Universal Audio Announces New
UAD‑2 OCTO Ultimate 7
DSP Accelerator Bundles
— The most comprehensive collection of UAD Plug-Ins, powered by UA’s flagship UAD-2 OCTO DSP Accelerators —
SCOTTS VALLEY, CA • November 15, 2018 — Universal Audio, a leading manufacturer of professional audio hardware and software, is pleased to announce UAD-2 OCTO Ultimate 7 DSP Accelerator bundles, featuring Universal Audio’s most powerful DSP accelerator, combined with a flagship collection of 99 UAD Powered Plug‑Ins.
UAD-2 OCTO Ultimate 7 DSP Accelerator bundles provide a huge boost in mix processing power and authentic analog sound, and include 99 UA-developed plug-ins, featuring award-winning titles from Ampex, Lexicon, Neve, Helios, Manley, Fairchild, Studer, Empirical Labs, Fender, SSL, and many more.*
UAD-2 OCTO Ultimate 7 DSP Accelerator bundles are now shipping with an estimated street price of US$4,999.
The ultimate collection of UAD Powered Plug-Ins over Thunderbolt.
  • Run UAD Powered Plug-Ins via Thunderbolt connection on modern Mac or Windows 10 PCs
  • 8 SHARC processors provide a massive DSP boost for running large professional mixes
  • Includes Ultimate 7 plug-in bundle, featuring 99 UA-developed plug-ins from Ampex, Lexicon, Neve, Helios, Manley, Fairchild, Studer, Empirical Labs, Fender, SSL, and more*
  • Take UAD plug-ins “on the road” for mixing on Thunderbolt-equipped computers
The ultimate collection of UAD Powered Plug-Ins, powered by UA’s flagship eight-processor DSP Accelerator.
  • Powerful 8 SHARC processor PCIe Card for running UAD Powered Plug-Ins on Mac and Windows PCs
  • Includes Ultimate 7 plug-in bundle, featuring 99 UA-developed plug-ins from Ampex, Lexicon, Neve, Helios, Manley, Fairchild, Studer, Empirical Labs, Fender, SSL, and more*
  • Ideal for professional power-users running demanding projects w/ high plug-in instances and/or high sample rates
* Ultimate 7 package includes 99 UA-developed plug-ins up to and including UAD Software v9.7. Does not include any Direct Developer (3rd party) plug-ins, nor plug-ins released after UAD Software v9.7.


Learn more about the UAD-2 OCTO Ultimate 7 DSP Accelerator Bundles:

Learn more about UAD-2 DSP Accelerators:

Learn more about award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins:
About Universal Audio Inc.

Founded in 1958 by recording pioneer Bill Putnam Sr., and refounded in 1999 by Bill Putnam Jr., Universal Audio is best known for its classic, hand-built analog hardware and advanced UAD Digital Signal Processing technology for recording, mixing, and mastering audio. Headquartered in Scotts Valley, California, UA is focused on merging the best of vintage analog and modern digital technology, following its rich recording heritage and motto, "Analog Ears. Digital Minds."www.uaudio.com
<![CDATA[SEQUENZ Announces New Stereo Keyboard Amplifier]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/sequenz-announces-new-stereo-keyboard-amplifier Fri, 16 Nov 2018 15:14:01 GMT


SEQUENZ Announces New Stereo Keyboard Amplifier



Melville, NY – November 15th, 2018 – SEQUENZ’s new SonicBar is a 50W stereo powered sound system, which conveniently attaches to the SEQUENZ Standard Series, or can be used on any desktop. The speaker was created to provide accurate, stereo onstage monitoring while remaining discreetly and neatly positioned for easy accessibility while in use.


“SEQUENZ has rapidly expanded their company growth this year with a variety of innovative, new products such as custom synth cases and now with the release of the SonicBar,” says James Sajeva, Director of Technology Brands at Korg USA, Inc. “It’s a great ergonomic monitor perfect for any live synthesizer setup,” Sajeva continues.


Equipped with two stereo inputs and an Aux In, the SonicBar can connect two or three instruments simultaneously for monitoring. It also includes a Thru jack to accommodate additional monitoring and mixing needs. The speaker’s height or angle can easily be adjusted to fit any player’s performance style or to position the product towards an audience.


SonicBar will be available in December 2018 for $399.99. For more information, visit https://sequenzmusicgear.com/.








<![CDATA[KORG Expands C1 Air Digital Piano Series]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/korg-expands-c1-air-digital-piano-series Fri, 16 Nov 2018 15:10:33 GMT


KORG Expands C1 Air Digital Piano Series



Melville, NY – November 15th, 2018 – KORG’s esteemed C1 Air digital piano series has just added a new color variation to the growing line; the C1 Air in a White Ash finish. The perfect complement to any contemporary living space, the White Ash is both refined and sophisticated, offering a subtle yet striking aesthetic in a slim, compact form.


The C1 Air was released in 2017 and has become a leading model as part of the Japanese-Made Heritage series for KORG digital pianos. Supplied with two amazingly detailed piano sources complete with sympathetic resonance and spatial samples, fantastic sound reproduction in part to a purposefully selected full-range speaker system, and a three pedal configuration, pianists of all levels can rely on the C1 Air for high-quality sound and performance.


The C1 Air can be connected to any BlueTooth device to wirelessly transfer audio data, directly connecting to the piano’s speakers.


In addition to the new stunning White Ash, the C1 Air is also available in black, white and rosewood. The new addition will be available in limited quantities this December for $1399.99. For more information, visit www.korg.com.







<![CDATA[Akai Professional Releases MPC 2.3 Update]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/akai-professional-releases-mpc-2.3-update Fri, 16 Nov 2018 14:48:49 GMT




New software update enables MPC X, MPC Live and MPC Software 2 users to take advantage of three great new built-in synthesizers--TubeSynth, Bassline and Electric--and other upgrades.



Cumberland, RI USA (November 15, 2018) — Akai Professional today announced the release of MPC Software 2.3. This major software and firmware update introduces a number of user requested features and functionality enhancements, notably the addition of three powerful, versatile, and expressive built-in synthesizers by AIR Music Technology (TubeSynth, Bassline and Electric) to the MPC standalone experience. This is a landmark feature addition which elevates the MPC from a sampler to a true musical powerhouse. Also very significant is the addition of Autosampler and Arpeggiator. As a result, this update is highly recommended for all current MPC X, MPC Live and MPC Software 2 owners.



The TubeSynth emulates the sound of classic vintage analog poly-synths packaged with five integrated AIR effects. The instrument is created by AIR and is based on the same advanced analog modelling technology found in their highly acclaimed desktop plugin synth Vacuum Pro. The layout has been carefully designed for easy tweak-ability via the MPC Q-Links. The TubeSynth comes packaged with a comprehensive factory library of cutting-edge presets including sumptuous pads, hard hitting plucks, thunderous basses and screaming lead sounds.


  • Flexible 3 Oscillator architecture features noise, saw, square, pulse and triangle waveforms.

  • Two different unison engines offer extended possibilities for thickening the timbre of any


  • Users can customize the harmonic content of Oscillator 2 using the voice level EQ and Drive


  • Lowpass Filter with continuously variable slope with pre and post distortion.

  • Polyphonic Glide/Portamento for polyphonic pitch slides between chords.

  • Envelopes included for Filter, Amp with a third specialist ramp envelope that can be assigned

    to different modulation destinations.

  • Two LFO’s have Sine, Square, Saw Up, Saw Down, Pump, Sample and Hold and Drift


  • Explore a wide range of timbral possibilities with the Oscillator’s Ring Modulation parameter.

  • AIR Chorus, Delay, Reverb, Compressor and Hype EQ.

  • Almost 300 patches provide a wide selection of Synth, Lead, Pluck, Pad, Bass, Organ, FX


  • Oscillator 1 and 2 Env Shape parameter allows users to modulate the shape of each

    oscillator with the Filter Envelope


The TubeSynth emulates the sound of classic vintage analog poly-synths packaged with five integrated AIR effects. The instrument is created by AIR and is based on the same advanced analog modelling technology found in their highly acclaimed desktop plugin synth Vacuum Pro. The layout has been carefully designed for easy tweak-ability via the MPC Q-Links. The TubeSynth comes packaged with a comprehensive factory library of cutting-edge presets including sumptuous pads, hard hitting plucks, thunderous basses and screaming lead sounds.



The AIR Bassline emulates the sound of classic mono synths with a contemporary twist. Including four integrated AIR effects as well as two built-in distortion algorithms.

    • Flexible oscillator with continuously variable waveshape including octave saw, saw, square and sine waveforms

    • Sub and fifth oscillators for thicker layered timbres.

    • Low-pass and high-pass filters.

    • Over 150 presets.




The AIR Electric emulates the sound of classic electric pianos.

    • Dedicated Pickup, Envelope, Bell and Noise parameter sections provide a huge amount of flexibility to configure the timbre of the electric piano sound.

    • Five AIR effects Tremolo, Tube distortion, Chorus, Delay and Spring Reverb.

    • Over 80 presets.


In addition to the AIR plugins. MPC 2.3 introduces many other enhancements, including:

    • Autosampler - Capture and convert any plugin preset or external instrument preset into a key group sampler patch. This is great for sampling patches from synths and drum machines.

    • Crossfade Looping - Realtime crossfade looping has now been added to sample playback.

    • Arpeggiator - A real time arpeggiator and phrase player.  


"MPC 2.3 advances the user experience in amazing new ways,” said Dan Gill, Akai Professional Product Manager. “Users will especially love the new plugins created by AIR. They definitely open up a whole new world of creative possibilities.”


This update is free for existing MPC Software 2 owners (2.0 - 2.2). MPC 2.3 is available as a new purchase for $199.99 for non-MPC product owners or as an upgrade from MPC Software 1 or MPC Essentials for $99.99.


For complete details on new features found in 2.3, visit: MPC 2.3 Release Notes. 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[Dwarfcraft Bring Back The HAX]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/dwarfcraft-bring-back-the-hax Fri, 16 Nov 2018 13:36:53 GMT


HAX2 is back and better than ever


Eau Claire, WI – November 15, 2018 – A complete overhaul of one of their first effects pedals, HAX2 is lightyears beyond the circuit that inspired it. Users now have the choice of a square or sine wave ring mod, allowing for classic sci-fi tones and jarring new textures. Both waveforms have an extremely broad frequency range, from subsonic tremolo to laser blaster highs or, with just the right blend settings, a warm chorus-like effect. An envelope follower can apply users’ right hand dynamics to the frequency of the ring mod for subtle to extreme shifts that react to the vibe of the song.


HAX2 also boasts a bold filter mode that has a high preset resonance for maximum harmonic content without self-oscillation, and it shares the envelope following capabilities of the ring mod. This feature will allow for exciting percussive sounds, funky wahs and synth-like tone shaping.


      • Ring Modulator with either sine or square wave
      • Envelope following for ring mod and filter frequency
      • Lowpass and bandpass filters
      • Expression control over the frequency setting in both modes
      • Control voltage out sends the envelop out (0-8v)
      • 1590bb size enclosure
      • 9v Center negative power supply
      • True Bypass Soft Switching


HAX2 will retail for $249 and will be ready to ship in early December.  You can see it in action here: https://youtu.be/JqmCE22tCPo






Zealously commanded by Ben and Louise Hinz, Dwarfcraft Devices has been fighting the good fight since 2007.  They are on an endless quest for new sounds, good beer, and hugs.





<![CDATA[Spitfire Sprinkles SOUND DUST With Second Collection Of Unique, Strange, And Inspiring Instruments]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/spitfire-sprinkles-sound-dust-with-second-collection-of-unique-strange-and-inspiring-instruments Thu, 15 Nov 2018 17:08:49 GMT


Spitfire sprinkles SOUND DUST with second collection of unique, strange, and inspiring instruments



LONDON, UK: Spitfire Audio is proud to announce availability of SOUND DUST 2 — the second collection of unique, strange, and inspiring instruments created by the company’s collective favourite British sound designer, composer, and aficionado of all things (that sound) weird and wonderful, Pendle Poucher, the innovative brains behind boutique Brighton-based library company Sound Dust (to which the collection obviously owes its magical ‘musical’ name) — as of November 15...


Like its predecessor — originally released by Spitfire Audio as DUSTBUNDLE back in 2015, SOUND DUST 2 acts as another gateway to a playground of sonic discovery — this time to a diverse selection of five of its innovative creator’s namesake company’s most recent hybrid creations. Collecting unique oddities and eccentricities, richly sampled with Pendle Poucher’s radical recording processes and obsessive attention to detail, these range from hip-hop beats through to broken violas and rare, distorted pianos — all as they have never been heard before. Better still, these are truly expressive, intuitive left-field sounds, supremely designed to spark anyone’s imagination. Indeed, as Pendle Poucher posits, “My approach is not as a proper composer; I make organised noise. For me, the sounds are more important than the notes. I’m always thinking about the timbre and the quality of the sound, then I try to make that into a musical thing.”


The thing is, in creating an interesting Sound Dust library, Pendle Poucher does not limit himself to any one type of sound or instrument; rather the only requirements are that interesting noises are made which with he can create something that has not been heard before. By being based at The Toy Rooms Studio in Brighton, UK — a veritable breeding ground for interesting British sounds since it is a hub of renowned film composers, musicians, and producers, such as Nick Cave, Gomez, Jez Kurtswall, and UNKLE, surrounded by a multitude of rare instruments and equipment, perhaps Pendle Poucher’s obsession with strange sounds is all the more understandable. After all, this innovative individual started out by playing guitar in Rough Trade-signed art-pop band Butterfly Child before working on sound and art installations, including a permanent one for the National Trust at Avebury Manor. Meanwhile, he has also spent 10 years working as sound designer and composer for the award-winning DreamThinkSpeak theatre company, as well as writing and producing scores for the BBC and many other television entities in the UK and beyond.


But for Sound Dust, Pendle Poucher mostly works alone as he prefers to see a project through from start to finish, with laser-sharp attention to detail: “The whole Sound Dust thing started by accident,” he reveals. “I bought a beautiful old Dulcitone off eBay; it was kind of knackered and I couldn’t really play it, so I decided to sample it. I then started selling the samples, which, to my surprise, were amazingly popular, and it all grew from there. Had I not started with Dulcitone, Sound Dust wouldn’t be what it is today, which is essentially me indulging in my desire to make funny noises.”


Needless to say, a clandestine, Cold War-style meet between composers Christian Henson and Pendle Poucher beneath London's Hungerford Bridge, resulted in one of the most exciting partnerships Spitfire Audio has forged in its illustrious history... history has shown, then, that the original DUSTBUNDLE — recently re-released as SOUND DUST 1 — has become a staple of Spitfire Audio’s 70-plus sample libraries to date; SOUND DUST 2 is surely set to follow suit, thanks to its integration of the following five hybrid creations — each effectively ‘mini’ magical, sample-based virtual instruments in their own right, fit for sprinkling over anything anyone cares to play with them.


The FLUTTER dust module could conceivably be considered a truly 21st Century Mellotron, made using existing Sound Dust instruments with added effects and parameters. It is based on recordings of acoustic instruments — just like a Mellotron, albeit with extra functionality to transport its users to places its tape-based Mellotron counterpart’s could only over dream of! Furthering flexibility, FLUTTER dust module features two interfaces — namely, Looper, offering controls on a per-note basis, and Wavetable, with edited, mangled, morphed, and reversed sounds from Sound Dust favourites (such as Autoharp, Cloud Viola and Cello, Dulcitone, Ghosts Piano, Hammr+ and Rubber Bass, Hogwarts Piano, Orgone, Pendleonium, Plucked Grand Piano, and Ships Piano) providing long and complex, multi-sampled acoustic wavetables that can scan in real time to create beautiful, evolving, and unexpected new sounds. Meanwhile, moving the mod wheel results in instant, live fluttering/glitch/jitter effects; playing the coloured key switches produces realtime gating effects. Either way, clicking the chaos button simply serves up a totally different sound each and every time! That said, moving the playhead position or loop points can construct completely new sounds — from delicate ‘flute-otrons’ to majestic organ-celestes and complex polyrhythmic Philip Glass-esque soundscapes. Seeking to make music that inhabits a sonic ‘other’ space by sounding simultaneously acoustic and electronic? Enter the wonderful world of FLUTTER, a world where creating granular sounds and ghostly versions of real-world timbres clearly comes naturally.


Taking its name, naturally, from the time funnel in Kurt Vonnegut’s terrific time-leaping novel, Sirens of Titan, INFUNDIBULUM is a multi-arp workstation and three-part sequencing machine offering a playground of polyrhythmic possibilities — perfect for creating unusual textures, rhythmic textures like ostinatos and interesting cross-rhythms, and different types of sequencing. Since those three arpeggiators all run at different speeds and lengths, featuring chiming piano sounds for an instant Steve Reich vibe, the radical results can be likened to being in a room full of noise generators; bowed, plucked, or struck things; and exotic vintage synths! INFUNDIBULUM is not intended for authentically replicating any of the included sounds — some have been deeply multi-sampled, after all; instead it celebrates what happens when sampling goes too far! Furthermore, holding any chord results in different notes starting to cycle back on themselves in disjointed yet glorious, hitherto unheard ways. With the an amazing multi-arp added into the magical mix — three sounds repeating through different cycle lengths at different speeds, users are already heading halfway towards an out-of-body experience!


Elsewhere, ODDHOP — powered by modular chaos engine #3, no less; imagine, if you will, a 303 and a 909 drum machine fused together with additional quirky percussion machines — makes for disappearing down a rhythmic rabbit hole easier done than said! Since it is packed with hundreds of original acoustic and electronic sounds arranged into five octaves of one-shot kicks, as well as pre-programmed basses, pianos, and vocal samples, ODDHOP is specifically designed for electronic music production and, as such, compatible with Pendle Poucher’s other piano-based instruments for a wonky, eclectic hip-hop sound. Saying that, things get really exciting when using the new drum and bass sequencing engines, each with 12 tracks of drawable-per-note control over nine parameters and polyrhythmic patterns. Put it this way: users will literally never be sure what they are going to get!


Get this, though: PENDLEONIUM comprises six sampled source instruments, intended to create something entirely new. The instruments themselves — two Danelectro baritone guitars, two Fernandez infinite guitars (with Sustainiac pickups and built-in eBows), and a spring viola (hardwired through a Roland Space Echo, creating an endless pad) — are arranged left to right across the main panel. PENDLEONIUM creates sounds reminiscent of Twin Peaks, Radiohead, and an orchestral haze, seamlessly merging organic and electronic elements. Each instrument comes complete with enhanced editing tools to tweak to suit, with effects like dirt, eq, rotor, and reverb, together with delay send and reverb send, for gnarly, lo-fi treatments. PENDLEONIUM produces seismic shifts and deep, rich tones at lower registers, while in higher registers it can be configured to produce sounds like ripples passing through mercury!


SHIPS PIANO is fashioned from a selection of three characterful pianos — namely, a ship’s piano; a ‘school hall’ grand, recorded binaurally in a Hogwarts-style school chapel; and a deviously altered home upright, reversed, fed into high-end reverb, and reversed again for a backwards attack effect. Speaking of effects, users can cunningly combine different aspects of each piano — accessing ADSRs, convolution reverb, high and lowpass filters, and vibrato to create impossible-sounding piano hybrids!


Having said all that, so intuitive is this collection of instruments that as soon as users start moving buttons and faders around, magical things start to happen! Is it any wonder, when Pendle Poucher — Spitfire Audio co-founder Christian Henson’s sampling hero — delights in taking left-field routes, resulting in inspiring new sounds and mind-bending sound design possibilities.


SOUND DUST 2 can be purchased and digitally downloaded for a time-limited introductory promo price of £149.00 GBP (inc. VAT)/$149.00 USD/ €149.00 EUR (inc. VAT) until November 29, 2018 — rising thereafter to an RRP of £199.00 GBP (inc. VAT)/$199.00 USD/€199.00 EUR (inc. VAT) — from here: https://www.spitfireaudio.com/shop/a-z/sound-dust-vol-2/


For more in-depth information, including some superb-sounding audio demos, please visit the dedicated SOUND DUST 2 webpage here: https://www.spitfireaudio.com/shop/a-z/sound-dust-vol-2/


Watch Spitfire Audio Director Paul Thomson’s ‘traditional’ video walkthrough of SOUND DUST 2 here: https://youtu.be/u3eTyp5bOUI Watch Spitfire Audio ‘composer-in-residence’ Oliver Patrice Weder’s ‘In Action’ video for SOUND DUST 2 here: https://youtu.be/JCeZy_Dovrc Watch Spitfire Audio Director Christian Henson showcasing the delights of SOUND DUST 1 and SOUND DUST 2 here: https://youtu.be/ox09fK1ns6w Watch Spitfire Audio’s An Introduction to Sound Dust documentary here: https://youtu.be/H8sJtqnrGd0


SOUND DUST 2 needs Native Instruments’ free KONTAKT PLAYER (5.6.8 or higher) — included in the purchase — to run as a fully NKS (NATIVE KONTROL STANDARD®) supporting plug-in instrument for Mac (OS X 10.10 or later) 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.




About Spitfire Audio (www.spitfireaudio.com)

Spitfire Audio is a British music technology company that specialises in sounds — sample libraries, virtual instruments, and other useful software devices. It collaborates with the best composers, artists, and engineers in the world to build musical tools that sound great and are exciting to use.

© 2018 Spitfire Audio Holdings Limited



<![CDATA[A Final, Limited Production Run Of 100 Special Prophet 12 Synths]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/a-final-limited-production-run-of-100-special-prophet-12-synths Thu, 15 Nov 2018 17:00:08 GMT


Sequential Commemorates Final Production Run of Prophet 12 Synth with Custom White, Numbered, Limited Edition of 100



San Francisco, CA—November 15, 2018—Sequential today announced a special numbered, limited edition of its acclaimed Prophet 12 Analog/Digital Hybrid synthesizer. Dubbed the Prophet 12 LE, it features a custom, arctic white finish with maple end caps, making it a visually striking contrast to the standard Prophet 12, which has been a significant part of the Sequential product line since its introduction in 2013.


The Prophet 12 LE will be strictly limited to 100 instruments worldwide and will commemorate the last of these synthesizers that Sequential will create. After that, the Prophet 12 will no longer be available.


Dave Smith had this to say about the Prophet 12 LE: “It’s nice to give the Prophet 12 a proper send-off with this special edition. The P12 was a real milestone for us in terms of pushing the synth envelope. As a hybrid instrument, it gave us a chance to explore the interaction of digital oscillators and analog filters and see how far we could take that idea. It’s still a great instrument and has found its way onto a lot of stages and studios, and into a lot of music.”


Sequential product designer Andrew McGowan recalled the genesis of the Prophet 12: “We’d just released the Tempest analog drum machine after several years of development, and we were turning our attention back to synths for the first time in a while. It gave us the opportunity to look at things with a fresh eye. Interestingly, when Dave and I sat down to draw up a spec, it was immediately apparent that we’d each been sort of designing the same instrument in our minds during our ‘time away’ — a hybrid synth with digital oscillators, dual analog filters, and new modulation possibilities. The Prophet 12 came together quickly after that and turned out really well for us.”


The Prophet 12 LE has the same combination of features as the original Prophet 12 — a bi-timbral, 12-voice architecture, with each voice boasting four high-resolution, multi-waveform digital oscillators, a sub-oscillator, analog low-pass and high-pass filters, analog VCAs, four envelopes and four LFOs, and a set of unique Character Effects for sound shaping. Linear FM capability was later added to the Prophet 12 as a software enhancement, giving the instrument even greater depth and making it one of Sequential’s most versatile poly synths.


The Prophet 12 LE will be available in December of 2018 with a US MAP of $2,999. A limited number of standard- finish black Prophet 12s are also available while stock lasts.




About Sequential

Originally launched in 2002 as Dave Smith Instruments, Sequential 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).

The company’s products are used by an ever-growing roster of well-known musicians and are available from music retailers worldwide. Instruments include the Prophet X, Prophet-6, OB-6, Prophet Rev2, and the Tempest analog drum machine. Sequential is based in San Francisco, where its instruments are also manufactured.


<![CDATA[EMMA Electronic Releases The ND-1 Navigator Hybrid Delay]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/emma-electronic-releases-the-nd-1-navigator-hybrid-delay Thu, 15 Nov 2018 16:53:02 GMT


EMMA Electronic releases ND-1 Navigator Hybrid Delay pedal


Combining the best of analog and digital technology, the ND-1 Navigator delay from EMMA Electronic offers practical, usable delay functions in a unique configuration that can generate classic delay tones as well as many unique new sounds.  Tap-tempo, modulation, beat-splits, trails, wet/dry outputs - All this and more in a compact package that’s simple to use and simply sounds gorgeous.


The Navigator’s most unique feature is a separate Level control for the beat-split delay repeats.  This option allows the user to emphasize the second delay voice, or to turn the main delay off entirely to create interesting new rhythmic delay effects. 


Here’s a run-down of the Navigator’s controls and features:


TIME – Controls length of main Delay repeat.

FEEDBACK - Controls amount of Delay repeats.

MAIN D – Controls level of main Delay voice.

SECOND – Controls level of beat-split Delay voice.

COLOR – Controls the tonality of the Delay voice, from dark to bright.

SPEED – Controls rate of Modulation from slow to fast.

DEPTH – Controls degree of Modulation from subtle to extreme.

BEAT-SPLIT SWITCH – Selects time interval for the secondary Delay voice.

TAIL – Turns on “delay trails” function so that repeats will continue in bypass.

TAP TEMPO – Allows user to tap in the Delay time with their foot.

WET/DRY OUTPUTS –Splits wet and dry signals to separate outputs. 

POWER – 9-Volt battery or 9VDC power adaptor 70mA current draw.

BYPASS – Buffered bypass with low impedance output.





For more info on EMMA Electronic products including video demos of the ND-1 Navigator, please visit our website  www.godlyke.com, e-mail us at  info@godlyke.com or call us at 973-777-7477.



<![CDATA[SPL Unveils Scarlet Fade Limited Edition Snare]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/spl-unveils-scarlet-fade-limited-edition-snare Wed, 14 Nov 2018 16:28:22 GMT


SPL Unveils Versatile, Eye-Catching 
Scarlet Fade Limited Edition Snare
Thousand Oaks, CA - November 2018...
Sound Percussion Labs (SPL™), designers of quality drums, percussion, and hardware for today's hard-working musicians, has introduced the Scarlet Fade Limited Edition Snare. Ideal for the beginner, as well as the more experienced player who wants to expand an existing kit, this 14 x 4-inch snare provides dynamic tuning and a tonal response that can range from low, wet tones to a high, crisp attack. Its versatility makes it an excellent main snare or a high-quality, unique-sounding side snare.

The Scarlet Fade Limited Edition Snare's wood ply shell features a glossy finish that gradually blends from scarlet red to black, making it a real attention-grabber under stage lights. With elegant mini-tube lugs, chrome hardware, and a hand-sanded snare bed, the Scarlet Fade looks as great as it sounds.

An unbeatable value, the SPL Scarlet Fade Limited Edition Snare is available for an MSRP of $129.99 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[Steinberg Releases Cubase 10]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/steinberg-releases-cubase-10 Wed, 14 Nov 2018 16:24:55 GMT


The Major Release: Cubase 10


The latest iterations of Steinberg’s music production software, Cubase Pro 10, Cubase Artist 10, and Cubase Elements 10, combine best audio quality and with a vast range of advanced audio and MIDI tools for composing, recording, editing and mixing music.



HAMBURG, Germany — Steinberg today officially unveiled the highly anticipated release of the latest version of its award-winning DAW: Cubase 10.


Cubase Pro 10 brings all the technological advancements to the table, the German expertise of which has been accumulated over three decades of extraordinary contributions to the industry. Cubase Artist 10 is a slimmer edition, offering the same core technologies as Cubase Pro alongside many dedicated production tools. Instantly accessible, Cubase Elements 10 is the first step into the world of music production with Cubase.


“This version is a milestone in the innovational history of Cubase. With nearly 30 years to look back on, Cubase Pro 10 encompasses everything required from a DAW — no matter who you are, no matter what your background, no matter what your musical experience,” comments Matthias Quellmann, senior marketing manager for Cubase.


Cubase Pro 10 exclusives

Available to Cubase Pro 10, VariAudio 3 is the perfect and eminently powerful pitch correction tool, introducing many enhancements for editing micro pitch levels and adjusting formant shifts. Another novelty is MixConsole Snapshots for saving and recalling a current mix within the mixer, or for creating and comparing alternate mixes of a project. Cubase Pro 10 also introduces Audio Alignment, a great new feature that allows users to align stacked recordings extremely fast so that vocal and other tracks are in complete sync. REVerence, the convolution reverb in Cubase Pro, includes now 20 new impulse responses, covering a range of vintage reverbs. Smaller feature additions and enhancements include AAF import/ export for exchanging data with different systems, improved editing to picture, and the Steinberg Virtual Reality production suite that offers tools for producing VR content.


Amazing additions to Pro and Artist

Both the Pro and Artist editions of Cubase 10 now include Distroyer, a remarkable addition to the list of effects processors that infuses asymmetric distortion. And side-chaining has also been touched on: new to both Pro and Artist is the simplified side-chain setup that completes the signal routing with only a few clicks. Since both editions feature the unique Note Expression capability, the next step now was to offer MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE) support for multidimensional controllers.


Family features for Pro, Artist and Elements

In all editions of version 10, the Channel Strip has undergone significant changes, featuring new metering elements in each module, providing immediate visual feedback and further facilitating the mixing process. Groove Agents SE 5, one of many impressive instruments within Cubase, boasts many enhancements to its user interface and comes with an abundance of new acoustic and electronic drum content. The audio engine has also been refined, now supporting 32-bit integer and 64-bit floating-point audio for recording, importing/exporting, and converting. Plug-ins have been redesigned and can now be dragged from the Media Rack and dropped directly into the project, creating an instrument track automatically, while the user interface supports HiDPI for high-resolution displays.


The additional content in Cubase 10 rounds out the extensive feature list: 5 GB of sounds and loops cover various genres, produced by renowned artists the likes of Florian Meindl, Rawtekk, Beat Butcha and many more.


Quellmann continues: “The audio engine in Cubase delivers pristine, unprecedented, ‘unheard-of’ quality: you'll never hear the DAW, you won't perceive unexpected coloring to your recordings, you'll forget it's even there — the sound quality is literally unheard of. The editing and production tools are amazing, providing a smooth, firm foundation for your creative input. The new aesthetics of the user interface ensures focused and expedited usability, while the production-grade content included within Cubase is not only fun to use but offers a great starting point to creating any style of music.


“With all the effort that we have put into this major iteration and considering the positive feedback from professional recording engineers and producers throughout its development, I assure that Cubase 10 pushes the envelope beyond the many expectations.”


Availability and pricing

The Cubase 10 editions are available from resellers and through the Steinberg Online Shop. The suggested retail price for the boxed version of Cubase Pro 10 is US $579.99; download only is available for US $552. The suggested retail price the boxed version of Cubase Artist 10 is US $329.99; download only is available for US $302. The suggested retail price for the boxed and download versions of Cubase Elements 10 is US $99.99. Download orders are exclusive of USB-eLicensers.


Various downloadable updates and upgrades, crossgrades, and education versions are exclusively available through the Steinberg Online Shop and the Steinberg website.


Customers who have activated Cubase 9.5 editions and earlier versions since October 15, 2018, are eligible for a free, downloadable Grace Period update to the latest respective version.



New features at a glance

VariAudio 3: Ultimate control of your audio, with more creative tools and Smart Controls to speed workflow. [Pro]

MixConsole Snapshots: Instantly recall different project mixes and settings to quickly compare mixes and add mix notes. [Pro]

Audio Alignment: Stack and match recordings quickly, easily synchronizing them to a reference track. [Pro]

New channel strip: Redesigned Channel Strip offers better metering and functionality. [Pro/Artist/Elements]

32-bit integer and 64-bit audio continues the Cubase audio engine’s commitment to ultimate, no-compromise quality. [Pro/Artist/Elements]

Easy side-chaining: Quickly and easily set up side-chaining to make space in mixes or create distinctive effects. [Pro/Artist]

Groove Agent SE 5 brings a new user interface and many improvements to the best drum production tool. [Pro/Artist/Elements]

5 GB of high-quality sounds and loops from six highly acclaimed producers. [Pro/Artist/Elements]

AAF support lets you exchange multimedia data with all the most commonly used applications. [Pro]

Distroyer adds everything from subtle analog warmth to searing heat for mixes and individual instruments. [Pro/Artist]

Vintage Verbs for REVerence: Better management, smoother workflow and 20 new impulse responses brings REVerence greatness to your projects! [Pro]

Latency Monitor lets you quickly and easily know exactly where — and how much — latency is occurring. [Pro/Artist/Elements]

Full support for high-resolution displays under current macOS (limited support for Windows 10). [Pro/Artist/Elements]

Effects in the Media Rack: Radical improvement of plug-ins workflow, with drag and drop functionality and improved display. [Pro/Artist/Elements]

MPE support: Easy and convenient setup of MPE controllers. [Pro/Artist]

Improved editing to picture for video soundtrack production. [Pro]

Steinberg Virtual Reality: VR production suite adds a suite of professional yet intuitive virtual reality audio production tools. [Pro]

ARA support: Forthcoming support for extended communications between ARA plug-ins and Cubase. [Pro]

Cubase 10 is packed with a wide range of usability, performance and quality improvements. [Pro/Artist/Elements]





Product page: www.steinberg.net/cubase
YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/cubase


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.

All trademarks are trademarks or registered trademarks of the respective owners.

<![CDATA[ROLI Launches World’s First Hardware Controller Featuring Deep GarageBand Integration]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/roli-launches-worlds-first-hardware-controller-featuring-deep-garageband-integration Wed, 14 Nov 2018 16:20:12 GMT


ROLI launches world’s first hardware controller featuring deep GarageBand integration


Songmaker Kit GarageBand Edition is the all-in-one expressive companion to the world’s most popular music creation app  



London—ROLI today releases a new edition of the Songmaker Kit that features an extraordinarily deep integration with GarageBand for macOS, the production software that has opened up music creation to millions of music makers.  The Songmaker Kit together with GarageBand makes the two function as a plug-and-play studio.


Until today, to set up a hardware studio or stage kit capable of creating beats and melodies as well as mixing involved a huge amount of complexity and usually resulted in lots of cables.  Keyboards, drum pads, and mixing and production controls — the components of a complete music studio — are now available in an affordable wireless kit that isn’t much larger than a laptop and works right out of the box. With the Songmaker Kit GarageBand Edition, the bedroom studio has truly become a backpack studio.


Roland Lamb, founder and CEO of ROLI and inventor of the Seaboard and BLOCKS, said: “ROLI’s mission is to empower everyone to experience the joy of music making. Our Songmaker Kit GarageBand Edition is another big step towards realizing this mission because it will enable a much wider audience to quickly and easily set up their own complete studio solution. And I’m also excited because it will make a unique gift for young people who are already using GarageBand and want to take the next step.”


The Songmaker Kit GarageBand Edition allows music-makers to:

  • Start creating in minutes: Detailed onboarding films provide guidance from the moment of unboxing. Project templates — in styles from rock to hip hop — help learners make a first track quickly.

  • Compose and create easily: The kit is a seamlessly integrated environment of hardware and software. So music-makers have everything they need to make a track — from sounds to recording and editing tools — with one easy workflow.

  • Be more musically expressive: The touch-responsive surfaces of the Lightpad Block and Seaboard Block bring unparalleled expression to the hundreds of sounds available in GarageBand.

  • Perform with GarageBand: For the first time music-makers can perform live with GarageBand, which now has a deep integration with hardware controllers.

  • Access Logic: Songmaker Kit GarageBand Edition works seamlessly with Logic Pro X, the professional recording studio on the Mac. Skilled electronic musicians can now enjoy all the benefits of the kit’s all-in-one studio solution.



The Songmaker Kit is a popular configuration of ROLI BLOCKS, the modular music creation system that launched in November 2016. The kit centers on two controllers: the Seaboard Block and the Lightpad Block.


Based on the piano keyboard, the Seaboard Block enables more musical expression on a soft surface that responds to pressure and other movements. Based on the drum pad, the Lightpad Block allows the same touch-responsive control of sound and can also be configured to launch loops, mix volume levels, and control other production features. The Loop Block — the third Block in the kit — provides faster control of recording and production.


The Songmaker Kit includes a huge suite of software including Equator, Cypher2 Player, and Strobe2 Player. Music-makers can now access specially selected sounds from Equator, ROLI’s premier sound engine, directly in GarageBand’s preset library.


The Songmaker Kit GarageBand Edition is now available worldwide at apple.com, select Apple stores and ROLI.com for $599.95 (£549.95, €599.95). Watch Introducing the Songmaker Kit GarageBand Edition to learn more about a plug-and-studio that brings more expression to a huge audience of macOS music-makers.



The Songmaker Kit includes the Seaboard Block (left), Lightpad Block (top right) and Loop Block (bottom right).



Product Videos  

Unleash Your Music, feat. RZA  

Introducing Songmaker Kit GarageBand Edition



About ROLI

ROLI is empowering people of all backgrounds and abilities to make music more expressively. It all started with the Seaboard, ROLI’s reinvention of the piano, which launched in 2013 to worldwide acclaim. Since then ROLI has made its uniquely touch-responsive instruments smaller, more affordable, more compatible, and more approachable. It is creating a platform of hardware and software tools that connect perfectly with each other — and are also compatible with popular music-making programs. From premium controllers like the Songmaker Kit to free apps like NOISE, ROLI provides extraordinary new ways for people to make music.



<![CDATA[Cort Introduces Baritone 7-String Electric Guitar For Aggressive Styles]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/cort-introduces-baritone-7-string-electric-guitar-for-aggressive-styles Wed, 14 Nov 2018 16:16:22 GMT


Cort Introduces KX257B Baritone 7-String Electric Guitar for Aggressive Styles



SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA — Deep, dark and undeniably distinct, the KX257B from Cort is a baritone 7-string electric guitar designed for today’s metal sounds and styles. With its naturally strong midrange bark and active pickup system, the KX257B packs the serious sonic punch that defines Cort’s KX Series.


The magnetic forces of the EMG® RetroActive Super 77 pickups will attract the most discerning of metalheads to the KX257B. The special edition 7-string set provides a clear, high output with superb articulation. Tonal control on the KX257B is simple, yet versatile with a one-volume, one-tone, and three-way toggle switch that provides a variety of sounds. The result is a 27-inch baritone scale with tight low end and a singing highs, perfect for riffing or soloing.


The foundation of the KX257B’s intense design is its mahogany body and bolt-on construction for a thick, yet punchy and powerful tone. Mahogany also provides a rich, barking midrange that’s ideal for an aggressive style, but also suitable for other musical genres. The hard maple neck is built for endurance, while the jatoba fingerboard provides the right amount of density and stiffness as well as proper volume projection, emphasizing on the high-mids. A strings-thru-body hardtail bridge improves sustain while enhancing resonance.


An instrument that makes a bold sonic statement should provide a corresponding visual, and the KX257B delivers on that style. The double-cutaway body stands out from its class not only for enhanced playability, but also for its modern appeal. The satiny, matte black finish is complemented by the subtlety of Cort’s new raindrop fingerboard inlay, designed specifically for the KX257B. Die-cast tuners and black-nickel hardware put the finishing touches on this stunningly powerful guitar.


Get a closer look at the KX257B and the other modern metal guitars in Cort’s KX Series athttp://kxseries.cortguitars.com/


MSRP $599.99 USD



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[It's A Tone Attack!]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/its-a-tone-attack Wed, 14 Nov 2018 16:12:47 GMT


The Tone Attack – Active Tone Stack Pedal Kit New from MOD® Kits DIY



Shape your sound with the Tone Attack, an active tone stack effect pedal you build yourself! At the 12 o’clock setting the Tone Attack gives an approximate unity gain with the pedal. Rotate the treble or bass control counterclockwise to cut the corresponding frequencies. Rotate them clockwise to boost the frequency bands. The Master Boost can be used to attenuate your signal or push your tone to screaming loud volumes. The effect pedal operates on a 9V battery; for a longer lasting option, a 9-volt adapter can be purchased separately.


MOD® Kits are designed to give novice and experienced musicians the opportunity to build their own amps and effects pedals. All kits come with easy-to-follow instructions and use point-to-point wiring. A pre-drilled enclosure and all necessary parts are included. All you need are simple hand tools, a soldering iron and solder.


For a complete listing of kits available from MOD® Kits DIY visit




<![CDATA[PreSonus Reveals The Power Of The ATOM]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/presonus-reveals-the-power-of-the-atom Wed, 14 Nov 2018 15:41:39 GMT


PreSonus Reveals the Power of the ATOM
PreSonus ATOM
Baton Rouge, Louisiana—November 2018... PreSonus®’ new ATOM pad controller is both a compact, dynamic performance controller and a versatile production controller. Produce beats, play virtual instruments, and trigger sound effects and loops in real time with unsurpassed expressiveness and flexibility using ATOM’s 16 full-size, velocity- and pressure-sensitive RGB pads with selectable pad velocity curves and pad pressure thresholds, 8 assignable pad banks, and other controls.

ATOM connects to a computer via USB and is compatible with most music software but it especially shines when used with the included Studio One® Artist production software for Mac® and Windows®. ATOM and Studio One integrate tightly to deliver a blazingly fast, professional-style workflow. When used with Studio One, ATOM enables you to browse virtual instruments and add them to your session, change instrument presets, create loop points and navigate the timeline, change song tempo, edit and quantize MIDI events, zoom in and out on the timeline or events, control Studio One’s transport, and more.

Along with the 16 RGB pads and 8 pad banks, you get 4 programmable rotary encoders and 20 assignable buttons, enabling you to navigate and set more parameters faster. MIDI Keyboard mode, Note Repeat mode, and Full Velocity mode enable you to custom control your instruments.

In addition to production applications, the velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads are great for playing virtual instruments live onstage. You can set up the pad banks for a full virtual drum set and perform beats and even play multiple ATOMs at once to put on an exciting live show.

A wealth of virtual instruments, loops, and drum kits are included with Studio One Artist. To further fuel your creativity, ATOM also comes with a carefully curated MVP Loops loop and one-shot library custom-designed for ATOM. More content is available from the online PreSonus Shop. 

ATOM is available immediately for the U.S. street price of $149.95. For more information, please visit www.presonus.com/products/ATOM.
<![CDATA[RCF Sponsors PAcalculate App For Pro Audio Industry]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/rcf-sponsors-pacalculate-app-for-pro-audio-industry Wed, 14 Nov 2018 15:36:45 GMT


RCF Sponsors PAcalculate App for Pro Audio Industry




Offering a tool for pro audio sound reinforcement system calculations, RCF is sponsoring the online app PAcalculate. The multi-platform app (iOS and Android) provides a library of 25 different calculators covering audio acoustics, electronics and cabling calculations; as well as lighting, electricity and recording calculators. The app is a quick and handy tool for people dealing with PA, sound systems, electo-acoustics and lighting.


With PA as well as lighting related calculators, comprehensive options are provided. In addition to the calculators, other help menus offer assistance on cable pin assignments for both audio and video, graphs demonstrating microphone polar patterns and equal loudness contours; and offers utilities including an inclinometer and even a flashlight.


PAcalculate can be downloaded for free courtesy of RCF for smartphones and tablets at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.


Here’s a listing of the Calculators:



·         Acoustics – SPL, Ceiling speaker coverage, Air Absorbtion, Time<<>>distance, Frequency<<>>wavelength, Line Array transition distance

·         Audio Electronics – dBu<<>>dBV<<>>V, Q factor<<>>bandwidth, Limither threshold / times, Amplifier gain

·         Cabling – Speaker cable – low impedence, 70V/100V



·         DMX

·         RBG / RBGW / RGBW CMY



·         Ohm’s Law / Joule’s Law, KVA



·         BPM >> time

·         Recording time

·         Note >> Hz



·         Weight, length, area and volume



·         Pin assignments for audio (XLR, ¼”, SpeakON, DB25) and lighting (XLR3, XLRS)

·         Inclinometer, Flashlight, Microphone polar pattern graphs


For additional information: http://www.doctorproaudio.com/doctor/calculadores_en.htm




<![CDATA[How About Some Overdriven, Hypnotic Techno?]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/how-about-some-overdriven-hypnotic-techno Tue, 13 Nov 2018 15:47:50 GMT


Hypnotic Techno




Its new release day and this week we’ve got Hypnotic Techno, a pack focused on the overdriven sound currently reverberating around Europe.


Zenhiser Pack: Hypnotic Techno

Price: $60.00 AUD

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



<![CDATA[New Products From Patchbanks]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/new-products-from-patchbanks Tue, 13 Nov 2018 15:43:36 GMT
Patchbanks New Product Releases

Explore a boutique playlist with over 80 stems composed with amalgamated upper-range sounds of digital and analog instruments; including stems of melodic piano, key chords, aerated pads, modulated leads, spiky arpeggios, textured ambience, sweeps, reverberations, harmonized vocals and many more eclectic sounds for modern music production. Preview Demo


Soul Tube Vol.2



Inspired by vintage soul records circa 1960s-1970s: This collection contains a select playlist of drumless vibes in the genres of soul, motown and gospel — all produced and recorded live by top performing musicians in trios, duets, solos and rehearsal tracks. Preview Demo





<![CDATA[Eventide Releases Spicy HotSawz Synth For H9 Effects Pedals]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/eventide-releases-spicy-hotsawz-synth-for-h9-effects-pedals Tue, 13 Nov 2018 14:55:59 GMT


Eventide Releases Spicy HotSawz Synth for H9 Effects Pedals



November 13, 2018 — Little Ferry, NJ — Eventide is proud to release HotSawz, a new pitch-tracking, monophonic synth engine for their H9 Harmonizer® effects pedals. Hotsawz is the 50th Algorithm for the H9 platform.

With six stackable sawtooth oscillators, three modulation sources, and four assignable destinations, HotSawz allows you to create a wide palette of sounds that run the gamut from classic synthwave to a pulsing panorama of bouncing blips, brassy swells, and sub-bass swagger.

The modulation sources include LFO, Envelope Follower, and ADS Gate, while the four assignable destinations are comprised of Filter Cutoff, Volume, Pitch and Oscillator Depth. Each modulation source can be assigned to any of these destinations at a given time. Thus, multiple sources can manipulate the same destination. In fact, there are 64 combinations of source to destination assignments, providing a vast landscape for serious experimentation. For example, scope your favorite sci-fi thriller sounds from Blade Runner to Stranger Things, and create 8-bit video game blips, screaming 70s saw leads and undulating bass odysseys on individual tracks  video games and movie scores.

Too spicy? Dial it back with the global Mix function and maintain some of your original tone. Not spicy enough? Transpose the oscillators up and/or down by one octave for that thick, analog synth sound. Create your own recipe for sonic satisfaction by sprinkling on a bit of HotSawz to excite your auditory taste buds!


  • Classic subtractive synthesis using sawtooth waves.
  • Six oscillators that follow a mono pitch tracker.
  • Three modulation sources: LFO, Envelope Follower and ADS Gate.
  • Four Assignable destinations: Filter Cutoff, Volume, Pitch and Oscillator Depth. Each modulation source can be assigned to any destination at a given time, thus multiple sources can manipulate the same destination.
  • 64 combinations of source to destination assignments.
  • Comes with 30+ presets including some by Eventide artists


Customers can demo HotSawz by downloading the latest version of the H9 Control app for iPhone, iPad, Mac, PC and Android devices. HotSawz is priced at $19.99 for H9 and H9 Core owners and is free for H9 Max owners.­­­­



About Eventide:
For over 40 years Eventide has remained at the forefront of recording technology. In 1975 they revolutionized the audio industry by creating the world’s first commercially available digital audio effects unit. Since then their legendary studio processors, stompboxes and plug-ins have been heard on countless hit records.

Eventide and Harmonizer are registered trademarks of Eventide Inc. © 2018 Eventide Inc.
<![CDATA[PRS Guitars Announces New 2019 Models]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/prs-guitars-announces-new-2019-models Tue, 13 Nov 2018 14:53:03 GMT


PRS Guitars Announces New 2019 Models





(STEVENSVILLE, MD) November 13, 2018 – PRS Guitars has announced its first round of new models and updates for 2019. New electric guitars from PRS include a revamped “Paul’s Guitar” (Paul Reed Smith’s signature model), the CE 24 Semi-Hollow, and a new SE Custom 24 that sports an attractive ziricote veneer, while new acoustic models expand on an already robust line up.


Paul’s Guitar – The Paul Reed Smith Signature Model


Historically, the Paul’s Guitar (like the Modern Eagle before it) has been a realization of Paul Reed Smith’s latest discoveries surrounding tone. This revamped model represents Paul’s vision not only as a guitar maker but as a guitar player who needs versatile stage- and studio-ready gear that can achieve all the right tones. As a man who has every option available to him, Paul’s personal design choices include mahogany bodies with maple tops, Honduran rosewood fretboards, Nitrocellulose finishes, “Brushstroke” bird inlays, and narrow pickup bobbins. The Paul’s Guitar model also includes PRS’s TCI (Tuned Capacitance and Inductance) treble and bass pickups with two mini-toggle switches that allow players to put either or both pickups in either humbucking or true single coil mode.


“I don’t just like the newest version of my guitar, I love it. With these new pickups, I can move from a strong bridge pickup to a very clear, “whoopy” neck pickup – you can hear every note – by just setting the mini-toggles and using the 3-way as normal. It’s a highly musical and very usable setup,” said Paul Reed Smith. “This guitar has clear, spanky single coils when you split the pickups but a very full soapbar quality when they are in humbucking mode. It’s just beautiful.”


CE 24 Semi-Hollow


The original CE was introduced in 1988, offering players traditional PRS design and features with a bolt-on neck. A favorite throughout PRS history, the CE 24 was reintroduced in 2016 and is now expanding to include a semi-hollow model.


“The CE 24 Semi-Hollow combines the snap and sustain of our maple neck bolt-on guitars but adds an airy resonance of a semi-hollow body creating a voice all its own. Every dealer who has come through the shop and checked out the prototypes has enjoyed the guitar. We think it is a fairly unique addition to our bolt-on lineup,” said Jim Cullen, PRS Director of Sales.


SE Custom 24 Ziricote


Last year, PRS decked out its classic SE Custom 24 model with a selection of unique veneers. For 2019, PRS will be offering their most popular SE in both zebrawood and ziricote veneers for players who want a more exotic look for this classic model.


PRS SE Acoustics


On the acoustic side, PRS Guitars has expanded its assortment of SE Angelus and Tonare Grand models with both new wood combinations and new colors. The SE A55E and T55E continue to bring PRS’s Private Stock aesthetic to the SE Series with quilted maple back and sides offered in two colors: classic Black Gold Burst or striking Abaco Green. The SE A60E and T60E also bring arresting aesthetics to the assortment, with ziricote back and sides, curly maple binding and heel cap, and abalone purfling and rosette details. Both the 55 and 60 series acoustics feature solid spruce tops PRS’s hybrid classical/X bracing, bone nuts and saddles, and the Fishman GT-1 pickup system. Rounding out the acoustic additions are burst options for the 40 and 50 series guitars.


“SE acoustics are born from our work inside the PRS Private Stock team making highly-individualized instruments. With years of intimate work experience to build on, we have applied our bracing pattern and other foundational design elements to the SE line, resulting in high-value instruments that we love,” said Jack Higginbotham, Chief Operating Officer, PRS Guitars. “We are proud of our manufacturing partners and humbled by the reviews and support from our dealers as we continue to grow this offering.”


“The instruments we have added for 2019 represent our culture of innovation and our desire to bring added value to musicians,” said Jamie Mann, President, PRS Guitars. “That said, we have left much our lineup untouched. The current demand from our customers is exceptionally high, showing us that the current stable is working. We are very proud of this moment.”


To see the complete line up, specs, and demo videos, visit www.prsguitars.com. And stay tuned – as NAMM approaches, there are likely to be a few more introductions.




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, John Mayer, Mark Tremonti, Mark Holcomb of Periphery, Zach Myers of Shinedown, Jimmy Herring, Orianthi, David Grissom, Blake Shelton, Martin Simpson, and Tony McManus are among the artists currently playing PRS instruments and/or amplifiers.


PRS Guitars Info: www.prsguitars.com




<![CDATA[Cherry Audio Adds New Super LFO To Voltage Modular]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/cherry-audio-adds-new-super-lfo-to-voltage-modular Mon, 12 Nov 2018 14:53:28 GMT


Cherry Audio adds New Super LFO to Voltage Modular


Super LFO
The new Cherry Audio Super LFO is the mondo-powerhouse LFO module everyone's been asking for! It can be used as a standard cycling LFO, or as an envelope generator in "one-shot" mode, and it includes a built-in sync divider with reset input for super easy sync to DAW projects. But the real showstopper is its mindblowing custom waveshaping flexibility: with seven controls, a huge real-time display, and extensive CV control, the possibilities are endless.
Best of all, the Super LFO is FREE for all Voltage Modular Core Package owners! In other words, if you've purchased Voltage Modular, it'll automatically download to your module collection.
<![CDATA[Nord Sample Library - Choir, Bass And Synth]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/nord-sample-library---choir-bass-and-synth Mon, 12 Nov 2018 14:47:38 GMT


Nord Sample Library - Choir, Bass and Synth



Press Release, Stockholm 2018-08-11

We are happy to release new high-quality Symphonic Choirs, Bass Guitars and Synths in the Nord Sample Libraries.


Our new addition of samples includes rich Symphonic Choirs, vintage Bass Guitars and a bunch of atmospheric Synth Pads. All sounds are available for free download at nordkeyboards.com.  



Nord Sample Library 3.0 - compatible with Nord Stage 3, Nord Piano 4, Nord Electro 6  

Nord Sample Library 2.0 - compatible with Nord Stage EX/2/2EX, Nord Piano 2/3, Nord Electro 3/4/5 and Nord Wave







About Clavia DMI AB:

Clavia Digital Musical Instruments AB manufactures industry-leading digital synthesizers and keyboards sold under the brand name Nord. All technology R&D and manufacturing takes place in Sweden and all Nord products are assembled by hand in Stockholm. Clavia DMI AB has 30 employees and a turnover of 20M USD whereof 95 % is export sales to local distributors. The company’s main markets are USA and Europe but Asia and Latin America also adds exciting and interesting new markets for our premium quality keyboard instruments.





<![CDATA[Waves Announces The Axis One, A Waves-Optimized Computer]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/waves-announces-the-axis-one-a-waves-optimized-computer Mon, 12 Nov 2018 14:42:22 GMT


Waves Announces the Axis One, a Waves-Optimized Computer
KNOXVILLE, TN, November 12, 2018Waves Audio, a leading provider of digital signal processing solutions, introduces the Waves Axis One, a Waves-Optimized Computer. 
Waves Axis One is a standardized computer, custom-designed and optimized to run Waves audio applications. Packed in a road-hardy half-rack 2U case, Axis One is a trustworthy turnkey solution for live sound, broadcast and the studio. 
Axis One is designed from the ground up to perform reliably and consistently under demanding circumstances, with maximum stability and rock-solid performance. Through careful selection of components and extensive rigorous testing, it has been optimized to match the needs of sound engineers using Waves software applications. With its rugged rack-mountable case, this unit is designed to help any engineer deliver world-class sound reliably, anywhere, anytime.  
With its Waves SoundGrid connectivity, Axis One can act as the “brain” of a SoundGrid system, seamlessly interfacing with SoundGrid I/O devices and servers. Use it at front-of-house, at monitor position, or in your broadcast AV rack – or add it to your studio for tracking, mixing and mastering.  
Waves Axis One features:
  • Computer optimized to run Waves software applications
  • Intel® i5 8500 Processor
  • 16GB DDR4 RAM
  • 256GB SSD internal storage
  •  Windows 10
  • 2 HDMI ports, 1 display port
  • 1 SoundGrid port (EtherCon connector), 1 Ethernet port (RJ45 connector)
  • 8 USB2/USB3 ports, 1 USB-C port
  • Rack-mountable case, 2U half-rack  
To learn more: https://www.waves.com/hardware/axis.
Waves Axis One

About Waves Audio Ltd.:
Waves is the world’s leading developer of audio DSP solutions for the professional, broadcast, and consumer electronics audio markets. Since its start in the early '90s with the introduction of the Q10 equalizer plugin, Waves has gone on to develop a comprehensive line of over 150 audio plugins, including industry standards like the L1 and L2 Ultramaximizers, popular vintage console models, and innovative mixing tools like Vocal Rider and the Artist Signature Series. For its accomplishments, Waves received a Technical GRAMMY® Award in 2011, and the Q10 was selected as an inductee into the TECnology Hall of Fame. In 2016, Waves released the eMotion LV1 mixer, a revolutionary live digital mixing console that provides real-time audio mixing for front-of-house, monitor, studio and broadcast engineers. Waves technologies are now used to improve sound quality in virtually every sector of the audio market, from recording, mixing, mastering and post-production to broadcast, live sound, and consumer electronics. Waves has over 25 years of expertise in the development of psychoacoustic signal processing algorithms that leverage knowledge of human auditory perception to radically improve perceived sound quality. Waves’ award-winning processors are utilized to improve sound quality in the creation of hit records, major motion pictures, and top-selling video games worldwide. Waves offers computer software and hardware-plus-software solutions for the professional and broadcast markets. The company’s WavesLive division is a market leader in all live sound sectors, spearheading the development of solutions for all live platforms. Under its Maxx brand, Waves offers semiconductor and licensable algorithms for consumer electronics applications. Waves technologies dramatically enhance audio performance and are used by industry leaders such as Dell, Google, Fitbit, Acer, Asus, Hisense and more.
<![CDATA[A New ATC Monitor For Permanent Installations ]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/a-new-atc-monitor-for-permanent-installations Mon, 12 Nov 2018 12:38:14 GMT





LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 2018: It’s been over two years since ATC launched the passive SCM12 Pro, the most compact monitor in its range. With an attractive entry-level price point and ATC’s legendary accuracy, the SCM12 Pro has found its way into innumerable recording studios and post-production houses. The new passive ATC SCM12i uses the same two-way topology and driver technology but places it within a cabinet that is purpose-built for easy permanent installation in audio and video studios of all varieties. Specifically, the ATC SCM12i includes mounting points that are compatible with all of the popular mounting strategies and standardizations, including those offered by Adaptive Technologies Group and König & Meyer (K&M).


“ATC has established itself as the best monitoring option for working professionals who need to produce mixes that reliably translate to every conceivable playback system in the world,” said Brad Lunde, founder and president of TransAudio Group, U.S. distributor for all ATC professional products. “The ATC SCM12 Pro is a popular choice for nearfields in small spaces or on tight budgets – or as surrounds in larger studios. Either way, they’re small enough (roughly 16” x 9” x 9”) to warrant permanent installation, but, like most near field monitors, the SCM12 Pro lacks the mounting points of ‘installation-ready’ loudspeakers. Responding to requests from its customers, ATC has produced the SCM12i, which includes those mounting points.”


Like the SCM12 Pro, the ATC SCM12i uses the very same UK-hand-built drivers that are so celebrated in ATC’s larger flagship models. An ATC one-inch dual suspension Soft Dome tweeter handles high-end content with extended high-frequency response and significantly reduced harmonic distortion. An ATC six-inch Constrained Layer Damping woofer handles mid- and low-frequency content with proprietary ATC technology that delivers significantly improved linearity. Even though it may be in the smallest category of ATC’s product line, the specifications capture the SCM12i’s exceptional performance: frequency response from 80Hz to 16kHz ± 2dB, ±80° coherent horizontal and ±10° coherent vertical dispersion, and 108dB continuous SPL per pair at 1m. The SCM12i Pro is currently expected to begin shipping by the end of 2018.








TransAudio Group, founded by industry veteran Brad Lunde, has quickly become the premier U.S. importer/distributor and/or U.S. sales and marketing representative for high-end audio. Success hinges on TransAudio providing dealers and end users with a higher standard of product expertise and support far beyond the norm.





<![CDATA[Vermona Explores The Curves With fourMative CONTOURS]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/vermona-explores-the-curves-with-fourmative-contours Fri, 9 Nov 2018 13:42:47 GMT


VERMONA unleashes ultra-versatile generator for voltage curves and more as fourMative CONTOURS module


VOGTLAND, GERMANY: electronic sound tools creator VERMONA is proud to announce availability of fourMative CONTOURS — its first ‘envelope’ entry to the ever-expanding Eurorack small-format modular system world without resorting to type, far exceeding the functionality of a traditional envelope generator and typically following the company’s naming scheme for its Eurorack modules to reflect the fact that it delivers up to four single-phase envelopes that can be combined to achieve much more complex voltage-controlled curves — as of November 9...


VERMONA makes no secret of its admiration for the classic ADSR (Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release) envelope generator; indeed, it is well versed in its strengths, having implemented various versions into its desktop devices over the years. Yet the company collectively decided that its first Eurorack-compatible envelope generator should not resort to type, instead rising to the challenge of realising a unique and flexible concept without compromises being made.


Mission accomplished? Actually, the prototype presented its erstwhile ecstatic creators with an unforeseen headache: how to name a module which was planned as an envelope generator but ended up exceeding expectations by so far? Fortunately for VERMONA, various proposals were supportively submitted to Twitter in response to a small survey. Settling upon fourMative CONTOURS, the company collectively felt that this does not pin down the module’s function to being that of just another envelope generator, but rather reflected its purpose while typically following VERMONA’s Eurorack module naming scheme.


So what warranted the fourMative CONTOURS name, and what, exactly, does this module do differently? First and foremost, fourMative CONTOURS delivers up to four single-phase envelopes that can be combined to achieve much more complex voltage- controlled curves. Therefore, the module itself features four individual channels (or units in ‘VERMONA-speak’), numbered accordingly on its front facia. Flexibly, each unit can be switched into A (attack), D (decay), or H (hold) MODE — with the attack and decay phases switchable between operating with a LIN (linear) or EXP (exponential) response SHAPE — and can be used individually or in any combination. Those tasty features alone are enough to set fourMative CONTOURS apart from the Eurorack envelope generator pack, putting it in prime position for handling many modulation tasks.


The envelopes themselves are seriously snappy; each unit can run within a TIME range of 0.5 milliseconds through to 30 seconds, switchable between perfectly balanced fast and SLOW speed settings to ensure smooth adjustments, with the former geared towards creating crisp and percussive sounds. Saying that, that’s only half the story here, however, since those fourMative CONTOURS units are each equipped with a CV IN (control voltage input) that not only allows the times to be modulated but also extends them in both directions — down to 25 μs and up to 10,000 seconds, so if a two-hour-long envelope is needed then fourMative CONTOURS can handle it!


Individual units can be looped or combined with other units using simple internal patching connections to create more complex envelopes. Thanks to those extended frequency ranges, fourMative CONTOURS can creatively also function as an LFO (Low Frequency Oscillator) or even an audio oscillator.


On the face of it, fourMative CONTOURS clearly goes far beyond the capabilities of standard envelope generators, and anyone looking for a versatile modulation source should surely consider giving it a try. The creators themselves are quietly confident that there are many more scenarios where fourMative CONTOURS can be pressed into play, filling in some equally exotic Eurorack small- format modular system blanks, so-to-speak — not just the 24HP/3U rack space the module itself obviously occupies!


Shipping now, fourMative CONTOURS is available to purchase through VERMONA’s growing global network of dealers (http://www.vermona.com/en/dealer/) with an RRP of €399.00 EUR (Europe) and $489.00 USD (USA).


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






About VERMONA (www.vermona.com)

VERMONA is located in idyllic south-eastern Vogtland in Germany, well known for its extraordinary musical instrument-building skills since the 18th Century, where it has manufactured electronic musical instruments and processors displaying the highest level of craftsmanship for over 25 years. Since its revival in 2001, the traditional established VERMONA brand name is synonymous with realising its sonic vision with uncompromising clarity, creating electronic sound tools in close cooperation with experienced musicians and dedicated sound smiths. From initial design concepts through to final polish, perfected engineering art goes hand in hand here with fulfilling creative users’ dreams and demands!


© 2018 HDB electronic GmbH | Elektroakustische Manufaktur



<![CDATA[European Pop Vocals Volume 4]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/european-pop-vocals-volume-4 Fri, 9 Nov 2018 13:34:37 GMT






'European Pop Vocals Vol 4' is the ultimate collection for songwriters and producers who are searching for their next Pop placement. Weighing in at over 3 GB, the fourth volume in this bestselling series again gives you direct access to a captivating vocalist and the techniques, tricks & sound design skills of a professional producer. Explore 1,409 loops, samples and MIDI files, all bound together in five spell-binding Construction Kits.


Heartfelt piano progressions, engaging guitar accompaniments, soaring strings and ultra-modern drums are complemented by complete vocal tracks that run through the entirety of each mix. With its delicate ballads and upbeat, current-sounding Pop productions, we're sure this pack will follow in the footsteps of its predecessors and become another bestseller.


Just waiting to form the backbone of your next placement pitch, these tracks offer perfect instrumentals for aspiring songwriters and professional quality vocals for producers who want to bring life to their instrumentals.


At the heart of each of these five Construction Kits is a complete vocal track including verses, choruses, other adlibs and vocal effects. You can chop and mangle these vocals, or simply drag and drop them in as-is to form the basis of an entirely new track.



MIDI Files Included:

Like so many other Producer Loops products, 'European Pop Vocals Vol 4' 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 are extremely flexible and powerful, the 71 included MIDI files have the added benefit of allowing you to go to extremes of pitch and tempo beyond which the loops were originally recorded, with no time stretching or pitch shifting artefacts. Furthermore, you can make tweaks to the riffs so they fit perfectly into your existing mixes.


One-Shot Samples:

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


Dry/Wet Loops:

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


Unlooped Riffs/Tails:

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



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



• 5 Construction Kits
• 1409 Audio Files
• 71 MIDI Files
• Complete vocal takes
• Full Pop arrangements
• ACIDized WAV Files
• Apple Loops/AIFF Files
• REX Files
• Reason Refill
• Ableton Live! 8.1.3+ Pack
• Loops sync to BPM
• 44.1 kHz/24-Bit
• PC/Mac Compatible
• Royalty-Free



Price and Availability:


'European Pop Vocals Vol 4’ is available for instant download exclusively at ProducerLoops.com for £39.95 / 47,92 EUR. More information is available at: https://www.producerloops.com




<![CDATA[RCF Now Offers EVOX J Series In White]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/rcf-now-offers-evox-j-series-in-white Fri, 9 Nov 2018 13:30:55 GMT


RCF Now Offers EVOX J Series in White



(Edison, New Jersey) In 2014, RCF broke the mold of powerful, portable PA systems with the introduction of the EVOX Series. Since that time, this style of portable PA has become a category in the industry itself. In 2018, RCF has taken the next step introducing the EVOX J Series including a model with an eight input, Bluetooth, app controlled mixer. And now offers the EVOX J Series in white.


            Maintaining a similar footprint to the original EVOX 8 system, the EVOX J models are now a composite enclosure, taking weight out of the system, yet maintaining the same performance specifications.


            The EVOX J Series comes in two models – EVOX J8 and EVOX JMIX8 – with both available in black or white.


            The EVOX J8 is similar to the original EVOX 8 model featuring a line source satellite module with eight 2” full-range drivers paired with a high-powered 12” woofer in a bass reflex enclosure. Powered by onboard 1400-watt Class D amplification.


            The EVOX JMIX8 adds a powerful eight-input digital mixer with dedicated app for iOS and Android management from any smartphone. Innovative Z.CORE DSP processing provides not only professional mix functions but a complete library of studio effects along with guitar modulation effects and amp simulations.


            RCF has also added a new perspective on linearity with the introduction of FiRPHASE DSP technology. The FiRPHASE algorithm optimizes dynamics, amplitude and phase providing more transparency of the original input signal with absolute clarity.


The EVOX array design features constant horizontal directivity coverage of 120° with the vertical array a tight 30° with a progressive shape to guarantee a correct listening environment and avoid a high frequency beaming typical of a straight array. Included is a three-piece pole, allowing for the satellite to be positioned at different heights maintaining the coverage pattern for the audience listening area dependent on the EVOX placement and venue configuration.


The system is designed for ease of transport and storage. When storing, the satellite module fits into the rear of the subwoofer, which also protects the electronics and system connections. An optional protective cover travel bag with wheels is available for transport and storage of the system.


The EVOX J Series is now shipping. Product will be on display at 2019 NAMM Show in RCF booth # 18310. For additional information: https://www.rcf.it/en_US//products/live-sound/evox



<![CDATA[Waves Announces eMotion LV1 Live Mixer V10 Updates And New Features]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/waves-announces-emotion-lv1-live-mixer-v10-updates-and-new-features Thu, 8 Nov 2018 14:25:19 GMT


Waves Announces eMotion LV1 Live Mixer V10 Updates and New Features
KNOXVILLE, TN, November 8, 2018Waves Audio, a leading provider of digital signal processing solutions, announces eMotion LV1 Live Mixer V10updates and new features. This revolutionary digital mixing console for front-of-house, monitor and broadcast engineers has now been updated to V10 with new exciting features, including I/O sharing with separate gain control for each engineer and shared pre-amp control with automatic individual gain compensation 
Based on Waves SoundGrid technology, the eMotion LV1 delivers the superior sound quality for which Waves is renowned, as well as a quick workflow needed in demanding environments. To offer unprecedented control over every aspect of your live sound, each of the mixer’s channels has its own plugin rack capable of running up to eight Waves and third-party plugins. Subsequently, you can mix live with hundreds of your favorite plugins, all running inside the mixer itself, adding the power and versatility of Waves plugins to the arsenals of engineers everywhere, while shrinking the form factor of a full mixing system down to carry-on size.    
The eMotion LV1 V10 adds performance and stability improvements, and it now supports I/O sharing, allowing FOH and monitor engineers to share stageboxes between two eMotion LV1 mixers. To complement this feature, V10 also introduces both shared and separate gain control modes, enabling engineers to set their nominal input levels safely and conveniently, without affecting each other. This means you can get your sources from the stage to multiple destinations at the same time, with separate gain control for each engineer and without having to split the signal with dedicated gear. 
The mixer’s channel strip – its standard EQ, filters and dynamics processing – is provided by Waves eMo plugins: eMo D5 Dynamics, eMo F2 Filter and eMo Q4 Equalizer, designed for maximum clarity and efficiency in a live environment. The LV1 also integrates smoothly with the Dugan Speech and Dugan Automixerplugins (purchased separately), which are easily accessible from each LV1 channel. 
You can control eMotion LV1 using industry-standard hardware controllers, multi-touch screens and diverse portable devices, from four touchscreens to a single laptop or tablet. Whichever device you are using, the LV1 has the same intuitive workflow, with a user interface built for flexibility and speed.  
eMotion LV1 uses the Waves SoundGrid infrastructure for audio networking. It can be configured as a portable or stationary setup and can connect to any SoundGrid-compatible I/O or server. This means you can easily carry your mixer with you and run it anytime, anywhere – at home, in your hotel room, on the tour bus, or at the live venue. This way you can have all the time you need to work on your sessions, whether offline or with full-on audio, and make sure you are 100% ready for your show. 
With the Waves eMotion LV1 Live Mixer, you enjoy pristine audio quality, detailed control over your sound, quick and easy setup and operation, and convenient portability.  
Waves LV1 V10 features:
  • eMotion LV1 video training course available online
  • 64 stereo/mono input channels, 36 buss/return channels
  • Run 8 SoundGrid-compatible plugins directly on each channel
  • Channel strip processing provided by Waves eMo plugins
  • 16 auxes (stereo/mono), 8 audio groups, L/R/C/Mono, 8 matrixes (stereo/mono)
  • 16 DCA faders, 8 mute groups, 8 user-assignable shortcut keys
  • Create your own custom layers for super-quick workflow
  • DCA spill – populate layers with DCA-linked channels
  • 32-bit floating point mix engine; up to 96 kHz sample rate
  • Compatible with industry-standard control surfaces
  • Integrates smoothly with the Dugan Speech automixer plugin
  • Connects to diverse SoundGrid I/Os & drivers and to multiple DAWs
  • FOH and monitor engineers can share the same stagebox between two LV1 mixers
  • Windows/Mac 64 bit-compatible 
To learn more about eMotion LV1 v10, visit https://www.waves.com/introducing-emotion-lv1-v10.   
For eMotion LV1 online video training course, visithttps://www.waves.com/courses/emotion-lv1-live-mixer-training.  
Waves Announces eMotion LV1 Live Mixer V10 Updates and New Features. Special thanks to MxU for photo permission/ http://mxu.rocks/
About Waves Audio Ltd.:
Waves is the world’s leading developer of audio DSP solutions for the professional, broadcast, and consumer electronics audio markets. Since its start in the early '90s with the introduction of the Q10 equalizer plugin, Waves has gone on to develop a comprehensive line of over 150 audio plugins, including industry standards like the L1 and L2 Ultramaximizers, popular vintage console models, and innovative mixing tools like Vocal Rider and the Artist Signature Series. For its accomplishments, Waves received a Technical GRAMMY® Award in 2011, and the Q10 was selected as an inductee into the TECnology Hall of Fame. In 2016, Waves released the eMotion LV1 mixer, a revolutionary live digital mixing console that provides real-time audio mixing for front-of-house, monitor, studio and broadcast engineers. Waves technologies are now used to improve sound quality in virtually every sector of the audio market, from recording, mixing, mastering and post-production to broadcast, live sound, and consumer electronics. Waves has over 25 years of expertise in the development of psychoacoustic signal processing algorithms that leverage knowledge of human auditory perception to radically improve perceived sound quality. Waves’ award-winning processors are utilized to improve sound quality in the creation of hit records, major motion pictures, and top-selling video games worldwide. Waves offers computer software and hardware-plus-software solutions for the professional and broadcast markets. The company’s WavesLive division is a market leader in all live sound sectors, spearheading the development of solutions for all live platforms. Under its Maxx brand, Waves offers semiconductor and licensable algorithms for consumer electronics applications. Waves technologies dramatically enhance audio performance and are used by industry leaders such as Dell, Google, Fitbit, Acer, Asus, Hisense and more.


<![CDATA[STL Tonality Howard Benson Guitar Plug-In Suite Now Available]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/stl-tonality-howard-benson-guitar-plug-in-suite-now-available Thu, 8 Nov 2018 14:21:15 GMT


STL Tonality Howard Benson Guitar Plug-In Suite Now Available
New plugin suite brings multi-platinum producer Howard Benson’s private amp collection to life with a selection of mix-ready guitar tones
Nashville, TN, November 8, 2018On the heels of a well-received pre-sale for the STL Tonality Howard Benson Guitar Plug-In Suite, STL Tones, the leading commercial seller of Kemper Profiles, announces the official availability of the suite, the first in the ongoing STL Tonality series of plugins. Among the beta testers and early adopters have been leading guitarists and producers, who have each offered their praise of the new collection.
Guitarist Ola Englund [Feared, The Haunted, Six Feet Under] stated, “As soon as I opened the plug-in, and had the default preset going, I immediately started writing riffs! I was just blown away with how good the first sound actually sounded!”
The incredibly well crafted guitar tones from GRAMMY®-nominated producer and multi-instrumentalist Howard Benson, with the award-winning engineer/mixer Mike Plotnikoff, have powered a string of multi-platinum hits from Bon Jovi, Santana, My Chemical Romance, Daughtry, All-American Rejects and countless others. Now, these rich, distinctive tones have been meticulously captured from Benson and Plotnikoff’s private amp collection in a VST/AU/AAX plug-in that gives guitar players a fully mixed, hit-ready guitar sound—including vintage overdrive, delay, and reverb effects. The Howard Benson Guitar Plug-In Suite, with 40 exclusive presets crafted by Benson, Plotnikoff and STL, is available for $129.99 from the STL online store.
STL chose not to compromise sound quality for variety. Instead, the suite dedicates all of its power to the five classic amps that form the core of Benson’s collection, as well as the production duo’s personal array of cabs, mics and speakers. The modeling algorithms work on a component level to prioritize the expressiveness of physical amps, and offer the smooth breakup from clean to distortion previously found only in the best tube amps.
Howard Benson believes that amp models need to be just as satisfying, and plug-and-play, as physical amps—and STL was the team that could accomplish this. As Benson states, “Mike and I first considered releasing a guitar plug-in when at one point we looked at all the hard drives and thought of all the guitar tones we had done over the years, and we thought ‘wouldn’t it be great to be able to pull up the sounds from these records?’ We were able to find all the notes, and we kept extraordinary notes, from all of our records, and inside this plug-in are those sounds. Because it took us so long to get to those sounds, when you pull up the preset of that, its not just some preset, it is days and hours of work between Mike and me to arrive at that sound.”
The STL Tonality Howard Benson Guitar Plug-in Suite is compatible with all major 32- and 64-bit audio hosts, on both Mac and Windows. For audio and video demos, please visit www.stltones.com.
Pictured L-R: award-winning engineer/mixer Mike Plotnikoff and GRAMMY®-nominated producer and multi-instrumentalist Howard Benson
About STL Tones
STL Tones is a leading commercial seller of Axe Fx & Kemper Packs for the world’s most renowned producers and artists. Its Signature Series is a series of meticulously crafted Kemper and Axe Fx Bundles, featuring releases from Howard Benson, David Bendeth, John Feldmann, Will Putney, Dan Korneff, Lee Malia of Bring Me The Horizon, Jon Deiley (Northlane), The Ghost Inside and many more. The company has recently expanded its offerings with the STL Tonality plugins series, including the Howard Benson Guitar Plug-in Suite, the first in the ongoing series of plugins that are compatible with all major 32- and 64-bit audio hosts on both Mac and Windows.
<![CDATA[Celestion Debuts The Heritage G12M Impulse Responses ]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/celestion-debuts-the-heritage-g12m-impulse-responses Thu, 8 Nov 2018 14:16:19 GMT


Celestion Debuts the Heritage G12M Impulse Responses

New G12M speaker IR offers silky smooth ‘60s tone with sweet, organic overdrive, in a digital format for use in a wide range of DAWs and amp modellers
Ipswich, UK (November 7, 2018) — Celestion, the premier manufacturer of guitar and bass loudspeakers known for creating the world’s renowned classic guitar tones, is pleased to announce the introduction of their latest Impulse Response the Heritage G12M IR. This is the second IR release from Celestion’s acclaimed Heritage Series of iconic guitar speaker products, following on from the release of the Heritage G12H(55). The Heritage Series was designed to exactly recreate the tone and the look of iconic guitar speakers originally available in the 1960s and 70s. Celestion’s entire line of IRs, the original digital representations of the company’s classic guitar speaker tones, are available for download and audition with the rest of the comprehensive collection of tones at CelestionPlus.
Just like the original 1960s G12M, the Heritage G12M speaker impulse response gives you silky smooth tone with sweet, organic overdrive. The IR, like the classic speaker that it is named for, is available in a digital format for download and use in a wide range of DAWs and amp  modellers.
The Heritage G12M speaker is a faithful recreation of the original ‘60s Celestion G12M, the first of the company’s iconic speakers to feature the distinctive green rear can, earning it the nickname ‘Greenback’. Beloved of many 1960s blues and rock guitarists, including the legendary Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page, the original Celestion G12M continued to inspire players into the ‘70s and beyond.
This modern day replica of an iconic speaker is built by hand using traditional construction methods and materials in order to recreate the seminal G12M tone as closely as possible. The result is a speaker that delivers a rich, vocal midrange, a well-articulated treble, and a warm, controlled low end, with plenty of crunch and compression when you “dig in”.
As with all Celestion IRs, five individual IR varieties of the new G12M are available for download, which correspond to each of 5 separate types of cabinet, including: 1×12 (open back), 1×12 (closed back), 2×12 (open back), 2×12 (closed back) and 4×12 (closed back.) These can be purchased either separately, or download the complete G12M IR collection for a substantial savings. Alternatively, add a cabinet to one of the company’s IR Pick & Mixoptions.

The new Heritage G12M  IR joins the comprehensive range of professionally captured Celestion Impulse Responses, which are available for purchase on Celestion Plus.  Other models include the A-TypeCelestion BlueCelestion Cream, Celestion Gold, Classic Lead 80, G12H 55Hz, G12K-100, G12-35XC ,  G12T-75,  G12-50GL Lynchback,   G12-H150 Redback,  G12M Greenback, G12M-65 Creamback, G12M-75 Creamback, G12H Anniversary, G12-65, Neo Creamback, V-Type, and  Vintage 30 models. Find out more atCelestionPlus.

About Celestion Impulse Responses
Celestion IRs, which capture the essential behavior of the cabinet in the specific space in which it was recorded, including the frequency and phase response of single drivers as well as the interaction of multiple speakers, offer the user significant benefits. In both recording and live production, Celestion IRs enable the desired tone to be precisely and consistently reproduced regardless of the music recording or live sound environment. And IR users can escape the limitations of a single mic and cabinet setup and explore a universe of possibilities to create the perfect tone. Once you find a tone that you love, it can be precisely recreated, in the studio or on the road, time after time. And the IRs allow Celestion customers to audition specific models before purchasing one or more physical speakers.
Celestion IR digital downloads are available in uncompressed, industry standard .WAV format at 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz and 96 kHz sample rates at 24 bit depth, in lengths of 200 and 500 milliseconds Once the files are downloaded and unzipped, users simply load the IRs into a convolution plug-in in their DAW or into other processing hardware. These formats will work in all known hardware capable of loading IRs, and for the most popular hardware Celestion have already grouped together the correct formats. Guitar processor manufacturers supported include Atomic Amps, Fractal Audio Systems, Kemper, Line 6, Logidy, Positive Grid, Two Notes, Headrush and Yamaha. The Celestion IR files may be downloaded in the sample rate and length appropriate for the hardware being used or as a complete package of all rates and lengths. Certain third party hardware requires the files to be converted into a proprietary format before use.
Celestion Plus.
About Celestion and Celestion Guitar Speakers
An important element to essential British guitar tone since the birth of Rock & Roll, Celestion Guitar Speakers are famous for their lively and vocal midrange character with plenty of sparkle and chime. With worldwide headquarters in Ipswich, England, Celestion design, develop and manufacture premium guitar and bass loudspeakers, and high-quality professional audio drivers for sound reinforcement. These world-renowned speakers are used onstage and in clubs, theatres and other venues the world over. Contact Celestion at:info@celestion.com and visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/celestion.
<![CDATA[Acustica Audio Releases 'Taupe' - The Sound Of 21 Analog Tape Machines For ITB Mixers]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/acustica-audio-releases-taupe---the-sound-of-21-analog-tape-machines-for-itb-mixers Thu, 8 Nov 2018 14:09:06 GMT


Acustica Audio releases 'Taupe' - bringing ITB mixers the authentic sound of 21 analog tape machines, the EQ section of 3 iconic consoles, 2 compressors and more.




 Acustica Audio is pleased to announce the release of Taupe - an analog tape emulation plugin - based on the latest incarnation of the company's CORE 13 technology, which is the only engine capable of fully capturing the variable dynamic response of real analog tape machines, from the preamp section to the sought-after tape compression and harmonic saturation effect derived from driving the input stage.


The king of sample-based analog tape plugins.

 Taupe gives the user access to the sound of 21 meticulously sampled machines from the late 50s up to the early 90s, the EQ section of 3 iconic American consoles from the 70s and 80s and 2 switchable compressors, all available as standalone modules too.


Tape/Source MIX control. 

 The MIX control is something different from the dry/wet knob found on most plugins. It allows the user to adjust the desired amount of ‘tape coloration’ - from 0 (preamp input signal) to 100% (tape signal) effectively blending the tonal characteristics of the machine's circuitry with or without the tape component, for enhanced creative effects.



 Taupe responds to input level variations, just like its analog counterparts. This allows the user to reach for subtle to more obvious levels of tape compression and harmonic saturation when driving the input stage hot. The ECONO function disables the compression component of the tape, saving CPU resources for other effects.


Pricing and Availability. 

 Taupe is available on Acustica Audio's web store at a special Black Friday intro price of €161,85 (35% OFF the final retail price of €249)


For more information please visit: http://acustica-audio.com/store/products/taupe