Harmony Central Press Room https://www.harmonycentral.com/ Get the lastest news from the Harmony Central's Press Room <![CDATA[e-instruments Announces Session Keys Electric W - Iconic Electric Piano For Kontakt And Kontakt Player]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/e-instruments-announces-session-keys-electric-w---iconic-electric-piano-for-kontakt-and-kontakt-player Thu, 18 Oct 2018 15:14:06 GMT


e-instruments Announces Session Keys Electric W - Iconic Electric Piano For Kontakt And Kontakt Player



e-instruments/ Hamburg, October 17th, 2018 - e-instruments today released Session Keys Electric W – an exquisitely sampled electric piano for Kontakt, based on a genre-defining piano legend.


Session Keys Electric W combines authentic sound, flexible operation, and unique controls to make it feel like you’re playing the real thing, producing sounds you wouldn’t imagine were created electronically.


A faithful reproduction of a musical time machine

To replicate this hit-making electric piano, e-instruments turned every stone for a suitable original, which underwent further specialist restoration to bring it painstakingly back to peak condition.


It was recorded in two different ways, to create two separate sound sets: 

  • Studio represents the direct unaltered line-out sound, and 
  • Live, which reproduces the sound of the speakers through an expertly positioned microphone setup. 


The faithful recording creates all acoustic noises and resonances together with the pure acoustic sound, giving the user the option to blend acoustic and electric sound.


Surpassing the original

Session Keys Electric W offers much more than a precise image of the original electric piano sound. Besides 35 inspiring sound presets, tuning options and powerful effects its compelling play assistance and production tools include:

  • The Pentamorph giving the classic instrument complex new sound options. Blend from the pure electric piano to reversed sounds via other complex tones, all with one control.
  • The Animator commands more than 440 ready-to-play professional licks and phrases in different genres and styles. Phrases follow keys and harmonies while providing complete control over dynamics and complexity using the pitch bend and modulation wheels.
  • The Smart Chord function to create instant piano chords from single keys or pads.


Session Keys Electric W is fully Native Instruments NKS compatible. NKS provides seamless integration with NI’s Komplete Kontrol keyboards and offers visual feedback of parameters, key switches and even notes the Animator is playing.



Session Keys Electric W is now available from the e-instruments online store for 79 € / 79 $ 

Special upgrade offer for Session Keys owners: 49 € / 49 $.



Specifications and Technical requirements:

Free Native Instruments KONTAKT Player Version 5.8.1 or higher

Size:  9 GB, (Download size: 4,5 GB lossless compressed)

24-Bit, 44,1 kHz


Further product information and videos:

Additional information on Session Keys Electric W is available at:



Session Keys Electric W Image Video:





About e-instruments

Based in Hamburg, Germany, e-instruments creates innovative, easy-to-use virtual instruments allowing musicians to focus on what's most important – the music. Other products include the highly successful Session Horns (Pro), Session Strings 2 (Pro) and Session Keys instruments.

The company's mission is to combine acoustic accuracy, outstanding sound quality and an intuitive user interface in developing virtual instruments for all musicians and genres; capturing the clarity, warmth, and soul of real instruments for real musicians. 


<![CDATA[Announcing Symphony I/O MkII With Dante™ Network Support]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/announcing-symphony-io-mkii-with-dante-network-support Thu, 18 Oct 2018 15:09:20 GMT


Announcing Symphony I/O MkII with Dante™ network support




October 17th, 2018 – Santa Monica, CA –  Announcing the Dante® network option card for Apogee’s flagship audio interface Symphony I/O MK II.  The Symphony I/O MK II Dante™ option card uses Audinate’s Dante™ Brooklyn II module which features plug and play media networking for up to 32 bidirectional channels at 96kHz and 16 birectional channels up to 192k.   


Extreme Apogee Quality With Dante Connectivity

Customers can now use the amazing sound quality of Apogee’s Symphony MKII combined with the most powerful networking solution from Audinate featured in many large-scale installations in Broadcast, Live, and Post Production venues.  


The Symphony MK II system can be configured with a number of custom options ranging from 8-32 analog I/O channels.  Symphony MK II with Dante™ allows up to 32 channels with ProTools and redundant Dante connectivity to be fitted into a single two space rack device providing the smallest footprint available with this feature set.



  • Ultimate in Sound Quality – Features Apogee’s Flagship AD/DA conversion and optional mic preamps I/O Flexibility – Up to 32 channels of analog inputs and outputs per unit with optional 8 mic preamps
  • The most interoperable networking technology: Works seamlessly with any other Dante-powered device
  • Up to 32 bi-directional channels at 48kHz



The Latest Evolution of the Symphony I/O Mk II System

Symphony I/O MK II was nominated for a 2017 TEC Award and is praised by customers and press internationally as the leading professional audio interface to set new sound quality standards for multi-channel recording.

Pricing / Availability

Symphony MKII Dante® option card is available for $1195 and will begin shipping Q1 2019. 








<![CDATA[Cinematic Dread - Just In Time For Halloween]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/cinematic-dread---just-in-time-for-halloween Thu, 18 Oct 2018 14:59:27 GMT



Introducing Alan Howarth's Cinematic Dread: Add anxiety and otherworldly energy to your sci-fi projects.

Conjure fear and suspense with Cinematic Dread our latest exclusive specialty library crafted by iconic horror/sci-fi sound designer and composer Alan Howarth(Army of Darkness, Total Recall, They Live).

Right in time for Halloween, Cinematic Dread delivers 74 dark drones, evolving atmospheres, and more ready-to-use sound effects to instantly add moody and textured tension to your scenes.

Get Cinematic Dread for just $59 (reg. $79) until Thursday, October 25th.







<![CDATA[The STL Tonality Howard Benson Guitar Plug-In Suite]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/the-stl-tonality--howard-benson-guitar-plug-in-suite Thu, 18 Oct 2018 14:30:23 GMT


Now Available for Pre-Sale: The STL Tonality
Howard Benson Guitar Plug-In Suite
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, October 18, 2018STL Tones, the leading commercial seller of Kemper Profiles, has expanded its offerings with the launch of the STL Tonality Howard Benson Guitar Plug-In Suite, the first in the ongoing STL Tonality series of plugins.
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 Amp Plug-In Suite, with 40 exclusive presets crafted by Benson, Plotnikoff and STL, is available for pre-order until November 8th at a special introductory price of $89.99 ($129.99 post-sale).
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. Phil X of Bon Jovi, an early adopter of the Suite, says “This plugin is really responsive, especially when turning the volume knob down on my guitar – not a lot of plugins do that. When you clean the gain up on the plugin, it stays so smooth, the EQ voicing is great, and the low end is beautiful.”
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, “In the studio, we can’t afford to watch inspiration evaporate with endless tweaking. That’s why we’ve refined our collection of amps, cabs, effects and mics so guitarists can just plug in, play, and be inspired. The Suite follows the same rule and delivers mix-ready tone the instant you load an amp’s default preset—which, of course, you can customize further as well.”
The STL Tonality Howard Benson Guitar Suite Plugin 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[Apogee Announces MetaRecorder 2.0]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/apogee-announces-metarecorder-2.0 Thu, 18 Oct 2018 14:23:54 GMT


Apogee Announces MetaRecorder 2.0



October 17th, 2018 - Santa Monica, CA-  Apogee is proud to release a new update to MetaRecorder Version 2.0 the first two-channel audio recording app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch to offer intuitive multi-take recording, tagging and file organization for any field recording scenario. Version 2.0 adds support for the new UltraSync BLUE module by Timecode Systems along with updated compatibility with new Apogee products like Jam+ and MiC+.
Professional Field Recording
With the additional purchase of the UltraSync BLUE module, IOS users can wirelessly sync audio and video from up to 4 devices over bluetooth with a range up to 15 meters.  The BLUE timecode protocol is currently compatible with 2 IOS apps: Mavis Camera and Metarecorder.  Once the Bluetooth connection is established within the Mavis Camera app (for video) or Apogee Metarecorder (for audio) each connected device will be synced and ready for recording.  Timecode from BLUE is automatically embedded in the media files’ metadata for easy sync when using your favorite Mac editing app.


Timecode Simplified

UltraSync BLUE is the first device to enable iOS users to wirelessly sync audio and video from up to four devices over Bluetooth with a range up to 15 meters. The Apogee MetaRecorder app and the MAVIS Camera app have both adopted support for Timecode Systems’ new patented system which, for the first time, allows sound and video recorded on an iPhone to be synced with sub-frame accuracy using Timecode over Bluetooth. Timecode from UltraSync BLUE is automatically embedded in the media files’ metadata for easy sync when using your favorite editing app.


Automatic Re-Sync

While using the BLUE transmitter even out-of-range devices continue to generate timecode. Once devices return within range, timecode is jam-synced to the BLUE source.  The BLUE transmitter will remain powered for up to 16 hours per charge. 



  • Field recording App for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch
  • Record multiple takes and navigate easily between them
  • Mono or stereo audio recording up to 96kHz/24-bit resolution
  • Add metadata such as Keywords, Markers + Notes and Favorites on the fly
  • Customize audio file names
  • Export to Dropbox as FCPXML format to open in Final Cut Pro
  • Control input gain and other settings for Sennheiser and Apogee audio interfaces
  • Control essential features with Apple Watch
  • Linked recording with other iOS Devices running MetaRecorder*
  • Bluetooth Timecode Sync with UltraSync Blue*
*Requires In-App Purchase


Pricing / Availability

Metarecorder 2.0 is available Oct 17, 2018, as a free download on the App Store.  The Timecode upgrade for MetaRecorder that adds support for UltraSync Blue is available as an in-app purchase for $2.99. 




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<![CDATA[Pulse - Drum & Bass]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/pulse---drum--bass Wed, 17 Oct 2018 16:48:33 GMT



It’s new release day and this week we’ve got Pulse - Drum & Bass, a super tight, bass heavy dab sample pack.

Zenhiser Pack: Pulse - Drum & Bass

Price: $60.00 AUD

Direct Link: http://www.zenhiser.com/pulse-drum-bass-sample-library-zenhiser.html



<![CDATA[Waves Audio Introduces The Abbey Road TG Mastering Chain]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/waves-audio-introduces-the-abbey-road-tg-mastering-chain Wed, 17 Oct 2018 16:45:01 GMT


Waves Audio Introduces the Abbey Road TG Mastering Chain
KNOXVILLE, TN, October 16, 2018Waves Audio, a leading provider of digital signal processing solutions, introduces the Waves Abbey Road TG Mastering Chain plugin.
Developed together with Abbey Road Studios, the TG Mastering Chain plugin is a modular mastering chain plugin modeled after the EMI TG12410 Transfer Console used in all Abbey Road's mastering suites since the early '70s to this day. The distinct solid-state transistor-based sound of the TG12410 has proven itself time and again over many decades. Whether it is used for mastering as a complete console, or for mixing with only select modules, the TG brings nothing less than magic — the same magic heard on albums like Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, Nirvana’s In Utero, Radiohead’s OK Computer and Ed Sheeran’s+ (“plus”). Thanks to this Waves/Abbey Road collaboration, the TG12410 is now available outside of Abbey Road Studios, allowing you to bring the very same magic to your own productions.
Just like the original console, the TG Mastering Chain plugin is made out of modules (or cassettes):
  • TG12411 Input Module
  • TG12412 Tone Module (EQ)
  • TG12413 Compressor/Limiter Module
  • TG12414 Filter Module
  • TG12416 V.A.L (Spread) Module (stereo component only) incorporated into the Output Module.
Modules can be interchanged (except for input/output modules) and switched on/off to allow for a flexible processing flow and creating custom chains. Individual modules can be used on different tracks and group buses in a mixing session, as well as on the master bus in mastering sessions.
The compressor/limiter module offers two flavors – Original and Modern – and is coupled with 48 dB/Oct linear-phase sidechain filters to help you take complete control over your sound.
  • Original — aggressive and “dirty” just like the ‘70s and exactly how we modeled it.
  • Modern — an original Waves and Abbey Road design based on the TG topology, that will help you get pristine sound with higher levels of perceived loudness.
Alongside the TG Mastering Chain is the Meter Bridge component (separate plugin), offering a new approach to metering. Open one Meter Bridge component on any channel and get access (via drop-down) to all Abbey Road TG Mastering Chain instances in the session. Get a clear reading of VU, PPM, Phase and Peak at a glance, and stay focused on the music.
With different processing modes (Stereo/Duo/MS) and monitoring modes (Stereo/Mono/L/R/M/S), the Abbey Road TG Mastering Chain plugin is truly a powerful tool. Use it in the studio or for live sound with a dedicated Live component.
Waves Abbey Road TG Mastering Chain features:
  • Integral part of the Abbey Road sound since the early 1970s to the present day
  • 5 modules that can be used independently
  • Use in mastering or in mixing sessions
  • 48 dB/Oct linear-phase sidechain filters
  • Meter Bridge component provides a new approach to metering
  • More than just the original sound (with a new compressor design, SC filters and the meter bridge)
  • Stereo/Duo/MS processing modes
  • Stereo/Mono/L/R/M/S monitoring modes
  • Live component
Mirek StiIes, Abbey Road Studio’s Head of Audio Products, notes, “I remember seeing the various TG Mastering modules used frequently in the studios and they still are to this day, most recently for mixing Brockhampton’s Iridescence album which debuted at #1 on the Billboard top 200. I wasn’t so familiar with the mastering rooms’ workflow, but from spending time with the engineers it was important to learn that the TG modules are used on almost every project; the only exception being the compressor, which can be a little too harsh for some stereo masters. With this in mind, the Waves and Abbey Road teams went about tweaking the original TG topology. Low level information is more prominent and the VCA curve and attack release circuits were modified to create something more suitable for today’s mastering requirements. The end result was signed off by Abbey Road’s mastering engineers and we are all very proud of this plugin. It’s an extremely versatile and beautiful sounding tool for both mixing and mastering.”
Use the Abbey Road TG Mastering Chain to create custom processing chains with a flexible flow and the TG magic on the master bus, or on individual tracks/groups in a mixing session.
The Abbey Road TG Mastering Chain plugin is included in the Waves Abbey Road Collection bundle.
Note: Abbey Road Studios, EMI, TG and their associated logos are trademarks of EMI (IP) Limited.
Video links:
Waves Abbey Road TG Mastering Chain interface
About Abbey Road Studios
Abbey Road Studios is the most famous recording studios in the world and a global music icon.
Home to countless landmark recordings and pioneering advances in recording technology, the legendary studio complex has a phenomenal history spanning over 86 years, encompassing celebrated work by many of the world’s most famous recording artists including The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Kate Bush, Oasis, Radiohead, Sam Smith, Florence + The Machine, Ed Sheeran, Kanye West, Frank Ocean, Lady Gaga and Adele.
Since the score for Raiders of The Lost Ark was recorded at the studios in 1980, Abbey Road has developed into one of the world’s premier locations for movie scoring. Blockbuster films such as The Lord of The Rings Trilogy, Skyfall, the Harry Potter series and the Oscar-winning Gravity feature scores recorded here, while recent projects include Black Panther, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri and the multi award winning The Shape of Water. Additionally, a number of high-profile video games such as Halo 5 andCall of Duty have recorded in-game music at Abbey Road Studios.
In Spring 2017, in the biggest transformation since opening in 1931, Abbey Road launched two new contemporary studios - The Gatehouse and The Front Room - making the magic of Abbey Road accessible to a whole new generation of recording artist.  The new studios have already played host to artists from James Bay, Jess Glynne, JP Cooper, Ben Howard and Skrillex to legends like Nile Rodgers plus grime MCs Novelist and Jammer BBK. A new Dolby Atmos Premier Studio accredited Mix Stage also opened in 2017 making Abbey Road the only facility in the UK to offer both scoring and film sound post production.
Symbolic of the new era, in March 2018, Abbey Road appointed multiple Grammy Award winning producer, guitarist, arranger and composer Nile Rodgers (of The CHIC Organization) to the specially created role of Chief Creative Advisor. The new role sees Nile establish Abbey Road Studios as his primary creative base in the UK and serve as the Studios’ global ambassador within the artist and creative community. His remit extends to consultation on Abbey Road’s pioneering experiments in audio technology, including Spatial Audio. 
The studios house a number of state of the art mastering suites. Recent projects mastered or re-mastered by Abbey Road’s award-winning engineers include music from Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Krept & Konan, Graham Coxon, Novelist, Johnny Marr, Roxy Music, Sade, Abba, Take That and The Rolling Stones.
Abbey Road Studios is accessible no matter where an artist is located, offering online mixing and mastering, audio products for professional and home studio music producers, live concert recording, archiving and video services. The studios also host a select number of special events each year.
In 2016, Abbey Road launched Abbey Road Red, Europe’s first music-focused technology incubator which supports the endeavours of entrepreneurs, researchers and developers. Inspired by the original inhouse Record Engineering Development Department of the 1950s to 1970s, the programme is now expanding with in-house R&D activities within the music creation space.
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[Solid State Logic Announces FlexVerb - All New Professional Reverb Plug-In]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/solid-state-logic-announces-flexverb---all-new-professional-reverb-plug-in Wed, 17 Oct 2018 16:36:57 GMT


Solid State Logic announces FlexVerb - all new professional reverb plug-in




New professional mix ready reverb from SSL. 
Flexverb is a brand new fully-featured and extremely versatile SSL reverb plug-in designed to deliver a professional mix-ready sound in a quick and intuitive way. FlexVerb’s versatile split early-late reflection interface allows you to add the natural body and tone of different early room reflections, complimented by the richness of a variety of expansive reverb tail options.
FlexVerb features a 6-band EQ, High and Low Pass Filters, 3-band reverb time multipliers and input sidechain compressor to help you craft reverb that sits perfectly in your mix. FlexVerb’s algorithmic architecture gives you the depth, character and detail of a professional reverb in a simple rewarding interface.
FlexVerb is available now as part of the new v6.1 SSL Native plug-in collection; on subscription via Gobbler, or can be purchased outright from the SSL web store.
FlexVerb is available as a free cross-grade to all SSL Duende Native X-Verb owners.


<![CDATA[Audio-Technica Offers Drum Mic Bundles, As Well As An Exclusive Vocal Mic Bundle]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/audio-technica-offers-drum-mic-bundles-as-well-as-an-exclusive-vocal-mic-bundle Wed, 17 Oct 2018 16:32:34 GMT


Audio-Technica Offers 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—



145th AES Convention, New York, NY, October 17, 2018 — Audio-Technica (booth 422), a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, is offering 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, two 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 will be available Fall 2018 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:

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


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


Web: www.audio-technica.com



<![CDATA[BYOC Silver Pony II Released]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/byoc-silver-pony-ii-released Wed, 17 Oct 2018 16:25:31 GMT


BYOC Silver Pony II Released




The BYOC Silver Pony II takes one the most innovative and sought after overdrive circuits of all time and expands it into a dual channel overdrive with a few extras.  The drive channel is a faithful klone of the original circuit.  The clipping switch lets you choose between Germanium diode clipping for the smooth, compressed sound of the original, Silicon diode clipping for a crunchier, more open sound, and LED (light emitting diode) clipping for a gritty, completely uncompressed distortion.  One of the things this circuit is famous for is its ultra-clean and super transparent boost capabilities.  But to use it as such, you have to stop playing, bend over, and turn the gain knob all the way down.  You only get one or the other.  There’s no way to switch between both with just the press of a button…till now.  We dissected the clean boost portion of the circuit and made it into a separate boost channel.  So now you can have the best of both worlds.  And the boost channel is entirely independent of the overdrive channel.  This means you can use it to boost the output of the overdrive channel for solos or you can use it as just a clean boost all on its own.  Complete basic kit starts at $99.99.

NOTE:  This is a kit.  Components come unassembled.  The picture shown is of an assembled kit with painted enclosure and brown 1400 style knobs.  


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<![CDATA[Audio-Technica Offers New Bundles For Content Creators]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/audio-technica-offers-new-bundles-for-content-creators Wed, 17 Oct 2018 16:20:11 GMT


Audio-Technica Offers New Bundles for Content Creators


— Geared toward podcasters, videographers, live-streamers, YouTubers and beyond,
these microphone/headphone bundles offer easy audio solutions—



145th AES Convention, New York, NY, October 17, 2018 — Audio-Technica (booth 422), a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, is offering four new bundles catered to content creators, including podcasters, videographers, live-streamers, YouTubers, and beyond. Developed in direct response to customer input, these highly cost-effective bundles provide turnkey microphone/headphone solutions for all aspects of content creation. Two bundles feature USB outputs to directly connect with computers, while two feature XLR outputs for more flexibility to connect with professional mixers or digital interfaces. All bundles feature a microphone with mount, ATH-M20x Professional Monitor Headphones and a new custom boom arm with desk mount. The boom arms are pre-threaded with the appropriate USB or XLR microphone cable compatible with the included microphone for a sleek, clutter-free appearance.


The AT2005USBPK bundle includes an AT2005USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone with ATH-M20x headphones and custom boom arm. The AT2020PK bundle includes an AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone, ATH-M20x headphones and custom boom arm. The AT2020USB+PK bundle includes an AT2020USB+ Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone, ATH-M20x headphones and custom boom arm. The AT2035PK bundle includes an AT2035 Cardioid Condenser Microphone, ATH-M20x headphones, custom boom arm and shock mount.


Gary Boss, Audio-Technica Marketing Director, Professional Markets, “All four of these bundles offer a high level of value, with microphone models that have proven to be a hit with all manner of content creators in recent years. Whether your setup uses a separate digital interface or if you prefer to connect the mic direct via USB, we have you covered with these cost-effective bundles.”


These four content creation bundles will be available fall 2018 with U.S. street pricing as follows:


AT2005USBPK bundle: $129
AT2020PK bundle: $149
AT2020USB+PK bundle: $199
AT2035PK bundle: $199


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




AT2035PK bundle




See more here:

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



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

Web: www.audio-technica.com



<![CDATA[Roland Virtual Sonics Announces The Addition Of The JX-3P To Its Legendary Series ]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/roland-virtual-sonics-announces-the-addition-of-the-jx-3p-to-its-legendary-series Wed, 17 Oct 2018 16:13:44 GMT


Roland Virtual Sonics Announces the Addition of the JX-3P to Its Legendary Series  
The JX-3P features classic Roland DCO polyphonic architecture with the latest ACB technology  
Los Angeles, CA, October 17, 2018 — Roland Virtual Sonics announces the addition of the iconic JX-3P to Roland Cloud’s Legendary series. Originally released in 1983, the JX-3P was one of the earliest programmable preset polyphonic synthesizers and Roland’s first MIDI-equipped machine.
“The revolutionary new JX-3P has six voices, twelve Digitally Controlled Oscillators, 64 programmable memories, Chorus, a built-in polyphonic sequencer, and MIDI interface (a new system of interface developed for computer-controlled instruments), for the very low price of $1395.”  — Original JX-3P 1983 Product Description
Now available as part of the Roland Cloud, the virtual JX-3P offers crystalline ACB-component replication of the original’s sounds. From classic strings to crushing metallic pads, this six-voice polyphonic recreation is identical to its hardware counterpart. With push-button interface and concurrent versatility, users will discover what made this synth a singular addition to Roland’s catalog.
In addition to its 64 iconic memory programs and revolutionary two DCOs, the updated JX-3P comes with an all-new effects module—including delay, distortion, reverb, etc. — and a powerful arpeggiator. Experience the JX-3P in its traditional format, or with a click, unleash the power of the coveted PG-200 interface.
Upon release, the PG-200 facilitated a hands-on manipulation of the JX-3P’s rich sonic palette. Mapped for the PLUG OUT interface of the SYSTEM 8, the PG-200 controls are intuitive. The live connection between the SYSTEM 8 and a user’s computer allows for parameter adjustment within the software itself, or with the turn of a knob on the SYSTEM-8. The JX-3P allows for seamless sonic control.
Roland Virtual Sonics JX-3P features:
  • Authentic recreation of the classic Roland JX-3P 6 voice polyphonic synthesizer
  • ACB (Analog Circuit Behavior) replication
  • Classic PG-200 with PLUG OUT interface for SYSTEM 8
  • Full-function hardware control by USB connection
  • All-new effects module
  • AAX, VST, and AU compatibility
 More Information: visit www.rolandcloud.com/.  
Roland JX-3P, now added to Roland Cloud’s Legendary series
About Roland Corporation
Roland Corporation is a leading manufacturer and distributor of electronic musical instruments, including keyboards and synthesizers, guitar products, electronic percussion, digital recording equipment, amplifiers, audio processors, and multimedia products. With more than 40 years of musical instrument development, Roland sets the standard in music technology for the world to follow. For more information, visit Roland.com or see your local Roland dealer.
About 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[Fender Launches New Colors For California Coast Series Ukuleles]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/fender-launches-new-colors-for-california-coast-series-ukuleles Wed, 17 Oct 2018 15:58:53 GMT


Fender Launches New Colors For California Coast Series Ukuleles



Fender is excited to announce the official expansion in color offerings for our popular California Coast Series Ukuleles, specifically as a celebration of Fender’s Southern California roots. With these expanded offerings, Fender aims to continue to be the go-to resource for players as they take the next step in their musical journey.


First seen at Summer NAMM 2018 in Nashville, the Venice Ukuleles will now feature a Shell Pink, Daphne Blue, and Surf Green and Zuma Ukuleles will feature a painted top and natural wood on the sides and back offered in Candy Apple Red, Burgandy Mist, and Lake Placid Blue. These units are now available at dealers globally and on Fender.com



  • Venice Soprano - $59.99
    • The classic “must-have” ukulele inspired by the carefree spirit of Venice, Calif., takes on a fresh new look with three eye-catching colors: Surf Green, Daphne Blue, and Shell Pink. It rocks a matte-finish to elevate the uniquely fun and stylish look of the instrument–from the beach to the studio or jam room.



  • Zuma Classic - $149.99
    • The new Zuma Ukulele is inspired by the California Series classic guitars and boasts a similar painted top and headstock in three alluring colors –Burgundy Mist, Candy Apple Red and Lake Placid Blue–while maintaining its natural wood back and sides. The balanced earthy tone of the wood blended with Fender’s traditional colors makes this concert-sized ukulele enticing all-year round.






<![CDATA[Acustica Audio, Studio DMI And Producer Greg Wells Reveal 'El Rey' Signature Tube Compressor Plugin]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/acustica-audio-studio-dmi-and-producer-greg-wells-reveal-el-rey-signature-tube-compressor-plugin Wed, 17 Oct 2018 15:52:27 GMT


Acustica Audio, Studio DMI and multiple Grammy nominated record producer Greg Wells reveal 'El Rey' signature tube compressor plugin.





Revolutionary plugin developer Acustica Audio revealed their latest creation: 'El Rey' - Greg Wells' signature compressor plugin - born from the collaboration with Studio DMI and multiple Grammy nominated musician, songwriter and record producer Greg Wells, who has crafted hits for everyone from Adele, Dua Lipa, the music from The Greatest Showman film, Keith Urban, Deftones and Katy Perry.


In the words of Greg Wells himself: "I have been working on it for the last several months and it sounds like I have my RCA compressor on an analog insert. I have never heard software sound like this"


El Rey will be available as a AU/VST/AAX plugin for use with any major DAW.


Greg Wells will give an exclusive sneak preview of the plugin at the Mix With The Masters booth at AES International Pro Audio Convention in New York,Thursday - Oct.18, 2018 at 2:00 pm local time.


Official release date and price are yet TBA.


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<![CDATA[Virtual Bassist - New Product Line By UJAM Instruments]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/virtual-bassist---new-product-line-by-ujam-instruments Wed, 17 Oct 2018 15:46:42 GMT


Virtual Bassist - New Product Line by UJAM Instruments 



New York City, USA, (October 17th, 2018), With the beginning of the 2018 AES show in New York City, UJAM Instruments, a.o. makers of Virtual Guitarist, are announcing their new Virtual Bassist product line of instrument plug-ins (VST, AU, AAX), with the three titles Royal, Rowdy and Mellow available for pre-order. 

“We are thrilled about finally completing the virtual backing band - Virtual Guitarist, Virtual Drummer and now Virtual Bassist - with the instrument most requested by our customers.” says UJAM Instruments Founder Peter Gorges.

All three products are available for pre-order starting October 17th, 2018 at a special pre-order price of 99€/$ (129€/$ MSRP), the bundle sells for 199€/$ (387€/$ MSRP) only on www.ujam.com. Virtual Bassist will be officially released on December 17th, 2018.

Pre-order customers receive a special discount, exclusive making-of insights and access to the product on December 6th, two weeks ahead of public launch.

Similar to the Virtual Guitarist series, each Virtual Bassist is an emulation of a particular instrument, player and gear like amp or effects. The Virtual Bassists can be played like any MIDI instrument, with AI articulation modeling augmenting notes by realistic bass articulations.

The first three titles in the Virtual Bassist series cover all the essentials for different musical styles:


Royal delivers a broad range of professional studio bass sounds and styles, based on a fingered electric bass and amps selected and configured to fit the bass into any acoustic or electric mix.Rowdy is a loud-mouthed, twangy rock bass, leaning towards saturation and distortion with a rather rough sound and playing style.Mellow stands for an acoustic double bass that provides bottom end and texture in organic coffee shop jazz just as well as a powerful voice in urban and soul genres.

Peter Gorges adds: “All three bassists are deep-sampled and come with true-to-style built-in amps and effects. Most importantly for many, they share UJAM’s signature ease-of-use at uncompromised realism that the Virtual Guitarist series has introduced, and play extremely well with UJAM’s other series such as the Virtual Guitarist, Drummer or Beatmaker.”


About The Virtual Bassist Series

With Virtual Guitarist being the first and best-selling virtual instrument that brought realistic-sounding rhythm guitar tracks to computer-based musicians worldwide, the core team behind the original Virtual Guitarist re-united to build a new generation of virtual instruments that don’t rest on the success of the past, but continue innovating with vastly increased realism, flexibility and sound quality, thanks to an entirely new technology and content concept. Virtual Bassist is the latest new series in the growing family of Virtual Guitarists, Virtual Drummers and Beatmakers. Learn more at www.ujam.com/bassist/ 

About UJAM

Founded in 2010 by Peter Gorges along with Hans Zimmer and Pharrell Williams, UJAM is a Germany-based music technology powerhouse that develops Virtual Instrument Plug-ins and a range of software solutions (desktop, mobile, web) helping people to make music. 

Learn more at www.ujam.com/company 



<![CDATA[Useful Arts Audio Debuts The SFP-30 At AES NY 2018]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/useful-arts-audio-debuts-the-sfp-30-at-aes-ny-2018 Tue, 16 Oct 2018 13:44:46 GMT


Useful Arts Audio debuts
the SFP-30 at AES NY 2018!

One channel tube preamp inspired by the classic V76 



PHOENIX, AZ (Oct 16, 2018) –  Inspired by the classic Telefunken preamps of the past, Peter Swann, founder of Useful Arts Audio, has introduced the SFP-30 Microphone Preamplifier ($1299 MAP). Designed with all the same quality components of Useful Arts Audio’s SFP-60 Tube Microphone Preamplifier, the SFP-30 is a one-channel Class-A mic tube preamp with a variable control for second-order harmonic distortion.  The tabletop design delivers the same incredible sound quality as the SFP-60 – while allowing a lower price point!

As with the SFP-60, Swann designed the SFP-30 with different gain stages to utilize the tubes for what they are best for – accentuating harmonics.  The one of a kind ‘Color’ control provides an incredible amount of artistic distortion to make those mixes stand out.   In addition, the SFP-30 uses a massive inductor - providing maximum headroom (over 55 dB of useable gain!).   The end result, vocals and instruments are up-front in the mix. 

Useful Arts Audio SFP-30 ($1299 MAP)
Although not a clone, this preamp design is reminiscent of the 
classic preamps used during the 60’s.


For more information, please visit usefulartsaudio.com  


About Useful Arts Audio:

Useful Arts Audio was born out of a quest for vibrant ‘straight from the source’ sound. Using circuit topologies inspired by the most treasured gear of the 40s, 50s and 60s, Useful Arts Audio products are optimized to achieve specific sonic goals.  All products are hand-built in the USA for recording professionals and musicians.   


Useful Arts Audio products are distributed by Wave Distro:

Wave Distro was established in 1996 by Gil Griffith to provide artists, music stores, pro audio dealers and international audio distributors with the finest and most interesting audio products available.  Useful Arts products are found at select pro audio retailers.



<![CDATA[Rob Papen Releases New All-Encompassing eXplorer 5 Plugin Bundle]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/rob-papen-releases-new-all-encompassing-explorer-5-plugin-bundle Tue, 16 Oct 2018 13:40:56 GMT


Rob Papen pushes plug-in bundle beyond belief with all-encompassing eXplorer 5



ECHT, THE NETHERLANDS: virtual instrument and effect plug-in developer Rob Papen Inspiration Soundware is proud to announce availability of eXplorer 5 — furthering the creative scope of its inspirational plug-in bundle by adding Go2, MasterMagic, and RAW-Kick to the all-encompassing musical mix — as of October 16...


Now numbering no fewer than 20 highly-versatile virtual instruments and extraordinary effects, eXplorer 5 pushes Rob Papen’s plug-in bundle beyond belief by including three new additions that more than live up to its Inspiration Soundware slogan.


MasterMagic is an aptly-named effect plug-in with which to improve mixes or final masters alike. Anyone placing MasterMagic at the very end of their virtual master effects chain can easily experience how much it can help improve their tracks. The MONO/STEREO SPLIT FILTER section will make the low end much tighter while the AIR function — even applied at a liberal level — is sheer magic. Make no mistake: there’s no mystery about this magical musical tool!


The name maybe gives the game away, as RAW-Kick represents Rob Papen’s cutting-edge kick drum-creation tool! The perfect weapon of choice for those hard-sounding electronic dance music styles — such as Hardcore, Hardstyle (mixing influences from Techno and Hardcore), and Industrial — and also EDM and House. Here RAW-Kick creatively enables the use of three layers, each of which can be either modelled or sample-based at source. Rob Papen being Rob Papen, RAW-Kick has some refreshingly resourceful features with which to create unique-sounding kicks up its virtual sleeve! Still better, RAW-Kick comes complete with a varied selection of original presets from a long list of respected DnB, Hardcore, and Hardstyle producers, including Caine, DJ Mad Dog, DJ Promo, Orphidian, Sinister Souls, Tha Playah, The Outside Agency, and Wavolizer, to name but a notable few.


Finally, Go2 is an appropriately-named, go-to synthesizer, set apart from its award-winning software siblings by virtue of all its controls and features always being in plain sight and always available to access onscreen, so simplifying usage for the average user. Ultimately, though, this is far from being a simple-sounding virtual instrument. Its Morph feature and XY section serve to make for a powerful software synthesizer, one with which users — average or otherwise — can create unique sounds speedily and easily! End game? Go2 surely shows that there is power to be had in the ‘less is more' maxim... and all without sacrificing audio quality!


Quality, of course, shines brightly through all 20 of eXplorer 5’s highly-versatile virtual instruments and extraordinary effects. Established Rob Papen classics such as Blade (quite literally a cutting-edge software synthesizer), BLUE-II (self-styled ‘Crossfusion Synthesis’), Predator2 (software synthesizer to die for), Punch (speaker-busting, body-rattling virtual drum synth), Punch-BD (Punch- based bass drum module), RAW (software synthesizer specialising in ‘distorted’ sounds specifically suited to EDM and beyond), RG (unique electric and acoustic guitar groove virtual instrument), and SubBoomBass 2 (groove bass software synthesizer) — not forgetting an array of effects, including RP-AMOD (uses modulators to alter audio in different ways), RP-Delay (six delay lines, eight filters, four LFOs, a reverser, and more), RP-Distort (designed to destroy, distort, or more subtly alter any audio), RP-EQ (silky smooth- sounding channel and mastering EQ), and RP-VERB 2 (advanced, transparent, and musical-sounding algorithmic reverb) — sit comfortably and creatively alongside those three additions to collectively push Rob Papen’s prized plug-in bundle beyond belief.


But hearing is believing; best put this way, eXplorer 5 is the all-encompassing best that you can get from Rob Papen — all the more so since it also includes PRISMA, easily enabling users to layer multiple Rob Papen virtual instruments into a creatively stacked sound like no other! 


eXplorer 5 can be purchased in a boxed edition — featuring 20 AAX (32-/64-bit), AU (32-/64-bit), VST (32-/64-bit) compatible audio software plug-ins for Mac OS X (10.6 or higher) and Windows (Vista, 7, 8, and 10) — from authorised Rob Papen dealers worldwide or as a download directly from Rob Papen for €499.00 EUR/$499.00 USD from here: https://www.robpapen.com/eXplorer-5.html


Several options to upgrade to eXplorer 5 are also available, attractively priced as follows: €299.00 EUR/$299.00 USD (available to owners of one purchased Rob Papen product); €199.00 EUR/$199.00 USD (available to owners of two purchased Rob Papen products); €149.00 EUR/ $149.00 USD (available to owners of three purchased Rob Papen products); €99.00 EUR/$99.00 USD (available to owners of eXplorer4); €49.00 EUR/$49.00 USD (available to owners of eXplorer4 + Go2); and €149.00 EUR/$149.00 USD (available to owners of eXplorer III).


Watch Rob Papen’s promo video for eXplorer 5 here: https://youtu.be/bSxC5zu7Mt4




About Rob Papen (www.robpapen.com)

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


© 2018 Rob Papen Inspiration Soundware




<![CDATA[Rupert Neve Designs Debuts 5211 Two Channel Mic Pre At AES New York 2018]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/rupert-neve-designs-debuts-5211-two-channel-mic-pre-at-aes-new-york-2018 Tue, 16 Oct 2018 13:31:30 GMT


Rupert Neve Designs Debuts 5211 Two Channel Mic Pre at AES New York 2018
New York, USA (October 16, 2018) Rupert Neve Designs is proud to announce the 5211 Two Channel Microphone Preamplifier, on display at this week’s 2018 AES Show in New York City. Each channel has 72dB of gain, sweepable high-pass filters, variable Silk output saturation, and the same dual-tap output transformers found in the company’s acclaimed Shelford Channel. These custom output transformers provide both high-headroom and -6dB low-headroom outputs, allowing the user to fully drive the output stage without clipping converters and increasing the unit’s possible tonal variations.
Rupert Neve Designs’ first product was the 5012 Duo Mic Preamp, released in 2005; the new 5211 represents an evolution of the 5012’s features, circuit design and form factor. Aside from the 19” width, “Shelford” style faceplate color, new dual-tap output transformers, higher voltage +/-21V rails and internal auto-switching power supply, the addition of the company’s much-loved variable Silk circuit “saturates the class-A output stage to dial the harmonic content up to and beyond that of Rupert’s classic designs, while still providing the option of a pristine, open and modern sound when disengaged.”
From Rupert Neve Designs: “Simple and elegant, the 5211 is the natural evolution of what is arguably the most famous gear in audio recording history: Rupert Neve’s microphone preamps. The 5211 delivers a versatile, flattering, and uncompromising front end for any signal path.”
The 5211 is now shipping worldwide, with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $1,995.00 USD.
For more on the 5211, please visit: http://rupertneve.com

Rupert Neve Designs is a US manufacturer of high-end audio equipment, and the culmination of over six decades of Mr. Neve’s legendary design work. With Rupert as their founder and mentor, RND's team of engineers preserve the revered elements of his most prized vintage designs, while thoughtfully advancing and refining their feature sets to meet the needs of the modern recording engineer. All of the company’s recording and playback equipment is crafted to uphold the very highest standards of musical quality while providing practical, innovative solutions for the engineers, musicians, and audiophiles of today and beyond.
<![CDATA[Positive Grid Releases BIAS FX Mobile Universal For iPhone and iPad]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/positive-grid-releases-bias-fx-mobile-universal-for-iphone-and-ipad Tue, 16 Oct 2018 13:20:25 GMT


Positive Grid Releases BIAS FX Mobile Universal
for iPhone and iPad
Popular world-class guitar processor now works on both iPhone and iPad
and is available as a free download

Watch the Riffs, Beards & Gear video demo HERE
San Diego, CA – October 16, 2018 – Positive Grid announces the release of an upgraded version of their popular, industry-leading BIAS FX guitar effects processing app that now works on both iPhone and iPad. Previously only available for iPad users, the new BIAS FX Mobile Universal release can be downloaded for free at positivegrid.com/bias-fx-mobile.

Now guitarists can turn their iPhone into a world-class guitar amps and effects processor. The BIAS FX Mobile Universal app will come stocked with 2 free amps and 7 effects with 6 factory presets, all ready to rock with ultra-low latency. Users can purchase three different licenses to add even more analog-sounding amps, guitar pedals and high def stereo rack effects.

From solo practicing to songwriting, the Starter License ($9.99) provides a modest yet powerful collection of popular amps and effects to help players get started. This license unlocks the Dual Signal Path feature, plus 3 more amps (‘77 Silver Tone, ‘92 Treadplate and Acoustic Sim) and 8 more pedals (Compressor, Booster, Distortion X, EQ6, Tremolo, Flanger, Cry Wah and Digital Reverb). 

To expand tone-shaping creativity for recording and live performance, Positive Grid offers the Essential License ($19.99). This license unlocks all of the features that BIAS FX has to offer, such as Dual Signal Path, Global Output Settings, MIDI Control and BIAS AMP 2 integration, plus 10 more amps and 23 more pedals. It also provides access to 44 more factory presets, so players can get to get rocking right away. 

Finally, for the most hardcore tone junkies and working guitarists, the Ultimate License ($59.99) is a one-stop solution that unlocks all of the features, amps, and effects from Essential License—plus 7 Expansion Packs including Essential Analog Effect Pack, Classic From '60s Pack, Effect Powerhouse Pack, Acoustic Pack, Bass Pack, Studio Rack Pack, and Metal Signature Pack—for a total of 20 amps, 81 effects and 74 factory presets. With these diverse packs, players can have thousands of dollars worth of gear at the touch of a fingertip.

The BIAS FX Mobile Universal app includes incredibly versatile, high-quality effects from vintage pedal simulations to newly added high-end rack effects. All effects are designed to work with BIAS FX’s easy-to-use, photo-realistic, drag and drop interface to dial in tone just like on analog studio gear.

Built on the backbone of the most advanced amps and effects engine in the industry, the BIAS FX app draws its power from the original, award-winning BIAS FX software, available for PC/Mac. Packed with a library of hyper-authentic, touch responsive amplifier circuits, it also includes a new speaker cabinet module and a studio-quality collection of amazing sounds and presets. “Delays, choruses, flangers, vibratos, tremolos, all that is available in BIAS FX. Whatever it is that your style requires, it’s all there for you,” shares Stephen Carpenter of the Deftones.

Stocked with a built-in tuner and metronome, the BIAS FX Mobile Universal app supports MIDI Control and has a LIVE VIEW for easy on-stage control. The Global Output Setting makes amp control fast and precise.

The BIAS FX Mobile Universal app also allows users to connect to Positive Grid's ToneCloud, where players can find thousands of amps and effects configurations created by artists, producers and engineers from all over the world. Settings can be downloaded and shared in a snap. Marc Holcomb of Periphery can’t get enough. “The quality of the tones you get out of this thing are unbelievable,” he shares.

Download the BIAS FX universal mobile app for free and try it now at positivegrid.com/bias-fx-mobile.
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[Amphion Presents New Bass Extension System - FlexBase25 - At AES New York 2018]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/amphion-presents-new-bass-extension-system---flexbase25---at-aes-new-york-2018 Tue, 16 Oct 2018 13:13:02 GMT


Amphion presents the new bass extension system - FlexBase25 - at the AES New York
New York, USA, October 16, 2018 - The long-awaited Amphion's bass extension and management system - FlexBase25 will be featuring at this year's Audio Engineering Society convention in New York, October 17-19.


Remaining faithful to its mantra of 'Beautifully Honest', Amphion once again bucks market trends. This time the Finnish loudspeakers manufacturer reveals an unconventional approach to subwoofer design. FlexBase25 is not a typical subwoofer, but a highly-flexible stereo bass extension and management system with a separate LFE-channel input.

Housed in a single box, this stereo subwoofer is positioned in the centre-line between the main speakers. It offers wide adjustment possibilities over the crossover frequency (35-260 Hz), subwoofer level, and mono-stereo spread. This flexibility allows the user to change the flavour based on the task at hand and ensures an easy integration between the subwoofer and the monitors - even when a higher crossover point is used.

FlexBase25 addresses the needs of the rapidly changing landscape of modern music-making. The subwoofer can be fat, fun, and vibey when writing and producing or precise, correct, and analytical when putting the finishing touches on a song or a film score. With the turn of a few dials, the system can be adapted to what best suits the project an engineer is working on. Unlike conventional subwoofers, the system is designed to be easy to set-up and intuitive to use. The LFE input has +10 dB sensitivity compared to the main channels, but no built-in lowpass filtering.

“A single mono subwoofer is part of a movie format, however, we do not believe that it is good enough to be used in music production. In order to create correct imaging, the stereo information needs to be maintained throughout the whole frequency band,” says Anssi Hyvönen, Founder and Managing Director of Amphion Loudspeakers. “Our FlexBase25 is a new take on the subwoofer design that should fit especially well in the fast-paced modern music-making environment."FlexBase25 is a complete system consisting of the subwoofer with two back-to-back 10”/250 mm woofers, and the required cabling and electronics. The subwoofer is powered by Amphion's FlexAmp500, which also houses the company's proprietary filter module in its 2U rack enclosure. The system is expected to start shipping in early 2019 at a price of $4,750 / EUR 4,500 (3,750 VAT excluded).



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

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







<![CDATA[TC Electronic Introduce The New TC1210 And TC8210]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/tc-electronic-introduce-the-new-tc1210-and-tc8210 Tue, 16 Oct 2018 13:08:56 GMT


TC Electronic
Introducing the new TC1210 and TC8210
We're today adding a stereo expander / modulation unit and a main reverb to our range of hardware controlled plug-ins.
And to be honest, they're both pretty effing awesome!
It's a kind of magic
The new TC1210 is a thorough recreation of the iconic rack unit, the TC 1210 Spatial Expander + Stereo Chorus Flanger, known by guitarists and sound engineers as a sort of magic wand of tone with its crazy stereo expansion capabilities and dual-engine modulation.
To make sure the sound, versatility and tone is on par, we had a group of studio pros and long-time 1210 users including Tony Maserati participate in the development alongside our in-house team.
Our new, all-purpose reverb
The new module on the block, our TC8210 is an all-new design based on the classic TC reverb philosophy of natural and transparent air.
If you've ever fed sound through a System 6000 or any of our Hall of Fame guitar pedals, you know what this means: pure, airy bliss!
The TC8210 will be familiar in tone and character to many, but comes with even denser tails, better diffusion and refined room impressions, that make the reverb sit great in the mix.
Spatial Expander and dual-engine modulation plug-in with dedicated hardware controller
Price: US$ 199.99 MAP
Available: Q4 2018
Classic high-end reverb plug-in with dedicated hardware controller
Price: US$ 99.99 MAP
Available: Q4 2018
<![CDATA[Roland Announces VT-4 Voice Transformer ]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/roland-announces-vt-4-voice-transformer Tue, 16 Oct 2018 13:03:33 GMT


Roland Announces VT-4 Voice Transformer  
Compact and powerful vocal effects processor for singers, DJs, electronic musicians, and web broadcasters  
Los Angeles, CA, October 16, 2018 — Roland announces the VT-4 Voice Transformer, a powerful new effects processor for manipulating the human voice. Compact and easy to use, the VT-4 allows the user to connect a microphone and quickly craft unique vocal sounds with performance-oriented controls. Harmony, vocoding, pitch shifting, hard tuning, ambience, and other high-quality effects are available, providing everything from subtle augmentation to radical transformation. Battery-powered and ready to travel, the VT-4 is a must-have companion for singers, DJs, web broadcasters, and all those who use their voice in a creative application.   
Today’s musical styles increasingly use unusual vocal sounds with heavy processing, making them stand out and grab the listener’s attention. However, great-sounding pitch and formant effects are hard to come by, especially without a computer. The VT-4 puts a wealth of modern and retro vocal effects at the user’s fingertips, eliminating the need to employ a complicated setup with a computer and plug-ins.
The VT-4 features a hands-on interface for instant creative control. Users can manipulate their sound while they sing or speak, constantly altering the effect to suit the track and enhance the vibe of a performance. Direct control over both pitch and format makes it possible to instantly transform a vocal persona with male/female gender characteristics, electronic timbres, robot voices, and more.  
It’s simple to achieve complex vocal effects with the VT-4, and multiple effects can be used at the same time. Each effect has a selection of one-touch variations for quick access to different vocoder characteristics, various lo-fi effects, multi-part harmonies, and distinct kinds of reverb and delay. Users can chain effects, set the controls how they like, and save their setups in preset buttons for later recall.   
The VT-4 works great on its own without any input other than a voice. But plugging in a MIDI keyboard unlocks even more expressive possibilities, allowing users to guide the Auto-Pitch, harmony, and vocoder engines with notes and chords. This makes it possible to hard-tune the vocal input to specific pitches, play keyboard leads with a funky vocoded flavor, and create multi-part backing vocal stacks on the fly. The VT-4’s compact footprint sits neatly on most keyboards, making it easy to integrate with common performance setups.  
In addition to its music-related benefits, the VT-4 is a powerful tool for bringing humor, drama, and variety to spoken-word applications. Offering a desktop-friendly configuration with simple controls and USB-audio capabilities, it’s uniquely suited to altering voices for YouTube broadcasts, Twitch and Facebook streams, podcasts, and more.   
To learn more about the VT-4 Voice Transformer, visit Roland.com.
Roland VT-4 Voice Transformer
Roland VT-4 Voice Transformer (front-side panel)
Roland VT-4 Voice Transformer (rear-side panel)
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.
<![CDATA[Wide Blue Sound Launches New Skypad Controller App And Apex And Aeterna Expansions]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/wide-blue-sound-launches-new-skypad-controller-app-and-apex-and-aeterna-expansions Mon, 15 Oct 2018 12:39:11 GMT


Wide Blue Sound spreads ORBIT and ECLIPSE wings with SKYLAB controller alongside APEX and AETERNA expansions



LOS ANGELES, CA, USA: musical synth designers Wide Blue Sound is proud to announce availability of its SKYPAD controller app alongside APEX and AETERNA — the first official expansion packs for its award-winning ORBIT and ECLIPSE flagship software synthesizers — as of October 15...


SKYPAD is a boundary-pushing remote and creative automation tool that runs on any iOS or Android tablet with Liine’s Lemur (MIDI/OSC controller) app installed. It adds hands-on control of every parameter in ORBIT and ECLIPSE, and, more importantly, adds many brand-new features to Wide Blue Sound’s software synthesizer flagships.


Firstly, SKYPAD’s Generator builds upon ORBIT and ECLIPSE’s Intelligent Randomize feature to create new patches based on musical and emotional keywords. It is the fastest way to make custom presets that simply sound fantastic!


Furthermore, the Multiball page controls any parameters in the entire synth with a fun physics-based interface. Here SKYPAD users can quickly move objects around the screen with multi-touch, then record the result in their DAW (Digital Audio Workstation)!


The Spatial Mixer is an intuitive 3D space mixer. Here users can place each of the synth’s four sound sources in virtual space with their fingers or enable the Earth Gravity mode by moving the tablet itself. Indeed, this creative tool uses a hand-crafted combination of panning, filters, reverb, and delay to create a sense of distance and depth.


SKYPAD’s FX XY macro pads combine ORBIT and ECLIPSE’s essential effects parameters together. This time users can quickly shape sounds using simple gestures, generating dramatic sweeping motions between different distortions, spaces, and more.


Maintains Wide Blue Sound founder Nathan Rightmour: “The Wide Blue Sound team is really excited to release SKYPAD. We’ve dropped the keyboard and mouse completely here at WBS HQ, and now only use SKYPAD to interact with ORBIT and ECLIPSE. It’s so much more than a remote; for us, it’s been a new way to connect with sound and music.”


Meanwhile, Wide Blue Sound has also released the APEX and AETERNA expansion packs for ORBIT and ECLIPSE, respectively. Created by one of the industry’s most revered sound designers, they represent the latest trends in electronic and cinematic music.


SKYPAD now comes included with every purchase of ORBIT and ECLIPSE — priced at $199.00 USD and $149.00 USD, respectively, and available directly from Wide Blue Sound (https://widebluesound.com).


Watch Wide Blue Sound’s SKYPAD video walkthrough here: https://youtu.be/DzYMNIOktxU


APEX and AETERNA are available at an attractive introductory promo price of $29.00 USD each — $39.00 USD each, thereafter — from Wide Blue Sound (https://widebluesound.com), where audio demos can also be heard. 




About Wide Blue Sound (www.widebluesound.com)

Wide Blue Sound’s bold, no-nonsense approach to musical synth design has inspired composers and producers around the world. Led by music producer Nathan Rightnour and award-winning Hollywood composer Jeff Rona, the company collectively thinks that music tools should be fun, inspiring, and absolutely filler-free!


© 2018 Wide Blue Sound LLC



<![CDATA[Accusonus Releases The ERA Voice Leveler]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/accusonus-releases-the-era-voice-leveler Mon, 15 Oct 2018 12:23:44 GMT


Accusonus releases the ERA Voice Leveler, a single-knob tool that automatically detects and fixes audio level inconsistencies



October 15, 2018 - Accusonus Inc, developers of award-winning audio software tools and machine learning pioneers, announce the immediate release of the ERA Voice Leveler. The ERA Voice Lelever uses new patent-pending algorithms to automatically detect distracting level differences in voice recordings and correct them in real-time. Using the single-knob ERA Voice leveler you can save yourself from hours of manual gain adjustments, without leaving your DAW or NLE environment. Use the Voice Leveler to fix vocal and dialogue volume problems resulting from:

  • Intentional or unintentional speaker movements

  • Single-microphone recordings of two or more speakers (e.g. interviews, lectures, etc)

  • Sudden gain changes due to audio/video edits and re-arrangements in post production

  • Time-varying voice-over or vocal performances


The ERA Voice Leveler detects level problems in real time and you can control it with the turn of a simple dial. It also features a “Tight” mode that provides a more focused “radio” sound that stands out from background music (e.g. audio and video ads, podcasts, vlogs, etc). The unique “Emphasis” mode automatically detects problems in tonal balance of voice recordings (for example when a speaker is not directly facing the microphone or has moved significantly from the mic between takes/scenes) and applies subtle processing to correct them and ensure consistent tone and intelligibility. The ERA Voice Leveler will be part of both the ERA Bundle Standard and the ERA Bundle Pro.


The new version of the ERA Bundle Standard now includes the following products:

  • ERA Voice Leveler (NEW)

  • ERA Noise Remover (Updated)

  • ERA Reverb Remover (Updated)

  • ERA De-Esser (Updated)

  • ERA Plosive Remover (Updated)


The new version of the ERA Bundle Pro now includes the following products:

  • ERA Voice Leveler (NEW)

  • ERA Noise Remover (Updated)

  • ERA Reverb Remover (Updated)

  • ERA De-Esser (Updated)

  • ERA Plosive Remover (Updated)

  • ERA-D



ERA Voice Leveler Video:

[1] ERA Voice Leveler Presentation



ERA Bundle Videos:

[1] Grammy-Winning Post Production Engineer James Twomey on using the ERA Bundle

[2] ERA Noise Remover Presentation

[3] ERA Reverb Remover Presentation

[4] ERA De-Esser Presentation

[5] ERA Plosive Remover Presentation



Price and Availability


ERA Bundle Standard (Noise Remover, Reverb Remover, Voice Leveler, De-Esser, Plosive Remover)

AU, VST, AAX 64-bit Mac & VST, AAX 64-bit Win

Intro price: $119 (Reg: $354) -until October 31st-


ERA Bundle Pro (Noise Remover, Reverb Remover, Voice Leveler, De-Esser, Plosive Remover, ERA-D)

AU, VST, AAX 64-bit Mac & VST, AAX 64-bit Win

Intro price: $349 (Reg: $653) -until October 31st-


ERA Noise Remover

AU, VST, AAX 64-bit Mac & VST, AAX 64-bit Win



ERA Reverb Remover

AU, VST, AAX 64-bit Mac & VST, AAX 64-bit Win



ERA De-Esser

AU, VST, AAX 64-bit Mac & VST, AAX 64-bit Win



ERA Plosive Remover

AU, VST, AAX 64-bit Mac & VST, AAX 64-bit Win



ERA Voice Leveler

AU, VST, AAX 64-bit Mac & VST, AAX 64-bit Win




AU, VST, AAX 64-bit Mac & VST, AAX 64-bit Win





Product page:





About Accusonus

Accusonus builds next generation audio repair and music creation software. We think that audio repair should be fast, simple and accessible to everyone. We believe that computers are ideal tools for jamming, inspiring and creating the sound of the future. We develop our own patented Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence technology in order to enable previously unimaginable sound processing workflows. Accusonus consumer technology has been licensed to some of the world’s biggest consumer media companies and is literally used by millions of content creators every day. Accusonus is based in Massachusetts (USA) and in Athens & Patras, Greece.



<![CDATA[New Gear From Black Lion Audio At AES 2018]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/new-gear-from-black-lion-audio-at-aes-2018 Mon, 15 Oct 2018 12:15:19 GMT



New Gear at AES 2018!
Don't miss out on seeing our new gear at Booth #340!


B173 Quad:  Please give a warm welcome to all 70dB of Black Lion Audio’s latest iteration of 1073-style gain, the B173 Quad! Rather than “just another clone,” the B173 Quad seamlessly combines vintage character with modern sensibilities in a stylish 2U chassis with a feature set to satisfy the most demanding of audio engineers. A revamped gain stage and lower noise floor pave the way to a cleaner, lower distortion sound, while Cinemag input and output transformers keep things smooth and warm. Two front panel D.I.’s impart a harmonically rich tone to guitars, keyboards, and synthesizers, and stepped input gain and variable output attenuation allow for perfect control over transformer saturation. Metering on all 4 channels displays how hot your output signal is hitting the parallel TRS/XLR outputs, and an external power supply keeps noise out of your tracks! At under $375/channel, there’s no reason not to add a B173 Quad to your front end arsenal, or two!


Street Price: $1499 (shipping in January)B12A Quad:  The B12A Quad is Black Lion Audio’s latest rendition of 312A-style gain with 70dB of bang! Housing four channels of Rock ‘n’ Roll punch in a 1U chassis, it delivers modern flair with solid vintage tone at an unbeatable price! Each channel of the B12A Quad has the same delicious Cinemag input transformer found in the venerable B12A Mk2, but also sports Cinemag output transformers, two front panel D.I.’s, output metering on every channel, and XLR/TRS parallel outputs in back! And if that doesn’t cook your noodle, the B12A Quad packs all of this punch at under $300/channel!


Street Price: $1199 (shipping in December)APS Monitors: Also, be sure to check out the new AEON 2 and Klasik speakers by APS Monitors!









<![CDATA[Williams Legato III Digital Piano Offers Custom Sounds And Bluetooth MIDI Connectivity]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/williams-legato-iii-digital-piano-offers-custom-sounds-and-bluetooth-midi-connectivity Mon, 15 Oct 2018 11:50:14 GMT


Williams Legato III Digital Piano Offers Custom Sounds
and Bluetooth MIDI Connectivity
Thousand Oaks, CA - October 2018...
Williams, a leader in versatile, cost-conscious digital pianos, is now shipping the Legato III digital piano. A full-size digital piano with 88 touch-sensitive keys, the Legato III features 10 high resolution voices from the Williams Custom Sound Library, including acoustic and electric pianos, organ, synth, and bass. Built-in, full-range, dual-driver speakers deliver these lush tones with outstanding clarity and room-filling volume.

Bluetooth® MIDI capabilities enable the Legato III to connect wirelessly to an iPhone® or iPad® so you can run educational software, such as the McCarthy Music Teaching app. A free live remote lesson is included with the purchase. Williams' unique iOS app provides easy access to the Legato III's advanced menus, as well as offering self-teaching aids.

The Legato III's solid music rest is easily strong enough to support an iPad or sheet music. A built-in metronome helps you practice your timing and sense of tempo. The instrument can operate on AC or battery power, so you can take it with you and play it anywhere, and the power supply and sustain pedal are included.

As with all Williams digital pianos, the Legato III is an exceptional value with a street price of $229.99. It's in stock now at Guitar Center retail stores and is available for immediate shipment from Musician's Friend and guitarcenter.com.


About Williams Pianos

Williams creates digital pianos for musicians and music enthusiasts who want the look, feel and sound of a fine acoustic instrument, combined with an amazing array of effects and other convenient features that only a digital instrument can offer. Ideal for any home, school or studio, Williams digital pianos are packed with features that are attractive to players of any musical ability, from beginners to professionals. Learn more about the complete line of Williams Pianos at www.williamspianos.com.


For more information contact: Williams Pianos, P.O. Box 5111, Thousand Oaks, CA 91359.



<![CDATA[CAD Audio Debuts GXLD2 Digital Dual Channel Wireless System]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/cad-audio-debuts-gxld2-digital-dual-channel-wireless-system Mon, 15 Oct 2018 11:33:39 GMT



CAD Audio Debuts GXLD2 Digital Dual Channel Wireless System




Solon, OH––CAD Audio is pleased to announce the introduction of its new breakthrough GXLD2 Digital Dual Channel wireless system.


Featuring advanced technology designed to provide failsafe reception and exceptional performance in today’s challenging RF environments, the GXLD2 system includes digital high definition audio for clear, articulate sound and operates in the 900MHz band free from TV and FCC regulatory issues.


Other useful features include a high contrast LCD display for easier readability in low light environments and advanced dipole antenna technology to increase usable operating distance. The receiver also includes professional balanced XLRM-type discrete outputs along with ¼ inch unbalanced outputs for easy connection to ¼ inch inputs.


The system is available in three configurations: GXLD2-HH Dual Handheld, GXLD2-HB Handheld and Bodypack, and GXLD2-BB Dual Body Pack.


All GXLD2 transmitters are equipped with On/Off and Mute functions along with low battery indicators. The dual handheld transmitters feature the exceptional sounding CADLive™ D38 capsule, while dual bodypack systems include a CAD condenser headworn microphone and a guitar cable.


For more information about CAD Audio, please call 800.762.9266 or click to www.cadaudio.com.



<![CDATA[Heavy Metal Impact Sound Effects]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/heavy-metal-impact-sound-effects Mon, 15 Oct 2018 11:10:16 GMT


Bluezone releases "Heavy Metal Impact Sound Effects"


'Heavy Metal Impact Sound Effects' from Bluezone Corporation contains a selection of 126 carefully recorded metallic impacts. This sample pack offers a wide variety of different clanks and clunks: from big and weighty industrial container to deep and large fuel tank, old and rusty sheet metal to huge steel door, this hyper-detailed sample pack is a powerful addition to any contemporary sound design production.

Moreover, all sounds in this collection are ready to use and perfect for all sorts of projects: the metal clanking and dropping sounds are carefully processed and can be easily used in modern electronic music productions. All audio files from 'Heavy Metal Impact Sound Effects' have been meticulously recorded at 24 bit / 96 kHz and are royalty-free, so that you can use them in your commercial projects without having to worry about any additional licensing fees.


Editor : Bluezone
Reference : BC0251
Delivery : Download link
Download size : 327 MB
Extracted size : 361 MB
Format : WAV
Resolution : 24 Bit / 96 kHz
Channel : Stereo
License : Royalty free
Total files : 150
Total samples : 126 WAV
Price : 12.95€








<![CDATA[Arturia Update Synclavier V, Introduce Resynthesis And Sampling]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/arturia-update-synclavier-v-introduce-resynthesis-and-sampling Fri, 12 Oct 2018 13:34:55 GMT


Arturia Update Synclavier V, Introduce Resynthesis And Sampling




Originally released in 2016 as part of V Collection 5, Synclavier V gave a whole new generation of musicians access to the ground breaking sound and features of the revolutionary late-70s digital synth. Developed in partnership with the original instrument’s inventor, Cameron Jones, Synclavier V went above and beyond the capabilities of the hardware produced between the late 70s and early 90s.
However, New England Digital also produced many optional add-ons for the Synclavier, such as a sample playback module and a resynthesis engine, that were not emulated in Arturia’s release of Synclavier V 2.
Today, that changes.
With the release of Synclavier V 2, alongside many other workflow enhancements and improvements, Arturia and Cameron Jones are proud to announce that Synclavier now includes sampling capabilities and an exciting resynthesis engine for musicians, producers, and sound designers to explore.
Synclavier V 2 is available as a free upgrade to all owners of Synclavier V, or Arturia’s V Collection 5 and V Collection 6.
A vintage sampler
Load in samples by simply dragging and dropping, and play them back with vintage digital grain and pitch scaling. Samples of up to 30 seconds can be imported and processed using Synclavier V’s effects and routing, perfect for creating retro sampled keys and 
pitched-down pads.
Resynthesis reinvented
Once a sample is loaded, with the touch of a button Synclavier V can now analyze the spectral content of the sample and - using a mixture of wavetable and FM synthesis - mimic the sound using resynthesis. Key points in the sample can be identified and manipulated manually to refine the synth patch, and then every parameter can be controlled using Synclavier V’s hugely powerful synth engine. Create entire instruments from just one sample!
New old sounds
Arturia’s sound design team have been busy creating hundreds of new presets for you to enjoy in Synclavier V, showing off some of the key new features to get you inspired. On top of that, the updated version includes a selection of the original New England Digital sample library files for that authentic touch.
Refining a legend
Following feature requests and feedback from Synclavier V owners, Arturia’s software developers have also integrated many subtle improvements to the interface and operation of the instrument. These include:

• New resynthesis engine with up to 100 analysis points

• Sample playback mode

• Timeline improvements, including doubling frames from 50 to 100; added global frame speed offset; a new frame tuning parameter; new loop mode; frames can now be synced to host BPM grid; the ability to move only one frame on the timeline by Shift + Drag; and refined Solo/Copy/Paste/Delete timeline workflow.

• Modulation tab improvements, including the addition of Vibrato and Stereo LFO; and Amp and Harmonic envelopes added as modulation sources.

• Keyboard dynamics improvements

• Ability to choose Keyboard, Velocity or Mod Wheel as input sources

• New copy/paste modes: only one selected tab or all tabs

• Cosmetics improvements, including LFOs in screen view, envelopes global offsets, tabs order, merge FX and setting pages, timeline real time feedback, ruler auto-zoom, envelopes and timeline bound scroll.

• New opening mode for hardware upper panel

• Harmonic phase histograms are now displayed in degrees (-179°/+180°)

• Additional template presets with a HQ Simple Sine

• Presets revamped with volume leveling and assignation of mod wheel and sustain pedal

• All former settings page parameters are now stored in presets
New users can explore Synclavier V in many ways.
You can download the resources athttps://communication.arturia.com/s/ZN3zeZJAVaFth6m

A free trial is available at the official Arturia website.

Synclavier V 2 can be purchased as a standalone software instrument, or as a part of Arturia V Collection 6, a multi award-winning compendium of 21 emulations of iconic, historically important keyboard instruments.

All owners of the first version can download Synclavier V 2 for free using the
Arturia Software Center.
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[Celestion Debuts The Heritage G12H 55Hz Impulse Responses]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/celestion-debuts-the-heritage-g12h-55hz-impulse-responses Fri, 12 Oct 2018 13:28:00 GMT
Celestion Debuts the Heritage G12H 55Hz Impulse Responses
New G12H (55) IR Recreates Late 60s Rock Guitar Tones in a Digitally Downloadable Format

Ipswich, UK (October 11, 2018) — Celestion, the premier manufacturer of guitar and bass loudspeakers with a celebrated history in creating the world’s renowned classic guitar tones, is pleased to introduce the new Heritage G12H 55Hz Impulse Response, in homage to late 60’s rock guitar tones, as the latest addition to their acclaimed line of IRs, the definitive digital representations of the company’s classic guitar speaker tones. The new G12H (55) IRs, as well as the rest of the comprehensive family of Celestion IRs, are available for audition and download at CelestionPlus.

The G12H (55) features a hefty 50oz ceramic magnet and a lower resonance 55Hz (aka 55 c/s) bass cone. This speaker was originally intended for use by bass guitarists, but was quickly adopted by lead players – most famously Jimi Hendrix – because of the warm ‘syrupy’ tones it delivered. In singles and pairs it delivers strong and warm lows – but it’s in a 4X12 configuration where it comes into its own, generating a great chugging ‘thump’ of the kind that that guitar heroes are made of. With a densely complex mid-range and a fine-grained treble, the G12H (55) is excellent for cranking out brooding power chords, complemented by smooth and rich bridge pickup tones and flute-like neck pickup tones.
Countless guitarists have sought to reproduce the distinctive Jimi Hendrix sound over the years, and now their quest just got a whole lot easier, with the Celestion Heritage G12H (55) impulse responses, representing an authentic digital version of this classic speaker.
As with all Celestion IRs, five individual IR varieties of the new G12H (55) 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 G12H (55) IR collection for a 40% saving. Alternatively, add a G12H (55) cabinet to one of our IR Pick & Mix options.

The new Heritage G12H 55Hz 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, 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 at CelestionPlus.
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[Cinematic Hip Hop Bundles Volumes 1-3]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/cinematic-hip-hop-bundles-volumes-1-3 Fri, 12 Oct 2018 13:24:58 GMT






'Cinematic Hip Hop Bundle (Vols 1-3)' combines the first 15 Construction Kits in this Horror Hip Hop series from Producer Loops. Heavy filtering, intense orchestral strings, eye-watering snare & hat combos and the most morose of 808s give this series its inimitable Cinematic sound. Ideal for the Urban producer trying to garner his next placement or the artist looking for the sickest beats on the market.


This despairingly dark series is perfect for everything from advertising campaigns that need a serious Urban edge, through to soundtracks and standalone Hip Hop releases. What's even better is that you'll save big when buying the three included collections as a bundle - you're pretty much getting one volume for free!


These arrangements work brilliantly as instrumentals, or as the basis for a vocal performance, be it rap, or otherwise. Simply drag and drop these expertly produced samples into your DAW and start crafting top-tier Cinematic Hip Hop today.


With dry and wet files included as well as MIDI files, this is an all-in-one solution for producers looking to venture into the Cinematic, darker side of Urban music.



Dry/Wet Loops:

The 'wet' files contain all of the effects processing heard in the audio demos. Don't like the wet loops? No problem; add your own effects to the included dry loops.


MIDI Files Included:

The 'Cinematic Hip Hop Bundle' includes 113 MIDI files across all fifteen Kits. With MIDI, you can make tweaks to the riffs so they fit perfectly into your existing mixes, change up the instrument used and best of all, easily transpose the key and tempo of the pattern.


Tail Files:

This bundle comes with unlooped/tail versions, allowing you to end a phrase with the decay of the reverb/delay applied to the loop.



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 royalty costs.



• 15 Construction Kits
• 499 Individual Files
• 113 MIDI Files
• ACIDized WAV Files
• REX2 Loops
• Apple Loops
• Ableton Live Pack 8.1.3+
• Reason ReFill
• Loops sync to BPM
• 44.1 kHz/24-Bit
• PC/Mac Compatible
• Royalty-Free (No Master Royalties Payable)



Price and Availability:


'Cinematic Hip Hop Bundle (Vols 1-3)’ is available for instant download exclusively at ProducerLoops.com for £48.95 / 58,29 EUR. More information is available at: https://www.producerloops.com




<![CDATA[Arturia Announce V Collection 6.2 Update]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/arturia-announce-v-collection-6.2-update Fri, 12 Oct 2018 13:20:06 GMT

Arturia Announce V Collection 6.2 Update




V Collection 6.2 is a free update to all owners of V Collection 6.
The latest update to Arturia’s V Collection sees the French software and hardware creators take the next step in terms of features, stability, and integration. Synclavier V - a recreation of New England Digital’s revolutionary digital synth - sees an update to version 2, introducing resynthesis and sampling abilities. Presets have been refined, bugs have been squashed, integration has been streamlined, and the result is not only the best sounding, most comprehensive collection of vintage software emulations out there, but also the most reliable.
Huge Synclavier V update
The headline feature of V Collection 6.2 is the exciting overhaul of Synclavier V, which made its debut in V Collection 5, to version 2. Developed with Cameron Jones, the inventor of the original instrument, this update adds several incredible new features, including:

• RESYNTHESIS: Synclavier V 2 now contains a resynthesis engine, letting it create synth sounds that mimic the tonal properties of an audio sample. Sounds complicated to use, but it couldn’t be simpler. Drag and drop the sample, auto-analyze it, and Synclavier will create a synth sound based on the sample. This can be refined with up to 100 key sample points, and the resulting sound can be augmented and processed just as you would with any other synth sound within Synclavier V.

• SAMPLE PLAYBACK: instead of resynthesising their samples, users can choose to play back samples with vintage digital grain and pitch scaling. A great way of making retro “hit” sounds, big textural pads, and quirky vocal hooks.

• THE NEW PRESETS & SAMPLES: not only does Synclavier V 2 feature hundreds of new presets that show off its new features, Arturia have also included a selection of New England Digital samples to give it that authentic touch.

• INTERFACE REFINEMENTS: several important, workflow-enhancing improvements have been made to the instrument’s UI, ensuring the best, most enjoyable Synclavier V experience ever.
KeyLab MkII integration
V Collection 6.2 improves the already incredible integration between Arturia’s software instruments and its next generation controller keyboards. A perfect match, the latest update adds a few handy shortcuts to KeyLab MkII. For example, clicking “Clear All” on the preset browser now automatically scrolls to the top of the preset list.
Presets refined
All 7,000+ presets found across the entire V Collection and all its purchasable Sound Banks have been reviewed and updated to ensure their levels are all of similar intensity. RIP headphone users? Not anymore. Now aggressive synths and sultry pianos have a similar perceived volume, letting you make informed preset choices on tone, rather than impressive volume.
Bug fixes
Arturia’s developers are always working hard making sure that all 21 instruments in V Collection 6.2 work perfectly across different platforms and DAWs, and keeping up the latest software from other developers. Since the last update, we have resolved hundreds of issues. Here are some of the key issues resolved in this update:

• Komplete Kontrol / Maschine NKS performance improved

• No more crashes when a "Song Select" MIDI message is received

• No more cracks and glitches when modifying effect’s dry/wet parameters

• Live 10 doesn’t crash anymore when browsing presets from the AU version

• No more crashes when switching instruments in FL Studio on Mac OS

• Preset navigation using KeyLab Essential now works correctly in Studio One

• Faster sample loading times for CMI and Synclavier V sounds in Analog Lab

• You can no longer accidentally save over the presets in purchased Sound Banks

• No more audio peaks when switching preset while playing
For a comprehensive list of bugs fixed, issues resolved, and enhancements made, check out the V Collection 6.2 release notes, found here.
For the uninitiated, V Collection is Arturia’s flagship compendium of 21 software emulations of legendary historic synths and keyboards using their exclusive TAE® and Phi modelling technologies. Perfectly recreating the sound and features of iconic instruments that shaped the sound of popular music for over a century. Arturia’s skilled developers then use their award-winning knowhow to introduce new features impossible with the original hardware. A classic 70s monosynth can be transformed into a polysynth at the touch of a button; the cabinetry of a German classic grand piano can be turned to glass; a complex modulation matrix can add almost infinite possibilities to a seamingly simple instrument. All this, with world-class interfaces, amazing integration, and drop-dead gorgeous GUIs.
To find out more about Arturia V Collection, the latest update, or to learn more about the new features found in Synclavier V 2, visit 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[ROLI launches Beatmaker Kit]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/roli-launches-beatmaker-kit Fri, 12 Oct 2018 13:13:35 GMT


ROLI launches Beatmaker Kit, a fun new way to learn beat-making and produce tracks


All-in-one kit includes ROLI’s Lightpad Block and a 6-month subscription to Melodics, the skill-building program   



London — ROLI today releases a kit that helps beat-makers of all abilities improve their skills, play with hundreds of mind-blowing sounds, and produce tracks — all for $299 (£249, €279).


The Beatmaker Kit is a hardware-software package that takes a track from start to finish. It centers on the high-powered Lightpad Block and Loop Block — two ROLI Blocks with a surface area the size of a postcard— and includes a suite of software that caters to everyone from learners to skilled producers.


The all-in-one Beatmaker Kit is designed for:  

  • Learning: Take your beat-making skills to the next level with a free 6-month subscription to Melodics. In hundreds of fun and interactive lessons, the program teaches everything from basic finger drumming to advanced playing techniques. Melodics integrates perfectly with ROLI’s Lightpad Block.

  • Playing: Explore hundreds of expressive sounds included in the kit’s desktop and mobile sound engines. ROLI’s iOS app NOISE features drum kits from renowned beat-makers like Grimes and RZA. Sounds in desktop programs like Equator Player span everything from strings to synth leads. Bend and shape each sound on the surface of the Lightpad Block.

  • Producing: Create amazing tracks with hardware and software production tools. The controls of the Loop Block help you record and produce faster, without breaking your flow. Ableton Live Lite, the included digital audio workstation (DAW), is customized for the Lightpad Block — which is also compatible with all leading DAWs.

  • Traveling: Take your kit anywhere. The Lightpad Block and Loop Block are small, lightweight, and extremely portable. They connect wirelessly with the sounds in the NOISE app. Even if your kit is connected to desktop software, it still fits in a backpack with a laptop computer or iPad.


Beatmaker Kit is the latest evolution of ROLI BLOCKS, the modular music-making system. Since 2016 BLOCKS has become more accessible. An increasing number of software programs — from Apple’s GarageBand to Steinberg’s Cubasis app — are compatible with the system’s MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE) controllers, which are the most affordable on the market. With approachable software and a price point of $299, the kit empowers more people to make music with BLOCKS.


New Blocks have also made the system more powerful. The next-generation Lightpad Block M is the tactile playing surface of Beatmaker Kit. Launched in 2017, it features enhanced touch sensitivity and brighter LED illumination.


Melodics has demystified beat-making to a global audience of learners who love the interactive, gamified approach of its lessons. Melodics caters to all abilities and offers thousands of hours of course content across multiple musical styles. Its lessons teach keyboard playing techniques as well as finger drumming and other beat-making techniques. The desktop app was launched in 2014 by Sam Gribben, the former CEO of Serato, who was motivated by the challenges he personally faced in building new music-making skills.


Beatmaker Kit will be available to purchase from October 18. Buy from ROLI.com and retailers worldwide including Guitar Center, John Lewis, Sweetwater, and Amazon.



Watch the following films and learn more about how a portable, powerful, all-in-one kit can help anyone unleash their beats.  

1. Beatmaker Kit Commercial

2. Beatmaker Kit Overview

3. Beatmaker Kit Testimonial




Beatmaker Kit includes ROLI’s Lightpad Block and Loop Block.


The Blocks in Beatmaker Kit connect to mobile and desktop software tools for playing sounds and editing tracks.


Beatmaker Kit is accessible to anyone from learners to skilled beat-makers.


You can bend and shape sound on the pressure-surface surface of the Lightpad Block, the centerpiece of the Beatmaker Kit.





Lightpad Block 


Lightpad Block is a musical touchpad that lets you play any kind of sound, anywhere. Have fun making beats and shaping melodies on a smooth, soft, amazingly touch-responsive surface. It’s a MIDI controller that connects with mobile and desktop sound engines. So you can either bring it into a studio environment or play anywhere you bring your connected device.


Loop Block


The Loop Block helps you produce tracks faster with the Lightpad Block. Record loops, play them back, set your tempo, and quantize your loops so they’re always in time. These track-building features are right at your fingertips, so you don’t need to interrupt your flow by delving into software menus.





For Learning


Melodics (6-month subscription)

ROLI PLAY (free iOS app)



For Playing


NOISE (free iOS app)

Equator Player (desktop sound engine)

Strobe2 Player (desktop sound engine)

Cypher2 Player (desktop sound engine)



For Producing


Ableton Live Lite (DAW)




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 has created a platform of hardware and software tools that connect perfectly with each other — and also with the world’s most popular music-making programs. From premium instruments like the Seaboard RISE to free apps like NOISE, ROLI offers extraordinary new ways for people to express themselves musically.  


About Melodics

Melodics is a learning tool that is part game, part music making software. It is a desktop app that adapts to your ability and taste, to make mastering your instrument easy and fun. From beginners to seasoned pros, Melodics caters to all abilities and offers thousands of hours of course content across multiple musical styles. It’s free to download and try the first 20 lessons. Subscribing unlocks all course content, including lessons by major internationals artists, with new tracks added every week.


<![CDATA[IK Multimedia's New Ampeg Collection 2 Adds More Iconic Ampeg® Amps To AmpliTube For iPhone And iPad]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/ik-multimedias-new-ampeg-collection-2-adds-more-iconic-ampeg-amps-to-amplitube-for-iphone-and-ipad Thu, 11 Oct 2018 15:53:34 GMT
IK Multimedia's new Ampeg Collection 2 adds more iconic
Ampeg® amps to AmpliTube for iPhone and iPad

New official collection is now available



October 11, 2018 - IK Multimedia's AmpliTube and AmpliTube CS apps for iPhone and iPad now offer the new Ampeg Collection 2 - a selection of popular Ampeg amp and cabinet models featuring IK's exclusive Dynamic Interaction Modeling™ technology. Users of both the AmpliTube for iPhone and AmpliTube for iPad apps - or the free AmpliTube CS versions - can enjoy three new amp models and three new cab models, which are being offered as in-app purchases either individually, or as a bundle.


The three new matching amps and cabs in the collection are:

  • SVT-VR amp - A vintage reissue of an early 1970s "Blue-Line" SVT head. The preamp stage, power section, and even rocker switches emulate the exact signal path, tone, and vibe of the original rock 'n' roll workhorse, from its input jack all the way to its six 6550 output tubes.

    SVT-810 AV cab - The classic Ampeg seen on stages worldwide. Identical to the Classic Series SVT-810E, the AV version has the fit and finish of the original Ampeg SVT stack. The SVT-810AV Infinite BaffleTM design has remained constant since 1969 and delivers the punchy, round sound that defines the Ampeg tone. The air-moving capability of eight 10" speakers combined reacts faster to transients than fifteens or eighteens. The result is sound that can be felt, and that truly delivers what players want out of a bass rig.

  • V-4B amp - This 100W All-Tube Bass Head is a remarkable reissue of the legendary original from 1971, delivering the pure tube tone and unmistakable grind that earned the classic a place in bass history.

    SVT-212 AV cab - The Ampeg SVT-212AV bass enclosure delivers pure Ampeg tone in a ported cabinet design that bridges the gap between the fast transient response players want and the rich low end they deserve. The SVT-212AV features 2x12" custom Eminence® LF drivers and a 1" compression driver with 3-way level control in a rugged cab with vintage Ampeg styling.

  • HERITAGE B-15N amp - A design that delivers legendary tone that truly lives up to the iconic standard set by inventor Jess Oliver 50 years ago. The Heritage B-15 features the circuit paths of both a 1964 and 1966 B-15, including classic Baxandall EQ controls and premium 6SL7 octal preamp tubes along with a bias switch, recreating each years' distinctive bias methodology.

    B-15N 115 cab - This extremely high-quality flip-top cabinet features the legendary double-baffle design of the B-15 Heritage cabinet
and houses a custom-designed 15" Eminence® driver. The Heritage B-15 is no mere tribute; it meets and exceeds the performance, look and tone of the legendary original, down to each and every component.


All are officially licensed models that offer the true sound and feel players expect from an Ampeg bass rig.

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.

Pricing and availability

The Ampeg Collection 2 is available now for version 4.6 of the AmpliTube or AmpliTube CS apps for iPhone and iPad. It can be purchased via the in-app shop for only $14.99.

These amps are also now included in the AmpliTube All-Amps 2018 and AmpliTube All-In 2018 bundles, and 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[Akai Professional Adds Built-In Sounds To The World's Most Popular MIDI Controller]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/akai-professional-adds-built-in-sounds-to-the-worlds-most-popular-midi-controller Thu, 11 Oct 2018 15:46:00 GMT




New ultra-portable instrument is based on incredibly popular MPK Mini, but adds 128 built-in sounds and its own speaker, making it the perfect instrument to play anywhere



Cumberland, RI USA (October 11, 2018) — Akai Professional, a leading manufacturer of music equipment for performers and producers, today announced the immediate availability of their all-new MPK Mini portable MIDI controller. The ultra-portable MPK Mini Play is based on the world’s most popular midi controller—Akai Professional’s MPK Mini—but now it comes packed with 128 sounds and its own built-in speaker. With 8 backlit MPC drum pads and a 4-way joystick for simple control, players have all they need to play their music anytime, anywhere. Four knobs (two banks capable of controlling eight different parameters) can be used to tweak sounds and edit multiple parameters in real-time, giving musicians even more performance possibilities. Powered by 3 “AA” batteries, the MPK Mini Play is built for hours of wireless fun.


Amazing Connections

Not just a mini keyboard, the MPK Mini Play can also connect to a computer via USB port for the same plug-and-play MIDI functionality as the classic MPK Mini controllers. If not disturbing others is a priority, players can use the mini-audio output jack to connect headphones to the MPK Mini Play. When you want a bigger sound, simply connect to external speakers using the same output jack. All-in-one, easy- to-use fun with “pro” features—that’s the MPK Mini Play!



    • -  Built-in sound module with over 128 different sounds

    • -  25 mini keys with arpeggiator

    • -  4-way joystick

    • -  8 red backlit drum pads (2 banks, 16 total)

    • -  4 knobs edit sounds or send midi (2 banks, 8 total)

    • -  Battery powered using (3) AA batteries


“We are extremely excited to introduce the MPK Mini Play,” said Dan Gill, Product Manager for Akai Professional. “The MPK Mini was a huge hit with musicians and now having all those sounds on-board with a built-in speaker, along with its go-anywhere portability, Play opens up new musical possibilities that people are going to love.”


U.S. retail for MPK Mini Play is $129 Available for purchase October 11, 2018






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[BC Audio Launches Bel Air 40 Guitar Amp With An All-Tube User-Configurable 4x 6V6 Power Section]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/bc-audio-launches-bel-air-40-guitar-amp-with-an-all-tube-user-configurable-4x-6v6-power-section Wed, 10 Oct 2018 16:01:09 GMT




An all-tube amp with user-configurable 4x 6V6 power section



San Francisco, October 9, 2018 -- Boutique guitar amp builder BC Audio (bcaudio.com) revealed the Bel Air 40, a meticulously hand crafted all-tube guitar amplifier with a unique set of front-panel controls that let the player reach inside the amp, so to speak, and re-wire the power section. The Bel Air 40 features four 6V6GT Power Tubes, two octal 6SL7GT preamp tubes and a GZ34 tube rectifier, and is built with true point-to-point construction – no turret, eyelet or printed circuit board. Power ranges from 40 watts to under 5, depending on how the Power Tube Configuration switches are set.


“We're used to seeing lots of knobs and switches on guitar amps. Normally, those controls operate almost exclusively in the preamp section, while the power section just sits there amplifying what comes its way. This amp turns that approach on its head,” says Bruce Clement, BC Audio founder, award-winning guitarist and tube amp master builder. “The Bel Air 40 gives the player control over what's really going on in that mysterious part of the amp that you can't normally touch, the part that is the key to great tone – the power section.”


Power Tube Configuration Switches:

- "Quad/Pair" switches between two or four 6V6s. This serves as a half-power switch, with the Quad setting providing more girth and punch.
- "Pentode/Triode" reduces power by about half in Triode mode, and also noticeably changes the tone and feel of the amp, with Pentode mode being tight and clean, while Triode mode feels smooth and loose.
- "Fixed Bias/Cathode Bias" changes the dynamics of the power section, cathode bias mode being slightly lower-powered, more compressed and a little bit browner.


More Power Section Control:

- "Presence" brings out the chime and sparkle, while "Cut" tames the highs generated by overdriving the power tubes.
- The 3-way “NFB” (Negative Feedback) switch alters the damping and open-loop gain of the power section, with the Zero NFB setting being the most raw and touch-sensitive.


Preamp Section:

The Bel Air 40 is a non-Master Volume design. It uses 6SL7GT octal preamp tubes for their rich, thick sound and power-tube- like breakup. Controls include Volume, a 3-way Bright switch, Body (for tightening up the low end), and a three-band EQ that can by bypassed for the purest exploration of the power section's overtones.


Pricing: $2900 (pro-net), direct from bcaudio.com. Matching 2x12 speaker cabinets are available from $850.





About BC Audio:

BC Audio builds hand-made all-tube non-clone guitar amps. Recipient of Guitar Player's EDITORS' PICK AWARD and Premier Guitar's PREMIER GEAR AWARD. BC Audio was founded by award-winning guitarist and tube amp master builder Bruce Clement, who has been wielding a soldering iron since the late 1970s. BC Audio products are proudly made in San Francisco, California, USA.


bc audio

hand-made all-tube non-clone guitar amps San Francisco 415.310.3087 bcaudio.com



<![CDATA[New BYOC Phase Royal Modular Phaser Kit Released]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/new-byoc-phase-royal-modular-phaser-kit-released Wed, 10 Oct 2018 15:53:30 GMT


New BYOC Phase Royal Modular Phaser Kit Released





The BYOC Phase Royal is a true modular phaser.  The part of the circuit where the actual phase shifting occurs is on its own separate module board, meaning you can change out the module to create completely different styles of phasing.  
The 4-Stage JFET Module is based on the MXR Phase 90 and features NOS 2N5952 JFETs and 4 separate single op-amps.
The 8-Stage JFET Module is similar to the 4-Stage JFET Module, but has twice as many phase stages for phase shifting that's twice as deep and intense.
The Optocoupler Module is based on the Ibanez Flying Pan FP-777 and uses dual element optocouplers for the phase shifting. 
The 4-Stage OTA Module uses dual operational transconductance amplifiers to produce a 4 stage phaser similar to the EHX Small Stone.
The input knob allows you to pair the Phase Royal perfectly with single coils, humbuckers, or line level signals, and the output knob insures that your levels are always exactly where you want them.   The Regen knob allows you to add regenerative feedback creating a more vocal, wah-like sound.  The mix knob controls the ratio of wet and dry signal.  The depth knob controls the intensity of the phase shifting.  The rate controls the speed of the phase shifting.  The rate can also be controlled by a standard expression pedal.
Save when you buy more modules!
One module - Included with the kit starting at $109.99
Two modules - Discount the second to $22.99
Three modules - Discount the third to $20.99
Four modules - Discount the fourth to $18.99

Click here for more info
<![CDATA[sE Electronics Announces DM1 DYNAMITE Inline Preamp And New sE7 Small Diaphragm Condenser At AES NY 2018]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/se-electronics-announces-dm1-dynamite-inline-preamp-and-new-se7-small-diaphragm-condenser-at-aes-ny-2018 Wed, 10 Oct 2018 15:43:35 GMT


sE Electronics Announces New DM1 DYNAMITE Inline Preamp, New sE7 Small Diaphragm Condenser

New York, NY, USA New for this year’s AES Show in New York City, sE Electronics is proud to announce two new products: the DM1 DYNAMITE, a slim, high-performance inline preamp that provides a consistent +28dB of gain for dynamic or passive ribbon microphones; and the sE7, a new affordable small-diaphragm condenser microphone that is also available as a Matched Stereo Pair.

The DM1 DYNAMITE is an active inline preamp intended to be inserted between a dynamic or passive ribbon microphone and a microphone preamplifier. The DM1 provides +28dB of discrete class-A gain, and offers nearly half the noise, significantly lower output impedance, and much more consistent gain than any other inline mic preamp on the market, thanks to its specially-selected high-grade components and dedicated output buffer amplifier. According to sE, “The DM1 DYNAMITE is the perfect way to boost the signal from a passive mic for studio, podcasting, or on-stage use. It also reduces the microphone’s output impedance to minimize the likelihood of interference, drive long cable runs, and provide significantly improved level in your signal path - without adding noise or coloration.”

The sE7 is a high-quality back-electret small-diaphragm condenser microphone intended for a wide range of studio and live applications with acoustic guitars, pianos, drums, and more. “With an optimized acoustic design, discrete class-A circuitry, versatile attenuation and low-cut switches and a transformerless output, it delivers clear, natural sound quality at all frequencies for any instrument, without suffering from ‘fizzy’ highs or lack of low-frequency punch.” An sE7 Matched Stereo Pair is also available, with microphones individually matched at the factory to provide the best possible stereo imaging.

The DM1 is now available worldwide with an MSRP of $129 USD. The sE7 (MSRP $129) and sE7 Stereo Pair (MSRP $259 USD) are also available now. The sE7 includes a mic clip, thread adapter and wind screen, while the sE7 Stereo Pair includes two of each.

For more on the new DM1 DYNAMITE and sE7 from sE Electronics, please visit: http://seelectronics.com



- - - -

Founded in 2000, sE Electronics is a manufacturer of high-end studio & stage microphones and accessories used by some of the world’s biggest artists, the inventor of the industry-standard Reflexion Filter® Pro, and the only company to develop a microphone series with audio legend Mr. Rupert Neve. By dedicating their resources to hand-crafting their equipment with excellence and care, sE seeks to blur the line between “affordable” and “professional”, bringing a higher standard of recording and performance quality to all.




<![CDATA[Prism Sound Shake Up Audio Test At AES New York 2018]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/prism-sound-shake-up-audio-test-at-aes-new-york-2018 Wed, 10 Oct 2018 15:38:43 GMT


Prism Sound shake up Audio Test at AES New York 2018 with full-featured high performance audio test solutions from only $3395!


On show for the first time will be the very latest dScope M1 audio interfaces for Prism Sound’s dScope Series III audio test & measurement software





Cambridge, UK, October 10th 2018: Prism Sound will be smashing the price barrier for audio development and production test with its dScope Series III software with the latest measurement hardware interface, the dScope M1.


With this innovative combination of software and hardware, audio development and test engineers can now deploy the most sophisticated, comprehensive and high-performing test solutions starting from just $3395.


The M1 family comprises several units with a range of options including wide bandwidth with maximum sampling rate of 768kHz providing measurement from DC to >200kHz as well as lower residual THD+N (typically <-110dB) for amplitudes up to 100Vrms.


The M1 unit now has an option for Phantom power as either 48V or CCP to enable direct connection of measurement microphones and comes with a suite of tools for measurement of electroacoustic devices including impulse response analysis and logarithmic sine generator sweeps.


The dScope Series III M1 system runs all the standard audio tests such as Frequency response, THD+N, Intermodulation distortion and more, in the most compact and lightweight package ever.


Automation of test setups is a breeze with Prism Sound’s “Auto Sequence” tool. Auto Sequence enables serial execution of saved test setups complete with customizable prompts between setups, if required, and automated collection of results to Microsoft’s Excel spreadsheet, plus automated generation of html test reports.


dScope Series III software has an easy to use Software user interface that presents familiar functionality, based on standard tools such as signal generator, voltmeters, FFT and sweep responses.


The dScope Series III software is already well established with the dScope Series III system unit and is now able to run with both the former range of hardware units or the new M1 family.


For further information please visit  www.prismsound.com/test or email  sales@prismsound.com





About Prism Sound


Founded in 1987, Prism Sound manufacture high-quality professional digital audio hardware and software for music and sound production for the music, film, television, radio and multi-media markets and a range of specialized measurement equipment used in audio equipment development, manufacturing, system building and maintenance.  The company's product range includes a range of audio interfaces covering applications from desktop or mobile recording & production to major studio facilities; Prism Sound also produces the SADIE audio production workstation software used by major national broadcasters such as the BBC, as well as many of the world's leading mastering houses and classical or live music recording engineers. Prism Sound measurement equipment is used to measure the performance of either audio electronic devices or electroacoustic devices and is well established in major manufacturing sectors such as automotive electronics, headphones and headsets as well as professional audio.


For more information:  www.prismsound.com












<![CDATA[DPA Shows How Small Can Make A Big Impact At AES NY 2018]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/dpa-shows-how-small-can-make-a-big-impact-at-aes-ny-2018 Wed, 10 Oct 2018 15:16:50 GMT





3mm (0.12in) Capsules for the d:screet™ 6060/61 Lavalier and d:fine™ 6066 Headset Microphones Head to the U.S. for Stateside Debut



NEW YORK, OCTOBER 10, 2018 – Several years of research, feedback and direct responses from trusted customers and onsite visits in the theater, film and television industries, went into the creation of DPA Microphones newest addition to its d:screet™ and d:fine™ ranges. Debuting for the first time in the U.S. at AES NY (Booth 633), DPA will be showcasing its smallest high-end pro audio microphone capsule ever, the d:screet CORE 6060, 6061 Subminiature Microphones and the d:fine CORE 6066 Subminiature Headset Microphone. Measuring in at just three millimeters (0.12 inches) in diameter – the new 6000 series is 60 percent smaller than DPA’s existing 4000 series.


“Giving the market the most advanced technology and the best sound possible has always been DPA’s goal and we delivered this in our smallest capsule to date with this new mic,” says Kalle Hvidt Nielsen, CEO at DPA Microphones. “The 6000 series represents a significant step forward and is without a doubt the best miniature microphones DPA has ever made. Presenting these mics at AES NY is the perfect avenue for us to showcase what we can offer the professional audio market.”


While the new mics may be small, they are powerful in terms of performance, as all three incorporate the company’s CORE by DPA microphone amplification technology, which reduces distortion and increases dynamic range. The microphones with CORE by DPA have also achieved an IP58 waterproof rating, which provides water and moisture resistance. In terms of technical specifications, all three 6000 series capsules are omnidirectional and have a frequency range of 20 Hz - 20 kHz. The d:screet 6060 lavalier has a noise floor of only 24 dB(A), while the d:screet 6061 lavalier and d:fine 6066 headset have noise floors of only 26 dB(A). This is similar to the company’s existing 4000 series miniature mics. All three capsules are available in black and beige, and more colors will be added to the range later.


“DPA has a big footprint in the theater market where our microphones are regularly used on top Broadway and West End shows,” says René Moerch, Product Manager at DPA Microphones. “Everyone wants the tiniest microphone possible so that they are less visible when worn as a headset or are completely invisible when hidden in costumes and wigs. Customers also want DPA’s exceptional sound quality and durability, especially when it comes to withstanding damage and capsules that can be easily cleaned to remove makeup and sweat.”


DPA has received positive reviews from many industry leaders, including notable sound designer’s Dan Samson, Gareth Fry, Richard Brooker and Gareth Owen all of whom were surprised by the exceptional sound quality packed into the small, compact design.


The d:fine 6066 Headset has also been redesigned to be a lightweight, one size fits all headset that attaches over the ears for maximum comfort and has a three point, spring mechanism to help it grip below the ears and to the side of the head for added security. With a fully adjustable boom, this new headset is very easy to fit and has a redesigned cable attachment that allows the cable to run down the wearer’s back, so it can’t be seen.


DPA’s new Subminiature Microphones will be available in November. For more information, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com or contact your nearest dealer.







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


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<![CDATA[UK Sound Announces 176 Mono Compressor]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/uk-sound-announces-176-mono-compressor Wed, 10 Oct 2018 15:06:24 GMT


BAE Audio imprint UK Sound introduces the 176 single-channel FET compressor, delivering classic 1176 sound at an accessible price point
Hollywood, California- BAE Audio imprint UK Sound has announced the debut of its new 176 single-channel compressor. Featuring the same classic operation and sound characteristics as the 1176 — a mainstay in many of the most influential hit-making studios throughout the late 1960s and early '70s —  the 176 is a mono Field Effect Transistor (FET) compressor and peak limiter.
Built by the same audiophiles who design BAE Audio's hand-wired studio equipment, the UK Sound 176 compressor emulates intuitive features of the original 1176, as well as the renowned brightness, presence and energy the compressor imparts on the sound — even at its most transparent settings — at an affordable price point, removing an economic barrier-to-entry for engineers, mixers, and musicians looking to upgrade their studio arsenal with classic compression quality.
"The UK Sound 176 compressor features the same build philosophy that BAE has always used," said UK Sound Founder Mark Loughman, who is also the president of BAE audio. "Our vision for UK Sound is to create accessible, high quality analog gear for the masses, while retaining sonic integrity.
"We can build things like the 176 because we have the heritage," Loughman continued, referring to BAE Audio's decades-long experience creating high-end studio equipment. "While we use slightly different build for UK Sound, our goal is to create great sounding studio pieces of gear that are more accessible to the common man." 

Classic Features for a Competitive Price
The UK Sound 176 features a single Input control knob — effectively acting as a threshold control that depends on the ratio selected — as well as an Output gain control, which, like the original 1176, gives users access to more gain than standard compressors while ensuring low output distortion. The 176 compressor features selectable, time-honored ratio options of 4:1 and 8:1 for compression, and 12:1 and 20:1 for limiting, as well as variable Attack and Release controls, which let users tailer the compressor's action to be suitable to a given source.
With the "!" toggle switch, the UK Sound 176 also features the classic 1176 "All Buttons In" feature, which delivers increased distortion, plus a plateaued slope and lag time in response to initial transients. And, in addition to the classic 1176 features, the UK Sound 176 compressor includes a Bypass toggle switch, as well as a side-chain filter switch to let low frequencies pass through without engaging the compressor when the SC Filter is switched on.
More to Come From UK Sound
While the 176 FET compressor is great for single-channel recording applications like guitar, a room-mic on a drum set, or a live vocal chain, UK Sound will also be releasing a two-channel version — the 276 two-channel FET compressor — to follow the release of the 176, giving fans of UK Sound the ability to compress multiple tracks simultaneously. Both the UK Sound 176 and 276 feature OEP/Carnhill transformers, which are known for their warmth and clarity in the high end and natural-sounding harmonics in the low end.
As with BAE Audio, all UK Sound products are built in California with carefully chosen components. BAE Audio's longstanding tradition of building vintage circuits makes Loughman and his team uniquely qualified to bring UK Sound to life as a company that applies that expertise in new and unique ways.
Visit UK Sound and BAE Audio at AES New York 2018, booth 330 between October 17–20, or go to baeaudio.com for more information.

About BAE Audio
BAE Audio is a U.S.-based manufacturer of high-end microphone preamp and equalizers, all of which are faithful to vintage designs of the seventies and before. The company is committed to the vintage philosophy of hand wiring and hand soldering all of its components to achieve a high quality and authentically vintage sound. For more information on BAE Audio, please visit our website at www.baeaudio.com.
<![CDATA[Audionamix Introduces XTRAX STEMS 2 At AES NY 2018]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/audionamix-introduces-xtrax-stems-2-at-aes-ny-2018 Wed, 10 Oct 2018 14:51:57 GMT


Audionamix Introduces XTRAX STEMS 2 at AES NY 2018

Updates Include Faster, Higher-Quality Processing and

Separation Balance Refinement Tools


NEW YORK, OCTOBER 10, 2018Audionamix, the global leader in audio source separation, debuts XTRAX STEMS 2 at AES NY 2018 (Booth 504H). With the latest updates to XTRAX STEMS, the world’s first fully-automatic stem creation solution, producers and DJs can further enhance their creative processes. The software’s newest features include a faster, advanced algorithm, higher-fidelity drum processing and a fully-adjustable, real-time separation balance matrix with presets. These updates provide heightened separation ability for live sets, mashups and remixes.


XTRAX STEMS automatically separates songs into three parts: vocals, drums and remaining music. Its simple workflow is optimized for DJs and remix artists looking to separate songs into stem components for easy remixing, sampling and a cappella creation. XTRAX STEMS 2 is equipped with an advanced algorithm offering 30 percent faster stem isolation. The faster advanced algorithm also dramatically improves separation quality, particularly when creating backing tracks and separating lead, background and harmony vocals into a single stem. Drum stems will also benefit from improved, higher-fidelity processing. This increased separation quality also reduces drum interference in vocal and music stems, meaning with XTRAX STEMS 2, all separated stems are much cleaner.


Users can fine-tune and optimize these improved, higher-quality stems using the new, real-time separation balance feature. Intuitive presets are optimized for creating a cappella, drum and backing tracks for any original piece, remix or live show element. Producers can also achieve custom balance using the fully-adjustable matrix. Separations can be exported as individual WAV files or in Native Instruments’ STEMS file format.


“XTRAX STEMS 2 elevates our core stem creation solution with improved algorithms, faster processing speed, and higher quality results, which can be optimized further with the new separation balance tools,” says Maciej Zielinski, CEO of Audionamix. “AES NY is the perfect avenue to demonstrate our latest audio isolation advancements for the first time to the DJ and music producer community.”


The software is compatible with both Windows (7 SP1 - 10) and Mac (10.12 - 10.14) operating systems. Current XTRAX STEMS customers can download XTRAX STEMS 2 as a free update. New customers can enjoy a $20 discount from the release day on October 22nd through October 28th, 2018. The normal cost for XTRAX STEMS is $99 for a perpetual license.





About Audionamix

Since 2003, Audionamix has established itself as the global leader in audio source separation.  The company has developed the revolutionary, patented ADX Technology, and continues to pioneer audio solutions for the film, broadcast and music industries. Built on advanced signal processing, artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms, ADX Technology aims to find and extract specific elements within a mix without affecting the rest of the information within. Audionamix has demonstrated technical expertise in isolating and separating speech, vocals, drums and melody from master recordings to empower producers, engineers and artists to create exciting new productions, and unlock television and movie assets for worldwide distribution. For more information, please visit http://audionamix.com


XTRAX STEMS: https://audionamix.com/products/xtrax-stems


Native Instruments and Native Instruments Stems are trademarks of Native Instruments Corporation, Berlin, Germany. Windows, Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 10 are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, Washington. All versions of macOS are trademarks of Apple Inc., Cupertino, California.



<![CDATA[Roland Introduces LX700 Piano Series ]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/roland-introduces-lx700-piano-series Wed, 10 Oct 2018 14:44:52 GMT


Roland Introduces LX700 Piano Series  
Three models deliver authentic grand piano experience for discerning players  
Los Angeles, CA, October 10, 2018 — Roland’s new LX700 series recreates the experience of playing a beautiful grand piano at a world-class venue. The flagship LX708, mid-range LX706, and entry-level LX705 all deliver superior performance for the discerning player, with innovations in sound generation, keyboard action, ambience modeling, and design.   
Unlike typical digital pianos, which create their sound by sampling, the LX700’sPureAcoustic Modeling technology emulates the way that acoustic pianos produce sound, including the hammers striking the strings and the sound resonating through the piano’s body. This approach enables a choice of completely realistic, but tonally distinct, grand piano models—one for European tastes and the other with an American feel—offering the LX700 player two supremely playable-yet-customizable pianos in one. Roland’s PureAcoustic Ambience technology then recreates the sound space around the piano by convincingly emulating the acoustic properties of world-class concert halls, studios, and even cathedrals, which is especially impressive when using headphones.  
The keyboard and pedals in the LX700 series respond faithfully to every nuance, so even highly accomplished pianists won’t need to adapt their playing or compromise expression. Roland’s new Hybrid Grand keyboard (LX708/LX706) features longer key actions than those on typical digital pianos, so the player doesn’t need to press harder the further up the key they play. The LX708’s keyboard even reproduces the vibration from the cabinet resonance when playing a grand piano. In addition, the LX708 comes equipped with newly designedResponsive Damper Action for the most authentic pedal expressions.  
Apart from the differences in keyboards, the above technology is standard across the range. Convenient features like Bluetooth® audio, Twin Piano mode, a metronome, and the option to use headphones for private practice are also standard, along with a unique C-shape aperture on the piano’s front that enables natural sound projection. The user interface is designed to be inviting to play, with minimal distractions, elegant backlit buttons, and sophisticated rotary knobs.  
Each model offers a different combination of graceful cabinet designs, keyboards, pedals, and Acoustic Projection speaker systems. The flagship LX708 has a tall, commanding cabinet and a lid that opens for optimum sound projection, as well as a powerful eight-speaker sound system. The midrange LX706 offers a shorter cabinet, closed-lid design, and six-speaker system, matching its pro-level performance with a budget-conscious price. The entry-level LX705 has the most compact cabinet, a four-speaker system, and Roland’s expressive PHA-50 keyboard, yet still shares technology with the flagship and premium models. Depending on the model, finishes include polished ebony, polished white, charcoal, dark rosewood, and light oak.  
Launching alongside the LX700 series is Piano Every Day, a unique smartphone app that encourages regular playing. Once installed, LX700 owners can browse and purchase from Sheet Music Direct’s online library of over 70,000 music scores, before trying the “Timeline” program to track and display progress when learning a new piece, complete with exercises if required. Piano Every Day is available for free from the App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android).  
To learn more about the LX700 digital piano series, visit Roland.com.
Roland LX708 piano in polished ebony
Roland LX706 piano in charcoal
Roland LX705 piano in light oak

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
<![CDATA[EHX Introduce Their Most Advanced Multifunction Delay And Looper Pedal To Date]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/ehx-introduce-their-most-advanced-multifunction-delay-and-looper-pedal-to-date Wed, 10 Oct 2018 14:40:22 GMT


Electro-Harmonix unveils THE GRAND CANYON,




New York City, NY, October 10, 2018: Electro-Harmonix announces the Grand Canyon equipped with 12 effect types plus a fully featured looper capable of recording and overdubbing the Grand Canyon’s effects. The pedal provides up to three seconds of delay time, tap tempo and nine tap divide settings, stereo output, 13 presets, programmable EXP pedal settings and high quality analog bypass with soft switching. The Grand Canyon’s 13 modes are:


  • ECHO – 24-bit digital delay with bit crush/sample rate reduction and low/high pass filtering
  • MOD – Modulated delay, yields flanger, chorus, vibrato and more
  • MULTI – Multi-tap delay, set the exact number of echo repeats up to 31
  • REVERSE – Reverse delay with an intelligent pluck detection algorithm
  • DMM – Deluxe Memory Man, re-creates the tone of the EHX bucket-brigade delay pedal
  • TAPE – Tape Delay, simulates analog tape echo including tape distortion, wow and flutter
  • REVERB – Lush plate reverb plus echo.
  • PITCH – Polyphonic pitch shifting plus digital delay creates pitch-shifted echoes
  • SHIM – Shimmer generates a rich octave-shifted wash
  • SAMPLE/HOLD – Sample and hold, senses a note being plucked and produces echoes indefinitely until another note is detected
  • DRUM – Magnetic drum echo that emulates a classic Binson Echorec style delay
  • DOUBLE – Thickens up a mono signal or creates a stereo spread.
  • LOOPER – Looper with up to 16 minutes of recording time. Includes unlimited overdubs, undo/redo, dedicated stop button, loop fade-out, reverse and speed adjust.


The pedal comes with a 9.6VDC/200mA power supply and carries a U.S.A. street price of $249.00.








<![CDATA[Zenhiser Presents Experimental Hip Hop]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/zenhiser-presents-experimental-hip-hop Tue, 9 Oct 2018 14:45:13 GMT



It’s new release day and this week we’ve got Experimental Hip Hop, a wealth of left field Hip Hop sounds and midi.

Zenhiser Pack: Experimental Hip Hop

Price: $60.00 AUD

Direct Link: http://www.zenhiser.com/experimental-hip-hop-loops-zenhiser.html




<![CDATA[New Loops Releases Halloween Trap WAV And MPC Expansion]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/new-loops-releases-halloween-trap-wav-and-mpc-expansion Tue, 9 Oct 2018 14:42:58 GMT


New Loops Releases Halloween Trap WAV and MPC Expansion



New Loops has released a Halloween Trap Kit in WAV and MPC expansion formats. "Scare your family and friends with this sick Halloween Trap Kit. Spooky melodies and unsettling sound effects set the scene for heavy sub bass and punchy Trap beats."


Halloween Trap Kit has everything you need to make a full Trap track including monster growls, vocal breaths, eerie drones, creepy bells and strings, drum loops, synths, bass, and more. You’ll find 22 Halloween Trap loops, 35 one-shot samples, and 7 midi files for bass, melodies, and synths. There's also 5 bonus Halloween Trap Melodies included.


Priced at only £3.98* (includes 20% discount, *plus eu vat)


Available direct from newloops.com - https://newloops.com/products/halloween-trap-kit


Audio demos:







<![CDATA[Carl Martin Explores The Depths Of The Atlantic]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/carl-martin-explores-the-depths-of-the-atlantic Tue, 9 Oct 2018 14:33:55 GMT


New Release From Carl


Well, does the world really need another Chorus pedal? Hmmm good argument, does it? Does it really?


Well yeah, if it has something to bring to the table.


So what does the new Carl Martin Atlantic Chorus bring to the table apart from the stellar looks with its new two-toned die-cast enclosure in Ocean Blue anodized finish, small pedal board friendly footprint, connector jack on the top, and top-notch sound (of course)?


Well, there are a few tricks; highly unusual for a chorus pedal, the Atlantic Chorus has a level control, which actually can boost the signal quite a bit to sit right in the mix. But the real game changer is in the RATE control knob which blends in vibrato for some more extreme in-depth chorus modulations.












<![CDATA[Samplecraze Release Mixbus Strategies Video Book]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/samplecraze-release-mixbus-strategies-video-book Mon, 8 Oct 2018 16:12:31 GMT

Samplecraze release Mixbus Strategies Video Book




Samplecraze are proud to announce the release our latest video book entitled MixBus Strategies.


Price: £24.99


For the first time ever an entire book has been dedicated in exploring and revealing some of the music industry’s secrets on how producers manage the elusive MixBus or Master Bus.


The Definitive Guide For Producers offers over 180 pages of production secrets that will help both beginners and more experienced producers and mastering engineers alike, accompanied by a massive collection of before/after audio examples, screenshots and supplementary videos.


Accompanied with 17 videos and 130 audio files this book is aimed at those that like to get their hands dirty with working exercises peppered with solid physics.


Containing in-depth tutorials on the secrets of constructing the Master/MixBus Bus Dynamics this book has chapters devoted to various current popular genres, notably Hip Hop and EDM, plus extensive examples covering all types of mixbus textures from transparent (pre mastering) to silky smooth for film, from airy to hard hitting; all types of mixbus dynamics are explained in detail!


The main focus is on the practical skills and tips that you need to make quick progress, and throughout the book Eddie Bazil demonstrates various techniques using an array of dynamic processes utilising plugins, both free and paid for, where he takes a real-world stereo mix and reworks the mix at the master bus to illustrate exactly the texture he is talking about, and all this on top of the standard MixBus Processes. But he’s also backed this up with plenty of useful theory that will help you keep learning and experimenting for years, including detailed videos that highlight both the processors used and how to use them.


The book’s main aim is to help you in understanding the processes and processors producers and mastering engineers use to work the Master Bus/MixBus, be it for transparent mastering or for genre specific processing.


Whether you are into Hip Hop or EDM this book is aimed solidly at constructing bespoke mixbus textures for various genres and mediums available.


Accompanied with tons of top quality source files (24/44.1 WAVs) and with before and after audio examples the book is structured so you can follow all the exercises and achieve the same results.


This video-book is not exclusive to any software, and can be used as a tutorial for any audio editor and/or sequencer.



Technical Specification:

·         Contents: 185 pages – 17 Videos

·         Format: PDF & WAV (24/44.1)

·         Compatibility: PC or Mac & any music hardware or software

·         Author: Eddie Bazil

·         Download Size: 822MB (compressed), 967MB (extracted)

·         Delivery: Download instantly after purchase.





<![CDATA[Harbinger MLS900 Personal Line Array Combines Power, Features, And Portability]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/harbinger-mls900-personal-line-array-combines-power-features-and-portability Mon, 8 Oct 2018 16:09:16 GMT


Harbinger MLS900 Personal Line Array Combines Power, Features, and Portability
Thousand Oaks, CA-October 2018... The latest in Harbinger's series of ultra-portable PAs, the new MLS900 Personal Line Array combines 900 watts of Class D power, a comprehensive feature set, and a variety of inputs in an all-in-one sound system that's ready to travel. A great choice for gigging musicians, singer-songwriters, DJs, presenters, and anyone who needs a portable, turnkey sound-reinforcement solution with power to spare, the MLS900 features a 3-channel mixer that includes up to eight simultaneous inputs and a 2-band EQ with ±12 dB boost or cut.
The MLS900's total of eight simultaneous inputs includes two mic/guitar combo inputs; stereo 1/4-inch line inputs that can accommodate keyboards and other line-level sources; a stereo 1/8-inch aux input for use with a wide variety of media players, and stereo Bluetooth audio. Wireless stereo Bluetooth audio input enables use with smartphones, tablets, and other Bluetooth audio sources, while reducing cable clutter.
With its 8-inch subwoofer, the MLS900 kicks out more low end than similar products, delivering a rich, full sound. The easy-to-carry (under 30 lbs) subwoofer enclosure also acts as a base for a large, full-range column speaker with six matched 2.75-inch drivers configured as a line array. Tuned to produce warm, solid mids and articulate, detailed highs, the line array delivers an ultra-wide 150-degree horizontal dispersion, enabling the MLS900 to cover the entire audience. A convenient carry bag for the column speaker makes the entire system easily portable.
This combination of a high-quality subwoofer and column array results in precise, professional-quality audio that ranges all the way from 40 Hz to 20 kHz. Thanks to its 900 watts, the MLS900 fills the room with up to 121 dB SPL of clean audio. If that's not enough, take advantage of Harbinger's Smart Stereo™ routing to combine two MLS900 arrays into an integrated system with volume and tone control for the whole rig from the master unit.
The Harbinger MLS900 has a street price of $599 is available now in Guitar Center stores and online at guitarcenter.com and musiciansfriend.com.



Harbinger Professional Audio brings together advanced engineering and manufacturing technology to deliver high quality sound reinforcement components that offer performance, power, and reliability in an affordable package. Harbinger products are built with rugged, professional components and construction for dependable, rock solid performance.


For more information on the complete range of Harbinger Pro Audio products, contact Harbinger, P.O. Box 5111, Thousand Oaks, CA 91359.






<![CDATA[Spitfire Audio Comes Back To (eDNA) EARTH With Enriched Encyclopaedia Of Cinematic Synth Sounds]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/spitfire-audio-comes-back-to-edna-earth-with-enriched-encyclopaedia-of-cinematic-synth-sounds Mon, 8 Oct 2018 16:05:33 GMT


Spitfire Audio comes back to (eDNA) EARTH with enriched encyclopaedia of cinematic synth sounds



LONDON, UK: Spitfire Audio is proudly reintroducing eDNA EARTH — enriching its epic collection of synthesised orchestral sounds created from ten years’ worth of widely-used, wide-ranging organic orchestral live recordings with which it has made its notable name as a British music technology company that specialises in sounds, this time warped or morphed into different textures and amazing state-of-the-art electronic soundscapes, served up via an easy-to-use, ultra-controllable GUI giving access to all areas of new sonic experimentation, enhanced with support for Native Instruments’ NKS (Native Kontrol Standard®) extended plug-in format for all virtual instrument developers (delivering seamless software connection to the German giant’s cutting-edge KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards and MASCHINE hardware for intuitive interaction) — as of October 8...


eDNA EARTH is based around a collection of 1,900-plus basic instruments, mangled into over 1,000 custom presets professionally programmed by the talented team at Spitfire Audio during several months. The proprietary eDNA Engine — a sample-synthesiser powerhouse that can combine two sounds and modulate between them with envelopes, filters, and wobbles per sound, as well as a gate sequencer and a selection of go-to effects — driving those hard-won results is, itself, effectively user-driven by a GUI that’s as easy on the eye as it is easy to use, ultimately allowing for a wide range of genres and cinematic settings. Simply select by sound type — Atmos, Bass, Drones and Scapes, Drums and Percussion, FX, Keys, Leads, Pads and Strings, Sequences and Plucks, or Synthetic Orchestra — and play. Put it this way: with such depth of content — from beautifully refined dynamic crossfades to turbo-charged tempo synced, gated, and phased wonders — readily accessible, anyone playing each carefully crafted sound for only 30 seconds would need 15 hours to listen to each and every instrument and patch available! And that’s before tweaking to make more of their own.


On top of that, the eDNA Engine itself is made up of seven so-called ‘cartridges’ — each curated by a different composer or engineer, each focusing on a distinct sonic style; perfectly positioned presets abound — all arranged by sound type, but users can also browse by cartridge, both from within the eDNA EARTH GUI or directly from Native Instruments’ cutting-edge KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards and MASCHINE hardware, thanks to that newly-implemented NKS support... no mouse or trackpads (necessarily) needed!


eDNA EARTH cartridges currently comprise: ANALOGUE (digital verses analogue synth battles, made using Spitfire Audio co-founder Christian Henson's hallowed vintage synthesiser collection of Junos, Jupiters, Moogs, and MS20s, creating a whole new world of sonic opportunities); BROKEN (pseudo-organic atmospheres, crossfades, drones, effects, and pads curated by Harnek Mudhar, a Spitfire Audio engineer with his finger firmly on the pulse, successfully spanning the hinterland between organic orchestral material and raw synth sounds — almost like earthly instruments, but slightly warped); CINEMATIC (modern hybrid synths for the big screen, curated by multi-award-winning composer Christian Henson); DARK (series of chaotic, frenzied, dystopian sounds — from searing leads to super-fat basses and atmospheric, eerie pads, suitable for the grittier end of dance music while also adding edge to hybrid blockbuster and trailer work); RETRO (mainstream zeitgeist synths and patterns by resident Spitfire Audio sonic wizard Stanley Gabriel, adding an extra dimension to pop and dance music); TRANCE (EDM classics and next-generation dance, rhythmic synths, and epic drops, taking users on a journey from quirky 8-bit vintage game console sounds through to ambient techno and minimal house); and WARPED (ever-changing soundscapes — hold down a sound and move the modulation wheel very slowly, since such sounds are programmed to morph beyond all recognition via vibrant shimmering paths).


As an evidently elated Christian Henson himself says: “So we’ve updated eDNA; the sounds are a lot easier to browse, it’s now NKS-compatible, and I’m actually working on a new cartridge at the moment, which I’m quite excited about — always a joy to work with EARTH!”


Working with the enriched encyclopaedia of cinematic synth sounds that is eDNA EARTH is, indeed, a joyful and musically-enthralling experience, one which benefits from fellow Spitfire Audio co-founder Paul Thomson’s thoughtful consideration as to why, exactly, content that is organic at origin yet sounds synthetic mixes better with live or orchestral elements: “It’s about having depth in the sound, as opposed to a slightly two-dimensional sound. Even though you can get a synth sound that appears to have a depth in the soundstage, there’s something about a sound that’s recorded in a space that has a kind of spacial depth. When Quincy Jones worked on Michael Jackson’s albums, a lot of the synths were played out into the room and then re-amped, basically, in order to get a kind of sonic depth to the sound. So I think that what we’ve done — by starting with a sound that was recorded in a 3D space and then kind of imposing synthetic texture on to it — is retain that depth within the sound.”


Wise words there from a sound musical mind. Musically, then, eDNA EARTH has been created with film, TV, and games music in mind, offering endless inspiration to the next generation of media composers, whether wishing to go ‘off world’ — following in the bold footsteps of Greek genius Vangelis, whose inspirational futuristic fusion characterised the timeless score to visionary director Ridley Scott’s 1982 neo-noir science fiction film classic Bladerunner, which, in Christian Henson’s equally wise words, “...was synthetic but approached from an orchestral arrangement POV...” — or keeping their musical feet firmly planted here on earth! Either way, eDNA EARTH should also appeal to dance and pop producers wanting to add cutting-edge, cinematic electronic textures to their music — made even easier by Spitfire Audio coming back to (eDNA) EARTH with an enriched encyclopaedia of cinematic synth sounds!


eDNA EARTH can be purchased and digitally downloaded for a time-limited introductory promo price of £99.00 GBP (inc. VAT)/$99.00 USD/ €99.00 EUR (inc. VAT) until October 11, 2018 — rising thereafter to an RRP of £149.00 GBP (inc. VAT)/$149.00 USD/€149.00 EUR (inc. VAT) — from here: https://www.spitfireaudio.com/shop/a-z/edna-earth/


For more in-depth information, including some superb-sounding audio demos, please visit the dedicated eDNA EARTH webpage here: https://www.spitfireaudio.com/shop/a-z/edna-earth/


Watch Spitfire Audio Director Paul Thomson’s ‘traditional’ video walkthrough of eDNA EARTH here: https://youtu.be/zrIxPpK1gPo


Watch Spitfire Audio ‘composer-in-residence’ Oliver Patrice Weder’s ‘In Action’ video for eDNA EARTH here: https://youtu.be/UrX-8qqGSPQ Watch fellow Spitfire Audio Directors Christian Henson and Paul Thomson telling the story behind eDNA EARTH here: https://youtu.be/-Da8OBFFEBY


eDNA EARTH 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[Alteros, An Audio-Technica Company, Goes To Extremes With Direct-To-Fiber Range]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/alteros-an-audio-technica-company-goes-to-extremes-with-direct-to-fiber-range Mon, 8 Oct 2018 15:57:47 GMT


Alteros, an Audio-Technica Company, Goes to Extremes with Direct-to-Fiber Range and Flexibility Enhancement
STOW, OH, October 8, 2018 — Since its introduction, the revolutionary Alteros GTX 6.5 GHz Ultra Wide Band digital wireless microphone system has been successfully deployed and proven in high-profile broadcast event and live production environments. Alteros, an Audio-Technica company, now introduces the Direct-to-Fiber extension to the system, providing radically enhanced range and flexibility to an already versatile system. 
The standard GTX system allows up to 32 GTX32 transceivers to each be connected to a 3U GTX3224 control unit with up to 1000 feet of Cat 5 cable, creating a L.A.W.N. (local area wireless microphone network) system to communicate bidirectionally with up to 24 GTX24 wireless microphone transmitters – 24 microphone channels and 24 talkback channels with an additional eight group channels. With the introduction of the GTX3224F control unit version, 16 rear-panel Cat 5 transceiver ports are replaced with six fiber ports. Fiber connections measured in miles instead of feet can connect the control unit to up to six GTX-FX8 8-port fiber breakout nodes for remote Cat 5 connection to the network and power for to up to 48 GTX32 transceivers (up to 16 GTX32s can be connected directly to the GTX3224F by Cat 5 for a total capability of 64). The result is a system that can cover extremely large venues, and multiple locations within a venue, as was proven with ESPN’s successful deployment of the Alteros Direct-to-Fiber GTX system for coverage of the 2018 US Open Tennis Championships.  
“To take advantage of IP-based workflow efficiency, fiber infrastructure is being adopted in new and retrofitted production facility and event venue construction,” notes Jackie Green, Alteros president and chief technology officer. The Alteros Direct-to-Fiber system communicates directly on such networks without conversion. While other manufacturers of wireless systems are beginning to deploy RF over fiber, those systems require an RF to fiber conversion. “Any time there is a conversion,” says Green, “the system suffers from possible jitter, resolution degradation, signal loss, increased latency, and generally negative effects on the sound quality. Our system is already natively digital, and we communicate directly without the need for conversion and the potential for negative conversion artifacts. Using our wireless microphone system over fiber will result in sound quality at the system output that is superior to RF over fiber and even over direct-wire analog.” 
Given the sweeping changes in RF allocations in the television spectrum, where traditional wireless microphone technologies are facing a spectrum squeeze, the Alteros GTX system provides fresh innovation and solutions. Operating in interference-free spectrum using true-digital, UWB pulse signals and state-of-the-art MESH and network technology, solid and reliable performance is achieved with no continuous carrier and no intermodulation distortion. A 500 MHz signal bandwidth allows uncompromised and unprecedented sound quality. With the addition of the Alteros Direct-to-Fiber system, GTX technology can now be applied to an enormously extended range of applications.  
The GTX3224F and GTX-8 hardware will be available November 2018.
Direct-to-Fiber extension for Alteros GTX 6.5 GHz Ultra Wide Band digital wireless microphone system
Alteros, an Audio-Technica company, was launched in late 2016 to capitalize on A-T’s years of extensive ultra-wideband (UWB) and RF technology research. Under the direction of President and CTO Jackie Green, Alteros is dedicated to the research, development and sale of innovative technology products, with a special focus on high-end wireless tools for broadcast studios, live audio production, sporting events, theaters and other applications.  
<![CDATA[50th Anniversary Orange Amplification Limited Edition White Crush 20]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/50th-anniversary-orange-amplification-limited-edition-white-crush-20 Fri, 5 Oct 2018 18:18:16 GMT


50th Anniversary Orange Amplification Limited Edition White Crush 20

To celebrate its 50th Anniversary Orange Amplification is issuing a limited edition White Crush 20.


When they were launched in 2015, the classic analogue tones of the Crush Series of amps redefined the term for ‘practice amps’ by offering a genuine alternative to digital modeling. These acclaimed solid state amps are now found everywhere.

The compact and portable Crush 20 has an uncompromising approach to guitar tone that produces a sound far greater than its size suggests. The versatile, workhorse of an amp produces a spectrum of Oranges distinctive British tones, with its simple and intuitive controls. Small and lightweight, the powerful Crush 20 delivers a tube-like sound quality and performance at an affordable price.

For a limited time only the Crush 20 will be available finished in a pristine white basket weave vinyl topped with a commemorative Orange Amplification 50th Anniversary plate. It may look innocent, but appearances can be deceptive!

To find out more about the limited edition White Crush 20 and other Orange products please go to https://orangeamps.com/



About Orange Amplification

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






<![CDATA[Step Back In Black]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/step-back-in-black Fri, 5 Oct 2018 18:13:02 GMT


French audio hardware and software creators Arturia are reissuing the popular “Black Edition” versions of their award-winning range of MIDI and CV sequencing controllers.
Known and loved throughout the industry, Arturia’s trio of DAW controlling, step-sequencing hybrids are now available again in a sleek black finish. Offering something for every musician, the Step range synchronizes the analog and digital worlds, letting musicians control hardware instruments, outboard modules, virtual instruments, and recording software simultaneously.
Each Black Edition model comes with a unique bundle of extras:
Back to Black
119€ / 119US$
BONUS: 3 CV / Gate cables
This small format keyboard sequencer features a 32-note slim-key keybed with aftertouch, and lets you sync with & control any software or hardware instrument through its comprehensive connectivity, including USB, MIDI in & out, CV gate, and Sync in & out. Create evolving, polyphonic sequences up to 64 steps long, with real-time recording and rewriting.
The Black Heart Beats
99€ / 99US$
BONUS: 2 CV / Gate cables, PLUS Analog Lab, SEM V, and Ableton Live Lite software worth almost $300!
Packing 16 pressure and velocity sensitive pads and 16 rotary knobs into a neat package, BeatStep is an affordable way for musicians to get creative with simple monophonic step-sequences. Able to control outboard synths and virtual instruments alike, BeatStep’s versatility also makes it a great DAW controller.
BeatStep Pro
Rhythm Of The Night
249€ / 249US$
BONUS: 14 CV / Gate cables
Arturia’s cutting edge, 3-part step sequencer now has a sleek new look. Featuring two separate melodic sequencers and a dedicated 16-part drum sequencer, BeatStep Pro gives the adventurous musician a powerful palette of tools to create dynamic, exciting tracks without the need for a computer screen.
The Black Edition KeyStep, BeatStep, and BeatStep Pro are now shipping worldwide, and will soon be arriving at retailers near you.

For more information on features, specifications and dimensions, visit the Black Edition pages on the Arturia website.
<![CDATA[M-Audio Introduces M-Track 8X4M USB Audio Interface]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/m-audio-introduces-m-track-8x4m-usb-audio-interface Thu, 4 Oct 2018 16:21:52 GMT




With 8 inputs, 4 outputs, audiophile-grade Crystal PreampsTM, Hi-speed USB connection, USB/Direct control for zero latency and 24-bit/192kHz audio, studio-quality recordings are a snap.



Cumberland, RI, USA (October 1, 2018)— M-Audio (m-audio.com), synonymous with innovative music production technology, today announced the introduction of their M-Track 8X4M, an 8-in 4- out feature-packed USB audio interface that provides all of the connections needed to easily create professional 24-bit/192kHz studio-quality recordings. Boasting an elegant pro-grade metal chassis with a large central monitor volume knob, the M-Track 8X4M features transparent low- noise Crystal PreampsTM and pristine A/D converters that deliver the highest audio performance in its class.


The M-Track 8X4M features (4) XLR+1⁄4” TRS combo inputs, (2) 1⁄4” line inputs and (2) 1⁄4” instrument inputs that have a specially designed gain and impedance stage to provide the most accurate representation of your guitar or bass when plugged directly into the interface, along with a MIDI input and output. It has a stereo pair of 1⁄4” studio monitor outputs, and (2) 1⁄4” assignable outputs. Two musicians can have their own separate mixes while recording by using the (2) 1⁄4” headphone outputs with independent source and level controls. The M-Track 8X4M can connect to either the standard USB A port on your Mac or PC, or the USB C port. Cables for both are included: a USB C to C cable and a USB C to A cable. This premium Hi-Speed USB connection and USB/direct control enables you to have zero-latency monitoring, making the recording process easier than ever. The overall combination of professional audio performance, easy-to-use features, and the included software bundle makes the M-Track 8X4M an amazingly versatile, high- performance audio interface, perfect for any recording session.


Included Software

The M-Track 8X4M comes complete with a software package that has everything needed to make professional recordings right away. With 2 powerful DAWs to suit any production needs, M-Track 8X4M includes Pro Tools | First M-Audio Edition, and Ableton Live Lite. We’ve also added an entire Effects Plugin, and Virtual Instruments package to cater to all your production needs. Whether you need a guitar tone, reverb, or delay we’ve got your effects needs covered with Eleven Lite, 20 effect plugins and AIR’s Creative FX Collection.



  • 24-bit/192kHz resolution for professional recording and monitoring

  • Hi-speed USB connection with USB/Direct balance knob for zero-latency monitoring

  • Includes both standard USB and USB-C connection cables

  • (4) XLR+1⁄4" TRS combo inputs, (2) 1⁄4” instrument inputs and (2) 1⁄4” line inputs

  • (2) 1⁄4” headphone outputs with independent source and level controls

  • Stereo 1⁄4” main outputs; (2) 1⁄4” assignable auxiliary outputs

  • MIDI input/output for connecting virtually any external MIDI gear

  • Rugged metal chassis; large central control for easy volume adjustment

  • Included software:

      • Pro Tools | First M-Audio Edition

      • Eleven Lite, featuring high-quality guitar amp and FX models

      • Ableton Live Lite

      • AIR Music Technology Creative FX Collection (20 world-class FX AU/VST plugins as made

        famous by Pro Tools®)

      • AIR Music Technology Xpand!2, Mini Grand and Strike

      • 2GB of Touch Loops content



U.S. retail for the M-Audio 8X4M is $299.00. It will be available in Q4 2018.

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






About M-Audio

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



<![CDATA[KOMA Elektronik Releases Dual Discrete VCA Eurorack Module]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/koma-elektronik-releases-dual-discrete-vca-eurorack-module Thu, 4 Oct 2018 16:14:14 GMT


KOMA Elektronik releases Dual Discrete VCA Eurorack Module


New KOMA module is a high quality transistor based discrete VCA module with two channels.




BERLIN, 3 OCT 2018 - KOMA has been rather quiet on the Eurorack front over the past years, but that is about to change! Introducing the latest module in the KOMA Elektronik Eurorack line: the Dual Discrete VCA!


The KOMA Dual Discrete VCA offers two independent high quality VCA channels, both built up out of discrete transistor cells with low CV and audio bleed, very low noise and distortion. The VCA’s feature set also enables you to experiment with the linear/exponential response curve, changing the dynamics of your sound. Play around with the gain settings for creative distortion effects in the classic KOMA style: High quality sound by default, noise by choice!


Our VCA is designed to operate with CV signals of 0V - 5V. We added attenuators (ATT) on CV Input 1 of Channel A and CV Input 2 of Channel B, to allow the user to adjust the incoming CV level. For instance: when you have a higher CV signal, you can attenuate it down to the appropriate 5V level.


More Modules are coming!


And this is not the end, we are designing and developing more modules which will be released over the coming months, together forming a full KOMA Eurorack system. We aim for each module to be a definite version of its function, which exemplifies the rich and unique KOMA sound, unique music machines with great build quality and excellent customer care.


The Dual Discrete VCA is available from today onwards from the KOMA Elektronik website and through KOMA Elektronik dealers world-wide for a MRSP of 199EUR.



<![CDATA[SampleScience Announces Nostromos v2]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/samplescience-announces-nostromos-v2 Thu, 4 Oct 2018 16:09:36 GMT


SampleScience announces Nostromos v2



SampleScience announces the release of Nostromos v2, a plugin instrument inspired by 80s science fiction movies such has Alien, Creature, Abyss and Predator. Nostromos v2 now includes 100 cinematic sounds ready to use in your upcoming science fiction flicks! The VST/AU plugin instrument sports a simple user interface with a new multi-waveforms LFO and lowpass/highpass filters.



  • 100 epic cinematic instruments
  • Lowpass/Highpass filter
  • Multi-waveforms LFO to Pitch/Pan/Expression
  • Sub oscillator
  • Vinyl, Noise, and Dust sound layers
  • Reverb
  • Amplitude range controls


Available for both Windows and macOS for 30$ (USD).


A free 5 sounds version is available as direct downloads on Nostromos v2 product page.


Listen to the audio demo: https://soundcloud.com/samplesciencemtl/nostromos-v2-audio-demo


Product page: https://www.samplescience.ca/2016/05/nostromos.html




<![CDATA[IK Multimedia Offers Free Update To The AmpliTube Slash Suite]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/ik-multimedia-offers-free-update-to-the-amplitube-slash-suite Thu, 4 Oct 2018 16:06:07 GMT


IK Multimedia Offers Free Update to the AmpliTube Slash Suite
Amp updates plus presets created by Slash celebrate his latest album release

October 4, 2018 - IK Multimedia is offering a free update to the AmpliTube Slash suite of amps and presets for the Mac/PC version of AmpliTube. This update was created in collaboration with Slash to coincide with the recent launch of his latest album, Living the Dream, featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators.

The two AmpliTube Slash amp models - the Marshall JCM Slash Edition Silver Jubilee and the Marshall AFD100 - have been fine-tuned using IK's latest DSP technology under Slash's direct supervision. In addition, a collection of 13 new presets designed by Slash to match the tone of his new album have been added, so that fans can replicate the sounds of each song in a realistic way when they play them.

Slash reflected on his experience with AmpliTube that led to his involvement in a signature edition, by affirming, "I have to say, it's probably the best amp modeling that I've ever worked with. I've worked with a few different ones, and this is by far superior."

Each AmpliTube edition is designed to offer all levels of musicians the tools they need for music creation, practice and live performance. Slash has used AmpliTube for a variety of projects. He shares, "I've used AmpliTube to record a whole bunch of different things as final recordings. I did the 'Angry Birds Space Theme' for that version of Angry Birds using AmpliTube through my computer. I just did a new video game with AmpliTube as well. Recently, I recorded some stuff for Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights. So a bunch of the music in the theme I did for them I recorded with AmpliTube."

About AmpliTube Slash
AmpliTube Slash (Mac/PC) is the official software that lets you play, practice and record with Slash's signature pedals and amplifiers. It features models of the same gear used by Slash in the studio and for his live performances. Now users can rock with models of the legendary Marshall amplifiers used by Slash together with his signature guitar pedals. Also included is a comprehensive collection of Slash's guitar tone settings provided as starting points for tone tweaking or playing along.

Additionally, AmpliTube Slash provides a fully integrated multi-track recording studio for capturing ideas quickly and easily or producing entire songs and compositions. A robust song player section gives users the ability to play along with songs or backing tracks by importing them directly from their device library or computer.

IK worked closely with Slash to model his entire rig comprised of 2 must-have classic rock amplifiers - the Marshall JCM Slash Edition Silver Jubilee and the Marshall AFD100 - both equipped with Slash's favorite 1960 Marshall speaker cabinet. Together with these sought-after amplifiers users will be able to choose from 6 stompbox effects that includes Slash's signature Delay, Gate, Octave/Fuzz, Chorus, Booster and Wah/Distortion. The rig is fully configurable so that the signal chain can be freely customized (up to 12 stompbox effect combinations into dual amp/cab/mic/rooms on the Mac/PC).


How to Obtain
For more information, please visit: www.ikmultimedia.com/slashcs

To learn more about Slash's new album and his 2018 tour, visit www.slashonline.com

For Mac/PC users, AmpliTube Slash is available now and can be purchased as a bundle inside AmpliTube Custom Shop for $/€99.99*, or individual models can be purchased à la carte starting from $5 each*. The free AmpliTube Slash Update is included in the bundle for both new and existing users.

*all prices excluding taxes
<![CDATA[Audiomodern Riffer]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/audiomodern-riffer Thu, 4 Oct 2018 16:01:24 GMT


Audiomodern Riffer

Audiomodern and Plugivery Distribution proudly announce the release of “Riffer”. An exciting new product, utilizing ground-breaking technology to generate riffs and inspire musical creation. Riffer is available now in AU and VST formats for Windows and macOS from worldwide dealers.
" A smart MIDI tool to generate random Riffs for Sounds, Software & Hardware "

Riffer is designed to feed anything that accepts MIDI signal, Software & Hardware. You can choose from 50+ scales, set pattern complexity, steps, start and end points, pitch, transposition, motion, measures, and much more to serve as the inspiration for your musical masterpieces.
" Built both for studio and live performance "
Riffer allows the generation of fresh ideas, sequences, melodies, riffs and musical patterns. You can then manipulate and turn them into something of your own, or, let the software run endlessly using the infinity mode for a completely random score.

Users can export the MIDI data using a simple drag and drop process to their DAWs. When using the app version, you can send MIDI over Wi-Fi, or select CoreMIDI for inter-app communication and feed any compatible hardware device.

Features :
  • Smart Riff generator
  • 50+ scale choice
  • Pattern complexity, steps, start/end, pitch, transpose, motion, measure & more
  • MIDI Export via drag and drop, WiFi or CoreMIDI for inter-application communication, and feed for hardware devices/instruments

Pricing & Availability :

LIST: $59
MAP: $49
Introductory Promo: $39 (ending Oct 22nd, 2018)

Audiomodern Riffer is available now from all global and reputable pro audio resellers and music stores listed at Plugivery: http://www.plugivery.com/about/dealers

About Audiomodern

Founded in 2014, Audiomodern is the result of the coming together of some highly skilled international artists & sound designers in order to create, develop and deliver custom tools for audio production and music composition. Their goal is to build products for people who share the same passion for music creation.
About Plugivery


Plugivery is a B2B (business  to business) distribution service whose purpose is to introduce audio  software products into hundreds of music stores all around the world  carefully considering every need of a truly professional distribution  service based on electronic delivery. The name Plugivery comes from the combination of the words “Plug-in” and “Delivery”.




<![CDATA[Boss Explores New Dimensions And Returns To The Metal Zone]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/boss-explores-new-dimensions-and-returns-to-the-metal-zone Thu, 4 Oct 2018 15:04:14 GMT


BOSS Announces DC-2W Dimension C and MT-2W Metal Zone Pedals
Two new models added to the premium Waza Craft compact pedal lineup
Los Angeles, CA, October 4, 2018 — BOSS announces the DC-2W Dimension C and MT-2W Metal Zone, the latest additions to the acclaimed Waza Craft lineup of premium compact pedals. Like all Waza Craft models, the new pedals feature original BOSS analog designs that have been infused with artful refinements for enhanced performance and versatility. With the introduction of the DC-2W and MT-2W, the Waza Craft series now expands to include eight unique models. 
The DC-2W Dimension C ushers in the return of two legendary BOSS and Roland effects from the 1980s. Designed in the Waza Craft analog tradition, the DC-2W offers not just a perfect sonic recreation of the original DC-2 Dimension C pedal, but also the legendary SDD-320 Dimension D studio rack effect it was based on. 
The Dimension’s unique spatial processing magically enhances the width and depth of any sound, from electric and acoustic guitars to keyboards, vocals, and other sources. A go-to “secret weapon” for audio engineers and music producers around the world, the Dimension sound can be heard on countless classic records, and is still regularly used today. Built from the original circuit designs and updated with modern refinements, the DC-2W is the only pedal available that delivers the vintage Dimension experience with complete sonic authenticity. 
DC-2W users can choose between DC-2 and SDD-320 modes with a panel switch. The pedal provides the same intuitive four-button preset interface found on the original effects, now evolved with electronic switching that unlocks sonic variations not available on the vintage units. Across the DC-2W’s two effect modes, 20 different Dimension variations are possible with just four switches. 
First released in 1991 and in continuous production ever since, the MT-2 Metal Zone is loved by guitarists everywhere for its thick, rich distortion and distinctive mid-focused tone. Infused with Waza Craft mojo, the MT-2W takes the iconic stomp to new levels of tonal range and versatility.  
The MT-2W features a dual-stage gain circuit enhanced with discrete analog components, plus a refined EQ circuit with smoother midrange tone and unique Q values specially tuned for the pedal’s two operation modes. The MT-2W’s Standard mode delivers an evolved version of the original mid-focused Metal Zone tone, while Custom mode introduces a fresh, wide-ranging voice that’s perfectly suited for today’s diverse high-gain styles. 
U.S. street pricing is as follows:
DC-2W $229.99
MT-2W $149.99 
To learn more about the DC-2W Dimension C, MT-2W Metal Zone, and other pedals in the Waza Craft series, visit www.boss.info.
BOSS DC-2W Dimension C pedal
BOSS MT-2W Metal Zone pedal
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[KOMA Elektronik Releases Strom Mobile]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/koma-elektronik-releases-strom-mobile Wed, 3 Oct 2018 15:30:02 GMT

KOMA Elektronik releases Strom Mobile

A highly versatile power system to run your 9V/12V DC gear anywhere you like for as long you like, with USB banks!



BERLIN, 3 OCT 2018 -

After releasing the Field Kit and Field Kit FX, we received many requests from customers who want to be able to run their DC powered devices outside of their studios; at places where no power is available, like in an aircraft, while hiking through the mountains or simply with friends in the park.”


We developed the Strom Mobile, a standalone device that converts the 5V DC power from an USB power bank into clean low noise 9V or 12V DC power optimized to run all your music machines off the grid, for hours!




Using the Strom Mobile is very simple. It boasts two channels that both can handle a current draw up to 2.5A. You plug in an USB power bank to one of the channels (or both) and plug in the standard DC barrel connectors on the bottom side. You can select or 12V or 9V per channel. An orangelight above the channel outputs shows you which output voltage you are using. Both channels also have a dedicated Current Monitor which shows you much current you are using, so you know when you reach the limit of your USB power bank and how many more devices you can add to your off the grid setup!


To get you started, Strom Mobile will be shipped with 1 x USB B cable (specifically designed version, to minimize voltage drop), 2 x DC-DC cables and User Manual. This runs one channel of the Strom Mobile. Additionally we offer a Strom Mobile Cable Pack, which includes 1 x USB B cable (specifically designed version, to minimize voltage drop), a 1-to-5 daisychain DC Cable, 2 x DC Cable and 1 polarity changing DC Cable.


We have been playing out and about with the Strom Mobile and its a great to be able to power our gear everywhere and to get inspired by the world around us. Here is a video of Hainbach and KOMA’s Wouter project ODD NARRATIVE, performing and recording at Berlin’s Tempelhof Flugfeld, all powered by Strom Mobile:





The Strom Mobile is available from today onwards from the KOMA Elektronik website and through KOMA Elektronik dealers world-wide for a MRSP of 175EUR, the Strom Mobile Cable Pack for a MRSP of 35EUR.




<![CDATA[EarMaster Releases Teacher Version Of Music Theory And Ear Training Software EarMaster 7]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/earmaster-releases-teacher-version-of-music-theory-and-ear-training-software-earmaster-7 Wed, 3 Oct 2018 15:22:55 GMT


EarMaster Releases Teacher Version of Music Theory and Ear Training Software EarMaster 7


EarMaster ApS just released a new Teacher version of the award-winning music theory and ear training software EarMaster 7. The new Teacher version is available on PC and Mac as part of the company’s educational system EarMaster Cloud.



Egaa, Denmark, October 3, 2018 – EarMaster ApS have just released a brand new teacher version of the award-winning software EarMaster 7. This new teacher version is available now on PC and Mac as part of the company’s educational solution EarMaster Cloud. It makes it possible for teachers to customize all the activities of EarMaster 7 and turn them into assignments and homework. The disciplines covered are ear training, sight-singing, sight-reading, rhythmic training and music theory fundamentals.



Music teachers can now take full control of EarMaster 7’s wide range of features and options. When used with an EarMaster Cloud teacher account, EarMaster 7 now unlocks a brand new Teaching Mode with 4 educational tools:

Workbook Editor

To create custom sight-singing and ear training assignments for students.

Assignment manager

To easily distribute custom assignments to entire classes or single students.

Student results

To monitor student results, with both general overviews and detailed stats, export functions, HTML rendering, and more.

Music library

To manage all the musical items used in a teacher’s custom lessons, such as scores, chords, chord progressions, melodies, scales and more. The score section of the library is filled with jazz standards and can be expanded with custom melodies via MusicXML import (from Finale, Sibelius, Musescore, Notion, etc.). Furthermore, the rumor has it that EarMaster’s Music Library might soon include a lot more…



Ear training and music theory are disciplines that many music students fear or neglect. But they are absolutely essential to becoming a good musician. EarMaster Teacher 7 makes is possible for music teachers to integrate music technology into the music classroom in a painless and streamlined way, and thereby to motivate their students with a tool that corresponds to their digital habits.



With EarMaster, my students are spending over 4 hours a week on ear training and music theory. This never happened with the other teaching aids I used in the past!” - Denis Jacquest, Region Conservatory of Perpignan, France



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



EarMaster Teacher 7 is available as part of an EarMaster Cloud license, which is sold as prepaid yearly licenses starting from US$3 per student or teacher account. EarMaster Cloud includes unlimited access to EarMaster on any PC, Mac or iPad for students, and to EarMaster Teacher 7 on PC and Mac, as well as unlimited email support provided by qualified in-house staff.



Prospective schools can obtain a free demo account in order to test the functionality of the new Teacher version and EarMaster Cloud more generally on this page: https://www.earmaster.com/cloud-contact.html



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

I have been a big EarMaster fan for many years!” - Damien Nolan, Guitarist for Pete Townshend (The Who), Skunk Anansie, VV Brown, Katie Melua and more.





EarMaster ApS is a Danish music software company founded in 1994 and located in the city Aarhus, also dubbed as ‘the city of smiles.’ What drives the EarMaster company is a passion for music in all its shapes and colors. Our mission: develop the best software possible to help improve music education. In 2017, EarMaster was nominated for a NAMM TEC Award in the Best Educational Tool category. 


Useful links:

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/earmaster
EarMaster Cloud video: https://youtu.be/4qBSGAFtZfY



<![CDATA[Mackie Announces All-New Headphones And Earphones]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/mackie-announces-all-new-headphones-and-earphones Tue, 2 Oct 2018 14:24:39 GMT


Mackie Announces All-New Headphones 
and Earphones
Affordable, professional studio monitoring headphones and high-performance earphones
Woodinville, WA - October 2, 2018... Mackie today announces the all-new MC Series Professional Headphones and CR-Buds Series High-Performance Earphones. Building on the success of the MP Series In-Ear Monitors, these two new series offer high-quality, affordable solutions for both studio monitoring and personal listening on the go.

The MC Series includes two models - the MC-150 and MC-250 - both with large 50mm transducers that deliver the clarity and accuracy Mackie is known for in stunning, closed-back designs tuned for studio monitoring, mixing, and personal listening. The MC-150 is the perfect entry into professional headphones providing the audio fidelity and punchy bass response of much more expensive headphones. The MC-250 is tuned for exceptional accuracy and detail making them great for mixing and critical listening. Both models have ultra-soft ear pads and headbands, detachable cables, and come with a carry bag.
"Mackie has been providing high-performance studio gear for working musicians for decades," remarks Mackie Product Manager, Matt Herrin. "And we are excited to bring that quality and value to another essential piece of gear for studios for the first time."
The CR-Buds Series is available in two models - the CR-Buds and CR-Buds+ - and are the perfect step up from stock earbuds delivering signature Mackie sound quality on the go. The CR-Buds model features a high-performance dynamic driver for rich lows and highs with a traditional earbud form factor, plus an in-line mic with play/pause/answer button. The CR-Buds+ model features dual dynamic drivers, which is typically only found on much more expensive earphones and monitors providing an exceptionally smooth response across the entire frequency range. In addition, the CR-Buds+ have a professional in-ear monitor inspired, over-ear design for maximum comfort while staying in place and out of the way, plus a choice of foam and silicone tips. You can also answer calls and adjust device volume via the in-line controls. Both models have tangle-free cables and come with multiple ear tip sizes to find your best fit.
"With our extensive background in the studio and live sound markets," says Herrin. "It only made sense to offer signature Mackie sound quality in a form factor that music lovers everywhere will enjoy."
The Mackie MC Series will be available worldwide beginning November 2018. Sold individually, the US MSRP pricing is $84.99 for the MC-150 and $119.99 for the MC-250.
The Mackie CR-Buds Series will be available worldwide beginning November 2018. Sold individually, the US MSRP pricing is $24.99 for the CR-Buds and $49.99 for the CR-Buds+.
Check your local dealer for pricing near you.
For more information, visit mackie.com/mc-series  and 
About Mackie 
Mackie is known worldwide as a leading developer and marketer of high-quality, affordable professional audio systems. Mackie products can be found in professional and project recording studios, video and broadcast suites, post production facilities, sound reinforcement applications including churches and nightclubs, retail locations and on major musical tours. For more information, visit: www.mackie.com.
Mackie is a registered trademark of LOUD Audio, LLC in the United States, European Union and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
About LOUD Audio, LLC
As the corporate parent for world-recognized brands Blackheart®, Crate®, Mackie®, and Tapco®, LOUD engineers, markets and distributes a wide range of professional audio and musical instrument products worldwide. Our product lines include sound reinforcement systems, analog and digital mixers, guitar and bass amplifiers, and acoustic and electric guitars. These products can be found in professional and project recording studios, video and broadcast suites, post-production facilities, sound reinforcement applications including houses of worship, stadiums, nightclubs, retail locations, and on major musical concert tours. The Company distributes its products primarily through retail dealers, mail order outlets and installed sound contractors. The Company has its primary operations in the United States with operations in the United Kingdom, Canada and China. For more information, please see our website: www.loudaudio.com.
<![CDATA[XILS-lab Releases PolyM Polysynth Hommage Updates]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/xils-lab-releases-polym-polysynth-hommage-updates Tue, 2 Oct 2018 14:17:41 GMT


XILS-lab pushes polysynth hommage beyond the pleasure principal with welcomed PolyM 1.1.0 update additions
GRENOBLE, FRANCE: audio software company XILS-lab is proud to announce availability of PolyM 1.1.0 — updating its critically-acclaimed, authentic-sounding software recreation of a pioneering polyphonic analogue synthesizer manufactured between 1975 and 1980 (based on divide-down oscillator technology similar to electronic organs and string synthesizers of the time), and arguably made most famous by British ‘new waver’ Gary Numan, notably seen as well as heard when ‘driving’ over an endless ‘synthscape' in the trailblazing promo video for his 1979 chart-topping ‘Cars’ single; someone since observed that career-defining song’s parent album, The Pleasure Principal, “...is almost an album-length advert for the Polymoog...” — with welcomed additions including a new preset manager and an ability to run as an effects plug-in, plus compatibility with Native Instruments’ Native Kontrol Standard (NKS®), as of October 2…
PolyM first put in an appearance last year, when XILS-lab clearly considered those oft-overlooked Polymoog presets to be well worth revisiting, recreating an ‘unlimited’ polyphony polysynth that was recognisably revolutionary upon its initial release and making it fit for today’s creative computer-based music-makers with a state-of-the-art software makeover. Making that happen took two years — such was the complexity of its inspirational hardware predecessor.PolyM palpably didn’t disappoint, deftly reproducing yesteryear’s divide-down technology with two TOD (Top Octave Divider) oscillators — one for the sawtooth wave and another for the square, slightly detuned for a phenomenal phasing effect (when running independently in FREE mode), yet taking the concept further forward by adding polyphonic pulse width modulation. Meanwhile, in LOCK mode, those two TOD oscillators are almost locked in phase, producing PM (Phase Modulation) instead of FM (Frequency Modulation) when the square wave oscillator is modulated in pitch. The two TODs can also be modulated — tempo-sync-able — in pitch by an LFO (Low Frequency Oscillator), while the square wave oscillator has it own pulse width modulation by a tempo-sync-able LFO. Alongside a distinctive envelope generator, this represents the musical heart and soul of PolyM, pushing that revolutionary polysynth sound kicking and screaming into the future!
Further features of note include: 71 emulated chips, offering mixer, VCA (Voltage-Controlled Amplifier), envelope, 12dB filter, and pulse width modulation for each of the available notes; stunning-sounding 24dB ladder filter (usingXILS-lab’s critically-acclaimed zero-delay algorithm); nine dedicated acoustic filters — STRING, PIANO, ORGAN, HARPS, FUNK, CLAV, VIBES, BRASS, and VOX — carefully recreated from the original (model 203a);RESONATORS filter bank with three parametric (6dB and 12dB) filters matching the original; three vintage — DEL. (delay), PHAS. (phaser), and REV. (reverb) — effects (with adjustable settings from within an Advanced Settings Panel alongside nine modulation slots for furthering sound design possibilities well beyond the scope of the original hardware); and more.
Today, thanks to the PolyM 1.1.0 update, there’s even more to (literally) make a song and dance about. As such, the NPM (New Preset Manager), a newly-integrated, single-window affair allowing users to easily and speedily perform different tasks with welcomed visual feedback — for example, locate and load the best fitting preset in seconds courtesy of 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) — represents a major step in PolyM’s evolution; by that same token, those acoustic filters andRESONATORS, as well as the three vintage-sounding effects, are also available to work with other sound sources when running PolyM purely as an effects plug- in proffering plentiful possibilities for modulation; meanwhile, support for Native Instruments’ NKS® extended plug-in format for all virtual instrument developers delivers intuitive and seamless interaction with the German giant’s cutting-edge KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards and MASCHINE hardware.
Helpfully, there are now over 300 professionally-programmed presets available as creative kickstarters in PolyM; parameters are all MIDI- controllable, combining to musically position this soft synth par excellence as an innovative instrument of its time while retaining a certain pioneering polyphonic analogue synthesizer’s coveted performance properties of the past. Put it this way: while what the deceased Austrian neurologist (and founder of psychoanalysis) Sigmund Freud would have made of this polysynth hommage is obviously open to speculation, surely the still active Gary Numan should approve... as will anyone’s bank balance by paying (comparatively) so little for so much playing pleasure. Thanks to its welcomed 1.1.0 additions, PolyM pushes beyond the pleasure principal in both senses, so anyone wishing to sonically travel back to the future should seriously consider adding it to their soft synth arsenal — all the more so at an attractive (albeit time-limited) introductory promo price representing a welcomed 40% saving. Best be quick, though — time waits for no man... or woman (or child)! 
PolyM 1.1.0 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 €89.00 EUR until October 31, 2018 — rising thereafter to an MSRP of €149.00 EUR — from XILS-lab here: http://www.xils-lab.com/products/polym-p-160.html
PolyM 1.1.0 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/polym-p-160/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[Moombahton]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/moombahton Tue, 2 Oct 2018 14:12:26 GMT


It’s new release day and this week we’ve got Moombahton, time to feed your sample addiction with 550 new Moombahton sounds.

Zenhiser Pack: Moombahton

Price: $60.00 AUD

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


<![CDATA[Fender Releases Two Signature Ukuleles With Grace Vanderwaal - Their Youngest Signature Artist]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/fender-releases-two-signature-ukuleles-with-grace-vanderwaal---their-youngest-signature-artist Tue, 2 Oct 2018 14:09:59 GMT


Fender releases two signature ukuleles with Grace Vanderwaal – the brand’s youngest signature artist
Available October 2, Performance-Ready Signature and Moonlight Ukuleles, Truly-Grace Personal Touches to Inspire Young Players
HOLLYWOOD, CALIF.  (October 2, 2018)—Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) today announced the release of two ukuleles inspired by singer-songwriter Grace VanderWaal. The 2017 Billboard Rising Star award recipient popularized ukulele when she won Season 11 of NBC’s America’s Got Talent in 2016 at age 12. The Grace VanderWaal Signature Ukulele and Moonlight Ukulele were created with the classic clean, legendary Fender tone to inspire and capture hearts of the next generation of musicians. The release of these two artist signature models comes at an exciting time for VanderWaal who has just come off a summer tour with pop-rock band Imagine Dragons and is slated to make her 2019 film debut as the lead in Disney’s book-to-film adaptation of Stargirl.
“What I think is cool about Fender, and what originally drew me to them, was the Fender electric guitar headstock, which I’ve never seen on another ukulele,” said VanderWaal. “I feel like a rockstar when I’m tuning it. I wanted these ukuleles to be pretty, but also have a great sound. Fender perfectly accomplished that and made my dream ukuleles come true. I’m seeing my passions come full circle. I think everyone has music inside them and my hope is that I can help them find it.”
The performance-inspired Grace VanderWaal Signature Ukulele incorporates everything that Grace loves about playing live for her fans. From the stage-ready, Fishman® Kula preamp pickups, dark walnut exterior and custom deluxe gig bag, the instrument itself reflects Grace’s boho-chic style and mission to inspire the next generation of players. The concert body is constructed from sapele wood which gives the signature ukulele a balanced, earthy tone that serves as the perfect support for her uniquely soulful voice. VanderWaal personally selected each detail to make the ukuleles sound rich and embody her personal style, which is reflected in the custom gold hardware and rosette. In addition, her signature adorns the Telecaster headstock, as well as the custom soundhole label–the first of its kind on a Fender instrument. VanderWaal also worked with Fender to create the Grace VanderWaal Moonlight Ukulele– a navy blue-colored version of the California Coast Series Venice Soprano uke – perfect to play by the beach or at home with friends and family. It features all the same personal touches on the Signature model, but at a more accessible, entry level price point for those just beginning their musical journey.
“Designing the Grace VanderWaal Signature Ukulele with Grace was effortless. She knew she wanted personal touches, such as the gold hardware and her signature on the headstock, but was most passionate about the electronics so she could be stage-ready at all times,” adds Billy Martinez, VP Category Manager of Acoustics and Squier Divisions. “Having Grace join the Artist Signature Series brings that same on-stage energy to Fender Ukuleles and underscores that no matter how wild your dreams, anything is possible.”
To assist players that want to follow in VanderWaal’s footsteps, Fender has included a 30-day free trial of Fender Play – the perfect companion and complete learning app for ukulele, guitar and bass–with the purchase of either signature ukulele. Six of VanderWaal’s hit songs including, “I Don’t Know My Name,” “Just a Crush,” “Clay,” “Gossip Girl,” “Light the Sky,” and “So Much More Than This,” are offered in the app’s ukulele lessons, so fans can sing and play along with VanderWaal in minutes. To check out a lesson preview of “I Don’t Know My Name,” click here.
The Grace VanderWaal and Fender partnership also supports Grace’s efforts to bring music to underserved schools. Her foundation “Little Miracles” strives to give the gift of music to local schools and communities where music programs have been reduced or cut altogether. Fender has donated several ukuleles to this cause and will continue supporting Grace in her work with the foundation. To learn more visit GraceVanderWaal.com/LittleMiracles.
Fender’s popular artist signature models are geared toward product progression and storytelling, creating instruments designed to the unique specifications of the world’s most iconic artists. The Grace VanderWaal Signature Ukulele and Grace VanderWaal Moonlight Ukulele give fans and players at all experience levels a chance to embark or continue on their musical journey. To learn more about this new artist signature model and her mission to pave the way for the next generation of players from VanderWaal herself in the "Fender Presents: Grace VanderWaal Signature Ukulele” video, click here. Also make sure to watch an exclusive performance with Grace of her single, “A Better Life,” a song from her debut album, Just The Beginning, out now. For approved images of Grace VanderWaal and her Signature Ukulele as well as product images of both models, please click here.
For technical specs, additional information on new Fender products and to find a retail partner near you, visit www.fender.com. Join the conversation on social media by following @Fender.
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Blazing her own musical trail, songstress Grace VanderWaal and her ukulele burst onto the music scene with her 2016 debut EP,Perfectly Imperfect. With its comfortable concert-sized body, enticing sound and stage-ready features, including a Fishman® Kula preamp system, the Grace VanderWaal Signature Ukulele is the perfect partner for her music. Reflecting Grace’s “Boho Chic” style, this ukulele features a luxurious Dark Walnut gloss finish, gold sparkle rosette, gold hardware, custom floral soundhole label and Grace’s distinctive heart signature adorning the back of the headstock. Sapele construction gives the Grace VanderWaal Signature Ukulele a balanced, earthy tone that serves as the perfect support for her uniquely soulful voice. The easy-playing 16-fret neck provides an extended range, and the pullthrough bridge makes changing strings quick and easy. Topped off with a modern 4-in-line Tele® headstock, this instrument stands out from the crowd with Fender vibe and Grace’s personally chosen aesthetics. Combining the rich sound and easy playing feel of a concert-sized ukulele with Grace’s style, the Grace VanderWaal Signature Ukulele is equal parts inspiring and amazing—just like its namesake. Includes signature gig bag.
Inspired by the soprano ukulele that accompanied Grace VanderWaal as she learned to play, the Grace VanderWaal Moonlight Soprano Ukulele is a marvelous introduction to this easy-to-play instrument. With its comfortable smaller body, enticing sound and stage-ready features, the Grace VanderWaal Moonlight Soprano Ukulele is the perfect partner for her music. Reflecting Grace’s “Boho Chic” style, this ukulele features an elegant, stylish Navy Blue satin finish; gold sparkle rosette; gold hardware; a custom floral soundhole label inspired by the album art from her debut release, Just The Beginning; and Grace’s distinctive heart signature adorning the back of the headstock. The slim “C”-shaped neck profile is comfortable to hold and easy to play, while the pull-through bridge makes changing strings a breeze. Topped off with a modern 4-in-line Tele® headstock, this instrument stands out from the crowd with Fender vibe and Grace’s personally chosen aesthetics. Combining the chiming sound and easy playing feel of a soprano-sized ukulele with Grace’s style, the Grace VanderWaal Moonlight Soprano Ukulele is equal parts inspiring and amazing—just like its namesake.
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. 
Hailed by Rolling Stone as a “pop prodigy,” singer/songwriter Grace VanderWaal has staked a claim to be one of the most exciting names in music today. She skyrocketed to fame after winning the 11th season of NBC’s top-rated America’s Got Talent, where she performed all original music written by Grace herself. The ukulele-wielding artist went on to release 2016’s best-selling EP Perfectly Imperfect and followed with her aptly-titled debut album Just the Beginning in November 2017, which features her chart-topping hit “Moonlight.” Over the past year, Grace won the Radio Disney Music Award for The Freshest - Best New Artist and the Teen Choice Award for Choice Next Big Thing, was tapped for Variety’s Youth Impact Report and Billboard’s 21 Under 21 for the second time, signed a modeling deal with IMG Models Worldwide, and was also honored with the ‘Rising Star’ award at the 2017 Billboard Women in Music ceremony. She has seen wide critical praise, with The New York Times calling her “a pop natural,” USA Today naming her a “songwriting phenom,” and Billboard praising her “restrained yet affecting vocal delivery beyond her years.” To date, Grace has accumulated 647 million streams worldwide, over 250 million video views and 7.8 million social media followers. Her latest single “Clearly” was released in March and is an anthemic reprise of Johnny Nash’s “I Can See Clearly Now” with new and original lyrics. Following her sold-out U.S. headlining tour last fall, Grace opened for Imagine Dragons on their extended North American Evolve Tour this summer. Connect with Grace at www.gracevanderwaal.com, on Facebook www.facebook.com/GraceVanderWaalMusic, on Twitter @GraceVanderWaal, on Instagram @gracevadnerwaal, and YouTube at www.youtube.com/GraceVanderWaal
<![CDATA[Source Audio's New Pedal Embraces The Classic Effects Combo Of Tremolo And Spring Reverb]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/source-audios-new-pedal-embraces-the-classic-effects-combo-of-tremolo-and-spring-reverb Tue, 2 Oct 2018 14:02:01 GMT


Source Audio Introduces the True Spring Reverb, A Single Width Effects Pedal Embracing the Classic Effects Combo of Tremolo and Spring Reverb


Boston, MA - Following the success of the landmark Ventris Dual Reverb, Source Audio is releasing the True Spring Reverb pedal. The True Spring is a compact, stereo effects pedal that pairs authentic spring reverb simulations with organic tremolo effects. On the reverb side, the True Spring offers a choice between the reverb tones of vintage combo amps or the "drippy" sound of a tube driven outboard spring tank. Each reverb effect works in tandem with any of the pedal's three tremolo effects (Opto, Bias, and Harmonic). The True Spring Reverb features a four-knob control surface, high-powered 56-bit processing, stereo inputs and outputs, deep editing capabilities with the Neuro Editing system (a free download for mobile or desktop), true or buffered bypass, bypass trails, full MIDI functionality when connected to Source Audio's Neuro Hub and external tap tempo and tremolo engage/bypass with the Source Audio Tap Switch.
The True Spring Reverb brings together two highly acclaimed effects families from the Source Audio sound library. The True Spring and Outboard Spring engines, originally created for the Ventris Dual Reverb, are the basis for the new pedal's reverb effects. The Opto, Bias, and Harmonic tremolo sounds from Source Audio's Vertigo Tremolo inhabit the tremolo half of the pedal. "We essentially brought together two of our most heralded sounds in a single pedal," says Source Audio President, Roger Smith. "The spring reverbs from the Ventris and the tremolo from the Vertigo make for a spectacular combination."



-True Spring Reverb logo designed by Jamie Bulmer
The Ventris Dual Reverb's spring reverb engines played a huge role in its success and notoriety. "The Ventris' True Spring engine is one of the greatest achievements in our company's history. Those sounds are so authentic, they need to have their own pedal," says Smith. "Spring reverbs are notoriously difficult to replicate in an effects pedal and our engineering staff worked tirelessly to take spring emulation to the next level."
The Ventris' honors include Premier Guitar Magazine's "Premier Gear Award," Guitar Player's"Editors' Pick," and Guitarist Magazine's "Guitarist Choice." Trevor Curwen of Guitarist Magazine said, "Particular highlights [of the Ventris] include the Spring, which may just be the most accurate digital repro of the real thing that we've heard in a pedal." Surf guitar aficionado and spring reverb enthusiast, Ryan Burke of 60 Cycle Hum: the Guitar Podcast said of the Ventris' Outboard Spring engine, "They've freakin' done it. It drips!" The "drip" refers to the unique reverb attack characteristics heard from vintage outboard spring units like the Fender 6G15, originally developed in the 1960s and embraced by leading surf guitarists of the time.
The addition of the Vertigo Tremolo's engines into the True Spring Reverb further enhances the vintage amplifier experience. The Vertigo's supremely organic tremolo effects earned the pedal several industry awards including Guitar Player's "Hall of Fame 2015" and Premier Guitar's"Premier Gear Award." Joe Gore of Premier Guitar said, "This isn't 'a good digital approximation'-it sounds like frickin' amp trem. In an A/B test against a blackface Vibro Champ clone, the two sounds were identical."
The True Spring Reverb is housed in a single width, easy to navigate pedal. The center toggle switch selects between its three styles of spring reverb. The four control knobs adjust the reverb's Mix, Level, Dwell, and Tone. The pedal also features alternate tremolo controls - holding down the Control Input button on the top of the pedal temporarily alters the function of the Dwell and Tone knobs, as well as the function of the center toggle switch. With the Control Input button held down the toggle switch selects between the Opto, Harmonic, and Bias tremolo effects. Pressing the Control Input button converts the Dwell knob to a Tremolo Depth control and the Tone knob to Tremolo Rate. While choosing the tremolo effect, the pedal maintains its currently selected reverb type and settings.
With the addition of the Source Audio Tap Switch (available as an accessory or in the True Spring Reverb Deluxe Package), the True Spring's tremolo rate can be adjusted on-the-fly. The tap tempo's beat divisions include quarter, triplet, eighth, dotted eighth and 16th notes. It is also possible to use the external Tap Switch to engage and disengage a tremolo effect over an active spring reverb engine. 
The True Spring Reverb also offers the full-suite of modern effects pedal features. Highlights include stereo Inputs and Outputs, full MIDI control with the addition of the Neuro Hub, true or buffered bypass, bypass trails, and external expression control. Plus, the True Spring's 56-bit signal processor offers exceptionally high sound quality with outstanding tonal depth and precision.
Like all pedals in the Source Audio One Series, the True Spring features an intuitive set of controls on the face of the pedal and a much larger set of editing parameters when connected to the Neuro Desktop Editor or Mobile App. The Neuro Editing systems are free downloads for iOS and Android mobile devices as well as Mac and Windows based computers. The Neuro Mobile App offers alternate virtual spring lengths, extended EQ possibilities, advanced signal routing, reverb pre-delay, reverb modulation, and the option to place the tremolo effect before or after the reverb tank. After creating highly customized presets with the Neuro Editor, users can easily organize, save to the cloud, and share them with other musicians in the Neuro Community.
The Official Source Audio True Spring Reverb Demo Video
Mike Hermans Demos the True Spring Reverb
The street price of the True Spring Reverb is $229. The True Spring Reverb Deluxe Package, which also includes a Source Audio Tap Tempo Switch, is available for a street price of $249. For more info and a list of authorized dealers, visit www.sourceaudio.net or call Source Audio directly at 781.932.8080 (ext. 206).
In 2006, Source Audio released its flagship product, the Hot Hand Motion-Sensing Ring. Since that time, Source Audio's delay, EQ, distortion, filter, modulation, reverb, and Hot Hand products have found their way onto the stages and recordings of David Bowie, David Gilmour, Aerosmith, Phish, King Crimson, My Morning Jacket, The Cure, and Victor Wooten to name a few. Source Audio was also recognized through multiple awards from Premier Guitar, Guitar Player, Sound on Sound, Guitar World, Bass Player, and Electronic Musician Magazines.
<![CDATA[Tech 21 Introduces The Paul Landers PL1 Signature Fly Rig]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/tech-21-introduces-the-paul-landers-pl1-signature-fly-rig Tue, 2 Oct 2018 13:49:14 GMT


Tech 21 Introduces the Paul Landers PL1 Signature Fly Rig



Rammstein’s Paul Landers has been a long-time user of Tech 21 gear, first the SansAmp PSA and then the SansAmp GT2. The SansAmps were an essential part of the guitar sound on all of their albums, and particularly prominent in their worldwide smash "Du Hast." While he liked the format of the Fly Rigs, Paul was looking for a different feature set. Given Paul’s long-term relationship with Tech 21, it was a no-brain- er to collaborate on a Signature Fly Rig to fulfill his individual needs.


According to Paul, “With the PL1 I have everything I need in my pocket. No amp needed for the best distortion sound I know of.”


The Paul Landers PL1 Signature Fly Rig offers 2 SansAmp channels, Feuer (dirty) and Wasser (clean). Features include delay and custom-designed Vibrato effect with tap tempo control, Ambiance with choice of size, and two modes of Boost. Other features include a chromatic tuner, headphone capability, and an XLR output for direct recording and going direct to a P.A. There are illuminated controls to show active status, studio-grade metal footswitches and jacks, and an included universal power supply. Enclosed in a rugged, all-metal housing, the Fly Rig measures 12.5”l x 2.5”w x 1.25”h and weighs a mere 20.7 oz.



Manufactured by Tech 21 USA, Inc., 790 Bloomfield Avenue, Clifton, NJ 07012. Tel: 973-777-6996. Fax: 973-777-9899. E-mail: info@tech21nyc.com. Website: www.tech21nyc.com.




<![CDATA[New Colours From SSL]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/new-colours-from-ssl Tue, 2 Oct 2018 13:44:22 GMT



by Solid State Logic
New colours from the masters of analogue.
Fusion is an all-analogue stereo outboard processor created for the modern hybrid studio. Fusion introduces five completely new analogue colouration tools designed to bring the perfect combination of added tonal character, weight and space to your mix bus or stereo stems, with the detail, warmth and finesse that only real analogue circuits can provide.
Give your mix the analogue edge it deserves!
<![CDATA[To B, Or Not To B Tall Fat & Wide]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/to-b-or-not-to-b-tall-fat--wide Tue, 2 Oct 2018 13:40:41 GMT


Lounsberry Pedals Debuts
The Tall Fat & Wide
If you work in a stereo environment, this is the solution you've been waiting for!


Smithfield, MD USA (October 2, 2018) - Lounsberry Pedals, creators of acclaimed Tall & Fat, today announced the introduction of their newest pedal, the Tall Fat & Wide.  This new pedal is a product of several years of detailed customer research and user feedback.  The result is the most exciting and practical solution for any musician who works in a stereo environment.

"Just when you thought 'Tall & Fat' was absolutely devastating, along comes the son of Tall and Fat, I shall call it 'Tall, Fat and Wide!' Be Afraid!" - Greg Lounsberry - Creator of the Tall & Fat series, and Owner, Lounsberry Pedals.

In addition to creating a stereo environment, The Tall Fat & Wide is perfect for a mixing and mastering solution.  All you need to do is insert the Tall Fat & Wide into the stereo signal chain, and you're master track ready.



  • Game Changer for Digital Organs.
  • Convincing AO-28 sound for any keyboard
  • Analog Discrete circuit - No ICs or surface mount parts
  • Sounds Great with Organ, Keyboards, Bass, and Guitar
  • True Bypass - 9V Battery Included



  • Set the "Tall" control at 12:00 
  • Adjust the "Fat" control for the sound you are looking for (set the amount of drive to your taste)
  • Adjust the "Tall" control for unity gain when the footswitch is engaged and disengaged
  • The "Tall" control also allows for the pedal's use a boost pedal
  • The Stereo A10 circuit is not affected by the knob controls, is roughly unity gain, and is on all of the time regardless of the switch state 


What the Artists are saying:

  • Tall Fat & Wide totally boosted my performances to a whole new level! -emiko, Recording Artist, Songwriter
  • The Tall Fat and Wide offers the same warmth and rounded tone of the Tall and Fat in stereo. It enhances the “space” between the notes. It’s perfect for keyboards like the Crumar Mojo or Nord Electro that do not have an FX loop. --Mitch Towne, Grammy-nominated Keyboardist
  • Lounsberry pedals are a necessity with my digital keyboard rigs. When I bring my Rhodes and Wurlitzer Electric Pianos to live concerts or recording studios, I always run them through my Wurly Grinder to help get that REAL vintage sound that I love. When I bring my Crumar Mojo to live concert or recording studios, I always run that through my Tall & Fat to help get the real vintage tube sound that keyboards still haven’t figured out. NOW I use the Lounsberry Tall, Fat, & Wide with my Crumar Mojo to get that same real tube distortion AND it runs stereo AAANNDD can run post-sim!!! Lounsberry pedals really found the missing link between digital keyboards and vintage sound! -- Carey Frank, Jazz Pianist, Hammond B3 Organ Player
Click here to see what goes into making the Tall Fat & Wide


The Tall Fat & Wide is now available at Lounsberry dealers.  U.S retail pricing is $329.00. For more information please visit www.lounsberrypedals.com.



<![CDATA[Heritage Audio Expands Elite Series With HA-73 EQX2 Dual Mic Amp/EQ]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/heritage-audio-expands-elite-series-with-ha-73-eqx2-dual-mic-ampeq Mon, 1 Oct 2018 15:24:48 GMT


Heritage Audio expands ELITE SERIES with HA-73 EQX2 DUAL MIC AMP/EQUALIZER
MADRID, SPAIN: following in the footsteps of its successful single-channel predecessor, the HA-73 EQ MIC AMP/ EQUALIZER, European pro audio manufacturer Heritage Audio is proud to announce availability of its HA-73 EQX2 DUAL MIC AMP/EQUALIZER — equipped with two mic pre/equalizers in the same rack unit to tender twice the mojo for less than twice the cost as the latest addition to the premium processing excellence-exhibiting ELITE SERIES — as of September 29…
Heritage Audio’s premium processing excellence-exhibiting ELITE SERIES products are all made to the same specifications as its acclaimed ’73 JR (true 1073- style mic preamp in a single 500 Series slot), ’73EQ JR (fully-featured line input module for the 500 Series), and DMA 73 DUAL MIC AMPLIFIER models in a price range with no contenders. Combining mass production, lean manufacturing, and modern construction techniques has helpedHeritage Audio to reduce the high costs associated with western European-manufactured goods, guaranteeing the same quality standards for all of its products. And all without forsaking key components called upon for achieving a true vintage sound, such as industry-standard Carnhill transformers, hand-wound in St Ives, England.
Employing three correct-vintage ‘Vinkor’ pot core inductors, the ELITE SERIES’ HA-73 EQX2 DUAL MIC AMP/EQUALIZER’s EQ curves are almost indistinguishable from the handmade equalizers in Heritage Audio’s product line so customers can expect the same sonic quality and feel that they have come to appreciate from the company.
Cutting to the chase, then, the HA-73 EQX2 DUAL MIC AMP/EQUALIZER’s preamp section features gain, OUTPUT trim, -20dB PAD, polarity reverse, a high pass filter, and +48V phantom power while its EQ section features a high shelving EQ, midrange EQ, low shelving EQ, a variable high pass filter, and EQ bypass.
The HA-73 EQX2 DUAL MIC AMP/EQUALIZER itself is housed in a rugged, 2RU British steel and aluminium chassis and utilises an external power supply for facilitating low-noise operation. Come check it out on Booth 340 at AES New York 2018 — the 145th Audio Engineering Society International Convention — on October 17-19, Jacob J. Javits Convention Center, New York, NY, USA.
The HA-73 EQX2 DUAL MIC AMP/EQUALIZER is available for immediate purchase via Heritage Audio’s growing global network of dealers (https://www.heritageaudio.net/where-to-buy/) with an MSRP of €1,511.00 EUR (excluding VAT) and MAP of $1,699.00 USD.
For more in-depth information, please visit the dedicated HA-73 EQX2 DUAL MIC AMP/EQUALIZER webpage here: https://www.heritageaudio.net/catalogue/ha73eqx2-elite/
Watch Heritage Audio founder Peter Rodriguez introducing the HA-73 EQX2 DUAL MIC AMP/EQUALIZER here: https://youtu.be/6ipqMB7YrTE 
About Heritage Audio (www.heritageaudio.net
Heritage Audio is a European pro audio manufacturer based in Madrid, Spain. Founded in 2011 by Peter Rodriguez, a sound engineer and producer with extensive experience in the music industry, its aim is true: to bring back the philosophy of the golden age of recording and adapt it to the needs of 21st Century studios while contributing to transitioning music into a new era in the process. The company’s canon covers all analogue signal processing bases. All its products are designed and manufactured in Spain and available in over 36 countries worldwide.
© 2018 Heritage Audio 
<![CDATA[QSC Introduces CP Series Powered Loudspeakers]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/qsc-introduces-cp-series-powered-loudspeakers Mon, 1 Oct 2018 15:21:15 GMT


QSC Introduces CP Series Powered Loudspeakers
New Loudspeaker Line Offers QSC Performance, Quality and Reliability for Value-Oriented Customers Worldwide
Costa Mesa, CA (October 1, 2018) — QSC, LLC is pleased to introduce the CP Series of compact, powered loudspeakers. CP represents the best-in-class powered loudspeaker solution for customers who desire QSC performance, quality and reliability at a value price point. Further enhancing the products’ appeal, an ultra-compact form factor and light weight combine to offer effortless transport and deployment in both portable and installed applications.

The CP Series is comprised of two 2-way models, the CP8 and CP12. Both models feature a highly efficient 1000-watt Class-D power module, one-touch preset DSP contours for the most common sound reinforcement applications, and line, mic/line and 3.5 mm stereo inputs. Each can also be pole-mounted, utilized as a floor monitor, or deployed in a fixed or temporary installation. Available accessories include carrying tote, outdoor cover and quick-connect yoke mount.

“QSC is known the world-over for delivering quality, high performance products for professional use,” states QSC David Fuller, Sr. Director, Product Development. “The ability to deliver that same value proposition to a far broader range of customers is a remarkable achievement for our teams.” Fuller adds, “Likewise, CP offers an incredible introduction to the QSC brand for first-time buyers, as well as a long sought-after QSC solution for commercial customers.”

The CP Series is available in stores and online worldwide beginning October 1, 2018.

About QSC
QSC 50 and Forward celebrates a company founded over five decades ago, now a globally recognized leader in the design, engineering and manufacture of award winning high performance audio products including power amplifiers, loudspeakers, digital mixers, digital signal processors (DSP), and the Q-SYS™ networked audio, video and control platform. Uniquely leveraging a broad range of technologies located under one roof, QSC products outperform the sum of their parts by delivering reliable, scalable and flexible solutions for professional installed, portable, production, corporate and cinema customers worldwide.
<![CDATA[Epiphone Presents Ltd. Ed. John Lee Hooker 100th Anniversary Zephyr Outfit]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/epiphone-presents-ltd.-ed.-john-lee-hooker-100th-anniversary-zephyr-outfit Mon, 1 Oct 2018 15:16:50 GMT


Epiphone Presents

Ltd. Ed. John Lee Hooker 100th Anniversary Zephyr Outfit
Honoring Legendary Bluesman John Lee Hooker

First Epiphone Zephyr in over 50 years!



(October 1, 2018, Nashville, TN) Epiphone proudly presents the new Ltd. Ed. John Lee Hooker 100th Anniversary Zephyr Outfit honoring the “King of the Boogie,” one of the most influential artists in American music. Featuring the classic Zephyr archtop powered by new Epiphone ProBucker™ Mini-Humbucker humbuckers, Wilkinson® Deluxe machine heads, a Premium Vintage Styled Hard Case, and a leather strap.


The new Epiphone Ltd. Ed. John Lee Hooker 100th Anniversary Zephyr Outfit was made with the cooperation of the John Lee Hooker Estate to celebrate Hooker’s 100th birthday and is a faithful replica of his rare 1961 Epiphone Zephyr that served as his main instrument on tour and in the studio throughout the 1960s and early 70s. Hooker’s original Natural finish Zephyr was one of only 13 made in 1961 and only 45 Zephyrs were produced between 1959 and 1963. Now, 55 years later, there is no better way to reintroduce the Zephyr than to honor John Lee Hooker!  Hooker was a fan of Epiphone instruments throughout his 50-year recording career and was known for his Epiphone Zephyr as well his elegant Epiphone Sheraton, which appeared on several album covers.


“My dad loved his Epiphone Zephyr because he loved beautiful things,” said recording artist Zakiya Hooker, John Lee Hooker’s daughter. “He loved the Zephyr for its beauty, grace, style and most of all, for the beautiful rich sound it that he could depend on whenever he picked it up to play. I know that he would have been proud to play this sexy guitar.”


John Lee Hooker was one of the most influential and distinctive musicians of the 20th century. Born August 22, 1917 in Clarksdale, Mississippi, Hooker moved to Detroit in the late 1940s where he further developed his deceptively sophisticated and dynamic style that mixed boogie, swing, and Piedmont blues guitar. Hooker was also a gifted songwriter and many of his singles--"Boom, Boom", "Dimples," "I'm In the Mood," "Serves You Right To Suffer," and his trademark "Boogie Chillen,'" have become American standards.  Hooker’s influence can be heard in the catalogs of Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Jones, Van Morrison, The Black Keys, George Thorogood, and many others.


Throughout October 2018, be sure to register to win a Ltd. Ed. John Lee Hooker 100th Anniversary Zephyr Outfit plus a copy of the new cd box set, King of the Boogie (Craft), which collects the best of Hooker’s career from his earliest 78s in Detroit to his all-star collaborations.  And make plans today to visit the GRAMMY Museum®'s John Lee Hooker: King Of The Boogie exhibit featuring a rare 1961 Epiphone Zephyr (the same as Hooker’s original) and the Ltd. Ed. John Lee Hooker 100th Anniversary Zephyr Outfit. The exhibit is scheduled to travel to the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, OK in Spring 2019.


Visit Epiphone.com to see exclusive demonstration videos by legend Charlie Musselwhite and Hooker’s producer and band musical director, Roy Rogers. And visit your Authorized Epiphone Dealer today and discover the Ltd. Ed. John Lee Hooker 100th Anniversary Zephyr Outfit.




For more info, visit these sites:

Ltd. Ed. John Lee Hooker 100th Anniversary Zephyr Outfit Street Price $799

Charlie Musselwhite Demonstration Video / Epiphone You Tube Channel

Roy Rogers (John Lee Hooker bandleader) Demonstration Video / Epiphone You Tube Channel

Listener’s Guide to John Lee Hooker

Epiphone October Giveaway-Ltd. Ed. John Lee Hooker 100th Anniversary Zephyr Outfit and
King of the Boogie cd box set


John Lee Hooker Website

John Lee Hooker Foundation


Craft Recordings



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.



John Lee Hooker Biography

Known to music fans around the world as the “King of the Boogie,” John Lee Hooker endures as one of the true superstars of the blues genre: the ultimate beholder of cool. His work is widely recognized for its impact on modern music – his simple, yet deeply effective songs transcend borders and languages around the globe. Each decade of Hooker’s long career brought a new generation of fans and fresh opportunities for the ever-evolving artist. He never slowed down either: As John Lee Hooker entered his 70s, he suddenly found himself in the most successful era of his career – reinvented yet again, and energized as ever, touring and recording up until his passing in 2001.


Born near Clarksdale, Mississippi on August 22, 1917 to a sharecropping family, John Lee Hooker‘s earliest musical influence came from his stepfather, William Moore ̶— a blues musician who taught his young stepson to play the guitar, and whom John Lee later credited for his unique style on the instrument.


By the early 1940s, Hooker had moved north to Detroit by way of Memphis and Cincinnati. By day, he was a janitor in the auto factories, but by night, like many other transplants from the rural Delta, he entertained friends and neighbors by playing at house parties. “The Hook” gained fans around town from these shows, including local record store owner Elmer Barbee. Barbee was so impressed by the young musician that he introduced him to Bernard Besman ̶ a producer, record distributor and owner of Sensation Records. By 1948, Hooker ̶ now honing his style on an electric guitar ̶ had recorded several songs for Besman, who, in turn, leased the tracks to Modern Records. Among these first recordings was “Boogie Chillun,” (soon after appearing as “Boogie Chillen”) which became a number one jukebox hit, selling over a million copies. This success was soon followed by a string of hits, including “I’m in the Mood,” “Crawling Kingsnake” and “Hobo Blues.” Over the next 15 years, John Lee signed to a new label, Vee-Jay Records, and maintained a prolific recording schedule, releasing over 100 songs on the imprint.


When the young bohemian artists of the 1960s “discovered” Hooker, among other notable blues originators, he found his career taking on a new direction. With the folk movement in high gear, Hooker returned to his solo, acoustic roots, and was in strong demand to perform at colleges and folk festivals around the country. Across the Atlantic, emerging British bands were idolizing Hooker’s work. Artists like the Rolling Stones, the Animals and the Yardbirds introduced Hooker’s sound to new and eager audiences, whose admiration and influence helped build Hooker up to superstar status. By 1970, Hooker had relocated to California and was busy collaborating on several projects with rock acts. One such collaboration was with Canned Heat, which resulted in 1971’s hit record Hooker ’n’ Heat. The double LP became John Lee Hooker’s first charting album.


Throughout the late 1970s and 1980s, John Lee toured the U.S. and Europe steadily. His appearance in the legendary Blues Brothers movie resulted in a heightened profile once again. Then, at the age of 72, John Lee Hooker released the biggest album of his career, The Healer. The GRAMMY® Award-winning 1989 LP paired contemporary artists (Bonnie Raitt, Carlos Santana, Los Lobos and George Thorogood, among others) with Hooker on some of his most famous tracks. The Healer was released to critical acclaim and sold over one million copies. The Hook rounded out the decade as a guest performer with the Rolling Stones, during the national broadcast of their 1989 Steel Wheels tour.


With his recent successes, John Lee entered the 1990s with a sense of renewed inspiration. Not only was the decade a time of celebration and recognition for the legendary artist, but it was also a highly productive era. He released five studio albums over the next few years, including Mr. Lucky, which once again teamed up Hooker with an array of artists; Boom Boom, which aimed to introduce new fans to his classic material; the GRAMMY® Award-winning Chill Out; and a collaboration with Van Morrison, Don’t Look Back, which also garnered two awards at the 1997 GRAMMYs®. Throughout the decade, Hooker’s great body of work and contributions to modern music were being recognized not only by his peers, but also by a younger generation. He became a familiar face in popular culture, with appearances on The Tonight Show and Late Night with David Letterman. In 1990, a massive tribute concert took place at New York’s Madison Square Garden, featuring Hooker and an all-star lineup of guest artists. One year later, John Lee was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, while in 1997, he was presented with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2000, shortly before his death, John Lee Hooker was recognized with a GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award, and just one week before his passing, ever true to form, the bluesman spent his final Saturday night playing a now-legendary show to a packed house at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa, CA.


The Hook continues to live on: His music can regularly be heard in TV shows, commercials and films, and many of his tracks have also found a second life sampled in new songs – by the likes of R&B star Brandi, hip-hop legend Chuck D and French electronic musician St Germain, among many others. Most recently, his iconic recording, the 1962 Vee-Jay Records single “Boom Boom,” was inducted into the 2016 GRAMMY® Hall of Fame.



<![CDATA[Eventide Announces New SP2016 Reverb Plug-In]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/eventide-announces-new-sp2016-reverb-plug-in Mon, 1 Oct 2018 15:02:34 GMT

Eventide Announces New SP2016 Reverb Plug-In


Faithfully Recreating Legendary Algorithms from the Ground-breaking Hardware


LITTLE FERRY, NJ, USA: Eventide is proud to announce availability of the SP2016 Reverb plug-in — perfectly recreating a classic collection of reverb algorithms from its history-making SP2016, pro audio’s first rack-mount multi-effects processor — as of October 1…


The original SP2016 introduced the concept of ‘plug-ins’ to a perplexed pro audio world way back in 1982! Revered for its signature reverbs by mix and recording engineers like Mick Guzauski, Roy Hendrickson, George Massenburg, Dave Pensado, and Allen Sides, to name but a notable few, the SP2016 can be heard on countless hit records, from Madonna to Mariah Carey and Adele to Emimen.


“The classic Eventide SP2016 has always been my go-to reverb,” says legendary mix engineer Dave Pensado. “It has the unique ability to make vocals, instruments, and drums sit perfectly in a mix. The new SP2016 plug-in now gives us all access to this incredible reverb, and no one is happier about this than me!”


Precisely modelling every aspect of those hardware units was neither quick nor easy, but today the must-have sonic beauty bestowed by these reverb classics can be applied to anything — in-the-box or live.



• Three distinct reverb types, each available in two versions: Vintage and Modern. The Modern algorithms are brighter, more diffused, and use higher bit resolution.
• Room: Basic no-nonsense, no-frills ambient ‘room.’ The extreme pre-delay range makes it possible to use this effect for reverberant doubling and single echoes.
• Stereo Room: Recreates the ambience of a large concert hall, with very clear, natural reverberation.
• Hi-Density Plate: Plate reverb with dual pickups simulating the effect of a big, heavy plate allowing users to make vocals, guitars, and percussive instruments appear much bigger and brighter than they actually are.
• Unique Position control allows users to take their listeners from the back of the room all the way to the stage while retaining all of their other settings.
• Control the structure of the reverb by fine-tuning the controls — including PREDELAY, DECAY, POSITION, and DIFFUSION. The EQ section allows for simple high and low filtering of the reverb with adjustable filter ranges. The low filter can be used to cut or boost at the specified frequency.
• Boasts a variety of artist presets including some by Dave Pensado, Joe Chiccarelli, Richard Devine, Sasha, George Massenberg, The Butcher Bros., Buda &Grandz, Erin Tonkon, and more.


The new SP2016 Reverb (MSRP $249.00 USD) is available as an AAX/AU/VST plug-in for Mac and PC at a promo price of $79.00 USD thru October 31, 2018. Owners of Eventide’s 2016 Stereo Room or Anthology XI can cross-grade for $29.00 USD during the promo period.


For more in-depth information, including a free and fully-functional 30-day trial, please visit the dedicated SP2016 Reverb webpage here: https://www.eventideaudio.com/sp2016


For fascinating historical context, check out Eventide’s legacy SP2016 webpage here:


Demo videos & artist interviews:





About Eventide (www.eventideaudio.com)

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


© 2018 Eventide Inc.


<![CDATA[Orange Amplification Introduce The OBC112]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/orange-amplification-introduce-the-obc112 Fri, 28 Sep 2018 14:02:52 GMT


Orange Amplification Introduce The OBC112

A Small Bass Cab With A Big Sound




Orange Amplification is pleased to introduce the great sounding OBC112, the latest addition to their growing arsenal of bass cabinets. The highly successful OBC Series are the go to cabs for Orange Ambassadors such as Geddy Lee (Rush), Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple) and John McVie (Fleetwood Mac).

As a builder of cabinets that have been industry standards for five decades, Orange understands that size, shape and design, plus the materials used, play an enormous part in shaping the sound a cabinet produces. Ordinarily, the larger the cab, the bigger the sound. This new, smaller bass cab neatly combines portability and solid construction with a big sound that belies its size.

This rear porting cab features the outstanding Lavoce Neodymium 12” Speakers. These thump out a remarkably hefty sound, producing plenty of volume and a surprising amount of bottom, particularly when stacked. Built for the bass player who needs some firepower, from classic rock to thrash metal, this cab can handle anything while delivering excellent performance every time.

Built for a life on the road, the non-isobaric OBC112 is constructed from 15mm birch ply making it extremely light and easily transportable. Craftsman built, this is a quality cab that will withstand the rigors of the road without the back breaking weight. Whatever the conditions, no matter how tough the tour, regardless what demands are placed on it, the OBC will keep playing on.

Its classic Orange styling, the iconic livery, the basket weave vinyl, acoustic grill cloth and signature picture frame edge, make it immediately recognizable and sure to stand out from the crowd. Any bass player reliant on a massive bottom end for their sound, looking for a light weight cabinet needs an Orange OBC112 in their rig.


To find out more about the OBC112 and the other Orange cabs please go to https://orangeamps.com/

<![CDATA[Bassists Get Terrorized Just In Time For Halloween ]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/bassists-get-terrorized-just-in-time-for-halloween Fri, 28 Sep 2018 13:59:56 GMT


Orange Amplification Release Terror Bass

The Return Of A Modern Classic



Orange Amplification are delighted to launch the new, redesigned Terror Bass. Bass players everywhere kept asking for it, so Orange has bought it back and made it sound better than ever.

The uncomplicated, external layout of the Terror Bass is like the original with the addition of a clean switch. Inside it is a 500W hybrid bass amp with an all valve preamp and a solid-state power amp. This gives it a sound akin to the Orange flagship bass amp, the AD200 with the added advantage of allowing bass players to back off some of the gain early in the input stage offering them more headroom and smooth clean sounds.


Play this versatile, Class D amp through an 8 ohm cabinet and it will deliver 250W of power, put it through two 8 ohm cabinets to get a full 500W. A Limiter Switch protects the amp by preventing the output stage from pushing too hard into 4 ohms when using 500W of power. The Pad Switch helps players adjust input sensitivity by up to 6dB, making it the amp perfect for active or passive basses.

The Terror Bass is the latest addition to the much loved, Terror series. It delivers the classic British tone synonymous with Orange, from an ultra-lightweight lunchbox construction.

Orange Ambassadors using the Terror Bass include John McVie (Fleetwood Mac) and Steve Micciche (Every Time I Die) who said, ‘It has the low end of the AD200 which is fantastic, it’s got a lot of growl to it, the high end is punch and very clear, it definitely keeps up with the AD200 as far as tone goes.’ Also using the new amp is Sergio Vega (Deftones / Quicksand) who commented ‘the Terror Bass amp is cool because it adds a lot of warmth, it adds details, it kind of allows me to shape what I’m doing and give it its best possible presentation.’

To find out more about the Terror Bass and other Orange products please go to https://orangeamps.com/






<![CDATA[Progressive Trap Has Nothing To Do With Politics]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/progressive-trap-has-nothing-to-do-with-politics Fri, 28 Sep 2018 13:56:10 GMT






'Progressive Trap Vol 6' continues this heavy-hitting series, known for its distinctly sinister and haunting vibe. From deep 808 basses to ethereal pads and haunting melodies you'll find everything you need to craft your own Progressive Trap hits within the five included Construction Kits.


With a distinctly sinister and haunting vibe, 'Progressive Trap Vol 6' is perfect for producers looking for a more serious sound, with deep chord progressions and sparse synths underpinned by a heavy rhythm section for an authentic Trap feel.



In detail, this product includes all of the essential Trap elements such as:

• 16 Rumbling 808 and kick loops

• 18 Rapid fire hi-hat loops

• 5 Snappy snare patterns

• 8 Assorted synth and bass loops

• 9 FX samples including risers and sweeps


Beyond this you'll also find more eclectic and unique sounds such as;

• Siren FX

• Flutes

• Pianos

• Atmospheric Pads

• Choirs

• Bells

• Woodwinds


All of these elements combine to create a shadowy blend of street-ready Trap beats and pensive atmospherics. In addition to this, dry, wet, tail and MIDI files are all included to make your workflow faster and easier.


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. 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 master royalty costs.


Product Details:

• 5 Construction Kits

• 128 WAV

• 45 MIDI Loops

• 16 Rumbling 808 and Kick Loops

• 18 Rapid Fire Hi-Hat Loops

• 5 Snappy Snare Patterns

• 8 Assorted Synth and Bass Loops

• 9 FX Samples including Risers and Sweeps
• Siren FX

• Flutes

• Pianos

• Atmospheric Pads

• Choirs

• Bells

• Woodwinds


Technical Specifications:


• ACIDized WAV Files

• REX2 Loops

• Apple Loops

• Ableton Live Pack 8.1.3+

• Reason ReFill

• Loops sync to BPM

• 44.1 kHz/24-Bit

• PC/Mac Compatible

• 100% Royalty-Free (No Exceptions)



Price and Availability:


'Progressive Trap Vol 6’ is available for instant download exclusively at ProducerLoops.com for £29.95 / 35,15 EUR. More information is available at: https://www.producerloops.com



<![CDATA[Headrush Announces Pedalboard Firmware 2.0 With New Amp Models And Effects]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/headrush-announces-pedalboard-firmware-2.0-with-new-amp-models-and-effects Thu, 27 Sep 2018 14:21:41 GMT




Immensely successful HeadRush Pedalboard continues on its creatively-disruptive journey through the guitar universe by delivering incredible new models/effects and unmatched playing/editing options.



Cumberland RI, USA (September 27, 2018)—HeadRush, the recognized innovator of next- generation guitar products, today announced the imminent availability of their Pedalboard firmware 2.0, which delivers 7 stunning new classic amp models, 160 new HeadRush exclusive cabinet IRs, multiple new FX and greatly-enhanced operational versatility. The Pedalboard has already garnered universal acclaim as the most innovative, player-friendly floorboard guitar FX processor around. The new 2.0 updates are in direct response to requests from HeadRush’s enthusiastic user community and these latest additions will take the Pedalboard’s performance and flexibility to an even higher level.


“We’re all about listening to our customers and we’re very thankful for their support”, said Walter Skorupski, Product Manager for HeadRush. “As great as the Pedalboard is now, it’s only going to get better and better as we continue to respond and incorporate exactly what players want into our products.”


The Pedalboard Firmware 2.0 will be available for free download in early October 2018. Here are the 2.0 details:


• Added 7 new amp models to the Amp category:



o 82 LEAD 800 50W

o 82 LEAD 800 TS MOD



• Added 160 new HeadRush Exclusive Cab IRs (impulse responses) to the IR category, based on the following cabinets:

o 60S 412

o BIRCH 115

o BIRCH 410

o BLACK LINE 810 o FAWN 212


o TREAD 412


• Added 4 new FX to the Modulation category:






• Added 2 new FX to the Reverb/Delay category: o SHIMMER



• Enhanced the Setlist feature by adding the following:

o Added the ability to group preset rigs into Songs within a setlist

o Added two options for viewing setlists on the 7” touch screen during a performance

• Added the following options to the Global Settings page:

o Added the option to reverse Hybrid View.

o Added options to customize the overall color scheme used on the touch screen and



    • Added the ability to save in Hands-Free Mode by using a footswitch

    • Added the ability to toggle reverb and delay tails per effect within a rig

    • Added the ability to save expression pedal state (A/B) per rig

    • Added the ability to touch and drag to navigate parameters displayed on the 3 parameter


    • Additional DSP optimization and UI improvements




About HeadRush

Delivering premier solutions for active performing and recording guitarists, HeadRush specializes in electronic gear that leaves ‘conventional’ behind, providing new ways to enhance the creative musical process. 



<![CDATA[Iconica Ensembles And Iconica Opus New Orchestral Library Additions]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/iconica-ensembles-and-iconica-opus-new-orchestral-library-additions Thu, 27 Sep 2018 14:11:52 GMT


Iconica Ensembles and Iconica Opus New Orchestral Library Additions


Steinberg releases Iconica Ensembles, the quickly accessible orchestral library, alongside Iconica Opus that brings both Iconica libraries together.



HAMBURG, Germany — After releasing the orchestral library Iconica Sections & Players in June, Steinberg has now announced the immediate availability of two further Iconica family members.


Iconica Ensembles is an easily accessible library, providing perfectly matched ensembles of strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion alongside more than 40 different presets. This makes Iconica Ensembles the ideal tool for composers and producers to deliver beautiful arrangements without delving into details.


Iconica Opus combines Iconica Sections & Players and Iconica Ensembles into a powerful tool for composers and producers. With over 190 GB of content, comprising strings, brass, woodwinds, percussion and a harp alongside ensembles and presets, as well as a huge variety of expressions and articulations, Iconica Opus incorporates the entire instrumental spectrum of a symphonic orchestra.


The Iconica libraries are developed for HALion. Both Note Expression and Expression Maps are capabilities that VST 3 has to offer, allowing users to create unique textures with the played orchestral instruments.


Both Ensembles and Sections & Players run on the included HALion Sonic SE 3 player, while also being compatible with HALion 6 and HALion Sonic 3. They can be used as stand-alone applications or as plug-ins in every DAW supporting VST 3, AAX or AU.


Florian Haack, senior marketing manager at Steinberg, commented: “Iconica Ensembles is a great addition to Iconica Sections & Players. Users can now easily outline everything with Iconica Ensembles and delve into the details afterward. Since we decided to bundle both libraries with Iconica Opus. Iconica now brings everything to the table to create iconic-sounding masterpieces.”



Availability and pricing


The retail version of Iconica Ensembles is available from resellers and through the Steinberg Online Shop. The suggested retail price is US $299.99.

An introductory price for Iconica Ensembles is available at US $199.99, until October 9, 2018.

The retail version of Iconica Opus is available from resellers and through the Steinberg Online Shop. The suggested retail price is US $999.99.

An introductory price for Iconica Opus is available at US $848.99, until October 9, 2018.



Key features of Iconica Ensembles

  • Over 40 presets and 45 GB of carefully handcrafted orchestral ensembles for different styles of music
  • Produces great results in next to no time
  • Makes composition fast and agile, with the great sound which defines Iconica
  • Designed for modern productions and projects which have to be completed under heavy time pressure
  • Every sample and preset recorded in stunning sound quality
  • All presets feature different expressions for the greatest realism
  • Correct orchestral positioning for every sound
  • HALion library compatible with VST 3, AAX, VST 2 (Windows only) and AU
  • Free HALion Sonic SE 3 included
  • Key features of Iconica Opus
  • 190 GB compressed audio (145 GB in Sections & Players; 45 GB in Ensembles)
  • A wide range of strings, brass, woodwinds, percussion and harp recordings
  • Recorded with sample experts Orchestral Tools at the legendary Funkhaus Berlin
  • Intuitive user interface with exceptional playability
  • Many presets and articulations for stimulating ideas and detailed composing
  • Supports Expression Maps
  • Compatible with any DAW that uses VST 3, AAX or AU
  • HALion library with free HALion Sonic SE 3 included





Product page for Iconica Ensembles: www.steinberg.net/iconica-ensembles
Product page for Iconica Opus: www.steinberg.net/iconica-opus
YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/VST_virtual_studio_technology



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[AKAI And Image-Line Team Up On Controller For FL Studio]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/akai-and-image-line-team-up-on-controller-for-fl-studio Thu, 27 Sep 2018 14:04:59 GMT




New hardware product enhances production workflow, opens up new performance possibilities.



Cumberland, RI USA (September 27, 2018) — Akai Professional, a leading manufacturer of music equipment for performers and producers, today announced their newest product, the Akai Fire. Created in close collaboration with software manufacturer Image-Line, Fire finally gives FL Studio producers a dedicated hardware controller - designed to speed up the creative workflow and enhance the overall user experience. Released shortly after the successful launch of FL Studio 20, Fire celebrates the highly-anticipated arrival of FL Studio to the Mac OS platform, creating a completely new, hands-on way to interact with the popular DAW for PC and Mac users alike.


Featuring plug-and-play integration, at the heart of Fire is a 4x16 velocity-sensitive RGB pad matrix. Quickly input patterns on the Step Sequencer or switch over to Performance Mode for live playing and recording of notes and launching patterns. Bringing a tactile, mouse-free mixing solution to the FL Studio environment, Fire includes four banks of four touch-capacitive knobs, enabling the user to instantly see and adjust parameter values. This facilitates a more intuitive workflow, giving the ultimate control over channel, mixer and user-assignable parameters.



· Plug-and-play integration with FL Studio

· Quickly input patterns along the timeline in the step sequencer

· 4 x 16 Matrix of Velocity-Sensitive RGB Pads

· Expandable up to four units, creating the potential for an 8 x 32 Matrix

· Record notes in Performance mode

· Graphical OLED display

· 4 banks of assignable Touch-Capacitive Knobs

· Instantly navigate the Channel Rack, Browser, Tool Bar and Playlist windows

· Use dedicated controls to quickly browse audio and project files

· Dedicated Transport controls

· USB Bus Powered

FL Studio Fruity Fire Edition Included


Enter the groundbreaking, high-powered workflow heard all over the charts with FL Studio Fruity Fire Edition, engineered for and included with Akai Fire. FL Studio is a complete software music production environment, the culmination of more than 20 years of innovative development. The bundled Fruity Fire Edition features everything you need in one package to compose, arrange, edit, mix and master professional quality music. With access to FL Studio's piano roll editor and step sequencer, 500 tracks, VST & DXi instrument support, full automation functionality, plus 18+ virtual instruments and over a dozen built-in effects and processors, FL Studio Fruity Fire Edition provides the ultimate platform to create fully-produced, great sounding music.


“We are extremely excited to be working with Image-Line,” said Dan Gill, Product Manager for Akai Professional. “The production power of FL Studio 20 combined with the hands-on hardware control Akai is known for makes for a powerhouse combo.”


U.S. retail for Fire is $199.99 Availability is September 27, 2018.
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[Propellerhead Releases Free Reason 10.2 Update]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/propellerhead-releases-free-reason-10.2-update Wed, 26 Sep 2018 15:42:03 GMT


Propellerhead Releases Free Reason 10.2 Update

Multi Lane Editing, adaptive snap to grid functionality, improved navigation controls and more
STOCKHOLM, Sweden – Sept 26, 2018 – Propellerhead Software today released Reason 10.2, the newest update to the award-winning Reason music production software. Reason 10.2 is a free update for Reason 10 owners that introduces new features like Multi Lane Editing for MIDI, adaptive snap to grid mode, improved navigation controls and more for a faster, more streamlined flow.
“Reason 10.2 represents our ongoing commitment to making Reason the most creative music-making software,” said Mattias Häggström Gerdt, Propellerhead Product Manager. “Reason 10.2 introduces several highly requested workflow improvements to make producing music in Reason faster, easier and more natural. Once you start using the new features, you’ll wonder how you ever managed without them.”  
Reason 10.2 makes it easier than ever to bang out the perfect drumbeat with Multi Lane Editing. View and edit multiple MIDI lanes simultaneously with Multi Lane Editing—perfect for quickly creating complex chords and melodies. Sequence tracks with lightning speed using the new snap to grid feature, which adjusts note length based on your zoom level. Capture your ideas when inspiration strikes with new Easy MIDI Inputs that automatically detect new MIDI control surfaces—no setup needed.  
Reason 10.2’s improved workflow allows you to make music faster than ever before. Adjust faders, solo and mute across multiple mix channels at once. Right-click any audio output to quickly route it to a new mix channel.   
To learn more about Reason 10.2, visit propellerheads.se.   
Watch the Reason 10.2 video here.  
Pricing & Availability
Reason 10.2 is a free update for all Reason 10 owners and is currently available for free through Reason’s auto update.  
Reason 10 is available as a direct download via propellerheads.se or from an authorized dealer at the following suggested retail pricing:
  • Reason Intro USD $99 MSRP / EUR €79 MSRP
  • Reason 10 USD $399 / EUR €349
  • Reason 10 Upgrade (from any previous Reason version) USD $129 / EUR €129
Propellerhead today released Reason 10.2, the newest update to the award-winning Reason music production software
About Propellerhead Software
Formed in 1994, Propellerhead Software is a privately owned company based in Stockholm, Sweden. Renowned for its musician-centric approach, Propellerhead has created some of the world’s most innovative music software applications, interfaces and technology standards. Musicians, producers and the media have praised 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.se
<![CDATA[Luke Audio Introduces Gold Microphone Series]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/luke-audio-introduces-gold-microphone-series Wed, 26 Sep 2018 15:39:11 GMT


Luke Audio Introduces Gold Microphone Series
Gold Standard Series with gold sputtered, hand tuned capsules


NASHVILLE, TN (Sept 24, 2018)  -  Luke Audio has added the Gold Standard Series to their current line of microphones and unique capsules.  The new Gold Standard AL-Y56-G (MAP $699) large diaphragm, tube condenser, “bottle” microphone provides a more affordable alternative compared to their hand-built Platinum Series - while not sacrificing audio quality.  The AL-Y56-G microphone package comes with three distinctly voiced, interchangeable capsules (A1AU, A2AU, A3AU).  Each capsule is a unique ‘classic’ type reproduction with 3 micron mylar diaphragms, gold sputtered and hand tuned -  yielding a smooth and natural response.


Luke Audio Gold Standard Series – Model AL-Y56-G

Package ($699) includes Y56 Bottle microphone, 3 interchangeable capsules, power supply, 7 pin XLR cable, wooden mic box, wooden capsule box, aluminum flight case, shock mount, windscreen & power cable.



Luke Audio founder Allen Luke commented, “Compared to the platinum capsules, the gold sputtered capsules have a slightly slower transient response resulting in a smoother more ‘natural’ sound - but still in the same realm of sonic goodness as each capsules Platinum counterpart.”  Audio examples are available for evaluation on www.lukeaudiollc.com.

Luke Audio Microphones return to AES for the New York 2018 Convention.

Release Update:  All the capsules for both the Premium Platinum and the Gold Standard Series (exchangeable with the Y56 body) will be available for individual purchase.   

Gold Standard Series Capsules

AL-A1AU (MAP $199) - Reproduction of the ck12 type capsule with 3 micron mylar diaphragms - gold sputtered and hand tuned.  Smooth and natural, bright, airy, open

AL-A2AU (MAP $199)  - Reproduction of the k67 type capsule with 3 micron mylar diaphragms - gold sputtered and hand tuned.  Smooth and natural, punchy, mid focused.

AL-A3AU (MAP $199)  - Reproduction of the k47 type capsule with 3 micron mylar diaphragms - gold sputtered and hand tuned.  Smooth and natural, full bodied,  rounded, warm


Premium Platinum Series Capsules

AL-A1PT (MAP $299) - Reproduction of the ck12 type capsule with 3 micron mylar diaphragms - gold sputtered and hand tuned.  Smooth and natural, bright, airy, open

AL-A2PT (MAP $299)  - Reproduction of the k67 type capsule with 3 micron mylar diaphragms - gold sputtered and hand tuned.  Smooth and natural, punchy, mid focused.

AL-A3PT (MAP $299)  - Reproduction of the k47 type capsule with 3 micron mylar diaphragms - gold sputtered and hand tuned.  Smooth and natural, full bodied,  rounded, warm.



About Luke Audio Microphones

Hand built in Nashville, the Luke Audio microphones are priced under $1000 so home studio engineers and musicians, as well as professional studios can work and create with the tonal characteristics of legendary vintage microphones.  Both the Premium Platinum and Gold Standard Series microphones are well suited for a variety of studio applications.  For more information, please visit www.lukeaudiollc.com


About Luke Audio

Luke Audio was founded by Allen Luke with the intentions to give the studio engineers and musicians products that rival the best of the best vintage gear.  Allen has backgrounds in business, studio engineering, electronics, and is an active musician.  Luke Audio specializes in reproducing the tonal characteristics of the most popular and sought after, vintage, tube microphones.  


About Wave Distro

Wave Distro was established in 1996 by Gil Griffith to provide artists, music stores, pro audio dealers and international audio distributors with only the finest and most interesting audio products available.  www.wavedistro.com


<![CDATA[ Samson Launches Stage 412 Frequency-Agile, Quad-Channel Wireless Handheld Microphone System]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/samson-launches-stage-412-frequency-agile-quad-channel-wireless-handheld-microphone-system Wed, 26 Sep 2018 15:31:16 GMT


Samson Launches Stage 412 Frequency-agile, Quad-channel Wireless Handheld Microphone System


HICKSVILLE, NY (September 26, 2018)Samson, an industry pioneer in professional audio products, announces today the launch of the Stage 412 frequency-agile, quad-channel wireless handheld microphone system. The Stage 412 comes with four handheld dynamic microphones that transmit to a single rugged metal receiver. Each handheld features a Samson Q6 dynamic mic element that provides crisp, clear sound and reliable VHF wireless performance. The Stage 412 can be used in a variety of multi-performer situations such as house of worship, education, presentation and karaoke applications. The Stage 412 can be purchased for $249.99 at major CE and MI retailers beginning the first week of October 2018.


Simple Setup

The Stage 412’s frequency-agile design offers four channels with six operating frequencies per channel across a 173MHz–198MHz frequency range to choose from. Additionally, the system’s IR sync function allows users to wirelessly match each transmitter to a receiver channel’s operating frequency in no time. A 200’ operating range provides ample freedom for any presenter or performing group, while each mic transmitter provides exceptional battery life of up to 10 hours via two AA batteries (not included).


Versatile Performance

Featuring the rugged metal SR412 receiver, the Stage 412 is designed for maximum durability and versatility. Its back panel provides four 1/4” outputs, as well as three balanced XLR outputs, allowing connection to a mixer or powered PA speaker. The 1/4” outputs send each channel separately, while the XLR outs are dedicated to send single output mixes of Channels A/B, Channels C/D and all four. Front panel volume control on each channel lets users find the perfect blend between each performer.


VHF Operation

The Stage 412 operates in the reliable VHF frequency spectrum, which has become significantly less crowded with the advancement of digital TV. The Stage 412 is unaffected by the upcoming FCC 600MHz transition.



Stage 412 Specifications:

Stage 412 Wireless System

VHF Frequency Range: 173MHz–198MHz
Microphone Channels: 4
Frequencies per Channel:  6
Working Range: 200’ (60m) line of sight
Frequency Response:  80Hz–15kHz
Tone Key Frequency: 30kHz
Accessories: AC adapter


SR412 Wireless Receiver

Dynamic Range: >100dB
Maximum Output: 1.37V
Output Connectors: 2x 1/4" (6.3 mm) unbalanced, 3x XLR balanced
Audio Output Levels: -12dB


VH12 Handheld Transmitters

Microphone Element: Samson Q6 Dynamic
Pickup Pattern: Cardioid
RF Power: 10 mW
Battery Life: 10 hours from 2 x AA batteries (not included)



About Samson

Samson Technologies began in 1980 as a pioneer in wireless microphone technology. Today, Samson is an industry leader in professional audio solutions whose products are known for their fidelity and reliability. Samson products are preferred by recording artists, performers, educators and audio professionals throughout the world.


To connect with Samson, visit samsontech.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest.




<![CDATA[Pro Sound Releases The Odyssey Collection: Vehicles]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/pro-sound-releases-the-odyssey-collection-vehicles Wed, 26 Sep 2018 15:27:59 GMT


Pro Sound Releases The Odyssey Collection: Vehicles
Available now: groundbreaking car sound effects library curated
from award-winning sound editors’ private collection
Brooklyn, NY (September 25, 2018): Pro Sound Effects®, the next level sound effects library company, today released The Odyssey Collection: Vehicles – the newest exclusive library from their partnership with Academy Award®-winning sound editors, Mark Mangini and Richard L. Anderson. With more than 12,000 audio files recorded while creating the sound for hundreds of Hollywood feature films, Odyssey Vehicles (OV) presents a new approach to sound library curation combining the comprehensive offering of a general library with the pinpoint focus of a specialty library.
OV features over 250 different vehicles from sports cars and luxury SUVs to street bikes and military trucks. To help cover a sound artist’s needs for any scene, the collection includes over 180 vehicle workups: a thorough series of recordings from various perspectives of every action the vehicle performs – both interior, exterior, and at different speeds including pass bys, engine rumble, mechanical sounds, car Foley, and more.
“This library has been an essential tool for me my entire life, and this idea of workups and vehicle recordings is a big part of its philosophy,” says Mark Mangini (Blade Runner 2049, Mad Max: Fury Road). “It makes getting the job done that much more elegant, professional, and high fidelity.”
  • 12,259 broadcast .wav files (147GB)
  • More than 250 different vehicles
  • More than 125 vehicle workups
  • More than 550 multi-track recordings with a variety of mic placements
  • 27 Categories: Engines, mechanical, doors, and more from modern and classic vehicles
  • Rich Metadata: Optimized for fast, pinpoint search
  • Online Access: 24/7 from any computer
  • Search Software: Drag-and-drop to your DAW
  • 100% Royalty-Free license for use in any project
  • Delivery Options: Download or 1TB Hard Drive
  • Flexible Access: On hard drive, online, or on your server
  • Buyout and Annual Payment Options
Full Library – 1-User Perpetual License: Starting at $1,195
Basic Version – 1-User Perpetual License: $199
Multi-User Annual License: Starting at $595 per year
Learn more and get a quote at prosoundeffects.com/odyssey-vehicles
Pro Sound Effects® develops highly curated sound effects libraries for sound artists, editors, designers, audio engineers, media companies, schools and nonprofits. Award-winning creators and companies in film and television, video games, virtual reality, and advertising rely on PSE libraries every day to fuel creativity, finish projects faster, and deliver their best sound always. Based in Brooklyn since 2004, PSE continues to push the industry forward with their comprehensive General Libraries, storied Specialty Libraries, progressive Freelancer Program, flexible multi-user licensing, and client-driven library development.
<![CDATA[Need Some Downtempo Beats?]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/need-some-downtempo-beats Wed, 26 Sep 2018 15:21:50 GMT



It’s new release day and this week we’ve got Downtempo Beats, 5GB of unique sounds for auditory kings.

Zenhiser Pack: Downtempo Beats

Price: $60.00 AUD

Direct Link: http://www.zenhiser.com/downtempo-beats-samples-sounds.html



<![CDATA[A Wireless Karaoke Mic With Built-In Speaker And Light Show]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/a-wireless-karaoke-mic-with-built-in-speaker-and-light-show Wed, 26 Sep 2018 14:39:54 GMT


VocoPro Launches New Handheld All-in-One Wireless Karaoke Mic with Built-In Speaker and Light Show



LOS ANGELES, Calif. Sept. 25, 2018—For singers looking for a fun, all-in-one wireless karaoke mic with a built-in mixer/speaker—and its own light show, audio leader VocoPro today announced its new Pop-up-Oke microphone.

VocoPro’s Pop-up Oke can connect to a smartphone or phone or tablet via Bluetooth and use YouTube or any number of karaoke apps to enjoy hours of karaoke entertainment. Singers can also use the onboard MP3 SD/TF player to perform with recorded MP3 tracks.(SD/TF memory card not included). The multi-color LED lights can be turned on or off, and will automatically “dance” to the beat of the music to add a visual excitement to any karaoke session.

VocoPro’s innovative music linkTM technology allows singers to link two Pop-up Oke mics together and perform duets with twice the power and sound.


  • New generation of wireless karaoke microphone technology
  • All-in-one portable design is perfect for small karaoke gatherings or road trips
  • Innovative music linkTM technology can link two Pop-up Oke to perform duets
  • Seven color LED lights dance to the beat of the music with On/ Off switch
  • Shock mounted professional condenser microphone to reduce handling noise
  • User-replaceable lithium ion rechargeable battery (type 18650)


Pricing for VocoPro Pop-up Oke Microphone

MAP:   $34.00 USD
Retail: $42.00 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[Simmons Introduces Ultra-Portable DA25 Electronic Drum Amplifier]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/simmons-introduces-ultra-portable--da25-electronic-drum-amplifier Tue, 25 Sep 2018 12:18:27 GMT


Simmons Introduces Ultra-Portable 
DA25 Electronic Drum Amplifier
Thousand Oaks, CA - September 2018... Simmons, the first name in electronic drums, has introduced the new DA25 Electronic Drum Amplifier. The perfect first amplifier for the beginning drummer, and an excellent choice as a "grab-n-go" drum sound system for home and practice, the ultra-portable (less than 20 lbs.) DA25 joins the DA50 and DA200S in Simmons' popular line of electronic drum amplifiers.

The DA25's 25 watt power amplifier drives an 8-inch woofer and a 2-inch tweeter to deliver plenty of clean, undistorted sound across the 20 Hz to 20 kHz frequency range, with a response tailored for accurate acoustic reproduction of drum sounds. You'll hear all the subtleties of drums, cymbals, and dynamics. The onboard 2-band EQ features a low band centered at 60 Hz and a high band centered at 10 kHz, each with a ±12 dB sweep, so you can customize the overall sound to match your home or practice space.

Drummers will hear themselves clearly, thanks to a slanted cab design that directs the sound toward the player. A slot port at the bottom front of the enclosure enhances efficiency and bottom-end projection, and a heavy steel grille protects the speakers.

In addition to the 1/4-inch main drum input with volume knob, the DA25 offers a 1/8-inch TRS stereo auxiliary input for practicing and playing along with music from an external source, such as an MP3 player or smartphone. The volume knob and EQ knobs are dimpled for convenient adjustment with a drum stick.

The Simmons DA25 Electronic Drum Amplifier is available at Guitar Center and Musician's Friend, with a street price of $149.99. For more information, visit www.simmonsdrums.net or your favorite music retailer.



About Simmons Drums


The first name in electronic drums, Simmons has been at the forefront of innovation for more than 40 years, offering the finest in cutting-edge, feature rich kits. From touch-sensitive pads and selectable velocity curves to the most extensive MIDI and USB implementation, Simmons has always been a leader in the electronic drum experience. To learn more, visit www.simmonsdrums.net or your favorite music retailer.

<![CDATA[Sterling Unveils MX Black Series Powered Studio Monitors]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/sterling-unveils-mx-black-series-powered-studio-monitors Tue, 25 Sep 2018 12:13:33 GMT


Sterling Unveils MX Black Series 
Powered Studio Monitors
Thousand Oaks, CA - September 2018... 
Sterling Audio is shipping its new MX Black Series active studio monitor speakers. The MX Black Series powered monitors are bi-amplified and built for optimal frequency dispersion, delivering clear, articulate sound within a wide "sweet spot." The new MX Black Series speakers offer outstanding features and performance and sport a matte black finish.
MX Black Series monitors feature acoustically engineered, multi-fiber, low-frequency cone drivers that offer excellent damping to minimize sonic artifacts and unnatural resonance. Their silk-dome tweeters are powered by neodymium magnets for a smooth and natural frequency response. A rear-panel acoustic port reduces low-frequency turbulence and distortion. The series includes three models: the MX8 Black, which features an 8-inch low-frequency driver and 1-inch tweeter; the MX5 Black, with a 5-inch woofer and 1-inch tweeter; and the MX3 Black (sold in pairs), with 3-inch woofers and ¾-inch tweeters.
All MX Black Series models feature variable high-pass (+2, 0, or -2 dB) and low-pass (-3, 0, or +3 dB) filters that enable you to custom tune your monitors to suit your listening preferences and recording environment. The MX8 and MX5 provide balanced XLR, balanced ¼-inch TRS, and unbalanced RCA inputs; the MX3 offers unbalanced RCA inputs. All models employ studio-grade internal components and protective circuitry.
MX Black Series monitors are powered by high-efficiency, low-distortion, Class A/B power amps. The top-of-the-line MX8's 125W power amp and 8-inch woofer enable it to deliver a frequency response ranging from 37 Hz to 22 kHz. The compact MX 5 is driven by 70 watts of Class A/B power and ranges from 42 Hz to 22 kHz. The portable MX3 delivers a frequency response of 55 Hz to 22 kHz and features a 40W power amp-more than enough to deliver plenty of clean, clear sound wherever you travel.
The new Sterling MX Black Series monitors are priced at $99.99 a pair for the MX3, $119.99 each for the MX5, and $179.99 each for the MX8, and are available at Guitar Center stores, as well as guitarcenter.com and Musicians Friend.
About Sterling Audio
Sterling Audio produces exceptional recording studio solutions including reference monitors, headphone amps, mic accessories and best-in-class tube, ribbon, and FET microphones offering exceptional sound quality and unprecedented value for any recording application or budget. You can learn more about the complete lineup of Sterling products at www.sterlingaudio.net.
<![CDATA[Positive Grid Releases GoGuitar - The Easiest Way To Learn Guitar]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/positive-grid-releases-goguitar---the-easiest-way-to-learn-guitar Tue, 25 Sep 2018 11:50:11 GMT


Positive Grid Releases GoGuitar - The Easiest Way to Learn Guitar


This free iOS app has everything needed to learn and practice guitar in a smart, innovative, and interactive way


San Diego, CA – September 25, 2018 - Positive Grid (www.positivegrid.com) makers of best-selling apps like BIAS AMP 2, BIAS FX and JamUp Pro, have released GoGuitar, a free iOS app that gives complete access to an innovative, exciting, and productive guitar-learning community.

GoGuitar is a multifaceted app with something for every guitarist, from beginners to accomplished players. It offers automatic chord analysis, interactive games, a wide selection of free video lessons, the latest guitar news and even a tuner.

GoGuitar features a powerful algorithm that analyzes a song’s audio and within seconds, displays its chord progression on screen. The chords change in real-time as the song plays, so users can start learning right away. The app makes it easy for guitarists to quickly learn new songs, and for songwriters to discover how to create chord progressions that evoke a particular vibe or mood.

Every guitarist has experienced the boredom of endlessly playing tedious and repetitive exercises while trying to refine their technique. GoGuitar’s interactive practice game provides an enjoyable and entertaining alternative to mechanical calisthenics. Skills can be honed by practicing along to a backing track, while the game’s automatic scoring system continuously displays progress, introducing an element of entertainment to practicing.

GoGuitar provides a huge collection of free video lessons for everyone from absolute beginners to advanced players. The app offers an easy-to-follow, customizable and reliable Lesson Path for any guitarist at any level. Each Lesson Path comes with a variety of top-quality video lessons and practice games. It’s easy to find lessons suitable for players at any level looking to start learning new guitar skills right away.

Tapping on the Explore button opens up an entertaining and constantly updated section called the Explore page. It offers exciting artist news, new songs, gear reviews and more, allowing guitarists to keep current with the guitar world.
With its array of powerful, educational and fun features, GoGuitar is the community for guitarists who want to learn, share their knowledge and play together. Download and join GoGuitar now for free!

Pricing and Availability

GoGuitar is free and is available now for download on the App Store. More information is available at http://www.positivegrid.com


GoGuitar | The Perfect Learning Companion:



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, but also JamUp, X Drummer and their award-winning line of BIAS guitar amp and pedal hardware.

<![CDATA[SPL Of Germany Ships "Crescendo" An 8-Channel Microphone Preamp Featuring 120V Technology]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/spl-of-germany-ships-crescendo-an-8-channel-microphone-preamp-featuring-120v-technology Tue, 25 Sep 2018 10:12:49 GMT


SPL of Germany Ships "Crescendo" an 8-Channel Microphone Preamp Featuring 120V Technology
The "Crescendo" is the first microphone preamp operating with an internal voltage of 120V offering increased headroom for a much wider dynamic range to capture every detail in a recording
Montreal, Canada - September 25, 2018 - SPL of Germany is now shipping their new "Crescendo" 8-channel microphone preamplifier featuring SPL's unique120V technology. This is the first mic pre that operates with an internal operating voltage of 120V. SPL pioneered the 120V technology in their 'Mastering Series' hardware such as the PQ Equalizer and IRON Compressor, and have now brought 120V technology to their recording products with the Crescendo 8-channel mic pre. The other key design feature of the Crescendo is the sheer transparency of the preamp electronics, adding as little sonic influence as possible to the recorded sound. The new 8-channel mic pre is distributed by Audio Plus Services in the US and Canada, and retails for $6,499 USD.
Hermann Gier, Managing Director at SPL, said, "Our new Crescendo microphone preamp is absolutely unique, because with the 120V technology it is nearly impossible to overdrive this preamplifier. The Crescendo excels with absolute signal fidelity and clarity. Crescendo has a dynamic range and distortion limit so huge, that you can record all the dynamics of your microphone almost without limitations. Engineers will rediscover their microphones, as they have never been amplified like this."
SPL's proprietary "SUPRA Op-Amp" is at the core of its 120V Technology and featured in the new 8-channel Crescendo. The discrete buildup of the high-voltage amplifiers creates an internal operating voltage of +/- 60V, allowing the Crescendo to provide unprecedented technical performance. Crescendo is capable of amplifying the fastest transients, the finest sonic details, and an extremely wide frequency range, very cleanly, and almost without any distortion.
Each of the eight pre-amplifier sections of Crescendo provides individual gain control (Mic Gain), its own VU meter, a phase reversal switch, phantom power, a -20dB PAD switch, and a reduction for the display of the level on the VU meter (VU -10).  Crescendo offers 18dB to 70dB of pre-amplifier gain, or when using the -20dB pad for extremely high-level signals, the pre-amplifier range shifts to -2dB to 50dB of control.
Through the process of countless listening sessions, the perfect components for the Crescendo mic pre were chosen including the transistors and electrical resistors, which have a massive impact on the device's sound. The differential amplifiers in the input stage of Crescendo are built-up with transistor pairs, consolidated in a special housing. A precise matching of the transistors, as well as thermal coupling, guarantee a high common mode rejection and extremely low total harmonic distortion (THD) values. 
The discrete op-amps of the output stage are able to drive long cable paths without signal loss or distortion. The output stages operate as current amplification, which, with 6mA quiescent current, also provide 'Class A' operation. SPL chose not to use coupling capacitors to avoid their sonic disadvantages such as blurring and loss of dynamics. However, to eliminate DC voltage, active servo circuits are used in Crescendo.
The toroidal transformer power supply is integrated in the housing of the Crescendo. To avoid electrical interference from the power supply on the preamplifier, the power supply is shielded with a special Mu-metal sheet, and the transformer itself is also encapsulated in Mu-metal.
The new 8-channel Crescendo microphone pre-amplifier is available now from dealers in the US and Canada, it retails for $6,499 USD.
To find out more about SPL's unique 120V DC Audio Rail Technology, visit SPL's web pages at: https://spl.audio/120v-technologie/?lang=en
Or watch the video at: https://youtu.be/93liM7d5GlQ
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[NEXI Industries Introduces Orianthi Signature Effect Pedals]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/nexi-industries-introduces-orianthi-signature-effect-pedals Mon, 24 Sep 2018 17:45:14 GMT


NEXI Industries Introduces Orianthi Signature Effect Pedals



AMSTERDAM  —  NEXI Industries and Orianthi are proud to announce their collaboration in creating new effects pedals designed to provide great tones. Working closely together, NEXI and the “Queen of Shred” Orianthi will create two new Orianthi Signature Guitar Effect Pedals ideal for most genre.


Inspired by classic yet modern blues tones, Orianthi Signature Effect Pedals will combine NEXI’s award-winning plug-and-play design with Orianthi’s experience of playing on the world stage. “Tone is everything,” Orianthi once told Tone Reportmagazine. Orianthi prefers only a few pedals that are clear and direct to better highlight her playing. “Tone is ultimately your voice”, she ardently believes.


Taking these tone driven preferences into account, the team at NEXI is developing two new signature effects pedals that reflect Orianthi’s tonal voice. While designed to Orianthi’s specifications, the pedals will open more tonal horizons for any player. Orianthi Signature Guitar Effect Pedals are a hybrid design meaning it can be powered by either 9V battery, an external jack, or NEXI’s own pedal board. NEXI’s powered “The Solution” pedal board features a click-and-play design allowing pedals to be placed securely in place without the need of patch cables or additional power supplies. Each pedal will be priced at $99.95 USD scheduled for release later this year and at Winter NAMM 2019.


Born in Australia, Orianthi was inspired to learn guitar at a young age after discovering her father’s vinyl collection. She rose to international fame at age 24 after the release of her hit single, “According to You” and a high-energy performance backing Carrie Underwood at the 2009 GRAMMY® Awards. Although she had already been invited to jam with the likes of Carlos Santana and Steve Vai, mainstream audiences had not previously heard of this captivating guitar prodigy. Her recognition increased even further when Michael Jackson called with an offer to be his guitarist for his dates at the O2 Arena in London. Although the concert series was not to be, the release of the behind-the-scenes documentary Michael Jackson’s This Is It showcased Orianthi’s masterful playing as well as her creativity and collaboration.


Orianthi continues to work with top-level artists while maintaining a successful solo career. Her many accolades include being named one of the Greatest Female Electric Guitarists by Ellemagazine in 2009 and Breakthrough Guitarist of the Year 2010 by Guitar International, as well as one of Gibson Guitars’ Top 10 Female Guitar Players of All Time. Given her accomplishments and early influences, Orianthi’s partnership with NEXI’s “Vintage Analog Protection Squad” will be one to push the boundaries of great tone.


Learn more about Orianthi Signature Effect Pedals and other NEXI gear and accessories for electric, bass and acoustic guitar at or follow her Facebook page for giveaways and shredding in action.


<![CDATA[Back To The Future Of Pop Vocals]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/back-to-the-future-of-pop-vocals Fri, 21 Sep 2018 12:45:12 GMT





'Future Pop Vocals Vol 2' offers five instrumental Construction Kits and accompanying topline vocals. Use the vocals to show off an instrumental you're pitching to an artist or mix and match vocal and instrumental elements to create your own Future Pop composition. We think songwriters will love this pack's accessible chord progressions.


In detail, each Construction Kit contains a variety of vocals, drum and instrument loops, synths, risers, FX and more.


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, so once purchased, you can use these loops in your commercial releases without having to pay any master royalties.



• 5 Construction Kits
• 157 WAV files
• 34 MIDI files
• ACIDized WAV
• Ableton Live! 8.1.3+ Pack
• Reason Refill
• Loops sync to BPM
• 44.1 kHz/24-Bit
• PC/Mac Compatible
• Royalty-Free (No Exceptions)



Price and Availability:


'Future Pop Vocals Vol 2’ is available for instant download exclusively at ProducerLoops.com for £34.95 / 40,65 EUR. More information is available at: https://www.producerloops.com





<![CDATA[Erica Synths Partners With Snazzy FX To Re-Release Experimental Effects Pedals]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/erica-synths-partners-with-snazzy-fx-to-re-release-experimental-effects-pedals Fri, 21 Sep 2018 12:41:35 GMT
Erica Synths and Snazzy FX team up as Snazzy LV to bring back effects pedals with a cult following — The MINI-ARK, TRACER CITY, and WOW and FLUTTER
Riga, Latvia — Erica Synths has joined forces with Snazzy FX to reintroduce three effects pedals — The MINI-ARK, TRACER CITY, and WOW and FLUTTER — which have garnered a cult following among musicians seeking to create experimental sounds since their original release in 2010. Operating under the moniker Snazzy LV, Erica Synths and Snazzy FX hope to inspire a new crop of musicians to expand their sonic boundaries and explore their creative impulses with the psychedelic sounds these effects pedals produce.
Now manufactured in Latvia by Erica Synths, the new editions of the Snazzy LV effects pedals will feature a more compact, heavy-duty chassis with solid build quality, while keeping the authentic sound of the Snazzy FX pedals from the original run, ensuring the new editions will not only stand the test of time, but will turn heads wherever musicians take them. The MINI-ARK, TRACER CITY, and WOW and FLUTTER effects pedals are ideally suited not only for guitar and bass players, but also for experimental musicians and synthesists alike, both onstage and in the studio.

The MINI-ARK is a monophonic tracking device — meaning that it works very differently on different types of sounds. For example, a monophonic guitar line is going to achieve far different results than a super-compressed drum track. Snazzy LV recommends that the user thinks first about the source they are putting into the box, and then adjust accordingly.
The MINI-ARK was designed with four goals in mind: 1) to work with as many different signals as possible; 2) to track quickly; 3) to allow for subtle, as well as incredible sounds; 4) to allow basic control over an external VCO and ADSR/VCA when using a bass or guitar using GATE and SQUARE outputs (GATE connects to the GATE IN on an ADSR, and SQUARE connects to the SYNC IN on an external VCO).
TRACER CITY is in many ways very similar to what you might find on an old (or new) analog synthesizer. The main components of a synthesizer that TRACER CITY has are filters, an oscillator (which can also be used as an LFO), and a Pseudo-Random LFO with lag. TRACER CITY also has an envelope follower (with up or down response) with lag, which works well with drums, loops, or other percussive instrumentation.
Like a synthesizer, TRACER CITY allows its multi-mode filter to be controlled by two external CV sources. Users can also plug audio sources into these inputs, creating frequency modulation of the filter. For users familiar with modular synthesizers or analog synths, the control names will be self-explanatory, and the user will simply need to get a hang of the layout and get used to the way the modulators are routed to the filter.
WOW and FLUTTER is an incredibly versatile delay device, certain to add an extremely unique texture to the user’s playing or productions. Users can run stems or mixes through WOW and FLUTTER to add an out-of-this-world quality, thicken up synth parts instantly, or use it on vocals to add mystery. Users with a guitar will be amazed at how many different colors can be achieved with just this one box.
Each new Snazzy pedal is available on www.ericasynths.lv
About Erica Synths
Erica Synths team of visionaries, engineers and musicians have been working hard to bring you modules and instruments that will set your modular system apart from mass in terms of how it sounds, looks and functions.
<![CDATA[GHS Reintroduces Tapewound Bass Guitar Strings]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/ghs-reintroduces-tapewound-bass-guitar-strings Fri, 21 Sep 2018 12:33:06 GMT


GHS Reintroduces Tapewound Bass Guitar Strings




Battle Creek, MI, September 14th, 2018 – GHS is very proud to reintroduce their popular Tapewound Bass strings.


Originally discontinued, GHS was able to partner with the artisans behind Innovation Double Bass Strings to reintroduce this set of bass strings. Tapewound bass strings combine the thump and decay of an upright bass string, while retaining the characteristics of an electric bass string. Flatwound strings are wrapped with a black nylon cover, which gives the string an ultra-smooth feel with a delightfully deep, mellow tone. Many players also love how supple and tactile the strings are under their fingers.


Available in 4 and 5 string bass sets, GHS Tapewound Bass strings are available now. Please contact your local GHS Strings dealer for pricing and inventory questions.


To find out more about GHS Strings and its products please visit http://www.ghsstrings.com.



<![CDATA[ZAOR Studio Furniture Furthers MIZA Range With MkII Modifications And Additions]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/zaor-studio-furniture-furthers-miza-range-with-mkii-modifications-and-additions Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:35:43 GMT


ZAOR Studio Furniture furthers MIZA range reach with MkII modifications and additions



ORADEA, ROMANIA: stylish, ergonomic, and affordable studio furniture-maker ZAOR Studio Furniture is proud to announce availability of several new revisions and additions to its marketable MIZA product line (catering to the ever-widening range of musicians, DJs, video artists, and such like looking for a comfortable and yet affordable working environment) — namely, the MIZA D-Stand MkII desktop speaker stand, MIZA Jr. MkII flexible media desk, MIZA Rack 12 MkII and MIZA Rack 16 MkII side racks, and MIZA V-Stand 36 and MIZA V-Stand 42 speaker stands — as of September 20...


As implied by name, MIZA D-Stand MkII marks ZAOR Studio Furniture’s new and improved revision of its original MIZA D-Stand desktop speaker stand from four years back. Benefitting from a more modernised (all-black) look, it includes more features. For starters, it is now height-adjustable by up to 50mm (above its 200mm-high horizontal configuration) and can also be angled at up to 9° while providing better acoustic isolation courtesy of four hemispheres made out of a synthetic viscoelastic urethane polymer that minimises transmission by up to 95%. With weight-bearing capabilities belying its diminutive (260mm x 260mm) footprint — up to 25kg when used horizontally and 15kg when angled, a pair of MIZA D-Stand MkII desktop speaker stands can be added to any desk to turn it into a production environment easily and speedily.


Similarly, MIZA Jr. MkII marks ZAOR Studio Furniture’s revision of its original MIZA Jr. flexible media desk for computer-based workflow while targeting video and audio applications. As such, this time the company set about streamlining the production process, resulting in a reduced RRP (Recommended Retail Price) — down to €439.00 EUR (for MIZA Jr. MkII) from €499.00 EUR (for MIZA Jr.), so the end result remains focused on providing the user with a no-compromise workspace without breaking the bank. Better still, specifications remain remarkably similar to what they were with a perfectly sized (1250mm: W x 650mm: D) top plate for fitting into smaller spaces. Saying that, this is supplemented by a 61-note keyboard controller-accommodating (1129mm: W x 308mm: D) pullout draw, which is height adjustable in seven steps of 7mm, while a lower passageway positioned rearwards retains unsightly cables, conveniently keeping them out of sight. Strongly constructed from Melamine-faced chipboard with a strip of solid wood along the front edge of its top plate for aesthetic and protective purposes, MIZA Jr. MkII is available in Cherry/Black and Wenge/Grey finishes, flat packed for easy transportation and assembled easily.


Appropriately-monikered, the MIZA Rack 12 MkII and MIZA Rack 16 MkII side racks represent revisions of ZAOR Studio Furniture’s original MIZA Rack 12 and MIZA Rack 16, stylish 12U and 16U open airflow designs that both benefit from a repositioned cable passageway — sited behind the practical low-level drawer — to comfortably accommodate rack-mountable equipment without any depth restrictions via quality rails angled at a gentle incline using the included cage nuts, screws, and washers. What’s more, both feature a sizeable (600mm: W x 500mm: D) top plate, providing an additional work surface suited to any studio setup. Strongly constructed from Melamine-faced chipboard, MIZA Rack 12 MkII and MIZA Rack 16 MkII are available in (MIZA Jr. MkII-matching) Cherry/Black and Wenge/Grey finishes, flat packed for easy transportation and assembled easily.


Ending on a new-fashioned note, the self-explanatory MIZA V-Stand 36 and MIZA V-Stand 42 speaker stands are an all-new addition to ZAOR Studio Furniture’s marketable MIZA product line. Like the musician-friendly MIZA D-Stand MkII before them, they marry a modern (black-finished) look with a moderate cost, but not at the expense of delivering a stable solution with zero resonance — everything needed in a fixed-height 36-inch (MIZA V-Stand 36) or 42-inch (MIZA V-Stand 42) speaker stand, in other words. While absolutely affordable, MIZA V-Stand 36 and MIZA V-Stand 42 adhere to the best standards of technical performance and design, both benefitting from a (300mm x 300mm) top plate-affixed Aerstop absorption pad for decoupling speakers weighing up to 40kg from within whatever room they are asked to perform — perfectly levelled, thanks to adjustable feet on the (300mm x 300mm) bottom plate.


Put it this way: with the MIZA V-Stand 36 and MIZA V-Stand 42 additions available alongside the MIZA D-Stand MkII, MIZA Jr. MkII, and MIZA Rack 12 MkII and MIZA Rack 16 MkII revisions, ZAOR Studio Furniture is now even better positioned to cater to that ever- widening range of musicians, DJs, video artists, and such like looking for comfortable and yet affordable working environments.


The MIZA D-Stand MkII desktop speaker stand, MIZA Jr. MkII flexible media desk, MIZA Rack 12 MkII and MIZA Rack 16 MkII side racks, and MIZA V-Stand 36 and MIZA V-Stand 42 speaker stands are available to order either directly through the Zaor Online Shop (https://zaorstudiofurniture.com/shop/en/) or via ZAOR Studio Furniture’s growing global dealership network (https://zaorstudiofurniture.com/index.php?page=dealers) with an RRP of €179.00 EUR (per pair), €439.00 EUR, €369.00 EUR, €399.00 EUR, €139.00 EUR (each), and €159.00 EUR (each), respectively.


For more in-depth information, please visit the dedicated MIZA product webpages via here: https://zaorstudiofurniture.com/index.php?page=miza




About ZAOR Studio Furniture (www.zaorstudiofurniture.com)

Having established a firm foothold in the recording sector of the audio industry with its killer combination of innovation, flexibility, and customer service, ZAOR Studio Furniture is now a trend-setting studio furniture manufacturer of repute. Remarkable designs like iDesk, ingenious solutions such as the Griprack, and innovations in materials and processes have allowed this truly European enterprise to conquer the studio marketplace worldwide: “We want to bring a new style of ergonomic workflow into the traditional recording environment, guided by a fresh design language and a deep knowledge of the studio world,” says company CEO Klaus Gehlhaar. “We want to empower the creative people behind the music to be their best, through enhanced speaker stands, racks, desks, or useful helpers for keeping cables and instruments tidy and organised.” Already firmly entrenched in top-tier studios globally — not least as a result of its close collaborations with popular partners like Humanscale, IsoAcoustics, Slate, SPL, and SSL, the creative company is never content with existing products and always seeking better ways of satisfying its increasing customer base.


© 2018 ZAOR Studio Furniture SRL



<![CDATA[Samson Launches XPD2 USB Digital Wireless System With Three Versatile Full-Range Microphone Solutions]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/samson-launches-xpd2-usb-digital-wireless-system-with-three-versatile-full-range-microphone-solutions Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:23:00 GMT


Samson Launches XPD2 USB Digital Wireless System with Three  Versatile, Full-Range Microphone Solutions for Professional Audio



HICKSVILLE, NY (September 20, 2018)Samson, an industry pioneer in professional audio products, announces today the launch of the XPD2 USB Digital Wireless System in Handheld (Samson Q6 dynamic mic), Headset (beltpack with Samson DE5 micro headset mic) and Lavalier (beltpack with LM5 lavalier mic) configurations. The XPD2 system is a versatile, wireless microphone solution that’s perfect for content creation, digital communication and live sound reinforcement. Offering simple setup and professional full-range audio, the XPD2 features a uniquely designed USB stick receiver that connects with computers, smartphones and XPD Wireless-enabled Samson portable PA systems. Available at major CE and MI retailers as of October 2018, the XPD2 Handheld will be priced $89.99, while the XPD2 Headset and XPD2 Lavalier systems will both be priced at $99.99.


Easy to Use

Unlike traditional wireless systems with large receivers that require AC power or batteries, the XPD2 system features an innovative receiver that’s built into a USB stick. This convenient design plugs into and draws power from a standard USB port on a computer. 1-touch pairing and 20 hours of transmitter battery life allow for shorter setup times and longer performance. The newly added 1/8" (3.5mm) output allows for headphone monitoring, or the system to be used with any device that has an analog line input.


Mobile Compatible

The XPD2 system is compatible with iPads and iPhones using Apple’s Lightning to USB Camera Adapter, as well as with Android devices via a host OTG adapter (each sold separately). This makes the XPD2 ideal for upgrading audio for mobile video, including live streaming on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitch and more. It’s also ideal for journalists looking for a mobile solution to add to their setup when covering news on the street.  


Perfect for Portable PAs

In addition to digital communication applications, the XPD2 system can be used with Samson Expedition Series Portable PAs that feature USB Wireless ports to create a completely portable wireless solution. Two XPD2 systems can be used simultaneously in the same location to accommodate multiple performers.


Product Features

XPD2 USB Digital Wireless System

  • Simultaneous Systems: 2

  • Working Range: 100’ (30m) line of sight

  • Working Frequency: 2.404~2.476GHZ

  • Modulation Type: GFSK

  • Frequency Response: 20Hz–16KHz

  • Signal To Noise: >85dB

RXD2 USB Receiver

  • Max. Analog Audio Output Level: 0dBu

  • USB Audio Sample Rate: 32KHz

  • USB Audio Support: Vista, Win7, Win8, Mac OSX without driver

  • Operating Voltage: 5V DC

HXD1 Handheld Transmitter (Handheld)

  • Microphone: Samson Q6 Dynamic

  • RF Power: <10 mW EIRP

  • Battery Life: 20 hours from 2 x AA batteries

PXD1 Beltpack Transmitter (Headset and Lavalier)

  • Microphone:Headset System: Samson DE5 Micro Headset Mic

Lavalier System: Samson LM5 Lavalier Mic

  • RF Power: <10 mW EIRP

  • Battery Life: 20 hours from 2 x AA batteries




About Samson

Samson Technologies began in 1980 as a pioneer in wireless microphone technology. Today, Samson is an industry leader in professional audio solutions whose products are known for their fidelity and reliability. Samson products are preferred by recording artists, performers, educators and audio professionals throughout the world.


To connect with Samson, visit samsontech.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest.



<![CDATA[sE Electronics’ New sE2300 Multi-Pattern Condenser Now Shipping]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/se-electronics-new-se2300-multi-pattern-condenser-now-shipping Wed, 19 Sep 2018 14:12:48 GMT


sE Electronics’ New sE2300 Multi-Pattern Condenser Now Shipping Worldwide

Novato, California, USA Last year, sE Electronics released an updated & refined version of their best-selling condenser, the sE2200. Now, sE is proud to announce the sE2300, a multi-pattern version of the condenser that first put the company on the map almost 15 years ago with its smooth, polished sound for vocals, voiceovers and numerous instrumental applications.

The sE2300 features a handcrafted true condenser capsule, two attenuation pads, two low-cut filters, and the same class-A discrete circuitry and robust output transformer as its cardioid sibling. This preserves the clarity and “larger than life” tonality beloved by thousands of customers worldwide, while adding both omnidirectional and figure-8 polar patterns – in addition to the original cardioid pattern – to dramatically increase its versatility.

The sE2300 is now available through authorized sE Electronics distributors and dealers worldwide, with a street price of $399.00 USD. It ships standard with sE’s Isolation Pack quick-lock shock mount and adjustable metal pop filter.

For more on the new sE2300 from sE Electronics, please visit: http://seelectronics.com



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Founded in 2000, sE Electronics is a manufacturer of high-end studio & stage microphones and accessories used by some of the world’s biggest artists, the inventor of the industry-standard Reflexion Filter® Pro, and the only company to develop a microphone series with audio legend Mr. Rupert Neve. By dedicating their resources to hand-crafting their equipment with excellence and care, sE seeks to blur the line between “affordable” and “professional”, bringing a higher standard of recording and performance quality to all.


<![CDATA[The Miles Davis Reader]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/the-miles-davis-reader Wed, 19 Sep 2018 14:06:59 GMT


The Miles Davis Reader




If you ever needed proof that a magazine can have a love affair with a musician, you're holding it in your hands. For DownBeat, the preeminent publication of the jazz world, Miles Dewey Davis was one of its most cherished subjects. Since it began covering the jazz scene in 1939, no other artist has been more diligently chronicled in its pages than Davis.

The beauty of this collection is seeing the development of an artist over time. The reviews of his music go from quietly introducing a new talent to revering, perhaps, the greatest jazz artist of his generation. The feature articles begin with a very young, very polite Davis lamenting, “I've worked so little. I could probably tell you where I was playing any night in the last three years.” As he develops, the interviews show Davis gaining confidence and stature, showing swagger and becoming the over-the-top, say-it-like-it-is showman that made every interview an event.

The Miles Davis Reader compiles more than 200 news stories, feature articles, and reviews by some of the greatest writers in jazz into one volume. It delivers a patchwork of his words and music – in the moment, as they happened.

With several lengthy features added along with a dozen new photographs, this new edition is a beautiful series of snapshots, a year-by-year ride through the many phases of Davis as an artist and as a man. 


ISBN: 9781617137044

360 pages





<![CDATA[Epiphone And Slash Team Up For New Firebirds]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/epiphone-and-slash-team-up-for-new-firebirds Wed, 19 Sep 2018 14:03:25 GMT


Epiphone and Slash Team Up for New Firebirds!

Presenting the Ltd. Ed. Slash Firebird Premium Outfit & Ltd. Ed. Slash Firebird

Slash’s Premium Outfit Limited to 100 guitars, each hand-signed and numbered by Slash

Plus a Hard Case and Custom Leather Strap 


NASHVILLE, TN (September 18, 2018) Epiphone proudly presents the new Ltd. Ed. Slash Firebird Premium Outfit and Ltd. Ed. Slash Firebird, designed by Guns N’ Roses legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Slash! Production of the new Slash Firebird Premium Outfit will be limited to only 100 guitars, each hand signed and numbered on the back of the headstock by Slash. The Firebird Premium Outfit includes a Custom Hard Case, a custom leather strap, and a Certificate of Authenticity.


In 2017, Slash was named Gibson Brands’ first Global Brand Ambassador. And to celebrate his new Firebird Premium Outfit, Slash has hand signed and numbered all 100 Firebird Premium Outfits, which include a hard case with Slash’s “Skull and Top Hat” logo and a custom leather strap.


But if you miss out on finding one of the 100 signed Firebird Premium Outfits, you’re still in luck! Slash has authorized an additional 900 Ltd. Ed. Slash Firebird guitars to be sold worldwide.  And both the Firebird Premium Outfit and the Ltd. Ed. Firebird guitars have the same specs and features designed by Slash with Epiphone’s luthiers in Nashville, TN.


“The Firebird design has always been attractive to me,” Slash told Epiphone.com. “From a sonic point of view, they are set up to do a very different kind of thing than what I do with a Les Paul. I finally got a chance to do one with Epiphone that was more to my specs. And they did a beautiful job. I figure if it stands up to me it will stand up to most anybody.”


Slash’s new Firebirds feature a AAA Flame Maple top in a Translucent Black finish, a Pau Ferro fingerboard, Seymour Duncan "Slash" Open Coil Humbuckers, and Sprague "Orange Drop" capacitors.


Visit Epiphone.com to read more about Slash’s new Ltd. Ed. Slash Firebird Premium Outfit Premium Outfit hand signed and numbered by Slash. See your Authorized Epiphone Dealers for details.



Ltd. Ed. Slash Firebird Premium Outfit, Street Price: $1,199



Ltd. Ed. Slash Firebird Street Price: $899




Slash Ltd. Ed. Slash Firebird Premium Outfit Video





About Epiphone:

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



<![CDATA[No Dinosaur, But It's Still A Monster - The New EHX Mod Rex Polyrhythmic Modulator]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/no-dinosaur-but-its-still-a-monster---the-new-ehx-mod-rex-polyrhythmic-modulator Tue, 18 Sep 2018 14:07:00 GMT


Electro-Harmonix unveils THE MOD REX

Polyrhythmic Modulator PEDAL



New York City, NY, September 18, 2018: Electro-Harmonix announces the Mod Rex Polyrhythmic Modulator, a pedal equipped with four, independent modulation sections synced in time. MOD delivers vibrato, flanger, chorus or phaser. TREM features tremolo. PAN modulates between left and right in stereo operation and FILTER offers a choice of a modulated LPF, HPF or BPF. Each section provides four LFO shape options plus dedicated functions to maximize the Mod Rex’s expressivity and control.


The pedal’s TEMPO component gives the user nine note length choices selectable in increments starting at whole note and ranging thru subdivisions that go up to a 16th note. They are independently selectable for each modulation section yielding nearly limitless polyrhythmic possibilities and any of the sections can be bypassed.


The MOD Rex’s tempo (displayed as BPM) is adjustable with the Tempo knob, Tap Tempo footswitch or by using an expression pedal into its EXP input. It can also be synced to an external device with MIDI Clock or an external pulse clock.


The MOD REX features a full stereo input and output plus full MIDI control of all parameters including recall of the pedal’s 100 presets. It is also equipped with an external foot controller input to bank up and down thru the presets. The pedal is available now, comes with a 9.6VDC/200mA power supply and carries a U.S.A. street price of $249.00.







<![CDATA[THEPHONOLOOP Releases Cassette Toy Piano For Kontakt 5, Ableton Live, Logic And SFZ]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/thephonoloop-releases-cassette-toy-piano-for-kontakt-5-ableton-live-logic-and-sfz Tue, 18 Sep 2018 13:50:16 GMT


THEPHONOLOOP releases Cassette Toy Piano For Kontakt 5, Ableton Live, Logic And SFZ




THEPHONOLOOP has released Cassette Toy Piano - a collection of 5 instruments based on a children toy piano. First of the five included instruments is of course just a raw toy piano recorded on a cassette, but the main aim for this collection was to create additional variations of the raw sound to embrace what's good in it (with things like spring reverb, granular synthesis, etc.) without losing its original (and sometimes) creepy sound.
Every instrument contains 3 dynamic layers recorded on 2 different cassette decks (one with a more neutral sound and the other with a much more lofi and degraded sound). Overall there are 1112 samples - 111 samples per deck, plus 2 noise samples from each deck (1,71 GB of uncompressed 24-bit WAV files).


Audio Demos (Soundcloud)