Harmony Central Press Room https://www.harmonycentral.com/ Get the lastest news from the Harmony Central's Press Room <![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) 




<![CDATA[Crash - New Book Explores The World's Greatest Drum Kits]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/crash---new-book-explores-the-worlds-greatest-drum-kits Tue, 18 Sep 2018 13:43:40 GMT


Frangioni Media Debuts Crash, A New Book Which Explores the World's Greatest Drum Kits from the World’s Leading Musicians
New Book is the Ultimate Visual Guide to the World of Rock & Jazz Drumming

Miami, Florida (September 17, 2018)Frangioni Media is pleased to announce the release of the new book, Crash: The World’s Greatest Drum Kits, published by Insight Editions. The new book features a visual journey through the world of drumming, capturing drum kits from musicians such as Keith Moon, Ringo Starr, Carmine Appice, Neil Peart, Buddy Rich, Peter Criss, Alex Van Halen, Carl Palmer, and many more. From toms to cymbals to the booming bass, each kit is examined with loving care and the kit’s history is outlined for the reader, and features photos from classic rock photographer Mark Weiss, and included a Foreword by Carl Palmer and an Afterword by Eric Singer.
Written by award-winning technologist David Frangioni, Crash reflects his varied experience with drummers and musicians “If drums are the heartbeat of music,” says Frangioni, “This book is intended to be the heartbeat of drumming.”  
A sound expert, Frangioni started his first MIDI consulting business at the age of 16 and has had a very successful career as a studio builder, technologist & recording engineer for some of the world’s leading artists. Frangioni has owned several successful audio companies that build everything from recording studios to home theaters to sound systems to complete turnkey technical facilities in the entertainment business.
Crash’s collection of images are accompanied by commentary about the special characteristics of each kit as well as its significance to rock history, and the book offers first-hand accounts from some of the biggest drummers in music.  
“Crash showcases many incredible drummers and hundreds of hit songs, from all the way back fifty years to present day, with many photos that have never been seen before,” says Frangioni.
The drums take center stage in this first-ever collected look into some of the most famous drum kits of all time. Crash: The World’s Greatest Drum Kits, is available for purchase at Insight Editions Frangioni Media, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.
About David Frangioni:
David Frangioni is a renowned audiophile consultant, recording engineer, studio installer, drummer, producer and technologist. Frangioni was the in-house engineer/technologist for the band Aerosmith, and he has since worked with hundreds of artists including the Stones, Ringo Starr, Elton John, Sting, Bryan Adams, Journey, Styx, Phil Collins, Shakira, Rascal Flatts, Ozzy Osbourne, and Chick Corea. He is a recipient of many gold and platinum albums as technical consultant, engineer and programmer. A published author of 3 books in 4 countries, Frangioni is CEO & co-founder of Artist Development firm All Access IDA, Founder of technology company Audio One, co-founder of ProToolsTraining.com, co-creator of 5 Best-Selling Drum Loop/Sample libraries and a contributor and board member to charities including Frangioni Foundation, Irie Foundation & Musicians On Call.

<![CDATA[Why Settle For Cloud 9 When You Could Get Cloud 80?]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/why-settle-for-cloud-9-when-you-could-get-cloud-80 Tue, 18 Sep 2018 13:39:44 GMT


It’s new release day and this week we’ve got Cloud 80, become lost in the unmistakable sound of the 80’s with 3GB of beautiful content.

Zenhiser Pack: Cloud 80

Price: 60.00 AUD

Direct Link: http://www.zenhiser.com/cloud-80-sound-pack.html



<![CDATA[TASCAM IF-E100 Card Enables Ethernet Control Of CD-400U Media Player]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/tascam-if-e100-card-enables-ethernet-control-of-cd-400u-media-player Tue, 18 Sep 2018 13:37:52 GMT


TASCAM IF-E100 Card Enables Ethernet Control 
of CD-400U Media Player

Montebello, CA-September 2018... TASCAM has introduced the IF-E100 Ethernet Control Card for the company's CD-400U media player. The optional card installs in the CD-400U expansion port, enabling remote configuration and control over an IP network from TASCAM's free, downloadable CD-400U Network Settings application for Mac and Windows.
Ideal for a variety of installations, the TASCAM CD-400U offers playback from a wide range of media, including audio and data CDs, USB memory devices, and SD and SDHC cards. Audio file formats include WAV, MP3, AAC and WMA, with support for high bit rates. The CD-400U also integrates an AM/FM tuner and enables recording from the CD or AM/FM source to SD or USB media. Playback modes (continuous playback, single playback and random playback) can also be combined with repeat playback function settings (on/off), as well as Incremental Play, to suit a wide range of situations. A Panel Lock function disables the panel buttons, and an automatic playback function starts playback upon power up. Professional audio connections include XLR balanced outputs, RCA unbalanced main outputs, a second set of RCA outputs dedicated to AM/FM audio, an 1/8" auxiliary input, and a stereo headphone output.
The CD-400U comes standard with remote control via RS-232C. But with the addition of the optional IF-E100 Ethernet Control Card, the media player is a superior option for a wide variety of IP network-based installations in schools and other institutions, restaurants, hotels, retail facilities, and much more.
The IF-E100 Ethernet Control Card is available from TASCAM partner integrators, contractors, and pro audio dealers at an expected MAP price of $59.99. For more information please visit www.tascam.com.
TASCAM is the professional audio division of TEAC Corporation and produces the most comprehensive line of audio recorders, mixers and related equipment in the professional audio industry. TASCAM has offices in the U.S., Germany, Japan, Mexico and Latin America.
1834 Gage Road
Montebello, CA 90640
Tel: 323-726-0303
<![CDATA[TC Electronic Introduces The DVR250-DT Reverb]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/tc-electronic-introduces-the-dvr250-dt-reverb Tue, 18 Sep 2018 13:34:59 GMT


Introducing DVR250-DT
DVR250-DT is a groundbreaking reverb unit, that brings glistening sway and sweet character to your DAW.
Software meets hardware
With its original fusion of software processing and a hardware interface, DVR250-DT captures the amazing sound and unique tactile controls of one of the best sounding reverb effects ever designed, the EMT 250 Electronic Reverberator.
In the hands of celebrated sound smiths, such as George Massenburg, Kendrick Lamar, Nick Hook, Brian Eno and Bruce Swedien, however, the legendary EMT 250 has branded itself solidly into the very fabric of music.
Like its 100 lb. forefather, DVR250-DT sounds absolutely amazing on everything from lead vocals and synths to drum hits and percussion. Actually, it's the perfect match for any track that needs sonic perfection and a warm vintage vibe.
  • Hardware controlled plug-in emulates the iconic EMT 250
  • VST, Audio Units and AAX plug-in processing
  • Dedicated desktop interface with intuitive hands-on control
  • Built-in echo, delay, chorus, phasing and space effects
The TC ICON Series
DVR250-DT is part of the TC ICON series, our trailblazing range of hardware-controlled effect plug-ins. With their superior algorithms, fun and intuitive hardware controls and seamless DAW integration, these modules are ideal additions to any modern studio environment.
<![CDATA[Expressive E Announce Affordable New Touché​ ​SE Software Instrument Controller]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/expressive-e-announce-affordable-new-touche-se-software-instrument-controller Mon, 17 Sep 2018 14:17:52 GMT





Expressive E, the company behind the innovative and unique expressive instrument Touché, are announcing Touché SE, a refined, USB-only version for software applications.


Touché​ ​SE (“Software Edition”) is a new instrument for adding expression, depth and musicality to software synthesizers and plug-ins. It responds to both the lightest and the most intense gestures, giving users immediate, intuitive control of their sounds. Musicians, producers and sound designers can unlock instant, real-time control of multiple parameters at once, creating complex and evolving new sounds using intuitive slides, taps and touches of the Touché SE control surface.


Touché SE shares the same build quality, patented mechanism and sound library as the classic Touché, refined with USB-only connectivity for software applications, and a new polycarbonate touch-plate. Expressive-E have expanded the sound library to include more than 200 factory sounds, pre-mapped to take full advantage of Touché SE’s extensive control capabilities, as well as including more than 200 presets for third-party VST instruments.


Additionally, Touché’s companion software Lié allows users to easily host and unlock the true potential of their third-party VST instrument library. Users can quickly map parameters to the Touché SE interface, creating sounds and performances with an expressive depth they may never have realised their software was capable of.


Touché SE retails at just 229$/€ and is available for orders worldwide starting Monday 17th of September 2018.



  • -  A beautifully engineered hardware control instrument with a patented mechanism, capable of reacting to the slightest touch over multiple simultaneous axes of movement.

  • -  Includes more than 200 professionally designed software instrument sounds, fully mapped and ready to play.

  • -  Control multiple plug-in parameters at once, using intuitive gestures to produce extraordinary shifts in sound.

  • -  Conveniently browse sounds using physical buttons on the hardware.

  • -  Host your own third-party VST plug-in instruments and unlock hidden depths of expression. Over 200 presets for

    popular VST software synthesizers are also included.

  • -  Touché SE is USB bus-powered and compatible with both Mac and PC.



Expressive-E has produced a Touché SE launch video, which will be live Monday 17th September at 6PM (CEST), 5pm (BST), 12pm (EDT), 9am (PDT) at the following address: ​www.expressivee.com



Creating expressive new music has never been so easy. Simply connect Touché SE to your Mac or PC, install the included software library and start exploring over 200 sounds, designed to take full advantage of the Touché SE controller. Intuitively tap, push, shift and slide across the touch-plate surface to create extraordinary, exotic and evolving timbres - created not through painstaking automation, but instantly, in real time.



Touché SE makes software feel like a real acoustic instrument. Its uniquely engineered and patented hardware mechanism responds to both the softest and lightest of touches, and the most intense and powerful gestures. Slides and shifts take sounds from dark growls to soaring, angelic heights. Gently increase pressure to create beautiful and organic swells of timbre, or tap rhythms to create surreal percussion no one has ever heard before.



Using the included Lié companion software, host and discover the true sonic power of your third-party instrument plug-ins, intuitively mapping and fine-tuning parameters in seconds. Paired with the extraordinary control possibilities of Touché SE, your virtual instruments take on a whole new sonic dimension. Get up and running in seconds with 200 ready-made control mappings for popular software instruments, including essential instruments from companies such as Arturia, Native Instruments, and many more.



  • -  Touché SE Hardware Instrument

  • -  4ft USB Cable

  • -  Printed Quick Start Guide with Lié Download and Activation Code

  • -  Discount Voucher Code for UVI Falcon Software



  • -  Touché SE Dimensions: 2.36 x 3.93 x 9.44 Inches (630 x 101 x 247mm)

  • -  Touché SE Weight: 1.38lbs (0.626Kg)

  • -  Touché SE Connection Type: USB Type B

  • -  Touch SE is MIDI class compliant

  • -  Lié control software is available as Standalone, VST and AU, compatible with Mac OS 10.10 or higher and Windows 10 or higher








Expressive E is instrument manufacturer based in Paris, France. The company is developing a new generation of powerful electronic instruments, with a strong focus on improving the experience of music creation. To achieve this, Expressive E makes products that bring the emotive depth of acoustic instruments to the world of synthesizers and electronic music making.



<![CDATA[Waves Audio To Host SoundGrid® 201 Certification And WavesLive Mixing Masterclass With Lorin White In Miami, FL, On September 27]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/waves-audio-to-host-soundgrid-201-certification-and-waveslive-mixing-masterclass-with-lorin-white-in-miami-fl-on-september-27 Mon, 17 Sep 2018 14:09:52 GMT
Waves Audio to Host SoundGrid® 201 Certification and WavesLive Mixing Masterclass with Lorin White in Miami, FL, on September 27
— SoundGrid® 201 in-depth training certification starts at 1:00 p.m. at Tour FX,
and mixing masterclass begins at 7 p.m. —
KNOXVILLE, TN, September 17, 2018Waves Audio, a leading provider of audio processing solutions, will be hosting a day of events in Miami, FL, on Thursday, September 27. The events will take place at Tour FX, 1358 NW 78th Ave, Miami, FL 33126. 
First, a SoundGrid® 201 Certification Training session will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EDT. The session will offer an in-person introduction to the SoundGrid Audio-over-Ethernet network setup, in order to get familiar with SoundGrid systems for low-latency processing and networking, in the studio or live. Waves offers three levels of SoundGrid training: an online introduction course (SoundGrid 101), in-depth setup training (SoundGrid 201), and advanced training providing expert knowledge of the system (SoundGrid 301). SoundGrid 201 goes deep into the Waves SoundGrid system and covers networking, latency, and how to set up any SoundGrid system, simple or complex. Please note: SoundGrid 101 online certification is a prerequisite for taking the SoundGrid 201 course. 
Later in the day, a WavesLive Mixing Masterclass with Lorin White will take place at the same venue, beginning at 7 p.m. (refreshments at 6:30). Join acclaimed live sound engineer Lorin White (Mariah Carey, Hilary Duff, Melissa Manchester, Machine Head) for an in-depth masterclass followed by Q&A, as he shares his live mixing tips and shows you how he uses plugins in a live environment. The event will also feature WavesLive specialist Jeremiah Clever and Waves SoundGrid specialist Michael Adams, who will demonstrate Waves SoundGrid solutions for live sound, including the Waves MultiRack plugin host and the Waves eMotion LV1 live mixer. 
Waves SoundGrid 201 Certification: September 27, 2018 | 1 pm–2:30 pm
WavesLIve Mixing Masterclass with Lorin White: September 27, 2018 | 7 pm–10 pm (Refreshments at 6:30 pm)
Tour FX, 1358 NW 78th AVE., Miami, FL 33126 
To register for the SoundGrid event, please visit https://www.waves.com/events/sept-2018/soundgrid-201-miami. To register for the WavesLive Mixing Masterclass with Lorin White, please visit https://www.waves.com/events/sept-2018/waves-live-miami.
About Waves Audio Ltd.:
Waves is the world’s leading developer of audio DSP solutions for the professional, broadcast, and consumer electronics audio markets. Since its start in the early '90s with the introduction of the Q10 equalizer plugin, Waves has gone on to develop a comprehensive line of over 150 audio plugins, including industry standards like the L1 and L2 Ultramaximizers, popular vintage console models, and innovative mixing tools like Vocal Rider and the Artist Signature Series. For its accomplishments, Waves received a Technical GRAMMY® Award in 2011, and the Q10 was selected as an inductee into the TECnology Hall of Fame. In 2016, Waves released the eMotion LV1 mixer, a revolutionary live digital mixing console that provides real-time audio mixing for front-of-house, monitor, studio and broadcast engineers. Waves technologies are now used to improve sound quality in virtually every sector of the audio market, from recording, mixing, mastering and post-production to broadcast, live sound, and consumer electronics. Waves has over 25 years of expertise in the development of psychoacoustic signal processing algorithms that leverage knowledge of human auditory perception to radically improve perceived sound quality. Waves’ award-winning processors are utilized to improve sound quality in the creation of hit records, major motion pictures, and top-selling video games worldwide. Waves offers computer software and hardware-plus-software solutions for the professional and broadcast markets. The company’s WavesLive division is a market leader in all live sound sectors, spearheading the development of solutions for all live platforms. Under its Maxx brand, Waves offers semiconductor and licensable algorithms for consumer electronics applications. Waves technologies dramatically enhance audio performance and are used by industry leaders such as Dell, Google, Fitbit, Acer, Asus, Hisense and more.

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

Web: http://www.waves.com


<![CDATA[Revoice Pro 4 ]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/revoice-pro-4 Mon, 17 Sep 2018 14:06:46 GMT
Revoice Pro 4
Epsom, United Kingdom, September 17, 2018: Synchro Arts is proud to announce the release of Revoice Pro 4. Revoice Pro 4—the ultimate toolbox for timing and pitch adjustment—has over 70 new features and improvements over the previous version. These include much improved handling of musical vibrato, the new APT Music and Dialog modes, numerous graphic and workflow improvements, ARA 2 support and iLok Cloud licensing.


Revoice Pro 4 product trailer.

Direct URL: https://youtu.be/xNL3Lwn2Y2g


What's new in Revoice Pro 4?

https://youtu.be/DWJ0CWvoEucRevoice Pro 4 


walkthrough—for music producers



About Revoice Pro

Since its initial launch in 2012, Revoice Pro has become a staple for timing and pitch adjustment for vocals, dialog and instruments for audio engineers in both the music and post production industries. Its users do not only appreciate the time they save on editing tasks, but also the program’s ability to retain the natural sound and feel of the original recording, even while performing significant adjustments to the audio. Revoice Pro’s unique Audio Performance Transfer (APT) function can clone the timing, pitch and level of one audio track and apply it to another (or several others)—perfect for tightening up multi-layered vocal tracks, and for dialog replacement in film. Revoice Pro also offers comprehensive manual adjustment of timing, pitch and vibrato, a de-esser and a fantastic sounding doubler.


Revoice Pro 4
Revoice Pro 4 raises the bar further with its over 70 new features and improvements. Highlights include the new Vibrato Warp function, which intelligently identifies the singer’s vibrato characteristics, and retains them—even when time stretching or compressing their voice. With other time-modifying applications, the vibrato speeds up or down when the length of a part is altered. The unique Audio Performance Transfer has been further refined, and users can choose between APT Music and Dialog modes depending on the task at hand, for even better results when aligning the pitch, time or level of one track to another. Numerous graphic and workflow improvements, such as user-definable key commands, have also been implemented. Revoice Pro is now ARA 2 compatible, which means significantly improved integration with ARA 2-ready DAWs. And last but not least, Revoice Pro 4 users now have the choice to use iLok Cloud licensing for authorization, meaning there’s no need for an iLok USB Key to run or try the application.


Release date

Monday September 17, 2018


Revoice Pro 4 introductory prices

Introductory period ends October 17, 2018—after which the normal prices (in red) will apply. All prices below exclude sales tax/VAT.


New full license: $479 ( $599 )
Upgrade from previous Revoice Pro versions: $144 ( $180 ) 

EU – except UK

New full license: €367 ( €459 )
Upgrade from previous Revoice Pro versions: €108 ( €135 )

UK and rest of World

New full license: £333 ( £416 )
Upgrade from previous Revoice Pro versions: £99 ( £124 )


Upgrades are free to users who bought Revoice Pro 3.3 on March 12, 2018, or later.


Demo license and more information: www.synchroarts.com




<![CDATA[Antelope Audio Unveil All-New Edge Family Of Modeling Microphones]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/antelope-audio-unveil-all-new-edge-family-of-modeling-microphones Mon, 17 Sep 2018 13:57:47 GMT


Antelope Audio unveil all-new Edge Family of modeling microphones


Edge Solo, Edge Duo, and Edge Quadro large-diaphragm condensers deliver pristine cardioid, multi-pattern and 360° recording with stunning vintage mic emulations



September 17, 2018 — Following the success of the acclaimed Edge and Verge modeling microphones, Antelope Audio have unveiled the next evolution of their mic modeling technology. The new Edge Family consists of three large-diaphragm condensers — the fixed cardioid pattern Edge Solo, the multi-pattern Edge Duo, and the dual-capsule Edge Quadro.


Together with Antelope’s continually expanding range of vintage mic emulations, available both as native plug-ins and as FPGA FX running on Antelope’s own audio interfaces, the new Edge mics deliver the characteristic sound of some of the most sought-after mics of all time with incredible depth and realism. Developed specifically for each mic, the emulations are based on exacting measurements of the original mics made in one of the best anechoic chambers in Europe.


Set to ship in October, the Edge Family makes Antelope’s unrivaled mic modeling technology available at a variety of different price points while expanding the range of possible recording applications — from mono to stereo to 3D audio. Custom electronics designed by Antelope’s award-winning engineers deliver exceptional dynamic range and frequency response, resulting in an excellent microphone even before choosing your favorite vintage mic flavor.


Antelope Audio founder Igor Levin comments: “We are constantly looking to innovate and deliver greater value to our users. With the Edge Family, we’ve grown our mic modeling ecosystem into a complete recording solution. We set out to deliver not just the best modeling mics available but the best microphones in the industry, period.”


Introducing the new Edge Family


Exclusively built at Antelope’s European headquarters and featuring electronics designed by Igor Levin himself, the Edge Family are outstanding mics in their own right, with an exceptionally even frequency response and wide dynamic range. Their transparent, accurate response provides the perfect platform for Antelope’s remarkable mic emulations.


Edge Solo is the simplest of the three new mics. Connecting via a regular mono XLR cable, it houses a single large-diaphragm capsule with a fixed cardioid pickup pattern. It’s specifically designed to work hand-in-hand with Antelope’s mic modeling plug-ins to emulate some of the greatest cardioid- pattern mics in history.


Edge Duo features a dual-membrane capsule with independent outputs, allowing the signal from each membrane to be individually processed and recombined. This not only means users can vary the polar pattern from within the plug-in, even after recording, it also allows the Edge Duo to accurately emulate the characteristic pickup pattern and on- and off-axis response of each mic for true multi-dimensional mic modeling.


Edge Quadro is a game-changing stereo/surround mic with two dual-membrane capsules and a rotating head. Delivering four channels for independent processing will allow for stereo techniques like M/S, X/Y, Blumlein, and even 3D sound. Users can select a different emulation and polar pattern for each head. The upper head can be rotated noiselessly even while the microphone is actively recording, delivering virtually limitless variations in tonality and stereo image.


The Edge emulations: a mic locker full of classics


The Edge Solo, Duo, and Quadro boast an ever-growing library of stunning vintage mic emulations. There are 11 different emulations already available, with 7 more soon to be released — all free to Edge owners. For the Edge Solo, all 18 will be available from launch.


When used with any of Antelope’s mic preamp-equipped audio interfaces, the new Edge mics offer maximum accuracy and real-time mic emulation courtesy of the interfaces’ onboard FPGA processing.


Uniquely, Antelope also provide native versions of their mic modeling plug-ins, meaning that no additional hardware is required. Available in VST, AU, and AAX formats for both macOS and Windows, Antelope’s native AFX mic emulation plug-ins deliver the same minimal latency, high degree of oversampling, and precise floating-point calculations as their renowned FPGA effects.


Edge Family giveaway


To celebrate the launch of the new Edge Family, Antelope Audio are holding a prize draw. For the chance to win an Edge Solo, Edge Duo, or Edge Quadro, simply visit https://en.antelopeaudio.com/edge-giveaway before October 8, 2018 and enter your details.


Watch Antelope Audio’s all-new Edge Family of modeling microphones introductory video here: https://youtu.be/jGX26IZE2z8





About Antelope Audio (www.antelopeaudio.com)

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

© 2018 Antelope Audio


<![CDATA[Roswell Introduces New Flagship Vocal Mic]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/roswell-introduces-new-flagship-vocal-mic Mon, 17 Sep 2018 13:50:58 GMT
Roswell Introduces New Flagship Vocal Mic
Sebastopol, CA – Maverick American microphone company Roswell Pro Audio is enjoying a selection of high-strength IPAs in celebration of the announcement that their new flagship condenser microphone, the Colares, is finally shipping. Featuring a larger than life sound that is unapologetically rich in both tone and harmonics, the Colares was created with vocalists in mind. It excels at injecting color, vibe, and excitement into a track.
Designed to deliver the sound of a revered vintage tube microphone, the Colares’ unique transformer-coupled JFET circuit topology produces musical harmonic saturation to enhance vocals and instruments. Its edge-terminated capsule captures exquisite detail and articulation, while its low noise floor allows quiet sources to be recorded without sonic artifacts.
Two unique voicing features give artists and engineers exceptional control over the sound of the mic: The pad switch reduces both level and harmonic coloration, yielding a cleaner, more modern sound. The three-way filter switch allows the choice of three low-frequency rolloff points, to compensate for mic placement and proximity effect.
“When I heard the very first Colares prototype, my jaw literally dropped," said Roswell Pro Audio founder and head designer Matthew McGlynn. “I was stunned at the sound we'd captured. This new mic is bigger and bolder sounding than anything we've made before, and is a fantastic complement our Delphos and Mini K47 models.”
Every Colares is hand-built, tuned, and tested in Roswell Pro Audio's Northern California headquarters. The mic ships in a custom, heavy-duty flight case, with a Rycote shockmount.
The Colares retails for $1259, and is shipping now.
Roswell Pro Audio is a boutique microphone company founded by Matthew McGlynn of RecordingHacks.com. Roswell's microphones provide a distinctive sound and level of performance normally associated with far more expensive devices, and have won acclaim from musicians, home studio owners, and Grammy award-winning producers and engineers.
For more information, visit http://RoswellProAudio.com/
<![CDATA[Avid And The Avid Customer Association Announces 6th Annual Connect Conference]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/avid-and-the-avid-customer-association-announces-6th-annual-connect-conference Mon, 17 Sep 2018 13:43:19 GMT


Avid and the Avid Customer Association Unveil 6th Annual Connect Conference and Launch Early Registration


At Connect 2019, media and entertainment professionals at all levels will connect, collaborate, learn and be heard while “Creating the Future” of the industry



IBC (Hall 7, Stand B.55), AMSTERDAM, Sept. 16, 2018 – In collaboration with the Avid Customer Association (ACA), Avid® (Nasdaq: AVID) today unveiled the highly anticipated theme and program preview for Connect 2019, the powerful annual gathering of media and entertainment technology users and influencers. Guided by the mission for “Creating the Future”, Connect 2019 (April 6-7, 2019 at Aria Las Vegas, immediately preceding the NAB Show) will enable collaboration, learning, and interaction among the global community that creates and delivers TV, film and music.


Early registration for Connect 2019 is now open at http://www.avidconnect2019.com, providing a significant 25% savings through October 31, 2018. Simply by registering for the conference, participants will also earn their place in the ACA, which today gives a voice and proven influence to more than 30,000 members from every discipline and job level in content creation, production, management and delivery—from global media organization leaders to individuals just getting started on their careers.


The Connect tradition provides a forum unlike any other, emphasizing unparalleled access and discovery led by the individuals and organizations who are blazing new trails in video and audio production, post production, management, and delivery for the whole industry to adopt—while working to reach audiences everywhere and drive revenues from their content. Connect 2019 will draw on media’s top talent to deliver intimate technical, creative and business tutorials, panel sessions and real-world showcases. The 2019 conference program preview features a diverse agenda of critical topics such as:

  • The Direct-to-Consumer Opportunity—Expanding the market for premium sports
  • Rocket-fueled Storytelling—Technology for the next big bang for drama and sports producers
  • Editing without Boundaries—Virtualized, collaborative editing as a way to make projects more efficient and content more compelling
  • Complete Content Visibility—Eliminating siloes and establishing total visibility of all assets
  • Immersive Audio Mixing for Theaters and the Home
  • Next-Generation Media Workflows—Transformation in practice


Throughout Connect 2019, attendees will become better connected with each other and become fully prepared to ensure their success despite the challenges spurred by the evolving digital media landscape. Additionally, the ACA and Avid will reveal the 3rd Annual ACA Vote results, the most comprehensive survey of media and entertainment technology users which identifies where this community needs to focus its efforts while also contributing to the ongoing dialogue between Avid and the ACA.


“Connect events are truly special moments, which in concert with ACA membership, map the way forward for individuals, teams and organizations alike, the majority of whom return year after year to connect, collaborate and be heard,” said Jeff Rosica, CEO and President, Avid. “Avid and the ACA are designing Connect 2019 to help anyone in the community to take control and create our collective future and their own success in this era of digital media.”


In order to accelerate seamless collaboration and connectivity between key technologies and drive a more cohesive global media ecosystem from the camera and mic all the way through to consumers, the ACA provides a wide range of high-impact opportunities for vendors of all types to support the community and gain visibility as an official Connect 2019 sponsor. To explore, visit http://www.avidconnect2018.com/sponsors.



About the Avid Customer Association

Avid and its customers established the Avid Customer Association (ACA) to create the world’s most innovative and influential media technology community representing organizations and professionals from all levels of the industry. The ACA fosters deep collaboration between Avid and the people who are most passionate about capturing opportunities to thrive in the industry. Any professional working in media and entertainment can become an ACA member, which is free of charge for any qualified member of the community. Learn more at www.avidcustomerassociation.com.



About Avid

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




<![CDATA[Cort Guitars Grand Regal Series Offers Royal Treatment]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/cort-guitars-grand-regal-series-offers-royal-treatment Mon, 17 Sep 2018 13:40:33 GMT


Cort Guitars Grand Regal Series Offers Royal Treatment



SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA — With the introduction of the GA-QF acoustic-electric guitar, Cort Guitars adds an elegant aesthetic to the popular Grand Regal Series. With striking workmanship on the series-signature Grand Auditorium body, the GA-QF offers multiple luxurious features without the fancy price tag.


When players first encounter the GA-QF, their eyes are drawn immediately to the highly figured maple top, available in Trans Black Burst or Coral Blue Burst finishes. They’ll also note the special design of the fingerboard inlay on the merbau fretboard, specifically designed for the overall aesthetics of this model. An abalone rosette completes the high-end look. Just as much thought and detail was put into the strength and playability of the chosen materials. The maple top contributes to this model’s unique sonic character, which is bright and tight with a strong focused projection that complements the strong, warm midrange of the mahogany back and sides.


Like other models in the Grand Regal Series, the GA-QF was carefully designed for playability. The grand auditorium body with Venetian cutaway is sized perfectly between the large dreadnought and the more intimate grand concert models. This makes the Grand Regal ideal for both strumming/flatpicking and for fingerstyle playing. The Fishman Isys T preamp system features a LED tuner and phase control, along with a Sonicore pickup, will relay all the acosutic tones naturally and organically.


Also enhancing the GA-QF’s playability is the 45 mm Graph Tech NuBone XB nut and saddle, specially formulated to produce more bass harmonics. Manufactured under high heat and pressure, NuBone XB is strong, durable and consistent throughout to ensure superior vibration transfer. The dovetail neck joint reinforces the vibrational transfer, while diecast machine heads provide tuning stability.


Cort’s Grand Regal Series offers acoustic-electric guitars for versatile players who prefer to have one guitar capable of covering a variety of sounds and styles. The feature-packed GA-QF is an ideal addition for players to want to enjoy that versatility with some frills, at a surprisingly affordable street price of $299.99.


Learn more about the Grand Regal Series and other Cort acoustic guitars at www.cortguitars.com.



About Cort Guitars

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


<![CDATA[DPA Delivers Its Tiniest Mic Capsules Yet]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/dpa-delivers-its-tiniest-mic-capsules-yet Fri, 14 Sep 2018 15:59:50 GMT
Danish Manufacturer Introduces its First 3mm Capsules as Additions to the Existing d:screet™ Lavalier and d:fine™ Headset Microphone Ranges



ALLEROED, DENMARK, SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 - In direct response to feedback from the theater, film and television industries, DPA Microphones isadding to its d:screet and d:fine™ ranges by introducing its smallest ever high end pro audio microphone capsule.
Launching in September 2018 at IBC (Stand 8.D70), the d:screet CORE 6060and 6061 Subminiature Microphones and the d:fine CORE 6066 Subminiature Headset Microphone are just three millimeters in diameter - two millimeters smaller than DPA's existing 4000 series of miniature microphone products. While they may be small, they pack a powerful punch in terms of performance, as all three incorporate the company's recently launched CORE by DPA microphone technology that reduces distortion and increases dynamic range.
Kalle Hvidt Nielsen, DPA's CEO, is unambiguous about this new 6000 series of products, describing them as "without doubt, the best miniature microphones DPA has ever made.
"Giving the market the most advanced technology and the best sound possible has always been DPA's philosophy, and compared to our existing 4000 series miniature microphones, the 6000 series represents a significant step forward," says Nielsen. "Developing these products has been a massive undertaking and the amount we have learned has really strengthened our already exceptional R&D capabilities. We are proud to serve the market with such great tools."



DPA Product Manager René Moerch is equally thrilled. “The sound quality is everything you would expect from a DPA microphone and despite their small size, their performance is similar to our five millimeter miniature capsules,” says Moerch. “Indeed, their noise floor is lower and their ability to reach high sound pressure levels without distortion is better than any other three millimeter capsule on the market.”


Several years of research have gone into the development of these new capsules and during that time, DPA R&D staff have visited theaters, film sets and television studios to learn first-hand exactly what their customers need from a miniature microphone.


“DPA has a big footprint in these industries, especially theater where our microphones are regularly used on top Broadway and West End shows,” says Moerch. “Everyone wants the tiniest microphone possible so that they are less visible when worn as a headset and are completely invisible when hidden in costumes and wigs. Customers also want DPA’s exceptional sound quality and durability, especially when it comes to cables that withstand damage and capsules that can be easily cleaned to remove stage makeup and sweat. Our five millimeter capsules already deliver on all these levels, so being able to offer a microphone that is just as good, but even smaller is generating huge excitement within these industries.”


Feedback from customers who have tested the new microphones has been unequivocally positive.


Sound Designer Dan Samson notes that the 6061 is the “best miniature mic capsule DPA has ever made.”


“Not only does the sound of the 6000 series make me happy, but it’s smaller size means that the performers who are wearing them are happier, too,” adds Sound Designer Gareth Fry.


Sound Designer and long-term d:screet 4060 user, Richard Brooker thought that switching to DPA’s new CORE by DPA amplifier technology was an unbelievable step up in sound quality, but he now believes the 6061 series is even better – and smaller. “I find it remarkable that we can achieve studio quality sound from a microphone that small,” he says. “For me, it is the best miniature capsule that DPA have ever made.”


Sound Designer Gareth Owen is equally impressed. “About once a week someone asks me when actors are going to have microphones surgically implanted into their skulls,” says Owen. “It was funny, for a while...the 6061 isn’t a surgically implanted bone-transducer microphone, cold-grafted to the temple, but at half the size of a 4061 and with the same great audio quality, it’s getting close.”


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 at a later stage.


The d:fine 6066 also benefits from a completely redesigned, lightweight, one size fits all headset that attaches over the ears for maximum comfort and has a 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.


“Our new headset is a major step forward because it is much more secure and comfortable than previous versions,” explains Moerch. “We gave our designers carte blanche to come up with something new and they have developed a product that exceeds everyone’s expectations. We are sure this new headset will be the preferred headset mic when people try it, see it and hear it.”


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


d:fine 6066 Subminiature Headset with d:screet 6060 Lavaliers



d:screet 6060 Subminiature Lavalier Microphone




d:fine 6066 Subminiature Headset Microphone




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


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


<![CDATA[Roland Announces JUNO-DS76 Synthesizer]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/roland-announces-juno-ds76-synthesizer Fri, 14 Sep 2018 15:53:55 GMT


Roland Announces JUNO-DS76 Synthesizer


New 76-note JUNO-DS model provides extended creative range for performing keyboardists



Los Angeles, CA, September 13, 2018 — Roland announces the JUNO-DS76, the latest addition to the popular JUNO-DS synthesizer lineup. Like all JUNO-DS models, the JUNO-DS76 features a lightweight design for easy travel, a wide variety of professional sounds for covering any music genre, and support for mobile performing with battery operation. Equipped with a 76-note synth-action keyboard, the JUNO-DS76 is an ideal choice for players who want to expand their musical range with multiple sounds split across the keyboard.


Perfect for ambitious new bands, the JUNO-DS series offers next-generation instruments that are ultra-portable and easy to operate. Light-yet-durable construction and streamlined operation make the instruments simple to load in and set up, allowing users to focus on their musical performances without distraction. Filled with flexible features like ready-to-play sounds, onboard pads for audio playback, a pattern sequencer for creating original songs, and numerous others, the JUNO-DS enables players to take on every creative scenario.


For keyboardists who mostly play organ, synth, and other sounds, the 76-note keyboard on the JUNO-DS76 provides increased playing comfort when different sounds are assigned to the upper and lower note ranges. The keys are also a little longer than a standard synth keyboard, offering a playing feel that’s smooth and consistent no matter where the key is pressed. And with a weight of just 15.25 lb./6.9 kg, the JUNO-DS76 is much more portable than typical 76-note synths.


The new JUNO-DS76 joins the two existing models in the JUNO-DS lineup. With its 61-note synth-action keyboard, the JUNO-DS61 packs all the powerful JUNO-DS features into an easy-to-carry instrument for busy players on the move. Equipped with 88 weighted keys, the JUNO-DS88 is a great option for both piano-based pros and serious piano students. Roland’s Ivory Feel-G Keyboard with progressive hammer action provides high-end touch and playability for the expressive JUNO-DS piano sounds while keeping the instrument light and easy to carry.


To learn more about the JUNO-DS76 and the entire JUNO-DS lineup, visit Roland.com.




Roland JUNO-DS76 synthesizer


About Roland Corporation

Roland Corporation is a leading manufacturer and distributor of electronic musical instruments, including keyboards and synthesizers, guitar products, electronic percussion, digital recording equipment, amplifiers, audio processors, and multimedia products. With more than 40 years of musical instrument development, Roland sets the standard in music technology for the world to follow. For more information, visit Roland.com or see your local Roland dealer.


<![CDATA[Roland Unveils AX-Edge Keytar]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/roland-unveils-ax-edge-keytar Fri, 14 Sep 2018 15:51:05 GMT

Roland Unveils AX-Edge Keytar


Step into the spotlight with a unique mobile performance synth featuring pro sounds, customizable looks, and more



Los Angeles, CA, September 13, 2018 — Roland unveils the AX-Edge Keytar, a performance synthesizer designed to be played in a standing position with a shoulder strap. Building on decades of refinement and input from artists around the world, the AX-Edge features 49 full-sized keys and a professional sound set crafted specifically for keytarists. It also offers a sleek, modern design with the unique ability to interchange Edge Blades and customize the instrument’s look. Compact and battery operated, the AX-Edge is a powerful mobile instrument that enables performing keyboardists to take center stage and put their music in the spotlight.


The AX-Edge delivers a striking presence that makes any live player stand out. Models are available in black or white finishes, and the black model features an all-black keyboard for a dark, sophisticated appearance. Each AX-Edge model comes with an extra Edge Blade in the box (a silver Edge Blade for the black model and a gold Edge Blade for the white), allowing the player to create a fresh look that complements their personal performance style.


Inside the AX-Edge is a carefully curated sound set driven by Roland’s latest sound technologies. Optimized for stage performance, the sounds are designed to cut through even in loud bands. Dedicated buttons provide instant access to edgy leads, fat basses, and all types of sounds perfect for the performing keytarist, whether it’s taking solos or sharing the limelight with bandmates.


Users can customize sounds by wirelessly connecting to the AX-Edge editor app with Bluetooth® MIDI. Splits and layers take full advantage of the expansive, full-sized keyboard, and there’s wealth of stunning effects that provide polished, studio-quality tone in any venue. And thanks to the Tone Remain function, players can switch sounds seamlessly without notes or effect tails being cut off prematurely.


With its highly intuitive neck controls, the AX-Edge offers maximum expression for taking performances to new levels. There’s a modulation bar and pressure-sensitive pitch ribbon, easy-to-reach portamento, hold, octave, and program change buttons, and an array of assignable controls that can be tailored to any performance style.


Gigging keyboard players need to cover lots of different sounds and parts, and often have to function as the backbone of the entire act. The AX-Edge is filled with thoughtful stage features, including an innovative dual display system, arpeggiator, and onboard song player for handling backing duties. There’s even a built-in vocoder, which can be layered with internal sounds to create unique backing vocals or funky, retro lead parts.


When powered with rechargeable Ni-MH batteries, the AX-Edge provides up to four full hours of mobile playing time. The instrument can also be powered via an AC adaptor.


To learn more about the AX-Edge Keytar, visit Roland.com.






Roland AX-Edge Keytar in black



About Roland Corporation

Roland Corporation is a leading manufacturer and distributor of electronic musical instruments, including keyboards and synthesizers, guitar products, electronic percussion, digital recording equipment, amplifiers, audio processors, and multimedia products. With more than 40 years of musical instrument development, Roland sets the standard in music technology for the world to follow. For more information, visit Roland.com or see your local Roland dealer.

<![CDATA[Analogue Solutions Announces Next-Generation Generator Step Sequencer]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/analogue-solutions-announces-next-generation-generator-step-sequencer Fri, 14 Sep 2018 15:46:41 GMT


Analogue Solutions plays to win with highly-versatile next-generation Generator step sequencer


KINGSWINFORD, UK: having made musical waves with a prototype presentation at SUPERBOOTH18 in Berlin before speedily selling out of its first batch, British boutique electronic instruments innovator Analogue Solutions is proud to announce (approaching) availability of a second batch of its next-generation Generator step sequencer — a highly- versatile, multi-channel analogue appliance specifically targeted towards making it easy, fun, and intuitive to change generated rhythms and also play alternative sequences — as of September 14...


As implied by the CV & GATE SEQUENCE GENERATOR wording which is boldly blazoned across a pleasingly well-populated panel, Analogue Solutions’ next- generation Generator is no ordinary step sequencer. As a compact, slim form factor desktop design featuring three parallel-running, 16-step CV (control voltage) channels — CV CHANNEL A, CV CHANNEL B, and CV CHANNEL C — and an array of associated hands-on controls housed in a rugged steel and aluminium chassis with no plastic mouldings (making it ideally suited to withstanding the rigours of the road while being equally at home in the studio, home- based or otherwise), Generator is actually a playable step sequencer at its musical heart. How, exactly, it does that is exactly what sets it apart from the run-of- the-mill step sequencing pack.


Put it this way: with Generator it’s not simply a case of setting up a short sequence of notes to be left looping ad infinitum, as is still the case with some step sequencers out there — though there is still something to be said for those mesmerising musical compositions conjured up by the repetitive note patterns pioneered and popularised by the likes of Germany’s homegrown Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream during their Seventies heyday and appropriated in many musical styles since; instead, its user interface is deftly designed to make it easy, fun, and intuitive to change generated rhythms and also play alternative sequences.


Firstly, four dedicated knobs offering patent-pending IReTiGaC (Intuitive Real Time Gate Control) can change the rhythm of the beats for the pattern playing by setting which of the 16 steps of the sequence will produce gates; slowly rotating each knob adds more beats in specific positions, thereby increasing the intensity of the rhythm. A pair of associated GATE pattern outputs are available alongside a FLIPPED GATE ‘copy’ — positive voltage with an inverted ‘state’ (so the output does the opposite of the main GATE outputs) — for flexibility when connecting to suitably-equipped analogue synthesisers, Eurorack modular system setups, or other analogue equipment. These output the rhythm set using those IReTiGaC knobs, and using both together with two different synths creates considerable interplay between them.


The wonderful world of the VOLTAGE GENERATOR is where Generator really steps up to the plate to offer some serious alternative action, though. This is a special kind of transposer/CV generator with six ‘slots’ — each activated using its own triangular-shaped gold-plated pressure plate. The corresponding knob above each plate is used to set the control voltage output of the VOLTAGE GENERATOR within an approximate range of 0-5V. Those voltage outputs can be sent straight to and mixed with CV CHANNEL A, CV CHANNEL B, and CV CHANNEL C’s respective CV A, CV B, and CV C outputs sockets, with an associated SHIFT switch’s settings determining what goes where: setting said switch into its ‘up’ position results in the VOLTAGE GENERATOR being mixed with A, B, C (CV CHANNEL A, CV CHANNEL B, and CV CHANNEL C); ‘centre’ is off, and ‘down’ results in the VOLTAGE GENERATOR only being mixed with C (CV CHANNEL C). The VOLTAGE GENERATOR’s control voltage is also always available on its own CV output, allowing users to patch it back somewhere else — even externally (to a suitable synth or modular setup).


So what, exactly, can be done with this visionary VOLTAGE GENERATOR? For starters, it can conceivably be used as a standalone six ‘note’ interval CV keyboard to directly play an external CV-equipped synthesiser, such as Analogue Solutions’ own Treadstone (taking the same smart, small, and affordable desktop design-driven analogue attributes of its similarly superior-sounding synthBlocks signal-processing siblings and applying them to a true analogue mono synth that packs a lot of patchable punch into a perfectly-matched, portable package). Patching possibilities abound as the VOLTAGE GENERATOR pressure plates are routed to its own outputs: the CV socket outputs control voltage, so pressing plates harder results in a higher voltage that can, for instance, be used to creatively control clock tempo, intensity, fill, or transpose via their respective INT CLOCK TEMPO, INTENSITY, FILL, and TRANSPOSE sockets. (The INTENSITY input uses a CV of approximately 0-5V to alter the intensity of the rhythm with more beats being added to the rhythm as the voltage increases; the FILL input is similar to INTENSITY, but only affects the last four steps to alter the pattern of notes in the last four beats of the sequencer.) The GATE socket outputs a gate that can be used to clock the sequencer, RESET or START it, for example. Additionally, another output voltage from the VOLTAGE GENERATOR can also be patched to alter internal clock speed or transpose. That said, there are also QUANTISED VG output sockets outputting the same signal which will quantise the VOLTAGE GENERATOR voltage to the nearest semitone (when using 1V/oct synths).


Thereafter, thanks to those three parallel channels of 16 steps, Generator steps back into more familiar step sequencing territory — albeit with dedicated start and end LOOP point controls for initiating interesting patterns — that plays well with any analogue gear that has CV and Gate inputs, including vintage or more modern analogue synths and Eurorack modular system setups. Since it does not feature a MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) output, it is clearly not a MIDI sequencer — nor a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) control surface. Saying that, it is equipped with a MIDI IN socket, so allows sync, start, stop, and resend control signals to be sent from a DAW or MIDI sequencer. Speaking of which, using MIDI Note information, users can program their own ‘clock pattern’ that can run to clock Generator at the same tempo, half the number of notes to run Generator at half tempo, double the number of notes to run it at double tempo, or even mute the clock note pattern to silence Generator at a particular point before unmuting to get it running again, all the while creating rhythmic patterns to make Generator syncopate with DAW patterns — much more creative and gratifying than simply using MIDI sync alone.


Analogue Solutions is clearly playing to win with its next-generation Generator step sequencer — so much so that the likes of (the still-active) Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream should seriously consider playing with one (or more) onstage or in the studio. Speaking of which, English electronic music duo The Chemical Brothers already have access to two! That said, chances are musician, composer, arranger, record producer, and music programmer par excellence Martyn Ware would also approve... after all, he co-composed Sheffield synth-pop funksters Heaven 17’s influential single ‘Play To Win’ way back in 1981, at a time when synthesisers started to make a serious dent in the charts, exciting the ears of one teenage Tom Carpenter — Analogue Solutions’ future founder — in the process.


Priced at £629.00 GBP (inc. VAT)/$749.00 USD/€679.00 EUR (inc. VAT), Generator is available to purchase through Analogue Solutions’ growing global network of authorised dealers — including Analogue Solutions itself — listed here: http://www.analoguesolutions.com/dealers/


For more in-depth information, visit the dedicated Treadstone webpage here: http://www.analoguesolutions.com/generator/


Watch Analogue Solutions putting Generator through its performance paces in this live demonstration video: https://youtu.be/IC_qDpln50E



About Analogue Solutions (www.analoguesolutions.com)

Analogue Solutions is a UK-based boutique electronic instruments innovator that specialises in true analogue synthesizers, sequencers, and Eurorack modules. More than 25 years experience in the industry means that they were right there at the start of the Eurorack revolution — the third company to start producing modules,in fact.Furthermore,Analogue Solutions products are all hand built in England — many being tested by founderTom Carpenter himself,who has hands-on involvement in all aspects of the company. Characterful to boot, Analogue Solutions innovative instruments are applauded for proudly possessing a truly vintage sound — synthesizers featuring fully-analogue audio paths with analogue LFOs (Low Frequency Oscillators) and EGs (Envelope Generators) are the order of the day here. Having no memories means that nothing is being made to sound sterile by CPU (Central Processing Unit) control; conversely, turning a knob directly changes the voltage or current in an actual synth circuit to audible affect. Analogue Solutions founder Tom Carpenter consistently constitutes proof of a genuine passion for analogue synths, drawing upon his years of owning and using vintage analogue synths and drum machines that he still uses in his own music productions — alongside Analogue Solutions products, predictably!


© 2018 Analogue Solutions (UK) Ltd



<![CDATA[Soundfield By RØDE NT-SF1 Ambisonic Mic Now Shipping]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/soundfield-by-rde-nt-sf1-ambisonic-mic-now-shipping Fri, 14 Sep 2018 15:37:09 GMT
SoundField by RØDE NT-SF1 Microphone.
AMSTERDAM September 14, 2018: On day 1 of IBC, Australian pro audio giant RØDE Microphones is proud to announce that theSoundField by RØDE NT-SF1 360° Surround Ambisonic Microphone – launched at NAB in April – is now shipping internationally and will be available at a dealer near you soon.
The legendary ambisonic marque SoundField pioneered 360° surround-with-height audio capture in 1978, and was acquired by The Freedman Group, home of RØDE Microphones, in 2016. The SoundField by RØDE NT-SF1 marks the first collaboration between the two storied brands. The result is an incredible, broadcast-grade ambisonic microphone for less than USD$1000 – a world first. The NT-SF1 also comes with a blimp-style windshield and fur cover for intensive wind protection, and a shock mount for steady recording.
“With four of our incredibly transparent new TF45C half-inch cardioid capsules set in the striking tetrahedral array, the NT-SF1 rivals the finest ambisonic microphones in the world,” says The Freedman Group’s Founder and ChairmanPeter Freedman AM. “Thanks to our unmatched investment in precision automated production, we can make these mics at a fraction of the cost of our competitors – and its sound quality is superior in every way. As for the ‘SoundField By RØDE’ Plugin – Wow! It is so powerful, intuitive and looks incredible. And it’s free!”
SoundField is also the pioneering company behind the concepts of A-Format™ and B-Format™ audio. The Microphones record in A-Format™ but it is the conversion to B-Format™ that allows a single Ambisonic Microphone to provide 4 tracks that can be manipulated in any direction in post, possess any polarity possible and enable creators to place their sounds wherever they like within the 360° soundfield.
The SoundField by RØDE Plugin is a bespoke companion plugin available for free download on both Windows and Mac and allows users to endlessly reshape their audio. The SoundField by RØDE Plugin is perfectly matched to the NT-SF1 Microphone and operates in a completely different way to traditional ambisonic processors. Eschewing the matrices and correction filters of previous generations, it utilises state-of-the-art frequency-domain processing to deliver unparalleled spatial accuracy at all frequencies. And with the embrace of beamforming technology, B-Format™ can, for the first time, create shotgun-type patterns.
The plugin has the standard surround-sound set-ups including Dolby Atmos up to 7.1.4 and is supported by Protools, Q-base, Nuendo, Reaper and Logic in VST, AU or AAX formats, all with RØDE’s legendary ease-of-use.
The ‘SoundField By RØDE’ Plugin user interface, for mixing 360° 3D 4-track B-Format™ audio and beamforming.
Intuitive, powerful and easy to learn, the SoundField by RØDE Plugin is also a visual feast, with unique sound level visualisation providing immediate feedback into levels and soundscape, whilst ‘advanced’ mode opens up all parameters and controls for the ultimate in sound shaping.
For full specs, features and demonstration videos of the SoundField by RØDE NT-SF1, go torode.com/ntsf1.
To download the free SoundField by RØDE Plugin, go to rode.com/soundfieldplugin.
<![CDATA[KORG Announces Limited-Edition DAW-Inspired nanoSERIES Controllers]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/korg-announces-limited-edition-daw-inspired-nanoseries-controllers Thu, 13 Sep 2018 13:42:00 GMT


KORG Announces Limited-Edition DAW-Inspired nanoSERIES Controllers





Melville, NY – September 10th, 2018 – Ten years ago KORG released their popular, slim-line nanoSERIES controllers consisting of: The Nano Key, the Nano Kontrol and the Nano Pad. To commemorate a decade of these legacy MIDI controllers, coveted for their cutting-edge design and technology, KORG has announced two vibrant color models that align perfectly with any DAW-based or hardware-centric studio.


The blue and yellow nanos pair with KORG Gadget; KORG’s acclaimed DAW software for iOS and MAC, which has become a prime tool for music producers and songwriters everywhere. The orange and green models pay homage to multiple popular DAW environments. The limited edition nanoSERIES truly lets users complement their software with their hardware.


“DAW and compact controllers’ integration has really come a long way,” says James Sajeva, Director of Music Technology Brands at Korg USA, Inc. “This limited series offers a very unique, eye-catching way for users to ‘coordinate their control’ with their software, or simply make a statement in-studio or onstage,” Sajeva continues.


Each purchase comes with downloadable codes for the KORG software bundle, a comprehensive suite of music production tools, along with a 20% discount coupon for KORG’s Gadget for OSX. The limited- edition nanoKEY2 in Blue/Yellow or Orange/Green ($54.99), nanoPAD2 in Blue/Yellow or Orange/Green ($64.99) and nanoKONTROL2 in Blue/Yellow or Orange/Green ($64.99) will be available Fall 2018 through select retailers. For more information, visit www.korg.com.



<![CDATA[Lectrosonics Introduces The SPDR Stereo Portable Digital Recorder]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/lectrosonics-introduces-the-spdr-stereo-portable-digital-recorder Thu, 13 Sep 2018 13:38:22 GMT
Lectrosonics Introduces the SPDR Stereo Portable Digital Recorder

Rio Rancho, NM (September 11, 2018) -- Lectrosonics is very pleased to introduce the new stereo version of its acclaimed PDR micro digital recorder, the SPDR (Stereo Portable Digital Recorder.) The SPDR is a professional quality, dual-channel unit designed for use in ENG (Electronic News Gathering), in film and video production, as a backup recorder, or for personal use. The new SPDR was developed by Lectrosonics in response to numerous customer requests for a small, lightweight dual channel recorder with a variety of additional features.
The SPDR records to a Micro SDHC memory card in Broadcast Wave Format (.WAV with iXML metadata) and 24 bit depth, in sample rates of either 48 kHz or 96 kHz. The unit can accept inputs from analog line level and AES digital sources, or from lav microphones wired for standard Lectrosonics 5-pin “servo bias” inputs. The SPDR can be jammed with time code via an industry-standard 5-pin Lemo connector, and features a highly accurate, temperature compensated (TCXO) time base crystal.

The SPDR is designed for use on virtual reality sound captures or as a backup recorder for bag systems in the field. The micro recorder allows capture of the full stereo audio of an extreme sport participant, in-car scenes or in situations where a wireless system isn’t practical. When used in conjunction with a small mixer and the SRC receiver, the SPDR makes for a lightweight interview setup that provides full redundancy - all fitting into a small fanny pack. For compatibility with a wider range of memory cards while retaining high reliability, the SPDR features a deep write buffer.
“Our customers were ecstatic when we first introduced the PDR portable digital recorder, and we received a lot of feedback on what additional features would be ideal in a small recorder. The introduction of the new SPDR is the result of all those requests,” says Karl Winkler, Vice President of Sales at Service at Lectrosonics, Inc. “Mainly, users wanted a highly accurate time base, the ability to record in stereo, and the choice of internal or external powering for a variety of applications. And we are very excited to see all the creative ways the SPDR will be used!”
Dweedle tone commands allow easy start and stop using the PDRRemote, a 3rd party application for iPhone or Android. The SPDR has an external power input with internal battery switchover, allowing all day recording from your bag battery with immediate fall back to the internal batteries should there be an external power loss. A 32GB memory card allows almost 30 hours of recording time at the 48kHz sample rate. A high quality headphone output is provided for playback and monitoring.
The SPDR’s rugged aluminum housing allows easy access for the Micro SDHC memory card (up to 32GB), two AA batteries, and DC input for external power. Run times of up to 13 hours can be expected when using Alkaline AA batteries.
The Lectrosonics PDR is available now with an MSRP of $1495 U.S.
About Lectrosonics
Well respected within the film, broadcast, and theatre technical communities since 1971, Lectrosonics wireless microphone systems and audio processing products are used daily in mission-critical applications by audio engineers familiar with the company's dedication to quality, customer service, and innovation. Lectrosonics is a US manufacturer based in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Visit the company online at www.lectrosonics.com.
<![CDATA[An Erratic Clutch That You'll Actually Like]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/an-erratic-clutch-that-youll-actually-like Thu, 13 Sep 2018 13:27:36 GMT


The Erratic Clutch Deluxe Pedal Kit New from MOD® Kits DIY




The Erratic Clutch Deluxe is a unique effect pedal kit that gives you fuzzy square wave distortion as well as a monophonic sub-octave square wave using a total of only four transistors. The two signals can be used individually or mixed together for a raw and sonically rich synthy output. Full of character and quirk, this pedal will give you a truly original sound.


MOD® Kits are designed to give novice and experienced musicians the opportunity to build their own amps and effects pedals. All kits come with easy-to-follow instructions and use point-to-point wiring. A pre-drilled enclosure and all necessary parts are included. All you need to provide are hand tools, a soldering iron and solder. The effect pedal operates on a 9V battery; for a longer lasting option, a 9-volt adapter can be purchased separately.


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





<![CDATA[Joey Sturgis Tones Release Toneforge Misha Mansoor Plugin]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/joey-sturgis-tones-release-toneforge-misha-maansoor-plugin Thu, 13 Sep 2018 13:22:23 GMT


Toneforge Misha Mansoor Three-Channel AMP image
Seattle, Sept. 13, 2018 – Joey Sturgis Tones, one of the gear industry’s fasted growing companies, has partnered with Periphery guitar player Misha Mansoor for Toneforge Misha Mansoor, an audio plugin that captures the heralded guitar player’s signature sound.
“I’ve always been inspired by what Misha has done with music and guitar, all the way back to the Ultimate Metal forum and the Andy Sneap forum days. I knew at some point we’d work together but I could never have imagined it at this capacity. I’m really thankful and honored to design an amazing guitar tone around his style and play,” explained Joey Sturgis about the partnership.
“I never thought I would have the opportunity to design a guitar amp plugin to my taste,” shared Misha, who walks users through the plugin via this video:https://youtu.be/iEFZjLewYoo. “When Joey Sturgis came to me with the idea, I was obviously ecstatic. I created a rather extensive wish list and gave him and his team as much input and direction as possible when it came to all aspects, but the focus was always on the tone, playability and versatility. I don’t know how they did it but they put together something that managed to go above and beyond my wish list, and I’m honored to have my name associated with such a genuinely powerful and inspiring plugin .”
Misha walks users through Toneforge Misha Mansoor in the above video
Toneforge Misha Mansoor’s key features:
  • Three-channel amp with unique “infinity” gain knob that morphs the tone stack in levels as you increase the gain
  • Built-in virtual model of Horizon Devices Precision Drive pedal
  • Amp features highly detailed controls such as harmonics, saturation, “purr” and more so users can craft their own signature tone
  • JST Matched Cab – a perfectly paired set of cabs to match each amp mode, curated by Joey Sturgis
  • Robust cab room including a private selection of Misha’s speaker and cab collection with built-in IR loader for external impulse responses
  • Three effect pedals developed to Misha’s exacting standards
  • Mixing tools built-in for all-in-one tone-crafting and mixing
Toneforge Misha Mansoor is compatible with Windows 7+/Mac OS X 10.6.8+ VST2, VST3, RTAS, AU, AAX – 32 & 64 bit. The plugin retails for $149 and can be purchased via Joeysturgistones.com.
About Joey Sturgis Tones
Joey Sturgis Tones was founded in 2013 by iconic producer Joey Sturgis. It began simply as a way for Joey to create plugins that solved his own unique production challenges but has since become one of the industry’s fastest-growing companies. JST’s catalog now features over 20 products that are a fixture in home and professional studios across the globe. Driven by a commitment to quality and a focus on solving specific problems rather than emulating the hardware of the past, Joey Sturgis Tones look to continue to innovate with an ever-expanding world of audio production tools that challenge the status quo and push the artist to unleash their creativity.
About Misha Mansoor
Misha Mansoor is one of modern heavy music’s most revered guitar players, known for his lightning-fast playing coupled with unrivaled technical prowess and an eye towards innovation. One of the founders of the Grammy-nominated prog outfit Periphery, Misha has been featured on the covers of Guitar Worldand Total Guitar magazines and is continually sharing details of his craft via Periphery’s “summer jam” as well as a highlighted clinician at NAMM as well asTotal Guitar’s upcoming UK Guitar Show. Rolling Stone has dubbed him one of “the most notable guitarists from the next generation of six-string legends,” while Alternative Press (in a recent nomination for Best Guitarist) said of Mansoor, “One of the founders of the djent movement, Periphery have been pushing the barriers of metal.”
<![CDATA[iZotope’s New RX 7 Makes Audio Repair Easier For Musicians]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/izotopes-new-rx-7-makes-audio-repair-easier-for-musicians Thu, 13 Sep 2018 13:16:30 GMT

iZotope’s New RX 7 Makes Audio Repair Easier for Musicians


New features powered by machine learning, like Music Rebalance and Repair Assistant, open up creative possibilities in music production




iZotope, Inc., Cambridge, MA - September 13, 2018 - iZotope, Inc., the experts in intelligent audio technology, today released updates to the RX family of audio repair and enhancement software.


The seventh generation of RX builds on years of extensive research in digital signal processing and machine learning. Where RX 7 Advanced and the RX Post Production Suite focus on the needs of audio post professionals, RX 7 Standard and RX Elements solve common (and uncommon) audio issues faced by musicians.


RX 7 Standard Key Features

The updates in version 7 represent the latest advances in iZotope’s assistive audio technology, helping musicians speed past mundane tasks so they can focus on creative work. Highlights include:

  • Repair Assistant - This industry-first intelligent repair tool analyzes audio to detect noise, clipping, clicks, and more, then offers three processing suggestions at three different intensities to help make fixes faster than ever.

  • Music Rebalance - Using an algorithm trained with machine learning, Music Rebalance performs source separation by intelligently identifying vocals, bass, percussion, and other instruments. A user can then individually enhance elements of a stereo audio track, making it possible to adjust a mix without multitracks.

  • Remove/Isolate Vocals - Create instrumental versions of songs by removing the vocal elements, or isolate the vocal to prepare a remix without having access to individual tracks or stems.


RX Elements Key Feature

RX Elements has also been updated with a streamlined version of Repair Assistant, offering a single repair suggestion with a choice of three intensity levels.


“With so many of us at iZotope musicians ourselves, we know too well how wrestling with audio problems can ruin a creative moment,” comments Gerry Caron, iZotope’s Chief Product Officer. “With features like Repair Assistant, we’re removing that friction in the creative process—providing tools and insight to solve your problems without sacrificing the flexibility you need to make your own creative decisions.”      


Availability & Pricing

RX 7 Standard and RX Elements are now available at www.izotope.com/rx and select retailers.

All new products are on sale now through October 31, 2018. Pricing details for new customers and upgrading customers can be found at www.izotope.com/rxpricing. Owners of previous versions of RX can find their upgrade coupons in their iZotope account.



About iZotope, Inc.

At iZotope, we’re obsessed with great sound. Our intelligent audio technology helps musicians, music producers, and audio post engineers focus on their craft rather than the tech behind it. We design award-winning software, plug-ins, hardware, and mobile apps powered by the highest quality audio processing, machine learning, and strikingly intuitive interfaces. iZotope: the shortest path from sound to emotion.

Founded in 2001, iZotope is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. To learn more, visit us at www.izotope.com and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.




<![CDATA[Introducing The Billy Gibbons Red Devil Strat Pickups]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/introducing-the-billy-gibbons-red-devil-strat-pickups Thu, 13 Sep 2018 13:11:57 GMT


Sizzling-hot Texas tone for Strat-style single coil guitars—so good you'll think you've died and gone to heaven.


Keep the summer heat going with our brand new Billy Gibbons Red Devil Pickups! 

Everything is bigger in Texas—and it’s hard to imagine a bigger tone than Texas-born Billy Gibbons’ 1959 Les Paul, Pearly Gates. Renowned for his highly distinct tone, Billy Gibbons has never been one to limit himself to a single guitar. Needing to recreate his legendary 59’ humbucker tone but in a Strat-sized single coil route, Billy placed a call to La Maestra, Maricela “MJ” Juarez. From their conversation a new pickup set was born and is destined to be as legendary as the Texas rocker himself.​​​​​​​ All the fat, P.A.F. tone and Texas hot-sauce sizzle of Billy’s favorite was recreated in a pickup that will fit in any Strat-sized single coil route—proving tone as big as Texas can come in deceptively small packages.


The Red Devil for Strat set features three unique pickup winds, with specially calibrated Alnico 5 magnets. The bridge is wound like an extra spicy P.A.F., with enough meat to beef up your Strat and provide the fat tone of Billy’s #1. The neck and middle step back the heat a little and brush on sweet, smoky blues—ideal for cleans, rhythm, or lead.


Hand built in our Santa Barbara, CA factory; the Red Devil model for Strat uses Alnico 5 magnets, 4-conductor lead wire for multiple wiring options, and vacuum wax potting for squeal-free performance.

Your Strat tone is about to get huge! Click the link below to read all the specs and listen to our sound samples. 
Buy Red Devils individually or as a complete set. (Neck, Middle, Bridge, or Set)
Select from 4 different covers:White, Creme, Black, or Parchment.
<![CDATA[PreSonus Delivers Major Studio One 4.1 Update]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/presonus-delivers-major-studio-one-4.1-update Thu, 13 Sep 2018 13:02:57 GMT
PreSonus Delivers Major Studio One 4.1 Update
PreSonus Studio One 4.1 Professional with Pipeline XT
Baton Rouge, Louisiana—September 2018…PreSonus® is now shipping Studio One® version 4.1, a major update to its popular music production software (DAW) for Mac® and Windows®. The version 4.1 update includes both Studio One 4 Artist and Studio One 4 Professional and is free to registered users.

Studio One Professional’s unique Pipeline XT plug-in lets you insert hardware processors into your Studio One session with automatic latency compensation, enabling you to easily mix and match your favorite plug-ins with your hardware processors. With Studio One Professional 4.1, Pipeline XT has received a complete user interface makeover and has added several new features and improvements. For example, latency can now be measured and compensated automatically with a single click; you can then make manual adjustments. The maximum delay has been increased from 5,000 samples to 32,000 samples. The stereo Pipeline XT plug-in now supports mono sends without losing a second hardware output. In the “useful and cool” department, you can take a snapshot of your external effects processor and drag it into the Pipeline XT center display to capture hardware settings for later manual recall. A new note pad allows you to add text notes to your presets to document specific setup instructions and parameter settings for your hardware processor. Everything can be saved into presets.

Tempo track editing is faster and better than ever. Now you can edit tempo with Studio One’s familiar automation tools for ramps, curves, and smoother adjustments. Switch between the default time-linear timebase and a new beat-linear timebase so that the grid no longer jumps under the mouse pointer. Narrow the Tempo Track display range to a musically meaningful range for improved tempo editing and visibility.

Studio One 4 eased the process of switching between other DAWs and Studio One by supporting AAF (Advanced Authoring Format). With version 4.1’s new AAF export options, compatibility with other DAWs has been vastly improved. You can now embed WAV or AIFF audio files, instead of referencing them; split stereo tracks (important for exporting to Pro Tools); and create copies of audio files in WAV or AIFF format, with a choice of resolution and sample rate. Trim file sizes by eliminating unused regions; export pan automation—or don’t, if you’re exporting to an application that doesn’t recognize it; and use the new Legacy mode to export to an application that only imports AAF 1.0.

Fully remote-controllable from any MIDI controller, Note Repeat has been vastly improved. Note Repeat now has its own section in the Record Panel where you can activate/deactivate Note Repeat, select a repeat rate, and activate/deactivate Note Erase. Set the gate time for notes and use key or poly pressure to control note velocity. Quantize notes to the song grid (similar to Quantize in Impact XT); when Quantize is inactive, notes are triggered instantly from a key or pad. Use Key Remote mode to control all Note Repeat functions from a keyboard controller. These are just a few of the new Note Repeat features.

Studio One 4.1 also adds a new System DPI Scaling option for third-party plug-ins on Windows 10 so that they appear at the normal size expected by the user on high-DPI 4K and 5K screens, and it delivers other improvements.  For more information, please visit www.presonus.com/products/Studio-One/whats-new.
PreSonus Studio One 4.1 Tempo Track
PreSonus Studio One 4.1 Note Repeat Tool
About PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc.
Founded in 1995, PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc., is a leading designer and manufacturer of audio-recording and live-sound software, hardware, and related accessories. PreSonus's software, microphone preamps, signal processors, digital audio interfaces, digital mixers, control surfaces, loudspeakers, and other products are used worldwide for recording, sound reinforcement, broadcast, sound design, and Internet audio.
<![CDATA[The H3-VR Handy Recorder - VR Audio, You’ve Arrived]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/the-h3-vr-handy-recorder---vr-audio-youve-arrived Thu, 13 Sep 2018 12:56:01 GMT


The Zoom H3-VR Handy Recorder
VR Audio, You’ve Arrived



September 13, 2018 – Zoom Corporation introduces the H3-VR virtual reality audio recorder – the only recorder that can capture, encode and decode spatial audio all in one device.


The H3-VR’s 4-capsule Ambisonic mic captures 4 channels of 360-degree audio up to 24 bit/96 kHz. The onboard decoder automatically converts the raw Ambisonics A audio to VR-ready Ambisonics B audio, so it can easily be paired with your 360-video. And no computer is required. 


The H3-VR can also record stereo files in binaural mode, providing a hyper-realistic spatial recording for 2D creators looking to add more depth to their sound. For musicians, this means transporting fans from the back row to center stage.


A 6-axis motion sensor provides the H3-VR with Auto Mic Position and Level Detection, so however you position the mic from scene to scene, your 360-audio and video orientations will stay aligned.


Creators can monitor their audio while recording and with the H3 Control App, creators can remotely access transport controls, levels, and metadata notes right from their iOS device.* After audio is recorded, the onboard Ambisonics playback allows you to rotate the H3-VR to simulate spatial audio while listening.


“We’re excited to enter the world of VR audio, but for us it just seems natural,” commented David Via, Vice President of Market at Zoom North America. “Numerous market research studies have VR and AR consumer markets growing ten-fold over the next five years and content creation will grow with them. Historically video development has taken priority over audio considerations,” Via continued, “but the H3-VR puts sound design back at the forefront. It offers VR creators newly enhanced 360-content and a streamlined workflow all at a very affordable price.”


At $349.99, the Zoom H3-VR democratizes 360-content production by giving creators of all levels the tools they need to capture spatial audio for VR, AR and mixed-realty content. 


The Zoom H3-VR will be available in October 2018. For more information including specs and videos, please visit www.zoom-na.com/H3VR or contact Zoom North America at info@zoom-na.com.


*Optional BTA-1 required




The ZOOM H3-VR is an all-in-one virtual reality audio recorder, featuring an Ambisonic mic and onboard decoder.



Zoom North America is the U.S. affiliate of the Zoom Corporation (Japan). The company prides itself on offering its customers the very highest level of service and support.  For more information, please visit www.zoom-na.com or contact Zoom North America at info@zoom-na.com.



<![CDATA[Celestion Introduces The CDV1-1757 Compression Driver]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/celestion-introduces-the-cdv1-1757-compression-driver Thu, 13 Sep 2018 12:48:17 GMT
Celestion Introduces the CDV1-1757 Compression Driver Designed for Optimum Vocal Clarity
Driver Designed for Applications Such as the Broadcast of the Adhan, Where Maximum Clarity is Required for the Voice of the Imam, to Reach Worshippers Over the Greatest Distances
Dubai, U.A.E. (September 12,  2018) —Celestion, one of the world’s leading suppliers of professional loudspeakers and compression drivers for sound reinforcement applications well-known for their drivers used by the world’s legendary guitarists, is pleased to introduce the CDV1-1757 compression driver at the upcoming Pro Light + Sound Middle East show in Dubai on September 23-25, 2018. 
The new CDV1-1757 is a compression driver specifically designed for optimum performance across the critical vocal band. This makes the product ideal for applications such as the broadcast of the Adhan, where maximum clarity and intelligibility is demanded for the voice of the Imam, with the capability to reach worshippers over the greatest possible distance.
“Pure vocal applications such as the Call to Prayer, require a more application-specific approach to compression driver design” commented Celestion Head of Engineering, Paul Cork. “By taking a fresh look at one of our existing designs--modifying the phase plug and optimising the volume of the rear loading chamber­­--we were able to create a device that gave additional focus to the part of the frequency range where the voice sits. This led us to develop a driver with a greater vocal output level together with enhanced clarity.”
This driver features Celestion technology built in, including a 1.75” (44mm) edgewound copper clad aluminium voice coil; tough, single piece polyimide diaphragm/surround; plus finite element analysis (FEA) optimised magnet assembly and phase plug. This enables the driver to deliver 120W continuous power handling (60Wrms, AES standard) and 107dB sensitivity. A standard 1.38” (35mm) screw fitting provides maximum compatibility with a range of Celestion and third party horn flares.
Visit Celestion in Hall 4, Stand F10 at Pro Light + Sound Middle East: 23rd to 25th September 2018 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
About Celestion
With worldwide headquarters in Ipswich, England, Celestion design, develop and manufacture high-quality professional audio loudspeakers and compression drivers for sound reinforcement; premium guitar and bass guitar loudspeakers. These world-renowned speakers are used onstage and in clubs, theatres and other venues the world over. Contact Celestion at: info@celestion.com and visit us on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/celestion.
<![CDATA[Roland Announces TD-1DMK V-Drums]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/roland-announces-td-1dmk-v-drums Thu, 13 Sep 2018 12:44:17 GMT


Roland Announces TD-1DMK V-Drums  
Inspiring entry-level electronic drum kit with Roland’s acclaimed double-mesh pads and education features  
Los Angeles, CA, September 13, 2018 — Roland announces the TD-1DMK V-Drums, an entry-level electronic drum set with legendary V-Drums sound and playability. The TD-1DMK offers a variety of great drum sounds, authentic acoustic feel with Roland’s famous dual-ply mesh pads, and access to powerful skill-building tools with onboard coach functions and free Melodics for V-Drums training software for Mac/Windows. This makes it an ideal choice for beginning drummers and practicing students, as well as adults who want to get back into drumming later in life. Delivering a fulfilling drumming experience in a compact kit that can be played quietly with headphones, the TD-1DMK is an infinitely inspiring instrument that will launch a lifetime of drumming satisfaction and enjoyment.   
For Beginners: Start Playing Drums Now 
For players who are just starting out, the TD-1DMK is a hassle-free drum kit that’s easy to set up and intuitive to use. With just a few simple steps, users can start playing an authentic-sounding collection of 15 preset kits and enjoy a realistic and engaging drumming experience right away. And with onboard coach functions and Melodics for V-Drums software, they’ll learn essential skills and experience improvement with every practice session. Weighing just 15.5 lb./7 kg, the TD-1DMK is convenient to move around the home and to other performance locations as needed.  
For Parents: Help Develop Your Child’s Sense of Rhythm
When a child learns a musical instrument, they build discipline, determination, and many other essential life skills. Accurate timing and keeping a solid beat are fundamental elements of drumming, and the TD-1DMK’s onboard metronome and 10 coach functions motivate successful development with a game-like experience that keeps every playing session fun and engaging. Melodics for V-Drums takes learning even further with interactive drum lessons that build a sense of rhythm without it seeming like hard work. The TD-1DMK’s pads are quieter than other electronic drums too, allowing children to practice for extended periods without limitations.  
For Students: Become a Better Drummer
With its great feel and natural response, the TD-1DMK supports developing all the traditional techniques needed to be a top-level drummer. Thanks to the fast processing and authentic acoustic sounds of the kit’s module, the TD-1DMK faithfully responds to the subtle nuances of the user’s playing, with every dynamic nuance detected and faithfully relayed. Compared with other mesh heads, Roland’s dual-ply mesh heads for the snare and toms feature adjustable tension, and also provide authentic natural rebound that’s as close as possible to the feel of playing acoustic drum heads. The TD-1DMK’s kick pad is compatible with standard single and double kick pedals, and features a soft rubber surface that absorbs noise from the beater while maintaining natural acoustic feel and response.  
For Past Players: It’s Time to Start Drumming Again
The TD-1DMK is the perfect solution for bringing drums back into anyone’s life. From onboard songs across a variety of genres to connecting a smartphone to the module and playing with favorite tracks and web lessons, users can drum along and quickly reignite their musical passion. And with the ability to play quietly with headphones, they can fully immerse themselves without disturbing family members and neighbors. The durable TD-1DMK is infused with renowned V-Drums reliability, providing playing confidence for years to come. As skills and ambitions are renewed, there’s even room for expansion by adding an extra crash cymbal or upgrading the sound module.  
To learn more about the TD-1DMK V-Drums, visit Roland.com.
Roland TD-1DMK V-Drums (kick pedal sold separately)

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[Women's Audio Mission To Host First Recording Arts Conference For Women In New York]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/womens-audio-mission-to-host-first-recording-arts-conference-for-women-in-new-york Wed, 12 Sep 2018 13:30:45 GMT




Nonprofit for Women in Audio Brings Award-Winning Training to New York with Top Female Music/Audio Professionals



San Francisco, CA – September 11, 2018 – Women’s Audio Mission (WAM), a nonprofit dedicated to the advancement of women in music production and the recording arts will present their first immersive recording arts conference for women in New York, WAMCon New York, at YouTube Space NY and the legendary Jungle City Studios, on October 19-20, sponsored by iZotope, the Recording Academy, Eventide, and Shure. 


WAM trains over 1,500 women and girls a year in the recording arts to address the critical lack of women in the audio industry (less than 5%). Over the past year, WAM’s mission and training programs have been spreading – the organization expanded to add a new training center in Oakland, CA and hosted two successful, sold-out recording arts conferences for women in Boston at iZotope/PRX Podcast Garage and in Los Angeles at Capitol Studios. 


Now, WAM will bring their award-winning training and programs to New York City. WAMCon New York will include a kick-off/reception at YouTube Space NY with top music industry professionals on the evening of Friday, October 19th, and a full-day of interactive workshops covering topics from studio recording techniques to deconstructing mixes to beatmaking and songwriting at Jungle City Studios and Centre for Social Innovation on Saturday, October 20th. Workshop leaders include award-winning women producers/engineers like Leslie Ann Jones (Dianne Reeves, Herbie Hancock), Ann Mincieli (Alicia Keys), Erin Tonkon (David Bowie), TRAKGIRL (Jhene Aiko, Luke James), Caroline Sanchez (Saturday Night Live), Haley Shaw (Gimlet Media), Chiquita Paschal (Uncivil, Buzzfeed), Erin Barra (Ableton) and Mitra Kaboli (The Heart, WNYC, ESPN). 


“For years, women on the East Coast have asked WAM when we would bring our programs to New York,” says WAM Executive Director, Terri Winston. “This is the year! WAM is thrilled to bring WAMCon to New York this year with a line-up of heavy-hitting women audio professionals, after two successful conferences in Boston and Los Angeles.” 


“I had the best experience today at the WAM @ Capitol event learning from a panel of inspiring and talented female musicians,” said musician Myracle McCoy, who attended WAM’s last conference in Los Angeles at Capitol Studios. “I feel so ready to go take over the world with my sisters right now!” 


Those interested in attending WAMCon New York can learn more about the event, panelists and workshop leaders, and purchase tickets here: WAMCon New York 2018. 

Tickets available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wamcon-new-york-2018-tickets-49315756756




About Women’s Audio Mission:

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



<![CDATA[Nuendo Live 2 New Multitrack Recording Solution]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/nuendo-live-2-new-multitrack-recording-solution Wed, 12 Sep 2018 13:05:30 GMT


Nuendo Live 2 New Multitrack Recording Solution


Steinberg releases the second iteration of Nuendo Live, designed to deliver reliability and performance for live recordings.



HAMBURG, Germany — Steinberg today announced the immediate availability of Nuendo Live 2, the premium multitrack live recording system that combines intuitive use and rock-solid stability with outstanding audio quality.


Conceived, designed and developed to record live events ranging from corporate keynote presentations to large music festivals, Nuendo Live 2 not only provides the necessary capabilities to deal with every live recording situation, but has that much more to offer with its cleverly automated background processes, high-visibility monitoring, its pre-record buffer option and compatibility with Nuendo for post-production.


The Meter View is one of the latest additions to Nuendo Live, allowing one to oversee all the recording session’s levels over the entire display, showing 32, 64, 96, 128 or 160 meters at once! The Track View feature has been enhanced to display the meter bridge on the bottom of the screen, with up to 64 tracks. When more channels are required, the meter or track count is divided into banks that can be accessed instantaneously by mouse click or key command.


Recording management is another highlight of Nuendo Live 2. The folder structure is generated automatically inside the project folder, but provides sufficient flexibility to create folder paths for recording outside the project folder. Another useful tool is that file numbering is not restricted to one folder. When files are recorded and saved to different folders, the chronological increment remains intact.


Nuendo Live seamlessly integrates with Yamaha CL and QL series digital mixing consoles. Once connected, Nuendo Live is controlled directly from the mixer’s touchscreen, including transport controls, channel name copy and marker set.


Marketing Manager Luis Dongo commented: “If you’re recording anything in a live situation, everything needs to go fast, it all needs to run smoothly, and of course you want to be able to rely one hundred percent on the software in use.”


Availability and pricing

Nuendo Live 2 is available as downloadable full retail version and update through the Steinberg Online Shop. The suggested retail price for Nuendo Live 2 is US $199.99 and its update from the first version is available for US $39.99.


Customers who have purchased a download version of Nuendo Live since August 15, 2018, are eligible for a free, downloadable Grace Period update to the latest version.


Key features

  • Advanced live recording system featuring straightforward single-window operation, record panel, pre-record buffer and more
  • Seamless integration with Yamaha CL and QL series mixing consoles for controlling essential Nuendo Live functions direct from the mixer
  • State-of-the-art recording quality, based on Steinberg’s award-winning audio engine, with 32-bit floating-point processing and up to 192 kHz resolution makes your recording stand out from the competition
  • Nuendo Live Record Panel with Meter View and Track View shows all essential information at once, creating confidence in demanding live situations
  • Advanced Session Management with auto-naming of recorded files, multiple folder creation, easy-to-use marker track, auto-save and notepad
  • Minimal setup time, thanks to automatic track creation function which makes Nuendo Live record-ready in less than a minute
  • 24+ hours recording time thanks to EBU-compliant RIFF 64 broadcast wave format in standard recording mode
  • Virtual Sound Check allows for easy use of previous recordings for sound check, including marker recall and 1:1 output
  • Deliver with confidence thanks to standardized rendering formats and Nuendo compatibility for post-production
  • Editing on the road: Nuendo Live includes essential editing functions, making it possible to create a basic edit straight after the show




Product page: www.steinberg.net/nuendolive

YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/nuendo



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[Korg Announces Entry Level Full-Sized Keyboard]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/korg-announces-entry-level-full-sized-keyboard Wed, 12 Sep 2018 12:59:33 GMT


Korg Announces Entry Level Full-Sized Keyboard




Melville, NY – September 10th, 2018 – Leading synthesizer company KORG has just announced the EK- 50; Korg’s first starter keyboard equipped with 280 styles and over 700 authentic sounds. The new, entry-level keyboard includes a variety of features that songwriters, amateur keyboardists and even touring musicians will enjoy.


Those just starting out in the world of music will find the EK-50 keyboard to be a fantastic beginner instrument. Whether it’s for a student’s first piano lesson, or for someone excited to take on a new hobby, this easy to learn keyboard will guide learning musicians to create beautiful music with little or no training. With an array of styles that provide backing accompaniment, allowing the user to experience full band backing with just one finger on the left hand, or by playing chords, KORG has developed the perfect keyboard to help any player realize their artistic potential.


“Korg takes pride in offering a broad range of music-making tools to suit musicians at all levels, and the EK-50 further expands upon this drive,” says James Sajeva, Director of Music Technology Brands at Korg USA, Inc. “The EK-50 is an ideally full-sized and great-sounding instrument that invites seasoned and aspiring musicians alike to enjoy music making, music exploration, and musical performance easily and affordably,” Sajeva continues.


With musical genres from all over the world, EK50’s styles provide the support needed for any performance. The Single Touch Select (STS) function automatically selects a recommended style when the player switches, providing a perfect pairing of sounds without distracting the performance. Styles and right-hand/melody parts are compromised from the EK-50’s extensive sound collection including: piano, violin, sax and drums.


The striking layout of the EK-50 includes a bright, clear display in the middle of the operating panel that illustrates the selected sound and style name. The principal switches are illuminated by their own LEDs, helping to easily visualize the setting of each function. The ‘Grand Piano Button’ included will retract back to the classical piano sound, regardless of what is currently being played for a quick and seamless reset.


The EK-50 also features class-leading built-in speakers, offering top-notch audio whether at home or on the stage. Starting at $399.99, the new keyboard will be available at select dealers in October 2018. For more information, visit www.korg.com.



<![CDATA[Magnetic Effects Introduces The Solar Bender V3]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/magnetic-effects-introduces-the-solar-bender-v3 Tue, 11 Sep 2018 12:36:41 GMT



The Solar Bender is a Tone Bender style fuzz with modern features.



London, England - 04 September 2018 - Magnetic Effects are pleased to release the Solar Bender V3.


Designed to capture the sonic flavour of a MKII Fuzz, the Solar Bender offers smooth, saturated fuzz tones with excellent harmonic overtones, sustain and an organic mid range response.


Temperature stability, buffer friendly response and standard power 9V DC power operation make the pedal easy to use on stage and in the studio while top mounted Jacks and DC socket provide space saving convenience on a pedalboard.


V3 builds on the popularity of the previous version with the addition of a three position bass response toggle switch and tweaked eq response.


Level, Attack, Bias and Tone controls provide plenty of scope for tonal variety. Carefully selected and tested Germanium and Silicon transistors are used to ensure an authentic vintage style fabulous fuzz tone.



- Top mounted Jacks and DC socket
- Level, Attack, Tone and Bias controls
- Three position Bass response toggle switch
- Tested and selected Germanium and Silicon transistors

- High input impedance and low output impedance - Polarity reverse circuit
- True bypass switching
- 9VDCcentrenegativeadapterpowered

- Reverse polarity protection - 100% Handmade

$165 US plus shipping.

Magnetic Effects is a company based in London, England specialising in handmade guitar pedals with practical features for guitarists.






<![CDATA[Sequenz Your Volca, Nano And Other Gear With This New Line Of Carrying Cases]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/sequenz-your-volca-nano-and-other-gear-with-this-new-line-of-carrying-cases Tue, 11 Sep 2018 12:29:31 GMT


Sequenz Launches New Line of Custom Carrying Cases



Melville, NY – September 10th, 2018 – Sequenz has continued to expand their business from premium keyboard stands to a new series of custom carrying cases. Now with new additions to their growing line, Sequenz is making traveling easier and more efficient for musicians to transport their favorite synthesizers.


The CC-Volca and CC-Nano were designed for each product respectively, providing a soft-shell structure with a distinctive mesh design that delivers cushioning and support. Both cases securely protect each product and even offer a variety of colors to further accentuate the player’s style. In addition, Sequenz has also released the SC-EK and SC-PA, a carrying case for the 61-note EK-50 keyboard or KORG’s acclaimed Pa300 arranger. The surface is made of rip-stop materials, providing durability while remaining light-weight and portable.


Also new to Sequenz’s growing brand is the MP-TB1; a sturdy, multi-purpose backpack for the traveling musician. With three main compartments in total, the main section accommodating larger equipment, such as compact synthesizers. The second compartment is ideal for laptops and other recording devices and lastly, the third compartment holds all other personal items; smartphones, cables and other necessities. With style and support, the MP-TB1 is the ideal backpack for musicians of all types.


“Sequenz stands are durable and stylish, so it’s no wonder that the company has expanded their line,” says Director of Technology Brands at Korg USA, James Sajeva. “These cases are perfect for students, musicians on the go, and everyone in between. If you’re in need of reliable cases to travel or even store your favorite KORG gear in, these are the perfect solution,” Sajeva concludes.


For more information on Sequenz products, visit https://sequenzmusicgear.com/.







<![CDATA[Waves Wind Water]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/waves-wind-water Tue, 11 Sep 2018 12:22:08 GMT
Introducing Waves Wind Water:
Enrich your atmospheres with gentle tides, gushing rapids, and whipping storms.

Invigorate your backgrounds with the elemental forces of Waves Wind Water – our latest specialty library featuring a beautiful variety of carefully focused and dynamic ocean, stream, river, and hurricane recordings from across the United States.

LIMITED TIME: Get Waves Wind Water for $59 (reg. $79) until Tuesday, Sept 11th.


Recorded and produced by Jason Strawley and Andrew Garraway in both Stereo and FuMa Ambisonics, this library provides incredibly immersive sounds along with gorgeous reference photos from each location. Enhance your projects with pristine recordings from coastal Maine, Florida’s gulf coast, Yosemite Valley, and Georgia’s Chattahoochee National Forest – as well as rare hurricane ambience captured during the approach and direct impact of Hurricane Irma.
<![CDATA[Korg Adds To Growing Accessories Line]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/korg-adds-to-growing-accessories-line Tue, 11 Sep 2018 11:40:40 GMT


KORG Launches New Products to Growing Accessories Line



Melville, NY – September 10th, 2018 – KORG has released two more accessories as part of their growing initiative to dominate the tuner and metronome catagory. KORG has taken the sleek design and impeccable accuracy of the Rimpitch and has released the Rimpitch C2; an evolution of KORG’s innovative acoustic guitar tuner, now in an even more compact package. Also new to the line is the MA- 2, an electronic metronome further improved on from its predecessor, the MA-1.



The Rimpitch C2 has been designed specifically for the acoustic guitar, fitting perfectly in the instrument’s sound hole. This unique construction allows for high visibility and limited distraction as it’s placed within the player’s natural field of vision. In addition, the Rimpitch C2 comes equipped with a highly visible LED display, making the player’s tuning experience easier and more convenient than ever. Acoustic guitarists everywhere will relish in the slim and compact design that has made guitar tuning an effortless necessity.



The MA-2 performs all key functions of a standard metronome, this time with a larger display and enhanced volume for easier detection. It provides user-friendly features including ‘timer mode’, a helpful tool for prolonged practicing, and ‘sound out mode’, which provides various tones for tuning. With up to 400 hours of continuous use, the MA-2 is a necessity for all musicians.


“KORG has been a leading force in the tuner industry for over 40 years and has continuously manufactured top of the line accessories for musicians,” says Brian Piccolo, Director of Guitar Brands at KORG USA, Inc. “The release of the Rimpitch C2 tuner and MA-2 metronome are no different. Both models are high-quality products essential for any guitarist or musician looking to master their craft,” Piccolo continues.


Both products will be available Fall 2018 for $29.99 For more information on KORG, visit www.korg.com.



<![CDATA[How To Void Your Amp And Pedal Warranties ]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/how-to-void-your-amp-and-pedal-warranties Tue, 11 Sep 2018 10:59:06 GMT



Orange Amplification Set Fire, Spill Beer, Drag and Drop Their Amps

‘How To Void Your Warranty’ Series 2 Launched on YouTube



Orange Amplifications How To Void Your Warranty, Series 2 features top YouTubers conducting experiments to see what happens when you BASH, DROP, DRIVE OVER, DRAG, OVERLOAD, SUBMERGE, SPILL BEER and SET FIRE to a variety of pedals, amps and cabs. Check out the series trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4B_itfCyBs and all episodes are available here .

The series of eight new short films are presented by Glenn Fricker of SpectreSoundStudios, Colin Scott of CSGuitars, Pete Cottrell and Hunter (Agufish), Henning of EytchsPi42, Mary Spender, Steve from Boston, and Ryan of 60 Cycle Hum.

Glenn uses a cherry picker to drop a Brent Hinds Terror amp and climbs scaffolding to test drop a Fur Coat fuzz pedal. He then goes one step further by driving a car over the pedal. Will they be as ‘metal as f**k’ and still work? Colin pumps up the volume as he plays an 200 Watt AD200 MK3 bass amp through the mini PPC108 8” guitar speaker.

Pete and Hunter get Orange Ambassador Mikey Demus of Skindred to help them discover exactly how long a PPC108 and a Crush Mini will keep on playing when set on fire. Do they explode? Meanwhile Henning explores what he can get away with after he drags a Getaway Driver pedal behind a high speed go-kart. Does it work when he plugs into an OR15 amp? Mary Spender takes a hammer and a can of Relentless to see if she can compress the irrepressible Kongpressor pedal.

“Do amps and beer mix?’ asks Steve from Boston. Last, but not least, Ryan from 60 Cycle Hum has a Micro Terror lunch including submerging it in water to clean off the food. Does it still work?

Watch in horror as all your favourite Orange gear is tested beyond their designed limits to find out how to void your warranty. Warning, these YouTubers did this because they could, please don’t try it at home.


To watch the series visit Orange’s YouTube Channel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeK-lITeSus&list=PL0otinNwi86NHazKy9tdsXcNTxK63JyX0




<![CDATA[Looking For A Killer Double Bass Expansion For Your MPC?]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/looking-for-a-killer-double-bass-expansion-for-your-mpc Tue, 11 Sep 2018 10:45:29 GMT


MPC-Samples.com Releases ‘The Reaper’ – A Free Double Bass Expansion For MPCs



Sheffield, UK. 10th September 2018

MPC-Samples.com are proud to present ‘The Reaper’, a multisampled acoustic upright bass instrument which can be used to create gritty, realistic sounding double bass performances in your MPC - perfect for filthy jazz- inspired hip hop bass lines.


The instrument features over 80 samples acoustic double bass samples, all mapped to MPC instrument programs to provide out-of-the-box playback in most MPC models, with 'round robins' for modern MPCs, sampled string and finger noises and incredibly low memory-usage (only 29MB for the MPC X/Live version and 18MB for legacy MPCs).


The MPC Expansion also features 10 'break and bass' themes which consist of a sequence containing a matching bass line and drum break; all bass lines are also included as separate MIDI pattern files and all drum breaks are 'patch phrased' to auto-match any sequence tempo.


The Reaper is compatible with all modern MPCs including the MPC X, MPC Live, MPC Touch & MPC Renaissance/Studio (both MPC Software 2.x and 1.9), plus the following legacy MPCs; MPC1000, 2500, 500, 5000, 4000 and JJOS. Full installation instructions can be found in the included 19 page user guide.


For a limited time The Reaper is a completely FREE download! Simply add it to your cart and check out as normal (no charge and no payment details needed) - you'll receive your download link direct to your inbox!


You can download The Reaper from the following URL:

https://www.mpc-samples.com/product.php/281/the-reaper-upright- bass-mpc/






<![CDATA[GHS Launches Fingerboard Care Kit]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/ghs-launches-fingerboard-care-kit Tue, 11 Sep 2018 10:07:05 GMT


GHS Launches Fingerboard Care Kit

Battle Creek, MI, 10th September 2018 – GHS Strings is proud to announce an exciting new addition to their line of string cleaning products, the Fingerboard Care Kit.
Guitar maintenance is just as critical to an instrument's sound and playability as a new set of strings. Clean, smooth frets allow for optimal contact of the strings to your instrument, improving the sustain and tone. The GHS Fingerboard Care Kit makes it easy to maintain your instrument's frets and fingerboard. Ideal for all instruments with natural, non-glossy, darker fingerboards, the Fingerboard Care Kit can be used on electric, acoustic, classical guitars, bass guitars, as well as mandolins, banjos, ukuleles and more.
The GHS Fingerboard Care Kit is shipping now, with a MSRP of $10.99. Please contact your local dealer or distributor to order yours today.
To find out more about GHS Strings and its products please go to http://www.ghsstrings.com/.

<![CDATA[Outlaw Effects Launches NOMAD Rechargeable Battery-Powered Pedal Boards ]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/outlaw-effects-launches-nomad-rechargeable-battery-powered-pedal-boards Tue, 11 Sep 2018 10:00:25 GMT

Outlaw Effects Launches NOMAD Rechargeable Battery-Powered Pedal Boards


September 10, 2018 – Montreal-based Outlaw Effects has recently introduced the NOMAD rechargeable battery-powered pedal boards.


Available in two sizes, these compact, versatile tools offer the convenience of a fully-powered board plus the additional freedom of not having to plug into an outlet, making them ideal for stages with limited outlet availability, quick changeovers, busking outdoors, temporary rehearsal locations, and more!


Featuring an integrated rechargeable lithium-ion battery with 12800mAh capacity, and plenty of clean, quiet power, NOMAD can fuel a wide array of pedals and will last over 10 hours* on a single charge. NOMAD boasts ten high-current DC power outputs spanning an array of voltage options (7 x 9V, 2 x 12V, and 1 switchable 18V/24V).


Each NOMAD pedal board includes a rugged, road-ready padded gig bag with shoulder or backpack strap(s), to safely protect your gear while you're on the move. You also get adhesive hook & loop pedal-mounting tape, eight (8) standard DC connector cables, two (2) reverse polarity DC cables, and two (2) 2.5mm-to-2.1mm DC cables, giving you everything you need to build your ultimate "off-the-grid" rig.


Dimensions & pricing:



19 ¼" x 5 ¼"

Street Price: $159



19 ¼" x 11"

Street Price: $179




NOMAD pedal boards were first unveiled at the 2018 Summer NAMM Show, and are now available through authorized Outlaw Effects dealers across North America.


For additional information, visit www.outlawguitareffects.com/accessories/nomad




<![CDATA[Let There Be Techno]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/let-there-be-techno Tue, 11 Sep 2018 09:57:54 GMT


It’s new release day and this week we’ve got Let There Be Techno, one of the most authentic, deep Techno packs released to date.

Zenhiser Pack: Let There Be Techno

Direct Link: http://www.zenhiser.com/let-there-be-techno-sample-pack.html


<![CDATA[Sterling Unveils The Versatile SP150SMK Condenser Microphone Kit With Shockmount]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/sterling-unveils-the-versatile-sp150smk-condenser-microphone-kit-with-shockmount Fri, 7 Sep 2018 17:21:06 GMT


Sterling Unveils the Versatile SP150SMK
Condenser Microphone Kit with Shockmount
Thousand Oaks, CA - September 2018... 
Whether you're launching a new project studio or expanding your microphone collection, the versatile new Sterling Audio SP150SMK Condenser Microphone and Shockmount Package is a great choice for your microphone arsenal. This value-conscious mic kit includes the SP150 large-diaphragm condenser mic, a multi-use shockmount and a simple hard mount. Capable of handling up 
to 136 dB SPL, the SP150 is a side-address, large-diaphragm mic with a low-noise, Class A FET capsule design and a cardioid polar pattern. Use it
on guitars, drums, and amplifiers, as well as vocals and speech, for great results with all the sonic details.
Sterling includes its high-quality SM4 spider-band shockmount, which isolates the mic from sub-sonic vibrations. You also get the company's HM4 hard-mount for precise mic placement that larger mounts might prohibit, giving you the best of both worlds. A rugged, generously padded, custom case keeps the SP150 safe during transportation and storage.
The Sterling SP150 stands 7.1 inches tall, with a 1.9-inch diameter and weighs just 1 lb. Frequency response is rated at 20 Hz to 20 kHz, with a sensitivity of 5 mV/Pa and equivalent input noise of <28 dB SPL. Like most condenser microphones, the SP150SMK requires +48 volt phantom power. The SP150SMK package is available at GuitarCenter.com andMusiciansfriend.com. For more information, please visit www.sterlingaudio.net.
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[Universal Audio Announces New Apollo X Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interfaces For Mac And Windows]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/universal-audio-announces-new-apollo-x-thunderbolt-3-audio-interfaces-for-mac-and-windows Fri, 7 Sep 2018 17:16:41 GMT
Universal Audio Announces New Apollo X Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interfaces for Mac and Windows
— Apollo X allows music producers, project, and post-production studios to track and mix with world-beating A/D and D/A conversion, HEXA Core DSP processing, and 7.1 Surround Sound monitoring —
SCOTTS VALLEY, CA • September 6, 2018 — Universal Audio is proud to introduce the Apollo X Series of Thunderbolt 3 rackmount audio interfaces — the biggest leap forward for their award-winning Apollo line in history — available now for Mac* and Windows users worldwide.
Featuring all-new, elite-class A/D and D/A conversion and HEXA Core UAD plug-in processing — yielding 50% more DSP for running UAD Powered Plug-Ins in real time — the Apollo X range is further distinguished by its ability to run Unison mic preamp models from Neve, Manley, API, Helios, and SSL,** plus selectable +24 dBu operating levels, and comprehensive Surround Sound monitoring support for 5.1 and 7.1 formats.†
  • Elite-class A/D and D/A conversion nearing the widest dynamic range and lowest signal to noise available — at any price
  • Powerful HEXA Core processing, featuring 6 UAD DSP processors, yielding 50% more DSP for running UAD Powered Plug-Ins in real time
  • Near-zero latency through preamp emulations from Neve, API, Manley, Fender, and more using Unison™ technology (Apollo x6, x8, x8p)
  • Switchable +24 / +20 dBu operation for optimal connection with professional studio equipment
  • Supported surround formats up to 7.1, complete with speaker calibration and fold‑down
  • Integrated Talkback microphone and built-in cues for easy communication and slating takes
  • Included “Realtime Analog Classics Plus” UAD plug-ins: 610-B Tube Preamp & EQ, legacy LA-2A, 1176, and Fairchild compressors, Pultec EQs, Marshall Plexi Classic, Ampeg SVT-R Classic Bass Amp, and more
Apollo | x16 — $3,499
The flagship Apollo x16 boasts the widest dynamic range (133 dB) and lowest THD+N (-129 dB) of any Thunderbolt audio interface on the market. This 18 x 20 interface is the perfect solution for commercial studios, mix rooms, and post-production facilities.
Apollo | x8p — $2,999
Apollo x8p features eight Unison™-enabled mic preamps, allowing producers and engineers to track drums and larger projects through classic preamp emulations from Neve, API, Manley, Helios, and more. With 129 dB dynamic range and switchable +24 dBu headroom settings, the 18 x 22 Apollo x8p rivals any high-end converter on the market.
Apollo | x8 — $2,499
Apollo x8 features four Unison-enabled mic preamps, making it the ideal studio centerpiece for music producers, project, and post-production studios. Apollo x8 provides elite-class 129 dB dynamic range, switchable +24 dBu operation, and 18 x 24 connectivity.
Apollo | x6 — $1,999
Apollo x6 is ideal for electronic music producers and post-production studios, featuring two Unison-enabled mic preamps and Hi-Z inputs, 129 dB dynamic range, 5.1 Surround support, and 16 x 22 connectivity.
*Mac Pro (Late 2013 / “black cylinder” model) compatibility for Apollo X coming Q4 2014.
**Apollo X interfaces include the “Realtime Analog Classics” bundle. Other UAD plug-ins sold separately.
†Surround sound features coming Q4 2018.


Learn more about Apollo X audio interfaces:

Learn more about award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins:

About UAD Powered Plug-Ins

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

Founded in 1958 by recording pioneer Bill Putnam Sr., and refounded in 1999 by Bill Putnam Jr., Universal Audio is best known for its classic, hand-built analog hardware and advanced UAD Digital Signal Processing technology for recording, mixing, and mastering audio. Headquartered in Scotts Valley, California, UA is focused on merging the best of vintage analog and modern digital technology, following its rich recording heritage and motto, "Analog Ears. Digital Minds."
<![CDATA[Festival Anthems Volume 2]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/festival-anthems-volume-2 Fri, 7 Sep 2018 17:10:59 GMT





'Festival Anthems Vol 2' reignites this popular series of mammoth Construction Kits from the Producer Loops label. Inspired by Armin van Buuren, Timmy Trumpet and W&W, this high octane collection is packed with acid sounds, razor-sharp drums, memorable fills, huge build-up FX, and face-melting synths, all designed to slay the biggest festival stages.


If you're hoping to sign tracks to leading labels like Armada, Spinnin' or Ultra and get plays from DJ Mag's elite, you can't afford to miss this crowd-pleasing collection.


It's go hard or go home in this genre, so you know what to do.


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



• 5 Construction Kits
• 224 WAV files
• 26 MIDI files
• ACIDized WAV Files
• REX2 Loops
• Reason ReFill
• Ableton Live Pack 8.1.3+
• Loops sync to BPM
• 44.1 kHz/24-Bit
• PC/Mac Compatible
• Royalty-Free (No Exceptions)



Price and Availability:

'Bass House Anthems Vol 2’ is available for instant download exclusively at ProducerLoops.com for £24.95 / 29,17 EUR. More information is available at: https://www.producerloops.com



<![CDATA[Mercuriall Audio Announces SS-11X]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/mercuriall-audio-announces-ss-11x Fri, 7 Sep 2018 17:03:18 GMT
Mercuriall Audio announces SS-11X!


Mercuriall Audio, the pioneer of powering amp-sims with neural networks, is proud to present the newest product SS-11X, based on a tube preamp AMT SS-11 (versions A and B). Wonderful Fender®-style clean sound and powerful, roaring crunch and lead channels won’t leave you indifferent! The project is officially approved and supported byAMT Electronics, who supplied us with electric circuits, hardware prototypes and production 3D models. This gave us a possibility to model the SS-11X in extreme detail, making it virtually impossible to distinguish the sound difference between hardware or software. A live comparison video is on its way.


One of the aims of this project was to create a very simple and affordable software with friendly and attractive user interface, as well as lower system requirements.


Even though the main objective was modeling the preamp, we included some other important features. The SS-11X has a noise gate, a collection of overdrive pedals, cabinet IR loader, reverb IR loader and an option to choose the preamp tubes. This lets anyone create a solid guitar sound quickly and effortlessly within one simple window.


SS-11X opens a new chapter in the history of Mercuriall Audio - it is the first product where we use our brand new, cutting edge technology named Neural Hybrid Engine. It is a much more precise, flexible and faster method for modeling electric circuits. As the pioneers of integrating neural networks in amp sims, it took us 5 years of research and development to create the Neural Hybrid Engine and successfully build SS-11X using it. We also applied our tube curve tracer machine to make sure each tube model is unique, just as in real life.


SS-11X release window:

  • Autumn 2018

  • Full price - $39.99

  • Price for existing Mercuriall customers - $29.99




Product Details

Supported platforms and formats:
  • Mac: VST2 Universal, VST3 x64, AU x64, AAX x64 (Pro Tools 11 and newer)
  • PC: VST2 x86, VST2 x64, VST3 x64, AAX x64 (Pro Tools 11 and newer)
Minimal system requirements:
  • Intel or AMD with SSE2 support, 2 cores and 4 threads, 2.4 GHz


Preamp section:
  • Full, official modeling of AMT SS-11A and SS-11B tube preamps
  • Tubes: 12AX7, 6N2P-EV
 Pedals and FX section:
  • Noise Gate
  • Overdrive based on Ibanez® TS-808
  • Overdrive based on Ibanez® TS-808 Lower Drive Mod
  • Overdrive based on Ibanez® TS-7 Hot
  • Overdrive based on Ibanez® TS-7 Mod
  • Overdrive based MESA/BOOGIE® Grid Slammer
  • Overdrive based on Boss® Super Overdrive
IR section:
  • Built-in cabinet IRs
  • IR loader for guitar cabinets
  • Built in reverb IRs
  • IR loader for reverb
Additional settings:
  • Quality (oversampling): no, x2, x4, x8
  • Sample rate: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96
  • Stereo/Mono processing






<![CDATA[Fender's Cool New Pedal Line Gets Three Heavy New Additions]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/fenders-cool-new-pedal-line-gets-three-heavy-new-additions Thu, 6 Sep 2018 14:02:20 GMT


Fender's Cool New Pedal Line Gets Three Heavy New Additions



Fender is introducing three NEW, effects pedals with all-original circuits designed by in-house experts. Today, they were released to dealers globally and on Fender.com and previously they were previewed at Summer NAMM in Nashville. This is the next step in a long-term commitment to pedals and growing our offering for players. We started with reverb, delay, overdrive, distortion, compression and buffering effects in February, and now we’re bringing some more heavier, gritty rock tones to players with these three just-released additions: 

  • The Engager Boost - $89.99
  • The Pelt Fuzz - $129.99
  • Full Moon Distortion - $149.99
  • View all pedals here



The Engager Boost ($89.99) - Every now and then you need to kick your sound up a notch. Whether you’re looking for more volume or fatter tone, the Engager Boost is the ideal clean boost pedal. This pedal is an essential part of a guitar players rig if they want to cut through the mix due to the 20 decibels of boost. The onboard 3-band EQ lets you shape your tone to cut through a mix while the Frequency switch lets you select the middle frequency range, ideal for shaping your tone precisely. The Engager Boost is also perfect for boosting your signal into a tube amplifier’s preamp, thickening your tone. Demo video here.




The Pelt Fuzz ($129.99) - A good fuzz pedal is indispensable—this gloriously splatty, satisfying sound has been the cornerstone of rock tone for decades. An all original design, The Pelt Fuzz has a few tricks hidden up its sleeve. All the familiar controls are there: Level, Fuzz and Tone, along with a Bloom control to shape the contours of your sound. Our secret-weapon Mid switch lets you boost or cut the midrange for even more voicing options, while the Thick switch adds some girth to your sound. Offering players a way to capture the rock and roll tones artists such as Jimmy Hendrix and the Smashing Pumpkins relied heavily on. Demo video here




Full Moon Distortion ($149.99) - Building off the success of pugilist distortion pedal, Fender is introducing the Full Moon Distortion – Fender’s first ever high-gain distortion. Packed with brutal, high-gain tone and sound-shaping options galore, the Full Moon Distortion pedal has everything you need to unleash sonic mayhem. Both symmetrical and asymmetrical clipping modes are lurking under the Texture switch while the Bite switch shifts the upper-midrange and harmonics to bring out your pick attack, letting you cut and chug through the mix with ease. As an added feature, there is an optional 12 decibels to give you the added push you need on stage. Demo video here.





<![CDATA[Anomaly - Dark Sound Effects]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/anomaly---dark-sound-effects Thu, 6 Sep 2018 13:42:42 GMT


Anomaly - Dark Sound Effects


Unnerving Ambiences - Oppressive Dark Synth Textures



Bluezone releases a new sound library: 'Anomaly - Dark Sound Effects' 
Bluezone Corporation - Information


<![CDATA[Ploytec Presents A New MIDI Clock Tap Tempo Pedal]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/ploytec-presents-a-new-midi-clock-tap-tempo-pedal Thu, 6 Sep 2018 13:36:16 GMT


ONE.2 – sync electronic instruments instead of drummers
Ploytec presents a new MIDI Clock Tap Tempo Pedal



Ploytec GmbH/ Germany (September, 7th 2018) - (ictw) – Ploytec, the South German audio specialists just released their newly developed MIDI clock tap tempo pedal ONE.2.

When playing keyboards in a live band, it is sometimes a real problem to use sequences and arpeggios. The tempo is never exactly the same and it even slightly changes during a song because we're all humans. Basically, there's nothing wrong or bad about that since those are the things making music being "live".

The ONE.2 tap tempo pedal enables you to sync electronic equipment to what's going on. You can even fine adjust the tempo while it's running. ONE.2 notices that you're slightly ahead or behind quarter notes and gets your music back on the beat. It does so by smoothly accelerating or slowing down for a moment in order to get in sync. Having this unique feature ONE.2 is more than just tap tempo. It's a real problem solver.

ONE.2 is very easy to use:

  • Select an arpeggio or drum loop on your sequencer, drum computer or workstation
  • Listen to the beat of your fellow musicians
  • Tap the pedal on '1' (1st beat of the measure) - ONE.2 starts the measuring
  • Tap on '2' - now ONE.2 knows the tempo and immediately starts transmitting a MIDI Clock signal: Your equipment is on the beat now. You can "tap on" to stay in sync!
  • If the switch on the back points downward, on the next '1', ONE.2 sends an additional MIDI Start, just in case you want to trigger a sequence or drum loop




Product page: www.ploytec.com/one2  

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fG07WPstsyI


Follow Ploytec on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PLsquared


About Ploytec GmbH:

Markus Medau, a developer and keyboardist joined forces in 1999 with Werner Wirsum, an information scientist, to develop USB Audio drivers. Reputable manufacturers soon secured licenses (Apogee, SoundDevices, and Yamaha, later followed by Access, Elektron, Lexicon, Steinberg, Tascam, and others). Kicking off their hardware business by early 2004 with the founding of Ploytec GmbH, the entrepreneurs are now also into mastering plugins, synthesizers, and MIDI.



<![CDATA[PARALLAX - A New Kontakt Bass Engine]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/parallax---a-new-kontakt-bass-engine Thu, 6 Sep 2018 13:25:36 GMT
PARALLAX Kontakt Bass Engine
Direct from the studio of DnB legends Drumsound & Bassline Smith
comes a revolutionary bass engine
London, UK (September 6, 2018) – Drumsound & Basslione Smith proudly presents PARALLAX, a brand new and revolutionary bass engine for use with Native Instruments KONTAKT v5.7
Now, Native Instruments Kontakt users have access to a wealth of brand new bassline design and manipulation tools created by the Technique Recordings bosses themselves.
PARALLAX has the name “Drumsound & Bassline Smith” on the packaging because this project was personally conceived, coded, and crafted by the drum ‘n’ bass vets themselves. Having previously worked on plug-ins and presets for Sugar Bytes, Waves, and Loopmasters, creating something from the ground up was the next step. And with more than two decades at the top table of bass-heavy music production, Kontakt users can now benefit from their hard-won experience.
  • Powerful three-oscillator synth with 24 filters and 9 LFO settings
  • Flexible XY pad on each oscillator (new feature for Kontakt 5.7)
  • Expertly-curated toolbox of 8 insert effects and 5 send effects
  • Ultimate control using Kontakt’s multi-mode filter in combo with an XYZ pad
  • Quick Envelope feature to let you free-draw and edit custom envelopes
Drumsound & Bassline Smith have spent years developing this synth to satisfy beatmakers' hunger for making heavy, rave-shaking basslines. With 50 presets to spark the imagination, the capability to combine original samples with the ones provided, and with near-infinite control and automation possibilities, PARALLAX is a new perspective on bass synths.
Price & Availability
Available now from techniquerecordings.co.uk at a special introductory price of £50 (RRP £75) - approximately $65 (MSRP $99)
About Drumsound & Bassline Smith
Drumsound & Bassline Smith have got pedigree. They've occupied a top tier position in the drum 'n' bass scene for the last two decades and have made an indelible mark on drum 'n' bass, and dance music in general. Scouring the globe for talent, their label, Technique Recordings, helped turn artists like Tantrum Desire, Document One, L Plus, and No Concept into household names among DnB cognoscenti.
And their own output has been equally impressive. Regularly playlisted on national radio stations, their 2012 Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1 is still a fan-favourite, chalking up hundreds of thousands of plays. Championed by tastemakers like Annie Nightingale, Mistajam, Zane Lowe, and Annie Mac, their huge “Wall of Sound” album garnered them two UK Top 40 hits with Utah Saints collab “What Can You Do for Me?” and “Through the Night”. Drumsound & Bassline Smith is one of the premier acts in bass-heavy music today.
<![CDATA[Electro Harmonix Serves Up Legendary 50 Year Old Pi]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/electro-harmonix-serves-up-legendary-50-year-old-pi Thu, 6 Sep 2018 13:17:04 GMT






New York City, NY, September 6, 2018: Electro-Harmonix has reissued the original Version 1 Big Muff dubbed the Triangle Big Muff because of the layout of its Volume, Sustain and Tone controls. The pedal is a faithful re-creation of the original circa 1969 circuit now housed in a pedalboard friendly, die cast chassis.


According to Electro-Harmonix founder, Mike Matthews, “The Big Muff Pi is the pedal we are best known for so I wanted to commemorate EHX’s 50th Anniversary (1968-2018) by re-releasing V1, the very first Big Muff that started it all. Original pedals are now selling for hundreds of dollars and this reissue absolutely nails that creamy, violin-like sustain and musical tone at a price a working musician can afford.”


The Triangle Big Muff features the following nods to convenience: an LED to indicate effect status, true bypass switching and the option of being powered by a 9-volt AC adapter. It comes equipped with a 9V battery, is available now and carries a U.S. street price of $99.00.




<![CDATA[Slate Introduces The VRS8 Thunderbolt Interface]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/slate-introduces-the-vrs8-thunderbolt-interface Wed, 5 Sep 2018 14:05:26 GMT



One of the greatest parts about my job is being able to create products that I have dreamed about for years. And theVirtual Recording Studio concept has been my biggest dream.

When I started out in the studio business, in order to have the best tools, you needed to be elite, rich, or have the necessary skill set to rob a bank. The rest of us were left with average tools that made it more difficult to make great sounding music.

The Virtual Recording Studio changes that. Now you can get an entire arsenal of the industry's most coveted microphones, classic compressors, vintage equalizers, tape machines, reverbs, and more.. for less than the price of a typical pro studio’s monthly electric bill!

And the final piece of the puzzle is now available, the VRS8 Thunderbolt interface.

We took a no-compromise approach in the development of the VRS8. You’ll find its components in converters costing three times the price. And it comes with a year of the Slate Everything Bundle so you’ll have plenty of virtual gear in your studio to make great sounding records. You can also add on VMS Microphone packages for as little as $499.




You can demo the entire Virtual Recording Studio and hear tracks recorded with the VRS8 by visiting our VRS Experience here:



Note: The initial release of the VRS8 is Mac Thunderbolt. We are currently in beta with the Windows version and hope to have it out very soon. Following that, we will release a legacy Mac driver for PCIe.


slatedigital.com | stevenslatedrums.com | slatemt.com



<![CDATA[Spitfire Audio Announces All-New Orchestral Library Range ]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/spitfire-audio-announces-all-new-orchestral-library-range Tue, 4 Sep 2018 14:07:36 GMT


Spitfire Audio announces all-new orchestral library range with opening SPITFIRE STUDIO STRINGS salvos
LONDON, UK: Spitfire Audio is proud to announce availability of SPITFIRE STUDIO STRINGS — opening a new chapter in the British music technology company’s creative story by bookmarking the first release in an all-new orchestral library range recorded in a new space as an incredibly versatile pro-end dry stage sample library, available as SPITFIRE STUDIO STRINGS and also as an extended edition in SPITFIRE STUDIO STRINGS PROFESSIONAL — as of August 31…
By choosing the crisp and vibrant setting of AIR Studios’ Studio 1, smaller and more controllable — capable of accommodating up to 45 musicians across its 140m2 floating floor (with a specially designed sliding door system that allows it to be divided into acoustically separated areas) — compared to the opulence of AIR Studios’ Lyndurst Hall — helpfully accommodating a full symphony orchestra with choir as one of the largest recording rooms in the world — where Spitfire Audio has hitherto recorded an abundance of award-winning orchestral libraries in its ongoing mission to inspire a generation of music makers, this time the British music technology company is offering its fellow composers a string library with depth, detail, and focus all at once. One that will work on anything — from passionate period dramas to modern Scandi noir. Needless to say, it is as at home with quirky indie and crisp pop as it is tackling epic film and game scores.
Spitfire Audio’s all-new SPITFIRE STUDIO STRINGS package is a medium chamber (or small symphonic) ensemble recorded by section — 1st violins, 2nd violins, violas, cellos, and double basses — and available as standard (SPITFIRE STUDIO STRINGS) and extended (SPITFIRE STUDIO STRINGS PROFESSIONAL) editions. Either way, SPITFIRE STUDIO STRINGS takes its user straight to the heart of the British music technology company’s most pristine orchestral library to date with no fewer than 148 articulations across the full 30-piece ( string section — from soaring legato and signature whispering super-flautando, right down to spiccato, hairpins, grace notes, and FX — that are as instantly compelling as they are immediately usable.
Ultimately, SPITFIRE STUDIO STRINGS PROFESSIONAL offers all of this and more, opening a musical doorway to transcendent detail and augmented creative control, courtesy of five additional MICS — C1 (Close mics), C2 (Leader close mic), T1 (Tree 1), T2(Tree 2), A (Ambience mics), and O (Outriggers) — over and above SPITFIRE STUDIO STRINGS’ solitary Tree; two additional mixes — M1 (Mix 1) and M2 (Mix 2); large band (; and divisi (half sections) for each section. Spitfire Audio was collectively determined to go the extra mile to offer divisi, empowering a new level of modular control in the process. Put it this way: with SPITFIRE STUDIO STRINGS PROFESSIONAL, the string orchestra is now configurable from the fibrous intimacy of dual four-piece 1st violin sections, three-piece 2nds, three- piece violas, and three-piece cellos ( up to the rich power of — a combination of the main sections (including basses), plus two divisi. In addition to an all-embracing 232 articulations, users can access and personalise their mix of the full microphone armoury of Abbey Road Studios Senior Engineer Simon Rhodes — six sundry setups, from pin-sharp to super-wide, picked up by the best offerings from Neumann, Schoeps, and Sennheiser, for instance.
Indeed, Simon Rhodes — an absolute microphone magician with multiple GRAMMY® Awards to his notable name — was an obvious choice to helm Spitfire Audio’s all-new orchestral library range, resulting from his having worked at the highest level in film score recording, including being American composer, conductor, and orchestrator James Horner’s go-to engineer for 18 years. Blockbuster movies such as Avatar, Spectre, and Skyfall have all benefitted from his Midas touch. “For the SPITFIRE STUDIO STRINGS sessions, I used one of my tried-and-tested approaches to smaller rooms, but incorporated layers and options by using a variety of microphone setups — right down to that very close ‘Eleanor Rigby’ sound,” states the man himself — paying passing homage to the dearly departed extraordinary English record producer, arranger, composer, conductor, audio engineer, and musician George Martin, often referred to as the ‘Fifth Beatle’ by none other than Paul McCartney, and also famed for founding London’s legendary AIR Studios so beloved bySpitfire Audio.
As such, SPITFIRE STUDIO STRINGS users can choose to work with Simon Rhodes’ mix or — in the case of SPITFIRE STUDIO STRINGS PROFESSIONAL — customise to suit using the various mic options, including those two ‘Tree’ setups, both of which use Schoeps microphones. “The second uses Schoeps MK21 wide cardioids (or sub- cardioids), which are great for keeping the room sound at bay while allowing you to get a sense of distance and perspective,” tenders the engineer extraordinaire, before continuing: “This was especially important for our prized divisi recordings, where we recorded different sets of players in separate chairs, divided between inside and outside desks. With a touch of reverb on, this library is going to sound very lush and beautiful, but, at the same time, keep hold of all the detail.”
Such sentiment is echoed by Spitfire Audio Director Christian Henson — himself no stranger to music-to-picture as an established composer: “I’m so proud of our new SPITFIRE STUDIO STRINGS range, which, for me, is possibly our most versatile strings library to date. The size of the library is roughly halfway between our SPITFIRE CHAMBER STRINGS range and our SPITFIRE SYMPHONIC STRINGS range, but the key here is that it’s recorded in Studio 1 at AIR Studios — not Lyndhurst Hall, so the main appeal for me is about definition and control.”
Similarly, Spitfire Audio Director Paul Thomson — also an established composer, so, again, no stranger to music-to-picture — is thrilled at “...seeing the incredible work that has gone into creating SPITFIRE STUDIO STRINGS — something I’ve been talking about us making for six years now, with discussions predating all of our current tech, way back to the ‘basecamp’ era, so to finally be using this to write with is a pure joy!”
Joy to the world, then, as Spitfire Audio’s cherished customer base can creatively perform an even more comprehensive range of orchestral manoeuvres. As a matter of fact, the company collectively believes that SPITFIRE STUDIO STRINGS suits users of its existing ‘Lyndhurst Hall’ ranges as an essential sonic second string to their proverbial bow, but also a perfect fit for those looking to invest in a strings library that will give them the most bang for the buck — useable in the widest range of musical settings, ready for applying their personal favourite reverbs and effects. Engineering so much versatility into this library leaves little doubt: surely SPITFIRE STUDIO STRINGS is destined to become a cherished part of their music-making experience throughout the next decade! 
SPITFIRE STUDIO STRINGS can be purchased and digitally downloaded for a time-limited introductory promo price of £159.00 GBP (inc. VAT)/ $199.00 USD/ €199.00 EUR (inc. VAT) until September 13, 2018 — rising thereafter to an RRP of £199.00 GBP (inc. VAT)/$249.00 USD/€249.00 EUR (inc. VAT) — from here: https://www.spitfireaudio.com/shop/promotions/spitfire-studio-strings/
For more in-depth information, including a superb-sounding audio demo from Spitfire Audio Director Paul Thomson, please visit the dedicated SPITFIRE STUDIO STRINGS webpage here:https://www.spitfireaudio.com/shop/a-z/spitfire-studio-strings/
Watch Spitfire Audio Director Paul Thomson’s ‘traditional’ video walkthrough of SPITFIRE STUDIO STRINGS here: https://youtu.be/gO0rUPclgmw
Watch Spitfire Audio ‘composer-in-residence’ Homay Schmitz’s ‘In Action’ video for SPITFIRE STUDIO STRINGS here: https://youtu.be/mD1ppXKH0SQ
SPITFIRE STUDIO STRINGS PROFESSIONAL can be purchased and digitally downloaded for a time-limited introductory promo price of £349.00 GBP (inc. VAT)/$399.00 USD/€399.00 EUR (inc. VAT) until September 13, 2018 — rising thereafter to an RRP of £449.00 GBP (inc. VAT)/ $499.00 USD/€499.00 EUR (inc. VAT) — from here: https://www.spitfireaudio.com/shop/promotions/spitfire-studio-strings-professional/
For more in-depth info, including superb-sounding audio demos from Spitfire Audio Director Christian Henson and fellow Director Paul Thomson, please visit the dedicated SPITFIRE STUDIO STRINGS PROFESSIONALwebpage here: https://www.spitfireaudio.com/shop/a-z/spitfire-studio-strings-professional/
Watch Spitfire Audio Director Paul Thomson’s ‘traditional’ video walkthrough of SPITFIRE STUDIO STRINGS PROFESSIONAL here: https://youtu.be/tNRgLkmqfCM
Watch Spitfire Audio Director Christian Henson’s ‘In Depth’ video for SPITFIRE STUDIO STRINGS PROFESSIONAL here: https://youtu.be/judf_LD7C-g
SPITFIRE STUDIO STRINGS and SPITFIRE STUDIO STRINGS PROFESSIONAL need Native Instruments’ free KONTAKT PLAYER (5.6.8 or higher) — included in the purchase — to run as a fully NKS (NATIVE KONTROL STANDARD®) supporting plug-in instrument for Mac (OS X 10.10 or later) or Windows (7, 8, or 10 — latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit), while Spitfire Audio’s free Download Manager application allows anyone to buy now and download anytime.
Watch Spitfire Audio’s artful trailer video for SPITFIRE STUDIO STRINGS and SPITFIRE STUDIO STRINGS PROFESSIONAL here: https://youtu.be/3hqikj0s3mY 
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[Epiphone Helps You Connect With Both The Electric And Acoustic Sides Of Peter Frampton]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/epiphone-helps-you-connect-with-both-the-electric-and-acoustic-sides-of-peter-frampton Tue, 4 Sep 2018 14:03:05 GMT


Epiphone Presents

Ltd. Ed. Peter Frampton Les Paul Custom PRO

Ltd. Ed. "1964" Texan acoustic/electric

Premium Outfits feature a hand-signed Certificates of Authenticity

by GRAMMY(TM) winner Peter Frampton and a Premium Hard Case

Based on Peter Frampton’s historic guitars!


NASHVILLE, TN (September 4, 2018) Epiphone proudly announces the Ltd. Ed. Peter Frampton Les Paul Custom PRO and the Ltd. Ed. Peter Frampton "1964" Texan acoustic/electric, incredibly accurate recreations of two of the most legendary guitars in rock ‘n’ roll, overseen by GRAMMY(TM) winner Peter Frampton and designed by Epiphone’s luthiers in Nashville.  Both the Ltd. Ed. Peter Frampton Les Paul Custom PRO and the Ltd. Ed. “1964” Texan are also available as Premium Outfits featuring hand-signed Certificates of Authenticity and a Premium Hard Case.


“I’m honored,” said Frampton. “I played the prototype Ltd. Ed. Texan on a British TV show and it sounded incredible. And we’ve been working together for quite some time on getting this Ltd. Ed. Les Paul Custom PRO as close as possible to my original “Phenix” Les Paul, which is on the front cover of Frampton Comes Alive. It’s just a really well made true representation and I’m thrilled.”


The Ltd. Ed. Peter Frampton Les Paul Custom PRO Premium Outfit is limited to only 200 guitars worldwide and includes a Hand-Signed Certificate of Authenticity and a Premium Hard Case. A guitar-only version ofthe Ltd. Ed. Peter Frampton Les Paul Custom PRO is also available with the same specifications and is limited to 900 guitars worldwide.


Both Les Pauls feature ProBucker™ and CeramicPRO™ Open-Coil Humbuckers, an Ebony fretboard, and gold Grover® Rotomatic machine heads. The Les Pauls are based on Frampton’s legendary 1954 Les Paul—now known as the “Phenix”-- that helped power his rise to fame in the 1970s before it was presumed lost in a plane crash in Venezuela in 1980 and then rediscovered in 2012.   


The Ltd. Ed. Peter Frampton "1964" Texan Premium Outfit is limited to 100 guitars worldwide and includes a Hand-Signed Certificate of Authenticity and Premium Hard Case as well as the same L. R. Baggs® DS-ELE 2-pickup system Frampton uses on stage. A cd copy of Frampton’s critically acclaimed album Acoustic Classics will also be included with the Premium Outfit.  A guitar-only version of the Ltd. Ed. Peter Frampton "1964" Texan features the L. R. Baggs® EAS-VTC pickup system and is limited to 500 guitars worldwide.


Both Peter Frampton Texans feature a Solid Spruce top, Schaller® M6 machine heads, and the same rare Vintageburst finish found on Frampton’s original.  “My Texan was made 3 month's apart from Paul McCartney's,” said Frampton. “His was a blonde one and mine is a sunburst. He wrote "Yesterday" on his and I wrote "Baby I Love Your Way" on mine!”


Visit Epiphone.com to read more about the Ltd. Ed. Peter Frampton Les Paul Custom PRO and Ltd. Ed. Peter Frampton "1964" Texan as well as our exclusive interview and video. See your Authorized Epiphone Dealers for details.



The Epiphone Interview: Peter Frampton




Ltd. Ed. Peter Frampton Les Paul Custom PRO Premium Outfit  Street Price: $1,199


Ltd. Ed. Peter Frampton Les Paul Custom PRO Street Price: $899





Ltd. Ed. Peter Frampton "1964" Texan Premium Outfit Street Price: $1,199


Ltd. Ed. Peter Frampton "1964" Texan Premium Outfit  Street Price: $899



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.  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, Tommy Thayer of KISS, Radiohead, Matt Heafy, and James Bay. Today from its headquarters in Nashville, TN, 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[RCF Group Announces The Acquisition Of EAW]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/rcf-group-announces-the-acquisition-of-eaw Tue, 4 Sep 2018 13:52:07 GMT




Reggio Emilia, September 4th, 2018

RCF Group, one of the fastest growing group in the Pro Audio market today announced that it is acquiring Eastern Acoustics Works (EAW), an iconic company in the history of Install and Touring sound headquartered in Whitinsville,MA from LOUD Audio LLC, a portfolio company of Transom Capital Group.


RCF Group, with Headquarters in Reggio Emilia and Bologna and subsidiaries in USA and Europe, operates under the companies RCF and AEB Industriale (dB Technologies) and is now adding EAW company to further become an international leader in designing, producing and selling products and systems for professional audio and public address installations.


Arturo Vicari, CEO of RCF Group stated:

Since their early days, the two companies have been very close with RCF supplying professional drivers to EAW. Both brands successfully expanded around the world and their histories were often linked. Finally, we can look at a bright future together. Even though EAW will remain a totally independent company, being part of our group will provide EAW with the necessary investments and focus for a fast and solid growth. We are very proud to have EAW with us.


TJ Smith, President of EAW stated:

For those who love EAW it is difficult to imagine a better scenario. From the first moment this possibility started to materialize it has been clear that joining forces with RCF Group is a great opportunity for EAW. This transaction is a true recognition of what the brand represents, its potential, as well as the team we have built over recent years. With gratitude to the long list of those that built EAW over its 40-year history, we look forward to the exciting time in front of us.



CapM Advisors acted as financial advisor to RCF Group. Studio Legale Chiomenti and Good Procter LLP served as legal counsel to RCF Group. Latham & Watkins LLP served as legal counsel to LOUD and Transom Capital Group.




About RCF Group

RCF Group, with companies and subsidiaries located in USA and Europe, is a leading player in the Pro Audio industry, designing, manufacturing and distributing an extensive range of professional audio solutions in the retail, install and touring market. With a history dating back to 1949, the passion of its 500 employees and the focus on continual technical innovation, RCF Group products and solutions are successful in over 130 countries around the world.


About EAW

EAW has designed and manufactured premium professional loudspeaker systems and electronics since 1978. Its products are used throughout the world to support performances and sporting events in stadiums, arenas, outdoor venues, houses of worship, and theaters. Over its 40-year history the brand has introduced several significant innovations in loudspeaker technology by leveraging expertise in acoustics, digital signal processing, and software control.



<![CDATA[Squarp Instruments Introduces pyraOS 3.0 Firmware Update For Pyramid Polyrhythmic Sequencer]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/squarp-instruments-introduces-pyraos-3.0-firmware-update-for-pyramid-polyrhythmic-sequencer Tue, 4 Sep 2018 13:29:11 GMT


Squarp Instruments introduces pyraOS 3.0 firmware update for Pyramid Polyrhythmic Sequencer



PARIS, FRANCE: following five months of beta-testing, avant-garde musical machines developer Squarp Instruments is proud to announce availability of pyraOS 3.0 — a free, major update of the radical realtime processing system firmware for its innovative Pyramid Polyrhythmic Sequencer, an advanced 64-track desktop design with MIDI, MIDI USB, CV/Gate, and (Sync48- and Sync24-configurable) DIN Sync connectivity, creatively adding all the most requested features from its supportive user base alongside innovative ideas from its design team to total over 30 additions — as of September 3...


Polyrhythm is defined as a rhythm which makes use of two or more rhythms simultaneously, so Squarp Instruments’ Pyramid Polyrhythmic Sequencer certainly takes some beating as an advanced 64-track desktop design with MIDI, MIDI USB, CV/Gate, and (Sync48- and Sync24-configurable) DIN Sync connectivity (‘re-released’ last year as a more robust MKII version, thanks to the machined aluminium housing and a sturdy screen protecting its graphical display); different and unusual time signatures can creatively be set to work on each of those tracks to shape shifted-beat sequences, sowing the seeds for freshly-flavoured musical productions. Perfectly designed from the ground up as a modern, easy-to-use, and versatile hardware sequencer, the Pyramid Polyrhythmic Sequencer deftly delivers a radical workflow and almost unlimited possibilities... powerful sequencing, looping, rhythm generation, real-time effect processing, MIDI control, and input+output interfacing are far from beyond the realms of possibility. Put it this way: Pyramid Polyrhythmic Sequencer is perfectly positioned to take centre stage in any musical setup — spanning studio to stage.


Squarp Instruments’ ever-evolving pyraOS radical realtime processing system firmware for its Pyramid Polyrhythmic Sequencer really represents the brains behind being able to unleash so much musical creativity. Control any parameter — such as track length, MIDI channel, quantisation grid, swing percentage, and arpeggiator rate — on the fly and listen to the changes... tout de suite. Seventeen updates have been regularly released so far — and all for free, of which pyraOS 3.0 is the latest and greatest, generously adding all the most requested features from the Pyramid Polyrhythmic Sequencer’s supportive user base alongside innovative ideas from its design team to total over 30 additions. Amazingly — all the more so after so many updates, some of those are definitely destined to become an absolute game changer for live performance as well as for studio composition.


Cue edited highlights of pyraOS 3.0: new CUSTOM CHORD smart pads mode (lets users create and save their own chords); five EFFECTS per track (up from four previously); SEND CLOCK WHILE LOADING A PROJECT (keeps slaved MIDI instruments synchronised — even when the Pyramid Polyrhythmic Sequencer is loading a new project); DEFINITION FILES (lets users create custom text labels for connected synthesizers’ CC MESSAGES and NOTES, so the Pyramid Polyrhythmic Sequencer will display more meaningful text like FILTER instead of CC33 or KICK instead of C4, for example); 15 new ARPEGGIATOR styles; POLYMETRIC LOOPER (creates polymetric patterns on the fly by using or combining two or more meters, rhythms, or time signatures); DUPLICATE (duplicates or divides the track); CONSOLIDATE (writes the NOTES and CC MESSAGES computed by the effects); new SEQ mode display (includes all new sequence features); possibility to ASSIGN the touchpad, five encoders, and analogue inputs per track; EFFECT MASTER (assigns and sets FX parameters of all tracks with a single control — such as SCALE, for example); and ANALOG SYNC (synchronises and slaves the Pyramid Polyrhythmic Sequencer to an analogue clock).


Creativity can, of course, continue smoothly, since pyraOS 2.0-created projects are forward-compatible with pyraOS 3.0; indeed, its creators were careful not to change established workflow so as to make transitioning to their latest realtime processing system firmware upgrade easy and transparent for longterm users. Ultimately, then, the Pyramid Polyrhythmic Sequencer is the same as it ever was... an advanced, standalone sequencing solution full of creative tools to use as an instant source of inspiration with which to start, finish, and perform music — but better than ever before! 


pyraOS 3.0 can be downloaded for free via the dedicated pyraOS product webpage (http://squarp.net/pyraos), where a full features list is also available. The MKII version of the Pyramid Polyrhythmic Sequencer can be purchased for €619.00 EUR (excluding VAT) with free worldwide shipping through the dedicated online store (https://squarp.store/home/11-pyramid-sequencer.html) or via Squarp Instruments’ growing global dealership network (http://squarp.net/dealers). For more information, please visit the dedicated Pyramid Polyrhythmic Sequencer product webpage (http://squarp.net/pyramid).





About Squarp Instruments (www.squarp.net)

Based in its inspiring workshop in Paris, France, Squarp Instruments dream up the musical interfaces of tomorrow by bringing together passionate young engineers, designers, and musicians to develop and craft avant-garde machines intended for professional and amateur artists alike. Administered by its three founders since 2013, the company pools its expertise in electronics, computer science, music theory and technique to bring something completely different to the electronic music table.That being said, its main goal is to facilitate its customers’ creative process by pushing back boundaries — from high-level production to live performance, no matter what their musical affinities are.

© 2018 Squarp SAS

<![CDATA[One Control Launches Jubilee Red Amp-In-A-Box]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/one-control-launches-jubilee-red-amp-in-a-box Tue, 4 Sep 2018 13:24:26 GMT


One Control Launches Jubilee Red Amp-in-a-Box


September 4, 2018 – Japanese switcher and effect pedal company One Control, in collaboration with pedal designer Björn Juhl, has introduced the newest addition to its BJF collection of effects: the Jubilee Red AIAB


The newest of Björn's "Amp-in-a-Box" (AIAB) circuits, the Jubilee Red is a modern high-gain distortion pedal with tonal roots descending from the legendary Silver Jubilee series of British amplifiers that were created in the late 80s. These were the highest gain amplifiers ever created on UK shores, with switchable 25/50/100 watt output sections, switchable gain channels, and an enhanced midrange control and presence. Numerous modern amplifiers have been directly inspired by the original models, and many metal guitarists still love and use these Jubilee amps today; original units continue to rise in value, and reissues have also recently be released.


The signature Jubilee sound is an extension from the Plexi/JMP series of amps. While these have an earlier, less-gainy type of rock sound (one which is represented in the One Control lineup by the Purple Plexifier), the Jubilee series amps had a much higher-gain sound, with a more focused midrange presence that was favored by many rock guitarists, including Slash, John Frusciante, and Joe Bonamassa.


With the new Jubilee Red AIAB, guitarists have access to one of the highest gain distortions that One Control has ever released, with enhanced midrange control as well as low noise performance. The pedal pairs perfectly with either humbucker or single coil pickups, including more modern high-gain and active designs. It is also very well suited to handle the additional low end of 7 and 8-string guitars.


"Though it was primarily designed for metal style music, the playability of the Jubilee Red that makes each note on the fretboard about equal can absolutely be used for other styles - certainly for heavier lead playing in any genre," says Juhl of his most recent BJF design. "It allows for very fluid note playing along the entire fretboard at any gain setting, whereas the Purple Plexifier, a similar British amp-inspired One Control pedal, needs to have the gain control maxed out to approach this sound. At lower gain settings, the sounds of the Jubilee Red are more modern than those of the Purple Plexifier."


Jubilee Red is now shipping to North American dealers.


MSRP: $190.00 // Street: $149.00 USD







<![CDATA[SampleScience Releases RX-17 HD]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/samplescience-releases-rx-17-hd Fri, 31 Aug 2018 14:22:29 GMT
SampleScience releases RX-17 HD


"SampleScience announces the release of RX-17 HD, a free high definition sample pack featuring the sound of the Yamaha RX-17 drum machine. Released in 1987, the RX-17 is an obscure drum machine made by Yamaha that combines a standard drum kit with a Latin sound set. The pack contains all the 26 sounds of the original machine and were sampled in 32-bit 44.1khz wav files. Also available in the pack are 24-bit and 16-bit wav version of the samples."


Download the samples on SampleScience's website:





<![CDATA[Unhappy With Your Rig? Maybe You Need A DepthFinder]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/unhappy-with-your-rig-maybe-you-need-a-depthfinder Fri, 31 Aug 2018 14:19:55 GMT


Amptweaker DepthFinder EQ




Cumming, GA, Aug 30, 2018

The Amptweaker DepthFinderTM EQ pedal allows you to easily add the tone of power amp-style Resonance and Presence controls in your amp’s effects loop, or on your pedalboard. After modding many pedals to add these knobs, Amptweaker has created a stand alone 2 knob pedal that makes it easy to get the tone of a tube amp’s low damping factor....even in a solid state amp.....and quickly get to the bottom of your tone!


The frequency range, resonant frequency, and boost of each control was matched to the controls on a block-letter 5150 head, into a Vintage 30 cabinet, to provide the gut-punching thump and sizzly cut that those amps are known for.....now that’s available for any rig. There’s even a trimpot inside to tweak the level.


An obvious use for the DepthFinder is to patch it into the effects loops on any Amptweaker drive pedal, giving you even more control for extending the bandwidth of your tone, and it can even be used in the SideTrak loop to provide a deeper lowend and top end clarity to your clean tone.


As with most Amptweaker products, the DepthFinder runs on 9V to 18V adapters(no batteries fit this tiny pedal) for the maximum clean headroom and dynamics.






<![CDATA[DSI Is No More - Long Live Sequential! ]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/dsi-is-no-more---long-live-sequential Fri, 31 Aug 2018 14:13:30 GMT


Dave Smith Instruments Officially Becomes “Sequential”


Dave Smith Returns to Sequential Brand to Mark 40th Anniversary of Prophet-5 Poly Synth



San Francisco, CA—August 31, 2018—In a move auspiciously timed to coincide with the 40th anniversary of his legendary Prophet-5 poly synth, Dave Smith today announced that Dave Smith Instruments will rebrand itself as “Sequential” — reclaiming the mantle of Smith’s original, ground-breaking company. Going forward, all products and services will bear the Sequential® brand. 


Company founder Dave Smith explained the decision: “It seems incredible, but this month marks the 40th anniversary of the Prophet-5. That’s a huge milestone. And it felt like the right time for us to completely restore the Sequential brand and bring our journey as a company full circle. The name change also reflects the fact that our instruments are the result of a team effort. It’s not just me, it’s the entire company.” 


Founded by Smith in 1974 as “Sequential Circuits,” the original incarnation of the company quickly established itself as a major innovator in the then-nascent field of electronic instruments. In 1978, Sequential Circuits’ flagship keyboard, the Prophet-5, took the music world by storm as the world’s first fully-programmable polyphonic synthesizer—and the first musical instrument with an embedded microprocessor. 


Numerous other ground-breaking products soon followed, including the hugely popular Pro-One monosynth, the Prophet 600 (the world’s first MIDI-equipped instrument), the Six Trak (the first multi-timbral synthesizer), and the Prophet VS (the first instrument to feature digital vector synthesis). Sequential Circuits ceased operations in 1987 and the company’s name (shortened to “Sequential” in the mid-1980s) and assets were acquired by Yamaha. Smith went on to consult for Yamaha and Korg, developing the Wavestation and other innovations. 


In 2002, Smith established Dave Smith Instruments to concentrate on solo hardware designs and released the Evolver hybrid analog/digital synthesizer. The DSI product lineup steadily grew to include the Prophet ’08, Mopho, Tetra, Tempest drum machine, Prophet 12, Pro 2, Prophet-6, OB-6, Prophet Rev2, and the Prophet X.


In 2015, with the encouragement of Roland’s Founder, Ikutaro Kakehashi, Yamaha returned the Sequential name to Smith in a gesture of goodwill. “Once Kakehashi-san and Yamaha enabled us to re-acquire the Sequential name, I knew we’d fully adopt it again when the time was right. That time has arrived,” said Smith. “The best part is that we have the same sense of excitement and enthusiasm for making the world a more creative place as we did 40 years ago. Sequential is back, better than ever.”




About Sequential

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


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


<![CDATA[Not Just One, But A Whole Series Of New Books From Craig Anderton]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/not-just-one-but-a-whole-series-of-new-books-from-craig-anderton Thu, 30 Aug 2018 15:41:17 GMT


Musician's Guide To Home Recording



Montclair, NJ — The first three volumes in Craig Anderton’s new MUSICIAN’S GUIDE TO HOME RECORDING are now available! Written in a clear, practical, non-intimidating style loaded with illustrations and sidebars exploring the logic behind a given practice, THE MUSICIAN’S GUIDE TO HOME RECORDING is destined to become every musician’s reference of choice, allowing artists everywhere to use digital recording, mixing, and editing to their fullest potential. To better serve today’s market, each volume in the series is available in four formats: print book, ebook, via Groove3’s Digital Print Library, and, for institutional use, via the Digital Print Library with Elements|ED on a site license basis. This initial offering includes:



(Hal Leonard Books Paperback; August 21, 2018; $14.99; ISBN 978154002491; 88 pages)

An audio interface provides the all-important foundation for computer-based recording. This book helps musicians choose, apply, and harness maximum performance from all types of audio interfaces. Topics covered by the volume include: The significance of different types of analog and digital connections and how to use them; interconnection protocols (USB, FireWire, Thunderbolt, PCIe) for Windows and Mac operating systems; product options from portable units to sophisticated mixers that can also serve as audio interfaces; special requirements involved in recording guitar; the function of drivers and accessory programs (like software mixers for signal routing); ways to minimize delays that occur when using audio interfaces with computers; how and why to choose particular sample rates and resolutions; the “high-resolution audio” controversy; microphone preamps; using multiple interfaces; expanding existing interfaces for more inputs; understanding specifications; various special features unique to particular interfaces; and more! HOW TO CHOOSE AND USE AUDIO INTERFACES is essential reading about the foundational elements required for a high-quality, computer-based home or project studio.



(Hal Leonard Books Paperback; August 21, 2018; $14.99; ISBN 9781540024893; 128 pages)

Equalization is one of the most important signal processors for mixing and mastering. This book goes beyond explaining equalization, providing essential tips on how to use equalization to make better music. Topics covered by the volume include: equalizer parameters; when to use different equalizer responses; linear vs. non-linear phase EQ; plug-in formats, mid/side equalization; typical equalizer controls; real-world examples of EQ in products from Ableton, Apple, Avid, iZotope, Steinberg, Propellerheads, Cakewalk, Softube, Studio One, Waves, and Universal Audio; solving problems with EQ; emphasizing instruments; when to apply EQ; applying mid/side EQ; understanding EQ curves; EQ presets for drums, guitar, piano, voice, and bass; typical equalizer mastering presets; equalization tips for guitar; frequency response; and more! HOW TO USE EQUALIZATION is essential reading about getting the most out of this crucial processor for mixing and mastering.



(Hal Leonard Books Paperback; August 21, 2018; $14.99; ISBN 9781540024879; 112 pages)

There’s more to recording vocals than putting a mic in front of someone and hoping for the best. This book goes beyond technology to offer valuable tips and techniques for obtaining the best vocal performances. Topics covered by the volume include: choosing the right mic; mic placement; microphone accessories like cables and pop filters; mic preamps; taking maximum advantage of composite recording; editing vocals digitally to prepare them for the best possible mix; using processors (such as equalization, dynamics, and time-based effects) during mixdown to enhance vocal quality; automation; techniques for layered vocals; connecting with listeners; ways to convey a singer’s personality; “emotional” dynamic range; how to recognize which take is the “right take”; and more! HOW TO RECORD AND MIX GREAT VOCALS is essential reading for anybody who wants to become a true storyteller by making the all-important connection between singer and listener.



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




THE MUSICIAN’S GUIDE TO HOME RECORDING was conceived and developed to offer best-in-class information and instructional material built, formatted, and deployed for modern learners. Rather than covering all aspects of recording in a single sprawling volume, each title in the series addresses a particular subject in succinct, accessible format. Readers can select individual volumes to hone in on certain areas or proceed through the entire corpus, developing a comprehensive knowledge of select topics at their own pace.



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






<![CDATA[Prism Sound Enhances SADiE With A New SADiE 6 Software Upgrade]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/prism-sound-enhances-sadie-with-a-new-sadie-6-software-upgrade Thu, 30 Aug 2018 15:17:06 GMT

Prism Sound Enhances The SADiE User Experience With A New SADiE 6 Software Upgrade


Expanded functionality and much improved latency figures are just some of the benefits delivered by SADiE V6.1.13



Cambridge, UK. August 30th 2018: Prism Sound has announced an upgrade to its popular SADiE 6.1 software to introduce a number of enhancements and bug fixes that make the SADiE user experience even more seamless and enjoyable.


The launch of SADiE V6.1.13 software marks another step in the evolution of this high-quality audio recording and production system that allows a choice between proprietary audio I/O and DSP processing, or standard soundcard I/O and DSP functions running on the host computer.


Available as a 64-bit version of SADiE 6 for native operation and also for the SADiE BB2 Radio Editor system and LRX2 Flexible Location Recorder, SADiE V6.1.13 delivers an update to the system’s core so that they are fully compatible with Window 10.


“The new software adds a number of advantages in terms of expanded functionality and much improved latency figures, especially when SADiE systems are running in ASIO mode,” says SADiE Product Specialist Steve Penn. “With this version, both fully featured SADiE 6 software and SADiE’s simple intuitive MTR standalone recording software can support 254 channels In and Out over ASIO. We have also ensured that Sound Suite versions of SADiE 6 can support ASIO Direct Monitoring when used with ASIO devices that have this facility, such as Prism Sound’s award-wining Titan, Lyra and Atlas audio interfaces, RME units and cards with Total mix.”


The Mastering Suite and Sound Suite versions of SADiE V6.1.13 also offer WAV Master, ASIO Direct Monitoring and native support for timecode. ASIO Direct Monitoring is available in the Sound Suite version, while native LTC support is offered in the Mastering, Post and Sound Suite versions.


Other smaller feature updates include support for playback and recording to RF64 format and 64bit support for the Cedar Retouch, Declick, Decrackle, Dethump plug-ins.


The new software is available as a free download to any existing SADiE 6 users from the Prism Sound/SADiE website. For access, please follow this link:  http://www.sadie.com




About Prism Sound

Founded in 1987, Prism Sound manufacture high-quality professional digital audio equipment for the International broadcast, film, music production, manufacturing and telecommunications sectors. The company's product range includes the Prism ADA-8XR precision 8-channel converter unit, which is regularly used for music and film soundtrack projects by clients such as EMI Abbey Road, BBC, Sony, Lucasfilm and Walt Disney. Prism Sound also manufactures a range of audio test and measurement products, including the de facto dScope Series III audio analyser system.


For more information: www.prismsound.com






<![CDATA[IK Multimedia Releases UNO Synth Editor For Mac / PC / iOS]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/ik-multimedia-releases-uno-synth-editor-for-mac--pc--ios Thu, 30 Aug 2018 10:37:46 GMT
IK Multimedia releases UNO Synth Editor on Mac/PC/iOS

Plug-in and standalone app features full-size GUI and seamless control
over all parameters and deep programming

August 30, 2018 - IK Multimedia has released a dedicated software editor for its first hardware synth, the true analog UNO Synth. Designed to offer deep control, the editor provides easy access to all parameters and provides advanced music making capabilities beyond the UNO Synth's compact front panel, with convenient support for Mac/PC and iOS devices.

Beyond traditional software editors, the UNO Synth editor offers the ability to function both as a standalone application (Mac/PC/iOS) and an integrated DAW plug-in with total recall (Mac/PC), for use in the studio, live performance or on-the-go music creation. It provides seamless integration and control of every parameter, and allows for easy customization of presets and for preference editing.

Analog and digital studios meet
The editor can be used as a software plug-in (Mac/PC) for all major DAWs including Ableton Live, GarageBand, Logic, Pro Tools, Cubase, Studio One, Reaper and more, for seamlessly creating, storing and recalling settings in a session.

For iOS* mobile musicians, the editor is also available as a free download for both iPhone and iPad, with full support for the new iPhone X. The UNO Synth Editor app offers all the same great control as the Mac/PC version.
*A lightning to USB adapter is required; iPhone/iPad operation requires battery power.

Virtual control with realtime response
For more precise control, the editor incorporates a full-size GUI that maintains the same look and feel as the UNO Synth hardware panel, while offering deeper programming settings and new sound sculpting options. Users can easily access functions on an intuitive virtual panel that offers even more ways to shape their sound.

For extreme flexibility, UNO Synth responds to parameter changes from the editor in real-time, while the editor can track changes made on the UNO Synth's front panel. All edits can also be saved directly into the UNO Synth, for instant recall.

The editor can also be used to change the operation of the Uno Synth's front panel knobs to suit different users' hands-on preferences. Three modes can be selected - Absolute, Relative and Pass-Through - to determine how the knobs behave when moving between different parameters, based on the user's preferred style of operation.

Create amazing sounds
The editor's Synth panel includes virtual knobs that allow users to easily tweak and edit synthesis parameters such as the oscillators and envelopes, fine tune additional control parameters, animate performance effects and much more. In addition, a full 88-note virtual keyboard is included, as well as virtual pitch and modulation wheels.

Specific Synth Panel sections include:

Oscillators and envelopes - this section lets users modulate waveform shapes for each oscillator via LFO or the filter envelope. Pulse width (Classic PWM) can also be modulated in the same way. In addition, full ADSR access is provided for both the filter and the amplitude envelopes for creating sweeps, punchy basslines, and more.

Amount knobs - users can control UNO Synth's five performance effects, by setting the speed of the DIVE and SCOOP pitch effects and setting the depth of the VIBRATO WAH and TREMOLO, adding instant and deeper animation. For even more precise control, additional Amount knobs are provided for ModWheel, Velocity, Delay Mix and Time, Pitch Bend and Glide.

Make your preferences known
The editor software is also useful for setting preferences. A dedicated menu allows an array of options to be set, ranging from MIDI routing to knob behavior selection. Users can adjust all MIDI settings including In and Out channels, Sync, Overflow and Soft Thru.

Connect your rig
UNO Synth can be configured for convenient integration in an existing rig. Users can map MIDI routings to freely assign communication across both the MIDI DIN ports and USB ports. Outboard gear and virtual apps can be instantly connected, enabling UNO Synth to be used as both a MIDI interface and MIDI controller.

Set and save
Presets stored on the UNO Synth, a Mac/PC, or an iPhone/iPad can be loaded into the editor for further refining. Edits can be saved directly in the editor, or loaded back into the UNO Synth, computer or iPhone/iPad. When used with a DAW, the UNO Synth editor will also recall settings from the previous session.

About UNO Synth
Designed for everyone interested in rich, true analog sound, the affordable, monophonic UNO Synth offers massive sound, a wide sound palette, and easy programmability in an ultra-portable, battery-powered format for on-the-go music creation, live performance or studio recording.

UNO Synth packs a powerful synth engine with professional sound and a full analog audio path on par with more expensive synthesizers. It includes two independent oscillators; a 2-pole OTA-based, analog, resonant, sweepable multimode filter; seven LFO waveforms, and much more.

It delivers everything from classic to modern sounds to create music in any genre. First-time synth users get instant gratification from this easy-to-use instrument. With 100 presets, an easy-to-play capacitive-sensing keyboard with selectable scales and an arpeggiator, UNO Synth is a perfect gateway into the synthesizer world. Experienced pros will also love its rich sound and easy portability.

Made in Italy, UNO Synth's ultra-compact dimensions make it among the smallest monophonic synths available. Its light weight (only 400g) and battery power (4xAA included) or USB power-supply (for battery power banks) give musicians the freedom to make music anywhere.

How to obtain
The UNO Synth editor is available as a free download for everyone (requires firmware 1.1.1 or above). For more information and to download the editor, please visit: www.unosynth.com/editor

To see more of the editor and to watch the UNO Synth tutorial series, visit: www.unosynth.com/video

For more information about UNO Synth, please visit: www.unosynth.com
<![CDATA[The Perfect Pedal For Pitch Warping? ]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/the-perfect-pedal-for-pitch-warping Wed, 29 Aug 2018 12:32:19 GMT
EarthQuaker Devices Release Aqueduct Vibrato


Extra special effects pedal manufacturer EarthQuaker Devices will release the Aqueduct Vibrato on August 29, 2018.
Aqueduct uses a short delay line with eight modulation modes to deliver gentle amp-like rolling pitch-wobbles, steady kosmiche pulsations, rapid trills, slimy sonic squiggles, whammy bar wiggles, pitch bends, and anything else your pitch-warped brain can picture in your murky mind’s eye.
With eight modulation modes to choose, Aqueduct offers a variety of pitch-shifting vibrato tones adaptable to nearly any musical situation. Sine, Triangle, Ramp, and Square modes provide tried-and-true pitch modulation for players wanting to add subtle and organic textures to their music. Random mode introduces a “warped record” effect at low settings and rolls the dice on an unpredictable assortment of greasy pitch-bends as the Depth is increased. For players on the hunt for a dynamic and touch-sensitive Vibrato experience, Aqueduct’s Envelope modes allow for interactive control over the Depth, Rate, and pitch of the vibrato by simply playing harder or softer.
Envelope-Controlled Pitch mode (Env P) is equipped with a wet/dry blend expanding the tonal possibilities beyond vibrato to include chorus, psuedo-flanger, and tactile tremolo bar-like pitch bends. We’ve lovingly nicknamed it “the My Bloody Valentine setting.” 
Aqueduct’s intuitive control set make it easy for pedal novices and tap-dancing pedalheads alike to dial in swampy vintage-inspired vibrato, synthesizer-like sonar pulses, touch-sensitive pitch modulation, and more. Rate adjusts the LFO speed which controls how quickly the pitch rises and falls. Depth controls the LFO amplitude, adjusting the intensity of the vibrato effect. The rotary switch labeled Mode selects between one of eight LFO waveshape and envelope combinations which drastically alter the character of the modulation.
It is also the latest pedal to feature EarthQuaker Devices proprietary Flexi-Switch™ feature which allows users to select between momentary and traditional latching-style switching in the moment and on the fly. For standard latching operation, tap the footswitch once to activate the effect and then tap again to bypass. For momentary operation, hold the footswitch down for as long as you’d like to use the effect. Once you release the switch the effect will be bypassed.
Aqueduct Vibrato will be available at EarthQuaker Devices dealers worldwide on August 29, 2018.
Aqueduct Vibrato
  • True pitch-shifting vibrato
  • Easily conjure swampy vintage-inspired vibrato, synth-like sonar pulses, touch-sensitive pitch modulation, chorus, flanger, and tactile tremolo bar-like pitch bends from a single pedal!
  • Eight modulation modes
    • Sine: The smoothest and most subtle of all waveforms, sine waves are most commonly associated with classic amp-like vibrato.
    • Triangle: Triangle waves have a sharper rise and fall than sine waves with a more pronounced pitch bend at the peak of each LFO cycle.
    • Ramp: Like a triangle wave with a twist. The Ramp waveform has a sharp sonar pulse followed by a rapid downward slope with a synthesizer-like sustain and release.
    • Square: Square waves are the most rigid and abrupt of the waveforms. Rather than gliding smoothly between pitches, square waves produce an instant on-or-off transition between notes.
    • Random: introduces a “warped record” effect at low settings and rolls the dice on an unpredictable assortment of greasy pitch-bends as the Depth is increased
    • Env D: Envelope-Controlled Depth mode. The waveshape is set to a sine wave, the speed of which may be adjusted using the Rate control. The Depth control sets the sensitivity of the envelope - the point at which the effect kicks in as you play. In this mode, your pick attack sets the intensity of the modulation. The harder you dig in, the more pronounced the effect.
    • Env R: This is Envelope-Controlled Rate mode. In this mode, the input level (i.e. pick attack) controls the LFO rate. Play harder for faster modulation or lay low for slower modulation speeds. The Rate control adjusts the sensitivity of the envelope. Depth selects the LFO intensity.
    • Env P: This is Envelope-Controlled Pitch mode, which we’ve lovingly nicknamed “The My Bloody Valentine setting.” If your instrument doesn’t have a tremolo bar, it does now. In this mode, the frequency modulation is controlled by the dynamics of your pick attack and not the LFO.
  • Flexi-Switch™ allows for momentary and traditional latching-style switching
  • True Bypass
  • Silent relay-based switching
  • All-analog dry signal path
  • All-digital wet signal path
  • Lifetime guarantee
  • Current Draw: 68mA
  • Input Impedance: 1M Ohm
  • Output Impedance: <10K Ohm
  • USA MAP / Suggested Retail: $199 USD
  • Boxed Dimensions: 5.5” x 3.25” x 3.25”
  • Out-of-box Dimensions: 4.75" x 2.50″ x 2.25″
  • Each and every Aqueduct is constructed with human hands in Akron, Ohio, USA.








<![CDATA[Do You Have A Vocal Boss? ]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/do-you-have-a-vocal-boss Wed, 29 Aug 2018 12:14:08 GMT


BOSS Announces VE-500 Vocal Performer Pedal
Vocal harmony/multi-effects processor for guitar pedalboards
Los Angeles, CA, August 29, 2018 — BOSS announces the VE-500 Vocal Performer, a unique and powerful vocal harmony/multi-effects processor pedal. The VE-500 is a high-performance vocal toolkit with automatic harmony/pitch correction, a vocoder, and deep effects options that allow users to process their voice any way they like, from subtle sweetening to the dramatic, over-the-top effects heard on many modern records. It’s the perfect addition to the pedalboard of any singing guitarist, providing top-flight vocal processing right alongside standard guitar effects pedals. 
The VE-500’s streamlined stompbox configuration makes it simple to integrate with any pedalboard setup. Plugging a guitar into the instrument input drives the harmony, pitch, and vocoder functions, while the Thru output provides an unprocessed signal to feed regular pedals. Three assignable footswitches offer versatile real-time performance control, and stereo XLR outputs enable processed vocal sounds to be sent directly to a PA mixer, stage monitor, or recording device. 
Powered by advanced BOSS processing, the VE-500’s automatic harmony engine detects the chords and key played with a guitar to generate smooth and natural two- and three-part harmonies in real time as the user sings. Selectable harmony modes provide further options for refining the harmonies to suit songs that have more complex key structures. The harmony engine can alternately be driven via MIDI (through either the VE-500’s MIDI or USB inputs), enabling users to generate pitch-perfect live harmonies with a MIDI keyboard or DAW-based backing tracks. 
The VE-500’s creative and inspiring vocoder function is derived from BOSS’s innovative VO-1 Vocoder pedal. By vocalizing into the connected mic as they play, users can instantly transform their guitar’s tone with synthesized electronic voices. It’s also possible to replicate traditional talk box sounds, providing access to classic “talking lead guitar” tones without having to use a talk box rig and mouth tube. 
Inside the VE-500 are wide-ranging effects for crafting nearly any vocal sound imaginable. Included are compressor, EQ, and de-esser tools for shaping the core vocal tone, plus world-class reverb, delay, and modulation sounds and specialty effects like distortion, filtering, and many others. Up to nine effect sections can be used simultaneously, and highly flexible routing options are available for processing live and harmonized vocals together or separately. A dedicated looper is accessible as well for looping vocal sounds. 
The VE-500 also features a dedicated pitch correction section, which is driven via guitar or MIDI just like the harmony function. It can be used for transparent pitch stabilization or replicating heavily effected sounds heard on modern hits, including hard pitch correction, electronic tonalities, and even robot-voice sounds. 
With the VE-500’s large display and panel knobs/buttons, it’s simple for users to edit sounds and save them in 99 user patch locations for instant recall while performing. Editor/librarian software is also available for tweaking and organizing sounds from a Mac or Windows computer via USB. 
To learn more about the VE-500 Vocal Performer, visit Boss.info.
BOSS VE-500 Vocal Performer
Rear panel of BOSS VE-500 Vocal Performer
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[Dreamwave]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/dreamwave Tue, 28 Aug 2018 13:36:44 GMT



It’s new release day and this week we’ve got Dreamwave, an iconic addition to our 80’s catalogue.

Zenhiser Pack: Dreamwave

Price: $60.00 AUD

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



<![CDATA[TASCAM Unveils Model 24 Digital Multitrack Recorder]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/tascam-unveils-model-24-digital-multitrack-recorder Tue, 28 Aug 2018 13:32:42 GMT
TASCAM Unveils Model 24 Digital Multitrack Recorder
Montebello, CA-August 2018... 
An excellent choice for studio and live applications, TASCAM's versatile new Model 24 digital multitrack recorder offers 24 tracks of 24-bit, 48 kHz audio capture (22 channels and a stereo main mix) and 22 playback tracks via either USB 2.0 or to the unit's onboard SD Card recorder. The SD Card recorder offers quick, easy one-touch recording and includes transport controls, auto and manual punch in/out, and overdub capability. With color-coded knobs, faux-wood sides, and a retro design, the Model 24 is reminiscent of vintage TASCAM products but it's based on the company's industry-leading digital Portastudio technology, as evidenced by its LCD screen and digital recording and Bluetooth® input features.

Mixdown is easy thanks to a built-in 22-channel mixer with 100 mm long-throw faders-a feature rarely found in this price class. The two monitor returns, subgroup bus, and stereo main bus also are equipped with dedicated 100 mm faders. The Model 24 offers 12 mono channels, each with XLR mic and ¼-inch line inputs; ¼-inch channel inputs 1 and 2 can be switched between line and instrument level, enabling plugging in a guitar or bass, and feature a ¼-inch TRS insert point. You also get 4 stereo channels with mono XLR mic and left and right ¼-inch line inputs. All 16 microphone inputs sport a preamp gain control and an overload (clip) indicator for the channel's premium TASCAM microphone preamp. Each of the first 20 channels includes Mute and PFL solo.
An additional stereo channel (21/22) is equipped with unbalanced RCA, unbalanced stereo minijack, and wireless Bluetooth connectivity and offers Mute and Pairing buttons. This enables streaming audio from a laptop or mobile device. Stereo channel 21/22 has also been optimized to feed the Monitor 1 and Monitor 2 buses via rotary auxiliary send controls.
A Routing Mode selector enables each channel to be independently set to accept live input, the return from the USB bus, or the return from the SD Card recorder. This enables you to overdub in the studio and to fly in backing tracks for live performance. Multi-segment LED meters monitor the stereo main bus output levels. Outputs include stereo XLR and ¼-inch main outputs, two ¼-inch monitor sends, an effects send, stereo control room outputs, and a stereo ¼-inch headphone monitor output.
The Model 24 provides plenty of signal processing to perfect your sound. Each of the 12 mono channels include a simple one-knob compressor, a low cut filter, and 3-band semi-parametric EQ with sweepable midrange. The compressor and low cut filter are pre-Routing Mode selector so they can be applied to any recording track. The stereo channels include a low-cut filter and 3-band fixed EQ. A stereo 7-band graphic EQ with easy-control toggle buttons and instant bypass can be applied to the main mix or monitor outputs, enabling you to shape your mixes and prevent monitor feedback. An onboard stereo multi-effects processor lets you apply 16 preset effects, including reverb, delay, chorus, and flanging.
With its choice of multitrack recording methods, onboard processing, variety of inputs, and flexible mixing and routing options, the TASCAM Model 24 digital multitrack recorder is a great choice for project studios and for live recording and mixing. The Model 24 is expected to be available in the fourth quarter of 2018. For more information, please visit https://tascam.com.

TASCAM is the professional audio division of TEAC Corporation and produces the most comprehensive line of audio recorders, mixers and related equipment in the professional audio industry. TASCAM has offices in the U.S., Germany, Japan, Mexico and Latin America.
1834 Gage Road
Montebello, CA 90640
Tel: 323-726-0303
<![CDATA[A Reason To Go Mobile]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/a-reason-to-go-mobile Tue, 28 Aug 2018 13:21:58 GMT


Propellerhead Facilitates Music Making Everywhere with Reason Compact Mobile App

Easy-to-use iOS app puts a slice of Reason on your phone, so you can quickly get melodies that sound amazing 

STOCKHOLM, Sweden – Aug 28, 2018 - Propellerhead Software today released the free Reason Compact mobile app for iOS. Reason Compact puts Reason’s flagship Europa synthesizer right at your fingertips so you can quickly capture your creativity whenever inspiration strikes. Get started quickly and easily with innovative features like the smart keyboard, note grid and Chords tools, then expand when you’re ready. You can even export your ideas and finalize them on your desktop with Reason 10 or Europa VST. 
“Making music on your phone has always required musicians to have either great skill or make compromises in sound, features, or flexibility—until now,” said Hanna Åstrand, Product Manager at Propellerhead. “With Reason Compact you have everything you need to get started making music right on your phone. Start with an inspiring preset, lay down a melody with the smart keyboard, and touch up your performance with the note grid. It’s that easy—with Reason Compact you can make music everywhere.” 
Reason Compact features intuitive controls and informative tutorials to help you create amazing synth sounds in seconds. Reason Compact is loaded with over 35 presets made by world-class music producers for instant inspiration. Capable of creating professional-sounding melodies, lush chords, and bouncing arpeggios with the touch of a button, Reason Compact is the ultimate tool for making music on the go.  
Create unique synth patches with 16 different types of waveforms, then morph and transform your sound with the Shape controls. Add depth and texture to your tracks using built-in effects like reverb, delay and Unison effects. Export MIDI sequences, instrument patches and song files to your desktop and finalize your ideas with Reason 10 or the Europa VST plug-in.  
Reason Compact is tailor-made for collaboration, offering support for Inter-app Audio, Ableton Link and Allihoopa so you can connect with other creatives and share ideas. 
Watch the Reason Compact announcement video here
To learn more about Reason Compact, visit the App Store for further details. 
Pricing & Availability
Download Reason Compact – Your Pocket Synth for free now via the App Store.

Propellerhead Reason Compact Mobile App puts a slice of Reason on your phone, so you can quickly get melodies that sound amazing
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[FOOZ - It's Your Favorite Fuzz, Synth, Wah And Trem's Forbidden Lovechild]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/new-fooz---its-an-analog-fuzz-synthesizer Mon, 27 Aug 2018 15:39:49 GMT




We have amazing engineers here in the Seymour Duncan Research Lab. And, like all great engineers, they love to tweak, tinker, and push the boundaries beyond the realm of what’s possible. Wayne brings his deep knowledge of analog circuits from the days of working on the Mars Rover (for real!) and Kevin has been designing circuits since before he could walk. And, now they’ve designed FOOZ...


Today, we're introducing the FOOZ Analog Fuzz Synth pedal. Think of it as your favorite fuzz, synth, wah and trem pedals’ forbidden lovechild—bridging the best of each of these effects in a way never offered before in a guitar pedal!

Whether you’re on guitar, bass, synth, or even turntables, FOOZ gives you endless inspiration and creativity. Who knows, it might just send you to Mars and back!

Click below for sound samples…



Key Features
Tap Tempo & Powerful LFO Control
Assign the LFO to the Volume or Filter
Assignable Expression Input
Assignable Envelope Follower
Square Wave Fuzz Generator
Warm, Analog (synth style) Filter






<![CDATA[Ever Thought Of Using Organic Lifeform Textures In Your Music?]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/ever-thought-of-using-organic-lifeform-textures-in-your-music Fri, 24 Aug 2018 17:58:47 GMT


Bluezone releases 'Organic Lifeform Textures'




Demo Video:



Bluezone Corporation - Information
<![CDATA[More Bass House Anthems]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/more-bass-house-anthems Fri, 24 Aug 2018 17:55:29 GMT





'Bass House Anthems Vol 2' once again takes influence from Jauz, Twoloud to bring you bang up-to-date with the latest sounds of Bass House. These rip-roaring basslines and massive, impactful drums will fill the dancefloor to capacity. Five more abrasive Construction Kits for your sample repertoire.


The banging beats keep coming from this Beatport Top 100 producer and once again, this pack has impeccable sound design paired with undeniable commercial appeal.


MIDI Files Included:

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


Advantages of MIDI:

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


Dry/Wet Loops:

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


Unlooped Riffs/Tails:

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



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


Product Details:

• 5 Construction Kits
• 115 Audio Files
• 19 MIDI files
• 22 FXs
• ACIDized WAV Files
• Apple Loops/AIFF Files
• REX2 Loops
• Ableton Live 8.1.3 Pack
• Reason ReFill
• Loops sync to BPM
• 44.1 kHz/24-Bit
• PC/Mac Compatible
• 100% Royalty-Free (No Exceptions)



Price and Availability:


'Bass House Anthems Vol 2’ is available for instant download exclusively at ProducerLoops.com for £34.95 / 40,50 EUR. More information is available at: https://www.producerloops.com




<![CDATA[Zero-G Release Future Wave]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/zero-g-release-future-wave Fri, 24 Aug 2018 17:50:59 GMT


Zero-G release Future Wave
Nostalgic sample pack inspired by films and composers of the eighties
Future Wave is a new Synthwave sample library from Zero-G that is inspired by 1980s films, video games, and cartoons, as well as composers such as John Carpenter, Vangelis, and Tangerine Dream.
Its 1GB of samples are filled with nostalgia and atmosphere styled from films such as Terminator, Robocop, and Escape from New York and also by current artists such as Com Truise, Betamaxx, and Power Glove. Instruments include analogue and early digital synthesisers, electric guitars, analogue drums and percussion.
Future Wave contains almost 500 samples usefully categorised as Synths, Sequences, Phrases, Guitars, Beats, Bass, Drones, FX, One-Shots and more.
This library is the perfect tool for soundtrack and dance producers who want to add some beautifully composed and played retro-futuristic sounds to their compositions.
All of the samples have been pre-cleared and are 100% original and royalty-free for your musical use without any additional licensing fees!
Future Wave includes the following formats – Acidised WAV files, AIFF Apple Loops, Kontakt Instruments, EXS24 Instruments, HALion Instruments, NN-XT Instruments and Live Sampler Instruments.
Future Wave is available with an introductory 20% discount until 7th September. Get a taste of it now by downloading the free demo content pack!
For full details visit: https://www.timespace.com/products/zero-g-future-wave
Or: https://zero-g.co.uk/products/future-wave
<![CDATA[Hotone Launches The Nano Legacy Floor Series Loudster]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/hotone-launches-the-nano-legacy-floor-series-loudster Fri, 24 Aug 2018 17:48:47 GMT


Hotone Launches The Nano Legacy Floor Series Loudster, A Portable Floor-Based Power Amplifier Ideal For Fly Rig Setups



HICKSVILLE, NY (August 23, 2018) – Today, Hotone announces the release of the Loudster, a compact, portable floor-based power amplifier that’s well suited for guitar players that rely on effects pedals, amp modelers and other processors to produce their sound. The Loudster is the latest addition to Hotone’s Nano Legacy Floor Series and is perfect for traveling and gigging musicians looking for an alternative to their traditional amp setup, and allowing them to house their entire fly rig on just one pedalboard. The Hotone Loudster is available now for $199.99 at most MI retailers.


With an increasing number of guitar players saying no to hauling around big, bulky amp rigs, many are now hooking up digital multi-effects to run straight to the house. However, most players still want to hear an amplified sound through a dedicated speaker cabinet. And that’s where the Loudster acts as the middleman between the player’s favorite amp tone and a speaker cabinet. Any preamp, amp modeling unit or pedal effect that’s put in front of the Loudster will receive a boost of up to 75 watts of output power to 4–16O cabinets, with a single knob controlling the overall volume in real time.



Designed to fit directly on a pedalboard or in a gig bag, the 75-watt Loudster is the perfect combination of power, portability and convenience for active guitar players. With the Hotone Loudster Portable Floor Amplifier at the end of a FX chain, guitarists can forget about carrying a heavy amp around and simply plug into any cabinet.


Loudster Key Features:

Compact, portable floor power amplifier

75 watts of output power for effects pedals, amplifier modelers and other processors

Single, large volume knob

Single speaker output for use with 4–16O cabinets

High impedance input

Lightweight aluminum chassis

Included 18–20V DC (center positive) power supply




About Hotone

As ideas become designs, Hotone buckles down to create products the music world has always wanted but never before imagined possible. Expect from Hotone products for professional and amateur musicians alike: rugged, portable devices that don’t compromise on tone.


To connect with Hotone, visit hotoneaudio.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube.




<![CDATA[Waves Audio To Host Studio/Live Mixing Seminar At EastWest Studios In Hollywood, CA, On September 6]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/waves-audio-to-host-studiolive-mixing-seminar-at-eastwest-studios-in-hollywood-ca-on-september-6 Thu, 23 Aug 2018 17:08:09 GMT

Waves Audio to Host Studio/Live Mixing Seminar at EastWest Studios in Hollywood, CA, on September 6


— The evening, dubbed “Bridge the Gap,” will see GRAMMY® nominee Greg Wells (Adele) and top front-of-house engineer Sean “Sully” Sullivan (Beck) showing their approach to mixing in the studio and live environments, as well as an in-depth session with a Waves Product Specialist —
KNOXVILLE, TN, August 23, 2018Waves Audio, a leading provider of audio processing solutions, will be hosting a special event on Thursday, September 6, 2018, in Hollywood, CA. Titled “Bridge the Gap,” the event will take place from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. PDT at EastWest Studios, 6000 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028.  
At this session, GRAMMY® nominated mixer/musician/songwriter and producer Greg Wells (Adele, Katy Perry, OneRepublic, Mika) and highly acclaimed FOH engineer Sean “Sully” Sullivan (Beck, Rihanna, Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers) will share with attendees how they approach a mix in the studio and in live environments. 
Waves product specialist Michael Adams will kick off the evening with a quick demo of DiGiGrid and other SoundGrid®-compatible products, highlighting how the same hardware can be based in the studio as an add-on to any digital or analog live console, or with the Waves eMotion LV1 Live Mixer.
Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. 
WHEN: September 6, 2018, 7:00–9:30 pm (refreshments served starting at 6:30 pm)
WHERE: EastWest Studios, 6000 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028 
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[Impact Soundworks Brings You In Kontakt With The Sound Of The COSMOS]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/impact-soundworks-brings-you-in-kontakt-with-the-sound-of-the-cosmos Thu, 23 Aug 2018 17:03:12 GMT


Impact Soundworks Releases Space-Inspired COSMOS Sample Library for Kontakt



FULTON, MD -- Impact Soundworks released today COSMOS, a Kontakt virtual instrument featuring electronic pulses, sequences, and soundscapes inspired by outer space. Over 350 rhythmic phrases and playable textures are included, offering a variety of sonic elements for soundtrack composers from subtle basses to evolving ambiances. COSMOS is available as a download for the list price of $49 in Kontakt format.


The nearly 8GB of synth recordings created by film composer David St-Hill are carefully-sculpted for easy mixing and ideal for layering. Though made with soundtrack composers in mind, the synthetic and evocative sounds of COSMOS are equally well-suited for any genre that calls for atmospheric and ambient elements.


COSMOS includes two unique sound engines for phrases and ambiences. The rhythmic phrases patch allows composers to trigger, layer, and perform dozens of tempo-synced patterns in any key, while the ambiences patch has an expanded set of easy sound design tools like a built-in four layer sequencer. Both patches include an analog and digitally-modeled FX rack including custom convolution reverb.


COSMOS is available now as a digital download for $49. Audio and video demos, specifications, manual, and more product information is available at the Impact Soundworks website:





<![CDATA[Discovery Pro For Windows Updated]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/discovery-pro-for-windows-updated Tue, 21 Aug 2018 15:28:31 GMT

Discovery Pro for Windows updated to 6.8.1



Discovery Pro for Windows has been updated to 6.8.1 fixing a bug related to ADR LCD display values. Registered users can download the new build at https://www.discodsp.com/members/









<![CDATA[This Will Attract House & Future Producers]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/this-will-attract-house--future-producers Tue, 21 Aug 2018 15:26:24 GMT

It’s new release day and this week we’ve got Magnetic, a self contained treasure trove for House & Future producers.

Zenhiser Pack: Magnetic

Price: $60.00 AUD

Direct Link: http://www.zenhiser.com/magnetic-house-samples.html



<![CDATA[Introducing Auto-Align Post]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/introducing-auto-align-post Tue, 21 Aug 2018 15:05:19 GMT


Introducing Auto-Align Post
 The Fast & Simple Way to Get Location Mics in Phase 
We're happy and proud to introduce our new creation, Auto-Align Post!
Auto-Align Post is an AAX AudioSuite plug-in for Avid Pro Tools, designed to automatically correct the delay and comb-filter phase issues occurring when mixing a recording of multiple moving microphones, such as in the case of a shoot set-up using a boom microphone in addition to an actor’s lavalier microphone or multiple on-set microphones.
Until now, phase/time aligning multiple moving microphones was a tedious, time-consuming job that often required several ear-twisting days to complete.
Not anymore.
Building on the proprietary technology of our groundbreaking Auto-Align™ plug-in, we’ve developed a next-generation algorithm that makes phase/time correction of a moving multi-microphone recording of an entire film a matter of a few clicks and a short coffee break. 
  • Corrects for distances of up to ~112 feet / ~34 meters or a delay of ±100ms
  • Dynamic mode enables continuous phase/time correction for moving actors or cameras
  • Static mode enables fixed phase/time correction for stationary microphones
  • Transparent, filter-free design
  • Multi-channel support
  • Highly optimized for CPU efficiency and operation speed
  • Easy to operate - no manual adjustments required
To celebrate the release, Auto-Align Post will be offered at a special introductory offer of $249. Offer ends September 30, 2018.
During this offer period, those owning a registered copy of Auto-Align before August 21st, 2018 can purchase Auto-Align Post at a special discount price of $149 ($199 thereafter).
For more information please visit www.soundradix.com
<![CDATA[LoopLords Releases Electric Pianos 77]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/looplords-releases-electric-pianos-77 Mon, 20 Aug 2018 14:57:10 GMT


LoopLords releases Electric Pianos 77



LoopLords releases Electric Pianos 77, a sample-based electric piano plugin. Electric Pianos 77 includes 18 piano sounds sampled from physical models, analog and fm synthesizers. The result is a rich sounding instrument that can be used in various genres including hip hop, synthwave, pop, funk and R&B. The easy to use and high tech interface gives access to a simple array of sound shaping parameters including an amplitude ADSR, a tremolo, and a reverb.


Electric Pianos 77 is available as a VST, VST3 and AU instrument plugin for both Mac and Windows.

Cost: 19$


For more information, visit LoopLords: https://www.looplords.net/2018/08/electric-pianos-77.html


<![CDATA[Sono Elements Releases SolinStrings]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/sono-elements-releases-solinstrings Mon, 20 Aug 2018 14:54:00 GMT


Sono Elements releases SolinStrings, a ARP Solina plugin emulation


"Sono Elements releases SolinStrings, an ARP Solina string synthesizer plugin emulation. The instrument features the 6 sounds of the Solina as well as reverb, stereo tremolo, filter and noise effects. SolinStrings is priced at 19$ (USD) and is available as VST, VST3 and AU plugin for Mac and Windows."


Audio demo: https://soundcloud.com/user-177426465/solinstrings-audio-demo


Website: https://www.sonoelements.com/2018/08/solinstrings.html





Sono Elements



<![CDATA[Kemper Profiler Operating System 5.5.2 Released]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/kemper-profiler-operating-system-5.5.2 Fri, 17 Aug 2018 13:52:42 GMT


KEMPER PROFILER™ Operating System 5.5.2 now completes a series of unique feature updates and AddOns

Cabdriver Stereo, Celestion Cabinets, UI2MIDI, seamless Momentary/Latch with the PROFILER Remote, and a Spring Reverb goody in the current public beta




Kemper GmbH Ruhr Area, Germany, August 16th, 2018 – (ictw) - Kemper GmbH recently released the PROFILER OS version 5.5.2 and added a number of user-driven features to the acclaimed Kemper PROFILER™.

Digital Connection - In conjunction with digital recording equipment and connected via S/PDIF the PROFILER™ now supports the sample rates 44.1, 48, 88.2 and 96 KHz. The PROFILER has to be the master though.

Cabdriver in Stereo - When using the PROFILER in a live or rehearsal room situation it is now possible to run regular guitar cabinets in stereo alongside the Full Range signal for recording or FOH purposes. That means PROFILER players now can drive two or more guitar cabinets for personal monitoring or in the rehearsal room or on stage in full stereo while at the same time the Full Range signal is available for recording purposes or for sending it to FOH. Please note that the PROFILER PowerHead and PowerRack are equipped with mono power amps. A second amp is required for powering guitar cabs in stereo.

Cabinets from Celestion – The legendary manufacturers of the popular Celestion loudspeakers for guitar have created IRs (impulse responses) of their most famous and sought-after speakers in conjunction with all the popular cabinet designs and microphone settings and made them available for purchase at www.celestionplus.com. To PROFILER players now 18 selected Celestion Cabinets are available for free.

UI2MIDI - The PROFILER now can send all editing action made on the PROFILER panel or on the PROFILER REMOTE to a second PROFILER or a DAW via the Midi Output. 
PROFILER players can now control two or more PROFILERS using one REMOTE only or record a complete performance in terms of program changes, FX switching, morphing, etc. to a DAW for the purpose to automate a show. Also, many touring acts have some backup PROFILER with them. Now it is very easy to keep the PROFILERS identical with the backup systems when it comes to doing some edit changes to the performances and setups during rehearsals and on tour via the new UI2MIDI feature. When connected via MIDI a second PROFILER mirrors all the edits made on the main machine and makes maintaining complex PROFILER systems pretty easily.

Momentary/Latched – The Effect Buttons on the PROFILER REMOTE now automatically switch from latch to momentary, when the switches are held for a second, without the need for a dedicated configuration. For activating effects, controlling the rotary speed or freezing delays and reverbs, PROFILER players can intuitively choose for latching an effect or deactivating it by simply releasing the Effect Button.

And last but not least a special treat - Spring Reverb - A staple of great guitar tone is the classic spring reverb effect. Now, this is available to all PROFILER players with the current public beta OS 5.6.2 Spring Reverb Preview. The spring reverb effect features the unique parameter „Dripstone“ and delivers highly authentic spring reverbs from sought-after combo amps. It is considered already as “best in class” amongst PROFILER players worldwide. The Spring Reverb will still be enhanced during the course of the beta phase and it will also get some company soon – to be continued. Robert Ortiz builds touring rigs for many major artists. At NAMM he shared with Kemper why he loves the PROFILER so much!Pricing and Availability 


PROFILER™ OS Version 5.5.2 is available for free from the Kemper Website: www.kemper-amps.com/downloads

<![CDATA[Isn't It About Time For Some More Latin Pop Anthems? ]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/isnt-it-about-time-for-some-more-latin-pop-anthems Fri, 17 Aug 2018 13:48:23 GMT






'Latin Pop Anthems 3' continues this bestselling series of sun-soaked Reggaeton Construction Kits by Producer Loops. The third pack in the series includes guitars, kalimbas, brass loops, sound effects, strings and pads, all providing that quintessential Latin Pop crossover vibe that is a feature across the series.


Experience the worldwide genre craze that started with "Despacito". The five included Kits are once again inspired by the international mega-hits of artists such as Luis Fonsi and Clean Bandit. As always, we're here to help you create your own Latin, sunny island-inspired, chart-slayer. Bailamos!


All of the included content is, of course, backed up by a professional feature set designed for users of all abilities. Check out the demo, and read on to find out more.



MIDI files are included for the majority of musical phrases, meaning you can manipulate the melodies to your own taste and assign your own VSTi sounds.


One-Shot Samples:

This pack includes percussive One-Shot samples taken from each Kit, allowing you to create new beats, fills and loops to complement the existing material. Simply load them up into your sampler of choice and create an infinite number of new beats and phrases.


Dry/Wet Loops:

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


Unlooped Riffs/Tails:

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



All of the loops in this product are 100% Royalty-Free, so once purchased, you can use these loops in your commercial releases without having to pay any mechanical royalties.


Product Details:

• 5 Construction Kits
• 159 Files In Total
• Guitars
• Kalimbas
• Brass
• FX
• Strings/Pads
• ACIDized WAV Files
• Dry, Wet And Tail Files
• Apple Loops/AIFF Files
• REX2
• Reason Refill
• Ableton Live Pack 8.1.3
• Loops Sync to BPM
• 44.1 kHz/24-Bit
• PC/Mac Compatible
• 100% Royalty-Free (No Exceptions)



Price and Availability:

'Latin Pop Anthems 3’ is available for instant download exclusively at ProducerLoops.com for £34.95 / 40,73 EUR. More information is available at: https://www.producerloops.com




<![CDATA[MIDI Manufacturers Association (MMA) Releases TRS Adapter Specification For MIDI Devices]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/midi-manufacturers-association-mma-releases-trs-adapter-specification-for-midi-devices Fri, 17 Aug 2018 13:43:41 GMT


MIDI Manufacturers Association (MMA) Releases
TRS Adapter Specification for MIDI Devices
Los Angeles, CA, August 14, 2018 – The MIDI Manufacturers Association (MMA) has published a Recommended Practice for the use of “TRS” connectors with MIDI devices. The document defines how to wire “tip-ring-sleeve” connectors and describes the necessary device circuitry and cable specifications to support MIDI 1.0 compliant electrical connections to DIN-MIDI devices. It is available now for download from www.midi.org.
The inclination towards smaller hardware devices has made it increasingly difficult to make use of DIN connectors for MIDI In/Out in the past few years. Many manufacturers have chosen to use 2.5mm or 3.5mm “TRS” connectors instead. But since there was no specification for wiring a TRS MIDI connection, the situation exists where two devices may not have chosen the same wiring scheme, so compatibility between devices is not known. By specifying the pin-out for the TRS connection, and also the connectors for the adapter cable, we can ensure greater interoperability between TRS and DIN-MIDI equipped devices.
To download the “Specification for use of TRS Connectors with MIDI Devices” [RP-054], join the MIDI Association, the global community of people who work, play and create with MIDI at www.midi.org.
About the MIDI Manufacturers Association (MMA)
The MIDI Manufacturers Association is an international group of hardware and software companies working together to develop new MIDI specifications and promote MIDI technology. For more information on the MMA corporate membership benefits and cost, please visit www.midi.org/about-the-mma
The MMA also supports “The MIDI Association”, a global community of over 16,000 people who work, play, and create with MIDI technology at www.midi.org. To stay up to date with the latest MIDI news and stories, access current MIDI specifications and receive the MIDI Association newsletter, sign up for free at: www.midi.org/midi-signup.
<![CDATA[RØDE’s TX-M2 Wireless Microphone Now Sold Separately]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/rdes-tx-m2-wireless-microphone-now-sold-separately Fri, 17 Aug 2018 13:39:39 GMT


August 16th, 2018 Australian pro audio giant RØDE Microphones releases the Performer Kit’sRØDELink TX-M2 Handheld Condenser Microphone as a standalone unit, sold separately for the first time. For content creators requiring different microphone options to suit any situation, the RØDELink system – home to the Filmmaker Kit and Newsshooter Kit – now has a stylish, durable, compact handheld solution, the TX-M2.
The RØDELink Filmmaker Kit is the best-selling wireless-lav solution in the world. The TX-M2 gives existing Filmmaker Kit owners – filmmakers, reporters and content creators – the freedom to mix and match the RØDELink microphones in their kits: the same RX-CAM receiver works simply with the Filmmaker Kit’s Lav/TX-BELT and the Performer Kit’s handheld TX-M2.
The TX-M2 pairs easily with the Filmmaker Kit’s RX-CAM for easy to-camera presenting and vox-pop interviews.
Add the TX-M2 to your kit.
This sleek and portable handheld mic houses a super cardioid condenser capsule, providing low handling noise and crystal-clear audio. The TX-M2 is powered by the LB-1 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery (ships in the box) for up to 10 hours on a full charge, or 2 x AA batteries for 6 hours of use.
Designed and made in Australia, the RØDE TX-M2 is available in the Performer Kit and is now sold separately. For more information go to rode.com/txm2.
For your nearest stockist, go to rode.com/wheretobuy
<![CDATA[Sweetwater Studios To Host Recording Master Class Featuring Billy Cobham, Fareed Haque, Tim Landers And Scott Tibbs]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/sweetwater-studios-to-host-recording-master-class-featuring-billy-cobham-fareed-haque-tim-landers-and-scott-tibbs Fri, 17 Aug 2018 13:29:07 GMT
Immersive classroom experience between September 6 and September 8 to be led by Sweetwater Studios producer/engineer Mark Hornsby
Fort Wayne, IN — Sweetwater Studios, the multi room, world-class recording facility owned by music retailer Sweetwater Sound, will host a three-day, hands-on recording master class next month, featuring accomplished musicians Billy Cobham, Fareed Haque, Tim Landers, and Scott Tibbs. The class will be held between September 6 and September 8 and led by Sweetwater Studios' Senior Producer / Engineer Mark Hornsby.
The comprehensive agenda for the in-person sessions to be held in Studio A will focus on three primary elements: Learning Pro Recording TechniquesRecording Overdubs and Editing Tracks and Mixing Tracks. Hornsby, himself veteran producer and engineer who has worked with a variety of diverse artists including Garth Brooks, Alison Krauss, Robben Ford, Godsmack and many others, will usher students through the entire process — from setting up a session, all the way through to making final tweaks in the mix.
  • Who: Sweetwater Studios and Senior Producer / Engineer Mark Hornsby
  • What: Recording Master Class with Billy Cobham, Fareed Haque, Tim Landers, and Scott Tibbs
  • Where: Sweetwater Studios, 5501 US Highway 30 West, Fort Wayne, IN
  • When: Thursday, September 6 to Saturday, September 8 between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

“We are very excited to host another installment of our Recording Master Classes here at Sweetwater Studios. These classes are excellent opportunity for our attendees to learn professional techniques from start to finish in our world-class studio space,” Hornsby said. “Being able to do so with the generous help of our guest artists is not only exciting, but it also adds a ‘real world’ element to the experience since these guys are working on a real album.”

Sweetwater Studios: brimming with talent
During the three-day session, students will be able to work alongside a consummate cast of talented musicians, including drumming virtuoso Billy Cobham — whose passionate and exploratory drumming has appeared alongside many of the jazz greats including Miles Davis, John McLaughlin, and Jan Hammer.

Cobham has also appeared on celebrated pop and rock recordings by artists like Peter Gabriel, Quincy Jones, and James Brown.
Guitarist Fareed Haque, voted “Best World Guitarist” by Guitar Player Magazine in 2009, has developed a singular instrumental voice informed by classical and jazz guitar traditions and has created a diverse body of work that revels in a variety of ethnic melodic styles.
Bassist Tim Landers, a Berklee veteran who has played and recorded with the likes of Al Di Meola, Mike Stern, and Bill Frisell, has made a name for himself as one of LA’s top session bassists. His expert bass playing has appeared on recordings by artists as diverse as Tori Amos, Tracy Chapman, Al Stewart, and Beyoncé.
Finally, on keyboards is Scott Tibbs a multi-talented composer whose music has touched every corner of the current media landscape from appearances in films and commercials to recording by well-known artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Mary J. Blige, and Lil Wayne.  

Registration is just $1,195 per person and includes:
  • Three full days of learning sessions in Sweetwater Studios, including lunches
  • Dinner with Mark, Billy, Fareed, Tim, and Scott
  • Lodging for three nights
  • Certificate of completion

To register, please email studio@sweetwater.com or call (800) 386-6434. To learn more, please visit http://www.sweetwaterstudios.com/mc-billy-cobham-09-06-18/.
About Sweetwater Studios
Sweetwater Studios is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sweetwater Sound, Inc., the largest online music instrument retailer in the country. With three world-class studios designed by Russ Berger and access to a greater diversity of musical equipment and professional audio gear than any other recording studio in the world, Sweetwater Studios is able to accommodate just about any recording, mixing or mastering project, no matter how simple or complex. With renowned staff producer Mark Hornsby at the helm, who has worked on many Grammy-award winning albums, Sweetwater Studios also has an exceptional staff of producers, engineers, session musicians and studio technicians. For more information on Sweetwater Studios, please visit http://www.sweetwaterstudios.com.
<![CDATA[Slate Introduces The VMS ML-1 Vintage Edition]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/slate-introduces-the-vms-ml-1-vintage-edition Thu, 16 Aug 2018 15:05:29 GMT


Slate Introduces The VMS ML-1 Vintage Edition



The ML-1 Vintage Edition takes our ultra linear microphone circuit from our VMS ML-1 Modeling Microphone and places it into a vintage 47 style body for the ultimate pairing of classic looks and modern technology.

Features include a steel frame and polished brass ring, a German-inspired, cage-style shock mount, and it also includes a wooden jewel box.

The ML-1 Vintage comes with the Classic Tubes module thatrecreates the sound of over $100,000 worth of famous tube microphones and preamps.

You can use the ML-1 Vintage with any clean and linear preamp to take advantage of the microphone and preamp modeling.
Vintage looks, the classic sounds of the industry’s top mics, all for $999.
<![CDATA[u-he Launch A Colourful Delay ]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/u-he-launch-a-colourful-delay Thu, 16 Aug 2018 15:01:42 GMT

Colour Copy is now available!


Our latest baby is a virtual analogue delay based on classic "bucket-brigade" hardware and extended with modern features. Colour Copy started life as the delay unit we built into Repro-1 – Lyrebird sounded so good that we decided to develop it into a full-blown effect unit: Colour Copy features freely adjustable taps, morphable "colour" circuit macros, ducking, dynamic modulation and more…


Get Colour Copy


<![CDATA[Hypeddit Unveils Loud Links]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/hypeddit-unveils-loud-links Thu, 16 Aug 2018 14:53:08 GMT
Hypeddit Unveils Loud Links: The Future 
of Music Sharing
Distribute and promote your music on any web page link you share
Brooklyn, New York (August 15, 2018) - Hypeddit.com, a popular music promotion and fan acquisition platform, announces the launch of Loud Links.Loud Links are a new, patent pending technology that allows musicians to add their music to any link they share online, creating a new way to reach listeners and gain more plays, drive more traffic and grow a bigger fan base.
The number one problem facing independent musicians, bands, producers, and record labels is mostly the same: getting more people to hear their music. Loud Link technology helps solve this problem in a new way. Creators can now add streamable music directly to web pages they want to share with anyone, anywhere in the world.
“As musicians, we always share links with interesting content with fans and friends”, says John Gold, Founder of Hypeddit. “With our Loud Link technology, you can now put your music on any link you share online. We created an entirely new distribution mechanism for your music, giving you instant reach to a wider audience!"
A musician can create Loud Links on Hypeddit.com by selecting the music title they want to promote and inserting the URL of the web page on which they would like to showcase their music. This simple setup process takes only a few seconds and the resulting Loud Link includes a music player on the web page selected for sharing. 
Loud Links work with any music that streams directly from popular hosting platforms such as SoundCloud, Youtube, Spotify and MixCloud, as well as music uploaded to Hypeddit. Musicians can share their Loud Links via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, emails or anywhere else on the web to increase their audience.
Visitors of Loud Links can play any included music right on the page. They can also follow a call-to-action button on the Loud Link to download, buy or stream the music from any music store or streaming service such as Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon, Beatport, BandCamp, etc. 
Loud Links are designed to promote the sharing of online content and music without interfering with the functionality, analytics or search engine value of the web pages being shared. Loud Links simply add a music player to shared links, turning 'silent' web pages into new content experiences with music for their audiences.
“Loud links open an entirely new distribution and promotion channel for musicians,” adds Gold. “What better way to create new fans for you music than to ‘musify’ the web?”
<![CDATA[Right Or Left-Handed, This Little Big Guitar Scale Handbook Has You Covered]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/right-or-left-handed-this-little-big-guitar-scale-handbook-has-you-covered Wed, 15 Aug 2018 14:54:28 GMT


Pêle-Mêle Works releases “The Little Big Guitar Scale Handbook—Left-Handed Edition”



Both a scale instructional manual and a scale repository, “The Little Big Guitar Scale Handbook—Left-Handed Edition” combines an intense tutorial on scales and over 30 popular scales and patterns. Intervals, fingerings, and extensive use of neck diagrams and visuals are featured throughout. Whatever your playing experience, this little big book will sharpen your scales knowledge big time!


Both editions of The Little Big Guitar Scale Handbook, Left- and Right-Handed Editions, are available now. For additional information on the books, go to: www.pelemeleworks.com




About Pêle-Mêle Works

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



<![CDATA[Chill Guitars Chill]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/chill-guitars-chill Wed, 15 Aug 2018 14:51:21 GMT


It’s new release day and this week we’ve got Chill Guitars, over 1000 guitar licks, phrases, chords and midi.

Zenhiser Pack: Chill Guitars

Price: $60.00 AUD

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



<![CDATA[Universal Audio Releases Suhr PT100, bx_masterdesk, And Bill Putnam Mic Collection]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/universal-audio-releases-suhr-pt100-bx_masterdesk-and-bill-putnam-mic-collection Wed, 15 Aug 2018 14:48:39 GMT


Universal Audio Releases Suhr PT100 and bx_masterdesk from Brainworx, and Bill Putnam Mic Collection from Townsend Labs
— UAD Software v9.6 adds guitar amp, mastering suite, and microphone collection plug-ins, exclusively for UA Interfaces and UAD-2 hardware —
SCOTTS VALLEY, CA • August 14th, 2018 — Universal Audio is pleased to announce the release of UAD Software v9.6. Alongside the new UA-developed Century Tube Channel Stripplug-in, this latest software release also offers plug-in titles from UA’s direct developer partners, Brainworx and Townsend Labs.
Suhr PT100 Amplifier — $149
Available exclusively for UAD-2 hardware and UA Audio Interfaces, the Suhr PT100 Amplifierplug-in is the result of a five-year collaboration between vaunted amp designer John Suhr and world-renowned guitarist/tone aficionado Pete Thorn (Chris Cornell, Melissa Etheridge). A hot-rodded version of Suhr’s original PT100 design, it features a custom “Plexi-style” output transformer, four EL-34 power tubes, and six 12AX7 preamp tubes under the hood.
  • Switch between three channels, each with a distinctive tone: American, British, and high-gain modded British
  • Easily customize tones with 3-band EQ and Crunch, Boost, and Bright switches for each channel
  • Unique Custom Feedback, Presence, and Depth controls to adjust amplifier response
  • “Plug-in only” FX Rack for host-syncable lo-fi delay, noise gate, tight and smooth filters and power soak, as well as preamp and power amp bypass switches
  • Unison™ technology for UA interfaces offers authentic tone, touch, and feel of original Suhr PT100 amplifier thanks to impedance matching
  • Available exclusively for UAD-2 hardware and UA Audio interfaces
Brainworx bx_masterdesk — $299
Developed by Brainworx, the bx_masterdesk plug-in offers a complete, field-tested chain of high-end analog mastering tools in a simple, easy to use interface. The bx_masterdesk features multiple levels of EQ and powerful compression, plus M/S processing, bass management, and stereo enhancement. With its low DSP footprint, intuitive layout, and comprehensive processing chain, the bx_masterdesk plug-in provides an all in one mastering suite for songwriters, bands, and professional engineers alike.
  • Complete analog mastering chain in a simple, all in one plug-in
  • User-friendly interface and essential controls provide an efficient mastering process
  • Professional, field-proven audio processing, pre-tuned for easy and effective results
  • Low DSP footprint allows processing with a single DSP chip
Bill Putnam Microphone Collection — $249
The Bill Putnam Mic Collection provides access to exacting emulations of rare, vintage mics which have been used to record countless iconic artists of the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s, including Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, The Beach Boys, and more. These mic emulations not only nail the classic timbres of iconic mics used by Grammy award-winning engineer Bill Putnam Sr. to track Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, and more, they also faithfully model the transient response, harmonics, proximity effect and three-dimensional polar response of the original mics.
The Bill Putnam Mic Collection plug-in is available exclusively for UA Audio Interfaces and UAD hardware combined with the the Townsend Labs Sphere L22, the first and only three-dimensional microphone-modeling product on the market.
  • Record through classic and rare microphones of Bill Putnam Sr.’s legendary collection including the Telefunken Ela M 251E, AKG C12A, Neumann U47, RCA 44, and more
  • Track through Putnam mic models into any UA Audio Interface with near-zero latency
  • Change proximity effect in real-time, or after the recording, to match an earlier vocal take
  • Adjust the polar pattern and other parameters to reduce bleed, room coloration, and feedback, before or after tracking
  • Available exclusively for UAD-2 hardware and UA Audio Interfaces
Learn more about the Suhr PT100 Amplifier plug-in:

Learn more about the bx_masterdesk plug-in:

Learn more about the Bill Putnam Microphone Collection plug-in:

Download UAD Software v9.6 here:

Learn more about class-leading UA Audio Interfaces:

Learn more about award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins:
About UAD Powered Plug-Ins

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

Founded in 1958 by recording pioneer Bill Putnam Sr., and refounded in 1999 by Bill Putnam Jr., Universal Audio is best known for its classic, hand-built analog hardware and advanced UAD Digital Signal Processing technology for recording, mixing, and mastering audio. Headquartered in Scotts Valley, California, UA is focused on merging the best of vintage analog and modern digital technology, following its rich recording heritage and motto, "Analog Ears. Digital Minds."www.uaudio.com
<![CDATA[Avid Pro Tools | MTRX SPQ Speaker Processing Card Now Available]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/avid-pro-tools--mtrx-spq-speaker-processing-card-now-available Wed, 15 Aug 2018 14:42:44 GMT

Avid Pro Tools | MTRX SPQ Speaker Processing Card Now Available


New speaker processing option card for Pro Tools | MTRX enables users to fine tune their mixing and monitoring environment for a consistent experience across mono, stereo and immersive formats 


BURLINGTON, Mass., Aug. 15, 2018 – Avid® (Nasdaq: AVID), the leading technology provider of software tools and platforms that power the media and entertainment industry, today announced the availability of the Pro Tools® | MTRX SPQ Speaker Processing Cardfor speaker calibration and bass management. Built for the Pro Tools | MTRX audio interface, the SPQ option card enables complete control of monitoring systems in stereo, surround, and immersive audio production rooms. It gives customers precise control and allows them to tune rooms, manage bass and EQ monitors, and cue signals for the most challenging music and audio post-production projects.


“Immersive formats are now commonplace in film and television and becoming popular in music as well, and engineers need to monitor their work in multiple formats,” said Rob D’Amico, Director, Market Solutions | Pro Audio & Digital Business Development, Avid. “With the Pro Tools | MTRX SPQ Speaker Processing Card, customers can maintain a consistent, high-quality sound when switching between different audio formats and speaker sets—enabling them to keep pace with increasing session complexity.”


The Pro Tools | MTRX SPQ Speaker Processing Card gives customers precise control with 1,024 IIR filters across 128 channels per card (up to 16 filters per channel). It integrates with DADman and Pro | Mon software for MTRX, enabling customers to save and recall configurations for any audio format—from stereo to immersive audio, including Dolby Atmos. In conjunction with Pro Tools | MTRX, the SPQ option card is a fully integrated speaker processing and I/O solution that streamlines workflows and eliminates the need for additional devices in the signal chain. 


The Pro Tools | MTRX audio interface provides the highest standard in premium studio-quality sound. Developed in collaboration with Digital Audio Denmark (DAD) and designed for Pro Tools | HDX, HD Native, and other pro audio systems, it delivers the superior sonic quality of DAD’s legendary AD/DA converters, as well as extensive, flexible routing and monitoring control.


Pro Tools | MTRX is fully modular and with eight card slots, and it can be customized to fit any workflow. With the addition of the SPQ card, there are now 10 different option cards that customers can mix and match to meet their needs.



Pro Tools | MTRX SPQ option card is available now. For more information, visithttps://www.avid.com/products/pro-tools-mtrx.



About Avid

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


© 2018 Avid Technology, Inc. All rights reserved. Avid, the Avid logo, Avid NEXIS, FastServe, AirSpeed, iNews, Maestro, MediaCentral, Media Composer, PlayMaker, Pro Tools, Avid VENUE, and Sibelius are trademarks or registered trademarks of Avid Technology, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Product features, specifications, system requirements and availability are subject to change without notice.


<![CDATA[SampleScience Releases Dr. Beat Box And Synthetic Vortice]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/samplescience-releases-dr.-beat-box-and-synthetic-vortice Tue, 14 Aug 2018 14:49:13 GMT


SampleScience releases Dr. Beat Box and Synthetic Vortice



SampleScience releases Dr. Beat Box, a retro drum module paying homage to the classic drum machines of the 70s and early 80s. Featuring no less than 35 drum kits including sounds from rare analog beatbox and obscure mid-eighties drum machines. Dr. Beat Box is GM MIDI compatible and comes with 60 MIDI drum loops. Available as VST, VST3 and AU plugin instrument for both macOS and Windows OSs (7, 8, 10).


Price: 12$


Audio demo: https://soundcloud.com/samplesciencemtl/dr-beat-box-demo-track


For more information: https://www.samplescience.ca/2018/08/dr-beat-box.html




Also, SampleScience re-releases Synthetic Vortice, a free ambient sample library featuring the sound of the Ensoniq Fizmo. Each sample is seamlessly looped using the accompanied sfz mapping files. The sfz mapping adds amplifier eg controls, and high pass and low pass resonant filters with their own lfos.


Price: Free


For more information: https://www.samplescience.ca/2018/08/synthetic-vortices.html



<![CDATA[Universal Audio Releases Century Tube Channel Strip Plug-In ]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/universal-audio-releases-century-tube-channel-strip-plug-in Tue, 14 Aug 2018 14:42:28 GMT
Universal Audio Releases Century Tube Channel Strip Plug-In for UA Interfaces and UAD‑2 Hardware
— Classic tube microphone preamp, EQ, and dynamics control, for real time recording inspiration for the most important sources —
SCOTTS VALLEY, CA • August 14th, 2018 — Universal Audio is proud to release the Century Tube Channel Strip plug-in. Inspired by the classic sounds and recording circuitry from the last mid-century, the Century Channel Strip features a vintage tube mic preamp, transparent dynamics control, and a classically voiced EQ, all in an intuitive interface that lets musicians and producers dial in the perfect touch of analog warmth quickly and easily.
Century Tube Channel Strip — $149
The Century Tube Channel Strip’s mic preamp give instruments and vocals a burnished tube color with the unmistakable warmth and detail that only a tube mic pre can provide. Harnessing UA’s groundbreaking Unison technology, the Century Tube Channel Strip blurs the lines between analog and digital, capturing all the important impedance, gain staging “sweet spots,” and circuit behaviors of a vintage tube preamp.
With its intuitive, musically voiced, three-band EQ, the Century Tube Channel Strip is perfect for quickly bringing out the details in a breathy vocal, adding punch to an overdriven electric guitar, or giving acoustic guitar propulsive sizzle and shine. The final piece of signal processing is a classic autoformer-driven optical compressor. The Century Tube Channel Strip’s dynamics section takes the guesswork out of compression settings with a single knob. Users can quickly tame a dynamic vocal or bass performance, and add energy and harmonics to acoustic guitars or piano, all with the twist of a knob.
  • Everything you need to capture great vocal & instrument sounds in a single plug-in
  • Vintage-inspired channel strip made for UA Audio Interface tracking, always easy to dial and musically flattering
  • Console-inspired tube preamp with bold and musical hardware sound
  • Three-band EQ with simple high and low shelf tone control and sweepable midrange
  • Performance-inspiring single knob optical dynamics control with firm yet transparent response
  • Physical input impedance and front panel control of gain staging and other preamp parameters with Unison Mic Preamp Technology on UA Audio Interfaces
  • Requires a UAD DSP Accelerator or UA Audio Interface available from authorized dealers worldwide

Learn more about the Century Tube Channel Strip Plug-In:

Download UAD Software v9.6 here:

Learn more about award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins:
About UAD Powered Plug-Ins

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

Founded in 1958 by recording pioneer Bill Putnam Sr., and refounded in 1999 by Bill Putnam Jr., Universal Audio is best known for its classic, hand-built analog hardware and advanced UAD Digital Signal Processing technology for recording, mixing, and mastering audio. Headquartered in Scotts Valley, California, UA is focused on merging the best of vintage analog and modern digital technology, following its rich recording heritage and motto, "Analog Ears. Digital Minds."  www.uaudio.com
<![CDATA[EngineEars “Seeing Sounds” Workshop With Derek “MixedByAli” Ali]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/engineears-seeing-sounds-workshop-with-derek-mixedbyali-ali Tue, 14 Aug 2018 14:37:41 GMT
EngineEars “Seeing Sounds” Workshop to Provide Inside Perspective from Top Dawg Entertainment’s Own Multi-GRAMMY®-Winning Engineer Derek “MixedByAli” Ali on the Music Business and Techniques Used on Some of Today’s Biggest Hit Records
— Presented by EngineEars —
Los Angeles CA, August 14, 2018 — Sunday, September 9, 2018, is the date of the inaugural “Seeing Sounds” workshop event featuring multi-GRAMMY®-winning engineer Derek “MixedByAli” Ali. The event, the first in a series to be held in the U.S. and abroad, is presented by EngineEars and organized by Karen Dunn of KMD Productions. It will be held at 1500 Sound Academy in Inglewood, CA, from 3 to 8 p.m., and will feature Ali offering his unique perspective on the art of mixing and getting into the music business. Future events are set to take place in Las Vegas, Houston, Miami, Atlanta, New York City and Boston, London, Paris, Berlin, West and South Africa, and other regions.   
In this inaugural workshop, Ali will talk about his unusual path to success in the music industry — from high school All-American football player to becoming a multi-platinum, multi-GRAMMY Award-winning mixing engineer for Kendrick Lamar and being named a Forbes 30-Under-30 recipient and beyond. He will also discuss his gear choices and what he uses in the studio. 
In this workshop, 35 attendees will learn how Ali creates his unique sounds and watch him deconstruct one of his hits. Following that will be the opportunity for some hands-on experience trying out Ali’s techniques. The evening will end with an open Q&A and networking with some and some of the hottest names in the business. Confirmed sponsors for the inaugural event include EngineEars & Top Dawg Entertainment, ADAM Audio, Apogee, Avid, Landr, NAMM, Sennheiser, Slate Digital and KMD Productions. 
A limited number of sponsorships are still available for this and future “Seeing Sounds” events. Benefits include branding, real-time research, thought leadership and networking opportunity with the 17- to 32-year-old demographic, which includes students and emerging engineers.   
If you would like to learn more about Ali, the event or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Karen Dunn at SeeingSounds@EngineEars.org or (925) 708-0307. 
Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018
1500 Sound Academy
Inglewood, CA
3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
Program itinerary:
  • 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.: Ali background, how he got in to the business and a look at how he creates some of his favorite sounds.
  • 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Deconstruction of one of Ali’s hits.
  • 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.: Introduction to Raven and hands-on time to work on the techniques learned.
  • 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: Q&A and networking      
Derek “MixedByAli” Ali
About Derek “MixedByAli” Ali
Derek “MixedByAli” Ali is a 28-year-old Forbes 30-Under-30 musician and multi-platinum, 4x GRAMMY Award-winning mixing engineer, born and raised in Gardena, California. His unique sound was first heard as a key element behind Kendrick Lamar’s Section.80 album, released in 2011. Shortly after that, Kendrick signed to Aftermath, and Dre became Ali’s mentor. Dre and Ali mixed Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City album together in 2012, and Ali was able to bridge the gap between his unorthodox mixing style of random sounds and effects with Dre’s classic deep bass, snapping snares & hard-hitting drum analogue techniques -- ‘MixedByAli’ is that sound. Since Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City, Ali has recorded and mixed several more #1 records, won several awards and helped some of the biggest artists cultivate a sound that the world loves today.    
About KMD Productions, LLC
With offices in in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles, KMD Productions LLC offers full-service event production across the US for businesses and individuals, providing a range of services needed to make events an overwhelming success. KMD Productions can handle all the details of your fundraiser, corporate function or trade show event. Whether you’re looking to launch a new product, get better brand recognition or raise money for your worthwhile charity, KMD Productions has the resources and experience to help you achieve your goals. Notable KMD-produced events include the annual Recording Industry Golf & Poker Tournament (RIGT) and the TEC Awards.

<![CDATA[Software Update For ToneDexter Preamp]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/software-update-for-tonedexter-preamp Tue, 14 Aug 2018 14:32:51 GMT


Software Update for ToneDexter Preamp that Restores the Missing Body Sound to a Piezo Pickup


Version 1.4 software update adds ability to transfer WaveMaps in and out of ToneDexter, plus improvements to Bass EQ and the built-in tuner


Nevada City, CA April 2018 - ToneDexter is an innovative professional grade preamp that improves the sound of an acoustic instrument pickup. It can learn the difference between how an instrument sounds through a microphone and how it sounds through a pickup, and correct the pickup sound so it sounds more like a mic, using patented WaveMap® technology. Store different mic positions, different mics and different instrument WaveMap sounds for easy recall, plus ToneDexter includes features for reducing feedback in live situations.


ToneDexter comes with (GEN) firmware (software that runs and resides in ToneDexter) optimized for Guitar, Dobro, Viola, Cello, Bazouki, Mandola, Mandocello, Baritone Guitar. Separate versions of software are available for (HGH) higher pitched instruments like Violin, Mandolin, Banjo and Ukulele, and (BAS), a version optimized for Upright Bass.


The latest version (v1.4) of ToneDexter software (firmware) features several enhancements including:

  • Transfer WaveMaps in and out of ToneDexter via an SD card for backup to a PC and allowing users to train and save different sets of WaveMaps for different instruments, mic positions and mics.

  • Bass EQ control is now a variable high-pass filter when cutting. When boosting, the response is a low shelf, the same as before. Appropriate ranges are selected for all version: BAS, GEN, and HGH.

  • Improved tuner sensitivity and stability


The new WaveMap transfer features mean you can save the current set of WaveMaps in ToneDexter to an SD card, for example as a backup, and save them to your computer. Then train a new set of WaveMaps in ToneDexter and save them to an SD card. Use a second card, one for each set of WaveMaps, or use a single SD card just for transfer, saving each set to your computer. You can also rename the WaveMaps, either on the SD card or on your computer, so you can remember what each one was trained with (mic/position/guitar/pickup etc).

ToneDexter is available for US$399 directly from Audio Sprockets and also from a select group of fine instrument stores in the USA and internationally. Shop for ToneDexter.




Audio Sprockets was founded to solve a problem that every acoustic instrument player has on stage—how to get a great sound out of a piezo pickup. Any one who has performed with an instrument mic knows the limitations and constraints, but before ToneDexter it was only a choice between the thin sound of a pickup and the problems and limitations of using a mic. Now, thanks to the Audio Sprockets team, you can have the convenience of a pickup with the rich sound of your studio mic.

Nevada City, CA, USA



<![CDATA[Cort Introduces The CR300 Electric Guitar ]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/cort-introduces-the-cr300-electric-guitar Mon, 13 Aug 2018 14:27:57 GMT


Cort Introduces the CR300 Electric Guitar for PAF Tone Without the Price Tag



SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA — Cort introduces the new CR300 electric guitar for players who desire original PAF (“Patent Applied For”) tone without the price tag. Modeled after classic designs, the single-cutaway CR300 has a set neck, solid body and retroactive humbuckers to evoke the timeless sounds of the 50s and 60s.


One of the CR300’s most prominent time-tested features is the thick 15 mm (0.6’’) carved premium maple top on a mahogany body with ivory binding. This classic wood combination enables a tone that’s thick, warm, rich, and full, but with an edge to the sweetness. This quality is further enhanced by set-neck construction, which produces a sound and feel distinctly different from bolt-on, with enhanced sustain and a more focused midrange that cuts through the mix like a knife through hot butter. The mahogany neck has a jatoba fingerboard with retro block inlays and a 12’’ radius on a 24.75’’ scale.


The CR300 is built with EMG® RetroActive Fat 55 dual humbuckers that provide the best of two worlds: warm and sweet vintage-style tones with all the benefits of active low impedance output. The 3-way toggle switch selects either humbucker or both. More versatility is offered in the classic 2-volume and 2-tone control layout, which helps produce a wide variety of great sounds. The newly designed external preamp is well-suited for the modern player’s needs.


Also adding to the CR300’s classic look is the revered Tune-O-Matic bridge with stop tailpiece. An ideal fit for single-cutaway guitars, it transfers the strings’ vibrational energy into the body. Vintage-style machine heads provide excellent tuning stability and functionality, and chrome hardware reinforces the cool, retro vibe. Polishing off the CR300, the semi-gloss on the Aged Vintage Burst finish exhibits the best qualities of both gloss and satin, providing a luxurious look that also feels smooth to the touch.


With the CR300, players can go back in time without getting set back financially.


Learn more and get a closer look at www.cortguitars.com.


Retail $799.99 USD



About Cort Guitars

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