Harmony Central Press Room https://www.harmonycentral.com/ Get the lastest news from the Harmony Central's Press Room <![CDATA[IK Multimedia's SampleTank 4 Is Now Available]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/ik-multimedias-sampletank-4-is-now-available Fri, 22 Feb 2019 13:14:45 GMT

IK Multimedia's SampleTank 4 is now available

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

February 22, 2019 - IK Multimedia announces the availability of SampleTank 4®, the next generation of IK's legendary sound and groove workstation that offers professional-quality sounds, an intuitive interface and powerful editing and effects for musicians and producers. It was re-designed from the ground up to be every musician's "go to" music creation workstation.

SampleTank 4 offers a massively expanded sample library (up to 8,000 sounds across 260 GB of samples) and a completely redesigned, scalable/zoomable interface. A new cutting-edge sound engine offers efficient hard-disk streaming and advanced sound design/editing possibilities.

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

Three versions are now available: SampleTank 4 SE; SampleTank 4; and SampleTank 4 MAX.
Details on each version are below.

It all starts with sound - the expanded library
SampleTank 4 offers a massive library of sounds and grooves, with up to 260 GB and 8,000 instrument presets carefully balanced across a wide range of styles, genres and sounds. It contains over 200GB of new material assembled from dozens of high-quality recording sessions in cities across the U.S. and Europe, including IK's new custom-built studio in Italy. The new library features high-end recordings of all-new concert pianos, keyboards, guitars, bass, drums, strings, brass, synths, vocals, percussion and more, all with articulations and round robins for the most realistic performance yet, with over 120,000 samples added.

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

New modern string and brass sections, with multiple musical articulations and deep round robin sampling, were designed to contrast with orchestral sounds rivaling dedicated symphonic libraries.
New acoustic and electronic drum kits and loops cover the latest beats straight from the top charts around the world. A timeless library of mallet and chromatic instruments gives tracks vivid melodic percussion with smooth clarity and harmonic brilliance.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Price and availability
SampleTank 4 is now available from the IK Multimedia online store or from select IK dealers.

SampleTank 4 SE - an affordably priced entry into the SampleTank line, offering 2,000 carefully chosen instruments for 30 GB of sounds. MSRP: $/€149.99* via direct download.

SampleTank 4 - Over 100 GB of sounds, including 70 GB of newly recorded material, for 6,000 sounds overall. MSRP: $/€$299.99* via direct download or $/€$329.99* for a boxed USB copy. Upgrade for only $/€199.99* direct or $/€$229.99* boxed.

SampleTank 4 MAX - the largest sample library IK has ever produced, it offers over 260 GB, including 200 GB of all new sounds. That's over 8,000 sounds in total. MSRP: $/€499.99* via digital download or $/€$529.99* for a boxed USB copy. Upgrade for only $/€299.99* direct or $/€$329.99* boxed.

Special pre-order pricing for both digital and boxed versions will be honored until March 5, 2019. Please see the IK Multimedia website for more details.
*All prices excluding taxes
For more information, please visit: www.sampletank.com/4

To watch SampleTank 4 videos, listen to instrument demos by Jordan Rudess or hear full songs using SampleTank 4, visit: www.ikmultimedia.com/st4/media
<![CDATA[The Maxon 40th Anniversary OD808]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/the-maxon-40th-anniversary-od808 Fri, 22 Feb 2019 13:09:25 GMT


The Maxon 40th Anniversary OD808!


2019 marks the 40th Anniversary of the release of this iconic overdrive; and to celebrate, Maxon is releasing a LIMITED-EDITION OD808 model modified to Mr. Tamura’s specifications.

These pedals will be limited to only 400 units and will be a strict first come first served basis. Lower serial numbers will ship with early orders.


(Select Serial #: 1-40 before adding to cart)






<![CDATA[iZotope Releases New Enhance Feature For Spire Studio Utilizing The Latest In Smart Analysis]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/izotope-releases-new-enhance-feature-for-spire-studio-utilizing-the-latest-in-smart-analysis Thu, 21 Feb 2019 12:10:11 GMT


iZotope Releases New Enhance Feature for Spire Studio Utilizing the Latest in Smart Analysis




The latest update for Spire Studio now offers users the ability to polish their audio prior to sharing by utilizing the award-winning intelligent DSP that can also be found in iZotope products Ozone 8 and Neutron 2. This new feature does not rely on templates or presets but instead analyzes the recorded audio and seeks out any loudness and or tonal balance issues within the track and adjusts intelligently. For those familiar with Ozone 8 and Neutron 2, iZotope’s mastering and mixing software,  the DSP found within this feature borrows from Ozone’s Maximizer and Neutron’s Dynamic EQ.



Spire is an excellent tool for capturing music when creativity strikes. With the addition of the Enhance feature, loudness can now be optimized and quality can be ensured so that users feel more empowered to quickly share the audio they have recorded.



Currently, the Enhance feature can only be used by owners of Spire Studio. iZotope plans to release Enhance functionality for app only users at a later date.







The Enhance feature is a free update, only available to Spire Studio hardware users and can be found in the latest version of the iOS or Android app.



<![CDATA[VocoPro Launches IEM-Digital Band]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/vocopro-launches-iem-digital-band Tue, 19 Feb 2019 16:28:03 GMT


VocoPro Launches IEM-Digital Band, a True Stereo/Dual Mono Professional Digital Stereo Wireless In-Ear Monitor System for Singers, Bands and Production Teams


LOS ANGELES, Calif. Feb. 18, 2019—For singers, bands and production teams looking for true stereo/dual mono capabilities in an affordable wireless monitoring system, audio leader VocoPro today announced its new IEM-Digital Band systems, which come with 4, 12 and even 50 receivers and one transmitter. 

Traditional wireless monitoring systems use MPX technology utilizing a single frequency to send encoded stereo content, which is similar to the technology used for FM radio broadcasts. This method limits 100 percent separation between the right and left channels.

VocoPro’s new IEM-Digital Band systems use two separate digital frequencies to send out 24-bit high-quality stereo/dual mono signals to each stereo body pack receiver, giving the user a true stereo experience.

The new IEM-Digital Band systems are now available in 4, 12 or 50-pack configurations ideal for performing, practicing or production, as well as assisted listening or translating at events too.


  • 24-Bit Digital, Dual Frequency (True Stereo) Transmitter and Receiver(s)
  • Operating in the 900MHZ Range Free of TV Broadcasting And Wi-Fi
  • Rugged, rechargeable all metal body-pack Receiver Works with Most Headphones (each receiver Includes IE-9 In-Ear Headphones)




About VocoPro

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



<![CDATA[Attero Tech's Axon C1 Networked Controller Now Shipping ]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/attero-techs-axon-c1-networked-controller-now-shipping Tue, 19 Feb 2019 16:25:17 GMT


Attero Tech's Axon C1 networked controller now shipping 

Ft. Wayne, IN - February 2019...  Attero Tech, a leading manufacturer of affordable, networked A/V solutions, is now shipping the Axon C1 single-gang networked controller.

Built specifically for basic audio control applications where easy user interaction is key, the C1 allows simple control of volume, zone source selection, and preset recall. Sporting an easy-to-read OLED display and intuitive menu navigation, the C1 makes short work of the typical audio adjustments that users need to make. The small form-factor, cost effectiveness, and ease of programming of the Axon C1 make it a great option where more costly and complex touch panels are not well suited for the installation.

The recently released Attero Tech unIFY v3.3 configuration software quickly lets integrators set up and customize C1 menus for exactly the options that each venue requires, without any confusing "extras" that are seldom used. The C1 single knob interface was conceived from the initial design to be straightforward for venue staff to just "walk up and use".

The Axon C1 is a fully networked control interface, supporting network control over both TCP/IP and UDP. The flexible network design of the C1 makes it a great fit for controlling Attero Tech products, but it also integrates natively around other platforms. For example, an Attero Tech developed Q-SYS plugin is available that eases integration of the C1 in systems using QSC DSP processors. In addition to facilitating control of zone volume, sources, and presets, the Q-SYS plugin can synchronize multiple C1s which are controlling the same zone. For physically larger venues, zone or room control can easily be put in several places to make it convenient for venue staff. The preset recall functionality can also be used for large divisible spaces so room reconfiguration is quick and easy. Over time, other third party platforms will be added to the list of C1 controllable gear.

Visit this link for access to technical documentation and additional information on the Axon C1.
About Attero Tech

Located in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Attero Tech is a leading provider of unique and cost-effective networked AV solutions for all sized venues. Attero Tech solutions help AV systems integrators reduce cost, improve audio quality, future proof systems, and meet their most demanding design requirements. Leveraging their deep background in audio networking and audio theory, Attero Tech has developed innovative connectivity solutions for virtually any scenario.
<![CDATA[The Solos Release Repeat Soundpack]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/the-solos-release-repeat-soundpack Tue, 19 Feb 2019 15:50:44 GMT


The Solos release soundpack Repeat
The Solos team up with Native Instruments for exclusive release on Sounds.com
Amsterdam, NL and Los Angeles, CA monday 25 January 2019 - Andre Ettema, founder of The Solos, announced today that The Solos have teamed up with Berlin and Los Angeles based company Native Instruments to release their second soundpack called Repeat, exclusively available on Sounds.com.
Repeat is a collection of dark, distorted, rhythmic, repeating and pumping pulses, and deep and dangerous soundscapes. 
It is the second in a row of publicly available libraries of The Solos, there are 36 sounds in total, all in 24bit, 48khz at 120bpm or halfspeed.
This library is the result of growing demand for publicly available premium sound design and artistry in music and sound design services.
The Solos are known for their trailer compositions and sound design, the company recently worked on campaigns for Alien Covenant, Godzilla King of the Monsters, Alita Battle Angel, Glass, Black Panther, The Predator, Antman & the Wasp and Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom.
About The Solos
The Solos is a music and sound design house for trailers and advertising campaigns, besides that there is a software division producing music software and the company is working on artificial intelligence music software.
About Native Instruments
Native Instruments is a leading manufacturer of software and hardware for computer-based audio production and DJing.
The company's mission is to develop innovative, fully-integrated solutions for all musical styles and professions.
About Sounds.com
Sounds.com is a vast library of loops, samples and sound packs powered By Native Instruments, Sounds.com’s growing library of over one million loops and samples has been expertly curated to help music producers and composers.
<![CDATA[It's A Psytrance Showdown]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/its-a-psytrance-showdown Mon, 18 Feb 2019 16:39:22 GMT


It’s new release day and this week we’ve got Showdown - Psytrance, a formidable force in the Psytrance arena.

Zenhiser Pack: Showdown - Psytrance

Price: $60.00 AUD

Direct Link: http://www.zenhiser.com/showdown-psytrance-samples.html



<![CDATA[UVI Releases Pulsar, A New Expansion For Falcon]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/uvi-releases-pulsar-a-new-expansion-for-falcon Fri, 15 Feb 2019 16:18:05 GMT





UVI releases Pulsar, a new Falcon expansion delivering deep and futuristic electronic sounds, available now for $39|39€



Paris, February 12th, 2019 - UVI releases Pulsar, a new expansion for Falcon delivering 143 deep and futuristic patches from sound designers Richard Gale and Carlo de Gregorio. From flowing analog-inspired leads to immersive granular soundscapes, Pulsar extends Falcon with a wide range of both foundational and charactered electronic sounds rich with detail and expression. Presets are arranged in 8 categories including atmospheres, bass, effects, leads, pads, plucks, sequenced and arpeggiated. Pulsar is available now for $39/39€.

All of Pulsar’s presets are completely editable, making them equally useful as starting points or destinations. Extensive pre-mapped macros provide clear modulation options and easy automation control tailored specifically to each patch. Sounds can be quickly layered, tweaked and animated providing endless creative potential.

Pulsar leverages the advanced synthesis capabilities and software architecture of Falcon, with 15 oscillators, over 80 effects and a fast and intuitive interface that easily handles both basic tasks and deep instrument design. All presets have been programmed with macros which provide the user with easy access to the key parameters of each patch. These may be controlled via MIDI, OSC, host automation and Lua scripting, allowing for easy customization and expressive performance capabilities.

Pulsar requires UVI Falcon. Falcon offers native 64-bit operation as a stand-alone application and is available as a plug-in supporting all popular formats on both Mac and Windows. Pulsar supports simultaneous authorization on up to 3 computers or iLok keys.

Pricing and availability:

Pulsar is available immediately for $39 / 39€ from uvi.net

Additional Product Information:

Additional information on Pulsar is available at:






<![CDATA[Sound Magic Updates Guzheng, A Chinese Zither, To Version 1.1]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/sound-magic-updates-guzheng-a-chinese-zither-to-version-1.1 Fri, 15 Feb 2019 16:13:24 GMT



Sound Magic has updateds its Guzheng, a Chinese zither, into version 1.1

  • Fixes an issue may cause the DAW/Host Freeze
  • Updated manual for clear instructions
  • Add Standalone version under Windows
  • Add preset and gudie videos
For more information, audio demos, please visit 
Bamboo Dreams updates to Version 1.1
  • Fixes an issue may cause the DAW/Host Freeze
  • Add Standalone version under Windows
  • Add default preset and gudie videos
For more information, audio demos, please visit 
Sound Magic also announces February extend Sale offering a 50%+ discount on Chinese instruments, pianos and effect units until February 11th, 2019.
Supreme Piano, $699, now only $299, 60% OFF
China Impression, $299, now only $149, 50% OFF 
For more information, please visit sale page at




<![CDATA[Puremagnetik Releases Verv - A Sunbaked Tape Loop Synthesizer]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/puremagnetik-releases-verv---a-sunbaked-tape-loop-synthesizer Thu, 14 Feb 2019 15:48:10 GMT


Puremagnetik Releases Verv - A Sunbaked Tape Loop Synthesizer
Puremagnetik has released Verv - a synthesizer inspired by tape loops, Mellotrons and other time-worn analog recordings. Modeled after the 1970s Freeman String Symphonizer and ARP Solina, Verv has a dual-oscillator and carefully constructed ensemble modulation reminiscent of the classics. 
Verv also employs a final stage Tape Loop effect that emulates a splice of tape that can be "aged" to varying degrees. Once turned up to its maximum range, this effect creates wow, flutter and other worn-out tape artifacts. 
Despite being designed as a string synthesizer, Verv is capable of a wide variety of sounds. It has a morphable saw to triangle oscillator. Similar to classic Buchla synthesizers, you can add or subtract harmonics with the "Shape" control. There is also a dedicated Sub oscillator - fixed as a pulse wave - that can be used as a standalone bass synth, similar to an MC-202.
Verv Features
• Vintage string synthesizer emulation.
• Tape loop and wow and flutter effect
• Classic ensemble effect
• Integrates into any VST / Audio Units compatible host
• Includes a collection of factory presets
Minimum Requirements
• OSX 10.8 or Windows 10 x64
• Audio Units or VST compatible audio host
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8GFCqUco-w
Learn more: http://puremagnetik.com/verv


<![CDATA[Fender Releases Chris Stapleton Artist Signature '62 Princeton Amplifier]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/fender-releases-chris-stapleton-artist-signature-62-princeton-amplifier Thu, 14 Feb 2019 15:44:41 GMT




Reimagined ‘62 Princeton® Amp Chris Stapleton Edition Boasts New Features, Personally-Designed By Stapleton with Fender; Stapleton To Gift Royalties To “Outlaw State of Kind” Charity



HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. (February 12, 2019)—Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) today unveiled the all-new Fender ‘62 Princeton Chris Stapleton Edition amplifier. Available for purchase beginning this week at local dealers and on Fender.com, this amplifier release is Fender’s first Artist Signature Amplifier collaboration in the country music space. As part of the collaboration, Stapleton personally requested all artist royalties be donated to his charity, “Outlaw State of Kind.” OSOK is Chris and Morgane Stapleton’s charitable fund that supports a variety of causes that are close to their heart. The Outlaw State of Kind Fund was founded in 2016 and is administered by the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.


The brown ‘62 Princeton amp’s sensitivity and smooth organic tremolo made it a long-time studio favorite and the ideal partner for Grammy®-winning country artist Chris Stapleton. During Stapleton’s early touring days, he discovered a modified ‘62 Princeton amp and instantly fell in love with the sound and the versatility. Fender set out to recreate and revamp Stapleton’s favorite amplifier not just cosmetically, but also internally and sonically, all kept to the specs of his original find.


“We took a good amount of time, probably about a year-and-a-half really digging in to some prototypes back and forth, trying to get the nuances and the magic of what makes those old amps really sing,” said Chris Stapleton. “Fender has done a phenomenal job in every possible respect replicating the magic of the 1962 Princeton amp.”


Chris Stapleton’s take on the iconic Princeton amp keeps the old-time charm with upgraded technology. The hand-wired Fender ’62 Princeton Amp Chris Stapleton Edition boasts the classic Fender ‘62 Princeton 6G2 amp circuit and comes enhanced with Stapleton’s favorite features and personally-chosen artful touches: Fender Vintage “Blue” tone caps; Schumacher™ transformers; an upgraded Eminence® 12” Special Design “CS” speaker; output tube-biased tremolo circuit; and an engraved brass plate with Chris Stapleton’s signature.  


“We are extremely honored to have worked with Chris on this project,” said Shane Nicholas, Director of Product Development – Amplifiers, Fender. “He’s a Grammy Award-winning, arena-filling artist, and an extremely talented musician who also loves his gear, just like any other musician. This is the first hand-wired reissue from the early ‘60s “brown era” Fender has ever done, and I think every Fender fan is going to want to try and hear this amp.”


“Throughout music history, Fender instruments and amplifiers have played a key role in the evolution of country music,” said Ben Blanc-Dumont, Artist Marketing Director, Fender Nashville. “We are honored to have Chris in our Nashville artist family and to have been able to bring his vision to life. Collaborations like these continue to expand Fender’s legacy not only in country music, but also the global music community.”


The acoustically resonant solid pine cabinet wears a rough brown textured vinyl covering, a wheat grille cloth and a thick dark brown leather handle, while the mahogany control panel sports dark brown “radio” knobs. The amp also features a retro-styled Filson™ Rugged Twill fabric cover. Rugged Twill is preferred for its durability and dependability in the field. The 22-oz. cotton industrial twill is lightly brushed with wax to repel water and densely woven to reduce snags and tears. All Rugged Twill amp covers were sewn in Seattle, Wash.


“It’s an amp that’s easy enough that a kid could learn how to use it,” added Stapleton. “And it’s small enough that you can carry around if you’re playing club gigs, but it more than does the job if you’re playing in arenas and stadiums. They’ve gone above and beyond what I thought any amp builder could do.”


In true tradition, Fender’s Artist Signature Series models honor popular and iconic musicians through product progression and storytelling, creating amplifiers inspired by the unique specifications of the world’s greatest guitarists and bassists.  



Official launch video available here. For additional information on new Fender products and to find a retail partner near you, visit www.fender.com. Join the conversation on social media by following @Fender.  






The brown ’62 Princeton amp’s sensitivity and smooth organic tremolo made it a longtime studio favorite and the ideal partner for Grammy®-winning artist, Chris Stapleton. The hand-wired Fender ’62 Princeton Chris Stapleton Edition combines the classic 6G2 circuit with Stapleton’s favorite features and personally chosen aesthetic touches. This 12W combo features Fender Vintage “Blue” tone caps, Schumacher™ transformers, an upgraded Eminence® 12” Special Design “CS” speaker, and an output tube-biased tremolo circuit. The acoustically resonant solid pine cabinet wears rough brown textured vinyl covering, wheat grille cloth and thick dark brown leather handle, while the dark brown control panel sports dark brown “radio” knobs and the rear panel features an engraved brass plate with Chris Stapleton artwork. Includes 1-button switch for tremolo and retro-styled Filson™ Rugged Twill fabric cover.



Since 1946, Fender has revolutionized music and culture as one of the world’s leading musical instrument manufacturers, marketers and distributors. Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC), whose portfolio of brands includes Fender®, Squier®, Gretsch® guitars, Jackson®, EVH® and Charvel®, follows a player-centric approach to crafting the highest quality instruments and musical solutions across genres. FMIC is dedicated to unlocking the power of music through electric and acoustic guitars, amplifiers, pro audio, accessories and digital products that inspire and enable musical expression at every stage, from beginners to history-making legends.



Kentucky-born Chris Stapleton is a multiple Grammy, CMA and ACM Award-winner and one of Nashville's most respected and beloved musicians. Following his triple platinum breakthrough solo debut album Traveller, Stapleton released two No. 1 albums in 2017. Both From A Room: Volume 1 (certified platinum) and From A Room: Volume 2 (certified gold) take their name from legendary RCA Studio A, where they were recorded with Grammy Award winning producer, Dave Cobb. Released to overwhelming critical acclaim, The Tennessean praises, "Both are rich with the textures of Stapleton’s vocals that make him one of country music’s most beloved artists, classic country sounds and thoughtful articulate lyrics about love, life and pain.” Stapleton was recently nominated in three categories at the 61st GRAMMY Awards: Best Country Album (From A Room: Volume 2) and Best Country Solo Performance (“Millionaire”) as well as Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for his performance on Justin Timberlake’s “Say Something.” Additionally, last year, Stapleton won Male Vocalist of the Year (for the fourth-straight year), Single of the Year (“Broken Halos”) and Song of the Year (“Broken Halos”) at The 52 Annual CMA Awards, Male Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year (From A Room: Volume 1 as both artist and producer) at the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards, Top Country Artist, Top Country Male Artist and Top Country Album (From A Room: Volume 1) at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards and Best Country Album (From A Room: Volume 1), Best Country Song (“Broken Halos”) and Best Country Solo Performance (“Either Way”) at the 60th GRAMMY Awards. He will continue his extensive, sold-out “All-American Road Show” through 2019 with newly confirmed performances this summer and fall. The shows will kick-off July 9 at Allentown’s PPL Center and will span through November 2 at Louisville’s KFC Yum! Center.




<![CDATA[Spitfire Wraps Up Studio Orchestra Range With Woodwinds Finale]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/spitfire-wraps-up-studio-orchestra-range-with-woodwinds-finale Thu, 14 Feb 2019 14:26:12 GMT


Spitfire Audio accomplishes its indispensable SPITFIRE STUDIO ORCHESTRA range with woodwinds finale
LONDON, UK: Spitfire Audio is proud to announce availability of SPITFIRE STUDIO WOODWINDS — which represents the British music technology company’s third and final self-explanatory release in its indispensable SPITFIRE STUDIO ORCHESTRA range, rounding off a stunning-sounding ensemble that creates an incredibly versatile, pro-end dry stage sample library recorded in the crisp and vibrant setting of AIR Studios’ Studio 1 to offer composers an astounding woodwind experience that captures every grain in depth and detail, duly available as ‘standard’ (SPITFIRE STUDIO WOODWINDS) and ‘extended’ (SPITFIRE STUDIO WOODWINDS PROFESSIONAL) editions — as of February 14…
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, SPITFIRE STUDIO WOODWINDS follows hot on the heels of its successful SPITFIRE STUDIO ORCHESTRA series siblings — SPITFIRE STUDIO STRINGS and SPITFIRE STUDIO BRASS — to offer a wide range of instruments from its namesake section. Serving up everything from the guttural depths of the bassoon to the gleaming sounds of the piccolo... it’s all there for the taking.
Two years in the making, the SPITFIRE STUDIO ORCHESTRA series’ third and final self-explanatory sample library bears all the treasured hallmarks of Spitfire Audio: A-list London session players performing with the best instruments through an unparalleled signal path recorded to tape by multiple GRAMMY® Awards-winning engineer Simon Rhodes in a revered room perfectly suited to capturing the granular detail and velvet sonority of the woodwind family. Following in the footsteps of the company’s customary Lyndhurst Hall-hatched SPITFIRE SYMPHONIC... ranges, Spitfire Audio again applied a ‘no stone left unturned’ approach to its aftermath: an encyclopaedia of articulations, dynamic layers, and round-robins for seamless, nuanced realism.
Reaching for the ‘standard’ SPITFIRE STUDIO WOODWINDS will take users straight to the namesake section’s roots for instant results: 143 articulations across 11 instruments, including five solo ones — namely, Piccolo, Flute Solo 1,Flutes a3, Alto Flute Solo, Oboe Solo 1, Oboes a3, Clarinet Solo 1, Clarinets a3, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon Solo 1, and Bassoons a3... and all recorded to a (Decca) Tree rig featuring Schoeps microphones. Meanwhile, SPITFIRE STUDIO WOODWINDS PROFESSIONAL provides all that, but branches out still further with no fewer than 185 articulations and 15 instruments to its notable name — this time reaching from the dazzling Piccolo right the way down to the underbelly of the section to also include Contrabassoon, Contrabass Clarinet, and Bass Flute. Furthermore, extensive control of the sound is also available, thanks to the inclusion of two ready-to-go mixes (M1 and M2), two close-mic arrangements (C1 and C2), two Decca Tree setups (T1 and T2), ambient mics (A), and outriggers (O), so users can access and personalise their own mix of Simon Rhodes’ microphone armoury — all the way from pin-sharp to super-wide, picked up by the best from Neumann, Schoeps, and Sennheiser.
Simon Rhodes — representing an obvious choice to helm the SPITFIRE STUDIO ORCHESTRA series as an absolute microphone magician, 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, with blockbuster movies such as Avatar, Spectre, and Skyfall having all benefitted from his Midas touch — reveals: “For the SPITFIRE STUDIO WOODWINDSsessions, the approach echoes what we did with the SPITFIRE STUDIO STRINGS and SPITFIRE STUDIO BRASS, so there is complete consistency between the libraries. The main Schoeps room mics were the same, and I captured two flavours of spots.”
Such peerless attention to detail abounds elsewhere, extending right the way through to those aforesaid articulations, which faithfully fulfil all the traditional requirements while also encompassing extended techniques, such as multi-tongue, air and key FX, staccatissimo, and swells; all are immediately musical — no matter what level the user is performing at, and all are instantly usable.
Ultimately, then, Spitfire Audio’s SPITFIRE STUDIO WOODWINDS and SPITFIRE STUDIO WOODWINDS PROFESSIONAL releases comprehensively complete its indispensable SPITFIRE STUDIO ORCHESTRA as a range of world-class strings, brass, and woodwinds, which collectively provide composers with a comprehensive collection of orchestral options.
Of course, the time has come for Spitfire Audio to simultaneously make both editions of all three libraries available as SPITFIRE STUDIO ORCHESTRA and SPITFIRE STUDIO ORCHESTRA PROFESSIONAL — perfect for anyone looking to buy a library that will provide them with the most bang for the buck by being usable in the widest range of musical settings, ready to add their favourite reverbs and other effects; engineering so much versatility into this library leaves little doubt: surely SPITFIRE STUDIO ORCHESTRA is destined to become a cherished part of their music-making experience throughout the next decade — and beyond, even?
Ending on a high note, company co-founder Paul Thomson — an accomplished music-to-picture composer in his own right — takes Spitfire Audio’s ambitious studio journey to a heartfelt musical finale. “When you put your arrangements together, you’ll find that these all lock together really beautifully,” he affirms, adding: “With the mic options in there, you can get a really tailored sound — either from a very close, full intimate sound, or a really staged, film studio scoring stage sound.”
SPITFIRE STUDIO WOODWINDS can be purchased and digitally downloaded for a time-limited introductory promo price of £129.00 GBP (inc. VAT)/$149.00 USD/€149.00 EUR (inc. VAT) until February 28, 2019 — rising thereafter to an RRP of £169.00 GBP (inc. VAT)/$199.00 USD/€199.00 EUR (inc. VAT) — from here: https://www.spitfireaudio.com/shop/a-z/spitfire-studio-woodwinds/
For more in-depth information, including superb-sounding audio demos, please visit the dedicated SPITFIRE STUDIO WOODWINDS webpage here: https://www.spitfireaudio.com/shop/a-z/spitfire-studio-woodwinds/
Watch Spitfire Audio founder Paul Thomson’s ‘traditional’ video walkthrough of SPITFIRE STUDIO WOODWINDS here: https://youtu.be/oMtOInsECxw
Watch Spitfire Audio ‘composer-in-residence’ Oliver Patrice Weder’s ‘In Action’ video for SPITFIRE STUDIO WOODWINDS here: https://youtu.be/KqZqJyCpiU4
SPITFIRE STUDIO WOODWINDS PROFESSIONAL can be purchased and digitally downloaded for a time-limited introductory promo price of £249.00 GBP (inc. VAT)/$299.00 USD/€299.00 EUR (inc. VAT) until February 28, 2019 — rising thereafter to an RRP of £349.00 GBP (inc. VAT)/ $399.00 USD/€399.00 EUR (inc. VAT) — from here: https://www.spitfireaudio.com/shop/a-z/spitfire-studio-woodwinds-professional/
For more in-depth info, including superb-sounding audio demos, please visit the dedicated SPITFIRE STUDIO WOODWINDS PROFESSIONAL webpage here: https://www.spitfireaudio.com/shop/a-z/spitfire-studio-woodwinds-professional/
Watch Spitfire Audio founder Paul Thomson’s ‘traditional’ video walkthrough of SPITFIRE STUDIO WOODWINDS PROFESSIONAL here: https://youtu.be/NXJgqAviGOg
SPITFIRE STUDIO ORCHESTRA can be purchased and digitally downloaded for a time-limited introductory promo price of £409.00 GBP (inc. VAT)/$479.00 USD/€479.00 EUR (inc. VAT) until February 28, 2019 — rising thereafter to an RRP of £449.00 GBP (inc. VAT)/$549.00 USD/€549.00 EUR (inc. VAT) — from here: https://www.spitfireaudio.com/shop/a-z/spitfire-studio-orchestra/
SPITFIRE STUDIO ORCHESTRA PROFESSIONAL can be purchased and digitally downloaded for a time-limited introductory promo price of £809.00 GBP (inc. VAT)/$959.00 USD/€959.00 EUR (inc. VAT) until February 28, 2019 — rising thereafter to an RRP of
£899.00 GBP (inc. VAT)/$999.00 USD/€999.00 EUR (inc. VAT) — from here: https://www.spitfireaudio.com/shop/a-z/spitfire-studio-orchestra-professional/
Watch Spitfire Audio founder Christian Henson’s contextual video for SPITFIRE STUDIO ORCHESTRA here: https://youtu.be/bGp89SV-maI
SPITFIRE STUDIO WOODWINDS, SPITFIRE STUDIO WOODWINDS PROFESSIONAL, SPITFIRE STUDIO ORCHESTRA, and SPITFIRE STUDIO ORCHESTRA PROFESSIONAL all need Native Instruments’ free KONTAKT PLAYER (5.6.8 or higher) — included in their respective 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 awe-inspiring trailer video for SPITFIRE STUDIO WOODWINDS and SPITFIRE STUDIO WOODWINDS PROFESSIONAL here: https://youtu.be/Ekn4p2C7mtM 
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. 
© 2019 Spitfire Audio Holdings Limited 
<![CDATA[Auralex® Offers Eco-Friendly Acoustical Treatment Solutions]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/auralex-offers-eco-friendly-acoustical-treatment-solutions Wed, 13 Feb 2019 16:30:45 GMT


Auralex® Offers Eco-Friendly Acoustical Treatment Solutions
Indianapolis, IN, February 12, 2019 – Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the world’s leading brand of acoustical treatments, offers multiple eco-friendly products.  
Auralex has also revised and updated its EcoTech™ Acoustical Panels with improved fire, moisture, mold and bacterial resistance. EcoTech panels are a cost-effective 1-inch treatment with great absorptive properties and an excellent way to improve speech intelligibility. They are lightweight and easy to handle. The white color blends into many residential and commercial spaces. EcoTech panels are well suited for harsh environments due to their durability. Applications include nightclubs, soundstages, restaurants, studio live rooms, gymnasiums, commercial facilities, multi-purpose rooms, industrial facilities, health care facilities and more.  
Auralex Sustain™ Bamboo Sound Diffusors are environmentally friendly panels with diffusion properties designed to reveal the true purity of sound in a space. Acoustically engineered from sustainably grown and harvested bamboo, Sustain Diffusors feature simple installation with wall, ceiling or drop grid mounting options. Several models are available:
  • Sustain Prism™ (3" x 23.75" 23.75"): eliminates flutter echoes and other acoustical anomalies without removing acoustical energy from the space. This design disperses sound evenly to create a more consistent listening or recording environment. Can be wall mounted or used in reinforced ceiling grids.
  • Sustain Metro™ (2.61” x 23.25” x 23.25”): adds a contemporary aesthetic to your room while eliminating the negative effects of flutter echoes. The Sustain Metro evenly disperses acoustical energy throughout the listening environment without removing ambiance from the room. Intended for wall mounting only.
  • Sustain Lens™ (3” x 23.75” x 23.75”): scatters and redirects acoustical energy and is an effective alternative to absorbing reflections. The Sustain Lens can be beneficial in numerous applications: Creating a “large sound” in a small room, optimizing absorption panels by redirecting energy so that they are more efficient or channelling acoustical energy into an adjacent space to enhance your listening or recording environment. Intended for use in ceiling grids only.
  • Sustain QuadraTec™ (4.1” x 23.75” x 23.75”): provides excellent scattering properties, resulting in a warm, musical character to the dispersed sound. Sustain QuadraTec Diffusors are a mirrored, nested pair, giving you two unique diffusion tools when used in combination with each other, or in larger arrays, can result in a more spacious feel in any room. Can be wall mounted or used in ceiling grids.
  • Sustain Pyramid™ (6” x 23.75” x 23.75”): optimized to provide high quality sound diffusion while also doubling as an effective bass trap when filled with absorptive material. The bamboo material offers a more musical experience when tested against comparable products made from hardened fiberglass or plastic. Can be wall mounted or used in ceiling grids.  
For more information, please visit www.auralex.com/.
Auralex EcoTech™ Acoustical Panels
About Auralex® Acoustics, Inc.
Located in Indianapolis, Auralex® Acoustics was founded in 1977 with a mission to provide top-performing acoustical treatment products at the best possible value. Since then, thousands of satisfied Auralex customers have experienced improved acoustics, expert advice and exceptional customer service. Auralex products enjoy widespread use among prominent artists, producers, engineers, corporations, celebrities and government agencies worldwide.  
Auralex Acoustics has become the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions and continues to enjoy rapid growth through an international network of authorized dealers. Visit the Auralex Web site at www.auralex.com. Auralex can be reached via email at auralexinfo@auralex.com or by calling 1-800-959-3343.



<![CDATA[Zoom Announces The G1 FOUR And G1X FOUR - Two Pedals. Endless Sounds.]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/zoom-announces-the-g1-four-and-g1x-four---two-pedals.-endless-sounds. Wed, 13 Feb 2019 16:15:14 GMT


Two Pedals. Endless Sounds.


February 13, 2019 – Zoom North America is expanding the abilities of guitar players with two new multi-effects pedals, the Zoom G1 FOUR and G1X FOUR.


Both pedals feature over 70 effects/amp models, looper, drum machine and free ZOOM Guitar Lab software. The G1X FOUR takes things a step further with a built-in expression pedal that provides even more control over select effects.


The G1 FOUR/G1X FOUR can access a world of downloadable artist patches & effects through ZOOM’s Guitar Lab. And with Guitar Lab’s effects and patch management capabilities, you have the freedom to explore and create endless sonic combinations.



Get that main stage sound anywhere with the G1 FOUR’s classic amps and cabinets. You can also pair your playing with any of 68 great-sounding rhythm patterns or loop your own lines to build a dynamic multi-part arrangement.


The G1 FOUR series is built for live performing with STOMP and PRESELECT modes that let you preemptively switch patches and turn effects on and off as needed. Equally great for desktop use, both pedals have a full control panel for precisely adjustmenting tones and level settings. So, whether on the road or in the studio, just plug in and be amazed.


The new Zoom G1 FOUR and G1X FOUR will be available in March 2019 for $79.99 and $99.99 respectively. For more information including specs and videos, please visit www.zoom-na.com/G1FOUR or contact Zoom North America at info@zoom-na.com.



<![CDATA[Vervent Audio Group Strengthens Its Position In The North American Market With New Acquisitions]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/vervent-audio-group-strengthens-its-position-in-the-north-american-market-with-new-acquisitions Tue, 12 Feb 2019 14:06:26 GMT


Vervent Audio Group, audio and high-fidelity French leader, strengthens its position in the North American market



Vervent Audio Group (VVAG), acoustic and electronic French leader, at the crossroads of luxury and cutting-edge technology, has strengthened its position in North America and accelerated its international ambitions. With the acquisition of Audio Plus Services & Plurison, major distributors of high-end audio equipment in the US and Canada, the group extends the expertise and excellence of its two iconic brands: FOCAL and NAIM.


Exceptional materials, avant-garde processes, pure sensational and emotional experiences: Focal and Naim combine pleasure and innovation. Unmissable references for music lovers in Europe, America and Asia, both brands of Vervent Group now establish themselves as key players in the North American audio market.


The acquisition of Audio Plus Services & Plurison by Vervent Audio Group – effective since
January 15th 2019 – creates Focal Naim America and Focal Naim Canada subsidiaries. It signals the new phase of an investment plan agreed by the group in America, and initiated in 2018 thanks to the merger of Audio Plus Services & Plurison and Focal North America.


With this acquisition, Vervent Audio Group maintains its goal of increasing the quality of its services, driven by the desire to work more closely with its retailers. Creating its own distribution entity, the group strives to turn the North American territory into the leader market for Focal, which this year celebrates its 40th birthday and Naim, which just turned 45.


Founder of Audio Plus Services & Plurison, Daniel Jacques will be President of both Focal Naim America and Focal Naim Canada. They will deploy an offer focused on customer experience and high- quality service. Boasting the largest sales force in the high-end audio industry on the American conti- nent, this entity strives to double its turnover over the next five years.







Vervent Audio Group was born in 2014 as the holding company for Focal and Naim Audio, with each brand contributing its own expertise to the Group. Focal, a French manufacturer of audiophile loudspeakers, brings with it their experience in speaker design, professional monitors, car audiosystems, integration products and headphones. Naim Audio, a highly respected British manufacturer of electronics, is specialized in two-channel hi-fi components, complete streaming systems for the home, amplifiers and music servers.

Together, these two enterprises constitute a reference within the high-fidelity community. The key markets for Vervent Audio Group in Europe are France, the United Kingdom and Germany, with the United States becoming their first country of export. Vervent Audio Group generated almost €100 million in business in 2018, 2/3 of which was outside of the two countries of origin, France and the United Kingdom. At present, Vervent has over 430 employees in Europe.



<![CDATA[Bose Professional Offers New Accessories For S1 Pro Multi-Position PA System ]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/bose-professional-offers-new-accessories-for-s1-pro-multi-position-pa-system Tue, 12 Feb 2019 13:50:08 GMT


Bose Professional Offers New Accessories for S1 Pro Multi-Position PA System
Framingham, MA, February 12, 2019 Bose Professional has expanded the offerings for its S1 Pro multi-position PA system — the ultimate all-in-one PA, floor monitor, practice amplifier and primary music system, and the latest addition to the Bose portable professional product line. The S1 Pro’s full complement of accessories and enhancements now includes the new S1 Pro play-through cover, which is set to be available to the public in May 2019 in multiple colors. Additionally, each S1 Pro comes with a pre-installed rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack and compatibility with the Bose Connect App for streaming Bluetooth® audio to as many as two S1 units. Other optional accessories include the S1 Pro Backpack and S1 Slip Cover.
Designed for singer-songwriters, DJs, musicians and general PA use, and drawing upon the award-winning technology developed for the lauded Bose L1 and F1 portable loudspeaker systems, the S1 Pro allows users to sound great anywhere. The S1 Pro truly delivers on the combination of performance, portability and versatility — ready to perform flawlessly whenever and wherever. In a recent review for Harmony Central, Craig Anderton wrote, “…incredibly portable, well designed, loud, and easy to operate … Bose has filled a hole not just in their own product line, but in the portable PA world.”
At only 15.7 lbs (7.1 kg) and with dimensions of 13" x 9.5" x 11.2" (330 x 241 x 286 mm), the ultra-portable and rugged S1 Pro is lightweight and designed for effortless transport using the convenient carry-handle.
The S1 Pro is engineered to be used in four different positions to accommodate a wide range of applications – tilt-back, elevated, mounted on a speaker stand, or placed on its side (as a floor monitor). Built-in sensors detect positional changes and trigger Auto EQ, which automatically recalibrates the system’s internal settings for each different placement/application, ensuring that users always sound their best with optimum sound in any position.
The S1 Pro comes with a three-channel mixer. Reverb and tone controls are featured on two channels with XLR/quarter-inch combo jacks, and a third channel is for either 3.5 mm (1/8”) line-in or wireless Bluetoothconnectivity. Additionally, a line-out jack offers easy expansion to other systems.
The optional S1 Pro Backpack is designed for hands-free transport of the Bose S1 Pro system. Three zippered compartments allow cables and other items to be safely stored, while the adjustable shoulder straps, molded foam back panel and convenient handles allow users to comfortably carry their S1 Pro system anywhere they travel.
The optional S1 Slip Cover allows users to protect their S1 Pro system while on the go. This custom-fit cover easily slips onto the S1 Pro, providing scratch protection while carrying, traveling in a car, placing in an airplane overhead compartment, or when just storing. Made from durable nylon, it features an embroidered front Bose logo and a top opening for accessing the S1 Pro carry handle.
Other enhancements include compatibility with the Bose Connect app (which allows access to additional options and features like Stereo Mode) to wirelessly stream audio to a second system for even more output.
The S1 Pro multi-position PA system is currently available with a U.S. MSRP of $599; S1 Pro Backpack MSRP is $149 and the S1 Pro Slip Cover MSRP is $29.
For more information, visit BOSE.COM/S1.
S1 Pro multi-position PA system from Bose Professional, pictured with its accessories.
The Bluetooth® word mark and logo are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Bose Corporation is under license.
About Bose Corporation
Bose Corporation was founded in 1964 by Dr. Amar G. Bose, then a professor of electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Today, the company is driven by its founding principles, investing in long-term research with one fundamental goal: to develop new technologies with real customer benefits. Bose innovations have spanned decades and industries, creating and transforming categories in audio and beyond. Bose products for the home, in the car, on the go and in public spaces have become iconic, changing the way people listen to music.
Bose Corporation is privately held. The company’s spirit of invention, passion for excellence, and commitment to extraordinary customer experiences can be found around the world – everywhere Bose does business.
<![CDATA[Audified Hits The Bass Tone Sweet Spot With Opening ToneSpot Series Plugin]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/audified-hits-the-bass-tone-sweet-spot-with-opening-tonespot-series-plugin Tue, 12 Feb 2019 13:45:39 GMT


Audified aims opening ToneSpot series salvo squarely at bass tone sweet spot with pro processing power-providing plug-in



BRNO, CZECH REPUBLIC: host application and audio effects developer Audified is proud to announce availability of ToneSpot Bass Pro — presented as an abundantly powerful channel strip plug-in with an impressive, user-friendly GUI (Graphical User Interface) that provides professional processing power to let users shape their bass tone to fit any musical genre, perfectly aiming the company’s trailblazing ToneSpot series Swiss Army knife-style solution for all tone hunters as an appropriately-named opening salvo — as of February 12...


Building the perfect bass guitar tone takes time and effort. Engineers often take to applying some seriously heavy lifting to the signal to satisfy studio-savvy bassists — blending several re-amping chains with heavy doses of filtering, compression, equalisation, saturation, and even some multi-band processing, plus more besides! Indeed, it is no secret that top-tier engineers often run the signal through their chains two or three times in series until both engineer and artist are 100% satisfied with the recorded result.


Reality dictates that this is hardly surprising — both from an artistic and recording perspective. Why? Well, bass guitar can take a lot of processing since it is often called upon to fight against heavily distorted and harmonically rich layers of guitars and/or synths. So the tone needs to cut through the mix. Musically speaking, the bass has to be both consistent and tight, but it also needs to audibly demonstrate bottom-end ballsiness while making its presence felt in the midrange arena at the same time. This sometimes involves it having to be almost as distorted as those guitars and/or synths it is being called upon to musically support, so it cannot — and should not — be overlooked in the mix, as any engineer hot in pursuit of hitting that bass tone sweet spot knows only too well. Whether or not the bass itself is heavily distorted, maintaining clarity throughout is — more often than not — a delicate balancing act. After all, listeners should surely be able to hear which bass notes are being played? Perhaps.


Putting all this into practice is easier said than done, though. That said, there are very few products tailored to post-processing of bass instruments; indeed, most of today’s engineers employ a similar workflow, where it is not enough to simply run the bass through a real tube amp or guitar amp simulation plug-in to achieve the standards being heard on today’s records. Reaching the lofty heights of those superlative-sounding records require a ton of real amps and/or a ton of simulation plug-ins working with a ton of processing plug-ins, pushing available CPU (Central Processing Unit) power to the edge — even beyond, sometimes.


Surely, then, there must be a simpler solution? Sure is. Please put your hands together and give Audified’s all-new ToneSpot Bass Pro — presented as an abundantly powerful channel strip plug-in with an impressive, user-friendly GUI that provides professional processing power to let users shape their bass tone to fit any musical genre — a warm welcome. Simply speaking, ToneSpot Bass Pro invariably improves the tone in question — no matter what amp, pedal, or plug- ins are already involved in processing the bass guitar.


Get this, though: ToneSpot Bass Pro provides everything needed to (re)create those brilliant-sounding bass guitar tones that are making their musical mark all over today’s albums. And all from within a single, simple-to-use processing plug-in — perfect for hitting that sought-after bass tone sweet spot every time, thanks to controls that make musical sense. Simply by offering those controls alongside settings based on analysis of thousands of world-class records, best practice mixing tips for bass guitar processing, intelligent gain staging, and ample processing power, plus flexibility, ToneSpot Bass Pro provides time- and energy-saving attributes like nothing else around — and all without needing to use a ton of processing plug-ins in pursuit of that aforesaid sweet spot!


So let’s take a quick guided tour: the signal flow starts with the Channel button; there users can select whether they want both sides of the signal to be processed, or only the left (L) or right (R) sides. The Input knob allows the input signal strength to be set accordingly; alternatively, pressing the AGC (Automatic Gain Control) button sets the signal strength automatically, based on the calibration settings. The Character section allows users to change the tone of their bass via three Type — Natural, Modern, and Vintage — settings; there users can also add additional, self-explanatory — Growl, Scoop, or Lo-Fi — Character features, or any combination of all of those settings. The SBG (Sub Bass Generator) section lets users adjust the Cut-Off frequency and also the Intensity of the generator itself to give the tone what it needs — and also give it some balls!


Better still, self-explanatory sections above and beyond that bottom-end ballsiness do exactly what they say on the tin — or, better said, the GUI itself: add Saturation to the tone to give it some grit and fullness; Shaping the tone comes quickly and easily, thanks to an eight-band, musically-labelled EQ and associated frequency switches to perfectly match anyone’s bass tone-shaping needs with better flexibility; the Punch section says it all — add some slamming punch to the tone, while, for better flexibility, there is also a compression release switch; sometimes it is necessary to go really deep with some surgical EQ — all is there for the taking in the Surgery section; anyone needing to have their tone more dynamically controlled but not completely dead need not look any further than the Smash section; the Effects section is where the fun really starts, so why not add an Octaver, Auto-Wah, Modulation, or all three? The aptly- named Finalizer section is where ToneSpot Bass Pro users can turn to add some finishing touches to their beloved bass tone — fatness, tightness, and smoothness are all but a dedicated touch of a button away in this mastering-friendly final destination!


Duly glancing at ToneSpot Bass Pro’s controls contained within those self-explanatory sections should surely convince that this powerful channel strip plug-in is a must-have addition to any modern-day record-production arsenal. As such, Audified’s perfectly-aimed opening ToneSpot series salvo has made hitting that bass tone sweet spot simpler, as well as being a lot more wallet-friendly.


For those to whom ToneSpot Bass Pro presents too much of a financial stretch still... ToneSpot Bass Express — featuring the same processing power as its bigger brother, but with a reduced control count — is coming soon!



ToneSpot Bass Pro is available to purchase for a time-limited introductory promo price of $49.00 USD until February 15, 2019 — rising thereafter to $99.00 USD — from Audified’s online shop here: https://shop.audified.com/products/tonespot-bass-pro


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


For more in-depth info, please visit the dedicated ToneSpot Bass Pro webpage here: https://shop.audified.com/products/tonespot-bass-pro Watch Audified’s ToneSpot Bass Pro promo video here: https://youtu.be/f2MQ7xqY9ag


ToneSpot Bass Express will soon be available to purchase for a time-limited introductory promo price of $29.00 USD — rising thereafter to $49.00 USD — from Audified’s online shop.




About Audified (www.audified.com)

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

© 2019 Audified s.r.o.

<![CDATA[Sound Magic Introduces Upright Grand VI]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/sound-magic-introduces-upright-grand-vi Mon, 11 Feb 2019 14:04:58 GMT


The Best Computer Music And Acoustic Technology Inc (aka Sound Magic) introduces Upright Grand VI featuring 5 unique upright pianos



ANAHEIM, CA, USA: cutting-edge audio technologies developer The Best Computer Music And Acoustic Technology Inc is proud to announce availability of Upright Grand— its latest hybrid virtual instrument for Mac (AU 32-/64-bit, VST 32-/64-bit) and Windows (VST 32-/64-bit), featuring 5 unique upright pianos. Begin at Feb 8th, 2019.


Upright Grand is a dynamic combination of five unique Upright Pianos combined into one amazing and affordable price. This gives musicians of all skill levels more freedom to create beautiful music and unmatched artistry all their own.


Upright Grand: At the turn of the 20th century, countless American piano companies manufactured very tall upright pianos. These instruments offered the sound of a grand piano because of the long strings and large soundboard area. They coined the term upright grand to describe these types of instruments. We sampled a Schubert Upright which has over 2.1 meters in height, Made in 1905 with good condition.


Modern Era: A Yamaha U5 made in 2015 with excellent condition, U5 is the most common seen, best sounding and the largest mass production brand upright nowadays. For it huge sound and big sound, it can be compare with a Baby Grand thus it can be also categorized as an upright grand in the standard around 1900.


Bech 1929: A bechstein upright made in 1929. It has a unique style of sound. It sounds more gentle than usual upright pianos and this especially good for soft, new-age or Jazz music. This is a special one that you won’t want to miss.


Honky Tonk: A bar pianos specialized in Honky Tonk style. We provide it so musicians can enlarge their collection to fit different styles of music.


Antique Upright: This vintage upright piano was manufactured in 1903, and has a breath-taking sound that’s entirely its own - making it completely unique from other uprights.


Musically, then, through using hybrid modelling technology, The Best Computer Music And Acoustic Technology Inc has succeeded in creating a unique experience — exploited to the full with Upright Grand — that allows its users to reap the benefits of authentic sampled sounds combined with the playability of a modelled piano, providing for more freedom of expression and potential possibilities to create their own unique sound. Central to this, that new Neo Piano engine elevates proceedings, purportedly by being the industry’s first large-scale application of AI (artificial intelligence) in its software developing phase. Put it this way: while it is common knowledge that recording, editing, processing, and organizing such huge sample data pools can collectively take teams of expert engineers years to complete, conversely AI can conceivably reduce this titanic task to a matter of hours, meaning musicians get their hands on better products much more quickly while also benefitting from financially reduced rates.


Duly delivering yet another breakthrough, the new Neo Piano engine powering Upright Grand generates Multi-Dimensional Resonance. Reality dictates that every piano’s sizeable soundboard reflects sound that resonates in conjunction with the wooden body of the instrument itself. Indeed, it is this continuous process that makes every note played sound so unique. Ultimately, in order to simulate this behavior, The Best Computer Music And Acoustic Technology Inc. captured multi-angled IRs (Impulse Responses) from the soundboard, then used modelling technology to convert those IRs into Multi-Dimensional Resonance algorithms. The result? An amazingly true to life concert hall sound readily available at anyone’s fingertips!


Furthermore, that beautifully-implemented Upright Grand GUI gives users unmitigated control over 40 piano attributes, including an ability to lift the lid, tweak Tone and Harmonics, alter Damping, change Key Dynamics, and adjust velocity response. Ultimately, users can even apply a style — sets the piano in question’s musical style, be it classical, jazz, rock, or soft, and changes the internal parametric EQ accordingly via a simple amount control — or sympathetic resonance to their sound, and adjust the mix by changing microphone perspective.


Upright Grand is available to purchase online directly via The Best Computer Music And Acoustic Technology Inc for €129.00 EUR/$149.00 USD/£119.00 GBP from here: http://www.supremepiano.com/upright.html


For more in-depth information, including several superb-sounding audio demos, please visit the dedicated Upright Grand webpage here: http://www.supremepiano.com/upright.html




The Best Computer Music And Acoustic Technology Inc


The Best Computer Music And Acoustic Technology Inc aims at bringing more cutting-edge audio technologies to professional musicians. Originally founded (as Sound Magic) by in 2007, it is now a leading developer in virtual piano software, with many patented technologies specializing in physical modelling and DSP (Digital Signal Processing). The company mainly focuses on virtual pianos, high-quality effects, and other virtual instruments, including traditional Chinese musical instruments, and has been nominated for three TEC (Technical Excellence and Creativity) Awards.



<![CDATA[HEXLOOPS Announces Five New Sample Packs]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/hexloops-announces-five-new-sample-packs Mon, 11 Feb 2019 13:58:28 GMT


HEXLOOPS Announces Five New Sample Packs


We've just launched 5 new sample packs on the site:

5 Construction kits
50 WAV Loops
42 MIDI Files
61 One-Shot Drums
21 Presets
5 Constructions Kits
97 WAV Loops
90 MIDI Files
62 One-Shot Drums
23 Presets
7 Constructions Kits
133 WAV Loops
124 MIDI Files
85 One-Shot Drums
31 Presets
5 Constructions Kits
95 WAV Loops
88 MIDI Files
61 One-Shot Drums
21 Presets
5 Construction Kits
150 High-Quality Wav & AIFF Loops
54 MIDI included






<![CDATA[zenAud.io ALK2 Now Available For Windows]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/zenaud.io-alk2-now-available-for-windows Mon, 11 Feb 2019 13:03:23 GMT


zenAud.io ALK2 Now Available for Windows!
Berlin, Germany (February 11, 2019) - zenAud.io, the creative powerhouse and music software developer, debuts the Windows version of their critically acclaimed looping software ALK. Windows users have long asked for the arranged looping DAW and can now order it at zenAud.io at a special introductory price of €99 (MSRP €149) until the 3rd of March.
The Mac version of ALK2 has been a favorite among songwriters and live performers and enjoys an enthusiastic following amongst loop artists all over the world, recognized as “an extremely easy to use looper station that overrides typical limitations, adds sequencer benefits and brings innovative automation.” (Beat Magazine)
“We’re happy to have reached the next milestone in ALK-history,” says zenAudio’s founder Martin Percossi. “ALK2 for Windows is an exciting chance expand our user-base and allow more musicians to experience ALK’s innovative looping workflow.”
zenAud.io ALK is a cross between a sequencer and a looper. Like a traditional looper, clips are performed live and subsequently looped to create layers of sound. Like in a sequencer, the loops can be drawn, moved, copied, cut and pasted in a musical arrangement. "ALK has become a part of my sound and music. Arranging loop songs this freely has never been a possibility until now" says Turkish looping sensation Can Oflaz.
Key Features:
  • Audio and MIDI looping supported out of the box
  • VST/AudioUnit plugin support - loop with your signature sounds!
  • Panic Mode handles mistakes gracefully allowing you to easily move on with the song
  • Pitch shift and offset loops
  • Flexible MIDI control and automation options
Pricing & Availability
Available at zenAud.io for €99 until March 3rd (RRP: €149)
About zenAud.io
zenAud.io’s team is comprised of programmers and designers who are also musicians -- and like playing guitars as much using computers and synths. After re-forming his band with a reduced line-up and an army of loopers, zenAud.io founder Martin Percossi realized in one fateful rehearsal-turned-debugging session that the biggest obstacle to his creativity was the software itself. He sensed an opportunity and created a looper that fit with his structured approach to songwriting: ALK2.
<![CDATA[Time For Some More Synthwave Anthems]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/time-for-some-more-synthwave-anthems Fri, 8 Feb 2019 16:53:28 GMT





'Synthwave Anthems 2' marks our second voyage back in time to the 1980s. Celebrate all that the synth has to offer with these retro Construction Kits inspired by trailblazers like New Order and The Human League, alongside modern artists like M83 and Cliff Martinez. All that's missing this time around is that poster you had of a Ferrari Testarossa.

Producer Loops couldn't be more proud of this series, which we see as the "Dolorean" of Synthwave sample packs. Combining modern sound design techniques with quintessential 80s elements like rolling basslines, tom fills, lush pads, and dominant synth leads, we're confident you'll find all of the production tools you need to bring the sound of the past to your future productions.


MIDI Files Included:

Like so many other Producer Loops products, 'Synthwave Anthems 2' 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.


One-Shot Samples:

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


Dry/Wet Loops:

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


Unlooped Riffs/Tails:

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



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



• 5 Construction Kits
• 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



Price and Availability:


'Synthwave Anthems 2’ is available for instant download exclusively at ProducerLoops.com for £34.95 / 41,64 EUR. More information is available at: https://www.producerloops.com



<![CDATA[Flat, Honest Studio Subwoofer Support From Subwoofer Pros]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/flat-honest-studio-subwoofer-support-from-subwoofer-pros Fri, 8 Feb 2019 16:50:59 GMT





LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 2019: True to its name, Subwoofer Pros builds subwoofers that produce flat, honest bass, allowing audio professionals to make low-frequency decisions with the confidence that those decisions will translate to any other playback system. Both of its models – the smaller Studio Sub 12 and the larger Studio Sub 18 – avoid the profusion of adjustable parameters found on consumer-grade subwoofers, instead providing simple, but effective, control. In that spirit, Subwoofer Pros announces the addition of a 60Hz or 95Hz low-pass switch for flexible integration with differently-sized mains. Subwoofer Pros’ U.S. distributor, TransAudio Group, will have Subwoofer Pros on display at the Winter NAMM show, January 24-27 at the Anaheim Convention Center.


“The new 60Hz/95Hz low-pass is a strategic tweak to the Subwoofer Pros design that will make it even easier to dial in a well-balanced mix with any set of studio monitors,” said Brad Lunde, founder and president of TransAudio Group. “I called it ‘strategic’ because it adds that flexibility without over-complicating things. And of course, over-complicating subwoofer controls tends to defeat the goal of seamless integration.” The new low-pass switch replaces a previous 8Hz/20Hz low-cut switch, which few users had occasion to use. The new units all have a fixed 8Hz low-cut.





The Studio Sub 12 and Studio Sub 18 are now shipping!



Studio Sub 12: USA MAP $2290

Studio Sub 18: USA MAP $2690




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





<![CDATA[Mercuriall Audio Releases SS-11X Version 1.1]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/mercuriall-audio-releases-ss-11x-version-1.1 Fri, 8 Feb 2019 16:45:53 GMT


Mercuriall Audio releases SS-11X version 1.1.


Mercuriall Audio here - we are releasing a free update for SS-11X!


We are very pleased to announce the release of SS-11X v1.1, a free update to the highly-rated amp sim audio plug-in for Mac OS X and Windows in AU, VST and AAX plugin formats. SS-11X officially models tube preamps SS-11A and SS-11B, built by AMT Electronics.


SS-11X uses Mercuriall's proprietary technology Neural Hybrid Engine, pioneering the usage of neural networks in amp sims.


The update can be downloaded from www.mercuriall.com.


New features:

1. High quality tuner with a big screen.

2. Standalone version of SS-11X - no DAW required.

3. Input/output level and clipping indication.

4. Presets from Ola Englund*.

5. Cabinet IRs from Leon Todd.

6. Visual improvements.

* Presets not available in VST3 and AAX formats.


To celebrate the release, we discount SS-11X by 17% and all other products by 33% until February 12th, 11:59PDT!



Product Details

Supported platforms and formats:
  • Mac: VST2 x64, VST3 x64, AU x64, AAX x64 (Pro Tools 11 and newer)
  • PC: VST2 x64, VST3 x64, AAX x64 (Pro Tools 11 and newer)
  • Standalone application for both Mac and PC
Minimal system requirements:
  • Intel or AMD with SSE2 support, 2 cores and 4 threads, 2.4 GHz
Preamp section:
  • Full, official modeling of AMT Electronics 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
Cabinet IRs provided by (in alphabetical order): 
  • George Constantine Kratsas - (Mercuriall Audio artist)
  • Leon Todd - (Mercuriall Audio artist)
  • Morton Studio (Mercuriall Audio endorser)
  • NC-REC
  • NRQ’s Studio
  • OwnHammer
  • Sound Way Records
  • TA Production
Additional settings:
  • Tuner
  • Quality (oversampling): no, x2, x4, x8
  • Sample rate: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96
  • Stereo/Mono processing
  • In/Out level indicators and adjustment controls


<![CDATA[Antelope Audio Premieres World's First Bus-Powered Modeling Mic And Gen 3 Interfaces]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/antelope-audio-premieres-worlds-first-bus-powered-modeling-mic-and-gen-3-interfaces Fri, 8 Feb 2019 16:11:12 GMT


Antelope Audio premieres pro audio industry-leading products with world’s first bus-powered modeling mic and Gen 3 interfaces


SANTA MONICA, CA, USA: 2019 sees trailblazing pro audio manufacturer Antelope Audio firing on all cylinders with the worldwide premiere of three one-of-a-kind, industry-leading products — Edge Go, the world’s first bus-powered modeling microphone (enabling a complete studio experience with circuit-level mic and gear emulations onboard Antelope Audio’s real-time FPGA FX platform), alongside the cutting-edge Orion32+ | Gen 3 and Orion32 HD | Gen 3 flagship audio interfaces (offering unparalleled connectivity and unmatched conversion quality at expectations-defying prices) — at the 2019 NAMM Show in Southern California, January 24-27.


Professional engineers tend to dismiss USB microphones as cheap, unimpressive products for beginners — and in many cases, they have a point. But what if it was possible to have the full, non-compromised fidelity of the Edge Duo multi-pattern large-diaphragm condenser mic (powered by a console-grade mic preamp, high- end AD converter, and signature Antelope Audio FPGA FX processing) packed into a premium bus-powered mic?


Meet the Edge Family of modeling microphones's newest member! Edge Go is so much more than just another USB microphone —- it’s a complete recording studio experience housed in a mic! Connected via USB-C and equipped with a 3.5mm headphone jack for real-time monitoring, Edge Go achieves an entire processed vocal chain at the hardware level — and all in real-time. With a variety of high-end condenser mic models and a special selection of lifelike vintage compressor and EQ effects, plus built-in de-essing, gating/expansion, tape saturation, and reverb all controlled by an intuitive PC/Mac app, getting fully-finished recordings on the go has never been simpler. Saying that, a collection of channel strip presets, crafted by industry pros, makes it even easier to quickly achieve a sound that’s ready for radio, podcast, Twitch stream, or album. And it all comes straight off the Edge Go, with practically imperceptible latency.


Edge Go Features:

  • Studio-grade large-diaphragm condenser microphone •

  • Bus-powered over USB-C (USB Type-A compatible) •

  • Accurately models the world’s finest studio condenser microphones •

  • Switchable polar patterns (cardioid, figure 8, omni, and everything in between) •

  • Latency-free monitoring and recording with onboard effects processing •


High-end A/D conversion (24-bit / 192kHz) Full frequency response: 20Hz - 20kHz 3.5mm headphone jack for monitoring Easy and intuitive software control panel Presets by top studio professionals


The Orion32+ | Gen 3 brings the same incredible connectivity, flexibility, and channel counts to the production table that the original Orion32+ made its notable name with. But there’s even more to it now — elevated operating levels (+24dBu max), upgraded AD/DA conversion, ultra-fast and stable custom ThunderboltTM driver for Windows, and a major facelift. Just like its predecessor, the Orion32+ | Gen 3 stands ready to take over studios and live shows internationally. It will be available at an even more accessible starting price with a selection of real-time, FPGA-powered effects from the astronomical Antelope Audio collection.


Orion32+ | Gen 3 Features:

  • Cutting-edge AD/DA converters with up to 129dB dynamic range

  • FPGA-powered real-time FX models of iconic studio gear

  • Compatible with AFX2DAW software bridge

  • Ultra-fast and stable proprietary ThunderboltTM driver for Windows

  • Sub-millisecond latency at 96-192kHz / 32-64 samples

  • 64 channels of 24-bit, 192 kHz audio via ThunderboltTM

  • 32 channels of 24-bit, 192 kHz audio via USB

  • MADI, ADAT, S/PDIF, 8x DB25 digital connectivity

• Next-generation 64-bit clocking and jitter management
• 10 MHz input enables connection to 10M and 10MX atomic clocks
• Word Clock outputs for use as master clock
• Networking control from multiple computers
• Flexible routing, mixing, and effects chaining via macOS and Windows app • Freely movable and resizable control panels for multi-screen workflows
• Facelift for 2019 —- gorgeous Carbon Grey faceplate


The original Orion32 HD set a new price/performance standard for HDX-compatible I/O. Industry-leading conversion and exceptional connectivity for the price ensure expectations are redefined once again with the Orion32 HD | Gen 3. Indeed, it includes all the power of the original, now upgraded with Antelope Audio’s flagship- level AD/DA conversion. In fact, its MONITOR output pair has been measured at a phenomenal 136dB dynamic range — an industry-leading specification! With cutting-edge conversion, a refreshed design, and a wide range of real-time, FPGA-powered effects, the Orion32 HD | Gen 3 will make productions and live shows shine like nothing else on the market when it starts shipping.


Orion32 HD | Gen 3 Features:

  • Pro Tools HD- and Native-compatible 64x64 AD/DA converter

  • Industry-leading AD/DA conversion with up to 136dB dynamic range

  • 38 FPGA-powered real-time FX models of iconic studio gear

  • Streaming of 24-bit, 192 kHz audio via HDX or USB 3.0

  • Next-generation 64-bit clocking and jitter management

  • 10 MHz input enables connection to 10M and 10MX atomic clocks

  • Word Clock outputs for use as master clock

• Additional connectivity on MADI, ADAT, S/PDIF, 8x DB25 • Mastering-grade monitor outputs
• Housed in efficient ‘green design’ fan-less chassis
• Networking control from multiple computers

• Flexible routing, mixing, and effects chaining via macOS and Windows app • Freely movable and resizable control panels for multi-screen workflows
• Facelift for 2019 — beautiful Black faceplate





About Antelope Audio (www.antelopeaudio.com)

Antelope Audio is a leading manufacturer of high-end professional audio equipment. Founded in 2004 and reinventing the industry with its flawless master clock technologies and versatile multi-channel interface solutions, the company has been steadily expanding its portfolio over the years under the guidance of visionary engineer and CEO Igor Levin. Antelope Audio’s products offer the best of both analog and digital technologies. Among its most recent innovations are compact interfaces with discrete mic pres, FPGA-based FX plug-ins for all DAWs, and next-generation modeling microphones. These are distributed through Antelope Audio offices in Europe, the Americas, and Asia, and highly acclaimed by users all over the world.The company’s customers include GRAMMY® award-winning sound engineers, top-tier producers, world-class artists, and some of the most renowned, recording, mastering, and post-production facilities around the globe.

© 2019 Antelope Audio



<![CDATA[New Purple Moon Fuzz n' Vibe From Carl Martin]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/new-purple-moon-fuzz-n-vibe-from-carl-martin Thu, 7 Feb 2019 17:11:01 GMT


New Product Release From Carl Martin



Next product release in our series of new fresh anodized two note pedals designed for a smaller pedal board footprint, is the Carl Martin Purple Moon.


Carl regularly spends some of his spare time listening to his old records from the 60’s and 70’s.  More often than not, he will find a record or artist that will inspire him to create a new pedal. Sometimes it takes 2 or 3 records or artists to fully develop an idea!  Now, think back to Jimi Hendrix and the Band of Gypsies, Robin Trower’s  Bridge of Sighs, or almost anything by David Gilmour, and then open your creative mind to the Purple Moon!  It has taken a couple years on the bench for Carl to be satisfied because it has been developed with very creative guitarists in mind.  The Purple Moon is the only True Bypass, all analog, Vibe with Fuzz, and it is your ticket to recreating the same classic guitar sounds  that inspired Carl. Like the rest of the pedals in the Vintage Series, the Purple Moon features a die-cast case with it’s own special colour, mini knobs for ease of use, high quality switching, bright visible LED’s (we recommend using a quality regulated power supply for maximum response).





US MAP: USD 169,90





<![CDATA[Acustica Magenta 5]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/acustica-magenta-5 Thu, 7 Feb 2019 17:03:49 GMT


Magenta 5 is here, and it has been fully updated to our latest CORE13 engine


  • Existing Magenta 4 customers can now update to Magenta 5 for FREE


Don't own Magenta yet?


  • save an extra 20% OFF and get it now for as low as €144 (reg. €199) using coupon code:




Please read terms and conditions below*



This is a limited coupon valid for the first 1000 purchases only. It expires February 10, 2019 at 11:59pm Italian time. In order to use a coupon you need to be logged in to your account first and then apply the coupon at checkout, before finalising the payment.

Please note that promotions and coupons are NOT retroactive. Acustica reserves the right to terminate this promotion at any moment and without notice.


Although Acustica Audio strives to provide accurate product and pricing information, unintentional pricing or typographical errors may occur. Prices are shown in EUR and include local VAT for UE citizens following UE MOSS regulations. Acustica reserves the right to correct, change or update information such as pricing, availability and product descriptions, at any time without previous notice. All promotions, including Black Friday and Cyber Monday are valid for a limited time only and are not retroactive. Discount Coupons and personal codes are not applicable to product bundles, collections, and are not valid for educational purposes. All digital sales are final and no sale shall be invalidated. All purchased products are downloadable via our download manager Aquarius, which can be obtained by registering an account on the Acustica Audio website and downloading the application on your computer.



<![CDATA[SampleScience Announces The Release Of Pine Forest Drums]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/samplescience-announces-the-release-of-pine-forest-drums Thu, 7 Feb 2019 16:39:52 GMT


SampleScience announces the release of Pine Forest Drums, a percussive plugin inspired by the sonic universe of Boards of Canada.




Pine Forest Drums is a percussion and sound fx sound module inspired by the sonic universe of Boards of Canada. From vintage drum kits to found sounds, tabla to voice cuts, the variety of sounds found in Pine Forest Drums is big compared to the usual drum module.


Available as a VST/VST3 plugin instrument for Windows and VST/VST3/AU plugin instrument for macOS, Pine Forest Drums contains 38 "drum kits". Each kit has been tailored with 70s education documentaries, the esoteric culture of the 60s and the National Film Board of Canada in mind.




  • 38 percussion kits each containing 10 sounds
  • 380 original samples
  • Vinyl crackles sound layer with ADSR
  • Tape and films sound layers with ADSR
  • Sub
  • Detuner with depth and rate controls
  • 10 drum pads
  • Level, pan, attack, outputs and decay controls for each sound
  • Amp range controls


Price: 30$ (USD)


Audio demo: https://soundcloud.com/samplesciencemtl/pine-forest-drums-audio-demo


Product page: https://www.samplescience.ca/2019/02/pine-forest-drums.html



<![CDATA[PMC Launches New Generation Of IB2S Active Studio Monitors]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/pmc-launches-new-generation-of-ib2s-active-studio-monitors Thu, 7 Feb 2019 09:39:31 GMT


PMC Launches New Generation of IB2S Active Studio Monitors


The IB2S-AII and the IB2S XBD-AII systems bring even more power, detail and flexibility to this prodigious monitor range.


Biggleswade, UK: February 7th 2019: More power, more detail and more flexibility are the attributes the most discerning music makers get when they invest in PMC’s new IB2S-AII and twin cabinet IB2S XBD-AII reference monitors.


This new generation of PMC’s prodigious IB2S active range is aimed at professional users working in stereo and surround formats who require true high-end monitoring - with both analogue and digital inputs - for reference and mastering applications.


Unlike previous iterations, the IB2S-AII and IB2S XBD-AII feature a pair of 3U rack mounted electronics per channel that contain cutting edge DSP-controlled Class-D amplification delivering 2025W for the single cabinet IB2S-AII and 3225W for the IB2S XBD-AII twin cabinet version. This increase in power lowers distortion and benefits the monitors with greater bass definition, attack and extended headroom.  Housing the electronics off-board means that usability is significantly increased, especially when soffit mounting. Once installed there is no need to access their rear panels as all control of the monitor can be made via the RJ45 connect table-top remote.


The three-way IB2S-AII master cabinet can be purchased as a speaker in its own right, or together with the single-driver XBD bass cabinet to form the IB2S XBD-AII system. Both systems feature PMC’s hand-built preparatory drivers – a 10-inch carbon-fibre/Nomex™ piston, a 75mm fabric dome mid, and a 34mm soft-dome tweeter in each cabinet. Both systems feature proprietary ATL™ (Advanced Transmission Line) bass-loading technology for that signature precision bass at all levels.


Both systems also feature user-adjustable HF and LF shelving filters, ±8dB input level trim, and an AES3 digital input, as standard. The input sensitivity of the balanced analogue inputs can also be adjusted from +4dB to +16dB, all of which can be accessed via an RJ45 connected remote


For customers with larger rooms, the IB2S XBD-AII is the perfect solutions as the single-driver XBD bass cabinet incorporated into this system adds +3dB of LF headroom to deliver phenomenal resolution and an exceptionally smooth response down to 20Hz. The two cabinets can be mounted  in a vertical or side-by-side format, again increasing their flexibility.


The IB2S-AII and IB2S XBD-AII will ship from March 2019. For more information, please visit  www.pmc‑speakers.com.




About PMC

PMC is a UK-based, world-leading manufacturer of loudspeaker systems, the tools of choice in all ultra-critical professional monitoring applications, and also for the discerning audiophile at home, where they provide a transparent window into the recording artist's original intentions. PMC products use the best available materials and design principles, including the company's proprietary Advanced Transmission Line (ATL™) bass-loading technology, cutting-edge amplification and advanced DSP techniques to create loudspeakers that present sound and music exactly as it was when first created, with the highest possible resolution, and without coloration or distortion. For more information on our clients and products, see  www.pmc-speakers.com.



Tel:  +44 (0)1767 686300




<![CDATA[New TASCAM MX-8A Matrix Mixer Perfect For Multi-Zone Installs]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/new-tascam-mx-8a-matrix-mixer-perfect-for-multi-zone-installs Wed, 6 Feb 2019 16:16:23 GMT


New TASCAM MX-8A Matrix Mixer Perfect for 
Multi-zone Installs
Santa Fe Springs, CA-February 2019... With eight mic/line inputs, eight line outputs, integrated DSP for audio optimization, and a built-in, 2x2 audio interface, TASCAM's new MX-8A matrix mixer is excellent choice for small to medium-sized installs in applications such as stores, restaurants, and banquet rooms. Combine up to ten sources (eight mic/line input channels and two USB audio interface returns) and create up to eight discrete mixes to serve up to eight different zones plus the two-channel USB audio interface output. All analog mic/line inputs and line outputs are on rear panel Euroblock connectors.
Each mic and line input offers level control, compression, four-band EQ (includingtwo-band parametric EQ, highpass/low shelving filter, lowpass/high shelving filter), polarity inversion, and muting. Each line-level output has ten-band EQ (including eight-band parametric EQ, highpass/low shelving filter, lowpass/high shelving filter), delay, limiting, and muting. You also get auto level ducking for making announcements over ambient music and an ambient noise compensator that detects input source level and automatically configures the level of the selected output zone.
The MX-8A employs TASCAM's famed studio-quality mic preamps, with an input range of -70 to +26 dBu, EIN less than -126 dB, and signal-to-noise ratio of more than 108 dB. All mic inputs have individually switchable +48V phantom power.
A built-in two-in, two-out USB audio interface enables flexible recording to a variety of macOS, Windows, Android, and iOS recording software. (Conversion cable required for tablets and smartphones.) Effects parameters, mix levels, input/output routings, and more can be saved in one of 50 different preset locations. A future update will include a timer event function with SNTP client that can combine with the scene preset function to automatically switch different scenes at a specified time.
In addition to supporting remote control via Ethernet, the MX-8A is equipped with an RS-232C connector to support serial remote-control systems. An RS-485 connector will enable control from a dedicated wall-mount remote control (available soon).
The MX-8A can be controlled with either of two software applications. Free TASCAM MX CONNECT software for macOS, Windows, Android, and iOS provides system integrators/managers with in-depth control of the mixer, including input/output configuration, matrix mixing, output routing, and signal processing. TASCAM MX CONNECT's input/output status monitoring and efficient configuration changes are especially valuable in event spaces where switching routing and changing audio levels are daily tasks. A device running TASCAM MX CONNECT can interface with the MX-8A using a shared wireless network or a direct LAN cable connection. Multiple MX-8A mixers can be simultaneously controlled on the same network.
End users can enjoy quick, easy control of a variety of MX-8A settings using TASCAM EZ CONNECT software for macOS, Windows, Android, and iOS. Manage essential functions including volume, input source, and mute, all via TASCAM EZ CONNECT.
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[Pro Sound Effects Releases Ann's Animals Sound Library]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/pro-sound-effects-releases-anns-animals-sound-library Wed, 6 Feb 2019 13:34:35 GMT
Pro Sound Effects Releases
Ann's Animals Sound Library
Unique and expressive animal recordings
from film sound legend Ann Kroeber
Brooklyn, NY (February 6, 2019): Pro Sound Effects®, the next level sound effects library company, has released Ann’s Animals – the fifth exclusive library from their partnership with renowned recordist and film sound pioneer, Ann Kroeber. Ann’s Animals features a unique variety of animal sounds and vocalizations including common, wild, and exotic creatures ranging from pigs to capuchin monkeys, tigers, caribou and more.
Animal recordings play a significant role in Kroeber’s sonic legacy, and she is widely celebrated for her natural approach and incredibly expressive results. After decades of experience and material collected from projects with major directors like David Lynch, Carroll Ballard, and Peter Weir, Kroeber created Sound Mountain – an acclaimed, extensive sound effects collection which continues to provide sound for many award-winning films and games.
The Ann’s Animals library features more than 100 thoughtful, powerful animal sound effects that were captured by Kroeber while working on feature films. Her sense of presence with the animals and finely tuned listening shines through in these sounds – from the gentle, subtle breaths and purrs of a cheetah to a sprawling chorus of jungle frogs.
“This collection of animals is so close to my heart,” says Ann Kroeber. “I'm delighted to put these sounds out and share them with the world. I think there's something special about this library that makes it so useful because of the way that the critters truly express themselves.”
  • 115 sound effects (1.72GB)
  • 24-bit/48kHz broadcast .wav files
  • Descriptive embedded metadata
  • 100% Royalty-Free
The Ann’s Animals sound effects library is available now at $149 for a one-user lifetime license. A free sampler including two WAV files selected from the library is available for immediate download at prosoundeffects.com/anns-animals.
Pro Sound Effects® develops the most useful sound effects libraries for next level media production. Audio professionals in post, games, film and television rely on PSE libraries to fuel creativity, finish projects faster, and produce better sound. PSE libraries span the sonic spectrum, are continually updated and accessible 24/7 online, on drive, and from any computer. Based in Brooklyn since 2004, PSE continues to push the industry forward with the Hybrid Sound Effects Library™, Freelancer Program, flexible multi-user licensing and client-driven library development.
<![CDATA[Spitfire Audio Releases London Contemporary Orchestra Textures]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/spitfire-audio-releases-london-contemporary-orchestra-textures Wed, 6 Feb 2019 11:06:28 GMT


Spitfire Audio accesses awe-inspiring aircraft hangar to enable evolving organic textures with the LCO like no other


LONDON, UK: Spitfire Audio is proud to announce availability of LONDON CONTEMPORARY ORCHESTRA TEXTURES — accessing an awe-inspiring aircraft hangar for facilitating a recording process like no other on its second collaborative venture with the internationally-acclaimed London Contemporary Orchestra (LCO), served up as a sophisticated collection of constantly-evolving organic textures to truly expand anyone’s sound palette — as of January 24...


Following in the hard-to-follow footsteps of the critically-acclaimed and continually commercial LONDON CONTEMPORARY ORCHESTRA STRINGS, Spitfire Audio’s next collaborative venture with the LCO — one of the UK’s most innovative and respected ensembles, promoting the best new music and cross-arts collaborations to an ever-widening audience — had to be something even more extraordinary. End-game? An ambition to collectively create something that no one in the sampling world had done before. But surely that’s easier said than done? Perhaps.


Partly inspired by the LCO’s work with Brit alt-rockers Radiohead’s frontman Thom Yorke on his music for Italian director Luca Guadagnino’s 2018 remake of fellow Italian director Dario Argento’s assertive horror masterpiece Suspiria, ‘Spitfire & Co.’ took familiar, pre-existing organic instruments and combined them in unique ways to create indefinable, expressive, and modern sounds and textures — much like an artist using an array of disparate colours to create a new, multi-tonal palette, marrying together the LCO’s world-class performers and 10 years’ worth of experience in the contemporary classical music and film world with Spitfire Audio’s superlative sampling expertise and experimental Evo Grid technology. Think breakthrough British EMS VCS3, which made musical history upon its introduction in 1969 by being the first commercially portable synthesiser available anywhere in the world, thanks to its innovative modular matrix-based patchboard dispensing with the telephone exchange-like cabling of other (much larger) modular systems in favour of making space-saving connections with (removable) coloured pins; part of the genius of today's LONDON CONTEMPORARY ORCHESTRA TEXTURES sample-based virtual instrument library lies in its inspired interface it shares with other Spitfire Audio products. Positioning ‘pins’ via an onscreen 10 x 32 grid arrangement allows access to recordings across 12 intervals — in this instance, instantly select which Evo (evolution) sits on each of those 12 key ranges, or generate randomised evolutions.


Enjoying instant gratification with those engaging and inspiring long articulations that change sometimes subtly and sometimes radically over time before looping — organised in a VCS3 grid-like fashion with (almost) infinite possibilities and giving unexpected results — is a given. Get this, though. Those evolutions have become widely adopted amongst the composer community as the most effective means of easily writing music that is able to subtly change over time without variation in melodic content. Creatively speaking, those textures — this time even highlighted in the titling of the LONDON CONTEMPORARY ORCHESTRA TEXTURES library itself — can then be developed, processed, and shaped further, offering a rich range of possibilities.


Put it this way: what really separates LONDON CONTEMPORARY ORCHESTRA TEXTURES from what has gone before it is the unlikely location chosen to record its namesake source material. Musically speaking, achieving a stunning, spacious sound involved finding a uniquely vast performance space, which led the LONDON CONTEMPORARY ORCHESTRA TEXTURES team to Old Jet, a decommissioned aircraft hangar in Suffolk, England. Originally built to test American fighter planes, its soundproof qualities and a remarkable 10-second reverb tail made it the perfect setting from within which to blend and bring to life the multifaceted, otherworldly textures to which the resultant release owes its notable name.


Needless to say, Spitfire Audio’s Harry Wilson worked in close collaboration with the LCO during every step of the way, with much attention to detail required when recording in such an extraordinary live space since even the smallest sound could crucially disturb a carefully crafted take in what was meant to be a controlled environment. Enter LCO Co-Principal Conductor and Artistic Director Hugh Brunt with a thoughtful take on Old Jet’s inspirational influence on the productive proceedings therein: “You don’t have to create too much sound to agitate the air — what you receive back from the room is an incredible richness of overtones and warmth of sound. We discovered sounds that you couldn’t create without that space and orchestration — for example, a harpist bowing in an attacked way gives you a lot of high end which normally dies away quickly, so we added viola and cello harmonic sul pont to lengthen that attack and pick up the overtones, while the room strengthened its resonance.”


Recording reality dictated that the LCO’s process of workshopping welcomed creative input from each of its world-class performers added character and colour to each note carefully captured for LONDON CONTEMPORARY ORCHESTRA TEXTURES, as attested to by fellow LCO Co-Principal Conductor and Artistic Director Robert Ames. “We were in a position where we could be completely experimental; in that space, certain notes and articulations would ring in a certain way, so we played off that and changed things accordingly,” he notes, before adding: “Writing for a long reverb is a really fascinating thing to do. Trying to predict how the space is going to feed back into the notes you’ve written for is a really interesting thing. To have an orchestra to play with when curating these sounds... it’s like the ultimate synthesiser!”


So, from conception to recording, the process was clearly curated and orchestrated in intricate detail. In selecting the instrumentation for each group of textures, the LONDON CONTEMPORARY ORCHESTRA TEXTURES team collectively focused on the idea that every musical sound can be broken down into three distinct areas — namely, the hit at the front, the sustain in the middle, and the decay or release at the end — and then chose a select instrument or ensemble to inhabit each of those areas, blended together and lengthened by the resonance of the vast space involved. Indeed, all concerned managed to retain the intimacy and expression of each sound by keeping the ensemble small and only recording up to five musicians at a time. Those combinations of instruments were subsequently split into four groups — Ethereal, Mercurial, Quantum, and Astral — appropriately named in keeping with the soundscapes evoked by each bespoke combination. All are distinct in orchestration, techniques, and evolutionary style, but are also designed to compliment each other when layered together. This experimental approach allowed Spitfire Audio to take the resultant sounds to a completely new space, using unconventional techniques, such as introducing vibrating foreign objects to the instruments; experimenting with quarter tone variants, adding fifths and extra octaves; introducing a variety of bowed textures — bowed harp, bowed marimba, bow hairs threaded through piano strings; and singers using different parts of their voices to create raspy tones.


The recording expertise and acclaimed Evo Grid technology attributed to Spitfire Audio adds extra dimensions to each sample, so LONDON CONTEMPORARY ORCHESTRA TEXTURES users ultimately are offered a distinctive, ever-changing kaleidoscope of progressive techniques with instant playability. Performers can choose between a range of mic positions for extra control — Close, Tree, Ambient, and Outrigger; add plate reverb; or stretch the samples on each individual texture to taste. The Close mics yield much closer attention to detail, while still giving a sense of the expanse and warmth of the supersonic-sounding space within Old Jet! Jesting apart, every sound has been mixed by renowned engineer Joe Rubel (who has worked with the likes of Brit singer-songwriter extraordinaire Ed Sheeran), with an option to choose his definitive mix.


Musical mission accomplished, Robert Ames appropriately signs off by airing his hopes and dreams for the dream library latest that is LONDON CONTEMPORARY ORCHESTRA TEXTURES: “My hope for composers is that they get a taste of what it’s like to be with the LCO in the studio — a snapshot of the kind of creativity that happens between composers, orchestrators, and musicians, distilled into a library.” A library like no other, no less. Literally through the power of sampling, Spitfire Audio again succeeds in creating new instruments that could not be recreated outside a sampler — making the impossible possible!


LONDON CONTEMPORARY ORCHESTRA TEXTURES can be purchased and digitally downloaded for a time-limited introductory promo price of £169.00 GBP (inc. VAT)/ $199.00 USD/€199.00 EUR (inc. VAT) until February 7, 2019 — rising thereafter to an RRP of £249.00 GBP (inc. VAT)/$299.00 USD/€299.00 EUR (inc. VAT) — from here: https://www.spitfireaudio.com/shop/a-z/london-contemporary-orchestra-textures/


For more in-depth information, including superb-sounding audio demos from the usual suspects at Spitfire Audio alongside a number of special guest compositions from fellow LCO co-principal conductors and Artistic Directors Robert Ames and Hugh Brunt, please visit the dedicated LONDON CONTEMPORARY ORCHESTRA TEXTURES webpage here: https://www.spitfireaudio.com/shop/a-z/london-contemporary-orchestra-textures/


Watch Spitfire Audio Director Paul Thomson’s ‘traditional’ video walkthrough of LONDON CONTEMPORARY ORCHESTRA TEXTURES here: https://youtu.be/SgRpCf8ylwI


Watch lead Spitfire Audio composer Oliver Patrice Weder’s ‘In Action’ video for LONDON CONTEMPORARY ORCHESTRA TEXTURES here: https://youtu.be/ePbSrTaFXbw


LONDON CONTEMPORARY ORCHESTRA TEXTURES needs Native Instruments’ free KONTAKT PLAYER (5.6.8 or higher) — included in the purchase — to run as a fully NKS (NATIVE KONTROL STANDARD®) supporting plug-in instrument for Mac (OS X 10.10 or later) or Windows (7, 8, or 10 — latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit), while Spitfire Audio’s free Download Manager application allows anyone to buy now and download anytime.


Watch Spitfire Audio’s awe-inspiring aircraft hanger-hosted trailer video for LONDON CONTEMPORARY ORCHESTRA TEXTURES here: https://youtu.be/s1YPuJUQjl4




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.


© 2019 Spitfire Audio Holdings Limited



<![CDATA[Auralex® Acoustics Offers New Fabric Color Options For Its SonoLite™ Acoustical Panels]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/auralex-acoustics-offers-new-fabric-color-options-for-its-sonolite-acoustical-panels Tue, 5 Feb 2019 14:40:31 GMT


Auralex® Acoustics Offers New Fabric Color Options for Its SonoLite™ Acoustical Panels
Indianapolis, IN, February 5, 2019 – Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the world’s leading brand of acoustical treatments, is pleased to announce 10 new fabric color options for it’s SonoLite™ acoustical panels, based on customer suggestions and consultation with numerous interior designers. The new attractive velour fabric color options are Beige, Black, Burgundy, Grey, Oyster, Royal, Wedgewood, Wine, Purple and Tan.  
Auralex SonoLite panels offer great absorption performance in a lightweight and slim 1-inch profile. At the core of each panel is our high performance Studiofoam® Pro, allowing the SonoLite wall panel to achieve an NRC rating of 0.80. SonoLite panels are designed to mount to flat walls and ceilings and for added low frequency control and SonoLite Bass Traps designed to mount in the corners of a room. The new fabric colors are also now available for the SonoLite SonoKits acoustical treatment systems as well as the SonoLite Cloud Panel System.  
For more information, please visit www.auralex.com/.
The new fabric options for Auralex® SonoLite™ acoustical panels
About Auralex® Acoustics, Inc.
Located in Indianapolis, Auralex® Acoustics was founded in 1977 with a mission to provide top-performing acoustical treatment products at the best possible value. Since then, thousands of satisfied Auralex customers have experienced improved acoustics, expert advice and exceptional customer service. Auralex products enjoy widespread use among prominent artists, producers, engineers, corporations, celebrities and government agencies worldwide.  
Auralex Acoustics has become the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions and continues to enjoy rapid growth through an international network of authorized dealers. Visit the Auralex Web site at www.auralex.com. Auralex can be reached via email at auralexinfo@auralex.com or by calling 1-800-959-3343.



<![CDATA[Akai Professional® Announces 3.0.1 Firmware Update For Force]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/akai-professional-announces-3.0.1-firmware-update-for-force Tue, 5 Feb 2019 09:27:01 GMT


Akai Professional® Announces 3.0.1 Firmware Update for Force


Update introduces new Launch/Note Mode, side-chain compression (the Mother Ducker), updated recording preferences and improved auditioning of samples/loops.



Cumberland, RI USA (February 5, 2019) — Hot off the heels of Force’s public debut at NAMM 2019, Akai Professional, a leading manufacturer of music equipment for performers and producers, today announced the release of a 3.0.1 update that introduces a number of new features and workflow refinements to this ground-breaking live performance and music production device.


Force arms musicians, DJs and producers with all essential functionality for the modern clip- based workflow including clip launching, step sequencing, sampling, synths and a 7-inch multi-touch display. Force is designed for the user who wants a standalone product with the latest in modern workflow techniques, free from being connected to the computer. Building on Force’s already-impressive capabilities, the 3.0.1 update introduces a highly innovative Launch/Note mode – now users can simultaneously harness the creative power of Force’s Note mode while launching clips on a split, single pad layout. Also included in 3.0.1 is the inclusion of the Mother Ducker and Mother Ducker input effects plugins - recently added to the MPC platform in version 2.4, this pair of processors allows users to create side-chain effects effortlessly via inserts within Force’s mixer window.


3.0.1 also includes a number of workflow refinements including

  • -  Updated recording preferences allowing users to use fixed length clip recoding

  • -  Improved auditioning of sample and loops within Force’s browser – now, files with

    embedded tempo information will audition in sync with Force’s master BPM

  • -  Drum program enhancements –users can mute or solo pads in a drum program

    using Force’s hardware control surface

  • -  Force can now load FLAC and OGG files

  • -  The AIR dynamics plugins Compressor, Channel Strip, Maximizer, Transient and

    Noise Gate now have metering to clearly indicate the input/output levels and the amount of gain reduction applied.

    Force Highlights

  • -  Standalone - no computer required

  • -  8x8 clip launch matrix with RGB LEDs

  • -  7” color capacitive multitouch display

  • -  Mic/Instrument/Line inputs, 4 outputs

  • -  MIDI In/Out/Thru via 1/8” TRS inputs (5-pin DIN adapters included)

  • -  (4) configurable CV/Gate outputs to integrate your modular setup

  • -  (8) touch-sensitive knobs with graphical OLED displays

  • -  Time stretch/pitch shift in real time

  • -  Comprehensive set of AIR effects and Hype, TubeSynth, Bassline and Electric synth


  • -  Ability to record 8 stereo tracks

  • -  16GB of on-board storage (over 10GB of sound content included)

  • -  2GB of RAM

  • -  Full-Size SD card slot

  • -  User-expandable 2.5” SATA drive connector (SATA or HDD)

  • -  (2) USB 3.0 slots for thumb drives or MIDI controllers


“At launch, Force immediately garnered unprecedented critical acclaim as a standalone device that offers all conveniences the modern clip-based workflow demands without the need for a computer,” said Dan Gill, Akai Professional Product Manager. “3.0.1 signals our commitment to continually refine the platform, offering new devices and workflow enhancements that cement Force as the undisputed standalone creative powerhouse and an immersive natural extension of user’s creativity.”


3.0.1 will be available as a free update early February 2019. For further information on 3.0.1, visit akaipro.com/force.


Force will be available internationally in February 2019. U.S. retail will be $1499.00.
For more information, visit akaipro.com




About Akai Professional

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



<![CDATA[Audio-Technica Introduces ES954 Hanging Microphone Array]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/audio-technica-introduces-es954-hanging-microphone-array Mon, 4 Feb 2019 19:24:24 GMT


Audio-Technica Introduces ES954 Hanging Microphone Array
— New hanging mic array is ideal for conference rooms and other meeting spaces —
STOW, OH, February 4, 2019 Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, introduces the ES954 Hanging Microphone Array, an ideal, cost-effective solution for huddle rooms, conference rooms and other meeting spaces. When controlled by the Audio-Technica ATDM-0604 Digital SmartMixer®, the four-capsule microphone array provides 360-degree coverage through virtual hypercardioid or cardioid outputs that can be steered horizontally and tilted vertically.  
Intended primarily for videoconferencing applications, the ES954 may be used singly or in multiples to capture every person speaking in a room, with the total number of channels restricted only by the capacity of the mixer or DSP device controlling the system. When using the ATDM-0604 Digital SmartMixer the intuitive graphic interface enables control of the width and orientation of each virtual polar pattern, which may be steered in 30-degree increments, with a tilt function accommodating differing ceiling heights or users that are sitting/standing.  
The ES954 Hanging Microphone Array features a permanently attached 1.2-meter (4-foot) cable with locking grommet enabling easy microphone height adjustment. UniGuard® RFI-shielding technology offers outstanding rejection of radio frequency interference (RFI). The package includes a Plenum-rated AT8554 Ceiling Mount with RJ45 connectors and push-type wire terminals for simple, secure installation. The ES954 connects to the mixer over a pair of shielded standard Cat 5 cables. Two RJ45 breakout cables are provided to input the four channels, plus an LED conductor, into the mixer. An integral, logic-controlled 360-degree red/green LED ring provides clear indication of the array’s mute status.  
A simple setup might include a single ES954 over the center of a conference table configured from the mixer to provide coverage via four identical quadrants. Used in conjunction with a gate on each microphone channel, the system could be configured to automatically follow anyone talking while moving around the space.  
Alternative seating arrangements in the room can be accommodated by re-orienting each of the four microphone patterns in the mixer’s software. Different seating configurations and associated coverage patterns can be saved as presets in the mixer for quick recall. In larger rooms, multiple ES954 microphone arrays could be installed — for instance, one at each end of a long conference table — and the polar patterns of the multiple microphone arrays steered and widened or narrowed accordingly.   
ES954 Features:
  • Quad-capsule steerable microphone array designed for use with the ATDM-0604 Digital SmartMixer® and other compatible mixers
  • When controlled by the ATDM-0604, provides 360° coverage of virtual hypercardioid or cardioid outputs that can be steered in 30° increments to clearly capture every person speaking in a room
  • Mixer-controlled tilt function provides a vertical steering option to accommodate ceilings of different heights or users that are sitting/standing.
  • Includes Plenum-rated AT8554 Ceiling Mount with RJ45 connectors and push-type wire terminals for simple, secure installation
  • Integral, logic-controlled 360-degree red/green LED ring provides clear indication of mute status
  • High-output design with low self-noise delivers strong, natural-sounding vocal reproduction
  • Low-reflective white finish matches ceiling tiles in most environments
  • Includes two 46 cm (18") breakout cables: RJ45 (female) to three 3-pin Phoenix (female); RJ45 (female) to 3-pin Phoenix (female) and unterminated LED conductors
  • Permanently attached 1.2 m (4') cable with locking grommet enables easy microphone height adjustment
  • Included seismic cable secures the AT8554 Ceiling Mount to a drop ceiling grid
  • UniGuard® RFI-shielding technology offers outstanding rejection of radio frequency interference (RFI)
  • Requires 11V to 52V DC phantom power  
ES954 Specifications:
  • Elements: Fixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser
  • Polar pattern: Omnidirectional (O)/Figure-of-eight (L/R/Z)
  • Frequency response 20 to 16,000 Hz
  • Open circuit sensitivity O/L/R: -36 dB (15.85mV) (0 dB=1V/Pa,1 kHz); Z: -38.5 dB (11.9 mV) (0 dB=1 V/Pa,1 kHz)
  • Impedance 100 ohms
  • Maximum input sound level O/L/R: 132.5 dB SPL (1 kHz at 1% THD); Z: 135 dB SPL (1 kHz at 1% THD)
  • Signal-to-noise ratio O/L/R: 66.5 dB (1 kHz at 1 Pa, A-weighted); Z: 64 dB (1 kHz at 1 Pa, A-weighted)
  • Phantom power requirements: 11-52V DC, 23.2 mA
  • Weight Mic: 160 g (5.6 oz); Ceiling Mount (AT8554): 420 g (14.8 oz)
  • Dimensions Mic: Max. body dia.: 61.6 mm (2.43"); Height: 111.8 mm (4.40")
  • Ceiling Mount (AT8554): 36.6 mm H (1.44") × 106.0 mm (4.17") W × 106.0 mm (4.17") D
  • Output connector: Euroblock connector  
The ES954 Hanging Microphone Array is currently available. For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.
Audio-Technica ES954 Hanging Microphone Array
See more here:
  • Audio-Technica Promotional Video: “Always Listening to the Music That Moves Us”
  • Audio for Video Techniques Videos
  • Recording Techniques Videos
  • Drum Miking Techniques Videos
  • Additional News Releases
Celebrating over 50 years of audio excellence worldwide, Audio-Technica is a leading innovator in transducer technology, renowned for the design and manufacture of microphones, wireless microphones, headphones, mixers, and electronics for the audio industry. 
Web: www.audio-technica.com
<![CDATA[Celestion Releases The G12 EVH Impulse Responses – Now You Can Digitally Download The Eddie Van Halen Signature Speaker Tone ]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/celestion-releases-the-g12-evh-impulse-responses--now-you-can-digitally-download-the-eddie-van-halen-signature-speaker-tone Mon, 4 Feb 2019 17:31:31 GMT


Celestion Releases the G12 EVH Impulse Responses – Now You Can Digitally Download the Eddie Van Halen Signature Speaker Tone
New EVH IR Helps Recreate the Authentic Van Halen “Brown Sound” in the Digital Domain

Ipswich, UK (January 30, 2019) — Celestion, the premier manufacturer of guitar and bass loudspeakers with a celebrated history in creating the world’s renowned classic guitar tones, is pleased to introduce the new G12 EVH Impulse Response, as the latest addition to their acclaimed line of IRs, the definitive digital representations of the company’s classic guitar speaker tones. The G12 EVH was created for, and bears the initials of, one of the most influential rock guitarists of the last forty years – Eddie Van Halen. The new G12 EVH IRs, as well as the rest of the comprehensive family of Celestion IRs, are available for audition and download at CelestionPlus.

Eddie Van Halen has been an avid user of Celestion Greenbacks from the outset of his career. So, when it came time to select speakers for his 5150-III signature 4x12, Van Halen chose the 20-watt Heritage Series G12M as the most faithful and familiar reproduction of his Greenback tone. And with the inclusion of a custom black rear can with the red, white and black stripes, the Celestion G12EVH guitar speaker was born.
Celestion’s EVH speakers are a key element of the renowned 'brown sound’ associated with Van Halen’s early albums. The speaker is characterised by warm lows, a lush midrange and an expressive and refined treble. Drive hard for searing lead lines and an immensely satisfying rhythm and grind.
Countless guitarists have sought to reproduce the distinctive Van Halen sound over the years, and now their quest just got a whole lot easier, with the Celestion G12 EVH impulse responses, representing an authentic digital version of this classic speaker.
As with all Celestion IRs, five individual IR varieties of the new G12 EVH are available for download, which correspond to each of 5 separate types of cabinet, including: 1×12 (open back), 1×12 (closed back), 2×12 (open back), 2×12 (closed back) and 4×12 (closed back.) These can be purchased either separately, as an entire collection for a savings of over 50%, or as part of a Pick & Mix option. Celestion’s Pick & Mix option features IR combinations of either 3 or 5 cabinets from the company’s full range of IRs, offering customers flexibility and value pricing in building their personal IR library.
“Celestion are pleased to add the Eddie Van Halen signature speaker to our ever-growing family of versatile Impulse Responses,” says Nigel Wood, Celestion CEO. “Now customers can get closer to the legendary Van Halen sound at home or in the studio with the new Celestion G12 EVH IR, an authentic digital version of this signature speaker.”

The new G12 EVH IR joins the comprehensive range of professionally captured Celestion Impulse Responses which are available for purchase on Celestion Plus. Other models include the V-Type, G12T-75,  G12-50GL Lynchback, Classic Lead 80, Classic Gold, A-Type , Neo Creamback,  G12-H150 Redback,  G12M Greenback, G12M-65 Creamback,G12M-75 Creamback, G12H Anniversary, G12-65,  Cream, G12-35XC, Celestion Blue andVintage 30 models. Find out more at CelestionPlus.

About Celestion Impulse Responses
Celestion IRs, which capture the essential behavior of the cabinet in the specific space in which it was recorded, including the frequency and phase response of single drivers as well as the interaction of multiple speakers, offer the user significant benefits. In both recording and live production, Celestion IRs enable the desired tone to be precisely and consistently reproduced regardless of the music recording or live sound environment. And IR users can escape the limitations of a single mic and cabinet setup and explore a universe of possibilities to create the perfect tone. Once you find a tone that you love, it can be precisely recreated, in the studio or on the road, time after time. And the IRs allow Celestion customers to audition specific models before purchasing one or more physical speakers.
Celestion IR digital downloads are available in uncompressed, industry standard .WAV format at 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz and 96 kHz sample rates at 24 bit depth, in lengths of 200 and 500 milliseconds Once the files are downloaded and unzipped, users simply load the IRs into a convolution plug-in in their DAW or into other processing hardware. These formats will work in all known hardware capable of loading IRs, and for the most popular hardware Celestion have already grouped together the correct formats. Guitar processor manufacturers supported include Atomic Amps, Fractal Audio Systems, Kemper, Line 6, Logidy, Positive Grid, Two Notes, Headrush and Yamaha. The Celestion IR files may be downloaded in the sample rate and length appropriate for the hardware being used or as a complete package of all rates and lengths. Certain third party hardware requires the files to be converted into a proprietary format before use.
Celestion Plus.
About Celestion and Celestion Guitar Speakers
An important element to essential British guitar tone since the birth of Rock & Roll, Celestion Guitar Speakers are famous for their lively and vocal midrange character with plenty of sparkle and chime. With worldwide headquarters in Ipswich, England, Celestion design, develop and manufacture premium guitar and bass loudspeakers, and high-quality professional audio drivers for sound reinforcement. These world-renowned speakers are used onstage and in clubs, theatres and other venues the world over. Contact Celestion at:info@celestion.com and visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/celestion.

<![CDATA[Symetrix Announces Composer 7.1]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/symetrix-announces-composer-7.1 Mon, 4 Feb 2019 17:26:18 GMT


Symetrix Announces Composer 7.1 at ISE 2019
Supports New Devices, Makes Workflow Improvements
Seattle, WA -January 2019... At this year's Integrated Systems Europe show in Amsterdam, Symetrix will debut the latest version of Composer, its end-to-end programming software for its 
Radius NX, Edge, Radius, Prism, and Solus NX DSPs. Stop by Hall 7, Stand N-190 for an exclusive worldwide first look atComposer 7.1.
Composer 7.1 for Windows augments its already deep feature set with support for the Visionary Solutions PacketAV Duet video encoder and decoder as well as the Symetrix T-5 Touchscreen controllers and PD-1 Telco Dialer. A host of other software improvements makes system design and management more flexible.
All programming and routing of Visionary Solutions PacketAV Duet video encoders and decoders is now directly integrated within Composer 7.1. In addition, Composer indirectly supports select third-party non-Dante encoders/decoders that use the same control protocol as the Duets.
Like Symetrix ARC controllers, the T-5 Touchscreen can control every user-facing function of an installed A/V system, using Symetrix's SymVue interface. As with Symetrix DSPs, integrators can now manage any T-5 Touchscreen from Composer, as each device has its own IP address on the network.
Composer 7.1 also supports the PD-1 Telco Dialer. Symetrix developed this device to let meeting leaders dial remote attendees into conference calls, using a traditional telephone keypad rather than a touchscreen.
Composer 7.1 also features many workflow enhancements. Time/date and special character export in the SymVue for Web interface is now present. New sizing handles (horizontal, vertical, and a corner handle for sizing the entire window at once) allow resizing of objects in control screens on the fly. This and expanded design sheet sizes make it easier to optimize installed systems for different remote-control scenarios, including T-5 Touchscreens, smartphones, and tablets.
A new crosspoint audio delay is available in the Super Matrix for mono matrix modules. The Site ID field has been increased to 65535 addresses, allowing different groups of DSPs and other devices to coexist on the same network without interfering with each other; two devices in different groups can use the same remote controller number. For diagnostics and system design, Composer 7.1 can now trace signal paths backward and forward simultaneously. Editing of module channel names have been further improved, featuring expanded copy-paste ability.
As in previous versions, systems integrators can diagnose any device in a Composer-designed system by simply launching a web browser and entering the device's IP address. All of the above features add up to an expanded universe of use cases for Symetrix networked A/V systems and let the installer scale systems to meet clients' needs more quickly and efficiently than ever.
About Symetrix
With unrelenting focus, Symetrix delivers high-performance audio DSP hardware and software backed by the highest caliber of customer care. Early-stage implementation of Dante™ network audio is just one of many ways Symetrix continues to lead with innovation in the commercial AV industry.


<![CDATA[Wisycom Releases MRK980 Ultra-Wideband True Diversity Receiver]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/wisycom-releases-mrk980-ultra-wideband-true-diversity-receiver Mon, 4 Feb 2019 17:18:27 GMT



Features Dante® Compatibility and 30-Channel Intermodulation-Free Processing


BASSANO DEL GRAPPA, ITALY, FEBRUARY 4, 2019 – Wisycom introduces its highly anticipated MRK980 Ultra-Wideband True Diversity Receiver for the music, install and broadcast industries. The two-channel receiver features a remarkable 1090MHz of switching bandwidth covering VHF, UHF and 900MHz bands in one rack mount receiver. This opens up many additional RF possibilities for touring companies, broadcast studios and performance venues that are challenged by the shrinking RF spectrum. 


Working in conjunction with Wisycom LINEAR transmit technology, the system provides as many as 30 channels in one 6MHz TV channel. With the Wisycom MRK980, no calculations are required. In addition, users will not experience intermodulation distortion from external signal processing equipment, which is typical of conventional systems.


The receiver’s DSP-FM technology also provides very narrowband channel filters that yield 50 percent more band efficiency and 200- to 250-KHz channel spacing. This gives an additional 3dB of sensitivity and noise immunity, which is equivalent to doubling power and greatly increasing range. The MRK980 also includes Dante® compatibility, analogue and digital outputs and Wisycom’s optional push-to-talk (PTT) function for off-line communication to monitor engineers, performers, presenters and others on the network.


“This is the next generation of wireless for the broadcast and live performance industries,” says Massimo Polo, sales & marketing director, Wisycom. “With so many available channels, Dante compatibility and an ultrafast spectrum scan, the MRK980 allows for a quick and simple setup. It is the perfect solution for live applications that utilize a large number of channels in a densely populated frequency spectrum. This might include arena concert tours, TV awards shows or streamed industry conferences.”


The Wisycom MRK980 is designed with a high-contrast OLED display and can be remotely controlled through an IP Network using Wisycom Manager 2.0, a completely updated version of the company’s software interface.  



About Wisycom

Wisycom is a designer and builder of the most sophisticated RF solutions for broadcast, film and live production, renowned for their durability, flexibility, reliability, practicality and cost-effective price points. Wisycom’s design process is driven by attention to detail, customer feedback and ultimate quality, from the selection of components to the manufacturing process, which takes place at the company’s Italian plants. The company prides itself on serving as a technical advisor and partner to every customer. From custom design to evaluation and dimensioning of systems, the Wisycom team stands by its customers through every step of the process. For more information, please visit www.wisycom.com.



<![CDATA[Harbinger LP7800 Powered Mixer Is Ready to Rock]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/harbinger-lp7800-powered-mixer-is-ready-to-rock Mon, 4 Feb 2019 17:13:37 GMT
Harbinger LP7800 Powered Mixer is Ready to Rock
Thousand Oaks, CA-February 2019...  Harbinger Pro Audio, makers of versatile, powerful, and affordable live sound equipment, are pleased to announce the LP7800 Powered Mixer. Sporting a classic "P.A. head" form factor, it provides bands, choirs, schools, rehearsal rooms, and small to medium-sized performance venues with everything needed to sound stellar, time after time.
The twelve input channels include four mono inputs and four stereo pairs. Seven balanced XLR microphone inputs offer 48V phantom power for condenser mics. Channels 1 through 4 add mono ¼-inch line-level inputs, a -25 dB pad to tame "hot" sources and low-end rumble, and clip indicators to help users instantly diagnose gain issues. With stereo ¼-inch inputs (in addition to mono XLR), channels 5-6, 7-8, and 9-10 are ideal for keyboards and groove boxes. Channel 11-12 features stereo RCA inputs and outputs for connecting a CD player, mobile device, laptop, or DJ equipment.
Every input channel has its own three-band EQ, monitor send, and effects send. High-quality digital effects run the gamut from reverbs and delays to chorus and flanger-and even a vintage rotary speaker simulation. The Variant knob quickly fine-tunes key effects parameters to taste, and an effects-to-monitor send adjusts the intensity of effects heard in the monitors. Effects can be toggled on and off with a footswitch, which is often desirable when the singer in a band also performs emcee duties at an event.
Featuring 800 watts of clean and efficient Class-D power, the LP7800 can be configured in three ways, using a handy front-panel switch: Its two sections can drive left and right speakers in a stereo P.A. system, act as main and monitor sections, or be bridged in mono for maximum output. Independent nine-band graphic EQ for each section makes it easy to sculpt the sound to the room and cut any troublemaking feedback frequencies. EQ sliders all have embedded LEDs for easy viewing of the settings on dark stages.
Flexible audio I/O seamlessly integrates the LP7800 with other sound gear. Line-level outputs for the left/mono, right, and monitor sections can feed additional amps or powered speakers, increasing the system's coverage. Power amp inputs route a line-level source to the LP7800's amplifier section and could be employed (for example) to attach another mixer, expanding the number of inputs without taking up an input channel.
The LP7800's rugged construction, including corner protectors and heavy-duty vinyl covering, ensures every unit will sound and look great for years to come. Five-segment LED meters on both output sections let users know at a glance if the LP7800 is working too hard-or not hard enough.
The Harbinger LP7800 powered mixer will be available at Guitar Center stores and MusiciansFriend.com in February 2019, at a street price of $399.99. To learn more about Harbinger's line of live mixers, speakers, and turnkey P.A. system solutions, visit www.harbingerproaudio.com.




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


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



<![CDATA[Hotly Anticipated TEISCO Analog Pedals To Land March 15]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/hotly-anticipated-teisco-analog-pedals-to-land-march-15 Mon, 4 Feb 2019 17:09:46 GMT

Hotly Anticipated TEISCO Analog Pedals To Land March 15


After unveiling three eye-catching pedal prototypes last year, Teisco kicks off 2019 with its pedal trio ready to hit the market. These pedals represent a fresh sonic and visual take on your favorite stompboxes, with boutique quality at accessible price points. The pedals will be available March 15, 2019 at select dealers. Visit www.teisco.com for more information.

Get ready to stomp on the Teisco Delay, Teisco Fuzz and Teisco Boost. The trio features all-analog circuitry housed in custom enclosures designed from the ground up. The sleek high-gloss designs come in premium zinc alloy housing for extra durability, with a textured base plate for stronger velcro-adhesion.

Randall Couvillon, Senior Manager, Channel Sales says “Long-time Teisco lovers and pedalheads alike have been anticipating the release of these pedals since their sneak preview last year. We’re excited to continue Teisco’s legacy of innovation, accessibility and bold designs. Fans and newcomers will not be disappointed.”

Teisco’s mission is to empower musicians of all walks of life to push their creative boundaries, and these pedals are built to encourage just that.

DELAY ($149.00): Celebrate everything beloved about analog delays — dark, warm repeats and the ability to cascade your signal into oblivion. With up to 600ms delay time, a rich Modulation section and a Direct Out for the ultimate tone chasers who want to run wet/dry rigs, the Teisco Delay is a bold step into the world of experimental analog delays.

BOOST ($129.00): The Teisco Boost is loaded with a field-effect transistor (FET) for softer, more organic clipping and can run at 24V via the voltage switch for extra headroom. The EQ profile switch also providesextratweakability when you need it. Whether you need a tone-enhancing buffer or extra ‘oomph’ for your drives and amps, the Teisco Boost covers it all.

FUZZ ($129.00): A classic silicon fuzz circuit with a switchable upper octave that takes inspiration from a furry 70s predecessor. Unlock searing lead lines, gnarly textures, synth-like overtones, and every shade in between.



About Teisco

Teisco started out as a Japanese manufacturer of affordable musical instruments in 1948. Historically known for its electronic innovation and unconventional aesthetic, today, Teisco continues to make products toaltersound and empower creators to push musical boundaries. Since 2017, Teisco has been headquartered in Singapore under the BandLab Technologies banner, as part of the group’s broader portfolio of music focused brands. Visit Teisco.com for more information.



<![CDATA[Heritage Releases Special Run Of Masterbuilt Custom Guitars - NAMM 2019]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/heritage-releases-special-run-of-masterbuilt-custom-guitars---namm-2019 Mon, 4 Feb 2019 17:05:12 GMT


Heritage Releases Special Run of Masterbuilt Custom Guitars


ANAHEIM, Calif. Jan 24, 2019—Heritage Guitars (http://www.heritageguitars.com), the guitar makers known for crafting fine American-made instruments at the legendary 225 Parsons Street factory, today released four unique Masterbuilt custom shop guitars. The collection, overseen by longtime Heritage Guitars Master Builder, Pete Farmer, features extraordinary pieces carefully crafted using special materials, design cues, and a deep attention to detail. This combination delivers instruments that are truly unique and of exceptional quality.

“Custom guitars are our legacy and I’m very excited to bring this collection of specially crafted Kalamazoo-made guitars to the world,” said Pete Farmer, Master Builder at Heritage Guitars. He continues, “Inspiration for these instruments has come from all over, including our historical home and guitars that I would otherwise build for my own personal collection. We’ve taken the time to carefully plan and build each instrument to ensure that it’s not only beautiful, but can also cause the most discerning player to fall in love with guitar all over again. For NAMM, we thoug was especially fitting for a true California ocean-side vibe.”

CUSTOM H-137 ($2799.00): This unique solid body H-137 features a beautifully figured curly maple veneer finished in a stunning Neptune blueburst laid over a solid one-piece genuine mahogany body. Additionally, the fretboard and head veneer have been inlaid with abalone and mother of pearl accents.

CUSTOM H-150 ($3999.00): A twist on a vintage favorite, this H-150 is reminiscent of the 1950s with a few modern touches. The genuine mahogany body was specially selected to be lightweight for maximum comfort without chambering and sacrificing sustain. A set of Lollar Soapbar P-90s have been paired with a Throbak wiring harness to provide tone that dreams are made of.

CUSTOM H-155M ($4599.00): This truly custom semi-solid body guitar has been blacked out from head-to-toe and features a curly maple top finished in a  washed translucent black that plays well with deep ebony accents and mother of pearl inlay work that includes a skull and crossbones paired with coffin-diamonds that run down the fretboard. Custom voiced and scarred Motor City Pickups finish off this eerie guitar.

CUSTOM EAGLE CLASSIC ($6999.00): traditional Kalamazoo archtop design has been carefully altered to a 16 inch wide and 2-¾ inch thick body. The curly maple body is classically adored with a burnt amber finish and a natural Sitka spruce top along with multiple binding and gold hardware. This archtop is the perfect compliment for the professional musician on the go.


These guitars are available now via direct sale. Discerning guitar enthusiasts looking for the perfect handcrafted instrument can also place an order for their own custom creation by contacting the Heritage team at the 225 Parsons Factory directly. Visit www.heritageguitars.com for more information.




<![CDATA[Genelec Launches Smart IP Audio Platform]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/genelec-launches-smart-ip-audio-platform Mon, 4 Feb 2019 17:01:51 GMT


Genelec Launches Smart IP Audio Platform at ISE 2019
NATICK, MA, February 4, 2019 — Genelec, the global leader in professional audio monitoring, is unveiling a unique open IP networking technology platform at ISE 2019. This platform is aimed specifically at the installation market and will deliver power, audio and scalable loudspeaker system configuration, supervision and calibration features via a single standard CAT5 cable.  
This novel technology will be rolled out over a range of Genelec’s installed audio loudspeakers, commencing in Q4 of this year. Based on IP and Power-over-Ethernet (PoE), the Genelec technology platform includes a proprietary internal power supply that delivers much higher SPLs than was previously possible via any conventional PoE. Indeed, the Genelec solution is powerful enough to run small to medium sized systems – a world first.  
In addition to its superior power handling qualities, Genelec’s smart IP platform also enables flexible system integration, supervision, management and monitoring over IP thanks to Genelec’s sophisticated loudspeaker management software. The concept of loudspeaker management by software is already a mature and well-established tool within Genelec’s studio monitoring loudspeaker range, but to address the specific needs of the installed audio market Genelec has developed dedicated software that offers a raft of tools focusing on solving specific installed audio problems – including device discovery, automatic room equalization and calibration, system organization and status monitoring. In short, saving integrators a huge amount of working time whilst ensuring that the system performs with outstanding clarity and speech intelligibility.  
The smart IP platform solution is compatible with the most popular audio-over-IP networking protocols for complete flexibility and scalability. A standard analog input is also included, increasing the system design flexibility.  
According to Aki Mäkivirta, Director of R&D at Genelec, the development of the IP technology platform offers integrators an easy and cost-effective route to uncompromised high-quality audio installations:  
“With everything you need delivered over a single, standard network cable – including enough power to drive medium SPL applications – integrators have a complete solution at their fingertips: the highest quality loudspeakers with onboard signal processing, integrated power amplifiers and automatic room calibration, all underpinned by Genelec’s renowned audio and build quality. Additionally, since all Genelec production takes place at our factory in Finland and follows strict principles of environmental compatibility and design for long service lifetime, it simply doesn’t get any easier to guarantee sustainable quality audio installations!”  
For more information visit www.genelec.com
Genelec has announced a unique open IP networking technology platform
Genelec, the pioneer in Active Monitoring technology, is celebrating 40 years of designing and manufacturing active loudspeakers for true and accurate sound reproduction. Genelec is credited with promoting the concept of active transducer technology. Since its inception in 1978, Genelec has concentrated its efforts and resources into creating active monitors with unparalleled sonic integrity. The result is an active speaker system that has earned global acclaim for its accurate imaging, extremely high acoustic output from small enclosures, true high-fidelity with low distortion, and deep, rich bass.   
Genelec is also celebrating over 10 years of its Smart Active Monitoring™ technology, which allows studio monitors to be networked, configured and calibrated for the user’s specific acoustic environment. Each Smart Active Monitor or subwoofer is equipped with advanced internal DSP circuitry, which tightly integrates with the GLM (Genelec Loudspeaker Manager) software application, running on Mac or PC. GLM’s reference microphone kit allows the user’s acoustic environment to be analyzed, after which GLM’s AutoCal feature optimizes each Smart Active Monitor for level, distance delay, subwoofer crossover phase and room response equalization, with the option of further fine tuning by the user. By minimizing the room’s influence on the sound, Smart Active Monitors deliver an unrivalled reference, with excellent translation between rooms.  
Other brand and product names may be trademarks of the respective companies with which they are associated.  
Web: http://www.genelecusa.com/.
<![CDATA[Auralex® Acoustics Offers Standalone App RLX: Room Layout eXpress - NAMM 2019]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/auralex-acoustics-offers-standalone-app-rlx-room-layout-express---namm-2019 Wed, 30 Jan 2019 17:39:30 GMT


Auralex® Acoustics Offers Standalone App RLX: Room Layout eXpress
Indianapolis, IN, January 30, 2019 – Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the world’s leading brand of acoustical treatments, is pleased to announce that its RLX: Room Layout eXpress™ acoustical treatment app is available as a standalone app available on the Apple App Store and Android App Store starting in January 2019. The RLX app is an intuitive, automated treatment app that is specifically designed to give instantaneous recommendations for various small room types and gives users the ability quickly get acoustical treatment suggestions on their mobile devices. As a result, the app takes a lot of the guesswork out of determining what is the best and most effective acoustical treatment solutions for a specific space.  
The app is both easy to use and returns immediate results. To begin, simply select your “Room Type.” If your room fits more than one, select the one that best fits your situation. You can also use the “Edit Room” function to view multiple results for the same dimensions previously entered. The kit recommendations provided are based on both the type of room selected, and the suggested amount of necessary acoustic treatment required based on your specific square footage with our comprehensive line of Absorption, Bass Trapping, and Diffusion products. You are also able to input various types of equipment and gear used in your room. The app will use this information to provide suggestions on applicable ISO Series™ Products that can further help your room acoustics.  
When you are ready to make a purchase, a number of our largest Authorized Auralex Dealers are listed, or you may enter your zip code to receive the contact information of the nearest Authorized Auralex Dealer. If you would like to have a permanent copy of your room results and more information, simply use the form on the app to have them emailed to you.  
For more information, please visit www.auralex.com/.
Screen cap from the RLX: Room Layout eXpress™ acoustical treatment app from Auralex® Acoustics
About Auralex® Acoustics, Inc.
Located in Indianapolis, Auralex® Acoustics was founded in 1977 with a mission to provide top-performing acoustical treatment products at the best possible value. Since then, thousands of satisfied Auralex customers have experienced improved acoustics, expert advice and exceptional customer service. Auralex products enjoy widespread use among prominent artists, producers, engineers, corporations, celebrities and government agencies worldwide.  
Auralex Acoustics has become the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions and continues to enjoy rapid growth through an international network of authorized dealers. Visit the Auralex Web site at www.auralex.com. Auralex can be reached via email at auralexinfo@auralex.com or by calling 1-800-959-3343.
<![CDATA[PreSonus Announces “How To Record And Mix Great Vocals In Studio One” eBook]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/presonus-announces-how-to-record-and-mix-great-vocals-in-studio-one-ebook Wed, 30 Jan 2019 14:51:02 GMT


PreSonus Announces “How to Record and Mix Great Vocals in Studio One” eBook


– renowned musician/author Craig Anderton de-mystifies the art and science of vocal production –





Baton Rouge, LA – The vocal is the most important part of any song: it’s the conversation that forms a bond between performer and listener. And now, capturing and mixing superb vocals in Studio One is within the reach of all musicians, thanks to the new eBook “How to Record and Mix Great Vocals in Studio One.”


Written by acclaimed music technology expert Craig Anderton, this new eBook brings his years of expertise into an easy-to-understand, comprehensive guide to recording and mixing great vocals. Topics include choosing a mic, recording techniques, using DSP, equalization, dynamics processing, pitch correction, reverb, delay, layering, comping, harmonizing, automation, and much more. An additional chapter on performance tips goes beyond technology to explore not just how to obtain great sounds, but how to create compelling performances.


Lavishly illustrated and loaded with practical, no-nonsense advice, this 121-page eBook is available as a downloadable PDF, with links from the contents to topics within the book. As PreSonus’s Jim Boitnott states, “This book is truly a gold mine of information for Studio One users, regardless of their chosen musical genre. Craig has a remarkable ability to explain complex topics in ways that make sense to musicians of all levels, and we’re grateful that he’s sharing his expertise with Studio One users around the world.”


“How to Record and Mix Great Vocals in Studio One” is available for $9.99 as an electronic download from the PreSonus shop.




<![CDATA[Waves Introduces The Dave Audé Producer Pack - NAMM 2019]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/waves-introduces-the-dave-aud-producer-pack---namm-2019 Mon, 28 Jan 2019 17:57:23 GMT


Waves Introduces the Dave Audé Producer Pack


The NAMM Show, Anaheim, CA, January 24, 2019— Waves Audio (booth 15302), the world’s leading developer of professional audio signal processing technologies and leading maker of audio plugins for mixing, music production, mastering, sound design, broadcast, post-production and live sound, introduces the Dave Audé Producer Pack, eight plugins hand-picked by GRAMMY®-winning music producer Dave Audé (Sting, Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Lady Gaga), featuring a versatile selection of virtual instruments, effects and mixing tools for your music production needs.


With more number-one dance club hits than any other producer on the Billboard charts, Dave Audé is one of the music industry’s most in-demand producers. He’s put together a diverse collection of premium instruments, plus vocal and drum mixing essentials, to give your tracks that industry sheen and polish.


Jam-packed with precision sample libraries and effects to light up your creativity, this pack is perfect whether you’re just starting out or are looking to expand an existing collection of production tools.


Dave Audé comments about his Producer Pack plugins:

  • Codex Wavetable Synth : “If you’re producing anything that sounds new and modern, you need this synth. If you want to sound original and not use the same sounds and patches as everyone else, then you need to dive head first into this one.”
  • Sibilance : “Everyone needs this transparent, easy-to-use de-esser in their arsenal – essential for anyone producing or mixing any type of vocal.”
  • Smack Attack : “Another essential tool for any modern producer. At the end of a mix, use this to pop up missing percussion tracks – I use it on loops to soften up kick or snare drums that might be fighting with the main drums in the mix.”
  • OneKnob Pumper : “Who really has time to set up sidechains? That’s why this auto-sidechaining plugin is used in all my sessions to get the bass and kick pumping together. Quick, easy automatic ducking effect – with just one knob.”
  • Electric Grand 80 Piano : “This is a beautiful piano from my favorite era – the 80s.”
  • Electric 88 Piano : “A great-sounding 70s Rhodes-style piano; ultra-dope with fuzz or distortion-type effects.”
  • Electric 200 Piano : “This Wurlitzer-type piano will be your go-to when you’re looking for that Beach Boys/Supertramp-type sound. It suits anything from retro 60s, 70s and 80s to modern pop and R&B.”
  • Bass Slapper : “I don’t play bass guitar, but I do play piano! This is as close to a real bass as you’re gonna get. My favorite thing about it is being able to move the fretboard; and the effects are a big bonus.”


Dave Audé Producer Pack features:

  • Eight industry-standard instruments and plugins for music producers
  • Hand-picked by GRAMMY-award winning producer/DJ/remixer Dave Audé
  • Includes five premium synth, piano and bass instruments
  • Includes plugins for automatic kick/bass sidechaining, vocal de-essing and drum shaping
  • All instruments are NKS-ready for NI Komplete Kontrol and Maschine
  • All instruments include high-definition & standard sample libraries


For more information, please visit https://www.waves.com/bundles/dave-aude-producer-pack.



Waves Dave Audé Producer Pack



About Waves Audio Ltd.:

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

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


Web: http://www.waves.com




<![CDATA[Audio-Technica Offers Two New ATM350a Cardioid Condenser Instrument Microphone Systems - NAMM 2019]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/audio-technica-offers-two-new-atm350a-cardioid-condenser-instrument-microphone-systems---namm-2019 Mon, 28 Jan 2019 17:53:03 GMT


Audio-Technica Offers Two New ATM350a Cardioid
Condenser Instrument Microphone Systems


— New systems include the ATM350S surface mount (great for accordions and
other challenging mounting scenarios) and ATM350GL guitar mount —


The NAMM Show, January 24, 2019— Audio-Technica (15310), a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, is offering new systems featuring the ATM350a Cardioid Condenser Instrument Microphone. The new systems include the AT8491S surface mount or the AT8491G guitar mount. Each new mount is being offered in three ways: full system (ATM350a mic, mount and gooseneck), mount only, and bundle with the mount and gooseneck only.


Offering crisp, clear, well-balanced response even in very high SPL applications, the ATM350a Cardioid Condenser Instrument Microphone provides discreet, rock-solid mounting solutions for a host of instruments, including woodwinds, strings, brass, percussion, drums and piano. The ATM350a is capable of handling 159 dB max SPL, allowing the mic to cope with a wide range of extremely powerful, dynamic sound sources. It features a cardioid polar pattern that reduces side and rear pickup and protects against feedback. The mic’s in-line power module incorporates a switchable 80 Hz hi-pass filter to help control undesired ambient noise.


The AT8491S surface mount is designed for accordions and other challenging applications. The notched mount can be attached permanently using the accordion’s grille screw and the included adhesive silicon pad, or it can be attached temporarily using the included 3M Dual Lock™ pads. A transparent protective film is also included to prevent damage to the instrument’s finish.


The AT8491G guitar mount features a rugged, thumbscrew-adjustable clamp with non-marking pads that attaches to guitars and other stringed instruments with body depths of 90-135 mm.


New ATM350a Cardioid Condenser Instrument Microphone packages and U.S. pricing:

  • ATM350S Wired ATM350a w/ surface mount and short gooseneck: $299
  • AT8491S Surface mount only: $39
  • AT8492S Surface mounting system (gooseneck + mount): $69
  • ATM350GL Wired ATM350a w/ guitar mount and long gooseneck: $349
  • AT8491G Guitar mount only: $79
  • AT8492GL Guitar mounting system (gooseneck + mount): $119


These new packages join the existing ATM350a systems, which feature ATM350D Drum Mounting System (5" Gooseneck), ATM350PL Magnetic Piano Mounting System (9" Gooseneck), ATM350U Universal Clip-on Mounting System (5" Gooseneck), ATM350UL Universal Clip-on Mounting System (9" Gooseneck) or ATM350W Woodwind Mounting System (5" Gooseneck).


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



Audio-Technica ATM350a Cardioid Condenser Instrument Microphone with guitar mount (L) and surface mount (R).


See more here:

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


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

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


— For further information regarding product availability and pricing in Europe, contact Tim Page (tpage@audio-technica.eu).


Audio-Technica is exhibiting at booth 15310 at The NAMM Show 2019 in Anaheim, CA.



<![CDATA[Steinberg Announces A Major Release: Cubase 10 - Winter NAMM 2019]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/steinberg-announces-a-major-release-cubase-10---winter-namm-2019 Mon, 28 Jan 2019 17:08:19 GMT


The Major Release: Cubase 10


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



ANAHEIM — January 24, 2019 — Steinberg today showcased its flagship DAW, Cubase Pro 10, alongside the smaller siblings, Cubase Artist 10 and Cubase Elements 10.


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


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


Cubase Pro 10 exclusives

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


Amazing additions to Pro and Artist

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


Family features for Pro, Artist and Elements

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


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


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


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


Availability and pricing

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


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


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



New features at a glance

  • VariAudio 3: Ultimate control of your audio, with more creative tools and Smart Controls to speed workflow. [Pro]
  • MixConsole Snapshots: Instantly recall different project mixes and settings to quickly compare mixes and add mix notes. [Pro]
  • Audio Alignment: Stack and match recordings quickly, easily synchronizing them to a reference track. [Pro]
  • New channel strip: Redesigned Channel Strip offers better metering and functionality. [Pro/Artist/Elements]
  • 32-bit integer and 64-bit audio continues the Cubase audio engine’s commitment to ultimate, no-compromise quality. [Pro/Artist/Elements]
  • Easy side-chaining: Quickly and easily set up side-chaining to make space in mixes or create distinctive effects. [Pro/Artist]
  • Groove Agent SE 5 brings a new user interface and many improvements to the best drum production tool. [Pro/Artist/Elements]
  • 5 GB of high-quality sounds and loops from six highly acclaimed producers. [Pro/Artist/Elements]
  • AAF support lets you exchange multimedia data with all the most commonly used applications. [Pro]
  • Distroyer adds everything from subtle analog warmth to searing heat for mixes and individual instruments. [Pro/Artist]
  • Vintage Verbs for REVerence: Better management, smoother workflow and 20 new impulse responses brings REVerence greatness to your projects! [Pro]
  • Latency Monitor lets you quickly and easily know exactly where — and how much — latency is occurring. [Pro/Artist/Elements]
  • Full support for high-resolution displays under current macOS (limited support for Windows 10). [Pro/Artist/Elements]
  • Effects in the Media Rack: Radical improvement of plug-ins workflow, with drag and drop functionality and improved display. [Pro/Artist/Elements]
  • MPE support: Easy and convenient setup of MPE controllers. [Pro/Artist]
  • Improved editing to picture for video soundtrack production. [Pro]
  • Steinberg Virtual Reality: VR production suite adds a suite of professional yet intuitive virtual reality audio production tools. [Pro]
  • ARA support: Forthcoming support for extended communications between ARA plug-ins and Cubase. [Pro]
  • Cubase 10 is packed with a wide range of usability, performance and quality improvements. [Pro/Artist/Elements]






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


About Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH

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

Visit www.steinberg.net for further details.

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



<![CDATA[Cherry Audio And PSP Audioware Release 12 New Modules For Voltage Modular - NAMM 2019]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/cherry-audio-and-psp-audioware-release-12-new-modules-for-voltage-modular---namm-2019 Mon, 28 Jan 2019 17:01:01 GMT



Cherry Audio and PSP Audioware release 12 new modules for Voltage Modular






Sampler I

This feature-packed sample playback module can load WAV, AIFF, MP3, and OGG files up to a minute in length. Automatic transient detection combined with a Snap to Transient feature makes it easy to create perfect loops. Sampler I is a blast to play with, whether adding drum and percussion loops to patches or building patches around sampled sounds.

This module is FREE for Voltage Core owners, and will appear in the library.





Sampler II

Sampler II includes all of the features of Sampler I, plus real-time stereo sampling. Sampling can be triggered by input that goes beyond an adjustable threshold, or can be started and stopped with CV via the REC GATE input. Sampler II can even resample itself, by feeding its outputs into its inputs. With Sampler II, it’s possible to build generative patches that sample and loop themselves as part of the patch, which can lead to some mind-blowing possibilities.‎

This module can be purchased in the store for $10.‎





Vintage Oscillator

This module offers all of the features of the standard Oscillator module, plus a 64’ setting and linear frequency modulation. But under the hood, this module recreates the imperfect waveforms created by vintage analog oscillators. Featuring low-aliasing, high-performance oscillator models, plus subtle analog drift and imperfection, the Vintage Oscillator module will add classic tone to your modular patches.

This module is FREE for Voltage Core owners, and will appear in the library.





Remote Control

Yet another revolution in what can be done with Voltage Modular: with the Remote Control module you can control any knob, slider, switch, or button with CV, including the macro knobs in the Perform panel. Mapping a channel to a knob is just a matter of clicking the Learn button and then touching any control in your project. That control will now be fully automatable with CV. See it in action!‎

This module can be purchased in the store for $15.‎





PSP Poly Modular Collection

PSP has just released this new suite of 8 polyphonic modules for Voltage Modular. The wide set of features included in these modules combine flexibility and creativity with simple to use designs. These are great for building increasingly complex polyphonic patches, and they’re FREE for owners of the PSP Ultimate Modular Collection.

PSP is showing off their modules for Voltage Modular at The NAMM Show, going on right now. Please visit PSP at Booth 19203 and say hi!








<![CDATA[Four New Plugins From Slate Digital- Winter NAMM 2019]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/four-new-plugins-from-slate-digital--winter-namm-2019 Mon, 28 Jan 2019 16:49:07 GMT


4 New Plugins from Slate




Liquid Sonics Lustrous Plates combines dynamic spectral capture with fusion synthesis to create the most stunning plate reverb plugin you’ve ever heard! It features seven unique plates and the ability to manipulate them in ways that no other reverb plugin can. Everything Bundle members will add incredible depth and space to their mixes with Lustrous Plates!




Overloud TH-U Slate Edition is one of the biggest additions ever to the Slate Everything Bundle. With TH-U, Everything Bundle members get over 100 modeled pieces, including 30+ guitar amps, 19 cabinet models, 33 effects modules and pedals, and 18 microphones. But perhaps the biggest game-changing feature of TH-U is R2M which stands for "Rig 2 Model". R2M allows Overloud engineers to reproduce the famous amp profiles from one of the most popular hardware amp profiler. This means that TH-U's Rig Player can recreate entire amp rigs including the nonlinear and dynamic response of the amplifier, the cabinet, the microphones, the mic preamp and room sound.




The noise gate is one of the most essential tools in the pro audio arsenal, but there has been virtually zero advancements in gate plugins over the past decade. Until now. Enter the Slate Gate Series featuring two unique Gate plugins. The first, which will be previewed at NAMM 2019, is the Drum Gate. With unique features such as advanced transient detection and a revolutionary de-bleeding algorithm, you’ll get clean and easy results on even the most horrific tracks!



John McBride’s Blackbird Studios in Nashville, Tennessee is known for having one of the world’s largest collections of recording gear, including 1,400 vintage and modern microphones. Recently, McBride personally hand-picked the five very best vintage tube mics for the Blackbird VMS expansion pack. This pack features the 47 that George Massenburg called “the finest 47 I’ve ever heard,” as well as a 251 serial #584, which has previously been reserved exclusively for John’s wife, recording artist Martina McBride. With the Blackbird VMS Expansion pack, VMS users will gain instant access to the exact tone of five of the very best vintage tube mics in the world!


*Requires the Virtual Microphone System hardware.





<![CDATA[ProCo Sound's Updated Evolution Product Line Takes Center Stage At 2019 Winter NAMM Show]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/proco-sounds-updated-evolution-product-line-takes-center-stage-at-2019-winter-namm-show Mon, 28 Jan 2019 16:40:26 GMT





Enhanced Rugged Instrument and Microphone Cables

Feature Low Capacitance Design for Great Tonal Properties



ANAHEIM, CA, JANUARY 25, 2019 – RHC, manufacturer and supplier of a wide array of audio, video and lighting equipment, unveils its updated HYPERLINK "http://www.procosound.com" ProCo Sound EVOLUTION product line of instrument and microphone cables at the 2019 NAMM Show (RHC Booth #11510).


The ProCo EVOLUTION series of upgraded, affordable cables are engineered for sonic performance with dual shielding and 100 percent oxygen-free wire, which is extruded at the company’s Massachusetts wire facility. The entire line has all OFC (Oxygen-free copper) conductors and shielding for long lasting protection against signal degradation from oxidation.


Great-sounding and built to be durable enough for daily use, these cables are equipped with a 'soft touch' jacket and Neutrik connectors. Featuring genuine Neutrik XLR's and 1/4" connectors with gold contacts and 360-degree strain relief, ProCo Sound’s EVOLUTION line is designed for sustained performance and ultimate pull strength.


The EVOLUTION line’s maximum density spiral shield provides incredible EMI/RFI shield protection and excellent flexibility. In addition, EVOLUTION quad mic and patch cables reduce EMI/RFI interference by as much as 90 percent over standard two-wire designs. The updated EVOLUTION line of cables is ideal for a variety of applications including live/touring musicians as well as fixed install-type facilities like theatres, concert halls, houses of worship, auditoriums and stadiums. 


“We are excited to introduce our upgraded EVOLUTION product line of instrument and microphone cables at the 2019 NAMM Show,” says Darius Seabaugh, Vice President of Marketing for RHC. “EVOLUTION products must pass stringent quality control measures before they leave our factories – we control the processes and QC measures from beginning to end. Since we internally control the complete pipeline from wire extrusion through manufacturing to final testing, we are able to pass along cost savings that other manufacturers simply cannot offer. This enables us to provide incredible value to music makers worldwide.”


Since 1974, ProCo Sound has been a leading manufacturer for musical instrument retailers and sound contractors. ProCo offers a catalog of 1,400 audio interface products and has produced over 65,000 custom solutions, ranging from products as simple as guitar and microphone cables to complex 256-channel digital snakes, in-ear monitor controllers and facility distribution systems. Selling only to the trades through a network of professional manufacturers’ representatives, ProCo remains dedicated to continuously improving its services and products for its customers.


For more information about ProCo Sound, please visit: HYPERLINK "http://www.procosound.com" www.procosound.com.




About RHC

RHC, located in Jackson, Missouri, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of audio, video, home theater, data and telecommunications interfacing products. Comprising RapcoHorizon, ProCo, RAT, RoadHog, ACT Lighting, Lava Cable and StageMASTER, each RHC brand has developed a reputation in many industries for reliability, and superior sound performance. Used worldwide by concert touring sound companies, video and sound contractors, recording studios, system integrators, audiophiles and musicians, the company’s products provide optimal flexibility and premium performance. RHC also has a state-of-the-art Custom Shop to modify existing products or build new devices to meet any need. 













<![CDATA[Eventide Releases New Instant Phaser Mk II At NAMM 2019]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/eventide-releases-new-instant-phaser-mk-ii-at-namm-2019 Sat, 26 Jan 2019 11:21:02 GMT


Eventide Releases New Instant Phaser Mk II - Own A Piece of Audio History


The world’s first studio electronic effects box – the legendary phaser - now emulated perfectly as a plug-in for your DAW



LITTLE FERRY, NJ, USA, Winter NAMM 2019 - January 23, 2019: Recording effects and technology pioneers from Eventide are proud to announce the release of the Instant Phaser Mk II plug-in for engineers, producers and musicians using Mac/PC. Crafted from the original analog hardware that Eventide created in 1972, the “Instant Phaser” sound has been captured and fashioned for modern-day versatility. The Instant Phaser Mk II delivers the original sonic character and retains the same look and feel of the the first rackmount electronic effects box to ever hit the studio. Harness the effect that was used on countless iconic recordings – such as Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir”, and furnish your mixes with this “Instant” classic. For a limited time, the Instant Phaser Mk II plug-in is available for only $37*.


Restoring the 45 year old hardware and developing software that sounds like the original was no walk in the park:


“A true recreation of the Instant Phaser had to satisfy not only our ears but also the ears for the studio owners and the pro audio community who still own and use the original hardware.”


“A strict digital simulation of an analog component is precise. Components in the real world are not. A 0.1 uF capacitor in cold precise code will be exact while a real world 0.1 uF cap’s actual value will fall within some range close to, but never exactly, 0.1 uF. We discovered that the imprecision of the values of the analog components are key to the Instant Phaser’s sonic character. The challenge was to write code that captured that imprecision.”


“This isn’t your typical phaser plug-in, this is owning a piece of history. We’re pleased to release an authentic recreation of the world’s first and cherished rackmount electronic effects processor.”


Anthony Agnello, Eventide’s Managing Director





Phasing Control:

  • Manual mode allows for precise automation of the phasing effect

  • Oscillator modulates the phasing at a user defined rate

  • Envelope follower allows the input signal to drive the phase effect, and can accept input from a sidechain source

  • Remote mode maps the phasing control to a modwheel for tactile manipulation of the phasing


Pseudo Stereo:

Like the original hardware, the Instant Phaser Mk II provides a pair of de-correlated outputs offering three different sonic characteristics “Shallow”, “Deep”, and “Wide” for creating a stereo image. Musicians, engineers and producers can use these effects to turn flat-sounding mono guitars into monstrous stereo leads or make a single channel synthesizer fill out the soundscape of the mix.


The Passage of Time:

Eventide’s analysis of their 45+ year old Instant Phaser unit revealed that not only is the analog world imprecise, but it is also ever-changing. As components age, their values drift. In order to match the sound of an Instant Phaser that has been sitting in a rack for all those years, they decided to add an “Age” feature. Simply set the “Age” to “0” to mimic a brand new, perfectly tuned Phaser, or dial in the effect of time passing. Crank the age to “100” and hear how the unit will sound long after the last glacier has melted.


Price and Availability:

The Instant Phaser Mk II plug-in is available for Mac & PC and is compatible with popular DAWs, in AAX, VST2, and AU formats for an introductory price* of just $37 from your favorite plug-in dealer or from evetintideaudio.com


Registered owners of the Eventide Anthology X or Anthology XI bundles can get the Instant Phaser Mk II as a FREE download, available immediately from eventideaudio.com


*After February 28, 2019, the price of the Instant Phaser Mk II software will be $129.


For more information on the Instant Phaser Mk II plug-in, please visit:



To watch videos about the history of Instant Phaser Mk II software and for sound demos, please visit the links listed below.








About Eventide:

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


<![CDATA[Celestion Unveils The Celestion Ruby Guitar Speaker At NAMM 2019 ]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/celestion-unveils-the-celestion-ruby-guitar-speaker-at-namm-2019 Sat, 26 Jan 2019 11:16:46 GMT


Celestion Unveils the Celestion Ruby Guitar Speaker at NAMM 2019 
New Alnico Magnet Guitar Speaker Offers 35-watt Power Rating
Anaheim, CA (January 24, 2018) —At this year’s NAMM show, Celestion, the company responsible for the first-ever dedicated guitar speaker and well-known as the voice of rock and roll behind many of the world’s most memorable guitar performances, is pleased to unveil the new Celestion Ruby, a 12-inch diameter alnico magnet guitar speaker, with a 35-watt power rating.
Built on more than 90 years of experience, know-how and passion for great sound, the Ruby has been purpose-built to create vintage tones which are authentically Celestion. You’ll hear that instantly familiar Celestion alnico vibe:  a gloriously laid back attack, together with a smooth, sophisticated midrange and mellow highs; all of which blends together beautifully to provide a richly musical vintage warmth.
“The Ruby brings an instantly familiar Celestion alnico vibe to your playing,” says Celestion head of engineering, Paul Cork. “And the 35-watt rating means that it’s an ideal drop-in for medium-power output amp combos.”
Featuring an 8-hole steel frame, the Celestion Ruby delivers an output sensitivity of 100dB and is available in 8 or 16 ohms. The classic alnico speaker shape and lush, deep red colour ensures Ruby looks the part, complementing the authentic Celestion tonality, and ensuring that no one could mistake this remarkable guitar speaker’s family history.
For more information, see www.celestion.com and see Celestion at The Winter NAMM Show 2019 in Anaheim CA at Booth #7602
About Celestion and Celestion Guitar Speakers
An important element to essential British guitar tone since the birth of Rock & Roll, Celestion Guitar Speakers are famous for their lively and vocal midrange character with plenty of sparkle and chime. With worldwide headquarters in Ipswich, England, Celestion design, develop and manufacture premium guitar and bass loudspeakers, and high-quality professional audio drivers for sound reinforcement. These world-renowned speakers are used onstage and in clubs, theatres and other venues the world over. Contact Celestion at:info@celestion.com and visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/celestion.
<![CDATA[Arturia Reveal New Digital Hardware Synth And Interface Range At NAMM 2019]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/arturia-reveal-new-digital-hardware-synth-and-interface-range-at-namm-2019 Sat, 26 Jan 2019 11:12:49 GMT


Innovative synth and software creators Arturia will be revealing 3 exciting new products, as well as exhibiting and demonstrating their latest releases at the 2019 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California.
Find Arturia at booth #11920
During the NAMM show, demonstrators from Arturia will be putting on regular seminars at their booth, focusing on these exciting new products, as well as key items from their current like, including Pigments, V Collection 6, DrumBrute Impact, MiniBrute 2, and KeyLab MkII. The show is a great opportunity for distributors, educators, artists and retailers to get exclusive insight into the world of Arturia, and meet the team behind the most exciting music gear on the market.
An affordable digital hardware synth with unusual oscillator modes, an analog filter, “Spice and Dice” sequencer, and a unique PCB keyboard. Featuring an exciting collaboration with Eurorack legends Mutable Instruments, MicroFreak offers many of the Plaits oscillators with added paraphony, and lets users explore and save presets, and experiment with a modulation matrix. This is a budget synth like no other.
New audio interfaces:
AudioFuse is now a range! Our original AudioFuse interface has 2 new siblings, each fulfilling a unique but important role for the modern musician, engineer, and music producer, offering advanced functionality while keeping things simple with “one button, one function” controls.
AudioFuse 8Pre
A high-spec 8 channel dual mode interface/ADAT expander in a studio-friendly rack format. Expand your ADAT-enabled interface with 8 channels of pristine DiscretePRO® analog audio, or use it as a dedicated USB-C interface with exceptional performance and quality.
AudioFuse Studio
The most versatile desktop interface ever made, AudioFuse Studio features 4 DiscretePRO® preamp inputs, huge connectivity, dedicated speaker A/B switching, twin headphone outputs, talkback, a high quality Bluetooth receiver, and even a protective cover.
Find Arturia at booth #11920 at the Anaheim Convention Center, 24th to 27th January 2019. The team look forward to meeting you.

For more information, visit the Arturia website.

For videos about our new products, visit our YouTube channel.
Arturia YouTube Channel
Founded in Grenoble, France, in 1999, Arturia specialises in the development of music software and hardware for professional and amateur musicians. They are a team of passionate people, dedicated to musicians. Their aim is to create original and different instruments, imagine new experiences, and reinvent products. Operating in 55 countries, they have offices in France, the USA, Mexico, and the UK.
<![CDATA[Auralex® Acoustics Offers New Fabric Color Options For Its SonoLite™ Acoustical Panels - NAMM 2019]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/auralex-acoustics-offers-new-fabric-color-options-for-its-sonolite-acoustical-panels---namm-2019 Sat, 26 Jan 2019 11:04:39 GMT


Auralex® Acoustics Offers New Fabric Color Options
for Its SonoLite™ Acoustical Panels


— Standard sizes and standard fabric colors are always in-stock and ready for immediate shipping —


The NAMM Show, Anaheim, CA, January 24, 2019 – Auralex® Acoustics, Inc. (booth 14921), the world’s leading brand of acoustical treatments, is pleased to announce 10 new fabric color options for it’s SonoLite™ acoustical panels, based on customer suggestions and consultation with numerous interior designers. The new attractive velour fabric color options are Beige, Black, Burgundy, Grey, Oyster, Royal, Wedgewood, Wine, Purple and Tan.


Auralex SonoLite panels offer great absorption performance in a lightweight and slim 1-inch profile. At the core of each panel is our high performance Studiofoam® Pro, allowing the SonoLite wall panel to achieve an NRC rating of 0.80. SonoLite panels are designed to mount to flat walls and ceilings and for added low frequency control and SonoLite Bass Traps designed to mount in the corners of a room. The new fabric colors are also now available for the SonoLite SonoKits acoustical treatment systems as well as the SonoLite Cloud Panel System.


For more information, please visit www.auralex.com/.


The new fabric options for Auralex® SonoLite™ acoustical panels


About Auralex® Acoustics, Inc.
Located in Indianapolis, Auralex® Acoustics was founded in 1977 with a mission to provide top-performing acoustical treatment products at the best possible value. Since then, thousands of satisfied Auralex customers have experienced improved acoustics, expert advice and exceptional customer service. Auralex products enjoy widespread use among prominent artists, producers, engineers, corporations, celebrities and government agencies worldwide.


Auralex Acoustics has become the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions and continues to enjoy rapid growth through an international network of authorized dealers. Visit the Auralex Web site at www.auralex.com. Auralex can be reached via email at auralexinfo@auralex.com or by calling 1-800-959-3343.



<![CDATA[Fender Adds Chris Stapleton And Duff McKagan To Artist Signature Series Lineup - NAMM 2019]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/fender-adds-chris-stapleton-and-duff-mckagan-to-artist-signature-series-lineup---namm-2019 Sat, 26 Jan 2019 10:58:46 GMT




Refreshed Duff McKagan Deluxe Precision Bass® and All-New ‘62 Princeton Chris Stapleton Edition Amp  

Debut at Winter NAMM 2019  


HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (January 24, 2019)—Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) today announced new additions to its artist signature bass and amp offerings at Winter NAMM 2019 in Anaheim, Calif. The Duff McKagan Deluxe Precision Bass and Fender ‘62 Princeton Chris Stapleton Edition amplifier add performance-ready features and stylistic aesthetic touches from Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan and Grammy®-winning artist Chris Stapleton. 


The new Duff McKagan Deluxe Precision Bass is based on the ‘80s Jazz Bass® Special – the model McKagan used while recording Guns N' Roses’ debut album, Appetite for Destruction – with new features inspired by the legendary bassist’s preferences, including instant “Drop D” tuning, tonal versatility from a TBXTM (Treble/Bass Expander) tone circuit and a sleek black-painted neck with pearloid block inlays and binding.   


The hand-wired Fender ’62 Princeton Chris Stapleton Edition boasts the classic Fender ’62 Princeton amp circuit and comes enhanced with Stapleton’s favorite features and personally-chosen artful finishes: Fender Vintage “Blue” tone caps, Schumacher™ transformers, an upgraded Eminence® 12” Special Design “CS” speaker, output tube-based tremolo circuit and engraved brass plate with Chris Stapleton signature.  


“There’s magic in Chris Stapleton’s take on our iconic Princeton Reverb amplifier; it’s based on a truly special, rare vintage amp, and there was a lot of fine tuning throughout the development to get it just right,” said Justin Norvell, EVP Fender Products. “Chris had a very specific sound and performance he was looking for. With that said, we can’t wait to release it to the public and hear the reactions.”  


“The Duff McKagan Deluxe Precision Bass is an updated take on the original bass we released with him,” Norvell added. “It’s an honor to evolve with a musician like Duff over the past two decades as he continues to set the bar for bass players in one of the world’s top touring bands.”  


Product Details:  

Fender ‘62 Princeton Chris Stapleton Edition – $1,999.99 (Launching February 2019) The brown ’62 Princeton amp’s sensitivity and smooth organic tremolo made it a longtime studio favorite and the ideal partner for Grammy®-winning artist, Chris Stapleton. The hand-wired Fender ’62 Princeton Chris Stapleton Edition combines the classic 6G2 circuit with Stapleton’s favorite features and personally chosen aesthetic touches. This 12W combo features Fender Vintage “Blue” tone caps, Schumacher™ transformers, an upgraded Eminence® 12” Special Design “CS” speaker, and an output tube-biased tremolo circuit. The acoustically resonant solid pine cabinet wears rough brown textured vinyl covering, wheat grille cloth and thick dark brown leather handle, while the dark brown control panel sports dark brown “radio” knobs and the rear panel features an engraved brass plate with Chris Stapleton artwork. Includes 1-button switch for tremolo and retro-styled Filson™ Rugged Twill fabric cover. 


The Duff McKagan Deluxe Precision Bass – $1,199.99 (Launching March 2019) is based on the ‘80s Jazz Bass Special he used while recording Appetite for Destruction. An evolution of his signature model, this bass adds the player-friendly features and stylistic touches that Duff demands. The black painted “Modern C”-shaped quartersawn maple neck has a “Deluxe Jazz Bass Special” headstock logo and hosts a rosewood fingerboard with pearloid block inlays, along with the number “12” at the twelfth fret. A must-have for live performance, the Hipshot® Bass Xtender allows instant drop-tuning with the flick of a lever. Duff’s signature sound comes from pairing a Fender vintage-style Precision Bass split-coil pickup with a Seymour Duncan® STKJ2B Jazz Bass single-coil bridge pickup. This thunderous tone can be shaped precisely by the Fender TBXTM (Treble/Bass Expander) tone circuit. Additional features include a Pure Vintage ‘70s bridge and, as a special touch, a Duff skull n’ crossbones neck plate. Includes deluxe gig bag. 


In true tradition, the Fender’s Artist Signature Series honors popular and iconic musicians through product progression and storytelling, creating instruments inspired by the unique specifications of the world’s greatest guitarists and bassists. To learn more about the Duff McKagan Deluxe Precision Bass, click here; and images can be found here.  For product images of the Fender ’62 Princeton Chris Stapleton Edition, please click here. Detailed specs for the amplifier are here.  


For technical specs, additional information on new Fender products and to find a retail partner near you, visit www.fender.com. Join the conversation on social media by following @Fender. 






Since 1946, Fender has revolutionized music and culture as one of the world’s leading musical instrument manufacturers, marketers and distributors. Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC), whose portfolio of brands includes Fender®, Squier®, Gretsch® guitars, Jackson®, EVH® and Charvel®, follows a player-centric approach to crafting the highest quality instruments and musical solutions across genres. FMIC is dedicated to unlocking the power of music through electric and acoustic guitars, amplifiers, pro audio, accessories and digital products that inspire and enable musical expression at every stage, from beginners to history-making legends. Schumacher, Eminence, Filson, Hipshot & Seymour Dunacan are trademarks and registered trademarks of their respective owners. 

<![CDATA[Avid Unveils Sibelius 2019 - NAMM 2019]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/avid-unveils-sibelius-2019---namm-2019 Sat, 26 Jan 2019 10:52:38 GMT

Avid Unveils Sibelius 2019 to Help Musicians Be More Creative, Sound Better, and Compose Beautifully Rendered Scores Faster 

Industry-leading music composition and notation software introduces powerful capabilities that make creativity and collaboration easier and faster than ever


The NAMM Show (North Hall, Booth #15502) Anaheim, Calif., Jan. 24, 2019Avid®(Nasdaq: AVID), the leading technology provider that powers the media and entertainment industry, today announced the immediate availability of Sibelius 2019, the world’s best-selling music notation software. Debuting at The NAMM Show 2019, Sibelius 2019 introduces powerful new capabilities that enable faster, more creative workflows while limiting time consuming tasks that detract from the creative process.


Sibelius is the industry standard in music notation software and is used by award-winning artists on the world’s most celebrated compositions. Available from the product family including Sibelius | First, Sibelius and Sibelius | Ultimate, Sibelius 2019 delivers exciting features that improve review workflows and score navigation and composition—igniting creativity and collaboration for everyone from students and aspiring music creatives to professional musicians, composers and orchestrators. New in Sibelius 2019:


  • Review Mode to grant limited access to scores – Available for Sibelius | Ultimate, Review Mode allows users to grant limited access to view, navigate, copy passages, and play back scores without risking accidental changes. Copyists and composers can safely review a score before orchestrating the music or teachers can check a student’s notation to grade their work without making any unintended changes. 
  • Instant play back when navigating a score – Using the Go-To-Bar and Go-To-Page functions (or the Timeline in Sibelius | Ultimate), users can navigate to any location in a score and immediately start playback. This enables users to quickly hear and compare passages to keep music creation and arranging momentum moving smoothly.


“From film scoring stages, concert halls, to classrooms, Sibelius is the industry’s most used and trusted software for music notation,” said Rob D’Amico, Director, Audio Solutions Marketing at Avid. “Throughout 2018, our regular releases for Sibelius have provided new features and enhancements to accelerate composing and arranging so users can quickly and easily write and publish beautiful scores. Sibelius 2019 expands upon our vision to provide our community of award-winning composers, educators, students and enthusiasts with the tools they need to collaborate and create compelling content.”


Sibelius 2019 is available now. For more information, visit: http://www.avid.com/sibelius.




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.


© 2019 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[Hartke Introduces HD508 Bass Combo - NAMM 2019]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/hartke-introduces-hd508-bass-combo---namm-2019 Sat, 26 Jan 2019 10:50:28 GMT


NAMM 2019: Hartke Introduces HD508 Bass Combo, Offering 500 Watts of Class D Power Via Four 8” Patented HyDrive Speakers


The HD508 and all of Hartke’s bass amplification products will be on display at
NAMM 2019,
Booth 6410, Hall C


Anaheim, CA (January 24, 2019) – Hartke, an industry leader in bass amplification, introduces the HD508 Bass Combo, the latest addition to the popular HD Series, at NAMM 2019.  Packing four 8” Hartke patented HyDrive speakers and a 500-watt Class D amplifier into a sleek enclosure weighing only 49 pounds, the HD508 provides exceptional bass tone to any rehearsal, stage or studio.


Iconic HyDrive Design

HyDrive speakers feature carefully crafted paper/aluminum hybrid cone drivers. The hybrid makeup delivers an exceptional blend of warmth and attack that cannot be attained by traditional all-paper bass speakers. The HD508 packs four 8” HyDrive speakers into a single cabinet, creating a combined cone area larger than that of a 15” speaker and is able to reproduce a wider audio range than a single 15.


Power and Portability

Beyond the impeccable tone of the HyDrive speakers, the HD508 offers tremendous power in a highly-portable design. Its lightweight Class D amplifier produces a room shaking 500 watts of power capable of filling any rehearsal space, recording studio or performance venue. And weighing just 49 pounds in all, the HD508 can be easily transported via its molded strap carry handle, metal side carry handles or removable casters.


Shaping Sound

The HD508 includes a selectable Shape circuit that allows you to dial in a specialized EQ curve designed to improve tone through selective boosts and cuts across the frequency range. Additionally, a 3-band EQ provides further customization options.

Product Features

  • Lightweight Class D combo amplifier that weighs 49lbs
  • 500 watts of power
  • Four 8” HyDrive paper/aluminum hybrid cone drivers
  • Top-mounted control panel
  • Hartke’s Shape EQ knob with variable filter
  • 3-band (Bass, Mid, Treble) EQ
  • XLR direct output
  • 1/8" stereo Aux input
  • 1⁄4" headphone output
  • 1⁄4" bass input
  • Effects loop
  • Perforated steel grille
  • Molded strap carry handle
  • Two metal side carry handles
  • Four removable casters included


The Hartke HD508 will be available for sale at major MI retailers for $699.99 starting in May 2019.



About Hartke

Hartke revolutionized bass amplification in 1984 when founder Larry Hartke created a unique aluminum cone driver that produced a bass tone with broader dynamics than had ever been heard before. Since then, Hartke has developed a wide range of amplifier and speaker models for various instruments and has introduced their unique sound to a whole new generation of musicians from all genres. Their success can be attributed to Hartke's reputation for quality and excellence, making them one of the largest producers of bass amplification in the world.


To connect with Hartke, visit hartke.com, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

<![CDATA[NAMM 2019: Samson Introduces RS112A And RS115A 400W 2-Way Active Loudspeakers]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/namm-2019-samson-introduces-rs112a-and-rs115a-400w-2-way-active-loudspeakers Sat, 26 Jan 2019 10:47:44 GMT


NAMM 2019: Samson’s RS112A and RS115A 400W 2-Way Active Loudspeakers Provide Powerful, Versatile and Convenient Sound Reinforcement with Bluetooth®


The RS112A and RS115A and all of Samson’s consumer and professional audio solutions will be on display at NAMM 2019, Booth 14116, ACC North, Level 1


Anaheim, CA (January 24, 2019) – Samson, an industry pioneer in professional audio products, announces the RS112A and RS115A 400W 2-Way Active Loudspeakers at NAMM 2019. The RS112A and RS115A offer powerful, versatile and convenient sound reinforcement to a wide range of audio applications. Easy to transport and set up, these powerful speakers each feature an onboard mixer with mic/line input options, Bluetooth audio streaming and a USB Wireless port for connecting Samson XPD Series wireless microphone systems.


Wide-Ranging Power

With a bi-amped design (separate amplifiers for high and low frequencies), both the RS112A and RS115A offer accurate sound and an impressive 400 watts of power. This power is delivered through 12" (RS112A) and 15" (RS115A) extended range woofers with large voice coils (2” and 2.5” respectively) that provide excellent coverage and clarity, while keeping the low-end tight and punchy. Each model’s 1" tweeter adds smooth, crisp highs to produce a balanced audio image.


Seamless Mixing and Connectivity

Both speakers feature an onboard mixer equipped with two selectable Mic/Line XLR-1/4” combo input channels with variable compressor controls. An additional channel offers an 1/8" line level input, Bluetooth connectivity and a USB Wireless port for use with Samson XPD Series wireless microphone systems (sold separately). The RS speakers also include an XLR Mix output for daisy chaining additional speakers to expand the system.


Durable and Portable 

In addition to its high-impact polypropylene cabinet construction, the RS112A and RS115A are fitted with full metal grilles that provide maximum component protection. Each cabinet offers horizontal/angled floor monitor positioning options, as well as a 1 3/8" pole mount for stand placement. In addition, both RS speakers include convenient top and side carry handles for easy transport.


Product Features

  • 2-way active loudspeakers
  • 400 watts Peak/170 watts RMS of power
  • RS112A: 12” extended range low frequency driver with 2” voice coil
  • RS115A: 15” extended range low frequency driver with 2.5” voice coil
  • 1” high frequency driver
  • Two selectable Mic/Line XLR-1/4” combo inputs with variable compressor controls
  • Bluetooth connectivity to connect wireless music sources
  • 1/8" (3.5mm) Aux input for stereo line level devices (MP3 players, keyboards, etc.)
  • XPD Wireless port for use with Samson XPD Series USB Digital Wireless Systems (sold separately)
  • Independent volume controls on all channels
  • XLR Mix output for daisy chaining additional speakers
  • Signal/Limit indicator
  • Solid polypropylene enclosure with impact resistant design
  • Full perforated metal grille protects all speaker components
  • Three large ergonomic carry handles
  • Integrated 1 3/8” speaker stand mount
  • Floor monitor positioning options


The Samson RS112A ($179.99) and RS115A ($199.99) will be available for sale at major MI retailers starting in April 2019.





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 or Instagram.


<![CDATA[TransAudio Group Introduce New Auratone Amp At Winter NAMM 2019]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/transaudio-group-introduce-new-auratone-amp-at-winter-namm-2019 Sat, 26 Jan 2019 10:08:54 GMT




LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 2019: TransAudio Group, U.S. distributor of super high-end professional recording equipment, will debut Auratone’s new A2-30 amplifier at NAMM 2019 in Anaheim. Purpose-built to complement the legendary TECnology Hall of Fame Auratone 5C Super Sound Cube reference monitors, the A2-30 amplifier powers two 8 Ohm loudspeakers at 30W each. Like the 5C Super Sound Cubes, the A2-30 amplifier is full of heart but intentionally short on bells and whistles – nothing but a power switch, a status LED, and pro-grade I/O. Visit the TransAudio Group NAMM booth 14914 to experience the sublime honesty of the Auratone A2-30 + 5C Super Sound Cube combo.


“In addition to sounding beautifully neutral and giving the 5C Super Cubes every opportunity to raise auditory ‘red flags’ when aspects of a mix aren’t sitting right – which is obviously its most important characteristic – the Auratone A2-30 amplifier looks really cool,” noted Brad Lunde, founder and president of TransAudio Group. “It’s the exact same size and shape as a 5C Super Sound Cube!  We’ll have a unit on hand at NAMM for visitors to check out, and we expect to start shipping shortly after NAMM ends.”


The Auratone A2-30 will be sold in the U.S. bundled with a pair of 5C Super Sound Cube Monitors for $669 MAP.





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








<![CDATA[Avantone Pro Introduces New Active CLA-10A Studio Monitors - NAMM 2019]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/avantone-pro-introduces-new-active-cla-10a-studio-monitors---namm-2019 Sat, 26 Jan 2019 10:00:37 GMT


Avantone Pro pushes all-new active studio monitor system with CLA-10A communiqué


TALLMAN, NY, USA: affordable high-quality audio products producer Avantone Pro is proud to announce upcoming availability of its CLA-10A — an active studio monitor system following hot on the heels of last year’s CLA-10 passive studio monitor and complementary CLA-200 Studio Reference Amplifier, both developed in close collaboration with GRAMMY® Award-winning mix engineer Chris Lord-Alge (to whom they not only owe their shared ‘initials’ but also their very existence) — at The 2019 NAMM Show, January 24-27 in Anaheim, California...


Avantone Pro unleashed its CLA-10 classic studio reference monitor — manufactured as a full-range, two-way passive pair for fixed or remote locations while also accurately recreating an iconic studio monitoring mainstay, much loved in the music industry among pop and rock recording engineers to this day as a valuable mixing tool with which to reveal shortcomings in recordings — upon an unsuspecting world in June 2018; it has since become the number one-selling passive studio monitor in the world. Within months, the complementary CLA-200 Studio Reference Amplifier successfully filled the void for a reasonably-priced, classically-designed Class A/B amplifier as a dynamic, high-output, high-resolution, full-range system built the ‘old school’ way.


With today’s timely announcement, Avantone Pro is all set to divide and conquer with its CLA-10A active monitoring system. Said system shares the same 35mm AV10-MHF high frequency silk dome-based tweeter and custom-designed 180mm AV10-MLF low-frequency driver — based on paper cone construction with ‘old-school’ speaker design artistry, thanks to the finest pulp material that performs as closely as possible to the original by being press formed rather than die cut for tonal consistency — found in the perennially popular CLA-10, as well as its cabinet construction. Being an active design, each pair of CLA-10A monitors make beautiful music together, thanks to their matching beefy A/B power amplifiers.


Avantone Pro has been constantly asked which version of the original studio monitoring mainstay its CLA-10 is based upon; ultimately, the company can now proudly proclaim... all of them! Thoughtfully, the CLA-10A boasts a rear-mounted VTPC (Variable Tissue Paper Control) knob that allows users to simulate anything — from the vertical ‘m’ model to the horizontal ‘Studio’ version — and everything in-between. Better still, this tone control effectively enables each user to choose the tweeter brightness that best serves their individual needs.


Needless to say, most two-way active studio monitor designs deploy a switch mode power supply and Class D amplifier. While this has proved to work well in recent years, Avantone Pro still places value on tradition. Bolstered by the success of the CLA-10 and CLA-200 Studio Reference Amplifier, Avantone Pro’s designers decided to stay with what engineers the world over have come to expect from that killer combination. As a result, the CLA-10A uses a linear power supply to deliver 200W of Class A/B output. Obviously a heat sink is required to do so. So it weighs more as a result. Resultant sound, though, is simply awesome.


Achieving that awesome-sounding result involves using a monolithic integrated circuit Class A/B amplifier with wide voltage range and high current-capable output. Operating in Parallel Mode — with two devices ganged together to deliver higher output power into low impedance loads — makes for better thermal load performance at high power. At low power, THD (Total Harmonic Distortion) is a phenomenal 0.005%; at rated load it is 0.1%, yielding excellent performance at power compared to Class D amps. The circuit uses a mixed bipolar MOS high-voltage technology called BCDII 100/120, which avoids secondary breakdown phenomena by handling high-current output without unwieldy circuit complexity and external components. Consequently, this makes it possible to deliver very high power in a reasonable package with the clean, smooth sound of a linear amplifier.


Actually, the system itself is being run at +/-40 VDC, yielding a rock-solid 200W RMS at 1kHz into 8 ohms. Obviously, rather than use an SMPS (Switch Mode Power Supply) with the associated noise that entails, Avantone Pro opted to take a traditional design route, remaining with a linear power supply. So the power supply itself uses a massive ‘old-school’ toroidal transformer to create the classic performance of an A/B amplifier. Although many companies choose to use an SMPS and Class D for this kind of system, Avantone Pro decided to stay with classic technology to maintain the legacy sound that everybody associates with this design. Duly done, mission accomplished duly achieved... an active studio monitor system fit for following hot on the heels of last year’s CLA-10 passive studio monitor and complementary CLA-200 Studio Reference Amplifier!


The CLA-10A arrives at Avantone Pro’s US Dealers (http://www.avantonepro.com/us-dealers.php) in late-March/early-April 2019, with a MAP of $999.00 USD per pair. (Worldwide Distributors are listed by country here: http://www.avantonepro.com/worldwide.php)


For more in-depth information, please visit the dedicated CLA-10A webpage here: http://www.avantonepro.com/cla-10a.php Watch five-time GRAMMY® Award-winning mix engineer Chris Lord-Alge’s compelling CLA-10A introductory video here:



About Avantone Pro (www.avantonepro.com)

As a producer of affordable, high-quality microphones, studio monitors, and accessories, Avantone Pro is a different kind of audio company — a creative vehicle, in effect, enabling its core team to bring to market the things viewed as missing in the industry. Indeed, this could be anything as simple as meeting a particular price point to give excellent quality for reasonable pricing to a product that simply does not exist until built by that team. Far from using the shotgun approach to creating a product line, however, each and every product produced has passion and purpose driving it forward. Regardless of whether attracting a two- or four-figure price tag, attention to design is consistent throughout all Avantone Pro products. Performance comes first, of course, but a great deal of design time is spent creating visually attractive products. Put it this way: the company collectively enjoys classic, timeless designs itself; it is convinced, therefore, that others feel the same way! With its microphones and monitors used in studios around the world — whether within home-based project setups or world-renowned multi-million-dollar facilities, Avantone Pro is sensitive to the real-world operating budgets of bigger and smaller studios alike but also appreciates struggling songwriters/artists who are passionate about creating great music yet must adhere to budget limitations based on common sense spending. Since it strives to offer products that anyone would be proud to own and have long-term use of in the quest for creating great music, even those on a budget can comfortably access Avantone Pro’s world-class sound.


© 2019 Avantone Pro


<![CDATA[Earthworks Debuts Bold New Live Vocal Microphone - Winter NAMM 2019]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/earthworks-debuts-bold-new-live-vocal-microphone---winter-namm-2019 Fri, 25 Jan 2019 11:23:33 GMT


Earthworks Debuts Bold New Live Vocal Microphone



Milford, NH – Earthworks announces its newest microphone for live vocals, the SR314.


Social currency in music exists in concert halls and arenas, fairgrounds and festivals. Live music is the space that is fueling the industry. Now is the time for us to step up the game; to start delivering microphones with the swagger and presence that the venue demands.


The new Earthworks SR314 is a precision-engineered cardioid condenser microphone designed from the ground up to deliver a fresh approach to vocal miking in live performance environments.


Uncompromising Earthworks performance within a bold stainless steel chassis that perfectly blends retro and futuristic, the SR314 is for vocalists who expect as much from their instruments as they do from themselves.


Key features of the SR314 include rich open natural sound captured in a tight cardioid polar pattern that is consistent throughout the full frequency range. 145dB SPL handling and an extended 20Hz-30kHz frequency response are the footnotes on a vocal microphone as brilliant and striking as the rest of the instruments onstage.


The SR314 ships with an MC4 microphone clip and 8.5-inch padded protective bag.


MAP on the SR314 is $699.


Shipping March 2019.


NAMM #14902









<![CDATA[PACE Anti-Piracy Introduces Eden 5.0 - NAMM 2019]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/pace-anti-piracy-introduces-eden-5.0---namm-2019 Fri, 25 Jan 2019 11:19:55 GMT


Eden 5.0 for iLok Protected Software





Today, PACE Anti-Piracy, Inc. has released a major upgrade to their Copy Protection and License Management toolset and end user software—Eden 5.0


The Eden 5.0 release includes many updates and enhancements for PACE’s Publisher Partners—software publishers that use iLok to protect their intellectual property and their end user customers. The new version has major increases in security, performance, and ease-of-use for software developers.

For PACE's publisher partners that use the Eden SDK, several new Windows security countermeasures, as well as enhancements that enable faster build times of protected products are included in Eden 5.0.

Periodic license checks have also been added to the Eden 5.0 Wrapper to provide an additional level of protection.

The Fusion parser has been updated to provide improved support of C++11 through C++17 language standards.

PACE is also announcing that the iLok Cloud feature is enabled for all publishers that want to offer their customers the ability to activate without a dongle.

For convenience, iLok Cloud-enabled Eden Tools licenses are now available for Eden 5.0, so developers can authorize the Eden 5.0 SDK tools without an iLok. Developers that use PACE’s Digital Signing Service will also be able to sign their binaries without an iLok by leveraging Eden 5.0’s iLok Cloud licensing feature.

For End-User Customers, Eden 5.0 Features

  • Auto-updating of the iLok License Manager
  • Automatic download and installation of License Support by the wrapper, as needed
  • Notification of iLok Cloud use
  • Faster load times of protected products 



Eden 5.0 is available today to software publishers as an option when updating their products.

Statement from PACE's CEO

Allen Cronce, CEO of PACE Anti-Piracy, Inc. states:
“This version of the Eden SDK is our best yet, setting a new standard for security, quality, performance, and ease of use.”


Meet PACE Anti-Piracy at NAMM 2019

PACE Anti-Piracy will exhibit in booth 14800 at NAMM 2019 in Anaheim, CA., January 24th – 27th, 2019. Software publishers are very welcome visit the booth, where the PACE team will be happy to answer any questions.




About PACE Anti-Piracy, Inc. PACE Anti-Piracy, Inc. is a privately held company based in San Jose, California. Since 1985, PACE has provided software publishers and distributors with high-quality solutions for secure software distribution. PACE products are used by a growing number of world-class software publishers and millions of end users around the world. Learn more


<![CDATA[Fender Introduces New Amplifier Offerings - Winter NAMM 2019]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/fender-introduces-new-amplifier-offerings---winter-namm-2019 Fri, 25 Jan 2019 11:15:55 GMT




Mustang LT25, Bassbreaker 30R, Rumble LT25 and Rumble 800HD debut at WNAMM 2019 


HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. (January 25, 2019)—Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) today announced a new lineup of guitar and bass amplifiers debuting at Winter NAMM 2019 in Anaheim, Calif. The additions include the Mustang LT25, featuring an easy-to-use interface and versatility; the stage-ready Bassbreaker 30R and Rumble 800HD that provide a plethora of features at an accessible price point; and the Rumble LT25, the ideal practice amp for bass players. These models join the Fender ’62 Princeton® Chris Stapleton Edition Artist Signature Series amplifier slated for release February 2019.  


Among the guitar amplifier additions is the Mustang LT25, ideal for beginners and students, with a super-simple user interface and a collection of 50 presets covering a wide range of music—a “greatest hits” of electric guitar tones. The versatile signal chain with high-quality onboard amp and effects models produces amazing tones, making it an ideal practice amp for home or office for those that do not require the signal-path flexibility and wireless connectivity of Fender’s Mustang GT series amps. 


“The Mustang LT25 has very high-quality sounds in it, but is designed to be extremely easy to use,” said Shane Nicholas, Director of Product Development – Amplifiers. “Even a beginner can simply spin the preset wheel and find sounds for any kind of music. This is the first guitar amp in this price range that has the luxury of a full-color LCD display. This, along with the simplified control set, helps users to navigate or write presets with very little effort, and they probably won’t need to read the manual.”  


Ripping a page from the supercharged high-gain distortion and spacious reverb of the popular BassbreakerTM 15, the 30-watt Bassbreaker 30R adds full channel-switching capability to allow for precise, individual control over clean and distorted tones—while the built-in effects loop offers yet another chance to custom-tailor a player’s sound. Boasting a single 12” Celestion® V-Type speaker, this easily portable combo amp packs the punch of distinctively crunchy Bassbreaker tone. The EL84 tubes respond with uncanny accuracy to pick attack and control settings from mid- to high-gain.  


“We’ve had great success with our Bassbreaker 15 combo, and received plenty of requests for a larger version with channel switching,” Nicholas added. “Fender cleans and high-gain distortion in the same box makes the Bassbreaker 30R a dream amp for many guitarists. It’s really the right amount of power and versatility for almost anyone who needs a compact tube amp for stage use, especially with its touch-sensitive response to picking dynamics.”  


Among the new amps for bass players in 2019 is the Rumble LT25, ideal for any bassist who wants a great-sounding, easy-to-use amp with a super-simple user interface and control set. A collection of 50 presets covers a wide range of music—a “greatest hits” of electric bass tones. The amp also features a versatile signal chain with high-quality onboard amp and effects models that produce amazing tones. “Our Rumble series amps have been extremely popular for years,” said Nicholas. “Given its wealth of bass-specific amp tones and effects, the luxury of a full-color LCD display, and a simplified control set, the Rumble LT25 is the ideal practice amp for your home or office. Loud and full-sounding, we packed a ton of performance into a small package.” 


The Rumble 800 Head is ideal for players who want old-school vintage vibe and high-tech modern tones in the same easy-to-use amplifier. The super-simple control interface makes it easy to dial-in the right bass tone for any gig. Its pure low-end and high-quality tone-shaping tools will please any bassist who desires a high-powered, lightweight rig. Like all Fender bass amplifiers, the Rumble 800 Head delivers thick, natural tone that sits perfectly in your live or studio mix.  


Fender continues its dominance in the amplifier space with newly expanded guitar and bass amp additions in 2019; they include:   

·         Fender ’62 Princeton Chris Stapleton – $1,999.99 – Launching February 2019 

·         Bassbreaker™30R, 120V - $899.99 – Launching February 2019  

·         Mustang LT25 - $199.99 – Launching March 2019  

·         Rumble™ LT25, 120V - $179.99 – Launching March 2019  

·         Rumble™800 HD, 120V - $599.99 – Launching March 2019  



To learn more about Fender’s 2019 amplifier additions and for product descriptions of each model, click here. 


For technical specs, additional information on new Fender products and to find a retail partner near you, visit www.fender.com. Join the conversation on social media by following @Fender.  










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<![CDATA[Ernie Ball Introduces VPJR Tuner Pedal At Winter NAMM 2019]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/ernie-ball-introduces-vpjr-tuner-pedal-at-winter-namm-2019 Fri, 25 Jan 2019 10:33:08 GMT


Ernie Ball Introduces VPJR Tuner Pedal



(The NAMM Show, Anaheim, CA – January 24, 2019) – Ernie Ball (Booth 4320, D5), the world's premier manufacturer of guitar strings, musical instrument accessories and volume pedals, introduces the new Ernie Ball VPJR Tuner pedal, a two-in-one unit offering the perfect combination: an enhanced-definition digital tuner and volume control.


The pedal features a fast and accurate chromatic tuner with graphic volume display that is visually attractive and easy to operate. The large display, easily seen under low-light stage conditions and in direct sunlight, automatically switches between tuner and volume modes depending on the signal level, allowing the player to tune at minimal volume. However, other "always on" configurations are accessible via a double tap on the touch screen. The tuner can also be calibrated to a variety of ideal reference pitches.


The pedal's compact, rugged design features a junior-sized chassis consisting of a tough aircraft grade aluminum housing. The pedal also features an ultra-durable PVC-coated braided Kevlar® cord that improves strength and potentiometer traction to ensure consistent tension throughout the smooth foot sweep.


Ernie Ball VPJR Tuner pedal features:

  • Combined tuner and active volume pedal saves space, power, and signal routing on pedal boards
  • Fast and accurate chromatic tuner and graphic volume display
  • Enhanced definition touch screen
  • Intelligent display activates tuner mode at minimum volume, and a graphic volume readout when signal is present
  • Treadle can be routed as a gain control or as a master volume control
  • Discrete buffer circuit with no tone loss through any signal chain
  • Accepts industry standard 9-18 Volt power adapters (not included)
  • Stronger PVC coated braided Kevlar cord improves strength and traction
  • Available in four colors: Gold, Black, Red, and White


Pricing and availability are TBA.


See video here: https://youtu.be/TnBLO322jUE.




About Ernie Ball:

In 1962, veteran player and teacher Ernie Ball created Slinkys®, the iconic light gauge electric guitar strings widely revered by hundreds of guitar greats including Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Jimmy Page, Paul McCartney, Metallica, Brad Paisley, Slash, John Petrucci, The Edge and John Mayer. In addition to industry-standard strings, as well as hand-crafted high-end Music Man® guitars and basses, Ernie Ball Inc. offers state-of-the-art instrument accessories that are carried in more than 6,000 stores in the U.S. and 120 countries worldwide. The family-run company maintains its founder's dedication to preserving the musician's playing experience and delivering superior sound quality through the development of new products, such as Cobalt Slinkys, M-Steel, Earthwood and the revolutionary Element Shield Packaging, keeping each set as fresh as the day they were made. The company also fosters artist development through musician-focused programs such as the world's largest and longest running Battle of the Bands, where unsigned bands compete each year for the chance to play live on national tours, festivals and events. Visit them online atwww.ernieball.com and www.music-man.com.


Ernie Ball Customer Service / customerservice@ernieball.com


Ernie Ball/Music Man is exhibiting at Booth 4320, D5 at the 2019 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California.


<![CDATA[TASCAM Unveils Expandable SERIES USB Audio/MIDI Interfaces - NAMM 2019]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/tascam-unveils-expandable-series-usb-audiomidi-interfaces---namm-2019 Fri, 25 Jan 2019 10:21:37 GMT


TASCAM Unveils Expandable SERIES
USB Audio/MIDI Interfaces
Santa Fe Springs, CA - January 2019... 
TASCAM's new SERIES 102i 10-in, 2-out and SERIES 208i 20-in, 8-out audio-MIDI interfaces deliver 24-bit, 192 kHz recording and playback to a Mac, Windows PC, or iPad, with the superb audio performance one expects from TASCAM. Controllable with included custom software, the two versatile SERIES USB 2.0 interfaces feature powerful DSP input and output mixers with built-in digital reverb, compressor, phase invert, and four-band EQ for each channel. Having these processors included internally eliminates all latency issues and takes the load off the computer, allowing the PC/Mac to process the audio more efficiently.
Perfect for guitarists, songwriters and small studio owners, the compact SERIES 102i audio/MIDI interface provides 2 analog mic/line/instrument combo inputs with TASCAM's transparent, natural-sounding, low-noise Ultra-HDDA mic preamps and individually switched, +48 volt phantom power. The interface can be expanded up to 10 total inputs using its Optical S/MUX port, which can accept up to 8 channels of audio input from an ADAT- or S/MUX-compatible device. The SERIES 102i also provides dual headphone outputs with dedicated level control and two balanced, ¼-inch line outputs for versatile monitoring.
Series 208i
A great choice for professional studio and live recording, the SERIES 208i features four analog mic/line/instrument combo inputs with Ultra-HDDA mic preamps and individually switched phantom power. It can be expanded up to 20 total inputs using a pair of Optical S/MUX ports, each of which can accept up to 8 channels of audio input from an ADAT- or S/MUX-compatible device. Eight balanced, ¼-inch line outputs enable multiple monitor mixes or up to 7.1 surround monitoring. You also get dual headphone outputs with dedicated level control. Word clock in and out ensures correct synchronization with other digital audio devices.
Both interfaces come with Steinberg's Cubase LE DAW software for Windows and macOS and Cubasis LE app for iPad. The included IK Multimedia AmpliTube guitar effects/modeling software and T-RackS mastering software provide the tools you need to deliver high-quality, polished recording projects. The IK Multimedia software is provided in both free standing and plug-in versions for complete, versatile recording, mixing, and mastering.
Series 102i
Free, easy-to-use TASCAM Control software manages faders, processing, and the ability to route any audio input (analog, optical, and USB) to any audio output. A new USB driver offers very high stability, ensuring 100% reliable performance every time.
The SERIES 102i and 208i interfaces' angled tabletop design offers easy access to all front-panel controls. A large front-panel Monitor knob ensures you can quickly adjust the monitor output level, and a handy Monitor Balance control enables mixing live input with computer playback for zero-latency overdubs. Rear-panel 5-pin DIN MIDI In and Out jacks allows connection of your favorite MIDI devices. A Kensington key lock helps keep your gear safe. TASCAM SERIES interfaces looks great, too, with a new silver look and modern, high-tech design.
TASCAM SERIES 102i and 208i interfaces are available at estimated street pricing of $399.99 and $499.99, respectively, at your favorite TASCAM dealer. For more information, visit www.tascam.com.
TASCAM is the professional audio division of TEAC Corporation and produces the most comprehensive line of audio recorders, mixers and related equipment in the professional audio industry. TASCAM has offices in the U.S., Germany, Japan, Mexico and Latin America.
10410 Pioneer Blvd, Unit #1
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
Tel: 323-726-0303
<![CDATA[Waves Audio Introduces A Revolutionary Workflow With The CLA MixHub Plugin - NAMM 2019]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/waves-audio-introduces-a-revolutionary-workflow-with-the-cla-mixhub-plugin---namm-2019 Fri, 25 Jan 2019 10:16:24 GMT


Waves Audio Introduces a Revolutionary Workflow with the CLA MixHub Plugin
The NAMM Show, Anaheim, CA, January 24, 2019 — Waves Audio (booth 15302), a leading provider of digital signal processing solutions and digital music production tools, introduces the CLA MixHub plugin, developed together with GRAMMY® winning engineer Chris Lord-Alge. The first plugin of its kind, CLA MixHub captures the smooth console workflow and rich analog sound of Chris Lord-Alge’s mixes. Mix up to 64 tracks – all from the same plugin window – using channel strips modeled from CLA’s personal console. Mix musically, within the context of a song, as swiftly and effortlessly as your ideas come.
Plugins normally work on only one channel at a time. CLA MixHub is the first plugin to work in buckets – groupings of up to eight channels, in up to eight buckets in total. In other words, you can mix up to 64 channels from one CLA MixHub plugin window. By mixing tracks side by side in the MixHub’s buckets, you’ll gain a mixing perspective that lets you immediately hear how one track’s processing affects others within a song.
The channel strips are meticulously modeled from the ground up with the latest technology, directly from Chris Lord-Alge’s personal console – the same console that Chris has used to mix a huge number of hits, from Green Day, Muse and Sugarland to Keith Urban and many more.
Once CLA MixHub is inserted on the channels in your mix, you can assign your tracks to buckets and begin making adjustments on the fly – mixing dynamics, EQ, saturation and more at a free-flowing pace without needing to switch plugin windows in your DAW.
While mixing, you can flip between two plugin view modes: Bucket view, with control of up to eight channels at a time, or Channel view, focusing on a single channel’s processing chain.
Each channel consists of five sections: Input, dynamics, EQ, output, and an insert point. Each processing module can be expanded to reveal additional functionality.
Input Section
The input section handles high- and low-pass filtering and switchable harmonic distortion. The “line” control models the line amp in Chris’s console, adding light saturation. For more extreme drive, kick in the mic pre. This, in effect, is like running a line-level signal through the console’s microphone preamp.
The dynamics section includes two flavors of compression: the console’s built-in compressor, as well as Chris’s favored “Bluey” (Waves CLA-76 Compressor/Limiter) compressor. Also included: a gate, expander and ducker with a “hold” control and flexible sidechain options for shaping a sound’s envelope – as Chris calls it, it’s a “super-gate.”
The EQ section includes four bands of parametric EQ, from wide bells to narrow boost and cuts, loaded with the console’s original ballistics and Q characteristics.
The output section includes a VU meter and plasma-style PPM meter, plus a stereo imaging control and an output fader.
Insert Point
In MixHub’s channel view, the insert point can be used for adding an additional Waves plugin to your MixHub’s chain, making it a one-stop solution for your entire mix.
Chris Lord-Alge comments, “Mixing in buckets means the world to me. It’s one of the secrets to my success and to my fast-paced, decisive mixing. By creating this plugin, I’m able to give others access to that same quick workflow in a plugin, pushing the envelope of in-the-box mixing to the next, CLA-approved level.”
CLA MixHub features:
  • Mix with the console workflow and rich analog console sound of legendary mixer Chris Lord-Alge
  • Meticulous hardware modelling of Chris’s console with added functionality
  • Mix swiftly and efficiently with a clear perspective
  • Control up to 64 channels from a single plugin window: Build up to 8 “buckets,” each containing eight channels from across your mix session
  • Flip anytime between bucket view and single-channel view
  • Insert slot: Load an extra Waves plugin within each CLA MixHub channel strip
  • Re-order your processing chain within the plugin
  • Flexible dynamics sidechaining
  • Includes Chris Lord-Alge’s personal presets
The CLA MixHub plugin is included in the Waves Mercury, SD7 Pro Show and Pro Show bundles.
To learn more, visit https://www.waves.com/mixhub.
Introducing CLA MixHub: Your Mix. Evolved.
CLA MixHub Explained – Tutorial with Chris Lord-Alge
Waves CLA MixHub plugin user interface
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[Slate Introduces Raven MTZ At Winter NAMM 2019]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/slate-introduces-raven-mtz-at-winter-namm-2019 Fri, 25 Jan 2019 10:12:30 GMT




In 2012, Slate Media Technology realized that in order to get the most immersive studio workflow, no better solution existed than to turn the screen into a world-class control surface. So we created the RAVEN, a multi-touch monitor that integrates seamlessly with DAW software.

Fast forward to now, RAVENs are frequently found in top studios around the world, including those of Snoop, Will.i.am, Steve Aoki, Mark Needham, Dolly Parton, and many more.

Today we’re proud to announce the next evolution of the large format professional RAVEN Series, the RAVEN MTZ!



It boasts a 43″ projective capacitance no-bezel panel with TEN ultra-accurate multi-touch points. With a depth of only 1.5″, the MTZ is the ultimate solution for the modern professional studio.

The first RAVEN MTZ will be installed in the world-famous NRG Recording Studios Mix Room C, where it will replace an older large-format analog console.

The MTZ will also feature multiple desk options made by top manufacturers such as Zaor, Argosy, Sterling Modular, and more.






<![CDATA[Washburn Debuts 4N Signature Nuno Bettencourt Guitar At Winter NAMM 2019 ]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/washburn-debuts-4n-signature-nuno-bettencourt-guitar-at-winter-namm-2019 Fri, 25 Jan 2019 10:07:56 GMT


Washburn Debuts 4N Signature Nuno Bettencourt Guitar at Winter NAMM 2019



ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA, January 25, 2019 — For the better part of three decades, guitar virtuoso Nuno Bettencourt and Washburn have paired up to design and craft the platinum-selling guitarist’s main axes. This incredible partnership resulted in the celebrated N4 guitar, and today Washburn unveiled a market version of the visionary player’s latest Washburn collaboration, the 4N. The new model, whose namesake accompanied Bettencourt on tours and gigs for the last several years, launched at Winter NAMM 2019 in KMC’s Booth #6814 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California.


“Nuno Bettencourt’s storied career is a piece of Washburn’s modern legacy,” said Washburn Vice President & General Manager Gil Soucy. “The partnership has now resulted in a new, totally unique guitar that will thrill experienced players and the next generation of rockers alike. The 4N makes an excellent addition to any player’s collection and offers the chance to experience and reimagine Bettencourt’s distinctive sound.”

The new 4N is crafted with an alder body, ebony fretboard and birds-eye maple neck. It features the Stephens Extended Cutaway, a Seymour Duncan ’59 pickup in the neck position and a Bill Lawrence L-500 in the bridge. A Floyd Rose Original Tremolo unit is paired with a Kahler nut, and a single volume control and three-way selector switch round out the guitar’s electronics.


The team at the Washburn Custom Shop went to pain-staking lengths to capture and recreate the uniqueness of Nuno’s 4N. Proving the exacting precision and dedication of Washburn’s guitar makers, the head of WCS Chris Meade even created a custom set of tools to accurately measure the neck on Bettencourt’s personal 4N. From that point forward, every effort was made to get the feel and look captured perfectly. 


Nuno Bettencourt was launched into the annals of rock history as lead guitarist for the platinum-selling band Extreme in the 1980s, and has since developed a career as an acclaimed solo musician, as Musical Director for the multi Grammy Award-winning songwriter Rihanna and a member of Steve Vai’s touring super group of guitarists Generation Axe.




About Washburn

An authentic American original since 1883, Washburn Guitars has been designing and manufacturing stringed instruments —guitars, mandolins, banjos, and ukuleles— for some of the biggest names in rock, folk, and blues who have made some of history’s most famous music with a Washburn. While its roots are firmly planted in providing some of history’s most well known, best valued, and best selling acoustic and Americana instruments, Washburn is committed to fulfilling the highest dreams of today’s players, at every level, with a complete line of contemporary Acoustic Guitars, Electric Guitars, Bass Guitars, Americana and Ukuleles, Signature Series Guitars, and Accessories.  Washburn is based in Chicago, Illinois and is a division of JAM Industries USA.  For more information about Washburn, visit www.washburn.com.

<![CDATA[New From Apogee - NAMM 2019]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/new-from-apogee---namm-2019 Fri, 25 Jan 2019 10:04:19 GMT


Apogee Launches HypeMiC, USB Microphone with Unique, Built-In Analog Compressor for iOS, Mac® and PC
Introducing HypeMiC, Apogee’s next-generation studio-quality USB condenser microphone with built-in analog compressor. HypeMiC’s unique and easy-to-use compression mode brings recording studio magic to vocals, voice-overs, acoustic instruments, percussion, and podcasts – anything you record! The compression feature makes pro recording fast and easy, reducing the need for extensive processing and mixing after you record. HypeMiC also features the same great sound quality and headphone output features found in Apogee’s MiC+. And with HypeMiC you get accessory upgrades like a premium desktop stand, custom pop filter and carrying case as well as all the cables you need to connect HypeMiC to your iOS device, Mac or PC.

HypeMiC Highlights
  • Studio-quality analog compressor
  • PureDIGITAL connection for pristine sound quality up to 24-bit/96kHz
  • Premium cardioid condenser microphone capsule
  • Headphone output with Blend feature offers zero latency recording
  • Premium accessories kit includes tripod, pop filter and carrying case
  • No configuration required, just plug in and record with any audio app
  • Works with iOS, Mac® and PC
Availability: January, 2019 at Apogee dealers worldwide and Apple retail stores April, 2019.

Price: $349 (USD)


More about HypeMic


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Apogee FX Rack DualPath Monitoring Feature for Ensemble Thunderbolt and Element Series Interfaces Previews at NAMM 

Apogee FX Rack a premium DSP-Native plugin platform, with Apgoee’s DualPath Monitoring technology will be previewed at Winter NAMM. DualPath Monitoring© is a unique direct monitoring feature for Ensemble Thunderbolt and Element Seriesaudio interfaces that lets you eliminate recording latency and maximize plugin processing power in any DAW on your Mac®.

DSP-Native Plugins. Simple Workflows.  Lowest Latency.  
Thanks to Apogee’s unique DualPath Monitoring technology, Apogee FX Rack DSP-Native plugins can run both on the hardware DSP in Ensemble Thunderbolt and Element Series interfaces and as native plugins in your DAW. Apogee’s DualPath technology opens up a variety of popular, simplified workflows, always with the lowest latency. No other system delivers this level of flexibility and sound quality.
Availability: DualPath Monitoring for Ensemble and Element Series interfaces available March, 2019
Price: Apogee FX Rack with the ModEQ and ModComp plugins is free to customers that purchase Ensemble Thunderbolt and Element Series interfaces


More about FX Rack


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Apogee FX Rack Expands with New Pultec® MEQ-5 Plugin Creating Pultec Series Bundle with EQP-1A Plugin

Announcing the Pultec® Series plugins for Apogee FX Rack, two classic vintage Pultec plugins, including the new MEQ-5 Mid-Range EQ, co-developed and endorsed by Pulse Techniques using their newly manufactured EQP-1A and MEQ-5 hardware models. The result of a direct partnership with Steve Jackson, Ph.D., owner of Pulse Techniques, the Apogee FX Rack Pultec Series plugins offer the truest sonic emulations of original Pultec hardware available for the first time as DSP-Native plugins.

Availability: MEQ-5 plugin and Pultec series bundle will be available March 2019

Price: The Apogee FX Rack Pultec Series EQP-1A and MEQ-5 plugins will be available as a bundled download for $199.99 (USD) from Apogee’s online store and authorized Apogee dealers worldwide.


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Apogee FX Rack and Logic Pro Deliver Groundbreaking Audio Recording Experience with Unique Integration
With the availability in March 2019, of Apogee FX Rack DSP-Native plugins with DualPath Monitoring©, Apogee customers with Ensemble Thunderbolt and Element Series audio interfaces will enjoy a music creation experience unsurpassed in simplicity, latency performance and sound quality. For Logic Pro X users, DualPath Monitoring unlocks the full potential of the ongoing Apogee – Logic Pro® X integration initiative, making simple and innovative workflows accessible with the click of a button on your Mac®.


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Symphony Mk II Dante Software Preview 

See Symphony I/O Mk II Dante in action at our NAMM booth with our all new app preview.
The Symphony I/O Mk II Dante option card uses Audinate’s Dante Brooklyn II module which features plug and play media networking for up to 32 bidirectional channels at 96kHz and 16 bidirectional channels up to 192k. With the included Pro Tools HD peripheral port, route audio between your Pro Tools session, the Dante network and Symphony I/O modules.

Flagship Apogee Quality Meets Dante Connectivity

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

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


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<![CDATA[TransAudio Group Introduce New Bettermaker Stereo Bus Compressor At NAMM 2019]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/transaudio-group-introduce-new-bettermaker-stereo-bus-compressor-at-namm-2019 Fri, 25 Jan 2019 09:54:42 GMT



High-End Analog Signal Path, Digital Plug-In Recall & Control, and a Modular Feature Set


LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 2019: TransAudio Group, U.S. distributor of high-end professional recording equipment, will introduce Bettermaker’s newest creation, the Bettermaker Bus Compressor, at NAMM 2019. Like the 2019 TEC Award-nominated Bettermaker Mastering Equalizer and the rest of the Bettermaker product line, the Bus Compressor combines a pristine stereo analog signal path (newsworthy in its own right!) with digital recall and parameter control, and/or automation from a cross-platform plug-in. In other words, Bettermaker users get all of the unmatched sonics of a boutique analog signal path with all of the convenience of a plug-in. The mastermind behind Bettermaker, Marek Walaszek, will be at the TransAudio Group NAMM Booth #14914 to talk shop with other passionate audio professionals and enthusiasts.


“The Bettermaker Bus Compressor is designed for critical tracking, mixing, and mastering work,” Walaszek explained. “Think of it as an awesome stereo analog compressor first and foremost, one that’s in league with all of the most revered manufacturers in the industry. Then add complete digital control of all parameters for instant recall from the front panel and recall and automation from our Bettermaker plug-in. That’s the Bettermaker template, and the new Bus Compressor adds a twist: modularity. Besides the basic compression parameters like attack, release, threshold, ratio, etc., the Bus Compressor can be upgraded via expansion packs to perform more specialized functions like M/S, dry/wet mixing, high-pass sidechain filtering, different compressor modeling modes, and more. We’ll have a unit on hand at NAMM for people to check out, and we’ll have units ready to sell by the second quarter of 2019. And we will price the Bettermaker Bus Compressor competitively!”





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







<![CDATA[Harmony Guitars Reveals The New Juno And Plans For Three Iconic Reissues - NAMM 2019]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/harmony-guitars-reveals-the-new-juno-and-plans-for-three-iconic-reissues---namm-2019 Thu, 24 Jan 2019 10:52:03 GMT


Harmony Guitars Reveals The New Juno And Plans For Three Iconic Reissues - NAMM 2019



SINGAPORE & ANAHEIM, USA – JANUARY 24, 2019 –Harmony (www.harmony.co), the world’s most cherished maker of musical instruments, today announced that 2019 will see the release of four new models. The prototypes of three of the new models are making their debut at Winter NAMM 2019. They
are the first reissues announced since Harmony was relaunched in 2018 by parent company BandLab Technologies.

The first is a single cut inspired by the iconic Harmony H44 called the “Juno”, along with three reissues of the brand’s beloved instruments – a H19 solid body and a H72 hollow body. The company revealed that they also have plans to reissue the highly coveted H63 hollow body guitar in 2019.

Meng Ru Kuok, CEO of BandLab Technologies says of the new Juno model: “Inspired by the classic Harmony H44, we’ve taken this much loved shape and evolved it with improved construction and new proprietary components to deliver the Juno. This is a portable, extremely comfortable, single cutaway
electric guitar with gold foil P-90s, sporting simple but effective wiring. This reimagined guitar has been lovingly crafted for modern musicians.”

He continues “Along with our new Juno prototype, we’re also very proud to be staying true to the promise we made at last year’s NAMM show to be complementing the modern standard line-up with a set of three affordable reissues of classic Harmony shapes - crucial in continuing the re-establishment of this cherished music brand. We’re excited to show these prototypes, put them in the hands of players and get feedback from the guitar community at NAMM.”


Harmony Juno Prototype (on display at NAMM)

Based on the iconic H44, the Juno is the perfect grab and go guitar. Lightweight, perfectly balanced and comfortable in the hands, it’s a lovely little guitar, with a big sound. Sporting a genuine mahogany body and neck, locking tenon neck joint and ebony fretboard. The Juno has hand-wound gold foil P90 pickups
and will be available in three Nitrocellulose lacquer finishes: Champagne, Pearl White & Rose. As the perfect guitar for musicians on the move, it comes with a free MONO Stealth Mini Case - exclusively available with the Juno.


Harmony H19 Solid Body Guitar Prototype (on display at NAMM)

The H19 is a reissue of the original Silhouette, one of Harmony’s most cherished solid body guitars. Its offset body shape and raw tone made it a cult favourite amongst players. The H19 is constructed with a mahogany body and neck and pau ferro fretboard. The H19 will include custom reissue pickups and a
tremolo, and is finished in Sunburst.

Harmony H72 Hollow Body Guitar Prototype (on display at NAMM)

The highly sought after H72 has a new lease of life with its return to the factory line. The H72 reissue’s 6-in-line headstock blends elegantly with a thinline hollowbody archtop made with a maple top and back. We’ve chosen pau ferro for the fretboard and mahogany for the neck. Just like the original, the H72 will come with its signature f-holes and custom gold foil pickups. We’ve chosen Cherry Red for the finish as a nod to the vintage favourite.


Harmony H63 Hollow Body Guitar Prototype (Not on display at NAMM but coming 2019)

One of Harmony’s rarest and coveted models, the original H63 has drawn auction bids in the thousands. This elegant hollowbody sports an ebony finish over its maple top and back. The neck and fretboard is made from mahogany and pau ferro respectively. The custom reissue pickups gives the H63 a handsome, elegant vintage voice reminiscent of the 50s jazz boxes and often found in recording studios of yesteryear.

Availability and pricing will be confirmed in Spring. Visit www.harmony.cofor more information.




About Harmony:

The Harmony Company was founded by Wilhelm Schultz in 1892. Building on a cherished catalogue of instruments from electric and acoustic guitars to violins, Harmony established itself as one the most successful American musical instrument companies in history. Reintroduced to the market in 2018 by BandLab Technologies, Harmony returns with a range of guitars,ampsand accessories. Visit https://www.harmony.co/ for more information.

<![CDATA[EastWest/Quantum Leap Announces Hollywood Pop Brass - NAMM 2019]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/eastwestquantum-leap-announces--hollywood-pop-brass---namm-2019 Thu, 24 Jan 2019 10:46:16 GMT


EastWest/Quantum Leap Announces
Hollywood Pop Brass
Recorded in famed EastWest Studios,
engineered by multiple Grammy winner Moogie Canazio
Anaheim, CA – NAMM Booth 17301 - EASTWEST/QUANTUM LEAP is excited to announce the upcoming release of HOLLYWOOD POP BRASS, delivering the sound of a tight, bombastic, and dynamic brass section that will make tracks pop and sizzle.
For this project, producers DOUG ROGERS and NICK PHOENIX recorded one of the top horn sections in the industry in EastWest's Hollywood studios, and brought in multiple Grammy award-winning engineer MOOGIE CANAZIO to craft a sound that's larger than life. MOOGIE CANAZIO has recorded music icons Ray Charles, Sarah Vaughan, Sergio Mendes, Diana Ross, Luis Miguel, Michael Buble, Melody Gardot, and many more. He's been nominated for over 35 Grammy nominations and has won 7 Grammys and Latin Grammys.
HOLLYWOOD POP BRASS features a 4 or 5 piece ensemble that includes 2 trumpets, trombone, tenor, alto, and baritone saxes. It includes incredible sounding multi-sampled ensemble sections recorded in the famous Studio 1 at EastWest Studios - "the best brass recording room in the world” according to Michael Jackson engineer Bruce Swedien. It also includes dozens of stylized phrases in multiple keys recorded in Studio 2, a favorite of many Latin artists going all the way back to Tijuana Brass by Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66. These phrases will simply blow you away with how easily they slide right into your track, and cover many genres from pure pop to rock, funk, soul, and many distinctive rhythms and melodies from the Latin world.
HOLLYWOOD POP BRASS was created for one simple reason: There's just nothing else out there on the market that instantaneously gives you that fiery, punchy pop brass sound that made songs like “Uptown Funk” such mega hits. This library offers something for everyone: whether you want to build deep and detailed orchestrations with one of the world’s top horn sections, or if you just want to "plug and play" using licks and phrases that will inspire you and bring that "It" factor to your song.
NAMM attendees will have the opportunity to play and listen to HOLLYWOOD POP BRASS at the EASTWEST booth 17301. All other recent releases such as VOICES OF OPERA, featuring the sensational vocals of soprano LARISA MARTINEZ (Andrea Bocelli) and tenor CARLTON MOE (Phantom of the Opera), VOICES OF SOUL, SPACES II, VOICES OF THE EMPIRE, and HOLLYWOOD CHOIRS will be available at interactive kiosks throughout the booth, as well as ComposerCloud, the #1 subscription service for musicians with access to over 40,000 EastWest virtual instruments (starting at only $19.99/month).
HOLLYWOOD POP BRASS will be available this spring for purchase and as a free addition for all subscribers of ComposerCloud. More details athttp://www.soundsonline.com/hollywood-pop-brass
EastWest (www.soundsonline.com) has been dedicated to perpetual innovation and uncompromising quality of Sample Libraries and Virtual Instruments for more than 30 years, setting the industry standard as the most critically acclaimed sound developer. Find more about EastWest at soundsonline.com.
<![CDATA[Four New Pedals From Electro Harmonix - NAMM 2019]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/four-new-pedals-from-electro-harmonix---namm-2019 Thu, 24 Jan 2019 10:42:21 GMT


New From Electro Harmonix - NAMM 2019





·         Bass Mono Synth – This one is already announced but it’s an awesome sounding pedal that turns your bass into a fat mono synth!


·         Mono Synth – This is the guitar version of the Bass Mono Synth. Aside being functionally designed for guitar, the sounds are optimized as well


·         Super Switch – This is our pedalboard super brain with 8 individual relay true bypass loops, up to 128 presets, a boost and more!


·         Attack Decay – This is a modern reissue of a cult classic circa 1980. Upgrades include presets and Poly mode where every note has its own attack envelope




<![CDATA[Fender Celebrates Led Zeppelin 50th Anniversary With Jimmy Page Artist Signature Telecaster Models - NAMM 2019]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/fender-celebrates-led-zeppelin-50th-anniversary-with-jimmy-page-artist-signature-telecaster-models---namm-2019 Thu, 24 Jan 2019 10:31:23 GMT




Specs Revealed for Fender Custom Shop “Mirror” and “Dragon®” Models Available March 2019, Production Models Due Spring/Summer 2019



HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (January 23, 2019)— After announcing a highly-anticipated collaboration with one of rock’s most legendary guitar players – Jimmy Page – Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) today released photos and design features revealing the four Artist Signature guitars modeled after Page’s famous 1959 Fender® Telecaster. The design reveal arrives in tandem with the 50th anniversary of Led Zeppelin I (January 12, 1969), on which Page played his famed “Dragon” Telecaster, bringing to life some of rock’s most iconic anthems. Two models will be produced in the Fender Custom Shop – dubbed the “Limited Edition Jimmy Page Telecaster Set”; the set will be available at select authorized showcase dealers globally, beginning March 2019. Additionally, two models will be made on Fender’s production lines, and released in Spring/Summer 2019 - giving fans and collectors the chance to own a piece of history.


Few guitars are as important to the history of music culture as the Telecaster Jimmy Page used to create the iconic, genre-defining riffs of Led Zeppelin and, in its earlier days, music in The Yardbirds. Originally received as a gift from guitarist Jeff Beck, he used this 1959 Telecaster to unleash his larger-than-life riffage and fierce soloing upon the world. In February 1967, to give a kinetic element, he added eight round mirrors to the body of the guitar. By mid-1967 he decided to strip the instrument down to bare wood and drawing on his art school training, repaint it himself with what became the iconic “Dragon” design. Page partially painted over the stripped 1959 Telecaster with darts and curls of green, orange, yellow, blue and red in a pattern that formed something of a swirling, psychedelic dragon. It was featured on the Anderson Theatre show “Yardbirds 68.”


“The story of the instrument is the whole journey of it – from Jeff having it, to passing it on to me with such good spirit,” Jimmy Page said. “It’s a lot of love in that gesture and the journey of it through The Yardbirds and how it was used on the first Led Zeppelin album…the journey all the way through here today. Now, it’s been restored back to its true beauty and we’ve actually been able to sort of clone it.”


Among the four Artist Signature models will be two highly collectible, limited edition Fender Custom Shop versions masterbuilt by Fender Custom Shop Master Builder veteran Paul Waller – one with mirrors and the other with the painted dragon. With each priced at $25,000, the set will be available for local authorized showcase dealers to purchase and then sell together or separately to consumers. Beginning March 2019, only 50 units of each Fender Custom Shop model will be made available; they include Page’s personal touches, such as a handwritten signature on the headstock of the mirror model, as well as hand-painted flourishes on the guitar body’s dragon artwork and personally-signed Certificates of Authenticity for both models. 


“Jimmy actually invited us to his house in London to spec the guitar out,” said Fender Custom Shop Master Builder Paul Waller, who Page worked closely with throughout the process, assuring every detail was accurately recreated. “More than a year later, we’ve managed to bring this guitar and the evolution of Jimmy’s career back to life. As the guitar evolved, so did Jimmy’s career. As the Dragon is born, he moves in and Led Zeppelin is born as well. It’s a pivotal moment for the guitar and music.”


“Jimmy Page visited the Fender Custom Shop late last year to personally work on each of these guitars with Paul Waller,” said Mike Lewis, VP of Product Development for Fender Custom Shop. “It was incredible to see his shared passion for these guitars in action, as he touched each and every one. This is what the Fender Custom Shop is all about – building dreams for our artists, as well as collectors and guitar players everywhere.”


In addition to the Fender Custom Shop models, Fender will roll out both mirror and painted versions from its production lines in Spring and Summer 2019, respectively. Priced from $1,399.99-$2,499.99. These will not be hand-signed or hand-painted by the artist, although Page did advise Fender first-hand on creation of the design to make sure the guitars were true-to-spec of the original Telecaster.


All Jimmy Page models will be released throughout 2019 and will be available at local dealers. More information and specifications on the Jimmy Page guitars here:

  • Limited Edition Jimmy Page Telecaster® Set (Available March 2019)
    • Jimmy Page Dragon® Telecaster® - $25,000
    • Jimmy Page Mirrored Telecaster® - $25,000
  • Jimmy Page Mirror Telecaster® - $2,499.99 (Available Spring 2019)
  • Jimmy Page Telecaster® - $1,399.99 (Available Summer 2019)


In addition to personal touches from Page, the Fender Custom Shop models feature an off-center-seam, two-piece ash body; a pair of Fender Custom Shop Hand-Wound ‘58 single-coil pickups; a tinted maple “Oval C” neck matching the profile of Page’s original instrument; Clear and White Vinyl pickguards on the “Dragon” and mirror models, respectively.; ‘59 top-load Tele® bridge; 7.25”-radius rosewood fingerboard matching the specs of the era, right down to the 21 vintage-sized frets. The “Dragon” model includes a custom hardshell flight case, white seatbelt-style strap, super-long white leather strap, red coiled cable, violin bow, rosin, Herco® guitar picks and Page-signed Certificate of Authenticity. The mirror model includes a vintage-style tweed hardshell case, black coiled cable, Ace “Stained Glass” fabric strap, Herco guitar picks and Page-signed Certificate of Authenticity.


Unlike the “exact” Fender Custom Shop reproductions, the production models include: a custom "Oval C"-shaped maple neck; '50s Tele two-piece body; top-loader bridge for through-body or top-load stringing; custom single-coil pickups; lacquer finish; vintage tweed case with eight round mirrors (a tribute to the custom treatment Jimmy applied to the guitar); black coil cable; satin lacquer finish over a reproduction of Jimmy Page's iconic artwork; a deluxe black case and red coil cable.


In true tradition, Fender’s Artist Signature Series models honor popular and iconic musicians through product progression and storytelling, creating instruments inspired by the unique specifications of the world’s greatest guitarists and bassists. The Fender Custom Shop, known as the “Dream Factory,” is home to some of the greatest guitar builders in the world – and the pinnacle of the Fender brand. For more than 31 years, the Shop has made guitar dreams come true for esteemed artists and collectors, alike. Photos of Jimmy Page and Fender Custom Shop Master Builder Paul Waller and product shots of all the guitars can be found here. Access the origin story video highlighting the making-of the Fender Custom Shop guitar models here.


For additional information on new Fender products and to find a retail partner near you, visit www.fender.com. To learn more about Fender Custom Shop, visit www.fendercustomshop.com. Join the conversation on social media by following @Fender. Follow Jimmy Page on Facebook and Twitter @JimmyPage.







Among music’s most iconic guitars is Jimmy Page’s Telecaster, known for its two “mirror” and “dragon” designs. It helped launch Page’s career in The Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin, and the guitar was used to record “Led Zeppelin I” along with countless hit songs on world-renowned albums. Page originally received the Telecaster in 1966 from Jeff Beck, who gifted it to Page for recommending him to The Yardbirds. Through the years, the Telecaster took on several looks and personas, as Page customized it aesthetically and sonically. When he first received it, the guitar was undecorated in its factory White Blonde finish and remained that way until February 1967, when he added eight circular mirrors to the body. Page played his mirrored Telecaster only briefly in the final years of The Yardbirds, and by mid-1967 he was ready to change the look. He removed the mirrors, completely stripped and repainted the instrument himself, this time hand-painting a mystical dragon on the body. When Led Zeppelin was formed in October 1968, the Dragon Telecaster became Page’s go-to instrument and he played it on stage and in the studio until 1969. It was also the main guitar used on the legendary Led Zeppelin I album. Page went on tour in 1969, and upon his return, he discovered a friend had kindly stripped the body and painted over the dragon paint job. The paint job compromised the wiring, leaving only the neck pickup working. He salvaged the neck and put it on his brown string bender Tele, and has since re-stripped and restored the body in full.



Since 1946, Fender has revolutionized music and culture as one of the world’s leading musical instrument manufacturers, marketers and distributors. Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC), whose portfolio of brands includes Fender®, Squier®, Gretsch® guitars, Jackson®, EVH® and Charvel®, follows a player-centric approach to crafting the highest quality instruments and musical solutions across genres. FMIC is dedicated to unlocking the power of music through electric and acoustic guitars, amplifiers, pro audio, accessories and digital products that inspire and enable musical expression at every stage, from beginners to history-making legends.


**DRAGON is a U.S. registered trademark of PRS Guitars and is used with permission.

**HERCO is a U.S. registered trademark of Dunlop Manufacturing, Inc.





<![CDATA[Eventide Introduces The Rose Stomp Box Effects Pedal - NAMM 2019]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/eventide-introduces-the-rose-stomp-box-effects-pedal---namm-2019 Thu, 24 Jan 2019 10:23:20 GMT


Eventide introduces the Rose stomp box effects pedal:

A bouquet of sounds

Pre-order Rose for your pedal board or studio



Little Ferry, NJ, USA – Jan 23, 2019 – Eventide Audio is pleased to announce a new and unique guitar and bass effects pedal to be presented at Winter NAMM 2019: The Rose. Rose sounds and behaves differently than all other stomp box pedals currently on the market; rather than effects running on a DSP chip, Rose is a simple, pristine, super-modulated, digital delay line (DDL) combined with all-analog circuitry bred for mixing, filtering and feedback. This novel design allows Rose to deliver sounds that both awe and inspire. Sounds that range from lush to experimental – allowing for the musician to create a wide spectrum of unprecedented tones for the stage and in the studio. Eventide’s Rose pedal is now available for pre-order from your favorite music reseller or directly from EventideAudio.com at $349.



A Rose Unlike Any Other…

The Eventide Rose is an intuitive modulated delay in an attractive, small footprint. It has all the precision and flexibility of digital delay with the beauty of analog warmth and feel.


“Rose has the beauty of bucket brigade delay with none of its limitations. It’s the culmination of five years of R&D harkening back to the 1745 DDL, the original Digital Delay Line. Rose is our first stompbox to exploit this new/old way to ‘do’ delay. There is no digital signal processing as such. Just a long, pristine, swept delay. Analog circuitry does the rest.”

– Anthony Agnello, Eventide’s Managing Director


The Rose sounds inherently different because of its unusual design. The delay is derived from a variable digital clock that can be swept over a range of ~200kHz for maximum fidelity with up to 10 seconds of delay, down to ~8kHz for 50 seconds of delay. All of Rose’s analog circuitry is employed for mixing, filtering and feedback.


With five modulation sources, three bypass types, five presets, a fully assignable Hotswitch, phase inverse, reverse delay, delay multiplier, MIDI TRS/Expression/Auxiliary Input, an endless garden of possibility abounds.



  • 6 tactile knobs (mix, feedback, depth, delay, filter, rate)

  • Invert phase and reverse delay

  • Delay Multiplier

  • Assignable Hot switch: (tap tempo, delay repeat, mod hold, mod reset, A/B)

  • 5 Factory Presets

  • Modulation (sine, square, random)

  • Analog Low Pass Filter

  • Expression / Auxiliary / Midi TRS input

  • Three different bypass types: Buffered, Relay, Kill Input

  • Accepts Line or Instrument Levels

  • Can be modulated over a range from ~200kHz for maximum fidelity with up to 10 seconds of delay, down to ~8kHz for 50 seconds of delay



Price and Availability: 

Rose is available now for worldwide pre-order with an estimated shipping date of March 15, 2019 for just $349.


For more information on Rose, please visit eventideaudio.com/rose


To watch the teaser, please visit:




About Eventide:

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



<![CDATA[PreSonus Introduces Studio Series USB-C Audio Interfaces - NAMM 2019]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/presonus-introduces-studio-series-usb-c-audio-interfaces---namm-2019 Thu, 24 Jan 2019 10:19:17 GMT


PreSonus Introduces Studio Series USB-C Audio Interfaces
PreSonus Studio Series USB-C audio interfaces. 
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, January 2019... PreSonus® has unveiled its Studio Series USB-C 24-bit, 192 kHz audio interfaces, with five models: the Studio 24c, Studio 26c, Studio 68c, Studio 1810c, and Studio 1824c. These complete, all-in-one recording solutions update and replace PreSonus’ first-generation Studio series and feature a USB-C connector. All but the Studio 24c include DC-coupled outputs for sending control voltages, and all five models offer MIDI I/O. USB-C to USB-C and USB-C to USB-A cables are provided for compatibility with most computers.
Studio Series USB-C audio interfaces come with PreSonus’ award-winning Studio One® Artist music production software for macOS® and Windows®. Studio One integrates tightly with PreSonus interfaces, configuring automatically—no need to map inputs and outputs. You also get the Studio Magic Plug-in Suite, a carefully selected plug-in collection from the leading names in virtual instruments and effects.
Great for home recording, mobile musicians, guitarists, podcasters, and live streaming, the bus-powered Studio 24c 2-in, 2-out audio interface features 2 front-panel combo mic/line/instrument inputs with PreSonus XMAX-L solid-state mic preamps, 2 rear-panel line outputs, and onboard direct monitoring control.
Designed for DJs, mobile musicians, and electronic musicians who don't want to sacrifice build and sound quality for portability, the bus-powered Studio 26c 2-in, 4-out audio interface presents 2 front-panel combo mic/line/instrument inputs with XMAX-L solid-state mic preamps, 4 rear-panel line outputs, and a Cue Mix A/B button.
An excellent choice for small bands, producers, and small studios, the Studio 68c 6-in, 6-out audio interface offers 4 XMAX preamps—2 mic/line/instrument on the front, and 2 mic/line on the back—as well as S/PDIF I/O.
Built for producers and small bands who want to record from a wide range of sources, the Studio 1810c records up to 18 simultaneous inputs and sports 8 outputs and 4 microphone inputs with XMAX Class A mic preamps.
The Studio 1824c audio interface is perfect for project studios, and especially for recording full bands, including multi-channel drums. It records up to 18 simultaneous inputs and features 8 microphone inputs with XMAX Class A mic preamps. Its 18 outputs offer flexible routing with zero-latency DSP-based monitor mixing and control-room integration with included Studio One Artist and UC Surface software.
PreSonus Studio Series USB-C audio interfaces are available immediately at PreSonus dealers. Expected U.S. street prices are: Studio 24c $149.95, Studio 26c $199, Studio 68c $299, Studio 1810c $399.95, and Studio 1824c $499.95. For more information, please visit www.presonus.com/products/Studio-Series-USB-Interfaces.
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[TASCAM Introduces Next Generation DR-X Series Digital Audio Recorder And USB Audio Interface - NAMM 2019 ]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/tascam-introduces-next-generation-dr-x-series-digital-audio-recorder-and-usb-audio-interface---namm-2019 Thu, 24 Jan 2019 10:15:14 GMT


TASCAM Introduces Next Generation DR-X Series
Digital Audio Recorder and USB Audio Interface
Santa Fe Springs, CA - January 2019... TASCAM has introduced the next generation of their acclaimed line of professional grade handheld recorders, the DR-X Series. The natural evolution of TASCAM's highly successful handheld recorders, the DR-X Series marks a dramatic update to these recorders' already robust feature sets.
The perfect companion for videographers, voiceover artists, songwriters, and podcasters, the DR-40X's integrated unidirectional stereo mics with scalable A/B or X/Y configuration, dual XLR/1/4-inch combo inputs, built-in phantom power for condenser mics, integrated 4-track capability, and wired remote control option make it an essential tool for DSLR video, music recording, sound design, and more. DSLR filmmakers will love the DR-40X's Auto-Tone function, providing an audio cue tone identifying each recording take.
The new DR-X Series now adds a new model, the powerful yet affordable DR-07X, designed to deliver professional performance for musicians and voiceover artists. With its dual integrated scalable unidirectional A/B or X/Y configurable mics and crystal clear sound, the DR-07X is great for music recording, spoken word, and more.
Incorporating all of the DR-07X's features minus the scalable microphones, the DR-05X is equipped with a pair of omnidirectional condenser mics, making it the ideal tool for recording music, meetings, dictation, and more.
The DR-X Series also taps into TASCAM's decades of innovation in computer-based recording, incorporating a studio-quality 2 in/2 out USB audio interface that makes all DR-X Series recorders a perfect fit for live streaming, podcasting, and digital audio workstations.
All DR-X models boast a totally revamped user interface, making it easy to access recording, adjusting levels, deleting takes, adding markers, and other common functions with just the click of a thumb. Multi-language menus in English/ Spanish/ French/ Italian/ German/ Russian/ Chinese/ Korean/ Japanese/ Portuguese are included. And with increased capacity for microSDXC cards up to 128GB, DR-X Series recorders can literally record for days on end.
Other features in the DR-X Series include a new powerful bright white backlit display that's easy to see even in the brightest sunlight, as well as Dictation Mode, which enables the user to instantly jump back audio playback in preselected increments including speed control and a special dictation EQ, and Overwrite Mode, which allows users to select a precise Record drop-in time for replacement recording with one level of undo. The DR-X Series' Auto-Recording function can be set to begin recording when a sound is detected, and its Pre-Recording function delivers fail-safe recordings with up to 2 seconds of pre-record time.
DR-X Series recorders are available now. The DR-40X carries an estimated street price of $199.99; the DR-07X $149.99, and the DR-05X $119.99.
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.
10410 Pioneer Blvd, Unit #1
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
Tel: 323-726-0303
<![CDATA[Celestion Introduces The G10 Creamback Guitar Speaker At NAMM 2019 ]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/celestion-introduces-the-g10-creamback-guitar-speaker-at-namm-2019 Thu, 24 Jan 2019 10:09:38 GMT
Celestion Introduces the G10 Creamback Guitar Speaker at NAMM 2019 
10” Addition to of the Company’s Celebrated Range of Guitar Speakers Delivers Rich Classic Creamback Tone
Anaheim, CA (January 24, 2018) —At this year’s NAMM show, Celestion, the world’s premier designer and manufacturer of guitar loudspeakers and well-known as the voice of rock and roll behind many of the world’s most memorable guitar performances, announces the introduction of the G10 Creamback, a new guitar speaker which delivers rich, classic Creamback tone in a 10” format.
With a ceramic magnet and 1.75-inch voice coil, the G10 Creamback offers 45-watts of power handling. The G10 Creamback is built using the same production methods and materials developed for the 12” Creambacks; and just like its bigger brothers, the G10 Creamback is hand-built in the UK. Punchy and dynamic, exactly as you’d expect from a 10; tone is warm, expressive, detailed and well-balanced.
“Our range of 12” Creamback guitar speakers have been immensely popular and successful, since its introduction. Our customers have since been telling us that we need a 10-inch version – so here it is,” says Celestion Head of Marketing, Ken Weller.  “The new G10 Creamback is all the things that guitar players love about the Creamback, wrapped up in a 10-inch package.” 
The new G10 Creamback features an eight hole chassis as well as the signature cream coloured can, which should leave no-one in any doubt of this outstanding speaker’s family history.
For more information, see www.celestion.com and see Celestion at The Winter NAMM Show 2019 in Anaheim CA at Booth #7602
About Celestion and Celestion Guitar Speakers
An important element to essential British guitar tone since the birth of Rock & Roll, Celestion Guitar Speakers are famous for their lively and vocal midrange character with plenty of sparkle and chime. With worldwide headquarters in Ipswich, England, Celestion design, develop and manufacture premium guitar and bass loudspeakers, and high-quality professional audio drivers for sound reinforcement. These world-renowned speakers are used onstage and in clubs, theatres and other venues the world over. Contact Celestion at:info@celestion.com and visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/celestion.
<![CDATA[Source Audio Introduces The Spectrum Intelligent Filter - NAMM 2019]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/source-audio-introduces-the-spectrum-intelligent-filter---namm-2019 Thu, 24 Jan 2019 10:06:17 GMT


Introducing the Spectrum Intelligent Filter,
Part of the C4 Synth Family of Pedals
Ladies and Gentlemen, say "hello" to our purple friend. A prototype of our soon-to-be-released Spectrum Intelligent Filter pedal is going to make its public debut today at Winter NAMM 2109. Come visit us in booth #5347 / Hall D for an up-close and personal look at this beast. The Spectrum is the first offering in our new C4 Synthfamily of pedals. This magical little box is a multi-voiced guitar/bass synthesizer, envelope filter, octave, and harmonizer all packed in one awesome unit. Check the video below for a small taste of the purple.
A Preview Video of the Spectrum Intelligent Filter
Of course the Spectrum reaches full bloom when connected to our Neuro Mobile App and Desktop Editor. We cannot wait to hear the Neuro presets all of y'all create with this awesome new tool. For a more detailed look at the Spectrum, visit the Source Audio Filter / Octave / Synthesizer Project page. See you on the NAMM floor...
<![CDATA[Waldorf Music Makes Major Update For Flagship Quantum Synthesizer - NAMM 2019]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/waldorf-music-makes-major-update-for-flagship-quantum-synthesizer---namm-2019 Thu, 24 Jan 2019 09:58:23 GMT


Waldorf Music makes major update for flagship Quantum Synthesizer statement with new venture Vision 4 Instruments



REMAGEN, GERMANY: having turned heads and opened ears at The 2018 NAMM Show with its innovative Quantum Synthesizer flagship, this time high-quality synthesizer developer Waldorf Music makes a return trip to announce an upcoming update to the Quantum Synthesizer’s firmware, focused around a new synthesis capability created in close collaboration with fellow German company Vision 4 Instruments — itself a new and exciting venture, providing future-facing hard- and software platforms for electronic musical instruments — at The 2019 NAMM Show, January 24-27, in Anaheim, California...


The latest (version 2.0) free firmware for the flagship Quantum Synthesizer incorporates new venture Vision 4 Instruments’ future- facing Kernel synthesis engine. Extending capabilities above and beyond the four — Wavetable, Waveform, Resonator, and Particle (classic and granular sampling) — synthesis engines already available at the Quantum Synthesizer’s super-creative core, Kernel provides a fifth option for each of the three oscillators in its oscillator section.


So what, exactly is Kernel synthesis? Simply speaking, it is a modular approach in which up to six audio kernels can be freely combined into a single oscillator. Effectively, each kernel is an oscillator in its own right, realising a whole range of timbres — from using sine and classic waveforms via wavetables through to samples and noise. For example, users could combine three wavetables with a sample, a sine wave, and noise within a single Quantum Synthesizer oscillator.


On top of that, the kernels could modulate each other in audio rate using a variety of modulation methods, such as amplitude, frequency, phase, and ring modulation. Phase Distortion is also possible alongside unusual processes like audio rate wavetable- position modulation. Moreover, each kernel, of course, could also add self-modulation like classic FM feedback.


Furthermore, each kernel has its own multi-stage envelope, stereo output panning, plus multiple modulation options for velocity, various key tracking possibilities, plus presenting feedback, level, pitch, and wavetable position as modulation targets in the Quantum Synthesizer’s Modulation Matrix.


Meanwhile, kernel pitch can be set in relation to note pitch, as well as being set to fixed frequency in audio or LFO range. Pitch envelopes could be also applied to each kernel individually using the Quantum Synthesizer’s Modulation Matrix.


It is perfectly possible, then, to view Kernel synthesis as an oscillator construction kit, allowing for traditional approaches like a six- operator FM synth, as well as providing an experimental space for future-facing synthesis techniques.


To put this all into its rightful perspective, users could quickly start by using predefined kernel oscillator patches using the Quantum Synthesizer’s oscillator preset system, then continue to create a library of their own oscillator models.


The latest (version 2.0) free firmware for the flagship Quantum Synthesizer will start beta testing after The 2019 NAMM Show, January 24-27, in Anaheim, California, where Waldorf Music will be represented by Korg USA on Booth 8802.


Quantum Synthesizer users interested in participating in the latest (version 2.0) free firmware beta test should contact: support@waldorfmusic.com


The Quantum Synthesizer is already available through Waldorf Music’s growing global network of distributors (https://www.waldorfmusic.com/en/international-distributors) at an SRP (Suggested Reseller Price) of €3,525.00 EUR (excluding tax).


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





About Waldorf Music (www.waldorfmusic.com)

The well-known Waldorf Music moniker has been synonymous with high-quality synthesizers for 30 years; indeed, its innovative position in the electronic musical instruments marketplace dates back to 1989 with the release of the wavetable synthesis-based Microwave.This extraordinary reincarnation of the legendary PPG Wave series — arguably amongst the most coveted high-end synthesizers of the early Eighties — was instrumental in bringing the dominance of Japanese and American synthesizers to an end.Waldorf continued this unique technology tradition with successive synthesizer releases ranging from the mighty Wave — perhaps the most impressive, expressive, and user-friendly sound synthesis tool ever built — to raising the bar for VA (Virtual Analogue) synthesizers with the introduction of the popular Q series from 1999 onwards.The new millennium saw the trailblazing company making a timely move into the brave new world of music software with the release of its first VST Instrument, PPG Wave 2.V, a tradition it continues to this day with more recent software releases including its Nave advanced wavetable synthesizer. Subsequent successes in the high-quality hardware arena include the Blofeld synthesizer — forging sound and design into an unbeatable price/performance ratio in both desktop and keyboard versions — and Zarenbourg, a contemporary electric piano par excellence, as well as the cost-conscious Rocket (synthesizer), 2-Pole (analogue filter), and Streichfett (string synthesizer) desktop modules. Meanwhile,Waldorf broadened its appeal further still by introducing Nave to transform any iPad into an advanced wavetable synthesizer. 2019 (and beyond) sees a slew of new high-quality synthesizers set to take the Waldorf name to the hands-on musical masses, whether working with its recently-released Quantum high-class hybrid synthesizer flagship or other hardware (including a welcomed move into the popular Eurorack modular synth system format) or software (including iOS).


About Vision 4 Instruments (www.vision4-music.com)

Founded by the groundbreaking Geschäftsführer (Director) partnership of Rolf Wöhrmann and Kurt Wangard, Vision 4 Instruments is a new and exciting venture providing future-facing hard- and software platforms for electronic musical instruments.


© 2019 Waldorf Music GmbH



<![CDATA[IK Multimedia Unveils iLoud MTM Reference Monitor - NAMM 2019]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/ik-multimedia-unveils-iloud-mtm-reference-monitor---namm-2019 Wed, 23 Jan 2019 12:52:12 GMT


IK Multimedia unveils iLoud MTM reference monitor

Compact monitor with high-end design re-invents nearfield monitoring
for professional and home studios
The NAMM Show, January 23, 2019 - IK Multimedia debuts iLoud® MTM, a compact, no-compromise,
reference monitor designed to deliver pristine sound and an unprecedented level of accuracy that redefines nearfield monitoring for the modern, computer-based, professional and home studio.

When IK's earlier monitor system, the iLoud Micro Monitors, launched in 2016, producers and engineers at every level marveled at the performance coming from such a small setup, so IK challenged its design team to push this concept even further and create a new compact design with a sound quality that would rival monitors several times the price and provide innovative features not found anywhere else.

iLoud MTM offers an ultra-flat frequency response, but more importantly, a truly linear phase response as well - a premiere feature in this price segment available only on a handful of products costing considerably more - to provide natural, true-to-life sound. This is achieved through IK's advanced DSP expertise that also provides for digital crossovers and self-calibration derived from IK's award-winning ARC™ System. This enables iLoud MTM monitors to deliver unsurpassed accuracy, clarity and transparency, with a generous 100W RMS power and a class-defying 40 Hz to 24 kHz frequency response. In addition, the symmetrical MTM design provides superior imaging and precision, even at close distances, with a perfectly perfect sweet-spot, thanks to the included tilt-able isolation bases. This enables users to create mixes that will translate across multiple playback systems, with no ear fatigue.
Building upon IK's acclaimed iLoud Micro Monitors, this new compact monitor delivers the accuracy and bass response of larger monitors, and superior audio quality when listening at close distances. This makes iLoud MTM the ideal monitor for nearfield work and a workhorse monitor for desktop use in a home or project studio.

Reference-class, ultra-linear response
The primary role of any studio monitor is to deliver accurate, uncolored sound for easier mixing decisions that will translate across multiple playback systems. iLoud MTM uses the most advanced DSP techniques to provide total control of the speaker's performance, delivering results simply not obtainable with traditional analog designs. Highs are neutral and defined, mids and lows are clear and as balanced as ever. Users can mix for hours with no ear fatigue, and their work will translate better than ever.

And of course it's loud, with 100W RMS total power per speaker and 103dB SPL maximum sound pressure, delivering the exceptional volume the iLoud brand is known for.

Digitally-controlled for precision audio
iLoud MTM uses audiophile-grade, high resolution algorithms and top-of-the line A/D converters to carefully manage cross-overs, filtering, time alignment, equalization, dynamics control and auto-calibration. Totally DSP-controlled and precision time-aligned, iLoud MTM also manages the off-axis response to minimize the effects of room reverberation. The advanced onboard processing is the product of IK's over twenty years of experience in digital signal processing, helping iLoud MTM deliver sound far beyond anything in its size or class.

Extended low-end that rivals larger systems
iLoud Micro Monitor surprised the world with bass performance delivered from a 3" speaker that "defied physics." iLoud MTM offers even more, with bass response down to a surprising 40Hz, ideal for modern music styles.

iLoud MTM also debuts IK's new patent-pending Physical Response Linearization (PRL™) system that uses a precise model of the enclosure's design, construction and materials, combined with electro-mechanical measurements of the real units, to correct the system's performance in real time. The result is a stunningly "firm," balanced and defined low end, to surpass the sound of speakers even twice iLoud MTM's size.

A new phase in precision sound reproduction
The great majority of conventional studio monitors - even high-end designs - suffer from skewed phase response caused by traditional, phase-shifting crossovers and driver/enclosure phase alterations. The end result is an unfocused stereo image, blurry transients, and overall lack of detail.

iLoud MTM leverages IK's two decades of DSP experience to offer a true phase coherent response across the useful frequency spectrum, for unbelievably realistic, natural sound. Users will hear instruments and dialogue as if they were happening live, discover more detail in their tracks than ever before, and avoid wasting hours trying to EQ away issues that were never there. This linear phase response is rarely found in speakers even several times iLoud MTM's price.

Symmetrical design for superior imaging and precision
iLoud MTM uses a midrange-tweeter-midrange symmetrical design, with a pair of 3.5" high performance woofers and one 1" high definition tweeter, which provide ultra-precise, defined, point-source sound that simply can't be achieved by traditional 2-way systems at close distances.

The result is a more natural, life-like sound that minimizes the ear fatigue caused by traditional 2- or 3-way designs where different frequencies arrive at the listener's ears at different times, so users can mix longer with less effort.

iLoud MTM's design also offers exceptional sound dispersion, enhancing the transparency and neutrality. The controlled dispersion minimizes the impact of room acoustics, for even truer monitoring. The end result is faster, easier mixing with better results. On top of that, this innovative design keeps the monitor dimensions to a minimum (30 to 50% smaller than comparable monitors), to fit in even the smallest spaces.

Instantly adjust to the acoustic environment
Today's studios range from dedicated, acoustically-treated spaces to a spare bedroom. To help optimize the monitoring for any room's particular acoustics, iLoud MTM monitors feature built-in acoustic auto-calibration derived from IK's award winning ARC™ System, with IK's reference ARC™ microphone included, to automatically adjust the frequency response to their positioning. Users simply set up the monitors, place the mic in the preferred listening position, and press a button to instantly provide custom calibration for the specific listening environment. iLoud MTM also offers a low-frequency extension control and low and high-frequency trim controls to adjust the response to suit individual tastes.

Always get the perfect angle
iLoud MTM includes a tilting mount that not only helps isolate it, but also adjusts from 0° to 20° for correct positioning in a wide range of setups. That's higher than most other "tilting" monitors that too often can't actually reach the required angle for desktop or other close-listening setups. To cover the full spectrum of installation options, a rubber base for horizontal shelf-placement, and a bottom thread to mount conveniently on mic stands, are also included.

Combined with its symmetrical design and phase-coherent response, iLoud MTM allows for ultra-focused, accurate monitoring anywhere.

Price and availability
iLoud MTM will be available in Q2, 2019 at a MSRP of €349.99* each.
*All prices excluding taxes
For more information, please visit: www.ikmultimedia.com/iloudmtm

To see it in action, visit: www.ikmultimedia.com/iloudmtm/video

See it at NAMM - Room#17202, ACC North Hall, Level 2

<![CDATA[Roland Announces FP-10 Digital Piano - NAMM 2019]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/roland-announces-fp-10-digital-piano---namm-2019 Wed, 23 Jan 2019 12:45:57 GMT


Roland Announces FP-10 Digital Piano


Affordable 88-note instrument with class-leading sound, features, and portability



The NAMM Show, Anaheim, CA, January 23, 2019 — Roland (Exhibit 10702, Hall A) announces the FP-10 Digital Piano, a new entry-level instrument with premium sound and playability. The FP-10 features Roland’s acclaimed piano sound and an expressive 88-note weighted-action keyboard, delivering top-tier performance that was previously unavailable in its price class. The instrument’s portable design makes it easy to move, while built-in stereo speakers and support for headphones allow users to play anytime and anywhere. Providing an authentic piano experience at an exceptional value, the FP-10 is ideal for both serious piano students and advanced players who need a portable instrument for gigging, teaching, and playing at home.


Roland’s popular FP-30 Digital Piano has been an undisputed hit among players, with over 150,000 instruments sold since its release in 2016. The FP-10 inherits many of the FP-30’s key features in an even more portable and affordable design. SuperNATURAL Piano technology delivers rich, dynamic sound that provides a solid foundation for learning, along with detailed articulation and response to satisfy the most experienced players. The PHA-4 Standard keyboard is the perfect complement, offering progressive hammer action, escapement, and Ivory Feel keys found in Roland’s high-end home pianos.


With its modern digital engine, the FP-10 goes far beyond any acoustic piano, bringing more fun and productivity to playing sessions. Non-piano sounds like organs, strings, and jazz scat allow users to enjoy different music styles, while an onboard metronome is always at hand to improve timing. Twin Piano mode eliminates the grind of solitary practice, supporting side-by-side playing in the same key range with a duet partner or teacher. These and others functions can be operated in an even more interactive way via the Piano Partner 2 app for iOS and Android devices. The FP-10 includesBluetooth®-MIDI support as well, allowing players to wirelessly record MIDI tracks in music production apps like Apple’s GarageBand and many others.


The Roland FP-10 Digital Piano is currently available with U.S. pricing of $499.99.


To learn more about the FP-10 Digital Piano, visit Roland.com.




Roland FP-10 Digital Piano



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 Cloud Announces Globe-Spanning SRX WORLD And Drum Studio-Acoustic One - NAMM 2019]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/roland-cloud-announces-globe-spanning-srx-world-and-drum-studio-acoustic-one Wed, 23 Jan 2019 12:42:42 GMT


Roland Cloud Announces Globe-Spanning SRX WORLD
and Drum Studio-Acoustic One


SRX WORLD brings global sounds from around the world to Legendary Series, and
Drum Studio-Acoustic One offers classic drum sounds for modern studio and live manipulation



The NAMM Show, Anaheim, CA, January 23, 2019 — Roland Cloud (Exhibit 10702, Hall A) is proud to add SRX WORLD and Drum Studio-Acoustic One to its expanding collection of cloud-based software synthesizers, drum machines, and sampled instruments.


Created in the spirit of Roland’s seminal hardware board with modern adaptability, SRX WORLD is packed with sounds from around the world. From didgeridoo to tabla, berimbau to sitar, SRX WORLD has the power to bring creative projects into focus with cinematic scope. Wherever music is being made, from Hong Kong to Finland, or anywhere else on the map, SRX WORLD puts global sounds at the fingertips of users worldwide.


With the release of Drum Studio-Acoustic One, Roland Cloud adds high-quality acoustic sampled drums featuring classic kits that come from a history of craftsmanship born in the deep south and Quebec. Users have individual control of six kicks, five snares, nine toms, and seven cymbals, all sampled with varied articulation and multiple microphone placements. Ten preset kits provide starting points in a variety of styles. Recorded at 24/96 resolution, these HRES (High-Resolution Extended Samples) feature RRS (Round Robin Sound) sample randomization. Roland Cloud’s Drum Studio-Acoustic One brings nuanced drum sounds to live and studio environments.


For more information, please visit www.rolandcloud.com/



Roland Cloud SRX WORLD Patch WG Pitch



About Roland Virtual Sonics

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


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


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 Introduces TM-1 Trigger Module - NAMM 2019]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/roland-introduces-tm-1-trigger-module---namm-2019 Wed, 23 Jan 2019 12:38:05 GMT


Roland Introduces TM-1 Trigger Module


Compact and affordable floor-based module makes it easy for any drummer to start their hybrid journey



The NAMM Show, Anaheim, CA, January 23, 2019 — Roland (Exhibit 10702, Hall A) introduces the TM-1 Trigger Module, the latest addition to the company’s leading lineup of hybrid drumming products. Today’s professional drummers commonly use hybrid setups that add electronic elements to their acoustic drum kits. But for players who are new to hybrid drumming, getting started can seem a little daunting. Compact and very easy to operate, the TM-1 offers a simple solution for first-time users, allowing them to bring hybrid power to their acoustic drum kit with zero hassle.


Modern music styles often feature signature drum sounds created with studio processing, as well as electronic drum/percussion tracks and looped grooves that cannot be replicated with an acoustic kit. And sometimes it’s just not possible for a player to bring every drum or percussion instrument they want to a gig. The TM-1 provides instant access to all these sounds, so drummers can tackle any musical scenario with ease. It features 15 ready-to-play kits with two instruments in each, and the onboard kits include various kick and snare combinations, and even synth loops.


Designed much like a floor-based guitar effect pedal, the TM-1 runs on batteries or AC power and fits nicely alongside other elements of an acoustic kit. Two dual-trigger inputs can accommodate up to four Roland trigger devices, while direct-access control knobs and two footswitches make operation a breeze.


Another advantage of a hybrid drum setup is the ability to choose and customize sounds for an entire setlist, so each song gets the perfect drum sound. With the TM-1 editor app for Mac/Windows computers and iOS/Android devices, it’s possible to import original audio samples, assign sounds to each trigger pad, and quickly customize sounds in numerous ways. And with convenient editing from a smartphone, there’s no need to bring a laptop to the gig for last-minute tweaks.


The TM-1 is compatible with a variety of Roland trigger devices, including the BT-1 Bar Trigger Pad, RT-series acoustic drum triggers, V-Pads, and others.


The Roland TM-1 Trigger Module will be available February 2019 with U.S. pricing of $159.99.


To learn more about the TM-1 Trigger Module, visit Roland.com.




Roland TM-1 Trigger Module, shown both closeup in foreground and next to hi-hat pedal for reference in background



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[New Access For Auto-Tune™ - NAMM 2019]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/new-access-for-auto-tune---namm-2019 Wed, 23 Jan 2019 12:34:03 GMT


Antares Auto-Tune™ Access Makes Professional Pitch Processing Simple and Affordable

$99 Program Offers Core Auto-Tune Features in a Streamlined Interface


Santa Cruz, CA — January 22, 2019 — Antares Technologies, the global leader in pitch-correction and vocal-processing tools, is thrilled to introduce Auto-Tune Access: the simplest, most affordable way to use Auto-Tune. 

For more than 20 years, Auto-Tune has remained the benchmark in natural, real-time pitch correction and distinctive vocal effects. Auto-Tune Access delivers the core Auto-Tune technology that professional artists and producers rely on, in a streamlined interface—for just $99.

“For most people creating production vocals, the first plug-in they will buy after getting a DAW is Auto-Tune, because it is the standard for natural pitch correction and modern vocal effects,” says Antares Technologies CEO Steve Berkeley. “This new edition of Auto-Tune gives more artists and producers an opportunity to incorporate Auto-Tune into their productions, whether they’re just starting out with Auto-Tune or they’re veteran users who need quick, easy access to core Auto-Tune functions.”

Auto-Tune Access Overview:

A new, pared-down interface provides access to key Auto-Tune features with a single click.

Simple three-position Retune Speed and Humanize knobs allow a variety of tuning applications, from subtle, natural-sounding pitch correction to the most extreme Auto-Tune Effects.

Low-latency processing means users can perform through Auto-Tune Access in real time, in the studio or onstage, without worrying about distracting delay.

Auto-Tune Access’ light CPU footprint and professional-quality processing make it an ideal introduction to Auto-Tune, and a convenient option for advanced users working with large, complex projects.

Auto-Tune Access is fully compatible with Antares’ new Auto-Key plug-in (sold separately), which saves valuable time in the studio by automatically detecting music key and scale and sending that information to Auto-Tune Access.

Auto-Tune Access is the first Antares plug-in that features WIBU computer authorization for enhanced security and ease of use.

Auto-Tune Access is available for $99 at antarestech.com and at authorized dealers worldwide. Auto-Tune Access also comes bundled in leading DAWs such as Tracktion’s Waveform. For more information, visit www.antarestech.com.






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




<![CDATA[Erica Synths Unveils Sample Drum Module - NAMM 2019]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/erica-synths-unveils-sample-drum-module---namm-2019 Wed, 23 Jan 2019 11:55:48 GMT


NAMM 2019: Erica Synths Unveils Sample Drum Module


Latvia-based Erica Synths announces its latest module: Sample Drum. Sample Drum is 14HP eurorack sample player/sampler module with straight-forward, intuitive interface, functionality and great sound quality, designed with live performance use in mind.


The Sample Drum module is composed of two identical parts and allows you to play back, record and slice up samples or loops directly in your modular system. For processing, there are different play modes, tuning functions (including 1 V/Oct pitch tracking), virtual VCAs plus AD envelopes and realtime effects.


Three freely assignable CV inputs per channel guarantee a lot of personal expression during performance. 16bit mono WAV samples are loaded into RAM (32MB / ~ 5 minutes of sampling time) from SD card (16 GB SD card with factory preset samples comes with the module) for instantaneous playback response. All settings can be saved and recalled during live performance.



  • Sample playback with fast trigger response

  • Various effects for real times ample processing

  • Sample recording functionality

  • Manual and automatic sample slicing

  • Cue point loading from WAV files

  • 1V/Oct tracking

  • 3 assignable CV inputs per channel

  • Preset memory

  • User-friendly interface

  • Performance mode

  • 16 GB SD card with factory preset samples included

Price (VAT excl.) 300€ — Release date 23rd of February 2019




More information on Sample Drum
<![CDATA[Catalinbread Effects Announces The Coriolis Effect At NAMM 2019]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/catalinbread-effects-announces-the-coriolis-effect-at-namm-2019 Wed, 23 Jan 2019 11:49:58 GMT


Catalinbread Effects Announces The Coriolis Effect At NAMM 2019

A  sustainer, wah, filter, pitch shifter, and harmonizer rolled into one



The NAMM Show, Anaheim,CA, January 24th – Portland,Oregon’s Catalinbread® Effects has announced The Coriolis™ Effect, a wah, filter, harmonizer, pitch shifter, and sustainer effects pedal. Following the success of their NICOMPRESSOR® in 2018, Catalinbread® was quietly and diligently crafting The Coriolis™ Effect. The target release date is March 28th, 2019, with pre-orders launching immediately through retailers. 


The Coriolis™ Effect is a phenomenon in classical mechanics where a trajectory becomes altered due to a rotating frame of reference. The Catalinbread® Coriolis™ Effect has three main parameters to change the equations of motion for your guitar signal. Turning down the Velocity and Acceleration controls drags your playing into the heart of a black hole, redshifting your tone into a lower pitch and filtering out the high frequencies. The Hold button will instantly pull you into the black hole stopping time completely. Plug in and explore where humanity has never shredded before! In short: Think of the Coriolis™ Effect as a sustainer, wah, filter, pitch shifter, and harmonizer rolled into one—the sonic possibilities are endless!



  • Position: This parameter controls the dry/wet mix with a full wet on clockwise and full dry on counterclockwise.
  • Acceleration: This parameter is a 2-pole low pass filter.
  • Velocity: This parameter adjusts the pitch of the wet signal.
  • Hold: Pressing this button stops any new sampling and loops the current sample. (Initialize during a chord to sustain the chord for upwards of two minutes. Initialize while playing melody lines for a fast-delay/stutter sound.)
  • Expression pedal Input
  • Internal bypass mode switch (True Bypass/Buffered Bypass)
  • Internal expression pedal polarity switch
  • Internal trimmer pot to adjust gain level
  • Hand-built in Portland,OR
  • 3-year warranty
  • Retail price of $229.99


The Coriolis™ Effect is now available for pre-order through retailers.


For more information and demo videos: 

Catalinbread® Effects



<![CDATA[Outlaw Effects Launches Four New Pedals - NAMM 2019]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/outlaw-effects-launches-four-new-pedals---namm-2019 Wed, 23 Jan 2019 11:04:19 GMT


Outlaw Effects Launches Four New Pedals



January 22, 2019 – Montreal-based effects pedal company Outlaw Effects will introduce a foursome of new guitar pedals at the 2019 NAMM Show. 


DUMBLEWEED Overdrive is inspired by one of the most sought-after (and expensive) sounds in rock & roll: the D-style American tube amp. Like the amps that inspired it, Dumbleweed gives you a complete, dynamic range of drive tones, from subtle break-up to robust, fuzzy dirt. Standard Gain, Tone and Volume controls let you dial in your drive tone with precision, while a Voice knob adds an extra dimension of control, allowing you to darken or brighten the overall color of your tone.

MSRP: $67.00


THE GENERAL Germanium Fuzz marches you back in time a few decades, delivering the warm, vintage fuzz tones of a late 60's- era germanium transistor-based pedal. Despite its minimalist control layout, The General covers a range of retro fuzz sounds. At higher Fuzz settings, you can get into darker, more sustained/compressed tones which are still smoother than what you'd get from a more modern, silicon-based fuzz pedal. Lower Fuzz settings offer more subtle dirt, putting you into Texas Blues territory. The General is also responsive to your guitar's volume level: dial back your volume knob for a cleaner sound whose bite is a little more understated.

MSRP: $67.00


PHUNNEL CLOUD Phaser enhances your tone with a classic, analog phase shifting modulation effect. Adding a dynamic, sweeping dimension to your signal for increased depth and warmth, this vibrant effect is at home across a wide array of musical styles. With Phunnel Cloud, you can go from discreet shimmer to more dramatic, rapidly sweeping effects. A voicing toggle switch lets you choose between a warm, rich, mid 1970's-era sound (THEN), and a more modern setting (NOW) that offers a fuller, cleaner, more dramatic effect.

MSRP: $67.00


LATE RISER Auto Volume Swell is Outlaw's take on a hard-to-find, but still sought-after effect. The pedal operates like a noise gate in reverse, silencing the attack of your signal and gradually bringing it up to volume. In doing so, Late Riser can create violin or pedal steel-like swells, reproducing the sound of quickly rolling your guitar's volume knob or engaging a volume pedal.  The simple, two-knob control layout lets you adjust the characteristic of the swells. The Rise control adjusts the amount of time it takes for the input signal to swell from silence to full volume, while Shine (aka Sensitivity) controls how sensitive the pedal is to picking dynamics. At lower Shine settings, a more distinct pick/attack is required to trigger the effect. Late Riser also includes a Saved Mode feature, allowing you to call up a favorite setting with a quick double-tap of the footswitch - regardless of how the controls are set.

MSRP: $100.00


Like all Outlaw Effects, these four new pedals feature true bypass switching to maintain the purity of the player's clean tone. Each is housed in a micro-sized durable aluminum alloy chassis, and features a staggered input/output design for a minimum footprint.


All four new pedals will begin shipping to North American dealers in March 2019.


For details about availability outside of the USA and Canada, please contact info@outlawguitareffects.com.


For additional information: www.outlawguitareffects.com




<![CDATA[New Models From Epiphone At NAMM 2019]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/new-models-from-epiphone-at-namm-2019 Wed, 23 Jan 2019 10:54:48 GMT


Epiphone at NAMM 2019

New Models to be Introduced at Annual Trade Event in California



(January 22, 2019 Nashville, TN. Re Winter NAMM Room #207) Epiphone, the leader in affordable professional instruments will join Gibson in ringing in a new era with a triumphant return to the annual National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) show. NAMM 2019 will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California Thursday, January 24-Sunday, January 27. An annual tradition for Epiphone since 1919, Epiphone has continually brought excitement to the NAMM show from introducing electric instruments in 1939, ES-style models like the Casino in the early ‘60s as well as unveiling new models by Joe Bonamassa or Slash.


2019 marks a new opportunity for Epiphone to give dealers and retailers a sneak peek at brand new instruments and signature artist models including:


Epiphone at NAMM 2019

Ltd. Ed. Peter Frampton “1964” Texan Premium Outfit and Les Paul Custom PRO

Ltd. Ed. Slash Firebird

Ltd. Ed. Joe Bonamassa ES-355 Outfit

George Thorogood – Epiphone Ltd Ed Thorogood “White Fang” ES-125TDC

Jared James Nichols – Epiphone Limited Edition Jared James Nichols ‘Old Glory’ Les Paul Custom Outfit

Dave Rude – Epiphone Limited Edition Dave Rude Flying V Outfit


Ltd. Ed. Peter Frampton Les Paul Custom PRO


Along with exclusive previews of what’s coming in 2019, Epiphone and Gibson Brands will also host a Winter NAMM Jam on Thursday, January 24 at the City National Grove of Anaheim. During NAMM, Epiphone will offer live performances, artist meet and greets and signing appearances from top musicians in Room #207 from Nancy Wilson, Peter Frampton, Jared James Nichols, Dave Rude and Emily Wolfe, as well as showcase on-site custom-designed Epiphones by visiting artists.


Stay tuned to Epiphone’s social media channels and visit Epiphone.com for daily updates as well as exclusive interviews, photos and videos.


Epiphone Media:

Epiphone Interview: Peter Frampton

Peter Frampton demonstrates his Signature “1964” Texan and Les Paul Custom PRO

Ltd. Ed. Joe Bonamassa ES-355 Outfit

Joe Bonamassa demonstrates the Ltd. Ed. ES-355

Slash demonstrates the Ltd. Ed. Slash Firebird




For more information on Epiphone, visit:





For more information on GIBSON, visit:






About Epiphone:

For over 140 years, Epiphone has led the world in innovative musical instrument designs. Epiphone is home to the PRO-1 Collection, designed by Pros to be easy to play and is also the official instrument maker for Rocksmith®, the fastest way to learn guitar. Since Epiphone’s humble beginnings in Greece in 1873 through its rise to fame in New York, and its resurgence as a dominant force in musical instruments from its new headquarters in Nashville, Epiphones have been making history around the world. Instruments made by the “House of Stathopoulo” are heard on over a century of classic recordings by Les Paul, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, John Lee Hooker, Oasis, and today’s top artists like Slash, Peter Frampton, Joe Bonamassa, Dwight Yoakam, Gary Clark Jr., Jack Casady, Tommy Thayer of KISS, Robb Flynn, Matt Heafy, Alabama Shakes, Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath, and Brendon Small. As part of Gibson Brands, Epiphone offers innovation, history, and a lifetime guarantee.


About Gibson:

Gibson Brands, the world’s most iconic guitar brand, has shaped the sounds of generations of musicians and music lovers across genres for more than 100 years. Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Nashville, TN, Gibson Brands has a legacy of world-class craftsmanship, legendary music partnerships and progressive product evolution that is unrivaled among musical instrument companies. The Gibson Brands portfolio includes Gibson, the number one guitar brand, as well as many of the most beloved and recognizable music brands, including Epiphone, Kramer, Steinberger and Gibson Pro Audio division brands Cerwin Vega, KRK Systems and Stanton. Gibson Brands is dedicated to quality, innovation and sound excellence so that music lovers for generations to come will continue to experience music shaped by Gibson Brands. Learn more at http://www.gibson.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.



<![CDATA[Warm Audio Introduces The WA-84 Small Diaphragm Condenser Mic - NAMM 2019]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/warm-audio-introduces-the-wa-84-small-diaphragm-condenser-mic---namm-2019 Wed, 23 Jan 2019 10:41:18 GMT



SINGLE - $ 399 USD | 449 € INC VAT
STEREO PAIR - $ 749 USD | 849 € INC VAT

Available March 2019



Sound Like a Legend

The WA-84 is a cardioid, vintage-style, small diaphragm condenser microphone based on classic microphone circuit topology.  The WA-84 sports a fully discrete signal path, a CineMag USA transformer, Fairchild transistors and Wima capacitors.  The WA-84 is designed for pro studio, home studio, live, and broadcast applications and sounds great on a variety of instruments and sources, such as; acoustic/electric guitars, acoustic/electric bass, drums, piano, strings, brass & woodwind instruments, and an array of other sources. 


The WA-84 has a very LARGE sound for it’s small size and uniquely uses a heavy Nickel CineMag signal transformer in it’s signal path to warm up and ENLARGE sound sources.  Small diaphragm condenser microphones have widely moved to transformer-less technology in recent years for ease and lower-cost manufacturing.  When designing the WA-84, however, we chose to go the extra mile and take the classic route by tackling a more boutique design known for it’s it’s crystal clear, yet smooth, LARGE sound.  

We are proud to offer something special to the market-place by using large core transformer technology (CineMag USA) in a small diaphragm condenser microphone package.  The result is a circuit that we feels sounds absolutely gorgeous and goes the extra mile in terms of signal integrity and smooth boutique tone. 

The WA-84 is offered in both nickel and black colors and in single and stereo pair quantities.


• Utilizes a CineMag USA Transformer
• Directional Pattern: Cardioid
• Fully Discrete Vintage-style Signal Path
• Vintage Capsule Reproduction
• Package Includes: Microphone, Cardioid Capsule, Shock-mount, Mic Clip,
Windscreen and Carrying Case
• 48V Phantom powered
• Frequency Range: 20Hz - 20kHz
• Sensitivity: -39dB or 11mV/Pa @ 1kHz
• Output Impedance: 200Ω
• Rated Load Impedance: ≥1kΩ
• Pad: 0db or -10db
• Maximum SPL: 123/133dB @ 1kHz, 0.5% THD, 0/-10dB
• S/N Ratio: 78dBA (IEC651)
• Equivalent Noise: 16dBA (IEC651)
• Dynamic Range: 107dBA (IEC651)
• Connector: 3-Pin Gold-Plated XLR
• Weight: 122g each
• Finish: Black & Nickel



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<![CDATA[MIND Music Labs (Literally) Make Musical Waves At The 2019 NAMM Show]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/mind-music-labs-literally-make-musical-waves-at-the-2019-namm-show Tue, 22 Jan 2019 16:01:10 GMT


MIND Music Labs (literally) make musical waves at The 2019 NAMM Show with Powered by ELK MusicOS product hits



STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN: as the music, sound, and event technology communities collectively unite in making their final approach for landing at The 2019 NAMM Show in Southern California, January 24-27, MIND Music Labs is all set to make musical waves with a notable number of surefire Powered by ELK MusicOS product hits and associated announcements at the world’s largest trade-only event for the music products, pro audio, and event tech industry...


In an industry-moving-and-shaking seismic shift, MIND Music Lab’s ELK MusicOS, the world’s first MOS (Music Operating System) for use in embedded environments, provides unmatched ultra low-latency performance using Intel X86 or ARM processors, which, when combined with ELK’s SDK (Software Development Kit), makes it easy for developers of VST (Virtual Studio Technology) and RE (Rack Extension) plug-ins to support ELK, ultimately ushering in a new era where the power, flexibility, and selection of audio and music software can be run in real time on embedded hardware.


Helping it stand out from the crowd, Italian innovator DV Mark’s Smart Multiamp (http://www.dvmark.it/media/upload_area/2019/01/11/dv-smart-multiamp.jpg) — one of the most powerful all-in-one preamp/effects processor/power amps ever produced — is all set to be released at The 2019 NAMM Show as the first Powered by ELK MusicOS product to hit the market! Marco De Virgilis, President at DV Mark and Mark Bass Original, obligingly pays tribute to the trailblazing technology that made it possible: “Thanks to ELK MusicOS, we have been able to release the most advanced all-in-one digital guitar device on the market, and the first amp to run VST plug- ins with the lowest latency you can imagine.”


Indeed, Smart Multiamp will be making its musical mark at The 2019 NAMM Show, showcased by DV Mark on Booth 5044 during each day of the show at 10:30 with a featured artist demonstration, and also being shown by MIND Music Labs itself there on Booth 16321.


Meanwhile, MIND Music Labs’ recent announcement of a close partnership with fellow Swedish company Propellerhead — creators of innovative and affordable music software since 1994 — to support its RE plug-in format in ELK means more than 530 instruments and effects from over 180 developers can now run in the ELK environment, so stop by Booth 16321 to see and hear some state-of-the-art REs, including a preview of a Propellerhead RE instrument running on hardware!


Here’s what Propellerhead CEO Ernst Nathorst-Böös has to say about MIND Music Labs’ not inconsiderable part in the proceedings: “Propellerhead is thrilled to partner with MIND Music Labs to help manufacturers build groundbreaking hardware products based on ELK MusicOS in the most cost-effective and scalable way.”


While on the trailblazing subject of software running on hardware — and following up on its recent announcement of ELK support being included in the VST SDK, MIND Music Labs will also be showing some premier VSTs from the likes of Overloud, Audio Modeling, and HISE running on hardware at ultra-low latency. Landing at Booth 16321. There visitors will witness plug-ins running on three different prototype configurations using processors hardware manufacturers will surely be interested in — namely, an Intel Atom Cherry Trail X5-Z8350, an NXP i.MX7d ARM, and a Raspberry Pi 3.


Why not pay a visit, then, to the MIND Music Labs’ Booth (16321) at The 2019 NAMM Show, January 24-27 in Anaheim, California? Collectively, the company is sure that visitors — flying or otherwise — will be amazed at what can be seen and heard there!





About MIND Music Labs (www.mindmusiclabs.com)

MIND Music Labs was founded in Stockholm, Sweden in 2014 by Michele Benincaso, an Italian luthier who trained in Cremona, Italy and Stockholm with a mission of combining his two great passions — musical instruments and technology. Together with a dream team of experts with disciplines ranging from wireless networks to computer engineering, the company developed the ELK MusicOS, bringing state-of-the-art technology to traditional instrument craftsmanship, bridging the gap between musicians and their audience, changing how they learn, create, record, and share music.


© 2019 Modern Ancient Instruments Networked AB



<![CDATA[Celestion Announces The Retail Availability Of The VT Junior Guitar Speaker - NAMM 2019 ]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/celestion-announces-the-retail-availability-of-the-vt-junior-guitar-speaker---namm-2019 Tue, 22 Jan 2019 15:54:30 GMT


Celestion Announces the Retail Availability of the VT Junior Guitar Speaker
Popular Speaker for Combos Now Available for Purchase Individually for Replacement and Upgrades  
Anaheim, CA (January 22, 2019) —Celestion, the premier manufacturer of guitar and bass loudspeakers and professional audio drivers for sound reinforcement applications, is pleased to announce NAMM 2019 that the VT Junior guitar speaker, renowned for its popularity in many classic combo cabinets, is now available to buy at retail for replacement and upgrades.
The VT Junior is a speaker with a vintage design capable of bringing players classic feel with modern speaker capabilities. Delivering the same balance and musicality as its big brother the V-Type, the 10-inch VT Jr. has been formulated using the same recipe of old and new design techniques. Players can expect a juicy low mid punch together with plenty of high end sparkle, and the same thrilling responsiveness that will leave you feeling connected to your music.
“The VT Junior has been a go to speaker for quite a few quality, affordable 10” combos over the past couple of years and it has gathered quite a large fan base,” says Celestion Marketing Manager Ken Weller. “As a result, we have decided to make it available for purchase through our retail partners as a replacement or upgrade. Our clients can enjoy the great tone of the VT Junior at a great price. “
VT Junior Specifications:
Nominal diameter        10"/254mm
Power rating                50W
Nominal impedance    8Ω & 16Ω
Sensitivity                    95dB
Chassis type               Pressed Steel
Voice coil diameter      1.75"/44.5mm
Voice coil material       Round Copper
Magnet type                Ceramic
Magnet weight             20oz
Frequency range         90-5500Hz
Resonance frequency Fs@ 90Hz
See Celestion at Winter NAMM at Booths #7602 and #18100 in the Pro Audio Hall (ACC North, Level 2.)
Contact Celestion at: info@celestion.com and visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/celestion.
<![CDATA[Radial Engineering KL-8 Keyboard Mixer / Digital Interface Now Shipping - NAMM 2019]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/radial-engineering-kl-8-keyboard-mixer--digital-interface-now-shipping---namm-2019 Tue, 22 Jan 2019 15:50:32 GMT


KL-8 Now Shipping


Radial Engineering Ltd. is pleased to announce that the KL-8, a rackmount professional keyboard mixer and digital interface, is now shipping.  Put yourself in control of the mix

The KL-8 is a unique mixing station created with keyboard pros in mind, including a number of features designed specifically to streamline and enhance any keyboard setup. You can connect up to four keyboards in mono or stereo, with level controls, aux sends, and signal/clip LED indicators for each. A stereo aux send/receive channel is available to feed rackmount reverbs, delays, and effects pedals, or it can be used as an additional input for a fifth keyboard.


The KL-8 is a rackmount keyboard mixing station designed to provide complete control over a professional keyboard setup, both on-stage and in the recording studio.


Redundant USB inputs

The KL-8 is also a powerful digital interface with high quality 24bit/192kHz digital audio converters, utilizing MIDI and USB connections that make it easy to control a laptop soft-synth. Redundant USB connections mean that you can have a backup laptop plugged in and ready to go should your primary source fail; this is especially helpful for keyboard players who are also controlling playback for backing tracks during their performance. An optional JR1-L remote footswitch can be employed to switch between the USB inputs at a moment’s notice. 



Silent cueing and monitoring via headphones

The output section includes two sets of transformer-isolated outputs to feed the PA system and a pair of powered monitors, with individual level controls and mono sum switches to accommodate for limited channel availability. Dual 1/4"  headphone outputs are also included for local monitoring and testing. A cue system allows any keyboard input to be muted from the overall mix and fed directly to the headphones to silently check patch settings without feeding signal to the audience.


Equally well-suited for a live stage or a professional recording studio, multiple KL-8s can be linked to accommodate even larger keyboard setups. Like all Radial products, the KL-8 is built in Canada and features a transferable 3-year warranty.   


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<![CDATA[Introducing The Nord Piano Monitor - NAMM 2019]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/introducing-the-nord-piano-monitor---namm-2019 Tue, 22 Jan 2019 15:37:12 GMT


Introducing the Nord Piano Monitor




The Nord Piano Monitor system is exclusively engineered for optimal dynamic reproduction of the electric and acoustic pianos in the Nord Piano Library.


Developed to give you the optimal nearfield listening the compact Nord Piano Monitor system lets you experience the true character of our renowned piano sounds with impressive depth and dynamics – a natural extension of our instruments.  






For the ultimate nearfield listening experience the Nord Piano Monitor speakers can be mounted to the Nord Piano 4 using the optional Monitor Brackets. The Monitor Brackets can also be attached to standard microphone stands.



Nord Piano Monitors mounted on Nord Piano 4 with optional Monitor Brackets.



The Nord Piano Monitors feature an additional auxiliary audio input for connecting a laptop or smartphone - perfect for playing along, rehearsing or just listening to music.



The Nord Piano Monitor system is compatible with all Nord products and can be mounted on the Nord Piano 4 using optional monitor brackets. 



The Nord Piano Monitor is scheduled for shipping in Winter/Spring 2019 with pricing to be announced.






All specifications are subject to change without further notice



<![CDATA[Pigtronix Releases Resotron Pitch-Following Envelope Filter Pedal - NAMM 2019]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/pigtronix-releases-resotron-pitch-following-envelope-filter-pedal---namm-2019 Tue, 22 Jan 2019 15:28:09 GMT


Pigtronix releases Resotron pitch-following envelope filter pedal
Pigtronix Resotron is an analog filter that puts the sound ‘70s keyboard synthesizers at the fingertips of guitarists, bassists…and beyond! The filter at the heart of the Resotron is based on the SSM2040 chip, found in the legendary Prophet 5 and Octave CAT synthesizers. This 24db/octave, state-variable filter provides the full gamut of familiar envelope filter sounds with UP and DOWN sweeping modes, and a sensitivity control to dial in the response of the effect based on how hard you play. In addition to a slew of vintage-correct filter tones, the Resotron pushes the envelope pedal concept to a whole new level by using an analog pitch-tracking system; this function moves the cutoff frequency of the filter up and down. The pitch-following filter effect found in the Resotron moves around based on the notes you play as opposed to how hard you play. The Attack time and Rate of filter motion can be adjusted - using the Glide knob - to dial in how long it takes for the cutoff to travel between pitches.
Pigtronix Resotron official demo by Mike Hermans
“The pitch-following effect found in the Resotron is analogous to the “key-follow” function found on the original Minimoog and many other classic analog keyboards,” says Pigtronix president David Koltai. “Using our all analog pitch-tracking circuit to control cutoff frequency, the Resotron delivers mind-blowing filter motion for guitar players. I’ve dreamt of making this pedal for years, and it’s finally here.”
Pigtronix Resotron Bass demo by Doug Wimbish
The Resotron has the ability to operate in Low Pass, Band Pass or High Pass modes. Each of these filter voices has a distinctive character that can be manipulated by adjusting the PEAK knob, progressively feeding the filter back upon itself to increase the resonance (or “Q”) of the filter, right up to the point of self-oscillation. A push-button OSCILLATE function allows you to go even further - turning the Resotron into an analog synthesizer pedal that follows both the pitch and dynamics of your playing. The synthesizer sounds created by the Resotron can be radically altered by switching between the LPF, BPF and HPF modes. This allows users to access waveforms that range from subtle voice emulations to bombastic, aggressive lead sounds, as well as ultra-smooth sub bass tones.
Before the pedal’s input signal hits the Resotron’s filter, it passes through an optical compression stage derived from the Pigtronix Philosopher’s Tone pedal. The increased volume and punch from this compressor can then be mixed into the audio signal using the BLEND control, without affecting the SENSITIVITY of the envelope.
The Resotron accepts active CV and passive TRS expression pedal inputs for foot-controlled filter sweeps and outboard modulation, which is mixed in parallel with the on-board pitch-following and amplitude tracking systems.
The Resotron is now shipping to Pigtronix dealers and retails for £299.00
  • 24db/oct filter based on the SSM2040 chip
  • Low Pass, Band Pass and High Pass Filter options
  • Velocity controlled UP & Down envelope modes
  • Pitch-following envelope function with variable GLIDE
  • BLEND control mixes in Philosopher’s Tone compression
  • Expression pedal / 0-5v CV input modulates CUTOFF
  • OSCILLATE mode for monophonic synth sounds
  • Sidechain TRIGGER input for external audio
  • Hardwired true bypass switching
  • 18VDC power supply included
  • 100% analog design
  • Circuit design by Nick Cote
  • Sound design by David Koltai
Pigtronix is is distributed in the UK, ROI and Europe exclusively by JHS.
<![CDATA[Presenting Pedal Pods - NAMM 2019]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/presenting-pedal-pods---namm-2019 Tue, 22 Jan 2019 15:19:47 GMT


Presenting Pedal Pods - NAMM 2019




Pedal Pods is a powered, modular, locking, pedalboard system designed by Pedal Evolution in Richmond, Va. It allows you to expand the overall size and shape of your pedalboard quickly and easily. Pedals can be arranged in multiple ways- one row deep, two rows deep, or three rows deep. Pedal Pods are lightweight and come with a built-in, isolated power supply with selectable voltage for each pedal. Choose 5, 9, 12, 15, or 18 volts with the flip of a switch. Pedal Pods provide plenty of space for each pedal, so no more overcrowding!



Pedal Pods allow you to add or reconfigure pedals without the physical limitations of conventional pedalboards. You can expand in multiple configurations using connectable pods and mount pedals on angles or stair-stepped using risers. The Pedal Pods system is simple. You can add additional pedals in minutes with minimal tools or experience.


Integrated Power and Audio

Each Pedal Pod has high-current capability with built-in, isolated power for each pedal. You can choose the voltage for each individual pedal to insure it runs at its best. Pedal Pods come with two separate but combinable loops for direct-in and effects send/return options.


Sound Quality

Pedal Pods provide high fidelity sound quality. There is built-in noise reduction and a selectable buffer to maintain your tone’s strength and purity. 


For more information, go to: www.mypedalpods.com. Pedal Pods will be on display at Winter NAMM 2019 in booth # 2939 in Hall D.


Expand Your Sound



<![CDATA[Heritage Audio Announces SUCCESSOR STEREO BUS COMPRESSOR - NAMM 2019]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/heritage-audio-announces-successor-stereo-bus-compressor---namm-2019 Tue, 22 Jan 2019 15:11:46 GMT


Heritage Audio announces SUCCESSOR STEREO BUS COMPRESSOR missing link like no other



MADRID, SPAIN: having made sizeable (sound) waves when bringing its innovative RAM System range of monitor- controlling solutions pioneering Bluetooth audio streaming, plus premium processing, excellence-exhibiting ELITE SERIES mic preamps to market in 2018, European pro audio manufacturer Heritage Audio aims to repeat its successes several times over during the course of 2019, starting with an announcement of the upcoming SUCCESSOR STEREO BUS COMPRESSOR — a new stereo bus compressor like no other on the market — as of January 22...


What better way to make a formal introduction, then, than with Heritage Audio CEO Peter Rodriguez’s rallying call, centred around a bold opening statement: “SUCCESSOR is the missing link between your separate tracks and a full and round-sounding hit, allowing vocals to shine through without muddying the backing track.”


That being boldly said, why settle for sterile VCAs (Voltage Controlled Amplifiers) in mix or instrument bus applications now that the SUCCESSOR STEREO BUS COMPRESSOR — to give it its full and apt appellation — will soon be on the market?


Meanwhile, back to the man with a successful SUCCESSOR STEREO BUS COMPRESSOR-centred plan, Peter Rodriguez: “Feel how your separate tracks interact and blend together in a way that’s not possible when master bus compression duties are relegated to the mastering stage.”


So what’s the thinking behind the SUCCESSOR STEREO BUS COMPRESSOR, then? Traditionally, bus compression has been taken care of by VCA-style devices, based on ICs (integrated circuits), which are wholly unrelated to the warmth, fatness, and character associated with discrete Class A technology trading on chunky transformers and diode bridge-based gain reduction. Results show that the SUCCESSOR STEREO BUS COMPRESSOR can capably deliver on all of those attributes and then some.


“Snare drums can be more present, and the stereo image widens as there is more natural room for tracks to breathe; vocals stand out in the mix without being overwhelming or muddying guitars or other instruments.” So says Peter Rodriguez. And he should surely know.


Knowingly making use of Carnhill transformer-coupled balanced inputs and outputs for added character and vintage vibe, Heritage Audio’s new SUCCESSOR STEREO BUS COMPRESSOR is, indeed, a true stereo diode bridge-based bus compressor with advanced sidechain filtering and built-in parallel processing capabilities, sharing the same Class A ’73-type output stage that the Spanish company is famous for.


Fortunately for the discerning, diode bridge-based bus compression excels at bringing about 2nd order harmonic distortion characteristics and true vintage tone while eliminating nasty odd harmonic content. Clearly, by being based on legendary vintage diode bridge designs, the SUCCESSOR STEREO BUS COMPRESSOR keeps the sonic character of such units alive, albeit adding new features into a pleasingly-musical mix, making for a very different animal in its own right — one which will make mixes shine in modern production environments. Ultimately, ultra-fast ATTACK and RELEASE control times that are not present in vintage designs allow for far more flexible settings, such as FET-like sounds and volume maximising without transient artefacts.


Are there any additional noteworthy features to be found on the soon-to-be-market-leading SUCCESSOR STEREO BUS COMPRESSOR? Why, of course! Complex sidechain filtering options, which work well with already commonplace high-pass filters to introduce mid-band peak filters and high-frequency compression to allow bus correction that was not previously possible — ultimately, users can tailor their mixes in ways not previously possible, in other words; SIDECHAIN L and SIDECHAIN R SEND and RETURN connections, allowing for external sidechain signals or further external processing of the internal one; BLEND control (with dedicated ON/OFF button allowing for instant comparison between WET and DRY signals), offering built-in parallel compression with no external equipment required; and, last but not least... true stereo operation on single controls with matched gain cells for extremely precise left/right tracking and almost zero offset between channels — compression tracking works in ‘Oxford’ mode, meaning that the highest signal takes over compression as opposed to summing the left and right channels.


From FET-like, all-buttons-in drum sounds — now in stereo! — to VCA-style mix bus compression with the added warmth and fatness that only transformers can bring to the table, the SUCCESSOR STEREO BUS COMPRESSOR literally lives up to its notable name. After all, it is designed to stay hooked up to the mix bus and make mixes shine forth for all to hear, so making mixes a success is the name of the (Heritage Audio) game (plan)!


Planning on attending The 2019 NAMM Show, January 24-27 in Anaheim, California? Come feast your ears on Heritage Audio’s SUCCESSOR STEREO BUS COMPRESSOR alongside other tasty pro audio treats there on RAD Distribution’s booth (15318).


The SUCCESSOR STEREO BUS COMPRESSOR will be available by the end of Q1 via Heritage Audio’s growing global network of dealers (https://www.heritageaudio.net/where-to-buy/) with an MSRP of €1,299.00 EUR (excluding VAT) and MAP of $1,499.00 USD.


For more in-depth information, please visit the dedicated SUCCESSOR STEREO BUS COMPRESSOR webpage here:



Watch Heritage Audio’s informative introductory SUCCESSOR STEREO BUS COMPRESSOR video here:




About Heritage Audio (www.heritageaudio.net)

Heritage Audio is a European pro audio manufacturer based in Madrid, Spain. Founded in 2011 by Peter Rodriguez, a sound engineer and producer with extensive experience in the music industry, its aim is true: to bring back the philosophy of the golden age of recording and adapt it to the needs of 21st Century studios while contributing to transitioning music into a new era in the process.The company’s canon covers all analogue signal processing bases.All its products are designed and manufactured in Spain and available in over 36 countries worldwide.


© 2019 Heritage Audio



<![CDATA[New From Harrison - The AVA Multiband Compressor - NAMM 2019]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/new-from-harrison---the-ava-multiband-compressor---namm-2019 Tue, 22 Jan 2019 15:05:39 GMT


NEW from Harrison:  the AVA Multiband Compressor

A world-class Multiband Compressor for nearly any DAW


The new AVA Multiband Compressor is a cross-format plugin from Harrison which supports the following platforms and formats:

  • AAX : Mac, Windows
  • VST3 : Mac, Windows
  • VST : Mac, Windows, Linux
  • AudioUnit : Mac


The AVA Multiband Compressor is the latest implementation of Harrison’s renowned Multiband Compression algorithm, as used in ultra high-end post & film facilities worldwide. Now in the fourth generation, the Harrison Multiband Compression algorithm has been continuously tweaked by our customers in high-end music, film, broadcast, and video-post production.

Harrison’s reputation for “True Analog In-The-Box” sound is due to our unique development heritage: we first created an analog console processor and then converted the processor to digital while retaining the sound and character of the original analog console.

Notable Features:

  • Intelligent algorithm requires minimal effort to get excellent results.
  • “Sidechain” key input with dedicated sidechain EQ.
  • RTA analyzer display helps the user locate problem frequency ranges.
  • Multi-channel linking capable for surround ( on supported AAX, AU, VST3 hosts ).
  • "Auto-Solo" features help dial-in the desired frequency ranges while making changes.
  • No-latency processing: suitable for live use.
  • “Expand” mode provides an additional creative effect.


The results are quintessentially Harrison: effortless, smooth and transparent.

MSRP  $89

Introductory Price  $49 through the end of February


The AVA Multiband Compressor is available directly from Harrison, at the AVA product page.

Harrison AVA Plug-ins are distributed by Plugivery: Find a Dealer Near You!

After the release, customers can get a free demo at the Harrison AVA product web page: https://www.harrisonconsoles.com/site/ava-plugins.html



<![CDATA[Soundtheory Announces Windows Version Of Gullfoss Intelligent EQ - NAMM 2019]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/soundtheory-announces-windows-version-of-gullfoss-intelligent-eq---namm-2019 Tue, 22 Jan 2019 10:10:23 GMT


Soundtheory Announces Windows Version of Gullfoss
Debuts Windows version of Gullfoss Intelligent EQ at NAMM 2019
with special introductory pricing
Anaheim, CA - NAMM 2019 Booth # 14016 - Soundtheory announces the Windows version of their intelligent automatic EQ plugin, Gullfoss. Windows users get a first look at the 2019 NAMM Show in the Anaheim Convention Center from January 24 through January 27, 2019.
Gullfoss is an intelligent equalizer based on a highly advanced computational model of auditory perception. It makes objective decisions on equalization around 300 times per second. The user can increase the perception of clarity, space and dimension of any input signal — with low latency (22ms), and no artifacts or phase destruction. Additionally, Gullfoss eliminates annoying resonances and cancellations and retains dynamics and reduces the need for multiband compression. Gullfoss is an easy-to-use tool for everyone from the amateur musician to the professional mastering engineer, delivering exceptional results in a matter of seconds.
“Gullfoss has quickly found a unique place in the plug-in collections of many people in the audio industry. We’ve been exceptionally happy with the response to the Mac version.”, said Andreas Beisler, Development Director of Soundtheory. “We’re delighted to be able to showcase the Windows version at NAMM 2019, and we expect the early access phase to start at the end of February 2019.”
Key Features
  • Automatic equalization in real-time, based on simple input parameters
  • Highly advanced computational auditory perception model makes objective processing decisions
  • Intelligently treats sound elements in the mix separately
  • Improves clarity, detail, spatiality, definition and presence
  • Eliminates annoying resonances and cancellations
  • Retains dynamics and reduces the need for multiband compression
  • Mixes translate much more consistently between listening environments
  • Improve your mixes by watching the real-time EQ graph display
Price and Availability
Gullfoss for Windows will be available at a special introductory early access price of $99 USD at www.soundtheory.com from the end of February 2019 (regular price: $199.00).
About Soundtheory
Soundtheory is the brainchild of mathematical physicist Andreas Tell, who has been researching and working with sound for over 20 years. Along with Managing Director David Pringle, Soundtheory has developed exciting new and unique methods for realtime audio processing. Its highly advanced model of computational auditory perception opens up new possibilities of analyzing sound as perceived by human ears and of processing it without introducing any audible artefacts at all.
<![CDATA[Roswell Pro Audio Unveils Delphos II Condenser Mic - NAMM 2019]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/roswell-pro-audio-unveils-delphos-ii--condenser-mic---namm-2019 Tue, 22 Jan 2019 10:05:37 GMT


Roswell Pro Audio Unveils Delphos II 
Condenser Mic
An update to the Delphos brings new features in a bigger body
Anaheim, CA - NAMM Booth #9510 - Roswell Pro Audio®, maker of premium boutique microphones, introduces Delphos II®, an update to their popular all-purpose studio condenser mic.
The original Delphos® featured an un-hyped and natural frequency response, high sensitivity, and low self-noise. The Delphos II retains the characteristics of the original and adds a third polar pattern (figure 8) and a newly designed, low noise power supply housed in a new, larger body in a custom metallic blue paint job.
"We originally built the Delphos for recording engineers looking for an ultra-clean FET sound," said Roswell founder Matt McGlynn. "This new version has been updated based on user feedback and the result is another mic in our line that we're very proud of, particularly on vocals and acoustic guitar where its balanced frequency response, low noise, and high output outperform most competitive offerings costing much more."
The microphone uses a highly optimized transformerless circuit, which provides a pristine, low-distortion signal path. Two switches provide a choice of Cardioid, Omni and Figure 8 polar patterns, as well as a 10 dB pad. The mic has a frequency range of 20 Hz to 16 kHz, with a response curve carefully tailored to provide full lows, neutral mids, and high-frequency detail without sibilance. Its sensitivity is 40mV/Pa, with a self-noise level conservatively rated at 12dBA. 
The microphone's circuit is built by hand in the US, using the finest components sourced from around the world, including low-noise NOS transistors and audiophile capacitors. Each Delphos II is assembled in California, burned in, and extensively tested after manufacturing to ensure the best possible performance. 
Describing his exacting construction and testing standards, McGlynn said, "Because we build and test each Delphos II in-house, we take steps that mass-produced brands wouldn't dream of. For instance, we match capacitors within each mic, and manually bias every JFET to ensure the highest possible sound pressure level with minimal distortion. After assembly, we put each mic through an acoustic sweep test to measure its response. We modify each circuit individually to set its high-frequency peak and roll-off. After that, we burn in each microphone for 24 hours, and then conduct final listening tests and QC inspections. We defined this process to ensure that every Roswell microphone delivers superior performance."
The Delphos II ships in a custom, heavy-duty flight case with a proprietary Roswell Cutaway (TM) shockmount.
The Delphos II will be available in March 2019 from Roswell Pro Audio's network of U.S. dealers at a US MSRP of $999. 
About Roswell Pro Audio 
Microphone expert and historian, Matt McGlynn founded Roswell Pro Audio with the express goal of delivering boutique mic quality at affordable prices. As creator of the RecordingHacks.com website, with its extensive database detailing hundreds of microphones, McGlynn spent years researching and analyzing the best microphones in the world. He then applied that expertise to designing circuit upgrade kits and replacement capsules for the "DIY audio" community, via Microphone-Parts.com. Now, with Roswell Pro Audio, McGlynn has distilled this knowledge even further by creating a distinctive line of stellar-sounding boutique microphones that consistently perform far above their price class. 
For more information, visit http://roswellproaudio.com


<![CDATA[IK Multimedia Announces iRig Micro Amp - NAMM 2019]]> https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/ik-multimedia-announces-irig-micro-amp---namm-2019 Mon, 21 Jan 2019 16:52:00 GMT


IK Multimedia announces iRig Micro Amp -
an ultra-compact guitar amp with integrated iOS/USB interface

Portable 15W guitar amp offers easy access to a world of practice,
performance & recording apps with high-quality sound
January 21, 2019 - IK Multimedia debuts iRig® Micro Amp, a battery-powered, ultra-compact combo amplifier with three on-board analog channels plus a high-quality digital interface for direct connection to iPhone, iPad, Mac and PC. This allows users to expand their tone palette by unlocking a variety of amp and FX models in the included AmpliTube software/app bundle, as well as connecting to their favorite apps for learning, recording and playing. iRig Micro Amp also offers powerful sound that rivals larger amps, plus the ability to connect to external cabinets for even more volume.

A pint-sized powerhouse
Three analog channels - clean, drive and lead - deliver a full palette of sounds with distinctive characters, created by the same tone gurus behind IK's award-winning AmpliTube software. On board are bass, mid, treble and gain controls to cover a wide range of tones. iRig Micro Amp offers 15W power (7.5W when running on batteries), and combined with its 4" custom-voiced speaker, pumps out surprising volume at half the size of similarly-powered amps. When additional volume or a bigger speaker is needed, iRig Micro Amp also offers a 4Ω cabinet output to keep up with a full drum kit for band practice.

Weighing only 2.6 lbs. (1.2 kg), iRig Micro Amp is one of the most compact amps in its power range. With its compact size that fits in a backpack, and flexible options, iRig Micro Amp is an extremely portable and convenient option for everything from a bedroom or desktop, to jamming with friends or street busking anytime, anywhere.

Plug in. Rock out.
Derived from IK's industry-leading iRig HD 2 mobile guitar interface, iRig Micro Amp's iOS/USB connection lets players connect to their iPhone and iPad directly without additional accessories, as well as to a Mac and PC to process their tone with IK's AmpliTube app and use their favorite practice, performance and recording apps and software. The guitar's signal is sent to their device for processing, and the return output plays back directly through the amp's 4" speaker, eliminating the need for other accessories. It's an entire setup in a single integrated unit, with pristine 24-bit, 96 kHz sound quality.

With the included AmpliTube app and software, iRig Micro Amp can deliver a massive range of tones with unbelievable realism. iRig Micro Amp users can download AmpliTube to unlock 10 amps and 26 stompbox effects in AmpliTube CS for iPhone or iPad, and 9 amps/10 stomps in AmpliTube 4 for Mac/PC, for free, providing powerful ways to process their tone right out of the box.

Guitarists can also expand their sonic collection a la carte with IK's range of additional amp and effect models - there are over 280 pieces to choose from, including officially licensed re-creations of gear from Fender®, Orange®, Mesa-Boogie® and other iconic gear manufacturers, as well as guitar legends like Slash, Jimi Hendrix and Dimebag Darrell, all available as in-app purchases or Custom Shop collections.

Play. Practice. Record.
iRig Micro Amp is fully compatible with dozens of popular learning, practice and performance apps, making it fun and easy for guitarists to learn new licks, polish their technique, or jam along with their favorite songs.

iRig Micro Amp users can easily start recording their own musical ideas and tracks with apps like GarageBand. They can also connect to professional recording software like Logic, Pro Tools and more, creating a convenient desktop setup for use on the go.

Additional features and options
iRig Micro Amp is powered by 6 x AA batteries or an optional 9V power supply. It includes an auxiliary input and headphones out for silent practice, as well as a cabinet output to power external speakers for band practice or smaller gigs.

Pricing and availability
iRig Micro Amp will be available in March from the IK Multimedia online store and from IK authorized dealers worldwidefor $/€149.99*.
* All prices excluding taxes
For more information about iRig Micro Amp, visit: www.ikmultimedia.com/irigmicroamp

To see iRig Micro Amp in action, visit: www.ikmultimedia.com/irigmicroamp/video

See it at NAMM Room#17202, ACC North Hall, Level 2