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  1. PRODUCERLOOPS.COM RELEASES “FUTURE RETRO VOL 1” SAMPLE PACK 'Future Retro Vol 1’ by Producer Loops is a lively suite of electronic drums, analog synths, gated reverb and all the other 1980s clichéd elements you'll need to make retro beats and tracks of the future. The past collides with the future in this sample pack loaded with loops, and one-shots ready to be loaded up in your favourite DAW or sampler. These aesthetically-80s samples are key and tempo labelled, meaning they'll fit right into your arrangement immediately, matching the tempo of your project seamlessly. Arps, bass, chords, melodies, pads, piano, drums, and vocals inspired by synthwave legends such as Kavinsky and Electric Youth comprise the sounds in this pack. MIDI Files Included: Like so many other Producer Loops products, 'Future Retro' 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 content is 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: Each Construction Kit features one-shot drum 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 beats and phrases. Dry/Wet Loops: For users looking to simply drag and drop, the 'wet' files contain all of the effects processing heard in the audio demos. But for producers looking to create their own effects mix, 'dry' loops are also included. Don't like the wet loops? No problem, add your own effects. Royalty-Free: 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 hidden costs. Product Details: • ACIDized WAV Files • Apple Loops/AIFF Files • Loops Synced To BPM • 44.1kHz/24-Bit • PC/Mac Compatible • Royalty-Free (No Exceptions) Price and Availability: ‘Future Retro Vol 1’ is available for instant download exclusively at ProducerLoops.com for £29.95 / 37.48 EUR. More information is available at: https://www.producerloops.com
  2. Arturia launch FX Collection: bundle of high quality software effects Bringing together all 15 plugins from their “You’ll Actually Use” series, the Arturia FX Collection promises to offer professionals and beginners alike the highest sound quality and best features on the market. Following in the footsteps of the critically-acclaimed V Collection, Arturia’s new FX Collection offers all producers, mix engineers, and music-makers the chance to enhance their tracks with time-honored studio and stage legends that shaped the sound of the music industry, enhanced with powerful modern features. Not only that, but Arturia have also developed some unique, original effects which offer abilities that would be simply impossible to achieve in vintage hardware. FX Collection brings you the best-sounding, highest quality compressor, reverb, preamp, filter, and delay plugins, and includes the following titles: WHAT IS INSIDE Reverbs Stunning vintage reverbs and a super-modern algorithmic beast will transform your music in an instant. Rev PLATE-140 VINTAGE STUDIO REVERB A reimagining of EMT’s titanic plate reverb, perfect for vocals. Rev SPRING-636 SNAPPY PHYSICAL REVERB Vibrant spring and crunchy germanium preamp, the ideal dub combo. Rev INTENSITY FUTURISTIC DIGITAL REVERB An original creative algorithmic reverb with unlimited modulation capabilities. Delays Add saturated, lo-fi, or super-trippy modern delays to your sonic arsenal, including classics and a modern twist. Delay TAPE-201 SATURATED ANALOG ECHO Organic, tape saturated delay and reverb at its finest. Delay MEMORY BRIGADE FILTERED ANALOG BBD ECHO The iconic lo-fi delay that helped the greatest guitarists and producers achieve their unique tone is now available in your recording setup. Delay ETERNITY ENDLESSLY CREATIVE ECHO An exciting, original delay effect with integrated effects, and an inspiring variety of sounds. Arturia Delay Eternity is an innovative tool for the modern producer. Preamps Insert the golden-sounding input stage of some of the world’s top consoles and outboard for that pro studio sound. Pre 1973 BRITISH ICONIC SOUND OF THE 70’S The iconic vintage sound of the world’s best studios, perfectly recreated for the modern producer. Pre TridA PRIZED AND RARE MUSICAL EQ One of the most prized, rare, and exclusive channel strips ever made has been reborn in your DAW. Pre V76 FINEST VINTAGE TUBE PREAMP The sound that defined 60s pop music, rediscovered as a plugin for your virtual studio. Compressors Control your dynamics, bring everything together, and add vintage tone with these 3 fantastic compressors. Comp VCA-65 DELUXE DRUM TREATMENT The ultimate rhythm section compressor, Comp VCA-65 is a perfectly recreated VCA compressor with a modern twist. Comp FET-76 MAKE EVERYTHING BETTER The most iconic studio compressor ever made, recreated as a software plugin. Perfect vocals and instruments every time. Comp TUBE-STA FAT BROADCAST SOUND A reimagining of the legendary vacuum-tube powered Gates® STA-Level, a secret weapon for bass and vocals since the 1950s. Filters Use the finest synth filters on any sound source you like, dramatic, creative tonal control all day, every day. Filter MINI PHILOSOPHER’S LOW PASS FILTER A plugin recreation of Dr Moog’s famous 24dB per octave low-pass ladder filter, updated with exciting new features for the modern music maker. Filter M12 THE MULTI-MODE MONSTER, REBORN The legendary analog polysynth’s filter reworked as a superbly powerful, modern plugin for your DAW. Filter SEM A FILTER LEGEND WITH A MODERN TWIST Tom Oberheim’s pioneering design, among the first ever self-contained analog synthesizers, was home to one of the best-loved filters of all time. Now you can use it as a cutting edge creative plugin for your DAW. WHAT MAKES IT UNIQUE Each plugins is feature-packed, and has unique tonal properties that will make them your go-to choice in the studio. Circuit-accurate modelling: the classics have been reborn with True Analog Emulation® (TAE®) and Physical Modeling technology® (Phi®), down to the smallest detail and nuance. Brand new abilities: each plugin also adds new advanced functionality like: Look-ahead tracking, envelope followers, sidechaining, and pre-post EQ for ultimate creative control Awesome presets: based on the settings of engineers and studios that use them day in, day out In-app tutorials: get up to speed with step-by-step guides, and learn the plugins as you use them The culmination of decades of research, these high-quality plugins truly live up to their tagline: audio effects you’ll actually use. PRICE AND INTRO OFFER Arturia is running a special intro offer for the launch of its new FX Collection. The offer will be available from February 12th to March 4th, 2020. FX Collection will be available for the exclusive price of $299/299€ (instead of $399/399€). Customers who already own Arturia software or hardware are eligible for exclusive discounts and crossgrades, starting from $49. Learn More ABOUT ARTURIA 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
  3. MIA LABORATORIES PROUDLY ANNOUNCE THE 925 COMPRESSOR MIA Laboratories and Plugivery Distribution proudly announce the upcoming availability of MIA Lab's 925 Compressor plug-in. Available through pro audio resellers worldwide from February 11th, 2020, in AAX / AU / VST2 / VST3 format, Windows and macOS, at the intro price of $89. The 925 Compressor is MIA Laboratories’ preferred main mix compressor. Designed using physical modelling principles, and based around the classic ‘feed-back’ topology in hardware circuit-design. A sidechain detection stage is based on the basic analog envelope detector circuit, with key design features also including : - Variable knee response, allowing more compression to be applied, especially on high-transient sounds like percussion, samples, vocals, Etc. Logarithmic gain reduction, since the ear’s sense of sound level is roughly logarithmic. When used in extreme settings on sounds with long sustain, the 925 Compressor can produce a desirable distortion effect. This happens when due to the high speed of the detector, input signals follow the actual waveform instead of the envelope of the program material. The 925 offers the user full control of a very broad range of compression characteristics, especially suited for main-mix applications but also buss-mix or multiple separate channels with program-dependent processing. “No two compressors sound alike...each one is inaccurate in its own unique way” Roey Izhaki, Mixing Audio: Concepts, Practices and Tools Features : Stereo Link Operation In “Stereo Link” mode the same amount of compression is applied to both L/R channels, based on the sum of the two. With Stereo Link disabled, compression takes place independently for each channel, whilst retaining common controls for both. External Sidechain Use any other channel of your mix as an input to the side-chain of MIA 925 Compressor, or to process the sidechain signal independently of the program material. Note we have not included any filtering process to the sidechain path in order to provide flexibility in the eq or filters used externally. Output Level / Gain Reduction Meters Very fast and detailed display, to give you an accurate and clear perception of the compression process. MIA Presets The 925 offers a modest collection of carefully designed MIA Presets, to achieve quick and balanced results, or to act as a perfect kick start towards your desired result. Pricing & Availability : 925 COMPRESSOR List Price: $199 Reg. MAP: $159 Introductory Promo: $89 An introductory promotion shall be available from February 11th, through February 29th, 2020, at the highlighted price above. MIA Laboratories' plug-ins are available through all reputable pro audio resellers worldwide via Plugivery Distribution: plugivery.com/about/dealers About MIA Laboratories https://www.mialaboratories.com MIA Laboratories aim is to deliver virtual audio engineering products that actually emulate traditional recording studio hardware equipment. Akis Golfidis, the main founder, coordinator and inspiring figure behind MIA Laboratories has had a distinguished career in the field of mixing and music production for almost four decades and has been the driving force behind the development of their products. The MIA Labs team guarantee their plug-ins will leave even the most demanding ‘analogue enthusiast’ more than satisfied. About Plugivery https://www.plugivery.com Plugivery is a B2B (business to business) distribution service whose purpose is to introduce audio software products into hundreds of music stores all around the world carefully considering every need of a truly professional distribution service based on electronic delivery. The name Plugivery comes from the combination of the words “Plug-in” and “Delivery”.
  4. Linköping, Sweden, February 7th, 2020. Heritage meets rock & roll science. When you think guitar amplifiers, chances are you think Marshall. For many years Softube have partnered Marshall in all things software, and now two new native Marshall amplifier plug-ins are hitting the scene. To begin with, now available natively for the first time, the Marshall Plexi Super Lead 1959. Modeled on Marshall’s own reference unit, a pristine 1967 amp from their museum, and combined with an era-appropriate 1960BHW 4x12” cabinet which was recorded by legendary AC/DC engineer Tony Platt, this is a must-have amp for classic and modern tones alike. And as if that wasn’t enough, Softube have worked in tandem with his majesty, the undisputed Kerry King of thrash metal, to model an exact replica of his signature guitar amplifier, the Marshall 2203KK, a.k.a. “The Beast”. Not only component-modeling the insanely powerful amplifier itself, right down to its KT88 power tubes and hand-wired circuit, but also going into the studio and out on the road with Kerry, to capture cabinet responses and microphone combinations for both live and recording situations. You’ll love the realism, both sonic and visual. You’ll love the flexibility, and the depth of the sound at any setting. Most of all, you’ll love the way your music sounds through these epic setups. About Softube Softube was founded by Oscar Öberg in 2003 and consists today of forty people, headquartered in Linköping, Sweden. Softube develops both hardware and software for musicians, producers, and engineers, often in partnership with big-brand partners such as Marshall, Universal Audio, and Solid State Logic, with an intense focus on sound quality. https://www.softube.com/
  5. San Francisco, CA—Feb 13, 2020—Sequential today announced several developments that have enhanced their flagship hybrid samples+synthesis keyboard, the Prophet X. These include a new OS, two full-featured third-party sample editing applications, and several add-on sample libraries from 8Dio and other sound developers. The new 2.2 OS adds several user-requested features including 24 additional User Sample Groups, support for crossfades on forward-backward loops, and the capability to modulate between tempo-synced LFO values. The new features build on an already-powerful foundation of sound shaping tools and the fusion of samples and synthesis. The new OS is designed for both the Prophet X and Prophet XL and can be downloaded from the Prophet X/ XL support page on Sequential’s website. Another significant development for the synthesizer, which supports up to 50 GB of user-created sample content, is the availability of two powerful third-party sample creation/editing tools. The first, PXToolkit, is a free application from developer ThinkerSnacks which offers drag and drop file creation with automatic extraction of pitch and loop metadata from .WAV les, as well as support for multi-sampled instruments, multiple velocity layers per key, and round-robin sample selection and playback. The software can be downloaded free of charge from the ThinkerSnack website. The second tool, SAMPLE ROBOT Pro 6.5 from Skylife, brings Prophet X support to their popular and highly- acclaimed auto-sampling and sample editing application. It supports multi-sampled instruments, multiple velocity layers per key and powerful looping and editing tools. The software is available for purchase from Skylife’s website. Also noteworthy is the abundance of third-party add-on sample packs that can be imported into the Prophet X and manipulated as part of its hybrid sound engine. The most prolific among the various sound developers creating content for the synthesizer is 8Dio, with eight Prophet X-specific products to date. These include deep-sampled versions of vintage instruments such as the Yamaha CP70, ARP 2600, Oberheim OB-X, Sequential Prophet-5 and T-8, Roland Jupiter 4, and Moog Prodigy and Minimoog Model D synths. Add-On packs from other developers include: - Replicants from Modulatable Synthesis (samples of the Deckard’s Dream poly synth) - The 9000 Foot Piano from Pianobook (samples of a renowned Yamaha grand piano) - BlueWave from Goldbaby (samples of the PPG Wave 2.2) - VCO Pack from ThinkerSnacks VCO samples from the Neutron, OB-6, Dreadbox Erebus, and Moog Voyager) “We’re excited about the support that the Prophet X is getting from third-party developers. Clearly they feel, as we do, that it’s a hugely powerful synth with incredible potential,” commented Dave Smith. “Having access to these new editing tools and add-on sample packs makes an already-awesome musical tool even more versatile. ” The Prophet X has garnered critical acclaim for its sonic versatility and sound design capabilities through its substantial internal library of 150 GB of sample content as well as its ability to import up to 50 GB of additional user samples and add-on content from sound developers. All sample content can be manipulated by the Prophet X sound engine, which powers two simultaneous sample-based instruments plus two high-resolution digital oscillators, with a full complement of traditional synthesis tools, all processed through analog filters. Dual digital effects and a 64-step polyphonic sequencer round out the package. In standard performance mode, the instrument provides bi-timbral, 8-voice stereo, or 16-voice mono operation. Thirty-two-voice performance mode allows paraphonic filter operation when using a single sampled instrument and oscillator. The Prophet X Synthesizer About Sequential Originally launched in 2002 as Dave Smith Instruments, Sequential is helmed by legendary musical instrument designer and Grammy® award winner Dave Smith. Dave’s many accomplishments include the creation of the Prophet-5—the world’s first fully programmable polyphonic synthesizer—and his legacy as the primary driving force behind MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface). The company’s products are used by an ever-growing roster of well-known musicians and are available from music retailers worldwide. Instruments include the Pro 3, Prophet-6, OB-6, Prophet Rev2, and the Tempest analog drum machine. Sequential is based in San Francisco, where its instruments are also assembled. Visit www.sequential.com. Disclaimer: All musical instrument manufacturer and product names used in add-on packs are trademarks of their respective owners, which are in no way associated or affiliated with Sequential LLC.
  6. Indianapolis, IN, February 13, 2020 – Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the world’s leading brand of acoustical treatments, announces a new updated version of the HoverMat™ – a portable acoustic barrier designed for use under drum kits, percussion setups and other sound producing instruments. Based on customer suggestions and consultation with numerous drummers and percussionists, the updated HoverMat combines Auralex’s SheetBlok™ Sound Barrier with a non-slip durable fabric that is laminated together to produce an effective sound barrier that improves acoustical isolation and clarifies your drum’s tone. The HoverMat allows for high-performance decoupling from hollow stages and floors, optimizing the sound of drums and percussion instruments by minimizing resonance from the surface on which the instruments are resting. Designed for portability, the HoverMat is a great replacement for old, worn-out rugs that drummers have been using over the years. Percussionists, especially those playing cajons and other floor standing instruments, will notice a great improvement of tone, clarity and reduced vibration with the stage surface. The updated version of the HoverMat is currently in use in the studio and on tour with Rich Redmond (Jason Aldean), Daru Jones (Jack White), Derrick Wright (Adele), Jordan Perlson (Adrian Belew) and Peter Erskine (Weather Report/Peter Erskine Trio). HoverMat™ features and highlights: • Improves acoustical isolation • Durable non-slip fabric • Fabric laminated to ISO barrier – no glue used! • Six-foot width by four-foot depth with 0.25-inch thickness • Cinch sack with shoulder strap included For more information, please visit www.auralex.com/. The updated HoverMat™ 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.
  7. Flexible Solution Seamlessly Integrates Soundbars With Mounted TVs, Enables an Optimal Listening Experience EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Feb. 12, 2020 — SANUS, the No. 1 best-selling TV mount brand in the U.S.*, today announced that its new SASB1 soundbar mount is now shipping. A flexible solution, the mount allows installers to fine-tune its height and depth to seamlessly integrate soundbars with mounted TVs. The SASB1 can be attached to the back or bottom of a soundbar for compatibility with most speakers up to 20 pounds. Post-installation height adjustment allows for an ideal fit between the soundbar and a TV, while depth adjustment provides the flexibility to position the soundbar flush with the front of the TV for a clean look or to extend the soundbar out to help eliminate audio interference from upward-firing speakers. Offering universal compatibility with SANUS and other UL-listed TV mounts, the SASB1 can be used with displays ranging from 32 inches to 90 inches and features broad VESA compatibility. When used with a full-motion TV mount, the SASB1 allows the speaker to move with the TV for an optimal listening experience. The mount installs in 15 minutes using only a screwdriver and comes with all necessary hardware. "The SASB1 continues SANUS' long tradition of introducing solutions that address both form and function in installations," said Jim Mugge, senior product manager at Legrand | AV. "Not only does the mount allow for an ideal fit between soundbars and mounted TVs for a sleek look, but it perfectly positions speakers for optimal audio performance. Add in its wide range of compatibility and easy three-step installation, and you've got a powerful solution to tackle almost any project." More information on the SASB1 is available at http://bit.ly/SANUS_SASB1. More information on the entire line of SANUS mounting solutions is available at https://www.sanus.com/en_US/. *NPD annual dollar sales period ending 6/30/19. About Legrand Legrand | AV Residential Solutions brings together Legrand's industry-leading brands in infrastructure, networking, and AV systems, including Chief, Da-Lite, Luxul, Middle Atlantic Products, Nuvo, On-Q, QMotion, SANUS, and Vantage. Created to provide the highest level of service, support, and programs to custom integrators, Legrand | AV Residential offers dedicated technical support, incentive programs, simplified ordering, and easy access to marketing tools to help its customers achieve long-term success. With its purpose-built solutions, the company is solving installation challenges, streamlining integration across Legrand brands and third-party partners, and delivering AV experiences that simplify every aspect of an end user's life. Legrand | AV Residential: transforming smart homes together. Legrand | AV Residential is a division of Legrand, which globally reported sales of $7.1 billion (USD) in 2018. Legrand has a strong presence in North and Central America, with a portfolio of well-known market brands and product lines that includes AFCO Systems, C2G, Cablofil, Chief, Da-Lite, Electrorack, Finelite, Luxul, Middle Atlantic Products, Nuvo, OCL, On-Q, Ortronics, Pass & Seymour, Pinnacle, Projecta, QMotion, Quiktron, Raritan, Sanus, Server Technology, Solarfective, Vaddio, Vantage, Wattstopper, and Wiremold. Legrand is listed on Euronext Paris and is a component stock of indexes including the CAC40, FTSE4Good, MSCI World, ASPI, Corporate Oekom Rating, and DJSI (ISIN code FR0010307819). www.legrand.us.
  8. RØDE RELEASES THE COMPACT, STUDIO-QUALITY USB MICROPHONE SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Introducing the NT-USB Mini – the latest innovation from RØDE Microphones. The NT-USB Mini is a sleek, compact USB microphone that offers studio-quality recording direct to a computer or tablet. Designed to deliver crystal-clear, professional sound in a powerful yet easy-to-use package, the NT-USB Mini is the perfect microphone for gamers, podcasters, musicians, streamers, business professionals, and more KEY FEATURES OF THE NT-USB MINI High-quality condenser capsule – delivers warmth and presence for a clear, professional sound. Directional cardioid pickup pattern – optimised to reduce room sound and other extraneous noise, focusing on the subject in front of it. Smooth frequency response – sounds incredible in a wide variety of applications. In-built pop filter for reducing plosives. Unique detachable magnetic desk stand – sturdy base mitigates knocks and bumps, easy to remove. Integrated 360-degree swing mount for quick and easy positioning on a desktop, mic stand, or studio arm. Class-compliant USB output – works seamlessly with computers and tablets, simple to use – just plug in and hit record. Studio-grade headphone amplifier with precision level control and switchable zero-latency monitoring for eliminating distracting echo. Sleek and compact – steel and reinforced nylon resin construction, stylish matte black finish and compact design. Watch RØDE product specialist Ryan Burke talking through the features and specifications of the NT-USB Mini in depth below. STUDIO SOUND, SIMPLIFIED The NT-USB Mini serves up the pristine sound quality of RØDE’s world-renowned studio mics in a compact, easy-to-use USB microphone. Featuring a high-quality condenser capsule with RF shielding and excellent capsule isolation, it delivers professional-sounding audio in any application, from recording vocals and instruments, to podcasting and voiceovers, to gaming and live streaming. An in-built pop filter reduces plosives and its pickup pattern has been optimised to reduce extraneous noise like room reverberation, air conditioning and traffic, and focus on what’s in front of it. Studio-quality sound without the need for a studio. The NT-USB Mini is also incredibly simple to use. It features a class-compliant USB output for direct recording to a computer or tablet. No drivers or software are needed, and no external power required to operate, just plug in and hit record. It works seamlessly with any recording software or streaming app, and studio-quality 24-bit, 48KHz A/D conversion ensures extremely low distortion and very high dynamic range, delivering incredible audio every time. The NT-USB Mini features a studio-grade headphone amplifier and a high-quality 3.5mm headphone output, complete with precision volume control, allowing you to easily monitor your audio. There is also a switchable zero-latency monitoring mode for eliminating distracting echo when tracking vocals or recording instruments. SLEEK, COMPACT, FLEXIBLE The NT-USB Mini has been designed to be as flexible as the modern content creator needs to be. Its unique magnetic desk stand provides a sturdy base for reducing noise from knocks and bumps and is easily removable, allowing the mic to be quickly detached and placed on a studio arm or mic stand. This and the integrated 360-degree swing mount means you can position the mic upright, on an angle, sideways or upside down – wherever it needs to be to get the best recording possible. At just 89mm wide and 141mm tall, the NT-USB Mini is very compact, taking up only a fraction of precious desktop real estate. It also looks fantastic. Sleek and stylish, with clean lines and a modern aesthetic, it’s the perfect addition to any setup. Hard-wearing steel and reinforced nylon resin construction ensure the NT-USB Mini is ready to take on the rigours of recording anywhere and everywhere. It is made from the highest quality components in RØDE’s precision manufacturing facilities in Sydney, Australia. Whether you’re singing in the studio, podcasting on the road, or streaming from your bedroom, the NT-USB Mini will make sure you’re heard in full definition. The NT-USB Mini is available now with a RRP of USD$99. Find out more at ntusbmini.rode.com About RØDE Microphones and The Freedman Group: RØDE Microphones designs and manufactures high-quality microphones, interfaces and related accessories for studio, live and location use. Its products are designed and primarily manufactured in Sydney, Australia and exported to over 117 countries globally. RØDE is part of The Freedman Group, with APHEX, Event and SoundField. Freedman Electronics celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017. THE CHOICE OF TODAY’S CREATIVE GENERATION™
  9. It’s new release day and this week we’ve got Reflex - Drum & Bass, a new realm of DnB samples you’ve simply never heard before. Zenhiser Pack: Reflex - Drum & BassPrice: $60.00 AUDDirect Link: http://www.zenhiser.com/reflex-drum-n-bass-samples.html www.zenhiser.com Zenhiser | Bespoke Samples/Loops Start off your creative process with ‘Future Drum & Bass’, a futuristic, forward thinking sample pack that showcases new avenues into the dnb sound. Delve into this sonic jour www.zenhiser.com --------------------------
  10. F-style, two point and octave models defined by changes in body depth, bracing, finish and tonewoods BEND, ORE.—FEB. 3, 2020—New for 2020, Weber Fine Acoustic Instruments announces a series of deluxe Special Edition mandolins designed to offer a new voice and new paths of expression for musicians of many styles, including bluegrass, folk, jazz, Celtic and Old Time. Deeper body chambers, new finishes, alternative bracing patterns and exciting wood combinations are just a few of the elements that define this array of breathtaking mandolins, all featuring Weber dovetail joints and each Sound Optimized for maximum performance. Along with the previously announced deeper bodied, x-braced Red Rocks F14–F and the elegant, dark walnut-bound Pronghorn 2 Pt. 14-F, additions to the line include the deeper-bodied, tone bar-braced Road Dog F14-F (with Adirondack spruce top, scooped extension, shellac finish and speed neck); and a pair of 20” scale A-style octave mandolins, the D-hole Bearclaw spruce/walnut Exotic Paulina A 20- D (boasting a distinctive bear inlay and open resonant sound) and the all-koa Exotic Kona A 20-F (featuring a subtle sea turtle inlay and bell-like clarity). “We’re all about perfecting tradition here at Weber,” says luthier and lead designer Ryan Fish. “These Special Editions offer fresh sonic options to musicians without veering from classic presentations. They look as elegant as they sound and we are excited to hear the music they will make in players’ hands.” Each finely appointed Weber Special Edition mandolin is handmade to order in Bend, Oregon, and comes shipped in a custom hardshell Ameritage case. No clear- cut wood is used in any Weber mandolin. Red Rocks F14-F Special Edition. Web URL. Road Dog F14-F Special Edition. Web URL. Pronghorn 2 pt. 14-F Special Edition. Web URL. Exotic Kona A20-F Special Edition Octave. Web URL. Exotic Paulina A20-F Special Edition Octave. Web URL. VIEW MODELS For more information and technical specifications, visit webermandolins.com.
  11. Upgrade From Mixbus (any version) to Mixbus32C V6! Mixbus32C is Harrison's upgraded version of Mixbus with Harrison's 32C EQ and a more comprehensive bus system. Mixbus32C now has better support for smaller video monitors! See below to learn about more improvements. If you've been waiting to upgrade, this is your chance! Nik explains what's new in v6! Watch Video Upgrade Today! Get 32C V6 Now Mixbus32C V6 Retail $349 Upgrade Price Just $149 Harrison Consoles uses Fast Spring for secure transactions Harrison is the only DAW manufacturer with a 45-year history of making studio consoles. Pictured: Harrison's 32C Hardware Console, circa 1975 What’s New in Mixbus32C v6? Harrison 5th generation Mixbus processing engine with many improvements including smoother operation, extensive latency compensation, and cue-monitoring (the ability to hear live input and playback at the same time on a track). Dedicated FX buses: Mixbuses 1-8 can now assign to mixbuses 9-12, permitting their use as dedicated FX buses or matrix outputs. The EQ, Sends, and Input/Recording sections can now be shown&hidden, allowing Mixbus32C to fit on smaller monitors. Foldback buses allow the building of unlimited custom cue mixes for artists. ...plus hundreds of additional fixes and improvements! Scroll down to see some highlights! 5th Generation Mixbus Engine The v6 release involves several deep improvements in the 5th generation Mixbus engine: Latency compensation: In addition to the Harrison Mixbus console (which has always been latency-compensated) it is now possible to add additional buses alongside the tracks, which can be used for additional grouping, fx sends, and other tasks. And these buses are now fully latency-compensated just like the regular mixbuses>master path. Plugin Delay Compensation (PDC) can now be disabled when you want the shortest path from input to output (when playing through a virtual instrument, for example). Cue-Monitoring: By default, MIDI tracks will now monitor both the “Input” and “Disk” when they are in automatic mode. You may override this on a per-track basis and choose to monitor the Input or Disk, only. Audio tracks can now monitor both the input and disk simultaneously, when rehearsing a punch-in, for example. Dedicated FX buses: Mixbuses 9 -12: Mix buses 1-8 can now be directly routed to mix buses 9-12 with independent level control (and independent pan as well if desired). This permits mix buses 9-12 to be used as dedicated effects send buses, or as matrix outputs. Show & hide the EQ, Sends, and Input/Recording sections On smaller monitors, the EQ, Sends, and Input/Record sections may be individually shown or hidden. Just click to show the section that you are working on; or hide all 3 to maximize the available plugin space. Monitors that meet our minimum recommendation (1200 pixels height) can still show the full 32C channelstrip, as in v5. Foldback buses Foldback buses are used to create headphone mixes for your performers. A foldback bus can combine any mixer strips, either pre- or post-fader, into a stereo cue feed. Every foldback bus has its own plugins and fader, allowing you to create a complete custom sound for each artist. It is possible to remotely control foldback mixes from a tablet or phone application running TouchOSC or Lemur. (pre-configured templates coming soon) And Many More! Enhanced transport syncing with varispeed recording Mixbus can now record while chasing external timecode sources that are varispeeding (playing faster or slower than 100%). All potential timecode sources are now displayed on a single window, each with its current timecode location. The active synchronization source can be selected on-the-fly. “Cut” tool In addition to the existing region splitting action (with the 's' key), a Cut/Scissor tool is provided similar to those used in other DAWs. Source List + Region List The “Region List” has been redesigned to show only the regions actually in use in the current snapshot. The secondary function of the region list (showing the source files for every region) has been moved into its own dedicated section, the “Source List” Region List The “Region List” shows only the regions that are used in the current snapshot. Selecting a region in the editor canvas will select it in the region-list, and vice-versa. The ability to select a bunch of regions and "tag" them is especially useful for book-on-tape and other post-production tasks. Source List The “Source list” shows the file sources used by the session, whether they are used in the current snapshot or not. Sources have a "Take ID", or timestamp, so you can locate and recover that great take from yesterday's session. Tagging Regions and Sources Regions and Sources may be “tagged” together, which can help in session management. For example you can tag all the regions that were part of a good overdub; or you can tag regions with the phrase they represent. Virtual MIDI Keyboard An on-screen keyboard is available to enter rhythms and melodies when you don’t have a physical MIDI keyboard available. The virtual keyboard maps your QWERTY keyboard into a note-input device. Native MP3 Import & Export on all platforms In the past, only Mac could import mp3’s using the apple built-in decoder. Now Windows and Linux can also import mp3 directly. MP3 files are converted to a .wav file (inside the session folder) for internal use. But wait, there's still more! Version 6 includes several of our most popular user-requested features, including: The Mixbus32C EQ and Filters now print the Frequency and Gain concurrently in the channel slate, when the knob is turned. Channel Name Slates now show the track number turns red if the track is record-armed, and use a larger, higher-contrast font. Renaming a mixbus will automatically display the new name beside the channel strip send knobs (a highly requested feature from regular Mixbus) Channel VCA and phase (polarity) switches have been returned to the main channel strip. https://harrisonconsoles.com/site/index.html
  12. Now Shipping: Positive Grid Spark Amp and App With nearly 25,000 pre-orders and over a million video views, the in-demand intelligent Spark guitar amplifier and proprietary voice-activated app is now shipping to Early Bird supporters Spark awarded “Best Amp of Show Award” by MusicRadar at the 2020 NAMM Show Download Images Here San Diego, CA, February 11, 2020 – Positive Grid is now shipping the highly anticipated Spark smart guitar amp and app (iOS/Android) to its Early Bird supporters. Featuring intelligent technology that offers real-time Smart Jam accompaniment, Auto Chord detection and intuitive practice features for professional players and beginners alike, Spark also functions as a full-range, 40-Watt combo amp. It features a variety of tone-shaping options plus tone matched amps and effects built upon the company's award-winning BIAS engine. Players of all levels have been buzzing about the new Spark amp, which has already sold nearly 25,000 pre-order units and has enjoyed over a million video views. Spark is available online at positivegrid.com/spark Benefits of Spark include: Auto Chord Recognition: The Spark app provides easy access to platforms like YouTube, Spotify and Apple Music to analyze and display chords for millions of songs in real-time. Its easy-to-use controls let players slow down the song’s tempo or loop a difficult section to practice. Smart Jam Technology: The Spark amp and app work together to learn the player’s style and feel, and then automatically generate a bass and drum accompaniment track. Award-Winning BIAS Tone Engine: Dial-in pristine clean tones, crunchy chords or soaring leads for electric guitar using its full-featured amp and multi-effects engine that provide realistic virtual tube amps and effects. Positive Grid’s ToneCloud Community: Connect the Spark app to your iOS or Android mobile device and get access to Positive Grid’s ToneCloud where you can find over 10,000 more tones. Loud and immersive speaker design: Two custom-designed speakers and a tuned bass-reflex port are engineered to provide deep, full-sounding basses and crystal-clear highs for every style of music. Voice Control: The Spark app responds to a variety of voice commands to stream a song or a backing track, ask for a virtual band to follow the user’s playing, and more. Full Featured Amp: Spark includes onboard bass, mid and treble tone stack controls; dedicated knobs for mod, delay and reverb effects; a built-in tuner and tap tempo; plus 4 user presets. Bluetooth connectivity for streaming music in hi def audio via the Spark app. USB Audio Interface: Easily record on a computer. Spark comes with PreSonus Studio One Prime recording software for free, allowing players to get started right out of the box. Versatility: Spark can be used with electric guitar, bass and acoustic guitar. Positive Grid unveiled Spark to the world at the 2020 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA in January 2020, which resulted in a “Best Amp of Show Award” from MusicRadar, who shared that Spark has “impressive specs all round from a company with a great reputation for tone.” Guitar World added, “This amp is sure to be one of the most effective practicing tools out there.” Watch the Spark introductory video here: https://youtu.be/Em7yHXqH6p4 Last Chance pre-order deals for Spark are now available. To learn more, or to order now, go to positivegrid.com/spark Watch the Spark introductory video: https://youtu.be/Em7yHXqH6p4 Watch Spark's unboxing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXHD_CWIw70 Watch a demo of Spark's tone engine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgyItm-SgR8 # # # Studio One Prime is a trademark of PreSonus Audio Electronics; Bluetooth is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG About Positive Grid: Based in California, Positive Grid has satellite operations in Germany, Italy, Australia and Taiwan. The company began in 2008 by designing and developing a core technology base, and focuses on delivering superior and highly creative experiences for musicians in both hardware and software. Positive Grid’s current product portfolio features some of the best-selling solutions in the industry for guitar technology, including not only BIAS AMP and BIAS FX software, but also JamUp, X Drummer and their award-winning line of guitar amp and pedal hardware. Find out more at positivegrid.com.
  13. Michael Britt Profiles Introduces ‘It’s Just Bass’ Profile Pack by Steve Cook Benefiting Mama Lere Hearing School NASHVILLE, TN — New from Michael Britt Profiles, the “It’s Just Bass” profile pack by Steve Cook is a great-sounding bass profile pack that benefits an even greater cause. Much like guitarist and founder Michael Britt, bassist Steve Cook has gravitated toward the KEMPER PROFILER™ amplifier on stage and in the studio. The two Nashville-based musicians recently collaborated on profiling all of Steve’s bass preamp collection, resulting in a pack that includes dozens of profiles for players to enjoy. Even more gratifying is the fact that all proceeds from sales of It’s Just Bass will benefit the Mama Lere Hearing School at Vanderbilt in Nashville, where Steve’s son Miles and many other children with hearing loss receive life-changing therapy. For the past nine years, Steve Cook has been the bassist/vocalist for singer/songwriter Phil Vassar. Last year, Vassar and his band shared the stage on a Christmas tour with the band Lonestar, which is how Steve met guitarist Michael Britt. While gearing up for another Lonestar/Vassar tour, Steve and Michael built a tone pack for bass guitar that puts all of Steve’s favorite bass DIs at his fingertips, including 51 unique profiles from 11 different bass preamps, as well as four song-specific rigs. Michael also contributed 20 bass profiles from his “Box of Chocolates” profile pack. Steve tested the profiles on his KEMPER while on tour and with much success. “I am pretty excited to be a small part of this tremendous community, and for Michael Britt to have me dial in some tones to help your musical journey is both humbling and daunting at the same time,” Steve wrote in a recent blog post. “It’s daunting because we wanted you to have great tone, and at the same time, I offer a small bit of advice: it’s just bass. Don’t overthink it. If something sounds great to you, it IS great.” The DIs in the It’s Just Bass profile pack can be paired with everything from the active 5 bass to a hollowbody bass with flatwound strings, and run the gamut of what bass players need anywhere at any time. According to Steve, some of the sounds have some “bite or dirt,” which is intentional as the slightly gritty, mid-heavy bass signal cuts through the mix. The tones each have their own vibe and voice, allowing players to find something that pairs well with their bass guitar while also having fun and experimenting. Hearing the subtleties of bass in the mix, or just being able to enjoy music in general, is a gift many take for granted. Steve’s youngest son, Miles, was born with severe hearing loss and received cochlear implants nearly one year ago. Steve’s great hope is that one day Miles hears concerts and enjoys music as easily as his big brother. In the meantime, Miles attends the Mama Lere Hearing School at Vanderbilt in Nashville, a renowned school dedicated to helping hearing-impaired children communicate verbally. The school also helps children and families who can’t afford treatment or devices, and that’s where Michael Britt is generously giving back. Every It’s Just Bass profile pack sold will benefit the Mama Lere Hearing School and families in need. “To say I am overwhelmed is an understatement,” Steve reflected. “Not only does this profile pack help you, but you are helping a lot of kids possibly hear and communicate as well.” Retail is $29.99 USD To read more about Steve Cook’s story and to watch a demo video of “It’s Just Bass,” visit www.mbritt.com.
  14. Both the GSA20 and GSA30 models feature heavy-duty stitching and two-ply leather ends BERLIN, CONNECTICUT — February 10, 2020 — On-Stage has released two highly secure lines of guitar straps, the GSA20 line of seat-belt-style guitar straps and the GSA30 line which features copper buckles. GSA20 Seat-Belt Guitar Straps The new 2-inch GSA20 line of guitar straps are designed out of a seat-belt material and feature a reflective cotton banding. Boasting two-ply, black leather ends with reinforced stitching and heavy-duty metal buckles, the new GSA20 straps provide guitarists with the security they need — no matter where they are playing. Adjustable in length from 36 inches to 64 inches, the straps are available in black, grey, brown, light blue, red, green, purple and pink. GSA30 Guitar Straps Boasting rock-solid copper buckles, the 2-inch GSA30 guitar straps are constructed of cotton banding and feature two-ply, double-stitched brown leather ends. Adjustable in length from 38 inches to 67 inches, the GSA30 straps are available in black, grey, brown, navy blue and burgundy. “These new lines of guitar straps provide players with a cost-effective yet comfortable way to secure their instrument, whether they’re playing on stage or in the studio,” explained Christopher Roberts, Product Line Manager for On-Stage. “With a wide array of vibrant colors available and brandished with leather ends, the new straps make for a stylish addition to any player’s look.” For more information, please visit on-stage.com. About On-Stage On-Stage is the leading manufacturer of solutions for professional musicians, audio engineers, music producers, touring professionals, DJs and educational institutions. A division of The Music People! Inc., On-Stage was founded on a promise of affordability, durability and innovation. With over 700 products available in more than 80 countries, On-Stage innovations span instrument stands, gear storage and transportation, public address and audio monitoring support, band and orchestral solutions, percussion essentials, creative workstations, podcasting, and more. For more information, please visit on-stage.com or call toll-free at 1-800-289-8889.
  15. Asheville, NC - February 2020... The Bob Moog Foundation is thrilled to announce its 2020 Raffle, featuring a vintage, iconic Minimoog synthesizer signed by legendary keyboardist Herbie Hancock. Hancock has signed the back of the Minimoog, drawn a musical staff, and added the inscription “(Hey Bob!)” on either side. The Minimoog is valued at $5,000. The raffle begins on Monday, February 10, 2020, and ends on Tuesday March, 10, 2020 or when all tickets have sold. Tickets are $25 each, five for $100, 12 for $200, or 35 for $500. Only 4,500 tickets will be available. All proceeds from the raffle support the Foundation’s educational project, Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool, and its newly opened Moogseum, located in Asheville, NC. Tickets can be purchased at http://bit.ly/HHMinimoogRaffle. Herbie Hancock joins a long list of renowned musicians supporting the Foundation’s efforts. Recent raffles have featured vintage synthesizers signed by Stevie Wonder, Dr. Fink of Prince and the Revolution, Jan Hammer, and Rick Wakeman. Hancock, whose illustrious career spans five decades and 14 Grammy awards, helped pioneer the use of synthesizers in jazz, and has been at the forefront of using technology to make music. He is known for his ever-probing jazz sensibilities, his willingness to explore music across all genres, and is considered to be among the most elite and influential players of his time. “We are honored to have Herbie Hancock’s participation in our educational and historic preservation work through this raffle,” noted Michelle Moog-Koussa, Executive Director of the Bob Moog Foundation. “Beyond his immense talent and stunning career, we are deeply gratified that he understands and embraces the importance of our educational work with young children. As we inspire them through science and music, they become our future.” “The Bob Moog Foundation is carrying on the educational mission of Bob Moog, ensuring that the future will be left in the hands of young people who are constantly creating, constantly breaking barriers,” added Herbie Hancock. “I support the Foundation in their work with Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool because our future depends on inspiring today’s young children. They are our future.” Hancock, who turns 80 this year, continues to make new music and tour worldwide. The Minimoog Model D is widely regarded as the most iconic synthesizer of all time and was recognized as such in a 2006 international voters’ poll by SonicState.com. When released in 1970, the Minimoog represented a musical and technological revolution, with its combination of portability, affordability, accessible user interface, and innovative sound and functions. Its robust construction has allowed the instrument to withstand the test of time. Vintage Minimoog Model Ds are coveted by synthesizer enthusiasts worldwide. About the Bob Moog Foundation The Bob Moog Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to ignite creativity through the intersection of science, music, history, and innovation. The Foundation's hallmark educational project, Dr. Bob's SoundSchool, is an innovative, experiential ten week curriculum that teaches children the science of sound through music and technology. The Foundation's other focus is the preservation of history through their work with the Bob Moog Foundation Archives, a collection of rare schematics, instruments, photos, planning notes, prototypes, and more. The Bob Moog Foundation is not affiliated with Moog Music, Inc. ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌
  16. Fuse Audio Labs looks back towards rare Fifties-vintage, all-tube, transformer-based booster amp for forward-looking latest VPRE-2C plugin DUESSELDORF, GERMANY: DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) plugin and audio DSP (Digital Signal Processing) developer Fuse Audio Labs is proud to announce availability of VPRE-2C — its latest plugin par excellence, based on a rare all-tube, transformer-based booster amp whose basic circuit design has been used in countless tube consoles for broadcast and recording during the late-Fifties and early-Sixties — as of February 7… VPRE-2C enriches any recording with an authentic-sounding tube vibe in the most intuitive way. While lower GAIN settings produce a well-defined, balanced sound with an accentuated midrange, turning up this level-compensated control also significantly increases the perception of warmth, weight, and smoothness. Saying that, the plugin also emulates its inspirational hardware forerunner’s two triode-strapped 6J7 pentodes for a rich THD (Total Harmonic Distortion) spectrum as well as the original transformer configuration to bring back its signature low-end mojo, while also adding a selectable pre-/deemphasis filter and a MIX control for a greater variety of tones. Another exclusive feature is its BOOST mode — for kicking in more solid drive and coloration. “Creating VPRE-2C was a fun project,” proclaims Fuse Audio Labs CEO Reimund Dratwa. “Rebuilding and modeling the original circuit was a rather straightforward affair, but tweaking this classic amplifier into a versatile and easy-to-use tone box in the digital domain required some thought for sure! The result really is a ticket back in time to deliver that wonderful vintage sound whenever anyone hears it calling out to them.” VPRE-2C is available at an introductory promo price of €24.50 EUR until March 7, 2020 — rising thereafter to its regular price of €49.00 EUR — directly from Fuse Audio Labs’ website here: https://fuseaudiolabs.com (All prices include VAT, where applicable.) Note that a 14-day trial version of VPRE-2C without any limitations is also available. For more in-depth information, please visit the dedicated VPRE-2C webpage here: https://fuseaudiolabs.com/vpre2c.html About Fuse Audio Labs (www.fuseaudiolabs.com) Fuse Audio Labs was founded in 2017 by Reimund Dratwa. Prior to joining Black Rooster Audio in late 2016, he worked for Brainworx for many years, during which time he was responsible for creating analog modeling titles for brands such as ACME Audio, Black Box Analog Design, elysia, Millennia,Vertigo, and several others available through Plugin Alliance and the UAD-2 platform.The company was initially intended as an engineering entity to develop DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) plugins and audio DSP (Digital Signal Processing) applications for various partners, but soon served as a channel for its own exciting product ideas. © 2020 Fuse Audio Labs
  17. A Classic Japanese Percussion Instrument, Infused with Roland’s Leading Digital Percussion Technology Los Angeles, CA, February 6, 2020 — Roland announces TAIKO-1 Electronic Taiko Percussion, a portable electronic taiko drum with a versatile range of Japanese percussion sounds. As a Japanese company, Roland has always maintained a strong desire to contribute to its country’s historic taiko culture by helping bring the dedication and artistry of traditional Japanese music to a wider audience. Born and made in Japan, the groundbreaking TAIKO-1 infuses the classic taiko experience with the benefits of modern music technology, making playing Japanese percussion more fun and accessible than ever before. Completed to coincide with the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Roland is proud to introduce TAIKO-1 and share their passion for Japanese drums with the world. Japan’s taiko drumming tradition has been deeply woven into the country’s culture since ancient times. Over a million people in Japan play the taiko, and the instrument’s popularity is spreading around the globe. However, the giant sound, large physical size, and regular maintenance needs of taiko drums make them impossible for many people to play and learn. Professional taiko performers face challenges as well, as the drums are hard to carry, costly to ship, and difficult to amplify in some venues. In 2017, Roland partnered with Kodo, Japan’s world-renowned taiko performing arts group, with a vision to free taiko players from these obstacles and expand the creative possibilities of taiko music. Backed by decades of development knowledge behind leading products like V-Drums and the ELCajon EC-10, TAIKO-1 brings the power and convenience of Roland electronic percussion to taiko enthusiasts everywhere. TAIKO-1’s physical design is based on the katsugi okedo daiko, a popular taiko drum carried with a sling over the shoulder. But the modern digital sound engine expands the instrument’s range much further, providing a large array of taiko percussion sounds at the touch of a button, plus the ability to import user WAV sounds via USB. Roland’s legendary mesh heads deliver authentic playability, with dual-zone trigger technology and positional sensing providing wide tonal range and full dynamic response. TAIKO-1's mesh heads also offer acoustically quiet performance for practicing anytime and anywhere, something that’s impossible with a traditional taiko drum. Users can plug in headphones and enjoy big, dynamic taiko tones with barely a whisper heard by family members and neighbors. Traditional ji-uchi backing patterns are available for timing practice and performance accompaniment, while built-in Bluetooth allows users to stream backing music and lesson content wirelessly from a smartphone. TAIKO-1 can be quickly disassembled, making it easy to carry in a small vehicle or on public transportation. Users can play for up to five hours on eight AA rechargeable Ni-MH batteries, with no need to fuss with external power. And by connecting TAIKO-1’s audio output to a wireless system such as the BOSS WL series, they can roam the stage with no cables to get in the way. Availability & Pricing The Roland TAIKO-1 is expected to be available in July 2020 for $1500.00. To learn more about TAIKO-1, visit Roland.com. --------- 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 nearly 50 years of musical instrument development, Roland sets the standard in music technology for the world to follow. For more information, visit http://www.roland.com or see your local Roland dealer.
  18. New initiative makes L-ISA demonstrations available in dozens of locales MARCOUSSIS, France – February 2020 – Recognizing that L-ISA technology is in ever-increasing demand, L-Acoustics is rolling out L-ISA Auditoria in strategic locations around the globe. Now, demonstrations, training or mixing sessions of L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology can be accessed in dozens of locations in L-ISA Auditoria designed to stringent L-Acoustics specifications. “To support the development of L-ISA technology in the professional audio market, we have developed pre-determined systems for either mobile or permanent L-ISA Auditoria, which can be deployed to support existing partners, artists and potential clients,” explains L-Acoustics Executive Director of Applications Cédric Montrézor. “The network of L-ISA Auditoria around the globe is designed to exacting standards to guarantee the natural, intimate spatialized experience of L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology.” Two versions of the packages are available: a frontal system that delivers the resolution required for optimized source localization, immersive effect and the width required for an effective demonstration of reverb; and the same configuration plus complementary overheads, which enhance the immersive experience and demonstrate the 3D capabilities for direct sound and room engine. “Over the past 12 months, we have trained 160 high-profile sound designers and mixing engineers in over 25 seminars, which is over 75 days of training in total,” adds L-Acoustics Director of Scientific Outreach & Education Etienne Corteel. “Rolling out additional facilities allows our partners to organize training seminars at their own locations with an L-Acoustics certified trainer and represents an important next step in making L-ISA training available to a wider audience of professionals.” To date, in addition to the facilities already in place in L-Acoustics’ head office in Marcoussis, France, its L-ISA headquarters in London’s Highgate, DeltaLive in Surrey, UK, and L-Acoustics’ US office in Westlake Village, California, 15 L-ISA Auditoria have been completed. These are situated at Certified Providers Sonoruss in Moscow, Matrix in Denmark, Finland’s Audico, Seoul’s Klausys, Pro Music in Prague, Germany’s Babbel & Haeger, Groh-PA and Wilhelm & Willhalm, LMG in Orlando and New York’s See Factor, and with China’s Rightway in Taipei, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing. The auditoria serve as demonstration venues, training sites and are also available as a place to prepare mixes for future projects. DeltaLive, which has delivered a fully immersive experience for three years at Thailand’s Wonderfruit festival, has served as preproduction headquarters for electronic artists to prepare their immersive mix for the festival. For details on this project, please visit: https://youtu.be/O5afAo6bpw4 For more information about L-ISA training, visit: www.l-acoustics.com/en/training/l-isa About L-Acoustics Founded in 1984 near Paris, France, L-Acoustics is the market leader in professional sound reinforcement technologies. With over 400 team members worldwide and offices in Paris, London, Los Angeles, and New York, L-Acoustics is present in over 80 countries via our network of Certified Providers. Focused on solutions that elevate the audience experience, more than 20% of L-Acoustics’ talent is devoted to R&D in the areas of acoustics, applications, mechanics, electronics, signal processing, and software development. Recognized for pioneering the line source array, L-Acoustics continues to shape the future of the professional audio industry with L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology, a multidimensional, object-based approach to designing, mixing, and processing sound that results in extremely natural and intelligible audio and a more vibrant, and authentic connection between artists and their fans. L-Acoustics technologies can be heard in places like the Hollywood Bowl, the NFL Cardinals State Farm Stadium or the Philharmonie de Paris, as well as the world’s top-grossing festivals, and on tour with world-class artists such as Adele, Pearl Jam, Lorde, and Depeche Mode.
  19. FENDER® SPOTLIGHTS RECENTLY-LAUNCHED AMERICAN ULTRA ELECTRIC GUITAR SERIES, REVIVES MODELS FROM THE PAST AND BRINGS BACK PARALLEL UNIVERSE AT WINTER NAMM Fender Introduces HM “Heavy Metal” Strat, Lead II and III models, Reveals All-New Parallel Universe and American Original and Player Series Guitars Now Available In New Models and Finishes HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (January 16, 2020)—Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) today debuted its extensive electric and bass offerings for traditional and modern players alike at Winter NAMM 2020. In addition to showcasing American Ultra – the brand’s most modern and advanced electric guitar series, Fender is bringing back models from its past, including the Lead, which will be added to the Player Series. The HM Strat also returns with the same unique look and specs as the original‘88-‘92 models. Joining Fender’s limited-edition offerings are refreshes of fan-favorites including cult classic Parallel Universe Volume 2 and the highly-acclaimed American Original Series – now offering new models and finishes. “We’re excited to present an incredible lineup of new instruments at Winter NAMM,” said Max Gutnik, VP of Fender Electric Guitars, Basses & Amplifiers. “Our leading focus for 2020 is our new flagship electric line, American Ultra. Ultra is a great example of the continued evolution of Fender’s classic instruments in a way that remains true to Fender’s original creation yet advances the instrument to serve modern players of all genres. While we look to the future with American Ultra, we are also celebrating our past with the re-release of the all-new HM Strat and Player Lead II and III guitars. The HM Strat and Lead series represent a wonderfully innovative time at Fender and a historic era in music, when musicians and their instruments were changing rapidly, and we’re thrilled to debut them here at NAMM.” Launched in November 2, the American Ultra Series is the most advanced guitar from Fender. The series has all-new modern features, state-of-the-art craftsmanship and nuanced design. With 44 SKUs, the American Ultra Series offers many options for players looking for modern advancements, includingthe Stratocaster®, Telecaster®, Precision Bass®, Jazzmaster®, Jazz Bass® and Jazz Bass® V with an assortment of all-new colors in the $1,899.99 - $2,199.99 price range. The Ultra Series is a pivotal moment in Fender history as it offers new body design and contours – marking the first time in decades since the last significant alteration was made to the iconic Fender Stratocaster of Telecaster body shapes. Embracing artist and player feedback is a core driver for Fender’s design process, leading to decades of subtle yet crucial innovations. Fender created the Lead model in 1979, featuring a new solid-body design, hard-tail bridges and cool new wiring options. Paying homage, Fender is releasing the Player Lead Series for the unconventional, offbeat, and most importantly, undefined players. The series offers the choice of the Player Lead II (an homage to the late `70s models) and the Player Lead III (a tribute to the original 1982-only model), which both incorporate era-correct Lead Series specs with a blend of the modern Player Series specs offering style, power, and versatility in comfortable, easy-to-play models. A true Fender fan favorite and cult classic will also be reborn at WNAMM, the limited-edition HM (Heavy Metal) Stratocaster originally designed and launched in the late-`80s with metal heads and technical players in mind. Built in the same factory as the original, the HM Strat will be available in four original era-correct Day-Glo colors: Frozen Yellow, Flash Pink, Ice Blue and Bright White. For product images and more information on this model, click here. Also debuting at WNAMM are all-new limited-edition models that make up Parallel Universe Volume 2 ($1,999.99 - $2,499.99). Offering even more unique models in the second iteration of Parallel Universe, these combinations of Fender design elements, body shapes and parts are for players looking for the most exciting and rare instruments Fender will come out with this year. The following models will be released in 2020: • The Troublemaker Custom w/ Bigsby ($2,499.99) • Troublemaker Tele Custom ($2,399.99) • Strat Jazz Deluxe ($2,299.99) • Maverick Dorado ($2,499.99) • Spark-O-Matic Jazzmaster ($1,999.99) • Jazz Strat ($1,999.99) • Tele Mágico ($2,299.99) • Uptown Strat ($1,999.99) Also, new this NAMM season are two new models for Fender’s American Original series, including the `60s Telecaster Thinline and `70s Telecaster Custom. For product images and more information, click here. Lastly, Fender is adding to the Player Series to further expand entry level offerings within the Fender brand. The new models include the Duo Sonic, Mustang, Mustang Bass PJ and Mustang 90. Fender’s new electric guitar and bass offerings will be available at local dealers and on www.Fender.com. 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. # # # ABOUT FENDER MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS CORPORATION: Since 1946, Fender has revolutionized music and culture as one of the world’s leading musical instrument manufacturers, marketers and distributors. Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC)–whose portfolio of brands includes Fender®, Squier®, Gretsch® guitars, Jackson®, EVH® and Charvel®–follows a player-centric approach to crafting the highest-quality instruments and digital experiences across genres. Since 2015, Fender’s digital arm has introduced a new ecosystem of products and interactive experiences to accompany players at every stage of their musical journey. This includes innovative apps and learning platforms designed to complement Fender guitars, amplifiers, effects pedals, accessories and pro-audio gear and inspire players through an immersive musical experience. FMIC is dedicated to unlocking the power of musical expression for all players, from beginners to history-making legends.
  20. Orange County, California (February 4th, 2020) – Gruv Gear designer and manufacturer of the innovative Kapsule travel guitar bag is pleased to announce the Keyboard Kapsule. Devised around the needs of the gigging and touring keyboardists, it sets a benchmark for lightweight travel-ready keyboard cases. The Keyboard Kapsule case stylishly fuses the benefits of hard and soft cases, revolutionizing transportation of keyboards, portable pianos, and synthesizers everywhere. The industry-proven, tough polycarbonate / ABS hard shell is lined with varying density foams for excellent protection and shock absorbency all around, and is finished with a tough fabrics in front. The bold design of the new case includes Gruv Gear’s standard security TSA locks and the Global Recovery Tag tracking system recognized by nearly 3000 airports worldwide. This powerful combination keeps the instrument inside safe and secure at all times, giving traveling musicians peace of mind. Moving the Keyboard Kapsule case is simple and easy with comfortable retracting handles, and convenient snap-on wheels which attach in seconds. Also included are thoughtfully designed pouches for power cables and pedals, multiple EVA foam blocks for a more customized fit, and a large front pocket for additional cables and music sheets. The Keyboard Kapsule is available in a range of sizes to fit keyboards from 49 to 88 keys. To find out more about Gruv Gear and its products please go to www.gruvgear.com/
  21. New PhantomFocus™ PFM HD and UHD-1000 series monitors define current state of the art in near-field monitoring Nashville, TN: Carl Tatz Design® LLC (CTD™), the award-winning studio and monitoring design firm, has announced two new professional near-field reference monitors as part of its line of acclaimed PhantomFocus™ Precision Monitoring Instruments. The PFM HD-1000 High Definition and the PFM UHD-1000 Ultra-High Definition Professional Monitors are intended for audio professionals demanding the highest performance in dedicated mix room or control room/tracking installations. Designed to be used exclusively in tandem with CTD's acclaimed on-site installed PhantomFocus System, both monitors offer superb vocal rendition, the ability to handle high SPLs (115dB continuous) with lightning-fast transient response, articulate detail and PhantomFocus’s trademark sonically holographic pinpoint imaging at all listening levels. The PFM HD-1000 is a passive near-field monitor in a low-profile D'Appolito design facilitating console/listener placement. With accelerated response time, phase linearity and tightly controlled mid-bass response, the PFM HD-1000 reveals effortless power, accuracy and non-fatiguing performance beyond that of traditional high- and mid-frequency driver motor capability. It features two proprietary Morel® 5.63-inch (143.51 mm) “Uniflow™” aluminum diecast woofers with large 3-inch voice coils and a proprietary 1-inch (23.4 mm) ScanSpeak high-frequency tweeter with patented phase plug design. The monitor is available with the passive Straight Wire™ crossover and an optional bi-amp version. The PFM HD-1000 Monitor dimensions are HWD 8.2" x 17.8" x 12.2" (208.28 mm x 452.12 mm x 309.88 mm), and it weighs 22.2 lbs. (10.06 kg). The flagship PFM UHD-1000 is offered only in a bi-amp configuration and shares all the inherent qualities of the PFM HD-1000 Monitor, while its powerful bi-amplified configuration and woofer complement, considered to be amongst the finest in the world, introduces a depth of field and articulate sonic command heretofore unknown in a professional near-field monitor, enhancing performance, power and headroom, and expanding on its effortless non-fatiguing precision character. Using the same ScanSpeak® tweeter as the HD-1000, it is distinguished by its high-end ScanSpeak dual 5.5-inch (139.7 mm) proprietary woofer complement, adding increased depth, speed and articulate sonic authority. The PFM UHD-1000 Monitor dimensions are HWD 8.2" x 17.8" x 12.2" (208.28 mm x 452.12 mm x 309.88 mm), and it weighs 24.1 lbs. (10.93 kg). Both models feature a unique self-bracing trapezoidal cabinet with internal cross-bracing and tuned damping, and a pro-industry-first custom-integrated pistonic decoupling system from IsoAcoustics®. Both monitors and recommended amplification are now available at www.phantomfocus.com, along with full specifications. PhantomFocus™ PFM HD-1000 Professional Monitor PhantomFocus™ PFM UHD-1000 Professional Monitor IsoAcoustics® integrated pistonic decoupling system About Carl Tatz Design Carl Tatz Design (CTD) is an award winning studio design firm offering design and consulting services to homeowners and entertainment industry professionals in areas of: Recording Studios, Monitor Systems, Home Screening Rooms, Dedicated Listening Rooms, Acoustic Analysis, Tuning, and Sound Isolation. Carl Tatz is also the inventor of the industry acclaimed proprietary PhantomFocus™ System (PFS™) monitor tuning protocol. CTD’s many resources combine knowledge, experience and expertise in sound, picture and design to serve its clients worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.carltatzdesign.com. About the PhantomFocus™ System Carl Tatz Design’s proprietary PhantomFocus™ System monitor tuning protocol offers clients a unique opportunity to have a truly world-class monitoring experience in their room, no matter how modest. All speakers interact with the room they’re in, and the PhantomFocus System allows any monitors to perform at maximum accuracy - in any room - with a full 20Hz-to-20KHz frequency response and pinpoint imaging in what some owners have described as a “holographic sweet spot.” It is a new level of sonic accuracy that engenders easier, better and faster mixing that translates well in any environment. There are approximately fifty steps in the proprietary PhantomFocus System implementation protocol, including phase alignment, system damping, speaker decoupling and isolation mounting, careful assessment of engineer/speaker placement relative to primary axial room modes, proprietary laser-calibrated speaker distancing and angle alignments, digitally-controlled crossover points and slopes for pass filtering, and, proprietary, multiband parametric equalization. Hardware solutions can include monitor stands, concrete, Sorbothane™ and other isolation and damping materials, custom floating plenum mounts, subwoofer systems and custom digital processors. The PhantomFocus System evaluation and implementation is a full two-day process and can be applied to near-fields, mid-fields, and large soffit mounted monitors, regardless of manufacturer. Carl Tatz Design installs the PhantomFocus System in existing control rooms and in all studios that are designed and built from the ground up by CTD. The result is like the aural equivalent of HD TV. Once you experience a PhantomFocus System, you can’t go back. About the Carl Tatz Signature Series™ by Auralex® The Carl Tatz Signature Series™ by Auralex® family of control room acoustic modules (now featured in a dedicated section on the Auralex website), emulates the look and acoustics of Carl Tatz's custom designs at a fraction of the cost. When paired with the acclaimed PhantomFocus System, it becomes the CTD MixRoom™, the sonic performance of which is unrivaled anywhere, defining a new standard for the audio professional. The MixRoom can quickly and affordably transform a simple rectangular room into a world-class mixing environment without peer. "We're honored to work with Carl Tatz, one of the top studio designers in the industry, on this exciting new Auralex offering. This new series makes Carl's signature style easy and affordable enough for any serious studio owner. Now virtually any room can benefit from the same aesthetic and sound control enjoyed by top hitmakers like Rascal Flatts and others," says Eric Smith, founder and president of Auralex Acoustics. For more information about Carl Tatz Design LLC and the PhantomFocus™ System, please contact Carl Tatz Design, 6666 Brookmont Terrace, Suite #1109, Nashville, TN 37205 Office: 615.354.6242, Direct: 615.400.5479 Email: carl@carltatzdesign.com Web: www.carltatzdesign.com Store: www.phantomfocus.com
  22. Santa Barbara, CA. Dateline Feb 6th 2020: Alan Parsons and ASSR announce the initial line-up of their 2020 master classes with the band Dishwalla in the crosshairs for a Live Band Recording class on March 8th at ParSonics in Santa Barbara. Alan’s Master Class Recording Sessions have routinely sold out since the very first held at The Village in Los Angeles in 2011. ““A dream come true for all aspiring audio engineers. Magical,” is how attendee Orlando M. described Parsons’ most recent class at ParSonics. The season kicks off with a Mixing class on March 7th where Alan will construct both a stereo and a Surround mix—Alan Parsons won a Grammy for Best Immersive Album in 2019—in front of an audience of under twenty. March 8th sees fellow Santa Barbarians Dishwalla enter the fray, submitting to what Alan describes as “every musician’s worst nightmare–20 producers in the room.” The day will begin by analyzing a new song Dishwalla has written especially for the session. To follow, Alan will reveal his drum miking techniques before the acoustic rigors of a full live tracking session begins where George Pendergast (drums), Scot Alexander (bass), Rodney Browning Cravens (guitar) and Jim Wood (keys) will be closeted up in the live room together to create the song’s initial backing track. Dishwalla lead vocalist Justin Fox is looking forward to A/B-ing his Slate Virtual Mics with some of Alan Parsons’ actual classic mics in what promises to be a fascinating day of classic techniques with modern technologies. Parsons’ ASSR team heads to Germany May 13th for a Mixing master class in Munich ahead of the city’s internationally renowned audio exhibition High End, at which Parsons will be 2020’s Brand Ambassador, before returning to Santa Barbara for a special Music Educators class on July 24th followed by another Mixing and Recording class on July 25th and 26th. ASSR’s live master classes are the latest in a series of events and products Alan Parsons has created to ‘give back’ and ‘pass on’ many of the lessons he has learned in a recording career that spans more than fifty years, beginning in 1969 at Abbey Road, working with the Beatles. \Since releasing the original Alan Parsons’ Art & Science Of Sound Recording video series in 2010, Alan’s ASSR—created with writing partner and musician Julian Colbeck—has gone on to establish itself as a leading provider of educational materials for Recording Arts programs, including a full Music Production Curriculum for schools, complete with a new Professional Certification program unveiled at the recent NAMM Show in Anaheim. Full details and tickets at www.artandscienceofsound.com/mcts Contact ASSR at info@artandscienceofsound.com or 1-800-752-2780
  23. 4 and 10 channel enclosures with OST and Channel Link Madrid, Spain (February 6, 2020) - Heritage Audio is now shipping its 500 Series OST-4 and OCT-10 V2.0 enclosures; updated editions of their most affordable and portable, four-channel 500 Series enclosure and ten-channel rackmount enclosure. New to the V2.0 model is the Link Feature, which allows each channel to be linked to the next channel at the push of a button — no patch cables required! And of course, each channel still features the On Slot Technology used in all of Heritage Audio’s 500 Series enclosures, now almost three times as powerful as its predecessor. With On Slot Technology (OST), each channel of the enclosure has its own power supply, independently regulated, filtered, and protected. This ensures the highest degree of isolation and consistency in performance. “Many experienced engineers are aware of certain ‘power hungry’ class A or vacuum tube-based modules which could cause banks of 500 Series modules to ‘brown out’ or that simply would not work in some standard enclosures,” says Peter Rodriguez, Founder of Heritage Audio. “OST enclosures offer the widest range of compatibility with all 500 Series modules, ensuring both that ‘demanding’ modules receive the power they need, and that adjacent modules remain unaffected.” Aside from safety and compatibility, OST enclosures ensure the highest level of performance and lowest self-noise for your 500 Series modules, especially mic preamps. With a heavy gauge steel chassis, a rugged finish in Royal Air Force Blue-Gray, and as an audiophile design, your 500 Series modules have simply never had it so good. Like all Heritage Audio products, the OST-4 and OST-10 V2.0 enclosures take advantage of the latest in manufacturing technology to offer an unprecedented value without compromising audio quality — all built at the Heritage factory in Spain. The 500 Series OST-4 and OST-10 V2.0 enclosures are now available at Heritage Audio dealers worldwide. www.heritageaudio.net
  24. For the first time SpectraLayers now offers an Elements edition, featuring a range of the highly acclaimed spectrum editing tools. HAMBURG, Germany — Steinberg today announced the immediate availability of SpectraLayers Elements 6, a streamlined version that comprises a simplified audio spectrum editing system with fewer tools, processing capabilities and parameters than the existing Pro edition. SpectraLayers is known for its different approach to audio editing: audio is visualized in the spectral domain, allowing users to manipulate its spectral data in many different ways. Alongside the Pro edition, SpectraLayers Elements 6 is now available, with a wide range of enhancement capabilities across two audio channels, at a maximum sample rate of 96 kHz. With the feature set in Elements, users have everything required for critical repair and restoration work. Head of Pro Audio Timo Wildenhain commented: “This solid version of SpectraLayers provides an affordable possibility for users to benefit from the powerful tools that only SpectraLayers has to offer.” SpectraLayers Elements 6 integrates seamlessly into every ARA 2 compatible DAW, such as Nuendo and Cubase. SpectraLayers Elements 6 comes with many of the features newly introduced in SpectraLayers Pro 6, including visible fade masks, redesigned selection tools and the new Move tool to transform audio intuitively by grabbing layers to move or scale them. “I use SpectraLayers every day in my workflow. It’s such a time-saver when using samples, I always want the original sample to sound ‘correct’ before I start adding color and effects to it. It’s really easy to do in SpectraLayers, I can visually see what’s wrong with it and just fix it. I always bring the acapella in SpectraLayers to fix resonances and balance the harmonics. To be honest I can’t understand how I did it before. You know those annoying ringing frequencies on just some words? I can fix those in just seconds, such a time-saver!” said Stefan Engblom, producer and one half of Dada Life. Availability and pricing The full retail version of SpectraLayers Elements 6 is available as download through the Steinberg Online Shop at the suggested retail price of 79.99 euros. An upgrade to SpectraLayers Pro 6 is also available for 219 euros. All prices include German VAT. Key features Surgical and intuitive spectral editing with 16 real-time tools Advanced Selection Engine Selection-based effects The only visual transformation system for sound Tracks, Regions and Clips separated as Layers ARA 2 and AAX compatibility Integration of other audio editors, such as WaveLab or iZotope RX 2D and 3D visualization of the Spectrogram Native restoration effects and spectral noise reduction YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/steinberg About Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH Steinberg is known the world over for its music and audio software and hardware solutions. The company has been developing, manufacturing and selling innovative products for musicians and producers in the music, film, post production and multimedia industries since 1984. Steinberg products are used by Grammy and Oscar award-winning composers, engineers and producers. The company also offers business customers license- management and copy-protection systems. Visit www.steinberg.net for further details.
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