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Zoom R16 – Coming Soon!

January 26, 2009

The new Zoom R16 Multitrack Recorder Embraces Computer Recording Revolution. It’s one incredibly versatile device…

The new Zoom R16

While some multitrack recorder die hards simply refuse to connect any instrument they own to any of these newfangled “computers” that everyone talks about, the Zoom R16 looks to remedy this.

This new multitrack can handle up to eight simultaneous tracks, and it’s loaded with features that take computer connectivity to a new extreme.
For one, if you don’t want to record to SD, as is possible with this unit, just hook it up and use it as an interface. It also acts as a control surface once you’ve got your tracks tracked and transferred.

Multitrack Recorder Features:

  • The world’s first digital recorder with 16-track playback and 8-track simultaneous recording that utilizes Secure Digital (SD) memory.
  • High-definition 24-bit/48kHz linear PCM recording in WAV format
  • Built-in stereo condenser microphones
  • Includes 1GB SD Card and supports cards up to 32GB SDHC card which allows 108 hours 12minutes recording with 16bit/ 44.1kHz linear PCM format
  • Allows simultaneous recording on up to 8 tracks to capture a live band or complete drum-kit
  • Battery operation for remote recording
  • USB power for studio operation

Surface Controller Features:

  • Control each function of your favorite DAW software from the R16 via USB for easy mixing.
  • Mackie control emulation for popular DAW software including Cubase, Live, Logic, Digital Performer & More.

USB Audio Interface Features:

  • 8 Mic inputs/ 2 Outputs (8 x 2)
  • 8 balanced combination XLR 1/4″ inputs
  • High-definition 24-bit/ 96kHz recording capability using digital audio software
  • Built-in effects on R16 can be used as outboard effects as well.
  • 1 Hi-Z input for  direct connection of guitar or bass
  • 48V phantom power on 2 channels.

Other highlights:

  • Over 100 built-in effects coming from advanced DSP
  • Amazing guitar amp and effect models of the most guitar and bass amplifiers
  • Professional quality mastering effects, multi-band compressor, normalizer and more
  • USB host function allows to use USB storage device for quick data transfer
  • Connect 2x R16s via USB for synchronized operation and 16 tracks of simultaneous recording capability.
  • Undo/ redo functions
  • Supports Windows XP/ Vista, Macintosh operating systems
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NAMM 2009: Alesis Announce New Releases!

January 16, 2009

As usual, Alesis marks a strong presence at NAMM with several new announcements. Let’s have a look and see what they have in store for 2009!

MultiMix 4 USB


Sometimes you just don’t need tons of inputs and a whole lot of complicated features. If you just want to mix a few different audio sources including all kinds of mics, line-level and guitar-level instruments, and even a tape deck, and then record it all in stereo, CD-quality resolution, you need to check out the new MultiMix 4 USB. This compact mixer is perfect for using in recording setups, video editing and production studios, and portable podcasting setups. Find out more about the MultiMix 4 USB.

M1Active 520 USB


M1Active 520 USB studio monitors combine high-quality loudspeaker performance with a two-way, USB audio interface. That means you can connect them to your DAW with nothing other than a USB cable to low-latency, low-noise playback and connect a mixer, sampler, or even two mono sources and record into your software! Say goodbye to complicated connections and messy cable tangles.

ProTrack Mobile Recording Kit


It’s a recording studio in the palm of your hand. ProTrack Mobile Recording Kit enables you to record stereo audio directly to your iPod from a wide variety of sources and in a wide variety of environments. It combines a ProTrack handheld recorder for iPod with a stereo pair of AM2 cardioid condenser microphones, a table stand for the ProTrack, and accessories. Go mobile. We’ll show you how.

AM2 Stereo Microphone Set


The AM2 Stereo Set is a matched-stereo, cardioid condenser microphone kit with two AM2 microphones, windscreens, clips, a padded hard case, and an XY-stereo mount. The switchable high-pass filter reduces interferences through subsonic and low frequencies remarkably and compensates for proximity effect. For high-fidelity, high-resolution, high-definition recording, the AM2 Stereo Set tears down the wall separating quality and price.

JamDock


Dock up and rock out. JamDock integrates your iPod into your practice or live-music setup. You can connect and mix in nearly any instrument including electronic drums and send your mix to the stereo outputs and headphone output. JamDock enables you to mix your iPod and your instrument and practice with headphones, amp, or PA system. Check out the details now.

LineLink


Record your mixer, keyboard, sampler, or drum machine in stereo to your computer. LineLink makes it easy to direct-connect nearly any mixers, keyboard, sampler, sequencer, drum machine, or other stereo, line-level audio source to USB for stereo recording.

TapeLink USB


This dual-cassette deck enables you to store your irreplaceable recordings on hard disk, flash, burn them to CD, or take them with you on your iPod. Clean up your old tape recordings of your band’s rehearsals and performances and listen in your car. Rediscover your demos, jam sessions, and song ideas, and then listen to them anywhere on your iPod! You can get the scoop here.

View Alesis page at Dolphin

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Pro Tools M-Powered 8. Easy to learn and use = make better music faster

January 9, 2009

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Latest M-Audio compatible software available now!

M-Audio has announced the release of Pro Tools M-Powered 8 software, billed as the most advanced audio creation and production software ever.  It is available now through authorised dealers as well as from the Digidesign website

Pro Tools M-Powered 8 is the latest version of the industry-leading digital audio workstation. An enhanced feature set is complemented by a completely updated user interface, more than 70 bundled plug-ins and virtual instruments, fully-integrated MIDI and score editors and an expanded array of editing tools for both music and post production applications.

This is exactly the same version as Pro Tools LE but works with compatible M-Audio interfaces instead, such as ProFire 2626, Fast Track Pro, Fast Track Ultra and most recently added, the ProFire 610.

The M-Powered route is a handy way for existing M-Audio interface owning music producers to get into Pro Tools without having to buy a new interface.

Further product information on Pro Tools M-Powered 8 is available on request.

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Celemony Direct Note Access (DNA): Insane Melodyne

January 2, 2009

Celemony Direct Note Access

Celemony Melodyne Direct Note Access (DNA) Technology News: Direct Note Access is a technology that makes the impossible possible: for the first time in audio recording history you can identify and edit individual notes within polyphonic audio material.

This is the kind of software that will change the way we make music as we know it! Produers across the world will want this as part of their toolkit the minute they see it. It will become as used as compressors, as time efficiant as digital recording,  and as fun as as the  ‘Cher’ effect we now know to be all over every vocal take in the Top 10

If the auto-tune changed the way we record vocals. This plug will change the way we have to record ANYTHING.  It is truly a unique system and will be the most labour saving device since the toaster (sic)

I have every belief ANY Digital audio editor should have this system now!

To view/download alternative formats of this video click here.

Celemony DNA: Direct Note Access

Celemony say that once DNA has hit the market, studio engineers and producers will be able to think the same way about piano takes, for example, as they do currently with vocal recordings, where a slight blemish can be ‘fixed’ at a later date. This could change the way studio sessions run, and reduce the requirement for overdubbing or re-recording entire takes after minor player errors.

But it’s not just achieving perfect takes that Direct Note Access is capable of. Using the pitch-shifting and time-stretching capabilities to their extremes, some fairly radical effects can be created. But also, melodic material can be transposed, so if you fancy changing a guitar solo from major to minor, you can do so with just a few mouse-clicks.

Celemony are expecting that sample-library users will embrace the technology to turn loops that were previously only playable in the key that they were recorded in into templates that can be transposed to suit the project they’re working on.

If you have watched the video, we’re pretty sure that Melodyne with Direct Note Access has filled you with enthusiasm and will render your music-making simpler, more inventive and more productive. How many products actually do this?

The first Melodyne product with Direct Note Access will be Version 2 of Melodyne plugin (shipping early 2009). In the course of time, Direct Note Access will then be integrated into all the products in the Melodyne product family. The most comprehensive Direct Note Access functionality will be offered by Melodyne studio.

Celemony Melodyne 3

Melodyne 3 offers a new algorithm that allows any type of audio material to profit from Melodyne’s unique editing functions and sound quality; in other words, Melodyne is no longer limited to the editing of melodies but can handle homophonic and polyphonic textures. Melodyne 3 also offers fully automatic analysis of the audio material, powerful macros for the correction…

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Digidesign Ships Pro Tools 8 Software

December 18, 2008

Pro Tools 8 Software provides everything needed to create, compose, score, record, mix, produce and broadcast in single application.

 Pro Tools 8 Software Shipping now!

DALY CITY, Calif., (December 17, 2008) — Digidesign®, a part of Avid Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: AVID), today announced the immediate availability of Pro Tools 8 software, the company’s highly-anticipated, next-generation music creation and audio production software.

Available now through authorized Digidesign dealers as well as at http://www.digidesign.com, Pro Tools 8 is the latest version of the industry-leading digital audio workstation. A dramatically enhanced feature set is highlighted by a completely updated user interface, more than 70 bundled plug-ins and virtual instruments, fully-integrated MIDI and score editors and an expanded array of editing features for both music and post production applications.

“Customer excitement for this release of Pro Tools is at an all-time high,” stated Tex Schenkkan, Vice President and General Manager, Audio at Avid. “We believe that this is not only in response to the substantial changes and additions we’ve made to the product, but also because so much of what’s new came directly from customer feedback. We are grateful for their contributions, and are looking forward to hearing what they produce using all the powerful new capabilities included in Pro Tools 8.”

For composers and musicians, Pro Tools 8 provides powerful functionality for streamlining the creative process, and delivers the most versatile sonic palette ever available out-of-the-box for Pro Tools. New music creation features include:

• Fully integrated MIDI and Score Editor windows for greatly enhanced MIDI editing functionality and professional score editing and printing
• A sizable collection of music creation and sound-processing plug-ins, including: 20 all-new effects and five new virtual instruments—Mini Grand piano, Boom drum machine, DB-33 tonewheel organ, Vacuum tube-modelled synthesizer, and Xpand!2™ sample player
• High-quality amplifiers simulation via Digidesign’s acclaimed new guitar amp emulator Eleven™ Free as well as Tech21 SansAmp® amplifier emulator
• An 8 GB bundle of high-quality loops
For music and post production professionals, Pro Tools 8 offers:
• Revolutionary Elastic Pitch, which makes it easy to transpose music in real time right in the Edit window
• 10 inserts per channel
• Enhanced controller integration with Digidesign and M-Audio® control surfaces
• ICON integration enhancements that dramatically increase speed and efficiency
• HD QuickTime support on Mac OS X for increased versatility

CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO AND MORE INFO

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Hot New microKORG XL Arriving Soon!

December 4, 2008

The original microKORG is loved and used daily by musicians around the world – from keyboardists to guitarists – enabling everyone to experience the enjoyment of a great synthesizer. Now the new big brother to this mega selling synth is available; a synthesizer that lets you generate your own personal sound, packing a cutting-edge sound engine and powerful effects into a compact, vintage-like body. Welcome the microKORG XL!

AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 2009! PRICE TBC

The original microKORG is loved and used daily by musicians around the world – from keyboardists to guitarists – enabling everyone to experience the enjoyment of a great synthesizer.

Now an advanced microKORG is available; a synthesizer that lets you generate your own personal sound, packing a cutting-edge sound engine and powerful effects into a compact, vintage-like body. Welcome the microKORG XL.

The Limited-Edition microKorg Reverse Keys was very popular, so it seems people are interested in new microKorgs – which the XL model certainly is, with its many new features!

This will certainly prove to be one of the best and most exciting releases next year. The new microKORG XL may quite easily be even better than the classic microKorg – will it become more popular? Let’s wait and see!

For complete info, click here.

Main features

  • New vintage design is both fresh and nostalgic.
  • Korg’s renowned MMT Multi Modeling Technology, optimized for the microKORG XL.
  • Sixteeen band vocoder for voice controlled effects. A gooseneck microphone is included, so you can begin vocoding right away.
  • 128 powerful sounds are built-in and ready for immediate use.
  • Intuitive sound selection; simply specify the music genre and instrument category.
  • Seventeen powerful KAOSS derived effects.
  • Newly developed natural touch mini keyboard is compact, yet easy to play.
  • Editing software can be downloaded from the Korg website, as well as converted MS2000 and microKORG programs.
  • Battery powered for on-the-go enjoyment.
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Introducing the UGM 96 from ESI – 2-in/2-out portable USB audio interface

December 3, 2008
Introducing the UGM 96 from ESI





2-in/2-out portable USB audio interface


The new UGM96 is one of the most portable audio interface with this feature set on the market.

Even smaller than the new U24 XL, the UGM96 offers an extremely portable guitar and microphone to USB interface. This unit allows you to connect two guitars (via the Hi-Z instrument inputs) or one guitar and one microphone simultaneously to your PC or Mac.

The rear side offers a stereo output that you can use for monitoring, i.e. with headphones. This makes UGM96 the perfect companion for guitar recording applications on the road or in your studio. You can use it to jam with a guitar and microphone, process the signal with your PC or Mac notebook or desktop in realtime and listen to the mix directly via headphones – no special adapters or extra power supplies are needed. You simply plug UGM96 between your guitar, headphones, the microphone and your computer. It´s unbelievable how many functions are provided by this small stylish device.



Features

2 x analog input and 2 analog output channels
2 independent mono Hi-Z inputs
One Hi-Z input switchable to microphone input with preamp
2 headphone outputs
One headphone output can work as line output
Fully USB bus powered
Drivers for Windows Vista/XP with ASIO support with low latency
Core Audio support under Mac OS X 10.4 and higher
Dimensions: around 7 cm x 6 cm

Bundled with Cubase LE 4 and Studio Devil Virtual Guitar Amp

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CROWN AUDIO REDEFINES THE PRICE/PERFORMANCE RATIO WITH THE XLS SERIES

December 2, 2008

In a move that makes quality high power amplifiers affordable to a broad new market, Crown Audio present the newly extended XLS Series amplifiers that significantly elevate the performance threshold of affordable portable PA amplifiers.

Comprising the XLS 202, XLS 402, XLS 602, XLS 802 and the brand new XLS 5000, the XLS Series is ideal for musicians, DJs, rental companies and corporate and hotel AV departments 

“Providing more power than any other amplifier in its class, the XLS5000 represents a tremendous value to end users who need a high power amplifier without the big price tag,” noted Marc Kellom, Vice President of Marketing, Crown Audio. “By pairing this amplifier up with JBL’s MRX, SRX, or VRX loudspeaker enclosures, our customers can now have access to a highly professional yet economical all-Harman solution.”

The XLS Series, Crown’s workhorse amplifier line, has now been extended with the addition of the new XLS 5000 (£1399 RRP). Delivering 1,800 watts per channel in 4-ohm stereo mode, and a staggering 5,000 watts in 4-ohm bridge-mono mode, the XLS 5000 packs more than twice the punch of the next highest-powered model in the range, the XLS 802.

Housed in a rugged, 3U, all-steel chassis, the highly reliable XLS 5000 is equipped with an efficient forced-air fan to prevent excessive thermal buildup. The front panel sports dual precision-detented rotary level controls, a power switch with accompanying LED, and six additional LEDs indicating signal, clip, and fault for each channel. Rear panel connections include two electronically balanced XLR inputs as well as touch-proof binding post and Speakon® outputs.

The XLS 5000 also employs extensive protection and diagnostics capabilities, including output current limiting, DC protection, circuit breaker, and special thermal protection of the unit’s transformers.

Like the rest of the XLS Series, as well as all other Crown amplifiers, the new XLS 5000 is backed by the manufacturer’s industry-exclusive Three-Year, No-Fault, Fully Transferable Warranty.

The Crown XLS Series is available now at Dolphin Music.

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Numark PT-01USB Portable Vinyl-Archiving Turntable

December 2, 2008

Here’s some great news for anyone who’s got a stack of old vinyl records that never get played – Numark has created a revolutionary portable turntable that enables you to convert your vinyl to WAV or MP3, so you can enjoy all that music in your iPod or computer!



This rugged, portable turntable can run on either wall or battery power, comes with a cover with integrated carry-handle, and has an internal speaker for total mobility.

Using the included recording software, no special drivers are needed to connect PT-01USB to any Mac or PC via USB and transfer music from vinyl to hard disk. EZ Vinyl Converter 2 (PC) and EZ Audio Converter (Mac) software are included to make recording and importing audio simple. EZ Vinyl Converter 2 imports your songs directly into your iTunes library, automatically separating tracks, and with a free download of Gracenote® MusicID, it can even automatically name your tracks. PT-01USB also comes with Audacity software for editing your tracks. Audacity also helps reduce clicks, pops, and other noises from your recordings to restore the full quality of your vinyl.

PT-01USB has an RCA line input so you can connect other sound sources such as tape decks and convert them to digital files too! RCA line outputs enable connection to your DJ system or home stereo so you can use PT-01USB as a standard record-player. In addition to the internal speaker and RCA outputs, you can also listen with headphones.

With 33, 45, and 78 RPM speeds, PT-01USB works with your entire record collection. There’s even a ±10% pitch control to help you optimize your tracks for whatever need you have.

Advanced vinyl-to-digital conversion that’s ready to roll when and where you are – PT-01USB.

More:

Numark PT-01USB Portable Vinyl-Archiving Turntable

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Metallica,’Death Magnetic’ Guitar Hero and the loudness debate

November 21, 2008

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Metallica are an American heavy metal band that formed in 1981 in Los Angeles. They are arguably the biggest rock acts of all time and have an army of devoted followers.

‘Death Magnetic’ Metallica’s latest album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 490,000 copies in just three days of availability. It is the band’s fifth consecutive studio album to debut at number one, making Metallica the first and only band with the most consecutive studio releases to open at number one. The album also had the highest first week sales of any Metallica album since 1996′s Load.

However this release has been the subject of great debate amongst the fans regarding its production, sound quality and more specifically the mastering process. The debate even has even gone as far as coverage on BBC Radio 6, The Guardian and leading Rolling Stone  to cite a petition from fans to remix or remaster the album!

Death Magnetic is the ninth studio album by American heavy metal band Metallica, released on September 12, 2008 by Warner Bros. Records. It is the band’s first studio album to feature current bassist Robert Trujillo, as well as the first to be produced by Rick Rubin. Death Magnetic is also the band’s first studio album released through Warner Bros., although they still remain with Warner Music Group, which also owns Elektra Records, their previous label (internationally they remain on Vertigo Records). The album is the band’s fifth consecutive studio album to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 in the United States, making Metallica the first band ever to achieve five consecutive number one debut

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The album has been criticized for having compromised sound quality and being compressed “past the point of distortion”. Sean Michaels of The Guardian explains that “the sound issues are a result of the “loudness war” – an ongoing industry effort to make recordings as loud as possible”.

Comparison of the CD and Guitar Hero versions. Is the CD modern and loud or digital compressed noise??

A Rolling Stone article states that Rick Rubin was “overseeing mixes in Los Angeles while the band is in Europe, headlining shows” and only communicated with him by conference calls.Fans have noted that these sonic problems are not present in the Guitar Hero version of the album, where the tracks are present separately because of the game mechanics. MusicRadar and Rolling Stone attribute a quote to the album’s mastering engineer Ted Jensen in which he claims that “mixes were already brick-walled before they arrived” for mastering and cite a petition from fans to remix or remaster the album.

Metallica and Rick Rubin initially declined to comment on the issue, while the band’s co-manager Cliff Burnstein stated that complainers were in a minority and that response to the album had otherwise been “overwhelmingly positive”.Lars Ulrich later confirmed in an interview with Blender, that some creative control regarding the album’s production had indeed been transferred to Rubin but also stressed his satisfaction with the final product.

The distortion that Metallica fans are so enraged by on the new album “Death Magnetic”, and that mastering engineer Ted Jensen was so unhappy about is not present on the version used for the Playstation 3 game “Guitar Hero”.

Analysis of the levels in the tracks shows it is VERY loud. Great-sounding albums typically average an RMS loudness of -16 to -12 dBFS, however i recent years louder albums have pushed much higher, for example -8 or -6 dBFS. Here is one mastering engineers analysis of Death Magnetic:

CD manufacturers seemingly are distorting sounds to make them seem louder. Sound quality clearly suffers.

The video was made with image editing software and a screen capture program for the visuals, and a DAW (Digital Performer 4.5) to process the audio.

Source:

Matt Mayfield

http://mastering-media.blogspot.com/2008/09/metallica-death-magnetic-stop-loudness.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Untitled_Metallica_album

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