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Shure Releases X2u XLR-to-USB Microphone Adapter

March 4, 2009

The Shure X2u XLR-to-USB Microphone Adapter lets you use your most trusted microphones for all your digital recordings. The X2u adapter makes it easy to record whenever you want, anywhere you take your computer, from the home studio, to the garage, to the road.

The Shure X2u XLR-to-USB Signal Adapter allows you to use your favorite microphones to digitally record wherever and whenever your computer takes you. Perfect for multi-track recording, the X2u features built-in headphone monitoring with zero latency, and easy controls to balance microphone and playback audio -just plug and play for better-than-CD quality sound.

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Shure X2u

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MOTU Releases BPM Rhythm Production Instrument

January 28, 2009

At this years NAMM show MOTU unveiled the latest addition to their range of Virtual Instruments: BPM – Beat Production Machine.

MOTU’s BPM is an advanced urban rhythm instrument that unites state-of-the-art virtual instrument technology with beat programming inspired by the classic drum machines of the 80’s and 90’s. BPM provides complete creative control, from recording and programming individual samples to building and arranging entire songs. Included is a comprehensive,
expertly produced urban sound and loop library for urban, R, pop,rock and other music styles.

BPM ships with a vast 15GB library of expertly recorded and mastered 24-bit 96 kHz rhythmic material for urban, R, hip hop, techno, electro, house, pop, rock and other music styles.

BPM also includes a comprehensive grap hic mixer, unlimited effects processing and dozens of world-class effects, including multi-band EQ, filter, delay, drive, distortion and convolution reverb to turn your computer into a rhythm production powerhouse.

BPM will run as a Plug-In in MAS, AU, RTAS or VST formats. It will also run as a standalone application.

BPM will run under Mac OS X – 10.4 or higher or Windows – XP or Vista, 32 or 64 bit.

For more info: product page at Dolphin

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New Zoom H4n: The Next Generation in Handheld Recorders

January 26, 2009

The H4n is Zoom’s most sophisticated handheld recorder to date. The H4n offers up a significantly improved user interface, integral X/Y stereo condenser microphones, a digitally controlled mic pre-amp and the ability to use both internal and external microphones simultaneously for 4-channel recording.

The new Zoom H4n

The Zoom H4n offers superior, built-in X/Y stereo condenser microphones that allow variable recording patterns at either 90° or 120°. The Zoom H4n portable digital recorder has a large 1.9-inch LCD screen, an intuitive interface and an onboard reference speaker. In addition, Zoom has incorporated several of the most popular features from the H2 to the H4n such as Broadcast Wave Format (BWF) compatible time stamp and track marker functions and its autorecord and pre-record features so you never miss a moment.

For musicians and songwriters, the H4n has a more user-friendly multi-track recording capability along with Hi-Z Inputs for recording guitar and bass, variable speed playback capability for “phrase training”, onboard studio effects and over 50 different guitar and bass amp modelling settings. Also, a new stamina mode enables the H4n to operate continuously for an incredible 10 hours on a single set of AA batteries. The Zoom H4n is the most robust digital recorder yet from Zoom, with a rubberised, shock resistant body for improved chassis protection, all-metal microphone design and a built-in mounting joint for tripod and microphone stand use.

The Zoom H4n records high-resolution audio at 24bit/96kHz on SD/SDHC media of up to 32GB and is USB 2.0. The Zoom H4n field recorder is shipped with a 1 GB SD card, wind screen, mic clip adapter, AC adapter, USB cable, protective case and Cubase LE recording software. An optional remote control (The Zoom RC-04) is also available.

The Zoom H4n will be available in stores from Feb/March 2009 with a Suggested Selling Price of £329.99 including VAT. The optional Zoom RC-04 Remote Control will have a Suggested Selling Price of £29.99 including VAT.

For more info and list of New and improved features:

ZOOM H4n Product Page

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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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