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Livid’s Ohm64: Love Child of a Monome and a DJ-VJ Mixer Controller?

March 20, 2009

Look out, Akai APC40. There’s another contender in the emerging Controller With Lots of Buttons And Also Faders and Knobs and Crossfader product category. Livid’s Ohm64 combines the light-up button grid with faders, knobs, trigger buttons, and most importantly, unique customization options and a lovely wooden case. What’s unique about this one:

  • High-end materials: anodized aluminum faceplate, “immersion gold-platted circuit boards” (guess that’s circuit bling), an optional wooden body (aluminum is available, as well, but wood is more fun).
  • Not mass-market: hand-assembled, small-production Austin creation.
  • Fully class-compliant, no drivers (also true of the APC as far as I know, but nice – and ideal for Linux, too, in case you want to run this with a netbook or a Pd-running souped-up *nix laptop)
  • Open-source, customizable MIDI talkback: when you’re ready to customize just how those LEDs light up, there are included open source tools and fully programmable MIDI mapping

Bonus: it comes with a powerful, full-featured VJ app in the box, Cell DNA, though of course you can use it with anything you like.

The real story to me is the customization. Whereas the APC40 is entirely proprietary in design, has evidently limited MIDI mappings, and a mysterious mechanism for programming two-way communication, the Ohm64 is open, open source, and software-agnostic. If the open source thing catches on, that could mean a community of friendly folk thinking of smart ways to reprogram this thing for different apps. Ironically, that means that in the long run, the Ohm64 could wind up with better Ableton Live integration than the hardware Ableton chose to back – though all bets are off until we get these devices in our hands.

I would say the APC is probably more direct competition for the Ohm64 than the Monome, despite the 8×8 light-up buttons. The Monome is much lighter and slimmer, it takes a minimalist approach (no big knobs or faders), and uses OpenSoundControl in place of MIDI. The Ohm64 seems likely to appeal to those who weren’t Monome fans, and visa versa. And some lucky ducks are naturally going to own both.

But the important thing is that the Ohm64 joins the Monome in its crusade for open-source customization of a commercial product. Whatever the Ohm64 is when it ships, it’s that question of what people can do with it that may determine its real value. I have no doubt people will be reverse engineering the APC40, too — starting with figuring out how to fake the hardware “handshake” it uses so other devices can emulate it in Live. But it’ll be interesting to see how these different philosophies pan out, so to speak.

We’ll keep you posted….

Souce:  Create Digital Music


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Upgrade any Microphone! Affordable XLR to USB Converter from Blue

March 11, 2009

Blue Icicle

The Icicle is Blue’s new stylish USB converter and mic preamp combo that allows you to connect any XLR microphone directly into your computer via USB! The Icicle features a studio quality microphone preamp, 48V phantom power, fully balanced low noise front end, analog gain control, and driverless operation.

THE BLUE ICICLE MICROPHONE IS HERE AT DOLPHIN!

Setup is a snap! The Blue Icicle works with both dynamic and condenser microphones, providing high quality and hassle-free connectivity with Mac or PC. Whether you’re using a microphone for digital recording, podcasting, voice messaging, or voice recognition applications, the Icicle is the quick and easy way to get connected.

Hook UP Diagram

Blue Icicle XLR to USB Mic Converter/Mic Preamp Specifications:

  • Sample/Word: 44.1K/16 bit
  • Power Consumption: 200mA (from USB bus)

System Requirements:

  • Macintosh: Mac OSX with USB 1.0 or 2.0 and 64 MB RAM (minimum)
  • Windows: XP Home Edition, Professional or Vista with USB 1.0 or 2.0 and 64 MB RAM (minimum)

Blue Icicle XLR to USB Mic Converter/Mic Preamp Features:

  • Works with Mac or PC computers
  • No Special Drivers Required
  • Studio Quality USB microphone preamp
  • Supplies 48V phantom power for . condenser microphones
  • Phantom power active light
  • Fully balanced low noise analog front end
  • Analog gain control
  • Blue Icicle XLR to USB Mic Converter/Mic Preamp Includes:

Includes 6-ft USB cable

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Alesis USB Pro Drum Kit – Professional USB Drumset

February 18, 2009

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THE ONLY DRUMMER-FRIENDLY CONTROLLER
Just plug the Trigger|iO interface into your Mac or PC’s USB port, load up the included copy of FXpansion BFD Lite, and you’re ready to play. Because USB Pro Drum Kit is MIDI compatible, you can track a performance, and then go back afterward and tweak your sounds. Try that with acoustic drums!

USB Pro Drum Kit also opens up a new world of software including BFD, Toontrack, and Reason to drummers and producers looking for realistic drum performances.

ADVANCED DRUM PADS
USB Pro Drum Kit’s acoustic-feeling drum pads are built around 8? mylar drumheads and acoustic-dampening foam for quiet response. The snare and tom pads are dual-zone, enabling rimshot or rim-click sounds on the snare and additional sounds such as wind chimes, cymbals, gongs, and cowbells on the tom rims.

When they wear out, the drumheads can be replaced with any model you choose from any manufacturer. The heads are tunable with a standard drum key for adjustable tension and feel. The triple-flanged counterhoops are covered in removable, sound-reducing rubber sleeves, which further cut acoustic noise.

USB Pro Drum Kit includes a self-standing kick tower, to which any model of single or double-bass-drum pedal can be attached. The kick pad also features a tunable, 8? mylar playing surface.

CYMBALS WITH BUILT-IN TRIGGERS
USB Pro Drum Kit comes with our top-of-the-line SURGE Cymbal Pack with choke: the only serious choice in cymbals for triggering electronics. The kit comes with a 12? SURGE Hi-Hat Cymbal, a 13? SURGE Crash Cymbal with choke, and a 16? SURGE dual-zone Ride Cymbal with choke. Based around a true brass-alloy cymbal and coated with a clear sound-dampening layer, SURGE Cymbals feel like acoustic cymbals because they begin life as just that. The Crash and Ride cymbals feature large choke strips on the undersides for even more attention to accurate cymbal control. The Ride features dual-zone triggers for bell-clanging nuance. And the SURGE Hi-Hat Cymbal is continuously controllable using the included pedal.

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SURE-GRIP HARDWARE
The fully adjustable rack is built of 1?-inch metal tubing, which is standard throughout the drum industry. It’s easy to expand USB Pro Drum Kit with any manufacturer’s clamps and mounts. All necessary clamps, professional ?-inch cables, and mounting hardware are included. All clamps adjust with the included drum key. Pad-mounting L-arms feature non-round arms to eliminate slippage from playing. All of the hardware on USB Pro Drum Kit is designed for sure grip and extensive adjustability.

No other drumset blends the realistic feel and touch, with the sonic and creative flexibility USB Pro Drum Kit.

Alesis USB Pro Drum Kit Features:

  • Five-piece electronic drumset: kick, snare, three toms, SURGE Hi-Hat, Crash, and dual-zone Ride Cymbals
  • 8? drum pads with tunable mylar drumheads for customizable feel
  • Brass-alloy SURGE cymbals are real cymbals with triggering
  • SURGE Cymbals feature exclusive sound-dampening layer to cut the acoustic noise
  • Dual-zone snare and tom pads enable access to a wide palette of sounds from a standard setup
  • Choke capability on SURGE Crash and Ride cymbals
  • Ultra-fast triggering and intuitive operation
  • Interface accommodates up to 10 inputs including continuous control hi-hat
  • Easy to expand with additional Alesis pads and SURGE Cymbals
  • Includes BFD Lite virtual drum-module with sound library
  • Practice quietly with headphones or connect to a PA to rock out loud

Alesis USB Pro Drum Kit INCLUDES:

  • Trigger|iO trigger-to-MIDI interface
  • 8? dual-zone snare pad
  • Three 8? dual-zone tom pads
  • Bass drum pad with tower and mount for single or double pedal (pedal not included)
  • SURGE 12? Hi-Hat Cymbal
  • SURGE 13? Crash Cymbal with choke
  • SURGE 16? dual-zone Ride Cymbal with choke
  • Continuous-control hi-hat pedal
  • Metal drum rack with 1?-inch tubing
  • Complete set of firm-grip hardware mounts
  • Complete set of connection cables
  • Drum key
  • Software CD with FXpansion BFD Lite
  • Owner?s manual

Alesis USB Pro Drum Kit Specifications:

  • USB Computer Interface
  • 10-1/4″ TRS Trigger Inputs
  • 1- 1/4″ TS input for Hi Hat Continuous control messages
  • 1- 1/4″ TRS input for up/down value footswitch
  • USB 1.1 Jack
  • 1 MIDI Output
  • 20- Presets (can be overwritten)
  • Controller remapping support
  • Trigger|iO Dimensions: 8.5 inch W x 5 inch D x 1.75 inch H
  • Trigger|iO Weight: 1 lb, 15 o
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New Fostex LR16Live Multitrack Recordings Suite

January 28, 2009

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Fostex has announced the LR16 Live Recording Mixer.

Here’s all the details in their own words…

LR16 is 16/4/2 live mixer with built-in 16-track recorder at the most affordable price point in the market offering flexible use in the shape of regular MTR unit or separated I/O Box and Controller Box with just CAT5 cable connection being engineered by Fostex’ superb HD recorder experience and state-of-the-art digital mixer technology.

Main Features

  • Connector Box (recorder + I/O) and Controller (mixer section) can be flexibly separated via off-the-shelf CAT5 cable up to 50m. Just one cable from I/O box on the stage to the F.O.H. mixer controller instead of heavy and expensive snake cable.
  • Intuitive analog-like mixer operation in digital domain with 16 inputs faders + 4 bus faders + master fader.
  • Built-in 80GB HD for approx. 16 hours of 16-track uncompressed digital recording (16bit/44.1kHz) or 9 hours at superior digital quality of 24bit/48kHz.
  • One hit of “REC” button starts 16-track recording immediately.
  • Multitrack and Stereo Mix can be recorded simultaneously creating 16 x mono wave files plus 1 x Stereo wave file on the HD.
  • Choice of MTR-like stand-alone integration or separated rack mounting.
  • FAT 32 formatted HD can be mounted on PC or Mac via USB.
  • Digitally controlled TRIM with LIMITER on all the 16 channels.
  • 3-band EQ on all the 16 channels.
  • Built-in Master Effects (Reverb/Delay)
  • USB Host connector to dump recorded data to USB flash memory for easy data transfer to PC or Mac.
  • 10 keys on the recorder panel for instant playback.
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NAMM 2009: Round up of Avid’s new collection

January 16, 2009

Winter NAMM 2008: M-Audio Unveils Innovative New Products

Here is a round up so far of what iformation has been released
M-Audio steals the show with advanced new MIDI controllers, groundbreaking software and more.
With everything from advanced new MIDI controllers and powerful mastering software to a full unveiling of the powerful Torq® 1.5 DJ program, M-Audio is making waves at this year’s Winter NAMM show. New offerings include the Axiom® Pro controllers, Ozone 4 software, DMP3 preamp, Torq 1.5 DJ software and Pro Tools® M-Powered™ 8.  If you can’t make it to the show floor to check out these exciting new products, read on for the full story.
Axiom Pro Series Advanced USB MIDI Controllers with HyperControl Technology
Brand new M-Audio® Axiom Pro keyboard controllers with premium TruTouch™ action, proprietary HyperControl™ MIDI mapping technology automatically maps the keyboard’s controls to parameters in major DAWs Pro Tools, Cubase, Logic and Reason, as well as software instruments.
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iZotope Ozone 4 Complete Mastering System
Seven essential mastering processors into one complete system—including Loudness Maximizer, Paragraphic EQ, Multiband Dynamics, Multiband Stereo Imaging, Harmonic Exciter, Dithering and Mastering Reverb. Everything you need to give your mixes a polished, professional sound.
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DMP3 Dual Microphone/Instrument Preamp
Based on M-Audio preamplifier technology that won Pro Audio Review’s highest accolades, the updated DMP3 preamp is designed to provide a premium front end for today’s high-resolution digital recording systems. It features an amazing 20Hz to 80kHz frequency response, 67dB of gain and an exceptional dynamic range to capture all the nuances of your music—plus a redesigned new look.
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Torq 1.5 DJ Performance/Production Software
The Torq 1.5 application combines digital DJ software with a seriuosly upgraded set of creative tools including built-in effects processing, automatic beat matching and a 16-cell tempo-synced sampler. New additions include Tempo Anchors, Tempo Master, zplane élastique time stretching, send/receive MIDI clock, a new toolbar and more.
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Pro Tools M-Powered 8 M-Audio Compatible World Class Production Software
A revolutionary new way to work with Pro Tools software. Streamlined, customizable interface along with many new production tools and creative options: work with up to 48 stereo audio tracks; create five new A.I.R. instruments and 30 more plug-in effects; Sibelius-engined Score Editor; new MIDI Editor; Elastic Pitch real-time pitch transposer. …
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24-bit/96kHz USB Mic Preamp – No batteries. No latency. No headaches. Just plug in and record.

January 2, 2009

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24-bit/96kHz USB Mic Preamp

No batteries. No latency. No headaches. Just plug in and record.

MicPort Pro from CEntrance is a 24-bit/96kHz broadcast quality USB mic preamp used by the BBC, CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC, and voiceover professionals. MicPort Pro is your mic-to-computer audio interface, compatible with Windows XP/Vista, Mac OS X 10.4 and above, and LINUX. MicPort Pro features 48V phantom power, a loud headphone output for zero latency monitoring, and aggregation that allows you to record in stereo with two MicPort Pro units. Even test & measurement guys love it with MicPort Pro’s SMAART v.6 compatibility.

No batteries. No latency. No headaches. Just plug in and record.

Andy Hong in TapeOp

“The biggest headaches we get trying to capture that elusive, magic moment always stem from fear of a poor recording. MicPort Pro is a permanent cure for that headache.”

“If you’re looking for a quick, easy, and very portable mic’ing system with high-quality sound for your laptop or desktop, the MicPort Pro should be on your shortlist…”

Harlan Hogan and Jeffrey Fisher in their book,
Voice Actor’s Guide to Recording at Home

“Now, any mic you own or purchase in the future can be a USB mic. The preamp is clean, clear and natural sounding, and the A/D audio interface is quiet so you record your voice, not the electronics. This is one amazingly handy device at an equally amazing low price.”

Tom Phillips in Post

“I set up a test comparing it [MicPort Pro] to a Grace Design 201 preamp recording into Cakewalk Sonar 6 on my PC, and then replayed the same parts using the same microphones fed through the MicPort Pro and Garage Band. For microphones I used a Neumann U87 (condenser) and a Coles 4038 (ribbon). In general, I would say that the MicPort Pro compared incredibly well. At times it was difficult to hear any difference at all.”

Record Anytime, Anywhere

At home or on the road, MicPort Pro’s compact, USB-powered design offers maximum audio fidelity and minimal system configuration. Protected by a rugged chassis, MicPort Pro’s Class A preamp and low-noise circuitry preserves high-quality audio.

The onboard headphone jack delivers zero-latency monitoring via direct circuit. Mic gain and headphone volume adjustment couldn’t be easier with MicPort Pro’s two conveniently located rotary controls.

MicPort Pro A/D and D/A Converters

MicPort Pro uses high performance 24-bit A/D and D/A converters. The ADC has an Enhanced Dual Bit architecture with wide dynamic range. The DAC uses the newly developed Advanced Multi Bit architecture and achieves low noise and high jitter tolerance by use of SCF (switched capacitor filter) techniques.

Applications (click for more)

* Broadcasting and interviewing (including stereo & ribbon mics)
* Voiceovers
* Vocal recording and overdubs
* Instrument and amplifier miking
* Test and measurement
* Video production
* Podcasting

Finally, a Compact USB Interface that Plugs Right into Your Microphone

* 24-bit/96kHz performance
* Loud headphone amp level control for zero-latency monitoring
* 48V phantom power internally generated based on 5V of input so even condenser mics can be used with laptops
* Low-noise mic preamp with input level control knob
* High quality analog to digital (A/D) conversion
* USB bus powered – no batteries or external power supply needed
* Rugged anodized aluminum construction
* 6′ (1.83m) USB cable included

Compatibility

* Any condenser, ribbon or dynamic mic
* Windows XP and Vista
* Mac OSX 10.4 and above
* USB 1.1 and 2.0

Complimentary Software Downloads for MicPort Users

* CEntrance Universal Driver™ allows for recording in stereo with multiple MicPorts
* REAPER™ multi-track recording and editing software (trial version)

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Blue USB Microphones Spotlight-Easy Podcasting

December 10, 2008

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Finally, a USB mic that’s not only easy to use, but sounds as good on your desktop as it does in a professional recording studio. Meet the Snowball; the world’s first professional USB mic.

Whether you’re recording a guitar at your kitchen table or a complete band in the studio, the Snowball can capture it with detail unheard of before in a USB mic.

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The Snowball is a direct plug n’ play mic that connects to either a Mac or PC — no additional software is needed. With its dual capsule design and unique three-pattern switch (cardioid, cardioid with -10dB pad and omni), the Snowball can handle everything from soft vocals to the loudest garage band” and it’s ideal for podcasting. Check it out and you’ll see why it’s the coolest mic in town.

Frequency Response

Technical Specs

Transducer Type: Condenser, Pressure Gradient w/USB Digital Output
Polar Pattern: Omnidirectional or Cardioid
Frequency Response: Position 1-3: 40-18kHz
Sample/Word Rate: 44.1 kHz/16 bit
Weight: 460g
Dimensions: 325mm (circumference)

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Say hello to the Snowflake, the first professional totally portable USB mic.

Whether you’re recording your newest podcast, talking business on the web, or just narrating your latest great family movie, the Snowflake can capture it with amazing clarity and depth that’s head and shoulders above any comparable portable USB on the market!

The Snowflake works on both Mac and PC with no complicated drivers to install: just connect it to your computer’s USB port, follow the prompts and you’ll have high-fidelity sound in no time. It’s perfect for podcasting, voice recognition software, iChat, and VoIP software such as Skype and Vonage. Or use it for dictation, field recording, lecture recording, and narration for slideshows and PowerPoint presentations. The sky’s the limit. It’s even great for recording music via GarageBand and other multitrack recording software.

Designed with the traveler in mind, the Snowflake’s unique design allows you to place it on a desk or flat surface near your computer, or mount it to the screen of most laptops. Because it simply connects to your USB port, it offers a wide range of applications coupled with an ease of use never before offered in a professional-quality microphone. In the tradition of Blue’s line of renowned studio microphones, the Snowflake features Blue’s superior proprietary capsule and circuit design, optimized to make sure that you always get the best sound possible into your computer, and sets a new standard for digital recording on the go!

Characteristics

  • Professional recording quality — on the go!
  • Mac and PC compatible
  • Plug ’n play — no complicated drivers required
  • Unique design fits on your desktop or laptop
  • Blue’s superior proprietary capsule and circuit design
  • Includes USB cable

Suggested Applications

  • Podcasting, voice recognition software, iChat, VoIP software (such as Skypeand Vonage), dictation, field recording, lecture recording, narration, presentations
  • Music recording

Technical Specs

Transducer Type: Condenser, Pressure Gradient w/USB Digital Output
Polar Pattern: Cardioid
Sample/Word Rate: 44.1 kHz/16 bit
Frequency Response: 35Hz – 20kHz

COMING SOON……..

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The Icicle is Blue’s new stylish USB converter and mic preamp combo that allows you to connect any XLR microphonedirectly into your computer via USB! The Icicle features a studio quality microphone preamp, 48V phantom power, fully balanced low noise front end, analog gain control, and driverless operation. Setup is a snap! The Icicle works with both dynamic and condenser microphones, providing high quality and hassle-free connectivity with Mac or PC. Whether you’re using amicrophone for digital recording, podcasting, voice messaging, or voice recognition applications, the Icicle is the quick andeasy way to get connected.

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