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Midi Keyboards: Why? How?… & 5 of the Best!

June 25, 2009
Edirol PCR-M1

The Edirol PCR-M1, the world slimmest MIDI Keyboard…view more

A MIDI keyboard is a piano-style digital keyboard device used for sending MIDI signals or commands to other devices connected to the same interface as the keyboard.

MIDI is an acronym for Musical Instrument Digital Interface (protocol). The basic MIDI keyboard does not produce sound. Instead, MIDI information is sent to an electronic module capable of reproducing an array of digital sounds or samples that resemble traditional analog musical instruments. These samples are also referred to as voices.

An encoding scheme is used to map a MIDI value to a specific instrument sample. Also, other sound parameters such as note volume and attack are included in the MIDI scheme. The keyboard merely acts as a MIDI controller of sound modules and other MIDI devices, including DAW software.

MIDI keyboards are a very common feature of a recording studio, and any DAW setup. Most include a transpose function and the ability to set different octaves. Many MIDI keyboards have pitch bend and modulation wheels. Some also have extra sets of assignable rotary knobs and/or buttons for sending custom MIDI messages to the synthesiser, sampler or DAW software.

Other features that some MIDI keyboards might include are:

  • Input for foot switch (usually used as a sustain pedal)
  • Input for a foot expression controller
  • Semi-weighted or fully weighted keys
  • Capability of sending aftertouch
  • Direct USB connection for use with computers

In other words if your serious about making music on a computer a MIDI device will make your work better faster!

How do I connect a MIDI keyboard to my computer?

The first thing to do is to make sure that your MIDI keyboard has MIDI ports on the back. It is very rare to find a modern midi keyboard without MIDI ports.

Here are your options:

  1. USB to USB
  2. MIDI to MIDI
  3. MIDI to USB port
  4. MIDI to soundcard gameport

USB to USB

Every modern MIDI controller keyboard we sell excluding those by Fatar now come with a USB connection for easy use with computers. Some keyboard are even ‘class complient’ which means you don’t even need to install any software. The cable you need for a USB to USB connection is just a standard USB cable which should be included with your keyboard. For USB Cables in stock at Dolphin, CLICK HERE

MIDI to MIDI

Some of the audio interfaces we sell such as the M-Audio Audiophile 2496 or the Tascam US-122 combine Audio & MIDI I/O enabling your to connect your keyboard directly to your sound card. For MIDI Cables in stock at Dolphin, CLICK HERE.

MIDI to USB port

If your sound card doesn’t have MIDI connections and your keyboard doesn’t have USB then the next best option is a USB to MIDI interface such as the M-Audio Uno or the Edirol UM 1X.

These devices come equipped with a USB connection for your computer, and a 1 In/ 1 Out 16 channel MIDI connection to your MIDI keyboard. However if you had more than one MIDI device to connect such as a second keyboard or a sound module then mutli port options are avalible such as the M-Audio Midisport 2×2.

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If you are using a standard computer sound card rather than a music sound card, then it may have a joystick port.

If you have a joystick port then all you need is a cable that has a 15 pin ‘D’ connector at one end and MIDI connectors on the other.

If you need any further help, please call us on 0844 815 0888 and speak to one of our experts. We’ll be glad to help and direct you to the best gear for your needs.

More about MIDI…

MIDI data is not the same as sound data. What is transmitted over the wire is information on how to play a song, not the physical sound data itself. MIDI can be thought of better as a player-piano roll than a compact disk: just as the piano-roll instructs the player-piano to create the sounds, MIDI data tells a MIDI device which notes to play, patches (instruments) to use, and other information to help the instrument recreate the song. When you listen to a MIDI file, you’re hearing an actual ‘performance’ by the instrument, not a ‘recording’ of a past performance.

MIDI was not designed to be used with personal computers, but since it is a digital interface, they actually work very well together. Combining at least one MIDI instrument with a personal computer and a MIDI interface (a device that allows the computer to “speak” MIDI) allows for many interesting applications.

The  the easiest way to get this up and running is to us a USB to MIDI keyboard. This will take care of any MIDI channel assignments and route it effectively in your DAW with ease.The USB device drivers are also native with Windows and Mac, which it will just WORK

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MIDI Keyboards: 5 of the Best

M-Audio Oxygen 8 v2 25-Key USB MIDI Controller

The Oxygen 8 v2 is an updated version of the mobile MIDI controller that started the mobile studio revolution. You get a fully functional MIDI keyboard with great action, plus eight MIDI-assignable knobs to control any MIDI parameters you desire in your hardware or software. It’s perfect for composing on the go or performing live bass lines and pads, firing samples, or triggering audio and/or visual effects. New features include full MIDI message support, plus 6 transport controls that can be reassigned to any MIDI parameter. The Oxygen 8 v2 also offers 10 non-volatile memory locations and is compatible with our free Enigma software for computer-based storage, retrieval and management of an unlimited number of patches.

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E-MU Xboard 61 Pro USB/MIDI Controller Keyboard

The new E-MU Xboard™ 61 USB/MIDI Controller features 61 premium full-size keys with aftertouch, 16 programmable real-time control knobs, 16 new patch select/program change buttons, Xboard Control editing software, and a full version of E-MU’s Proteus X Version 1.5 Desktop Sound Module with over 3GB of sounds, including a new custom bank of E-MU’s finest performance keyboard sounds. The Xboard Control (Windows/Macintosh) software provides an intuitive desktop interface that lets you effortlessly create custom templates for all of your favorite hardware and software instruments. The Xboard 61 also gives you four Zones per patch (each with its own key and velocity ranges), allows you to set discrete MIDI channels for each knob and offers unrivalled real-time control and performance features, including Snap Shot that lets you send multiple program changes and controller values by pressing a single button, and Latch Mode that enables you to define a section of the keyboard as on/off triggers – perfect for drum loops. The Xboard 61 is perfect for studio and stage and can run on USB, battery, or AC power.

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M-Audio Keystation 61es 61-Key Semi-Weighted USB MIDI Controller

The Keystation 61e is a 61-note USB keyboard with velocity-sensitive, semi-weighted keys that is designed to easily integrate in any computer music environment.

Class compliancy with Mac OS X and Windows XP delivers true plug-and-play setup. The Keystation 61e is also compatible with many music education and music creation software titles, making it ideal for classrooms and studios alike.

More advanced users can control software synths, external sound devices, and more with the assignable slider, and pitch and mod wheels. This sleek, compact keyboard is USB bus-powered and requires no external power supply.

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M-Audio Axiom 25 Advanced 25-Key Semi-Weighted USB MIDI Controller

Don’t let the compact size of the Axiom 25 fool you. This advanced 25-key USB mobile MIDI controller features both semi-weighted action and assignable aftertouch, plus eight rubberized trigger pads that put drum programming and performance at your fingertips.

Eight endless rotary encoder knobs let you get your hands on synth parameters, virtual mixer controls and more.

Six transport controls can also assign to control other MIDI parameters. Virtually everything is freely MIDI-assignable—and the backlit LCD screen makes programming easy and intutive.

You get 20 memory locations for on-board storage, plus free Enigma editor/librarian software to manage an unlimited number of setups via computer.

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Korg Kontrol 49 USB Studio Controller

The new KONTROL49 combines intuitive design, great feel, familiar hardware and detailed displays into the most comprehensive controller for all your MIDI needs. Equipped with 40 assignable control elements – including the new Vector Joystick – the KONTROL49 provide new musical dexterity when working with soft-synths, MIDI modules, or any digital audio workstation.

Few controller keyboards can boast the high level of hardware integrity found in the KONTROL49. The 49 keys are not only full-sized; they feature the same great touch and feel proven in Korg’s professional workstation instruments. Eight velocity curves let you tailor the response to your own playing, or to a specific application. Octave shift buttons provide full access to the entire 128 note range.

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M-Audio Introduces New Studiophile CX Series Active Studio Reference Monitors

April 1, 2009

Best-in-class monitors provide an expansive soundstage as well as customizable controls for greater flexibility in any listening environment

New Studiophile CX monitors by M-Audio

Tewksbury, Mass, March 26, 2009 — M-Audio, a part of Avid Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVID) has introduced the new Studiophile® CX8 and CX5 studio monitors, which are designed to bring accurate monitoring to any mixing environment. The Studiophile CX series builds upon M-Audio’s best-selling studio monitor line, and delivers excellent off-axis response, minimal distortion and a full complement of Acoustic Space controls. Now, customers will be equipped with studio monitors that deliver accurate performance and the flexibility to adapt to any production space.

Available in 8-inch (CX8) and 5-inch (CX5) configurations, the Studiophile CX series monitors deliver well-balanced sound and superior detail in a wide range of environments. The new monitors feature a custom-designed waveguide that deliver an expansive soundstage – ultimately offering customers more flexibility in the production suite. The Studiophile CX5 monitor is tailored towards smaller mixing rooms, home studios or workstation areas where users require quality audio referencing. The Studiophile CX8 monitor is ideal for mid-to-large size mixing and referencing environments.

New features in the Studiophile CX monitor line include: 

  •  Exceptional design integration: Provides superior headroom with exceptionally accurate and efficient frequency response, minimizing distortion and allowing for longer duration listening. Engineers will now hear a more accurate mix – ensuring consistent playback across a broad range of speaker systems; 
  • OptImage IV high-performance waveguide: Improves off-axis clarity, providing users a much wider soundstage than traditional waveguides. As a result, the listening area can accommodate several people – allowing for multiple individuals to hear an accurate representation of the mix during post production sessions; 
  • A full complement of customizable Acoustic Space controls: Enables users to customize frequency response and optimize the monitoring experience – even in the most difficult acoustic environments; 
  • Custom low-frequency Kevlar drivers: Provides tight bass response and long-lasting durability; and 
  • Efficient high-frequency drivers: Delivers an exceptional high-frequency response up to 30kHz, so that users experience smooth, transparent highs – even in the midst of challenging placement and listening conditions.

“The CX monitors extend our position as a leader in the studio monitor market and reset the performance expectations for monitors in this class,” said Richard Ngo-Tran, segment marketing manager at Avid. “By delivering superior quality and increased performance, we’ve equipped our customers with tools that enable them to make better creative decisions, which ultimately drives success in this ever-changing and increasingly competitive market.”

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M-Audio Studiophile CX5 (single)

M-Audio Studiophile CX8 (single)

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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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M-Audio’s Groundbreaking New Torq 1.5 DJ Software

January 9, 2009

Software upgrade delivers innovative new creative tools and workflow enhancements for digital DJs.

M-Audio is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Torq® 1.5 DJ software for Mac OS X and Windows. Torq 1.5 brings even more creative options to the only digital DJ workstation designed to merge live DJ performance and advanced music production. New features in Torq 1.5 software include Tempo Anchors, Tempo Master, zplane élastique time stretching, send/receive MIDI Clock, a new toolbar and a variety of workflow enhancements.

The full list of New Features in Torq 1.5:

Improved Tempo/Pitch Alteration
Tempo Anchors allow marking tracks with varying tempos—Torq’s effects and samples follow the tempo changes in the song
Tempo Master assigns a playing track to serve as the master tempo source for all tempo-related functions
zPlane Elastique time-stretching/compression technology for sophisticated beat matching and pitch alteration

Advanced MIDI Control
transmit/receive MIDI beat clock for sync with other hardware/software and easy switching between DJs
MIDI soft takeover prevents parameter jumps when using external controllers

New User Interface Features
Hide Mixer option conserves screen space
preview songs in headphones before loading to deck
new databse categories for bit rate, file type, year and label
select multiple files to add to playlists
Musical Style Preferences improve results when analyzing tracks
drag and drop songs into decks while in browser max view
warning message if loading a new song onto a Deck that is playing
warning message when attempting to exit Torq
optimized control locations
intuitive toolbar buttons and MIDI/tempo indicators
Global Tempo metronome can be monitored in headphones
Auto Gain feature matches the gain levels between decks

Enhanced Effects Processing
internal effects can be grouped into effects chains
VST effect tempo synchronizes with tempo of playing deck
effects can be used in a post-fader configuration

Rock-Solid Integration with Traditional DJ Hardware
Skip Protection keeps the music playing even if the Control Vinyl or CD skips
True Key Lock keeps the pitch constant when adjusting external turntable speed

New Looping Functionality
Loop points can be set after a section plays
new QuickLoop option for CDJ-style loop division
Quantize function for start/stop accuracy

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M-Audio Releases Groundbreaking New Torq 1.5 DJ Software

January 9, 2009

Software upgrade delivers innovative new creative tools and workflow enhancements for digital DJs.

M-Audio is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Torq® 1.5 DJ software for Mac OS X and Windows. Torq 1.5 brings even more creative options to the only digital DJ workstation designed to merge live DJ performance and advanced music production. New features in Torq 1.5 software include Tempo Anchors, Tempo Master, zplane élastique time stretching, send/receive MIDI Clock, a new toolbar and a variety of workflow enhancements.

The full list of New Features in Torq 1.5:

Improved Tempo/Pitch Alteration
Tempo Anchors allow marking tracks with varying tempos—Torq’s effects and samples follow the tempo changes in the song
Tempo Master assigns a playing track to serve as the master tempo source for all tempo-related functions
zPlane Elastique time-stretching/compression technology for sophisticated beat matching and pitch alteration

Advanced MIDI Control
transmit/receive MIDI beat clock for sync with other hardware/software and easy switching between DJs
MIDI soft takeover prevents parameter jumps when using external controllers

New User Interface Features
Hide Mixer option conserves screen space
preview songs in headphones before loading to deck
new databse categories for bit rate, file type, year and label
select multiple files to add to playlists
Musical Style Preferences improve results when analyzing tracks
drag and drop songs into decks while in browser max view
warning message if loading a new song onto a Deck that is playing
warning message when attempting to exit Torq
optimized control locations
intuitive toolbar buttons and MIDI/tempo indicators
Global Tempo metronome can be monitored in headphones
Auto Gain feature matches the gain levels between decks

Enhanced Effects Processing
internal effects can be grouped into effects chains
VST effect tempo synchronizes with tempo of playing deck
effects can be used in a post-fader configuration

Rock-Solid Integration with Traditional DJ Hardware
Skip Protection keeps the music playing even if the Control Vinyl or CD skips
True Key Lock keeps the pitch constant when adjusting external turntable speed

New Looping Functionality
Loop points can be set after a section plays
new QuickLoop option for CDJ-style loop division
Quantize function for start/stop accuracy

For information on how to upgrade (for free or not for free? that is the question) and full product info please go to:
www.maudio.co.uk/Torq2me
 

For M-Audio products at Dolphin Music, please click here

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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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ProKeys Sono Series – The Songwriter’s Scratchpad

November 21, 2008

The M-Audio ProKeys Sono 88 and ProKeys Sono 61 are the world’s first digital pianos with built-in audio interface technology.

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As such, these instruments offer musicians, songwriters and keyboardists a wide range of possibilities—from performing live with a laptop to recording tracks in the studio. ProKeys Sono digital pianos also function in standalone mode, allowing you to play the onboard sounds and collaborate with other musicians without connecting to a computer. There are literally dozens of ways to use the Sono series, and you’ll no doubt discover many more. But for now, let’s examine a few common use cases and see how ProKeys Sono can help bridge the gap between stage and studio

With a built-in 2 x 2 audio interface and dual headphone outputs, ProKeys Sono is perfect for jamming along with others. The audio interface is automatically active in standalone mode—even with no computer attached. All of the analog inputs, plus the built-in keyboard sounds are automatically routed to the main analog outputs and dual headphone jacks.

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The Songwriter’s Scratchpad

For many musicians, it’s an all-too familiar situation: You think of a great song idea and run to the studio—only to find yourself wasting five minutes booting up the computer, loading software patches and troubleshooting faulty patch cable connections. By the time you’re up and running, another great idea is lost.

ProKeys Sono offers an appealing alternative—simply turn it on and start playing. You don’t need a computer to access the high-quality built-in sounds. And since ProKeys Sono 88 and ProKeys Sono 61 are lightweight enough to travel with, you’ll always be ready when the inspiration strikes.

Tip: In addition to the high-quality onboard sounds like grand piano, electric piano, organ and clav, ProKeys Sono digital pianos feature a built-in General MIDI soundset—offering 128 additional instruments plus drums and percussion. The octave (data) buttons on ProKeys Sono will let you scroll through the sounds, which include string patches, synth pads and sound effects. You might even want to download the user guide and print out Appendix A, which lists the General MIDI instruments by name.

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I need to record my band…

November 4, 2008

Visiting studios can be a very costly affair, and usually just a couple of days will be spent on recording AND mixing something which simply takes a lot more time.

Since the early 90’s Cubase, Pro-Tools and other Audio Sequencers have changed the face of how audio is edited. Computers are now so advanced that now even the most humble of modern home PC’s can effectively run a fairly powerful workstation.

Combined with the ever growing range of Audio interfaces available and microphones at prices I previously only dreamed of, there is nothing stopping an interested musician/ engineer from running a full scale production from their rehearsal space or spare room.

Equipment round up

Edirol FA-101

The FA-101 is a feature-packed 10×10 audio interface that can handle a full 10 channels of input/output at 24-bit/96kHz. Record and monitor all 10 channels simultaneously in full duplex. Phenomenal audio power for the studio musician! In addition, the FA-101 offers 6-channel recording and playback at 24-bit/192kHz for performance at DVD-A quality.

This system is Ideal for live applications where the user requires multiple sends for live monitoring AND recording. This will do both excellently.

At an event, all of the band’s hardware can be routed through the FA-101 to output to monitors and, at the same time, the show can be recorded. During the break, CDs can be burned to sell on the spot. The Performance DJ will rely on the FA-101’s rugged metal chassis for reliable, club-tough operation. Back at home, the FA-101 will return as the centerpiece to the home studio.

M-Audio NRV10


The NRV10™ is a new breed of gear that combines an 8 x 2 analog mixer and a 10 x 10 24-bit/96kHz digital audio interface in one convenient package—the perfect tool for computer-based recording and performance. Route and record mixer channels discretely to individual tracks in Pro Tools M-Powered 7.3, Ableton Live 6 and other software studios. You can also return multiple discrete audio channels from your computer to the NRV10 for CPU-free mixing and monitoring complete with on-board digital effects—great for live performances. And that means you don’t have to change settings like EQ and reverb in your files every time you play a new venue. Flexible monitoring options also make vocal/instrument recording and DJ-style audio previewing a breeze. And the included NRV10 interFX application allows you turn your NRV10 and host computer into a powerful live mixer with access to all of your VST effects. The NRV10 seamlessly integrates your computer with your studio—and bridges the gap between studio and stage as well.

Example set up using Alesis Multimix Firewire 16

Only 13 channels are used here

Alesis MultiMix 8 FireWire

The Alesis MultiMix FireWire 8 Mixer is part of the new line of MultiMix mixers featuring FireWire data connectivity. The MultiMix FireWire Series includes 3 different tabletop mixers, all featuring exclusive DICE II FireWire technology. Allowing for transfer of multiple audio data streams from mixer to PC using a standard IEEE-1394 interface, these mixers provide lightening fast connectivity to a wide range of PC-based audio production applications.

The MultiMix FireWire mixers are compact mixers featuring low noise analog electronics, 100 studio-grade 28 bit digital effects, and rock-solid construction. The mixer features high-gain mic/line preamps, phantom power, auxiliary send/returns, and on-board effects engine including reverbs, delays, chorus, flanging, 3-band EQ per channel with high/low shelving and mid band pass/reject.

Drum Microphone Kits

Samson 7kit – 7-piece Drum Mic Set

Everything you could want for micing drums. A complete set of our dynamic drum mics and a pair of C02 pencilcondenser mics for overheads or close-micing cymbals.

Features

  • Seven piece drum mic kit
  • One Q Kick kick drum mic with mic stand swivel mount
  • One Q Snare snare mic with rim clip
  • Three Q Tom tom mics with rim clips
  • Two C02 pencil condenser mics with shock-mount clips
  • Gold-plated XLR connectors
  • Road case included

Shure PGDMK6


A complete drum mic package. The PGDMK6 drum mic kit includes three PG56 snare/tom microphones, one PG52 kick drum microphone, two PG81 instrument microphones, three A50D drum mounts, six 15ft. (4.5m) XLR-XLR cables and a durable carrying case.

  • The PG56 is a compact drum microphone for close miking.
  • The PG52 is a high-performance microphone tuned to capture low-end punch.
  • The PG81 is a sensitive, flat response microphone ideal for overhead and cymbal miking.
  • The A50D drum mount can be used on most standard drum rims. The flexible, yet sturdy rubber construction provides stability and ease of installation.
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M-Audio Releases ProFire 610

September 3, 2008

New M-Audio ProFire 610 Audio Interface Delivers Superior Sound and Flexibility in a Compact Package

M-Audio, a leading provider of creative tools for musicians, unveiled the ProFire™ 610 FireWire audio interface, which extends the legacy of the best-selling FireWire 410.

M-Audio created the ProFire™ 610  audio interface using many of the same design elements found in the flagship ProFire 2626 interface—in response to demand from customers who need a compact unit with advanced functionality and pristine audio quality. Now users can harness the power of 24-bit/192kHz audio resolution, M-Audio® Octane™ preamp technology and onboard DSP mixing in a bus-powered unit ready to withstand any road environment.

The flexible ProFire™ 610  audio interface was designed to facilitate the needs of diverse musicians and producers. Two preamps with award-winning Octane technology offer clean, transparent sound with exceptionally low distortion—ideal for recording tracks in the studio. Multiple analog and digital connection options enable DJs and electronic musicians to use the ProFire 610 interface as the centerpiece of an elaborate live performance rig.

The onboard DSP mixer allows producers and musicians to create multiple, independent monitor mixes. Simultaneous 6 x 10 I/O gives sound designers and video editors the ability to create 7.1 surround sound mixes in full 24-bit/192kHz audio resolution. The rugged, well-built metal chassis allows users to take ProFire 610 on the road for mobile music production. By combining these professional, studio-grade tools in a half-rack-space unit, ProFire 610 delivers a powerful recording experience.

“The ProFire™ 610  is an unbeatable choice for mobile music production,” said Adam Castillo, marketing director at M-Audio. “It features the high-end components and superior sound quality of the ProFire 2626 in a portable, bus-powered package—transforming any Mac or PC into a powerful 6-in/10-out recording studio.”

Visit ProFire 610 page at Dolphin

ProFire 610 Features:

  • up to 24-bit/192kHz for high-definition audio
  • flexible onboard DSP mixer
  • 2 preamps with award-winning M-Audio Octane technology
    73dB gain range*
    48V phantom power
    20dB pad on each preamp
    signal/peak LED indicator lights
  • 6 unique inputs including:
    2 XLR/TS combo jacks for mics or instrument level inputs 
    2 ¼” TRS balanced line inputs
    stereo S/PDIF in
  • 10 unique outputs including:
    8 ¼” TRS balanced line outs
    stereo S/PDIF out
  • 2 ¼” TRS headphone outputs with independent volume controls
  • built-in 1 x 1 MIDI interface
  • 2 FireWire (IEEE 1394) ports
  • JetPLL jitter elimination technology for stable synchronization
  • standalone operation as 2 mic pre/2-channel A/D-D/A converter
  • user-assignable master volume knob for total control over output levels
  • powered via FireWire bus or external power supply
  • half-rack-space form factor fits in Universal Rack Tray
  • compatible with most major audio software

For comprehensive product information, visit http://www.maudio.co.uk/ProFire610.
*Including 20dB pad.

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M-Audio Launches Overdub – Comic Book Style Online Guide!

September 3, 2008

M-Audio announced the UK launch of Overdub, a new comic book style ‘guide to studio production’ from M-Audio explaining the techniques and technology behind major recording equipment product categories.

The first in the series – Overdub Volume One : Guide to Studio Monitors – details everything you need to know when setting up a reference monitor system, and includes topics such as:

How to select the right monitors
Guidelines for monitor placement
Dealing with room acoustics
Using acoustical treatment
Testing your system

The booklet is available online now at www.maudio.co.uk/overdub  and will be available in hard copy at selected M-Audio authorised reseller stores across the country very soon.

An interesting read!

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