Archive for the ‘FireWire audio interface’ Category

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Make Your Own Multitouch Screens: Max Multitouch Framework

March 24, 2009

The idea : control max user interface directly within a multitouch screen. This “framework” consists in a set of max abstractions. to “multitouchize” a patch, you just need to place an “mmf.interface” abstraction in your patch, and add to presentation mode and give a name to all the UI object you wish to control with your multitouch screen… and that’s all ! MMF will do the rest… to talk about MMF, repport bugs, request features, share patches.

Max Multitouch Framework by composer Mathieu Chamagne makes turning your Max patch into a multitouch interface a breeze. When I first reviewed the Lemur, I was frustrated by the hardware-style abstraction between your software and the interface. Why was I having to go through Max patches painstakingly assigning Lemur controls to Max controls – why not just make the Max controls appear on the multitouch screen? Well, that’s exactly what you get with MMF. Using a set of Max abstractions, all you have to do is build your Presentation Mode style UI and add in the MMF ingredients – it automagically becomes touchable on a variety of displays.

It’s not hard to imagine how great this could be for musicians, especially those who have already been building original sonic creations in Max/MSP. Best of all, you don’t need an expensive, non-portable table with a projector inside, either – commodity hardware works just fine right now.

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New Alesis MasterControl FireWire Mixer

January 7, 2009

Alesis MasterControl

The Alesis MasterControl delivers eight channels of audio to your computer via FireWire with two XLR inputs, channel inserts, and six TRS inputs. Eighteen additional inputs are possible through the S/PDIF and S/MUX ADAT Lightpipe options.

For monitoring, the Alesis MasterControl features 6 analogue outputs, configurable as discrete, 5.1 Surround or Stereo x 3. The Alesis MasterControl functions as a master control surface with hands-on, dedicated control over your HUI-compatible DAWs.

Features

  • 8 Built-in analog inputs – 2 XLR mic preamp inputs with Phantom Power and channel inserts, 6 TRS 1/4″ line inputs
  • 192kHz analog recording / playback capability
  • 6 analog outputs – configurable as discrete, 5.1 Surround, or Stereo X 3, with dedicated speaker switching
  • Nine 100mm motorized faders and eight 360° virtual assignable knobs (three banks each) Provides instant access to 28 different parameters on every DAW channel
  • 2 banks of 8 fully-assignable buttons provide 16 different functions per preset (setting markers and loop points, setting automation modes, cut/copy/paste)
  • Expandable audio inputs for up to 26 simultaneous inputs. S/PDIF and dual S/MUX ADAT Lightpipe inputs provide 18 additional recording inputs
  • 16 channels MIDI I/O
  • 2 X 16 character LCD provides instant controller feedback and enables customization of knob and button functions
  • Fully-editable presets allow for instantaneous, dedicated control over DAWs (HUI-compatible) and external MIDI devices
  • Removable, customizable templates provide total visual overview of preset operation
  • Preview button shows knob, button, and fader parameters before sending them out to DAW
  • Built-in talk-back microphone and control-surface based cue mix setup
  • Bundled with Cubase LE software and compatible with most digital audio workstation software products
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Steinberg CC121 Controller & MR816 Interfaces

October 28, 2008

Dolphin Music has now in stock the new Steinberg CC121 Advanced Integration Controller and the MR816 CSX and MR816 X Advanced Integration DSP Studio FireWire Audio Interfaces. Outstanding products for great prices, available NOW!

CC121

Engineered specifically for the thousands of production environments using Cubase worldwide, CC121
interfaces the creativity of musicians and producers with the functional complexity of the world’s most popular music production system.

Built to an extremely high manufacturing and component standard, CC121 provides totally integrated tactile control of all parameters within Cubase, with a unique design architecture that keeps you 100% focused on your Cubase project.

For more details, visit the CC121 product page.

 


 

MR816 CSX

The Steinberg MR816 CSX Advanced Integration DSP Studio is a fully-featured FireWire interface with inbuilt DSP FX power with next-generation integrative technologies

Developed by Steinberg and Yamaha, the Steinberg MR816 CSX Advanced Integration DSP Studio is the hardware centerpiece of a latency-free recording and monitoring environment that fully exploits the flexibility and power of Steinberg’s renowned Cubase Music Production System.

Running with Cubase, the MR816 CSX removes any need for additional mixing software between DAW and I/O – all aspects of I/O handling, DSP management and independent performer mixes are handled directly from within Cubase itself. 

For more details, visit the MR816 CSX product page. 


 

MR816 X

The Steinberg MR816 X Advanced Integration DSP Studio fuses a fully-featured FireWire interface and inbuilt DSP reverb with next-generation integrative technologies into one breathtakingly powerful production environment.

Developed by Steinberg and Yamaha, the Steinberg MR816 X Advanced Integration DSP Studio is the hardware centerpiece of a latency-free recording and monitoring environment that fully exploits the flexibility and power of Steinberg’s renowned Cubase Music Production System.

Running with Cubase, MR816 X removes any need for additional mixing software between DAW and I/O – all aspects of I/O handling, DSP management and independent performer mixes are handled directly from within Cubase itself. With the unique True Integrated Monitoring technology, Cubase manages all audio streams with perfect sync.

For more info, visit the MR816 X product page.

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The new generation of Focusrite multi-channel firewire audio interfaces.

October 8, 2008

This year’s AES show in San Francisco sees the launch of Focusrite’s new multi-channel firewire audio interface, the Focusrite Saffire PRO 40. It is the best sounding interface in its class, attentively designed with today’s project studio in mind.

Focusrite’s unparalleled pre-amp legacy forms the foundation of this new interface, with eight award-winning Focusrite pre-amps. These are combined with the very latest in firewire interfacing technology to deliver seamless integration, excellent routing flexibility and rock-solid driver stability.

With Saffire PRO 40, sonic integrity reigns supreme. The eight Focusite pre-amps ensure low noise and distortion, whilst quality digital conversion and JetPLL™ jitter elimination technology ensure pristine audio quality as your audio flows between the analogue and digital domains.

Alongside the eight Focusrite pre-amps are a host of i/o options; 10 analogue outputs, ADAT i/o, stereo SPDIF i/o and 2 virtual ‘loopback’ inputs for routing digital audio between software applications – ideal for capturing online audio. Every channel features phantom power, with the first two channels also featuring -9dB pads for additional headroom. Front panel 5-LED metering for each analogue input offers accurate viewing of levels.

Saffire PRO 40 comes with a Suite of Focusrite plug-ins. All-new Focusrite Compression, Reverb, Gating and EQ VST/AU plug-ins provide a significant upgrade from standard sequencer effects, bringing a touch of class to your session. Focusrite’s established xcite+ bundle is also included. The bundle includes Ableton Live Lite, Novation’s Bass Station soft synth and over 1 gig of royalty-free samples.

Saffire PRO 40 Control, the zero-latency 18 x 16 DSP Mixer/Router software provided with Saffire PRO 40, sets a new standard at this price point for audio interface control. It features unparalleled output routing and monitoring, as well as intuitive one-click set-up solutions, a clear and concise mixing layout and large on-screen metering for inputs, outputs and submixes.

Two independent headphone buses are provided, each with their own level controls available on the front panel. A dedicated stereo monitor mix output features pads for improved sound quality when connected to active monitor speakers. An ‘anti-thump’ circuit protects your monitor speakers from spikes when booting up or shutting down. Front panel controls include a main monitor dial with dim and mute switches, all of which fully integrate with customisable software to cover every possible monitoring need, providing a set of controls for any set-up from basic stereo to full 7.1 surround.

Saffire PRO 40, shipping November 2008, costs £349 inc. VAT, and will be available to purchase from all good Pro Audio retailers…including Dolphin Music, of course!

View product page for more info:

Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 FireWire Audio Interface

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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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Liquid Technology picks up yet more awards!

July 24, 2008

Four years in and Focusrite’s Liquid Technology is still picking up the awards?!

Focusrite still picking up awards...

Focusrite still picking up awards...

Despite Focusrite’s Liquid range already racking up 18 awards, Focusrite’s Liquid 4PRE – the second Liquid product to provide Liquid pre-amplification – has just been nominated for yet another major industry award; the TEC Award in the mic pre category…

Focusrite’s Liquid Technology is already a ‘must-have’ for the studios of many of the world’s top producers and engineers who are getting stunning results with Liquid Technology – be that the Liquid Channel or Liquid Mix, Liquid Mix 16 or Liquid 4PRE. The reason Liquid Technology has become the weapon of choice for discerning producers everywhere? Simple. Inside these compact and ergonomically styled studio solutions are emulations of the most respected hardware in the history of music production, providing a variety and quality of sound that is quite simply unparalleled. Classic mic pres, vintage compression, sought-after EQs – they’re all in there!

Surely that’s why Liquid Technology has just been put in the frame for a 19th award in the four years since it revolutionised modern music production. Good reason for the Focusrite team to hope to pick up another prestigious TEC Award this October in San Francisco, as Giles Orford, Marketing Director for Focusrite, states:

“Technical Innovation is what the TEC Awards are all about, and in my mind the Liquid pre-amp has been the only real innovation in mic pres since they were first invented. In terms of sheer audio specifications it holds its own, but when it comes to variety of sound, well… it’s quite simply incomparable. With Liquid Technology, and in particular the Liquid 4PRE, Focusrite comfortably retains its title as the market leader for microphone pre-amplification”

About Liquid Technology:
Rather than creating a similar sound to vintage units, as with modelling devices, Liquid Technology samples their sonic behaviour. This is achieved through Sintefex’s patented Dynamic Convolution process – the application of a unique, level-dependant set of responses to an audio signal. These measured responses, sampled at numerous levels and with every possible setting combination, are applied to the input stream on a sample-by-sample basis for genuine emulation.

About the 4PRE:
Focusrite’s new Liquid 4PRE four-channel microphone pre-amplifier utilises The Liquid Channel’s proven Liquid technology, marrying a hugely flexible analogue front end with cutting-edge dynamic convolution DSP to deliver the sounds of 40 vintage and classic microphone pre-amplifiers across all four channels. Augmented by fully digital controls and remote software control over Ethernet, Liquid 4PRE provides the ultimate fluid multi-channel front-end.

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Source Distribution announces ‘One For The Road’ PreSonus FireStudio rebate scheme

July 15, 2008

Source Distribution announced its One For The Road rebate on selected PreSonus products. The brand-new summer promotion means that any customer in the UK or Ireland purchasing from the PreSonus FireStudio range between 1 June and 31 August 2008 will be eligible to receive a PreSonus Inspire 1394 mobile recording interface (worth £119) for free.

Free FireWire Mobile recording Interface

Free FireWire Mobile recording Interface

Now customers can run one PreSonus recording set-up permanently at home, and another that they can throw in a backpack or gig bag for mixing and recording on the road.

The FireStudio range comprises the original FireStudio 2626 FireWire recording interface, the FireStudio Tube (featuring two channels of tube preamp with analogue limiters), the 24-bit/96k FireStudio Project, and the FireStudio LightPipe ADAT-to-FireWire converter. Any purchase of one of these models from an authorised dealer in the UK or Ireland during the offer period will qualify for the rebate…so check the FireStudio range at Dolphin!

The Inspire 1394 is a pro-quality 24-bit/96k mobile FireWire recording interface designed to operate seamlessly with almost all Mac- and PC-compatible recording software. The unit includes two custom-designed mic preamps with +48V phantom power, two instrument Hi-Z inputs, and a variety of common output options. The Inspire comes complete with Cubase LE4 recording software and the PreSonus ProPak suite of plug-ins, samples and loops. Above all else, the Inspire 1394 is designed to be highly mobile and can be used in almost any recording situation.

To claim their free Inspire 1394, all the FireStudio purchaser has to do is visit the Source Distribution website, download and complete the rebate form, and return it to Source Distribution with their dealer sales receipt and the UPC barcode from the FireStudio product box. Some terms & conditions apply, as detailed on the rebate form.

To download the rebate form, simply visit www.sourcedistribution.co.uk/inspire