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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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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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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 09: Roland Round Up

January 21, 2009

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Roland  launches no fewer than 19 new products at this years NAMM 09

After the excitement of what is pretty universally seen as the product of the show – the Roland V-Piano – Roland has also used this year’s NAMM show to launch nearly 20 new products across its entire portfolio, from drums, through digital pianos, amps and, of course, Boss effects.

The new Boss ME-70 multi-effects unit (pictured) builds on the popular ME-50, with the same ‘stomp box’ ease of use for the guitarist, combined with Roland’s Cosm engine derived from the GT-10, and added EZ Tone and Phrase Loop features, which enables sound-on-sound creation, with up to 38 seconds of recording time. The EZ Tone function allows for fast and easy tone creation via simple effects presets, so players of any level can create superb tones of any genre within seconds.

Next up is the KC-880 stereo keyboard amp, which builds on Roland’s KC sound with a new stereo design, powered through a 320-watt stereo power amplifier, two 12-inch woofers and two horn tweeters. This design delivers the most accurate sonic representation of the performance, with wide, clear full-spectrum sound. New onboard stereo effects such as Tremolo, Rotary, and Reverb, give musicians a whole new range of keyboard and vocal performance possibilities.

mainWith a massive nod back to the 1980s, Roland has re-introduced the shoulder keyboard with the Ax-Synth, the first of the Ax series ever to offer an onboard sound engine, featuring a collection of the best of Roland’s synth sounds.

Created with performance in mind, the AX-Synth allows keyboardists to connect with their audience as guitarists and singers do. Real-time controls such as the Ribbon, Modulation Bar, D Beam, and Assignable Knob controllers give musicians the ability to perform memorable and expressive solos.  When wearing the battery-powered and wireless AX-Synth, keyboardists could create kinetic musical performances, moving freely around the stage without any encumbering wires or cables.

The AX-Synth features 49 velocity-sensitive keys and is the first shoulder keyboard to include a 128-voice polyphonic sound engine with 256 distinct tones accessible from eight bank buttons.

The new VP-770 Vocal & Ensemble Keyboard, features a newly-developed Vocal Designer effects and high-quality ensemble sounds powered by Roland’s SuperNatural technology.
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With a solid wood construction and metal chassis, the VP-770 features a newly enhanced interface, plus onboard sounds applicable across a vast array of musical genres.  A high-quality headset microphone comes standard and provides the best signal path possible in combination with the VP-770’s pristine onboard microphone preamp.

Finally (for now) Roland has introduced the TD-4K electronic drum kit: the latest addition to the V-Drums range. With upgraded sounds, enhanced functionality and a cool new design, the TD-4K is fun to play, comfortable to use, and great for practice.

The TD-4K includes the new TD-4 percussion module which features all-new expressive drum and percussion sounds, as well as new ambience effects, optimised for drums. The included mesh-snare pad features Roland’s patented multi-layer mesh for incredible dynamic response, superior feel and low noise. A newly-designed four-legged drum stand allows flexible and solid positioning of the pads and places the TD-4 module in the centre for easy access. The TD-4K also includes Roland’s natural playing cymbals and expressive hi-hat control, making drummers feel as if they’re playing an acoustic drum kit.

MI Pro has been fortunate to use the Retail Up stand (booth 3605) at the show this year, from where all NAMM show bulletins will be written, uploaded and flashed.

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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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