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Product Spotlight: Arturia Analog Factory Experience

January 27, 2009

Arturia Analog Factory Experience

Hardware control over 3500 analogue sounds… Analog Factory Experience offers the immediacy of a hardware synthesizer combined with the flexibility of a software based solution. How is this possible? Analog Factory Experience is a unique combination of a software synthesizer that brings 3500 sounds, along with a high-quality dedicated hardware controller keyboard.

Arturia Analog Factory Experience

Once the software is launched, you can put your mouse away – all functions can be activated from within the keyboard controller: select a sound to play, modify this sound, recall snapshots… This is a true hands-on experience: simple, straightforward and fun!

Controller Keyboard by CME
The Analog Factory Experience velocity-sensitive keyboard is powered by renowned controller keyboard manufacturers CME, and places a wide dynamic range at the player’s fingertips, along with dedicated knobs and sliders to control the on-screen functions.

Smooth key action, keys shaped for comfortable glissando playing, silent operation come as a result of CME’s expertise in the production of controller keyboards. 32 keys and a sturdy aluminum case make the Analog Factory Experience controller keyboard the ideal solution for the contemporary musician who is always on the go.

Analog Factory Experience Controller Keyboard

Analog Factory Experience Controller Keyboard

Controller Keyboard - Rear Panel Connections

Controller Keyboard – Rear Panel Connections

Specification:

  • Keyboard: 32 keys with velocity
  • Controllers: 1 clickable encoder, 10 encoders, 4 sliders, 11 switches, 1 modulation wheel, 1 pitch bend wheel
  • Connectors: Hold, Sustain, Expression

Analog Factory 2.0 Software
The Arturia Analog Factory 2.0 software comes with 3500 preset synthesizer sounds. These sounds have been at the center of contemporary music production for the last 30 years. From the starship funky leads of the 70’s to the contemporary Hip-Hop basses, from the 80’s Pop Leads to modern Sound Track Special Effects, if you heard a synthesizer sound somewhere, there is a strong likelihood you will find it inside Analog Factory.

All presets in Analog Factory 2.0 have been carefully selected from the Arturia Classic Synthesizers: minimoog V, Moog Modular V, CS-80 V, ARP2600 V, Jupiter-8V, Prophet 5 and Prophet VS. These TAE® powered sounds offer unparalleled audio quality.

Software Specifications

  • 3500 analog synthesizer sounds that have defined the sound of modern music.
  • All presets are carefully selected from Arturia Classic Synths (minimoog V, Moog Modular V, CS-80V, ARP2600 V, Prophet V, Prophet VS and Jupiter-8V). These TAE® powered sounds offer unparalleled audio quality.
  • Smart Preset Manager. Quickly filter the presets according to these choices: by instrument, by type (Bass, Pads, Leads…) and /or by
  • Characteristics (hard, soft, complex, simple, short, long…), and find preset according to these fltered choices.
  • Straight forward editing, with the most essential parameters for personalizing presets: (Filter and LFO sections, 4 Key Parameters differing for each preset, Chorus & Delay mix, ADSR envelope)
  • Integrated as a plug-in within your sequencer, on Mac and PC, or plays as a stand alone software synthesizer.
  • Save and recall presets.

Hardware Specifications

  • Keyboard: 32 keys with velocity
  • Controllers: 1 clickable encoder, 10 encoders, 4 sliders, 11 switches, 1 modulation wheel, 1 pitch bend wheel
  • Connectors: Hold, Sustain, Expression
  • Power Supply: USB Bus Power or DC 9V (AC Adaptor, sold separately)
  • Current Draw: 1500 mA (AC Adaptor), 1500 mA (USB Bus Power)
  • Dimensions: 480(W) x 240(D) x 60(H) mm, 18-7/8(W) X 9-4/8(D) X 2-3/8(H) inches
  • Weight: 3.7 Kg / 8.15 lbs
  • Ultra thin 32 keys with full action effect and velocity sensitivity
  • High quality aluminum case

Platform Specifications
PC: Windows: Windows 2000/XP/Vista
Mac: Mac OS X: Mac OS X 10.3.9 or higher and Universal Binary

Required Configuration
PC: PC/Windows: 512 MB RAM, 1.5 GHz CPU
Mac: Mac OS X: 512 MB RAM, 1.5 GHz CPU

Protection
Internet Connection required to authorize the product

Compatibility Matrix

Stand-Alone ASIO Core Audio Supported
Cubase, Sonar, Acid, Live Cubase, SX, Live
Pro Tools Pro Tools
n/a Logic Audio, Live,
Digital Performer

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Auto-Tune 5 Pitch Correcting Plug-In

January 23, 2009

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Introducing Auto-Tune EvoThe Next Generation of the Worldwide Standard in Professional Pitch Correction The Fastest, Easiest-To-Use, Highest-Quality Tool for Correcting Pitch

Hailed as a “holy grail of recording,” by Recording magazine (and adopted worldwide as the largest-selling audio plug-in of all time), Auto-Tune corrects intonation problems in vocals or solo instruments, in real time, without distortion or artifacts, while preserving all of the expressive nuance of the original performance – with audio quality so pristine that the only difference between what goes in and what comes out is the intonation. All with a user-interface that is a model of clarity, speed and ease-of-use.

For most common pitch problems, Auto-Tune Evo’s Automatic Mode instantaneously detects the pitch of the input, identifies the closest pitch in a user-specified scale (including minor, major, chromatic and 26 historical and microtonal scales), and corrects the input pitch to match the scale pitch. A Retune Speed control lets you match the retune rate to virtually any performance style.

For meticulous tweaking, the Graphical Mode displays the performance’s detected pitch envelope and allows you to specify the desired pitch using a variety of graphics tools. This mode gives complete control over the correction or modification of the most elaborate expressive gestures.

Auto-Tune is used daily by thousands of audio professionals around the world. Whether to save studio and editing time, ease the frustration of endless retakes, to save that otherwise once-in-a-lifetime performance, or to create striking special effects, Auto-Tune Evo is the tool of choice.

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While Auto Tune’s patented technology has always provided unmatched speed, accuracy, and audio quality, for Auto-Tune Evo, Dr. Andy’s gone back to the proverbial drawing board to create a seriously evolved voice processing technology that takes advantage of the hugely more powerful computers that are now the norm for digital audio recording.

The result is Evo™ Voice Processing Technology, offering powerful new features and capabilities along with pitch detection and correction that is substantially more accurate and reliable over a much wider range of audio input quality.

General Features

Dramatically enhanced core technology:  Evo™ Voice Processing Technology takes advantage of the power of today’s computers to provide powerful new features and enhanced tracking and correction capabilities.

Redesigned user interface: Continuing the process begun with Auto-Tune 5, we have again refined the Auto-Tune user interface to allow for smoother, more intuitive workflow.

Reorganized common controls: With the addition of the new pitch shifting, formant correction, and throat modeling capability

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Hot New microKORG XL Arriving Soon!

December 4, 2008

The original microKORG is loved and used daily by musicians around the world – from keyboardists to guitarists – enabling everyone to experience the enjoyment of a great synthesizer. Now the new big brother to this mega selling synth is available; a synthesizer that lets you generate your own personal sound, packing a cutting-edge sound engine and powerful effects into a compact, vintage-like body. Welcome the microKORG XL!

AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 2009! PRICE TBC

The original microKORG is loved and used daily by musicians around the world – from keyboardists to guitarists – enabling everyone to experience the enjoyment of a great synthesizer.

Now an advanced microKORG is available; a synthesizer that lets you generate your own personal sound, packing a cutting-edge sound engine and powerful effects into a compact, vintage-like body. Welcome the microKORG XL.

The Limited-Edition microKorg Reverse Keys was very popular, so it seems people are interested in new microKorgs – which the XL model certainly is, with its many new features!

This will certainly prove to be one of the best and most exciting releases next year. The new microKORG XL may quite easily be even better than the classic microKorg – will it become more popular? Let’s wait and see!

For complete info, click here.

Main features

  • New vintage design is both fresh and nostalgic.
  • Korg’s renowned MMT Multi Modeling Technology, optimized for the microKORG XL.
  • Sixteeen band vocoder for voice controlled effects. A gooseneck microphone is included, so you can begin vocoding right away.
  • 128 powerful sounds are built-in and ready for immediate use.
  • Intuitive sound selection; simply specify the music genre and instrument category.
  • Seventeen powerful KAOSS derived effects.
  • Newly developed natural touch mini keyboard is compact, yet easy to play.
  • Editing software can be downloaded from the Korg website, as well as converted MS2000 and microKORG programs.
  • Battery powered for on-the-go enjoyment.
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Waldorf New Blofeld Keyboard Synthesizer!

September 5, 2008

If you thought the original Blofeld was great, you’ll love this new keyboard synthesizer!

We are proud to introduce the next member of the Waldorf family, our brand new Blofeld keyboard!

Available at Dolphin for £599

Features:

  • 60 Megabyte sample memory 
  • Class compliant USB MIDI for PC,Mac and Linux 
  • 16 part multimode 
  • maximum 25 voices polyphony 
  • highest quality standard keybed with 49 weighted keys and aftertouch 
  • Internal power supply 
  • Pitchbend and modulation wheel 
  • Virtual analog, wavetable, and sample based oscillators 
  • MIDI in/out 
  • Sturdy metal case 
  • Stainless steel rotary encoders 
  • Backlit 128×64 pixel LCD 
  • Over 1000 sounds 
  • 3 oscillators, 2 filters per voice 
  • Selectable drive curves 
  • Frequency modulation for oscillators and filters 
  • Three LFO, four envelopes per voice 
  • Extensive modulation capabilities 
  • Complex arpeggiator 
  • Powerful effects section 
  • weight: apprx 8,– kgs 
  • weight in carton: apprx 9,5 kgs
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Arturia Origin – Fancy This Megasynth?

September 3, 2008

Arturia’s amazing megasynth, Origin, is due to be in stock in the next few weeks.

Here’s a video to show you what it’s all about:

Origin is the first Arturia Hardware synthesizer. It is a modular system of a new generation opening innovative avenues in sound design.
Loaded with modules extracted from the best synthesizers of all time (Moog Modular, ARP 2600, CS-80, minimoog and Prophet VS) Origin lets you combine these modules and benefit from the additional possibilities put onboard. The result: a new type of sound accessible through an extremely intuitive interface.
Features include:

  • More than 500 presets created by talented musicians and synthesizer specialists
  • Up to 32 voices of polyphony for a typical patch
  • Create your own patch or use an existing audio structures: an Origin patch made by connecting independent modules, or the minimoog V, the ARP 2600, the CS-80, the Moog Modular.
  • Superb audio quality with TAE® engine in a hardware chassis. 24 bits/96 kHz supported.
  • Compatibility with most of the presets from the Arturia Classic virtual Analog synthesizers.
  • Origin lets you open dedicated software on your Mac and PC and use it as an AU or VST plug-in. All the sounds are calculated on the machine while you work on your computer as you would do with a native application.
  • Real time effects that expand on those available in our plugins: Phaser, Chorus, Delay, Reverb, Distortion, Parametric Equalizer, Compressor, Bitcrusher
  • 16/32 step sequencer
  • Innovative Macro, Advanced LFO, modulation modes, Advanced Joystick modes.
  • Audio: 2 audio ins, 10 audio outs. Digital: SPDIF out, USB 2.0
  • Built-in expression pedal and footswitch control inputs
  • MIDI : In, Out, Thru or USB 2

View Arturia Origin at Dolphin

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Dolphin Music’s Top 10 Xmas Gadgets

December 7, 2007

 

Christmas time is here again, and Dolphin Music has decided to highlight 10 very desirable products that we think will  be a success this year.

1) Tenori-On
Tenori-On
Unique. Original. Stylish. Yamaha’s  Tenori-On is quite possibly the most revolutionary musical instrument to be created since the electric guitar.  There’s nothing like it, and it’s user-friendly  “visible music” interface makes it not only a very useful and versatile tool for professional musicians and producers, but also a fantastic instrument for those who never thought they could play anything. Available  exclusively to the UK. £599 view product

2) Robot Guitar

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Is it possible!? This year’s other  big instrument launch is also something  that promises to change the face of music. The Limited-Edition Gibson Robot Guitar is set to revolutionize guitar-playing forever: a self-tuning guitar that also offers alternate tunings at the push of a button, this is the first guitar ever to feature robot technology, and Dolphin Music is amongst the selected dealers selling it. £1499 view product

3) Stylophone
Stylophone
Brand New Version of the old classic – Now with MP3 input.  The retro, cheap, small and quirky Stylophone is already a big sensation this Xmas. Find out what it’ll all about, and get the instrument that proved to be not just a great kids’ toy, but also fascinated artists such as David Bowie, Pulp, Kraftwerk and others…only £14 view product


4) Pocket POD Pocket POD® exhibits all the celebrated features and pro tone that makes POD a standard in recording studios everywhere. Don’t be fooled by the smaller package, Pocket POD is packed with over 300 custom presets dialed in by some of today’s hottest rock stars like Maroon 5, P.O.D., 311, Hoobastank and many more. Line 6 Pocket Pod

Battery-powered and about the size of a tuner, Pocket POD is completely portable. Use it for effects in front of your amp, or just plug in headphones and practice anywhere, anytime. Guitarists are sure to love it!  £64.99 view product

5) Micro BR
Boss Micro BR
The ultimate palmtop guitar companion and recording studio. Only slightly larger than an iPod, the tiny-yet-powerful Micro BR is a dream for musicians on the go. The Micro BR offers four simultaneous playback tracks (plus 32 Virtual Tracks), MP3 compatibility, onboard multi-effects, built-in rhythm patterns, a tuner, USB, an SD Card slot, and more. No guitar case or gig bag should be without one!  At £130, it’s a bargain.
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6) microKorg Black
Now funkier than ever, this limited-edition of the very successful and highly desirable microKORG synthesizer/vocoder  features a reversed keyboard, to play the massive sound of the microKORG. Demand is very high and this is a one-off production run with only a limited number available. This could be your only chance to order this very special product, so call us now before they all disappear!  
£249 view product 

 

7) Mackie Onyx Satellite

This is a fantastic offer – a great product for an unbeatable price, exclusive on Dolphin Music…if you’re looking for a new soundcard this xmas, don’t miss this great  opportunity! As the world’s first two-piece FireWire recording system, Satellite consists of a portable recording Pod with premium Onyx mic preamps, and a desktop Base Station with additional inputs and outputs. You simply undock the Pod when you want to record on location—leaving the Base Station connected to all your desktop studio gear (microphones, instruments, headphones, studio monitors, etc.). Then, once you’ve returned to your studio, simply dock the Satellite Pod back into the Base Station with a reassuring “click.”

There’s no better soundcard deal at the moment! 

Only  £119.95 (save over £200 off RRP) view product

8 ) AudioBlob 2

Audio Blob
Audioblob2 provides superlative audio quality for music/multimedia & gaming and is configured so that you can control the overall audio volume and the sub-bass level separately, thereby providing subtle and discreet volume control, up to an annoy-your-neighbours, floor-shaking level 10 – The choice is yours! 

This system has been developed in partnership with audio engineers from Tannoy, with many years experience in designing the very best home audio systems. Even if you don’t know it yet, you need an AudioBlob2. Buy one, and you won’t believe you could ever live without one! Great buy at only £59 view product

9) Limited-Edition Z-Vex Union Jack pedals
It looks like this is the “limited-edition xmas!” But, unlike the Robot Guitar or microKorg Black, the Z-Vex Union Jack pedals can only be purchased from Dolphin Music – we comissioned those handmade pedals, and they are limited to an exclusive 10 units per model: the Fuzz Factory, the Super Hard-On and the Box Of Rock.

Z-Vex Limited-Edition pedals

These pedals are destined to become collector’s items, and were manufactured with the same high-standards Z-Vex has always been known for.  Find out why so many  top-selling artists such as Muse, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Flaming Lips use Z-Vex! From £169 view product

10) Orange Micro Crush
Orange Crush

Standing at just 5” tall, the Micro Crush’s highly portable design belies the remarkably full bodied tones available from its 4” speaker. The amplifiers Tone and Volume controls allow you to dial in a number of different guitar sounds, and Over Drive distortion is available at the push of a button. One of the most useful features is the inclusion of a fully functional chromatic tuner. A Great little amp! £29 view product

If you want to find more xmas offers, just visit Dolphin Music’s new  Christmas Gifts section, with gift suggestions divided by different categories (Children / DJ / Studio / Stocking Stuffers/ etc…) to make the shopping experience even easier for you.

We wish you all a great Chrismas and a fantastic New Year! 

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The Limited-Edition microKorg Black!

November 28, 2007

Now more funky than ever, this limited edition of the very successful and highly desirable microKORG synthesizer/vocoder  features a reversed keyboard, to play the massive sound of the microKORG.

Demand is said to be very high, and this is a one-off production run with only a limited number available. If you fancy one, you’d better hurry up before they all disappear! (£249 @ Dolphin Music – bargain!)

With its unique, easy-to-use interface and incredibly big sound, this little beast now looks even funkier than ever.

State-of-the-art analog modeling and multi-band vocoding are finally available in a compact, portable instrument. With 37 keys and 128 user-rewritable programs, the microKORG Synthesizer/Vocoder is perfect for the performer, producer, computer musician or beginner looking for an affordable synthesizer.

The microKorg is a very versatile instrument, at home or onstage, for rock bands and electronic acts alike.

Some features:

• High quality DSP analog modeling synthesizer and vocoder.
• 128 Programs, from classic analog to contemporary dance sounds.
• Sounds are grouped by music genres for easy access.
• Quick and easy editing thanks to five “Performance Edit” knobs.
• Light weight, compact and battery driven for use with computers and on stage.
• Includes microphones for immediate fun with the onboard vocoder.