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NAMM 2009: Moog Etherwave Plus Theremin / Controller

January 16, 2009

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Control your gear with a wave of your hand!

The newest member of the Moog Etherwave Theremin family is also the newest member of our Controller family. The Etherwave Plus extends the Theremin’s gestural playing technique to the world of analog synthesis and beyond. Control synthesizers and effects while playing the Theremin or use as a stand-alone CV (Control Voltage) controller.

The Etherwave Plus has all the great features and tone of our standard Etherwave theremin.

The “Plus” makes it an ideal controller and performance instrument:

Pitch & Volume CV Outputs – control a different CV parameter with each hand

Gate Output – trigger envelopes and other events

Pitch Preview/Headphone Output – with volume control, lets you hear your note before the audience does.

Power LED – instant visual power status on dark stages
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The CV outputs control signals are proportional to the pitch and volume of the Theremin’s audio signal. Connect to the pitch and volume CV inputs of a Little Phatty, Voyager or other analog synthesizer for a completely new way to play your synth. These CV signals are not limited to pitch and volume control. Route them to any CV destination and create a new world of expression. Control anything from the cutoff frequency of a Moog Ladder Filter or the LFO Amount on a Moogerfooger Ring Modulator to the stereo panning on a Minimoog Voyager.

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NAMM 2009: Motu BPM its here finally !

January 16, 2009

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Motu BPM. Don’t let the Groovebox look fool you because the new BPM from MOTU is purely software. 15 gigs of sounds, multi-effects including convolution reverb, Step and Note Sequencers an internal mixer and more. I bet some producers will make their full songs all in this software. Could it gain a cult following? Just like Propellerheads Reason I can see this on my laptop for an alternative view every now and then. AU, MAS, TRAS, VST, MAC/PC, in your DAW or Stand Alone.

What is BPM?

Sound libraries these days are awash with loops. And what is a loop, exactly? Someone else’s beat. Isn’t it time to take back creative ownership over your grooves?

Isn’t it time to once again release your own unique, inspired beats on the world? If only you had a rhythm production instrument that let you program beats as fast as your mind can “hear” them. There just hasn’t been anything even close…until now.

Experience the ultimate Beat Production Machine

BPM unites drum machine-style operation with advanced virtual instrument technology to give you the ultimate rhythm programming experience. Combine drum kits, sequenced patterns, sliced loops and instrument sounds to realize your rhythmic vision, mixing and matching any playing style with any drum kit. Or plug in your pad controller or MIDI keyboard to capture your live, groove-quantized performance directly in BPM.

Explore a new universe of new sounds

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Browse BPM’s vast 15 GB sound library of expertly recorded and mastered 24-bit 96 kHz rhythmic material for urban, R&B, hip hop, techno, electro, house, pop, rock and other music styles. Sample your own drum sounds directly into BPM’s drum pads, or simply drag and drop clips from your computer desktop, to add infinite possibilities to your own, unique sound. Add further punch with BPM’s Drum Synthesizer. Combine unlimited sample layers per pad with programmable layer switching. Now add guitar, bass and other multi-sample instrument sounds from BPM’s included library, MachFive or any other MOTU or UVI sample instrument library.

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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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NAMM 2009:Circuit Bending from Big City Music

January 16, 2009

If you love vintage equipment but want new sounds the best way to do this is to modify already excisting tones, right?

Well no-one does circuit bending  like Big City, look at this from their 2009  stall at NAMM


Circuit bending is the creative, short-circuiting of electronic devices such as low voltage, battery-powered guitar effects, children’s toys and small digital synthesizers to create new musical or visual instruments and sound generators. Emphasizing spontaneity and randomness, the techniques of circuit bending have been commonly associated with noise music, though many more conventional contemporary musicians and musical groups have been known to experiment with “bent” instruments. Circuit bending usually involves dismantling the machine and adding components such as switches and potentiometers that alter the circuit.

For more on Circuit bending see our article here

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NAMM 2009: Auralex debuts in-store room analysis kit

January 14, 2009

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Acoustic analysis program to be made available in a retail package

Auralex Acoustics is to offer its room analysis service in a retail package and will be demonstrating the kit at NAMM ‘09. The in-store kit is a complete program providing all the tools necessary to acoustically analyse any room.

Auralex Acoustics’ Lead Acoustical Engineer Gavin Haverstick will host several Room Analysis Plus overview demonstrations at the company’s booth (hall A, booth 6794) throughout the show to showcase the product and explain how the analysis service works.

Haverstick will present details about the service, including the features and benefits of Auralex’s off-site room analysis. This will comprise info on the service itself as well as the type of information the analysis can provide. Through this demo, Haverstick intends to convey how room analysis testing in conjunction with traditional modelling is the most accurate way to analyse a room.

Room Analysis Plus is an off-site analysis service where consumers download an audio file featuring a swept sine signal from 20 Hz to 20 kHz.  Users can then record the sweep with an omni-directional measurement microphone in the location of the room in question.

All files can be sent via e-mail, along with the personalised room analysis form, directly to Auralex for examination by its acoustical engineering staff. Frequency response, impulse response, waterfall plots and reverberation time (RT) values can all be generated from this service. A written report will be presented back to the user within three to five business days outlining the acoustical issues and how to solve them.

“By offering a demo of Room Analysis Plus at Winter NAMM, we are able to really showcase how this service works,” says Haverstick. “Through Room Analysis Plus we can pinpoint the acoustical anomalies of any room to more accurately analyse the space and provide the best treatment solutions.”

The in-store room analysis kit includes an omni-directional measurement microphone, a USB drive featuring swept sine signals and a complete instructional guide. The kit is available through the company’s established network of dealers.

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EDIROL R-09HR wins NAMM Best In Show award

July 15, 2008

The original EDIROL R-09 field recorder won several awards and now the new R-09HR is following in its footsteps, scooping a prestigious Best In Show award at this year’s Summer NAMM…

Edirol R-09HR...the best in show!

Edirol R-09HR...the best in show!

This year’s Summer NAMM show in Nashville turned out to be yet another glittering occasion for EDIROL, as the company’s new R-09HR recorder scooped one of the top six Best In Show awards. The annual awards are chosen by six industry experts who rate products based on several factors including innovation, design and ‘must stock’ appeal.
In total 30 products received prizes under various categories but only six made it through to Best In Show, with the R-09HR winning through because of its sound quality, features and computer connectivity.

“Nashville provided the background for a rocking Summer NAMM show that was packed with new products,” says panel moderator Frank Alkyer, publisher of DownBeat, Music Inc. and UpBeat Daily magazines. “Our panel had a slew of gear and services from which to choose, and they brought back some winners.”

More on the R-09HR

 

The EDIROL R-09HR field recorder is the complete recording package and the follow up to the company’s hugely successful R-09 (which has sold well over 100,000 units, and which has also won several awards including the MIA Innovation award). It features a new and improved performance that offers recording up to 24-bit/96kHz, a lower noise
floor, plus an improved battery life. It also features brand new and better quality microphones plus a large Organic Light Emitting Diode display with a wider viewing angle than that on the R-09.

Usefully the unit also has a small speaker fitted to the back to enable personal monitoring of what you have recorded so headphones are no longer required for monitoring purposes. The design of the R-09HR has also been improved with a rubber-coated body for extra grip, improved battery housing, wireless control and a separate desktop stand.

The R-09HR is available now and retails for £247.95 at Dolphin Music.

Key Features of the R-09HR

  • Superior sound quality – up to 24-bit/96kHz with lower noise 
  • New, high quality microphones 
  • Ultra wide view-ability on large OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) display
  • Preview monitor (small speaker) on the rear panel 
  • Wireless Remote Controller included 
  • Cakewalk Pyro Audio Creator LE software included – the ideal software for WAV/MP3 editing
  • Improved design with firm battery housing and rubber-coated body for better grip
  • Small desktop stand included 
  • Wide variety of optional accessories provided at launch (see below)
  • All R-09 Ver.1.30 features and functions available
  • 8GB card compatibility and manual file split