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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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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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Recording Made Simple – Recordings Made by You!

October 28, 2008

Ever fancied your hand at recording but never quite took the plunge for what ever reason? Maybe you didn’t know how, or you didn’t have the right gear, or you simply thought you weren’t good enough to worry about making a recording of yourself.

Audiogram 6AUDIOGRAM 6

 

Audiogram 3AUDIOGRAM 3

 

Whether you’re starting out on the path to become a Grammy award winning producer, recording a song as a gift for someone special, or simply recording a voice over for a home video or a podcast, there is absolutely no reason in this day and age to not at least give recording a go – just like learning to play an instrument, making your own recordings is great fun. One things for sure – every note you play, every word you sing, every laugh you create is lost forever ……….. if you don’t record it!

With the introduction of AUDIOGRAM 3 and AUDIOGRAM 6 recording systems, Yamaha have created a simple, understandable and affordable solution for turning any USB equipped desktop or laptop computer into a powerful yet intuitive tool for recording and editing audio.

Sold as a complete kit the AUDIOGRAM 3 and AUDIOGRAM 6 each bundle together a hardware USB interface that adds a variety of useful audio inputs and outputs to your computer, CUBASE AI4 software for recording audio and producing music, and a USB cable for connecting the audio interface.

What’s more, setup is as easy as installing the bundled music-production application, CUBASE AI, on your computer and connecting the audio interface using the USB cable provided! You’re then ready to connect instruments, microphones, CD players, MP3 players, and even old tape players for recording straight into CUBASE AI.

Because AUDIOGRAM hardware is designed and built using the same basic principles and skills as Yamaha’s leading analog consoles – used at many major events around the world – you can be confident that the sound quality is great as each unit undergoes the same rigorous QC and part selection that you’d expect with any of our mixers – whether they cost £90 or £90k.

The Soft Approach

AUDIOGRAM series includes Steinberg’s full-featured Cubase AI4 software. Cubase AI4 is a comprehensive music production software based on the flagship Cubase 4 program that has been specially created for Yamaha hardware users. It gives you up to 48 simultaneous audio tracks and 64 MIDI tracks, plus a variety of VST plug-in software synths and effects, as well as full VSTi compatibility. The ‘AI’ in Cubase AI4 stands for Advanced Integration, and this new software delivers sophisticated functions and a level of hardware/software integration that other programs can’t match.

More Info:

Yamaha Audiogram 6

Yamaha Audiogram 3

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Tenori-on: you’ve seen the lights, now meet the group!

July 9, 2008

It’s a girl-band like no other: there are three of them, they’re called The Tenorions and the only instruments they play are – you guessed it – three Yamaha Tenori-ons!

The Tenorions

It’s little wonder that in its short life the Tenori-on has had such a profound impact on music makers the world over. Artists are already creating albums using nothing but the Tenori-on, such is the power contained within that diminutive, brushed-aluminium casing. But Jason Air is taking the Tenori-on concept to a new level. With success in the worlds of Drum & Bass and Hip Hop, his latest venture sees him as the driving force behind the world’s first band to create music exclusively with the Tenori-on. Fittingly, this trio of Oriental techno-heads goes by the name of… The Tenorions.

The band comprises core members Nynn and Cici, who write the uncompromising and driving techno tracks that have already become The Tenorions trademark sound. With increasing bookings for live gigs, third Tenorion Fiona joins them on stage to complete the trio. They’ve recently returned from a tour of Spain and Portugal and have further bookings coming in from around the world. Perhaps their strangest booking to date, but clearly the most high profile, has been a performance on the Paul O Grady Show in April of this year.

Jason puts their initial success down to the popularity of the Youtube videos he posted throughout the Spring, and as a result they’ve garnered coverage in the NME, The Independent, and dozens of tech and music blogs.

Here’s the unbelievable Tenorions appearance on daytime tv, at the Paul O’Grady show:

For Nynn, Cici and Fiona, a lifetime either studying or producing music has prepared them well for life in the Tenorions. To begin with Nynn and Cici would write the tunes, taking responsibility for melody and percussion respectively, but as time has passed they’ve both seen a natural progression towards composing complete tracks in their own right – and all, of course, within the confines of that hand-held silver box.

But just what is it about this unique instrument that’s made the Tenorions and the Tenori-on such a hit with people worldwide? It’s surely no coincidence that the girls are booked to play gigs almost for the rest of this year and into the next.

“I haven’t seen anything like it before,” Nynn tells us. “For us it shows a totally new way of creating music. And it’s so much fun to play – it’s as easy and intuitive to pick up as Nintendo, but the results… well, we’re creating art!”

But, of course, the concept of working within new boundaries comes with a lot of fresh challenges, as Jason is quick to outline.

“It’s totally changed the way we write music, for one thing. It’s nothing like writing in [Apple] Logic, you know! One aspect of Tenori-on that makes it such an instant tool for composing is that there are no filters or complicated plug-ins to program or convoluted menus to navigate. As a result it makes us think of the music in a more ‘musical’ way, if that, er… makes any sense?! It’s really easy to focus on the music and not get so caught up in the production side of making music. Ask any producer with a well-equipped modern studio and they’ll all tell you that it’s pretty easy to get side-tracked by the technology!”

“The great thing about composing with Tenori-on is that it’s all right there at your fingertips. I guess that’s the whole ethos of Tenori-on though. In Japanese it roughly translates to ‘in the palm’, and that’s exactly what the Tenori-on system gives you – a way to create melodies and program rhythms right there in the palm of your hand.”

The Tenori-On is available now

Tenorions Myspace Page