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Alesis announces CORE Series USB audio interfaces

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Alesis has announced the new CORE Series of 24-bit USB Audio Interfaces providing complete, fully integrated recording solutions.

Alesis CORE Series

CORE Series interfaces offer a full range of recording solutions including XLR+1/4″ combo inputs, Mic/Line or Guitar level switching, headphone outputs with level controls for efficient monitoring, and each model ships with a Cubase® 7 LE.

CORE 1, a single input/dual output inline interface, is ideal for on-the-go recording or the budget-conscious producer. CORE 2 offers both audio and MIDI connections for full studio integration. Topping out the series is the CORE 8, an eight-channel rack mount interface suited for live or studio applications.

CORE Series features

  • CORE 1 – 1-Channel In-Line USB Audio Interface:
    • 2-channel mini USB, 24-bit/48 kHz output.
    • 1 XLR+1/4″ TRS combo input with gain knob.
    • Mic/Line or Guitar level switch.
    • Stereo headphone out with level control.
    • Modern sand-blasted aluminum housing.
  • CORE 2 – 2-Channel Desktop USB 2.0 Audio+MIDI Interface:
    • 2-channel USB 2.0 24-bit/96 kHz output.
    • 2 XLR+1/4″ TRS combo input with gain knobs.
    • 2 Mic/Line or Guitar level switches; phantom power.
    • Stereo headphone out with level and input/USB monitoring.
    • 2 Powered USB hub ports; MIDI In and MIDI out.
    • Stereo 1/4″ outs.
    • LED segment metering.
    • Sand-blasted aluminum housing.
    • ERP Compliant – Auto off.
  • CORE 8 – 8-Channel Rack Mount USB 2.0 Audio Interface:
    • 8-channel USB 2.0, 24-bit/96 kHz output.
    • 8 XLR+1/4″ TRS combo input with gain knobs.
    • 2 Mic/Line or Guitar level switches; phantom power.
    • Dual stereo headphone out with level and input/USB monitoring.
    • Stereo main + monitor outs.
    • LED segment metering.
    • 2U metal rack mount enclosure.
    • ERP Compliant – Auto off.

The CORE Series will be available to purchase for $49.99 USD (CORE 1), $149.99 USD (CORE 2), and $299.99 USD (CORE 8).

Alesis will present the CORE interface lineup at the 2014 NAMM Show in Hall A, Booth 6700, January 23-26 in Anaheim, California.

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Alesis introduces VI & V Series Keyboard/Pad Controllers

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Alesis has announced the new V Series and VI Series of full-size keyboard/pad controllers.

The performance-oriented V Series offers expressive hands-on control for the software musician. The step-up VI Series provides increased control for the keyboard performer. Both series include a Software Preset/Parameter utility that makes setup a snap.

The new Alesis V Series (V61, V49, V25) combine velocity-sensitive keys with eight drum/trigger pads, allowing virtual instruments to be played with dynamic expression.

Alesis V25

Cool blue LEDs illuminate the pads—as well as the four assignable knobs and buttons—for positive visibility. Assignments may be made quickly via the MIDI Learn feature. Octave shift keys provide access to the entire note range. A single USB cable provides both a power and data connection to nearly any computer.

Alesis V Series features

  • Full size, flat-front keys (25, 49, or 61).
  • Pitch Bend and Modulation Wheels.
  • 8 Pads with blue LED illumination.
  • 4 Assignable knobs and buttons.
  • Sustain pedal input.
  • USB MIDI.

The VI Series (VI61, VI49, VI25) add semi-weighted keys and aftertouch.

Alesis VI49

The pad count has been increased to 16, with multi-color illumination. This layout provides intensive command over the clip trigger workflow of top DAW and compositional software.

The internal clock offers drum roll, tempo, and sync capabilities. An optional power supply and a standard MIDI output allow for stand-alone use.

Alesis VI Series features

  • Full size, flat-front keys (25, 49, or 61).
  • Semi-weighted keys with Aftertouch.
  • Pitch Bend & Modulation Wheels.
  • 16 Pads with Multi-color LED illumination.
  • VI25: 8 knobs, 24 buttons.
  • VI49: 12 knobs, 36 buttons.
  • VI61: 16 knobs, 48 buttons.
  • Transport and Present up/down buttons.
  • Sustain pedal input.
  • USD MIDI, MIDI Out.
  • Internal Clock for sync, tempo, rolls, etc.

The V and VI Series will have the following respective estimated street prices, V25 ($79.99 USD), V49 ($99.99 USD), V61 ($149.99 USD), VI25 ($169.99 USD), VI49 ($199.99 USD), and VI61 ($249.99 USD).

Alesis will unveil the V and VI Series at the 2014 NAMM Show in Hall A, Booth 6700, January 23-26 in Anaheim, California.

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Subaqueous releases Retro Drums – Free Vintage Drum Racks

Subaqueous Retro Drums

Subaqueous has rekeased Retro Drums, a free vintage drum racks pack for Ableton Live.

Of late I’ve been really inspired by the sounds of the 80′s. I even watched the movie Xanadu last night for inspiration. What a terribly awesome movie by the way. Iv’e been loving the vintage tape sounds,lush synth pads,and striking percussion. I’ve had a chance to work with some analog drum machines to make Live Drum Racks for my production. The drum machines were the Alesis HR16, LinnDrum, and Simmons Crash Trap.

I’ve spent time processing the one shots, 76 in total, and putting them in drum racks with Macro controls for Ableton Live 9. I’m really proud of how these racks turned out and wanted to share them with you all. Hope to inspire some rad chillwave and glo-fil, been really digging that genre of late.

The drum racks pack is a free download. A pack of one shot samples for use in any DAW is also available.

More information: Subaqueous / Retro Drums

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Chokehold releases Alexis D-Four plug-in

Chokehold has launched Alexis D-Four, a free drum sampler instrument for Windows and Mac.

Chokehold Alexis D-Four
The Alesis D4 drum and percussion sound module sampled.

I didn’t just want to get the samples out of this machine, I wanted to capture and simulate the dynamic range of the device – which had an impressive -76dBfs noise floor.

Even though it was a one-shot machine, the idling noise was loud enough so that a close listener could really hear the samples fade into the noise floor differently at changing velocities.

Others have sampled D4s before, but they usually just capture one loud sample and scale its volume down for lower velocities. Which also lowers the volume of the noise floor being played back, and thereby distorting the dynamic behavior of the device. Might sound cleaner at lower volumes, but not authentic.

Younger ears used to ultra-sterile digital samples might find these sounds a little grungy and fuzzy, I find that as well. But it’s not a harsh or evil fuzz, it’s actually a very warm and pleasant hiss, and may just be what’s missing in oh so many modern productions.

Alexis D-Four features

  • A sampled 90s drum module with a huge 1.16GB sound library.
  • 500 drum sounds, 3000 samples, 1 custom patch.
  • Plugin player for Win or Mac, VSTi or AUi, x86 or x64.

The Alexis D-Four is a free download.

More information: Chokehold

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AIR updates Ignite to v1.2

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AIR Ignite

AIR Music Technology has released version 1.2 of its Ignite music creation software.

Offering an entirely unique approach to making music with computers, Ignite v1.2 adds over a dozen features and enhancements, while delivering seamless integration with a growing list of top-name controller hardware from Alesis, AKAI professional, and M-Audio.

Ignite provides an original and musician-centric way to craft music. Free of the constraints of traditional DAW software, Ignite allows musical ideas to be quickly captured, combined, and arranged—with professional results. With Ignite v1.2, improvements have been made to the intuitive graphic interface. The Arranger screen now makes it simple to duplicate ideas (called Clips), encouraging experimentation. The timeline graphics have been updated, and other workflow enhancements have been added to advance the user experience.

“The response so far has been tremendous, with over 25,000 users having already downloaded Ignite. We’ve been getting a steady flow of feedback, some of which we have already used to drive the improvements in Version 1.1 and 1.2. Customers have started to post and share music they have created using Ignite,” said Samara Winterfeld, Principal Product Manager for AIR Music Technology. “We are thrilled with the response Ignite has received from our M-Audio customers and are equally excited to bring the same level of integration to Akai and Alesis customers.”

From day one, Ignite has offered seamless integration with M-Audio keyboard controllers, eliminating any time-consuming mapping and set-up chores. Ignite v1.2 now supports twelve popular Alesis and AKAI Professional keyboard controllers with this same plug-and-play integration, meaning that the vast majority of people using keyboard controllers now have full access to Ignite—for free.

Ignite v1.2 is available via download to owners and purchasers of supported products. In addition to keyboard controllers, Ignite will also be included with a select group of audio interfaces including the new M-Audio M-Track Series and the popular M-Audio Vocal Studio.

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Alesis introduces MultiMix 10 Wireless & MultiMix 16 USB FX mixers

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Alesis has announced MultiMix 10 Wireless and MultiMix 16 USB FX, two new models to its MultiMix Series of live and recording mixers.

As the name suggests, the MultiMix 10 Wireless now features Bluetooth capabilities, and the MultiMix 16 USB FX now offers onboard effects.

“These mixers bring exciting new features to our popular MultiMix lineup,” says Alesis Project Manager Walter Skorupski. “We are very pleased to add these models to the mix.”

Alesis MultiMix 10 Wireless

The MultiMix 10 Wireless is a 10-channel, rack-mount mixer that is well suited to smaller clubs and venues, houses of worship, and traveling systems. Channels 1-4 are mono and offer both XLR mic inputs (selectable phantom power is provided) and balanced 1/4″ inputs. TRS inserts are also provided. Channels 5/6 and 7/8 are stereo-paired channels, offering left and right balanced 1/4″ ins. Channels 7/8 also offer a pair of stereo RCA inputs. Configured in stereo, Channels 9/10 are dedicated to receiving a stereo audio signal from any Bluetooth-enabled device. Simple, single-button front-panel pairing makes it easy. Each channel offers a peak LED, trim knob, 2-band EQ, pre and post sends, a pan knob, and a smooth-travelling 60mm fader.

On the back panel, the MultiMix 10 Wireless features 1/4″ aux sends and 1/4″ balanced stereo returns. The main stereo outs are 1/4″ balanced, and an additional set of 1/4″ stereo monitor outs are provided. Up on the front panel, the Master section includes additional easy-access XLR+1/4″ combo inputs for Channels 1 and 2 that override the respective rear inputs, making it easy to temporarily connect a microphone or other sound source without removing the mixer from the rack. An 1/8″ jack allows a non-Bluetooth source to access Channel 9. Located alongside the master fader, the twin 10-stage LED meters feature red peak indicators. A dedicated headphone jack is provided; the level is controlled by the monitor/phones knob. A very handy 1/8″ output provides the main mix directly from the front panel.

Alesis MultiMix 16 USD FX

The new MultiMix 16 USB FX performs double-duty as a versatile live and recording mixer and as a USB audio (16-bit, 44.1 or 48 kHz) interface for computer-based recording, even doing both at the same time. This class-compliant connection provides true plug-and-play connectivity with the computer and nearly any recording software. The versatility of the MultiMix 16 USB FX is ideal for the performing musician with a home or project studio.

The onboard processor (FX) offers 8 effect types, with individual sends on each channel. Eight mono channels include both 1/4″ and XLR inputs, with selectable phantom power. Four stereo-paired channels feature 1/4″ inputs. A direct guitar-level input is available on Channel 8. Each channel strip includes a multi-band EQ, sends, pan, and level control. Multi-stage LED metering, dedicated main and headphone outputs with individual levels, and two-track RCA tape ins and outs complete this multi-use mixer. Cubase LE6 is included.

Alesis will be exhibiting at Booth 6700 at the 2013 Winter NAMM show, January 24-27 in Anaheim, California.

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Alesis intros Elevate 3 & Elevate 5 active monitor speakers

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Alesis has announced the Elevate 3 and Elevate 5, two active bi-amplified monitor speakers offering solid sound in a compact design.

Sold in pairs, these active monitors provide a smooth, rich sound in a space-saving format. Ideal for multimedia, gaming, desktop audio, or for use with a mobile device, the Alesis Elevate Series combines technology borrowed from professional Alesis monitors along with advanced components to create a smooth, solid sound—without taking up valuable studio or setup space. The Elevate 3 and Elevate 5 provide thoughtful options for creating a custom listening environment.

“Our new Elevate series monitors have it all; they sound great, look great, AND they are easy on the wallet,” says Alesis Project Manager Walter Skorupski. “We encourage you to stop by our booth at NAMM and hear them for yourself.”

Alesis Elevate 3
Alesis Elevate 3 & Elevate 5 powered desktop studio speakers.

Elevate 3 features

  • 3 ˝ low-frequency driver; 1 ˝ silk dome tweeter.
  • 20 Watts continuous; 60 Watts peak power.
  • Elliptical waveguides minimize reflection and widen the listening area.
  • Radial-edge baffles reduce distortion.
  • Video Shielding minimizes interference.
  • 1/8 ˝ subwoofer output.

Elevate 5 features

  • 5 ˝ low-frequency driver; 1 ˝ silk dome tweeter.
  • 40 Watts continuous; 120 Watts peak power.
  • High-density wood cabinets with bass porting.
  • Elliptical waveguides minimize reflection and widen the listening area.
  • Radial-edge baffles reduce distortion.
  • Video Shielding minimizes interference.

Alesis will be exhibiting at Booth 6700 at the 2013 Winter NAMM show, January 24-27 in Anaheim, California.

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