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Alesis introduces IO Mix four-channel recorder/mixer for iPad

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Alesis IO Mix

Alesis has announced the IO Mix, the first device that turns your iPad into a powerful portable studio, allowing you to record multiple mics or instruments directly into GarageBand or any other compatible Core Audio app.

With the iO Dock, Alesis was the first to make your iPad studio-compatible. Now with the iO Mix, your iPad becomes your studio. All the connections you need are onboard, including four combo XLR-1/4″ input channels and balanced, stereo 1/4″ outputs. The iO Mix also has a video output, making it perfect for everything from presentations and corporate meetings to home entertainment and live performance visuals.

IO Mix features

  • The world’s first mixer/multi-channel interface for iPad.
  • Mix and record up to four channels, or a stereo mix into your iPad.
  • Works with mics, instruments, speakers, headphones, video monitors and projectors.
  • Four combo XLR-1/4″ input channels, each with trim, channel gain, pan, and low & high EQ.
  • Switchable 48V phantom power for use with studio condenser microphones.
  • Guitar-direct (DI) switch for guitar recording without an amp.
  • Balanced, stereo 1/4″ outputs and 1/4″ headphone output with separate volume controls.
  • Direct Monitor switch for latency-free input monitoring while recording.
  • Switchable limiter for clip-free recordings.
  • Hinged door completely encloses and secures your iPad.
  • Core Audio-compliant: works with virtually any app in the App Store.
  • Video output for connection to TVs and projectors: perfect for presentations, meetings and VJs.
  • Mountable to a mic stand using the Alesis Module Mount (sold separately).
  • Complete routing and signal-management controls.
  • Power supply also charges your iPad.

More information: Alesis / IO Mix


HyperSynth updates Ion-editor to v2.2

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HyperSynth Ion-editor

HyperSynth has updated its Ion-editor controller software for the Alesis ION and Micron synthesizers to version 2.2.

Ion-editor is a software editor for advanced controlling over the famous Alesis ION and Micron analog modeling synthesizers in your DAW. Ion-editor offers intuitive user interface and it emulates ion LCD display graphics for parameters that need more descriptive information like envelope curve, filter balance, mod matrix and tracking generator.

Changes in Ion-editor v2.2

  • Added MIDI learn and default CC assignment for most of the parameters.
  • Added new MIDI controller input port.
  • Added support for Nintendo Wii Remote as a MIDI controller.
  • Added Latch button (Micron Mode).
  • Fixed problem in rename sysex function that overridden FX2 values.
  • Fixed rare issue in saving MIDI In/out when the device number was greater than 9.
  • Fixed problem that caused mismatch between standalone and VST MIDI In device.
  • Now editor’s M1 and M2 wheel respond to changes visually in block mode (echo off) too.
  • Updated documentation: (Added CC tables and step by step tutorials).

Ion-editor for Windows (VST) is available to purchase for $38 USD.

More information: HyperSynth / Ion-editor


Alesis introduces DM Dock and AmpDock for iPad

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Alesis has announced the DM Dock drum module and AmpDock multi-effects guitar processor for iPad.

Alesis DM Dock

The DM Dock harnesses the power of your iPad to give you an unlimited selection of sounds, a massive touchscreen for hands-on visual control, and wireless connectivity.

This first-of-its-kind drum module builds upon the widely acclaimed design of the Alesis iO Dock, harnessing the tremendous processing power of your iPad or iPad 2 to give you a fully-integrated, stage-ready module with a wide array of professional trigger inputs and audio outputs.

DM Dock features

  • The only drum module for iPad and iPad 2.
  • Works with virtually any app including GarageBand.
  • 13 individual 1/4″ TRS trigger inputs for connecting drum and cymbal pads and other triggers.
  • Works with dual-zone drum and cymbal pads, continuous hi-hats, three-zone rides, and multiple chokeable cymbals.
  • Hinged door completely encloses and secures your iPad.
  • Mounts to any stand or rack using the Alesis Module Mount (sold separately).
  • 1/4″ Headphone jack with volume control.
  • 1/8″ Mix Input for mixing in external audio sources.
  • Balanced 1/4″ stereo main outputs for connecting to an amp or PA.
  • MIDI input and output for connecting to external MIDI hardware.
  • USB MIDI port for use with MIDI software applications or your Mac or PC.
  • Powers and charges iPad using universal wall power supply.
  • Assignable footswitch input for program changes, start/stop sequences or metronome.
Alesis AmpDock

The AmpDock harnesses the massive processing power of iPad, allowing you to unleash your ultimate guitar tone.

Building upon the design and technology of the widely acclaimed Alesis iO Dock, the AmpDock is the world’s first device for guitarists that enables tonal shaping through iPad’s processor. The AmpDock fully encloses your iPad or iPad 2 in a rugged and portable device made especially for guitarists and bassists.

Whether you’re in the studio or on the stage, the AmpDock helps you create “the sound in your head” with real controls and professional inputs and outputs that work with virtually any app, as well as your amp and pedal setup.

AmpDock features

  • The first professional guitar processor to use your iPad or iPad 2 for signal processing.
  • Works with GarageBand, AmpliTube, JamUp, and virtually any audio or CoreMIDI app.
  • Includes a rugged pedalboard controller with program, effect, bypass, volume and continuous controls.
  • Guitar Input 1 and switchable Mic/Line/Guitar Input 2; professional outputs, and MIDI jacks.
  • Kickstand allows for stable positioning on top of guitar amps.
  • Hinged door completely encloses and secures your iPad.
  • Mountable to a mic stand using the Alesis Module Mount (sold separately).
  • 1/4″ high-impedance guitar input and combo input for microphone, second guitar, or another instrument.
  • 1/4″ outputs with Guitar/Line impedance switch.
  • Stereo auxiliary outputs for connection to external effects.
  • Two assignable endless knobs to control parameters in compatible apps.
  • Analog Input 1, Input 2, Main, and Headphone volume controls.
  • MIDI input and outputs and USB MIDI jack for use with other controllers and MIDI software or hardware.

More information: Alesis / DM Dock / AmpDock


Alesis intros Q61, QX61 and QX25 USB MIDI keyboard controllers

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Alesis has introduced the Q61, QX61 and QX25 USB MIDI keyboard controllers at the Winter NAMM.

The Q-series USB MIDI controllers are the no-nonsense way to add expressive MIDI control to any production or performance. Each controller features USB MIDI for easy connection to Mac, PC, iOS devices* and traditional MIDI hardware modules, samplers and synthesizers.

Alesis QX25

The Q61 is a 61-note keyboard controller that works with virtually any music software and MIDI hardware devices. With velocity-sensitive keys, the Q61 offers a five-octave range of expression in a sleek, portable controller, built for the studio or stage. A full array of essential controls is onboard, including pitch and modulation wheels, octave up and down buttons, an assignable data slider, and the ability to send program changes from the keys.

The QX25 and QX61 are 25-note and 61-note keyboard controllers, respectively, that deliver powerful tactile control over any parameter of any favorite music software. Both controllers enable musicians to punch out a drumbeat on great-feeling pads, open up a filter with smooth, tight knobs, or adjust volume and playback of sequencing software with long faders and snappy buttons. The QX25 and QX61 bring immense parameter control and velocity-sensitive keyboards that get the composer’s hands off of the mouse and into the action for a more efficient, visceral music-making experience.

Whether someone is looking to trigger drum samples, tweak a software synthesizer or adjust individual tracks in a mix, the QX25 and QX61′s extensive layouts ensure appropriate feel and proper response thanks to their eight sliders and rotary knobs, four backlit drum pads and dedicated transport controls.

Alesis will unveil the trio of new controllers at booth #6400 of the 2012 NAMM Show from January 19-22 in Anaheim, California.

More information: Alesis / Q-series


Alesis intros Vortex USB/MIDI Keytar

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Alesis has introduced the Vortex, a USB/MIDI keytar controller.

Alesis Vortex

The Vortex eliminates the barrier between keyboardists and the audience. With an extensive layout of touch-sensitive keys and velocity-sensitive pads on its pearlescent white body, and radical octave and pitch controls on its neck, the Vortex will have keyboard players ruling the stage.

The Vortex includes features never before found on any keytar: both traditional MIDI and USB MIDI are onboard, empowering keyboardists to use the Vortex with all of their software instruments and synths on Mac, PC, and iPad*. They’ll have a virtually unlimited palette of sounds, ready to command with one of the most exciting and eye-catching controllers ever created. And for instant performance, the Vortex comes automapped for today’s most popular software synths and DAWs. Users can customize and create their own mappings for virtually any software they like.

Vortex features

  • Dynamic, shoulder-worn performance keyboard with attention-grabbing looks.
  • The first USB keytar controller—works with all of your software instruments & synths on Mac, PC, & iOS* devices.
  • USB and traditional MIDI jacks for use with virtually any synth, sound module, or other MIDI hardware or software.
  • Embedded, MIDI-assignable accelerometer for performance parameter control by tilting the neck.
  • Thumb-controlled volume slider, sustain button and pitch-bend wheel on neck.
  • Finger-controlled MIDI-assignable touchstrip, sustain, and octave-control buttons on neck.
  • 37 velocity-sensitive keys with aftertouch for compact, yet complete melodic range.
  • Eight velocity-sensitive drum pads/sample triggers enable you to create beats or trigger clips.
  • Large transport & patch-select controls for instant access.
  • Includes strap; standard guitar strap pegs are compatible with virtually any strap.
  • Bus powered when USB-connected to Mac or PC; battery compartment for use with MIDI modules and iOS devices.

Alesis will debut the Vortex at booth #6400 at the 2012 NAMM Show from January 19—22 in Anaheim, California.

More information: Alesis / Vortex


Alesis introduces SamplePad multi-pad instrument

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Alesis has introduced the SamplePad, a compact four-pad instrument that gives drummers access to a limitless palette of sounds.

Alesis SamplePad

SamplePad is the perfect addition to any drumset or percussion rig: it’s compact, very easy to use, and allows drummers to load their own sounds. It has 25 percussion and electronic drum sounds built in, and allows drummers to load their own samples using a standard SD card to create stunning sound combinations. An external trigger input and the ability to mount it on virtually any snare stand or rack make SamplePad one of the easiest ways to expand any drumset.

SamplePad offers an intuitive interface that makes it easy to find and assign samples. By simply striking a pad and dialing to the desired sound, drummers can quickly reassign sounds as needed, and entire pad combinations can be saved internally as “kits” for easy recall. Drummers can tune and add reverb to their samples, then assign them to any of the four pads or the kick input. A MIDI output allows drummers to use SamplePad as a controller for triggering sound modules and software. SamplePad fits on a standard snare drum stand or can be mounted to any stand or rack (Alesis Module Mount sold separately). For studio use, SamplePad can simply be played on a tabletop.

SamplePad comes equipped with standard dual 1/4-inch outputs for amplification, and a headphone output for monitoring. Its kick input works with most pads and triggers including the Alesis DMPad and RealHead Kick Pads.

“The SamplePad is the first multi-pad instrument that gives drummers an easy, compact, affordable way to get virtually any sound into their setup,” said Dan Radin, Alesis Product Manager. “You get the sounds you’ve always wanted, in a package that’s smaller than a 12-inch tom!”

SamplePad will be available at musical instrument retailers in Q1 of 2012 with and estimated street price of $199 USD. Alesis will showcase SamplePad at booth # 641 at PASIC 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana from November 9th-12th.

More information: Alesis / SamplePad


PinkNoise Studio releases Analogue Monsters Kontakt Edition

PinkNoise Studio Analogue Monsters Kontakt Edition

PinkNoise has released Analogue Monsters Kontakt Edition, a sample library featuring sounds of 10 analog synthesizers.

Analogue Monsters is our biggest Kontakt sound library ever, based on the best sounds of 10 legendary synthesizers – from the 70′s up to the present:

  • Alesis Andromeda A6
  • Korg MonoPoly
  • Korg MS-20
  • Korg Poly800 MKII
  • Moog Prodigy
  • Oberheim Matrix-1000
  • Roland Juno-60
  • Roland Jupiter 4
  • Studio Electronics SE-1X
  • Waldorf Microwave XTk

Ten great synthesizers, hundredweights of hardware! You could probably hardly find enough room for them in your studio, but still: Analogue Monsters can hold in any notebook’s hard disk. You can play them in your room, take it to the studio or these monsters can be with you even if you are on the road – with no compromise in sound quality.

Analogue Monsters Kontakt Edition features

  • 1268 Kontakt instrument patches (in 8 categories).
  • 5 GB of 44kHz/24 bit samples (6965 perfectly looped wav files).
  • 12 midi controllable knobs for realtime tweaking and for automation of the most important synth parameters.
  • Extensive editing techniques: multiple velocity layers, random and round-robin triggering, alternate sample starts to achieve fat, lively and realistic analogue sounds.
  • Exclusive IR sample collection for the convolution reverb of Kontakt.
  • Requires full retail version of Kontakt 3.5 or higher.

Analogue Monsters Kontakt Edition is available to purchase for the introductory price of 64.80 EUR until November 1, 2011 (regular price 81 EUR).

More information: KontaktBanks / Analogue Monsters Kontakt Edition


HyperSynth updates Ion-editor to v2.1

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HyperSynth ION-editor

HyperSynth has updated Ion-editor, a software editor for the Alesis ION and Micron analog modeling synthesizers.

Ion-editor offers intuitive user interface and it emulates ion LCD display graphics for parameters that need more descriptive information like envelope curve, filter balance, mod matrix and tracking generator.

Changes in Ion-editor v2.1

  • New registration method that is based on username instead of machine-id.
  • Added readout for all parameters.
  • Added option for disabling graphical readout.
  • Added dedicated zoom level in settings menu with save option (standalone version).
  • Added full-screen button (standalone version).
  • Added “reset to default” for m1 and m2 wheel.
  • Enhanced m1, m2 and pitch wheel graphics and movement.
  • Enhanced Filter Freq, Porta time and ENVs readout format.
  • Now for all parameters “reset to default” responds to “Double Click” besides “Ctrl + Click” for more flexibility.
  • Fixed OSCs and ENVs LED selectors malfunction after requesting patch.
  • Fixed bug in Cubase 5 which caused to block MIDI out after adding plug-in in project.
  • Fixed crash after opening a project with multiple instances of the same plug-in in Cubase.
  • Fixed problem that caused “Rename” window to be displayed wrongly after manually sending a SysEx patch to editor from micron/ion.
  • Fixed problem that blocked auto sysex listening in some circumstances.
  • Improved compatibility with VST hosts.

ION-editor is available to purchase as a VST plug-in for Windows for $38 USD.

More information: HyperSynth / ION-editor