Apogee has introduced Symphony I/O, the most advanced multi-channel professional audio interface available with next-generation sound quality, Logic and Pro Tools compatibility and total I/O flexibility.
Perfecting the collaboration between Apogee audio hardware and the Mac, Symphony I/O is the culmination of 25 years of award-winning design experience featuring a unique modular based system which can function in StandAlone Mode or connect directly to a Mac via any Mac-based audio workstation. With Symphony I/O, the new Symphony System sets an unprecedented standard with ground-breaking digital audio conversion technology, new Maestro 2 software, multiple I/O options and ultra low latency performance.
With flexible and scalable I/O architecture, the upgraded Symphony System now allows end-users to define a system to their specific needs while benefitting from an incredible feature set. Symphony I/O’s base chassis can accommodate up to 2 I/O modules, creating any combination of analog and digital I/O with USB 2.0, Symphony and Avid’s Pro Tools connectivity. The new Maestro 2 offers integral control of Symphony I/O with clean and clear software interface that makes workflow easy by removing the guesswork from routing, mic pre adjustment, input and output calibration and hardware control. Lastly, connect Symphony I/O to the Symphony 64 PCI or Symphony Mobile Express/34 card for ultra low latency with Apple Logic, and all Apple Core Audio applications.
Symphony I/O will be available to purchase starting at $3690 USD. Availability of modules according to the Symphony I/O Release Schedule, starting with the first release in August, 2010.
Apogee has announced GiO, a USB guitar interface and controller for the Mac.
GiO is the complete guitar interface for Apple’s new Logic Studio 9, MainStage 2 and GarageBand ’09. Combining effects control, recording functions and amazing sound quality, GiO delivers total access to incredible sounding guitar amps and effects in a single foot controller and interface.
Designed to work with the new Logic Studio 9 and MainStage 2, GiO allows guitar players to control recording functions, preset changes and plug-ins like Amp Designer and Pedalboard, along with new Playback and Loopback features in MainStage. With GarageBand 09, GiO is truly plug-and-play and lets users quickly connect their guitar, select and control built-in Amps and stompboxes, and record.
Unbalanced 1/4” high impedance instrument input.
1/4” MIDI Expression pedal input.
Line-level, 1/4” stereo output for headphones, powered monitors or an instrument amplifier.
A/D and D/A conversion @ 44.1/48kHz, 24-bit.
5 Stompbox buttons, dynamically color coded to match software effects.
5 Transport control buttons, dynamically lit when engaged.
2 “Previous/Next” preset selection buttons.
Control built into Apple’s GarageBand ’09, Logic Pro 9, and MainStage 2 software.
Dimensions: 7″ W x 18″ L x 2.5″ H.
GiO will be available in September 2009, priced at $395 USD.
Apple has released the next version of Logic Studio, featuring major upgrades to Logic Pro and MainStage and more than 200 new features that simplify complex tasks.
For guitar players, live performers, and all musicians who record, edit, and mix their own music, the new Logic Studio is a huge leap forward. Advanced production tools take the work out of editing timing and tempo. An expansive collection of vintage and modern amps, cabinets, and stompboxes make you sound like you’re playing through legendary gear. And new live performance plug-ins let you record loops and trigger backing tracks when you’re on stage.
New in Logic Studio Flex Time, a new collection of features that lets you manipulate timing and tempo quickly and creatively. Experience editing without all the cutting.
Flex Tool — The new Flex Tool lets you push audio around with your mouse by clicking and dragging anywhere on the waveform — forget all that tedious splicing and editing.
Audio Quantize — It’s not just for MIDI anymore. Now you can conform the timing of an audio region to a musical grid, or to the feel of another track, instantly correcting a performance.
Editing drum tracks — Use Slicing Mode with drums and you won’t compromise a single attack. Edit across a set of grouped multitrack drums and everything stays locked perfectly in phase.
Varispeed — Slow down or speed up an entire multitrack project effortlessly, whether you want to try out different tempos or take it slow while you play a difficult solo.
Flex Modes — Whether you’re editing a solo vocal, a rhythm guitar, or multitrack drums, Flex Time has a mode designed to give you the best results.
Speed Fades — Get creative by adding turntable-style starts or stops with the kind of precision that would impress even the best DJs.
Tempo Import/Export — Now the audio you import can automatically conform to the tempo of a project you’re working on. (And the other way around.)
Production Tools, allow musicians to tackle any part of the recording, editing, and mixing process they want — and get it done in a fraction of the time.
Selective Track Import — To transfer setups and track content between projects, simply select the individual components you want to import on a track-by-track basis.
Expanded take folder editing — Logic Pro 9 gives you access to your important edit tools and Flex Time features — right alongside Quick Swipe comping.
Drum Replacer — Now you can replace or double less-than-perfect drum tracks with triggered samples in just a few clicks. No more headaches. No more hassles.
Convert to Sampler Track — In one step, turn an audio region into a sampler instrument with a MIDI track to trigger it. Then you can modify and resequence the part.
Bounce-in-Place — The new Bounce-in-Place feature makes effects rendering much quicker and easier, whether you’re bouncing a single region or an entire track.
Notation and chord grids — Create guitar tablature or detailed scores using a library of more than 4000 chord grids (or your own custom grids) and new ornaments for hammer-ons, bends, and more.
Jam Pack: Voices — Build your song with a lead vocal, rappers, backup singers, an entire choir, or even software instruments based on the human voice and body.
Warped Effects for Space Designer — More than 450 warped impulse responses radically transform what Space Designer can do, allowing you to give ordinary sounds a bizarre, other-worldly quality.
Guitar Gear, now you can mix and match amp heads, EQs, reverbs, speaker cabinets and mics—then creatively route your signal through an impressive new collection of stompboxes.
Amp Designer — Build your dream rig by mixing and matching 25 amps, 25 speaker cabinets, and 3 mics you can position freely around the speaker cone.
Pedalboard — Fire up 30 stompboxes that deliver lush effects like Overdrive, Distortion, Fuzz, Delay, Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Tremolo, Treble Boost, and Wah.
Classic tones — Hundreds of presets give you Amp Designer and Pedalboard sounds that are ready to go. Start exploring with classic tones, genres, or characteristics like clean, crunch, and distorted.
Apogee GiO support — This new USB audio interface and control device lets you operate Pedalboard hands-free and works with Logic Pro 9 and MainStage 2 right out of the box.
Live Performance, MainStage 2 lets you hit the stage with all the same instruments and effects you used on your recording, and adds a backing track player and live loop recorder.
Playback — With this new plug-in, your Mac becomes a flexible, reliable backing track player. Fill out your sound with a simple stereo track or a set of separate, mixable stems.
Loopback — This live loop recorder lets you create spontaneous arrangements onstage. And it’s instantly familiar, since it’s modeled after the tape-based devices you know and love.
Multimapping of controls — Set things up so that one knob controls multiple plug-in parameters. Then you can dramatically change your sound with the turn of a single knob.
Grouped controls — Drag and drop entire sets of knobs, dials, faders, meters, and more into your layout. From there, you can easily customize the type, size, and color.
Full ReWire support — Run MainStage with applications like Reason and Live. Trigger and sequence your instruments from MainStage, and route your signals straight into the mixer.
Record performances — Route your audio to a designated stereo output and choose from all the standard file formats, including Apple CAF for concerts of almost any length.
Logic Studio is now available through the Apple Store, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of $499 USD. Existing users of Logic Studio and Logic Pro can upgrade for a suggested retail price of $199 USD.
Apogee has announced ONE, a USB music interface and microphone for the Mac.
ONE is a pocket-sized music interface featuring the award winning sound quality that made Apogee Electronics famous. Designed to work easily with Apple’s GarageBand, Logic, Final Cut, or any Core Audio compliant application, ONE lets you create professional recordings anywhere.
With ONE, you can record a single channel of audio using the specially tuned enclosure microphone, an instrument input for guitar, bass, or keyboard, or a world-class microphone preamp input. Listening with ONE is an entirely new experience as well. Hear your recordings and your iTunes library with incredible dimension and clarity through ONE’s studio-quality stereo output.
Single channel input using one of the following three options:
Internal omnidirectional condenser microphone.
Balanced XLR microphone preamp input with +10 to 63 dB of gain.
Unbalanced 1/4” high impedance instrument input, 0 to 45 dB of gain.
Software selectable 48V phantom power.
Line-level, 1/8” stereo output for headphones or unbalanced powered monitors.
A/D and D/A conversion @ 44.1/48kHz, 24-bit.
Multi-function encoder knob for input gain control and output level control.
4 encoder function LED indicators.
3 segment LED input and output metering.
Apogee’s Maestro software for advanced control and low latency mixing.
Compatible with any Core Audio compliant audio application.
Dimensions: 4″ W x 6.3″ L x 1.5″ H.
Apogee ONE will be available late July, 2009, for an MSRP of $249 USD.
Oliver Chesler puts together a track with some iPhone apps (Audiorealism technoBox, Tapestri and Andriod FX by Pure Profit).
I was having some music fun on my iPhone and I put together a quick Acid track. I recorded three apps into Ableton Live. There really is something to be said for bringing in audio from the outside world, even if it’s from another computer. I like the slight noise and live interaction the iPhone apps forced. The combined price of all the applications I used here was $11.97. Imagine what a Roland TB-303, Roland TR-808, Akai S950 and Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 would have cost you 15 years ago?
AudioTag.info allows you to identify almost any unknown piece of music quickly and easily. Its use is very simple: you upload a short audio fragment or an entire song, the robot analyzes it and provides you with the information about the track title, artist name, album title, etc. Your audio fragment can be in almost any file format and of almost any quality (aurally recognizable, of course) — it can be an MP3 file downloaded from the Internet or a short recording made with your old tape recorder and stored as a low-quality .WAV-file.
Former NIN drummer Josh Freese is promoting his new album with some limited edition deals.
There's a lot of funny stuff between the regular $7 digital download of Since 1972, and the $75,000 limited edition which includes things like going on tour with Josh for a few days, have Josh write, record and release a 5-song EP about you and your life story and taking a flying trapeze lesson with Josh and Robin from NIN.
As of 2009, Apogee Electronics will no longer develop products for the Microsoft Windows platform. Apogee has made this decision in order to focus all research, development, and support resources on the Apple platform with its unparalleled power and stability. Apple offers a wide range of affordable, powerful desktop and laptop solutions ideally suited for music creation and audio production.
Ryan Gruss has a cool blog where he posts some free drum tracks.
I am a drummer based in Boston, Massachusetts. I previously lived in NYC and Los Angeles where I had the chance to record, collaborate and tour with a wide range of artists. I started this blog with the intention of sharing, transferring and exploring musical ideas with my friends around the world… as well as anyone else who might stumble across this site.
All of the drum tracks (unless credited) are recorded at my studio using Logic Pro 8. I include mp3s of all my recordings for quick previews as well as a separate link to the original, multitracked Logic files. Feel free to download, cut-up, eq, compress, distort, and mutate my drum parts and use them for your own projects. All I ask is that you send me a link to the final product when you’re finished. Let’s see what happens…
Currently at Loop #17.
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