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Flux releases Pure Analyzer System real-time analyzer

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Flux has announced the release of Pure Analyzer System, a modular RTA-system providing an extensive range of analyzer options and metering standards, meeting the demands of any imaginable audio analysis and measurement applications within the fields of; Music Production, Audio Mastering, Live/Installation Sound, Broadcast and Post-Production.

The core of Pure Analyzer System is a standalone application presenting an unparalleled interface designed for ultra-rapid reactivity and intuitive instant user-interaction. The graphic analysis rendering is performed using a GPU-efficient OpenGL 2D/3D graphic engine, optimizing the audio to visual experience utilizing the GPU on a standard OpenGL graphics card.

Flux Pure Analyzer System

Full I/O support through ASIO/Core Audio is provided, and for maximum flexibility and efficiency Pure Analyzer System present the option to separate the signal acquisition from the analysis utilizing SampleGrabber, a standard DAW plug-in (available in all common plug-in formats, VST, AU, RTAS as well as TDM for VENUE systems) to acquire the signal in any plug-in host environment and broadcast it through a local area network using the ZeroConf/Apple Bonjour protocol.

The Flux:: Pure Analyzer System presents a vast selection of analysis tools such as; Real-time Spectrum Analyzer, Vector Scope, Phase Meter, Oscilloscope, Real-time Metering History, Real-time and Offline Metering Statistics, furthermore, a wide range of enhanced metering options including the last EBU R128 loudness norm (PLOUD), ITU-R BS.1770, True Peak, K-System and all variants of PPM (BBC, EBU, Nordic etc.). A complete set of tools for System Analysis including; Multi-Channels reference support, Multi-Microphone support, Transfer Function, Coherence, Magnitude, Phase, Impulse Response, Delay Finder, Signal Generator and unlimited Snapshot with auto creation from Sweep and Average, is provided as well.

In addition to the extensive range of standard analysis options, Pure Analyzer System introduce a ground-breaking innovation: Flux:: Nebula Spatial Spectrogram and Surround Scope, presenting a unique representation of the audio material in terms of spectral content and localization in the stereo and/or surround space.

The Flux:: Nebula Spatial Spectrogram combines the functionality of a spectrum analyzer and a vector scope to provide a complete and detailed overview of the mix in order to literally be able to see what you hear and feel. The Flux:: Nebula Surround Scope presents a representation of how a surround signal’s various components are distributed in the surround environment.

The Pure Analyzer System is available for Windows, Mac and AVID VENUE, supporting up to 16 channels (for Multichannel/Surround and Multi-Microphone System Analysis) in up to 384 KHz.

Pricing and availability:

  • Mandatory Base Version
    • Pure Analyzer Essential 279 EUR / 399 USD
  • Add on options (requires Pure Analyzer Essential)
    • Pure Analyzer Metering 149 EUR / 219 USD
    • Pure Analyzer Live 149 EUR / 219 USD
    • Pure Analyzer Multichannel 149 EUR – 219 USD

More information: Flux / Pure Analyzer System

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PreSonus intros new AudioBox VSL-series interfaces

PreSonus has introducted the AudioBox 22VSL, AudioBox 44VSL, and AudioBox 1818VSL, three new audio interfaces.

For the first time, you can get a compact, rack-mountable USB 2.0 interface with tightly integrated software that provides the dynamics processing and EQ of a StudioLive™-series mixer with latency so low that you can record and monitor with effects in real time.

All three AudioBox VSL-series interfaces offer the same high-end audio quality you expect from PreSonus, thanks to high-headroom, Class A XMAX™ preamps with 48V phantom power; 24-bit, 96 kHz converters with 114 dB dynamic range; and PreSonus’ famously loud (150 mW), clean, clear headphone output. All three models also provide MIDI I/O and zero-latency monitor mixing.

But the big news is that these three bargain-priced interfaces deliver reverb and delay effects with dedicated effects buses and the same Fat Channel compression, limiting, 3-band semi-parametric EQ, and high-pass filter found in the new StudioLive 16.0.2 mixer—except that the processing is done on your computer, using bundled PreSonus Virtual StudioLive (VSL) software, with extremely low latency. As a result, you can monitor while recording with real-time effects. VSL also provides complete editor/librarian functions, and over 50 professionally programmed Fat Channel processor presets are included for enhancing instruments and vocals.

Like all PreSonus interfaces, the new AudioBox VSL-series units ship with PreSonus Studio One™ Artist DAW (Mac®/Windows®) and support Core Audio and ASIO, so they work with virtually any recording software.

PreSonus AudioBox 22VSL

The first of these interfaces to hit the market will be the compact, rugged, 2-in, 2-out AudioBox 22VSL.

Think of the AudioBox 22VSL as a 2×2 StudioLive mixer jammed into a third of a rackspace! This mighty mite is bus-powered, offers two combo mic/instrument inputs and two balanced L/R main outputs, and is housed in a steel case, so it can easily withstand the rigors of the road. And thanks to the included VSL software, it provides two stereo effects buses with reverb and delay and Fat Channel dynamics processors, EQ, and high pass filter on both inputs and both DAW returns.

PreSonus AudioBox 44VSL

A great choice for small bands and home recording, the 4-in, 4-out AudioBox 44VSL offers the same audio quality and basic features as the AudioBox 22VSL and more.

Using the included VSL software, the AudioBox 44VSL gives you an 8×4 software mixer with low-latency, Fat Channel processing for each analog input and DAW return, plus two stereo effects buses with reverb and delay. The ½U rack-mount interface offers two mic/line inputs, two mic/instrument inputs, two balanced main L/R outputs, and four additional balanced line outputs.

And now, sound the trumpet flourishes! The new AudioBox 1818VSL is poised to become the new king of USB interfaces! This amazing professional interface has all of the audio features, processing, and effects found in its two smaller siblings, but it goes much further. It sports 2 mic/instrument inputs and 6 mic/line inputs, all with XMAX preamps; 8-channel ADAT I/O (4 channels at 88.1 or 96 kHz); stereo S/PDIF I/O; MIDI I/O; and word-clock output.

PreSonus AudioBox 1818VSL

Best of all, with the included VSL software, the AudioBox 1818VSL provides a computer-based 26 x 18 (22×14 at 88.1 or 96 kHz), ultra-low latency mixer with two stereo effects buses for the reverb and delay plus the Fat Channel processing from the StudioLive 16.0.2. Think of it as a rack-mount StudioLive 18.0.2 mixer—in fact, you can use the 1818VSL as an onstage mixer, controlled from your laptop, and can send all those great Fat Channel effects directly into your P.A., while recording.

The AudioBox 22VSL is expected to be available in August 2011 with an anticipated street price of $199 USD. The AudioBox 44VSL and 1818VSL are expected in September 2011, priced at $299 USD and $499 USD respectively.

More information: PreSonus

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Propellerhead unveils Balance audio interface

Propellerhead Software has announced Balance, its first audio interface and foray into hardware.

Propllerhead Balance

Integrated with Reason Essentials Software, Balance is at the heart of Propellerhead’s complete music making solution.

Balance, a two-in by two-out audio interface for Mac and Windows, is designed for the single person operated home/project studio.

Fully USB 2 powered with separate volume controls for monitors and headphones, it contains 8 input connections to keep all instruments, mics and devices connected and ready to record with the press of a button—without software pop-ups or control panels. The included Reason Essentials packs in all the recording editing, effects, instruments and mixing tools needed to create great sounding tracks.

Balance features

  • 2-in by 2-out audio interface.
  • USB 2.0 – bus powered.
  • Hi-end pre-amplifiers.
  • Hi-end 24-bit ADC/DACs, 44.1 to 96kHz.
  • Low latency design.
  • Clip Safe — Never again a lost take because of inadequate level settings. The “built-in recording engineer” watches over your session and automatically heals any clipped recordings..
  • Mac OS class compliant (no driver on Mac OS). ASIO drivers for Windows installed with the software..
  • Built-in Propellerhead Ignition Key.
  • Direct monitoring (for stand-alone or DAW use).
  • Two XLR microphone inputs w. 48V phantom power.
  • Two 1/4″ guitar inputs with padding.
  • Four 1/4″ line inputs (two stereo pairs).
  • One 1/4” headphone output.
  • Two 1/4″ TRS balanced main outputs.
  • Hardware input source selection.
  • Input level control.
  • Separate output and headphone level control.
  • Output muting.

Reason Essentials with Balance audio interface will be available for purchase worldwide on September 30, 2011 at a suggested retail price of EUR €499 / USD $499.

Any current Reason and Record user who purchases Balance can receive the Reason 6 upgrade for free.

More information: Propellerhead / Balance

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Native Instruments announces KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 audio interface

Native Instruments KOMPLETE AUDIO 6

Native Instruments has announced KOMPLETE AUDIO 6, a premium-quality 6-channel audio interface.

It provides everything you need to record, play and perform music, with four analog ins/outs, digital in/out, MIDI and low-latency performance — all in a sleek, rugged metal casing. The two mic inputs are armed with high-end pre-amps while Cirrus Logic converters deliver pristine, transparent sound. Upgrade your setup with KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 — because KOMPLETE sounds better.

The KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 package also includes KOMPLETE ELEMENTS, with over 1000 instruments and effects, plus software for recording, sequencing and DJing.

KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 features

  • 6 In / 6 Out portable audio / MIDI interface with sturdy metal casing, USB 2.0 bus powered.
  • Premium sound quality: 24-bit / 96kHz Cirrus Logic AD/DA converters.
  • Low latency via newly developed chip technology and driver architecture.
  • 2 balanced mic / line / instrument inputs (XLR / 1/4″ TRS Neutrik, phantom powered) with individual gain controls.
  • 2 balanced line inputs (1/4″ TRS) with activity and clip LEDs plus digital stereo input (S/PDIF) with RCA connector.
  • 4 balanced analog outputs (1/4″ TRS) plus digital stereo output (S/PDIF) with RCA connector.
  • Headphone output with level control and source switching between channels 1|2 and channels 3|4.
  • Direct monitoring with zero latency including mix control knob and mono switch.
  • Large volume control knob and 15 status LEDs for full visual monitoring of the signal chain.
  • High performance drivers for Mac and PC (ASIO / Core Audio / DirectSound / WASAPI).
  • Custom-built USB port for extra-solid connection.

KOMPLETE AUDIO 6 will be available worldwide from May 2, 2011, priced 299 EUR.

More information: Native Instruments / KOMPLETE AUDIO 6

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eaReckon updates BloXpander to v1.2.4

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eaReckon BloXpander

eaReckon has released version 1.2.4 of BloXpander, a VST host for Windows.

Changes in BloXpander v1.2.4

  • Improvements:
    • Overall improvement of Audio and MIDI engines.
    • BloXpander now detects missing audio interfaces and/or problems with your ASIO drivers on startup.
    • Parameters names (LCD emulator) are now updated in the case of “macro” parameters.
    • “Virtual pots” of the “main” MIDI controller are now updated on relevant changes from a plugin interface (MC mode only).
    • Last called Subscene is now underlined.
    • Volume fades out and in on ASIO restart to avoid audio clicks during some critical operations (only some specific audio interfaces were affected by this problem).
    • BloXpander remembers Main and “LCD” windows positions.
    • Adjusted threads priorities (resolves a rare issue -> audio clicks and pops on GUI operations)
    • New “minimize” button.
  • Fixed bugs:
    • The search box (plugins case) is more stable on fast typing.
    • Plugins providing an empty GUI (null height and/or width) are now correctly handled.
    • Fixes a bug related to mouse control (which could have been lost in some rare cases).
    • Fixes a rare MIDI “stuck notes” issue.
    • Workarounds implemented to resolve incompatibilities with (two) 3rd party plugins.

BloXpander for Windows is available to purchase for 69 EUR.

More information: eaReckon

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MOTU Audio Express, personal studio interface

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MOTU Audio Express

MOTU has announced the Audio Express, a 6×6 hybrid FireWire/USB 2.0 audio interface and mixer for personal studio recording and live performance mixing.

The Audio Express features studio-grade sound, hands-on mixing, MIDI connectivity, and all the audio I/O needed for a well-equipped personal studio. Advanced features include front-panel control of four stereo mix busses, stand-alone mixing, digitally controlled analog trim, DDS (Direct Digital Synthesis) audio clocking for exceptionally low jitter performance, and an instrument tuner.

Audio Express features

  • 6-input, 6-output audio interface for Mac and Windows.
  • 6 x 8 physical input/output channels — all channels are available simultaneously and operate independently.
  • Hybrid FireWire/USB 2.0 connectivity — connect to your Mac or PC via either bus-powered Firewire or hi-speed USB2.
  • 8-bus digital mixer — routes and mixes all six inputs to any output pair.
  • Four separate mixes — each output pair (main outs, line outs, S/PDIF out, and phones) can have a completely different mix of all six inputs, with or without computer tracks.
  • Two mic/guitar combo jacks — provide hi-Z 1/4” guitar input or XLR mic input with phantom power, 20 dB pad, Precision Digital Trim™, and plenty of gain.
  • Stereo analog inputs — on line-level, balanced TRS quarter-inch jacks. Connect to synth or or other line-level input signal.
  • Stereo main outs — on balanced TRS quarter-inch jacks. Connect directly to powered speakers (or other line-level analog destination).
  • Stereo 24-bit 96kHz S/PDIF digital in/out.
  • Stereo headphone output on quarter-inch jack with independent volume control.
  • Support for standard sample rates up to 96 kHz.
  • Precision Digital Trim™ — digitally controlled analog trim on all inputs provides adjustments in approximately 1 dB increments. Fine-tune the balance of all inputs and then save/recall trim configurations.
  • Front-panel mixing and control — each input has its own dedicated volume knob. Control multiple mixes with clear feedback from front panel LEDs and metering.
  • CueMix FX cross-platform mixing software — attractive on-screen graphic mixing with a tuner and audio analysis tools including real-time FFT display, spectrogram “waterfall” display, oscilloscope, X-Y plot and linear or polar phase analysis.
  • Stand-alone operation — bring the Audio Express to a gig, with or without a computer. Just plug in the included power adapter and you are ready to go. Need to tweak the mix? Just turn the front-panel knobs.
  • Front panel volume control of main outs and headphone jack.
  • Expandable — add additional interfaces for more I/O as your needs grow.
  • Time code support — directly resolves to (or generates) time code via any quarter-inch input or output, without the need for an extra synchronizer.
  • Direct Digital Synthesis™ (DDS) — a DSP-driven phase lock engine and internal clock source that produces imperceptibly low jitter characteristics (below the noise floor), even when the Audio Express is resolved to an external clock source via SMPTE time code.
  • Sample-accurate MIDI — connect a MIDI controller and/or sound module with no separate interface needed. MIDI I/O is sample-accurate with supporting software.
  • Foot switch input — connect a standard foot pedal switch (sold separately) for hands-free punch-in and punch-out while recording. Or map the pedal to any keystroke function in your host software.
  • DC-coupled TRS outputs — can be used with Volta™ (sold separately) to manipulate and sequence voltage-controlled modular synthesizers from a host DAW.
  • Plug-and-play operation with your Mac or PC via FireWire or USB2 — compatible with all current and recent generation Macs and PCs.
  • Includes native 32- and 64-bit drivers for Mac OS X and Windows 7/Vista, including ASIO, WDM, Wave, Core Audio, and Core MIDI. Supports all popular Mac and Windows audio software.
  • 100% compatible with all host-based effects processing in today’s popular audio programs.
  • Includes AudioDesk full-featured sample-accurate workstation software for the Mac with recording, editing, mixing, real-time 32-bit effects processing & sample-accurate sync.
  • Bus-powered FireWire operation. No need for external power when operating as a FireWire interface connected to a computer. A power supply is included for stand-alone operation.
  • Half-rack form factor with removable rack brackets (included) for portable desktop operation or rack-mount installation.

The Audio Express ships this month (March, 2011), priced $449 USD.

More information: MOTU / Audio Express

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Stanton SCS.1, major update for mixer control surface

Stanton has announced several new update developments to the SCS.1, the Stanton Control System1 mixer control surface.

Stanton SCS.1

The SCS.1, with its built-in FireWire® audio interface, assignable encoders, and tight, two-way software control is now better than ever, offering expanded presets, new ASIO drivers, updated firmware and DaRouter software.

Tim Dorwart CEO of Stanton comments: “Our team is very pleased to be able to announce these updates. The new capabilities of the SCS.1d enhance the performance of both scratch and general platter control. This should certainly help those migrating from traditional DVS turntables, to controllers who require the additional features integrated into the platter, right next to the place their fingers are when manipulating the platter. The new presets for both SCS.1d and SCS.1m extend this functionality to a whole host of other applications for DJ’ing live, composing and mixing”

Development Updates features

  • NEW Presets – Stanton has released a new preset for Native Instruments Traktor Pro® application, updating it to match the new features. Additional new presets include new Generic presets (4 in all) that allow the SCS.1 to be mapped into most DJ software packages; an Ableton Live preset for the SCS.1m, which fully supports clip and scene launching, mixing control, sends/groups, and FX control; a HUI preset that allows the SCS.1m to be used as a DAW controller for many common software packages (ProTools®, Nuendo™, Cubase™, Logic™, Sonar™, etc). Because Stanton utilized the HUI protocol, there is little to no mapping needed on the user’s part.
  • NEW ASIO Driver – This new ASIO driver for Windows® fully supports not only Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit varieties), but also is backwards compatible with Vista64 and XP. They also separated this installer from the DaRouter installer to make it easier on the end user to update components.
  • NEW DaRouter Software – A new SCS.1 DaRouter has been developed, which implements a better scratching algorithm. In response to user requests, it also allows for multiple instances of DaRouter to run simultaneously, which allows for the use of (for instance) 4 SCS.1ds at once. Of course, this version of DaRouter will also bundle in all the new presets so users have instant access to the new features.
  • NEW SCS.1M Firmware – Stanton has also updated the SCS.1d firmware, which not only improves the scratching performance of the SCS.1d, but also makes it more compatible with current DJ software. Like the ASIO driver, they’ve also separated this from the DaRouter installer to make installation and updating straightforward and error-free.

More information: Stanton / SCS.1

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Peavey debuts Xport USB Guitar Interface

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Peavey has introduced the Xport, a high-fidelity, ultra-portable 1/4″ jack-to-USB audio interface for electric guitar and bass.

Peavey Xport

The Xport’s high-quality ASIO™ and Core Audio™ drivers offer rock-solid performance for both Windows® and Mac® OS X. Powered by the USB bus and featuring both Headphone and Line outputs, the Xport provides musicians with a simple, hassle-free digital recording solution.

Included with Xport is Peavey ReValver™ amp modeling software, the only virtual amplifier that captures the true tone characteristics of vacuum tubes. This state-of-the-art software can be used as a stand-alone virtual amplifier or with your favorite recording software.

REAPER™ digital audio workstation software, an advanced multi-track audio production and recording environment for Windows and OS X, is also included with the Xport.

Xport features

  • USB bus powered.
  • 1/4″ guitar instrument input.
  • Headphone output with volume control.
  • Line output with volume control.
  • USB cable included.
  • ASIO™/OS X (Core Audio™) drivers.
  • Windows® XP/Vista/7 – Mac® OS X.
  • Includes ReValver™ and REAPER DAW software.

More information: Peavey

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