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Universal Audio announces Apollo audio interface

Universal Audio has announced Apollo, a high-resolution audio interface that combines UA’s analog design heritage with esteemed UAD Powered Plug-Ins in a sleek, elegant recording system for Mac and PC.

Universal Audio Apollo

With Apollo, music producers and performers can finally track through UAD Powered Plug-Ins in real time, via a professional 18 x 24 FireWire/Thunderbolt™-ready audio interface that delivers class-leading 24-bit/192 kHz sound quality.

“Apollo is the culmination of 10 years of analog and digital audio development here at UA,” said Bill Putnam Jr., Universal Audio founder. “In many ways, it’s brought the analog and digital sides of our company together. With Apollo, we’re delivering the sound, feel, and flow of analog recording with all the conveniences of modern digital equipment, including next-generation Thunderbolt technology.”

Apollo is, first and foremost, a well-built, high-resolution audio interface, featuring premium mic preamps and top-end converters to deliver the lowest THD and highest dynamic range in its class. Its Core Audio and ASIO* drivers ensure compatibility with all major DAWs, including Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, Live, and more. Moreover, Apollo’s Console application and companion Console Recall plug-in (VST/AU/RTAS) provide control and recall of all interface and UAD plug-in settings within individual DAW sessions, even months and years later.

Apollo features

  • 18 x 24 FireWire/Thunderbolt™-ready audio interface for Mac and PC*.
  • Realtime UAD Processing for low-latency (sub-2ms) tracking and mixing w/ UAD Powered Plug-Ins**.
  • Premium mic preamps, top-end converters, and uncompromising analog design.
  • Front-panel controls for all commonly used features.
  • Full recall of interface and UAD plug-in settings within DAW sessions via Console Recall plug-in (VST/RTAS/AU).
  • 8 analog inputs: 4 digitally controlled analog mic preamps; 8 balanced line inputs; 2 front-panel JFET DIs.
  • 14 analog outputs: 8 balanced line outs; 2 digitally-controlled analog monitor outs; 2 dedicated stereo headphone outs.
  • 10 channels of digital I/O: 8 channels of ADAT; 2 channels S/PDIF; Wordclock I/O.
  • Dual FireWire 800 ports (standard).
  • Thunderbolt I/O Option Card for connectivity to new Macs and PCs (card sold separately) †.
  • Available in DUO Core and QUAD Core processor models.
  • Includes “Analog Classics”.
  • plug-ins: LA-2A Classic Audio Leveler, 1176LN Limiting Amplifier, and Pultec EQP-1A Program Equalizer.

The Apollo High-Resolution Audio Interface will be available in both DUO CORE and QUAD CORE processing formats (with either two or four Analog Devices SHARC processors, respectively). Apollo will be shipping in the first quarter of 2012, with an estimated street price of $1,999 (DUO processing model) and $2,499 (QUAD processing model). Apollo’s Thunderbolt Option Card will be shipping in the first half of 2012, with an ESP of $499 USD.

More information: Universal Audio / Apollo

* Compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 and 10.7; Windows 7 support coming Summer 2012.
** All trademarks are recognized as property of their respective owners. Individual UAD Powered Plug-Ins sold separately.
†Thunderbolt I/O option card coming Summer 2012.

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MOTU 4pre audio interface now shipping

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MOTU has announced that it is now shipping the 4pre, a compact, half-rack 6×8 hybrid audio interface and mixer.

MOTU 4pre

The 4pre connects via FireWire or hi-speed USB2 to a Mac or PC computer and delivers professional audio quality, straightforward front-panel mixing, and plenty of I/O, including four mic inputs with preamps, alternative guitar/line inputs, four channels of analog output, stereo S/PDIF and two stereo headphone outputs.

Advanced features include digitally controlled analog trim, DDS (Direct Digital Synthesis) audio clocking for exceptionally low jitter performance, and an instrument tuner.

4pre features

  • 6-input, 8-output audio interface for Mac and Windows — all channels are available simultaneously and operate independently.
  • Hybrid FireWire/USB 2.0 connectivity — connect to a 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.
  • Four mic inputs with combo jacks — flexible combo jacks provide four XLR mic inputs, two hi-Z 1/4″ guitar inputs, and stereo line-level (+4/-10) input. Mic inputs provide individual preamps, phantom power, 20 dB pad, Precision Digital Trim‚Ñ¢, and plenty of gain.
  • Stereo main outs — on balanced TRS quarter-inch jacks. Connect directly to powered speakers (or other line-level analog destination).
  • Digital I/O — stereo 24-bit 96kHz S/PDIF in/out.
  • Two headphone outputs — independent volume control for each phone output. Output can be either the same or completely independent.
  • HD audio — supports 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 inputs and then save/recall trim configurations.
  • Front-panel mixing and control — each analog input has its own dedicated volume knob. Control multiple mixes with clear feedback from front panel LEDs and metering.
  • Front-panel output volume control — independent volume control of the main outs and phone output, or mirror the main outs on both phone jacks.
  • 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 4pre 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.
  • 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 4pre is resolved to an external clock source via SMPTE time code.
  • 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 — 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.
  • Fully compatible with 3rd-party software — 100% compatible with all host-based effects processing in today’s popular audio programs.
  • Includes audio workstation (DAW) software — AudioDesk full-featured sample-accurate workstation software for the Mac OS X 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 or USB2 operation.
  • Half-rack form factor with removable rack brackets (included) for portable desktop operation or rack-mount installation.

The 4pre is now shipping for $495 USD.

More information: MOTU / 4pre

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MOTU introduces 4pre compact audio interface

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MOTU has announced the 4pre, a compact audio interface with four mic preamps and mixing

MOTU 4pre

If you’ve been searching for an affordable, compact audio interface with four mic inputs, your search is over. The 4pre packs four mic inputs into an impressively small half-rack form factor, along with a healthy complement of additional professional-grade audio connections. Just think of the possibilities. You can record and mix vocals plus guitar for two musicians simultaneously. Or mic a drum kit with overheads and close-ups. Or record lead and background vocals in one take. With an interface this flexible, capable, and great-sounding, you’ll be ready for any situation your music throws at you.

4pre features

  • 6 x 8 audio interface for Mac and Windows – All channels are available simultaneously and operate independently.
  • Hybrid FireWire/USB 2.0 connectivity – Connects 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.
  • Four mic inputs with combo jacks – Flexible combo jacks provide four XLR mic inputs, two hi-Z 1/4″ guitar inputs, and stereo line-level (+4/-10) input. Mic inputs provide individual preamps, phantom power, 20 dB pad, Precision Digital Trim™, and plenty of gain.
  • Stereo main outs – On balanced TRS quarter-inch jacks. Connect directly to powered speakers (or other line-level analog destination).
  • Digital I/O – Stereo 24-bit 96kHz S/PDIF digital input and output.
  • Two headphone outputs – Independent volume control for each phone output. Output can be either the same or completely independent.
  • Support for HD audio – Supports 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 your 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.
  • Front-panel volume control of main outs and headphone jack – Independent volume control of the main outs and phone output, or mirror the main outs on both phone jacks.
  • CueMix™ FX cross-platform mixing software – Attractive on-screen graphic mixing with an instrument 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 4pre to your 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.
  • 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) – DSP-driven phase lock engine and internal clock source produces imperceptibly low jitter characteristics (below the noise floor), even when the 4pre is resolved to an external clock source via SMPTE time code.
  • 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.
  • Native 32- and 64-bit drivers for Mac OS X and Windows 7/Vista – Includes ASIO, WDM, Wave, Core Audio, and Core MIDI drives. Supports all popular Mac and Windows audio software.
  • Fully compatible with 3rd-party software – 100% compatible with all host-based effects processing in today’s popular audio programs.
  • Includes audio workstation (DAW) software – 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 or USB2 operation.
  • Compact form factor – Chassis dimensions, excluding rack ears and front and back panel knobs and connectors: 9.5 × 7 × 1.75 inches (24.13 × 17.78 × 4.45 cm). Knobs and connectors extend up to 0.5 inch (1.27 cm) from front and back panels, adding 1 inch (2.54 cm) to depth. With rack ears attached, fits one half of a standard 19 inch (48.26 cm) rack at 1U high.

The 4pre is available to purchase for a list price of $495 USD ($449 USD street).

More information: MOTU / 4pre

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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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