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Line 6 to be acquired by Yamaha Corporation

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Yahama & Line 6

Yamaha and Line 6 have announced a definitive agreement for Yamaha to acquire Line 6, a leading manufacturer of innovative solutions for musicians.

The acquisition expands Yamaha’s portfolio of modeling guitar processing products as well as pro-audio equipment, and offers new and exciting opportunities for accelerated growth for both companies.

Line 6 products have been at the cutting edge of digital audio development for musicians and audio professionals since the company pioneered the digital modeling guitar amplifier in 1996. Line 6 continues to deliver innovation and excellence across its industry-leading portfolio, including POD® multi-effect processors, digital effects, guitar amplifiers, modeling guitars, a range of professional instrument and microphone digital wireless systems, digital live sound mixers, speakers, as well as iOS interfaces.

Under the terms of the agreement, Yamaha will operate Line 6 as a wholly owned subsidiary to fully realize the compelling opportunities for the two brands with Line 6’s operations continuing as before and its management team remaining in place.

“I am very happy that Line 6, which has been creating innovative products and creating new market opportunities consistently over its history, will become a member of the Yamaha group. We look forward to accelerating our growth strategy by pursuing the beneficial effects from both companies and by utilizing Line 6’s core brand power centered on guitarists that is so highly regarded worldwide as well as its unique technology, planning and development capabilities” said Mr. Takuya Nakata, President of Yamaha Corporation.

“For over 30 years of developing products, and even further back to my earliest memories as a developing musician, Yamaha has been the brand for which I have always had the most respect,” said Line 6 co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer Marcus Ryle. “Yamaha has consistently set the standard in our industry for quality and innovation, and I am very proud for Line 6 to now be a part of this incredible legacy.”

“Yamaha’s acquisition of Line 6 will help accelerate the realization of our vision to drive innovation for musicians across the globe,” said Line 6 CEO and President Paul Foeckler. “We’re proud that Yamaha recognizes the innovation and value in our people, IP and processes and we’re excited about the opportunities ahead to expand our reach”

More information: Line 6 / Yamaha

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Sweetwater announces GearFest Mixing Contest

GearFest Mixing Contest

Sweetwater has announced the GearFest Mixing Contest, its largest audio mixing contest in collaboration with pureMix, offering participants the chance to win over $18 000 worth of high end audio equipment.

Sweetwater and pureMix.net are proud to announce that they have partnered together to organise the most exciting mixing contest ever seen on the web. Participants can register for FREE and download the raw tracks from famous artist Liza Colby and do their own mix. The winners will win amazing prizes donated by Dangerous Music, Focal Professional, Universal Audio, Blue Microphones, Presonus, Lauten Audio, Vovox and Sweetwater. That’s pretty cool, isn’t it ?

The tracks for mixing the best sounding version of Liza Colby Sound’s song ‘Oh Baby’ are actually downloadable at pureMix. The contest is FREE and is sponsored by Dangerous Music, Focal Professional, Universal Audio, Blue Microphones, Presonus, Lauten Audio, Vovox and Sweetwater.

Tracked live on stage in front of a rapt audience at Sweetwater’s GearFest 2012, “Oh Baby” is a raw gem that will let contestants really prove their mixing skills. The contest is completely platform independent : any DAW, any platform is welcome. The pureMix team and Fab Dupont will pick out the 16 winners for the 16 prizes. Judges will focus on mixing skills and “taste” to pick the winners, not what equipment was used.

Contest instructions are available at pureMix after a FREE registration. Contestants can also watch grammy nominated producer/Engineer Fab Dupont in a free video showing how the hit was recorded, with a detailed step-by-step explanation.

The mixing challenge runs until June 1st, 2013. Winners will be announced at Sweetwater’s GearFest 2013 on June 21st, contacted via email and announced on pureMix.net homepage.

More information: GearFest Mixing Contest

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IK Multimedia ships iLine Mobile Music Cable Kit

IK Multimedia iLine Mobile Music Cable Kit

IK Multimedia has announced it is now shipping the iLine Mobile Music Cable Kit, a collection of 6 high-quality cables, also available separately, designed to give users of smartphones, tablets, MP3 players and laptops the tools they need to handle any mobile-audio cabling situation.

The iLine cables are perfect for use with IK accessories like iRig, the most popular guitar and bass input adapter of all time; iRig HD, the new high-definition digital interface, and iRig MIX, the ultra-portable DJ mixer that’s small enough to hold in one hand.

iLine Mobile Music Cable Kit

  • 6 high-quality cables:
    • Mono Output Adapter
    • Input Output Extension
    • Stereo Aux
    • Headphone Splitter
    • RCA Output Adapter
    • Mono Output Splitter
  • 24K gold-plated connectors for maximum connectivity in all environments.
  • High-purity copper conductors for the best-quality signal transfer.
  • Low-capacitance insulation to preserve transients.
  • High-density shielding to guard against EMI.
  • Carrying case included.
  • Made in Italy.
  • Compatible with smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktops and most high-end audio equipment.
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty.
  • Cables can be purchased individually.
  • Free interactive companion app, iLine Cable Kit for iPhone/iPad/iPod touch and for Android.

The iLine Mobile Music Cable Kit is available to purchase for 49.99 EUR. Individual cables are sold starting at 11.99 EUR. The iLine Cable Kit App is a free download.

More information: IK Multimedia / iLine Mobile Music Cable Kit

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Ear Machine myMicSound, microphone recommendation engine

Ear Machine has launched myMicSound, a free web application that simplifies the difficult task of using your ears to decide which microphone to purchase.

Ear Machine myMicSound

The application learns the user’s preference by analyzing ratings of example microphones. myMicSound then returns a list that ranks microphones by the probability that the user will like their sounds.

“myMicSound is the first step toward a fundamental change in how people decide to purchase audio equipment,” said Andrew Sabin, Ear Machine owner and psychoacoustics researcher. “Currently, people make these decisions by receiving recommendations from friends, or by conducting a clumsily-organized listening comparison. myMicSound offers users a simple format to use their own ears to conduct a free, controlled, and comprehensive listening test.”

Users can either submit their own recording, or use one from myMicSound’s collection. myMicSound removes the sound of the microphone used to make that recording, and then simulates the sound of new microphones. myMicSound carefully considers factors influencing the sound of the microphone, such as the proximity to the sound source, the polar pattern, and whether filters are active.

myMicSound is the first sound-based recommendation engine in the audio equipment market. Its software algorithm relies on state-of-the-art knowledge in both auditory perception and computer science. Similar algorithms, such as the one used by Pandora, are widely used in music recommendation.

More information: myMicSound

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Do Coat Hangers Sound As Good Monster Cables?

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Can you tell the difference between music that passed through a pricey Monster stereo Cable, and a coat hanger?

Monster Cable and Coat Hanger
Monster Cable or Coat Hanger, does it matter?

The Consumerist has a story about a guy from the Audioholics Home Theater Forum who says his brother ran an experiment on him and four other audio aficionados listening to a new CD from a new group blindfolded.

Guess what happened…

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Vers hand-crafted wood sound systems for iPod and iPhone

Vers is a new compact audio systems company, by industrial designer David Laituri and his parter at Sprout Creation.

The company focuses on high-quality wood crafting and rich sound.

Laituri says:

Vers is a line of hand crafted real wood sound systems for iPod, iPhone and others, with a lot of thought put toward sustainability, using recycled materials where possible, selecting energy efficient components, eliminating lead, heavy metals and other chemicals

Vers X2 iPod system
Vers X2 iPod system

Their first product is Vers X2, a compact, all-in-one system for iPod products (price: $179).

Vers X2 features

  • Plays and charges: iPod Video, iPod Nano, iPod mini, iPod, iPod classic, iPod touch and iPhone
  • Hand-crafted cherry veneer cabinet – no two alike
  • Includes 8 iPod adapters and universal MP3 dock
  • 2 3″ custom-engineered 15 watt speakers
  • Dual port design for deeper bass
  • Advanced 14 function remote control with 25′ range
  • 3.5mm audio cable for use with other MP3 players
  • 3.5mm Audio Input and Audio Output
  • Full range speakers add clarity and realism to your music
  • Dimensions: 11.5″ W x 5.6″ H x 5.6″ L
  • Weight: 6.5 lbs.

Visit Vers for more information.

Link via core77

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Star Wars R2-D2 speakers

One can never have too many Star Wars merchandise right? If you think so, then these R2-D2 speakers might be just what you’d like to put on your wishlist (delivery is expected in December 2007).

Star Wars R2-D2 speakers
Star Wars R2-D2 speakers

Ad Dugdale from Gizmodo writes:

Sound quality isn’t great and the 4.7-inch droid connects via a 3.5-mm audio cable (USB connection is, as yet, unconfirmed). Each speaker costs $20 (so order two if you want a pair) and it comes in red or blue

These 12cm tall models can now be preordered from National Console Suppurt Inc.

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