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Roland intros Mobile UA audio interface

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Roland has announced the Mobile UA, an ultra-compact USB audio interface that incorporates newly developed S1LKi sound technology.

Roland Mobile UA

Featuring up to four channels of DSD and PCM audio playback in a small, bus-powered device, the Mobile UA delivers exceptional audio quality and low-latency operation for on-the-go music production, live performance, and general listening enjoyment.

Not much bigger than a deck of cards, the Mobile UA is the world’s smallest USB audio interface that supports both DSD and ASIO. It offers native playback of DSD audio sampled at 2.8 MHz, and Roland’s proprietary S1LKi audio engine also reproduces traditional PCM audio at rates of 44.1 kHz and above with extreme precision. Using the same type of 1-bit D/A converter used in DSD, the resulting conversion produces ultra-smooth, unclouded sound when compared to standard D/A conversion in PCM-based devices.

Mobile UA features

  • World’s smallest USB audio interface that supports both ASIO and DSD.
  • High-quality audio playback from Roland’s newly-developed S1LKi audio engine.
  • Native playback of 2.8 MHz DSD audio.
  • Ultra-compact four-channel audio output.
  • High-powered 158 MW + 158 MW (at 40 ohm load) headphone amp.
  • Supports ASIO and Core Audio; designed for low-latency operation.

More information: Roland / Mobile UA

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Focusrite releases Scarlett Solo USB interface

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Focusrite has launched the Scarlett Solo, a new portable 2-in/2-out USB audio interface.

Focusrite Scarlett Solo

We want everybody to be able to make and record music, whatever their level of experience or budget. What we don’t want, however, is for anybody to have to compromise on their sound quality. To us, Sound is Everything.

That’s why we‘ve created the Scarlett Solo. It’s a 2-in/2-out USB interface with a single mic pre, a single instrument input and direct latency-free monitoring. It’s as compact and simple as possible: we’ve stripped out everything unnecessary and left pure Focusrite quality.

Scarlett Solo features

  • 2 in / 2 out USB audio interface.
  • 96 KHz, 24-bit conversion.
  • 1 Focusrite microphone preamplifier.
  • Red anodised aluminium unibody chassis.

Scarlett Solo is available for purchase for MSRP $125.99 USD ($99.99 USD street).

More information: Focusrite / Scarlett Solo

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MOTU intros 1248, 8M & 16A audio interfaces

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MOTU has announced 1248, 8M and 16A, three new high-end Thunderbolt audio interfaces.

MOTU 1248 / 8M / 16A

The culmination of years of R&D, each interface delivers a wide range of analog and digital I/O, A/D/A conversion with exceptionally high dynamic range, 48-channel mixing and DSP effects processing, universal connectivity to your computer, and audio networking for system expansion.

Flexible, powerful audio I/O
Start with the flagship 1248, or mix and match any combination of the three I/O’s to suit your specific needs. Add a 2nd interface with a simple Ethernet cable. Add the five-port MOTU AVB Switch to build an expanded system of 3 to 5 interfaces with AVB audio networking (or 6+ with additional switches). Regardless of which interfaces you choose, they all share features that are easy to use and shared among all three products.

1248, 8M and 16A features

  • Superb audio quality — For example, all balanced TRS analog outputs produce 123 dB dynamic range and -110 dB THD+N (0.0003%) at -1 dBFS, Unweighted, 1 kHz.
  • Universal connectivity — Connects to your computer with Thunderbolt or high-speed USB 2.0 (compatible with USB 3.0). Class-compliant firmware and Industry standard drivers work with any audio software.
  • On-board DSP with mixing and effects — Flexible 48-input digital mixer modeled after large format mixing consoles, with 12 stereo busses and DSP effects, including reverb, 4-band EQ, gate, and compression.
  • 32-bit floating point processing — The DSP engine for mixing and effects delivers virtually unlimited headroom and the utmost in sound quality.
  • Modeled vintage effects processing — Classic reverb. Compression modeled after the legendary LA-2A compressor. EQ modeled after British analog console EQs.
  • System expansion and audio networking — Add a 2nd MOTU AVB interface (1248, 8M or 16A) with a simple Cat-5e Ethernet cable. Connect up to five MOTU interfaces using a MOTU AVB Switch (sold separately). Build a network with multiple interfaces and computers using standard AVB switches and network cabling, with ultra-low network latency, even over long cable runs (hundreds of meters). Stream hundreds of audio channels among devices and computers on the network.
  • Matrix routing and splitting — Flexible, matrix-style audio routing and splitting for any analog or digital input, computer channel or network stream to any other output, computer, or network device. Split any single input to unlimited multiple output destinations.
  • 256 channels of network audio I/O for your host computer — Record and monitor up to 128 networked audio channels in and out, simultaneously, through the Thunderbolt connection to a host computer.
  • Web app control — Control on-board DSP, mixing, device settings, and network audio routing from web app software running in your favorite browser on a laptop, tablet or smart phone connected by wire or Wi-Fi to your local area network.
  • Stand-alone mixing with wireless control — Connect an Apple Airport or other Wi-Fi router directly to the 1248, 8M or 16A with a standard Ethernet cable and control the powerful on-board mixing and DSP effects from your smart phone or tablet, without a computer. Great for live sound mixing.
  • ADAT digital I/O — Connect outboard digital processors, digital mixers or other gear. 16 channels at 44.1/48 kHz or 8 channels at 88.2/96 kHz.
  • Comprehensive metering — The large backlit 324 x 24 LCD lets you view all signal activity at a glance with detailed metering for all analog and digital I/O. Access hardware settings from a simple and convenient menu.

Pricing and availability TBA.

More information: MOTU

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PreSonus launches AudioBox iOne & iTwo audio interfaces + Capture for iPad

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PreSonus has announced AudioBox iOne and AudioBox iTwo, two new USB powered audio interfaces.

PreSonus AudioBox iTwo

These next-generation mobile interfaces include PreSonus’ easy-to-use Studio One® Artist DAW for Mac and Windows, new Capture™ Duo recording software for iPad, and a Nimbit® Free account for online direct-to-fan distribution of music, merchandise, and more. With Capture Duo or Capture for iPad and an AudioBox iOne or iTwo, you can record with an iPad, then wirelessly transfer your recordings directly to Studio One Artist. The result is an integrated, end-to-end, mobile solution that includes everything needed to record, edit, mix, and share music anytime and anywhere.

The AudioBox iOne sports one instrument input and one mic input, while AudioBox iTwo offers two combo mic and switchable line/instrument inputs. Both feature high-performance Class A mic preamplifiers with phantom power and 24-bit, up to 96 kHz converters with 105 dB of dynamic range. The DACs feed balanced ¼-inch, line-level outputs and a loud, clear headphone output with independent level control. The AudioBox iTwo also includes MIDI In and Out. Each interface has an internal analog mixer with zero-latency monitoring, enabling you to monitor recorded tracks and overdubs without audible delay.

Small, lightweight, and USB bus-powered, the AudioBox iOne and iTwo can sit on a tabletop or fit in the pocket of a backpack or laptop bag. They’re built to travel, with a metal chassis and knobs and jacks secured directly to the enclosure to reduce strain on the internal circuit board.

Both interfaces work with any recording software that supports Core Audio (Mac) or ASIO (Windows).

PreSonus has introduced Capture for iPad and Capture Duo, two new audio-recording apps for Apple iPad that are based on the company’s lauded Capture live-recording software for StudioLive mixers.

PreSonus Capture

Capture™ Duo two-track recording software for iPad, free from the Apple App Store, is based on PreSonus’ Capture live-recording software for StudioLive mixers. Capture Duo lets you record and play two tracks with 24-bit, 96 kHz fidelity and includes basic mixing and editing as well as an integrated metronome.

PreSonus also offers Capture for iPad, which can record up to 32 tracks with the same features and 24-bit, 96 kHz fidelity. Capture for iPad is available from the Apple App Store for an expected price of $9.99.

Capture features

  • Simple, intuitive, mobile recording solution for Apple iPad®.
  • Capture™ Duo records two stereo tracks; Capture for iPad records up to 32 tracks.
  • One-tap recording.
  • Records at up to 24-bit, 96 kHz.
  • Direct wireless transfer of sessions to PreSonus® Studio One®.
  • Editing functions include cut, copy, paste, split, and duplicate.
  • Level and Pan controls for balancing your tracks.
  • Saves in compact Apple Lossless format.
  • Works with any iPad-compatible interface, including the internal iPad microphone.

More information: PreSonus / AudioBox i Series

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Steinberg releases dspMixFx app for iPad + UR series firmware v2.1

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Steinberg has launched dspMixFx, an app that gives iPad access to DSP features of its UR824, UR28M and UR44, and released updated firmware/software for these audio interfaces.

Steinberg dspMixFx

dspMixFx allows users to control the many digital signal processing (DSP) features available on the UR824, UR28M and UR44 audio interfaces in order to create latency-free monitor mixes with the readily available DSP effects through the iPad.

“Most musicians have experienced a poor monitor mix at some time or another. And this results in a poor performance. With dspMixFx, simply hook up your iPad to the interface, set up the perfect mix and get the best out of each and every performer during the recording sessions,” says Stefan Schreiber, product marketing manager at Steinberg.

dspMixFx harnesses the power of Yamaha’s SSP2 DSP chip built into the UR interfaces, making the available DSP features easily accessible through the iPad. The iOS app provides a mixer for the input signals and controls the acclaimed REV-X reverb, the Sweet Spot Morphing Channel Strip with compressor and three-band parametric EQ as well as the four Guitar Amp Classics amp emulations at zero latency.

dspMixFx is compatible with other iOS audio apps, offering full operation when using third-party apps with the DSP-powered interfaces of Steinberg’s UR range.

The firmware/software update version 2.1 ensures full compatibility of the UR824, UR28M and UR44 with the dspMixFx app as well as providing automatic detection of the connected iPad or computer when in class compliant mode.

dspMixFx is a free app available through the App Store. The firmware and Tools software update version 2.1 is freely available as download from the Steinberg website.

More information: Steinberg / dspMixFx

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Native Instruments introduces the updated TRAKTOR AUDIO 2 – now iOS-ready

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Native Instruments has announced new iOS compatibility for the updated TRAKTOR AUDIO 2, the world’s smallest premium DJ audio interface.

NI Traktor Audio 2 iOS-ready

Now plug-and-play with the latest version of TRAKTOR DJ – the pro DJ app for iPad and iPhone – TRAKTOR AUDIO 2 transforms iOS devices into a mobile, crowd-worthy DJ setup. Designed for ultimate portability, TRAKTOR AUDIO 2 delivers pristine, premium 24-bit/48 kHz audio in an unsurpassed pocket-sized format.

The ultra-compact TRAKTOR AUDIO 2 now joins the growing list of iOS compatible hardware by Native Instruments. With the release of iOS version 7.1, TRAKTOR AUDIO 2, TRAKTOR KONTROL S4, S2, and Z1 now all connect seamlessly to an iPad or iPhone running the latest version of TRAKTOR DJ. With an even slimmer, streamlined profile, the updated TRAKTOR AUDIO 2 is more portable than ever. Two 1/8 inch stereo outputs allow for seamless track cueing and headphone monitoring in TRAKTOR PRO 2 or TRAKTOR DJ. The outputs of the TRAKTOR AUDIO 2 can be connected to a standard DJ mixer, allowing two TRAKTOR Decks to be mixed with familiar tactile control.

TRAKTOR AUDIO 2 connects to laptops or iOS devices using the included mini-USB or 30-pin to USB cables. Using the AUDIO 2 with iPad 4 and iPhone 5 requires a 30-pin to Lightning adapter. When using TRAKTOR DJ on an iPhone or iPad, connecting the optional power supply increases the overall output volume and keeps the connected device charged. TRAKTOR AUDIO 2 includes TRAKTOR LE 2. Two decks, three effects, and all essential mixing features provide a ready-to-use package designed for entry-level DJs.

TRAKTOR AUDIO 2 is available to purchase for $99 USD / 99 EUR / £89 GBP. A $50 USD / 50 EUR / £44 GBP e-voucher will also be sent to users upon registration of the included TRAKTOR LE software.

More information: Native Instruments / TRAKTOR AUDIO 2

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PreSonus intros Music Creation Suite Recording Kit

PreSonus has announced its Music Creation Suite, a complete recording kit comprising hardware and software components for producing music.

PreSonus Music Creation Suite

Create music, podcasts, and more and distribute projects on the Web with PreSonus® Music Creation Suite recording kit, a complete solution for classrooms, school labs, churches, and home studios!

This special all-PreSonus system combines an AudioBox USB interface with Studio One® Artist music-production software, Notion music-notation and composition software, the PS49 USB MIDI keyboard, HD3 monitoring headphones, an M7 large-diaphragm condenser microphone, a free Nimbit account, a powered USB hub, and all necessary cables and mounts.

PreSonus will offer lesson plans and instructional videos to help music educators get the most from the new hardware/software recording and composition kit.

The Music Creation Suite has an expected street price of $399.95 USD. Custom site licenses for multiple units can be generated when the products are registered.

More information: PreSonus / Music Creation Suite

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