M-Audio has announced it has upgrades to its M-Track series audio interfaces.
The M-Track and M-Track Plus now feature a rugged all-metal chassis and studio–quality audio performance, and an expanded software suite is included with the M-Track Eight interface.
These new products give songwriters the ability to participate in the world of computer-based recording with an intuitive, easy-to-use interface that boasts 24-bit studio-quality audio performance, along with a new rugged all-metal chassis, greatly improved pre-amps, and class-leading audio performance on the inputs.
With these new products, M-Audio also announces a partnership with Waves Audio, Ltd.
“The new M-Tracks are designed to provide professional recording quality to musicians and producers, and we could think of nobody better to partner with for professional effects than Waves Audio,” said J.C. Sutherland, M-Audio Product Manager. “For more than 20 years, their effects plug-ins have set the standard for digital signal processing, and we’re thrilled to be able to offer their world-class effects to M-Track customers.”
Included with the M-Tracks are AudioTrack, Eddie Kramer Effect Channel, and TrueVerb plugins, which add a professional touch to any production. These plugins, along with the included Ableton Live Lite, provide a solid foundation to start a home/portable recording studio.
M-Audio’s currently available M-Track Eight also benefits from the Waves plugin treatment. In addition to AudioTrack, Eddie Kramer Effect Channel, and TrueVerb, M-Track Eight adds the L1 Ultramaximizer and Manny Marroquin Delay as part of its included software suite.
“We’re very excited about the new M-Track family of interfaces. They are solidly built, and with the added Waves plugin bundle users can produce impressive results that far exceed what the price points suggest.” – J.C. Sutherland, M-Audio Product Manager.
The upgraded M-Track and M-Track Plus will be available at the end of October, priced at $99 USD and $149 USD, respectively; the M-Track Eight is available now for $399 USD.
More information: M-Audio
TASCAM has announced the US-16×08, a 16-in/8-out USB audio/MIDI interface with advanced features to manage big sessions.
Eight Ultra-HDDA microphone preamps deliver the cleanest and quietest specifications in their class while delivering up to 56dB of gain. An additional eight line inputs are provided, two of them switchable to instrument level for direct guitar or bass recording. Eight balanced line outputs are also available, two with a level control on the front panel for monitoring.
Built into the US-16×08 is a DSP Mixer for low-latency digital mixing. Each channel has four-band EQ and compression for polished-sounding monitor mixes. In addition to interface mode, the US-16×08 can be used as a standalone mic preamp. Mac and Windows drivers are provided, as well as USB Audio Compliance 2.0 drivers for iOS compatibility. MIDI input and output are also available on the rear panel.
The solid, metal case was designed by designbox studio in Germany, and includes a pair of removable “bio-cell” side panels. In addition to their striking design, the side panels angle the interface towards you on a desktop. This angle makes the switches and knobs easier to read without twisting your head around. Rack ears are also included with the US-16×08.
Whether using the ergonomically-designed angled desktop stand or mounting with the included rack ears, the US-16×08 includes enough I/O for almost any music recording application.
- Eight Ultra-HDDA microphone preamps with 56dB of gain.
- 16-in/8-out interface with up to 96kHz/24-bit resolution.
- Eight 1/4” balanced line inputs, two switchable to instrument level.
- DSP Mixer for Low-latency monitoring with EQ and compression.
- High-quality audio components for 125dBu EIN and 105dB S/N ratio.
- USB Audio Compliant 2.0 drivers for iOS compatibility.
- Independent line out and headphone level controls.
- MIDI Input and Output.
- Metal body with angled design for better desktop visibility.
- Rackmount adapter included.
The US-16×08 is scheduled for release in November 2014, priced at $299.99 (street price).
More information: TASCAM / US-16×08
Universal Audio has announced the Apollo Premium Plug-Ins Promotion, a special promotion available now through the end of the year.
From October 1st – December 31st 2014, customers who purchase and register a new Apollo Audio Interface — any Twin, Apollo, or Apollo 16 model — will receive some of the most coveted UAD plug-ins — from the likes of Neve, EMT, UA, Studer & Manley — for free.
With its class-leading resolution and Realtime UAD Processing, Apollo sets a new standard for music production. This award-winning line of audio interfaces allows producers and musicians to record with near-zero latency through the full range of UAD Powered Plug-Ins — ingeniously merging classic analog tones with cutting-edge features.
Free Plug-Ins with corresponding Apollo purchase:
- Apollo Twin SOLO: 610A Tube Preamp & EQ ($149 value).
- Apollo Twin DUO: 610A Tube Preamp & EQ, EMT 140 Plate Reverb ($348 value).
- Apollo DUO: 610A Tube Preamp & EQ, EMT 140 Plate Reverb, Neve 88RS Channel Strip ($647 value).
- Apollo QUAD: 610A Tube Preamp & EQ, EMT 140 Plate Reverb, Neve 88RS Channel Strip, Studer A800 Tape Recorder ($996 value).
- Apollo 16: 610A Tube Preamp & EQ, EMT 140 Plate Reverb, Neve 88RS Channel Strip, Studer A800 Tape Recorder, Manley Massive Passive EQ ($1,295 value).
More information: Universal Audio / Apollo Premium Plug-Ins Promo
Universal Audio has announced worldwide availability of its new lineup of UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt DSP accelerators.
UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt DSP Accelerators are a sleek, powerful way for Thunderbolt-equipped Mac users to “supercharge” their systems and run larger mixes filled with rich, DSP-intensive plug-ins. These desktop-friendly units provide full access to UAD Powered Plug-Ins, including exclusive titles from Studer, Ampex, Lexicon, Neve, Manley, SSL, and more.
Available in QUAD or OCTO models with a choice of four or eight SHARC processors, UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt DSP Accelerators can also be integrated alongside UAD-2 PCIe cards and Thunderbolt-enabled Apollo interfaces, including Apollo Twin, Apollo, and Apollo 16 — for truly scalable mixing power.
For an immediate out-of-the-box mixing experience, UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt DSP Accelerators are available in Core, Custom, and Ultimate software packages. The Core package includes the Analog Classics Plus plug-in bundle, while Custom adds a choice of any three individual UAD plug-ins at registration. The Satellite Thunderbolt OCTO Ultimate is UA’s flagship package, including more than 79 UA-developed plug-ins — up to and including UAD software v7.8.
UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt street pricing:
- UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt – QUAD Core ($999)
- UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt – QUAD Custom ($1,399)
- UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt – OCTO Core ($1,499)
- UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt – OCTO Custom ($1,899)
- UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt – OCTO Ultimate ($5,999)
More information: Universal Audio / UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt
Apogee Electronics has announced its new Ensemble 30×34 Thunderbolt 2 audio interface for Mac.
The all new Apogee Ensemble is the first Thunderbolt 2 audio interface to offer superior sound quality, the lowest latency performance and the most comprehensive studio functionality all in one box.
Ensemble includes 8 Advanced Stepped Gain™ mic preamps, monitor controller functionality including talkback, front panel Guitar I/O, two headphone outputs and digital connectivity for a total of 30 x 34 I/O.
Blending acclaimed innovations, groundbreaking new features and an effortless user interface, Ensemble empowers you to capture inspiration when creative lightning strikes.
Ensemble Thunderbolt features
- 8 MiC preamps with up to 75 dB of gain and Advanced Stepped Gain circuit.
- Thunderbolt connectivity for ultra-low latency (1.1ms round trip).
- Front panel Guitar I/O with Class A JFET inputs, dual mode re-amp outputs.
- Talkback functionality with built-in mic and control button.
- 2 PurePower headphone outputs.
- 10 separately assignable analog inputs.
- 16 analog outputs of premium Apogee conversion.
The Apogee Ensemble Thunderbolt will be available October 2014, priced at $2,495 USD.
More information: Apogee / Ensemble
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