Denon DJ intros MC4000 Serato controller & DS1 Serator interface

Denon DJ has announced the MC4000, a new Serato MIDI controller.

Denon DJ MC4000

The all-new MC4000 is a 2-deck Serato MIDI controller for the professional DJ, wrapping in- demand audio manipulation tools in a robust steel chassis. In addition to precision touch-activated jog wheels, performers get access to dedicated hot cue and sample pads for on-the-fly creativity.

Long-throw 100mm pitch faders and an intuitive control layout deliver natural operation when balancing complex set elements. Known for their emphasis on sound quality, Denon DJ includes a premium 24-bit audio output path for noticeably clearer mixes.

Denon DJ’s highly regarded dual microphone inputs are complemented by a studio-grade echo effect, and “ducking” feature—effortlessly moving vocals to the top of the mix without riding faders. The MC4000 includes Serato DJ Intro and will be compatible with Traktor 2, and Virtual DJ 8.

MC4000 features

  • Premium 2-Deck controller for Serato.
  • Includes Serato DJ Intro; user-upgradeable to Serato DJ.
  • Touch-activated jog wheels for accurate scratching and track cueing.
  • Dedicated hot-cue and sample trigger pads with illuminated feedback.
  • Long-throw, 100mm pitch faders.
  • All-new control layout for effortless, intuitive use.
  • Dedicated EQ and FX controls on each channel.
  • (2) balanced mic inputs with 2-band EQ, Ducking, and Echo effect.
  • Compatible with Traktor 2 (via .tsi files) and Virtual DJ 8.
  • RCA Aux input for external device mixing.
  • Balanced Main and Booth Outputs.
  • Pro-grade steel construction.

The MC4000 will be available in Q2 with an MSRP of £299.99 GBP.

Denon has also introduced the DS1, a breakthrough interface for users of Serato NoiseMap – the system used to control a Serato-based digital music library using a turntable or compact disc player.

Denon DJ DS1

The DS1 is plug and play with Serato DJ, extending Denon DJ’s hallmark audio quality and reliability to club DJs and turntablists who prefer the feel of vinyl, but desire the flexibility a digital music library provides.

At the core of the all-new DS1 is a bi-directional audio interface with two sets of RCA stereo inputs for turntables or professional CD players. As users manipulate the vinyl or CD NoiseMap signal, Serato DJ software mirrors the control signal—controlling digital tracks on-screen in real-time for beatmatching, cueing, scratching, and track juggling.

Playback audio is distributed by the DS1 to a mixer or loudspeaker system in studio-grade 24-bit quality via two sets of RCA stereo outputs.

DS1 features

  • Premium Digital Vinyl System (DVS) interface for Serato DJ.
  • Interfaces turntables and CD players using Serato NoiseMap with a Serato DJ-based digital music library.
  • Plug and play with Serato DJ—no purchase necessary.
  • (2) sets of stereo RCA inputs and outputs for left and right decks.
  • Studio-grade 24-bit digital to analog conversion.
  • Supports 44.1kHz, 48kHz, and 96kHz sampling rates.
  • Dedicated grounding post for use with turntables.
  • Single USB cable connection to a computer for power and audio.
  • Includes (2) Serato NoiseMap control tone vinyl records and CDs.
  • Includes USB and stereo RCA cables.
  • Rugged, all-metal construction; carrying case included.

The DS1 will be available in Q2 with an MSRP of £229.99 GBP.

More information: Denon DJ

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Universal Audio intros Apollo Expanded software

Universal Audio has announced Apollo Expanded software, coming exclusively for Apollo audio interfaces as part of UAD Software v8.0, to be released in March 2015.

Universal Audio Apollo Expanded

With Apollo Expanded, users of Thunderbolt-equipped Apollo Twin, Apollo DUO, Apollo QUAD, and Apollo 16 audio interfaces can freely combine up to four Apollos and six total UAD-2 devices — adding I/O and DSP as their studio grows.

Apollo Expanded also marks the introduction of Console 2.0 software, giving Thunderbolt-equipped Apollo users dynamic new workflow options, with more than 25 new user-requested features.

Apollo Expanded features

  • “Mix and Match” up to four Apollos (any model) over Thunderbolt (Mac).
  • Simple Thunderbolt cable connection between units.
  • Combine up to six UAD-2 devices per system.
  • New Flex Driver lets users customize Core Audio I/O — name, save, and share presets for different hardware setups and DAWs.
  • Star clocking over Thunderbolt distributes high-quality clock to all Apollos.
  • Add an Apollo Twin for desktop monitor control as well as additional DSP and connectivity.

Console 2.0 Software features

  • New high-resolution / Retina-compatible 64-bit software interface for Thunderbolt-equipped Apollos.
  • Channel Strip presets lets users see, save, and recall UAD plug-in chains.
  • Numerous monitoring improvements including Alternate Monitors, new Control Room functions, and enhanced headphone cue management.
  • New UAD plug-in categories and individual Show/Hide functionality.
  • Enhanced plug-in features such as preset auditioning and drag & drop functionality.
  • Per-input Record/Monitor effect switching.
  • Multi-level Undo and Redo for plug-in assignments and parameters.

Apollo Expanded is part of upcoming UAD Software v8.0, which, in addition to Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite compatibility, also adds all-new plug-in categories to the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform.

New plug-ins UAD Software v8.0

New UAD v8.0 plug-ins

Sound Machine® Wood Works® Plug-In — $299

  • Lets acoustic guitar piezo pickups sound like a studio-miked acoustic.
  • Get rich acoustic sounds in noisy environments or when high-quality miking is not possible.
  • Re-voice the source guitar’s resonance and acoustic properties live or at mixdown.
  • Freedom to re-mic during mixing, changing and adding microphones as needed.

UA Distortion Essentials Plug-In Bundle — $249

  • Features the legendary Ibanez Tube Screamer TS808, Raw Distortion™ (based on the vintage early-80s Pro Co Rat), and Bermuda Triangle (based on the early 70s-era) Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi) plug-ins*.
  • Harnesses Unison™ technology to precisely emulate the circuit interaction, gain range, and clip points of the original stompboxes.

Antares Auto-Tune Live Plug-In — $249

  • Realtime pitch correction and manipulation with iconic Auto-Tune effect.
  • Incredibly low latency for instant response, onstage or in the studio.

Friedman Amplifiers Plug-In Collection by Brainworx — $249

  • Includes spot-on emulations of the industry-leading Friedman DS40 and Friedman BE100 guitar amplifiers.
  • Audition 66 different Recording Chains to match the perfect tone to the part.
  • Fine-tune sounds with an onboard FX Rack that includes a noise gate, EQ filter controls, and host-syncable lo-fi delay.
  • Developed by Brainworx exclusively for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo Audio Interfaces.

Apollo Expanded Software will be available in March 2015.

More information: Universal Audio

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MOTU intros 112D audio interface at NAMM

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MOTU has debuted the 112D, a flexible Thunderbolt-equipped digital audio interface, router, format converter and mixer.

MOTU 112D

The seventh in a series of new, high-end audio interfaces from MOTU, the 112D serves as the flagship digital interface of the new line, offering 24 channels of AES/EBU, 24 channels of ADAT optical and 64 channels of MADI (AES10) for a total of 112 simultaneous digital I/O channels, all in a single rack space. Operating on its own or as a component of a MOTU AVB network system, the 112D shares the many powerful mixing, routing, networking and wireless control features found in MOTU’s award-winning AVB interface lineup.

“When it comes to high channel-count digital connectivity, the 112D pretty much does it all,” said Jim Cooper, MOTU Director of Marketing. “With MADI, multiple banks of AES/EBU and optical I/O, plus computer I/O and AVB networking, the 112D acts as a central digital hub, allowing users to unify their mixing console, audio workstation and other digital audio gear, and then link it all to an AVB audio network with sub-millisecond routing, hundreds of audio channels, standard Ethernet infrastructure and long, affordable cable runs.”

Massive digital I/O, routing, mixing, and format conversion

The 112D provides one set of BNC (coaxial) MADI connectors (in and out), which provide 64 (or 56) channels of I/O at 1x sample rates, 32 (or 28) channels at 2x rates and 16 (or 14) channels at 4x rates (up to 192 kHz). Three 8-channel banks of AES/EBU I/O on standard 25-pin D-sub connectors provide 24 channels at 1x and 2x sample rates (up to 96 kHz). Six banks of ADAT optical I/O provide 24 channels of optical I/O, either with three 8-channel banks at 1x sample rates or with six 4-channel banks of SMUX at 2x sample rates.

Users can connect all their MADI, AES/EBU and optically-equipped gear, plus their computer, mixing console, and AVB network, then route channels from anywhere to anywhere else. With a few finger taps on their iPad screen, users can convert any format to any other. AVB network cable runs can be up to 100 meters long on standard, affordable CAT-6 wiring. For any situation that involves both MADI and audio networking, the 112D serves as an economical and capable MADI-to-AVB converter with near-zero latency and flexible routing and splitting to/from the AVB network.

Powerful DSP delivers large console style mixing with 48 channels, 12 stereo busses, and 32-bit floating point effects processing, including modeled analog EQ, vintage compression and classic reverb. Users can mix audio from any and all sources: the local digital inputs, computer audio channels and other devices on the AVB network.

Flexible computer connectivity

Like MOTU’s popular 1248, 8M and 16A interfaces, the 112D provides 128 simultaneous channels of computer I/O over Thunderbolt. All seven interfaces in the lineup, the 112D included, offer cross-platform, class compliant, high-speed USB 2.0 connectivity (compatible with USB 3.0 and iOS), or, as an alternative to USB or Thunderbolt, audio interface operation over AVB Ethernet when connected to a recent-generation Mac running Mac OS X Yosemite (10.10). One primary benefit of using MOTU devices as an AVB audio interface is that users can place their 112D or other MOTU interface up to 100 meters away from their computer using standard, affordable cabling.

The 112D will ship in Q1 of 2015, priced at $1,495 USD.

More information: MOTU / 112D

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Roland announces Super UA audio interface

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Roland has announced the Super UA, a high-performance USB 2.0 audio interface featuring proprietary S1LKi technology.

Roland Super UA

Offering exceptional sound with 1-bit DSD and 32-bit PCM playback, VS Preamps, monitor control functions, and more, the flexible Super UA is ideal for use in personal music studios, mobile applications, and other situations where superior audio resolution is desired.

Sleek and compact, the Super UA provides up to four simultaneous channels of 24-bit PCM recording. Roland’s newly developed S1LKi audio engine also enables native four-channel playback of DSD audio sampled at 2.8 MHz, as well as PCM playback at rates up to 32-bit/192 kHz. Using the same type of 1-bit D/A converter used in DSD, S1LKi produces ultra-smooth, unclouded sound when compared to standard D/A conversion in typical PCM-based devices.

Super UA features

  • Audiophile sound quality with 1-bit DSD and 32-bit PCM playback.
  • Four inputs and four outputs with XLR and 1/4-inch connectors.
  • Die-cast metal construction with simple, solid controls and smooth metering.
  • Includes 1/4-inch and 1/8-inch jacks for headphones.
  • Flexible design allows for mobile use without having to disconnect studio mics and monitors.
  • Large multi-function knob and recessed, illuminated buttons provide quick access to input and output levels.
  • Clean, quiet operation with stunning clarity and dynamic range.
  • Low-latency ASIO and Core Audio drivers.

Pricing and availability TBA.

More information: Roland / Super UA

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Focusrite intros Clarett audio interface series

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Focusrite has introduced Clarett, a new range of audio interfaces that combine a new preamp design with the very latest in Thunderbolt technology, to offer exceptional sound quality with an interface latency of under 1ms.

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Focusrite’s Clarett interfaces offer crystal clear conversion, 24-bit, 192kHz sample rates and “world class” dynamic range. Equally, their brand new Clarett mic preamps replicate the impedance and transformer resonance of the original ISAs.

The range is made up of four devices; the 2Pre (10 In/4 Out), 4Pre (18 In/8 Out), 8Pre (18 In/20 Out) and flagship 8Pre X (26 In/28 Out). This final 2U interface has been designed with the permanent racked studio install in mind, featuring extended ADAT I/O, and separate rear panel inputs for mic, line and instrument, as well as dedicated phantom power, phase reverse and high pass filters on every channel.

Focusrite Clarett features

  • New Clarett preamps model the classic ISA design.
  • World class dynamic range: 116dB A/D and 118dB D/A.
  • Latest Thunderbolt technology ensures interface latency of under 1ms.
  • 24-bit, 192kHz sample rates.
  • All expandable via ADAT.
  • Flagship Clarett 8Pre X designed for permanent professional studio install.
  • New 64-bit AAX, AU and VST compatible Red 2 and Red 3 Plug-in Suite.
  • Detailed metering.
  • Includes MIDI I/O.

The Clarett Range will be available Spring/Summer 2015, price at MAP:

  • Clarett 2Pre – $499.99 USD.
  • Clarett 4Pre – $699.99 USD.
  • Clarett 8Pre – $999.99 USD.
  • Clarett 8Pre X – $1299.99 USD.

More information: Focusrite

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