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Native Instruments releases Traktor DJ Cable

Native Instruments has announced the release of Traktor DJ Cable, a compact audio splitter designed to complement mobile DJ setups on iPhone, iPad or laptops.

Native Instruments Traktor DJ Cable
Following the global success of the iOS app TRAKTOR DJ, TRAKTOR DJ CABLE now offers new and seasoned DJs alike a simplified solution that splits audio from TRAKTOR’s virtual decks into two outputs. When used with TRAKTOR DJ or TRAKTOR PRO 2, this allows headphone track cueing – essential for fluid mixing.

Following over 5 million TRAKTOR DJ downloads in the short months since its release, TRAKTOR DJ CABLE adds to the growing list of products delivering quality, portability, and is perfect for DJing anytime, anywhere.

Using TRAKTOR DJ CABLE is easy. By connecting the CABLE into the output of an iOS device, it is instantly recognized in TRAKTOR. Clearly marked headphone and amplifier outputs make it simple to know where to connect each cable. Built with a silver plated, oxygen-free copper cable and gold plated terminals, the TRAKTOR DJ CABLE is designed to the highest quality standards. TRAKTOR DJ CABLE also works with other iOS DJ software for the most compact, road-ready DJ setup.

The Traktor DJ Cable is available to purchase for $19.99 USD / 19.99 EUR.

More information: Native Instruments / Traktor DJ Cable

SPL Madison MADI interface now available

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SPL Madison

Sound Lab Performance has announced that its Madison 16+16 channel MADI interface is now available.

We had already presented some prototypes at the Musikmesse in Frankfurt, Germany, earlier this year. Now we have concluded all tests and we are utterly convinced that the MADI interface is an extremely reliable, powerful and high-quality solution.

The Madison concept rests on three principles: straightforward operation, flexible expansion capabilities and impeccable sound. Moreover, the Madison ought to set a new price standard in its league: 1.499 Euros MSRP for Germany incl. 19% VAT, 1.214 Euro excl. VAT, 1.899 USD (USA).

We place the Madison in all environments and situations where professional standards are required: from home and project studios to professional recording facilities and orchestra recordings, as well as for mobile and fixed installations.

Madison features

  • 16 AD and 16 DA converters in 1U.
  • Superb sounding converters with a sophisticated analog section on 36 V audio rails.
  • +24 dBu professional output level.
  • Best price/performance value.
  • Up to 64 I/Os on 1 MADI port (4 units).
  • Latency-neutral MADI chaining.
  • 44.1 to 192?kHz, ±10% vari-speed.
  • SPL clock-shop for jitter-free operation.
  • Ultra-compatible, always operational MADI IO with ultra low conversion latencies.
  • Four directly selectable reference levels: 15/18/22/24.
  • Simple operation and setup right from the front panel controls.
  • Ergonomic, distance-readable meters for clear level status indication of any I/O channel.
  • Fanless, absolutely silent low-power design (max. 30?W).
  • Redundant power supply optionally.
  • Four analog, 8-channel multicore DB 25 sockets (TASCAM industry standard).
  • Made in Germany.

The Madison is available to purchase for 1.499 EUR RRP Germany (incl. 19% VAT) / $1,899 USD.

More information: SPL / Madison

Universal Audio releases Flex Routing for Apollo audio interfaces

Universal Audio Apollo

Universal Audio’s latest UAD Software v7.1 provides elegant enhancements to the Apollo Audio Interface.

Key among them is Flex Routing, which allows inputs to be routed to hardware outputs, headphone bus routing, as well as selectable pre/post Aux send. Flex Routing not only speeds up workflow, it adds another level of flexibility for Apollo and Apollo 16 users in studio and live situations.

Flex Routing is included in the new UAD Software v7.1, which also features the Pultec Passive EQ Plug-In Collection and the Millennia NSEQ-2 Plug-In.

New Apollo Flex Routing features

  • Route up to eight Console channel inputs to hardware outputs* with optional monitor mirroring.
  • Apollo headphone mix buses can be mirrored to any hardware output.
  • Pre/post fader switching for Aux mix buses.
  • Vertical resizing of the Console application window.

The new UAD v7.1 Software is now available to download.

More information: Universal Audio / UAD v7.1 Software

Native Instruments releases TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 mixer & audio interface

Native Instruments has announced the release of TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1, the world’s smallest professional mixer and audio interface for both TRAKTOR DJ for iPhone and iPad, and TRAKTOR PRO 2.

When combined with the critically-acclaimed TRAKTOR DJ app, the sleek Z1 adds headphone cue and dedicated faders, filter and effects controls, and 3-band EQ for each channel. The integrated audio interface boosts audio output to club-ready levels – an important feature for iOS setups – all without interfering with TRAKTOR DJ’s acclaimed touch interface. TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 also offers established TRAKTOR PRO 2 DJs a highly mobile mixing interface for situations where compact size and professional performance features are essential.

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z1
TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 is the ultra-compact 2-channel mixer, controller, and soundcard for TRAKTOR DJ and TRAKTOR PRO 2.

Building on the overwhelming success of the TRAKTOR DJ app, TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 now offers TRAKTOR DJ users additional physical control that complements the touchscreen. TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 also provides a full-fledged 2-channel mixing interface, software controller, and an integrated 24-bit soundcard. All faders, filter and effects controls, and 3-band EQ are automatically mapped and synced to TRAKTOR DJ, giving DJs hands-on, physical control over their iPad or iPhone setups. The Z1’s cue section introduces channel headphone monitoring to iOS setups, allowing for track pre-listening. The 24-bit integrated soundcard delivers quality club-level sound without the need for an additional audio interface. When in use, TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 even keeps the iOS device charged, assuring DJs hours of stability and performance.

TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 is also the smallest professional mixer for TRAKTOR PRO 2 users to date – perfect for intimate after-party gigs or any situation that requires both compact size and professional performance features. Plug-and-play connectivity with TRAKTOR means DJs can immediately start mixing on their Mac or PC system. Combined with TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 and F1 controllers, TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 becomes part of a powerful, professional DJ setup including full control of TRAKTOR’s Remix Decks and transport functionality.

TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 comes with software and license for TRAKTOR LE 2 and connects to iPad and iPhone with an included 30-pin connector. Using the Z1 with iPad 4 and iPhone 5 or later requires a Lightning adapter sold separately.

TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 is available to purchase for $199 USD/199 EUR. All Z1 customers receive a personal $50 USD/50 EUR e-voucher. This is delivered by email upon registration of the Z1 hardware.

More information: Native Instruments / TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1

Native Instruments launches TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1

Native Instruments has announced TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1, the world’s smallest professional mixer and audio interface, to natively connect to both the TRAKTOR DJ App for iPad and iPhone, and TRAKTOR PRO 2.

When combined with the critically-acclaimed TRAKTOR DJ App, the Z1 adds headphone cue, and dedicated faders, filter and effects controls, and 3-band EQ for each channel. The integrated audio interface boosts audio output to club-ready levels – an important feature for iPad, iPad mini, iPhone and iPod touch setups – all without interfering with TRAKTOR DJ’s acclaimed touch interface. TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 also offers established TRAKTOR PRO 2 DJs a highly portable mixing interface when compact size and professional performance features are needed.

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z1

Following TRAKTOR DJ’s overwhelming popular success and warm critical reception, TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 now provides TRAKTOR DJ users with an all-in-one 2-channel mixer, controller, and 24-bit soundcard. Its dedicated faders, filter and effects controls, and 3-band EQ for each channel automatically map to the software, instantly giving DJs added tactile control over their iPad, iPad mini, iPhone and iPod touch setups. The Z1′s cue section delivers headphone pre-listening of the next track for fluid, professional mixing, while the built-in 24-bit soundcard provides club-ready sound without the need for additional hardware. This combined with the Z1′s compact footprint gives users the most portable TRAKTOR DJ setup available today. With iPad, iPad mini, iPhone and iPod touch turned on, TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 even keeps the device charged, assuring DJs hours of performance fun.

TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 is also the smallest professional mixer for TRAKTOR PRO 2 users to date – perfect for intimate after-party gigs or any situation that requires both compact size and professional performance features. Thanks to plug-and-play connectivity with TRAKTOR and the included TRAKTOR LE software, DJs can immediately start mixing on their Mac or PC system. When combined with TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 and F1 controllers, TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 becomes part of a powerful, professional DJ setup including full control of TRAKTOR’s Remix Decks and transport functionality.

TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 connects to iPad, iPad mini, iPhone or iPod touch with an included 30-pin connector. Using the Z1 with iPad 4th generation, iPad mini, iPhone 5 or iPod touch 5th generation requires an Apple Lightning to 30-pin Adapter, which must be purchased separately from Apple.

TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 will be available at retailers worldwide and at the NI Online Shop for $199 USD/199 EUR. A $50 USD/50 EUR e-voucher will also be sent to users upon registration of the included TRAKTOR LE software.

The TRAKTOR DJ App for iPad is available for $19.99 USD from the App Store on iPad or at www.AppStore.com. The TRAKTOR DJ App for iPhone is available for $4.99 USD from the App Store iPhone and iPod touch or at www.AppStore.com.

More information: Native Instruments / TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1

Universal Audio ships Apollo 16 audio interface

Universal Audio has announced it is shipping the Apollo 16 Audio Interface and new UAD Software v.7.0, which provides multi-unit cascading, Virtual I/O, and other enhancements to both the Apollo 16 and Apollo audio interfaces.

UAD Apollo 16
Universal Audio’s Apollo 16 audio interface provides 16 x 16 analog I/O with world-class sound and realtime UAD processing.

Apollo 16 is Universal Audio’s flagship 24-bit/192 kHz audio interface, delivering world-class conversion with 16 x 16 analog I/O. This uncompromising FireWire/Thunderbolt-ready* interface combines superior sound and flexible routing with powerful onboard UAD-2 QUAD processing. So you can track audio in real time through the full range of classic UAD analog emulation plug-ins — from Neve, Studer, Manley, Lexicon and more — on both Mac and Windows 7.*

Building upon decades of UA hardware expertise, Apollo 16 features meticulous analog circuit design, top-end converters, and DC-coupled outputs — providing the lowest THD and highest dynamic range of any converter in its class. Two Apollo 16 units can be cascaded over MADI for an expanded system with eight UAD processors and 32 x 32 simultaneous analog I/O, capable of handling large professional mixes.

Apollo 16 also offers compatibility with Intel’s high-bandwidth Thunderbolt technology on Macs via a user-installable dual-port Thunderbolt Option Card (sold separately). Thunderbolt provides greater UAD plug-in instances, improved performance at high sample rates, and reduced UAD plug-in latency in the DAW versus Apollo’s standard FireWire connection.

Apollo 16 is available for an estimated street price of $2,999 USD. Apollo’s Thunderbolt Option Card is also now available for an estimated street price of $499 USD.

Universal Audio’s new UAD Software features enhancements for Apollo and Apollo 16.

Universal Audio’s latest UAD Software v7.0 provides significant enhancements to Apollo’s workflow and expandability and adds the new Ocean Way Studios, SPL TwinTube, and Sonnox Inflator plug-ins to the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform. Among these enhancements is multi-unit cascading, which allows for combining two Apollo 16 interfaces (for 32 x 32 analog I/O) or two Apollo interfaces (for 16 x 16 analog I/O, with eight Apollo mic preamps) into a single elegant system via FireWire or Thunderbolt.

The boost in Apollo connectivity is navigated via a redesigned Console application, offering better visual feedback, a new PT Mode which simplifies outboard hardware integration with Pro Tools, and a new Virtual I/O feature that allows for Realtime UAD Processing of DAW tracks and virtual instruments.

More information: Universal Audio / Apollo

Focusrite intros Scarlett 18i8 & Scarlett 6i6 audio interfaces

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Focusrite has announced the 18i8 and 6i6, the latest Scarlett USB 2.0 audio interfaces which aim to suit producers and bands small or large.

Focusrite Scarlett 18i8
Scarlett 18i8 – 18 in/8 out USB 2.0 audio interface with 4 Focusrite mic preamps.

Scarlett 18i8 (18 in, 8 out) and the 6-in, 6-out 6i6 are the two latest additions to Focusrite’s popular range of Scarlett USB 2.0 interfaces. Both are aimed at recording artists, producers and bands, and both feature the award-winning Focusrite mic pre, designed specifically for Focusrite’s computer interfaces, alongside Focusrite’s renowned precision 24/96 conversion. In addition to Mac® and Windows® operation, both are compatible with iOS® devices like the iPad®.

Scarlett 18i8 includes four Focusrite mic pres, plus the ability to also record up to four line inputs at the same time. With the on-board ADAT input you can connect external mic preamps such as the OctoPre MkII, for up to 12 mic inputs, and the unit also includes S/PDIF I/O.

In addition to dual Focusrite mic pres, Scarlett 6i6 features a stereo line input, making it possible to capture, for example, two vocals, stereo piano and guitar at the same time. Both models feature Scarlett’s signature red unibody metal chassis for road-ruggedness and the unique “signal halo” LED rings around the input controls, indicating green for good levels and red for overload. Both also include dual independent headphone outputs with level controls and a large main monitor knob.

The interfaces will be available in June, 2013, priced at £199.99 GBP (Scarlett 6i6) / £299.99 GBP (Scarlett 18i8). Prices inc. VAT.

More information: Focusrite

Sonoma Wire Works GuitarJack 2 USB Pre-order

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Sonoma GuitarJack 2 USB

Sonoma Wire Works has announced that its GuitarJack 2 USB studio quality audio interface for desktop and mobile is now available to pre-order.

GuitarJack 2 USB portable audio I/O connects mics and instruments to your PC, Mac, and select mobile devices through a Micro USB connection.

Featuring a 1/4 inch instrument input, 1/8 inch stereo mic/line input, and 1/8 inch stereo headphone/line output with increased drive for headphones, GuitarJack 2 USB contains the same pristine sounding 24-bit AD/DA converter as the acclaimed GuitarJack Model 2.

GuitarJack 2 USB features

  • Studio quality sound from a 24-bit A/D and D/A converter with analog front end and digital circuitry designed by renowned audio designer, Joe Bryan, famous for his work on the UA 2192.
  • 1/4 inch (6.5 mm) instrument input – nickel-plated, solid brass Switchcraft (10,000 MTBF) jack.
  • 1/8 inch (3.5 mm) stereo mic/line input – (no phantom power is provided).
  • 1/8 inch (3.5 mm) stereo headphone/line output with increased drive for headphones provides incredible sound quality.
  • Micro USB connector.
  • Sleek and rugged aluminum shell with a brushed finish.
  • Device powered for ultimate portability – requires no batteries or power adapter.
  • Input Modes:
    • Instrument (1/4 inch) – mono Hi-Z.
    • Mic/Line (1/8 inch) – mono or stereo.

The GuitarJack 2 USB is available to pre-order for the introductory price of $129 USD ((U.S. shipping only, $199 USD MSRP). It is estimated to ship in June 2013. GuitarJack 2 USB is estimated to be available from select dealers worldwide in June 2013.

More information: Sonoma Wire Works / GuitarJack 2 USB