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Alesis introduces MultiMix 10 Wireless & MultiMix 16 USB FX mixers

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Alesis has announced MultiMix 10 Wireless and MultiMix 16 USB FX, two new models to its MultiMix Series of live and recording mixers.

As the name suggests, the MultiMix 10 Wireless now features Bluetooth capabilities, and the MultiMix 16 USB FX now offers onboard effects.

“These mixers bring exciting new features to our popular MultiMix lineup,” says Alesis Project Manager Walter Skorupski. “We are very pleased to add these models to the mix.”

Alesis MultiMix 10 Wireless

The MultiMix 10 Wireless is a 10-channel, rack-mount mixer that is well suited to smaller clubs and venues, houses of worship, and traveling systems. Channels 1-4 are mono and offer both XLR mic inputs (selectable phantom power is provided) and balanced 1/4″ inputs. TRS inserts are also provided. Channels 5/6 and 7/8 are stereo-paired channels, offering left and right balanced 1/4″ ins. Channels 7/8 also offer a pair of stereo RCA inputs. Configured in stereo, Channels 9/10 are dedicated to receiving a stereo audio signal from any Bluetooth-enabled device. Simple, single-button front-panel pairing makes it easy. Each channel offers a peak LED, trim knob, 2-band EQ, pre and post sends, a pan knob, and a smooth-travelling 60mm fader.

On the back panel, the MultiMix 10 Wireless features 1/4″ aux sends and 1/4″ balanced stereo returns. The main stereo outs are 1/4″ balanced, and an additional set of 1/4″ stereo monitor outs are provided. Up on the front panel, the Master section includes additional easy-access XLR+1/4″ combo inputs for Channels 1 and 2 that override the respective rear inputs, making it easy to temporarily connect a microphone or other sound source without removing the mixer from the rack. An 1/8″ jack allows a non-Bluetooth source to access Channel 9. Located alongside the master fader, the twin 10-stage LED meters feature red peak indicators. A dedicated headphone jack is provided; the level is controlled by the monitor/phones knob. A very handy 1/8″ output provides the main mix directly from the front panel.

Alesis MultiMix 16 USD FX

The new MultiMix 16 USB FX performs double-duty as a versatile live and recording mixer and as a USB audio (16-bit, 44.1 or 48 kHz) interface for computer-based recording, even doing both at the same time. This class-compliant connection provides true plug-and-play connectivity with the computer and nearly any recording software. The versatility of the MultiMix 16 USB FX is ideal for the performing musician with a home or project studio.

The onboard processor (FX) offers 8 effect types, with individual sends on each channel. Eight mono channels include both 1/4″ and XLR inputs, with selectable phantom power. Four stereo-paired channels feature 1/4″ inputs. A direct guitar-level input is available on Channel 8. Each channel strip includes a multi-band EQ, sends, pan, and level control. Multi-stage LED metering, dedicated main and headphone outputs with individual levels, and two-track RCA tape ins and outs complete this multi-use mixer. Cubase LE6 is included.

Alesis will be exhibiting at Booth 6700 at the 2013 Winter NAMM show, January 24-27 in Anaheim, California.

More information: Alesis

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Akai Professional announces MPC Headphones & Earbuds

Akai Professional has announced MPC Pro Headphones, MPC Headphones, and MPC Earbuds, premium personal audio devices each designed for professional music production with Akai Professional’s newest line of MPCs.

Akai Professional’s new MPC headphones and earbuds are designed to match each new MPC in design, quality, and purpose. Each is designed to empower producers with the ability to hear their tracks and hone their craft with unmatched clarity and precision. In addition, MPC headphones and earbuds provide an exceptional experience for simply listening on the go to a personal music library.

Akai Professional MPC Headphones

MPC Pro Headphones feature powerful 50mm drivers and an over-the-ear design for premium isolation and comfort in the studio, while MPC Headphones come with precise 40mm drivers and an on-the-ear design ideal for portability and music production on the move. Both feature Akai Professional’s unmatched expertise in tuning and frequency response, as well as fully adjustable headbands, pivoting ear cups, and gunmetal aluminum and steel construction for a solid, comfortable fit. Overstuffed leather cushioning on the headbands and ear cups provides a luxurious listening experience for even the most demanding studio sessions. An audio cable with 1/8-inch connector and 1/4-inch adapter is included for music production, and a communication cable with a built-in microphone is also included for use with mobile phones.

“Headphones are a huge part of the production process,” said Dan Gill, Akai Professional Product Manager. “With the MPC headphones and earbuds, we’re simply doing what we’ve always done—delivering the tools musicians need to get fully immersed in their craft.”

MPC Pro Headphones / MPC Headphones features

  • Iconic Akai Pro build quality, tuning, and frequency response.
  • Powerful 50mm/40mm drivers with neodymium magnets.
  • Gunmetal aluminum and steel construction.
  • On-ear design with overstuffed leather cushioning.
  • Audio cable with 1/4″ adapter included.
  • Communication cable with built-in microphone included.

Featuring lightweight soft-touch ear clips with aluminum trim and volume control, MPC Earbuds are flexible, powerful, and designed for the active producer.

Akai MPC Earbuds

They’re engineered to be multi-purpose with the ability to connect wirelessly via Bluetooth® to any compatible music player for casual cable-free listening, or to connect via the included professional audio cable for latency-free performance during music production. The built-in lithium-ion battery recharges easily via USB (cable included). MPC Earbuds deliver Akai Professional’s superior tuning and frequency response for any track via precise 13mm drivers.

Producers can go wired or wireless by connecting or disconnecting the included 1/8-inch cable from the Akai Professional medallion that is located on the cable between the earbuds. The medallion also includes a built-in mic for using MPC Earbuds with a mobile phone.

MPC Earbuds features

  • Iconic Akai Pro build quality, tuning, and frequency response.
  • Lightweight ear clips with aluminum trim and volume control.
  • Built-in lithium-ion battery recharges easily via USB.
  • Bluetooth wireless technology for cable-free listening.
  • Cable with 1/8” connector for latency-free listening and music production.
  • Medallion with built-in mic and 1/8” input.
  • Precise 13mm drivers with neodymium magnets.

Akai Professional will display the new MPC headphones and earbuds at Booth 6700 at the 2013 NAMM show, January 24-27 in Anaheim, California.

More information: Akai Professional

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IK Multimedia announces iLoud portable speakers designed for musicians

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IK Multimedia has announced iLoud, the first portable stereo speakers designed for musicians.

IK leveraged its 16 years of pro-audio engineering expertise, and its experience as the leading developer of mobile music creation apps and accessories, to design battery-operated speakers that combine superior power, pristine frequency response and amazing low end in an ultra-portable form factor that make them the perfect alternative to studio speakers for music creation and composition on the go.

The iLoud line consists of two models, iLoud and iLoud MINI, both of which provide musicians with sonic accuracy that’s on par with professional studio monitors, making it possible, for the first time, to compose, record, and mix from a mobile speaker system.

IK Multimedia iLoud
The iLoud model offers a blasting 40W RMS of power, and it’s little brother, iLoud MINI, a robust 12W RMS.

iLoud features

  • Portable audio monitoring system designed for iOS and mobile devices.
  • High-quality, 40W total power.
  • 2-way system, with time alignment.
  • Stereo monitoring in a single unit.
  • Four Class-D Amplifiers, bi-amped system – 2 x 3” neodymium woofers, 2 x 3/4” neodymium tweeters.
  • High-quality and accurate sound. Perfect for music or media-creation portable monitoring and reference.
  • DSP processing for perfectly optimized and true-to-life sound representation.
  • Frequency response: from 60 Hz to 20 kHz.
  • Exceptional low-frequency accuracy.
  • Resonance-free tuned bass-reflex enclosure.
  • Optimally tilted for proper acoustical response.
  • Fully portable: small footprint and high-performance built-in rechargeable battery.
  • Bluetooth for wireless streaming, compatible with A2DP profile.
  • Auto Standby.
  • Includes iRig circuit to connect your guitar, bass or other instruments, including dynamic microphones, to your iOS applications.

iLoud MINI features

  • Portable compact stereo speaker for mobile devices.
  • Battery Powered – Rechargeable high performance Li-Ion battery with smart management feature and auto standby.
  • 2 W RMS power – Class-D power amplifiers.
  • 2 x 3″ neodymium high efficiency full range speakers.
  • 2 x Passive radiators on the back.
  • 1/8″ stereo line input.
  • Bluetooth compatible with A2DP protocol.
  • DSP controlled.
  • Superior low frequency articulation for the size.
  • Rechargeable via MICRO USB socket.
  • 190 x 120 x 60 mm (7.48 x 4.72 x 2.36 inches) external dimensions.

iLoud will be priced $299.99 USD / 239.99 EUR and iLoud MINI $199.99 USD / €159.99 EUR (excl. taxes) and they will be available in the second quarter of 2013.

More information: IK Multimedia

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The Bass Egg Project—Small, portable, sleek, wireless, and easy to use speaker

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The Bass Egg

The Bass Egg Project at Kickstarter has launched to make everything in your world a speaker.

The Bass Egg project began over a year ago when one team member was given a reverberation loudspeaker by his father. While the use of this technology in loudspeakers existed, there was much left to be desired. The only products available were either high in sound quality but not portable, or a novelty product encased in cheap plastic – not durable and lacking in sound quality. In addition, no versions were easy to use or appealing in their design.

Driven by the desire to design and manufacture the “best in class” reverberation speaker, our goal was to develop a product with the following attributes: Small and Portable, Sleek, Wireless and Easy to Use, and Durable. Of course, big, Quality Sound was a must.

After many long nights, much frustration and several trips to potential manufacturers – the Bass Egg was hatched.

The Bass Egg Project is looking for backers to pledge $150,000 USD by Friday Dec 14, 2012.

More information: The Bass Egg Project

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Christopher Konopka introduces wiiAirDrum

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Christopher Konopka has announced wiiAirDrum, a MaxMSP application for triggering samples with a wiiMote controller.


An example of the wiiAirDrum system that connects two wiiMotes to MaxMSP via bluetooth.

I just finished working on a project I created months ago as a research project that involved creating musical applications for blind individuals. This was part of a Music Therapy Development group led by Dr. Richard Boulanger and Professor Chi Kim. The goal of my application for this project was to create a drum-like sampler that an individual could use instead of using an actual drum set. In essence, each remote can control 4 samplers which can be programmed manually or by using the controller. Each sampler is controlled by a button combination and can be triggered by making a drum-strike motion. These combinations are simple variations and each remote has the same combination setup.

wiiAirDrum is available as a free download.

More information: Christopher Konopka / wiiAirDrum

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Soundmatters announces foxLv2 Platinum Bluetooth portable speaker

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Soundmatters has announced the foxLv2 PLATINUM Bluetooth, the audio purists’ ultimate pocket-sized Hi-Fi portable speaker.

The latest in the award-winning foxL series (TIME Magazine’s Top Ten Gadget of the Year), the foxLv2 PLATINUM Bluetooth takes “go anywhere” listening to a new level with a trio of new performance features, including advancements in streamed Bluetooth for CD quality music, new audiophile cabling, and extended battery life.

foxLv2 PLATINUM is the only portable speaker capable of taking full advantage of CSR® apt-X’s dramatic improvement in streamed Bluetooth signal from apt-X equipped devices (like Apple Snow Leopard & Lion computers) delivering virtual CD quality wirelessly along with improved sound/picture sync for movies and gaming.

foxLv2 Platinum Bluetooth

foxLv2 Platinum Bluetooth features

  • Virtual CD-Quality Bluetooth music: wirelessly with CSR apt-X*.
  • Better wired for sound with included Audioquest cable.
  • Battery Life that’s even more impressive: Up to 10 Hours (or more) Bluetooth On, up to 20 Hours (or more) Bluetooth off.
  • Pocket-sized Portability: uniquely combines high-resolution fidelity and pocket-sized portability.
  • Bluetooth Speakerphone Capability: with built-in noise-canceling microphone.
  • Connect to any music source via standard 3.5mm stereo audio cable: audiophile Audioquest Evergreen cable included.
  • Lithium-ion BassBattery™ re-chargable via USB or included high-power 5 Volt 2 Amp universal wall charger: includes AC prong adapters for US/Japan, Germany/China, UK/HK, Australia/NZ.
  • Output wattage doubles when powered via AC wall charger (included).
  • Subwoofer Output.
  • Tiny Dimensions: 143 x 55 x 35 mm (5.6 x 2.2 x 1.4 inch).
  • Lightweight: 269 gram (9.5 oz).

The foxLv2 PLATINUM will be available starting November 2011 through Soundmatters and quality retailers, priced at $229 USD MAP.

More information: Soundmatters

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Sony Ericsson MBS-100: Bluetooth cellphone speakers

Is it a piece of candy? Is it a planet? Is it a new type of bowling ball?

Sony Ericsson MBS-100

Well, you already read the post title so you already know the answer… It’s Sony Ericsson’s MBS-100, a portable cell phone speaker.

The MBS-100 is the first portable speaker from Sony Ericsson able to stream music wirelessly from your phone via Bluetooth. This 1.5 watt speaker has a 900mAh Li-lon battery, good for about 5 hours of music streaming.

According to Crave, these speakers will be available from Q1 2008, in selected Asia-Pacific markets.

Link via OhGizmo!

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