Arturia releases KeyLab 88 MIDI keyboard controller

Related: , , , , , , Posted in news on Feb 25, 2015 - comment 0 comments

Arturia has announced the availability of KeyLab 88, a professional-grade, 88-note hammer-action hybrid MIDI keyboard controller that comes complete with Arturia’s acclaimed Analog Lab software synthesizer.

Arturia KeyLab 88

With its extensive array of controls, its stylish yet amazingly lightweight design, and great integration with laptops and tablets.

The Keylab 88 is perfect for modern keyboard players, pianists, demanding stage performers, and professional producers who will not compromise on quality. The KeyLab 88 sets a new standard in professional controller keyboards.

KeyLab 88 features

  • Main Features
    • Includes Analog Lab with 5000 synth sounds
    • All presets are carefully selected from the Arturia Classic Synths (mini V, Modular V, CS-80V, ARP 2600 V, Prophet V, Prophet VS, SEM V and Jupiter-8V) and from Wurlitzer V, our recreation of the classic 200A electric piano. These TAE® powered sounds offer unparalleled audio quality.
    • Fast filter the presets to your requirements: by Instrument, by Type (Bass, Pads, Leads…), by Characteristics (long, bright, dark …)
    • In-depth Preset Editing available for the owners of the Arturia Classic Synthesizers (Mini V, CS-80 V, etc.). Edit your sounds on the original instruments within Analog Lab.
    • More than 200 Multi patches organized by musical genres, each made of two different synth patches with effects, layers and splits…
    • Straightforward editing, with a complete array of parameters for tweaking sounds, directly assigned to the controls of the Keylab 88.
  • Hardware Specifications
    • Keyboard: 88 note hammer action Fatar keybed with velocity and aftertouch.
    • Controls: 2 clickable encoders, 6 transport switches, 1 modulation wheel, 1 pitch bend wheel, two banks of 10 encoders, two banks of 9 sliders, 1 volume encoder, 10 assignable switches and 16 backlit pads with velocity and pressure sensitivity.
    • Connectors: MIDI in & out, USB, Sustain pedal, Expression pedal, Aux footswitch, Breath controller inputs.
    • High quality aluminum and wooden construction.
    • 32 digits LCD screen.
    • Functions as an universal MIDI controller.
    • Use with Analog Lab or with any other MIDI software.
    • Product dimensions: 127.5/35/9.5 cm – Net weight: 13 Kg.

KeyLab 88 is available for purchase for 699 EUR/$699 USD.

More information: Arturia / KeyLab 88

comment

Mystery Islands updates Virus|HC Editor plugin to v1.1

Mystery Islands has released version 1.1 of its Virus|HC Librarian Editor Plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Mystery Islands Virus|HC Librarian Editor

Finally, the long wait for Access Virus a, rack, b, c, xl and TI users is over: Now you can plug your classic and / or new Virus synth into your DAW and make some music just like you had a Virus TI!

Changes in Virus|HC v1.1

  • [New] Manual has been completely re-written and it can be view from either product page, plug-in updates page or you can find it from your HDD where you installed it.
  • [New] Modulation Matrix and LFO slots updated if model selection is VirusTI.
  • [New] Rest of the known VirusTI controls added and data being parsed to the UI when changing patches.
  • [New] Value display now shows knob, menu, button “value” in screen based on the controller AND current #cc value inside -characters.
  • [Fixed] Filter link switch didn’t work as supposed under certain Virus models.
  • [Fixed] Patch names can be only 10 characters long in the displays.
  • [Fixed] Removed “Select MIDI Ports” notification popup due to the fact that it was annoying :D
  • [Fixed] Under some conditions, processing data window did not appear.
  • [Fixed] Reduced graphics cpu load.
  • [Fixed] Incoming multi data was skipped after parts data was processed prior to last update.
  • [New] Updated librarian graphics to meet the patch numbering from hardware. Now counts from 0 to 127.
  • [New] Added Virus|TI Oscillators 1 & 2 with their knobs, menus etc.
  • [New] Added Virus|TI Reverb functions to the plugin.
  • [New] Graphics updated to included buttons, menus and switches for new features.
  • [New] Added Virus|TI Mod Matrix destinations for all slots that were missing.
  • [New] Added Virus|TI Envelope 3 & Envelope 4 knobs to the user interface. They can be viewed by selecting different envelope from menu.
  • [Fixed] Improved incoming MIDI data transmission over the plugin to the hardware.
  • [Fixed] Some controls (amp release, lfo1 rate, lfo2 rate) didn’t respond to incoming midi messages.
  • [Fixed] Delay / Reverb settings and knobs didn’t work as supposed, when adjusting knob from hardware.
  • [Fixed] When Lfo 1 osc 1 & 2 link was on, link didn’t work when osc 2 knob was moved.
  • [Fixed] When Lfo 2 filter 1 & 2 link was on, link didn’t work when filter 2 knob was moved.
  • [Fixed] Oscillator 1 & 2 Semitone values displayed wrong value on plugin interface when knob was moved from hardware.
  • [New] Override Patch Tempo button in settings #2 tab now fetches tempo information from your host and overrides the current tempo of the hardware. If tempo is changed after setting MIDI I/O from the plugin, original tempo data is intact. Reload either MIDI in or MIDI out port from plugin interface to update Virus tempo info.
  • [New] User can now scroll thru hardware memory per part from the previous / next buttons. Current bank selection from plugin selects same bank from hardware. User can also scroll thru the library when “control library from midi / hw” is enabled as announced in v1.0.5 update.
  • [Note] In Apple Logic, program change commands that come in from channel 1 won’t be sent towards any plugins. This means that you have to use your master keyboard on a different channel in order to manage librarian / hardware memory with it.

Virus|HC for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available for purchase for 49.95 EUR.

More information: Mystery Islands / Virus|HC Librarian Editor Plug-in

comment

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

comment

Roger Linn Design releases LinnStrument MIDI controller

Related: , , , , Posted in news on Jan 26, 2015 - comment 0 comments

Roger Linn Design has announced the release of LinnStrument, an expressive alternative to the MIDI keyboard controller.

Roger Linn Design LinnStrument

The promise of electronic sound generation was to produce any instrument sound you can imagine. However, if you’ve ever tried to play a convincing guitar, sax, violin, clarinet or cello solo on a MIDI keyboard, you’ve found it to sound static and lifeless because keyboards can’t do much more than turn sounds on and off at different volumes.

LinnStrument takes a new approach, capturing each finger’s subtle movements in three dimensions for simultaneous fine control of note expression, pitch and timbre. With this level of expressive control, the promise of electronic sound generation is finally a reality.

LinnStrument is available for purchase for $1,499 USD.

More information: Roger Linn Design / LinnStrument

comment

Novation intros Launchpad Pro grid instrument

Related: , , , , , , , Posted in news on Jan 23, 2015 - comment 1 comment

Novation has announced the Launchpad Pro, a profession grid instrument.

Novation Launchpad Pro

Launchpad Pro is the simplest and best way to create dynamic, expressive performances in Ableton Live, or any music software.

We’ve given our iconic Launchpad a total overhaul. Enhanced with RGB LED feedback, and velocity and pressure-sensitive pads, Launchpad Pro brings limitless expression and creativity to your music.

Launchpad Pro features

  • Integrate seamlessly with Ableton Live.
  • Control a variety of other music software and external hardware.
  • Play using RGB pads that match the color of your clips.
  • Create expressive beats on drum racks spread across the whole 8 x 8 grid.
  • Easily play notes, melodies and chords on an illuminated chromatic keyboard.
  • Get immediate, slick access to all your mixer controls.
  • Control your effects and instrument mid-performance.
  • Download and control a growing library of Max for Live devices.
  • Compact, lightweight, tough and bus-powered.
  • Comes with everything you need to start.

Launchpad Pro will be available Spring 2015, priced at a US MAP of $299.99 USD.

More information: Novation / Launchpad Pro

comment

More posts that match this tag

SkoogMusic launches pre-order campaign for Skoog musical instrument

SkoogMusic Ltd has launched a 2nd crowdfunding campaign to put the Skoog revolutionary musical instrument into production. After their first campaign missed it’s target of 75K the team at Skoog are using indiegogo once again … read more

Outbound link: SkoogMusic / Skoog at Indiegogo – Related: , , , , , , , , Posted in news on Jan 23, 2015 - comment 0 comments

Arturia intros BeatStep Pro performance step sequencer

Arturia has launched BeatStep Pro, an all-new world-class controller and dynamic performance step sequencer, at the NAMM Show 2015, January 22-25 in Anaheim, California. Designed for hands-on hardware sequencing, the BeatStep Pro brings two fully … read more

Outbound link: Arturia / BeatStep Pro – Related: , , , , , , , , , Posted in news on Jan 23, 2015 - comment 0 comments

Korg intros MS-20M Kit + SQ-1, KAOSS DJ, kaossilator 2S & new Kronos at NAMM

Korg has introduced a number of new products at the Winter NAMM 2015. SQ-1 step sequencer The SQ-1 is a compact step sequencer with 2 x 8 steps. It’s wealth of connection jacks allows it … read more

Outbound link: Korg – Related: , , , , , , , , , , , Posted in news on Jan 23, 2015 - comment 0 comments

Roland intros MX-1 Mix Performer

Roland has announced the MX-1 Mix Performer, a performance-optimized mixing instrument for bringing together synths, drum machines, loops, DAW tracks, AIRA gear, and more. The MX-1 can mix up to 18 audio channels from a … read more

Outbound link: Roland / MX-1 Mix Performer – Related: , , , , , , Posted in news on Jan 23, 2015 - comment 0 comments

Nektar intros Reaper support for Panorama controller

Nektar Technology has announced it has updated its award winning Panorama Controller series announcing deep integration with Reaper, the popular DAW developed by Cockos. With Panorama, Reaper users now benefit from transparent mixer control, transport … read more

Outbound link: Nektar / Panorama – Related: , , , , Posted in news on Jan 23, 2015 - comment 0 comments

M-Audio intros Code Series Keyboards

M-Audio has introduced its new Code Series keyboards, a family of three full-featured models. Available in 25-, 49-, and 61-key versions, the Code Series combines a remarkably smooth-feeling keyboard with a surprisingly complete feature set … read more

Outbound link: M-Audio – Related: , , , , , , , , , Posted in news on Jan 22, 2015 - comment 0 comments

Ploytec intros „πλ² Pi L Squared“ Leukos synth at NAMM

Ploytec has announced the release of the Ploytec „πλ² Pi L Squared“ Leukos synthesizer at NAMM 2015. Dressed in white, it exclusively works with a computer or iPad® (camera connection kit required) when attached via … read more

Outbound link: Ploytec – Related: , , , , , , , Posted in news on Jan 22, 2015 - comment 0 comments

Nektar ships Impact LX 88 controller keyboard + MainStage 3 support for Panorama announced

Nektar has announced it is now shipping the Impact LX 88, the flagship product in the Impact line and the first Nektar keyboard featuring an 88 note semi-weighted keybed. Developed for keyboard and piano players … read more

Outbound link: Nektar – Related: , , , , , , , Posted in news on Jan 22, 2015 - comment 0 comments

Expert Sleepers intros FH-1 USB MIDI Host Eurorack module

Expert Sleepers has introduced FH-1, a new Eurorack module. The FH-1 ‘faderHost’ is a USB MIDI Host in an 8HP Eurorack module, allowing you to directly connect a USB MIDI controller to your modular synthesizer. … read more

Outbound link: Expert Sleepers / FH-1 – Related: , , , , , , , Posted in news on Jan 16, 2015 - comment 0 comments

Mystery Islands updates Virus|HC librarian editor plug-in to v1.0.6

Mystery Islands has released version 1.0.6 of Virus|HC librarian editor, a plug-in for Windows and Mac. Finally, the long wait for Access Virus a, rack, b, c, xl and TI users is over: Now you … read more

Patchworks updates Conductr Ableton Live controller app to v1.4

Patchworks has announced the release of version 1.4 of its Conductr Ableton Live controller app for iPad. After the successful release of the Claydr MIDI keyboard, Conductr launches a new update with some long awaited … read more

Outbound link: Conductr – Related: , , , , , , Posted in news on Jan 14, 2015 - comment 0 comments

Image-Line updates Deckadance mixing software to v2.42

Image-Line has released version 2.42 of Deckadance, a DJ mixing software for Windows and Mac. Deckadance 2.42 adds Elastique v3 engine with improved transient processing, multi controller support (via scripting), native support for Behringer CMD … read more

Outbound link: Image-Line / Deckadance – Related: , , , , , , , Posted in news on Jan 13, 2015 - comment 0 comments

Akai Professional announces Advance Keyboard Series

Akai Professional has announced the introduction of its Advance Keyboard Series. Available in 25-, 49-, and 61-key sizes, the Advance 25, Advance 49, and Advance 61 provide unprecedented playability and advanced manipulation of any virtual … read more

Outbound link: Akai Pro / Advance Keyboard Series – Related: , , , , , , , , , Posted in news on Jan 12, 2015 - comment 1 comment

Kemper announces Profiler Remote

Kemper has announced the new Profiler Remote for the acclaimed Kemper Profiler to be available in Q1 2015. The Profiler Remote is the perfect remote foot controller for the Kemper Profiler, fully integrated with the … read more

Outbound link: Kemper – Related: , , , , , , , Posted in news on Jan 12, 2015 - comment 0 comments

Mystery Islands updates Virus|HC plug-in to v1.0.3

Mystery Islands has released version 1.0.3 of its Virus|HC librarian editor plug-in for Windows and Mac. For MAC and PC users, this update has been long waited although we just launched Virus|HC plugin. There are … read more