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Universal Audio announces Apollo 16 high-resolution audio interface

Universal Audio has announced the Apollo 16 Thunderbolt-ready audio interface.

Delivering world-class conversion with 16×16 analog I/O, this uncompromising FireWire/Thunderbolt-ready interface combines superior sound and flexible routing with powerful onboard UAD-2 QUAD processing. With its professional DB-25 connectivity and multi-unit cascading for up to 32×32 analog I/O, Apollo 16 sets a new standard in high-resolution recording with classic analog sound.

UAD Apollo 16

“Building on the success of the original Apollo interface, the Apollo 16 is our flagship audio converter,” says Bill Putnam Jr., Universal Audio founder and CEO. “Its sound quality and scalability make it ideal for pairing with mixing consoles and outboard preamps, and the ability to track through UAD plug-ins in real time provides powerful sonic options for professional studios.”

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. Apollo 16′s deep, wide soundstage and exceptionally open and transparent sound makes it the ideal centerpiece for professional recording facilities.

With its standard UAD-2 QUAD processing onboard, Apollo 16 allows real time processing with UAD Powered Plug-Ins — with as low as sub-2ms latency — so recordists can monitor, audition, and “print” audio through stunning analog emulations from Ampex, Lexicon, Manley, Neve, Roland, SSL, Studer, and more. Apollo 16′s onboard UAD processing is also available during mixing and mastering, so that music producers can employ UAD plug-ins (VST, RTAS, AU) throughout the creative process.

Apollo 16 boasts straightforward 16×16 analog I/O via convenient DB-25 connections. Two Apollo 16 units can be cascaded over MADI for an expanded system with eight UAD processors and 32×32 simultaneous analog I/O, capable of handling large professional mixes. Dedicated XLR monitor outputs and stereo AES-EBU digital I/O round out the Apollo 16′s rear-panel audio connections.

Apollo 16′s routing capabilities include four stereo cue mixes with individually assignable outputs, and a new “Virtual I/O” feature that allows for Realtime UAD Processing of DAW tracks and virtual instruments.

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.

The Apollo 16 is expect to ship in Q2 2013, with an estimated street price of $2,999 USD. Apollo’s Thunderbolt Option Card is now available for an estimated street price of $499 USD.

More information: Universal Audio / Apollo 16

Ochen K. releases A-Series 1 & 2 Modular Synth Rack Extensions

Ochen K. has released A-Series 1 and A-Series 2, two modular synthesizer Rack Extensions for Propellerhead Reason.

Ochen K A-Series 1 and 2 modular synths
The A-Series 1 and 2 modular synth Rack Extensions by Ochen K.

The A-Series Modular Synth is the first fully modular synth for Reason, where you can design your synths however you want for whatever sound you can imagine. And because all the modules are mix-and-match, all those Reason effects and devices that you already have can go right inside your custom synth.

A-Series Modular Synth features

  • The A-Series 1 rack extension contains the following modules:
    • A-19SEQ – A midi-to-CV converter, receiving midi signals from a midi keyboard or the Reason sequencer, of from rack sequencers like the Matrix, and converts the signals into CV (note) data and gate (velocity) data. These signals can then be routed to control any other device, such as a VCO or envelope generator.
    • A-11VCO – A voltage controlled oscillator generating four waveforms – saw, square, triangle, and sine – all at the same time. The A-11VCO has a 7-octave range with coarse and fine tuning, can accept and mix a second pitch modulation signal to create FM-like effects, and can modulate the pulse width of square waves. Each parameter can be controlled by CV input.
    • A-14ADSR – An envelope generator with three speed ranges and standard attack, decay, sustain, and release parameters. Each parameter can be controlled by CV input.
    • A-13VCA – A voltage controlled amplifier allowing multiple signals to control a sound’s gate shape, with two gain CV ins and a two-in audio mixer. Each parameter can be controlled by CV input.
    • A-14LFO – An LFO with four signal waveforms – saw, square, triangle, and sine, three cycle speed ranges, with both free-running and tempo-synced cycles, and pulse width modulation of the square wave signal. Each parameter can be controlled by CV input.
  • The A-Series 2 rack extension contains the following modules:
    • A-19POLY – A polyphonic to monophonic splitter allowing for the creation of polyphonic synths. The A-19POLY supports up to eight voices, each with independent gate and CV data, and three note assign modes: lowest first, sequential (round robin), and random.
    • A-14SH – A sample and hold module allowing the sampling of CV data and holding that sample constant until a new sample period is triggered.
    • A-11NOISE – An audio noise generator and a random CV generator. The audio noise generator can generate white noise, pink noise, brown noise, and any blend in between. Each parameter can be controlled by CV input.
    • A-12VCF – A voltage controlled filter with a four-poll high-pass and low-pass filter, a band-pass filter when used in combination, and CV control over each frequency cutoff.
    • A-11RM – A ring modulator taking two audio signals and modulating them to produce a single audio result.
    • A-13MIXER – A six channel mixer with six audio ins and one master audio out. The level of each in and out can be controlled by CV signals.

The A-Series Rack Extensions are available to purchase for 7.50 EUR each.

More information: Ochen K.

iZ Technology Corporation launches RADAR 6 & ADA II + Classic 96 and Ultra Nyquist I/O boards now available

iZ Technology Corporation has announced RADAR 6, the updated flagship multi-track recorder.

iZ RADAR 6

RADAR, the premier choice for hard disk multi-track recording and playback employed by recording studios, scoring stages, theaters, and post production houses around the world, has been updated with new features and improved speed, storage technology, editing, audio performance and user interface.

RADAR has long been the recording platform that offers the highest sound quality on the market. Built with world-class converters, Adrenaline DR technology, dual digital/analog power supplies, near-zero jitter, and near-zero latency up to 192kHz, RADAR systems transcend the digital barriers of sonic quality.

Thanks to RADAR 6’s new storage architecture, recording and moving files is fast and easy. You can record 24 tracks at 192 kHz to a 64 or 128 GB SD card and plug it directly into your laptop for use with your favorite DAW. Record and/or copy and deliver tracks in seconds on a USB 3.0 thumb drive. Or record directly to RADAR’s high-speed solid-state drives for maximum performance. RADAR’s open storage architecture gives you the most options.

New in RADAR 6

  • Sound Quality: World-class Classic 96 and Ultra Nyquist converters and the new Adrenaline DR technology.
  • Speed: Direct SATA recording for over 2 times faster cueing editing and data transfers.
  • Storage: Solid state SATA, USB 3.0, thumb drives and remote network access make recording and file transfer fast and flexible.
  • Portability: nearly 40% shorter and 14 lbs lighter than RADAR V.
  • Improved user interface: full front panel controls with tactile transport keys and a comprehensive high resolution multi-page touch screen supporting industry standard wide screen resolutions.
  • Editing: Comprehensive editing from the front panel touch screen as well as a virtual meter bridge, touch-screen macro keys, multiple mark in/out markers for batch exports and audio CD creation from a single project.
  • Acoustic Noise: control room ready with super quiet low speed power supply fan and all solid-state storage drives.
  • Cost: RADAR 6 has a lower retail price than RADAR V.

RADAR 6 is now available to purchase, starting at under $8,600 USD.

iZ also launched its ADA II A/D and D/A converters at the 133rd AES Convention in San Francisco.

iZ ADA II

Featuring pristine iZ conversion, and innovative modular I/O structure, intuitive touch screen controls, and direct interfacing to native DAWS and Pro Tools, ADA is a powerful tool designed to meet the creative and technical needs of true audio professionals.

Not only does the new ADA II offer the most transparent, true-to-source conversion available today, it’s now even more powerful than the original ADA I and comes with a larger 10.1” higher-resolution display. The user interface is easier to use with the main screen showing both the A/D and the D/A meters. The new front panel is fingerprint-resistant and offers a high-contrast white LED ring-lit power switch.

ADA II supports the 24-channel transformer balanced AES card, and features a new ProTools sample rate error indicator. ADA II is fully compatible with iZ’s new Classic 96 and Ultra Nyquist analogue I/O option cards. Each ADA is made-to-order in 8, 16, or 24 channel configurations with customizable I/O ratios. With its ground-breaking modular design, ADA evolves over time as your studio needs change – re-configure I/O ratios and add channel-count to the original ADA frame as required.

With a single touch, ADA’s Graphic User Interface controls settings and preferences – including the comprehensive A/D & D/A routing options. Full screen mode brings all 48 high-resolution meters into view for accurate reference monitoring.

ADA connects to Logic, Nuendo, REAPER, and other native DAWs via low-latency, low-jitter MADI digital I/O. For Pro Tools|HD users, add an iZ Dual Pro Tools|HD Option Card to ADA and plug directly into the Pro Tools Core Card. If you want the sonic purity of a RADAR, but prefer to mix in a DAW, you need to get an ADA.

ADA II is available to purchase starting at under $6,700 USD.

Furthermore, iZ’s Classic 96 and Ultra Nyquist new generation 8-channel analogue I/O cards are now available, offering the most pristine and euphonic converters iZ has ever produced.

iZ Classic 96 / Ultra Nyquist
The Classic 96 and Ultra Nyquist analogue I/O cards.

iZ’s Classic 96 Analogue I/O card maintains that signature, high-quality iZ audio without compromising disk space. Never harsh or biting, the iZ Classic 96 converter card is optimized to bring clear, transparent sound to studio and live recording applications. The Classic 96 analogue I/O cards boast the same warmth, bottom end, and performance characteristics as the historic Classic analogue I/O cards, but with the sample rate range extended to 96 kHz.

Also available now are the long awaited follow on to the legendary Nyquist (96 kHz) and S-Nyquist (192 kHz) analogue I/O cards: the Ultra Nyquist Analogue I/O cards. With lower noise and distortion than even the famed S-Nyquist design, the Ultra Nyquist analogue I/O cards combine the best attributes of both the Nyquist and the S-Nyquist into one unified design. iZ Technology’s Ultra Nyquist analogue I/O cards will lift the blanket off any mix. Characterized by rich, warm tones, with incredible presence and crystal clear highs, the Ultra Nyquist converters preserve audio integrity by providing the highest high-fidelity conversion possible on any recording.

The Classic 96 is available to purchase for $1,295 USD, Ultra Nyquist is $1,995 USD.

More information: iZ Technology Corporation

Solid State Logic launches Alpha-Link MX audio converters

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Solid State Logic has announced the launch of Alpha-Link MX, the first of a new generation of SSL A-D/D-A converters that deliver superior SSL audio quality in an affordable format for the serious project studio.

SSL Alpha-Link MX 16-4
SSL Alpha-Link MX scalable high performance DAW I/O for the pro project studio.

The new generation SSL converters build on the reputation of the highly respected larger Alpha-Link SX and AX models which are used in leading commercial recording facilities across the world alongside SSL’s AWS and Duality consoles.

The Alpha-Link MX range consists of two different 1 U units that can be used individually or combined to create larger systems. Each unit features 64 channel digital audio I/O via Fibre Optic MADI In/Out connections which can be used to connect to any suitably equipped MADI device including SSL’s own MadiXtreme, MX4 and Delta-Link computer audio interfaces, or to cascade multiple MX units. The ‘Alpha-Link MX 16-4’ has 16 analogue inputs and 4 analogue outputs, making it an ideal 16 channel capture device with 4 outputs for artist and studio monitoring. The ‘Alpha-Link MX 4-16’ has 4 analogue inputs and 16 analogue outputs, making it an ideal solution for 16 channel analogue summing with 4 channels of audio capture. Up to four MX units can be cascaded in any combination in a daisy chain. In this way systems with up to 80 analogue connections which are routable to a single 64 channel MADI In/Out connection can be created. MX units have a switchable reference level to enable matching with the rest of your studio system, with a range of settings between +24dB and +14dB. Alpha-Link MX units are configured via a set of simple, intuitive front panel controls with status indicator LED’s providing clear status and level information.

Alpha-Link MX units are available bundled with an SSL MadiXtreme 64 Mac or PC audio interface to provide the perfect high quality low cost pro DAW I/O solution.

Alpha-Link MX features

  • High quality SSL A-D/D-A converter technology.
  • 64 channel Fibre Optic MADI digital audio In/Out.
  • Alpha-Link MX 16-4: 16 analogue In, 4 analogue Out (balanced).
  • Alpha-Link MX 4-16: 4 analogue In, 16 analogue Out (balanced).
  • Cascade up to 4 Units for up to 80 analogue connections.
  • 44.1 to 96kHz operation with varispeed up to ± 10% (192kHz operation will be available as a free firmware upgrade by 31/12/2012).
  • Switchable reference level with a range of settings between +24dB and +14dB.
  • Perfect Partner for SSL MadiXtreme, MX4 & Delta-Link interfaces.
  • Simple front panel setup controls.
  • Dedicated tri-colour signal activity LED’s.
  • BNC Word Clock sync In/Out.
  • Rear panel analogue connection via standard 25 pin D-Sub.

Alpha-Link MX is available now from SSL resellers worldwide.

The Alpha-Link MX 16-4 and MX4-16 are £849 GBP / 1,449 USD / 1091.60 EUR each. I/O bundles with the MadiXtreme 64 are available at £999 GBP / $1,699 USD / 1276.47 EUR (prices excl. VAT/local taxes).

More information: Solid State Logic / Alpha-Link MX

Apogee announces Symphony 64 | Thunderbolt and 16×16 Analog I/O Module for Symphony I/O

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Apogee has announced two new products at the NAMM 2012: Symphony 64 | Thunderbolt and the 16×16 Analog I/O Module for Symphony I/O.

Apogee Symphony 64 | Thunderbolt

Connect Symphony I/O to any Thunderbolt™ equipped Mac for true Thunderbolt compatibility and performance. Symphony 64 | Thunderbolt will also connect X-Symphony equipped AD-16X, DA-16X, Rosetta 800 and Rosetta 200 converters to Thunderbolt Macs.

The latest addition to the Symphony I/O module line-up, the 16×16 Analog I/O Module allows you to pack 32 channels of premium Apogee conversion into one Symphony I/O (two module spaces per chassis). No other audio interface delivers this much quality input and output or value in a single 2U rack space interface.

The Symphony 64 Thunderbolt release date and price are to be announced, the 16×16 Analog I/O Module will be available 2nd quarter, 2012, priced $3495 USD.

More information: Apogee

Twisted Tools releases Twisted KP for Konkreet Labs Performer

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Twisted Tools Twisted KP

Twisted Tools has announced the release of Twisted KP, a dedicated OSC converter for the Konkreet Labs Performer application for the iPad.

It allows you to easily connect Performer to a variety of devices, both inside and outside of your computer. Twisted KP converts performer messages to MIDI, *Control Voltage and Reaktor IC Sends, in any combination.

Simply put, Twisted KP is the bridge between Konkreet Labs Performer and your music software and hardware, allowing you to quickly control almost anything, anywhere.

Twisted KP features

  • Converts Performer messages to MIDI, *Control Voltage or Reaktor IC Sends.
  • Fast, intuitive and powerful interface.
  • Use Konkreet Labs Perfomer with your host MIDI automation.
  • Presets for NI Maschine, Kore, Moog Voyager, Access Virus and more.
  • Demo versions and presets for Twisted Tools devices.
  • Musical scales to play KP in key and create chord clusters.
  • Bypass entire nodes and/or individual messages.
  • Message range adjustment.
  • Message value inversion.
  • Gate mode.
  • Quantized note lengths.
  • Quick Start setup guide within Reaktor..

Twisted KP is available to purchase for $9 USD.

More information: Twisted Tools / Twisted KP

*Control Voltage requires a dc-coupled audio interface. Requires REAKTOR 5.6+ and does not work with Reaktor Player. iPad and Performer app sold separately.

Korg releases AudioGate, audio format conversion application now free

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Korg AudioGate

Korg has released version 2.1 of AudioGate, an audio format conversion application for Windows and Mac.

AudioGate has been the ideal partner for the KORG MR series of DSD recorders, allowing you to record in the ultra-high-resolution DSD format and then down- convert to the most suitable format for your needs. It was created to bring out the unlimited potential of a DSD master, and has become an indispensible DSD recording tool used by studios worldwide.

Now, everyone can experience the advantages of DSD audio with the new version of AudioGate, which can operate as a free standalone application. Go ahead — download a favorite song in DSD format, and enjoy ultimate audio quality and flexibility with AudioGate on nearly any computer.

AudioGate v2.1 can be freely downloaded and used by anyone, but either a KORG MR series product or a valid Twitter account is required in order to activate the software.

More information: Korg / AudioGate

RME ships Fireface UFX, new flagship interface

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RME has announced it has started shipping its new flagship interface Fireface UFX, a highly integrated pro audio solution packed in a 19″ enclosure.

RME Audio Fireface UFX

60 channels of audio! Digitally controlled high-end preamps, reference class converters and full 192 kHz operation.

Ultra-low latency operation with USB and FireWire, combined with with the legendary RME driver stability and maintenance. Including active jitter suppression, professional reference level support, advanced stand-alone functionality, RME’s unique DIGICheck metering and analysis toolbox and identical operation on Windows PC and Mac.

On top of it: TotalMix FX, the new digital high-end mixer and signal router, driven by two powerful DSP, with integrated EQ, Dynamics and Reverb/Echo effects up to 192 kHz plus built-in monitoring control.

More information: RME Audio / Fireface UFX