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Holderness Media launches Swoopster effect for iPad

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Holderness Media has released Swoopster, a playable flanger, fuzz, and vibrato effect for iPad.

Holderness Media Swoopster

Designed for use with the Audiobus app, Swoopster is great for processing synths, drum machines and hundreds of other Audiobus compatible apps such as Figure, Sound Prism Pro, Animoog, Loopy and more.

Swoopster also works as an Inter-app Audio effect inside hosts such as AudioShare, Auria, Cubasis and Apple’s own Garageband.

Swoopster features

  • Highly playable stereo Fuzz, Flange and Vibrato effect processor.
  • Process synths, drum machines and hundreds of other apps by connecting through Audiobus.
  • Use Swoopster as an effect inside Garageband, Auria, Cubasis, and AudioShare using Audiobus or Inter-app audio.
  • Independent left and right channel effects engines can be controlled separately or linked.
  • Two distinct modes: Perform and Tweak.
  • Playable presets, allowing for interesting sonic experimentation on the fly.
  • Several output style options including normal stereo, wide stereo, and sum to mono.

Swoopster for iPad is available to purchase for the introductory price of $2.99 USD.

More information: Holderness Media

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DigiTech ships JamMan Express XT compact stereo looper

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DigiTech JamMan Express XT

DigiTech has announced that the JamMan Express XT compact stereo looper/phrase sampler is now shipping.

The size of a standard stompbox, JamMan Express XT offers a host of capabilities including up to 10 minutes of stereo looping time and DigiTech’s exclusive JamSync feature for synchronizing multiple JamMan pedals.

The JamMan Express XT is ideal for use with guitar, bass, keyboards and other instruments. It provides up to 10 minutes of stereo looping time. Its control layout is simple yet incredibly versatile – a single pedal switch, three Record, Dub and Play LEDs and a Loop Level knob provide access to a multitude of looping functions.

“We designed the JamMan Express XT to offer players great value as the most user-friendly and compact looping pedal available,” said Scott Klimt, marketing manager, DigiTech. “Whether you want to record loops and rhythm tracks for playing along with, create sonic backgrounds for solo or band performances or sample loops and phrases to drop into your recordings the JamMan Express XT is designed to do it all.”

All loop recording, playback and loop overdubbing can be controlled simply by clicking on the pedal switch. The three LEDs indicate looping and phrase sampling status – red for record, green for playback and yellow for overdubbing. This simple but effective looping scheme has been standard on single-button JamMan loopers for years to create lush, richly textured loops or multiple instrumental parts for a one-person-band backing track.

The pedal’s JamSync feature enables the JamMan Express XT to be synchronized with other JamSync-enabled pedals to create multi-track loops or play loops with other musicians. Simply connect the pedals via their 1/8-inch mini jacks. Multiple JamMan pedals can be cascaded together with one JamMan acting as a master for all synched slaves.

The JamMan Express XT is available to purchase for MSRP $149.95 USD.

More information: DigiTech / JamMan Express XT

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Little Endian updates SpectrumWorx to v2.9.0

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Little Endian SpectrumWorx

Little Endian has released version 2.9.0 of the SpectrumWorx sound mangling plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Little Endian today announced the release of SpectrumWorx™ audio plug-in version 2.9 with 64-bit support for both Mac OS X and Windows.

This version adds a 10-preset signature bank created by Cinning Bao. Both OS versions have been updated with several sound fidelity, stability and performance improvements.

SpectrumWorx features

  • VST and AU support.
  • 64-bit and 32-bit.
  • 100% Frequency domain operation.
  • Modular design with five module slots.
  • Over fifty modules to choose from (freeze, harmonizer, pitch shifter, vocoder, octaver, wah-wah, whisperer, wobbler, autotune, reverser, etc.).
  • Sophisticated “time-to-frequency” engine optimized for low CPU usage.
  • Flexible Preset browser with comment field.
  • Shipped with over 250 presets.
  • Free or tempo-synchronised LFOs with phase adjustment and 11 waveforms.
  • External audio input for inter-sample effects.
  • Slick and user-friendly GUI.
  • Detailed User’s Guide.

SpectrumWorx is available to purchase for $119 USD for a single format, or $149 USD for the bundle of formats.

More information: Little Endian / SpectrumWorx

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Holderness Media releases Echo Pad effect processor app for iOS

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Holderness Media Echo Pad

Holderness Media has released Echo Pad, a real-time echo effect processor for iOS, featuring a unique delay and sound on sound looper controlled by a multi-touch XY interface.

Use the built in mic on your headphones, plug in a guitar, microphone, synth, drum machine, iOS device, or whatever you want using an audio interface such as the Apogee Jam or MIC, or one of the many other compatible iOS and USB audio interfaces. (Verified up to date list of compatible audio interfaces below.)

Echo Pad was born out of love for tape echoes, sound on sound loopers and noisy, dirty analog delay pedals. Echo Pad excels at hands on warping delay tones and controlled feedback, and is not afraid to get loud.

The app is available to purchase for the introductory price of $2.99 USD.

More information: Holderness Media / Echo Pad

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BOSS VE-5 Vocal Performer now shipping

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Boss has announced it is now shipping its VE-5 Vocal Performer compact FX processor and looper for vocalists.

BOSS VE-5
The VE-5 compact and mobile personal effects processor and looper for vocalists.

Featuring a simple-to-use tabletop design that can be easily attached to a mic stand for performing, the VE-5 is perfect for singers, rappers, beatboxers, webcasters, and anyone that wants to have fun with processing vocal sounds.

The VE-5 inherits high-quality effects from BOSS’ popular VE-20 Vocal Performer pedal, including reverb, delay, double/harmony, and dynamics processing. Also onboard is real-time pitch correction and special effects processing via the TONE/SFX category. A built-in phrase looper lets users capture vocal performances with effects and loop them on the fly for exciting real-time presentations.

VE-5 Vocal Performer features

  • Easy one-touch operation.
  • Six types of high-quality vocal effects inherited from the VE-20 – Reverb, Delay, Double/Harmony, Dynamics, Pitch Correct, and Tone/SFX.
  • Phrase Looper adds impact to real-time vocal performances, including harmonizing and layered beatboxing.
  • Favorite Sound function provides immediate access to preferred sounds.
  • Ideal for live performance, as well as tabletop setups; mic-stand mount included.
  • Internal microphone for instant gratification.
  • Aux input for blending external music.
  • Battery operation for street performance (AC adapter sold separately).

The VE-5 is now available to purchase for $279 USD / 249 EUR.

More information: BOSS / VE-5 Vocal Performer

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Elysia releases nvelope 500 Impulse Shaper

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Elysia has introduced the nvelope 500, a discrete class-A stereo impulse shaper dynamics processor.

The nvelope 500 is a powerful audio processor capable of making subtle or drastic changes to a sound by providing control over its attack and sustain characteristics. This is extremely useful for reshaping all sorts of individual tones, and is a wonderful tool in any mixing situation as well.

The nvelope 500 operates independently of the specific level of a signal, and (unlike with compressors) you do not have to spend a lot of time trying to balance a set of complex controls to quickly get the results you seek.

Elysia nvelope 500
Elysia’s nvelope 500 provides enhanced control over processing.

nvelope 500 features

  • Discrete Class-A Topology – As a true elysia specialty, the audio path of the nvelope 500 is completely based on discrete circuitry and does not use any integrated circuits at all.
  • Full Range Mode – In Full Range mode, the attack and sustain intensity of a signal can be raised or reduced fast and efficiently with just two controllers.
  • Dual Band Mode – This mode functions basically the same as Full Range, but it provides more tweakability by assigning the attack and sustain controls to individual frequency selectors.
  • EQ Mode – The nvelope 500 can mutate into a two band equalizer with a high/low shelf characteristic, and even here the channel link for processing stereo material can be activated.
  • Mixed Mode – When Stereo Link mode is not active, the two individual channels can be used as completely different processors at the same time.
  • Dual Mono/Stereo Link – For ultimate flexibility, the nvelope 500 offers true dual mono and linked stereo operation as well – no matter if you are using it in Full Range, Dual Band or EQ mode.
  • Auto Gain – Should distortion or huge jumps in level occur as an unwanted side effect of the attack processing, the Auto Gain function will compensate and get the level right.
  • Stepped Potentiometers – The frequency potentiometers have 41 steps for an easy recall, while the gain pots have a center detent for finding their neutral position at once.

The nvelope 500 is available for $1049 MSRP / $975 MAP / 649 EUR excl. VAT.

More information: Elysia / nvelope 500

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Roland introduces PK-6 Dynamic Pedalboard

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Roland PK-6

Roland has announced the PK-6 Dynamic Pedalboard, an impressive MIDI controller that puts the excitement and versatility of live bass performance with full MIDI control within reach of any musician.

The new PK-6 MIDI Pedal controller is the successor to the popular PK-5A, and preserves many of the same characteristics of its predecessor, while adding new features and functions that make its use more comfortable and intuitive for musicians. Virtually any MIDI function can be controlled in live performance using their feet, leaving hands free to play their favorite instrument, and the easily readable LED display enhances the player interface.

The PK-6 includes new features like MIDI merge, PK out, and an external pedal jack, along with proven PK-5A features like one-foot operation of four separate performance modes, 13-velocity sensitive pedal keys, and the ability to transpose over a nine-octave tonal range.

Connect the PK-6 to any MIDI-compatible keyboard or sound module, and instantly add bass lines, harmonies, drum/percussion sounds, and even sound effects to your performances.

PK-6 features

  • Four performance modes: Mono, Poly, Drums, MIDI Controller.
  • 13 velocity-sensitive pedal keys spanning a one-octave chromatic scale.
  • 7-segment display for easy and comfortable operation.
  • Transpose over a nine-octave range.
  • PK Out socket for streamlined pairing with many Roland instruments.
  • MIDI Merge function.
  • Battery operation.

The PK-6 will be available in April 2012.

More information: Roland / PK-6

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