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MOTU introduces 4pre compact audio interface

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MOTU has announced the 4pre, a compact audio interface with four mic preamps and mixing

MOTU 4pre

If you’ve been searching for an affordable, compact audio interface with four mic inputs, your search is over. The 4pre packs four mic inputs into an impressively small half-rack form factor, along with a healthy complement of additional professional-grade audio connections. Just think of the possibilities. You can record and mix vocals plus guitar for two musicians simultaneously. Or mic a drum kit with overheads and close-ups. Or record lead and background vocals in one take. With an interface this flexible, capable, and great-sounding, you’ll be ready for any situation your music throws at you.

4pre features

  • 6 x 8 audio interface for Mac and Windows – All channels are available simultaneously and operate independently.
  • Hybrid FireWire/USB 2.0 connectivity – Connects to your Mac or PC via either bus-powered Firewire or hi-speed USB2.
  • 8-bus digital mixer – Routes and mixes all six inputs to any output pair.
  • Four separate mixes – Each output pair (main outs, line outs, S/PDIF out, and phones) can have a completely different mix of all six inputs, with or without computer tracks.
  • Four mic inputs with combo jacks – Flexible combo jacks provide four XLR mic inputs, two hi-Z 1/4″ guitar inputs, and stereo line-level (+4/-10) input. Mic inputs provide individual preamps, phantom power, 20 dB pad, Precision Digital Trim™, and plenty of gain.
  • Stereo main outs – On balanced TRS quarter-inch jacks. Connect directly to powered speakers (or other line-level analog destination).
  • Digital I/O – Stereo 24-bit 96kHz S/PDIF digital input and output.
  • Two headphone outputs – Independent volume control for each phone output. Output can be either the same or completely independent.
  • Support for HD audio – Supports standard sample rates up to 96 kHz.
  • Precision Digital Trim™ – Digitally controlled analog trim on all inputs provides adjustments in approximately 1 dB increments. Fine-tune the balance of your inputs and then save/recall trim configurations.
  • Front-panel mixing and control – Each input has its own dedicated volume knob. Control multiple mixes with clear feedback from front panel LEDs and metering.
  • Front-panel volume control of main outs and headphone jack – Independent volume control of the main outs and phone output, or mirror the main outs on both phone jacks.
  • CueMix™ FX cross-platform mixing software – Attractive on-screen graphic mixing with an instrument tuner and audio analysis tools including real-time FFT display, spectrogram “waterfall” display, oscilloscope, X-Y plot and linear or polar phase analysis.
  • Stand-alone operation – Bring the 4pre to your gig, with or without a computer. Just plug in the included power adapter and you are ready to go. Need to tweak the mix? Just turn the front-panel knobs.
  • Expandable – Add additional interfaces for more I/O as your needs grow.
  • Time code support – Directly resolves to (or generates) time code via any quarter-inch input or output, without the need for an extra synchronizer.
  • Direct Digital Synthesis™ (DDS) – DSP-driven phase lock engine and internal clock source produces imperceptibly low jitter characteristics (below the noise floor), even when the 4pre is resolved to an external clock source via SMPTE time code.
  • DC-coupled TRS outputs – Can be used with Volta™ (sold separately) to manipulate and sequence voltage-controlled modular synthesizers from a host DAW.
  • Plug-and-play operation with your Mac or PC via FireWire or USB2 – Compatible with all current and recent generation Macs and PCs.
  • Native 32- and 64-bit drivers for Mac OS X and Windows 7/Vista – Includes ASIO, WDM, Wave, Core Audio, and Core MIDI drives. Supports all popular Mac and Windows audio software.
  • Fully compatible with 3rd-party software – 100% compatible with all host-based effects processing in today’s popular audio programs.
  • Includes audio workstation (DAW) software – Includes AudioDesk full-featured sample-accurate workstation software for the Mac with recording, editing, mixing, real-time 32-bit effects processing & sample-accurate sync.
  • Bus-powered FireWire operation – No need for external power when operating as a FireWire interface connected to a computer. A power supply is included for stand-alone or USB2 operation.
  • Compact form factor – Chassis dimensions, excluding rack ears and front and back panel knobs and connectors: 9.5 × 7 × 1.75 inches (24.13 × 17.78 × 4.45 cm). Knobs and connectors extend up to 0.5 inch (1.27 cm) from front and back panels, adding 1 inch (2.54 cm) to depth. With rack ears attached, fits one half of a standard 19 inch (48.26 cm) rack at 1U high.

The 4pre is available to purchase for a list price of $495 USD ($449 USD street).

More information: MOTU / 4pre

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Eventide announces Reverb 2016 Stereo Room and Omnipressor native plug-ins + H8000FW v5.6 update

Eventide has debuted the Reverb 2016 Stereo Room and Omnipressor at the 131st AES Convention.

Eventide Reverb 2016 Stereo Room / Omnipressor

In the first installment of a major initiative to bring its world class effects to the Native plug-in world, Eventide today announced the Reverb 2016 Stereo Room and Omnipressor plug-ins for AU, VST, and the new Pro Tools Native format, AAX.

Eventide first native plug-ins will be available through Eventide software dealers, and on eventide.com beginning mid-November 2011 at a special introductory price of $149 and $99 respectively.

Eventide has also announced that V5.6 of the HF8000FW operating system will be available soon, adding Apple Lion OS 10.7 support for FireWire.

Eventide today announced that V5.6 will be released to beta in November and will be free for download for registered users at eventide.com. With V5.6, Eventide’s flagship effects processor, the H8000FW, will be compatible with the latest Apple OS upgrade. The release also includes several minor bug fixes.

More information: Eventide

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Universal Audio releases UAD-2 QUAD Omni 6 DSP Accelerator Packages

Universal Audio UAD-2 QUAD Omni 6 DSP

Universal Audio has announce the release of the new flagship UAD-2 QUAD Omni 6 DSP Accelerator Packages.

The UAD-2 QUAD Omni 6 DSP Accelerator Packages — available in either PCIe card or Satellite FireWire unit formats — represent Universal Audio’s most powerful and flexible processing hardware, packaged with the most complete UAD plug-in bundles for professional users. Specifically, the UAD-2 QUAD Omni 6 gives producers and engineers all 53 UA-developed plug-ins up to and including UAD software v.6.0* – saving thousands of dollars versus buying the plug-ins individually. The Omni packages, like all UAD-2 DSP Accelerators, also feature full compatibility with newly announced Avid Pro Tools 10.

The UAD-2 QUAD Omni packages feature four Analog Devices SHARC chips to “power” the world’s finest analog emulation plug-ins, including classics from Ampex, Lexicon, Studer, SSL, Neve, Manley, Roland, BOSS, dbx, Empirical Labs, EMT, Teletronix, and more.

Features of the UAD-2 QUAD Omni 6 DSP Accelerator Package include:

  • High-bandwidth PCIe card or Satellite FireWire unit with (4) Analog Devices SHARC processors for running UAD Powered Plug-Ins on Mac or PC.
  • Access the world’s finest emulations of analog classics: Ampex, Lexicon, Studer, SSL, Neve, Manley, Roland, BOSS, dbx, Empirical Labs, EMT, Teletronix and more.
  • Includes all 53 UA-developed plug-ins up to and including UAD software v6.0*, plus a $100 Plug-In Voucher redeemable from UA’s Online Store.
  • Fully compatible with Avid Pro Tools 10.

More information: Universal Audio / UAD-2 QUAD Omni 6

*Note: The UAD-2 QUAD Omni 6 packages do not include any Direct Developer (3rd party) plug-ins, nor plug-ins released after UAD Software v6.0.

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MOTU 896mk3 Hybrid now shipping

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MOTU has announced it is now shipping the 896mk3 Hybrid, an enhanced version of the 896 audio interface that now provides flexible connectivity to Mac or Windows computers via Firewire or high-speed USB 2.0.

Features include eight XLR/TRS “combo” style analog inputs with high-quality preamps, ten XLR analog outputs, a total of 28 inputs and 32 outputs, 192 kHz analog operation, signal overload protection, a 32-bit floating point DSP for digital mixing and effects processing, two banks of configurable optical I/O, and support for time code synchronization.

The rear panel of the 896mk3 Hybrid provides both Firewire A (400 Mbps) and hi-speed USB 2.0 (480 Mbps) ports. Users can connect the 896mk3 Hybrid to their computer using either format for full-featured operation and ultra-low bus latency. The Firewire jacks on the 896mk3 are 9-pin Type B jacks, but they can be connected to any Firewire jack on the computer (6-pin Type A, 4-pin Type A “mini”, or Type B) using any standard Firewire cable that has the necessary connectors on it.

Other feature updates include computer-controllable pad and 48V phantom power switches for the eight mic inputs. The 896mk3 Hybrid includes all the features from the earlier award-winning Firewire-only mk3

MOTU 896mk3 Hybrid

896mk3 Hybrid features

  • CueMix FX™ — flexible 28 input/16 bus mixer with on-board DSP effects, including reverb with sends/returns, plus EQ and compression on every input and output.
  • 28 inputs / 32 outputs (at 44.1/48 kHz) — there’s no channel sharing in the 896mk3; the mic inputs, AES/EBU I/O, S/PDIF I/O, headphone out and main outs are all handled as separate channels.
  • Front-panel control — access any setting in your entire 896mk3 mix directly from the front panel.
  • Stand-alone operation — users can program mixes at the studio and then bring the 896mk3 to a gig — no computer needed. If they need to tweak the mix, they can do it on site using the back-lit LCD and front-panel controls.
  • Multiple CueMix FX mixes — for example, users can create different monitor mixes for the main outs and headphones. Or add send/return loops for outboard gear — with no latency.
  • Eight rear panel combo jacks provide 1/4” guitar/line input or XLR mic input with phantom power, pad and plenty of gain.
  • Clip protection — input limiter prevents digital clipping and distortion from overloaded signal levels up to +12 dB over zero.
  • Eight 24-bit 192 kHz analog inputs and outputs on XLR jacks.
  • Precision Digital Trim™ — Digitally controlled analog trim on all analog inputs provides accurate adjustments in 1 dB increments. Users can fine-tune the balance of the analog inputs and then save/recall trim configurations.
  • Flexible optical I/O — 16 channels of ADAT lightpipe, 8 channels of SMUX (96 kHz) or two pairs of stereo TOSLink. Mix and match formats between the two banks.
  • Expandable — add additional interfaces for more I/O as connectivity needs grow.
  • Separate XLR main outs and front-panel headphone jacks, each with independent volume control.
  • Stereo 24-bit 96 kHz AES/EBU in/out.
  • Stereo 24-bit 96 kHz S/PDIF in/out.
  • Word clock in and out.
  • Foot switch input — conveniently located on the front panel; connect a standard foot pedal switch (sold separately) for hands-free punch-in and punch-out while recording. Or map the pedal to any keystroke function in your host software.
  • Includes native 32- and 64-bit drivers for Mac OS X and Windows 7/Vista, including ASIO, WDM, Wave, and Core Audio. Supports all popular Mac and Windows audio software.
  • 100% compatible with all host-based effects processing in today’s popular audio programs.
  • Includes AudioDesk full-featured sample-accurate workstation software for the Mac with recording, editing, mixing, real-time 32-bit effects processing & sample-accurate sync.
  • Front panel volume control for monitoring. Stereo, Quad, 5.1, 7.1 and user-defined surround monitoring setups available.
  • Two front panel headphone jacks with independent volume controls.
  • Comprehensive front panel metering for all analog and digital audio I/O.
  • Dedicated front panel clock status LEDs.
  • International 100-240V, 50-60 Hz auto-switching power supply.

The 896mk3 Hybrid is now shipping at the same price as the original award-winning 896mk3.

More information: MOTU / 896mk3 Hybrid

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Universal Audio releases UAD Software v5.9, Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb plug-in for UAD-2

Universal Audio Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb for UAD-2

Universal Audio has released version 5.9 of the UAD Software, including the Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb for the UAD-2 platform.

From the moment it was unleashed on the audio industry in 1978, the original Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb — with its tactile, slider-based controller and famously lush reverb tail — almost single-handedly defined the sound of an entire era, and remains one of the most popular and influential digital reverb units of all time.

The result of UA’s acclaimed modeling expertise, the Lexicon 224 plug-in for UAD-2 precisely captures all eight reverb programs available in original 224 firmware version 4.4, including every tunable parameter, with unique fader-style controls — inviting easy experimentation and sonic exploration. In UA’s exhaustive modeling tradition, the Lexicon 224 emulation also incorporates the original unit’s input transformers and early AD/DA converters — nailing the entire signal path right down to the last detail.

Additionally, the Lexicon 224 emulation for UAD-2 features direct input and presets from famous Lexicon 224 users, including Chuck Zwicky (Prince, Jeff Beck), Eli Janney (Jet, Ryan Adams), David Isaac (Eric Clapton, Luther Vandross), E.T. Thorngren (Talking Heads, Bob Marley), and Kevin Killen (U2, Peter Gabriel).

Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb features

  • Lexicon-endorsed model of legendary 1978 hardware, using the very same algorithms from the original hardware.
  • Models the entire analog circuit and digital path for total authenticity.
  • Eight reverb programs and one chorus program from final Lexicon v.4.4 firmware.
  • Features artist presets from famous Lexicon 224 users.

The Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb plug-in is available to purchase for $349 USD.

In addition to the Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb plug-in, v5.9 features improvements for the UAD-2 Satellite Firewire DSP Accelerators, including support for Avid/Digidesign 002 and 003, support for connecting up to two UAD-2 Satellites on qualified Intel-based iMac®, MacBook Pro®, or Mac mini® computers, lowered latency specs, and other enhancements for optimized performance.

More information: Universal Audio / Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb

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MOTU Audio Express, personal studio interface

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MOTU Audio Express

MOTU has announced the Audio Express, a 6×6 hybrid FireWire/USB 2.0 audio interface and mixer for personal studio recording and live performance mixing.

The Audio Express features studio-grade sound, hands-on mixing, MIDI connectivity, and all the audio I/O needed for a well-equipped personal studio. Advanced features include front-panel control of four stereo mix busses, stand-alone mixing, digitally controlled analog trim, DDS (Direct Digital Synthesis) audio clocking for exceptionally low jitter performance, and an instrument tuner.

Audio Express features

  • 6-input, 6-output audio interface for Mac and Windows.
  • 6 x 8 physical input/output channels — all channels are available simultaneously and operate independently.
  • Hybrid FireWire/USB 2.0 connectivity — connect to your Mac or PC via either bus-powered Firewire or hi-speed USB2.
  • 8-bus digital mixer — routes and mixes all six inputs to any output pair.
  • Four separate mixes — each output pair (main outs, line outs, S/PDIF out, and phones) can have a completely different mix of all six inputs, with or without computer tracks.
  • Two mic/guitar combo jacks — provide hi-Z 1/4” guitar input or XLR mic input with phantom power, 20 dB pad, Precision Digital Trim™, and plenty of gain.
  • Stereo analog inputs — on line-level, balanced TRS quarter-inch jacks. Connect to synth or or other line-level input signal.
  • Stereo main outs — on balanced TRS quarter-inch jacks. Connect directly to powered speakers (or other line-level analog destination).
  • Stereo 24-bit 96kHz S/PDIF digital in/out.
  • Stereo headphone output on quarter-inch jack with independent volume control.
  • Support for standard sample rates up to 96 kHz.
  • Precision Digital Trim™ — digitally controlled analog trim on all inputs provides adjustments in approximately 1 dB increments. Fine-tune the balance of all inputs and then save/recall trim configurations.
  • Front-panel mixing and control — each input has its own dedicated volume knob. Control multiple mixes with clear feedback from front panel LEDs and metering.
  • CueMix FX cross-platform mixing software — attractive on-screen graphic mixing with a tuner and audio analysis tools including real-time FFT display, spectrogram “waterfall” display, oscilloscope, X-Y plot and linear or polar phase analysis.
  • Stand-alone operation — bring the Audio Express to a gig, with or without a computer. Just plug in the included power adapter and you are ready to go. Need to tweak the mix? Just turn the front-panel knobs.
  • Front panel volume control of main outs and headphone jack.
  • Expandable — add additional interfaces for more I/O as your needs grow.
  • Time code support — directly resolves to (or generates) time code via any quarter-inch input or output, without the need for an extra synchronizer.
  • Direct Digital Synthesis™ (DDS) — a DSP-driven phase lock engine and internal clock source that produces imperceptibly low jitter characteristics (below the noise floor), even when the Audio Express is resolved to an external clock source via SMPTE time code.
  • Sample-accurate MIDI — connect a MIDI controller and/or sound module with no separate interface needed. MIDI I/O is sample-accurate with supporting software.
  • Foot switch input — connect a standard foot pedal switch (sold separately) for hands-free punch-in and punch-out while recording. Or map the pedal to any keystroke function in your host software.
  • DC-coupled TRS outputs — can be used with Volta™ (sold separately) to manipulate and sequence voltage-controlled modular synthesizers from a host DAW.
  • Plug-and-play operation with your Mac or PC via FireWire or USB2 — compatible with all current and recent generation Macs and PCs.
  • Includes native 32- and 64-bit drivers for Mac OS X and Windows 7/Vista, including ASIO, WDM, Wave, Core Audio, and Core MIDI. Supports all popular Mac and Windows audio software.
  • 100% compatible with all host-based effects processing in today’s popular audio programs.
  • Includes AudioDesk full-featured sample-accurate workstation software for the Mac with recording, editing, mixing, real-time 32-bit effects processing & sample-accurate sync.
  • Bus-powered FireWire operation. No need for external power when operating as a FireWire interface connected to a computer. A power supply is included for stand-alone operation.
  • Half-rack form factor with removable rack brackets (included) for portable desktop operation or rack-mount installation.

The Audio Express ships this month (March, 2011), priced $449 USD.

More information: MOTU / Audio Express

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Stanton SCS.1, major update for mixer control surface

Stanton has announced several new update developments to the SCS.1, the Stanton Control System1 mixer control surface.

Stanton SCS.1

The SCS.1, with its built-in FireWire® audio interface, assignable encoders, and tight, two-way software control is now better than ever, offering expanded presets, new ASIO drivers, updated firmware and DaRouter software.

Tim Dorwart CEO of Stanton comments: “Our team is very pleased to be able to announce these updates. The new capabilities of the SCS.1d enhance the performance of both scratch and general platter control. This should certainly help those migrating from traditional DVS turntables, to controllers who require the additional features integrated into the platter, right next to the place their fingers are when manipulating the platter. The new presets for both SCS.1d and SCS.1m extend this functionality to a whole host of other applications for DJ’ing live, composing and mixing”

Development Updates features

  • NEW Presets – Stanton has released a new preset for Native Instruments Traktor Pro® application, updating it to match the new features. Additional new presets include new Generic presets (4 in all) that allow the SCS.1 to be mapped into most DJ software packages; an Ableton Live preset for the SCS.1m, which fully supports clip and scene launching, mixing control, sends/groups, and FX control; a HUI preset that allows the SCS.1m to be used as a DAW controller for many common software packages (ProTools®, Nuendo™, Cubase™, Logic™, Sonar™, etc). Because Stanton utilized the HUI protocol, there is little to no mapping needed on the user’s part.
  • NEW ASIO Driver – This new ASIO driver for Windows® fully supports not only Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit varieties), but also is backwards compatible with Vista64 and XP. They also separated this installer from the DaRouter installer to make it easier on the end user to update components.
  • NEW DaRouter Software – A new SCS.1 DaRouter has been developed, which implements a better scratching algorithm. In response to user requests, it also allows for multiple instances of DaRouter to run simultaneously, which allows for the use of (for instance) 4 SCS.1ds at once. Of course, this version of DaRouter will also bundle in all the new presets so users have instant access to the new features.
  • NEW SCS.1M Firmware – Stanton has also updated the SCS.1d firmware, which not only improves the scratching performance of the SCS.1d, but also makes it more compatible with current DJ software. Like the ASIO driver, they’ve also separated this from the DaRouter installer to make installation and updating straightforward and error-free.

More information: Stanton / SCS.1

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