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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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TC Electronic announces crossgrade option to Universal Audio UAD-2 Powered Plug-Ins platform, development of PowerCore range ceases

TC Electronic and Universal Audio have announced a collaboration to offer a high value crossgrade option to UAD-2 for registered PowerCore users worldwide, as further development for the PowerCore range comes to a halt.

UAD 2 Quad

As part of a larger strategic review, TC Electronic has decided to cease further development of the PowerCore product range. With the most recent release of software version 4.0, PowerCore is fully compatible with current operating systems and DAWs – 32 bit as well as 64 bit. TC Electronic will continue to sell all of the existing PowerCore plug-ins and hardware variants and will keep offering user support for the platform. Also, TC Electronic will continue its general computer recording activities, including audio interfaces and plug-ins.

In addition, TC Electronic announces a collaboration with Universal Audio in order to offer a crossgrade program, allowing registered PowerCore users to receive a value pack of up to $1,300 worth of UAD Powered Plug-Ins free of charge when registering their newly purchased UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Package.

TC Electronic Product Manager Thomas Valter says: “We are proud to work with one of the industry leaders in external DSP power solutions to offer our users a top-notch addition to their existing PowerCore setup.”

The crossgrade offer is valid from February 1, 2011 to June 30, 2011. In order to qualify for the crossgrade offer, PowerCore users must register a new UAD-2 package, including the recently announced UAD-2 Satellite Firewire DSP Accelerator, within this period. Further, the offer is only valid to new users, i.e. users that are new to the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform.

PowerCore users, who qualify and want to make use of this offer, simply have to register their newly purchased UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Package via Universal Audio’s website. During the registration process, they just enter the serial number of their PowerCore unit which will trigger the release of the corresponding UAD Powered Plug-Ins.

The crossgrade offer includes three different plug-in packages that are linked to corresponding UAD-2 processor level purchased (SOLO, DUO, or QUAD):

  • UAD-2 SOLO / SOLO Flexi / SOLO/Laptop crossgrade plug-in package contains:
    • Fairchild ($149)
    • Cambridge ($149)
    • Pultec-Pro ($79)
    • Total Value: $377
  • UAD-2 DUO / DUO Flexi / Satellite DUO crossgrade plug-in package contains:
    • Fairchild ($149)
    • Cambridge ($149)
    • Pultec-Pro ($79)
    • LA-3A ($149)
    • DreamVerb ($149)
    • Total Value: $675
  • UAD-2 QUAD / QUAD Flexi / QUAD Omni / Satellite QUAD crossgrade plug-in package contains:
    • Fairchild ($149)
    • Cambridge ($149)
    • Pultec-Pro ($79)
    • LA-3A ($149)
    • DreamVerb ($149)
    • Precision Limiter ($199)
    • Precision Equalizer ($199)
    • Precision Multiband ($249)
    • Total value: $1322

More information: TC Electronic / Universal Audio

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Universal Audio announces UAD-2 Satellite DUO and QUAD Firewire DSP Accelerator Packages

Universal Audio has announced the impending release of UAD-2 Satellite DUO and QUAD Firewire DSP Accelerator Packages.

UAD-2 Satellite

As the newest members of UA’s UAD-2 Powered Plug-Ins platform, the UAD-2 Satellite family combines DSP acceleration with the plug-and-play simplicity of Firewire 800/400 – perfect for modern, Intel-based iMacs and MacBook Pros.

UAD-2 SatelliteThe UAD-2 Satellite puts the entire UAD Powered Plug-Ins library within easy reach of Firewire 800 and 400-equipped computers; no PCIe card installation required. In developing these UAD plug-ins, UA’s DSP engineers work with leading hardware manufacturers – including Roland, Neve, Studer, dbx, Solid State Logic, Lexicon, Manley, Empirical Labs, Trident, SPL, EMT and more – using their exact schematics, golden units, and experienced ears. This gives computer-based musicians and engineers the warmth and harmonics of classic analog recordings, wherever they mix.

Available in DUO or QUAD processor format (with either two or four Analog Devices SHARC processors, respectively), UAD-2 Satellite packages provide a processing “boost” for digital audio workstations, and include a selection of classic analog emulation plug-ins, right out of the box.

Notable UAD-2 Satellite features include:

  • Access the UAD Powered Plug-Ins library on select Firewire 800 and 400 equipped computers.
  • Compatible with a wide range of modern Intel-based iMacs and MacBook Pros.
  • Run larger mixes in Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Nuendo, Performer and more – without taxing host computer CPU.
  • 5 models to choose from:
    • DUO (Core).
    • DUO Flexi (w/ $500 Plug-In Voucher).
    • QUAD (Core).
    • QUAD Flexi (w/ $500 Plug-In Voucher).
    • QUAD Omni v5.7 (w/ 50 UAD plug-ins).

The complete line of UAD-2 Satellite DSP Accelerators is slated for a Q1 2011 release with prices starting at $899 MAP USD.

More information: Universal Audio

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MOTU debuts 828mk3 Hybrid Firewire/USB2 Audio Interface for NAMM 2011

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In anticipation of its debut at the Winter NAMM 2011 exhibition next week in Anaheim, CA, MOTU has unveiled the 828mk3 Hybrid, an enhanced version of their popular 828 audio interface that now provides flexible connectivity to Mac or Windows computers via Firewire or high-speed USB 2.0.

MOTU 828mk3 Hybrid

The 828mk3 Hybrid provides professional audio quality at samples rates up to 192 kHz, along with all the audio I/O needed for a personal recording studio, including two mic/instrument “combo jack” inputs, eight line-level analog inputs, ten channels of analog output (with XLR main outs), 16-channels of ADAT optical digital I/O, stereo S/PDIF, and a stereo headphone output.

The rear panel of the 828mk3 Hybrid provides both Firewire A (400 Mbps) and hi-speed USB 2.0 (480 Mbps) ports. Users can connect the 828mk3 Hybrid to their computer using either format for full-featured operation and ultra-low bus latency. The Firewire jacks on the 828mk3 are Type B jacks, but they can be connected to any Firewire port on the computer (Type B, Type A, or miniature Type A) using any standard 9-pin-to-9-pin, 9-pin-to-6-pin, or 9-pin-to-4-pin Firewire cable, respectively.

Other feature updates include computer-controllable pad and 48V phantom power switches for the two mic inputs. The 828mk3 Hybrid includes all the features from the earlier award-winning Firewire-only mk3.

The 828mk3 Hybrid will ship in Q1 of 2011 at the same price as the original award-winning 828mk3.

More information: MOTU / 828mk3 Hybrid

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