MOTU ships Windows support for AVB audio products

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MOTU AVB Windows support

MOTU has announced it is now shipping Windows 7- and 8-compatible USB 2.0 ASIO and Wave drivers for their new line of AVB-equipped audio interface products, including the 1248, 8M, 16A, 24Ai, 24Ao and Monitor 8.

Users can connect their MOTU interface to a USB 2.0 or 3.0 port on their PC for multi-channel audio I/O with any ASIO- or Wave-compatible host software.

“We’re excited that Windows users can now take full advantage of MOTU’s groundbreaking deployment of AVB audio interface technology in these award-winning products,” said Jim Cooper, Director of Marketing at MOTU.

The Windows driver installer is now available as a free download to all MOTU AVB interface owners at motu.com/avb, where a free download of MOTU’s AudioDesk 4 workstation software for Windows is also available.

Concurrent with the Windows driver release is another “one-click” field-upgradable firmware update for all MOTU AVB audio interfaces that introduces several enhancements, including optional stereo TOSLink (optical S/PDIF) support for MOTU’s 1248, 8M and 16A models.

More information: MOTU / AVB audio interfaces

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PreSonus announces 96 kHz support for StudioLive AI-series Mixers & Nimbit

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PreSonus StudioLive AI 96kHz

PreSonus has announced the availability of HD mode for StudioLive AI-series mixers. Once updated, any StudioLive AI-series mixer can record and play back audio streams at sample rates up to 96 kHz over the onboard FireWire 800 interface. The number of recording and playback streams is unaffected.

Designed with recording in mind, HD mode limits cascading and output processing while retaining bus mixing, Fat Channel processing on every input channel, and one reverb and one delay processor. Since included Capture™ and Studio One® Artist for Mac® and Windows® already record high-definition audio, no updates to these applications are required.

Registered StudioLive AI-series mixer owners can update their StudioLive AI-series mixer firmware free by downloading the firmware from their My PreSonus account or by connecting their mixer to an Internet-capable network and updating over the Web. Information on how to update the firmware is available from the online PreSonus Knowledgebase.

PreSonus also announced that its Nimbit® online, direct-to-fan music marketing, promotion, and sales service now supports high-definition (24-bit, 96 kHz) audio.

Only PreSonus offers a complete, “riff to release” music recording, production, and delivery solution for high-definition audio. Record, mix, and master in 24-bit, 96 kHz with a PreSonus StudioLive AI-series mixer and Capture or Studio One, then upload your HD files directly to Nimbit for promotion and delivery.

More information: PreSonus / StudioLive AI

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ZAQ Audio releases Zaquencer step sequencer firmware for BCR2000

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ZAQ Audio Zaquencer

ZAQ Audio has released the Zaquencer, a custom firmware for the BCR2000 total recall USB/MIDI controller by Behringer.

The Zaquencer by ZAQ Audio is a custom firmware for the Behringer BCR2000 that will turn it into a standalone MIDI step sequencer.

It is not a preset but a new operating system for your BCR2000, effectively turning it into a whole different device.

Zaquencer features

  • Native, standalone analog-style step sequencer for BCR2000.
  • No Computer or PC software needed for operation (except for the initial firmware upload).
  • 32 steps or less, depending on loop.
  • 4 tracks, switchable between (mono/polyphone) notetrack or drumtrack.
  • 2 independent MIDI-Controls (ProgramChange, Aftertouch, PitchBend, CCs) per track.
  • Using the flash storage to save all global params and up to 192 patterns.
  • Each consisting of 4 tracks.
  • Organised in 12 banks of 16 patterns each.
  • Copy patterns.
  • Copy single tracks between patterns.
  • Pattern chain to play up to all 192 patterns in a row.
  • Internal/External Clock source (can send/receive MIDI clock or both, with MIDI Through setting enabled).

The Zaquencer firmware is available for purchase for 69 EUR.

More information: ZAQ Audio

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Ploytec Synthesizer πλ² Pi L Squared gets alternative PL02.56 firmware

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Ploytec has announced a new firmware for the πλ² Pi L Squared synthesizer.

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The new “PL02.56 firmware”, comes with a “Vocal Tract” model filter offering formant sounds and speech. It’s a tribute to the General Instruments SP0256-AL2 chip from the early 80s, combined with the ability to play it as an instrument.

There are different performance modes available, allowing both: Playing the “allophones” (speech elements) on the keyboard while controlling the notes via the modulation wheel, or the other way around, selecting the allophones via the modulation wheel and playing notes on the keyboard. The PL02.56 firmware lets you choose between alphabetical and original order, plus supports using e.g. an Ableton Launchpad mini to access all 64 allophones.

The new firmware is to be released on Summer NAMM, 2014.

More information: Ploytec

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PreSonus firmware update for StudioLive AI Mixers adds cascading

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PreSonus has announced an upcoming firmware upgrade for all StudioLive AI-series Active Integration digital mixers, which will see the first digital mixing solution that provides up to 64-channels, multitrack recording, networked remote control, and more for under $8,000 U.S.

PreSonus StudioLive AI cascading

Start with 16, 24, or 32 channels, then cascade a second mixer of any frame size to create custom-sized mixing consoles with all the hardware and software advantages of StudioLive™ Active Integration™ systems.

Cascading mixers functionally creates a single large-format console with full recording and remote-control capability by simply connecting a FireWire 800 cable between the two mixers. For example, combine two StudioLive 32.4.2AI to get a 64-channel system with 32 mix buses that can record 80 simultaneous streams and play back 66 on any FireWire 800- or Thunderbolt-equipped computer.

Cascading mixers of different frame sizes is great for special events that require a few extra recording channels that don’t need to be in every monitor mix. For example, a StudioLive 16.4.2AI can be cascaded to a 32.4.2AI and form a single 48-channel console with 6 global aux buses, as well as 8 local aux sends that are available to the channels on the 32.4.2AI.

This firmware upgrade is part of PreSonus’ continuing series of free updates to its StudioLive-series mixers and will be available to all registered StudioLive AI mixers owners as a free download from their My PreSonus accounts later this summer. It follows hard on the heels of a firmware update that enables StudioLive AI mixers to directly download future firmware updates over any network with Internet access.

The update does not change the computer system requirements for StudioLive AI mixers and software. Current versions of Capture™ 2.1, SL Remote-AI, QMix™-AI, and VSL-AI are fully compatible with this firmware release.

More information: PreSonus / StudioLive AI

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