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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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Steinberg releases dspMixFx app for iPad + UR series firmware v2.1

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Steinberg has launched dspMixFx, an app that gives iPad access to DSP features of its UR824, UR28M and UR44, and released updated firmware/software for these audio interfaces.

Steinberg dspMixFx

dspMixFx allows users to control the many digital signal processing (DSP) features available on the UR824, UR28M and UR44 audio interfaces in order to create latency-free monitor mixes with the readily available DSP effects through the iPad.

“Most musicians have experienced a poor monitor mix at some time or another. And this results in a poor performance. With dspMixFx, simply hook up your iPad to the interface, set up the perfect mix and get the best out of each and every performer during the recording sessions,” says Stefan Schreiber, product marketing manager at Steinberg.

dspMixFx harnesses the power of Yamaha’s SSP2 DSP chip built into the UR interfaces, making the available DSP features easily accessible through the iPad. The iOS app provides a mixer for the input signals and controls the acclaimed REV-X reverb, the Sweet Spot Morphing Channel Strip with compressor and three-band parametric EQ as well as the four Guitar Amp Classics amp emulations at zero latency.

dspMixFx is compatible with other iOS audio apps, offering full operation when using third-party apps with the DSP-powered interfaces of Steinberg’s UR range.

The firmware/software update version 2.1 ensures full compatibility of the UR824, UR28M and UR44 with the dspMixFx app as well as providing automatic detection of the connected iPad or computer when in class compliant mode.

dspMixFx is a free app available through the App Store. The firmware and Tools software update version 2.1 is freely available as download from the Steinberg website.

More information: Steinberg / dspMixFx

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TC Electronic updates DB6 firmware to v1.30

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TC Electronic DB6

TC Electronic has announced a free software update for its DB6 intelligent loudness management solution.

With the new software, broadcasters are able to recall up to 16 Scene Presets by using GPI 1 and 2 together. DB6 offers a variety of ways to engage or disengage processing automatically, depending on format, level, physical inputs etc., while remote control can be achieved via Ethernet, GPI, SDI metadata, etc.

The GPI implementation of DB6 is very extensive, offering switching between up to 16 Scene Presets using only two of its four GPI inputs. Based on this, DB6 may be controlled during playout, or a simple preset selection panel can be designed with easy access to presets and/or emergency override.

Further, it is now possible to control DB6 by multiple instances of the ICON remote, adding a new level of operational flexibility to the platform. Finally, it is also possible to copy entire User preset Banks to or from files stored on a PC or Mac.

More information: TC Electronic / DB6

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AudioFront updates MIDI Expresion to v1.1

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AudioFront MIDI Expression

AudioFront has released version 1.1 of its MIDI Expression compact Pedal to USB MIDI interface, bringing improvements to all aspects of its design.

MIDI Expression is a compact class compliant USB MIDI device that allows different types of pedals to interface with your computer. Pedal sensing technology built into the device detects the type of pedal plugged in and automatically adjusts its settings to support it.

Changes in MIDI Expression v1.1

  • New Form Factor – The most dramatic change for MIDI Expression comes in the form of its casing. MIDI Expression is now housed in a 3D printed enclosure allowing it to maintain its compact form while improving its aesthetics and strength. There are also now six colors available including, white, black, red, green, blue and yellow.
  • Plug-in Version – The MIDI Expression Control application is now available in both standalone and VST varieties. The new plugin version allows configurations to be injected into the device on a per project basis offering a unique level of control.
  • Updated Firmware – The updated firmware contains some improvements as well. Firstly each color now has a unique MIDI Port name to facilitate working with multiple devices. Secondly the onboard LED has been improved giving the user timely visual feedback.

MIDI Expression is available to purchase for $49 USD.

More information: MIDI Expresion

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Elektron updates Analog Four & Keys OS to v1.1

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Elektron OS 1.1 Analog Four/Keys

Elektron has launched OS version 1.1 for the Analog Four, and the first OS for the new Analog Keys synthesizer.

Analog Four was recently voted Hardware of the Year by the readers of Future Music, and now Swedish instrument maker Elektron is releasing a powerful new OS, making the analog tabletop synthesizer even better.

Analog Four OS 1.1 introduces polyphony, resonance boost, and MIDI multi map. Oh yeah, it also unlocks the pre-installed +Drive of all units.

Changes in Analog Four OS 1.1

  • Polyphony – Fully customizable voice allocation. With the upgrade, the Analog Four can be used as a polyphonic four voice synthesizer, as four separate monophonic synthesizers, in four note unison with user defined pitch spread between the voices, or anything in between. Get ready for lush chords, huge mono sounds and multitimbral magic!
  • Resonance Boost – The resonance boost turns the Analog Four into a screaming beast. The feature is especially useful for creating deep kicks and powerful bass sounds. The resonance boost provides the sound palette with new colors.
  • +Drive – The +Drive non-volatile memory increases the amount of storage space by two orders of magnitude. Thanks to the +Drive, Analog Four users can now enjoy working with up to 128 projects. Each project contains up to 128 patterns, 128 kits, 16 songs, 4 globals, and 128 sound pool Sounds. The machine you know and love just got multiplied by a factor of 128. Furthermore, every project has access to the +Drive Sound library, capable of storing 4096 Sounds. The Sounds are taggable for ease of use and identification. After activating the +Drive, 512 factory preset Sounds are instantly available.
  • Multi Map Edit – Lets you freely assign functionality to any of the keys on an external MIDI keyboard controlling the Analog Four. Multi map allows custom mapped sounds, pattern trigging and trigging of external MIDI units. Also, full analog drum kits, bass lines, and lead sounds can be played simultaneously. Record multi map trigs with the sequencer.

The firmware update is now available to download from Elektron.

More information: Elektron

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Steinberg updates firmware UR28M & UR824 audio interfaces to v2

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Steinberg UR28M / UR824 update

Steinberg has announced the release of version 2.0 firmware updates for its UR28M and UR824 USB audio interfaces.

Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH today enhances their UR28M and UR824 USB audio interfaces with a comprehensive firmware update, adding class-compliant mode and loopback capability, four DSP-based guitar amp simulations for latency-free monitoring, a VST 3 effects bundle and a free copy of Cubase AI 7 for all registered UR28M and UR824 customers.

“This is possibly the widest ranging firmware update for any Steinberg hardware,” remarked Stefan Schreiber, product marketing manager at Steinberg. “Offering class compliance is definitely a first for us, and is the perfect complement for our Cubasis iOS app.”

URM28M/UR824 firmware v2 features

  • New Guitar Amp Classics effect bundle running on DSP, allowing latency-free monitoring with guitar amp effect.
  • Basic FX Suite VST 3 plug-in bundle, consisting of three software components: Sweet Spot Morphing Channel Strip, REV-X and Guitar Amp Classics.
  • CC mode for connectivity with the iPad (2 or later) through Apple’s iPad Camera Connection Kit.
  • Loopback function for internet live streaming: incoming audio signals are merged to playback signal from audio playback software.
  • Free version of latest version of Cubase AI 7 for all registered UR users, providing a set of new features.

The firmware and tools update are available as downloads in the support area on the Steinberg website. Cubase AI 7 is available for users logging into their MySteinberg account.

More information: Steinberg / UR28M/UR824

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