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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

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

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

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

Kemper Amps releases Kemper Profiler Software Version 2.0

Kemper Profiler Software V2.0

Kemper Amps has announced a major update for its Kemper Profiler, offering game changing pitch shifting FX with pure tuning and formant shifter, performance mode, new rigs, and more.

The Kemper Profiler has taken the guitarists’ world by storm and rocks the world this summer on major festival stages. To mention just a few: UK’s best known alternative trio Biffy Clyro played Rock am Ring and the biggest venues in the UK. Muse have toured the biggest arenas in the world just like many others as well. Numerous records were and are produced with the Kemper Profiler. Right now Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore plays two Kemper Profiler Racks during their Delta Machine arena tour: http://youtu.be/E4UzHxhsQ8Y

Guitarists quickly learned to love the Profiler because of its authentic sound, now moving on with the brand new Firmware Version 2.0 the focus this time shifts towards effects and usability. The Kemper Company mothership looks already back on a 15 year legacy with the Access VIRUS, one of the most popular and comprehensive synthesizers on the market, acclaimed for its sound and incredible effects. This expertise is now transferred step by step to the Profiler by offering worldclass effects especially designed for performing guitar players.

Changes in Kemper Profiler Software v2.0

  • Shifting Pitches—A collection of new polyphonic Pitch Shifting FX now extends the creative potential of the Profiler. Easily on par with the industry standard in terms of sound quality the Profiler in some areas even goes beyond what has been offered by even the most expensive pitch shifter devices on the market. With no compromise. For the first time a real time formant shifter for guitar is available in order to shape the character of the guitar and compensate for that unwanted „chipmunk effect“ when pitch shifting guitar sounds. „Pure Tuning“ or „just“ tuning finally is an option that tunes the intervals in the „pure“ or „just“ manner. This results in great and smooth sounding chords created with the pitch shifter which have never been possible before.
  • Listen and Learn—Additionally a lot for requests from the players of the Kemper Profiler have been implemented as new features which most likely will become a new standard. For example: When the Volume Control Pedal is put down to zero automatically the Tuner Mode is activated.
  • Performance mode—Performance mode is a powerful tool that allows for organising rigs in ‘performances’. A total of 125 performances are available, each of which can hold up to five rigs in one logical place. The typical use of a performance would be storing the sounds dedicated to the intro, verse, chorus, bridge, and outro of a song, and switch between them using a foot controller.
  • Custom foot controller support—Kemper have been working with companies offering custom foot controllers or chip tunings for universal foot controllers in order to give choices to the Kemper Profiler users. Watch out for offerings from FAMC Liquid Foot, UnO 4 Kemper, and others.
  • Rig-a-lo-mania – A brand new set of Presets—A completely new The Amp Factory Rig Pack as well as pitch shifter rigs and presets have been added. Rig Pack 04 and Keith Merrow Signature Rigs are now included in firmware 2.0.

The Kemper Profiler Software Version 2.0 is now available to download for Kemper Profiler users.

More information: Kemper Amps

Line 6 announces Relay V75-SC Super-Cardioid Microphone/Transmitter + Digital Wireless Lineup updated

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Line 6 has announced its new Relay V75-SC, a 14-channel digital wireless handheld microphone/transmitter with super-cardioid dynamic capsule.

Line 6 Relay V75-SC
Designed for use with the XD-V75 digital wireless system, Relay V75-SC isolates vocals while rejecting stage noise, resulting in supreme vocal clarity and articulation.

V75-SC is the first Line 6 vocal wireless solution to be released under the Relay brand. XD-V75, XD-V55 and XD-V35 vocal wireless systems will also join G-series instrument wireless solutions as part of the industry-standard Relay family—giving musicians a single source for the best-sounding, most reliable wireless in the industry.

“Discerning vocalists require a microphone that delivers pristine sound quality, even on loud or crowded stages,” said Max Gutnik, Vice President of Products, Line 6. “Relay V75-SC features a super-cardioid polar pattern that delivers excellent on-axis response while preventing feedback and bleed-in from other instruments—giving vocalists the confidence they need to deliver their best performances.”

Featuring 24-bit audio quality, 10Hz to 20kHz frequency response and a wide dynamic range of up to 118dB (A weighted), the Relay V75-SC signal is so clear and strong that it sounds and performs like a wired microphone. Thanks to compander-free Line 6® digital wireless technology, Relay V75-SC allows vocalists to convey every nuance of their performances to the audience with crystal clarity.

Relay V75-SC also offers four exceptional microphone models—including three based on the world’s most celebrated super-cardioid live mics—allowing vocalists to choose the perfect sound to match their voice, performance style and venue.

Relay V75-SC is a durable, dependable microphone transmitter designed to provide reliable performance night after night. The rugged metal body is engineered to withstand the elements and minimize handling noise. A custom hard-shell touring case with soft inner padding protects Relay V75-SC while traveling.

The Relay V75-SC is now shipping.

Line6 has also announced updates to its XD-V55HS, Relay G90, Relay G50 and Relay G30 digital wireless systems.

The XD-V55HS digital wireless system is now available with a tan headset option (in addition to black), allowing performers and spoken word presenters to choose the finish that’s right for them.

The free v2.0 firmware update for Relay G90, Relay G50 and Relay G30 guitar wireless systems allows guitarists to switch between RF1 and RF2 operating modes, enabling compatibility with other RF2 devices such as the Line 6 XD-V series. Additionally, RF2 operating mode enables 14-channel operation for the Relay G90 system, and reduces impact on other devices operating in the 2.4GHz space.

More information: Line 6 / Relay V75-SC

Sonic Charge releases beatrick for Permut8 + Microtonic 64-bit beta

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Sonic Charge has announced the release of beatrick for Permut8, a free firmware update that turns the effect plugin into a beat mangler.

One of the worst kept secrets about Permut8 is that it supports “firmware replacements”. In case you have not heard about it before, a “Permut8 firmware” is a piece of code that can be loaded into Permut8 to extend or replace its signal processing algorithms. This is not in native code but a portable assembler format for a virtual machine that I have designed for fast and safe (sandboxed) execution.

We have now decided to take advantage of this feature to offer you a (slightly late) Christmas gift. We hereby present the first official alternative firmware for Permut8: “beatrick”.

beatrick transforms the Permut8 plug-in into a dedicated beat mangling device.

The “beatrick” firmware is available to download for registered users.

The original Permut8 also includes firmwares.

Also, if you have not found them yet there are other firmwares already included in the original Permut8 installation, most notably a full port of SAM (the original speech synthesizer from the early 80′s). You need to logon to the terminal in the “about box” to use these. This topic contains more info.

Sonic Charge has also announced the release of Microtonic 3.1 beta, the first 64-bit compatible version. It is a closed beta, but serious beta testers can apply at http://beta.soniccharge.com

More information: Sonic Charge

Moog Music intros Revolution 2 update for Minitaur analog bass synthesizer

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Moog Music has announced the release of Revolution 2 for its Minitaur compact analog bass synthesizer.

Moog Minitaur
Minitaur is a compact and powerful analog bass synthesizer that features a classic one knob per function design. It was recently nominated for a 2013 TEC Award in the ‘Musical Instrument (Hardware)’ category.

REV 2, which is a free update for Minitaur owners, unlocks a host of new performance features (watch the video here) and implements a number of user requested updates to Minitaur and the free Minitaur Editor/Librarian.

Among these updated features, Minitaur REV 2 owners can now create up to 100 presets and store them directly within their Minitaur, gain independent control of Decay and Release times from Minitaur’s front panel, and access tons of new CV routing and control features.

New in Minitaur Rev 2

  • Store 100 presets to Minitaur’s internal memory.
  • A new Decay/Release mode allows for independent control of Decay and Release times from Minitaur’s front panel.
  • Pitch, Volume and Gate Controller inputs can be re-mapped to other control parameters.
  • Minitaur can now act as a CV to MIDI converter.

The Minitaur is available to purchase for $679 USD. The Rev 2 firmware update is available to download to all registered Minitaur users.

More information: Moog / Minitaur