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Gobbler’s Favorite Things: Win Focusrite Forte audio interface

Focusrite Forte

Gobbler is offering you a chance to win one of its “Favorite Things”, the Forte USB audio interface by Focusrite.

Despite the physical size of the prize, we can tell you that this week’s Gobbler’s Favorite Things is going to be a biggie!

We’ve teamed up with Focusrite to offer you the new professional 2 in, 4 out portable USB audio interface, Forte ($749 MSRP).

Forte features two remote-controlled mic preamps which are in fact the same mic pre’s that’s featured in Focusrite’s top-flight RedNet range. This super portable and super awesome interface is built into a solid aluminum case, features a color OLED display with touch controls and a single large control knob.

The ability to record your tracks from anywhere and then back your pristine project up to Gobbler, makes the Forte one of Gobbler’s Favorite Things!

To enter the contest simply use Twitter or Facebook to share the Gobbler/Focusrite post for the particular day of the contest AND enter your info into the Gobbler/Focusrite sign up list on the blog post.

The contest ends September 30th, 2102, 11:59:59PM PDT.

More information: Gobbler

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Focusrite intros Scarlett 2i4 USB audio interface

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Focusrite has announced its new Scarlett 2i4 USB audio interface.

Hot on the heels of the recently announced Forte and iTrack Solo, Scarlett 2i4 is the latest USB audio interface to join the line-up.

As the name suggests, 2i4 is a 2 in, 4 out audio interface with two of the award-winning Focusrite mic pres that are also found on the rest of the Scarlett and Saffire ranges, right up to the Liquid Saffire 56. It boasts superb quality digital conversion at 24bit/96KHz with a real world dynamic range of 105dB, with features such as a headphone output for flexible monitoring, phantom power, pad switches and MIDI i/o for connecting digital pianos or controller keyboards.

It comes in an anodised, brushed aluminium case which makes it tough enough to be truly portable. This means 2i4 is a great solution for laptop performers and digital DJs, who can also take advantage of the 4 outputs to set up cue mixes whilst sending the master output to the DJ mixer.

Focusrite 2i4

Scarlett 2i4 features

  • 2 in / 4 out USB audio interface.
  • 96 KHz, 24-bit conversion.
  • 2 Focusrite microphone preamplifiers.
  • Red anodised aluminium unibody chassis.

The Scarlett 2i4 will be available October, 2012.

More information: Focusrite / Scarlett 2i4

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Focusrite intros Forte USB audio interface & iTrack Solo for iPad

Focusrite Forte

Focusrite has added two brand new interfaces to its line up, both bring completely new features to musicians and producers.

Focusrite ForteForte is quite simply the best 2 in 4 out interface available for Mac and PC. Encased in an aluminium body, Forte is a portable high-end USB audio interface with two mic preamps that share the same design as the flagship RedNet range. It features superb digital conversion, an OLED display (full colour) touch controls and DAW control – play, stop and zoom functions as standard.

Forte features

  • Two Focusrite remote-controlled microphone preamps.
  • Ultra-high quality A-D and D-A conversion at up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution.
  • Includes power supply – can also be bus powered.
  • Mac and Windows compatible.
  • Premium aluminium enclosure.
  • Built-in outputs / breakout cable delivers inputs.
  • Touch-sensitive buttons: large control knob.
  • Colour OLED (Organic LED) metering/display.
  • Control and configuration software included.

The iTrack Solo is an audio interface for your iPad.

It has a single Focusrite mic-pre – as featured in the Scarlett and Saffire ranges – an instrument input, speaker and headphone outputs, a direct monitor selector (for latency free monitoring) and switchable phantom power. It also functions as a full USB audio interface on mac and PC.

Focusrite iTrack Solo
iTrack Solo is the perfect companion for any singer-songwriter wanting to take their demos to the next level.

iTrack Solo features

  • Audio interface for ios music recordingMade for iPad.
  • High Quality Mic Preamp.
  • High Quality Outputs.
  • Rugged Metal Unibody Case.
  • Unique Signal Halos.
  • Direct Monitor Function.
  • Included software for Mac and PC.

The Forte and iTrack Solo will be available October 2012, with a list price of $749 USD and $200 USD respectively.

More information: Focusrite

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Avid Releases VENUEPack 4 – Plug-In Suite and Real Time Analyzer for VENUE Digital Consoles

Avid has announced VENUEPack 4, a new suite of professional plug-ins and utilities that will come bundled with all VENUE digital console systems, providing live sound engineers with more creative options than ever.

From re-creations of popular vintage hardware to the latest studio processing effects, VENUEPack 4 includes 30 powerful plug-ins from Avid and third-party partners including Flux::, Focusrite, JOEMEEK, Line 6, and others.

VENUEPack 4 plug-ins run natively on all VENUE systems—no external plug-in runner or separate laptop required. They offer high-quality sound, reliable performance, exceptionally low latency, automatic delay compensation support, and can be controlled right from the console surface.

“VENUE’s integrated plug-in system eliminates the need for external outboard gear or plug-in runners, giving the user unprecedented creative choice,” says Greg Kopchinski, Avid product manager. “VENUEPack 4 provides a unified set of popular plug-ins for live sound, making it easier than ever for engineers to move between VENUE consoles and use the great-sounding, low-latency effects they’ve come to appreciate.”

In addition to the suite of plug-ins, VENUEPack 4 also includes the Flux:: Pure Analyzer Essential software application, a modular RTA system that provides mix engineers with an extensive range of live audio analysis and measurement tools when installed on a Mac- or Windows-based laptop. Pure Analyzer can also utilize the Flux SampleGrabber plug-in to support direct signal acquisition across an Ethernet network from VENUE system monitor and mix busses.

Avid VENUEPack4
Collage of plug-ins included in Avid’s VENUEPack4 collection.

VENUEPack 4 features

  • Classic Compressors Bundle—Emulations of five coveted hardware processors (includes BF-2A, BF-3A, Purple Audio MC77, Fairchild 660, and Fairchild 670 plug-ins).
  • Eleven—Hyper-realistic emulations of the world’s greatest vintage and modern guitar amps.
  • Flux:: Pure Analyzer Essential—Network-driven, real-time signal analyzing software.
  • Focusrite d2 and d3—Models of the classic Focusrite red equalizer and compressor/limiter.
  • Impact—Console-style mix bus compressor.
  • JOEMEEK Bundle—Classic emulations of the SC2 compressor and VC5 Meequalizer.
  • Line 6 Echo Farm—Models of several classic echo hardware processors and pedals.
  • Moogerfooger Bundle—Realistic emulations of four classic audio effects and synth modules (includes 12-Stage Phaser, Analog Delay, Lowpass Filter, and Ring Modulator plug-ins).
  • Pultec Bundle—Realistic emulations of three vintage Pultec EQs (includes EQH-2, EQP-1A, and MEQ-5 plug-ins).
  • Reel Tape Suite—Delivers the warmth and characteristics of analog tape and machine effects (includes Reel Tape Saturation, Reel Tape Delay, and Reel Tape Flanger plug-ins).
  • Reverb One—World-class reverb processing, with complete parameter control.
  • ReVibe—High-performance, highly detailed room-modeling reverb.
  • Slightly Rude Compressor—Custom compressor that’s both musical and aggressive.
  • Smack!—Fool-proof compressor/limiter that provides a wide range of sonic variations and color.
  • TL Aggro—High-quality emulation of a vintage analog FET compressor.
  • Voce Bundle—Emulations of classic vibrato and rotating speaker effects (includes Voce Chorus/Vibrato and Voce Spin plug-ins).

Avid has also announced a free VENUEPack 4 webinar featuring Robert Scovill.

Veteran sound engineer and Avid® live sound market specialist, Robert Scovill, will host a free webinar on August 15th at 10 am PT (1 pm ET) to introduce the new VENUEPack 4 plug-in bundle. Robert will offer an overview of the included plug-ins followed by a deep dive into using Flux Pure Analyzer Essential, an exciting new addition to the pack. Attendance capacity is limited, so register today to reserve your spot.

VENUEPack4 is available worldwide now. Existing VENUE owners can upgrade their VENUE systems to VENUEPack 4 at 50% off the standard upgrade price through September 14, 2012.

More information: Avid / VENUE

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Focusrite intros ISA Two microphone preamplifier

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Focusrite has announced the ISA Two, a classic dual mono transformer-based microphone preamplifier.

You may only need a couple of mic preamps, but they need to be the very best. The ISA Two dual-mono mic pre is the ideal solution: two independent channels of the highest quality classic Focusrite mic pres, with line in and front-panel instrument inputs – no DI box required. Based on the legendary designs found in the Focusrite Forte and Studio Consoles, ISA Two is the ideal front-end for your rack.

Focusrite ISA Two
Focusrite ISA Two dual mono mic preamp

ISA Two features

  • Two ISA series transformer-based mic preamplifiers: Based around the Lundahl LL1538 transformer, they each provide +80dB of clean gain.
  • Variable cutoff high-pass filter: 18dB/Octave high-pass filter with continuously variable cutoff from 16Hz to 420Hz.
  • Selectable input impedance: Four input impedance settings.
  • Separate instrument & line inputs: DI inputs on the front panel. TRS Line inputs on the back.
  • Dedicated, switchable per-channel insert point: For connecting outboard audio processors.
  • Eight-step LED meters: To provide visual feedback: can be calibrated using rear-panel controls.

Focusrite is launching the launch latest in the ISA range of microphone preamplifiers at the Musikmesse in Frankfurt (B68 in Hall 5.1). Price and release date tba.

More information: Focusrite / ISA Two

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MyOSS Dirty Kit free sample pack for Battery 3

MyOSS Dirty Kit

Timur Arynov aka MyOSS has released the “Dirty Kit”, a free drum sample pack for Native Instruments Battery.

This drumkit was made using the MFB-522 analog drum-module and Novation Ultranova’s internal overdrive\distortion effects.

Then I edited all samples in Audacity and made a Battery 3 drumkit. Also included are also one-shot samples for use in any DAW or sampler. Feel free to download and use it.


MyOSS Dirty Kit Audiodemo by MyOSS

MyOSS Dirty Kit features

  • 60 Mono 44.1/16 WAV Files recorded with Focusrite Saffire 6.
  • 2 or 3 variations of each drum sound.
  • 3 takes for each sound for round-robin implementation.
  • Battery 3 kit – HP/LP-filter on each section, 3-step round-robin, little bit of room-reverb and standard GM-mapping.

The MyOSS Dirty Kit is available to download at no cost.

MyOSS Dirty Kit Downloads size: 1.43 MB (7-Zip archive)

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Focusrite intros Scarlett 2i2 audio interface

Focusrite has announced the Scarlett 2i2, a 2 in / 2 out USB recording interface for musicians on the go.

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2

The Scarlett 2i2 is a 2 in / 2 out USB recording interface featuring two award-winning Focusrite preamps.

Housed in an attractive anodised aluminium unibody chassis, the interface not only sounds fantastic but looks great too. What’s more it’s solid enough to take on the road when you travel.

The Scarlett 2i2 is much more than just a pretty metal box…

Scarlett 2i2 features

  • High Quality Mic Preamps – Scarlett 2i2 features two high quality award-winning Focusrite mic pres. With more than 25 years of experience in designing analogue equipment, Focusrite produce the best mic preamps in the industry. The preamps found in the Scarlett 2i2 are no exception to this, and share the same design as those found in our flagship interfaces: Saffire PRO 40 and Liquid Saffire 56.
  • Excellent Digital Performance – With 24-bit resolution at sample rates of up to 96 KHz, the digital conversion in the Scarlett 2i2 is of very high quality meaning that every note and every subtle detail is captured with great clarity.
  • Rugged Metal Unibody Case – The anodised aluminium unibody chassis ensures that your Scarlett 2i2 can withstand the harsh environment of the road. It also makes Scarlett 2i2 the most beautiful interface around..
  • Truly Portable Interface – Scarlett 2i2 is very light and compact making it easy to fit in a laptop bag. It’s also bus powered meaning that you don’t need an additional power supply. Simply plug in to your computer and hit record!
  • Included Software – DAW and Effects – Inside the box you’ll find Ableton Live Lite 8, as well as Focusrite’s Scarlett plug-in suite. Compatible with all major DAWs, Scarlett plug-in suite provides EQ, Compression, Gate and Reverb – essential tools for polishing your mix.
  • Unique LED Gain Halos – The gain halos which surround the gain knob for each input provides an easy way to know that the signal you’re recording is the right level. It will show green when the signal is at a good level (above -24dBFS). If it turns to red, you know that the signal is too loud and is therefore clipping – if this happens, simply reduce the gain until the halo returns to green.
  • Direct Monitor Function – Flick the direct monitor switch on the front panel of your 2i2 and you will hear what you’re recording through your speakers or headphones, without the signal having to go through your computer. This avoids the possibility of latency, which can be distracting when recording.
  • Mac OSX Lion Ready – Scarlett 2i2 has been fully tested with Mac OSX 10.7, Lion. So you can rest assured that your brand new Mac and Scarlett 2i2 will run together perfectly!

The Scarlett 2i2 is expected to ship this October, priced $199.99 (MSRP) / $149.99 (at dealers).

More information: Focusrite / Scarlett 2i2

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