SkoogMusic launches Indiegogo crowdfunding for Skoog 2.0 musical instrument

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Scottish based SkoogMusic last week launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, aiming to enable production of its ground-breaking musical instrument ‘Skoog 2.0’.

This uniquely expressive, uber-cool cube is designed for everyone to play, but unlike a traditional instrument, you don’t need to read music or memorise your scales to give this a go. All you need is a love of music.

(If you are into your music tech, Skoog 2.0 will ship with a full API, bonus mogo synth and it will be ready to rock with Ableton)

Doctors of musical-tech innovation, David Skulina and Ben Schogler, and their small team of creative-developers, have spent the last 4 years proving their ‘music for everyone’ concept (in the shape of the “Skoog”) in the world of education. Extensively tested, honed and developed internationally, Skoog 2.0 is the evolved result: a nifty, wireless, thing of beauty that we can all play.

Patent-pending technology and a range of music-making apps & software, make it an ‘out-of-the box’ joy to play, allowing for a huge range of abilities, creative talents, and musical preferences. It’s also wireless, iOS compatible and highly responsive, so ideal for anyone interested in being creative with sound. Plus, it’s an awesome musical accessory for the iPad.

“The genius of the Skoog is that it provides a powerful tool for music creation, whilst also being intuitive and easy to use. It’s genuinely expressive, providing you with the same control over musical sounds as a flautist has of a flute or a violinist has over violin.”

– British composer Nigel Osborne, MBE

The campaign ends December 10th, 2014.

More information: SkoogMusic / Skoog 2.0 at Indiegogo

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Shure announces Winter Rebates for SM Microphones and SE Earphones

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Shure has announced holiday product rebates on select SM microphones and, for the first time, a rebate offer for the SE215 & SE535 Sound Isolating Earphones.

Shure Winter Rebates

Customers who purchase SM57 and SM58® microphones can earn up to $60 back ($10 back on up to six individual microphone purchases). This also includes a special $30 rebate on the DMK57-52 Drum Microphone Kit. For earphone products, customers can save $10 on SE215 models and $50 on SE535 models. The promotion will kick off on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, and run through Jan. 11, 2015.

The SM57 and SM58 have been industry standards for almost 50 years due to their unparalleled mix of audio quality and rugged dependability. The SM57 “workhorse” is highly versatile for clean reproduction of amplified and acoustic instruments. The legendary SM58 is tuned to accentuate the warmth and clarity of lead and back-up vocals.

SE Earphones feature award-winning sound isolating technology and unique sound signatures. The SE215 have a single Dynamic MicroDriver and provide detailed sound with enhanced bass, making them a great option for personal listening or professional monitoring. Featuring Triple High-Definition MicroDrivers, the SE535 uses a dedicated tweeter and dual woofers to deliver spacious sound with rich bass for a true audiophile listening experience.

“With the holiday season right around the corner, our winter SM and SE rebate offers are an opportunity to purchase the microphone you’ve been coveting or give the gift of premium earphones to a fellow music lover. You could also follow a ‘one for you, five for me’ philosophy. We promise not to tell,” said Ellen Mahon, Marketing Communications Manager at Shure. “With a variety of models and pricing options now coupled with our holiday rebates, Shure’s award-winning microphones and earphones are more accessible than ever before.”

Rebates include $10 back on an SM57-LC, SM57-X2U, SM58-LC, SM58-CN, SM58S, or SM58-X2U microphone purchase; $10 back on an SE215 purchase; and $50 back on an SE535 purchase. SE215 earphones are available in clear or translucent black, while the SE535 is available in clear, metallic bronze, or a Special Edition red color at select retailers. The DMK57-52 Drum Microphone Kit, also included in the offer, is eligible for a $30 mail-in-rebate. Rebates will be honored for up to six SE products, six SM products, and two drum kits.

Shure SM Microphone and SE Earphone Holiday Rebates are available through January 11th, 2015.

More information: Shure

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Arturia announces upcoming audio interface

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Arturia audio interface

Arturia has announced that it will release a next-generation audio interface in 2015.

Arturia President Frédéric Brun bowled over an audience of invited industry insiders and VIP guests when making the astounding announcement during his captivating keynote speech at the Museum of Grenoble as part of the company’s 15th anniversary celebrations on October 3, 2014. Here he touched upon several problems pertaining to popular portable audio interfaces that modern-day musicians have been forced to live and work with for quite some time. Some related to workflow, some to compatibility, and even audio quality. This has prompted Arturia to take significant steps to solve these issues once and for all!

But why run the risk of entering an arguably already overcrowded market sector with yet another audio interface? Why, indeed, Mr President? Indeed, during the keynote, Frédéric Brun bravely admitted that a distributor had warned him not to go there, stating that there are already “…too many competitors — large companies with history in the field.” His reasoned response? “Yes, that’s true. But at Arturia we are stubborn, and we think we can do something different. We think we can bring something new to market.”

Clearly, creating something that is both genuinely different and new to an already existing and hotly- contended market sector is no easy task. Take the mind-boggling number of audio formats out there. Think microphone, line, phono, and instrument inputs, each with different levels requiring different impedance. How about effortlessly connecting to Mac and PC computers, an Apple iPad or an Android device? Then there are all the digital audio formats (ADAT, S/PDIF, et al) as well as word clock to cater for those wishing to synchronise with the professional audio world.
USB and MIDI might be useful, too! You get the picture. One visionary presidential person present at Arturia’s 15th anniversary celebrations sees the bigger picture perfectly clearly. Asked an incredulous Frédéric Brun: “Do you know how many audio interfaces on the market offer that? Zero!”

Then again, a well-thought-through portable audio interface that stylishly overcomes these perceived problems while bringing other mind-blowing features to the table is clearly closer to market than thought possible previously. Watch this space… seeing (and hearing) is really believing, believe us!

More information: Arturia

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Moog discontinues Slim Phatty + Free Artist Preset Pack

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Moog Music has announced the discontinuation of the Slim Phatty analog synthesizer, a tabletop, poly-chainable ideation of the classic Little Phatty analog synthesizer.

Moog Slim Phatty

Moog plans to continue building the Slim Phatty in limited quantities at their factory in downtown Asheville while parts and materials remain.

Over the course of it’s 5 year production, the Slim Phatty has found its home in countless studios and stages around the world.

Users include Phil and Paul Hartnoll of Orbital, Adam Lee Miller of Adult, Chad Hugo of N.E.R.D, influential composer Craig Leon, and sound design specialist Richard Devine.

Moog has launched a new Slim Phatty Artist Preset Packs as a thank you to all Slim Phatty owners.

Each Slim Phatty Artist Pack is free, completely unique and slated for release over the next 60 days to registered Slim Phatty owners.

More information: Moog / Slim Phatty

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Asius Technologies & 1964Ears launch Kickstarter campaign for 1964|ADEL in-ear monitors

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Asius Technologies and 1964Ears have announced they are joining forces and launching a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the development of a revolutionary line of consumer earphones and professional in-ear monitors.

The new line, branded “1964|ADEL”, blends together best-in-class, custom- and universal-fit products from 1964Ears with Asius’ revolutionary patented Ambrose Diaphonic Ear Lens (ADEL™) technology (US Patents 8,340,310, 8,391,534 and 8,737,635B2), now coined “RealLoud,” the world’s first and only patented in-ear tech that safely delivers a louder, more spacious and richer sound while minimizing the risk of hearing damage.

At the center of the 1964|ADEL line of earphones and in-ear monitors is the revolutionary RealLoud technology — a secondary eardrum that absorbs the harmful pneumatic pressures of sound to provide a safer listening experience for users. Because of this, the human eardrum, which normally moves with an amplitude thousands of times greater than normal when “confined” by earbuds, now responds only to the music and not the harmful pressures caused by high-energy sound waves. With the incorporated RealLoud technology, all 1964|ADEL earphones and IEMs operate at 1/10th the amplified in-ear power levels of traditional listening devices (per studies conducted at Vanderbilt University Medical Center).

“We discovered that needless hearing damage results when sound pressure levels are inadvertently delivered to the eardrum at volumes that are ten times higher than they need to be,” said Stephen Ambrose, founder and chief scientist at Asius Technologies. “Because of industry confusions regarding the proper coupling of sound to the human ear, this problem is proliferated by the 125 million earbuds sold annually. RealLoud technology allows the ear to work the way nature intended by removing harmful in-ear pressures while enhancing loudness perception and fidelity.”

“Stephen Ambrose was the original inventor and pioneer of in-ear monitors beginning with his first prototype in 1964. The partnership between Asius and 1964Ears is a logical expansion for our company,” said Vitaliy Belonozhko, CEO and founder, 1964Ears. “Not only does RealLoud technology significantly enhance the fidelity and comfort of our products, it also addresses the 77 percent increase of hearing loss associated with the use of personal listening devices, which formal studies have show are the primary cause.”

The Kickstarter campaign has a funding goal of $200,000 USD.

More information: 1964 ADEL / 1964|ADEL Kickstarter campaign

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