Expert Sleepers releases USAMO

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Expert Sleepers has announced the release of USAMO (Universal Sample-Accurate MIDI Output), a hardware device that provides a sample-accurate, jitter-free MIDI output from your DAW.

Expert Sleepers USAMO

The MIDI signal is generated by the USAMO software, a plug-in which runs as a virtual instrument (AU/VST/AAX, Mac & Windows), as audio in your DAW. The DAW sends MIDI to the plug-in; the plug-in translates that to audio and sends it to the USAMO hardware, via an output on your computer’s audio interface. The USAMO then reconstructs the MIDI and outputs it on a standard 5 pin DIN MIDI socket.

In addition to MIDI note and controller data from the DAW, the USAMO software also generates MIDI clock, Song Position Pointer etc. It can also handle Sysex.

Because the MIDI signals are generated and transported as audio, they are guaranteed to be sample-accurately synced with your audio, and free of the jitter often associated with computer-generated MIDI.

USAMO is available for purchase for £100 GBP (inc UK VAT at 20%) plus postage.

More information: Expert Sleepers / USAMO

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Arturia releases KeyLab 88 MIDI keyboard controller

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Arturia has announced the availability of KeyLab 88, a professional-grade, 88-note hammer-action hybrid MIDI keyboard controller that comes complete with Arturia’s acclaimed Analog Lab software synthesizer.

Arturia KeyLab 88

With its extensive array of controls, its stylish yet amazingly lightweight design, and great integration with laptops and tablets.

The Keylab 88 is perfect for modern keyboard players, pianists, demanding stage performers, and professional producers who will not compromise on quality. The KeyLab 88 sets a new standard in professional controller keyboards.

KeyLab 88 features

  • Main Features
    • Includes Analog Lab with 5000 synth sounds
    • All presets are carefully selected from the Arturia Classic Synths (mini V, Modular V, CS-80V, ARP 2600 V, Prophet V, Prophet VS, SEM V and Jupiter-8V) and from Wurlitzer V, our recreation of the classic 200A electric piano. These TAE® powered sounds offer unparalleled audio quality.
    • Fast filter the presets to your requirements: by Instrument, by Type (Bass, Pads, Leads…), by Characteristics (long, bright, dark …)
    • In-depth Preset Editing available for the owners of the Arturia Classic Synthesizers (Mini V, CS-80 V, etc.). Edit your sounds on the original instruments within Analog Lab.
    • More than 200 Multi patches organized by musical genres, each made of two different synth patches with effects, layers and splits…
    • Straightforward editing, with a complete array of parameters for tweaking sounds, directly assigned to the controls of the Keylab 88.
  • Hardware Specifications
    • Keyboard: 88 note hammer action Fatar keybed with velocity and aftertouch.
    • Controls: 2 clickable encoders, 6 transport switches, 1 modulation wheel, 1 pitch bend wheel, two banks of 10 encoders, two banks of 9 sliders, 1 volume encoder, 10 assignable switches and 16 backlit pads with velocity and pressure sensitivity.
    • Connectors: MIDI in & out, USB, Sustain pedal, Expression pedal, Aux footswitch, Breath controller inputs.
    • High quality aluminum and wooden construction.
    • 32 digits LCD screen.
    • Functions as an universal MIDI controller.
    • Use with Analog Lab or with any other MIDI software.
    • Product dimensions: 127.5/35/9.5 cm – Net weight: 13 Kg.

KeyLab 88 is available for purchase for 699 EUR/$699 USD.

More information: Arturia / KeyLab 88

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MOTU ships UltraLite AVB audio interface

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MOTU has announced it is now shipping the UltraLite AVB, a compact 18-input, 18-output audio interface with DSP mixing, wireless control, AVB audio networking and best-in-class analog audio quality for on-the-go mobile audio recording.

MOTU UltraLite AVB

The latest in MOTU’s award-winning UltraLite series, the UltraLite AVB provides more I/O than previous models, with separate mic and guitar inputs (two each), 8-channel ADAT optical (switchable to stereo TOSLink), 6 x 8 balanced quarter-inch analog I/O and MIDI IN/OUT jacks, all housed in a rugged aluminum alloy half-rack chassis that slides easily into a backpack.

The balanced analog outputs achieve a measured dynamic range of 117 dB, rivaling the audio quality of interfaces at much higher price points.

Expanded DSP doubles the available processing power for the redesigned console-style mixer, which provides 48 inputs, 12 stereo busses and 32-bit floating point effects processing, including modeled analog EQ, vintage compression and classic reverb. Matrix routing lets users quickly patch ins to outs, or split inputs to multiple destinations. Users can even use the UltraLite AVB as a stand-alone mixer and control everything wirelessly from innovative web app software running on their iPad™, iPhone™, tablet, smartphone and laptop.

“Like its predecessors, the UltraLite AVB delivers an impressive combination of superb audio quality and innovative features that truly set it apart from other mobile audio interfaces,” said Jim Cooper, MOTU Director of Marketing.

The UltraLite AVB connects to a computer through AVB Ethernet or audio class compliant hi-speed USB 2.0 (compatible with USB 3.0 and iOS) and records at sample rates up to 192 kHz.

Through AVB Ethernet, users can connect another MOTU AVB interface for more I/O — or connect to an expanded MOTU AVB network with multiple interfaces and computers.

The UltraLite AVB is available for purchase for $649 USD.

More information: MOTU / UltraLite AVB

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Manuel Rodríguez Guitars intros Flamenco Moderna FLMOD500 & FLMOD550

Manuel Rodríguez Guitars has announced the introduction of the acoustic-electric Flamenco Moderna Series.

Flamenco Moderna FLMOD500 & FLMOD550

The culmination of over 100 years of traditional Spanish guitar design and construction, these versatile flamenco guitars combine a sleek, low-profile neck and thinner body with premium Fishman® electronics. These refined features make Flamenco Moderna guitars an ideal choice for steel string and electric players seeking to expand their tonal range with the warmth and softness of nylon strings.

With two models distinguished by the careful selection of their unique wood combinations, Flamenco Moderna guitars feature a thin profile and single cutaway

to provide easy access to all 19 silver-plated frets on a fingerboard of Indian rosewood. The onboard Fishman Clásica III electronics package is optimized for nylon string tonality and features an easy-to-read chromatic tuner.

The FLMOD500 features walnut back and sides with solid Canadian red cedar top, producing a warm, round tone. For players who prefer more snap and brightness, FLMOD550 combines solid select spruce top with back and sides of flame maple. Both guitars feature a gloss finish and antique gold-plated machine heads on a Rosewood overlay headstock. The guitars are strung with premium D’Addario® ProArte EJ45 strings.

“Flamenco Moderna guitars carry a rich heritage of classic nylon string tone and playability, but with a thoroughly modern feel,” says Rick Gagliano, Product Merchandising Manager for Manuel Rodríguez Guitars. “These beautiful, unique instruments represent an exceptional value for guitarists looking to expand their tonal repertoire.”

The Flamenco Moderna Series models carry a street price of $499.99 USD, and are available at all Guitar Center stores, through Musician’s Friend, and online at guitarcenter.com.

More information: Manuel Rodríguez Guitars

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HyperSynth updates Xenophone OS to v1.6

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HyperSynth has released version 1.6 of the operating system firmware for its Xenophone advanced analog mono-synth with 100% analog signal path.

HyperSynth Xenophone

In this new release the memory management system is optimized and expanded from 512 preset locations to 896. Besides the UI is improved in a way to minimize menu jumping.

Changes in Xenophone OS v1.6

  • Expanded memory size from 512 to 896 presets (Added banks 4, 5 and 6).
  • Added UI-Fixed mode for ENV edit-pages which temporarily activates Display-Mode=Fixed in Jump Mode.
  • Added new Display-Mode: locked, that disables all the panel knobs.
  • Added option to disable MIDI aftertouch in global menu.
  • Updated LFO1/3 edit pages, now rate and depth can be edited at the same time.
  • Fixed issue that did not allow [store] button to function in Display-Mode=Fixed.
  • Updated documentation; PDF.

Hypersynth has also announced that the tilted version of Xenophone synthesizer is back in stock and available for order. Shipping is free for EU residents, this offer ends soon. The Xenophone is priced starting at $899 USD (excluding tax).

More information: HyperSynth / Xenophone

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