Novation has announced Bass Station II, an analogue mono-synth based on the classic original Bass Station.
To celebrate our 21st birthday, Novation is proud to announce the launch of Bass Station II – a powerful analogue synth that’s made for bass but equally well adapted to leads.
Based on the classic Novation BassStation from 20 years ago, Bass Station II has been completely re-worked for the 21st Century, with two filters, two oscillators plus a sub-oscillator, patch save and a fully-analogue effects section. Plus there’s a step sequencer, arpeggiator, a two octave (25-note) velocity-sensitive keyboard with full-sized keys and a powerful modulation section. There’s even MIDI I/O and USB connectivity.
Bass Station II features
Analogue synth – brand new version of the classic BassStation: Bass Station II has a pure analogue audio signal path, reviving the spirit of the original BassStation with an all-new design optimised for bass.
Two distinct analogue filters: In addition to the original ‘Classic’ BassStation filter, there’s a brand new ‘Acid’ diode ladder filter for squelchy 303-esque bass sounds.
Load and save patches: 64 factory patches on-board with room for 64 more of your own. Save more to your computer via USB.
Pattern-based step sequencer and arpeggiator: Bass Station II has an arpeggiator with a programmable step sequencer that enables you to store and call up patterns as well as quickly sketch out ideas.
Instant hands-on control: Instant hands-on control of the sound engine via a traditional analogue synth control panel.
Two oscillators plus an additional sub oscillator: Bass Station II has two sync-able, tune-able oscillators with four selectable waveforms, plus a third sub-oscillator for generating enormous bass sounds.
Analogue effects section: Bass Station II includes fully analogue distortion and filter-modulation effects and a separate filter overdrive to add aggression and crunch.
Powerful modulation section featuring two Envelopes and two LFOs: Two ADSR envelopes for amp, filter, pitch and pulse width modulation alongside two LFOs with waveforms including triangle, sawtooth, square and sample & hold.
The Bass Station II is expected to start shipping in June, priced at £399.99 GBP / 469.99 EUR / $499.99 USD.
Continuing the proven Jomox analog drum desktop modules, we have decided to expand into the 19” euro rack market while keeping the tradition of our storeable analog sound production. To achieve this, we had to develop a complete new analog control system for our circuitries inside these modules.
We’d like to make these euro rack products interesting for both live drummers and modular people. Therefore, a CV/Gate control and trigger inputs for drumpad pickups are available.
For regular modular use, analog routable CV inputs and an analog output are accessible via 3.5mm jacks. The Gate can be configured as 0-5V, 0-15V, inversed or s-trigger.
The ModBase 09 Bass Drum and Mod.Brane 11 Percussion modules are scheduled for release in Summer 2013. More modules are to be announced.
IK Multimedia has announced it is now shipping the iLine Mobile Music Cable Kit, a collection of 6 high-quality cables, also available separately, designed to give users of smartphones, tablets, MP3 players and laptops the tools they need to handle any mobile-audio cabling situation.
The iLine cables are perfect for use with IK accessories like iRig, the most popular guitar and bass input adapter of all time; iRig HD, the new high-definition digital interface, and iRig MIX, the ultra-portable DJ mixer that’s small enough to hold in one hand.
iLine Mobile Music Cable Kit
6 high-quality cables:
Mono Output Adapter
Input Output Extension
RCA Output Adapter
Mono Output Splitter
24K gold-plated connectors for maximum connectivity in all environments.
High-purity copper conductors for the best-quality signal transfer.
Low-capacitance insulation to preserve transients.
High-density shielding to guard against EMI.
Carrying case included.
Made in Italy.
Compatible with smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktops and most high-end audio equipment.
Limited Lifetime Warranty.
Cables can be purchased individually.
Free interactive companion app, iLine Cable Kit for iPhone/iPad/iPod touch and for Android.
The iLine Mobile Music Cable Kit is available to purchase for 49.99 EUR. Individual cables are sold starting at 11.99 EUR. The iLine Cable Kit App is a free download.
Novation has introduced the LaunchPad S, an updated version of its music controller.
Launchpad S is a powerful 64-button music controller that lets you make music or mix tracks using a super-intuitive grid of multi-colour buttons.
Launchpad S comes with Ableton Live music software (Launchpad Edition), used by some of the world’s top DJs and producers – plus it supports other grid-based music applications such as FL Studio.
Whether you’re a DJ, performing musician or studio producer, Launchpad gives you all you need to ‘play’ your software straight out of the box. Use the 64-button grid to launch and manipulate clips, trigger loops, fire off effects, control your mixer – and much more. Launchpad S also triggers loops and effects in the new Novation Launchpad app for iPad; a totally self-standing music performance app that hosts sounds and effects.
Launchpad S features
The new 64-button grid music controller with MORE – All the features of the original – now with much brighter buttons, faster refresh and expanded app/system support.
Supports Ableton Live and other grid music applications – Ableton Live software is in the box – also supports FL Studio with no additional drivers. And your iPad!
Control your mix – Including volume, pans, sends, track arming, soloing and muting. Launchpad S lets you jump to different levels across eight channels at once.
Launchpad iPad app – Trigger loops and effects using the Launchpad app on iPad – Launchpad S can be plugged into your iPad and fully powered with a Camera Connection Kit.
Take it anywhere – Launchpad S is fully USB bus powered – no need for power sockets or batteries – and it’s lightweight and easy to carry anywhere.
More software and sample content – Comes with the Novation Bass Station synth plug-in and over one gigabyte of Loopmasters samples.
The Launchpad S will be released in April 2013, with a suggested retail price of $169.99 USD.
BOSS has announced the RC-505 Loop Station, the newest addition to its industry-leading lineup of live looping devices.
The Boss RC-505, a unique and powerful live performance tool that’s perfect for next-generation loop artists.
Featuring five phrase tracks, onboard effects, rhythms, and a powerful tabletop design that can be easily operated with the hands, the RC-505 is ideally suited for next-generation loop artists such as beatboxers, singers, and club performers. In addition, the RC-505’s extensive MIDI control options and ability to import audio phrases via USB open up a wealth of creative opportunities for all musicians.
RC-505 Loop Station features
Tabletop Loop Station that can be operated with the hands, perfect for beatboxers, vocalists, and club performers.
Five simultaneous stereo phrase tracks, with dedicated controls and independent volume faders.
Wide range of Input FX and Track FX for processing loops, including DJ and sampler-style effects.
Independent play mode and tempo sync settings enable a flexible combination of track behaviors and advanced performance options.
99 phrase memories, each containing five phrase tracks, custom effects/playback settings, and more.
85 onboard rhythm patterns, including odd-measure beats.
External control via MIDI and optional footswitches or expression pedal.
USB for phrase import/export with computers; USB audio/MIDI functionality for integration with DAW software.
XLR mic input with phantom power, mono/stereo instrument inputs, and stereo AUX input.
Muse Research & Development has announced the availability of RECEPTOR TRIO and QU4TTRO, the latest additions to its line of dedicated hardware plug-in players.
The first generation RECEPTOR caught on quickly among touring professionals, and since then, thousands of RECEPTORS have played the stages of the finest venues all over the world, covering all styles of music, operating in all kinds of conditions from the frozen tundras of Canada to the sweltering deserts of Dubai. The world’s biggest bands and most famous performers are using RECEPTOR.
The RECEPTOR TRIO and QU4TTRO take RECEPTOR technology to the next level. These are our most powerful Receptors ever; the easiest-to-use Receptors ever, and they also has the most flexible I/O capability of any Receptor ever.
The Receptor QU4TTRO offers more power & flexibility.
RECEPTOR TRIO & QU4TTRO have Muse R&D’s proprietary Tetra-Core™ technology — With Tetra-Core processing, your plugins are dynamically balanced between the CPU cores with priority given to making music, not graphics or other less-important tasks.
All RECEPTORs utilizes Muse R&D’s rack-oriented UI with LIVE MODE — First introduced with RECEPTOR VIP, the new Rack-mode UI and LIVE MODE are far simpler than the older Receptor UI, and are winning acclaim from players and reviewers alike.
RECEPTOR TRIO & QU4TTRO feature the most flexible I/O of any Receptor — With 8 analog inputs, 8 analog outputs, ADAT digital output, and SPIDF output, I/O flexibility steps up to the next level for the RECEPTOR line.
The Muse Research RECEPTOR product line is available through select music retailers in the US and Canada, as well as through music equipment distributors worldwide.
The Muse Research dealer network from within the United States offers the products at the minimum advertised prices of $1,699 USD (RECEPTOR VIP), $2,499 USD (RECEPTOR TRIO), and $2,999 USD (RECEPTOR QU4TTRO). International distributors set their own pricing for their respective territories. If there is no stocking retailer in your area, a RECEPTOR can be configured to your specifications and purchased via the Plugorama.com website (www.plugorama.com), which also offers virtual instruments and effects packages for use with RECEPTOR starting at $29.99 USD.