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ZAOR introduces MIZA Z-based modular system studio furniture concept

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Studio furniture developer/manufacturer ZAOR has introduced a new modular system studio furniture concept based around its marketable MIZA Z media production desk.

ZAOR MIZA Z

In creating the MIZA Z media production desk, ZAOR Studio Furniture has given much thought to the needs of modern musicians, producers, project studios, and post-production professionals working to space and cost constraints. The remarkable result is an attractive and adaptable platform that also allows users to decide what add-ons they need and where they want to position them to best suit their needs.

Characterised by its heavy-duty ‘Z’-shaped supports, the MIZA Z itself is available in black/cherry, grey/oak, or grey/ wengé (dark grey) colour combinations, and features a spacious (1836 x 850mm) surface with solid-wood front edge, and a matching cable tray on its rear underside. Topside there is plenty of room for a sizeable DAW controller and computer monitor, for example. From the front, a large, pullout tray can comfortably accommodate all manner of peripherals — from computer keyboard to master keyboard, small mixing console to an array of compact and bijou controllers chosen by today’s technology-championing DJ/producers. The choice is out there. Take your pick.

Freedom of choice need not end there, however. Far from it, in fact. For further questions still need deliberation: do you favour an in-the-box recording approach using an all-in-one desktop audio interface, perhaps, or readily access a rack- full of great gear to make great recordings? Do you work with speakers or only headphones? Different approaches dictate different setups, something ZAOR fully appreciates and acknowledges with its flexible MODULAR system studio concept. As such, the MIZA Z media production desk can be expanded easily to integrate several specific add-ons as the user sees fit.

First up, the MIZA GRIPRACK is available as a MIZA Z colour-matching 2U- or 4U-sized rack space with a padded top section onto which a speaker or computer monitor can be protectively positioned. As implied by name, simply slide it along the rear of the MIZA Z desktop then tighten it at the desired position. Up to three can be lined up in a row to provide up to 12U of rack space. Simple. And attractive and adaptable — just like the MIZA Z ‘mothership’!

Speaking of speakers, there is also a sensible solution for precisely positioning active nearfield monitors on the MIZA Z desktop as part of the MODULAR system studio furniture concept: the MIZA D-STAND. Studio monitor placement becomes a breeze with these MIZA Z colour-matching desktop stands that are also helpfully height-adjustable to the millimetre thanks to a hidden screw thread — slowly spin the padded top section of the speaker stand to reach the optimum listening level for the user concerned. Couldn’t be simpler, surely?

Should you wish to use larger studio monitors and position them further away then ZAOR Studio Furniture have also got you covered with the MIZA Z colour-matching MIZA STAND MKII. Attractive and affordable, yet designed to the best possible technical performance standards, these floor stands are also height-adjustable (875 – 1206mm), while the AERstop pad at the top of the stand helps isolate the speaker from the stand to reduce lower frequency content propagation from speaker to floor and room — professional through and through with looks to die for!

Concludes ZAOR Studio Furniture Sales & Marketing Manager Klaus Gehlhaar: “Every user works in their own way. We can’t build the right desk for every one of them, but we’ve gone modular so they can choose whatever they need!”

All modualar system studio furniture concept components can be ordered online directly from ZAOR Studio Furniture for 550 EUR (MIZA Z), 180 EUR (2U MIZA GRIPRACK), 200 EUR (4U MIZA GRIPRACK), 130 EUR (MIZA D-STAND), and 330 EUR (MIZA STAND MKII) — including 15% tax, plus shipping costs — or from any authorised dealer.

More information: ZAOR studio furniture

Elektron ships Analog Rytm

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Elektron has announced it has started shipping its latest creation, the Analog Rytm analog drum machine.

Elektron Analog Rytm

This 8 voice analog drum machine with sample support can be purchased either directly from Elektron or from a wide net of retailers.

Analog Rytm features

  • 8 drum voices, each with: Specialized analog percussion sound generator. Sample playback. Analog multimode filter. Analog overdrive.
  • 12 velocity & pressure sensitive pads.
  • Analog master compressor & distortion.
  • Reverb & Delay send FX.
  • World class Elektron step sequencer.
  • Chromatic, Performance, and Scene modes.
  • Performance oriented beat control.
  • Individual voice outputs.

The Analog Rytm list price is $1549 USD / 1489 EUR / £1249 GBP.

More information: Elektron / Analog Rytm

Audio Damage releases Æverb Eurorack reverb

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Audio Damage has announced the release of its Æverb Eurorack reverb module.

Audio Damage Æverb

Audio Damage Æverb is a digital reverb running a feedback delay network algorithm (commonly called “FDN”). The algorithm consists of eight short delays running through eight low-pass filters, with the feedback paths summed in to a single source that provides both the output to the mix and the input to the delays themselves.

This type of reverb algorithm is generally considered “vintage” sounding, and is useful in electronic music for its thick, non-realistic behavior.

The Æverb module is available from Audio Damage’s preferred retail partners, priced at $189 USD / 179 EUR.

More information: Audio Damage / Æverb

audiowerkstatt releases midi-restarter

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audiowerkstatt has announced the release of midi-restarter, a device for controlling your MIDI-slave gear.

audiowerkstatt midi-restarter

The midi-restarter helps you to start or stop your MIDI-slave independent of your MIDI-master, but always in perfect synchronisation.

You push the buttom and the audiowerkstatt midi-restarter sends a MIDI-start/stop-message at the beginning of the next bar to ensure that all following MIDI-devices run in the correct timing.

The midi-restarter is available for purchase for 139 EUR incl. VAT.

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PreSonus launches Power-Up program for StudioLive users

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PreSonus Power-Up

PreSonus has announced Power-Up, a program that saves first-generation StudioLive digital mixer owners up to $1,200 when trading up to a new StudioLive AI-series Active Integration digital mixer.

Customers can save $500 for trading in a StudioLive 16.0.2, $800 for trading in a StudioLive 16.4.2, and $1,200 for trading in a StudioLive 24.4.2 when purchasing any StudioLive AI-series mixer.

To get the full trade-in discount, the old mixer must be in working condition and cosmetically acceptable. If not, PreSonus can repair the mixer, reducing the trade-in discount by the repair cost.

StudioLive AI-series mixers add major new features including:

  • Twice the Fat Channel processing on all input channels and buses, with A/B comparison.
  • Easy-to-network wired or wireless control from a Mac®, PC, or iOS® device.
  • Even better audio quality, thanks to the use of Studio One 64-bit mixing algorithms and Burr-Brown A/D/A converters.
  • Twice as many effects processors: two stereo reverbs and two stereo delays on dedicated buses, each with 50 customizable presets.
  • Global track and bus renaming across the network, including the mixer and all apps.
  • Mixer scenes can be saved with Capture™® Sessions and opened and edited in Studio One® or VSL-AI.
  • Smaart® audio analysis on every channel.
  • Upgradeable network options: Thunderbolt®, Dante®, and AVB.

The offer starts on April 15 and ends on June 30, 2014. The Power-Up offer is valid at all U.S. PreSonus dealers. Customers outside of the U.S. should contact their local distributor to ask about participation.

More information: PreSonus / Power-Up

Source Audio introduces Soundblox Hub v1

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Source Audio Soundblox Hub

Source Audio has announced the release of the Soundblox Hub v1, a MIDI Interface, port expander and multi-pedal scene saver.

The Hub introduces an entirely new “modular” approach to multi-effect systems. It has the power to unite up to five Soundblox 2 pedals into one thoroughly integrated, MIDI controlled, multi-effect machine.

“We’re very excited about what the Hub can do for musicians,” said Jesse Remignanti, Source Audio’s Chief Technical Officer and creator of the Hub. “It introduces a powerful new way to use effects pedals. For the first time, you can save the state of your entire pedal board as a single recallable scene. You get the flexibility and power of a complex multi-effects unit, but with the simplicity of using individual stompboxes. If you want to tweak something, just turn a knob – you don’t need to deal with the old hassle of navigating through complicated menus.”

With its ability to send and receive MIDI Program Change and Control Change messages, the Soundblox Hub unlocks the range of MIDI options in the entire line of Soundblox 2 pedals. Users can edit pedal parameters and save up to 128 pedal “scenes” easily recalled with an external MIDI foot-controller or computer MIDI interface. Recalling a saved scene activates the corresponding pedals used in the scene, complete with assigned external controllers like a passive expression pedal or the Hot Hand 3 Wireless Effects Controller.

The Hub dramatically expands the preset storage capabilities of each Soundblox 2 pedal, but it also allows users to keep their favorite “go-to” presets saved directly within each pedal. This approach gives musicians the option of interacting with their pedal board in the traditional way or with simple one-step MIDI switching.

Via the Hub’s USB port, the Hub Manager Software and latest pedal software and firmware can be downloaded directly from the Source Audio website. It is available for Mac or PC operating systems and can be used to edit saved presets and customize parameters within the Hub. As Source Audio continues to offer new features and custom arrangements, the Hub will enable users to upgrade their own equipment without the expense of purchasing an entire new setup.

The Soundblox Hub is available for $99 USD.

More information: Source Audio

Fairlight intros CC-2 next generation audio engine

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Fairlight CC-2

Fairlight has announced the release of CC-2, its next generation audio engine.

CC-2 is based on Fairlight’s Crystal Core Technology, powering their entire range of high-speed digital audio mixing, recording and editing systems, delivering guaranteed performance and increased efficiencies in the largest and most complex productions.

“Traditional approaches to audio processing are not enough in today’s high-track-count, multi-channel immersive surround mixing environments,” commented Tino Fibaek, Chief Technology Officer of Fairlight. “The new CC-2 guarantees rock-solid performance for our customers, with no limits. Creativity should never be limited by technology”.

CC-2 features

  • One Thousand Channels
    Track counts and surround formats of today’s film and television productions require a more advanced and more scalable alternative to outdated DSP based solutions, which is why Fairlight has moved to the more advanced FPGA-based CC-2 technology. Providing 1,000 hard disk playback channels, 100 live inputs and 100+ output buses available, the CC-2 system is the fastest and most powerful audio engine ever made, perfectly suited to today’s submersive surround sound formats, including Dolby® Atmos™, DTS® MDA and NHK’s 22.2.
  • Enhanced Productivity
    Tightly integrated with Fairlight’s editing and mixing environment, the new CC-2 enables a range of productivity-enhancing features including an entirely new 64 bit codebase, advanced delay compensation, and faster than real-time bounce to name just a few. With equalisation, dynamics, plug-ins and inserts always on every input and bus with near zero latency, unlimited headroom and legendary sound quality, Fairlight users will now be able to tackle larger projects, with more tracks, more processing power, and more speed with ease.
  • Accelerated Workflow
    CC-2 is a quantum leap in processing power and when combined with Fairlight’s intuitive user interface, tactile control surfaces featuring their patented, self-labelling Picture Key Technology, and tight integration with third-party storage, media asset management systems or video collaboration environments, Fairlight delivers the fastest workflows of any system on the market. When faced with tight deadlines, you can rely on Fairlight to help you deliver a quality product, on time, every time, at least 20% faster than on competitive systems.
  • Invest in your future
    Continuing a long tradition of seamless upgrade paths, Fairlight has ensured that CC-2 is also compatible with audio hardware purchased for CC-1. This means that owners of Fairlight systems don’t need to replace their current audio interfaces and control surfaces to upgrade to CC-2. Existing investments in Fairlight’s high-quality hardware continues to be supported, maximising the return of investment on existing equipment.

More information: Fairlight

Avid unveils groundbreaking solutions and technology inspired by its Avid Everywhere vision

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Avid Everywhere

Avid has made several key announcements around Avid Everywhere, the company’s strategic vision for the media and entertainment industry, centered on connecting creative professionals and media organizations with their audiences in more powerful, efficient, collaborative, and profitable ways.

The company introduced its new Avid MediaCentral Platform and set of modular application suites that together represent the most open, integrated, and flexible media production and distribution environment in the industry.

“The media industry is going through a period of unprecedented change and needs a leader to step forward with a clear vision for the future,” stated Avid President and CEO Louis Hernandez, Jr. “Our Avid Everywhere vision uniquely solves the key issues facing the industry. By getting on the Avid MediaCentral Platform today, broadcast, video, and audio customers can strategically address both their current and future needs, with complete choice over how, when, and where they deploy and scale their solutions.”

The new MediaCentral Platform is an open, extensible, and customizable foundation that enables customers to streamline their entire workflow—from media creation to distribution and monetization—with greater flexibility, choice, and security. By fostering an open approach, the MediaCentral Platform provides a standardized foundation that connects media creators and distributors together, regardless of who makes the tools they use. This fundamentally changes how media organizations and professionals operate, providing greater flexibility to choose solutions and easily customize and scale complete end-to-end workflows tailored to meet specific needs.

Building on the Avid Everywhere strategic vision, Avid has reorganized its existing hardware and software products and introduced new solutions in three suites, all built upon the MediaCentral Platform. With on-premises and cloud-enabled deployment options, as well as subscription, floating, and perpetual licensing, customers now have greater choice over how they use Avid solutions.

Avid Everywhere

  • Artist Suite encompasses all of the products and tools used to create content, including digital audio workstations (DAW), music notation software, control surfaces, live sound systems, video editing solutions, and graphics creation systems.
  • Media Suite includes all of the tools and services used to manage, protect, distribute, and monetize media, including solutions for newsroom management, asset management, and multiplatform distribution. Over time, the Media Suite will expand to include metadata tagging, protection and encryption, and analytics.
  • Storage Suite refers to all of the products and tools used to capture, store, and deliver media, including online storage, nearline storage, and ingest/playout servers.

Avid is developing the MediaCentral Platform and application suites to uniquely solve the needs of broadcast, pro video, and pro audio customers by offering a comprehensive ecosystem that encompasses every aspect of the digital media value chain—from media production, collaboration, and management, to distribution, monetization, and data analysis.

Avid Everywhere for Broadcast and Media

The Avid Everywhere vision enables broadcast and media customers to:

  • Streamline disparate workflows using the MediaCentral Platform.
  • Access media everywhere with powerful media asset management solutions.
  • Collaborate using cloud-enabled video production.
  • Effortlessly distribute content to a variety of web, mobile, and social channels.
  • Deploy and scale workgroups as needed using flexible subscription and floating licenses.

Avid Everywhere for Video

The Avid Everywhere vision enables post-production facilities and independent video editors to:

  • Expand their productions using the MediaCentral Platform.
  • Manage massive amounts of media using advanced media management solutions.
  • Leverage talent everywhere by collaborating via the cloud.
  • Accelerate high-resolution editorial workflows.
  • Deploy and scale workgroups as needed using flexible subscription and floating licenses.

Avid Everywhere for Audio

At NAB 2014, Avid will preview several key technological innovations that will enable artists, producers, engineers, sound designers, and remixers to:

  • Collaborate via the cloud.
  • Monetize their content through an interactive, online audio marketplace that facilitates connections, creation, and commerce.
  • Manage, track, and document assets using an open, universal metadata schema.
  • Store and archive work locally or in the cloud.

New Product Innovations

Underscoring the company’s ongoing innovation and leadership, Avid is also showcasing several market-leading product innovations and new technology previews at NAB 2014:

  • Avid MediaCentral Platform
    • Avid MediaCentral Connectivity toolkit—Avid is working with third-party developers and technology partners to integrate their tools and services into the MediaCentral Platform, providing customers with a wealth of product and service choices that all work and communicate with each other seamlessly.
    • Avid MediaCentral | UX—Enables customers to easily access the MediaCentral Platform through a web-based, front-end interface, which provides a unified experience. With MediaCentral | UX, customers can access media and work on projects across the platform, with the choice of using a laptop, desktop computer, or mobile device.
  • Artist Suite
    • Media Composer® | Cloud—Extends real-time production everywhere by enabling Media Composer editors to connect to Interplay | Production systems remotely and access, edit, and collaborate with others as if they were in the same location.
    • Media Composer subscription and floating licensing—Customers now have greater choice in how they use Media Composer, with subscription and floating licensing options that enable greater flexibility and value.
  • Media Suite
    • Media | Director—Timesaving media ingest module that automates the process of ingesting media into production and nearline storage, enabling users to start editing immediately and accelerate project turnaround.
    • Media | Distribute—Enables organizations to create content once and deliver it to multiple destination platforms, with extended integration to even more third-party online video, social media, video transcoding, and web content management systems.
    • Media | Index—Streamlines workflows and enhances collaboration by enabling customers to search for, audition, and move media across multiple Interplay | Production databases, both local and remote, regardless of where the assets are stored.
  • Storage Suite
    • 4K support—The entire ISIS storage family now supports collaborative 4K and Ultra HD workflows.
    • ISIS® | 2500—Avid’s latest nearline shared storage system offers higher storage capacity, making it easier to store large volumes of high-res assets and repurpose content. Featuring an easily scalable architecture, ISIS | 2500 offers post-production, broadcast, education, and corporate facilities greater cost savings per terabyte.

More information: Avid / Avid Everywhere