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Focusrite releases Scarlett Solo USB interface

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Focusrite has launched the Scarlett Solo, a new portable 2-in/2-out USB audio interface.

Focusrite Scarlett Solo

We want everybody to be able to make and record music, whatever their level of experience or budget. What we don’t want, however, is for anybody to have to compromise on their sound quality. To us, Sound is Everything.

That’s why we‘ve created the Scarlett Solo. It’s a 2-in/2-out USB interface with a single mic pre, a single instrument input and direct latency-free monitoring. It’s as compact and simple as possible: we’ve stripped out everything unnecessary and left pure Focusrite quality.

Scarlett Solo features

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

Scarlett Solo is available for purchase for MSRP $125.99 USD ($99.99 USD street).

More information: Focusrite / Scarlett Solo

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Ampeg ships redesigned BA-112 & BA-115 Bass Combos

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Ampeg BA-115

Ampeg has announced that it is shipping the completely redesigned BA-112 and BA-115 Bass Combos.

Delivering true Ampeg tone, the new bass combo series is re-envisioned with new features ideal for practice and smaller gigs. Featuring front-facing controls and a true 60-degree monitoring angle that provides increased clarity, the new cab design has performing in mind. Additionally, the all-new Bass Scrambler overdrive circuit effortlessly delivers classic tube-like grind.

“The Ampeg BA-115 is easily the most popular bass combo ever designed,” remarks Ampeg Product Manager Zane Williams. “With the all-new BA Series combos, we are giving bass players classic Ampeg tone and power with modern features like the Bass Scrambler overdrive and a 60-degree monitoring angle that allows for versatility in any playing situation.”

Ampeg BA-112

The all-new BA bass combos feature classic Ampeg tone in a sleek modern design. True 60-degree monitoring angle gives players the ability to position the amp to suit their space and stage setup, while the front-facing controls make it quick and easy to adjust settings while performing. Additionally, the Bass Scrambler overdrive circuit provides muscular grit and grind rock bassists demand. The Bass Scrambler also includes separate drive and blend controls, on/off control and is foot-switchable.

Offering a wide range of options, the new series is suitable for a variety of applications. These amps include 3-band EQ in addition to master volume, 1/8″ stereo auxiliary input, and 1/8″ stereo output along with phantom black powder-coated all-metal chassis with front-panel backlighting. The BA-112 and BA-115, featuring Ampeg’s famed Ultra Hi and Ultra low circuits, are perfect for musicians who need an amp they can use for practice and small stages.

Other models in the new BA series include the practice-ready BA-108 and BA-110 plus the stage-ready BA-210 which will all be available beginning Fall 2014.

The BA-112 is available for MSRP $419.99 USD, the BA-115 is $559.99 USD.

More information: Ampeg / BA Bass Combos

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Simmons Introduces Stryke6 iPad Drum Controller

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Simmons has announced the release of the new Stryke6 drum controller.

Simmons Stryke6

The new Stryke6 is the first ever iPad® controller that delivers a full drum kit playing experience without the kit. Combining Simmons’ expertise in electronic drum kits with their unrivaled ergonomic design, the Stryke6 is the only product of its kind that works in concert with your iPad to deliver a real tactile playing experience in a compact, tabletop design.

Equipped with six velocity-sensitive pads plus two foot pedals for kick and hi-hat control, the laptop-sized Stryke6 is perfect for on-the-go playing, portable practice, and other times when a full kit is not a viable option.

Using the free Simmons Stryke Drums app, the Stryke6 easily connects to an iPad for an immediate, out of the box playing experience, including a wide range of sounds. Or connect via USB to any computer to trigger a variety of DAW applications and sample programs, including Garage Band, EZ Drummer, Logic, Ableton Live, and more.

For drummers and percussionists, Stryke6 is an ideal portable setup for small acoustic gigs, or as a compact practice kit for small spaces or mobile music making. For small project studios and songwriting setups, it makes a great tactile instrument for tracking drums into a DAW or sequencing program.

Stryke6 features

  • Versatile, first-ever iPad-based drum controller.
  • Can also be used with any USB/MIDI computer.
  • Ultra-small footprint with 6 velocity-sensitive drum pads.
  • Access to a wide range of sounds.
  • Kick and hi-hat pedals provide a real drum playing experience.
  • Works with most MIDI applications.
  • Free and fun, downloadable Stryke Drums iPad app (from the Apple App Store).
  • Learn to play drums in an engaging, interactive environment using app-based tutorials and the color-coded pads.
  • Includes drum sticks and connections for Lighting and 30pin iPads and USB.

Stryke6 is available for purchase for $129.99 USD.

More information: Simmons / Stryke6

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Drum Broker intros Limited Edition 16GB Akai MPC60II Flash Drive + 2 Free Kits

Roger Linn Akai MPC60II Flash Drive

The Drum Broker has announced a limited time special, offering 2 free sample kits with the purchase of a limited edition 16GB Akai MPC60II Flash Drive.

We are running a SUPER SPECIAL. Purchase a Limited Edition 16GB Akai MPC60II Flash Drive and Get ANY 2 drum kits valued at $24.99 or less ($49.98 Total) for FREE! Total value of this package is $90

Supplies are limited and this SPECIAL WILL SELL OUT SOON!

Instructions for ordering:

  1. Order the Flash Drive
  2. E-Mail support@thedrumbroker.com with your order # and 2 kit selections. We will update you order and you’ll receive digital links to your kits within 1 day or less and your flash drive will be shipped immediately!

This special is available for purchase for a limited time for $39.99 USD ($89.99 USD value).

More information: The Drum Broker

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Source Audio intros Soundblox Hub Manager v2.0

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Source Audio has announced the release of the Soundblox Hub Manager, a free companion software application for the Soundblox Hub v1 integrated multi-pedal system.

Source Audio Soundblox Hub Manager

The Soundblox Hub and Hub Manager introduce the exciting new concept of “smart” effects pedal boards, bringing professional sophistication and control to the effect rigs of guitar and bass players of all levels.

“High-end effects touring rigs are expensive and complicated,” says Source Audio founder, Roger Smith. “The Hub and Hub Manager make it easy for musicians to achieve a professional level of power and control over their effects pedal collections without the expense and complexity.”

Source Audio Soundblox Hub
The Soundblox Hub, originally released in Oct. 2013, provides the flexibility and power of a complex multi-effects unit with the simplicity of individual stompboxes.

The Hub is a compact unit that connects with up to five of Source Audio’s Soundblox 2 pedals, unlocking their MIDI capabilities and uniting them into a powerful multi-effects processor and switching system. The Hub allows users to save the on/off states, knob positions, and external control assignments of each connected pedal to create up to 128 unique multi-pedal presets (or “scenes”). Simply dial in a sound with the pedals, then save the state of the entire pedal board with a single button press on the Hub. Scenes can then be recalled with any external MIDI foot-switcher or device that sends MIDI Program Change messages.

The Hub Manager is the perfect companion software application for the Soundblox Hub. It offers an extremely intuitive interface and easy-to-understand graphic display. With the Hub Manager, users can create and edit scenes, name them, export/import scene files, and share them with other Hub owners. The graphics make it refreshingly simple to understand the components of each pedal board scene – simply click a pedal image to reveal a straightforward graphic display of that pedal’s knob settings and external control assignments. The Hub connects to all Windows or Mac computers with a standard USB cable.

Soundblox Hub Manager version 2.0.1 is available to download for Windows and Mac.

More information: Source Audio

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Moog ships Sub 37 Bob Moog Tribute edition

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Moog Music has announced it is shipping the Sub 37 Bob Moog Tribute edition, a limited edition analog synthesizer featuring a Bob Moog signature panel, wood sides, and aluminum extrusion.

Moog Sub 37 Bob Moog Tribute

The Sub 37 Tribute Edition is a limited edition (2-note) paraphonic analog synthesizer built on the award winning Sub Phatty sound engine. Its panel features 40 knobs, 74 switches, and has a dedicated LCD display – placing each critical sound creation element and live performance tool quickly at your command.

Sub 37 features

  • Perform in Monophonic or Duo-Paraphonic modes.
  • 37-note velocity sensitive keyboard w/ aftertouch.
  • 2 modulation busses w/ assignable source and destinations.
  • DAHDSR (Delay, Attack, Hold, Decay, Sustain, Release) looping envelopes with sync.
  • 256 Presets -16 banks of 16 patches.
  • Syncable Arpeggiator and Step Sequencer.
  • Classic Moog Ladder Filter with resonance, MultiDrive, and selectable filter slopes.

For every Sub 37 Tribute sold, Moog Music will donate a portion of the proceeds to Asheville Area School Music Programs.

More information: Moog Music / Sub 37 Bob Moog Tribute edition

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Akai Professional omtrps AFX & AMX controllers for Serato DJ

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Akai Professional has announced the AFX and AMX, two new controllers for Serato DJ.

Akai AFX and AMX controllers
Over a USB connection, AFX and AMX each add extensive hands-on controls to a variety of DJ setups ranging from Serato NoiseMap Control Vinyl (DVS), minimalist controllers, HID-capable CD transports, and more.

AFX, a controller for both modern electronic dance music artists and turntablists, features an intuitive array of knobs, pads and buttons for advanced track manipulation. Ten pad modes enable DJs to trigger samples, set and launch hot-cues, slice songs, and assemble loops on the fly from 8 velocity-sensitive, backlit pads. Touch-activated FX knobs provide sound sculpting prowess with a creative twist – a Touch mode allows the knobs to respond with a turn, a tap, or both. An endless controller with LED readout delivers needle-drop access to any point in the track for efficient workflow.

AFX is the first Official Serato Accessory to include exclusive controls for Serato’s newly minted Serato Flip Expansion Pack. Serato Flip allows users to record their Cue Point and Censor actions, which can be saved and looped, ready to re-trigger and start in an instant. Serato Flip lets users create and save up to 6 “Flips” per track, ready for playback in the studio or club. Voucher codes for the Serato Flip Expansion Pack and the popular Back Pack FX Expansion Pack are included with every AFX.

AMX is a plug and play mixing control surface with inputs for Serato NoiseMap control signals. AMX unlocks the full-version of Serato DJ, and features a 24-bit, 96 kHz audio interface for sending the mix to a speaker system. With gain, EQ, Filter knobs, two line faders, and a mini innoFADER crossfader, AMX is the ideal central hub for a Serato DJ setup utilizing turntables or CD controllers with Serato NoiseMap (DVS). Further, AMX is the first interface to take advantage of Serato’s newly announced DVS Expansion Pack. Each EQ and Filter knob is touch-activated for generating all-new sonic expressions. Transport and library navigation controls complete the mouse-less experience that combines the power and flexibility of Serato DJ with the hands-on hardware experience DJs demand.

“Producers and DJs exist in worlds that have been colliding at a rapid rate. Today’s leading artists want to manipulate music in real-time with the level of control Akai Professional has made famous in the studio, ” noted Dan Gill, Akai Professional Product Manager. “AMX and AFX let DJs of all walks expand their control set and take advantage of every ounce of performance power Serato DJ offers.”

AFX features

  • Expands audio command control of Serato DJ; FX, loops, cue points and more.
  • Serato Flip-capable -create custom edits, extend your music or re-imagine it altogether in the studio or club.
  • Includes Serato Flip and Back Pack FX Expansion Packs, a $49 value.
  • 4 decks of control over a single USB connection.
  • 9 touch-activated knobs for effects tweaking and EQ kills.
  • 8 velocity-sensitive, backlit pads with RGB feedback.
  • 10 pad modes for triggering hot cues, loops and slices.
  • Powered by a single USB connection.

AMX features

  • Mixing surface with 24-bit/96 kHz audio interface for Serato DJ.
  • Plug and play with Serato DJ (included) – no upgrade purchase required.
  • 2 sets of phono/line inputs for Serato DJ timecode signals such as DVS & HID (DVS Expansion Pack sold separately).
  • 9 touch-activated knobs for cutting-edge EQ kills and Filter sweeps.
  • Pro-grade, adjustable mini innoFADER crossfader.
  • Powered by a single USB connection.

The AFX and AMX will be on display at DJ Expo, Booth 416, August 12-14th in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The controllers will be available for purchase this fall priced at $199.99 USD/£139.99 GBP/179.99 EUR for the AFX and $249.99 USD/£179.99 GBP/229.99 EUR for the AMX.

More information: Akai Professional

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