Futuresonus announces Parva polyphonic analog synth

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Futuresonus has announced Parva, a revolutionary new polyphonic analog synthesizer that combines the classic warmth of an all-analog signal chain with the modern convenience of digital control in an elegantly designed tabletop package.

Futuresonus Parva

“I designed Parva from the ground up with the intention of producing a completely new synth while still maintaining the character of the classics from the ‘70s and ‘80s,” said Futuresonus founder Brad Ferguson.

Each of Parva’s eight voices features three digitally-controlled analog oscillators, producing sawtooth, triangle, and PWM waveforms with extremely accurate pitch and rock-solid tuning stability. A pair of two-pole state-variable filters can be configured for a 12dB or 24dB low-pass or high-pass response, or split for bandpass or notch filtering. Four four-stage envelope generators and four multi-waveform low-frequency oscillators feed a flexible modulation matrix, allowing for virtually limitless sound design options.

Parva is the first analog synthesizer to feature a USB Master port, which enables the user to connect any class-compliant USB MIDI keyboard — or other controller — directly, without the need for a computer. Analog potentiometers provide immediate access to the most commonly used parameters, while the high visibility OLED displays on the front panel show additional settings, making it simple to dial in the perfect patch.

From the aluminum enclosure to the custom-machined aluminum knobs on sturdy panel- mounted potentiometers, Parva was designed with working musicians in mind, and built to last. Each unit will be hand-assembled in Austin, TX.

Parva is expected to ship in Summer 2015. Pre-orders will begin in February, with the standard polyphonic Parva retailing for under $1,000 USD. An expandable monophonic version will also be available for under $500 USD.

More information: Futuresonus

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ATC launches SCM45A Pro loudspeaker

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ATC has announced the launch of the SCM45A Pro, a new high-performance, three-way compact active loudspeaker.

ATC SCM45A Pro

The SCM45A Pro is a completely new design, yet shares many features with its smaller sibling, the highly-successful SCM25A Pro three-way, compact active loudspeaker. As a mid-size, three-way design that can be used in near- or mid-field positions, the SCM45A Pro perfectly fills a gap in ATC’s high-performance, professional active studio monitoring loudspeaker range. It has high output and delivers extended low frequency for its size — and all without compromising the overall balance for which ATC is so well known.

Like the SCM25A Pro, the new SCM45A Pro is an active three-way design with an unprecedented linear response across the critical midrange, as well as across the rest of the audible frequency range. In contrast to the SCM25A Pro, the SCM45A Pro features a second woofer for deeper bass response and increased SPL (Sound Pressure Level) capability, as well as ATC’s new proprietary dual-suspension tweeter — the first to be designed and built by the company, and the result of six years of research and development by ATC Managing Director Billy Woodman and R&D Engineer Richard Newman — for increased resolution in the top end.

SCM45A Pro features

  • Mid-size very high performance active 3-way studio monitor.
  • Ideally suited to:
    • critical near-field listening applications in all control rooms.
    • LCR surround monitoring in medium control rooms.
    • surround channels in medium-to-large contol rooms.
  • ATC hand built 6.5˝/164mm carbon-paper cone bass driver.
  • ATC 25mm/1” Dual Suspension Super Tweeter.
  • Discrete MOSFET class A/B bi-amp pack with 150W/60W/25W continuous power output.

The SCM45A Pro will be shipping from February 16th, 2015, priced at £7,042 GBP (plus VAT) per pair.

More information: ATC / SCM45A Pro

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Line 6 intros Firehawk FX multi-effect pedal

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Line 6 has introduced the Firehawk FX, a multi-effect processor that combines world-class tone with intuitive app-based editing, so you can get the perfect sound faster than ever before.

Line6 Firehawk FX

The Firehawk Remote app for iOS® and Android™ gives you the power to sculpt great tone, right in the palm of your hand.

Choose from over 200 legendary amps and effects—including 50 HD models—and wirelessly control every detail of your sound. You get access to 128 internal presets plus a massive online tone library, making it easy to find the right sound for any recording session, rehearsal or gig.

With 1/4” and Variax Digital (VDI) inputs, two outputs, FX loop, USB connectivity and ultra-low latency, Firehawk FX is also an ideal guitar recording interface for PC, Mac® and iOS.

Firehawk FX will be available in Q1 2015, priced at MSRP $629.99 USD.

More information: Line 6 / Firehawk FX

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IK Multimedia intros iRig UA, iRig Mic Studio & iRig PowerBridge

IK Multimedia has introduced three new products at the Winter NAMM 2015.

IK Multimedia iRig UA

iRig UA is the first universal guitar effects processor and interface for all Android devices.

IK is pleased to announce iRig UA, the first digital effects processor and interface to allow universal near-zero latency guitar processing with AmpliTube UA on all devices with Android 4.0 or higher and that support USB host mode/USB OTG.

iRig UA represents a paradigm shift for Android users, that for the first time, will now be able to experience high-quality real time effects processing on any Android device.

iRig UA will be available soon, priced at 79.99 EUR.

IK Multimedia iRig Mic Studio

The iRig Mic Studio is an ultra-portable large-diaphragm digital microphone for for iOS devices, Mac/PC and Android.

Offering superior sound and an extremely portable size, it packs a 1” diameter condenser capsule into an ultra-compact enclosure to capture professional recordings anywhere.

With iRig Mic Studio, creative hobbyists or pros of all types have a studio-quality large-diaphragm microphone that fits in the palm of their hand!

iRig Mic Studio will be available for purchase soon for 144.99 EUR.

IK Multimedia iRig PowerBridge

iRig PowerBridge is a universal charging solution for all iRig accessories using your iOS devices.

iRig PowerBridge is a new charging system for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch that allows for the continuous charge of the device while using iRig accessories.

Now mobile musicians can practice, perform and record with their favorite 30-pin or Lightning compatible digital IK gear — like iRig Mic HD, iRig HD, iRig Keys, iRig PRO or iRig MIDI 2 — for as long as they want, anytime and everywhere.

iRig PowerBridge is available for pre-order for 54.99 EUR.

More information: IK Multimedia

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Denon DJ intros MC4000 Serato controller & DS1 Serator interface

Denon DJ has announced the MC4000, a new Serato MIDI controller.

Denon DJ MC4000

The all-new MC4000 is a 2-deck Serato MIDI controller for the professional DJ, wrapping in- demand audio manipulation tools in a robust steel chassis. In addition to precision touch-activated jog wheels, performers get access to dedicated hot cue and sample pads for on-the-fly creativity.

Long-throw 100mm pitch faders and an intuitive control layout deliver natural operation when balancing complex set elements. Known for their emphasis on sound quality, Denon DJ includes a premium 24-bit audio output path for noticeably clearer mixes.

Denon DJ’s highly regarded dual microphone inputs are complemented by a studio-grade echo effect, and “ducking” feature—effortlessly moving vocals to the top of the mix without riding faders. The MC4000 includes Serato DJ Intro and will be compatible with Traktor 2, and Virtual DJ 8.

MC4000 features

  • Premium 2-Deck controller for Serato.
  • Includes Serato DJ Intro; user-upgradeable to Serato DJ.
  • Touch-activated jog wheels for accurate scratching and track cueing.
  • Dedicated hot-cue and sample trigger pads with illuminated feedback.
  • Long-throw, 100mm pitch faders.
  • All-new control layout for effortless, intuitive use.
  • Dedicated EQ and FX controls on each channel.
  • (2) balanced mic inputs with 2-band EQ, Ducking, and Echo effect.
  • Compatible with Traktor 2 (via .tsi files) and Virtual DJ 8.
  • RCA Aux input for external device mixing.
  • Balanced Main and Booth Outputs.
  • Pro-grade steel construction.

The MC4000 will be available in Q2 with an MSRP of £299.99 GBP.

Denon has also introduced the DS1, a breakthrough interface for users of Serato NoiseMap – the system used to control a Serato-based digital music library using a turntable or compact disc player.

Denon DJ DS1

The DS1 is plug and play with Serato DJ, extending Denon DJ’s hallmark audio quality and reliability to club DJs and turntablists who prefer the feel of vinyl, but desire the flexibility a digital music library provides.

At the core of the all-new DS1 is a bi-directional audio interface with two sets of RCA stereo inputs for turntables or professional CD players. As users manipulate the vinyl or CD NoiseMap signal, Serato DJ software mirrors the control signal—controlling digital tracks on-screen in real-time for beatmatching, cueing, scratching, and track juggling.

Playback audio is distributed by the DS1 to a mixer or loudspeaker system in studio-grade 24-bit quality via two sets of RCA stereo outputs.

DS1 features

  • Premium Digital Vinyl System (DVS) interface for Serato DJ.
  • Interfaces turntables and CD players using Serato NoiseMap with a Serato DJ-based digital music library.
  • Plug and play with Serato DJ—no purchase necessary.
  • (2) sets of stereo RCA inputs and outputs for left and right decks.
  • Studio-grade 24-bit digital to analog conversion.
  • Supports 44.1kHz, 48kHz, and 96kHz sampling rates.
  • Dedicated grounding post for use with turntables.
  • Single USB cable connection to a computer for power and audio.
  • Includes (2) Serato NoiseMap control tone vinyl records and CDs.
  • Includes USB and stereo RCA cables.
  • Rugged, all-metal construction; carrying case included.

The DS1 will be available in Q2 with an MSRP of £229.99 GBP.

More information: Denon DJ

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