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ZAOR introduces ONDA media workstation

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ZAOR has announced the ONDA media workstation, the latest addition to its family of CLASSIC Series media workstations and accessories designed to meet the diverse needs of today’s musicians and producers by balancing build quality and budget beyond compare.

ZAOR ONDA

The timeless and aesthetically-pleasing ONDA design dates back to customer requests for a lightweight yet reassuringly solid media workstation with easily-reachable rack spacing positioned to its extreme left and right when sitting at the mixing sweet spot.

Taking things one step further, atop each angled rack is a functional flat surface, sited as such for positioning nearfield studio monitors vertically or horizontally as the user sees fit (or the design of the studio monitor being used allows).

All in all, the focus is on durable quality with side panels, front arm rest, and feet all being crafted from solid local oak, which can be left in its natural blond-coloured state or stained to Cherry, Walnut, Mahogony, or Black — the choice is out there, so choose carefully!

The ONDA is available starting at RRP 1,200 EUR (incl. 15% tax, plus shipping costs).

More information: ZAOR / ONDA

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audiowerkstatt releases din2midi2din

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audiowerkstatt has announced the release of din2midi2din, a device that converts the synchronisation-signal known as „DIN-Sync“ or „Sync24“ or „Sync48“ to MIDI-clock-signals and vice versa.

audiowerkstatt din2midi2din

The audiowerkstatt din2midi2din has a MIDI- and a DIN-sync-output and on both outputs a clock-signal i sent at the same time.

With a button you can select, if the clock-signal present at the DIN-sync- or the MIDI-input is used. A LED indicates the selected input.

The device operates as a standard in “Sync24″-mode (24 clock pulses per quarter note). By holding the button when switching on, the device is started in “Sync48″-mode (48 clock pulses per quarter note).

din2midi2din is available for purchase for 119 EUR incl. VAT.

More information: audiowerkstatt / din2midi2din

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Moog releases limited edition MF-104M Super Delay

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Moog Music has announced the release of the MF-104M Super Delay, a 560 piece limited production analog delay based on Moog’s best selling analog delay, the MF-104M.

Moog MF-104M Super Delay

The MF-104M Super Delay features over 1.2 seconds of vintage, analog delay time provided by 6 NOS Panasonic Bucket Brigade chips. The power supply, bias, and rail generating circuitry have all been improved for greater sound quality and reduced microphonics, and an Emphasis/De-Emphasis circuit has been added for reduced noise. Additionally, the delay-loop level matching circuitry from the 500 Series analog delay has been included for maximized feedback and mix stability.

“In 2005, we released the MF-104SD, of which only 250 units were ever produced,” said Cyril Lance, Moog Music Chief Engineer. “The new MF-104M Super Delay utilizes the identical vintage Bucket Brigade chips found in the classic MF-104SD, faithfully delivering a vintage grittiness that’s extremely musical,“ said Lance.

The MF-104M Super Delay includes all of the features found in the MF-104M analog delay, including MIDI control of every feature on and under the hood, a 6 Waveshape LFO, tap tempo of delay time and LFO rate, spillover mode, and the traditional short/long delay switch for bright, articulate 50ms-600ms trails, and dark, mysterious 100ms-1200ms trails.

Like all Moogerfoogers, the MF-104M Super Delay is housed in a rugged steel chassis with wood sides and utilizes CV/Expression inputs for external control of Time, Rate, Feedback, Amount, and Mix parameters. A delay feedback Insert is also available for adding external effects to the delay line.

The MF-104M Super Delay is available at Moog Music dealers worldwide, priced at $799 USD.

More information: Moog / MF-104M Super Delay

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Moog intros Werkstatt-Ø1 Moogfest 2014 Analog Synthesizer

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Moog Music has launched Werkstatt-Ø1, a limited edition 100% analog synthesizer, in kit form.

Moog Werkstatt-Ø1

During Moogfest 2014, Moog Music facilitated a two-day workshop in which Moog engineers assisted 125 participants in building Werkstatt, an educational, patchable analog synthesizer designed specifically for the event. It was Moog’s first workshop since 1997 when Bob Moog held a theremin workshop in Portland, Maine. Led by Steve Dunnington, Moog Product Development Specialist, the Moogfest 2014 synth building workshop received overwhelmingly positive feedback from participants and since then, Moog has fielded numerous requests to offer the Werkstatt analog synthesizer in a wider release. In an effort to bring this educational synth to more customers, Moog is releasing a no-soldering-required version of Werkstatt called, Werkstatt-Ø1 Moogfest 2014 Analog Synthesizer in extremely limited quantities at select US dealers only.

“We created Werkstatt specifically as an educational tool for teaching electronics assembly techniques and analog synthesizer circuit design in a workshop at Moogfest 2014.” said Steve Dunnington. “That workshop was very special for the Moog engineers. We learned so much from the experience and each of the participants.” Over the last six weeks since the end of Moogfest 2014, Moog has moved quickly to satisfy demand and modify Werkstatt to make it appropriate outside of a workshop setting. “Assembly of the Werkstatt-Ø1 is extremely simple, so any user can quickly build and also study the circuits of an analog synthesizer that’s based on classic Moog circuits at home. While we can’t duplicate the experience of the Moogfest 2014 Engineering VIP Workshop, Werkstatt-Ø1 will still offer a valuable and fun educational experience for customers.”

The Werkstatt-Ø1 Moogfest 2014 Analog Synthesizer features a single voltage controlled oscillator with two selectable waveshapes, saw and pulse. This section also includes a control for adjusting pulse width modulation and oscillator frequency, which extends from 8Hz to 16KHz. The voltage controlled filter section houses a classic 4-pole Moog Ladder Filter with 20Hz-20kHz frequency response, and a variable resonance control that is capable of driving the filter into self oscillation.

Werkstatt-Ø1 has two selectable modulation sources; a dual waveshape LFO with 0.2Hz-600Hz sweepable range, and a variable attack/decay envelope section with sustain on/off switch. Modulation sources are easily assigned via dedicated VCO and VCF modulation sections, each with a variable control for modulation amount.

Also included in each Werkstatt-Ø1 is a breadboard-style patchable header, which significantly expands it’s creative sonic abilities. This patchable header features a dedicated external audio input, and control voltage inputs for VCO linear FM, VCO exponential FM, VCF, VCA, and LFO. CV outputs are in pairs, and include dual outputs for Keyboard CV, EG, LFO, VCF, VCO, Gate, and Trigger.

The Werkstatt-Ø1: Moogfest 2014 Kit is available in limited quantities, at select US dealers only.

More information: Moog / Werkstatt-Ø1

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Eventide launches DDL-500 digital delay

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Eventide DDL-500

Eventide has released the DDL-500, a new digital delay for the 500 series racks.

The DDL-500 features 10 seconds of pristine delay at a 192 kHz sample rate and a unique design that strictly limits the amount of digital circuitry to the bare minimum. Soft saturation clipping, low pass filter, feedback, insert loop, relay bypass, and +20 dB boost are all analog.

“500 series is, by and large, analog and we thought long and hard about introducing a digital product to that world. Our mantra was “as analog as possible,’ said RM.

“The DDL-500s digital circuitry was kept to a minimum – just the chips necessary for delay. All of the other sound-shaping features are implemented in the analog domain. The design goal was to create a digital delay with an analog soul.”

More information: Eventide / DDL-500

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Moog ships Theremini

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Moog has announced it has begun shipping its Theremini instrument.

Moog Theremini

We are proud to announce the official release of the Theremini; a re-imagining of one of the oldest electronic musical instruments, and Bob Moog’s first love – the Theremin. It is the only known instrument that you play without touching. Moving your hands in the space around its antennas controls pitch and volume. The Theremini combines a powerful sound engine derived from Moog’s award winning synthesizer, Animoog, with the traditional no-touch playing of a Theremin.

The Theremini’s sound engine offers a sonic vocabulary allowing for a vast range of styles and tones. The Theremini also features controls for pitch correction, scale, and root note, which allows anyone to adjust the level of playing difficulty, and to explore new means of music creation and gestural control.

The Theremini has begun shipping and is available at authorized Moog Music Dealers worldwide, priced at $319 USD.

More information: Moog / Theremini

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Avid announces enhancements to Avid S3L live sound system

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Avid has announced key performance enhancements to the Avid S3L live sound system, setting a new standard for flexible, efficient workflows in live sound and studio applications, and delivering significant cost savings.

The latest updates empower users to mix and capture performances more quickly and cost effectively, enabling them to meet the increasing scope, size and complexity of live sound requirements and the industry’s continuous drive for efficiency.

“The latest S3L system enhancements deliver faster, more flexible workflows and significant cost savings,” said Jeff Rosica, senior vice president of worldwide field operations, Avid. “When combined with Pro Tools for recording and mixing, the S3L helps us deliver on the Avid Everywhere™ vision for the media industry by giving customers powerful tools for creating, sharing, and monetizing media more effectively than ever before.”

The Avid S3L live sound system is more powerful than ever with a new performance update that provides customers with I/O sharing and gain tracking across multiple S3L systems, and greater flexibility to mix live shows with user-definable fader layouts and VCA and Group Spill. It also enables sound engineers to use the S3 control surface standalone to mix Pro Tools (and other DAW) sessions, and features an updated operating system with support for 64-bit AAX DSP plug-ins.

When used together, Pro Tools® and the S3L deliver tightly integrated recording and mixing control of live or in-studio productions. As they’re run on the Avid MediaCentral Platform, users have access to the Avid Marketplace where they can network, collaborate with other media professionals and even monetize their work.

Innovative enhancements to the S3L are powered by major software updates, VENUE 4.5 and EuControl 3.2, and include:

  • I/O tracking and gain sharing — Customers can now share audio source feeds from one or more Stage 16 remote I/O boxes between up to three S3L Systems over Ethernet AVB. This enables engineers to take multiple S3L systems on the road but only have to carry one set of I/O boxes, resulting in quicker set-up, less burden on rental inventories, simplified cable management, and reduced transport costs. Gain tracking intelligently manages gain levels across all networked systems to provide each user on the network with full independent control of input gain.
  • Improved surface navigation and mixing — Numerous enhancements improve surface operation, navigation and visual feedback, speeding up workflows by providing greater flexibility to mix live shows with user-definable fader layouts, VCA and Group Spill, and more.
  • Ability to mix Pro Tools and other DAW sessions using the S3 control surface — Customers can now use the S3 control surface as a standalone studio controller and audio interface with Pro Tools and any other EUCON™-enabled digital audio workstation. This enables an engineer to mix down a performance in Pro Tools after a gig using just the S3 control surface and a laptop. The EUCON protocol – the same protocol used by Avid S6 studio consoles – delivers superior functionality and integration.
  • Updated operating system with support for 64-bit AAX DSP plug-ins — S3L’s updated operating system includes support for 64-bit AAX DSP plug-ins, giving customers access to all the latest effects and sound processors available.

VENUE 4.5 and EuControl 3.2 software updates will be available in Q3 2014 to current and new S3L customers at no cost through their Avid customer accounts.

More information: Avid / Avid S3L

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