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Roland announces CUBE-10GX Guitar Amplifier

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Roland CUBE-10GX

Roland has introduced CUBE-10GX, a compact guitar amp with customizable tones via a free App for iOS and Android.

Compact, affordable, and equipped with built-in effects, the CUBE-10GX is perfect for beginning players or any guitarist looking for a small amp for practice, jamming, and recording.

The CUBE-10GX also offers a unique sound customization feature, allowing users to swap out different COSM amp types with the free CUBE KIT app running on their smart phone or tablet.

The CUBE-10GX is equipped with 10 watts of power and a custom-designed 8-inch speaker. Roland’s superior CUBE construction standard provides sound quality and durability that far exceeds other amps in its class, with rigid cabinetry, heavy-duty corner protectors, and more.

CUBE-10GX features

  • Compact 10-watt guitar amp with custom-designed 8-inch speaker.
  • Three preset COSM amp types: Clean, Crunch, and Lead.
  • Replace preset amps with custom COSM amps via the free CUBE KIT app for iOS and Android devices.
  • Three onboard effects: chorus, delay, and reverb (including plate and spring reverb types).
  • Bass, Middle, and Treble tone controls.
  • Rec Out/Phones jack provides high-quality direct tones for quiet practice and recording.
  • Aux In jack for jamming with an external music player.

More information: Roland / CUBE-10GX

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Expert Sleepers releases Disting Eurorack synth module

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Expert Sleepers Disting

Expert Sleepers has announced the release of Disting, its latest Eurorack synthesizer module.

The Disting is a 16-in-1 multifunction module, offering a variety of CV and audio processes, including a selection of oscillators (LFOs/VCOs), in a compact 4HP package.

Unlike all previous Expert Sleepers modules, the disting is in no way reliant on a computer connection – it’s a normal, standalone module.

Disting features

  • Precision Adder with integer voltage offsets.
  • Four Quadrant Multiplier with integer multiply/divide.
  • Full-wave Rectifier.
  • Minimum/maximum.
  • Linear/Exponential Converter.
  • Slew Rate Limiter with linear and exponential slew.
  • Sample and Hold with noise source and adjustable slew rate.
  • Comparator with adjustable hysteresis.
  • Pitch and Envelope Tracker.
  • Quantizer with selectable scales.
  • Dual Waveshaper wavefolder and triangle-to-sine shaper.
  • Clockable Delay/Echo.
  • LFO with through zero frequency control and wave shaping.
  • Clockable LFO with multiply/divide and waveshaping.
  • VCO with linear FM sine and saw outputs.
  • VCO with waveshaping saw/triangle and pulse outputs.

Disting is available for purchase for MSRP £119 GBP/$170 USD.

More information: Expert Sleepers / Disting

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Dave Smith Instruments announces Pro 2 synthesizer

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Dave Smith Instruments has announced the Pro 2, a new monophonic synthesizer.

Dave Smith Instruments Pro 2

A hybrid instrument, the Pro 2 features four digital oscillators (plus sub-oscillator) with super saw waves and newly-designed, dual analog filters inspired by classic designs. The filters (one low-pass and one state-variable) can be run in series or parallel, with the state-variable filter providing low-pass, high-pass, and band-pass modes. Oscillators can be routed in pairs to either filter for a variety of tonal possibilities. “Our new analog filter design gives the Pro 2 a depth and presence that’s immediately recognizable,” said Smith. “It has a sound all its own—distinctly different from our other instruments such as the Prophet 12.”

The full-featured step sequencer operates in 32 x 8, or 16 x 16 mode and allows real-time input. It can sync to external MIDI clock and can also be driven by an external audio input. Sequences can control not only oscillator pitch, but any parameter in the Pro 2’s extensive modulation matrix. It supports both rests and variable-length sequences.

Another notable feature of the Pro 2 is its 4 rear-panel control voltage inputs and outputs, which make it compatible with modular synths. The control voltages can be assigned and routed from within the modulation matrix and can run at audio rates for extreme modulation effects. “A primary goal was to make the Pro 2 as open-ended and flexible as possible,” said Smith. “The four control voltage ins and outs really open up a world of interfacing possibilities with other gear. You could almost call the Pro 2 our own mini-modular.”

Smith says that the surprises don’t end there: “A very cool bonus features is that even though we designed it primarily as a very powerful mono synth, it’s actually 4-voice paraphonic—you can play 4 notes simultaneously, if you want to. Add in the super waves, and you’ve got a very big sound.” In paraphonic operation, the 4 individual voices share a common filter and envelopes. Paraphony has gained popularity in recent years and was found in such vintage instruments as the ARP 2600 and ARP Odyssey, which were duophonic.

The feature set of the Pro 2 is rounded out with a multimode arpeggiator; 4 stereo, multi-tap delays with analog modeling; 4 LFOs; tuned feedback; analog distortion; Character controls with sound sculpting options such as Drive, Hack, Decimation, Girth, and Air; and extensive modulation possibilities. The LFOs, delay, and arpeggiator can be synced to either the internal clock or an external MIDI clock. Two programmable position- and pressure-sensitive touch sliders and pitch and mod wheels provide nuanced control over live performance.

“Right now there’s a trend of reissuing classic synths from the past. People have been asking for a reissue of the old Sequential Pro-One for quite a while. But as a synth designer, I’m happiest creating new instruments—synths that with every iteration put more power and better sounds into the hands of musicians. The Pro 2 is light years beyond the Pro-One in every way. It’s the most powerful mono synth I’ve ever made. You’ve got to keep moving forward.”

The Pro 2 is scheduled to start shipping late July with a street price of $1,999 USD.

More information: Dave Smith Instruments / Pro 2

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PreSonus firmware update for StudioLive AI Mixers adds cascading

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PreSonus has announced an upcoming firmware upgrade for all StudioLive AI-series Active Integration digital mixers, which will see the first digital mixing solution that provides up to 64-channels, multitrack recording, networked remote control, and more for under $8,000 U.S.

PreSonus StudioLive AI cascading

Start with 16, 24, or 32 channels, then cascade a second mixer of any frame size to create custom-sized mixing consoles with all the hardware and software advantages of StudioLive™ Active Integration™ systems.

Cascading mixers functionally creates a single large-format console with full recording and remote-control capability by simply connecting a FireWire 800 cable between the two mixers. For example, combine two StudioLive 32.4.2AI to get a 64-channel system with 32 mix buses that can record 80 simultaneous streams and play back 66 on any FireWire 800- or Thunderbolt-equipped computer.

Cascading mixers of different frame sizes is great for special events that require a few extra recording channels that don’t need to be in every monitor mix. For example, a StudioLive 16.4.2AI can be cascaded to a 32.4.2AI and form a single 48-channel console with 6 global aux buses, as well as 8 local aux sends that are available to the channels on the 32.4.2AI.

This firmware upgrade is part of PreSonus’ continuing series of free updates to its StudioLive-series mixers and will be available to all registered StudioLive AI mixers owners as a free download from their My PreSonus accounts later this summer. It follows hard on the heels of a firmware update that enables StudioLive AI mixers to directly download future firmware updates over any network with Internet access.

The update does not change the computer system requirements for StudioLive AI mixers and software. Current versions of Capture™ 2.1, SL Remote-AI, QMix™-AI, and VSL-AI are fully compatible with this firmware release.

More information: PreSonus / StudioLive AI

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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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