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Mackie ships Thump PA Line Series

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Mackie has announced it is now shipping the all-new Thump Series powered loudspeakers.

Mackie Thump Series loudspeakers
The new supercharged Thump Series delivers over 1000W of power – more than twice the power of the immensely popular originals.

The full-range Thump12 and Thump15 improve upon the proven chest-pounding low end legacy of Thump loved by DJs and musicians, while the new companion Thump18S subwoofer is sure to please anyone looking for hard-hitting low end for their PA system.

“Thump users are amazing… and amazingly vocal. We’ve heard you loud and clear,” remarked Greg Young, Mackie Product Manager. “You love the unmatched bass of Thump, but want more power to reach even more people. With the new Thump, you get more power and a substantial increase in bass performance at the same extremely affordable price.”

Designed by the world’s leader in portable live sound, Mackie Thump Powered Loudspeakers deliver class-leading, chest-thumping low end with 1000+ watts of power, providing a high-output, highly-affordable PA solution. Thump delivers total system optimization including precision crossovers, transducer time alignment and a unique 3-band EQ with a sweepable mid. With flexible mounting options, combo mic/line inputs and a great wedge angle, Thump full-range loudspeakers provide the application flexibility users demand in an extremely lightweight and portable design.

The new Thump18S 18 inch Powered Subwoofer is a 1200W, professional band-pass design, known for delivering high-output, room-filling bass that is deep and rich. There’s ample system protection in place and a wide range of I/O that makes system integration easy. The Thump18S is designed to perfectly match with Thump top boxes, but delivers high-output, chest-thumping low end perfect for any sound system.

“Building an extremely high-output Mackie system that delivers the professional sound you want has never been more affordable,” concluded Young. “With the new Thump loudspeakers you get incredible sound for the money. With the massive increase in power and bass response plus the all-new subwoofer, you can Thump more than ever.”

The Mackie Thump Series is now available for MSRP $389.99 USD (Thump12) / $469.99 USD (Thump15) / $879.99 USD (Thump18S).

More information: Mackie / Thump Series

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Simmons intros SD1500KIT electronic drums

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Simmons has announced the SD1500KIT, its new flagship electronic drums model.

Simmons SD1500KIT

With a host of features at a surprisingly affordable price, the new Simmons SD1500KIT breaks new ground as the most realistic and full featured electronic drum kit in its class. While most of today’s affordable electronic drum sets compromise on sound or ergonomics, the Simmons SD1500KIT is the first electronic kit of its kind to deliver a wide-ranging palette of ultra-realistic sounds in a full-sized, full featured, professional quality drum set that focuses on both sound and feel.

The SD1500KIT starts with a full sized, ergonomically designed 6-piece drum kit plus hi-hat, three multi-zone cymbals, and a host of features typically reserved for only the highest priced electronic kits. With a total of 22 specific trigger points, the SD1500KIT is designed to deliver the most responsive, realistic drum performance possible. Its hex-shaped blue anodized frame and die-cast aluminum hardware feature memory lock mounts for speedy setup and maximum stability. Simmons’ exclusive multi-position hi-hat pedal and triple-zone snare pad deliver unprecedented responsiveness, and its crash cymbals offer dual zone and choke capability.

The SD1500KIT electronic drum kit doesn’t scrimp on sound, either. Simmons’ flagship SD1000 Digital Sound Module has been upgraded and enhanced with a completely new custom sound library featuring more than 500 ultra-realistic samples of the most popular classic and modern drum kits. With full 64 voice polyphony, full programmability, and powerful on-board processing, Simmons’ exclusive Variable Attack Response programming delivers some of the most responsive dynamic velocity sensitivity available, with alternating sample playback for even more realistic, expressive sound.

“This exciting new kit truly outshines and outplays anything else in its class,” remarkedJim Norman, Simmons Product Manager.”The new SD1500KIT is ideal for drummers looking for a low-volume rehearsal kit, for schools or churches needing a full size, low-impact stage setup, or for small and mid-sized project studios where recording acoustic drums might not be an option. Whether you’re practicing, recording, or performing, the SD1500KIT is designed to deliver the goods.”

The Simmons SD1500KIT electronic drum is available for purchase $999.99 USD.

More information: Simmons / SD1500KIT

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Harbinger intros new VâRi series powered loudspeakers

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Harbinger Pro Audio has announced the debut of the new VâRi Series of portable powered loudspeakers.

Harbinger VâRi series
The new generation of Harbinger speakers is designed to deliver the ultimate in power, performance, and versatility, at an affordable price point.

The new Harbinger VâRi line includes two distinct models to meet a wide range of users and applications, from bands and musical performance to DJs, Karaoke, and presentations. The V2115 is a 15-inch, two-way loudspeaker system that packs 600 Watts of crystal clear power and punch, with high-performance Class-D amplification and deep, solid bass response. The V2112 offers the same feature set in a 12-inch configuration for even greater portability and an even more affordable price.

Both units feature a host of new features, including an integrated 3-channel mixer with auxiliary inputs and XLR balanced line outputs for integrating into larger setups, as well as a built-in limiter and 2-band EQ for unparalleled control. Integrated handles and 1-3/8″ stand mounts are standard on all VâRi systems, making them ideal for both main PA and monitor applications.

“Our customers have been asking for a flexible, affordable, and easy-to-use powered loudspeaker, and the new VâRi Series is the answer,” states Harbinger Product Manager Jim Norman. “These speakers are perfect for small and mid-sized gigs, rehearsal studios, DJs, and spoken word presentations. They are truly the most versatile and affordable powered loudspeaker Harbinger has ever created.”

The new Harbinger VâRi Series is available for purchase for $249.99 USD (VâRi V2115) / $229.99 USD (V2112).

More information: Harbinger / VâRi Series

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IK Multimedia releases iRing

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IK Multimedia has announced the release of the iRing motion-tracking controller for iDevices.

IK Multimedia iRing
Originally presented at CES 2014, iRing is a wearable and affordable controller for iOS music apps and more. It allows touch-less parameter control via state-of-the-art motion-tracking technology.

iRing utilizes a wearable ring with identifiable markers, the mobile device’s front-facing camera, and advanced computer vision with highly-optimized recognition algorithms to determine the precise positioning of the ring markers. The device camera picks up the positioning of the ring patterns and the apps convert that information into music commands for dedicated app or MIDI information, which any compatible music app can read. This means that a user can operate up to six controllable music parameters in their preferred music apps with one or two hands gestures.

Also included are two free apps for music applications, which are intended for everyone from music lovers to DJs to seasoned musicians: iRing Music Maker and iRing FX/Controller.

iRing Music Maker is a free app designed to give music lovers and DJs a fun new way to create
 music and grooves using hand gestures, no matter what their skill level. iRing Music Maker
 utilizes music “loops” that always sound good together and can be remixed in virtually limitless
 combinations by simply waving the hands with the iRing controllers in front of the device’s 
camera. To learn more about iRing Music Maker, watch this video playlist.

iRing FX/Controller is the app for musicians and DJs that is both a real-time audio 
effects processor and a MIDI controller with fully assignable parameters. It can be used as a
 touch-less outboard audio effects processor, or can be fully configured to send multiple 
simultaneous MIDI parameters such as control changes, notes, or any other MIDI messages.

 To learn more about iRing Music Maker, watch this video playlist.

There is an SDK and a free licensing program available upon request for developers who want to integrate motion control into their apps.

The iRing is available for purchase in three colors (white, green and grey) for $24.99 USD / 19.99 EUR (ex. taxes). iRing FX/Controller and iRing Music Maker apps will be available as free downloads from the App Store.

More information: IK Multimedia / iRing

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Native Instruments launches “A Giant Beat for Mankind” sale

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Native Instruments has launched A Giant Beat for Mankind, a limited-time sales special to celebrate the 5th anniversary of Maschine.

A Giant Beat for Mankind
Until May 31, MASCHINE STUDIO, MASCHINE and MASCHINE MIKRO will each be available at a significant discount from their regular prices, both at retailers and at the NI Online Shop.

Launched in 2009, MASCHINE significantly changed computer based beat production by merging the playability and feel of hardware with the innovations and flexibility of software. In five years, MASCHINE has established itself as the premium groove production tool for producers across all genres. MASCHINE STUDIO, the latest addition to the product range, is NI’s new flagship groove production studio. It provides hardware controls for all key features in the latest MASCHINE 2 software, and these generous control options offer a particularly quick and intuitive workflow. Features include large, high-res color screens for viewing waveforms, patterns, scenes, and NI product visuals, plus a dedicated section for monitoring mixer and meter levels.

MASCHINE and MASCHINE MIKRO are now in their second hardware generation. MASCHINE features dedicated group buttons and a master push encoder. Most software functions are accessible directly from the hardware without any button shortcuts, offering users a fast way to capture ideas. Eight display knobs automatically map to key instrument parameters for on-the-fly tweaking and sound shaping. MASCHINE MIKRO is highly compact for use anywhere. MIKRO features the same responsive pads as MASCHINE STUDIO and MASCHINE. Intelligent keypad shortcuts mean users get full software access despite its small footprint.

All three hardware versions feature the same powerful software. Among the new features in MASCHINE 2 software are sidechaining, unlimited groups, a new library, and a set of sonically-outstanding drum synths that allow producers to quickly design their own drum sounds.

Until May 31st 2014 at 24:00 (CET), Maschine Studio is available for purchase for 799 USD/EUR (regular 999 USD/EUR), Maschine is 499 USD/EUR (regular 599 USD/EUR), and the Maschine Mikro is 299 USD/EUR (regular 349 USD/EUR).

More information: Native Instruments / A Giant Beat for Mankind

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PreSonus launches Monitor Station V2

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PreSonus has announced it is shipping the new Monitor Station V2, a major redesign of its popular desktop studio-monitor control center.

PreSonus Monitor Station V2
Monitor Station V2 enables easy desktop management of multiple audio sources and up to three sets of monitor speakers.

The new monitor controller provides a S/PDIF digital input and has a more ergonomic, intuitive layout than the original Monitor Station. Features include four stereo inputs-two pairs of balanced ¼” TRS and one pair of unbalanced RCA Aux inputs with gain control-managed with a source-select switch. A 1/8″ TRS unbalanced input is summed with the RCA Aux inputs. The S/PDIF stereo input supports 44.1, 48, 88.2, and 96 kHz digital audio; a button switches between the Aux and S/PDIF inputs.

Three left/right pairs of balanced, ¼” TRS speaker outputs and a Speaker Select switch enable you to A/B compare your audio through up to three sets of reference monitors. A variable, rear-panel control enables fine-tuned calibration of speaker-output levels.

Outputs include left/right pair of balanced ¼” TRS Main outs, left and right balanced ¼” TRS Cue outputs with level control, and four ¼” TRS stereo headphone outputs, each with a Main/Cue source selector and individual output-level control.

Monitor Station V2′s built-in talkback microphone offers variable input gain and is activated with a Talk button. An eight-segment, three-color LED meter indicates left and right levels. Other features include a Dim button with variable attenuation level, Mono and Mute buttons, and an external DC power supply and rocker power switch.

The Monitor Station V2 is available for U.S. MAP/street price of $299 USD.

More information: PreSonus / Monitor Station

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Roland announces RP-401R & F-130R Digital Pianos

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Roland has announced the RP-401R and F-130R, two compact and affordable digital pianos designed for modern lifestyles.

The RP-401R offers a traditional look that’s ideal for a young family, while the streamlined F-130R is a perfect fit for a single person or couple living in an apartment or condo. Featuring top-level piano performance, intelligent rhythms, and compatibility with free Roland piano apps for the iPhone and iPad, the RP-401R and F-130R provide solid foundations for years of learning and musical enjoyment.

Roland RP-401R / F-130R

With Roland’s highly respected touch, tone, and technology features on board, the stylish RP-401R and F-130R bring a high-grade piano experience to any home. The RP-401R combines space-saving efficiency with traditional appointments such as an integrated music rack and a retractable keyboard cover. The F-130R’s understated-yet-elegant look blends nicely into urban living spaces, with a unique lid design that provides a low-profile appearance when the piano is not in use.

As musical instruments, the RP-401R and F-130R offer performance that easily surpasses others in their price class. Roland’s acclaimed SuperNATURAL® Piano technology provides a truly authentic piano experience, inspiring young students and advanced players alike with the rich, expressive tone of an acoustic grand. The newly developed PHA-4 Standard Keyboard inherits the functions, appearance, and Ivory Feel texture of keyboards in Roland’s flagship instruments, and includes the latest sensing technology to take advantage of SuperNATURAL Piano’s vast tonal range.

With the intelligent rhythm function in the RP-401R and F-130R, users can enjoy playing and practicing along with a complete backing ensemble that automatically follows chords played on the keyboard. 72 different rhythm styles cover a variety of musical genres, from rock, country, and jazz to Latin, reggae, and modern electronic styles. Playing with rhythms also offers a fun way to explore the diverse selection of additional sounds in the RP-401R and F-130R, which include electric pianos, organs, guitars, brass, synths, and many others.

Thanks to the innovative Headphones 3D Ambience effect, users can enjoy the spacious sound field of an acoustic piano while playing with headphones during private practice sessions. Other useful features for daily playing include a large onboard song library and a built-in recorder for self-evaluation and sharing performances via USB memory. Both pianos also include a Volume Limit function, which allows parents to preset a maximum volume so their kids don’t play loud sounds unexpectedly.

The RP-401R and F-130R are compatible with Roland’s free piano apps for Apple iOS devices, providing a great way to motivate practice and enhance enjoyment. The Air Performer app lets users play along with favorite songs in the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch wirelessly through the piano’s sound system via Roland Wireless Connect (optional). The Piano Partner app for iPad includes Flash Card, an interactive music program that’s fun for kids, plus a graphical interface for selecting tones, songs, and rhythms in the RP-401R and F-130R. Piano Partner also features DigiScore Lite, which displays the piano’s built-in songs as sheet music on the iPad.

The RP-401R is available in Contemporary Black or Simulated Rosewood finishes, while the F-130R is available in Contemporary Black or White.

More information: Roland

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Sunsine Audio releases Harmonic Decoder

Sunsine Audio has released Harmonic Decoder, a hardware Phase Lock Loop (PLL) device.

Sunsine Audio Harmonic Decoder

Harmonic Decoder can sound like a fuzz, an octave/harmony pedal, a filter/wah, a complex waveshaper or some crazy bent 8 bit glitch box but all of it’s effects are derived from an analog VCO, a phase detector, and a simple filter in an arrangement known as a Phase Lock Loop.

At the heart of the Harmonic Decoder is a true single oscillator analog synthesizer. It effectively resynthesizes any signal delivered at the input, providing extreme waveshaping and harmonic effects in the analog domain.

The frequency of the VCO can be modulated either by the internal envelope follower or via the external control voltage input.

The pedal is available for purchase for $165 USD.

More information: Sunsine Audio / Harmonic Decoder

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