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Harrison 950SC Sidecar & 950RR Roller Rack shipping

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Harrison Consoles has announced the introduction of the 950 line of studio furniture – the 950SC Sidecar and 950RR Roller Rack. Both units are now shipping to pre-order customers.

Harrison Consoles 950SC Sidecar

The Harrison 950SC and 950RR were designed to match the look of the Harrison 950mx analog console, but are also well-suited for any studio requiring high-end furniture solutions.

The 950SC features a solid, heavy-duty construction using extruded aluminum framing and a powder-coated metal finish. In a studio workspace, the 950SC provides 10 rack spaces at desk-height. Harrison designs have always emphasized ergonomics – thus, the rack space has been angled 15 degrees for usability.

The 950SC features a conventional open-back design that provides ample heat dissipation and room for cables. Rails and movable inserts are provided for cable dressing. The front of the 950SC features a convenient bolster for a computer keyboard or controller, and the top panel provides space for a computer or audio monitor.

Harrison Consoles 950RR Roller Rack

The 950RR also features a solid, heavy-duty construction that includes the same extruded aluminum framing and powder-coated metal finish as the 950SC. There are 16 rack spaces available on the front of the unit. In a studio workspace, the 950RR provides easy access to each side of the unit with its solid, industrial wheels. The engineering quality of the 950RR is apparent just from getting your hands on it – something that an engineer may need to do often during a studio session.

The 950RR also features rack rails on the rear which can be used for power conditioning, lights, additional I/O, or custom panels. This is helpful if the rack needs to move from room-to-room.

The top of the 950RR includes a vent for heat dissipation – a feature that is almost always overlooked in studio furniture. Because Harrison has accommodated proper airflow, the 950RR can be filled all the way to the top without worry of overheating.

The Harrison 950SC and 950RR are now available to purchase for $1,849 USD and $1,499 USD respectively.

More information: Harrison Consoles

Dangerous Music releases Dangerous Compressor for tracking, mixing & mastering

Dangerous Music has announced the release of the Dangerous Compressor, a dual-mono/stereo compressor for tracking, mixing and mastering designed by legendary mastering gear guru Chris Muth.

Dangerous Compressor
The dangerous compressor was designed to be simple, transparent and powerful.

Built to the exacting standards of the mastering community, as with all things Dangerous, it has also proven indispensable for tracking and mixing. Tame a vocal, tighten a snare, crush a sampled loop or gently smooth a track- the compressor will rise to the occasion, providing rapid results, intuitive feedback and without coloration.

Like all Dangerous Music equipment, the compressor achieves musical, yet transparent results; in the words of producer and mixer Michael James (New Radicals, Hole, Robben Ford, L7, Edwin McCain, The Coronas) “The new Dangerous Compressor is a ‘must have’ in my world. It’s a refreshing complement to the currently fashionable boxes that indiscriminately add color to your sound-whether you want it or not.”

Dangerous Compressor features

  • Simple:
    • Hit your choice of buttons and twist the threshold for radio-ready results.
    • Smart Dyn Dual Slope Detection: Automatically limits peaks while stealthily compressing the average.
    • Auto Attack/Release: Replace “guess” with “yes” for rapid-fire results.
  • Transparent:
    • Performs like an automated fader: No more drawing vocal rides.
    • True Stereo Dual Detector: Traditional linking shares one detector, often resulting in a narrower stereo image.
    • Immaculate VCA: Virtually no distortion, even with 20dB of gain reduction.
  • Powerful:
    • Internal sidechain circuitry houses the audiophile soul of the compressor.
    • Bass Cut: Tightens the track without sacrificing the low end.
    • Sibilance Boost: Shave sibilance and shrill histrionics with zero post-compression hangover.

The new Dangerous Compressor is available through dealers worldwide for a street price of $2,799 USD.

More information: Dangerous Music / Dangerous Compressor

The Bob Moog Foundation announces significant archive additions

The Bob Moog Foundation (BMF) has announced significant additions to the Asheville, NC-based foundation’s archives.

Included in these new additions are several rare prototypes, including one of the few Moog Apollo Synthesizers in the world (the Apollo became the prototype for the Polymoog), the Moog Liberation, Moog Drum Controller, Moog Sequencer, Moog Song Producer, Moog Feedback Suppressor; as well as production models of the Minutemoog, and a Moog Vocoder. Also added to the archives are more than 1,000 schematic drawings dating from 1965 through 1985.

New Bob Moog Foundation archive additions

“These instruments and drawings join our growing collection of treasures that also includes Roger Powell’s custom keyboard controller, designed by Bob; a duophonic Minimoog; and two vintage theremins,” remarked Michelle Moog-Koussa, executive director of the Bob Moog Foundation and daughter of the late inventor. “We’re thrilled with the ongoing interest our archives are generating from organizations and individuals.”

These latest additions to the Foundation’s collection of historic documents and musical instruments come on the heels of the permanent loan of vintage instruments by the Music Department of University of North Carolina at Greensboro in December 2013.

According to Moog-Koussa, over 400 of the more than 1,000 documents received in this latest contribution have already been inventoried and entered into a searchable database.

“But that’s just the beginning,” she continues. “We will soon begin the most detailed and formalized part of the archiving process – cataloging. It takes time to do it right, but these materials are too significant not to do it right.” She anticipates the process will take 12 to 18 months, after which the documents will be scanned and the most significant of them shared.

“Creating a wide-ranging collection that includes not only his work, but also the work of those he influenced is the goal of the Bob Moog Foundation,” she adds. “It is from this perspective that we can achieve the truest picture of his life’s work and ultimately appreciate his contributions to science and music.”

As Moog-Koussa observes, her father was generous with his talent and knowledge. “Inspiring others fueled his own creativity. We endeavor to carry on that tradition at BFM.”

Moog-Koussa points to the work of Dr. Bob’s Sound School (DBSS) as an example of BMF’s ongoing outreach and education, an important part of her father’s legacy. The 10-week curriculum teaches second grade students the physics of sound using acoustic and electronic musical instruments such as the theremin, as well as oscilloscopes. The information is supplemented by custom educational materials developed by the BMF educational team. “Bob was a life-long learner,” his daughter explains. “He never stopped asking ‘what if’ and wanted others to ask the same question. I can’t think of a better tribute to his life and work than encouraging a new generation to ask the same question.”

More information: Bob Moog Foundation

Korg announces development of new ARP Odyssey synthesizer

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Korg has announced that a faithful recreation of the legendary 1970s ARP Odyssey analog synthesiser is being developed by Korg for release later in 2014.

The ARP Odyssey was released in 1972 by ARP Instruments, Inc. and quickly became famous for its unique rich sound and innovative performance controls. It was a staple for many recording and performing musicians worldwide and was used on countless hit records over many years. The Odyssey was one of the highlights of the ARP company and became a long selling product. With slight updates and improvements it was sold through to 1981.

Korg is also proud to welcome Mr David Friend as our chief advisor on the Odyssey. David Friend established ARP Instruments, Inc. along with Alan Robert Pearlman and is a past president of ARP Instruments, Inc. He was also the lead designer of the original Odyssey in addition to designing or co-designing many other products.

After ARP, Mr Friend became a successful technology entrepreneur. In 2010, he was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the Emerging Technology category for the New England Region, he has been a lecturer at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and is now Chairman & CEO of Carbonite, Inc. He has been a trustee of the New England Conservatory and Berklee College of Music.

In the last few years, KORG INC. has released several top selling analog synthesizers such as the monotrons series, the monotribe, the volca series and the hugely successful MS-20 mini, a faithful fully analog recreation of the 1978 MS-20. With Korg’s technology capabilities and planning ability for analog synthesizers, and in collaboration with David Friend, we believe the legendary ARP Odyssey will become a “must have” for an all new generation of music makers.

The ARP Odyssey is scheduled for release in September 2014.

More information: Korg

Roland unveils AIRA product line: TR-8, TB-3, VT-1 & System-1

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Roland has unveiled its AIRA product line, comprising the TR-8 Rhythm Performer, TB-3 Touch Bassline, VT-3 Voice Transformer, and System-1: Plug-Out Synthesizer.

Roland’s newly developed Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) faithfully captures the sound and feel of some of our most revered classics. ACB is the technology behind the authentic sound and responsive behavior of the AIRA products.

It utilizes original design specs, consultation with original engineers, and a detailed, part-by-part analysis of each analog circuit in Roland’s own pristine units.

TR-8: Rhythm Performer

Roland TR-8
Authentic TR-808 & TR-909 experience in a modern, performance-ready instrument

The TR-8 is a performance rhythm machine that melds the legendary sound and vibe of the TR-808 and TR-909 with features and functions for the modern age.

Genre-defining sounds, classic effects, unprecedented live pattern manipulation, and solid, intuitive performance controls. It’s the TR…evolved.

TB-3: Touch Bassline

Roland TB-3
The magic of the TB-303 with new sounds and modern, performance-ready features

Based on the wildly influential TB-303, the new TB-3 Touch Bassline is a performance-ready bass synthesizer with authentic sound and intuitive controls engineered to play.

The TB-3 contains the unmistakable character of its predecessor, wrapped in a modern package with a pressure-sensitive touch pad that makes both playing and programming a total joy.

VT-3: Voice Transformer

Roland VT-3
Easy voice transformation with vocoder, lo-fi effects, and synths you can sing

Aggressively processed vocals are common in electronic music today, but producing these effects easily and reproducing them live has been a challenge—until now.

With the VT-3 Voice Transformer, you can smoothly alter pitch and formant in real time to introduce heavily processed vocal sounds into your studio tracks and stage performances with zero hassle. On top of that, the VT-3 looks great and works seamlessly with other products in the AIRA series.

SYSTEM-1: PLUG-OUT Synthesizer

Roland System-1
Sounds with character and loads of controls in a Plug-Out capable synthesizer

Back in the 1970s, Roland launched the SYSTEM 100, SYSTEM 100M, and the now almost mythical SYSTEM 700. These modular and semi-modular synthesizers are heralded to this day for their flexibility and character of sound.

In the spirit of its predecessors, the SYSTEM-1 breaks new ground with remarkable flexibility and access to a vast palette of tones with the bold, unmistakable character associated with Roland synthesizers for nearly four decades.

AIRA products will be available by the end of second quarter 2014.

More information: Roland / AIRA

TC Electronic updates DB6 firmware to v1.30

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TC Electronic DB6

TC Electronic has announced a free software update for its DB6 intelligent loudness management solution.

With the new software, broadcasters are able to recall up to 16 Scene Presets by using GPI 1 and 2 together. DB6 offers a variety of ways to engage or disengage processing automatically, depending on format, level, physical inputs etc., while remote control can be achieved via Ethernet, GPI, SDI metadata, etc.

The GPI implementation of DB6 is very extensive, offering switching between up to 16 Scene Presets using only two of its four GPI inputs. Based on this, DB6 may be controlled during playout, or a simple preset selection panel can be designed with easy access to presets and/or emergency override.

Further, it is now possible to control DB6 by multiple instances of the ICON remote, adding a new level of operational flexibility to the platform. Finally, it is also possible to copy entire User preset Banks to or from files stored on a PC or Mac.

More information: TC Electronic / DB6

Softube releases Console 1 next generation audio mixer

Softube has announced the release of its Console 1 computer based audio mixing solution for Windows and Mac.

Softube Console 1

Console 1 will not only give you the world-class sound of the included Solid State Logic SL 4000 E model, but also the analog workflow of using physical knobs and buttons when you mix.

Console 1 is all about great sound and intuitive, hands-on control.

Console 1 features

  • Next generation mixer.
  • Tightly integrated hardware/software system.
  • Solid State Logic SL 4000 E model included.
  • Hands-on control and intuitive workflow.
  • Use with any major DAW.
  • Parametric equalizer, compressor, gate, transient shaper, high/low cut filters and harmonics/distortion.
  • Customize the channel by adding any Softube equalizer or dynamics plug-in.
  • The system will run and the settings can be adjusted without having the hardware connected.

Console 1 has a list price of $1,099 USD / 849 EUR, with an expected street price of $999 USD / 799 EUR (including 19% sales tax).

More information: Softube / Console 1

Point Blank offers free studio setup with every diploma course

Point Blank has announced it is offering a free studio setup with every one of its diploma courses.

Free studio setup at Point Blank

Every student who books a diploma course with Point Blank will receive a free studio setup courtesy of Novation/Focusrite! The brand new gear collection includes KRK Rokit RP5 G3 monitors, Novation LaunchKey 25 keyboard, Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 soundcard and a laptop bag.

Diploma students will also receive Ableton Live Lite 9, Scarlett plugin suite, Focusrite Midnight, Novation Basstation and Novation V-Station plugins, a Loopmasters sample pack and Novation LaunchPad and LaunchKey iOS apps!

Everything you’ll need to start making great music is included so visit Point Blank London now to find out more about their diploma courses.

More information: Point Blank Online