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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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Waldorf ships 2-Pole filter unit + 30% off software synthesizers

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Waldorf has announced that its 2-Pole analog filter device is now shipping.

Waldorf 2-Pole

2-Pole is giving the guitar player, the DJ, or the keyboard player access to the heart of the Waldorf sound – with an inspiring user interface with a one knob/one function philosophy.

Spice up your live performances with dramatic filter sweeps that really cut through. Funk up your guitar licks by hooking a pedal controller to 2-Poles’ cutoff CV In or using the integrated envelope follower. Animate your pad sounds using 2-Pole’s LFO.

But beware – no matter what you do with this tiny black box, make sure you set the levels to your amplifiers and speakers correctly, as 2-Pole is yet another beast from Waldorf – with love!

The first shipment of the new 2-Pole is now available from selected Waldorf dealers.

Waldorf has also announced a limited time sale on its software synthesizers.

For all who cannot wait any longer for 64-bit versions, all our soft synths are on sale for 30% discount over the following weekend. Yes, we’ll notify you as soon as your free upgrade to the 64-bit version will be available. To claim this special offer, please go to our webshop and use this Coupon Code for the 30% discount: 2pole

This coupon is valid for purchases of Waldorf Edition and upgrade, Largo, PPG Wave 3.V and upgrade, Lector and upgrade, and License SL.

More information: Waldorf / 2-Pole

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Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music expands partnership with Avid

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Avid has announced that world-class educational establishment and Avid Learning Partner Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music, in Hollywood, California, has expanded its partnership with Avid to give the next generation of creative talent access to the industry’s leading audio technology.

Musicians Institute Studio

With the addition of the Avid System 5 digital audio mixing console, students can gain valuable hands-on experience with the tools and workflows used in the real-world production environments of today and tomorrow.

This implementation expands Musicians Institute’s existing Avid workflow, which includes the industry-leading Pro Tools®|HDX system. With Pro Tools|HDX integration, System 5 is now fully networked with the recently announced Avid MediaCentral Platform, giving the Musicians Institute access to an even wider range of tools and experts for collaboration, music production, and, eventually, monetization of their own content.

“Avid audio consoles and control surfaces are the industry standard in post-production and broadcast,” said Mehdi Hassine, music and post-production instructor at Musicians Institute. “As our students transition into the real world, it’s critical that they have solid practical experience on the leading audio systems to prepare them for the pressures of our highly demanding media production world.”

Avid systems are used in every lab, studio and main live performance room at Musicians Institute’s world-class facilities. It offers hands-on experience in a wide variety of consoles and control surfaces as part of its audio engineering program, including Avid ICON D-Control™, D-Show® and SC48. All of its studios are currently transitioning to Pro Tools|HDX.

“Proficiency in Pro Tools is an essential requirement for any music or post-production engineering position,” continued Hassine. “As an Avid Learning Partner, our students are able to distinguish themselves as they enter the profession by proving their dedication and excellence through the certification process. It also means we stay current and relevant with the latest hardware, software and curriculum. From training our instructors to providing technical support, Avid has been a key partner in our facility and curriculum.”

“By giving students hands-on experience on the industry-leading digital audio solutions, Musicians Institute is able to prepare students to meet the demands of real-world production environments and excel as audio professionals,” said Jeff Rosica, senior vice president of worldwide field operations at Avid. “Our Avid Everywhere vision extends to the entire ecosystem of artists, content creators, producers, and aspiring professionals – all of whom deserve access to the highest-quality, most innovative tools for their craft. We’re pleased to partner with Musicians Institute and to help set a new standard for professional audio education.”

More information: Avid / Musicians Institute

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Moog intros Aluminum Minimoog Voyager

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Moog has announced the availability of the Aluminum Minimoog Voyager, a limited edition of the analog synthesizer.

Moog Aluminum Minimoog Voyager

The Aluminium Minimoog Voyager is a limited edition, 100 piece production of the legendary Minimoog Voyager – the analog synthesizer that was the culmination of a lifetime of work for synthesizer pioneer Dr. Robert Moog.

It is housed in an elegantly machined, all aluminium cabinet that has been weight relieved for portability. The cabinet features a clear anodized finish with industrial fixtures securing an electric blue backlit panel with electric blue LEDs, all black switches and nuts, and electric blue pitch & mod wheels.

The Aluminum Minimoog Voyager is now available at select dealers and distributors, priced at $3,995 USD.

More information: Moog / Aluminum Minimoog Voyager

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MBLOK memory device launches on Kickstarter

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Kwelea has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund its MBLOK memory storage device.

MBLOK
MBLOK is a secure personal mobile storage with Bluetooth and USB interfaces that is designed to have long battery life.

By pairing the MBLOK with all of your devices through Bluetooth, you can use it just like local memory. However, instead of transferring files between devices, they are all stored in one location.

Stream movies, music and access files on the go with up to 300 hours of battery life without need for internet access. Plug in to PC and upload data similarly to a flash drive while charging the MBLOK simultaneously.

In addition, it is so small that it can fit in your pocket yet has up to 256 GB of storage space.

This project is looking to raise $120,000 CAD by June 16th, 2014.

More information: MBLOK

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Elektron updates Analog Rytm OS to v1.01

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Elektron has announced the release of OS v1.01 for its Analog Rytm analog drum machine.

OS 1.01 introduces two new machines. BDFM (Bass Drum FM) and SDFM (Snare Drum FM) are based on linear FM synthesis and endow the Analog Rytm with even more sonic possibilities.

Other improvements brought by OS 1.01 include more copy/paste options and several usability tweaks.

OS 1.01 is available as free download from the Elektron website.

More information: Elektron / Analog Rytm

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