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PreSonus intros Music Creation Suite Recording Kit

PreSonus has announced its Music Creation Suite, a complete recording kit comprising hardware and software components for producing music.

PreSonus Music Creation Suite

Create music, podcasts, and more and distribute projects on the Web with PreSonus® Music Creation Suite recording kit, a complete solution for classrooms, school labs, churches, and home studios!

This special all-PreSonus system combines an AudioBox USB interface with Studio One® Artist music-production software, Notion music-notation and composition software, the PS49 USB MIDI keyboard, HD3 monitoring headphones, an M7 large-diaphragm condenser microphone, a free Nimbit account, a powered USB hub, and all necessary cables and mounts.

PreSonus will offer lesson plans and instructional videos to help music educators get the most from the new hardware/software recording and composition kit.

The Music Creation Suite has an expected street price of $399.95 USD. Custom site licenses for multiple units can be generated when the products are registered.

More information: PreSonus / Music Creation Suite

Sound Performance Lab intros Phonitor 2 headphone preamp

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Sound Performance Lab has announced Phonitor 2, bringing preamplifier/monitor controller functionality and remote controllable volume to the headphone preamp.

SPL Phonitor 2

We are uber-happy to introduce the successor of our legendary Phonitor headphone preamp. We have kept all proven features while incorporating some major improvements — as such, the new Phonitor can be used as the ultimate monitor controller and preamp for three different sources.

Likewise, we revised the 120-Volt technology in order for it to perform better, which resulted in our measurement gear being outclassed. Even our creative team got even more creative and came up with a fascinating name: “Phonitor 2.” There’s only one thing that remained unchanged: the price.

Phonitor 2 features

  • 120 Volt headphone amp and preamp/monitor controller.
  • For dynamic and balanced headphones.
  • For all headphones with an impedance of >10 Ohms (>40 Ohms for balanced headphones).
  • Volume adjustment with any remote control.
  • Frequency response: 4Hz – 480kHz (-3dB).
  • THD+N: HP 0.00091 %, Line output 0.00085%.
  • Dynamic range: HP 133.62dB/Line 134.37dB.

The Phonitor 2 costs MSRP 1,649 EUR.

More information: SPL / Phonitor 2

Positive Grid launches JamUp Plug HD interface for iOS

Positive Grid JamUp Plug HD

Positive Grid has introduced the JamUp Plug HD, a professional studio quality guitar and bass interface for use with recording and performance apps on the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

“Mobile guitar players are becoming more and more sophisticated every day,” notes Positive Grid Product Manager Calvin Abel. “What started out as amp/effects emulator apps—mainly used to practice at home—have now evolved into a whole new generation of professional tools for working musicians on the go. For guitarists that are particular about their sound, tone and expression, our new JamUp Plug HD ensures that signals are converted with the utmost depth and dynamics as well as least noise.”

Perfect for rehearsing, performing and recording alike, the ultra-compact, pocket-sized device improves on Positive Grid’s preexisting JamUp Plug by offering a pristine 24-bit/48kHz USB digital audio solution. The improved resolution significantly enhances signal-to-noise ratio (98 dB RMS), completely eliminating any feedback issues and bringing the manufacturer’s JamUp and BIAS apps to their full potential.

Equipped with a 1/4-inch input jack and 1/8-inch output connector for headphones or powered speakers, the JamUp Plug HD also features an input level control and three-color LED for quick visual monitoring. A green LED indicates that the JamUp Plug HD is connected, ready and working with the software; orange means that the signal level has been optimized for the instrument; and red warns that the input level is too high.

JamUp and JamUp Pro XT users will discover rich, crystal clear tone when plugged into the JamUp Plug HD. But they’re not alone. The flexible interface was also designed for maximum compatibility with numerous other mobile processing and recording apps, including GarageBand, AmpliTube, AmpKit, Auria, Cubasis, Audiobus, Loopy and more.

With its highly responsive circuitry, Positive Grid’s new interface allows musicians to “crank it up” and be ready to rock on literally any current iOS device. Docking directly with the iPhone 4/4s, iPod Touch 4, and iPad 2/3 via its 30-pin connector, the JamUp Plug HD also supports newer iOS devices via Apple’s 30-pin to Lightning adapter.

JamUp Plug HD features

  • Studio grade digital audio interface for iPad and iPhone.
  • Made for BIAS, JamUp XT, JamUp Pro XT, GarageBand.
  • Optimized for active/passive pickups for both guitar and bass.
  • No configuration, just plug in and play.
  • Easily adjust input levels for any instrument.
  • 3-color LED for status indication and input level monitoring.
  • iOS 7 ready.
  • Works with 30-pin port.
  • Works with Lightning port (via 30-pin to Lightning adaptor, not included).

The JamUp Plug HD is available to purchase for $79.99 USD.

More information: Positive Grid / JamUp Plug HD

Shure intros SRH1540 headphones

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Shure SRH1540

Shure has announced the introduction of its SRH1540 premium closed-back headphones.

Featuring an expansive soundstage for clear, extended highs and warm bass, the lightweight headphones extend Shure’s established SRH headphone portfolio, offering a comfortable circumaural design for professional critical mastering and audiophile listening.

Powered by 40 mm neodymium drivers, the SRH1540 headphones have a unique sound signature, delivering the most superior acoustic performance available in a closed-back headphone model from Shure. A design developed with aluminum alloy and carbon fiber construction as well as Alcantara(r) ear pads, the SRH1540 is built to withstand the rigors of everyday use, while still ensuring maximum sound isolation and comfort for hours of listening. The Alcantara ear pads are integral to the headphones’ acoustic tuning, positioned to optimize driver performance. An innovative and lightweight design, the SRH1540 was inspired by the recently released SRH1840 Open-Back Headphones.

“The SRH1540 offers a pronounced bass response and the widest overall frequency range, while retaining the same level of craftsmanship as our open-back SRH1840, making the SRH1540 an ideal choice for engineers, musicians, and audio enthusiasts,” said Matt Engstrom, Category Director for Monitoring Products at Shure.

The SRH1540 headphones feature a steel driver frame with a vented center pole piece to improve linearity and eliminate internal resonance. The ergonomic dual-frame includes a padded headband that is fully adjustable and light enough to wear through hours of listening. An extra cable, replacement ear pads, and storage case are included.

The SRH1540 headphones are now shipping at an MSRP of $624 USD.

More information: Shure / SRH1540 headphones

The Loop Loft intros The Legends Contest

The Loop Loft The Legends Contest

The Loop Loft has announced The Legends Contest, a legendary music production contest in collaboration with Blend.io.

We’re thrilled to announce our latest contest, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you, music creators, to collaborate with music legends including Omar Hakim (Sting, David Bowie, Madonna, Daft Punk) and Mino Cinélu (Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock) and showcase your skills.

To participate, simply Pull the Ableton Live project on Blend.io and create an original tune using the samples provided. Whether you’re a singer, producer, guitarist, rapper, or all of the above, we want to hear where this collaboration takes you.

Entries can be in any style and you are free to add your own instrumentation and/or vocals.

Prizes include The Loop Loft’s Platinum Pack ($329 value), a plugin from PSP Audioware, Grado Labs headphones, and more.

The competition ends on Tuesday November 5th, 2013. The winners will be announced and featured on the Blend.io blog.

More information: The Loop Loft / The Legends Contest

Shure launches 10th annual Fantastic Scholastic Recording Competition

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Shure has announced that its 10th annual Fantastic Scholastic Recording Competition is now accepting entries from eligible universities and colleges throughout the U.S. and Canada until October 31, 2013, at 11:59 P.M. CST.

Shre Fantastic Scholastic Recording Competition

The competition is open to teams of students enrolled at a college, university, or institution of higher learning who are pursuing a bachelor’s or associate’s degree program with a focus or concentration in fields related to Audio Engineering (Music Production, Audio Recording or Engineering, Electronic Media, Sound Recording, or a similar program). Using the same high quality gear that professional musicians and recording engineers rely on, these student teams will submit original compositions, which will be judged by a panel of esteemed musicians and industry authorities.

In early November, Shure will randomly select the ten competing schools from the eligible registration pool. Each of the participating student teams will receive a standardized microphone locker from Shure that must be used to complete the recording project. The contents of the locker include two KSM313, two KSM32, two KSM44A, one KSM42, two KSM141, four SM57, two SM27-SC, one BETA® 52A, one Beta 91A, three BETA 98AMP, two BETA 181/S each with an additional Omni capsule, one SM7B, one VP88, and one A27M.

Competing teams must track and mix their original piece of music, which will be judged by a panel of industry professionals on its overall fidelity, clarity, sonic balance, and creativity in microphone selection and placement. Previous judges have included some of the industry’s top audio visionaries such as Ken Caillat, Mike Clink, Steve Churchyard, Frank Filipetti, Elliot Scheiner, and Leslie Ann Jones, among others.

The winning school will be awarded a new set of assorted Shure products, including KSM, SM, and Beta microphones, as well as SRH headphones, a prize package valued at more than $11,000. Runners-up and honorable mention school prizes will include select Shure microphones and headphones valued at $5,395 and $1,872, respectively. In addition, students on the top three recognized teams will receive prizes ranging from a KSM42 microphone, valued at $999, to a SM27-SC microphone, valued at $374, to SRH840 headphones, valued at $250.

“For nearly a decade we have been wowed by the caliber of student submissions we receive each year,” said Stephen Kohler, Senior Director of Marketing, Shure Americas. “During this milestone year, we anticipate recordings will once again impress us on all fronts—creativity, passion, mixing, and microphone techniques.”

The contestants chosen in the random drawing will be posted on Shure’s website on or around November 11, 2013, and dedicated microphone lockers will be sent in the days to follow. The winner of the Fantastic Scholastic Recording Competition, as well as the runner-up and honorable mention distinctions, will be announced on or about April 28, 2014.

More information: Shure / Fantastic Scholastic Recording Competition

112dB updates Redline Monitor to v1.0.5 (incl. 64-bit)

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112dB Redline Monitor

112dB has updated its Redline Monitor near-field monitor simulation for headphones to support 64-bit hosts (AU & VST).

Redline Monitor is a listening, mixing, and mastering tool that makes your headphones experience more natural: as if the sound came from a pair of external speakers.

It replaces the extreme stereo separation that is characteristic for headphones by the detailed stereo image of near-field monitor speakers without any detrimental effect on the audio.

Redline Monitor features

  • Transparent sound with perfectly flat frequency response.
  • Support for samplerates up to 384kHz.
  • True stereo soundstage with adjustable speaker position.
  • Separately adjustable phantom center level for optimal speaker matching.
  • Distance control to simulate placement of near-field monitors in room.
  • Auxiliary left/right solo and phase invert controls for critical listening.
  • Output switchable to mono for mono-compatibility checking.

In celebration of the new release, Redline Monitor for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/VST) is available to purchase at a 50% discount until September 30, 2013.

More information: 112dB / Redline Monitor

Sound Magic releases Headphone Mix 3 speaker simulation plugin

Sound Magic Headphone Mix 3

Sound Magic has announced the release of Headphone Mix 3, a speaker simulation effect plug-in for Windows.

Headphone Mix 3 is a special effect unit which suitable for those who make their music on headphone monitor system. Headphone Mix 3 combines environment simulation system, frequency compensate system and HRTF technologies to emulate the speaker feelings on your headphones.

Headphone lacks the blend of two channels (Left and Right), reverb from air and reflections from human ears, which may lead to the lack of imaging and false feelings on sound field. Headphone Mix 3 solves this issue by blending both channels, adding extra reverb to the sound and applying HRTF to emulate reflections.

Headphone Mix 3 features

  • A complete environment simulation system based on Reverb and HRTF.
  • In-built custom HRTF algorithm which can load HRTF data to fit for different head types.
  • The same Hybrid Reverb Technology used in Neo Reverb to ensure accurate environment simulation.
  • Accurate modeling on Signal to Noise Ratio, Stereo Crosstalk and Frequency Respond Curve of common used playback devices. Such as Car Audio, iPhone, iPad, Andriod smart phones and Hi-end HIFI system.
  • Three bands frequency compensate system.
  • A.I.R.C technology which can compensate the loss in high frequency.
  • 3 sliders to control the effect depth.
  • Up to 32Bit/384KHz resolution.

Headphone Mix 3 for Windows (VST/Supreme Pianos add-on) costs 49 EUR.

More information: Sound Magic / Headphone Mix 3