Dirac has announced the introduction of the Dirac M-Suite, a combination of technologies designed to enhance the sound quality from mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and portable media players using either earphones or built-in speakers. The first product to adopt Dirac M-Suite is the new tablet from Xiaomi, the Mi Pad.
Dirac has a long track record of providing audio technologies for high performance home audio, premium automotive, professional cinema and mobile applications.
Dirac M-Suite brings these technologies together, allowing them to work in synergy to provide the best possible mobile sound quality and listening experience.
Dirac M-Suite features
- Dirac HD Sound® provides tailor made sound correction for earphones and built-in speakers for an enhanced sound reproduction.
- An advanced sound field control technology allows faithful playback of surround sound through earphones by bringing the sound outside of the listener’s head.
- Dirac Power Sound™ allows the user to get the loudest possible sound without compromising sound quality.
“Many mobile device manufacturers are realizing the importance of audio quality, and Dirac is happy to be able to provide our customers with a unified platform that ensures they get the absolute best performance out of their device,” said Dr. Nilo Casimiro Ericsson, Technology Coordinator and Co-founder at Dirac. “We are continually seeking to expand the suite with a range of innovations and updates,” Ericsson added.
The first product making use of Dirac M-Suite is the new tablet from Xiaomi, the Mi Pad.
Founded in 2010, Xiaomi is one of China’s leading tech firms. The company, which is said to have been the fastest growing start up company in history, is projecting sales of over 40 million phones in 2014, more than double that of 2013. Xiaomi has earlier used various Dirac technologies to provide great sound quality in products such as the Xiaomi Mi2 and Mi3. The Mi3 upon its launch sold 100 000 units in 90 seconds.
More information: Dirac / M-Suite
MathAudio has announced the release of Headphone EQ, a utility effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.
It is known that the frequency response of headphones substantially depends on the shape and size of the listeners’ pina and ear canal. Consequently, it is impossible to make ideal headphones that will fit all people. In particular, the acoustic mismatch between headphones and ear canal creates one or a few unwanted acoustic resonances. These resonances decrease the quality of the sound because they overload your ears on certain frequencies and mask all other frequencies. Besides that, these resonances create a specific ringing which worsen the time-domain response of headphones.
MathAudio Headphone EQ VST allows you to check your headphones in order to find the unwanted resonances. It also helps you to compensate for the unwanted resonances.
Headphone EQ features
- Helps to detect and compensate for the unwanted resonances in high grade headphones and earphones.
- Matches headphones to the individual geometry of the listener’s pina and ear canal.
- Includes a signal generator which allows one to detect the frequencies of the unwanted resonances caused by the mismatch between the headphone and the ear canal.
- Accurately tunes the compensating filters to the found frequencies of the unwanted resonances.
- Ensures neutral timbre of the sound of professional headphones.
- Avoids the masking effect caused by the overloading of the eardrum at the unwanted resonance frequencies.
- Removes the ‘ringing’ effect caused by the unwanted resonances.
- Includes a crossfeed feature which allows one to reduce the channel separation to a natural level. The crossfeed makes the headphones less fatiguing to listen to for long periods.
- Works with all types of headphones and earphones. High grade ones are preferable.
- Applies 64-bit signal path throughout.
- Supports full range of sample rates from 44,056 kHz up to 352,8 kHz.
Headphone EQ for Windows and Mac (VST) is available for $60 USD.
More information: MathAudio / Headphone EQ
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on Mar 13, 2014 - 0 comments
PreSonus has announced its Music Creation Suite, a complete recording kit comprising hardware and software components for producing music.
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 has announced Phonitor 2, bringing preamplifier/monitor controller functionality and remote controllable volume to the headphone preamp.
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
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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 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
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on Oct 21, 2013 - 0 comments
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